LBSS Weekly News - November 20, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

With the Thanksgiving Holiday less than a week away, I wanted to take a few moments to show appreciation for our partnership with you, our families, that make Lake Braddock Secondary School such a special place. This month has been recognized by the the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education as Family Engagement Month. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. We will continue to explore ways to strengthen this partnership with our families to ensure the success of all our students.  

The upcoming week will be shortened for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Lake Braddock will be closed from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th. We are encouraging all of our staff and students to take this time to connect with loved ones, rest and rejuvenate. Students should not have been assigned new work over the break and there should not be major assessments immediately upon return from this break. Also, as a result of our offices being closed at the end of next week, there will not be a News You Choose next Friday. 

One announcement for families, as we look into December, is the continued conversation about student workload. Dr. Brabrand asked schools to identify Catch-Up Days that would allow students time to complete assignments they might be missing or need to complete. The Catch-Up Days for us will be December 10th and December 11th. Students will follow their schedule and log into Blackboard Collaborate. Teachers will take attendance and remind students about any work they need to complete; no new lessons or additional assignments will occur on these days.   

Thank you so much for your continued partnership and support!  Go Bruins!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Parent Academy
LBSS Staff Shout Outs
E-Mail Communication from Lake Braddock
IT Reminders
Peer Tutoring
Wanted: Hour of Code Guest Speakers
LBSS Student Award Winner

High School Information
Senior Stamp Event
High School Yearbook
Senior Yearbook Ads
High School Portrait Retakes

Middle School Information
Middle School After School Program
Middle School Portrait Retakes
MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
Family Guide for Return to School
Family Engagement Month
Important Update on Grab and Go Meals
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important Lake Braddock Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Parent Academy

Upcoming Events

Military Family Information Night
Hosted by: Military Ambassadors Club
December 3, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The LBSS Military Ambassadors Club will host a Military Family Information Night for Lake Braddock parents and students on December 3, 2020, from 7:00 -8:00 PM. During this time, we will introduce our club and what we do, introduce Lake Braddock's Military Family Life Counselor, and provide helpful new student information about online FCPS protocols and how to succeed as a new student at Lake Braddock. We will also discuss the ways to join both sports and clubs during this online environment and answer any questions you may have. Time will also be provided for students to virtually meet each other. Please join us!

Registration form (due by 12/1):  https://forms.gle/s8dePLtV6srK8VoC6 

Questions? Contact Ms. Jennifer Iverson at jsiverson@fcps.edu

Past Events

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials, including recordings and slides.

LBSS Staff Shout Outs

I hope you and your family are doing well! I can speak confidently on behalf of all staff at Lake Braddock Secondary School when I say that “We miss your student!” Next week is Thanksgiving, and we need your help! It will only take a few seconds 😊

Has a staff member at Lake Braddock Secondary School gone above and beyond to support you or your student? Someone who is your student’s champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/pScxWrzJyqjYYpgz9

Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be shared with staff before Thanksgiving!

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

E-Mail Communication from Lake Braddock

There are two main ways we communicate with our families through email. The first is this newsletter, which we refer to as the News You Choose. It is sent weekly on Friday afternoons and is set to families who register through this link.

The second is through eNotify, which links to SIS and parent/guardian emails as registered. eNotify messages are used to send important information that must go out to parents and guardians of Lake Braddock students. We have recently learned that many of those email addresses have been blocked. We were informed that the email addresses are blocked when the parent or guardian marks the email as spam or unsubscribes. Please note that, if you choose to block the eNotify messages, you may 

IT Reminders

As a reminder, should your student experience any problems with FCPS issued equipment (including the power cord) or software, please use the link below to place a service request with our IT department. All service requests are handled in the order of which they are received and may take up to 48 hours before you are contacted. Our IT department will contact you by either a phone call to troubleshoot or an email response with instructions sent to the email you used when the original ticket was created. In the event that our IT department determines that equipment does need to be replaced, they will give you instructions on the process and assist you further. 

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

Peer Tutoring

The LBSS Peer Tutoring program invites your student to be tutored by one of our student peer tutors. The Peer Tutoring Program is run by students who are taking the Peer Tutoring class, and we are so excited to officially open!

The Peer Tutoring Center will be open on Mondays from 9:15 - 10:15 starting November 16th, and yes, it is free! In the future, we may be offering more times once we get the hang of things. Please visit the following link to sign your student up to be tutored: https://sites.google.com/view/lbsspeertutors/home

Tutoring subjects we offer:

All MS and HS Sciences - excluding AP Bio and physics
Math 7th - Precalculus
English 7th - 11th
History 7th - 12th (all levels except AP World History/Government)
Latin levels 1 - 3
Spanish 1 - 2
Organizational/study skills

Wanted:  Hour of Code Guest Speakers

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13), Lake Braddock will participate in the global movement called Hour of Code. During this week, students will be offered an opportunity to participate in coding activities both during and outside of school hours. On Friday December 13, students will have a chance to talk to guest speakers in the computer science profession during their advisory class. If you are interested in talking to a group of students about your career, how you got there, and things they can start doing now to get into your profession, please consider signing up here. After signing up we will contact you with more information. Thank you!

LBSS Student Award Winner

The following was received from the Executive Director of J.LIVE Talk 2020:

It is our pleasure to report that Ms. Emily Coyne, who studies Japanese at Lake Braddock, won the Gold Award in the High School Division of J.LIVE Talk 2020, a national Japanese presentation contest this past Saturday (November 14).

Since 2015 we have held J.LIVE Talk as a 21st century style college-level national presentation contest in Japanese at the George Washington University. This year, due to the pandemic, we held the competition virtually on Zoom and live streamed it on YouTube, and we were able to go ahead with our plan to inaugurate the high school division. Emily, therefore, is our very first high school division Gold Award winner. 

With the guidance of her mentor, Ms. Melvin, Emily gave a well-structured and engaging presentation, thoroughly impressing our panel of final round judges comprising a Japanese diplomat, three university professors, and the general manager of the Washington office of a major Japanese corporation. 

For more details about the contest please see: https://online.flipbuilder.com/otyu/rjph

You can find the YouTube video (currently has over 1K views) link here:

https://youtu.be/mshVRnh-DCc

High School Information Senior Stamp Event: Monday, November 30 1:00-4:00 pm

This event is to Celebrate the Class of 2021. Seniors can show their school spirit by painting /stamping a parking space in the Senior Lot. The cost is $25.00 per space. Seniors in groups no larger than 4 can paint a parking spot. Groups must arrive in one car together to be considered a group. All participants must wear a mask and bring their own paint brushes. The school will provide paint in bowls, tape, and stencils of paws for students to use. Seniors will sign up in 1-hour slots and must always remain in their parking spot. Once they have completed their stamp or their time has elapsed, they must leave the parking lot. 

Please use this Google Form to sign up. 

Event Details:

  • Cost: $25 to paint a parking space
  • Cash or check are acceptable forms of payment upon arrival.
  • Available time slots: 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm

Participants must:

  • wear masks
  • remain with their group
  • bring a draft of their parking space plans
  • follow all campus rules

Please remember, this event is to celebrate the class of 2021 and no inappropriate behavior will be permitted. For additionally information please visit our Senior Page: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior_class.

High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to
www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

High School Portrait Retakes

High School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockHS. Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. 

Portrait retakes will be on December 2, 3 and 7. Please use the following link to sign up for a  time: http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com

Middle School Information Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

There have been a number of new clubs and activities updates added to our after-school program at Lake Braddock including:

  • MS Lunch Bunch
    • Come and hangout with other students and staff during lunch – talk with friends, listen to music, play games and have some fun during your mid-day meal!
    • Register here: https://forms.gle/NDJMT9Drqu4sHKKE7
  • New AS Programs as of 11/10
    • Region 4 Soccer Academy
    • Coding for Beginners
    • Game Club
    • Sports Trivia
  • New AS Times as of 11/10
    • Tuesday Trivia will now be 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • New Asynchronous Activities on the Bruins Stay Virtual After-School site
    • Sports Locker Room
    • Meditation Room
    • Mindfulness Room
    • Fitness Room
    • STEM Room
    • Art Room
    • Plus Arts & Crafts workshops

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

Middle School Portrait Retakes

Middle School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockMS. Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. 

Portrait retakes will be on December 2, 3 and 7. Please use the following link to sign up for a time: http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link.

FCPS Information Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Family Engagement Month

The Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2020 as Family Engagement Month. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The importance of parental and family support is highlighted during the month of November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships together. 

To support schools with best practices in November and year-round, the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and the Virginia Department of Education have an array of resources to support equitable family engage-ment practices.

Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes. Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - November 13, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week we started our concurrent pilot program with nine teachers and approximately 200 students.  It has brought a new energy to the building to have more students and teachers participating in concurrent learning.  This program has already provided helpful information for our staff as we considering more of our students returning in January.  Students have also shared with us that they were excited to be back in the building for classes. 

In the coming weeks, we will be able to expand the opportunities for our students coming to campus for various activities. This could include VHSL athletics and activities, co-curricular activities and Performing Arts Activities. As we determine the groups and protocols, we will provide further communication.   

Thank you so much for your continued partnership and support!  Go Bruins!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
1.  Parent Academy
2.  Peer Tutoring
3. Wanted: Hour of Code Guest Speakers
4. DECA Gift Card Drive
5. LBSS Alumni in the News
6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey
7.  FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

High School Information

8.  Class of 2023 Events
9.  High School Yearbook
10. Senior Yearbook Ads
11. High School Portrait Retakes

Middle School Information
12.Middle School After School Program
13. Middle School Portrait Retakes
14. MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
15. Family Guide for Return to School
16. Family Engagement Month
17. Important Update on Grab and Go Meals
18. FCPS Tech Support
19. FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important Lake Braddock Contact Information
20. Attendance Procedures
21. How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials, including recordings and slides.

2. Peer Tutoring

The LBSS Peer Tutoring program invites your student to be tutored by one of our student peer tutors. The Peer Tutoring Program is run by students who are taking the Peer Tutoring class, and we are so excited to officially open!

The Peer Tutoring Center will be open on Mondays from 9:15 - 10:15 starting November 16th, and yes, it is free! In the future, we may be offering more times once we get the hang of things. Please visit the following link to sign your student up to be tutored: https://sites.google.com/view/lbsspeertutors/home

Tutoring subjects we offer:

All MS and HS Sciences - excluding AP Bio and physics
Math 7th - Precalculus
English 7th - 11th
History 7th - 12th (all levels except AP World History/Government)
Latin levels 1 - 3
Spanish 1 - 2
Organizational/study skills

3. Wanted:  Hour of Code Guest Speakers

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13), Lake Braddock will participate in the global movement called Hour of Code. During this week, students will be offered an opportunity to participate in coding activities both during and outside of school hours. On Friday December 13, students will have a chance to talk to guest speakers in the computer science profession during their advisory class. If you are interested in talking to a group of students about your career, how you got there, and things they can start doing now to get into your profession, please consider signing up here. After signing up we will contact you with more information. Thank you!

4. DECA Gift Card Drive

Join Lake Braddock DECA for their gift card drive on Saturday, November 14.

5. LBSS Alumni in the News

LBSS 2013 Graduate Jefferson Griscavage is currently getting a dual MD-MBA from UVA. He recently started his own company and presented at an entrepreneurial competition in Saudi Arabia. His mom wanted to share this article about him with his former teachers, counselor and football coaches.  She said they all were very supportive of him and he really enjoyed his time at Lake Braddock. His mother feels that his successes are our successes as well. 

https://news.virginia.edu/content/these-students-may-have-found-70-billion-health-care-solution

6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The results from the 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey are in and can be found here.

Here are 5 things to know about the 2019-2020 Youth survey:

  1. The prevalence of depressive symptoms continues to increase.
  2. Vaping and alcohol use remain common.
  3. Fruit and vegetable consumption continue to decrease.
  4. Screen time increases while physical activity level drops.
  5. Most students feel safe and supported at school.

While the youth survey was conducted prior to Covid-19, these takeaways fit in our current Covid-19 world. So, what can you do? You can help to increase your students’ positive, protective factors. Positive protective factors can help your student make better choices, engage in healthier habits, and manage their stress in healthier and more positive ways. Examples of protective factors that build resiliency during Covid-19: connections with caregivers, teachers and other adults in their lives, the 3 R’s (reassurance, routines, and regulation skills), and positive social connectedness within their community.

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Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

If you need support for a student or have concerns you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me via email at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270

7. FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Lake Braddock Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/et7iswajguYW7h6u5

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards. The eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district).

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school.

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid). 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact David Walrod at dpwalrod@fcps.edu.

High School Information 8. Class of 2023 Events

Your student’s school counselor presented a Sophomore Career Unit to tenth-grade students this morning during the second half of their Advisory period (WIN Time).  An e-mail will be sent to all sophomores from their counselor, and it will contain the material that was covered in the Sophomore Career Unit. Please encourage your students to look out for this e-mail.   

On Tuesday, November 17, LBSS Student Services is proud to present College Night 101 for parents/guardians and students in tenth grade. The virtual program will run from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Erin Slater, Assistant Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present an overview of the college admissions process. Her presentation includes what colleges look for in applicants and how admissions offices make decisions. Please register at link below. We ask only one slot per household and please do not share the link. This is a combined event with Robinson, so please only register if you are sure you can attend the event:

https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sAczVtAdRI-BvHhSB5eExg

Join us for this behind the scenes look about the college admissions process! If you have any questions regarding the College Night 101 presentation, please contact:

Sandy Hunter:  skhunter@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera: lncarrera@fcps.edu
Sierra Alexander:  skalexander@fcps.edu

Thank you!

HS Student Services

9. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to
www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

10. Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

11. High School Portrait Retakes

High School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockHS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes are scheduled on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes: 

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect/missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time: 

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

Middle School Information 12. Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

There have been a number of new clubs and activities updates added to our after-school program at Lake Braddock including:

  • New Programs as of 11/10
    • Region 4 Soccer Academy
    • Coding for Beginners
    • Game Club
    • Sports Trivia
  • New Times as of 11/10
    • Tuesday Trivia will now be 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Coming Soon
    • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
    • Cyber Security
    • OBS Club
    • Photography Club

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

13. Middle School Portrait Retakes

Middle School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockMS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes will be on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes:

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect or missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time:

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu 

14. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link.

FCPS Information 15. Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

16. Family Engagement Month

The Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2020 as Family Engagement Month. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The importance of parental and family support is highlighted during the month of November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships together. 

To support schools with best practices in November and year-round, the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and the Virginia Department of Education have an array of resources to support equitable family engage-ment practices.

17. Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes. Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

18. FCPS Tech Support

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

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

19. FCPS Mental Health Resources Important Lake Braddock Contact Information 20. Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
21. How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - November 6, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

I hope that your family are well this week and have adjusted to the time change. This past week we moved forward with preparing to bring in a small group of students to pilot concurrent instruction beginning on November 10th. We have a total of nine teachers, 26 class periods, and approximately 230 students returning in person for this pilot and we are looking forward to learning how we can optimize the concurrent learning experience for each of our students, whether they are in-person or virtual. 

We are continuing to explore ways that we can bring students together in a safe and supportive manner.  Last Friday, we had a very successful senior drive through event with free giveaways, class t-shirts, graduation planning information and fall photo opportunities.  Tonight we are hosting our first Wheels & Reels (drive-in movie) event!  Additional student opportunities are in the planning phases and will be shared soon. 

Next Wednesday our students have an early release day for Veteran's Day.  Our early release schedule can be found on our website.   To all of our parents, guardians and faculty who have served our country, we thank you. 

