LBSS Weekly News - May 17, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

It has been a busy week at Lake Braddock with end-of-year performing arts concerts, post-season athletic games, testing, and more. It is difficult to believe that graduation is just over two weeks away. We appreciate everyone's support as we head toward the finish line. 

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes
End-of-Year Schedule
Community Conversations
Student Laptop Collection
School Library Book Roundup
Medications in Health Room
8th Grade Formal
Performing Arts News
MS Yearbooks
HS Yearbooks
MS Theatre Presents The Big Friendly Giant

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Graduation Livestream

LBSS AI Series for Caregivers

Season Recap

Family Liaison News Athletics and Activities News LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes

May 23 -- Final Exams begin for Seniors
May 27 -- Memorial Day (Holiday)
May 29 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped due to Senior Class Final Exams
June 4 -- Graduation Day (10:30 am release)
June 6 -- Final Exams begin for 7th-11th grade -- half-days begin
June 12 -- Last day of School (10:00 am release)

End-of-Year Schedule

Our end-of-year schedule has been finalized and you can find it here. Please note the following information:

  • 2nd and 8th periods are flipped on May 29
  • On June 4, school is released at 10:30 am due to graduation
  • Final exams for underclassmen begin on June 6, which means half days
  • The last day of school is June 12 and school will end at 10:00 am

Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for one of the last two community conversations of the school year. Please register for a time and place that is convenient for you. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at Poe Middle School
7000 Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003 
REGISTER  HERE

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at Katherine Johnson Middle School
3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 
REGISTER  HERE

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

Student Laptop Collection

Senior laptop collection is on Wednesday, May 29th in the Library.

Underclassmen need to return theirs on Tuesday, June 11th or Wednesday, June 12th. June 11th collection will take place after 7th period finals in the Lecture Hall, while June 12th collection will be at the cafeteria. Teachers will guide students to the right spot.

FAQ:

  • Can't make those dates? Early turn-in starts May 27th in B122 (8 AM - 3 PM).
  • Students will get a digital receipt upon return. Lost laptops or chargers will incur a fee via MySchoolBucks.
  • Enrolled in summer school or an FCPS program? Students can keep your laptop!
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the school office at 703-426-1000.

Medications in Health Room

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school – 10am on Wednesday, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. Medication cannot be sent home with your student unless your student is authorized to self-carry their medication. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program. Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services . If you have any questions, please contact your school health team at [email protected].”

School Library Book Roundup

It’s that time to return all Lake Braddock library books that have been checked out this year to the school library.  All books are due May 29. Those students who have books checked out have been receiving reminder notices to their fcpsschools.net email address.

A labeled return cart stands outside the library, as well as a return bin immediately inside the library’s door. If a book cannot be found, please come report to a librarian. There are no fines or fees – just want to round up our books at the end of the school year to put back on our library shelves!

8th Grade Parents!

The Middle School Student Council Association (SCA) will host the 8th Grade Formal Dance on Saturday, June 1st from 7PM to 10PM in the school cafeteria. Appropriate attire for this occasion is semi-formal wear. The theme for the dance is “A Night in Hollywood: Red Carpet Premiere.”  Tickets are $15 (cash only) and will be sold during A and B lunches from May 28 – May 31. More information can be found in this link: 8th Grade Dance Parent Letter 2024

WE NEED DONATIONS!!!!  To sign up for donations, please visit this SignUp Genius:

8th Grade Formal Donation Sign Up

You may bring in donations on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the cafeteria or drop them in the main office the week beginning May 28.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!!!!!  We need parents to help sell tickets at lunch and to help set up, chaperone, and clean up on June 1. If you are interested in helping with any aspect of the dance, please go to this SignUp Genius:

8th Grade Formal Volunteer Sign Up  

Thank you for your help!  If you need more information, email Kathy Williams, SCA Sponsor ([email protected]).

Performing Arts News

Lake Braddock was recently named a 2023-2024 VMEA Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, which happens when the top auditioned ensembles from band, orchestra, and choir all receive superior ratings at their district VBODA and VCDA assessment performances. Congratulations to our performing arts students!

All of the middle school bands participated in the Music in the Parks Festival on May 4 in Williamsburg. The students did a fabulous job on their performances and we are super proud of them! They also did a great job at Busch Gardens, representing Lake Braddock very well. 

Attention Middle School Parents!

The middle school yearbook is available for only a few more weeks while supplies last. You can order them on MySchoolBucks.com while supplies last. Don’t you want to capture all the fun of your student’s first or last year of middle school? Then buy yours now for $37 as prices will go up in a few weeks.

The high school yearbooks are coming! Reserve your copy of the 2024 Lair high school yearbook via the website (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) or via My School Bucks before we are sold out. Not sure if you  have already reserved a book? Email [email protected] to check. Include your student’s name and grade.

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Graduation Livestream

The 2024 graduation ceremony will be livestreamed. Please use the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/LakeBraddock2024

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

Did you miss an earlier episode of the Lake Braddock Caregivers Series on artificial intelligence? You can find each previous episode on the Lake Braddock website!

LB AI Series for Caregivers: Season Recap

Did you miss the Lake Braddock Caregivers Series on artificial intelligence? Fear not! You can find each episode listed below on the Lake Braddock website AND you can find even more detailed information along with additional resources and ideas for engaging your family in learning about AI at the LB Caregiver’s Guide to AI website

Episode 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI refers to computer programs that can learn and adapt, with machine learning being a common type used for tasks like image recognition and product recommendations. Get a basic overview of the key components of artificial intelligence. 

Episode 2: Navigating the Filtered World

AI seems to be everywhere - from your child's favorite game to their recommended videos. Students need to be aware of the positive and negative consequences.

Episode 3: Hot Topics - Bias, Plagiarism, and Cheating

Many popular AI tools like ChatGPT and Google Gemini generate text and images, which kids might want to use for schoolwork. Consider the academic and legal ramifications of using AI in your work. 

Episode 4: Skills for Careers of the Future 

Skills like problem solving, creativity, and collaboration are crucial for future careers in AI, and critical thinking will be essential regardless of AI's advancements. Explore the different careers that incorporate artificial intelligence. 

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Bruins Summer Sports Camps! June & July 2024 sessions for Grades 3 - 12! Our camp staff is comprised of Lake Braddock Secondary coaching staff, alumni and current players! Camp registration info & form here!

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. We All Belong Here!

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to our front office. 

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

Virtual therapy sessions are available to FCPS high school students at no cost to provide a safe space to address concerns such as:

  • Mood/behavior changes, motivation, grief/loss
  • Anxiety, worry, fears
  • Social skills, bullying, peer and family relationships
  • Academic stress

In order for students to participate, caregivers must give permission for FCPS to share basic demographic information with Hazel Health in ParentVUE and provide consent. Students can then be referred to therapy by a guardian or school staff member.

You may refer your child by calling 571-749-2940 or by contacting our school counselor, social worker, psychologist, or director of Student Services. Find our contact information on this webpage.

Visit the FCPS Teletherapy webpage for more information.

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes. Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Family Life Education Materials Available for Review
  • 2024-25 School Year Budget Update
  • Free Student Bus Passes

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - May 10, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

We have had a wonderful week celebrating our staff during Staff Appreciation. I am grateful for every member of our staff and the hard work they put in supporting our students. 

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes
AP Testing Information
Medications in Health Room
MS Yearbooks
HS Yearbooks
MS Theatre Presents The Big Friendly Giant

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Parent Help Needed for Prom
Senior Awards

LBSS AI Series for Caregivers

Season Recap

Family Liaison News Athletics and Activities News

Middle School After School Announcement

LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes

May 23 -- Final Exams begin for Seniors
May 27 -- Memorial Day (Holiday)
May 29 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped due to Senior Class Final Exams
June 4 -- Graduation Day (10:30 am release)
June 6 -- Final Exams begin for 7th-11th grade -- half-days begin
June 12 -- Last day of School (10:00 am release)

AP Testing Information

If your student is taking at least one AP exam THIS May (2024), please read the important AP information found here. 

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/advanced-placement

It is important that your student is aware of their responsibilities on AP exam day(s), and they come prepared.

Please contact the AP Testing Team below with any questions.

Lynn Carrera:  [email protected]

Deb Brown:  [email protected]

Gary Ranallo:  [email protected]

Medications in Health Room

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school – 10am on Wednesday, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. Medication cannot be sent home with your student unless your student is authorized to self-carry their medication. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program. Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services . If you have any questions, please contact your school health team at [email protected].”

Attention Middle School Parents!

The middle school yearbook is available for only a few more weeks while supplies last. You can order them on MySchoolBucks.com while supplies last. Don’t you want to capture all the fun of your student’s first or last year of middle school? Then buy yours now for $37 as prices will go up in a few weeks.

The high school yearbooks are coming! Reserve your copy of the 2024 Lair high school yearbook via the website (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) or via My School Bucks before we are sold out. Not sure if you  have already reserved a book? Email [email protected] to check. Include your student’s name and grade.

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Parent Help Needed for Prom

Class of 2024 parents and guardians, we request your help/support at Fairview Park Marriott. Please click THIS LINK and sign up to volunteer.

Senior Awards

If your student  has received a scholarship they are using or are joining the military and want to be recognized at the Senior Awards on May 30 at 1:30PM, they must complete the Scholarship/Military Google form by May 12. Please note that this does not take the place of the mandatory Senior Survey.

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

Did you miss an earlier episode of the Lake Braddock Caregivers Series on artificial intelligence? You can find each previous episode on the Lake Braddock website!

LB AI Series for Caregivers: Season Recap

Did you miss the Lake Braddock Caregivers Series on artificial intelligence? Fear not! You can find each episode listed below on the Lake Braddock website AND you can find even more detailed information along with additional resources and ideas for engaging your family in learning about AI at the LB Caregiver’s Guide to AI website

Episode 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI refers to computer programs that can learn and adapt, with machine learning being a common type used for tasks like image recognition and product recommendations. Get a basic overview of the key components of artificial intelligence. 

Episode 2: Navigating the Filtered World

AI seems to be everywhere - from your child's favorite game to their recommended videos. Students need to be aware of the positive and negative consequences.

Episode 3: Hot Topics - Bias, Plagiarism, and Cheating

Many popular AI tools like ChatGPT and Google Gemini generate text and images, which kids might want to use for schoolwork. Consider the academic and legal ramifications of using AI in your work. 

