LBSS Weekly News - January 14, 2022

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Message from Dr. Smith

We were excited to welcome our students and staff back from our winter break and extended snow week! This has been an awesome week of reconnecting and learning for all. The laughter in the hallways and the level of engagement in the classrooms feels like we never left. The level of resilience and flexibility of our students and staff is amazing. We are so proud of their understanding and adaptability as we reinforced, updated, and implemented new safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all to wear a well-fitted mask over their nose and mouth at all times and wash or sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day. Beginning next week, eating food will be limited to the cafeteria during breakfast, the 15-minute break and lunch. For our indoor athletics and performing arts programs, spectators have been limited to only family members until Jan 21.

With the anticipation of inclement weather next week, we are working to prepare our students and staff for virtual learning if we are unable to attend school due to weather. A virtual checklist for students has been uploaded in Schoology. Please review this checklist to prepare your child in case we need to shift to a virtual platform due to inclement weather.

As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King Jr, holiday, we would like to thank our school community and parents for their service and grace they provide to Lake Braddock Secondary School every day. It is with your help and support that we are able to make Lake Braddock an awesome place to work and learn each and every day.

“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
Calendar Reminder
Update to Indoor Athletic Events Spectators
FCPS Technology Resources for Students and Families
International Show Interest Meeting
Elections Interest Meeting-Class Office, SGA, or SAC
The Hypnotist Show
2022 CTE Summer Camp Information
FPA 2022 TV & Radio Teen Summer Camp
Orthodox Epiphany-January 19th (Religious/Cultural Observance Day)
Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week January 8-14

High School Information
Climate Survey
Chantilly Academy Virtual Open House
Edison Academy Open House
WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents) 
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Prom!
Senior Fees
100 Day Meeting
All Night Grad Party
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
2022 Return of the MS After-School Program
WIN Time Enrichment Activities for MS
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Important Reminders
Academic Advising and Course Selection Updates
Reminder of Attendance Procedures

PTSA Information
PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams
NovaStar Prep January and Februrary SAT Bootcamp
PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership
Hunt Test Prep Registration Discount to LBSS Students

FCPS Information
FCPS COVID Updates
Steps if Your Child Receives a Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis
Attend a Superintendent Search Virtual Town Hall
Learn How to Drive for FCPS at the Bus Driver Job Fair
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Also, students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, January 20, the last day of the second quarter, and Friday, January 21 (teacher work day) and Monday, January 24 (professional development day) are holidays for students. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

FCPS Technology Resources for Students and Families

The FCPS website has several pages devoted to technology support for both students and families.  Keep these links handy if you have any questions regarding technology, virtual learning, or zoom!  There is also a link for parent information lines available in 8 languages.

Update to Indoor Athletic Events and Performing Arts Spectators

FCPS has limited the number of spectators for all indoor athletic events and performing arts events to family members only. Please note that this condition has been extended through January 21st. Please reach out to the Student Activities Office if you have any questions – 703-426-1001.

International Show Interest Meeting

Interested in participating in this spring’s International Show? Come to our interest meeting (Jan. 26 or 27) in the SGA room, A212, for more details. Mark your calendars for the show date, March 29th, during 4th period and 7 PM, to see fashion and performances showcasing cultures from around the world!

 

Elections Interest Meeting-Class Office, SGA, or SAC

Interested in running for class office, SGA, or SAC? Rising 9th-12th grade students interested in learning more are welcome to come either Feb. 14 (WIN time) or Feb. 15 (after school) in the SGA room, A212, for more details.

2022 CTE Summer Camp Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.  Please visit our website for more details!

FPA 2022 TV & Radio Teen Summer Camp

As Fairfax County’s public access station, FPA offers students interested in Television and Radio production a great outlet to learn, experience, and create.  This summer, the FPA is offering several camp programs to choose from which include: radio, television studio, television field and video editing options. Depending on the camp, this can be one-week or two-week camp designed to certify participants in the use of our studio production facilities.  Once properly trained, participants can begin volunteering and earn production experience throughout the year by helping in the various public access programs created at FPA or even work towards creating a show of their own. For more information on the camps, check out the FPA Camp Booklet here or our website, fcac.org.

Orthodox Epiphany-January 19th (Religious/Cultural Observance Day)

Wednesday, January 19th is an FCPS Religious/Cultural Observance Day as some of our community celebrate Orthodox Epiphany.  Christian Orthodox traditions in Europe, Russia, Northeast Africa, and Southwest Asia follow the Julian calendar, which places their holy days slightly later than Western Christian observances.  Epiphany occurs 12 days after Christmas.  

Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week January 8-14

January 8-14 is Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week. This week, we give principals our thanks for stepping up in so many ways over the past two years and for their commitment to our students, staff members, and parents. Be sure to say “thank you” to your child’s principal and tag us at #OurFCPS!

High School Information Climate Survey

The 2022 Virginia Climate Survey will be administered to all students in grades 9-12 on January 18th during their advisory class. If you completed the opt out form for your student (due date was January 8th), they will be exempt from taking it. For more information on the survey, visit here.

WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents)

Before Winter Break, an eNotify was sent to junior parents regarding testing changes for writing verified credit. The state has allowed schools to offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing as an alternate assessment to the SOL Writing in order for students to earn their verified credit in Writing. (Students in AP English Language will still be able to use their May AP exam as a substitute to the Writing SOL.) The WorkKeys writing assessment will be administered through English 11 classes between January 25th and January 31st. Teachers will provide additional testing details as well as test preparation in class this quarter. Please visit our webpage to view additional information as well as access to the opt-out form.

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Prom!

Currently the 2022 Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 7pm-11pm at the Fairview Marriott with a Hollywood/Red Carpet theme!  Stay tuned for more details!

Senior Fees

This year, senior fees are $75.  This fee will include your cap and gown and other graduation items.  You can pay your fees starting Monday, January 17th on MySchoolBucks or you can bring exact cash or check made out to LBSS (memo Senior Fee) to the Main Office during school hours.  No personal checks will be accepted after May 13th.  All seniors, including those who will graduate in the summer, must pay the senior fees.  

100 Days Meeting

Parents/Guardians of seniors, mark your calendar for the 100 Day Meeting March 1st at 6pm where we will share a lot of information about events for the rest of the school year.  Parents/guardians, be on the lookout for more information.

All Night Grad Party

This year's All Night Grad Party is scheduled for June 7th at the St. James.  Students will have access to the entire complex to play sports, rock climb, play cards, use the pool, and so much more!  Look for ticket sales to start in late January!

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information 2022 Return of the MS After-School Program

The MS After-School Program will resume normal operations on January 18th.  On Jan. 18th, all MS after-school activities, practices, meetings and special events have been approved to resume in-person operations.

WIN Time Enrichment Activities for MS

Starting next week (January 18th), Lake Braddock will be offering some enrichment activities to middle school students during WIN Time for students to participate in and engage with LBSS staff as well as some of their fellow Bruins.

The enrichment activities are set to include (but are not limited to): Trivia (kahoot), Blooket, Bingo, Jeopardy, Board Gaming, Table Top Recreation (air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard, pool & ping pong) AND MUCH MORE!!!!

WIN Time Enrichment will occur on Gold Days during advisory from 9:45am until 10:25am with Mr. Hines and other LBSS staff in the cafeteria. In order to participate, student must sign up using the signup form and receive a confirmation note to use as a hall pass during WIN Time on Gold Days to gain access to the cafeteria.

JOIN WIN TIME ENRICHMENT SCHOOLOGY (to access the signup form; will be released here at 8am each Gold Day): https://lms.fcps.edu/group/5477169590

Schoology Access Code: PHPK-C5C6-RVVMF

WIN Time Enrichment will be offered to students on a "first come, first serve" basis. The confirmation page from the signup form should be used as students’ hall pass during WIN Time. The signup form will be closed once we reach the max capacity number for signups (appx. 100 students per day). Only students that have the confirmation page from the signup form will be authorized to enter WIN Time Enrichment Activities on Gold Days in the cafeteria.

Questions can be directed to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines ([email protected])

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders Academic Advising and Course Selection Updates

Please be sure to check out our Academic Advising Timeline for our updated events.

Reminder of Attendance Procedures

Regular school attendance is an important factor in student achievement.  School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Students are expected to attend every class or activity for which they are scheduled each school day on time. FCPS requires that a call or completed online attendance form be received within 72 hours of an absence from a parent or guardian. No notification will result in an unexcused absence.  Please see our website for full attendance procedures.

PTSA PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is seeking your input in whether you prefer to participate in in-person, on-campus versus virtual, online practice SAT/ACT exams in Spring 2022. We welcome your thoughts as we look ahead at future offerings of practice SAT and ACT exams in the coming months for the remainder of the school year. Take the survey here

NovaStar Prep January and February SAT Bootcamp

The LBSS PTSA is partnering with Novastar Prep to offer two virtual SAT Bootcamps to LBSS students in January and February. Ten percent of each registration ($295) by a LBSS student will be donated to the PTSA. To register for the bootcamps, please visit the following links below:

January 29-30 SAT Bootcamp

February 26-27 SAT Bootcamp 

For more information about the bootcamps, please visit the NovaStar website here

PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership

The LBSS PTSA’s partnership with The Princeton Review entitles LBSS students to a 20% discount on classroom courses and a 10% discount on private tutoring and admissions counseling.  See below for more details and the appropriate code for these amazing discounts!

Discounts and Savings Codes:

  • For classroom courses: Receive 20% off SAT, ACT, and AP retail classroom courses (LiveOnline) using the code LBSSPTSA
  • For private tutoring and admissions counseling: Receive 10% off private tutoring and admission counseling programs using the code LBSSTUTOR

For more detailed descriptions about each course, please visit the below links:

Hunt Test Prep Registration Discounts to LBSS Students

Hunt Test Prep is offering LBSS PTSA members a $50.00 tuition discount on any 2022 Hunt Test Prep Course on a space available basis. When signing-up for a course, please write "LBSSPTSA" on the registration form. For more information, please visit: huntprograms.com

Course Schedulehttp://huntprograms.com/schedule.html

Registration Formhttp://huntprograms.com/RegistrationForm.pdf

Please note: All 2022 classes will be limited to 12 students due to Covid mitigation efforts and social distancing.  As a result, early registration is strongly encouraged. 

FCPS Information FCPS-Keeping Up with COVID Information

A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Earlier this week we shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff

The Health and Safety Guidance Document on our website is your source for the most up-to-date information. 

Here are some updates and answers to common questions:

Isolation and Quarantine

We follow the CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine. Understanding the difference is helpful when determining what you need to do following a diagnosis or being named a close contact.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. When you or your child has tested positive for, or been medically diagnosed with, COVID-19, the instruction is to isolate.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. When you or your child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, the instruction may be to quarantine.

Steps if Your Child Receives a COVID-19 Diagnosis

If your child tests positive or receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, please notify your school so they can provide you with the FCPS Isolation Letter, which will include the anticipated return to school date for your child. 

The process for returning to school after a COVID-19 positive test, diagnosis, or exposure is outlined on our website.

Fully Vaccinated Students with School-related Exposures Can Be Exempt from Quarantine

Fully vaccinated students with a school-related COVID-19 exposure can be exempt from quarantine. Parents or guardians will receive the vaccination survey link in the FCPS Pause Letter provided by the school when the student is identified as a close contact. This survey is only available to school-related cases. 

Who Provides Clearance Letters

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will no longer provide return to school/work letters in most cases. FCPS pause letters will now serve as return documentation for students that are close contacts. The FCPS pause letters will provide the steps students will follow to return to school. 

The FCHD will provide clearance emails ONLY to students who are exempt from quarantine (see above).

Medical Questions About COVID-19

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your child’s physician or the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends). You may email [email protected] (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

Attend a Superintendent Search Virtual Town Hall

FCPS is conducting a nationwide search for a new superintendent to lead the school district when Superintendent Brabrand's contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Your input is an important part of the search process! Please attend a Superintendent Search Virtual Town Hall to provide feedback on the characteristics and personality traits you would like to see in the new superintendent. 

