LBSS Weekly News - April 30, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We had an exciting week here on campus as we welcomed over 900 students back for four days of in-person instruction. It is wonderful to hear the voices and see the students filling our halls and classrooms.

As we move into May, we are finalizing our plans for final exams and the end of school. We will have the final end-of-year schedule confirmed soon and will publish that when it is ready.

Plans for graduation and other senior events are coming together. Keep an eye out for communication from Ms. Hampton and through the Senior Class website. 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to add my heartfelt thanks to our teachers and staff who have worked so very hard this year to teach in a way we never thought possible. I am so grateful for their hard work and dedication to our students. Please take a moment next week to send our teachers a note of appreciation. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Student Congratulations
April Student of the Month Winners
Monday Check-in Reminder
Movie Night
LBSS Garden
Staff Updates

Important Testing Information
SOL and AP Testing Calendar for May
SOL and AP In-Person Test Dates
Transportation Requests for SOL Tests - due April 30

Important Reminders
Teacher Appreciation Week
Early Releases

High School Information
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night
Graduation Photographs
LBSS PTSA Scholarship

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
Registration Opens for E-IFTA and IFTA
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

New Information Student Congratulations

Our congratulations to Senior, Lidya Demilew, who along with 149 other high school seniors across the United States, became part of the 33rd class of Coca-Cola Scholars! These 150 seniors will each receive a $20,000 college scholarship and join a family of 6,450+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world.

Less than 1/6th of 1% of applicants were chosen to receive this extremely competitive award. Furthermore, Lidya was one of 3 students from Fairfax County and from Virginia to earn the award.

These 150 students, who were selected from an initial pool of 99,403 applications from across the country, not only exemplify superior leadership, service, and academics – they are change agents, positively affecting others in their communities.

Lidya found her passion for STEM through her work with the STEM Impressionists Program starting in 8th grade. With the mission to support girls, she honed her STEM skills in the program and turned her classes into hands-on community service projects. She judged robotics competitions, worked as a project manager for several STEM projects for underrepresented students; became recognized as a state winner by NCWIT, and developed STEM curriculum and educator skills as she taught STEM to teachers and students alike at events like JOSTI, GMU's FOCUS camp and present at national conferences like ITEEA. Next year, Lidya will be attending Yale University to study computer science and continue her work shaping the role of women of color in technology.

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent initiatives include a podcast called The SIP, Coke Scholars Care (Coke Scholars doing good in the midst of the pandemic), and the fifth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Every 5 years, all alumni are invited to a Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit

Lidya, we are proud to call you a Bruin and wish you the very best as you move forward.

April Student of the Month Winners - Adaptable

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. Read more about them here.

April Student of the Month Winners – Resilient:

  • 7th grade: Adam Birye
  • 8th grade: Neelashree Das
  • 9th grade: Michael Reaves
  • 10th grade: TIE!  Kate Dietz and Emma Willis
  • 11th grade: Marta Rosales Constanza
  • 12th grade: Shannon McDermott

Next month’s theme is ENGAGED. May winners will be announced at the end of next month.

Monday Check-in Reminder

Parents, please continue to remind your students to complete the Monday check-in form every Monday.  Students should complete the form to be marked present for the day.  The links to the Monday Check-In are provided below.

High School Monday Check-In

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXSZ4K4nvQOhvKWnf_ji7ErGPH3BXBak0TQLG3XbYFNO3rzg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Middle School Monday Check-In

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWHBCm-hBVSGNiGQn62wz8AHgD_JEl-gjEoR0ryQJ1tApQuQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Movie Night

SGA presents a free movie night on the Blacktop, featuring Jumanji, on Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Students grades 7-12 are invited to join and celebrate the end of Stress Less Week! Kona Ice snow cones for purchase. Bring your own blankets and chairs! Sign-up and masks required. See you there!”

LBSS Garden

Calling all garden-lovers! We could use help weeding in the native plants garden here at Lake Braddock Secondary School. This video shows you what to pull and what not to pull.”

Staff Updates Congratulations to Kristin Girardin!

We are pleased to announce that Kristin Girardin has accepted the position of Middle School Director of Student Services. Kristin has served in the Acting role since September 2020.

Kristin Girardin began her career as a high school counselor in the Bellmore-Merrick School system on Long Island. She moved to Virginia in 2003 and reentered the counseling field as a middle school counselor at Lake Braddock in 2011. Kristin has served as the Lead Counselor for the middle school, assisting with the development of the master schedule, and has worked with both 7th and 8th grade students and their families.

Since September, Kristin has filled in as the Acting Middle School Director of Student Services.  Kristin has also served as Acting Assistant Principal at Lake Braddock during the summer of 2019, coordinating with the administrative team for the opening of school that fall. During her time at Lake Braddock, Kristin has become involved with a variety of school-based initiatives including the Shared Vision Committee (Caring Community subcommittee co-lead), School Innovation and Improvement Plan (SIIP) committee, the Learning Innovation team and Instructional Council. Kristin has sponsored several after-school clubs for middle school students providing additional safe and inclusive social opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, as well as a Master of Science in Education (Specialization in Counseling) and Specialist Diploma in School Administration and Supervision from CUNY Queens College. Kristin is the Troop Leader for her daughter Anna’s Senior Girl Scout Troop. She resides in Centreville along with Anna, her husband, Anthony, son Ash and cavapoo, Bear.

Congratulations to Julie Moore!

We are also pleased to announce that Julie Moore has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant 3 for Dr. Smith. Julie began serving in the role of Acting AA3 in March of 2020. Julie started volunteering at Lake Braddock when her daughter, Beth, was in 7th grade in 2012 and continued to volunteer in the Main Office, Subschools and Student Services. She also served as Chaperone Coordinator for the LB High School Bands until Beth graduated in 2018. She was affectionally known as Mama Moore to "her" band kids.

Julie joined the staff at LB as an Office Assistant in the Main Office in August of 2018, after staying home to raise her children. She says she feels fortunate to have the job of her dreams now, combining education and office work.

Julie resides in Fairfax with her husband of 29 years, Brad, daughter Beth (JMU Class of '22), son Jon (Woodson Class of '22), Doodles Henry and Mudge, and is grandmama to Beth's bearded dragon, Zookie.

Important Testing Information SOL & AP Testing Calendar for May

The May testing calendar is now available and listed below.  The SOL test calendar can also be accessed here: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule .

Please note that students enrolled in Math 7 HONORS will test on May 27, with their grade level, even though they take the 8th grade level math SOL. This is in order to keep our grade levels together for class and proctor scheduling purposes.

SOL exams will start at 8:15, with the exception of EOC Reading (HS) and Science 8, which will start at 11:45 a.m. AP students should check with their AP teachers about the timing of their AP tests, both in-person and online. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided in the building for students who want one. Students may return home when they have completed SOL testing for the day, unless they are waiting for bus transportation. Information about requesting bus transportation is included in this newsletter.

SOL and AP IN-PERSON Test Dates:

Tuesday, May 4: AP German

Monday, May 10: Reading 8 (at 8:15) and EOC (HS) Reading (at 11:45 a.m.)

Monday, May 17: Biology, Chemistry, & Earth Science/Geosystems (at 8:15 a.m.) and Science 8 (at 11:45 a.m.)

Friday, May 21 : AP Spanish, AP French, AP Japanese

Monday, May 24: Geometry (both HS & MS), Algebra 2 (both HS & MS) as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Calc AB, AP Calc BC, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C:M

* Tuesday, May 25: Reading 7 as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Chemistry, Physics 2, AP Physics C:E&M, AP Physics 2, AP Stats

* Wednesday, May 26: Math 8

* Thursday, May 27: Math 7 (including Math 7 Honors)

* Friday, May 28: Algebra I (both HS & MS)

*Please note that the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 all classes will be all virtual, at home. In order to accommodate the large amount of student testing that must occur in the building while also maintaining health and safety guidelines and internet capabilities for online testing, it was necessary to shift all our students to a virtual setting while we conduct testing in the building. Students who are not in the building for SOL or AP testing during this week will continue their classes synchronously at home. We will still maintain Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 as catch-up days where students will check in (online) with their teachers for support and remediation.

Transportation Requests for SOL Tests – due April 30!

Families MUST request bus transportation if it is needed for their student’s SOL testing. Because the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 is virtual for all students, students that must come to the building to test will still need to request bus transportation as needed. This includes all regularly scheduled in-person students and those that have requested to remain virtual all year. FCPS will only provide bus transportation for students who normally ride a bus. Students may also walk to school or get a ride. Students who are pupil placed are not eligible for FCPS transportation.

All buses will drop students off by 8:00 a.m. for testing and depart in the afternoon at 3:00 to ensure that students have ample time for testing. Bus riders who finish testing early will be asked to wait in the Little Theatre until the end of the day. They may work on school work during that time and lunch will still be provided. Bus riders with afternoon tests will wait in the Little Theatre and work on school work until their testing begins. Please request bus transportation as soon as possible for all the days your student will need it for testing: LBSS SOL Bus Transportation Requests.

Transportation requests should be completed by Friday, April 30. Please note that after April 30th, we may not be able to accommodate transportation requests made less than 3 weeks prior to the test dates.

Important Reminders Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd-7th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! We want to make this year extra special for each and every staff member. It will only take a few seconds.

Has a staff member gone above and beyond to support you? Someone who is your champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference in your life! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/4n3pXgkjgjH7JnBG7. Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be printed, displayed on teacher’s doors or mailed home for our virtual staff, and shared with staff during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Early Releases

If you need to pick up your in-person student early, please send them in with a note first thing in the morning. Students can bring a note to the Subschool to receive a pass.  The students will also sign out of the Subschool before leaving. 

Unfortunately, if you have not sent in a note, we will not be able to pull students for early release after 2:00 pm to ensure our staff are focused on the safe dismissal for all our students. 

We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in this process.

High School Information High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale via the online platform (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) and via My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale for $35 at YearbookOrderCenter.com using school code 13596 or by searching for Lake Braddock Middle School. You can also order them through MySchoolBucks for the same price.

UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night

Presenting the Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night: this special night will be held Saturday, May 22 at Lake Braddock. The event is FREE!

If you are interested in attending please complete our Google Form; we must know your interest no later than Monday May 3.

Starry Night Formal Interest Form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSec95eBZ13LRR9TUbZxfT8LM1FW4bSZz3MtoMwvhc5Aq2cHDQ/viewform

 

Graduation Photographs

Victor O'Neill Studios is proud to partner with Lake Braddock in providing photography coverage for Graduation. 

LBSS PTSA Scholarship

The LBSS PTSA Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated responsibility, character and leadership during their high school career.

  • TWO - $1,000 Scholarships
  • NINE - $500 Scholarships
  • SIX - $250 Scholarships

Applicant Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must be a Senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Applicant must have a current PTSA Membership at the time of application - Student membership is $5.00 and you can join at lbssptsa.org prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to continue their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or other accredited post-secondary program for the school year beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Application available on the LBSS PTSA Website: http://www.lbssptsa.org/

Submit ALL documentation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021: 

Questions?  Please email Aubrey Maher at scholarship@lbssptsa.org. You may also contact PTSA President, Bob Gaylord at president@lbssptsa.org.

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information Registration Opens April 19 for Summer E-IFTA and IFTA Enrichment Programs

Registration begins April 19, at 8 a.m. for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. All students are eligible for these opportunities.

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will both be held July 6-30 at Robinson Secondary from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students take part in classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, with waivers for students eligible for free and reduced meals. For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.
Important LBSS Contact Information How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - April 23, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week we strived to support our students and staff with the verdict of the Derek Chauvin murder trial. Our goal was to ensure our culture and environment is welcoming, trusting and caring for our entire community.  We recognize that our students, staff and families all bring different perspectives and experiences. These include those who have experienced racism, those connected to police and law enforcement, our black and brown students and families and those who have experienced inequities in our judicial system.  The verdict this week brought about a mix of emotions and Lake Braddock strives to be a place where we respect each other and work side by side to advance our understanding, while taking action to get better.   We shared resources with staff to guide conversations with students and they were invited to optional sessions during WIN time for them to have another place to talk with their peers and process.  Some of those resources are shared below:

We continue to find ways to listen to the lived experiences of our students, families and staff.  We want to partner with you in this important work and we will continue to support our students. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
College Board AP Review Sessions
2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey - Military Connected Youth

Important Testing Information
SOL and AP Testing Calendar for May (Corrected)
SOL and AP In-Person Test Dates
Transportation Requests for SOL Tests - due April 30
SOL Testing Refusals

Important Reminders
Teacher Appreciation Week
Early Releases

High School Information
Virtual Career Fair
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Senior Parent Meeting
Graduation Photographs
LBSS PTSA Scholarship

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy
See Website for Information
Concurrent Learning Communication

FCPS Information
Eating Disorder Parent Information
Registration Opens for E-IFTA and IFTA
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

New Information College Board AP Review Sessions

A new series of AP® review sessions starts today. You can check out the full schedule and watch the AP Daily videos on AP Classroom to help learn and review the course content and skills across all the units in AP courses.

Live on YouTube

Recorded on AP Classroom

2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey - Military Connected Youth

10% of all 8th, 10th and 12th graders in Fairfax County have a family member serving in the military. 29% of military youth report using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs in the past month. Alcohol use is most common; 16% used it in the past 30 days, compared to 15% of non-military youth.

What can you do? UNDERSTAND, ENCOURAGE, LEARN, AND ACT

►Familiarize yourself with your neighborhood school and establish good communication with the school staff.

►Understand that for some children and youth, relocation does not necessarily get easier with each move and that your child may need assistance in making connections. Encourage positive connections in their schools and community.

►Set clear, consistent boundaries and rules, talk about expectations, and explain the consequences of breaking the rules. Children and youth who believe their parents disapprove of risky behaviors are less likely to choose those behaviors.

►Watch for changes in behavior and engagement in usual activities and be available to talk with your child.

►Teach life skills by modeling problem solving and healthy choices. Involve your child in family decisions and compliment their good choices.

DEA National Drug Takeback Day: Saturday April 24th, 10am-2pm. Drop off unused or expired medications at West Springfield District Station 6140 Rolling Road Springfield, VA or at other locations throughout Fairfax County. SAPS will be present at the event. 

Don’t forget: This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.

Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709

For questions or support for your student, please reach out to Jessica Giffin, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Important Testing Information SOL & AP Testing Calendar for May (Corrected)

The May testing calendar is now available and listed below. There was an error in last week’s newsletter in which Reading 8 was omitted. Reading 8 will take place on Monday, May 10th and Reading 7 will still be on Tuesday, May 25th.  The SOL test calendar can also be accessed here: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

SOL exams will start at 8:15, with the exception of EOC Reading (HS) and Science 8, which will start at 11:45 a.m. AP students should check with their AP teachers about the timing of their AP tests, both in-person and online. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided in the building for students who want one. Students may return home when they have completed SOL testing for the day, unless they are waiting for bus transportation. Information about requesting bus transportation is included in this newsletter.

SOL and AP IN-PERSON Test Dates:

Tuesday, May 4: AP German

Monday, May 10: Reading 8 (at 8:15) and EOC (HS) Reading (at 11:45 a.m.)

Monday, May 17: Biology, Chemistry, & Earth Science/Geosystems (at 8:15 a.m.) and Science 8 (at 11:45 a.m.)

