Lemon Road Community News 10.15.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

This week it is starting to look and feel like fall! Thank you for having your child wear their polo shirts today – it is a great way to build community and show school spirit!

Did you see our 2nd lunch tent near the kiss & ride loop? This tent allows us to continue eating outside, even in light rain. We STILL need your support volunteering – thank you to everyone who has helped us with lunch and please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can.

If you haven’t already, parents, please be sure to log into ParentVue – as you log in you will be asked to sign off in acknowledgement to the Student Rights and Responsibilities agreement for the 2021 – 2022 school year. If you have questions, please check this link: https://www.fcps.edu/srr

This month, Lemon Road focuses on giving back to our community. There are two ways you can support:

  1. Send in pairs of socks to support Socktober
  2. Grown out of coats or jackets from last year?       Drop them in the bin inside the lobby so they may be given to a student or parent that needs one for this winter. Our collected coats are given to Kent Gardens and they send coats to Lemon Road families.
  3. Sponsor your child in Dance-a-Thon – the PTA fall fundraiser. See details below!

I hope everyone enjoys the gorgeous fall weather this weekend. As a reminder, please return your child’s Impact Aid forms ASAP – we need 100% of forms returned. Thank you ~ Mrs. Castillo

Dance-a-Thon is Coming

Is your family reading for Dance-a-Thon? Check out this video to get a sense of what to expect on Oct. 27 and then be sure to register your child at mybooster.com to help us reach our goal of $15,000!

The Dance-a-Thon will take place DURING the school day and ALL students will participate. Students will be safely socially distanced in the gym in the dark with funky lighting dancing along to Just Dance and doing other fun dance/physical challenges. You can pledge a flat donation amount or per minute danced (35 minutes). All funds raised will go towards supporting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) learning at Lemon Road. 

Need more incentive? If we raise $5,000 we'll have a school-wide pajama day. If we raise $10,000 Mrs. Castillo and Mr. Birge will be taped to a wall! And if we hit $15,000? Well, be sure to look up when you arrive at school to wave hello to Mrs. Castillo and Mr. Birge as they spend their day working from the roof!

If you have any questions reach out to the PTA at lemonroadpta@gmail.com.

P2: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you.  Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, October 19: DanceFit Kick Off

Wednesday, October 20: Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes); PTA Meeting & AAP Screening Overview

Thursday, October 21: Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Friday, October 22: Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Monday, October 25: Grade 3 Field Trip to Cox Farms; Monster Monday (Spooky Spirit Week); Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Tuesday, October 26: Crazy Hair Day (Spooky Spirit Week); Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Wednesday, October 27: DanceFit Fundraiser; Hat Day (Spooky Spirit Week); Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Thursday, October 28: Silly Socks Day (Spooky Spirit Week); Upper Grades CogAT Testing (select classes)

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release; Freaky Friday – Costume Day

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

Thursday, November 4: Observance of Diwali

Friday, November 5: Grade 1 Field Trip; Spirit Wear Day

Tuesday, November 9: Lifetouch Make Up Photos

Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day Early Release

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Lemon Road Community News 10.8.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Today we closed out a gorgeous fall week with the installation of our SCA Officers and a growing storybook pumpkin patch in our library. Thank you parents and students for the amazing pumpkin submissions – it was a lot of fun walking around and seeing more than 125 decorated pumpkins! Congratulations to our elected officers and a big thank you to the SCA sponsors – Ms. Benson and Mr. Van Trees.

Parents, please be sure to log into ParentVue – as you log in you will be asked to sign off in acknowledgement to the Student Rights and Responsibilities agreement for the 2021 – 2022 school year. If you have questions, please check this link: https://www.fcps.edu/srr

Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students healthy and safe. We are so grateful for the support we have had at lunch! We continue to need volunteers every day during lunch – both indoors and outside. Please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can. If you (or a neighbor, acquaintance, or friend) are interested in being paid to support lunch 10:30 – 1:30 daily or work as a monitor, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu. We are able to hire someone to support us up to 7 hours each school day.

Have a great long weekend.  We look forward to seeing your children on Tuesday!

Mindmapping: October Critical and Creative Thinking Strategy

Mindmapping helps make visual representation of ideas around a central idea as well as provides a canvas for organizing ideas and representing connections. It is a method of visual note taking that helps students organize information in unique and personal ways. You might see students use mindmapping in the classroom as a summative assessment, a way to keep track of story elements in a chapter book, or a way to organize their thinking during a science or social studies unit.

In our first meeting, students in grades 2-6 developed mindmaps on a topic of their choice. Topics ranged from themselves, Lemon Road, video games, books, and even science topics like biology or dinosaurs! In grades K-1, students learned about symbols and began creating a symbol dictionary to use when they begin mapping next time we meet.

McLean ArtFest

Congratulations to the following students for representing Lemon Road at the McLean Project for the Arts, outdoor Artfest, Sunday, October 3:

 

            K. – Malcolm Chang, Lydia Tingstrom

            1st Gr. – Matt Pius

            2nd Gr. – Aradya Sharma, Sithmi Singakkuli

            4th Gr. – Eleanor Hawkins, Athena Saltzburg

            5th Gr. – Anabia Aziz, Summer Hubbard, Olivia Lee, Steven Lekauthaipun, Maheen Moloo, Megna Pius,

The weather was perfect!  The artwork was amazing! We look forward to increasing our participation for next year’s Artfest!

Dance-a-Thon

We’re less than 2 weeks away from our Lemon Road Lions Dance-A-Thon! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support math and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) learning at Lemon Road. 

The fundraiser will take place DURING the school day and ALL students will participate. The company putting the Dance-a-Thon on uses the popular video game Just Dance. Students will head to the gym during their specials block during the day for a fun experience dancing and raising money for the school.  

