CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night 5:45 PM

2/26: Rising 7th Grade Special Education Services Information Night

         Frost MS 6:00-7:00 PM

2/27: Spring Picture Day-Volunteer Here

3/5: Student Holiday-Staff Planning Day

3/7: Power of Words Family Night 6:00 (flyer below-RSVP here)

3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

3/25-3/29: Spring Break-School and Offices Closed

4/1, 4/2: Student Holidays

Woodson Math Honor Society students ran an after-school event for 4th and 5th grade students this week. It was such a fun and exciting enrichment experience! 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at Bingo Night tonight for an evening of fun and camaraderie! It's a fantastic opportunity to catch up with familiar faces, share laughs, and enjoy each other's company outside the classroom. Thank you to all our volunteers who have worked so hard putting this event together!

Today we had an assembly where we reviewed our Student Rights and Responsibilities and the connection to our PAWS expectations. We hope you will continue to support the conversation at home.  Below are some questions you might considering asking your child about PAWS in the hallway. 

  1. How do you travel through the school when you aren't with your teacher?
  2. Why is it important to keep quiet in the hallway?
  3. What are some examples of silent greetings you use?
  4. How can we demonstrate respect for our peers, teachers, and school environment in the hallway?

Message from our Get 2 Green Team:

As you're aware, our students put in tremendous effort to establish a watershed garden on our school premises last fall. Despite the diligent work of many students in spreading mulch around the garden, we still have a pile remaining. Now, we're reaching out to our community for assistance.

On Wednesday, February 28th, and Friday, March 1st, at 4:15 PM, the Get 2 Green Team will be in the garden, seeking volunteers to assist in moving the remaining mulch. Whether young or old, all are welcome to join us. We have equipment such as wheelbarrows, buckets, and shovels ready; all we need now are eager helpers.

Thank you for contributing to the growth of our garden and community!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

Spring 2024 SOL Testing Dates

This Spring, our third through fifth graders will take the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment.  See below for the specific test dates and do your best to avoid scheduling appointments for your student on those days.  If you have questions, reach out to Mindy Milliron and Kristi McGeehan, School Testing Coordinators.

Spring 24 SOL Dates

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

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

There’s an easy five-step 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. 
  5. Schedule an appointment. Please contact Amy Decatur, our Student Information Assistant, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-764-5600 to set up an appointment

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

 

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/22: Frost Family Festival-Rising 7th Grade Families 

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night 5:45 PM

2/26: Rising 7th Grade Special Education Services Information Night

         Frost MS 6:00-7:00 PM

2/27: Spring Picture Day

3/5: Student Holiday-Staff Planning Day

3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

3/25-3/29: Spring Break-School and Offices Closed

4/1, 4/2: Student Holidays

Teachers caught students being kind this week and names were randomly drawn to be shared on the news show! 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Throughout this week, our school has been brimming with acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion. Thank you to everyone who participated, organized, and contributed to making Kindness Week a huge success! We hope as a school community to carry the spirit of kindness with us every day. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of others and create a culture of kindness that extends far beyond our school walls.

March is National Reading month and we are celebrating by hosting two author visits!

Ellen Oh will visit CWES on Monday, March 4th   and will be presenting to 4th , 5th and 6th grade.

Laura Murray will be visiting CWES on Friday, March 8th and will be presenting to Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and  3rd grade.

Would you like to purchase a book and have it signed by Ellen Oh or Laura Murray?

Please send in your orders by next Friday, February 23rd. Flyers went home in Tuesday folders this week!

 

As we mentioned we will share the PAWS expectations for a different area each week (see below for the visual of the poster). Below are some questions you might considering asking your child about PAWS while using technology. 

  1. What does it mean to be a responsible digital citizen?
  2. How do you collaborate with your peers while using technology?
  3. Why is it important to treat our devices with respect?
  4. How can we find balance between screen time and other activities?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Spring 2024 SOL Testing Dates

This Spring, our third through fifth graders will take the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment.  See below for the specific test dates and do your best to avoid scheduling appointments for your student on those days.  If you have questions, reach out to Mindy Milliron and Kristi McGeehan, School Testing Coordinators.

