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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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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to share my gratitude for our outstanding teachers, this year more than ever. 

In the 2019-2020 school year, the challenges educators faced were evident. Teachers had to grapple with transforming their instruction in ways they never had before...transitioning to virtual learning in the midst of a global pandemic.

In the 2020-2021 school year, the challenges educators faced were evident. Teachers had to grapple with transforming their instruction in ways they never had before, again...establishing relationships online before changing their instruction multiple times, implementing hybrid learning, concurrent instruction, and a cavalcade of changing health and safety measures.

This school year may look from the outside to be the most "normal" of the pandemic. Yet the challenges educators face may be even more difficult, if less evident from the outside -- or maybe in part because they are less evident from the outside. Our teachers are expert in finding and building on students' strengths, but the truth is that students' needs are many this year. They have returned to (or started) in-person instruction with a range of pandemic-related social and emotional challenges we've never encountered on this scale. We've had to teach or reteach impulse control, emotion regulation, patience, work habits, self-reliance, respect for others, sharing, turn-taking, and more. Some students are in crisis or trauma, with mental health challenges, intense behaviors, anxiety or depression. Students are still developing fine motor skills, gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and even the sense of their own bodies in space. Most importantly, students have had to relearn how to be contributors to a kind, supportive classroom community -- they've had to rediscover how to belong to each other. Teachers have had to actively create a sense of community months longer than in past years. At the same time, teachers have had grappled with more assessments, more instructional demands, and more academic needs with less time, given COVID-related absences. Because all of this work is happening against the backdrop of a pandemic that isn't done with us just yet. 

So please take this opportunity to express your gratitude to your child's teachers next week (see below). Our Cougars are so lucky to learn from this incredibly dedicated group of individuals.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

CWES Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Our PTA has put together a variety of activities to show love to our CWES teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Week (as well as Fun Fair) will have an 80s theme! Please help us show our teachers how much we love and appreciate them by participating in the following activities!

Chalk the Walk: Stop by the school on April 29th/May 1st (weather permitting) to draw pictures/write notes for all teachers to see when they arrive on Monday.

Monday: Write a thank you note or acrostic poem for your teacher and bring it to school

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!***

Record a Message for Teacher Appreciation Week

This year, you can submit a recorded message thanking and celebrating FCPS’s amazing teachers and staff. Please submit your recording (up to 60 seconds) by noon on Wednesday, April 27

Your video message may be selected to share with our teachers and community on the FCPS website and social media channels throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Surprising our teachers and staff with these messages of gratitude and support is part of the fun so keep your contribution under wraps.

More information and a submission form are available online. Please be aware, the submission form requires a Google account. If you do not have a Google account and wish to be part of the celebration, share your messages on social media and tag us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Scholastic Book Fair This Week!

The book fair is open from Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. You can also order books online at 

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/canterburywoods

We had multiple reports of book fair money being stolen today -- please check to make sure your child did not come home with a classmate's money or books you didn't provide them funds to purchase, and please talk to your children about keeping their money safe and out of sight until they are heading to the library to make their purchases.

If you have any questions about the Book Fair feel free to contact our librarian, Mairead Bauer, at [email protected].

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks...through Wednesday!

Yearbook sales have been reopened for a limited time, through THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27.

Yearbooks are only $14!  

Online ordering only at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14314322 - Yearbook Code #14314322.  We will not be selling yearbooks at the school so be sure to order online.

Click here for yearbook flyer.

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!

CWES PTA runs ONE volunteer-heavy fundraising event each year - the annual Fun Fair, which is coming up on Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 – 2:00.

Many years ago, CWES PTA raised over $25K/year by having the kids and their families sell holiday wrapping paper.  At some point, the PTA Board decided to stop asking families to sell things to raise money for the school, and to focus instead on different types of fundraisers.  As a result of that decision made long ago, our current PTA fundraisers include fun events that bring our community together (the Fun Fair, Monster Mash, and the Cougar Crawl), activities your children and family probably would do anyway (the Read-a-Thon, Restaurant Nights, and shopping at Amazon via our fundraising portal), and other activities/items that provide value to CWES families who participate (Spirit Wear, Family Portrait Day, and Display My Art).

We don’t ask CWES families to sell wrapping paper, mattresses, mulch, etc., but we DO ask for a significant number of volunteers to help with the Fun Fair FOR AN HOUR OR SO on ONE SATURDAY out of the year.

The Fun Fair, along with our other fundraisers, provides CWES with funds for classroom programs (special grade level events like 3rd grade's Egypt Day), Building and Grounds Improvements, Luncheons for Staff, and subscriptions to programs like Peardeck and Newsela.

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!

Display My Art for Sale

FREE SHIPPING through April 29th

There are 2 ways to order:

1. If your child received a custom Display My Art brochure click HERE enter your order number and state to start shopping (discount pricing is already applied). Lost your order number? Call 800-394-2090 for assistance Monday-Friday 9-5 EST

2. Click on the link below and turn your child’s artwork, a family photo, your favorite saying or a school/business logo into a custom keepsake or gift. Best of all, Canterbury Woods Elementary will earn a profit from each item ordered. https://displaymyart.myshopify.com/CWESPTA25

Be sure to enter Canterbury Woods Elementary’s Discount Code upon checkout for 25% OFF your entire order: CWESPTA25

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 and next week are the READING TESTS.

On the horizon:

Thursday, April 28--4th Grade Reading

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 past 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.
International Night Photos

What an incredible celebration of family heritage we had on International Night. What a vibrant and diverse community we have. Below are some photographs from this wonderful event. Thanks to all who participated!

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, April 28: SOL testing begins

April 25 - April 29: Scholastic Book Fair. NOTE: Students will have to pay tax on books this year. Budget accordingly.

May 2 - May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday May 7, 11-2: CWES Fun Fair, an outdoor carnival event open to the whole community 

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

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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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

What a busy week we've just had, and what a busy week ahead! 

Last Friday we learned about our incoming Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michelle Reid. Get to know her in this introductory video. We also celebrated our sixth graders with a fun-filled team-building day! We kicked off the day with a pep rally and then students had a variety of activities from which to choose. The day ended with a staff/student volleyball game! At the end of this message are some photos of the event. 

Looking ahead, Happy Earth Week! Check out these Earth-friendly spirit days and don a color each day this week to support our planet. See below for more information. 

  • Monday, April 18 – Watershed Day (blue)
  • Tuesday, April 19 – Zero Waste Day (purple)
  • Wednesday, April 20 – Climate Change Day (red)
  • Thursday, April 21 – Energy Day (yellow)
  • Friday, April 22 – Earth Day (green)

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 6-8 pm) you have the opportunity to attend an IN-PERSON Woodson Pyramid Art Show. Canterbury Woods will have art displayed alongside artworks from other schools in the Woodson Pyramid. Students whose work will be in the show were notified last week. Anyone is welcome. Enter through Door #3 of Woodson HS.

We are so excited to celebrate the diversity of our families at CWES with International Day this Wednesday, April 20 from 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.  This fun-filled family event is an opportunity for everyone to learn about all the wonderful countries and cultures represented within our school community. 

Have a great week!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Earth Week Celebrations

All students and staff are encouraged to join FCPS Get2Green in celebrating our division-wide Earth Week 2022 from April 18-22.  Earth Week is an engaging way to foster conversation and learning about environmental topics that are essential in developing students as environmental stewards and ethical and global citizens.

Visit the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for this year’s Earth Week “Bingo” boards, daily themes, driving questions, joke of the day, and fun facts. Engage students with FCPS Earth Week Bingo boards for an opportunity to receive water bottle decals for staff and students.

Earth Week 2022 Themes

Students and Staff wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 18 – Watershed Day (blue)
  • Tuesday, April 19 – Zero Waste Day (purple)
  • Wednesday, April 20 – Climate Change Day (red)
  • Thursday, April 21 – Energy Day (yellow)
  • Friday, April 22 – Earth Day (green)

Share how you’re spending time outside on Twitter – tweet @FCPSGet2Green and use #FCPSEarthWeek to tag your posts!

PTA Meeting Recording

In case you missed it, here is the recording of last week's PTA meeting.

The meeting included:

  • Digital Citizenship presentation by Dr. Leipzig! See here for the "one stop shopping" link referenced in the session.
  • PTA Budget:
    • Updates and amendments to the budget
    • Revised budget vote
  • Open PTA positions for next year: Committees and Vice President/President-Elect
  • Ways to help with the Fun Fair on May 7th
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.

Tutor.com Now Available

All students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submitted an opt-out request

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Check out this video about the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byN81NObfzI 

DHH Connections Picnic this Sunday

What: A celebration to end a WONDERFUL school year!

Who: ALL DHH students, families, and teachers (parents DO need to stay with their young children

When: Sunday April 24, 2022

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where:  Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd. Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (Shelter A)

Additional Information: We will provide pizza, water, juice boxes, and snacks.

*Have old hearing aids to get rid of?? We would love to collect your old hearing aids to use as a training tool with classroom teachers. Rather than using your child’s new hearing aids.

RSVP: [email protected]

Display My Art for Sale Through April 29

Display My Art has re-opened FREE shipping for Mother's Day and Father's Day gift giving through April 29th. Order your unique keepsakes today with our Display My Art Fundraiser.

