LBSS Weekly News - February 26, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

Our staff has had the opportunity this week to spend Thursday and Friday focused on getting ready for concurrent learning.  As we make the shift with our Bruin community to concurrent learning, we have some critical updates for in-person students that was shared in an e-notify earlier this week. Here are the highlights:

Bell Schedule and Building Hours

  • Our New Bell Schedule is effective Monday, March 1st.
  • The building is open from 7:45 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.  Students must be supervised if they are at LBSS outside of those hours. Our school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and it is recommended that students arrive at school by 8:15 a.m.
  • To ensure social distancing, students will be asked to report directly to their classes or the cafeteria for breakfast. 

Arrival and Transportation

  • Bus information can be found in ParentVue under Student Info. Kiss and Ride areas will continue to be by the Bear near Door 1 and around the side of the building near door 3. 
  • Student Parking will be open the first week of school, and those selected for a parking spot should have received an email from Mr. May on February 25th.

Schedules

  • On a student's designated first day, they will report to their first period class. Their first period teacher will provide them a copy of their schedule and a map of the building. Administrators and school staff will be in the hallways greeting students and assisting them to get to their 1st class during the first few weeks of school.  

Health Commitment Form

  • Parents/guardians who chose in-school instruction for their child will be required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. The document indicates the parental/guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school each day. Families can complete this form in ParentVue OR submit the form to your child(ren’s) Subschool.

Additional Resources

We are excited to share a video our staff made for all of our students. There are components of this video that show our physical space and provide information on return to in-person learning, however the important message of this video is that we are all Bruins and we will all get through this together.  Regardless of whether students are coming in the building two days a week or learning from home full time, we are a family and we are here to support one another. Hey Bruins! Video

We are looking forward to transition to this next phase of engaging with our students through concurrent learning. As questions arise, please don't hesitate to ask your child's teachers, counselors or Subschool staff. We are all in this together and here to support one another. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources

NEW Information
Student Congratulations
New High School Director of Student Services
Two-Hour Early Release
Wipes Drive

NEW High School Information
11th Grade Counseling Unit
AP Exams
March Writing SOL for 11th Grade Students

NEW Middle School Information
Middle School Spelling Bee Results
Middle School After-School Program

Class of 2021 News
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Visitors to Lake Braddock
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

New Information Student Congratulations

Cassie Downs (11th) placed first in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition! In this national competition, students memorize two poems of their choice and strongly recite them for a panel of judges. Students must present confident presence, articulation, and interpretation of each poem. Cassie’s two poems were Love Song by Dorothy Parker and Across the Street by Austin Segrest. She will now go on to represent Lake Braddock at the state level on March 12. Beautiful job, Cassie!

Congratulations to Our New High School Director of Student Services

We have an update to our Administrative team that we are very excited to announce.  Anne Polino, currently our Acting High School Director of Student Services, has been offered and accepted the position of Director, Student Services (High School) at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Anne’s collaborative leadership style, forward thinking and attention to detail is impressive and she has done a tremendous job leading our HS Student Services this year. We are very excited to welcome her into this role in a permanent basis to continue working on the great things taking place in our HS Student Services and across our school!

Two-Hour Early Release on March 5

March 5 is a 2-hour early release day. The schedule is on our web site and shown below.

Wipes Drive

As preparations continue for returning to in-person learning, we, along with our PTSA, are collecting new unopened packages of antibacterial wipes for use in teacher work rooms as needed. Please feel free to drop off any donations at either Lake Braddock Secondary School – Door 1 or a porch drop off at 9714 Rolling Ridge Drive, Fairfax Station.

We thank you for your generosity as we welcome back our wonderful staff and students.

NEW High School Information 11th Grade Counseling Unit

On Friday, March 12th, the high school counselors will be meeting with their 11th grade students in a virtual meeting during WIN time. The counselors will cover important information about post-secondary options as well as the college application process. Students will receive a BBCU link from their counselors the day before the program. 

In conjunction with the classroom lesson, High School Student Services will host an 11th Grade Parent/Student Night on March 16th at 7:00 PM.  This virtual event will include five college admission representatives who will present on the following:

What should students be doing now?
The community college option
How do colleges make decisions?
Financial Aid/Scholarships & Private Schools
Managing the process and students making the final decision

A Google sign-up for the evening program will be available next week. 

AP Exams

To students who are taking at least one AP course this school year, please read the important information below.

We understand that many students and families have questions regarding the logistics of the AP Exam administration this year. Please know that we should expect to have answers to many of these questions by the end of the month.  Once we receive the information about the 2021 AP Exam administration, we be sure to share the details with the LB community.      

One of the questions that many students are asking is, “How do I opt-out/cancel an AP exam?” If this is something you would like to do at this time, please have your parent/guardian contact Lynn Carrera (contact information below) by Monday, March 8, 2021. However, if you change your mind and decide you want to test after we have removed your name from our AP exam order, you will be charged a $40 late exam order fee for each exam.

For students who paid for an AP exam but are choosing to opt-out of that exam and want to request a refund:  At the end of the month, we will make a Google form available for you to complete. Refunds will be processed after AP Exam administration is completed. ONLY STUDENTS REQUESTING A REFUND NEED TO COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM. 

If you have questions, please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu
Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

March Writing SOL for 11th Grade Students

All students enrolled in English 11 will take the Writing SOL on Monday, March 15 and Monday, March 22. (Students who have elected to remain virtual are still expected to return to the building to test, unless parents complete a COVID-related testing refusal form.) Specific testing locations and times will be emailed to students on March 5th. However, there are several form deadlines on Friday, February 26 regarding COVID-related testing refusal, bus transportation requests, and single-day test intent. A brief overview and links to these forms can be found on the March SOL Writing 2021 Quick Links and Schedule page.

Please visit the LBSS March High School Writing SOL Information for more information about the March Writing SOL at Lake Braddock and about COVID-related testing refusals.

NEW Middle School Information Middle School Spelling Bee Results

We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of the middle school students whom participated in our 2021 LBMS Spelling Bee.

Also, we would like to congratulate our top 3 spellers this year for an awesome performance:

1st Place: Kaitlin Schapira (7th grade)

2nd Place: Kara Kweon (7th grade)

3rd Place: Noah Isimirah (7th grade)

Kaitlin will be moving onto the next round to represent Lake Braddock Secondary School at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March, in hopes of qualifying for Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Best of Luck!!! 

Middle School After-School Program

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • LB Chess Club
  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Talk
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

Coming Soon

  • Game Club will introduce Mario Kart Tour (3/1)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

Class of 2021 News Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

  • March 17 @ 7:00 PM in English
  • March 24 @ 7:00 pm in Spanish
  • Hosted by our School Based Technology Specialists: Sarah Olson and Carin Frank

LBSS's School Based Technology Specialist would like to bring you an Executive Functioning in the Digital World Parent Academy Event. In this session, you will learn about various ways to support your student with navigating and excelling in this new digital world. Topics may include:

  • How to help your students organize their Google Drive
  • Tech shortcuts to help students work faster
  • How to use your camera to show and submit work (Snagit, Laptop Camera, Google Image, Uploading From Your Phone)
  • Organize with To Do Lists using Google Keep
  • Problem Solving in the Digital World: Better ways to Google Search
  • Organize your Student's Email Inbox
  • And more!

Register by March 16 using this link: this survey

Questions? Contact Sarah Olson (English) at solson@fcps.edu or Carin Frank (English/Spanish) at jcfrank@fcps.edu

 

Labor Ejecutiva en el Mundo Digital

  • 17 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. en inglés
  • 24 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. en español
  • Organizado por las Especialistas Técnicas de nuestro colegio: Sarah Olson y Carin Frank

A las Especialistas Técnicas del colegio L.B.S.S. les gustaría ofrecer un programa Académico para Padres en cuanto a la Labor Ejecutiva en el Mundo Digital. En esta sesión, aprenderán varias formas de ayudar a sus estudiantes a navegar y sobresalir en este nuevo mundo digital. Estaría interesado en asistir a una sesión sobre: (Elija todas las opciones que correspondan) *

  • Cómo ayudar a sus alumnos a organizar su Google Drive
  • Implementar otras vías técnicas para ayudar a los estudiantes a trabajar más rápido
  • Cómo usar su cámara para mostrar y enviar trabajos (Snagit, cámara de computadora portátil, imagen de Google, carga desde su teléfono)
  • Organizar listas de tareas pendientes, tomando notas con Google Keep
  • Resolviendo problemas en el mundo digital: usando técnicas más efectivas para búsquedas en Google
  • Organizar los correos electrónicos que recibe su estudiante
  • Y más!

Regístrese antes del 16 de marzo usando este enlace: esta encuesta

¿Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Stella Zoccoli-Perez a szoccoliperez@fcps.edu oa Sra. Carin Frank a jcfrank@fcps.edu

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) for Current Sophomores – FINAL PRESENTATION

  • March 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation. Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

FCPS Mental Health Resources Important LBSS Contact Information Attendance Procedures
  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
Calendar At A Glance March 5 - Early Release Day March 8 - Teacher Planning Day March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break  How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - February 19, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

I hope that our students, staff and families were able to enjoy the snow day yesterday.  We have many things happening over the next few weeks as we prepare for students to return on March 2nd and March 9th. 

  • Monday, February 22 - Teacher Planning Day
  • Thursday, February 25 - Asynchronous Learning for All Students
  • Friday, February 26 - Asynchronous Learning for All Students
  • Monday, March 1 - Teacher Planning day
  • Friday, March 5 - Early Release Day
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Planning Day

One additional announcement regarding students returning to school is a Town Hall with Mrs. Kearns and myself, in partnership with the Lake Braddock PTSA, at 6 pm on Thursday, February 25.  The registration information for this event will be available next week on the PTSA website: http://lbssptsa.org/

Additional information regarding returning to school is below in this newsletter.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor and Subschool administrator for any additional questions you may have. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources
Return to School Schedule
Return to School Orientation
Virtual or In-Person?
Parent Health Commitment Form (deadline of February 19)
Meal Service (NEW)
Transportation

NEW Information
National Merit Scholarship Finalists
LBSS Broadcasting
Submissions to LBSS Literary Magazine

NEW High School Information
AP Exams
PSAT Exams for 11th Grade Students

NEW Middle School Information
Valentine's Day Kindness Cards
MS Orchestra Concert

Class of 2021 News
Come Connect Over Cocoa
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Visitors to Lake Braddock
Black History Month
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
TJHSST Application Process
Middle School After-School Program
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

 

Return to School Schedule

Grades 8, 9 and 12 will return in person on March 2. Grades 7, 10 and 11 will return on March 9. When students return to school, they will be assigned two in-person days:

  • Last Name A-K -- Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Last Name L-Z -- Thursdays and Fridays

The other days will be virtual instruction.

School hours are 8:20 am - 2:50 pm. The doors will open for student entrance at 7:45 am. Please do not send your student to school prior to 7:45 am.

Return to School Orientation

All students will receive information on procedures for returning to in-person instruction during Advisory on Wednesday, February 24th. This lesson will provide students with information on procedures for entering the building, hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, water fountains, social distancing and new health and safety routines.

In addition, newly registered students who have selected in-person instruction have been sent an invitation to tour the building on March 1st. Tours will be provided by our high school SGA and Bruin Ambassadors.  

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form -- New Details

Whether your student is returning in person or remaining virtual, FCPS requests all parents/guardians complete a Parent Health Commitment Form. While the form is required for in-person students, it is helpful for virtual students in the event they participate in athletics or co-curricular activities. 

There are two ways to provide the form:

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

The deadline for submission of this form is Friday, February 19, 2021.

Meal Service

Once we return to in-person instruction, breakfast and lunch will still be provided to students at no cost. The Cafeteria is set up with individual desks for social distancing. Initially, the Cafeteria is serving cold pre-packaged meals. Use this link to view the planned menus.

Transportation

If your student will be riding a bus, the Transportation Department will load that information into SIS Student and ParentVue under Student Info > Transportation. The specific bus routes and times will be available at least one week prior to your student's return date and is only available on the website and not the app.

If you have specific questions regarding your student's bus information, please call Transportation directly at (703) 446-2050. Please do not call the school directly.

New Information National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to LB Seniors Colin McGee, Rylee Montague, and Cameron Wells, on being named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Colin, Rylee and Cameron will now be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2021. 

LBSS Broadcasting

The LBSS Broadcast students would like to present to you their specialty series in honor of Black History Month. Starting us off is an interview with Jummy Olabanji from NBC4! Coming up you will have a chance to hear from Dawn Aston, a local bakery owner, and some of our own administrators and staff here at Lake Braddock. Visit the Bruin Television Youtube Channel to view these exclusive interviews and more:  https://youtu.be/HWiQEoynvDQ.

