LRES Community News 6.9.24 - Updated

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

There is great excitement as we enter the final three days of the school year.  Field Day was so much fun Friday, thanks to Mr. Van Trees, Mr. Hickman, our volunteers, and staff!  

Speaking of our staff - this is your last chance to complete an FCPS Cares submission for this school year! We'd love to hear your feedback on a staff member who has made a different in your family's life. We invite you to submit your story.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending Marshall High School’s graduation ceremony. It was a beautiful event, and I loved seeing all the former Lemon Road students walk across the stage. 

Lemon Road summer office hours will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you need anything, please call the office at 703-714-6400. Our building will be used for SOAR, Bridge to Kindergarten, and Young Scholars summer classes for Lemon Road, Shrevewood, and Westgate Elementary Schools.   

Wednesday is the last day of school, and all FCPS schools dismiss early. Lemon Road will dismiss at 12:55 PM, and our front office will be closed from 1:30 - 3:00 so that all staff can attend our year-end celebration. 

Enjoy the last three days lions!

Parent Reminders:

  • Look around your house for any LRES library books to return ASAP.  Watch this quick video: “How-To Check Your Library Account.”  If you believe a book has already been returned or are unable to locate a book, please contact Ms. Burke: [email protected]
  • All items left in the Lost & Found after the last day of school will be donated.  Please stop by before June 12 to collect any remaining items.  
  • Parents of rising 4th - 6th graders, please open this link to watch the videos of instrument choices with your child.  All rising 4th - 6th graders must identify their preference (band, strings, or general music) by June 10, 2024 for class placement in the fall. 
  • If your family is relocating or changing schools over the summer, please be sure to email Dana Vaughn to ensure we can send any records to the correct school and your updated address to send final communication and test scores. 
  • Parents of 6th graders, pre-register here to join us for our Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday at 8:30 AM.  Parents may enter beginning at 8:05 on Wednesday.  
LRES PTA Updates

Thank you to all who volunteered at Field Day on Friday.  We appreciate your support in a fun, safe, and energetic day!  We know this year isn’t finished yet but it’s time to start planning for next year! Order your school supplies now for the new school year so they are waiting in class at Open House for your child!

School Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 1:00 PM on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Staff Farewells

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to the following Lemon Road staff members. Please join us in wishing them best of luck on their journey! 

  • Dana Vaughn (Student Information Assistant) will be moving to Waco, Texas to be closer to family.  
  • Julia Vargas (Preschool Instructional Assistant) will be retiring to spend time with her family.  
  • Jennifer Miller (Preschool Special Education Teacher) will be a pre-k teacher at McNair Elementary School. 
  • Jane Pawlewicz (Kindergarten Instructional Assistant) will begin her career as a high school ESOL teacher.  
  • Alex Asay (Grade 4 Teacher) will be moving with her family to Richmond, Virginia where she will continue to teach. 
  • Becky Paull (Music Teacher) will take a year away from teaching to spend more time with her husband and family.  
  • Kate Francis (Music Teacher) is moving to Huntsville with her family where she hopes to continue teaching music.  
  • Leslie Polish (Art Teacher) will be working exclusively at Stenwood Elementary School next year.  
  • Ted Frederick (Band Teacher) will be full-time at Longfellow Middle School next year.  

Lemon Road is nearly fully staffed for next year!  We are looking for an Instructional Assistant in our preschool classroom and a Special Education Teacher.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please email Ashley Castillo at [email protected]

Visit the Public Library this Summer

Lemon Road lions were treated to a visit from the Youth Service Manager from the Pimmit Public Library.   The librarians shared information about the summer reading program and presented books talks on possible summer reads. Learn more about the public library summer reading program at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/reading-challenges/summer-reading

SOL & Spring iReady Scores Posted

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For students in grades 3-8, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year. 

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Create a SIS ParentVUE Account

If you do not already have a SIS ParentVUE account, sign up now to monitor and support your child’s academic success! Through ParentVUE, you can view your student’s attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment score reports. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, June 10: B Week

Tuesday, June 11: Sixth Grade Day; Class Parties; Last Day for Specials

Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School; Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony (8:30 AM); Two Hour Early Release (12:55 Dismissal)

Thursday, June 20: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 5 PM

Tuesday, July 9: Book Mobile #1

Monday, July 15: Summer Library Event at Lemon Road

Saturday, July 27: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 10 AM

Thursday, August 1:  Book Mobile #2

Monday, August 5: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 10 AM

Thursday, August 15: Open House, New Family Orientation & Welcome Back BBQ at Lemon Road

Monday, August 19: First School Day of the 24-25 School Year!

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

There is great excitement as we enter the final three days of the school year.  Field Day was so much fun Friday, thanks to Mr. Van Trees, Mr. Hickman, our volunteers, and staff!  

Speaking of our staff - this is your last chance to complete an FCPS Cares submission for this school year! We'd love to hear your feedback on a staff member who has made a different in your family's life. We invite you to submit your story.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending Marshall High School’s graduation ceremony. It was a beautiful event, and I loved seeing all the former Lemon Road students walk across the stage. 

Lemon Road summer office hours will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you need anything, please call the office at 703-714-6400. Our building will be used for SOAR, Bridge to Kindergarten, and Young Scholars summer classes for Lemon Road, Shrevewood, and Westgate Elementary Schools.   

Wednesday is the last day of school, and all FCPS schools dismiss early. Lemon Road will dismiss at 12:55 PM, and our front office will be closed from 1:30 - 3:00 so that all staff can attend our year-end celebration. 

Enjoy the last three days lions!

Parent Reminders:

  • Look around your house for any LRES library books to return ASAP.  Watch this quick video: “How-To Check Your Library Account.”  If you believe a book has already been returned or are unable to locate a book, please contact Ms. Burke: [email protected]
  • All items left in the Lost & Found after the last day of school will be donated.  Please stop by before June 12 to collect any remaining items.  
  • Parents of rising 4th - 6th graders, please open this link to watch the videos of instrument choices with your child.  All rising 4th - 6th graders must identify their preference (band, strings, or general music) by June 10, 2024 for class placement in the fall. 
  • If your family is relocating or changing schools over the summer, please be sure to email Dana Vaughn to ensure we can send any records to the correct school and your updated address to send final communication and test scores. 
  • Parents of 6th graders, pre-register here to join us for our Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday at 8:30 AM.  Parents may enter beginning at 8:05 on Wednesday.  
LRES PTA Updates

Thank you to all who volunteered at Field Day on Friday.  We appreciate your support in a fun, safe, and energetic day!  We know this year isn’t finished yet but it’s time to start planning for next year! Order your school supplies now for the new school year so they are waiting in class at Open House for your child!

School Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 1:00 PM on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Staff Farewells

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to the following Lemon Road staff members. Please join us in wishing them best of luck on their journey! 

  • Julia Vargas (Preschool Instructional Assistant) will be retiring to spend time with her family.  
  • Jennifer Miller (Preschool Special Education Teacher) will be a pre-k teacher at McNair Elementary School. 
  • Jane Pawlewicz (Kindergarten Instructional Assistant) will begin her career as a high school ESOL teacher.  
  • Alex Asay (Grade 4 Teacher) will be moving with her family to Richmond, Virginia where she will continue to teach. 
  • Becky Paull (Music Teacher) will take a year away from teaching to spend more time with her husband and family.  
  • Kate Francis (Music Teacher) is moving to Huntsville with her family where she hopes to continue teaching music.  
  • Leslie Polish (Art Teacher) will be working exclusively at Stenwood Elementary School next year.  
  • Ted Frederick (Band Teacher) will be full-time at Longfellow Middle School next year.  

Lemon Road is nearly fully staffed for next year!  We are looking for an Instructional Assistant in our preschool classroom and a Special Education Teacher.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please email Ashley Castillo at [email protected]

Visit the Public Library this Summer

Lemon Road lions were treated to a visit from the Youth Service Manager from the Pimmit Public Library.   The librarians shared information about the summer reading program and presented books talks on possible summer reads. Learn more about the public library summer reading program at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/reading-challenges/summer-reading

SOL & Spring iReady Scores Posted

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For students in grades 3-8, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year. 