The town halls will be hosted on Zoom on January 12, 13, and 18. There will be a Spanish-language town hall as well. Visit FCPS’ Superintendent Search webpage to register

Also, please take the Superintendent Search Survey if you haven’t already. FCPS parents/guardians, staff, and high school students were sent their own survey link via an email from “FCPS and GR Recruiting.” Community members can access the survey link on our website

Learn How to Drive for FCPS at the Bus Driver Job Fair

Join us on Friday, January 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Lorton Center (8101 Lorton Road, Lorton, Va.), for our in-person School Bus Driver Job Fair to learn how you can drive for FCPS. No pre-event registration is needed to attend. 

$3,000 Signing Bonus for School Bus Drivers*

Benefits for bus drivers include:

  • Competitive pay
  • Paid training program 
  • Six paid non-working days 
  • Excellent retirement, health and dental plans
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Infant and preschool age children and grandchildren may ride with you
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Summer hours available 
  • Savings for Staff Program

Learn more and apply! Or contact 571-423-3000 or [email protected] with questions.

* Bonus paid for school bus drivers who begin training on or after July 1, 2021, and meet the established criteria.

Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - January 7, 2022

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Message from Dr. Smith

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a relaxing winter break and was able to enjoy our unexpected snowy week. We are excited to welcome our students and staff back on Monday.  As we prepare to return to school, we wanted to remind and  share our safety COVID protocols. Students and staff must always wear a well-fitted layer mask over their nose and mouth at all times unless they are eating and drinking.  Hands should be washed or sanitized frequently. Students and staff who are feeling under the weather are asked to stay home until feeling better. Following these guidelines will help keep our students and staff safe and healthy. When students and staff are healthy and alert they are more successful, connected, and engaged.

Our first winter storm of 2022 was beautiful and exciting, and it allowed us to experience snow days. With our first storm we used our 5 snow days. Moving forward any additional snow days will involve virtual learning. As we anticipate additional wintery mixes, we are asking for students to take home their laptops every day and fully charge them, so they are prepared for virtual learning if a snow day is called. More information on how we will provide virtual instruction will follow soon.

We are excited about 2022 and look forward to the wonderful opportunities it has in store for Lake Braddock Secondary School and our community.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

NEW Information
MS After School Activities Update
Academic Advising and Course Selection Updates
New Date for Edison Academy Open House

High School Information
Climate Survey
HS Student Services Winter Newsletter
WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents) 
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
MS Student Services Winter Newsletter
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Important Reminders
Reminder of Attendance Procedures

PTSA Information
PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams
NovaStar Prep January and Februrary SAT Bootcamp
PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership
PTSA Opening For a Board Position

FCPS Information
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information MS After School Activity Update

All MS After-School Programs and Activities are temporarily suspended until January 14, 2022 in response to the recent rise in COVID cases within Fairfax County. There will be some virtual after-school programming options available. Please contact the After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines ([email protected]) for more information.

Academic Advising and Course Selection Updates

Please be sure to check out our Academic Advising Timeline for our updated events.

New Date for Edison Academy Open House High School Information Climate Survey The 2022 Virginia Climate Survey will be administered to all students in grades 9-12 on January 18th during their advisory class. If you completed the opt out form for your student (due date was January 8th), they will be exempt from taking it. For more information on the survey, visit  https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/virginia-center-school-and-campus-safety/school-safety-survey/secondary-school-climate-survey

If you have questions, please contact this year's survey administrator, Dr. Jennifer Harris.

High School Student Services Winter Newsletter

It is hard to believe that we are already starting to plan for the 2022-2023 school year!  Academic Advising has begun.  Please be sure to spend a few minutes reviewing our winter newsletter that highlights these important events.  In addition, we have information from Northern Virginia Community College on a program that allows current juniors and seniors to access their courses at no cost!  You will also meet our newest counselor, Ms. Jennifer Jackson, who will be working with students with last names that start with Mai-Ngu.  You can view the newsletter HERE.

WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents)

Before Winter Break, an eNotify was sent to junior parents regarding testing changes for writing verified credit. The state has allowed schools to offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing as an alternate assessment to the SOL Writing in order for students to earn their verified credit in Writing. (Students in AP English Language will still be able to use their May AP exam as a substitute to the Writing SOL.) The WorkKeys writing assessment will be administered through English 11 classes between January 25th and January 31st. Teachers will provide additional testing details as well as test preparation in class this quarter. Please visit our webpage to view additional information as well as access to the opt-out form: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/node/8115

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information MS Student Services Winter Newsletter

We now begin the registration process for the 2022-23 school year. This edition of the newsletter includes the timelines for registration and academic advising and an overview of the counseling lessons from the fall. You can view the newsletter here. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders Reminder of Attendance Procedures

Regular school attendance is an important factor in student achievement.  School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Students are expected to attend every class or activity for which they are scheduled each school day on time. FCPS requires that a call or completed online attendance form be received within 72 hours of an absence from a parent or guardian. No notification will result in an unexcused absence.  Please see our website for full attendance procedures.

PTSA PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is seeking your input in whether you prefer to participate in in-person, on-campus versus virtual, online practice SAT/ACT exams in Spring 2022. We welcome your thoughts as we look ahead at future offerings of practice SAT and ACT exams in the coming months for the remainder of the school year. Take the survey here

NovaStar Prep January and February SAT Bootcamp The LBSS PTSA is partnering with Novastar Prep to offer two virtual SAT Bootcamps to LBSS students in January and February. Ten percent of each registration ($295) by a LBSS student will be donated to the PTSA. To register for the bootcamps, please visit: January 29-30 SAT Bootcampwww.novastarprep.com/class/sat-bootcamp-012922/ February 26-27 SAT Bootcampwww.novastarprep.com/class/sat-bootcamp-022622/ For more information about the bootcamps, please visit: www.novastarprep.com/classes/ PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership

The LBSS PTSA’s partnership with The Princeton Review entitles LBSS students to a 20% discount on classroom courses and a 10% discount on private tutoring and admissions counseling.  See below for more details and the appropriate code for these amazing discounts!

Discounts and Savings Codes:

  • For classroom courses: Receive 20% off SAT, ACT, and AP retail classroom courses (LiveOnline) using the code LBSSPTSA
  • For private tutoring and admissions counseling: Receive 10% off private tutoring and admission counseling programs using the code LBSSTUTOR

For more detailed descriptions about each course, please visit the below links:

PTSA Opening for a Board Position

The LBSS PTSA has an opening for a board position who will write and disseminate its biweekly PTSA Pulse Newsletter to the PTSA membership.

This is a great way to get involved in the happenings at the school and the LBSS community.

As a board member you will attend monthly board as well as membership meetings and have voting rights to help improve and enrich school activities and programs for your student(s). There are also many fun PTSA-sponsored activities you can participate in throughout the year.

The role will start in January. If interested, please email Bob Gaylord, PTSA President at [email protected].

FCPS Information Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - December 17, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

Winter Break has finally arrived! What a festive week Lake Braddock students and staff have enjoyed. We kicked off the week with our wintery themed “Spirit Days,” celebrated our staff with a “snow day” faculty luncheon, and cheered on our students who participated in our holiday concerts and winter sporting events. It has been a whirlwind week for all, and a break is much deserved. We hope you and your family take time to relax, unwind, and enjoy family and friends.

To support this time away from school, we ask that you and your child review the guidelines we have shared with staff regarding work over the break:

  • Students should not be assigned to complete work over school breaks.
  • No major assessments scheduled immediately upon return from break (at least first two days, 1 Purple/1 Gold day).
  • For classes having long-term assignments, refrain from scheduling due dates immediately after the holiday (at least first two days, 1 Purple/1 Gold day).

If you have questions regarding specific assignments in a particular class, we always encourage students and families to reach out directly to their teachers for clarification and information.  

Lake Braddock is a community of many gifts and talents among students, staff, and families, for which we are thankful and grateful.  As we look ahead to a new year, we eagerly anticipate what these gifts and talents will bring to our Lake Braddock community.  We wish you all a safe and wonderful winter break, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Lake Braddock staff and students enjoyed a joyful spirit week this past week!   

In this Issue

NEW Information
Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 20-31
Congratulations to our Lake Braddock Outstanding Employees of the Year
Mask and Tardy Policy Reminders
Winter Break Counselor Support
Bruin to be Honored for Volunteer Work on It's Academic
Lost and Found
Reminder of Attendance Procedures
Junior Lake Braddock Dance Team Workshop
Three Kings Day - January 6
Orthodox Christmas - January 7

High School Information
Climate Survey
HS Student Services Winter Newsletter
WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents) 
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
MS Student Services Winter Newsletter
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Important Reminders
Edison Academy Open House January 8th

PTSA Information
PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams
PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership
PTSA Opening For a Board Position

FCPS Information
Stay Healthy This Season
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 20-31

From the Lake Braddock family to yours, have a wonderful winter break! The building will be closed during the entire break.  School will resume for students on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Mask and Tardy Policy Reminders

To end the year and set the stage for a successful 2022, we used this week to remind students about our mask wearing and tardy policies. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while in the school building.  Anyone attending indoor sporting events in FCPS are REQUIRED to bring and wear masks.  NO mask, no entry.

Your child may have also discussed our tardy sweeps. Students were notified each morning that tardy sweeps would occur randomly this week, and they were meant to encourage on time behavior for their safety, learning, and overall well-being. We are committed to promoting a safe and secure learning environment where all students can succeed. Knowing where students are at all times and ensuring their safety during the day is our first priority. Having students in class on time helps our teachers implement strong Tier 1 instruction with minimum interruption.  Two tardy sweeps were held this week on different days and during different times of the day. While there were no consequences assigned for those caught in the sweep, we know that being on time is a life skill.  We ask that you encourage your child to listen to the bells and make every effort to arrive at class on time to begin their learning journey. We will continue to support on-time arrival to class by having a tardy sweep when we return in January.  

Winter Break Counselor Support

The holidays can be a difficult time for many students.  This year, counselors will be available to meet with students via Zoom during winter break.  Counselors will be available Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Students can access this support through the All Students Course in Schoology.

Bruin to be Honored for Volunteer Work on It's Academic

Set your alarm, or at least your DVR, for two upcoming episodes of It's Academic! on Saturday mornings, December 18th and January 1st at 10am on NBC4!

On this week's episode, Lake Braddock senior Josh Reiff, one of the co-captains of our Scholastic Bowl/It's Academic team, as well as one of the leaders of the Creative Writing Club and a star of the LBT stage, will be featured for his volunteer work. A short video Josh made about a community gardening project he spearheaded will air during the show. 

Then, for the big event,  tune in on New Year's Day to watch Josh and fellow Bruin seniors Jack Bradecamp and Delaney Hingst take on West Springfield HS and Banneker Academic HS in first round play. We don't want to give spoilers from the pre-recorded episode, but let's just say the Bruins put in a historic performance that will ring in 2022 on a very high note for Bruin Nation! 

Lost and Found

Thanks to volunteers from the middle school Bruins Stay After program, the Lost & Found has been organized. Students will have the opportunity to look through the clothing racks and shelves for any missing items during lunches the week of January 3rd. Please encourage your student to check for their misplaced items. Remaining clothing items will be donated the week of January 10th. Thank you for your support!

Reminder of Attendance Procedures

Regular school attendance is an important factor in student achievement.  School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Students are expected to attend every class or activity for which they are scheduled each school day on time. FCPS requires that a call or completed online attendance form be received within 72 hours of an absence from a parent or guardian. No notification will result in an unexcused absence.  Please see our website for full attendance procedures.

Three Kings Day - January 6

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

Orthodox Christmas - January 7

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. This date works to be December 25 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the son of God. This holiday differs from Christmas Day because it does not observe Pagan traditions, like waiting for gifts from Santa Claus and decorating a tree, instead it focuses on religious customs. FCPS has designated Orthodox Christmas as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

High School Information Climate Survey

Parents: This year's Climate Survey will be administered to students in grades 9, 11 and 12 on January 11th and grade 10 on January 18th. An eNotify letter went out on December 13th with more information and opt out instructions. The link and access code will be given to students on the day of their survey, and they will take it during 4th period advisory class. If you have questions, please contact this year's survey administrator, Dr. Jennifer Harris.

High School Student Services Winter Newsletter

It is hard to believe that we are already starting to plan for the 2022-2023 school year!  Academic Advising will begin as soon as we return from Winter Break.  Please be sure to spend a few minutes reviewing our winter newsletter that highlights these important events.  In addition, we have information from Northern Virginia Community College on a program that allows current juniors and seniors to access their courses at no cost!  You will also meet our newest counselor, Ms. Jennifer Jackson, who will be working with students with last names that start with Mai-Ngu.  You can view the newsletter HERE.

WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents)

Earlier this week an eNotify was sent to junior parents regarding testing changes for writing verified credit. The state has allowed schools to offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing as an alternate assessment to the SOL Writing in order for students to earn their verified credit in Writing. (Students in AP English Language will still be able to use their May AP exam as a substitute to the Writing SOL.) The WorkKeys writing assessment will be administered through English 11 classes between January 25th and January 31st. Teachers will provide additional testing details as well as test preparation in class this quarter. Please visit our webpage to view additional information as well as access to the opt-out form: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/node/8115

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information MS Student Services Winter Newsletter

Winter break is here and with the new year we will begin the registration process for the 2022-23 school year. This edition of the newsletter includes the timelines for registration and academic advising and an overview of the counseling lessons from the fall. You can view the newsletter here. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders Edison Academy Open House January 8th

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 8th.

PTSA PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is seeking your input in whether you prefer to participate in in-person, on-campus versus virtual, online practice SAT/ACT exams in Spring 2022. We welcome your thoughts as we look ahead at future offerings of practice SAT and ACT exams in the coming months for the remainder of the school year. Take the survey here

PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership

The LBSS PTSA’s partnership with The Princeton Review entitles LBSS students to a 20% discount on classroom courses and a 10% discount on private tutoring and admissions counseling.  See below for more details and the appropriate code for these amazing discounts!

Discounts and Savings Codes:

  • For classroom courses: Receive 20% off SAT, ACT, and AP retail classroom courses (LiveOnline) using the code LBSSPTSA
  • For private tutoring and admissions counseling: Receive 10% off private tutoring and admission counseling programs using the code LBSSTUTOR

For more detailed descriptions about each course, please visit the below links:

PTSA Opening for a Board Position

The LBSS PTSA has an opening for a board position who will write and disseminate its biweekly PTSA Pulse Newsletter to the PTSA membership.

This is a great way to get involved in the happenings at the school and the LBSS community.

As a board member you will attend monthly board as well as membership meetings and have voting rights to help improve and enrich school activities and programs for your student(s). There are also many fun PTSA-sponsored activities you can participate in throughout the year.

The role will start in January. If interested, please email Bob Gaylord, PTSA President at [email protected].

FCPS Information Stay Healthy This Season

It’s time for winter break, holiday gatherings, and travel. Northern Virginia has entered a high level of community transmission, so check out these tips for staying safe along with COVID-19 testing and travel guidance to help us all have a happier and healthier season.

VaxUP FCPS!

Vaccination continues to be the best way to protect yourself from the risk of severe illness. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated or boosted. Find out how to schedule a vaccination or where to find a walk-in clinic.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. FCPS’ diagnostic and optional screening testing sites will not be available from December 18-January 2. Testing will resume on January 3, 2022. If needed, other local providers are available for testing and vaccinations during that time.

Stay Healthy This Season

It’s time for winter break, holiday gatherings, and travel. Northern Virginia has entered a high level of community transmission, so check out these tips for staying safe along with COVID-19 testing and travel guidance to help us all have a happier and healthier season.

VaxUP FCPS!

Vaccination continues to be the best way to protect yourself from the risk of severe illness. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated or boosted. Find out how to schedule a vaccination or where to find a walk-in clinic.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. FCPS’ diagnostic and optional screening testing sites will not be available from December 18-January 2. Testing will resume on January 3, 2022. If needed, other local providers are available for testing and vaccinations during that time.

Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - December 10, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

Winter Break is right around the corner, with just 5 more school days left before we anxiously wait for 2022. As we come to the end of the year, let’s not forget to celebrate the big and small accomplishments our students and staff have made in their efforts to re-engage and re-connect with one another, classmates, colleagues, and with Lake Braddock Secondary School. We are dedicated in our commitment to checking-in with staff and students to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and their dreams and aspirations, so we can best support them and their efforts in and out of the classroom. Each of us can carry with us an “invisible backpack” of perspectives, experiences, and emotional triggers every day. It takes time to grasp and develop understanding of the items in this "backpack."  Love, compassion, and empathy go a long way towards helping us show that we care about each other first as people and second as students and educators. Taking the time to get to know each other, showing that we care, and viewing our work through an equity lens helps us build trust and provide motivation for our staff and students to do their best and be all they can be. We never know what is in someone’s “invisible backpack” and we don’t know until we take the time to listen and learn. We began our year focused on getting to know our staff and students by building positive relationships. We are seeing the rewards, and we will continue this focus in 2022, as we know these are the essential skills in cultivating a thriving learning environment for all students. Let’s continue to help every Bruin tell their story!

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

The Lake Braddock High School Orchestra held a wonderful Winter Concert last week. We are so happy to see the High School Orchestra back for a live, in-person concert!   Excellent job Bruins!

In this Issue

NEW Information
Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 20-31
FCPS Winter Break Homework Expectations
Lake Braddock Chorus Students Selected to District Choral Ensemble
Lake Braddock Chorus Winter Concert
Winter Spirit Days December 13-17
Edison Academy Open House January 8th

High School Information
PSAT Scores
WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents)
Candy-Grams
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Important Reminders
LB Band Children's Holiday Concert & Open House December 11th
Home for the Holiday Food Drive
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 

PTSA Information
NovaStar Prep Winter Break SAT Bootcamp December 20-22
PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams
PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership

FCPS Information
Student Quarantine Options Now Include a 7-Day Timeline
COVID-19 Testing
Lightspeed Parent Report on Child's Device Activity
Multilingual Parent Podcast: Winter Vacation...
Networking Opportunity for Future Teachers
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 20-31

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 20-31. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break.

Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

FCPS Winter Break Homework Expectations

Winter break is coming soon and we are looking forward to enjoying time to relax and enjoy being with family and friends. To ensure students take a well-deserved break, no homework will be assigned over winter break. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills. But, no assignments should be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.

Lake Braddock Chorus Students Selected to District Choral Ensemble

Please join us in congratulating the 49 Lake Braddock chorus students who were selected for the 2021-2022 District XI Choral Ensemble. 

Lake Braddock Chorus Winter Concert

Please join the Lake Braddock Chorus (also featuring students from the LB Orchestra and Band programs) for an evening of Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and other Winter music selections. This annual performance is a special collaboration that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. No tickets required- we hope to see you there!  Show will be held in the Little Theatre December 14th from 7-8pm.

Edison Academy Open House January 8th

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 8th.

High School Information PSAT Scores

College Board released the scores of the October PSAT test earlier this week. Students who completed the test should have received their scores report via the email address that they listed on their answer sheet. Students should check their junk and spam folders for an email from College Board. Additionally, students who took the PSAT received an email to their school account from Jennifer Bury, LBSS Assessment Coach, on Tuesday with their scores and an access code they can use to access their full scores report from the College Board website. From this scores report, students have access to a free personalized SAT prep course through Khan Academy based on their individual PSAT Scores. If your student would like their PSAT test booklet back to review their answers in details, they should come to the testing office, C101 by back door 5, before December 17th to pick up their test booklet. Test booklets will be disposed of over the winter break.

WorkKeys Testing Information (Junior Parents)

Earlier this week an eNotify was sent to junior parents regarding testing changes for writing verified credit. The state has allowed schools to offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing as an alternate assessment to the SOL Writing in order for students to earn their verified credit in Writing. (Students in AP English Language will still be able to use their May AP exam as a substitute to the Writing SOL.) The WorkKeys writing assessment will be administered through English 11 classes between January 25th and January 31st. Teachers will provide additional testing details as well as test preparation in class this quarter. Please visit our webpage to view additional information as well as access to the opt-out form: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/node/8115

Candy-Grams

Students can send a candy cane with a message to any peer or Faculty member!  They will be sold for $1 during High School lunches December 7-13.

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders LB Band Children's Holiday Concert & Open House December 11th

Join the LB Band in a special Holiday Music Open House designed for young band students!  Cider and hot chocolate will end your tour!  Check out this preview video!

Home for the Holiday Food Drive

LBSS PTSA and the counseling team are asking for community support to provide some of the most in-need families with items to support students with food for breakfast and lunch during the break.  Families have been identified by school counselors and social workers in strict confidence.  We really need your help to make this a success.  The most important items we need will be those easy to heat and eat or prepare.  Use the sign up genius link here to let us know what you will be able to provide.

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

PTSA NovaStar Prep Winter Break SAT Bootcamp December 20-22

NovaStar Prep is partnering with the LBSS PTSA to offer a Winter Break Bootcamp comprised of a three-day 12-hour class from December 20-22. Ten percent of the registration fee by each LBSS student will be donated to the PTSA. To register, please visit: SAT Bootcamp – NovaStar| Tutoring (novastarprep.com) Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is seeking your input in whether you prefer to participate in in-person, on-campus versus virtual, online practice SAT/ACT exams in Spring 2022. We welcome your thoughts as we look ahead at future offerings of practice SAT and ACT exams in the coming months for the remainder of the school year. Take the survey here

PTSA-The Princeton Review Partnership

The LBSS PTSA’s partnership with The Princeton Review entitles LBSS students to a 20% discount on classroom courses and a 10% discount on private tutoring and admissions counseling.  See below for more details and the appropriate code for these amazing discounts!

Discounts and Savings Codes:

  • For classroom courses: Receive 20% off SAT, ACT, and AP retail classroom courses (LiveOnline) using the code LBSSPTSA
  • For private tutoring and admissions counseling: Receive 10% off private tutoring and admission counseling programs using the code LBSSTUTOR

For more detailed descriptions about each course, please visit the below links:

FCPS Information Student Quarantine Options Now Include a 7-Day Timeline

CDC guidance allows for a reduction of the student quarantine period to seven days “when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available.” With FCPS now offering drive-through diagnostic testing at six sites across the county, in addition to the many alternative ways to access COVID-19 testing, FCPS is now providing the option for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school and in-person activities after seven days.  

If your child is quarantined due to exposure at school, please keep them at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met:

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

If your child is quarantined due to exposure outside of the school, please contact the school as soon as possible and you will receive a Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS. The timeline for quarantine return begins when you alert the school. Keep your child at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates (you must contact your school to request the letter at the beginning of the quarantine period); or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

The above options only apply to a student returning to in-person learning and school-sponsored activities. Other organizations, such as SACC, may have different requirements for return.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

COVID-19 Testing

FCPS' COVID-19 testing program helps keep our schools safe places to learn and work.  We offer:

  • Diagnostic Testing for students at six drive-through locations.  You may take advantage of these services if you are a close contact or are experiencing symptoms.  Appointments are not needed for diagnostic testing but families do need to register in the secure online portal.  Information about student diagnostic testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on the FCPS website 
  • Optional Screening Testing for unvaccinated students.  Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their unvaccinated child(ren) for optional COVID-19 screening.  If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required.  You will have the option to update your child's vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.  Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the online portal for screening testing.  They will use a separate portal provided by their school's student activities director.

FCPS COVID-19 Testing Sites During Winter Break

FCPS COVID-19 testing sites will not be available from December 18-January 1. Testing will resume on January 3, 2022. If needed, other local providers are available for testing and vaccinations during that time. 

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, COVID-19 testing sites will follow school schedules. If schools are closed, testing sites are closed. If schools are delayed, all testing sites will open at 10:00 a.m. 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child's Device Activity

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Multilingual Parent Podcast: Winter Vacation...Stay Calm, Set Expectations, Connect with Family and Friends

Winter vacation will soon be here. In this episode the hostesses offer tips and reminders to get through the holidays and vacation with joy and peace. They talk about staying calm, envisioning a realistic holiday, setting expectations, and connecting with family and friends. There is also a reminder about FCPS Food Distribution for Winter Vacation. Call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800 with any questions about food distribution.

Listen and subscribe:

Networking Opportunity for Future Teachers

FCPS high school juniors, seniors, graduates, and former Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Careers students can network with teachers, administrators, and professional groups in Fairfax County Public Schools during the Fourth Annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar virtual event on Tuesday, December 14, from 5-8 p.m.

Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics including developing a resume, preparing for an interview, applying for a license, finding the school that is the right fit, and teacher and administrator panels.

Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - December 3, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving break and had an opportunity to connect with friends and family. Making connections and engaging with others are key components in practicing self-care, building resilience, and maintaining positive relationships. Our teachers emphasize these essential skills weekly during our Advisory lessons, and I hope our students were able to utilize these skills during their break.

Our students were welcomed back to school with a few snowflakes indicating winter is near. As the winter season approaches, it will not only bring snowflakes but a flurry of winter sport competitions and winter performances. We encourage you to come out and cheer on our teams and marvel at our performing arts programs in the upcoming weeks.

Earlier this week, we engaged with our PTSA and many local stakeholders to conduct a walking audit as a part of our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.  We were able to collect lots of great information about how we can continually improve how our students arrive at school safely.  This work will result in some recommendations and actions to move us forward.  I look forward to sharing our findings in the upcoming weeks.

As we head into the last 2 weeks before winter break, we encourage you and your child to stay focused, enjoy each day, and make memories they will cherish forever. Thank you for your continual hard work to ensure that our students have an excellent learning experience every day. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

It is snow joke that Mother Nature can be snow flaky this time of year!  While it wasn't quite this much snow, Lake Braddock Bruins, staff and students, were elated to see some snow flakes fall this past week during morning arrival (not actual Bruins pictured above)!  Earlier this year, we announced that snow days will stay in 2021-22. There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. 

In this Issue

NEW Information
LB Band Children's Holiday Concert & Open House December 11th
November Student of the Month Winners - Resilient
Student Pictures Available for Purchase
LB Athletic Department Seeks Students for Athletic Council
Home for the Holiday Food Drive
Canned Food Drive 2021 Results!
Cultural Observance Day: Bodhi Day December 8th
FCPS Celebrates National Inclusive Schools Week December 6-10
Computer Science Education Week December 6-12

High School Information
HS Counseling Update
ACT/SOS Presentation for 11th Graders
10th Grade Partners for Safe Teen Driving Course
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Python and Java Coding Class Offered
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Important Reminders
Register Your Child for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing
Join the Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through at Lake Braddock
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 
Burke School Cocoa Dash

PTSA Information
NovaStar Prep Winter Break SAT Bootcamp December 20-22
PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

FCPS Information
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Now Available
VaxUP FCPS!
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information LB Band Children's Holiday Concert & Open House December 11th

Join the LB Band in a special Holiday Music Open House designed for young band students!  Cider and hot chocolate will end your tour!  Check out this preview video!

November Student of the Month Winners - Resilient

Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. 

November Student of the Month Winners – Resilient:

  • 7th- Renna Charles
  • 8th- Joe McCarthy
  • 9th- Darianny Boscan Anez
  • 10th- Maddy Arca
  • 11th- René Mejia Reyes
  • 12th- Tiffany Lopez Martinez

December’s theme is Engaged.

Student Pictures Available for Purchase Student pictures are now available to view/purchase online- including those photographed at make-up sessions. It's not too late to order or re-order pictures. Please visit the appropriate link: Use your student's ID number when prompted for the online code. For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected] LB Athletic Department Seeks Students for Athletic Council

The LB Athletics Department is starting an Athletic Council of students to elevate our student-athletes’ voices to better our athletic programs.  If your student is interested in joining the council please complete the application, which is located on Schoology.  The deadline to submit the application is December 12th. If you would like more information, please tell your student to head down to the Activities Office by the Gym.

Home for the Holiday Food Drive

LBSS PTSA and the counseling team are asking for community support to provide some of the most in-need families with items to support students with food for breakfast and lunch during the break.  Families have been identified by school counselors and social workers in strict confidence.  We really need your help to make this a success.  The most important items we need will be those easy to heat and eat or prepare.  Use the sign up genius link here to let us know what you will be able to provide.

Canned Food Drive 2021 Results!

Congratulations to the following Advisory classes for contributing the most cans in their grade level! SGA will be treating these classes to a donut party next week:

Srta. Sohl – 12th grade
Sra. Fulfaro – 11th grade
Ms. Peters – 10th grade
Mr. Wickham – 9th grade
Mr. Johnson (Mrs. Hatch) – 8th grade
Ms. Rivera – 7th grade

Thank you to everyone for your support! Our school raised over 2,600 canned food items to help supply the Fairfax County Transportation food bank for our FCPS bus drivers. Way to go, LBSS!

Cultural Observance Day: Bodhi Day December 8th

Bodhi Day (December 8) is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree, also known as a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa), and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it. FCPS has designated Bodhi as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

FCPS Celebrates National Inclusive Schools Week December 6-10

Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) is an annual event which is held each year during the first full week in December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population.

This year’s Inclusive Schools Week theme is Rebuilding our Inclusive Community TogetherThe theme for Inclusive Schools Week provides educators, students, parents, schools, agencies, and communities with the opportunity to think about our current philosophies and practices regarding inclusion and to plan for “next steps” in the process.

Learn more about Inclusive Education in FCPS

Computer Science Education Week December 6-12

Computer Science is more than coding & programming: it's critical thinking and creating! For Computer Science Education Week, see the #compsci opportunities & resources available to FCPS students here.

High School Information HS Counseling Update

After working as a high school counselor at Lake Braddock for over 5 years, Mrs. Margaret Veenstra will be moving to a new position as the Project Opportunity Counselor at Bryant High School after winter break.  Mrs. Veenstra leaves with mixed emotions as she has enjoyed working with the students, families and faculty of the Lake Braddock community.  She will be replaced by Jennifer Jackson, who has prior experience as a high school counselor in Florida.  We wish Mrs. Veenstra the best of luck in her position!

ACT/SOS Presentation for 11th Graders

On Friday, November 5, all 11th grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding a county-wide initiative to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  During the week of December 6-10, all 11th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression in their Advisory class.    

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

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

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

If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the 11th grade presentation, please complete this Google Opt Out Form  by December 1, 2021.

Please contact Ms. Ghafoori at 703-426-1064 or your child’s counselor if you have any questions.   

10th Grade Partners for Safe Teen Driving Course

The 10th Grade Partners for Safe Teen Driving course is a 90-minute parent/teen traffic safety program.  The Virginia juvenile licensing procedure requires that students completing classroom driver education attend this program with their parent/guardian.  This program is free of charge to 10th graders.  It is suggested that students attend a session during the quarter they have Driver's Ed.

DATE:  Monday, December 6th
TIME: Cafeteria doors will open at 6:30pm.  Presentation begins promptly at 7pm.  Do not be late, as you will not be allowed into the presentation.
LOCATION:  Lake Braddock Cafeteria--Enter the building through Door 15

Future dates for this presentation are 3/7/22 and 4/18/22.  

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Python and Java Coding Class Offered

Coding Lessons open to all Middle-School Students.  $50 for 6 classes or $30 for 3 with curriculum designed specially for students in Grades 7 and 8!  Event dates are December 3,4,10,11,17, and 18 from 5-6pm.  A virtual link will be sent to the student once payments are made.  Click here for the interest link.  Click here for the payment link at MySchoolBucks.

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders Register Your Child for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing

Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.

Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website.

Join the Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through at Lake Braddock

Our school will be conducting a Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through, a process that will help us learn how we are currently helping families and others in our school community to feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. The Walk-Through will take place on Friday, December 10th from 8:30am-9:45am.

We are inviting you to join other parents, staff members, and community representatives to help us look at different aspects of our school and share their perspective on how welcoming our school is.  

As a participant in the Walk-Through, you will be asked to offer your perspectives on three aspects of a welcoming atmosphere: School Culture and Physical Environment, Family Engagement Practices and Policies, and Communication. You will take part in a discussion facilitated by staff from FCPS Family and School Partnerships. All you need to do is come ready to share your observations and opinions with the other participants!

The Walk-Through will take approximately three hours total. If a hybrid model is used, part of the time will be spent touring the building in person (Friday, December 10th - 8:30-9:45) and the rest will be spent in a virtual focus group (Tuesday, December 14th – 6:30-8:30 pm).

Please respond to Kristin Girardin at [email protected] by December 6th to let us know if you are interested and available or if you have any questions.

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

PTSA NovaStar Prep Winter Break SAT Bootcamp December 20-22

NovaStar Prep is partnering with the LBSS PTSA to offer a Winter Break Bootcamp comprised of a three-day 12-hour class from December 20-22. Ten percent of the registration fee by each LBSS student will be donated to the PTSA. To register, please visit: SAT Bootcamp – NovaStar| Tutoring (novastarprep.com) Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

PTSA Seeking Your Input on In-Person VS Virtual SAT/ACT Practice Exams

The LBSS PTSA is seeking your input in whether you prefer to participate in in-person, on-campus versus virtual, online practice SAT/ACT exams in Spring 2022. We welcome your thoughts as we look ahead at future offerings of practice SAT and ACT exams in the coming months for the remainder of the school year. Take the survey here

FCPS Information COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Now Available

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to [SCHOOL’S] screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

VaxUP FCPS!

More than 33% of children ages 5-11 in Fairfax County have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are school-located vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11 every day next week and two on Saturday, December 11. Find out where the next pop-up clinic will be or look for other local vaccination opportunities on the health department’s website.

Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend the school-located clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - November 19, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

The first part of the 2021-2022 school year has flown by quickly, and we have enjoyed welcoming students back in the building and witnessing learning up close and purposeful. Now that we have successfully completed our first quarter and are well in to the second quarter, we are looking forward to seeing and sharing the various milestones our students are making each month.

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving Break, we are thankful for the many accomplishments we have achieved thus far. As we reflect, we are thankful our students are back to face-to-face instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. We are thankful we are able to offer Athletic and Performance events with invitations extended to all and we are thankful that we can provide relevant and authentic learning experiences to our students during Advisory each week to support their social and emotional well-being.  We believe all Bruins have a Story and we are dedicated to giving each child an opportunity to share their story.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and you to take some time to relax, reflect, and enjoy your families.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Every Bruin needs to "paws" once in a while to take a well-deserved break!  From our Lake Braddock family to yours, have a safe and Bear-y happy Thanksgiving!

In this Issue

NEW Information
Administrative Team Update
Register Your Child for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing
Reminder of Traffic Pattern in Morning
FCPS Safe Routes to School Office to Visit LB November 30th
LBSS Safe Routes to School Committee Seeking Volunteers
Calendar Reminder-Thanksgiving Break
Join the Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through at Lake Braddock
National Special Education Day is December 2nd
Burke School Cocoa Dash

High School Information
Interested in Joining the NHS?
ACT/SOS Presentation for 11th Graders
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Python and Java Coding Class Offered
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

Important Reminders
PE Attire for Colder Weather Reminder
FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 

PTSA Information
Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18 - November 24

FCPS Information
Reduction in Student Quarantine Period
VaxUP! New Pediatric COVID-19 Clinics Announced
Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team
Multilingual Parent Podcast: FCPS Advanced Academic Program Continuum of Services
Reminder: School Board Meeting Monday, November 22

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
Schoology
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information Administrative Update

Congratulations to Ms. Kearns, our Associate Principal, on the birth of her baby boy. During her maternity leave, the following changes have occurred in our Admin Team.

Ms. Teri Hampton, Subschool 3 Assistant Principal, will serve as Acting Associate Principal. Ms. Hampton has the following to say:

Lake Braddock has been my home since 2001. Through the years, I have held several positions, HS Social Studies teacher, class sponsor, School Improvement Plan committee member, Assessment Coach, and currently a HS sub school assistant principal.

As an assistant principal, I am most proud of the relationships and meaningful connections I make with students, families, and teachers. I invest time and effort in developing authentic relationships so I can gain an understanding of their cultural beliefs, traditions, and backgrounds. Developing and fostering these relationships allows me to establish an environment where all stakeholders feel welcomed, included, and valued. Understanding others is essential in my efforts to provide relevant and appropriate supports when issues arise.

I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to learning and growing as an instructional and caring leader.

