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Strings Concerts Tonight!

Students are proud to demonstrate their strings accomplishments at our winter concerts tonight!

 

5:45-6:15 PM 4th Grade

Students arrive at 5:15 in concert clothes (white top, dark bottoms) for tuning and seating.

7:00-7:45 PM 5th and 6th Grades

Students arrive at 6:30 in concert clothes (white top, dark bottoms) for tuning and seating.

CWES on ABC 7 Tonight!

Reporter Heather Graf from ABC 7 showed up at CWES today to interview Dr. L about tonight's episode of Wheel of Fortune! They got to visit the cafeteria during 3rd grade lunch and popped in on a couple of classes.

 

Tune into the 5:00 News TONIGHT -- the spot will air at approximately 5:15 PM!

 

Then tune in at 7:00 PM to watch Dr. L's episode!

Submit your SCA Turkey Trot Funds!

Please collect cash or checks and return your child's Turkey Trot pledge envelopes as soon as possible!

It is still early, but based on early returners, we are hopeful that we may have enough funds to purchase multiple water bottle filling stations!

THANK YOU!

Mark Your Calendar

AAP Parent Information Night - December 5, 2019

Final Date to Submit Turkey Trot Funds  - December 10, 2019

Karen Kane Author Visit - December 13, 2019

Winter Break - December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

Level IV Referrals Due - January 9, 2020

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my gratitude for your partnership and for entrusting us with your most precious gifts: your children. I am grateful for the incredible staff at CWES and for the joy that fills our hallways each day. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Turkey Trot Fun Run Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting CWES at Turkey Trot Run Fundraiser! We had a blast!!!!This event helps us to raise funds for the purchase and installation of water bottle filling stations, to be used by staff and students alike. We will install up to three stations as funds allow; remaining funds will be used to improve CWES’s outdoor classroom. 

Throughout the year, the CWES Environmental club will promote the use of refillable water bottles and raise awareness about the positive impact students and staff can have on the environment. 

  • From November 22 – December 10, students collect funds for pledges and place funds in pledge envelopes. Please return envelope with ALL funds inside.
  • Pledge envelopes with funds are due December 10! Cash or checks (payable to Canterbury Woods Elementary School) accepted.

 

Prizes awarded based on funds submitted by Tuesday, December 10!

  Please support CWES and the environment!

 

Mark Your Calendar

Thanksgiving Break - November 27-29, 2019

Parent Coffee with Dr. L -  December, 4, 2019 9:30AM-10:30AM

4th Grade Strings Winter Concert - December 4, 2019 5:45PM - 6:45PM

5th and 6th Strings Winter Concert - December, 4 7:00PM-7:45PM

AAP Parent Information Night - December 5, 2019

Winter Break - December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

Level IV Referrals Due - January 9, 2020

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I have some fun news to share with you: I will be a contestant on an upcoming episode of Wheel of Fortune! My dad and I watched the show religiously when I was a child. He died when I was fifteen and I hadn’t watched the show in over 30 years. However, when there was a local Wheelmobile event in the summer, I decided to audition. Long story short – I was selected to be on the show! I had a BLAST! I am not permitted to reveal anything about the outcome of the episode, so you will have to tune in to see how it goes. The episode airs on DECEMBER 4 at 7:00 PM. If your child is performing in the strings concert that night, be sure to set your DVRs!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

 

Take Home Tuesday

November 18, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Turkey Trot Fun Run Fundraiser **Date Changed to Monday, November 25th **
  •  Restaurant Night at Chipotle - Fairfax Chipotle
  •  W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

 

Turkey Trot Fun Run Fundraiser

Due to the forecast of rain on Friday, November 22the Turkey Trot will be held Monday, November 25, 2019.

Join us as we run/walk/skip/jog laps together to support CWES! The SCA is sponsoring this event to raise funds for the purchase and installation of water bottle filling stations, to be used by staff and students alike. We will install up to three stations as funds allow; remaining funds will be used to improve CWES’s outdoor classroom.

Throughout the year, the CWES Environmental club will promote the use of refillable water bottles and raise awareness about the positive impact students and staff can have on the environment.

Get fit and have fun while helping CWES and the environment!

Note this event is optional and will take place on the back field during your child’s regularly scheduled recess time.   

 

 

Canterbury Woods Strings Winter Concert for grades 4th, 5th and 6th

Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade strings students are ready to perform for you! The concert demonstrates the mastery of tasks achieved during strings class and individual student practice at home. This is a culminating event of the class and as such all students are expected to attend the concert and rehearsals. Ms. Mitchell  and Ms. Susens  are thankful to be a part of your child’s musical journey. Please do not hesitate to contact us Ms. Mitchell  email  or Ms. Susens email  if we can answer any questions or concerns.

We wish everyone a restful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Please take note of the below dates and times for strings rehearsals and concerts for Grades 4 and 5-6.

 

 Practice: Monday, November 25 10:25-11:25 Gr. 6, SACC room
Sixth grade students will bring instruments/music and wear regular school clothes. 

 Practice: Monday, December 2nd 9:30-10:30am, Gr. 4

Students will bring instrument and music to school on this day and will wear regular school clothes.

 Concert: Wednesday, December 4th  

 5:45-6:15 PM 4th Grade

Students arrive at 5:15 in concert clothes (white top, dark bottoms) for tuning and seating.

7:00-7:45 PM 5th and 6th Grades

Students arrive at 6:30 in concert clothes (white top, dark bottoms) for tuning and seating.

  2019 Food Drive Success

Thank you for helping us to reach our goal of helping many families in our community this holiday season!!!

This year, CWES donated 4,779 items for our food drive. Those donations will be distributed throughout the community! Special thanks to the 6th graders for bringing in 2,212 items, thus winning a special prize with Mrs. Brown!!

Great job Canterbury Woods!!

  Impact Aid Forms Reminder

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education.

These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. 

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned before November 22, 2019.

  Restaurant Night at Chipotle

Fairfax Chipotle (9506 Main Street, Fairfax)

Wednesday, December 11 from 5-9 PM

Take a break from making dinner during the busy holiday season and support the CWES PTA! 

  • If we, as a community, spend over $300, Chipotle very generously will donate 33% of proceed revenue (the amount we spend) to CWES PTA! 
  • Present the Chipotle flyer to the cashier. Flyers can be found in the THT envelopes or bring a picture of it on your phone.
  • Tell the cashier you're part of the CWES fundraiser. 
  • Online orders do not count as part of our fundraiser revenue - you have to place the order at the restaurant. 

See you there!