We want all families to get registered by October 19th! Log on to MYBOOSTER.COM today and enter your family’s details. We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone! 

Key dates to remember: 

  • DONATING STARTS - 10/12
  • Fundraiser Kick Off - 10/19 
  • Event Day - 10/27

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

Positivity Project: Integrity

Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching.  People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Integrity is closely aligned with the terms of honesty and authenticity. People with integrity tell the truth and have alignment in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, October 11: B Week; Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday/Teacher Workday)

Wednesday, October 13: Grade 2 CogAT Testing; SCA Officer Meeting (2:30 PM); PTA Board Meeting (PM)

Thursday, October 14: Grade 4 Field Trip to Mt. Vernon; Grade 2 CogAT Testing

Friday, October 15:  Polo Day; Grade 2 CogAT Testing

Tuesday, October 19: Dance-a-Thon Kick Off

Monday, October 25: Grade 3 Field Trip to Cox Farms

Wednesday, October 27: Dance-a-Thon Fundraiser

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release; Freaky Friday – Costume Day

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 9: Make Up Picture Day

Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day Early Release; Book Fair Set Up

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 10.3.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Friday was a fantastic school spirit day! It was great to see students and staff in their new spirit wear, polos, and school colors. Thank you to our PTA for the polos and fall spirit wear sale. I also enjoyed watching the release of our monarch butterfly with Ms. Busch and our second graders. Finally, I was honored to share the 2021 – 2022 SCA Officers to the students and staff. Listening to the speeches, reading the posters, and hearing the campaign slogans assured me that our community is in good hands as we give these student the opportunity to lead. Thank you parents for encouraging your students to run for office and supporting them whether or not they were voted into office.

On Friday, we hosted our October Principals’ Coffee. Thank you to all who joined and for the questions. Here is a link to the recording – we will upload it to our website early next week as well.

Dr. Zuluaga had a fabulous visit to Lemon Road on Wednesday!  Our students, staff, and volunteers welcomed him enthusiastically to lunch, recess, and in the halls.  He was absolutely glowing about our school culture, outdoor usage for lunch & instruction, and mask wearing by all.  Dr. Zuluaga also listened and is trying to help us with our bus challenges. 

Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students healthy and safe. We are so grateful for the support we have had at lunch and for picture day! We continue to need volunteers every day during lunch – both indoors and outside. Please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can. If you (or a neighbor, acquaintance, or friend) are interested in being paid to support lunch 10:30 – 1:30 daily or work as a monitor, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu. We are able to hire someone to support us up to 7 hours each school day.

LRES Polos on Field Trips

We are bringing back the Lemon Road tradition to wear Lemon Road polos on field trips. Not only does this continue to build camaraderie between our students, but it a safety measure so that it is easy to spot Lemon Road students away from school. As fall field trips are beginning, please be sure to send in your child on a field trip day with their polo on. If you do not have a polo that fits your child, you may contact the PTA to request one. Please include your child’s name, requested size, and classroom teacher’s name. If your child does not have a polo on the day of a field trip, send your child in a navy shirt/polo if possible.

PTA DanceFit Fundraiser

Help the PTA hit their goal of $15,000 to help the school purchase new math and STEAM materials - sponsor your child in this school wide dance party! Lemon Road relies on fundraisers such as these to provide our children with new or improved shared resources and this year the PTA has chosen to support the school with the purchase of new math manipulatives and STEAM games to keep all our Lions engaged in learning. The Dance-a-Thon fundraiser will be hosted during school hours on Oct 27th and your child just needs to get their groove on! Stay tuned for additional registration and fundraising details in the coming weeks.

P2: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

I hope your children enjoyed learning about open-mindedness. Next week, we will discuss the Other People Mindset element of Being Present and Giving Others My Attention. Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is crystal clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience.  And, if we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, October 4: A Week; Grade 2 Cox Farms Field Trip; Grade 4 VGA Math Assessment

Tuesday, October 5: Grade 6 VGA Math Assessment

Wednesday, October 6:  Walk to School Day; Grade 5 VGA Math Assessment

Thursday, October 7: NEW to FCPS (since January 2021) Fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement

Friday, October 8: Library Pumpkin Patch pumpkin drop off

Monday, October 11: B Week; Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday/Teacher Workday)

Wednesday, October 13: Grade 2 CogAT Testing

Thursday, October 14: Grade 4 Field Trip to Mt. Vernon; Grade 2 CogAT Testing

Friday, October 15:  Polo Day; Grade 2 CogAT Testing

Wednesday, October 27: DanceFit Fundraiser

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release; Freaky Friday – Costume Day

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 4: Diwali – Religious and Cultural Observance Day

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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

Lemon Road Principals' Coffee Tomorrow

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Join the Virtual Coffee

Mrs. Castillo and Mr. Birge welcome all parents and guardians to our October Principals’ Coffee tomorrow (Friday) at 8:30 AM. We will cofacilitate the session with our SBTS (Ms. Argodale) and the PTA. 

The session will take place through Zoom (link below), recorded, and shared via our website and community newsletter following the event. Topics of discussion include:

  • Schoology Learning Management System
  • MemberHub
  • Instructional Opportunities when Paused
  • Upcoming Events
  • Q & A

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Lemon Road Community News 9.23.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Looking forward to rounding out this first week of fall with a fun spirit day for the students. Don’t forget to send your lion in a sports-themed shirt or jersey tomorrow. If they do not have a favorite sport or team, put on the LRES polo to show their school spirit.

Thank you to our amazing PTA for the community event last Friday. The ice cream truck was a huge success – and tasty at that. Thank you to all our families that stopped by and enjoyed a cool treat together.

