Woodburn News - September 18, 2020

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

We are celebrating a successful second week of school.  Thank you for showing your school spirit all week and for joining us at Back to School Night.  If you missed Back to School Night you can find presentations from the event on your child's Blackboard 24/7 page. 

As we head into week three we continue to stay focused on student access, community building, creating engaging learning experiences and participation.  We are noticing that some students are hesitant to participate using the microphone and some do not want to show their face.  We will not be forcing students to show their faces and know it will take time for students to feel comfortable. We hope you might be able to support us with this and have a conversation with your child at home about what participation style is most comfortable for them. If you notice that your child is struggling with this and would like additional support please do not hesitate to reach out to us or our counseling team.  It is a team effort!

As a reminder, Mondays look a little different and we have provided log in information below.  Attendance is taken on Mondays and we ask that all students remain logged into their grade level link between 9 am and 12 pm.  

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We hope to see many of you at our PTA meeting next week. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

September 22nd -  PTA Membership Meeting & Title I Overview, 7:00-8:00 pm

September 29th -   Parent Liaison Office Hours, 3:00-3:45

September 29th -   PTA Wildcat Virtual Enrichment Series, 4:45 pm 

                               Visit a Goat Homestead!

October 6th -          Principal Chat, 3:00-3:45

Action Items for Parents Beginning of Year Forms

Please help us by completing the following forms electronically.  Some forms can be submitted online and others can either be printed and returned to the school, or scanned and emailed to Debora Nunez at DNunez@fcps.edu.

Band and Strings Registration

Sign up for Band or Strings today! Registration is open to all students in grades 4-6. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 18.

Register Online Here

More information Here

Mondays at Woodburn

Monday Morning Meetings for grades 1-6 will be hosted on a full grade level link in Blackboard 24-7. This is different from their classroom link they received in Gmail. The purpose is to allow for community building among the grade level and for students to work with other adults in that time. Please follow these directions for accessing Monday Morning Meetings!

We’ve also created a video in ENGLISH and SPANISH with directions!

Kindergarten students will continue to log into their regular link on Mondays!

Positivity Project (P2) for Families!

As a family, explore the P2 character strength of the week!  Next week’s character strength is CURIOSITY.  Click this link P2 for families to access to the character card, a quote, video and 3 questions 😊  The password is P2.

Principal Chats

Katy and Bridget want to connect with you!  They will be hosting monthly Principal Chats to answer any questions you might have and seek your feedback about current and upcoming school matters.  Their first Principal Chat will be held on October 6th.  A meeting link will be sent in the coming weeks.  

Parent Liaison Office Hours

Our amazing parent liaison, Robyn Fernandez, will continue to connect with families this year. She will be hosting weekly office hours to start the year.  Her first meeting will be held on September 29th from 3:00-3:45.  A link to this meeting and meeting topics will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Woodburn's Equity Lead

Woodburn is committed to providing equitable learning experiences for all students.  To support our work we have a designated Equity Lead.  Melissa Green has served in this role for the past two years and will support Woodburn in this role again this year.  Melissa has over 12 years of experience in public education in an elementary setting.  As an Equity Lead she partners with principals to inform practices.  She promotes equitable opportunities in the school setting and will be engaging with our community to celebrate our diversity and ensure all voices are heard.  Melissa serves as the lead on our Equity Committee and facilitates professional development about topics related to this work.  Melissa is also an award winning public speaker and writer. 

Title I Parent Representative Needed

We are still looking for two parents to serve on the Title I Parent Advisory Committee - a representative and an alternate. More information about this opportunity can be found here.  Please email Katy at kjrichman@fcps.edu if you are interested in serving in one of these roles. 

PTA Corner Join the PTA!

Support Woodburn by joining the PTA. To become a member click here.  

 

PTA Meeting - September 22

Our first PTA membership meeting will be held on September 22nd from 7 pm to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend the meeting. To vote on the budget, you must be a PTA member. Sign up here.

You can use the Zoom link below to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81236380883 

Meeting ID: 812 3638 0883

One tap mobile:

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Meeting ID: 812 3638 0883

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbUVynzaNb

 

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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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Virtual Back to School Night - Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-7 pm

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Back to School Night - Tomorrow!

We are excited for you to attend our virtual Back to School Night tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th, from 6-7 pm.  Our grade level teams, K-6, will each be hosting two sessions:  6:00-6:30 and 6:35-7:00.  Spanish interpreters will be available in each session. Information about our curriculum, grading, attendance, and more will be shared. 

To access your child's Back to School Night presentation please use the grade level link that is also used for our Monday sessions.  This link can be found in the "Announcements" section of your child's 24/7 Blackboard page and within the Monday Morning Meetings tab. 

Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need assistance accessing the link. Presentations will also be posted to each grade level's 24/7 site for those families that are unable to attend. 

We hope to see you there! 

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Woodburn News - September 11, 2020

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

We have a lot to celebrate as we wrap up our first week of school.  Thank you very much for the ongoing support you provide your child(ren) at home.  It has been fun to see you in the background of your child's screen and hear your words of encouragement as we build our virtual environment. This is truly a team effort and we appreciate all that you are doing to make sure your child is ready for learning.  We could not do this without you! 

Below we explain the process for learning on Mondays between 9 and 12pm.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us or your child's teacher with any questions you might have about our Monday schedule.  

We are also excited to have our first spirit week of the year next week.  More details can be found below. 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you at our virtual Back to School Night next week!  More information about how to access classroom links for this event will be sent early next week. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

September 16th -   Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00pm

September 22nd -  PTA Membership Meeting & Title I Overview, 7:00-8:00 pm

Action Items for Parents Beginning of Year Forms

Please help us by completing the following forms electronically.  Some forms can be submitted online and others can either be printed and returned to the school, or scanned and emailed to Debora Nunez at DNunez@fcps.edu.

Thursday Folders

Our Thursday folders will be virtual this year.  Please visit our webpage every Thursday to access this information.  Thursday folders are our way of communicating with families every week and they contain valuable information.  Our first Thursday folder will be posted next week. 

Band and Strings Registration

Sign up for Band or Strings today! Registration is open to all students in grades 4-6. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 18.

Register Online Here

More information Here

Mondays at Woodburn

Monday Morning Meetings for grades 1-6 will be hosted on a full grade level link in Blackboard 24-7. This is different from their classroom link they received in Gmail. The purpose is to allow for community building among the grade level and for students to work with other adults in that time. Please follow these directions for accessing Monday Morning Meetings!

Kindergarten students will continue to log into their regular link on Mondays!

Spirit Week at Woodburn!

We hope you will join us as we celebrate the second week of school! 

Technology Corner

We wanted to highlight some technology resources that you may find helpful should your students sound, camera, or mic stop working. You can find these by going to the Tips for Student Success FCPS Webpage. This week we wanted to feature sound, camera, and microphone tips!  

Parent Technology Help Desk and Online Portal

Thank you to everyone who has used the FCPS help desk during this first week of distance learning! It is our understanding that they have resolved many technical issues for our families. In the case that they are unable to provide a technical solution, your tickets are sent to our school technology team. Should further assistance be required, the tech team will do their best to respond to you within 48 hours of your initial request.  

As a reminder, the help desk number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. 

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Grab and Go Breakfast & Lunch

A bus will be delivering breakfast and lunch to different parts of our community Monday-Friday.  Please see below for the three different stops within our Woodburn community.  Meals are free for all students under the age of 18.

Stop Arrival

Stop Departure

Stop Location

 7:22 AM

 7:32 AM

 4145 Wadsworth Ct

 7:34 AM 

 7:44 AM

 Lafayette Village Dr. & Butterfield Lane

 7:50 AM

 8:00 AM

 Woodburn School

Challenged Materials Review - Committee Volunteer Needed

Please let Woodburn know if you are interested by Monday, September 14th.

Any person residing in Fairfax County or Fairfax City, any parent or guardian of a child who attends Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), or any person working for the school system may challenge library materials or instructional materials, whether basal, program, or supplementary. Complainants may request the removal of, restriction of, or expanded access to such materials.

