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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the parent participants of the Welcoming Atmosphere Walkthrough we held on December 13: Ruth Velez de Castro, Matt Nolan, Rebecca Kinkead, Chimere Omoigui, Mary Abigail Reinhardt, and Alexa Krezel. This process, facilitated by the Office of Family and School Partnerships, is a way for us to reflect upon our practices to ensure that all families feel informed, engaged and welcomed into CWES. I am eager to share the results at the PTA General Membership meeting next Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Take Home Tuesday

January 22, 2020, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  •  CWES CARES: Valentine Baskets for seniors
  •  WT Woodson Environmental Club for 5th Grade After-School Science fun: space limited - register now!
  •  Frost Family Festival, February 20, 2020!
Meet Marisa Straub, CWES School Psychologist

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship. 

Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Our school psychologist Marisa Straub, is at CWES Tuesdays and Fridays and alternating Mondays. Please email her if you have any questions at email.

CWES CARES

This year, our SCA sponsored schoolwide service project is to adopt grandparents from local senior living facilities in our community.

 Each class received two Valentine's baskets: one for a grandmother and one for a grandfather.

 Classes are ask to fill the baskets with items such as:

cards, letters, small stuffed animals, puzzles, crossword puzzles, books, toiletries, socks/slippers, candy, etc.

Baskets will be collected on Monday, February 10th.          

SCA Spirit Day 70's are Back

 Our next SCA Spirit day will be Flashback

to the 70’s on Friday, January 31,2020. Get groovy

with us in your best 70’s inspired outfit!!

 

CWES Family Book Club

As a family, read one of the following books together: "The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds, or " A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park.  Ask each other questions about what you read and be prepared to share your thinking of the book with other families at CWES Book Club Night.  More details to come closer to the date.

Date: Thursday, February 20th  6:30-7:30

(snow date February 27th)

If you have any questions please contact:

Melissa Adams  email

Amelia Abd email

The teacher workdays are a great opportunity to read as a family!

 

"The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds

( younger students)

 

"A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park

( older students)

  Parent Resource Center Can't make it to our workshops? View these workshops at a time and location convenient to you on the PRC's YouTube Channel

2019-2020 Recorded Workshops:

Coming Soon:

  • Preschool Transition to Kindergarten for Students with Disabilities (February)
  • Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities (February)
  • Launching your Adolescent into Adulthood (March)

Closed Captioning available in most languages.

  Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day

Schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter.

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

  Mark Your Calendar

 

End of Second Quarter - January 24, 2020

Teacher Workdays- Student Holiday - January 27and January 28, 2020

CWES Family Book Club - February 20, 2020

PTA Meeting - January 29, 2020

SCA Spirit Day- January 31, 2020

Bingo Night - February 7, 2020

WT Woodson Environmental Club - February 18, 2020 ( selected 5 graders)

Frost Family Festival - February 20, 2020

CWES Spelling Bee - February 27, 2020

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear families,

It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of the second quarter! I look forward to seeing you all at our PTA general membership meeting next week, at which I will provide a school update. I also look forward to our next parent coffee at 9:30 on Wednesday morning, February 5, at which I will provide some information about our Changing Education Through the Arts partnership with the Kennedy Center with a focus on one often-used strategy at CWES: tableau. I hope to see you then!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Take Home Tuesday

January 14, 2020, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Recorder Time for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students! 
  • First Annual Spelling Bee
  • Trex Film Recycling Challenge

Do you know that according to new research, Alarming Dangers in School Zones by Safe Kids Worldwide organization, certain parts of school zones can be unsafe for students?

They noted issues with drivers dropping off or picking up students, with 1 in 3 drivers doing something unsafe, like driving while on the phone, double parking or not following the crossing guards’ rules.

As part of our ongoing commitment to overall CWES safety, we would like to offer these simple safety tips. There are things you can do in our community to help us protect our students on the move.

