LBSS Weekly News - March 1, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families,

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

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

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

It's a good time to be a Bruin!

Lindsey Kearns

National School Social Work Week

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

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

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

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

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News

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

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
FAFSA Updates
100-Day Senior Meeting

Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News

Community Conversations
Virtual Military Night

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Spring Testing

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

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

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

Schools in the Age of AI

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

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

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

Register in advance for this meeting: Registration Link

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

FanQuest

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

 Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

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

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

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

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

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

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

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

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

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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

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

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

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

100 Day Senior Meeting

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

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

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

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

Student sign up:

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

Adult Sign up:

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

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

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

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

Learn About Pathways and Opportunities at Virtual Military Night

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

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - February 23, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

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

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

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

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

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

High School Bruin News

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

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
FAFSA Updates
100-Day Senior Meeting

Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News

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

Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Grading Feedback Session

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

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

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

LBSS JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl Champions

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

March 5 Student Holiday

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

March 22 Schedule and Spring Break

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

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

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

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

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

High School Bruin News

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

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

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

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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

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

Athletics and Activities News

Learn more about our Student Activities Program!

lakebraddockbruins.com

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

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

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

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

100 Day Senior Meeting

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

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

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

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

Student sign up:

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

Adult Sign up:

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

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

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

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

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

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

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

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

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

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

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

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

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

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - February 16, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

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

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

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

Lindsey Kearns

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

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

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

Middle School Bruin News

March 22 Team Day Challenge

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

Important Dates
100-Day Senior Meeting
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

March 5 Student Holiday

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

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

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

March 22 Schedule and Spring Break

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

Class of 2024 Mulch Sale

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

Student sign up

Adult Sign up

Quarter 2 Report Cards have now been posted in SIS. 

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

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

Middle School Bruin News

MS Team Day Challenge

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

High School Bruin News Athletics and Activities News

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

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

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

100 Day Senior Meeting

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

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

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

Senior Fees

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

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

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

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

Student sign up:

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

Adult Sign up:

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

FCPS News

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

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

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

Instruction 2 Industry: February 2024 Events

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

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

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

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

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

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

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

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

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

Summer Learning

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

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

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

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

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

What can families do?

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

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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LBSS Weekly News - February 9, 2024

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Hello Bruin Families -

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

Lindsey Kearns

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

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

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

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

Middle School Bruin News

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

High School Bruin News

From the World of HS Theatre

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Quarter 2 Report Cards have now been posted in SIS. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middle School Bruin News

MS School Supplies

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance.

High School Bruin News

From the World of High School Theatre

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

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

Athletics and Activities News

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

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

Senior Fees

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

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS Fundraisers LBSS PTSA

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

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

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

Student sign up:

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

Adult Sign up:

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

FCPS News

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

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

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

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

Summer Learning

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

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

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

Here Comes the Bus

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

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

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

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

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

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

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

What can families do?

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

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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LBSS Weekly News - February 2, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

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

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

Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

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

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbooks

High School Bruin News

From the World of HS Theatre

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

IT FAQs Family Liaison News

Parent Project Workshop

LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Black History Month

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

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event next Week

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

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

February Is Career and Technical Education Month

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

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

Middle School Bruin News

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

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

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

High School Bruin News

From the World of High School Theatre

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

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

Athletics and Activities News

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

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

Senior Fees

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

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS Fundraisers LBSS PTSA

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

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

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

Student sign up:

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

Adult Sign up:

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

FCPS News

Here Comes the Bus

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

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

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

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

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

Career Exploration Events for Students

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

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

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

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

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

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

What can families do?

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

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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LBSS Weekly News - January 26, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

Here we are at the end of the 2nd quarter and it is hard to believe the school year is half over. The next few months will fly by, as we enter testing season, enjoy spring sports and performance assessments, and begin to prepare for finals and graduation. As always, we are grateful for your support and the opportunity to work together for the benefit of our students.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Testing Season
A Message from the Health Room
Academy Open House Information
Academic Advising

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbooks

High School Bruin News

FASFA/VASA Completion Event
English 11 Work Keys
HS Yearbooks

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

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

Testing Season is Here

Windows of testing begin mid-January and will continue to run through the end of May. It is important that all students regularly check their fcpsschools.net email for pertinent testing information. These emails will provide information with date, time, location, test/remediation assignment and required materials  that students must bring for testing. Please note that with the distribution of the new Chromebooks, we do NOT have extra laptops or chargers. Students are expected to charge their laptops daily and bring their chargers if needed. State testing cannot be administered on personal devices.

PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following Lake Braddock students whose Reflections entries earned awards at the Fairfax County Council level:

Stephanie Groves, Special Artist - Literature and Photography

Juliet Auten, Music Composition

Sophia Kang, Photography

 

A Message from the Health Room

We are seeing an increased incidence of students with respiratory illness coming to the Health Room.  Respiratory illness activity in Virginia is very high overall based on healthcare visits for fever and cough or sore throat.  It is especially important to take the time now to get your recommended vaccinations to reduce your risk of serious illness. You can also protect yourself with preventive actions and seek medical advice if you have symptoms.

If your child has a fever of 100.4 or higher, please keep them at home until his or her fever is below 100.4 for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. If the fever does not go away after 2-3 days or is 102.0 or higher, consult with a health care provider.  If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, runny nose/congestion, diarrhea, nausea/ vomiting, headaches), we encourage testing.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please keep your child at home until completion of at least five days of isolation.  Additional guidance can be found on our website: Health and Safety Guidance Document.  Please observe CDC guidelines to protect yourself from respiratory illness.  Protect yourself from COVID-19, Flu, and RSV (cdc.gov)

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Health Room at 703-426-1010.

Academy Open House Information

We have compiled information on the various academies offered through FCPS. Please see this site for details.

Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Middle School Bruin News

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

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

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

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LB Middle School yearbooks are on sale now for $35, but that price won’t last long. If you purchase the yearbook between now and Valentine’s Day, you pay only $35. After that, the price goes up. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture the memories of your student’s first or second year here at Lake Braddock Middle School. Buy your copy today!

High School Bruin News

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event

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

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

Please refer to the attached flyer for required documentation.

English 11 Work Keys

Students in English 11/English 11 Honors will be taking the Writing work keys in their English class on January 30 (for odd period English classes) and January 31 (for even period English classes). This is a mandatory state assessment and is important that all students be present for this assessment as passing earns them their writing verified credit for graduation. Make ups will not occur until February 22. If you have a conflict, STUDENTS should speak to their English teacher directly.

As a reminder, students MUST take all standardized assessments on a school issued laptop; personal devices CANNOT be used, and the school will not be loaning out devices to students who forget their issued Chromebooks.

HS Yearbooks

PARENTS, FRIENDS & FAMILY: The deadline to order a 2023-2024 LB High School yearbook with a name plate is Friday, January 26. This is the FINAL DAY to ensure your student will receive personalization for their yearbook.

Head to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use order number 5061.

Unsure if you’re ordered? Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and click “Find Existing Order.” For any questions, please contact [email protected] OR call the YOC team at 866-287-3096.

Athletics and Activities News

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

Senior Fees

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

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information.

Introducing Lightspeed

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

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

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. 

Please reach out to our School-Based Technology Specialists, Kim Hammond ([email protected]) and Sarah Olson ([email protected]), if you have any further questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

FCPS News

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

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

What can families do?

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

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - January 12, 2024

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families -

As we look toward the end of the 2nd quarter, we have scheduled extended WIN time so that our students can have extra time with their teachers. The dates are January 18 and 24 and students will need to request the time by submitting an ehall pass.

Next Monday is a holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Introducing Lightspeed
Academic Advising

Middle School Bruin News

MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

English 11 Work Keys
FAFSA/VASA Completion Event
Save the Date: Academy Open Houses
Soft Launch of New Financial Aid Form

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Fees

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Introducing Lightspeed

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

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

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. 

Please reach out to our School-Based Technology Specialists, Kim Hammond ([email protected]) and Sarah Olson ([email protected]), if you have any further questions.

Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Middle School Bruin News High School Bruin News

English 11 Work Keys

Students in English 11/English 11 Honors will be taking the Writing work keys in their English class on January 30 (for odd period English classes) and January 31 (for even period English classes). This is a mandatory state assessment and is important that all students be present for this assessment as passing earns them their writing verified credit for graduation. Make ups will not occur until February 22. If you have a conflict, STUDENTS should speak to their English teacher directly.