Episode 4: Skills for Careers of the Future 

Skills like problem solving, creativity, and collaboration are crucial for future careers in AI, and critical thinking will be essential regardless of AI's advancements. Explore the different careers that incorporate artificial intelligence. 

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Congratulations to our Hispanic families who completed the Empowering Parents Transforming Teens workshop. We had 10 amazing sessions (virtual and in-person) from March until May. We wanted to thank you to all the families that attended, all the volunteers who helped us providing childcare support while parents were participating and the Admin team for supporting and making this workshop possible. We are looking forward having this workshop for the next school year.”

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

Virtual therapy sessions are available to FCPS high school students at no cost to provide a safe space to address concerns such as:

  • Mood/behavior changes, motivation, grief/loss
  • Anxiety, worry, fears
  • Social skills, bullying, peer and family relationships
  • Academic stress

In order for students to participate, caregivers must give permission for FCPS to share basic demographic information with Hazel Health in ParentVUE and provide consent. Students can then be referred to therapy by a guardian or school staff member.

You may refer your child by calling 571-749-2940 or by contacting our school counselor, social worker, psychologist, or director of Student Services. Find our contact information on this webpage.

Visit the FCPS Teletherapy webpage for more information.

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes. Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Quick Links

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LBSS Weekly News - May 3, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

What a fun week we have had here with our Stress Less activities. Thank you to our SGA for organizing. We do have one more day of SOL testing next Monday, which also marks the first day of AP testing. Please see the information below for important information regarding AP exams.

Last week, LB hosted the fifth annual Battle of the Books competition. In the largest gathering to date, 14 schools from across the county showed off their book knowledge in a variety of trivia games. The Lake Braddock team was coached by Librarians Diane Rogers & Mike VanWambeke and came in 6th place overall at the end of the four-game challenge. Thank you to our librarian team for their hard work hosting the event again this year.

One year ago, on May 1st, I had the incredible privilege of becoming Principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School. It's been an absolute joy serving this amazing community! I'm beyond grateful to all of the families who partner alongside me – your support is what truly makes this a great place for our students and staff to thrive. The future is bright at Lake Braddock Secondary School, and I'm excited to continue this journey together!

Lindsey Kearns

Battle of the Books 2024

In May, we celebrate:

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • May 3 - Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day)
  • May 5 - Orthodox Easter
  • May 6-10 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 7 - National Fentanyl Awareness Day
  • May 8 - National School Nurse Day
  • May 10 - School Communicators Day
  • May 18 - National Speech Pathologist Day
In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes
AP Testing Information
AP Proctors Still Needed
Morning Attendance Notifications During Testing
HS Yearbooks
MS Theatre Presents The Big Friendly Giant

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Parent Help Needed for Prom
Senior Awards

LBSS AI Series for Caregivers

Episode 4: Skills for Careers of the Future

Family Liaison News Athletics and Activities News LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes

May 23 -- Final Exams begin for Seniors
May 27 -- Memorial Day (Holiday)
May 29 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped due to Senior Class Final Exams
June 4 -- Graduation Day (10:30 am release)
June 6 -- Final Exams begin for 7th-11th grade -- half-days begin
June 12 -- Last day of School (10:00 am release)

AP Testing Information

If your student is taking at least one AP exam THIS May (2024), please read the important AP information found here. 

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/advanced-placement

It is important that your student is aware of their responsibilities on AP exam day(s), and they come prepared.

Please contact the AP Testing Team below with any questions.

Lynn Carrera:  [email protected]

Deb Brown:  [email protected]

Gary Ranallo:  [email protected]

AP Proctors Still Needed

LB Parents! We start Monday and we NEED you! 81 slots filled and 54 to go.  You can sign up for as many slots as you want, including back-to-back slots.  A school counselor will be in charge of each exam and all you will do is help hand out/collect exams and walk around as students take the exams. That is it! Your student does not need to be enrolled in AP Exams to help. Bring a friend. We welcome Middle School parents too.  Please consider helping out in this very meaningful way. We will have teachers assigned, but if YOU take a slot, we can release them, and they get their planning period back. These exams are during Staff Appreciation Week and THIS is what teachers want.

Sign up at the link below. If you have questions, just let us know. THANK YOU!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0944A8AD2CA1FB6-lake6#/

Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.

The high school yearbooks are coming! Reserve your copy of the 2024 Lair high school yearbook via the website (www.yearbookordercenter.com code 5061) or via My School Bucks before we are sold out. Not sure if you  have already reserved a book? Email [email protected] to check. Include your student’s name and grade.

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Parent Help Needed for Prom

Class of 2024 parents and guardians, we request your help/support at Fairview Park Marriott. Please click THIS LINK and sign up to volunteer.

Senior Awards

If your student  has received a scholarship they are using or are joining the military and want to be recognized at the Senior Awards on May 30 at 1:30PM, they must complete the Scholarship/Military Google form by May 12. Please note that this does not take the place of the mandatory Senior Survey.

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

Did you miss an earlier episode of the Lake Braddock Caregivers Series on artificial intelligence? You can find each previous episode on the Lake Braddock website!

AI Series: Episode 4

Skills for Careers of the Future

Did you know that according to LinkedIn, AI will create approximately 97 million new jobs? Artificial Intelligence technologies are impacting careers in many ways and though many simple tasks can be done with AI, that doesn’t mean that humans aren’t needed. 

Preparing for a career in AI requires many of the skills we practice every day. Students should work on problem solving and computational thinking to prepare to build the next generations of AI programs. It’s also important to strengthen creativity and digital art skills to help build the user experience. As with all careers, collaboration is essential to success. While offering opportunities to build engineering knowledge is helpful, remember that your family game nights and escape rooms also help give your student skills they will need for a future job in AI.

Try this!

  • Explore job listings on Indeed that involve AI. You might see listings for an “automation ethicist,” “interactive chatbot designer,” “generative AI expert,” or “machine learning builder.”
  • Or consider taking a look at Indeed’s list of 18 Artificial Intelligence Jobs and Outlook together. 

🗣️ Conversation starters for your family:

  • What do you think are the skills you’ll need in the future, regardless of whether or not AI takes over some jobs?
    • Talking Point #1: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - the same skills as FCPS’s Portraig of a Graduate!
  • If you could invent a type of AI to help the world, what problem would it solve? 
  • Imagine you’re a doctor. You now have an AI assistant that helps diagnose patients. How might that change the way you work? 
    • Talking Point #1: Could lead to faster diagnoses, reduced errors and more efficient and streamlined workflows. 
    • Talking Point #2: The AI's effectiveness depends on the quality and completeness of the data it's trained on. I would need to be confident in the source and biases of the data.
    • Talking Point #3:  AI cannot replicate the humanity side of medicine. Building trust and rapport with patients are things that AI cannot do on its own.
  • Imagine a world where AI can do almost any task. What do you think people would spend their time doing? 
Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

Let's Finish the School Year Strong! Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

Virtual therapy sessions are available to FCPS high school students at no cost to provide a safe space to address concerns such as:

  • Mood/behavior changes, motivation, grief/loss
  • Anxiety, worry, fears
  • Social skills, bullying, peer and family relationships
  • Academic stress

In order for students to participate, caregivers must give permission for FCPS to share basic demographic information with Hazel Health in ParentVUE and provide consent. Students can then be referred to therapy by a guardian or school staff member.

You may refer your child by calling 571-749-2940 or by contacting our school counselor, social worker, psychologist, or director of Student Services. Find our contact information on this webpage.

Visit the FCPS Teletherapy webpage for more information.

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes. Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • May Webinars and Events for Families
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders
  • No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - April 26, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families,

Next week starts our testing season, with the first day of SOL testing on Monday. We will have a different bell schedule for each day of SOL testing and the schedule, along with other important testing information, can be found here.

As a way to get ready for testing season, the SGA has organized stress-less week. It's always fun to see what they come up with, including a visit from some alpacas. Please see the flyer below for each day's event.

Next Friday, May 3, is a teacher workday, meaning no school for students. We will send the News You Choose on Thursday afternoon.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes
Morning Attendance Notifications During Testing
Romeo and Juliet
MS Yearbooks
Volunteer Proctors for AP Exams
Spring Testing

Class of 2024 News

ASL Interpretation for Graduation
How to Get 
Important Dates

BSS AI Series for Caregivers

Episode 2: Navigating the Filtered World

Family Liaison News Athletics and Activities News

Medical Professionals Needed
Sports Physical Night

LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes

May 23 -- Final Exams begin for Seniors
May 29 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped due to Senior Class Final Exams
June 4 -- Graduation Day (10:30 am release)
June 6 -- Final Exams begin for 7th-11th grade -- half-days begin
June 12 -- Last day of School (10:00 am release)

MS Yearbooks -- 3 days left to order

You have 3 days to order a yearbook for your child directly from the publisher. The price is now $37. Beginning Monday, April 29, the cost will increase. Yearbooks will be available for distribution mid-May. There is a limited number of books, so scan the code to order your book today

Spring Testing

As the Spring SOL testing window quickly approaches, we want to remind families that schools do NOT have extra chargers and students are responsible for coming to school with fully charged Chromebooks as well as their chargers.  State standardized testing cannot take place on personal devices therefore students MUST bring their school issued Chromebook and charger on testing days to be properly prepared.  It is imperative that all students arrive to school and their testing/holding locations on time.

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.

Class of 2024 News

ASL Interpretation at Graduation

If you or any guests will need ASL interpretation at our graduation, please email Julie Moore. Thank you.

How to Get Help Filling Out the FAFSA

According to recent news reports, as many as 30% fewer graduating seniors have completed and submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many schools rely upon this form to grant students financial aid award letters.

Families who have questions or persistent issues filling out the FAFSA might consider scheduling a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA help provided by our school or College Access Fairfax is free.

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

AI Series: Episode 3

Hot Topics - Bias, Plagiarism, and Cheating

Many popular AI tools like ChatGPT and Google Gemini generate text and images, which kids might want to use for schoolwork. Using AI tools verbatim without the expressed consent of the teacher and/or without proper citation, may result in serious academic offense. In addition, students who rely on AI to complete their academic assignments may find that it hinders their ability to apply these skills on their own without the use of AI.

 

Key Concepts:

Bias - Algorithms learn from data, and data can be biased. This can lead to unfairness in areas like grading, personalized learning, or even resource allocation.

Plagiarism - Text generators and translation tools are tempting, but remember, originality matters! Discuss with your student the importance of understanding concepts and creating their own work. Help them navigate tools responsibly and cite sources correctly.

