Willow Springs School News, 10/6/23

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3rd graders had popsicles and pajamas on the playground

These 3rd graders loved having a Popsicles and Pajama Day!

Students enjoyed popsicles and pajamas for Boosterthon.

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Willow Springs families,

This has been a very busy and exciting week for us as we kicked off Boosterthon, and our students enjoyed daily challenges and prizes. Students have been rewarded with pajama day, popsicles, keychains, and more! Mrs. Trogdon's class pied Terrific Taylor and Jolly Jackie in the face. Yesterday, Mrs. Bay's class won the challenge and turned Terrific Taylor into a mummy. The fun will culminate with the Fun Run next Wednesday the 11th. Our goal is to raise $50,000 dollars to support enrichment programs and activities to benefit ALL students in our school. Thank you for your tremendous support.

This week we also participated in National Walk to School Day and our Green Team had the first monthly meeting of the year. The Green Team will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 8-9 AM. If you haven't yet visited our Friday Farmer's Market, you have until October 27th to do so. The market is open every Friday during dismissal and it is located in front of the school.

Next week, we look forward to another GREAT turnout at our PTA meeting and a visit from Murphy the therapy dog on Friday.

Thank you for sending us your best everyday! Together, we make a great team. #GoTeamWillow


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Laura Tapper, Assistant Principal

Terrific Taylor is turned into a mummy.

Boosterthon Fun

Terrific Taylor is a terrific sport and she knows how to make days fun!

Willow the Fox looks forward to seeing you at these upcoming events. Mark your calendars now.

A Peek at Willow's Planner

  • October10 Final Boosterthon Program Day
  • October 9 Indigenous Peoples' Day and Staff Development Day
    • No School for Students
  • October 11  Boosterthon Fun Run; PTA meeting at 7 PM
  • October 13  Individual Student Picture Make-Ups
  • October 13 15 CogAT Testing, retakes only
  • October 17 - 19  CogAT Testing, 2nd grade students
  • October 31 Dress as your favorite book character
  • November 5  End of Daylight Saving Time - Fall Back 1 hour

Fairfax County recognizes and honors Indigenous People's Day.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 9, is a student holiday and staff development day.

Learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day from the National Museum of the American Indian. See the complete school year calendar.

A PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday the 11th at 7 PM in the library or you can join virtually.

PTA Meeting

Our 2nd PTA Meeting of the year will be held next Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the library. If you are unable to join us in person, we welcome you to join us virtually. On Wednesday afternoon, we will send all families an email with the link you can use to join us. 

At this months meeting, we will share updates on Boosterthon, testing, the school renovation plan and more.

Join us to hear the latest news, meet other parents, and share your ideas and experiences!

Next Friday the 13th is Picture Retake Day.

 Picture Makeups/Retakes 

Victor O'Neill Studios is coming back for portrait makeups/retakes on Friday, October 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pictures taken in September will be sent home from Willow Springs prior to October 13.

This session is open to the following:

  • Any student or staff member who was absent for the original session.
  • Any new/transfer students who enrolled after the original session.
  • Any new staff members who were hired after the original session.
  • Any student/staff who was dissatisfied with their original picture day portrait.

Please Note:

  • Students who previously purchased a photo package and would like to retake their photo MUST return their original package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • No purchase is necessary to retake photos.
  • Students retaking their portrait will not receive a new ID card.
  • The new portrait will replace their original yearbook portrait and then be available for purchase.

Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two to three weeks following our school's picture day.

Save time and Pre-order online HERE.

For questions about ordering school pictures please email underclass@vosphoto.com       

Next week is National School Lunch Week.

National School Lunch Week

October 9-13 is National School Lunch Week. 

President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. Every day, our cafeteria serves delicious and nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch.

Last year, our salad bar opened. The salad bar is available every day to every student and choices include FRESH vegetables and fruit. The salad bar is a part of every lunch and is not a separate purchase.

You can find more information and check the daily meal calendar HERE.

Boosterthon Weekend Mystery Challenge


It's not too late to sign up and join the fun to support our school. Visit mybooster.com to register.

❗️ Bonus prize alert! ❗️

Your student can be earning an extra prize for getting us closer to our $50,000 by getting donations for this weekend ONLY! Learn more about the mystery bonus prize on MYBOOSTER.COM. 👀

❗️This is a limited time window, so head to MYBOOSTER.COM today to learn more. ❗️ Reminder: We’re raising $50,000 for Enriching our Specials Program (PE, Music, Art, Spanish, STEAM, TECH, Library that will directly impact students and staff here at Willow Springs Elem. We can’t do this without your help!

Thanks for helping our school raise funds this year and have a great weekend!!

boosterthon updated numbers

Students in grades 3-6 will soon take the SEL Screener.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Offered in October

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.  

The screener is offered to all students in grades 3-12 in October and again in February or March. Students at Willow Springs will take the screener in their classrooms in the days AFTER Boosterthon.

The SEL Screener addresses skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful. Key updates to the screener this year include:

  • Different versions for students in grades 3-5 and 6-12. 
  • Fewer topics with more questions to provide schools and families with more data to support planning. 
  • Additional questions aligned with FCPS’ commitment to educational equity.  

SEL Screener results are sent to families via postal mail. Families who wish to opt their child out should complete the opt-out form in the Annual Notice packet or in SIS ParentVUE. 

For more information, please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage or contact your child’s school. 

Please note that the SEL Screener differs from the anonymous Fairfax County Youth Survey

Activities and Clubs 

Visit the Activities/Clubs page on the WSES Website for more information.

All Foxes Need a Den and a Friend

The Willow Springs PTA cordially invites ALL families to join the PTA and become active members of our amazing school community! We are stronger together and strong schools and communities support healthy lives and high achievement for our children.

  • Join the PTA
  • PTA Page on the Willow Springs Website
  • PTA Facebook Page
  • Spirit Wear Online Store-We are excited to see our fellow foxes showing their Willow Pride in snazzy spirit wear!  Open 24/7 all year long!
  •  Our online spirit wear shop is open year round, 24 hours a day for your shopping convenience.

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