The Weekly Roar - Friday, February 3, 2023

GovDelivery2 days 9 hours ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar February 3, 2023

 


Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 2/16 – STEAM Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/20 – Presidents Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  • Thursday, 2/23 – Spelling Bee, 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/2 – 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Friday, 3/3 – Student Holiday/School Planning Day
  • Tuesday, 3/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/9 – Celebration of Cultures Night, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

In This Issue
  • February Is Black History Month – Join Lane’s Celebration!
  • STEAM Night Is Coming Thursday, February 16th!
  • Save the Date for Lane’s 2023 Celebration of Cultures Night – Thursday, March 9th!
  • National School Counseling Week, February 6th through 10th
  • Additional Resources for Rising 7th Grade Hayfield Families
  • A Message from the Lane Library: Overdue Notices Emailed This Week

  • PTA News: February meeting, Basket Bingo, and Restaurant Nights at Uno’s!
  • Parent Resources: Mental health resource, low-cost internet, upcoming webinars from the Parent Resource Center
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Calendar feedback, Strategic Plan community forums next week

 

 

News & Notes     February Is Black History Month – Join Lane’s Celebration!

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. You can learn more about Black History month here.

To celebrate this special month at Lane, we encourage students to do one or both of the following:

  1. Create a poster about a Black American that you admire. It could be someone from any time period or any part of life (sports, culture, music, politics, science, etc.). Tell us about that person’s accomplishments and why you admire that person.
  2. If you and/or your family are part of the Black culture, please share your experiences and tell us about your family’s history! We would also like to put together a slide show featuring our Black students and families. If you would like for us to include a picture of your child or family, please email it to our family liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at [email protected] no later than Friday, February 24th.
  STEAM Night Is Coming Thursday, February 16th!

Are you curious about what your child is learning in science? Would you like to try your hand at some engineering, math, or art activities? If so, plan to join us for our first-ever Family STEAM Night on Thursday, February 16th from 6 to 8 p.m.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, and we’ll showcase all of that and more at this entertaining, interactive, and educational event for the whole family! Check out the flyer for more details.

Please RSVP here to let us know you’ll join us. This will help ensure that we have sufficient materials.

 

 

Save the Date for Lane’s 2023 Celebration of Cultures Night – Thursday, March 9th!

We are so excited for the return of Lane's Celebration of Cultures Night, the family-favorite event formerly known as International Night. We haven't all been able to celebrate our wonderful, diverse community in person together since 2019, so this will be a night you won't want to miss! That entire week will also feature spirit days focused on students’ cultural experiences and sharing.

Watch for participation forms and a volunteer sign-up link in the next few weeks, as well as some special activities related to the event!

 

 

National School Counseling Week, February 6th through 10th

National School Counseling Week 2023, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated next week, February 6th through 10th. Its goal is to focus public attention on and celebrate the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success. This year’s theme is “School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big.” Lane is lucky to have two outstanding counselors – Ms. Corl and Dr. Perry – who help our young lions work toward their dreams every day.

 

Additional Resources for Rising 7th Grade Hayfield Families

If your 6th grader will be attending Hayfield Middle School next year, visit the school’s MS Academic Advising Site for resources that might be helpful as you make plans. The site includes videos from all subject-area teachers (elective and core) about the classes they teach as well as a link to the PowerPoint that was shared on Curriculum Night and a link to Hayfield’s rising 7th course selection sheet. This site can be especially helpful if you were not able to attend Curriculum Night last month. An additional parent coffee will be held in March.

If you have questions about the school, please contact one of their family liaisons – Robert Barnes ([email protected]) or Liliana Traweek ([email protected]). Ms. Traweek speaks both English and Spanish.

 

A Message from the Lane Library: Overdue Notices Emailed This Week

Dear Lane Readers,

The library emailed overdue notices yesterday. Students who have books that were due on January 25th or earlier received a notice. Please do your best to look for these books and return them in good condition! If you think a book has already been returned, please email Sue Chozick at [email protected]

As a reminder, there are no fines for overdue books; however, families are expected to pay for or replace lost/damaged books.

 

 

PTA News   February Meeting Is Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

The February PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome. 

Information to join the session is below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,83675189124#,,,,*818590# US (Washington DC)
+13052241968,,83675189124#,,,,*818590# US

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/ksCWya3fI

 

Basket Bingo Is Back – Friday, March 24th! Tickets Now on Sale!

The PTA is excited to announce the return of one of its most popular events and biggest fundraisers – Basket Bingo! This year the theme is “Disney Night.” Information about the event was sent home in Wednesday Folders last week.

Please note that tickets ARE REQUIRED to attend. EVERY person, regardless of age or whether or not they are playing, MUST have a ticket due to Fire Marshal room-capacity regulations.

NO TICKET = NO ENTRY

Tickets are $15 for PTA Members | $20 for non-PTA Members | $7 per student/child.

Early Bird tickets are only on sale until February 28th! Prices will go up on March 1st.

The first 75 tickets sold will be entered into an early-bird raffle. Make sure to get your tickets now at https://lanepta.memberhub.com/w/basketbingo!

 

Donations Needed!

Can you (or your business) donate items for a basket? The PTA is looking for products, toys, entertainment tickets, gift cards, monetary gifts, etc. Donations are tax-deductible. Please let us know what you can donate. Be sure to include: child/parent name, email, and teacher/grade.

To make donations visit the PTA website: https://lanepta.memberhub.com/w/basketbingo.

 

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in volunteering? The Bingo planning committee would love to have your help! Visit the electronic sign-up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0948ABA922A1FDC70-basket. Thanks in advance for your support!

 

 

 

February PTA Restaurant Nights at Uno’s in Kingstowne, February 6th & 7th!

Next Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th are PTA Restaurant Nights at Uno’s! A percentage of Lane sales will be donated back to our school. Dine in and carryout both count! Check the flyers that were sent home in Wednesday Folders this week for details, and be sure to take it with you to the restaurant.

Thanks for supporting the Lane PTA!

 

 

Parent Resources

 

Filling Your Child’s Emotional Bank Account

Read the latest Healthy Minds blog to understand why relationships are like savings accounts, and how you can help build trust and security with your children.

  Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

  Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center Meet the Author Series: All Cats Are on the Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

Cats take a playful look at the world of autism, and these fun feline friends will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Join Kathy Hoopmann as she celebrates the diversity within this neurodiverse community by reading from her book and answering audience questions.

Thursday, February 9th, 7 – 8 p.m.

Register for Meet the Author Series All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Neurodiversity at Elementary Schools

How can families partner with schools?

  • Strategies to set your child up for success
  • How to advocate for your child
  • Tools for collaborating with your child's school

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Friday, February 10th, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Neurdoversity at Elementary Schools

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education: An In-Person Workshop

For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services.

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to prepare for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment, and postsecondary education considerations, and Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.

FCPS educators, register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event.

Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Snow Date: February 22nd)
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Register for Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Supporting Mental Health through Play

Join us for a two-part interactive session designed for parents, caregivers, and educators to discover how incorporating more unstructured play and sensory foundational activities can support all young children’s development, including children with special needs and mental-health concerns.

 

Session #1 Highlights:

  • The power of unstructured play in creating opportunities to build executive functioning skills
  • Differences in play experiences over the past 30-40 years
  • Benefits and Ways of incorporating unstructured play into a child’s day.

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Session #2 Highlights:

  • Angie Voss’ “power sensations” (movement & touch)
  • Reflecting on our own temperaments, including sensory preferences, in order to provide a “goodness of fit” for our child or student
  • Creating an environment where all young children can thrive.

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

This webinar is presented by Early Childhood Special Education Assistant Director Amber Gant with George Mason’s Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Session 1: Friday, February 17th, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: Friday, February 24th, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Mental Health through Play

 

 

FCPS News & Announcements   Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet School Program registration window will be open from Wednesday, March 1st, through Wednesday, April 12th. No late applications will be accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6 p.m., in person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6 p.m., virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6 p.m., in person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6 p.m.

Visit the FCPS website for more details: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery.

 

  Deadline Extended for Feedback on Draft School Year Calendars

Thank you to the approximately 23,000 families, staff, students, and community members who completed FCPS' Calendar Feedback Form!

