CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

8/10: Parent Digital Tool Permission Available for Required Yearly Approval

8/18: Open House 1:30-3:30 (rotations staggered by grade level)

8/22: School Starts for 2022-2023 School Year

9/2: Labor Day Break: Student / Staff Holiday

9/5: Labor Day Break: Student / Staff Holiday

9/14: Back to School Night 6:00-7:30

9/14: PTA Meeting 7:30

Notes from the Administration

Dear Families,

CWES invites families to join us for Open House/Meet the Teacher on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Open house rotations are staggered by grade level to accommodate families with multiple children. There will not be any formal presentations – please pop in at any time during the rotation window to meet teachers and classmates, explore the classroom and/or drop off supplies. Class assignments will be emailed Wednesday, August 17th. Lists will also be available in the lobby when you arrive at the open house. 

Visit the gym if your child is in grades 4-6 for our band and strings “instrument zoo,” and the cafeteria to visit tables for community organizations and the PTA. Doors will open at 1:30. Ten minutes are provided before each rotation for transition time.

 

 

ROTATION 1

1:40-2:10 PM

ROTATION 2

2:20-2:50 PM

ROTATION 3

3:00-3:30 PM

 

CLASSROOMS

 

Open House Grades K-2

 

Open House Grades 3-4

 

Open House Grades 5-6

 

GYM

 

Meet CWES band and strings teachers and explore our “instrument zoo” for students in grades 4 (strings only), grades 5 and 6 (band or strings). This event will inform students’ choices for electives this fall.

 

CAFETERIA

Visit tables to meet CWES specialists and learn about the PTA, Enrichment Programs (Before/After School Activities), Boys/Girls Scouts, Food & Nutrition Services, and to order Spirit Wear.

 

We enjoyed meeting many new families on Wednesday, and look forward to seeing everyone next week. As always please don't hesitate to reach out should you have questions.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Leslie Malkowski, Mindy Milliron, and Scott Reeder

CWES Adminstrative Team

 

2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update
  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

  • Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. (Except in secondary schools where students in grades 7 and 8 may use phones during passing periods)
  • Students in grades 9-12 must keep phones silenced and put away during all instructional periods unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell, after the last bell, during passing periods, and lunches.

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. 

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Immunization Reminder

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

UPDATE: The application is now available on the webpage. 

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.
CWES Summer Reading Program: Tic Tac Toe on the Go!

Your child should have received a copy of the "Tic, Tac, Toe on the Go" board in their final Tuesday folder. You can download another copy here

Students are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp this summer at home and on the go. Get Tic Tac Toe with three in a row across, down or diagonally, or complete every activity for a blackout!

Return your Tic, Tac, Toe board to Canterbury Woods Elementary by September 9, 2022 to get a prize.

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/announcements/tic-tac-toe-go

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CWES Updates

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Important Upcoming Dates

8/10: Popsicles on the Playground for all New Families: 3:00-4:00

8/10: Parent Digital Tool Permission Available for Required Yearly Approval

8/18: Open House 1:30-3:30 (rotations staggered by grade level)

8/22: School Starts for 2022-2023 School Year

9/2: Labor Day Break: Student / Staff Holiday

9/5: Labor Day Break: Student / Staff Holiday

9/14: Back to School Night 6:00-7:30

Seeking Student Monitors for the 2022-23 School Year

Canterbury Woods ES is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

RESPONSIBILITES: 

  • provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, and at arrival/dismissal
  • help maintain order and discipline and assist in managing the behavior of students
  • operate technology
  • perform administrative and non-instructional duties
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Pay: $16.36/hour (no benefits), 7 hour paid day with a 30 minute unpaid lunch

TO APPLY: 

Immunization Reminder

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

UPDATE: The application is now available on the webpage. 

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.
CWES Summer Reading Program: Tic Tac Toe on the Go!

Your child should have received a copy of the "Tic, Tac, Toe on the Go" board in their final Tuesday folder. You can download another copy here

Students are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp this summer at home and on the go. Get Tic Tac Toe with three in a row across, down or diagonally, or complete every activity for a blackout!

Return your Tic, Tac, Toe board to Canterbury Woods Elementary by September 9, 2022 to get a prize.

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/announcements/tic-tac-toe-go

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CWES Updates

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Good evening Canterbury Woods Families,

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Canterbury Woods Elementary School and to join this extraordinary school community. I hope this email finds you enjoying summer and you and your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together in August. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each day while providing them a world-class learning environment. We will send News You Choose every Friday once school begins, and periodically throughout the summer.

 

Important Dates:

TBD: Popsicles on the Playground for all new families

August 18th: Open House/Meet the Teacher 1:30-3:30 (details to follow)

August 22nd: First Day of School 

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.  I can be reached at [email protected].

 

We wish you a safe and enjoyable remainder of summer and hope you fill it with great memories!

 

All the best,

Leslie Malkowski

Principal

Seeking Student Monitors for the 2022-23 School Year

Canterbury Woods ES is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

RESPONSIBILITES: 

  • provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, and at arrival/dismissal
  • help maintain order and discipline and assist in managing the behavior of students
  • operate technology
  • perform administrative and non-instructional duties
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Pay: $16.36/hour (no benefits), 7 hour paid day with a 30 minute unpaid lunch

TO APPLY: 

Immunization Reminder

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Free and Reduced Meals: Change for Next Year

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. However, the extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year.

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for SY 22-23.

The online application will be available later this summer.  Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

This summer, free meals are still available to all children under 18.

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times.

CWES Summer Reading Program: Tic Tac Toe on the Go!

Your child should have received a copy of the "Tic, Tac, Toe on the Go" board in their final Tuesday folder. You can download another copy here

Students are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp this summer at home and on the go. Get Tic Tac Toe with three in a row across, down or diagonally, or complete every activity for a blackout!

Return your Tic, Tac, Toe board to Canterbury Woods Elementary by September 9, 2022 to get a prize.

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/announcements/tic-tac-toe-go

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CWES June Updates

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Please note this is my final newsletter to ensure you have key summer updates. 

This newsletter, CWES Weekly Happenings, is an important method for school communication to families and goes out on a weekly basis during the school year and as needed in the summer. If you are newly enrolled in our school, you have been added to this newsletter's distribution list for your convenience. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter or have received it in error, please unsubscribe using the "Subscriber Preferences" link at the bottom of this email. 

