Willow Springs School News, 10/20/23

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Staff scoopers at Bruster's Ice Cream.

This Scoop's for You

Our SUPER COOL staff scooped up sweet treats for our students and families at Bruster's Real Ice Cream on Wednesday night. We LOVED seeing so many of our students and families at this event. Thank you to our PTA for organizing this event!

Here are the final Boosterthon numbers.

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Willow Springs families,

This has been a quiet week compared to all of the excitement we had last week. We had our wrap up Boosterthon meeting on Wednesday and the results shown above were shared with us. As you can see, we exceeded our school-wide goal and that is thanks to YOUR generosity and support of our students! Please join us at our next PTA Meeting on November 8th to hear updates on how the funds will be spent.

Tonight is Fairfax High School's homecoming parade and football game. We wish our Lions all the best. Your Willow fox friends will be cheering for you. 

Next week we will have CogAT testing for all of our 2nd grade students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the morning. We have our fingers crossed that all goes smoothly.

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


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Laura Tapper, Assistant Principal

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


A Peek at Willow's Planner

  • October 16 Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Opens
  • October 31 Dress as your favorite book character
  • November 1 Vision and hearing screenings for grades K and 3
  • November 5  End of Daylight Saving Time - Fall Back 1 hour
  • November 6 - 7 - Teacher Workdays, No School for Students
  • November 13 - 17 - WSES Book Fair Week & American Education Week
  • November 16 - Math and Literacy Night - Book Fair - Food Trucks
  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools Closed

All parents are invited to join us on Monday at 5 PM for an AAP Parent Meeting.


 Parent Meeting: 

Understanding the Full-Time AAP Screening Process

All parents are invited to join us Monday at 5:00 PM in the cafeteria and virtually via Zoom as Mrs. Ashley Raymond, AART, talks about the application process for full time AAP placement. Join us to learn about the process and have your questions answered.

A reminder email will be sent on Monday containing a link for the parents who will be joining us virtually.

Willow Springs Elementary School has 35 students participating in the Fairfax Pyramid Elementary Honors Choir. 

Honors Choir

Willow Springs Elementary School has 35 students participating in the Fairfax Pyramid Elementary Honors Choir.  They will be performing on Thursday October 26th at 7:00 pm at Fairfax High School with other Elementary, Middle and High School students from our Pyramid!  We are so proud of how well they are representing our school! #WillowPride

Anna Kohler

Rayan Bastati

Rosemarie LeBlanc

Alice Zottig

Joelle Shenouda

Charlotte Fullen

Adele Wiseman

Luke Herrmann

Skyla Winslow

Hessa Wahidi

Amiah Saffell-Randolph

Madigan Lackey

Leah Shultz

Husnaa Wahidi

Arina Pavlenko

Hadley Johnson

Isabella Sarac

Charlotte Rowland

Chloe Yi

Samuel Falke

Liam Castro

Marah Cheikhsaid

Mena Alqazzaz

Anna Kohler

Lily Isner

Maylinh Warren

Genevieve Walter


Jake Brady

Pravasthi Avuluri

Wegahta Afewerki


Khulan Choijilsuren

Elizabeth Sheremetinskiy

Naomi yuan


Lynn Ballard

Seoyeon Chae

Naya Kwatra


October is Principal Appreciation Month.

We Appreciate You!

Celebrated every October, National Principals Month is an opportunity schools and communities to celebrate and honor our incredible principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student. Thank you, Mr. Taylor, for all you do to make Willow Springs such an amazing place for all students to learn, grow, and have fun! If you would like to send Mr. Taylor a note of appreciation, he can be reached at dptaylor@fcps.edu.

FCPS is asking all families to fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey.


Online: Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is available online in SIS ParentVUE this year. Once logged in, please select the “Online Packets” tab at the top, then select “Federal Impact Aid Survey” from the drop-down menu.This is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For more information, visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page.

A completed survey is required for each school-age child in every household.

Farmer's Market

Willow Springs Farmer's Market 

Keeping it Fresh: The Office of Communications recently highlighted Willow Springs Farmer's Market and Garden Club on the FCPS Website, it's a great article and an even greater video, be sure to read all about our Market and watch the video! 

You have two more opportunities to shop at our Farmer's Market--today and next Friday. Next Friday the 27th will be the last day of the Farmer's Market for this season.

Book Character Dress Up Day is on October 31st.

Book Character Dress Up Day

It will soon be time to get into character to celebrate the season and our love of reading. Who will you choose to be?

students will have vision and hearing screenings in the health room on Nov. 1

News from the Health Room

Kindergarten and third grade students will receive a Vison and Hearing screening on Wednesday, November 1 in accordance with the Code of Virginia 22.1-2731 and FCPS Regulation 21072. FCPS provides vision and screening hearings for:

  • All students in kindergarten, third, seventh and tenth grades.
  • All students new to Fairfax County Public Schools in any grade.

If your child wears glasses, please make sure they bring them to school.  If your student does not pass either the vision or hearing screening, you will receive a follow up letter instructing you to get a further evaluation with your private doctor. If you have any questions regarding the screening, please call the Health Room at 703-679-6010.

We need volunteers to help us at this event. If you are available to help for 1 hour or more, please email Susan Waldeck, our Health Room Aide, at siwaldeck@fcps.edu.

Talk with your child about online safety.


Talking to Your Children About Digital Well-Being

It’s Digital Citizenship Week, an opportunity for students to reflect on how their digital habits can impact their social and emotional well-being. Many schools have activities throughout the week. Check your school’s website or newsletter to see what your children are participating in at school. Or, visit Common Sense Media for ideas on how to talk to your children about digital well-being.

We'll be holding Math/Literacy night on 11/16

Math and Literacy Night

We invite you to join us for this great event and visit the Book Fair which will be open on this same night.

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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