Kindergarten Playdate 6.21.22

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Kindergarten Playdate Tonight

Join us tonight at 6 PM on the playground for the first Kindergarten Playdate for Lemon Road families! 

Each summer the school and PTA partner together to arrange a few playdates to welcome new and returning families.  These are casual gatherings to create opportunities for students to connect and play while the adults network and form relationships.  The PTA typically ensures that there are some cool drinks and snacks to fuel the fun.  Families are encouraged to join as many playdates as they can - we target our rising kindergarteners and new families, but veteran families help us welcome new lions to the pride!

Summer Activity Board

While your lion is home for summer, don't forget to have them check off items from their summer activity board!  Students bring completed boards back to school for a small celebration each fall. 

Lemon Road History Project

We are looking for objects that show the history of our school for a display at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Objects could be old pictures, yearbooks, shirts, or other artifacts that show what our school was like in previous decades. If you are interested in loaning an object or know someone who might be interested, please contact Erin Dickey-Dunn at [email protected].

Lemon Road Summer Dates

Tuesday, June 21: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Wednesday, June 29: Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (4 PM)

Thursday, July 14: Summer Bookmobile (2 - 4:30 PM)

Wednesday, July 20: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Thursday, July 21:  Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (11 AM)

Tuesday, July 26: Summer Bookmobile (10 AM - 1 PM)

Saturday, August 6: Kindergarten Playdate (9 AM)

Thursday, August 11: New Family Playdate (6 PM)

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the School Board.  To find out more about next year's school calendar, visit the FCPS website

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Lemon Road Community News 6.15.22

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Happy Summer Lemon Road

Happy Summer Lemon Road Community!

Thank you to everyone for another wonderful year at Lemon Road. This year, like no other, it took a village to support each other and our students.  Ms. Ulsh and I are incredibly grateful for the support we felt each day from our parents and community.  Even in the last week, we saw so many smiling volunteers at Field Day, proud parents of musicians at our concerts, room parents and volunteers organizing and executing end of year parties, sixth grade parents celebrating a very full "Sixth Grade Day", and finally many smiling faces at our promotion and awards ceremonies.  

Thank you specifically to our PTA, who did so many big and little things to enhance our school culture, bring us together, provide needed resources, and help us celebrate our successes!

This summer the office will be open from 9 AM - 1 PM and by appointments. Please email Ms. Nealson if your family needs an appointment at [email protected]

We hope everyone has a safe, fun, and relaxing summer.  Please join us for the playdates, library events, and book mobiles when you can.  I will send newsletters periodically to keep families informed of summer and Back to School events.  Thank you!

Staff Farewells

The following staff members will be departing this summer. While some wonderful opportunities await them, we will certainly miss them next year. Thank you to the following staff members for their many contributions to our school community:

  • Abby Knutsen (Preschool) is retiring! Congratulations, Ms. Knutsen!
  • Danielle Fox  (2nd grade) is exploring a new career supporting college students online
  • Ritu Dogra (Special Education) is moving to Cooper Middle School to continue teaching students with disabilities
  • Kathy Creston (Instructional Assistant) is staying home next year to support her family
  • Janette Corcelius (Music) has accepted a full-time teaching position at an elementary school in FCPS
  • Jenni Eyink (Band) is moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family
  • Cheryl Bearss (Art) is continuing to teach art at Westgate and will spend more time creating her own amazing artwork

With the exception of a special education teacher position, we are fully staffed for next year! If you know of a special education teacher interested in working at Lemon Road, please connect them with Ashley at [email protected] We look forward to introducing our new staff members in August. 

Summer Playdates

Each summer the school and PTA partner together to arrange a few playdates to welcome new and returning families.  These are casual gatherings to create opportunities for students to connect and play while the adults network and form relationships.  The PTA typically ensures that there are some cool drinks and snacks to fuel the fun.  Families are encouraged to join as many playdates as they can - we target our rising kindergarteners and new families, but veteran families help us welcome new lions to the pride!

Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. 

 

 

The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Tutor.com Online Tutoring

Lemon Road students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services

New Lemon Road Mural

We were fortunate to welcome Catherine Kang, McLean High School student to collaborate with Lemon Road students to paint a mural near our interior kiss & ride exit at Lemon Road.  She shared about her project below:

I chose to do a mural at Lemon Road ES because I wanted to expose young students to maintaining good mental health and how art could be an outlet for stress and anxiety they might feel especially as they transition into middle school. When I was creating the design for the mural I had to make sure that the design was simple enough for students to engage with and contribute to which is why I chose triangle patterns for the grass and minimal details on the lion. Further, I chose the lion mascot because I felt that it was something that all Lemon Road students could relate to. I included the students in all the steps required for the mural such as protecting the ground, taping, painting, and removing the tape. By involving them in each step, the mural was able to be completed entirely by the students.  I and they are very proud of their work! 

Summer Dates

Tuesday, June 21: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Wednesday, June 29: Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (4 PM)

Thursday, July 14: Summer Bookmobile (2 - 4:30 PM)

Wednesday, July 20: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Thursday, July 21:  Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (11 AM)

Tuesday, July 26: Summer Bookmobile (10 AM - 1 PM)

Saturday, August 6: Kindergarten Playdate (9 AM)

Thursday, August 11: New Family Playdate (6 PM)

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the School Board.  To find out more about next year's school calendar, visit the FCPS website

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Lemon Road Sixth Grade Promotion Details

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Congratulations Sixth Graders

We cannot wait to properly celebrate our sixth graders tomorrow before we send them to middle school!  Our promotion ceremony will begin at 10:45 AM in the gymnasium.  Parents that wish to join us in the gym may plan to arrive after 10:15 AM.  We are also Livestreaming the event for parents that wish to join from home or to share with extended family.  Below is the Livestream link.

Our sixth grade banner is hung and available for photos for any family that would like to stop by the school!  Finally, parents that wish to take their 6th grader home after the ceremony may do so, but please confirm with the teacher before leaving.  Thank you for sharing your students with us - it has been a fantastic year!

6th Grade Promotion Ceremony begins at 10:45 AM: https://youtu.be/60IESwqmHsE

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LRES Community News 6.5.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We had a wonderful Field Day on Friday! The weather cooperated and fun was genuinely had by all.  A big think you to ALL the parent volunteers who helped out running stations. Finally, we owe a huge round of applause to Mr. Hickman and Mr. Van Trees for all the planning and preparations that went into a making Field Day a day of memories for all lions.

Yearbooks have arrived. We will be distributing them on Tuesday. If you ordered a yearbook, please be on the look out for it. 

If your 3rd - 6th grade student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE now. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July. Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration.