Mark Your Calendar

Thanksgiving Break - November 27-29, 2019

Parent Coffee with Dr. L -  December, 4, 2019 9:30AM-10:30AM

4th Grade Strings Winter Concert - December 4, 2019 5:45PM - 6:45PM

5th and 6th Strings Winter Concert - December, 4 7:00PM-7:45PM

AAP Parent Information Night - December 5, 2019

Winter Break - December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

Level IV Referrals Due - January 9, 2020

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Dear Families,

Did you know 17% of CWES students come from military families? What a wonderful time we had on Monday honoring our Veterans with our annual Thanksgiving luncheon! Thanks to those of you who presented your experiences to our students, and to those of you who came to share in the celebration! It was also wonderful to see so many of you at the PTA meeting last night, and to share my new series of Parent Coffees! This will be an informal way to engage around a variety of topics of interest. The first coffee will be held December 4 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the library and will be about special education. I hope to see you there! As we lead up to the Thanksgiving holiday, our theme for morning meetings these two weeks is that cWEs CAN be thankful. Please consider encouraging your child to participate in our fundraiser, The Turkey Trot, on November 22. Information went home in Take Home Tuesday folders yesterday and in a special News You Choose bulletin on Monday. This SCA-sponsored event encourages students to walk or run laps to raise funds for refillable water bottle stations, the use of which our Environmental Club will promote throughout the year! A healthy habit to encourage more healthy habits! Have a wonderful week.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, “Dr. L”

  Join Us for Our  December Workshops Zones of Regulation

Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, the Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colors to help students identify their feelings and level of alertness and provides strategies to support emotional regulation. By understanding how to notice their body’s signals, detect triggers, read social context, and consider how their behaviors impact those around them, students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the four Zones, corresponding feelings and visuals to reinforce this language at home.
  • Explore calming and alerting strategies to teach children how to become aware of and manage their emotions.
  • Discuss individual needs in a collaborate group setting.

Presented by Emily Habermeyer and Paula Augenstein, FCPS School Counselors.

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Zones of Regulation

 

Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

We all want our children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough… no matter how successful they are?

Participants will learn:

  • Where self-esteem comes from
  • Practical strategies to help children improve their self-esteem
  • Why some strategies we usually use to improve self-esteem may backfire
  • 3 simple actions used to improve your child’s self-esteem today and, in the future

Presented by Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE.

Friday, December 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

  Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know

Twice-exceptional (2e) learners have exceptional strengths and exceptional learning challenges. Please join us to learn what FCPS is doing to provide schools and families with insight and guidance to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of 2e students.

During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the joys and challenges of twice-exceptionality.
  • Review newly published FCPS resources created to support families and schools.
  • Talk to other parents of 2e learners.

Presented by Ms. Beth Baldwin, FCPS Advanced Academic Specialist and Ms. Dawn Azennar FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know

 

 

  Final Week of our Food Drive

Please help us reach our goal of helping many families in our community this holiday season. Last year we collected over 4,000 items. We would love to do the same this year. Please send in non-perishable items by Friday, November 15th. Gift cards are welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you for helping feed our community!!

CWES CARES!

 

 

Heroes in the Hallway

If you sent in a picture of a hero for our hallway display and would like the photo returned to you, please email Becca Wilson at email by this Friday. Please include:

  • Your student’s name
  • Your student’s teacher

 

Thank you for sending in a photo and, from all of CWES, thank you for your service!

 

Take Home Tuesday

November 12, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

Turkey Trot Fun Run Fundraiser

Friday, Nov. 22 (Rain Date Nov. 25)

 

  Mark Your Calendar

Thanksgiving Break - November 27-29, 2019

AAP Parent Information Night - December 5, 2019

Winter Break - December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

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Turkey Trot Fun Run November 22!

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Turkey Trot Fun Run Fundraiser

Friday, Nov. 22 (Rain Date Nov. 25)

Join us as we run/walk/skip/jog laps together to support CWES! The SCA is sponsoring this event to raise funds for the purchase and installation of water bottle filling stations, to be used by staff and students alike. We will install up to three stations as funds allow; remaining funds will be used to improve CWES’s outdoor classroom.

Throughout the year, the CWES Environmental club will promote the use of refillable water bottles and raise awareness about the positive impact students and staff can have on the environment.

Get fit and have fun while helping CWES and the environment!

Note this event is optional and will take place on the back field during your child’s regularly scheduled recess time.   

How it works
  • Students will be shown a video overview to kick off the event and will get pledge envelopes in Take Home Tuesday folders November 12th.
  • From November 12 - 22, students solicit pledges – students can ask for a pledge per lap or a flat donation.
  • On the day of the event, each student’s number of laps will be recorded and sent home so families can calculate per-lap donations.
  • From November 22 – December 10, students collect funds for pledges and place funds in pledge envelopes. Please return envelope with ALL funds inside.
  • Pledge envelopes with funds are due December 10! Cash or checks (payable to Canterbury Woods Elementary School) accepted.

Prizes awarded based on funds submitted by Tuesday, December 10!

Schedule for Turkey Trot Fun Run

6th: 10:10 - 10:30

1st: 11:40 - 12:00

5th: 12:00 - 12:20

K: 12:20 - 12:40

2nd: 1:00 - 1:20

4th: 2:35 - 2:55

3rd: 3:30 - 3:50

NOTE: If event occurs on rain date November 25, fifth grade time will be scheduled for after field trip that day.

Prizes

Based on total funds submitted by December 10, not based on pledged amounts:

 

Grade level Prize

The grade that raises the most funds gets an extra recess!

Classroom Prize

The classroom that raises the most funds gets an extra recess and a special spirit day (class-selected theme) on December 19.

Individual Prizes

The top student in each grade who raises the most funds gets a lunch bunch with Dr. L (to which they can invite 4 friends) and a premium “cWEs CAN” water bottle!

All students who participate (with or without pledges) will receive a participation ribbon.

Volunteers Needed

We would love your help to make this event a success! Volunteers are needed to help track the number of laps our students make. If you are able to help for one or more of the grade level "Turkey Trots" please scan this QR code or visit this link to sign up:

https://bit.ly/2rqQugI

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CWES Weekly Happenings.

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,


What a pleasure it has been to connect with so many families over the past conference days. We appreciate your partnership in your child’s education. I look forward to seeing you at our PTA general membership meeting November 12 at 6:30, where I will share information about the school improvement plan, provide an overview of a social-emotional program we are exploring, and more! Happy November!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, (Dr. L)

 Attendance Matter

 As we conclude the first quarter of the school year, we are taking the opportunity to remind you of the importance of daily school attendance. Academic success relies upon excellent school attendance.  Students who come to school on time every day are building critical life skills they will use the rest of their lives.  Like strengthening a muscle, building positive attendance habits early on makes a difference for our students today and for our adults of tomorrow.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school and themselves.  

 Did you know?

  • Even excused absences interfere with learning.
  • A pattern of absences (whether unexcused or excused) is one of the main reasons for lower academic achievement.  
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

Absences can mask deeper struggles, for example:  absences may be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with peer conflicts or facing a medical or mental health concern.

Support is available:

CWES staff is committed to supporting your child’s attendance in school.  Contact a member of our team if you need help problem solving attendance-related concerns: 

Becca Wilson, school counselor (gr. 1, 3, 5)             

Necole Brown, school counselor (gr. K, 2, 4, 6)

Nilofar Naderi, school social worker                            

JaQuese Hawkins, school social worker

Marisa Straub, school psychologist

Additional resources can be found online at http://www.fcps.edu/attendance. 

You can find your child’s first quarter attendance information (absences and tardies) on the progress reports that are going home next week. In addition, the FCPS attendance policy requires schools to contact parents when there are five or more unexcused absences

Please remember to call the attendance line at 703-764-5656 to report all absences.  If the school is not notified of the reason for the absence within 48 hours, it will automatically be recorded as an unexcused absence.  If you know in advance that your student will miss one or more days of school, please contact the school or use this form for a prearranged absence: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se291.pdf

We appreciate your partnership in this effort.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Lunch Celebration

Happy November! We are just under two weeks away from our annual Veterans Day event and Thanksgiving luncheon! All parents are invited to celebrate the holiday season with your children.