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Create a SIS ParentVUE Account

If you do not already have a SIS ParentVUE account, sign up now to monitor and support your child’s academic success! Through ParentVUE, you can view your student’s attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment score reports. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, June 10: B Week

Tuesday, June 11: Sixth Grade Day; Class Parties; Last Day for Specials

Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School; Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony (8:30 AM); Two Hour Early Release (12:55 Dismissal)

Thursday, June 20: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 5 PM

Tuesday, July 9: Book Mobile #1

Monday, July 15: Summer Library Event at Lemon Road

Saturday, July 27: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 10 AM

Thursday, August 1:  Book Mobile #2

Monday, August 5: Kindergarten & New Family Playdate 10 AM

Thursday, August 15: Open House, New Family Orientation & Welcome Back BBQ at Lemon Road

Monday, August 19: First School Day of the 24-25 School Year!

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703-714-6400

Attendance: 703-714-6464 or email | Health Rm.: 703-714-6410 | Web | Instagram 

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Lemon Road hopes you had a wonderful weekend enjoying this gorgeous weather.  It couldn't have been more perfect at the PTA picnic Friday evening - thanks to all who came! 

Last week, we hosted the 2024 Marshall HS, McLean HS, and Thomas Jefferson HS graduates who attended Lemon Road, said farewell to our first ever bike unit in PE, welcomed kindergarten parents for a final writing celebration, and finished Friday with Skittles Day!   

There is more excitement to come as we wind down the school year!   Check out our calendar below - we need your support and participation. 

Parent Reminders:

  • Please sign up to volunteer to help at Field Day on Friday, June 7! We need volunteers to make the day run smoothly.  
  • Look around your house for any LRES library books to return ASAP.  Watch this quick video: “How-To Check Your Library Account.”  If you believe a book has already been returned or are unable to locate a book, please contact Ms. Burke: [email protected]
  • All items left in the Lost & Found after the last day of school will be donated.  Please stop by before June 12 to collect any remaining items.  
  • A final call for any used books that your family is finished with to support our Summer Book Mobiles and reading programs.  Drop them off in the colorful bins near each entrance by Wednesday this week!
  • Parents of rising 4th - 6th graders, please open this link to watch the videos of instrument choices with your child.  All rising 4th - 6th graders must identify their preference (band, strings, or general music) by June 10, 2024 for class placement in the fall. 
  • If your family is relocating or changing schools over the summer, please be sure to email Dana Vaughn to ensure we can send any records to the correct school and your updated address to send final communication and test scores. 
PTA Updates

Thank you to all who attended our Big Picnic on Friday night - we hope you all had fun and thank you for another phenomenal Lemon Road year!

  • Is there a member of the LRES staff that you would love to see recognized at the end of the school year? You have until Monday at 8am to submit your nomination! Each year the Lemon Road PTA Board are honored to select one winner of the Carolyn Miller Spirit of Generosity Award. Nominations are now open and close on June 2nd. Any member of the Lemon Road community is welcome to nominate any staff member. For more detail on the award criteria and to complete your nomination please click here

  • We know this year isn’t finished yet but it’s time to start planning for next year! Order your school supplies now for the new school year so they are waiting in class at Open House for your child!
Field Day Reminders (Friday)

All lions participate in Field Day on Friday, June 7.  This is one of the favorite events of the year.  Help your child prepare for a successful field day with these reminders:

- Students are welcome to wear a bathing suit for field day.  Students must wear both a top that covers their full abdomen and shorts (as a part of their suit or over a swimsuit).  

- Send your child with a dry change of clothes, sunscreen, a towel, hat, and a bag to store wet clothes to bring home. 

- All students will need a water bottle labeled with their name.   

- Any student that did not pre-order lunch from the cafeteria must bring a lunch from home.  Lunches will be eaten in the classroom.  

Sixth Grade Promotion Information

Our 6th grade promotion ceremony will begin at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, June 12 in the gym.  Parents joining us for the ceremony are encouraged to park and enter at 8:05 with their child or pre-register here.  Parents or guardians that pre-register will be able to pick up their visitor sticker in the lobby.  All visitors to Lemon Road should bring photo identification with them each visit.  

Fairfax Summer Camp Information

2024 Summer Parktakes:

Some 2024 Summer Parktakes guides are available in the lobby for any families who may be interested. Page 37 has all the Camps info. New this year is extended care for before and/or after camp.  This is a great option for working parents.  Here’s the summer Parktakes link.

RecPac Camps:

June 24-August 1 from 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see the attached Recpac brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

SoCo Summer Strings:

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only.  Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.  You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Summer Arts Camp:

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

FCPS News ICYMI

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

  • School Board Adopts 2025 Budget
  • Online Campus Summer Registration
  • Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

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

Upcoming Important Events

Monday, June 3: A Week; Marshall HS Graduation; Public Library Class Presentations; Grade 5 Journalism Presentation

Tuesday, June 4: Grades 4 - 6 Eco Defense Squad Reflection Lunch

Wednesday, June 5: Student Leadership Picnic

Thursday, June 6:June PALS Dog Visit

Friday, June 7: Field Day; June Freaky Friday - Beach Day

Monday, June 10: B Week

Tuesday, June 11: Sixth Grade Day; Class Parties; Last Day for Specials

Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School; Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony (8:30 AM); Two Hour Early Release (12:55 Dismissal)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Last week was a fantastic celebration of our art program at Lemon Road.  Our band, strings, chorus, and art students and teachers all wowed the community with their hard work.  Thank you to all who helped with the preparation and execution of the event! 

We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend filled with quality time together. We are ending the year with many activities!  Check out our calendar below - we need your support and participation. 

Parent Reminders:

  • Please sign up to volunteer to help at Field Day on Friday, June 7! We need volunteers to make the day run smoothly.  
  • Start looking around your house for any LRES library books.  Be sure your child reads then returns it by May 29.  Watch this quick video: “How-To Check Your Library Account.”  If you believe a book has already been returned or are unable to locate a book, please contact Ms. Burke: [email protected]
  • LRES is collecting used books that your family is finished with to support our Summer Book Mobiles and reading programs.  Drop them off in the colorful bins near each entrance! 
  • Parents of rising 4th - 6th graders, please open this link to watch the videos of instrument choices with your child.  All rising 4th - 6th graders must identify their preference (band, strings, or general music) by June 10, 2024 for class placement in the fall.  
  • If your family is relocating or changing schools over the summer, please be sure to email Dana Vaughn to ensure we can send any records to the correct school and your updated address to send final communication and test scores.  
LRES PTA Updates

Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped to get all 586 pieces of artwork mounted, hung and displayed in time for this week’s Evening of the Arts - the art work will remain up until June 3rd so please take the time to look if you are in school before then - we have some wonderful artists at Lemon Road!

  • Join us for the EOY Picnic and Ice Cream Social on May 31st from 6 - 8pm. The SweetFrog truck will be behind the school and the PTA will sell concessions and have music playing.  Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a relaxing Friday evening before school is out for the summer!  Sign up here to volunteer to help at the event - MS and 6th graders welcome! 
  • Each year the Lemon Road PTA Board is honored to select one winner of the Carolyn Miller Spirit of Generosity Award. Nominations are now open and close on June 2nd. Any member of the Lemon Road community is welcome to nominate any staff member. For more detail on the award criteria and to complete your nomination please click here
  • We know this year isn’t quite finished yet but it’s time to start planning for next year! Order your school supplies now for the fall so they are waiting for your child at Open House and support the PTA by doing so! 
Student Test Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, May 28: SOL Retakes - Science

Wednesday, May 29: IOWA Makeup; Library Books Due; Grade 3 Family Engagement Event; Band & Strings Recruitment Event; The Healthy Table Farmers Market; Marshall HS & McLean HS Graduates Visit LRES

Thursday, May 30: SOL Retakes - Reading; Student Ambassador Lunch

Friday, May 31: Freaky Friday - Skittles Day; SOL Math Retakes; PE Bike Unit Ends; Kindergarten Family Engagement Event (8:45 AM); EOY PTA Ice-cream Social (5 PM); 

Sunday, June 2: Carolyn Miller Nominations Due

Monday, June 3: Marshall HS Graduation; Public Library Class Presentations; Grade 5 Journalism Presentation

Wednesday, June 5: Student Leadership Picnic

Thursday, June 6:June PALS Dog Visit

Friday, June 7: Field Day

Wednesday, June 12: Grade 5 & 6 Ceremony (8:35 - 10:05) K - 2 EOY Celebration (10:20 - 10:50); 3 - 4 EOY Celebration (11:00 - 11:35); 12:55 Dismissal

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Congratulations to our 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th graders for completing their SOL testing this week! The students have done incredible and we appreciate the collaboration with parents to ensure our lions were ready for their tests.  We will have makeups and expedited retakes over the next two weeks.  