Parent Reminders:

  • Order school supplies for next year through EPI: order here with school code:  LEM016
  • Donate books for the Summer Bookmobile
  • Stop by Lemon Road to check the Lost & Found for your children's items
  • Return all library & book room books ASAP
  • Send in your child's laptop and charger

Friday, June 10 is a day of celebrations for students and staff.  Our school day finishes at 12:55 with all staff waving buses and students in kiss & ride as they depart for the final time of the school year!  Throughout the morning are several end of year events that will be Live Streamed for any parents that prefer to join virtually.  Another newsletter will be sent later in the week with specific links for parents to access from home!

Medication Reminders

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (12:55 PM) on the last day of school June 10, 2022.  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 at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Questions may be directed to our Public Health Nurse in the Lemon Road health room or the School Health Aide: Ms. Carey Monts.

Free & Reduced Priced Meals Application

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, June 6:  Public Library Presentations; Student Service Picnic; Evening Music Concerts

Tuesday, June 7: Daytime Music Assembly; My Alpaca Petting Zoo - Outdoor Assembly

Wednesday, June 8: Grade 4 Class/Grade Party

Thursday, June 9:  K – 3 & 5 Class/Grade Parties; 6th Grade Day

Friday, June 10:  Last Day of School; K-2 Awards (8:30 AM); 3 – 6 Awards (9:20 AM); 6th Grade Promotion (10:45 AM); 2 Hour Early Release

Tuesday, June 21: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Wednesday, June 29: Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (4 PM)

Thursday, July 14: Summer Bookmobile (2 - 4:30 PM)

Wednesday, July 20: Kindergarten Playdate (6 PM)

Thursday, July 21:  Meet-Up at Tysons-Pimmit Library (11 AM)

Tuesday, July 26: Summer Bookmobile (10 AM - 1 PM)

Saturday, August 6: Kindergarten Playdate (9 AM)

Thursday, August 11: New Family Playdate (6 PM)

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the School Board.  To find out more about next year's school calendar, visit the FCPS website

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LRES Field Day & Concert Reminders

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Field Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow looks gorgeous for field day!  Parents, here are some reminders to set your lions up for success:

- apply sunscreen at home and fill your child's water to start the day

- send your child in a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet

- pack a towel, dry change of clothes, a hat, and sunscreen (labeled please)

- shoes will get wet - old sneakers or full coverage water shoes are best

- unless you pre-ordered a lunch from the cafeteria, be sure to pack lunch for your child

Thank you to all our parents volunteering to make tomorrow a success!

Grades 4 - 6 Strings Concert Reminders Grades 5 & 6 Concert Reminders Restaurant Night - Basic Burger

Stop by Basic Burger at Tyson's West tonight before 8 PM for our last restaurant night of the year!  Any online orders placed will enter promo code "Lemon Road" so Lemon Road PTA will benefit from the sales. Any dine-in and to-go restaurant orders should give their receipt to an employee.

Address:  1495 Cornerside Blvd, Vienna, VA 22182

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Lemon Road Community News 5.30.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We hope you and your family enjoyed the long weekend, and had some time to reflect on the Memorial Day remembrances. 

Last week we showcased our amazing artists in collaboration with the PTA and welcomed back graduating seniors from Marshall High School to Lemon Road - where they attended elementary school.  Congratulations Marshall High School Class of 2022! We are very proud of you.

Over the next two weeks, Lemon Road looks forward to closing out the year with many traditions, celebrations, and unique ways to create memories together.  First up is Field Day this Friday - see below for more details!  Next Monday we recognize our student leaders with a Service Picnic - all our patrols, SCA representatives and officers, Eco-Defense Squad members, news team, and recycling team members will enjoy a special outdoor lunch with their staff leaders.  Monday & Tuesday we will hear our students perform as a part of band, strings, or the chorus.  We are welcoming an outdoor assembly courtesy of the PTA - My Pet Alpaca is bringing a petting zoo for all our students (and staff) to enjoy.  Classes have their end of year parties next Wednesday and Thursday.  Finally, Friday we will recognize our students with awards ceremonies and a 6th grade promotion.  Information will be shared for parents that would like to watch any of the ceremonies on June 10 from home via Livestreaming. 

Parent Reminders:

  • Order school supplies for next year through EPI: order here with school code:  LEM016
  • Sign up to visit classrooms to support college and career week: May 23 - June 3 
  • Please volunteer for Field Day on Friday, June 3
  • Help out the PTA to plan for the budget by completing the LRES Polo survey
  • Donate books for the Summer Bookmobile
  • Stop by Lemon Road to check the Lost & Found for your children's items - all remaining items will be donated
Field Day - Friday, June 3

Lemon Road is SO excited for Friday - our first fully in-person field day in two years!  This is a beloved tradition.  Students are encouraged to wear a bathing suit under their clothes, bring a towel, bring a dry change of clothes and shoes, and wear sunscreen!  To ensure a smooth day, we need volunteers at both morning and afternoon sessions.  Please consider volunteering to run a station either in the morning, afternoon, or both - it is fun for students and volunteers alike!  Volunteer Here:  

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Become a Family Ambassador

At Lemon Road we value inclusivity in our community. We are building a team of Family Ambassadors to help welcome new families from our community and around the world. We hope that ambassadors will encourage new families to get involved by attending the various events at Lemon Road, joining the PTA, and become active members of our school community.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador to Lemon Road Elementary please complete this form. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mabel Morales at [email protected] Informal opportunities to connect with Mrs. Castillo, Ms. Ulsh, and Ms. Morales will take place this summer.  Thank you for helping us launch this important initiative for our community. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, May 31: 3rd Grade Bird Presentation #1 (9 AM); Library Books DUE

Wednesday, June 1:  Wacky Wednesday – Beach Day; SCA Officer Meeting; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market; Grade 5 & 6 Combined Chorus Rehearsal; Final PTA Meeting of the Year (7:00)

Thursday, June 2:  3rd Grade Bird Presentation #2 (9 AM); Basic Burger PTA Restaurant Night at Tyson’s West location (5 – 8 PM)

Friday, June 3:  Field Day (Primary AM & Upper PM); Last Day for Preschool Classes

Monday, June 6:  Public Library Presentations; Student Service Picnic; Evening Music Concerts

Tuesday, June 7: Daytime Music Assembly; My Alpaca Petting Zoo - Outdoor Assembly

Wednesday, June 8: Grade 4 Class/Grade Party; The Healthy Table Market

Thursday, June 9:  K – 3 & 5 Class/Grade Parties; 6th Grade Day

Friday, June 10:  Last Day of School; K-2 Awards (8:30 AM); 3 – 6 Awards (9:20 AM); 6th Grade Promotion (10:45 AM); 2 Hour Early Release

 2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

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Lemon Road Community News 5.21.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to the PTA and volunteers that made Movie Night a smashing success! It may have been hot, but that doesn't stop the Lemon Road community from having a fantastic time together!.  