Black History Month Concert

We celebrated Black History Month with a concert by our Dean of Students, Travis Tucker.  This live concert was held during the lunch period on Facebook Live.  You can see the recording of this concert here: BHM Live Concert

Submissions to LBSS Literary Magazine

The LBSS Literary Magazine Smoke Signals is now open for submissions to the 2021 edition! If you are interested in being published in an award-winning school publication, here is your chance. Use this link with a non-FCPS email to send in written pieces ranging anywhere from poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, or fiction, as well as visual art such as photography, digital art, traditional art, graphic design, or even photographed ceramics. Anyone can enter work, and may submit multiple pieces if they would like to. Email lblitmag@gmail.com with any questions you may have!

NEW High School Information AP Exams

To students who are taking at least one AP course this school year, please read the important information below.

We understand that many students and families have questions regarding the logistics of the AP Exam administration this year. Please know that we should expect to have answers to many of these questions by the end of the month.  Once we receive the information about the 2021 AP Exam administration, we be sure to share the details with the LB community.      

One of the questions that many students are asking is, “How do I opt-out/cancel an AP exam?” If this is something you would like to do at this time, please have your parent/guardian contact Lynn Carrera (contact information below) by Monday, March 8, 2021. However, if you change your mind and decide you want to test after we have removed your name from our AP exam order, you will be charged a $40 late exam order fee for each exam.

For students who paid for an AP exam but are choosing to opt-out of that exam and want to request a refund:  At the end of the month, we will make a Google form available for you to complete. Refunds will be processed after AP Exam administration is completed. ONLY STUDENTS REQUESTING A REFUND NEED TO COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM. 

If you have questions, please email our AP Testing Team:

Jennifer Bury - JABury@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera – LNCarrera@fcps.edu
Megan Cashman - MTCashman@fcps.edu

PSAT Exams for 11th Grade Students

All students enrolled in English 11 will take the Writing SOL on Monday, March 15 and Monday, March 22. (Students who have elected to remain virtual are still expected to return to the building to test, unless parents complete a COVID-related testing refusal form.) Specific testing locations and times will be emailed to students on March 5th. However, there are several form deadlines on Friday, February 26 regarding COVID-related testing refusal, bus transportation requests, and single-day test intent. A brief overview and links to these forms can be found on the March SOL Writing 2021 Quick Links and Schedule page.

Please visit the LBSS March High School Writing SOL Information for more information about the March Writing SOL at Lake Braddock and about COVID-related testing refusals.

NEW Middle School Information Valentine's Day Kindness Cards

The Middle School Bruins In Action and the LBSS Philanthropy Club have collected and delivered well over 100 student-created Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards to residents of our two partner senior center facilities, Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center and Heatherwood Retirement Community! Although Valentine’s Day is over, we will continue to share our love and make a second delivery of Kindness Cards at the end of February. We have so many more cards that need to be distributed. Thank YOU LB Community!

MS Orchestra Concert

We hope you were able to join us for the Middle School Orchestra Concert on February 17. If not, please enjoy the recording here.

Class of 2021 News Come Connect over Cocoa

On Feb. 22 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Lake Braddock will host an event for the Class of 2021:  Come Connect over Cocoa. This event will provide Seniors an opportunity to connect with friends and with Lake Braddock as they begin their countdown to Graduation. 

Click this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior_class  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • LB Chess Club
  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Talk
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

Coming Soon

  • Game Club will introduce Mario Kart Tour (3/1)

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

LBSS Virtual Art Night – Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms!

  • February 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Stokes and Ms. Brobst & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own "Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms" watercolor painting! You can make your own or work together with a family member. We look forward to creating with you!

Needed materials: basic set of watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrush(s), and a smile.

Register by February 21st at http://bit.ly/SpringArtatLBSS

Questions? Please contact Ms. Brobst at kebrobst@fcps.edu or Ms. Stokes at jastokes@fcps.edu

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving for Current Sophomores

  • February 22, 2021 at 7 PM
  • Hosted by: 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teachers

Parents/Guardians of current LBSS sophomores, please join us for one of the final two Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentations on February 22 or March 22 at 7 PM.  Families can access the link for the presentation through their student’s Driver Education Teacher’s google classroom. Students MUST attend the presentation with one parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians must be seated with their student with the camera on to verify participation.  Note - All sophomores that have not yet attended the presentation, need to attend one of the remaining dates in order to fulfill the requirement.  

Register with your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Questions? Please contact your student’s 10th grade LBSS Health and Physical Education Teacher. If your LBSS student is in 11th or 12th grade and has not yet fulfilled their requirement, please contact Ms. Fillare.

 

LBSS Parent Coffee

  • February 25 2021 @ 6 PM
    Hosted by PTSA and LBSS Principals

Registration information will be provided by the PTSA

 

Executive Functioning in the Digital World

  • March 17th @ 7:00 PM in English
  • March 24th @ 7:00 pm in Spanish
  • Hosted by our School Based Technology Specialists: Sarah Olson and Carin Frank

LBSS's School Based Technology Specialists would like to bring you an Executive Functioning in the Digital World Parent Academy Event. In this session, you will learn about various ways to support your student with navigating and excelling in this new digital world. Topics may include:

  • How to help your students organize their Google Drive
  • Tech shortcuts to help students work faster
  • How to use your camera to show and submit work (Snagit, Laptop Camera, Google Image, Uploading From Your Phone)
  • Organize with To Do Lists using Google Keep
  • Problem Solving in the Digital World: Better ways to Google Search
  • Organize your Student's Email Inbox
  • And more!

Register by March 16th using this link: this survey

Questions? Contact Sarah Olson (English) at solson@fcps.edu or Carin Frank (English/Spanish) at jcfrank@fcps.edu

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - February 12, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been busy with Winter Sports postseason events and the PTSA Parent Coffee meeting, where information was shared on returning to in-person learning.  It has been wonderful to connect with our families and support our student athletes.  Good luck to our athletes were are still competing in postseason events!

We are working hard to ensure our students, staff and building are prepared to shift to in-person instruction, beginning as early as next week.  There are some adjustments that will impact all of our students, including the new bell schedule starting on Tuesday, February 16th.  As many of our families start to shift to in-person instruction, FCPS has put together some additional resources to help provide information about returning to school and reducing the spread of the Coronavirus. 

We have a special opportunity for students new to Lake Braddock to get familiar with the building prior to the first day students return.  Please see the announcement below for more information.  

Mrs. Kearns and I will have another parent coffee at 6 pm on Thursday, February 25th to provide the latest return to school information and answer questions.  Mark your calendars!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Return to School Information
FCPS Return to School Resources
Return to School Schedule
Return to School Orientation
New Bell Schedules
Virtual or In-Person?
Parent Health Commitment Form (deadline of February 19)
Transportation

NEW Information
LB DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise
Congratulations Savannah Traine!
Visitors to Lake Braddock
Library Curbside Pick-up

NEW Middle School Information
MS Orchestra Concert

Class of 2021 News
Come Connect Over Cocoa
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Continuing News
Black History Month
Kindness Notes
PSAT for 10th Graders
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
TJHSST Application Process
Middle School After-School Program
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Return to School Information FCPS Return to School Resources

FCPS has provided a number of resources for students and families to help prepare for the return to in-school instruction.

Stop the Spread Information

Stop the Spread Video

FCPS Ready to Return Video

FCPS Return to School Guide

 

Return to School Schedule

Grades 8, 9 and 12 will return in person on March 2. Grades 7, 10 and 11 will return on March 9. When students return to school, they will be assigned two in-person days:

  • Last Name A-K -- Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Last Name L-Z -- Thursdays and Fridays

The other days will be virtual instruction.

School hours are 8:20 am - 2:50 pm. The doors will open for student entrance at 7:45 am. Please do not send your student to school prior to 7:45 am.

Return to School Orientation

All students will be receiving information on procedures for returning to in-person instruction during Advisory on Wednesday, February 24th. This lesson will provide students with information on procedures for entering the building, hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, water fountains, social distancing and new health and safety routines. In addition, an optional opportunity will be sent to newly registered students who have selected in-person instruction to come tour the building on March 1st. An eNotify message will be sent to these identified families on Tuesday, February 16th with a signup genius to select a time. Tours will be provided by our high school SGA and Bruin Ambassadors.  

New Bell Schedules

As we stated last week, a new bell schedule will go into effect on Tuesday, February 16 through March 1. Starting March 2, we will implement a new, final bell schedule which allows for five lunch periods for those students attending in person. Both bell schedules can be found on our web site.

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form -- New Details

Whether your student is returning in person or remaining virtual, FCPS requests all parents/guardians complete a Parent Health Commitment Form. While the form is required for in-person students, it is helpful for virtual students in the event they participate in athletics or co-curricular activities. 

There are two ways to provide the form:

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

The deadline for submission of this form is Friday, February 19, 2021.

Transportation

If your student will be riding a bus, the Transportation Department will load that information into SIS Student and ParentVue under Student Info > Transportation. The specific bus routes and times will be available at least one week prior to your student's return date and is only available on the website and not the app.

If you have specific questions regarding your student's bus information, please call Transportation directly at (703) 446-2050. Please do not call the school directly.

New Information Lake Braddock DECA Recognized for Outstanding School-Based Enterprise (SBE)

Under the management of seniors Maddie Cahill and Brian Ager, DECA’s Spirit Box, the school-based enterprise at Lake Braddock, was awarded Gold Level Re-Certification for the 2020-2021 school year and will be recognized during DECA’s Virtual International Career Development Conference this April 19-23, 2021.

Run through the Entrepreneurship classes, Spirit Box sells products through its vending machine at school. With the building closed, the students worked hard to adjust to new channels of distribution selling laptop skins through My School Bucks. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  

SBEs can be certified at three levels: bronze, silver or gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that explains how the SBE demonstrates the practice of various marketing and retail standards. A national review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

Congratulations Savannah Traine!

Savannah Traine (11 grade) won 1st place at the 2021 Year of the OX New Year’s Greeting Card (Nengajo) Contest. This is a national contest, and her amazing card was chosen as the 1st place in the HS Comical card category from about 500 entries. A certificate and prize was presented to Savannah by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Happy Lunar New Year (2/12/2021)!

Visitors to Lake Braddock

In an effort to reduce the amount of visitors to Lake Braddock, all visitors must have an appointment prior to coming to the school. If you do have an appointment, please complete the Covid-19 Health Questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form at least one day prior to coming in.

If you need information or have a question, please either check our web site or call the main office (703-426-1000) first. Chances are your question can be answered in that way. Thank you for your cooperation.

Library Curbside Pick-up

Due to the Presidents Day School Holiday, there will be no Library Curbside Pickup this Monday, February 15, 2021.  Weekly library Curbside Pickup/drop off will resume Monday, February 22 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm), outside Door #1. Lake Braddock Library books can be returned any school day during school hours by placing them on the library return book cart in the school’s main entrance lobby, inside Door #1.

NEW Middle School Information MS Orchestra Concert

Next Wednesday, February 17, our Middle School Orchestras will present a virtual concert. You must register in advance using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeGvrjssHtA1sx_pxR2nTE-SOH8-wDUq

Class of 2021 News Come Connect over Cocoa

On Feb. 22 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Lake Braddock will host an event for the Class of 2021:  Come Connect over Cocoa. This event will provide Seniors an opportunity to connect with friends and with Lake Braddock as they begin their countdown to Graduation. 

Click this link: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/senior_class  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Continuing News Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

LBSS Virtual Art Night – Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms!

  • February 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Stokes and Ms. Brobst & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own "Spring is in the Air with Cherry Blossoms" watercolor painting! You can make your own or work together with a family member. We look forward to creating with you!

Needed materials: basic set of watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrush(s), and a smile.

Register by February 21st at http://bit.ly/SpringArtatLBSS

Questions? Please contact Ms. Brobst at kebrobst@fcps.edu or Ms. Stokes at jastokes@fcps.edu

 

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - February 5, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week, we heard a final vote from the Fairfax County School Board on students returning to the building for in-person learning. Some students will return starting on February 16th and many of our students will return in March. 

  • February 16th - Adapted Curriculum Program
  • March 2nd - 8th, 9th & 12th Grade Students
  • March 9th - 7th, 10th & 11th Grade Students

At Lake Braddock and across FCPS, we will implement a revised bell schedule beginning on February 16th. This schedule maximizes instructional time, while providing one lunch period and we will use this bell schedule from February 16th-26th. Once students return on March 2nd, we will implement a new bell schedule with multiple lunch periods, to accommodate social distancing and mitigation strategies in our cafeteria. This bell schedule will be shared with our community on Friday, February 19. Currently our administrative team is finalizing some of the details for the in-person return to learning. More detailed information regarding the return to school will be coming out in the near future. 

