Essential Information for Parents and Families, D - G

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We strive to direct learning on an individual level to the greatest extent possible in all classrooms in all grade levels.

Support and enrichment are offered as needed depending on the student’s individual abilities and needs.

This differentiation is vital to attain equity, which we strive for in everything we do.



Our school day ends on most days at 4:05 p.m. There are a few designated early-release days on the FCPS school calendar on which we dismiss students at 2:05 p.m.

At the end of the school day, students are dismissed from their classrooms based on how they go home – walkers, car riders, daycares, bus riders.

Walkers exit the building through Door #5 (near the gym), and adults picking them up should wait for them there.

Car riders (Kiss & Ride) exit through Door #2.

Changes to Dismissal

We understand that, from time to time, students will need to change the way they go home at the end of the day. (For example, bus rider to Kiss and Ride or vice versa.)

We ask that you let the teacher and the office know about the change in the morning in order to minimize confusion at dismissal.

If the need for a change arises during the school day, you must call the office before 3:30 p.m.


Dress Code

Uniforms are not required at Lane.

The official FCPS Dress Code is detailed in the Students Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R).

Students who arrive at school wearing inappropriate attire will be removed from class, and families will be asked to bring new clothes.

Rubber-soled tennis or athletic shoes are required for P.E.





ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) supports students who speak a language other than English or come from families where another language is spoken. The Home Language Survey, filled out during registration, identifies students who may need ESOL services.

ESOL teachers usually work with students to support language development in the students’ classroom, and ESOL students participate in all of the same activities at school.

Our ESOL teachers are Mrs. Yamamura (left) and Mrs. Hernandez.

Lane ESOL teachers Mrs. Yamamura and Mrs. Hernandez


Extracurricular Activities

Lane offers a variety of activities above and beyond the required curriculum in which students may choose to participate, including:

  • Band (5th & 6th grade)
  • Chorus (5th & 6th grade)
  • News Crew (6th grade)
  • PTA enrichment programs (grades vary)
  • Safety Patrols (5th & 6th grade)
  • Strings (4th, 5th & 6th grade)
  • Student Council  (grades vary)
  • Yearbook Staff (4th, 5th & 6th grade)

Some activities require an application; others are open to all students who are interested. Some also have a fee.





Family Liaisons

Family engagement is important at Lane, because when parents and families are connected to the school and engaged in their children’s learning, students are more successful.

We have two part-time Family Liaisons whose focus is supporting parents and families at our school: Melanie Crosby Hardy and Nancy Solis Lopez, who also speaks Spanish.

They help welcome new families to Lane and can assist you with a wide array of concerns and interests, helping you and your family get the support and assistance you need throughout your time in our school community.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them with questions and concerns. Mrs. Crosby Hardy can be reached at @email, and Mrs. Solis-Lopez – who also works in our front office in the mornings every day – can be reached at @email. You can leave a message by calling the front office, 703-924-7700.


Field Trips

Classes may take up to two field trips during the year to enhance learning. Permission slips will be sent home and must be signed prior to the trip.

All students must ride school-arranged transportation to and from the field trip destination. Family members may be asked to chaperone; however, younger siblings may not accompany them.

Fees may be required for some trips.


Food at School

For information on the school breakfasts and lunch, please visit our Cafeteria and School Meals page.

Snack policies vary by classroom. Talk with your child’s teacher for more information.

All students are welcome to keep a water bottle with them throughout the day.





In elementary schools, FCPS uses a standard-based grading system.

Teachers grade only on the standards taught during a given grading period. Students receive a grade of 1 – 4 based on their level of mastery. On some Progress Reports, you  may also see a designation of “NT,” which means “Not Taught.”

Grades are sent home on Progress Reports four times per year. Interim reports may be sent mid-quarter as needed.

grading rubric
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