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A Message from Dr. Smith
Congratulations to Alex Mather, 7th Grader, for being named the winner of the Name the Mars 2020 Rover Contest! Alex's name for the rover: Perseverance. Alex was one of 28,000 students who entered this contest back in August 2019. Representatives from NASA announced the Rover's name yesterday in the Lake Braddock Little Theatre, livestreaming the event to an audience at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. Alex and his family will view the spacecraft launch live on July 17th from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, courtesy of Amazon. We are EXTREMELY proud of Alex!
You can check out the special announcement presentation that includes Alex reading his amazing winning essay here:
L to R: Ms. Laura Jane Cohen (School Board Member, Springfield), Dr. Rachna Sizemore Heizer (School Board Member At-Large), Ms. Megan McLaughlin (School Board Member, Braddock), Dr. Daniel Smith (Principal), Alex Mather, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen (NASA), Dr. Scott Brabrand (Superintendent), Mr. Jay Pearson (Assistant Superintendent, Region 4), Ms. Maribeth Luftglass (Assistant Superintendent, Dept. of IT), Dr. Lorie Glaze (NASA), Ms. Deanne Bell (Future Engineers)
Information for ALL
Daylight Saving Time
Don't forget to turn your clock forward on Sunday, March 8, 2020!
Is In the Air - Have You Ordered Your Mulch?
We can deliver mulch to you! The deadline for ordering is coming. Don't Delay!The PTSA is selling 3-cubic foot bags of JK’s double-shredded hardwood mulch for $4.80 per bag, with all proceeds supporting ANGP. Orders must be placed by March 9th. If you order 15 bags or more, free delivery is included on March 21st & March 22nd. Otherwise mulch should be picked up in the Lake Braddock Secondary School parking lot.
Place your order online at www.lbssptsa.org/mulch
(Deliveries can only be made within a 5 mile radius of Lake Braddock) To order go to: www.lbssptsa.org/mulch
Welcoming School Atmosphere Walk-Through: Participants Needed
Lake Braddock Secondary School will be conducting a Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through, a process that will help us learn how we are currently helping families and others in our school community to feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued in our school. The Walk-Through will take place on Wednesday April 1, 2020 from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- We are inviting you to join other parents, staff members, and community representatives to help us look at different aspects of our school and share their perspective on how welcoming our school is.
- As a participant in the Walk-Through, you will be asked to offer your perspectives on three aspects of a welcoming atmosphere: School Culture and Physical Environment, Family Engagement Practices and Policies, and Communication. You will take part in a discussion facilitated by staff from FCPS Family and School Partnerships. All you need to do is come ready to share your observations and opinions with the other participants.
We feel your individual experience and interactions with our school will provide us with valuable feedback about how welcoming our school is now and how we can make it even more welcoming for everyone. Your perspective will help us to ensure that our school is a place where all families feel comfortable, valued, and an integral part of our school community.
If you are interested in participating, please respond to Amy Soos, Systems of Support Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday, March 13. We will be placing all names in a lottery and select four people to participate. Those who are selected will be notified via phone or email.
Morning Suspension of Attendance Notifications During SOL Testing Windows
Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools only. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.suspension. Following are the dates for the morning notification suspension:
- SOL writing testing for MS and HS: March 2–18, 2020
- SOL non-writing testing for MS and HS: April 27-June 5, 2020
- AP: May 1-22, 2020
“Go Paperless” Report Card Option Now Available
Starting with 3rd quarter, high school and middle school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless!". This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option.
At the end of the 3rd quarter, SIAs will generate PDF report cards in SIS. Any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless” will be generated to print. Note that the “Go Paperless” option is not yet available to elementary schools. Documentation for schools to generate online report cards as well as how to select the new print option to only print for those parents who did not select ‘Go Paperless’ will be located under the Secondary Grading area. Go to the SIS Documentation page and navigate to Grading Secondary > Report Card PDF Attach to Student.
The Lake Braddock PTSA invites you to become a member. Your membership provides you with important information and a voice on issues concerning children’s education, health, and safety! When PTSA and its members get involved, all our children benefit. Online applications can be found on this link: https://lbssptsa.org/membership/join-now/ If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
The 2nd Annual Bruin 5K and Cub 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 28th, starting at 8:00 a.m. The races start and finish at Door #14. This family and fitness-focused event will be run on the LBSS school grounds and through the adjacent Lake Braddock community. Proceeds will help the PTSA sponsor activities for LBSS students and their families.
Online registration runs through March 26th and can be completed at https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-bruin-5k-amp-cub-1k
If you have any questions, please contact the Bruin 5K Committee Chair (Mr. Andrew Gallotta) at Bruin5K@LBSSPTSA.ORG.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know Workshop
Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services: 2334 Gallows Rd., Entrance 1, Room 100
Talking with your teen or young adult can be challenging. Having meaningful, ongoing conversations about drugs and alcohol, however, is key to helping keep your son or daughter healthy and safe.
- Current trends in substance use and abuse.
- Image of substances on physical and emotional development.
- Paraphernalia display and discussion.
- Tools for parents.
This workshop is FREE to parents, educators and community members. It is for adults only.
