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Good Afternoon Waples Mill Families,
Here are this week's updates:
Waples Mill ES Kindergarten Orientation Information and Sign Up
Do you have a child entering kindergarten next school year at Waples Mill? If so, please note that there will be a virtual kindergarten orientation for parents/guardians on Tuesday, May 25th from 6:00-6:45 p.m. The orientation will be held virtually using a Blackboard Collaborate link, which you must sign up to receive. Please register to attend and receive the link to the orientation here. The deadline for signing up to receive a link for the orientation is Friday, May 21. If you have any questions about registering for kindergarten, please contact our Carla Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Virginia State law requires that children who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021 are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten. Students whose fifth birthday falls after September 30, 2021 are not eligible to enroll. If you have a child eligible for kindergarten to begin this August, please view the information at the following link to begin the registration process:
If you have further questions, please contact our registrar, Carla Collins, email@example.com, 703-390-7700.
Waples Mill Student Laptop Return
WMES students who currently have a school laptop checked out will need to return it at the end of this school year. When returning the laptop, please be sure to also return any chargers, mice, etc. that were issued to your student. Parents will be billed for any devices and peripherals not returned.
Laptop Replacement Fee $472.00
Charger Replacement Fee $23.00
Please plan on your child returning their laptop as listed below, based on their attendance method:
4 Day/Week and Thurs/Fri In-Person Students: Laptops and chargers will be turned in during the school day on Thursday, June 10. Please help your student make sure to pack everything that needs to be turned in that day.
Virtual Students: Please return all devices and peripherals on Friday, June 11 from 2:45pm-5:00pm. Parents should pull into the bus loop and check in with a staff member. If your student doesn’t need their laptop (you have another device your student can use to access their class) and you’d like to return it prior to that time, please reach out to Brian Crosson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule your return time.
Tues/Wed In-Person Students: Follow Virtual Students' directions.
*Students in ANY FCPS Summer Program are not required to return their laptops until the conclusion of their summer program (this includes 6th graders).
Student Application for Virtual Enrollment, Based on Health Needs, Due May 28
If your child is currently attending school virtually and you would like for them to remain virtual due to their documented health or medical needs for the 2021-22 school year, the deadline to submit the COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form and the Virtual Enrollment Application is Friday, May 28, which is one week later than the original deadline of May 21. Please be aware that the medical need must be based upon the student, not a sibling’s or a family member’s health condition.
All parents of virtual students were sent a letter on May 17 with information on how to apply.
Calendar Reminder: FCPS Schools and Offices Closed on May 31 for Memorial Day Holiday
As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.
End-of-Year Medication Pickup Information
The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (2:15 p.m.) on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.
If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).
Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Phillips, our school health room aide, at (703) 390-7700. Thank you!
2021-2022 Optional Class Placement Survey
As we determine class placements for the upcoming school year, please know that it is a collaborative process involving the teachers and specialists who work with your child. This team effort is performed with great care. It is our intention to place each student in an environment appropriate to his or her academic, social, and emotional development. If you would like to share any additional information about your child that their current teacher may not be aware of, please go to our school website (https://waplesmilles.fcps.edu/), then click on the 2021-22 Optional Class Placement Survey. We carefully consider parent input, but ask that you not request specific teachers. Requests for specific teachers cannot be honored.
Completion of this form is optional. Please return the completed form by clicking the submit button no later than Friday, May 21. We cannot consider late requests. Thank you.
All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election
Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for all students.
Student Intentions for the Next School Year (2021-2022):
If your child/children (Kindergarten through Grade 6) will be attending another school in Fairfax County or outside of Fairfax County Public Schools (public or private) for the next school year (2021-2022), please fill out the Student Intentions form, which can be accessed at the following link:
Please email the completed form to Carla Collins, Registrar, email@example.com. Parents of students who are transferring to another school need to start the registration process with the new school as soon as possible. A transcript will be sent to the new school upon receipt of a records request to Carla Collins.
Please note: If your child will be joining us at Waples Mill again next year, there is no need to fill out the form. Your child’s record will automatically roll back into our Student Information System and no new registration paperwork is required for the new school year.
Reminder about Picking Students Up Early from School
If you need to pick your child up from school early, we ask that you do so prior to 3:45 p.m. This will ensure that our parking lot is clear for buses and that our office staff can support our regularly scheduled dismissal process. Thank you for your cooperation!
ST Math: Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families
*This webinar will NOT be recorded.
Every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math. This belief helps ST Math become a powerful tool many students are using in FCPS. Students develop their math knowledge through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.
Join us for this important webinar to learn how families can use ST Math with their children to help them develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.
- Discover how learning occurs in ST Math
- Support students working in the program from home
- Uncover how to view student progress
- Locate additional resources for ST Math use at home
Presented by Jim deBerjeois, and Vivian Doughty, Professional Learning Specialists at MIND Research Unit.
May 24, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. AND 6:30-7:15 p.m.
June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. AND 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Register for ST Math: Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families
Oakton High School Robotics Team STEM Open House
Want to learn more about STEM and robotics? Want to drive a robot used for competition? The Oakton High School robotics team is hosting a STEM Open House Saturday, May 29th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Activities including driving a robot, making DIY gadgets, learning about our robotics team, and more! CDC and FCPS regulations will be in place, so make sure you bring a mask and socially distance. Please help the team plan for the event and keep everyone safe by indicating your arrival time on this sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa4a9292-oakton
Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Gwen Harter and the Robotics Business Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Rec-PAC Information
Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.
Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.
For more information, please visit the Rec-PAC website.
Monday, May 31: Memorial Day Holiday (No School)
Tuesday, June 8: Virtual Synchronous Day for All Students (No in-person classes)
Friday, June 11: Last Day of School, 2-Hour Early Release (2:15 p.m.)
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