Cheating - AI assistants might seem like shortcuts, but true learning comes from hard work and critical thinking. Explain the consequences of cheating, not just for grades, but for their learning and development. Open communication and trust are key.

 

🗣️Conversation starters for your family:

  • Would you trust an AI to write your entire essay? Why or why not? What are some potential problems with that?
    • Talking Point #1: Essays are a means to develop your critical thinking and writing skills. AI can't replace the process of forming your own arguments, analyzing evidence, and expressing your ideas clearly.
    • Talking Point #2: AI citation generation is a relatively new technology, and it might not always be able to accurately distinguish between credible and non-credible sources. It could pull up irrelevant or outdated information, or even fabricate citations entirely.
    • Talking Point #3: Sometimes, AI citations are completely fabricated. You will have to do your own due diligence and verify the legitimacy of the sources yourself.

 

  • If you use a translation app for homework, could the translation ever be biased? Why or why not?
    • Talking Point #1: Translation apps learn from massive amounts of existing translations. If this data contains biases, like always translating "doctor" to a masculine word, the app will inherit that bias. When translating from a gender-neutral language to a gendered one, the app might have to guess the gender, potentially reinforcing stereotypes (e.g., "policeman" instead of "police officer").
    • Talking Point #2: Translation apps often struggle with cultural references or humor, which can lead to misunderstandings or biased translations.
Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

Little Run ES 60th Anniversary Celebration

Calling all current and former Little Run Roadrunners, families, and friends! We are excited to celebrate our 60 Year Anniversary on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please join us for a day of fun, food, music, games, and memories. Here is a link to RSVP and/or volunteer for the Little Run. Also, we have custom 60th year anniversary t-shirts that can be purchase here.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes. Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Spring Assessments
  • Family Conference
  • Community Forum on Middle School Start Times

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - April 19, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families,

Last Friday, we hosted the LBSS Pyramid Art Show and it was wonderful! Students from all ages and schools displayed their art, everything from photographs to paintings to jewelry. Thank you to our Visual Art Department for their hard work planning this event. I look forward to seeing it next year.

With the end of the school year fast approaching, I have included some schedule changes below. Please note the 2nd/8th period flip on May 29.

Lindsey Kearns

This year’s annual Pyramid Art Show was a huge success! Lake Braddock hosted the event in our main gym, that showcased all levels of middle and HS art students as well as art from our elementary feeder schools. Both our art students and Teachers planned for months for this amazing display! Happy 50th year of celebrating art at Lake Braddock! Bravo!

Passover and Half-O Days

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Theravada New Year (O Day)

In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. 

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes
Morning Attendance Notifications During Testing
Romeo and Juliet
MS Yearbooks
Volunteer Proctors for AP Exams
Spring Testing

Class of 2024 News

ASL Interpretation for Graduation
How to Get 
Important Dates

BSS AI Series for Caregivers

Episode 2: Navigating the Filtered World

Family Liaison News Athletics and Activities News

Medical Professionals Needed
Sports Physical Night

LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

End-of-Year Schedule Changes

May 23 -- Final Exams begin for Seniors
May 29 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped due to Senior Class Final Exams
June 4 -- Graduation Day (10:30 am release)
June 6 -- Final Exams begin for 7th-11th grade -- half-days begin
June 12 -- Last day of School (10:00 am release)

Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.

HS Theatre Production

The award winning Lake Braddock Theatre’s final mainstage production of the year opens two weeks from today!

William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has enthralled audiences for generations and is still current, gripping, passionate, and heartbreaking today. Thrilling sword fights, the power of true love, feuding families, devastating loss, beautiful poetic language- and above all a searing story with urgent messages imploring its audience to listen to and fully see young people, to resist violence and snap decisions made in fear or anger, reject hatred, and to earnestly believe in and stand up for love and goodness.

Join us May 2, 3, and 4 in the Little Theatre. "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Content warning: this production may be inappropriate for younger audiences due to violence, blood effects, mature themes, and suicide.

MS Yearbook

Middle School Parents! You only have 9 more days to order The Ursa Middle School Yearbook at the low price of $37. Capture all of fun of your student’s 2023-2024 school year! It also includes special pictures to commemorate Lake Braddock’s 50th Anniversary. Take advantage of this offer now.

LB Parents - It is that time again. We NEED you to help proctor AP Exams in May. We will have teachers assigned, but if YOU take a slot, we can release them, and they get their planning period back. These exams are during Staff Appreciation Week and THIS is what teachers want. You can sign up for as many slots as you want, including back-to-back slots. All you will do is help hand out/collect exams and walk around as students take the exams. That is it! Your student does not need to be enrolled in AP Exams to help. We welcome MS parents. You may NOT proctor a particular exam if you have a child taking that exam. Please consider helping out in this very meaningful way. Sign up at the link below. If you have questions, just let us know. THANK YOU! #BruinsHelpBruins #Onceabruinalwaysabruin

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0944A8AD2CA1FB6-lake6#/

Spring Testing

As the Spring SOL testing window quickly approaches, we want to remind families that schools do NOT have extra chargers and students are responsible for coming to school with fully charged Chromebooks as well as their chargers.  State standardized testing cannot take place on personal devices therefore students MUST bring their school issued Chromebook and charger on testing days to be properly prepared.  It is imperative that all students arrive to school and their testing/holding locations on time.

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

Class of 2024 News

ASL Interpretation at Graduation

If you or any guests will need ASL interpretation at our graduation, please email Julie Moore. Thank you.

How to Get Help Filling Out the FAFSA

According to recent news reports, as many as 30% fewer graduating seniors have completed and submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many schools rely upon this form to grant students financial aid award letters.

Families who have questions or persistent issues filling out the FAFSA might consider scheduling a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA help provided by our school or College Access Fairfax is free.

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

LB AI Caregivers Series: Episode 2

Navigating the Filtered World

Social media platforms utilize AI to create personalized algorithms. 

Some benefits of AI in social media::

  • Personalization - showing users content that they like
  • Content moderation -  removing harmful content like hate speech or graphic violence 
  • Accessibility - Features like image recognition and text-to-speech translation aid users with disabilities

Some risks of AI in social media:

  • Filter bubbles - AI powered image and video filters can distort body image and create unrealistic beauty standards
  • Targeted advertising - Ads are given based on personal data, raising privacy concerns and potentially manipulating choices
  • Echo chambers - Algorithmic personalization an create insular “bubbles” where users only see content confirming their existing beliefs

Support your student in navigating social media by having conversations about algorithms, personalization, and curated content. It is important for all of us to assess information critically and fact-check information encountered online.

Try this: Which face is real?

Answer: The woman on the left is real.

Interactive Activity:

Conversation starters for your family:

  • Do you think it’s important to be aware of how AI might be influencing your online experience? Why or why not?
  • Have you encountered any misinformation or fake news online? How can you tell if something is true?
Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes. Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Spring Assessments
  • Family Conference
  • Community Forum on Middle School Start Times

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - April 12, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families,

We have a new feature in our NYC starting this week:  a series on Artificial Intelligence. See below for relevant information on AI to help you and your families navigate this new technology in daily life.

Tonight is our Pyramid Art Show, featuring artwork from LBSS students along with our Pyramid elementary schools. We hope you can stop by the gym this evening to enjoy the talent.

Finally, next Wednesday, 2nd and 8th periods will be flipped for our HS Pep Rally. 

Lindsey Kearns

Students from our Adaptive Curriculum classes enjoyed their Day Prom on Thursday.

In April, we celebrate:

Month of the Military Child
National Arab American Heritage Month
Muslim American Heritage Month
School Library Month
Autism Acceptance Month
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
National Poetry Month
Workforce Readiness Month

Stay tuned for recognitions throughout the month in this newsletter and on social media.

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates and Events
SAFER Choices Program Feedback
April 17 Events
Volunteer Proctors for AP Exams
Spring Testing

Middle School Bruin News High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families

LBSS AI Series for Caregivers

Episode 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?

Athletics and Activities News

Medical Professionals Needed
Sports Physical Night

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

Family Liaison News LBSS PTSA

Adult Volunteers needed for All Night Grad Party

FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates and Events

April 17 - Spring HS Pep Rally - 2nd and 8th periods will be flipped
April 17 - Purple Up! Day
April 22,23 - Passover
April 24 - Theravada New Year

SAFER Choices Program Feedback

Last week our 8th and 10th grade students participated in the SAFER Choices Assembly. Here is the feedback we received from the Center for Respect for the 10th grade survey.

  • 94% of student reported they were more likely to ASK FIRST before engaging in sexual intimacy with a partner.
  • 95% of students reported they were more likely to STOP someone from using alcohol to sexually assault a partner.
  • 94% of students reported they are more likely to tell loved ones I am here for them if they are ever sexually assaulted.

Did you miss the SAFER Choices Parent Program? Use the link and password below to view it today.

https://www.centerforrespect.com/full-presentation-of-live-onsite-safer-choices-for-my-child-in-todays-sexualized-world-parent-session-with-mike-domitrz/

Password: LakeBraddock/2024

April 17 Events

Pep Rally: The Spring HS Pep Rally is happening on Wednesday April 17th. The day will have a flipped bell schedule with advisory being at the end of the day. The pep rally will honor spring sports/activities and our Fanquest students! 

Purple Up! Day: To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

LB Parents - It is that time again. We NEED you to help proctor AP Exams in May. We will have teachers assigned, but if YOU take a slot, we can release them, and they get their planning period back. These exams are during Staff Appreciation Week and THIS is what teachers want. You can sign up for as many slots as you want, including back-to-back slots. All you will do is help hand out/collect exams and walk around as students take the exams. That is it! Your student does not need to be enrolled in AP Exams to help. We welcome MS parents. You may NOT proctor a particular exam if you have a child taking that exam. Please consider helping out in this very meaningful way. Sign up at the link below. If you have questions, just let us know. THANK YOU! #BruinsHelpBruins #Onceabruinalwaysabruin

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0944A8AD2CA1FB6-lake6#/

Spring Testing

As the Spring SOL testing window quickly approaches, we want to remind families that schools do NOT have extra chargers and students are responsible for coming to school with fully charged Chromebooks as well as their chargers.  State standardized testing cannot take place on personal devices therefore students MUST bring their school issued Chromebook and charger on testing days to be properly prepared.  It is imperative that all students arrive to school and their testing/holding locations on time.