We hope you learned a lot during our Back to School Night event last night. There was a fabulous turnout and we have received positive feedback about the timing and structure. If you have feedback about the virtual event, please let me know by emailing aocastillo@fcps.edu, we always want to hear the parent perspective about our events.

Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students healthy and safe. We are so grateful for the support we have had at lunch! We continue to need volunteers every day during lunch – both indoors and outside. Please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can. If you (or a neighbor, acquaintance, or friend) are interested in being paid to support lunch 10:30 – 1:30 daily, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu. Another volunteer opportunity will be to support classes with picture day on Monday, September 27. We will need volunteers throughout the day between 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM. If you can volunteer, please email Ms. Nealson at manealson@fcps.edu. Volunteers for Lifetouch will earn a small credit towards their child’s photo package. Parents that wish to order ahead may do so at mylifetouch.com and use our code: EVTCCJTVN.

I hope you and your family have plans to enjoy this gorgeous fall weekend with something outdoors! ~ Mrs. Castillo

P2 - Open-mindedness

Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals.  Open-minded individual are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available.  They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views.  And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant. 

Advanced Academic Updates

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.
Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A parent information meeting will be held at the PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 20. Avery Straw, AART, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Lemon Road, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level: 

Level I: AAP Curriculum and Strategies

All students (K - 6) have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve. 

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Level II: Differentiated Lessons

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness
  • Classroom teachers provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year.

Level III: Part-Time Program

Some grades 3 - 6 students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services. 

  • Students work with students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Level IV: Full-Time Program 

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Mathematics curriculum with depth and complexity that is at least one year above grade level.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Levels II-IV

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Eligibility decisions for Level II and Level III services are made by a committee at the local school.  To refer for Level II or III services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART and the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time Level IV services are made by the countywide central selection committee.  Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:  

    • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.  Fall referrals are due October 7, 2021
    • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.  The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Morgan Birge, mbirge@fcps.edu, no later than September 30 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Young Scholars

FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students also have learning disabilities. These twice-exceptional, or “2e” students need strengths-based instruction. Their learning challenges also must be supported. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, September 24:  Freaky Friday – Sports/Jersey Day

Monday, September 27: B Week; Lifetouch Picture Day

Friday, October 1:  Navy/Yellow Spirit Wear Day; Virtual Principals Coffee (8:30 AM); SCA Officer Election

Monday, October 4: Grade 2 Cox Farms Field Trip

Wednesday, October 6:  Walk to School Day

Thursday, October 7: NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), Fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement.

Friday, October 8: Library Pumpkin Patch pumpkin drop off

Monday, October 11: Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday)

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

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

Lemon Road Community News 9.17.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

What a fantastic showing of Lemon Road polos today! Thank you to everyone for encouraging your lion to show their school pride. We are so appreciative of the PTA for providing these for our students and staff. I have heard from a few students that they do not have one. Please email me directly or alert your classroom teacher with the requested size. We will distribute until our supply is exhausted.

Thankfully, our transportation challenges are decreasing a bit! This is great news to have all our students arrive before school and leave no later than 3:10 PM. In order to ensure that our students and staff are ready for dismissal, we ask that parents do not pick their students up between 2:40 PM and dismissal. When we are trying to locate students so close to dismissal, parents often get stuck in the bus loop or block the kiss & ride line. If you have an appointment that requires you to pick your child up early, please do so at 2:40 or earlier.

We are looking forward to Back to School Night next Wednesday. All parents will receive an eNotify with a welcome video and specific school-wide information for the evening. Parents will also receive a specific invitation to join their child’s class Zoom session at 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Classroom teachers will record at least one of their sessions and share with any family unable to join live.

Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students healthy and safe. We are so grateful for the support we have had at lunch! We continue to need volunteers every day during lunch – both indoors and outside. Please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can. If you (or a neighbor, acquaintance, or friend) are interested in being paid to support lunch 10:30 – 1:30 daily, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu. Another volunteer opportunity will be to support classes with picture day on Monday, September 27. We will need volunteers throughout the day between 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM. If you can volunteer, please email Ms. Nealson at manealson@fcps.edu. Volunteers for Lifetouch will earn a small credit towards their child’s photo package. Parents that wish to order ahead may do so at mylifetouch.com and use our code: EVTCCJTVN.

Thank you parents! I hope many families can stop by the Ice Cream Social tonight between 5 – 7 PM behind the school. Have a great weekend! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Schoology - How Do I Access?

We are excited for Schoology, FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families.  

How do I create an account? First, register for a SIS/ParentVUE account.

How do I log in? Login to Schoology at lms.fcps.edu. Use your ParentVUE account log in and password

Freaky Friday Dates

As a reminder, Lemon Road celebrates birthdays with food treats and a themed spirit day once per month. Below are the Freaky Friday dates for the year:

Friday, September 24 – Sports/Jersey Day

Friday, October 29

Friday, November 19 (updated date)

Friday, December 17

Friday, January 28

Friday, February 25

Friday, March 25

Friday, April 22

Friday, May 27

Friday, June 3

SR&R Acknowledgement Due

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. All students will have the handbook on their laptop and parents can access the SR&R here. Starting this school year, parents/guardians with a ParentVUE account can download and digitally sign the SR&R in ParentVUE. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account, regardless of relationship to the student, will see the SR&R upon login to PVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed. The SR&R Parent/Guardian signature sheet is due by October 29. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Positivity Project: Teamwork

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards the common good as opposed to one’s own self-interest.  Those who demonstrate strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources in order to further group goals and help toward the greater good.

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, September 17: Polo Spirit Day; PTA Ice Cream Social (5 – 7 PM)

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM) through Zoom

Friday, September 24:  Freaky Friday – Sports/Jersey Day

Monday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day

Friday, October 1:  Navy/Yellow Spirit Wear Day; SCA Officer Elections

Thursday, October 7: NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), Fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement.

