Lemon Road Community News 11.23.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Dear Lemon Road Families,

As we enter the holiday season and look ahead to the start of 2022, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the work that our school community is involved in as part of the Marshall Pyramid within Fairfax County Public Schools.  I meet regularly with nine other principals in the Marshall Pyramid to support the ongoing work of strengthening our community and increasing student achievement.  Our pyramid is very proud to share our new logo, which will serve as a framework for creating cultures of belonging and educational excellence in each of our schools.  I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you and your children after the break!

Ashley Castillo, Principal  

The Marshall Pyramid:  Educational Excellence, Culture of Belonging

The Marshall Pyramid principals are committed to cultivating a culture of belonging in which all students are valued and their strengths and interests are developed to achieve academic excellence. We model what we ask our staff and students to do with each other as principals.

  • We collaborate and problem solve.
  • We focus on creating trusting partnerships.
  • We make connections and build relationships.

Each school in the Marshall Pyramid is actively committed to building a pre-K through 12th grade framework for our students that embodies a culture of belonging and educational excellence.  We look forward to continuing to partner with our students, staff, families, and community in this endeavor and wish everyone a continued safe and happy school year.

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

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Lemon Road Community News 11.21.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We want to thank Ms. Burke for hosting an amazing Book Fair for our students and families. Thank you to all the parent (and student) volunteers who helped to make it such a great success!  Happy birthday to all our November birthdays - Story Book Character Day was a lot of fun for everyone.

We are excited to hear so many of our lions have already gotten their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Parents may share documentation of full vaccination status with the school if they would like. If you would like to document full vaccination status of your student, please contact Dana Vaughn who can enter this information into our student information system.  

Thank you for our dedicated volunteers who keep our students distanced and safe during lunch. We continue to need volunteers through the winter. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon. We are working with our PTA and FCPS to determine lunch plans for winter when the temperatures drop. Please dress your children in layers as we will continue to use the outdoors for recess, lunch, and learning when weather permits.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving next week, we remain grateful for our Lemon Road family - students, staff and parents. We are amazed in the ways that our community has worked together to keep each other safe and continue learning here at school. We wish everyone a wonderful break. As you plan for your holiday traditions and celebrations, please consider making a donation of any size to support our Lemon Road families in need this holiday season: https://educatefairfax.app.neoncrm.com/donation.jsp?campaign=129&.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Lemon Road Community ~ Mrs. Castillo

Variety Show at Lemon Road

Lemon Road is excited to be bringing back the tradition of our annual Variety Show!  This is a fun way leading up to the winter break for our students (and staff) to showcase their talents for their peers and teachers.  This year, auditions and the performance will be virtual, but we plan to keep the important aspects of our annual show.  Each class will have the opportunity to watch the variety show the Friday before Winter Break during the school day. 

Acts that have been popular in the past include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Musical Performances
  • Jokes
  • Short Skits
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Unique Talents (such as juggling, etc.)

Interested students should record their audition (2 minutes or less) no later than November 30 on Flip Grid at this link: https://flipgrid.com/62ad409b.  So that all accepted acts may be included in the final show, acts will be shortened to 60 seconds. Students are welcome to spend the beginning of their audition video introducing themselves and explaining their act. 

Please reach out to the Variety Show Committee with any questions directed to Ms. Paull (rmpaull@fcps.edu) ~ Variety Show Committee

Ms. Paull, Ms. Fox, Ms. Hagy, and Ms. Navarro

Holiday Assistance for LRES Families

Each year, the Lemon Road community and staff support our own families in need. We plan to provide a large grocery order of food and holiday gifts for the children of families in need within the Lemon Road community. This is a joint effort shared between our parents and staff. We have partnered with Educate Fairfax (formerly the Foundation for FCPS) to create a safe way to collect needed donations to support our goal of supporting 30 families. Please consider making a donation and sharing this link with your network who may be interested in helping: https://educatefairfax.app.neoncrm.com/donation.jsp?campaign=129&

Computer Science Education Week

December 6 - 10 is Computer Science Education Week! To celebrate, students will be participating in the Hour of Code. This will take place during the school day, but we know we have some aspiring coders out there that will want to continue the fun at home. Students will be choosing from a small selection of what hourofcode.org offers. They can find more at home by accessing the Hour of Code website. Some programs require a download or sign-in, which will require adult assistance. 

