At Lane we believe communication is a two-way street.
Lane utilizes several different methods of communication to help keep parents and guardians informed about what's happening at school and how their children are performing in the classroom.
Please Keep Us in the Loop!
Our most basic method of communication is the telephone. We may need to reach you during the school day, so it's important that we have your current numbers on file. Your contact information is as important as ours.
The Emergency Care Form is a key piece of paper in our office; wherever we go, it goes, including outside for fire drills and on field trips. Phone numbers, addresses, and those adults you permit to take your child from school should all be kept current. You can update your information by calling our office (703-924-7700) or through your SIS parent account at any time.
If you move or change your phone number, please notify the office staff as soon as possible. Current information is vital to us in case of an emergency!
General School Communication
Each week, the school sends home Wednesday Folders. This folder contains graded student work, teacher notes, school announcements, PTA fliers, and other valuable information. It is important to check your child’s folder each week, sign it, and return it to school for use the following week.
Important school announcements and emergency messages are sent through our Keep in Touch (KIT) system, also known as e-Notify. All parents and guardians are automatically added to this system when their children are registered in FCPS.
At Lane, we also send a weekly electronic newsletter, known as The Weekly Roar. This information will be sent to all parents and guardians using the News You Choose system as well as posted on our school website. Please be sure to read this timely publication each week. It contains important notes and reminders about what's going on at school.
This year we will launch an optional text reminder system as well for general school announcements and reminders. Watch your email for the link to sign up for this communication once the school year begins.
Please note: These two systems are for general information, reminders and outreach notifications and are optional. You may choose not to sign up or to opt-out at any time. Urgent or critical school information will still be sent through a separate system from which you cannot opt out.
Get the Latest News from Lane Elementary!
Our school website – https://lanees.fcps.edu - is another major method of public communication. It is updated regularly with school information and announcements and contains links to helpful information from other FCPS and county organizations. Please check the site on a regular basis.
Communication with Teachers
All of our teachers develop their own classroom communication plans, which may include notes, newsletters, e-mails, or contact through room parents.
If you have a question for your child’s teacher or a concern about your child, the best way to reach a teacher is via e-mail. Teachers usually respond within 24 to 48 hours, although they may also ask to schedule time to talk about the concern at length, in person or on the phone.
Teachers are not able to take phone calls from parents during the school day. If you call the school to speak to your child’s teacher, you will be transferred to the teacher’s voice mail. Teachers usually respond to phone messages within 24 to 48 hours.
Student Information System (SIS) and Schoology
Parents and guardians can access information about their children, including grades, absences, and discipline reports, through a ParentVUE SIS account.
The same log-in credentials can be used to access your child's teacher(s) Schoology accounts. Schoology is the FCPS learning management system where teachers and other staff post classroom information and resources.
Building relationships with families is a critical part of student success. We value your input, because no one knows your child as you do. It’s important that we talk.
Your child’s teacher will schedule a conference early in the year to get to know your child and your family.
Additional conferences may be held as needed throughout the school year. You may ask to schedule a conference at any time.
Tips to Get and Stay Connected!
- Check your email on a regular basis.
- Sign up for optional text reminders.
- Read the weekly e-newsletter, The Lion’s Roar, in its entirety every week as well as occasional stand-alone emails.
- Familiarize yourself with the Lane school website.
- Reach out when you have a question or concern.