The new grades 3 - 6 biking unit has been so much fun to see in action.  Thank you Mr. Hickman & Mr. VT for this new addition!   

Last Friday, our 1st graders went to Frying Pan Farm Park and many of our 6th graders went to release our brook trout into the Chesapeake Bay with Mrs. Busch.

Congrats to all our Girls on the Run participants who finished a wet 5K on Saturday!  Thank you Ms. Maughlin and all our coaches for making this happen at Lemon Road! 

Parent Reminders:

  • Please sign up to volunteer to help at Field Day on Friday, June 7! We need volunteers to make the day run smoothly.  
  • Start looking around your house for any LRES library books.  Be sure your child reads then returns it by Ma 29.  Watch this quick video: “How-To Check Your Library Account.”  If you believe a book has already been returned or are unable to locate a book, please contact Ms. Burke: [email protected]
  • LRES is collecting used books that your family is finished with to support our Summer Book Mobiles and reading programs.  
LRES PTA Updates
  • Join us for a restaurant night at Lazy Mikes on May 22nd from 5-8pm! Just mention Lemon Road when ordering.
  • Lemon Road goes to DC United! Join us at Audi Field to cheer on DC Utd on May 25th - tickets are limited and are on sale until May 20th
  • The Evening of the Arts is on May 23rd - LRES will showcase our Spring Concerts as well as a self guided Art show which will feature artwork by every student at LRES! Volunteer here to help get all 586 pieces mounted and hung in time! 
  • Join us for our last PTA event of the year - the Big Picnic and Ice Cream Social on May 31st from 6-8pm. The Sweet Frog truck will be there selling frozen yogurt and we will have concessions for sale and music playing.  Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy a relaxed Friday evening before school is out for the summer!
  • Is there a member of the LRES staff that you would love to see recognized at the end of the school year? Each year the Lemon Road PTA Board are honored to select one winner of the Carolyn Miller Spirit of Generosity Award. Nominations are now open and close on June 2nd. Any member of the Lemon Road community is welcome to nominate any staff member. For more detail on the award criteria and to complete your nomination please click here 
Rising 4th - 6th Grade Music Selection

Grades 4 - 6 students at Lemon Road have the option of playing an instrument as a part of their music program.  Grade 4 students can play a strings instrument.  Students in grades 5 & 6 can choose a band or strings instrument.  Instruction is a part of specials each week and we hold a winter and spring concert annually.  Parents, please open this link to watch the videos of instrument choices with your child.  All rising 4th - 6th graders will need to identify their preference (band, strings, or general music) by June 10, 2024.  The videos and selection information is available at this link.  We recommend not submitting final decisions until after recruitment on May 29th. 

Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, May 20: Patrol Meeting (8 AM); SOL 3-6 Math Makeups

Wednesday, May 22: The Healthy Table Farmer's Market; Lazy Mike's Restaurant Night

Thursday, May 23: Evening of the Arts (5:00-7:30 PM)

Friday, May 24: Spring Concert (9 AM)

Saturday, May 25: Lemon Road - DC United Game (6 PM)

Monday, May 27: No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28: SOL Retakes - Science

Wednesday, May 29: IOWA Makeup; Library Books Due; The Healthy Table Farmers Market

Thursday, May 30: SOL Retakes - Reading

Friday, May 31: Freaky Friday - Skittles Day; SOL Math Retakes; PE Bike Unit ends; Kindergarten Family Engagement Event (8:45 AM); EOY PTA Ice-cream Social (5 PM); 

Sunday, June 2: Carolyn Miller Nominations Due

Wednesday, June 5: Student Leadership Picnic

Friday, June 7: Field Day

Wednesday, June 12: Grade 5 & 6 Ceremony (8:35 - 10:05) K - 2 EOY Celebration (10:20 - 10:50); 3 - 4 EOY Celebration (11:00 - 11:35); 12:55 Dismissal

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703-714-6400

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Happy Mother's Day! Each of you plays a pivotal role in the growth and development of our Lions, offering love, wisdom, and encouragement. Your impact is immeasurable, and our community is richer and stronger because of your dedication and care. We celebrate you today and every day. 

On behalf of the entire Lemon Road staff, I want to express our gratitude for your incredible efforts during our staff appreciation week last week!  The PTA did an amazing job coordinating and supporting food, drinks, gifts, raffles, and yoga throughout the week.  The Taylor Swift theme really hit the spot. Everyday was filled with a genuine sense of love and support. Your thoughtfulness went a long way in boosting morale and reminding us how much you value our hard work.  Thank you for making us feel so appreciated!

This is the last big week of SOL testing with a focus on math in grades 3 - 6.  Be sure your child gets a full night sleep, healthy breakfast, wears comfortable layers, and arrives to school on time (by 8:15 AM) to ensure the most optimal testing environment.  Our lions are doing great and can use your help for one more week.  Thank you parents! 

Last week we held our spring bike/walk/roll to school event and it was a huge success.  As a reminder, our 3rd - 6th graders are also participating in their biking unit in PE.  They are encouraged to bring a helmet and/or bike to school on their PE days if they are able.  FCPS has provided bikes and helmets for all students to use for full participation in this awesome new unit.  

Friday, Ms. Ulsh and I spent the day with our amazing Principal and Assistant Principal of the day.  It might have been more fun for us than them! 

The Healthy Table Farmers Market

Stop by the Eco Defense Squad table in the front of the school Wednesday during dismissal to pick up your fresh produce!  See above for the expected options and below to inspire cooking with these fresh ingredients.  You are shopping local and supporting our Eco Defense Squad.  

LRES PTA Updates

Thank you all for all the donations, volunteers & support you put in to help make this year’s teacher and staff appreciation week a really special one - we appreciate you! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Instagram account to see all the fun in action!

  • Our May PTA Meeting will be on the 15th and will feature LRES alumni and Principals from Longfellow and Kilmer Middle Schools discussing the transition to middle school.  We encourage our 5th and 6th grade families to attend this meeting and bring your child so they get a chance to ask any questions! The meeting is at 6:30pm in the cafeteria with child care for school aged children provided.
  • Join us for a restaurant night at Lazy Mikes on May 22nd from 5-8 pm! Mention Lemon Road when ordering.
  • Lemon Road goes to DC United! Join us at Audi Field to cheer on DC Utd on May 25th - tickets are limited and are on sale now!
  • Join us for an Evening of the Arts on May 23rd from 5:00 - 7:30.  LRES will showcase our spring concerts as well as a self guided art show which will feature artwork by every student at LRES! Volunteer here to help get all 586 pieces mounted and hung in time! 
Field Day Sign Up

Lemon Road Field Day is coming soon!  Please mark your calendars for Friday, June 7 to come in the AM or PM to support the field day stations.  Mr. Van Trees and Mr. Hickman run a fantastic event, but we need volunteers to make the day run smoothly.  Please consider signing up here!  

FCPS Attendance Reminders

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

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

Learn more about attendance resources

Rising Longfellow Students

Jump Start Registration Now Open! - Jump Start registration is now open on MySchoolBucks. Choose between session 1 – August 5th – 6th or session 2 – August 7th – 8th.  Hours are 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Look forward to learning about Longfellow with school tours, ice breakers, scavenger hunts, team building and more. If you have any questions, contact Lavina Gangwani-Colaco at [email protected]

McLean High School Lacrosse Camp

McLean High School Lacrosse is offering a Youth Lacrosse Summer Clinic for Rising 3rd - Rising 8th grade boys from June 24th- 28th. This half-day, week long clinic will be at McLean High School’s Stadium field and will include stick skills, fun drills, and some scrimmages. Attendees will be instructed by McLean Lacrosse Coaches and Players. The clinic is $250 and proceeds support McLean Lacrosse. All skill levels are welcome. Register today to learn more about the game and improve skills in a fun and supportive environment. https://www.mcleanlacrosse.org/youth-clinics 

Summer Strings

Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only.

