February 2020
February Dates

6th     PTO Gator Night 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Winchester Skating Rink
6th     Frederick County Spelling Bee 7:00 PM @ James Wood Middle School
12th   Group and Club Picture Day
14th   No School - Professional Development
17th   No School - Presidents Day
21st   PTO Bingo and Baskets 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
24th  Wear Pink for Mrs. Kieffer

 SOL Test Dates


Tuesday 5th            VA. Studies 5th Grade Only
Thursday 7th           Science 5th Grade only
Wednesday 13th     Reading Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th
Wednesday 20th     Math Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th

Please try and make doctors appointments on days we are not testing on.

First Grade

First Grade will be taking a field trip to the Discovery Museum on February 19th and February 20th.
  • February 19th - Kieffer, Kunh and Wilson will go.
  • February 20th - Jenkins and Look will go.

Cost of this trip is $10.00.  Students will leave the school at 9:30 AM and will return at 11:30 AM.

Rising 6th Graders

James Wood Middle School Rising 6th Grade Parent Night 
Thursday, February 13th @ 6:30 PM in the auditorium.


Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 school year will be done in two phases this year.  Parents with a student already enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools should register their rising Kindergarten student between February 3rd - February 28th, between the hours of 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM at Greenwood Mill Elementary School. The parents of rising kindergarten students who have no other children enrolled in FCPS should register their child from March 9th - 13th between the hours of 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  To register during these dates, please call Greenwood Mill to set up a registration appointment time. We will also hold an evening registration. This registration will be on Wednesday, March 11th @ 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. 

Running Club

The spring session of running club will start on Wednesday, February 5th for 2nd and 3rd grade runners and Friday, February 7th for 4th and 5th grade runners. A calendar of running dates for the spring session will be sent home at that time. 

February Dates 2nd and 3rd grade runners:

-February 5th

-February 12th

-February 19th

-February 26th

February Dates for 4th and 5th grade runners:

-February 7th

-February 12th (Wednesday)

-February 21st

-February 26th (Wednesday)

Just a reminder, if we have a delay on a running club day, running club is cancelled for that day.

 Car Riders



Morning Drop Off

  • Students will be dropped off outside of the cafeteria doors. Staff members will be present to ensure students make it safely into the building. Car doors will not be opened for students unless there are some students who cannot get out on their own. The primary reason for staff to be out there is to ensure students enter the building safely. Students are not permitted to be dropped off at the top of the steps, by the playground, or anywhere else around the campus. This is for safety and supervision. 


Afternoon Car Riders

  • Parents will park and come in to the school to pick up their student in the cafeteria.The cafeteria doors will be unlocked at 3:20 and one of the office staff members and additional staff members will be ready to receive you at 3:20 to sign out your child/children. Parents will need to show ID to sign out students.

  • Parents need to stay in the cafeteria until they have their student and exit through the cafeteria door.  If you need to use the restroom, you may use the restrooms in the cafeteria.

  • We encourage walkers and bikers. In order for your child to be dismissed as a walker, you must indicate that they are a walker on the transportation form you completed or you must send in a written note providing permission. We will not release students as walkers otherwise. Please ONLY send your child to our 3 crosswalks with crossing guards. These points are located at the intersection of Channing/Canyon, the playground entrance at Renee and behind the school where the steps are located. 

  • Students may not be picked up on streets surrounding the school. This causes a safety hazard for our walkers. If students are picked up in areas other than the cafeteria or office, walking privileges will be revoked and students will be sent to the cafeteria daily for pick up or will ride the bus home.

 Special Education Corner
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Diabilities
Training for Parents
  • Session 1, March 9….Attendance, Engagement, Rights, IEP/504, Dispute Resolution, Early Childhood
  • Session 2, March 16….Promote Independence, Transfer of Rights, Long Term Goals
  • Session 3, March 23….Assessment and Diploma Options

All sessions are from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at James Wood Middle School Library
(Snow date March 30)
Call 662-3888, ext. 88129 or email boyces@fcpsk12.net with any questions.

Next Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting February 10 at 6pm at James Wood Middle School Library.  All are welcome!

Greenwood Mill Elementary SEAC representative Deanna Reger, rufusgreatdane@mac.com

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

281 Channing Drive, Winchester, VA 22602

(540) 667-7863



Jennifer Muldowney, Principal


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