Westbriar Elementary School PTA
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 Kindergarten Orientation? Mark your calendar for April 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm to attend Kindergarten Orientation at Westbriar. Bring your rising Kindergartener, as s/he will visit the classrooms while parents sit through a presentation. You may also bring in forms at this time to register your child. At Kindergarten Orientation, you can add your contact information to a signup sheet so that you can be contacted when playdates are scheduled before school starts.
What is Open House? Open House, which is scheduled for August 20, 2020 from 10-11 AM, is an opportunity for the students to meet their teacher, see their classroom and meet other students in their class. 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 students feel more comfortable on the first day of school, after visiting Westbriar.
What is Back to School Night? Back to School Night, which is scheduled for August 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM, is an opportunity for the parents (no children please) to meet their teacher, see their classroom and meet other parents in their class. 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. Click HERE for the kindergarten supply list, and please bring these items to school with you at the Open House or Back to School Night on August 20th, 2020. 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. Orders are usually due in June of the prior school year.
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.
How can my child meet other kindergarteners prior to the start of school? There are two social play dates over the summer for students entering kindergarten. The first one will be held TBD and the second is planned for Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Westbriar Playground. Additional information about these events will be sent to all kindergarten families registered for the 2020-2021 school year who sign up to share their contact information at Open House.
What are the hours of operation for kindergarten? WES kindergarten has the same schedule as the other grades in elementary school, Monday – Friday from 9:20 am until 4:05 pm.
When can I drop my child off in the morning? You may drop your child off as early as 8:50 am. The children should be in their classroom by 9:20 to avoid being counted tardy. If you are later than 9:20, you must come into the front office and sign them in.
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. You may find out by the time you attend Open House, or on that day.
How large should I expect my child's class to be? The average size of WES kindergarten classes typically ranges from 22 – 28 students. Kindergarten classes are always assigned a full-time instructional assistant in addition to the teacher.
On the first day of school, can I walk my child to their classroom? During the first week, many parents accompany their children to the school. If you do this, please arrive as early as possible and walk your child into the cafeteria. This is especially important for the very first day of school. Each kindergarten class will have assigned tables for the first week. You may wait with your child until their class is called. The PTA suggests that you let your child walk with his or her classmates and teacher to the classroom. It provides a smoother transition for both parents and children. Really! After your child leaves for class on the first day of school, please join us for coffee in the cafeteria.
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.
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, should parents need to contact neighborhood families. Crossing guards help walkers at intersections near the school. Parents may also meet their children at the school in the cafeteria at dismissal time to walk home with them.
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 and are available at Open House. 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 before 10:00 at 703-937-1717, or email email@example.com. It is also a nice courtesy to notify your child's teacher via email.
Can I visit my child? There are many volunteer opportunities at Westbriar that offer an ideal time to see your child in the classroom setting. Opportunities vary by classroom, at Back-to-School Night in the fall; you will have the opportunity to sign up.
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.
My child has never eaten lunch in a school cafeteria – it seems quite overwhelming for a 5-year old. For the first 2 months of school (Sep - Oct), parent volunteers can assist the kindergarteners as they purchase lunch in the cafeteria as well as opening their lunches, etc. After school starts, an online signup will be distributed to kindergarten parents to sign up for a slot. On your appointed day, just sign in at the office and proceed to the cafeteria and start helping at the K lunch tables!
If you cannot volunteer, you are still welcome to eat lunch in the cafeteria with your child – just be sure to stop in the main office to sign in before visiting the cafeteria.
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.