On this special day, all grade levels will attend a presentation to learn from active duty and/or retired military men and women in our community. This is a time-honored tradition here at Canterbury Woods and we are so excited to have presenters take their time to share their experiences and expertise with our students and staff. If you have any questions regarding the event, please email Deirdre Ladd, Assistant Principal at email

Lunch Schedule

To accommodate all of our guests, there will be an alternate lunch schedule for that day. Please see below for your child’s scheduled lunch time. 

Grade 

Lunch Time

K/1

12:10 - 12:40

2nd

11:35 - 12:05

3rd

11:00 - 11:30

4th

1:20 - 1:50

5th

12:45 - 1:15

6th

1:55 - 2:25

 If you plan to attend, you are welcome to purchase a Thanksgiving lunch here at school or bring in a lunch for you and your child(ren). Adult lunches are $4.25 and a student lunch is $3.65. Students are able to purchase lunch through their lunch number as always.

We ask that parents and any visiting school age children arrive a few minutes earlier than the lunch time to purchase lunch tickets in the school lobby. Cash and check payments will be accepted.

  Heroes in the Hallway

If someone in your family has served or is currently serving in the military, we want to celebrate them this Veterans Day! Remember to fill out this form and attach a picture of the person. We will display them in the hall during the week of Veterans Day (November 11-15th).  Please return to the main office by Thursday, November 7.

  School Directory

For your convenience, we have created an email directory so you can contact other parents in the school. To prevent paper waste, we are making copies on demand in the office, and have partnered with the PTA to post it securely on the password-protected PTA website online. Note that your information was not included if you requested to opt out of the directory. If you’d like a paper copy of a directory, next time you are in the office, ask for a copy of individual classes, grades, or request the whole school list.

  Take Home Tuesday

November 6, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Impact Aid Forms
  •  Heroes in the Hallway 
  • Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule 
  Mark Your Calendar
  •  Veteran's Day Event, November 11, 2019
  •  Picture Retakes, November 12, 2019
  •  Thanksgiving Break, November 27-29, 2019

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Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Lunch Celebration.

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Good afternoon CWES!

Happy November! We are just under two weeks away from our annual Veterans Day event and Thanksgiving luncheon! All parents are invited to celebrate the holiday season with your children.

On this special day, all grade levels will attend a presentation to learn from active duty and/or retired military men and women in our community. This is a time-honored tradition here at Canterbury Woods and we are so excited to have presenters take their time to share their experiences and expertise with our students and staff. If you have any questions regarding the event, please email Deirdre Ladd, Assistant Principal at email

  Lunch Schedule

To accommodate all of our guests, there will be an alternate lunch schedule for that day. Please see below for your child’s scheduled lunch time. 

Grade 

Lunch Time

K/1

12:10 - 12:40

2nd

11:35 - 12:05

3rd

11:00 - 11:30

4th

1:20 - 1:50

5th

12:45 - 1:15

6th

1:55 - 2:25

 If you plan to attend, you are welcome to purchase a Thanksgiving lunch here at school or bring in a lunch for you and your child(ren). Adult lunches are $4.25 and a student lunch is $3.65. Students are able to purchase lunch through their lunch number as always.

We ask that parents and any visiting school age children arrive a few minutes earlier than the lunch time to purchase lunch tickets in the school lobby. Cash and check payments will be accepted.

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Heroes in the Hallway

If someone in your family has served or is currently serving in the military, we want to celebrate them this Veterans Day! Please fill out this form and attach a picture of the person. We will display them in the hall during the week of Veterans Day (November 11-15th).  Please return to the main office by Thursday, November 7.

 

  Volunteering Opportunity

If you are interested in helping us to make this event a success, we have volunteer opportunities available during the day from 10am - 2:30pm.

If you are willing and able to assist during this time frame please complete the google form to indicate your availability.

Thank you in advance for your consideration sign up form .

 

cWEs can appreciate our Veterans!

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CWES Weekly Happenings.

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

What a busy week we have had! The hallways have been abuzz with talk of book character costumes for tomorrow and of the Washington Nationals’ performance in the World Series. Teachers got a treat today as admin shared ballpark snacks with the hope of a big win tonight! Here’s hoping for good weather for those of you Trick or Treating tomorrow.

A word about safety – recently teachers have reported instances of unfamiliar community members on the playground or back field during the school day. Last year, we locked the gate by the basketball court and the gate in the center of the back field but kept the other gate behind the back field open for families’ convenience. However, student safety is our biggest priority. We have requested signage from FCPS to notify community members to stay off school property during school hours. While we await these signs, we are locking all three of these gates daily during school hours. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Also, the nomination window for FCPS Excellence Awards is now open! Please take a moment to recognize the excellence of a staff member by sending a nomination to our Awards Liaison, Sue Woodfield at email

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

 

Federal Impact Aid Surveys Deadline to Return Survey Is October 30

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Veterans Day Celebration & Thanksgiving Luncheon 

We will continue our tradition of honoring our active duty and retired military men and women on Veteran's Day! 

On Monday November 11th we will celebrate our school-wide Thanksgiving lunch where you are welcome to join your child(ren) during his/her lunch time.  As part of our tradition, we also take this opportunity to celebrate family members who are Veterans or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. 

 Veterans and active service members are invited to come in and share stories and experiences with our students. If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact Deirdre Ladd at email or (703) 764-5600. 

We will have an altered lunch schedule on this day. 

Grade  Lunch Time K/1 12:10 - 12:40 2nd 11:35 - 12:05 3rd 11:00 - 11:30 4th 1:20 - 1:50 5th 12:45 - 1:15 6th 1:55 - 2:25

 

Register Now for the New FCPS Teacher Workday-Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) during teacher workdays or student holidays when schools are closed? Check out this redesigned camp offered by FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE), bundled to give parents affordable, bilingual, camp options. You can drop off your child as early as 8 a.m., and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m.

In this camp, your child will be introduced to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new cultural and culinary experience. You can sign up for a single day online or two days and receive the third day for free by calling the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201. Camp dates: November 4, November 5, and December 23. Spaces are limited so register today.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

Take Home Tuesday

October 29, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Impact Aid Forms
  • Fall Book Fair
  •  Math Enrichment Opportunity (2nd and 3rd Grade)
  •  2nd Annual Sully Police & Friends Trunk or Treat
Mark Your Calendar
  • Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Due, October 30,2019
  •  Book Character Day, October 31, 2019
  •  Fall Book Fair, October 28- November 1, 2019
  • End of First Quarter, November 1, 2019
  •  Student Holidays, November 4 and 5, 2019
  •  Veteran's Day Event, November 11, 2019
  •  Picture Retakes, November 12, 2019
  •  Thanksgiving Break, November 27-29, 2019

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Nominations for Outstanding Employees Award.

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Dear Canterbury Woods Community,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Then each of the five Regions will select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the Transportation department.  If you are interested in nominating a bus driver, please contact Sue Woodfield (contact information at the bottom of this email).

We are asking you, the Canterbury Woods parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process.   If you would like to nominate a Canterbury Woods staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Sue Woodfield at email no later than Friday, November 8.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Ms. Woodfield:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
  • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Sue Woodfield at email.  We would love to hear from you!

