Weyanoke Update for February 23, 2024

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

At Weyanoke, science is hands-on. Fourth graders wore white lab coats and used real equipment to learn the proper techniques for an experiment.

Kiss and Ride Notice

Please be reminded that for the safety of your children, Morning Kiss and Ride opens at 8:15am and closes at 8:35am.  No students may be dropped off at the playground gate outside of these hours, as Weyanoke staff will not be present to ensure their safety. 

Once the school bell rings at 8:35am, Kiss and Ride is closed, and students must be escorted in through Door 1 (the main entrance) and signed in at the front office.  Weyanoke staff return to their instructional duties at 8:35am.

It is expected that speed limits and general traffic laws are observed in our school parking lot.  Once in the Kiss and Ride line, please do not make U-turns, as this creates unsafe conditions for other drivers and pedestrians.

No School on March 5 - Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

Weyanoke Elementary School’s 2024 Heritage Festival

Your child is invited to attend in cultural clothing!

Who: All Weyanoke Families

When: Friday, March 8, 2024.

Doors Open at 6 p.m.

**Show Starts Promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Holmes Middle School Gymnasium

Why: To celebrate cultures from around the world with song and dance

Holmes Middle School Address:

 6525 Montrose Street

Alexandria, VA 22312

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Weyanoke Career Day is coming 3/22/2024!

Are you a Business Owner, Hourly/salary, OR Part-time/ full-time employee in any and all industries??

In the past we've had:

  • Writers
  • Firemen
  • Realtors
  • Accountants
  • Film producers

This year we're hoping to get those in an even broader range. Specifically hoping to have speakers from the:

  • Construction industry (house painters, landscapers)
  • Beauty industries (nail techs, stylists),
  • Chef / Culinary Arts industry
  • Mechanics / Technicians industries
  • Service / Hospitality industry 

There are close to 600 students at Weyanoke. The sky is the limit for what they may end up pursuing, so let's get them the information they need to pursue their dreams!

We want to give students the best idea of the MANY options available to them after they graduate high school.

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Club and Candid Picture Day
  • Tuesday, March 5 - School Planning Day, No School for Students
  • Friday, March 8 - Heritage Festival, Holmes Middle School Gym
  • Sunday, March 10 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
  • Tuesday, March 12 - Caregiver Coffee
  • Thursday, March 14 - Family Market Night
  • Thursday, March 21 - PTA Meeting
  • Friday< March 22 - Career Day
  • March 24 - 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1 and 2 -No School for Students
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Eid Al Fitr Holiday. School Closed.
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Kindergarten Orientation

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Weyanoke Update for February 16, 2024

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

  Presidents Day (Holiday)

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation 

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

 

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

 

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

 

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Weyanoke Career Day is coming 3/22/2024!

Are you a Business Owner, Hourly/salary, OR Part-time/ full-time employee in any and all industries??

In the past we've had:

  • Writers
  • Firemen
  • Realtors
  • Accountants
  • Film producers

This year we're hoping to get those in an even broader range. Specifically hoping to have speakers from the:

  • Construction industry (house painters, landscapers)
  • Beauty industries (nail techs, stylists),
  • Chef / Culinary Arts industry
  • Mechanics / Technicians industries
  • Service / Hospitality industry 

There are close to 600 students at Weyanoke. The sky is the limit for what they may end up pursuing, so let's get them the information they need to pursue their dreams!

We want to give students the best idea of the MANY options available to them after they graduate high school.

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, February 19 - No School
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Club and Candid Picture Day
  • Tuesday, March 5 - School Planning Day, No School for Students
  • Friday, March 8 - Heritage Festival, Holmes Middle School Gym

6520 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312 |  Main Office: 703-813-5400
Attendance: 703-813-5484 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Weyanoke Update for February 9, 2024

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Yesterday, students celebrated the 100th day of school. For our younger grades, this is a major milestone. They celebrate by creating necklaces with 100 pieces of cereal, coloring hats, and dressing up like 100-year-old people.