The School Board discussed the feedback during their January 31st work session. If you haven't had a chance to share your thoughts about the draft school year calendar options, please participate today. The form will close on Monday, February 6th, at noon. The School Board is scheduled to vote on a calendar on Thursday, February 9th.

Learn more about FCPS' calendar development process.

 

 

Share Your Thoughts with Us about the FCPS Strategic Plan

What keeps you optimistic about FCPS? What are your concerns? Answer these and two other questions on our Strategic Plan Feedback Form, and help shape our school division’s future.

Families are also encouraged to attend one of the ongoing Community Forums to help shape the new Strategic Plan. The closest planned forums to Lane are on the following dates:

Two virtual opportunities will be offered, one in Spanish on Wednesday, February 8th, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and one in English on Thursday, February 9th, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Learn about Lane Events, Volunteering, and More This Friday Morning, 8 a.m.!

GovDelivery4 days 13 hours ago

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

 

Learn about Lane Events, Volunteering, and More This Friday Morning, 8 a.m.!

After several years without them due to COVID-19, we are looking forward to the return of several family-favorite Lane events in the coming months, including Celebration of Cultures Night (formerly known as International Night) and Basket Bingo!

Do you want to learn more about these upcoming events and other Lane traditions? Are you interested in volunteering to support the school and helping to make these events successful? If so, please plan to join us for our monthly Partner with the Principal meeting, which will be held this Friday, February 3rd before school at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria. Child care will be provided for school-age children, and the PTA will provide refreshments.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, January 20, 2023

GovDelivery2 weeks 2 days ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar January 20, 2023

 


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 1/23 –SCA Lane Spirit Day: Wear your Lane spirit wear or our school colors (blue and white or yellow)
  • Tuesday, 1/24 – SCA Hat Day: Wear a favorite hat to school
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – SCA Cozy Day: Wear whatever you feel cozy in
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – End-of-quarter 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Thursday, 1/26 & Friday, 1/27 – Student Holidays/Professional Workdays
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 2/16 – STEAM Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/20 – Presidents Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  • Thursday, 2/23 – Spelling Bee, 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/2 – 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Friday, 3/3 – Student Holiday/School Planning Day
  • Tuesday, 3/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/9 – Family Heritage Night, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

In This Issue
  • Final Call for Spelling Bee Participants!
  • End-of-Quarter Early Release and Student Holidays Next Week
  • School Spirit Days Next Week
  • A Message from the Lane Library
  • International Night Is Coming Back Better than Ever with a Brand New Name – Family Heritage Night!
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens Monday!
  • Make Plans Now for Summer Tech Adventure Camp
  • PTA News: Teacher workday lunch January 27th, February meeting
  • Parent Resources: substance abuse parent information; upcoming webinars from the Parent Resource Center
  • FCPS News: Calendar planning update, FY 2024 budget

 

 

News & Notes

 

Can You Hear the Spelling Bee Buzz?

If your child in 1st through 6th grade is interested in participating in this year’s Lane Spelling Bee, be sure to fill out and return the form sent home or sign up online by Monday, January 23rd at 4 p.m. No late forms will be accepted.

The Bee will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 4:45 p.m. (with an inclement weather date of Thursday, March 2nd at 2:45 p.m., an early-release day). Study lists will be provided to interested students and optional before-school sessions may be held to help them practice and prepare.

If you missed the virtual parent meeting last night, you can review the information presented here or on the Library Schoology page.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Chozick at [email protected]

 

End-of-Quarter Early Release and Student Holidays Next Week

It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of the second quarter of the school year already! Next Wednesday, January 25th, is the last day of this reporting period, so it will be an early-release day to give teachers a chance to get started on the end-of-quarter paperwork. Students will be dismissed at 2:05 p.m.

Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th are Student Holidays, and students do not report. Teachers will be spending the days in professional development sessions.

Please make sure these schedule changes are on your calendar.

(Please note: Due to the short week next week, there will not be a Lion’s Roar on Friday. Look for the next issue on Friday, February 3rd.)

  School Spirit Days Next Week!

To celebrate the end of the second quarter – and the first half of the school year! – the Lane SCA is sponsoring three spirit days next week (which is a short one due to Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays). Here’s the list of dates and themes:

  • Monday, January 23rd – Lane Spirit Day: Wear your Lane spirit wear or Lane colors (blue and white or yellow)
  • Tuesday, January 24th – Hat Day: Wear a favorite hat to school
  • Wednesday, January 25th – Cozy Day: Wear whatever you feel cozy in (as long as it’s appropriate and safe for school)

All students are encouraged to participate. We hope yours will join in the fun!

 

A Message from the Lane Library: Overdue Notices Coming Soon

Dear Lane Readers,

With the start of the third quarter, please note that the library will be emailing overdue notices on Thursday, February 2nd. Students who have books that were due on January 25th or earlier will receive a notice. Please do your best to look for these books and return them in good condition!

As a reminder, there are no fines for overdue books; however, families are expected to pay for or replace lost/damaged books.

Contact Sue Chozick, Librarian ([email protected]), with any questions.

 

International Night Is Coming Back Better than Ever with a Brand New Name – Family Heritage Night!

After a three-year absence due to COVID-19, one of Lane’s most popular traditions is coming back – International Night! This year it returns with a new name – Family Heritage Night – to make it even more inclusive and to better reflect the wide range of cultures and backgrounds that make our school so unique. However, our central theme remains the same – “A Celebration of Cultures.” Mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 9th, 6 to 8 p.m. because this is an event you won’t want to miss!

We are looking for some parents to help with planning and putting on this event. We'll have displays, food, performances, and a Parade of Nations, among other activities – all of which need support. If you'd like to help and would like to learn more, please sign up here. Our family liaison, Melanie Crosby Hardy, will contact you soon with more information. Please note that if you help on the night of the event, it will be a limited shift, meaning you and your family can still actively participate to share your culture as well. Thank you to those who’ve already signed up to help. We will contact you with more information the first week of February.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

 

  Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens Monday!

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open this coming Monday, January 23rd. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year.  Please note that you must register your incoming kindergartener at Lane as their base school before applying to the program.

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information.

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings are already underway. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

 

Make Plans Now for Summer Tech Adventure Camp

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current kindergarten to 6th grade students, we have Tech Adventure Camp.

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science. The cost is $275 per week, with transportation included! Check the flyer below for weekly themes and more details. (Click the picture to download the full-size PDF.)

 

PTA News   Staff Appreciation Workday Lunch Friday, January 27th – Your Help Is Needed!

On January 27th – a Teacher Workday – the Lane PTA will provide soups and salads for the Lane staff, who will be spending the day in professional development sessions. The lunch will be served in the cafeteria at 12 p.m., and the PTA needs volunteers to help make it a success. Please visit their electronic sign-up to let them know how you can contribute.

  February Meeting Is Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

The February PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome. 

Information to join the session is below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,83675189124#,,,,*818590# US (Washington DC)
+13052241968,,83675189124#,,,,*818590# US

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/ksCWya3fI

 

PTA Partners with the Principal for Parent Event on Friday, February 3rd, 8 a.m.

If you’re interested in learning more about the PTA and how the group works with and supports our school, as well as how you can get involved, please plan to join us for our monthly Partner with the Principal meeting, which will be held on Friday, February 3rd before school at 8 a.m. Child care will be provided for school-age children. More information coming soon!

 

 

 

Parent Resources

 

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary.

When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”? These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies.

It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 

Sources & Resources

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs

Talk, They Hear You

FCPS SAPS Program

 

If you’d like to learn more about how to have these difficult conversations, please plan to attend a special presentation on this topic at Hayfield Secondary School on Monday, January 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Please note that this session is for adults only.)

After this session, you will understand basic info about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids; be able to list what you can do as a caregiver; and identify and connect with community resources. Please see the flyer for more details.

For further information and support on all of these programs, please contact Bryan Villalobos, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, at [email protected]

  Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning.

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting.
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles, FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1011:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

 

 

FCPS News & Announcements   School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At their January 17th work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in BoardDocs.