There are 2 ways to order:

1. If your child received a custom Display My Art brochure click HERE enter your order number and state to start shopping (discount pricing is already applied). Lost your order number? Call 800-394-2090 for assistance Monday-Friday 9-5 EST

2. Click on the link below and turn your child’s artwork, a family photo, your favorite saying or a school/business logo into a custom keepsake or gift. Best of all, Canterbury Woods Elementary will earn a profit from each item ordered. https://displaymyart.myshopify.com/CWESPTA25

Be sure to enter Canterbury Woods Elementary’s Discount Code upon checkout for 25% OFF your entire order: CWESPTA25

Please feel free to share our school link and discount code with EVERYONE. As long as our link/code is used, Canterbury Woods Elementary will earn profit from each order!

Order's placed after 4/29/22 will be charged shipping. Shipping is not refunded for previously placed orders.

Your child's order number is on their brochure.

Lost your order number? Call 732-361-8511 x1 for assistance Monday-Friday 9-5 EST

SOL Schedule

Next week 4th grade will kick off testing on Thursday!

Save the dates!  CWES will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. 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
Charlotte Brochu is Region 5's Outstanding New Teacher!

We couldn't be more proud of first-year teacher Charlotte Brochu for being selected as Region 5's Outstanding New Teacher! Ms. Brochu is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher for kindergartners and first graders, but her positive attitude, teamwork and student advocacy has had a schoolwide impact! Ms. Brochu is a finalist for the FCPS Outstanding New Teacher Award, announced this June.

Ms. Brochu was so surprised!

From Left to Right: Diane Leipzig, Rebecca Baenig (Region 5 RAS), Charlotte Brochu, Terri Edmunds-Heard (Region 5 EP), Scott Reeder & Mindy Milliron

Register for May Workshops at PRC

The Parent Resource Center has several good workshops to choose from coming up in May.

May 6, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join Dr. Ramaris E. German, a clinical psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to learn strategies to support children during tough times.

Register for Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

 

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families

 

May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon, in-person, Providence Community Center

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

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:

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.
Special of the Month: Strings

Stringapalooza at Woodson High School

Congratulations to the 39 CWES strings students who participated in Stringapalooza on Saturday, February 26th at Woodson HS!  Over 260 Woodson Pyramid students had fun learning new music.

Strings students strengthen their bow hold positions.

Fourth Grade strings students learn to shape the right-hand fingers into the correct position to hold the bow.  A quality bow hold position ensures a good sound when using the bow.  In this photo students are practicing maintaining the position while carefully passing a cup to another student.

Strings students keeping the beat.

Maintaining a steady beat is a shared responsibility in the orchestra.  Students try conducting to experience leading the string orchestra with a steady beat.

Strings students are excited and busy preparing music to perform this spring! 

Mark Your Calendars

April 18 - April 22: FCPS Celebrates Earth Week!

Tuesday, April 19 6-8 PM: Woodson Pyramid Art Show, Woodson HS Cafeteria

Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:30: International Day

Thursday, April 28: SOL testing begins

April 25 - April 29: Scholastic Book Fair. NOTE: Students will have to pay tax on books this year. Budget accordingly.

May 2 - May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday May 7, 11-2: CWES Fun Fair, an outdoor carnival event open to the whole community 

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

Sixth Grade Kindness Pep Rally!

One rotation: Painting Positivity Rocks

Staff vs. Student volleyball game!

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! We are thrilled to be offering in-person orientations to our school again. We got to meet our newest class of rising Kindergartners (and some new first graders) and families before Spring Break began. Our wonderful team presented information about our program and gave our newest Cougars a chance to rotate through classrooms for a taste of life at CWES. Later this month, on April 27, we will joyfully orient students new to the Level IV Advanced Academics Program at our school (see below).

April is Arab American Heritage Month.  Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Arab Americans year-round, and Arab American Heritage Month is one opportunity to honor these important stories. Here are some essential questions we might explore in centering Arab American stories:

How are Arab American perspectives, experiences, and contributions represented in our schools, communities, and nation?

How have Arab Americans, past and present, contributed to U.S. history?

How can we take action against hate and bias in our schools, communities, nation, and world?

April is also National Deaf History Month. Beginning this year, 2022, National Deaf History Month will now be observed annually from April 1-30. In former years, Deaf History Month was celebrated from mid-March to mid-April to center around important dates related to Deaf Education:

April 15th, 1817 the first public school, American School for the Deaf was opened.

April 8th, 1864 Gallaudet University – the world’s first institution devoted to advanced education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – was officially founded.

March 13th, 1988 Gallaudet University nominated I. King Jordan as their first Deaf President. 

Feedback received from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Deaf Culture and History Section (DCHS) and organizations representing marginalized communities recommended the change in dates to be inclusive of experiences of BIPOC Deaf People and celebrate all Deaf persons in the US.

We are so excited to celebrate the diversity of our families at CWES with International Day next Wednesday, April 20 from 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.  This fun-filled family event is an opportunity for everyone to learn about all the wonderful countries and cultures represented within our school community. 

This week, don some colorful clothes to welcome the warm weather of Spring! Wear BLUE for Autism Awareness on Wednesday and PURPLE to celebrate our military-connected Cougars! We have a busy month in store! 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Ramadan

April 2 - May 1, 2022 marks the Muslim celebration of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam's sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as "The Night of Power." During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline—of deep contemplation of one's relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran.

Several of our students will be fasting this month and will need additional supports in school. Students who are fasting may have altered sleep schedules and may have different energy levels throughout the day. Students may wish to go to an alternate supervised location instead of the cafeteria during their scheduled lunch time. They may need to modify their participation in activities such as recess or P.E..

Please let your child's classroom teacher know ASAP if your child will be fasting this month so we can provide them with appropriate support.

For our families observing this month, Ramadan Kareem!

PTA Meeting Tomorrow Night at 7:30

Join us for a PTA meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 PM at this link:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91200053925

Please join us for a special presentation on Digital Citizenship provided by Dr. Leipzig!

Following Dr. Leipzig's presentation, we will talk about:

  • Our PTA Budget:
    • Updates and amendments to the budget
    • Revised budget vote
  • Open PTA positions for next year: Committees and Vice President/President-Elect
  • Ways to help with the Fun Fair on May 7th
One More Week for Read-A-Thon!

CWES Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Ends Friday!

Date: March 28 - April 15, 2022

In our FINAL week, let’s get ALL the CWES book lovers out there to keep logging those minutes before the Read-A-Thon comes to an end on Friday, April 15th.

So far, 124 enthusiastic readers have logged 77,128 minutes of reading!

Please take a moment to update your minutes using the personal link to your individual reading tracker. (The link to your reading tracker can be found in an email from 99Pledges.)

And remember – for our younger readers – reading with an adult/older sibling counts as well!

Thank you and keep up the great work!

For questions or more information, contact Read-A-Thon chair Liz McKearin at [email protected]

 

CWES Level IV Orientation, April 27

We are excited to host an in-person AAP Orientation this year! Please join us on Wednesday, April 27th, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Canterbury Woods Elementary School (CWES) cafeteria. Our orientation is for parents and their newly eligible student(s).  During the program we will share highlights of Canterbury Woods Elementary as a whole group. The second part of the program will allow newly eligible students to meet their grade level teachers and participate in a short activity while parents stay in the cafeteria to hear additional curriculum-related details and participate in a Q&A.  

We understand that you may have additional questions, so please feel free to reach out to Andrea Warren via email [email protected].

CLT Opportunity

Are you interested in full- or part-time work during the hours your child is in school?

Learn more about becoming a Cued Language Transliterator (CLT), providing clear and complete language access for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing!

This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. we have a free Info Meeting for anyone who'd like to learn more about becoming a CLT, including the certification process, training opportunities, the Language-Matters Academy mentorship program, and job opportunities/compensation information  (both remote and in-person in Fairfax Co Public Schools and other neighboring counties).

Sign up for our free info session at the following link: https://forms.gle/6ZHtoNiiDHmvqS7p8

Additionally, registration is now open for the Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association's Beginner class (Monday and Thursday evenings starting Apr 21) at www.nvcsa.org is for anyone who may be interested! For a limited time, there will be no charge for aspiring CLTs to take this class!

SOL Schedule

Save the dates!  CWES will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. 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
Special of the Month: Strings

Stringapalooza at Woodson High School

Congratulations to the 39 CWES strings students who participated in Stringapalooza on Saturday, February 26th at Woodson HS!  Over 260 Woodson Pyramid students had fun learning new music.

Strings students strengthen their bow hold positions.

Fourth Grade strings students learn to shape the right-hand fingers into the correct position to hold the bow.  A quality bow hold position ensures a good sound when using the bow.  In this photo students are practicing maintaining the position while carefully passing a cup to another student.

Strings students keeping the beat.

Maintaining a steady beat is a shared responsibility in the orchestra.  Students try conducting to experience leading the string orchestra with a steady beat.

Strings students are excited and busy preparing music to perform this spring! 

Mark Your Calendars

March 28 - April 15: CWES Read-A-Thon

Wednesday, April 13: Light it up BLUE for Autism Awareness! 

Friday, April 15: Wear PURPLE to celebrate and support CWES military families!

