Wolftrap Connection - September 27, 2022

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Events 
  • Message from the Principal
  • PTA Membership Drive
  • After School Programs
  • Pizza Bingo Night
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • National Walk to School Day
  • How to Volunteer
  • Talent Show Chair Needed
  • Library Volunteers
  • FCPS Cares
  • Community News

Upcoming Events

School Calendar

Sept. 27 - AAP Info session

Sept. 30 - After-School Programs Reg. Closes

Oct. 5 - Student Holiday/Yom Kippur

Oct. 6 - Odyssey of the Mind Info Session
             Walking Wednesday

Oct. 7 - Screening and Identification Session

Oct. 10 - Student Holiday

Oct. 11 - After School Programs Start

Oct. 12 - National Walk to School Day

Oct. 14 - Pizza Bingo Night

View the Full Calendar Here   

Message from the Principal

Dr. Maggie Grove

Greetings to our Wolftrap families,

            We certainly got a nice blast of Fall on Friday! It reminds us that the school year is well underway, and that instruction is happening all over the building. We continue to complete assessments that are routinely scheduled at the beginning of the year to provide information to teachers. Teachers use this data to plan for whole group instruction and structure smaller groups to work with during class time and Wolfie Time. Wolfie Time is our structured time of the day to work with groups of students in classes who need extensions or reinforcement in grade level concepts. Small groups will continue to form now, as teachers study, process and utilize data in their planning.  Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lisa O’Donovan, serves with Dr. Mona Lohr as our assessment team. They can answer any questions you may have about assessments.

            We were excited to see those of you who could join us at the first PTA meeting and will look forward to seeing many of you in the next few weeks at Pizza Bingo and in volunteer jobs around school.  Please let me know if I can provide any assistance. We remain committed to nurturing every learner.

Dr. Maggie Grove

Schoology Assistance!

We have heard from families that it would be helpful to provide more assistance with Schoology. To that end, our SBTS, Ms. Michelle Mussen, has provided a narrated power point with some great tips. Please see the link to this presentation here. Teachers will also be sending out this helpful information directly. Ms. Mussen will be scheduling office hours in the upcoming weeks to assist with any additional questions. Please stay tuned for those dates. Please continue to let us know how we can help!


PRC Webinars

If you are not familiar with the Parent Resource Center, please see the information below! The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter


AAP News

Ms. Samira Newman, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), has planned some upcoming information sessions. Please use the link to see the Fall Newsletter with important dates and information.

Information Sessions:

Our in-person Parent Information Session will be held on September 27th at 5:30 PM. During this session, we will provide information on the continuum of AAP services for all students at Wolftrap Elementary. (Open to all families, Grades K-6)

Our in-person Screening and Identification Session will be held on October 7th at 8:30 AM. During this session, we will explain what full time services are and the process through which students are screened (Only for families of students in Grades 2-6). See our website for details. 

2022-2023 PTA Membership Drive

Wolftrap PTA Membership Drive September 2022

The Wolftrap PTA is made up of families, teachers, staff, community members and leaders with one core goal: to give our children the tools and resources to achieve their fullest potential.

PTA membership is $25 per family and supports a wide variety of Wolftrap ES community engagement and enrichment programs to support our students, school and teachers. (Learn More)

After the first full month of school we are excited to report we are at about 48% of our PTA membership drive goals at just under 200 family members. We are looking forward to increasing those numbers over the next few months. 

If you haven't already, Join the PTA! You don't have to volunteer to join.

It's Not too Late! Sign up for After-School Programs Today

Good news - Our deadline has been extended and registration will be open until this Friday September 30!

A few classes are full (or almost full), but don't despair! Sign up for the waiting list so we can plan and potentially re-allocate resources depending upon the demand.

You can register on the PTA After School Programs page as well as the PTA Facebook Group page. For more information, please visit the After School Programs webpage to keep up to date on any additional details or changes.

