LBSS Summer Updates - July 10, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

This week we hosted two parent coffees and an optional staff meeting to share information and answer questions about the Return to School plans for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you to the almost 500 parents who joined us. The recording for the presentation can be found at this link: Return to School Parent Coffee - July 9th.

An important reminder that next Wednesday, July 15, is the due date to submit your student enrollment form for the coming school year Submit Enrollment Option.  

The Superintendent's Office has produced two videos which we hope will help you complete the enrollment process. The first video explains step by step how to complete the enrollment form. The second video provides a brief overview of what school will look like when in-person and virtual classes resume.

Remember, if no response is received, your student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

Earlier this week, the School Board agreed to delay the start of school until Tuesday, September 8. This delay will give school administrators added time to plan schedules and staffing assignments for both virtual and in-person instruction. It also allows teachers additional professional development and planning time when they return in August. Although we have delayed the start of school until Sept. 8, the final day of school in June 2021 will remain the same - June 11.

If you have further questions as you are making this decision, please reach out to myself, Mrs. Kearns or your student's administrator.

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment. If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

A Master Adviser

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Toshieba Ragland, FACS teacher, who was recently recognized as Master Adviser at the Virtual FCCLA National Leadership Conference. 

FCCLA's Master Adviser Award acknowledges advisers who have successfully advised an affiliated chapter for a minimum of three years. Master Advisers continuously promote FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education, operate an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, facilitate youth-centered activities, and continue to integrate new ideas and FCCLA happenings.

"It is difficult to put into words how appreciative the Board of Directors, National Staff, and FCCLA members are to have Master Advisers lead FCCLA chapters," said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of FCCLA. "With this honor, these advisers deserve endless recognition for their accomplishments and continued efforts to grow FCCLA and FCS education." 

Thanks to the guidance and groundwork of FCCLA Master Advisers, members can excel in Competitive Events, serve in leadership roles, and gain real-world expertise through FCS education. Through their work, members positively impact families, careers, and communities across the nation. FCCLA Master Advisers are essential in motivating and mentoring members to reach their highest potential. 

Return to School Information

As you may have seen, the plan for returning to school in the fall was reviewed by the School Board this week.  FCPS has set up a website with all of the information pertaining to the options in the fall along with an FAQ page that they will be continuing to update.  

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Support A Student Supply Drive: "Drive in to make a difference"

Cause:  Support Cornerstones (https://www.cornerstonesva.org/)

Mission: Collect school supplies for 45 high school students.

Dates:     July 14th from 2-5 pm and July 15th from 3-6 pm. Please contact us if you need to arrange a different date/time.

Collection Location: Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke VA 22015

Want to “support” a student? Here is where you can…

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044DAEAA28A2F58-support

Option 1 - Adopt a student: Purchase all the needed school supplies for them and write them a note!

Option 2 - Donate General School Supplies: Select from the list provided and know that these supplies will go where they are needed greatest!

Option 3 - Donate Money: Any amount is appreciated- all earnings will be used to purchase the needed school supplies!

Collection Day Procedures:  On collection dates/times, J. Madison, M. Mikayla, and Mrs. Wardinksi will be at Lake Braddock Door 1 with boxes to safely drop off supplies with no contact. You can safely drive up and drop off your donations in a large box. Proper gear (masks, gloves, etc.) will be worn and social distancing will be observed. Supplies will then be stored at Mikayla’s home and will be safely donated in August.

Questions? Best way to reach out: mikaylakmay03@gmail.com OR madisonsjudd@gmail.com

Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will use a drive-through system, similar to locker bag and Senior pick ups. 

Procedure:

  1. Print your first and last name on a piece of paper or index card and put it in the window of your car.
  2. Drive up to Door 14 for High School and Door 17 for Middle School.
  3. An FCPS staff member will bring your yearbook out to your car and collect your paper with the name on it. Please wear a mask while interacting with staff members.
  4. Please do not exit your car.
  5. Exit the school grounds immediately after receiving your yearbook.
Final Locker Bag Pickup

We will hold our final locker bag pickup on Friday, July 17 from 9:00 am to noon. If you still have a locker/PE/band locker bag at LBSS, you will be sent an email early next week. These bags will be set out on the sidewalk at Door 1 in alphabetical order. Please park in the parking lot and walk up to pick up your bag. Please check in with the LBSS staff member at Door 1 before leaving with your bag.

There are still approximately 200 unidentified PE bags remaining. The items from these bags will be placed on top of the bags on the grass near Door 1. Families are invited to walk through the bags to locate missing items.

Class of 2020 Photo Session Picture

Seniors, we have your complimentary photo from Victor O'Neill. Please plan to pick it up when you come for yearbook distribution on Friday, July 17. Please come between noon and 1:00 pm.

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Video

We were excited to celebrate our Class of 2020 last week.  The Graduation Celebration Video can be found at this link: https://lakebraddock.stageclip.com/.

Report Cards in Document Module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m. For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents. The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

Mental Wellness Consultation Summer 2020

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation. Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31.  Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

MS Information MS Summer Learning Information

There are summer learning opportunities in a virtual setting for Middle School students. The information about these opportunities, contact information for staff and links for Google Classrooms can be found in the link below. 

Middle School Continuity of Learning

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Summer Updates - June 26, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

I hope this email finds all of our Bruin Family enjoying the summer!  Last Friday was a holiday for FCPS to honor and recognize Juneteenth.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Juneteenth is the celebration and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It is observed annually on June 19.   We appreciate this step to continue creating an inclusive and compassionate environment for all families and staff. 

An additional step that the School Board took this week was to proclaim June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  I wanted to highlight this as an additional step that was taken this week to create a welcoming environment for those students, staff, and families. 

We heard from our School Board this week about the plan for school next year.  Each family is asked to declare their intentions by July 10th for either face-to-face learning two days a week or virtual learning.  To connect with our families, we have scheduled two parent coffees the week of July 6th that will happen virtually, and we have a google form below to collect questions you may have as we prepare for these events.  

There are some announcements we also have below that are related to closing out the 2019-20 school year, specifically with locker items and yearbooks.  We also have important information for the Class of 2020 Graduation and Celebration Video, as well as the photo opportunity that occurred earlier this June. 

Lastly, as we connect with you this summer we also want to highlight new staff that will be joining our Lake Braddock family.  This week we are very excited to introduce you to two of our new Assistant Principals that will start with us in July when all our administrative staff returns.  Stay tuned for introductions of other staff that will be joining Bruin Nation for the 2020-21 school year!

 

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Welcome Our New High School Administrators Scott Darwin

Scott Darwin has been with Lake Braddock for 7 years, first as a Middle School Science Teacher and most recently as the Middle School Systems of Support Advisor. Scott has also served as the head Swim and Dive Coach at Lake Braddock.

Jennifer Harris

We are pleased to also introduce Jennifer Harris as a new Assistant Principal. Jennifer comes from Robinson Secondary School, where she taught English and served as the department chair. Ms. Harris is in the final stages of earning her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Information for All Summer Office Hours

We have limited office hours this summer for deliveries and services by appointment.  If you need assistance, please call the main office Monday through Friday 9 am - 3 pm.  

Return to School Information

As you may have seen, the plan for returning to school in the fall was reviewed by the School Board this week.  FCPS has set up a website with all of the information pertaining to the options in the fall along with an FAQ page that they will be continuing to update.  

Return to School Webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Return to School FAQs: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Virtual Parent Coffee

Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns will host a Virtual Parent Coffee on Tuesday, July 7th and Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 pm. We want to connect with our families over the summer and provide updated information about the 2020-21 school year. The link for the events will be sent out through eNotify the week of July 6th.

Please use this Google Form to submit questions: Virtual Parent Coffee Questions Form

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Video

As you know from the emails sent to your FCPS account by Ms. Hoppock, Fairfax County Public Schools and Lake Braddock Secondary School will be honoring and celebrating you via a pre-recorded Virtual Graduation Celebration Video.   If you elected to participate in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony and submitted content which was approved, you will be getting an email from Marching Order, which will contain your access link.  Be sure to check the email account you used for your correspondence – either FCPS or personal, on July 2nd.

 

The ceremony will stream on July 2 at 2:00 p.m. The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will also be broadcast on FCPS Channel 21. 

 

If  you would like to view the ceremony through YouTube, please use the following link: http://lakebraddock.stageclip.com

 

On July 2, at 2pm, you can also watch the ceremony on Channel 21 using the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/event/lake-braddock-secondary-school-virtual-graduation-celebration

Class of 2020 Photo Session Picture

Thank you to all the Graduates who participated in the Individual Photo Session for the Class of 2020.  It was so great to see and celebrate each of you as you walked across the stage and turned your tassel as your picture was taken.  We are providing each graduate with one free 5 X 7 photo from their photo session. Victor O’Neil has selected the photo you will receive from Lake Braddock Secondary School. Families can purchase different or additional photos from the company. Graduates will be able to pick up their free photo during our Yearbook distribution in mid-July.

Locker Item Pickup

Friday, June 19 was our final scheduled day for locker item pickup. If you are still missing items, please fill out this Student Item Follow-Up. Please provide as much detail as possible. We understand that many of you still have items to pick up. We ask for your patience as we continue to go through the hundreds of remaining bags to try to match up items. We will not donate any items until we have finished this process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Report Cards in Document Module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m. For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents. The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

Mental Wellness Consultation Summer 2020

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation. Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Last Call to Purchase Yearbooks

The high school and middle school yearbooks will be delivered to school sometime in early July. After they arrive, the advisers (Mrs. Poquis and Mr. Toney) will send an email to all purchasers with a plan for pickup.

If you have not yet purchased a book, but want one, you can order from the publisher site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school order code 5061 for the high school and 13956 for the middle school. Orders can only be taken until June 20 there.

You can also place an order on MySchoolBucks. We will accept orders until we are sold out via this option.

If you aren’t sure if you have already placed an order, please email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu or Mr. Toney at jltoney@fcps.edu

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31.  Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

MS Information MS Summer Learning Information

There are summer learning opportunities in a virtual setting for Middle School students. The information about these opportunities, contact information for staff and links for Google Classrooms can be found in the link below. 

Middle School Continuity of Learning

VIP Camp is going virtual this summer! The After School Specialists from all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services. Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County, West Springfield, and Woodson pyramids are invited to join our camp. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th. Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and includes program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, debate, drama, fitness, STEAM, trivia, yoga and much more! There is no cost associated with this camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Friday, June 19th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing. Please use the link below to register your child.  

Virtual VIP Camp Summer 2020 Registration   

HS Information FCPS Awards 9 LBSS Students a Letter of Intent for Teaching Positions

In an effort to cultivate new teachers for the future, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has awarded 2020 Letters of Intent to 42 FCPS students, 9 of whom are from Lake Braddock Secondary School. The FCPS Letter of Intent signifies a commitment by the district to offer the recipient a guaranteed interview for a teaching position.

FCPS Letter of Intent recipients must be enrolled in an accredited collegiate teacher preparation program and must reach at least sophomore standing in order to obtain an interview. Interviews will be held during the district’s annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar. Individuals who interview successfully will receive a recruitment contract for future employment as an FCPS teacher. 

Please join Bruin Nation in congratulating our talented nine Lake Braddock Secondary School Teachers for Tomorrow students on being awarded this Letter of Intent:  Emily Ferrao, Timothy Gallotta, Michelle Heo, Baylor Howerton, Clark Levine, Ryan McGowen, Keely Ochs, Caroline O’Connors, and Katelynn Shea. Thank you for being outstanding representatives of our Teachers for Tomorrow program!  

In 2018, FCPS established Grow Your Own, a program designed to combat the nationwide decline of available teachers.  The program, managed by the Office of Talent Acquisition and Management and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness, includes the Teachers for Tomorrow and Early Childhood Careers high school classes. 

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - June 12, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

As we close out this year, I wanted to reflect on the successful year that we have had together and all the relationships built with families, students, and staff.  While this is not the ending that any one of us would have hoped for, the strong relationships and support are what got us through this unprecedented time.  

My goals were to build trust within our community, provide opportunities for all voices to be heard, and increase the support that our school could provide to families.  This year, students participated in the first ever Principal's Cabinet, Athletics Council, and Clubs Council as a way to elevate student voices and provide additional opportunities for students to contribute and improve our culture at Lake Braddock.  We partnered with our PTSA to provide events where parents learned strategies to help their children be successful in school and deal with challenging topics like anxiety and substance abuse.   We also provided parent coffee events, even in the virtual setting, to make sure we provided timely information, were available for parents to ask questions and share their concerns with myself and Lindsey Kearns, our Associate Principal.  We also created the first ever School Planning Council where parents, students, and staff came together to discuss our current state and the future of LBSS.  

As we end this school year, I wish you happiness and a wonderful summer break.  As more information about next year becomes available, we will communicate out those changes and how they may impact Lake Braddock.  Know that we will continue to be here for you, our LBSS family, throughout the summer break if you need anything.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Have a wonderful and safe summer! 