And I warmly welcome your family to CWES! I am sorry to say that I will not be your child's principal next year as I have taken a position as Principal in Residence for Equitable Access to Literacy in the central office. However, your child will be in excellent hands with the amazing staff here at Canterbury Woods Elementary School!

If you have a friend or neighbor with a new Cougar, please forward them this email and encourage them to sign up for CWES Weekly Happenings so they don't miss important updates this summer.

I transition to my new role this Friday, July 1 but I plan to partner with your new principal once they are announced to ensure a smooth transition for our school community!

It is my greatest hope that your children and families have a joyful summer! I thank you again for your support and partnership as the lucky leader of this amazing school community for the past four school years.

Warmest regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Office Access

I will be in the office through Thursday, June 30 -- please call 703-764-5600 or email me at [email protected] if you need to come in with registration paperwork or to pick up forgotten items. We still have a number of 6th grade panoramic photos that have not been retrieved.

Our office will be closed on July 1 and will reopen the week of July 11. You are welcome to email me during this period of office closure and I will ensure your message gets to the right staff member.

Our school building will be a busy place this summer. The Rec Pac program began today and the Summer SOAR program begins July 11.

On July 13, CWES administrative staff return on contract and can help you with new student registration.

Order your School Supply Kits By THIS THURSDAY, June 30!

DON'T DELAY! Supply kits only available for purchase until June 30th!

*All kits will be shipped directly to your home address later this summer.*

Please note that the PTA will be providing disinfecting wipes (to all grades), and other grade-level specific items (i.e. paper towels, Ziploc bags, disinfectant spray) to help lower the costs of supplies for our families.

If you would like to preview the supply lists or purchase supplies directly, our school supply page is updated for 2022-2023 and available here: 

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-lists

Immunization Reminder

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Free and Reduced Meals: Change for Next Year

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. However, the extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year.

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for SY 22-23.

The online application will be available later this summer.  Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

This summer, free meals are still available to all children under 18.

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times.

Save the Date for CWES Open House, August 18

On Thursday, August 18, your child will have an opportunity to come to CWES, visit their classroom and meet their new teacher. Mark your calendars for this important event: details will follow later this summer.

CWES Summer Reading Program: Tic Tac Toe on the Go!

Your child should have received a copy of the "Tic, Tac, Toe on the Go" board in their final Tuesday folder. You can download another copy here

Students are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp this summer at home and on the go. Get Tic Tac Toe with three in a row across, down or diagonally, or complete every activity for a blackout!

Return your Tic, Tac, Toe board to Canterbury Woods Elementary by September 9, 2022 to get a prize.

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/announcements/tic-tac-toe-go

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, August 18: CWES Open House

Monday, August 22: First Day of School

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Summer News You Choose

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I am writing you this special issue of News You Choose to ensure you have some important information relevant for this summer. If you have a friend or neighbor with a new Cougar, please forward them this email and encourage them to sign up for CWES Weekly Happenings so they don't miss important updates this summer.

I transition to my new role on July 1 but I plan to partner with your new principal once they are announced to ensure a smooth transition for our school community!

It is my greatest hope that your children and families have a joyful summer! I thank you again for your support and partnership as the lucky leader of this amazing school community for the past four school years.

Please tell your children Dr. L will miss them dearly. My six-word story from Sixth Grade Promotion encapsulates my love for students, for our families and for our phenomenal staff:

Cougar

Paw

Prints 

on 

My

Heart.

 

Warmest regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

CWES Summer Reading Program: Tic Tac Toe on the Go!

Your child should have received a copy of the "Tic, Tac, Toe on the Go" board in their final Tuesday folder. You can download another copy here

Students are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp this summer at home and on the go. Get Tic Tac Toe with three in a row across, down or diagonally, or complete every activity for a blackout!

Return your Tic, Tac, Toe board to Canterbury Woods Elementary by September 9, 2022 to get a prize.

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/announcements/tic-tac-toe-go

Order your School Supply Kits Before June 30!

We know summer has JUST begun, but it's never TOO EARLY to order your school supplies for next year!

For your convenience, the CWES PTA has partnered with EPI to provide school supply kits with everything your child needs! All school supply kits have been carefully crafted by your CWES Grade level teachers! 

DON'T DELAY! Supply kits only available for purchase until June 30th!

*All kits will be shipped directly to your home address later this summer.*

Please note that the PTA will be providing disinfecting wipes (to all grades), and other grade-level specific items (i.e. paper towels, Ziploc bags, disinfectant spray) to help lower the costs of supplies for our families.

If you would like to preview the supply lists or purchase supplies directly, our school supply page is updated for 2022-2023 and available here: 

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-lists

Save the Date for CWES Open House, August 18

On Thursday, August 18, your child will have an opportunity to come to CWES, visit their classroom and meet their new teacher. Mark your calendars for this important event: details will follow later this summer.

Devastating News for the Lock Family

It is with the utmost sadness that I inform you of the passing of a parent of one of our fourth-grade students, Dr. Andrew John Lock. Dr. Lock passed away suddenly on Friday, June 10 at only 43 years of age.

The Lock family created a memorial website for Dr. Lock and will hold a Celebration of Life Ceremony in Springfield tomorrow. 

Please keep the Lock family in your thoughts and prayers during this extraordinarily difficult time. 

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I am filled with gratitude as I pen this final issue of News You Choose and reflect upon our journey together over the past four years. I want to take this opportunity to thank you each for all you have done to strengthen and improve this school community.

When I was named principal four years ago, I gave each staff member a compact mirror with our now oft-used monogram, letting them know the WE in CWES depended on the person in the reflection looking back at them. I have carried my own in my purse every day since as a reminder of my personal commitment to helping every single member of our school feel like they matter in a unique and important way. As you can see below, it is (fittingly) a little worse for wear, given all we have been through together. However, its message is as important today as it was in 2018.

Our community is special because each and every member shows up authentically and unapologetically themselves, challenging us to draw them into the core of what CWES is all about. We are a rich tapestry with a multitude of changing threads. We weave our unique selves through the fiber of this community because each and every one of us belongs. Every new member contributes something new to the design, an everlasting legacy that remains after they depart through our doors. 

In those early days, I learned we didn't have a school song and I set about writing one to perform for the staff August 2018 to kick off our first school year together.

I share the lyrics with you now to remind us who we were as a school, and who we continue to be -- communicators, collaborators, creators -- in a word, family. I am confident the essence of CWES will carry this community forward in hope and in joy in the years to come.

