Willow Springs School News, 11/3/23

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Students and staff had fun celebrating Book Character Dress Up Day.

What a Treat!

On Tuesday, our building was filled with book characters come to life. It was such a fun and lively day!

Students are dismissed at 2 PM today.

Early Dismissal Today

Reminder - Students are dismissed 2 hours early today, at 2:00 PM. Please make sure you have transportation and/or child care plans.

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Willow Springs families,

As we end the first quarter and prepare to start the second quarter, many families have had conferences with their child's teacher. If you have yet to schedule a meeting, feel free to contact your child's teacher. The home and school connection is essential for students' success.

This week we have experienced a big drop in temperatures with cold nights and days. Please remember that students should bring jackets for recess as the weather turns cooler. We still have many items in our lost and found, including jackets, so if students are missing an item, please have them check the lost and found area by the main office.

Next week, we will observe Veterans Day on Friday, November 10. We invite students to wear red, white, and blue. Veteran's Day is a time to pay our respects to the men and women who have served our country. We encourage our families and community to show their respect to our veterans using the Google form linked below. Please share a video or picture to honor the men and women in your lives who have served. We will compile and share video submissions through the WSES morning news, as well as on our school's website and Facebook account. Please submit your videos or pictures by 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 9th.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We are grateful for such a wonderful Willow Family! We hope you enjoy the weekend; remember, November 7 is Election Day and a student holiday, and don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on November 5.

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

  • November is Native American Heritage Month and Family Engagement Month
  • November 3 Two hour early release for students at 2 p.m.
  • November 5  End of Daylight Saving Time - Fall Back 1 hour
  • November 6 - 7 - Teacher Workdays, No School for Students
  • November 8 - PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • November 10 - Veterans Day Observance at Willow Springs
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • 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

Early Release and Student Holidays

Don't forget to fall back one hour and change your clocks on Sunday.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

This Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

Vote in favor of the school bonds to fund our school renovation.

Please Vote!

✅ Election Day is Tuesday. Remember to vote! Some of the money from the upcoming $435 million bond vote is expected to fund the construction phase of our school’s renovation project. The building and renovation of schools is not funded through the annual FCPS operating budget. Instead, voter-approved bonds allow payment for these projects over time. Read more about bonds here.

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.

Our November PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday the 8th at 7 PM.

PTA Meeting

We invite all parents to join us for our November PTA meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 7 PM in the library and online. The link to the meeting will be sent in an email on Wednesday afternoon.

We honor all who have served.

Veterans Day

We will observe Veterans Day next Friday, November 10th. We invite all students and staff to wear red, white, and blue

If you have a family member who is a veteran and you would like us to honor them, please consider submitting a photo, name, and information so we can create a slideshow. Here is the link to the Google form where you can submit your information.

We invite all parents to join us for Thanksgiving lunch.

Thanksgiving Lunch

Our cafeteria will serve a special Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday, November 15th. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, Family Engagement Month, and American Education Week, we invite parents to join their child/children for lunch on this day. Parents may bring their own lunch or purchase a school lunch for $4.75. If you plan on joining us, please RSVP by next Wednesday the 8th using the QR code above or the link here.

We will follow a revised lunch schedule on this day which you can view here. Overflow seating will be available in the gym.

We hope you will be able to join us!

November 13-17 is American Education Week.

American Education Week

November 13 - 17 is American Education Week. This week is an opportunity to celebrate public education, to inform the community of the accomplishments and needs of public schools, to secure cooperation and support from the public, and to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. We value the dedication and talent of all of our Willow Springs staff members.

Book Fair

Book Fair

Volunteer Sign-Up

Our Willow Springs book fair is coming soon. We are in need of volunteers to help set up, run registers, help with classes, and take down the book fair throughout the week of November 13-17.  Interested? Sign up to volunteer using the link above.

Watch D.O.G.S

Watch Dogs

Watch D.O.G.S

Have you heard about our Watch D.O.G.S? The Watch D.O.G.S group is a group of men who volunteer at school and help the school as needed during the day. You can be a dad, stepdad, grandpa, or uncle. Sign up for a time that fits your schedule as many or as few times as your schedule allows. Sign up with SignUpGenius.

Visit our Willow Springs Elementary Watch D.O.G.S Facebook Page.

Please sign up at least one week before the date you would like to volunteer to allow teachers time to plan  and prepare. Volunteering is limited to one time per quarter (per child) to allow opportunities for other volunteers. 

Contact Jason Fullen at jfullen@gmail.com

Elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by a parent to attend the FHS football game.

 Fairfax HS Football Game

Friday, November 3rd is the last HOME football game for the 2023 Fairfax Football season. Any student that is in MIDDLE or ELEMENTARY School must be accompanied by an adult. Students in MIDDLE and ELEMENTARY school will not be permitted entry without an adult. Gates open to the public at 6 pm for a 7 pm KICKOFF. The cost is $5 for students and adults. We hope to see many future LIONS at this game. It’s our SENIOR Night and we will be recognizing our Football, Cheer, Golf, Cross Country, and Marching Band seniors starting at 6:35 pm, so get there early!

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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