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Dear Families,

 

Fall celebrations are all around us with a busy week ahead! First we must celebrate the NATIONALS! Have your child wear RED this Friday to celebrate their first home game of the world series. This Friday evening, we invite your family to come in costume to enjoy the new PTA event, Monster Mash! Next Thursday the 31st is an SCA spirit day—we encourage your child to dress up as a favorite Book Character. The first quarter ends on Friday, November 1. Be sure to make an appointment for a parent-teacher conference if you haven’t already done so, as many teachers have scheduled them for the teacher work days, November 4-5 or on the days leading up to them. Our focus in grade level morning meetings beginning this Friday will shift from kindness to bravery – we will solidify our month-long focus on bullying prevention with the importance of being an upstander. We appreciate your partnership in your child’s education!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Please join us for this spooktacular event, Friday, October 25th, 6-9pm!

All pre-ordered food must be placed by Tuesday, October 22nd, 11:59pm!

We will be live streaming the game, Go NATS!!!

  • Costume Contest - All grades and costumes are welcome.
  • Pre-Order your dinner, game tickets, and guesses now by using the link below. 
  • Pre-ordered food will be available for pick up in the cafeteria starting at 6pm. 
  • Pre-ordered game tickets and guesses will be availalbe for pick up at the Pre-Order Pick Up Table located in the main entrance of the school also starting at 6pm. 

**Please note that sales of food, baked goods, game tickets, and guesses on site at the event will be CASH ONLY!!** Place your online orders today.

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  Fall Book Fair

October 28 - November 1

The Fall book fair is just around the corner! Sign up to volunteer to help out during the school day. Volunteers receive a 10% discount on all items they want to purchase!

If you want to sign up please do so via the signup below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044CAAAA229-fall3

Thank you!

Federal Impact Aid Surveys went Home with Students on October 22; Deadline to Return Survey Is October 30

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

FCPS Now Using the Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.

Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Get detailed instructions on how to get started using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.

 

Take Home Tuesday

October 22, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Impact Aid Forms
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Math Enrichment Opportunity (2nd and 3rd Grade)

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • Monster Mash, October 25, 2019; 6PM
  • Fall Festival at Woodson HS, Saturday, October 26; 11 AM - 2 PM 
  • Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Due, October 21- October 30,2019
  •  Fall Book Fair, October 28- November 1, 2019
  • End of First Quarter, November 1, 2019
  •  Student Holidays, November 4 and 5, 2019
  •  Veteran's Day Event, November 11, 2019
  •  Picture Retakes, November 12, 2019
  •  PTA Meeting, November 12, 2019

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Students now have a new opportunity to make connections and build relationships with other students their age: grade-level morning meetings! Ordinarily, students begin their days in the classroom with Responsive Classroom morning meetings, an opportunity to greet one another and come together as a community. We are excited to share that students will now have a recurring opportunity to gather in morning meetings as a grade level. On alternating Fridays, students will meet in the gym as a half-school (K-3 or 4-6) from 9:20-9:40 to introduce a school-wide focus with a picture book, led by an administrator. Then, on the following week, students will gather as a grade level in the cafeteria for a morning meeting led by our theater teacher, Ms. Talmadge. Our wonderful resource teachers, specialists and instructional assistants are supporting students during these meetings and accompanying them to their classrooms at 9:40. (Note that fifth grade’s meetings end at 9:30 to allow them to head to specials).

 

From October 11-24, we are exploring the theme of kindness (“cWEs CAN be KIND”). In the half-school meeting, we read the book, “What Does it Mean to be Kind?” written by Rana Di’Orio, illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch. In follow-up grade level meetings, students are preparing short skits to demonstrate an act of kindness they might see in the cafeteria, the classroom, the playground or the neighborhood. See the schedule below to learn when your child’s grade meets.

 

 

Subsequent themes will follow the same two-week cycle, and I will include future themes in News You Choose so you can promote these positive character traits at home as well.

Please reach out if you have any questions about these morning meetings, or if you have a suggestion for a future theme for the school to focus upon!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

Supporting Project Based Learning

Parents, we need your help in supporting Project Based Learning at CWES! Please use the link below to complete a quick survey. Teachers may contact parents that have completed the survey to help introduce a career connection, an academic topic, or to be a judge as an authentic audience. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Warren at amwarren@fcps.edu.

Parent Survey Form

 

Costume Closet From Becca Wilson

CWES counselor

Happy October! At CWES we have a small “Costume Closet” for students for whom it may be a financial hardship* to purchase a costume each year. If your student would like to take a look at what we have available, please contact Becca Wilson at rawilson@fcps.edu, so that she can confidentially reach out to your child. Please keep in mind that we have limited sizes and costumes, so we may not be able to provide your child’s first choice, but we will do our best!

We do not currently have space to store additional costumes, however if you have school-appropriate costumes that you would be willing to share, feel free to email Becca Wilson the item and size, along with a picture if you would like. We will get back to you if your costume matches any student needs.

*Students must qualify for Free and Reduced lunch in order to be eligible for the costume closet.

Impact Aid Programs

Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become a part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving about $3,000,000 annually in Impact Aid funds. FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. Starting on October 21, the survey will be distributed to all FCPS families

Impact Aid Programs Video

  Veterans Day Event November 11

 

 We will continue our time honored CWES tradition!  Veterans and active duty service members are invited to come in and share stories and experiences with our students. All are invited to accompany your child for lunch in the cafeteria .

  New for 2019: FCPS Teacher Work Day-Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) to do during teacher workdays? FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) has the solution, with a full-day, affordable camp. Introduce your child to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities taught by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new adventure!

Camp dates: October 14, November 4-5, and December 23. Camps starts at 9 a.m. with before-care starting at 7:30 a.m., and after-care from 3:30-6 p.m. Sign up for all four days and receive a discount. To apply this bundle discount, call the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

  From the Healthy Minds Blog: Tips for Choosing Media Wisely for Your Children

Many parents worry about the amount of time their children are spending on electronic devices. While time is one consideration, the content and features of media they’re using is important too. These six steps will help families discover high quality media. They’ll also help parents learn what to look for and discuss with their children before using a new app, game, or service.

See the six steps for choosing media wisely

Note: The Healthy Minds blog is for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness.

Take Home Tuesday

October 15, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Long Branch Stream Valley Clean-Up Day & Scavenger Hunt 
  • Project Based Learning @ CWES

 

 

  Mark Your Calendar
  • International Night, October 17, 2019; 6:30-8:30PM
  • Captioned Family Movie Night at NOVA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, October 18, 6 PM - 8:30 PM "The Secret Life of Pets 2"
  • School Clean Up, October 19, 2019; 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • Monster Mash, October 25, 2019; 6PM
  • Fall Festival at Woodson HS, Saturday, October 26; 11 AM - 2 PM 
  • Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Due, October 21- October 30,2019
  • End of First Quarter, November 1, 2019
  •  Veteran's Day, November 11, 2019
  •  Picture Retakes, November 12, 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Families,

Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness month? I have a particular interest in this topic because my niece has dyslexia and I served as the FCPS Dyslexia Specialist before becoming your principal. Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty with decoding or spelling words quickly and accurately. Our teachers have a variety of ways to assess these skills in order to identify unexpected difficulties and to intervene appropriately. Some students with characteristics of dyslexia are well served with interventions, but depending on the severity, some students may need additional supports and services. If you are concerned about your child’s reading, be sure to communicate your concerns to your child’s teacher. And you’re always welcome to reach out to me directly!