School Zone Driving Safety Tips

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
  • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
  • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
  • Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
  • Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
  • Never change lanes while driving in a school zone.
  • Never make U-Turns while driving in a school zone.
  • Never text while driving in a school zone.
  • Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school zone.

Pedestrians’ Safety Tips

Parents, whether you are walking with your children or your children are walking themselves, here are some safety tips to keep our children safe.

  • Walk on a sidewalk or path when one is available. If no sidewalk or path is available, walk facing traffic and as far from cars as possible.
  • Never assume drivers see you; they could be distracted. It’s best to make eye contact with drivers to make sure you are seen, and to generally be aware of your surroundings – particularly when crossing the street.
  • Always cross streets at marked crosswalks; this is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • Obey school crossing guards’ signals.
  The SCA Turkey Trot!

we are thrilled to share that our students raised $8,159.74 at the SCA Turkey Trot! This means we able to purchase three water bottle filling stations! A special thank you to the following top fund raisers:

Top Grade: 3rd- $1,595.25

Top Class - Mrs. Carroll - $680.00

Top Students per grade:

KG - Cole Souvlis ( Germano)

1st- Emily Shipe ( Choman)

2nd - Lauren Doninger (Mays)

3rd - Isabella Anreadakis (Simmons)

4th - Viviana Griffith ( Adams)

5th - Anya Allenworth (Freeman)

6th - John Burns ( Randolph)

We will be in touch with Design and Construction to plan for the purchase and installation and provide you with updates when we have more information. 

Go CWES!!!

  SCA spirit day 70's are back!!!!

 

Our next SCA Spirit day will be Flashback

to the 70’s on Friday, January 31,2020. Get groovy

with us in your best 70’s inspired outfit!!

World Language Immersion Informational Meetings 

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for world language immersion programs opens on Monday, January 27. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion programs and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2020-21 school year.

The kindergarten immersion programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell Elementary School and Spanish is available at Bailey’s, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade immersion programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Parents who are interested in the two-way or world language immersion programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All meetings are held at the school named. For specific dates and locations for the informational meetings, visit our website

Fairfax County Park Authority Offering Snow Day Camp at Four Locations

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering Snow Day Camp at Audrey Moore RECenter, Lee District RECenter, Oak Marr RECenter, and Spring Hill RECenter for children ages 6 to 10 when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed two or more school days in a row (limited to 30 children per site, first-come basis) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $65 per day, per child, non-refundable.

Note: Snow Day Camp will not operate for single-day FCPS school closures, late openings or early dismissals, on weekends, and will not be held when Fairfax County Government is closed or the Fairfax County Park Authority is closed.

Learn more about Snow Day Camp

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 20 for MLK Holiday, January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 21. Also, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter.

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

  Mark Your Calendar

Winter Enrichment Classes - registration starts December 10, 2019- January 14, 2020.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday- Student Holiday- January 20, 2020

End of Second Quarter - January 24, 2020

Teacher Workdays- Student Holiday - January 27and January 28, 2020

CWES Family Book Club - February 20, 2020

PTA Meeting - January 29, 2020

SCA Spirit Day- January 31, 2020

Bingo Night - February 7, 2020

CWES Spelling Bee Day - February 27, 2020

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break with your families.  The hallways are full of activity and excitement again – we are so happy to have school back in session. I am excited to share the results of our SCA Turkey Trot fundraiser: we raised $8,159.75! This means we should be able to purchase three water bottle filling stations! We will be working with Design and Construction to make a plan for installation. Thank you SO MUCH for your incredible generosity in support of our school!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

  Take Home Tuesday

January 7, 2020, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Recorder Time for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students! 
  • First Annual Spelling Bee
  • Trex Film Recycling Challenge
Lost and Found

Thanks to the amazing volunteer sorting work of parent Erica Silverstein (during a Cub Scout meeting over winter break), our Lost and Found is organized! It contains many high-quality garments your children have left behind. Please come by to “shop” for your family’s lost things. If you are willing to volunteer to help office staff to find items with labels on them so we can send them home, please contact Diana Shvets.