The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26th. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9th.

Watch a recording of the Work Session.

Get information on FCPS' calendar-development process.

 

 

FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget Highlights

At the January 12th School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on attracting and retaining teachers and staff, initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap for all students, and giving our youngest learners a strong start, including investments for special education students impacted during the pandemic.

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction. The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs.
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being.
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the board.

Access the presentation slides on BoardDocs.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

REMINDER: PTA After-School Enrichment Registration Closes Tonight at 11:59 p.m.!

GovDelivery2 weeks 3 days ago

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

 

Good evening, Lane families!

The PTA has organized an entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the winter session. Registration is open until TONIGHT - Thursday, January 19th - at 11:59 p.m. 

Don't miss out! Get more information and register today online!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

REMINDER: Spelling Bee Virtual Information Session TONIGHT at 6 p.m.!

GovDelivery2 weeks 4 days ago

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

 

Good afternoon, Lane families!

If your child in 1st through 6th grade is interested in participating in this year’s Lane Spelling Bee, you're invited to attend a virtual parent/student information session tonight (January 18th) at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The log-in information is below.

We hope to see you there!

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97154375503?pwd=emxVQnE0V1RrK0xUVlFqOEV3L3JiZz09

 

Meeting ID: 971 5437 5503

Passcode: 496972

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,97154375503#,,,,*496972# US (New York)

+13017158592,,97154375503#,,,,*496972# US (Washington DC)

 

Dial by your location

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 305 224 1968 US

        +1 309 205 3325 US

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 931 3860 US

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 360 209 5623 US

        +1 386 347 5053 US

        +1 507 473 4847 US

        +1 564 217 2000 US

        +1 669 444 9171 US

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 689 278 1000 US

        +1 719 359 4580 US

        +1 253 205 0468 US

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 971 5437 5503

Passcode: 496972

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, January 13, 2023

GovDelivery3 weeks 2 days ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar January 13, 2023

 

Student Teachers Make Learning Fractions Fun for Fellow Students

The guest teachers explaining fractions to students in Mr. Shaw’s 5th grade math class this week looked familiar to many of those learning the lessons – they were 6th graders from Ms. Wilson’s 6th grade class down the hall! Mr. Shaw and Ms. Wilson partnered to make this peer-to-peer learning project successful and rewarding for Lane lions on both sides of the equation. Students often connect with other students more easily than adults, which can facilitate their learning, and those who teach not only build leadership skills but also strengthen their own learning through reteaching the material.


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  • Friday, 1/20 - PTA Game Night, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – End-of-quarter 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Thursday, 1/26 & Friday, 1/27 – Student Holidays/Professional Workdays
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 2/16 – STEAM Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/20 – Presidents Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  • Thursday, 2/23 – Spelling Bee, 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/2 – 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Friday, 3/3 – Student Holiday/School Planning Day
  • Tuesday, 3/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/9 – Family Heritage Night, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

In This Issue
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Next Monday!
  • Other Calendar Reminders
  • Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week January 15th – 21st
  • Can You Hear the Spelling Bee Buzz?
  • International Night Is Coming Back Better than Ever with a Brand New Name – Family Heritage Night!
  • SEL Screener Results
  • We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication
  • January Is National Mentoring Month
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd
  • Make Plans Now for Summer Tech Adventure Camp
  • PTA News: Winter Enrichment registration, Game Night, and teacher workday lunch
  • Parent Resources: Military family connections; special-education resources; substance abuse parent information session; upcoming webinars from the Parent Resource Center
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Food & Nutrition Services job opportunities

 

 

News & Notes   Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Next Monday!

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. You can learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. here.

FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service – Saturday, January 14th to Monday, January 16th. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved, including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. We hope your student – and your family – will join us in service this weekend.

 

Upcoming Cultural Holidays and Celebrations

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19th and celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O  days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

 

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family. You can read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

 

 

Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week January 15th – 21st

Next week is the statewide celebration of school administrators known as Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week. Our leaders of the Lane Pride, Mrs. Prahl and Mr. Dickens, work hard every day to keep the learning going strong in a safe and supportive school building for all students and staff. We appreciate them every day!

 

Can You Hear the Spelling Bee Buzz?

If your child in 1st through 6th grade is interested in participating in this year’s Lane Spelling Bee, be sure to fill out and return the form sent home last week or sign up online by Monday, January 23rd at 4 p.m. No late forms will be accepted.

The Bee will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 4:45 p.m. (with an inclement weather date of Thursday, March 2nd at 2:45 p.m. – this is an early-release day). Study lists will be provided to interested students and optional before-school sessions may be held to help them practice and prepare.

A parent/student information session will be held via Zoom next Wednesday, January 18th, at 6 p.m. Interested students and their parents should attend. Please use THIS LINK to join the session.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Chozick at [email protected]

 

International Night Is Coming Back Better than Ever with a Brand New Name – Family Heritage Night!

After a three-year absence due to COVID-19, one of Lane’s most popular traditions is coming back – International Night! This year it returns with a new name – Family Heritage Night – to make it even more inclusive and to better reflect the wide range of cultures and backgrounds that make our school so unique. Our central theme remains the same though – “A Celebration of Cultures.” Mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 9th, 6 to 8 p.m. because this is an event you won’t want to miss!

We are looking for some parents to help with planning and putting on this event. We'll have displays, food, performances, and a Parade of Nations, among other activities – all of which need support. If you'd like to help and would like to learn more, please sign up here. Our family liaison, Melanie Crosby Hardy, will contact you soon with more information. Please note that if you help on the night of the event, it will be a limited shift, meaning you and your family can still actively participate to share your culture as well.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

SEL Screener Results

Parents of students in grades 3 through 6 should be receiving SEL Screener report letters via US mail sometime over the next week. For more information about how to read the report and/or talk to your student about it, you may access the family resources provided on the FCPS website here. Students who were opted out or were absent during the administration window will not receive scores.

 

We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication

Our reading specialist, Katelyn Randolph, is seeking input on how to better support YOU and your children surrounding literacy practices here at Lane.

She welcomes your feedback through this short Google form, or you can reach her by email at [email protected] Please feel free to reach out to that address with questions as well.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable information.

  January Is National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are. Learn more about Mentoring Month.

 

 

  Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23rd. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year.

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information.

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. Get more information on DLI programs and registration.
.

 

Make Plans Now for Summer Tech Adventure Camp

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current kindergarten to 6th grade students, we have Tech Adventure Camp.

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science. The cost is $275 per week, with transportation included! Check the flyer below for weekly themes and more details. (Click the picture to download the full-size PDF.)

 

PTA News

 

Registration for Winter Enrichment Programs Closes Next Thursday! Sign Up Today!

The PTA has organized an entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the winter session. Registration is open until Thursday, January 19th at 11:59 p.m. Programs fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Get more information and register today online!

 

  Get Ready for Family Game Night Next Friday, January 20th!

Join the PTA at Family Game Night on Friday, January 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lane cafeteria!  Just bring your favorite board game to play with family and friends, and enjoy a laid-back evening of family fun and snacks!

 

Staff Appreciation Workday Lunch Friday, January 27th – Your Help Is Needed!

On January 27th – a Teacher Workday – the Lane PTA will provide soups and salads for the Lane staff, who will be spending the day in professional development sessions. The lunch will be served in the cafeteria at 12 p.m., and the PTA needs volunteers to help make it a success. Please visit their electronic sign-up to let them know how you can contribute.

 

 

Parent Resources

 

Military Family Connections

FCPS honors its military community and believes connecting with one another is invaluable. Blue Star Families is committed to strengthening military-families by connecting them with their neighbors to create vibrant communities of mutual support. FCPS encourages our military-connected families to consider joining Blue Star Families of the National Capital Region (NCR) to grow our network. You will find that the National Capital Region Chapter offers many opportunities for families to connect! To become a member, visit Blue Star Families and click on “Join Now” on the right-hand side of the page. You can also visit the National Capital Region Chapter page for information on events, and to read their monthly chapter newsletter. For more information, please contact Meredith Ayala, FCPS Family Partnerships Specialist, [email protected], or Julie Riggs, Blue Star Families NCR Chapter Director, [email protected]

 

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website.

