Wolftrap Connection - August 29, 2022

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Events 
  • Message from the Principal
  • Why Join the PTA
  • Wolftrap Under the Stars
  • Walking Wednesdays 
  • Spirit Wear is Here! 
  • After School Programs Coming Soon
  • Looking for Room Parents
  • PTA Reflections Art Program
  • Volunteer Shout-Out
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

Wolftrap Calendar

Aug 29:     Spirit Wear Store Opens

Aug 31:     Walking Wednesday

Sept 2-5:   Labor Day Holiday

Sept 7:      Walking Wednesday

Sept 9:      Picture Day!
                  Wolftrap Under the Stars! 

Sept 12:    Committee Chair Meeting (5:30 pm)

Sept 15:    Back to School Night 

View the Full Calendar Here  

Message from the Principal

Dr. Maggie Grove


Dear Wolftrap Families,

What a wonderful week! The sounds of our students and teachers are filling the hallway, and it is music to our ears! Thank you for all of your support and questions this week. We will all continue to work on procedures as we move into our second week. Students will need to practice routines to feel comfortable and maximize learning!


Dr. Grove


Back to School Night

Remember to mark your calendars for our annual Back-to-School Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. This event is important for parents to attend, as you will receive information from your child’s teachers regarding grade level expectations and operation. I will also be hosting an opportunity for new families to attend New Family Coffee, that week, as well. Please join me as we discuss communication, ways to get involved, and answer questions for those who are new to our school. See our website for details. https://wolftrapes.fcps.edu/


Beginning of Year Forms 

Please take a moment to fill out all the necessary beginning of the year forms, including opt-outs, emergency care contacts, and health information. There are also links to help you join the PTA, sign up for The Connection newsletter, and set up a Schoology account. Parents must also complete  a consent form for their students to use various digital resources at school. Please complete all these forms no later than September 16. If you have question, please contact the office.

Join the Pack - and Help Give Back

Have you ever wondered how you can help our teachers? Support your child's learning? Take part in making the school as great as it can be? 

The biggest way to support and make an impact on our teachers, our school and our students is to JOIN the PTA and DONATE to Friends of Wolftrap. 

Joining the PTA is the most effective and direct way to support the Wolftrap community. Here's how your contributions make an impact: 

Teacher Support ● Classroom supplies and wish lists ● Specials equipment (art, PE, chorus, band, etc.) ● Resources and materials for the library, STEAM Lab and Reading room ● Teacher workroom support ● Teacher appreciation activities ●  Professional development ● Teacher grants 

Student Support ● Enrichment programs ● Community building activities and resources ● Extracurricular programs ● Field trip busses ● Fun activities and events ● School Support

School Support ● Learning software ● Licenses to educational apps ● Classroom resources and learning subscriptions ● Outdoor improvements ● Recess equipment

Thank You

Without your generous support, none of this would be possible! 

Remember, becoming a member does not mean you are required to volunteer. There is no wrong way to get involved - anything you give, whether its time or money, will support our school. For volunteer opportunities click here.

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First School-Wide Event: Wolftrap Under the Stars

Wolftrap Under the Stars is our annual welcome back-to-school family event and celebration of our wonderful school community sponsored by the PTA. Join us on the Wolftrap backfield for a fun-filled night of food, games, activities, dancing and FUN! It's a great way to kick off the new school year! 

  • WHEN: Friday, September 9th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Come for dinner! Food truck sales by Rocklands BBQ, Lunchbox on Wheels, Two Smooth Dudes and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s (Cash and credit accepted). You are also welcome to bring your own food. 
  • What do I do there? Mingle with your favorite teachers, staff and other parents. Play a game, Participate in one of the many FUN stations, Dance to our DJ, Wear a PTA -provided Glow Necklace, Pose at the Selfie Station, Meet the Wolftrap Wolf!
  • Want More information? Visit the Wolftrap Under the Stars webpage.

Walk/Bike to School on Wednesday...every Wednesday!

walking wednesdays

That's right, Walking Wednesdays are back!

Please encourage your child to walk or bike to school on Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, August 31st!

Upon arrival at school, students can check in with our volunteers, receive a special charm and help their grade compete for the Golden Sneaker Award, which is presented monthly to the grade with the most walkers or bikers.

In addition, each week coffee is generously donated by Caffe Amouri!
What could be better than socializing with other parents with a delicious cup of coffee? 

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Liz Finnerty at elizabethflane@gmail.com

Spirit Wear is Here - Get Excited!

