LBSS Weekly News - June 11, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

We did it! We made it through the 2020-21 school year. The year was full of uncertainty, but we ended on a high note. It was such a joy to see so many students in person over the last few weeks. 

We also want to say one more congratulations to the Class of 2021!  Graduation was a success at Jiffy Lube Live and the All Night Grad Party organized by the Lake Braddock PTSA had over 460 Seniors celebrating together.  Thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff who helped our Seniors reach this milestone in their lives.  We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and we can't wait to see them back on campus as alumni. 

We hope you and your family are able to rest, relax, and recharge over the summer and look forward to a strong start in the fall. We are excited to have students back in the building five days a week. Until then, thank you for sharing your children with us.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
2021 Cappies National Capital Area Gala Watch Party
Second COVID-19 Vaccine
Parent Help Desk Summer Hours
Summer Meal Update
FCPS Honors Recognizes 2021 Outstanding Employees
FCPS Transitions to Schoology on July 1
Fall 2021

Important Reminders
Middle School Jump Start Program

Class of 2021 News
Graduation
Senior Awards Ceremony

FCPS Information
Summer Arts Opportunities
Important Immunization Requirements
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
How to Stay In Touch

New Information 2021 Cappies National Capital Area Gala Watch Party, Sunday, June 13

Join in the celebration at Langley High School on Sunday, June 13, to celebrate the 22nd annual Cappies season where theatre students and audiences from all over the DMV area will watch the 2021 Cappies National Capital Area (NCA) Virtual Gala. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. 

Lake Braddock 2021 Graduate, Ellen Keil, is repesenting the LB Critics Team this year.

For those not able to attend this event, the Virtual Gala will be available for viewing on the Cappies NCA YouTube Channel or Fairfax County Public Schools' Red Apple 21 beginning on June 14, 2021.

Second COVID-19 Vaccine

Students who participated in the FCPS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for their first Pfizer dose will need a second Pfizer dose to be fully vaccinated.  The earliest a student can get the second dose is 21 days from the date the first dose was received.

FCPS will NOT be providing the second COVID-19 vaccine, but the Fairfax County Health Department has provided instructions on the How To Get Your Child’s Second COVID-19 Vaccine flyer.

  • Vaccine card:  Students will need to bring this vaccination card to the second appointment.
  • Schedule the second COVID-19 vaccine using VAMS
  • Other community vaccine providers:  The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is widely available throughout our community, including private healthcare providers, grocery stores, pharmacies, urgent cares, and Inova.

If parents have questions or need assistance, direct them to Fairfax County Health Department’s Vaccine Call Center at 703-324-7404.

Parent Help Desk Summer Hours

The Parent Technology Help Desk will continue to support parents and students through the summer months.

Beginning on Monday, June 14, we are moving the service to our in-house Service Desk. The phone number for parents will stay the same -  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) - and the reduced hours for summer are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday in June, July and early August. Outside of those hours, parents can also visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. Please note the reduced summer hours when you promote the Parent Tech Help Desk to your communities.

Summer Meal Update

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to no-cost meals over the summer months at meal kit sites and on bus routes. Each site and bus route will offer meal kits containing seven days of breakfast and lunch. Please note that locations of the meal distribution sites and all bus routes have changed from the school year plan. 

Summer Meal Kits 

  • Summer meal kits will be offered on Mondays at 10 sites throughout the county beginning June 28 and ending August 2. 
  • Please note that meal kits will be distributed on Tuesday, July 6, due to the Monday, July 5 holiday. 
  • Meal kits contain 7 days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. 
  • The meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or until supplies are exhausted. 
  • All meals are available at no-cost to all FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. 
  • Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children and adults may purchase kits for $28. 

Meal Kit bus routes 

  • Meal kit bus routes will run June 28 through August 5. 
  • Buses will run weekly routes throughout the community distributing meal kits, containing seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. 
  • The buses will not distribute meals on a daily basis. The bus stops are weekly and run Monday-Thursday only. 
  • Please note that on Friday, July 2, Monday bus routes will operate to cover the Monday, July 5, holiday. 
  • Meal kits are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. 
  • Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children. 
  • Adult meals will not be available for purchase on the bus routes. 
FCPS Honors Recognizes 2021 Outstanding Employees

Our very own principal, Dr. Smith, was recognized at the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)  Honors Gala this week as Region IV Principal of the Year. FCPS recognized exceptional employees from across the division at the FCPS Honors event held Wednesday, June 9. Sponsored by the Foundation for FCPS, the 2021 celebration was hosted outdoors at Jiffy Lube Live for the first time. 

Annually, more than 700 employees in both instructional and operational roles are recognized through the Outstanding Employee Awards Program. This year, 74 finalists representing twelve categories were recognized in the special award ceremony.

Information on this year's award winners is available online.

FCPS Transitions to Schoology Learning Management System on July 1

Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July.

Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students will have a Schoology account by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 

More information about Schoology is available online

Fall 2021

The first day of school in the fall will be Monday, August 23. We will be back to a full five-day schedule. School hours will be 8:00 am to 2:45 pm. Details about the start of school, including the purple and gold calendar, class schedule, laptop pickup, etc., will be emailed in mid-August.

Important Reminders Middle School Jump Start Program – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Each year, we offer MS Jump Start as an orientation program to acclimate rising 7th grade students to their new school as well as any rising 8th graders, new to Lake Braddock.

This is a tremendous opportunity for new students to tour the school, meet some resourceful staff, gain some knowledge from past middle schoolers and have some fun while getting excited about the upcoming schoolyear.

Jump Start 2021 – The Return To In-Person (see flyer below for full details)

August 9 – August 12, 2021 (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Location: Lake Braddock Secondary School

Registration Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available as needed)

Register Here: https://forms.gle/8YaaZutbUUpn448m8

Class of 2021 News Graduation

Class of 2021, you did it! Graduation was a huge success and we appreciate everyone's assistance making it so. The ceremony was videotaped by Memories Videography. Copies can be ordered through their web site at www.memoriesvideography.com. Victor O'Neill Studios provided the photography services. They can be reached at 703-532-0013 or

https://www.vosphoto.com/grad/lakebraddock.

Senior Awards Ceremony

We had the honor of recognizing our senior awards recipients this past Monday. For those of you who missed it, you can view the recording at the following link: https://youtu.be/aLYCkmvn-cY

FCPS Information Summer Arts Opportunities

Does your child love the arts?  Are you looking for a wonderful summer enrichment opportunity for them?  Institute for the Arts and Elementary Institute for the Art's registration is open now for students currently in grades 2 through 11.  Don't delay, seats are first come first serve!  Registration closes June 25th. 

Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify.  Questions? Email: ifta@fcps.edu or efita@fcps.edu

Register here.

Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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:

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

LBSS Weekly News - June 4, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

Here we are, the beginning of June. We have made it. Next week, we celebrate our seniors with Graduation at Jiffy Lube Live on June 10 and our 7th through 11th grade students finish out the school year. 

This month, we celebrate Pride Month, where we remember history, celebrate how far we’ve come in advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and reinvigorate our efforts to continue the fight for equality and against discrimination and hatred.

Below you'll find our year end calendar. Reminder emails were sent out today with detailed information for all students regarding material collection and student laptop return. 