  SCA spirit day 70's are back!!!!

Date Correction: Because January 24th is Egypt day for third grade, the SCA Spirit day has been moved to Friday, January 31st.

Our next SCA Spirit day will be Flashback

to the 70’s on Friday, January 24th. Get groovy

with us in your best 70’s inspired outfit!!

 

Join us for the first ever  CWES Family Book Club

 

As a family, read one of the following books together: "The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds, or " A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park.  Ask each other questions about what you read and be prepared to share your thinking of the book with other families at CWES Book Club Night.  More details to come closer to the date.

Date: Thursday, February 20th  6:30-7:30

(snow date February 27th)

If you have any questions please contact:

Melissa Adams  email

Amelia Abd email

 

 

"The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds

( younger students)

"A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park

( older students)

  Reminder for Sixth Grade Parents:

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:30pm-8:30pm

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation

Frost Middle School

Thursday, January 16, 2020

6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Additional information can be found on our website along with on both Lake Braddock and Frost’s websites.

 

Winter Enrichment Classes

There’s still time to register for Winter Enrichment courses! Registration closes January 14.

 

Winter Enrichment Classes - Registration opens Dec 10!

https://tinyurl.com/cwelemenrichment (flyer attached)

Tuesday

  • Sign and Learn (American Sign Language) - Tuesdays at 8:10am for Grades K-5, cost: $176.
  • Coding with Kids: Little Coders - Tuesdays at 4:10pm for Grades K-2, cost: $178.
  • Crazy Concoctions - Tuesdays at 4:10pm for Grades 3-5, cost: $168

Thursday

  • EV3 Robotics - Thursdays at 8:10am for Grades 3-6, cost: $200.
  • Jump For Joy Jump Rope - Thursdays at 4:10pm for Grades 2-6, cost: $114.
  • Yoga - Thursdays at 4:10pm for Grades K-5, cost: $135. 

Get Arty with ArtXplorations! Registration is open

This class will run on Wednesdays from February 5th - March 25th. Cost: $150 total (class cost + materials fee). For this session, we will be offering two art classes, split by grade levels. 

Grades: 4th-6th - Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15am

Register for morning classes here! 

Grades: K-3rd - Wednesdays, 4:10-5:10pm

Register for afternoon classes here!

  Mark Your Calendar

Winter Enrichment Classes - registration starts December 10, 2019- January 14, 2020.

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night - Lake Braddock Secondary - January 9, 2020

Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation - Frost Middle School - January 16, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday- Student Holiday- January 20, 2020

SCA Spirit Day- January 31, 2020

End of Second Quarter - January 24, 2020

CWES Family Book Club - February 20, 2020

 

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break with your families.  The hallways are full of activity and excitement again – we are so happy to have school back in session. I am excited to share the results of our SCA Turkey Trot fundraiser: we raised $8,159.75! This means we should be able to purchase three water bottle filling stations! We will be working with Design and Construction to make a plan for installation. Thank you SO MUCH for your incredible generosity in support of our school!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

  Take Home Tuesday

January 7, 2020, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Recorder Time for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students! 
  • First Annual Spelling Bee
  • Trex Film Recycling Challenge
Lost and Found

Thanks to the amazing volunteer sorting work of parent Erica Silverstein (during a Cub Scout meeting over winter break), our Lost and Found is organized! It contains many high-quality garments your children have left behind. Please come by to “shop” for your family’s lost things. If you are willing to volunteer to help office staff to find items with labels on them so we can send them home, please contact Diana Shvets.

  SCA spirit day 70's are back!!!!

Our next SCA Spirit day will be Flashback

to the 70’s on Friday, January 24th. Get groovy

with us in your best 70’s inspired outfit!!