Principals 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 teachers, librarians, parents, and high school students are needed. 

PTA Corner Join the PTA!

Support Woodburn by joining the PTA. To become a member click here.  

Our PTA Board Members

Bridget Gannon is Communications Co-chair for 2020-2021. Her daughter Maeve is a rising first grader, and they agree that Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule continues to be excellent advice. Bridget is a Woodburn alumnus and likes to spend time swimming with Maeve, hanging out with her dog Fima and visiting art museums.

Tania Nacios is our Enrichment Coordinator. She and her husband have a 2nd grader and Kindergarten at Woodburn. Tania loves to be outside and active with her children and husband. Her favorite thing to do is ride horses. Marguerite Henry was her favorite author growing up because most of her books were about horses.

Ashley and Nate Maines are the chairs for Teacher Appreciation this year. Their sons Drew (5th) and Teddy (2nd) are proud Wildcats and look forward to their younger brother Zach (pre-K) joining them at Woodburn in another year. Ashley enjoys dark chocolate chips, piano, walks with her kids, and learning Spanish on DuoLingo. Nate is an avid baker, aspiring writer, and a lake enthusiast. Their favorite childhood books are A Wrinkle in Time (Nate) and the Narnia series (Ashley).

We are a fun group! If you are interested in joining us, check out open board and committee chairs here.

 

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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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Connectivity Issues This Morning - September 11, 2020

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Dear Woodburn Families,

Many of our students and teachers are experiencing some connection issues this morning and we suspect it might be a countywide issue.  We are doing our best to troubleshoot by having students log off and back into Blackboard.  If your child is not able to connect to their classroom link we encourage you to have them work on asynchronous activities that can be found on your teacher’s 24/7 page in Blackboard and try logging back in at a later time.  We will be sure to send an email if we receive any updates about connectivity issues being resolved.

Thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Katy Richman  

Principal

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Estimadas familias de Woodburn,

Muchos de nuestros estudiantes y maestros están experimentando algunos problemas de conexión esta mañana y sospechan que podría ser un problema en todo el condado. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para solucionar problemas haciendo que los estudiantes cierren la sesión y vuelvan a ingresar a Blackboard. Si su hijo no puede conectarse al enlace de su clase, le recomendamos que lo haga trabajar en actividades asincrónicas que se pueden encontrar en la página de su maestro las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana en Blackboard e intente volver a iniciar sesión más tarde. Nos aseguraremos de enviar un correo electrónico si recibimos actualizaciones sobre problemas de conectividad que se están resolviendo.

Gracias por tu apoyo.

 

Sinceramente,

 

Katy Richman

Principal

 

 

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First Day Updates

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

Our day is off to a great start!  It is wonderful to see so many wildcats engaged in virtual learning.  Our Woodburn community is strong and this week we will connect and grow together.  We wanted to share a few timely updates to help us start the week. 

Please reach out to us with any questions or support you might need. We can be reached at kjrichman@fcps.edu and bglouder@fcps.edu.

Sincerely, 

Katy & Bridget 

Technology Support

If you need technology support today, September 8th, you are welcome to stop by the school anytime between 10 and 2.  Our tech team and parent liaison are here to help! 

Should you need tech support after tomorrow please first reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk.  You can reach this help line at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. Please specify if you need an interpreter when you call.

Attendance Procedures

We are committed to ensuring every student attends school each day.  For the first two weeks we will be reaching out to any student that does not log on in the morning.  You can expect to receive phone calls from us between 11 and 4 pm.  You will also receive an automated message from our eNotify system.  

If your child is marked absent in error please contact the school immediately and we will make the correction in our system. Any issues regarding attendance can be reported via phone at 703-641-8282 or via email at WoodburnElem.Attendance@fcps.edu.

Please also continue to report any absences using the phone number and email shared above. 

Grab and Go Meal Sites

A bus will be delivering breakfast and lunch to different parts of our community Monday-Friday. Please see below for the three different stops within our Woodburn community.  Meals are free for all students under the age of 18.

Stop Arrival

Stop Departure

Stop Location

 7:22 AM

 7:32 AM

 4145 Wadsworth Ct

 7:34 AM 

 7:44 AM

 Lafayette Village Dr. & Butterfield Lane

 7:50 AM

 8:00 AM

 Woodburn School

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Woodburn News - September 4, 2020

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Dear Woodburn Families, 

Thank you for helping us to set your child up for success by attending the many events we organized over these last two weeks.  We hope you found our open house to be informative and that your child is excited to start school on Tuesday.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support your family as we begin this new year together. 

We are very excited to have our community back together on Tuesday.  Our main priorities for our first week together are that every child be able to access our virtual classrooms, that we begin building strong relationships and classroom communities, and that our wildcats feel a sense of excitement each day.  We are in this together!

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and find time to do things that bring you and your family joy. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

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Upcoming Events

September 8th -     First Day of School! 

September 10th -   Parent Technology Night, 6:00-7:00pm

September 16th -   Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00pm

September 22nd -  PTA Membership Meeting & Title I Overview, 7:00-8:00 pm

Woodburn ES Office Hours

Our office will be open Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30.

Action Items for Parents

Please help us by completing the following forms electronically.  More forms can be found in the welcome back packet that is being distributed at our resource fair. 

Open House Presentations

Presentations from our Open House event can be found on each teacher's 24/7 Blackboard page. 

Food Distribution Sites

A bus will be delivering breakfast and lunch to different parts of our community Monday-Friday.  This will begin starting Tuesday, September 8th.  Please see below for the three different stops within our Woodburn community.  Meals are free for all students under the age of 18.

Stop Arrival

Stop Departure

Stop Location

 7:22 AM

 7:32 AM

 4145 Wadsworth Ct

 7:34 AM 

 7:44 AM

 Lafayette Village Dr. & Butterfield Lane

 7:50 AM

 8:00 AM

 Woodburn School

 

Parent Technology Night - Sept. 10th

Join us for our first Parent Technology Night on Thursday, September 10th from 6-7pm! Our School Based Technology Specialist, Kelley Dauberman, will share tech resources and answer any technology questions families might have after our first few days of learning! Mrs. Fernandez, our parent liaison, will be there to translate. A link to this event will be sent on Thursday morning.

Recording Lessons

This year recordings of lessons will be provided for each of the content areas. Daily recordings will be posted on each teacher's 24/7 Blackboard site. Teachers will only be recording lessons when synchronous instruction is occurring.  

Calling All Writers!

Calling All Writers! 

Now that you have your ream of paper you can get you started on your writing journey this school year. Check out the video to make more booklets.

¡Para todos los escritores!

Ya tienes tu paquete de papel puedes comenzar tu viaje de escritura este año escolar. Mira el video para hacer más libretas.

Electronic Thursday Communication Folders

This year we will be replacing our paper Thursday folder system with an electronic version.  More details will be shared soon. 

Videos from our Arts Team

Our Arts team has put together videos welcoming our newest wildcats! You can find their videos on our Twitter and Facebook accounts! Enjoy!

Title I Parent Representative Needed

We are looking for two parents to serve on the Title I Parent Advisory Committee - a representative and an alternate. More information about this opportunity can be found here.  Please email Katy at kjrichman@fcps.edu if you are interested in serving in one of these roles. 

PTA Corner Join the PTA!

Support Woodburn by joining the PTA. To become a member click here.  

Board Member Bios

This week we invite you to learn about three more of our PTA board members.

April Rosenthal is the PTA Secretary for 2020-2021. She and her husband, Ken, have a rising 1st grader at Woodburn. This is her first year on the board and will be in charge of co-coordinating the outdoor classroom and supporting any other areas that are needed. She loves animals, nature, being outdoors and anything funny, the wittier the better. Her favorite childhood book was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. April’s love of reading was instilled by her mother and she passes that love on to her own daughter.

Linnea Kessler-Gowell is the Membership Chair for 2020-2021. Her son Miles is a rising fourth grader, and she previously served as the Arts Chair. She loves any documentary focused on food, watching baseball with her son, and mid-century furniture. Her favorite childhood book was To Kill a Mockingbird, but she also read almost every Babysitter's Club book published.

