Willow Springs School News, 2/23/24

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Reading Buddies from Mrs. Vila's First Grade and Mrs. Martin's Fourth Grade Classes

Dear Willow Springs Families, 

Our school community is delighted and honored to announce that one of our WSES teachers, Mrs. Gunjan Agrawal Sapkota, aka "Mrs. G", has been selected as the 2024 Outstanding New Teacher for the Fairfax pyramid! She will now be considered for further recognition and honor in Region 5. Let's lift her up with our positive thoughts, affection and well wishes!

This week we also had student winners. Thirty-three students from all grade levels completed and submitted Virginia Kindness Challenge Boards, and the following students were selected to receive prizes in recognition of their efforts to show kindness:

  1. Victoria Sarac, 2nd grade, Mrs. Creek
  2. Elijah Kim, 6th grade, Mrs. Panczyszyn
  3. Hadley Johnson, 5th grade, Mrs. Rodriguez

Congratulations to all our award winners!

We wish all of you a wonderful weekend. Thank you for sending us your best every day! #WillowPride

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Laura Tapper, Assistant Principal

We will have a Spring Garden Club.

WSES Garden Club

Spring 2024

The Willow Springs PTA is excited to continue the afterschool Garden Club for your children. Spring club participants will learn how to plan, plant, and harvest a garden of flowers and vegetables. They will have the opportunity to help with the Bluebird Trail on school grounds and the Willow Springs Farmer’s Market with local farm partner, Piney Meadow Farm. They will learn how to prepare delicious dishes with seasonal produce. They also will learn about garden science, the importance of pollinators (Monarch butterflies, bees, and others), and, most of all, have fun exploring in nature.

Meetings are Fridays from 4:00-5:30pm, March 15-May 31. Students must be picked up from club promptly at 5:30pm. Boys and girls in 3rd through 6th grade are eligible to participate. We invite any K-2 friends interested in helping in the garden and learning about garden club to join us Friday, May 10 from 4:00-5:30pm with a chaperone (age 13+).

Registration for Garden Club is on a first come, first serve basis, and opens Monday, February 26. There will be a limit of 25 students. Please use the QR Code below to access the survey to sign up.

Registration dues are $50 per child. Please pay dues on the PTA website under Clubs by March 11. Registration is not considered complete until dues have been paid.

Parents are encouraged to help during club at least once a session. A link to sign up to volunteer will be emailed by the first meeting.

Interested in environmental initiatives at the school (recycling, energy conservation, reducing waste, etc.)? We are looking for family representatives (parent, grandparent, etc.) for the Willow Springs student-led    GREEN CLUB this year. Meetings are held before school the first Wednesday of every month.

Questions? Contact Carley Fisher-Maltese, Get2Green Lead & STEAM Resource Teacher, at cfishermalte@fcps.edu.

Read Across America Day is coming in March.

Bookmark Contest

In honor of Read Across America Week in March, Willow Springs is having a bookmark design contest. Click here to find the contest entry form. All entries are due by February 29th. Good luck!

Yearbook News!

Spirit Week? Not until 3/19-let's hold for a couple weeks

Order Your Yearbook Now


Order your Yearbooks now! Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 25528 to get your copy. Must be ordered by 4/18. There will not be extra copies for sale at the end of the school year.

Yearbook Cover Contest




Our popular yearbook cover contest is back. It is due to the front office by 3/15. It must be on 8.5x11 paper. Please write the student's and teacher's names on the back of the cover. It may be hand-drawn or digitally made.




Submit Photos for the Yearbook


Help us fill the yearbook by sharing your pictures. Visit www.hjeshare.com and use code 25528 to share your photos.


Any yearbook questions? Email Linda Kim - lindakim219@gmail.com

The SOL testing calendar for grades 3-6 is available below. All testing begins in May.

Spring SOL Testing Dates

for Grades 3-6

Every spring, students across the state of Virginia in grades 3-12 take Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess their learning. Elementary school students take reading and math tests starting in 3rd grade and continuing every year through 6th grade. In addition, 5th grade students take a science test. The expectation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is that all students in grades 3-12 will participate in SOL testing every spring. Testing begins in May and is completed in June.

Testing and dates and Information can be found on the Willow Springs Website Calendar.

We understand that May and June are busy times of the year with many events that may take students out of school. To best support our WSES families in planning, we are sharing our testing schedule with you NOW. Please add these dates to your home calendars so we can all plan the best testing situations for our students. We want all of our students to be able to show what they know and let their talents shine!




Apply to be substitute teacher or student monitor in FCPS and at Willow Springs.

Work for FCPS!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a school? Are you looking to make a change in your life and career? Do you enjoy being around children? If so, please consider applying for a job with FCPS.

Substitute Teaching: There is always a need for substitute teachers across the area and right here at Willow Springs! Being a substitute gives you the flexibility to work where and when you want, and it allows you to get your foot in the door and gain valuable experiences to add to your resume.

If you are interested in becoming a sub. and would like to learn more, please check out this link HERE.

Student Monitor: Willow Springs is looking to hire a student monitor. This is a full-time position that provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include, but not limited to, the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal. Monitor helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students. Monitors must feel comfortable operating technology and performing administrative and noninstructional duties, and can expect to work with both individual and small groups of students during the day. It is another great entry point into a career in FCPS!

If you are interested in becoming a Student Monitor and would like to learn more, please check out this link HERE and contact Ipsa Stringer  at: ibstringer@fcps.edu

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WSES: Looking Ahead

March is Women's History Month and Disability Awareness Month

  • March 1 - Read Across America Day (observed)
  • March 5 - Student Holiday
  • March 10 - Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)
  • March 15 - Spirit Night at Centreville HS, 6-8 P.M.
  • March 18-22 - Spirit Week
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break

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