As a reminder, students MUST take all standardized assessments on a school issued laptop; personal devices CANNOT be used, and the school will not be loaning out devices to students who forget their issued Chromebooks.

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event

A FAFSA/VASA Night will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. This event will take place in the Lecture Hall starting at 6:00 pm. The best place to park will be outside of Door 1. We will have staff there to direct you into the room where we will have helpers! Please complete this form so we have a headcount of how many families to expect. 

Please refer to link for required documentation.

Save the Date: Academy Open Houses Begin This Month!

Is your child interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school Academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy open houses.

Soft Launch of a New Financial Aid Form

Colleges and career schools use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to determine how much financial aid each student is eligible to receive. This aid could include grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans.

Any college-bound student — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. 

The form is currently available for short periods of time while it is being updated to provide a better experience. Learn more about the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

Athletics and Activities News

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

Senior Fees

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

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information.

AI vs. PARENTAL CONTROL:  Is your child's privacy at risk? Can you really trust AI to raise your kids? Lake Braddock wants to help you stay one step ahead by getting a better understanding about your understanding and views with regards to artificial intelligence. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

잠시 시간을 내어 설문 조사를 완료해 주시기 바랍니다. 귀하의 협조에

감사드립니다.  한국어

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

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

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association (LBSS PTSA) is excited to host an online auction in March 2024 and we hope you will consider participating in our major fundraiser of the year! We are currently looking for donations of products, services, gift cards, and experiences to be auctioned and would appreciate your support. Spending a day shadowing you would be a priceless, amazing, and insightful experience!!

Virtual auction proceeds will be used for scholarships, educational grants, events, programs, teacher and student recognition, family engagement, and general school support. As a thank you for your tax-deductible donation (LBSS PTSA’s Tax ID Number: 52- 1289445), we will promote your generosity on our website, social media platforms, and our Newsletter. 

With over 4,300 students, the largest secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a highly engaged group of families, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with whom we regularly communicate. Our LBSS community actively supports local businesses and entities contributing to our school and students.

For additional information or to donate an item, please complete the donation form on our website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Rjh0aoJw3kIDX6DIZC_A4ypVHcV7jgnY7x_63yBl_yazVA/viewform)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Auction Chairs, Connie Coffee at [email protected], Lydia Durand at [email protected], or me directly at [email protected], or 703-338-3033.  

Thank you for your time and consideration; we sincerely appreciate your support!

FCPS News

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - January 5, 2024

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Happy New Year, Bruin Nation!

Welcome to 2024! It is great to see everyone back after a long and restful break. We hit the ground running with our rising 7th grade Curriculum Night last night and our Electives Fair for 7th-11th grades today. Course selection for the students is right around the corner. Please see the flyer below for more information.

January 25th marks the end of the second quarter and is an early release day. Friday, January 26th is a teacher work day and students are off. It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through.

Lindsey Kearns

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Orthodox Christmas

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. Learn more facts about Christmas from National Geographic Kids

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs
Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate Program Information Night
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event
2024 Gap Year Fair
Save the Date: Academy Open Houses
Soft Launch of New Financial Aid Form
NOVA Early Online College Course Registration
Yearbook Information

Athletics and Activities News Class of 2024 News IT FAQs Family Liaison News LBSS PTSA FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Mark Your Calendars! It’s hard to believe, but when we return from winter break students will begin to select their courses for next year! Please take a minute to review the upcoming events for your students. Additional information will be shared on January 2nd to kick off Academic Advising!

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Information Night

Robinson Secondary School will host an information night for rising 9th grade students and families about the IB program on Thursday, January 11th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Please see the flyer below for details about the different sessions planned for that event.

High School Bruin News

FAFSA/VASA Completion Event

A FAFSA/VASA Night will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. This event will take place in the Lecture Hall starting at 6:00 pm. The best place to park will be outside of Door 1. We will have staff there to direct you into the room where we will have helpers! Please complete this form so we have a headcount of how many families to expect. 

Please refer to link for required documentation.

2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs

Save the Date: Academy Open Houses Begin This Month!

Is your child interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school Academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy open houses.

Soft Launch of a New Financial Aid Form

Colleges and career schools use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to determine how much financial aid each student is eligible to receive. This aid could include grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans.

Any college-bound student — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. 

