Woodburn News - September 23, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

As we wrap up this week, I want to use this space to celebrate Sue Chappell, our administrative assistant.  Sue has served Woodburn for 22 years and will be retiring next Friday.  

Sue's warmth, care and passion has connected our community over the last many years and will be dearly missed. She has been a steadfast member of our office, always greeting everyone with a smile and taking a genuine interest in all who visit.  Sue's knowledge, strong relationships and dedication have impacted our school in immeasurable ways.  Personally, I will miss using the phrase, "Let's ask Sue."  She just knows it all!

The partnership between a principal and administrative assistant is a special one. I feel very lucky to have had Sue as a mentor and confidant. She has always been by my side to celebrate successes and serve as a loyal cheerleader on the hard days. I will forever be grateful for the time I've had to work alongside her. 

I hope you will join me in celebrating Sue. She will always have a home as a Wildcat and we wish her the best as she begins this new and exciting chapter. Happy retirement!

Together We Grow, 

Katy 

Dates to Remember:

September 26 -  Student Holiday, Rosh Hashanah

September 30 - Woodburn Spirit Day

October 3 - Fall Pictures

October 4 - PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Chick-fil-A

October 10 - Student Holiday

October 12 - Advanced Academics Program Overview, 6pm

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Upcoming Student Holidays

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. 

It is also Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. “Shanah tovah” to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Wednesday, October 5, is a holiday for teachers and students.

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4. Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Hispanic Heritage Month at Woodburn

At Woodburn, we value our diversity and the opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.  In our school library you will find that Mrs. Lockwood, our librarian, has displayed some of her favorite books by Hispanic authors and illustrators.  

Senora Perez, our Spanish teacher, has prepared a daily feature on our news show that highlights different Latin cultures. In Spanish class, Senora Perez will be introducing students to different cultural games, famous people, and more. 

Recommended Books by Hispanic Authors and Illustrators

Bright Star is a richly layered story written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  This is a story about a deer and her fawn set in the borderlands between Mexico and the US. (appropriate for all ages)

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barbra Higuera is the story of Petra, her younger brother, and her scientist parents who are part of a group of space pioneers who must travel to a new a planet in a far off galaxy because the Earth can no longer sustain human life. (appropriate for ages 10 and up)

Biking on School Grounds

We want all students to be safe during arrival and dismissal.  We ask that students and families walk their bikes when on school grounds to help prevent accidents. This includes walking bikes on the sidewalks and parking lots by the front of the school.  Thank you for your help with this.

Fall Picture Day - October 3 ESSER III Funding Supports Student Success: Your Voice Matters

In the fall of 2021, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

ESSER III focus areas have included resources for prevention and mitigation of COVID, academic services, multilingual engagement, support for students’ social emotional needs, and professional development. 

Your Voice Matters!

A feedback form will be live on the ESSER III webpage Friday, September 23. Your input will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. Watch this video to see the impact ESSER III funds are having in our schools. Learn more on FCPS’ website

Student Monitor Needed

Woodburn is looking for one more student monitor to join our staff.  Please reach out to Katy at [email protected] or at 703-641-8200 if you are interested. 

Student Monitors:

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to  the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.  

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

Hourly Band 4:  $16.36/hr

PTA Corner The Results Are In! Bad Guys for Outdoor Movie Night on October 28

After a spirited week of voting and an official recount, the results are in! Woodburn students have selected Bad Guys for the first outdoor movie night of the year. Due to the availability of our vendor, we have confirmed a new date for the Outdoor Movie Night: October 28. Please join us as we kick-off the long Halloween weekend. Costumes and siblings are welcome, but all children must be supervised by a responsible adult. Pizza and light concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets for the entire family are $10, to help cover the costs of the licensing, and are available for purchase on our MemberHub store.

Thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the movie night competition! The PTA raised a whopping $450.  That's a lot of coins!

 

Membership Survey

We would like to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to respond to a quick membership survey to share your preferences re: in-person vs. virtual membership meetings, priorities for outdoor school enhancements, and suggestions for guest speakers at future membership meetings. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

 

Looking for a Movie Night Planning Co-Lead and PTA Corner Editor

Interested in taking on a role with the PTA this year? Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like to learn more about the following roles:

  • Movie Night Co-Lead: Last year’s movie night Lead is ready to train her successor! Want to learn from the best? We are looking for someone to learn how to: Coordinate with the movie night vendor, prepare and advertise ticket sales, define roles for event volunteers, and plan for concessions sales and other day-of logistics.
  • PTA Corner Editor: Do you like reading updates here each week? We are looking for someone to: consolidate newsletter content from Board members and Event leads; share weekly PTA Corner submission with Katy Richman on Tuesday evenings.

 

Board Member Spotlight

Each week, our Board Members will take turns introducing ourselves. Come say hello at Membership Meetings or other PTA events!

Name: Bridget Gannon          

PTA Position: Communications & Spirit Wear

Children at Woodburn: Maeve (3rd Grade)

Favorite PTA event? Raise a Reader

 

PTA Fall Calendar

The PTA has an updated calendar on our website for the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your schedule!

October 4 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Chick Fil A (7130 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA), 4-8pm, be sure to mention Woodburn!

October 28 (NEW DATE) – Outdoor Movie Night, Bad Guys!

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Woodburn School Website

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Woodburn employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

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Woodburn News - September 16, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

Thank you for attending our Back to School Night.  We hope that you were able to connect with your child's teacher and other families.  We also hope you walked away feeling confident in the learning experiences your child will experience this year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher if you missed the event.  They can share a copy of the information that was presented.

If you haven't already, please sign up for a parent conference with your child's teacher.  We value holding conferences early in the school year and appreciate you taking time to partner with us. 