Please let us know if you have questions.  We are excited end this school year on a strong and successful note for all our Bruins. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Year End Events Calendar
GIRLs with Pearls
Pride Month
Congrats LBSS Odyssey of the Mind
End-of-Year Meal Service Update
Scores released for PSAT 10
Rising 9th Grade Parent Program
Clinic Medication
Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup
LBSS Library Book Round Up
National Honor Society Induction Fall 2021

Important Reminders
Middle School Jump Start Program
Advisory Activity for June 9th
Attendance Expectations for June 7-11

Class of 2021 News
Graduation Details

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
ESSER III Funding: Community Feedback Wanted
Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources
Important Immunization Requirements
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
How to Stay In Touch
Attendance Procedures

New Information Year End Events Calendar 

The 2020-21 Year End Events Calendar has updated information regarding the last two weeks of school. This calendar includes Senior event information, final exam schedule and laptop collection. You should have received an eNotify message earlier today with full details about our last week. That message included important information on laptop and textbook collection.

Students who will be attending academic summer programs for FCPS will have the ability to keep their laptop and turn it in after the summer programs are completed. 

GIRLs With Pearls

On June 2, 2021  thirteen Bruins participated in GIRLS with Pearls, the culminating event for the inaugural LBSS  G.I.R.Ls Cohort.  Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent for City of Fairfax Schools served not only as the presenter of the pearls but  was also the first speaker for the cohort.

The GIRLs (Girls in Roles of Leadership) cohort was created to serve as a school-wide  foundation dedicated to giving girls access to opportunities as student leaders, women in different career paths, and training sessions on topics like Public Speaking, Dressing for Success, etc. 

Pride Month

Ways to Support LGBTQ+ Youth:

  • Educate Yourself (& Your Family). Showing the LGBTQ+ people in your life that you understand and respect their identities is a great first step. 
  • Encourage Kids to Find Community Online. Staying connected to the LGBTQ+ community can help youth combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. A number national organizations offer free support groups and social events online. 
  • Recommend LGBTQ+ Books and Media. Representation is powerful. Seeing movies, television shows and books with LGBTQ+ characters help kids feel less alone. 
Congrats LBSS Odyssey of the Mind

HUGE SHOUT OUT to the members of Lake Braddock’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for their completion of the World Finals Award Ceremony. Here is an overview:

  • The combined Lake Braddock/TJHSST/Homeschool 7th/8th/9th/10th grade team was one of only two Virginia schools in their division to compete at Odyssey of the Mind's 2021 Virtual World Finals, after already taking second place overall in their division at the Virginia state tournament and tying for the 3rd highest raw score for spontaneous problem solving out of every team in every problem and division competing.  The team's Lake Braddock members are Evan Adams, Ella Ridgway, and Jack Smith.
  • The combined Lake Braddock/West Springfield/TJHSST's 9th grade team took was also one of only two Virginia schools in their division to compete at Odyssey of the Mind's 2021 Virtual World Finals, after taking third place overall and first place in spontaneous problem solving in their division at the Virginia state tournament.  The team's Lake Braddock members are Jonathan Barnard, Casey Chen, and Tyler Huang.
  • Lake Braddock's 7th/8th grade team was again one of only two Virginia schools in their division to compete at Odyssey of the Mind's 2021 Virtual World Finals, after already taking second place overall and first place in spontaneous problem solving in their division at the Virginia state tournament (and this was an entirely new team with both new coaches and members).  The team's members are Tobias Ong, Grace Sanchez, Autumn Dunlop, Adithya Pillai, Kara Kwon, and Jenna Nelson.
End-of-Year Meal Service Update

Prior communication stated June 11 as a bus route distribution day, but this is no longer correct. Due to conflicts with early release, bus routes will not run on June 11. Additional meals will be offered June 7-10 and June 14. In addition, we will distribute 7-day meal kits on June 7, 10 and 14 at all of our grab and go and meal kit sites. Details are available on the website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food.

Scores released for PSAT 10

Scores for the PSAT 10 administered on April 19th to registered 10th graders have been released by College Board and sent to the email students provided on their answer bubble sheets.  Additionally, students were sent their scores, College Board ID numbers, and scores report access code on Monday, May 31st around 10:30 a.m. from Jennifer Bury, LBSS Assessment Coach, to their school Google accounts.

Please visit the following websites to gain access:

Don’t have a College Board account yet?

Create a College Board Account here: https://cbaccount.collegeboard.org/iamweb/smartRegister?appId=292&DURL=https%3A%2F%2Fcbaccount.collegeboard.org%2Fiamweb%2Fsecure%2FverifyTST%3Ftype%3Dupdate

Used a different email than the one on your College Board account?

Matching Tool: https://ilschoolcounselor.org/resources/Annual%20Conference/Rosemont%202018/Handouts/Heintz%20Chris%20Session%205%20Retrieiving%20Student%20Online%20Score%20Reports.pdf

Students can use their scores report to access a personalized Khan Academy test prep site that will help them prepare for the SATs based on their PSAT 10 scores: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Rising 9th Grade Parent Program

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the Rising 9th Grade Parent Program on Wednesday evening.   We are so excited to welcome all our Bruins back to 5 days of in person instruction next year!  For those of you that may have missed the event you may view the recording HERE.  The presentation slides are can be viewed HERE

Clinic Medication

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 11 AM on Friday, June 11. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. 

High school students are allowed to pick up their own, as well as their middle school siblings’, over-the-counter medications. However, all prescription medications, epipens, inhalers, and diabetic meds must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Students who are designated as self-carriers may pick up their own medication. Once the half day schedule starts on June 3, the Health Room will be open from 8am until 12 NOON.  Please call ahead for pickup outside of the these hours, 703-426-1010.

Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup

In-person students may pick up their yearbooks at school June 1-4 during lunches and lunch pick-up. Virtual students can pick up their books June 1-4 from 4:00-6:00 at Door 1 and on June 10-11 at their material and laptop drop-off site. Books can be purchased in-person during distribution. All sales end June 11.

LBSS Library Book Round Up of 2021

LBSS library books may be returned any time in two ways:  

  • Red book return cart inside Door #1 Main Entrance  
  • Return bin inside the library   

Those with library books checked out received an email to your fcpsschools.net email account on May 27. Suggestion: You may return library books when you return your school laptop to the library on June 4, 9, 10 or 11.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Fall 2021

The National Honor Society will have the new member Induction Ceremony in September 2021 so that we can have an in-person ceremony. Once a date and time are set, members can expect an email and information on the Morning Bru in the Fall.

Important Reminders Middle School Jump Start Program – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Each year, we offer MS Jump Start as an orientation program to acclimate rising 7th grade students to their new school as well as any rising 8th graders, new to Lake Braddock.

This is a tremendous opportunity for new students to tour the school, meet some resourceful staff, gain some knowledge from past middle schoolers and have some fun while getting excited about the upcoming schoolyear.

Jump Start 2021 – The Return To In-Person (see flyer below for full details)

August 9 – August 12, 2021 (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Location: Lake Braddock Secondary School

Registration Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available as needed)

Register Here: https://forms.gle/8YaaZutbUUpn448m8

Advisory Activity for June 9th

As an end of year activity, Advisory teachers have been given the option to engage students in a custom activity or show the movie Zookeeper or Our Planet. This will take place on June 9 and the movie would be followed by a series of discussion questions that allow them to make text-to-world connections and enhance their critical thinking skills. These are both age-appropriate movies that have been screened and approved by Lake Braddock Administration. However, if you would like to opt your student out of the movie, please contact their Advisory teacher before June 9.

Attendance Expectations for June 7th to June 11th Class of 2021 News Graduation Details

Senior parents were sent an eNotify message earlier today with final graduation details. Please contact Ms. Hampton, Graduation Administrator, with any final questions.

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information FCPS Receives ESSER III Funding; Community Feedback Wanted

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has received American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools. The funds also address the impact of COVID-19 on students by supporting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, among others. 