Spring Picture Day is Coming!

On February 13, 2024, Lifetouch will be here to take individual and class pictures. Order forms will be sent home with your student. You may order online using Picture ID# EVTQ4R7P9 or by completing the order form and enclosing by payment or check in the exact amount. Order must be returned to school by the date of the pictures. Please remember when ordering, you must order a picture package before ordering any add-ons.

Volunteers are needed to make this picture day a success! If interested, please contact Ms. Mills at (703)813-5406. Volunteers will be given a voucher toward the purchase of a picture package.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Free Books for All See you Saturday, February 10!

Reading Opens the World Book Drive and Family Literacy Fair

Free Books for Families and Educators!

  • Books are available on a first-come, first served basis, so arrive early!
  • Parents and guardians are welcome to choose up to 10 free books per child for home libraries, with a 30 books maximum limit per family.
  • Educators and school staff may choose up to 50 free books for their classrooms.
  • Fun family activities including DJ, food trucks, and free Valentine’s Day card making area!
Saturday, Feb. 10 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Lorton Community Center

9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA 22079

For more information, please contact David Walrod: [email protected], 703-451-6840

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

February 7 is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Thank you to our crossing guard, Ferial Oweis, who helps keep our Woodchucks safe as they cross Braddock Road!

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Breaking News! The Weyanoke PTA is seeking a PTA President!

  What does the PTA President do?

  • Preside at all meetings
  • Coordinate the work of the officers and committee in order that purposes may be promoted
  • Perform other necessary duties

Interested? Email Melanie Morris, PTA VP [email protected]

The Weyanoke PTA is on Facebook and Instagram!

For a chance to WIN a FREE Weyanoke Woodchuck Spirit Wear T-Shirt, join us on social media!

Here's how to enter the drawing: 

Click the links below to

  1. Follow our Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Like any post.
  3. Comment on any post.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/weyanokepta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weyanoke_woodchuck_pta/

 

Stay up to date with all the Weyanoke PTA current and upcoming news!

Upcoming Events

 

  • Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - Spring Picture Day
  • Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - Weyanoke Spelling Bee
  • Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Meeting
  • Monday, February 19 - No School
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Club and Candid Picture Day
  • Tuesday, March 5 - School Planning Day, No School for Students
  • Friday, March 8 - Heritage Festival

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Weyanoke Update for February 2, 2024

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

We have had a wonderful Woodchuck Week here at Weyanoke! Our celebrations included virtual field trips with wild animals, creating amazing top hats, and preparing for hibernation in our pajamas. The week ended with our annual celebration of Woodchuck Day!

Caregiver Coffee

Parents will receive information on Social Emotional Learning! Learn about the Zones of Regulation designed to foster-self regulation and emotional control. Meet our counselors and learn about additional resources.

All caregivers are invited to attend this informational meeting IN PERSON on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

We will have two sessions for your convenience. You can choose to come in the morning or at night.

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.       
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      Weyanoke Elementary School Cafeteria

The information will be presented in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, contact Stephany Schepers, Family Liaison at 703-813-5430 or [email protected]

We will provide coffee and pastries in the morning and pizza dinner at night

(Let us know you are coming HERE)

Book Program comes to Weyanoke Library

Children’s Favorites is a national reading program organized by the nonprofit Children’s Book Council. Young people across the country are reading and voting for their favorite new books this winter, and their top picks – the Children’s Favorites Awards list - will become a free resource for teachers, librarians, and booksellers nationwide in 2024! Teachers and Librarians will also make their picks.

We received more than 550 2023 picture books to review. These picture books – worth up to $10,000.00 – become Weyanoke’s at no cost for our participation in this program.

Reviewing/Voting involves making one of three choices: “I liked it a lot” – “It was okay” – “I didn’t like it”. Student, Teacher and Librarian voting ends February 8th.