Tuesday, April 19 6-8 PM: Woodson Pyramid Art Show, Woodson HS Cafeteria

Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:30: International Day

Wednesday, April 27, 5:00-6:00: In-person Level IV AAP Orientation

Thursday, April 28: SOL testing begins

April 25 - April 29: Scholastic Book Fair

May 2 - May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday May 7, 11-2: CWES Fun Fair, an outdoor carnival event open to the whole community 

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CWES on Fox5 DC News Tonight!

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CWES on FOX5 DC News Tonight!

We have exciting news! Fifth and sixth graders were filmed during recess (and some were interviewed) about FCPS's possible adoption of recess at the middle school level.

Tune into FOX 5 DC News, set your DVRs, or watch live at https://www.fox5dc.com/live for the full story TONIGHT at 5:50 PM. Shortened clips will also be shown at 4:30 PM and at 6:30 PM.

Spoiler alert -- they were unanimously and (vociferously) in favor of middle school recess!

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

This Friday marks the beginning of the month of April and of spring break. Whether you have plans for a quiet week at home or some time away, we hope your children enjoy family time and return to school refreshed and renewed for the final quarter of the school year. For your planning purposes, keep in mind our office will be closed next week. Our next issue of News You Choose will be sent on April 11.

With improved COVID transmission rates, CWES will move forward with planning one field trip for each grade level this spring. We are excited to provide this learning opportunity for our students for the first time since the pandemic began.

April is Earth Month, a good opportunity to remind students that our recycling bins are for paper only; when they put other types of waste in the bins we are unable to recycle the paper therein. We have also noticed an uptick in wasted food -- even whole meals that go untouched. Please remind your children not to take food at breakfast or lunch that they do not intend to eat. 

The next PTA General Membership meeting is on April 12 at 7:30 PM. I will be making a presentation on Digital Citizenship. We will record the presentation in the event you are unable to attend. 

April is the month of the Military Child. All staff and students are encouraged to wear purple 💜 on Friday, April 15th to celebrate and support our CWES military families. 

We are looking forward to International Day on April 20 from 5:00-6:30 PM -- over thirty of our families will be showcasing their countries of origin at tables on the backfield for us all to visit and enjoy! 

April is also National Poetry Month. This 2003 poem by Billy Collins is a favorite of mine, a bittersweet reflection on growing up.

On Turning Ten

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.

 

May the month ahead be one of growth, of learning, and of joy for you and your families. 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Zoom Link for K Orientation!

This Wednesday at 6:30 PM, join our K teachers for a virtual orientation for families at:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/95946720983

This Thursday at 3:00 PM, bring your rising K or new first grader to CWES for an in-person learning experience and orientation to our school.

Haven't registered yet? Complete the online intake form or contact our registrar Ms. Decatur at [email protected].

Welcome to CWES, Mrs. Hollie!

Hollie McLaughlin joined our office team today as our new full-time Office Assistant! Please give her a warm welcome the next time you drop by the office. Here is a little bit about her background.

My name is Hollie McLaughlin (but please call me "Mrs. Hollie") I'm excited to be starting my new adventures in the office with the students, parents, and staff here at CWES! I've been in the FCPS system for 26 years with my last 17 years being at Halley Elementary located in Fairfax Station. 

A little about myself:

I'm the proud parent of 2 amazing children. My daughter Casey is 23 and an inspiring art teacher who graduated last year from Lincoln University in Lincoln, United Kingdom. My son is in his junior year at John Hopkins studying biomedical engineering. I have a dog named Abel who is a black lab and he loves to play frisbee. I also have a grand dog named Alfie who is a cockapoo and flew all the way from England, UK. I love to read, cook, and bake! 

I look forward to meeting and helping each one of you! 

Family Engagement Survey Closes April 3

Please take a moment to complete the family engagement survey—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it is available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and

A link to the survey is available at the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Simply click the button labeled, "Take the Survey Today."

CWES Read-A-Thon!

CWES Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Kicks Off TODAY!

Date: March 28 - April 15, 2022

How to get started: Our digital fundraising platform – 99pledges - sent an email today with 2 links.

  • Link #1: Your donation page to share with family and friends.
  • Link #2: Your personal page to track the number of minutes you read.

Prizes: There are many ways your reader can win a Scholastic Gift Card this year - just in time for the Scholastic Book Fair at the end of April!

  • Individual Level:
    • Top Reader in Each Class: $10 gift card!
    • Top Donations: The three students with the most donations each receive a $25 gift card!
  • Class level:
    • Class with Most Minutes Read – popcorn party and a $50 gift card for the teacher!
    • Class with Most Donations- popcorn party and a $50 gift card for the teacher!
  • Grade Level:
    • Raffle drawing: For every 100 minutes read, a student will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card! (one drawing per grade)

Read-A-Thons get your reader excited about reading and give friends and family the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more through donations and support!

Donations will be used to help fund various school needs and program supplies!

Happy Reading!

For questions or more information, contact Read-A-Thon chair Liz McKearin at [email protected]

Introducing Tutor.Com

I am excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all CWES students to support learning. All students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. You should have received an email with the online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form is being sent home with every student. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Check out this video about the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byN81NObfzI 

DHH Connections Picnic

What: A celebration to end a WONDERFUL school year!

Who: ALL DHH students, families, and teachers (parents DO need to stay with their young children

When: Sunday April 24, 2022

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where:  Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd. Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (Shelter A)

Additional Information: We will provide pizza, water, juice boxes, and snacks.

*Have old hearing aids to get rid of?? We would love to collect your old hearing aids to use as a training tool with classroom teachers. Rather than using your child’s new hearing aids.

RSVP: [email protected]

SOL Schedule

Save the dates!  CWES will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. 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
Special of the Month: Band

March is Music in our schools month. This month we will be visiting 5th grade morning meetings to show the science of sound in band instruments.

We are also getting in the spirit of March Madness and will be holding a Chromatic March Madness Bracket Tournament for students to see who has the fastest fingers.

At the end of the month we will do a Spring Concert preview with a grade level combined rehearsal. It’s a busy and exciting time in band!

Mark Your Calendars

March 28 - April 15: CWES Read-A-Thon

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31: Two hour early release, End of Q3, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation

Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher workday)

Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8: Spring Break -- CWES Office Closed

Friday, April 15: Wear purple to celebrate and support CWES military families!

Tuesday, April 19 6-8 PM: Woodson Pyramid Art Show, Woodson HS Cafeteria

Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:30: International Day

Wednesday, April 27, 5:00-6:00: In-person Level IV AAP Orientation

Thursday, April 28: SOL testing begins

April 25 - April 29: Scholastic Book Fair

May 2 - May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week

Saturday May 7, 11-2: CWES Fun Fair, an outdoor carnival event open to the whole community 

CWES students lent their voices to All County Chorus Festival last week!

CWES singers had a great time at ACCF! Thanks to Teacher V and Dr. G for preparing them so well.

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From the Principal's Desk

Dozens of lost items just waiting to be found outside our cafeteria.

Dear Families,

After the last gasp of winter weather this weekend, spring is in the air! That means your children won't be needing winter outerwear, so they might be less motivated to look for missing items. Please consider stopping by after school to look through the Lost and Found outside of the cafeteria. As you can see from the photo above, we have accumulated many items over the course of the winter. 

This week, spring celebrations carry us through the week like a soft breeze.

Today we celebrated Pi Day (3/14) with a treat for our mathematicians in grades 4-6. The student who memorized the most digits of Pi in each class got to "Pi" their teacher in the face, and the grade level winner got to "Pi" the principal! Congratulations to the winners -- school winner sixth grader Stephan (in Ms. Freeman's class) memorized 501 digits after the decimal point! Here are just a few of the pictures of our outdoor and messy fun today.

Speaking of math, on Wednesday our first graders will celebrate the 120th day of school with a fashion show! Why 120? While kindergartners celebrated the big 100 -- the first grade curriculum builds on that number sense by counting past 100 by ones, fives and tens.

Congratulations to grade level winners Stephan (gr. 6), Alek (gr. 4) and Cooper (gr. 5)!

Wednesday evening through Thursday evening is the Jewish holiday of Purim, the Feast of Lots. Purim commemorates how Esther, Queen of Persia, saved the Jewish people by revealing her own Judaism.

Thursday is the feast day of patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. A commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was introduced to the U.S. by Irish immigrants as a celebration of Irish culture.

On Friday, we celebrate the Hindu spring festival of Holi. Also known as the Festival of Colors and the Festival of Love, Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil.

So whether you are eating Hamentaschen, Irish soda bread, or Gujiya for dessert this week, we hope you have a sweet celebration of the coming of spring!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Fifth graders enjoy Pi Day.

DHH Connections Event March 21, 4:15-5:15 PM

For students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

TAC-DHH is partnering with Radford University and DARS’ Pre-Employment
Transition Services to offer Student Connection, an opportunity for ALL students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to connect with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Virginia via Zoom. Breakout rooms for children in grades K-12 will be used to ensure age-appropriate activities for your child.

REGISTER HERE.

CWES Read-A-Thon! Save the Date and Opt Out of Emails

It’s almost time for the Canterbury Woods annual Read-A-Thon!

Date: March 28-April 15, 2022.