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

Middle School Bruin News High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

LBSS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Series for Caregivers

In our ever-evolving world, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role. To equip you and your student(s) for the future, we're excited to announce the launch of the Lake Braddock AI Series for Caregivers. Over the next few weeks, the New You Choose will provide you with accessible information about AI, its applications, and its potential activities. We hope through theses snippets you will gain some knowledge to navigate this exciting new frontier alongside your child.

AI Series, Episode 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is the term used to describe a special kind of computer program that mimics human behavior and can learn, adapt, and even “think” on its own. There are three main types of AI including machine learning, deep learning, and generative AI. Machine learning includes programs that perform simple tasks like classifying images, conducting spam filtering, and recommending products.

Try this: Which of the images show items that incorporate artificial intelligence (AI)?

The text with these images says "AI or Not?". There is a collage of images that include a robot vacuum, calculator, electric toothbrush, smart thermostat, remote-control racing car, smart speaker.

Answer:

  • Not AI: The calculator, electric toothbrush, and remote-control car are all controlled by the user and they cannot navigate autonomously.

they do NOT use AI. 

  • AI: Smart speakers use natural language processing to recognize your voice and interpret your voice commands. They also use machine learning to improve their performance by learning your routines and preferences. Smart vacuums use artificial intelligence to navigate you home more efficiently by mapping your floor plan, plan cleaning paths, avoid obstacles and recognize and react to objects. Smart thermostats, like Nest, learn your preferences by observing how you adjust the temperature over time.

Interactive ways to explore machine learning:

Conversation starters for your family:

  • Have you ever played a game or used an app that was powered by AI? How could you tell?
  • What are some ways you think AI could be used for good in the world? Are there any ways it could be used for bad?
Athletics and Activities News

We are once again organizing our Annual Sports Physical Night fundraising event and need volunteer Medical Professionals to sign off on our athletes’ participation status! We do not receive funding from the county to purchase medical supplies or upgrade equipment in the Athletic Training Room, so this event is a great way for our Athletic Training Program to support the needs of our student-athletes! If you or someone you know is an MD/DO/NP/PA, please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer for our event on June 5th at West Springfield High School.

Questions? Please email our Athletic Trainer, Kristyn Wharton.

Our Annual Sports Physical Night is BACK!! As some of you may know, our Athletic Training Program does not receive funding from the county to purchase medical supplies or upgrade equipment. This event is a great way for our community to support the needs of our student-athletes and allow our Athletic Trainers to provide the best possible care! The event will be hosted by West Springfield HS on June 5th – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! If you would like to make an appointment, please SIGN UP HERE. Time slots are limited, we ask that you check your schedules to ensure your ability to attend!

Questions? Please email our Athletic Trainer, Kristyn Wharton.

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

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LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in search of adult volunteers to make our 2024 All Night Grad Party a success! Please consider volunteering, especially if you have a senior but we are also in need of underclassmen volunteers as well. Feel free to recruit friends and neighbors too! The success of this event relies on our volunteer parents. We have two shifts available as well as non-overnight tasks. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CABAB28AB9-47998145-allnight#/

FCPS News

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child into this service.

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Register for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Teaching Real-World Math Skills

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - April 5, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families,

It is wonderful to be back after spring break and start the 4th quarter. Believe it or not, graduation is just two months away!

April is a busy month for celebrations and recognitions. This week, we celebrated our Assistant Principals and yesterday was National School Librarian Day. I am so grateful for our Assistant Principals, who are invaluable to the success of Bruin Nation.

I am also grateful for Ms. Pevner, Mr. VanWambeke, Ms. Hilyard, Ms. Rogers, and Ms. Sands who make our library a welcoming and enriching space for students and staff. It has become one of the most popular places for students to spend time. Thank you!

Lindsey Kearns

In April, we will also celebrate:

Month of the Military Child
National Arab American Heritage Month
Muslim American Heritage Month
School Library Month
Autism Acceptance Month
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
National Poetry Month
Workforce Readiness Month

Stay tuned for recognitions throughout the month in this newsletter and on social media.

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates and Events
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Crosstown Throwdown
April 17 Events
Volunteer Proctors for AP Exams
Spring Testing
LB Pyramid Art Show

Middle School Bruin News High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families

Athletics and Activities News

Medical Professionals Needed
Sports Physical Night

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

Family Liaison News LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates and Events

April 10 - Eid al-Fitr - No School
April 12 - Pyramid Art Show
April 17 - Spring HS Pep Rally - 2nd and 8th periods will be flipped
April 17 - Purple Up! Day
April 22,23 - Passover
April 24 - Theravada New Year

Crosstown Throwdown: Come out next Friday April 12th 7pm at Robinson to see the LB Staff face the Robinson staff in a basketball game! Tickets are $5. Come support the Bruin Staff Team!

Solar Eclipse Viewing

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

April 17 Events

Pep Rally: The Spring HS Pep Rally is happening on Wednesday April 17th. The day will have a flipped bell schedule with advisory being at the end of the day. The pep rally will honor spring sports/activities and our Fanquest students! 

Purple Up! Day: To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

LB Parents - It is that time again. We NEED you to help proctor AP Exams in May. We will have teachers assigned, but if YOU take a slot, we can release them, and they get their planning period back. These exams are during Staff Appreciation Week and THIS is what teachers want. You can sign up for as many slots as you want, including back-to-back slots. All you will do is help hand out/collect exams and walk around as students take the exams. That is it! Your student does not need to be enrolled in AP Exams to help. We welcome MS parents. You may NOT proctor a particular exam if you have a child taking that exam. Please consider helping out in this very meaningful way. Sign up at the link below. If you have questions, just let us know. THANK YOU! #BruinsHelpBruins #Onceabruinalwaysabruin

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0944A8AD2CA1FB6-lake6#/

Spring Testing

As the Spring SOL testing window quickly approaches, we want to remind families that schools do NOT have extra chargers and students are responsible for coming to school with fully charged Chromebooks as well as their chargers.  State standardized testing cannot take place on personal devices therefore students MUST bring their school issued Chromebook and charger on testing days to be properly prepared.  It is imperative that all students arrive to school and their testing/holding locations on time.

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

Middle School Bruin News High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Athletics and Activities News

We are once again organizing our Annual Sports Physical Night fundraising event and need volunteer Medical Professionals to sign off on our athletes’ participation status! We do not receive funding from the county to purchase medical supplies or upgrade equipment in the Athletic Training Room, so this event is a great way for our Athletic Training Program to support the needs of our student-athletes! If you or someone you know is an MD/DO/NP/PA, please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer for our event on June 5th at West Springfield High School.

Questions? Please email our Athletic Trainer, Kristyn Wharton.

Our Annual Sports Physical Night is BACK!! As some of you may know, our Athletic Training Program does not receive funding from the county to purchase medical supplies or upgrade equipment. This event is a great way for our community to support the needs of our student-athletes and allow our Athletic Trainers to provide the best possible care! The event will be hosted by West Springfield HS on June 5th – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! If you would like to make an appointment, please SIGN UP HERE. Time slots are limited, we ask that you check your schedules to ensure your ability to attend!

Questions? Please email our Athletic Trainer, Kristyn Wharton.

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

FCPS News

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents and/or caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact Principal Kearns regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Register for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Teaching Real-World Math Skills

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - March 22, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

As we close out the third quarter and enter spring break, I wish you and your families a restful, relaxing week. Our school and offices will be closed until Monday, April 1.

We look forward to seeing students back in the halls on Wednesday, April 3.

Lindsey Kearns

This week, and for the first time, FCPS is celebrating Neurodiversity Affirmation Week. It's a time to recognize, appreciate, and honor the diverse neurological differences that exist among us, including those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological variations. Our goal is to foster an inclusive environment that values all student’s unique learning styles and strengths, understanding that diversity is not just about the ways in which we differ, but also about embracing these differences to make our community stronger and more vibrant.

Kristen Haynor, our outstanding Neurodiversity Specialist, has designed a magnificent poster that should have already made its way to you through the pony. We trust you will identify a prominent location within your school to display this poster, which enlightens and informs about Neurodiversity. This week, we encourage you to take a moment to honor and celebrate the neurodiverse students and staff members who enrich our school community.

Nardos King, Ed.D.
Chief Equity Officer
Fairfax County Public Schools

Spring Break🌷 March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! See the complete school year calendar

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates
MS Band Assessments
SAFER Choices Program
Spring Testing
Information from Victor O'Neill Photographers
LB Pyramid Art Show

Middle School Bruin News

Middle School Yearbook

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

Family Liaison News LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates

March 25-29 -- Spring Break 
April 1-2 -- Student Holidays
April 10 -- School Holiday

MS Bands District XI Assessments

Congratulations to all middle school band students who performed at District XI Assessment this past weekend.  Months of hard work really paid off and we are very proud of these students.

SAFER Choices Program

On April 4, 2024, Lake Braddock is bringing the SAFER Choices educational program led by Mike Domitrz to our 8th (period 6) and 10th (period 8) grade students. There will be two assemblies held in the Little Theatre, one for each grade, tailored to be age appropriate. Your student will discover how-to skills for:

  • Honoring the boundaries of one's self and others.
  • Understanding the importance of consent (asking first).
  • Intervening when disrespect is occurring in front of you.
  • Supporting survivors of sexual assault.
  • Addressing today's pressures - such as sexting and inappropriate pictures/pornography.
  • Building a healthier school culture.

If you wish to opt your student out of the SAFER Choices presentation, please email Kristin Girardin at [email protected].

In the evening, we will offer a free one-hour parent program at Lake Braddock, hosted by Mr. Domitrz. The program entitled, “SAFER Choices for my Child in a Sexualized World,” will start at 7:00 pm on April 4th in the Little Theatre. By attending the evening parent program, we hope parents will gain useful skills and strategies for helping students make safer choices around relationships, dating, substances, and consent. Parents of any grade level student are welcome to attend.

Spring Testing

As the Spring SOL testing window quickly approaches, we want to remind families that schools do NOT have extra chargers and students are responsible for coming to school with fully charged Chromebooks as well as their chargers.  State standardized testing cannot take place on personal devices therefore students MUST bring their school issued Chromebook and charger on testing days to be properly prepared.  It is imperative that all students arrive to school and their testing/holding locations on time.

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/sol-schedule

Information from Victor O'Neill Photographer

To view and order photos online :

Please visit: vosphoto.com/underclass

When prompted for an online code, use your Student ID (your student may also recognize this as their lunch or library number). Families can email [email protected] for any questions about the ordering process.