Monday, October 11: Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday)

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

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 

Lemon Road Community News 9.10.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Today was a spirited end to our third week of school. Thank you to all parents who joined us this morning for our Principals Coffee. Here is the link to the recording where we discussed Schoology, Testing, COVID procedures, and PTA news. We hope everyone can join our virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday night as well. We saw LOTS of school spirit today – if you still need to order updated spirit wear for your child (or you), check out this link before it closes on Sunday.

Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students healthy and safe. We need volunteers every day during lunch – both indoors and outside. Please sign up and volunteer with us whenever you can using this link. Remember, if you are unsure if your child can attend school, please refer to this checklist or contact us in the morning. We continue to look for a responsible adult to be paid to support us daily with lunch. If you are interested in working 10:30 – 1:30, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu.

I am proud to be a part of such a welcoming and careful community. Have a wonderful weekend ~ Mrs. Castillo

FLE Preview Night

Lemon Road’s Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, from 6:30-7:00 PM.  Our Parent Preview Night will be delivered virtually through Zoom, and parents can access the event at this link.  Mr. Van Trees, our FLE Lead Teacher will lead parents through a brief overview of the curriculum and will share with parents where they can access FCPS FLE lessons.

As a reminder, if you wish to opt your child out of any FLE lesson, please see the information below which was sent home prior to the start of the school year and click on the link for any applicable opt out forms.   

  • Family Life Education Opt Out Forms - Please read and return the opt-out form for your child’s grade level ONLY if you do not want your child to participate.  Program questions may be addressed at our school by contacting Mr. Van Trees at hwvantrees1@fcps.edu.  If you choose to have your child participate in the Family Life Education Program, you do not need to return the form.
P2 Strength: Curiosity

Curiosity is a crucial component of one's character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of  movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity, but differ in their willingness to experience it – behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally. 

Curiosity is associated with novelty-seeking. Novelty-seekers are more willing to endure risks – such as physical risks of skydiving or social risks of meeting new people – in order to gain the benefits of new experiences. Curiosity is also associated with being receptive to exploring new ideas, feelings, or values – which carry their own inherent risks and rewards.

PTA Updates

LEMON ROAD FALL FESTIVAL POSTPONED

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the Fall Festival and move it to the spring. This hopefully allows time for Covid-19 vaccines to become available for those under 12 years old and for those who wish to get vaccinated to do so.  The new date for what will now be our Spring Fair is Saturday, April 23, with a rain date of Saturday, May 14. If you signed up to volunteer, we hope you can join us in the spring. If you've already purchased your tickets, we hope you will consider rolling that purchase to the spring but if you'd prefer a refund please let us know.   We do apologize for the inconvenience but hope you understand that the health and safety of our elementary school students are of the utmost importance to us. We do apologize for the inconvenience but hope you understand that the health and safety of our elementary school students are of the utmost importance to us. If you have any questions please email us at lemonroadpta@gmail.com.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

In place of our Fall Festival, the PTA has arranged for The Inside Scoop to hold a socially distanced ice cream social at Lemon Road Elementary School next Friday, September 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the back of the school near the playground. The Inside Scoop food truck will be on hand for families to purchase ice cream cones, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more! Masks are strongly encouraged when not eating ice cream.  

Upcoming Important Dates

Saturday, September 11: Volunteer Fairfax Event at Lemon Road – join us!

Sunday, September 12: LRES PTA Spirit Wear Sale Closes

Tuesday, September 14: FLE Preview Night (6:30 – 7 PM); LRES PTA General Meeting (7 PM); Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant Night

Wednesday, September 15: PTA General Meeting; Ledo’s Pizza Restaurant Night

Thursday, September 16: Yom Kippur Observed

Friday, September 17: Polo Spirit Day; PTA Ice Cream Social (5 – 7 PM)

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM) through Zoom

Friday, September 24:  Freaky Friday

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Join the Conversation!

Mrs. Castillo and Mr. Birge welcome all parents and, guardians to our first Principals’ Coffee of the year. The session will take place through Zoom (link below). The meeting will be recorded and shared via our website and community newsletter following the event. Topics of discussion include:

  • Schoology Learning Management System
  • COVID Questions & Protocols
  • Lemon Road Lunch
  • Room Parent Updates
  • Upcoming PTA Events
  • Fall Field trips

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you for a second week of school focused on learning, engagement, relationships, and creativity. Mr. Birge and I have been able to stop by all the classrooms, visit with the students at lunch, and see them shine during specials. We appreciate our parents’ support in the daily symptom check prior to sending children to school. If you are ever unsure if your child may attend in person, do not hesitate to reach out to me, Mr. Birge, or Ms. Monts in the morning.

Lemon Road remains committed to utilizing our full campus to ensure a safe lunch for all lions. Thank you to our parents who volunteered the past week and the donations of patio umbrellas and tents! Please consider signing up to help us with lunch any day you have time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4AAFA92EA3F85-lemon. We continue to look for a responsible adult to be paid to support us daily with lunch. If you are interested in working 10:30 – 1:30, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu.

We are excited to resume our after school enrichment programming - a partnership between the LRES PTA and Baroody.  Registration is open for the fall sessions and closes Friday, September 15.  Click this link to register your child for a session: bc-ffx-lemonroad.jumbula.com

Have a great Labor Day weekend, we look forward to seeing your children on Tuesday ~ Mrs. Castillo

Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. All students will have the handbook on their laptop and parents can access the SR&R here. Starting this school year, parents/guardians with a ParentVUE account can download and digitally sign the SR&R in ParentVUE. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account, regardless of relationship to the student, will see the SR&R upon login to PVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed. The SR&R Parent/Guardian signature sheet is due by October 29. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons

Ms. Straw, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), will be teaching Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) to all classes this school year. CCT strategies are designed to provide all K-12 students opportunities to develop critical and creative thinking skills and move towards a deeper understanding of content. Critical thinking and creative thinking are interrelated processes essential to problem solving. These CCT strategies can be applied to any content area to support the development of skills and understanding.