 

The county provides many resources for families in the FCPS dyslexia handbook at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/special-education-instruction/dyslexia-handbook. Interested in learning more? Register for the dyslexia open house on October 24 at 10 AM by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeai57Mwh31FJU-VWk2kZa1VkCXTX_TpWKzqCoiA8X2VPPhrQ/viewform

Have a wonderful week!

Warmly,
Diane Leipzig, “Dr. L”

From Ms. Adams:

The Environmental Club is looking for ten new members!  Please look in your child’s Take Home Tuesday folder for the information and request form.  Due to the limited space we will run the membership request through a lottery system.  The club meets the first Thursday of the month from 8:20-9:00 in Ms. Adams’ room.  Looking forward to another great group of environmentally friendly advocates!

Please look in your child’s Take Home Tuesday folder for the information and request form or fill out this Google form to express your child’s interest:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVHJ3iw2vlEiGzXVLGVQ1LmVvKAtcgqAPJdvVOEElHjpjPLA/viewform

Impact Aid Programs

Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become a part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving about $3,000,000 annually in Impact Aid funds. FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. Starting on October 21, the survey will be distributed to all FCPS families.

New to County Referrals Due October 10,2019

All level IV referrals due for students new to FCPS. 

Please contact Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Andrea Warren at amwarren@fcps.edu for additional information. 

  Veterans Needed November 11

 We will continue our time honored CWES tradition!  Veterans and active duty service members are invited to come in and share stories and experiences with our students.  If you are interested in participating, please contact assistant principal, Deirdre Ladd at dbladd@fcps.edu

International Night/Multicultural Day

Next Thursday night is International Night! Come celebrate the diversity of our CWES community from 6:30-8:30! Students will get a preview about some of the cultures to be represented that afternoon with Multicultural Day. Contact Necole Brown if you have any questions at nlbrown@fcps.edu
                     

Fun Facts Corner

FCPS is the 10th largest school division in the U.S. with 198 schools and centers. We serve a diverse student population of more than 188,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12, speaking over 200 languages.

Take Home Tuesday

October 8, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/take-home-tuesday

  • Environmental Club
  • Treble Makers singing club
  • Woodson Area Chorus

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • Professional Development Day- Student Holiday, October 14, 2019
  • International Night, October 17, 2019; 6:30-8:30PM
  • Captioned Family Movie Night at NOVA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, October 18, 6 PM - 8:30 PM "The Secret Life of Pets 2"
  • School Clean Up, October 19, 2019; 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • Monster Mash, October 25, 2019; 6PM
  • Fall Festival at Woodson HS, Saturday, October 26; 11 AM - 2 PM 
  • Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Due, October 21- October 30,2019
  • End of First Quarter, November 1, 2019
  •  Veteran's Day, November 11, 2019
  •  Picture Retakes, November 12, 2019


           

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

October is here, even if October weather is not! We have entered the season of school events. The PTA sponsors some wonderful opportunities to have fun with your kids, like last week's Cougar Crawl or the upcoming Monster Mash. The school is also planning some educational opportunities to build community, such as Multicultural Day/International Night or Veterans' Day. These events provide you and your family the opportunity to connect with other families and staff. I encourage you to participate and enjoy the fellowship that the Canterbury Woods community has to offer.

This week is also the first week we are going paperless for Take Home Tuesday! We actually didn't have any flyers for THT this week, but below we have included a link to our website for some announcements and so that you can bookmark the THT page on our website. 

Here's hoping fall weather stays with us this October!

Best,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

Woodson Pyramid Chorus Concert

Last night our gifted singers lent their voices to the unified elementary choruses of the Woodson pyramid! Many thanks to Dr. G and Ms. Omaraie for their direction, leadership and fun!

Multicultural Day, October 17, School day

Students will have the chance to explore around the world without leaving school. CWES students will experience a sneak preview to International Night and rotate around our building to learn about the different cultures/traditions from parents of our students! We can’t wait!

International Night, October 17, 6:30-8:30

CWES celebrates the cultures of our students/families during this year’s International Night. Come out for a fun-filled evening and learn about some of the traditions and customs celebrated by our CWES friends/families.

No Place for Hate Leadership Opportunity

This year CWES is working to join over 1,600 schools across the country to become a No Place for Hate® school. We are forming a small committee of students, staff and community members to meet monthly to create a climate of inclusion and appreciation of diversity.

We will plan and implement at least one school-wide No Place for Hate®  activity before the end of the school year. Students in 3rd – 6th grade are eligible to apply to be a part of this exciting committee by getting an application from Mrs. Wilson or the main office and turning it in to Mrs. Wilson by Friday, October 11. Please encourage your child to reach out to Mrs. Wilson with any questions.

Veterans Needed November 11

We will continue our time honored CWES tradition!  Veterans and active duty service members are invited to come in and share stories and experiences with our students.  If you are interested in participating, please contact assistant principal, Deirdre Ladd at dbladd@fcps.edu

FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Oct. 5

Check out this conference at Fairfax High School if you are interested in promoting your children's psychological wellness. The morning will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the organization conducting the RULER study. Many breakout sessions give you the chance to explore a variety of topics, such as anxiety, executive functioning, and promoting self esteem and resilience. Visit the conference website for registration and more information.

Paperless Take Home Tuesday

This week we kicked off Paperless THT in fitting style, because we didn't have any flyers to copy! However, we have posted information about three upcoming events:

  • Fall Festival at Woodson HS, Saturday, October 26;  11 AM - 2 PM 
  • FCPS Dyslexia Open House at Dunn Loring, October 24 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Captioned Family Movie Night at NOVA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, October 18, 6 PM - 8:30 PM "The Secret Life of Pets 2"

Read more about these events at:

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/take-home-tuesday

CWES Cares

Take the time to thank a CWES teacher or staff member. FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Submit your note of gratitude here.

Mark Your Calendar

October 14: Student Holiday

October 17: Multicultural Day/International Night 6:30- 8:30 pm

October 25: Monster Mash 6 PM-9 PM

November 1: End of First Quarter

November 4-5:Student Holidays

November 12: Veteran's Day Event

 

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Author Jon Agee shared his creative process with our K-2 students today.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

This week we celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, and gather as a community at the Cougar Crawl. I hope to see you on our walk around the neighborhood and our big "block party" Friday night! Our students benefit from the connections they make with CWES staff and with each other, and they also directly benefit from the connections their families make with the whole CWES community.

In that spirit, please consider sharing your family's culture with us on October 17. If the school day works better for you, present a 15-minute story or activity for Multicultural Day. You are also encouraged to come for International Night from 6:30-8:30. Create a display, make a dish, or participate in a performance to teach others about your heritage. Contact Ms. Brown at nlbrown@fcps.edu if you are interested in sharing your culture at either event!

We look forward to learning more about your family!

Best,

Diane Leipzig, "Dr. L" 

AAP Information Nights

Mark your calendars for these two important evenings for Advanced Academics Program information!

Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A parent information meeting will be held at Canterbury Woods on October 3rd at 6:30 pm. Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Andrea Warren, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Canterbury Woods, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Level IV Screening Parent Information Meeting

A level IV screening parent information meeting will be held at Canterbury Woods on December 5th at 6:30 pm. AART Andrea Warren will provide details about the level IV screening process which include components of the file, what parents are responsible for and provide examples of work samples. She will answer questions about the screening process for full-time Level IV services.

FLE Preview Night

We will be hosting a preview event to make Family Life Education instructional materials available for review on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the library. Learn more about Fairfax County's elementary FLE program on the FCPS website.

Meet Our New Instructional Assistants

Daniela Porras joined our SPED IA team to work with our DHOH students.

I’m from Costa Rica (CR) but raised in America. I’m deaf. I am a former Flamenco dancer. I know four languages: Spanish, CR sign language, English, American Sign language. I love to make people laugh. Books are my best friend.  Self-care is my therapy. My hobby is writing blogs and being with loved ones. Chick-fil-A is my go-to. I have a German Shepherd dog. My encouragement for you: “choose kindness and show love to others and yourself.” 

 

Maggie Sawaya joined our sixth grade team to work with our general education students.

 I am excited to be joining the CWES team as an Instructional Assistant for the 2019-2020 school year.   I look forward to supporting 6th grade students with their academic endeavors as they prepare for the BIG jump to middle school. I am the proud mom of a kindergartner here at CWES - Go Cougars!!  As a family, we enjoy traveling, camping, and spending time with friends and family. 

Brooke Street has joined our SPED IA team and is supporting our 5th grade students.

I recently graduated from California State University Monterey Bay, having lived in California for about 10 years. I spent a lot of my childhood years in Heidelberg, Germany while my father was in the Army. In my free time I love hiking, painting, spending time with animals (especially dogs), and supporting my brother at his baseball games. I also love to spending time with my family, and traveling to different states and countries when I can! I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the Canterbury Woods Elementary team!     

Hurricane Dorian Relief

The 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support humanitarian efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. As part of this Region effort, please consider making a donation to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials. 

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from through Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to the Region 5 GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

FCPS Cares

Take the time to thank a CWES teacher or staff member. FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Submit your note of gratitude here.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, September 27 – Cougar Crawl – 5:30-9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 1—Fall Enrichment Classes Begin; FLE Preview Night 6:30-7:30

Thursday, October 3--AAP Elementary Parent Information Meeting 6:30 

Monday, October 14 – Professional Development Day – Student Holiday

Thursday, October 17 – Multicultural Day/International Night – 6:30- 8:30 pm

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Hurricane Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

 

The 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

 

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

 

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from through Friday, October 4th.

 

Please click this link to go to the Region 5 GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

 

Thank you for considering this opportunity to join us in helping the children of the Bahamas!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

Principal

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No testing during the religious holiday.

The County testing window for the CogAT opens on September 30th.  Due to the religious holiday on that day, we will not test at Canterbury Woods until October 1st to honor our families observing this holiday.

Thanks,

Mindy Milliron

Assistant Principal

 

International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) – September 23-29, 2019.

is an initiative of the WFD and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held.

International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL)

has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and will be celebrated annually on 23 September beginning in 2019. The objective of the IDSL is to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status about sign languages. This event also will take place as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf).

Our CWES theme for International Deaf Awareness  week is “We are ALL unique!” Students and staff can look forward to a variety of activities to celebrate and learn more about the amazing individuals in the DHOH community.

 

International Night 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm

We are gearing up for another festive, fun-filled evening as we celebrate each other’s cultures, traditions, and customs, as CWES SCA host International Night 2019. 

Families/students who want to participate may display crafts, flags, maps, photos and other informative materials that represents their country.  Participants may also come dressed in their cultural attire. Food that represents your country or culture is also welcome.

Like last year, we hope to showcase incredible traditional dance, singing, or instrumental songs. If your student or someone you know is interested in performing, please describe that in the participation form or contact Mrs. Brown directly at nlbrown@fcps.edu.

Families wishing to participate, please complete this form by September 27, 2019. Mrs. Brown will send out table locations and other information two weeks before the event.

 

From CWES PTA:

1. SPLASH Arts Orientation: Thursday, September 19th at  4;10 and 7:30 in Mrs. Adam's 4th grade classroom (room 213). The sessions will last about 30 minutes each and will be a repeat of each other so you don't need to attend both. 

2. Room Parent Orientation: Thursday, Sept. 26th at 9:30 in the library. 

3. For the Cougar Crawl reminder, can you please provide the following links: Volunteer Sign-up https://cwespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw and purchase pre-order (shirts/food) https://cwespta.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1208

4. For the Multicultural Day/International Night can you provide the following links: Volunteer sign up https://cwespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw, Participation Form https://cwespta.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1208

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I had a sweet interaction with a first grader this morning. She was greeting me for the first time this school year and asked, "You're Dr. L, right?" Once reassured, she explained that she didn't recognize me because I had "grown up a lot." And perhaps I have. I feel so fortunate to be starting my second year as your principal, and welcome your input and partnership in making Canterbury Woods a great place to "grow up" for all of our students, our teachers and our staff.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, "Dr. L"

Dismissal Safety Reminders

As we settle into our routines for the school year, I'd like to take a moment make sure that those routines are putting our students' safety first. If you are a Kiss and Ride user, please exercise patience. Remember that our youngest students may still be using a five-point harness and may be learning to fasten it themselves. Please do not jeopardize our students' safety by trying to circumvent the appropriate Kiss and Ride lane procedures. If you are a parent of a student who needs extra time, please pull up to the front position of the Kiss and Ride lane before having your child enter your car. In that position our patrols and staff can provide you a bit more time to ensure your child is safely buckled before pulling away from the curb. Remember that our safety patrols are still kids, and they shouldn't be expected to handle traffic violations or impatient motorists.

If your child is a walker, you may have been accustomed to enjoying the playground before dismissal with your preschool-aged children. However, for the safety of our students, we must implore you to stay off the playground and keep the gate to the playground area closed until all of our students have gone inside. This year, one grade level is at recess until 3:50, and it diminishes our teachers' ability to carefully supervise our students when community members, be they adult or child, are on the playground during school hours.

Thank you for your partnership in our students' safety.

Woodson Feeder Night

The Woodson Activities Department would like to invite you to the Annual Feeder Night Football game on Friday September 20, 2019!

The Friday night football game vs. Oakton will start at 7:00 pm -- students will assemble around 6:30 PM near the scoreboard and run up and down the field before the game.

The Theme is a “HAWAIIAN OUT” (School colors are also encouraged).

Upper Grade Specials

Parents of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, thank you for communicating your children's preferences for band, strings and chorus. Electives instruction began this week, and we have used this week to make adjustments from day to day as we make sure our classes are balanced and that all students have their required art, music and PE instruction along with supplemental specials or music electives. One point of correction: our new PE teacher is Cortnee Williams, not Collins, as the individualized specials schedules sent home last week indicated.

We will continue to make necessary adjustments, so please continue to provide us feedback if your preferences are not reflected in your child's specials schedule. 