To order a replacement ID card please complete the link below :

www.vosphoto.com/idcard

Please let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help!

[email protected]

 

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbooks

Middle School Parents and Students!

Be sure to buy the 2024 Middle School yearbook, the URSA soon, as prices will go up after Spring Break!

This yearbook has the special photographic spread celebrating Lake Braddock’s 50thAnniversary. At the low price of $37, it’s a deal that can’t be beat!”

SPECIAL ATTENTION: 7th Grade Parents: Some of you ordered last year’s 2023 yearbook on MySchoolBucks. If you ordered that by accident, please contact Ms. Gary at [email protected] to make sure you get the book that has your students.

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Thank you for joining the NAVIANCE virtual workshop on March 19th,  in the beginning we had some technical difficulties, you may want to skip de recording until you get to minute 11 and 40 seconds.

English: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/8pEEib5ZcStKo61aLsLgI9uDnRBt4ACfJdx7oJd8hX5X04RIgkdXeqxLjzP2d-tNORKVa5ixhK0aNb-L.sy2s6Jf3D4JVW4Ha

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Spanish audio file: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/Q2cHr5osPKAqGeoYKthwoDPp5AgwuoznWUgHsQ9q4izJn0iDsfL52B7xHfYjgCbe93q9cdhabgWGv6g.I9s5dhZqRew1BxHC

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Vietnamese audio file: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/UooYWtNJLNvAVKgSGin-pnIXtE0LXnVZ0kxhT5vXuihGR3bUG0gOou-r5k2DLnbVLTYEfQtfTJwaCYU6.apgcPd8dzAEkQks-

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Korean audio file: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/uDlTS9ZINwhZ6m2Q-rEXR_UdADHJEVws7kClwr8QnWnQ_ymFxBN8N85zWYefpC5kA-ln6S-LGRo_8ifG.SLC4z7ADLSDXsM8J

Passcode: nEl+dA#21=

Deaf & Hard of Hearing: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/sdownload/nmYk_JArz0JTHiiF6kgmGmVVWjne4eoxHHZs7D_xGpZG4QjpS--XskxdkzFwg6PGKN6Ft2d0k91luNek.6SlpdMs2aPSZmmRI

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Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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Hello Bruin Families,

Spring is in the air here at Bruin Nation, and you can feel the excitement as we move towards Spring Break. I think we all are ready for the week off as we finish out the 3rd quarter.

We are pleased to host the FCPS Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs on Monday, March 18. This event is so important for all parents and students grades 6 and up, so please join us. Registration is not required but will help coordinate logistical aspects. 

Our International Show is finally here on Wednesday, March 20. There are still tickets available and can be purchased using the QR code in the flyer below. 

Finally, please note that next Friday's schedule has 2nd and 8th periods flipped for our MS Pep Rally. 

Lindsey Kearns

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grade 6 and higher. Together, as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and sometimes fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates
International Show
SAFER Choices Program
Spring Testing
HS Counseling Department Award
Math Honor Society

Middle School Bruin News

Middle School Yearbook

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

Family Liaison News

Naviance Virtual Workshop

LBSS PTSA

Adult Support for Mulch Delivery Needed

FCPS News

Community Conversations
First Class Award for Inclusion
Celebrating Arts in our Schools
Immunizations
April 8 Solar Eclipse

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates

March 20 -- International Show
March 22 -- 2nd and 8th periods flipped for MS Pep Rally
March 25-29 -- Spring Break 
April 1-2 -- Student Holidays
April 10 -- School Holiday

SAFER Choices Program

On April 4, 2024, Lake Braddock is bringing the SAFER Choices educational program led by Mike Domitrz to our 8th (period 6) and 10th (period 8) grade students. There will be two assemblies held in the Little Theatre, one for each grade, tailored to be age appropriate. Your student will discover how-to skills for:

  • Honoring the boundaries of one's self and others.
  • Understanding the importance of consent (asking first).
  • Intervening when disrespect is occurring in front of you.
  • Supporting survivors of sexual assault.
  • Addressing today's pressures - such as sexting and inappropriate pictures/pornography.
  • Building a healthier school culture.

If you wish to opt your student out of the SAFER Choices presentation, please email Kristin Girardin at [email protected].

In the evening, we will offer a free one-hour parent program at Lake Braddock, hosted by Mr. Domitrz. The program entitled, “SAFER Choices for my Child in a Sexualized World,” will start at 7:00 pm on April 4th in the Little Theatre. By attending the evening parent program, we hope parents will gain useful skills and strategies for helping students make safer choices around relationships, dating, substances, and consent. Parents of any grade level student are welcome to attend.

Spring Testing

The Spring Testing calendar is now available, with scheduling information on the Senior Survey, SOL and AP Testing. For full information about SOL testing, including laptop information, testing notifications, etc., please check out the SOL Schedule and General Information section of our website.

Congratulations to our HS Counseling Department who met the criteria to become a Recognized ASCA Model Program by the American School Counselor Association!

Lake Braddock is now an official Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, The National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society. This is a significant achievement and a testament to the hard work of our students. Congratulations to LB's Math Honor Society and its sponsor, Ms. Saja Abduljabbar.

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbooks

Middle School Parents and Students!

Be sure to buy the 2024 Middle School yearbook, the URSA soon, as prices will go up after Spring Break!

This yearbook has the special photographic spread celebrating Lake Braddock’s 50thAnniversary. At the low price of $37, it’s a deal that can’t be beat!”

SPECIAL ATTENTION: 7th Grade Parents: Some of you ordered last year’s 2023 yearbook on MySchoolBucks. If you ordered that by accident, please contact Ms. Gary at [email protected] to make sure you get the book that has your students.

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

We are in need of adult support for the Mulch Delivery scheduled for this weekend, March 16-17.  If you can help out even just a few hours it would be a great help.  The proceeds go to support the All Night Grad Party, and without your volunteer support we may not be able to deliver the mulch as promised.  This is a great way to give back to the school, and help out those seniors.

https://lbssptsa.org/f/volunteer-to-help-with-mulch?fbclid=IwAR0dyuYGuFNVL6hYSMUEw5oCenfAF9FfBQtcz19Bzsd6AzIX55acT1QhOjY

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

Celebrating Arts in our Schools

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K-12.

March has also been designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

Theatre In Our Schools (TIOS) is a celebration of theatre in our schools and schools in our theatres. Sponsored by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the goals of TIOS are to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs in and out of school for all students. While TIOS presentations and advocacy may happen anytime in schools, theatres, and other public spaces, AATE and EdTA will recognize and promote March as the official Theatre In Our Schools month.

Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

April 8 Solar Eclipse Resources and Safety Reminders

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024 and will be viewable, depending on weather, in the Fairfax County area. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. This timing overlaps with some dismissal times and it is crucial that schools reiterate the importance of safe viewing practices.  

FCPS safety guidelines do not permit direct viewing of the sun even with protective eyewear and encourages indirect (projection) viewing, including solar boxes and pinhole projectors. A one-page document with safe viewing practices and how to make these devices with their students will be shared with science teachers K-12 via Schoology groups.

We again encourage schools to share the Solar Eclipse Resources FCPS website link with their communities to access resources that include safe viewing practices and a NASA link for the eclipse live stream. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget
  • Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - March 8, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families,

Tonight's the night we celebrate our FanQuest Athletes! We honored the athletes with a hallway parade this morning and look forward to tailgating and the basketball game tonight. Please join us!

Lindsey Kearns

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates
Ramadan
Spring Testing
Lightspeed Classroom Management
Student Attendance
Lucky Ducks:  SGA Event
FanQuest
International Show

Middle School Bruin News

8th Grade SOL Testing
Middle School Yearbook
March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News

Jr. Class Parent College Night
NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families
Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
FAFSA Updates

Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA

PTSA Auction

FCPS News

Community Conversations
Family Engagement Survey
Summer Camps and Learning Programs
April 8 Solar Eclipse

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Upcoming Dates

March 10 -- Beginning of Daylight Savings Time
March 25-29 -- Spring Break 
April 1-2 -- Student Holidays
April 10 -- School Holiday

Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

With the start of Ramadan next week, we want to let you know about a few things we are doing to help our students who observe:

  • We have a number of teachers who are opening their classrooms during lunch periods for students who are fasting.
  • We have a second space available for our Prayer/Meditation space. Students do need to submit an eHall Pass to utilize the space and sign in at the Main Office.

Spring Testing

The Spring Testing calendar is now available, with scheduling information on the Senior Survey, SOL and AP Testing. For full information about SOL testing, including laptop information, testing notifications, etc., please check out the SOL Schedule and General Information section of our website.

Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Student Attendance

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

Middle School Bruin News

8th grade Students Integrated Reading and Writing SOL Component

Students taking the grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 of multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage. We will be taking the IRW for 8th graders on April 4th during 2nd period advisory. Our make up date is scheduled for April 8th during advisory as well.

Parents/guardians may choose to refuse participation in the IRW component while still agreeing for their student to participate in the required SOL Reading test. The IRW component does not fulfill federal participation requirements nor influence school accountability calculations. Decisions about how IRW component results will be communicated to families and teachers this year is pending additional reporting details from the Virginia Department of Education.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our MS Test Coordinator, Maya Nardone.

MS Yearbooks

There are lots of reasons to buy this year’s yearbook, not the least of which is that all of your student’s lovely faces are included. But there’s MORE!

The 2024 Middle School Yearbook features a special photographic spread that highlights Lake Braddock’s 50th Anniversary. It’s a one-of-a-kind edition.

Prices are the lowest they will ever be, so order yours now.

MS Team Day Challenge

The pep rally for Middle School Team Day Challenge has been moved from March 14 to March 22. The bell schedule for that day will be changed to flip 2nd and 8th periods.

High School Bruin News

Jr. Class Parent College Night

Lake Braddock is partnering with South County to host a panel of College Admission Representatives for juniors and their parents.   A link to participate is below.  The event will be recorded for those that are unable to attend live. We hope to see you there.

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92218314733

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Career-Building Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Chantilly High School, and Saturday, March 9, at West Springfield High School.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume. Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students.

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

We recently received information about resources and workshops to help families complete this year's FASFA. We compiled the information on our website to make it more accessible.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

 Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military. 

April 8 Solar Eclipse Resources and Safety Reminders

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024 and will be viewable, depending on weather, in the Fairfax County area. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. This timing overlaps with some dismissal times and it is crucial that schools reiterate the importance of safe viewing practices.  

