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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,
KatyDates 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
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.
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/hrPTA 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!
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
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