November Newsletter from Principal Tam and PTA

GovDelivery 5 days 21 hours ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Families,

Thank you, Amanda Aragon and the Pumpkin Fest committee, for putting together a fun evening for our community. Staff members and students had a great time and they are all looking forward to sharing the raffle prizes together. Please see below the upcoming PTA events, all are welcome to join in the fun!

Congratulations! Our school has been selected to receive the Superintendent’s Excellence in Equity Award. Below is what Region 2 Superintendent, Dr. Zuluaga emailed me about this award.

“Dr. Brabrand and the School Board have created a new and very important recognition to celebrate your school’s progress and achievement as we continue to raise the bar and close student achievement gaps.  After a careful analysis of the Division SOL data, your school has earned a Level 1 performance for each reporting group and all gap group indicators in both English and mathematics for the 2018-19 school year.  We are very proud of this accomplishment.”

Yesterday, at our Region 2 principal meeting, I accepted this award on behalf of the hard-working staff at our school. As you know, we have amazing staff members who show a high level of dedication each day to ensure that all students are getting the best quality of education at our school. Please be sure to recognize our amazing staff on a job well done!

I hope to see you at our Book Fair and Thanksgiving Luncheon next week. If I do not get the opportunity to do so in person, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving 😊.

Principal Tam

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From the Library

Reminder to visit the Westbriar Book Fair starting next week! We are open Wednesday Nov 13th and Thursday Nov 14th until 4:30. We appreciate your support of Westbriar and the library program. A special thanks to Julianna Lieu, our Book Fair chair, and all of the volunteers who helped to make the Book Fair a success!

Here is a list of Pumpkin contest winners. We had close to 150 students participate this year!

The winners are:

                Best Overall Winner: The Falcon by Emma Zorigt

                Best Overall Runner up: Room on the Broom by Caitlin Sember

                Favorite Book Character Winner: Gerald by Mia Georgeadis

                Favorite Book Character Runner up: Harry Potter by Claire Zhang

                Spookiest Winner: Pennywise by Arav Upadhyay

                Spookiest Runner up: Scary Pirate by Anabelle Virnik

                Funniest Winner: Minion by Akshita Sharma

                Funniest Runner up: Captain Underpants by Ella Jaskot

                Most Creative Winner: Brown Dog by Brynn Edwards

                Most Creative Runner up: Bubblegum Machine by Chloe Ko

                Cutest Winner: Porcupine by Evelyn McGuire

                Cutest Runner up: Gumball Machine by Giacomo Banov

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thanksgiving Luncheon Schedule

 Lunch, November 13th

K-3rd 

 

Lunch, November 14th

4th-6th

Lunch Time

Teacher

Lunch Line

Lunch Location

 

Lunch Time

Teacher

Lunch Line

Lunch Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:55-11:35

Welch

A

Cafeteria

 

11:05-11:35

Chamberlain

B

Gym

11:00-11:40

Melton

A

Cafeteria

 

11:10-11:40

Dickson

B

Gym

11:10-11:50

Zmuda

A

Cafeteria

 

11:20-11:50

Leonard

B

Gym

11:15-11:55

Eaton

A

Cafeteria

 

11:25-11:55

Orzechowski

B

Gym

11:25-12:05

Grant

A

Cafeteria

 

11:35-12:05

Crossin

B

Gym

11:30-12:10

Ain

A

Cafeteria

 

11:40-12:10

Park

B

Gym

11:40-12:20

E. Williams

A

Cafeteria

 

11:50-12:20

O’Neill

B

Gym

11:45-12:25

Downs

A

Cafeteria

 

11:55-12:25

Burns

B

Gym

11:55-12:35

Wajert

A

Cafeteria

 

12:05-12:35

Furtado

B

Gym

12:00-12:40

Socarras

A

Cafeteria

 

12:10-12:40

Kuhns

B

Gym

12:10-12:50

Gaver

A

Cafeteria

 

12:20-12:50

Yesvetz

B

Gym

12:15-12:55

A. Williams

A

Cafeteria

 

12:25-12:45

Raymond

B

Gym

12:25-1:05

Gates

A

Cafeteria

 

12:35-1:05

Pleasant

B

Gym

12:40-1:20

Koehler

A

Cafeteria

 

12:40-1:10

Cowles

B

Gym

12:45-1:25

Guinn

A

Cafeteria

 