Students also have Code.org accounts. Code.org has objective-centered courses that students move through independently. Each student will be given a card with their login information during Computer Science Education week. Log in instructions are also in the Brainspace course on Schoology. Students should access the Brainspace, find their grade level, click on Technology, and select “At-Home Learning” to receive their login information and instructions. 

Save the date for December 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. We will be hosting a virtual family coding night. There will be coding activities and a live stream event. RSVP here!

Screening for Unvaccinated Students at Lemon Road

Optional COVID-19 screening testing began the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Lemon Road students will take place on Fridays from 12:00 to 2:30 PM at school. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Lemon Road safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Level IV AAP Screening – Deadline 12.15.21

Thanks to all those who attended our Principal’s Coffee on AAP Level IV screening last Friday. If you missed it, information and the recording is linked here and the password is: Q5rq!#=9*W . As a reminder, if you’d like your child to be considered for AAP level IV full-time placement, please submit the parent referral form by December 15 via email to Ms. Straw at akstraw@fcps.edu or by sending it in to the school office. It is optional to submit the parent questionnaire and 2 pages of work samples.

Some helpful links:

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, November 22: B Week

November 24 – 26: Thanksgiving Holiday (students & staff)

Monday, November 29: A Week

Tuesday, November 30: Variety Show Auditions Due

Wednesday, December 1: SCA Officer Meeting (2:30 PM)

Friday, December 3:  LRES Navy & Yellow Spirit wear Day; Virtual Principals’ Coffee (8:30 AM); COVID Screening Testing for Select Students

Monday, December 6: B Week; Full SCA Meeting (8:20); Computer Science Virtual Family Event (6 PM)

Wednesday, December 8: Bodhi Day (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Friday, December 10: Polo Day; COVID Screening Testing for Select Students

Thursday, December 16: Staff Winter Luncheon

Friday, December 17: December Freaky Friday – Pajama Day; Variety Show; Classroom Winter Parties

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 11.14.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We hope everyone had another fantastic week. Thank you to all who joined Ms. Straw and the administrators for the Principals’ Coffee on Friday.  If you were unable to join us, here is the link to the recording of the coffee.  The password is: Q5rq!#=9*W

What an awesome turnout we had a our first outdoor movie night!  It was a huge success and free community event. Thank you especially to all who helped set up, clean up, and volunteer during the event. We look forward to hosting another movie night again soon.

Our Lemon Road Book Fair is official underway. On Friday, many classes had an opportunity to preview the books and start a wish list while other classes will have a preview day early this week. There are times shared below for families to shop after school, divided by last name for social distancing indoors.

We are excited to hear so many of our students have already gotten their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Parents have asked if they may share documentation of full vaccination status with the school.  The answer is yes!  This is optional, not mandated.  If you would like to document full vaccination status of your student, please contact Dana Vaughn and she will enter this information into our student information system.  

Lastly, thank you for the continued volunteers to keep our students distanced during lunch. We will continue to need volunteers through the winter. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon We appreciate all our parent and community volunteers! We are working with our PTA and FCPS to determine lunch plans for winter when the temperatures drop. Please dress your children in layers as we will continue to use the outdoors for recess, lunch, and learning when weather permits.

FCPS is encouraging all parents whose children are eligible to get vaccinated. We know that vaccination is the way out of this pandemic and we are asking you to help us continue to make our schools as safe as they possibly can be.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

We know you may have questions about the vaccine. Last week, FCPS shared a video of local pediatricians explaining vaccine safety. Our Lemon Road PTA held an information session with a local pediatrican last week and the link to view is here. Check out these tips for preparing your child for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Optional COVID-19 Screening

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin this week for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Lemon Road students will take place on Fridays from 12:00 – 2:30 PM in school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Lemon Road safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

