LBSS Weekly News - October 15, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

October marks the 20th anniversary of National Disabilities Awareness Employment Month and LGBTQ History Month.  We wanted to honor the individuals who are a part of these communities and celebrate how they bring added richness to our Lake Braddock Community.  FCPS has provided some resources on the LGBTQIA+ community that can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/lgbtqia.  The US Department of Labor has resources regarding National Disabilities Employment Month on their website: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam.  

Next week there are several Performing Arts events occurring and it is wonderful to have our students bringing these wonderful performances to our community.  Detailed information is included below and we hope that you are able to join us to appreciate and enjoy the hard work and talent of our students. 

The end of October is quickly approaching, which means that Homecoming Activities are around the corner.  There's more detailed information about the various way your family can join us in these festivities throughout the entire week.  

Additionally, the end of October is the end of the 1st Quarter and there is a 2-hour early release on Friday, October 29th. Lake Braddock uses a Rolling Gradebook, which means that the 1st Quarter grade will be snapshot in time of your students overall grade for the year.  I encourage families to check ParentVue to understand where student currently stand in each of their classes and reach out to teachers directly with any questions you may have. 

Counselors and Subschool Principals are available to answer additional questions you may have about the Rolling Gradebook or anything related to Lake Braddock.  We appreciate the partnership with you as we work to end the 1st Quarter on a successful note for all of our students. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

 

This past week, Seniors with Parking Passes were able to paint their own spot.  If you have a chance, stop by and look at all the beautiful work they created!

In this Issue

NEW Information
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Middle School SOS Wellness Screener
School Photos Distribution
Interested in Joining the National Honor Society?
Fall MS Chorus Concert October 21
Dessert on Broadway October 22
LBSS Teachers Selected to Perform with Fairfax Wind Symphony
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
LBSS Golf Team State Runner-Up!
DEA National Drug Take Back Day

High School Information
Homecoming Announcements
Inova Blood Drive
News from HS Student Services
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones
Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock
Senior Panoramic Picture October 22
Second Date to Paint a Parking Spot
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
News from MS Student Services
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Important Reminders
Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions
LBSS Peer Tutoring
Digital Consent for Students
SR&R Reminder

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
Fall SAT Prep Sessions

FCPS Information
New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness
Quarantine Data Added to COVID-19 Metrics
FCPS is Hiring Substitutes
Community Vaccination Clinic Now Open
Social and Emotional Learning Supports Students
Community Participation at School Board Meetings

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month highlights the ways an inclusive staff is an amazing staff, thank you Lake Braddock employees!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Impact Aid forms will be distributed Monday, October 18th, in Advisory classes.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's 4th period (Advisory) teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders

In mid-November, Lake Braddock will be administering the Fairfax Youth Survey to all 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported.

More information about the survey can be found here.  

If you do NOT want your child to participate in the survey, please print and complete the Opt Out Form. Please have your child return the form to their Sub-School.

Translated versions of the opt out form can be found here.  ​​​​​​​

The results of this survey are published each year here and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.

Middle School SOS Wellness Screener

All 7th grade students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide Wellness Screener next week through their Advisory classes on Monday or Wednesday. This lesson will be presented in conjunction with the middle and high school counselors and clinical team members. Students will learn to Acknowledge, Care & Tell (ACT) if they recognize a friend in need and will then take a brief self-assessment. Following the lesson, individual student follow-up will be taking place by the counseling and clinical staff as needed. Parents will be contacted regarding any individual student follow-up that was needed. Please contact Kristin Girardin, MS Director of Student Services, with any questions you may have at kegirardin@fcps.edu.

School Photos Distribution

School photos will be distributed during the week of October 18. Retakes and make-up photos will be on October 28, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Harris.

Interested in Joining the National Honor Society?

The online New Member Application form will open on Friday October 15 at 5:00PM and the link can be found on the LBSS website. To apply students must have a 3.5 GPA and be a sophomore, junior, or senior (Freshmen are not eligible to become members). No invitation is needed to apply.

The Application link will close on Sunday, November 21 at 5:00PM.

The National Honor Society promotes academic scholarship, community involvement, leadership opportunities, character, and active participation in school and extracurricular activities.

If you have any questions, please email the Faculty Advisor, Mr. R.L. Andrews or come by C-234.

We hope you can spare an hour to hear the first live choral singing in the Little Theater in over a year and a half! The middle school choruses are excited to share with you some of their favorite traditional choral pieces. The LB Elementary Area Chorus and two high school ensembles will be featured in this concert as well. The concert is free and open to the public- no ticket required. We hope to see you there!

Dessert on Broadway October 22

The Lake Braddock Chorus is holding its annual Dessert on Broadway concert on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School. This wonderful outdoor concert under the stars is great for the whole family and will feature beautiful singing and sweet treats. Tickets are $12 per person and go toward keeping the choral arts thriving at Lake Braddock. Buy tickets online at lbchorus.org/dob.

LBSS Teachers to Perform with Fairfax Wind Symphony

Lake Braddock is excited to share that Mr. Gilbert, Ms. Pezold, and Mr. Isaac are all part of an adult community band called the Fairfax Wind Symphony.  They have been selected to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference (VMEA) and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic this year!  They will be performing a "Preview" concert next Thursday, October 21st at Woodson HS at 7:30PM.  We hope you can join them as they showcase their hard work!  

White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

The Lake Braddock Band Boosters are selling the 2021 White House Ornaments for $22.  If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Mike Luley or Marie Sullivan.

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

Want the latest information on anything Lake Braddock athletic events or announcements?  Check out our Lake Braddock Athletic Information webpage!  Here you can find ticket information, team schedules, scores, forms needed and more!  The most up-to-date Athletics and Activities News You Choose for Lake Braddock can be found in the top banner as well.

LBSS Golf Team State Runner Ups!

Congrats to our Golf Team, who earned the title of State Runner Up this past week!  We are so proud of you!

DEA National Drug Take Back Day

Do you have unused or expired medications that you don’t know what to do with? Come see Jessica Giffin, Lake Braddock's Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, next Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 10am-2pm at the West Springfield District Police Station (Rolling Road) to safely drop off any unused and expired medications. Let’s help keep our community safe! Contact Ms. Giffin at jlgiffin@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

High School Information Homecoming Ticket Information

Presale Tickets for Homecoming will go on sale for $15 in MSB starting October 18th.  Students will then need to show their MSB receipt in order to pick up their actual physical ticket for the dance.  These tickets can be picked up during HS lunches the week of Homecoming. 

Students can also purchase tickets during those week of Homecoming HS Lunches for $20.

Inova Blood Drive

SGA’s annual blood drive is returning during the week of Homecoming! Students 16+ can sign up to donate and MUST bring a signed parent permission form to donate on Tuesday, October 26th in the Gym.  Permission forms can be found at all subschools, main office, H210, H212! 

News from HS Student Services

The high school student services fall newsletter is now available!  Please make sure to review these items for information on upcoming programs and supports for students and parents!

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

High School yearbooks are now on sale for $65.  Price with nameplate is $70.  Please scan the QR code above or head here to order!  Our school code is 5061.  Senior parents, you can place a senior ad starting at $50!

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

Graduation for our Class of 2022 will take place on Monday, June 6th at 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena!  Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the Senior Class.

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

Please see the information from Herff Jones in the flyer below and on our website. Note that appointments are available next week for in-person ordering at LBSS.

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

Victor O'Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on November 4, 5, and 8 for the last opportunity for senior portraits at the school.  Please sign up for your session time here.

If you wish to use the photographer provided tuxedos, drapes
or cap and gown, please note this will be shared clothing and students must bring this signed waiver with them to the shoot.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com

Senior Panoramic Picture October 22

The Senior panoramic picture will take place Friday, October 22.

Second Date to Paint Parking Spot

Seniors with parking passes, did you miss the date to paint a parking spot?  It's not too late!  A second date to paint has been added November 1, 9am.  The cost is $25, payable in MSB (Senior Parking Spot Painting fee).  You will be able to choose any unreserved and unpainted spot in the student lot.  You must provide your own supplies to paint!

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Have your senior join the class of 2022 Schoology group for all of the most up to date information! The group code is: WWFX-8766-FHNJ6

Middle School Information News from MS Student Services

The middle student services fall newsletter is now available!  Please make sure to review these items for information on upcoming programs and supports for students and parents!

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Parents of Middle School Students! The yearbook is currently ON DISCOUNT! Don’t hesitate! Last year, dozens of disappointed students were unable to get a copy of the book, because they waited until books sold out. WE DO NOT ORDER ENOUGH BOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS TO GET ONE, SO GET YOURS TODAY!

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Parents! Did you get a great photo of your middle school student this summer? Are they involved in an extracurricular activity? Does your student deserve to be highlighted in this year’s middle school yearbook?

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS! Please send any and all pictures in to the Yearbook Staff through eShare!

Go to HJESHARE.COM or download the free ESHARE APP at either the App Store or Google Play. Then, use school code 13596 to send us your photo!

Important Reminders Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

 

Lake Braddock Secondary School will be offering sessions to help with your Schoology Parent Account. (Sesiones de Schoology para padres:)

 

  • In-Person Session on Tuesday, November 2 11:00 AM - 1:00PM in the Lecture Hall. (No registration required.)
  • En persona: Martes Nov. 2 de 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Colegio Lake Braddock Lecture Hall Entrada No.1.
  • Virtual Session (English) on Monday, November 1 7:30 - 8:30 PM. To register for the Zoom link, please complete this form.
  • Zoom (Español) on Lunes November 8 de 7:30 - 8:30PM. Regístrese para la sesión ZOOM: form.

If you would you like more information about setting up and navigating your Schoology parent account please check out the FCPS Parents and Guardians Schoology page which includes guides and tips for the following topics:

  • Logging into your Parent Account
  • Switching between your Parent Account and your Student’s Account
  • View Student Activity
  • View Student Courses
  • View Recent Grades, Overdue, and Upcoming Assignments
LBSS Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Center is open! Peer Tutoring offers help for classes and organizational skills. We’re open during WIN time and high school lunches. To get more info on Peer Tutoring or to sign up for a tutoring session click the link or scan the QR code.

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA PTA Reflection Contest

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Student submissions wanted for the annual PTA Reflections contest. This year's theme is: I Will Change the World By... Students should submit their completed works of art digitally in one (or more) arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, and Literature. Students participate in the appropriate division: Middle School (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12), and Special Artist (students in any grade who identify as having a disability). 

The deadline for entries is October 18th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Key, Reflections@lbssptsa.org

FCPS Information New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness

With the cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home if they have COVID-like symptoms. We want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well, so we’ve created new options to help families complete the return to school process. Learn more online.

Quarantine Data Added to COVID-19 Metrics

To provide additional transparency about the impact of COVID-19 on students and staff, quarantine data has been added to the division’s COVID-19 Health Metrics Dashboard. Daily quarantined cases are reported for students and staff for the entire division and by each school or building site.

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Subs save the day- apply here today!

Community Vaccination Clinic Now Open

Vaccination is our best strategy for keeping schools safe and ending the pandemic. Are you not yet vaccinated? Are you eligible for a booster shot? If so, a new, convenient opportunity is now open.  The Fairfax Community Vaccination Center (Fairfax CVC) is located at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center and is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The center offers:

  • First and second doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals eligible for the vaccine booster.
  • An additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals who are immunocompromised.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Individuals seeking a booster of the Pfizer vaccine or an additional dose of either vaccine are asked to bring their vaccination card showing the dates of previous doses. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

Social and Emotional Learning Supports Students

Research tells us that students with strong Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are more successful in school, work, and relationships. To help students return strong this fall, FCPS will be ensuring all students get the social and emotional learning supports they need.

To help families understand what SEL is and is not, we’re beginning a series of snippets to explain SEL, how it works in the classroom, and the impact it has on student success.

Today, we’re sharing a brief overview of SEL. SEL helps children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy, establish positive relationships and make responsible decisions by developing:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-management.
  • Social awareness.
  • Relationship skills.
  • Responsible decision-making.

Research shows that SEL provides numerous benefits to students including:

  • An increase in academic achievement by an average of 11 percentile points.
  • An increase in prosocial behaviors including kindness, sharing, and empathy.
  • An improvement of attitudes toward self, others, and school.
  • A reduction in mental health problems including depression and high levels of stress.
  • A decrease in dropout rates, behavior issues, drug use, and teen pregnancy.

Research also shows that for every dollar invested in SEL programming, there is a savings of $11 dollars that would have been spent on costly interventions. 

Learn more in our Healthy Minds Blog.

Community Participation at School Board Meetings

Participants at Fairfax County School Board meetings are asked to model appropriate behavior by observing proper decorum in their statements, avoiding profanity, inappropriate gestures, and shouting. School Board meetings are working meetings, and those who come only to disrupt their proceedings are asked not to attend. More information is available in the FCPS Strategic Governance manual.  

In addition, our School Board meetings take place in an FCPS building where mask requirements apply. Please remember that, per the Governor’s order, masks must be worn inside all school buildings, including during this public meeting. Speakers may remove their mask to address the board and are asked to put it back on before returning to their seat. Often, we invite young children to attend the meeting to perform, receive recognition, or participate and many are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Wearing a mask helps protect them, and other members of the audience who are not protected by vaccination. 

