Willow Springs School News, 11/10/23

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Kinders in October

Every day is a great day in Kindergarten!

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Willow Springs families,

This week marks the start of the 2nd quarter and most of you have already met with your child's teacher for the annual Parent-Teacher Conference. We thank you for taking the time for this important event! This is a great time to reflect and set goals for the remainder of the year. Start small and set reasonable goals. It can help to write the goals down and plan for rewards as progress is made. If you need help or want to know more about a particular parenting topic, please let us know so we can provide the resources you need.

Progress reports for students who did not request online reports will be sent home on Wed. Nov.15 and grades will be posted to ParentVUE accounts for all students.

November is Family Engagement Month and next week we will have special opportunities to welcome families into our school. On Wednesday we will have the annual Thanksgiving Lunch and we expect over 400 guests! On Thursday evening, we invite all famiies to join us for Family Night at the Book Fair AND Math & Literacy Night. We will have food trucks and a guest author. 

This week we say a BIG "Thank You!" to Mrs. Sackie, our PTA president, who has been serving as a long term 1st grade substitute. We don't know what we would have done without you! We are happy to welcome Mrs. Lauren Spierto back after her maternity leave.

We hope everyone has a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week during our special events. Thank you for sending us your best every day. #WillowPride


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 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 15 - First quarter grades will be viewable in ParentVUE for all students. Paper copies will be sent home for students not requesting online only.
  • November 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch
  • 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

Calendar Reminder: Thanksgiving Holiday 

Happy Thanksgiving graphic


Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Help the girl scouts recycle 1.000 lbs. of plastic

Recycle with Us!

Our 5th grade Girl Scouts are sponsoring a plastic recycling program at our school. The girls are working hard to follow procedures to collect 1,000 pounds of plastic film and bags to earn benches for the school. They also want to provide a positive environmental program and heighten awareness among all students of the need for plastic recycling. Send in your plastics and help us reach our goal!

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.

Forms have been sent home to those who have not completed the online form, please return the form or complete the online survey.

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

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov. 

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. 

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.

Book Fair Dates and Times:

  • November 13-16, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • November 16, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • November 17, 9-11:30 a.m.

Math and Literacy Night

Please join us on Thursday, November 16 for our Math and Literacy Event.

  • WSES Library and Cafeteria
  • 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Book Fair

  • Math Games
  • Guest Readers
  • Food Trucks

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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