Lemon Road Community News 10.30.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to all of you who joined us for our Town Hall this week.  We appreciated the many questions we received.  Here is the slide deck that was shared and the recording from Wednesday’s Community Town Hall. Please remember families may update their preference for returning to school by midnight tonight by using this form. Parents have found this resource helpful as they envision returning to the school building.   

Thank you Ms. Nickels and our SCA for encouraging our students and staff to participate in the Spooky Spirit Week!  We saw fun and silly socks, scary hats, crazy hair, costumes, and other ways that our lions showed spirit.  If you haven’t already, be sure to take a photo of your family or child and send to PTAcommunicationsLRES@gmail.com by tomorrow to be considered for the PTA costume contest.

Finally, thank you everyone for welcoming our new School Based Technology Specialist – Ms. Argodale, she did a fabulous job this week getting to know our students and staff.  Have a fun and relaxing weekend ~ Mrs. Castillo

Positivity Project - Perspective

This has been a really fun week filled with creativity!  Next week, we will learn about perspective.  Perspective means that you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. Perspective is usually gained over time, as one accumulates more knowledge and experiences. However, developing perspective is not only a matter of time. It comes from truly listening to others when they talk and working to understand new points of view when reading books, listening to stories, or watching movies.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 30: Freaky Friday – Costume Day; End of 1st Quarter 2-hour Early Release

November 1: PTA “Give Back Night” at Lazy Mike’s Delicatessen

November 2: Student Holiday

November 3: Election Day; Student Holiday

November 6: Principals Coffee regarding Return to School Plans (9 AM)

November 9: Lemon Road Library Book Bus (and school supplies) at Nigh Road and Maynard Drive (2:00 – 2:30 PM)

November 11: Veteran’s Day (2-hour early release)

November 16: Library Books at Lemon Road (1 PM – 6 PM); Organizing Distribution of School Supplies

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LRES Return to School Town Hall

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Return to School Town Hall

Yesterday, Lemon Road families received a message including a link to update their preference for location of learning for their Lemon Road child(ren).  We recognize many of you have questions that impact your decision.  We invite all parents/guardians to a Town Hall tomorrow at 10 AM.  You can access the meeting by clicking on this BBCU link.

We hope to answer questions you have about what the concurrent model will look like and the health and safety protocols we will be using. Please know that there will be questions we will not be able to answer, but we aim to be as transparent as possible during this time. 

The meeting will be recorded for any parent unable to join us live.  Thank you for your partnership and support ~ Mrs. Castillo

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Lemon Road Community News 10.25.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you for another positive week of school. I am so proud of our students, parents, teachers, and staff for all we have accomplished and learned together. Is there a Lemon Road staff member that has gone above and beyond for your student or family? Recognize them with a quick acknowledgement through FCPS Cares. They truly appreciate each nomination.

This week we welcomed back one class of preschool students into the building.  All FCPS families and staff received updated information on Friday regarding the phase in of additional students to concurrent instruction. Concurrent instruction will allow students to remain in virtual instruction for the entire year while others can come in person for 2 days per week and participate virtually on the other days. Lemon Road will send a letter early this week with a link for families to update their preference if they choose.

As mentioned earlier in the fall, FCPS modified their homework policy during the pandemic. No student is to be assigned homework or asynchronous learning outside school hours with the exception of reading each evening. Grade levels are beginning to assign required asynchronous work on Mondays to be completed during the day. This asynchronous work may be completed after the morning enrichments or in lieu of the enrichments, but the Morning Meeting and any synchronous session with their teacher(s) are required and should be attended each week. Attendance is taken during the Morning Meeting and will be reflected on the progress report.