Leslie Borkenhagen is one of the communications co-chairs for 2020-2021. She and her husband, Ryan, have two sons - a third grader and a two year old future Wildcat. In addition to spending time with family and working, she enjoys gardening, reading, and listening to podcasts. One of her favorite series as a child was the Mandie books, which helped to spark her love of historical fiction and mysteries.

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

Virtual Open House and Wildcat Welcome

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Virtual Open House - Sept. 2

We are excited for our virtual open house on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:00-7:00 pm.  Students will receive an invite to their teacher's classroom in their Gmail fcpsschools.net account.  Please use this link to join our open house.  If you have questions about the link please reach out to your child's teacher. 

Each teacher will host two open house sessions.  Our first session will begin at 6:00 and our second session will begin at 6:30.  There will be a 5 minute break in between sessions so that you can move between rooms. 

This event is primarily for parents and there will be specific information and activities for students. 

Wildcat Welcome - Sept. 3

Our Wildcat Welcome will be held on Thursday, September 3rd from 9:00-9:30 am.  This is an opportunity for students to practice logging into their Blackboard classroom.  Students can use the email they have received from their teacher to join the classroom.  

Students will spend 30 minutes with their teachers and classmates, and hopefully walk away feeling prepared for the first day of school.  Parents are encouraged to join their child(ren) for this event. 

Still Need To Pick Up A Laptop?

The final day of our laptop distribution and resource fair is tomorrow, September 2nd.  Please stop by the school if you have not yet picked up your child's laptop and supplies for the school year. 

If you need to pick up items at a different date and time please reach out to Bridget Louder at BGLouder@fcps.edu.

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Woodburn News - August 28, 2020

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August 28, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

The best part of our week has been connecting with you and our wildcats during our laptop distribution and resource fair.  Thank you for stopping by this week to pick up materials for your child. We look forward to seeing our youngest wildcats next Tuesday and Wednesday.  We hope that you leave our resource fair feeling equipped for the year with essential technology, supplies, reading, writing, and math tools. 

Next week we look forward to our virtual open house on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6-7 pm.  Your child will receive an email in their fcpsschools.net account that will provide a link to access the open house event.  These videos (ENGLISH , SPANISH) show you how to access your child's email account. 

We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to connecting more next week. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

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Action Items for Parents

Please help us by completing the following forms electronically.  More forms can be found in the welcome back packet that is being distributed at our resource fair. 

Dates to Remember Laptop Distribution and Resource Fair Dates

If you are in grades 3-6 and still need to pick up your laptop and supplies please feel free to stop by on either date listed below. If you need to coordinate a different date for pick up please reach out to Bridget Louder at BGLouder@fcps.edu.

September 1st          

1st Grade

September 2nd

 Kindergarten

 

Upcoming Events

September 2nd - Orientation/Open House, 6-7 pm (Virtual)

September 3rd - Wildcat Welcome, 9-9:30 am (Virtual)

September 8th - First Day of School!

September 16th - Back to School Night, 6-7 (Virtual)

Laptop Distribution and Resource Fair

We are excited to see our wildcats next week! Here are a few things to remember when you come on your assigned day. 

  • Enter through our kiss-and-ride lane
  • Follow the directions given by our staff 
  • Wear a mask, even inside of a vehicle
  • Stay in your car

Students picking up a laptop will log onto their computer while in the car. Should there be any technical difficulties, we will have some parking spaces reserved for troubleshooting. 

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective today, Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

Digital Resources at Woodburn

FCPS carefully reviews digital resources to ensure vendors accurately outline how they protect student data in accordance with federal and state law. Our school opts to use some digital resources that require your consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. Woodburn’s Digital Resources Consent Information is now available. Please review the linked webpage and complete the Digital Consent form. If you have any additional questions about these apps, please reach out to our school SBTS, Kelley Dauberman.  

Talking Points - Communication Tool

We will be using TalkingPoints as an additional form of communication between teachers and families this year. TalkingPoints is an app that automatically translates messages in your home language. Your child's teacher will be reaching out soon to share ways in which you can provide consent to participate. Once you have opted in, your child’s teacher will enroll you in their class and send you a welcome message. 

Student Passwords

K-2 students picking up a laptop during the resource fair will be given information about their updated login information. If your student is not picking up an FCPS laptop and does not remember their username and/or password, please contact their classroom teacher following the resource fair.

ST Math - Online Instructional Program

ST Math is game-based instructional software. The goal of ST Math is to not only help students learn important math concepts by conquering tough challenges, but also gain self confidence in the process. That means it’s okay to struggle, make mistakes and get answers wrong. Your child’s teacher will assign ST Math games for asynchronous learning. The game puzzles start off simple and then get more challenging as the student progresses. When they reach a challenging problem, they may ask for your help. A video about ST Math can be found here

You might ask questions like: 

  • What do you notice about the puzzle?
  • What can you click?
  • What question is this puzzle asking?
  • What will you do now? What do you expect to see?
  • What did you learn from the previous level that can help you here?

You may need to ask these questions several times to help your child think through the math in the game. Encourage your child to take risks and ask them to explain what they learn from the wrong answer. It’s also important that your student spend enough time on the program to make an impact. The suggestion is 60 minutes per week for grades K-2 and 90 minutes for grades 3 and up. This will allow students to master concepts and persevere. 

Positivity Project for Families

We are excited to announce that the wait is finally over and P2 For Families is officially live! P2 Partner Schools told us that this resource would be a transformative way to connect P2 to students’ homes -- and we couldn’t agree more.  

P2 for Families is an easy and effective way for families to discuss the importance of character strengths and positive relationships, especially during these unique times of virtual learning. It is differentiated for grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each character strength follows a 1-1-3 model: 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to drive conversations around character at home.

P2 for Families can be found as “drop-down” under our Resources page and as a direct link here.

Most pages are password protected and the password is: P2.  *Please note that it is case sensitive and is simply a capital letter “P” and the number “2”. We hope that you enjoy this new resource!

Videos From Our Specialists

Our specialists team has been hard at work creating welcome videos for our incoming kindergartners.  These videos can be found on our Facebook page.  We hope you enjoy seeing their faces! 

Title I at Woodburn

Every year we provide information about our Title I program.  This year's information can be found within the following links:  English  Spanish.

Mondays at Woodburn

Next week's parent newsletter will include guidance around what instruction will look like on Mondays, from 9-12.  Stay tuned!

PTA Corner

Each week we will highlight a few members that serve on our PTA executive board!

Mary Cunningham is the PTA President for 2020-2021. She and her husband Marcus have a rising 3rd grader at Woodburn. Mary has served previously as the PTA secretary and vice president. She loves crafts, native plants, Maine, podcasts, and midcentury modern design. Her favorite childhood book is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

 

Matt Levi is the PTA Vice President for 2020-2021. He and his wife Paula Katz have a rising 1st grader at Woodburn. This is his 1st year on the board and will be in charge of coordinating classroom parents. He likes video games, live poker, and reading anti-racist non-fiction. His favorite childhood book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

 

Rebecca Leach is serving her second term as PTA Treasurer for this school year. She has three kids ages 10, 7, and 4 who are on pause from FCPS this year, but will be back next year in 6th grade, 3rd grade, and Kindergarten. She loves cake decorating, the ocean, and collecting shark teeth from the beach. Her favorite childhood book is The Monster at the End of this Book.

Girl Scouts - Daisy Troop Info

Hello fellow Woodburn parents!

I wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know about the exciting new Girl Scout Daisy Troop 55085 at Woodburn ES!  The troop will be a great opportunity for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders to learn and grow in the areas of Leadership, STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, Teamwork, and Entrepreneurship, just to name a few!  I have already registered my daughter, Nina, who will be a Kindergartener this year (she’s so excited!).   If you’re interested in learning more about the Girl Scout and/or have any specific questions about how to join, please find the contact info for our Senior Girl Scout Membership Specialist, Michele Randall, below.  Michele has been great to work with and is a wonderful source of information for all things Girl Scout! 