Thank you so much for your continued partnership and support!  Go Bruins!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
1.  Parent Academy
2.  Veteran’s Day Celebration
3.  SIS Grade Book and Report Card Modules Closed
4.  Peer Tutoring
5.  Socktober
6.  2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey
7.  FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

High School Information

8.  Class of 2023 Events
9.  High School Yearbook
10. Senior Yearbook Ads
11. High School Portrait Retakes
12. Senior Portraits
13. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Grade Students

Middle School Information
14. Middle School Portrait Retakes
15. MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
16. Family Guide for Return to School
17. Family Engagement Month
18. Important Update on Grab and Go Meals
19. FCPS Tech Support
20. FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important Lake Braddock Contact Information
21. Attendance Procedures
22. How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials, including recordings and slides.

2. Veteran's Day Celebration

The Lake Braddock Military Ambassadors Club is holding a Veterans Day event on November 11 at 1:15 pm. Please use the QR Code in the flyer or this link to register. 

3. SIS Grade Book and Report Card Modules Closed Through November 11

Please note that the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed for Middle and High School students from Tuesday, November 3, at 4 p.m. through Wednesday, November 11, at 6 a.m.

4. Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Center is opening soon! Opening Mondays from 9:15 am-10:15 am starting Monday November 16. Use this link to sign students up for tutoring: https://forms.gle/MLELXGqFiHq1y1zv5. For more information please email lbsspeertutoring@gmail.com.

5. Socktober

Thank You Lake Braddock Community for Your Genero-sity! Your support of Socktober as the kickoff event for the 20-21 Bruins In Action Capstone means that hundreds of pairs of socks will be donated to support individuals and families at:

  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, VA, click here
  • New Hope Housing in Alexandria, VA, click here
6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The results from the 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey are in and can be found here.

Here are 5 things to know about the 2019-2020 Youth survey:

  1. The prevalence of depressive symptoms continues to increase.
  2. Vaping and alcohol use remain common.
  3. Fruit and vegetable consumption continue to decrease.
  4. Screen time increases while physical activity level drops.
  5. Most students feel safe and supported at school.

While the youth survey was conducted prior to Covid-19, these takeaways fit in our current Covid-19 world. So, what can you do? You can help to increase your students’ positive, protective factors. Positive protective factors can help your student make better choices, engage in healthier habits, and manage their stress in healthier and more positive ways. Examples of protective factors that build resiliency during Covid-19: connections with caregivers, teachers and other adults in their lives, the 3 R’s (reassurance, routines, and regulation skills), and positive social connectedness within their community.

Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Truth Initiative Presents: This is Quitting

This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.

Here's how This is Quitting can help:

  • Set a quit date and receive up to 12 weeks of tailored daily text messages.
  • Get 24/7 on-demand support for cravings, stress, relapse, or requests for more messages.

Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

If you need support for a student or have concerns you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me via email at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270

7. FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Lake Braddock Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/et7iswajguYW7h6u5

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards. The eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district).

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school.

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid). 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact David Walrod at dpwalrod@fcps.edu.

High School Information 8. Class of 2023 Events

Your student’s school counselor will be presenting a Sophomore Career Unit to tenth-grade students on Friday, November 13 during the second half of their Advisory period from 10:20am - 11:05am (WIN Time). Students will receive a link from their counselor soon for the session in their school email account. Please encourage your students to email their counselor if they do not receive a link.

In addition, please mark your calendars for the Sophomore Parent/Student Night with Erin Slater, Assistant Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, scheduled for November 17 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm). The presentation includes an overview of the college admissions process, what colleges look for in applicants and how admissions offices make decisions. The live program will be conducted by Ms. Slater and it will be in conjunction with Robinson HS families. A registration link will be sent out next week.

If you have any questions regarding the Sophomore Career Unit, please contact counselors: Lynn Carrera: lncarrera@fcps.edu or Sierra Alexander:  skalexander@fcps.edu. If you have any questions regarding the Sophomore Parent/Student Night, please contact: Sandy Hunter:  skhunter@fcps.edu.

9. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to
www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

10. Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

11. High School Portrait Retakes

High School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockHS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes are scheduled on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes: 

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect/missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time: 

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

12. Senior Portraits

There are still slots open for Senior Portraits on November 11 and 12. Please sign up for your session date and time here:  pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss. 

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

13. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Grade Students

ATTENTION 9th GRADE PARENTS!

FCPS offers activities and learning experiences which focus on the many ways marijuana, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drug use can negatively impact student lives. Here at Lake Braddock, our students’ lives matter to us and as a proactive approach, we want to provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the dangers of substance use and addiction, as well as treatment options. During the 2018-19 school year, there were 70 disciplinary infractions at Lake Braddock High School for either alcohol, tobacco, or other drug related issues. According to the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey data for the Lake Braddock Pyramid, students were asked questions about their substance use in the past 30 days and the results were as follows:

Substance

8th Grade %

12th Grade %

Alcohol

3.2

25.8

Marijuana

1.5

22.4

Painkillers/No Rx

1.7

2.2

Prescription Drugs/No Rx

1.7

6.6

Cigarettes

0

3.5

E-Cigarettes

4.3

13.4

Vaping

8.8

32.8

 

As you can see from the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey data there is an incredible increase in experimentation with alcohol and substance use from grades 8-12. Additionally, many of our students are experiencing disciplinary concerns related to this experimentation. As a prevention strategy, we are currently seeking 9th grade students who would be willing to participate in a substance use prevention program that we are implementing this school year thanks to a very generous grant from LBSS PTSA.

The Too Good for Drugs group is a 10-lesson program focusing on goal setting, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, bonding and relationships, effects of alcohol use, nicotine, marijuana, prescription, OTC and street drugs, as well as healthy alternatives to substance use. This program aligns with the increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support that is a top priority in our students’ education. It focuses on all 5 of the CASEL Competencies to include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Social Aware-ness and Relationship Skills.

Each week, there will be parent information forms sent home to facilitate your understanding and enhancement your child’s learning. The group will be held virtually, once a week at a day/time to be determined. (Options may include:  3:00 to 4:00 pm; or during the 2nd half of 4th period – WIN time.) For more information about this program please visit:
https://toogoodprograms.org/pages/what-is-too-good   

This group will be facilitated by both school psychologists at Lake Braddock High School. Our Too Good for Drugs group requires your written permission for your son or daughter to participate. If you would like your son or daughter to join this group, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. 

Carleen McKenzie                       Mary Olsen
School Psychologist                      School Psychologist
crmckenzie@fcps.edu                   molsen@fcps.edu

Middle School Information 14. Middle School Portrait Retakes

Middle School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockMS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes will be on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes:

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect or missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time:

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu 

15. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link.

FCPS Information 16. Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

17. Family Engagement Month

The Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2020 as Family Engagement Month. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The importance of parental and family support is highlighted during the month of November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships together. 

To support schools with best practices in November and year-round, the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and the Virginia Department of Education have an array of resources to support equitable family engage-ment practices.

18. Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes. Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

19. FCPS Tech Support

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

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

20. FCPS Mental Health Resources Important Lake Braddock Contact Information 21. Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
22. How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - October 30, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

As we end this first quarter of the year, it is important that we all take a minute to reflect on what we have been able to accomplish so far. We are so appreciative of the hard work our teachers and students have put in to making virtual learning work. Our teachers have put in countless hours to deliver content in an engaging way. Our students have worked through how to learning through a computer and connect with their teachers and peers in a virtual format. In addition, we welcomed some students back to into the building this week, and we greatly appreciate the staff that made it possible.  

We have heard the recent concerns around student and teacher workload. Dr. Brabrand's message to staff and families reiterated some expectations and set some guidelines that should alleviate some of these concerns. At our Parent Coffee last night, we also discussed these concerns and how we are working through them at Lake Braddock. If you were not able to join us, please listen to our recording that is posted below. 

Along with the concern for our students' workload, we are setting some plans in place to support our teachers. In this virtual format, our teachers are receiving many more emails than before. Our teachers are still being asked to respond to you within one to two business days, however we are not asking teachers to respond to email after 5:00 pm daily and on weekends. We are encouraging them to take care of themselves and find that balance, in order to be the best for their families and our students.  

As we look to the second quarter, we hope that some of the shifts we are making will improve some of the concerns we are hearing from students and families. If there continue to be concerns for your students with particular classes, please reach out to the teacher directly. The counselor and Subschool administrator are also available to provide support and find solutions. 

We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy
2. New Online Registration Process for School-Based Activities and Athletics
3. Wheels & Reels on the Blacktop
4. Coca-Cola Gives Back
5. LBSS Alumni in the News
6. Attendance Information
7. Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor

High School Information

8. High School Yearbook
9. High School Portrait Retakes
10. Senior Portraits
11. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Grade Students
12. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

Middle School Information

13. Middle School Portrait Retakes
14. MS Lunch Bunch

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

We were happy to see so many families join us Thursday evening for our Parent Coffee. Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials, including recordings and slides.

2. New Online Registration Process for School-Based Activities and Athletics

FCPS has adopted a new online registration process that will require parents to register their child for school-based activities and athletics. If your child is interested in participating in any of the school-based activities below, you will be required to register them online.

  • Academic Activities - Debate, Forensics, Scholastic Bowl, & Theater
  • Athletic Activities - Fall Sports, Winter Sports, & Spring Sports

To access the Lake Braddock Activities & Athletics Registration Website, click here.

  • Parents will create one account per family. Students in the same family will register within the same account.

To review the updated Tryout Information for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.

  • Concussion Education is a required step within registration. It must be reviewed in its entirety and electronically signed by both the parent and student. If a paper version has already been submitted for 2020-21, you will still need to complete the Concussion Education step as part of the registration.
  • VHSL Physical Forms will continue to be collected by the Athletic Training Staff or Activities Office. Physicals can either be emailed to Kristyn Wharton at kwharton@fcps.edu (PDF format preferred) or dropped off during one of our designated in-person physical drop off dates (Nov. 6th or 20th, Door 14). The Tryout Card distribution process will be shared via News You Choose, the sports website, and social media prior to the start of each season.
  • Emergency Care Forms must be handed to the coach by the student on the first day of tryouts.

If you have any questions or need assistance with this new process, please feel free to reach out to the Student Activities Office at 703-426-1001.

3. Wheels & Reels on the Blacktop!

Join the Lake Braddock SGA for a socially-distanced movie night in your car.

4. Coca-Cola Gives Back

We are excited to share that Lake Braddock is now part of the Coca-Cola Give program. This opens up Lake Braddock SS to new funding opportunities to help with special projects and student recognition. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes here and our school receives a donation. Help LBSS make the most of this program!   

5. LBSS Alumni In The News

Class of 2020 graduate, Prescott Farris, was recently published in AUSA magazine. Prescott was a proud member of the LB JROTC during his years as a Bruin. https://www.ausa.org/publications/soldiers-and-ethical-life

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

The LBSS Military Ambassadors Club is hosting a virtual meeting dedicated to Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2020 after school. During this meeting, three speakers who are military affiliated will be discussing what Veteran's Day means to them. Captain Guardo and SFC Wiles from Lake Braddock's JROTC program are two of our guest speakers. This event is open to the entire school and we would like to include as many students and Veterans as possible!

In addition, we will be using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to host the Veterans Day event on November 11 at 1:15 pm. Please use the QR Code in the flyer below to RSVP. You will receive a invitation to the meeting with the individual link.

High School Information 8. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

9. High School Portrait Retakes

High School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockHS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retake day for high schoolers is scheduled on December 2, 3 and 7.  Please note the following requirements for retakes:

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package. Please communicate this information to students.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect/missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time: 

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

10. Senior Portraits

The final dates for Senior Portraits are November 10-12. Please sign up for your session date and time here:  pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com

11. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Grade Students

ATTENTION 9th GRADE PARENTS!

FCPS offers activities and learning experiences which focus on the many ways marijuana, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drug use can negatively impact student lives. Here at Lake Braddock, our students’ lives matter to us and as a proactive approach, we want to provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the dangers of substance use and addiction, as well as treatment options. During the 2018-19 school year, there were 70 disciplinary infractions at Lake Braddock High School for either alcohol, tobacco, or other drug related issues. According to the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey data for the Lake Braddock Pyramid, students were asked questions about their substance use in the past 30 days and the results were as follows:

Substance

8th Grade %

12th Grade %

Alcohol

3.2

25.8

Marijuana

1.5

22.4

Painkillers/No Rx

1.7

2.2

Prescription Drugs/No Rx

1.7

6.6

Cigarettes

0

3.5

E-Cigarettes

4.3

13.4

Vaping

8.8

32.8

 

As you can see from the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey data there is an incredible increase in experimentation with alcohol and substance use from 8th grade to 12th grade. Additionally, many of our students are experiencing disciplinary concerns related to this experimentation. As a prevention strategy, we are currently seeking 9th grade students who would be willing to participate in a substance use prevention program that we are implementing this school year thanks to a very generous grant from LBSS PTSA.

The Too Good for Drugs group is a 10-lesson program focusing on goal setting, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, bonding and relationships, effects of alcohol use, nicotine, marijuana, prescription, OTC and street drugs, as well as healthy alternatives to substance use. This program aligns with the increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support that is a top priority in our students’ education. It focuses on all 5 of the CASEL Competencies to include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness and Relationship Skills.

Each week, there will be parent information forms sent home to facilitate your understanding and enhancement your child’s learning. The group will be held virtually, once a week at a day/time to be determined. (Options may include:  3:00 to 4:00 pm; or during the 2nd half of 3rd or 4th period – WIN time.) For more information about this program please visit:  https://toogoodprograms.org/pages/what-is-too-good   

This group will be facilitated by both school psychologists at Lake Braddock High School. Our Too Good for Drugs group requires your written permission for your son or daughter to participate. If you would like your son or daughter to join this group, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. 

 

Carleen McKenzie                        Mary Olsen

School Psychologist                      School Psychologist

crmckenzie@fcps.edu                   molsen@fcps.edu

12. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The Virginia Summer Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. These residential programs run from late June to late July and are four weeks in length. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. The deadline to declare your interest for the Academics & Mentorship OR Visual & Performing Arts Programs for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s School is November 9, 2020 -  NO late submissions will be accepted.

To declare your interest, please complete the Google Interest Form at the appropriate link below:

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r33x6D7NTmbL57-w33OuFfkKHp02wZUdTQ3ILWxwsnw/viewform?edit_requested=true

Visual & Performing Arts:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL0HhKQ9zPSH5n3gOd9V9aAlNEnZqD4XT3NuW9y_jftbY5CA/viewform

For general information, please visit the VDOE link:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/32439

If you have questions about the application process for the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please find contact information below: 

Academics & Mentorship Programs: Mr. Ranallo - gwranallo@fcps.edu

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera – lncarrera@fcps.edu

Middle School Information 13. Middle School Portrait Retakes

Middle School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockMS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns regarding Middle School portraits can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retake day for 7th and 8th grade only is scheduled on December 2, 3 and 7.  Please note the following requirements for retakes:

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package. Please communicate this information to students.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect/missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time:  http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu 

14. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link: https://forms.gle/zbEPgw4RhMgMCMJV9

FCPS Information Technology Support

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

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

Free or Reduced-Price Meal Information

The application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals needs to be completed each school year for eligibility. If you applied last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting My School Apps . Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Financial assistance with school related fees requires the completion of section four of the application – Consent to Share Information. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Follow the link above to the website and then click on the Language drop down menu on the top bar.  Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources

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

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

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Hello Bruin Families, 

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your family doing well. We have had a week of focus on National Digital Citizenship Week. Throughout this week there were resources posted to our Twitter and Facebook and our School Based Technology Specialist, Sarah Olson led a Parent Academy event where we discussed the importance of well being and balancing social media.  Digital Citizenship is a very important conversation to have with our students and we continue to find opportunities engage in this important conversation. 