This year’s digital fundraising platform will be through 99pledges to record all reading activity and donations online! The money raised will be used to help fund various school needs and program supplies. And don’t forget – top readers will receive prizes! (stay tuned for more on that!)

How to get started: 99pledges will send an email with a link to set up your individual page. Just follow the steps and start reading!

If you do not want your student to participate in the Read-A-Thon, please send an email to our Read-A-Thon chair, Liz McKearin ([email protected]) by Sunday, March 20th to Opt Out.

More to come in the following weeks! Happy Reading!

Principal Evaluation Feedback Due Friday

All CWES parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. The questionnaire will be collected online until March 18. Please find your email from FCPS Surveys and please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey should have been emailed to you the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Oath Pizza: Wednesday, March 16

Order Oath online or in store on Wednesday March 16th and they will donate 25% of your purchase! IN STORE: Visit the Mosaic District  location and order from our team! Must mention Canterbury Woods Elementary School PTA Fundraiser or show the flier for your donation to count. ONLINE: Order pickup, curbside, or delivery from the Mosaic District location at order.oathpizza.com or on the Oath app! Enter code CANTERBURY22 for your donation to count.

A Note on Bicycles

We love that our students are learning to ride bicycles during P.E. for our bike unit!  And we love that our students are able to ride their bikes to and from school as the weather improves.

However, we now have had a fourth incident of a bicycle theft during the school day from our bicycle rack. We are in communication with the Office of Safety and Security and try to monitor throughout the day.

Please encourage your children to lock up their bicycles. Kindergarten (& New First Grader) Orientation Activities

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Rising first graders who are new to CWES next year are also welcome to join us for this in-person orientation!

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet?

Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Family Intent to Depart CWES, 2022-2023

Projecting our student enrollment next year is an important part of predicting the numbers of teachers at each grade level that we will be granted as part of the staffing process.

If you are moving out of the area or otherwise moving on from CWES, please take a moment to complete this Google Form for each of your children currently in grades K-5 who will no longer be with us next year.

On a personal note, we will miss you. But remember, once a cougar, always a cougar!

Save the Date for SOLs

Save the dates!  CWES will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. 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
Special of the Month: Band

March is Music in our schools month. This month we will be visiting 5th grade morning meetings to show the science of sound in band instruments.

We are also getting in the spirit of March Madness and will be holding a Chromatic March Madness Bracket Tournament for students to see who has the fastest fingers.

At the end of the month we will do a Spring Concert preview with a grade level combined rehearsal. It’s a busy and exciting time in band!

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, March 16: Restaurant Fundraiser, Oath Pizza

March 28 - April 15: CWES Read-A-Thon

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31: Two hour early release, End of Q3, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation

Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher workday)

Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8: Spring Break 

Wednesday, April 20: International Day

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

This week is National School Social Work Week! We greatly appreciate our school social workers, JaQuese Hawkins and Nilofar Naderi. This year we are especially grateful for the support they provide our students and families as we navigate difficulties that have arisen over the course of the pandemic.

I want to congratulate our community for the grace with which we have made the transition to a mask-optional environment. We have had some instances in which students needed to be reminded to be kind to others with a different preference. Please reinforce this message at home as well.

We have enjoyed the spring weather this past weekend has ushered in. Our clocks will spring forward this Sunday evening, which means more sunshine in the evenings! As the days get warmer, your child may be more likely to ride their bicycle to school. Please be sure your child has a bike lock -- we have had a couple of unlocked bicycles get stolen from the rack during the school day. 

Today you should have received an invitation from FCPS surveys to complete a response about my leadership at CWES. This survey is a part of the principal evaluation process and your anonymous responses will be shared with me and my supervisor. I appreciate the time you take to provide this important feedback.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Principal Evaluation Feedback

Your Views and Opinions Are Important to Us!

All CWES parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. Understanding that this has been another unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback.

The questionnaire will be collected online between March 7 and March 18. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Oath Pizza: Wednesday, March 16

Order Oath online or in store on Wednesday March 16th and they will donate 25% of your purchase! IN STORE: Visit the Mosaic District  location and order from our team! Must mention Canterbury Woods Elementary School PTA Fundraiser or show the flier for your donation to count. ONLINE: Order pickup, curbside, or delivery from the Mosaic District location at order.oathpizza.com or on the Oath app! Enter code CANTERBURY22 for your donation to count.

Kindergarten (& New First Grader) Orientation Activities

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Rising first graders who are new to CWES next year are also welcome to join us for this in-person orientation!

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet?

Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Back-to-School Pediatric Immunization Clinic on March 12

The State of Virginia requires immunizations for entry into kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade, and when transferring into FCPS. The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special immunization clinic for Fairfax County students to complete their school vaccine requirements (the COVID-19 vaccine is not a required vaccine). 

The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E, Annandale, VA 22003. Appointments are required.

To make an appointment, call 703-246-7100.

Family Intent to Depart CWES, 2022-2023

Projecting our student enrollment next year is an important part of predicting the numbers of teachers at each grade level that we will be granted as part of the staffing process.

If you are moving out of the area or otherwise moving on from CWES, please take a moment to complete this Google Form for each of your children currently in grades K-5 who will no longer be with us next year.

On a personal note, we will miss you. But remember, once a cougar, always a cougar!

Special Education Conference, Saturday March 26 Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference 

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Save the Date for SOLs

Save the dates!  CWES will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. 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
ESSER III Grant: Your Voice Matters!

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. Please provide your thoughts on how FCPS is meeting ESSER III requirements. And, take a look at the impact ESSER III funds are having throughout FCPS.  For more information on the ESSER III grant, please watch this video and visit the FCPS website.

Full Reports on School Spending

Full reports on school spending will be available on the FCPS and school websites soon. Keep reading FCPS This Week for updates.

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, March 16: Restaurant Fundraiser, Oath Pizza

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31: Two hour early release, End of Q3, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation

Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher workday)

Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8: Spring Break 

Wednesday, April 20: International Day

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

As you know we are entering a new phase of the pandemic that will bring about changes to our health and safety measures. Know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. 

State law now allows parents/guardians to elect for their children to not wear masks at school starting March 1, regardless of health metrics in our community. We highly recommend students participate in universal masking for the protection of students and staff who have health concerns. 

In addition, late Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated health guidance that included new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Based on this new guidance, Fairfax County’s current COVID-19 community level is low. 

Based on these new metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will now adjust our roll back plan and allow everyone - staff and parents/guardians of FCPS students - to make a choice whether or not they will wear a mask starting TOMORROW TUESDAY, March 1. 

At CWES, all students will be treated the same regardless of their masking choice. Students will not be separated based on who is wearing a mask or not. Our interactions with all students will be based on care and respect. Remember, our students look to us as examples of how to treat each other and how to work through these situations. 

We will continue to use layered prevention strategies in all classrooms. Families of special needs children who may need additional consideration for health reasons should work with their IEP or 504 teams. Per FCPS guidance, instead of weekly communications, we will send a COVID notification letter each day a positive case is reported at school.

We know for some of our families the masking policy change is most welcome, and for others it is a source of anxiety. 

TALK TO YOUR CHILD BEFORE SCHOOL TOMORROW to ensure they know your expectations for masking. Teachers will not be able to enforce individualized expectations for students and we recognize that preferences may shift over time, so it is essential that you and your child are in regular communication about masking.

Tomorrow is Spring Picture Day and class photos will be taken. Please let your child know whether or not you wish for them to keep a mask on when their class group photo is being taken. 

I assure all students and families that CWES will remain a caring and supportive place to learn. I will briefly review what the masking policy change will mean for CWES during our PTA General Membership meeting TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM. Join us at 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/95184744922?pwd=MVZ2aE5FUEorcHM4RkUvU0RBd0JrQT09

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

PTA General Membership Meeting, Monday Feb. 28 7:00 PM

PTA General Membership Meeting and Presentation

Monday, February 28th at 7:00 pm 

JOIN US TONIGHT AT 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/95184744922?pwd=MVZ2aE5FUEorcHM4RkUvU0RBd0JrQT09

Have you been thinking about the results of the Social Emotional Learning Screener we received recently?

Do you have concerns about how the the school year has impacted your student?

Are you looking for more ways to support your child emotionally?

If so, then please join us for a presentation by Lauren Cusner and Lauren Ebenstein of Partners in Parenthood.

Their presentation, "How to Foster Positive Self-Esteem in Your Children", will highlight the following topics:

  • Learn strategies to boost self-esteem and confidence from a school psychologist and former FCPS elementary educator 
  • Innate differences in self-esteem do exist; however, all self-esteem can be bolstered!
  • Practical, immediate takeaways for you to implement in your day-to-day life to improve your child's self-esteem 
  • The "Goldilocks" rule of praise--what kind of praise is meaningful and how much is too much?

 

Read Across America Week, Feb, 28-Mar. 3

We saw lots of SILLINESS in outfit choices today! Join in the fun to celebrate diverse books for diverse readers with this week's SPIRIT WEEK!

International Day, Call for Countries, April 20

We are excited to celebrate our annual CWES International Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2022! This day serves as an opportunity for everyone to learn about all the wonderful countries and cultures represented within our school community.   