 

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Class of 2020 Photo Opportunity

Our Class of 2020 Photo Opportunity is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16. Please see the email from Dr. Smith sent earlier this week for details, along with the June 12 email with the location update due to the rain. Here is the link for the sign up to reserve a time slot.

7th-11th Grade Item Pickup

We have a final pickup date scheduled for locker items on Friday, June 19 from 8:00 to noon. Please drive up and park outside door 14. Show a paper with your student's name and locker number (if known). Please remain in your car. A staff member will bring your items to you.

If you have items that may have been missed during the initial pickup, please use this link to provide information: Student Item Follow-Up

 

Returning School-issue Laptop

School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year. Seniors will return their laptops during the day they come to get their Senior packets. All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop. 

 

PE Lockers

We realize that there are still a large number of families who have been unable to pick up their PE locker items. Please know that we share your frustration and are working hard to sort everything out. If you are still missing PE items, please fill out the Google form linked above. Once we have had the final locker pick up on June 19, we will go through the bags once again to locate any missing items entered on the Google form.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Last Call to Purchase Yearbooks

The high school and middle school yearbooks will be delivered to school sometime in early July. After they arrive, the advisers (Mrs. Poquis and Mr. Toney) will send an email to all purchasers with a plan for pickup.

If you have not yet purchased a book, but want one, you can order from the publisher site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school order code 5061 for the high school and 13956 for the middle school. Orders can only be taken until June 20 there.

You can also place an order on MySchoolBucks. We will accept orders until we are sold out via this option.

If you aren’t sure if you have already placed an order, please email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu or Mr. Toney at jltoney@fcps.edu

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Principal's Cabinet Year End Summary

This past year, Lake Braddock introduced a new opportunity to students called the Principal's Cabinet. The Principal’s Cabinet was created by Dr. Smith to get insight from students to glean what LBSS does well and what it could improve. The inaugural cabinet of 70  voted and decided to focus on these 7 topics: Teacher Consistency, Student Activities, Respect, Physical Environment, Parking and Security, Mental Health, and Attendance. In October, students picked one of the 7 sub-committees to join. Each sub-committee began to come up with the issues they sought to fix this year. There was also one additional sub-committee known as the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee was comprised of 11 students representing both middle school and high school. They met monthly prior to each larger council meeting to structure the work time, as well as to update Dr. Smith on the progress that each committee was making and how the administration could help speed it up. 

Throughout the rest of the school year, students met bi-monthly with their sub-committees to help improve Lake Braddock. Multiple accomplishments were planned for this spring/summer but have now been delayed till the next school year. Each committee’s work can be seen in the bullets below. 

  • Student Activities: Powderpuff football game and boys volleyball game.
  • Mental Health: Had Sam Lucania come and speak to students and parents.
  • Parking & School Security: Painting senior parking spots that will double as a senior class fundraiser.
  • Responsibility: Piloted a cafeteria clean up program with middle school students.
  • Physical Environment: Did research on implementing murals within Lake Braddock, as well as piloting a new type of bathroom pass.
  • Attendance: Created an attendance challenge among grade levels with a party as a reward.
  • Teacher Consistency: Brainstormed and researched what helped students thrive in their learning environment. 

As school has moved to an online platform, so did our Principal’s Cabinet work. We continued to have monthly meetings, and work within our sub-committees to find creative solutions to the new problems students were facing at home. We created a new sub-committee focused on student morale. The student morale committee has only existed for 2 months but has already created solutions to some newfound problems. They have created a new program called Bruin Bites which is a virtual lunch program that offers students a chance to share lunch on Blackboard Collaborate instead of in the cafeteria. While our year got cut short this year, this past school year was a very successful inaugural year for the principal’s cabinet. 

The students on the Principal’s Cabinet would like to thank Dr. Smith for providing this opportunity to provide input and solutions to problems that our school may face. He has done an extraordinary job of giving students a voice and bringing positive change to Lake Braddock.  I also want to say thank you to Mrs. Kearns, Mr. Dibari, Mrs. Hoppock. Ms. Eby, Mr. Darwin, Dr. Patrick, Ms. Pritchett, Mrs. Soos, Ms. Polino, Ms. Pack, Ms. Pevner, Ms. Butler-Johnson, and Ms. Petrovic. These individuals have put countless hours into helping our school become the best place for a student to learn. We learned that when we work together as a LBSS community more can get done for the good of all. We look forward to the positive changes that will come from this committee in the future. If you are interested in having a voice on the principal’s cabinet, be sure to look out for applications in the fall! 

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Winners

Congratulations to the following LB students, who competed over the past several weeks in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals tournaments. The students' participation in the World Finals this year is a particularly huge accomplishment because of all the extra work involved in adapting to an online format, so only a small percentage of teams from all the regional, state, and national competitions took part.  Without being able present their problem solutions live, which is how they trained all year to do, the students worked hard during the shut-down to rework them into new formats and record them online with team members at a distance, and then also took part in a timed, online spontaneous competition.

 

Team 1.  Lake Braddock/West Springfield/Thomas Jefferson:  7th-9th grades, Technical Division III

Lake Braddock SS:  Maliha Sheikh (9th), Kate Burns (9th), Evan Adams (8th), Ella Ridgway (7th), Zach Davis (7th)

West Springfield HS:  Robbie Kugler (9th)

Thomas Jefferson HSST: Laura Ridgway (9th)

 

Team 2.  Lake Braddock/Irving:  8th grade, Classics Division II

Lake Braddock SS:  Jonathan Barnard, Zumi Riekse, Casey Chen, Tyler Huang, Kiersten Schmitt, Vitaliy Schweigert (all 8th)

Irving MS:  Sarayu Jilludumudi (8th)

LB Student Starting Coffee Delivery Business

Check out this article in the Connection Newspaper about LB Junior Josh Putz, who has started a coffee delivery service.

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

Online Research Workshop by STEM4Tomorrow

STEM4Tomorrow is holding a free online research workshop for students who are interested in conducting scientific research. The speakers are high school students who have actively conducted scientific research and won awards in various research events. They will share their research projects, experiences, and tips. A panel discussion will be held with questions about the research process and their programs. A Zoom link will be sent before the workshop to those who sign up.

The workshop date has been extended to Sunday, June 21.

Sign up and submit your questions at: https://forms.gle/Ka5MyJW8gKJa8uV66.

STEM4Tomorrow is a student-led volunteering organization dedicated to promoting STEM learning and research. For students who are ready to conduct research or have already started their own research projects, STEM4Tomorrow provides free research-prep courses and research mentorships in various fields. For more information about their programs, please visit https://stem4tomorrow.org/programs/.

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

VIP Camp is going virtual this summer! The After School Specialists from all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services. Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County, West Springfield, and Woodson pyramids are invited to join our camp. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th. Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and includes program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, debate, drama, fitness, STEAM, trivia, yoga and much more! There is no cost associated with this camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Friday, June 19th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing. Please use the link below to register your child.  

Virtual VIP Camp Summer 2020 Registration   

Middle School Student Recognition

Congratulations to all our middle school students who were recognized by their teachers for their outstanding effort and continued demonstration of Lake Braddock’s core values.  Be sure to check out our complete list of award recipients HERE.  Interdisciplinary Teams recognized these students though end of year team celebrations and certificates were emailed to parents and students last week. 

Physical & Immunization Requirements

Physicals are not required for school entry in grade 7 and above. A TDAP booster is required for all rising 7th grade students. Updated immunization records can be emailed to Angela Santizo at assantizo@fcps.edu or faxed to 703-426-1193.

HS Information

Alcohol in the time of COVID-19

With all the attention being paid to opioids and opiates, it may be easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Teenagers especially, are most likely to abuse alcohol because it is fairly easy to obtain and is more socially normalized. While many of us are either quarantined or spending more time at home due to social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns, alcohol sales have nearly doubled.

Teenagers being the resourceful and savvy beings that they are, are finding ways to obtain alcohol even in quarantine. Some recent trends include alcohol delivery via Drizly and other services and apps like GrubHub where they may not enforce policies around checking identification. Some states have loosened restrictions around carryout/takeout alcohol and are allowing restaurants to sell pre-made cocktails for carryout. It is especially important as parents to monitor receipts, credit card statements, apps, and orders placed.

Another issue to be mindful of is how easily fake IDs are obtained. Many fake IDs look real and are easily bought from the internet. There are a number of websites dedicated to providing anyone with a fake ID. However, we won’t list them here because we do not want to encourage students to access these sites, which are likely to cause computer viruses. So, check your and your student’s internet histories regularly on all personal devices.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me, Ken Johnson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Lake Braddock Pyramid at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu .

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - June 5, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

This week has been a difficult one as we started the final countdown and celebrated our Seniors.  Today, subschool 3 Seniors were able to take their last official ride around campus and have a cheering committee celebrate them as they received their diploma, cap and gown. Subschool 4 seniors will participate tomorrow and subschools 5 and 6 will be early next week  Information regarding the Senior celebrations and activities can be found in the two websites below.

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

For all students, there are some reminders:

  • School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year. Seniors will return their laptops during the day they come to get their Senior packets. All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop.
  • Yearbooks will hopefully be delivered in early July. When we have more information about a delivery date and pick-up times, we will communicate with families through this News You Choose. 

More importantly, this has been a very difficult week for our country, Fairfax County and our Lake Braddock Community.   We have sent several messages to our students and families to show our support for minority students and reaffirm our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming space where racism is opposed at all times and in all forms.  FCPS and Fairfax County has put together a resource for families that we wanted to provide to you all. Countering Stigma and Racism  

 

As we close out this last week at school, please know that we are here for you and we love our Lake Braddock family.  If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

  

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Senior Pickup

We started our Senior pick-ups today.  Please use the links below for more information for logistics and how we are celebrating our Seniors next week.

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

7th-11th Grade Item Pickup

It was great to see so many families drive through LB the past two weeks for item pick up. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we worked through the process. If your child's items were not available at the time of pick up, we will have a Google form coming out in the next couple of weeks for you to submit.

 

PE Locker Items

We know that we have a number of PE locker bags that do not have a name attached. On Friday, June 12th from 9:00 am to noon, parents and students may come by to check the PE bags.

Information for All

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

Summer Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities that review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-20 school year. The language arts book will focus on essential skills in reading, writing, grammar, mechanics and vocabulary.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 – 11, as well as middle school English learners who are ELP levels 1 & 2. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. Language Arts workbook that all students receive will contain an ELD section with language development activities designed for students at ELP level 3 & 4. In addition, High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

There are additional opportunities students have to earn course credit and receive a grade this summer. Registration for any summer program has to be approved by the student’s high school counselor by June 15 as counselors do not work over the summer.  Student Services contact information can be found here:  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services/staff

  • Virtual Credit Recovery with Lake Braddock teachers. We will be offering the following courses: Health/PE 9 & 10, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions Data Analysis (AFDA), English 9-12, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, World History I & II, US/VA History & Government. Registration has begun and will continue until Monday June 15th . To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete school insert a link using questions from HERE. Over three weeks from July 6th through July 24th, students will take part in synchronous learning as well as complete daily online learning modules (asynchronous). Students are eligible to enroll in Virtual Credit Recovery for one course only. There is NO COST to take credit recovery course.
  • FCPS Online: Students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle School students who expunged a high school math course or wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning
  • Virtual Virginia is offering 52 online courses, including core, world language an elective courses. Enrollment for summer sessions continues until June 17th. Classes begin June 17th and run through July 28th. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. https://www.virtualvirginia.org/programs/summer/
  • Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPS) Virtual Program offers a wide variety of programs/classes through private schools as a means for students to seek course credit. Additionally VCPS believes it is desirable to seek accreditation of strengthening their programs and facilities to assure the public that the established mission, vision and philosophy of the school is being fulfilled. Please note there is a COST to participate in these courses. Courses having varying start and end dates depending on which program you choose. https://www.vcpe.org/VIRTUAL-SCHOOLS

 

All information regarding these various programs can be found on our Lake Braddock website. https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-learning-opportunities

Online Research Workshop by STEM4Tomorrow

STEM4Tomorrow is holding a free online research workshop for students who are interested in conducting scientific research. The speakers are high school students who have actively conducted scientific research and won awards in various research events. They will share their research projects, experiences, and tips. A panel discussion will be held with questions about the research process and their programs. A Zoom link will be sent before the workshop to those who sign up.

 

Event Date and Time: Sunday, June 14, 2020; 2-4 pm

Sign up and submit your questions at: https://forms.gle/Ka5MyJW8gKJa8uV66.

STEM4Tomorrow is a student-led volunteering organization dedicated to promoting STEM learning and research. For students who are ready to conduct research or have already started their own research projects, STEM4Tomorrow provides free research-prep courses and research mentorships in various fields. For more information about their programs, please visit https://stem4tomorrow.org/programs/.

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Middle School Academic and Career Plan

This year, your child is continuing to develop an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) that supports his or her current work as well as helping your child plan for the future. During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to use Naviance Student with your child to explore college and career options.

Your child will work with his or her teachers and school counselor to discover his or her personal strengths and interests, create goals to help achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school. The development of the ACP starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. 