This month, Ms. Straw is focusing on the CCT skill of visualization. Visualization opens up student thinking by using sensory information to stimulate the imagination. Research studies have shown that visualization greatly increases the level and depth of comprehension of both spoken and written words. Visualization can be a powerful strategy for helping students set goals, picture the steps that need to be taken, consider alternatives, and visualize a plan to achieve their goals. Ask your student what they transformed into something new!

Eco-Schools USA Bronze AND Silver Awards for Exceptional Achievement in Educating for Sustainability

LRES’ Eco Defense Squad actions in 2020-2021 earned recognition from the international Eco-Schools USA program.

Lemon Road ES earned a Bronze Award for our work increasing awareness of places the community could access safely for physical activity during COVID-19 and providing indoor and outdoor workout options. The school was further recognized for reducing waste and increasing community recycling of highlighters/markers through the Crayola ColorCycle program – which will continue this year as well. Thank you to our enthusiastic students and community! This is a terrific start!

Keep it Green – Your Eco Defense Squad

School Safety Information

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.  We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year. 

Additional information on our lockdown drill program can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. 

  • Trailer of Safety Video
  • Know your Security Scenarios video
  • FAQs
  • Parent/Guardian Tips
  • Terms and Procedures for Emergency Response

After reviewing this content, please discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe.

For questions about safety drills, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu. 

PTA Fall Festival - Coming Soon!

The PTA is excited to share that the Lemon Road Fall Festival will return this year and be held on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This year the Fall Festival will be held almost entirely outside and will feature new games and entertainment, live music, and food trucks! The Roarin’ Raffle will also return so be sure to buy your raffle tickets to enter. For those who are new to Lemon Road, the Fall Festival is one of the PTAs biggest fundraisers of the year and the Roarin’ Raffle is a chance for students to earn fun “prizes” like the chance to be Principal or Assistant Principal for a day or a movie and pizza party with their favorite teachers.   

Children ages 5 and up need tickets to enter and adults are free. Parents or guardians are required to stay on the premises. The PTA relies on the entire Lemon Road community to make the event a success so be sure to buy your entry wristband, Roarin’ Raffle tickets, and sign up to volunteer on the SignUp Genius.  

Order Your Spirit Wear

There is still time to buy your Lemon Road gear and have your child show their Lemon Road pride! The Spirit Wear store will be open until Sunday, September 12, and recently added adult sizes (small to large) for the long sleeve tie-dye t-shirt as they’ve come back in stock. All items will be shipped to Lemon Road and arrive on or before Oct. 1.

Be sure to order your Lemon Road gear today!

Other People Mindset - P2

This week, we are focusing on the heart of the Positivity Project, the Other People Mindset. This idea is built on five important principles:

   
  • We can identify and appreciate the good in others
  • We support others when they struggle
  • We are present and give others our attention
  • We cheer on others’ successes
  • We know that our words and actions affect others.

“We rise by lifting others.” ~Robert Ingersoll

Call for Cardboard

Do you have cardboard boxes that you’re ready to get rid of? Consider bringing them to LRES for us to use for our gardening project on our 9/11 Day of Service. Used boxes are fine, in any shape or size – but please ONLY those that do not have food/cooking oil on them. They can be dropped off at Door 1 by the ‘Boxes for Gardening’ sign starting next week, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., or your student may bring them in to Mrs. Busch’s classroom (211.) -Thank you!

Upcoming Important Dates

September 3rd - 6th: Labor Day Break - no school

Friday, September 10:  Virtual Principals Coffee (8:30 AM); LRES Spirit wear Day

Saturday, September 11: Volunteer Fairfax Event at Lemon Road

Sunday, September 12: LRES PTA Spirit Wear Sale Closes

Friday, September 17: LRES Polo Day

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM)

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Lemon Road Families,

Thank you for a spectacular opening week! The halls and classrooms were buzzing with positivity, engagement, and learning. Lions are forming friendships and connecting with their teachers each day. A huge thank you for the supports we have felt ensuring our students are safe and healthy this week. We appreciate families keeping children home if they are not well, communicating with us with questions, and the many offers for volunteers. Thank you PTA and parents for getting us umbrellas and tents for the kiss & ride lunch zone and for our first few parent volunteers – interested in volunteering? Please read below.

Looking forward to a fabulous second week,

Mrs. Castillo

Lemon Road Lunch

Lemon Road is committed to utilizing our full campus to ensure a safe lunch for all lions. More than half our students eat lunch outdoors each day – either under the tent behind the school or at picnic tables next to the kiss & ride loop. Three grades eat in the cafeteria ensuring maximum social distance, utilizing air purifiers, and time to clean between grade levels. In order to maintain this schedule, we need volunteers at each station to support our staff. Please use this sign-up genius to let us know if you can help us! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4AAFA92EA3F85-lemon

We are also looking for someone to be paid to support us daily with lunch. If you are interested in working 10:30 – 1:30 each day, please contact Mr. Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu

Freaky Friday Celebrations

On Friday, we celebrated our first Freaky Friday with Polo Day – thank you to everyone who wore your polos or navy & yellow to celebrate our summer birthdays. The PTA polos for this year are coming soon - stay tuned!  Each month, we will have a Polo Day, a Lemon Road spirit wear day, and a Freaky Friday, so check the calendar so that your child can participate. Below are the Freaky Friday dates for birthday celebrations:

Friday, September 24

Friday, October 29

Friday, November 26

Friday, December 17

Friday, January 28

Friday, February 25

Friday, March 25

Friday, April 22

Friday, May 27

Friday, June 3

Room Parents

Ideally each homeroom has two room parents to support the teacher and serve as liaisons with the PTA. If you are interested in being a room parent, please let your classroom teacher know. We will host a room parent orientation soon and want to be sure all classes have this important role named. Questions about the role? Email Ms. Megginson, Room Parent Coordinator, to help you find the right way to support your child’s class. Her email is: willi3cm@gmail.com

Volunteer Fairfax Event

Lemon Road Elementary School is hosting a Volunteer Fairfax event on the 9/11 Day of Service on September 11th. This in-person project will remove invasive plants from the grounds at Lemon Road Elementary School and use natural methods of weed control. Volunteers will be able to learn about some plants that are found throughout our region and prepare the school’s garden areas for student outdoor learning. If volunteers are interested, there will be violet plants available to take home at the end of the session. You’re welcome to bring your own gloves, but they will also be available at the event. Please bring water and your mask. All ages welcome with adult supervision. Click on the link below to register, we hope to see you there!

https://volunteerfairfax.civicore.com/index.php?section=volunteerFest&action=main

Schoology - New for LRES

Lemon Road is excited to launch our new learning management system: Schoology.  Schoology is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.  

Teachers can use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 

More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online

Health & Safety Guidance

The health and safety of all Lemon Road students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case.

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process is frustrating and sometimes confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process LRES, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Upcoming Important Dates

September 3rd - 6th:Labor Day Break - no school

Friday, September 10:  Virtual Principals Coffee (8:30 AM); LRES Spirit wear Day

Sunday, September 12: LRES PTA Spirit Wear Sale Closes

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! There was so much energy and positivity in the air yesterday – thank you to all who helped make it a success! It was so nice to reconnect with our students and families. The Lemon Road Community News will resume a weekly publication to provide you with information to stay connected with what’s happening at school. If you have a neighbor or friend new to Lemon Road, ensure that they received this newsletter!

Remember that your child’s teachers are ready to support your child as they transition back to the building. Beyond our students' physical health, we will continue to place a high priority on our students' social and emotional wellbeing. Reuniting on campus and rebuilding a sense of community will be on the top of our list, along with students, teachers, and staff building meaningful relationships so that our learners can be fully engaged. We are working overtime to ensure a safe, healthy, and smooth transition back to school. If there is anything you need, do not hesitate to reach out to me, our counselors, or your child’s teacher at any time.

Has your child been completing activities from the Summer Activity Board? Please consider submitting a photo/video of your child completing any of the activities on the school website, to Ms. Burke or on Flip Grid.  Here's the link to the activity board if your child needs another copy.  Looking forward to seeing everyone Monday ~ Mrs. Castillo

Clubs & Leadership Opportunities

Yesterday, at the Welcome Back Social, our staff shared opportunities for students to participate in the SCA, Eco-Defense Squad, News Team, and/or Patrols. Many of these clubs are aimed at our upper grade students, but we look for ways for our primary students to get involved. Click the links below or use the QR codes to learn more. A reminder that our 4th grade students will have the option of playing a strings instrument, 5th – 6th graders will have the option of playing a band or strings instrument, and 5th & 6th graders may choose to join chorus. Please encourage your child to engage in these extra-curricular opportunities!

SCA: https://tinyurl.com/eamkk877

Patrols: https://tinyurl.com/swa7t6x6

News Team: https://tinyurl.com/494759wv

Eco-Defense Squad: https://tinyurl.com/cs3rbh6n

PTA Spirit Wear Sale

Thank you to everyone who purchased a magnet or water bottle at yesterday's open house. We are so excited to be kicking the year off with Spirit Wear sales. Spirit Wear gives you and your child a chance to show your Lemon Road pride and let everyone know that your child is a proud Lemon Road Lion. The Spirit Wear store is officially open and will be open until Sunday, September 12. We’ve added some new items this year including a zip-up hoodie, long sleeve tie-dye t-shirt, and more.  All items ordered by Sept. 12 will be shipped to Lemon Road and arrive on or before Oct. 1.  Don’t wait, get your Lemon Road gear today!

Beginning of Year Forms

In ParentVUE, on August 19th, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information and health information.  Each school year parents need to verify the information in weCare for each student.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due by August 23, 2021.

There are other forms linked below that parents may print and drop off in the main office or send with your child. Questions related to any forms may be directed to our Registrar, Dana Vaughn at dlvaughn@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, August 23:  First Day of School

Thursday, August 26: Preschool Open House (10 – 10:45 AM)

Friday, August 27: Freaky Friday & Polo Day

September 3rd - 6th - Labor Day Break - no school

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM)

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We hope that all Lemon Road families are having a wonderful end to summer! We had a great turnout for our playdates and book mobiles – thank you to all for coming! We have a kindergarten playdate tonight, but all families are welcome to stop by – the event is drop-in and very casual.

Lemon Road looks forward to our annual Open Houses on Thursday, August 19th. There are several events planned for that day. First, class teacher assignments will be posted in ParentVue for all families to view at their convenience. Kindergarten Open House will begin at 9:00 AM and will include time in the classroom, a tour of the building, and a general session in the cafeteria to help everyone feel prepared for the start of the year. Our New Family Orientation and Tours will begin at 11:00 AM. Lemon Road looks forward then to our Grades 1 – 6 Open House will begin at 2:30 PM. Drop off your school supplies if you did not purchase them in advance at Open House. Those purchased in advance will be in the classroom ready for your child. Finally, at 3:15 PM, we welcome our full staff and Lemon Road community behind the school for some snacks, music, fun, and networking. We hope each of these events will help students and parents feel more comfortable in the school prior to the First Day of school on August 23rd.   Parents should be aware that parking is extremely limited on our campus. Please allow time for parking in the neighborhood and walking to the school. Our amazing PTA will be selling LRES water bottles and car magnets during the events next Thursday – bring cash if possible to support our school!