Friday, May 21: AP Spanish, AP French, AP Japanese

Monday, May 24: Geometry (both HS & MS), Algebra 2 (both HS & MS) as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Calc AB, AP Calc BC, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C:M

* Tuesday, May 25: Reading 7 as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Chemistry, Physics 2, AP Physics C:E&M, AP Physics 2, AP Stats

* Thursday, May 27: Math 7

* Friday, May 28: Algebra I (both HS & MS)

*Please note that the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 all classes will be all virtual, at home. In order to accommodate the large amount of student testing that must occur in the building while also maintaining health and safety guidelines and internet capabilities for online testing, it was necessary to shift all our students to a virtual setting while we conduct testing in the building. Students who are not in the building for SOL or AP testing during this week will continue their classes synchronously at home.

We will still maintain Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 as catch-up days where students will check in (online) with their teachers for support and remediation.

Transportation Requests for SOL Tests – due April 30!

Families MUST request bus transportation if it is needed for their student’s SOL testing. Because the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 is virtual for all students, students that must come to the building to test will still need to request bus transportation as needed. This includes all regularly scheduled in-person students and those that have requested to remain virtual all year. FCPS will only provide bus transportation for students who normally ride a bus. Students may also walk to school or get a ride. Students who are pupil placed are not eligible for FCPS transportation.

All buses will drop students off by 8:00 a.m. for testing and depart in the afternoon at 3:00 to ensure that students have ample time for testing. Bus riders who finish testing early will be asked to wait in the Little Theatre until the end of the day. They may work on school work during that time and lunch will still be provided. Bus riders with afternoon tests will wait in the Little Theatre and work on school work until their testing begins. Please request bus transportation as soon as possible for all the days your student will need it for testing: LBSS SOL Bus Transportation Requests.

Transportation requests must be completed by Friday, April 30th. Please note that after April 30th, we may not be able to accommodate transportation requests made less than 3 weeks prior to the test dates.

SOL Testing Refusals

Earlier this week, parents were notified via email of SOL testing in May and their right to refuse testing. Please visit the LBSS testing refusal page linked HERE for more information on the SOL testing refusal process at LBSS and additional information to help guide your family’s decision. We are asking that parents complete the google form to state their intent to refuse testing by Monday, April 26. There is also a video available that explains which students need to test and what their options are. This is included in the LBSS testing refusal page or can be found HERE.

Important Reminders Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd-7th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! We want to make this year extra special for each and every staff member. It will only take a few seconds.

Has a staff member gone above and beyond to support you? Someone who is your champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference in your life! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/4n3pXgkjgjH7JnBG7. Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be printed, displayed on teacher’s doors or mailed home for our virtual staff, and shared with staff during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Early Releases

If you need to pick up your in-person student early, please send them in with a note first thing in the morning. Students can bring a note to the Subschool to receive a pass.  The students will also sign out of the Subschool before leaving. 

Unfortunately, if you have not sent in a note, we will not be able to pull students for early release after 2:00 pm to ensure our staff are focused on the safe dismissal for all our students. 

We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in this process.

High School Information Virtual Career Fair

HS students - Are you interested in talking with industry leaders and professionals about career opportunities in our area?

Sign up to participate in the first ever Virtual Career Exploration Fair today! The Career Fair begins on April 19 and lasts through April 30.

More than 60 businesses and organizations across the region are participating, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Disney, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft  to name just a few. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Come to one session or attend them all!

A few of the key events are: 

  • Career fair where you can talk to representatives from colleges and local business. This is your chance to learn how to prepare for careers through various college or training pathways!  - Mon. April 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Resume workshops where you can get feedback and tips from professionals on Mon-Thurs. evenings.
  • Interview practice and tips sessions with industry professionals. 
  • Panel discussions on green jobs, performing arts, STEM, women leaders in tech, entrepreneurship, and so much more!

Interested?  Sign up here  bit.ly/2021careerexp

Once you sign up, you will receive information on how to fully register to attend through the Cvent CrowdCompass event application. Once you log into the application, browse the available sessions to favorite, and add to your own event schedule. The application will be your primary access point for all information related to this career and college readiness event.

If you did not receive an follow-up registration email from CrowdCompass, check your Spam or Junk email folders. Have questions? Please contact: workbasedlearning@fcps.edu

High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale via the online platform (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) and via My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale for $35 at YearbookOrderCenter.com using school code 13596 or by searching for Lake Braddock Middle School. You can also order them through MySchoolBucks for the same price.

UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

After-School Activities (starting in April 2021):

  • Hip-Hop Dance (started 4/7/2021)
  • Prep Leaders / Peer Academic Tutoring (started 4/20/2021)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News Senior Parent Meeting

Our Senior Parent Meeting was held on Monday, April 19th from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Here is the link for the recording of the meeting. 

Graduation Photographs

Victor O'Neill Studios is proud to partner with Lake Braddock in providing photography coverage for Graduation. 

LBSS PTSA Scholarship

The LBSS PTSA Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated responsibility, character and leadership during their high school career.

  • TWO - $1,000 Scholarships
  • NINE - $500 Scholarships
  • SIX - $250 Scholarships

Applicant Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must be a Senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Applicant must have a current PTSA Membership at the time of application - Student membership is $5.00 and you can join at lbssptsa.org prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to continue their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or other accredited post-secondary program for the school year beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Application available on the LBSS PTSA Website: http://www.lbssptsa.org/

Submit ALL documentation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021: 

Questions?  Please email Aubrey Maher at scholarship@lbssptsa.org. You may also contact PTSA President, Bob Gaylord at president@lbssptsa.org.

Continuing Information LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Concurrent Learning Communication - Building Effective Communication Habits between Students, Teachers, and Parents (Student Led Presentation)

  • Hosted by: LBSS Students on The Principal's Cabinet’s Communication and Feedback Subcommittee
  • April 29, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

The Principal's Cabinet’s Communication and Feedback subcommittee is hosting a presentation night on building effective communication habits between students, teachers, and parents. Students that are part of the Principal’s Cabinet Communication and Feedback subcommittee will be presenting data collected from Lake Braddock students and staff regarding communication during hybrid (concurrent) learning. We are welcoming students, staff, and parents to this event. Thank you all!

Register by April 27 using this registration form link: bit.ly/communicationlb

Questions? Please contact Dr. Jennifer Harris at jlharris2@fcps.edu

FCPS Information Eating Disorder Parent Information

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2020):  Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

Eating disorders can develop or re-emerge at any age. Eating disorder specialists are reporting an increase in the diagnosis of children, some as young as five or six. Many eating disorder sufferers report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized, sometimes even in early childhood. Although most people report the onset of their eating disorder in their teens and young adulthood, there is some evidence that people are being diagnosed at younger ages.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/translations/dss-healthmedical.htm.

Registration Opens April 19 for Summer E-IFTA and IFTA Enrichment Programs

Registration begins April 19, at 8 a.m. for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. All students are eligible for these opportunities.

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will both be held July 6-30 at Robinson Secondary from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students take part in classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, with waivers for students eligible for free and reduced meals. For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.
Important LBSS Contact Information How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - April 16, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

We are excited to be working on welcoming more students back to four days of in-person instruction at Lake Braddock. There will be communication to those families next week to start by April 27th. Additionally, our fall sports teams have concluded their season and we are so grateful for our coaches, students and families who made it a success. We look forward to seeing more of our athletes competing in spring sports that begin in a few short weeks.  We also have our first play in the building is happening this weekend with our high school students, and it is a great feeling to have students performing in the Little Theater for an audience. We hope that you’ll have an opportunity to come to campus and celebrate our students and staff who are working to bring these experiences forward for our community.

This coming Monday, we are looking forward to connecting with our Seniors and their families to discuss graduation and end of year activities. We will meet with parents families at 6:00 pm and the times that we will connect with students through their subschool are listed below. Students and parents received an individualized link to their email on file. If you have not received your link, please reach out to Scott Darwin at scdarwin@fcps.edu.  

  • Subschool 3: 11:10 am – 11:55 am
  • Subschool 4: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  • Subschool 5: 2:10 pm – 2:55 pm
  • Subschool 6: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Please see the detailed information below regarding SOL and AP testing. Note that, during the week of May 24, all instruction will be virtual. In addition, Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 and 27, have been designated as catch-up days and no new assignments will be given. There is a Virtual Testing Q&A on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. to support parents with current testing guidelines and scheduling for this spring, as well as answer any general questions you may have. If you are interested in attending the LBSS Testing Q&A Parent Session, please complete the form link HERE to register.

We look forward to connecting with our community through the Senior meetings, plays, Virtual Testing Q&A and athletic events in the coming weeks.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
SOL and AP Testing Calendar for May
SOL Testing Refusals
Autism Awareness Month
Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution
Month of the Military Child Celebration
Teacher Appreciation Week
Congrats LB OOTM

Important Reminders
Early Releases
New Attendance Procedures

High School Information
Virtual Career Fair
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program
College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations

Class of 2021 News
Senior Parent Meeting
Graduation
LBSS PTSA Scholarship

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
Registration Opens for E-IFTA and IFTA
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

New Information SOL & AP Testing Calendar for May

The May testing calendar is now available and listed below. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided for students who would like one. Students may return home when they have completed SOL testing for the day, unless they are waiting for bus transportation. Information about requesting bus transportation will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

Tuesday, May 4: AP German

Monday, May 10: Reading 7 and EOC Reading

Monday, May 17: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science (Geosystems), and Science 8

Friday, May 21: AP Spanish, AP French, AP Japanese

Monday, May 24: Geometry (both HS & MS), Algebra 2 (both HS & MS) as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Calc AB, AP Calc BC, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C:M

* Tuesday, May 25: Reading 7 as well as the following in-person AP exams: AP Chemistry Physics 1, AP Physics C:E&M, AP Physics 2, AP Stats

* Wednesday, May 26: Math 8

* Thursday, May 27: Math 7

* Friday, May 28: Algebra I (both HS & MS)

*Please note that, during the week of Tuesday, May 25th through Friday, May 28th, all classes will be all virtual, at home. In order to accommodate the large amount of student testing that must occur in the building while also maintaining health and safety guidelines and internet capabilities for online testing, it is necessary to shift all our students to a virtual setting while we conduct testing in the building. Students who are not in the building for SOL or AP testing during this week will continue their classes synchronously at home. We will still maintain Wednesday, May 26th and Thursday, May 27th as catch-up days where students will check in (online) with their teachers for support and remediation.

SOL Testing Refusals

Earlier this week, parents were notified via email of SOL testing in May and their right to refuse testing. Please visit the LBSS testing refusal page linked HERE for more information on the SOL testing refusal process at LBSS and additional information to help guide your family’s decision. We are asking that parents complete the google form to state their intent to refuse testing by Monday, April 26th .

Additionally, we will host a virtual Testing Q&A session for parents on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. to support parents with current testing guidelines and scheduling for this spring, as well as answer any general questions you may have. If you are interested in attending the LBSS Testing Q&A Parent Session, please complete the form link HERE to register.

Autism Awareness Month: "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference on April 20

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, are you invited to participate in the Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s free "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference. The conference will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m. Participants will celebrate the autism journey together with short and engaging sessions. Featured speakers include self-advocates, family members, and educators. Register in advance for this virtual event.

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

Month of the Military Child Celebration

Please help us celebrate Lake Braddock's military student. Details are in the flyer below.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd-7th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! We want to make this year extra special for each and every staff member. It will only take a few seconds 😊

Has a staff member gone above and beyond to support you? Someone who is your champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference in your life! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/4n3pXgkjgjH7JnBG7. Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be printed, displayed on teacher’s doors or mailed home for our virtual staff, and shared with staff during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Congrats LB OOTM

HUGE SHOUT OUT to Lake Braddock’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for placing at this past weekend’s awards ceremony for the Virginia statewide tournament.

  • The combined Lake Braddock/TJHSST/Homeschool 7/8/10 grade team placed 2nd overall in their division and 3rd highest raw score; MS team members included Ella Ridgway & Jack Smith
  • The Lake Braddock 7/8 grade team placed 2nd overall in their division and 1st in spontaneous problem solving; the MS team members included Tobias Ong, Grace Sanchez, Autumn Dunlop, Adithya Pillai, Kara Kweon & Jenna Nelson
Important Reminders Early Releases

If you need to pick up your in-person student early, please send them in with a note first thing in the morning. Students can bring a note to the Subschool to receive a pass.  The students will also sign out of the Subschool before leaving. 

Unfortunately, if you have not sent in a note, we will not be able to pull students for early release after 2:00 pm to ensure our staff are focused on the safe dismissal for all our students. 

We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in this process.

New Attendance Procedures

If your child is scheduled to attend class in-person but is unable to do so, please contact your child’s subschool. If a student does not participate in person as expected, parents will receive an automatic absence notification. 

High School Information Virtual Career Fair

HS students - Are you interested in talking with industry leaders and professionals about career opportunities in our area?

Sign up to participate in the first ever Virtual Career Exploration Fair today! The Career Fair begins on April 19 and lasts through April 30.

More than 60 businesses and organizations across the region are participating, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Disney, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft  to name just a few. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Come to one session or attend them all!

A few of the key events are: 

  • Career fair where you can talk to representatives from colleges and local business. This is your chance to learn how to prepare for careers through various college or training pathways!  - Mon. April 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Resume workshops where you can get feedback and tips from professionals on Mon-Thurs. evenings.
  • Interview practice and tips sessions with industry professionals. 
  • Panel discussions on green jobs, performing arts, STEM, women leaders in tech, entrepreneurship, and so much more!

Interested?  Sign up here  bit.ly/2021careerexp

Once you sign up, you will receive information on how to fully register to attend through the Cvent CrowdCompass event application. Once you log into the application, browse the available sessions to favorite, and add to your own event schedule. The application will be your primary access point for all information related to this career and college readiness event.

If you did not receive an follow-up registration email from CrowdCompass, check your Spam or Junk email folders. Have questions? Please contact: workbasedlearning@fcps.edu

High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale via the online platform (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) and via My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale for $35 at YearbookOrderCenter.com using school code 13596 or by searching for Lake Braddock Middle School. You can also order them through MySchoolBucks for the same price.

UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

After-School Activities (starting in April 2021):

  • Hip-Hop Dance (started 4/7/2021)
  • Prep Leaders / Peer Academic Tutoring (TBA)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations for Middle School Families (MS)

College Access Fairfax (CAF) is partnering with FCPS School Counseling Services by offering two Paying for College virtual presentations specifically for middle school families. These two presentations will be offered on April 20 and April 22 at 7:00 PM. A recording of these sessions will be made available for families unable to register and attend by visiting CAF’s website after April 22. A flyer with additional details about these two virtual presentations can be accessed here. Students should access the flyer using their school login.

Class of 2021 News Senior Parent Meeting

Our Senior Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, April 19th from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm on Blackboard Collaborate. An invitation email was sent out today to all Senior Parents/Guardians. If you did not received a link, please email Mr. Darwin at scdarwin@fcps.edu with an appropriate email address for the invitation link.

Graduation

We are so excited to announce that we are able to hold an in-person graduation this year at Jiffy Lube Live. Graduation will be on Thursday, June 10 at 9:30 am. We are working on the specific details of the ceremony and will have most of that available at our Senior and Parent meetings on April 19. 

LBSS PTSA Scholarship

The LBSS PTSA Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated responsibility, character and leadership during their high school career.

  • TWO - $1,000 Scholarships
  • NINE - $500 Scholarships
  • SIX - $250 Scholarships

Applicant Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must be a Senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Applicant must have a current PTSA Membership at the time of application - Student membership is $5.00 and you can join at lbssptsa.org prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to continue their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or other accredited post-secondary program for the school year beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Application available on the LBSS PTSA Website: http://www.lbssptsa.org/

Submit ALL documentation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021: 

Questions?  Please email Aubrey Maher at scholarship@lbssptsa.org. You may also contact PTSA President, Bob Gaylord at president@lbssptsa.org.

Continuing Information LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information Registration Opens April 19 for Summer E-IFTA and IFTA Enrichment Programs

Registration begins April 19, at 8 a.m. for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. All students are eligible for these opportunities.