There is a PTSA meeting on February 10th at 7:00 pm where Mrs. Kearns and myself will be discussing return to school information and answering parent questions. Registration information will soon be posted in the PTSA Facebook group, on the PTSA Website, and in their eNews next week.

We look forward to seeing students back in the building in March.  In the meantime, we are hear to answer your questions.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's subschool administrator, Mrs. Kearns or myself. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
New Bell Schedule
Parent Health Commitment Form
Black History Month
Student Congratulations
Kindness Notes
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
PTSA for 10th Graders
College Partnership Program Application
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All New Bell Schedule

At Lake Braddock and across FCPS, we will implement a revised bell schedule beginning on February 16th through February 26th. You can download a printable version of our new bell schedule here

Virtual or In-Person?

In order to determine whether your student is slated to return to school for in-person instruction, please login to your ParentVue account and follow these instructions:

  1. Once logged in, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click on Student Info.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what you selected for your student.
    1. If you requested in-person instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School In-Person.”
    2. If you requested virtual instruction, you will see “Intend to Attend School Online.”

If you have a questions about your student’s placement, please contact the Director of Student Services for your student. 

Kristin Girardin
Acting MS DSS
kegirardin@fcps.edu

Anne Polino
Acting HS DSS
acpolino@fcps.edu

Parent Health Commitment Form

As students return to school, parents/guardians will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) may return to the school building. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. You have two options to provide your response.

Responding Electronically in ParentVUE:

  • All parents who have indicated their child will attend in-school instruction will have access to this information in ParentVUE. Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

Responding on a Paper Form:

  • If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions at Parent Health Commitment Form.

One parent/guardian must acknowledge the commitment one time prior to their child coming to school in-person. Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. Once one parent has completed the Health Screening Commitment form, the form will no longer appear in ParentVUE for any related parent.

Black History Month

As we continue through Black History Month, we'd like to share a number of resources that support our school's instructional focus:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture Established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) publishes several scholarly works and established Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month.

The Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission website includes the following resources:

Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

o RESOURCES from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission

o RESOURCES from the Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

RESOURCES from the 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia.

Student Congratulations

A Bruin congratulations goes to Tirth Dave, Natania Elias, James Lee, Gillian Oliver and Vaishnavi Punaji for becoming interns for the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program (FCYLP). This program is designed to educate and motivate students to become engaged citizens and leaders in the community. They will participate in monthly meetings and a paid 3-week summer internship with a department of Fairfax County government. We look forward to them representing Lake Braddock well and bringing new ideas to local government.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

College Partnership Program Applications

Applications are now available for the College Partnership Program (CPP).  The program goals are to increase the academic achievement of underachieving students and to increase the number of students, particularly first generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Through monthly school-based meetings and numerous opportunities on the county level, CPP members and their parents are provided with opportunities to successfully navigate the home, school, and college continuum. 

Students can apply online or with the paper application. The applications are due by March 19. 

Here is the link to the online application:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFcGtqh77--ecJvlAfi-GR_WD0d6XIpuR6qJpvsbaZp_z0bw/viewform.  Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application.  If you would like a paper application, please see your counselor or Ms. Veenstra in High School Student Services. 

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, February 25 during lunch and after school for interested students and parents. Current students will give testimony to their experience with CPP and we will have an activity that is typical of a CPP meeting.  Interested students may also join an upcoming CPP meeting on either Thursday, February 11 or Thursday, March 11.  Just let Ms. Veenstra know so she can provide a link to the meeting.

If you have any questions about CPP, please contact Margaret Veenstra at mjveenstra@fcps.edu or (703) 426-1033.

Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form has been extended to Friday, February 12.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Feb 2021):

  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • DC Sports Club
  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Resiliency in a Time of COVID

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, students from the LBSS Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group delivered our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.” They shared their findings from data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children. One of the most powerful parts of this session was that it was student-led by middle and high school students at Lake Braddock. Our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group members collected data on mental health struggles that LB students are facing right now. They created the survey, collected data, and put together the presentation. Check back soon because this talented group is also working on potential lessons for Advisory to support this work. We are so proud of this group and grateful for the powerful message and session!

If you missed the presentation, you can find the recording here:

"Resiliency in a Time of COVID" - recording_1

Teenage Brain and Drug Trends Series

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Teenage Brain and Drug Trends series and attended our live sessions. Below you will find the recordings to all 3 sessions and the exit surveys for each session. Please feel free to share the recordings with other parents, family, friends, and staff members. We feel this is important information that everyone could benefit from. Also, please email me if you have any questions regarding to the presentations or would like to talk more about substance use as it relates to your students.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
Recording: https://youtu.be/Pi8nUfe8Fas
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/UqC4Hg7TKKENFGGZ6

Session #2: Drugs & the Teenage Brain
Recording: https://youtu.be/tcxxBE6TbYQ
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/FhUXSHj8vESQC5Q36

Session #3: Drug Trends in teens: Identifying Common Household Substances & Drug Culture
Recording: https://youtu.be/7x2BcvZt4lg
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/Bgtf2kiKxAEPg9vg6

Thank you!

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Email: jlgiffin@fcps.edu

 

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Weekly News - January 29, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week, our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group presented our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.”  They used data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience.  Following the student presentation, the Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children.  We are grateful to the students and Ms. Pack for their research and presentation to our community.  We know mental health is a concern for our students and families, and we are very appreciative for this timely conversation.  Students will be further discussing this topic through their Advisory class in the coming weeks.  The recording of the student presentation and Ms. Pack’s parent presentation are linked below, as well as on our Parent Academy webpage with our other previous Parent Academy events. 

Next month, February, is Black History Month.  Lake Braddock staff are coming together to plan various activities to honor and celebrate our Black and African American students, families, faculty and community members. Some of the activities include a speaker circuit with voluntary attendance to all students, presentations through Advisory Class celebrating influential figures in Black History, and student created presentations celebrating and informing about Black History.

Additionally, next week is National Counselor Appreciation Week. Our counselors bring expertise that is invaluable to our school community.  They invest time in building strong relationships with our students and families.  Their training, partnership and passion for our community directly attributes to the tremendous impact on our school community.  Please take a moment next week to send them a note of appreciation.    

We have completed the first half of the year and are looking into the future with optimism that we will have more of our students back in the building soon. As always, we are here for you and your family with needs you have.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Region 4 Principal of the Year
Student of the Month  Winners
Outstanding Interpretation Ward Winners
Murals at Lake Braddock
Kindness Notes
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
PTSA for 10th Graders
College Partnership Program Application
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School Spelling Bee
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

LBSS PTSA News
PTSA Auction

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Dr. Smith named Region 4 Principal of the Year

Dr. Smith has been named the Region 4 Outstanding Principal of the Year for the 2020-21 school year, as part of the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards.  Dr. Smith is a finalist for Outstanding Principal of the Year for Fairfax County Public Schools, which will be named later this coming spring.  

Student of the Month Winners - #BruinsCARE

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. 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. Read more about the attributes here (attach PDF).

January Student of the Month Winners - #BruinsCARE (all 4 attributes):

  • 7th grade: Jayden Quintero
  • 8th grade: Markos Temesghen
  • 9th grade: Aslin Mitchell
  • 10th grade: Kaila Peterson
  • 11th grade: Aidan Franklyn
  • 12th grade: Taylor Brooke

February’s theme is CONNECTED. We look forward to highlighting more students soon!

Outstanding Interpretation Award Winners

The Northern Virginia District PTA has awarded the Outstanding Interpretation Award to the  following entries:

Literature Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Kaleidoscope"

Music Composition, Special Artist Division, Jake Sizemore, "I Matter For Me"

Photography, Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Perseverance"

Visual Arts, Special Artist Division, Ashley Groves, "In the Time of Covid"

Congratulations! These entries will advance to the Virginia State PTA Level.

Murals at Lake Braddock

Congratulations to LB student, Jessica Hosken, for completing her Eagle Scout project this past week. Here is Jessie's story:

I was inspired to create multiple murals for my Eagle project after seeing other schools and what they had on their walls.  I wanted to do something that would brighten the hallways of Lake Braddock and make it a more exciting, inviting and inspiring place.  It was hard narrowing down my ideas with available locations in the school and also time restrictions.  I started working on ideas for this project last spring and created a business flocking peoples yards in order to cover all of the expenses of my project.  Usually an Eagle project would take place over a weekend or two but due to Covid limitations I had to revise that plan and was able to complete the project by going in every Monday since September for a total of 350 volunteer hours.  I was able to have a total of 4 people in the building at a time.  I am grateful to everyone who volunteered their time to help with my project:  Jenny Hosken, Dennis Hosken, Erica Hosken, Emma Kate Allman, Audrey DeVore, Ethan Duke, Maddie Duke, Caitlyn Kennedy, Samantha Lauer, Abby Morris, Olivia Preston & Kiersten Schmitt.

Each mural has its own story and here is why I selected them: 

I am in band and have really enjoyed my opportunities in the Performing Arts department. I wanted "Create" to be bright, exciting and reflect the multifaceted opportunities for Lake Braddock students. I loved the quote for "Today" and wanted it to be in a location where it would be highly visible and a positive reminder for everyone.

Since I was little I have enjoyed STEAM activities ranging from the Science & Engineering festival to the Kings Park & Kings Glen STEAM night and even had STEAM themed birthday parties.  I wanted to reflect that excitement with something colorful in the science wing.

Both bears, the one in the front hall and the one by the lecture hall, were an important part of my project because I wanted to share school spirit & pride in being a Bruin.  

The "Mountains" mural encompasses not only where you currently are, the coordinates around the compass are for Lake Braddock, and the mountains are there to reflect where you are going because education prepares you for the future and that can be anything you want it to be.  'Be Prepared' is the Scouts BSA motto and by heeding that advice you really can do anything you set your mind to do.  This project is something I have thought about doing for a long time and ever since the Boy Scouts of America opened to girls in 2019 I knew I wanted to be an Eagle Scout.  Being able to complete this project for my school community and helping me complete that goal has been an amazing experience.    

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KHcbQyA8FYvsveDu8

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information PSAT for 10th Graders

On Monday, April 19, LBSS will host PSAT 10 for sophomores only. Testing specifics and the link for registration will be posted on March 1. However, the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for the PSAT 10 is February 12. For more information, please visit the LBSS PSAT Parent Notification link.

College Partnership Program Applications

Applications are now available for the College Partnership Program (CPP).  The program goals are to increase the academic achievement of underachieving students and to increase the number of students, particularly first generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Through monthly school-based meetings and numerous opportunities on the county level, CPP members and their parents are provided with opportunities to successfully navigate the home, school, and college continuum. 

Students can apply online or with the paper application. The applications are due by March 19. 

Here is the link to the online application:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFcGtqh77--ecJvlAfi-GR_WD0d6XIpuR6qJpvsbaZp_z0bw/viewform.  Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application.  If you would like a paper application, please see your counselor or Ms. Veenstra in High School Student Services. 

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, February 25 during lunch and after school for interested students and parents. Current students will give testimony to their experience with CPP and we will have an activity that is typical of a CPP meeting.  Interested students may also join an upcoming CPP meeting on either Thursday, February 11 or Thursday, March 11.  Just let Ms. Veenstra know so she can provide a link to the meeting.

If you have any questions about CPP, please contact Margaret Veenstra at mjveenstra@fcps.edu or (703) 426-1033.

Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, February 5.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School Spelling Bee
  • Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school-level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

New Activities (as of Jan 2021):

  • OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) Club
  • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
  • LB Cyber Security
  • LB Dungeons & Dragons
  • Yoga Club
  • DC Sports Club

Coming Soon (Feb 2021):

  • Virtual Board Games
  • Lens Photography Club

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Resiliency in a Time of COVID

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, students from the LBSS Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group delivered our virtual Parent Academy Mental Health Night, “Resiliency in a Time of COVID.” They shared their findings from data collected from LBSS students regarding mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Janene Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, presented a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their children. One of the most powerful parts of this session was that it was student-led by middle and high school students at Lake Braddock. Our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group members collected data on mental health struggles that LB students are facing right now. They created the survey, collected data, and put together the presentation. Check back soon because this talented group is also working on potential lessons for Advisory to support this work. We are so proud of this group and grateful for the powerful message and session!