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents should keep their children home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

We have three weeks left in the 21-22 school year, we will make them count!

Parent Reminders:

  • Order school supplies for next year through EPI: order here with school code:  LEM016
  • Sign up to visit classrooms to support college and career week: May 23 - June 3 
  • Please volunteer for Field Day (AM or PM) on Friday, June 3
  • Help out the PTA to plan for the budget by completing the LRES Polo survey
  • Donate books for the Summer Bookmobile by dropping them off until May 27 at school
Band & Strings Recruitment

Starting in 4th grade, our lions have the opportunity to be a part of an instrumental ensemble. Rising 4th graders may sign up to learn violin, viola, cello or bass. In addition to those four instruments, rising 5th and 6th graders have the option to learn: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion. Please fill out this Google form by June 10th to submit your child’s intention for next school year: https://forms.gle/AYa9nNeP1pCcBi8x8.

You can direct strings questions to Ms. Su ([email protected]) and band questions to Ms. Eyink ([email protected]).

Return Library Books Soon

Please help your child return all their library books by Tuesday, May 31.   If you have searched and are unable to locate a book, contact Ms. Burke, [email protected]/703-714-6447, for next steps.  Check out this link - How to Check Your Library Account.  Thanks for your help! 

End of Year Medication Pick Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal (12:55 PM) on the last day of school June 10, 2022.  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.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Monts in the Lemon Road health room, 703-714-6400.

Upcoming & End of Year Events

Monday, May 23: A Week

Wednesday, May 25: Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip; Healthy Table Farmers Market (2:45 – 3:20); Flippin Pizza Fundraiser

Thursday, May 26: Marshall High School Graduates Visit LRES (1:15 – 2:45); Lemon Road Art Show (6 – 8 PM)

Friday, May 27:  Freaky Friday – Jersey/Sports Day

Monday, May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 31: Marshall HS Graduation (DAR Constitution Hall); 3rd Grade Bird Presentation #1 (9 AM)

Wednesday, June 1:  Wacky Wednesday – Beach/Hawaii Day; SCA Officer Meeting; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market; Final PTA Meeting of the Year (7:00)

Thursday, June 2:  3rd Grade Bird Presentation #2 (9 AM); Basic Burger Tysons PTA Restaurant Night

Friday, June 3:  Field Day (Please volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA5AE2AA3F49-lemon); Last Day for Preschool Classes

Monday, June 6:  Tysons-Pimmit Public Library Presentations; Lions Leadership Service Picnic; Evening Music Concert

Tuesday, June 7: Daytime Music Assembly (8:55); Petting Zoo Assembly

Wednesday, June 8: Grade 4 Class/Grade Party; The Healthy Table Market (2:45)

Thursday, June 9:  K – 3 & 5 Class/Grade Parties; 6th Grade Day

Friday, June 10:  K-2 Awards; 3 – 6 Awards; 6th Grade Promotion

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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Lemon Road Community News 5.14.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

It's been another great week at Lemon Road. Students have done incredibly well on end of year assessments and several grades have enjoyed field trips recently!  The end of the school year is just around the corner and we are looking forward to the many end of year celebrations - 6th Grade Day, Field Day, Concerts, parties, and the awards assemblies. Make sure to check our twitter and weekly newsletter for updates on how to get involved. 

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Parent Reminders:

  • Order school supplies for next year through EPI: order here with school code:  LEM016
  • Sign up to visit classrooms to support college and career week: May 23 - June 3 
  • Please volunteer for Field Day (AM or PM) on Friday, June 3
Garden Clean Up - TOMORROW

What: Rain garden planting/invasive plants removal

When: Saturday, March 26th 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at the top of LRES hill behind the school

How: With an adult if under 15

Why: To support our pollinators and wildlife with native plants, reduce erosion, block invasive plants from moving in, & enjoy the day

Outdoor Movie Night - Friday

Join us for the last outdoor movie night of this school year! On Friday, May 20th, arrive beginning at 6:30 PM to secure a spot on the blacktop and purchase refreshments.  Entrance is free to attend and the movie will start at 7 PM. Space will be available for blankets up front and lawn chairs in the back.  Encourage your child to vote in the lobby to determine which movie we will show Friday night! Will it be Encanto, Sing 2, or Raya the Dragon?  The winning selection will be announced on Friday’s news show. The PTA will be selling pizza by the slice or pie and dessert options!

PTA Polo Update & Request

It has been a tradition of the Lemon Road PTA to provide a free polo to every student to wear on Fridays and on field trips throughout the school year. However, due to the current global supply chain issues, the price of polos has nearly doubled. In an effort to hopefully continue this tradition we ask that you please complete the following short google survey so that we can gather info for our future PTA budget.  Click here: LRES Polo survey

LRES Art Show Coming Soon

The Art Show is returning to Lemon Road this spring!  The PTA and school have partnered with ArtoMe to have every Lemon Road K-6 student’s artwork framed and displayed for a professional show on Thursday, May 26 from 6 - 8 PM.  Please join us and celebrate the amazing artists we have at Lemon Road and enjoy a dessert treat.  Parents have the opportunity to purchase the framed piece before or during the show.  All artwork not purchased will be returned to the student at the end of the year. 

Flippin Pizza Restaurant Night

Thank you for supporting the PTA through our restaurant nights! Our last one of the school year will be Wednesday, May 25th @ Flippin’ Pizza from 4pm - 9pm.  Mention LRES PTA when ordering and we will receive 30% of sales.  Flippin Pizza is located at 800 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. 

Gently Used Book Drive

Help keep our students reading over the summer by donating books for the Summer Bookmobile. The book drive will run May 16 - 27. Please be sure books are in good condition and are free of any writing and names. Books can be dropped off in the colorful bins around the school or outside Library Door #5. Contact Ms. Burke if you have any questions – [email protected]/703-714-6447.  Thank you for supporting our students!