Fairfax County and city residents, FCPS staff, FCPS students, FCPS guardians who are non-Fairfax County residents, and FCPS business partners who want to address the Board may register to speak by submitting a request online at 6 a.m. starting on the fourth business day before the next regular business meeting.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
  • Prior to 8:00 a.m., the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact. At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 
  • Notes are strongly preferred for early check-out, but if a parent is unable to send a note with the student, the parent should call the subschool office as early as possible. All calls will be confirmed by callback to a phone number on the emergency care card. Regrettably, if the parent did not send a note with the student, the parent will be required to park, come into the school to furnish a note, and pick up the student. Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.
  • In either case, students must check out at the subschool office when leaving school and check in with the security desk upon return. Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked unexcused and may face disciplinary action (if returning to school, students are also subject to search). Students must contact all teachers of any class to be missed.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Cares

We invite you to share and submit your story about a Lake Braddock staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child this year. Share the positivity, dedication and commitment that occurs here each and every day. Click this link.

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 8, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

There are several celebrations recently we wanted to honor and bring to your attention. October 6 was National Coaches Day, and we wanted to extend a warm thank you to our coaches for the endless hours of dedication and positive impact they have on our students and community. Additionally, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Hispanic culture. We celebrate at this time of year because the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all received their independence on September 15. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18. 

One additional highlight we are excited about is one of our own Lake Braddock SS graduates who is now one of our teachers, Saja Abduljabbar.  She was recently featured by FCPS in their #Back2Fairfax series which tells the story of former students who come back to FCPS as teachers. It has been wonderful to welcome Ms. Abduljabbar back to our community as a teacher, and we invite you to watch the video featuring her here: https://youtu.be/jGwCAazh6K8.

Next week is an adjusted schedule for several reasons.  On Monday, students have a holiday to honor Indigenous People’s Day.  Additionally, Wednesday will be a shortened day with various adjustments that allow for us to administer the PSAT to 10 and 11 graders and the SAT for those students in grade 12 that have previously registered.  All students in grades 7, 8 and 9 will be at home and will be sent asynchronous activities through Schoology. 

We encourage you to follow our social media channels to stay informed of what is going on at Lake Braddock.  We have included highlights, celebrations, and schedule adjustments as another way to keep parents informed.  Please follow us on Twitter @FCPSLBSS and Facebook @lbssfcps. If you have additional questions, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s Subschool or counselor.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

The Class of 2022 continued the tradition of paining the bleachers at Lake Braddock's Richard M. Lewis Stadium.

In this Issue

NEW Information
October 11th is Indigenous Peoples' Day-No School for Students
News from MS and HS Student Services
Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions
PSAT Reminder for 10th and 11th Graders/Asynchronous Day for 7th, 8th, and
    9th Grade Students
October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
Inova Blood Drive
Congrats to the LB Golf Team!

High School Information
Homecoming Announcements
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Vaccine Requirement for Student Athletes
Winter Sports Tryout Information
Winter TC Calendar
Green Day Activities
Electronic VHSL Submission

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones
Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock
Senior Panoramic Picture October 22
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Parking Spot Painting
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Important Reminders
Important Calendar Reminders
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!
LBSS Peer Tutoring
World Language Credit Exam Information
Digital Consent for Students
SR&R Reminder

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
Celebrate Spooky Season!
Kings Park Subway Spirit Night EVERY Tuesday
Fall SAT Prep Sessions

FCPS Information
New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness
Fight Hunger in Our Neighborhoods by Helping Stuff the Bus on October 9
FCPS Receives School Divisions of Innovation Award
P-EBT Update for the 2021-22 School Year
Vax Up FCPS!
Student Mental Health and Resiliency
Work for FCPS: Job Openings in Fairfax County Public Schools
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information   October 11th is Indigenous Peoples' Day-No School for Students

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 11, for the Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. October 11 is a professional development day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

News from MS and HS Student Services

The middle and high school student services fall newsletters are now available!  Please make sure to review these items for information on upcoming programs and supports for students and parents!

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

 

Lake Braddock Secondary School will be offering sessions to help with your Schoology Parent Account. (Sesiones de Schoology para padres:)

 

  • In-Person Session on Tuesday, November 2 11:00 AM - 1:00PM in the Lecture Hall. (No registration required.)
  • En persona: Martes Nov. 2 de 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Colegio Lake Braddock Lecture Hall Entrada No.1.
  • Virtual Session (English) on Monday, November 1 7:30 - 8:30 PM. To register for the Zoom link, please complete this form.
  • Zoom (Español) on Lunes November 8 de 7:30 - 8:30PM. Regístrese para la sesión ZOOM: form.

If you would you like more information about setting up and navigating your Schoology parent account please check out the FCPS Parents and Guardians Schoology page which includes guides and tips for the following topics:

  • Logging into your Parent Account
  • Switching between your Parent Account and your Student’s Account
  • View Student Activity
  • View Student Courses
  • View Recent Grades, Overdue, and Upcoming Assignments
PSAT Reminder for 10th and 11th Graders/Asynchronous Day for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students

On Wednesday, October 13, all 10th and 11th graders will report to school at normal time for the PSAT/NMSQT test. Students received an email to their school Google account this week from Jennifer Bury, LBSS Assessment Coach, with their specific room assignments and general testing information.

If students need to borrow a graphing calculator, they should complete this calculator request form and turn it into their math teacher prior to Friday, October 8. College Board does not permit the school or proctors to lend calculators on test day. It is important that students arrive to school on time (8:00 a.m.) as College Board does not permit students into testing if they arrive after the start of the first section. Students must complete the full test in order to receive a score. Students with standard timing tests will be dismissed from testing at 12:30 for grab-and-go lunch and busses will depart at 12:45. Parents of students with College Board approved extended time accommodations received additional information about late testing transportation on Monday, 9/27 from Jennifer Bury.

All 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students will remain at home for asynchronous learning on Wednesday, October 13.  Seniors who did not sign up for the SAT School day will have an unscheduled day and should remain home as well.

October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week

Did you know the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day in cafeterias, classrooms and, when necessary, even at home? Join us in celebrating #NSLW21 October 11–15 to highlight the importance of school lunch and the critical role school nutrition professionals play in helping children succeed in and out of the classroom. #NSLW21 #SchoolLunch #WILDSchoolLunch https://bit.ly/NSLW-21

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's 4th period (Advisory) teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

  Inova Blood Drive

SGA’s annual blood drive is returning during the week of Homecoming! Students 16+ can sign up to donate and MUST bring a signed parent permission form to donate on Tuesday, October 26th in the Gym.  Permission forms can be found at all subschools, main office, H210, H212! 

Congrats to the Lake Braddock Golf Team!

Our Lake Braddock Golf Team is the Occoquan Region Runner-Up and State Bound! Good luck on the competition Bruins!

High School Information   Homecoming Ticket Information

Presale Tickets for Homecoming will go on sale for $15 in MSB starting October 18th.  Students will then need to show their MSB receipt in order to pick up their actual physical ticket for the dance.  These tickets can be picked up during HS lunches the week of Homecoming. 

Students can also purchase tickets during those week of Homecoming HS Lunches for $20.

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

High School yearbooks are now on sale for $65.  Price with nameplate is $70.  Please scan the QR code above or head here to order!  Our school code is 5061.  Senior parents, you can place a senior ad starting at $50!

  Vaccination Requirement for Student Athletes

Medical Exemptions

Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be exempt from the requirement, but they will need to provide information to their schools. Starting October 4, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information directly to their Student Activities Office.  They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The deadline for submitting medical exemptions for the Winter Season is Monday, November 1. This will allow enough time for those students with a religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test the week prior to tryouts. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly.

Religious Exemptions

Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be exempt from the requirement, but they will need to provide information to their schools. Starting October 4, student-athletes can submit the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form to their schools.  The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to the Student Activities Office. The deadline for submitting religious exemptions for the Winter Season is Monday, November 1. This will allow enough time for those students with a religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test the week prior to tryouts. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly.

Age Exemption

FCPS will not mandate the vaccine for student-athletes who are 12-15 years of age. However, vaccination is strongly recommended and FCPS will collect the vaccination information for those 12-15 years of age who wish to provide it. In addition, unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age who do not provide a weekly negative Covid-19 test will not be able to participate in team activities.

For more information, please review the FCPS Athletics Vaccination Requirement – FAQs page

  Green Day Activities

Green Days are opportunities for out of season coaches to work with potential student athletes on skill building and conditioning. They are NOT mandatory to try out for a team. There are VHSL rules about when they can hold green days like how many a coach can run, how close to actual try-outs, etc. Students who want to attend must submit the 4-page VHSL athletics participation packet of forms. If you want to know more about Green Day opportunities, please contact the coach directly - Coaches Contact Information.

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

We are excited to announce that Graduation for our Class of 2022 will take place on Monday, June 6th at 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena!  Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the Senior Class.

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

Please see the information from Herff Jones in the flyer below and on our website. Note that appointments are available next week for in-person ordering at LBSS.

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

Victor O'Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on November 4, 5, and 8 for the last opportunity for senior portraits at the school.  Please sign up for your session time here.

If you wish to use the photographer provided tuxedos, drapes
or cap and gown, please note this will be shared clothing and students must bring this signed waiver with them to the shoot.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com

Senior Panoramic Picture October 22

The Senior panoramic picture will take place Friday, October 22.

Senior Ads for Yearbook Parking Spot Painting

Parking spot painting will be on Oct 11 at 10am. Seniors who already have a valid parking pass to park on campus can pay an additional $25 to paint a parking spot. This will assign/claim their parking spot for the rest of the year. To sign up please have your student visit this link. Payment can be made through MySchoolBucks. Please pay by 3pm on October 8. Students must supply their own paint/painting supplies and be prepared to paint the spot back to black at the end of the year. Parking spot claiming is first come, first serve on Monday Oct 11. Students can arrive early to claim their spot but must wait until 10am to paint.

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Have your senior join the class of 2022 Schoology group for all of the most up to date information! The group code is: WWFX-8766-FHNJ6

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Parents of Middle School Students! The yearbook is currently ON DISCOUNT! Don’t hesitate! Last year, dozens of disappointed students were unable to get a copy of the book, because they waited until books sold out. WE DO NOT ORDER ENOUGH BOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS TO GET ONE, SO GET YOURS TODAY!

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Parents! Did you get a great photo of your middle school student this summer? Are they involved in an extracurricular activity? Does your student deserve to be highlighted in this year’s middle school yearbook?

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS! Please send any and all pictures in to the Yearbook Staff through eShare!

Go to HJESHARE.COM or download the free ESHARE APP at either the App Store or Google Play. Then, use school code 13596 to send us your photo!

Important Reminders Important Calendar Reminders

Monday, October 11 is a teacher workday.  Students will not report to school this day.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows. 

  • All high schools and secondary schools have a 2-hour early release.
  • High School Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 
  • Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.
  • Grade 7, 8, and 9 students have a virtual asynchronous learning day.
  • Grade 12 students who are not taking the SAT will have an unscheduled day.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Due to network issues, we have adjusted the testing date for the SEL Screener. 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will still take the screener on the original date, October 14th. 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will take the screener on October 18th.

Opt-out forms are still due by October 11th. You may print the opt out form and your student can turn it in to their Advisory teacher.

Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!

Thanks for a great picture day! We are reaching out to inform you that student images for our underclassmen are now online. 

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit the Victor O'Neill Studios page here to view and order your photos.  

Use your student's ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email Victor O'Neill Studios

LBSS Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Center is open! Peer Tutoring offers help for classes and organizational skills. We’re open during WIN time and high school lunches. To get more info on Peer Tutoring or to sign up for a tutoring session click the link or scan the QR code.

World Language Credit Exam Information

Registration is now open for the World Language Credit Exam!  The World Language Credit Exam assesses language proficiency. Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. Credits are typically added to the student transcript in January. Exam credits may also fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. A student may participate in the exam two times per language between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA   PTA Reflection Contest

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Student submissions wanted for the annual PTA Reflections contest. This year's theme is: I Will Change the World By... Students should submit their completed works of art digitally in one (or more) arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, and Literature. Students participate in the appropriate division: Middle School (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12), and Special Artist (students in any grade who identify as having a disability). 

The deadline for entries is October 18th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Key, Reflections@lbssptsa.org

  Celebrate Spooky Season!

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the Halloween spirit in your neighborhood? Order a BOO! from No-Guilt Yard Cards for your favorite friend, neighbor, or kid! This LBSS family-owned business is excited to share the spooky season with you and yours by delivering a Boo yard sign. As a PTSA partner, 10% of any Boo order will be donated back to LBSS when you let us know the LBSS PTSA referred you. Visit noguiltyardcards.com for order details. Yard signs for birthdays and other special events are also available.

Kings Park Subway Spirit Night EVERY Tuesday

The LBSS PTSA is proud to announce that Spirit Nights at the Subway at the Kings Park Shopping Center (8960 Burke Lake Rd Unit 5, Springfield, VA 22151) will now occur every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just mention that you are from Lake Braddock Secondary School community and 10% of the sales will be donated to the PTSA.

FCPS Information New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness

With the cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home if they have COVID-like symptoms. We want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well, so we’ve created new options to help families complete the return to school process. Learn more online.

Fight Hunger in Our Neighborhoods by Helping Stuff the Bus on October 9

On Saturday, October 9, Stuff the Bus will be collecting non-perishable food donations at 21 locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. Help fight hunger and feed hope in our community by donating.