Michele Randall

mrandall@gscnc.org

703-372-4352

https://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/our-program.html

Thank you!

Kaycee Corsini

Supporting Return to School 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 - August 21, 2020

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August 21, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

We are so happy to have our staff back together!  This week we spent time reconnecting with each other where we built a staff charter to support our work for this year.  Staff also began to dig into professional learning about supporting students social and emotional needs and effective virtual instruction practices.  Feel free to take a look at the welcome back video we used during our kickoff event. 

We are excited to see many of our wildcats next week as our laptop distribution and resource fair begins.  Even though we will be wearing masks please know we will be smiling from ear to ear as we see student faces! 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Follow Us!

Woodburn School Website

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Dates to Remember Laptop Distribution and Resource Fair Dates August 25th 5th and 6th Grade August 26th 4th Grade August 27th 3rd Grade August 28th 2nd Grade September 1st 1st Grade September 2nd Kindergarten

4th Grade Families - Please bring your child's strings instrument to return.  Instruments will be reissued once the school year starts. 


Upcoming Events

September 2nd - Open House, 6-7 pm (Virtual)

September 3rd - Wildcat Welcome, 9-9:30 am (Virtual)

September 8th - First Day of School!

September 16th - Back to School Night, 6-7 (Virtual)

Laptop Distribution and Resource Fair

We are excited to see our wildcats next week! Here are a few things to remember when you come on your assigned day. 

  • Enter through our kiss-and-ride lane
  • Follow the directions given by our staff 
  • Wear a mask, even inside of a vehicle
  • Stay in your car

Students picking up a laptop will log onto their computer while in the car. Should there be any technical difficulties, we will have some parking spaces reserved for troubleshooting. 

*4th Grade Families - Please bring your child's strings instrument to drop off during your laptop pickup.  We will reissue instruments in September. 

Instructional Schedules K-6

Our instructional schedules for grades K-6 can be viewed here.  If you are not able to view this document please email Katy and she will email you a copy of the schedule.  

We realize the schedule will require time for students to get comfortable with.  Our teachers will be working with students at the start of the year to build stamina so that we can work up to full implementation of our schedule. 

Our Outdoor Library Is Open!

Our Outdoor Library remains open.  We invite you to stop by the school and pick up books for your child.  Please wear a mask!  Hand sanitizer will be made available for your use! 

Public Library Access PTA Corner

The Woodburn PTA has been busy this summer planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  We have many opportunities for parents to get involved with the PTA and volunteer.  

Please reach out to Mary Cunningham at marykcunningham@gmail.com if you are interested in any of these positions. 

Treasurer

Woodburn PTA Treasurer Rebecca Leach and the family will be away from Woodburn for 2020-21. As a community member, Rebecca has generously offered to stay on as Treasurer, but if a parent with children at Woodburn for this school year would like to nominate themselves for the role, we are accepting nominations until September 30th.

This position requires a commitment of about 2 to 5 hours per week.  Duties are described below.

  • Prepares annual budget for adoption by the board

  • Maintains permanent records to track funds and financial transactions

  • Prepares financial reports for every board and association meeting and an annual financial report

  • Manages financial accounts and pays all PTA bills and reimbursements as authorized by board

  • Submits dues to Virginia PTA office in accordance with the schedule

  • Ensures taxes and reports required by PTA bylaws, insurance or federal and state governments are completed and submitted by the due dates

  • Fulfills duties as outlined in bylaws

Fundraising Chair 

  • This position requires a commitment of about 6 hours per month.
  • Creates a plan to meet PTA fundraising goals
  • Plans and implements major fundraising activities, including Fun Run and restaurant nights
  • Works with communication chair to develop promotional materials for fundraising events
  • Identifies volunteers, as necessary, to support fundraising events
  • Solicits local businesses for donations to support PTA activities 

 

Teacher Appreciation Chair

This position requires a commitment of about 4 hours per month with increased intensity during teacher appreciation months - December and May.

  • Develops a teacher appreciation plan 
  • Plans and implements teacher appreciation events
  • Works with communications chair to develop promotional materials for teacher appreciation activities

  

PTA also has other open positions:

  • Restaurant Night Coordinator - Schedule Take Out night fundraisers.  About two hours per month.
  • Website Manager - Help maintain the PTA website.  About four hours per month.
  • Raise a Reader Program - Lead the Raise a Reader event in February, help launch the Little Library, and support reading at Woodburn. About 4 hours per month with increased intensity leading up to the event in February.
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

Woodburn News - August 14, 2020

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August 14, 2020

So thankful to our team of teachers who helped pack resources for our students this week!

Dear Woodburn Families,

Thank you for joining us for our community meeting earlier this week.  If you missed the meeting you can access the information we shared on our school website. 

We appreciated the thoughtful questions and feedback shared during the meeting.  To honor your request we will be sharing the instructional schedules for each grade level in next week's newsletter.  We hope having this information early will support your planning for a successful start to the year. 

Many important dates have been shared below.  Please note that our Back to School Night has been changed to September 16th. 

We are just a few weeks away from reuniting with our Wildcats and we couldn't be more excited.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can support you as you prepare for September 8th! 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Follow Us!

Woodburn School Website

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Dates to Remember Laptop Distribution and Resource Fair Dates August 25th 5th and 6th Grade August 26th 4th Grade August 27th 3rd Grade August 28th 2nd Grade September 1st 1st Grade September 2nd Kindergarten

 

Upcoming Events

September 2nd - Open House, 6-7 pm (Virtual)

September 3rd - Wildcat Welcome, 9-9:30 am (Virtual)

September 8th - First Day of School!

September 16th - Back to School Night, 6-7 (Virtual)

Technology Survey

You have received a technology survey to help us identify which students need laptops.  We need all families to complete this! Please submit one survey for each child. https://forms.gle/R9ueaNpxphnV5hd77

Our Outdoor Library Is Open!

Our Outdoor Library remains open.  We invite you to stop by the school and pick up books for your child.  Please wear a mask!  Hand sanitizer will be made available for your use! 

Meet Our New Staff!

We are excited to introduce you to one of our new teachers and new members of our custodial team!

My name is Guadalupe Avila and I am the new building supervisor at Woodburn ES, since February, 2020. This is my first year in FCPS. I have lived in this country since 1989. I live with my wife, son, and daughter. My passion is the ocean where I enjoy fishing.

My name is Alex Kwadwo Asare. I was born and raised in Ghana,West Africa. I migrated to the United States in September 2018. I am a father of five and a husband. I usually spend time with my family when I’m off from work.  This is my second year working in Fairfax County Public Schools as a custodian. I love my job and the crew I work with. Is such a great opportunity. 

My name is Hilda Hernandez, I am from El Salvador and I came to this country back in 1989. I have two years working in Fairfax County Public Schools and I am very happy with my job. I have 4 children, two sons and two daughters, I like to spend time with them. Since I came to Woodburn ES I am so happy to be a part of this group. 

My name is Yaa Pokuaa. I have been working in FCPS for 19 years. I love living in Virginia with my family. I have 4 children. I am excited to be part of the Woodburn community!

Welcome to a new school year Woodburn community!  My name is Julie Bradfield and I will be teaching second grade.  My teaching experiences include preschool special education, kindergarten, first grade and second grade.  Besides working as a classroom teacher, I have been employed in the social services field and as an ABA tutor.  I am excited to implement art into the classroom curriculum using my experience in drama, drawing and painting.  My family and I are new to your area and thrilled to be a part of Fairfax County School District!  I look forward to meeting you!

PTA Corner

The Woodburn PTA has been busy this summer planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  We have many opportunities for parents to get involved with the PTA and volunteer.  

Please reach out to Mary Cunningham at marykcunningham@gmail.com if you are interested in any of these positions. 