We were pleased to learn that Lake Braddock Secondary School was recognized by GreatSchools.org as one of 2,158 public high schools in the nation to earn the 2020 College Success Award. We're excited to celebrate our successful track record of preparing students to enroll in college and succeed once they get there. This website will give you more information about GreatSchools.org: http://bit.ly/2UXtOCX

Ms. Kearns and I will be hosting a Parent Academy event on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  We are looking forward to connecting with you with updates and to answer questions.  Please this form to register for the event and let us know what questions you have.  You'll receive an individual invitation for this event on Thursday morning.

Finally, it's hard to believe that next week is the last week of the 1st Quarter.  Please access ParentVue to see the latest updates on your student's grades as we close out this Quarter.  If you have questions regarding their grades, please reach out to the teacher.  We are on a rolling gradebook this school year and if you'd like to learn more details about a rolling gradebook, including how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4MBITdvNzs&feature=youtu.be

We look forward to connecting with you on Thursday at our Parent Academy event.  Please reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or subschool administrator if you need anything. 

 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy
2. Digital Citizenship Week
3. Instruction Update for October 29th
4. 2 Hour Early Release Schedule on October 30th
5. October Spirit Week
6. Important Attendance Updates
7. SIS ParentVue Reminder
8. Veteran's Day Wall of Honor
9. Bruins in Action: Socktober
10. Class of 2022 Fundraiser
11. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

High School Information
12. High School Yearbooks
13. Senior Portraits
14. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor's School

Middle School Information
15. TDAP Vaccine Reminder
16. MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
17. Technology Support
18. Free or Reduced-Price Meals Information
19. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students
20. Grab and Go Meals
21. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials. 

Upcoming Events

October 28 -- 7:00 pm -- Spanish Parent Coffee

  • By Stella Zoccoli Perez and our LBSS staff
  • To register for this event, please email szoccolipere@fcps.edu

October 29 -- 6:00 pm -- Parent Coffee

2. Digital Citizenship Week

Over the past week, we have sent out various resources about digital citizenship. These resources were meant to help you begin to have these conversations and help your students develop healthy relationships with technology. Below is a list of the resources that were posted on social media throughout the week. Please reach out to the school if you have more questions or want to learn more about digital citizenship and supporting your student in this environment.

Video - What is digital citizenship? https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/what-is-digital-citizenship-with-asl-interpretations 

Video - Teen Voices: oversharing and your digital footprint 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ottnH427Fr8

Newsfeed Defender - learn how to evaluate the reliability of your news sources - https://www.icivics.org/games/newsfeed-defenders 

Interland - game based program to learn more about different https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland

Is the Internet making you meaner? https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/is-the-internet-making-you-meaner

Virtual boundaries and friendships:

https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/teen-voices-friendships-and-boundaries 

Managing Screen Time - https://thesmarttalk.org/#/

Take the pledge! Make a commitment to be a digital citizen that C.A.R.E.s.

MS: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/digcitpledge_edmodo_24x36.pdf 

HS: https://net-ref.com/social-digital-citizenship-pledge/

3. Instruction Update for Thursday, October 29

Due to the PSAT being given to Juniors on Thursday, October 29th, all High School instruction on that day will be asynchronous. Middle School instruction will follow the Purple day bell schedule.  

4. 2-Hour Early Release on October 30

Friday, October 30 marks the end of the first quarter and students will be released two hours early. 

5. October Spirit Week 6. Important Attendance Updates

We are streamlining our attendance procedures, and important changes are included below. If you have any questions about the revised processes, please reach out to your child’s subschool, advisory teacher, or our SOSAs/Dean: Mrs. Bradley (lpbradley@fcps.edu), Mr. Tucker (tgtucker@fcps.edu), and Mrs. Soos (amsoos@fcps.edu).

  • Monday attendance form: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020 we will be using a school-wide attendance form on Mondays instead of individual advisory teacher Monday check-in forms. Students need to complete the form around 8:00 am but no later than 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Class participation: To ensure that we are providing students with the appropriate supports for academic success, we will be adding a new attendance code to distinguish between a student that is absent versus logged in but not participating in any capacity. A student that is absent will be marked UNV. A student that is logged in but not participating in any capacity will be marked as CUT. As always, a student that is logged in and participating is marked present. 
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020, parents will have 2 options to report their student’s absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. They may choose to use the new on-line absence reporting system, or they may call their child’s subschool attendance line (current method).
7. SIS ParentVUE Reminder

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with your student’s attendance, grade book assignments and grades, report cards, and more. At the end of last school year, we reached a high of 80% of FCPS students with at least one parent/guardian with a PVUE account. We want to keep those account numbers and the usage going up so that we can rely on it as a communication tool with parents/guardians.

Please take some time to access PVUE periodically to check in on your student(s) throughout the school year to keep informed of their progress. If you do not yet have a PVUE account, please go to the following web site for details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code: Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview.

8. Veteran's Day Wall of Honor

The LBSS Military Ambassadors Club is hosting a virtual meeting dedicated to Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2020 after school. During this meeting, three speakers who are military affiliated will be discussing what Veteran's Day means to them. Captain Guardo and SFC Wiles from Lake Braddock's JROTC program are two of our guest speakers. This event is open to the entire school and we would like to include as many students and Veterans as possible!

9. Bruins in Action: Socktober

Did you know that socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters? Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our Northern Virginia neighbors who are poor or homeless.

Starting Monday, October 19th through Friday October 30th, PLEASE:

  • Bring NEW pairs of socks in ALL sizes to Lake Braddock, and 
  • Place them in the Socktober Box inside of Door 1.

All collected socks will be donated to:

  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, VA, click here
  • New Hope Housing in Alexandria, VA, click here

Middle School Students should talk to their Social Studies teachers about the service hours they can earn by generously donating socks!

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY, AND REMEMBER:

The Athletic Leadership program at Lake Braddock is leading a pyramid-wide sock collection drive during the month of October. Socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters and, with each pair donated, a person is reminded they matter. We are donating our collected socks to New Hope Housing and the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. This is the 3rd year we have collected socks as a community. There are multiple places to drop off donations:  Door 1 of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Glory Days Grill in Burke, and 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. We hope to build on the success of over 1,800 pairs donated last year.   Our #Socktober effort has been expanded to include working with Robinson Secondary School!

@GloryDaysGrill in Burke will be a collection spot for sock donations starting this weekend!

@FCPSLBSS and @RobinsonRams are fortunate to have @GloryDaysGrill supporting our communities!

10. Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Help support Lake Braddock’s Class of 2022 by shopping at Charleston Wrap for this year's fundraiser.  2500+ items from gift wrap, to tasty goodies, and home décor, there's something for everyone... shipped right to your door. Get your holiday shopping done early! Sales close Nov 20th.

https://www.charlestonwrapstore.com/studentaffiliate.php?code=202484321&channelID=copy

11. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout High School Information 12. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

13. Senior Portraits

The final dates for Senior Portraits are November 10-12. Please sign up for your session date and time here:  pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com

14. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The Virginia Summer Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. These residential programs run from late June to late July and are four weeks in length. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. The deadline to declare your interest for the Academics & Mentorship OR Visual & Performing Arts Programs for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s School is November 9, 2020 -  NO late submissions will be accepted.

To declare your interest, please complete the Google Interest Form at the appropriate link below:

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r33x6D7NTmbL57-w33OuFfkKHp02wZUdTQ3ILWxwsnw/viewform?edit_requested=true

Visual & Performing Arts:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL0HhKQ9zPSH5n3gOd9V9aAlNEnZqD4XT3NuW9y_jftbY5CA/viewform

For general information, please visit the VDOE link:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/32439

If you have questions about the application process for the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please find contact information below: 

Academics & Mentorship Programs: Mr. Ranallo - gwranallo@fcps.edu

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera – lncarrera@fcps.edu

Middle School Information 15. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

16. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link: https://forms.gle/zbEPgw4RhMgMCMJV9

FCPS Information 17. Technology Support

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

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

18. Free or Reduced-Price Meal Information

The application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals needs to be completed each school year for eligibility. If you applied last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting My School Apps . Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Financial assistance with school related fees requires the completion of section four of the application – Consent to Share Information. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Follow the link above to the website and then click on the Language drop down menu on the top bar.  Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

19. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.  

20. Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

21. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

If you would like to be able to use your home wifi printer with your student’s FCPS laptop, check out this video for instructions on how to do so. Watch the video


Virtual Learning Playlist

The virtual learning playlist includes several videos about digital citizenship, technology tips, and how to keep your FCPS laptop and other features ready for student success. Go to the virtual learning playlist

FCPS Mental Health Resources

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

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - October 23, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your family doing well. We have had a week of focus on National Digital Citizenship Week. Throughout this week there were resources posted to our Twitter and Facebook and our School Based Technology Specialist, Sarah Olson led a Parent Academy event where we discussed the importance of well being and balancing social media.  Digital Citizenship is a very important conversation to have with our students and we continue to find opportunities engage in this important conversation. 

We were pleased to learn that Lake Braddock Secondary School was recognized by GreatSchools.org as one of 2,158 public high schools in the nation to earn the 2020 College Success Award. We're excited to celebrate our successful track record of preparing students to enroll in college and succeed once they get there. This website will give you more information about GreatSchools.org: http://bit.ly/2UXtOCX

Ms. Kearns and I will be hosting a Parent Academy event on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  We are looking forward to connecting with you with updates and to answer questions.  Please this form to register for the event and let us know what questions you have.  You'll receive an individual invitation for this event on Thursday morning.

Finally, it's hard to believe that next week is the last week of the 1st Quarter.  Please access ParentVue to see the latest updates on your student's grades as we close out this Quarter.  If you have questions regarding their grades, please reach out to the teacher.  We are on a rolling gradebook this school year and if you'd like to learn more details about a rolling gradebook, including how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4MBITdvNzs&feature=youtu.be

We look forward to connecting with you on Thursday at our Parent Academy event.  Please reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or subschool administrator if you need anything. 

 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy
2. Digital Citizenship Week
3. Instruction Update for October 29th
4. 2 Hour Early Release Schedule on October 30th
5. October Spirit Week
6. Important Attendance Updates
7. SIS ParentVue Reminder
8. Veteran's Day Wall of Honor
9. Bruins in Action: Socktober
10. Class of 2022 Fundraiser
11. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

High School Information
12. High School Yearbooks
13. Senior Portraits
14. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor's School

Middle School Information
15. TDAP Vaccine Reminder
16. MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
17. Technology Support
18. Free or Reduced-Price Meals Information
19. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students
20. Grab and Go Meals
21. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials. 

Upcoming Events

October 28 - 7:00 pm

 

October 29 -- 6:00 pm -- Parent Coffee

2. Digital Citizenship Week

Over the past week, we have sent out various resources about digital citizenship. These resources were meant to help you begin to have these conversations and help your students develop healthy relationships with technology. Below is a list of the resources that were posted on social media throughout the week. Please reach out to the school if you have more questions or want to learn more about digital citizenship and supporting your student in this environment.

Video - What is digital citizenship? https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/what-is-digital-citizenship-with-asl-interpretations 

Video - Teen Voices: oversharing and your digital footprint 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ottnH427Fr8

Newsfeed Defender - learn how to evaluate the reliability of your news sources - https://www.icivics.org/games/newsfeed-defenders 

Interland - game based program to learn more about different https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland

Is the Internet making you meaner? https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/is-the-internet-making-you-meaner

Virtual boundaries and friendships:

https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/teen-voices-friendships-and-boundaries 

Managing Screen Time - https://thesmarttalk.org/#/

Take the pledge! Make a commitment to be a digital citizen that C.A.R.E.s.

MS: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/digcitpledge_edmodo_24x36.pdf 

HS: https://net-ref.com/social-digital-citizenship-pledge/

3. Instruction Update for Thursday, October 29

Due to the PSAT being given to Juniors on Thursday, October 29th, all High School instruction on that day will be asynchronous. Middle School instruction will follow the Purple day bell schedule.  

4. 2-Hour Early Release on October 30

Friday, October 30 marks the end of the first quarter and students will be released two hours early. 

5. October Spirit Week 6. Important Attendance Updates

We are streamlining our attendance procedures, and important changes are included below. If you have any questions about the revised processes, please reach out to your child’s subschool, advisory teacher, or our SOSAs/Dean: Mrs. Bradley (lpbradley@fcps.edu), Mr. Tucker (tgtucker@fcps.edu), and Mrs. Soos (amsoos@fcps.edu).

  • Monday attendance form: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020 we will be using a school-wide attendance form on Mondays instead of individual advisory teacher Monday check-in forms. Students need to complete the form around 8:00 am but no later than 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Class participation: To ensure that we are providing students with the appropriate supports for academic success, we will be adding a new attendance code to distinguish between a student that is absent versus logged in but not participating in any capacity. A student that is absent will be marked UNV. A student that is logged in but not participating in any capacity will be marked as CUT. As always, a student that is logged in and participating is marked present. 
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020, parents will have 2 options to report their student’s absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. They may choose to use the new on-line absence reporting system, or they may call their child’s subschool attendance line (current method).
7. SIS ParentVUE Reminder

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with your student’s attendance, grade book assignments and grades, report cards, and more. At the end of last school year, we reached a high of 80% of FCPS students with at least one parent/guardian with a PVUE account. We want to keep those account numbers and the usage going up so that we can rely on it as a communication tool with parents/guardians.

Please take some time to access PVUE periodically to check in on your student(s) throughout the school year to keep informed of their progress. If you do not yet have a PVUE account, please go to the following web site for details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code: Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview.

8. Veteran's Day Wall of Honor

The LBSS Military Ambassadors Club is hosting a virtual meeting dedicated to Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2020 after school. During this meeting, three speakers who are military affiliated will be discussing what Veteran's Day means to them. Captain Guardo and SFC Wiles from Lake Braddock's JROTC program are two of our guest speakers. This event is open to the entire school and we would like to include as many students and Veterans as possible!

9. Bruins in Action: Socktober

Did you know that socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters? Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our Northern Virginia neighbors who are poor or homeless.

Starting Monday, October 19th through Friday October 30th, PLEASE:

  • Bring NEW pairs of socks in ALL sizes to Lake Braddock, and 
  • Place them in the Socktober Box inside of Door 1.

All collected socks will be donated to:

  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, VA, click here
  • New Hope Housing in Alexandria, VA, click here

Middle School Students should talk to their Social Studies teachers about the service hours they can earn by generously donating socks!

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY, AND REMEMBER:

The Athletic Leadership program at Lake Braddock is leading a pyramid-wide sock collection drive during the month of October. Socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters and, with each pair donated, a person is reminded they matter. We are donating our collected socks to New Hope Housing and the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. This is the 3rd year we have collected socks as a community. There are multiple places to drop off donations:  Door 1 of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Glory Days Grill in Burke, and 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. We hope to build on the success of over 1,800 pairs donated last year.   Our #Socktober effort has been expanded to include working with Robinson Secondary School!

@GloryDaysGrill in Burke will be a collection spot for sock donations starting this weekend!

@FCPSLBSS and @RobinsonRams are fortunate to have @GloryDaysGrill supporting our communities!

10. Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Help support Lake Braddock’s Class of 2022 by shopping at Charleston Wrap for this year's fundraiser.  2500+ items from gift wrap, to tasty goodies, and home décor, there's something for everyone... shipped right to your door. Get your holiday shopping done early! Sales close Nov 20th.

https://www.charlestonwrapstore.com/studentaffiliate.php?code=202484321&channelID=copy

11. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout High School Information 12. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

13. Senior Portraits

The final dates for Senior Portraits are November 10-12. Please sign up for your session date and time here:  pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to seniors@vosphoto.com

14. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The Virginia Summer Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. These residential programs run from late June to late July and are four weeks in length. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. The deadline to declare your interest for the Academics & Mentorship OR Visual & Performing Arts Programs for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s School is November 9, 2020 -  NO late submissions will be accepted.