12:50-1:20

Caudill

B

Gym

12:55-1:35

Meoni

A

Cafeteria

 

12:55-1:25

Cockerill

B

Gym

1:00-1:40

Le

A

Cafeteria

 

1:05-1:35

Cunningham

B

Gym

1:10-1:50

Collins

A

Cafeteria

 

1:10-1:40

Cowles

B

Gym

1:15-1:55

Montesano

A

Cafeteria

 

1:15-1:45

Thompson

B

Gym

 

 

 

 

 

1:25-1:55

Roth

B

Gym

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Westbriar ES Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/2zmGTy78yC2rX7Z5A    You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20th  If you have any questions, please contact Elise Brammer at embrammer@fcps.edu.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From the PTA

Hello Westbriar parents,

Your PTA is hard at work putting together events and volunteering in school.  If you aren't already a member, please JOIN your Westbriar PTA today and help us do more great things at Westbriar!

Hard copies of the Westbriar Directory went out last week.  All PTA members should have received one as a benefit of membership.  If you are a PTA member and you don't have your hard copy directory, please contact Trish Vanstory at wesptaprez@gmail.com.  

Call for Volunteers -- Book Fair and Thanksgiving Luncheons

We schedule our Book Fair the same week as our Thanksgiving Luncheons on purpose, so that parents and kids can come and enjoy shopping after they eat their lunches together.  That means lots of time together, but it also means LOTS of volunteers needed!!  Please volunteer for the Book Fair by clicking here and/or for Thanksgiving Luncheons but clicking here

Call for Donations -- Books needed!

If you have gently used books that your children no longer read, please send them in to the front office for our Book Donation Program -- they go straight to our teachers to use.  The more variety we have in our classrooms, the more interest for our students.  So clean off your shelves and send in your used books today!

Call for Donations -- Games, puzzles, Legos needed!

Fairfax Friends Forever is a Westbriar tradition.  On Friday mornings, our older Westbriar students spend time with younger students, and they build friendship and rapport by spending time together.  As our FFF program is expanding, we need more board games, card games, Legos, puzzles -- anything for our students to play together.  If you have new or gently used items, please send these in to FFF today.

PTA Dates At-A-Glance

11/11-14 -- Westbriar Book Fair daytime (evening hours 11/12) 

Come out and get your kiddos some old-fashioned, no-tech books!  Teacher Wish Lists are there so you can pick out a book for your child's classroom.  Proceeds go to our wonderful Westbriar library!  Click here to volunteer for the Book Fair -- we can't pull off this epic week-long event without our great Westbriar volunteers!

11/12 -- 529 Presentation, 7PM Westbriar cafeteria

Come to our cafeteria to learn more about college savings and how things work with a 529 plan.  Get started early -- college comes a lot quicker than you might think!

11/13 -- Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's -- Dining for Dollar$

Join us for dinner at Foster's Grille and bring or show this flyer so 20% of your proceeds will come back to Westbriar PTA!  Then head to Ben & Jerry's, just down the way, for dessert -- another 20% of the proceeds will come back to your PTA!!  Just don't forget to show the flyers and tell the folks at the cash registers that YOU'RE THERE FOR WESTBRIAR PTA!!!

11/13-14 -- Thanksgiving Luncheons -- Join your student for this annual tradition!  Click HERE to see the schedule and click HERE to volunteer to serve lunches to others.

12/4 -- Walk to School Wednesday

Instead of waiting in the carpool line, get out there, breathe some fresh hour, and get some movement!  Students will receive a special token for walking to school, rain or shine!

12/5 -- December PTA meeting, 9:30 AM, Westbriar Cafeteria -- Voting on proposed changes to bylaws and contributions to Westbriar! Join us to get to know other parents and stay informed about all the happenings in our school.  Special presentation by Tina Eid, Westbriar's Speech Therapist.  Plus, we will be voting on bylaws changes and capital expenditures for Westbriar!

12/12 -- Panera Bread Dining for Dollar$

12/13 -- Skate Night @ SkateQuest, Reston, VA

Come out for this annual night of fun on the ice!  Tickets include skate rental and skating for the evening ...

As the holidays near, please use Amazon Smile for Westbriar whenever you're ordering from Amazon!