FCPS safety guidelines do not permit direct viewing of the sun even with protective eyewear and encourages indirect (projection) viewing, including solar boxes and pinhole projectors. A one-page document with safe viewing practices and how to make these devices with their students will be shared with science teachers K-12 via Schoology groups.

We again encourage schools to share the Solar Eclipse Resources FCPS website link with their communities to access resources that include safe viewing practices and a NASA link for the eclipse live stream. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - March 1, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

February was a wonderful month with performing arts performances, post-season competitions for winter sports, try-outs for spring sports, competitions by JROTC, FBLA, Science Olympiad, and much more. I am so proud of all that goes on here in Bruin Nation.

March looks to be just as busy. One of my favorite events held here is FanQuest, which is a wonderful time to celebrate our students who might not be able to participate in our traditional athletic offerings. Please see the flyer below for more information, and we hope to see you here on Friday, March 8.

March 20 is also International Night, which has become more and more popular over the years. The flyer is below with the ticket information. 

It's a good time to be a Bruin!

Lindsey Kearns

National School Social Work Week

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

Lake Braddock is so fortunate to have two high school and one middle school social workers, who every day, provide support and connections with our students. Thank you to Ms. Baake, Ms. Mountjoy, and Ms. White.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Spring Testing
SEL Screening on March 4 or 6
LBSS Town Hall & PTSA Meeting: Schools in the Age of AI
FANQUEST
International Show
Family Engagement Survey
Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families
Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
FAFSA Updates
100-Day Senior Meeting

Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News

Community Conversations
Virtual Military Night

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Spring Testing

The Spring Testing calendar is now available, with scheduling information on the Senior Survey, SOL and AP Testing. For full information about SOL testing, including laptop information, testing notifications, etc., please check out the SOL Schedule and General Information section of our website.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener, March 4 or March 6, 2024

All students will participate in the SEL Screener on March 4 or March 6, 2024 through Advisory classes. This is the spring edition of the screener, as students also participated in October. If you opted your student out of the screener in the Fall, they will still be opted out of the Spring screener. If you would like to opt your child out of this screener, you may find that information on our school website at this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/B2S-SEL.

Schools in the Age of AI

Ever worry about AI (Artificial Intelligence) in our schools? What does AI mean for the future of your child and your child’s education? Is AI good or bad for our schools? How are our schools preparing our children for a future in a world of AI? Whether your child is going off to college in the fall or a rising 7th grader, this is an important issue to understand.

Learn about this and more in a special presentation, Schools in the Age of AI, by LBSS HS Counselor, Mr. Ian Brodie, during an LBSS Town Hall and PTSA Membership Meeting on Monday, March 4th, at 7:00 pm in Room L167 or by Zoom. Zoom requires registration with the below link.

When: Mar 4, 2024, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: Registration Link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

FanQuest

It’s Fanquest time again!  The Peer Helping class will be selling Fanquest 2024 t-shirts during B through E lunches next week, in the Bruin Den (located in the cafeteria)  They are black with our theme “Shoot for Inclusion.  The shirts are $15 each and are available in adult sizes S-XXL.  Please help support our Special Olympics basketball team with your purchase.

 Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

We need your help! We need lots of volunteers to help with the Class of 2024 mulch sale. Proceeds are going towards the All Night Grad Party. Please view the open needs using the 2 links below.

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

The pep rally for Middle School Team Day Challenge has been moved from March 14 to March 22. The bell schedule for that day will be changed to flip 2nd and 8th periods.

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Career-Building Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Chantilly High School, and Saturday, March 9, at West Springfield High School.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume. Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students.

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

March 7, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria - Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

We recently received information about resources and workshops to help families complete this year's FASFA. We compiled the information on our website to make it more accessible.

100 Day Senior Meeting

We are quickly approaching the big day for our Class of 2024. Lake Braddock and the PTSA will be hosting our 100 Day Senior Meeting on March 7th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend and hear about the upcoming events leading up to Graduation Day. 

At the meeting, we will be discussing important information about Senior Fees, Prom, our mulch sale fundraiser, the Bridging Bruins program, our End of Year Calendar, the Graduation Ceremony, and the All Night Graduation Party.

Please join us in the cafeteria to kick off the last 100 days of school for the Class of 2024.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

The time has come to start signup for the mulch sale!!

Of super importance, we’re looking for an adult who can be the mulch snack lead. It requires shopping for food ahead of time for all the volunteers and keeping pizza coming when the trucks return with hungry and tired kids. If that’s something you're interested in, please sign up! Thank you for your support of LB Seniors!! 

Student sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch3

Adult Sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch4

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Learn About Pathways and Opportunities at Virtual Military Night

FCPS School Counseling Services is hosting a Virtual Military Night on Wednesday, March 20, 6-8 p.m. This event is designed for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about the military pathways and opportunities. Enlistment, service academies, and ROTC pathways will be represented. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • FCPS Family Engagement Survey Opens 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - February 23, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

This week, staff celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by leaving kindness messages around the building and by sending notes of appreciation to other staff. It has been wonderful seeing the various messages and taking some time to remember how good it is to see kindness in action.

Next week, our Subschool 1 Assistant Principal, Ms. Rodriguez-Walhout, will be out on medical leave. Mr. Chuck Miller, former Principal at Mark Twain Middle School, will join us on an interim basis to fill that role. Mr. Miller spent 26 years as a teacher and administrator in FCPS. He is happy to return to working in schools where he can support students and teachers.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Grading Feedback Session
LBSS JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl Champions
March 5 Student Holiday
March 22 Schedule and Spring Break
Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families
Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
FAFSA Updates
100-Day Senior Meeting

Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News

Community Conversations
Family Engagement Survey to open March 3
Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Grading Feedback Session

FCPS Instructional Services is currently conducting feedback sessions around grading and reporting at a number of secondary schools, and Lake Braddock has been selected as one of the sites that will host a feedback session. The goal of these sessions is to better understand changes that were made this year and to consider additional needed changes moving forward.

Our feedback session will be on Wednesday, February 28 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at Lake Braddock. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this Google Form with your contact information. Additional information about the session will be sent via email.

In order to ensure that there are an adequate number of facilitators for this session, there will be a set number of available slots. If the form is no longer accepting responses, then the session has reached capacity.

LBSS JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl Champions

After advancing through two intense phases of proctored online competition, the team made it to the National Championship level. The LBSS Army JROTC Leadership Team will compete in the June 2024 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship, which will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 16-20, 2024. The Academic Team will compete in a Championship event in Washington, DC for the June 2024 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship, held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 21-25, 2024. Congratulations Cadets!

March 5 Student Holiday

March 5 has been designated a day off for students due to the Primary Election. However, the Purple and Gold Calendar will not be adjusted and March 4 and 6 will remain gold days.

March 22 Schedule and Spring Break

March 22 marks the end of the 3rd quarter; however, it is not an early release day. The schedule will be adjusted for the MS Team Day Challenge, so that 2nd and 8th periods are flipped. March 22 is also the last day of school before Spring Break and two additional teacher workdays on April 1 and 2. School will resume on Wednesday, April 3.

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

We need your help! We need lots of volunteers to help with the Class of 2024 mulch sale. Proceeds are going towards the All Night Grad Party. Please view the open needs using the 2 links below.

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

The pep rally for Middle School Team Day Challenge has been moved from March 14 to March 22. The bell schedule for that day will be changed to flip 2nd and 8th periods.

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Career-Building Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Chantilly High School, and Saturday, March 9, at West Springfield High School.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume. Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students.

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

LBSS News You Choose (Sign up and select Athletics & Activities)

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

March 7, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria - Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

There have been several technological challenges with the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) since its launch on December 31, 2023. The latest news is that colleges will not get FAFSA summaries from the U.S. Department of Education until mid-March at the earliest. As a result, colleges won’t be able to give students financial aid award letters based on their FAFSA information until late April to May, at best. Students who applied to a college that uses the CSS Profile may receive financial aid information sooner.

Different media outlets are reporting a growing list of colleges that will push back deadlines for students to accept offers of admission into May and even June. The American Council on Education has a database of colleges and universities that have extended their deadline to commit to enroll. We recommend that all information obtained by a secondary source be confirmed directly with the college or university.

If you are a caregiver or student with questions or persistent issues filling out the FAFSA, consider scheduling a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA help provided by your school or College Access Fairfax is free. 

100 Day Senior Meeting

We are quickly approaching the big day for our Class of 2024. Lake Braddock and the PTSA will be hosting our 100 Day Senior Meeting on March 7th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend and hear about the upcoming events leading up to Graduation Day. 

At the meeting, we will be discussing important information about Senior Fees, Prom, our mulch sale fundraiser, the Bridging Bruins program, our End of Year Calendar, the Graduation Ceremony, and the All Night Graduation Party.

Please join us in the cafeteria to kick off the last 100 days of school for the Class of 2024.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

The time has come to start signup for the mulch sale!!

Of super importance, we’re looking for an adult who can be the mulch snack lead. It requires shopping for food ahead of time for all the volunteers and keeping pizza coming when the trucks return with hungry and tired kids. If that’s something you're interested in, please sign up! Thank you for your support of LB Seniors!! 

Student sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch3

Adult Sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch4

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSST

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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LBSS Weekly News - February 16, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

We have had a fun week in Bruin Nation! Thank you to our SGA for coordinating LOVE Spirit Week. I think the staff enjoyed it as much as, if not more than, the students!

We also honored our School Resource Officers on SRO Appreciation Day. We are grateful for Officers Segur and Tillman and their work keeping our school safe and secure. Working alongside our SROs are the members of our Security Team, Mr. Cabrera, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Bolden, Ms. Glenn, Mr. Twombley, and Ms. Walker. Day in and day out, they are giving 110% to ensuring our students and staff are safe. 

We are also excited to share some congratulations. Our FBLA Chapter won three 1st place, three 2nd place, and one scholarship finalist awards at their recent regional academic competition. And the student managers of DECA's two school-based enterprises (Spirit Box and Burger Pit) received Gold Level Certification for the 10th year. Perfect timing as we celebrate CTE Month!

