Willow Springs School News, 3/8/24

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Student Leader

Jake Brady, 6th grade student & leader, serves as a friend, mentor, and tutor to 1st grade students in Mrs. Spierto's class. The students are always happy to see him!


Dear Willow Springs Families, 

Today is International Women's Day. For more than a century, people around the world have made March 8th a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

To ALL of the girls and women in our school and community, we honor you today and everyday! Through your intelligence, grit, determination, and grace, we are all made better. 

We wish all of our families a wonderful weekend filled with happiness and peace. Thank you for sending us your best every day! #WillowPride

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Laura Tapper, Assistant Principal

March 11th is the first full day of Ramadan.


This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds.

Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March 11 is an O day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact their child's principal regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

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Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6.

Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

🧘Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has created a regulation to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. Regulation 1502: Expectations for Meditation and Silent Reflection Space Accommodations provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are designated areas within a school or on school premises for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. View Regulation 1502 for more information.

Happy Read Across America Week!

Author Visit

Laura Murray Author Visit

Mrs. Murray talked with kindergarteners about how she creates her gingerbread man book series.  Students loved learning about how to take ideas and turn them into stories.


Bookmark Design Contest

We had over 70 entries in our bookmark design contest. There so many wonderful bookmarks that we decided to print them all and distribute them during weekly library checkout. All designs are also in display in the library.

Students participated in "book tastings" during Read Across America week.

Read Across America-Book Tastings

In honor of Read Across America week, students had book tastings during their library specials.  Students had the opportunity to try out different books that they might not normally pick for themselves.


Reading Webinar  

The Virginia Department of Education is excited to celebrate Family Reading Month in March. Join the Virginia Department of Education & Virginia PTA for a Reading Together. A webinar designed for families to learn about best practices in reading instruction, the event also covers how families can support their student through all stages of learning to read and improving reading comprehension. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 13 from 7-8 p.m. Registration is required to participate and is open to the public.

 It's Kindergarten Registration Time!

 💻 Online Registration-Preferred Way-Opens April 2, 2024

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 

After registration is complete the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events Willow Springs may host. 

Yearbook News!


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.




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.





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

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SOL Testing Dates 

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

Upcoming important dates and events at Willow Springs.

WSES: Looking Ahead

March is Women's History Month, Disability Awareness Month, Equity in Education Month, and Youth Art Month

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