This week, we have some spirit events and contests planned to keep students excited and engaged in the virtual class experience. Beginning tomorrow, classes may participate in Spooky Spirit Week! See the graphic above to see the themes for each day. Participation is completely optional. We always love seeing your photos, so please share them with me by email or post on social media and tag us! Spooky Spirit Week concludes with our traditional Freaky Friday event in October – Costume Day! We encourage students and staff to wear a costume or dress up for learning. Please be sure costumes are in alignment with SR&R. To enhance the excitement, the PTA has developed a contest with prizes for students, families, and staff. Take a photo of your family or child and send to PTAcommunicationsLRES@gmail.com by November 1st to be considered. If you do not want your photo included in social media, please include in your message.

Last chance to get your spirit wear for the fall and winter! The sale closes in a few days. A new adult hooded sweatshirt that matches the youth has been added. If you are interested, please email Jen Edgerly at jennifer.edgerly@gmail.com to add an adult sweatshirt to your order. Looking forward to a great week. See all your children tomorrow for their Morning Meetings and stop by either the library book bus at 2 PM (Evans Ct. and Leesburg Pike Service Road) for library books, mystery bags, and some school supplies! Thank you for your partnership ~ Mrs. Castillo

Reading and Math Workshop

Now that the beginning of year assessments are complete, students are participating in Reading and Math Workshop during instructional time. Typically teachers will begin with a lesson for the whole class then transition to small group, independent practice, use of digital resources, partner activities/games, and one on one conferences. Students will be put into groups based in interest, ability, and preference throughout the year. This model mimics what takes place during instruction in the building. During the small group time, you may see an additional staff member support instruction – this may be an Instructional Assistant, Reading Teacher, ESOL Teacher, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, or Special Education Teacher. To allow time for the teachers and staff to differentiate instruction for small groups, students will be increasing their stamina to work independently or with a small group. Ideally, workshop instruction finishes with a whole class reflection to reinforce the learning for the day as well as address successes and challenges students experienced. If you have questions about the model, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or inquire with the classroom teacher.

Library News

Exciting Library Updates!   Due to the terrific response for library books, we will be adding more Lemon Road pick up opportunities and a brand new library return box!     Families can now visit Library Door #5 on Mondays between 4:00-5:30 (except student holidays) to pick up books from a self-serve cart.   If you don’t receive a text/email confirming  your child’s books are ready, be sure to contact Ms. Burke before you arrive.   All book orders should be placed no later than the Friday before pick up.   We have also added a brand new library return box now available at Library Door #5 to return books at your convenience.  Please note, books returned in the library return box will be isolated for 7 days before check in.   If you have any questions,  contact Ms. Gabby Burke, 703-714-6447 or goburke@fcps.edu.   Ready…set…READ!

Supplies for Weekly Art Special

In order that your child may be better prepared for virtual art classes, please check the “Art” tab in the Lemon Road Blackboard site.  Clicking on this tab will direct you to grade level tabs which will then direct you to lessons, timelines and required materials.  Thank you for all of your support!

Positivity Project: Creativity

On Monday, students will begin learning about creativity in their Monday Morning Meetings. For a 1-page character card overview, click here. Creativity means you come up with new and original ideas to think about and do things. Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.

PTA News: Science Olympiad

LRES PTA is happy to announce that Virginia Science Olympiad has decided to host the Science Olympiad, Div. A and Div. B in 2021, albeit, with a little twist to accommodate the safety of the students, given COVID-19 times. Please note that for both Div. A and Div. B, competitions will be virtual and therefore some topics may not be available.

Div. B (Grade 6 only) has confirmed their competition dates (Jan 30 and Feb 6) and which one we will be assigned to LRES teams will be based on how fast we submit our registration and details. The PTA is therefore reaching out to you all (parents of 6th grade students) to get a feel of how many of you will be interested in taking part in the Olympiad this year. We strongly encourage you to visit the VASO website (link below), to see what events will be available and to read up on special instructions etc. given we will be participating amidst the pandemic. 