The form is currently available for short periods of time while it is being updated to provide a better experience. Learn more about the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

NOVA Early Online College Course Registration

NOVA Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors and seniors to take up to two tuition-free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on Thursday, January 30, and end on Monday, April 22. 

Students should register by Monday, January 8, at 5 p.m. 

Courses are asynchronous, online, and for college credit only. Thirteen courses are offered along with courses that fulfill an IT Technical Support Career Studies Certificate. Qualification information is located on NOVA's website. EOC courses meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degree programs as well as being transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities.

Athletics and Activities News

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.

TALKINGPOINTS:

Q: What is TalkingPoints? 

A: TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. We will be using this platform to communicate with you about your child’s education and progress.

Here are two ways families can use TalkingPoints:

  • School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
  • You can reply by text or through the app.

Families will receive messages in the language they have listed as their correspondence language. Families can reply in any language and the message will be translated into English for the school. 

If families prefer to not receive text messages from TalkingPoints, they can reply with "GOODBYE" at any time.

Q: How might I access the TalkingPoints App?

A: The FAMILIES | TalkingPoints app is free. You can go to your Google Play Store or Apple Store and search for FAMILIES | TalkingPoints. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow this Getting Started Guide for Families to login for the first time. 

Q: Who can I contact in the Talking Points App?

A: Families are able to respond to teachers and staff members via TalkingPoints, however messages sent to Lake Braddock Secondary School administration will not be monitored. If you’d like to contact Lake Braddock administrators, please send them an email directly using the email address in this directory

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association (LBSS PTSA) is excited to host an online auction in March 2024 and we hope you will consider participating in our major fundraiser of the year! We are currently looking for donations of products, services, gift cards, and experiences to be auctioned and would appreciate your support. Spending a day shadowing you would be a priceless, amazing, and insightful experience!!

Virtual auction proceeds will be used for scholarships, educational grants, events, programs, teacher and student recognition, family engagement, and general school support. As a thank you for your tax-deductible donation (LBSS PTSA’s Tax ID Number: 52- 1289445), we will promote your generosity on our website, social media platforms, and our Newsletter. 

With over 4,300 students, the largest secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a highly engaged group of families, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with whom we regularly communicate. Our LBSS community actively supports local businesses and entities contributing to our school and students.

For additional information or to donate an item, please complete the donation form on our website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Rjh0aoJw3kIDX6DIZC_A4ypVHcV7jgnY7x_63yBl_yazVA/viewform)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Auction Chairs, Connie Coffee at [email protected], Lydia Durand at [email protected], or me directly at [email protected], or 703-338-3033.  

Thank you for your time and consideration; we sincerely appreciate your support!

FCPS News

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - December 15, 2023

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Happy Holidays, Bruin Nation!

As we close out 2023, we are happy to have time to reflect on all that we are grateful for, including our partnership with you. We appreciate the opportunities to work together and we look forward to returning in the New Year with a continued commitment to work together for the benefit of our students. We hope you have a wonderful break and we’ll see you next year.

Lindsey Kearns

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18 to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Key Club and Cocoa
HS Spring Sports
Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate Program Information Night
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

2024 Gap Year Fair
Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates

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

A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the person who stands at the heart of the Christian tradition. It is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world, most commonly by the joyous giving of gifts. Learn more about Christmas

Key Club and Cocoa

Officers of our Key Club shared cocoa cups with the LB bus drivers Wednesday morning. It was a wonderful holiday treat on a cold morning.

 

We so appreciate our bus drivers!

High School Spring Sports Try-out Information:

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

Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Mark Your Calendars! It’s hard to believe, but when we return from winter break students will begin to select their courses for next year! Please take a minute to review the upcoming events for your students. Additional information will be shared on January 2nd to kick off Academic Advising!

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Information Night

Robinson Secondary School will host an information night for rising 9th grade students and families about the IB program on Thursday, January 11th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Please see the flyer below for details about the different sessions planned for that event.

High School Bruin News 2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs

Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

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

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

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

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

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.

TALKINGPOINTS:

Q: What is TalkingPoints? 

A: TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. We will be using this platform to communicate with you about your child’s education and progress.

Here are two ways families can use TalkingPoints:

  • School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
  • You can reply by text or through the app.