To declare your interest, please complete the Google Interest Form at the appropriate link below:

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r33x6D7NTmbL57-w33OuFfkKHp02wZUdTQ3ILWxwsnw/viewform?edit_requested=true

Visual & Performing Arts:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL0HhKQ9zPSH5n3gOd9V9aAlNEnZqD4XT3NuW9y_jftbY5CA/viewform

For general information, please visit the VDOE link:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/32439

If you have questions about the application process for the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please find contact information below: 

Academics & Mentorship Programs: Mr. Ranallo - gwranallo@fcps.edu

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera – lncarrera@fcps.edu

Middle School Information 15. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

16. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link: https://forms.gle/zbEPgw4RhMgMCMJV9

FCPS Information 17. Technology Support

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

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

18. Free or Reduced-Price Meal Information

The application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals needs to be completed each school year for eligibility. If you applied last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting My School Apps . Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Financial assistance with school related fees requires the completion of section four of the application – Consent to Share Information. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Follow the link above to the website and then click on the Language drop down menu on the top bar.  Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

19. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.  

20. Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

21. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

If you would like to be able to use your home wifi printer with your student’s FCPS laptop, check out this video for instructions on how to do so. Watch the video


Virtual Learning Playlist

The virtual learning playlist includes several videos about digital citizenship, technology tips, and how to keep your FCPS laptop and other features ready for student success. Go to the virtual learning playlist

FCPS Mental Health Resources

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

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - October 16, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

As we conclude another week of virtual learning, we are excited to be in the planning phases of some small groups coming in to the building in a few weeks.  Our administrative team and teachers are working through logistics and it will be a new and welcomed energy to have students in school during the day.  

Next week is Digital Citizenship Week and we have resources available for you and your family.  Each day next week we will have posts on social media, Twitter and Facebook, to highlight aspects of digital citizenship.  Also, on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. our School Based Technology Specialists will host a conversation titled Social Media Balance and Wellbeing. We hope you'll join us for this important topic! 

We are coming to a close on the 1st quarter of this school year.  It will be important for students to stay updated on their grades through SIS StudentVue.  Teachers were asked to send detailed progress reports to families last week, so that should be an update in your email for you.  Also, parents are able to see updated progress in SIS ParentVue.  If you have questions about your child's progress please reach out to the teacher for clarity and understanding.  

We hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  As always, our teachers, counselors and administrators are here for you if you need anything.    

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy
2. Digital Citizenship Week
3. Important Attendance Updates
4.SIS ParentVue Reminder
5. Instruction Update for October 29th
6. Bruins in Action: Socktober

High School Information
7. Advanced Placement Information
8. Senior Portraits
9. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor's School

Middle School Information
10. TDAP Vaccine Reminder
11. MS Lunch Bunch

PTSA News
12. PTSA Reflections Program extended to October 29th

FCPS Information
13. Technology Support
14. Free or Reduced-Price Meals Information
15. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students
16. Grab and Go Meals
17. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials. 

Upcoming Events

October 22 -- Digital Citizenship: Social Media Balance and Well Being

  • By our School Based Technology Specialists Carin Frank and Sarah Olson
  • Please use this link to register by Monday, October 19th at 5 pm: 

    https://forms.gle/izqhtQsRt6sj8zv67

October 29 -- Parent Academy

2. Digital Citizenship Week is coming next week! 

What is Digital Citizenship and why is it important?

"The past decade has seen an exponential increase in digital tools and opportunities, which carry the need for students to master a new set of life skills for behaving safely, ethically and responsibly online. Students are much more likely to understand good digital citizenship — the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use — when teachers and parents/trusted adults model it and explicitly teach and promote it on a regular basis." (Crompton 2014)  

To that end, it's not just one person's job to teach digital citizenship to our students, but everyone's shared responsibility.

At Lake Braddock, we recognize the need to develop these skills in our students and want to work with our families to achieve this. Throughout next week, we will be posting tips on social media to help families begin or continue the discussion of good digital citizenship in our interconnected society. 

If you're interested in additional resources, check out the following websites:

FCPS Digital Citizenship Webpage

Family Online Safety Institute 

Be Internet Awesome with Google

3. Important Attendance Updates

We are streamlining our attendance procedures, and important changes are included below. If you have any questions about the revised processes, please reach out to your child’s subschool, advisory teacher, or our SOSAs/Dean: Mrs. Bradley (lpbradley@fcps.edu), Mr. Tucker (tgtucker@fcps.edu), and Mrs. Soos (amsoos@fcps.edu).

  • Monday attendance form: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020 we will be using a school-wide attendance form on Mondays instead of individual advisory teacher Monday check-in forms. Students need to complete the form around 8:00 am but no later than 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Class participation: To ensure that we are providing students with the appropriate supports for academic success, we will be adding a new attendance code to distinguish between a student that is absent versus logged in but not participating in any capacity. A student that is absent will be marked UNV. A student that is logged in but not participating in any capacity will be marked as CUT. As always, a student that is logged in and participating is marked present. 
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Effective Monday, October 19, 2020, parents will have 2 options to report their student’s absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. They may choose to use the new on-line absence reporting system, or they may call their child’s subschool attendance line (current method).
4. SIS ParentVUE Reminder

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with your student’s attendance, grade book assignments and grades, report cards, and more. At the end of last school year, we reached a high of 80% of FCPS students with at least one parent/guardian with a PVUE account. We want to keep those account numbers and the usage going up so that we can rely on it as a communication tool with parents/guardians.

Please take some time to access PVUE periodically to check in on your student(s) throughout the school year to keep informed of their progress. If you do not yet have a PVUE account, please go to the following web site for details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code: Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview.

5. Instruction Update for Thursday, October 29

Due to the PSAT being given to Juniors on Thursday, October 29th, all High School instruction on that day will be asynchronous. Middle School instruction will follow the Purple day bell schedule.  

6. Bruins in Action:  Soctober

Did you know that socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters? Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our Northern Virginia neighbors who are poor or homeless.

Starting Monday, October 19th through Friday October 30th, PLEASE:

  • Bring NEW pairs of socks in ALL sizes to Lake Braddock, and 
  • Place them in the Socktober Box inside of Door 1.

All collected socks will be donated to:

  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, VA, click here
  • New Hope Housing in Alexandria, VA, click here

Middle School Students should talk to their Social Studies teachers about the service hours they can earn by generously donating socks!

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY, AND REMEMBER:

The Athletic Leadership program at Lake Braddock is leading a pyramid-wide sock collection drive during the month of October. Socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters and, with each pair donated, a person is reminded they matter. We are donating our collected socks to New Hope Housing and the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. This is the 3rd year we have collected socks as a community. There are multiple places to drop off donations:  Door 1 of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Glory Days Grill in Burke, and 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. We hope to build on the success of over 1,800 pairs donated last year.   Our #Socktober effort has been expanded to include working with Robinson Secondary School!

@GloryDaysGrill in Burke will be a collection spot for sock donations starting this weekend!

@FCPSLBSS and @RobinsonRams are fortunate to have @GloryDaysGrill supporting our communities!

High School Information 7. Advanced Placement Information

Student Services will be updated information regarding AP courses and exams. Please check the website frequently.

Please remember that Opt-Out forms are due no later than October 23rd. Families may complete the opt-out form process in one of two ways this year: return the opt-out form to the school via postage mail or complete an opt-out form online. If your student intends to take ALL of his/her scheduled AP exams in May, there is no need to complete an opt-out form.

8. Senior Portraits

Dear Parents and Class of 2021:

We at Victor O’Neill Studios, your school’s official school photographer, are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits:  Oct 20-21 and Nov 10-12.

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, we will no longer be mailing appointment notices home. It is safer to communicate with everyone through email and allows us to control the number of appointments throughout the day. We are reducing the number of appointments by 50% compared to previous years. Therefore, instead of pre-assigning a date and time for your senior portrait, we are offering you the opportunity to select your date and time through our new scheduling software. Please sign up for your session date and time here:  pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

Fairfax County is no longer allowing any shared clothing for the senior portraits. For the yearbook pose, solid colored dress shirts/tops work well for the camera; jackets and ties are optional. Please note that the photographer will not provide tuxedos and drapes due to county regulations. We are also working with the school to have the cap and gown photos taken once students receive them in the spring.

We will have the following modifications in place to ensure a safe environment for students, parents, and our staff:

We will have signage in place to encourage social distancing while students wait for their turn at each camera. Photographers will not come within physical contact of any student and will stay behind the camera. Photographers and assistants will be in gloves and masks while students are present. All of our staff will have their temperature checked before reporting to work each day. Anyone entering the room where portraits are taking place will have their temperature checked. Props will be sanitized between uses. To limit inter-personal contact, no “walk-in” appointments will be permitted for now.

We appreciate your cooperation with the following recommendations:

We recommend that anyone with underlying health conditions not accompany the high school senior to the school for their portraits if at all possible. Masks will be provided to any customers desiring one. Give each other space and follow the social distancing guidelines. Wash and sanitize your hands often. We will have sanitation stations throughout our portrait areas for your convenience. Most importantly, if you feel sick, have a fever, are coughing, have difficulty breathing, or if in the last two weeks you been in close contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please stay home. We strongly encourage you to reschedule your appointment if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell.

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

9. 2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The Virginia Summer Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. These residential programs run from late June to late July and are four weeks in length. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply.

It recommended to attend an interest meeting before completing the steps below. The Lake Braddock High School interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:00pm

Please click on the BBCU link to attend the meeting: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/b3ab44d4f6854a449a55d7c7338ca3ab

The deadline to declare your interest for the Academics & Mentorship OR Visual & Performing Arts Programs for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s School is November 9, 2020 -  NO late submissions will be accepted.

To declare your interest, please complete the Google Interest Form at the appropriate link below:

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r33x6D7NTmbL57-w33OuFfkKHp02wZUdTQ3ILWxwsnw/viewform?edit_requested=true

Visual & Performing Arts:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL0HhKQ9zPSH5n3gOd9V9aAlNEnZqD4XT3NuW9y_jftbY5CA/viewform

For general information, please visit the VDOE link:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/32439

If you have questions about the application process for the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please find contact information below: 

Academics & Mentorship Programs: Mr. Ranallo - gwranallo@fcps.edu

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera – lncarrera@fcps.edu

Middle School Information 10. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

11. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link: https://forms.gle/zbEPgw4RhMgMCMJV9

PTSA Information 12. The deadline for the PTSA Reflections program has been extended to October 23. 

The National PTA Reflections program provides opportunity for students to express their creativity through various art forms that centers around a theme. The arts categories are Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, and Music Composition. New this year will be the format on which entries will be submitted. All entries will be following a digital format. 

The Reflections theme for 2020-2021 is "I Matter Because..."

The following links have been created for students to submit their entries:         Middle/Dance:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDt8dvMeyZNh-_WbpFaSKeDN8kLejknWr2yxacnlqOqwKofA/viewform        

Middle/Film:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCFSLPEi9R5aZYSPe-ChQmVvhRxdBd-OgUd-hKqXajvrYAww/viewform        

Middle/Literature:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdcH093cj26EQk_AcX0JZS_V4pVN7Fp9NAyQTX_D7CoDC9uw/viewform        

Middle/Music:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSft6kW4J6Joq1DHymAgldDpN6zw1oh36ic2USyK50sE9d5uoA/viewform        

Middle/Photography:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehofEj1R3O2Xj26QJcjHRY0JXxd8lXg4bmo_8lfVj813UoyA/viewform        

Middle/Visual:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0hE4tKctEZu-de1CUgCPlaiDeZsdnD9JylpqopvlJn2lANg/viewform        

High/Dance:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHy8mbF0ivO9k3nTAaIM1OudlcKDvBXDjutbyfoUJTkUAcDA/viewform        

High/Film:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9Yx-l52nWHeCblkt18biwa9lGYGKYd_elFZZ5oQ2M4S31cA/viewform        

High/Literature:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeE7Ydqlf_3FyfYNedYNq_5QLTc03ZIO-AnX9km1U8bYlzJOA/viewform        

High/Music:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScljzVIeLcvfIC2KDK9ozkB7c1IB716eHU8joQtNC65tUz7jw/viewform        

High/Photography:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6UtkwZkGNX90j7T5hAazPvEdHJ7XFO8CI5u4s4p7y--1HwQ/viewform        

High/Visual:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddJD7Ja8GRUuQcFdiQt619aUUzudaLQxrdloGbYXHQoyyZ2g/viewform        

Special/Dance:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdk3AgJn92D95yD5Zxuo-vW7BJiYqkNXmYNbwQVBzPYD9syfg/viewform        

Special/Film:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm4w2ftjAz1cF9SCwQK5Ti3itDjv1rZGY_VWoEJm3FTUI4ig/viewform        

Special/Literature:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7_22nEMF-bdmy8bZzafkAmMAQZRdCSeWDRpIVqu0iZ66xNQ/viewform        

Special/Music:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0tERK2pREvwDLHN9l3C3SAFq-p6XkxTs9Ub65rp7Vl9UlHw/viewform        

Special/Photography:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSHehneDsd35kvHjQpYrpDG9RQnzT-SnH1zPf_Mw72ggfqJQ/viewform        

Special/Visual:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNg-OMTyRzyAYAl3AKz419wAMmN_KDW42tdHz0bvFJ8xG6ig/viewform

 

FCPS Information 13. Technology Support

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

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

14. Free or Reduced-Price Meal Information

The application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals needs to be completed each school year for eligibility. If you applied last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting My School Apps . Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Financial assistance with school related fees requires the completion of section four of the application – Consent to Share Information. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Follow the link above to the website and then click on the Language drop down menu on the top bar.  Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

15. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.  

16. Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

17. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

If you would like to be able to use your home wifi printer with your student’s FCPS laptop, check out this video for instructions on how to do so. Watch the video


Virtual Learning Playlist

The virtual learning playlist includes several videos about digital citizenship, technology tips, and how to keep your FCPS laptop and other features ready for student success. Go to the virtual learning playlist

FCPS Mental Health Resources

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

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - October 9, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

Monday is a student holiday for Indigenous People's Day.  This week, our students learned about the history, traditions, and culture of Indigenous People with their Advisory class.  The resource we used in Advisory is a resource we also wanted to share with you: Indigenous People's Day Advisory Lesson.

We realize that these past few weeks have been a stressful adjustment for some students and families.  Our Student Services office is having a Parent Academy event on Tuesday, October 13th to discuss self-care and personal tools to support self-care.  We hope to see many of you at this event. 

One final important reminder is the deadline for Juniors to register for the PSAT that will take place on October 29th.  The deadline to register is today!  Interested juniors must register using the Lake Braddock HS: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form. Additional information can be found on the LBSS Student Testing website.

With Monday being a student holiday, we have asked teachers to extend any deadlines that would have fallen on Monday, October 12th to a time later in the week.  Additionally teachers are not to assign work this coming Monday and students will not check in with their Advisory teachers.  We hope that you and your family are able to enjoy the additional day off.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy
2. Technology Support
3. Meet our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
4. Free or Reduced-Price Meals Information

High School Information
5. PSAT  
6. Advanced Placement Information
7. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Graders
8. Senior Portraits

Middle School Information
9. TDAP Vaccine Reminder
10. MS Lunch Bunch

LBSS In the News
11. Class of 2018 Grad in the News at JMU

FCPS Information
12.Fairfaxd County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students
13. Grab and Go Meals
14.  Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips
15. FCPS Mental Health Resources 

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials. 