After School Programs Fall 2022 Schedule

Pizza Bingo Night is Friday, Oct.14th

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Join us outside on the back field for pizza, bingo, bundt cakes, and raffle & bingo prizes. All kids will leave with a prize!

"DOORS" OPEN at 4:30 pm. Bingo games start at 5:00 pm. Here are the details:

  • Bring your blankets/lawn chairs and CASH for our raffle and bingo.
  • Volunteers needed - Sign up here (we are a fun bunch!)
  • Coming Soon - Pre-order your pizza, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and water on the website soon. Order deadline will be October 13th. FOOD WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON-SITE THIS YEAR.
  • Entrance fee this year is a suggested donation of $5 per family with all proceeds going to benefit the PTA (cash and checks only)
  • Looking to donate all those kid trinkets/party favors taking up space at your house? A drop-off bin marked Pizza Bingo will be available in front of the school in October so the PTA can use them as bingo prizes.

For more information check out our event page here

What is "Odyssey of the Mind"?


Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program that allows team members to apply critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills while having fun working together to develop a skit, make props, and if they choose, build a vehicle or balsa wood structure. 

Parent Information Meeting: Thursday, Oct 6 Wolftrap ES Library - 6-7 PM

Teams present their unique solution in the form of an 8-minute performance at the local tournament (usually in early March) and have a chance to advance to the state tournament. For more information, please join us at the parent information meeting or visit our website. Register your child here. 

National Walk to School Day!

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National Walk to School Day is on Wednesday, October 12!

This global event involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking and need for Safe Routes to School. 

Join us for this special Walking Wednesday celebration and help to raise awareness for the importance of Safe Routes to School for all our children.

Interested in the PTA... but not sure where to start?

Leina Lunghi is our Parent Volunteer Coordinator and would love to get you plugged in, whether it is volunteering your time (even just thirty minutes!) or finding resources to enhance our children's learning experience. 

Make sure you are a PTA member! Your $25 membership goes directly to programs for our students and hard-working staff to enhance everyone's Wolftrap experience.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Leina at volunteer@wolftrappta.org and get involved!  

Wolftrap Talent Show: Chair Needed

Talent Show Committee Chair Needed

The Wolftrap Talent Show has always been an extremely well loved PTA Community Event and we are hoping to continue the excitement this year back in person... BUT this program is in jeopardy without one or more dedicated PTA members who want to run the show and chair the committee. 

If you are interested in chairing the 2023 Wolftrap Talent Show, please let us know! Reach out to President@Wolftrappta.org to see if it's a fit for you.

The Library Needs You!


The Library doors are OPEN! Mrs. Hardin's long term substitute, Mr. Dure, needs our help with shelving and First Grade check out, among other activities.

Please visit the Sign Up Genius to find a time that works for you! Feel free to email Mr. Dure if you have any questions: pkdure@fcps.edu

Recognizing our Staff All Year

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Link to Learn more and Submit

Community News


Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Support Resources & Upcoming Events

SEPTA continues to provide great resources, events, and general links to support the FCPS community. All these opportunities are FREE unless noted. Check out our PTA website here for links or go directly to the SEPTA webpage here.

Parent Resource Center
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. They provide access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. You can find more information on the PRC here.

Fire Prevention Week

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association Ⓡ  to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™. This educational event will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 10am-4pm at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department: 400 Center St S. Vienna, VA 22180. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw and www.sparky.org.

Become a Wolftrap Elementary School Girl Scout family!

Girl Scout troops are forming and have spaces at Wolftrap Elementary!
For more information, contact barb.brown312@gmail.com.

Troop 1978 Family Scouting for Boys and Girls via the Boy Scouts of America

Join us on any Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Church, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna
Ages 10-17 (grades 5-12)

Our scouts want to push their limits and explore their world through challenging outdoor adventures, real-life leadership and service experiences.

Thank you for Reading!

Joining the PTA is the most effective and direct way to support the Wolftrap community. Volunteering not required! 

Visit the PTA Facebook group to get up-to-date, ongoing information.

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

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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)