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will both be held July 6-30 at Robinson Secondary from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students take part in classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, with waivers for students eligible for free and reduced meals. For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.
Important LBSS Contact Information How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - April 9, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

Welcome Back! I hope you and your family were able to take some time to relax and recharge during Spring Break. We have made it to 4th quarter and it is full steam ahead as we move forward.

Earlier this week, we received communication from Dr. Brabrand regarding the move to 3 feet of social distancing for all secondary students. We are working hard to transition students back to in-person instruction for those who are interested. Please note that we can only return students based on capacity and staff and that we will not be able to honor all requests. Please read below for important information on Lake Braddock's move to four days of in-person instruction. 

FCPS has also adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Please see the article below for detailed information.

We have several religious and cultural holidays occurring during the 4th quarter. Please note that our teachers have been asked to avoid new grade assignments, activities, tests and quizzes on the following dates:

  • First Day of Ramadan -- April 13
  • Theravada New Year -- April 27
  • Orthodox Good Friday -- April 30
  • Eid at Fitr -- May 13

I am excited to report that we have a final date for in-person graduation. We will celebrate our graduates in a ceremony at Jiffy Lube Live on Thursday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. Please see the flyer below for information on senior and parent meetings scheduled on April 19.

I look forward to an exceptional 4th quarter at Lake Braddock and I appreciate your continued support of all things Lake Braddock.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Four Day In-Person Instruction
Grading Updates
SOL and AP Testing
April 7 Town Hall Recap
New LBSS Water Bottles

Important Reminders
New Attendance Procedures

High School Information
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program
College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations

Class of 2021 News
Graduation
LBSS PTSA Scholarship

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy
Cooking as a Family

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

New Information Four Day In-Person Instruction

Earlier this week, Dr. Brabrand shared the following information:

  • FCPS welcomes the drop in community transmission rates for the seven-day period ending April 7, which allows us to move to a 3 feet social distance standard for in-person learning in middle and high schools. 
  • The April 7 release of weekly data shows that community transmission rates have dropped in our region from “high” to “substantial.”
  • Middle and high schools are now able to join elementary schools in using 3 feet social distancing in classrooms where mask use is universal.
  • The ability to decrease social distancing means that middle and high schools may be able to consider returning some students to four days of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year, if space and staffing allow.

Lake Braddock will now join elementary schools in using 3 feet social distancing in classrooms where mask use is universal. In order to meet Division expectations for our in-person students to be at Lake Braddock four days a week, our virtual students will remain virtual for the remainder of the year.

If your student is currently accessing in-person instruction two days a week, please complete this Google Form so we can gauge interest and assess our capacity to bring students in the building for four days of in-person instruction. The Google Form should be completed no later than Tuesday, April 13th at 3 pm if you would like for your student to be considered. The change to four days of in-person instruction will start on Tuesday, April 27.

Please note that no additional changes will be permitted after April 27. 

To review the additional information provided by FCPS on the changes to social distancing CLICK HERE.

Grading Updates

As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. FCPS is adjusting our grading policy for the 2020-21 school year to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. 

High School Grading Updates

Key policy changes for high school students are listed below:

  • Final Exam flexibility that ensures an exam can only serve to improve a student’s grade for the year. Teachers will apply this in their grading practices for each class.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F.”
  • Allowing high school students to select a mark of “P” for pass for up to two courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM.” 

Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Request Form will be available in ParentVue and will be mailed home to all families who have not selected “go paperless” on April 14th. Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass - No Mark status. Additional information including considerations for postsecondary opportunities and frequently asked questions are available HERE.

Middle School Grading Updates

Key policy changes for middle school students are listed below:

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be assigned a mark of  “P” (pass) as a final mark. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “D” or “D+” as a final mark.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for final marks for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F” as a final mark.
  • Allowing middle school students to select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM”, and final marks of “D” or “D+” will automatically receive a “P.”

Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form will be available in ParentVue and mailed home to all families who have not selected “go paperless” on April 13.  Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass. Additional information including considerations  and frequently asked questions are available HERE.

SOL and AP Testing

Preparations are underway for SOL and AP testing. Be on the lookout for additional information to be shared in an eNotify message on Monday, April 12. Mark your calendars for a virtual Testing Question & Answer Session taking place April 21 at 6:30 pm. The registration link will be included in next week’s News You Choose.

April 7 Town Hall Recap

Did you miss the Superintendent’s Town Hall? Dr. Brabrand, along with Dr. Michael Martin, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Michelle Boyd, assistant superintendent for Special Services, answered questions from the community regarding the CDC’s guidance allowing schools to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing in some circumstances, and within certain community transmission rates. They also discussed the social-emotional impact the pandemic has had on children and the importance of returning all students to in-person learning. Watch the video.

Early Releases

If you need to pick up your in-person student early, please send him or her in with a note first thing in the morning. He/She needs to take that note to the Subschool to receive a pass and then sign out of the Subschool before leaving. 

If you have not sent in a note, we will not be able to pull students for early release after 2:00 pm. 

We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in this process.

New LBSS Water Bottles For Sale

Lake Braddock is holding a water bottle fundraiser! They are black with the words 'Lake Braddock' and a bear paw in gold! Water bottles are available to purchase at door 1, April 13-16 before and after school. They will also available during middle school lunches, April 13-16. Interested? Water bottles are $15, and you may pay with cash, check (made out to LBSS), or pay on MySchoolsBucks (and available pick up the next day at any of the times/dates listed). Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2022. We hope to see you rocking this new swag!

Important Reminders New Attendance Procedures

If your child is scheduled to attend class in-person but is unable to do so, please contact your child’s subschool. If a student does not participate in person as expected, parents will receive an automatic absence notification. 

High School Information High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale via the online platform (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) and via My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale for $35 at YearbookOrderCenter.com using school code 13596 or by searching for Lake Braddock Middle School. You can also order them through MySchoolBucks for the same price.

UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

After-School Activities (starting in April 2021):

  • Hip-Hop Dance (started 4/7/2021)
  • Prep Leaders / Peer Academic Tutoring (TBA)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations for Middle School Families (MS)

College Access Fairfax (CAF) is partnering with FCPS School Counseling Services by offering two Paying for College virtual presentations specifically for middle school families. These two presentations will be offered on April 20 and April 22 at 7:00 PM. A recording of these sessions will be made available for families unable to register and attend by visiting CAF’s website after April 22. A flyer with additional details about these two virtual presentations can be accessed here. Students should access the flyer using their school login.

Class of 2021 News Graduation

We are so excited to announce that we are able to hold an in-person graduation this year at Jiffy Lube Live. Graduation will be on Thursday, June 10 at 9:30 am. We are working on the specific details of the ceremony and will have most of that available at our Senior and Parent meetings on April 19. 

LBSS PTSA Scholarship

The LBSS PTSA Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated responsibility, character and leadership during their high school career.

  • TWO - $1,000 Scholarships
  • NINE - $500 Scholarships
  • SIX - $250 Scholarships

Applicant Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must be a Senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Applicant must have a current PTSA Membership at the time of application - Student membership is $5.00 and you can join at lbssptsa.org prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to continue their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or other accredited post-secondary program for the school year beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Application available on the LBSS PTSA Website: http://www.lbssptsa.org/

Submit ALL documentation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021: 

Questions?  Please email Aubrey Maher at scholarship@lbssptsa.org. You may also contact PTSA President, Bob Gaylord at president@lbssptsa.org.

Continuing Information LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy Cooking as a Family Makes a Difference with FCCLA - Parent Academy Family Engagement Series Event
  • Thursday, April 15th from 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Ragland, Mr. Prassa, Ms. Moyer, and the LBSS FCCLA

The Recipe of Success = 1 LBSS family, 2 cups of time, 3 Tablespoons of fun

Come join the fun live with LBSS Advisors and students as we demonstrate these awesome recipes for dinner. No Bake Cookie Pudding and Tofu Lasagna Rollups with Red Lobster Biscuits on the side. What a fun way for families to spend time together!

Recipes and ingredients can be found here: https://rb.gy/0nbmrb (requires fcpsschools login)

Register by April 13th here - Registration Form

Guest links will be sent to participants after registration closes.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Ragland at tragland@fcps.edu.

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - March 27, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been a great week of celebrating our Seniors in Volleyball and Field Hockey. We also had a community conversation regarding Equity with all the families from the feeder elementary schools. Thank you to those families who joined us for this important conversation. The presentation from the event can be found here.

With Spring Break coming up this week, I wanted to remind all of our families of the work expectations that were shared with staff.  Students should not be expected to turn in major assignments or take a major assessment on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Spring Break.  We truly encourage our students to take a break to spend time connecting with loved ones, relaxing and doing something that brings them joy.  

We look forward to seeing our students reconnect when we all return from Spring Break. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Kindness Rock Garden
LBSS Parent Survey
All-Virginia Band and Orchestra
March Student of the Month Winners
Updated Sick Student Procedures

Important Reminders
Meal Distribution During Spring Break
New Attendance Procedures
Spring Hygiene Collection Drive

High School Information
April 1 Football Watch Party Canceled

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program
College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations

Class of 2021 News
Bridging Bruins
LBSS PTSA Scholarship

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

PTSA News
Virtual Auction
Mulch Sale

FCPS Information
Domestic and International Travel Guidance
2021 End-of-Year Ceremonies
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
Calendar At a Glance
How to Stay In Touch

New Information Kindness Rock Garden

The LBSS PTSA seeks your assistance in creating a LBSS Kindness Rock Garden! We need your help to paint rocks with an inspiring message, word or image that will make up our Kindness Rock Garden. Completed rocks can be dropped off and left in a box near Door One. Please see the instructions below for more details.

Lake Braddock Parent Survey

Please take the time to fill out the following survey created by our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group.  These proactive students are in the process of collecting data about student mental health and wanting the point of view from you as parents.  The Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health group is collecting data that will be shared with the Lake Braddock community to better understand student mental health during this unprecedented year.

All-Virginia Band and Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who earned a spot to participate in the 2021 All-Virginia Band and Orchestra event which will be held virtually this April. There were over 1,000 high school band and orchestra students who auditioned to participate in one of the three All-Virginia ensembles. We are very proud of their hard work and accomplishment and look forward to these students enjoying and learning all they can from the distinguished college professors that will be clinicians for this event.

Trumpet – Maia Trafton – 3rd (Orchestra)
Flute – Caroline Gallotta – 10th (Symphonic Band)
Clarinet – Clara Small – 14th (Symphonic Band)
Harp – Eunice Park – 1st  (Orchestra)

March Student of the Month Winners - Adaptable

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. Read more about them here.

March Student of the Month Winners – ADAPTABLE:

  • 7th grade: Zoe Loomis
  • 8th grade: Avril Barcheck
  • 9th grade: Timothy Asady-Kany
  • 10th grade:  Ally Kelso
  • 11th grade: Jose Lopez Martinez
  • 12th grade: Joelle “Joey” Monachelli

Next month’s theme is RESILIENT. April winners will be announced at the end of next month.

Updated Sick Student Procedures

Earlier this week, we sent information regarding the FCPS procedures for students returning to school after an absence. We just received the following updated information from FCPS, to become effective on Monday, April 5:

When a student remains home from in-person instruction due to COVID-Like Illness (CLI), the parent/guardian will NO LONGER need to provide the Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form.

The Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form will continue to be required for the following situations and must be completed prior to the students return to in-person instruction: 

  • Sent home due to COVID Like Illness (CLI)
  • Reports a positive COVID-19 test
  • Is instructed to quarantine by a medical provider or the FCHD

Additional acceptable documentation for student return to in-person following illness:

  • A health care practitioner note is also acceptable. The note is to be attached to the Return to School Form/Child Care and placed in the student’s cum folder.
  • If the student is returning from quarantine or isolation and has been under the advisement of the FCHD, a copy of the SARA alert form is also acceptable.

The forms and translations are located at http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/healthinfo/index.shtml under “Forms and Letters.”

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these continually-changing guidelines. 

Important Reminders Meal Distribution During Spring Break

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals March 26 through April 5 when there is one early release school day, the week of spring break when schools are closed, and one teacher workday when students are not in school. Extra meal distribution begins March 22. See the food distribution web page for more information.

Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that no-cost breakfast and lunch meals for all students have been extended through September 30

New Attendance Procedures

If your child is scheduled to attend class in-person but is unable to do so, please contact your child’s subschool. If a student does not participate in person as expected, parents will receive an automatic absence notification. 

Spring Hygiene Collection Drive -- March 19 - April 8 High School Information April 1 Football Watch Party Canceled

Due to the increased number of spectators allowed at outdoor events, the football watch party scheduled for April 1st at University Mall Theaters is being cancelled. Information on procuring tickets will be available next week from Athletics.

Middle School Information UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

After-School Activities (starting in April 2021):

  • Hip-Hop Dance (TBA)
  • Prep Leaders / Peer Academic Tutoring (TBA)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form:  https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

College Access Fairfax Virtual Presentations for Middle School Families (MS)

College Access Fairfax (CAF) is partnering with FCPS School Counseling Services by offering two Paying for College virtual presentations specifically for middle school families. These two presentations will be offered on April 20 and April 22 at 7:00 PM. A recording of these sessions will be made available for families unable to register and attend by visiting CAF’s website after April 22. A flyer with additional details about these two virtual presentations can be accessed here. Students should access the flyer using their school login.

Class of 2021 News Bridging Bruins

Attention Seniors - If you are interested in getting hands-on experience outside of the classroom while forging relationships in the community, complete the Bridging Bruins interest form linked here. With enough interest and support for Bridging Bruins, seniors in good standing could have the opportunity to work with a business or service organization of their choosing.  Instead of going to class in the last few weeks school, students could go to work. To be considered, complete the form by April 7th. https://forms.gle/6Vj2Dn8uQFPhHF2e9 #BruinsCARE

LBSS PTSA Scholarship

The LBSS PTSA Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated responsibility, character and leadership during their high school career.

  • TWO - $1,000 Scholarships
  • NINE - $500 Scholarships
  • SIX - $250 Scholarships

Applicant Qualifications: 

  • Applicant must be a Senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Applicant must have a current PTSA Membership at the time of application - Student membership is $5.00 and you can join at lbssptsa.org prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • Applicant must plan to continue their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or other accredited post-secondary program for the school year beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Application available on the LBSS PTSA Website: http://www.lbssptsa.org/

Submit ALL documentation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021: 

Questions?  Please email Aubrey Maher at scholarship@lbssptsa.org. You may also contact PTSA President, Bob Gaylord at president@lbssptsa.org.

Continuing Information LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy  FCPS Parent Resource Center Events

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) is offering four free parent webinars in April. They are:

  • Construyendo y manteniendo familias fuertes Un seminario web presentado en español (Building and Keeping Strong Families: A Webinar Presented in Spanish), on Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Skill, Not Will: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach Webinar for Families, on Friday, April 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vaccination Process in Fairfax County: A Webinar for Families, on Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence, on Thursday April 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • More information on each session and how to register is available online.

Note: Previous webinars have been recorded and can be viewed on the PRC YouTube channel.

PTSA News Virtual Auction

Thank you to everyone who has donated to or participated in the PTSA Virtual Auction!  After 26 fun-filled days of bidding, the auction will end tonight at 9 pm ET!  It was a huge success by every measure with over $11,000 raised and a lot of great local businesses promoted and over 210 amazing prizes won!  Depending on what time you are reading this, you may still have a chance to get some last minute bids in at:
https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Lake-Braddock-PTSA-16187

Winners will be notified by the auction site via email at 9 pm. Prize pickup can be arranged with communications@lbssptsa.org. There will be a pickup event on Sunday, March 28th from 10 am - 2 pm at 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station. Note that some prizes are emailable certificates so check the item description and your email before heading over. In addition to having the opportunity to pick up auction prizes that have been won, there will be a LBABC Spiritwear sale there to kickoff Spring Break! 