Don't forget, the PTA is hosting their second Clean Kitchen Night next Tuesday at Pupatella!  

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Elizabeth

Dates to Remember:

September 20 - PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Pupatella

September 26 -  Student Holiday, Rosh Hashanah

October 3 - Fall Pictures

October 4 - PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Chick-fil-A

October 10 - Student Holiday

October 12 - Advanced Academics Program Overview, 6pm

Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15 we recognize the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Carribbean, and Central and South America.  

Fall Assessments

Many fall assessments are coming up for our Wildcats. Please see the table below for grade level assessments. 

You can reach out to our Site Testing Coordinators, Kelley Dauberman and Elizabeth Watson, with questions. 

Assessment

Grade(s)

Dates

iReady: Reading and Math

 1st-6th

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Passage Reading Fluency

 1st-3rd

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Development Spelling Assessment

 1st-6th

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program 

Kindergarten

Sept 19 – Nov 4

Social/Emotional Screener

 K-6th

Oct 17 – Nov 4

 

Woodburn ES VGA Schedule

                                            3rd Grade                                                

Reading

September 23rd

Math

September 30th

4th Grade

Reading

September 22nd

Math

September 29th

5th Grade

Reading

September 21st

Math

September 28th

6th Grade

Reading

September 20th

Math

September 28th

Fall Picture Day - October 3 Attendance Matters

When Should My Child Stay Home?

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss. 

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school. 

PTA Corner Clean Kitchen Night: Pupatella (Mosaic), All Day on September 20

We are looking forward to our next Clean Kitchen Night on Tuesday, September 20. 20% of sales will be donated to the Woodburn PTA when you use the code WOODBURN online or in-person at Pupatella Mosaic (2980 District Ave, Suite 140, Fairfax, VA 22031). Hope to see you there!

Thank you, Silver Diner (Mosaic)!

Thank you to everyone who joined our first Clean Kitchen Night out of the year. A combination of in-person and take-out orders resulted in ~$300 earnings for the PTA, which Silver Diner has generously DOUBLED this year for a total of $612. That’s enough to cover field trip buses for an entire grade level this year. Thank you, Silver Diner (Mosaic)!

Membership Survey

We would like to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to respond to a quick membership survey to share your preferences re: in-person vs. virtual membership meetings, priorities for outdoor school enhancements, and suggestions for guest speakers at future membership meetings. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Looking for a Movie Night Planning Co-Lead and PTA Corner Editor

Interested in taking on a role with the PTA this year? Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like to learn more about the following roles:

  • Movie Night Co-Lead: Last year’s movie night Lead is ready to train her successor! Want to learn from the best? We are looking for someone to learn how to: Coordinate with the movie night vendor, prepare and advertise ticket sales, define roles for event volunteers, and plan for concessions sales and other day-of logistics.
  • PTA Corner Editor: Do you like reading updates here each week? We are looking for someone to: consolidate newsletter content from Board members and Event leads; share weekly PTA Corner submission with Katy Richman on Tuesday evenings.
Board Member Spotlight

Each week, our Board Members will take turns introducing ourselves. Come say hello at Membership Meetings or other PTA events!

Name: Dan McGarry

PTA Position: Treasurer

Children at Woodburn: Eamon and Leo

Favorite PTA event? The Fun Run

PTA Fall Calendar

The PTA has an updated calendar on our website for the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your schedule!

September 20 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Pupatella (2980 District Ave, Fairfax, VA), ALL DAY, be sure to mention Woodburn!

October 4 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Chick Fil A (7130 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA), 4-8pm, be sure to mention Woodburn!

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Woodburn School Website

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Woodburn employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 |  Office Phone: 703.641.8200
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Woodburn News - September 9, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

Thank you for another great week.  We had a wonderful turnout at our first PTA meeting last night.  A huge thank you to our PTA board for bringing us together to celebrate the start of the year. We enjoyed learning about the many community building events, enrichment opportunities and fundraisers they have planned to connect us throughout the year. 

We hope all families will partner with us and join the PTA.  We've captured a few slides from last night's presentation that highlight the many ways the PTA supports our school community. 

Enjoy the weekend! 

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Elizabeth

Dates to Remember:

September - National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm (adults only)

September 20 - PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Pupatella

September 26 -  Student Holiday, Rosh Hashanah

October 3 - Fall Pictures

How the PTA Supports Woodburn Back to School Night - Sept. 15

Our Back to School Night will be held on September 15 from 6-7:30pm. This evening is for adults only. Childcare will not be provided. 

Teachers will be sharing information about:

  • A Day in the Life of Your Child
  • Grade Level Curriculum Overview 
  • Monitoring Student Progress
  • Staying Connected 
  • Our Family/School Partnership

Schedule:

  • Session 1: 6:05-6:40
  • Session 2: 6:45-7:20
  • Parents will have time to visit the cafeteria and connect with our specialists and resource teachers. 

Dr. Ricardy Anderson represents the Mason District community on the Fairfax County School Board.  Her welcome back video can be viewed here

Fall Assessment Calendar

Many fall assessments are coming up for our Wildcats. Please see the table below for grade level assessments. 

Assessment

Grade(s)

Dates

iReady: Reading and Math

 1st-6th

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Passage Reading Fluency

 1st-3rd

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Development Spelling Assessment

 1st-6th

Sept 12 – Sept 30

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program 

Kindergarten

Sept 19 – Nov 4

Social/Emotional Screener

 K-6th

Oct 17 – Nov 4

  VGA Testing Window

The Virginia Growth Assessment fall window is from September 19 - October 7. See the table below for a closer look at specific dates for the assessments.