Upcoming and End of Year Events

Sunday, May 15:  Invasive Plant Removal & Native Planting (9:30 – 11:30 AM)

Monday, May 16: B Week; Grade 3 Math SOL

Tuesday, May 17:  Grade 3 & 4 Math SOL

Wednesday, May 18: Grade 5 Math SOL; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market (2:45 – 3:20); Girls on the Run Bake Sale (3:00 - 4:10)

Thursday, May 19: Grade 6 & 7 Math SOL; Longfellow Open House (6 PM)

Friday, May 20:  LRES Polo Day; LRES/PTA Outdoor Movie Night (7 PM Start)

Wednesday, May 25: Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip; Healthy Table Farmers Market (2:45 - 3:20)

Thursday, May 26: Marshall High School Graduates Visit LRES (1:15 – 2:45); Lemon Road Art Show (6 – 8 PM)

Friday, May 27:  Freaky Friday – Jersey/Sports Day

Monday, May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday - School Closed

Tuesday, May 31: Marshall HS Graduation (DAR Constitution Hall); 3rd Grade Bird Presentation #1

Wednesday, June 1:  Wacky Wednesday – Hawaii/Beach Day

Thursday, June 2:  3rd Grade Bird Presentation #2 

Friday, June 3:  Field Day (Please volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA5AE2AA3F49-lemon

Monday, June 6:  Public Library Presentations; Service Picnic; Strings/Band/Chorus Concert

Wednesday, June 8: Class/Grade Parties

Thursday, June 9:  Class/Grade Parties; 6th Grade Day

Friday, June 10:  Last Day of School; 2-Hour Early Release; K-2 Award Ceremony; 3 – 6 Award Ceremony; 6th Grade Promotion

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Lemon Road Community News 5.7.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the wonderful ways that the PTA and parents showed their appreciation for our teachers and staff this week.  We were fed throughout the week, our doors were decorated, we received supplies, we were treated to our favorite things, and received many special personalized notes and cards - thank you!  Other excitement from last week included the Annual 3v3 Basketball Tournament, Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day, Principal for the Day, and the start of the Virginia SOLs!  Can’t wait to see what this week brings.  

As you have likely noticed, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Happy Mother’s Day to all! 

LRES Farmers' Market

The Healthy Table will be up and running every Wednesday under the white tent behind the school from 2:45 - 3:20, and we look forward to seeing folks there for healthy, cost effective produce and eggs.

PTA Spring Spiritwear Sale

ORDER YOUR SPIRIT WEAR TODAY - STORE CLOSES IN 3 DAYS!  This is the last weekend to buy Lemon Road Spirit Wear and your last chance to get your Lemon Road gear for the 2021-22 school year.  The Spirit Wear store will be open through NOON on Tuesday, May 10, so don’t wait! Order today so you can show your Lemon Road pride as we head into summer and fall. 

EPI School Supply Sale

The Lemon Road EPI School Supply store is open!  Order your child’s school supplies for the fall with a quick click and avoid the traffic, lines, and commuting to several stores.  Order here with school code:  LEM016

College & Career Readiness

You are invited to support our school counseling college and career readiness education program by sharing your college experience and or career with our students during our College and Career Exploration weeks: May 23-June 3th, 2022.

Here is a link with dates/times in which you may sign-up to share with our wonderful students. You are welcome to share in person or via zoom:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D49A4AE22A75-lemon

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. McKinney: (703) 714-6413 or [email protected]

Class Placement - Parent Input

Determining class placements for the next school year begins each spring and lasts through the summer months. The grade level teachers, specialists, and administrators meet to plan classroom assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic strengths/needs are considered as we create our classes. Lemon Road families can assist us with class placement by sharing their insights about their child specifically using this form.  Rising kindergarten families will receive a more detailed survey in July. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for submission is May 13, 2022. Please complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Final Week

Next week our school community will be focusing on a review of the 24 character strengths and the Other People Mindset.   Over the course of this year, we have gained an understanding and appreciation of the 24 character strengths that are in all of us. Every 1-2 weeks we learned about a different character strength or Other People Mindset element. This knowledge has helped us build strong relationships with other people and become our best selves.

Upcoming & End of Year Dates

Monday, May 9:  A Week; Grade 6 Reading SOL; SCA Full Meeting (8:20); 2nd Grade Field Trip; Girls on the Run 5K Practice

Tuesday, May 10: Grade 5 Reading SOL

Wednesday, May 11:  Grade 3 SOL Reading Part 1; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market (2:45 - 3:20)

Thursday, May 12:  Grade 3 & 4 Reading SOL

Friday, May 13:  Grade 1 Zoo Field Trip; Dr. Carolyn Miller Funeral

Monday, May 16: B Week; Grade 3 Math SOL

Tuesday, May 17:  Grade 3 & 4 Math SOL

Wednesday, May 18: Grade 5 Math SOL; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market (2:45 – 3:20)

Thursday, May 19: Grade 6 & 7 Math SOL; Longfellow Open House (6 PM)

Friday, May 20:  Polo Day; LRES/PTA Outdoor Movie Night (7 PM Start)

Wednesday, May 25: Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip; Healthy Table Farmers Market

Thursday, May 26: Marshall High School Graduates Visit LRES (1:15 – 2:45); Lemon Road Art Show (6 – 8 PM)

Friday, May 27:  Freaky Friday – Jersey/Sports Day

Monday, May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 31: Marshall HS Graduation (DAR Constitution Hall); 3rd Grade Bird Presentation #1

Wednesday, June 1:  Wacky Wednesday – Hawaii/Beach Day

Thursday, June 2:  3rd Grade Bird Presentation #2 

Friday, June 3:  Field Day (Volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA5AE2AA3F49-lemon

Monday, June 6:  Public Library Presentations; Service Picnic; Evening Music Concert

Wednesday, June 8: Class/Grade Parties

Thursday, June 9:  Class/Grade Parties; 6th Grade Day

Friday, June 10:  Last Day of School; 2-Hour Early Release; K-2 Awards; 3 – 6 Awards; 6th Grade Promotion; Staff Luncheon & Celebration

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Staff Appreciation Week

Lemon Road Staff are OUT OF THIS WORLD!  Please help us make this week a special success.  There are many ways families can support their teachers and the school staff.  Consider signing up for a morning, afternoon, lunch, or recess duty this week go give staff a small gift of time.  Slots are between 20 - 60 minutes throughout the week - click here to sign up for a slot.  Other volunteer or donation opportunities are linked below:

Monday, 5/2: Teacher Breakfast Day: Volunteer through this link

Tuesday, 5/3: Treat your Teacher Day: Contact your Room Parent(s) to get involved! 

Wednesday, 5/4: Coffee and Donuts Day: Volunteer through this link

Thursday, 5/5: Stock the Rooms Day: Contact your Room Parent(s) to get involved!

Friday, 5/6: Teacher Lunch Day: Volunteer through this link

As always, thank you for your continued support to show our staff how grateful we are for all they do!

 

Spring Spiritwear

Spring Spirit Wear sales are underway through May 10. This is your last chance to stock up on Lemon Road apparel for this school year. Along with short sleeve t-shirts (youth and adult), we’ll also be selling youth tank tops, boys' basketball shorts, girls' running shorts, and a baseball cap. Be on the lookout for a special Spirit Wear email next week. All orders will arrive at Lemon Road before the end of the school year.

Check out the store here: 

https://shop.burkesports.com/groups/1237-lemon-road-elementary/products

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Lemon Road Community News 4.29.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

The Spring Fair last weekend was a huge success!  It was so great to see so many families together for this Lemon Road tradition. A big thank you to our incredible PTA for putting that FUN event together for us! The much anticipated Roaring Raffle winners were announced in the news today. Teachers/PTA should be reaching out to parents this weekend if they won.  