FCPS is seeking stakeholder input on how our community would like the grant to be used in support of students, staff, and school operations. The community is invited to speak at a Fairfax County School Board Public Hearing about the ESSER III grant on June 7, at 6 p.m. Sign up to speak. Members of the FCPS community can also submit their input using the FCPS Online Feedback Form. Find more information on the ESSR III grant.

Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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 - May 28, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Greetings from Lake Braddock!  The 2020-21 school year is coming to an end and I wanted to reach out and be sure that you have all of the important information. 

There are two new updates: 

  • No school on Thursday, June 10:  There will be no school for students on our Graduation day, June 10, 2021.  We will continue to collect student materials and laptops from students in grades 7-11 on this day.   
  • Graduation tickets:  We are excited to announce that each Senior participating in the Jiffy Lube Live Ceremony will receive 10 tickets for graduation. Seats are not assigned, and they are first come first served. All tickets will be handed to Seniors at the conclusion of the 2nd rehearsal.

The remainder of our important updates can be found on our website or by clicking on this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/end-year-information-and-calendar

Thank you for your incredible support during this challenging year!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Updated Mask and Social Distancing Guidance
Year End Events Calendar
Attendance Expectations for June 7th to June 11th
Advisory Activity for June 9th
Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup
Middle School Jump Start Program - Registration Now Open!
LBSS Library Book Round Up of 2021
LBSS Principal's Cabinet Year in Review

Important Testing Information
SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-Ups

From Our Activities Department
VHSL Physical Form

Important Reminders
Monday Check-in Reminder
Early Releases

High School Information
Class of 2023 T-Shirts
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Class of 2021 News
Prom 2021
Graduation Photographs

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
ESSER III Funding: Community Feedback Wanted
Summer Practice Books
Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources
Important Immunization Requirements
Registration Opens for E-IFTA and IFTA
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
How to Stay In Touch
Attendance Procedures

New Information Updated Mask and Social Distancing Guidance 

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, FCPS will be requiring students and staff to continue to wear masks and socially distance during instructional time in the school building. 

There has been updated guidance for events and activities outside of instructional time in the school building.  This website will give you the latest information. 

Year End Events Calendar 

The 2020-21 Year End Events Calendar has updated information regarding the last two weeks of school.  This calendar includes Senior event information, final exam schedule and laptop collection. 

All students will be asked to turn in their school issued laptop at the end of this year. This will allow the laptops to receive important updates and maintenance. Seniors will turn them in on June 4th, and 7th through 11th grade students will turn in their laptops on June 9th (in-person), 10th (virtual students) and 11th (in-person students). For in-person students, they will turn in their laptop on their last in-person day. 

Students who will be attending academic summer programs for FCPS will have the ability to keep their laptop and turn it in after the summer programs are completed. 

Attendance Expectations for June 7th to June 11th Advisory Activity for June 9th

As an end of year activity, Advisory teachers have been given the option to engage students in a custom activity or show the movie Zookeeper or Our Planet. This will take place on June 9th and the movie would be followed by a series of discussion questions that allow them to make text-to-world connections and enhance their critical thinking skills. These are both age-appropriate movies that have been screened and approved by Lake Braddock Administration. However, if you would like to opt your student out of the movie, please contact their Advisory teacher before June 9th.

Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup

In-person students may pick up their yearbooks at school June 1-4 during lunches and lunch pick-up. Virtual students can pick up their books June 1-4 from 4:00-6:00 at Door 1 and on June 10-11 at their material and laptop drop-off site. Books can be purchased in-person during distribution. All sales end June 11.

Middle School Jump Start Program – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Each year, we offer MS Jump Start as an orientation program to acclimate rising 7th grade students to their new school as well as any rising 8th graders, new to Lake Braddock.

This is a tremendous opportunity for new students to tour the school, meet some resourceful staff, gain some knowledge from past middle schoolers and have some fun while getting excited about the upcoming schoolyear.

Jump Start 2021 – The Return To In-Person (see flyer below for full details)

August 9 – August 12, 2021 (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Location: Lake Braddock Secondary School

Registration Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available as needed)

Register Here: https://forms.gle/8YaaZutbUUpn448m8

LBSS Library Book Round Up of 2021

It's time to return your LBSS library books!  No fines, no fees, no financial obligations!  

Book check-out has ended for the 2020-2021 school year. Two ways to return books:   

  • Red book return cart inside Door #1 Main Entrance  
  • Return bin inside the library   

Check your fcpsschools.net email account for an email concerning books still checked out. Please enjoy this VIDEO about Library Book Round Up.  

LBSS Principal's Cabinet Year in Review

Our LBSS Principal's Cabinet finished their year this week. Please take some time to read about their accomplishments this school year on our website. We are so proud of each of these student-led groups and their work to make our school the very best it can be.

Important Testing Information SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-ups

The LBSS SOL testing schedule can be found HERE and a PDF calendar HERE. Students will receive an email to their Google account with their specific testing room assignment approximately one week before testing.

Please remember that all classes will be virtual the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28. Buses will run normally during the virtual school week so that students who require bus transportation for SOL testing Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 will be able to catch their regular bus at the normal time and bus stop. Only students who are taking an SOL test should come to school during the virtual school week. If a student is not testing, they should remain at home to learn virtually. Students will return home after completing testing and should rejoin their classes virtually. If students are waiting for a bus after testing, they will continue with their virtual classes in the Little Theatre until the busses take them home at the end of the school day.

Make-up testing will occur the week of Tuesday, June 1 (all Reading SOLs), Wednesday, June 2 (all Math SOLs) and Thursday, June 3 (all Science SOLs). Make-up testing will take place in the Lecture Hall at 8:15. Please note, if a student does not normally ride a bus on that make-up day, they will have to make alternate transportation arrangements. The testing office will handle attendance for students who show up for make-ups during that week. A student can decide to refuse rather than make-up a test and would follow the same 2 step procedures listed on our refusal website: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/testing-refusal .

Please note, any student who has refused SOL testing after the April 30th deadline may receive a testing location assignment. If families refused after this date or intend to refuse, students can ignore the testing location assignment. After the day’s testing, the Testing Office will work to reconcile the list of students who did not show for testing (make-ups) and those that didn’t show because they refused testing after the deadline. Please be patient as we work through this lengthy process. The LBSS Testing Team is unable to handle individual inquiries for refusal status during testing.

From Our Activities Department VHSL Physical Form *NEW VERSION* for 2021-2022

Please mark your calendars for our annual physical night, which will be hosted at West Springfield on Monday, July 19.

The VHSL has released their latest version of the VHSL Physical Form, which was revised in January 2021. This new model includes some additional medical history questions, combines previous medical history questions that collectively asked for the same information, provides more detailed descriptions of what the physician should be checking for in the exam portion of the physical, and even includes some changes to the format of each page, drawing attention and focus to required responses and signatures!

Due to the extensive amount of changes to this document, FCPS (Lake Braddock) will ONLY accept this new version of the VHSL physical form for athletic participation in 2021-2022. Any VHSL physical exam submitted for next school year must be dated on or after May 1, 2021 and be completed on the Revised January 2021 version. You can find the new form here  VHSL PHYSICAL FORM 2021.

Important Reminders 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

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 Class of 2023 T-Shirts

Class of 2023 shirts are here!! These shirts were designed by our own students: Eleni Orphanos and Siobhan Thiede Our first round of ordering is now available. Shirts are $17 each. There are TWO parts in ordering:

  1. Pay on MySchoolBucks
  2. Fill in this form for quantity and sizing: https://forms.gle/jvYmgryMJXjaaZjr6

Ordering for this year only will end on June 29th, so please make sure to order before then!