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state-mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

Families of students in special-education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).)

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.
Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

  Difficult Conversations about Alcohol and Drugs

What knowledge and information do you have to engage in meaningful conversation with your children about drugs? If you’d like to learn more, please plan to attend a special presentation on this topic at Hayfield Secondary School on Monday, January 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Please note that this session is for adults only.)

After this session, you will understand basic info about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids; be able to list what you can do as a caregiver; and identify and connect with community resources. Please see the flyer for more details.

For further information and support on all of these programs, please contact Bryan Villalobos, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at [email protected]

 

Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning.

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting.
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles, FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1011:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

 

 

FCPS News & Announcements FCPS Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Is Hiring! Become a Part of This Important Team!

The FCPS Department of Food & Nutrition Services, which handles foodservice for schools across the county, has a wide range of employment opportunities available. See the flyer below for more details. (Click on the picture to download the full-size flyer.)

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Message from Our Reading Specialist - We Need Your Input!

GovDelivery3 weeks 3 days ago

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

 

Good afternoon, Lane families!

Our reading specialist, Katelyn Randolph, is still seeking input on how to better support YOU and your children surrounding literacy practices here at Lane.

If you'd like to share your thoughts, please use this Google form, or you can reach Mrs. Randolph by email at [email protected] 

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable information.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Parent Information Session on Bullying Tomorrow Night; Partner with the Principal Event on Friday!

GovDelivery3 weeks 4 days ago

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

Good afternoon, Lane families!

We have two information sessions coming up tomorrow and Friday that you may wish to attend.

The first is focused on bullying - education, prevention, and intervention. It will be held tomorrow night - Thursday, January 12th - from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. This virtual presentation, sponsored by the Hayfield pyramid principals, will be led by Stefan Mascoll, coordinator for the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness. Discussion will include definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors; school bullying and harassment prevention and response; and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. Please use THIS LINK to join the session. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic!

The second session – our monthly “First Friday” (or “Second Friday” in this case) Partner with the Principal gathering – will be held this Friday, January 13th before school from 8 to 9 a.m., This month we’ll have a mid-year check-in open forum. Feel free to bring your questions for Mrs. Prahl! Child care will be provided for children ages 4 and up (younger children will remain with their parents). If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Your response will help us plan for child care and refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you at both events!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Join Us for Our January PTA meeting TONIGHT on Zoom at 6:30 p.m.!

GovDelivery3 weeks 5 days ago

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

 

Good afternoon, Lane families!

The first Lane PTA meeting of 2023 will be held TONIGHT, January 10th, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome. The agenda includes the release of the 2023 event calendar, a budget update, and the kick-off of planning for the return of Lane’s legendary “Basket Bingo” night (Friday, March 24th, 6 to 10 p.m.) and announcement of the event’s theme!

Information to join the session is below.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124 Passcode: 818590

Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/ksCWya3fI

We hope to see you there!

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

UPDATED Weekly Roar - Friday, January 6, 2023

GovDelivery4 weeks 2 days ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar January 6, 2023

 

  A Musical Interlude to Start the Year

 

Our Strings students have been working hard on building their instrumental skills since the school year began. You can listen to a sample of our 5th and 6th grade musicians by clicking on the video links below.

5th Grade Tuesday, Block 1: French Folk Song
5th Grade Tuesday, Block 2: Bile Em Cabbage

6th Grade Tuesday: Soul Strings
6th Grade Tuesday: Cinnamon

 


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 1/9 through Friday, 1/13 – FCPS Family Math Week (see article below for more information)
  • Tuesday, 1/10 & Wednesday, 1/11 – PTA Restaurant Days at Olympians
  • Tuesday, 1/10 – January PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • NEW DATE! Friday, 1/13 – Partner with the Principal: Mid-Year Check-In and Open Forum, 8 a.m.
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, 1/20 - PTA Game Night
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – End-of-quarter 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Thursday, 1/26 & Friday, 1/27 – Student Holidays/Professional Workdays
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 2/16 – STEAM Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/20 – Presidents Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  In This Issue
  • The Lane Spelling Bee Is Back!
  • Bullying Education, Prevention, and Intervention in FCPS, a Virtual Presentation for Hayfield Pyramid Parents and Guardians
  • Partner with the Principal Mid-Year Check-In Next Friday, January 13th

  • Save the Date for Family STEAM Night – February 16th!
  • Do You Need to Update Your Child's Emergency Care Information? Use [email protected] through ParentVUE!
  • Attention Rising 7th Grade Families: Transition Nights Scheduled for Next Week at Hayfield and Twain!

  • We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication
  • FCPS Family Math Week January 9th – 13th
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd
  • PTA News: Next meeting, January 10th; Winter Enrichment registration now open; Restaurant Days at Olympians next week, Game Night on January 20th
  • Parent Resources: Student Safety & Wellness Office news; upcoming webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

 

News & Notes   The Lane Spelling Bee Is Back!

After two years, the Spelling Bee is returning to Lane! It will look a little different, though, this year. First and foremost, this is now an OPTIONAL activity; there is no requirement to participate and activities will not occur during the school day.

The Bee is open to all students in 1st through 6th grade. It will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 4:45 p.m. (with an inclement weather date of Thursday, March 2nd at 2:45 p.m., an early-release day).

Students who are interested in participating in the Bee must return the paper form sent home in Wednesday Folders this week to Mrs. Chozick or complete the electronic registration form posted in Schoology (Library Course) by Monday, January 23, 2023 at 4 p.m. Late forms will not be accepted. More information is available on the form sent home.

Study lists will be provided to interested students and optional before-school sessions may be held to help them practice and prepare. A parent/student information session will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 18th at 6 p.m. A link will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Artwork is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

  Bullying Education, Prevention, and Intervention in FCPS, a Virtual Presentation for Hayfield Pyramid Parents and Guardians

We invite you to join the Hayfield Pyramid principals next Thursday, January 12th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom for a presentation given by Stefan Mascoll, coordinator for the office of Student Safety and Wellness in FCPS.

Stefan will provide information for Hayfield Pyramid parents and guardians on Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention. Topics to be covered include the definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors; school bullying and harassment prevention and response; and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. Please use THIS LINK to join the session. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic!

 

Partner with the Principal Mid-Year Check-In Next Friday, January 13th

Next Friday morning, January 13th, before school from 8 to 9 a.m., we will host our next Family Engagement Series/Partner with the Principal session for parents. This month we’ll have a mid-year check-in open forum. Feel free to bring your questions for Mrs. Prahl!

Child care will be provided for children ages 4 and up (younger children will remain with their parents).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Your response will help us plan for child care and refreshments.

We hope you are able to join us!

 

Save the Date for Family STEAM Night – February 16th!

Are you curious about what your child is learning in science? Would you like to try your hand at some engineering, math, or art activities? If so, mark your calendar now for our first-ever Family STEAM Night on Thursday, February 16th! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, and we’ll showcase all of that and more at this entertaining, interactive, and educational event for the whole family! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

 

Do You Need to Update Your Child's Emergency Care Information? Use [email protected] through ParentVUE!

By the beginning of this new calendar year, your family might have made changes that need to be updated on your child’s school Emergency Care Form. Did you know you can update who has permission to pick up your child from school by using the [email protected] function within your ParentVUE account (under “Other Contact Information”)? You can also update your child’s physician’s information in the same app. For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool.

Please note that changes to your address or your phone number still require you to contact the school directly, since those are tied to various official systems.

 

Attention Rising 7th Grade Families: Transition Nights Scheduled for Next Week at Hayfield and Twain!

All current 6th grade students will begin academic advising and course selection for 7th grade this month. Transition events are planned at both Mark Twain Middle School and Hayfield Secondary School soon.

Hayfield will host a Curriculum Night for its soon-to-be 7th graders and their families on Wednesday, January 11th. Welcome presentations begin at 6 p.m. and the Currculum Fair will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Middle School Cafeteria. Attendees will be able to learn more about the academic advising and course-selection process as well as meet with teachers and staff to get your questions answered about electives and courses to take.

