WAKEFIELD FOREST ES - News You Choose - Friday, 9/23/22

Upcoming Dates

September 23rd 6:30 PM - Woodson Football Feeder Night - TONIGHT!!!

September 26th Rosh Hashanah - Student Holiday

October 3rd 7:00 PM - AAP Family Information Session - Virtual

October 7th 4:30 PM - Woodson HS Homecoming Parade - See Principal Prindle in the Parade

October 10th - Indigenous People Day - Student Holiday

October 11th - Mod Pizza PTA Restaurant Night 5 - 9 PM

October 12th 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting

October 21st - PTA Sponsored FUN Run 

Letter From the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,


We have had an exciting first few weeks of school. We have started the year off with many assessments. These data points will be looked at holistically to determine instructional planning steps, as well as supports and enrichment for students. Every family should have a parent/teacher conference this fall to review how your child is learning so far this year. 


As I shared at our recent PTA meeting, we are committed to providing a caring climate and culture where each and every student, staff member, and family is welcomed, respected, and valued. We are working with our school Equity Committee and our Family Engagement Committee this year on ways in which we can acknowledge, teach about and celebrate our diverse school community, to include our many cultures, military connected families, LGBTQ+ community, and special needs community. Building a welcoming community takes team work. If you are interested in engaging in this work, please email me. 

I hope to see you tonight at Football Feeder Night. My girls and I look forward to this fun family event every school year!


Thank you.


Sharyn Prindle


Woodson Pyramid Feeder Night TONIGHT

Feeder Night

This Friday’s Woodson football game is “Feeder Night” and Hawaiian Out is the theme. Meet Ms. Prindle at the far side end zone at 6:30 PM. 

  • The game will start at 7:00pm.  Ticket gates open at 5:30pm for Feeder school students who get in free with a paying adult. Cost of tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed.  Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with outside food or containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc. 
  • Students must be supervised.  

Advanced Academics Family Information

Please review the information about the Advanced Academics Program on our school website prior to the meeting. Mr. Gray and Ms. Prindle will be available for question and answers about the Advanced Academics program Monday, October 3, 2022 from 7-8 PM. Join us virtually here.

Student Council Officer Applications Due Online 9/26

Student Council

It’s election season here at WFES! Responsible fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are looking to take on a leadership role in our school’s SCA are encouraged to apply to run for student council office. Homeroom teachers have posted the application/permission form and all additional SCA information on their homeroom Schoology. Applications are due on Monday, 9/26 by 4:00pm. All applications are accepted digitally. If your student has any questions please direct them to email Mrs. Rowader at clrowader@fcpsschools.net.

PTA Volunteers Needed

Assemblies: Work closely with the front office to help to plan assemblies at the school - after two long years, they're back!

Odyssey of the Mind (co-chair): Let's help our kiddos think outside of the box to expand their problem-solving and group work skills! Erin Weber will be running OTM this school year (thank you, Erin!), but she'd love a co-chair to help her bring this enriching program to WFES this school year. https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

Reflections (Chair/co-chairs): Reflections is an art program run by your local, state, and national PTA. This commitment occurs early in the year and will be completed by early November. 

Spelling Bee (Chair/co-chairs): The Spelling Bee is a winter/early spring event held at Wakefield Forest that gives a pedestal to some truly talented kiddos. Work with our wonderful librarians to make this year a success!


S.T.E.A.M. Fair (Chair/co-chairs): The S.T.E.A.M. Fair is back! If you have an interest in running an event at WFES that helps out kiddos to stretch their STEAM muscles, this might be the right job for you. 


FCPS Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

We are experiencing substitute shortages at Wakefield Forest. 

FCPS and WFES are seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of the Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Construction Corner

  • The expansion of the main office and cafeteria will begin soon. This expansion will not impact lunch in the cafeteria, but will impact our kiss and ride. We will let you know when we have a clearer timeline.
  • For picture updates of the renovation follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle.

WFES Spirit Wear Fall Sale


The PTA Fall Spirit Wear sale ENDS THIS FRIDAY! It's your last chance to get some new gear to show your school spirit. Check out the complete collection by visiting the PTA online store. Most items are available in both youth and adult sizes.

Place your order with a credit card online or submit an order form to pay by check.  Fall items are printed to order and are FINAL SALE. Items will be delivered to your student's classroom by the end of October. They make great holiday gifts, so plan ahead. Please contact Melissa Fabrizio if you have any questions.

Socktober is Near...


5th grade was inspired by a Positivity Project video and decided to take action and do a sock drive with happysocktober.com.

New Hope Housing in Alexandria serves 1500 adults every year and would love to get our help with keeping their people warm this winter.

Over the first two weeks of October, our 5th graders will be collecting new socks in the library and the front office.

Help us reach our goal of donating 500 pairs of new adult-size socks to people experiencing homelessness.

Testing Information


State assessments in grades 3-6 measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table above. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932); 
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More  information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);  
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).  

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Update - Grades K-2 will no longer participate in the SEL screener.

If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator, Amy Williams alwilliams1@fcps.edu.

Attendance Matters

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! We All Belong Here

Each one of us is  unique. And every student matters. If a student is having a difficult time attending class, please tell a trusted adult at school. There are solutions.

Visit our Attendance webpage for resources on attendance.

¡Asiste a la escuela hoy; para tener éxito mañana! Todos Pertenecemos Aquí. 

Cada uno de nosotros es único. Y cada estudiante es importante. Si un alumno tiene dificultades para asistir a la escuela, por favor, dígaselo a un adulto de confianza en su escuela. Hay soluciones.

Visite nuestra página web de Asistencia para ver recursos sobre la asistencia. 

Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, cmboateng@fcps.edu

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, nagarciahend@fcps.edu

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, mhill@fcps.edu

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, abukont@fcps.edu

Mental Health

Students Rights & Responsibilities

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Please take time to complete this if you haven’t had a chance to do it yet.


Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: wakefieldforestelem.attendance@fcps.edu

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle sbprindle@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams alwilliams1@fcps.edu

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