Spring 24 SOL Dates

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

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

There’s an easy five-step 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. 
  5. Schedule an appointment. Please contact Amy Decatur, our Student Information Assistant, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-764-5600 to set up an appointment

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Parent Night Committee

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Power of Words Parent Night Planning Committee

We’re initiating the organization of a parent night centered around the power of words (intent vs impact) and sharing of resources. Your input is critical, and we welcome parents to join the planning committee. Several parents have already shown interest, and if you'd like to get involved, please complete this form by Friday, February 16th.

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

2/12-2/16: Kindness Spirit Week (flyer below)

2/16: Special Education Parent Coffee-LRE Tool 10:30 AM library

2/17: Woodson Pyramid Stringapalooza - Woodson High School -  2:15PM

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

2/26: Rising 7th Grade Special Education Services Information Night

         Frost MS 6:00-7:00 PM

2/27: Spring Picture Day

Kindergarten students had so much fun celebrating the 100th day of school this week!

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

This week we celebrated the monumental milestone of the 100th day of school at CWES! This is a fun day for all, but mostly our students in kindergarten who celebrated learning, growth, and countless memories!

As we kick off the third quarter our teacher teams have taken time to look at student progress since the beginning of the school year. As a school more than 80% of our students have met their typical growth in reading and math based on midyear assessments which is a remarkable accomplishment. It speaks volumes about the dedication of our staff in providing high-quality instruction and support tailored to the needs of each student. It also highlights the commitment of our students to their own learning and the unwavering support of our families in fostering a positive learning environment at home. We are looking forward to continued growth throughout the remainder of the year.

As we mentioned we will share the PAWS expectations for a different area each week (see below for the visual of the poster). Below are some questions you might considering asking your child about PAWS in their classroom (learning space). 

  1. When have you demonstrated a growth mindset this week?
  2. How do you keep your area clean in the classroom?
  3. Why is it important to participate actively in class?
  4. Can you recall a time this week you demonstrated kindness to a peer?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.

Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Spring 2024 SOL Testing Dates

This Spring, our third through fifth graders will take the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment.  See below for the specific test dates and do your best to avoid scheduling appointments for your student on those days.  If you have questions, reach out to Mindy Milliron and Kristi McGeehan, School Testing Coordinators.

Spring 24 SOL Dates

Grade   

Reading

Math

Science

3

Wednesday, May 8th

 Monday, May 13th

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4

Wednesday, May 1st

 Wednesday, May 15th

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5

Thursday, May 2nd

 Friday, January 5th

Friday, May 17th

6

Monday, May 6th

  Thursday, May 23rd

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🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

2/7: Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!

2/8: 100th Day of School!

2/12-2/16: Kindness Spirit Week (flyer below)

2/16: Special Education Parent Coffee-LRE Tool 10:30 AM library

2/17: Woodson Pyramid Stringapalooza - Woodson High School -  2:15PM

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

2/27: Spring Picture Day

Sixth grade students visited Frost this week to learn all about Middle School!

Students participated in the Optimist Club Communication Contest, the topic for the speech was " How to Change the World with Optimism"

We are so proud of them!

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Next week February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. Our school counselors, Becca Wilson and Kristen Mihalick, embody the spirit of compassion, guidance, and support. Their commitment to helping students navigate the challenges of academic, personal, and social growth is truly commendable. They go above and beyond to create a nurturing environment where our students can thrive.