Grade

Assessment

Date

Third Grade

Reading VGA

September 23

Math VGA

September 30

Fourth Grade

Reading VGA

September 22

Math VGA

September 29

Fifth Grade

Reading SOL

September 21

Math SOL

September 28

Sixth Grade

Reading SOL

September 20

Math SOL

September 28

 

Please reach out to our Site Testing Coordinators, Kelley Dauberman and Elizabeth Watson, with questions. 

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) for Grades 3-6

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards.

The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).

Your student is scheduled to take the standardized Fall Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA).  The Virginia Growth Assessment fall window is from September 19 - October 7. See the table above for a closer look at specific dates for the assessments.

A notification letter was sent home in your child’s Thursday folder last week.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

If you have questions about state assessments, contact Elizabeth Watson at [email protected]

Fall Picture Day - October 3 Title I Parent Advisory Committee

We are looking for two parents to represent Woodburn on the 2022-2023 Title I Parent Advisory Committee (TPAC). Representatives will have the opportunity to learn more about the Title I grant in Fairfax County and family engagement initiatives taking place in other schools. Representatives are asked to provide input into the planning and implementation of Title I family engagement supports within Fairfax County.  TPAC representative support schools’ efforts in meeting federal family engagement expectations and gain access to professional development opportunities focused on best practices for family engagement.

Please email Katy Richman if you are interested in serving as a representative. 

PTA Corner Ways to Get Involved

Interested in taking on a role with the PTA this year? In addition to event volunteers, we have two open positions to fill. Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like to learn more about the following roles:

  • Volunteer Coordinator: Do you like meeting new people and keeping everyone organized? We are looking for someone to: Shepherd event leads through the PTA event planning process, using our event planning checklist; Connect event leads and volunteers with the resources and people they need across PTA committees; Recommend improvements to our event planning process
  • PTA Corner Editor: Do you like reading updates here each week? We are looking for someone to: Consolidate newsletter content from Board members and Event leads; Share weekly PTA Corner submission with Katy Richman on Tuesday evenings

 

How to Join the PTA as a Voting Member

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest in volunteering this year by sharing your contact information! Please be sure to take the next step by officially joining the PTA for the 2022-23 school year. Membership is $10 per voting member ($3.75 goes to National PTA to support our insurance, financial infrastructure, etc., while the remaining $6.25 goes directly to our PTA budget). Membership is valid for one school year, so you will have to renew each year. You can sign up on our MemberHub site or via paper forms coming home in the Thursday folder. Stay tuned for additional ways to volunteer, get involved, and lend your support throughout the year.

 

Don’t Forget to Reset Your Passive Fundraising

There are a few ways to support PTA programming through your typical shopping routines. Please take a few moments to reset your passive fundraising channels!

  • Amazon Smile: Select “Woodburn Elementary PTA” as your charity. You will need to use the Amazon Smile web address (http://smile.amazon.com) each time you shop for your purchases to apply. If you are using the mobile app, you will need to turn on AmazonSmile in “Settings” twice per year!
  • Box Tops for Education: Using the Box Tops for Education mobile app, select “Woodburn Elementary School” as your current school and use your phone camera to photograph your grocery receipts within 14 days of your purchase.
  • Harris Teeter Rewards Card: Ask your cashier to link your VIC Card to Woodburn Account #5936. You will need to re-enroll annually, starting on August 1!
  • Shutterfly Storefront: Use the Woodburn Shutterfly link to shop on the Shutterfly website (http://woodburnpta.shutterflystorefront.com)

 

Board Member Spotlight

Each week, our Board Members will take turns introducing ourselves. Come say hello at Membership Meetings or other PTA events!

Name: Abby Jenkins

PTA Position: Secretary

Children at Woodburn: Forest Rowe (5th Grade)

Favorite PTA event? I love meeting and working with other Woodburn parents throughout the year. I love the outdoor classroom project, Raise a Reader event, and Teacher Appreciation events.

 

PTA Fall Calendar

The PTA has an updated calendar on our website for the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your schedule!

September 15 – Back to School Night, 6pm

September 20 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Pupatella (2980 District Ave, Fairfax, VA), ALL DAY, be sure to mention Woodburn!

October 4 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Chick Fil A (7130 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA), timing TBD, be sure to mention Woodburn!

October 21 – Outdoor Movie Night

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Woodburn School Website

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Woodburn employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 |  Office Phone: 703.641.8200
Attendance: Submit online or call 703.641.8282 | WebFacebookTwitter

PTA Meeting Tomorrow, September 8

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PTA Meeting Tomorrow, Sept. 8

We hope you are able to join us tomorrow for our first PTA Membership Meeting of the school year. We will have childcare, pizza for all from 6:30-7pm, and the meeting itself from 7-8pm with Spanish translation.

Agenda items include:

  • An overview of the PTA and programming for the 2022-23 school year
  • A vote to approve our operating budget
  • Specific ways you can volunteer throughout the year
  • Principal updates with a Title I school overview
  • Introductions of the school and office staff

You are welcome to attend, even if you have not officially joined as a voting member, to learn more about the PTA and your child's school! We look forward to seeing you soon!

How to Join the PTA as a Voting Member

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest in volunteering this year by sharing your contact information! Please be sure to take the next step by officially joining the PTA for the 2022-23 school year. Membership is $10 per voting member ($3.75 goes to National PTA to support our insurance, financial infrastructure, etc., while the remaining $6.25 goes directly to our PTA budget). Membership is valid for one school year, so you will have to renew each year. You can sign up on our MemberHub site or via paper forms coming home in the Thursday folder. Stay tuned for additional ways to volunteer, get involved, and lend your support throughout the year.

Reunión de la PTA Mañana, 8 de septiembre

Esperamos que pueda unirse a nosotros en la cafetería de Woodburn mañana para nuestra primera reunión de miembros de la PTA del año escolar. Tendremos cuidado de niños, pizza para todos de 6:30 a 7 p. m. y la reunión en sí de 7 a 8 p. m. con traducción al español.