Holmes Middle School Academic Advising Schedule FEBRUARY 5-7

Rising 6th grade

  • Feeder elementary schools will be visiting for advising lessons and student-led tours.
FEBRUARY 8, 13, 22

Parent Coffees - in person & Zoom

Zoom Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96408586245

  • February 8th 9:00-10:00 am
  • February 13th 1:00-2:00 pm
  • February 22nd 5:00-6:00 pm *Zoom Only
FEBRUARY 29

Course Selections Due

  • Rising 6th: Will return sheets to base elementary school
AUGUST

Rising 6th Grade Orientation

Thursday before the first day of school Time TBD

Spring Picture Day is Coming!

On February 13, 2024, Lifetouch will be here to take individual and class pictures. Order forms will be sent home with your student. You may order online using Picture ID# EVTQ4R7P9 or by completing the order form and enclosing by payment or check in the exact amount. Order must be returned to school by the date of the pictures. Please remember when ordering, you must order a picture package before ordering any add-ons.

Volunteers are needed to make this picture day a success! If interested, please contact Ms. Mills at (703)813-5406. Volunteers will be given a voucher toward the purchase of a picture package.

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

2024 CTE SUMMER ENRICHMENT What is CTE Summer Enrichment?
  • Hands-on, exploratory enrichment programs
  • Teaches students engaging and exciting content in Career and Technical Education (CTE) program areas
  • Helps students make connections to careers and develop new skills
2024 Programs

Tech Adventure Camp: Current Kindergarten - grade 5 students explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, business, and marketing by rotating through daily classes

Details
  • Eligibility - Current K to 11 graders
  • Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm*
    • *Early drop off is available!
  • Location - Lake Braddock SS
    • Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!
  • Cost - $275 per week*
    • *Tuition waivers available for students receiving Free and Reduced Meals
  • Dates
    • Week 1: July 8 - 12
    • Week 2: July 15 - 19
    • Week 3: July 22 - 26
How to Register

Registration is open from February 1 to June 7, 2024.

Students can register online by visiting the camp website and clicking on the register button.

Additional Information

Tech Adventure Camp - bit.ly/FCPS_TAC

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Breaking News! The Weyanoke PTA is seeking a PTA President!

  What does the PTA President do?

  • Preside at all meetings
  • Coordinate the work of the officers and committee in order that purposes may be promoted
  • Perform other necessary duties

Interested? Email Melanie Morris, PTA VP [email protected]

The Weyanoke PTA is on Facebook and Instagram!

For a chance to WIN a FREE Weyanoke Woodchuck Spirit Wear T-Shirt, join us on social media!

Here's how to enter the drawing: 

Click the links below to

  1. Follow our Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Like any post.
  3. Comment on any post.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/weyanokepta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weyanoke_woodchuck_pta/

 

Stay up to date with all the Weyanoke PTA current and upcoming news!

Upcoming Events

 

  • Tuesday, February 6, 8:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. - Caregiver Coffee Meeting
  • Thursday, February 8 - 100th Day of School
  • Thursday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. - Family Market Night
  • Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - Spring Picture Day
  • Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - Weyanoke Spelling Bee
  • Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Meeting
  • Monday, February 19 - No School

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Weyanoke Update for January 26, 2024

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

🎉 Thank you, Principal Usher!

This week is Virginia School Principals Week, and we are so thankful to have Ms. Usher as our principal. Ms. Usher's devotion, compassion and leadership make Weyanoke a true community of learners.

Woodchuck Week Spirit Days

Next week, we celebrate our school mascot, the woodchuck. Each day will include a chance to dress up in a theme. We will also have many other opportunities to learn and celebrate our school.

  • Monday, January 29
  • Tuesday, January 30 
  • Wednesday, January 31
  • Thursday, February 1
  • Friday, February 2 
Spring Picture Day is Coming!

On February 13, 2024, Lifetouch will be here to take individual and class pictures. Order forms will be sent home with your student. You may order online using Picture ID# EVTQ4R7P9 or by completing the order form and enclosing by payment or check in the exact amount. Order must be returned to school by the date of the pictures. Please remember when ordering, you must order a picture package before ordering any add-ons.