Upcoming Events

Self-care: Good for You and Your Family

  • Hosted By: LBSS Clinical Team
  • October 13th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn the G.R.A.P.E.S. structure and increase awareness around your own personal tools of self-care. The presentation will provide parents tools and resources to manage stress and maintain self-care. Middle School and High School families are welcome! Use this link to register for the event: Registration Form 

2. Technology Support

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

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

3. Meet Lake Braddock's Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Welcome back to school for the 2020-21 school year! My name is Jessica Giffin and I am the new Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) for Lake Braddock Secondary School. While virtual learning this year presents challenges, it is also a year of opportunities. If you need support with your student, please feel free to reach out to me via email at jlgiffin@fcps.edu  and we can discuss options that may be of help.

The Benadryl Challenge on TikTok:  Over the summer, an alarming and dangerous trend has appeared. Through the social media app TikTok, teens are engaging in the “Benadryl Challenge.” This challenge encourages viewers to take large doses of the antihistamine to induce hallucinations. Excessive doses of Benadryl can cause very serious health issues, including causing death in some situations. Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Benadryl, has posted a warning about the challenge, and TikTok officials said they’ve been removing posts that publicize the challenge. An article with more information on the dangers of this challenge can be found by clicking here.

Hand Sanitizer: During the coronavirus pandemic, it is common to find hand sanitizer everywhere. Hand sanitizer is cheap, easy to purchase, and has no age limit for purchase. Therefore, it has become a popular choice for teens. Hand sanitizers often have concentrations of alcohol around 60%, which is higher than the content found in hard liquor. Due to the high alcohol content in hand sanitizer, this can be a motivator for students to drink it to attempt to experience similar effects as alcohol intoxication. Articles with more information can be found by clicking here, here, and here. For statistics and information regarding an increase of hand sanitizer poisoning, please click here.

Vaping and E-cigarettes: The number of high school students regularly using e-cigarettes has dropped significantly over the past year. To view the Center for Disease Control (CDC) report on the decrease in youth vaping in 2020 please click here. Unfortunately, data shows that there is an increase in disposable e-cigarette usage due to the ability to still sell youth friendly flavors. In 2020, sales of disposable products have soared among teens, rising to a 1000 percent increase.  An article with more information can be found here.

 

Jessica Giffin, LMSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Lake Braddock

jlgiffin@fcps.edu

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness: (571) 423-4270.

4. Free or Reduced-Price Meal Information

The application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals needs to be completed each school year for eligibility. If you applied last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting My School Apps . Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Financial assistance with school related fees requires the completion of section four of the application – Consent to Share Information. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Follow the link above to the website and then click on the Language drop down menu on the top bar.  Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

High School Information 5. PSAT

On Thursday, October 29th, all juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT at Lake Braddock. All high school classes across the county, including Academy classes, will be asynchronous on this test day. The county will cover the registration fee.

Interested juniors must register by Friday, October 9, using the Lake Braddock HS: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form. Students must use their school @fcpsschools ID and log-in to access the form, making sure to log off all personal Gmail accounts prior to accessing the form. An error message will appear if you are not a student using an FCPS student account to access the registration link.

More information can be found at the LBSS Student Testing website.

6. Advanced Placement Information

Student Services will be updated information regarding AP courses and exams. Please check the website frequently.

In the meantime, the following information requires your attention this month:

FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form, which will show a report with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment. The Opt-Out forms have been mailed home and will be DUE by October 23rd. Families may complete the opt-out form process in one of two ways this year: return the opt-out form to the school via postage mail or complete an opt-out form online. If your student intends to take ALL of his/her scheduled AP exams in May, there is no need to complete an opt-out form.

We will be communicating throughout the year to remind you of due dates. If you have questions about the AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu

Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu

Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

7. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Graders

From Your LB School Psychologists:

FCPS offers activities and learning experiences which focus on the many ways marijuana, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drug use can negatively impact student lives. Here at Lake Braddock, our students’ lives matter to us and as a proactive approach, we want to provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the dangers of substance use and addiction, as well as treatment options. Since we know that experimentation is very common within the adolescent population, we are currently seeking 9th grade students who would be willing to participate in a substance use prevention program that we are implementing this school year thanks to a very generous grant from LBSS PTSA. The Too Good for Drugs group is a 10-lesson program focusing on goal setting, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, bonding and relationships, effects of alcohol use, nicotine, marijuana, prescription, OTC and street drugs, as well as healthy alternatives to substance use. This program aligns with the increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support that is a top priority in our students’ education. It focuses on all 5 of the CASEL Competencies to include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness and Relationship Skills.

Each week, there will be parent information forms sent home to facilitate your understanding and enhance your child’s learning. The group will be held virtually, once a week at a day/time to be determined. (Options may include:  3:00 to 4:00 pm; or during the 2nd half of 4th period – WIN time.) For more information about this program please visit:  https://toogoodprograms.org/pages/what-is-too-good   

This group will be facilitated by both high school school psychologists at Lake Braddock. Our Too Good for Drugs group requires your written permission for your son or daughter to participate. If you would like your son or daughter to join this group, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. 

Carleen McKenzie                  Mary Olsen

School Psychologist                School Psychologist

crmckenzie@fcps.edu             molsen@fcps.edu

 

Please see the example below of one of the parent information forms that will be provided to parents of students who participate in this group.

8. Senior Portraits

The slots for Senior Portraits on October 13-16 and October 20-21 are filled. We do have new dates from Victor O'Neill Studios of November 10-12, but we have not yet received the link to sign up. Once we do, we will send that out.

Pictures will be held in the Cafeteria. Seniors should enter Lake Braddock at Door 7 from the back of the building. They will then exit from Door 6 in order to maintain one-way traffic.

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

Middle School Information 9. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

10. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below.

LBSS Alumni in the News

11. Class of 2018 Alumni in the News2018 grad, Elizabeth Moore, is doing great things in the Physics Department at James Madison University. She gives credit for her love of physics to Mr. Beatty, her LB AP Physics 1 and 2 teacher.

FCPS Information 12. Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.  

13. Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

14. Video: Virtual Learning Tech Tips

If you would like to be able to use your home wifi printer with your student’s FCPS laptop, check out this video for instructions on how to do so. Watch the video


Virtual Learning Playlist

The virtual learning playlist includes several videos about digital citizenship, technology tips, and how to keep your FCPS laptop and other features ready for student success. Go to the virtual learning playlist

FCPS Mental Health Resources

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

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - October 2, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

As we complete our fourth week of school, I want to send a very heartfelt thank you to our teachers, our students and to you for the hard work and dedicated partnership that this last month has required.  At our parent coffee on Thursday night we stressed the importance of showing grace to our teachers and also an understanding of the grace that our students deserve as well as we navigate this new way of engaging with instruction.  

We have heard from teachers and students about the amount of work that virtual learning is requiring of them.  The balance and self care that is needed during this time is incredibly important.  We are continuing to work with our teachers on the ways they can balance the work load for themselves as well as students, and we continue to reiterate the county expectations on asynchronous work. 

As we embark on the month of October, we hope that you all find time to enjoy the cooler weather and take a break from the computer screen.  As concerns arise, please reach out to your child's teachers, counselors and subschool staff for support.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All

1. Supply Distribution on Monday, October 5th
2. Parent Academy
3. Technology Support
4. Lake Braddock Athletic Boosters News
5. Student Photos
6. Grab and Go Meals

High School Information

7. PSAT
8. Freshman Parent/Student Night on October 9th
9. Advanced Placement Information
10. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Graders
11. Senior Portraits

Middle School Information

12. TDAP Vaccine Reminder
13. MS Lunch Bunch

Important Information for All 1. Supply Distribution

On Monday, October 5th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm students have a chance to pick-up classroom supplies and return textbooks, uniforms and other LBSS materials, all at one time, in a drive-through fashion. Students will arrive in their car and stay in their car for the entire process.  There was a detailed email sent to parents on Friday, October 2nd, with additional information.  If you did not receive that communication, please email Ms. Kearns (lmkearns@fcps.edu) and she can send it to you. 

2. Parent Academy

Here are the materials for this week's events:

Upcoming Events

Self-care: Good for You and Your Family

  • Hosted By: LBSS Clinical Team
  • October 13th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn the G.R.A.P.E.S. structure and increase awareness around your own personal tools of self-care. The presentation will provide parents tools and resources to manage stress and maintain self-care. Middle School and High School families are welcome! Registration link coming soon! 

3. Technology Support

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

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

4. Lake Braddock Athletic Boosters News

The LB Athletic Booster Club (LBABC) will be holding their first meeting of the 20-21 school year on October 5th at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining please click on the link below to register and receive the meeting link.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1blJPS2MAf5LkQtcyCGjOq_hgEk-fB8R5x6cRGZ6BBv8/edit

The LBABC is partnering with Potomac River Running to sponsor the 1st annual 2020 Bruin Nation Fall 5K Virtual Challenge. This event will take place from October 30- Nov 1.

With the pandemic impacting our sports seasons, this event will be one of our primary fundraisers for the 20-21SY. In order for us to continue to support all of our student athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and sports teams, your support is needed. We look forward to you joining us and participating in the Virtual 5k Challenge. Every participate will receive a T-Shirt and Bib.

To register use the link below.

https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-bruin-nation-fall-5k-virtual-challenge

5. Student Photos

If you were unable to schedule a time for your student's school photo, we are working with Victor O'Neill Studios to add more details. Please stay tuned.

6. Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

High School Specific Information 7. PSAT

On Thursday, October 29th, all juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT at Lake Braddock. All high school classes across the county, including Academy classes, will be asynchronous on this test day. The county will cover the registration fee.

Interested juniors must register by Friday, October 9, using the Lake Braddock HS: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form. Students must use their school @fcpsschools ID and log-in to access the form, making sure to log off all personal Gmail accounts prior to accessing the form. An error message will appear if you are not a student using an FCPS student account to access the registration link.

More information can be found at the LBSS Student Testing website.

8. Freshman Parent/Student Night

Please mark your calendars for the Freshmen Parent/Student Night, scheduled for October 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The presentation includes information about being successful in high school and how to support your freshman students. Part of the presentation will also provide parents an opportunity to ask questions about transition to high school.

The live program will be conducted by sub-school, based on student last names:

Sub-School 3 (Student Last Names A-D)

Sub-School 4 (Student Last Names E-K)

Sub-School 5 (Student Last Names L-P)

Sub-School 6 (Student Last Names Q-Z)

The link for the program will be sent to parents via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of October 8.

9. Advanced Placement Information

Student Services will be updated information regarding AP courses and exams. Please check the website frequently.

In the meantime, the following information requires your attention this month:

FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form, which will show a report with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment. The Opt-Out forms will be mailed home the week of October 5th and will be DUE by October 23rd. Families may complete the opt-out form process in one of two ways this year: return the opt-out form to the school via postage mail or complete an opt-out form online. If your student intends to take ALL of his/her scheduled AP exams in May, there is no need to complete an opt-out form.

We will be communicating throughout the year to remind you of due dates. If you have questions about the AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu

Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu

Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

10. Substance Use Prevention Group for 9th Graders

From Your LB School Psychologists:

FCPS offers activities and learning experiences which focus on the many ways marijuana, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drug use can negatively impact student lives. Here at Lake Braddock, our students’ lives matter to us and as a proactive approach, we want to provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the dangers of substance use and addiction, as well as treatment options. Since we know that experimentation is very common within the adolescent population, we are currently seeking 9th grade students who would be willing to participate in a substance use prevention program that we are implementing this school year thanks to a very generous grant from LBSS PTSA. The Too Good for Drugs group is a 10-lesson program focusing on goal setting, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, bonding and relationships, effects of alcohol use, nicotine, marijuana, prescription, OTC and street drugs, as well as healthy alternatives to substance use. This program aligns with the increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support that is a top priority in our students’ education. It focuses on all 5 of the CASEL Competencies to include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness and Relationship Skills.

Each week, there will be parent information forms sent home to facilitate your understanding and enhance your child’s learning. The group will be held virtually, once a week at a day/time to be determined. (Options may include:  3:00 to 4:00 pm; or during the 2nd half of 4th period – WIN time.) For more information about this program please visit:  https://toogoodprograms.org/pages/what-is-too-good   

This group will be facilitated by both high school school psychologists at Lake Braddock. Our Too Good for Drugs group requires your written permission for your son or daughter to participate. If you would like your son or daughter to join this group, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. 

Carleen McKenzie                  Mary Olsen

School Psychologist                School Psychologist

crmckenzie@fcps.edu             molsen@fcps.edu

 

Please see the example below of one of the parent information forms that will be provided to parents of students who participate in this group.

11. Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be held on October 13-16 and October 20-21. Please sign up for your session date and time here:

pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

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

Middle School Information 12. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school.

During this public health crisis, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes that it may be difficult for families to obtain access to timely healthcare for physicals and required immunizations. FCPS strongly encourages all families to contact their primary care physician or the Fairfax County Health Department immediately to schedule an appointment to meet these requirements.

As SY 2020-2021 will begin virtually for all students, FCPS will allow additional time for families to obtain and to submit to FCPS the necessary documentation for the required immunizations, tuberculosis screenings, physicals and Tdap. These requirements are outlined in Section 22.1-271.2  and Section 32.1-46 of the Code of Virginia. 

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements and providing their school with documentation of immunizations, tuberculosis screenings and physicals and Tdap. All requirements must be met by October 8, 2020.

Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about school entry requirements for immunizations for your child, or to forward your child’s proof of their Tdap vaccine, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

13. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below.

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - September 25, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week was a busy and exciting week of connecting with our families and distributing materials to our students. Thank you to all of our families that were able to come to our Parent Academy events; the recordings for these events are below. For students who may have missed the supply distribution, there will be another supply distribution day on October 5th. Teachers will be communicating with students if they have supplies to collect on this day. We will be sending more information about the October 5th distribution soon.  

We have an update to our Administration staff that I would like to share with you. Ms. Alka Howard, our High School Director of Student Services (DSS), will be on leave through December. While she is out on leave, Ms. Anne Polino will serve as the High School DSS. While Ms. Polino is working in our High School Student Services Department, Ms. Kristin Girardin will serve as the Middle School DSS. We are grateful for their willingness to step up during this time and we are working diligently to find an additional counselor to support the Middle School Student Services Department. We have also provided a more detailed introduction in this newsletter so that you can get to know them better. 

As we continue with online learning, please know that our teachers and staff are invested in the success of your child. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
1. Introduction of New Administrators
2. Parent Academy
3. Back to School Forms - Final Reminder
4. School Photos
5. Grab and Go Meals
6. Go Paperless for Report Cards

High School Information
7. Senior Portraits
8. Freshman Parent/Student Night
9. Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program
10. Financial Aid Night Flyer

Middle School Information
11. Bruins Stay Virtual Kickoff
12. TDAP Vaccine Reminder

Important Information for All

Welcome Anne Polino as the Acting High School Director of Student Services

Anne Polino has been serving as the Middle School Director of Student Services (DSS) at Lake Braddock since 2013. During this time, she has worked collaboratively to help build a comprehensive school counseling program that is data driven and focuses on the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of students. Ms. Polino began her career in Fairfax County Public Schools as a school counselor at Thoreau Middle School in 2004. During that time, Ms. Polino completed her administrative internship within the Madison pyramid and focused on developing a transition process between the elementary, middle and high schools. Ms. Polino served as the DSS at Walt Whitman Middle School from 2011-2013 before becoming a Bruin. Ms. Polino has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo, a Masters of Arts in Counseling from The George Washington University, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision PK-12 from George Mason University. When not at Lake Braddock, Ms. Polino can often be found on the tennis court or spending time with her two cavapoos, Leo and Charlie.