For updates, including donation locations, most requested food items and more, visit http://bit.ly/FfxStufftheBus.

FCPS Receives School Divisions of Innovation Award

Fairfax County Public Schools recently received the School Divisions of Innovation Award from the Virginia Board of Education. This five-year designation serves to recognize FCPS’ work to lead transformative innovation in the Commonwealth. FCPS is among five school divisions in Virginia that are recognized for designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures to improve student learning and promote college and career readiness and good citizenship. 

FCPS is implementing the Fairfax County Portrait of a Graduate to provide equity in access, opportunity, and outcomes for all students. Performance will be measured through end-of-year presentations requiring students to curate evidence of learning and academic growth over time in a portfolio, and share their learning experiences and goals with authentic audiences, including teachers, families, peers and community members.

P-EBT Update for the 2021-22 School Year

The Virginia Department of Education has announced that the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program will operate under new eligibility guidelines for the current school year and benefits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis to students who meet specific criteria, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The P-EBT program is a federal program created in the spring of 2020 to supplement school meals that students missed while schools were closed or placed on part-time attendance schedules due to COVID-19.

What does this mean for Virginia?

  • Eligibility for P-EBT benefits will change for all students this school year.
  • There are no additional P-EBT benefits scheduled to be released at this time.
  • Breakfast and lunch are available at school to all students at no cost every school day, regardless of family income. Families are encouraged to participate in the school meal program.

Additional details regarding the release of P-EBT benefits for the 2021-22 school year are still being determined, including guidance for children under age six. More information will be communicated upon USDA's approval of Virginia's P-EBT plan.

Questions regarding benefits should be directed to the P-EBT Call Center from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday at 866-513-1414 (toll-free) or 804-294-1633, or through the P-EBT Online Inquiry Form.

Vax Up FCPS!

Vax Up FCPS! The Fairfax Community Vaccination Center reopens today- get vaccinated or get a booster if you are eligible and do your part to keep schools safe and end the pandemic. Find out more here.

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support. Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

Work for FCPS: Job Openings in Fairfax County Public Schools

Make a difference in a child’s life—find your next job with FCPS! We have openings for bus drivers, substitute teachers, COVID case managers, and school health aides (employed by Fairfax County Government but work in schools). 

More information and applications are available online:

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, say yes to FCPS!

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) will be sending out new tips every week during the month to raise awareness.

Week 1: Travel Safety Tips

We realize that travel is rare during a pandemic, but it is important to keep up basic cyber hygiene when traveling or connecting over untrusted wireless networks. Did you remember to unpair your phone from the rental car’s Bluetooth? Do you make sure to never leave your device unattended? Learn more Cybersecurity Travel Safety Tips on the Employee Hub.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
  • Prior to 8:00 a.m., the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact. At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 
  • Notes are strongly preferred for early check-out, but if a parent is unable to send a note with the student, the parent should call the subschool office as early as possible. All calls will be confirmed by callback to a phone number on the emergency care card. Regrettably, if the parent did not send a note with the student, the parent will be required to park, come into the school to furnish a note, and pick up the student. Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.
  • In either case, students must check out at the subschool office when leaving school and check in with the security desk upon return. Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked unexcused and may face disciplinary action (if returning to school, students are also subject to search). Students must contact all teachers of any class to be missed.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Cares

We invite you to share and submit your story about a Lake Braddock staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child this year. Share the positivity, dedication and commitment that occurs here each and every day. Click this link.

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 1, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

It's hard to believe we are welcoming the month of October this week along with hosting our High School Back to School Night.  We invite you to view a video from each of your child's teachers located in your child's Schoology courses as these videos will provide you an opportunity to learn more about our staff and the courses that they teach. This year, as in years past, we welcome and encourage direct communication with your child's teachers. You may reach out to them with any specific questions or concerns regarding a course.  Feel free to send them positive comments about things that are working well for your student.  

There are many exciting events happening this month and we hope that you're able to take advantage of the athletics and Homecoming events, along with our other club and activities taking place.   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Lake Braddock Band Wins Grand Champions at Colgan Classic
Lake Braddock Senior Regional Orchestra Students
Homecoming Announcements
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
October is LGBTQ History Month
Saying Goodbye to Dr. John William Alwood
Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!
Mask Reminder
LBSS Peer Tutoring

High School Information
First Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation October 4th
PSAT Reminder for 10th and 11th Graders
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Winter Sports Tryout Information
How to Submit a Physical for Athletics
Green Day Activities
Vaccine Requirements for Athletics

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Senior Shirt Design Contest
Parking Spot Painting Sign-Up for Seniors with Parking Passes
2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens October 1

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Program
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Important Reminders
Important Calendar Reminders
County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon
World Language Credit Exam Information
Digital Consent for Students
SR&R Reminder
Looking for Library Volunteers

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation

FCPS Information
Check Out the StreamIN/CheckIN Experience
Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness
Responding to Social Media Challenges
A Day as a Super Sub
FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Continues
Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Late Bus Information
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Lake Braddock Band Wins Grand Champions at Colgan Classic

Congrats to the Lake Braddock Band!  They won as Grand Champions at the Colgan Classic and had the highest scores in the day for Music, General Effect, Marching, and Drum Majors.  We are so proud of our Bruin Band!

Lake Braddock Senior Regional Orchestra Students

Six of Lake Braddock's High School band and orchestra students have been successfully accepted into the 2021 VBODA North Region Senior Regional Orchestra as participating and alternate members.  This is a prestigious ensemble that gives students eligibility to audition for the All State Band and Orchestras that take place in April.  There are only four regional orchestras throughout the entire state and ours in particular has a high level of performance and a rigorous audition process.  Come performance time, this orchestra regularly plays high level repertoire that you would expect of a college or professional ensemble; it is always highly impressive.

This audition saw not only 36 Lake Braddock students audition but hundreds of students from Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Alexandria City, Arlington County, and local private schools auditioned as well just for this one ensemble. Congratulations to the Lake Braddock students who made the ensemble:

Caroline Gallota, Piccolo
Dwight Smith, Percussion
Aaron Chen, Violin
Jonah Ascoli, Viola
Eva Bousquet, Viola
Abrielle Robare, Viola Alternate
Eunice Park, Harp

Homecoming Ticket Information

Presale Tickets for Homecoming will go on sale for $15 in MSB starting October 18th.  Students will then need to show their MSB receipt in order to pick up their actual physical ticket for the dance.  These tickets can be picked up during HS lunches the week of Homecoming. 

Students can also purchase tickets during those week of Homecoming HS Lunches for $20.

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
  • Prior to 8:00 a.m., the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact. At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 
  • Notes are strongly preferred for early check-out, but if a parent is unable to send a note with the student, the parent should call the subschool office as early as possible. All calls will be confirmed by callback to a phone number on the emergency care card. Regrettably, if the parent did not send a note with the student, the parent will be required to park, come into the school to furnish a note, and pick up the student. Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.
  • In either case, students must check out at the subschool office when leaving school and check in with the security desk upon return. Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked unexcused and may face disciplinary action (if returning to school, students are also subject to search). Students must contact all teachers of any class to be missed.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Due to network issues, we have adjusted the testing date for the SEL Screener. 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will still take the screener on the original date, October 14th. 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will take the screener on October 18th.

Opt-out forms are still due by October 11th. You may print the opt out form and your student can turn it in to their Advisory teacher.

October is LGBTQ History Month

Lake Braddock celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ icons from our community and around the world. For more on how FCPS provides a safe and respectful environment for all, visit our website.

Saying Goodbye to Dr. John William Alwood

It is with a humble heart that we announce the passing of Dr. John William Alwood, founding principal of Lake Braddock Secondary School, on September 18, 2021. Dr. Alwood was a kind and compassionate educator, leader and friend who will be missed. May we all live by one of his favorite quotes: “teaching is the only important thing -- everything else is pretty incidental.'' A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 1pm at McLean Presbyterian Church 1020 Balls Hill Rd. McLean VA 22101. All are welcome to attend

Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!

Thanks for a great picture day! We are reaching out to inform you that student images for our underclassmen are now online. 

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit the Victor O'Neill Studios page here to view and order your photos.  

Use your student's ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email Victor O'Neill Studios

Mask Reminder

To ensure a safe school year, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings. We have limited supply of masks to provide for students. We ask that you please remember to send a mask in with your student.

LBSS Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Center is open! Peer Tutoring offers help for classes and organizational skills. We’re open during WIN time and high school lunches. To get more info on Peer Tutoring or to sign up for a tutoring session click the link or scan the QR code.

High School Information First Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation October 4th

The first Partners for safe teen driving presentation for this school year is 10/04/2021.  This is a mandatory component of classroom driver education for all sophomore students.  Students should attend the presentation that coincides with their driver education quarter.  Students in Ms. Fillare's and Coach Murphy's classes should attend the presentation on 10/4.  

The presentation will be held in the large side of the cafeteria at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Students must attend with one parent or guardian.  A parent or guardian is the only legal adult that can attend with the student.  Please bring something with which to write.  Late entries into the presentation will not be permitted.  Please contact your child's driver education teacher for more information.  

PSAT Reminder for 10th and 11th Graders

On Wednesday, October 13, all 10th and 11th graders will report to school at normal time for the PSAT/NMSQT test. It is important that students arrive on time as College Board does not permit students into testing if they arrive after the start of the first section. Students must complete the full test in order to receive a score. Students will be dismissed from testing at 12:30 for grab-and-go lunch and busses will depart at 12:45. If students need to borrow a graphing calculator, they should complete this calculator request form and turn it into their math teacher prior to Friday, October 8. College Board does not permit the school or proctors to lend calculators on test day. Students will receive their room assignments on Friday, October 8 to their school Google email.  All 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students will remain at home for asynchronous learning on Wednesday, October 13.  Seniors who did not sign up for the SAT School day will have an unscheduled day and should remain home as well.

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

High School yearbooks are now on sale for $65.  Price with nameplate is $70.  Please scan the QR code above or head here to order!  Our school code is 5061.  Senior parents, you can place a senior ad starting at $50!

Winter Sports Tryout Information
  1. VHSL Physical Form must be dated on or after May 1, 2021; must be the revised January 2021 version of the VHSL form; and submit electronically via email, turn into the Activities Office/Athletic Trainers, or hand in during Tryout Card distribution.
  2. Register online.  Create one account per family and register all students in the same family in that one account.  A new form must be completed by a parent/guardian for this school year (cannot edit last year's form).
  3. Tryout cards will be distributed Nov. 3-5 during all high school lunches in the cafeteria or after school in the Athletic Training room (G101).  These cards must be given to the coach on the first day the student attends tryouts.

Questions?  Contact the Student Activities Office via email or call 703-426-1001.

Green Day Activities

Green Days are opportunities for out of season coaches to work with potential student athletes on skill building and conditioning. They are NOT mandatory to try out for a team. There are VHSL rules about when they can hold green days like how many a coach can run, how close to actual try-outs, etc. Students who want to attend must submit the 4-page VHSL athletics participation packet of forms.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

We are excited to announce that Graduation for our Class of 2022 will take place on Monday, June 6th at 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena!  Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the Senior Class.

Senior Shirt Design Contest

Seniors, if you wish to design the senior shirt for the Lake Braddock class of 2022, please fill out this form using your FCPS email address and upload a screenshot/drawing of your design.  Make sure the design is school appropriate, is Lake Braddock themed, and try to limit the colors to only white, black, purple, and gold. When uploading your file(s) make sure your name and grade is included in the title.

Parking Spot Painting Sign-Up for Seniors with Parking Passes

SENIORS with parking passes, if you are interested in painting a parking spot on Monday, October 11, at 10:00 am please sign up here using your FCPS email address. There is a $25 fee to help with future senior activities (prom, all night grad party, etc.), and you must bring your own brush and the colors you want to paint. Payment can be made in MySchoolBucks or a check made out to LBSS.  We look forward to seeing you there!

2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens October 1

Parents of current high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible, but definitely before March 1, 2022, as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2022. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA.

Our partners at College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of webinars on completing the FAFSA and finding/applying for scholarships over the next two months. Information on these programs and how to access them can be found at the College Access Fairfax website.

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA. Interested families should email appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org to request an appointment.

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

PARENTS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! The yearbook is currently ON DISCOUNT! Don’t hesitate! Last year, dozens of disappointed students were unable to get a copy of the book, because they waited until books sold out. WE DO NOT ORDER ENOUGH BOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS TO GET ONE, SO GET YOURS TODAY!

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Parents! Did you get a great photo of your middle school student this summer? Are they involved in an extracurricular activity? Does your student deserve to be highlighted in this year’s middle school yearbook?

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS! Please send any and all pictures in to the Yearbook Staff through eShare!

Go to HJESHARE.COM or download the free ESHARE APP at either the App Store or Google Play. Then, use school code 13596 to send us your photo!

Important Reminders Important Calendar Reminders

Monday, October 11 is a teacher workday.  Students will not report to school this day.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows. 

  • All high schools and secondary schools have a 2-hour early release.
  • High School Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 
  • Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.
  • Grade 7, 8, and 9 students have a virtual asynchronous learning day.
  • Grade 12 students who are not taking the SAT will have an unscheduled day.
County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon

During the weeks of September 6-October 8, all middle school students will take the county Math Inventory and Reading Inventory. All students, including high school, who are enrolled in Algebra I or Algebra I Part I, will also take the Math Inventory. These assessments will help measure student’s baseline of math learning, which will be reassessed in January and May as well. Students will complete the inventories in their classrooms and can be completed during a class period.  For more information, visit the county webpage.