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.  You can find more information and registration for camp here. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

FCPS Summer Arts Camp

Summer Arts Camp Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming Important Events

Monday, May 13: SOL Make Up Day; B Week

Wednesday, May 15: 3rd & 5th Grade Math SOLs; The Healthy Table Farmer's Market (2:50 PM); PTA Meeting with Longfellow & Kilmer Principals (6:30 PM)

Thursday, May 16: 4th & 6th Grade Math SOLs

Friday, May 17: LRES POLO Day; Trout Team Release Trip; 1st Grade Field Trip

Saturday, May 18: Girls on the Run Race (8 AM)

Monday, May 20: Beginning of LRES Book Drive; A Week

Wednesday, May 22: Lazy Mike's Restaurant Night

Thursday, May 23: Evening of the Arts (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

Friday, May 24: Spring Concert (9 AM)

Saturday, May 25: Lemon Road - DC United Game (6 PM)

Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day; B Week

Tuesday, May 28: SOL Retakes - Science

Thursday, May 30: SOL Retakes - Reading

Friday, May 31:  Freaky Friday - Skittles Day; SOL Math Retakes; PE Bike Unit Ends; Kindergarten Family Engagement Event (8:45 AM); EOY PTA Ice-cream Social (5 PM)

Wednesday, June 5: Student Leadership Picnic

Friday, June 7: Field Day 

Wednesday, June 12: Grade 5 & 6 Awards & Promotion Ceremony (8:45 AM); K - 2 Celebration Assembly (10:15 AM); 3 - 4 Celebration Assembly (11:00 AM); 12:55 Dismissal

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Spring is in full swing!  Be sure to check the weather and send your child to school with layers this week - especially when testing! 

Mrs. Callanen's 4th Grade Class participated in a Global Classroom Project collaborating with a teacher and class in Finland this year.  See photos above when two students explained their project at the showcase last week!  

See below for pictures of our 5th graders and 2nd graders sharing their recent writing projects in the classroom last week.  Both grade levels had a great experience using their communication skills to share and listen!  

Updates from the PTA

Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at Lemon Road from May 6-10th and this year we are channeling our inner Swifties! We are excited to start showering our staff with love on Monday but it’s not too late to get involved and support where you can with time, money, or donations - all support is appreciated! Thank you!

Our May PTA Meeting will be on the 15th and will feature LRES alumni discussing the move to Middle School plus the Principals of both Longfellow and Kilmer - we strongly encourage our 5th and 6th grade families in particular to attend this meeting and bring your children so they get a chance to ask any questions they may have! The meeting is at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria with limited child care provided.

Lemon Road goes to DC United! Join us at Audi Field to cheer on DC United on May 25th - tickets are limited and are on sale now https://app.memberhub.gives/dcunited/Campaign/Details

Outdoor Education Happenings

Come plant and clean-up our gardens for Mother’s (Earth) Day!  Meet at the blacktop behind the school on Friday, May 10th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Please remember to bring a hat and water bottle, gloves can be provided.  All Lemon Road families are welcome to join and this is a service hour opportunity for 6th graders!!

Positivity Project: Leadership

Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Leadership. Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

Bike to School Day - May 8

Lemon Road is joining groups around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling on Wednesday, May 8. Ride your bike, scooter, roller skates, or wear your favorite walking shoes and WALK and ROLL with us to school!  Hike it.  Bike it.  You'll like it!♥

FCPS News ICYMI

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

  • FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders
  • No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, May 6: A Week; Grade 2 Field Trip; Staff Appreciation Week – Sweet Frog Truck; POG Night Raffle Winner Treats; May SCA Meeting; 5th Grade Reading SOL Makeups

Tuesday, May 7: Staff Appreciation Week – Full Breakfast in Library

Wednesday, May 8: Bike to School Day; 4th & 6th Grade Reading SOLs; PE Bike Unit BEGINS for 3rd - 6th graders; Staff Appreciation Week Gift Bags from PTA

Thursday, May 9: Staff Appreciation Week – Duck Donuts Truck; 3rd & 5th Grade SOLs; Specials Switch for Grades 5 & 6

Friday, May 10: Staff Appreciation Week – Lunch in the Library; Principal & AP for the Day; LRES Gardening Opportunity 3 - 5 PM

Monday, May 13: B Week; 5th Grade Science Makeups 

Wednesday, May 15: 3rd & 5th Grade Math SOLs; PTA Meeting 

Thursday, May 16: 4th & 6th Grade Math SOLs

Friday, May 17: Trout Release Trip; 1st Grade Field Trip; Polo Day 

Saturday, May 18: Girls on the Run 5K

Monday, May 20: A Week; SOL 3-6 Math Makeups

Thursday, May 23: LRES Evening of the Arts & Concert (5:00-7:30 PM)

Friday, May 24: LRES Spring Concert (9 AM)

Saturday, May 25: Lemon Road - DC United Game

Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Friday, May 31: Freaky Friday - Skittles Day; Last day of PE Bike Unit; Kindergarten Family Engagement Event (8:45 AM); PTA Ice-cream Social 

Wednesday, June 5: Student Leadership Picnic in Courtyard

Friday, June 7: Field Day

Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School: 12:55 Dismissal

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Last week, Lemon Road celebrated Earth Week!  Thank you to all students and staff for dressing each day to represent the colored themes.  It matters!

On Tuesday, the Lemon Road staff had the opportunity to say thank you to our parent volunteers who have helped in the classrooms, throughout the school, and through the PTA with a breakfast.  We appreciate the partnership we have with our parents and hope you will continue to support! 

Lemon Road also held our Level IV Orientation where our teachers and select students welcomed families from local schools to Lemon Road to share about our school and community culture.  Finally, on Friday, Ms. Albright, Mrs. Argodale, and Mrs. Argue shared with our parents the work we have done towards Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning.  Thank you to everyone who could attend!

Yesterday, select Lemon Road 6th graders joined choral students and directors from around the county for the annual All County Chorus Festival!  It was a gorgeous event and we are proud of our student singers!  

Parent Reminders:

 

Bicycle PE Unit - Grades 3 - 6

Lemon Road Families,

We are excited to share that we will be starting our bike riding unit in PE for 3rd - 6th grade students. It will begin May 6th and end on May 31st.

We will take all precautions to make sure that your children will be safe the entire time they ride including: wearing hairnets & helmets and teaching students proper bike safety.

Having a properly fitted helmet is critical in keeping students safe, so we ask that students with long hair wear it in a way that a helmet can still fit properly (for example, a low ponytail instead of a high ponytail). Students may bring their own helmet to use during PE.  Lastly, we ask that students don’t wear long dresses, excessively baggy clothing, or sandals on PE days to ensure safe riding.  Thank you for helping your child have the most success possible in this new PE unit!

If your child would like to use their own bike during their PE class, we ask that they ride it to school and lock it on the bike rack next to the trailers in the back of the school (rather than in the front).  

Mr. Hickman and Mr. Van Trees

Lemon Road PE Teachers

LRES PTA Updates

The Roarin’ Raffle winners were announced on Friday during school and the PTA will be contacting the winners in the next week!

Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at Lemon Road May 6-10th and this year we are channeling our inner Swifties! Hopefully you have seen the flyer overviewing the fun things planned for our amazing staff BUT we need your help to make it happen.  Please support where you can with time, money, donations etc. - all support is appreciated! Thank you!

  1. Purchase items for staff gift bags 
  2. Volunteer your time or donate food for the staff breakfast 
  3. Donate money to help fill in all appreciation opportunities  
Positivity Project: Enthusiasm

This week, we will focus on the character strength enthusiasm!  This means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you. Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project.

See above for some students and staff enthusiastic about animal print day! 