Lindsey Kearns

Presidents Day (Holiday)All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

March 5 Student Holiday
Social and Emotional Learning Screener
March 22 Schedule and Spring Break
Class of 2024 Mulch Sale
Quarter 2 Report Cards

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
100-Day Senior Meeting
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

March 5 Student Holiday

March 5 has been designated a day off for students due to the Primary Election. However, the Purple and Gold Calendar will not be adjusted and March 4 and 6 will remain gold days.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener, March 4 or March 6, 2024

All students will participate in the SEL Screener on March 4 or March 6, 2024 through Advisory classes. This is the spring edition of the screener, as students also participated in October. If you opted your student out of the screener in the Fall, they will still be opted out of the Spring screener. If you would like to opt your child out of this screener, you may find that information on our school website at this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/B2S-SEL.

March 22 Schedule and Spring Break

March 22 marks the end of the 3rd quarter; however, it is not an early release day. The schedule will be adjusted for the MS Team Day Challenge, so that 2nd and 8th periods are flipped. March 22 is also the last day of school before Spring Break and two additional teacher workdays on April 1 and 2. School will resume on Wednesday, April 3.

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

We need your help! We need lots of volunteers to help with the Class of 2024 mulch sale. Proceeds are going towards the All Night Grad Party. Please view the open needs using the 2 links below.

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Quarter 2 Report Cards have now been posted in SIS. 

The Report Card tab in ParentVUE provides the student’s marks for each grading period of the current school year.

If you have yet to set up your ParentVUE account, please reach out to Angela Santizo ([email protected]), Middle School Student Services Assistant or Sandy Coleman ([email protected]), High School Student Information Assistant respectively to request your activation code. OR you may submit a Parent Support Request online.

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

The pep rally for Middle School Team Day Challenge has been moved from March 14 to March 22. The bell schedule for that day will be changed to flip 2nd and 8th periods.

High School Bruin News Athletics and Activities News

Looking for the High School Spring Sports try-out schedules? Go to https://www.lakebraddockbruins.com/.

Reminder: Try-outs start Monday, February 19 (yes, on the holiday!)

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

https://lakebraddock-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

March 7, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria - Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

100 Day Senior Meeting

We are quickly approaching the big day for our Class of 2024. Lake Braddock and the PTSA will be hosting our 100 Day Senior Meeting on March 7th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend and hear about the upcoming events leading up to Graduation Day. 

At the meeting, we will be discussing important information about Senior Fees, Prom, our mulch sale fundraiser, the Bridging Bruins program, our End of Year Calendar, the Graduation Ceremony, and the All Night Graduation Party.

Please join us in the cafeteria to kick off the last 100 days of school for the Class of 2024.

Senior Fees

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the class of 2024. As we plan our various events, our top priority will be to keep our students, staff, and community safe. Understanding our plans may have to be adjusted along the way to adhere to FCPS guidelines, we are committed to making these events memorable and special. During our planning process, we also reviewed our budget and assessed our senior fees.

Senior fees typically cover all school-based costs for the students related to their graduation, such as: diplomas, flowers, caps, gowns, printing, and transportation. Senior fees do not include the costs incurred by individual students, such as: yearbooks, graduation announcements, All Night Graduation Party tickets, graduation photos, or a graduation DVD.

The Senior Fees for the Class of 2024 is $75.00. We encourage you to pay early. The deadline for senior fees is Friday, May 31 to be able to process all obligations and receive your cap and gown after graduation practice. The preferred method of payment for Senior Fees is MySchoolBucks (MSB). Beginning Monday, January 2, 2024, the Senior Fee product will be available in the MSB School Store. The instructions for online payments can be found on the Lake Braddock Secondary School website. If you would rather pay with cash or check, these payments can be dropped off in any of the high school sub schools. If paying with a check, please make your check payable to LBSS, memo “senior fee”. Checks can also be mailed to Lake Braddock, Attn: Finance Office. All seniors, even those who will not graduate until Summer School 2024, must pay the senior fees. No personal checks will be accepted after May 5, 2024. If there are concerns about being able to pay the fee and your student is on a free or reduced waiver, please come see Scott Darwin in Subschool 6.

Seniors must also meet all previously accumulated debts to the school. Caps and Gowns will not be given to any students until all obligations have been met and senior fees have been paid. Please start looking at MSB and clearing those obligations now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Darwin, Subschool 6 Assistant Principal and Senior Class Administrator.

IT FAQs

AI vs. PARENTAL CONTROL:  Is your child's privacy at risk? How might AI impact your student’s future? Lake Braddock wants to help you stay one step ahead by getting a better understanding about your understanding and views with regards to artificial intelligence. 

Please take a moment to complete the following survey: English . Thank you for your time.

IA versus CONTROL PARENTAL:  ¿Está en riesgo la privacidad de su hijo? ¿Realmente puedes confiar en la IA para criar a tus hijos? Lake Braddock quiere ayudarles y guiarles a comprender mejor sus conocimientos y puntos de vista con respecto a la inteligencia artificial.

Tómese un momento para completar la siguiente encuesta: Español. Gracias por tu tiempo. 

AI 자녀 보호: 자녀의 개인정보가 위험에 처해 있나요?  A1이 실제로

자녀를 키울 수 있다고 믿을 수 있습니까?  Lake Braddock 중, 고등학교는

귀하가 인공 지능에 관한 정보를 더욱 잘 이해함으로서 귀하가 한 발 앞서 나갈 수 있도록 돕고 싶습니다.

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

AI so với KIỂM SOÁT CỦA PHỤ HUYNH:  Quyền riêng tư của con bạn có bị đe dọa không? Bạn có thể thực sự tin tưởng AI để nuôi dạy con bạn không? Lake Braddock muốn giúp bạn đi trước một bước bằng cách hiểu rõ hơn về hiểu biết và quan điểm của bạn liên quan đến trí tuệ nhân tạo.

Vui lòng dành chút thời gian để hoàn thành bản khảo sát sau: Tiếng Việt. Cảm ơn bạn đã dành thời gian.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

The time has come to start signup for the mulch sale!!

Of super importance, we’re looking for an adult who can be the mulch snack lead. It requires shopping for food ahead of time for all the volunteers and keeping pizza coming when the trucks return with hungry and tired kids. If that’s something you're interested in, please sign up! Thank you for your support of LB Seniors!! 

Student sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch3

Adult Sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch4

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Instruction 2 Industry: February 2024 Events

In February 2024 during Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, school divisions across the region are teaming up again with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will provide high school students with opportunities to connect virtually and in-person with more than 100 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields.

The purpose of this FREE career exploration event is to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today.

There are three different types of sessions students can participate in based on their interests in one or more career fields and they include:

  • Industry Panel Discussions include a variety of recognized professionals on a panel to answer questions and share valuable information for employment in specific career pathways.
  • Information Sessions provide insight into specific companies or work-based learning opportunities.
  • Career Planning Support sessions provide advice topics which may include writing effective resumes and cover letters appropriate for specific career pathways.

Click Here to learn more and register for the expo this Saturday!

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS’ free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Important Forms for Caregivers to Complete
  • Immunization Reminder
  • Free Tutoring Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Quick Links Never miss out and stay up-to-date with all things High School Athletics by subscribing to the LBSS Student Activities Weekly Newsletter!

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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LBSS Weekly News - February 9, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families -

The month of February is full of recognitions and celebrations. Within FCPS, we celebrate our counselors this week, our School Resource Officers next week, and our bus drivers the week after. We are grateful for the opportunities to recognize and honor those who support our schools and who have made a difference in the past.

Lindsey Kearns

Lunar New Year The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Quarter 2 Report Cards
College Partnership Program
LOVE Spirit Week
Upcoming Blood Drive

Middle School Bruin News

MS Band Students Participate in Honor Band
MS School Supplies
MS Yearbooks

High School Bruin News

From the World of HS Theatre

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Quarter 2 Report Cards have now been posted in SIS. 

The Report Card tab in ParentVUE provides the student’s marks for each grading period of the current school year.

If you have yet to set up your ParentVUE account, please reach out to Angela Santizo ([email protected]), Middle School Student Services Assistant or Sandy Coleman ([email protected]), High School Student Information Assistant respectively to request your activation code. OR you may submit a Parent Support Request online.

Calling all aspiring 1st generation college students.  The window to apply for the College Partnership Program is open from now until March 15. 

***The goal of the College Partnership Program (CPP) is to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access and opportunity, and support students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses. 

SGA is sponsoring LOVE SPIRIT WEEK next week. We love to see staff and students participate!

Save the date for our next Blood Drive on February 16. Students must be 16 years old, 110 pounds, and have a signed permission slip. For more details, contact the SGA Advisors, Ms. Markey ([email protected]) or Mr. Britton ([email protected]).

Middle School Bruin News

MS School Supplies

Please check with your student to ensure they have pencils, loose leaf notebook paper and a charged laptop each day. The habits we establish now will serve your student this year and in the years to come. On behalf of the MS faculty we thank you for your continued support!

Another congratulations to our Middle School band students who participated in the Virginia Music Educators Association District XI Middle School Honor Band this past weekend. They represented LB in grand style!

If you have ordered a 2023 “Unstoppable” yearbook, your students may pick them up next week. From February 12 through 16, students can pick up their books during A and B Lunch.

Or, students can purchase those yearbooks in person—using cash or check, or, as always, online using the QR Code. Books will be made available the day after purchase.

Thank you in advance.

High School Bruin News

From the World of High School Theatre

Tickets for the winter musical Something Rotten are now on sale!  A brief bit about the show: "Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Set in the 1590s Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare is approaching superstar status while some of his contemporaries (brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom) are struggling playwrights desperate to write a hit. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self...and all that jazz."

Tickets can be found at: https://www.lbtheatre.com/box-office 

Athletics and Activities News

Lake Braddock Athletics & Activities Website: https://www.lakebraddockbruins.com/ Click on “Activity Registration”.

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

https://lakebraddock-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

March 7, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria - Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Senior Fees

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the class of 2024. As we plan our various events, our top priority will be to keep our students, staff, and community safe. Understanding our plans may have to be adjusted along the way to adhere to FCPS guidelines, we are committed to making these events memorable and special. During our planning process, we also reviewed our budget and assessed our senior fees.

Senior fees typically cover all school-based costs for the students related to their graduation, such as: diplomas, flowers, caps, gowns, printing, and transportation. Senior fees do not include the costs incurred by individual students, such as: yearbooks, graduation announcements, All Night Graduation Party tickets, graduation photos, or a graduation DVD.