Picture Day, September 24 Every Day Counts! Absences Count Up

Parents/Guardians, as we begin another school year, here are some important school attendance reminders:

  • Learn the ways to alert your child’s school when your child will be absent.
  • We do monitor your child’s attendance daily, and will reach you if your child does not arrive at school or class as expected.
  • Please continue to contact the school via the attendance line or email if your child will be absent. The school attendance contact information can be found on each school’s web page.
  • The calendar for the 2019-20 school year has been posted. Make plans to have your child back at school, ready to learn, starting on August 26!
  • More information about FCPS attendance expectations is located here.
Mark Your Calendar

Friday, September 13 School Spirit Day: NFL Jerseys

Friday, September 20 – Woodson Cavaliers “Feeder Night” Football Game – 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 24 -- Picture Day

Friday, September 27 – Cougar Crawl – 5:30-9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 1—Fall Enrichment Classes Begin

Monday, October 14 – Professional Development Day – Student Holiday

Thursday, October 17 – International Night – 6:30- 8:30 pm

Go Paperless!

Join nearly 200 CWES families in getting your Take Home Tuesday folder flyers digitally starting October 1. Complete this Google form if you haven't already communicated your intentions.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

It's September, and that means teaching all students the expectations for the school year: namely, that we can be respectful, responsible, ready to learn and safe. The administrative team is visiting each classroom over the next two weeks to talk about what these terms mean in the context of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and to ensure all students that we are committed to keeping them safe and happy. Be sure to return the signature page of the SR&R booklet to demonstrate to our students the strong partnership between home and school around our expectations for appropriate behavior.

September also brings students many opportunities to learn something new. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades will begin instrumental and choral instruction next week, which means they may not be in specials groupings with their homeroom class each day. We will be communicating with you about your child's individual specials schedule next week.

We are so excited to introduce you to our new office staff members, Maryam Panop and Diana Shvets. Both come to us with experience from other FCPS schools, and you can learn a bit more about them below. Please be sure to introduce yourself the next time you visit the office!

Wishing you pumpkin spice and everything nice,

Diane Leipzig (Dr. L)

 

Lockdown Drill Today

Today, we had our first lockdown drill of the year. The purpose of a lockdown drill is to prepare our students and staff in the event of an intruder in the building. As required by the Code of Virginia, we will have one more lockdown drill before the 20th day of school, and two more later this school year. 

To prepare for today's drill, teachers taught our students these established procedures.

During a lockdown drill:

  • An announcement is made, and silent blue lights flash to signal to our hearing impaired students and staff that they should initiate lockdown procedures.
  • Students and teachers remain silent in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside with lights off, window blinds closed, and door windows obscured with paper.
  • Students stay in place away from doors and windows, accompanied by a teacher or staff member.
  • Classroom doors are unlocked from the outside by administrators when the drill is concluded.

Our students did a great job staying quiet and following safety procedures.

If you have any questions about safety drills at CWES please feel free to contact the main office at 703-764-5600.

Meet Our New Office Staff

We have two new additions to our front office! As the office assistant, Maryam Panop’s primary role is reception. As the Special Education Administrative Assistant, Diana Shvets’s primary role is providing administrative support to special education processes and staff. They join our two amazing office members, Amy Decatur and Sue Woodfield. As Student Information Assistant, Amy Decatur's primary role is student registration/records. As the Principal’s secretary, Sue Woodfield serves as office manager and finance technician.

Maryam Panop, Office Assistant

My name is Maryam Panop and I worked as an office assistant at Cameron Elementary school last year. I have been working in FCPS for 11 years. I was born in Egypt and I have three kids. My daughter, the oldest, is a freshman in optometry school in Philly. My oldest son graduated from GMU and is currently applying for medical school. My youngest son is a freshman at GMU studying IT. I like to travel the world, cook and bake. In addition, walking and playing table tennis are my favorite activities to do. I'm so excited to join the Canterbury Woods family with an awesome administration and staff.

Diana Shvets, Special Education Administrative Assistant

My name is Diana Shvets and I am a new SPED AA at CWES! I am originally from Russia but I moved to Virginia 20 years ago. I have three amazing kiddos. When I’m not at CW I run a small data analytic company, take yoga classes and learn how to kayak. I love learning new things and getting good at them. I am looking forward to an exciting year at Canterbury Woods ES!

Single Stall Restroom Option

My own sons were sometimes reluctant to use multi-stall restrooms for a variety of reasons. To better meet our students' needs, we now have three single stall restrooms that students can use. They are located outside the cafeteria, upstairs, and by the library.

The student single stall option may be used when students need adult support, when they have physical disabilities or injuries that limit mobility, when they want additional privacy, or when the single stall is more convenient to their location. 

Here are the expectations for these single stalls:

  • Staff or other adults in the building are still permitted to use both restrooms.
  • Students should still travel with a buddy to the restroom.
  • The student using the restroom should lock the door to prevent others from entering while in use (it can still be opened with a key from the outside in case of emergency).
  • The partner should remain outside in the hall.
  • There should never be more than one student in the restroom at a time.
Free and Reduced Meals Application Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year are now being accepted. Completing the application online results in faster processing time. Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

Paper applications are still available in the office or cafeteria. Paper applications must be the original red print forms. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

CWES Weekend Food Program

Canterbury Woods ES is in its second year of the CWES Weekend Food Program. The purpose of this program is to ensure children in our school have sufficient amounts of non-perishable and easy-to-prepare meals during the weekends and holidays. This program hopes to feed each child’s body,  so their minds are ready to learn upon their return to school.

 

Canterbury Woods has an Amazon Wish list which has been heavily supported by our parents, staff, and PTA. We are grateful for the generosity of our Canterbury Woods ES community! If you would like to contribute non-perishable items or hygiene products, please click the links below to find out what we are hoping to send home with our students on a weekly basis. We welcome you to utilize your local grocery marts or other avenues to donate to our food program.

SignUp Genius

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45A9AA2EA1F58-cwes1

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1VDI6QU7USBNG?ref_=wl_share

If you know of any students and families in the CWES community who may be struggling to be sufficiently fed during the weekends please contact CWES social worker JaQuese Hawkins at JSHawkins1@fcps.edu or (703) 764-5682.

Go Green! Join 150 families in going paperless.

Every Tuesday, students bring home a folder with paperwork from the teacher, the school and the PTA....that adds up to a LOT of reams of paper used each year. This year, Canterbury Woods is offering a green option! Starting October 1st, you can access digital copies of Take Home Tuesday flyers through the CWES PTA website, the PTA newsletter, and News You Choose. (Classroom level communications—work, assessments, etc.—will still be sent home each week in the Take Home Tuesday folder.)

Please fill out this form electronically if you want to opt into going paperless for weekly flyers starting October 1. (Only one response per family--electronic or paper--is required).

GO PAPERLESS FORM

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

What a wonderful start to the school year! We enjoyed meeting so many of you at our Back to School Open House Event last Friday, and it has truly been a delight to have your children back in school this week! This year, our theme is "cWEs CAN collaborate!" We are excited to provide your children with many instructional opportunities to learn how to create, communicate, and collaborate with their peers. We are looking forward to partnering with you to make this year a happy and successful one for your children! Here are just a few photographs of our first day of school, from the classrooms of Ms. Ferguson, Mr. Svercl and Mrs. Crump!

Meet our Resource Teachers

We are fortunate to have so many staff members devoted to the success of each and every student at CWES. Below are staff members who support our teachers and our students, addressing a variety of needs and serving a variety of grade levels! 