 

WE CAN, CANTERBURY WOODS!

Who can communicate with words, cues and signs?

We can! Canterbury Woods

 

Who can collaborate, learning side by side?

We can! Canterbury Woods

 

The arts inspire us to dream

And broaden our worldview

We value every person’s gifts

Our “we” depends on you

 

Who can grow together as a family?

I can (clap, clap)

You can (clap, clap)

We can (clap, clap, clap)

Canterbury Woods!

 

Being your principal is, quite simply, the honor of my life. Thank you for entrusting your precious children to my care. Thank you for partnering with me to make our school such an amazing place. Our WE depends on YOU.

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Departing CWES Staff

This time of year is a time of bittersweet celebrations, as some staff members leave us to pursue new dreams and adventures, be they about career or family. Please join me in wishing them well:

  • Kindergarten teacher Chelsea Andrews is staying home to start a family.
  • ESOL teacher Maureen Bush has taken on a position as ESOL Assessment Teacher at the Dunn Loring Student Registration Welcome Center.
  • DHH Instructional Assistant Denise Drake is retiring after 31 years of service.
  • Sixth grade teacher Eileen Freeman is transferring to Rose Hill Elementary as an Advanced Academics Resource Teacher.
  • Special educator Wilson Hill is transferring to Greenbriar East Elementary to get closer to home.
  • Second grade teacher Diana Pisera is moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family.
  • School counselor Tiffany Sutton is also transferring to Greenbriar East Elementary.
  • Administrative Assistant Cheryl Trimbach is taking time off to attend to her departed mother's estate in Texas. 
  • Public Health Nurse Julianne Weaver is moving to New Jersey.
  • We also say thank you to staff members in one-year contracts and hope our paths cross again: Custodian John Koomson, PHTA  Ashley Charlton, IA Karin Sasseville, and IA Megan Powers.

If you are moved to express your gratitude for any of these staff members, I am sure an email of well wishes would be most welcome! 

Return Laptops and Cords

If your child still has an FCPS laptop, power cord and/or Mifi at home, please have them bring it to school TOMORROW. If your child needs a laptop for a summer program in which they will be participating, we need some important information from you before we can release it to you. Please email SBTS Fran Midgal at [email protected] or TSSPEC Keith Duplessis at [email protected] to request a laptop for summer use.

Medication Pick Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than dismissal time (2:05 PM) on the last day of school, June 10th. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for the next school year may be obtained online at:  Student safety and wellness

Lost and Found, Last Chance

Our Lost and Found across from the cafeteria will be emptied out on WEDNESDAY.  Fair weather items will be donated to Salvation Army and cold weather items will be donated to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, thanks to the efforts of sixth grade parent, Ms. Moreland.  

PLEASE encourage your child to stop by (or come by the school yourself) to find any missing clothing items before school ends Wednesday.

Office Hours for June

The CWES office will be open to serve you from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM through June 30, with the exception of Tuesday June 21 - Friday June 24, on which days it will be closed.

The new principal, expected to start work July 1, will set the office hours for July and August and communicate them in News You Choose.

Woodson Instrument Petting Zoo, Wed. June 8 at 7PM

Woodson HS is hosting an instrument petting zoo on Wednesday, June 8 from 7-8 PM for all elementary feeder schools. If your child is currently in third through fifth grade, this is a great opportunity to try out various band and strings instruments they might want to study next year.

Keep in mind that strings instruction begins in fourth grade; band instruction begins in fifth grade. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity!

Sixth Grade Promotion, Thursday June 9

We will celebrate our sixth graders with a special promotion ceremony at Woodson High School on Thursday, June 9 at 2:30 PM.

Students should come to school that morning dressed nicely for the ceremony. They will all ride the bus over to Woodson High School with their teachers. If you want younger siblings to attend, come to CWES and sign them out for early dismissal at approximately 2:00 PM.

Families should proceed directly to Woodson High School at 9525 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031. Park in the LOT in front of the school (not in the bus loop) and enter Door 18 for the auditorium. Another option is the side lot if the front lot is full. Auditorium doors will open at 2:15 PM.

Masks are encouraged but optional. The event will be livestreamed for family members unable to attend. 

LINK TO PROMOTION LIVESTREAM: https://youtu.be/cy0SIaFTfns

Students have the option for being dismissed to families after the ceremony or brought back to CWES in time for dismissal at 4:05.

If your child is a sixth grader, please fill out this Google Form to let us know your sixth grader's plan for participation and dismissal:

 https://forms.gle/z5TRiGphxBN93ewP6

  

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, June 7: SCA Spirit Day: Superhero/Villain Day (no toy weapons or masks).

Wednesday, June 8: SCA Spirit Day: CWES Spirit Wear

Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM: Sixth Grade Promotion at Woodson High School, SCA Spirit Day: Fancy Day 

LINK TO PROMOTION LIVESTREAM: https://youtu.be/cy0SIaFTfns

Friday, June 10: Last day of school, 2-hour early release; SCA Spirit Day: Tropical Day

In the month of June we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

Photo Finishes!

Third graders were excited about the return of Cities, a culminating activity for economics where they make and "sell" items to students in other grade levels.

Students in K-2 were happy shoppers in third grade Cities!

Our strings, band and chorus concerts were amazing last week!

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Monday is PJ Day!

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Kick off Spirit Week in Your PJs!

The SCA wanted to remind you that tomorrow kicks off our spirit week with pajama day! Students are also welcome to bring a stuffed animal to school with them.

Here are the rest of SCA's plans for this Spirit Week:

  • Tuesday: Superhero/Villain Day
  • Wednesday: CWES Spiritwear Day
  • Thursday: Fancy Day
  • Friday: Tropical Day

Have a great final week of school!

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Chorus Concert Tonight Moved Indoors

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Chorus Concert Tonight Moved Indoors

Due to the thunderstorms in the forecast, we are moving our chorus concert to the gym.

Please limit attendance to family members of our choral students.

We will have a limited number of chairs, so please do still bring your camp chairs and blankets to recreate that "concert under the stars" feeling indoors!

Chorus members should arrive at 6:30 PM and report to the library.

Doors open at 6:45 PM for audience members. 

The show begins at 7:00 PM.