School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you! As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering a positive and respectful learning environment, we are rolling out a new behavior matrix called PAWS, Cougars can Persevere, Accept responsibility, Work together, Show respect. PAWS represent our core values and expectations for student behavior across all areas of the school. Over the next few weeks we will share the expectations of each area, and encourage you to engage in conversations with your children at home. Together, we can reinforce these values and empower our students to become responsible, respectful, and collaborative members of our community.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

1/26: Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

2/1: Restaurant Night at Panera (Rolling Road Location) - 4:00-8:00 PM

2/12-2/16: Kindness Spirit Week

2/16: Special Education Parent Coffee-LRE Tool 10:30 AM library

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

A few pictures from Family Culture Night! 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Time truly does fly, and here we are, halfway through the academic year! We have seen a tremendous amount of growth and moments of learning which are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and resilience of our students, teachers, staff, and families. We look forward to the continued success and growth that the remainder of the school year holds for our CWES community.

It was wonderful to see so many families on Wednesday night. We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who played a role in making Family Culture Night a success, we are grateful for everyone’s contributions. We were overjoyed to see families from different backgrounds come together to share their unique cultures, stories, and experiences. The variety of performances, displays, and interactive activities showcased the beauty of our diverse community. Our students were beaming with pride to share about their family’s cultures through food, cultural exhibits, and performances. We are already looking forward to next year!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

Opioid Awareness

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'
FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Lost and Found

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Lost and Found

Tomorrow is the last day to collect items from lost and found. All remaining items will be donated. Thank you to our parent volunteers who have taken the time to organize and return everything with a name on it!  Please stop by today if you can! 

Reminder: 2-Hour Early Dismissal Today & Teacher Workday Tomorrow

Today is the last day of the 2nd quarter of school. Students will be dismissed from school 2 hours early (2:05 pm).

Remember that school is closed for students tomorrow, Friday, January 26.

See the complete school year calendar.

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Important Upcoming Dates

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

1/25: 2 Hour Student Early Release 2:05 PM

1/26: Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

2/1: Restaurant Night at Panera (Rolling Road Location) - 4:00-8:00 PM

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

Snow Day Fun! Principals love snow days too! 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

I hope this message finds you warm, safe, and enjoying the winter wonderland outside! What a wild week we have had. We hope you are having another fantastic snow day, and we can't wait to hear from our students about their snowy adventures!  Whether you're building snowmen, having snowball fights, or simply cozying up indoors with a good book, we hope you find joy in this unexpected break.

We also wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible custodial team that work tirelessly to clear our community spaces. We appreciate their dedication for keeping our school community safe. With that said if you can assist in clearing the bus stops, we know that will be helpful for the safety of our students.

We hope to see many of our families at Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To request a Sign Language Interpreter, please email Michele Bach-Hansen at [email protected]. To request a Cued Language Transliterator, please email Jo Woodzell at [email protected].

 

Please remember to stay safe and warm. If you have any snow day stories or photos, feel free to share them with us.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday 

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

Opioid Awareness

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'
FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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1/15:  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday-No School

1/17: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS 6:30-8:30 PM

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

1/25: 2 Hour Student Early Release 2:05 PM

1/26: Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

2/1: Restaurant Night at Panera (Rolling Road Location) - 4:00-8:00 PM

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

5th Grade Wax Museum. Each student researched and wrote a biography on a person of their choice and presented to their peers and family!  Our students did a phenomenal job! 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

We have had a fantastic week of learning at CWES! Students have smoothly transitioned back into their routines, and the classrooms are buzzing with engaging energy and enthusiasm.

I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our new Assistant Principal, Kristi McGeehan! She has just completed her first week with us, and her enthusiasm and commitment to our school community are already shining through. We are confident that her experience and passion for education will greatly contribute to the positive atmosphere and continued success of our school.

Today is the last day to sign up for Family Culture Night. If you would like to share about your family’s culture, please fill out the Google Form.  If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Kristi McGeehan

CWES Administrative Team

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'
FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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1/15:  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday-No School

1/17: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS 6:30-8:30 PM

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

1/25: 2 Hour Student Early Release 2:05 PM

1/26: Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

2/19: Presidents' Day-No School

2/23: PTA Family Bingo Night

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Happy New Year! We hope the break provided you with an opportunity to unwind, spend time with loved ones, and recharge for the exciting year ahead.

As we kick off the new year we are excited for upcoming family engagement opportunities within our community. 

CWES will host Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please share your family’s culture and traditions with the CWES community! All families are welcome!