FCPS News ICYMI

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

  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times
  • Weigh in on School Health Services
  • FCPS Shines Bright With Continued ENERGY STAR® Recognition

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

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 29: B Week

Wednesday, May 1: 5th Grade Reading SOL; Specials Schedule Switch for Grades 5 & 6

Thursday, May 2: PALS Visit 11-12PM

Friday, May 3: Orthodox Good Friday; Student Holiday

Monday, May 6: A Week; Staff Appreciation Week; May SCA Meeting; 5th Grade Reading SOL Makeups; 2nd Grade Field Trip 

Tuesday, May 7: Staff Appreciation Week – Breakfast in Library

Wednesday, May 8: 4th & 6th Grade Reading SOLs; Staff Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 9: Staff Appreciation Week; 3rd & 5th Grade SOLs; Specials Schedule Switch for Grades 5 & 6

Friday, May 10: Staff Appreciation Week – Staff Luncheon; Principal & AP for the Day (Roaring Raffle Winners)

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Quarter 4 Principals Coffee

Join Lemon Road teachers and staff this FRIDAY beginning at 8:15 in the cafeteria to learn about work is happening each day with your children about Portrait of a Graduate.  This year, all students are curating a portfolio of evidence of one or more attributes which is the next step towards the FCPS county-wide goal of presenting about individual growth in POG attributes.  During our time together, we will also talk about SOL and end of year testing plans and highlight all the fun events planned to close out the 2023 - 2024 school year!  Refreshments will be served and we look forward to connecting with you.  For parents that wish to join by Zoom, the log in information is below:

 

Ashley Castillo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: LRES Quarter 4 Principals Coffee

Time: Apr 26, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96068427982

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Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, April 25: Earth Week - Wear Red; Advanced Academics Level IV Open House @ 6pm

Friday, April 26:  Earth Week - Freaky Friday - Animal Print or Nature Day; Quarter 4 Principals Coffee (POG POL); All County Chorus Festival Rehearsal

Saturday, April 27: All County Chorus Festival

Monday, April 29: B Week

Wednesday, May 1: 5th Grade Reading SOL

Thursday, May 2: PALS Visit 11-12PM

Friday, May 3: Orthodox Good Friday; Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

Monday, May 6: Staff Appreciation Week; May SCA Meeting @ 8:20AM; 5th Grade Reading SOL Makeups; 2nd Grade Field Trip 

Wednesday, May 8: 4th & 6th Grade Reading SOLs

Thursday, May 9: 3rd Grade Reading & 5th Grade Science SOLs

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

This spring is off to a BUSY start!  This week alone, our 5th graders went to Luray Caverns for their field trip, we hosted our Kindergarten Orientation, wore purple in appreciation of our military families, showed off our creativity at the Marshall Pyramid Art Show, hosted our 2nd grade families for a Geometry Zoo, tried out unfair games with families at a Probability Fair, and welcomed the ENTIRE community to the PTA Spring Fair!  I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!  

This week, we hope you will join us as we celebrate EARTH Week!  Tomorrow, all students and staff should wear green to make a difference.  We also welcome ALL parents and guardians to stop in at 8:15 on Friday for refreshments and our final Principals Coffee for the school year.  

Parent Reminders:

LRES PTA Updates

We have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered at, donated to and/or attended our Spring Fair this weekend - we hope you had an amazing time!

  • The Roarin’ Raffle winners will be announced next week and we will contact you direct to arrange getting your prizes to you - good luck everyone!
  • Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at Lemon Road from May 6-10th and this year we are channeling our inner Swifties! Hopefully you have seen the flyer sharing the fun things we have planned for our amazing staff BUT we need your help to make it happen.  PLEASE support where you can with time, money, donations, etc. - all support is very much appreciated! Thank you!
    • Purchase items for staff gift bags 
    • Volunteer your time or donate food for the staff breakfast  
    • Donate money to help throughout the week
    •  If you have a student who loves to make friendship bracelets we will be collecting in bracelets made for the staff by students from April 20th! 
Quarter 4 Principals Coffee

Join LRES staff this FRIDAY beginning at 8:15 in the cafeteria to talk with teachers about what work is happening each day with your students around Portrait of a Graduate.  This year, all students are curating a portfolio of evidence of one or more attributes which is the next step towards the FCPS county-wide goal of presenting about individual growth in POG attributes.  During our time together, we will also talk about SOL and end of year testing plans and highlight all the fun events planned to close out the 2023 - 2024 school year!  Refreshments will be served and we look forward to connecting with you.  

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciating beauty and excellence helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside his/her head. Those who appreciate beauty and excellence make their lives more enjoyable by being able to see the world with fresh eyes. “Put yourself in the way of beauty” - Cheryl Strayed. 

FCPS News ICYMI

In case you missed it, check out FCPS News for updates on: 

  • Spring Assessments
  • SEL Screener Results
  • Portrait of a Graduate (POG) work in FCPS
  • Family Summit at Marshall High School
  • FCPS Literacy Partnership with the Smithsonian
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Job Opportunities in FCPS
Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 22: A Week; Earth Week - Wear Green

Tuesday, April 23: Earth Week - Wear Blue; Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8:15 AM); Grade 6 Kilmer MS Field Trip

Wednesday, April 24: Earth Week - Wear White

Thursday, April 25: Earth Week - Wear Red; Advanced Academics Level IV Open House @ 6pm

Friday, April 26:  Earth Week - Freaky Friday - Animal Print or Nature Day; Quarter 4 Principals Coffee (POG POL); All County Chorus Festival Rehearsal

Saturday, April 27: All County Chorus Festival

Monday, April 29: B Week

Wednesday, May 1: 5th Grade Reading SOL

Thursday, May 2: PALS Visit 11-12PM

Friday, May 3: Orthodox Good Friday; Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

Monday, May 6: Staff Appreciation Week; May SCA Meeting @ 8:20AM; 5th Grade Reading SOL Makeups; 2nd Grade Field Trip 

Wednesday, May 8: 4th & 6th Grade Reading SOLs

Thursday, May 9: 3rd Grade Reading & 5th Grade Science SOLs

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

What an awesome week!  We began by experiencing the Solar Eclipse on Monday and closed out with our annual Portrait of a Graduate (POG) Night on Thursday.  If you missed POG Night, be sure to ask your child how they have demonstrated one of the POG attributes recently or what work they have begun to put in their portfolio for the year.  We will draw names of students that turned in their POG Night activity card for special prizes on the news next week.  

You will be able to view your child's Quarter 3 Progress Report in ParentVue on Monday. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions. Lemon Road will send home a paper copy of the final progress report at the end of the year.  

On Wednesday, we invite your family to join us in recognizing the sacrifices, and contributions of our military-connected students and their families as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child. One of the most visible displays of support for military-connected youth occurs on Purple Up Day, a day dedicated to showing appreciation by wearing purple – to represent the combined colors of branches of the military.

Speaking of color coordination, we also hope your family will join us for an Earth Spirit Week next week as we reflect on our planet and our responsibility to protect it.

Lastly, this Thursday evening we have some very creative students showing off their art work in the Marshall Pyramid Art Show at Marshall HS. Stop over if you have a moment to see their great work!

Parent Reminders:

Bike Safety

We love that so many of our students walk or bike to school and encourage this extra physical activity each day.  Unfortunately two bikes have gone missing from school grounds during the day.  We have alerted FCPS Security and will be extra vigilant with supervision, however we wanted to make parents aware in case they wanted to send their child with a bike lock.  If anyone has seen the bike above, please let Mrs. Castillo know ([email protected]).  We are excited that our 3rd - 6th graders will actually participate in a biking unit next month as a part of PE and look forward to this new instructional unit!  

Return Solar Eclipse Glasses

Send your gently used, unwanted solar eclipse glasses to school. We’re collecting them to send to a school in South America for their October 2 annular eclipse. Send them for reuse and support other students safely viewing the awesome astronomical events this year. (Drop box on the table by Mrs. Busch’s classroom.)

Positivity Project: Purpose

 

 

This week, we are focusing on PurposeYou have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

“Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”  ~Tim Tebow

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?
LRES PTA Updates

The PTA Spring Fair is coming on April 20th from 10-3 pm. We will have inflatables, a climbing wall, food trucks, games, a bake sale, as well as our Roaring Raffle! We have amazing raffle prizes this year from our teachers and the local community with something for everyone! Adults and children under 5 attend for free, but all school aged children need a bracelet to attend.  Buy your bracelet now at the pre-sale price of $20 (presale ends 4.16)! 

Consider helping with the event - this requires volunteers to make it happen!! 

Our April PTA Meeting will be on April 17th featuring Ms. Burke discussing literacy and library events over the summer as well as Mrs. Norton talking about upcoming Art shows and opportunities at Lemon Road. This meeting will be fully virtual.  Video call link: https://meet.google.com/gid-kaxf-myx 

Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at Lemon Road from May 6-10th. More information will be shared next week but if you have a student who loves to make friendship bracelets we will be collecting in bracelets made for the staff by students.

Thank you LRES PTA

A huge thank you from our teachers & staff to our PTA and parents.  Each month, our PTA organizes a creative and generous spread in the lounge for our teachers.  Check out the treats our staff enjoyed to celebrate the eclipse!  Thank you for your continued support of the staff!  It means so much to us.  

