Wolftrap Connection - November 7, 2022

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Events 
  • Administration Updates
  • Veteran's Day
  • Discussions in the Den
  • Book Fair
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Stay in the Know
  • Food Drive
  • Talent Show
  • Watch DOGS
  • Safety Update
  • Original Works

Upcoming Events


November 8 -  Holiday/No School

November 10 - Veteran's Day Assembly, 9 am

November 11 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 14 - Strategic Plan Survey

November 15 - Discussion in the Den

November 15-18 - Book Fair

November 18 - PTA Meeting, 8:45 am

View the Full Calendar Here   

Hello Wolftrap Community!

Dr. Maggie Grove

We are excited this week to welcome Veterans and their families to Wolftrap for our first assembly to honor Veteran’s Day in two years.

Classrooms are spotlighting Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills as they begin the 2nd quarter of the year. Thank you to all of our parents and community members for your support of a successful 1st quarter of learning!


Dr. Maggie Grove, Principal

Administration Updates

Parent Lunch in Cafeteria

Parents, if you are interested in having lunch in the cafeteria with your student, you must sign in at the front office. We are happy to welcome parents for this purpose. Of course, we must have enough space for students to eat at tables. If we find that we have more parents than we can accommodate in the cafeteria, we will institute a sign in link. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we return to this much loved practice, and navigate interest level.

Strategic Plan Student Survey

The opt out window has closed. Students in grades 3-6 will be taking their strategic plan survey on November 14th. Please remember that you can view the survey on the FCPS website.

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. Learn more about the recommended changes on FCPS website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

Thank you, Veterans


Don’t forget to come and honor our veterans on November 10th at 9:00am. Kindergarten and First graders will be live streaming the event in their rooms. However, if a student in those grades would like to welcome a veteran from their family, they may accompany them to the assembly.

Posters will be on display in the cafeteria through the first week in December. Thank you for your service, Veterans!

Organize a "Calming Corner"


Our next "Discussions in the Den" session is November 15th! Come learn about calming corners and how you may organize one at home!

There will be two opportunities to participate. An in-person session will be at 9:00am and virtual will be held at 6:00pm. Please use this link to RSVP for the virtual session.
The form for the RSVP will close on November 14th. Thank you!

There’s Excitement in the Air…it’s Almost Time for Book Fair!

Leaves are falling, the holidays are coming – it’s the perfect time to find the perfect book to cuddle up with for everyone on your list.

Join Us for Book Fair November 15-18th! Parents will be able to attend the Book Fair at any time during open hours – no sign ups necessary this year! 

Open hours include: 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 3:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Open Houses on Thurs and Fri - Parents are invited to join students in their homeroom and stay after to attend the Book Fair.  Times will be assigned by homeroom and sent home with students in advance and included on the PTA website. Stay tuned!

We need your help! Sign up to volunteer hereFor more information, please check out the PTA website or contact bookfair@wolftrappta.org.

November PTA Meeting - Join Us!

PTA Meeting

We hope you can make it to the next PTA General Assembly Meeting. We'd love to see you there!!

Mark your calendars and join us (in-person) in the Wolftrap cafeteria at 8:45 AM on Friday, November 18th. For more information about PTA Meetings, click here.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Update

TA November

A huge thank you to all the Fifth Grade parents who contributed to last month's teacher appreciation initiative -- a luncheon catered by Chop't!

For November, the First Grade will sponsor a breakfast. If you would like to contribute, please click here to do so by November 16th. We are now using Gift Crowd to collect, which enables you to pay by credit card or PayPal -- and to leave a message of appreciation that the incredible Wolftrap teachers and staff will be able to read.

Questions? Email wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com or Michelle Scalise at mzscalise@gmail.com.

Two Ways to Stay In-the-Know

Membership Toolkit App

Don't forget to download the PTA app on Apple Store or Google Play. Use your Wolftrap PTA website info to log in and find all you need for school events, forms, calendars and more... plus access to pur digital directory.

Also, did you know we launched a new PTA website this year to make it easier to stay up to date on the latest events, programs and more? If you see Chris Harney, be sure to give her a thank you - she took on this massive endeavor to benefit our community and give us all a better resource!

New to our Website? Create an account today!

Thanksgiving Food Drive


Wolftrap Gives Back

The holidays are an excellent time to reflect and be thankful for what we have. This year we have coordinated a Thanksgiving food drive for families in the Vienna area. We certainly understand that not all families may choose to participate, but we are extremely grateful for your support if you are able to contribute!

We will be filling grocery bags with one of each item. Donations can be brought into school through November 21st, and students will place them in a box outside each classroom. If you are interested in also contributing a $10 gift card to Giant or Target, those can be submitted to the main office. Each grade level has an item to collect:

  • Kindergarten - gravy mix packets/cans of chicken or vegetable broth
  • First Grade – Bisquick (bottle uses water only)
  • Second Grade - Mac and Cheese (containers that use water only)
  • Third Grade - instant mashed potatoes
  • Fourth Grade – boxed stuffing
  • Fifth Grade - canned green beans
  • Sixth Grade – applesauce (plastic containers)

Talent Show Interest Meeting

Talent Show Volunteer Interest Meeting

Are you interested in helping with the Talent Show this year!? Join us on November 9 at 5:30 PM for a volunteer interest ZOOM Meeting

Join the ZOOM: Click Here
Meeting ID: 774 0359 8689
Passcode: Talent

--  Can't make the meeting but want to be included? Sign Up Here!
--  Have Questions? Email: TalentShow@wolftrappta.org

Volunteer for Watch DOGs

Watch DOGS

Thanks to all who showed up at last Friday for our Watch DOGs morning coffee/donuts kickoff.  Sign Up Genius slots are open (please select only one day - we'll open it back to repeats if possible later in the year). 

Help us with Artist in the Making!

Artist in the Making

Artist in the Making (AIM) is a popular PTA-led program that brings parents into each classroom to work with students for a one-hour session during the school day to introduce students to the work of various artists.

Interested in helping with AIM?

Join the program!! No artistic skills or prior experience needed! Interested? Let us know, fill out our Google Form to get involved. 

Safety Update

Several years ago, a Wolftrap student was hit by a parent parking on the corner of St. Roman and Talisman. Drivers cannot see children walking and biking from St. Roman Drive around parked cars.

Fairfax County recommends parking tickets for violating the following 3 items. However, we can protect our kids without parking tickets! Please leave space:

-- 10 feet from driveways
-- 30 feet from stop signs
-- 20 feet from intersections

Please tell babysitters or grandparents who might drive or park on Talisman Drive, too.

Red lines = NO PARKING
at drop-off and pick-up,
even for a moment! 

Red lines

Order Your Original Works Soon!

Thank you, parents and caregivers! Your students made wonderful art, and you made sure it was submitted by the deadline.

Now the fun part! Please keep an eye out for customized flyers going home next week with online gallery instructions. Ordering is easy, the products make wonderful holiday gifts, AND the funds support our school. It’s a win-win! Order deadline is November 23rd. 

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.

Check out the Community News page of the PTA website.

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

Board 2022-2023Wofltrap 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)