For more information, see the flyer below or contact Hayfield Student Services at 703-924-7522.

 

Mark Twain Middle School will host its Transition Night on Monday, January 9th at 6 p.m. It includes a Rising 7th Grade Orientation and an information session about the AVID program.

On Wednesday, January 11th, that school will host its annual Electives Extravaganza, where soon-to-be 7th graders can learn more about the different opportunities offered.

Continue to watch your child’s teacher’s weekly communication for more details.

 

We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication

Our reading specialist, Katelyn Randolph, is seeking input on how to better support YOU and your children surrounding literacy practices here at Lane.

She welcomes your feedback through this short Google form, or you can reach her by email at [email protected] Please feel free to reach out to that address with questions as well.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable information.

  FCPS Family Math Week January 9th – 13th

 

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish.

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China.

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

 

  Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23rd. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year.

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information.

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. Get more information on DLI programs and registration.
.

 

PTA News

 

January Meeting Is Next Tuesday, January 10th, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

The first Lane PTA meeting of 2023 will be held next Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome. The agenda includes the release of the 2023 event calendar, a budget update, and the kick-off of planning for the return of Lane’s legendary “Basket Bingo” night (Friday, March 24th, 6 to 10 p.m.) and announcement of the event’s theme!

Information to join the session is below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590

Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/ksCWya3fI

 

Restaurant Days at Olympians Next Week – Tuesday, January 10th and Wednesday, January 11th!

Make plans to dine out Tuesday or Wednesday next week and support a favorite family-run neighborhood eatery – Olympians at Landsdowne Center – as well as our school.

A percentage of all Lane orders for the entire day, both days, will be donated back to the school. Dine-in and carryout both count! You can find the details on the flyer sent home in Wednesday Folders this week.

 

Registration for Winter Enrichment Programs Is Now Open!

The PTA has organized an entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the winter session. Registration is open until Thursday, January 19th at 11:59 p.m. Programs fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Get more information and register today online!

  Get Ready for Family Game Night - Friday, January 20th!

Join the PTA at Family Game Night on Friday, January 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lane cafeteria!  Just bring your favorite board game to play with family and friends, and enjoy a laid-back evening of family fun and snacks!

 

  Parent Resources

 

Student Safety & Wellness News

 

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571-423-4270.

Sources and Resources
Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

 

Difficult Conversations about Alcohol and Drugs

What knowledge and information do you have to engage in meaningful conversation with your children about drugs? If you’d like to learn more, please plan to attend a special presentation on this topic at Hayfield Secondary School on Monday, January 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Please note that this session is for adults only.)

After this session, you will understand basic info about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids; be able to list what you can do as a caregiver; and identify and connect with community resources. Please see the flyer for more details.

For further information and support on all of these programs, please contact Bryan Villalobos, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at [email protected]

  Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement?
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

 

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning.

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting.
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles, FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1011:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, January 6, 2023

GovDelivery4 weeks 2 days ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar January 6, 2023

 

  A Musical Interlude to Start the Year

 

Our Strings students have been working hard on building their instrumental skills since the school year began. You can listen to a sample of our 5th and 6th grade musicians by clicking on the video links below.

5th Grade Tuesday, Block 1: French Folk Song
5th Grade Tuesday, Block 2: Bile Em Cabbage

6th Grade Tuesday: Soul Strings
6th Grade Tuesday: Cinnamon

 


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 1/9 through Friday, 1/13 – FCPS Family Math Week (see article below for more information)
  • Tuesday, 1/10 & Wednesday, 1/11 – PTA Restaurant Days at Olympians
  • Tuesday, 1/10 – January PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • NEW DATE! Friday, 1/13 – Partner with the Principal: Mid-Year Check-In and Open Forum, 8 a.m.
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, 1/20 - PTA Game Night
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – End-of-quarter 2-hour early release, 2:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Thursday, 1/26 & Friday, 1/27 – Student Holidays/Professional Workdays
  • Tuesday, 2/7 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 2/16 – STEAM Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/20 – Presidents Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  In This Issue
  • The Lane Spelling Bee Is Back!
  • Bullying Education, Prevention, and Intervention in FCPS, a Virtual Presentation for Hayfield Pyramid Parents and Guardians
  • Partner with the Principal Mid-Year Check-In Next Friday, January 13th

  • Save the Date for Family STEAM Night – February 16th!
  • Do You Need to Update Your Child's Emergency Care Information? Use [email protected] through ParentVUE!
  • Attention Rising 7th Grade Families: Transition Nights Scheduled for Next Week at Hayfield and Twain!

  • We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication
  • FCPS Family Math Week January 9th – 13th
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd
  • PTA News: Next meeting, January 10th; Winter Enrichment registration now open; Restaurant Days at Olympians next week, Game Night on January 20th
  • Parent Resources: Student Safety & Wellness Office news; upcoming webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

 

News & Notes   The Lane Spelling Bee Is Back!

After two years, the Spelling Bee is returning to Lane! It will look a little different, though, this year. First and foremost, this is now an OPTIONAL activity; there is no requirement to participate and activities will not occur during the school day.

The Bee is open to all students in 1st through 6th grade. It will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 4:45 p.m. (with an inclement weather date of Thursday, March 2nd at 2:45 p.m., an early-release day).

Students who are interested in participating in the Bee must return the paper form sent home in Wednesday Folders this week to Mrs. Chozick or complete the electronic registration form posted in Schoology (Library Course) by Monday, January 23, 2023 at 4 p.m. Late forms will not be accepted. More information is available on the form sent home.

Study lists will be provided to interested students and optional before-school sessions may be held to help them practice and prepare. A parent/student information session will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 18th at 6 p.m. A link will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Artwork is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

  Bullying Education, Prevention, and Intervention in FCPS, a Virtual Presentation for Hayfield Pyramid Parents and Guardians

We invite you to join the Hayfield Pyramid principals next Thursday, January 12th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom for a presentation given by Stefan Mascoll, coordinator for the office of Student Safety and Wellness in FCPS.

Stefan will provide information for Hayfield Pyramid parents and guardians on Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention. Topics to be covered include the definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors; school bullying and harassment prevention and response; and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. Please use THIS LINK to join the session. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic!

 

Partner with the Principal Mid-Year Check-In Next Friday, January 13th

Next Friday morning, January 13th, before school from 8 to 9 a.m., we will host our next Family Engagement Series/Partner with the Principal session for parents. This month we’ll have a mid-year check-in open forum. Feel free to bring your questions for Mrs. Prahl!

Child care will be provided for children ages 4 and up (younger children will remain with their parents).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Your response will help us plan for child care and refreshments.

We hope you are able to join us!

 

Save the Date for Family STEAM Night – February 16th!

Are you curious about what your child is learning in science? Would you like to try your hand at some engineering, math, or art activities? If so, mark your calendar now for our first-ever Family STEAM Night on Thursday, February 16th! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, and we’ll showcase all of that and more at this entertaining, interactive, and educational event for the whole family! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

 

Do You Need to Update Your Child's Emergency Care Information? Use [email protected] through ParentVUE!

By the beginning of this new calendar year, your family might have made changes that need to be updated on your child’s school Emergency Care Form. Did you know you can update who has permission to pick up your child from school by using the [email protected] function within your ParentVUE account (under “Other Contact Information”)? You can also update your child’s physician’s information in the same app. For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool.

Please note that changes to your address or your phone number still require you to contact the school directly, since those are tied to various official systems.

 

Attention Rising 7th Grade Families: Transition Nights Scheduled for Next Week at Hayfield and Twain!

All current 6th grade students will begin academic advising and course selection for 7th grade this month. Transition events are planned at both Mark Twain Middle School and Hayfield Secondary School soon.

Hayfield will host a Curriculum Night for its soon-to-be 7th graders and their families on Wednesday, January 11th. Welcome presentations begin at 6 p.m. and the Currculum Fair will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Middle School Cafeteria. Attendees will be able to learn more about the academic advising and course-selection process as well as meet with teachers and staff to get your questions answered about electives and courses to take.

For more information, see the flyer below or contact Hayfield Student Services at 703-924-7522.