Mulch Sale Supports Class of '21

The LBSS PTSA will host the Graduation Celebrations for the LBSS Class of 2021. You can help by ordering mulch and/or making a tax deductible cash donation at www.lbssptsa.org/mulchsale  

We are offering JK's Double-Shredded Hardwood Mulch in 3 cubic-foot bags. 

  • $4.80 per bag
  • Free Delivery for orders of 15 bags or more
  • Delivery dates are Saturday or Sunday, April 10th and 11th, 2021
  • Orders less than 15 bags must be picked up at the LBSS Parking Lot on Saturday, April 10, 2021! 
  • Orders must be received by March 31, 2021!

We are pleased to be partnering with Scout Troop 1344 for your mulch spreading needs. They will be offering time slots in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, April 17, and the afternoon on April 18, for donations. In previous years, an average donation has been $3/bag. Please contact Debbie Davis at troop1344@gmail.com to schedule a time slot. 

Questions?

Email: mulch@lbssptsa.org go to: www.lbssptsa.org/mulchsale

Willing to help? Many Adult and Student Volunteers are needed:
www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0544abab2f4-senior

FCPS Information Domestic and International Travel Guidance

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. 
  • Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID-19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. 

For helpful tips and safety information regarding travel restrictions and testing, please see the following websites:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

2021 End-of-Year Ceremonies

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to and planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. While our traditional venues (Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University and DAR – Constitution Hall) will most likely not be available in June, we are actively exploring other venue options to include the use of our high school stadiums and/or other outside entertainment sites.

Governor Northam has updated guidance for in-person graduation ceremonies, indoor and outdoor social gatherings, and public health and space restrictions for certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues. We are currently working through these new guidelines to understand the health and safety requirements and laws for culminating events such as graduation: All Night Graduation parties, prom, and end- of-year celebrations for our elementary and secondary students.

We will promptly notify school staff, students, and parents as soon as we have the additional and plans. 

FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 29 - April 2: Spring Break April 5 - Teacher Work Day  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - March 19, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We enjoyed having our Homecoming Spirit Week this week and look forward to our Homecoming Football game this evening. It's been a more vibrant community, since some of our students have returned to the school building for classes and various activities.  

As we look ahead, the third quarter is coming to an end on Friday, March 26th, which is also an early release day for students  We encourage all of our students and parents to check StudentVue to know what assignments might be missing. We also encourage families to reach out to their teachers and counselor if they have questions. 

FCPS has provided some updated information regarding travel guidance and end-of-year ceremonies. Please see the information in the FCPS Information section below. 

Finally, we made a statement through social media yesterday, and our morning announcements this morning, to condemn the increased violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It is important that we reiterate to all of our students, families and community members that we denounce all forms of discrimination, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic standing, or personal circumstance. We strive to create an culture at Lake Braddock where diversity is embraced and every student feels included, seen and heard.  If your child experiences any form of harassment, bullying, intimidation, or racism, please immediately contact an administrator or counselor who can help with next steps to keep your child safe and secure. I invite you to share with me any suggestions, comments or concerns you may have about how your child may be feeling in this moment. We are here for you.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Homecoming Football Game Livestream
Spring Hygiene Collection
New Attendance Procedures
Meal Distribution During Spring Break

Important Reminders
Lake Braddock Community Meeting
Spring Family Food Drive
Community Use of Outdoor Facilities

High School Information
AP Exam Schedule
PSAT 10

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Upcoming Senior Events
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing Information
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

PTSA News
Virtual Auction

FCPS Information
Domestic and International Travel Guidance
2021 End-of-Year Ceremonies
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
Calendar At a Glance
How to Stay In Touch

New Information Spring Hygiene Collection

LB DECA is hosting a spring hygiene collection. Please see the flyer below.

New Attendance Procedures

If your child is scheduled to attend class in-person but is unable to do so, please contact your child’s subschool. If a student does not participate in person as expected, parents will receive an automatic absence notification. 

Meal Distribution During Spring Break

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals March 26 through April 5 when there is one early release school day, the week of spring break when schools are closed, and one teacher workday when students are not in school. Extra meal distribution begins March 22. See the food distribution web page for more information.

Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that no-cost breakfast and lunch meals for all students have been extended through September 30

Important Reminders Lake Braddock Community Meeting

Dear Families,

The Lake Braddock Pyramid is excited to announce our second pyramid-wide community meeting with all of the Lake Braddock Pyramid School Principals. This virtual meeting will be focused on building a stronger understanding of equity across the PreK – 12 learning continuum. During this conversation, you will learn more about the clearly defined and connected efforts of all eight schools within the pyramid in addressing equity-informed practices to ensure that all students feel welcome and that inclusion remains at the center of our work. 

We plan to share our common approaches to achieve our goal and share specific strategies that each school has implemented to address the individual needs of our connected communities.  Please join us on March 23rd, at 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. to participate in the community discussion.   An eNotify will go out to families on Monday, March 22nd, with the link for the event.

We are looking forward to our continued partnership to keep equity at the center of our work, helping to lead each of our students to success.

Sincerely,

Lake Braddock Pyramid Principals

Spring Family Food Drive

It’s time for us to SPRING into action to support Bruin families in need! In December, the generous donations of our community allowed us to support 50 families with a holiday meal with all of the fixins, and additional groceries for the 2 week winter break.  We are counting on you to make our Spring Family Food Drive another fantastic success to support families over Spring Break! Please use the sign up genius link below to sign up for various grocery items. Donations can be placed in our labeled bins at  Door #1, Door #17, and Door #3 from Monday, March 15- Tuesday, March 23!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448A4AA28A7FB6-holiday

Community Use of Outdoor Facilities

Our Lake Braddock administration would encourage our community to work together to practice the safety measures known to stop the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands and avoiding group gatherings with people outside of your household. We also ask that our community members refrain from using our outdoor facilities (track, fields, and courts) while our athletic teams have practices and contests. We are all working tirelessly to offer a meaningful athletic experience under unprecedented circumstances. Our success depends on our collective ability to minimize the spread of the virus within our athletic programs, which is 100% dependent on our ability to implement effective mitigation strategies during athletic activities. Lake Braddock greatly appreciates your partnership to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and community.

High School Information NEW: AP Exam Schedule

On Monday, Fairfax County Public Schools announced that we will offer College Board’s AP Exam Administration 2, with a mix of digital (at home) and paper-pencil (in-person) tests. Please visit the FCPS AP Testing Information webpage for the county AP Exam Schedule and county Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. With the anticipation of more AP Exam opt-outs, we are now asking LBSS families to complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24, if they decide to opt-out of any AP Exams.

Below is a summary to the most common LBSS student and parent concerns regarding the new AP Exam Schedule:

  • My student’s exam is in-person paper-pencil and we do not feel comfortable taking the exam in the building.

Students with paper-pencil exams may choose to take the exam digitally at home during College Board’s Exam Administration 3 on June 9th or June 10th, depending on the exam. (Please note, World Language AP Exams do not have a digital option and must be taken on paper-pencil on the exam date.) If your student wants to switch from their in-person paper-pencil exam to digital in June, please email Megan Cashman, LBSS counselor at MTCashman@fcps.edu no later than Wednesday, March 24. 

  • My student’s exam is digital and we want the paper-pencil version.

Unfortunately, those exams designated as digital (at home) cannot be changed to paper-pencil in person. Your student will either have to take the digital exam on the exam date or may choose to opt-out. If your student decides to opt-out, please complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24.

  • My student no longer wishes to take an AP Exam.

Please complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24. If you already notified Ms. Carrera by email (prior to March 9) of your decision to opt-out, you do not need to complete this form. 

  • We have decided to opt-out of an exam but we have already paid for it.

If you opt-out of an exam and have already paid for the exam, please complete the FCPS AP Refund Form by May 3rd. This form requires students’ FCPS log-in to access.

PSAT 10

If your sophomore is interested in taking the PSAT 10 at Lake Braddock Secondary on Monday, April 19th, please have  your student complete this registration form using their school Google log-in: Lake Braddock HS PSAT 10 Intent to Participate form. Students must use their school @fcpsschools ID and log-in to access the form. Make sure you are logged off all personal Gmail accounts prior to accessing the form. The form may be more easily accessed from a computer than mobile device. Registrations are due by Friday, March 19th. Due to health and safety precautions, we are unable to accept late registrations or walk-up testers. For additional information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Test Page .

Middle School Information UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

After-School Activities (starting in April 2021):

  • Hip-Hop Dance (TBA)
  • Prep Leaders / Peer Academic Tutoring (TBA)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News Upcoming Senior Events

Take a look at the upcoming events for the month of March. Click on the sign up links below to register for the events.  We're looking forward to seeing you!!!

LBSS vs. SOCO Football at University Mall sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094caeac2ba7fa7-senior

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing Information LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Labor Ejecutiva en el Mundo Digital

  • 24 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. en español 
  • Organizado por las Especialistas Técnicas de nuestro colegio: Sarah Olson y Carin Frank

Gracias a los padres que se interesaron en nuestra encuesta y en los posibles temas para tratar en la Academia de Padres: Funcionamiento ejecutivo en el mundo digital. ¡La mayoría está en acuerdo! Tendremos una charla para padres sobre "Cómo ayudar a sus estudiantes a organizar su Google Drive" el 24 de marzo a las 7 pm . Favor de completar el formulario de Google para recibir una invitación a nuestra sesión de Blackboard Collaborate. (Colaborando en Blackboard)

Regístrese antes del 23 de marzo usando este enlace: el formulario de Google

¿Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Stella Zoccoli-Perez oa Sra. Carin Frank.

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) for Current Sophomores – FINAL PRESENTATION

  • March 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for the FINAL Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) presentations on March 22nd at 7 PM. Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation. Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend this presentation in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

PTSA News Virtual Auction

www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Lake-Braddock-PTSA-16187 Thank you for your support!!

FCPS Information Domestic and International Travel Guidance

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. 
  • Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID-19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. 

For helpful tips and safety information regarding travel restrictions and testing, please see the following websites:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

2021 End-of-Year Ceremonies

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to and planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. While our traditional venues (Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University and DAR – Constitution Hall) will most likely not be available in June, we are actively exploring other venue options to include the use of our high school stadiums and/or other outside entertainment sites.

Governor Northam has updated guidance for in-person graduation ceremonies, indoor and outdoor social gatherings, and public health and space restrictions for certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues. We are currently working through these new guidelines to understand the health and safety requirements and laws for culminating events such as graduation: All Night Graduation parties, prom, and end- of-year celebrations for our elementary and secondary students.

We will promptly notify school staff, students, and parents as soon as we have the additional and plans. 

FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 29 - April 2: Spring Break April 5 - Teacher Work Day  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - March 13, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We have successfully transitioned to concurrent learning this week and all of our in-person students have had the opportunity to come to school for their classes.  This has been a tremendous lift for our staff and we are so grateful for their dedication to making this shift a success.   

In the coming week, we wanted to remind families that our catch-up days will be Wednesday, March 17th, and Thursday, March 18th.  Students will report to class for attendance, to work on assignments and get help from their teachers.  Students scheduled to attend in-person, will come to LBSS on their designated day.   

I also wanted to highlight our second Lake Braddock Pyramid community meeting with all of the Lake Braddock Pyramid School Principals. This virtual meeting will be focused on building a stronger understanding of equity across the PreK – 12 learning continuum. During this conversation, you will learn more about the clearly defined and connected efforts of all eight schools within the pyramid in addressing equity-informed practices to ensure that all students feel welcome and that inclusion remains at the center of our work.  Please join us on March 23rd, at 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. to participate in the community discussion.   A message will be sent next week with the link for the event.  

Thank you to all of our students and families who have made the switch to concurrent learning over the last few weeks. As a community we have stuck together and supported one another through this pandemic.  These last few weeks is another example of our incredible community. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Student Congratulations
Community Use of Outdoor Facilities
Spring Family Food Drive

Important Reminders
Lake Braddock Community Meeting
Student Drop Off
Bus Passes

High School Information
AP Exam Schedule
Junior Parent/Student College Night
PSAT 10

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Upcoming Senior Events
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing Information
St. Patrick's Day Staff Shout Out
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

PTSA News
Virtual Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
Calendar At a Glance
How to Stay In Touch

New Information Student Congratulations

Thirty-eight students competed at the Virtual Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference this past week. We are excited to announce the following winners:

Bianca Blancaflor, Top Ten Test, Principles of Marketing

Philip Brown, Top Ten Test, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision 

Tirth Dave, Top Ten Test, Top Performer Role Play 1, Business Finance Series

Gabrielle Edelin, Top Ten Test, Marketing Management Team Decision

Natania Elias, Top Ten Test, Personal Financial Literacy

The following students placed and qualified to move on in competition and will represent Virginia at DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference in late April:

Rachel Pritz, FIRST PLACE, Top Ten Test, Top Performer Role Play, Personal Financial Literacy

Brian Ager & Maddie Cahill, GOLD Level Certified, School Based Enterprise

Melanie Dang, FINALIST, Top Ten Test, Top Performer Role Play 1, Top Performer Role Play 2, Apparel and Accessories

Madison Judd & Mikayla May, FINALIST, Community Giving Project

Camryn Owens, FINALIST, Top Performer Role Play 1, Top Performer Role Play 2, Business Services Marketing

Annelisa Rebello, FINALIST Business Solutions Project

MaKenna Super, FINALIST, Top Performer Role Play 1, Top Performer Role Play 2, Sports & Entertainment Marketing

The chapter earned the Blue Chip Award, the highest recognition for its program of work.

Finally, special congratulations to our students who were elected to serve on the Virginia DECA State Action Team for next year:

Tirth Dave, Region 2 Vice President
Camryn Owens, Vice President Marketing

Community Use of Outdoor Facilities

Our Lake Braddock administration would encourage our community to work together to practice the safety measures known to stop the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands and avoiding group gatherings with people outside of your household. We also ask that our community members refrain from using our outdoor facilities (track, fields, and courts) while our athletic teams have practices and contests. We are all working tirelessly to offer a meaningful athletic experience under unprecedented circumstances. Our success depends on our collective ability to minimize the spread of the virus within our athletic programs, which is 100% dependent on our ability to implement effective mitigation strategies during athletic activities. Lake Braddock greatly appreciates your partnership to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and community.

Spring Family Food Drive

It’s time for us to SPRING into action to support Bruin families in need! In December, the generous donations of our community allowed us to support 50 families with a holiday meal with all of the fixins, and additional groceries for the 2 week winter break.  We are counting on you to make our Spring Family Food Drive another fantastic success to support families over Spring Break! Please use the sign up genius link below to sign up for various grocery items. Donations can be placed in our labeled bins at  Door #1, Door #17, and Door #3 from Monday, March 15- Tuesday, March 23!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448A4AA28A7FB6-holiday

Important Reminders Lake Braddock Community Meeting

Dear Families,

The Lake Braddock Pyramid is excited to announce our second pyramid-wide community meeting with all of the Lake Braddock Pyramid School Principals. This virtual meeting will be focused on building a stronger understanding of equity across the PreK – 12 learning continuum. During this conversation, you will learn more about the clearly defined and connected efforts of all eight schools within the pyramid in addressing equity-informed practices to ensure that all students feel welcome and that inclusion remains at the center of our work. 

We plan to share our common approaches to achieve our goal and share specific strategies that each school has implemented to address the individual needs of our connected communities.  Please join us on March 23rd, at 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. to participate in the community discussion.   