Los puntos de la agenda incluyen:

  • Una descripción general de la PTA y la programación para el año escolar 2022-23
  • Un voto para aprobar nuestro presupuesto operativo
  • Maneras específicas en las que puede ser voluntario durante todo el año
  • Actualizaciones del director con una descripción general de la escuela Título I
  • Presentaciones de la escuela y el personal de la oficina.

¡Le invitamos a asistir, incluso si no se ha unido oficialmente como miembro votante, para obtener más información sobre la PTA y la escuela de su hijo! ¡Esperamos verte pronto!

Cómo unirse a la PTA como miembro votante

¡Gracias a todos los que ya han expresado interés en ser voluntarios este año compartiendo su información de contacto! Asegúrese de dar el siguiente paso uniéndose oficialmente a la PTA para el año escolar 2022-23. La membresía cuesta $10 por miembro con derecho a voto ($3,75 van a la PTA Nacional para apoyar nuestro seguro, infraestructura financiera, etc., mientras que los $6,25 restantes van directamente a nuestro presupuesto de la PTA). La membresía es válida por un año escolar, por lo que deberá renovarla cada año. Puede registrarse en nuestro sitio de MemberHub o a través de formularios en papel que llegarán a casa en la carpeta de los jueves. Estén atentos para otras formas de ser voluntario, involucrarse y brindar su apoyo durante todo el año.

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Woodburn News - September 1, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

Week two is in the books! The building is alive with readers selecting books to enjoy, writers drafting stories and mathematicians sharing their thinking.  Students are making art, playing "Builders and Bulldozers" in PE, and much more. Our classroom communities are strong and we look forward to all that is to come in week three. 

Our first PTA meeting will be held next Thursday. We hope you will join us to learn about the engaging events and plans our PTA has outlined for the year. Information about our Title I program will also be shared. 

We hope all of our families take the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See you on Tuesday, September 6.

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Elizabeth

Dates to Remember:

September - National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 2-5 - Labor Day Break

September 8 - PTA Meeting &  Annual Title I Parent Meeting, 6:30pm 

September 15 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm 

September 26 -  Student Holiday, Rosh Hashanah

Labor Day

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day.  See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Back to School Night - Sept. 15

Our Back to School Night will be held on September 15 from 6-7:30pm.  Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to connect with their child's teacher and learn about the following:

  • A Day in the Life of Your Child
  • Grade Level Curriculum Overview 
  • Staying Connected 
  • Our Family/School Partnership

Families will also have time to connect with our specialists and resource teachers. 

Arts Integration at Woodburn

At Woodburn, we value integrating the arts into our teaching and learning.  Many of our specialists are skilled at using arts-focused approaches within their lessons and a core group of our teachers have also participated in learning about different art strategies. We have previously partnered with the Kennedy Center and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra to support these efforts.  This year, we have decided to not renew our partnership with the Kennedy Center but will maintain our strong partnership with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.  Students will participate in the FSO's annual Link Up event and other opportunities afforded to us through the symphony.  Our teachers will continue to use arts strategies that align with our curriculum as we remain innovative, creative, and arts-focused.  We are excited to continue this work and look for new ways to maintain our focus on the fine and communicative arts.

Attendance Matters

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance webpage for tips and strategies.

Title I Parent Advisory Committee

We are looking for two parents to represent Woodburn on the 2022-2023 Title I Parent Advisory Committee (TPAC). Representatives will have the opportunity to learn more about the Title I grant in Fairfax County and family engagement initiatives taking place in other schools. Representatives are asked to provide input into the planning and implementation of Title I family engagement supports within Fairfax County.  TPAC representative support schools’ efforts in meeting federal family engagement expectations and gain access to professional development opportunities focused on best practices for family engagement.

Please email Katy Richman if you are interested in serving as a representative. More information about our Title I program will be shared at next week's PTA meeting. 

Challenged Materials Review Committee

As detailed in Regulation 3009, schools are required to submit a list of individuals who are available to serve on a Challenged Materials Review Committee if a departmental committee is needed.  Names of a teacher, librarian, and two parents are required. Parents must not be employed by FCPS and contact information should be provided.

The list of potential committee members will be maintained at central office.  Names are randomly chosen to serve if a central departmental committee is required to review a challenged material.

Please email Katy Richman if you are interested in serving on this committee.

COVID Community Notifications

As a reminder, FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on the FCPS website.

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment.

Superintendent Community Conversation

Our new FCPS superintendent is hosting a Community Conversation at Falls Church High School on September 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Important Forms to Complete

Thank you for completing the forms listed below.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or the main office if you need another copy of a specific form. Many forms can be submitted online.  Thank you for taking the time to share this important information with us. 

As a reminder, you can either drop completed forms at school or take a picture of each form and email [email protected].

  • Identification of Military Connected Students
  • Homeless Student Referral
  • FC Sexual Harassment Lessons- 6th grade ONLY

The following forms must be completed electronically:

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVUE, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Click here for a pdf copy that you can save and print or save and email to [email protected]

Please contact our main office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Reporting Absences

There are several ways to report your child's absence:

  1. Call 703-641-8282 (Press #1 for English and #2 for Spanish)
  2. Complete our online attendance form.
  3. Email [email protected]
PTA Corner Join the 1st Membership Meeting of the School Year on Thursday, September 8!

We hope you are able to join us in the Woodburn Cafeteria next Thursday, September 8th for the first PTA Membership Meeting of the school year. We will have childcare, pizza for all from 6:30-7pm, and the meeting itself from 7-8pm with Spanish translation.