Families will receive messages in the language they have listed as their correspondence language. Families can reply in any language and the message will be translated into English for the school. 

If families prefer to not receive text messages from TalkingPoints, they can reply with "GOODBYE" at any time.

Q: How might I access the TalkingPoints App?

A: The FAMILIES | TalkingPoints app is free. You can go to your Google Play Store or Apple Store and search for FAMILIES | TalkingPoints. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow this Getting Started Guide for Families to login for the first time. 

Q: Who can I contact in the Talking Points App?

A: Families are able to respond to teachers and staff members via TalkingPoints, however messages sent to Lake Braddock Secondary School administration will not be monitored. If you’d like to contact Lake Braddock administrators, please send them an email directly using the email address in this directory

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association (LBSS PTSA) is excited to host an online auction in March 2024 and we hope you will consider participating in our major fundraiser of the year! We are currently looking for donations of products, services, gift cards, and experiences to be auctioned and would appreciate your support. Spending a day shadowing you would be a priceless, amazing, and insightful experience!!

Virtual auction proceeds will be used for scholarships, educational grants, events, programs, teacher and student recognition, family engagement, and general school support. As a thank you for your tax-deductible donation (LBSS PTSA’s Tax ID Number: 52- 1289445), we will promote your generosity on our website, social media platforms, and our Newsletter. 

With over 4,300 students, the largest secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a highly engaged group of families, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with whom we regularly communicate. Our LBSS community actively supports local businesses and entities contributing to our school and students.

For additional information or to donate an item, please complete the donation form on our website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Rjh0aoJw3kIDX6DIZC_A4ypVHcV7jgnY7x_63yBl_yazVA/viewform)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Auction Chairs, Connie Coffee at [email protected], Lydia Durand at [email protected], or me directly at [email protected], or 703-338-3033.  

Thank you for your time and consideration; we sincerely appreciate your support!

FCPS News

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Spanish:🍲 Recursos de Inseguridad Alimentaria para Familias

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios.

Korean:🍲 식량 수급이 불안정한 가족을 위한 자원 (Food Insecurity Resource)

Food insecurity (식량난)은 60,000명 이상의 페어팩스 카운티 주민에게 영향을 미칩니다. 식품 지원이 필요한 사람들을 지원하기 위한 많은 자원이 있습니다. 페어팩스 카운티 웹사이트에서 지원받거나 제공하는 방법을 알아보거나, 음식, 의류, 주택 및 기타 서비스에 대한 지원을 위한 인적 서비스 자원 가이드를 참조하세요.

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - December 8, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

It has been another busy week at Lake Braddock with evening concerts and  the annual rising 7th grade info session. It's hard to believe we are already starting to plan for the 24-25 school year. Academic Advising for our current students starts right after winter break. More information is shared below.

Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of directing the HS Symphonic Band's performance of Sleigh Ride. Thank you to Mr. Luley and the students for this incredible opportunity.

I wish a Happy Chanukah and Happy Bodhi Day to all in our community who celebrate. 

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Winter Break
SEL Screener Parent Reports
Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate Program Information Night
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

2024 Gap Year Fair
Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Yard Sign Delivery Information

IT FAQs Family Liaison News Reminders FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids.

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

Winter Break (Student Holiday)

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18 to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

SEL Screener Parent Reports will be available early next week. Families with SIS ParentVUE will be able to review them in the documents tab. Those without ParentVUE accounts will receive results via USPS around this time as well. Consider using the language here to share this information with your families.

Academic Advising for 2024-25 School Year

Mark Your Calendars! It’s hard to believe, but when we return from winter break students will begin to select their courses for next year! Please take a minute to review the upcoming events for your students. Additional information will be shared on January 2nd to kick off Academic Advising!

Middle School Bruin News

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Information Night

Robinson Secondary School will host an information night for rising 9th grade students and families about the IB program on Thursday, January 11th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Please see the flyer below for details about the different sessions planned for that event.

High School Bruin News 2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs

Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

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

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

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

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

The next yard sign pick-up date is December 13 from 4:00-6:00 pm by Door 14.

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.

TALKINGPOINTS:

Q: What is TalkingPoints? 

A: TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. We will be using this platform to communicate with you about your child’s education and progress.

Here are two ways families can use TalkingPoints:

  • School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
  • You can reply by text or through the app.

