Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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September 26, 2022

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Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Willow Springs families,

Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.

It was nice to have so many dads join us for our Watch D.O.G.S. meeting last week. Watch D.O.G.S. stands for Dads Of Great Students. WSES Watch D.O.G.S. is a group of men who volunteer at school and help the school as needed during their day. You can be a dad, stepdad, grandpa, or uncle. Here at Willow Springs, our dads spend their day volunteering in classrooms, as well as assisting with bus duty, Kiss-N-Ride, and lunchtime. Thanks again to all the WSES men that attended our informational meeting. For more information, or to sign up, visit our website.

It is a true gift to see students coming to school each day with smiles on their faces!  As we visit classrooms throughout the day, our students are eager to share with us what they are learning.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

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

Happy Fall!


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

Collage of Mason Softball Players with WSES students

We are grateful for our Mason Softball partnership! This week, more autographs were given, connections were made, and many hugs and high fives were shared!

WSES Positivity Project Rock Garden

WSES Students standing in the P2 Rock Garden

This group of 6th graders cleaned up our P2 rock garden. This rainbow is shining brightly again! Each rock represents a character strength that our students connected with last school year. Excited to do this again!

Clubs and Activities at WSES

List of open clubs at WSES

Willow Springs PTA supports a variety of before and after school clubs at our school. The PTA is thankful for the volunteers offering clubs this year. Details on times, dates and ages served will be sent out through News You Choose as they become available. More information and club details can be found on the PTA website.

In addition to the current open clubs listed above, we have seven Girl Scout Troops with girls from kindergarten through sixth grade at Willow Springs. They usually meet twice a month and have activities they plan together. There are a few activities each year in which all troops participate. Contact Rima Veslilind, Volunteer Troop Organizer, for more information or call 703-530-9161.

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.

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.

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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2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • 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 11 PTA Meeting, 7 pm, WSES Library or Virtual
  • October 12 Farm Animal Visit Day
  • October 14 School Portrait Day - new students only
  • October 17 Superintendent Community Conversations at Fairfax HS from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • October 21 PTA Family BINGO Night
  • 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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