Welcome Kristin Girardin as the Acting Middle School Director of Student Services

Kristin Girardin began her career as a high school counselor in the Bellmore-Merrick School system on Long Island. She moved to Virginia in 2003 and reentered the counseling field as a middle school counselor at Lake Braddock in 2011. Kristin is currently the Lead Counselor for the middle school, assisting with the development of the master schedule, and has worked with both 7th and 8th grade students and their families. Kristin served as acting Assistant Principal at Lake Braddock during the summer of 2019, coordinating with the admin team for the opening of school that fall. During her time at Lake Braddock, Kristin has become involved with a variety of school-based initiatives including the Shared Vision Committee (Caring Community subcommittee co-lead), School Innovation and Improvement Plan (SIIP) committee, the Learning Innovation team and Instructional Council. Kristin has sponsored several after-school clubs for middle school students providing additional safe and inclusive social opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, as well as a Master of Science in Education (Specialization in Counseling) and Specialist Diploma in School Administration and Supervision from CUNY Queens College. Kristin is the Troop Leader for her daughter Anna’s Senior Girl Scout Troop. She resides in Centreville along with Anna, her husband, Anthony, son Ash and cavapoo, Bear.

Parent Academy

We hope you learned something new at the Parent Tech Night on September 22. Go to this link for the recording.

Here is the link for the Student Activities Office Town Hall on September 23.

 

Upcoming Events

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join the Lake Braddock library team for an overview of the meaningful skills and tools we use to support virtual learning for students. Learn about the library's goals and initiatives for virtual learning, our research resources and skills instruction, virtual learning apps, reading resources, and more. Please complete this Google Form in order to register for the session. We will send out a link to this meeting to all registered attendees on September 29th. 

LBSS Parent Coffee

  • By: Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns
  • October 1st from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Use this Google Form to register for the event. We will not be sending a guest link, so please make sure to fill out this form. 

9th Grade Parent/Student Night - Class of 2024

  • Hosted By: HS Student Services Counselors
  • October 8th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Self-care: Good for You and Your Family

  • Hosted By: LBSS Clinical Team
  • October 13th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn the G.R.A.P.E.S. structure and increase awareness around your own personal tools of self-care. The presentation will provide parents tools and resources to manage stress and maintain self-care. Middle School and High School families are welcome! Registration link coming soon! 

Back to School Forms - Final Reminder

Have you submitted your student's required forms yet? Go to https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms for specific information.

School Photos

Victor O'Neill Studios continues to take student photos on Saturdays and Mondays through the end of September. Please use the following links to sign up for a time slot.

  • For Middle School Students, click here.
  • For High School Students, click here.

Walk-ins will not be allowed. Masks are required at all times in the building, with the exception of the actual photo taking.

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. White Oaks Elementary was recently added as a Grab and Go Location. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

"Go Paperless" Option for Report Cards

Although school has just started, we would like to remind you that you have the option to go paperless for your student's report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level.

High School Specific Information Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be held on October 13-16 and October 20-21. Please sign up for your session date and time here:

pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

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

Freshman Parent/Student Night

Please mark your calendars for the Freshmen Parent/Student Night, scheduled for October 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The presentation includes information about being successful in high school and how to support your freshman students. Part of the presentation will also provide parents an opportunity to ask questions about transition to high school.

The live program will be conducted by sub-school, based on student last names:

Sub-School 3 (Student Last Names A-D)

Sub-School 4 (Student Last Names E-K)

Sub-School 5 (Student Last Names L-P)

Sub-School 6 (Student Last Names Q-Z)

The link for the program will be sent to parents via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of October 8.

Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program

The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1904, is the country’s oldest fraternity for college-educated African American men. The fraternity works in partnership with the Beta Nu Boulé Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to sponsor the Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program. The Program is dedicated to mentoring young African American males who are contemplating attending college and preparing them for educational and professional opportunities after high school. Here are the particulars of the Program:

  • The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance is 3.00.
  • Meets each second Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., currently via Zoom, November 2020 -May 2021. 
  • Provides SAT/ACT preparation seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Seminars are conducted by the Princeton Review, college and law school adjunct professors, retired senior military officers, business executives, attorneys, judges, and senior federal government managers.
  • Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship that can extend up to four years of college.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact social.action@betanuboule.org or Lawrence.Clark64@verizon.net (703.232.5509 or Mark Evans, Program Co-chair at Handme@aol.com (703.963.3577).

Middle School Information Bruins Stay Virtual Kickoff

On September 28th, we will kickoff our Virtual After-School program. Students can use the QR code in the flyer below to register for the live session. Once they have registered, an individual link will be sent to their FCPSSchools.net email address. 

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

The Code of Virginia requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school.

During this public health crisis, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes that it may be difficult for families to obtain access to timely healthcare for physicals and required immunizations. FCPS strongly encourages all families to contact their primary care physician or the Fairfax County Health Department immediately to schedule an appointment to meet these requirements.

As SY 2020-2021 will begin virtually for all students, FCPS will allow additional time for families to obtain and to submit to FCPS the necessary documentation for the required immunizations, tuberculosis screenings, physicals and Tdap. These requirements are outlined in Section 22.1-271.2  and Section 32.1-46 of the Code of Virginia. 

Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements and providing their school with documentation of immunizations, tuberculosis screenings and physicals and Tdap. All requirements must be met by October 8, 2020.

Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about school entry requirements for immunizations for your child, or to forward your child’s proof of their Tdap vaccine, please contact Angela Santizo at 703-426-1030 or assantizo@fcps.edu.

 

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - September 18, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

It has been another exciting week of virtual learning for our students and teachers.  This coming week there are several ways for you to connect with our staff and with each other.  Also some of our students will pick up supplies and Seniors will take their SATs.

On Monday, students, who received an email from their teacher, can pick up their class supplies.  This is a drive through event and more details are below.  Our next Parent Academy event is on Tuesday at 7:00 pm and our School Based Technology Specialists will discuss various technology topics.  Please make sure you filled out the Google Form to get your individual link, because we will not be sending out a guest link for this event.   

Wednesday has several important events to highlight.  Registered Seniors will take their SAT during the day.  At night, our Activities Office Town Hall at 6:00 pm.  Parents interested in this event will need to register using this Google Form. Additionally, our PTSA will have their first general meeting for the 2020-21 school year at 7:00 PM.  At this meeting, there is a special presentation by Jacquie Naughton, School Counselor, on SEL (Social Emotional Learning): Understanding The What, The Why, and The How.  Mrs. Kearns and I will also be there to answer any questions parents may have. This is a virtual event and you can click HERE to register in advance for this meeting. 

We look forward to all the ways we get to connect with our students and families next week.  If you aren't able to attend and have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your children's teachers, counselor or subschool.  Also, don't forget to follow us on social media were we also provided the most updated information there.  We are on Twitter @FCPSLBSS and Facebook @fcpslbss.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week School Supply/Item Pickup

Our Classroom Supply Distribution is happening on Monday, September 21

  • Last Names A-K should come between 9:00 am and noon
  • Last Names L-Z should come between 2:00 and 5:00 pm

Students will receive an email from their specific course teacher if they have supplies to pick up. Please do not come if your student does not receive an email.

Please see https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/return_to_learn for specific details, including the classes involved, directions for preparing to come, the route for the drive-through, and general questions.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS Technology Staff
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This session will cover common technology issues and fixes, ParentVue as a means to email teachers and monitor student grades/assignments, the daily technology expectations of students, and common technology platforms your students will use. There will be no guest link provided for this session. Instead, this session will be accessed via personalized links just like your students receive for their classes. To gain a personalized link and to ensure we answer your questions please fill out this Google Form by Sunday, September 20th. Access links will be emailed to you by COB Monday, September 21st.  In order to access student software programs, please come prepared with your student's username and password. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fill out this Google Form by Sunday September 20th to register for this event!

 

Activities Town Hall

  • By: LBSS Activities Office
  • September 23rd from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The LBSS student activities office will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00pm.  To register and/or submit questions for the Town Hall please click here.  A link to this meeting will be sent to all community members who have registered, on the morning of September 23rd.

 

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

LBSS Parent Coffee

  • By: Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns
  • October 1st from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23red has been designated for asynchronous learning for all high school students, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

Information has been shared through email from our assessment office to those students who are registered.  If you have any questions, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2020-2021 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of our school. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on providing input and feedback on our new school vision. During the 2020-2021 school year, the SPC will focus on equity with the lens of raising student achievement and eliminating gaps in access, opportunity and achievement for all students. The council will meet virtually four times during the school year (10/6, 12/15, 2/23, 5/4) from 6:00PM-7:30PM and we ask that members be able to commit to full attendance. If you are interested in participating, please complete the intention form (https://forms.gle/4ptxPWigq7Locw8j7) by September 22. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

If your child still does not have a school-issued laptop, please email Ms. Cathy McCormick to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Proposed Changes to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions Process

Superintendent Brabrand presented recommendations to the Fairfax County School Board to revise the admissions policy at TJHSST, the governor’s regional school, in order to promote access to historically underserved students.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made a series of changes to the admissions policy in order to promote greater diversity at the school. Since 2011, it has hired an outreach specialist to recruit minority students from middle schools across the county, and revised the student information sheet, implemented a problem-solving essay, and new tests. The changes have not made a significant impact on the application pool or admitted student demographics.  See this link for important details on the county website.

Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 23rd
There will be a virtual town hall regarding the proposed admissions process changes on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m. Families and community members can watch onlinesubmit comments and questions or call into the town hall live at 1-800-231-6359.   

The event will be broadcast live on Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Cable TV Channel 99 (Cox and Comcast) or Channel 11 (Verizon) and on the FCPS website.

Important Information for All Schedules

Purple and Gold Calendar: use this link for a printable purple and gold calendar

LBSS Bell Schedule: use this link for a printable bell schedule

Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student.

Important information to know about the Health Information Form: you must download and save the form prior to emailing it. Otherwise, a blank form is attached.

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.
  • Health Information Form. This form is to be printed, signed and emailed to the appropriate subschool office shown below. Please note that you must download and save the form prior to emailing.
  • Parental Consent Form for Digital Resources. This form is required. Please review the list of digital resources your child may use this year and complete the form listed on the site.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

School Photos

Victor O'Neill Studios continues to take student photos on Saturdays and Mondays through the end of September. Please use the following links to sign up for a time slot.

  • For Middle School Students, click here.
  • For High School Students, click here.

For Middle School, there are still a few spots open for Saturday, September 19 and Monday, September 21. And there are plenty of spots open for Saturday, September 26 and Monday, September 28.

For High School, there are only a couple of slots open for September 19 and 21, but plenty open for September 26 and 29.

Walk-ins will not be allowed. Masks are required at all times in the building, with the exception of the actual photo taking.

 

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will now be scheduled on October 13-16 and Oct 20-21. The following information has been provided by Victor O’Neill:

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, we will no longer be mailing appointment notices home. It is safer to communicate with everyone through email and allows us to control the number of appointments throughout the day. We are reducing the number of appointments by 50% compared to previous years. Therefore, instead of pre-assigning a date and time for your senior portrait, we are offering you the opportunity to select your date and time through our new scheduling software. Please sign up for your session date and time here:

 pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss

Fairfax County is no longer allowing any shared clothing for the senior portraits. For the yearbook pose,  Solid colored dress shirts/tops work well for the camera; jackets and ties are optional. Please note that the photographer will not provide tuxedos and drapes due to county regulations. We are also working with the school to have the cap and gown photos taken once students receive them in the spring. We will have the following modifications in place to ensure a safe environment for students, parents, and our staff:

  • We will have signage in place to encourage social distancing while students wait for their turn at each camera.
  • Photographers will not come within physical contact of any student and will stay behind the camera.
  • Photographers and assistants will be in gloves and masks while students are present.
  • All of our staff will have their temperature checked before reporting to work each day.
  • Anyone entering the room where portraits are taking place will have their temperature checked.
  • Props will be sanitized between uses.
  • To limit inter-personal contact, no “walk-in” appointments will be permitted for now.

We appreciate your cooperation with the following recommendations:

We recommend that anyone with underlying health conditions not accompany the high school senior to the school for their portraits if at all possible.

  • Masks will be provided to any customers desiring one.
  • Give each other space and follow the social distancing guidelines.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands often. We will have sanitation stations throughout our portrait areas for your convenience.
  • Most importantly, if you feel sick, have a fever, are coughing, have difficulty breathing, or if in the last two weeks you been in close contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • We strongly encourage you to reschedule your appointment if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell.

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

Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Digital Student Planner Link

Students who have not been able to access the digital student planner can access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with teachers and other staff members should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines must be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office (703-426-1000) upon arrival at LBSS.
"Go Paperless" Option for Report Cards

Although school has just started, we would like to remind you that you have the option to go paperless for your student's report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level.

Technology Information and Tips FCPS Technology Support

FCPS has a number of resources for students and families to access tech support. Please use this link to find information for your tech issue.

Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
HS Information HS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting on Monday, Sept. 21

Science Olympiad is a national STEM team-based competition program where students collaborate, learn and compete in events based on topics such as forensic science, astronomy, engineering, code-breaking, genetics, and many more. Tournaments this year will be fully virtual and can be done from home while collaborating with partners online! High school students interested in hearing more about Science Olympiad and the tryout process for the team can sign up here to receive a Collaborate link to our interest meeting on Monday, September 21 at 12:30 PM. Please reach out to head coach Emily Owens if you have any questions.

Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program

The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1904, is the country’s oldest fraternity for college-educated African American men. The fraternity works in partnership with the Beta Nu Boulé Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to sponsor the Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program. The Program is dedicated to mentoring young African American males who are contemplating attending college and preparing them for educational and professional opportunities after high school. Here are the particulars of the Program:

  • The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance is 3.00.
  • Meets each second Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., currently via Zoom, November 2020 -May 2021. 
  • Provides SAT/ACT preparation seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Seminars are conducted by the Princeton Review, college and law school adjunct professors, retired senior military officers, business executives, attorneys, judges, and senior federal government managers.
  • Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship that can extend up to four years of college.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact social.action@betanuboule.org or Lawrence.Clark64@verizon.net (703.232.5509 or Mark Evans, Program Co-chair at Handme@aol.com (703.963.3577).

 

MS Information MS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting

What: MS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting

Who: 7th and 8th graders at LBSS

Where: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2fed62ec210643598ec4406b2a6fe923

When: Monday, September 21, 10:50 am

Why: Science Olympiad is a fun and rewarding club which competes regionally (virtually, this year) in tests of science knowledge and engineering skill.  Typically, interest exceeds the 30 student limit, so I will explain the try-out procedure during this meeting. Try outs will take place on Monday, Sept 28th.

Coach: Mrs. Cortesi (8th grade science teacher) jacortesi@fcps.edu

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - September 11, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We had a great first week of virtual learning for our students and teachers. Our administrative team and myself observed classes this week and saw exciting activities where students were getting to know and interacting with their peers and teachers were using different technology strategies to teach their curriculum. Throughout this year, we are committed to being in classes to support our teachers and celebrate the exciting learning that will take place.  We are very appreciative of the hard work our teachers and staff put in to make this first week successful for our students and we look forward to the valuable learning opportunities that will take place this year.  

Today is our asynchronous Back to School update. Please visit our website for updated videos from Dr. Brabrand, our FCPS School Board Members and Mrs. Kearns and me. This website also has more helpful information about our school year, including parent resources for online learning. 