Today we celebrated April birthdays with Backwards/Inside Out Day!  It was fun to see everyone dressed silly for the day.  

The Region 2 Executive Principals visited us on Tuesday!  They had only compliments for the engaging instruction, organized stations, math workshop reflection, differentiated work, and welcoming learning environments for our 1st and 4th graders.  Also this week, several grades also went on Spring Field Trips!  We hope everyone had a great time and a thank you to our parents who chaperoned.

As you may have heard, FCPS transportation has communicated delays for bus routes on Monday.  Parents that have the opportunity to walk, bike, drive, or pair up with a neighbor are encouraged to do so on Monday..  

Finally, our Lost & Found is overflowing.  We organized materials for the Spring Fair and will donate items after next week.  If you are missing a sweatshirt, jacket, hat, water bottle or other personal belongings, please stop by next week.  

Have a wonderful spring weekend ~ Mrs. Castillo

LRES Reported COVID Case

This letter is to inform you that as of this time, two COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the past 24 hours at Lemon Road.  FCPS has directed all COVID-19 positive cases to complete their isolation period before returning to school, and our school remains open to other students and staff at this time.

As long as any other students and staff remain symptom-free, they may continue to come to school or work and no further action is required.

If students or staff develop COVID-like illness they should stay home. COVID-19 diagnostic testing for symptomatic students and staff is available at the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) or other community locations. For information regarding isolation and quarantine, please visit the FCHD website for guidance

We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccinations are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill due to COVID-19. Visit https://www.vaccines.gov to find locations to receive a vaccination. Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are provided here.

Staff Appreciation Week

Your help is needed to make next week’s teacher and staff appreciation week a success. There are many open volunteer opportunities -- see links below to sign up!  Additionally, click here to sign up to give teachers a little extra time in the day by helping with drop off and pick up at Kiss and Ride, hanging out at recess, and covering crosswalk duties.  As always, thank you for your continued support to fund our efforts to show our teachers and staff how grateful we are for all they do! 

Other Ways to Support: 

Monday, 5/2: Teacher Breakfast Day: Volunteer through this link

Tuesday, 5/3: Treat your Teacher Day: Contact your Room Parent(s) to get involved! 

Wednesday, 5/4: Coffee and Donuts Day: Volunteer through this link

Thursday, 5/5: Stock the Rooms Day: Contact your Room Parent(s) to get involved!

Friday, 5/6: Teacher Lunch Day: Volunteer through this link

Dr. Carolyn Miller's Passing

As some of you already heard, Dr. Carolyn Miller (former Principal of Lemon Road Elementary School) passed on Wednesday morning.  Dr. Carolyn Williams Miller made Lemon Road an amazing place of learning for staff and students for 19 years. She always had a smile on her face  and made everyone feel valued. Dr. Miller prided herself with knowing each student’s name and something about them. She valued her relationships with the entire school community and made Lemon Road feel like a family.

Dr. Miller’s legacy will continue to live on at Lemon Road  through the yearly PTA award presented to a staff member that embodies her ” commitment to excellence for all students”.  She was always forward thinking and embraced equity. She made a point that each student receive what they needed to meet their full potential.  Dr. Miller will be truly missed by all those she touched.

Field Day is COMING

Another tradition is returning - FIELD DAY!  Lemon Road looks forward to hosting Field Day on Friday, June 3.  Please consider volunteering to run a station either in the morning, afternoon, or both.  Remember to send in your child’s lunch preference for this day.  School lunches are bagged and eaten either outdoors or in the classroom so that all grade levels have a half day Field Day experience.  Volunteer Here:  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4EA5AE2AA3F49-lemon

Isolation Procedure Changes

FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, after at least five (5) days of isolation when your child has met the following criteria:

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.  Lemon Road continues to offer outdoor lunch and requests that any child returning on days 6 - 10 eat outdoors to minimize time indoors without a mask.  Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

Grades 3 - 6 SOL Schedule

Next week will also be the beginning of SOL testing for our 3rd- 6th grade students. Please reference the schedule above and make sure your child comes to school on time these days, with a good night’s sleep and a can do attitude.  We are proud of all they have learned this year and know these assessments are an opportunity to showcase that hard work this school year.  Lemon Road students will leave their laptops and power cords at school the day before a test to ensure all updates have run and the technology performs optimally for each test. 

Class Placement Parent Input

Determining class placements for the next school year begins each spring and lasts through the summer months. The grade level teachers, specialists, and administrators meet to plan classroom assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic strengths/needs are considered as we create our classes. Lemon Road families can assist us with class placement by sharing their insights about their child specifically using this form.  Rising kindergarten families will receive a more detailed survey in July. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for submission is May 13, 2022. Please complete one form per child.

P2: Leadership

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.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, May 2: B Week; EID Cultural/Religious Observance Day; Staff Appreciation Week:  Breakfast in the Library

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Grade Field Trip (The Edge); Region 2 Executive Principal Visit; Staff Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 4: Bike/Walk to School Day; Grade 5 Science SOL; SOL Officer Meeting (2:20); Staff Appreciation Week:  Coffee & Donut Cart; The Healthy Table Farmers Market (2:45 - 3:20)

Thursday, May 5: Principal & Assistant Principal for the Day; 3v3 Basketball Tournament; Staff Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6: Navy & Yellow Spirit Day; Staff Appreciation Week:  Lunch in the Library

Monday, May 9:  A Week; Tier 1 Behavior Meeting (7:45); Grade 6 Reading SOL; SCA Full Meeting (8:20); 2nd Grade Field Trip; Girls on the Run 5K Practice

Tuesday, May 10: Grade 5 Reading SOL; May Staff Meeting (3:10)

Wednesday, May 11:  Equity Meeting; Grade 3 SOL Reading Part 1; The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market (2:45 - 3:20)

Thursday, May 12:  AAP Vertical CT (7:45); Grade 3 & 4 Reading SOL; Kendall, Hilary & Harry Wedding Shower; 

Friday, May 13:  Grade 1 Zoo Field Trip

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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LRES - Last Day for Yearbook Sales

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Order a Yearbook Today

Lemon Road 2021 - 2022 yearbooks are available online for purchase through TODAY from Lifetouch!  Order online at  ybpay.com using ID Code: 12302522

All yearbooks are pre-ordered by families, so be sure to order it now!

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Lemon Road Community News 4.22.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

This was a really fun week!  It was amazing seeing the hard work of Ms. Norton and Ms. Bearss and our lions at the Marshall Pyramid Art Show.  The Eco-Defense Squad continues to impress our school and community at large… this week with the first Farmer’s Market at Lemon Road.  Thank you to our students as well as Ms. Busch, Ms. Park, Ms. Benson, and Ms. Roman for this profitable and healthy initiative!  A big thank you to all staff that showed up to purchase eggs, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, or cucumbers.  I can’t wait to see how this grows to bring fresh food directly to our community.  

