Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

For a translated version of this newsletter, please visit the Willow Springs website.

September 1, 2022

Best Friend Images

Best friends and our FLES teachers were spotted twinning in our hallways and outside. These smiles certainly tell a story. #WillowPride

Willow Springs families,

It was another fantastic week at Willow Springs! Our students and staff are connecting and building relationships. We are seeing our students rehearse for Readers' Theatre, complete collaborative STEAM tasks, make inferences when examining primary sources, utilize math manipulatives, share their "Me Bag," and so much more!

As we enter this long holiday weekend, we encourage our students to get outside, play, read, and enjoy time with families and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday morning.

Have a nice Labor Day Weekend!


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

September 2 and 5 - Labor Day (Holiday)

Calendar Reminder

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

5th grade egg drop

Principal Taylor joined 5th graders from the WSES rooftop, as they checked whether or not their group's egg survived the Egg Drop Challenge.

Safety Patrols

WSES safety patrols meet with patrol sponsors to review roles and duties for the 22-23 school year. Thank you to this group for helping to keep our students and school environment safe.

Picture Day is September 12

Mark your calendars! Picture Day is Monday, September 12.

Click HERE to pre-order photos.

We are looking for volunteers to ensure a fun and flawless Picture Day. Click HERE to sign up.

PickUp Patrol: Important Reminders

PickUp Patrol

Willow Springs uses PickUp Patrol for parents to report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups.

WSES values PickUp Patrol as it ensures a safe dismissal for all students based on the child's default plan. Please use the link here. 

Numbers after WC are the bus#, 05 in this example: Bus Route WC05AMAOB.

To update your child's default plan to "bus rider", "kiss and ride", or "walker," simply log in and select a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it! Your child's teacher and the main office will be notified. Updating your child's default plan is a one-time action. Use PickUp Patrol regularly to report a plan change, absence, late arrival, or early pick-up. A default plan is NEEDED for all students.


Please contact our main office if you do not have an active account and require a new welcome activation email.

Below are additional resources:

Parent Flyer

How to use the PickUp Patrol app

Safety Drills During the School Year:

WSES Upcoming Lockdown Drill

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school next week. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

WSES Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

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Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to lhhassen@fcps.edu or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • PTA Meeting - Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 7 p.m. in the Willow Springs library. Click HERE to find meeting details.
  • Farmer's Market - Join us every Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m. for fresh produce and fruit. It is located at the blacktop entrance. Click HERE to learn more.

Community Activity: Fairfax Choral Society

Youth SWU Flyer

Click on the image above to learn more and to register.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parent Information Lines

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Messages from Our School Board Representatives

School Board Photo

Rachna Sizemore Heizer - Chair - Member-at-Large

Karen Keys-Gamarra - Member-at-Large

Megan McLaughlin - Braddock District Representative

Laura Jane Cohen - Springfield District Representative

Michele Togbe - Student Representative

Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 6 PTA Meeting in the WSES library at 7 p.m.
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 18 14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
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