LRES Holiday Assistance

Each year, the Lemon Road community and staff support our own families in need. We plan to provide a large grocery order of food and holiday gifts for the children of families in need within the Lemon Road community. This is a joint effort shared between our parents and staff. We have partnered with Educate Fairfax (formerly the Foundation for FCPS) to create a safe way to collect needed donations to support our goal of supporting 30 families. Please consider making a donation and sharing this link with your network who may be interested in helping: https://educatefairfax.app.neoncrm.com/donation.jsp?campaign=129&

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Would you like to celebrate the work of a staff member who has gone above and beyond welcoming students back to school this year? To submit a nomination for a Lemon Road Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one or more categories (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, or Outstanding Operational Employee), please complete the nomination through this Google form link.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 17, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Abby Doble at abdoble@fcps.edu or Erin Dickey-Dunn at ekdickeydunn@fcps.edu.

Positivity Project: Gratitude

For the next two weeks, lions will discuss the strength of gratitude.  This means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.  Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”  We will be discussing gratitude with students for the next two weeks. 

Level IV AAP Screening

Thanks to all those who attended our Principal’s Coffee on AAP Level IV screening! If you missed it, information and the recording is linked here and the password is: Q5rq!#=9*W . As a reminder, if you’d like your child to be considered for AAP level IV full-time placement, please submit the parent referral form by December 15 via email to Ms. Straw at akstraw@fcps.edu or by sending it in to the school office. It is optional to submit the parent questionnaire and 2 pages of work samples.

Some helpful links:

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, November 15:  A Week; Book Fair Preview Day; Kindergarten Walking Field Trip; Kilmer Band Visit

Tuesday, November 16: Book Fair Purchase Day; Kilmer Band Visit; Extended Book Fair Family Hours (Last Names A – F) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17: Book Fair Purchase Day; Kilmer Band Visit; Extended Book Fair Family Hours (Last Names G – N) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM; PTA Meeting on Google Meet

Thursday, November 18: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Book Fair Family Hours (Last Names O – Z) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM; Island Fin Poke Restaurant Night (11 – 8);

Friday, November 19:  Book Fair Purchase Day; November Freaky Friday – Book Character Day; COVID Screening Testing for Registered Students

November 24 – 26: Thanksgiving Holiday (students & staff)

Monday, November 29: A Week

Wednesday, December 1: SCA Officer Meeting (2:30 PM)

Friday, December 3:  LRES Spirit wear Day; Virtual Principals’ Coffee (8:30 AM); PM COVID Screening Testing for Registered Students

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 

Principals Coffee & Movie Night

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Friday Principals' Coffee

Join us tomorrow for a Principals' Coffee with Ms. Avery Straw (Advanced Academics Resource Teacher) who will discuss the process to refer a 2nd - 6th grader for Level IV Advanced Academic Programs for the 2022 - 2023 school year.  The meeting will be held on Zoom and will start at 8:30 AM.  Here is the link to join us:  https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98102414403

Movie Night - Tomorrow

Thank you to our entire community for the support of our Dance-a-Thon fundraiser! We surpassed our goal and the PTA is hosting a free outdoor movie night TOMORROW NIGHT to celebrate. Beginning at 6:00 PM families are welcome to set up a blanket on the blacktop or lawn chairs on the perimeter to enjoy a family-friendly movie. There will be two food truck set up for purchase – DC Steakholders and Captain Cookie. The PTA will have complimentary popcorn for all families as a thank you for your fundraising and drinks will be for sale. The movie will begin at 6:30 PM. Entrance will be free but remember all children must have an adult with them for the entirety of the movie.

The PTA needs a few volunteers manning the popcorn station, drink sales, and LRES water bottle and magnet sales.  Use this Sign Up Genius to sign up for a shift. 

Thank you for the coins collected used to vote for our movie!  The money collected will go towards the Holiday Assistance Fund for groceries and gifts for Lemon Road families this winter. The winning movie is:  The Croods a New Age. We look forward to enjoying this film as a community tomorrow night. 

The temperature will continue to drop as the sun goes down, so please bring extra blankets, coats, hats, and gloves to help keep your family warm for the film.  See you tomorrow!

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 11.7.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

We are looking forward to another busy and exciting week at Lemon Road!  Read on for Veteran's Day Early Release, Movie Night, Principals Working from the Roof, and our Principals' Coffee welcoming Ms. Straw to discuss the Level IV Referral Process details. 