Thank you for your flexibility! Our students are very excited to perform for you.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

The tragedy at Robb Elementary shook our community to its core last week. So close to the end of an exhausting school year, CWES staff was devastatingly reminded that student safety is our top priority -- that we are entrusted with the very lives of your babies every day you send them through our doors. Our staff showed up for our students -- helped them process their emotions and restore their sense of wellbeing -- despite their own heartbreak and fear. I couldn't be prouder of their professionalism and care for our students in the wake of this tragedy.

We know you entrust us with your children's health as well. We have had several outbreaks (defined as three or more cases in the same class), and, under the direction of the Fairfax County Health Department, we are now sending individual COVID test kits home to classes with outbreaks. Given the outbreaks, the Health Department has directed us to continue with outbreak communications and discontinue daily case notifications. Please know, however, that we continue to see new cases each day and we will maintain our mitigation strategies through the end of the school year. When grade levels share culminating events (such as Kindergarten Zoo Exhibits or Third Grade Cities), classes limit visits to 15 minutes each to avoid close contact.

Today is Memorial Day -- a day we honor the members of the armed forces who died while serving in the military. This solemn day and every day we express our gratitude to those families who have paid the ultimate price for our country.

Hug your babies tight this week. We will continue giving them our best as we embrace both the bitter and the sweet the end of the school year brings.

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Last Chance to Provide Principal Selection Input, Tues. May 31!

FCPS invites parents to offer individual, written input regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed for Canterbury Woods Elementary School.  Your input might also include any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address. 

Input can be sent to Dr. Adam McGeehan in Human Resources at [email protected] by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.  

Final PTA meeting, Wed. June 1 at 7:00 PM

Please join us for our final PTA General membership meeting of the year as we discuss:

  • Volunteer opportunities for the next school year (see below for a list of open roles)
  • 2021-2022 Budget updates
  • PTA Priorities AND

Some final Words of Wisdom from our ESTEEMED Principal, Dr. L., as we close out the year!

LINK TO MEETING:  https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92695170738

Outdoor Chorus Concert Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM

Please bring your blanket or lawn chairs and join us for a very special a cappella chorus concert at 7:00 PM on the back field this Thursday evening, June 2.

If your child is performing, please have them wear solid colors and drop them off at Door 1 by 6:30 PM so they can warm up inside. Then families should assemble on the back field to await the performance!

Yearbook Distribution Begins Friday, June 3

Our yearbooks have arrived! Students who ordered yearbooks will be given their copy on Friday, June 3.  Forgot to order a yearbook?  A very limited number are available for sale on a first come, first served basis. Contact Cheryl Trimbach at [email protected].

Medication Pick Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than dismissal time (2:05 PM) on the last day of school, June 10th. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for the next school year may be obtained online at:  Student safety and wellness

Sing, Dance, and Design With FCPS Summer Programs

All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration is now open for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees. Waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage.

Woodson Instrument Petting Zoo, Wed. June 8 at 7PM

Woodson HS is hosting an instrument petting zoo on Wednesday, June 8 from 7-8 PM for all elementary feeder schools. If your child is currently in third through fifth grade, this is a great opportunity to try out various band and strings instruments they might want to study next year.

Keep in mind that strings instruction begins in fourth grade; band instruction begins in fifth grade. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity!

Woodson Relay for Life

Come out and have fun while supporting an important cause! Come to Woodson's Relay for Life at the Pat Cunningham stadium at WT Woodson High School on Saturday, June 4th from 12 pm to 12 am (anyone may come or leave at any time!) Here is our event website on the American Cancer Society! 

We plan to have live music, games, challenges, and of course, the luminaria ceremony to remember those we have lost to cancer. We think this is a great opportunity for students from our feeder schools and other members of the community to get involved with: to fundraise for a great cause, interact with students, experience Woodson's clubs, and just have fun!

Sixth Grade Promotion, Thursday June 9

We will celebrate our sixth graders with a special promotion ceremony at Woodson High School on Thursday, June 9 at 2:30 PM.

Students should come to school that morning dressed nicely for the ceremony. They will all ride the bus over to Woodson High School with their teachers. If you want younger siblings to attend, come to CWES and sign them out for early dismissal at approximately 2:00 PM.

Families should proceed directly to Woodson High School at 9525 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031. Park in front of the school and enter Door 18 for the auditorium. Auditorium doors will open at 2:15 PM.

Masks are encouraged but optional. The event will be livestreamed for family members unable to attend. Sign language and cued language interpretation will be provided.

Students have the option for being dismissed to families after the ceremony or brought back to CWES in time for dismissal at 4:05.

If your child is a sixth grader, please fill out this Google Form to let us know your sixth grader's plan for participation and dismissal:

 https://forms.gle/z5TRiGphxBN93ewP6

  

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: Library

What an amazing year we have had in the library! Thank you for supporting our book fair in April, our first in person one since the fall of 2019. It was wonderful to see the students so excited about books. 

Book fair helps support the school and the library. In the spring of 2020 we purchased a variety of STEAM materials using book fair funds. This year we have been able to use those items while in the library to collaborate with classmates and create amazing things. Below are a few pictures of the students engaging with the STEAM items. 

It is also the time of the year when all library books are due. I will be sending emails beginning next week to remind the students if they have library books out. 

Thank you for a wonderful year!

Mairead Bauer, Librarian

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, May 31: Principal Selection Input Due

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 PM: Final PTA Meeting 

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 PM: Outdoor A Cappella Chorus Concert

Friday, June 3: Yearbook Distribution begins

Saturday, June 4: Woodson's Relay for Life 12 noon - 12 midnight

Tuesday, June 6: SCA fundraiser ends

Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM: Sixth Grade Promotion at Woodson High School

Friday, June 10: Last day of school, 2-hour early release

Woodson seniors and former Cougars loved seeing old teachers and getting cheered on through the hallways. They celebrate their graduation tomorrow and we wish them well!

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NEW LINK FOR STRINGS CONCERTS

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New Link for Strings Concerts

Due to a technical difficulty, we had to create a new link for the rest of the live stream for today's concerts.

 

Tune in by 10:30 for 5th and 6th grades (we will start a few minutes late.)

Tune in by 11:45 for 4th grade 

 

Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/0tGOs9ARX34

 

ENJOY!

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Supporting Students Today

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Supporting Students Today

Dear Families,

I, along with all members of the staff at CWES today, share in your grief, fear, and frustration about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. These events impact us all in personal ways. One thing we all have in common is our condemnation of these senseless acts of violence. 