Volunteers are needed to make this picture day a success! If interested, please contact Ms. Mills at (703)813-5406. Volunteers will be given a voucher toward the purchase of a picture package.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Pyramid Schools Night for Annandale Boys Basketball

Annandale Boys Basketball will be hosting Pyramid Schools Night on February 2, 2024, vs TJ @ 7:30pm at Annandale High School Main Gymnasium.

The following students of the Annandale High School Pyramid will receive free admission when accompanied with a paying adult in attendance

  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
  • Braddock Elementary School
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • North Springfield Elementary School
  • Weyanoke Elementary School

We look to see you in attendance to witness the Boys Basketball Program and encourage you to be part of this experience.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Spelling Bee

Have you ever wanted to compete in a spelling bee competition? Now’s your opportunity to challenge others with your spelling skills!

February 13, 2024

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Participating students must arrive at 6:00 p.m.

At Weyanoke Gym

Register by February 1

Upcoming Events
  • January 29 - Februrary 2 - Woodchuck Week!
  • Thursday, February 1 - PTA Science Showcase
  • Tuesday, February 6, 8:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. - Caregiver Coffee Meeting
  • Thursday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. - Family Market Night

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Weyanoke Update for January 12, 2024

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Congratulations to our SCA Officers who were inducted this morning in the library. SCA stands for Student Council Association. The group of students will act as student leaders and communicate student concerns to our staff.

Caregiver Coffee

Parents will receive information to Help Support Your Students’ Learning at Home! Topics will include setting a schedule, following routines, and helping with homework.

All caregivers are invited to attend this informational meeting IN PERSON on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

We will have two sessions for your convenience. You can choose to come in the morning or at night.

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Weyanoke Elementary School Cafeteria
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weyanoke Elementary School Cafeteria

The information will be presented in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, contact Stephany Schepers, Family Liaison at 703-813-5430 or [email protected].

We will provide coffee and pastries in the morning and pizza dinner at night.

(Let us know you are coming HERE)

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Pyramid Schools Night for Annandale Boys Basketball

Annandale Boys Basketball will be hosting Pyramid Schools Night on February 2, 2024, vs TJ @ 7:30pm at Annandale High School Main Gymnasium.

The following students of the Annandale High School Pyramid will receive free admission when accompanied with a paying adult in attendance

  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
  • Braddock Elementary School
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • North Springfield Elementary School
  • Weyanoke Elementary School

We look to see you in attendance to witness the Boys Basketball Program and encourage you to be part of this experience.

Annandale High School Sports Opportunities

Annandale High School has two upcoming camps.

On January 20, they are hosting a Family Bootcamp to get in shape for the new year. Matt Stevens of Athlete Up Fitness and Annandale High School’s Football strength and conditioning coach is hosting a family bootcamp to help raise money for the football team. Camp is $20 a family and hosted in Annandale’s cafeteria. Sign-up here for Family Bootcamp. 

Sunday Youth Clinics for baseball begin on Suntday, January 14. They are hosted by Annandale High School's baseball program. Sign up here for baseball camp

Baseball Clinic Schedule - $25 a session
  • Sunday, January 14, 2024 Throwing and Defense
  • Sunday, January 21, 2024 Throwing and Defense
  • Sunday, January 28, 2024 Hitting
  • Sunday, February 4, 2024 Hitting
  • Sunday, February 18, 2024 Hitting
☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Pre-Order Your Weyanoke Spirit Wear T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and hoodies

To order online: https://weyanokepta.square.site/spirit-wear-pre-order

Sizes Available: Youth XS-XL, Adult XS-XXXL

Order by January 18

Questions? Email [email protected]

Spelling Bee

Have you ever wanted to compete in a spelling bee competition? Now’s your opportunity to challenge others with your spelling skills!

February 13, 2024

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Participating students must arrive at 6:00 p.m.

At Weyanoke Gym

Register by February 1

Direct Donation Drive

DISTRIBUTION PURPOSE

100% of the money goes to the Weyanoke PTA to fund field trips, assemblies, and other important school activities, like the Talent Show, Spelling Bee, and school clubs. Our goal is $10,000 this year.