 

Join us for the first ever  CWES Family Book Club

 

As a family, read one of the following books together: "The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds, or " A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park.  Ask each other questions about what you read and be prepared to share your thinking of the book with other families at CWES Book Club Night.  More details to come closer to the date.

Date: Thursday, February 20th  6:30-7:30

(snow date February 27th)

If you have any questions please contact:

Melissa Adams  email

Amelia Abd email

 

 

"The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds

( younger students)

"A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park

( older students)

  Reminder for Sixth Grade Parents:

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:30pm-8:30pm

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation

Frost Middle School

Thursday, January 16, 2020

6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Additional information can be found on our website along with on both Lake Braddock and Frost’s websites.

 

Winter Enrichment Classes

There’s still time to register for Winter Enrichment courses! Registration closes January 14.

 

Winter Enrichment Classes - Registration opens Dec 10!

https://tinyurl.com/cwelemenrichment (flyer attached)

Tuesday

  • Sign and Learn (American Sign Language) - Tuesdays at 8:10am for Grades K-5, cost: $176.
  • Coding with Kids: Little Coders - Tuesdays at 4:10pm for Grades K-2, cost: $178.
  • Crazy Concoctions - Tuesdays at 4:10pm for Grades 3-5, cost: $168

Thursday

  • EV3 Robotics - Thursdays at 8:10am for Grades 3-6, cost: $200.
  • Jump For Joy Jump Rope - Thursdays at 4:10pm for Grades 2-6, cost: $114.
  • Yoga - Thursdays at 4:10pm for Grades K-5, cost: $135. 

Get Arty with ArtXplorations! Registration is open

This class will run on Wednesdays from February 5th - March 25th. Cost: $150 total (class cost + materials fee). For this session, we will be offering two art classes, split by grade levels. 

Grades: 4th-6th - Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15am

Register for morning classes here! 

Grades: K-3rd - Wednesdays, 4:10-5:10pm

Register for afternoon classes here!

  Mark Your Calendar

Winter Enrichment Classes - registration starts December 10, 2019- January 14, 2020.

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night - Lake Braddock Secondary - January 9, 2020

Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation - Frost Middle School - January 16, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday- Student Holiday- January 20, 2020

SCA Spirit Day- January 24, 2020

End of Second Quarter - January 24, 2020

CWES Family Book Club - February 20, 2020

 

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear families,

What a wonderful and busy week it has been! We have enjoyed a fun performance from the band and eagerly anticipate tonight‘s chorus performance. Classrooms are abuzz with celebrations of learning and festive class parties. And we look forward to seeing everyone in their snuggly PJs tomorrow for our final spirit day of 2019. Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoyable break with your families. Join me for our monthly parent coffee with the principal the Wednesday we return, during which I will be sharing information about our arts integration partnership with the Kennedy Center. We look forward to a new year of learning in 2020!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

  Take Home Tuesday

December 17, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Winter Enrichment Classes - Registration opens Dec 10, 2019
  •  Trex Film Recycling Challenge

 

Join us for the first ever  CWES Family Book Club

 

As a family, read one of the following books together: "The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds, or " A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park.  Ask each other questions about what you read and be prepared to share your thinking of the book with other families at CWES Book Club Night.  More details to come closer to the date.

Date: Thursday, February 20th  6:30-7:30

(snow date February 27th)

If you have any questions please contact:

Melissa Adams  email

Amelia Abd email

 

"The Water Princess"  by Susan Verde, ill. by Peter Reynolds

( younger students)

 

 

 

"A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park

( older students)

 

The PTA is excited to announce  our first annual CWES Spelling Bee 

Looking for a fun way to promote reading, broaden vocabulary and build your child's word power and boost language confidence? 

Join Our Spelling Bee Today!

Who:  For 3rd-6th grade students. Participants will receive a word study list and resources that will prepare them for the CWES Spelling Bee Day. One school champion will move on to the Fairfax County Annual Spelling Bee Competition, part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held on March 15, 2020. 