Agenda items include:

  • An overview of the PTA and programming for the 2022-23 school year
  • A vote to approve our operating budget
  • Specific ways you can volunteer throughout the year
  • Principal updates with a Title I school overview
  • Introductions of the school and office staff

You are welcome to attend, even if you have not officially joined as a voting member, to learn more about the PTA and your child's school! We look forward to seeing you soon!

How to Join the PTA as a Voting Member

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest in volunteering this year by sharing your contact information! Please be sure to take the next step by officially joining the PTA for the 2022-23 school year. Membership is $10 per voting member ($3.75 goes to National PTA to support our insurance, financial infrastructure, etc., while the remaining $6.25 goes directly to our PTA budget). Membership is valid for one school year, so you will have to renew each year. You can sign up on our MemberHub site or via paper forms coming home in the Thursday folder. Stay tuned for additional ways to volunteer, get involved, and lend your support throughout the year.

Don’t Forget to Reset Your Passive Fundraising

There are a few ways to support PTA programming through your typical shopping routines. Please take a few moments to reset your passive fundraising channels!

  • Amazon Smile: Select “Woodburn Elementary PTA” as your charity. You will need to use the Amazon Smile web address (http://smile.amazon.com) each time you shop for your purchases to apply. If you are using the mobile app, you will need to turn on AmazonSmile in “Settings” twice per year!
  • Box Tops for Education: Using the Box Tops for Education mobile app, select “Woodburn Elementary School” as your current school and use your phone camera to photograph your grocery receipts within 14 days of your purchase.
  • Harris Teeter Rewards Card: Ask your cashier to link your VIC Card to Woodburn Account #5936. You will need to re-enroll annually, starting on August 1!
  • Shutterfly Storefront: Use the Woodburn Shutterfly link to shop on the Shutterfly website (http://woodburnpta.shutterflystorefront.com)
Board Member Spotlight

Each week, our Board Members will take turns introducing ourselves. Come say hello at Membership Meetings or other PTA events!

Name: Bridgette Walsh

PTA Position: Vice President

Children at Woodburn: Spencer (5th grade); twins, Abigail and Molly (2nd grade)

Favorite PTA event? Woodburn Movie Night because we get to come together as a whole Woodburn family!

PTA Fall Calendar

The PTA has an updated calendar on our website for the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your schedule!

September 6 – Lunch Truck, District Small Bites (Woodburn parking lot)

September 8 – 1st Membership Meeting, Woodburn Cafeteria (Dinner: 6:30-7pm, Meeting: 7-8pm with childcare and Spanish translation provided)

September 15 – Back to School Night, 6pm

September 20 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Pupatella (2980 District Ave, Fairfax, VA), ALL DAY, be sure to mention Woodburn

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

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Woodburn School Website

FCPS Cares

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PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Silver Diner - TUESDAY

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  PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Silver Diner - Tuesday, August 30

Our first PTA Clean Kitchen Night is Tuesday, August 30 at Silver Diner (8150 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA), 5-8pm.  Please disregard the date that was shared in Friday's newsletter.  Hope you can join us!

Noche de cocina limpia de la PTA en Silver Diner - martes, 30 de agosto

Nuestra primera Noche de Cocina Limpia de la PTA es el martes 30 de agosto en Silver Diner (8150 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA), de 5 a 8 p. m. Ignore la fecha que se compartió en el boletín del viernes. Espero que puedan unirse a nosotros!

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Woodburn News - August 26, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

It has been an amazing first week.  We have seen warm and welcoming classroom communities growing throughout the building.  Students are building relationships with each other and their teachers and have jumped right into reading, writing, and math routines.  We cannot be stopped! 

This success would not be possible without the incredible efforts of our teachers and staff.  They are laser focused on our students and we hope you will join us in showing appreciation for all they do.  You might consider sending an email or Talking Points message to express your thanks. 

We also want to thank you, our families and community, for your partnership and the many steps you take to ensure your child comes to school ready to learn and grow each day. We couldn't do what we do without you. 

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Elizabeth

Dates to Remember:

August 29 - PTA Clean Kitchen Night at Silver Diner

September - National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 2-5 - Labor Day Break

September 8 - PTA Membership Meeting, 6:30pm 

September 15 - Back to School Night, 6:00pm (more info coming soon)

September 26 -  Student Holiday, Rosh Hashanah

The Power of Persuasive Writing

 

Last year, our 5th graders wrote persuasive letters and mailed them to people who have power to make changes. This week a student got a letter back from The White House! Join us in celebrating Elsa as she used her voice to advocate for those that need help with housing, clothing, food, and more.

Labor Day Break

In honor of Labor Day, there will be no school for students on Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5. 

Wellness Wednesdays

At Woodburn, we value our staff and student's social and emotional health and wellness.  Students engage in morning meetings, closing circles, counseling lessons, movement breaks, and other practices to promote wellness.  We also celebrate Wellness Wednesdays.  On this day, students learn about a wellness topic on the morning news and all are invited to wear workout attire.  These are special days and we appreciate our Wellness Team and all they do to ensure we are caring for ourselves and our students. 

Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-446-2050. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

School Safety Drills

At Woodburn, our number one responsibility is to ensure the safety of our students and staff at all times. We continually work with county leaders to ensure coordinated responses to potential safety concerns and we practice emergency drills on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Fire Drills

We will hold fire drills twice within the first 20 days of school.  We will then have one per month thereafter. Only our first fire drill may be announced ahead of time.  All subsequent drills must be unannounced ahead of time to students and staff. Our first Fire Drill for this school year took place today, Friday, August 26. 

Lockdown Drills

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based. We plan to have our first lockdown drill the week of September 12th.  

Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

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. 

During a lockdown drill:

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.)
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

Bus Evacuation Drills

Bus evacuation drills are required to be completed at least twice a year.  One during the first 30 instructional days of the first semester and the other during the first 30 instructional days of the second semester. 