One exciting opportunity for families that I wanted to highlight was the second year of our School Planning Council. This is the second year for a group of parents, students and staff to come together to discuss this mission of Lake Braddock and provide feedback on how things are going.  Please see the announcement below to submit your interest to be a part of this group this year. 

Our technology team has been working through requests you have submitted through the technology helpline and parent tech help website. We appreciate your patience as they are working through those tickets.  One helpful reminder I always tell students is to restart your computer every day to ensure they have the latest updates from FCPS on their laptop. You do not need to be on the school wifi for most items to update on your student's laptop. 

As we continue the second week of online learning, we are excited to continue seeing the innovative and engaging activities our teachers have planned. As you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselor or subschool. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week FCPS Technology Support

FCPS has a number of resources for students and families to access tech support. Please use this link to find information for your tech issue.

School Planning Council

We are excited to announce that LBSS will continue our School Planning Council (SPC) as we enter the 2020-2021 school year! The purpose of the SPC is to bring together various stakeholders to provide input and guidance on the direction of our school. Providing an excellent and equitable education for all our students is our primary goal and we recognize the important role our community plays in shaping the direction of our school. Last year’s SPC focused on providing input and feedback on our new school vision. During the 2020-2021 school year, the SPC will focus on equity with the lens of raising student achievement and eliminating gaps in access, opportunity and achievement for all students. The council will meet virtually four times during the school year (10/6, 12/15, 2/23, 5/4) from 6:00PM-7:30PM and we ask that members be able to commit to full attendance. If you are interested in participating, please complete the intention form (https://forms.gle/4ptxPWigq7Locw8j7) by September 22. Returning SPC members should still complete the form to continue their service on the committee.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

If your child still does not have a school-issued laptop, please email Ms. Cathy McCormick to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Important Information for All Schedules

Purple and Gold Calendar: use this link for a printable purple and gold calendar

LBSS Bell Schedule: use this link for a printable bell schedule

School Supply/Item Pickup

A handful of courses are giving out various supplies on Monday, September 21. ONLY certain subjects are giving out items (such as textbooks, calculators, and art supplies). Teachers will communicate with students that need to come to school to pick up items. 

Last Name A-K     9:00-12:00

Last Name L-Z   2:00-5:00

Additional details will be sent home next week.

Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student.

Important information to know about the Health Information Form: you must download and save the form prior to emailing it. Otherwise, a blank form is attached.

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.
  • Health Information Form. This form is to be printed, signed and emailed to the appropriate subschool office shown below. Please note that you must download and save the form prior to emailing.
  • Parental Consent Form for Digital Resources. This form is required. Please review the list of digital resources your child may use this year and complete the form listed on the site.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

School Photos

It’s time for Underclassmen Picture Day! Victor O’Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on Saturdays and Mondays, starting September 12, to take your child’s school photo. You must sign up online for a time slot for your child’s session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

For Middle School Students, click here.

For High School Students, click here.

Victor O’Neill Studios will send a confirmation email that will include a link to preorder your photos.

Please note the following changes to entering the building: When you arrive at Lake Braddock, please drive around to the back of the building. Middle School students should enter at Door 7 (by the cafeteria) and will exit at Door 6. High School students should enter at Door 8 and will exit the building through Door 9. 

Masks are required at all times, with the exception of the actual photo time.

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. We will provide the link to sign up for a time slot as soon as we receive it from Victor O'Neill.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS Technology Staff
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Digital Student Planner Link

Students who have not been able to access the digital student planner can access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with teachers and other staff members should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines must be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office (703-426-1000) upon arrival at LBSS.
Past Parent Academy Events

The recordings and slides for our recent Parent Academy events are listed below:

September 9: Surviving Virtual Learning Part 2 - Middle School 

 

Technology Information and Tips Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
HS Information Freshman Orientation Unit

Freshman students have a mandatory meeting with their school counselor during WIN time on Wednesday, September 16. Links for the meeting will be sent by the counselor to the student's school email account.

Senior Parent Night

Please mark your calendars for the Senior Parent/Student Night, scheduled for September 17 (6:30 – 7:30 PM). The presentation includes information about post-secondary options, college applications, and the transcript request process. 

The live program will be conducted by sub-school, based on student last names:

Sub-School 3 (Student Last Names A-D) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 4 (Student Last Names E-K) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 5 (Student Last Names L-P) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

Sub-School 6 (Student Last Names Q-Z) (Parents will receive the link via E-Notify and Naviance the morning of September 17)

You may submit questions in advance using the following link:

https://forms.gle/AfxRBzdikN6bPuom6

We hope you and your student will be able to join us on September 17 (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM), for our Senior Parent/Student Night!

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Weekly News - September 4, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been one that we have been waiting for all summer long, to connect with our students and families.  We held our first ever Virtual Orientation for Students and released our Back to School Orientation for Families site.  We hope that you have gotten a chance to review our Back to School Orientation website to get to know our teachers, see their syllabus and take a look at some the Digital Tricks and Tips resource.  https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/orientation_families

We also kicked off our Parent Academy Series this week with several events related to Family Life Education (FLE), Special Education and general Back to School information.  Some of the recordings and resources are below for you to reference.  In the coming weeks we will offer sessions on technology, the library in a virtual setting and part 2 of our Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Setting.  We realize the start to this school year looks different than it ever has before and our goal is for the Parent Academy events to provide you the support to help your child be successful.  

This week was our first attempt at connecting in a virtual setting with our Virtual Orientation for Students on Thursday this week.  It was an opportunity for our Advisory classes to get to know each other and give students the opportunity to find their class links and experience logging in before the first day of school.  Working through these challenges in advance, we believe, will help us to have an outstanding start to the school year next week.  If you do not have class links or there are questions as we start this school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselors or administrators. 

As we reflect on the last three weeks, it is incredibly important that we take a moment to thank our teachers and staff for all their hard work.  I have been truly amazed by their incredible work and their passion that is evident about connecting with our students.  Our theme this year is #BruinsCARE and focuses on ensuring that all of our students are connected, adaptable, resilient and engaged.  We know that the well-being of each student is our most important work and we will continually work to engage and support each child.  Our teacher and staff have worked tirelessly together to create engaging lessons for students that create authentic learning experiences in a virtual environment.  Many of them will be trying new online tools for the first time next week to ensure they are connecting with students and providing dynamic learning opportunities.  We ask for your patience and grace as we open the school year.  We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment of our teachers and staff these last few weeks and throughout the summer.  We are excited for your children to experience and reap the benefits of their hard work and to be connected together again.

We look forward to continuing to partner with you this school year as we make it the very best school year possible.  Thank you for all that you do and for your incredible support of Lake Braddock Secondary School. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week School Offices Closed on Labor Day

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th, in honor of Labor Day, and we will reopen Tuesday morning at 7:30 am by appointment and on the phone.   

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 8th.  Our bell schedule can be found on our website : Return to School - Attendance, Calendars and Bell Schedule.  Additional Return to School information can also be found on our website: LBSS Return to School

Digital Student Planner Link

Students who were not able to access the digital student planner on Wednesday can now access it through this link. Students must be logged into their @fcpsschools.net email account to access it the planner. This document link requires a forced copy, which means the students must click the blue “make a copy” button to access it. Students can also re-watch the video shown during Advisory to learn how to access their BBCU links and add them to the student planner.

In addition, some teachers have sent out multiple links to their class. Please use the most recently emailed link for your planner. In order to complete your digital planner, check your schedule in SIS so that you can place your links correctly.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tech Tips

Please see the infographic below with technology tips for troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Additionally, if you do not see the links for all of your teachers, we encourage you to try the following steps:

  • Search the teacher's name in the search bar of your fcpsschools.net account
  • Look in the folder on the left of your inbox that is titled BBCU Links
  • Look in the starred folder of your inbox
  • Contact your teacher to have the link resent to you
School Photos

It’s time for Underclassmen Picture Day! Victor O’Neill Studios will be at Lake Braddock on Saturdays and Mondays, starting September 12, to take your child’s school photo. You must sign up online for a time slot for your child’s session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

For Middle School Students, click here.

For High School Students, click here.

Victor O’Neill Studios will send a confirmation email that will include a link to preorder your photos.

When you arrive at Lake Braddock, please drive around to the back of the building and enter at Door 7 (by the cafeteria). High School students will be directed  into the gym and will exit the building through Door 10. Middle School students will be directed into the cafeteria and will exit the building through Door 6.

Masks are required at all times, with the exception of the actual photo time.

If you have questions, please contact Victor O’Neill at underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Senior Portraits

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. Parents should look for an email with sign up option to arrive no later than September 12.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up

The final pick-up for school-issued laptops was Thursday, September 3. If your student still does not have a laptop, we will be contacting you next week to schedule a date and time for pick up.

If you received an email from us last week regarding picking up a laptop and you already have a school-issued computer, please email the bar code on that computer to Ms. Cathy McCormick.

If you are choosing not to have a school laptop for your child, please go to this link to complete the Opt Out Form. Please note that you must have a meeting with your child's administrator to finalize the opt out process.

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Environment Part 2 – Live Q&A

Back to School Orientation Updates

  • Meet the admin, FCPS School Board videos, welcome message from Dr. Smith and Ms. Kearns, Parent Academy information, and more!
  • Updated on September 11th

Technology Night – Get tech help, access to ParentVue, Mifi’s and more

  • By: LBSS SBTS and TSPECS
  • September 22nd from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Library Services and Resources in a Virtual World

  • By: LBSS Librarians
  • September 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Past Parent Academy Events

The recordings and slides for our recent Parent Academy events are listed below:

Important Information for All Back to School Forms

Please remember that there are certain forms that are required for your student:

  • Emergency Care Form: All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents can update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. Please note, in order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.
    • To update your Emergency Care form, please complete the following steps:
    • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
    • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
    • Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.

Optional forms can be found on our web site at https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/forms.

After you have completed the necessary forms, please email them to the appropriate subschool office:

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with parents and customers should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines shall be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office upon arrival at LBSS.
Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

SIS ParentVUE Activation Codes

SIS ParentVUE activation codes were mailed this week via USPS to new families enrolled prior to August 22nd and those families who have not yet set up an account. You can use these codes to set up your account on the SIS ParentVUE help page. Families enrolled after August 22nd will be sent codes in mid-September. Do you have an account, but can’t remember your password? Reset it by going to the SISParentVUE login page.

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information 2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

Please see the revised bell schedule. Note that 4th period is our Advisory period.

HS Transition Information

See our 9th grade and new HS student orientation page on our web site for information to help you start the new year.

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

HS Counselors

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - August 28, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

We are looking forward to getting our students back to learning. Please see the back-to-school letter from Dr. Smith with information on the next couple of weeks.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor, administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself if you have questions.  

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Important for Next Week

Yearbook Distribution/Sale

Both high school and middle school yearbooks that have not been picked up will be available at door 14 on Monday, August 31 from 2-4 pm.

We will also have extra books for sale at $75 (HS book) and $40 (MS book). Payment via cash or check.

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night - August 31st

Hosted by LBSS Parent Academy & MS/HS HPE Departments

Parents/Guardians are invited to attend the LBSS FLE Parent Virtual Preview Night on Monday, August 31, 2020, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to view the Family Life Education media and lessons and ask questions about the program. The BBCU link will be sent out via eNotify on the morning of August 31. All program materials for 7th-12th grades will be available for your review at this time. Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 to access the lessons. Account information is available at online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Students in 7th-10th grades receive instruction in human growth and development and emotional and social health through their health and physical education class. In grades 11 and 12, instruction on relevant family life education topics is taught by social studies teachers. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.

School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

Our make-up laptop distribution day was rained out, but we are planning a make-up for the make-up on Tuesday, September 1 from 9:00 to noon. Please follow the instructions below when you arrive at Lake Braddock.

  • On your windshield or passenger window, please place a sign with your student’s name, grade and ID clearly visible.
  • Remember your log-in password. If you do not remember your password, please indicate you need your password reset at the first stop, Door 14.
  • Label all returned materials with teacher/course information.
LBSS All-Virtual Student Orientation

On September 2nd at 9:00 am, we are inviting all students to meet their advisory teacher for Virtual Student Orientation. The week of August 31st we will send out an individual link from the Advisory teacher to each student. Students will log on to that link at 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 2nd to meet their advisory teacher and make sure they have access to their class links and are ready to start the school year on September 8th.

LBSS Back to School Orientation for Families – initial release on Wednesday, September 2; update on Friday, September 11

Student schedules will be released through StudentVUE and ParentVUE (SIS) on Wednesday, September 2nd. Once you have your child’s schedule, you and your child can visit our Back to School Orientation for Families site to access a welcome video from your child’s teachers, check out the course syllabus, view contact information for teachers and staff, along with many other resources for students and parents. The site will be available on our web site on September 2.

Our Back to School Orientation site will be updated on Friday, September 11, with additional information on attendance, curriculum, grading, expectations, student support and much more. We will send out a notification once the site is updated.

Return to Learn Parent Coffee – Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.

We will hold a virtual parent coffee on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. The link will be sent out that morning. The purpose of this event is to provide our parents with the most up-to-date information in preparation for our Return to Learning on September 8.

Locker Items

We had items from over 200 locker bag remaining after our final pick up last month. These items are being organized for donation and we are offering one final chance for parents/guardians and students to stop by next week. The items will be sorted outside of Door 14 on Thursday, September 3 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. You are welcome to come and look through the items to find anything missing. After Thursday, all items will be donated.

2020 Parent Academy

August 31 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Preview the FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) Program and opt-out information

Presented by: LBSS Health & Physical Education Teachers

 

September 1 – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Education Parent Coffee with Q&A Opportunity

Presented by:  MS/HS Special Education Departments

 

September 2 – ALL DAY

Meet our staff, explore parent resources, and learn more about LBSS at our Asynchronous Virtual Back to School Orientation!

 

Links for the above classes will be sent via eNotify the day of the program. If you missed the LBSS Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Learning Environment on August 27, the recording and slides can be found at the following links:

Recording: LBSS Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Learning Environment - recording_4

Presentation Slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EeJwmYk9yVCH4_roGzdfEKUywP7hQEKm/view?usp=sharing

The recording for Friday morning's Administrative Team Meet and Greet will be shared next week.

Important Information for All Emergency Care Information

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare @ school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive e-Notify communications from the district and their child’s school. e-Notify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via e-mail, telephone, and SMS.

Please go to this site for instructions on updating your child's information for the Emergency Care Form.

Please note that weCare is a part of FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.  In order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.  Once the SIS Parent Account is created the same log in credentials will also work for FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.

New Visitor Guidelines

Per the School Board and Superintendent, our implemented safety protocols will continue to require that we limit the number of individuals who move in and out of our facilities. To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Facility visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only.
  • No walk-in visitors are permitted.
  • As much as possible, appointments to meet with parents and customers should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology.
  • When a face-to-face appointment must occur, the following guidelines shall be maintained:

Appointments

  • Visitors must have an appointment and, prior to the appointment, must:
    • complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire listed on the Announcement page of our web site (must be completed by every person coming in);
    • call the Main Office upon arrival at LBSS.

Online Learning Success Page

A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites. Please consider linking it in your Google Classroom or Blackboard courses to help your students navigate our digital world. As a bonus, it’s also a great resource for staff members!

SIS ParentVUE Activation Codes

SIS ParentVUE activation codes were mailed this week via USPS to new families enrolled prior to August 22nd and those families who have not yet set up an account. You can use these codes to set up your account on the SIS ParentVUE help page. Families enrolled after August 22nd will be sent codes in mid-September. Do you have an account, but can’t remember your password? Reset it by going to the SISParentVUE login page.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

Our new Shared Vision will be our guiding principle as we work to change the educational experience for all our Bruins. To support that work four visioning committees (Caring Community, Professional Learning, Instructional Excellence, and Branding) and three cohorts (Lead Innovators, Collaborative Team (CT) Leaders, and Great Beginning Mentors) were formed for the 2020-2021 school year.

