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Dear Westgate Families,
We have sprinted through another busy week here at Westgate! Thank you to all the parents in grades 3-6 who have coordinated dropping off and picking up their student for SOL testing. We are down to the final week and are very proud of our student's hard work and determination.
With only three weeks left in the school year please make sure you continue to remain informed on all important correspondence regarding laptop return, instrument drop off dates, and end of year ceremonies.
Also, please note that Tuesday, June 8 is a Synchronous day for ALL students (both virtual & in-person). This means that no students will come to Westgate for in-person learning on this day. Westgate, like many schools, is a voting site and therefore we can't have students in the building this day. Thank you for planning accordingly for this schedule change.
I hope you have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend with family and friends and thank you for your continued support of all things Westgate!
All my best,
Laptop Return Dates
ALL students (except pre-k and summer program students) who were issued an FCPS laptop will need to return their device prior to summer break. Please see below for important dates and instructions for both virtual and in-person students. Please note that if you do not return your laptop, charger, and headphones (if applicable) you will be required to pay for the equipment. Thank you in advance for your help in returning these items so that we can clean and re-image them for students next school year.
In-Person Students (Except PreK & Summer Program Students)
- On June 11 (last day of school) all K-6 students will leave their laptop, charger and laptop sleeve (if issued) in their classroom with their teacher.
Virtual Students (Except PreK & Summer Program Students)
- On June 14 families will drive through our front bus loop (by Door 1) and return their laptop, charger, laptop sleeve (if issued), and headphones (if issued) during the following times:
- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Last name starts with A-L
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Last name starts with M-Z
- Westgate will have staff members collecting and scanning in laptops during this time.
If you have any questions about our laptop pick-up process, please don't hesitate to call the main office at 703-610-5700.
PTA School Supplies - Order NOW!
The PTA is once again offering families the opportunity to order all their school supplies online for next school year. Order online now and in the fall the supplies will be shipped to the school and delivered to your child's classroom. This is not a fundraiser, just a courtesy to our community. Deadline for ordering is July 6th. Order today by clicking here. Westgate's school ID is WES461.
End of Year (EOY) Celebration Ceremonies
To celebrate our students as we finish out this most unique school year, we will continue the tradition of our EOY classroom ceremonies. All ceremonies for Grades 1 - 5 will be virtual and both in-person and virtual students and parents will be able to participate in the event. You will receive a link from your child's classroom teacher closer to the date so you may virtually join the event. Our 6th grade students will have a streamed in-person ceremony (students only) and specific details surrounding that will be sent directly from your child's classroom teacher. We hope that many of you will be able to take part in these celebrations!
Friday, June 4 : PreK @ 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 10
9:15 a.m. - 5th Grade 10:15 a.m. - Kindergarten
11:15 a.m. - 2nd Grade 12:30 p.m. - 3rd Grade
2:00 p.m. - 1st Grade 2:45 p.m. - 4th Grade
Friday, June 11 : 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 10:30 a.m. (*Time Change)
Band Instrument Return by June 7!
Band students will turn in school-rented instruments AFTER their class the week of May 31st-June 4th. In person students can simply leave them with Mr. Erickson after class that week. At home students will need to bring the instrument to the front office after their class. Mr. Erickson will also be available by Door #9 from 10:00-12:00 on Monday, June 7th or parents can bring them to the front office before or after that. Monday, June 7th is that LAST day to turn them in. Instruments MUST be returned by this date.
Activate Your Parent SIS Account Today
Parents & Guardians, please take a moment to activate your SIS Parent Account today.
Request your activation key here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm Once you have the activation key, activate your account here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31379 Your SIS Parent account will provide you with access to your student’s grades and allow you to update emergency contact information online as soon as your account is activated.
For next school year, this account will be vital to accessing school and class information through our Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) our learning management system beginning at the start of the 2021-22 school year. We will share more information about Schoology as the new school year approaches.