The Senior Fees for the Class of 2024 is $75.00. We encourage you to pay early. The deadline for senior fees is Friday, May 31 to be able to process all obligations and receive your cap and gown after graduation practice. The preferred method of payment for Senior Fees is MySchoolBucks (MSB). Beginning Monday, January 2, 2024, the Senior Fee product will be available in the MSB School Store. The instructions for online payments can be found on the Lake Braddock Secondary School website. If you would rather pay with cash or check, these payments can be dropped off in any of the high school sub schools. If paying with a check, please make your check payable to LBSS, memo “senior fee”. Checks can also be mailed to Lake Braddock, Attn: Finance Office. All seniors, even those who will not graduate until Summer School 2024, must pay the senior fees. No personal checks will be accepted after May 5, 2024. If there are concerns about being able to pay the fee and your student is on a free or reduced waiver, please come see Scott Darwin in Subschool 6.

Seniors must also meet all previously accumulated debts to the school. Caps and Gowns will not be given to any students until all obligations have been met and senior fees have been paid. Please start looking at MSB and clearing those obligations now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Darwin, Subschool 6 Assistant Principal and Senior Class Administrator.

IT FAQs

AI vs. PARENTAL CONTROL:  Is your child's privacy at risk? How might AI impact your student’s future? Lake Braddock wants to help you stay one step ahead by getting a better understanding about your understanding and views with regards to artificial intelligence. 

Please take a moment to complete the following survey: English . Thank you for your time.

IA versus CONTROL PARENTAL:  ¿Está en riesgo la privacidad de su hijo? ¿Realmente puedes confiar en la IA para criar a tus hijos? Lake Braddock quiere ayudarles y guiarles a comprender mejor sus conocimientos y puntos de vista con respecto a la inteligencia artificial.

Tómese un momento para completar la siguiente encuesta: Español. Gracias por tu tiempo. 

AI 자녀 보호: 자녀의 개인정보가 위험에 처해 있나요?  A1이 실제로

자녀를 키울 수 있다고 믿을 수 있습니까?  Lake Braddock 중, 고등학교는

귀하가 인공 지능에 관한 정보를 더욱 잘 이해함으로서 귀하가 한 발 앞서 나갈 수 있도록 돕고 싶습니다.

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

AI so với KIỂM SOÁT CỦA PHỤ HUYNH:  Quyền riêng tư của con bạn có bị đe dọa không? Bạn có thể thực sự tin tưởng AI để nuôi dạy con bạn không? Lake Braddock muốn giúp bạn đi trước một bước bằng cách hiểu rõ hơn về hiểu biết và quan điểm của bạn liên quan đến trí tuệ nhân tạo.

Vui lòng dành chút thời gian để hoàn thành bản khảo sát sau: Tiếng Việt. Cảm ơn bạn đã dành thời gian.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS Fundraisers LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

The time has come to start signup for the mulch sale!!

Of super importance, we’re looking for an adult who can be the mulch snack lead. It requires shopping for food ahead of time for all the volunteers and keeping pizza coming when the trucks return with hungry and tired kids. If that’s something you're interested in, please sign up! Thank you for your support of LB Seniors!! 

Student sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch3

Adult Sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch4

FCPS News

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS’ free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Important Forms for Caregivers to Complete
  • Immunization Reminder
  • Free Tutoring Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Quick Links Never miss out and stay up-to-date with all things High School Athletics by subscribing to the LBSS Student Activities Weekly Newsletter!

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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LBSS Weekly News - February 2, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling.

Lake Braddock is fortunate to have some of the very best counselors working with our students. 

Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Black History Month
FAFSA/VASA Completion Event Next Week
CTE Month

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbooks

High School Bruin News

From the World of HS Theatre

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event next Week

A FAFSA/VASA Night will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School on February 6, 2024. This event will take place in the Lecture Hall starting at 6:00pm. The best place to park will be outside of Door 1. We will have staff there to direct you into the room where we will have helpers.

Please complete this form so we have a headcount of how many families to expect. Student and parent need an ID. It can take up to three days for it to be verified.  PLEASE GET YOUR FSA ID BEFORE THE EVENT! 

February Is Career and Technical Education Month

By enrolling in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course or program, students learn the technical applications of many occupations while preparing for higher education or entry-level employment. A core program of CTE courses is offered in every middle and high school including Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Marketing, Technology and Engineering Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. Since this is an elective, course offerings may vary by school. Learn more on the CTE website

CTE also offers summer programs for students to explore their programs. Enroll now!

Middle School Bruin News

Beginning Tuesday, January 30th, Middle School yearbooks will be on sale in the cafeteria during A & B lunch until Valentine’s Day.

“There’s More to Us” is our theme, but there may be no more yearbooks if you wait too late.

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or online. Scan the QR Code and use our Lake Braddock Middle School code: 13596.

High School Bruin News

From the World of High School Theatre

  1. Lake Braddock Theatre's VHSL One Act production of Radium Girls placed third in the Patriot District, which qualifies them to move on to the Regional level of the competition on February 12th! Furthermore, actors Jonathan Barnard, Aidan Chomicki, Claire Copes, and Riley Kozal all received performance recognition from the judges, with Aidan Chomicki and Claire Copes both receive "Top Performer" distinctions.
  2. Congratulations to all of our participants in the Lake Braddock Secondary School Branch Competition of the National Shakespeare Monologue Competition (hosted by the ESU).  Our panel of judges selected the top three performers as Warner Smith (2nd Runner Up), Holland Hasle (1st Runner Up), and Ashley Kennedy (Winner).  Ashley will now prepare to represent Lake Braddock at the Regional level (the Greater DC area) of the National Shakespeare Monologue Competition on February 27th.
  3. Tickets for the winter musical Something Rotten are now on sale!  A brief bit about the show: "Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Set in the 1590s Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare is approaching superstar status while some of his contemporaries (brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom) are struggling playwrights desperate to write a hit. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self...and all that jazz."

Tickets can be found at: https://www.lbtheatre.com/box-office 

Athletics and Activities News

Bruins Summer Sports Camps! June & July 2024 sessions for rising grades 3 - 12! Our camp staff is comprised of Lake Braddock Secondary coaching staff, alumni and current players! Camp registration info & form here!

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

https://lakebraddock-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

March 7, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria - Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

Senior Fees

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the class of 2024. As we plan our various events, our top priority will be to keep our students, staff, and community safe. Understanding our plans may have to be adjusted along the way to adhere to FCPS guidelines, we are committed to making these events memorable and special. During our planning process, we also reviewed our budget and assessed our senior fees.

Senior fees typically cover all school-based costs for the students related to their graduation, such as: diplomas, flowers, caps, gowns, printing, and transportation. Senior fees do not include the costs incurred by individual students, such as: yearbooks, graduation announcements, All Night Graduation Party tickets, graduation photos, or a graduation DVD.

The Senior Fees for the Class of 2024 is $75.00. We encourage you to pay early. The deadline for senior fees is Friday, May 31 to be able to process all obligations and receive your cap and gown after graduation practice. The preferred method of payment for Senior Fees is MySchoolBucks (MSB). Beginning Monday, January 2, 2024, the Senior Fee product will be available in the MSB School Store. The instructions for online payments can be found on the Lake Braddock Secondary School website. If you would rather pay with cash or check, these payments can be dropped off in any of the high school sub schools. If paying with a check, please make your check payable to LBSS, memo “senior fee”. Checks can also be mailed to Lake Braddock, Attn: Finance Office. All seniors, even those who will not graduate until Summer School 2024, must pay the senior fees. No personal checks will be accepted after May 5, 2024. If there are concerns about being able to pay the fee and your student is on a free or reduced waiver, please come see Scott Darwin in Subschool 6.

Seniors must also meet all previously accumulated debts to the school. Caps and Gowns will not be given to any students until all obligations have been met and senior fees have been paid. Please start looking at MSB and clearing those obligations now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Darwin, Subschool 6 Assistant Principal and Senior Class Administrator.

IT FAQs

AI vs. PARENTAL CONTROL:  Is your child's privacy at risk? How might AI impact your student’s future? Lake Braddock wants to help you stay one step ahead by getting a better understanding about your understanding and views with regards to artificial intelligence. 

Please take a moment to complete the following survey: English . Thank you for your time.

IA versus CONTROL PARENTAL:  ¿Está en riesgo la privacidad de su hijo? ¿Realmente puedes confiar en la IA para criar a tus hijos? Lake Braddock quiere ayudarles y guiarles a comprender mejor sus conocimientos y puntos de vista con respecto a la inteligencia artificial.

Tómese un momento para completar la siguiente encuesta: Español. Gracias por tu tiempo. 

AI 자녀 보호: 자녀의 개인정보가 위험에 처해 있나요?  A1이 실제로

자녀를 키울 수 있다고 믿을 수 있습니까?  Lake Braddock 중, 고등학교는

귀하가 인공 지능에 관한 정보를 더욱 잘 이해함으로서 귀하가 한 발 앞서 나갈 수 있도록 돕고 싶습니다.

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

AI so với KIỂM SOÁT CỦA PHỤ HUYNH:  Quyền riêng tư của con bạn có bị đe dọa không? Bạn có thể thực sự tin tưởng AI để nuôi dạy con bạn không? Lake Braddock muốn giúp bạn đi trước một bước bằng cách hiểu rõ hơn về hiểu biết và quan điểm của bạn liên quan đến trí tuệ nhân tạo.

Vui lòng dành chút thời gian để hoàn thành bản khảo sát sau: Tiếng Việt. Cảm ơn bạn đã dành thời gian.

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-services/information-our-family-liaisons

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.

Lake Braddock Secondary School is offering the Parent Project workshop for Spanish speaking families that have pre-teens or teenagers.  This series of workshops will equip parents with the strategies needed to help manage their children’s behavior with less conflict. See attached flyer in English and Spanish.

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 

LBSS Fundraisers LBSS PTSA

For up-to-date information, please visit lbssptsa.org.

The time has come to start signup for the mulch sale!!

Of super importance, we’re looking for an adult who can be the mulch snack lead. It requires shopping for food ahead of time for all the volunteers and keeping pizza coming when the trucks return with hungry and tired kids. If that’s something you're interested in, please sign up! Thank you for your support of LB Seniors!! 

Student sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch3

Adult Sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0544ABAB2F4-mulch4

FCPS News

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Career Exploration Events for Students

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event invites high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

These free career exploration events aim to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held Monday, February 5, through Thursday, February 8, 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair will be held Saturday, February 17, 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events page.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Important Forms for Caregivers to Complete
  • Immunization Reminder
  • Free Tutoring Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Quick Links Never miss out and stay up-to-date with all things High School Athletics by subscribing to the LBSS Student Activities Weekly Newsletter!

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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