Dr. Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

FCPS News ICYMI

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

  • Webinars and Events for Families
  • FCPS Is One of the Best Communities for Music Education

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School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.  Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 15: B Week; Grade 5 Field Trip to Luray Caverns; Kindergarten Orientation (9:00-10:30)

Wednesday, April 17: Purple UP Day: Celebrating our military students; PTA General Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, April 18: Student Environmental Action Showcase; Marshall Pyramid Art Show 6 - 7:30 pm

Friday, April 19: 👕POLO Day; Caccavale/Doble Probability Fair

Saturday, April 20: 🌸LRES PTA Spring Fair

Monday, April 22: A Week; Earth Week - Wear Green

Tuesday, April 23: Earth Week - Wear Blue; Grade 6 Kilmer MS Field Trip; Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8:15 AM)

Wednesday, April 24: Earth Week - Wear White

Thursday, April 25: Earth Week - Wear Red; Level IV Advanced Academics Open House 6 pm

Friday, April 26: Earth Week – Freaky Friday – Animal Print or Nature Day; Quarter 4 Principals Coffee (POG POL); All County Chorus

May 6-10th: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

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Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

It was a great week to welcome back our lions for the 4th quarter of the 2023 - 2024 school year.  There is a LOT going on for the rest of the year.  Please make attending school on time everyday a priority for your family.  Students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:15 AM each day.  We miss your child when they are absent or tardy!  Check out FCPS attendance information here.  

Congratulations to our students who have recently competed in regional chess competitions and been so successful!  Thank you for bringing in your trophies so we can highlight your accomplishments with the school!  

This month is the Month of the Military Child!  Lemon Road was proudly awarded the Purple Star designation this fall.  The designation is awarded to schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.  Thank you to those families for your service and support.  We are so happy to have you as a part of our Lemon Road community for as long as you are here.  April 17th is Purple Up! Day, please join us in wearing purple to honor our military families.  

This week was National Assistant Principal Week!  Thank you to Ms.Ulsh for all you do at Lemon Road!  

Parent Reminders:

Solar Eclipse - Monday

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

At Lemon Road, we plan to provide donated approved eyeglasses from the National Science Foundation so all students and staff can safely view the eclipse.  Some classes will go out after 2 PM to view the early phases of the eclipse, however the peak will occur around 3:20, after our dismissal.  Parents are also welcome to send in appropriate glasses if you have them for your child.  Even with approved eyewear, if you prefer your child remain indoors between 2:00 and dismissal, please email your child's teacher before noon tomorrow.  

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m., and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child that they cannot look at the sun during dismissal without protective eyewear.  

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Portrait of a Graduate Night

Every Lemon Road student is working towards mastery of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes.  This year, our goal is that all students will help curate a portfolio of artifacts demonstrating their growth in one or more attributes. To find out more about the POG attributes, join us at POG Night on Thursday, April 11 - the theme for the night is "POG Heist".  This event will be a fun and interactive way for families to learn about and celebrate the Portrait of a Graduate attributes through games, challenges, and other activities.

LRES PTA Updates
  • The PTA Spring Fair will be on April 20th from 10-3. We will have inflatables, a climbing wall, food trucks, games, a bake sale and more as well as our Roaring Raffle! Flyers came home in folders this week. Adults and children 4 and under attend for free but all school aged children need a bracelet to attend - buy your bracelets now at the pre-sale price of $20 and please consider volunteering with the event - this is a big one and needs a lot of volunteers to make it happen!! 
  • Our April PTA Meeting will be on April 17th and will feature Ms. Burke discussing literacy at LRES and library events over the summer and Mrs. Norton talking about upcoming Art shows and opportunities at Lemon Road. This meeting will be fully virtual.
  • Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated at Lemon Road from May 6-10th. More information will be shared soon but if you have a student who loves to make friendship bracelets we will be collecting bracelets made for the staff by students from April 15th! 
Dr. Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

Free On-Demand Online Tutoring

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test?  FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

    • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
    • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 8: A Week; Wear Green to represent Global & Ethical Citizen;  SCA Meeting; Kindergarten Zoo Trip; Solar Eclipse 2:04 - 4:32 (Peak at 3:20 PM)

Tuesday, April 9: Wear Blue to represent Creative & Critical Thinking

Wednesday, April 10: School Holiday - Happy Eid!

Thursday April 11: Wear Purple to represent being Goal Directed; Grade 5 IRW Assessment; PALS Dog Visit; Family Night at Lemon Road with Portrait of a Graduate events (5:30 - 7:00)

Friday, April 12: Grades 3 & 5 Field Trip to The Alden; PTA Board Meeting

Monday, April 15: B Week; Grade 5 Field Trip to Luray Caverns; Kindergarten Orientation (9:00-10:30)

Wednesday, April 17: Purple UP Day: Celebrating our military students; PTA General Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, April 18: Marshall Pyramid Art Show 6 - 8 pm

Friday, April 19: 👕POLO Day; Caccavale/Doble Probability Fair

Saturday, April 20: 🌸LRES PTA Spring Fair

Monday, April 22:A Week; Earth Week - Wear Green

Tuesday, April 23: Earth Week - Wear Blue; Grade 6 Kilmer MS Field Trip

Wednesday, April 24: Earth Week - Wear White

Thursday, April 25: Earth Week - Wear Red; Level IV Advanced Academics Open House 6 pm

May 6-10th: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We hope you and your family are enjoying a relaxing time over Spring Break!. Before break our 5th & 6th graders participated in the 3v3 basketball tournament and our 4th graders attended their field trip to the Baltimore Aquarium - it was a fun week!

We are excited to welcome our students back on April 3rd.   This marks the beginning of the 4th quarter of the school year.  Quarter 3 Progress Reports will be available via SIS ParentVue starting on Monday, April 15, unless otherwise requested by the parents. Paper copies are being sent home for quarter 1 and the final report. 

Parent Reminders:

School-based AAP Referrals

Spring referrals for school-based AAP services (part-time or subject specific) are due to Avery Straw via email at [email protected] by April 15, 2024. Forms can be found here. Further information can be found here

April - Month of the Military Child

We invite the Lemon Road community to recognize the resilience of our military-connected children during April, the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take this opportunity to celebrate our military-connected children and thank them for their service as part of a military family.  Lemon Road earned a purple star this year and joined the 68 other FCPS schools with this recognition.  We look forward to wearing purple on  Purple Up Day (April 17, 2024) as a school community.

Spring SOL Dates Spring Portraits Available

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! Parents of those photographed should have received an e-proof. All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks until April 12.  Parent questions/concerns can be sent to [email protected].  Use the link and enter your child’s Student ID number as the online code.  

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Portrait of a Graduate Night

Every Lemon Road student is working towards mastery of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes.  This year, our goal is that all students will help curate a portfolio of artifacts demonstrating their growth in one or more attributes. To find out more about the POG attributes, join Lemon Road staff at POG Night on Thursday, April 11 - the theme for the night is "POG Heist".  This event will be a fun and interactive way for families to learn about and celebrate the Portrait of a Graduate attributes through games, challenges, and other activities.

LRES PTA Updates

The PTA Spring Fair will be on April 20th from 10 am - 3 pm. We will have inflatables, a climbing wall, food trucks, games, a bake sale and more as well as our Roaring Raffle! Flyers came home in folders this week. Adults and kids under the age of 5 attend for free but all school aged children need a bracelet to attend. Buy your bracelet now at the pre-sale price of $20 and please sign up to help with the event.

Our PTA meeting on April 17th will feature Ms. Burke, who will talk about literacy at LRES and library events over the summer, as well as Mrs. Norton, who will be talking about the upcoming Art shows and opportunities for parent volunteers at Lemon Road.

Staff Appreciation Week at LRES will be May 6 -10th. More information will be shared after the break but if you have a student who loves to make friendship bracelets we will be collecting bracelets for staff members starting April 15th!

Positivity Project - Humor

This week, we will be focusing on the character strength of HUMOR. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. 

Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8th.  The eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end at 4:32 p.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. As the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 1: Teacher Work Day; No School for Students

Tuesday, April 2: School Planning Day; No School for Students

Wednesday, April 3:  B Week; SCA Officer’s Meeting

Friday, April 5: LRES Spirit Wear Day

Monday, April 8: A Week; SCA Meeting (8:25); Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip 

Wednesday, April 10: School Holiday - Happy Eid!