This is where the PTA gets MOST of its money to fund these great activities!
Thank you so much for your support! We ask for direct donations, so we don't have to ask you to sell items. Anyone can donate, including friends and family, to help Weyanoke reach our goal! Every Direct Donation is a tax-deductible donation directly to our PTA.

DECEMBER 13, 2023- JANUARY 18, 2024
  • If every student gets $10 from 5 people, would raise almost $30,000.
  • Ask your employer to match your donation, many have a policy in place to do so.
  • Donate/bring in donations for your child to have a chance to
    win a raffle prize!
HOW YOU CAN DONATE?

Donations can be sent to the school in the Donation Envelope or through the PTA website:
https://weyanokepta.square.site/
(While you're there you can join the PTA as well!).

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - Caregiver Coffee
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Club and candid picture day
  • Thursday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. - PTA Meeting
  • Thursday, January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release Day; School Ends at 1:20 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students
  • January 29 - Februrary 2 - Woodchuck Week!

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Weyanoke Update for January 5, 2024

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Weyanoke continues to celebrate students with excellent attendance! Each month our Student Services team draws a name from all of the students who made it to school every day. Winners get to have lunch with a principal!

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates Pre-Order Your Weyanoke Spirit Wear T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and hoodies

To order online: https://weyanokepta.square.site/spirit-wear-pre-order

Sizes Available: Youth XS-XL, Adult XS-XXXL

Order by January 18

Questions? Email [email protected]

Spelling Bee

Have you ever wanted to compete in a spelling bee competition? Now’s your opportunity to challenge others with your spelling skills!

February 13, 2024

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Participating students must arrive at 6:00 p.m.

At Weyanoke Gym

Register by February 1

Direct Donation Drive

DISTRIBUTION PURPOSE

100% of the money goes to the Weyanoke PTA to fund field trips, assemblies, and other important school activities, like the Talent Show, Spelling Bee, and school clubs. Our goal is $10,000 this year.

This is where the PTA gets MOST of its money to fund these great activities!
Thank you so much for your support! We ask for direct donations, so we don't have to ask you to sell items. Anyone can donate, including friends and family, to help Weyanoke reach our goal! Every Direct Donation is a tax-deductible donation directly to our PTA.

DECEMBER 13, 2023- JANUARY 18, 2024
  • If every student gets $10 from 5 people, would raise almost $30,000.
  • Ask your employer to match your donation, many have a policy in place to do so.
  • Donate/bring in donations for your child to have a chance to
    win a raffle prize!
HOW YOU CAN DONATE?

Donations can be sent to the school in the Donation Envelope or through the PTA website:
https://weyanokepta.square.site/
(While you're there you can join the PTA as well!).

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, January 10 - School Picture Retake Day
  • Thursday, January 11, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Weyanoke Family Market Night
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - Caregiver Coffee
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Club and candid picture day
  • Thursday, January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release Day; School Ends at 1:20 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students
  • January 29 - Februrary 2 - Woodchuck Week!

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Weyanoke Update for December 12, 2023

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Second-grade students visited the Children's Science Center last week, they observed demonstrations and engaged in hands-on experiences that related to the social studies and science standards they are learning at school.

Weyanoke Family Market Night

Join us to receive a variety of fresh produce and shelf-stable items provided by the Capital Area Food Bank at no cost.

Thursday, December 14  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Weyanoke Cafeteria

Winter Break Reminder

On behalf of all the staff at Weyanoke ES, we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Winter Break! We are thankful for your support and engagement this year. There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024. Enjoy this time with your family and friends and come prepared for a wonderful 2024! 

We look forward to welcoming students back, classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2. The Weyanoke office will be closed during the break.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

⛄ Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories that may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance getting cold weather clothing for your family, please call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. Their multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare. Please come look through the Weyanoke Lost and Found in the cafeteria for any of your student’s jackets and other items. 