 

Mark Twain Middle School will host its Transition Night on Monday, January 9th at 6 p.m. It includes a Rising 7th Grade Orientation and an information session about the AVID program.

On Wednesday, January 11th, that school will host its annual Electives Extravaganza, where soon-to-be 7th graders can learn more about the different opportunities offered.

Continue to watch your child’s teacher’s weekly communication for more details.

 

We Need Your Input on Literacy Communication

Our reading specialist, Katelyn Randolph, is seeking input on how to better support YOU and your children surrounding literacy practices here at Lane.

She welcomes your feedback through this short Google form, or you can reach her by email at [email protected] Please feel free to reach out to that address with questions as well.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable information.

  FCPS Family Math Week January 9th – 13th

 

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish.

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China.

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

 

  Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Opens January 23rd

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23rd. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year.

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information.

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. Get more information on DLI programs and registration.
.

 

PTA News

 

January Meeting Is Next Tuesday, January 10th, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

The first Lane PTA meeting of 2023 will be held next Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome. The agenda includes the release of the 2023 event calendar, a budget update, and the kick-off of planning for the return of Lane’s legendary “Basket Bingo” night (Friday, March 24th, 6 to 10 p.m.) and announcement of the event’s theme!

Information to join the session is below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

Meeting ID: 836 7518 9124
Passcode: 818590

Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/ksCWya3fI

 

Restaurant Days at Olympians Next Week – Tuesday, January 10th and Wednesday, January 11th!

Make plans to dine out Tuesday or Wednesday next week and support a favorite family-run neighborhood eatery – Olympians at Landsdowne Center – as well as our school.

A percentage of all Lane orders for the entire day, both days, will be donated back to the school. Dine-in and carryout both count! You can find the details on the flyer sent home in Wednesday Folders this week.

 

Registration for Winter Enrichment Programs Is Now Open!

The PTA has organized an entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the winter session. Registration is open until Thursday, January 19th at 11:59 p.m. Programs fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Get more information and register today online!

  Parent Resources

 

Student Safety & Wellness News

 

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571-423-4270.

Sources and Resources
Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

 

Difficult Conversations about Alcohol and Drugs

What knowledge and information do you have to engage in meaningful conversation with your children about drugs? If you’d like to learn more, please plan to attend a special presentation on this topic at Hayfield Secondary School on Monday, January 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Please note that this session is for adults only.)

After this session, you will understand basic info about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids; be able to list what you can do as a caregiver; and identify and connect with community resources. Please see the flyer for more details.

For further information and support on all of these programs, please contact Bryan Villalobos, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at [email protected]

  Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

 

Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement?
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

 

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning.

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting.
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles, FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1011:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Message from Our Reading Specialist - We Need Your Input!

GovDelivery1 month ago

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

 

Good afternoon, Lane families!

Our reading specialist, Katelyn Randolph, is seeking input on how to better support YOU and your children surrounding literacy practices here at Lane.

She welcomes your feedback through this short Google form, or you can reach her by email at [email protected] Please feel free to reach out to that address with questions as well.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable information.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, December 16, 2022

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar December 16, 2022

 

The holiday season was in full swing at Lane this week! From Santa hats to snowflakes, jingle bells to gingerbread houses, and homemade STEAM-centered snow globes to hallway serenades by our amazing music team, students and staff celebrated the season in style!

 

Click the picture above to view a video sample!


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 12/19 – Monday, 1/2 – Winter Break
  • Tuesday, 1/3 – School reopens at the regular time
  • Tuesday, 1/3 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Zoom
  • Friday, 1/6 – Partner with the Principal: Social Emotional Wellness and Supports, 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 1/10 & Wednesday, 1/11 – PTA Restaurant Nights at Olympians
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday – NO SCHOOL

 

In This Issue
  • Winter Break Starts Next Week!
  • Learn More About Winter Holidays
  • FCPS Family Math Week – January 9th – 13th
  • Parent Resources: COVID testing, upcoming webinars
  • PTA News: Next meeting, January 4th; winter enrichment registration coming soon!

 


News & Notes

 

 

Winter Break Starts Next Week!

Don’t forget that school and the office will be CLOSED Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd for Winter Break. School will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd at the regular time.

  Learn More About Winter Holidays

Over the next two weeks, many in our community will celebrate special cultural holidays.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is an 8-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple, and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple's menorah for 8 days. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. Happy Chanukah to all in our community who celebrate!

Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world. Learn more about Christmas here. We wish everyone who celebrates this holiday a very Merry Christmas!

 

And finally, we wish all our Lane Lion families a very Happy New Year!

 

  FCPS Family Math Week – January 9th – 13th

 

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish.

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China.

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

 

  Parent Resources

 

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3rd through 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

 

Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center   Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement?
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse?

 

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

 

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning.

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting.
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles, FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1011:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

 

  PTA News

 

Happy Holidays from the Lane PTA! Next Meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd!

The PTA would like to wish all Lane Lions a great Winter Break and a very Happy New Year!

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend to learn about the exciting events and activities planned for 2023!

 

Registration for Winter Enrichment Programs Begins Thursday, January 5th!

The PTA has organized an entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the winter session. Take a look at the offerings below and get ready to register after Winter Break. Registration will open Thursday, January 5th at 10 a.m. and close on Thursday, January 19th at 11:59 p.m.

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Upcoming Event Reminders!

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

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

 

Good evening, Lane families!

We have two announcements/reminders for this busy week ahead.

First, this Friday has been designated as Pajama Day! Students are encouraged to get comfy and wear their pajamas to school to help celebrate this SCA-sponsored school spirit day. Just make sure those PJs are appropriate and safe for school, and please, no slippers.

Second, if you are interested in referring your 2nd through 6th grade child for Advanced Academics Program (AAP) screening, be sure to send your referral packet to Ms. Simon no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday evening. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Simon at [email protected]

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, December 9, 2022

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar December 9, 2022

 

Lane ended its observation of Inclusive Schools Week with special activities in P.E. on Thursday and Friday called "Walk in My Shoes." These empathy-building activities are interactive and hands-on and enable students to experience the perspectives of individuals with visual, communication, fine motor, and sensory differences, along with individuals with food allergies and English Language Learners. The goals of the program are to increase knowledge, shift perspectives, and teach the importance of supportive and inclusive environments as we all experience the world in our own unique way. Students were engaged, challenged, determined, frustrated, and enlightened all at the same time – which means the event was very successful! Thank you to all of the volunteers and families who donated supplies. It wouldn't have been possible without your support!

 


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 12/12 & Tuesday, 12/13 – PTA Restaurant Days at Stone Hot Pizza
  • Thursday, 12/15 – Advanced Academics Program Referrals due to Ms. Simon
  • Monday, 12/19 – Monday, 1/2 – Winter Break
  • Tuesday, 1/3 – School reopens at the regular time
  • Tuesday, 1/3 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Zoom
  • Friday, 1/6 – Partner with the Principal: Social Emotional Wellness and Supports, 8 a.m.

 

In This Issue
  • Winter Break Is Coming Next Week!
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Referrals Due Thursday, December 15th! Quick Review Guide Available
  • PTA News: BelieveKids Fundraiser Pick-Up; Restaurant Days at Stone Hot Pizza; Next Meeting, January 4th
  • FCPS News and Announcements: Planning for Winter Weather; ESSER Funding Community Conversation

 


News & Notes

 

 

Winter Break Is Coming Next Week!

Don’t forget that school and the office will be CLOSED Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd for Winter Break. The last day before the break – Friday, December 16th – will be a regular full day of school, with dismissal at 4:05 p.m. as usual. School will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd at the regular time. Please make sure you have these dates on your calendar.

We understand that there are many events happening at this time of year. Please remember that if you have to pick your child up early for any reason it’s important to send a note or e-mail to your child’s teacher that morning. This helps ensure that your child will be ready to leave the classroom when you arrive at school to pick him or her up. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

  Full-Time Advanced Academics Referrals Due Thursday, December 15th! Quick Review Guide Available

If you wish to refer your child for full-time Advanced Academics Program (AAP) placement, don’t forget that you must complete the referral form and accompanying documentation and email it to Lane’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Linda Simon at [email protected] no later than Thursday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. No referrals will be accepted after this time.