While Ms. Hampton is serving as Acting Associate Principal, Ms. Jacquie Naughton, HS Counselor, will serve as Acting Assistant Principal for Subschool 3. Ms. Naughton has been a Lake Braddock Bruin for the last 8 years in our High School Student Services department. Before joining the Bruin community, Jacquie was a special education teacher and an alternative school counselor. Most recently, Jacquie was the Summer School Principal at Lake Braddock and loved being able to lead such an amazing team of Lake Braddock teachers and support staff as they helped our Bruins find success. Jacquie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Michigan State University and earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from George Mason University. Jacquie returned to GMU to complete her certification in School Administration. She is most passionate about working with teachers, support staff and families to help students see their potential for success, even when the students themselves might not yet realize their potential. When Jacquie is not working with her students at Lake Braddock, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling the globe with her two nieces, Brynne and Brigit. She is looking forward to the opportunity to serve in a different leadership role at Lake Braddock during the 2nd quarter as the Acting Assistant Principal of Subschool 3.

Register Your Child for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing

Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.

Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break.

For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website.

Reminder of Traffic Pattern in Morning

Bruin safety is our top priority.  A reminder that you cannot stop your car to drop off your student in the middle of Lake Braddock Drive.  We were notified by the FCPD that students were being let out in the middle of the road.  This is very dangerous for our students and other drivers.  We know that morning drop off can be long and frustrating, but our community needs to follow the procedures in place to assure safety for all our Bruins and their families.  Please review the following carefully for instructions:

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

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

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

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

FCPS Safe Routes to School Office to Visit LB November 30th

Be on the lookout!

On the morning of Tuesday, November 30th, representatives from the FCPS Safe Routes to School Office and volunteers from Lake Braddock Safe Routes to School Committee will be at Lake Braddock, observing how students arrive at our school during the morning.  There will be 3-4 small teams of surveyors near the entrances to the school.  They will be wearing safety vests, carrying clipboards, counting cars and even taking pictures of our school zone.  Team members will receive training to ensure their safety, and the team will not interfere or slow down morning traffic in any way.  We are very glad to welcome traffic and safety experts from FCPS and DOT who will be guiding our volunteers as they conduct the observation.

This survey, called a Walking Audit, is being conducted as part of the Safe Routes to School program at Lake Braddock.  Safe Routes to School is a PTSA effort with support from our school administration.  The goals of Safe Routes to School are to minimize the risk of accidents impacting our students as they travel to school, and to increase the number of students who walk or bike to school.  The information gathered during the audit will help inform the work of the committee and may be used in grant applications to help Lake Braddock reach the goals of the Safe Routes to Schools program.  If you would like more information on the Lake Braddock Safe Routes to School Committee, please email [email protected].  

LBSS Safe Routes to School Committee is Seeking Volunteers!

The new LBSS Safe Routes to School Committee is seeking volunteers! Volunteers are needed to be committee members, and to participate in a Walking audit of our school during student arrival and dismissal.  The committee is part of PTSA.  

Safe Routes to School is a DOT and FCPS program that seeks to improve safety for students as they travel to school, and to increase the number of students who walk or bike to school.  About 20 volunteers are needed for the walking audit before school on Tuesday November 30.  Please send an email with contact information or any questions to Michele Richoux at [email protected], to sign up, or use this link to a signup genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fafa828aa8-lake.  Everyone (parents, students, community members and staff) is welcome to help ensure our students are safe as they travel to and from our school.

Calendar Reminder-Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 24-26. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Due to the Holiday, the meal kit distribution will be canceled on Wednesday, November 24th, and regular meal kit distribution will resume on Wednesday, December 1st.

More information and the location of the meal kit sites is available online.

Join the Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through at Lake Braddock

Our school will be conducting a Welcoming Atmosphere Walk-Through, a process that will help us learn how we are currently helping families and others in our school community to feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. The Walk-Through will take place on Friday, December 10th from 8:30am-9:45am.

We are inviting you to join other parents, staff members, and community representatives to help us look at different aspects of our school and share their perspective on how welcoming our school is.  

As a participant in the Walk-Through, you will be asked to offer your perspectives on three aspects of a welcoming atmosphere: School Culture and Physical Environment, Family Engagement Practices and Policies, and Communication. You will take part in a discussion facilitated by staff from FCPS Family and School Partnerships. All you need to do is come ready to share your observations and opinions with the other participants!

The Walk-Through will take approximately three hours total. If a hybrid model is used, part of the time will be spent touring the building in person (Friday, December 10th - 8:30-9:45) and the rest will be spent in a virtual focus group (Tuesday, December 14th – 6:30-8:30 pm).

Please respond to Kristin Girardin at [email protected] by December 6th to let us know if you are interested and available or if you have any questions.

National Special Education Day is December 2nd

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975.

On National Special Education Day, we celebrate and honor our Lake Braddock teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs. #OurFCPS @FCPSnews

High School Information

The online New Member Application form is open and the link can be found on the LBSS website.

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

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

ACT/SOS Presentation for 11th Graders

On Friday, November 5, all 11th grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding a county-wide initiative to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  During the week of December 6-10, all 11th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression in their Advisory class.    

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

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

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

If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the 11th grade presentation, please complete this Google Opt Out Form  by December 1, 2021.

Please contact Ms. Ghafoori at 703-426-1064 or your child’s counselor if you have any questions.   

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Python and Java Coding Class Offered

Coding Lessons open to all Middle-School Students.  $50 for 6 classes or $30 for 3 with curriculum designed specially for students in Grades 7 and 8!  Event dates are December 3,4,10,11,17, and 18 from 5-6pm.  A virtual link will be sent to the student once payments are made.  Click here for the interest link.  Click here for the payment link at MySchoolBucks.

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Important Reminders PE Attire for Colder Weather Reminder

Attention all PE parents and students: With the colder weather coming, please be sure to bring appropriate clothing to go outdoors. Teachers will be going outside with students for as long as possible so it is important to have warm clothing to be able to appropriately participate. Thank you!

FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations

Nominations for the FCPS Outstanding Staff awards are now open! Please consider nominating a deserving member of our school committee. The categories for nomination are:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Employees can be nominated by anybody in the Lake Braddock Community, including fellow staff members, students, families, or school leaders. Please consider filling this this nomination form for a deserving candidate by Tuesday, November 23.

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

PTSA Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18- November 24!

Glory Days Grill in Burke will contribute 10% of LBSS patrons' sales to the LBSS PTSA from October 18-November 24!  Simply ask your server for an itemized copy of your guest check and email it to [email protected] or drop it off at the LBSS front office.  

FCPS Information Reduction in Student Quarantine Period

With the start of the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 and a drop in the Fairfax County transmission rate from “substantial” to “moderate,” we are adjusting some of the layered prevention strategies that have helped keep the rate of in-school transmission of COVID-19 at just 0.02%.

  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting may quarantine for 10 days, instead of 14 days
  • Students will be notified of the day they may return to the classroom via the pause letter.
  • If you do not have a pause letter from your school, you will need to quarantine for 14 days, per the requirement of the Fairfax County Health Department.   

More information is available online.

VaxUP! New Pediatric COVID-19 Clinics Announced

FCPS and the health department are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 at ten clinics located at schools across Fairfax County. Clinics will be held after school hours, evenings, and weekends. All children are welcome and a parent or other responsible adult is required to attend with them. No appointment is necessary, and all vaccinations are free. For locations and clinic hours, click here. The health department website has information about other options for children’s COVID-19 vaccination. #VaxUP

Say YES to FCPS-Join Our Team

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

More information and applications are available online:

Multilingual Parent Podcast: FCPS Advanced Academic Program Continuum of Services

In the latest multilingual podcast produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, you can learn about the FCPS Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Continuum of Services and the different levels of services for elementary and secondary students. All K-12 students receive instruction to develop critical and creative thinking skills as part of AAP instruction. The goal is to build upon students’ individual talents and skills to maximize their academic potential as learners. Equity of access to the services is a priority within FCPS. For more information, visit the AAP website.

Listen and subscribe:

Reminder: School Board Meeting Monday, November 22

The next regular business meeting of the FCPS School Board will be held on Monday, November 22, at 7 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. The meeting will be broadcast on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), and will be live streamed on the FCPS website. Current agenda items include:

  • Legislative program.
  • Recommended changes to the Governance Manual regarding community participation.
  • FCPS Special Education comprehensive review. 

See the complete meeting agenda.

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - November 12, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

There are several exciting announcements from this month that showcase the amazing students and the staff that work with them.  We want to quickly highlight some of them: 

  • Our Varsity Cheerleading team earned 7th placed at the State VHSL competition this past weekend.
  • Our High School Photojournalism classes earned the VHSL Col. Charles E. Savage Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholastic Journalism. 
  • Our Middle School Orchestra program was invited to perform this upcoming week at the Virginia Music Eductors Conference. 

We also wanted to honor the students who were chosen for our Student of the Month program.  Each month we select students who represent characteristics of our Shared Vision, and this month we recognized students who exhibited adaptability.  

As we move toward Thanksgiving Break and winter break, we wanted to communicate the guidelines we have shared with staff regarding work over the break: 

  • Students should not be assigned to complete work over school breaks.
  • Schedule no major assessments immediately upon return from break (at least first two days, 1 Purple/1 Gold day).
  • For classes having long-term assignments, refrain from scheduling due dates immediately after the holiday (at least first two days, 1 Purple/1 Gold day).

If you have questions regarding specific assignments in a particular class, we always encourage students and families to reach out directly to their teachers for clarification and information.  

Our Middle School Theater program is performing Dr. Doolittle, November 18th through the 20th.  We hope you will have an opportunity to enjoy the amazing talent of our middle school students.  For more information please visit the Lake Braddock Theatre page.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

The Lake Braddock Military Ambassador Club prepared Dog Tags in Honor of Lake Braddock staff who have served for the Military.

In this Issue

NEW Information
October Student of the Month Winners-Adaptable
Doctor Dolittle is Coming to LB
Congrats to HS Photojournalism Classes
Senior Regional Orchestra Event Returns with LB Students!
Congratulations to our LB MS Orchestra Selected to Play at the VMEA
Meal Kit Distribution Change for Thanksgiving Break
PE Attire for Colder Weather Reminder
November is Native American Heritage Month
LBSS Celebrates American Education Week 

High School Information
ACT/SOS Presentation for 9th Grade Students
Interested in Joining the NHS?
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!
Deadline to Apply for TJHSST Class of 2026 is November 19

Important Reminders
FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations
Canned Food Drive Sponsored by SGA
Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources
LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase
LBSS Peer Tutoring

PTSA Information
Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18 - November 24!
NovaStar Prep SAT Bootcamp: November 20-21

FCPS Information
FCPS Welcomes Dr. Biden to Kick Off National 5-11 Vaccination Rollout
Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination
Striving for an Inclusive and Compassionate Community
FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

New Information October Student of the Month Winners-Adaptable

Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. 
                                                                                

October Student of the Month Winners – ADAPTABLE:

  • 12th: Emma Barnes
  • 11th: Ally Kelso
  • 10th: Daniel Christensen
  • 9th: Annabella Vasquez
  • 8th: Joseph George
  • 7th: Isabella Vargas-Maida

November’s theme is RESLIENT. November winners will be announced at the end of the month.

Doctor Dolittle is Coming to LB 

Doctor Dolittle, Jr. tickets are on sale now!

Get your tickets here! Shows run in the LB Little Theater from November 18th to 20th and are approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. The show is double cast so there is a different cast alternating shows.  For more information, check out the Lake Braddock Theatre page!

Congrats to HS Photojournalism Classes

The high school Photojournalism (yearbook) classes have earned the VHSL Col. Charles E. Savage Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholastic Journalism. This award recognizes programs that earn at least five Trophy Class awards within seven years (equivalent to State Championships). The current award honors the yearbooks between the years 2013 and 2019. This is the first time a LBSS journalism program has earned this award.

Senior Regional Orchestra Event Returns with LB Students!

One hundred-three students representing eighteen Fairfax County Public Schools high schools have been named to the 2021 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. Twenty-eight FCPS students were selected as alternates. 

The Senior Regional Orchestra event is the first in-person state-sponsored audition group of the school year and the first collaborative concert since March of 2019. The public is invited to the group’s performance at Westfield High School on Saturday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and masks are required. The Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra is led by Maestro James Ross of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

See who was named to the Senior Regional Orchestra.

Congratulations to Our LB MS Orchestra Selected to Play at the VMEA

Congrats to our LB Middle School Orchestra selected to play at the VMEA this coming Thursday, November 18th, in Norfolk, VA!  