- School registration is open.  Here is the link to the forms required from FCPS.  Please do have any new neighbors contact the office with questions. 

- Masking and Return to School: As noted in FCPS communications, all school will start the school year with universal masking in all FCPS buildings. Masks will be worn indoors at all times during the school day by both staff and students with the exception of when eating. Universal masking will continue to support student and staff safety. FCPS will be updating and reviewing the mask policy as guided by the CDC and national and state health recommendations.

- Laptop Return: Note that laptops from the prior year should be turned in now. We will reimage and support with new software updates. You may drop off at any time there is access to the office.  Bring the wrapped power cord with you. Students will not be provided a new laptop if one is owed from last year.

Has your child been completing activities from the Summer Activity Board? Please consider submitting a photo/video of your child completing any of the activities on the school website, to Ms. Burke or on Flip Grid.  Here's the link to the activity board if your child needs another copy.  Looking forward to seeing everyone next week ~ Mrs. Castillo

Bus Information

Bus transportation information will be shared with families beginning August 10th and will continue to be populated prior to the start of school. Please access the information via ParentVue. Additional information regarding bus transportation and how to access please access these links: 

Bus Delay Notification System  and the Transportation page.

Breakfast & Lunch Updates

Breakfast and a hot lunch will be offered to ALL students for free.  Note that we may request information at the beginning of each week in order to estimate the volume of meals needed ~ stay tuned for more information.  Students may purchase some items a la carte.  Additional information regarding lunches can be found at this link

Digital Resource Consent Form

At Lemon Road, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: List of digital resources we use that require permission. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Please provide consent by reading the list of resources on our Lemon Road website and signing the permission form for each of your children. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Jacquelyn Argodale, at jhargodale@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Beginning of Year Forms

Complete Emergency Care Card now Electronically in weCare

In ParentVUE, on August 19th, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information and health information.  Each school year parents need to verify the information in weCare for each student.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due by August 23, 2021.

There are other forms linked below that parents may print and drop off in the main office or send with your child. Questions related to any forms may be directed to our Registrar, Dana Vaughn at dlvaughn@fcps.edu.

School Supplies

Check out your child's grade level supply list for this upcoming school year! CLICK HERE to access the lists if you did not order them in advance from EPI. It is recommended that supplies are brought to the classroom on August 19 during Open House. Each year, our local Idylwood Presbyterian Church supports our families in need with school supplies using donations. If your family is able to support, please use this link JacobsBackpackBrigade and thank you!

Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, August 12: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Tuesday, August 17: New Family Playdate (5:30 PM)

Thursday, August 19: Class Lists in ParentVue; K Open House (9 AM); New Family Orientation (11 AM); Grades 1 – 6 Open House (2:30 PM); Welcome Back Social (3:15 PM)

Monday, August 23:  First Day of School

September 3rd - 6th - Labor Day Break - no school

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM)

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

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

I hope you are having a wonderful summer break.  It is hard to believe that in just a few weeks, we will welcome our students & teachers back to Lemon Road for the 2021-2022 school year!  We could not be more excited to begin the year bringing all lions back 5 days a week for in-person instruction. 

Lemon Road looks forward to our annual Open Houses on Thursday, August 19th. There are several events planned for that day. Kindergarten will begin at 9:00 AM and will include time in the classroom, a tour of the building, and a general session in the cafeteria to help everyone feel prepared for the start of the year. Our New Family Orientation and Tours will begin at 11:00 AM. Lemon Road looks forward then to our Grades 1 – 6 Open House will begin at 2:30 PM. Finally, at 3:15 PM, we welcome our full staff and Lemon Road community behind the school for some snacks, music, fun, and networking. We hope each of these events will help students and parents feel more comfortable in the school prior to the First Day of school on August 23rd.   Parents should be aware that parking is extremely limited on our campus. Please allow time for parking in the neighborhood and walking to the school.

Lemon Road is looking for a new dining room attendant to be paid to support lunch daily for our students. This is an hourly position from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM daily. This is ideal for a stay at home parent or a college student that has a few hours available to join us each day. If you or someone you know is interested, please email Morgan Birge at mbirge@fcps.edu.

I hope you continue to have a safe and healthy summer break and as always, please reach out if you have any questions or wonderings regarding the upcoming school year.  We continue to register students each day. If a new family has moved into your neighborhood, please help us by contacting them and send them to our school to register. FCPS is monitoring our class sizes and we need all our students in our registration system to ensure we have the right teachers and the best class sizes to support your children. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! ~ Mrs. Castillo

School Supply Lists

Check out your child's grade level supply list for this upcoming school year! CLICK HERE to access the lists if you did not order them in advance from EPI. It is recommended that supplies are brought to the classroom on August 19 during Open House. Each year, our local Idylwood Presbyterian Church supports our families in need with school supplies using donations. If your family is able to support, please use this link JacobsBackpackBrigade and thank you!

PTA Polo Shirts

On the third Friday of each month, Lemon Road students and staff wear their PTA-provided polo to show off their school spirit. If your child needs a new polo to participate in these days, please use this link by August 8 to request a new shirt. Shirts will be delivered to the school.