Attendance updates

Weyanoke staff and administrators want to remind parents and caregivers of the FCPS approved reasons for excused absences. Legitimate reasons for excused absences may include:

  • illness of the student,
  • death in the family,
  • doctor or dental appointment,
  • observance of a religious holiday,
  • suspension (for clarification of suspension regulations please refer to the Student Responsibilities and Rights policy), or
  • another reason acceptable to the principal or her designee.

The principal or her designee determines whether or not absences will be excused and may require a physician’s note in cases of chronic or long term illness. Parents, caregivers, and students are encouraged to prearrange excused absences when possible. Please refer to the FCPS 2023-2024 school calendar when planning any travel or vacations to make sure the dates align with the FCPS school days, as vacation and travel days are not legitimate reasons for excused absences.  

Free Webinars and Events for Families This Winter

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

December 18-20 - Winter Olympics Camp for Students Grades 2-8 

Annandale High School will be sponsoring a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School for students in 2nd through 8th grade during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. https://bit.ly/Olympics23Poe

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - Family Market Night
  • Friday, December 15 – Deadline to submit AAP Full-Time (level IV) services referral form (Grades 2-7)
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday, January 2 - Classes Resume
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

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Attendance: 703-813-5484 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Weyanoke Update for December 2, 2023

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Preschool students enjoyed a field trip this week. They visited Lewis High School and enjoyed some chilly play time at Hidden Oaks Park.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

⛄ Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories that may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance getting cold weather clothing for your family, please call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. Their multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare. Please come look through the Weyanoke Lost and Found in the cafeteria for any of your student’s jackets and other items. 

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Performances will be Friday, December 1 at 7pm and Saturday, December 2 at 2pm and 7pm. $5 for students and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased here:

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15718/holmes-middle-school-theatre

(Join us at our 2pm performance for a special Author Talk with Holmes MS’s very own author, Willow Sharp. Matilda and Miss Honey will read her book, and there will be time for questions with Willow!).

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Advanced Academics News Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Mani at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Josie Mani, at [email protected].

Parent Information Meeting 

Thursday, November 30 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Holmes Middle School is hosting a Family Coffee on the topic of Advanced Academics. Are you interested in learning about Advanced Academics in middle and high school in FCPS? 

Learn about:

  • Secondary Advanced Academics
  • Level IV Applications
  • Information on Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Join in person or on Zoom for the meeting.

Attendance updates

Weyanoke staff and administrators want to remind parents and caregivers of the FCPS approved reasons for excused absences. Legitimate reasons for excused absences may include:

  • illness of the student,
  • death in the family,
  • doctor or dental appointment,
  • observance of a religious holiday,
  • suspension (for clarification of suspension regulations please refer to the Student Responsibilities and Rights policy), or
  • another reason acceptable to the principal or her designee.

The principal or her designee determines whether or not absences will be excused and may require a physician’s note in cases of chronic or long term illness. Parents, caregivers, and students are encouraged to prearrange excused absences when possible. Please refer to the FCPS 2023-2024 school calendar when planning any travel or vacations to make sure the dates align with the FCPS school days, as vacation and travel days are not legitimate reasons for excused absences.  

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.

Free Webinars and Events for Families This Winter

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

December 18-20 - Winter Olympics Camp for Students Grades 2-8 

Annandale High School will be sponsoring a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School for students in 2nd through 8th grade during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. https://bit.ly/Olympics23Poe

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates

Come eat at Chipotle and give back to your PTA! On Wednesday, December 6th, from 5pm-9pm, if you eat at the Chipotle on Little River Turnpike at the Plaza at Landmark Shopping Center, Chipotle will donate a portion of the proceeds back to the PTA to help pay for teacher appreciation week in May and field trips for our students. We have to have a certain number of families participate in order to receive the donation, so please come out to support your PTA! Just bring the flyer sent home with your student or use the code online to order your food from 5pm-9pm. See you there!