Please let Ms. Simon know in advance if you plan to refer your child, even though you have until December 15th to submit the referral. This allows her to prepare paperwork to accompany the referral.  

Resources are available to help with completing the referral form.

Please contact Ms. Simon if you have questions.

 

  Parent Resources

 

 

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Parent Advocacy Handbook is for parents and guardians -- a child’s first teacher and advocate. It is believed that parents and guardians should advocate and support their children’s academic, social, and emotional growth from preschool through high school, and beyond.

Information and resources within the handbook are designed to help parents and guardians:

  • Learn about their rights and responsibilities as an FCPS parent or guardian.
  • Learn more about what is going on in the student's school.
  • Gain skills to advocate for your student at school.
  • Learn more how to monitor and help your student at home.
  • Find extra help and resources.

The handbook contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience.

Translations are available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

 

  PTA News

 

PTA Fall Fundraiser Items Available for Pick-Up Monday, December 12th

If you purchased items through the Lane PTA BelieveKids fundraiser earlier this fall, those items will be available for pick-up at school next Monday, December 12th, in the evening between 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Pick up will be at Door #5, near the basketball courts.

Please sign-up for a pick-up timeslot using this Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A48A4A729A7FE3-pick

If you have any questions, please contact the PTA’s VP for Fundraising Melissa Nunnery at [email protected]

    Pick Up a Pizza During Lane PTA Restaurant Days at Stone Hot Pizza Next Monday and Tuesday!

Next Monday and Tuesday, December 12th and 13th, are PTA Restaurant Days at Stone Hot Pizza in the Hayfield Shopping Center on Telegraph Road. A percentage of proceeds for the entire day will be donated back to Lane. See the flyer sent home in Wednesday Folders this week for details.

 

Share Your Joy on the PTA Bulletin Board!  

We are heading into the winter holiday season, a time of great joy and sharing. Please share what you’re joyful for the next time you visit Lane by leaving a message on the new PTA bulletin board. Thanks to 2nd VP of Communications Katie Clemmons for her wonderful artistic talents!

 

  FCPS News and Announcements

 

  Preparing for Winter Weather

In case you missed it last week, here’s a reminder of FCPS’ inclement weather procedures. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will hold virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous (live) instruction following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule which includes a two-hour delay.
Consider bookmarking FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures to stay informed in case of winter weather or other emergency situations.

 

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13th

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used.

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

PTA Meeting TONIGHT - in person and online - at 6:30 p.m.! Bring the Kids!

GovDelivery1 month 4 weeks ago

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

 

Good evening, everyone!

Please join us for our December PTA Meeting TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. in person in the Lane Cafeteria and online via Zoom! 

Feel free to bring the kids along. We'll have activities especially for them!

Pizza will be served!

Here's the link to join online:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83675189124?pwd=NExkdkxEZDYwYVB5S213RlRScTBVdz09

We hope to see you there!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

The Weekly Roar - Friday, December 2, 2022

GovDelivery2 months ago

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

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletin en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى

 

The Lion’s Roar December 2, 2022

 

 

The annual Lane Book Fair Family Night was back full force on Wednesday night, when hundreds of Lane lions of all ages visited the school library to browse the shelves and pick up some new reads. A percentage of all purchases will be donated directly back to the library to bring even more new books to the Lane community! We’d like to thank everyone who supported the fair for their generosity, and everyone who attended Family Night for their patience with the packed house. The online fair will be open through Monday at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lanees. Happy reading!

 


Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 12/5 – Friday, 12/9 – Inclusive Schools Week/”Walk in My Shoes," includes the following Spirit Days:
    • Monday, 12/5 – “Come as You Are” Day (Be comfortable as your everyday self)
    • Tuesday,12/6 – “Our Future Is Bright” Day (Wear bright colors or tie-dye)
    • Wednesday, 12/7 – “Lane Lions Are Inclusive” Day (Wear Lane spirit wear)
    • Thursday, 12/8 – “Be Unique” Day (Wear mismatched socks/patterns/clothes)
    • Friday, 12/9 – “Be a Part of the Team” (Wear your favorite sports jersey or athletic gear)
  • Tuesday, 12/6 – December PTA Family-Friendly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, 12/7 – Yearbook Activity Group and Classroom Candid Pictures
  • Thursday, 12/8 – Bodhi Day (cultural observance day; school is in session)
  • Friday, 12/9 – New Family/Student Ambassador Family Cookie Exchange, 4:15 p.m.
  • Monday, 12/12 & Tuesday, 12/13 – PTA Restaurant Days at Stone Hot Pizza
  • Thursday, 12/15 – Advanced Academics Program Referrals due to Ms. Simon
  • Monday, 12/19 – Monday, 1/2 – Winter Break
  • Tuesday, 1/3 – School reopens at the regular time

 

In This Issue
  • Volunteers Still Needed for Inclusive Schools Week Next Week! Spirit Days Planned for Each Day!
  • Bodhi Day is December 8th
  • Full-Time Advanced Academics Referrals Due Thursday, December 15th! Quick Review Guide Available
  • Parent Resources: IEP Palooza this weekend; school meals account-restriction requests; special education engagement survey; and more!
  • PTA News: Next meeting for the whole family, sharing joy, and more!
  • FCPS News and Announcements: ESSER Funding Community Conversation

 


News & Notes

 

 

Volunteers Still Needed for Inclusive Schools Week Activities Next Week! Spirit Days Planned for Each Day!

Next week – December 5th through 9th – is Inclusive Schools Week at Lane. The theme this year is “Unity within Our Community—Inclusion Around the World.” We will hold an inclusion-themed spirit day for each day of the week and special activities during P.E. classes based on the Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) curriculum.

WIMS' empathy-building activities are interactive and hands-on and enable students to experience the perspectives of individuals with visual, communication, fine motor, and sensory differences, along with individuals with food allergies and English Language Learners. The goals of the activities are to increase knowledge, shift perspectives, and teach the importance of supportive and inclusive environments as we all experience the world in our own unique way.

We are very grateful for all of the supplies that have already been donated and the volunteers who have signed up. We could still use some volunteers on Thursday and Friday at the following times:

  • Thursday, December 8th
    • 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Need 13 people (2 dual-language)
    • 1:45 – 3 p.m.: Need 10 people (1 dual-language)
  • Friday, December 9th
    • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: 8 people (2 dual-language)
    • 12:40 – 4 p.m.: 7 people (2 dual-language)

You can sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/iw_volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact Jee Deogracias ([email protected]) or Claire Kurtenbach ([email protected]).

Check the updated flyer for more details.

Here is the list of Spirit Days scheduled for next week:

  • Monday, December 5th: “Come as You Are” (Be comfortable as your everyday self)
  • Tuesday, December 6th: “Our Future Is Bright” (Wear bright colors or tie-dye)
  • Wednesday, December 7th: “Lane Lions Are Inclusive” (Wear Lane spirit wear)
  • Thursday, December 8th: “Be Unique” (Wear mismatched socks/patterns/clothes)
  • Friday, December 9th: “Be a Part of the Team” (Wear your favorite sports jersey or athletic gear)

All students are encouraged to participate.

Thank you for helping to make this important event a success!

 

  Bodhi Day Is Thursday, December 8th

Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

  Full-Time Advanced Academics Referrals Due Thursday, December 15th; Quick Review Guide Available

If you wish to refer your child for full-time Advanced Academics Program (AAP) placement, don’t forget that you must complete the referral form and accompanying documentation and email it to Lane’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Linda Simon at [email protected] no later than Thursday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. No referrals will be accepted after this time.

Please let Ms. Simon know in advance if you plan to refer your child, even though you have until December 15th to submit the referral. This allows her to prepare paperwork to accompany the referral.  

Resources are available to help with completing the referral form.

Please contact Ms. Simon if you have questions.

 

  Parent Resources

 

IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair TOMORROW – Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Annandale High School

Presented by FCPS and SEPTA (the Special Education PTA), this event will dig into many different aspects of the IEP process and offer a variety of resources to support students with special needs. Information is geared towards parents, school staff, and students aged 14 and up. Register for free here.