We are looking forward to our continued partnership to keep equity at the center of our work, helping to lead each of our students to success.

Sincerely,

Lake Braddock Pyramid Principals

Student Drop Off

Parents, as you drop your students off at school in the morning, please use only the kiss-n-ride locations at the Bears or Door 3. Please do not stop in the middle of the other parking lots. We really appreciate your help with this.

Bus Passes

Please note that we are not able to write a bus pass for a student to ride another bus. The number of students riding a bus is strictly planned and there is no room for additional riders. Thank you.

High School Information NEW: AP Exam Schedule

On Monday, Fairfax County Public Schools announced that we will offer College Board’s AP Exam Administration 2, with a mix of digital (at home) and paper-pencil (in-person) tests. Please visit the FCPS AP Testing Information webpage for the county AP Exam Schedule and county Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. With the anticipation of more AP Exam opt-outs, we are now asking LBSS families to complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24, if they decide to opt-out of any AP Exams.

Below is a summary to the most common LBSS student and parent concerns regarding the new AP Exam Schedule:

  • My student’s exam is in-person paper-pencil and we do not feel comfortable taking the exam in the building.

Students with paper-pencil exams may choose to take the exam digitally at home during College Board’s Exam Administration 3 on June 9th or June 10th, depending on the exam. (Please note, World Language AP Exams do not have a digital option and must be taken on paper-pencil on the exam date.) If your student wants to switch from their in-person paper-pencil exam to digital in June, please email Megan Cashman, LBSS counselor at MTCashman@fcps.edu no later than Wednesday, March 24. 

  • My student’s exam is digital and we want the paper-pencil version.

Unfortunately, those exams designated as digital (at home) cannot be changed to paper-pencil in person. Your student will either have to take the digital exam on the exam date or may choose to opt-out. If your student decides to opt-out, please complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24.

  • My student no longer wishes to take an AP Exam.

Please complete the LBSS AP Opt-out form by Wednesday, March 24. If you already notified Ms. Carrera by email (prior to March 9) of your decision to opt-out, you do not need to complete this form. 

  • We have decided to opt-out of an exam but we have already paid for it.

If you opt-out of an exam and have already paid for the exam, please complete the FCPS AP Refund Form by May 3rd. This form requires students’ FCPS log-in to access.

NEW: Junior Parent/Student College Night

Lake Braddock Student Services in conjunction with South County Student Services is hosting a panel of 5 College Admission Representatives for juniors and their parents. We hope you will be able to join us virtually on March 16, 2021 at 7:00PM.  If you are unable to attend, we will be recording the event and will share with everyone. 

Please use this Google form to register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRTLNzBKTSCMHIK1MzHxqlz6Y8EwoqDP4DhQrnmgi5SREPqg/viewform

A participation link will be sent out the morning of the event to those registered.  If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded.

The topics to be covered are as follows:

  • 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 to present on the following topics
PSAT 10

If your sophomore is interested in taking the PSAT 10 at Lake Braddock Secondary on Monday, April 19th, please have  your student complete this registration form using their school Google log-in: Lake Braddock HS PSAT 10 Intent to Participate form. Students must use their school @fcpsschools ID and log-in to access the form. Make sure you are logged off all personal Gmail accounts prior to accessing the form. The form may be more easily accessed from a computer than mobile device. Registrations are due by Friday, March 19th. Due to health and safety precautions, we are unable to accept late registrations or walk-up testers. For additional information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Test Page .

Middle School Information UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New After-School Activities:

  • Game Club: Mario Kart Tour (Mondays 3:30pm)
  • Virtual Board Games (Wednesdays 3:30pm)
  • DC Sports Talk (Wednesdays 3:30pm)
  • Hip-Hop Dance (coming soon; TBD)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News Upcoming Senior Events

Take a look at the upcoming events for the month of March. Click on the sign up links below to register for the events.  We're looking forward to seeing you!!!

PTSA Breakfast sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea8af2fa3fe3-class

Friday Financial Literacy & Football sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094caeac2ba7fa7-friday

LBSS vs. SOCO Football at University Mall sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094caeac2ba7fa7-senior

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing Information St. Patrick’s Day Staff Shout Out – I’m so lucky to have you as my…

Has a staff member at Lake Braddock Secondary School gone above and beyond to support you? Someone who is your champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Is there a teacher, custodian, office staff, administrator, assistant, coach, etc that you would like to recognize? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/pScxWrzJyqjYYpgz9 Feel free to submit more than one nomination!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

Thank you for the parents who took our interest survey about the possible topics for a Parent Academy: Executive Functioning in the Digital World. The majority vote is in! We will be holding a parent academy on "How to Help Your Students Organize Their Google Drive” on March 17th at 7pm. Please fill out this google form to receive an invitation to our Blackboard Collaborate Session.

Gracias a los padres que se interesaron en nuestra encuesta y en los posibles temas para tratar en la Academia de Padres: Funcionamiento ejecutivo en el mundo digital. ¡La mayoría está en acuerdo! Tendremos una charla para padres sobre "Cómo ayudar a sus estudiantes a organizar su Google Drive" el 24 de marzo a las 7 pm . Favor de completar el formulario de Google para recibir una invitación a nuestra sesión de Blackboard Collaborate. (Colaborando en Blackboard)

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) for Current Sophomores – FINAL PRESENTATION

  • March 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation. Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

PTSA News Virtual Auction

Our PTSA Virtual Auction is live through March 26th!  We have already raised over $7,500 and our community has been having a lot of fun bidding on the over 200 items being auctioned.  There is truly something for everyone!  We have special experiences including an NBC4 Swag Bag combined with a virtual meet and greet with anchor Leon Harris, a virtual meet and greet with Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia Speaker of the House and your opportunity to be LBSS Principal for a Day!  We also have a wide range of products, services and gift cards, including a custom made Bruin Bear head, Kennedy Center Theatre posters, custom made furniture, fitness and spa services, auto services, tutoring and college prep services, books, parties,camps, restaurants and wineries, garden services, and so much more!  Please take a moment to check it out at:  www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Lake-Braddock-PTSA-16187 Thank you for your support!!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 17 and 18: Catch Up Days March 29 - April 2: Spring Break  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - March 5, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

This week we welcomed our 8th, 9th and 12th graders who chose to participate in in-person learning.  Our staff and administrative team has been working diligently toward welcoming these students back, and we are looking forward to welcoming our 7th, 10th and 11th graders next week.   

Hopefully you saw my announcement earlier this week that Mr. Tony DiBari was named the new principal at Westfield High School! This is a big loss for Lake Braddock but we look forward to great things ahead at Westfield!  We are incredibly grateful for Mr. Dibari's six years of service and dedication to our community. 

There are some additional changes to our administrative team and their responsibilities that are important mention. 

  • Ms. Raine Bradley, currently our Middle School Assessment Coach and Systems of Support Advisory, will join our administrative team as one of our Middle School Assistant Principal.   She will also provide administrative support and supervision for our middle school science department.
  • Ms. Liz Eby will serve as the Subschool 4 Principal (Last Name E-K) and she will also provide administrative supervision and support for our Cat B department.
  • Ms. Jennifer Harris will provide administrative supervision and support for our Performing Arts department.
  • Ms. Lindsey Kearns will provide administrative supervision and support for our high school Cat A department.
  • Dr. Ana Cingel will serve as the Assistant Principal of Administrative Services.

Monday, March 8th, is a teacher workday.  Students do not have to sign in for attendance, but we will still have our Strategies for Success intervention program occurring for those students who have been previously identified. 

As we transition more students in next week, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's Subschool Administrator, or our main office, with questions.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources

NEW Information
Staff Update
Student Drop Off
Bus Passes
Lake Braddock Community Meeting
February Student of the Month Winners
NHS Members
Kindness and Love Messages
St. Patrick's Day Staff Shout Out

High School Information
PSAT 10
11th Grade Counseling Unit
AP Exams

NEW Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Class of 2021 Breakfast
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
Calendar At a Glance
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

New Information Staff Update

Raine Bradley is the newest Assistant Principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Mrs. Bradley comes to the Bruin family with a wide variety of experience in education and public relations. She finds her greatest honor and reward to be in greatest reward is seeing children gain confidence as they recognize and utilize their voice as it pertains to their learning.

A native of New York, Mrs. Bradley spent her secondary years of schooling in Florida and attended college in North Carolina. In addition to graduating from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, in 2013 she obtained a Master’s in Educational Leadership.

Through her new role as an Assistant Principal at Lake Braddock, she will support staff in ensuring that all students are receiving the best educational experience. Mrs. Bradley desires to continue the great work of the Bruin community, building a legacy of excellence where all students are college and/or career-ready. She and her husband are the proud parents of three daughters, Charity, Gabrielle and Faith.

Mrs. Bradley’s passion for equity in education drives her every effort in helping provide a quality education to Lake Braddock’s community. It is with great pleasure we introduce Mrs. Raine Bradley, as she is here to help our children thrive beyond measure.

Student Drop Off

Parents, as you drop your students off at school in the morning, please use only the kiss-n-ride locations at the Bears or Door 3. Please do not stop in the middle of the other parking lots. We really appreciate your help with this.

Bus Passes

Please note that we are not able to write a bus pass for a student to ride another bus. The number of students riding a bus is strictly planned and there is no room for additional riders. Thank you.

Lake Braddock Community Meeting

Dear Families,

The Lake Braddock Pyramid is excited to announce our second pyramid-wide community meeting with all of the Lake Braddock Pyramid School Principals. This virtual meeting will be focused on building a stronger understanding of equity across the PreK – 12 learning continuum. During this conversation, you will learn more about the clearly defined and connected efforts of all eight schools within the pyramid in addressing equity-informed practices to ensure that all students feel welcome and that inclusion remains at the center of our work. 

We plan to share our common approaches to achieve our goal and share specific strategies that each school has implemented to address the individual needs of our connected communities.  Please join us on March 23rd, at 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. to participate in the community discussion.  Please use the following link https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e94dbfd2261f4024afae685772972abc to access the meeting.

We are looking forward to our continued partnership to keep equity at the center of our work, helping to lead each of our students to success.

Sincerely,

Lake Braddock Pyramid Principals

February Student of the Month Winners - Connected

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. 

February Student of the Month Winners - Connected:

  • 7th grade: Isabella “Izzy” Meyers
  • 8th grade: Sarah Al-Shaarawi
  • 9th grade: Katherine Halick
  • 10th grade: Avery Halick
  • 11th grade: Tirth Dave
  • 12th grade: Dillon Price

This month’s theme is ADAPTABLE. March winners will be announced at the end of the month.

NHS Members

NEW MEMBER ACCEPTANCES will be emailed out on Friday, March 5 by 5:00. All applicants will receive an email from Mr. Andrews about your application and the next steps. Thank you for your patience with our Return to School process and delays.

Kindness and Love Messages

Throughout the month of February, Lake Braddock’s Middle School Bruins in Action, and the Philanthropy Club, were joined by the schools’ SGA members in creating over 1,000 hand crafted cards and letters for residents at the Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center and Heatherwood Retirement Community.  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  However, COVID did not stop our student philanthropists from providing long-distance hugs to our senior neighbors to let them know that we’re thinking of them on Valentine’s Day and EVERYDAY. The enthusiasm in which our Bruins give their time, talent, or treasure in support of our community is truly inspiring!

St. Patrick’s Day Staff Shout Out – I’m so lucky to have you as my…

Has a staff member at Lake Braddock Secondary School gone above and beyond to support you? Someone who is your champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Is there a teacher, custodian, office staff, administrator, assistant, coach, etc that you would like to recognize? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/pScxWrzJyqjYYpgz9 Feel free to submit more than one nomination!

High School Information NEW:  PSAT 10

If your sophomore is interested in taking the PSAT 10 at Lake Braddock Secondary on Monday, April 19th, please have  your student complete this registration form using their school Google log-in: Lake Braddock HS PSAT 10 Intent to Participate form. Students must use their school @fcpsschools ID and log-in to access the form. Make sure you are logged off all personal Gmail accounts prior to accessing the form. The form may be more easily accessed from a computer than mobile device. Registrations are due by Friday, March 19th. Due to health and safety precautions, we are unable to accept late registrations or walk-up testers. For additional information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Test Page .

11th Grade Counseling Unit

On Friday, March 12th, the high school counselors will be meeting with their 11th grade students in a virtual meeting during WIN time. The counselors will cover important information about post-secondary options as well as the college application process. Students will receive a BBCU link from their counselors the day before the program. 

In conjunction with the classroom lesson, High School Student Services will host an 11th Grade Parent/Student Night on March 16th at 7:00 PM.  This virtual event will include five college admission representatives who will present on the following:

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

A Google sign-up for the evening program will be available next week. 

AP Exams

To students who are taking at least one AP course this school year, please read the important information below.

We understand that many students and families have questions regarding the logistics of the AP Exam administration this year. Please know that we should expect to have answers to many of these questions by the end of the month.  Once we receive the information about the 2021 AP Exam administration, we be sure to share the details with the LB community.      

One of the questions that many students are asking is, “How do I opt-out/cancel an AP exam?” If this is something you would like to do at this time, please have your parent/guardian contact Lynn Carrera (contact information below) by Monday, March 8, 2021. However, if you change your mind and decide you want to test after we have removed your name from our AP exam order, you will be charged a $40 late exam order fee for each exam.

For students who paid for an AP exam but are choosing to opt-out of that exam and want to request a refund:  At the end of the month, we will make a Google form available for you to complete. Refunds will be processed after AP Exam administration is completed. ONLY STUDENTS REQUESTING A REFUND NEED TO COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM. 

If you have questions, please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu
Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

Middle School Information UPDATED:  Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New After-School Activities (as of 3/1)

  • Game Club: Mario Kart (Mondays at 3:30p)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News

The PTSA is sponsoring a “Class of 2021 Breakfast” on March 16 & March 18.  Please use the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea8af2fa3fe3-class to sign up.  Also please refer to the driving directions for a smooth arrival

Driving Instructions

Seniors will enter the main entrance and turn RIGHT to drive on the BLACKTOP.  You are to stop at Door 12 to pick up your breakfast. From there you will leave out of the Mersea Ct. entrance to head home if you are virtual. If you are coming in person, you will still exit at the Mersea Ct. entrance and then re-enter the Raintree Rd.  entrance to park in the senior parking lot. 

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

Thank you for the parents who took our interest survey about the possible topics for a Parent Academy: Executive Functioning in the Digital World. The majority vote is in! We will be holding a parent academy on "How to Help Your Students Organize Their Google Drive” on March 17th at 7pm. Please fill out this google form to receive an invitation to our Blackboard Collaborate Session.

Gracias a los padres que se interesaron en nuestra encuesta y en los posibles temas para tratar en la Academia de Padres: Funcionamiento ejecutivo en el mundo digital. ¡La mayoría está en acuerdo! Tendremos una charla para padres sobre "Cómo ayudar a sus estudiantes a organizar su Google Drive" el 24 de marzo a las 7 pm . Favor de completar el formulario de Google para recibir una invitación a nuestra sesión de Blackboard Collaborate. (Colaborando en Blackboard)

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) for Current Sophomores – FINAL PRESENTATION

  • March 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation. Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 8 - Teacher Planning Day March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - February 26, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

Our staff has had the opportunity this week to spend Thursday and Friday focused on getting ready for concurrent learning.  As we make the shift with our Bruin community to concurrent learning, we have some critical updates for in-person students that was shared in an e-notify earlier this week. Here are the highlights:

Bell Schedule and Building Hours

  • Our New Bell Schedule is effective Monday, March 1st.
  • The building is open from 7:45 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.  Students must be supervised if they are at LBSS outside of those hours. Our school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and it is recommended that students arrive at school by 8:15 a.m.
  • To ensure social distancing, students will be asked to report directly to their classes or the cafeteria for breakfast. 