Event Resources | Virginia Science Olympiad Please fill out the google form if you have decided to (after reviewing the website) that you are interested in participating in Div. B- for 6th grade ONLY. Once we get everyone’s forms, we will be reaching out to you, via email, to set up an informational session to get us started. The deadline to submit your form is Wednesday, October 28 by midnight. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to Fatima Latif (VP, Fundraising) at mumuofkimi@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Important Events

October 26: Library Book Bus at Evans Ct. & Leesburg Pike Service Road (2:00 – 2:30); Library Book Self-Pick Up (4:00 – 5:30) outside Door #5

October 26 – October 20: Spooky Spirit Week

October 27: AAP Level IV Screening Parent Info Meetings (8:30 AM and 6:30 PM)

October 30: Freaky Friday - Costume Day; End of 1st Quarter (2-hour Early Release)

November 1: PTA “Give Back Night: at Lazy Mike’s Delicatessen

November 2: Student Holiday; No Library Book Distribution

November 3: Election Day; Student Holiday

November 6: Principals Coffee regarding Return to School Plans (9 AM)

November 11: Veteran’s Day (2-hour early release)

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Lemon Road Community News 10.16.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

I hope this finds you finishing a wonderful week - clearly these 2nd graders and Mrs. Norton had a fun morning meeting recently!  Students and teachers continue to remain busy settling into distance learning and we couldn't be more proud of how well everyone is doing.  As you may have heard, some small cohorts of students are beginning to return to schools in person.  FCPS has prioritized getting our youngest learners back in the building first and one class of our preschool students will begin next week.  The School Board and FCPS Leadership team will continue to develop plans for our other students, once those details have been finalized and approved, we will share that information with our community. In the meantime, we will continue to provide a robust and engaging online learning experience for our students.  

Lemon Road has bags of students' personal materials left from the 2019 – 2020 school year. We will begin recycling, reusing, and disposing of materials that remain in the building beginning October 26. If you have not picked up your child’s materials, please call the front office and schedule time to pick up their bag!

We appreciate your ongoing support of your student and our school.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Birge or me with any questions or concerns you may have.  Have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, October 30: Costume Day

On Friday, October 30, Lemon Road will celebrate the birthdays of students born in October and will show school spirit by wearing their favorite costume!  Parents should collaborate with their room parent to determine how the birthdays will be celebrated in each classroom. While we cannot wait to see everyone’s costumes and spirit wear, costumes must:

  • Be appropriate and follow dress guidelines shared in Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Contain no blood, gore, or signs of violence
  • Not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons of any type
  • Allow full participation in virtual learning
Positivity Project: Forgiveness

On Monday, students will begin learning about 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.  By forgiving someone, you don’t have to say that what that person did was okay. And, forgiveness is not contingent on the other person apologizing.

Level IV AAP Referral Process

Are you curious about AAP Level IV? Join Avery Straw, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), on October 27, 2020 for an informational session focusing specifically on the level IV classroom, referring your child for placement, and changes in this process due to Covid-19. The same information will be presented live at 8:30 am and at 6:30 pm; it will also be recorded if you can’t attend. Join the meeting with this BBCU link. Ms. Straw will also be holding drop in office hours for your questions or to review files on 11/13 from 10 am-12 pm, 11/20 from 10 am-12 pm, 11/25 from 7-8:30 am, and 11/30 from 12:30-3:30 pm. Join office hours using this BBCU link. Level IV referrals can be submitted now via email to Ms. Straw at akstraw@fcps.edu and Ms. Castillo at aocastillo@fcps.edu, and are due by December 1.

Fairfax County LEAP Accounts

All students (PreK-12) in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have LEAP accounts at FCPL. These public library virtual accounts will allow students to check out up to three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals).

  • A student only needs their name, not a physical library card, to check out materials.
  • LEAP accounts never charge fines or fees.
  • A student can have a LEAP account as well as a standard library account (application online and in library branches). Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources such as eBooks and databases.