Finally, I want to personally thank all our volunteers for their support this school year.  We had a delicious breakfast this morning to give just a token of our appreciation for all you do!  You truly helped and continue to help our garden grow.

Thank you everyone who dressed to support this week’s military child focus.  Hope to see you tomorrow at the Spring Fair! ~ Mrs. Castillo  

COVID Notification

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is sharing this notification with the community for awareness only.  This letter is to inform you that a COVID-19 positive case was reported at Lemon Road this morning (4.22.22).   FCPS has directed all COVID-19 positive cases to complete their isolation period before returning to school, and our school remains open to other students and staff at this time.  As long as any other students and staff remain symptom-free, they may continue to come to school or work and no further action is required.

If students or staff develop COVID-like illness they should stay home or will be sent to the CARE room.   For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit the VDH website. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Order Lifetouch Class Photos

We are putting finishing touches on the yearbook and Lifetouch has sent us copies of each class photo.  Please send in $10 cash or check (made out to Lifetouch) for a 8 x 10 class photo for your child’s class taken this spring.  We have limited quantities of each class, so send in your money next week!

Student Placement 2022 - 2023

Determining class placements for the next school year begins each spring and lasts through the summer months. The grade level teachers, specialists, and administrators meet to plan classroom assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic strengths/needs are considered as we create our classes. Lemon Road families can assist us with class placement by sharing their insights about their child specifically using this form.  Rising kindergarten families will receive a more detailed survey in July. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for submission is May 13, 2022. Please complete one form per child.

Lost & Found

As the weather gets warmer in the afternoons, our Lost and Found is growing.  Some sixth graders helped me today organize the Lost & Found and have it ready for tomorrow’s fair between the Roaring Raffle and the restrooms.  Please stop by and check for your lions’ items! Items left in May will be donated to a local shelter or families in need. 

Online Tutoring Has Launched

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: Elementary video and Secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

This new service will help many students complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful.

Positivity Project: Purpose

People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. Having a clear sense of purpose gives individuals strength. It allows them to

persevere and find courage when things are hard, or lead with kindness and love. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life – and are more fulfilled.

Upcoming Important Events

Saturday, April 23: PTA Spring Fair (10 AM - 3 PM)

Monday, April 25: A Week

Tuesday, April 26: Level IV AAP Orientation (6:00)

Wednesday, April 27: Grade 3 Field Trip to Marshall HS Play; April PTA Meeting (7:00)

Thursday, April 28:  Grade 5 Baltimore Field Trip; Trout Team Release Field Trip

Friday, April 29: Freaky Friday - Inside Out/Backwards Day; Staff Appreciation Week - Door Decorating

Monday, May 2: B Week; EID Cultural/Religious Observance Day; Staff Appreciation Week - Breakfast

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Grade Field Trip (The Edge); Staff Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 4: Bike to School Day; Grade 5 Science SOL; SOL Officer Meeting (2:20); Staff Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 5: Principal & Assistant Principal for the Day; 3v3 Basketball Tournament; Staff Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6: Navy & Yellow Spirit Day; Staff Appreciation Week - Catered Lunch

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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Lemon Road - Parent Reminders

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Spring Fair Tickets - Corrected Link

The Spring Fair is THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 23 from 10AM-3PM and we can’t wait to see you there! There will be carnival games, a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, a live band, the roarin’ raffle, and so much more! 

Online advance ticket sales end at 10PM TONIGHT, so get your tickets today through SignUp Genius! Entry bracelets and raffle tickets can still be bought the day of in-person but the price will increase to $25/activity bracelet. 

Volunteer Breakfast - Friday

Thank you to all our parents who have supported us this year!  Volunteers from our PTA Board & extended board, room parents, Wednesday folder stuffers, art & library volunteers, party planning, lunch coverage, field trip chaperones, and classroom supports have made this year amazing.  We hope to shower you with thanks Friday morning at a breakfast in the library beginning at 8:15.  Please plan on joining us!  RSVP to [email protected] so we have an approximate headcount.  Hope to see you Friday!

Safe Arrival & Dismissal

A member of the FCPS safety team joined Lemon Road this morning to supervise arrival procedures.  While Lemon Road has signage, cones, and staff supporting a safe arrival, we need our parents to obey all signage to ensure students come to school safely each day.  This means driving no more than 15 miles per hour while on our campus, pulling forward entirely to access kiss & ride, and following staff directions at cross walk/parking lots/kiss & ride.  We know mornings can be stressful and we work hard to keep things moving to welcome your children and get you on with your day. Thank you for your partnership. 

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Lemon Road - Parent Reminders

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Spring Fair Tickets

The Spring Fair is THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 23 from 10AM-3PM and we can’t wait to see you there! There will be carnival games, a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, a live band, the roarin’ raffle, and so much more! 

Online advance ticket sales end at 10PM TONIGHT, so get your tickets today through SignUp Genius! Entry bracelets and raffle tickets can still be bought the day of in-person but the price will increase to $25/activity bracelet. 

Volunteer Breakfast - Friday

Thank you to all our parents who have supported us this year!  Volunteers from our PTA Board & extended board, room parents, Wednesday folder stuffers, art & library volunteers, party planning, lunch coverage, field trip chaperones, and classroom supports have made this year amazing.  We hope to shower you with thanks Friday morning at a breakfast in the library beginning at 8:15.  Please plan on joining us!  RSVP to [email protected] so we have an approximate headcount.  Hope to see you Friday!

Safe Arrival & Dismissal

A member of the FCPS safety team joined Lemon Road this morning to supervise arrival procedures.  While Lemon Road has signage, cones, and staff supporting a safe arrival, we need our parents to obey all signage to ensure students come to school safely each day.  This means driving no more than 15 miles per hour while on our campus, pulling forward entirely to access kiss & ride, and following staff directions at cross walk/parking lots/kiss & ride.  We know mornings can be stressful and we work hard to keep things moving to welcome your children and get you on with your day. Thank you for your partnership. 

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Lemon Road Community News 4.17.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

I hope everyone had a fantastic spring weekend!  It has been wonderful seeing our lions, teachers, and families back, rested, and ready to support our children and each other through the fourth quarter.  The halls were a buzz last week with lively learning! This is always a very busy time of year as we approach our end-of-year testing, field trips, celebrations, and make memories with our students and families.  Thank you for taking the time to review class and school expectations to set the stage for our final quarter of learning. 

This week FCPS recognizes our military families and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle.  On Wednesday, we ask all students and staff to wear purple to “Purple Up” in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth (MCY).  Other spirit days are shown above in the graphic - including pajama day tomorrow.