World Language Credit Exam Information

Registration is now open for the World Language Credit Exam!  The World Language Credit Exam assesses language proficiency. Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. Credits are typically added to the student transcript in January. Exam credits may also fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. A student may participate in the exam two times per language between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Looking for Library Volunteers

Do you love organizing things? Interested in YA books and reading in general?  Please consider volunteering your time in the LBSS Library! 

Duties include:

  • sorting and shelving books according to the Dewey Decimal System
  • organizing and straightening shelves

Our LBSS students are great readers and the circulation of books has never been busier. Your help is greatly appreciated. 

To volunteer, please apply for volunteer status. Pick up and fill out forms in the Main Office. Once complete, you will receive your official FCPS volunteer badge, and Carolyn Hilyard, LBSS Librarian, will contact you to set up your preferred volunteer time.

PTSA PTA Reflection Contest

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Student submissions wanted for the annual PTA Reflections contest. This year's theme is: I Will Change the World By... Students should submit their completed works of art digitally in one (or more) arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, and Literature. Students participate in the appropriate division: Middle School (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12), and Special Artist (students in any grade who identify as having a disability). 

The deadline for entries is October 18th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Key, Reflections@lbssptsa.org

PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation 

Hunt Test Preparation is partnering with the LBSS PTSA to offer a $100 discount to LBSS students for a five-day test prep session in October/November. Hunt Test Prep will donate $50 to the PTSA for each LBSS student who registers for a SAT prep session. The five-day, in-person sessions are being offered on October 16, 23, 27, 30 and November 3 and October 17, 24, 28, 31 and November 4. Founded by two former FCPS teachers, Hunt Test Preparation instructors are seasoned in preparing students for success. To register for an SAT test prep session, please visit: huntprograms.com. For more information, please call: 703-425-7656.

FCPS Information Guidance for Student Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. Starting Monday, October 4, the Return to School form is no longer needed, we will follow the following guidelines.

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a  positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.

If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please call your student's Subschool.

Responding to Social Media Challenges

As we settle into the school year, we love seeing kids engaging with each other and having fun. However, we also must be aware of the influence social media has over our students, especially trends and challenges that may lead students to misbehave in ways that could have serious consequences.

I ask you to talk with your child about their social media use and remind them that activities that cause damage to a person or property have serious consequences. You may want to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities with your child so they understand the expectations for behavior at school.

We appreciate your continued support as we work together to make this year a great one for all students.  

A Day as a Super Sub

Last week, Office of Communication and Community Relations (OCCR) media relations specialist, Kathleen Miller, traded in her normal duties to serve as a substitute teacher for a day. 

Kathleen, who has two children who attend FCPS schools, is helping to shine a spotlight on how parents who are looking for a way to get connected to their child’s school can serve in the classroom - while also getting paid. View her story on the FCPS website: My Day as a Super Sub.

Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Like many school districts across the region and country, FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building.

Check out our Substitute Teaching Opportunities webpage for details on how you can sub and save the day! 

FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Continues

The 8th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference and Inova Act on Addiction conference, Strategies for Today and Beyond, is virtual this year and continues until October 1. Upcoming sessions include: Zenit Journals Workshop (for students only), hosted by Our Minds Matter; Getting a handle on…ALL THIS! How to thrive in overwhelming and uncertain times; and Act on Addiction: Tools for Resiliency During Unprecedented Times. 

Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support. Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Late Bus Information

Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Cares

We invite you to share and submit your story about a Lake Braddock staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child this year. Share the positivity, dedication and commitment that occurs here each and every day. Click this link.

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - September 24, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

We have had a great week of welcoming our MS families into our building for Back to School Night.  Teachers and parents were able to meet each other in-person and gain helpful information on how to help their student find success with their classes this year.  For families who were not able to make it, we have asked our teachers to put together a video and post it to Schoology by the end of this month with information about themselves and their courses.  We also encourage families who have courses specific questions to reach out to their child’s teachers for the most up-to-date and detailed information. 

On Wednesday, September 29, we are looking forward to welcoming our families with high school students next week.  In order to ensure there is adequate space in each classroom we ask that families send one representative to follow each of their student’s schedules.  A parent presentation will begin at 5:45 pm in the Little Theater, closest to door 14, that will include information on how to support your student and how to help them develop a “growth mindset”.  Beginning at 6:30 pm, families will meet their Period 4 period teacher, and then we will follow the remainder of their schedule going to their Purple Day classes first and then their Gold Day classes.

We also want to remind families that the week of October 11th there are several changes to our schedule.  October 11th is a School Planning Day and a student holiday.  We will also have PSAT and SAT occurring on October 13th for all 10th and 11th grade students & 12th grade students who are registered.  Dismissal on this day will be 12:45 pm for students who are testing. On this day, all other students will not attend school in-person and will be given asynchronous assignments.  One final reminder for this week is that all students will participate in the SEL screener this week during their 4th period Advisory class. 

We hope to see many of our high school families on Wednesday night next week.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Lake Braddock Has Received the College Success Award
Mask Reminder
Looking for Library Volunteers
Schoology Parent Information
LBSS and FCPS Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Reminder about Food Deliveries

High School Information
Back to School Night Information
PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
SAT Day for 12th Grade Wednesday, October 13th
Winter Sports Tryout Information
How to Submit a Physical for Athletics
Green Day Activities
Vaccine Requirements for Athletics

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
College Planning Parent Night Follow-Up

Middle School Information
ACT/SOS Presentation for 7th Grade Students
Middle School After-School Program
Middle School Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

Important Reminders
Important Calendar Reminder
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon
World Language Credit Exam Information
Late Bus Information
School Planning Council
Digital Consent
SR&R Reminder

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation

FCPS Information
Students Keep Learning in Pause, Quarantine with SteamIN/CheckIN
Why Does FCPS Use the 14-day Quarantine Period?
Why Is There No Virtual Option?
Updates to the Student Athlete Vaccine Requirement
FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
Multilingual Parent Podcasts: Connecting Parents and School with Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Lake Braddock Has Received the College Success Award!

We are proud to announce that Lake Braddock has received GreatSchools.org’s 2021 College Success Award!

Lake Braddock is one of 1,838 public high schools in 25 states to be honored with the annual College Success Award, which recognizes and celebrates high schools like ours that demonstrate excellence in ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college.

Now in its fourth year, the College Success Award is based on data that show how our school prepares students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist into their second year.

We applaud the hard work of the entire Bruin community — including students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond. We invite you to join in the celebration of our 2021 College Success Award!

See the full list of winners from Virginia and learn about best practices from Award-winning schools at https://www.greatschools.org/gk/csa-winners/.

Mask Reminder

To ensure a safe school year, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings. We have limited supply of masks to provide for students. We ask that you please remember to send a mask in with your student.

Looking for Library Volunteers

Do you love organizing things? Interested in YA books and reading in general?  Please consider volunteering your time in the LBSS Library! 

Duties include:

  • sorting and shelving books according to the Dewey Decimal System
  • organizing and straightening shelves

Our LBSS students are great readers and the circulation of books has never been busier. Your help is greatly appreciated. 

To volunteer, please apply for volunteer status. Pick up and fill out forms in the Main Office. Once complete, you will receive your official FCPS volunteer badge, and Carolyn Hilyard, LBSS Librarian, will contact you to set up your preferred volunteer time.

Schoology Parent Information

Would you like more information about setting up and navigating your Schoology parent account? Check out the FCPS Parents and Guardians Schoology page which includes guides and tips for the following topics:

  • Logging into your Parent Account
  • Switching between your Parent Account and your Student’s Account
  • View Student Activity
  • View Student Courses
  • View Recent Grades, Overdue, and Upcoming Assignments

Per FCPS Regulations, you can expect Schoology courses to be updated on a weekly basis with in at least one of the following categories: in-class assignments, homework and projects, dates for tests/projects, learning resources or important reminders and messages.

Check here for some answers about Schoology from the Parent Coffee.

LBSS and FCPS Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration was created to honor the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Reminder About Food Deliveries

A reminder that students cannot place an order for food to be delivered to school during the school day.  We appreciate your cooperation.

High School Information Back to School Night Information

Our High School BTSN is on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

An optional Parent Presentation will be held prior to BTSN in the Little Theatre beginning at 5:45 p.m. The presentation will include information on how to support your student and how to help them develop a growth mindset.

Students will bring home a copy of their schedule along with a map of the school. You can also access their schedule in SIS ParentVUE, and copies will be available in the Career Center during BTSN.

Bruin Ambassadors (LBSS students wearing lanyards) will be stationed throughout the building to help locate classrooms and answer questions.

Please start in your student’s 4th period Advisory classroom. We will start with a brief video message, followed by the presentation from the Advisory teacher.

You will then walk your student’s schedule as follows:

Purple Day
          1st Period
          3rd Period
          5th Period
          7th Period

Gold Day
          2nd Period
          6th Period
          8th Period

Each teacher will have 10 minutes to speak to the families in each period. Teachers will focus on the information about the course, major assignments, grading and assessment, and communication. Questions or concerns about COVID protocols and layered prevention strategies are consistent across FCPS and LBSS and should be addressed with an administrator. If you have specific questions or wish to discuss a specific issue with your child’s teachers, please email the teacher to arrange another time. 

If you are unable to attend BTSN, teachers will post informational videos about them and their course(s) to their Schoology page by the end of this month.

In order to assist with social distancing and COVID protocols, we ask that only one parent or guardian attend BTSN and that students remain at home, if possible. 

Staff will be available in the Career Center to assist with SIS ParentVUE and Schoology accounts.

We look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Nights and at the many Lake Braddock events throughout the year.   Go Bruins! 

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

On Wednesday, October 13th LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th graders. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. All 10th and 11th grade students who report to school on Wednesday, October 13th will take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores, and their website also offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

SAT Day for 12th Grade: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

12th grade only

Students had to have registered by September 8. We cannot accept walk-up registrations. 

  • Essay and subject tests are not available during SAT School Day
  • Students who arrive late, after 8:30 will not be permitted to test.
Winter Sports Tryout Information
  1. VHSL Physical Form must be dated on or after May 1, 2021; must be the revised January 2021 version of the VHSL form; and submit electronically via email, turn into the Activities Office/Athletic Trainers, or hand in during Tryout Card distribution.
  2. Register online.  Create one account per family and register all students in the same family in that one account.  A new form must be completed by a parent/guardian for this school year (cannot edit last year's form).
  3. Tryout cards will be distributed Nov. 3-5 during all high school lunches in the cafeteria or after school in the Athletic Training room (G101).  These cards must be given to the coach on the first day the student attends tryouts.

Questions?  Contact the Student Activities Office via email or call 703-426-1001.

Green Day Activities

Green Days are opportunities for out of season coaches to work with potential student athletes on skill building and conditioning. They are NOT mandatory to try out for a team. There are VHSL rules about when they can hold green days like how many a coach can run, how close to actual try-outs, etc. Students who want to attend must submit the 4-page VHSL athletics participation packet of forms.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

We are excited to announce that Graduation for our Class of 2022 will take place on Monday, June 6th at 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena!  Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the Senior Class.

College Planning Parent Night Follow Up

12th Grade Parents,

Thanks to those of you who joined us for our virtual college planning parent night! Whether or not you were able to attend, we are interested to know how best to bring you this important postsecondary planning information, so please take time to provide us feedback by answering a few questions: College Planning Workshop Survey

Here are some important links as a follow-up so that you have all of the information you need to help your child if they're applying to a 4-year college:

If you have any questions, please click on the counselor contact information listed above and send an email to your child's counselor.

Middle School Information ACT/SOS Presentation for 7th Grade Students

On Friday, September 17th all seventh-grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding the ACT/SOS Presentation. This county-wide initiative is designed to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  The ACT/SOS Presentation is scheduled for 7th grade students during the week of October 18th at Lake Braddock. All 7th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression during their Advisory class.    

The Signs of Suicide (SOS) program consists of an informational video that describes the Acknowledge-Care-Tell (ACT) message, a brief paper survey, and follow-up discussion with LBSS teachers, counselors, and clinical staff (psychologists and social workers).  Counselors and clinical staff will also meet individually with any students who score at risk for depression or suicide and notify those students’ parents.

Why is there a county-wide push for depression and suicide screening? According to the November 2019 Fairfax County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 30 percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 experienced symptoms of depression in the past year. The rate of students considering suicide was 14.3 percent while 6 percent reported they attempted suicide in the past year.  In addition to events in recent years that have directly impacted communities within Fairfax County, we want to do our best to keep LBSS students from becoming part of these statistics.         

The SOS video and survey have already been used by other FCPS middle and high schools and have been used at Lake Braddock for several years. Parents are invited to review the materials by accessing the SOS Parent Portal at https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent.  This portal is designed to provide parents with information about suicide prevention efforts, view the SOS videos, and access educational materials which are helpful tools for supporting your child’s mental health wellness.

If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the 7th grade presentation, please complete this Opt-Out google form by October 4, 2021. Please contact Ms. Haider at 703-426-1004 or Ms. White at 703-426-1039 if you have any questions.   

Middle School Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

You can order your book (including personalization) at YearbookOrderCenter.com!

Books are currently on DISCOUNT!