This plan connects to the Fairfax County Public Schools strategic plan, supports Portrait of a Graduate attributes, and is also required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). VDOE requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. When reviewing the plan with your child, you can coach him or her to make decisions about college and careers that match his or her personal strengths, interests, and goals, recognizing there are multiple pathways to success.

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Family Connection and, with your child, review the following information:

  • results of the strengths and career surveys
  • goals
  • Resume Builder
  • draft course plans for high school

If you have a Blackboard Parent View account, you can log into your account and together you and your child can view his or her plan. Once in your child’s account, click the “about me” tab and scroll down to “portfolio.” Once you click on the portfolio, you can view all of the work that has been completed by your child.

Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this link:  https://forms.gle/oMhktB9QugD2ui289 or this Google form to complete the verification. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Friday, July 10, 2020.

For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website

If you have questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

Middle School Awards

Due to school closure, there will be no in-person Awards Ceremony this year. Teachers will recognize their “students of the year” and those teacher awards will be sent electronically via email. Each team will determine the time and format (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, previously recorded video, voice-over PowerPoint presentation, etc.) for their team’s end of year recognition event, including the presentation of the team’s “Most Valuable Bruin” recipients and Principal’s Service Awards winners (8th grade only). Eighth grade teams are currently finalizing their lists of those students who have met the Principal’s Service Award Criteria. The criteria are: at least 40 hours of community service for the year, a minimum of a B average in Civics for quarters 1, 2, and 3, no honor code violations, and no disciplinary infractions. Eighth grade students who met each of these criteria will also be recognized with a certificate electronically.

 

Physical & Immunization Requirements

Physicals are not required for school entry in grade 7 and above. A TDAP booster is required for all rising 7th grade students. Updated immunization records can be emailed to Angela Santizo at assantizo@fcps.edu or faxed to 703-426-1193.

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

Check out the updated Senior Class Websites, where you will find everything you need to know and more!

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

 

Alcohol in the time of COVID-19

With all the attention being paid to opioids and opiates, it may be easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Teenagers especially, are most likely to abuse alcohol because it is fairly easy to obtain and is more socially normalized. While many of us are either quarantined or spending more time at home due to social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns, alcohol sales have nearly doubled.

 

Teenagers being the resourceful and savvy beings that they are, are finding ways to obtain alcohol even in quarantine. Some recent trends include alcohol delivery via Drizly and other services and apps like GrubHub where they may not enforce policies around checking identification. Some states have loosened restrictions around carryout/takeout alcohol and are allowing restaurants to sell pre-made cocktails for carryout. It is especially important as parents to monitor receipts, credit card statements, apps, and orders placed.

 

Another issue to be mindful of is how easily fake IDs are obtained. Many fake IDs look real and are easily bought from the internet. There are a number of websites dedicated to providing anyone with a fake ID. However, we won’t list them here because we do not want to encourage students to access these sites, which are likely to cause computer viruses. So, check your and your student’s internet histories regularly on all personal devices.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me, Ken Johnson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Lake Braddock Pyramid at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu .

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

June 5-9: Class of 2020 Drive Through Celebrations

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - May 29, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

This week we started the process for student pick-up and it was so nice to see our families coming up to the building, even if it was only for a few minutes.  We have another week of student pick up this week, and the performing arts classes will also be doing pick up and collection of items and instruments.

For all students, there are some things to remember:

  • School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year.  Seniors will return their laptops during the day they come to get their Senior packets.  All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop. 
  • Library books that are checked out from our library will not receive fines for being checked out beyond the due date.
  • Calculators, Textbooks, and other class materials can be returned next week during your scheduled time.  You may also return these items when we return to school. 

For our Seniors, you have received communication this week that provides more details about the end of the year and various celebrations.  We will be hosting another virtual Senior Parent Meeting on Monday, June 1st at 6:00 pm.  Seniors will also meet with their administrator on June 1st at the times below.  Students will use the individual link for Blackboard Collaborate that was emailed to their fcpsschools.net email address.  

 

     2:00 pm - Subschool 3

     2:30 pm - Subschool 4

     3:00 pm - Subschool 5

     3:30 pm - Subschool 6

 

The Senior Class Websites have been updated.  Click on the link below to find everything you need to know and more!

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

We only have a few weeks left of this school year.  As we wrap up the year, please continue to reach out to your teachers, counselors, and administrators with any questions or concerns.  

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Seniors are meeting on Monday, June 1st

We will have meetings on June 1st for parents and students to hear more detailed information about the end of year celebrations and pick-up.  Parents will meet virtually at 6:00 pm, and the link for that meeting will be emailed out to Senior parents on Monday morning.  Seniors will meet by subschool at the time mentioned above, and their individual link was sent to their fcpsschools.net email address. 

 

PTSA General Board Meeting

The PTSA board will meet on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 6:30 PM for the final general membership meeting of the year and board election.  All paid members of the LBSS PTSA, including students, are eligible to vote. Please register to attend the meeting here.  The meeting link will be sent to everyone who registers one day before the meeting.

The Nominating committee reviewed all expressions of interest and qualifications from candidates and has proposed the following slate of officers for the 2020-2021 academic year.

 

Panel of Candidates for 2020-2021

President: Bob Gaylord

1st VP:Jennifer Downs 

2nd VP: Carol Parrott  

3rd VP: Julie Shedd

Treasurer: Crystal DeJesus

Secretary: Carrie Holmes

 

Additional nominations should be made by emailing thirdvp@lbssptsa.org at least 48 hours before the election, by 6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 2nd. 

 

7th-11th Grade Item Pickup

We have one more day for item pick up for 7th through 11th graders, Wednesday, June 3. Please use the following links to sign up for a slot:

7th grade:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faea82daaf49-subschools

8th grade:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faea82daaf49-subschool

9th-11th grades:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faea82daaf49-high

Many people have signed up for a slot just to return items. Please note that the return of textbooks or other items is not required at this time. If you would prefer not to come by, the items can be returned when the school reopens.

Also, please use the appropriate sign up for your child's grade. We are staging each group at different places at Lake Braddock.

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work through this process. We realize that some items were not available at the assigned pick up time. Please be assured that we are keeping a log of those items and will work to locate them and set up another time for pick up.

A few issues have arisen regarding PE lockers. Many students have given the general location of their locker or the locker number. Please be aware that we have already emptied the lockers and put the items in bags.If there were items in the PE lockers, then the lock was returned with the items in the bag. If the locker was empty, then the lock was placed in the locker to be saved for the return to school. If your child's PE locker items are not available at pick-up, we ask that you contact his/her PE teacher for additional assistance. We are not throwing away any PE items and will work to return everything to the original students.

Information for All

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Summer STEM Institute Virtual Summer Program

As you know, many academic opportunities and programs are being cancelled this year due to COVID-19. To help continue educational opportunities during this time, a team of Stanford and Harvard students and graduates is starting the Summer STEM Institute (SSI), a virtual summer research program.The Summer STEM Institute is a six-week virtual summer program consisting of three main parts: 

  • A research and data science bootcamp: SSI will equip students with the valuable skills to conduct computational research. Students will learn how to apply data science to interdisciplinary projects with real-world impact.
  • A Masterclass lecture series: Students will be connected with 30+ highly accomplished speakers from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top institutions—from Forbes 30 under 30 awardees, Intel Science Talent Search (STS) winners, to International Math Olympiad Medalists.
  • A research project: Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project in a scientific field of interest. Students will be matched to a virtual lab and work closely with mentors, including International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) winners and Research Science Institute (RSI) scholars. 

For more details, please visit https://www.summersteminstitute.org/.

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

PTSA General Meeting on Thursday, June 4th

Please join us Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 6:30 PM for the final general membership meeting of the year and board election.  The detailed information is at the top of this newsletter in Dr. Smith's message.

 

Congratulations from the NOVA District PTA

The Northern Virginia District PTA had their Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 27th.  The Lake Braddock PTSA was recognized with several nominations and awards: 

  • Two of our students, Charles Nguyen and Ella Ridgway, received  Citizenship Essay Awards for their essay answering "What Does It Take to Be a Good Citizen."
  • Charles Nguyen photograph titled "Synapse" was given the Special Artists Photography Award of Merit. 
  • Julie Shedd and Andrea Hellier were nominated Finalists for Secondary School Volunteer of the Year.
  • Lake Braddock SS PTSA was nominated for the Family Engagement award
  • Dr. Daniel Smith and Lake Braddock SS PTSA was nominated for the Power Partner Award

 

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Middle School Awards

Due to school closure, there will be no in-person Awards Ceremony this year. Teachers will recognize their “students of the year” and those teacher awards will be sent electronically via email. Each team will determine the time and format (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, previously recorded video, voice-over PowerPoint presentation, etc.) for their team’s end of year recognition event, including the presentation of the team’s “Most Valuable Bruin” recipients and Principal’s Service Awards winners (8th grade only). Eighth grade teams are currently finalizing their lists of those students who have met the Principal’s Service Award Criteria. The criteria are: at least 40 hours of community service for the year, a minimum of a B average in Civics for quarters 1, 2, and 3, no honor code violations, and no disciplinary infractions. Eighth grade students who met each of these criteria will also be recognized with a certificate electronically.

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

We will hold another series of Senior class meetings on Monday, June 1 for students and parents. Mark your calendars and check your emails for the links!

Check out the updated Senior Class Websites, where you will find everything you need to know and more!

Senior Week of Celebrations

LBSS Senior Class Webpage

Yearbook

The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com). Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources Special Education Resources

Special Education Instruction

Are you feeling like you are having to do everything for your son or daughter? Want to build independence at home? Check out this video on building independence. This short video will outline how to be successful at teaching independence by prompting and fading your assistance over time.

Teaching social-emotional skills to young children is very important. Resources to support families to help preschool age children identify and express their emotions have been provided by the Center on the Social-Emotional Foundations for Early Learning. 

Successful Strategies for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children with ADHD continue to need structure and support during distance learning.  How can a parent or caregiver help provide the support their child needs when learning at home?  Check out several strategies recommended by experts from Child Mind Institute.

Maintaining Wellness and Self-Care

During this time parents are balancing work, children being home and other stressors. It is more important than ever to implement strategies to cope with stress. Utilizing effective coping strategies supports your own mental health, but also models those skills for your child. Prioritizing your own well-being can benefit the whole family. Check out these resources on self-care:

Coping with Stress from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis: Taking Care of Yourself from the Child Mind Institute

Behavior Intervention Services

A good strategy for routines and activities that may seem difficult or are not preferred, is to break them down into smaller steps. Accomplishing each step will help your child or teen feel more successful as they work towards something that may be challenging. This helps to reduce frustration and increase motivation! Check out this quick video on how to avoid upset or frustration as students continue with digital learning this week. Consider breaking down tasks this week to decrease frustration or burn out and increase feelings of accomplishment!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will special education stakeholders be included in FCPS return to learn process?  The Superintendent has implemented a Reopening of School Task Force to develop possible scenarios to address the needs of all FCPS students, including those with disabilities.  The group includes parent, teacher and administrator representatives. The initial plan will be shared with the School Board in June.

 

Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference.

Check out this FCPS Blog for seven ideas for incorporating mindfulness into your routine while children are at home.

If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away.

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. 

 

FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

May 29: Last day of classes for Seniors.

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students.

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - May 22, 2020

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Lake Braddock Secondary School lights up the stadium and scoreboard on May 20, 2020 at 8:20 pm to celebrate the Class of 2020!

Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

This week we, along with other FCPS high schools, honored our Seniors by lighting up the stadium and scoreboard on May 20th at 8:20pm.   Additionally, Seniors and their parents had meetings this week where we shared some recent developments of how we will celebrate them.  Thank you to everyone who joined us.  The link for the recording and slides are below.  We will have another Senior meeting for students and parents on Monday, June 1st.   

Senior Meeting Recording

Senior Meeting Slides.   

Lake Braddock was recognized  as a winner in the FCPS High School Voter Registration Challenge. This means that over 50 percent of eligible members of our senior class registered to vote. Way to go Seniors!  I also wanted to bring to our Seniors attention the program that Governor Northam is putting on May 29th at 5pm, "Virginia Graduates Together."  In the Senior Section you can find more details about this program to honor you and all of your accomplishments.  

Next week, on Wednesday, we will begin the distribution of locker items for 7th through 11th grade students.  There is important information about items students may have at home that belong to the school: 

  • School-issued laptops will not be returned to school for the summer, unless you are a Senior or you are not returning to Lake Braddock SS for the 2020-21 school year.  Seniors will return their laptops during the week of June 8th.  All other students who are leaving Lake Braddock SS, please contact Lindsey Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to return your laptop. 
  • Library books that are checked out from our library will not receive fines for being checked out beyond the due date.
  • Calculators, Textbooks, and other class materials can be returned next week during your scheduled time.  You may also return these items when we return to school. 
  • Performing Arts equipment will be handled in a separate process.  Your performing arts directors will be communicating with you next week regarding what needs to be returned and the process of how it will be returned. 