High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale through My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Come join the High School Student Services team on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 PM to learn more about how to help your student successfully transition to high school! This session will be virtual so don’t forget to register HERE! The BBCU links will be emailed the morning of June 2nd. CLICK HERE for additional information.

Class of 2021 News Prom 2021

Prom was held on May 22nd at Lake Braddock and it was a success!  We hope that all of our Seniors who participated agree!  Here are a few photos of the evening.  Thank you to all of our staff that helped make this event possible!

Graduation Photographs

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information FCPS Receives ESSER III Funding; Community Feedback Wanted

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has received American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools. The funds also address the impact of COVID-19 on students by supporting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, among others. 

FCPS is seeking stakeholder input on how our community would like the grant to be used in support of students, staff, and school operations. The community is invited to speak at a Fairfax County School Board Public Hearing about the ESSER III grant on June 7, at 6 p.m. Sign up to speak. Members of the FCPS community can also submit their input using the FCPS Online Feedback Form. Find more information on the ESSR III grant.

Summer Practice Books in June

Check the mailbox for practice books delivered to homes of many FCPS students. The books provide suggested activities to support continued learning over the summer break. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive a digital link. 

Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11. If books do not arrive ahead of the last day of school, families are encouraged to reach out to their school and request print copies. 

Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary summer practice book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts practice book and one Math practice book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. 

Please see the Summer Practice Books public webpage for more information and details about customized books for English learners and Special Education students

Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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

Message from Dr. Smith

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Bruin Families, 

We are concerned about the allegations that were posted on social media recently.  I want you to know that Lake Braddock takes any allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault very seriously, and if students have any concerns regarding such allegations, I strongly encourage them to bring them to Lake Braddock administration, as students here are entitled to a learning environment that is free from harassment.  Additionally, if any students believe their complaints or concerns regarding sexual harassment were not heard previously or were not sufficiently addressed, I encourage you to contact me directly, or FCPS’s Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@fcps.edu.

Sincerely, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - May 21, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been a week of celebrations. We started this week with a Club Council, facilitated by Katelyn Touhey, who led our first annual Club Awards program! While we often hold athletic awards programs each season, I have never heard of, nor attended, an awards program for student clubs. Our Club Council, comprised of leaders of each of our student clubs, used their voice to recognize this need and Ms. Touhey helped to make the idea a reality! I’m proud of the work of our clubs, especially this year during the pandemic. It was truly amazing and it was a powerful example of the student leadership and supportive adults that we have at our school. What an incredible event that took time to showcase and recognize the spectacular work of our student clubs!  This video provides a short glimpse of some of the work of our student clubs this year.

Senior parents and students will have a virtual meeting on Monday, May 24. Two identical sessions will be offered for students and parents to attend. The first session will run from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm and the second session will run from 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm. All invitation links with preassigned sessions were emailed to Seniors and Senior parents on Thursday, May 20. If you have not received a link, please email Ms. Hampton at tlhampton@fcps.edu with an appropriate email address for an invitation link.

May 25 through May 28, most students will attend classes virtually to provide the ability to administer SOL exams. Students are expected to attend classes every day and every period next week. Our catch up days next week are on Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27. Students are expected to login to their classes on those days for attendance and to receive support from their teachers. One other virtual day for all students will be June 8 for elections that are taking place in our building.

Saturday, we will welcome students for Senior Prom on the LBSS campus. We are excited to celebrate with our students and we are appreciative to our staff, especially our administrators, who have made this special event possible.

As we get closer to the end of this school year, we are here to support your student. Reach out to our staff if you have any questions, comments or concerns. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
FCPS COVID Vaccination Clinics
Year End Events Calendar
Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup
LBSS Pyramid Art Show
LBSS Principal's Cabinet Year in Review
May Student of the Month Winners
Student Congratulations
SEPTA Awards Nominations

Important Testing Information
AP Exam Information
SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-Ups
Exam Prep Strategy
Parent Volunteers Needed

From Our Activities Department
VHSL Physical Form

Important Reminders
4th Quarter Catch Up Days
LB Chorus Online Auction
Library Book Round Up
Monday Check-in Reminder
Early Releases

High School Information
Class of 2023 T-Shirts
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Class of 2021 News
Senior Class / Senior Parent Meeting
Baccalaureate Celebration
Graduation Photographs

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
ESSER III Funding: Community Feedback Wanted
Summer Practice Books
Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources
Important Immunization Requirements
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 FCPS COVID Vaccination Clinics

Information regarding the FCPS COVID vaccination clinics has been sent directly to families from FCPS. Lake Braddock students who have registered to receive their vaccinations are scheduled for Wednesday, June 9 at West Springfield High School. If you have questions regarding the clinics, please visit this FCPS website.

Year End Events Calendar 

The 2020-21 Year End Events Calendar has updated information regarding the last two weeks of school.  This calendar includes Senior event information, final exam schedule and laptop collection. 

All students will be asked to turn in their school issued laptop at the end of this year. This will allow the laptops to receive important updates and maintenance. Seniors will turn them in on June 4th, and 7th through 11th grade students will turn in their laptops on June 10th (virtual students) and 11th (in-person students). 

Students who will be attending academic summer programs for FCPS will have the ability to receive a laptop back before those programs begin. 

Middle and High School Yearbook Pickup

In-person students may pick up their yearbooks at school June 1-4 during lunches and lunch pick-up. Virtual students can pick up their books June 1-4 from 4:00-6:00 at Door 1 and on June 10-11 at their material and laptop drop-off site. Books can be purchased in-person during distribution. All sales end June 11.

LBSS Pyramid Art Show

The Lake Braddock Pyramid Art Show returns this year: Virtually!

This year’s theme was inspired by our very own Alexander Mather who named the NASA Mars Rover Perseverance. There will be a website of Individual student portfolios and class portfolios of artwork from all the schools in the Lake Braddock Pyramid.

Website Launch: May 27 at 5:00 pm

Contact Cynthia Gavin for questions: cfgavin@fcps.edu

LBSS Principal's Cabinet Year in Review

Our LBSS Principal's Cabinet finished their year this week. Please take some time to read about their accomplishments this school year on our website. We are so proud of each of these student-led groups and their work to make our school the very best it can be.

May Student of the Month Winners - Engaged

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.

May Student of the Month Winners – ENGAGED:

  • 7th – Michael Samson
  • 8th – Autumn Dunlop
  • 9th – Amaar Mohammed
  • 10th – Leah Stone
  • 11th – Jay Wald
  • 12th – Zachary Poche

Next month’s theme is representative of all our Bruin Care attributes. June winners will be announced near the end of next month.

Student Congratulations

Congratulations to 11th grader Vaishi Punaji has been selected for a 2021 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Vaishi was one of our school winners submitted to this writing competition, seeking to honor the best writers from around the country. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges then scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice. Vaishi’s poetry submission earned her their highest designation – a Certificate of Superior Writing.

SEPTA Awards Nominations

Congratulations to LBSS Counselor, Margaret Veenstra, and HS Special Ed Teacher, Kayla Ibanez, on their nominations for a 2020-2021 
Fairfax County Special Education PTA Award recognizing outstanding achievement in supporting students with disabilities and learning differences in FCPS. 

Important Testing Information AP Exam Information

If you are taking an AP exam this year (digital or in-person), please find updated information here regarding important policies and procedures during the AP Exam testing window:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/advanced-placement.