Meal Kit Distribution Change for Thanksgiving Break

In preparation for the Thanksgiving break when schools are closed (November 24-26), the following plan is in place to distribute meal kits:

  • Wednesday, November 17: Additional meals (7 days of breakfast and lunch, along with 14 days of afternoon snack and supper meals) will be served in one meal kit.
  • Wednesday, November 24: Meal kit distribution is canceled.
  • Wednesday, December 1: Regular meal kit distribution resumes.

More information and the location of the meal kit sites is available online.

PE Attire for Colder Weather Reminder

Attention all PE parents and students: With the colder weather coming, please be sure to bring appropriate clothing to go outdoors. Teachers will be going outside with students for as long as possible so it is important to have warm clothing to be able to appropriately participate. Thank you!

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

LBSS Celebrates American Education Week

For American Education Week next week, we celebrate ALL who work in our Lake Braddock and FCPS community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, substitutes, leadership and more!  Thank you for all you do!

High School Information ACT/SOS Presentation for 9th Graders

On Monday, October 18, all 9th grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding a county-wide initiative to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  During the week of November 15-19, all 9th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression in their Advisory Class.

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

Why is there a county-wide push for depression and suicide screening? According to the November 2019 Fairfax County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 30% of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 experienced symptoms of depression in the past year. The rate of students considering suicide was 14.3%, while 6% reported they attempted suicide in the past year.  In addition to events in recent years that have directly impacted communities within Fairfax County, we want to do our best to keep LBSS students from becoming part of these statistics.      
The SOS video and survey have already been used by other FCPS middle and high schools and have been used at Lake Braddock for several years. Parents are invited to review the materials by accessing the SOS Parent Portal at https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent.  This portal is designed to provide parents with information about suicide prevention efforts, view the SOS videos, and access educational materials which are helpful tools for supporting your child’s mental health wellness.

Please contact Ms. Ghafoori at 703-426-1064 or Ms. Naughton at 703-426-1155 if you have any questions.   

The online New Member Application form is open and the link can be found on the LBSS website.

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

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

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Deadline to Apply for TJHSST Class of 2026 is November 19

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

Applications must be started by Wednesday, November 17, at 4 p.m., with a deadline of Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. to complete the final application, which is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage

Important Reminders FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations

Nominations for the FCPS Outstanding Staff awards are now open! Please consider nominating a deserving member of our school committee. The categories for nomination are:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Employees can be nominated by anybody in the Lake Braddock Community, including fellow staff members, students, families, or school leaders. Please consider filling this this nomination form for a deserving candidate by Tuesday, November 23.

Canned Food Drive Sponsored by SGA

SGA is sponsoring Lake Braddock's canned food drive November 8-19 through Advisory classes. Food will be donated to the FCPS Transportation Food Bank, which helps feed the families of bus drivers in our county. Boxes were delivered to Advisory classes on Friday, 11/5.

TO WIN: Earn the MOST points within your grade level for a donut party! Classes with at least 40 points will receive candy!  

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet (https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6). 

All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

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

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

More information about the survey can be found here.  

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

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

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

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

The Lake Braddock Band is once again selling collectible ornaments from the White House Historical Association! Members of the band and their families will be making direct sales to raise funds for the band and earn points towards their varsity letters. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament, please see Mr. Luley, Mr. Gilbert, or a band student!  Thank you for your continued support of the Lake Braddock Band Program!

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

PTSA Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18- November 24!

Glory Days Grill in Burke will contribute 10% of LBSS patrons' sales to the LBSS PTSA from October 18-November 24!  Simply ask your server for an itemized copy of your guest check and email it to [email protected] or drop it off at the LBSS front office.  

NovaStar Prep SAT Bootcamp: November 20-21

The PTSA is partnering with NovaStar Prep to offer an SAT Bootcamp on November 20-21, where ten percent of the proceeds from LBSS student registration fees will be donated to the PTSA. For more information and to register for the bootcamp, check out our website

LBSS Safe Routes to School Committee Seeking Volunteers

The new LBSS Safe Routes to School Committee is seeking volunteers! Volunteers are needed to be committee members and to participate in a walking audit of our school during student arrival and dismissal. The committee is part of PTSA and supported by LBSS and FCPS administrators.  

Safe Routes to School is a DOT program that seeks to improve safety for students as they travel to school and to increase the number of students who walk or bike to school. Our first meeting will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 7 pm, via Zoom. About 20 volunteers are needed for the walking audit before and after school on Tuesday, November 30. Please send an email with contact information or any questions to Michele Richoux at [email protected], to get the meeting link. Everyone (parents, students, community members and staff) is welcome to help ensure our students are safe as they travel to and from our school.

For more info, see the FCPS Safe Routes to School info page.

FCPS Information FCPS Welcomes Dr. Biden to Kick Off National 5-11 Vaccination Rollout

Fairfax County Public Schools kicked off the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11 on Monday. The school division welcomed First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to a clinic at the school where the first polio vaccine was administered in 1954 (see story below).

Surrounded by a group of children who had just received their first dose, she urged all parents to follow in the footsteps of the Polio Pioneers and have their children vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Watch this video to see the sights and sounds of the day’s events

Read the full story and see more pictures on our website.

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination

FCPS is encouraging all parents whose children are eligible to get vaccinated. We know that vaccination is the way out of this pandemic, and we are asking you to help us continue to make our schools as safe as they possibly can be.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website.

We know you may have questions about the vaccine. We talked with local pediatricians to answer some of the most common questions. Find out how to prepare your child for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and how you can make them more comfortable if they experience side effects in this short video

Striving for an Inclusive and Compassionate Community

In the past few weeks, FCPS has experienced several incidents of racial and anti-Semitic graffiti at some of our schools. These acts are not only unkind, but they are completely unacceptable. 

Please know that acts of racism, anti-Semitism, and hate will not be tolerated in our FCPS community. Our division is a place where we strive for inclusiveness and compassion. It is our responsibility to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and humanity. Our schools must be a safe space for every child and adult in the building.

As a school division, our success and well-being depend upon all of us standing united against actions that seek to dehumanize or violate any person or group within our community. If you witness a behavior that does not align with our values, please speak up. FCPS also has an anonymous tip line that can be used for this purpose.

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - November 5, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

It's hard to believe that we are already in the 2nd quarter of the school year and the month of November.  We hope that your family was able to participate in our Homecoming 2021 events last week; there are some photos below that highlight some of the fun had by many.

November is the time where we begin the process for the Outstanding Employee Awards through FCPS.  Families are able to nominate staff, and we have several categories for our various staff to be recognized.  We encourage you and your student to take a few minutes and fill out the Google Form below by November 23rd.

Thursday, November 11th is an early release schedule for Veteran's Day.  The bell schedule is below. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank our staff who are Veteran's for all their dedication and service to our country and now to our students.  We are grateful for: 

Clayton Allen
Michael Burbach
Michaela Demboski
Michael Edwards
Rich Gaul
Edward Guardo
Ricardo Moore
Sherman Wiles

There are a few more opportunities this weekend to see our high school students perform the Heidi Chronicles. The performances are on Saturday at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 12:00 pm in our Little Theater.  You are able to purchase tickets ahead at www.lbtheater.com and can come through door 14.  We hope to see you there!

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Lake Braddock students were Beary happy to enjoy a wonderful Homecoming pep rally, game, and dance outdoors under the stars thanks to the SGA!  

In this Issue

NEW Information
ACT/SOS Presentation for 9th Grade Students
National School Psychology Week Nov 8-12
FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations
Canned Food Drive Sponsored by SGA
Chorus Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser
Calendar Reminder: Early Release Thursday, November 11th
Veteran's Day

High School Information
Interested in Joining the NHS?
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock
Order Your Senior Shirt!
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!
Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Important Reminders
REMINDER: Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due 
Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources
LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase
LBSS Peer Tutoring

PTSA Information
Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18 - November 24!
The PTSA Partnership with the Princeton Review
NovaStar Prep SAT Bootcamp: November 20-21

FCPS Information
Reasons for Recent Menu Changes
Multilingual Parent Podcast: Important FCPS Resources for Parents
2022-23 School Year Calendar Development Webinar
FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

New Information ACT/SOS Presentation for 9th Graders

On Monday, October 18, all 9th grade students were given a memo to bring home regarding a county-wide initiative to identify and help students who are struggling with depression and possible thoughts of suicide.  During the week of November 15-19, all 9th grade students will participate in a presentation and survey about signs of depression in their Advisory Class.

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

Why is there a county-wide push for depression and suicide screening? According to the November 2019 Fairfax County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 30% of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 experienced symptoms of depression in the past year. The rate of students considering suicide was 14.3%, while 6% reported they attempted suicide in the past year.  In addition to events in recent years that have directly impacted communities within Fairfax County, we want to do our best to keep LBSS students from becoming part of these statistics.      
The SOS video and survey have already been used by other FCPS middle and high schools and have been used at Lake Braddock for several years. Parents are invited to review the materials by accessing the SOS Parent Portal at https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent.  This portal is designed to provide parents with information about suicide prevention efforts, view the SOS videos, and access educational materials which are helpful tools for supporting your child’s mental health wellness.

If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the 9th grade presentation, please complete this google form by November 10, 2021.

Please contact Ms. Ghafoori at 703-426-1064 or Ms. Naughton at 703-426-1155 if you have any questions.   

National School Psychology Week Nov 8-12

This week is our opportunity to express how much we appreciate all our school psychologists do for Lake Braddock.  If you see our awesome School Psychologists, Carleen McKenzie, Mary Olsen, or Walena Haider, please tell them thank you for all you do!

FCPS Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations

Nominations for the FCPS Outstanding Staff awards are now open! Please consider nominating a deserving member of our school committee. The categories for nomination are:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

Employees can be nominated by anybody in the Lake Braddock Community, including fellow staff members, students, families, or school leaders. Please consider filling this this nomination form for a deserving candidate by Tuesday, November 23.

Canned Food Drive Sponsored by SGA

SGA is sponsoring Lake Braddock's canned food drive November 8-19 through Advisory classes. Food will be donated to the FCPS Transportation Food Bank, which helps feed the families of bus drivers in our county. Leadership students will be delivering boxes to Advisory classes on Friday, 11/5.

TO WIN: Earn the MOST points within your grade level for a donut party! Classes with at least 40 points will receive candy!  

Chorus Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser

The Chorus Boosters are having the Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser again this year. The sale started on October 21 and ends November 12.  Pickup will be Monday, November 29, from 3:15-7:15 p.m. If you have someone who would like to support the Chorus but does not want the plant or does not live in the area, we have coordinated with Sunrise Senior Living and Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke to donate poinsettias. Simply make a donation of a plant and we deliver the poinsettias for the residents to enjoy!  Poinsettias can be purchased on the chorus website or through the mail.  More information on the sale can be found at the Lake Braddock Chorus website

Please contact Michelle Morgan if you have any questions.

  • 6-inch pot (plants are approximately 12 to 18 inches tall) - $8
  • 8-inch pot (plants are approximately 24 to 36 inches tall) - $15
  • Donation plants (6-inch plants) - $8
Calendar Reminder:  Early Release Thursday, November 11th

As a reminder, Thursday, November 11, is a two-hour early release for students for the Veterans Day holiday. Classes will resume on Friday, November 12. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Click here to see the Lake Braddock Bell Schedules for the 2021-22 school year.

Veteran's Day

Lake Braddock thanks the veterans in our community for their service on Veteran's Day November 11th and every day.

High School Information

The online New Member Application form is open and the link can be found on the LBSS website.

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

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

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

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

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

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Order Your Senior Shirt!

Seniors, you can now order your Senior shirt!  Store closes November 8th.  Order here!

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

Important Reminders REMINDER: Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due

Impact Aid forms were distributed to students in October in Advisory classes.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

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

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

More information is available online.

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet (https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6). 

All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

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

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

More information about the survey can be found here.  

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

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

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

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

The Lake Braddock Band is once again selling collectible ornaments from the White House Historical Association! Members of the band and their families will be making direct sales to raise funds for the band and earn points towards their varsity letters. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament, please see Mr. Luley, Mr. Gilbert, or a band student!  Thank you for your continued support of the Lake Braddock Band Program!

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

PTSA Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18- November 24!

Glory Days Grill in Burke will contribute 10% of LBSS patrons' sales to the LBSS PTSA from October 18-November 24!  Simply ask your server for an itemized copy of your guest check and email it to [email protected] or drop it off at the LBSS front office.  