Important Reminders Important Calendar Reminder

Lake Braddock Secondary School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows. 

  • All high schools and secondary schools have a 2-hour early release.
  • High School Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 
  • Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.
  • Grade 7, 8, and 9 students have a virtual asynchronous learning day.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year, all FCPS schools are administering an SEL Screener throughout the year. At Lake Braddock, students will complete this 18 question screener on October 14th, 2021 during Advisory. Please click here for more information.

County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon

During the weeks of September 6-October 8, all middle school students will take the county Math Inventory and Reading Inventory. All students, including high school, who are enrolled in Algebra I or Algebra I Part I, will also take the Math Inventory. These assessments will help measure student’s baseline of math learning, which will be reassessed in January and May as well. Students will complete the inventories in their classrooms and can be completed during a class period.  For more information, visit the county webpage.

World Language Credit Exam Information

Registration is now open for the World Language Credit Exam!  The World Language Credit Exam assesses language proficiency. Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. Credits are typically added to the student transcript in January. Exam credits may also fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. A student may participate in the exam two times per language between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

Please note that students must connect with their counselor to register for this exam.

Late Bus Information

Late buses have officially started. Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA PTA Reflection Contest

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself! Student submissions wanted for the annual PTA Reflections contest. This year's theme is: I Will Change the World By... Students should submit their completed works of art digitally in one (or more) arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, and Literature. Students participate in the appropriate division: Middle School (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12), and Special Artist (students in any grade who identify as having a disability). 

The deadline for entries is October 18th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Key, Reflections@lbssptsa.org

PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation 

Hunt Test Preparation is partnering with the LBSS PTSA to offer a $100 discount to LBSS students for a five-day test prep session in October/November. Hunt Test Prep will donate $50 to the PTSA for each LBSS student who registers for a SAT prep session. The five-day, in-person sessions are being offered on October 16, 23, 27, 30 and November 3 and October 17, 24, 28, 31 and November 4. Founded by two former FCPS teachers, Hunt Test Preparation instructors are seasoned in preparing students for success. To register for an SAT test prep session, please visit: huntprograms.com. For more information, please call: 703-425-7656.

FCPS Information Students Keep Learning in Pause, Quarantine with StreamIN/CheckIN

FCPS students being paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19 will soon have a way to stay connected with their classes until they return to in-person learning.

StreamIN/CheckIN provides meaningful instructional support for students who are paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19. Participating in StreamIN/CheckIN offers these students the opportunity to stay engaged with their classes so when they return, they haven’t missed a beat. 

Learn more about StreamIN/CheckIN on our website.

Why Does FCPS Use the 14-Day Quarantine Period?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend 14 days as the safest length for quarantine to decrease the risk of the spread of COVID-19 to others. (Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools | CDC). Based on local conditions and needs, local public health authorities may recommend shorter quarantines (after day 10 without testing, or after day 7 after receiving a negative test), but during this time of high community transmission, the Fairfax County Health Department continues to follow the 14-day recommended quarantine length. The CDC estimates an up to 12% risk of becoming positive for COVID-19 after these shortened quarantine periods. These recommendations may be subject to change based on public health guidance.

Why is There No Virtual Option?

We understand that you may still feel the need for your child to attend the Virtual Program this school year. Lake Braddock is excited to have all staff and students engaging in five days of in-person instruction. We believe that in-person learning is the best approach, and are focused on providing a safe and positive learning experience for all students. The positive COVID rates in FCPS schools are around .3%, which encourages us to continue to believe that in-person learning for those without a documented medical need is the best option this school year.  If your child has developed a documented medical need, please feel free to reach out to review alternative options. For more information, review the Return to School Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Updates to the Student-Athlete Vaccine Requirement

Students who are 16 years of age or older (age as of November 8 for the Winter season) and want to participate in athletics will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have either a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in team activities. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

Starting October 4, student-athletes can submit their proof of Covid-19 vaccination to their school. Students will need to either show their vaccination card to authorized school personnel or provide clear documentation via an electronic format of the vaccination card or photocopy to the authorized school personnel. Schools will provide specific details of submitting proof of vaccination information.

Religious Exemption

Starting October 4, student athletes (both middle and high school) can submit the Religious Exemption form to their school. The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to the Student Activities Office of their high school. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Please use the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form.

Medical Exemption

Starting October 4, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information to their school. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly.

Deadline for Medical and Religious Exemptions for Winter Sports Season

The Deadline for submitting medical and religious exemptions for the Winter season is Monday, November 1. The exemption must be received by the November 1 deadline for students to participate in winter tryouts. This will allow enough time for those students with a medical or religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test that week so that they may participate in tryouts. As a reminder all students with a medical or religious exemption for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly. 

Students with a Religious or Medical Exemption and Unvaccinated Students Aged 12-15 (Age as of November 8 for the Winter Season)

Unvaccinated students who are 12-15, or students with a Religious or Medical exemption must provide a negative test weekly to participate in team activities. Currently, FCPS is working on securing a vendor to assist with providing access to weekly testing for athletes. We will share more information as it becomes available.  

For more information, please review the FCPS Athletics Vaccination Requirement – FAQs page.

FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Starts September 27

The 8th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference and Inova Act on Addiction presents Strategies for Today and Beyond. The conference will be virtual this year September 27-October 1. The conference will kick off on Monday September 27, with a panel of esteemed guests, moderated by Jummy Olabanji from NBC4. 

On Tuesday, September 28, keynote speaker, Dr. Dan Siegel, will present The Resilient Brain: Cultivating Courage and Curiosity to Expand a Child’s Capacity to Build Inner Strength. Dr. Stacey Hardy-Chandler will be the featured keynote speaker. She will discuss how to embrace our strengths as a means of coping during uncertain times.

Our Minds Matter will host a student session on Tuesday, September 28. Students learn how to use journaling as a method to support their mental health and well-being. 

Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

Prior to 8:00 am, the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact.  If you use the online attendance form for an early dismissal, please tell your student to stop by their subschool office to pick up the dismissal pass.

At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 

Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

Multilingual Parent Podcasts: Connecting Parents and School with Schoology

Listen and subscribe to an FCPS multilingual family podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

In this week’s episode, hear Manuel Gomez Portillo, an FCPS ESOL resource teacher, answer questions about Schoology (pronounced SKOO-luh-jee). Schoology is the new FCPS learning management system. This system promotes communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students. 

Parents who use Schoology can stay connected to their child’s schoolwork and participate in specialized groups like PTA, sports, and band. Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects online; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

Listen and subscribe:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Cares

We invite you to share and submit your story about a Lake Braddock staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child this year. Share the positivity, dedication and commitment that occurs here each and every day. Click this link.

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - September 17, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

This past week we started after school activities, with late buses, and students were able to see a teacher during WIN time, 4th period, to receive intervention and support. All students are able to stay after with an adult for activities, clubs and intervention on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week.  Students who would like3 to see a teacher during win time will need to prearrange with that teacher to receive a pass. All students in the building after 3 pm must be with a supervising staff member. 

Looking forward to October 13th, LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th grade students, and the SAT for 12th grade student. Further information about testing on that day can be found in the High School announcements section below. Students in the 7th, 8th, 9th & 12th grade will not come to school that day and students will engage in asynchronous lessons from their teachers.  

In the coming weeks, we will welcome our families for Back to School Night.  Middle School families will come on September 22nd and high school families on September 29th.  All families will start in their child’s advisory class, 4th period.  After 4th period, they will follow their student’s purple and gold day periods. 

We look forward to seeing our middle school families here for Back to School Night next week. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Mask Reminder
New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting COVID
Back to School Night Information
School Lunch Update
County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon
World Language Credit Exam Information
Stay Updated on Lake Braddock Athletics and Activities!
Lake Braddock Garden Tour Videos

High School Information
PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
College Planning Parent Night Follow-Up
Winter Athletics Tryout Information
Electronic VHSL Submission
Green Day Activities

Middle School Information
ACT/SOS Presentation for 7th Grade Students
Middle School After-School Registration NOW OPEN
Middle School Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

Important Reminders
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
Late Bus Information
School Planning Council
Digital Consent
SR&R Reminder
Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out

PTSA Information
Join the PTSA!
PTSA Teams with The Princeton Review for Online Practice Exams!

FCPS Information
Superintendent Shares Data Reflecting Our Strong Return
FCPS Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day October 6
Register for Upcoming Free Webinars from the FCPS Parent Resource Center
FCPS Special Education Handbook is Available to Families

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Mask Reminder

To ensure a safe school year, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings. We have limited supply of masks to provide for students. We ask that you please remember to send a mask in with your student.

New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting COVID-19 Contact Interviews

Families,

The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD.

Back to School Night Information

Our Middle School BTSN is on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Our High School BTSN is on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

An optional Parent Presentation will be held prior to BTSN in the Little Theatre beginning at 5:45 p.m. The presentation will include information on how to support your student and how to help them develop a growth mindset.

Students will bring home a copy of their schedule along with a map of the school. You can also access their schedule in SIS ParentVUE, and copies will be available in the Career Center during BTSN.

Bruin Ambassadors (LBSS students wearing lanyards) will be stationed throughout the building to help locate classrooms and answer questions.

Both events will follow the same schedule. Please start in your student’s 4th period Advisory classroom. We will start with a brief video message, followed by the presentation from the Advisory teacher.

You will then walk your student’s schedule as follows:

Purple Day
          1st Period
          3rd Period
          5th Period
          7th Period

Gold Day
          2nd Period
          6th Period
          8th Period

Each teacher will have 10 minutes to speak to the families in each period. Teachers will focus on the information about the course, major assignments, grading and assessment, and communication. Questions or concerns about COVID protocols and layered prevention strategies are consistent across FCPS and LBSS and should be addressed with an administrator. If you have specific questions or wish to discuss a specific issue with your child’s teachers, please email the teacher to arrange another time. 

If you are unable to attend BTSN, teachers will post informational videos about them and their course(s) to their Schoology page by the end of this month.

In order to assist with social distancing and COVID protocols, we ask that only one parent or guardian attend BTSN and that students remain at home, if possible. 

Staff will be available in the Career Center to assist with SIS ParentVUE and Schoology accounts.

We look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Nights and at the many Lake Braddock events throughout the year.   Go Bruins! 

 

School Lunch Update

We apologize for the confusion with the purchasing of ala carte lunches.  Food Services is continuing to work on a solution, and we hope to have ala carte purchases open soon.  We will keep you updated.

County Math and Reading Inventory Assessments Coming Soon

During the weeks of September 6-October 8, all middle school students will take the county Math Inventory and Reading Inventory. All students, including high school, who are enrolled in Algebra I or Algebra I Part I, will also take the Math Inventory. These assessments will help measure student’s baseline of math learning, which will be reassessed in January and May as well. Students will complete the inventories in their classrooms and can be completed during a class period.  For more information, visit the county webpage.

World Language Credit Exam Information

Registration is now open for the World Language Credit Exam!  The World Language Credit Exam assesses language proficiency. Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. Credits are typically added to the student transcript in January. Exam credits may also fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. A student may participate in the exam two times per language between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

Please note that students must connect with their counselor to register for this exam.

Stay Updated on Lake Braddock Athletics and Activities!

Follow this link to sign up for the Athletics and Activities News You Choose to receive the most up-to-date information on our athletics, clubs, activities, and more! Be sure to select Lake Braddock Secondary School Activities.

Lake Braddock Garden Tour Videos

We hope you will enjoy these videos of a brief garden tour of Lake Braddock Secondary School’s native plants garden. 90% of the plants are species that would have grown in Northern Virginia before European colonists came here. 

 

High School Information PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

On Wednesday, October 13th LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th graders. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. All 10th and 11th grade students who report to school on Wednesday, October 13th will take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores, and their website also offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

SAT Day for 12th Grade: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

12th grade only

Students MUST register by September 8. We cannot accept walk-up registrations. 

  • SAT Day Registration
  • Fees covered by FCPS
  • Essay and subject tests are not available during SAT School Day
  • Students who arrive late, after 8:30 will not be permitted to test.
College Planning Parent Night Follow Up

12th Grade Parents,

Thanks to those of you who joined us for our virtual college planning parent night! Whether or not you were able to attend, we are interested to know how best to bring you this important postsecondary planning information, so please take time to provide us feedback by answering a few questions: College Planning Workshop Survey

Here are some important links as a follow-up so that you have all of the information you need to help your child if they're applying to a 4-year college:

If you have any questions, please click on the counselor contact information listed above and send an email to your child's counselor.

Winter Athletics Tryout Information

1.  VHSL Physical Form must be dated on or after May 1, 2021; must be the revised January 2021 version of the VHSL form; and submit electronically via email, turn into the Activities Office/Athletic Trainers, or hand in during Tryout Card distribution.

2.  Register online.  Create one account per family and register all students in the same family in that one account.  A new form must be completed by a parent/guardian for this school year (cannot edit last year's form).

3.  Tryout cards will be distributed Nov. 3-5 during all high school lunches in the cafeteria or after school in the Athletic Training room (G101).  These cards must be given to the coach on the first day the student attends tryouts.

Questions?  Contact the Student Activities Office via email or call 703-426-1001.

Green Day Activities

Green Days are opportunities for out of season coaches to work with potential student athletes on skill building and conditioning. They are NOT mandatory to try out for a team. There are VHSL rules about when they can hold green days like how many a coach can run, how close to actual try-outs, etc. Students who want to attend must submit the 4-page VHSL athletics participation packet of forms.