Caring Community - The Caring Community Committee designs and implements structures so that all members of the school community feel valued and supported in their social and emotional needs. We also support the cultivation of our Bruins’ sense of self and community by encouraging responsibility, service, empathy, equity, and inclusion.

Professional Learning - The Professional Learning Committee determines the best structures and strategies for staff to engage with as we move closer to our shared vision. The Professional Learning Committee will consult with the Instructional Excellence Committee to determine the content of staff training and development offerings. 

Instructional Excellence - The Professional Learning Committee determines the best structures and strategies for staff to engage with as we move closer to our shared vision. The Professional Learning Committee will consult with the Instructional Excellence Committee to determine the content of staff training and development offerings. 

Branding - The Branding Ambassadors design, promote, and communicate the Shared Vision and the work of our fellow SV Committees with all of our stakeholders in mind. We are part marketing and advertising, part media and public relations, and part promotion and production.

Lead Innovators - A group of instructional staff will serve as Lead Innovators.  These leaders are on the forefront of implementing innovative approaches and will serve as ambassadors of our shared vision.  Lead Innovators will open their classrooms and share their work as they reimagine the educational experience.

Collaborative Tea (CT) Leaders - Collaborative Team (CT) Leaders will guide the work of our vision within our content teams. Their work will focus on teams planning their pacing and unpacking standards, creating common assessments, identifying effective classroom strategies, analyzing student data, and determining and implementing enrichment and interventions. 

Great Beginnings Mentor - Great Beginnings is a comprehensive new teacher induction program with a unified mission of supporting new teachers that has quality mentoring practices, professional teaching standards, classroom-based teacher learning, commitment and support. The goal of this program is to help teachers new to the profession, as well as teachers new to the building, form relationships with colleague mentors who can model, guide and advise their mentee. 

 

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

Please see the revised bell schedule. Note that 4th period is our Advisory period.

School Photos

Middle school and underclassmen photos will occur on Saturdays and Mondays beginning on September 12. Parents should look for an email with a sign up option to arrive no later than September 4.

The second round of senior portraits will happen on September 28 and 29. Parents should look for an email with sign up option to arrive no later than September 12.

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information HS Transition Information

See our 9th grade and new HS student orientation page on our web site for information to help you start the new year.

SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

HS Counselors

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

JUMP START

Please do not miss out on this warm welcome opportunity for all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students  at Lake Braddock Secondary School, which serves to be an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with some of our amazing LBSS staff and socialize with their fellow Bruins as we all gear up for Virtual Fall 2020.

Our Jump Start 2020 webpage is up and running – ready to be navigated by all newcomers, looking to familiarize themselves with everything Lake Braddock and ease the overall transition to middle school. Our live session links will be posted to the Jump Start page and Lake Braddock website by the end of next week.

Our live sessions have a max capacity of 300 participants, so access will be first come - first serve. No worries if you are unable to access! If you miss the afternoon session, please attend the evening session. If you miss both, we will be recording the session and posting this recording on our websites as well. 

For questions, please contact our After School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, at jlhines@fcps.edu.

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Summer Updates - August 22, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

This week we welcomed students to campus to pick up yearbooks, return LBSS items and we distributed 2,000 laptops.  It was a great opportunity to connect with our families and help them get ready for the 2020-21 school year.  With our staff this week we engaged in learning opportunities around how to best engage students in a virtual learning environment.  Our staff heard an inspiring message from educational author John Meehan on ways to increase engagement in the classroom and help make learning relevant and fun.  We will continue to support our teachers as they plan a successful start to the school year in a virtual setting. 

There are important announcements in this weeks newsletter for all students.  I want to highlight the Parent Academy that provides a series of virtual events for families to connect with our staff on various topics to include how to survive learning in a virtual setting, meeting our administrative team, Family Life Education (FLE) and Special Education.  Also, mark your calendars for September 2nd!  Our Back to School Orientation website will be live for families to view videos from our staff to introduce themselves and explain more about the course they will teach for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, all students will be joining their advisory teachers on September 2nd at 9:00 am for a live orientation to ensure they are ready for school on September 8th.  

We are excited to get the school year started and have several opportunities to connect in the upcoming weeks.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor, administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself if you have questions.  

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

 

Thank you to all of our staff that support Laptop Distribution this week! Important for Next Week SAT School Day Test for 12th Graders

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Lake Braddock Secondary School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any 12th-grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

To assist in planning for this test administration and FCPS bus transportation needs, families are asked to complete this SAT School Day Intent to Participate form by Monday, August 24. Only those students wishing to test should complete the form. A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration on Wednesday, September 23, please contact Lake Braddock Secondary School Assessment Coach, Jennifer Bury, at JABury@fcps.edu .

School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

We are excited about the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This was an awesome Laptop Distribution week for our rising 7th -9th graders and students new to the high school. We are sad that we were unable to welcome all our students who were scheduled to pick up a laptop this week.  To ensure all of our students are able to access their instructions virtually, we are inviting you to come on Monday, August 24th between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to turn in your items and pick-UP your school issued laptop through our drive through processional. Please remember that students are required to be present when we are distributing laptops. As a reminder, please review the drive-through processional instructions and the forms you need to complete and bring with you when you and your child pick up the school issued laptop.

  • On your windshield or passenger window, please place a sign with your student’s name, grade and ID clearly visible.
  • Remember your log-in password. If you do not remember your password, please indicate you need your password reset at the first stop, Door 14.
  • Label all returned materials with teacher/course information.
2020 Parent Academy

August 27 – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Survival Guide for Parents in a Virtual Learning Environment

Presented by:  MS/HS Student Services

 

August 28 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet the LBSS Administrative Team!

 

August 31 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Preview the FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) Program and opt-out information

Presented by: LBSS Health & Physical Education Teachers

 

September 1 – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Education Parent Coffee with Q&A Opportunity

Presented by:  MS/HS Special Education Departments

 

September 2 – ALL DAY

Meet our staff, explore parent resources, and learn more about LBSS at our Asynchronous Virtual Back to School Orientation!

http://sites.google.com/view/lbssparent/home

Important Information for All Virtual Student Orientation

On September 2nd at 9:00 am, we are inviting all students to meet their advisory teacher for Virtual Student Orientation.  The week of August 31st we will send out an individual link from the Advisory teacher to each student.  Students will log on to that link at 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 2nd to meet their advisory teacher and make sure they have access to their class links and are ready to start the school year on September 8th.  We will be sending out more information next week with more details.  

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

As the school year begins virtually, it is important that Emergency Care Forms and Health Forms for your student are updated as soon as possible. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the health form to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Both of these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the WeCare@School (WeCare) module.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

Our new Shared Vision was crafted last year with a focus on developing the skills and knowledge that are essential to be successful in our dynamic world. Through our visioning process being a Connected, Adaptable, Resilient, and Engaged learner were identified as our overarching skills that were essential for students. With those skills in mind, #BruinsCARE was created. Caring for all our Bruins and building these skills will be our focus. This will be our guiding theme for the year as we work to support and empower our students.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period is designated time for Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention.

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21 school year. We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all. Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times. Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

HS Information HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

JUMP START

Please do not miss out on this warm welcome opportunity for all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students  at Lake Braddock Secondary School, which serves to be an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with some of our amazing LBSS staff and socialize with their fellow Bruins as we all gear up for Virtual Fall 2020.

Our Jump Start 2020 webpage is up and running – ready to be navigated by all newcomers, looking to familiarize themselves with everything Lake Braddock and ease the overall transition to middle school. Our live session links will be posted to the Jump Start page and Lake Braddock website by the end of next week.

Our live sessions have a max capacity of 300 participants, so access will be first come - first serve. No worries if you are unable to access! If you miss the afternoon session, please attend the evening session. If you miss both, we will be recording the session and posting this recording on our websites as well. 

For questions, please contact our After School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, at jlhines@fcps.edu.

Click Here to access the Jump Start site OR follow this Q/R code:

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

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LBSS Summer Updates - August 15, 2020

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Important for Next Week School-Issued Laptop pick-up and LBSS Material Collection

All students at Lake Braddock Secondary School will be provided an FCPS laptop.  Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders kept their laptops from last year and will use that same laptop for the 2020-21 school year. 

Students new to LBSS and rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will pick up their laptop during the days and times designated below.  Sign-Up Genius is being used for families to pick their time slot on their designated day.  The link to sign up and the detailed directions were emailed out to families on August 13th..

  • August 19th: 9th graders and new HS students (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • August 20th: 8th graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 21st: 7th graders (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Students are asked to drop off any LBSS materials from the 2019-20 school year at the same time.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of items in the bins located outside of Door 14.  Indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Families that aren't able to come the week of August 17th will be provided a make-up opportunity on August 24th. 

2019-20 Textbook and other LBSS Material Collection for 10th, 11th & 12th graders

On August 17th and August 18th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students can return a textbook, uniforms, and other LBSS Material they have from the 2019-20 school year.  Each day staff will be at Door 14 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of textbooks, uniforms, and other LBSS materials in the bins located outside of Door 14.  On the item, indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

2019-20 Yearbook Pick-Up

During our laptop distribution and material collection, students will also have an opportunity to pick up their 2019-20 yearbook, if they have not already. On the days designated below, families will drive to door 14 and there will be staff stationed along the front of the school to distribute yearbooks, along with the material collection and laptop distribution.  

  • August 17th: 10th, 11th & 12th Graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 18th: 10th, 11th & 12th Graders (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 19th: 9th Graders (During their laptop pick-up time slot) 
  • August 20th: 8th Grade (During their laptop pick-up time slot) 
Important Information for All Virtual Parent Coffee Recording

Dr. Smith and Mrs. Kearns held a parent coffee last Thursday to update families on the Return to School this fall.  Please use this link to access that recording:  August 13th Virtual Parent Coffee

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

As we get closer to the start of the new school year we are working hard to ensure we are able to support the success of all of our students. When we developed our new Shared Vision, we asked ourselves, “What is the story of learning we want to tell?” This led us to focusing on the skills our students would need to be successful once they leave Lake Braddock. Below is the guiding focus of our new Shared Vision of learning at Lake Braddock.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period is designated time for Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention.

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21.  We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

HS Information HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement.

Be sure to check back later this month as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Summer Updates - August 7, 2020

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Update from Dr. Smith

Bruin Families!

This week has been an energizing week as we met with our teacher leaders and department chairs to continue preparing for the school year ahead.  We are excited about our work this year to further the goals of our Shared Vision and ensure that we have a successful opening.  Below we shared with you the final version of our Shared Vision that will guide our conversations and work this year.   

This week FCPS Leadership kicked off the school year with the FCPS Leadership Conference and Region Kickoff events.  Dr. Brabrand shared that Equity will be the at the center of everything we do in FCPS, and we also heard from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the concept of antiracism.  The Lake Braddock Pyramid Principals hosted our first conversation on racial equality with our community to understand and continue to work on creating a welcoming community for all of our families.  Lake Braddock staff are committed to the work of Equity and we are committed to continue listening, learning and taking action to make our schools more inclusive an welcoming for all the students and families in Bruin Nation.  

We know that families want to hear more information on the return to school in the fall, specifically at Lake Braddock.  On Thursday this week, we welcome you to join us for a virtual parent coffee at 6:00 pm to discuss the opening of school this year.  Thursday morning parents will receive an email with the link for the event.  

With the school year officially begin this week for FCPS Leadership, we are excited about the year ahead.  While we won't be physically together in the beginning, we are working hard to create innovative ways to keep the positive energy of the Lake Braddock community alive.    

United as Bruins, 

 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Information for All

Dr. Smith and Mrs. Kearns invite you to join them on Thursday, August 13th, at 6:00 pm for a Virtual Parent Coffee.  The topic of the event will be on the reopening of school.  The link to access the coffee will be emailed out on Thursday morning.

The Lake Braddock Shared Vision

The new Vision for Lake Braddock was crafted through a yearlong process with input from all stakeholders in the Lake Braddock community. It is designed to guide our daily instruction and decision making processes. Our new Vision puts a focus on the Knowledge and Skills our students will need when they graduate Lake Braddock while also emphasizing the importance of growing their understanding of themselves and their community. Please explore our new Shared Vision for instruction and how we support all our Bruins at Lake Braddock.

2020 Lake Braddock Bell Schedule

**4th Period will be Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention

Texbook and other LBSS Material Collection

Are you a rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grader that needs to return a textbook, uniforms, and other LBSS Material?  On August 17th and August 18th we will collect these items from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of textbooks, uniforms, and other LBSS materials that were assigned to you in the bins located outside of Door 14.  On the item, indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Rising 8th or 9th graders will return their materials when they come to school to get their new school-issued laptop. 

School-Issued Laptops for new students, 7th, 8th, & 9th Graders and LBSS Material Collection

All students at Lake Braddock Secondary School will be provided an FCPS laptop.  Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders kept their laptops from last year and will use that same laptop for the 2020-21 school year. 

Students new to LBSS and rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will need to pick up their laptop at the days and times designated below.  We will use Sign-Up Genius for families to pick their time slot.  The link to sign up and the detailed directions will be emailed to families early next week.

  • August 19th: 9th grade and new HS students (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • August 20th: 8th grade (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
  • August 21st: 7th grade (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Students are asked to drop off any LBSS materials from the 2019-20 school year at this time.  Please drop off your pre-packaged bag of items that were assigned to you in the bins located outside of Door 14.  Indicate which teacher/course we should return your books or items to in order to clear your obligation. 

Families that aren't able to come the week of August 17th will be provided a make-up opportunity on August 24th.   

FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Email Contact

On August 17th, all student email addresses in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard will be automatically changed to each student’s individual @fcpsschools.net email address. Students, their parents, and staff will not be able to change those email addresses in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Since teachers may send student announcements through Blackboard, students should log into their @fcpsschools.net email accounts frequently for these important messages teachers during the school year.

Student Schedules 

Student schedules will be viewable through StudentVue and ParentVue on Wednesday, September 2nd. 

Supply Lists

As we get closer to the start of school, we are working to finalize a supply list for the 2020-21.  We will post them on our website and in this newsletter when we have them updated. 

Summer Office Hours

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

Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

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

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

Accessing Laptop and Technical Support

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

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

  • Student first and last name and ID
  • Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)
  • Parent's contact cell and/or email 
  • Description of problem
  • Barcode of student computer
HS Information Activities Office Town Hall

The LBSS Activities Office will be hosting a virtual "Town Hall" on Wednesday, August 12th at 6pm.  During this meeting we will present current information from the FCPS Activities Office and VHSL on the 2020-2021 sport seasons.  We will also provide time to address any questions related to the upcoming season. To ensure a time efficient meeting, we ask that you all please submit your questions prior to the Town Hall on August 12th, by using this link.  We look forward to seeing our LB community and thank you all in advance for your graciousness, as we continue to navigate these unprecedented and ever-changing times.  To register for the Town Hall click here.

HS Transition Information

We are excited to welcome new students and rising 9th graders to Lake Braddock SS!  In the coming weeks we will have information for you to learn more about our school and what it means to be a Bruin! 

Welcome Back to our HS Counselors!

Our counselors are back for the 2020-21 school year!  We wanted to share with you the counselor assignments.  We also wanted to welcome our new counselor Sierra Alexander!

MS Information Welcome back MS Counselors

Our counselors are back in the MS Student Services office!  If you have questions, please contact them at 703-426-1030. 

7th grade Jump Start

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement.

Be sure to check back later this month as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

FCPS Resources FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services: How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

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