Another thing we have in common is our commitment to keeping our schools, and the students and employees within them, physically and psychologically safe. FCPS and Canterbury Woods work to make critical safety upgrades to our buildings, plan and practice day-to-day safety and security measures, and respond swiftly to any concern or possible event. Details about our safety and security measures are below.

We also know that our students need care, support, and understanding as they learn about acts of gun violence. We have that support in place and encourage everyone to use them. Today, our teachers were provided with common morning meeting materials in the event that students seemed upset in the primary grades or in the event that students came in talking about the tragedy in the upper grades. These were optional materials to be used at the teachers' discretion based upon their assessment of how students were feeling and what they were talking about in as they entered classrooms this morning.

In the primary grades (K-3), your child might have read the book "Most People" by Michael Leannah, talked about helpers, and played a game of finding common activities they enjoy and that can cheer them up on a hard day. The book is available on Youtube if you would like to review it and/or read it with your child.

In the upper grades (4-6), your child might have talked about what they knew and the reliability of their sources. They processed and reflected on the information they had, how they felt and what questions they wanted to discuss with their parents. We reviewed the drills and procedures in place to protect them in order to reinforce their sense of safety at school. Some students spoke with a counselor if they needed more support than this morning meeting discussion.

We stand together as the Canterbury Woods community and in solidarity with the Robb Elementary School community. 

Here are some additional resources you may want to explore as you process this senseless and horrific act.

National Association of School Psychologists Resources:

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

FCPS Safety and Security Measures

Gun Violence Prevention Information and Education

Lessons on gun safety are already built into our curriculum.

The FCPS website has a page dedicated to gun violence prevention.

 

Safety Measures

Because of the potential for both intended and unintended threats to our schools, FCPS has focused a great deal of attention to emergency procedures and is vigilant about protecting the safety of its students and employees. The school division has spent considerable time and effort in planning and practicing day-to-day safety and security measures, as well as addressing the response to a major critical incident. Among these measures are:

  • Physical Security (Locked doors, intrusion alarms, electronic door access, CCTV)
  • Visitor Management System and Procedures (Deployed system-wide)
  • Emergency planning coordination with police, fire, and emergency management offices
  • Comprehensive division-wide crisis management plan
  • Individual school crisis plans, updated annually
  • Lockdown, Fire, and Tornado Drills
  • Safety training and Table Top exercises at all schools
  • Critical incident terms awareness and training (Lockdown, Secure the Building, Shelter in Place, Stay Put Stay Tuned)
  • Threat assessment process
  • Confidential tip, text, and email programs
  • Uniformed school security patrols (24x7)
  • Employee training in crisis management and communication. (Lockdown, Evacuation, and “Run, Hide, Fight”)
  • SROs at all middle and high schools
  • FCPS security personnel at all middle and high schools
  • Mandatory annual safety training for all students and staff
  • Systemwide emergency alert systems

Safety and security is everyone’s job. Staff, students, parents, and the community at large are reminded to incorporate safety and security awareness as routine, and to immediately report any unusual activity to the authorities. Know that we take the safety and security of all students very seriously, and additional information regarding our programs can be found here

 

Safety Tip Line

Webpage

School administrators encourage students, staff and community members to report school safety issues, such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft,  gang activity, existence of weapons, vandalism and concerns about student wellness. Tipline users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

You may submit your anonymous tips using any of the following methods:

  • Online- SchoolMessenger Quick Tip Form
  • SMS Text- 888-777, keyword TIP FCPS
    • Please remember to include the name of the affected school/facility when reporting. An automated banner will respond, allowing the person to text information. 
    • You may receive a response in return asking for additional information. The responder is NOT able to see your name or phone number.
  • Phone- 571-423-2020

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Your Input Needed for Principal Selection!

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Your Input Needed for Principal Selection! Your voice is SO important in the search for a new CWES principal.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Please EMAIL your input to Adam McGeehan by TUESDAY, MAY 31, at [email protected]. See below for information for ideas of what to include.

Consider VOLUNTEERING to serve on the interview panel, scheduled for JUNE 13. Submit your information by close of business on May 31, using the Google document form.  

Additional information and the recording for last night's principal selection process session is below. 

Your partnership is essential as our school transitions in its leadership. We have a vibrant community; our students and staff will benefit from diverse voices shaping the principal selection process.

Please take a moment to email your input to Mr. McGeehan (Acting Coordinator for Administrative Employment) before your busy Memorial Day weekend!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Message & Recording from Rebecca Baenig

5/24/2022

On behalf of Rebecca G. Baenig, Region 5 Assistant Superintendent

Dear Canterbury Woods Elementary School Staff and Community, 

It was wonderful to connect with many of you virtually yesterday afternoon, along with our colleagues in Human Resources, to provide a presentation outlining the principal selection process.  If you were unable to attend the meeting and are interested in viewing the presentation, please access the recording using the link below.  (Open in Chrome).

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/-Ykwp0iMmQN95r26Zd8u4TZNtgz4tFfC5AKG5zLA8OnCmxo9AICkB1u_nfYe3ALbfu5LXd-YzNa4Jsuc.60XhNEjQzK5BB0hv?continueMode=true

Passcode: D8DXNaB2.*

As mentioned in our previous communication, your input is very important to us and drives every step of the principal selection process.  We invite you to offer your individual, written input via email regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed for Canterbury Woods Elementary School. You might also address any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address. Please be assured that all input is confidential.   Below you will see suggestions for input and how you would submit it to the Department of Human Resources before May 31, 2022.

Additionally, the advisory panel will be comprised of three staff and three parent representatives from the Canterbury Woods community.  If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please submit your information by close of business on May 31, 2022, using the google document form.  Please review the meeting recording for additional details on the panel process and the commitment required of panelists.  The Region 5 Leadership Team will review all submissions and select staff and community members to serve as panelists or alternates for these interviews.  Individuals selected to serve in this capacity will be contacted by the Human Resources department overseeing this process.

I look forward to working closely with Canterbury Woods faculty, staff, parents, and community members during the principal selection process.

Sincerely,

Ms. Rebecca Baenig

Assistant Superintendent, Region 5

Information about Emailed Input

FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PRINCIPAL SELECTION PROCESS

INPUT SUGGESTIONS

Fairfax County Public Schools mission is to provide creative, knowledgeable, and talented leadership to ensure student success.  To determine the best match for the leadership needs at your school, parent and staff perspectives will be used to screen candidate resumes and develop interview questions.  Please provide input detailing the skills, experiences, and leadership characteristics needed at your school.  Include challenges and issues that the new principal will need to address.  Principal professional skills include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources, organizational management, and communication and community relations.                                       

Please e-mail your input to Adam McGeehan by May 31, 2022, at [email protected].

