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From the Principal's Desk
Each year I marvel at our teachers and their capacity to care for our students and families. And then, during Teacher Appreciation Week especially, I marvel at our students and families and their capacity to care for our teachers.
Today marked the beginning of my favorite week of the year -- a week during which I love to shower CWES teachers with gratitude for all they do for our school. And every year I am thrilled when my shower of gratitude pales in comparison to the flood of love that comes their way from the students and families themselves.
Today's chalked messages, thank you notes and small tokens of affection from your children put smiles on teachers' faces and a skip in their steps. Thank you for encouraging your children to do what they do best -- reminding teachers of all the reasons they do what they do -- because they love to make a difference in the lives of your children.
Today I shared the Starfish Story with teachers, and thought you might enjoy it too.
Keep up the great work you're doing to appreciate these dedicated professionals! It's only Monday, after all!
Diane Leipzig, Dr. L
Adapted from a story by Loren Eisley
CWES Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6
Tuesday: Wear neon
Wednesday: Bring in a flower or favorite treat for your teacher
Thursday: 80s day: Hairstyles, clothes, whatever you can think of! (Star Wars attire even works thanks to The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi!)
Friday: Wear CWES spiritwear or CWES colors (green and yellow)
***Please consider writing a note/bringing a small treat for our specials teachers (Art, PE, Music, Library) too!***
Woodson HS Grad Walk, May 25
A beloved pre-pandemic tradition is making a welcome comeback this year. Woodson High School Seniors who attended Canterbury Woods in their elementary years are invited to process through the halls of CWES and be cheered on by staff and students alike!
On Wednesday, May 25, our staff and students will line the hallways to celebrate these accomplished young men and women as they complete their K-12 education!
Seniors should meet outside Door 1 in caps and gowns at 2:15 PM. Parents of graduating seniors are welcome to come take pictures of this special event.
Updated COVID Isolation Procedures Effective May 1
Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.
As a result, FCPS has changed current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:
- Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND
- Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
- Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.
Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time.
The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.
We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe
ASL Honor Society "Voices Off" Dinner, May 13
Want to build your family's sign language skills? Or experience a night of greater awareness about communication differences?
West Springfield High School ASL Honor Society Presents:
*Voices Off *
Dinner, games, entertainment
Dinner sourced from various local restaurants
Friday May 13, 2022
6:30 PM in the Blue Cafeteria
6100 Rolling Road, W. Springfield, VA 22152
Admission $10 - pay at the door
cash or check payable to WSHS
All welcome, No prior knowledge of ASL required,
RSVP by May 10th to [email protected]
Preorder Fun Fair Wristbands!
Join us on May 7th for our Annual Spring Fun Fair! The Fun Fair is packed with activities: Moon Bounces, Laser Tag, Carnival Games, Raffle Prizes, Face Painting (only 11-1pm), Balloon Animals, DJ and Food: Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, and Anita’s Frozen Cotton Candy.
PRE-ORDER NOW (PRE-ORDERS CLOSE Thursday, May 5):
WRISTBANDS*: unlimited game play, 1 popcorn, 1 cotton candy, 1 balloon animal, laser tag, moon bounces AND face painting!
FOOD: Domino's Pizza and Chick-fil-A (Limited food options available for purchase at the Fair so Pre-Order Today!
- RAFFLE TICKETS
*Wristband cost will increase to $25 the day of the fair.
Fun Fair Volunteers Needed!
We have planned a really fun event – the 2022 80’s Spectacular Fun Fair! It will include Carnival Games, Moon Bounces, Laser Tag, Face Painting, Selfie Picture Booth, AMAZING Raffle Prizes, and many other fun and delicious things! PLEASE help us make it a fun AND successful event!
Sign up TODAY to help! CWES sixth graders, older siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are welcome and encouraged to sign up!
We NEED YOUR HELP to make this Fun Fair a success! IF WE CAN'T GET VOLUNTEERS WE WILL BE UNABLE TO RUN GAMES!
Sign up below and receive one raffle ticket for each one hour slot!
Thank you in advance for your help!!
Sujata Sahgal, CWES PTA President
Donate to Fun Fair Raffle Baskets!
Donation items can be dropped off in the front office by Thursday, May 5
The Kindergarten/First Grade theme is Party in a Basket, and parents are asked to donate small toys, party favors, decorations/balloons, joke books, Mad Libs, game books, cake mix, or cake decorating items.
The Second Grade theme is Taking Care of Mom, and parents are asked to donate lotion, body wash, perfume, beauty products, nail polish, gift certificates to ULTA, Sephora, spas, or salons, bubble bath, jewelry, or other accessories.
The Third Grade theme is Gifts for Dad, and parents are asked to donate car care items or gift certificates, Dad snacks, As Seen on TV items, grilling items, sports themed items, or gadgets.