The PTSA's Partnership with The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is partnering with the PTSA to offer a $200 discount to LBSS students for its SAT Essentials Prep Class. For more information, please visit the PTSA webpage .

In addition, The Princeton Review is also offering an online SAT/ACT practice exam on Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The practice exam is $5 for LBSS members and $15 for non-members.  Please register here.

Payment related questions?  Email the PTSA.

NovaStar Prep SAT Bootcamp: November 20-21

The PTSA is partnering with NovaStar Prep to offer an SAT Bootcamp on November 20-21, where ten percent of the proceeds from LBSS student registration fees will be donated to the PTSA. For more information and to register for the bootcamp, check out our website

FCPS Information Reasons for Recent Menu Changes

You may have noticed more frequent school meal menu changes and fewer options lately. An increase in students participating in school meals, 110,000 pre-Covid to nearly 150,000 now, happening at the same time as a global supply chain issue is affecting school meals. Our focus is ensuring all students have access to a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day. 

As the school year progresses and industries stabilize, additional menu options will be added. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times. 

Read more about how these issues are impacting school meals.

Multilingual Parent Podcast: Important FCPS Resources for Parents

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

In this episode, hear about important FCPS resources listed below. Click the hyperlinked text to go to the FCPS designated webpage. Use the resources to help you navigate the FCPS systems.

Listen and subscribe:

Shark Tank Technology Challenge Open to All High School Students

Calling all high school students! The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee has announced this year’s Shark Tank Technology Challenge, with a focus on new or improved existing technology that will have a positive impact in the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, wounded warriors, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to consider projects that offer assistance in the following areas:

  • Active free time activities.
  • Participation in the arts.
  • Caregiving.

Students can submit an innovative or creative project as an individual or a team. The deadline to submit the initial proposal is December 6. Final proposals are due February 22, 2022. The Shark Tank event will be held in April 2022. The winning projects will receive a cash prize. 

More details are available by visiting the Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge webpage.

2022-23 School Year Calendar Development Webinar

FCPS will be holding a virtual Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m., on Zoom to discuss how the 2022-23 school year calendar is being developed, and for participants to provide feedback on a series of questions related to this process.

FCPS is offering this community engagement opportunity in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

Please register online to attend the Calendar Development Webinar and indicate if you will need an interpreter. You will receive the webinar link on November 8, from “Office of Communication and Community Relations.”

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 29, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

This has been a fun-filled week of Homecoming activities that included a bonfire, movie and Trunk or Treat night with our community yesterday.  We will conclude our Homecoming Week with our Bite of Braddock event, the football game against Woodson HS and the dance.  

Next week our High School Theater season kicks off with The Heidi Chronicles.  There are four opportunities for you to see the performance, and we hope you can come enjoy the hard work and amazing talent of our students.

Additionally, there are several celebrations for members of our community that we wanted to highlight for our families. November 1st & 2nd are Dia de los Muertos, which is a holiday celebrating All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day where families gather to pray for and remember friends and family who have passed away.  Also, November 4th is Diwali which is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists representing the symbolic victory of light over darkness.  We wish those in our community observing these holidays a wonderful time of celebration and remembrance.

With the 1st quarter ending this week, there is no school on November 1st and 2nd for students.  We look forward to having everyone back on Wednesday, November 3rd to begin the 2nd quarter.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

Why did the ghost hunters attend a pep rally at Lake Braddock?

They wanted to see our school spirit!  Happy Homecoming weekend Bruins!

In this Issue

NEW Information
REMINDER: Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due November 5
UPDATE for Homecoming
Welcome Lake Braddock's COVID Case Manager!
Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources
Marching Bruins Capture a Superior Rating at VBODA!
Lake Braddock Theatre Presents The Heidi Chronicles 
Calendar Reminder: Student Holidays November 1-2
Happy Halloween!
Dia de los Muertos Celebrated November 1st and 2nd
Diwali Celebrated November 4th

High School Information
Interested in Joining the NHS?
2022 VA Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS)
News from HS Student Services
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

Class of 2022 Information
Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set
Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones
Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock
Order Your Senior Shirt!
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Class of 2022 Schoology Group

Middle School Information
News from MS Student Services
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!
Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Important Reminders
LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 
Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase
LBSS Peer Tutoring

PTSA Information
Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18 - November 24!
LBSS Directory!

FCPS Information
COVID-19 Screening Testing Updates
2022-23 School Year Calendar Survey
Fairfax County School Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm
FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

New Information REMINDER: Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due November 5

Impact Aid forms were distributed to students this past week in Advisory classes.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

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

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

More information is available online.

UPDATE for Homecoming

We understand that there are some concerns about the potential impact it will have on our scheduled Homecoming.  The Homecoming Dance is currently scheduled to remain outside.

Welcome Lake Braddock's New COVID Case Manager!

It is our pleasure to introduce one of our new COVID Case Managers. Katie Fox started in this position this week. Katie is from Vienna, Virginia and studied Health Sciences at James Madison University. She is interested in public health and improving the health and wellbeing of others. She ran cross country and track at JMU. Katie will be handling our COVID cases here at Lake Braddock and will be the person to contact you if the need arises. Welcome to LBSS, Katie!

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet (https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6). 

All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Marching Bruins Capture a Superior Rating at the VBODA!

We are excited to announce that the Lake Braddock Marching Band received its 40th consecutive Superior rating at the Virginia State Marching Band receiving straight ones in Visual and Music.  We are proud of the students and their work coming back this season!

Lake Braddock Theatre Presents The Heidi Chronicles

Get your tickets today at LBtheatre.com.!

Calendar Reminder: Student Holidays November 1-2

As a reminder, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher work days.  The Main Office will be open from 9am-3pm. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Happy Halloween!

Lake Braddock hopes everyone has a happy, and safe, Halloween this weekend! Consider the health department’s tips for a healthy Halloween before you venture out.

Dia de los Muertos Celebrated November 1st and 2nd

Dia de los Muertos, also known as The Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and is held on November 1 and 2. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died.

Diwali Celebrated November 4th

Diwali (duh-vaa-lee) will be observed on Thursday, November 4. You may notice that some of your classmates and teachers are absent on this day. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs (sicks) and some Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. You can greet friends who celebrate Diwali with “Happy Diwali”.  FCPS has designated Diwali as a reigious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

High School Information

The online New Member Application form is open and the link can be found on the LBSS website.

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

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

2022 VA Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video.

To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.

1.  Attend our school interest meeting which will take place on  Wednesday, November 3 during WIN in the Career Center. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.

2.  After attending the informational meeting, all students interested in applying to governor’s school can complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 9th. No late entries will be accepted. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain. 

Academic Interest Form 

Visual and Performing Arts Interest Form

3.  Complete the application for the specific program to which they wish to apply and return it to their school counselor who is supervising the Governor’s School application process.

Academic applications are due to the school on December 7, 2021

VPA applications are due to the school on January 28, 2022.

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link

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

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  Mrs. Veenstra

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera

News from HS Student Services

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

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

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

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

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

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

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Order Your Senior Shirt!

Seniors, you can now order your Senior shirt!  Store closes November 8th.  Order here!

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information News from MS Student Services

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

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

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

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

More information about the survey can be found here.  

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

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

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

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

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

  • In-Person Session on Tuesday, November 2 11:00 AM - 1:00PM in the Lecture Hall. (No registration required.)
  • En persona: Martes Nov. 2 de 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Colegio Lake Braddock Lecture Hall Entrada No.1.
  • 대면 세션은 11월2일, 화요일, 오전 11시부텨 오후 1시에 Lecture Hall에서 진행됩니다.(등록은 안 하셔도 됩니다.)

  • Virtual Session (English) on Monday, November 1 7:30 - 8:30 PM. To register for the Zoom link, please complete this form.
  • Zoom (Español) on Lunes November 8 de 7:30 - 8:30PM. Regístrese para la sesión ZOOM: form.
  • 영상 세션은 11월8일, 월요일,  저녁 7시30분-8시30분입니다.  Zoom 링크 등록을 원하시면, 위에 있는 form 을 클릭한 후, 양식을 작성하기 바랍니다. form.
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

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

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

PTSA Dining for Dollars at Glory Days October 18- November 24!

Glory Days Grill in Burke will contribute 10% of LBSS patrons' sales to the LBSS PTSA from October 18-November 24!  Simply ask your server for an itemized copy of your guest check and email it to [email protected] or drop it off at the LBSS front office.  

LBSS Directory!

Do you want to access our new Lake Braddock parent/student directory? Join the PTSA at lbssptsa.org/join.

Already a current LBSS PTSA member? Go to lakebraddockssptsa.membershiptoolkit.com and register your account. Initial registration for the directory must be done on a computer. After that, you can access it from a mobile device or computer. Download the app - Membership Toolkit- for easy access at your fingertips when you're on the go.

Students in the class of ‘22 have an additional reason to join the PTSA…scholarship opportunities! Join now and enjoy the membership perks all year long while supporting the PTSA so they can continue to support you!

FCPS Information COVID-19 Screening Testing Updates

FCPS’ requirement for student-athletes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing begins with the onset of the winter sports season. We will begin screening testing for student-athletes who are not fully vaccinated the week of November 15, not November 1 as previously planned.

Many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The adjustment will allow FCPS and its contractors time to ensure all components, including the portals are up and running and staff are fully trained.

In order to streamline the process for families who have to register multiple students, we’ve moved the start date for all student screening testing. We will share information about how to preregister and provide consent for COVID-19 testing through a secure online portal shortly.

For more details about FCPS COVID-19 screening testing, visit our website.

2022-23 School Year Calendar Survey

Wednesday, FCPS shared the 2022-23 Calendar Survey with the community and staff. Due to some technical issues, you may have had trouble opening the survey or it may have been redirected to spam or junk folders. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We will be sending out an updated version of the survey as soon as the technical issues are resolved.

We encourage you to complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Employees and students in grades 7-12 will be invited to take a similar survey as well. The results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the Fairfax County School Board as they work to adopt the 2022-23 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email [email protected].  

Also, mark your calendars for a virtual Calendar Community Meeting on Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.  

This year, FCPS is using a different process to develop the calendar. Learn about the criteria being used in the development of the 2022-23 calendar. about the calendar process in general.

Fairfax County School Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm

The Fairfax County School Board has contracted human resources recruitment firm GR Recruiting to conduct a nationwide search for the next Superintendent of Schools.

In July, Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced that the 2021-22 school year would be his last at FCPS. Dr. Brabrand has served the system for nearly 30 years, starting as an intern and ending as superintendent. “My goal in this school division has always been to meet the needs of every child, by name and by need,” Dr. Brabrand said, “I pledge to continue to serve through June 30, 2022, with the same love and passion for FCPS that I had when I started.”

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 22, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

This week there were several opportunities to enjoy our middle school students performing with Chorus and Orchestra.  We had our first in-person MS Chorus concert, along with the Area Chorus, since COVID-19 began. Here is a link for one one of their songs from that night. Our MS Chamber Orchestra performed the National Anthem at this week’s School Board meeting. We are grateful to our Chorus and Orchestra Directors for making this a possibliilty and we want to celebrate the hard work our students put into performing for our communitiy and FCPS. 

Next week we are excited to celebrate Homecoming Week with all our students, families, alumni and community.  Below you see some of the Advisory class door decorations contest we are doing as part of the activities.  There are several other events that we want to invite the community to including our family event on Thursday night with Trunk or Treat beginning at 5:30 pm followed by the outdoor movie experience at 6:30 pm featuring the film Halloweentown. These events are $5 per family and we hope to see many of you there.  Additional details of other activities throughout the week can be found below.

We end the 1st Quarter on Friday, October 29th.  Students will be on a 2-hour early release schedule on that day, which we have posted below.  Students are able to check StudentVue for an update on their grades and they are encouraged to contact teachers directly if they have any questions about assignments or their grades.

There is one additional topic that is important to bring to your atteniton, which is the COVID-19 screening teting for students.  This optional screening testing will begni the week of November 15. There's more detailed information in the FCPS Information section of this newsletter below.  You can also find more information about the COVID-19 testing on the FCPS website.

