Willow Springs School News, 12/1/23

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Students love the Friday morning dance parties!

Let's Dance!

Students enjoy Friday morning dance parties in the lobby during arrival every week.

A Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Willow Springs families,

Welcome to December! It's hard to believe that in just one month, we will be celebrating the start of a new year.

December is a short month for us with only two weeks of school left before Winter Break. Help us make the most of this time by having students in school unless they are sick. Now that the temperatures have dropped, please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket and warm clothing. Classes go out to recess every day unless it is raining or the temperatures are below freezing.

Next week, we will enjoy the Band and Chorus Winter Concert and the students are busy preparing for their performance. 

Thank you for sending us your best every day. #WillowPride


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Laura Tapper, Assistant Principal

Willow the fox

A Peek at Willow's Planner

  • December 6 – Chorus and Advanced Band Concert, Cafeteria, 7 p.m.  (Chorus and band students report at 6:30 pm)
  • December 7-15 - Chanukah
  • December 8 - Bodhi Day
  • December 15 - AAP Referral Packets Due
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
  • January 2 - Students return to school
  • January 10 - PTA Meeting

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

Join us for our dining out fundraisers.

Yummy Fundraisers!

This month we have several food fundraisers planned. Save yourself some time and energy by eating out and supporting our school. Thank you to our PTA for arranging these dining opportunities!

Sign up to join the Willow Writers Club.

Willow Writers Club

Coming January 2024! 

Register Next Week! 

Who?  Students in grades 4, 5, and 6

What?  Willow Writers is a space for students to write and share creatively outside of school assignments with a supportive group. It is not tied to the academic program.

Where?  Mrs. Young’s Music Classroom

When?  Tuesday mornings, 8:15 – 9 a.m.  There will be two sessions, each capped at 30 students. 

Session One:  January 2 – February 6, 2024

Session Two:  February 13 – March 19, 2024

Why?  Writing in a no-pressure environment helps us tap into our imagination and emotions.  It can crystallize our thoughts and strengthen communication.  Willow Writers provides support, encouragement and mini-lessons on elements of the writing process while exploring a variety of writing genres. 

How Much?  Willow Writers is FREE to join.

How do I register for Willow Writers?  Registration will open on Monday, December 4th, 2023 at 9am and close on Friday, December 8th at 4pm.  There are separate registration forms for each session:

Register for Session One

Register for Session Two

For questions, email Mrs. Young at acyoung1@fcps.edu

Support the Girl Scouts recycling project

Plastic Recycling Project

Girl Scout Troop 54063 is collecting plastic bags and plastic film to earn a new Trex Bench for our school. We have placed a recycling bin near the fish tank in the front lobby. In order to earn a bench we need to collect 1,000 pounds of plastic film and plastic bags. Here are some things that you can recycle! 

We can recycle anything with a 2 or a 4 on it!

Some Items don’t have a 2 or a 4. Items with a 1,3,5 and 7 can’t be recycled. If it has no number at all then look for things like plastic bags from grocery stores and plastic from mail, bread bags, bubble wrap etc.

2s and 4s can be recycled

Lost and found is full agaIn. Unclaimed items will be donated during Winter Break.

Lost and Found

Willow Springs is reminding families as they visit school over the next couple of weeks to please check out the lost and found. Lost and Found items are currently located in the front lobby. We have jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes and so much more! After winter break any unclaimed items will be donated.

weather video

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

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