Please contact the AP Testing Team with questions:

Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu

Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu

SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-ups

The LBSS SOL testing schedule can be found HERE and a PDF calendar HERE. Students will receive an email to their Google account with their specific testing room assignment approximately one week before testing.

Please remember that all classes will be virtual the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28. Buses will run normally during the virtual school week so that students who require bus transportation for SOL testing Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 will be able to catch their regular bus at the normal time and bus stop. Only students who are taking an SOL test should come to school during the virtual school week. If a student is not testing, they should remain at home to learn virtually. Students will return home after completing testing and should rejoin their classes virtually. If students are waiting for a bus after testing, they will continue with their virtual classes in the Little Theatre until the busses take them home at the end of the school day.

Make-up testing will occur the week of Tuesday, June 1 (all Reading SOLs), Wednesday, June 2 (all Math SOLs) and Thursday, June 3 (all Science SOLs). Make-up testing will take place in the Lecture Hall at 8:15. Please note, if a student does not normally ride a bus on that make-up day, they will have to make alternate transportation arrangements. The testing office will handle attendance for students who show up for make-ups during that week. A student can decide to refuse rather than make-up a test and would follow the same 2 step procedures listed on our refusal website: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/testing-refusal .

Please note, any student who has refused SOL testing after the April 30th deadline may receive a testing location assignment. If families refused after this date or intend to refuse, students can ignore the testing location assignment. After the day’s testing, the Testing Office will work to reconcile the list of students who did not show for testing (make-ups) and those that didn’t show because they refused testing after the deadline. Please be patient as we work through this lengthy process. The LBSS Testing Team is unable to handle individual inquiries for refusal status during testing.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Your help is needed to proctor in-person AP exams. No experience is necessary and you’ll be paired with an experienced staff member for support. Plus, you can get your steps in too! Choose as many time slots as you are able to assist with monitoring during student AP exams. Please note that you may not proctor an exam your student is taking but you don’t have to be the parent of an AP student to volunteer. Parents can sign up using this link to the parent volunteer signup:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944a8ad2ca1fb6-lake3

From Our Activities Department VHSL Physical Form *NEW VERSION* for 2021-2022

Please mark your calendars for our annual physical night, which will be hosted at West Springfield on Monday, July 19.

The VHSL has released their latest version of the VHSL Physical Form, which was revised in January 2021. This new model includes some additional medical history questions, combines previous medical history questions that collectively asked for the same information, provides more detailed descriptions of what the physician should be checking for in the exam portion of the physical, and even includes some changes to the format of each page, drawing attention and focus to required responses and signatures!

Due to the extensive amount of changes to this document, FCPS (Lake Braddock) will ONLY accept this new version of the VHSL physical form for athletic participation in 2021-2022. Any VHSL physical exam submitted for next school year must be dated on or after May 1, 2021 and be completed on the Revised January 2021 version. You can find the new form here  VHSL PHYSICAL FORM 2021.

Important Reminders 4th Quarter Catch Up Days

In an effort to support students in this unprecedented year, Lake Braddock will have school wide Catch Up days on May 26 and 27. Catch Up days are synchronous. No new work will be assigned, however all students are expected to login to their classes at their regular times where teachers will take attendance. Students participating in the SOL on May 26 or 27 will have their attendance adjusted accordingly.

LB Chorus Online Auction

Bidding goes LIVE on Monday, May 17th!

Lake Braddock Chorus is finishing the year strong with a one-week online auction (in conjunction with a Spring virtual concert on May 20th) and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Check out the awesome items listed here! https://www.32auctions.com/LBVMBSpringAuction2021

Once the auction is "live", please share with local friends and family to help support the Lake Braddock Choral Department!

The Great Library Book Round Up of 2021

It's time to return your LBSS library books. 

  • No fines, no fees, no financial obligations 

Last day to check out books was May 10.  The library is no longer circulating books.

Two ways to return books: 

  • Red book return cart inside Door #1 Main Entrance
  • Return bin inside the library 

Check your fcpsschools.net email account for books still checked out. Please enjoy this VIDEO about Library Book Round Up.

Thanks for your help! 
The LBSS Librarians

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

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 Class of 2023 T-Shirts

Class of 2023 shirts are here!! These shirts were designed by our own students: Eleni Orphanos and Siobhan Thiede Our first round of ordering is now available. Shirts are $17 each. There are TWO parts in ordering:

  1. Pay on MySchoolBucks
  2. Fill in this form for quantity and sizing: https://forms.gle/jvYmgryMJXjaaZjr6

Ordering for this year only will end on June 29th, so please make sure to order before then!

High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale through My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Come join the High School Student Services team on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 PM to learn more about how to help your student successfully transition to high school! This session will be virtual so don’t forget to register HERE! The BBCU links will be emailed the morning of June 2nd. CLICK HERE for additional information.

Class of 2021 News Senior Class / Senior Parent Meeting

A virtual Senior Class / Senior Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, May 24 on BBCU. Two identical sessions will be offered for students and parents to attend.  The first session will run from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm and the second session will run from 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm. All invitation links with preassigned sessions were emailed to Seniors and Senior parents on Thursday, May 20. If you have not received a link, please email Ms. Hampton at tlhampton@fcps.edu  with an appropriate email address for an invitation link.

If you are unable to attend the virtual meeting on Monday, May 24, a recording of the meeting will be posted to Lake Braddock Secondary School website on Tuesday, May 25.

Baccalaureate Celebration

On Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, the LBSS PTSA proudly honors the Class of 2021 with a Baccalaureate Celebration called "GRAD-itude."  A link for this YouTube Premiere event will be provided on the Friday before the event on the PTSA Facebook site and in an email from the PTSA sent to PTSA members.  The seniors will receive an email from the school with a link on Friday, May 21.  The PTSA-sponsored Baccalaureate is an opportunity for our seniors and their families to pause and reflect on the blessings and good times at Lake Braddock Secondary School. 

Graduation Photographs

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information FCPS Receives ESSER III Funding; Community Feedback Wanted

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has received American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools. The funds also address the impact of COVID-19 on students by supporting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, among others. 

FCPS is seeking stakeholder input on how our community would like the grant to be used in support of students, staff, and school operations. The community is invited to speak at a Fairfax County School Board Public Hearing about the ESSER III grant on June 7, at 6 p.m. Sign up to speak. Members of the FCPS community can also submit their input using the FCPS Online Feedback Form. Find more information on the ESSR III grant.

Summer Practice Books in June

Check the mailbox for practice books delivered to homes of many FCPS students. The books provide suggested activities to support continued learning over the summer break. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive a digital link. 

Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11. If books do not arrive ahead of the last day of school, families are encouraged to reach out to their school and request print copies. 

Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary summer practice book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts practice book and one Math practice book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. 

Please see the Summer Practice Books public webpage for more information and details about customized books for English learners and Special Education students

Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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
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LBSS Weekly News - May 14, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been an eventful Spirit Week for our staff and students for Stress Less Week!  Thank you to all of our LBSS community who participated and got into the fun of stressing less this week as we lead into our end of year assessments for AP exams and SOLs.  Our students enrolled in Teachers for Tomorrow also had an opportunity this week to shadow a leader at Lake Braddock.  This unique experience allowed students to see what leadership looks like in a school setting.  We enjoyed incorporating students into the various meetings and observations we had this week; they had a lot of great advice and questions to help make our school better!

At Lake Braddock, we are so very fortunate to have exceptional School Resource Officers that work with our students, staff and community. During this week of National School Police Week, we wanted to take a moment to thank our SROs who are an integral part of our Lake Braddock family and they serve as an incredible resource for our daily work. We are thankful for the positive impact that they make on our school each and every day.