We are inviting our families to come dressed to represent your country, bring international dishes to share, songs to sing, and music for dancing.   If you are interested in securing a table to display your country’s information, please complete the interest form that was included in Tuesday folders and send it in or email it to [email protected] by the deadline on Friday, March 4th.  Whether you decide to create a display or not, save the date to come out and join the fun.

NEW OPTION: Fill out this Google Form to indicate your interest!

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Oath Pizza: Wednesday, March 16

Order Oath online or in store on Wednesday March 16th and they will donate 25% of your purchase! IN STORE: Visit the Mosaic District  location and order from our team! Must mention Canterbury Woods Elementary School PTA Fundraiser or show the flier for your donation to count. ONLINE: Order pickup, curbside, or delivery from the Mosaic District location at order.oathpizza.com or on the Oath app! Enter code CANTERBURY22 for your donation to count.

Save the Date for Kindergarten Orientation!

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet? Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Register for Band Camp!

Woodson HS is hosting Band Camp, June 14 - July 1 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

Cost is $250.

Each day includes a small group lesson, sectional and 2 band rehearsals.

Open to rising fifth through rising ninth graders. 

Beginners encouraged to join -- no experience necessary.

Staffed by professional musicians and educators.

4 levels of band offered.

End of camp concert, July 1, Woodson HS.

Details and application online at https://www.rbopomusic.org/central-fairfax-band-camp.html

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: STEAM (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Each month, we will feature one of our specials programs so you can learn a bit more about these amazing elements of your child's school experience. 

The Engineering Design Process

STEAM students have been busy designing and building. In STEAM, students create solutions to open-ended challenges. Some challenges are designed to be completed during one class session, while others may take several weeks to complete. Regardless of the STEAM challenge, students practice applying the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learn how to ask questions, imagine solutions, make plans, create and test, and improve upon their creations. Students do all this while incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. As students work with partners they utilize communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and resiliency skills. The STEAM room is an exciting place to witness students taking risks, learning from mistakes, and developing growth mindsets. Here are a few of the STEAM challenges students have been working on:

 

2nd Grade – Bridge Building Challenge

Students focus on the driving question, “How can you, as an engineer, design and build a bridge strong enough to hold a load?” while working on the bridge building challenge. Using two wooden blocks separated by a ruler as anchors, students engineer ways to build the rest of the bridge with only binder clips and craft sticks. Students test the strength of their bridges with books to represent the load. Many students are striving to build bridges that can hold 40 books!

5th grade Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

Fifth grade students enjoyed exploring Lego WeDo 2.0 kits which combine traditional Lego building with motorized Lego pieces and coding. Students began this unit by following guided step by step directions. By the end of the unit, students were able to design, build, and code their own open creations. BattleBots were a popular design choice for 5th graders.

Kindergarten – 3D shape building

Kindergarten STEAM students explore ways to build shapes. We started this exploration by building flat shapes using Play Doh and toothpicks. Next, students learned how to change two dimensional shapes into three dimensional shapes. It took lots of problem solving to learn how to make sure the Play Doh wasn’t too heavy so the shapes could stand up. Students then had fun creating three dimensional structures using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

6th grade Lego robotics and coding combined with science space curriculum

Sixth grade students took the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to a deeper level by combining a topic learned in their science or social studies curriculum with the Lego robotics to show their knowledge in a new way. Students had two parts to this STEAM challenge. First, they had to design, build, and code a robotic Lego invention without support of Lego directions. Then they had to incorporate their Lego invention with a handmade setting. Projects connected to their studies of space and explorers were popular 6th grade choices.

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, March 1: Lifetouch Spring Picture Day (Includes class photos); RAA Spirit Day--Wear something to celebrate your culture and read about a culture or holiday

Wednesday, March 2: RAA Spirit Day--Wear your favorite team's jersey and read about an influential athlete.

Thursday, March 3: RAA Spirit Day--Wear your favorite color and read your favorite book; Two-hour Early Release

Friday, March 4: No school

Wednesday, March 16: Restaurant Fundraiser, Oath Pizza

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation 

Wednesday, April 20: International Day

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

As we begin the final week of Black History Month, I wanted to highlight an element of Black History right here in our neighborhood. On the corner of Guinea Road and Little River Turnpike you will see the following sign. It reads, "Ilda, a community located at the intersection of Guinea Road and Little River Turnpike, came into existence after the Civil War and lasted into the first half of the twentieth century. It originated when two freedmen, Horace Gibson and Moses Parker, purchased property from the Gooding family on the north side of the turnpike and established a blacksmith shop. In time, a racially mixed community grew to include a post office. According to tradition, the name, "Ilda" was a contraction of the name Matilda Gibson Parker. Descendants of Gibson and Parker were probably buried in a nearby cemetery, perhaps originally created to accommodate Gooding family slaves. The remains were relocated in 2008."

So the next time you pass by Ilda pool, tell your children that Ilda is short for Matilda. Tell them about two Black freedmen who bought land right about where the Pozez JCC is now, and they started a racially mixed community who would be named for their descendant, Matilda.

This sign is a part of the Historical Marker Project, launched jointly by Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Its purpose is to bring attention to untold or lesser known histories from Fairfax County communities. The rich history, culture, and accomplishments of these communities is often underrepresented in history books and school curriculum. The first focus of the project is Fairfax County’s Black and African American communities. 

Want to find more markers with your child? Check out the Highway Markers Map Tour. (Ilda is stop 25). Students have the opportunity to submit suggested topics for Historical Markers that commemorate an event, person or location of historical significance of those who are underrepresented in Fairfax County. Check out these FCPS resources for a Project-Based Learning opportunity to work on this PBL with your child. 

Happy TWOsday! We made an announcement--and made a wish--at 2:22 PM today, 2/22/22! May your good fortune be doubled. After all, two is better than one!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Read Across America Week, Feb, 28-Mar. 3

Join in the fun to celebrate diverse books for diverse readers with next week's SPIRIT WEEK!

PTA General Membership Meeting, Monday Feb. 28 7:00 PM

PTA General Membership Meeting and Presentation

Monday, February 28th at 7:00 pm 

***This meeting will be held virtually, a link to the meeting will be shared the day of the event.***

Have you been thinking about the results of the Social Emotional Learning Screener we received recently?

Do you have concerns about how the the school year has impacted your student?

Are you looking for more ways to support your child emotionally?

If so, then please join us for a presentation by Lauren Cusner and Lauren Ebenstein of Partners in Parenthood.

Their presentation, "How to Foster Positive Self-Esteem in Your Children", will highlight the following topics:

  • Learn strategies to boost self-esteem and confidence from a school psychologist and former FCPS elementary educator 
  • Innate differences in self-esteem do exist; however, all self-esteem can be bolstered!
  • Practical, immediate takeaways for you to implement in your day-to-day life to improve your child's self-esteem 
  • The "Goldilocks" rule of praise--what kind of praise is meaningful and how much is too much?

 

International Day, Call for Countries, April 20

We are excited to celebrate our annual CWES International Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2022! This day serves as an opportunity for everyone to learn about all the wonderful countries and cultures represented within our school community.   

We are inviting our families to come dressed to represent your country, bring international dishes to share, songs to sing, and music for dancing.   If you are interested in securing a table to display your country’s information, please complete the interest form that was included in Tuesday folders and send it in or email it to [email protected] by the deadline on Friday, March 4th.  Whether you decide to create a display or not, save the date to come out and join the fun.

Lockdown Drill Information

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. We had our first lockdown drill in September. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon. Our kindergarten students will participate in this, our second and final drill.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Oath Pizza: Wednesday, March 16

Order Oath online or in store on Wednesday March 16th and they will donate 25% of your purchase! IN STORE: Visit the Mosaic District  location and order from our team! Must mention Canterbury Woods Elementary School PTA Fundraiser or show the flier for your donation to count. ONLINE: Order pickup, curbside, or delivery from the Mosaic District location at order.oathpizza.com or on the Oath app! Enter code CANTERBURY22 for your donation to count.

Save the Date for Kindergarten Orientation!

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet? Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Register for Band Camp!

Woodson HS is hosting Band Camp, June 14 - July 1 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

Cost is $250.

Each day includes a small group lesson, sectional and 2 band rehearsals.

Open to rising fifth through rising ninth graders. 

Beginners encouraged to join -- no experience necessary.

Staffed by professional musicians and educators.

4 levels of band offered.

End of camp concert, July 1, Woodson HS.

Details and application online at https://www.rbopomusic.org/central-fairfax-band-camp.html

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: STEAM (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Each month, we will feature one of our specials programs so you can learn a bit more about these amazing elements of your child's school experience. 

The Engineering Design Process

STEAM students have been busy designing and building. In STEAM, students create solutions to open-ended challenges. Some challenges are designed to be completed during one class session, while others may take several weeks to complete. Regardless of the STEAM challenge, students practice applying the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learn how to ask questions, imagine solutions, make plans, create and test, and improve upon their creations. Students do all this while incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. As students work with partners they utilize communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and resiliency skills. The STEAM room is an exciting place to witness students taking risks, learning from mistakes, and developing growth mindsets. Here are a few of the STEAM challenges students have been working on:

 

2nd Grade – Bridge Building Challenge

Students focus on the driving question, “How can you, as an engineer, design and build a bridge strong enough to hold a load?” while working on the bridge building challenge. Using two wooden blocks separated by a ruler as anchors, students engineer ways to build the rest of the bridge with only binder clips and craft sticks. Students test the strength of their bridges with books to represent the load. Many students are striving to build bridges that can hold 40 books!