Community clinics and local pediatricians have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.  Clinics are taking vaccine appointments for children in our area now!

Want a say in the development of the school calendar? FCPS will be holding a virtual Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m., on Zoom to discuss how the 2022-23 school year calendar is being developed, and for participants to provide feedback on a series of questions related to this process. Please register online to attend the Calendar Development Webinar and indicate if you will need an interpreter.

Thursday we celebrate Veterans Day. We are thankful for our school community and family members who have served, or are currently serving our country. FCPS has scheduled a 2-hour early release for Veteran’s Day. Lemon Road will dismiss at 1:00 PM. 

The temperatures have dropped, however we continue to utilize the outdoors for lunch, recess, and some instruction. We are in conversations with facilities regarding lunch plans for the winter. Whether we are indoors or out, we rely on our volunteers to keep groups distanced. Looking ahead, students will continue to go outside daily this week. Have a few hours to give between 10:45 – 1:15? Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon we appreciate all our parent and community volunteers!

Please ensure all students have appropriate footwear and layers to adjust for changing temperatures throughout the day.

Have a great Sunday ~ Mrs. Castillo

LRES Holiday Assistance

Each year, the Lemon Road community and staff support our own families in need. We plan to provide a large grocery order of food and holiday gifts for the children of families in need within the Lemon Road community. This is a joint effort shared between our parents and staff. We have partnered with Educate Fairfax (formerly the Foundation for FCPS) to create a safe way to collect needed donations to support our goal of supporting 30 families. Please consider making a donation and sharing this link with your network who may be interested in helping: https://educatefairfax.app.neoncrm.com/donation.jsp?campaign=129&

Movie Night - This Friday

Thank you to our entire community for the support of our Dance-a-Thon fundraiser! We surpassed our goal and the PTA is hosting a free outdoor movie night to celebrate. Beginning at 6:00 PM families are welcome to set up a blanket on the blacktop or lawn chairs on the perimeter to enjoy a family-friendly movie. There will be two food truck set up for purchase – DC Steakholders and Captain Cookie. The PTA will have complimentary popcorn for all families as a thank you for your fundraising and drinks will be for sale. The movie will begin at 6:30 PM. Entrance will be free but remember all children must have an adult with them for the entirety of the movie.

The PTA needs a few volunteers manning the popcorn station, drink sales, and LRES water bottle and magnet sales.  Use this Sign Up Genius to sign up for a shift. 

Want a say in the movie? Bring a penny (or few) to school and drop your coin in the jar that represents the movie you MOST want to see! Coins collected will go towards the Holiday Assistance Fund for groceries and gifts for Lemon Road families this winter. Movie choices are: Raya and the Last Dragon, Space Jam a New Legacy, or The Croods a New Age. Coins will be counted after students dismiss on Thursday and shared on the Friday morning news show.

Outstanding FCPS Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Would you like to celebrate the work of a staff member who has gone above and beyond welcoming students back to school this year? To submit a nomination for a Lemon Road Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one or more categories (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, or Outstanding Operational Employee), please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. If you are unsure of which category to use for an employee, please read the criteria in the Google Form or email Abby Doble or Erin Dickey-Dunn! The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 17, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Abby Doble at abdoble@fcps.edu or Erin Dickey-Dunn at ekdickeydunn@fcps.edu.

Level IV Referral Process

On Friday, at 8:30 AM, Ms. Straw will share the screening process for the AAP Level IV program. While all parents are invited to attend, the target audience is for parents of 2nd – 6th graders interested in referring their students for the Level IV program for next year. The meeting will be held on Zoom and parents may join using this link:

Here is the link to the Level IV Referral Process for current FCPS families: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

The county-wide deadline to refer for Level IV services for the 2022 – 2023 school year is December 15.

Scholastic Book Fair

Students will visit the Scholastic Book Fair during school hours Friday, November 12 - Friday, November 19.