Treasurer

Wooburn PTA Treasurer Rebecca Leach and the family will be away from Woodburn for 2020-21. As a community member, Rebecca has generously offered to stay on as Treasurer, but if a parent with children at Woodburn for this school year would like to nominate themselves for the role, we are accepting nominations until September 30th.

This position requires a commitment of about 2 to 5 hours per week.  Duties are described below.

  • Prepares annual budget for adoption by the board

  • Maintains permanent records to track funds and financial transactions

  • Prepares financial reports for every board and association meeting and an annual financial report

  • Manages financial accounts and pays all PTA bills and reimbursements as authorized by board

  • Submits dues to Virginia PTA office in accordance with the schedule

  • Ensures taxes and reports required by PTA bylaws, insurance or federal and state governments are completed and submitted by the due dates

  • Fulfills duties as outlined in bylaws

Fundraising Chair 

  • This position requires a commitment of about 6 hours per month.
  • Creates a plan to meet PTA fundraising goals
  • Plans and implements major fundraising activities, including Fun Run and restaurant nights
  • Works with communication chair to develop promotional materials for fundraising events
  • Identifies volunteers, as necessary, to support fundraising events
  • Solicits local businesses for donations to support PTA activities 

 

Teacher Appreciation Chair

This position requires a commitment of about 4 hours per month with increased intensity during teacher appreciation months - December and May.

  • Develops a teacher appreciation plan 
  • Plans and implements teacher appreciation events
  • Works with communications chair to develop promotional materials for teacher appreciation activities

  

PTA also has other open positions:

  • Restaurant Night Coordinator - Schedule Take Out night fundraisers.  About two hours per month.
  • Website Manager - Help maintain the PTA website.  About four hours per month.
  • Raise a Reader Program - Lead the Raise a Reader event in February, help launch the Little Library, and support reading at Woodburn. About 4 hours per month with increased intensity leading up to the event in February.
News From FCPS Message About Tutoring Pods

Across the country, many parents are joining together to engage private tutors (who are often school teachers) to provide tutoring or home instruction for small groups of children. While there is no systematic way to track these private efforts, it’s clear that a number of “pandemic pods” or tutoring pods are being established in Fairfax County. We are aware of these tutoring pods, as well as some accompanying community concerns. These instructional efforts are not supported by or in any way controlled by FCPS—for several reasons. Read more.

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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Community Meeting Tonight & Outdoor Library Details

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Community Meeting Tonight!

The PTA and school leadership will host a community meeting TONIGHT.  During this meeting we will share details about the upcoming year and answer any questions you might have.  

Meeting in Spanish, 6:00-7:00pm

Meeting in English, 7:00-8:00pm 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85112335955

Meeting ID: 851 1233 5955

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Outdoor Library - Open All Week

Our Outdoor Library will remain open all week.  There are still plenty of books to choose from.  Books will be located at the front of the school and will be in boxes organized by category.  

Please wear a mask and use appropriate physical distancing measures.  Hand sanitizer will be available. 

To ensure access for all we ask that you take no more than 4 books for each child. These books are yours to keep and were generously donated by members of our community.  

Keep reading Wildcats! 

3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 |  Office Phone: 703.641.8200
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Outdoor Library - Sunday, August 9 from 10-3

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Outdoor Library - Sunday, 10-3 pm

Are you looking for a new book to read?  Our Outdoor Library will be open from 10-3 tomorrow.  Books will be located at the front of the school and will be in boxes organized by category. 

Please wear a mask and use appropriate physical distancing measures.  Hand sanitizer will be available. 

To ensure access for all we ask that you take no more than 4 books for each child. These books are yours to keep and were generously donated by members of our community.  

Keep reading Wildcats! 

*We will be providing more opportunities to visit our Outdoor Library throughout the week. 

Biblioteca al aire libre, 10-3 pm

¿Está buscando un nuevo libro para leer? Nuestra biblioteca al aire libre estará abierta mañana de 10 a 3. Los libros se ubicarán al frente de la escuela y estarán en cajas organizadas por categoría.

Use una máscara y use las medidas de distancia física adecuadas. El desinfectante para manos estará disponible.

Para garantizar el acceso de todos, le pedimos que no lleve más de 4 libros para cada niño. Estos libros son suyos y fueron donados generosamente por miembros de nuestra comunidad.

¡Sigue leyendo Wildcats!

* Proporcionaremos más oportunidades para visitar nuestra biblioteca al aire libre durante la semana.

3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 |  Office Phone: 703.641.8200
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Woodburn News - August 5, 2020

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August 5, 2020

We are hard at work organizing supplies for every single Wildcat! 

Each student will receive reading, writing and math materials that are specific to them and their grade! 

Dear Woodburn Families,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and dry.  This week we had the opportunity to participate in the annual FCPS Kickoff event.  These events included a keynote address by Dr. Kendi and our leadership sharing a district-wide commitment to keeping equity at the center of our work.  We are feeling energized and excited to support this focus at Woodburn. 

We hope you will join on us on Monday evening for our community meeting.  We will be sharing information about:

  • Instructional schedules
  • Laptop and supply distribution
  • Open House and Back to School Night
  • And much more! 

We hope you enjoy the weekend.  

Sincerely,

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Follow Us!

Woodburn School Website

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Our Bell Schedule

We will be following a similar bell schedule this year.  School will start at 9:00 am and end at 3:45 pm. 

August 10th - Community Meeting

The PTA and school leadership will host a community meeting on August 10th.  During this meeting we will share details about the upcoming year and answer any questions you might have.  

Meeting in Spanish, 6:00-7:00pm

Meeting in English, 7:00-8:00pm 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85112335955

Meeting ID: 851 1233 5955

One tap mobile:

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August 10th - Kindergarten Meet & Greet

A virtual Kindergarten Meet & Greet will be held on Monday, August 10th from 10:00-10:30.  All rising kindergarten families are invited to attend and should have received a message with more information.  A link to this event will be sent to kindergarten families on Sunday evening.  We look forward to spending this time together! 

Technology Survey

We are preparing for our virtual start of school and would like to get a laptop to EVERY Woodburn student. Next week you will be receiving a survey that all families must complete to indicate if students have an FCPS laptop. Please submit one survey for every Wildcat. 

Our School Website

Our amazing SBTS, Kelley, is constantly updating our website so that it can serve as a source of information for our families. View our Woodburn Return to School page for updates about the fall. Our site will continue to be updated with timely information and updates that will help you prepare for the upcoming school year. 

Tech Corner

Do you have a Woodburn laptop at home?  If so, follow the tips below so that your laptop will be ready to go in September!

Our Food Drive Continues

A continued special thanks to Lynn Rozental for her amazing effort coordinating an ongoing food drive to benefit our community. Lynn will continue collecting and delivering food every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, so there’s still time to support our families! You can drop off food at 3403 Cypress Drive, Falls Church. There is a box on the porch 24/7.  No deadlines- whenever you have time to shop/drop off. You can also order food online and have it sent. If you have any questions please call 202-590-7034

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

Woodburn News - July 31, 2020

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July 31, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

We hope you are healthy and well.  Many details are starting to come together as we prepare for the start of the school year.  We are excited to share these updates with you! 

The PTA and school leadership will be uniting again to host a community meeting on August 10th.  During this meeting we will share details about the upcoming year and answer any questions you might have.  Meeting details can be found below. 

We are amazed by the number of books that have been donated through the PTA Book Drive.  Thank you!  We have already begun distributing books and are finalizing plans to make books available outside of the school for all families to access.  More details will be shared soon.

We hope you enjoy the weekend. 

Sincerely,

Katy Richman, Principal

Bridget Louder, Assistant Principal

Follow Us!

Woodburn School Website

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

Our School Website

Our amazing SBTS, Kelley, is constantly updating our website so that it can serve as a source of information for our families. View our Woodburn Return to School page for updates about the fall. Our site will continue to be updated with timely information and updates that will help you prepare for the upcoming school year. 

August 10th - Community Meeting

The PTA and school leadership will host a community meeting on August 10th.  During this meeting we will share details about the upcoming year and answer any questions you might have.  