5th grade Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

Fifth grade students enjoyed exploring Lego WeDo 2.0 kits which combine traditional Lego building with motorized Lego pieces and coding. Students began this unit by following guided step by step directions. By the end of the unit, students were able to design, build, and code their own open creations. BattleBots were a popular design choice for 5th graders.

Kindergarten – 3D shape building

Kindergarten STEAM students explore ways to build shapes. We started this exploration by building flat shapes using Play Doh and toothpicks. Next, students learned how to change two dimensional shapes into three dimensional shapes. It took lots of problem solving to learn how to make sure the Play Doh wasn’t too heavy so the shapes could stand up. Students then had fun creating three dimensional structures using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

6th grade Lego robotics and coding combined with science space curriculum

Sixth grade students took the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to a deeper level by combining a topic learned in their science or social studies curriculum with the Lego robotics to show their knowledge in a new way. Students had two parts to this STEAM challenge. First, they had to design, build, and code a robotic Lego invention without support of Lego directions. Then they had to incorporate their Lego invention with a handmade setting. Projects connected to their studies of space and explorers were popular 6th grade choices.

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, February 26 (12-3): Stringapalooza at Woodson HS (Elementary strings students from all the Frost feeder schools come together to learn music.)

Monday, February 28: RAA Spirit Day--Wear silly clothes and read a silly book! PTA General Membership Meeting at 7PM 

Tuesday, March 1: Lifetouch Spring Picture Day (Includes class photos); RAA Spirit Day--Wear something to celebrate your culture and read about a culture or holiday

Wednesday, March 2: RAA Spirit Day--Wear your favorite team's jersey and read about an influential athlete.

Thursday, March 3: RAA Spirit Day--Wear your favorite color and read your favorite book; Two-hour Early Release

Friday, March 4: No school

Wednesday, March 16: Restaurant Fundraiser, Oath Pizza

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation 

Wednesday, April 20: International Day

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Missing Black Bicycle.

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A student rode his bicycle to school today and upon coming outside at specials time, it was missing from the bike rack. It did not have a lock on it.

It is a black specialized rockhopper bike. It is possible one of our other students thought it was theirs and rode it home. If you have any information about its whereabouts, please give the office a call at 703-764-5600.

Thank you,

Dr. L

CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your families! I reflected today that Valentine's Day was one of the last "normal" holidays we had in the spring of 2020. In fact, we left the "book worm" hanging in the K-1 corridor for the past two years because we couldn't bear to part with this visual reminder of our pre-pandemic days.

February 2020 -- then first graders' "bookworm."

It was so heart-warming (pun intended) to revisit this celebration again, two years later. We hope it is a reminder to your children that they belong to each other, to their teachers, and to our school community. 

Love was in the air today at CWES! Enjoy a few of the pictures from our primary classrooms today.

Students in Ms. Andrew's enjoying their valentines!

Tying valentines into the curriculum in first grade.

Special deliveries in Ms. Crump's room; Candy heart relays in Ms. Carroll's room.

It is always a good day to enjoy one another and the simple pleasures of friendship and kindness. We hope days like this give our students some practice spreading love and joy to brighten each other's days.

WE LOVE the students, families, and staff of CWES!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Ms. Crump and Dr. L are love bugs!

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Iron Chef House: Tuesday, Feb 15

Dine in or takeout from Iron Chef in Fairfax (2985 District Ave, Ste 145) TOMORROW February 15 from 11am-10pm and support the CWES PTA!

Save the Date for Kindergarten Orientation!

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet? Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Understanding ESSER III Funding’s Impact on Student Success

Last fall, FCPS received $188.6 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and to keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. If you are not familiar with ESSER III, here are a few things you should know about how it impacts student success.  ESSER III focus areas include:

  • Prevention and mitigation strategies to help keep schools open and safe for students and staff.
  • Academic intervention services, such as tutoring, after-school programs, and summer learning programs. 
  • Professional development to ensure our schools are welcoming and culturally responsive to all students and families.
  • Multilingual engagement to ensure information is accessible to all families.
  • Additional support for students’ social emotional needs.

There will be two opportunities for you to tell us how well FCPS is meeting ESSER III requirements around a safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of learning. Please stay tuned for details! Visit the ESSER III webpage for more information.

Last Chance to Order Band & Strings T-shirts!

T-shirts sale date has been extended to Tuesday, February 15th.  Be sure to place your order now! 

 

We are excited to announce that CWES Band and Strings 2021-2022 T-Shirts are now available to order! Dr. Kohut and Ms. Mitchell remain hopeful that in-person concerts will be allowed in the spring of 2022. If in-person spring concerts are allowed, then band and strings students will wear their t-shirt during their spring concert to show their team spirit and love of instrumental music! The cost is $10 per t-shirt. The actual cost of the shirt, which is dependent upon total pre-order sales numbers, may be less than $10. By purchasing the shirt for $10 you are agreeing that any excess in the cost will not be refunded and will, instead, be donated to the purchase of shirts for families in need or other band and strings program needs. 

Ordering link:

CustomInk Band and Orchestra T-shirts

Please email [email protected] with any ordering questions. 

Yearbooks Now On Sale

YEARBOOKS are now available for purchase for only $14!  Don’t miss this year’s school memories!  Yearbook store is open through 4/22.

Online ordering only at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14314322 - CWES Yearbook Code #14314322.  We will not be selling yearbooks at the school so be sure to order online.

Please email Cheryl Trimbach [email protected] if you have any questions.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in February and March to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback.  Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online January 31 through February 28, 2022.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853.  Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet available at the following link: https://forms.gle/NyDax8N3NXQBp1mh8

Hard copies of instructional materials will also be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and extended hours will be provided until 7:00 p.m. on the following days:  February 3, February 10, February 17, and February 24, 2022. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Register for Tech Adventure Camp!

It's not too early to start planning for the summer!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: 
Tech Adventure Camp

Current 2nd through 6th grade students will rotate through 5 CTE related classes - STEAM, cooking, health, trades, and computer science.

Weekly Themes

July 11 - 15: Welcome to Mars!

July 18 - 22: Going Green

July 25 - 29: Young Makers

For more information or to register, please visit the Tech Adventure Camp website: bit.ly/FCPS_TAC

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: STEAM (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Each month, we will feature one of our specials programs so you can learn a bit more about these amazing elements of your child's school experience. 

The Engineering Design Process

STEAM students have been busy designing and building. In STEAM, students create solutions to open-ended challenges. Some challenges are designed to be completed during one class session, while others may take several weeks to complete. Regardless of the STEAM challenge, students practice applying the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learn how to ask questions, imagine solutions, make plans, create and test, and improve upon their creations. Students do all this while incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. As students work with partners they utilize communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and resiliency skills. The STEAM room is an exciting place to witness students taking risks, learning from mistakes, and developing growth mindsets. Here are a few of the STEAM challenges students have been working on:

 

2nd Grade – Bridge Building Challenge

Students focus on the driving question, “How can you, as an engineer, design and build a bridge strong enough to hold a load?” while working on the bridge building challenge. Using two wooden blocks separated by a ruler as anchors, students engineer ways to build the rest of the bridge with only binder clips and craft sticks. Students test the strength of their bridges with books to represent the load. Many students are striving to build bridges that can hold 40 books!

5th grade Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

Fifth grade students enjoyed exploring Lego WeDo 2.0 kits which combine traditional Lego building with motorized Lego pieces and coding. Students began this unit by following guided step by step directions. By the end of the unit, students were able to design, build, and code their own open creations. BattleBots were a popular design choice for 5th graders.

Kindergarten – 3D shape building

Kindergarten STEAM students explore ways to build shapes. We started this exploration by building flat shapes using Play Doh and toothpicks. Next, students learned how to change two dimensional shapes into three dimensional shapes. It took lots of problem solving to learn how to make sure the Play Doh wasn’t too heavy so the shapes could stand up. Students then had fun creating three dimensional structures using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

6th grade Lego robotics and coding combined with science space curriculum

Sixth grade students took the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to a deeper level by combining a topic learned in their science or social studies curriculum with the Lego robotics to show their knowledge in a new way. Students had two parts to this STEAM challenge. First, they had to design, build, and code a robotic Lego invention without support of Lego directions. Then they had to incorporate their Lego invention with a handmade setting. Projects connected to their studies of space and explorers were popular 6th grade choices.

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30: Frost Family Festival -  Please see this flyer for information and dinner sales: Frost Family Festival 2022.pdf 

Monday, February 21: Presidents' Day (No school)

Saturday, February 26 (12-3): Stringapalooza at Woodson HS (Elementary strings students from all the Frost feeder schools come together to learn music.)

Tuesday, March 1: Lifetouch Spring Picture Day

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation 

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Missing Cochlear Implant

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Hello Families and Happy Friday to you!

I am resending this message to the community because sadly this CI has still not been found. PLEASE check your child's belongings for this magnetic rainbow circle only about an inch in diameter.

Have a great weekend.