Visit the FCPL page for LEAP to find flyers in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and English.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child, please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Upcoming Important Dates

October 19: Library Book Bus at Pimmit Dr. & Matera St (2:00 – 2:30)

October 21: Lemon Road General PTA Meeting

October 26: Library Book Bus at Evans Ct. & Leesburg Pike Service Road (2:00 – 2:30)

October 27: AAP Level IV Screening Parent Info Meetings (8:30 AM and 6:30 PM)

October 30: Freaky Friday - Costume Day; 2-hour Early Release (classes end at 1 PM)

November 1: PTA “Give Back Night: at Lazy Mike’s Delicatessen

November 2: Student Holiday

November 3: Election Day; Student Holiday

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Lemon Road Community News 10.11.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to all our parents who helped their children rock their Lemon Road spirit wear Friday! The PTA is thrilled to announce a spirit wear sale this month. Check out the virtual store and stock up!

We will continue our Freaky Friday tradition when the SCA will vote and announce a theme for this day – typically Freaky Fridays are the last Friday of each month. We also have a monthly spirit day where we encourage all students and staff to wear their Lemon Road polos or other spirit wear. We typically host those on the second Friday of each month. The next Freaky Friday will be October 30.

Our PTA will be sharing a survey about Science Olympiad soon. If you aren’t receiving their emails, please reach out to the PTA directly here: lemonroadpta@gmail.com.

FCPS recognizes Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, October 12 as a student holiday. There will be no live lessons or asynchronous work assigned to the students. Teachers will be engaged in professional learning and planning for the next month of instruction.

Enjoy the end of this fall weekend! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Math Competitions

Typically the Math Club (grades 3-6) meets weekly throughout the school year to prepare for several group and individual competitions. Because we are unable to host Math Club meetings this school year, we wanted to extend some of the opportunities to interested families. If you are looking for resources to further the kind of thinking these competitions offer, check out these publicly available Problems of the Week from Math Counts.

MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competitions (Grade 6 only)

This competition for middle school math students (6-8) will be held on a specific date in February each year. This year they are allowing student to compete in the chapter competitions without a school affiliation. Find registration and competition information here.  Early registration ends October 30.

Math Olympiad (Grades 4-6)

Math Olympiad is allowing virtual teams to enter but only through a MOEMS® Institute Team. An Institute Team may only be run out of a storefront, weekend, or after-school learning center.  Parents may find more information here.

AMC 8 (Grades 4-6)

AMC 8 is not offering virtual competitions this year. Similar to Math Olympiad, AMC8 may only be hosted by an educational organization. Find more information about who can register at this link.

LRES Library Books

Has your child placed books on hold for pick up either at school or one of our bus stops? Curbside checkout is underway. We had about 70 families stop by Lemon Road last Monday and on October 19th, a bus will bring checked out books to the intersection of Pimmet Drive and Matera Street from 2:00 – 2:30 PM. Use this survey to let Ms. Burke know where your family prefers to pick up books.  Email Ms. Burke (goburke@fcps.edu) for questions or information.  

Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others our Attention

This OPM element means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. A deliberate focus on being present is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the formidable capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people. How dangerous is this to our well-being and the fabric of our society? Very.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 12: Indigenous People’s Day (Student Holiday)

October 13 & 14: Ledo’s Pizza Fundraiser (5 – 9 PM)

October 21: Lemon Road General PTA Meeting

October 27: AAP Level IV Screening Parent Info Meeting (8:30 AM and 6:30 PM)

October 30: Freaky Friday; End of Quarter 1; 2-hour Early Release (classes end at 1 PM)

November 1: PTA “Give Back Night” at Lazy Mike’s Delicatessen

November 2: Student Holiday

November 3: Election Day; Student Holiday

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Lemon Road Community News 10.2.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you to those of you who joined our Principals Coffee today. Here is the recording for anyone who couldn’t join us live and look for the slide deck on our webpage. Two short videos are also available. The first provides an overview of the AAP continuum of services, and you’ll see examples of how all students have access to advanced learning experiences in elementary schools. The second video describes the Young Scholars Model, a FCPS developed program to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. Contact Avery Straw, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at akstraw@fcps.edu with any questions.  Level IV screening information meetings will be held later in October, and all referrals for level IV services are due by December 1, 2020.