Presented by Brian Maslowski, FCPS Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs teacher. For more information, call 703-204-3941 or visit us at:
LBSS In the News
2020 Student Peace Award of Fairfax County
Emily Smith was honored with the 2020 Student Peace Award of Fairfax County this past weekend. She was among other high school junior and senior students from 24 public and two private high schools in the county who were recognized to have made a positive contribution to their school or wider community by promoting mutual understanding and respect for all people. Emily work with the Special Olympics over the years has help our general education students to better understand students with disabilities. She also participated in several events to raise awareness on issues related to gun-violence. Congratulations, Emily!
Food Donation by the MS Hispanic Culture Club
The Middle School Hispanic Culture Club has been fundraising all school year and used these funds to purchase food to donate to the organization, Food for Neighbors. We're so proud of this group of Bruins! (See their photo below.)
LBSS Middle School Hispanic Culture Club members donate food to Food for Neighbors.
Science Olympiad Team Places 1st
Our Middle School Science Olympiad team won first place at their Regional Competition at Fairfax High School on Sat, Feb 29th. Congratulations to Ms. Coretesi and her students! (Check out their photo below.)
Bruins After School
Coding with Kids
Registration for the Winter Amazon Coding with Kids classes is now open!
Please register at: https://www.codingwithkids.com/#!/afterschool?region=region_virginia&show=locations
Classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school.
If you are interested in registering and your child is on free and reduced lunch, please contact Ms. Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org for scholarship opportunities.
(See flyer below for more information.)
Mulch Sale: Adult Volunteers are DESPERATELY NEEDED (critical need)
Our student delivery teams need adult drivers - please sign up to drive a shift. We need truck drivers, mulch café workers and forklift drivers. Have a pickup we need your help. This is a great opportunity to see the wonderful Lake Braddock students working hard and having a great time – come out and support the students and the ANGP. Signup at www.adulvolunteer.lbssptsa.org Don’t delay – we need you.
Student Volunteers Still Needed: We still need more volunteers for Saturday and Sunday afternoon shifts, March 21st and March 22nd (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
We feed our volunteers! Need extra hours, free food, consider signing up for a second shift. You are able to work with your friends and seniors get into the ANGP store 30 minutes earlier. Signup at www.adultvolunteer.lbssptsa.org
Junior Parent/Student College Information Night:
March 17, 2020, at 7:00pm in the Little Theatre
Lake Braddock Student Services is hosting a panel of five College Admission Representatives to present on the following topics:
- What should students be doing now?
- The Community College option
- How do Colleges make decisions?
- Financial Aid/Scholarships & Private Schools
- Managing the process and students making the final decision
Senior Class: 100-Day Meeting Recap
For those Senior Class families who were unable to attend the 100-Day Meeting held this week, the following is a recap of the information presented at the meeting:
Week of May 4-8: Senior Survey
Friday, May 15: Senior Prom
Tuesday, June 2: Senior Awards Ceremony
Friday and Monday, June 5 and 8: Mandatory Graduation Rehearsals
Tuesday, June 9: Graduation
For more detailed information about these events: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior-dates
All PTSA information (Mulch Sale, Baccalaureate, and All-Night Grad Party) can be found on the PTSA web site.
Senior fees can be paid with cash or check (made payable to Lake Braddock Secondary School) in Subschool 3 (B115), or with a debit/credit card at www.MySchoolBucks.com. After May 8, 2019, senior fees cannot be paid with a check. Cash and MySchoolBucks payments will still be available. The fee schedule is:
- Through April 30: $85.00
- May 1-June 1: $90.00
Balfour: Graduation Announcements
https://www.balfour.com/, 703-941-1436, email@example.com.
Jostens: Class Ring
Victor O’Neill Studios: Prom Portrait and Graduation Photos
Memories Videography: Graduation Video
http://www.memoriesvideography.com/product/lake-braddock-secondary-school-graduation/, 804-273-9044, Ricky@memoriesvideography.com
College Partnership is accepting applications now through March 18.
The goals of College Partnership are to increase the academic achievement of underachieving students and to increase the number of students, particularly first generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. The CPP creates opportunities for students to successfully navigate the home, school, and college continuum.
Members attend monthly meetings and Lake Braddock and have access to a robust county program which includes parent support and college visits.
Additional information and access to the online application portal can be found: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/college-success-program/college-partnership-program-cpp
Paper applications are available in High School Student Services
Attention Senior Parents: To order the official 2020 Lake Braddock Secondary School graduation announcements please visit the Balfour website: http://www.balfour.com Balfour. Select the "Shop my School" link and then enter in "Lake Braddock Secondary School". Please contact Balfour with any questions at 703-941-1436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Yearbook Senior Ads
The high school yearbook still has senior ad space available. Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to purchase your senior congratulations ad.
The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks. Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email email@example.com.
SHRC Art & Literacy Contest
The Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission (SHRC) holds this annual Art & Literary contest to create awareness among high school students of fair housing issues and laws and to promote the importance of providing equal housing opportunities for all. This yearly contest is open to all public high school students within Fairfax County. The entries are judged by category and the winner for each category receives a prize. Students may participate by submitting artwork or a written work based on the year's theme. This year's theme is “2020 Vision: Looking Towards a Brighter Future in Fair Housing.” Contest entries must be postmarked by March 13, 2020. The prize is co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®. Winners will be recognized at the Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs’ Annual Fair Housing Month Luncheon in April 2020.
Calendar at a Glance
April 6-10: Spring Break. No School for Students and Faculty.
April 13: Teacher Work Day. No School for Students.
May 25: Memorial Day Holiday. No School for All.
June 9: Lake Braddock Secondary School Graduation at Eagle Bank Arena
June 12: Last Day of School
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