  • The culture of your home country
  • The culture of the country or countries of your ancestral heritage or that you’ve lived in or visited
  • The culture of a city or state in the U.S. where you have lived or visited
  • Your family’s traditions and celebrations
  • Any culture to which you feel connected!

If you would like to share about your family’s culture, Please fill out the Google Form by Friday, January 12th. If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

PTA will also host Bingo Night Friday, February 23rd. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you and your families at these upcoming events!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski and Mindy Milliron

CWES Administrative Team

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Immersion Registration

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

FCPS Math Week-January 8-12

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Parent Resource Center Webinar Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'
Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/15: AAP Full Time referrals due 

12/18-1/1: Winter Break, school and office closed

1/16:  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

1/17: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS 6:30-8:30 PM

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

Great way to end the week, SIlly String and our annual Sing Along!

Thank you to the Woodson Math Honor Society for providing an after school enrichment session with our 2nd/3rd graders this week!

Winter Party Fun!

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

This past week has been nothing short of magical, thanks to our students, staff, and school community for your enthusiastic participation and unwavering support. The energy and excitement throughout our building has been truly heartwarming and we have enjoyed seeing so many of you at school for a variety of events.

As we head into a new year, let's also take a moment to express gratitude for the shared journey we've had so far. Your dedication and contributions make our school community truly exceptional, and we are confident that the coming year will bring even more reasons to celebrate. We look forward to what lies ahead for us as community in 2024! We wish you a restful break and enjoyment with family and friends.

Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes for the New Year!

Leslie Malkowski and Mindy Milliron

CWES Administrative Team

CWES office will close Friday afternoon, December 15 @ 5:00 p.m. and re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Family Culture Night

CWES will host Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please share your family’s culture and traditions with the CWES community! All families are welcome!

  • The culture of your home country
  • The culture of the country or countries of your ancestral heritage or that you’ve lived in or visited
  • The culture of a city or state in the U.S. where you have lived or visited
  • Your family’s traditions and celebrations
  • Any culture to which you feel connected!

If you would like to share about your family’s culture, Please fill out the Google Form by Friday, January 12th. If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

Snow Days This Winter-Update

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit FCPS’ winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter BreakAlthough mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

On Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Fairfax County Public Library is offering a virtual introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language through stories and activities for grades 1 - 6. Sign up on your own or with a friend, here.

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Parent Resource Center Webinar

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students. Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.

  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.
  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.
  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m. 

Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/12: Winter Chorus Concert 6:30 PM

12/15: AAP Full Time referrals due 

12/18-1/1: Winter Break, school and office closed

1/17: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS 6:30-8:30 PM

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

1st Grade PBL Share Fair!

3rd Grade Egypt Day!

Best Wishes Mr. Reeder!

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Today was Mr. Reeder's last day at CWES, we wish him well as he embarks on a new and exciting adventure in his professional journey! We are grateful for the positive impact he has had on our school community. This past week we completed interviews and hope to have a new assistant principal in January. We will update you once the process is finalized. 

Reminder: All referrals for full time AAP are due by December 15th. Please email your child’s referral prior to that date to ensure it is received on time. We cannot accept any referrals after the December 15th. AAP forms and information can be found here. All forms must be sent electronically to [email protected].

Virginia Growth Assessments will continue next week. The table below indicates when each grade level will test.  If you have questions, please reach out to Mindy Milliron, our School Testing Coordinator.

Grade Level

Reading

Math

3

Monday, December 11th

Wednesday, January 10th

4

Monday, January 8th

completed 

5

completed 

Friday, January 5th

6

completed 

Wednesday, January 3rd

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski and Mindy Milliron

CWES Administrative Team

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah began at sundown on Thursday, December 7Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

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

Family Culture Night

CWES will host Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please share your family’s culture and traditions with the CWES community! All families are welcome!

  • The culture of your home country
  • The culture of the country or countries of your ancestral heritage or that you’ve lived in or visited
  • The culture of a city or state in the U.S. where you have lived or visited
  • Your family’s traditions and celebrations
  • Any culture to which you feel connected!