As we begin this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you can take some time over the next week to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.  Each and every day we have countless men and women fighting on our behalf to preserve and protect our freedom. They risk their lives and some have sacrificed their lives for us. Many of us have military family members and friends that have served and have lost loved ones in the line of duty. Please join me as we honor and mourn the loss of these incredible servicemen and women who have sacrificed to us and our country.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, administrators, and counselors if you have any questions or needs.  We are here for you and we will get through this together. 

 

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To promote physical activity and overall well-being, the LBSS Health and PE Department is kicking off its first “Mile a Day in May” Challenge (#LBMileADayInMay)! Starting this week, we are challenging other classes, grade levels, and staff to see who can accumulate the most miles overall each week, and for the entire month of May! 

To accumulate your mile, you may walk, run, bike, treadmill, elliptical, swim, ride a scooter, or move any other way you can think of that does not involve being powered by anything other than you! Don’t feel comfortable leaving the house to get your mile in, no worries! You can use the following link to help you complete your mile in your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njeZ29umqVE 

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Summer STEM Institute Virtual Summer Program

As you know, many academic opportunities and programs are being cancelled this year due to COVID-19. To help continue educational opportunities during this time, a team of Stanford and Harvard students and graduates is starting the Summer STEM Institute (SSI), a virtual summer research program.The Summer STEM Institute is a six-week virtual summer program consisting of three main parts: 

  • A research and data science bootcamp: SSI will equip students with the valuable skills to conduct computational research. Students will learn how to apply data science to interdisciplinary projects with real-world impact.
  • A Masterclass lecture series: Students will be connected with 30+ highly accomplished speakers from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top institutions—from Forbes 30 under 30 awardees, Intel Science Talent Search (STS) winners, to International Math Olympiad Medalists.
  • A research project: Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project in a scientific field of interest. Students will be matched to a virtual lab and work closely with mentors, including International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) winners and Research Science Institute (RSI) scholars. 

For more details, please visit https://www.summersteminstitute.org/.

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

Check out the MS After-School Program Google Classroom for lots of fun, engaging and FREE material!!  The classroom code is: rdax7rb.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at ambryan@fcps.edu to submit. 

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

We will hold another series of Senior class meetings on Monday, June 1 for students and parents.  Mark your calendars!

FCPS Senior Surveys

There are many seniors that have not yet completed the mandatory FCPS Senior Survey. The Survey must be completed by May 22, 2020 and can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Commonwealth of Virginia Recognizes Class of 2020 Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in partnership with Virginia Public Media, announce a Virginia-specific graduation celebration to recognize the Commonwealth's class of 2020. “Virginia Graduates Together” will premiere on May 29 at 5 pm on Virginia PBS stations and Facebook LIVE. During this 30-minute program broadcast we will feature the accomplishments and experiences of Virginia’s remarkable class.

Click here to view a special message to the Class of 2020 from Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Yearbook

The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com). Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources Special Education Resources

Behavior Intervention Services

Offering Choices Reduces Frustration: check out this quick tip video on offering choices. This is especially useful for students who are having difficulty with challenging or non-preferred work. Building in choice, when possible, allows students to feel motivated. The strategies in this quick tip are best used:

  • When transitioning to difficult tasks
  • When transitioning to non-preferred tasks
  • After presenting challenging or non-preferred tasks to reduce frustration

Parent Video Training

Presenting Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) video parent training for parents of students with Autism and other developmental disabilities!  The ABA team has developed a series of videos for parent training.  The series starts with Developing Schedules and Routines within the home environment. The next part of the series will include “Walk with Me” strategies for taking walks outside and teaching your child to walk beside you.

Virtual Extended School Year (ESY) Services

FCPS will provide class-based Extended School Year (ESY) services virtually from June 29-July 24 to students, grades PreK thru 12, whose IEP team determines that the student qualifies for ESY in order for the student to receive benefits from his or her educational program during the regular school year.  The IEP team must decide whether the benefits the child gained during the regular school year, prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, will be significantly jeopardized if the student does not receive ESY services. 

Instruction will be provided through the distance learning model with synchronous sessions with students, learning materials available online, and packets sent through the mail to students. Specific information will be shared with families and school teams this week. Information will be shared on the FCPS Extended School Year webpage when it is available.

Suicide Prevention Training for Adults

Fairfax County provides free online suicide prevention training to educators, parents, and other adults working with youth through the Kognito At-Risk training modules. The training allows you to enter a virtual environment and assume the role of an adult interacting with a young person. The interactive portion of the training allows you to choose actions and responses in order to receive real-time feedback on how well you are doing to engage the student in conversation and take appropriate actions. The one-hour training teaches adults how to differentiate between “normal” and “at-risk” behavior, as well as how to provide appropriate support and access resources within the community or on an emergency basis.

Visit Fairfax County’s website at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/, enter “Kognito” in the search box, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to create an account to get started. Or, visit Kognito’s website at https://fairfax.kognito.com/.

Third Quarter Special Education Progress Reports

Due to the mandated COVID-19 school closures, special education services and data collection for third quarter progress reports ended on March 12, 2020. Based on the shortened timeframe for instruction, student progress may have been impacted. Teachers will use data collected prior to March 12, 2020, to complete IEP progress reports for third quarter. IEP Progress Reports will be emailed to parents no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. For students whose parents do not have an email address listed with FCPS, the FCPS Department of Special Services will send the progress reports via US mail. Special education students will not receive an IEP progress report for 4th quarter. 

 

Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference.

If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away.

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. 

 

FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Calendar at a Glance

May 25: Memorial Day Holiday. No School for All. 

May 29: Last day of classes for Seniors.

June 12: Last day of classes for 7th - 11th grade students.

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - May 15, 2020 - Updated Times for Senior Meetings

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

We end this week with more days of synchronous learning for our teachers and students.  I am appreciative for the engaging activities that teachers are providing to students during this time.  

 

Next week we will be meeting with our 12th Grade students and parents to discuss the latest developments regarding the end of the year and the ways we will celebrate the Class of 2020. Parents of Seniors are invited to attend a virtual meeting on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 pm, and the link for that meeting will be emailed out to Senior parents on Monday morning.  Seniors will be meeting on Monday afternoon by subschool through Blackboard Collaborate.  The students will be emailed an individual link emailed to their fcpsschools.net email account.  The times that each subschool will meet is listed below: 

     2:00 pm - Subschool 3

     2:30 pm - Subschool 4

     3:00 pm - Subschool 5

     3:30 pm - Subschool 6

 

We are also continuing to engage our rising 7th grade parents and students.  This week we will host a virtual parent meeting for those families on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30pm.  The link for those meetings was sent in an email to those families Friday, May 15th.

One additional important announcement I want to bring to your attention is the student item pickup.  If you have personal belongings, please take time to fill out the form below. We are anticipating a drive-thru system the week of Memorial day for students to come through to pick up their personal items. 

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, administrators, and counselors if you have any questions or needs.  We are here for you and we will get through this together. 

 

 United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Student Item Pickup

We are finalizing plans for student pickup of items from lockers and other locations. To help with our planning, please complete the following survey regarding your student(s) and items they would want to retrieve: Student Item Retrieval Form

Stay tuned for final details and sign up information.

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To promote physical activity and overall well-being, the LBSS Health and PE Department is kicking off its first “Mile a Day in May” Challenge (#LBMileADayInMay)! Starting this week, we are challenging other classes, grade levels, and staff to see who can accumulate the most miles overall each week, and for the entire month of May! 

To accumulate your mile, you may walk, run, bike, treadmill, elliptical, swim, ride a scooter, or move any other way you can think of that does not involve being powered by anything other than you! Don’t feel comfortable leaving the house to get your mile in, no worries! You can use the following link to help you complete your mile in your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njeZ29umqVE 

Report Cards

Report cards will be mailed for both third and fourth quarters unless you have opted to "Go Paperless." To go paperless, log into ParentVUE, go to "My Account," and select "Go Paperless." Every parent who has a Parent VUE account for a student must choose Go Paperless to avoid having report cards mailed.

Information for All

Final Day of School

The final day of school for Seniors is May 29 and the final day for 7th through 11th grade is June 12.

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

Support for the Community From One of Our Students

One of our very own 10th graders, Michael Weon, has been volunteering his time to make washable handmade masks. The masks have been donated to senior centers, police departments and the Children's National Hospital. If anyone would like to pick up a mask, they are available at 2985 District Ave. Fairfax, Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, Michael has set up a go fund me page (Free Masks for the DMV) for donations toward supplies and Children's National. 

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

Check out the MS After-School Program Google Classroom for lots of fun, engaging and FREE material!!  The classroom code is: rdax7rb.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at ambryan@fcps.edu to submit. 

Mathcounts is back! Interested in accessing our Mathcounts Google Classroom?

We will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Mr. Edwards provides the problems and you provide the snacks! 😊 If you are interested in attending remotely, the Google Classroom Code is: uoxemrw

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

A reminder that electronic copies of the Middle School learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here. If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

A letter from Dr. Smith was emailed home on Wednesday, May 13. Seniors should check their fcpsschools.net email for their individual Blackboard Collaborate Link.  Senior parents will be invited to meet with Dr. Smith virtually on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 pm.  The link for the parent meeting will be emailed out to Senior parents on Monday morning.  

Seniors Opportunity “National Graduation”: 

Seniors Celebrate Together: The class of 2020 has faced a senior year like none other in history. The XQ organization has partnered with The Lebron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to celebrate high school seniors throughout the country with a first-of-its-kind national graduation that will air simultaneously on network television, social media and streaming platforms on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Megan Rapinoe, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Ben Platt and others. Former President Barack Obama will give the commencement address.

Here's how you and your students can participate:

--Ask your seniors to submit photos for the first-ever National High School Yearbook in partnership with JR’s global Inside Out participatory photo project. 

--Share your stories about remote learning quirks, inspiring tales of educators going above and beyond, or anything else that you think needs to be told on Graduate Together’s website. 

--Encourage your seniors to submit photos and short video segments that tell the stories of their achievements.

AP Testing

The College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) continue to provide 2020 AP/IB program guidance and testing updates directly to students and parents. Based on this information, FCPS is providing additional information to ensure students and parents understand how schools are supporting students with these changes. The most recent updates by program are published on the FCPS public web at Coronavirus Update – Frequently Asked Questions

The College Board has released the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist and an Exam Day Experience. Please note, it is important that AP students review the checklist and immediately complete the AP Exam demo to confirm that their testing device and browser will be able to access the AP exam on test day. If a student cannot complete the AP Exam demo, contact the school AP Testing Coordinator for assistance. The following resources from the College Board are now available: 2020 AP Testing Guide, Explainer Videos and new Course Specific Exam Information.

NOVA Placement Test

NOVA will not be offering the Virginia placement test (VPT) but has created alternate placement for students to qualify: https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/fall-2020-policy.html. Students can apply with the option to now use a PSAT score or the GPA option (3.0). FCPS is waiting for guidance from NOVA regarding the online intent form. Once the information has been solidified, information will be sent out to students.

Yearbook

The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com). Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

FCPS Senior Surveys

There are many seniors that have not yet completed the mandatory FCPS Senior Survey. The Survey must be completed by May 22, 2020 and can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources Special Education Resources

Special Education Instruction

Are you looking for ways to support your child during this time of uncertainty? Check out the FCPS Elementary SchoolMiddle School, and High School special education resources which cover a variety of topics for families of students with disabilities such as: reading/ language arts, mathematics, communication, behavior, executive functioning, accommodations, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, hearing services, and vision services.

Executive Functioning Strategies

Does your child have executive functioning challenges?  Is it difficult for your child to begin work, stay focused on tasks, manage time, or follow through on assignments or projects?  Check out these great executive functioning strategies.

Prompting to Independence

Are you finding that you must prompt your child through everything? Are they waiting for you to do everything for them?  Check out the Promoting Independence tip sheet. Teaching independent skills improves quality of life, teaches constructive use of free time, and develops age appropriate interests.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Support

The Student Safety and Wellness Office offers virtual alcohol and other drug prevention support to all students through pyramid substance abuse specialists. Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support for your child or if you are trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol and need material, please feel free to reach out to the assigned Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for your child’s school or call 571-423-4270

Helpful Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are parents of special education students being asked to sign confidentiality agreements?

Answer: There are two separate notices for parents to consider.

  1. The first notice does not require consent: FCPS developed a Confidentiality Notice for parents/guardians related to the use of Blackboard Collaborate and Google Meet as online platforms used by Fairfax County Public Schools for distance learning. This notification includes information related to the disclosure of a student’s personally identifiable information and guidelines and expectations to ensure that the confidentiality rights of all students are protected when live video sessions are used. Parents are not being asked to sign the Confidentiality Notice.
  1. The second notice requires consent from parents: Parents are asked to sign consent for some related services because of licensing requirements for teletherapy. When a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, or school social worker works in a real-time, multimedia format, parental consent must be obtained for services to occur in this manner in accordance with applicable law and/or licensing. This includes video interaction with students/families and also special education meetings such as IEP, Re-evaluation, and Eligibility meetings.