Last LRES Book Mobile

Next Wednesday, August 4, Lemon Road staff hit the road with books and popsicles. Stop by with your Lemon Road students to stock up for the last few weeks of summer!   Below are our stops: 

10:00 am   Matera Street and Los Pueblos Lane (Tyson’s View)

10:30 am   Hillside Drive and Frieden Drive

11:00 am   Nigh Road and Nigh Road (Peach Tree- back entrance)

11:30 am   Dominion Drive and Dominion Way

12:00 pm   Lemon Road Elementary School Parking Lot

 

miércoles 4 de agosto

10:00 am   Matera Street y Los Pueblos Lane (Tyson’s View)

10:30 am   Hillside Drive y Frieden Drive

11:00 am   Nigh Road y Nigh Road (Peach Tree- back entrance)

11:30 am   Dominion Drive y Dominion Way

12:00 pm   Lemon Road Elementary School

Schoology

We are excited for Schoology, FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/)  is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. We are excited to work with you this fall as we use this system to support our students! 

Here is what you need to know now: 

  • We will not use Blackboard 24-7 Learning or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)
  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You will need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: 
    • If you are a family new to Lemon Road, you will receive activation information between August 11th and August 13th. 
  • Parent accounts will be available mid-August and more information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students can log in using their FCPS student ID and password. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page
    • Students new to FCPS will receive this information at the beginning of the year
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
  • As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:
    • Your child’s class
    • Your child’s assignments and participation
    • Your child’s calendar
    • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback 

We look forward to using Schoology along with your SIS/ParentVue account to strengthen our partnerships throughout the school year. Our next communication will share how to login to Schoology. In the meantime, you are welcome to learn more about this learning management system by visiting: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology.

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, August 4: Lemon Road Book Mobile (10 – 12:30)

Thursday, August 12: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Tuesday, August 17: New Family Playdate (5:30 PM)

Thursday, August 19: K Open House (9 AM); New Family Orientation (11 AM); Grades 1 – 6 Open House (2:30 PM); Welcome Back Social (3:15 PM)

Monday, August 23:  First Day of School

Wednesday, September 22:  Virtual Back to School Night (6 – 8 PM)

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Book Mobile - This Thursday

The Lemon Road Bookmobile is coming to a location near you!  This summer Lemon Road teachers will once again be bringing books and popsicles to your neighborhood. We can’t wait to see you! 

Thursday, July 16

2:00 pm     Matera Street and Los Pueblos Lane (Tyson’s View)

2:30 pm     Hillside Drive and Frieden Drive

3:00 pm     Peach Orchard Drive (Peach Tree-front entrance)

3:30 pm     Evan’s Court (The Oaks at Falls Church)

4:00 pm     Lemon Road Elementary School Parking Lot

Summer Programs Up and Running

The Lemon Road SOAR and Bridge Programs are off to a fantastic start!  Thank you to our site directors - Jacquelyn Argodale and Tom Hickman for their organization and communication.  Thank you to all our teachers, IAs, and staff for ensuring that we have nine classrooms up and running this summer to ensure our lions are ready for the school year! 

Register for School

Is your child registered and ready for a 5 day in-person return to Lemon Road?  Do you have a new neighbor that needs to register their child?  Please share this important information with anyone new to our area or who has not yet registered their child(ren) for school! 

We are getting ready for all our lions! Please be sure all children are registered so that we have the best teachers ready to welcome them in August!   Here is our online pre-registration form: https://lemonroades.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

Registration questions can be directed to our Registrar, Dana Vaughn at dlvaughn@fcps.edu

Parents/guardians will need to bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)
Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, July 15: Lemon Road Book Mobile (2 – 4 PM)

Tuesday, July 20: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Wednesday, August 4: Lemon Road Book Mobile (10 AM – 12 PM)

Thursday, August 12: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Tuesday, August 17: New Family Playdate (5:30 PM)

Thursday, August 19: K Open House, Grades 1 – 6 Open House & LRES New Family Orientation

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Summer Office Hours

During the summer, Lemon Road has reduced walk in office hours. During the summer, our front office is open from 9 AM – 12 PM for walk in visits. The office staff is also available by appointment. This week, the front office and lobby are being cleaned and most staff are working remotely. If you need an appointment, please email Ashley Castillo at aocastillo@fcps.edu.

Kindergarten & New Family Playdates

This week is the first of three Kindergarten Playdates on the playground beginning at 5:30 PM. These playdates are casual and intended to help students and parents begin to network and make friends – drop in whenever your schedule permits. Members of our PTA will be on-site with bottled water and popsicles from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

June 30

July 20

August 12

August 17 (New Family Playdate)

While the times are aimed at our rising kindergartners and their families, we encourage veteran Lemon Road families to join us to help welcome the upcoming kindergarteners. Was your rising first grader virtual last year? Join us!

Register Your Child for School

Is your child registered and ready for a 5 day in-person return to Lemon Road? We are getting ready for all our lions! Please be sure all children are registered so that we have the best teachers ready to welcome them in August!   Here is our online pre-registration form: https://lemonroades.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

Registration questions can be directed to our Registrar, Dana Vaughn at dlvaughn@fcps.edu

Parents/guardians will need to bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)
Order School Supplies Today

SHOP NOW for your 2021-22 school supplies. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online. EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. Not only is this convenient for you, but it is a fundraiser to help our school. Order now with our School ID of LEM016 at https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/. All orders must be received by July 6. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, June 30: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Thursday, July 15: Lemon Road Book Mobile (2 – 4 PM)

Tuesday, July 20: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Wednesday, August 4: Lemon Road Book Mobile (10 AM – 12 PM)

Thursday, August 12: Kindergarten Playdate (5:30 PM)

Tuesday, August 17: New Family Playdate (5:30 PM)

Thursday, August 19: K Open House, Grades 1 – 6 Open House & LRES New Family Orientation

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