Middle School Information ACT/SOS Presentation for 7th Grade Students

On Friday, September 17th all seventh-grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding the ACT/SOS Presentation. This county-wide initiative is designed to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  The ACT/SOS Presentation is scheduled for 7th grade students during the week of October 18th at Lake Braddock. All 7th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression during their Advisory class.    

The Signs of Suicide (SOS) program consists of an informational video that describes the Acknowledge-Care-Tell (ACT) message, a brief paper survey, and follow-up discussion with LBSS teachers, counselors, and clinical staff (psychologists and social workers).  Counselors and clinical staff will also meet individually with any students who score at risk for depression or suicide and notify those students’ parents.

Why is there a county-wide push for depression and suicide screening? According to the November 2019 Fairfax County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 30 percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 experienced symptoms of depression in the past year. The rate of students considering suicide was 14.3 percent while 6 percent reported they attempted suicide in the past year.  In addition to events in recent years that have directly impacted communities within Fairfax County, we want to do our best to keep LBSS students from becoming part of these statistics.         

The SOS video and survey have already been used by other FCPS middle and high schools and have been used at Lake Braddock for several years. Parents are invited to review the materials by accessing the SOS Parent Portal at https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent.  This portal is designed to provide parents with information about suicide prevention efforts, view the SOS videos, and access educational materials which are helpful tools for supporting your child’s mental health wellness.

If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the 7th grade presentation, please complete this Opt-Out google form by October 4, 2021. Please contact Ms. Haider at 703-426-1004 or Ms. White at 703-426-1039 if you have any questions.   

Middle School After-School Registration is NOW OPEN
  • Open to all 7th and 8th grade Lake Braddock students
  • Program is scheduled to begin September 20, 2021 (Updated Clubs & Activities Calendar – COMING SOON!)
  • FREE for middle students (please note – some clubs may have a small fee for competitions or material costs)
  • REGISTER HERE.
Middle School Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

You can order your book (including personalization) at YearbookOrderCenter.com!

Books are currently on DISCOUNT!

Important Reminders Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year, all FCPS schools are administering an SEL Screener throughout the year. At Lake Braddock, students will complete this 18 question screener on October 14th, 2021 during Advisory. Please click here for more information.

Late Bus Information

Late buses have officially started. Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2021-2022 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of Lake Braddock. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on putting Equity at the center of our work. During the 2021-2022 school year, the SPC will focus on our school’s theme, Every Bruin Has A Story. We will be exploring how we support the individual needs of our students and celebrate the individuality of all Bruins. The council will meet in person four times during the school year (10/13, 12/15, 2/16, 5/18) from 6:00PM-7:30PM with dinner provided during the first 30 minutes. We ask that members be able to commit to attending all sessions. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form by September 24th. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the form that accompanies this letter or access the opt out forms online.  The detailed grade-level program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website at

Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

For more information or questions regarding the FLE program, please contact Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or email Carrie Reynolds.

PTSA Join the PTSA!

Join the LBSS PTSA today. Your membership will include our bi-weekly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, free access to the student A to Z directory, discounts with PTSA partnerships, eligibility for student scholarships, voting rights at our membership meetings, and more. The PTSA has membership options for students, faculty, adults, and families (includes 2 adults and unlimited students).

Visit the PTSA website to join.

The PTSA Teams with the Princeton Review for Online Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is partnering with The Princeton Review to offer online, virtual practice exams for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. The exam will be proctored virtually via a weblink that The Princeton Review will provide via email a day before the practice exam.  The various practice exams will take place on the following dates:

PSAT

  • Saturday, September 25 from 9am-12:30pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, September 22)

SAT/ACT

  • Saturday, October 16 from 9am-12:30pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, October 13)
  • Saturday, November 13 from 9am-12:30pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, November 10)

COST:

PTSA Members

  • One practice exam: $5
  • Two practice exams: $8
  • Three practice exams: $12

Non-PTSA Members

  • One practice exam: $15
  • Two practice exams: $25
  • Three practice exams: $30


       Additional information and registration can be found here. Questions can be sent to Fundraising@lbssptsa.org. Our website has lots of great information and opportunities to volunteer, please visit the PTA website to keep up to date on all things PTSA!

FCPS Information Superintendent Shares Data Reflecting Our Strong Return

At the September 9 Fairfax County School Board meeting, Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand provided an update on Return to School, COVID, and Health Updates. This included the latest health metrics, and a plan under consideration to support students who are home due to a COVID-related pause, quarantine, or isolation.

100% of FCPS schools opened for 5 days of in-person learning and 100% remain open for in-person learning today. With 99.5% of students back for in-person learning, we are continually working to prioritize health and safety. Watch his full presentation. Some highlights include:

Current Quarantine Rate

Quarantine data provided by the health department indicates that 393 students and staff members were directed to quarantine in relation to closed COVID-19 cases from August 13 through September 8. This represents 0.19% of students and 0.19% of staff. We are developing a database to capture the number of students who are paused and/or quarantined and give a better understanding of how COVID-19 exposures are impacting students. 

Student-Athlete Vaccination Requirement

FCPS requires student-athletes 16 and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by November 8 to participate in winter and spring sports. All students are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

Lunch, Breakfast, and Snack Time Safety

We know that lunch and snack time remains an area of concern for our families, especially for those with children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Schools are making use of outdoor spaces as much as possible. To date, 136 tents have been installed to support additional outdoor learning and eating spaces for students and an additional 57 tent installations are planned. These tents provide year-round outdoor spaces for students to spread out. Schools are also making use of alternative indoor spaces, alternating seats, and staggering schedules. 

Supporting Students in Pause, Quarantine, or Isolation

FCPS is exploring options to provide instructional support to students who are unable to attend school in person due to a COVID-19 infection or possible exposure. We will share more on this shortly.

FCPS Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day October 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 6. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Get more information about Walk to School Day

Register for Upcoming Free Webinars from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

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

  • Family Digital Wellness: When is the Internet a Problem?: A Webinar       for Families, Friday, October 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Dyslexia Virtual Open House, Friday, October 8, 10 to 11 a.m.

More information on each session and how to register is available online.

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

FCPS Special Education Handbook Is Available to Families

The Special Education Handbook for Parents includes details of the special education process. This process occurs sequentially, over a period of time, with each step building upon the previous step(s).

It is important for families to understand how the special education process works, so they can effectively participate and collaborate with school staff members in making appropriate decisions regarding their child’s educational needs. Families are an integral part of the decision-making team.

Contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703-204-3941 or prc@fcps.edu with any questions including access to this document.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

Prior to 8:00 am, the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact.  If you use the online attendance form for an early dismissal, please tell your student to stop by their subschool office to pick up the dismissal pass.

At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 

Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - September 10, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

We have several new announcements below with important updates regarding late/activity buses, lunches and high school pictures. We also have an opportunity for students, staff, parents and community members to participate in our School Planning Council which meets several times this year to focus on this year's school theme: Every Bruin has a Story. If you are interested in participating in our School Planning Council, please complete this form by September 24th.

We continue to be committed to creating a culture where all feel welcome, celebrated and valued. Next week is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. With each of the FCPS Religious and Cultural Observance Days on our school calendar we provide a background regarding this day through our morning announcements to raise awareness and understanding of the different perspectives that make up this great Lake Braddock community.  

This morning we acknowledged the 20th anniversary of September 11th with a dedicated moment of silence and students learned about this historic event in their Social Studies classrooms. We acknowledge September 11th has impacted our community in different ways, and we hope to learn from the impact of these events and reflect on ways we can be a community of support and acceptance of one another. 

If you have any questions regarding the information in this newsletter, please reach out to us. We are here to support you and your family with any of their Lake Braddock needs. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Mural painted by Lake Braddock Senior Jessica Hosken.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
9-11 Commemoration
Late Buses Have Officially Started!
School Lunch Update
HS Picture Update
School Planning Council
Calendar Reminder - Yom Kippur
Enforcement of Tardies will Begin September 13th

High School Information
Introductory Lesson with High School Counselor
12th Grade College Planning Parent Night
PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Registration NOW OPEN
Middle School Picture Day-September 16th-17th

Important Reminders
Digital Consent
SR&R Reminder
Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out
Free/Reduced-Meal Applications
Reminder of New Traffic Pattern
FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!
FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers!
AVID is Hiring!

PTSA Information
Join the PTSA!

FCPS Information
Sharing Our Success!
Encouraging Outdoor Mask Use
Student-Athlete Vaccination Requirement: Your Questions Answered
New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to     Classrooms
COVID-19 Case Notification Update
Key COVID-19 Terms Videos- Now in Spanish
Multilingual Parent Podcast: Fairfax Health Department Specialist Talks About   COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Safety Reminder: Mask Wearing on School Buses
Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year, all FCPS schools are administering an SEL Screener throughout the year. At Lake Braddock, students will complete this 18 question screener on October 14th, 2021 during Advisory. Please click here for more information.

9-11 Commemoration

This year, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11th, Lake Braddock commemorated and acknowledged the loss of life, the heroism of our first responders, and the resilience of our country with a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day.

The United States Congress designated September 11th as “Patriot Day'' to remember and honor those whose lives were lost and those who took
action to help.  Lake Braddock teachers also connected this historic event in classroom lessons.

Late Buses Have Officially Started!

Late buses have officially started. Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.

School Lunch Update

We apologize for the confusion with the purchasing of ala carte lunches.  Food Services is continuing to work on a solution, and we hope to have ala carte purchases open soon.  We will keep you updated.

HS Picture Update

We have added a third photo day for HS students. Any student who wasn't photographed Thursday or today, can have a photo taken next Thursday, September 16th.

Make up photos will be October 28th.

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2021-2022 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of Lake Braddock. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on putting Equity at the center of our work. During the 2021-2022 school year, the SPC will focus on our school’s theme, Every Bruin Has A Story. We will be exploring how we support the individual needs of our students and celebrate the individuality of all Bruins. The council will meet in person four times during the school year (10/13, 12/15, 2/16, 5/18) from 6:00PM-7:30PM with dinner provided during the first 30 minutes. We ask that members be able to commit to attending all sessions. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form by September 24th. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

Calendar Reminder - Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, Thursday, September 16 is noted as a religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. We will also not schedule events on the evening of September 15.

The FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar ensures students do not have to make choices between honoring their cultural or religious beliefs and missing tests or school activities. Tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events cannot be scheduled on any religious and cultural observances. Tests and quizzes will be given prior to any of the 15 days so that students will not be expected to study on these days.

Enforcement of Tardies will Begin September 13th

We will start to enforce tardies (late arrivals to class during the school day) starting September 13th.  Any student arriving late on a bus will receive a special pass to enter late to class without consequence.

High School Information Introductory Lesson with High School Counselor

All 9th graders will be meeting with their counselor during Advisory/WIN time during the week of September 13th.  Students will be assigned to meet with their counselor, based upon their Advisory Teacher. 

12th Grade College Planning Parent Night

Parents of 12th grade students are invited to join LBSS High School Counselors for a virtual College Planning Parent Night on September 14th at 6:30 pm. There will be sessions for those interested in 2-year and 4-year college options. All 12th grade students will have their own in-person postsecondary planning workshops to choose from the prior week. 

The virtual sessions will take place through Schoology parent accounts, which use your SIS ParentVue login, so please be sure your account is active. If you need to request an account, please submit a ticket. Recordings will be stored in Schoology for those who cannot attend.

Directions to access the virtual sessions

When the sessions are set to begin you will login to Schoology, click on courses, click on “All Parents,” and then click on “Zoom.” Review the list of scheduled sessions and select the one you will attend. The sessions that will be offered are:

2-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents

4-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents (Student Last Names A-M)

4-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents (Student Last Names N-Z)

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

On Wednesday, October 13th LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th graders. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. All 10th and 11th grade students who report to school on Wednesday, October 13th will take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores, and their website also offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

Middle School Information Middle School After-School Registration is NOW OPEN
  • Open to all 7th and 8th grade Lake Braddock students
  • Program is scheduled to begin September 20, 2021 (Updated Clubs & Activities Calendar – COMING SOON!)
  • FREE for middle students (please note – some clubs may have a small fee for competitions or material costs)
  • REGISTER HERE.
Middle School Picture Day-September 16th-17th

Middle School Picture Day is next week on
September 16th-17th.  Pictures will be available in the week or so following. Your students should have received a paper order form already. Save time and Pre-order online here.

Important Reminders Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form!

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the form that accompanies this letter or access the opt out forms online.  The detailed grade-level program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website at

Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

For more information or questions regarding the FLE program, please contact Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or email Carrie Reynolds.

Free/Reduced-Meal Applications

While every student in FCPS is receiving free meals this year, the application for Free/Reduced Meals will still need to be completed if you require reduced/waived fees for course fees, instrument rentals, parking passes, etc.  Parents/guardians must also complete the Consent to Share form.  These forms can be found here.

Reminder of New Traffic Pattern

We hope that everyone is finding the new traffic pattern beneficial and efficient in easing congestion during our morning arrivals. Please read the following carefully for instructions:

KISS AND RIDE: Parents entering from Burke Lake Road will need to stay in the far right lane and follow the direction of security to drop off students at Doors 15 and 16. The secondary entrance is from Lake Braddock Drive and students may be dropped off at Door 3. Do not park or leave your car unattended in either of the two drop-off locations.