If you missed the presentation, you can find the recording here:

"Resiliency in a Time of COVID" - recording_1

Teenage Brain and Drug Trends Series

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Teenage Brain and Drug Trends series and attended our live sessions. Below you will find the recordings to all 3 sessions and the exit surveys for each session. Please feel free to share the recordings with other parents, family, friends, and staff members. We feel this is important information that everyone could benefit from. Also, please email me if you have any questions regarding to the presentations or would like to talk more about substance use as it relates to your students.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
Recording: https://youtu.be/Pi8nUfe8Fas
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/UqC4Hg7TKKENFGGZ6

Session #2: Drugs & the Teenage Brain
Recording: https://youtu.be/tcxxBE6TbYQ
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/FhUXSHj8vESQC5Q36

Session #3: Drug Trends in teens: Identifying Common Household Substances & Drug Culture
Recording: https://youtu.be/7x2BcvZt4lg
Exit Survey: https://forms.gle/Bgtf2kiKxAEPg9vg6

Thank you!

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Email: jlgiffin@fcps.edu

LBSS Virtual Art Night

  • February 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by Ms. Gavin, Ms. McGrath & the LBSS Art Department

Students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 PM for a virtual guided group art lesson. No skills required! Together, we will create our own Starry Night inspired by Van Gogh! You can make your own or work together with a family member. What you will need: pencil, paper and coloring tools (watercolor, crayons, marker, color pencil, etc.). We look forward to creating with you!

Questions? Contact Ms. Cynthia Gavin at cfgavin@fcps.edu

Register by February 3rd at 9:00 AM using this link: http://bit.ly/VanG0gh

LBSS PTSA NEWS

LBSS PTSA Auction

The LBSS PTSA will be hosting a virtual auction during the first three weeks of March!  We have a wide array of products, services, gift cards, and experiences already confirmed and the list keeps growing every day!  Do you have something you would like to donate?  Contact communications@lbssptsa.org for more details!

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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LBSS Weekly News - January 22, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This past week, we witnessed history with the Inauguration of the 46th President and the first Black and South Asian American woman Vice President. This year, FCPS and Lake Braddock remain committed to the work of Equity and creating a more welcoming and inclusive school community. As we continue to keep equity at the center of everything that we do, we wanted to share a resource from the National PTA from their podcast series Notes from the Backpack. This particular website has their podcast episode titled Raising Kids Who Embrace Race along with multiple resources that help discuss race with your students.  

pta.org/center-for-family-engagement/notes-from-the-backpack/raising-kids-who-embrace-race

Next week begins a new quarter and the 2nd semester and Monday is a student holiday. On Tuesday, some middle school students may have a new schedule. Please have students check SIS for new teachers they might have and check their fcpsschools.net email for links only for those new teachers. If the student is not able to locate the links for those new teachers, they should email the teacher.

The School Board met Thursday and discussed the new plan for students phasing in to in-person instruction and there were tentative dates shown. As this plan is finalized, we will be sharing more information with you all.    

As we begin this second semester, please know that we are here to support you and your students. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or Subschool administrator.   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
PTA Reflections Program Winners
Updates on Grading
Kindness Notes
Academic Advising
LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube
Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey
Mental Health Services
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
Student Parking
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

Middle School Information
Rising 9th Grade Course Selection
TJHSST Application Process
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School Spelling Bee
Middle School-After School Program

Parent Academy

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All PTA Reflections Program Winners

Congratulations to the following LB Students who were named award winners in the Fairfax County Council of PTAs' National PTA Reflections program for 2020-2021 themed "I Matter Because...":

Outstanding Interpretation Award

Literature Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Kaleidoscope"
Music Composition Special Artist Division, Jake Sizemore, "I Matter For Me"
Photography Special Artist Division, Charles Nguyen, "Perseverance"
Visual Arts Special Artist Division, Ashley Groves, "In the Time of Covid"

Award of Excellence

Photography High School Division, Eloise Shirley, "Time for Renewal"

Updates on Grading

As the first semester comes to a close, we want to remind you of the revised FCPS and LBSS grading policies. The revised LBSS grading policy can be viewed on our website. Summary of the revisions include:

  • 50% is the lowest grade on a 100-point scale that can be entered into SIS. Teachers using a four point grading scale are not impacted by this policy because this grading scale is already equally distributed. 
  • Major assignments and assessments are to be accepted at any point during the quarter with a maximum penalty of 10% after the teacher designated deadline. A final due date to submit any late assignment of  one week before the end of quarter may be made by the collaborative team.
  • The maximum weight of any one assignment and assessment is set at 20%. 
  • For major assessments as defined in the course syllabus, at least one new opportunity to demonstrate proficiency shall be provided to any student who completes the initial assessment starting second semester. In this case, the highest grade that can be earned on the retake is 100%. Students will need to demonstrate that they have done the necessary preparation to be offered the opportunity on a second chance assessment. Preparation and readiness will be defined by the collaborative team.
  • The minimum number of assignments per quarter is 6. The Lake Braddock SS policy of 18 maximum number of assignments per quarter will remain moving forward. Some of our Collaborative Teams use Standards Based Grading and enter multiple grades into the gradebook for one assignment by standard; therefore, this policy does not apply to Standards Based Grading as one assignment can have multiple grades. 

Any teacher/collaborative team specific information will be communicated through the teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher for any course specific grading information.

Kindness Notes

The LB Middle School Bruins in Action and the LB Philanthropy Club are inviting you to participate in Lake Braddock’s first ever Valentine’s Day Kindness Cards Shower!  The event will run from Mon. Feb. 1 to Fri. Feb. 26.

How To Participate: Develop uniquely written and designed cards or letters with heartfelt Valentine’s Day messages to senior citizens who are currently residing in one of our Burke community area nursing facilities -- Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center or Heatherwood Retirement Community.  The cards or notes should be handwritten and addressed to either of these facilities. 

Why Participate?  Because of COVID, visitors are severely restricted or prevented from visiting nursing facilities.  Therefore, a long-distance hug with a heartfelt letter or card to seniors will let them know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, develop as many cards or letters as you can!

Where To Bring Your Cards:  Drop your cards or notes off inside Door 1 at LB  from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. There will be two seperate boxes for the two nursing facilities - try to spread your work out evenly and share the love!

What should you know before you write your letters or cards?

  • Write it by hand if you can. • Make it neat. • Make it personal. • Don’t write the date. • Start with “Dear Friend.”
  • Let your reader know that you are a Lake Braddock student and why you’re writing. • Avoid religion and personal views
  • Sign your first name. While it’s important that this letter or card come from you, don’t share more personal information (like your last name, home address, or phone number)—if the reader knows your first name and that you’re a Lake Braddock student, that’s more than enough.

For Information about receiving service hours credit:  HS students contact Mrs. Williams at lhwilliams@fcps.edu and MS students contact your Social Studies Teacher!

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is in full swing! Counselors have been meeting with students to review course offerings and will begin meeting with students individually over the next few weeks. Make sure you have taken the time to explore our Curriculum Fair sites and spoken to your students about the courses they would like to take next year. Students will be entering courses directly in their StudentVue account; students should be using the course selection sheet as a guide to make sure they are entering the correct course codes! Start HERE to access our Academic Advising materials. Remember, you will need an fcpsschools.net account to access the Curriculum Fair sites. 

LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube

Help Lake Braddock Athletics get 1K+ YouTube subscribers! We currently have 400+, but need 1,000+ subscribers to unlock settings to use a mobile device to stream. This will allow us to stream even more events simultaneously. Please use the link below to subscribe and then share with others.

https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeBraddockAthleticLeadershipBroadcasting

Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey

VDOE, UVA, and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) want to learn about Virginia families’ experiences with the care and/or education for their young children (birth through kindergarten) this year. The Virginia Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDBB5) study wants to reach as many Virginia families as possible to better understand the experiences and challenges of families with young children in Virginia. Parents of young children are invited to participate in this study by completing a voluntary and anonymous survey available at vafamilysurvey.info

Mental Health Services

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019. Healthy Minds Fairfax has created the following flyer to help families navigate the world of mental health.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information Student Parking

Due to the current circumstances, we will be doing student parking a little bit differently this year. Our number one goal with this is to provide a safe, accessible, and equitable system for student drivers here at Lake Braddock. Here are some quick facts about this year’s process:

  • There will be no parking fees this year.
  • We will be doing “open parking” in the student parking lot this year. Students will not be assigned specific, numbered spots (unless you paid to decorate a parking spot).
  • Parking privilege will be selected by lottery. We will begin with Senior applications and, if spots remain, will move to Junior applications. If after this, there are still spots remaining, we will look at Sophomore applications.
  • Students will need to complete the following form: Parking Lottery Form. Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form.
  • The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, February 5.

If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ken May, Security Specialist (kpmay@fcps.edu) or Mr. Tony DiBari, Assistant Principal (asdibari@fcps.edu).

Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

Middle School Information Rising 9th Grade Course Selection

Middle School and High School Counselors will be available to answer any course selection questions your student may have. Please use this guest link to access the Middle School Student Services Office: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d3e2fc5f49f143dbae0ea3e57819e424

Please note – Middle School Counselors will continue to meet with each student individually as part of academic advising. Office hours are optional.

TJHSST Application Process

For those who are interested, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (commonly referred to as "TJ") just released updated information about the application process. The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. There are two parts to begin the application: (1) Students must login and enter some basic information including parent email, and (2) Parent must login to their own account to submit the application after your student's counselor has verified that they meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

Here are important links that you will need:

  1. Eligibility Requirements: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements
  2. TJ Freshman Application Process: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/freshman-winter

There is still information that is yet to be released, but this should help you to get started with the application.

TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School Spelling Bee

Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

  • Date: February 8, 2021 (tentative)
  • Lake Braddock will host an in-house virtual spelling bee, in which students can participate for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Fairfax County Spelling Bee where the winner will move on to compete at the 2021 National Scripps Spelling Bee in June.
  • Please complete this interest form for more information on registration: https://forms.gle/2S2ws4rKChnF7c5t8
Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series

Provided by The Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain.

Session #3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture January 26 @ 7pm

Questions? Email jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPm5iK0OfoXRQLympzzuFAXUGsm68Z3iJ4bdgimnGXfsQ6DQ/viewform

 

Building Resiliency in the Time of COVID

  • January 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by LBSS Student Services and Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group

Questions? Contact Ms. Janene Pack at jpack@fcps.edu

Register by January 27th here -  https://forms.gle/8BHLLE1wRStbtxbu7

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

9200  Burke Lake Rd.Burke, VA 22015 | Main Office: 703-426-1000
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LBSS Weekly News - January 15, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I am reminded of his legacy and hope for a brighter future where we celebrate our differences, as well as what we have in common. These last few weeks have reminded us now, more than ever, how important that focus is in our community, our state and our nation. As we enter the week ahead, Dr. King’s dream of a more perfect union remains at the forefront and more important than ever.  Our Lake Braddock staff remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment where students feel valued and heard.  "Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education" (Martin Luther King Jr., 1947) and we will continue to focus on how we support, celebrate and love one another. 

Please know that our teachers, counselors, administrators and clinical staff are all here for our students and families. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. I personally welcome your feedback, suggestions and want to hear your concerns.

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Schedule Week of January 18
Award-Winning LB 7th Grade Student
Virtual Band Concert
Academic Advising
AVID Applications
LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube
Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey
Mental Health Services
Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

High School Information
Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns
PSAT Scores
Yearbook Photos

Middle School Information
Middle School Spelling Bee
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Schedule Week of January 18

Please remember that next week’s schedule is quite different:

Monday, Jan. 18 -- MLK Birthday -- School Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 19 -- normal synchronous purple day

Wednesday, Jan. 20 -- Inauguration Day -- School Holiday

Thursday, Jan. 21 -- normal synchronous purple day

Friday, Jan. 22 -- End of 2nd Quarter -- 2-hour early release synchronous gold day.

Award-Winning LB 7th Grade Student

Lake Braddock 7th grade student Manas Puri's essay, "Why Vote", was the silver award winner for Fairfax County Public Library's contest "For Love of Country: In My Own Words". See the contest web page for his award and other winners. 

Manas was also the 1st Place winner of the Fairfax County Public Library's 2020 Teen Film Festival. His short film, "The COVID-19 Nightmare," is an action thriller with Manas in the lead role. The film and other competitors can be viewed on the FCPL teen web page

Virtual Band Concert

Our Lake Braddock Bands held a virtual winter concert on Thursday, January 14. Please enjoy the recording found here.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is in full swing! Counselors have been meeting with students to review course offerings and will begin meeting with students individually over the next few weeks. Make sure you have taken the time to explore our Curriculum Fair sites and spoken to your students about the courses they would like to take next year. Students will be entering courses directly in their StudentVue account; students should be using the course selection sheet as a guide to make sure they are entering the correct course codes! Start HERE to access our Academic Advising materials. Remember, you will need an fcpsschools.net account to access the Curriculum Fair sites. 