See the flyer below for details.

(Flyers are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.)

 

 

Did You Know That You Can Limit Items Purchased on Your Child’s School Lunch Account?

Are you worried your child isn’t making healthy choices at lunchtime? Does your family follow special dietary guidelines? If so, you can request that items be limited to lunch only with no snacks or a la carte items, or that your child only chooses vegetarian options.

The FCPS menu system – available online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/ – clearly outlines ingredients in all foods served. To find this information just pull up a menu for the month, click on the item, and review the window that pops up.

 

Ingredients that are common allergens or part of certain religious dietary guidelines are also highlighted with easy-to-understand icons.

  “Starting the Conversation” Virtual Presentation by FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist – Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Are you looking for ways to start a conversation with your child about drugs and other dangerous substances, but aren’t sure how to do it? If so, plan to attend this upcoming presentation designed primarily for parents of elementary-aged students (but it is appropriate for all parents).

Check out the flyer for more information in either English or Spanish. There will be a Spanish interpreter as well.

 

  FCPS Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance.
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. (Lane hosts an in-person Early Literacy Program for Arabic and South Asian families taught in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact our family liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at [email protected] if you’d like more information.)
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English.
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023.

Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

 

2022 Parent Involvement Survey for Special-Education Families

All parents of school-aged children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services in Virginia are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will remain open through December 16, 2022.

If you have questions concerning this survey, please contact Chiquita Seaborne, Family Engagement Specialist/Special Projects Coordinator, via telephone at (804) 225-3898 or via email, at [email protected]

Parent Involvement Survey-English

Parent Involvement Survey-Spanish

 

SchoolQuest Offers Solutions for Military Families!

SchoolQuest from the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a free, easy-to-use interactive tool that can save hours of time and can help eliminate the academic challenges that many military-connected families face transferring records. It’s just one of the supports MCEC offers to military-connected families.

 

  PTA News

 

  Join Us for the Family-Friendly December PTA Meeting Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 p.m.

The December PTA meeting is next week – Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m., in person, in the cafeteria, and it's going to be SNOW-MUCH-FUN! (Hopefully there's not actually snow yet, but it will absolutely be fun!)

All families are invited to attend and bring the kids! Yep, you read that right! 'Tis the season to BRING THE KIDS! The PTA wants to help students see the awesome work that is happening for their school and understand how decisions are made.

They'll have notes pages for the older kids and coloring sheets for the younger ones, and all ages will have opportunities to participate during the meeting. We know their enthusiasm will definitely make for a fun meeting. There may even be a sweet treat to take home at the end.

We’d love to see you in person on Tuesday, although if you prefer the virtual option, that will still be available as well.

 

Share Your Joy on the PTA Bulletin Board!

 

 

We are heading into the winter holiday season, a time of great joy and sharing. Please share what you’re joyful for the next time you visit Lane by leaving a message on the new PTA bulletin board. Thanks to 2nd VP of Communications Katie Clemmons for her wonderful artistic talents!

 

 

FCPS News and Announcements

 

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13th

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used.

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

 

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Lane Book Fair Family Night TONIGHT, 5 - 8 p.m.!

GovDelivery2 months ago

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

 

Book Fair Family Night is TONIGHT, 5 - 8 p.m.!

Book Fair Family Night is almost here! TONIGHT in the Lane Library from 5 to 8 p.m. all families are invited to come browse the Book Fair shelves and purchase books!

We have a wide range of titles for readers of all ages. Teachers have also created wish baskets, if you’re interested in helping to build classroom libraries as you build your own.

Tomorrow and Friday are also purchasing days. Students will have a chance to purchase items during the school day at a scheduled time. Family members may also come in during the day on these days to purchase items. Note that the in-school fair ends at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd.

We accept cash, credit cards, checks (payable to Lane PTA), and we have a digital payment option: eWallet. Now your student can shop the fair cash-free! Visit our book fair homepage to learn more and to create an account. We strongly encourage the use of eWallet to avoid lost money! Unused money turns into a Scholastic gift certificate that can be used for other Scholastic items.

Please note that this year we are required to collect sales tax on all purchases.

If you can't make it to Family Night tonight, be sure to check out our online fair, which continues through to December 5th. (Please note that some items available online might be different.)

Please visit the fair website: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lanees for more information and online shopping.

We hope to see you tonight!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Inclusive Schools Week Activities Update - Volunteers and Materials Still Needed!

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

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

 

Inclusive Schools Week Activities Update - Volunteers and Materials Still Needed!

Next week – December 5th through 9th – is Inclusive Schools Week at Lane. The theme this year is “Unity within Our Community—Inclusion Around the World.” We will hold an inclusion-themed spirit day for each day of the week and special activities during P.E. classes based on the Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) curriculum.

WIMS' empathy-building activities are interactive and hands-on and enable students to experience the perspectives of individuals with visual, communication, fine motor, and sensory differences, along with individuals with food allergies and English Language Learners. The goals of the activities are to increase knowledge, shift perspectives, and teach the importance of supportive and inclusive environments as we all experience the world in our own unique way.

We are very grateful for all of the supplies that have already been donated and the volunteers who have signed up. If you have offered to donate items, please be sure to send them to school this early this week.

We are still short on a few items and still need lots of volunteers on both Thursday and Friday next week.

 

Specific Supply Needs:

  • Tissues
  • Adult Button Downs

 

Specific Volunteer Needs:

  • Thursday, December 8th
    • 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Need 13 people (2 dual-language)
    • 1:45 – 3 p.m.: Need 10 people (1 dual-language)
  • Friday, December 9th
    • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: 8 people (2 dual-language)
    • 12:40 – 4 p.m.: 7 people (2 dual-language)

Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/iw_volunteer

Sign up for supplies here: https://bit.ly/iw_supplies

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jee Deogracias ([email protected]) or Claire Kurtenbach ([email protected]).

Check the updated flyer for more details.

 

Here is the list of Spirit Days, so you can plan ahead:

  • Monday, December 5th: “Come as You Are” (Be comfortable as your everyday self)
  • Tuesday, December 6th: “Our Future Is Bright” (Wear bright colors or tie-dye)
  • Wednesday, December 7th: “Lane Lions Are Inclusive” (Wear Lane spirit wear)
  • Thursday, December 8th: “Be Unique” (Wear mismatched socks/patterns/clothes)
  • Friday, December 9th: “Be a Part of the Team” (Wear your favorite sports jersey or athletic gear)

Thank you for your support and for helping to make this important event a success!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

Parent Program Reminder and Update

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

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

Good afternoon, Lane families!

We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. These next three weeks before Winter Break will be busy and are packed with special activities and programs. This message includes a reminder about one tonight that you might wish to attend and an update about one that was scheduled for Friday morning.

 

REMINDER: Family Life Education (FLE) Materials Preview Night TONIGHT - Monday, November 28th at 6 p.m.

Students in grades K through 6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4 through 6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program TONIGHT – Monday, November 28th – at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

 

Link to Join: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/94249613467

Phone one-tap

US: +19292056099,,94249613467# or +13017158592,,94249613467#

Join by Telephone

For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
US : +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 305 224 1968 or +1 309 205 3325 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 931 3860 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 360 209 5623 or +1 386 347 5053 or +1 507 473 4847 or +1 564 217 2000 or +1 669 444 9171 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 689 278 1000 or +1 719 359 4580 or +1 253 205 0468 or +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 942 4961 3467

 

All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

For more information about the Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level lessons and opt-out information, please see the November 18th Lion’s Roar school newsletter or visit the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.


This Friday’s “First Friday” Family-Engagement Workshop Canceled; Video Coming Soon!

We were originally planning to host our monthly family-engagement workshop on hurrying and holiday stress this Friday morning, but due to some scheduling conflicts we need to cancel it. Watch the Lane website for a video version of the presentation soon!

7137 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.7700

Attendance: 703.924.7777  |  Web | Twitter

13 minutes 2 seconds ago
Lane Elementary School News and announcements
http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml Subscribe to GovDelivery feed