Thank You Notes

Thank you to Amanda Aragon, who put together an amazing new event for our school, Pumpkin Fest!  We had a great crowd of students and parents come out to enjoy dinner, buy pumpkins, take family portraits, enjoy an art maze, go trunk or treating in the gym, and especially -- unmistakably -- they enjoyed the raffles donated by our amazing Westbriar staff!!  This event, with all of its ambitious undertakings, was Amanda's creation, and we so enjoyed ourselves!  Thank you for your amazing organizational skills and hard work, Amanda!!

Thank you to Gulcin Ross, a member of our Copy Crew upon whom we've relied for several weeks to make copies for the Wednesday Folder of every Westbriar student.

Thank you to Julianna Lieu, for putting together tables, umbrellas, storage for our new outdoor classroom in the school courtyard.

Thank you to our intrepid Jennifer Sellers for putting together our Westbriar Book Donation Program.  Clean off your shelves and send in your gently used children's books for our teachers to use in our classrooms!  This program was Jennifer's brainchild, with the goal of providing additional materials for new classroom teachers at no cost to those teachers.

Thank you to Gulcin Ross for verifying, editing, and submitting our Westbriar Directory for printing.  Thank you to Suneeta Rana, Trish Vanstory, and Crystal Petersen distributing the printed directories.  Didn't get one?  Join the PTA and we'll send one home with your student!

Thank you to Jenny White for organizing Stock the Staff Room for the 6th grade in October and the 5th grade in November.

Thank you to Jesse Holtslander and Nisha Thakker for taking over on our Dining for Dollar$ bookings.  Each time we dine out together, we improve our Westbriar camaraderie and help out the PTA at the same time!

----

Trish Vanstory

Westbriar PTA President

wesptaprez@gmail.com 

 

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

October 2019 Newsletter from Principal Tam and PTA

GovDelivery 4 weeks 2 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents,

We are getting close to the end of the 1st quarter and time is flying by for us. Thank you to all parent volunteers on Field Day, we were able to have another successful event because of your help and participation. Thank you to Mrs. Shoop and Mr. Pulliam for their leadership and organization of Field Day.

Please be sure to sign up for a parent/teacher conference with your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will share or have shared conference sign up links so please be on the lookout for it. Below are several important news and announcements, please do not miss all the great things happening at Westbriar for October.

Take care and I look forward to seeing many of you at our next PTA event - Pumpkin Fest on Friday, October 25th.

Principal Tam

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Library News:

FCPS has launched a new catalog system call Destiny. Go to http://fairfax.follettdestiny.com to access the catalog. Select Westbriar from the Elementary School list. Students can login (use the blue FCPS bar on the left) with their user name and password to see their account, create a favorites list, put up to two books on hold, and see what books they have checked out. These are just a few great features of our new catalog!

The annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest is back! Decorated, but not carved, pumpkins can be dropped off to the library from Monday, Oct 21st to Wednesday, Oct 30th. Judging will take place on Oct 31st.  A flyer with all of the details went home in Wednesday folders last week.

Mark your calendars! The Book Fair will be Nov 11th to Nov 14th with late hours on Tuesday, Nov 12th. It is a great opportunity to support the library program and do some early holiday shopping. Please watch for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Please contact Mrs. Fuselier at kmfuselier@fcps.edu with any questions.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Picture Day is Coming

Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019.

Parents can Pre-Pay online by using the following link:  Click Here to order!

or copy and paste this link: http://www.barksdalephoto.com/

Please refer to your flyer that will be sent home in Wednesday Folders for your Online Password.

Parents should place their order online or fill out the envelope portion of their flyer. Please return either your receipt or payment envelope on Picture Day.  If you have any questions, contact our Customer Service Department at 800-220-7667.

We're looking forward to an AWESOME Photo Day!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FROM PTA

Did you enjoy Back to School Fun Night?  Are you looking forward to Pumpkin Fest?  Does your student participate in after-school enrichment activities?  Then you are enjoying the benefits of having a strong, highly participatory PTA.  If you aren't already a member, please JOIN your Westbriar PTA today and help us do more great things at Westbriar!

As the holidays near, please use Amazon Smile for Westbriar whenever you're ordering from Amazon!

PTA Dates At-a-Glance

10/16 -- Chick-fil-A Dining for Dollar$

10/25 -- Pumpkin Fest!