AVID Applications

With course selection upon us, Lake Braddock’s college-readiness course, Advancement Via Individual Determination, commonly known as AVID, would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The year-long elective course is offered in grades 7-12 and focuses on student support with the goal of attendance and success in college and beyond. More information on the course can be found on the middle and high school curriculum fair sites, listed under the AVID heading.

LB Athletics Streaming on YouTube

Help Lake Braddock Athletics get 1K+ YouTube subscribers! We currently have 400+, but need 1,000+ subscribers to unlock settings to use a mobile device to stream. This will allow us to stream even more events simultaneously. Please use the link below to subscribe and then share with others.

https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeBraddockAthleticLeadershipBroadcasting

Optional Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey

VDOE, UVA, and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) want to learn about Virginia families’ experiences with the care and/or education for their young children (birth through kindergarten) this year. The Virginia Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDBB5) study wants to reach as many Virginia families as possible to better understand the experiences and challenges of families with young children in Virginia. Parents of young children are invited to participate in this study by completing a voluntary and anonymous survey available at vafamilysurvey.info

Mental Health Services

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019. Healthy Minds Fairfax has created the following flyer to help families navigate the world of mental health.

Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax

Fairfax County Public Schools encourages students to find ways to safely participate in service learning. Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend is a great opportunity to help connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

In an effort to connect student service learning with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is teaming up with Volunteer Fairfax for a weekend of service. Beginning on January 16, 2021, Volunteer Fairfax is organizing a family friendly event that will provide service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in activities virtually from home. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series

Provided by The Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
January 12 @ 7pm

Session #2: Drugs and the Teenage Brain
January 21 @ 7pm

Session #3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household
Substances and Drug Culture
January 26 @ 7pm

Questions? Email jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPm5iK0OfoXRQLympzzuFAXUGsm68Z3iJ4bdgimnGXfsQ6DQ/viewform

 

Building Resiliency in the Time of COVID

  • January 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Hosted by LBSS Student Services and Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group

Come join us January 28th at 6:30 pm for a virtual presentation on “Building Resiliency during a time of COVID.” MS and HS parents and students are welcome to register. Students from our Principal’s Cabinet Mental Health Group will be presenting on data collected from LBSS students on mental health struggles they are experiencing this year and what supports and insights parents and students need to build resilience. Ms. Pack, LBSS HS counselor and licensed LPC, will present a parent portion on strategies to support their own mental health and those of their students. Please do not miss this important event! 

Questions? Contact Ms. Janene Pack at jpack@fcps.edu

Register by January 27th here -  https://forms.gle/8BHLLE1wRStbtxbu7

 

Upcoming LBSS Parent Academy Events - Family Engagement Series

High School Family Book Chat
January 21, 2021 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by the LBSS High School Librarians
Register by January 13th here: LBSS Book Chat Registration Form
Questions? Please contact Sarah Pevner, SJPevner@FCPS.edu or Laura Christadore, LAChristadore@fcps.edu

High School Information Class of 2021 Caps and Gowns

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2021 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are ordering our caps and gowns and we need your help and gentle encouragement. We need each senior to complete the cap and gown survey to ensure we have the appropriate cap and gown size for everyone. Please ask your graduate if they have completed the survey. If they have not, please ask them to click on the following link to give us their student id, height and weight.  Students can access this link by signing in with their fcpsschools.net account.

https://forms.gle/6UDWVtj844aqQyZc9

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Class of 2021.

PSAT Scores

PSAT scores are now available for students in 11th grade who took the PSAT/NMSQT at Lake Braddock on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Students should have received a scores notification through the email they included on their answer sheet. Students can access their scores at https://www.collegeboard.org/ by creating an account with the email they included on their PSAT test answer sheet. Please make sure to check your email spam and junk folders first if you think your scores may be missing. If the student already has a College Board account under a different email address, you may contact College Board by phone at 866-315-6068-to merge the two accounts. Test booklets may also be returned to students upon request. If you are interested picking up your test booklet at Lake Braddock, please contact Jennifer Bury, LBSS Assessment Coach, at JABury@fcps.edu and include your student’s name and ID number to schedule a date for pick-up. Test booklets will no longer be available after January 29.

Yearbook Photos

The high school yearbook needs photos of students! Send us photos of students voting or working the polls on Election Day. Of students at Halloween, at Thanksgiving, at Diwali, at Hanukah. Of students with their pets, with friends, in their home classrooms, and playing club sports. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5061 to upload photos to eShare. Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

High school students: The yearbook needs your photos! If you did not come in to school to take your portrait for the yearbook, please follow the steps below and submit your own portrait for the yearbook. We can’t just use last year’s photos, and we want to make sure to include everyone. This yearbook will definitely be an historical one, so help us make sure you are a part of that history.

Middle School Information Middle School Spelling Bee

Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

  • Date: February 8, 2021 (tentative)
  • Lake Braddock will host an in-house virtual spelling bee, in which students can participate for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Fairfax County Spelling Bee where the winner will move on to compete at the 2021 National Scripps Spelling Bee in June.
  • Please complete this interest form for more information on registration: https://forms.gle/2S2ws4rKChnF7c5t8
TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - January 8, 2021

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

As we close out the first week of January 2021, I cannot stress how grateful I am for the Lake Braddock Community.  This has been a tough journey as we navigate Virtual Learning and we continue to stay strong together as this situation evolves.  We are eager to welcome our students back into the building safely and our administrative team is planning for that day as soon as it is feasible. For the time being, the plan to return to in-person learning is currently on pause.  Our bell schedule will not change until we have more information about the timeline to phase in in-person learning.   

We kicked off the academic advising process for the 2021-22 school year this week by sharing our new Curriculum Fair Google sites.  It is hard to believe that we are already beginning to plan for next school year and it is important that we share as much information virtually with you as we can.  To better inform our students and families of the courses we will offer next year, there is a Google site for Middle School and High School that provides detailed information about the courses they can sign up for next year.  

We enjoyed connecting with our rising 7th grade parents on Thursday.  Next week we will meet with our rising 9th grade parents on January 11th at 6:30pm.  If you are a parent of a rising 9th grader and you have not registered for this event, please use this link to register.    

Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Jessica Giffin, along with the Office of Safety and Student Wellness begin a series this coming week for our Parent Academy titled The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series. The first session for this series begins January 12th at 7:00 pm.  Please use this registration form to join the event. 

The first semester is coming to a close in two weeks.  We encourage you to check ParentVue and communicate with your child's teacher.  If you have questions, our counselors and Subschool Administrators are here to support you. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
2020-21 Outstanding Employee of the Year
Student of the Month Winners
Virginia Senior Honors Choir
Talented LB Art Students
LBSS Latin Student Elected for State Office
Attendance on January 11
Academic Advising
AVID Applications
Mental Health Services
Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax
Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos
Classroom Monitors Needed
LBSS Online Book Store

Parent Academy

High School Information
Yearbook Photos
Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Request

Middle School Information
Middle School Spelling Bee
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All 2020-21 Outstanding Employee of the Year

Thank you to all of the families, student and staff who submitted nominations for the FCPS Honors selection process this year.  We are grateful to all of our dedicated staff.  These are the Lake Braddock Secondary School finalists.  

Dr. Ana Cingel is our Outstanding Leader of the Year. Kathleen Young is our Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Josh Britton is our Outstanding New Teacher of the Year.  Carin Frank is our Outstanding Professional Employee of the Year. 

Julie Moore is our Outstanding Operational Employee of the Year.

Student of the Month Winners

Bruin Pride wants you to know that, despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. 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. 

December Student of the Month Winners - Engaged:
7th grade: Daniel Fthenos
8th grade: Samarah Jahangir
9th grade: Riley Jane Caunter
10th grade: Jack Sander
11th grade: Jenna Mae Chanchu
12th grade: Ethan Feil

Virginia Senior Honors Choir

Congratulations to the following Lake Braddock Choral students selected to perform with the Virginia Senior Honors Choir:

Helen Do, Maggie Edwards, Lizzie Meiners, and Bella Thurgood

Only 24 students were chosen from the entirety of FCPS, and we are so proud to have these four talented musicians represent the best of the Lake Braddock Choral Department. 

Talented LB Art Students

A number of LB Art Students had their art published in the December 24-January 6 Connection Newspaper. Congratulations to Yumi Perez (8th grade), Olivia Baumgardner (11th grade), Sydney Cha (12th grade), Sophia Lee (7th grade), and Yumin Choi (12th grade).

LBSS Latin Student Elected for State Office

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Elissa Press, 10th grade Latin student, on her election as the new Virginia Junior Classical League Parliamentarian. This is an honor for Elissa and our school as we have never before had representation on the state officer board. We wish Elissa the best of luck and are excited for what she will accomplish during her term. Bona Fortuna, Elissa!

Attendance on January 11

Parents, please note that, on January 11, students MUST complete the regular Monday Check-In form to be marked as present for the day.

While Mondays have been designated as teacher prep days (with no teachers' office hours), attendance records are still required. Students must complete the Monday Check-In form to be marked as present for the day. Please ask your students to set a reminder in their phone, write it in their agenda, and/or make a note on their calendar.

High School Monday Check-In Form

Middle School Monday Check-In Form

Academic Advising

The Curriculum Fair Sites are LIVE! Students have begun meeting with high school counselors this week to review course offerings for the 2021-2022 school year. On Monday, January 11, we will be hosting the Rising 9th Grade Parent Program. You must register for this event HERE! Links to the BBCU presentation will be emailed to those who registered for the event on Monday morning, so make sure you register early!  START HERE to learn about what courses FCPS has to offer! Remember, you will need your student’s fcpsschools.net account to access the Curriculum Fair Sites. 

Middle school students will be meeting with their school counselors beginning next week for course selection presentations. Individual Academic Advising is scheduled to begin the week of January 26.

AVID Applications

With course selection upon us, Lake Braddock’s college-readiness course, Advancement Via Individual Determination, commonly known as AVID, would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The year-long elective course is offered in grades 7-12 and focuses on student support with the goal of attendance and success in college and beyond. More information on the course can be found on the middle and high school curriculum fair sites, listed under the AVID heading.

Mental Health Services

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019. Healthy Minds Fairfax has created the following flyer to help families navigate the world of mental health.

Weekend of Service -- Volunteer Fairfax

Fairfax County Public Schools encourages students to find ways to safely participate in service learning. Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend is a great opportunity to help connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

In an effort to connect student service learning with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is teaming up with Volunteer Fairfax for a weekend of service. Beginning on January 16, 2021, Volunteer Fairfax is organizing a family friendly event that will provide service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in activities virtually from home. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos

The LAST opportunity to get a middle school or underclassmen studio yearbook photo and a school ID will be on January 11. Photos will be taken between 9:00 and 1:00 on this day. Use the following links to schedule your session.

High School - pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

Middle School -pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu

Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

Classroom Monitors Needed

LBSS is looking to hire classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a teacher remains virtual. The position will start mid-January and end June 11. The pay rate is $15.42 per hour, for 7.5 hours per day, Tuesday through Friday.

Description:  Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, and lunch; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed. 

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with the assigned student population.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please contact Ms. Jennifer Harris.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series

Provided by The Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain.

Session #1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections
January 12 @ 7pm

Session #2: Drugs and the Teenage Brain
January 21 @ 7pm

Session #3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household
Substances and Drug Culture
January 26 @ 7pm

Questions? Email jlgiffin@fcps.edu

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPm5iK0OfoXRQLympzzuFAXUGsm68Z3iJ4bdgimnGXfsQ6DQ/viewform

  Upcoming LBSS Parent Academy Events - Family Engagement Series

Middle School Family Reading Club - Here Be Dragons!
January 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by LBSS Middle School Librarians
Please click HERE to register and enter to win a book of your own choice! The virtual link will be sent to each member. 
Questions? Please contact Carolyn Hilyard at cjhilyard@fcps.edu or Diane Rogers at dprogers@fcps.edu 

High School Family Book Chat
January 21, 2021 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by the LBSS High School Librarians
Register by January 13th here: LBSS Book Chat Registration Form
Questions? Please contact Sarah Pevner, SJPevner@FCPS.edu or Laura Christadore, LAChristadore@fcps.edu

High School Information Yearbook Photos

The high school yearbook needs photos of students! Send us photos of students voting or working the polls on Election Day. Of students at Halloween, at Thanksgiving, at Diwali, at Hanukah. Of students with their pets, with friends, in their home classrooms, and playing club sports. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5061 to upload photos to eShare. Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

High school students: The yearbook needs your photos! If you did not come in to school to take your portrait for the yearbook, please follow the steps below and submit your own portrait for the yearbook. We can’t just use last year’s photos, and we want to make sure to include everyone. This yearbook will definitely be an historical one, so help us make sure you are a part of that history.

Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Requests

Because the Advanced Placement (AP) exams are operated by the College Board, testing accommodations must be approved by College Board. If your student has an IEP or 504 plan, you may apply to the College Board for accommodations to be administered for future AP exams. Please contact Mr. Chuck Lord, Lake Braddock’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator, by email at CVLord@fcps.edu no later than Monday January 11th to begin the accommodations request process. If your student has already been approved by College Board to receive accommodations, you do not need to apply again unless there is a need to add additional accommodations.

Middle School Information Middle School Spelling Bee

Lake Braddock Middle School is registered for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but first students must compete at the school level in order to move on to higher rounds of spelling bees.

  • Date: February 8, 2021 (tentative)
  • Lake Braddock will host an in-house virtual spelling bee, in which students can participate for the chance to qualify for the 2021 Fairfax County Spelling Bee where the winner will move on to compete at the 2021 National Scripps Spelling Bee in June.
  • Please complete this interest form for more information on registration: https://forms.gle/2S2ws4rKChnF7c5t8
TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

Visit here for an up-to-date list of afterschool offerings at Lake Braddock: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/club-activity-descriptions

If students are interested in participating in the middle school after-school program:

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

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

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Athletics Update -- January 8, 2021

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LBSS Athletics Update

Webpage: https://www.lakebraddockbruins.com/

 

Follow Us on Social Media:

Twitter: @lbathletic

Instagram: @lbathletic

2020-2021 Sports Schedule 

Season 2 (Fall Sports) February 15 – May 1
(First Contest Date – March 1)

Cheer (February 4)
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Football (February 4)
Golf
Volleyball

 

Season 3 (Spring Sports) April 12 – June 26
(First Contest Date – April 26) 

Baseball
Crew
Boys and Girls Lacrosse
Boys and Girls Soccer
Softball
Boys and Girls Tennis
Outdoor Track

Spectators Update

Great News! FCPS has received the go-ahead to allow limited spectators at indoor events held on FCPS campuses. Per the Governor's mandate that restricts spectators at indoor athletic events, we will limit attendance to 25 spectators per game at Varsity Home games only. Please review the Spectator Guidelines listed below for important information should you have the opportunity to attend.

 Spectator Guidelines
  • Per the Fairfax County Park Authority, there will be no spectators allowed at their pool facilities. 
  • Due to facility occupancy restrictions for the Track Meets on January 9th and January 23rd, spectators will be limited to two guests per student-athlete.
  • Attendance will be allowed at HOME events only
  • Coaches will be responsible for providing an updated list with the names of the 25 spectators per team. Names must be on this list to enter.
  • Spectators are asked to arrive at the school no earlier than 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time. We cannot allow entrance into the gym until all previous game/event spectators have exited. If the weather isn't cooperative, you may want to wait in your cars. 
  • As you enter the facility, you will be required to sign-in and take part in a Covid-19 screening, to include a temperature check.
  • Spectators will be directed to a specific section of the facility. There will be no concessions and outside food and drink is prohibited (with the exception of water). 
  • All spectators must wear masks at all times! Spectators will also be expected to practice safe social distancing while on the school grounds. You may sit with members of your household and you must be six feet from spectators that are not living within your household. 
  • At the conclusion of the game, spectators will need to exit the facility as directed immediately. This is to ensure that we can have a smooth transition between games and allow staff to follow FCPS and VHSL protocols. 

Although we understand that this does not get us back to normal and allow for everyone who wants to attend an event to do so, we hope this is a step in that direction. We remind everyone that SPORTSMANSHIP is an expectation of those attending an event at Lake Braddock Secondary School. As members of Patriot District, Occoquan Region and the Virginia High School League, we have high standards of sportsmanship and that is what we expect from those in attendance towards the players, fans and officials. We appreciate your positive support! 

AS A REMINDER – ALL HOME EVENTS ARE BEING LIVE STREAMED ON TWITTER @AthleticLBSS

Top 10 COVID-19 Student Athlete Responsibilities
  1. Wear a mask.
  2. Come dressed and ready to participate.
  3. Bring 32 ounces of water.
  4. Stay home if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  5. Report to your coach, DSA or ATCs any exposure to a positive COVID-19 finding.
  6. Be mindful of 10 feet social distancing when you are not actively  participating.
  7. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently.
  8. Wash yourself and your clothes immediately when you get home.
  9. Be COVID-19 responsible outside of school.
  10. KEEP OUR BRUIN FAMILY SAFE!

 

Lake Braddock Athletic Booster Club (LBABC)

Are you interested in LBSS spirit wear? Good news -- the LBABC is selling LB merch, to include cloth face masks. Check them out at  https://bruins-fan-shop.myshopify.com/ 

Introducing our LBABC Officers and Team Reps

Interested in purchasing a Booster membership?  If so, click here.

Follow the LBABC on Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBABCFanShop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BruinBoosters/

FCPS Information FCPS Mental Health Resources LBSS Contact Information How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - December 18, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

This week has been an eventful week as we close out 2020. The remaining winter sports began the try out process this week and our choral department put on an amazing virtual concert featuring our elementary feeder school students, along with our talented middle school and high school students. Also, our Parent Academy had two events this week. We featured a repeat session  from our clinical team titled Self-care: Good for You and Your Family and our wonderful art teacher Teresa Rose led a family paint night titled An Evening with Kandinsky. Thank you to our staff who are working so hard to put on these various events, concerts and athletic opportunities for our students.  

Recently, the school board discussed several topics regarding grading and bell schedules as we move forward with phasing students back in to the school buildings in January. You will see the adjusted secondary school start and end times, and our staff is currently working through lunches and hall passing times to determine how our bell schedule will need to be modified. There are additional grading policy shifts that are currently being finalized, and we will share more information with you in the first few weeks of the new year.  

From all of the Lake Braddock staff to all of our Bruin Nation families, we want to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope that the winter break will bring you all time to relax and connect with loved ones. We are excited to see you in the New Year. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Student of the Month Winners
FCPS Meals During Winter Break
Adopt a Soldier
New Bell Schedule
Attendance Requirement Updates
Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos
Academic Advising
Classroom Monitors Needed
Parent Academy
Substance Abuse Edition: December 2020
Staff Shout Out
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
Yearbook Photos
Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Request

Middle School Information
TDAP Vaccine Reminder
Middle School-After School Program

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Student of the Month Winners

Despite our social distancing, we still want to celebrate and recognize our students and our staff. 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. 

Congratulations to the October and November Students of the Month!

October Student of the Month Winners - Adaptable:

  • 7th grade: Alex Cardona-Bustamante
  • 8th grade: Amando Arispe-Camacho
  • 9th grade: Gabriel Salmeron
  • 10th grade: Elissa Press
  • 11th grade: Ieva Thackery
  • 12th grade: Karen Shrieves

 

November Student of the Month Winners - Resilient:

  • 7th grade: Logman Dawoud
  • 8th grade: Catherine Mendoza-Lozano
  • 9th grade: Reina Westhoff
  • 10th grade: Jaisley Tibayan
  • 11th grade: Jacob Rice
  • 12th grade: Brady Croghan

 

December Student of the Month Winners will be announced in January. Stay tuned!

FCPS Meals During Winter Break

The following plan will be in place from Friday, December 18, 2020 through Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Friday, 12/18
Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch

Monday, 12/21
Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals 

Tuesday, 12/22
Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits 
Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits

Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21
No food service

Monday, 1/4/2021
Resume regular bus route and SRS meal service

Tuesday, 1/5/2021
Resume regular Grab & Go location distribution

Wednesday, 1/6/2021
Resume regular Meal Kit site distribution

Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.   

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food.  Please wear a mask when picking up meals. Please visit the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 

Adopt a Soldier

America’s Adopt a Soldier® program is celebrating the 10th year of its National Care Letter Campaign to honor deployed service members and veterans in state homes and hospitals. Writing letters of appreciation would be a great activity for students and families to engage in during the winter break. Now more than ever, veterans in veterans’ homes and hospitals are feeling isolated. Many have no family or family nearby and eagerly await visits from volunteers. However, these visits have not been possible due to health and safety restrictions resulting from the pandemic.  

Cards and letters will be accepted through Tuesday, December 29, and should be mailed to:

America’s Adopt a Soldier
5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org or call 703-278-3718.

New Bell Schedule

Each year, the Office of Transportation Services reviews the bell schedules for all Fairfax County public schools and makes minor adjustments as necessary to improve on-time arrivals. As you can imagine, developing this school year’s bell schedule has been extremely challenging due to the pandemic.

You may remember that new school bell schedules were announced in July. Our school’s bell schedule was changed. However, given the all-virtual start to the school year, there was no need to implement the new bell schedule.

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phase-in plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January 2021. Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Barring any changes to the plan that may be impacted by the pandemic, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in-person instruction.

Return to School Bell Schedule

Middle School

7:30-2:00

Secondary School

8:20-2:50

High School

8:20-2:50

Thomas Jefferson

8:40-3:45

Elementary School

9:00-3:30 or 9:45-4:15

 

We feel this plan is a significant improvement and less disruptive over what was presented in the original plan last summer.

The fifteen (15) minute reduction in the school day is due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs. Additionally, as more students return to school, the number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS has no choice but to adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.

We understand that changes may present a hardship to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way we can return all our grade levels to in-person learning, while following the critical guidelines to help keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

Attendance Requirement Updates

Please remind your students that on January 4th and 11th, students MUST complete the regular Monday Check-In form to be marked as present for the day. While Mondays have been designated as teacher prep days (with no teachers' office hours), attendance records are still required. Students must complete the Monday Check-In form to be marked as present for the day. Please ask your students to set a reminder in their phone, write it in their agenda, and/or make a note on their calendar.

High School Monday Check-In Form Link

Middle School Monday Check-In Form Link

The LBSS Attendance Team thanks you for your continuous support! Happy Holidays!

Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos

The LAST opportunity to get a middle school or underclassmen studio yearbook photo and a school ID will be on January 11. Photos will be taken between 9:00 and 1:00 on this day. Use the following links to schedule your session.

High School - pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

Middle School -pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu

Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

Academic Advising

It is hard to believe that it is already time to begin to select courses for the 2021-2022 school year!  This year, our staff has been hard at work to develop a Curriculum Fair Google Site that will house information on the courses that we offer here at Lake Braddock. This site, in addition to our Online Course Catalog and counselor lead programs, will be used to help students and families identify courses for the upcoming school year. This site will not only hold information on course offerings but will also allow for families to ask questions and see responses from staff!  

Please review the LBSS Academic Advising Timeline and mark your calendars for these important events related to Academic Advising/Course Registration as the process will begin as soon as we return from winter break!

Please note that students will be selecting their courses in StudentVue. Course selection sheets are for reference only and will not be turned in. Parents will be able to see the courses students have selected through their ParentVue account.  CLICK HERE if you need help accessing your ParentVue account.

Classroom Monitors Needed

LBSS is looking to hire classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a teacher remains virtual. The position will start mid-January and end June 11. The pay rate is $15.42 per hour, for 7.5 hours per day, Tuesday through Friday.

Description:  Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, and lunch; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed. 

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with the assigned student population.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please contact Ms. Jennifer Harris.

Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

 

Previous Parent Academy Recording

Self-care: Good for You and Your Family: Self Care Recording

 

Upcoming Parent Academy Events

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series
See dates below for various sessions
Hosted by the Jessica Giffin, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) & Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Session 1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections - January 12, 2021 @ 7 PM

Session 2: Drugs & The Teenage Brain - January 21, 2021 @ 7 PM

Session 3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture - January 26, 2021 @ 7 PM

Register here today – Registration Link
Questions? Contact Jessica Giffin at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

  Upcoming LBSS Parent Academy Events - Family Engagement Series

Middle School Family Reading Club - Here Be Dragons!
January 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by LBSS Middle School Librarians
Please click HERE to register and enter to win a book of your own choice! The virtual link will be sent to each member. 
Questions? Please contact Carolyn Hilyard at cjhilyard@fcps.edu or Diane Rogers at dprogers@fcps.edu 

High School Family Book Chat
January 21, 2021 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by the LBSS High School Librarians
Register by January 13th here: LBSS Book Chat Registration Form
Questions? Please contact Sarah Pevner, SJPevner@FCPS.edu or Laura Christadore, LAChristadore@fcps.edu

Substance Abuse Edition: December 2020

Happy Holidays Bruin Family! As winter approaches and we prepare for the holidays and winter break from school, it is important to be mindful of the increased risks of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. During a normal fall or winter, children and adults may feel lost, sad, or isolated. Most times, a parent or another caring adult or friend can help a child or teen manage their stress. Your child's stress this holiday season may depend on your family's hardships. Covid-19 brings a new kind of stress this holiday season and further increases the risks of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.