Extended shopping hours for families by LAST NAME

- Tues, 11/16 - 3:15 pm-6:00 pm - Last name A-F

- Wed, 11/17 - 3:15 pm-6:00 pm - Last name G-O

- Thurs, 11/18 - 3:15 pm-6:00 pm - Last name P-Z

Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering during Book Fair week: Sign-Up Genius - https://tinyurl.com/3cdat6mx

Classroom wish lists:

Classroom wish lists will be available during the Book Fair. If you need assistance purchasing a book for your child’s classroom, please contact, Ms. Gabby Burke – goburke@fcps.edu or 703-714-6447

Book Fair Donation Program:

If you would like to buy a book for a Lemon Road student through our Book Fair Donation Program, please send cash or check payable to Lemon Road Elementary School to the attention of Ms. Burke. Books average $10.00 each.

Prefer to shop online?  Visit our virtual book fair between November 11 - 24 at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lres21

Positivity Project: Bravery

Next week, our students will be learning about Bravery. Bravery means you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. This means doing the right thing, even if it’s hard to do.  Bravery can take many forms. Physical bravery involves overcoming fear of being hurt physically. Moral bravery occurs when an individual does what he/she believes is right in the face of social consequences. Mental bravery occurs when people overcome their everyday fears and anxieties. 

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, November 8: B Week

Tuesday, November 9: Lifetouch Make Up Photos

Thursday, November 11: Principals Work on the Roof; Veteran’s Day Early Release; Book Fair Set Up

Friday, November 12:  Polo Day; Virtual Principals’ Coffee – AAP Level IV Referral Process with Ms. Straw (8:30 AM); Outdoor Movie Night starting at 6:30 PM (food available at 6 PM)

Tuesday, November 16: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names A – F) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names G – N) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 18: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names O – Z) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Friday, November 19:  Book Fair Purchase Day; November Freaky Friday – Book Character Day

November 24 – 26: Thanksgiving Holiday Break

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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

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

Administrator Roof Challenge Postponed

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We apologize at the additional communication tonight, but we must postpone "administrators work on the roof day". We will identify a day in the next few weeks and share with the community to be prepared to look up at arrival! 

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 

Weather Changes

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Ready for School?

We look forward to seeing your children tomorrow after the long weekend!  With the changing temperatures and weather, we wanted to send a few reminders to ensure your child is ready for learning.  Each day, aside from doing the Health Screening Questionnaire (https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf), please be sure to send your child with the following items labeled with their name:

- a well-fitting mask

- extra masks in their backpack

- a refillable water bottle

- a jacket to be worn outside during recess, lunch, PE, and learning

- sneakers or boots

- a hat

- layers to keep your child comfortable as the temperature changes during the day

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 10.28.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Thank you for supporting the super-successful PTA fundraiser!  It was tons of fun and we have raised a lot of money that will be used to support math resources, math manipulatives in the classrooms, and STEAM materials.  We accomplished our goal of $15,000 and Mr. Birge and I look forward to working from the roof next Wednesday (weather-permitting). We are VERY close to our stretch goal of $20,000. As a celebration, we are planning for an outdoor movie night on November 12. More details to come!

Aside from Dance-a-Thon, we ended quarter 1 with a Spooky Spirit Week and welcomed School Board Member Elaine Tholen to spend an afternoon with us. During her visit, we spent time in many classrooms, observed kindergarten math workshop, second grade social studies, fifth grade science, a Socratic Seminar in sixth grade, and hit the dance floor.

Our ability to spend time outdoors has directly impacted keeping our students and staff safe and healthy in school. Students will continue to go outside daily. Please ensure all students have appropriate footwear and layers to adjust for changing temperatures throughout the day. We know our children need time outdoors for recess and are committed to remaining outdoors for lunch. Another huge thank you to our parent volunteers for helping us at lunch. Have a few hours to give between 10:45 – 1:15? Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon we rely on volunteers and appreciate you!

Tomorrow is our first early dismissal of the year. Students will dismiss at 1 PM and rain is predicted. Please ensure that all students are sent with a rain coat and boots/shoes that can get wet.