The Fourth Grade theme is Family Fun Night, and parents are asked to donate board games, card games, pizza gift certifications, snacks, popcorn kits, ice cream gift certificates, or puzzles.
The Fifth and Sixth Grade theme is Thank You Teachers, and parents are asked to donate classroom decorations and supplies, edible treats, rainy day games for the classroom, bubble bath, essential oils, lotions, coffee, tea, travel mugs, etc.
IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO DONATE MONEY RATHER THAN ITEMS, YOU MAY DO SO VIA THE PAYPAL LINK ON THE PTA WEBSITE: http://cwespta.org/?p=1077
If you own or work for a company that would be willing to donate a raffle prize to the Fun Fair Raffle Baskets, please contact Sophia Yang ([email protected]). CWES PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
THANK YOU so much for donating and helping make our Raffle Baskets really awesome!
Parent Input for 22-23 Class Placements
Each year, we solicit your input as we prepare for the placement process of developing balanced classes for the following school year. We do not save your responses from one year to the next, and we recognize that students' needs and their peer relationships evolve from one year to the next. If your child will be enrolled in CWES next year, please take a moment to fill out this Google form to provide us with information that will set your child up for success. Please submit one entry for each of your rising Cougars!
Responses will be accepted through Friday, May 20, 2022.
This week we complete the READING TESTS.
On the horizon:
Tuesday, May 3--5th Grade Reading
Wednesday, May 4--3rd Grade Reading
Thursday, May 5--6th Grade Reading
Please be sure your child gets a good night's sleep, and please try to avoid scheduling appointments on your student’s testing days.
3rd Grade: Reading on Wednesday, May 4th and Math on Wednesday, May 11th
4th Grade: Reading on Thursday, April 28th and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
5th Grade: Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Thursday, May 12th, and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
6th Grade: Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 19th
SEL Small Group Parent/Guardian Coffee Talk
Come grab a cup of coffee at our SEL Coffee Talk! All CWES parents and guardians are invited to engage with teachers, school counselors, psychologist, and social workers on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:00 – 11:45 A.M. or at 5:00 -5:45 P.M.
During the session, you will learn about the various small group curriculums we use for students who require support such as Zones, Unstuck and On Target, Kimochis, and Mind UP. These curriculums are a part of CASEL – Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. Click this link CASEL to learn more about CASEL.
Spring Events: Save the Dates
This year we are excited to offer in-person spring concerts for our band, strings and choral programs. We are also excited to return to Woodson High School for sixth grade promotion. Mark your calendars for the following dates:
Our fabulous P.E. teachers will hold field days during regularly-scheduled P.E. classes over the last two weeks of school. No separate schoolwide events will be scheduled.
OUTDOOR DAYTIME CONCERT FOR STUDENTS, THURSDAY JUNE 2: Fifth and sixth grade choral students will perform a capella for fellow CWES students at 11:00 AM.
OUTDOOR EVENING CONCERT FOR FAMILIES, THURSDAY JUNE 2: Fifth and sixth grade choral students will perform a capella for families at 6:30 PM.
LIVE SPRING EVENING CONCERT, THURSDAY MAY 26: Fourth grade performs at 5:30 PM; Fifth/Sixth Grade performs at 6:30 PM. Up to 2 family members for each strings student are welcome to attend these in-person events.
VIRTUAL SPRING DAYTIME CONCERT, FRIDAY MAY 27: Fifth/Sixth grade performance will be live-streamed at 10:30 AM; Fourth grade performance will be livestreamed at 11:45 AM. CWES classrooms and CWES family members alike can tune in to enjoy during the school day.
LIVE SPRING EVENING CONCERT, THURSDAY MAY 26: Fifth and Sixth Grade Band performs at 7:30 PM. Up to 2 family members for each band student are welcome to attend these in-person events.
VIRTUAL SPRING DAYTIME CONCERT, FRIDAY MAY 27: Fifth/Sixth grade band performance will be live-streamed at 9:45 AM. CWES classrooms and CWES family members alike can tune in to enjoy during the school day.
SIXTH GRADE PROMOTION
THURSDAY JUNE 9 at 2:30 PM in Woodson High School auditorium.
Mark Your Calendars
May 2 - May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week
Saturday May 7, 11-2: CWES Fun Fair, an outdoor carnival event open to the whole community
Friday, May 13: Twin Day, SCA Spirit Day. Plan in advance to dress like a friend or group of friends and go twinning to school!
Wednesday, May 18, 11 AM and 5 PM: SEL Parent/Guardian Coffee Talks
Wednesday, May 25, 2:30 PM: Woodson HS Grad Walk
Thursday, May 26: In-person Nighttime Concerts for Band and Strings
Friday, May 27: Virtual Daytime Concerts for Band and Strings
Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday. No school.
Thursday, June 2: Outdoor A Capella Chorus Concert
Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM: Sixth Grade Promotion at Woodson High School
Friday, June 10: Last day of school
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