Families will receive messages in the language they have listed as their correspondence language. Families can reply in any language and the message will be translated into English for the school. 

If families prefer to not receive text messages from TalkingPoints, they can reply with "GOODBYE" at any time.

Q: How might I access the TalkingPoints App?

A: The FAMILIES | TalkingPoints app is free. You can go to your Google Play Store or Apple Store and search for FAMILIES | TalkingPoints. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow this Getting Started Guide for Families to login for the first time. 

Q: Who can I contact in the Talking Points App?

A: Families are able to respond to teachers and staff members via TalkingPoints, however messages sent to Lake Braddock Secondary School administration will not be monitored. If you’d like to contact Lake Braddock administrators, please send them an email directly using the email address in this directory

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association (LBSS PTSA) is excited to host an online auction in March 2024 and we hope you will consider participating in our major fundraiser of the year! We are currently looking for donations of products, services, gift cards, and experiences to be auctioned and would appreciate your support. Spending a day shadowing you would be a priceless, amazing, and insightful experience!!

Virtual auction proceeds will be used for scholarships, educational grants, events, programs, teacher and student recognition, family engagement, and general school support. As a thank you for your tax-deductible donation (LBSS PTSA’s Tax ID Number: 52- 1289445), we will promote your generosity on our website, social media platforms, and our Newsletter. 

With over 4,300 students, the largest secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a highly engaged group of families, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with whom we regularly communicate. Our LBSS community actively supports local businesses and entities contributing to our school and students.

For additional information or to donate an item, please complete the donation form on our website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Rjh0aoJw3kIDX6DIZC_A4ypVHcV7jgnY7x_63yBl_yazVA/viewform)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Auction Chairs, Connie Coffee at [email protected], Lydia Durand at [email protected], or me directly at [email protected], or 703-338-3033.  

Thank you for your time and consideration; we sincerely appreciate your support!

FCPS News

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Spanish:🍲 Recursos de Inseguridad Alimentaria para Familias

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios.

Korean:🍲 식량 수급이 불안정한 가족을 위한 자원 (Food Insecurity Resource)

Food insecurity (식량난)은 60,000명 이상의 페어팩스 카운티 주민에게 영향을 미칩니다. 식품 지원이 필요한 사람들을 지원하기 위한 많은 자원이 있습니다. 페어팩스 카운티 웹사이트에서 지원받거나 제공하는 방법을 알아보거나, 음식, 의류, 주택 및 기타 서비스에 대한 지원을 위한 인적 서비스 자원 가이드를 참조하세요.

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - December 1, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

Welcome to December! 

Last weekend was an exciting weekend for our community to come out and have one more experience with the band, cheerleaders and fans as we watched our Football Team win the Region Championship.  We wish them the best as they travel to Highland Springs HS for the Semi-Final State competition. 

It was a busy week in Performing Arts with a pyramid chorus concert and both MS and HS Orchestra performances. We look forward to our remaining ensembles finishing out the year with their winter concerts.

Go Bruins!

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

New Family Liaison
Social and Emotional Screening Results
National Special Education Day
Makeup/Retake Images Now Available
LB Band Children's Holiday Concert

Middle School Bruin News

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

Signs of Suicide Program
2024 Gap Year Fair
Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party

IT FAQs Family Liaison News Reminders FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders New Family Liaision

Hello LBSS community!

My name is Thu Dang (Tanzie), and I am honored to step into the role of Family Liaison, bringing with me a background in Communications and experiences in working with families. As your liaison, I am dedicated not only to facilitating communication between home and school but also to serving as a resource for any questions or concerns you may have.

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] or by calling my office number: (703) 426-6424. Additionally, I will be available at LBSS on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please email or call ahead to schedule in-person appointments.

I am eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to support you and your families!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school. 

National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Lake Braddock has a strong Special Education program and we are grateful for our students, parents, teachers, instructional assistants, department chairs and administrators who support them.

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online.

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures

please email: [email protected]

Thank you !

Victor O'Neill Studio!

Video Link:

https://www.wevideo.com/view/3233665406

Middle School Bruin News Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to  <<fill in the name and email address of the AART or principal>> no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing <<fill in the name and email address of the AART>>. 

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

High School Bruin News Signs of Suicide Program

This school year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called Signs of Suicide (SOS). The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.

