Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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September 18, 2022

Kindergarten iPads

All smiles from our kindergarten foxes as they explore ST Math on their FCPS iPads.

Willow Springs families,

It has been a fantastic week with our foxes! We are thrilled to welcome back the student-athletes from the George Mason softball team. This adopt-a-school partnership began last year with limited interaction due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, we are excited to have the team visiting our students this year. This week, some of our foxes met two of the players, made strong connections, shared their writing, and played math games during their visit. We are excited to have more players visiting next week!

Thank you to all families participating in the Asha-Jyothi 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk. This morning's proceeds will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. 

Remember to keep up with the latest news and information in our News You ChooseWSES websiteand WSES Family Schoology course.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

Stough GMU

Ms. Stough's 5th-grade students shared their writing with George Mason's softball player Zoe Vozick. Students had opportunities to make connections with Zoe during their time together.

Miskovich GMU

GMU softball player Maggie Mrowka joined 5th-graders in Ms. Miskovich's class for some fun and engaging math games. A powerful partnership with the GMU Softball Team is happening at WSES.

Kinder iPads

Ms. Mukherjee's kindergarteners explored ST Math and shared their excitement. We are eager to see how else our youngest foxes will use their devices this year.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Parent Information Meeting and AAP Newsletter

Please click HERE to access information about our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in our WSES Family Information Schoology Course. All information is posted in Schoology and will be updated as necessary.

Mrs. Raymond, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will hold a virtual information meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will provide a general overview of the AAP Continuum of Services offered at Willow Springs. A separate parent meeting will be held later in the fall, focused on understanding the Level IV screening process. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs. Raymond at alraymond@fcps.edu.

More information can be found on the Willow Springs Website Events Calendar and the Advanced Academic Program Page.

Click here to access the Zoom link for the September 28 AAP Information Session.

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

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FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-679-6000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPS reconoce y celebra las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los miembros de nuestra comunidad cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

Attendance Awareness Month

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When Should My Child Stay Home?

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify the main office at 703-679-6000, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school public health nurse, and call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why and for how long.

Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

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.


FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Reid

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on October 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

  • 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! 
  • 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.

Looking Ahead at WSES

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  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
  • September 28 Virtual Overview of AAP Continuum of Services at 5:30 p.m.
  • September 30 Activate ParentVue and Sign SR&R
  • October 5 No School, Yom Kippur
  • October 10 No School for Students, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Staff Development Day
  • October 17 Superintendent Community Conversations at Fairfax HS from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • October 24 No School, Diwali
  • October 28 Two-Hour Early Release (WSES dismissal 2 p.m.) 
  • October 31 No School for Students, Teacher Workday
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