Meeting in Spanish, 6:00-7:00pm

Meeting in English, 7:00-8:00pm 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85112335955

Meeting ID: 851 1233 5955

One tap mobile:

+13126266799,,85112335955# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,85112335955# US (New York)

Tech @ Home

Do you have a Woodburn laptop at home?  If so, follow the tips below so that your laptop will be ready to go in September!

Laptop Collection - Rising 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Students Only

 

On Monday, August 10, we will be collecting laptops from our rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. Laptops and chargers may be dropped off at Woodburn Elementary from 9-12. When you drop off at Woodburn, please adhere to the following: 

  • Drop off will be done at the front of school. Please drive up through Kiss & Ride lane.
  • Building access will not be permitted
  • One person may be permitted to get out of the car with a laptop and charger. They will place the laptop and charger on the table outside. 
  • Student or guardian will tell the staff member the name of their student
  • Please allow us time to check in the device and verify the process for you.
  • While it is preferred that parents and students drive to the school, walk-ups will be handled as well. If you do walk up to the school, please ensure you adhere to social distancing and a mask must be worn.

By turning in your laptop and charger, the process for the FCPSon device pick-up will be more efficient. We will miss our rising 7th grade Wildcats!

Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire

We are very excited for our rising kindergartners to join our Woodburn community!  We want to learn more about our youngest wildcats and invite parents to participate in a brief survey.  The information shared will help us build strong classroom communities.

The Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire can be accessed here.  Thank you for taking time to share this information with us by Monday, August 3rd!

Girl Scouts Information

A Message From Michele Randall, Girl Scout Leader:

In Girl Scouts your girl will prepare for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls!

How? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.

I am hosting a virtual meeting on August 11th at 6 pm.  Below is the chime link to the meeting.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Stay safe and healthy and of course Stay Girl Scout Strong!!

Thank you for your time,

Michele Randall

mrandall@gscnc.org or 703-372-4352

______________________

Meeting Details:

1. Click to join the meeting:

https://chime.aws/2677530771

Meeting ID: 2677 53 0771

2. Or, call in using your phone:

United States: +1-267-866-0999
Meeting PIN: 2677 53 0771

One-click Mobile Dial-in (United States): +1-267-866-0999,,2677530771#

 

Our Food Drive Continues

A continued special thanks to Lynn Rozental for her amazing effort coordinating an ongoing food drive to benefit our community. Lynn will continue collecting and delivering food every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, so there’s still time to support our families! You can drop off food at 3403 Cypress Drive, Falls Church. There is a box on the porch 24/7.  No deadlines- whenever you have time to shop/drop off. You can also order food online and have it sent. If you have any questions please call 202-590-7034

Book Drive

The Woodburn PTA is collecting children's books    (K-6) for our community. Thank you to those that have already donated!  We have collected over 500 books!

Books can be dropped off at the school.  You will find a box located near the main entrance.  

Books can also be dropped off at 3407 Executive Avenue, Falls Church or at 3701 Merrimac Trail, Annandale.  Both houses have containers located out front. 

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

Woodburn News - July 24, 2020

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July 24, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

It has been another whirlwind of a week!  We hope you have received the news that we will begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning for all students.  As we prepare for this our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely and are working hard as a district to address these. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual-learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.  

We are currently finalizing class lists that match the needs of each of our students.  I will be sure to share more information about our class groupings as they are finalized.   

We remain confident that our wildcats will have a great school year and appreciate your ongoing support. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Meet Our New Staff!

We are excited to introduce new members of our Woodburn staff.  We know they will be great additions to our wildcat family. 

My name is Eliana Carlan.  I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. This is where I obtained both a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Education; majoring in Spanish. In addition to my education, I had the opportunity to teach English and Spanish to elementary students for over four years in Colombia. It was during this time that I realized teaching is not only my profession but also my vocation.  This is my second year working as a FLES teacher and I am very excited to work for both wonderful communities Clearview and Woodburn ES.

Hello, Woodburn community! My name is Lauren Imwold and I will be teaching third grade this fall. I recently graduated with my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education, after working as a theater teaching artist and substitute teacher in Baltimore for many years. I am very excited to have my own classroom and to get to know you all soon!

Hi! I’m Purvee Patel and I am very excited to be a part of Woodburn ES as an art teacher! I have two boys, ages 4 and 5 and ½, and I love doing arts and crafts with them. Before having kids, I taught as a special education teacher/art teacher at Camelot ES. In my free time, I’m also a photographer, I like to cook, hike, travel (but now right now) and spend time with friends and family, and my two very cute King Charles Cavaliers. I'm looking forward to the school year!

Laptop Collection - Rising 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Students Only

On Monday, August 10, we will be collecting laptops from our rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. Laptops and chargers may be dropped off at Woodburn Elementary from 9-12. When you drop off at Woodburn, please adhere to the following: 

  • Drop off will be done at the front of school. Please drive up through Kiss & Ride lane.
  • Building access will not be permitted
  • One person may be permitted to get out of the car with a laptop and charger. They will place the laptop and charger on the table outside. 
  • Student or guardian will tell the staff member the name of their student
  • Please allow us time to check in the device and verify the process for you.
  • While it is preferred that parents and students drive to the school, walk-ups will be handled as well. If you do walk up to the school, please ensure you adhere to social distancing and a mask must be worn.

By turning in their laptop and charger, the process for the FCPSon device pick-up will be more efficient. We will miss our rising 7th grade Wildcats!

Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire

We are very excited for our rising kindergartners to join our Woodburn community!  We want to learn more about our youngest wildcats and invite parents to participate in a brief survey.  The information shared will help us build strong classroom communities.

The Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire can be accessed here.  Thank you for taking time to share this information with us!

MackinVIA eBooks and Audiobooks

Students are invited to browse our collection of eBooks and audiobooks available through fairfax.mackinvia.com.  Users can also download MackinVIA from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on mobile devices. Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia. For quick access, you can visit our Summer Information page

Our Food Drive Continues

A continued special thanks to Lynn Rozental for her amazing effort coordinating an ongoing food drive to benefit our community. Lynn will continue collecting and delivering food every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, so there’s still time to support our families! You can drop off food at 3403 Cypress Drive, Falls Church. There is a box on the porch 24/7.  No deadlines- whenever you have time to shop/drop off. You can also order food online and have it sent. If you have any questions please call 202-590-7034.

The Woodburn PTA is collecting children's books (K-6) for our community. Thank you to those that have already donated!  We have collected over 500 books!

Books can be dropped off at the school.  You will find a box located near the main entrance.  

Books can also be dropped off at 3407 Executive Avenue, Falls Church or at 3701 Merrimac Trail, Annandale.  Both houses have containers located out front. 

Mental Wellness Consultation Opportunity

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

We encourage you to take a few minutes to check out our Summer Information Page on our school website. This page features resources available to students throughout the summer in addition to information regarding our Woodburn Summer Continuity of Learning schedule. 

Teacher Office Hours 

Teacher Office Hours are offered once a week until July 31st. 

If you would like your student to participate in summer office hours, you can register your student by completing the Summer Continuity of Learning form. Once registered, students will receive a secure link to their fcpsschools.net gmail account. 

English Language Development

In addition to attending office hours with our grade level teachers, we also are able to provide additional office hours for students to meet with one of our Woodburn ESOL teachers. Students will use their grade level classroom link to access the classes with the exception of 5th and 6th graders who will receive a second link. 

Woodburn's Summer Reading Challenge! 

Enjoy your break staying healthy, being with family, and reading! Use this summer challenge to help you keep up with your reading. Each day select a box to complete. Once you finish the whole board you can turn it in for a free book.* You can turn in two boards for the whole summer and get 2 free books!* We look forward to seeing all the reading you will do!

Download Summer Challenge Boards 

*Email your completed boards to Mrs. Cortes (pecortes@fcps.edu) to receive your free book(s).

Spanish version below:

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

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 - July 17, 2020

GovDelivery 2 months ago

July 17, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

We cannot thank you enough for submitting your preference for next year.  We are hard at work coordinating details for both our virtual and in-person settings and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.  