What are the next steps being offered if I do not wish to sign the TLP?

Answer: The Virginia Department of Education advised school divisions to develop a plan that meets its own individual needs during the time of the emergency school closure. Like other large school divisions in Virginia, FCPS developed the temporary learning plan model to identify what goals, accommodations and services could be provided to students during this time of closure. The TLP is not an IEP and it is not a waiver of rights under IDEA.  Your child’s IEP will be implemented when we resume school. A parent may elect to not provide a signature on the TLP. If you do not sign the TLP, school staff will collaborate with you to resolve your concern. This may include having an administrator, department chair/ lead teacher, and or procedural support liaison (PSL) participate in the conversation.  If necessary, an IEP meeting with relevant members of the team can be scheduled. If you choose not to sign the TLP, the outlined service(s) will still be offered and will be delivered, unless you choose to opt out of instruction.  

 

Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference.

If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away.

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. 

 

FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a new parenting support line for families of children 0-18:  Parent Support Line

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - May 15, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Lake Braddock Families!

We end this week with more days of synchronous learning for our teachers and students.  I am appreciative for the engaging activities that teachers are providing to students during this time.  

 

Next week we will be meeting with our 12th Grade students and parents to discuss the latest developments regarding the end of the year and the ways we will celebrate the Class of 2020. Parents of Seniors are invited to attend a virtual meeting on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 pm, and the link for that meeting will be emailed out to Senior parents on Monday morning.  Seniors will be meeting on Monday afternoon by subschool through Blackboard Collaborate.  The students will be emailed an individual link emailed to their fcpsschools.net email account.  The times that each subschool will meet is listed below: 

     1:00 pm - Subschool 3

     1:30 pm - Subschool 4

     2:00 pm - Subschool 5

     2:30 pm - Subschool 6

 

We are also continuing to engage our rising 7th grade parents and students.  This week we will host a virtual parent meeting for those families on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30pm.  The link for those meetings was sent in an email to those families Friday, May 15th.

One additional important announcement I want to bring to your attention is the student item pickup.  If you have personal belongings, please take time to fill out the form below. We are anticipating a drive-thru system the week of Memorial day for students to come through to pick up their personal items. 

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, administrators, and counselors if you have any questions or needs.  We are here for you and we will get through this together. 

 

 United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important This Week

Student Item Pickup

We are finalizing plans for student pickup of items from lockers and other locations. To help with our planning, please complete the following survey regarding your student(s) and items they would want to retrieve: Student Item Retrieval From

Stay tuned for final details and sign up information.

Do your students miss connecting with their classmates and friends? Join us for our first ever distance learning lunch group, “Bruin Bites” from 11-12 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blackboard Collaborate. Some of our students have created a way for students and staff to connect in a more relaxed environment including a few games, music, and even “lunch tables!” We would love to see you there!

HS Students - Sign up here

MS Students - Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To promote physical activity and overall well-being, the LBSS Health and PE Department is kicking off its first “Mile a Day in May” Challenge (#LBMileADayInMay)! Starting this week, we are challenging other classes, grade levels, and staff to see who can accumulate the most miles overall each week, and for the entire month of May! 

To accumulate your mile, you may walk, run, bike, treadmill, elliptical, swim, ride a scooter, or move any other way you can think of that does not involve being powered by anything other than you! Don’t feel comfortable leaving the house to get your mile in, no worries! You can use the following link to help you complete your mile in your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njeZ29umqVE 

Report Cards

Report cards will be mailed for both third and fourth quarters unless you have opted to "Go Paperless." To go paperless, log into ParentVUE, go to "My Account," and select "Go Paperless." Every parent who has a Parent VUE account for a student must choose Go Paperless to avoid having report cards mailed.

Information for All

Final Day of School

The final day of school for Seniors is May 29 and the final day for 7th through 11th grade is June 12.

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

Support for the Community From One of Our Students

One of our very own 10th graders, Michael Weon, has been volunteering his time to make washable handmade masks. The masks have been donated to senior centers, police departments and the Children's National Hospital. If anyone would like to pick up a mask, they are available at 2985 District Ave. Fairfax, Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, Michael has set up a go fund me page (Free Masks for the DMV) for donations toward supplies and Children's National. 

PTSA Updates

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

Check out the MS After-School Program Google Classroom for lots of fun, engaging and FREE material!!  The classroom code is: rdax7rb.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at ambryan@fcps.edu to submit. 

Mathcounts is back! Interested in accessing our Mathcounts Google Classroom?

We will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Mr. Edwards provides the problems and you provide the snacks! 😊 If you are interested in attending remotely, the Google Classroom Code is: uoxemrw

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

A reminder that electronic copies of the Middle School learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here. If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

Class of 2020 Updates

A letter from Dr. Smith was emailed home on Wednesday, May 13. Seniors should check their fcpsschools.net email for their individual Blackboard Collaborate Link.  Senior parents will be invited to meet with Dr. Smith virtually on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 pm.  The link for the parent meeting will be emailed out to Senior parents on Monday morning.  

Seniors Opportunity “National Graduation”: 

Seniors Celebrate Together: The class of 2020 has faced a senior year like none other in history. The XQ organization has partnered with The Lebron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to celebrate high school seniors throughout the country with a first-of-its-kind national graduation that will air simultaneously on network television, social media and streaming platforms on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Megan Rapinoe, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Ben Platt and others. Former President Barack Obama will give the commencement address.

Here's how you and your students can participate:

--Ask your seniors to submit photos for the first-ever National High School Yearbook in partnership with JR’s global Inside Out participatory photo project. 

--Share your stories about remote learning quirks, inspiring tales of educators going above and beyond, or anything else that you think needs to be told on Graduate Together’s website. 

--Encourage your seniors to submit photos and short video segments that tell the stories of their achievements.

AP Testing

The College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) continue to provide 2020 AP/IB program guidance and testing updates directly to students and parents. Based on this information, FCPS is providing additional information to ensure students and parents understand how schools are supporting students with these changes. The most recent updates by program are published on the FCPS public web at Coronavirus Update – Frequently Asked Questions

The College Board has released the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist and an Exam Day Experience. Please note, it is important that AP students review the checklist and immediately complete the AP Exam demo to confirm that their testing device and browser will be able to access the AP exam on test day. If a student cannot complete the AP Exam demo, contact the school AP Testing Coordinator for assistance. The following resources from the College Board are now available: 2020 AP Testing Guide, Explainer Videos and new Course Specific Exam Information.

NOVA Placement Test

NOVA will not be offering the Virginia placement test (VPT) but has created alternate placement for students to qualify: https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/fall-2020-policy.html. Students can apply with the option to now use a PSAT score or the GPA option (3.0). FCPS is waiting for guidance from NOVA regarding the online intent form. Once the information has been solidified, information will be sent out to students.

Yearbook

The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com). Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

FCPS Senior Surveys

There are many seniors that have not yet completed the mandatory FCPS Senior Survey. The Survey must be completed by May 22, 2020 and can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

Information from the Career Center

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources Special Education Resources

Special Education Instruction

Are you looking for ways to support your child during this time of uncertainty? Check out the FCPS Elementary SchoolMiddle School, and High School special education resources which cover a variety of topics for families of students with disabilities such as: reading/ language arts, mathematics, communication, behavior, executive functioning, accommodations, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, hearing services, and vision services.

Executive Functioning Strategies

Does your child have executive functioning challenges?  Is it difficult for your child to begin work, stay focused on tasks, manage time, or follow through on assignments or projects?  Check out these great executive functioning strategies.

Prompting to Independence

Are you finding that you must prompt your child through everything? Are they waiting for you to do everything for them?  Check out the Promoting Independence tip sheet. Teaching independent skills improves quality of life, teaches constructive use of free time, and develops age appropriate interests.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Support

The Student Safety and Wellness Office offers virtual alcohol and other drug prevention support to all students through pyramid substance abuse specialists. Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support for your child or if you are trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol and need material, please feel free to reach out to the assigned Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for your child’s school or call 571-423-4270

Helpful Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are parents of special education students being asked to sign confidentiality agreements?

Answer: There are two separate notices for parents to consider.

  1. The first notice does not require consent: FCPS developed a Confidentiality Notice for parents/guardians related to the use of Blackboard Collaborate and Google Meet as online platforms used by Fairfax County Public Schools for distance learning. This notification includes information related to the disclosure of a student’s personally identifiable information and guidelines and expectations to ensure that the confidentiality rights of all students are protected when live video sessions are used. Parents are not being asked to sign the Confidentiality Notice.
  1. The second notice requires consent from parents: Parents are asked to sign consent for some related services because of licensing requirements for teletherapy. When a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, or school social worker works in a real-time, multimedia format, parental consent must be obtained for services to occur in this manner in accordance with applicable law and/or licensing. This includes video interaction with students/families and also special education meetings such as IEP, Re-evaluation, and Eligibility meetings.

What are the next steps being offered if I do not wish to sign the TLP?

Answer: The Virginia Department of Education advised school divisions to develop a plan that meets its own individual needs during the time of the emergency school closure. Like other large school divisions in Virginia, FCPS developed the temporary learning plan model to identify what goals, accommodations and services could be provided to students during this time of closure. The TLP is not an IEP and it is not a waiver of rights under IDEA.  Your child’s IEP will be implemented when we resume school. A parent may elect to not provide a signature on the TLP. If you do not sign the TLP, school staff will collaborate with you to resolve your concern. This may include having an administrator, department chair/ lead teacher, and or procedural support liaison (PSL) participate in the conversation.  If necessary, an IEP meeting with relevant members of the team can be scheduled. If you choose not to sign the TLP, the outlined service(s) will still be offered and will be delivered, unless you choose to opt out of instruction.  

 

Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference.

If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away.

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. 

 

FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a new parenting support line for families of children 0-18:  Parent Support Line

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - May 8, 2020

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Update from Dr. Smith

Hello Lake Braddock Families!

This week we had another successful week of distance learning and we celebrated our outstanding teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.  We also engaged more families through our Virtual Parent Coffee and discussed various topics: grading, Class of 2020 Graduation and celebrations, student item pick-up and supports during distance learning.  If you were not able to make it, please click on the recording in the link below.  

FCPS continues to work on how we will celebrate and honor our senior class and how we will be able to facilitate students coming to the building to pick up their personal belongings.  Please know that these are division level decisions and we are working hard to support our students and families during this difficult time.  Thank you for your patience as these decisions are being made.  Email communication will be sent to families as soon as we have the final details. 

If you or your students are have challenges or concerns regarding distance learning, please reach out to their teachers, counselor or administrator.  We want to ensure your families has what they need to be successful with distance learning. We are here to support you! 

United as Bruins,

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lake Braddock freshman, Charles Nguyen, who was awarded a Bronze Award and Certificate of Merit in the 2019-2020 National PTA Reflections contest. Charles entered the Photography division with his photo entitled Synapse.

Congratulations also go to former Bruin, Ben Tobin (Class of 2015), who was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his article in the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Important This Week

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

Thank you to those who joined us for our Virtual Parent Coffee on Thursday, May 7. Here is the link for the recording. Stay tuned for the date and time of our next Virtual Parent Coffee.

Report Cards

Report cards will be mailed for both third and fourth quarters unless you have opted to "Go Paperless." To go paperless, log into ParentVUE, go to "My Account," and select "Go Paperless." Every parent who has a Parent VUE account for a student must choose Go Paperless to avoid having report cards mailed.

Information for All

Final Day of School

The final day of school for Seniors is May 29 and the final day for 7th through 11th grade is June 12.

Office Hours for Parent Questions

Our administrative assistants are available to answer parent and student questions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use one of the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

Support for the Community From One of Our Students

One of our very own 10th graders, Michael Weon, has been volunteering his time to make washable handmade masks. The masks have been donated to senior centers, police departments and the Children's National Hospital. If anyone would like to pick up a mask, they are available at 2985 District Ave. Fairfax, Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, Michael has set up a go fund me page (Free Masks for the DMV) for donations toward supplies and Children's National. 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures. Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

LBSS will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. Once we have determined the amount available for field trip refunds, your refund will be processed according to your method of payment. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid through MySchoolBucks will be credited to you through the MySchoolBucks platform. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid with cash or check will be refunded by LBSS, in the form of a check mailed to the enrolling parent unless we are instructed otherwise.

PTSA Updates

Safety and Wellness Award

Our very own PTSA is a winner of the FCCPTA Safety and Wellness Award. The PTSA will receive $1,000.00. Congratulations! 

 

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

Check out the MS After-School Program Google Classroom for lots of fun, engaging and FREE material!!  The classroom code is: rdax7rb.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at ambryan@fcps.edu to submit. 

Mathcounts is back! Interested in accessing our Mathcounts Google Classroom?