Ramadan began on Monday evening, April 12th this year, and continued through the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, ending with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr that began on May 12th. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred and is marked by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset each day.  I want to acknowledge, honor and recognize Ramadan with many of our families who are fasting together. Wishing a fabulous Eid Mubarak to all!

We wanted to remind families that the week of May 24th through May 28th will be a virtual week for all students.  Classes will be taught synchronously and students are expected to follow their schedule, unless they are schedule to come in the building for an SOL assessment. 

As always, we appreciate your partnership to help make this year a success.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselor or Subschool Administrator with questions you may have. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
LB Theatre Performance
LB Chorus Online Auction
The Great Library Book Round Up
LBSS Native Plant Garden Tour
May Observances
Military & Family Life Counselor
New Meal Distribution Bus Routes

Important Testing Information
AP Exam Information
SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-Ups
Exam Prep Strategy
Parent Volunteers Needed

From Our Activities Department
Commitment Ceremony - Class of 2021
VHSL Physical Form

Important Reminders
Year End Events Calendar
4th Quarter Catch Up Days
SAPS Quarterly Newsletter
Monday Check-in Reminder
Early Releases

High School Information
Class of 2023 T-Shirts
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
VIP Summer Camp
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Senior Awards
Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night
Baccalaureate Celebration
Graduation Photographs

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias Resources
Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources
Important Immunization Requirements
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 LB Theatre Performance

Join the LB Theatre in their final performance of the year, Lunch, by Shawn Northrip. This hilarious and heartwarming musical play revolves around lunch period and through the use of rock/grunge music, reminds us just what middle school is all about. . Performances will be held: 5/13 at 7:30 pm; 5/14 at 8:00 pm; and 5/15 at 8:00 pm.. Please visit http://lbtheatre.com/ to purchase your tickets.

LB Chorus Online Auction

Bidding goes LIVE on Monday, May 17th!

Lake Braddock Chorus is finishing the year strong with a one-week online auction (in conjunction with a Spring virtual concert on May 20th) and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Check out the awesome items listed here! https://www.32auctions.com/LBVMBSpringAuction2021

Once the auction is "live", please share with local friends and family to help support the Lake Braddock Choral Department!

The Great Library Book Round Up of 2021

It's time to return your LBSS library books. 

  • No fines, no fees, no financial obligations 

Last day to check out books was May 10.  The library is no longer circulating books.

Two ways to return books: 

  • Red book return cart inside Door #1 Main Entrance
  • Return bin inside the library 

Check your fcpsschools.net email account for books still checked out. Please enjoy this VIDEO about Library Book Round Up.

Thanks for your help! 
The LBSS Librarians

LBSS Native Plant Garden Tour

Please enjoy this video of the LBSS Native Plant Garden - Spring 2021.” https://youtu.be/ClOK1g0tMQc

May Observances

Asian American Heritage Month

Julie Wu founded the Asian Pacific American Club at West Potomac High School and is the president of the Asian Pacific American Club Coalition, which brings together all of the APACs across FCPS to educate other students about Asian American heritage and culture and provide a safe space for Asian Americans to share about their identities. https://bit.ly/3tJxaG1

Jewish American Heritage Month

From Ramadan, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May marks a time of celebration and commemoration for many communities across the country. These 31 days are also designated as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) when we pay tribute to the achievements and contributions made by American Jews throughout our nation’s history. 

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. More information is available online

Additional Resources:

Military & Family Life Counselor

I apologize for the incorrect link last week. The link is correct now.

Welcome Faith James, Lake Braddock's Military and Family Life Counselor. Please see this flyer for information about Faith and her role at Lake Braddock.

New Meal Distribution Bus Routes Begin May 18

On Monday, May 18, many of the bus routes used for meals distribution will change. Please see the bus route schedule to check if yours has been affected.

Don't miss out! Most of the Grab & Go locations have switched to a Fairfax Meal Kits site. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk. The kits will be available for pick up every Monday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Please see the Return to School food webpage for locations.

Important Testing Information AP Exam Information

If you are taking an AP exam this year (digital or in-person), please find updated information here regarding important policies and procedures during the AP Exam testing window:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/advanced-placement.

Please contact the AP Testing Team with questions:

Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu

Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu

SOL Calendar, Refusals and Make-ups

The LBSS SOL testing schedule can be found HERE and a PDF calendar HERE. Students will receive an email to their Google account with their specific testing room assignment approximately one week before testing.

Please remember that all classes will be virtual the week of Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28. Buses will run normally during the virtual school week so that students who require bus transportation for SOL testing Tuesday, May 25 through Friday, May 28 will be able to catch their regular bus at the normal time and bus stop. Only students who are taking an SOL test should come to school during the virtual school week. If a student is not testing, they should remain at home to learn virtually. Students will return home after completing testing and should rejoin their classes virtually. If students are waiting for a bus after testing, they will continue with their virtual classes in the Little Theatre until the busses take them home at the end of the school day.

Make-up testing will occur the week of Tuesday, June 1 (all Reading SOLs), Wednesday, June 2 (all Math SOLs) and Thursday, June 3 (all Science SOLs). Make-up testing will take place in the Lecture Hall at 8:15. Please note, if a student does not normally ride a bus on that make-up day, they will have to make alternate transportation arrangements. The testing office will handle attendance for students who show up for make-ups during that week. A student can decide to refuse rather than make-up a test and would follow the same 2 step procedures listed on our refusal website: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/testing-refusal .

Please note, any student who has refused SOL testing after the April 30th deadline may receive a testing location assignment. If families refused after this date or intend to refuse, students can ignore the testing location assignment. After the day’s testing, the Testing Office will work to reconcile the list of students who did not show for testing (make-ups) and those that didn’t show because they refused testing after the deadline. Please be patient as we work through this lengthy process. The LBSS Testing Team is unable to handle individual inquiries for refusal status during testing.

Exam Prep Strategy

Prepping review sessions for SOL, AP, or final exams?  Feeling like there’s no way one teacher can answer all your students’ questions? Try a collaborative study group (CSG). In CSGs, students prepare points of confusion ahead of time and then work together using critical thinking and Socratic dialogue to study, learn, and answer each other’s questions. Students do the heavy lifting, and teachers chime in when needed! Here’s a how-to guide for Collaborative Study Groups brought to you by AVID.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Your help is needed to proctor in-person AP exams. No experience is necessary and you’ll be paired with an experienced staff member for support. Plus, you can get your steps in too! Choose as many time slots as you are able to assist with monitoring during student AP exams. Please note that you may not proctor an exam your student is taking but you don’t have to be the parent of an AP student to volunteer. Parents can sign up using this link to the parent volunteer signup:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944a8ad2ca1fb6-lake3

From Our Activities Department Commitment Ceremony – Class of 2021

Senior student-athletes: have you committed to compete at the next level? Good news! The Activities Office will be host a ceremony to recognize you on May 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm. Please complete the form below if you have committed to competing in college.

https://forms.gle/v9MKDBAhi5SAdr1z8

VHSL Physical Form *NEW VERSION* for 2021-2022

Please mark your calendars for our annual physical night, which will be hosted at West Springfield on Monday, July 19.

The VHSL has released their latest version of the VHSL Physical Form, which was revised in January 2021. This new model includes some additional medical history questions, combines previous medical history questions that collectively asked for the same information, provides more detailed descriptions of what the physician should be checking for in the exam portion of the physical, and even includes some changes to the format of each page, drawing attention and focus to required responses and signatures!