Our current numbers indicate that we will have 229 students learning virtually and 281 students learning in-person.  We remain committed to ensuring strong classroom communities, high levels of learning and student success in both settings. 

We currently have 23 Woodburn staff participating in an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) course.  Together we are learning more about research-based, engaging, and impactful learning practices that can be used in the virtual setting. I know our teachers will be excited to showcase their learning when students return to school in September. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

Meet Our New Staff!

We are excited to introduce new members of our Woodburn staff.  We know they will be great additions to our wildcat family. More introductions will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Hi, I am Victoria Corlett and I am thrilled to be joining the Woodburn community as a second grade teacher this year! I grew up locally (I was actually born at the hospital across the street!) and I recently graduated from James Madison University with my Master of Arts in Teaching. When I am not at school, I love to play with Ziba, my Iranian puppy. I am so excited to get to know all of you! 

Hello Woodburn Community! My name is Sage Coury and I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful staff as a first-year School Counselor. I am a big fan of D.C. sports, avid Netflix viewer, lover of animals, and a musical theater enthusiast! Although this school year may look very different, I can't wait to meet all of you, offer as much support as I can, and dive right in!

I am Elizabeth D'Cruz and I have just completed a master's degree in education and am returning to the classroom for my seventh year of teaching after a few years off with my children. I love teaching fourth grade, and I am so excited to be joining what I can already tell is an amazing school community here at Woodburn!

*Ms. D'Cruz' 4 year old daughter, Audrey, took this photo!

I am Nuril Kingsley and I am excited to be joining the Special Education team.  I consider myself to be a learner who strives to learn from, collaborate with, be inspired by, and inspire others (including my students). I’m a mom and an educator of three wonderful children from whom I gain inspiration everyday. I’m excited to be a member of Woodburn family!

I am Mary Lockwood Gokcen and I am excited to be joining Woodburn as your new librarian. I believe the library is the heart of the school and I am really looking forward to working with students, staff, families, and community members to keep our library program healthy and strong. I am wrapping up my Masters in School Librarianship from Longwood University. I have been teaching for 14 years, the last 7 with Fairfax County.  I grew up in the Chicago area. I’ve lived in northern California, Florida, and with my husband in his native Turkey before we moved to Northern Virginia. I have one daughter who recently graduated from Fairfax High School. She is taking a gap year and will be going to Massachusetts College of Art and Design in fall 2021. I love animals and have a sweet little cat and I really want a French bulldog or a pug. In my spare time, I enjoy taking walks in the forest, knitting, and doodling, and reading.

Hi Woodburn, I am Aly McCarty and I’m so excited to be joining you all full time as a member of the fourth grade team! For those who don’t know, I love sports, reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling. I look forward to tackling this unique year together!

Our Food Drive Continues

A continued special thanks to Lynn Rozental for her amazing effort coordinating an ongoing food drive to benefit our community. Lynn will continue collecting and delivering food every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, so there’s still time to support our families! You can drop off food at 3403 Cypress Drive, Falls Church. There is a box on the porch 24/7.  No deadlines- whenever you have time to shop/drop off. You can also order food online and have it sent. If you have any questions please call 202-590-7034.

The Woodburn PTA is collecting children's books (K-6) for our community. Thank you to those that have already donated!  We have collected over 500 books!

Books can be dropped off at the school.  You will find a box located near the main entrance.  

Books can also be dropped off at 3407 Executive Avenue, Falls Church or at 3701 Merrimac Trail, Annandale.  Both houses have containers located out front. 

Mental Wellness Consultation Opportunity

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

We encourage you to take a few minutes to check out our Summer Information Page on our school website. This page features resources available to students throughout the summer in addition to information regarding our Woodburn Summer Continuity of Learning schedule. 

Teacher Office Hours 

Teacher Office Hours are offered once a week until July 31st. 

If you would like your student to participate in summer office hours, you can register your student by completing the Summer Continuity of Learning form. Once registered, students will receive a secure link to their fcpsschools.net gmail account. 

English Language Development

In addition to attending office hours with our grade level teachers, we also are able to provide additional office hours for students to meet with one of our Woodburn ESOL teachers. Students will use their grade level classroom link to access the classes with the exception of 5th and 6th graders who will receive a second link. 

Woodburn's Summer Reading Challenge! 

Enjoy your break staying healthy, being with family, and reading! Use this summer challenge to help you keep up with your reading. Each day select a box to complete. Once you finish the whole board you can turn it in for a free book.* You can turn in two boards for the whole summer and get 2 free books!* We look forward to seeing all the reading you will do!

Download Summer Challenge Boards 

*Email your completed boards to Mrs. Cortes (pecortes@fcps.edu) to receive your free book(s).

Spanish version below:

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

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

Reminder - Student Enrollment Form Due Tomorrow!

GovDelivery 2 months ago

July 14, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

 

As of this morning we are still waiting to hear from 180 families regarding their learning preference for this coming school year. Decisions are due by the end of the day tomorrow, July 15th.

 

I can imagine this is not an easy decision and we want you to take the time you need to weigh each option. I hope I can provide some reassurance when I say that your child(ren) will learn and grow no matter the learning model you choose. We are committed to providing high quality instruction in both formats where students will have access to engaging learning experiences and have their individual needs met. We are also committed to building strong classroom communities in both settings and to finding new ways to connect our virtual and in-person students so that we can continue to be one wildcat family. We will continue our work as collaborative teams to meet these goals. We will also continue to work closely with you, our parents and guardians, so that you have what you need to support your child’s learning at home.

 

Please know that I am here to answer any ongoing questions you might have. We are in this together!

 

Sincerely,

 

Katy Richman, Principal

 

Estimadas familias de Woodburn:

 

Esta mañana seguimos en espera de la respuesta de 180 familias en relación con su preferencia del plan de aprendizaje para el próximo año escolar.  Las decisiones deben presentarse a mas tardare al final del día de mañana, 15 de julio.

 

Me imagino que esta no es una decisión fácil y queremos que se tomen el tiempo que necesiten para evaluar cada opción.

 

Espero poder brindarles confianza cuando les digo que sus hijos aprenderán y se desarrollarán completamente independiente del modelo de aprendizaje que elijan.  Nos comprometemos a proporcionarles una instrucción de alta calidad en ambos formatos, donde los estudiantes tendrán acceso a interesantes experiencias de aprendizaje y se satisfarán sus necesidades individuales.  También estamos comprometidos a construir comunidades integradas en el aula en ambos entornos, y a encontrar nuevas formas de conectar tanto a nuestros estudiantes virtuales, como los en persona para que podamos seguir siendo una familia Wildcat.  Continuaremos nuestro trabajo como equipos de colaboración para cumplir con estos objetivos.  De igual manera, continuaremos trabajando estrechamente con ustedes, nuestros padres y tutores, para que tengan lo que necesiten para apoyar el aprendizaje de sus hijos en casa.

 

Tengan en cuenta que estoy aquí para responder cualquier pregunta que pudieran tener.  ¡Estamos en esto juntos!

 

 

Atentamente,

 

Katy Richman, Principal

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

Woodburn News - July 10, 2020

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

July 10, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

Thank you to the many families that joined us on Tuesday evening for our PTA and School Leadership Q&A event.  We hope you found the session informative.  Should you be interested in viewing a recording of the session it can be found here

As a reminder, the deadline for indicating your preference is July 15th.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have over the coming days.  My goal is to be supportive and provide you with as much information as possible so that you can make the best decision for your child(ren) and family. 

I remain confident that together we will build a learning program that focuses on maintaining our strong home-school partnership, ensures student learning at high levels and prioritizes safety for all. 

Sincerely, 

Katy Richman, Principal

kjrichman@fcps.edu

The Woodburn PTA is collecting children's books (K-6) for our community. Thank you to those that have already donated!  We have collected close to 200 books. 

Books can be dropped off at the school.  You will find a box located near the main entrance.  

Books can also be dropped off at 3407 Executive Avenue, Falls Church.