11/4-8 -- 5th Grade Stock the Staff Room

11/6 -- Walk to School Wednesday

11/11-11/14 -- Book Fair

11/12 -- 529 Presentation

11/13 -- Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's Dining for Dollar$

11/13-11/14 -- Thanksgiving Lunches

12/2-6 -- 4th Grade Stock the Staff Room

12/5 -- December PTA meeting

12/13 -- Skate Night

 

10/16 -- Chic Fil A Dining for Dollar$, 5-8PM at Chick Fil A Tysons West In-line

Ready for a night away from the kitchen?  Join us for some fun and some Westbriar socializing (and "eat mor chicken," since the PTA gets 15% of the proceeds when you mention Westbriar at the register!)

10/25 -- Join us at Westbriar PTA's Pumpkin Fest!  WAIT TO BUY YOUR PUMPKIN from our Pumpkin Patch!  Take a family picture at our professional Fall Photo booth!  Enter as many times as you like for your child to win raffles for special activities with their teachers!  Dinner and dessert available for purchase.  Trick or treat and a MAZE in the gym!  It's going to be big fun!!! 

VOLUNTEER for Pumpkin Fest -- help us put on this new event!!

11/4-8 -- Fifth Grade Stock the Staff Room

Fifth grade families, this is your opportunity to show some love and appreciation to our Westbriar staff!  Send in individually packaged treats (homemade or store bought), teas, coffees, etc. for our staff to enjoy for the whole month of November.  You have a whole week to participate!

11/6 -- Walk to School Wednesday!  It's good for the kids, it's good for the environment -- let's walk to school! 

11/11-14 daytime (evening hours 11/12) -- Westbriar Book Fair 

Come out and get your kiddos some old-fashioned, no-tech books!  And support our Westbriar library while you do it! 

11/12 -- 529 Presentation, 6PM Westbriar cafeteria

Come to our cafeteria to learn more about college savings and how things work with a 529 plan.  Get started early -- college comes a lot quicker than you might think!

11/13 -- Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's Dining for Dollar$

Both of these Vienna businesses team up to give our Westbriar families a delicious dinner and dessert, and to give back 20% of their proceeds to our PTA!

11/13-14 -- Thanksgiving lunches

12/2-6 -- Fourth Grade Stock the Staff Room

Fourth grade families, this is your opportunity to show some love and appreciation to our Westbriar staff!  Send in individually packaged treats (homemade or store bought), teas, coffees, etc. for our staff to enjoy for the whole month of November.  You have a whole week to participate!

12/5 -- December PTA meeting

Join us to vote on our proposed bylaws changes, get to know other parents, and stay informed about all the happenings in our school!

12/13 -- Skate Night @ SkateQuest, Reston, VA

Come out for this annual night of fun on the ice!  Tickets include skate rental and skating for the evening ...

Thank You Notes

Thank you to Jennifer Sellers, who managed our spirit wear orders this year.  She designed the options, managed and promoted the ordering process, collected all payments, and sorted and handed out all of the different orders.  Now we're all decked out as Falcons!  Thank you, Jennifer!

Thank you to Elisa Clifton, our Walk to School chair.  Elisa organized and promoted a very successful Walk to School event on October 2nd.  We will have several more Walk to School Wednesdays this fall and spring, during which students who walk to school can pick out tokens for their W2S necklaces.  Keep on walking -- it's so much better for our environment than driving in your car!

Thank you to Anahita Kamjou, who has set us up for our first Falcon Arts program this year (the replacement for GRACE Arts.)  Anahita recruited volunteers from every classroom, edited artist info and projects for presentation, and ordered all the art supplies for the year for the entire school to enjoy the program.  Special thanks as well to Stenwood PTA, for sharing their Creative Bee program with us, so we didn't have to reinvent the wheel.  Thank you, Anahita!  And thank you, Deanna Heier(Stenwood PTA President) and Lisa Mak(Stenwood PTA VP of Social Affairs.)

Thank you to Angie Gutenson, Hina Jumani, Gulcin Ross, Trish Vanstory, and Valerie McFalls, our bylaws committee, for putting together a new set of proposed bylaws for our PTA to adopt this year, nicely in time for our bylaws revision due date!

Thank you to Natalie Lueders, Brooke Edwards, Olga Feschenko, and Hina Jumani, our Display Case committee.  They are doing an excellent job of creatively decorating our PTA display case in the front hallway.  Their work informs, sparks interest, and lightens up the hallway for all to see!

Thank you to Jenni Bae, who organizes Westbriar's #iCare inclusion program, for her work in putting together a school-wide curriculum teaching inclusion for all.