Amelia Abd, Reading Specialist

My name is Amelia Abd and I am excited to join CWES as the new Reading Specialist! Previously, I have worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in Central Virginia, Brazil, and Alexandria. In my free time, I love taking my three kids to the park to walk and play.

Jill Boucher, Learning Disabilities Teacher

I am Jill Boucher, a military spouse who has taught in three states and the Republic of South Korea. Recently I taught Reading at Key Middle School.  I'm excited to join my two children at CWES as a special education teacher working with sixth grade!

Nilofar Naderi, School Social Worker

I am Nilofar Naderi, a native NOVA resident who enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. After graduating from Catholic University, I worked as a Social Worker for Lutheran Social Services in DC and Therapeutic Foster Care before transitioning to FCPS.
This is my 13th year with the county. I look forward to meeting the students and their families at Canterbury Woods. 

Carson Pursifull, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher

I'm Carson Pursifull and I graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. I have taught in both itinerant and classroom settings. I just moved from New Jersey to the area and am very excited to join the team supporting students in grades K-4!

 

Marisa Straub, School Psychologist

I'm Marisa Straub and I’m the school psychologist at Canterbury Woods this school year.  I have been a psychologist in the county for the past two years and previously served as an intern for CWES.  I attended Gallaudet University for graduate school and have been learning and developing my skills in sign language since the start of my undergraduate career.  I am originally from upstate NY and enjoy a good laugh about the winters here in Virginia (and the snow days!).  I am eager to see some familiar faces at CWES and meet new students and families!

Meet Our Specialists

Back row: Maggi DeLamater, long-term sub for Natalie Riordan, art; Brad Healey, P.E; Mairead Bauer, library; Kim Mitchell, strings; Dr. Jake Kohut, band.

Front row: Theresa White, STEAM; Laleh Omaraie, music/chorus; Dr. Solomiya Gorokhivska ("Dr. G"), music/chorus; Brittani Ko, art; Patricia Talmadge, theater.

Miller Susens, Strings

I’m Miller Susens, new strings teacher. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Jacobs School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music education. In my free time I like to read, play the cello, and make dinner with friends. 

Brittani Ko, Art

My name is Brittani Ko and I’m so excited to be joining CWES as the new art teacher! Before coming here I was the art teacher at Wakefield Forest ES. This is my second year teaching so I’m looking forward to working and learning from everyone during this upcoming school year!

Patricia Talmadge, Theater (K-3)

I am starting my sixth year as a teacher with FCPS. Prior to CWES, I taught English 9 & 10, and Theatre Arts I & II at Cedar Lane HS, and Theatre Arts at Burke MS.  I am also an actress, appearing in commercials, television shows, movies, and on stage. In addition, I teach an early childhood music program for a private company. I am excited to work with our primary students at CWES!

Solomiya Gorokhivska, Music

I am Solomiya Gorokhivska, but our students call me Dr. G. I was born in Ukraine. I play multiple instruments and I love to sing. My favorite thing to do is enjoy different outdoor activities with my family and travel to interesting places. I'm looking forward to joining the music team at CWES!

Cortnee Williams, P.E.

My name is Cortnee Williams and I am excited to partner with Mr. Healey in P.E. this year at Canterbury Woods. I have coached cheer at the high school and college levels. This will be my first year teaching elementary school students. I love cheerleading and spending time with my family.

Choose Your Music Electives!

This is an exciting week for our fourth through sixth graders as they select the music electives they will take this year! Fourth graders can choose to learn a strings instrument, while fifth graders and sixth graders can choose to learn a strings or band instrument, as well as the option to join chorus. Forms went home in Take Home Tuesday folders, and links to Google forms were sent via email this past weekend. Families need only submit ONE response (paper or Google) by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. The form links are below:

 

FOURTH GRADE FORM

 

FIFTH GRADE FORM

 

SIXTH GRADE FORM

Cougars Go Green Help us go paperless.

Every Tuesday, students bring home a folder with paperwork from the teacher, the school and the PTA....that adds up to a LOT of reams of paper used each year. This year, Canterbury Woods is offering a green option! Starting October 1st, you can access digital copies of Take Home Tuesday flyers through the CWES PTA website, the PTA newsletter, and News You Choose. (Classroom level communications—work, assessments, etc.—will still be sent home each week in the Take Home Tuesday folder.)

Please return this form or scan the QR code and fill it out electronically if you want to opt into going paperless for weekly flyers starting October 1. We only need you respond ONE WAY (by paper or by Google form).

GO PAPERLESS FORM

Please Return Your Forms

Be sure to return Emergency Care forms, Health Information forms, and the signature page to the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet!

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Meet Our New Classroom Teachers!

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

We are eager to begin a fabulous new school year, and are proud to introduce you to some wonderful new members of our classroom teaching teams! If your child is at all apprehensive about having a teacher this year who is new to CWES, I assure you those nerves will disappear come Friday morning when your child gets to meet one of these superstar teachers! Thanks in advance for making them feel at home in our warm, welcoming CWES community!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig

"Dr. L"

 

P.S. A correction from the Back to School/Open House NYC: the kindergarten supervision area is room 133 (located next to the gym door). In one section of the NYC the wrong room number was referenced.

Jennifer Quadri--2nd Grade

I'm Jennifer Quadri and I'm excited to be teaching second grade at CWES this year! Before moving to Virginia, I taught in Arizona, Germany and South Carolina. My family and I love living in NOVA, and exploring all that DC has to offer.  I enjoying traveling with my family, reading and running.  

Colleen Gartin--3rd Grade

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Hi, I’m Colleen Gartin. I recently earned my MA  in Elementary Education from Christopher Newport University.  I will be teaching 3rd grade AAP this upcoming school year. I am very excited to be part of the Canterbury Woods community! 

 

Sarah Simmons--3rd Grade

 

My name is Sarah Simmons and I am excited to start my 5th year of teaching on the third grade team at CWES! I am originally from New Jersey but I moved to Virginia 9 years ago to attend JMU. When I’m not at school you can find me reading a book at the beach!

Tom Svercl--4th Grade

Hello Cougar families!  I am Tom Svercl--a numbers-crunching, athletics-loving, positivity-pumping 4th grade teacher of 17 years. I am also a son with three siblings, husband of 14 years, and father of three elementary kids.

Carolina Cappetta--5th Grade

My name is Carolina Cappetta, and I am so excited to begin teaching fifth grade at Canterbury Woods! For the past two years, I have been teaching middle school math (grades 5-8) and English (grades 6-7) at a small private school in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, which is about an hour south of Pittsburgh. When I'm not thinking about school and lesson plans, I like to read, sing, go the movies, and spend time with my family and friends.

Molly Haas--5th Grade

Hi! I'm Molly Haas and I am honored to join the CWES community. I have previously taught fifth grade and kindergarten in FCPS. I can’t wait to meet you and your wonderful children! 

Jessica Leiter--6th Grade

My name is Jessica Leiter and I am thrilled to be teaching at Canterbury Woods this year, especially since I can combine my art and teaching degrees with Canterbury Woods’ CETA program. I have been teaching AAP for four of my nine years, and look forward to an exciting, creative tenth!

Kati Miller--6th Grade

My name is Kati Miller and this is my fifth year teaching in FCPS. I am happy to be a new Cougar on the sixth grade team!  In my free time, I love to see my niece and nephew and play ice hockey.

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