Westbriar Elementary School PTA
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information about Kindergarten registration? Please visit this link https://westbriares.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21 and be sure to watch the presentation.
How do I register my child for Kindergarten? If your child is 5 years old by September 30, 2020, please contact the school at 703-937-1700 to register your child for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.
What is Open House? Open House will look a little different this year due to COVID-19. We are exploring creative ways to introduce you to our Westbriar community and school. Be on the look out for an email from the school or for from Aja Chaker. To give you an idea, we are hoping to provide a virtual school tour by our principal and PTA President.
What is Back to School Night? Back to School Night, which is scheduled for August 20, 2020, is an opportunity for the parents (no children please) to meet their teacher, see their classroom and meet other parents in their class. This will look a little different than usual because of COVID but we are aiming to give you a virtual, live experience to see your classroom and meet the teacher (and maybe even virtually meet other parents as well!). It is also an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about upcoming Westbriar activities and programs AND it is a great time to join the PTA and get involved! It is a good idea to attend if possible, as the parents will find out what is in store for their children for the upcoming school year.
What supplies do I need to purchase for my child? Each grade level at Westbriar provides a list of the supplies that are needed— you can find the kindergarten supply list HERE. Note that all supplies on the list are community supplies and will be shared by all of the students in the classroom. DO NOT purchase your child's favorite Hello Kitty folder, as it will be shared with everyone.
Don ’t like to shop? A complete supply kit for Kindergarten can be purchased from the Westbriar PTA and delivered to your child's classroom.
Go to www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter school code WES004 to order your kit. Orders are due JULY 15, 2020.
Refund policy: Cancel your order before July 15, 2020, when Sprout starts delivering kits to schools. Or, after receiving your kit, you can return the entire kit with all of its contents unopened within 30 days of delivery.(Shipping to the warehouse facility is the responsibility of the customer at that point.)
How can I contact other parents of rising kindergarteners? The contact information of new students at Westbriar is not officially published until the fall, but if you want information about kindergarten play dates and upcoming activities, please contact the Rising Kindergarten Liaison, Aja Chaker. Additionally, please fill out the this Google Form to give us permission to share your contact information with fellow kinder families!
How can my child meet other kindergarteners prior to the start of school? Westbriar PTA usually hosts 2-3 playdates over the summer, but this year we will probably host virtual meet-and-greets instead. Stay tuned for more information from Aja Chaker.
What are the hours of operation for kindergarten? WES kindergarten involves a full day of learning, but the bell schedule is still being finalized. WES administration will relay this information once it becomes available.
When can I drop my child off in the morning? More information about drop-off and pick-up will be available as the bell schedule is finalized in the coming months.
Is the first day of school for other students the same as the first day for kindergarteners? WES start day is the same for all Westbriar students. This year, it is August 25, 2020.
I need after school care for my child – who do I contact? School Age Child Care (SACC) is a Fairfax County Office for Children program for children attending elementary school. The program provides professional care for children of working parents attending kindergarten through sixth grade, and is offered at Westbriar. Please contact the Office for Children at 703-449-8989 to receive information or to enroll. In addition, there are several venues that provide after school child care and will pick up your child at Westbriar, including Enshin Karate, Mt. Kim Martial Arts, Chesterbrook Academy and YMM Art Space. There are Westbriar children in each of these programs, however the PTA does not officially endorse any of these vendors.
How do I find out what class my child is in? Westbriar will mail the class assignments to your home approximately one week prior to the start of school.
How large should I expect my child's class to be? The average size of WES kindergarten classes ranges from 22 to 28 students. Kindergarten classes are always assigned a full-time instructional assistant in addition to the teacher. However, social distancing guidelines for the 2020-21 school year mean in-person classes will be much smaller; more information on this will be available in the coming months.
On the first day of school, can I walk my child to their classroom? The first day of school is an important milestone! Westbriar’s Administration will provide guidelines for wishing our little ones well on their first day while adhering to social distance guidelines.
How do I know if my child needs to ride the bus to school? Bus service is provided for children who live more than one mile from school or where walking is hazardous. A bus schedule will be mailed to your home approximately one week prior to the start of school. For more information, please contact FCPS Department of Facilities and Transportation at 703-249-7100. You may also see official FCPS information here.
How can we ensure that my child gets on the right bus? Westbriar takes careful steps to make sure that children ride the correct bus. Westbriar buses will have a sign in the window to the left of the door that says "WES" and the bus number. If your child gets on the wrong bus, the bus driver will return your child to the school and the parents will be notified. Safety is Westbriar ’s top concern.
My child is a walker, is it safe for them to walk alone? Walkers should always travel to and from school with older children from their neighborhood or with an adult. The PTA student directory, available in the school office, is a resource for parents wanting to connect with neighborhood families. Crossing guards help walkers at intersections near the school. More guidance on pick-up and drop-off will be available in the coming months.
What is the procedure for drop-off and pick-up? Westbriar has a designated "Kiss and Ride" area that is used by parents who drop off and/or pick up their children. Kiss and Ride procedures are provided to enrolling families at the start of each school year. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to discharge students on other areas of the school property. Please drive with caution around the school.
Who do I need to notify if my child is absent? You must call the attendance line at 703-937-1717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also a courtesy to notify your child's teacher via email.
Can I visit my child? Under ordinary circumstances, there would be endless opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and be an active part of the Westbriar experience. We do not know how new social distancing guidelines will impact parent presence in classrooms, but will share that information once we know more.
The school day is long – can I send in a snack? Yes, kindergarteners are allowed an afternoon snack – you may pack a healthy peanut-free snack in their back-pack every day. You may also include a small bottle of water.
How does lunch money work? Each student is given a PIN at the start of the school year that is linked to their student account. The easiest way to purchase meals is ONLINE using www.myschoolbucks.com, where you can set up a secure prepaid account for your child. Once the account is open, parents may check the account at anytime. Or if you prefer, you may pay by check, made payable to Westbriar Food Services. Bring the check to school – your student's name and PIN must be written on the memo line. You may also dictate whether or not your child may purchase snacks.