Tornado Drills

Tornado drills are required to be completed once a year during the month of March (second semester).

FCPS Text Messages for Emergencies and Essential Information

Families can receive text messages from FCPS for emergencies and to communicate essential information.  To be included, make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using [email protected]

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVUE, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Click here for a pdf copy that you can save and print or save and email to [email protected]

Please contact our main office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9-12).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Important Forms to Complete

Students were sent home with "First Day Packets" this past Monday.  This folder contains forms that we need all families to complete. Many forms can be submitted online and are shared below.  Thank you for taking the time to share this important information with us. 

The following forms need to be completed. Once completed, you can either drop them off at school or take a picture of your completed forms and email them to [email protected].

  • Identification of Military Connected Students
  • Homeless Student Referral
  • FC Sexual Harassment Lessons- 6th grade ONLY

The following forms must be completed electronically.

PTA Corner Welcome Back, Wildcats!

The Woodburn PTA is looking forward to a year full of community and connection. From the Kindergarten Playdates, to two lounge refreshes, to our August 15 Teacher/Staff Welcome breakfast (complete with pupusas and baleadas) and Open House, we have hit the ground running and appreciate all of the volunteers that make Woodburn such a special place. Throughout the 2022-23 school year, we will be providing updates in this weekly Woodburn newsletter. You can also visit our website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information and photos posted after events. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

How to Join the PTA as a Voting Member

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest in volunteering this year by sharing your contact information! Please be sure to take the next step by officially joining the PTA for the 2022-23 school year. Membership is $10 per voting member ($3.75 goes to National PTA to support our insurance, financial infrastructure, etc., while the remaining $6.25 goes directly to our PTA budget). Membership is valid for one school year, so you will have to renew each year. You can sign up on our MemberHub site or via paper forms coming home in the Thursday folder. Stay tuned for additional ways to volunteer, get involved, and lend your support throughout the year.

 

Don’t Forget to Reset Your Passive Fundraising

There are a few ways to support PTA programming through your typical shopping routines. Please take a few moments to reset your passive fundraising channels!

  • Amazon Smile: Select “Woodburn Elementary PTA” as your charity. You will need to use the Amazon Smile web address (http://smile.amazon.com) each time you shop for your purchases to apply. If you are using the mobile app, you will need to turn on AmazonSmile in “Settings” twice per year!
  • Box Tops for Education: Using the Box Tops for Education mobile app, select “Woodburn Elementary School” as your current school and use your phone camera to photograph your grocery receipts within 14 days of your purchase.
  • Harris Teeter Rewards Card: Ask your cashier to link your VIC Card to Woodburn Account #5936. You will need to re-enroll annually, starting on August 1!
  • Shutterfly Storefront: Use the Woodburn Shutterfly link to shop on the Shutterfly website (http://woodburnpta.shutterflystorefront.com)

 

Board Member Spotlight

Each week, our Board Members will take turns introducing ourselves. Come say hello at Membership Meetings or other PTA events!

Name: Katie Sessa

PTA Position: President

Children at Woodburn: Will (3rd Grade), Sam (Kindergarten)

Favorite PTA event? Raise a Reader!

 

Bulletin Board

Cub Scout Pack 115 (K-5th)

Cub Scouts is a family focused program for boys and girls that offers a variety of fun. Build a Pinewood Derby Car. Explore nature. Help in community service projects. Play games and practice sportsmanship. Learn about something new: woodworking, science experiments, outdoor cooking, dinosaurs, sign language, designing games, performing skits and jokes! With monthly Pack meetings and grade-level Den meetings the kids get to explore different topics while participating in great character developing activities. Learn more about us! [email protected]

 

PTA Fall Calendar

The PTA has an updated calendar on our website for the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your schedule!

August 30 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Silver Diner (8150 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA), 5-8pm

September 6 – Lunch Truck, District Small Bites (Woodburn parking lot)

September 8 – 1st Membership Meeting, Woodburn Cafeteria (Dinner: 6:30-7pm, Meeting: 7-8pm with childcare and Spanish translation provided)

September 15 – Back to School Night

September 20 – Clean Kitchen Night Fundraiser, Pupatella (2980 District Ave, Fairfax, VA), ALL DAY, be sure to mention Woodburn

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Woodburn School Website

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Woodburn employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 |  Office Phone: 703.641.8200
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Woodburn News - August 19, 2022

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Photos from Woodburn's 2022 Welcome Walk and Open House

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

We loved engaging with you during our Welcome Walk and Open House events.  It was great to connect and celebrate the start of a new year. We have an amazing community and cannot wait to open our doors on Monday. 

As we start the year, we are committed to building warm and welcoming classroom communities and to establishing positive relationships with each of our students.  All of our students deserve to be known and feel a sense of belonging.  We will make this happen. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.  We look forward to working alongside you this school year. 

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Elizabeth

First Day Photos

We want to see your first day photos!  Please email Kelley Dauberman, our School Based Technology Specialist, any photos that you are comfortable with us sharing on our social media platforms.  Let's celebrate the start of a new year together. 

Arrival Information

Kiss and Ride

Families who drive their child to school will receive their Kiss and Ride number of the first day.  Please make sure to grab this number before leaving. 

Walking to Class

In the past we have allowed families of our youngest wildcats to walk their child to class on the first day of school. We adjusted this practice last year and will not be permitting families to walk their child to the classroom on the first day.  This is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.  Many staff will be welcoming our students and assisting them to class. 

Buses

We appreciate your patience and understanding if the bus arrives a few minutes early or late during the first few days of school.  The drivers are figuring out their new routes. 