We are looking forward to seeing some of our families for the Library Curbside Pickup Program on Monday.  If your child has put books on hold and you filled out the survey specifying Lemon Road as your pickup location, please come to Library Door #5 between 1pm-6pm.  At this time, we are not accepting any more holds for this Monday pickup.   Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the event.    If you have questions, contact Ms. Gabby Burke – 703-714-6447 or goburke@fcps.edu. 

On Monday, we welcome back Taylor Argue from maternity leave!  That means we will say goodbye and thank you to Nadieh Aburub who has been supporting 4th grade while Rachel Harris stepped up to start the year for Taylor.  Thank you Ms. Aburub and Ms. Harris for everything you have done this fall!

Have a great October weekend!

Counseling Monday Enrichments

Let your children know there will be an additional enrichment opportunity for them on Mondays!  Ms. McKinney and Ms. Butts will lead “ME Mondays” for both primary and upper grades.  The new enrichment blocks are updated above and should also be reflected on our webpage.  

K/1 and 4/5 – 10:20-10:50

2/3 and 6 – 11:00-11:30

Upcoming Topics:

  • October 5th – Intro. Game/Activity: Which is Better, Would you Rather
  • October 19th – Design a brain break
  • October 26th – Scavenger Hunt
Positivity Project: Open-mindedness

I hope you're all doing well enjoying exploring teamwork with your children! On Monday, we'll begin learning about open-mindedness. For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.  Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals 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.  This character strength helps individuals build knowledge about specific issues or points of view – and provide sound recommendations and advice.

Walking Wednesdays

FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign will be promoting Walking Wednesdays during the 2020-2021 school year to encourage physical activity.  Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote physical and mental health. FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign encourages students and parents/guardians to take time each Wednesday to walk and connect with friends, neighbors and classmates before the school day and workday begins.  Whether your walk takes you around the block or to your school, we hope you will find others out walking and can greet one another from a distance.

Walking Wednesdays will kick off on October 7, 2020, which is International Walk to School Day.  Coming in November will be Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020.  More information about Walking Wednesdays can be found here. Families, neighborhoods or schools can register their participation in International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2020. Here are some ideas for your neighborhood Walk to School Day 2020.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 5: Band/Strings Instrument Pick Up (9 – 10:30 AM); Curbside Library Check Out (1 – 6PM)

October 9: School Spirit Day – polos, blue & yellow, lions, and lemon wear

October 12: Indigenous People’s Day (Student Holiday)

October 13: Ledo’s Pizza Fundraiser (5 – 9 PM)

October 14: Ledo’s Pizza Fundraiser (5 – 9 PM)

October 21: Lemon Road General PTA Meeting

October 30: 2-hour Early Release (Classes end at 1 PM)

November 2: Student Holiday

November 3: Election Day; Student Holiday

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Lemon Road Community News 9.27.20

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you for all the Freaky Friday photos for our spirit day! Seeing them in my inbox and twitter feed truly made my day. A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for Back to School Night. Mr. Birge and I were able to stop into most classrooms and were highly impressed with the content delivered by the teachers and the engagement of our families! Monday was our distribution day for yearbooks, student supplies, and the welcome bag with some learning tools and art supplies for all Lemon Road students. If you have not picked up your child’s belongings, please plan to stop by during school hours Monday – Friday. Call the office in advance so they can have your child’s materials ready for you. Yearbooks are available for purchase by $20 check made out to Lifetouch.