Arrival and Transportation

  • Bus information can be found in ParentVue under Student Info. Kiss and Ride areas will continue to be by the Bear near Door 1 and around the side of the building near door 3. 
  • Student Parking will be open the first week of school, and those selected for a parking spot should have received an email from Mr. May on February 25th.

Schedules

  • On a student's designated first day, they will report to their first period class. Their first period teacher will provide them a copy of their schedule and a map of the building. Administrators and school staff will be in the hallways greeting students and assisting them to get to their 1st class during the first few weeks of school.  

Health Commitment Form

  • Parents/guardians who chose in-school instruction for their child will be required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. The document indicates the parental/guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school each day. Families can complete this form in ParentVue OR submit the form to your child(ren’s) Subschool.

Additional Resources

We are excited to share a video our staff made for all of our students. There are components of this video that show our physical space and provide information on return to in-person learning, however the important message of this video is that we are all Bruins and we will all get through this together.  Regardless of whether students are coming in the building two days a week or learning from home full time, we are a family and we are here to support one another. Hey Bruins! Video

We are looking forward to transition to this next phase of engaging with our students through concurrent learning. As questions arise, please don't hesitate to ask your child's teachers, counselors or Subschool staff. We are all in this together and here to support one another. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources

NEW Information
Student Congratulations
New High School Director of Student Services
Two-Hour Early Release
Wipes Drive

NEW High School Information
11th Grade Counseling Unit
AP Exams
March Writing SOL for 11th Grade Students

NEW Middle School Information
Middle School Spelling Bee Results
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Visitors to Lake Braddock
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

New Information Student Congratulations

Cassie Downs (11th) placed first in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition! In this national competition, students memorize two poems of their choice and strongly recite them for a panel of judges. Students must present confident presence, articulation, and interpretation of each poem. Cassie’s two poems were Love Song by Dorothy Parker and Across the Street by Austin Segrest. She will now go on to represent Lake Braddock at the state level on March 12. Beautiful job, Cassie!

Congratulations to Our New High School Director of Student Services

We have an update to our Administrative team that we are very excited to announce.  Anne Polino, currently our Acting High School Director of Student Services, has been offered and accepted the position of Director, Student Services (High School) at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Anne’s collaborative leadership style, forward thinking and attention to detail is impressive and she has done a tremendous job leading our HS Student Services this year. We are very excited to welcome her into this role in a permanent basis to continue working on the great things taking place in our HS Student Services and across our school!

Two-Hour Early Release on March 5

March 5 is a 2-hour early release day. The schedule is on our web site and shown below.

Wipes Drive

As preparations continue for returning to in-person learning, we, along with our PTSA, are collecting new unopened packages of antibacterial wipes for use in teacher work rooms as needed. Please feel free to drop off any donations at either Lake Braddock Secondary School – Door 1 or a porch drop off at 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station.

We thank you for your generosity as we welcome back our wonderful staff and students.

NEW High School Information 11th Grade Counseling Unit

On Friday, March 12th, the high school counselors will be meeting with their 11th grade students in a virtual meeting during WIN time. The counselors will cover important information about post-secondary options as well as the college application process. Students will receive a BBCU link from their counselors the day before the program. 

In conjunction with the classroom lesson, High School Student Services will host an 11th Grade Parent/Student Night on March 16th at 7:00 PM.  This virtual event will include five college admission representatives who will present on the following:

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

A Google sign-up for the evening program will be available next week. 

AP Exams

To students who are taking at least one AP course this school year, please read the important information below.

We understand that many students and families have questions regarding the logistics of the AP Exam administration this year. Please know that we should expect to have answers to many of these questions by the end of the month.  Once we receive the information about the 2021 AP Exam administration, we be sure to share the details with the LB community.      

One of the questions that many students are asking is, “How do I opt-out/cancel an AP exam?” If this is something you would like to do at this time, please have your parent/guardian contact Lynn Carrera (contact information below) by Monday, March 8, 2021. However, if you change your mind and decide you want to test after we have removed your name from our AP exam order, you will be charged a $40 late exam order fee for each exam.

For students who paid for an AP exam but are choosing to opt-out of that exam and want to request a refund:  At the end of the month, we will make a Google form available for you to complete. Refunds will be processed after AP Exam administration is completed. ONLY STUDENTS REQUESTING A REFUND NEED TO COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM. 

If you have questions, please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu
Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

March Writing SOL for 11th Grade Students

All students enrolled in English 11 will take the Writing SOL on Monday, March 15 and Monday, March 22. (Students who have elected to remain virtual are still expected to return to the building to test, unless parents complete a COVID-related testing refusal form.) Specific testing locations and times will be emailed to students on March 5th. However, there are several form deadlines on Friday, February 26 regarding COVID-related testing refusal, bus transportation requests, and single-day test intent. A brief overview and links to these forms can be found on the March SOL Writing 2021 Quick Links and Schedule page.

Please visit the LBSS March High School Writing SOL Information for more information about the March Writing SOL at Lake Braddock and about COVID-related testing refusals.

NEW Middle School Information Middle School Spelling Bee Results

We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of the middle school students whom participated in our 2021 LBMS Spelling Bee.

Also, we would like to congratulate our top 3 spellers this year for an awesome performance:

1st Place: Kaitlin Schapira (7th grade)

2nd Place: Kara Kweon (7th grade)

3rd Place: Noah Isimirah (7th grade)

Kaitlin will be moving onto the next round to represent Lake Braddock Secondary School at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March, in hopes of qualifying for Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Best of Luck!!! 

Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • LB Chess Club
  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Talk
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

Coming Soon

  • Game Club will introduce Mario Kart Tour (3/1)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 News Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

  • March 17 @ 7:00 PM in English
  • March 24 @ 7:00 pm in Spanish
  • Hosted by our School Based Technology Specialists: Sarah Olson and Carin Frank

LBSS's School Based Technology Specialist would like to bring you an Executive Functioning in the Digital World Parent Academy Event. In this session, you will learn about various ways to support your student with navigating and excelling in this new digital world. Topics may include:

  • How to help your students organize their Google Drive
  • Tech shortcuts to help students work faster
  • How to use your camera to show and submit work (Snagit, Laptop Camera, Google Image, Uploading From Your Phone)
  • Organize with To Do Lists using Google Keep
  • Problem Solving in the Digital World: Better ways to Google Search
  • Organize your Student's Email Inbox
  • And more!

Register by March 16 using this link: this survey

Questions? Contact Sarah Olson (English) at solson@fcps.edu or Carin Frank (English/Spanish) at jcfrank@fcps.edu

 

Labor Ejecutiva en el Mundo Digital

  • 17 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. en inglés
  • 24 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. en español
  • Organizado por las Especialistas Técnicas de nuestro colegio: Sarah Olson y Carin Frank

A las Especialistas Técnicas del colegio L.B.S.S. les gustaría ofrecer un programa Académico para Padres en cuanto a la Labor Ejecutiva en el Mundo Digital. En esta sesión, aprenderán varias formas de ayudar a sus estudiantes a navegar y sobresalir en este nuevo mundo digital. Estaría interesado en asistir a una sesión sobre: (Elija todas las opciones que correspondan) *

  • Cómo ayudar a sus alumnos a organizar su Google Drive
  • Implementar otras vías técnicas para ayudar a los estudiantes a trabajar más rápido
  • Cómo usar su cámara para mostrar y enviar trabajos (Snagit, cámara de computadora portátil, imagen de Google, carga desde su teléfono)
  • Organizar listas de tareas pendientes, tomando notas con Google Keep
  • Resolviendo problemas en el mundo digital: usando técnicas más efectivas para búsquedas en Google
  • Organizar los correos electrónicos que recibe su estudiante
  • Y más!

Regístrese antes del 16 de marzo usando este enlace: esta encuesta

¿Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Stella Zoccoli-Perez a szoccoliperez@fcps.edu oa Sra. Carin Frank a jcfrank@fcps.edu

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) for Current Sophomores – FINAL PRESENTATION

  • March 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation. Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 5 - Early Release Day March 8 - Teacher Planning Day March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - February 19, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

I hope that our students, staff and families were able to enjoy the snow day yesterday.  We have many things happening over the next few weeks as we prepare for students to return on March 2nd and March 9th. 

  • Monday, February 22 - Teacher Planning Day
  • Thursday, February 25 - Asynchronous Learning for All Students
  • Friday, February 26 - Asynchronous Learning for All Students
  • Monday, March 1 - Teacher Planning day
  • Friday, March 5 - Early Release Day
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Planning Day

One additional announcement regarding students returning to school is a Town Hall with Mrs. Kearns and myself, in partnership with the Lake Braddock PTSA, at 6 pm on Thursday, February 25.  The registration information for this event will be available next week on the PTSA website: http://lbssptsa.org/

Additional information regarding returning to school is below in this newsletter.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor and Subschool administrator for any additional questions you may have. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources
Return to School Schedule
Return to School Orientation
Virtual or In-Person?
Parent Health Commitment Form (deadline of February 19)
Meal Service (NEW)
Transportation

NEW Information
National Merit Scholarship Finalists
LBSS Broadcasting
Submissions to LBSS Literary Magazine

NEW High School Information
AP Exams
PSAT Exams for 11th Grade Students

NEW Middle School Information
Valentine's Day Kindness Cards
MS Orchestra Concert

Class of 2021 News
Come Connect Over Cocoa
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Visitors to Lake Braddock
Black History Month
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
TJHSST Application Process
Middle School After-School Program
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

 

Return to School Schedule

Grades 8, 9 and 12 will return in person on March 2. Grades 7, 10 and 11 will return on March 9. When students return to school, they will be assigned two in-person days:

  • Last Name A-K -- Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Last Name L-Z -- Thursdays and Fridays

The other days will be virtual instruction.

School hours are 8:20 am - 2:50 pm. The doors will open for student entrance at 7:45 am. Please do not send your student to school prior to 7:45 am.

Return to School Orientation

All students will receive information on procedures for returning to in-person instruction during Advisory on Wednesday, February 24th. This lesson will provide students with information on procedures for entering the building, hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, water fountains, social distancing and new health and safety routines.

In addition, newly registered students who have selected in-person instruction have been sent an invitation to tour the building on March 1st. Tours will be provided by our high school SGA and Bruin Ambassadors.  

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form -- New Details

Whether your student is returning in person or remaining virtual, FCPS requests all parents/guardians complete a Parent Health Commitment Form. While the form is required for in-person students, it is helpful for virtual students in the event they participate in athletics or co-curricular activities. 

There are two ways to provide the form:

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

The deadline for submission of this form is Friday, February 19, 2021.

Meal Service

Once we return to in-person instruction, breakfast and lunch will still be provided to students at no cost. The Cafeteria is set up with individual desks for social distancing. Initially, the Cafeteria is serving cold pre-packaged meals. Use this link to view the planned menus.

Transportation

If your student will be riding a bus, the Transportation Department will load that information into SIS Student and ParentVue under Student Info > Transportation. The specific bus routes and times will be available at least one week prior to your student's return date and is only available on the website and not the app.

If you have specific questions regarding your student's bus information, please call Transportation directly at (703) 446-2050. Please do not call the school directly.

New Information National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to LB Seniors Colin McGee, Rylee Montague, and Cameron Wells, on being named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Colin, Rylee and Cameron will now be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2021. 

LBSS Broadcasting

The LBSS Broadcast students would like to present to you their specialty series in honor of Black History Month. Starting us off is an interview with Jummy Olabanji from NBC4! Coming up you will have a chance to hear from Dawn Aston, a local bakery owner, and some of our own administrators and staff here at Lake Braddock. Visit the Bruin Television Youtube Channel to view these exclusive interviews and more:  https://youtu.be/HWiQEoynvDQ.

Black History Month Concert

We celebrated Black History Month with a concert by our Dean of Students, Travis Tucker.  This live concert was held during the lunch period on Facebook Live.  You can see the recording of this concert here: BHM Live Concert

Submissions to LBSS Literary Magazine

The LBSS Literary Magazine Smoke Signals is now open for submissions to the 2021 edition! If you are interested in being published in an award-winning school publication, here is your chance. Use this link with a non-FCPS email to send in written pieces ranging anywhere from poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, or fiction, as well as visual art such as photography, digital art, traditional art, graphic design, or even photographed ceramics. Anyone can enter work, and may submit multiple pieces if they would like to. Email lblitmag@gmail.com with any questions you may have!

NEW High School Information AP Exams

To students who are taking at least one AP course this school year, please read the important information below.

We understand that many students and families have questions regarding the logistics of the AP Exam administration this year. Please know that we should expect to have answers to many of these questions by the end of the month.  Once we receive the information about the 2021 AP Exam administration, we be sure to share the details with the LB community.      

One of the questions that many students are asking is, “How do I opt-out/cancel an AP exam?” If this is something you would like to do at this time, please have your parent/guardian contact Lynn Carrera (contact information below) by Monday, March 8, 2021. However, if you change your mind and decide you want to test after we have removed your name from our AP exam order, you will be charged a $40 late exam order fee for each exam.

For students who paid for an AP exam but are choosing to opt-out of that exam and want to request a refund:  At the end of the month, we will make a Google form available for you to complete. Refunds will be processed after AP Exam administration is completed. ONLY STUDENTS REQUESTING A REFUND NEED TO COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM. 

If you have questions, please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu
Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

PSAT Exams for 11th Grade Students

All students enrolled in English 11 will take the Writing SOL on Monday, March 15 and Monday, March 22. (Students who have elected to remain virtual are still expected to return to the building to test, unless parents complete a COVID-related testing refusal form.) Specific testing locations and times will be emailed to students on March 5th. However, there are several form deadlines on Friday, February 26 regarding COVID-related testing refusal, bus transportation requests, and single-day test intent. A brief overview and links to these forms can be found on the March SOL Writing 2021 Quick Links and Schedule page.

Please visit the LBSS March High School Writing SOL Information for more information about the March Writing SOL at Lake Braddock and about COVID-related testing refusals.

NEW Middle School Information Valentine's Day Kindness Cards

The Middle School Bruins In Action and the LBSS Philanthropy Club have collected and delivered well over 100 student-created Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards to residents of our two partner senior center facilities, Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center and Heatherwood Retirement Community! Although Valentine’s Day is over, we will continue to share our love and make a second delivery of Kindness Cards at the end of February. We have so many more cards that need to be distributed. Thank YOU LB Community!

MS Orchestra Concert

We hope you were able to join us for the Middle School Orchestra Concert on February 17. If not, please enjoy the recording here.

Class of 2021 News Come Connect over Cocoa

On Feb. 22 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Lake Braddock will host an event for the Class of 2021:  Come Connect over Cocoa. This event will provide Seniors an opportunity to connect with friends and with Lake Braddock as they begin their countdown to Graduation. 

Click this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior_class  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • LB Chess Club
  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Talk
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

Coming Soon

  • Game Club will introduce Mario Kart Tour (3/1)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

LBSS Virtual Art Night – Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms!

  • February 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Stokes and Ms. Brobst & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own "Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms" watercolor painting! You can make your own or work together with a family member. We look forward to creating with you!

Needed materials: basic set of watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrush(s), and a smile.