STAFF AND STUDENT PARKING: From Burke Lake Road, students and staff will be able to park in the lot on the right hand side of the school. If entering from Lake Braddock Drive, students and staff will only be able to park in the lots on the left side of the building. No one will be permitted to cross through the median for entrance to another parking lot. Hang tags must be displayed to obtain entry to either of these parking lots.  Students must park in the white parking spots.  Yellow parking spots are reserved for Lake Braddock Staff.

BUSES: All buses will enter from Burke Lake Road and will use the far left lane. They will merge with cars as they exit the school parking lot; this process will be facilitated by security.

Please be patient and respectful at all times. Every Bruin’s safety is our priority.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!

Enjoy working with students?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors .  Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online.. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes to FCPS! 

AVID is Hiring!

AVID is hiring…Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright.

PTSA Join the PTSA!

Join the LBSS PTSA today. Your membership will include our bi-weekly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, free access to the student A to Z directory, discounts with PTSA partnerships, eligibility for student scholarships, voting rights at our membership meetings, and more. The PTSA has membership options for students, faculty, adults, and families (includes 2 adults and unlimited students).

Visit the PTSA website to join.

FCPS Information Sharing Our Success!

Our strong return builds on a foundation of success. Take a look at Sharing Our  Success, stories and highlights from the 2020-21 school year. We love reading about the great things happening in FCPS and Lake Braddock!

Encouraging Outdoor Mask Use

We are making use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible for meals/student breaks. We have noted that a large percentage of students remove their masks while outside. Masks are not required outside, but they are strongly encouraged. We ask you to consider talking with your child about keeping their masks on when outside and gathering in larger groups if they can comfortably do so. 

Student-Athlete Vaccination Requirement: Your Questions Answered

Fairfax County Public Schools requires student-athletes be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus for the winter and spring sports seasons as an additional safety measure to support our layered prevention strategies

We want to thank you for your patience while we worked through the operational details of this important decision. We have hopefully answered many of your questions about the implementation timeline, how vaccination status will be verified, exceptions, safety, and more in these Frequently Asked Questions.

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to Classrooms

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

COVID-19 Case Notification Update

We have heard from our Ombudsman that many families are finding it stressful and overwhelming to receive a new COVID notification email every time there is a positive case in their child’s school. We have updated our process to provide families some relief. 

UPDATE: Once a week, either on Friday or the last day of school for the week, school leadership will share an update if there were any COVID-19 positive cases confirmed in the school that week. 

Potential close contacts of the positive case that are paused from in-person instruction and activities will continue to receive real time notifications.

  • Outbreak letters will continue to be sent to staff and the community as they occur.
  • Staff will continue to receive notifications of any individual cases within 24 hours of notification of the positive case in accordance with the Department of Labor requirements.

The FCPS COVID-19 Health Metrics webpage will still be updated daily for families who wish to know about cases in real-time.

Key COVID-19 Terms Videos - Now in Spanish

We are pleased to provide the videos that define key COVID-19 terms in Spanish.

Key COVID-19 Terms

Contact Tracing

Pause

Quarantine

Isolation

Outbreak

Multilingual Parent Podcast:  Fairfax Health Department Specialist Talks About COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS multilingual family podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for English as a Second Language (ESOL) Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

In this week’s episode, meet Kirsten Buchner, a community health specialist at the Fairfax County Health Department. Buchner answers questions about wearing masks for COVID-19 safety protocols and COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information, the Fairfax Health Department COVID-19 phone line is 703-324-7404.

At the end of the podcast, the hosts offer families information on the FCPS Parent Resource Center’s newest resource, PRC Packs, which are pre-packaged tote bags with books for adults and children on important topics such as supporting children and teens with attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and motivation.

Listen and subscribe:

Safety Reminder: Mask Wearing on School Buses

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings and on school buses

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

Prior to 8:00 am, the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact.  If you use the online attendance form for an early dismissal, please tell your student to stop by their subschool office to pick up the dismissal pass.

At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 

Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - September 2, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

This week has been a wonderful week of continuing to connect with our students and get back into the swing of school. We have adjusted our traffic pattern for morning arrival and have gotten positive feedback from our families on how this has improved their experience with Kiss and Ride in the mornings and even got back to pre-pandemic times of getting their student to school. We will continue this new traffic pattern moving forward and the directions are below.  Please remind students driving to campus that they should not be parking in yellow spots in the parking lot and that school parking enforcement will begin September 13th. 

There are two opportunities next week to connect with Mrs. Kearns and me.  The PTSA will hold a virtual membership meeting with a town hall to follow on September 8th at 7:00 pm.  Register online for the meeting link. There is also a virtual parent coffee on September 10th from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Register for this parent coffee through this form

We hope to connect with many of you at this event.  In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to school staff with any questions you may have.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
School Lunch Update
School Planning Council
FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!
FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers!
AVID is Hiring!
SR&R Reminder
Enforcement of Tardies will Begin September 13th
Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events thru ETIX
Green Club
Reminder of New Traffic Pattern

High School Information
Post-Secondary Workshops for Seniors September 7th and 9th
12th Grade College Planning Parent Night
Student Parking Pass Updates
PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
SAT School Day for Registered 12th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
High School Picture Day-September 9th-10th

Middle School Information
Middle School After-School Registration NOW OPEN
Middle School Picture Day-September 16th-17th

Important Reminders
Parent Academy Virtual Parent Coffee
Calendar Reminders
Digital Consent
Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out
Free/Reduced-Meal Applications

PTSA Information
Join the PTSA!

FCPS Information
Sharing Our Success!
FCPS to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Athletic Participation
Returning Strong: How Pausing, Quarantining, and Isolating Keeps Our Schools Safe
Safety Reminder: Mask Wearing on School Buses
Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages
Office of Ombudsman

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information School Lunch Update

We apologize for the confusion with the purchasing of ala carte lunches this past week.  Food Services is working on a solution, and we hope to have ala carte purchases open soon.  We will keep you updated.

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2021-2022 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of Lake Braddock. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on putting Equity at the center of our work. During the 2021-2022 school year, the SPC will focus on our school’s theme, Every Bruin Has A Story. We will be exploring how we support the individual needs of our students and celebrate the individuality of all Bruins. The council will meet in person four times during the school year (10/13, 12/15, 2/16, 5/18) from 6:00PM-7:30PM with dinner provided during the first 30 minutes. We ask that members be able to commit to attending all sessions. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form by September 24th. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!

Enjoy working with students?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors .  Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online.. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes to FCPS! 

AVID is Hiring!

AVID is hiring…Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright.

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

1.  In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

2.  Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's subschool.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Enforcement of Tardies will Begin September 13th

We will start to enforce tardies (late arrivals to class during the school day) starting September 13th.  Any student arriving late on a bus will receive a special pass to enter late to class without consequence.

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

Are you planning to attend a Lake Braddock home game to support the Bruins? Purchases may be made well in advance, before you leave the house on game day, or at the gate with your cell phone using posted QR Codes!  All home game admission tickets must be purchased through ETIX.

 

Reminder of New Traffic Pattern

We hope that everyone is finding the new traffic pattern beneficial and efficient in easing congestion during our morning arrivals. Please read the following carefully for instructions:

KISS AND RIDE: Parents entering from Burke Lake Road will need to stay in the far right lane and follow the direction of security to drop off students at Doors 15 and 16. The secondary entrance is from Lake Braddock Drive and students may be dropped off at Door 3. Do not park or leave your car unattended in either of the two drop-off locations.

STAFF AND STUDENT PARKING: From Burke Lake Road, students and staff will be able to park in the lot on the right hand side of the school. If entering from Lake Braddock Drive, students and staff will only be able to park in the lots on the left side of the building. No one will be permitted to cross through the median for entrance to another parking lot. Hang tags must be displayed to obtain entry to either of these parking lots.  Students must park in the white parking spots.  Yellow parking spots are reserved for Lake Braddock Staff.

BUSES: All buses will enter from Burke Lake Road and will use the far left lane. They will merge with cars as they exit the school parking lot; this process will be facilitated by security.

Please be patient and respectful at all times. Every Bruin’s safety is our priority.

High School Information Post-Secondary Planning Workshops for Seniors September 7th and 9th

On September 7th and September 9th, counselors are hosting post-secondary planning workshops during WIN/Advisory.  Seniors will be able to attend one out of three different sessions.  The workshops will be from 10:00 - 11:10 am, so seniors will be released at 10:00 to attend their workshop of choice.  We know some students may be out on September 7th for a religious holiday; those students may attend on the 9th even if it is not their designated day. 

Half of the advisory teachers will send their students on Sept. 7th and the other half of the advisory teachers will send their students on Sept. 9th.  Please see the list below to find out which day you will attend.  The 4-Year College session and the NOVA session will be offered on the both days.  The Career Research session will only be on Sept. 7th and the Apprenticeship/Trade School/Military session will only be offered on Sept. 9th.  If you would like to attend one of those sessions, you are welcome to come on either day. 

Please refer to the chart below for locations:

12th Grade College Planning Parent Night

Parents of 12th grade students are invited to join LBSS High School Counselors for a virtual College Planning Parent Night on September 14th at 6:30 pm. There will be sessions for those interested in 2-year and 4-year college options. All 12th grade students will have their own in-person postsecondary planning workshops to choose from the prior week. 

The virtual sessions will take place through Schoology parent accounts, which use your SIS ParentVue login, so please be sure your account is active. If you need to request an account, please submit a ticket. Recordings will be stored in Schoology for those who cannot attend.

Directions to access the virtual sessions

When the sessions are set to begin you will login to Schoology, click on courses, click on “All Parents,” and then click on “Zoom.” Review the list of scheduled sessions and select the one you will attend. The sessions that will be offered are:

2-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents

4-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents (Student Last Names A-M)

4-Year College Planning - 12th Grade Parents (Student Last Names N-Z)

Student Parking Pass Updates

Students who were selected from the parking lottery to have a LB parking pass for the 2021-22 school year were sent an email to their FCPS email address with a link to pay for the spot for the year.  Once payment is received, the student will receive the forms to complete and turn in to Ken May, Security Specialist, and obtain their pass.  If the payment and forms aren't completed by September 10th, the pass will be offered to a student on the waiting list.  Information on painting spaces will be made at another time.  If you have questions, please contact Ken May 

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

On Wednesday, October 13th LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th graders. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. All 10th and 11th grade students who report to school on Wednesday, October 13th will take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores, and their website also offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

SAT for Registered 12th Graders Wednesday, October 13th-Sign-up Required by September 8th

On Wednesday, October 13th, LBSS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th grade student to take this test. However, students must register by September 8th as we cannot accept walk-ups on test day for the SAT School Day. The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day and scores will be released on or around November 3. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

Registration for seniors for SAT School Day:

Lake Braddock Secondary School: 2021 SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form  https://forms.gle/f8rFrsehyJzV1c7F6

Your student will need to use their @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form.  Families will not be able to access the form using a personal Gmail account. After logging out of all personal Gmail accounts, including apps that use your personal Gmail accounts for access, if you are still having difficulty accessing the form, try accessing the form from the student’s FCPS-issued computer and from a non-Google search engine, such as Internet Explorer.

High School Picture Day is next week, on September 9th-10th. Pictures will be available in the week or so following. Keep an eye out for order forms being sent home with students. Save time and Pre-order online hereAll underclassmen will have their yearbook pictures taken through their Health, Physical Education, and English classes.

Middle School Information Middle School After-School Registration is NOW OPEN Middle School Picture Day-September 16th-17th

Middle School Picture Day is just a few weeks away on September 16th-17th.  Pictures will be available in the week or so following. Keep an eye out for order forms being sent home with students. Save time and Pre-order online here.

Important Reminders Parent Academy Virtual Parent Coffee

The first Virtual Parent Coffee will be held September 10th from 9:30am to 10:30am. Please use this link to register.

Calendar Reminders

Reminder: FCPS celebrates the Labor Day Holiday Friday, September 3, and Monday, September 6. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, is Rosh Hashanah, the start of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. L'shanah Tovah, Happy New Year, to all who celebrate.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form! Click here to access the LBSS website.

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the form that accompanies this letter or access the opt out forms online.  The detailed grade-level program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website at

Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

For more information or questions regarding the FLE program, please contact Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or email Carrie Reynolds.

Free/Reduced-Meal Applications

While every student in FCPS is receiving free meals this year, the application for Free/Reduced Meals will still need to be completed if you require reduced/waived fees for course fees, instrument rentals, parking passes, etc.  Parents/guardians must also complete the Consent to Share form.  These forms can be found here.

PTSA Join the PTSA!

Join the LBSS PTSA today. Your membership will include our bi-weekly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, free access to the student A to Z directory, discounts with PTSA partnerships, eligibility for student scholarships, voting rights at our membership meetings, and more. The PTSA has membership options for students, faculty, adults, and families (includes 2 adults and unlimited students).

Visit the PTSA website to join.

Our first general membership meeting will be on Wednesday, September 8th at 7 pm via zoom. Register online for the meeting link. 

FCPS Information Sharing Our Success!

Our strong return builds on a foundation of success. Take a look at Sharing Our  Success, stories and highlights from the 2020-21 school year. We love reading about the great things happening in FCPS and Lake Braddock!

FCPS to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Athletic Participation

Beginning November 8, FCPS will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for any student participating in Virginia High School League (VHSL) winter and spring sports for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. 