Fee: A participant fee of $10 will be used for awards and Spelling Bee Day expenses (i.e. light refreshments). Families who need financial assistance should contact Dr. Leipzig by 01/13/19 for confidential support.

Registration: Opens today and will close on January 17th. In the event that registrations outnumber our maximum number of spaces, we will hold a qualifying written spelling test prior to the event.

Space is limited, Sign Up Today. 

Spelling Bee Day: This fun event will occur in mid-late February at CWES. The exact date and time are TBD. 

Questions? Contact Madison Vance at email

  Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Please note that CWES office will be closed December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.We assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as we return to the office .Thank you for a wonderful 2019 year! We wish you all the warmest of holiday cheer!

  Mark Your Calendar

Winter Chorus Concert and Sing-Along - December 20, 2019 at 2:50PM

Winter Enrichment Classes - registration starts December 10, 2019- January 3, 2020.

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

Parent Coffee with Dr. L - January 8, 2019, 9:30-10:30AM

Level IV Referrals Due - January 9, 2020

 

 

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Dear Families,

What a lot of fun it has been to share my Wheel of Fortune experience with the CWES community! I have been giggling at the ranch dressing offerings I have received! I have shared with students that I learned the importance of keeping a positive attitude and perseverance. It is hard to believe that we have only 7 more school days before Winter break! Thanks so much to all of you who sent in delicious contributions to our PTA cookie exchange today. Our strings concerts were a big success and we look forward to band and chorus performances next week. Please encourage your child to visit our lost and found outside the cafeteria – the various hats, gloves, and coats your child may have misplaced will come in handy over the break.

 

Have a wonderful week!

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Note from CWES Office

Please note that CWES office will be closed December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.We assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as we return to the office .Thank you for a wonderful 2019 year! We wish you all the warmest of holiday cheer!

  Take Home Tuesday

December 10, 2019, please visit LINK this week to find out about:

  • Winter Enrichment Classes - Registration opens Dec 10!
  •  Author Karen Kane to visit CWES! 
  •  AAP Full Time Level IV Referral Reminder
  •  Trex Film Recycling Challenge

 

CWES Drama Club

We are happy to offer a 16-week drama club this year! Students who join will participate in the 1950s style musical comedy production of “Rock Around the Clock” (Book by Tim Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur). Students will learn how to act, sing, and dance during our rehearsals! Club fees include the price of the show royalties, scripts, music materials, set materials, costume materials, and Drama Club t-shirts.

Have a student who prefers to be off stage, but wants to be a part of the fun? Great! We’ll also teach students how to design set pieces, work with lighting, and change set pieces during the show. If this sounds like your child, have them sign up to be a part of the stage crew.

There are 30 spaces available for Drama club. Students who return this interest form by 12/13/19 will be entered into a lottery. We will notify you via email by 12/20/19 about student enrollment and request payment at this time.

Families who require financial assistance should contact Dr. Leipzig email by 12/13/19 (for confidential support.)

We hope your child will join us for Drama Club this year! We’re excited to bring a family friendly performance to CWES, along with a musical theater education!

Interest Form.

  Trex Film Recycling Challenge

CWES is trying to build our recycling efforts out to the community.  We are entering a nationwide contest to recycle MORE plastic through the Trex Film Recycling Challenge . These are the everyday items that can be found in your home that usually end up in the trash.  Look in your THT for a refrigerator magnet of the list of items so you know what to bring in.  We will have green and white bins in the lobby to place the plastic items in! If we win the contest, the TREX company will build us a bench from the recycled plastic. Thank you for helping the Environmental Team make a greener community!

Here is what the magnet looks like.  If you did not receive one please contact the school.

Mark Your Calendar

Winter Enrichment Classes - registration starts December 10, 2019- January 3, 2020.

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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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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CWES Weekly Happenings.

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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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CWES Weekly Happenings.

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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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CWES Weekly Happenings.

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From the Principal's Desk

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.

https://cwespta.ptboard.com

  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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