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Missing Cochlear Implant

One of our Kinder/1st Grade students’ magnetic cochlear implant processor was lost. We have looked high and low over the past two weeks and have been unable to find it.

It is possible it may have become stuck to your child’s backpack (zipper, charm chains, etc.) or a metal water bottle. Please take a moment to check your child’s belongings for this rainbow-colored processor (pictured below).

 

If you find this device, please call the main office at 703-764-5600 right away. The replacement cost to the family will exceed $5000 if the device cannot be found.

Thank you so much for your attention to this important matter.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

We are starting off strong this month with a focus on instruction! Last week we welcomed Kennedy Center teaching artist, Sean Layne, to model lessons and provide coaching to our teachers using the tableau approach -- a strategy for arts integration that helps our students learn to use their bodies in a controlled and purposeful manner to demonstrate their learning. A special thank you to Ms. Branch, Ms. Beheiter and Dr. Schudmak for hosting lessons for their colleagues to observe.

Members of the FCPS Leadership Team visit Ms. Crump's classroom.

This morning, members of the FCPS Leadership team visited our primary classrooms in order to learn more about the work we have been doing to incorporate the FCPS phonemic awareness and phonics lessons into our literacy workshop. Our teachers were amazing (as usual)! Many thanks to Mr. Bristol, Ms. Andrews, Ms. Beheiter, Ms. Tredinnick, Ms. Carroll, Ms. Mays, Ms. Stephens, Ms. Crump and Ms. Pisera for welcoming our visitors today. I am so proud of these teams' shared commitment to teach these important skills in engaging and meaningful ways. Many thanks to our fabulous reading teacher Ms. Abd for helping our teams support every child in attaining literacy success. 

It seems like the perfect time to show your child's teacher some love! The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is declaring February 8 "We Love FCPS Day." Join us in the celebration tomorrow. Show your love for your school by dropping off a handmade card to the FCPS employee who has made a difference in your student’s life this year. Thank you for taking the time to show our staff how much you appreciate them!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2022 (#NSCW22) is Feb. 7-11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Show some love to our amazing school counselors this week (Becca Wilson and Tiffany Sutton) to show your appreciation for the ways they support our students all year long!

Food Service Worker Appreciation Week

This week is Food Service Worker Appreciation Week! The pandemic has lent another layer of challenge to the work these staff members do day in and day out!

Encourage your children to show their appreciation to our Dining Room Monitors to supervise them throughout the lunch block: Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Cindy Dickerson and Marisa Nicholson.

And encourage them to appreciate the Food and Nutrition Services staff who prepare and serve their food each day, under the direction of Raj Rimal, our cafeteria manager.

Welcome New CWES Staff!

A warm welcome to our two new IAs, Karin Sasseville and Megan Powers, who will be working primarily with third grade and students with disabilities.

Meet Karin Sasseville

Prior to arriving at Canterbury Woods Elementary, Karin was the Director of Yellow Tulip Academy. While overseas with her family on assignment in
Ankara, Turkey, Karin worked in the local Department of Defense George C. Marshall School as a substitute teacher, and at the US Embassy. At the height of the conflict in Syria, she volunteered her time to support the refugees fleeing to Turkey. Karin is a graduate of George Mason University, has been with Fairfax County Public Schools for 7 years, is married, and has two grown children that both attended WT Woodson High School and the College of William and Mary.


Meet Megan Powers

Megan has worked in the medical field for the last 21 years, as a medical and surgical assistant in ophthalmology. She has been a proactive volunteer at her son’s school, working closely with school administrators on fund raising and development of innovative programs such as providing a learning pod in her home during virtual learning. The months prior to joining Canterbury Woods, Megan was a preschool teacher at a local church. Megan, her husband Jim and their youngest son Joe are avid sailors on the Chesapeake Bay.

Save the Date for Kindergarten Orientation!

This year we will have TWO events to welcome our newest class of CWES Cougars!

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Parents will join our K team for a virtual presentation of our kindergarten program.

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Rising kindergartners will come to our school for an in-person orientation, rotating through all of our kindergarten classrooms to experience a slice of life in kindergarten. (NOTE: This is an early release day for current students).

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending CWES yet? Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year! 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing News DHH Connections Event
February 21, 2022 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Sponsored by the Technical Assistance Center for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TAC-DHH) TAC-DHH is partnering with Radford University and DARS’ Pre-Employment Transition Services to offer Student Connection, an opportunity for ALL students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to connect with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Virginia via Zoom. Breakout rooms for children in grades K-12 will be used to ensure age-appropriate activities for your child.

Register Your Child Here

Deaf Performers at the Super Bowl!

This Sunday's Super Bowl LVI will be the first time the NFL will feature American Sign Language during the halftime show. Deaf Detroit rappers Sean Forbes and Warren “WaWa” Snipe have been tapped to perform alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show. The two will perform sign-language interpretations of the lineup’s music. 

Sandra Mae Frank, a deaf actress from New Amsterdam, will also join the ASL performances, featured during the pregame signing of the national anthem and "America the Beautiful." Happy Super Bowl!

Order Band & Strings Shirts Now

We are excited to announce that CWES Band and Strings 2021-2022 T-Shirts are now available to order! Band and strings students will wear their t-shirts during spring concerts to show their team spirit and love of instrumental music! The cost is $10 per t-shirt. The actual cost of the shirt, which is dependent upon total pre-order sales numbers, may be less than $10. By purchasing the shirt for $10 you are agreeing that any excess in the cost will not be refunded and will, instead, be donated to the purchase of shirts for families in need or other band and strings program needs. 

Store closes on 2/12.  Order soon at this link:

CustomInk Band and Orchestra T-shirts

Please email [email protected] with any ordering questions. 

Yearbooks Now On Sale

YEARBOOKS are now available for purchase for only $14!  Don’t miss this year’s school memories!  Yearbook store is open through 4/22.

Online ordering only at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14314322 - CWES Yearbook Code #14314322.  We will not be selling yearbooks at the school so be sure to order online.

Please email Cheryl Trimbach [email protected] if you have any questions.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in February and March to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback.  Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online January 31 through February 28, 2022.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853.  Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet available at the following link: https://forms.gle/NyDax8N3NXQBp1mh8

Hard copies of instructional materials will also be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and extended hours will be provided until 7:00 p.m. on the following days:  February 3, February 10, February 17, and February 24, 2022. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Register for Tech Adventure Camp!

It's not too early to start planning for the summer!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: 
Tech Adventure Camp

Current 2nd through 6th grade students will rotate through 5 CTE related classes - STEAM, cooking, health, trades, and computer science.

Weekly Themes

July 11 - 15: Welcome to Mars!

July 18 - 22: Going Green

July 25 - 29: Young Makers

For more information or to register, please visit the Tech Adventure Camp website: bit.ly/FCPS_TAC

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: STEAM (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Each month, we will feature one of our specials programs so you can learn a bit more about these amazing elements of your child's school experience. 

The Engineering Design Process

STEAM students have been busy designing and building. In STEAM, students create solutions to open-ended challenges. Some challenges are designed to be completed during one class session, while others may take several weeks to complete. Regardless of the STEAM challenge, students practice applying the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learn how to ask questions, imagine solutions, make plans, create and test, and improve upon their creations. Students do all this while incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. As students work with partners they utilize communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and resiliency skills. The STEAM room is an exciting place to witness students taking risks, learning from mistakes, and developing growth mindsets. Here are a few of the STEAM challenges students have been working on:

 

2nd Grade – Bridge Building Challenge

Students focus on the driving question, “How can you, as an engineer, design and build a bridge strong enough to hold a load?” while working on the bridge building challenge. Using two wooden blocks separated by a ruler as anchors, students engineer ways to build the rest of the bridge with only binder clips and craft sticks. Students test the strength of their bridges with books to represent the load. Many students are striving to build bridges that can hold 40 books!

5th grade Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

Fifth grade students enjoyed exploring Lego WeDo 2.0 kits which combine traditional Lego building with motorized Lego pieces and coding. Students began this unit by following guided step by step directions. By the end of the unit, students were able to design, build, and code their own open creations. BattleBots were a popular design choice for 5th graders.

Kindergarten – 3D shape building

Kindergarten STEAM students explore ways to build shapes. We started this exploration by building flat shapes using Play Doh and toothpicks. Next, students learned how to change two dimensional shapes into three dimensional shapes. It took lots of problem solving to learn how to make sure the Play Doh wasn’t too heavy so the shapes could stand up. Students then had fun creating three dimensional structures using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

6th grade Lego robotics and coding combined with science space curriculum

Sixth grade students took the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to a deeper level by combining a topic learned in their science or social studies curriculum with the Lego robotics to show their knowledge in a new way. Students had two parts to this STEAM challenge. First, they had to design, build, and code a robotic Lego invention without support of Lego directions. Then they had to incorporate their Lego invention with a handmade setting. Projects connected to their studies of space and explorers were popular 6th grade choices.

Mark Your Calendars

Check out our CWES webpage for upcoming events for rising 7th graders.

Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 PM: Frost Math Curriculum Exploration – Discussion of specific differences between Math 7 and Math 7 Honors, student readiness and mindset, and the sequence of math courses. This event is virtual and the link will be provided soon.
Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 PM: Frost Special Education Parent Orientation – Join at this link:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98716652477?pwd=RzVQaFVSMmtQNzlUTk5VdG53RUZHdz09

Wednesday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30: Frost Family Festival -  Please see this flyer for information and dinner sales: Frost Family Festival 2022.pdf 

Monday, February 21: Presidents' Day (No school)

Saturday, February 26 (12-3): Stringapalooza at Woodson HS (Elementary strings students from all the Frost feeder schools come together to learn music.)

Tuesday, March 1: Lifetouch Spring Picture Day

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM: Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 31, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: In-person Kindergarten Orientation 

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

February is Black History Month, and the theme for 2022 is "Black Health and Wellness." The Library of Congress details how Carter G. Woodson successfully advocated for the creation of a Negro History Week in 1925 to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to civilization and the celebration was expanded to a month in 1976. CWES students learn about many ways African Americans have shaped and experienced life in the US, this month and all year long. 

Consider taking a family trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture -- the first national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. You can also explore the resources from their Learning Labs with your family at home. 

Tomorrow we kick off the new month by wishing many families in our community a Happy Lunar New Year. In many east Asian countries, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year and is all about ushering in luck & prosperity with family. May you have good fortune this year!

 

On February 2 (Wednesday), Punxsutawney Phil will be looking for his shadow to let us know if we should expect six more weeks of winter. Did you know Ms. Milliron's father was born in Punxsutawney, PA and that she is a SUPER FAN of the holiday? She might be spotted making some visits to classrooms on Wednesday to share a bit of Groundhog Day lore.

Shadow or no, we know there are still weeks to go of wintry conditions. Please continue to dress your children warmly in appropriate outerwear (coats, hats, and gloves or mittens) during these cold weather months.

That means both sending your children in with appropriate wear, and REMINDING your children that you want them to put these items back on when headed outside to play -- even if they are "never cold!" (As a mom of boys, I know this reminder is essential!)

We intend to enjoy outdoor recess as often as weather permits. FCPS guidance is to limit outdoor recess on days with wind chill advisories or warnings (i.e., wind chills of below -5F), but those metrics are extreme. We may shorten outdoor recess or allow classroom choice when conditions are not quite that cold. However, more days than not, we will be playing outdoors!

Happy February, everyone!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Order Band & Strings Shirts Now

We are excited to announce that CWES Band and Strings 2021-2022 T-Shirts are now available to order! Band and strings students will wear their t-shirts during spring concerts to show their team spirit and love of instrumental music! The cost is $10 per t-shirt. The actual cost of the shirt, which is dependent upon total pre-order sales numbers, may be less than $10. By purchasing the shirt for $10 you are agreeing that any excess in the cost will not be refunded and will, instead, be donated to the purchase of shirts for families in need or other band and strings program needs. 

Store closes on 2/12.  Order soon at this link:

CustomInk Band and Orchestra T-shirts

Please email [email protected] with any ordering questions. 

Yearbooks Now On Sale

YEARBOOKS are now available for purchase for only $14!  Don’t miss this year’s school memories!  Yearbook store is open through March 22.

Online ordering only at Lifetouch.com/Order - CWES Yearbook Code #14314322.  We will not be selling yearbooks at the school so be sure to order online.

Please email Cheryl Trimbach [email protected] if you have any questions.

2022-2023 School Year Calendar Approved

The 2022-23 school year calendar was approved at the January 27 School Board Meeting. This calendar focuses on instruction, and student and operational needs. The calendar is aligned with neighboring school districts and adds additional key observance days.

Most importantly, this calendar was developed with significant input from the FCPS community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process through surveys, webinars, and participation in the feedback committee. This effort reflects the best effort of everyone the school calendar touches.

Some highlights include:

  • Monday, August 22 will be the first day of school.
  • Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Orthodox Good Friday, and Diwali will now be designated as student holidays. (Eid and Lunar New Year fall on a non-school day in 2022.) 
  • Inclusion of Veterans Day as a student holiday and staff work day. 

To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

National PTA Listening Sessions for Parents and Educators

En Español

Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is hosting virtual focus groups to discuss National PTA's Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Share your experiences and your perspectives on family-school partnerships.

  • How do you want to engage with your child’s school?
  • What are the most important parts of a parent-educator relationship?

Your feedback will be used to make family-school partnerships more inclusive and impactful in FCPS. National PTA will also use your feedback to inform a set of National Standards for family-school partnerships nationwide.

Sessions last 1 hour and 15 minutes, are interactive, discussion-based, and open to all FCPS families and educators. You do not need to be a PTA member to participate.

A small stipend will be given to the first 20 registrants per session who then attend and complete a brief survey.

REGISTER TODAY AT THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW:

Questions?  Please contact:

Michelle Cades - pres[email protected]

Amanda Campbell - [email protected]

More Frost MS events for 6th grade families

Frost sends its apologies that some families were not able to access the live Frost Orientation program last week due to an error with the latest link. The presentation was recorded and can be found on the Rising 7th Grade Course Selection website here

On this website you will also find a timeline of events, the course catalog and selection sheet, elective videos, and other helpful resources.  Thank you for submitting your questions to Frost: you can continue to submit your questions here through February 1st.   

Upcoming Evening Events:

  • February 8th at 6:30 PM – Math Curriculum Exploration – Discussion of specific differences between Math 7 and Math 7 Honors, student readiness and mindset, and the sequence of math courses. This event is virtual and the link will be provided soon.
  • February 9th at 6:30 PM – Special Education Parent Orientation – This is a newly added virtual event and the link will be provided soon. 
  • February 16th from 5:30-7:30 – Frost Family Festival -  Please see this flyer for information and dinner sales: Frost Family Festival 2022.pdf 

All virtual events will be recorded and placed on the website above for those who are unable to attend.  Thank you!

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser @ Iron Chef House: Tuesday, Feb 15

Dine in or takeout from Iron Chef in Fairfax (2985 District Ave, Ste 145) on February 15 from 11am-10pm and support the CWES PTA!

CWES Crossing Guard Nominated!

CWES crossing guard, Tina Dove, has been nominated for a statewide competition -- Virginia’s Outstanding Crossing Guard. The winner will be announced on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, February 9, 2022. 

Is your child a walker? Please "chalk the walks" Ms. Tina monitors (especially on Queen Elizabeth Blvd.) over the weekend to celebrate her dedication to keeping our students safe on their way to and from school. 

Ms. Tina's crossing-guard-in-training, August!

Even CWES little siblings know and love Ms. Tina!

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in February and March to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback.  Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online January 31 through February 28, 2022.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853.  Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet available at the following link: https://forms.gle/NyDax8N3NXQBp1mh8

Hard copies of instructional materials will also be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and extended hours will be provided until 7:00 p.m. on the following days:  February 3, February 10, February 17, and February 24, 2022. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH: STEAM (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Each month, we will feature one of our specials programs so you can learn a bit more about these amazing elements of your child's school experience. 

The Engineering Design Process

STEAM students have been busy designing and building. In STEAM, students create solutions to open-ended challenges. Some challenges are designed to be completed during one class session, while others may take several weeks to complete. Regardless of the STEAM challenge, students practice applying the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learn how to ask questions, imagine solutions, make plans, create and test, and improve upon their creations. Students do all this while incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. As students work with partners they utilize communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and resiliency skills. The STEAM room is an exciting place to witness students taking risks, learning from mistakes, and developing growth mindsets. Here are a few of the STEAM challenges students have been working on:

 

2nd Grade – Bridge Building Challenge

Students focus on the driving question, “How can you, as an engineer, design and build a bridge strong enough to hold a load?” while working on the bridge building challenge. Using two wooden blocks separated by a ruler as anchors, students engineer ways to build the rest of the bridge with only binder clips and craft sticks. Students test the strength of their bridges with books to represent the load. Many students are striving to build bridges that can hold 40 books!

5th grade Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

Fifth grade students enjoyed exploring Lego WeDo 2.0 kits which combine traditional Lego building with motorized Lego pieces and coding. Students began this unit by following guided step by step directions. By the end of the unit, students were able to design, build, and code their own open creations. BattleBots were a popular design choice for 5th graders.

Kindergarten – 3D shape building

Kindergarten STEAM students explore ways to build shapes. We started this exploration by building flat shapes using Play Doh and toothpicks. Next, students learned how to change two dimensional shapes into three dimensional shapes. It took lots of problem solving to learn how to make sure the Play Doh wasn’t too heavy so the shapes could stand up. Students then had fun creating three dimensional structures using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

6th grade Lego robotics and coding combined with science space curriculum

Sixth grade students took the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to a deeper level by combining a topic learned in their science or social studies curriculum with the Lego robotics to show their knowledge in a new way. Students had two parts to this STEAM challenge. First, they had to design, build, and code a robotic Lego invention without support of Lego directions. Then they had to incorporate their Lego invention with a handmade setting. Projects connected to their studies of space and explorers were popular 6th grade choices.

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, February 1: Religious and Cultural Observance Lunar New Year

Monday, February 21: Presidents' Day (No school)

Saturday, February 26 (12-3): Stringapalooza at Woodson HS (Elementary strings students from all the Frost feeder schools come together to learn music.)

4910 Willet Drive, Annandale, VA 22003 |  Main Phone: 703.764.5600
Attendance: 703.764.5656 | Web | Twitter

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