We will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Mr. Edwards provides the problems and you provide the snacks! 😊 If you are interested in attending remotely, the Google Classroom Code is: uoxemrw

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

A reminder that electronic copies of the Middle School learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here. If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

Seniors Opportunity “National Graduation”: 

Seniors Celebrate Together: The class of 2020 has faced a senior year like none other in history. The XQ organization has partnered with The Lebron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to celebrate high school seniors throughout the country with a first-of-its-kind national graduation that will air simultaneously on network television, social media and streaming platforms on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Megan Rapinoe, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Ben Platt and others. Former President Barack Obama will give the commencement address.

Here's how you and your students can participate:

--Ask your seniors to submit photos for the first-ever National High School Yearbook in partnership with JR’s global Inside Out participatory photo project. 

--Share your stories about remote learning quirks, inspiring tales of educators going above and beyond, or anything else that you think needs to be told on Graduate Together’s website. 

--Encourage your seniors to submit photos and short video segments that tell the stories of their achievements.

 

AP Testing Guide

The College Board released this guide, which details all information needed leading up to and including exam day. Links in the video description go to important documents students will need.

Yearbook

The high school yearbook is still available for pre-order using MySchoolBucks or via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061). Not sure if you pre-ordered? Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu and she can let you know.

Want to help us finish the spring supplement? Share your quarantine life photos with us via the online site (www.yearbookordercenter.com). Make sure to give us your name and some background information so we can include it.

Follow the yearbook on Twitter (@lakebraddockybk) and Instagram (@lbyearbook) for more content.

Senior Fees

Dear Senior Parents,

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2020 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. FCPS is considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. There are many costs associated with the senior year, including caps and gowns, diplomas, diploma covers, tassels, cords, medals, seals, and programs.

We would like to remind you that, if you have not already done so, please pay your senior fees as soon as possible. The cost is currently $85 and we will not increase the fees as originally scheduled. Any funds not used for the Class of 2020 will be refunded.  The preferred method of payment is MySchoolBucks.com. Instructions for online payment can be found on here.

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!

FCPS Senior Surveys

All FCPS 12th grade students are asked to complete a brief senior survey at the end of their 12th grade year. Postsecondary plan information gathered in the Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan, and information from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. This survey is mandatory.

There is also a survey for LBSS to gather information on scholarships awarded to students.

The Senior Surveys opened on Monday, April 20 and must be completed by May 22, 2020. The Surveys can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

LB Athletic Booster Club Scholarships

$500 Student Athlete Scholarship Application

$1500 Scholar Athlete Leadership Scholarship Application

Senior Student athletes can apply for six $500 scholarships and two $1500 scholarships from the LB Athletic Booster Club by submitting applications and recommendations directly to LBABCScholarships@gmail.com. To submit transcripts, you can complete the "CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS," scan it, and send to Jackie Balough (LBSS Transcript Assistant) at jgbalough@fcps.edu. She will send all requested transcripts directly to LBABC using the LBABCScholarships@gmail.com email account. 

CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS

Applications can be emailed or mailed to the Booster Club and submitted or postmarked no later than May 15th. Thanks and Good Luck Bruins!

Information from the Career Center

Counseling, College, and Career Distance Learning Resources for Juniors. The Class of 2021 Next Steps Google site is now available. This site was assembled by the College Success Program in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness. The Google site (linked below) will help rising seniors (current juniors), as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. This site map will be posted on the Blackboard Distance Learning Resource page for parents.
The Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 sites will be updated on a weekly basis from now until June 12, 2020.

Class of 2021 Rising Seniors’ Next Steps
Class of 2021 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians 

Class of 2020 Next Steps
Class of 2020 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians

SAT Testing. CollegeBoard has added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday
testing for religious reasons will be on September 27. 

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.

 

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources Special Education Resources

Special Education Instruction

Are you looking for ways to support your child during this time of uncertainty? Check out the FCPS Elementary SchoolMiddle School, and High School special education resources which cover a variety of topics for families of students with disabilities such as: reading/ language arts, mathematics, communication, behavior, executive functioning, accommodations, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, hearing services, and vision services.

 

Managing Meltdowns

Does your child have difficulty calming themselves down? Check out our Calming Strategy Activity that can be used to introduce and teach calming strategies as part of self-regulation.

 

Frequently Asked Question: What are the next steps being offered if I do not wish to sign the TLP?

Answer: The Virginia Department of Education advised school divisions to develop a plan that meets its own individual needs during the time of the emergency school closure. Like other large school divisions in Virginia, FCPS developed the temporary learning plan model to identify what goals, accommodations and services could be provided to students during this time of closure. The TLP is not an IEP and it is not a waiver of rights under IDEA.  Your child’s IEP will be implemented when we resume school. A parent may elect to not provide a signature on the TLP. If you do not sign the TLP, school staff will collaborate with you to resolve your concern. This may include having an administrator, department chair/ lead teacher, and or procedural support liaison (PSL) participate in the conversation.  If necessary, an IEP meeting with relevant members of the team can be scheduled. If you choose not to sign the TLP, the outlined service(s) will still be offered and will be delivered, unless you choose to opt out of instruction.  

 

Contact Information

If parent(s) or guardian(s) need further assistance, please reach out to the: 

FCPS continues to provide updated information through various links:

  • FCPS Daily updates for the FCPS community

  • FCPS Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  FCPS Updated FAQs

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog – Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Food Resources

  •  Talking to Students about COVID-19

  •  Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) 

  •  Ways to Support Local Organizations

  •  Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a new parenting support line for families of children 0-18:  Parent Support Line

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

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Update from Dr. Smith

Hello Lake Braddock Families!

This week our teachers connected with all of their students through synchronous lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.  We have missed being able to connect with our students regularly and it was wonderful for them to be able to do that with all of their classes. 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we hope you will join us in celebrating them!  There are several different virtual recognition opportunities in this email, and we encourage you to take some time to honor our teachers. 

You are invited to our next virtual parent coffee next week on Thursday, May 7th, at 6:30 pm.  The link for the Parent Coffee will be sent out through eNotify that morning.  

We hope that you are finding these newsletters helpful to navigate our virtual learning environment.  Our office staff has set up Blackboard Collaborate Sessions throughout the week, with some evening hours, to help answer any questions you may have.  Also, please reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or sub-school administrator if you need additional assistance.  

United as Bruins,

Dr. Daniel W. Smith

Important This Week

BB Collaborate Sessions for Parent Questions

We have set up regularly scheduled sessions for parents and students to speak with one of our administrative assistants for general questions and answers. Please use the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

Teacher Appreciation Week Next Week 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! It will only take a few seconds 😊

Has a staff member at Lake Braddock Secondary School gone above and beyond to support you or your student? Someone who is your student’s champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/TYvTUk25jVga7Y7j8 Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be shared with staff throughout the month of May!

If you would like to complete a more formal nomination, FCPS Cares is also taking nominations at https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

Thank you so much! Your kind words are appreciated! 

Information for All

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

Our next Virtual Parent Coffee will be Thursday, May 7 at 6:30. The link will be provided via e-Notify.

Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

Assistance with Technology

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you. Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

•  Student first and last name and ID

•  Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)

•  Parent's contact cell and/or email 

•  Description of problem

•  Barcode of student computer

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

Support for the Community From One of Our Students

One of our very own 10th graders, Michael Weon, has been volunteering his time to make washable handmade masks. The masks have been donated to senior centers, police departments and the Children's National Hospital. If anyone would like to pick up a mask, they are available at 2985 District Ave. Fairfax, Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, Michael has set up a go fund me page (Free Masks for the DMV) for donations toward supplies and Children's National. 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures. Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

LBSS will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. Once we have determined the amount available for field trip refunds, your refund will be processed according to your method of payment. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid through MySchoolBucks will be credited to you through the MySchoolBucks platform. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid with cash or check will be refunded by LBSS, in the form of a check mailed to the enrolling parent unless we are instructed otherwise.

PTSA Updates

LBSS Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week

Join us in celebrating our fantastic LBSS Faculty and Staff May 4-8. To join the celebration visit https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/REkY4edg by Sunday, May 3rd and upload a photo, short video (10-15 seconds) or GIF thanking our faculty and staff. The final product will be delivered to the LBSS team on Monday, May 4th. Please join us in saying thank you to our hardworking LBSS faculty and staff!!!

Safety and Wellness Award

Our very own PTSA is a winner of the FCCPTA Safety and Wellness Award. The PTSA will receive $1,000.00. Congratulations! 

 

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

The MS After-School Program has put together several virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the areas of art, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games & puzzles, literature and much more!

Students can access these virtual activities by joining the “LBSS MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom.  The Classroom Code is rdax7rb.  For more information also see this flyer: FCPS Virtual Middle School After-School Activities at Home.

Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at ambryan@fcps.edu to submit. Check IG next week for our first week of virtual events & activities!

Mathcounts is back! Interested in accessing our Mathcounts Google Classroom?

We will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Mr. Edwards provides the problems and you provide the snacks! 😊 If you are interested in attending remotely, the Google Classroom Code is: uoxemrw

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

A reminder that electronic copies of the Middle School learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here. If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

AP Testing Guide

The College Board released this guide, which details all information needed leading up to and including exam day. Links in the video description go to important documents students will need.

Senior Fees

Dear Senior Parents,

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2020 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. There are many costs associated with this graduation, such as the various platforms we are considering to hold or showcase the ceremony, caps and gowns, diplomas, printing and a senior gift.

We would like to remind you that, if you have not already done so, please pay your senior fees as soon as possible. The cost is currently $85 and we will not increase the fees as originally scheduled. The preferred method of payment is MySchoolBucks.com. Instructions for online payment can be found on here.

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!

FCPS Senior Surveys

All FCPS 12th grade students are asked to complete a brief senior survey at the end of their 12th grade year. Postsecondary plan information gathered in the Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan, and information from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. This survey is mandatory.

There is also a survey for LBSS to gather information on scholarships awarded to students.

The Senior Surveys opened on Monday, April 20 and must be completed by May 22, 2020. The Surveys can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

LB Athletic Booster Club Scholarships

$500 Student Athlete Scholarship Application

$1500 Scholar Athlete Leadership Scholarship Application

Senior Student athletes can apply for six $500 scholarships and two $1500 scholarships from the LB Athletic Booster Club by submitting applications and recommendations directly to LBABCScholarships@gmail.com. To submit transcripts, you can complete the "CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS," scan it, and send to Jackie Balough (LBSS Transcript Assistant) at jgbalough@fcps.edu. She will send all requested transcripts directly to LBABC using the LBABCScholarships@gmail.com email account. 

CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS

Applications can be emailed or mailed to the Booster Club and submitted or postmarked no later than May 15th. Thanks and Good Luck Bruins!

 

Information from the Career Center

Counseling, College, and Career Distance Learning Resources for Juniors. The Class of 2021 Next Steps Google site is now available. This site was assembled by the College Success Program in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness. The Google site (linked below) will help rising seniors (current juniors), as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. This site map will be posted on the Blackboard Distance Learning Resource page for parents.
The Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 sites will be updated on a weekly basis from now until June 12, 2020.

Class of 2021 Rising Seniors’ Next Steps
Class of 2021 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians 

Class of 2020 Next Steps
Class of 2020 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians

SAT Testing. CollegeBoard has added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday
testing for religious reasons will be on September 27. 

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.

 

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles. Please check back often, as things are rapidly changing.

  • FCPS has many resources regarding digital citizenship. See the Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog—Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure (#4)— highlights some of the best ideas and resources available to help keep your children busy and engaged.

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning.

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

Quick links to resources previously shared:

FCPS Updated FAQs

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a new parenting support line for families of children 0-18. 

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

Parent Support Line

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - April 24, 2020

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Important This Week

Grading Update from Dr. Smith

Please read the attached letter containing important updates regarding grading.

April 24th Grading Letter

Distance Learning Resources

Please take some time to review the various resources we have prepared to help our families during this transition to distance learning:

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." These videos contain valuable information for you and your students to get ready for the start of Distance Learning on April 14.

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: If you would like a planner to help you structure your day, this link will have you make a copy of a digital planner that you can personalize for your needs.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

Assistance with Technology

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you.  Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment.  Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

      •  Student first and last name and ID

      •  Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)          •  Parent's contact cell and/or email 

      •  Description of problem

      •  Barcode of student computer

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

Our Virtual Parent Coffee was held Thursday night. Thank you for the approximately 150 families who attended this event.  The recording of the meeting, including the slides presented and the Q/A session, can be found here.  Our next parent coffee will be on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 pm. 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures.  Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

LBSS will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. Once we have determined the amount of available for field trip refunds, your refund will be processed according to your method of payment. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid through MySchoolBucks will be credited to you through the MySchoolBucks platform. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid with cash or check will be refunded, by LBSS, in the form of a check mailed to the enrolling parent unless we are instructed otherwise.

Day of the Military Child

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day in April set aside for everyone around the Nation to show their support for military connected students. VDOE encouraged the entire school community – teachers, principals, school counselors, students, parents, bus drivers, etc. – to wear purple on Wednesday April 22, 2020 to show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices. Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces. Here in Virginia, we are proud to be home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve families. 

MS Counselor Kristin Girardin

MS Counselor Josh Miles

MS Psychologist Walena Haider

State Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to the following LBSS students who received awards at the state science fair!