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

What a fun-filled week we have in store, with the Woodson Grad Walk on Wednesday afternoon, and band and strings performances Thursday and Friday! 

Woodson HS graduates who attended CWES when they were in elementary school should assemble outside Door 1 at 2:15 PM. Students and staff will line the hallways to cheer them on!

In-person concerts will be held this Thursday evening in the gym every hour on the half hour:

  • 5:30 PM: Fourth grade strings
  • 6:30 PM: Fifth/sixth grade strings
  • 7:30 PM: Fifth/sixth grade band

The same performances will be performed live again and livestreamed midday Friday for students to watch in classrooms and for family members to watch who cannot attend our evening performances. 

  • 9:45 AM Fifth/sixth grade band
  • 10:30 AM Fifth/sixth grade strings
  • 11:45 AM Fourth grade strings

 

FRIDAY LIVESTREAM LINK: 

https://youtu.be/oMwih6G8hx4

 

We also look forward to our outdoor a cappella chorus concert next Thursday evening, June 2! Our students have been working hard throughout the year and are proud to perform for you! We are so grateful to our band teacher, Dr. Kohut, strings teacher Ms. Mitchell and choral directors (and music teachers) Dr. Gorokhivska and Teacher Van Keuren for their dedication to our students and their development as musicians!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

SCA Fundraiser!

The SCA is hosting a drive! It will be held in the lobby from NOW UNTIL JUNE 6th.

You can get:
Double charm keychain¢0.75
Single charm keychain: $1.00
Triple charm keychain $1.75
Limited time: Erasers: $2.00


Buy two keychain charms, get one keychain charm 50%

To have us deliver a gift for a friend pay an extra $0.50 

Cougar pack: 3 keychain charms for $5.00

Deluxe cougar pack: 6 keychain charms for $10.00

If we raise enough money, we will be able to get a popsicle day for everyone! Make sure you get something to contribute! We may also be able to get new equipment to use!

Woodson High School's Relay for Life, June 4

Come out and have fun while supporting an important cause! Come to Woodson's Relay for Life!

Relay for Life is a club at WT Woodson HS that partners with the American Cancer Society, a non-profit organization, to raise money to fund cancer research and other ACS programs that help support cancer patients. More information about the club can be found on our club's website (accessible through FCPS email accounts). We spend the year fundraising and planning a large event that takes place at the Pat Cunningham stadium at WT Woodson High School on Saturday, June 4th from 12 pm to 12 am (anyone may come or leave at any time!) Here is our event website on the American Cancer Society! 

We plan to have live music, games, challenges, and of course, the luminaria ceremony to remember those we have lost to cancer. We think this is a great opportunity for students from our feeder schools and other members of the community to get involved with: to fundraise for a great cause, interact with students, experience Woodson's clubs, and just have fun!

Mental Health and Parenting in 2022

Join other Woodson Pyramid parents for a free virtual seminar with licensed professional counselor, Whitney Houston, on June 1st from 7-8:30PM and for Spanish Speakers on June 6th from 7-8:30PM.   

The presentation will discuss:

  • Your role as a parent
  • Setting boundaries
  • Defining expectations for your child and yourself
  • Finding flexibility
  • Mental health and mental health problems
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • When and how to find help, from whom, and what to do when waiting for professional help

Location: Zoom

English 6/1 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-1

Spanish 6/6 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-6

Please submit questions prior to the presentation here: https://forms.gle/6ihJTz9XMq1te38E8


About Mrs. Houston: Whitney has over ten years of experience working in the behavioral health field providing clinical mental health counseling to individuals and families.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and a clinical supervisor in both states working with pre-post graduate counseling residents.  In her clinical work she has extensive experience working with parents helping to develop boundaries and limitations. She is also a trauma informed clinician that has experience training professionals in understanding the impact of trauma.  Whitney is a mother of two (one child with developmental delays) and a sibling to a sister with mental illness.

Please reach out to Brittany Belscher ([email protected]) with any questions you have prior to the presentation!

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: P.E.

Spring has sprung! Many of our classes are enjoying the outdoors as we ride bikes, play soccer, and begin to play baseball. Check out what we have been doing in more detail below!

Our upper grades had a strong focus on safety during the bike unit.  They enjoyed the experience of riding on our makeshift “Canterbury Beltway''.  Lots of students brought in their own bikes to use and show to their peers. Our lower grades have been working on tossing and catching with a variety of equipment. We learned the fundamentals skills needed to use frisbees, paddles, scoops, and Smak-A-Ball!

Soccer was a huge hit for all!  You could see that this unit is a favorite of many kids.  We learned how to properly dribble and pass the ball.  Of course, scoring goals was the most fun skill to learn and see in action!

As we finish out the year strong, we want to remind everyone to bring a water bottle to class and to wear athletic shoes.  In addition, wearing a hat or applying sunscreen in the morning is a good choice to protect against the harmful UV rays. 

Thank you for all your support of the Physical Education program this year!

Mrs. Trzcinski and Mr. Healey

Mark Your Calendars

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

Saturday, June 4: WT Woodson's Relay for Life 12 noon - 12 midnight

Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM: Sixth Grade Promotion at Woodson High School

Friday, June 10: Last day of school, 2-hour early release

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Today, in the pouring rain, 70 new patrol trainees joined 80 current patrols at dismissal time to begin learning the ropes for the patrol program.

Our amazing patrol sponsor, Debbie Rozek, works hard to ensure our students bring a high level of dedication, excellence and efficiency to the routines and procedures for arrival and dismissal each day.

We had a record number of applicants this year, and ALL students who met the criteria were accepted into the program.

Criteria include application form, teacher recommendation, signed parent permission and third quarter progress reports that reflect on-time school attendance and excellent Life, Work and Citizenship skills.

If your child didn't meet the criteria for this program this spring or didn't submit an application in time, they will have another opportunity to apply for this program in the fall.

With rivulets of rain water cascading down her face, one new fourth-grade trainee proclaimed, "this is the best day of my life!" If you welcomed home a slightly damp and exceedingly proud member of our patrol program this afternoon, please pass along our thanks for their service to the Canterbury Woods community!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

In May, people all over the United States celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Jewish Americans year-round, and Jewish Heritage Month is one opportunity to honor these important stories.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Register for Dr. Reid's Town Hall TOMORROW

On Tuesday, May 17, incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.

Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website. 

Spanish:

El martes, 17 de mayo, la superintendente entrante Michelle Reid, Ed.D. se unirá al personal, las familias y los estudiantes para un ayuntamiento virtual multilingüe, de 7 a 8 p.m.  Regístrese en línea.

La Dra. Reid organizará sesiones de participación adicionales en todo el condado después de su fecha de inicio oficial el 1 de julio. Manténgase informado sobre las oportunidades de participación comunitaria visitando nuestro sitio web.

Spring Health and Safety

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and we understand families and staff have concerns and questions. Our commitment is to provide students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. 

Our layered prevention strategies have served us well throughout this school year, and are fully supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Virginia Health Departments. 

Vaccinations are available for school-age children five and up and are proven to reduce the severity of illness. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

Currently, masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. We encourage families and staff to consider wearing a mask when reports of COVID cases are high or if they or a family member is at high risk. CDC advises individuals to wear a mask when there is a lot of COVID in your community. See a full list of masking recommendations on the CDC website.

If Fairfax County transitions to high community level, FCPS will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors (except while actively eating/drinking) on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles). 

In alignment with the Code of Virginia, the parent/legal guardian of any child enrolled in an FCPS school may elect for such child to not wear a face covering while on school property (to include FCPS buildings). No reason or documentation will be necessary to elect for your child to not wear a mask.

One of the most important things we can all do is check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. Employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.

The most up to date information is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document webpage. If you have questions or concerns unique to your child’s situation, please contact your school. 

Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our schools safe and healthy so all our students have the opportunity for engaging in-person learning.

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.  

LAST CHANCE: Parent Input for 22-23 Class Placements

If your child will be enrolled in CWES next year, please take a moment to fill out this Google form THIS WEEK 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.

SOL Schedule

This week we complete last of the whole group testing sessions.

Please be sure your child gets a good night's sleep, and please try to avoid scheduling appointments on your student’s testing days. 

  • 4th Grade:  Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 5th Grade:  Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 6th Grade:  Math on Thursday, May 19th
SEL Small Group Parent/Guardian Coffee Talk, May 18

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.

Panera Restaurant Night, May 18 When: 05/18/22 4:00pm-05/18/22 8:00pm Where: 6230 W Rolling Road, West Springfield, VA 22152 What: CWES PTA receives 20% of sales: *Order online at panerabread.com and enter code PRFUND at checkout. *Bring the attached flyer or show a digital version to the cashier when ordering to ensure CWES PTA gets a portion of the proceeds. FLYER Woodson High School's Relay for Life, June 4

Come out and have fun while supporting an important cause! Come to Woodson's Relay for Life!

Relay for Life is a club at WT Woodson HS that partners with the American Cancer Society, a non-profit organization, to raise money to fund cancer research and other ACS programs that help support cancer patients. More information about the club can be found on our club's website (accessible through FCPS email accounts). We spend the year fundraising and planning a large event that takes place at the Pat Cunningham stadium at WT Woodson High School on Saturday, June 4th from 12 pm to 12 am (anyone may come or leave at any time!) Here is our event website on the American Cancer Society! 

We plan to have live music, games, challenges, and of course, the luminaria ceremony to remember those we have lost to cancer. We think this is a great opportunity for students from our feeder schools and other members of the community to get involved with: to fundraise for a great cause, interact with students, experience Woodson's clubs, and just have fun!

Mental Health and Parenting in 2022

Join other Woodson Pyramid parents for a free virtual seminar with licensed professional counselor, Whitney Houston, on June 1st from 7-8:30PM and for Spanish Speakers on June 6th from 7-8:30PM.   

The presentation will discuss:

  • Your role as a parent
  • Setting boundaries
  • Defining expectations for your child and yourself
  • Finding flexibility
  • Mental health and mental health problems
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • When and how to find help, from whom, and what to do when waiting for professional help

Location: Zoom

English 6/1 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-1

Spanish 6/6 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-6

Please submit questions prior to the presentation here: https://forms.gle/6ihJTz9XMq1te38E8


About Mrs. Houston: Whitney has over ten years of experience working in the behavioral health field providing clinical mental health counseling to individuals and families.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and a clinical supervisor in both states working with pre-post graduate counseling residents.  In her clinical work she has extensive experience working with parents helping to develop boundaries and limitations. She is also a trauma informed clinician that has experience training professionals in understanding the impact of trauma.  Whitney is a mother of two (one child with developmental delays) and a sibling to a sister with mental illness.

Please reach out to Brittany Belscher ([email protected]) with any questions you have prior to the presentation!

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: P.E.

Spring has sprung! Many of our classes are enjoying the outdoors as we ride bikes, play soccer, and begin to play baseball. Check out what we have been doing in more detail below!

Our upper grades had a strong focus on safety during the bike unit.  They enjoyed the experience of riding on our makeshift “Canterbury Beltway''.  Lots of students brought in their own bikes to use and show to their peers. Our lower grades have been working on tossing and catching with a variety of equipment. We learned the fundamentals skills needed to use frisbees, paddles, scoops, and Smak-A-Ball!

Soccer was a huge hit for all!  You could see that this unit is a favorite of many kids.  We learned how to properly dribble and pass the ball.  Of course, scoring goals was the most fun skill to learn and see in action!

As we finish out the year strong, we want to remind everyone to bring a water bottle to class and to wear athletic shoes.  In addition, wearing a hat or applying sunscreen in the morning is a good choice to protect against the harmful UV rays. 

Thank you for all your support of the Physical Education program this year!

Mrs. Trzcinski and Mr. Healey

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, May 18, 11 AM and 5 PM: SEL Parent/Guardian Coffee Talks; Panera Restaurant Night 

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

Saturday, June 4: WT Woodson's Relay for Life 12 noon - 12 midnight

Thursday, June 9, 2:30 PM: Sixth Grade Promotion at Woodson High School

Friday, June 10: Last day of school

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Happy Mother's Day! I was marveling at the extraordinary week we just had and trying to figure out how to capture the magic of Teacher Appreciation Week and Fun Fair and the common element that went into making this week so special when it hit me...MOTHERS. (Dads, please know I saw your participation too, but let me give CWES moms a special shout out for Mother's Day.)