Thursday April 11: PALS Dog Visit; Family Night at Lemon Road with Portrait of a Graduate events 

Friday, April 12: Grades 3 & 5 Field Trip to The Alden

Monday, April 15: Grade 5 Field Trip to Luray Caverns; Kindergarten Orientation (9:00-10:30)

Wednesday, April 17: Purple UP Day: Celebrating our military students; PTA General Meeting 

Thursday, April 18: Marshall Pyramid Art Show 6 - 8 pm

Friday, April 19: 👕POLO Day

Saturday, April 20: 🌸LRES PTA Spring Fair 10 am - 3 pm

Thursday, April 25: Level IV Advanced Academics Open House 6 pm

May 6-10th: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you for a busy and exciting week!  We had spring picture day, Pi Day, our first SWAP, and a favorite - the Staff Basketball Game!  This week, we look forward to a full week of school before Spring Break. 

Parent Reminders: 

Planning for 2024 - 2025

We are beginning to plan for next year!  Please begin the process by indicating if your child/family will be returning to Lemon Road next fall using this link. We also welcome parent input for placements for the 2024 - 2025 school year.  Note that we cannot make guarantees but will consider your feedback. This form should be completed by April 26, 2024.

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Vaughn, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  Kindergarten Orientation will be held Monday, April 15 at 9:00. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 15! 

PTA Updates

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Basketball Game this Friday! It was so fun and such a great community event! 

Special thanks must go to our staff players, Christophe Vandenbussche, Utpal Shah and Meera Natarajan for organizing the event and to all of our volunteers. 

We couldn’t hold events without the teams to plan them and the community supporting them so THANK YOU ALL.  If you would like to be a part of planning next year's fun please reach out to us at [email protected]!

  • The Lemon Road Eco Defense squad and Ms. Busch will be our guest speakers at this months PTA Meeting on March 20th @6:30pm. This meeting will be fully virtual, use this link to join meet.google.com/bwd-kwhc-sxv 

Mark your calendars now! The PTA Spring Fair will be on April 20th from 10am-3pm (weather allowing!). More information coming out soon!

Portrait of a Graduate NIGHT

Did you know every Lemon Road student is working towards mastery of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes?  This year, our goal is that all students will help curate a portfolio of artifacts demonstrating their growth in one or more attributes. 

To find out more about the POG attributes, join Lemon Road staff at POG Night on Thursday, April 11 - the theme for the night is "POG Heist".  This event will be a fun and interactive way for families to learn about and celebrate the Portrait of a Graduate attributes through games, challenges, and other activities. 

Positivity Project: Fairness

This week our community will focus on fairness.  Fairness is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach. Individuals with this strength might be described as: Respectful, empathetic, just, evenhanded, principled, and moral.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, March 18: A Week

Wednesday, March 20: Grade 6 Longfellow MS Visit; Last Day to Collect from Lost & Found; PTA Virtual General Meeting

Thursday, March 21: 3v3 Basketball Tournament (5th & 6th Grades); Grade 4 Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium

Friday, March 22: End of Quarter 3; Freaky Friday - Silly Sock Day

Monday, March 25-29: Spring Break

Monday, April 1: Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday; B Week

Tuesday, April 2: School Development Day/Student Holiday

Friday, April 5: LRES Spirit Wear Day; Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip 

Monday, April 8: A Week; SCA Meeting 

Wednesday, April 10: School Holiday - Happy Eid

Thursday, April 11: PALS Visit; POG Night

Friday, April 12: Grade 3 & 5 Field Trip to The Alden

Monday, April 15: Grade 5 Field Trip to Luray Caverns; Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 17: Purple UP Day - Military Child

Thursday, April 18: Marshall Pyramid Art Show 

Friday, April 19: LRES Polo Day

Saturday, April 20: LRES PTA Spring Fair

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Tomorrow: Eco-Defense Free Swap

Tomorrow (Wednesday) after school, our Eco Defense Squad is hosting our first "Free Swap" event in the cafeteria.  This is to support one Eco Defense goal area of reducing how much waste is produced by our school and community.  Any family is able to drop off items (gently used books, toys, and clothing) that they are comfortable giving to another member of our community.  Families may also come between 3:30 - 6:00 to choose "new to you" items to take home and enjoy.  There is no exchange of money at this event - everything is free.  

If you or your child is able to volunteer to support setting up, at the event, or taking remaining items for donation following the event, please use this sign up link.  

Thursday: Club & Student Pictures

Victor O’Neill Studios is returning to Lemon Road on Thursday, March 14 for club photos, individuals, and candid photos throughout the school.  If you would like individual pictures of your child taken on March 14, please complete this google form by 3:00 PM March 13 (tomorrow).  

All 6th graders will be a part of the grade level photo at 2:30 PM.  To pre-order a grade 6 panoramic photo, click this link:  

Students active in clubs (listed with time of photo below) must wear or bring their school polo to participate in their photos for the yearbook.  

8:45 AM

  SCA Officers (Grades 5 & 6)

8:50 AM

  SCA Representatives & Officers (K - 6)

9:05 AM

  News Crew 

9:20 AM

  Trout Team

9:35 AM

  Eco Defense Squad (Grades 4 - 6)

9:50 AM

  Grade 5 Band

10:05 AM

  Grade 6 Band

10:20 AM

  Grade 4 Strings

10:35 AM

  Grade 5 Strings

10:50 AM

  Grade 6 Strings

11:05 AM

  All County Chorus (Grade 6)

11:10 AM

  Chorus (Grades 5 & 6)

11:25 AM

  Patrols

11:40 AM

  Student Ambassadors (Grade 5)

If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing [email protected] 

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Our 3rd through 6th graders enjoyed listening and learning about author, Stuart Gibbs.  Thanks to the PTA and Gabby Burke, our librarian for supporting this fantastic opportunity for our students - they loved it!  Not only did Stuart Gibbs present to the students, he also met with our SCA Officers and Student Ambassadors in the library.  

This week, writers in Mrs. Roman's Kindergarten Class shared their recent work with their grown ups.  It was wonderful to hear and see their hard work!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Parents received an emailed link on March 3 and March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

LRES Parent Reminders:

  • Stop by the Lost & Found!  All items remaining after March 20 will be donated
  • Purchase your child's LRES 2023 - 2024 yearbook
  • Complete this form if you would like your child's individual picture taken by Victor O'Neill Studios on Thursday, March 14
  • Send your child in a polo or with a polo on Thursday, March 14 if they participate in any clubs for their yearbook club photo
  • 6th grade parents, order the 6th grade panoramic photo using this link
Kindergarten Registration & Orientation

As a reminder, kindergarten registration is now open.  Students that turn five prior to September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.  Please reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Vaughn, at [email protected] to schedule a registration appointment.  As as reminder, Kindergarten Orientation will be held Monday, April 15 at 9:00. You will learn more about the kindergarten curriculum from our staff, and your child will be able to visit classrooms and connect with new friends.  We hope to see many new and returning families on April 15! 

Eco Defense Squad Swap Meet

Are you or our 4-6 grade student interested in volunteering for our Free Swap Meet? Click on the SignUp Genius here.

Positivity Project: Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others

This week, our students and staff will take time to identify and appreciate the good in others - a core element of the Other People Mindset. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems for ourselves. To see the good in others, we must first slow down and take the time to pay attention and look for the intentions behind people’s words and actions. 

PTA Updates

It’s almost time for the loudest event of the Lemon Road year - the annual LRES Staff Basketball Game!!!

  • The annual Lemon Road Basketball Game is this Friday, March 15th! Pre-sale prices end on Tuesday March 12th so buy your tickets now! Tickets will be available at the door for $10. We need the community’s support to help with this event - adult, high school and middle school volunteers and donations are all appreciated! Thank you to all who have already signed up:
  • The Lemon Road Eco Defense Squad and Ms. Busch will be guest speakers at the PTA Meeting on March 20th @6:30pm. This meeting will be virtual, use this link to join meet.google.com/bwd-kwhc-sxv 
  • Support the Eco-Defense squad’s plant and seed sale if you are planning on some spring gardening - order your native plants here! 
  • Mark your calendars now! The PTA Spring Fair will be on April 20th from 10-3pm. More information will be coming out soon!
Planning for 2024 - 2025

We are beginning to plan for next year!  Coming after Spring Break will be a link for parents to share information to help our teachers and staff with class placement.  Please begin the process by indicating if your child/family will be returning to Lemon Road next fall using this link.

FCPS News In Case You Missed It

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

  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Budget
  • Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces
  • Attendance
  • Summer Camps
  • Solar Eclipse on April 8

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

TJ High School Techstravaganza

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia. Exhibitors range from TJHSST clubs and TWIST volunteers to organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum.