Hey Wolfie Families- Spirit Wear is here and there are five great options to choose from. including a pull over hoodie to help keep you warm when the weather gets colder. Orders are online only, but don’t delay, the Wolftrap spirit wear store is only open until Monday, September 19th. 

● Looking for more information? Check the webpage.
● Want to review the full flier? Download it here.
● Ready to Shop? Visit the store!

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Unleash Your Child's Inner Artist


Do you have a child who enjoys art, music, dance, writing, producing films or taking photos?

Unleash their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme is “Show Your Voice!“ Children are invited to provide their own unique interpretation of the theme in any of the six categories listed above.

More details to come over the next few weeks - but for now, please encourage your young artists to start creating!  

The deadline for submission is October 28. Contact wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

Picture Day is September 9th

Picture Day

School Picture Day is coming up on Friday, September 9th, which is just around the corner! Pre-order you package online here. For families who prefer to pay by check, paper forms are available in the main office for pick up. 

Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day

Victor O'Neill full class pictures will be taken in the Winter, date to be determined.

After School Programs are Coming!

All Summer long our committee chair, Ying Li, and the PTA After School Programs team has been working hard to develop a schedule that spans both interest levels and age groups so we can offer something for all Wolftrap students. Get excited because registration will open September 19th.

Help Wanted: We are in need of an After School Program Monitor(s). This is a paid position for two hours each weekday while programs are in session and can be shared by multiple people if availability is limited. Must be 18 or over to apply. Contact President@wolftrappta.org with questions or for more information. 

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for more information over the next few weeks.  You can always go to the After School Programs webpage to keep up to date as well.

Looking for Room Parents

Are you interested in helping out with your child's class? Each year, room parent volunteers assist with various efforts in the classroom and/or help outside of normal school hours. Here's what you do as a room parent: 

  • Serve as a resource for the teachers when they need volunteers and/or classroom supplies.
  • Work with the teachers to organize class parties and special curriculum days (e.g., Virginia History Day in 4th grade).
  • Organize t-shirts for the entire grade to wear on field trips and other events. 

We will be holding an information session once school gets underway. If you would like to attend and/or be contacted about specific room parent volunteer opportunities, please complete this form.

Volunteer Shout-Out

All through the summer and into these first two weeks of school, PTA volunteers have been working hard to provide programs and activities for our teachers and students to help kick-off the new school year.

You all deserve a GIANT shout-out! Thank you for your hard work!  

● Alissa Brenner- Communications Chair
● Corrine Fields- PTA Open House Volunteer
● Liz Finnerty- Walking Wednesday Chair
● Alison Gramann- Safe Routes to School Chair
● Chris Harney- Webmaster, 5K Chair and PTA Open House Volunteer
Lauren Krulick- Welcome Committee Volunteer
● Ying Li- After School Programs Chair
● Leina Lunghi- Sprout Volunteer
● Ryan Marren- Sprout School Supplies Chair
● Courtney McCreesh- Sprout Volunteer
● Laura Whaley Morrow- Sprout Volunteer
● Jenna Pietropola- Sprout Volunteer
● Linda Pugel- Welcome Committee Chair
● Wendy Rosner- Teacher Appreciation Co-Chair & Reflections Chair,
   Room Parent Liaison, Sprout Volunteer, Welcome Committee Volunteer  
● Mandy Ryan- Audit Committee Chair & Teacher Appreciation Volunteer
● Michele Scalise- Teacher Appreciation Co-Chair
● Ashley Uhl- Sprout Volunteer

Community News

Registration for Girls on the Run @ Wolftrap is now open! The program is open to Wolftrap girls in grades 3-6. Practices will be Mondays and Thursdays  right after school until 4:45. The program starts on Sept. 12th and runs for 10 weeks, culminating in a 5K at Dulles Town Center in November. Registration ends on Sept. 6th.

If you have questions, please reach out to Jenna Pietropola at mccarthjl@gmail.com or wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com.

Thank you for Reading!

Please feel free to reach out to the PTA leadership with any questions or comments! Our information is below. 

Wofltrap PTA

2022-2023 PTA Board:
Debbie Rhoda-Choate, President (president@wolftrappta.org)
Rachel Kraft, President-Elect (presidentelect@wolftrappta.org)
Kerry Lombard, Secretary (secretary@wolftrappta.org)
Laura Roper, Treasurer (treasurer@wolftrappta.org)

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