Fairfax County Parenting Education Program

Are you looking for parental support but unsure if the full parenting groups are for you?  Since COVID-19, the Parenting Education Programs has offered Virtual Parent Cafés. The Virtual Parent Café offers a parent support circle for parents to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. For months, the virtual café has been offered in English. The Parenting Education Programs is excited to announce that the Virtual Café will now be offered in Spanish starting July 15.  For more information about the Virtual Café click here.

A list of classes being offered in July can be found here

Mental Wellness Consultation Opportunity

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

We encourage you to take a few minutes to check out our Summer Information Page on our school website. This page features resources available to students throughout the summer in addition to information regarding our Woodburn Summer Continuity of Learning schedule. 

Teacher Office Hours 

Teacher Office Hours are offered once a week until July 31st. 

If you would like your student to participate in summer office hours, you can register your student by completing the Summer Continuity of Learning form. Once registered, students will receive a secure link to their fcpsschools.net gmail account. 

English Language Development

In addition to attending office hours with our grade level teachers, we also are able to provide additional office hours for students to meet with one of our Woodburn ESOL teachers. Students will use their grade level classroom link to access the classes with the exception of 5th and 6th graders who will receive a second link. 

Woodburn's Summer Reading Challenge! 

Enjoy your break staying healthy, being with family, and reading! Use this summer challenge to help you keep up with your reading. Each day select a box to complete. Once you finish the whole board you can turn it in for a free book.* You can turn in two boards for the whole summer and get 2 free books!* We look forward to seeing all the reading you will do!

Download Summer Challenge Boards 

*Email your completed boards to Mrs. Cortes (pecortes@fcps.edu) to receive your free book(s).

Spanish version below:

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

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

Reminder! Virtual Town Hall and PTA Q&A Event

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

July 6, 2020

Dr. Brabrand Town Hall and PTA Q&A Event Details

Virtual Town Hall - July 6th at 6:30

Dr. Brabrand is hosting a town hall on July 6th at 6:30 pm. FCPS is also posting answers to frequently asked questions. 

 

PTA and Ms. Richman Q&A Event - July 7th

On July 7th the PTA will host a welcome back and Q&A about school reopening with Ms. Richman.Please share your questions here. By collecting your questions ahead of time, we hope to track down as many answers as possible.  Zoom information is included below.

Please note we are postponing the PTA visioning sessions originally scheduled for July 6th so that parents can focus on the decision about returning to school and, if interested, attend the FCPS townhall. If you have thoughts about PTA priorities and activities for next year, please take our survey.

Meeting Details for July 7th:

6:30 pm (Meeting will be held in Spanish)

7 pm (Meeting will be held in English)

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79675151828?pwd=M2pjbGxONUg5cjJDZ1UzM2V4cjJjQT09

Meeting ID: 796 7515 1828

Password: 396311

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

Woodburn News - July 2, 2020

GovDelivery 2 months 2 weeks ago

July 2, 2020

Dear Woodburn Families,

I hope this email continues to find you well. Thank you again for the warm welcome back.  Dwayne and I have had a busy week together filled with productive conversations about our upcoming school year. I am confident we will make this a great year for our wildcats! 

I imagine that you may be feeling challenged by the updates last week from Superintendent Brabrand and the School Board about the return to school plan. I am anxious as well, and also sad to think that I won’t have the opportunity to greet all of our students on August 25th. However, we are stronger together and I feel confident that we will be able to support our students through staying connected and hopeful about the opportunity for learning that lies ahead. 

Each of you has been tasked with the important decision of determining how school will look for your child(ren) in the fall. You should have received a letter from Superintendent Brabrand asking you to indicate your preference:

  • full-time online instruction (4 days/week)
  • in-person instruction with social distancing in the school building (2 days/week)

This choice will be a yearlong commitment. Please note that responses are due by July 10, 2020. If you do not respond, your choice will default to in-person instruction.

I want to do everything I can to support you in making an informed decision. Below you will find details about two upcoming events that will provide further clarification and time to answer any questions you might have.  I hope you might consider attending and look forward to seeing many of you this coming Tuesday. 

Until then, I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July. 

 

Katy Richman, Principal

 

Instructional Program Options

 

Full-Time Online Instruction

In-Person Instruction in FCPS School Building with Social Distancing 

Schedule

All Grade Levels: Four days of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous) per week and one day of independent learning (asynchronous) per week.

 

Elementary School students receive approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours per day of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous). Students also receive specialized instruction, as needed, such as ESOL or special education services. The amount of special education service will be determined by IEP teams. Considerations will be given to individualized student needs.

 

Middle and High School students will follow the school’s daily bell schedule.

All Grade Levels: At least two full days of instruction in person at school each week. More in-person instruction is possible based on the number of students who choose full-time virtual or if community health conditions and guidance change.

 

 

Students will be engaged in independent (asynchronous) learning on the days they are not in the school building.

Courses

  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.
  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.

Food Services

Meal service options are under development and an announcement will follow.

Meals will be available during the week. Grab and go meals will be available on days that students are not in school.

Transportation

Not applicable

Transportation will be available.

Health Protocols

Not applicable

Staff will guide students on health and safety protocols, following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. All staff and students must wear face coverings (as developmentally appropriate) in accordance with CDC guidelines. Schools will provide masks to students unable to provide their own. Six feet of social distancing will be maintained whenever possible.

School Reopening Q and A Event

Making decisions about returning to school is difficult and you may have questions about what school will look like when it opens.

To help inform your decision, we would like to call your attention to the FCPS town hall planned for July 6th at 6:30 pm. FCPS is also posting answers to frequently asked questions. 

On July 7th the PTA will host a welcome back and Q&A about school reopening with Ms. Richman.  Please share your questions here. By collecting your questions ahead of time, we hope to track down as many answers as possible.  Zoom information is included below.

Please note we are postponing the PTA visioning sessions originally scheduled for July 6th so that parents can focus on the decision about returning to school and, if interested, attend the FCPS townhall. If you have thoughts about PTA priorities and activities for next year, please take our survey.

Meeting Details for July 7th:

6:30 pm (Meeting will be held in Spanish)

7 pm (Meeting will be held in English)

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79675151828?pwd=M2pjbGxONUg5cjJDZ1UzM2V4cjJjQT09

Meeting ID: 796 7515 1828

Password: 396311

 

Fairfax County Virtual Summer Camp Opportunity

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is excited to announce that registration is now open for #NCSconnects Virtual Summer Camp – a FREE out-of-school time program for students in grades 1-6 and 7-12. This new four-week program is being offered as an alternative to the RECQuest and Teens in Action programs, which were cancelled due to COVID-19.  More information can be found here

Mental Wellness Consultation Opportunity

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

We encourage you to take a few minutes to check out our Summer Information Page on our school website. This page features resources available to students throughout the summer in addition to information regarding our Woodburn Summer Continuity of Learning schedule. 

Teacher Office Hours 

Teacher Office Hours begin NEXT week and will be offered once a week from June 29th-July 31st. As a reminder, students in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard Page

If you would like your student to participate in summer office hours, you can register your student by completing the Summer Continuity of Learning form. Once registered, students will receive a secure link to their fcpsschools.net gmail account. 

English Language Development

In addition to attending office hours with our grade level teachers, we also are able to provide additional office hours for students to meet with one of our Woodburn ESOL teachers. Students will use their grade level classroom link to access the classes with the exception of 5th and 6th graders who will receive a second link. 

Woodburn's Summer Reading Challenge! 

Enjoy your break staying healthy, being with family, and reading! Use this summer challenge to help you keep up with your reading. Each day select a box to complete. Once you finish the whole board you can turn it in for a free book.* You can turn in two boards for the whole summer and get 2 free books!* We look forward to seeing all the reading you will do!

Download Summer Challenge Boards 

*Email your completed boards to Mrs. Cortes (pecortes@fcps.edu) to receive your free book(s).

Spanish version below:

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter - @Woodburn ES

Facebook - @Woodburn ES

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

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