Wolftrap Connection - October 11, 2022

Hey Wolftrap Community! This Connection is a long one - but it is chock full of school and activity updates. Please read through to ensure you are up to date and have all of the information you need. Thank you! 

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Events 
  • Message from the Principal
  • Pizza Bingo Night
  • Directory Accuracy Check
  • Class Dues - All Grades
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • PTA Reflections Contest
  • Welcome to Schoology
  • National Walk to School Day
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Original Works Update
  • Help with Book Fair
  • Discussions in the Den
  • Beulah Traffic Safety Update
  • After School Program
  • Community News

Upcoming Events

Wolftrap at a Glance

Oct. 11 - After School Programs Start

Oct. 12 - National Walk to School Day

Oct. 14 - Pizza Bingo Night

Oct. 15 - Directory Information Review Deadline

Oct. 17 - Original Works Due Back to School

Oct. 18 - Book Fair Committee Kickoff Mtg

Oct. 25 - Discussions in the Den 

Oct. 28 - Reflections Submissions Due

Oct. 28 - Early Release (2 hours)

Oct. 31 - No School (End of Quarter)

Nov. 1 - Yearbook Cover Entries Due

Nov. 3 - Beulah Rd. Traffic Safety Update

View the Full Calendar Here   

Message from the Principal

Dr. Maggie Grove

Greetings to our Wolftrap families,

We have an exciting week coming up with Pizza Bingo on Friday, October 14th. Teachers and students are looking forward to this fun event. They are also looking forward to upcoming field trips as well. If you volunteer for a field trip, please remember that you still need to check in at the office. Attending a field trip is the same as volunteering in a classroom, so we need a record of who is attending. We appreciate your support as we continue to nurture every learner!

Dr. Maggie Grove


STUDENT PICTURES ORDERS: Your student's pictures are now available to view online. If you haven't had a chance to order, it's not too late! 

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc 

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code. For questions regarding school pictures please email underclass@vosphoto.com

Disability History and Awareness Month

DISABILITY HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH: During October, activities provide an opportunity to create greater public awareness for individuals with disabilities, with the goal of full inclusion in our community.


DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH: The Parent Resource Center will host an open house for parents to learn more about dyslexia and how to support students with dyslexia on October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn more about PRC events on their website. The FCPS Dyslexia handbook also provides information and resources to families. It reflects a division-wide commitment to ensure that the needs of students with dyslexia are met as a result of collective responsibility and collaboration across general and special education contexts. On October 18th from 6:30-7:45 p.m. the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is offering a session of  Understanding Dyslexia: Opening the Door to Literacy for All. If you are interested in joining this synchronous learning opportunity, click here to register. The Zoom link to join will be sent in your confirmation email.


AFTER-SCHOOL ENTRY INTO THE BUILDING:  Students are not allowed to return to classrooms after the school day, even if they are escorted by a parent. It is important that we do not allow interruptions for our teachers who volunteer their time after 3:20 PM. Often teachers are conducting meetings with parents, are involved in professional development, or are engrossed in planning engaging lessons for your children.  Also, it is a safety concern to have students in the building and possibly entering classrooms with no adult supervision. Please understand that forgotten homework, musical instruments, or lunch boxes are common; however, all students and adults in the building after-school need to have appointments with teachers who have granted their permission in advance.


SIXTH GRADE FAMILIES: Dr. Grove is looking for sixth graders to present at the Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10th. Please fill out the Google form here if you are interested. The deadline for completing the form is October 12th. This form has been posted on the sixth grade Schoology site since October 6th.  


EVENT FOR MILITARY CONNECTED FAMILIES: Dr. Reid has extended this invitation to military-connected families in the community. Family and School Partnerships will be sharing this invitation through their military-connected networks, as well.


ESSER AT A GLANCE DOCUMENT: The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas. Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) needs. Wolftrap has posted our “at a glance” document on our website. Please click the link here to read that information.


LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized in October nationwide. We acknowledge and celebrate that LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families are an integral component of our nation. 

BINGO Night 2022

Bingo Night - Order your Food Now!

Bingo Night is around the corner... the weather is looking awesome and this year you have to order your food by Thursday, October 13!

  • Pre-order your pizza, bundt cakes, and water by clicking here.  Food MUST be preordered by October 13th.  Food will not be available to purchase on-site this year.  Preorder here
  • "DOORS" OPEN at 4:30 pm. Bingo games start at 5:00 pm. 
  • Bring your blankets/lawn chairs and CASH for our raffle and bingo.
  • Volunteers still needed - Sign up here 
  • Entrance fee this year is a suggested donation of $5 per family with all proceeds going to benefit the PTA (cash and checks only).  Families should bring cash for the suggested donation and for the raffle.  
  • Thank you to this year's amazing sponsors!
    Body Grace Yoga
     --  Banaji Pediatric Dental Specialists
     --  Donna Hamaker, Realtor
     --  Nothing Bundt Cakes
     --  Laura Morrow Wellness

For more information, check out our event page here

Review Your Directory Information

Wolftrap PTA Directory

The Wolftrap Directory is used for parent-to-parent communications and outreach for playdates or birthday parties and it is about to go LIVE! Login to your account in Membership toolkit to validate your information and update your preferences by Saturday, October 15th.

Once the directory goes live, all 2022-2023 PTA members will have access via the website or via our mobile application (download Membership Toolkit App from Google Play or Apple App Store).