From coordinating teacher gifts, to getting children ready to bring a flower or a poem or wear school colors or a side ponytail, to making appreciation posters to adorn our halls, to feeding our teachers breakfast and lunch, to covering recess by supervising cooped-up students on a rainy day...our moms showed up big for our teachers last week.

From moving Fun Fair indoors, to coordinating contributions to raffle baskets, to organizing volunteers for carnival games, to arranging moon bounces and laser tag and face painters and balloon-twisters, to dragging their kids to school on a rainy Saturday...our moms showed up big for our community last week. 

Sometimes work like this can feel tangential to the task of parenting -- can feel thankless and pointless because there is always more of it than we have time or energy for.

I wanted to take a moment to assure you that the importance of what you do is seen, it is appreciated, and it is having a direct result on your children and the people they are becoming.

From your powerful model,

  • Your children are learning about service to the community.
  • Your children are learning about problem solving and resilience.
  • Your children are learning about gratitude and naming the difference people make in your life.
  • Your children are learning about relationships strengthened by teamwork.
  • Your children are learning about treasuring traditions and working hard to maintain them.

You may think your work is invisible, but know that you are improving our community with every small act of service. Many thanks for the everyday miracles you perform -- and a very Happy Mother's Day to you. Our teachers had a week of appreciation -- one day isn't enough to thank you for all you do. 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

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.  

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,
whiteboards provided.

RSVP by May 10th to [email protected]

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.

SOL Schedule

This week we complete the 5th grade SCIENCE TEST and we begin the MATH tests.

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:  Math on Wednesday, May 11th
  • 4th Grade:  Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 5th Grade:  Science on Thursday, May 12th, and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 6th Grade:  Math on Thursday, May 19th
SEL Small Group Parent/Guardian Coffee Talk, May 18

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.

Panera Restaurant Night, May 18 When: 05/18/22 4:00pm-05/18/22 8:00pm Where: 6230 W Rolling Road, West Springfield, VA 22152 What: CWES PTA receives 20% of sales: *Order online at panerabread.com and enter code PRFUND at checkout. *Bring the attached flyer or show a digital version to the cashier when ordering to ensure CWES PTA gets a portion of the proceeds. FLYER Mental Health and Parenting in 2022

Join other Woodson Pyramid parents for a free virtual seminar with licensed professional counselor, Whitney Houston, on June 1st from 7-8:30PM and for Spanish Speakers on June 6th from 7-8:30PM.   

The presentation will discuss:

  • Your role as a parent
  • Setting boundaries
  • Defining expectations for your child and yourself
  • Finding flexibility
  • Mental health and mental health problems
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • When and how to find help, from whom, and what to do when waiting for professional help

Location: Zoom

English 6/1 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-1

Spanish 6/6 Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/LRES6-6

Please submit questions prior to the presentation here: https://forms.gle/6ihJTz9XMq1te38E8


About Mrs. Houston: Whitney has over ten years of experience working in the behavioral health field providing clinical mental health counseling to individuals and families.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and a clinical supervisor in both states working with pre-post graduate counseling residents.  In her clinical work she has extensive experience working with parents helping to develop boundaries and limitations. She is also a trauma informed clinician that has experience training professionals in understanding the impact of trauma.  Whitney is a mother of two (one child with developmental delays) and a sibling to a sister with mental illness.

Please reach out to Brittany Belscher ([email protected]) with any questions you have prior to the presentation!

Mark Your Calendars

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; Panera Restaurant Night 

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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From the Principal's Desk

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From the Principal's Desk

May 6, 2022

Dear CWES Families,

I am writing to share some bittersweet news. I have accepted a position as Principal in Residence for FCPS’s Equitable Access to Literacy (EAL) plan beginning July 1, 2022. In my new role, I will be supporting FCPS’s division wide EAL plan by helping schools implement foundational literacy practices. While I am personally and professionally compelled to contribute to this important work, Canterbury Woods will always be my school home and I will dearly miss CWES staff, students, and families.

My passion for literacy instruction compels me to lend my expertise and experience to this important initiative, which stands to help FCPS students become better readers and writers for generations to come. In fact, our teachers’ efforts to strengthen literacy instruction at Canterbury Woods and the impact these efforts have had on student achievement have inspired me to support these efforts at other schools across the county.

As I complete my final weeks at Canterbury Woods, I am confident that our Region Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rebecca Baenig, will work tirelessly to ensure that Canterbury Woods continues its path of excellence under highly capable leadership. The Region Office and FCPS Human Resources Department will begin the principal search process later this month. Ms. Baenig will be reaching out in the near future to invite you to a meeting to learn more about the principal selection process and ways you can provide written input regarding the skills, experience and leadership characteristics needed for our school.

I know our community has only grown stronger throughout the many transitions the pandemic has caused. I have every confidence that cWEs CAN come together to meet the challenges of this upcoming transition in leadership with unmatched resilience and commitment to students. I am proud of the community we have built together and thankful for the strong partnerships we have forged.

I am extraordinarily grateful to have served as your principal. My years at Canterbury Woods have been the most joyful of my career because of the relationships I have built with students, with staff, and with you. I know our Cougars will continue to thrive in our amazing school with your continued support; the WE in CWES depends on YOU. I am honored that you have entrusted your children into my care for the past four years – the support of this amazing community has meant the world to me. 

 

With Gratitude,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

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Fun Fair, Rain or Shine!

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Fun Fair, Rain or Shine

Our Fun Fair co-chairs have been busily preparing back-up plans in case of inclement weather on Saturday.

So don't worry -- the Fun Fair will go on as planned! Please join us from 11 AM -2 PM at the school, rain or shine.

Please consider volunteering -- many hands make light work.

Sign up below and receive one raffle ticket for each one hour slot!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B44ABAD2EA6F94-volunteers

And consider pre-ordering event wristbands or donating items for the baskets -- deadlines are TOMORROW!

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
  • https://cwespta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2220&form=9

*Wristband cost will increase to $25 the day of the fair.

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 WEBSITEhttp://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.

 

AND DON'T FORGET.... 1980's SPIRIT DAY TOMORROW!

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

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! 

Warm regards,

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,
whiteboards provided.

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
  • https://cwespta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=2220&form=9

*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!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B44ABAD2EA6F94-volunteers

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 WEBSITEhttp://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.

SOL Schedule

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:

FIELD DAYS

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.

CHORUS

  • 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. 

STRINGS

  • 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.

BAND

  • 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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