Tips for Managing Stress:

  • Be open to change. Talk with your kids about your traditions — which ones they love and which you might evolve to make them more fun or memorable for everyone.
  • Be realistic. Factoring in kids’ limitations when you make plans will reduce stress on everyone. Children who tend to be impulsive need structure to minimize disruptive behavior. Not overestimating your kids’ patience and ability to focus will help you enjoy yourself more, too.
  • Prep kids for changes in routine. Routines may look different while dealing with Covid-19. Preparing them for changes in their routines — what to expect and what you expect of them – will help your children adjust. 
  • Give yourself a break. Don’t stretch yourself too thin trying to create the “perfect” holiday season. Decide what is important, prioritize, and say “no” to what you can’t handle.
  • Be sure to laugh. Kids pick up their parents’ stress and tension, so they’re more likely to be irritable if you are. Have a sense of humor, enjoy your kids for who they are, and keep in mind that what you’ll all remember when it’s over is likely to be the unexpected moment when everybody was relaxed, not the brilliantly choreographed party, dinner, or outing.

Don’t forget: This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.

Here's how This is Quitting can help:

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

Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709 (Staff/Parents – please use “TIQTest” to 88709 to keep your participation separate from students if you’d like to test it out).

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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

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

Staff Shout Out

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

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

Thank you so much! Your kind words are appreciated! Stay well!

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information Yearbook Photos

The high school yearbook needs photos of students! Send us photos of students voting or working the polls on Election Day. Of students at Halloween, at Thanksgiving, at Diwali, at Hanukah. Of students with their pets, with friends, in their home classrooms, and playing club sports. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5061 to upload photos to eShare. Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Requests

Because the Advanced Placement (AP) exams are operated by the College Board, testing accommodations must be approved by College Board. If your student has an IEP or 504 plan, you may apply to the College Board for accommodations to be administered for future AP exams. Please contact Mr. Chuck Lord, Lake Braddock’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator, by email at CVLord@fcps.edu no later than Monday January 11th to begin the accommodations request process. If your student has already been approved by College Board to receive accommodations, you do not need to apply again unless there is a need to add additional accommodations.

Middle School Information TDAP Vaccine Reminder

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

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

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

Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

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

  • MS Lunch Bunch
    • Come and hangout with other students and staff during lunch – talk with friends, listen to music, play games and have some fun during your mid-day meal!
    • Register here: https://forms.gle/NDJMT9Drqu4sHKKE7
  • New AS Programs as of 12/1
    • LB Cyber Security Club (T 3:10p)
    • Game Club (T & Th 3:30p)
  • AS Programs “Coming Soon”
    • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
    • LB Dungeons & Dragons
    • OBS Club
    • Photography Club
  • New Asynchronous Activities on the Bruins Stay Virtual After-School site
    • Sports Locker Room
    • Meditation Room
    • Mindfulness Room
    • Fitness Room
    • STEM Room
    • Art Room
    • Plus Arts & Crafts workshops

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - December 11, 2020

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Hello Bruin Families, 

This week, our students and staff participated in Academic Catch Up Days on Thursday and Friday. These days provided time for students to work on missing work, retake assessments and get additional support from their teachers without new assignments or assessments. We received feedback from students that these past two days were helpful for them to get caught up and look ahead to upcoming assignments and assessments. We do not anticipate providing additional days such as these until possibly the 3rd or 4th quarter, if they are needed. We are hopeful that each and every student and staff found these days productive and helpful. 

We kicked off our winter sports season this week with our basketball teams starting try outs. Next week we will proceed with the remainder of our winter sports. Students and staff have strict guidelines that we are monitoring to ensure everyone's safety. It has been great to have them back in the building and we are excited to have the rest of our sports starting back next week. 

As we look to the Winter Break at the end of next week, we wanted to remind families of the homework expectations we have at Lake Braddock over extended breaks. Students should not be given assignments to work on that are due immediately after they return from break. Additionally, assessments should not happen immediately upon returning from the break. We want students to take this opportunity to truly take a break from the challenge pace of school and ensure they take time to rest and connect with family and friends. 

We have one final week of school before winter break. If you have any questions or concerns, your student's teachers, counselor and Subschool administrator are here to support with anything you might need. Please be safe. 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Parent Academy
LBSS Student Becomes A Published Author
LBSS Holiday Food Drive
Academic Advising
Substance Abuse Edition
Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos
Classroom Monitors Needed
FCPS Winter Break Meal Service
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Request
Athletics and Activities

Middle School Information
Middle School-After School Program

FCPS Information
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Parent Academy

See our Website for more information about Parent Academy events.

Upcoming Events:

Top 10 Tips To Help Your Student During Distance Learning
December 8, 2020 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by LBSS Middle School Student Services
See links for recording and presentation

Middle School Student Services has created a parent information session for distance learning. This presentation is designed to give you specific strategies that will help your student experience success in the virtual environment. Please reach out to your student’s school counselor if you need additional information or assistance.

Recording: Top 10 Tips To Help Your Student During Distanced Learning Presentation: Top 10 Tips To Help Your Student During Distanced Learning

Self-care: Good for You and Your Family
December 16, 2020, from 7-8 PM
Hosted By: LBSS Clinical Team

Learn the G.R.A.P.E.S. structure and increase awareness around your own personal tools of self-care. The presentation will provide parents with tools and resources to manage stress and maintain self-care including additional resources and tips for the holiday season! Middle School and High School families are welcome!

Register before December 15th here: Self-Care Registration Link
Questions? Please contact Nicole White at NDWhite@fcps.edu

An Evening with Kandinsky – Virtual Paint Night
December 17, 2020, from 7-8 PM
Hosted by Ms. Teresa Rose and the LBSS Art Department

All students, staff, and families of all ages, please join us on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM for a virtual guided group painting lesson. No skills required! Together, we will make a Kandinsky inspired tree adorned with symbolism and creative fun! You can make your own or work together with a family member. We will provide various options to customize the experience based on the materials you have at home. Possible materials you may use include paper, cardboard, canvas, canvas board, construction paper, various paints, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, magazines, or newspaper. We look forward to creating with you!

Register before December 15th here: An Evening with Kandinsky Registration
Questions? Please contact Teresa Rose at TRBoli@fcps.edu

Here Be Dragons Middle School Reading Club  - January 13th 7:00 pm. 
Have you ever noticed that every culture has some kind of dragon? Are you a fan of Wings of Fire or Eragon, or even Smaug? Join the Here Be Dragons Reading Club to explore why dragons fascinate people throughout time. Indulge your love of dragons! Come and explore this rich mythology and history with the LBSS Parent Academy and the Middle School Librarians. Students, parents, caregivers, teachers, and all dragon enthusiasts are welcome! Start with a dragon book of your choice to read over the holidays for the January 13th meeting.

Click HERE to register and enter the raffle to win a book of your own choice. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to each member.

High School Book Chat
January 21, 2021 from 7-8 PM
Hosted by the LBSS High School Librarians

Families and HS students, please join us on January 21 from 7-8 PM for a dynamic discussion of your book of choice! How do you participate? All you need to do is select a book of your choice and be prepared to share your review of and thoughts on your book! Need help finding a book? The LBSS High School librarians have created Fiction and Non-Fiction book collections for you to browse.  We will email you a link to those collections once you have registered to your provided contact information. Questions?

Register before January 13 here: LBSS Book Chat Registration Form
Please contact Laura Christadore at LAChristador@fcps.edu

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips Series
Hosted by the Jessica Giffin, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) & Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your teenager's brain and how it relates to substance use? Register today for a three-part series about the teenage brain, adolescence, and the effects of drug and alcohol on the teenage brain. This three-part series is packed with valuable information for parents/guardians to understand what their children are experiencing, things to look for, parenting tips, and how to communicate with your children around these topics. In addition, the third session will walk parents/guardians through virtual rooms to show parents what to look for in terms of new trends, paraphernalia and how youth can utilize household items for substance use. You may participate in one, two, or three of the sessions!

Session 1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections – January 12, 2021 @ 7 PM
Session 2: Drugs & The Teenage Brain – January 21, 2021 @ 7 PM
Session 3: Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture – January 26, 2021 @ 7 PM

Register here today – Registration Link
Questions? Contact Jessica Giffin at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

LBSS Student Becomes a Published Author

LB Senior Luca Byrnes has become a published author! Luca created a children’s book in his 10th grade English class with Ms. Rockefeller. Little did she know that he would continue working on the book and have it published. Car Mates is available now through Google Books. Congratulations Luca!

LBSS Holiday Food Drive

We are so excited to have Laurie Suson working closely with Jacquie Naughton to head up our LBSS Food Pantry and Holiday Food Drive to help our Bruin students and their families.

This year, the Lake Braddock PTSA is partnering with the Burke School PTSA and are asking for community support to help the most in-need families with items to prepare a holiday meal and also so the students have food for breakfast and lunch during the break. Families are identified by school counselors and social workers and held 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

Click here to sign up and to see what is needed and share what you will provide!

How to give:

Drop boxes are located just inside Door 1 at LBSS. Donations can be dropped off during regular school hours. You may also drop items off at 9714 Rolling Ridge Dr., Fairfax Station (box on monitored porch 24/7).

If you are able to help but would like a volunteer to pick up donations from your front porch, please send an email to foodpantry@lbsssptsa.org and we will reach out to arrange pickup.

The food drive runs through December 14. Any bit of help is appreciated.

If you or someone you know may benefit from this support that may not already be on our list of families to support, please contact your child's counselor to provide the student's name (first and last) and the number of members in the family.

If you have questions, please reach out to Laurie at foodpantry@lbssptsa.org

Academic Advising

It is hard to believe that it is already time to begin to select courses for the 2021-2022 school year!  This year, our staff has been hard at work to develop a Curriculum Fair Google Site that will house information on the courses that we offer here at Lake Braddock. This site, in addition to our Online Course Catalog and counselor lead programs, will be used to help students and families identify courses for the upcoming school year. This site will not only hold information on course offerings but will also allow for families to ask questions and see responses from staff!  

Please review the LBSS Academic Advising Timeline and mark your calendars for these important events related to Academic Advising/Course Registration as the process will begin as soon as we return from winter break!

Please note that students will be selecting their courses in StudentVue. Course selection sheets are for reference only and will not be turned in. Parents will be able to see the courses students have selected through their ParentVue account.  CLICK HERE if you need help accessing your ParentVue account.

Substance Abuse Edition: December 2020

Happy Holidays Bruin Family! As winter approaches and we prepare for the holidays and winter break from school, it is important to be mindful of the increased risks of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. During a normal fall or winter, children and adults may feel lost, sad, or isolated. Most times, a parent or another caring adult or friend can help a child or teen manage their stress. Your child's stress this holiday season may depend on your family's hardships. Covid-19 brings a new kind of stress this holiday season and further increases the risks of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.

Tips for Managing Stress:

  • Be open to change. Talk with your kids about your traditions — which ones they love and which you might evolve to make them more fun or memorable for everyone.
  • Be realistic. Factoring in kids’ limitations when you make plans will reduce stress on everyone. Children who tend to be impulsive need structure to minimize disruptive behavior. Not overestimating your kids’ patience and ability to focus will help you enjoy yourself more, too.
  • Prep kids for changes in routine. Routines may look different while dealing with Covid-19. Preparing them for changes in their routines — what to expect and what you expect of them – will help your children adjust. 
  • Give yourself a break. Don’t stretch yourself too thin trying to create the “perfect” holiday season. Decide what is important, prioritize, and say “no” to what you can’t handle.
  • Be sure to laugh. Kids pick up their parents’ stress and tension, so they’re more likely to be irritable if you are. Have a sense of humor, enjoy your kids for who they are, and keep in mind that what you’ll all remember when it’s over is likely to be the unexpected moment when everybody was relaxed, not the brilliantly choreographed party, dinner, or outing.

Don’t forget: This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.

Here's how This is Quitting can help:

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

Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709 (Staff/Parents – please use “TIQTest” to 88709 to keep your participation separate from students if you’d like to test it out).

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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

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

Last Opportunity for Yearbook Photos

The LAST opportunity to get a middle school or underclassmen studio yearbook photo and a school ID will be on January 11. Photos will be taken between 9:00 and 1:00 on this day. Use the following links to schedule your session.

High School - pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

Middle School -pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu

Email tbpoquis@fcps.edu with questions.

Classroom Monitors Needed

LBSS is looking to hire classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a teacher remains virtual. The position will start mid-January and end June 11. The pay rate is $15.42 per hour, for 7.5 hours per day, Tuesday through Friday.

Description:  Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, and lunch; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed. 

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with the assigned student population.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please contact Ms. Jennifer Harris.