We hope to see you next week for any and all of our Homecoming festivities.  Please let us know how we can support your child’s needs as we close out the 1st Quarter.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

We are over the moon with these out of this world door designs for the HOCO Door Decorating contest!  Walking through the halls is sure to Sa-turn your frown upside down!  Bruins, Ju-piter recognize and not Nep-tune us out when the Lake Braddock staff says that you are our whole universe!

In this Issue

NEW Information
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due November 5
September Student of the Month Winners-Connected
Purchase Homecoming Game Tickets in Advance
HOCO Spirit Week October 25-29
LBSS Trunk-or-Treat and Movie Night October 28th
Parade and Bite of Braddock October 29
2020 Lair (High School YB) Earns Superior Rating!
Gift Card Drive for the Holidays 
Calendar Reminder: Two-Hour Early Release on October 29; Student Holidays November 1-2
2022 VA Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS)
Make Up Photos/Picture Retake Day October 28th

High School Information
Homecoming Announcements
Inova Blood Drive
Interested in Joining the National Honor Society?
News from HS Student Services
High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School Information
News from MS Student Services
Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!
Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!
Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Important Reminders
LB to Administer the Fairfax Youth Survey to 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase
DEA National Drug Take Back Day
LBSS Peer Tutoring
Digital Consent for Students
SR&R Reminder

PTSA Information
Fall SAT Prep Sessions

FCPS Information
COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff
Snow Days Will Stay: FCPS' Inclement Weather Approach for 2021-22
FCPS is Hiring Substitutes
Multilingual Parent Podcast:  Establishing Routines Helps with Time       Management

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

New Information Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Due November 5

Impact Aid forms were distributed to students this past week in Advisory classes.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

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

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

More information is available online.

September Student of the Month Winners-Connected

Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged.

 

September Student of the Month Winners – CONNECTED:

  • 12th: Janina Arnez
  • 11th: Diego Perez Pineda
  • 10th: Aurora Bustamante
  • 9th: Cyrus Bangerter
  • 8th: Nargis Ibrahimi
  • 7th: Grayson Richards

October’s theme is ADAPTABLE. October winners will be announced at the end of the month.

Purchase Homecoming Game Tickets in Advance

Avoid the line!  Buy Homecoming game tickets online here in advance!  Scan at the gate and enjoy the festivities of Lake Braddock vs Woodson next Friday, October 29th!  Adult tickets are $6; student tickets are $5.

HOCO Spirit Week October 25-29

Lake Braddock it is time to show your school spirit for the HOCO Spirit Week!  Join in each day for a new theme!

Parade and Bite of Braddock October 29

Join us on Friday, October 29th, as we kick off Homecoming weekend at Lake Braddock with a parade and Bite of Braddock with food, games and live music!

2020 Lair (High School Yearbook) Earns Superior Rating

The 2020 Lair, Lake Braddock's High School yearbook, earned a Superior rating from VHSL and was awarded Trophy Class at last weekend's State Championship.  The student editors for the book was Abigail Rashid and Victoria Brown.  Congrats!

Gift Card Drive for the Holidays

You can help give back to the Lake Braddock community this holiday season! You can support your Bruin community by donating gift cards to give to families in need. We are looking for gift cards to Walmart and Target ranging in $25 to $50 to help our families have a joyful season. Gift cards allow families to purchase their preferred holiday cuisine and gifts for their families. Thank you for your support!

Drop off Locations & Contact information:

            Nicole White 703-426-1039 (Middle School Student Services)

            Anna Ghafoori 703-426-1064 (High School Student Services)

Calendar Reminder: Two-Hour Early Release on October 29; Student Holidays November 1-2

As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Lake Braddock will dismiss at 12:45; Grab and Go Lunch will be available from 12:30-12:45.  Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher work days. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Below is the Bell Schedule for Friday, October 29th:

2022 VA Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video.

To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.

1.  Attend our school interest meeting which will take place on  Wednesday, November 3 during WIN in the Career Center. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.

2.  After attending the informational meeting, all students interested in applying to governor’s school can complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 9th. No late entries will be accepted. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain. 

Academic Interest Form 

Visual and Performing Arts Interest Form

3.  Complete the application for the specific program to which they wish to apply and return it to their school counselor who is supervising the Governor’s School application process.

Academic applications are due to the school on December 7, 2021

VPA applications are due to the school on January 28, 2022.

For the Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, please visit this link

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

Academics & Mentorship Programs:  Mrs. Veenstra

Visual & Performing Arts: Mrs. Carrera

High School Information Homecoming Ticket Information

Presale Tickets for Homecoming are now on sale for $15 in MSB until October 24th.  Students will then need to show their MSB receipt in order to pick up their actual physical ticket for the dance.  These tickets can be picked up during HS lunches the week of Homecoming. 

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

Inova Blood Drive

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

Interested in Joining the National Honor Society?

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

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

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

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

News from HS Student Services

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

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

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

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

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

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

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Order Your Senior Shirt!

Seniors, you can now order your Senior shirt!  Store closes November 8th.  Order here!

Second Date to Paint Parking Spot

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

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information News from MS Student Services

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

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!  Our school code is 13596.

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 25, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

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

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

More information about the survey can be found here.  

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

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

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

Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

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

  • In-Person Session on Tuesday, November 2 11:00 AM - 1:00PM in the Lecture Hall. (No registration required.)
  • En persona: Martes Nov. 2 de 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Colegio Lake Braddock Lecture Hall Entrada No.1.
  • 대면 세션은 11월2일, 화요일, 오전 11시부텨 오후 1시에 Lecture Hall에서 진행됩니다.(등록은 안 하셔도 됩니다.)

  • Virtual Session (English) on Monday, November 1 7:30 - 8:30 PM. To register for the Zoom link, please complete this form.
  • Zoom (Español) on Lunes November 8 de 7:30 - 8:30PM. Regístrese para la sesión ZOOM: form.
  • 영상 세션은 11월8일, 월요일,  저녁 7시30분-8시30분입니다.  Zoom 링크 등록을 원하시면, 위에 있는 form 을 클릭한 후, 양식을 작성하기 바랍니다. form.
White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

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

DEA National Drug Take Back Day

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

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

Digital Consent for Students

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

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

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

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

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

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

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA FCPS Information COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff

In support of our commitment to safety, Middle and High Schools will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15.

We will also provide no-cost testing for students participating in winter or spring sports and other activities requiring a physical. Student-athlete screening testing will begin the week of November 1. As a reminder, students are unable to participate in these activities unless they meet FCPS’ vaccination and testing requirements:

Student-athletes who are 16 and older

  • Are required to be fully vaccinated to participate in VHSL winter and spring sports or any activity requiring a physical, or have a medical or religious exemption.
  • Will be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test, if they have a medical or religious vaccination exemption.
  • May not participate in the activity if they are not fully vaccinated and do not have an exemption.
  • May not participate in the activity if they have an exemption but do not have a negative COVID-19 test every week.

Student-athletes ages 12-15

  • Who are not fully vaccinated by choice or due to a medical or religious exemption will be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test. 

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website.

Snow Days Will Stay: FCPS' Inclement Weather Approach for 2021-22

FCPS has announced updates to its inclement weather policy for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The first five inclement weather days will be traditional inclement weather days. These five days may occur consecutively due to a single weather event or may take place as several individual events. 
  • Once these five days have been taken, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible, to maintain continuity of learning. 

Find out more.

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

Multilingual Parent Podcast: Establishing Routines Helps with Time Management

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

In the latest podcast, hear suggestions for daily school routines to promote time management. Routines can offer parents a peace of mind and ease the stress of hectic days.

Listen and subscribe:

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 15, 2021

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Hello Bruin Families,

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

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

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

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

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

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

 

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

In this Issue

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

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

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

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

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

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
Fall SAT Prep Sessions

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

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

New Information October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

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

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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

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

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

More information is available online.

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

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

More information about the survey can be found here.  

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

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

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

Middle School SOS Wellness Screener

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

School Photos Distribution

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

Interested in Joining the National Honor Society?

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

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

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

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

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

Dessert on Broadway October 22

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

LBSS Teachers to Perform with Fairfax Wind Symphony

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

White House Ornaments Available for Purchase

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

Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

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

LBSS Golf Team State Runner Ups!

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

DEA National Drug Take Back Day

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

High School Information Homecoming Ticket Information

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

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

Inova Blood Drive

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

News from HS Student Services

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

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

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

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

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

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

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Senior Panoramic Picture October 22

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

Second Date to Paint Parking Spot

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

Senior Ads for Yearbook Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information News from MS Student Services

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

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Important Reminders Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Digital Consent for Students

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

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

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

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

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

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

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA PTA Reflection Contest

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

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

FCPS Information New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness

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

Quarantine Data Added to COVID-19 Metrics

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

FCPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers

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

Community Vaccination Clinic Now Open

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

The center offers:

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

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

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

Social and Emotional Learning Supports Students

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

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

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

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

Research shows that SEL provides numerous benefits to students including:

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

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

Learn more in our Healthy Minds Blog.

Community Participation at School Board Meetings

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

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

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 8, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

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

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

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

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

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

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

In this Issue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

News from MS and HS Student Services

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

Middle School Student Services Fall Newsletter

High School Student Services Fall Newsletter

Schoology Parent Account Help Sessions

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week

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

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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

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

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

More information is available online.

  Inova Blood Drive

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

Congrats to the Lake Braddock Golf Team!

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

High School Information   Homecoming Ticket Information

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

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

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

  Vaccination Requirement for Student Athletes

Medical Exemptions

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

Religious Exemptions

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

Age Exemption

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

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

  Green Day Activities

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Graduation Announcements and More from Herff Jones

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

Last Opportunity for Senior Portraits at Lake Braddock

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

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

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Senior Panoramic Picture October 22

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

Senior Ads for Yearbook Parking Spot Painting

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

Class of 2022 Schoology Group

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

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Important Reminders Important Calendar Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!

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

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

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

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

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

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

World Language Credit Exam Information

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

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

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

Digital Consent for Students

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

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

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

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

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

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

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

PTSA   PTA Reflection Contest

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

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

  Celebrate Spooky Season!

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

Kings Park Subway Spirit Night EVERY Tuesday

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

FCPS Information New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness

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

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

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

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

FCPS Receives School Divisions of Innovation Award

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

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

P-EBT Update for the 2021-22 School Year

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

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

What does this mean for Virginia?

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

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

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

Vax Up FCPS!

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

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

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

Work for FCPS: Job Openings in Fairfax County Public Schools

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

More information and applications are available online:

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

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

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

Week 1: Travel Safety Tips

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

 

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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LBSS Weekly News - October 1, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families,

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

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

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

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

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

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

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

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

PTSA Information
PTA Reflection Contest
PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation

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

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

New Information Lake Braddock Band Wins Grand Champions at Colgan Classic

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

Lake Braddock Senior Regional Orchestra Students

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

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

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

Homecoming Ticket Information

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

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

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

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

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

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

October is LGBTQ History Month

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

Saying Goodbye to Dr. John William Alwood

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

Student Pictures Now Available to View/Order Online!

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

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

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

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

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

Mask Reminder

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

LBSS Peer Tutoring

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

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

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

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

PSAT Reminder for 10th and 11th Graders

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

High School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

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

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

Green Day Activities

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

Class of 2022 Information Class of 2022 Graduation Day Set

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

Senior Shirt Design Contest

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

Parking Spot Painting Sign-Up for Seniors with Parking Passes

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

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

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

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

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

Middle School Information Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale!

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

Middle School yearbooks can be PERSONALIZED and purchased here!

Call for Pictures for the MS Yearbook!

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

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

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

Important Reminders Important Calendar Reminders

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

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

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

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

World Language Credit Exam Information

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

Click HERE for additional information on this opportunity!

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

Digital Consent for Students

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

Parental Consent for HS Digital Resources

Parental Consent for MS Digital Resources

SR&R Reminder

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

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

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

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

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Looking for Library Volunteers

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

Duties include:

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

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

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

PTSA PTA Reflection Contest

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

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

PTSA and Hunt Test Preparation 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Responding to Social Media Challenges

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

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

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

A Day as a Super Sub

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

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

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

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

FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Continues

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

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

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

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

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Late Bus Information

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

Purchase Tickets to Lake Braddock Athletic Events Thru ETIX

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

 

Schoology

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

Here is what you need to know now:

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

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

FCPS Cares

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

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.

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