Important Forms to Complete

Students will be sent home with "First Day Packets" on Monday.  This folder contains forms that we need all families to complete. Many forms can be submitted online and are shared below.  Thank you for taking the time to share this important information with us. 

The following forms need to be completed. Once completed, you can either drop them off at school or take a picture of your completed forms and email them to [email protected].

  • Identification of Military Connected Students
  • Homeless Student Referral
  • FC Sexual Harassment Lessons- 6th grade ONLY

The following forms must be completed electronically.

Reporting Absences

There are several ways to report your child's absence:

  1. Call 703-641-8282 (Press #1 for English and #2 for Spanish)
  2. Complete our online attendance form.
  3. Email [email protected]
Breakfast and Lunch

Students who do not qualify for free or reduced meals will now pay for breakfast and lunch.  All students will enter a pin number for meals.  This number has been shared with you through email and by your child's teacher.  We know that students will need time to learn their number and will ensure all become familiar with this new process.

Breakfast:  Students will be able to pick up breakfast from the cafeteria each morning and then eat in their classroom. They will need to type in their pin number.  

Lunch:  Students will travel through the lunch line and need to enter their pin number. 

More information about meal prices and payment can be found here

Digital Resources Consent

At Woodburn, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent on our School Website. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources on the FCPS Website. The enrolling parent or guardian should complete this form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kelley Dauberman at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Parking in the Neighborhood

It has been brought to the school's attention that families are blocking our neighbor's driveways when attending Woodburn events and when dropping off and picking up their children each day.  Please do not block driveways when parking near the school.  We appreciate your help with this. 

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FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Woodburn employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

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Woodburn Summer Updates - July 20, 2022

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We donated a copy of The Extraordinary Gardener to our Woodburn library to recognize and celebrate the work of our 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board.

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

We hope that you and your family are staying well and enjoying summer. Our building is buzzing!  Summer school is up and running and our teachers are providing students with enriching and engaging learning experiences . Our custodians are working hard to clean every space within our building.  The classrooms look beautiful and we are grateful for their amazing teamwork. 

Members of our PTA are also working weekends on a special project for our teachers.  We cannot wait for the big reveal! 

We hope you might join us for our "Summer Touch Base" on Monday.  Details below. 

Together We Grow, 

Katy Richman, Principal and Liz Watson, Assistant Principal

Summer Touch Base on July 25

Join the administration for a virtual community meeting on Monday, July 25 from 9:00-9:45.  Families will have the chance to meet our new assistant principal, Elizabeth Watson.  We will also answer any questions you might have about the upcoming school year.  Translation will be provided. 

Join Zoom Meeting
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Kindergarten Playdate

Our next playdate is Thursday, July 28, from 10-11, at our Woodburn playground.  Students will get the chance to meet our kindergarten teachers, connect with other kindergartners, and enjoy a read aloud. The PTA will be providing popsicles. We hope to see you there!

Math Community Events

Let's do math together this summer! Our teachers are excited to announce two important math focused community events happening in July and August.         

During these events, teachers will connect with families about how math is all around us, while providing fun activities that encourage math discussions and practice at home. 

We hope you will join us at one or both events.  We can’t wait to see you and talk about math with one another!

July 21: 4:00-5:00pm at Fairmont Gardens   August 8: 10:00-11:00am at Woodburn                                           Save the Date!

 

The 2022-2023 school year is right around the corner.  We are excited to start the year with our annual Welcome Walk and Open House events.  Mark your calendar now!  More information about these events will be shared in early August. 

Welcome Walk August 18 from 10:00-12:00pm                              Open House                                      August 18 from 3:00-4:30pm 2022-2023 PTA Executive Board

Our 2022-2023 PTA Executive Board is already planning for the upcoming school year! Families will have the chance to meet board members at our Open House. 

PTA President - Katie Sessa

PTA Vice President - Bridgette Walsh

Dan McGarry - Treasurer

Abby Jenkins - Secretary

Security Cameras - Update

We are excited to share that our outdoor security cameras are up and running.  Cameras have been setup around the perimeter of the building and will enhance our safety practices.  A team has been trained in how to monitor and use the surveillance system. 

Student Monitors Needed

Woodburn is looking for two student monitors to join our staff this coming school year.  Please reach out to Katy at [email protected] or at 703-641-8200 if you are interested in being considered for one of these positions. 

Student Monitors:

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to  the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.  

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

Hourly Band 4:  $16.36/hr

Student Registration

Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Have you recently moved and need to register your child for the 2022-2023 school year?

Please start your registration now. If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. These are the 5 steps you need to take to register your child. If you have questions regarding registration, please reach out Ms. Garcia on or after July 13. She can be reached at [email protected] or via phone at 703-641-8200. 

Required Immunizations

Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

We encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Similar to previous years, Woodburn staff will continue to assist families with completing applications. 

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email for more information as we will notify you when the applications are accessible. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Robyn Fernandez at 703-641-8200 or at [email protected].

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Woodburn Summer Updates - July 6, 2022

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

I hope that you and your family are having a great summer.  We miss our students and hope they have been able to rest, recharge, read, and enjoy time outside. 

We have a few exciting summer events planned and hope you might join us. Our first kindergarten playdate is scheduled for next week and we look forward to coming together for our first math community event on July 21.  More details can be found below. 

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our annual Welcome Walk and Open House in August!

Together We Grow, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Kindergarten Playdates

We invite our rising kindergarteners and their families to join us at two upcoming playdates.  Students will get the chance to meet our kindergarten teachers, connect with other kindergartners, and enjoy a read aloud. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

July 14 - K Playdate at Fairmont Gardens playground, 10 am

July 28 - K Playdate at Woodburn's playground, 10 am

Math Community Events

Let's do math together this summer! Our teachers are excited to announce two important math focused community events happening in July and August.         