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination will also be required for participation in any other activity that requires a physical. This includes dance team and step team, as well as out-of-season practices and workouts. 

Read Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the community.

Please note: Exemptions will be permitted on religious and medical grounds.

We know you have lots of questions! Check back next week for more details and answers to frequently asked questions. We are still working through some of the operational aspects of this decision.

Returning Strong: How Pausing, Quarantining, and Isolating Keeps Our Schools Safe

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

 

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within our school community. The pause will be initiated by the FCHD for anyone who interacted with an individual who reported a positive COVID-19 case.

  • A pause typically lasts between 24-48 hours while FCHD verifies vaccination status and completes contact tracing.
  • Vaccination status may reduce the time spent in a pause, but must be verified every time an individual is put on a pause. 
  • The FCHD does not accept a negative COVID-19 test to release an individual from the pause. 
  • You will be contacted by the FCHD with a date they can return to school or work.
  •  This flowchart best explains what happens when there is a pause.
Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for equal to or greater than 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least three feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.
Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may not return until:

  • It has been at least 10 days since the student first had symptoms, AND
  • The student must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better.

FCPS is committed to providing students with opportunities to remain engaged in learning when they are in a pause, quarantine, or isolation period. This chart outlines the ways students receive instruction and materials.

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

To learn more about COVID-19 case notifications, watch this video

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Reminder: Mask Wearing on School Buses

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings and on school buses

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Office of Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman provides an independent, confidential resource for students, families, employees, and community members, offering informal help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues.

The staff of Office of the Ombudsman will listen, review, and provide resources for information and referral, serve as a neutral advocate for fairness, equity, inclusion, and consistency, and foster positive working relationships.

Brochures for parents, students, and community members are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese and are available in PDF format on the Ombudsman's website.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

Prior to 8:00 am, the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact.  If you use the online attendance form for an early dismissal, please tell your student to stop by their subschool office to pick up the dismissal pass.

At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 

Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

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.

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LBSS Weekly News - August 27, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

It has been a great week as we welcomed our students and families back to campus.  The energy has been high and we are excited to have our first home football game tonight against Hayfield Secondary School. 

We appreciate your patience as we work out the logistics of the increased traffic and delayed bus runs.  Please see the new information below regarding the updated Kiss and Ride traffic pattern for the morning arrival procedures in the front of the school.

Please remember that Friday, September 3rd, and Monday, September 6th, are a school holiday for Labor Day.  We look forward to opening our building back up to students at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 7th.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
New Traffic Pattern
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
Digital Consent
PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
SAT School Day for Registered 12th Graders Wednesday, October 13th
Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out
Parent Academy Virtual Parent Coffee
Lockers
Senior Parking Pass Lottery Application
Lunch Updates
High School Picture Day

Important Reminders
School Hours
Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed Sept 3rd-6th for Labor Day Break
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Free/Reduced-Meal Applications

FCPS Information
FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts
Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languanges
FCPS Highlights of Opening of School Year
Latest on Bus Transportation
Office of Ombudsman
FCPS Mental Health Resoueces

Important LBSS Contact Information
How to Stay In Touch

New Information New Traffic Pattern

Beginning Monday, August 30th, there will be a new traffic pattern to ease congestion during our morning arrivals. Please read the following carefully for instructions:

KISS AND RIDE: Parents entering from Burke Lake Road will need to stay in the far right lane and follow the direction of security to drop off students at Doors 15 and 16. The secondary entrance is from Lake Braddock Drive and students may be dropped off at Door 3. Do not park or leave your car unattended in either of the two drop-off locations.

STAFF AND STUDENT PARKING: From Burke Lake Road, students and staff will be able to park in the lot on the right hand side of the school. If entering from Lake Braddock Drive, students and staff will only be able to park in the lots on the left side of the building. No one will be permitted to cross through the median for entrance to another parking lot. Hang tags must be displayed to obtain entry to either of these parking lots.

BUSES: All buses will enter from Burke Lake Road and will use the far left lane. They will merge with cars as they exit the school parking lot; this process will be facilitated by security.

Please be patient and respectful at all times. Every Bruin’s safety is our priority.

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Digital Consent for Students

Attention Bruin Families! Don't forget to submit your Digital Consent Form! https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu.

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th Graders Wednesday, October 13th

On Wendesday, October 13th LBSS will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th graders. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. All 10th and 11th grade students who report to school on Wednesday, October 13th will take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores, and their website also offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

SAT for Registered 12th Graders Wednesday, October 13th-Sign-up Required by September 8th

On Wednesday, October 13th, LBSS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th grade student to take this test. However, students must register by September 8th  as we cannot accept walk-ups on test day for the SAT School Day. The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day and scores will be released on or around November 3. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

Registration for seniors for SAT School Day:

Lake Braddock Secondary School: 2021 SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form  https://forms.gle/f8rFrsehyJzV1c7F6

Your student will need to use their @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form.  Families will not be able to access the form using a personal Gmail account. After logging out of all personal Gmail accounts, including apps that use your personal Gmail accounts for access, if you are still having difficulty accessing the form, try accessing the form from the student’s FCPS-issued computer and from a non-Google search engine, such as Internet Explorer.

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt Out

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the form that accompanies this letter or access the opt out forms online.  The detailed grade-level program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website at

Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

For more information or questions regarding the FLE program, please contact Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or email Carrie Reynolds at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Parent Academy Virtual Parent Coffee

The first Virtual Parent Coffee will be held September 10th from 9:30am to 10:30am. Please use this link to register.

Lockers at Lake Braddock

Lockers have been assigned on a request basis. Your student will find their information in their SIS account. If you would like to request a locker for your student, please complete the following form by Wednesday, September 1: https://forms.gle/GYt8ENg1Lghv5CSx7

Senior Parking Pass Lottery Application

The Senior Parking Pass Lottery application was emailed directly to seniors at their school email address on Monday, August 23rd.  Students need to complete this google form if they would like a parking pass for this school year. This form will close on Monday, August 30th.  If you have questions about this process, please email Ken May, Safety and Security Specialist.

Lunch Updates

The cafeteria will begin allowing the purchase of ala carte items next week.

Also, please note that students may not have lunch delivered to school from a restaurant or third party delivery service during the school day.

High School Picture Day

High School Picture Day is just 2 weeks away: September 9th-10th and pictures will be available in the week or so following the shoot. Keep an eye out for order forms being sent home with students. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000872160  

Middle School Picture Day information will be coming soon.

Important Reminders School Hours

We are back to a full five-day schedule. School hours are 8:00 am to 2:45 pm. The building will open for students at 7:30 am.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed September 3rd-6th for Labor Day Break

Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, September 3, is a holiday for students and staff members in addition to the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

Prior to 8:00 am, the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact.  If you use the online attendance form for an early dismissal, please tell your student to stop by their subschool office to pick up the dismissal pass.

At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 

Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Free/Reduced-Meal Applications

While every student in FCPS is receiving free meals this year, the application for Free/Reduced Meals will still need to be completed if you require reduced/waived fees for course fees, instrument rentals, parking passes, etc.  Parents/guardians must also complete the Consent to Share form.  These forms can be found here at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31049.

FCPS Information FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. The podcasts bring families timely, important information related to school news. Administrators are encouraged to share the information below with their school communities in their newsletters and social media, where applicable. 

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe:

Spanish Podcast: https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps Arabic Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/inafewwordsarabicfcps Korean Podcast: https://anchor.fm/inafewwordskoreanfcps

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Highlights of the Opening of the School Year

Superintendent Scott Brabrand shared a report with the School Board on the successful first day of school for FCPS. He shared highlights of the opening of the 2021-22 school year, including:

  • Universal no-cost breakfast and lunch for all students.
  • Layered prevention strategies to create safe and healthy places to learn and work.
  • The importance of vaccination and the strong rates of vaccination in Fairfax County, including among our students.
  • How students and staff will be supported in the event of a pause to in-person instruction.
  • Additional updates on staffing, the virtual program, and technology.

View the presentation on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

Latest on Bus Transportation

Thank you for your patience and understanding these first few days of school as we work to address the impact the national bus driver shortage has on FCPS and your students. On the first morning of school FCPS saw 7,000 bus runs with just a handful of delays.

However, if these delays impacted you or your family, we understand your frustration. As we continue to recruit drivers and make adjustments to routes to be more efficient, there are three things you can do:

  • Check the The Here Comes the Bus® app, a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.  Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. More information about the Here Comes the Bus app is available online
  • Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System online or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app (mentioned above) to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  e-Notify (SchoolMessenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays of at least 30 minutes. Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
  • Carpool, walk, or bike to school if you are able to do so. If you plan to walk or bike to school, watch this short video on pedestrian safety with your child.

More information about transportation to and from school is available online

Office of Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman provides an independent, confidential resource for students, families, employees, and community members, offering informal help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues.

The staff of Office of the Ombudsman will listen, review, and provide resources for information and referral, serve as a neutral advocate for fairness, equity, inclusion, and consistency, and foster positive working relationships.

Brochures for parents, students, and community members are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese and are available in PDF format on the Ombudsman's website.

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.
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LBSS Administrative Update - August 6, 2021

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Dear Bruin Families!
We have two additional changes to our Admin Team to share with you.

Ms. Elizabeth Eby, current Assistant Principal for Subschool 4, has accepted a position as the Culture and Climate Resource Teacher for Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Eby has called FCPS home for the past 14 years, and prior to coming to Lake Braddock has served as the Dean of Students at Luther Jackson Middle School and taught mathematics for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Pre-healing Arts and Chemistry, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist Degree from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. As a first-generation college student, Ms. Eby believes that every student deserves a champion and that all students are capable of high levels of success. Whether connecting students and families to community resources for basic needs or promoting leadership opportunities, she believes the school should provide a wealth of opportunities to meet the needs of all stakeholders while cultivating trust, school-spirit, and inspiring those around her to write their own story of success. Ms. Eby will be moving to Florida and looks forward to planning her wedding, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

To fill Ms. Eby’s role in Subschool 4, we are happy to introduce Ms. Alison Reeves. Ms. Reeves is coming to Lake Braddock Secondary from Robinson Secondary, where she taught Spanish and was World Languages Department Chair. This will be her sixth year in Fairfax County Public Schools. Alison comes with a wealth of knowledge in high-quality instruction, cultural responsiveness, and technology use as she has sat on multiple committees running professional development for these topics. Alison believes in creating a positive and caring culture in order to be successful in the classroom. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education from Mount St. Mary’s University and her Master of Science in Educational Administration from Trinity Washington University. Alison is excited to bring her energy and love of education into the Bruin hallways and help more teachers and students reach their full potential.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our new administrators when we return next month. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer. Go Bruins!

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LBSS Administrative Update - July 26, 2021

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Dear Bruin Families!
As we move forward to August 23, I wanted to let you know about some staffing changes here at Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS).

First, I am happy to share that Dr. Ana Cingel, current Assistant Principal for Administrative Services at Lake Braddock, has accepted a promotion as the Associate Principal at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Dr. Cingel has served Lake Braddock as a strong instructional leader and a champion of our shared vision and student voice for the past two years. Prior to coming to Lake Braddock, she served as an Assistant Principal and Secondary Science Coordinator in Virginia Beach and has taught Chemistry and Biology in Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctor of Education from The George Washington University. In 2017, Dr. Cingel was one of forty-six international educators recognized as an Emerging Leader by VASCD, the premier education organization for professionals. She also serves on several ASCD and VASCD committees. Dr. Cingel believes in empowering students and teachers to use education as a lever to transform lives that lead to lifelong learning. She is passionate about ensuring all students have access and opportunity to rigorous instruction and real-world learning experiences. Dr. Cingel resides in Fairfax County and in her spare time enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, and learning new languages.

I am also happy to introduce two new administrators joining our team. Mr. Darryl Johnson will be our new Assistant Principal for Administrative Services. Mr. Johnson has called Virginia his home for nearly 20 years. He came to the area from San Diego County to attend Norfolk State University in 2002. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2008, he began his career as a school counselor in Prince William County and continued service in Virginia Beach. While working as a school counselor, he also began studying Education Leadership & Supervision through George Washington University. Following the program completion, Mr. Johnson was afforded the opportunity to serve as an instructional leader and has worked as an Assistant Principal for the last eight years in the Virginia Beach area. Mr. Johnson proudly brings his school counseling and instructional leadership experience to join the team at Lake Braddock Secondary School. As a former coach, he is an avid fan of athletics and competition. Mr. Johnson brings with him to LBSS an adventurous spirit, an attitude of service, and a passion for advocacy.

Mrs. Raine Bradley joins our team as an Assistant Principal for Middle School. Mrs. Bradley has been a member of our Bruin family for the past year, serving as the Middle School SOSA and Assessment Coach. She leads with a passion for equity in education, which will serve as a foundation for her every effort in helping provide a quality education to Lake Braddock’s community. She finds her greatest honor and reward to be seeing children gain confidence as they recognize and utilize their voice as it pertains to their learning. Through her new role as an Assistant Principal at Lake Braddock, she will support staff in ensuring that all students are receiving the best educational experience. Mrs. Bradley desires to continue the great work of the Bruin community, building a legacy of excellence where all students are college and/or career-ready. She and her husband are the proud parents of three daughters, Charity, Gabrielle and Faith.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our new administrators when we return next month. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer. Go Bruins!

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