Overall awards:

3rd place, Chemistry - Nicholas Todorov: Inexpensive, Functional Spectrophotometer for Future Use in Public School

2nd place, Engineering and Robotics - Karen Shrieves: The Alteration of Wing and Winglet Designs on Commercial Aircrafts for the Reduction of CO2 Emissions and the Increase of Aerodynamic Efficiency

1st Place - Connor Arnold: Manta Ray: A Hydrokinetic and Solar Generator for the Desalination and Purification of Freshwater and Saltwater for Disaster Relief

Special Awards:

Kevin and Quinn Duffy: Quantifying the Impact of Roofing Materials on the Urban Heat Island Effect - 2nd place, American Meteorological Society and Pulse of the Planet Award from NOAA

Connor Arnold: 1st place and $500 from Virginia Section of American Water Works Association

Information for All

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

Update from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Kenneth Johnson is a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) with the office of Student Safety and Wellness in Fairfax County Public Schools. As a SAPS, he meets with students either individually or in a group setting for tobacco, vaping, and other drug interventions. Additionally, he provides presentation to parents, school staff, students and the community on topics such as trends in substance use and abuse, stages of addiction, refusal skills, warning signs of substance use, and tools for parents. Mr. Johnson has been an employee of FCPS for over 15 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University. He is also a certified gang specialist with the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.

Hello Lake Braddock community! I hope all of you are staying healthy and well. I wanted to provide some information about vaping and drugs that is relevant to what we are experiencing right now with COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently updated their website to include information about smoking/vaping and COVID-19. The WHO states that “smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.” The full statement can be found here.  A recent article from CNN Health detailed how vapers may be at increased risk for more serious complications due to COVID-19. It also discusses the concern that use of other drugs, specifically opioids and methamphetamine, may increase users' risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. The full article can be found here.

Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support with your child please feel free to reach out to me at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu . Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing mental health and substance abuse services. Their information can be found here. If there are any parents trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol while your child is a captive audience and you need material, please let me know.

College Partnership Applications

College Partnership has reopened its application window through April 24.  Applications are submitted here:  https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020 

Applications are open to students in eighth through eleventh grade who are first-generation and/or traditionally underrepresented in the college setting. Through school-based monthly meetings and county programs, members are supported in their high school experience, college search and college application process with the end goal being college success. 

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

LBSS Alum On the Red Carpet in Hollywood

Check out this article about LB 2009 graduate, Emily Peachey.

PTSA Updates

Raising Resilient Teens During Social Distancing (Rachel Bailey)

We were scheduled to host Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist, during the March PTSA meeting who was going to provide a workshop called “Raising Resilience: Teaching Kids to Handle Life's Inevitable Obstacles.” Due to the school closure, Rachel took parent questions on this topic and recorded a video for you. If you had planned to attend or were interested in the content, please watch this video: https://youtu.be/NuyAODE-SXg

Here are are some of the topics she covers:

  • Should you model a positive attitude or share about your own personal feelings, even if they’re not so positive?
  • How do you help a child who is already struggling with anxiety and depression and is resisting suggestions?
  • Tips for helping teens who are experiencing increased anxiety due to the current situation.
  • Best practices or advice for scheduling and focusing around distance learning.
  • How to get kids on track for distance learning.

Rachel has invited you to ask any further questions at Rachel@Rachel-Bailey.com or you may reach out to your child’s school counselor for further support:

Middle School Student Services: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/middle-school/student-services

High School Student Services: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services

PTSA Scholarships for the Class of 2020 Due by Friday, May 1, 2020

The LBSS PTSA is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for these scholarships to all LBSS students graduating in 2020:

  • Six Senior Scholarships of $500 each for LBSS students continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or another accredited post-secondary program.
  • Four Senior Scholarships of $250 each for LBSS students continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or another accredited post-secondary program.

Click on this link below for more information and the application

       2020 LBSS PTSA Scholarship Announcement

       2020 LBSS PTSA Scholarship Application

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

Our wonderful Lake Braddock teachers have spent the past several weeks preparing rich distance learning activities for your children. FCPS has also sent home paper learning packets to your home address in SIS. Electronic copies of the learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here.  If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

Senior Fees

Dear Senior Parents,

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2020 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. There are many costs associated with this graduation, such as the various platforms we are considering to hold or showcase the ceremony, caps and gowns, diplomas, printing and a senior gift.

We would like to remind you that, if you have not already done so, please pay your senior fees as soon as possible. The cost is currently $85 and we will not increase the fees as originally scheduled. The preferred method of payment is MySchoolBucks.com. Instructions for online payment can be found on here.

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!

FCPS Senior Surveys

All FCPS 12th grade students are asked to complete a brief senior survey at the end of their 12th grade year. Postsecondary plan information gathered in the Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan, and information from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. This survey is mandatory.

There is also a survey for LBSS to gather information on scholarships awarded to students.

The Senior Surveys opened on Monday, April 20 and must be completed by May 22, 2020. The Surveys can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

LB Athletic Booster Club Scholarships

$500 Student Athlete Scholarship Application

$1500 Scholar Athlete Leadership Scholarship Application

Senior Student athletes can apply for six $500 scholarships and two $1500 scholarships from the LB Athletic Booster Club by submitting applications and recommendations directly to LBABCScholarships@gmail.com. To submit transcripts, you can complete the "CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS," scan it, and send to Jackie Balough (LBSS Transcript Assistant) at jgbalough@fcps.edu. She will send all requested transcripts directly to LBABC using the LBABCScholarships@gmail.com email account. 

CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS

Applications can be emailed or mailed to the Booster Club and submitted or postmarked no later than May 15th. Thanks and Good Luck Bruins!

 

High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks and the online site:(www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 5061). Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu

Do you have a spring sports athlete or theatre student in your home? You can help us finish the spring supplement by submitting photos. We’d love any pictures you have that were taken in March and after. Submit to the online eShare site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061.

When we have more information about the book arrival, we will communicate the distribution plan.

Information from the Career Center

NOVA Summer Online Classes:  Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two online courses that will run from June 1 to July 15. Click this link for more information.

Community Service: This is an article I found with some ways to do community service virtually. I am still approving hours in x2Vol but please remember I will only ‘approve’ what has been ‘verified’ by the supervisor of the activity.  https://www.distinctivecollegeconsulting.com/blog/volunteer-from-home?fbclid=IwAR1I9lwBmPvJUJo-auagQa04py1M7Pf1_xMjvM0GRumekLvYSXKOAyTO9yE

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles. Please check back often, as things are rapidly changing.

  •  New Healthy Minds Blog on Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure: With our normal day-to-day lives upended, parents and caregivers have to face a new daily challenge ... how to keep their children occupied while at home. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information being shared online in response to this challenge. The latest Healthy Minds blog—Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure (#4)— highlights some of the best ideas and resources available to help keep your children busy and engaged.

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's April 20 message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning.

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

Quick links to resources previously shared:

FCPS Updated FAQs

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - April 18, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Bruin families, 

 

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this time.  We realize this week did not go as planned.  On Tuesday this week, our the majority of our students and teachers enjoyed connecting with each other, and we remain hopeful that the necessary changes have been made to help us move forward. 

Thank you to all of you that participated in our Virtual Spirit Week.  It was great to see people posting photos of things they are doing during this situation.  This is a photo from Flashback Friday of our SGA sponsors and mascot.  Check out the Lake Braddock SGA Twitter @LB_SGA to see what other Bruins were up to this week. 

We will resume with our schedule on Monday, April 20th, with planning and meetings for teachers.  Students should continue to complete any work for 3rd quarter and if email their teachers if they need assistance.  Tuesday we are planning to resume our synchronous learning and students will need to log into Blackboard to access these sessions.  Use this link to access the synchronous sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

Please know that we are here for you and we are in this together.  It's important to stay connected during this time and our teachers, counselors, administrators and other staff are here for you.  Please reach out if you need anything.  

 

Stay Bruin Strong, 

 

Dr. Daniel W. Smith

Important This Week

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

The Virtual Principal's Coffee was postponed to next Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 pm.  The link for this event will be sent out through eNotify on Thursday morning.  Please make sure to check your email for that link. 

 

Class of 2020 Graduation Survey

Senior parents, we want to hear from you regarding Graduation. By Friday, April 24th, please take a moment to fill out this survey. Class of 2020 Parent Graduation Survey

Distance Learning Resources

Please take some time to review the various resources we have prepared to help our families during this transition to distance learning:

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." These videos contain valuable information for you and your students to get ready for the start of Distance Learning on April 14.

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: If you would like a planner to help you structure your day, this link will have you make a copy of a digital planner that you can personalize for your needs.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

    • Parents needing technical assistance with logging into any FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

    •Students who need technical assistance can contact any staff member at LBSS with the following information.  Our Technology staff will reach out to assist or schedule a time to come in if necessary: 

          •  Barcode of student computer

          •  Student first and last name and ID

          •  Student G-Suite email address (personal email, if the G-Suite email is not working)

          •  Parent's contact cell and/or email 

          •  Description of problem (i.e. won’t charge, broken screen, doesn’t turn on, can’t open Chrome)

Information for All

Congratulations to Lake Braddock SGA

Our Student Government Association (SGA) has been nationally recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council! This incredible recognition is a true testament of the student leadership, voice, service and activities by our student government association (SGA).

Our school is one of 4 in Northern Virginia, one of 17 schools in Virginia and one of 275 schools nationally to earn this prestigious distinction! Please join me in congratulating our students and incredible sponsors, Jocelyn Cable and Veeda Ranjber on this amazing award!

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

Update from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Kenneth Johnson is a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) with the office of Student Safety and Wellness in Fairfax County Public Schools. As a SAPS, he meets with students either individually or in a group setting for tobacco, vaping, and other drug interventions. Additionally, he provides presentation to parents, school staff, students and the community on topics such as trends in substance use and abuse, stages of addiction, refusal skills, warning signs of substance use, and tools for parents. Mr. Johnson has been an employee of FCPS for over 15 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University. He is also a certified gang specialist with the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.

Hello Lake Braddock community! I hope all of you are staying healthy and well. I wanted to provide some information about vaping and drugs that is relevant to what we are experiencing right now with COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently updated their website to include information about smoking/vaping and COVID-19. The WHO states that “smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.” The full statement can be found here.  A recent article from CNN Health detailed how vapers may be at increased risk for more serious complications due to COVID-19. It also discusses the concern that use of other drugs, specifically opioids and methamphetamine, may increase users' risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. The full article can be found here.

Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support with your child please feel free to reach out to me at Kwjohnson@fcps.edu . Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing mental health and substance abuse services. Their information can be found here. If there are any parents trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol while your child is a captive audience and you need material, please let me know.

College Partnership Applications

College Partnership has reopened its application window through April 24.  Applications are submitted here:  https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020 

Applications are open to students in eighth through eleventh grade who are first-generation and/or traditionally underrepresented in the college setting. Through school-based monthly meetings and county programs, members are supported in their high school experience, college search and college application process with the end goal being college success. 

PTSA Updates

Raising Resilient Teens During Social Distancing (Rachel Bailey)

We were scheduled to host Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist, during the March PTSA meeting who was going to provide a workshop called “Raising Resilience: Teaching Kids to Handle Life's Inevitable Obstacles.” Due to the school closure, Rachel took parent questions on this topic and recorded a video for you. If you had planned to attend or were interested in the content, please watch this video: https://youtu.be/NuyAODE-SXg

Here are are some of the topics she covers:

  • Should you model a positive attitude or share about your own personal feelings, even if they’re not so positive?
  • How do you help a child who is already struggling with anxiety and depression and is resisting suggestions?
  • Tips for helping teens who are experiencing increased anxiety due to the current situation.
  • Best practices or advice for scheduling and focusing around distance learning.
  • How to get kids on track for distance learning.

Rachel has invited you to ask any further questions at Rachel@Rachel-Bailey.com or you may reach out to your child’s school counselor for further support:

Middle School Student Services: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/middle-school/student-services

High School Student Services: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/high-school/student-services

 

PTSA Scholarship for the Class of 2020 Due by Friday, May 1, 2020

The LBSS PTSA is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for this scholarship to all LBSS students graduating in 2020:

  • Six Senior Scholarships of $500 each for LBSS students continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or another accredited post-secondary program.
  • Four Senior Scholarships of $250 each for LBSS students continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, vocational or technical school, or another accredited post-secondary program.

Click on this link below for more information and the application

       2020 LBSS PTSA Scholarship Announcement

       2020 LBSS PTSA Scholarship Application

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

Our wonderful Lake Braddock teachers have spent the past several weeks preparing rich distance learning activities for your children. FCPS has also sent home paper learning packets to your home address in SIS. Electronic copies of the learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here.  If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks and the online site:(www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 5061). Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu

Do you have a spring sports athlete or theatre student in your home? You can help us finish the spring supplement by submitting photos. We’d love any pictures you have that were taken in March and after. Submit to the online eShare site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061.

When we have more information about the book arrival, we will communicate the distribution plan.