Through the program, students learn: 

  • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  
  • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 
  • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 
  • who they can turn to at school for help

The week of December 11-15, through Advisory/WIN time, 11th grade students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend.  Following the video, students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional. 

To review the full letter with further information about the program and links to resources, click here

To opt your child out of participation in the program click here.

2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs

Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

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

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

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

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

PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party

Please see two important save the dates below. Please know that we are currently actively searching for adult volunteers to LEAD some events at the Mulch Sale as well as the ANGP. If you are interested in being a part of the magic that  happens at Lake Braddock, please fill in the attached google form. Again, we are searching for adult volunteers across ALL grades to help us out! 

SAVE THE DATE: 

The Mulch Sale 
Lake Braddock's Senior Class LARGEST fundraiser for the All Night Grad Party
March 15-17, 2024
Mulch will go on sale after Jan 1, 2024.

All Night Grad Party
Wednesday June 5, 2024
11pm-5am

Any questions please direct them to [email protected].

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.

TALKINGPOINTS:

Q: What is TalkingPoints? 

A: TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. We will be using this platform to communicate with you about your child’s education and progress.

Here are two ways families can use TalkingPoints:

  • School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
  • You can reply by text or through the app.

Families will receive messages in the language they have listed as their correspondence language. Families can reply in any language and the message will be translated into English for the school. 

If families prefer to not receive text messages from TalkingPoints, they can reply with "GOODBYE" at any time.

Q: How might I access the TalkingPoints App?

A: The FAMILIES | TalkingPoints app is free. You can go to your Google Play Store or Apple Store and search for FAMILIES | TalkingPoints. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow this Getting Started Guide for Families to login for the first time. 

Q: Who can I contact in the Talking Points App?

A: Families are able to respond to teachers and staff members via TalkingPoints, however messages sent to Lake Braddock Secondary School administration will not be monitored. If you’d like to contact Lake Braddock administrators, please send them an email directly using the email address in this directory

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

LBSS PTSA

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

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association (LBSS PTSA) is excited to host an online auction in March 2024 and we hope you will consider participating in our major fundraiser of the year! We are currently looking for donations of products, services, gift cards, and experiences to be auctioned and would appreciate your support. Spending a day shadowing you would be a priceless, amazing, and insightful experience!!

Virtual auction proceeds will be used for scholarships, educational grants, events, programs, teacher and student recognition, family engagement, and general school support. As a thank you for your tax-deductible donation (LBSS PTSA’s Tax ID Number: 52- 1289445), we will promote your generosity on our website, social media platforms, and our Newsletter. 

With over 4,300 students, the largest secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a highly engaged group of families, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with whom we regularly communicate. Our LBSS community actively supports local businesses and entities contributing to our school and students.

For additional information or to donate an item, please complete the donation form on our website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Rjh0aoJw3kIDX6DIZC_A4ypVHcV7jgnY7x_63yBl_yazVA/viewform)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Auction Chairs, Connie Coffee at [email protected], Lydia Durand at [email protected], or me directly at [email protected], or 703-338-3033.  

Thank you for your time and consideration; we sincerely appreciate your support!

FCPS News

Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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

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LBSS Weekly News - November 17, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

I had an opportunity to see our HS Theatre's performance of Almost, Maine last night and I hope you have a chance to go this weekend. It was a wonderful show and I am so proud of our students for their hard work.

As we head into Thanksgiving week, we at Bruin Nation are grateful for our staff, our students, and our families. We appreciate the opportunity to work together and wish everyone a warm and happy Thanksgiving.

Go Bruins!

Lindsey Kearns

We will be closed next Wednesday through Sunday and will reopen on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

In this Issue New Information and Important Reminders

Memorial Celebration
LB Band Children's Holiday Concert
Lost & Found
Holiday Food Drive Help

Family Engagement Month Middle School Bruin News

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

HS District Chorus
Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party

IT FAQs Family Liaison News Reminders FCPS News Quick Links New Information and Important Reminders Memorial Celebration

Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, a memorial celebration in honor of MS Social Studies teacher, Mr. Irv Katz, will be held at Lake Braddock in the Lecture Hall. Please join us to honor Mr. Katz.