If you would like to share about your family’s culture, Please fill out the Google Form by Friday, January 12th. If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

Snow Days This Winter-Update

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

On Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Fairfax County Public Library is offering a virtual introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language through stories and activities for grades 1 - 6. Sign up on your own or with a friend, here.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Attendance: 703.764.5656 | Web | Twitter

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/4: Winter Band Concert 6:30 PM

12/6: Winter Strings Concert 6:30 PM

12/12: Winter Chorus Concert 6:30 PM

12/15: AAP Full Time referrals due 

12/18-1/1: Winter Break, school and office closed

1/17: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS 6:30-8:30 PM

1/24: Family Culture Night 6:00-7:30 PM

Fun at the Book Fair!

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

Happy December! Our halls are filled with joy and we have a lot of fun events happening over the next two weeks. We look forward to seeing many of you at CWES events! Thank you to Ms. Bauer and all our amazing volunteers who helped in our book fair this week, it was a huge success! 

Get ready for a night of musical enchantment! We are thrilled to invite you and your family to our upcoming Band and Strings Concerts, where our talented young musicians will showcase their hard work, dedication, and love for music. Our winter music events will kick off with our Band Concert on Monday and Strings Concert on Wednesday. We hope to see you there!

Next week, our 3rd through 6th graders will begin taking the Winter Virginia Growth Assessments.  Each grade level will take one assessment before the break and one after.  The table below indicates when each grade level will test.  If you have questions, please reach out to Mindy Milliron, our School Testing Coordinator.

Grade Level

Reading

Math

3

Monday, December 11th

Wednesday, January 10th

4

Monday, January 8th

Wednesday, December 6th

5

Thursday, December 7th

Friday, January 5th

6

Monday, December 4th

Wednesday, January 3rd

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Scott Reeder

CWES Administrative Team

AAP Full Time Referrals

All referrals for full time AAP are due by December 15th. Please email your child’s referral prior to that date to ensure it is received on time. We cannot accept any referrals after the December 15th. AAP forms and information can be found here. All forms must be sent electronically to [email protected].

Family Culture Night

CWES will host Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please share your family’s culture and traditions with the CWES community! All families are welcome!

  • The culture of your home country
  • The culture of the country or countries of your ancestral heritage or that you’ve lived in or visited
  • The culture of a city or state in the U.S. where you have lived or visited
  • Your family’s traditions and celebrations
  • Any culture to which you feel connected!

If you would like to share about your family’s culture, Please fill out the Google Form by Friday, January 12th. If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

SEL Screener Results

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

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

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

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Winter Break Stem Kits Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/21: Pajama Day-Fun Run Incentive 

11/22-11/24: Thanksgiving Break

11/27-12/1: Book Fair

12/4: Winter Band Concert 6:30 PM

12/6: Winter Strings Concert 6:30 PM

12/12: Winter Chorus Concert 6:30 PM

12/15: AAP Full Time referrals due 

Notes from the Administration

Dear CWES Families, 

What a busy day at CWES, we enjoyed seeing so many families today for our luncheon! We have many reasons to be grateful, and at the top of that list is our incredible school community.  In the spirit of appreciation, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to each one of you.

Our school is not just a place of learning; it is a vibrant and supportive community which thrives because of our dedication, passion, and collaboration.  From our exceptional educators who go above and beyond to inspire and guide our students, to the students themselves who bring energy and curiosity to the classrooms, and to the parents and guardians who actively support their children's education—we are truly blessed to be part of such a remarkable community.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Scott Reeder

CWES Administrative Team

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

We had a great turnout for the first CWES Bike Bus Gratitude Ride! 

AAP Full Time Referrals

All referrals for full time AAP are due by December 15th. Please email your child’s referral prior to that date to ensure it is received on time. We cannot accept any referrals after the December 15th. AAP forms and information can be found here. All forms must be sent electronically to [email protected].