During these events, teachers will connect with families about how math is all around us, while providing fun activities that encourage math discussions and practice at home. 

We hope you will join us at one or both events.  We can’t wait to see you and talk about math with one another!

July 21: 4:00-5:00pm at Fairmont Gardens   August 8: 10:00-11:00am at Woodburn                                           Save the Date!

 

The 2022-2023 school year is right around the corner.  We are excited to start the year with our annual Welcome Walk and Open House events.  Mark your calendar now!  More information about these events will be shared in early August. 

Welcome Walk August 18 from 10:00-12:00pm                              Open House                                      August 18 from 3:00-4:30pm Student Monitors Needed

Woodburn is looking for two student monitors to join our staff this coming school year.  Please reach out to Katy at [email protected] or at 703-641-8200 if you are interested in being considered for one of these positions. 

Student Monitors:

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to  the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.  

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

Hourly Band 4:  $16.36/hr

Student Registration

Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Have you recently moved and need to register your child for the 2022-2023 school year?

Please start your registration now. If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. These are the 5 steps you need to take to register your child. If you have questions regarding registration, please reach out Ms. Garcia on or after July 13. She can be reached at [email protected] or via phone at 703-641-8200. 

Required Immunizations

Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

We encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Similar to previous years, Woodburn staff will continue to assist families with completing applications. 

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email for more information as we will notify you when the applications are accessible. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Robyn Fernandez at 703-641-8200 or at [email protected].

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Woodburn News - June 9, 2022

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Our Student Leadership Council purchased a Northern Virginia native red maple tree.  Its new home is located next to the playground and will provide shade for our community.  We look forward to enjoying our new tree for many years to come.  Thank you, SLC!

Woodburn, 

We are sending our weekly newsletter a day early so that you are aware of our final events and happenings. 

It has been an incredible year and we are grateful for the care and support you have shown us and our entire staff.  We are humbled to serve this community. Your children brought our building to life after a long stretch of quiet classrooms and hallways.  Each day was filled with learning, laughs, and joy.  We grew as one Woodburn community and hope you will join us in celebrating an amazing year together. 

We will be in touch throughout the summer to share information about events and the 2022-2023 school year.  Have a great start to summer.  

Together We Grow, 

Katy & Bridget

Well Wishes

It is always bittersweet to wish Woodburn staff farewell.  Please join us in thanking these staff members for their commitment to our students and community.  They will always have a home at Woodburn and we wish them the best. 

Sofia Andreoli

I will be teaching 9th Grade English Special Education at Marshall High School next year. The students at Woodburn have touched my heart and I will carry with me the beautiful moments I have had with them. There is something special in each and every one of them and I cannot wait for them to grow. I will miss them dearly!

Danielle Binns

After 4 years at Woodburn, I will be going back to school to get my degree in education. The students at Woodburn have touched my heart and I will carry the beautiful memories I have with them forever. 

Eliana Carlan

It has been a pleasure to be a Wildcat. Woodburn has been a wonderful place full of love, compassion, joy, learning, and energy. I hope all students have a fun and safe summer break and good luck next year. 

Erika Contreras

Erika will be joining Bonnie Brae as a instructional assistant for their preschool autism program. 

Mary Crumrine

I have accepted a full time music position at Dogwood Elementary for next school year. I have loved teaching at Woodburn these past 5 years and will miss the students, families, and amazing community here!  

Michelle Carr-Hogan

Even though my time at Woodburn was short, I am excited to take what I have learned and share it with other students. Next year, I will be the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at Annandale Terrace Elementary, where I will get the opportunity to work with all the students and staff members.

Mona Lohr

It was great getting to know all the students and staff at Woodburn this year! Sending lots of luck to the 6th graders as they move to middle school. 

Chloe Mansourimoaied

Chloe is headed to Union Mill to teach kindergarten (yay) to be closer to her new house and in-laws!  She will miss lots about Woodburn apart from the commute!!! 

Diana Partyka

I am going to miss Woodburn so much! I am heading over to Eagle View to be a 1st grade teacher!

Estefani Pierola

I’m going to first grade! I will miss teaching Kindergarten at Woodburn but I am excited to move on to teach a new grade level. I will miss being a Woodburn Wildcat, you have all roared my life! 

Tahmena Rauf

After 6 years at Woodburn, I will be working at Parklawn Elementary in Alexandria next year, as a kindergarten teacher. I will cherish the time I spent with all the staff and families at Woodburn because you helped me grow as an educator and gave me so many beautiful, fun memories.

Madison Scharlat

Madison Scharlat finished her first year teaching as a Multiple Disabilities Primary Resource Room Teacher, with so much love for Woodburn! As she finishes up her Master’s in Adapted Curriculum she is moving to teach an Intellectually Disabled Severe self-contained class, to align with her MEd, at Parklawn ES.

Morgan Vaught

After 14 years at Woodburn, Morgan will be following her passion as a nationwide arts consultant with Focus 5.  She will be sharing her love and knowledge of how to integrate the arts into classrooms around the country.  Her heart will continue to be with the Woodburn Community and this is not goodbye but see ya later!

Evelyn Wells

I have loved being a Wildcat, learning alongside my 5th graders, and growing with this wonderful community for the past three years! I am excited to announce that this summer I will be moving to Seattle to teach 5th grade at Lakeridge Elementary.

Early Release Tomorrow

Students will be released two hours early on Friday, June 10.  Dismissal will begin at 2:05pm.

Medication Pick Up

Parents that have medication in our school clinic for their child must pick it up on June 10th before 2:15pm.  Medication not picked up will be discarded. 

Summer Office Hours

The main office will be open from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday, June 13 through August 9, 2022.

SOL Spring Score Preview

If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE now. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section.

You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration.

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