Video Link:

https://www.wevideo.com/view/3233665406

Lost & Found

Has your student misplaced a jacket, water bottle, lunch bag or other personal item at school? If so, please ask your student to check the Lost & Found closet located in the corner of the cafeteria. Items that have been separated from their owners are placed in the Lost & Found on a daily basis. Please note - any unclaimed items will be donated at the Thanksgiving break.

Holiday Food Drive Help

As we head into the holiday season, we want to offer a wonderful opportunity to help support some of our Bruin families in need! We are coordinating a holiday food drive at Lake Braddock to provide a little extra help for some of our Bruin families over the two-week winter break. If you are able to help, please click on the sign up genius link below to see what items we still need! We will be accepting donations at Door #1, during regular school hours, from November 9 - December 1.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448A4AA28A7FB6-45834767-home

News from SGA Family Engagement Month

 

This is our last week for sharing the Family Engagement calendar. We hope you have found it helpful.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit FCPS’ website for a list of region representatives

Middle School Bruin News Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to  <<fill in the name and email address of the AART or principal>> no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing <<fill in the name and email address of the AART>>. 

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

High School Bruin News HS District Chorus

CONGRATULATIONS to the 40 students from Lake Braddock who successfully auditioned for District Chorus! The event will take place at West Springfield HS in February. 

SATB Choir:  Yoredanos Ayele, Ben Bailey, Henry Baldwin, Joseph Bergaust, Ava Brotemarkle, Rowan Corbitt, Jaelyn Cruz, Khoa Dinh, Nicholas Doan, Grace Eaton, Anna Foret, Bee Giska, Audrey Hill, Paige Hill, Ryan Houck, Juniper Jones, Lindsay Kawane, Olivia Lawrence, Aryanah Lee, Madden Levine, Emma Richey, Micah Senter, Tina Tran, Madeline Vukich

SSAA Choir:  Julie Auten, Riley Betzel. Amelia Cole, Isabella Cuellar, Devorah-Sarah Heesch, Clarissa Igl, Ayana Kawashita, Isabella Melchior, Karly Neal, Amanda Padilla Laboy, Isabela Palomino, Gretchen Parrott Reid, Keira Perry, Katelyn Richey, Juliet Simbulan, Emilie Verton

Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

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

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

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

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

PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party

Please see two important save the dates below. Please know that we are currently actively searching for adult volunteers to LEAD some events at the Mulch Sale as well as the ANGP. If you are interested in being a part of the magic that  happens at Lake Braddock, please fill in the attached google form. Again, we are searching for adult volunteers across ALL grades to help us out! 

SAVE THE DATE: 

The Mulch Sale 
Lake Braddock's Senior Class LARGEST fundraiser for the All Night Grad Party
March 15-17, 2024
Mulch will go on sale after Jan 1, 2024.

All Night Grad Party
Wednesday June 5, 2024
11pm-5am

Any questions please direct them to [email protected].

IT FAQs

Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.

TALKINGPOINTS:

Q: What is TalkingPoints? 

A: TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. We will be using this platform to communicate with you about your child’s education and progress.

Here are two ways families can use TalkingPoints:

  • School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
  • You can reply by text or through the app.

Families will receive messages in the language they have listed as their correspondence language. Families can reply in any language and the message will be translated into English for the school. 

If families prefer to not receive text messages from TalkingPoints, they can reply with "GOODBYE" at any time.

Q: How might I access the TalkingPoints App?

A: The FAMILIES | TalkingPoints app is free. You can go to your Google Play Store or Apple Store and search for FAMILIES | TalkingPoints. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow this Getting Started Guide for Families to login for the first time. 

Q: Who can I contact in the Talking Points App?

A: Families are able to respond to teachers and staff members via TalkingPoints, however messages sent to Lake Braddock Secondary School administration will not be monitored. If you’d like to contact Lake Braddock administrators, please send them an email directly using the email address in this directory

Family Liaison News

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

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

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

Reminders Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

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

FCPS News

Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Observance Graphics Created by Students in Design Challenge

In May, the FCPS Office of Communications called for entries for new graphics to help acknowledge the religious and cultural observances identified on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar. Eleven winning designs will be featured on FCPS and school social media platforms, and in newsletters leading up to the holidays starting with Diwali, which falls on Sunday, November 12. See the full list of winners

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

District News/In Case You Missed It

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

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

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

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