SOL Schedule - Grades 3 - 6
Please see below for the most updated SOL schedule for students in Grades 3-6. You should have received an email from Westgate regarding SOL testing regardless if your child is currently receiving in-person or virtual instruction. If you have any questions concerning SOL testing you may reach out to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Cooper @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Intention Form for 2021-22 School Year
To help us plan for next school year, please complete this Student Intention Form here by May 15 if your child will NOT be returning to Westgate for the 2021-22 school year. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Green, our registrar, at TMGreen@fcps.edu.
New Student and Kindergarten Registration Information
Do you have, or know of a new student or rising kindergartener scheduled to come to Westgate next year? Please spread the word that registration is underway as we are excited to meet our newest Wolves. Registration information for kindergarten and new students can be found on our website here. You may also contact our registrar, Tracy Green, at email@example.com if you have additional questions.
Even through this unique school year, we are excited to again be offering a Westgate Yearbook! This year’s yearbook is $15 and order forms will be going home in the next few weeks. We will also place it for order on Myschoolbucks by April 15. If you pay through Myschoolbucks no order form is necessary.
In addition, Westgate will be doing a special 6th grade section of the yearbook again this year. It will include baby and family photos. If you have a 6th grade student and wish to include your child’s photos, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to school in an envelope with your child’s name and teacher. They will be scanned and returned.
Due to current pandemic circumstances, yearbooks will not be finished prior to the end of the school year. However, you will still be able to purchase them in advance and can pick them up when they are delivered this summer. We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for students again this school year.
Viva! Vienna! This Weekend!
Cub Scout Campfire - June 10
Calling all boys and girls rising kindergarten through 5th grade! Cub Scout Pack 1127 invites you to attend our end-of-year campfire on Thursday, June 10th from 6:30-7:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean (1205 Dolly Madison Blvd). You will get to meet our Scouts and Leaders, learn about Scouting and have some fun at a campfire!
If your kids are interested in hiking, camping, cooking, woodworking, forensics, games, and/or music, then they are probably interested in Scouting! It’s a fantastic way for your children to learn life skills and appreciate the outdoors, all while building self-esteem, confidence, and comradery with their age group. Cub Scouting helps support your family by providing fun and meaningful ready-made opportunities for you.
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions about Scouting or Pack 1127 before the campfire, please contact us: Cameron Taylor, Cubmaster (email@example.com), Clare Beam, Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ellie Pelaez, Membership Coordinator (email@example.com).
See you soon!
Camp Fairfax - Summer Childcare Opportunity
Immunization Requirement Updates
Effective July 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will require new school entry immunizations. All grade levels will be affected by these additional immunizations.
Required for School Entry:
A minimum of two doses of Hepatitis (A) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, Kindergarten students must have two doses of Hepatitis A.
- A minimum of two doses of Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, 7th grade students must have one dose and 12th grade students must have one dose.
A minimum of one dose of Rotavirus (RV) vaccine is required: One dose is required for students less than eight months of age.
FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is Accepting Applications for 2021-22
¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ya está aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2021-22! Por favor mire este video para ver si su hijo de 3 o 4 años puede calificar para PreK. Para aplicar en línea: www.fcps.edu busque: PreK Correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org. Para más información llame a la línea de español: 703-208-7901.
Amazon Smile - Support our School!
Looking for an easy way to support Westgate? We have an AmazonSmile account! Every time you shop at Amazon and select the Westgate PTA as your designated charity, and .5% of your purchase will be donated to Westgate. You can click here (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1561076) to get started! Just remember, to shop at smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon page each time you make a purchase! Supporting Westgate couldn't be easier!
FCPS Technology/Support for Families
Parent Technology Help Desk
FCPS has launched a toll-free Parent Technology Help Desk to assist families with technology issues. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered 7 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.)
FCPS has also created an online portal for older students and parents/guardians to request technology help.
31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School for Students
2 - 4 SOL Testing (See Schedule Above)
4 - Pre-K EOY Ceremony
8 - Synchronous Day for All Students - NO in-person instruction @ Westgate
10 - Grades 1-5 EOY Ceremonies
11 - Last Day of School (Early Release @ 1:30 p.m.)
- 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
- Laptop Return Day (In-person Students)
14 - Laptop Return Day (Virtual Students)
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