FCPS Winter Break Meal Service

Winter Beak meal service plans are now available on the FCPS food resource webpage and an e-Notify message will be sent to households.

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Friday, 12/18 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution

Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opened December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information Deadline for May AP Exam Accommodations Requests

Because the Advanced Placement (AP) exams are operated by the College Board, testing accommodations must be approved by College Board. If your student has an IEP or 504 plan, you may apply to the College Board for accommodations to be administered for future AP exams. Please contact Mr. Chuck Lord, Lake Braddock’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator, by email at CVLord@fcps.edu no later than Monday January 11th to begin the accommodations request process. If your student has already been approved by College Board to receive accommodations, you do not need to apply again unless there is a need to add additional accommodations.

Athletics and Activities

Welcome back to sports! Our goal is to continue providing athletic opportunities for our students in the safest possible manner. To that end, we ask for your help in a couple of critically important areas.

Please, do not send your child to practice or workouts if:

  • He/she complains of not feeling well and/or has any of the following:
    • Feeling feverish and/or having chills (if documented temperature/fever of 100.4F or greater)
    • A new cough not due to another health condition
    • Fatigue (more tired than usual)
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose
    • Headache
    • A new sore throat not due to another health condition
    • New chills not due to another health condition
    • New muscle pain not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise
    • New loss of taste or smell, new onset of poor appetite or poor feeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • He/she has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • He/she has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results OR another family residing in the same house has been tested and is awaiting results

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recently recommended the following: “During times of substantial COVID-19 activity VDH strongly advises athletes to wear masks at all times during group training, competition, and on the sidelines.”

Beginning Friday, December 11, students participating in FCPS athletic programs, to include in-season practices and competitions as well as out-of-season workouts, are required to wear masks during all aspects of athletic participation in all sports with the exception of wrestling, gymnastics and swim and dive.

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

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

  • MS Lunch Bunch
    • Come and hangout with other students and staff during lunch – talk with friends, listen to music, play games and have some fun during your mid-day meal!
    • Register here: https://forms.gle/NDJMT9Drqu4sHKKE7
  • New AS Programs as of 12/1
    • LB Cyber Security Club (T 3:10p)
    • Game Club (T & Th 3:30p)
  • AS Programs “Coming Soon”
    • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
    • LB Dungeons & Dragons
    • OBS Club
    • Photography Club
  • New Asynchronous Activities on the Bruins Stay Virtual After-School site
    • Sports Locker Room
    • Meditation Room
    • Mindfulness Room
    • Fitness Room
    • STEM Room
    • Art Room
    • Plus Arts & Crafts workshops

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

FCPS Information FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - December 4, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

We hope that you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and were all able to find time to rest and connect with loved ones.  This week we met with families regarding the next steps for the Athletics Winter Sports, we connected with our Military Ambassador's Club and Military Families.  We also had a great virtual winter concert by our High School Orchestra students.  

Next week all of our students will participate in school-wide Catch Up Days on Thursday, December 10th, and Friday, December 11th.  We have heard concern about workload and this is a dedicated time for students to get caught up on any missing work in each class.  Students will go to each class for attendance and to check in with their teacher regarding work that needs to be completed.  Teachers will not be teaching new content or providing any new assignments.  The next Catch Up Days will be during the 3rd and 4th quarters, if needed. 

We value the partnership that we have with you, our families, to help our students be as successful as possible.  If you have needs or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher, counselor and Subschool administrator.

 

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

Important Information for All
Parent Academy
Catch Up Days
Congrats to LB Students
Computer Science Education Week 2020
Teaching Tolerance
LBSS Online Book Store

High School Information
Senior Stamp Event
Softball Interest Meeting
Athletics and Activities

Middle School Information
Middle School After School Program

FCPS Information
Important Update on Grab and Go Meals
FCPS Tech Support
FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important LBSS Contact Information
Attendance Procedures
How to Stay In Touch

Important Information for All Parent Academy

Thank you to those who joined us Tuesday night for the Winter Meet the Coaches Night. If you would like a recap of what you missed, you can find the recording here.

"Catch up Days"

Lake Braddock Secondary School will be hosting “Catch Up Days” for our students on December 10 and 11. These will be synchronous instruction days, where students will follow their regular schedule. Teachers will take attendance at the beginning of each class and will allow students to use this time to catch up on assignments, activities or assessments that they might have missed. No new content or assignments will be given to students on these days.

Congrats to LB Students

We are so proud of two of our students, Lidya Demilew and Hannah Lee, who have been named Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalists. Only 1,609 Semifinalists were chosen among 99,403 applicants this year (just 1.6%!) because of their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community. In Virginia, only 7 schools out of 34 total have two semifinalists. Lidya and Hanna will now continue through the process with the opportunity of becoming a Coca-Cola Scholar. Congratulations Lidya and Hannah!

Learn more about the #CokeScholars Program $20,000 college scholarship and see a full list of Semifinalists at Cokeurl.com/2021SF.#CokeScholars SF.

Computer Science Education Week 2020

The week of December 7th is Computer Science Education Week 2020. During this week, many schools around the world host an Hour of Code. What is the Hour of Code? An excerpt from the HoC website states that "The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide."

At Lake Braddock, we are participating in the Hour of Code in several ways. First, we will provide ongoing information about coding and computer science to the community through social media. We are also providing teachers with options to incorporate coding into their lessons. Finally, students will participate in an Hour of Code event during a future Advisory lesson. It is our hope that this will help our students and community become familiar with the benefits that computer science and coding have to offer. 

Teaching Tolerance

At Lake Braddock SS, and in the Lake Braddock Pyramid, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are happy to share a resource with you that includes information, suggestions and discussion prompts for parents and students of all ages to explore the concepts of identity, bias and prejudice. Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parents’ Guide to preventing and Responding to Prejudice is a book designed to help families with children of all ages honor the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance. Three age-specific sections feature everyday parents sharing personal stories about the challenges and rewards of raising children in today’s diverse world.  Psychologists, educators and parenting experts offer practical, age-appropriate advice to help you integrate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities. And a final section offers guidance for reflecting upon your own biases, and how those biases affect your parenting.

LBSS Online Book Store

The LBSS Library is hosting an online bookstore through Bookworm Central that will continue throughout the entire year. Students and teachers can purchase books and have them delivered to their house. Purchases over $30 will be delivered for free. Stock up for the holidays and support the library.

The Online Library Book Store opens December 7. Please enjoy this promotional video HERE.

Contact the LBSSLibrary@fcps.edu with any questions.

Thank you, Lake Braddock SS Librarians

High School Information Senior Stamp Event

Due to low temperatures, the painting/stamping of the senior parking space event for the Class of 2021 has been postponed to a later date. Unfortunately, paint does not set if the temperature is too cold. When a new date has been selected, we will communicate the information on our website and in the Senior Google Classroom. We understand this change is inconvenient and disappointing for our Seniors and we are sorry. We are committed to having this event and will continue to look for options to pull this event off for our Seniors as soon as possible.

Senior Portraits on December 9

An email was recently sent to Seniors with details regarding senior portraits on December 9. If you need to sign up for a time, use this link:
pickatime.com/vosphoto/LakeBraddockss. If you have any questions, contact Victor O'Neill Studios directly at seniors@vosphoto.com

Softball Interest Meeting

There will be a softball interest meeting Thursday December 10th at 7:00 pm.  Join us for information regarding tryouts, out of season workouts, and more!  Please fill out the google form at the link below in order to get the BBCU link for the meeting.

https://forms.gle/WmoCpQQP5ofHZp4h7

Athletics and Activities

Is your child interested in trying out for a LBSS sport?!  Well look no further for information on how to make that happen.

The VHSL has adopted a condensed schedule for the 2020-2021 season. Teams will play 60% of their normal regular seasons. Winter sports will run from December 7 through February 20, with the first contest on December 21. Fall sports will begin practices on February 4 and continue until May 1, with competition beginning on March 1. Spring sports will cap off the schedule from April 12 through June 26, with April 26 marking the first competitions.

  1. Online Registration: FCPS has adopted a new online registration process that requires parents to register their students for school-based activities and athletics. Lake Braddock’s site is now live! This registration applies to the following:
  • Academic Activities - Debate, Forensics, Scholastic Bowl, and Theater
  • Athletic Activities - Fall Sports, Winter Sports, and Spring Sports

Parents create one account per family. Students in the same family need to be registered within the same account. To access the Lake Braddock Activities & Athletics Registration Website, please click here.

  1. Concussion Education is now a required step within registration. It must be reviewed in its entirety and electronically signed by both the parent and student. If a paper version has already been submitted for 2020-21, you will still need to complete the Concussion Education step to move forward. This will be our only accepted form of Concussion Education completion moving forward. Signed paper versions will no longer be collected by the Athletic Training Program or Activities Office.
  2. Emergency Care Form information is now collected via the registration process. Please make sure this information is complete and accurate, as it will be shared with EMS in the event of an emergency. Hard copies will only be required for Green or Yellow Day activities.
  3. VHSL Physical Forms will continue to be collected by the Athletic Training Staff or Activities Office. Physicals can be emailed to Kristyn Wharton at kwharton@fcps.edu (PDF format preferred), mailed to the school, or dropped off in the main office. If you have already submitted a physical for this school year, it is on file and will remain valid until June 30, 2021. Blank VHSL forms can be found here.
  4. Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form is an agreement to complete a daily health screening prior to sending your student-athlete to school. We are asking parents to complete this form electronically. This will allow your child to enter the building for workouts and/or practices amidst COVID-19 procedures. To fill this form out, please click here.
  5. Tryout Card Distribution will be shared via News You Choose, the LB Athletics website, and social media prior to the start of each season. We typically distribute tryout cards the week before each season starts. To review the updated Tryout Information for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.
Middle School Information Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

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

  • MS Lunch Bunch
    • Come and hangout with other students and staff during lunch – talk with friends, listen to music, play games and have some fun during your mid-day meal!
    • Register here: https://forms.gle/NDJMT9Drqu4sHKKE7
  • New AS Programs as of 12/1
    • LB Cyber Security Club (T 3:10p)
    • Game Club (T & Th 3:30p)
  • AS Programs “Coming Soon”
    • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
    • LB Dungeons & Dragons
    • OBS Club
    • Photography Club
  • New Asynchronous Activities on the Bruins Stay Virtual After-School site
    • Sports Locker Room
    • Meditation Room
    • Mindfulness Room
    • Fitness Room
    • STEM Room
    • Art Room
    • Plus Arts & Crafts workshops

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

FCPS Information Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

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

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

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

FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Winter Meet the Coaches Night Tonight!

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Annual Winter Meet the Coaches Night

Our annual winter Meet the Coaches Night will take place tonight, December 1 at 7:30 pm via BBCU. Parents/Guardians and student-athletes are encouraged to join! To register for this session please click on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdHPeK3r1n1yZ.../viewform

How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - November 20, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

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

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

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

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

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

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

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

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

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

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

Important Information for All Parent Academy

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

Past Events

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

LBSS Staff Shout Outs

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

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

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

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

E-Mail Communication from Lake Braddock

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

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

IT Reminders

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

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

Peer Tutoring

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

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

Tutoring subjects we offer:

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

Wanted:  Hour of Code Guest Speakers

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

LBSS Student Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/mshVRnh-DCc

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

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

Please use this Google Form to sign up. 

Event Details:

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

Participants must:

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

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

High School Yearbook

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

Senior Yearbook Ads

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

High School Portrait Retakes

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

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

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

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

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

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

Middle School Portrait Retakes

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

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

MS Lunch Bunch

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

FCPS Information Family Guide for Return to School

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

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

Family Engagement Month

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

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

Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

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

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

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

FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

LBSS Weekly News - November 13, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

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

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

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

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.

In this Issue

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

High School Information

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

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

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

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

Important Information for All 1. Parent Academy

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

2. Peer Tutoring

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

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

Tutoring subjects we offer:

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

3. Wanted:  Hour of Code Guest Speakers

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

4. DECA Gift Card Drive

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

5. LBSS Alumni in the News

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

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

6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

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

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

Outstanding Teacher 

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

Outstanding New Teacher

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

Outstanding Principal

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

Outstanding Leader 

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

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

Outstanding Professional Employee 

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

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

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

High School Information 8. Class of 2023 Events

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

HS Student Services

9. High School Yearbook

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

10. Senior Yearbook Ads

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

11. High School Portrait Retakes

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

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

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

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

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu

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

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

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

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

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

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

13. Middle School Portrait Retakes

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

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

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

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

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu 

14. MS Lunch Bunch

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

FCPS Information 15. Family Guide for Return to School

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

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

16. Family Engagement Month

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

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

17. Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

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

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

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

18. FCPS Tech Support

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

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

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

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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