But you aren't a PTA member yet? No worries! Join here for only $25 and get directory access.  Have questions or issues? Email the WES PTA Webmaster at webmaster@wolftrappta.org.

Class Dues for All Grade Levels

Class Dues

Our Room Parents are rolling out class dues requests this week. For your convenience, the PTA is facilitating the collection of class dues online at www.wolftrappta.org.  Log into your PTA account and select “My Account”.  You should then see options for paying class dues for your Wolftrap child(ren) and updating your Household Information.  

As a reminder, class dues are used to help offset the costs of grade-level events, parties, supplies and shirts and are paid in advance to avoid multiple collections throughout the year. Reach out to your Grade Level Lead Parents if you have questions - you will be hearing more from them this week. If you haven't already, please also consider joining the PTA and help us reach our goal of 100% parent participation! The class dues form can be accessed via this link.

Yearbook Cover Contest is Back!

Calling all 3rd- 6th Graders!  Show off your Wolfie Spirit by submitting original artwork for this year’s Yearbook Cover Contest.  The design must include:

 --  This year’s theme: One Kind Pack
School name: Wolftrap Elementary
School year: 2022-2023

Instructions: Entries are due by Tuesday, November 1. Use an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper oriented VERTICALLY. Any art medium may be used (crayons, paint, pastels, markers, etc.). NO clip art, internet files, or copied work are allowed. Be sure to fill all the space with COLOR! Then submit your art to the front office with your name, teacher, and grade on the back. Wolftrap Teachers and Staff will judge the entries. All entries appear in the Yearbook! 

Please keep sending your photos and any questions to: yearbook@wolftrappta.org

PTA Reflections "Show Your Voice!"

Show Your Voice

We hope students have been hard at work on their Reflections entries! Reflections is a national arts contest where students can compete in six different categories: visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, film production and dance choreography.

This year's theme is "Show Your Voice" and entries are due by 10/28! Instructions for submitting your child's artwork will be available at the following link later today. We can't wait to see your childrens' entries!  

Welcome to Schoology Video

Welcome to Schoology

Thanks to Ms. Mussen for creating this walkthrough of Schoology! Check it out to get a tour and feel a little more confident with the county's new learning management system. Watch the video today!

National Walk to School Day!

WES Walking Wednesday

National Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 12!

This global event involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school 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!

Odyssey of the Mind

Teams Forming for Odyssey of the Mind

Does your child think so far outside of the box that they’ve never even seen the box? Do you have a budding writer? Costume designer? Engineer and builder? Do they feel at home on stage or performing for a group? Odyssey of the Mind will exercise any or all of these talents and might be just the thing for them!

Wolftrap Teams are Forming Now!! Learn more and register:

 --  What is Odyssey of the Mind? View this Helpful Video
 --  Want more Info? Check out the WES Odyssey Webpage
 --  Still Have Questions? Email: odysseyofthemind@wolftrappta.org 
 --  Register Today. Be a Part of the Team!

Original Works Update

Original Woriks

Students have been working hard in art class this month on their Original Works masterpieces! Mrs. Engnoth will be sending home unfinished artwork with some students this week to complete in their spare time. 

If your child's artwork is sent home, please have them return it to school no later than Monday, October 17th. Thank you!!

You can read more about the Original Works fundraiser program on the PTA page link here: https://wolftrappta.membershiptoolkit.com/Original_Works

Book Fair Committee Meeting

Are Books Your Jam?

Come join the Book Fair Committee!

We are a fun group! Please join us October 18th at 6:30PM for a kickoff meeting.

Email Bookfair@wolftrappta.org for location details!

Discussions in the Den - Oct. 25th!

Discussions in the Den

Join us for the first "Discussions in the Den" Oct. 25th in-person at 9am (please sign in at the front office -- no preregistration needed) or Oct. 25 virtually at 6pm (you must register for the virtual session to receive the link).

We will be having four "Discussions in the Den" this school year. 

Our first topic is: What is Portrait of a GraduateWhat is POG POL?

Portrait of Graduate skills (POG) are all about students using and growing skills that will help them succeed in all aspects of life, including across school subjects, at home, and in the community.  These skills connect with hobbies, interests and in future careers, passions and relationships! Presentations of Learning (POL) are an opportunity for students to share their growth in using these skills, in their own words. Come and learn about how Wolftrap teachers use these skills in the classroom, and how you might use them at home..9:00am in the Teacher Workroom. Please sign in at front office.

Link for the evening Zoom will be provided on the day of the event for those who RSVP. Click the following Google link to RSVP:


Beulah Traffic Safety Update

October marks Pedestrian Safety Month in recognition of increased traffic incidents due to more people walking and biking in the dark.  Traffic safety along Beulah Road is a high priority for the WTES community. 

Please join us for a brief update on current activities to improve traffic safety in front of the school, and tools parents can use to help improve road safety around the school.

Virtual Meeting: 7pm, Thursday, November 3 
Meeting link, ID: 884 6325 8945

After-School Programs Begin Today

After-school enrichment programs start this week and kick off today (October 11) from 3:25 to 4:25pm. Parents, please pick up your kids inside the school building, outside of their after school class locations. The front office can help direct you. 

Community News

Looking for information on community events, resources and other happenings? Check out the Community News page of the Wolftrap PTA website. This week you'll find:

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. 

pta groveWofltrap PTA

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)