Family Culture Night

CWES will host Family Culture Night on Wednesday, January 24th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please share your family’s culture and traditions with the CWES community! All families are welcome!

  • The culture of your home country
  • The culture of the country or countries of your ancestral heritage or that you’ve lived in or visited
  • The culture of a city or state in the U.S. where you have lived or visited
  • Your family’s traditions and celebrations
  • Any culture to which you feel connected!

If you would like to share about your family’s culture, Please fill out the Google Form by Friday, January 12th. If you have any questions, contact Mona Mouneimne at [email protected].

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Special Education Resources

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Winter Break Stem Kits Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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Friday Fall Luncheon Reminders

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Reminder: Fall Luncheon - Nov. 17

We are so excited to welcome families for the Fall Luncheon. There will be a special Thanksgiving menu on November 17th, please note this will be the only thing served. There will be no pizza Friday! 

We wanted to share a few details prior to the event:

  • Due to crowds some classes will be in the gym and some in the cafeteria. This will be posted.  
  • Parents who have purchased a lunch will be given a meal ticket and will go to the cafeteria to get their lunch. 
  • Students will purchase lunch through their myschoolbucks account. 
  • Parents who have not purchased a lunch will join their student in either the cafeteria or the gym. 

Please see the schedule below for your child's adjusted lunch time.

We look forward to seeing you all Friday! 

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/13: Woodson Pyramid FLE Parent Preview Night

11/15: AAP Screening Process Parent Info Session 5:00-6:00 pm

11/17: Fall (Thanksgiving) Lunch

11/22-11/24: Thanksgiving Break

11/27-12/1: Book Fair

12/4: Winter Band Concert 6:30 PM

12/6: Winter Strings Concert 6:30 PM

12/12: Winter Chorus Concert 6:30 PM

12/15: AAP Full Time referrals due 

Notes from the Administration

We had a wonderful turnout at our Military Breakfast this morning. To our veterans, both past and present, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the sacrifices you've made to protect our country. Your courage serves as an inspiration to us all, and we are honored to have you as integral members of our CWES community.

We extend our warmest gratitude to the CWES PTA for orchestrating a truly fantastic Fun Run this year! The weather didn't cooperate for what was originally planned, but we adjusted and the students had a blast! Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend as well and for all the donations we are almost to our goal!

AAP Full Time Referrals

All referrals for full time AAP are due by December 15th. Please email your child’s referral prior to that date to ensure it is received on time. We cannot accept any referrals after the December 15th. AAP forms and information can be found here. All forms must be sent electronically to [email protected].

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Impact Aid

Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you have not already filled out the form online, we will provide paper forms. Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page for more information.  

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS)

Woodson Pyramid FLE Parent Preview Night

The materials used for Family Life Education (FLE) are available for families to access on the All Parents/Guardians: Canterbury Woods Elementary School Schoology Course.

The Woodson Pyramid will be hosting a Woodson Pyramid Parent Preview event where staff will be available to answer questions and help families access the materials virtually.  This will take place on Monday, November 13th  from 6:00 – 6:30PM using the following zoom link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91865337786

We invite you also to learn more about Fairfax County's elementary FLE program on the FCPS website.

Please reach out to Mindy Milliron ([email protected] ) or Mona Mouneimne ([email protected]) with any questions you have.

Bond Referendum

Thank You Voters! 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage.

Winter Break Stem Kits School Board Approves New Name for W.T. Woodson

The Fairfax County School Board unanimously approved a new name for W.T. Woodson High School on November 9. Starting school year 2024-25, the school will be known as Carter G. Woodson High School.

The School Board and FCPS staff thank the students, families, past and present employees, community members, and alumni for participating in the more than two month process. There is a depth of pride and caring within the Woodson Community that was evident throughout the ongoing discussions. 

Fairfax County Public Schools staff will now proceed with the logistical planning needed to initiate a name change. The school will officially become Carter G. Woodson High School at the start of the 2024-25 school year. 

Visit the Woodson High School Renaming web page to read the complete news story and for more information.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Canterbury Woods ES.

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