Information from the Career Center

A lot is happening within the Career Center. Here are some highlights:

  • In light of recent College Fair cancellations across our region and nationally, we have partnered with StriveScan and other associations around the country to provide a virtual alternative. Through unprecedented collaboration, we are excited to announce the Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, which will provide a unique and diverse program for students as they begin to navigate their post-secondary options: Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, from Monday, April 20 to Thursday, April 23, 2020, will include 300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries (including many Virginia colleges), 96 sessions over 4 days, day and evening options, panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen, and is free and open to students nationwide. Registration for students and parents is now live:

          www.strivescan.com/virtual

  • FCPS will host a virtual Interviewing Tips & Tricks Informational Session with Amazon Web Services using Blackboard Collaborate on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 between 5–7 p.m. AWS invites seniors to learn about interviewing techniques, resume tips, and hear first-hand what recruiters are looking for during the application and interview process. Students and parents will also have the chance to connect with business leaders and learn more about the company and open roles.

Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

 

FCPS Resources

 

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles. Please check back often, as things are rapidly changing.

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's April 14 message

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning.

  •  New Updates for AP and IB Students:  AP and IB updates

  •  Parent Resource Center: The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 

  •  Learning Packets for Middle School Students: Learning Packets are available online. Click here for directions. Parents can opt out of receiving paper copies by completing this opt out link

 

Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956

 

Quick links to resources previously shared:

FCPS Updated FAQs

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

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LBSS Weekly News - 04/10/2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hi Bruin Family,

I hope you have enjoyed this week of Spring Break and are continuing to stay healthy and safe. We are celebrating our hard working and passionate administrators for National Assistant Principals Week.  We are grateful for their dedication and positive impact on the Lake Braddock community.  Please join me in giving them a huge virtual thank you, and feel free to send them a note of appreciation. 

Our faculty, teachers and staff are looking forward to getting started next week with a teacher work day on Monday, followed by the kick off of the rest of our school year with our students. All of us have missed seeing them in the halls and look forward to reconnecting with each and every one of them.  We have created a Virtual Spirit Week, and we hope that you will join us with some of your activities!  If you take a photo and post it to twitter, please tag Lake Braddock @FCPSLBSS. 

As we move forward, we ask for your patience and understanding as we embark on this new form of teaching. The LBSS Community is strong and we appreciate the support that we have received. Please reach out if we can help in any way. 

 

Stay Strong Bruins, 

Dr. Daniel W. Smith

What is Important Next Week!

 

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

I would like to invite you to join me for a "Virtual Parent Coffee" on Thursday, April 16, from 6:30-7:30 pm. I will share information about FCPS and Lake Braddock's Distance Learning plan and will allow time for a Q-and-A Session. This virtual meeting space holds a maximum capacity of 250 participants, so we do plan to record the session and will send it out to the community as a reference.

To join the Virtual Parent Coffee session, click here.

Distance Learning Resources

Please take some time to review the various resources we have prepared to help our families during this transition to distance learning:

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." These videos contain valuable information for you and your students to get ready for the start of Distance Learning on April 14.

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: If you would like a planner to help you structure your day, this link will have you make a copy of a digital planner that you can personalize for your needs.

 

Tips for Parents

As we embark on Distant Learning, we recognize it can present different opportunities and challenges for families and students. While our number one goal is to continue high-quality instruction, we recognize the challenges and obstacles our students and families may face in the upcoming weeks will be exciting yet apprehensive. To prepare for this new approach to learning, it is important that we help our students adjust to the new normal and begin to develop good learning habits. Here are few tips to help students find success in this new environment:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Be there for your child as a parent
  3. Continue to maintain family norms and be supportive
  4. Know that you are doing the best you can
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments and progress!
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PTSA Updates

Rachel Bailey is a parenting specialist who was set to provide a workshop to Lake Braddock parents in March titled "Raising Resilience: Teaching Kids to Handle Life's Inevitable Obstacles." With the school closure, her workshop was postponed. However, we have good news! She is going to record her workshop for us so that you can still take part in it.

She is planning to have the video ready in the next few weeks and would like your input to prepare for it. If you have questions you would like to ask, she will answer them for you in her video. Please submit your questions in this google form: https://forms.gle/Mgzy8EugZbvTf25x5

 

All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

MS Information

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

Our wonderful Lake Braddock teachers have spent the past several weeks preparing rich distance learning activities for your children.  FCPS has also sent home paper learning packets to your home address in SIS.  Electronic copies of the learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here.  If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks and the online site:(www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 5061). Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu

Do you have a spring sports athlete or theatre student in your home? You can help us finish the spring supplement by submitting photos. We’d love any pictures you have that were taken in March and after. Submit to the online eShare site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061.

When we have more information about the book arrival, we will communicate the distribution plan.

Lake Braddock Congratulations!

Congratulations to Bruin 8th grader, Hannah Cha. Hannah was awarded a National Scholastic Art Silver Medal for her work, Hide and Seek.

FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.

  •  A new web site from FCPS, Learning at Home: Support for Families, provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning.

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS  Distance Learning. 

  •  Learning Packets for Middle School Students: Learning Packets are available online. Click here for directions. Parents can opt out of receiving paper copies by completing this opt out link. While the distribution of the first edition of learning packets was delayed, adjustments have been made so that the packets should be delivered by Friday or Saturday each week for the remainder of the school year. Week 2 packets are scheduled to arrive by Saturday, April 11. Families who have still not received their packet should contact their teachers. 

  •  Advanced Placement Exams: The College Board published a schedule of online exams for each course. (Traditional face-to-face exams will not take place.)

 

Quick links to resources previously shared:

FCPS Updated FAQs

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

 

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

 

FCPS Fields are Closed

Due to COVID-19, all FCPS fields remain closed. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Lake Braddock. Thank you for your cooperation.

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

 

 

Spanish Korean Other Resources Available

Audible: Free Collection
Audible is offering for free a collection of audiobook playbacks while schools are closed during this COVID-19 crisis. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, inform and engage young people ages 0 to 18. To access the free titles, visit stories.audible.com from any web browser.  

Families Needing Internet
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Weekly News - 04/2/2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

 

This week our staff has focused on reconnecting with all of our Bruins and teachers have been preparing to finish the school year strong. On Tuesday, April 14th, we are excited to kick off the rest of our school year and transition to Continuity of Instruction. 

 

We have created a Distance Learning Playlist for you to view; click on this website: Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist. In this playlist, you will find two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." These videos contain valuable information for you and your students to get ready for the start of Distance Learning on April 14.

 

One main document you'll want to reference during this time is the Continuation of Instruction Student Support. In this document, you will find the instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

 

Additionally, there have been many resources shared through social media and other avenues with ways to make the best of this time.  The Lake Braddock staff put together this LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home resource, which is full of tips and resources for you and your students.

 

To the Class of 2020, we share Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the Class of 2020. Know that we echo his sentiments and are committed to working with all of you to ensure that your needs are met.

 

Every week I am always so proud of the ways we continue to see the Lake Braddock community show up to support and encourage one another.  Please reach out to your teachers, counselors, and administrators during this time.  We may not be able to be together physically, but we are here to support you any way that we can.   

FCPS Resources

 

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.

 

Quick links to resources:

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

 

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

 

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time our Student Services teams continue to be here to help support our staff, students, and families.  Please see the attached contact information for counselors and the clinical team. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have students who you are concerned about.  If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include an phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you.  Additional information will be coming about having dedicated office hours.

Other Mental Health Resources

FCPS has created a website for Mental Health Resources that is accessible on the main page of the FCPS website.  They are also providing information for emergency mental health services that may be helpful to share with students or include in your email signature. 

 

FCPS Fields are Closed

Based on the latest Fairfax County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19, all FCPS fields are closed at this time. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Lake Braddock. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

CANCELED: ACT for Saturday, April 4
The ACT scheduled for any FCPS location on Saturday, April 4 will also be cancelled. Any student who was registered to test will receive information direction from ACT. Due to the high volume of closures, communication from ACT regarding this cancellation will likely be delayed.

 

PTSA Updates
All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site: https://lbssptsa.org/

 

Audible: Free Collection
Audible is offering for free a collection of audiobook playbacks while schools are closed during this COVID-19 crisis. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, inform and engage young people ages 0 to 18. 

To access the free titles, visit stories.audible.com from any web browser.  

 

Families Needing Internet
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

Fairfax County Family Services Resources Spanish Korean HS Information

High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks and the online site:(www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 5061). Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu

Do you have a spring sports athlete or theatre student in your home? You can help us finish the spring supplement by submitting photos. We’d love any pictures you have that were taken in March and after. Submit to the online eShare site at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 5061.

When we have more information about the book arrival, we will communicate the distribution plan.

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LBSS Weekly News - 03/27/2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

I am sure you have seen by now that Governor Northam announced schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, Dr. Brabrand sent a message stating that FCPS will work VDOE to gain a better of understanding of what this means moving forward.  Lake Braddock Secondary School is a vibrant and dynamic place to come to every day, and I am deeply saddened by this news.  Our staff have come together virtually since this news and they have shared the same sentiment.

At LBSS we will continue to meet virtually as a staff, as departments and in collaborative teams to ensure students receive the best instruction possible.  I express to staff the importance of relationships, compassion and flexibility as we start to embrace this new way of school. 

Hopefully you have had an opportunity to see the letter from Dr. Brabrand that was sent to families on Thursday, March 26th.  If you have not, please use this link to access that document: https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/news/coronavirus-update/coronavirus-update-superintendents-messages-1.  Staff will spend next week reconnecting with each other and students.  They will continue to set up their virtual classroom that students will be invited to weekly. 

As I have said before, this community continues to show up for each other in times of celebration and challenge.  This was not the outcome we wanted for this year and we will need to lean on the strength of the Lake Braddock family as we maneuver these challenges together.  If you or someone you know is struggling during this time, we encourage you to utilize the resources below. 

Below are some helpful resources that have been shared previously.  We encourage you to also check the Lake Braddock Twitter page (@FCPSLBSS) to see additional resources and stay connected with our staff.   Take this time to connect with loved ones, your classmates and your teachers.  Together we will get through this!

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FCPS Fields are Closed
Based on the latest Fairfax County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19, all FCPS fields are closed at this time. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Lake Braddock. Thank your for your cooperation.

 

Emergency Grab and Go Breakfasts and Lunches
Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at more sites and has added deliveries by school bus. Updates to locations can be found on the Food Resources page  (https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources).

Meals will be provided to all students without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times as follows:

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.  Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.  More information on this is available here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

 

Families Needing Internet
Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families who live in Fairfax County, enabling children to have internet access at home for homework help, online educational materials, and job searches. Qualifying families—those who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who meet other qualifications—will be offered Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years.

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

 

Learning Activities

FCPS will promote digital and online resources to FCPS students that will provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  Resources for  Continuity of Learning can be found by logging on to FCPS 24-7 Blackboard and on this website: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-academics-distance.

 

Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

 

Counselor and Clinical Team Support
During this difficult time our Student Services teams continue to be here to help support our staff, students, and families.  Please see the attached contact information for counselors and the clinical team. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have students who you are concerned about.  If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include an phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you.  Additional information will be coming about having dedicated office hours.

 

CANCELED: ACT for Saturday, April 4
The ACT scheduled for any FCPS location on Saturday, April 4 will also be cancelled. Any student who was registered to test will receive information direction from ACT. Due to the high volume of closures, communication from ACT regarding this cancellation will likely be delayed.

 

FCPS Cable Channels
FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming.

Audible: Free Collection
Audible is offering for free a collection of audiobook playbacks while schools are closed during this COVID-19 crisis. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, inform and engage young people ages 0 to 18. 

To access the free titles, visit stories.audible.com from any web browser.

 

Special Education Resources
Am FCPS parent from the Special Ed PTA has created a video to help parents find Special Education resources online, as well as the Accommodations Toolkit that were referenced by Dr. Braband in his recent communication.

Click on this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/RlHKjSWIgr8

 

Mental Health Resources

FCPS has created a website for Mental Health Resources that is accessible on the main page of the FCPS website.  They are also providing information for emergency mental health services that may be helpful to share with students or include in your email signature. 

LBSS In the News

2020 NOVA District PTA and VA PTA Citizenship Essay Winners
Congratulations to Charles Nguyen and Maya Gilbert for their award winning essays in the 2020 NOVA District PTA and VA PTA Citizenship Essay Contest. The topic of this year's essay was "What Does It Take to Be a Good Citizen?". Charles placed 1st in Special Writer category and Maya placed Honorable Mention in Grades 6-8 category. Way to go!

MS Information

Middle School Students Needing a Laptop

If you are a middle school student and do not have access to a technology device or internet, please fill out this google form: http://bit.ly/LBMSLaptopSurvey

 

HS Information

High School Yearbook Senior Ads
The high school yearbook still has senior ad space available. Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to purchase your senior congratulations ad.

The high school yearbook is now available for purchase via MySchoolBucks. Not sure if you’ve already pre-ordered your student’s 2020 book? Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu.

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