This year, the 20th annual Techstravaganza will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM at TJHSST. Admission is free, food will be for sale.  The link to the event is here: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav24. More information can be found on the event website:  tjtechstrav.org

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, March 11: B Week; Pep Band Practice

Wednesday, March 13: Eco Defense - SWAP Meet 3:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, March 14: Spring Picture Day; Club & Candid Photos; 6th Grade Panoramic Photo; Polo Day

Friday, March 15: LRES Spirit wear Day; Pep Rally & Staff Basketball Game

Monday, March 18: A Week

Wednesday, March 20: Grade 6 Longfellow MS Visit; Last Day to Collect from Lost & Found; PTA Virtual General Meeting

Thursday, March 21: 3v3 Basketball Tournament (5th & 6th Grades); Grade 4 Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium

Friday, March 22: End of Quarter 3; Freaky Friday - Silly Socks Day

March 25-29: Spring Break

Monday, April 1: Teacher Work Day; B Week

Tuesday, April 2: School Development Day

Monday, April 8: A Week; SCA Meeting (8:20AM)

Wednesday, April 10: School Holiday 

Thursday, April 11: POG Night

Friday, April 12: Grade 3 & 5 Field Trip (The Alden)

Monday, April 15: Grade 5 Field Trip (Luray Caverns); Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 -10:30 AM)

Wednesday, April 17: Purple UP Day - Military Child

Thursday, April 18: Marshall Pyramid Art Show @ 6-8pm

Friday, April 19: Polo Day

Saturday, April 20: LRES PTA Spring Fair

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Volunteers Needed for Girls on the Run (GOTR)

We are urgently seeking 1 to 2 more volunteers to coach GOTR after school practices. No experience is necessary! Coaches will manage practices (no running required) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3 - 4:30 pm starting March 8 and ending with our final 5k on the weekend of May 18.  We currently have more girls signed up than we can accommodate, so without additional volunteers, some girls will be unable to participate.  If you are able to help out, please contact Carla Maughlin at [email protected]. Thank you!

Lost & Found Donation Date

Our Lost & Found is overflowing!  It is time to check out items from the Lost & Found.  We will be donating anything not collected by March 20th over Spring Break.  Our staff is returning all labeled items to the classrooms today. All unlabeled items will be organized and available for retrieval until March 20.  

Spring Pictures - March 14

Victor O’Neill Studios is returning to Lemon Road on March 14 for club photos, individuals, and candid photos throughout the school.  If you would like individual pictures of your child taken on March 14, please complete this google form by March 12. 

All 6th graders will be a part of the grade level photo at 8:30 AM.  To pre-order a grade 6 panoramic photo, click this link:  

Students active in clubs must wear or bring their polo to participate in their photos for the yearbook.  Group photos will be taken of the following school clubs:

8:45

  SCA Officers

8:50

  SCA Representatives & Officers

9:05

  News Crew

9:20

  Trout Team

9:35

  Eco Defense Squad

9:50

  Grade 5 Band

10:05

  Grade 6 Band

10:20

  Grade 4 Strings

10:35

  Grade 5 Strings

10:50

  Grade 6 Strings

11:05

  All County Chorus

11:10

  Chorus

11:25

  Patrols

11:40

  Student Ambassadors

If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing [email protected] 

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to our PTA for the delicious treats in the lounge and door to door on Friday for our amazing staff & teachers!  This really welcomed in March at Lemon Road!

Our 2nd graders loved sharing their realistic fiction stories with their grown ups on Friday.  We had a great turnout and the student work was well written!  Thank you to our 6th grade parents who joined our students and staff on their field trip to Philadelphia - this was a long, but fantastic day for our students to experience the American History that they have been learning about.

Please remember that Tuesday is a student holiday. The Fairfax Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5th, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.  Central offices, school offices, and SACC will remain open. Have a great week!

Spring Pictures - March 14

Victor O’Neill Studios is returning to Lemon Road on March 14 for club photos, individuals, and candid photos throughout the school.  If you would like individual pictures of your child taken on March 14, please complete this google form by March 13. 

All 6th graders will be a part of the grade level photo at 8:30 AM.  To pre-order a grade 6 panoramic photo, click this link:  

Students active in clubs must wear or bring their polo to participate in their photos for the yearbook.  Group photos will be taken of the following school clubs:

8:45

  SCA Officers

8:50

  SCA Representatives & Officers

9:05

  News Crew

9:20

  Trout Team

9:35

  Eco Defense Squad

9:50

  Grade 5 Band

10:05

  Grade 6 Band

10:20

  Grade 4 Strings

10:35

  Grade 5 Strings

10:50

  Grade 6 Strings

11:05

  All County Chorus

11:10

  Chorus

11:25

  Patrols

11:40

  Student Ambassadors

If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing [email protected] 

Stuart Gibbs Visits Lemon Road

Lemon Road looks forward to welcoming author, Stuart Gibbs to speak to our 3rd - 6th graders this Friday.  Anyone that would like to pre-order his newest book should bring cash or check to the library in advance of his visit.  This is 20% off the list price for his book! 

PTA Updates

The PTA was busy this week treating our wonderful staff to some Spring themed goodies!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will open Sunday, March 3rd. Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email 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 your 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!

FCPS News - ICYMI

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 March 3

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Kindergarten Registration & Orientation

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Lemon Road will host Kindergarten Orientation on the morning of April 15. During orientation, families can visit classrooms, experience specials, hear about Bridge to Kindergarten (summer program), purchase school supplies, and mark your calendar for our summer events!  Registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, March 4: A Week; March Full SCA Meeting (8:20)

Tuesday, March 5: Student Holiday; Voting at LRES

Wednesday, March 6: 

Thursday, March 7: PAL Dog Visit (11-12pm)

Friday, March 8: Stuart Gibbs Author Talk Grades 3 - 6 (9:00 - 10:00)

Monday, May 11: B Week

Tuesday, May 12: 

Thursday, March 14: Spring Picture Day; Club & Candid Photos; 6th Grade Panoramic; Polo Day 

Friday, March 15: LRES Spirit wear Day; Tornado Drill; Pep Rally; Staff Basketball Game

Thursday, April 11: POG Night

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Everyone really got into "Decades Day" while celebrating our February birthdays on Friday.  Next month is silly socks on March 22. 

Our teachers and staff look forward to a full week of learning!  Did you know we are about 1/2 way through the 3rd quarter already?  See last week's newsletter for ways parents can support their child's learning from home.

We have been noticing an uptick of late arrivals in the morning.  All students need to be in the doors by 8:15 to be on time.  Students will be marked tardy if they are not in the building by 8:15 AM.  Students that arrive after 8:15 must be walked in by a parent into the main office.

Parent Reminders:

1.  Don't forget to order your child the Lemon Road 2023 - 2024 yearbook (school code: 26164) 

2. Parents that would like a copy of Stuart Gibbs new book need to return the form in their Wednesday folder by March 3.  

LRES PTA Corner

Thank you to everyone that attended our PTA meeting this week - check out the slide show on MemberHub for more information on the summer camp options discussed!

  • Our Spring spirit wear sale closes on February 29th. Check out the store and show your Lemon Road Spirit! 
  • Announcing! The annual Lemon Road Basketball Game is coming March 15th! This highlight of the year has to be seen to be fully appreciated - buy your tickets now and please check out the signup genius to see how you can support this iconic event! 
  • The Lemon Road Eco Defense Squad are running a plant and seed sale in partnership with the PTA so if you plan on some spring gardening please consider ordering your plants here 
March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5th, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.  Therefore, March 5th will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for school staff.

Central and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

Positivity Project: Love of Learning

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love of Learning. Love of learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.  Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize of a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love of learning with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

FCPS News ICYMI

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

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, February 26: B Week

Tuesday, February 27:  IOWA Testing - Grade 6 Advanced Math

Thursday, February 28: Last day to order Spirit Wear

Friday, March 1: 6th Grade Trip to Philadelphia; LRES Spirit Wear Day

Monday, March 4: A Week; March Full SCA Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5: Student Holiday

Thursday, March 7: PALs Dog Visit 

Friday, March 8: Stuart Gibbs Author Visit (8:30-11:30)

Thursday, March 14: Spring Picture Day (Club Photos, Individual Photos by Request, 6th Grade Photo, Candid Photos); Polos Required for all Club Photos

Friday, March 15: Pep Rally; LRES Staff Basketball Game; LRES Spirit Wear Day

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703-714-6400

Attendance: 703-714-6464 or email | Health Rm.: 703-714-6410 | Web | Instagram