Have a fun and safe weekend with your children. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Support LRES Families

Each year, the Lemon Road community and staff support our own families in need. We plan to provide a large grocery order of food and holiday gifts for the children of families in need within the Lemon Road community. This is a joint effort shared between our parents and staff. We have partnered with Educate Fairfax (formerly the Foundation for FCPS) to create a safe way to collect needed donations to support our goal of supporting 30 families. Please consider making a donation and sharing this link with your network who may be interested in helping: https://educatefairfax.app.neoncrm.com/donation.jsp?campaign=129&

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Would you like to celebrate the work of a staff member who has gone above and beyond welcoming students back to school this year? To submit a nomination for a Lemon Road Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. If you are unsure of which category to use for an employee, please read the criteria in the Google Form or email Abby Doble or Erin Dickey-Dunn! 

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal 

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as an Assistant Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee  

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership such as School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee such as Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Doble at abdoble@fcps.edu or Erin Dickey-Dunn at ekdickeydunn@fcps.edu. 

Quarter 1 Progress Reports

Your child’s Quarter 1 progress report demonstrates achievement, effort and citizenship skills after the first 9 weeks of a return to in-person learning. The purpose of any system of reporting to families is to strengthen the home-school partnership and to inform families about student progress. This 1st quarter was unique and presented new opportunities for teachers to prioritize social-emotional health and wellness, as well as identify academic needs through a variety of assessments.  Getting to know each child is the best way to match instructional programming to student needs. School staff continues to assess and monitor students’ strengths and areas for growth using a variety of assessments. Your child will continue to have opportunities to demonstrate mastery towards grade level standards throughout the school year and your child’s teacher will continue to communicate your child’s progress. 

For more information about elementary grading and reporting, please visit the FCPS website (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/elementary-school ) or refer to the information included on the progress report envelope. Progress Report grades will be viewable in SIS ParentVue on November 6 and will be sent home in Wednesday folders on November 10.

VaxUP FCPS

Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend that the full agency approve Pfizer’s low dose vaccine for children ages 5-11. We continue to monitor the approval process and engage with our community partners so we are ready to do our part to facilitate widespread vaccination among our young students. You may share the following statement with families:

Tuesday’s news that an FDA panel has recommended Pfizer’s low dose vaccine for children ages 5-11 brings hope that we can add another layer of prevention for children during this pandemic. As we await a final decision, please know that Fairfax County Public Schools and our community partners including the Fairfax County Health Department, Inova Health
System, and local pediatric groups, are working together to ensure that every
family who wishes to vaccinate their children ages 5-11 will have access to the
vaccine. For the latest information on our vaccination rollout plans, visit our website.

Positivity Project: Perspective

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.

Community Review of Elementary Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources and Science Basal Instructional Resources for upcoming school years. A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on November 3.

K - 8 Science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6

Upcoming Important Dates

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

Monday, November 1: A Week; Student Holiday; Front Office Open 8 AM – 12 PM

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday; Voting at LRES; Front Office Open 8 AM – 12 PM

Wednesday, November 3: Principals work from the Roof; PTA Zoom Event with Pediatrician regarding Health & Vaccines for children (7 PM)

Thursday, November 4: Observance of Diwali

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

Monday, November 8: B Week

Tuesday, November 9: Lifetouch Make Up Photos

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

Friday, November 12:  Virtual Principals’ Coffee – AAP Level IV Referral Process with Ms. Straw (8:30 AM); Hold for Outdoor Movie Night starting at 7 PM

Tuesday, November 16: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names A – F) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names G – N) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 18: Book Fair Purchase Day; Extended Family Hours (Last Names O – Z) from 3:15 – 6:00 PM

Friday, November 19:  Book Fair Purchase Day

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Dance-a-Thon SUCCESS

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Lemon Road DanceFit Challenge. The students had a great time today and danced their hearts out!  

Since we kicked off the DanceFit Challenge on October 19 we have received donations from 35 states as well as from Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, showing what a truly global community we are at Lemon Road. 

Congratulations to these five classes that all registered at least 90% of their students for the DanceFit Challenge and have earned a Popsicle party: 

  • Ms. Park - 2nd grade (95%)
  • Ms. Hagerty - 3rd grade (92%)
  • Ms. Zykoski - 4th grade (95%) 
  • Ms. Callanen - 4th grade (95%)
  • Ms. Krieger - 5th grade (90%)

We are excited to share that we reached our initial goal of $15,000 and are well on our way to $20,000! These funds will be used to purchase new math manipulatives and STEAM games and tools for the school, as well as cover PTA expenses like field trip buses, teacher and staff appreciation, and so much more.  