Register by February 21st at http://bit.ly/SpringArtatLBSS

Questions? Please contact Ms. Brobst at kebrobst@fcps.edu or Ms. Stokes at jastokes@fcps.edu

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving for Current Sophomores

  • February 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation.  Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

 

LBSS Parent Coffee

  • February 25 2021 @ 6 PM
    Hosted by PTSA and LBSS Principals

Registration information will be provided by the PTSA

 

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

  • March 17th @ 7:00 PM in English
  • March 24th @ 7:00 pm in Spanish
  • Hosted by our School Based Technology Specialists: Sarah Olson and Carin Frank

LBSS's School Based Technology Specialists would like to bring you an Executive Functioning in the Digital World Parent Academy Event. In this session, you will learn about various ways to support your student with navigating and excelling in this new digital world. Topics may include:

  • How to help your students organize their Google Drive
  • Tech shortcuts to help students work faster
  • How to use your camera to show and submit work (Snagit, Laptop Camera, Google Image, Uploading From Your Phone)
  • Organize with To Do Lists using Google Keep
  • Problem Solving in the Digital World: Better ways to Google Search
  • Organize your Student's Email Inbox
  • And more!

Register by March 16th using this link: this survey

Questions? Contact Sarah Olson (English) at solson@fcps.edu or Carin Frank (English/Spanish) at jcfrank@fcps.edu

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - February 12, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been busy with Winter Sports postseason events and the PTSA Parent Coffee meeting, where information was shared on returning to in-person learning.  It has been wonderful to connect with our families and support our student athletes.  Good luck to our athletes were are still competing in postseason events!

We are working hard to ensure our students, staff and building are prepared to shift to in-person instruction, beginning as early as next week.  There are some adjustments that will impact all of our students, including the new bell schedule starting on Tuesday, February 16th.  As many of our families start to shift to in-person instruction, FCPS has put together some additional resources to help provide information about returning to school and reducing the spread of the Coronavirus. 

We have a special opportunity for students new to Lake Braddock to get familiar with the building prior to the first day students return.  Please see the announcement below for more information.  

Mrs. Kearns and I will have another parent coffee at 6 pm on Thursday, February 25th to provide the latest return to school information and answer questions.  Mark your calendars!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources
Return to School Schedule
Return to School Orientation
New Bell Schedules
Virtual or In-Person?
Parent Health Commitment Form (deadline of February 19)
Transportation

NEW Information
LB DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise
Congratulations Savannah Traine!
Visitors to Lake Braddock
Library Curbside Pick-up

NEW Middle School Information
MS Orchestra Concert

Class of 2021 News
Come Connect Over Cocoa
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Black History Month
Kindness Notes
PSAT for 10th Graders
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
TJHSST Application Process
Middle School After-School Program
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

 

Return to School Schedule

Grades 8, 9 and 12 will return in person on March 2. Grades 7, 10 and 11 will return on March 9. When students return to school, they will be assigned two in-person days:

  • Last Name A-K -- Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Last Name L-Z -- Thursdays and Fridays

The other days will be virtual instruction.

School hours are 8:20 am - 2:50 pm. The doors will open for student entrance at 7:45 am. Please do not send your student to school prior to 7:45 am.

Return to School Orientation

All students will be receiving information on procedures for returning to in-person instruction during Advisory on Wednesday, February 24th. This lesson will provide students with information on procedures for entering the building, hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, water fountains, social distancing and new health and safety routines. In addition, an optional opportunity will be sent to newly registered students who have selected in-person instruction to come tour the building on March 1st. An eNotify message will be sent to these identified families on Tuesday, February 16th with a signup genius to select a time. Tours will be provided by our high school SGA and Bruin Ambassadors.  

New Bell Schedules

As we stated last week, a new bell schedule will go into effect on Tuesday, February 16 through March 1. Starting March 2, we will implement a new, final bell schedule which allows for five lunch periods for those students attending in person. Both bell schedules can be found on our web site.

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form -- New Details

Whether your student is returning in person or remaining virtual, FCPS requests all parents/guardians complete a Parent Health Commitment Form. While the form is required for in-person students, it is helpful for virtual students in the event they participate in athletics or co-curricular activities. 

There are two ways to provide the form:

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

The deadline for submission of this form is Friday, February 19, 2021.

Transportation

If your student will be riding a bus, the Transportation Department will load that information into SIS Student and ParentVue under Student Info > Transportation. The specific bus routes and times will be available at least one week prior to your student's return date and is only available on the website and not the app.

If you have specific questions regarding your student's bus information, please call Transportation directly at (703) 446-2050. Please do not call the school directly.

New Information Lake Braddock DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise (SBE)

Under the management of seniors Maddie Cahill and Brian Ager, DECA’s Spirit Box, the school-based enterprise at Lake Braddock, was awarded Gold Level Re-Certification for the 2020-2021 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April 19-23, 2021.

Run through the Entrepreneurship classes, Spirit Box sells products through its vending machine at school. With the building closed, the students worked hard to adjust to new channels of distribution selling laptop skins through My School Bucks. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  

SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that explains how the SBE demonstrates the practice of various marketing and retail standards. A national review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

Congratulations Savannah Traine!

Savannah Traine (11 grade) won 1st place at the 2021 Year of the OX New Year’s Greeting Card (Nengajo) Contest. This is a national contest, and her amazing card was chosen as the 1st place in the HS Comical card category from about 500 entries. A certificate and prize was presented to Savannah by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Happy Lunar New Year (2/12/2021)!

Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

Library Curbside Pick-up

Due to the Presidents Day School Holiday, there will be no Library Curbside Pickup this Monday, February 15, 2021.  Weekly library Curbside Pickup/drop off will resume Monday, February 22 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm), outside Door #1. Lake Braddock Library books can be returned any school day during school hours by placing them on the library return book cart in the school’s main entrance lobby, inside Door #1.

NEW Middle School Information MS Orchestra Concert

Next Wednesday, February 17, our Middle School Orchestras will present a virtual concert. You must register in advance using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeGvrjssHtA1sx_pxR2nTE-SOH8-wDUq

Class of 2021 News Come Connect over Cocoa

On Feb. 22 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Lake Braddock will host an event for the Class of 2021:  Come Connect over Cocoa. This event will provide Seniors an opportunity to connect with friends and with Lake Braddock as they begin their countdown to Graduation. 

Click this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior_class  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

LBSS Virtual Art Night – Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms!

  • February 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Stokes and Ms. Brobst & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own "Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms" watercolor painting! You can make your own or work together with a family member. We look forward to creating with you!

Needed materials: basic set of watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrush(s), and a smile.

Register by February 21st at http://bit.ly/SpringArtatLBSS

Questions? Please contact Ms. Brobst at kebrobst@fcps.edu or Ms. Stokes at jastokes@fcps.edu

 

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - February 5, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

This week, we heard a final vote from the Fairfax County School Board on students returning to the building for in-person learning. Some students will return starting on February 16th and many of our students will return in March. 

  • February 16th - Adapted Curriculum Program
  • March 2nd - 8th, 9th & 12th Grade Students
  • March 9th - 7th, 10th & 11th Grade Students

At Lake Braddock and across FCPS, we will implement a revised bell schedule beginning on February 16th. This schedule maximizes instructional time, while providing one lunch period and we will use this bell schedule from February 16th-26th. Once students return on March 2nd, we will implement a new bell schedule with multiple lunch periods, to accommodate social distancing and mitigation strategies in our cafeteria. This bell schedule will be shared with our community on Friday, February 19. Currently our administrative team is finalizing some of the details for the in-person return to learning. More detailed information regarding the return to school will be coming out in the near future. 

There is a PTSA meeting on February 10th at 7:00 pm where Mrs. Kearns and myself will be discussing return to school information and answering parent questions. Registration information will soon be posted in the PTSA Facebook group, on the PTSA Website, and in their eNews next week.

We look forward to seeing students back in the building in March.  In the meantime, we are hear to answer your questions.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's subschool administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
New Bell Schedule
Parent Health Commitment Form
Black History Month
Student Congratulations
Kindness Notes
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
PTSA for 10th Graders
College Partnership Program Application
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All New Bell Schedule

At Lake Braddock and across FCPS, we will implement a revised bell schedule beginning on February 16th through February 26th. You can download a printable version of our new bell schedule here

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form

As students return to school, parents/guardians will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) may return to the school building. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. You have two options to provide your response.

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

One parent/guardian must acknowledge the commitment one time prior to their child coming to school in-person. Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. Once one parent has completed the Health Screening Commitment form, the form will no longer appear in ParentVUE for any related parent.

Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

Student Congratulations

A Bruin congratulations goes to Tirth Dave, Natania Elias, James Lee, Gillian Oliver and Vaishnavi Punaji for becoming interns for the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program (FCYLP). This program is designed to educate and motivate students to become engaged citizens and leaders in the community. They will participate in monthly meetings and a paid 3-week summer internship with a department of Fairfax County government. We look forward to them representing Lake Braddock well and bringing new ideas to local government.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

College Partnership Program Applications

Applications are now available for the College Partnership Program (CPP).  The program goals 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. Through monthly school-based meetings and numerous opportunities on the county level, CPP members and their parents are provided with opportunities to successfully navigate the home, school, and college continuum. 

Students can apply online or with the paper application. The applications are due by March 19. 

Here is the link to the online application:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFcGtqh77--ecJvlAfi-GR_WD0d6XIpuR6qJpvsbaZp_z0bw/viewform.  Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application.  If you would like a paper application, please see your counselor or Ms. Veenstra in High School Student Services. 

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, February 25 during lunch and after school for interested students and parents. Current students will give testimony to their experience with CPP and we will have an activity that is typical of a CPP meeting.  Interested students may also join an upcoming CPP meeting on either Thursday, February 11 or Thursday, March 11.  Just let Ms. Veenstra know so she can provide a link to the meeting.

If you have any questions about CPP, please contact Margaret Veenstra at mjveenstra@fcps.edu or (703) 426-1033.

Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form has been extended to Friday, February 12.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Club
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Resiliency in a Time of COVID

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, students from the LBSS Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group delivered our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.” They shared their findings from data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children. One of the most powerful parts of this session was that it was student-led by middle and high school students at Lake Braddock. Our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group members collected data on mental health struggles that LB students are facing right now. They created the survey, collected data, and put together the presentation. Check back soon because this talented group is also working on potential lessons for Advisory to support this work. We are so proud of this group and grateful for the powerful message and session!

If you missed the presentation, you can find the recording here:

"Resiliency in a Time of COVID" - recording_1

Teenage Brain and Drug Trends Series

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Teenage Brain and Drug Trends series and attended our live sessions. Below you will find the recordings to all 3 sessions and the exit surveys for each session. Please feel free to share the recordings with other parents, family, friends, and staff members. We feel this is important information that everyone could benefit from. Also, please email me if you have any questions regarding to the presentations or would like to talk more about substance use as it relates to your students.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
Recording: https://youtu.be/Pi8nUfe8Fas
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/UqC4Hg7TKKENFGGZ6

Session #2: Drugs & the Teenage Brain
Recording: https://youtu.be/tcxxBE6TbYQ
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/FhUXSHj8vESQC5Q36

Session #3: Drug Trends in teens: Identifying Common Household Substances & Drug Culture
Recording: https://youtu.be/7x2BcvZt4lg
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/Bgtf2kiKxAEPg9vg6

Thank you!

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Email: jlgiffin@fcps.edu

 

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - January 29, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week, our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group presented our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.”  They used data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience.  Following the student presentation, the Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children.  We are grateful to the students and Ms. Pack for their research and presentation to our community.  We know mental health is a concern for our students and families, and we are very appreciative for this timely conversation.  Students will be further discussing this topic through their Advisory class in the coming weeks.  The recording of the student presentation and Ms. Pack’s parent presentation are linked below, as well as on our Parent Academy webpage with our other previous Parent Academy events. 

Next month, February, is Black History Month.  Lake Braddock staff are coming together to plan various activities to honor and celebrate our Black and African American students, families, faculty and community members. Some of the activities include a speaker circuit with voluntary attendance to all students, presentations through Advisory Class celebrating influential figures in Black History, and student created presentations celebrating and informing about Black History.

Additionally, next week is National Counselor Appreciation Week. Our counselors bring expertise that is invaluable to our school community.  They invest time in building strong relationships with our students and families.  Their training, partnership and passion for our community directly attributes to the tremendous impact on our school community.  Please take a moment next week to send them a note of appreciation.    

We have completed the first half of the year and are looking into the future with optimism that we will have more of our students back in the building soon. As always, we are here for you and your family with needs you have.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Region 4 Principal of the Year
Student of the Month  Winners
Outstanding Interpretation Ward Winners
Murals at Lake Braddock
Kindness Notes
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
PTSA for 10th Graders
College Partnership Program Application
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School Spelling Bee
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Dr. Smith named Region 4 Principal of the Year

Dr. Smith has been named the Region 4 Outstanding Principal of the Year for the 2020-21 school year, as part of the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards.  Dr. Smith is a finalist for Outstanding Principal of the Year for Fairfax County Public Schools, which will be named later this coming spring.  

Student of the Month Winners - #BruinsCARE

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. Read more about the attributes here (attach PDF).

January Student of the Month Winners - #BruinsCARE (all 4 attributes):

  • 7th grade: Jayden Quintero
  • 8th grade: Markos Temesghen
  • 9th grade: Aslin Mitchell
  • 10th grade: Kaila Peterson
  • 11th grade: Aidan Franklyn
  • 12th grade: Taylor Brooke

February’s theme is CONNECTED. We look forward to highlighting more students soon!

Outstanding Interpretation Award Winners

The Northern Virginia District PTA has awarded the Outstanding Interpretation Award to the  following entries:

Literature Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Kaleidoscope"

Music Composition, Special Artist Division, Jake Sizemore, "I Matter For Me"

Photography, Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Perseverance"

Visual Arts, Special Artist Division, Ashley Groves, "In the Time of Covid"

Congratulations! These entries will advance to the Virginia State PTA Level.

Murals at Lake Braddock

Congratulations to LB student, Jessica Hosken, for completing her Eagle Scout project this past week. Here is Jessie's story:

I was inspired to create multiple murals for my Eagle project after seeing other schools and what they had on their walls.  I wanted to do something that would brighten the hallways of Lake Braddock and make it a more exciting, inviting and inspiring place.  It was hard narrowing down my ideas with available locations in the school and also time restrictions.  I started working on ideas for this project last spring and created a business flocking peoples yards in order to cover all of the expenses of my project.  Usually an Eagle project would take place over a weekend or two but due to Covid limitations I had to revise that plan and was able to complete the project by going in every Monday since September for a total of 350 volunteer hours.  I was able to have a total of 4 people in the building at a time.  I am grateful to everyone who volunteered their time to help with my project:  Jenny Hosken, Dennis Hosken, Erica Hosken, Emma Kate Allman, Audrey DeVore, Ethan Duke, Maddie Duke, Caitlyn Kennedy, Samantha Lauer, Abby Morris, Olivia Preston & Kiersten Schmitt.

Each mural has its own story and here is why I selected them: 

I am in band and have really enjoyed my opportunities in the Performing Arts department. I wanted "Create" to be bright, exciting and reflect the multifaceted opportunities for Lake Braddock students. I loved the quote for "Today" and wanted it to be in a location where it would be highly visible and a positive reminder for everyone.

Since I was little I have enjoyed STEAM activities ranging from the Science & Engineering festival to the Kings Park & Kings Glen STEAM night and even had STEAM themed birthday parties.  I wanted to reflect that excitement with something colorful in the science wing.

Both bears, the one in the front hall and the one by the lecture hall, were an important part of my project because I wanted to share school spirit & pride in being a Bruin.  

The "Mountains" mural encompasses not only where you currently are, the coordinates around the compass are for Lake Braddock, and the mountains are there to reflect where you are going because education prepares you for the future and that can be anything you want it to be.  'Be Prepared' is the Scouts BSA motto and by heeding that advice you really can do anything you set your mind to do.  This project is something I have thought about doing for a long time and ever since the Boy Scouts of America opened to girls in 2019 I knew I wanted to be an Eagle Scout.  Being able to complete this project for my school community and helping me complete that goal has been an amazing experience.    