Thank you to Crystal Petersen, Valerie McFalls, and Jessica Chen, who are our parent volunteers for Science Olympiad this year.  They have recruited students for teams and are organizing and prepping them to compete in the regional Science Olympiad this fall.  Good luck, Westbriar!

Thank you to Roopa Chowbey, our Odyssey of the Mind chair.  Roopa has recruited teams and coaches who will prep throughout the year and then compete in the spring.  The student teams gather regularly with their coaches.  They learn how to solve complex problems in a group setting, and they get to know one another, too.

Thank you to Nandita Kalyan, our Spelling Bee chair.  Nandita has registered Westbriar in the Scripps Spelling Bee competition.  Soon you'll hear more about registration for our Westbriar Spelling Bee, which is set for February 20th.

--

Trish Vanstory

Westbriar PTA President

wesptaprez@gmail.com 

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

Changes to After School Enrichment Program Dismissal Process

GovDelivery 1 month 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents:

Our Fall After School Programs are off to a great start!  We have many students registered for the amazing variety of enrichment classes offered thru the PTA.  A big thank you to Katie Chernyak for organizing and scheduling our after school program.

Starting Monday, October 7th, the following changes will take place:

  • All exterior doors will remain locked during after-school enrichment classes.
  • Parents who will pick up their children from after school classes will meet their children under the front portico at entrance # 1.  Parents will still need to sign out their children from their classes.
  • Club staff will bring students to the main lobby for dismissal to streamline the dismissal process.
  • If parents need to pick up their children early from an enrichment class, they need to reach out to the after-school teacher ahead of time in order to make arrangements to have their child brought to entrance # 1. 

We want to be proactive with our safety practices and thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Have a nice weekend,

Principal Tam

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

AAP Information and Meetings

GovDelivery 1 month 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents:

I am sharing some important Advanced Academic news and date of events - most especially our AAP Parent Information meeting scheduled for this Monday, Sept. 30th at 9:30am.  Our meeting on Monday only covers the continuum of services available K-12 and does NOT include any information about AAP screening and identification.  Our December 2nd will cover AAP screening and identification process.  This information will also be sent home as a flyer next week in our Wednesday folders.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tompkins our AART.

Thank you,

Principal Tam

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Advanced Academic Programs News

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  Tara-Jeanne Tompkins, Westbriar’s Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will be presenting information on the levels of service in the FCPS Advanced Academic Program and information regarding the screening and referral process for Level IV services. This information is also located on the FCPS Advanced Academics website. If you have questions about AAP services or screening, please contact Mrs. Tompkins at tdtompkins@fcps.edu. 

Save the Dates
  • Monday, September 30- Parent Information Meeting @ 9:30 A.M. in cafeteria
    • Topic: Advanced Academics Levels of Service
  • Thursday, October 10- Due date for AAP Level IV Referral Forms for students new to FCPS (grades 3-6) ONLY. If this is a consideration, please contact Mrs. Tompkins to clarify the process.
  • Monday, December 9- Parent Information Meeting @ 9:30 A.M.
    • Topic: Level IV Referrals/Screening Process
  • Thursday, January 09, 2020- Due date for AAP Level IV Referral Forms (gr 2-6) for the 2020-2021 school year. Referral forms and optional materials from parents are due to Mrs. Tompkins by 4pm.

 

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

September Newsletter from Principal Tam and PTA

GovDelivery 2 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents:

We had a wonderful two weeks of school!  Teachers and students have gotten to know one another and established important routines.  Thank you for your support.  If you are new to our school community, welcome!  Each month, I send out a parent newsletter in collaboration with our PTA so you would get monthly news and updates - all in one place.  If you know someone new this year, ask them to sign up for News You Choose and select Westbriar to receive our monthly newsletters. 

It was wonderful to see and meet so many parents who attended our first PTA meeting of the school year yesterday morning.  We hold PTA meetings in the mornings and evenings on a rotating basis.  You are an important part of your child's education, I hope to see many of you at our PTA meetings this school year. 

Here are some important safety reminders:

  • We have staff in yellow vests with stop signs at arrival and dismissal.  Please watch out for them and obey the stop signs when they are raised to allow for students and parents to safely cross busy streets.  We had a few mishaps where thankfully no one was hurt, but cars were speeding down the road and not paying attention to staff members in yellow vests who were holding up stop signs.  We need your help to ensure our community is safe at arrival and dismissal.
  • Kiss and Ride:  1) please have your child load and unload from the passenger side of the car.  You should not get out of your car, our staff members will open the door and help your child into your car.  We do our best to get you on your way so please stay inside your car during Kiss and Ride.  2) Please have your Kiss and Ride Tag displayed so we can see your number.  3) If you need more time to help your child get settled, please pull forward to the side of the school (near SACC entrance) so other cars can move forward in the Kiss and Ride lane. 