 As we gear up for end of year events, we have some lions that do not have polos that fit well.  If you have extra polos or ones that your children have outgrown, please send them in this week and have them left in the box in the main office.  These polos will be given to students that need them for end of year assemblies and events.  Thank you! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Parent Reminders:

  • Use this signup genius to purchase wristbands, get Roaring Raffle tickets, or sign up to volunteer at the upcoming Spring Fair on April 23!
  • Complete and return the Student Intention Form 
  • Order your LRES Yearbook at  ybpay.com using  ID Code: 12302522 
LRES Class Placement 2022 - 2023

Determining class placements for the next school year begins each spring and lasts through the summer months. The grade level teachers, specialists, and administrators meet to plan classroom assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic strengths/needs are considered as we create our classes. Lemon Road families can assist us with class placement by sharing their insights about their child specifically using this form.  Rising kindergarten families will receive a more detailed survey in July. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for submission is May 13, 2022. Please complete one form per child.

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, a song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.

The Healthy Table - Coming to Lemon Road Soon

Thank you to Mrs. Busch and members of the Eco-Defense Squad for bringing a farmer’s market to Lemon Road beginning next Wednesday from 2:45 - 3:20 each week!  Check out the fresh fruits, vegetables, and eggs being sold under the tent behind the school (near the blacktop).  Cash accepted! 

Upcoming Important Events

Monday, April 18: B Week; Full SCA Meeting (8:20); Month of the Military Child - Pajama Day Spirit Day

Tuesday, April 19: LTS COVID Screening for Select Students

Wednesday, April 20: Purple Up! Day;The Healthy Table Farmer’s Market (2:45); PTA Virtual Discovery Conference (6:30 PM) 

Thursday, April 21: Kilmer 6th Grade Trip; 

Friday, April 22: Volunteer Breakfast (8:15); Orthodox Good Friday - Cultural/Religious Observance Day

Saturday, April 23: PTA Spring Fair (10 AM - 3 PM)

Monday, April 25: A Week

Tuesday, April 26: Level IV AAP Orientation (6:00)

Wednesday, April 27: Grade 3 Field Trip to Marshall HS Play; April PTA Meeting (7:00)

Thursday, April 28:  Grade 5 Baltimore Field Trip; Trout Team Release Field Trip; 

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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Lemon Road Community News 4.3.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

I hope everyone’s spring break is off to a great start!  The past week was filled with many awesome events at Lemon Road.  Thank you to our families that came out to support last Saturday’s gardening event - it was a highly successful kickoff to spring.  Our 4th graders were busy with a writing celebration Wednesday and PBL launch Thursday.  Kindergarten Orientation was extremely well attended and exciting as we welcomed about 50 of our future kindergarteners and families to our amazing school.  If you missed it or would like to watch the video version, check it out on our webpage.  Ms. Argodale also posted our March 2022 Principals’ Coffee presentation here - during the last coffee, we talked about helping children be safe online, SOL testing information, how class lists are created, and upcoming events by the Lemon Road PTA.  

Spring Break is finally here! We hope you enjoy a well deserved break and come back refreshed and energized to finish out the school year.  The Lemon Road office will be available by appointment only.  Please email Mrs. Nealson ([email protected]) or Mrs. Castillo ([email protected]) if you need to schedule an appointment. 

Parent Reminders:

  • Complete and return the Student Intention Form
  • Order your LRES Yearbook at  ybpay.com using  ID Code: 12302522  
  • Use this signup genius to purchase wristbands, get Roaring Raffle tickets, or sign up to volunteer at the upcoming Spring Fair on April 23!.   

Happy Spring! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Family Engagement Survey

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Participate today by visiting the survey website. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with FCPS.

It's A Spring Thing

Lets celebrate the rising temperatures and sunshine by sharing what makes it feel like Spring.  Submit a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, a poem, a song or other creative ways that depict Spring for you!  Submissions due: March 26th to April 10th

Use QR code in the image above or this Padlet Link: https://padlet.com/ptacommunicationslres/7y87ohvr5u22zmd1 for your creative submissions. 

  • Your creative submission will be shared through the month of April on social media!
  • Every entry will be placed in a draw to win 5 free raffle tickets for the Roaring Raffle to be used at the Spring Social on April 23rd.
  • 7 entries will be drawn at random on April 15th.
Upcoming Important Dates

Sunday, April 3: First Full Day of Ramadan

April 4 - 8; Spring Break; LRES Office Closed (Open by Appointment Only)

Monday, April 11: A Week

Tuesday, April 12: LTS COVID Screening for Select Students

Wednesday, April 13: PTA Board Meeting (AM); SCA Officers Meeting (2:20)

Friday, April 15: Polo Day Spirit Day; Good Friday

Sunday, April 17: Easter Sunday

Monday, April 18: B Week; Full SCA Meeting (8:20)

Tuesday, April 19: LTS COVID Screening for Select Students

Wednesday, April 20: Purple Up! Day

Thursday, April 21: Kilmer 6th Grade Trip

Saturday, April 23: PTA Spring Fair (10 AM - 3 PM)

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703.714.6400

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Lemon Road Community News 3.25.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Our lions looked SHARP on Tuesday for spring photos.  Thank you to our PTA board members for your help making the day go as smoothly as possible.   Today our students showed their spirit and celebrated March birthdays with Skittles Day!  We aren’t sure which grade showed the most spirit, but it was a colorful day all around.  Finally, we are proud that many of our 6th grade band students had the opportunity to highlight their skills at the McLean or Kilmer Honor Area Band Concert.  See photos above from one event recently.  

We are just a week away from the end of the 3rd quarter and the beginning of April. Mrs. Castillo and Ms. Ulsh have been visiting each class reminding about FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities.   With only 4 full school days left before spring break, please remind your children of your expectations for them in school.  We have had an uptick in discipline referrals and we want your children to go into spring break with their best foot forward.

On Thursday, we cannot wait to welcome our lion cubs for Kindergarten Orientation.  A gentle reminder to ensure that you have returned your intention form and have begun the registration process if you have a rising kindergartener!  Our lions will release at 1:00 on Thursday for the 2-Hour Early Release and enjoy a day at home Friday for the Teacher Work Day leading up to Spring Break.

Enjoy the spring weather and we hope to see you tomorrow for the garden event! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Parent Reminders:

  • Complete and return the Student Intention Form
  • Complete the LRES Principal Evaluation Input Survey and LRES Family Engagement Survey emailed to all parents
  • Order your LRES Yearbook at  ybpay.com using  ID Code: 12302522
Gardening Event - TOMORROW

Come help the Lemon Road community plant our rain garden and help remove invasive plants between 9:30-11:30 AM.  Meet at the top of LRES hill behind the school.  This will support our pollinators and wildlife with native plants, reduce erosion, and block invasive plants from moving in.  Use this link for the Volunteer Day registration: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/custom/1380/opp_details/187489

LRES SOL Testing

Students in grades 3-6 participate in end-of-year testing required by the state of Virginia, called the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. We ask that you please avoid any appointments or trips that may interrupt your child’s testing days to the greatest extent possible.  