Due to the extensive amount of changes to this document, FCPS (Lake Braddock) will ONLY accept this new version of the VHSL physical form for athletic participation in 2021-2022. Any VHSL physical exam submitted for next school year must be dated on or after May 1, 2021 and be completed on the Revised January 2021 version. You can find the new form here  VHSL PHYSICAL FORM 2021.

Important Reminders Year End Events Calendar 

The 2020-21 Year End Events Calendar has updated information regarding the last two weeks of school.  This calendar includes Senior event information, final exam schedule and laptop collection. 

All students will be asked to turn in their school issued laptop at then end of this year.  This will allow the laptops to receive important updates and maintenance.  Seniors will turn them in on June 4th, and 7th grade through 11 grade students will turn in their laptops on June 11th. 

Students who will be attending academic summer programs for FCPS will have the ability to receive a laptop back before those programs begin. 

4th Quarter Catch Up Days

In an effort to support students in this unprecedented year, Lake Braddock will have school wide Catch Up days on May 26 and 27. Catch Up days are synchronous. No new work will be assigned, however all students are expected to login to their classes at their regular times where teachers will take attendance. Students participating in the SOL on May 26 or 27 will have their attendance adjusted accordingly.

SAPS Quarterly Newsletter

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) program is pleased to announce a SAPS quarterly newsletter for the FCPS community. Our first newsletter features information about our program, parenting tips, a student submitted article, community events, and a variety of resources.

Our newsletter can be found here: https://www.smore.com/5q4xe

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

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

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 Class of 2023 T-Shirts

Class of 2023 shirts are here!! These shirts were designed by our own students: Eleni Orphanos and Siobhan Thiede Our first round of ordering is now available. Shirts are $17 each. There are TWO parts in ordering:

  1. Pay on MySchoolBucks
  2. Fill in this form for quantity and sizing: https://forms.gle/jvYmgryMJXjaaZjr6

Ordering for this year only will end on June 29th, so please make sure to order before then!

High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are on sale through My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information VIP SUMMER CAMP – REGISTER NOW!

Our annual Values in Prevention (VIP) Camp Program is back in-person for Summer 2021.

Middle School Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale for $35 at MySchoolBucks.

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 Senior Awards

Monday June 7, 2021, 9:00am in the gym

Any student that would like recognized for a scholarship they are using or future military service (including ROTC) must complete the LBSS Scholarship/Military Survey. The form must be filled out by the student on the school network by the close of business on May 20.

Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night

Sign ups for the Starry Night formal event will start Monday, May 10 from 9 - 2 at Door 1. Please make sure you have all necessary items below ready to turn in to be able to sign up for a time slot.

  1. Completed and signed Formal Contract (all attendees must complete this form)
  2. Completed and signed Guest Application (only if guest is a non LBSS student)

Each person attending must come to sign up with their own documents. The only exception is for non LBSS students. Their LBSS date can sign them up as long as they have the necessary completed forms.  

Time Slots available: 8:00-9:00 pm or 9:30-10:30 pm

Other sign up dates: HS Lunches May 11-20 and Monday May 17 9-2 at Door 1

If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Diggs ymdiggs@fcps.edu or Mrs. Ytzen alytzen@fcps.edu.

Baccalaureate Celebration

On Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, the LBSS PTSA proudly honors the Class of 2021 with a Baccalaureate Celebration called "GRAD-itude."  A link for this YouTube Premiere event will be provided on the Friday before the event on the PTSA Facebook site and in an email from the PTSA sent to PTSA members.  The seniors will receive an email from the school with a link on Friday, May 21.  The PTSA-sponsored Baccalaureate is an opportunity for our seniors and their families to pause and reflect on the blessings and good times at Lake Braddock Secondary School. 

Graduation Photographs

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to realizing a vision of educational equity in which every FCPS student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. FCPS is currently revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. Find out more about equity and cultural responsiveness in FCPS here. All families and staff are invited to participate in a survey that will help inform FCPS’ new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. The survey closes on May 16. Take the survey

Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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 - May 7, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been a wonderful week celebrating our staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to our PTSA, Student Government Association and Student Council Association for sponsoring gifts that helped us show our gratitude. There's still time to send a note to your child's teachers. 

There are updates in this week's newsletter that provide important information regarding the end of the year. There is SOL and AP testing information below, along with the Final Exam Schedule.  

FCPS has several surveys that they will be sending out to families, and we want you to be aware of these. We encourage you to complete them and share honest feedback. Below are the surveys and dates you can expect to receive them:

  • May 5-14: Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Policy Survey
  • May 17-21: Distance Learning Check-In (Random Sampling)
  • May 28-June 11: Distance Learning Spring Comprehensive Surveys

As we come to the end of our school year, there are many activities and information coming your way.  Our staff are here to support you; please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselor or Subschool Principal.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Year End Events Calendar
DECA Award Winners
FBLA Student Award Winners
May Observances
Parent Volunteers Needed
Exam Prep Strategy
Important FCPS Communications
Stress Less Week
Library Book Round Up
SAPS Quarterly Newsletter
4th Quarter Catch Up Days
Philanthropy Club Events
Military & Family Life Counselor

Important Testing Information
SOL and AP Testing Calendar for May
SOL and AP In-Person Test Dates

From Our Activities Department
Commitment Ceremony - Class of 2021
VHSL Physical Form

Important Reminders
Monday Check-in Reminder
Early Releases

High School Information
High School Yearbook

Middle School Information
VIP Summer Camp
Middle School Yearbook
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Class of 2021 Formal Event: Starry Night
Baccalaureate Celebration
Graduation Photographs

Parent Academy
See Website for Information

FCPS Information
Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources
Important Immunization Requirements
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 Year End Events Calendar 

The 2020-21 Year End Events Calendar has updated information regarding the last two weeks of school.  This calendar includes Senior event information, final exam schedule and laptop collection. 

All students will be asked to turn in their school issued laptop at then end of this year.  This will allow the laptops to receive important updates and maintenance.  Seniors will turn them in on June 4th, and 7th grade through 11 grade students will turn in their laptops on June 11th. 

Students who will be attending academic summer programs for FCPS will have the ability to receive a laptop back before those programs begin. 

DECA Award Winners

Lake Braddock DECA members earned the organization’s highest honors at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held virtually during the month of April this year.

DECA members receiving recognition at the international level include:

Rachel Pritz, Top 10 Test, Personal Finance Literacy

Team of Gabrielle Edelin & Marisa Lewis, 5th Place Overall

Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Nearly 13,000 DECA members competed during the virtual conference, representing the best-of-the-best from association conferences that qualified them to attend this elite group of competitors. The DECA members above are part of 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for their excellence on an exam or presentation or as an overall finalist.

DECA members presented case study solutions and presentations through recorded videos, with the top 20 competitors – including our team of Edelin & Lewis - earning the opportunity to deliver a final presentation in a virtual meeting with a business professional live over Zoom®.

Congratulations!