As many know, Lemon Road shares a campus with the Falls Church McLean Children’s Center. Several of our lions are even currently participating in distance learning from the center. The center takes cleaning protocols for COVID very seriously when they use the Lemon Road playground. The equipment is cleaned before and after the school-aged classroom uses the equipment. In order to protect our full community, they ask that families in the community not use the playground until it has been sanitized following their use. The school-aged class will use the playgrounds on Monday – Friday from 11:45 – 12:10. This leaves the playground accessible to our families who choose to visit during the first half of our school-wide lunch and activity break (beginning at 11:05).

I hope to see many parents and caregivers at our Principals’ Coffee this Friday. We welcome Avery Straw, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher who will share the Levels of Advanced Academics Service available to all Lemon Road students (Kindergarten – Sixth Grade). We will begin at 9 AM in BBCU linked here. There will be Spanish interpretation available – we recommend those needing Spanish interpretation log in 10 minutes early so we can help get the interpretation set up.

Thank you for your partnership and support! ~ Mrs. Castillo

Library Curbside Check-out

Exciting News!   The Lemon Road Library Curbside Pickup Program will begin on Monday, October 5!  Please see the flyers above for details.  Information includes the links to the Destiny Discover search system, a how-to hold books video, calendar of pickup dates, and a survey to choose your pickup location.   Students in grades 4-6 should have experience putting books on “Hold” using their library accounts, but grades PreK-3 will need home help with the process.   If you need any assistance, please contact Ms. Burke, goburke@fcps.edu or 703-714-6447.

Equity Team Representation

Lemon Road has a Family Engagement and Equity team that meetings each month to continue our school’s focus on these important parts of our mission. We would like to expand our team this year to include a parent (or community member) and upper grade student that is passionate about equity to join our monthly meetings. We are beginning by discussing the book, So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo. These meetings typically take place 1 - 2 Wednesday mornings per month from 8:00 - 8:30. Complete the application here if you are interested in serving on our team!

Grab & Go Breakfast/Lunch Available

Did you know a FCPS bus delivers free grab & go breakfast and lunch to our community Monday – Friday from 6:45 – 6:55?  Come by before school starts each morning to pick up food for you and your child’s day!  All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. 

Positivity Project: Teamwork

I hope your family had fun exploring curiosity! On Monday, we'll begin learning about teamwork.  For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here

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 with strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources to further group goals and help move toward the greater good. This strength is associated with naturally positive feelings that accompany being a member of a family, team, school, political party, ethnic group, or country. However, those positive feelings can come at a cost with negative behavior towards the “out-group” in the form of blind obedience, disparaging words, or prejudice. This is important to guard against by leveraging a person’s other positive character strengths.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset recognizes that we all have the capacity to change, grow, and develop. A key belief in growth mindset is that our abilities are not fixed – that is, they can improve with effort, practice, use of strategies, and seeking help from others. Challenges, failure, and setbacks are seen as opportunities for learning. Having a growth mindset creates a passion for “stretching” ourselves, increases perseverance, and helps us to thrive in challenging times.

A part of our school community is to support and develop our students’ growth mindset. This is also a part of our School Improvement and Innovation Plan! To learn more about a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset, please check out the article here! Our school counselors (Ms. McKinney and Ms. Butts) will be focusing on growth mindset in grade level sessions this fall.

Digital Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of this school year. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards for secondary students. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

Beginning of Year Forms

Please make sure you have completed and submitted these forms as soon as possible.

Required Forms 

Optional Forms (Return ONLY if applicable):

Upcoming Important Dates

September 30: Room Parent Info Session (9 AM)

October 2: October Principals’ Coffee (9 AM); Band and Strings Instrument Distribution (5 PM)

October 5: Band and Strings Instrument Distribution (9 – 10:30 AM)

October 9: Polo and School Spirit Day

October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Student Holiday)

October 21: Lemon Road PTA Monthly Meeting

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 

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Lemon Road Elementary School News and announcements
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