Thank you for your partnership, we are truly an collaborative community.  I hope to see you at our Back to School Fun Night this evening.

Principal Tam

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Field Day Information

The physical education department is getting ready for our Westbriar Field Day on September 27 (rain date is Oct. 4).  We would love to have parent volunteers help make this a great day for all of our students.  Volunteers are needed to help run a station/game.  We like to have two parent volunteers per station to help as the classes come by to play.  Volunteers would stay at the same station until all the classes have come through.  The teachers will travel with their classes to help manage the students.  Grades K-3 have their field day from 9:45-11:50 and grades 4-6 have theirs from about 1-3:15.   You would only need to volunteer for either morning or afternoon.  The sign up genius link is listed below for the different sessions, please click on the link and sign up for a station. We can’t do field day without our wonderful volunteers!  If you have any questions please email Mrs. Shoop  Debbie.shoop@fcps.edu  or Mr. Pulliam  kcpulliam@fcps.edu .

Sign Up Genius Links for field day:

Kindergarten – third grade:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BACA92A1-2019

Fourth- sixth grade:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BACA92A1-20191

Thank you

Debbie Shoop

Kevin Pulliam

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From PTA

Welcome back to school from your Westbriar PTA!  We are so excited for the year in front of us!

Click here to JOIN YOUR PTA!!  Support your child's school by joining Westbriar PTA!  Please give of yourself -- in terms of time and/or money -- to your PTA!

Odyssey of the Mind Interest Meeting -- Tues, Sept. 17th @ 7PM in the library.  If your child is interested in a creative, problem-solving competition and you're interested in being there to guide him/her, come see what OotM is all about!

National Walk/Bike to School Day -- Wed., Oct. 2nd.  Students earn a token for walking or riding their bikes to school!  Get out, enjoy the weather, and walk or bike safely to school.

Sixth grade Stock the Staff Room -- Oct. 7-11.

Sixth grade parents, show your appreciation for the staff by sending in individually wrapped treats (i.e., granola bars, chips, cookies, drinks, and/or trail mix) with your child or by dropping them off in the front office.

October PTA meeting -- Thurs., Oct. 10th @ 7PM in the library.  

Come learn all about our PTA programming, participate in any votes we are taking, and get to know parents and teachers alike.  Karen Fuselier will be presenting at the beginning of our meeting to share information about the Westbriar library and the resources it offers to students.  

Dining for Dollars -- Wed., Oct. 16th, 5-8PM at Chick Fil A Tysons West In-line

Ready for a night away from the kitchen?  Join us for some fun and some Westbriar socializing (and "eat mor chicken," since the PTA gets 15% of the proceeds when you mention Westbriar at the register!)

Westbriar Directory advertising

A to Z directories will be printing our school directory this year, which are available to all PTA members.  That means a great advertising audience for you!  Write to  SupportMySchool@atozconnect.com for more details.

PTA Fall Activity -- (formerly known as Halloween Bingo Night) -- Fri., Oct. 25th 

Westbriar PTA hereby invites all families and staff to a new social event, designed for fun and togetherness at school!  More details to follow ...

 

Your PTA Thanks YOU

There has been so much work behind the scenes to get this PTA year started, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the following volunteers:

  • Jennifer Sellers, who served as our PTA President for the last two years, but continues to be completely involved by chairing the Field Day shirt program, the Spirit Wear program, Dining for Dollars, Cultural Arts Assemblies, Staff Hospitality, and Back to School Fun Night. (And that's just this fall!)
  • Aja Chaker, our rising kindergartener liaison, who arranged playdates for incoming kindergarten students (and parents) over the summer.  Aja also manages the Westbriar marquee sign on the curb at the school.
  • Suneeta Rana, our VP of Membership, who has worked tirelessly to make our PTA easy to join and fun to be a part of.  This is Suneeta's 14th and last year as a Westbriar parent, and her 6th year as a PTA chair or board member.
  • Katy Lee, Heather Gatewood, and Amy Blas, who slogged through auditing our PTA books for 2018-19.
  • Deirdre Naughton, our continuing PTA Treasurer, who wrapped up the 2018-19 year balanced to the PENNY, and who drafted this year's budget (and who, once our new budget is passed, will write every check all year long.)
  • Angie Gutenson, who manages all PTA social media and sends out fun and informative posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Jenni Bae and Dara Dirth, who arranged for and delivered school supply kits for over 300 students this year, saving lots of time and headaches for over 300 happy parents.
  • Julianna Lieu, who put together refreshments for our PTA Meet and Greet on Monday, 8/26, for lots of new and continuing parents to enjoy.  Julianna also continues as our PTA Secretary, and she'll be taking our minutes at every board meeting and membership meeting, all year long.
  • Siritha Bathula, our new PTA Webmaster, who has already applied her magic to our homepage -- check us out at www.westbriarpta.org !
  • Katie Chernyak, our continuing VP of Enrichment, who put together a dazzling array of 24 diverse enrichment classes for our students to enjoy before and after school this fall.

Trish Vanstory

Westbriar PTA President

wesptaprez@gmail.com 

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

Waterline replacement on Old Court House Road

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents:

I received the following email notification about a water line replacement on Old Courthouse Rd that will start next week.  As this may impact your family's commute to and from school, I wanted to share this information with you.

You may contact Ms. Emily Goodman should you have any questions.

Thank you,

Principal Tam

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Good afternoon,

I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that beginning next week, a contractor working for the Town of Vienna will be relocating a water line in Old Courthouse Rd.  While we will work to impact school traffic as little as possible, there will be daily flagging operations along Old Courthouse Rd.  Please reach out to me with any issues or concerns. 

Thank you.

Emily Goodman

Site Development Construction Inspector

127 Center Street S

Vienna, VA  22180

Emily.Goodman@viennava.gov

703-255-6384 (office)

viennava.gov

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

Welcome Back 2019-2020

GovDelivery 2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Westbriar Parents:

We have been working hard these past few days to get our school ready for you and your children.  The hallway floors are freshly waxed and shiny and there are lots of decorations in and out of the classrooms for students to enjoy.  We look forward to seeing you and your child at our Open House tomorrow morning from 10am-11am. 

As mentioned in your child's class placement letters, please remember that tomorrow evening is also our Back to School Night from 6:30pm - 8:10pm.  We will open our main doors (entrance #1) at 6:20pm so parents can arrive and be seated for the first session to start promptly at 6:30pm. 

Session 1:  6:30pm -  7:00pm**

Session 2:  7:05pm - 7:35pm**

Session 3:  7:40pm - 8:10pm**

**Music, PE, Art, Speech, Library, Technology, AART and other specialists will be in our cafeteria all three sessions so please stop by to see them to learn more about their programs.

Please note if you ordered a school supply kit, the kits will not be delivered until this Friday, August 23rd.  I know this is a change from previous years when we had the kits at Open House.  This date was the best date our vendor could deliver our supply kits to us.  Thank you for your understanding.

**New this year**  All of our staff, to include Mr. Simms-Smith and I, recorded  short introductions so you, our community, could get to know each of us a little bit better.  Please go to this link to virtually "meet" your child's teacher or other teachers and staff members in our building.  I know you will enjoy the videos as you get to know our amazing staff!  Please note that since there are a lot of videos to load in Flip Grid, there might be a slight delay on your screen.  Once the screen has loaded, you will click on the down arrow (located to the right of the screen) next to "14 topics" to find the grade level or team of videos you want to view. 

https://flipgrid.com/8af45156

I look forward to seeing you at Open House or Back to School Night tomorrow.

Have a good evening,

Principal Tam

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Band and Strings...Music to Our Ears!

Please consider joining, or continuing with, our incredible band and strings program! If you are a 4th through 6th grader, you have the opportunity to participate in this additional music programming.  

Strings: grades 4-6 and Band: grades 5-6. 

Additional information and registration can be found at the link below. Should you have questions, please contact JoAnn Azzarello (Band) at: jazzarello@fcps.edu or John Barger (Strings) at jtbarger@fcps.edu.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/9oj354qs9RvLngcH9

1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182 | Main Office: 703-937-1700
Attendance: 703-937-1717 | Web | Twitter

12 minutes 19 seconds ago
Westbriar Elementary School News and announcements
http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml Subscribe to GovDelivery feed