FBLA Student Award Winners

Lake Braddock FBLA students participated in the Northern Virginia Regional FBLA Conference on March 8. Congratulations to these students that placed in the FBLA Regional Competitions:

1st place: Anwesha Chowdhury: Computer Game & Simulation Programming, Michelle Wang: Graphic Design, Dongjoo (Paul) Kim: Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Jessica Hosken: Organizational Leadership, Kyubin Oh and Jenna Chanchu: Publication Design, Eileen Tran and Brianna Troulin: Social Media Strategies

2nd place: Brooke Goodwin: Introduction to Business, Dongjoo (Paul) Kim, Matthew Park & Ariana Marticio, Introduction to Business Presentation, Trisha Manohar: Political Science, Michelle Tran: Website Design

3rd place: Frontis Wiggins: Economics, Trisha Manohar and Maryam Rehmatulla: Public Service Announcement

Lake Braddock FBLA students also participated in the Virginia State Leadership Conference which took place April 12-23. Congratulations to these students that placed and will go on to the National level:

1st place: Anwesha Chowdhury: Computer Game & Simulation Programming, Michelle Wang: Graphic Design

2nd place: Jessica Hosken: Organizational Leadership, MaKenna Super: Business Plan, Trisha Manohar and Maryam Rehmatulla: Public Service Announcement, Dongjoo (Paul) Kim: Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures

3rd place: Dongjoo (Paul) Kim, Matthew Park & Ariana Marticio:  Introduction to Business Presentation

4th place: Lindy Maher: Business Communications

Also special congratulations to our chapter president, Jenna Mae Chanchu who has been elected as a state officer for the 2021-22 school year!

May Observances

Asian American Heritage Month

What is Asian American Heritage Month?

How to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Home:

Jewish American Heritage Month

From Ramadan, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May marks a time of celebration and commemoration for many communities across the country. These 31 days are also designated as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) when we pay tribute to the achievements and contributions made by American Jews throughout our nation’s history. 

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. More information is available online

Additional Resources:

Parent Volunteers Needed

Your help is needed to proctor in-person AP exams. No experience is necessary and you’ll be paired with an experienced staff member for support. Plus, you can get your steps in too! Choose as many time slots as you are able to assist with monitoring during student AP exams. Please note that you may not proctor an exam your student is taking but you don’t have to be the parent of an AP student to volunteer. Parents can sign up using this link to the parent volunteer signup:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944a8ad2ca1fb6-lake3

Exam Prep Strategy

Prepping review sessions for SOL, AP, or final exams?  Feeling like there’s no way one teacher can answer all your students’ questions? Try a collaborative study group (CSG). In CSGs, students prepare points of confusion ahead of time and then work together using critical thinking and Socratic dialogue to study, learn, and answer each other’s questions. Students do the heavy lifting, and teachers chime in when needed! Here’s a how-to guide for Collaborative Study Groups brought to you by AVID.

Important FCPS Communications

Earlier this week, two important communications were sent to families by Superintendent Brabrand. The first was regarding a Virtual Program for the 2021-22 School Year and was sent to virtual families only. The letter included a link to the Intent to Apply form, which will close on May 9. Families who are seeking to keep their child(ren) virtual this fall will need to complete this form by Sunday.

The second communication explained the most recent grading updates. One of the key changes for middle and high school students is to allow students to request a mark of “P” (pass) instead of a letter grade in select courses. Lake Braddock emailed a follow-up communication with deadlines of May 17 (for seniors) and June 1 (for underclassmen and middle school students). If you have any questions about the grading updates, please contact your child's counselor.

Stress Less Week May 10-14

Join Lake Braddock's SGA and SCA in celebrating STRESS LESS WEEK during May 10-14 with Spirit Days and an outdoor Movie Night! See these flyers (activities, spirit week and movie) for more information.

The Great Library Book Round Up of 2021

It's time to return your LBSS library books. 

  • No fines, no fees, no financial obligations 

 Two ways to return books: 

  • Red book return cart inside Door #1 Main Entrance
  • Return bin inside the library 

Check your fcpsschools.net email account for books still checked out. 

  • Last day to check out books is May 10. 
  • Curbside pick-up ended April 26.

Please enjoy this VIDEO about Library Book Round Up.

Thanks for your help! 

The LBSS Librarians

SAPS Quarterly Newsletter

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) program is pleased to announce a SAPS quarterly newsletter for the FCPS community. Our first newsletter features information about our program, parenting tips, a student submitted article, community events, and a variety of resources.

Our newsletter can be found here: https://www.smore.com/5q4xe

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

4th Quarter Catch Up Days

In an effort to support students in this unprecedented year, Lake Braddock will have school wide Catch Up days on May 26 and 27. Catch Up days are synchronous. No new work will be assigned, however all students are expected to login to their classes at their regular times where teachers will take attendance. Students participating in the SOL on May 26 or 27 will have their attendance adjusted accordingly.

Philanthropy Club Events

The month of April included two important global events that the Philanthropy Club enthusiastically recognized. April 22nd was Earth Day and April 23rd was Youth Service Day. In support of these two important occasions, on May 2nd, the Philanthropy Club members picked up litter in their own neighborhoods, parks, and other community public places, including Lake Braddock.  Philanthropy Club members challenge everyone in our Lake Braddock community to give their time, talents, or treasures everyday to protect the environment!

Military & Family Life Counselor

Welcome Faith James, Lake Braddock's Military and Family Life Counselor. Please see this flyer for information about Faith and her role at Lake Braddock.

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:

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.

From Our Activities Department Commitment Ceremony – Class of 2021

Senior student-athletes: have you committed to compete at the next level? Good news! The Activities Office will be host a ceremony to recognize you on May 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm. Please complete the form below if you have committed to competing in college.

https://forms.gle/v9MKDBAhi5SAdr1z8

VHSL Physical Form *NEW VERSION* for 2021-2022

Please mark your calendars for our annual physical night, which will be hosted at West Springfield on Monday, July 19.

The VHSL has released their latest version of the VHSL Physical Form, which was revised in January 2021. This new model includes some additional medical history questions, combines previous medical history questions that collectively asked for the same information, provides more detailed descriptions of what the physician should be checking for in the exam portion of the physical, and even includes some changes to the format of each page, drawing attention and focus to required responses and signatures!

Due to the extensive amount of changes to this document, FCPS (Lake Braddock) will ONLY accept this new version of the VHSL physical form for athletic participation in 2021-2022. Any VHSL physical exam submitted for next school year must be dated on or after May 1, 2021 and be completed on the Revised January 2021 version. You can find the new form here  VHSL PHYSICAL FORM 2021.

Important Reminders 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

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 through My School Bucks for $70.

Middle School Information VIP SUMMER CAMP – REGISTER NOW!

Our annual Values in Prevention (VIP) Camp Program is back in-person for Summer 2021.

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

Sign ups for the Starry Night formal event will start Monday, May 10 from 9 - 2 at Door 1. Please make sure you have all necessary items below ready to turn in to be able to sign up for a time slot.

  1. Completed and signed Formal Contract (all attendees must complete this form)
  2. Completed and signed Guest Application (only if guest is a non LBSS student)

Each person attending must come to sign up with their own documents. The only exception is for non LBSS students. Their LBSS date can sign them up as long as they have the necessary completed forms.  

Time Slots available: 8:00-9:00 pm or 9:30-10:30 pm

Other sign up dates: HS Lunches May 11-20 and Monday May 17 9-2 at Door 1

If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Diggs ymdiggs@fcps.edu or Mrs. Ytzen alytzen@fcps.edu.

Baccalaureate Celebration

On Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, the LBSS PTSA proudly honors the Class of 2021 with a Baccalaureate Celebration called "GRAD-itude."  A link for this YouTube Premiere event will be provided on the Friday before the event on the PTSA Facebook site and in an email from the PTSA sent to PTSA members.  The seniors will receive an email from the school with a link on Friday, May 21.  The PTSA-sponsored Baccalaureate is an opportunity for our seniors and their families to pause and reflect on the blessings and good times at Lake Braddock Secondary School. 

Graduation Photographs

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

FCPS Information Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual Resources Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on new immunization requirements is available online

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
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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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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
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LBSS Weekly News - April 16, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

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
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LBSS Weekly News - April 9, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

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
Attendance | Web | Twitter

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