What are Expedited Retakes?  The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests for students in grades 3-8. The SOL Retake Permission Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folders - please return the form to your child’s teacher by/before April 22nd.

AAP Programs Spring Updates

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. See the links below for the AAP Spring Newsletter in English and Spanish as well as the link to our AAP Programs at Lemon Road

Spring Fair is COMING

The PTA Spring Fair is coming to Lemon Road on April 23 from 10 AM - 3 PM!  We cannot wait to spend the day with our Lemon Road family.  Please help the PTA by purchasing a wristband for your child(ren) and consider volunteering.  Use this signup genius to purchase wristbands, get Roaring Raffle tickets, or sign up to volunteer.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4ca4ae2fa5fd0-lemon11

Positivity Project: Humor

Humor means that you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people. It is a sense of playfulness and lightness. A way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are.

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Kindergarten Orientation is this Thursday, March 31st from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. We will begin in our cafeteria.  After a brief welcome, families will be divided into groups for an interactive tour of the building and learning opportunities. The program will finish at 3:30 at the playground should parents and children wish to stay!  Visit the Lemon Road ES website and fill out the electronic new student registration signup/intake form: https://lemonroades.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

Upcoming Important Events

Saturday, March 26: LRES Gardening Event (9:30 AM)

Monday, March 28: B Week

Tuesday, March 29:  COVID Screening for Select Students (9 - 11)

Wednesday, March 30: 4th Grade Writing Celebration; Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant PTA Fundraiser

Thursday, March 31:  4th Grade PBL Presentations; 2-Hour Early Release; Kindergarten Orientation (2:00 - 3:30); Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant PTA Fundraiser

Friday, April 1: FCPS Teacher Work Day; No School

April 4 - 8; Spring Break; LRES Office Closed (Open by Appointment Only)

Friday, April 15: Polo Day Spirit Day

Wednesday, April 20: Purple Up! Day

Saturday, April 23: PTA Spring Fair (10 AM - 3 PM)

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703.714.6400

Attendance: 703.714.6464 or email | Health Room: 703.714.6410 | Web | Twitter 

Skittles Day and Principals Coffee Tomorrow

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Skittles Day & Principals Coffee

Don't forget - tomorrow is Skittles Day!  On this Freaky Friday, we celebrate March birthdays by wearing the assigned color of the rainbow!  Kindergarten and first graders wear RED; second graders wear orange; third graders wear yellow; fourth graders wear green; fifth graders wear blue; sixth graders wear the full rainbow! 

 

Join us tomorrow morning through Zoom for a Virtual Principals’ Coffee.  First, Ms. Argodale will lead parents in a digital citizenship overview about keeping your children safe online.  Following her slides, Ms. Ulsh will discuss SOL testing and how best to support your children with the upcoming tests.  The PTA will discuss upcoming events and the procedures for new board and committee members.  If time, Mrs. Castillo will give parents an overview to how class lists are created each spring/summer.  We hope parents will be able to start their day with us!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97035688340 

Meeting ID: 970 3568 8340

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703.714.6400

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Lemon Road Community News 3.20.22

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to our PTA for hosting our annual Staff Basketball Game!  It was so much fun to see the community come together for a night of music, basketball, snacks, and laughs.  This weekend, Mrs. Paull attended our All County Music Festival with several of our sixth grade choral students.  We are enjoying returning to many of our school traditions this spring!  

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Lemon Road students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  With this service, students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  

Parent Reminders:

  • Complete and return the Student Intention Form
  • Complete the LRES Principal Evaluation Input Survey emailed to all parents
  • Complete the LRES Family Engagement Survey emailed to all parents
  • Help your child wear their color on Friday for Skittles Day
Order a 2021 - 2022 Yearbook

Lemon Road 2021 - 2022 yearbooks are available online for purchase through April 22.  Order online at  ybpay.com using  ID Code: 12302522

Lifetouch Spring Portraits & Class Photos

Individual and Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 22. Order your child’s spring pictures online using picture day ID: EVTHRQWWT

Gardening Day - March 26

This Saturday, March 26, help the Lemon Road community plant in our rain garden and help remove invasive plants between 9:30-11:30 AM.  Meet at the top of LRES hill behind the school.  This will support our pollinators and wildlife with native plants, reduce erosion, and block invasive plants from moving in.  Use this link for the Volunteer Day registration: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/custom/1380/opp_details/187489  

Virtual Principals' Coffee

Join us on Friday through Zoom for a Virtual Principals’ Coffee.  First, Ms. Argodale will lead parents in a digital citizenship overview about keeping your children safe online.  Following her slides, we will discuss SOL testing, school & PTA spring events, and share how class lists are created each spring/summer.  We hope parents will be able to start their day with us!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97035688340 

Meeting ID: 970 3568 8340

Freaky Friday - Skittles Day

Lemon Road celebrates all birthdays on the last Friday of each month called Freaky Friday.  On this day, we ask Room Parents to organize birthday treats for their class and the SCA determines a spirit day.  This month’s theme is Skittles Day - each grade level is assigned a color to wear.  

K & 1: red

2: orange

3: yellow

4: green

5: blue

6: rainbow

Mark your calendars and let’s see which grade level represents the most color!

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and will begin in our cafeteria.  After a brief welcome, families will be divided into groups for an interactive tour of the building and learning opportunities. The program will finish at 3:30 at the playground should parents and children wish to stay!  

Visit the Lemon Road ES website and fill out the electronic new student registration signup/intake form: https://lemonroades.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

Upcoming Important Events

Monday, March 21: A Week

Tuesday, March 22: LRES Lifetouch Spring Pictures; COVID Screening for Select Students (9 - 11)

Friday, March 25: March Principals’ Coffee (8:30 AM); NNAT Testing 1st Grade; Freaky Friday - Skittles Day; Tornado Drill

Saturday, March 26: LRES Gardening Event (9:30 AM)

Tuesday, March 29:  COVID Screening for Select Students (9 - 11)

Wednesday, March 30: Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant PTA Fundraiser

Thursday, March 31:  2-Hour Early Release; Kindergarten Orientation (2:00 - 3:30); Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant PTA Fundraiser

Friday, April 1: FCPS Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

Monday April 4 - Friday April 8: Spring Break

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Phone: 703.714.6400

Attendance: 703.714.6464 or email | Health Room: 703.714.6410 | Web | Twitter