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KHcbQyA8FYvsveDu8

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

College Partnership Program Applications

Applications are now available for the College Partnership Program (CPP).  The program goals 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. Through monthly school-based meetings and numerous opportunities on the county level, CPP members and their parents are provided with opportunities to successfully navigate the home, school, and college continuum. 

Students can apply online or with the paper application. The applications are due by March 19. 

Here is the link to the online application:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFcGtqh77--ecJvlAfi-GR_WD0d6XIpuR6qJpvsbaZp_z0bw/viewform.  Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application.  If you would like a paper application, please see your counselor or Ms. Veenstra in High School Student Services. 

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, February 25 during lunch and after school for interested students and parents. Current students will give testimony to their experience with CPP and we will have an activity that is typical of a CPP meeting.  Interested students may also join an upcoming CPP meeting on either Thursday, February 11 or Thursday, March 11.  Just let Ms. Veenstra know so she can provide a link to the meeting.

If you have any questions about CPP, please contact Margaret Veenstra at mjveenstra@fcps.edu or (703) 426-1033.

Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, February 5.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

Middle School Spelling Bee
  • Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school-level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Jan 2021):

  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
  • LB Cyber Security
  • LB Dungeons & Dragons
  • Yoga Club
  • DC Sports Club

Coming Soon (Feb 2021):

  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Resiliency in a Time of COVID

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, students from the LBSS Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group delivered our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.” They shared their findings from data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children. One of the most powerful parts of this session was that it was student-led by middle and high school students at Lake Braddock. Our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group members collected data on mental health struggles that LB students are facing right now. They created the survey, collected data, and put together the presentation. Check back soon because this talented group is also working on potential lessons for Advisory to support this work. We are so proud of this group and grateful for the powerful message and session!

If you missed the presentation, you can find the recording here:

"Resiliency in a Time of COVID" - recording_1

Teenage Brain and Drug Trends Series

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Teenage Brain and Drug Trends series and attended our live sessions. Below you will find the recordings to all 3 sessions and the exit surveys for each session. Please feel free to share the recordings with other parents, family, friends, and staff members. We feel this is important information that everyone could benefit from. Also, please email me if you have any questions regarding to the presentations or would like to talk more about substance use as it relates to your students.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
Recording: https://youtu.be/Pi8nUfe8Fas
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/UqC4Hg7TKKENFGGZ6

Session #2: Drugs & the Teenage Brain
Recording: https://youtu.be/tcxxBE6TbYQ
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/FhUXSHj8vESQC5Q36

Session #3: Drug Trends in teens: Identifying Common Household Substances & Drug Culture
Recording: https://youtu.be/7x2BcvZt4lg
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/Bgtf2kiKxAEPg9vg6

Thank you!

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Email: jlgiffin@fcps.edu

LBSS Virtual Art Night

  • February 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Gavin, Ms. McGrath & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own Starry Night inspired by Van Gogh! You can make your own or work together with a family member. What you will need: pencil, paper and coloring tools (watercolor, crayons, marker, color pencil, etc.). We look forward to creating with you!

Questions? Contact Ms. Cynthia Gavin at cfgavin@fcps.edu

Register by February 3rd at 9:00 AM using this link: http://bit.ly/VanG0gh

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - January 22, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This past week, we witnessed history with the Inauguration of the 46th President and the first Black and South Asian American woman Vice President. This year, FCPS and Lake Braddock remain committed to the work of Equity and creating a more welcoming and inclusive school community. As we continue to keep equity at the center of everything that we do, we wanted to share a resource from the National PTA from their podcast series Notes from the Backpack. This particular website has their podcast episode titled Raising Kids Who Embrace Race along with multiple resources that help discuss race with your students.  

pta.org/center-for-family-engagement/notes-from-the-backpack/raising-kids-who-embrace-race

Next week begins a new quarter and the 2nd semester and Monday is a student holiday. On Tuesday, some middle school students may have a new schedule. Please have students check SIS for new teachers they might have and check their fcpsschools.net email for links only for those new teachers. If the student is not able to locate the links for those new teachers, they should email the teacher.

The School Board met Thursday and discussed the new plan for students phasing in to in-person instruction and there were tentative dates shown. As this plan is finalized, we will be sharing more information with you all.    

As we begin this second semester, please know that we are here to support you and your students. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or Subschool administrator.   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
PTA Reflections Program Winners
Updates on Grading
Kindness Notes
Academic Advising
LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube
Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey
Mental Health Services
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
Rising 9th Grade Course Selection
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School Spelling Bee
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All PTA Reflections Program Winners

Congratulations to the following LB Students who were named award winners in the Fairfax County Council of PTAs' National PTA Reflections program for 2020-2021 themed "I Matter Because...":

Outstanding Interpretation Award

Literature Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Kaleidoscope"
Music Composition Special Artist Division, Jake Sizemore, "I Matter For Me"
Photography Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Perseverance"
Visual Arts Special Artist Division, Ashley Groves, "In the Time of Covid"

Award of Excellence

Photography High School Division, Eloise Shirley, "Time for Renewal"

Updates on Grading

As the first semester comes to a close, we want to remind you of the revised FCPS and LBSS grading policies. The revised LBSS grading policy can be viewed on our website. Summary of the revisions include:

  • 50% is the lowest grade on a 100-point scale that can be entered into SIS. Teachers using a four point grading scale are not impacted by this policy because this grading scale is already equally distributed. 
  • Major assignments and assessments are to be accepted at any point during the quarter with a maximum penalty of 10% after the teacher designated deadline. A final due date to submit any late assignment of  one week before the end of quarter may be made by the collaborative team.
  • The maximum weight of any one assignment and assessment is set at 20%. 
  • For major assessments as defined in the course syllabus, at least one new opportunity to demonstrate proficiency shall be provided to any student who completes the initial assessment starting second semester. In this case, the highest grade that can be earned on the retake is 100%. Students will need to demonstrate that they have done the necessary preparation to be offered the opportunity on a second chance assessment. Preparation and readiness will be defined by the collaborative team.
  • The minimum number of assignments per quarter is 6. The Lake Braddock SS policy of 18 maximum number of assignments per quarter will remain moving forward. Some of our Collaborative Teams use Standards Based Grading and enter multiple grades into the gradebook for one assignment by standard; therefore, this policy does not apply to Standards Based Grading as one assignment can have multiple grades. 

Any teacher/collaborative team specific information will be communicated through the teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher for any course specific grading information.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is in full swing! Counselors have been meeting with students to review course offerings and will begin meeting with students individually over the next few weeks. Make sure you have taken the time to explore our Curriculum Fair sites and spoken to your students about the courses they would like to take next year. Students will be entering courses directly in their StudentVue account; students should be using the course selection sheet as a guide to make sure they are entering the correct course codes! Start HERE to access our Academic Advising materials. Remember, you will need an fcpsschools.net account to access the Curriculum Fair sites. 

LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube

Help Lake Braddock Athletics get 1K+ YouTube subscribers! We currently have 400+, but need 1,000+ subscribers to unlock settings to use a mobile device to stream. This will allow us to stream even more events simultaneously. Please use the link below to subscribe and then share with others.

https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeBraddockAthleticLeadershipBroadcasting

Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey

VDOE, UVA, and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) want to learn about Virginia families’ experiences with the care and/or education for their young children (birth through kindergarten) this year. The Virginia Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDBB5) study wants to reach as many Virginia families as possible to better understand the experiences and challenges of families with young children in Virginia. Parents of young children are invited to participate in this study by completing a voluntary and anonymous survey available at vafamilysurvey.info

Mental Health Services

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019. Healthy Minds Fairfax has created the following flyer to help families navigate the world of mental health.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, February 5.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information Rising 9th Grade Course Selection

Middle School and High School Counselors will be available to answer any course selection questions your student may have. Please use this guest link to access the Middle School Student Services Office: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d3e2fc5f49f143dbae0ea3e57819e424

Please note – Middle School Counselors will continue to meet with each student individually as part of academic advising. Office hours are optional.

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

Middle School Spelling Bee

Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

  • Date: February 8, 2021 (tentative)
  • Lake Braddock will host an in-house virtual spelling bee, in which students can participate for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Fairfax County Spelling Bee where the winner will move on to compete at the 2021 National Scripps Spelling Bee in June.
  • Please complete this interest form for more information on registration: https://forms.gle/2S2ws4rKChnF7c5t8
Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series

Provided by The Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain.

Session #3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture January 26 @ 7pm

Questions? Email jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPm5iK0OfoXRQLympzzuFAXUGsm68Z3iJ4bdgimnGXfsQ6DQ/viewform

 

Building Resiliency in the Time of COVID

  • January 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by LBSS Student Services and Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group

Questions? Contact Ms. Janene Pack at jpack@fcps.edu

Register by January 27th here -  https://forms.gle/8BHLLE1wRStbtxbu7

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
Attendance | Web | Twitter

LBSS Weekly News - January 15, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I am reminded of his legacy and hope for a brighter future where we celebrate our differences, as well as what we have in common. These last few weeks have reminded us now, more than ever, how important that focus is in our community, our state and our nation. As we enter the week ahead, Dr. King’s dream of a more perfect union remains at the forefront and more important than ever.  Our Lake Braddock staff remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment where students feel valued and heard.  "Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education" (Martin Luther King Jr., 1947) and we will continue to focus on how we support, celebrate and love one another. 

Please know that our teachers, counselors, administrators and clinical staff are all here for our students and families. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. I personally welcome your feedback, suggestions and want to hear your concerns.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Schedule Week of January 18
Award-Winning LB 7th Grade Student
Virtual Band Concert
Academic Advising
AVID Applications
LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube
Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey
Mental Health Services
Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

High School Information
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns
PSAT Scores
Yearbook Photos

Middle School Information
Middle School Spelling Bee
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Schedule Week of January 18

Please remember that next week’s schedule is quite different:

Monday, Jan. 18 -- MLK Birthday -- School Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 19 -- normal synchronous purple day

Wednesday, Jan. 20 -- Inauguration Day -- School Holiday

Thursday, Jan. 21 -- normal synchronous purple day

Friday, Jan. 22 -- End of 2nd Quarter -- 2-hour early release synchronous gold day.

Award-Winning LB 7th Grade Student

Lake Braddock 7th grade student Manas Puri's essay, "Why Vote", was the silver award winner for Fairfax County Public Library's contest "For Love of Country: In My Own Words". See the contest web page for his award and other winners. 

Manas was also the 1st Place winner of the Fairfax County Public Library's 2020 Teen Film Festival. His short film, "The COVID-19 Nightmare," is an action thriller with Manas in the lead role. The film and other competitors can be viewed on the FCPL teen web page

Virtual Band Concert

Our Lake Braddock Bands held a virtual winter concert on Thursday, January 14. Please enjoy the recording found here.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is in full swing! Counselors have been meeting with students to review course offerings and will begin meeting with students individually over the next few weeks. Make sure you have taken the time to explore our Curriculum Fair sites and spoken to your students about the courses they would like to take next year. Students will be entering courses directly in their StudentVue account; students should be using the course selection sheet as a guide to make sure they are entering the correct course codes! Start HERE to access our Academic Advising materials. Remember, you will need an fcpsschools.net account to access the Curriculum Fair sites. 

AVID Applications

With course selection upon us, Lake Braddock’s college-readiness course, Advancement Via Individual Determination, commonly known as AVID, would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The year-long elective course is offered in grades 7-12 and focuses on student support with the goal of attendance and success in college and beyond. More information on the course can be found on the middle and high school curriculum fair sites, listed under the AVID heading.

LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube

Help Lake Braddock Athletics get 1K+ YouTube subscribers! We currently have 400+, but need 1,000+ subscribers to unlock settings to use a mobile device to stream. This will allow us to stream even more events simultaneously. Please use the link below to subscribe and then share with others.

https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeBraddockAthleticLeadershipBroadcasting

Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey

VDOE, UVA, and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) want to learn about Virginia families’ experiences with the care and/or education for their young children (birth through kindergarten) this year. The Virginia Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDBB5) study wants to reach as many Virginia families as possible to better understand the experiences and challenges of families with young children in Virginia. Parents of young children are invited to participate in this study by completing a voluntary and anonymous survey available at vafamilysurvey.info

Mental Health Services

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019. Healthy Minds Fairfax has created the following flyer to help families navigate the world of mental health.

Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax

Fairfax County Public Schools encourages students to find ways to safely participate in service learning. Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend is a great opportunity to help connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

In an effort to connect student service learning with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is teaming up with Volunteer Fairfax for a weekend of service. Beginning on January 16, 2021, Volunteer Fairfax is organizing a family friendly event that will provide service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in activities virtually from home. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series

Provided by The Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
January 12 @ 7pm

Session #2: Drugs and the Teenage Brain
January 21 @ 7pm

Session #3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household
Substances and Drug Culture
January 26 @ 7pm

Questions? Email jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPm5iK0OfoXRQLympzzuFAXUGsm68Z3iJ4bdgimnGXfsQ6DQ/viewform

 

Building Resiliency in the Time of COVID

  • January 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by LBSS Student Services and Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group

Come join us January 28th at 6:30 pm for a virtual presentation on “Building Resiliency during a time of COVID.” MS and HS parents and students are welcome to register. Students from our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group will be presenting on data collected from LBSS students on mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, will present a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their students. Please do not miss this important event! 

Questions? Contact Ms. Janene Pack at jpack@fcps.edu

Register by January 27th here -  https://forms.gle/8BHLLE1wRStbtxbu7

 

Upcoming LBSS Parent Academy Events - Family Engagement Series

High School Family Book Chat
January 21, 2021 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by the LBSS High School Librarians
Register by January 13th here: LBSS Book Chat Registration Form
Questions? Please contact Sarah Pevner, SJPevner@FCPS.edu or Laura Christadore, LAChristadore@fcps.edu

High School Information Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

PSAT Scores

PSAT scores are now available for students in 11th grade who took the PSAT/NMSQT at Lake Braddock on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Students should have received a scores notification through the email they included on their answer sheet. Students can access their scores at https://www.collegeboard.org/ by creating an account with the email they included on their PSAT test answer sheet. Please make sure to check your email spam and junk folders first if you think your scores may be missing. If the student already has a College Board account under a different email address, you may contact College Board by phone at 866-315-6068-to merge the two accounts. Test booklets may also be returned to students upon request. If you are interested picking up your test booklet at Lake Braddock, please contact Jennifer Bury, LBSS Assessment Coach, at JABury@fcps.edu and include your student’s name and ID number to schedule a date for pick-up. Test booklets will no longer be available after January 29.

Yearbook Photos

The high school yearbook needs photos of students! Send us photos of students voting or working the polls on Election Day. Of students at Halloween, at Thanksgiving, at Diwali, at Hanukah. Of students with their pets, with friends, in their home classrooms, and playing club sports. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5061 to upload photos to eShare. Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

High school students: The yearbook needs your photos! If you did not come in to school to take your portrait for the yearbook, please follow the steps below and submit your own portrait for the yearbook. We can’t just use last year’s photos, and we want to make sure to include everyone. This yearbook will definitely be an historical one, so help us make sure you are a part of that history.

Middle School Information Middle School Spelling Bee

Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

  • Date: February 8, 2021 (tentative)
  • Lake Braddock will host an in-house virtual spelling bee, in which students can participate for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Fairfax County Spelling Bee where the winner will move on to compete at the 2021 National Scripps Spelling Bee in June.
  • Please complete this interest form for more information on registration: https://forms.gle/2S2ws4rKChnF7c5t8
TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements. For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about immunization requirements for your child, or to send proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
How to Stay In Touch

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