Upcoming Events
  • December 1 and 2 - Holmes Middle School musical, Matilda, Jr.
  • Wednesday, December 6,  5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - PTA Chipotle Night
  • Thursday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - Family Market Night
  • Friday, December 15 – Deadline to submit AAP Full-Time (level IV) services referral form (Grades 2-7)
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

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Students have been purchasing books and school supplies all week at the Book Fair. The event encourages kids to read, and it raises money toward our school library's collection.

Thanksgiving

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

National School Psychology Week

This week we celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive.

Psychologists provide a full range of prevention and intervention services that support the mental health and learning potential of all students.

Learn more from the National Association of School Psychologists

Lara Jaramillo

Monday, Wednesday &  Friday

(Spanish speaker)

703-813-5420

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

National Family Engagement Month

This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family support is vital to student well-being and success. 

FCPS has many resources designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

Additionally, every school has a family liaison who will welcome and orient families, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit FCPS’ website for a list of region representatives

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

December 18-20 - Winter Olympics Camp for Students Grades 2-8 

Annandale High School will be sponsoring a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School for students in 2nd through 8th grade during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. https://bit.ly/Olympics23Poe

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Upcoming Events
  • November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. - PTA Reflections Art Showcase
  • December 1 and 2 - Holmes Middle School musical, Matilda, Jr.
  • Wednesday, December 6 - PTA Chipotle Night
  • Thursday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - Family Market Night
  • Friday, December 15 – Deadline to submit AAP Full-Time (level IV) services referral form (Grades 2-7)
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

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Thank you to the many families who attended our Veterans Day celebrations on Friday! We had a great turnout and were able to honor many service men and women from our community.

Caregiver Coffee

Parents will learn about the services offered at Weyanoke Elementary and the pathway of the Advanced Academic Program in Middle School and High School.

All caregivers are invited to attend this informational meeting IN PERSON on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

We will have two sessions for your convenience. You can choose to come in the morning or at night.

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Weyanoke Cafeteria
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weyanoke Cafeteria

Register here

The information will be presented in English and Spanish.

We will provide coffee and pastries in the morning and pizza dinner at night.

Family Life Education Preview Night

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. in Weyanoke Conference Room 15a. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Attendance Celebrations!

Congratulations to Ashlie Gonzalez Genebrozo from Mr. Valenzuela’s class! She won the student raffle for perfect attendance for the month of October, 2023.

We are so happy for her to take home this basket of goodies filled with toys, books, and other prizes.

Weyanoke had over 350 students attend every day in the month of October! We look forward to another successful month! Go Woodchucks!

Thank You Voters! 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

December 18-20 - Winter Olympics Camp for Students Grades 2-8 

Annandale High School will be sponsoring a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School for students in 2nd through 8th grade during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. https://bit.ly/Olympics23Poe

🎨 Observance Graphics Created by Students in Design Challenge

In May, the FCPS Office of Communications called for entries for new graphics to help acknowledge the religious and cultural observances identified on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar. Eleven winning designs will be featured on FCPS and school social media platforms, and in newsletters leading up to the holidays starting with Diwali, which falls on Sunday, November 12. See the full list of winners

Community Review of Elementary ELA Basal Instructional Resources

A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled for November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team.

Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207
7510 Lisle Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22043  

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty. 

An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

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

American Education Week

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Weyanoke community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

PTA Updates

Entries for the PTA Reflections are due by November 15th. The theme is "I am hopeful because. . . " Students can showcase their artistic talent in a nationwide contest. There will be a showcase for Weyanoke entries on November 30th before the PTA meeting. The entry form can be found here, along with the rules. 

Upcoming Events
  • November 13-17 - Book Fair
  • Tuesday, November 14, 8:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. - Caregiver Coffee Event
  • Tuesday, November 14, 3:30 - 6:30 - Book Fair Evening Hours
  • Tuesday, November 14, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - FLE Materials Preview
  • Wednesday, November 15 - Weyanoke Thanksgiving Luncheon - Families Welcome!
  • November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Friday, December 15 – Deadline to submit AAP Full-Time (level IV) services referral form (Grades 2-7)
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

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