Pledges and donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 3 so there is still a chance to donate to support Lemon Road. We'll announce the top three fundraising classes that have earned a pizza party after the donation period closes.  

Thank you again to everyone for making this event such a huge success! 

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Lemon Road Community News 10.22.21

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Message from Mrs. Castillo

Next week closes out the 1st quarter of the 2021 – 2022 school year! We are going to celebrate with Spooky Spirit Week culminating with costume day as our Freaky Friday.  With the quarter ending on Friday, October 29th, there is also a 2 hour early release for all students.  Our dismissal time will be at 1:00 PM next Friday and future early release days. 

This week, Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented the School Board with FCPS’ plans for the rollout of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for our students aged 5-11. The combination of screening testing and the expansion of vaccination to elementary school students are both aimed at keeping schools and offices safe places to learn and work this year.  For more information on both practices, please read the linked School Board notes

In the front lobby, we have a bin for donated socks and gently used jackets – please continue to send in next week to support our community with the cold weather! A final thank you to our parent volunteers for helping us at lunch. Have a few hours to give, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon

Have a great weekend ~ Mrs. Castillo

PTA DanceFit Updates

Thank you to everyone who has registered and donated to our DanceFit Challenge so far! Today has been a great pajama day celebrating the first fundraising goal of $5,000 reached earlier this week. The main event is next Wednesday and know the students are all going to have a fantastic time dancing and engaging in fitness challenges! Here are some fundraising updates: 

  1. Congratulations to Ms. Callanen's class, our first class to have 90% of students registered for the Dance-a-Thon. They will enjoy a Popsicle party courtesy of the PTA! If you haven't registered your child yet, yet go to MYBOOSTER.COM and select Lemon Road. Signing up is quick and easy and doesn't cost you anything.
  2. We are closely watching the top fundraising classes… don't forget though that the top three fundraising classes will receive a pizza party! 
  3. We are very excited to share that we're more than halfway to our goal of $15,000 and have officially raised more than $10,000! As promised, Mr. Birge and I will be getting duct-taped to the wall on Monday, so stay tuned for some fun photos and videos! 

We'd love to see if we can hit $15,000 this weekend and then push through to see if we can reach $20,000! We're working out a special school-wide celebration if we can reach our stretch goal. A reminder that all funds raised go to support the school and we are so thankful for everyone's support so far. We are so lucky to have such an amazing community at Lemon Road! 

Positivity Project: Creativity

You come up with new and original ways 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.

We look forward to seeing everyone's creativity on Friday with Costume Day!  Remember that costumes may not include weapons, blood, full face coverings, and students must be able to participate in all aspects of learning. 

PTA Family Photo Sessions

Local photographer and Lemon Road parent, Devin Buries is providing specially discounted winter photo sessions for LRES and local families again this holiday season to support our PTA. Sessions are available to book now on Nov 6th and 7th and are just $45 for a 20 minute mini session including 2 digital images. Early booking is advised as these sold out very fast last year! Book your slot here: 

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Upcoming Important Dates

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

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; Office Open 8 AM – 12 PM

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday; Office Open 8 AM – 12 PM

Thursday, November 4: Observance of Diwali

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

Tuesday, November 9: Lifetouch Make Up Photos

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

Friday, November 12:  Virtual Principals’ Coffee – AAP Level IV Referral Process with Ms. Straw

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LRES Pajama Day Today

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Pajama Day Today

Thank you for your support of our upcoming Dance-a-Thon!  We raised over $5,000 this week so today is a school-wide celebration of pajama day!  We encourage anyone who would like to participate to wear their pjs.  Please be sure your child can participate in all aspects of school including PE and recess.  We appreciate you helping the PTA raise money to support the school!

Lunch Volunteers Urgently Needed

We are in urgent need for outdoor lunch volunteers!  We cannot staff three lunch zones daily without the help of volunteers.  Please use this link to sign up for a shift:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon

We need outdoor volunteers TODAY and throughout the next few weeks.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and continues to do so.  If you cannot support a full shift, but have an hour to give, email Ashley & Morgan directly at aocastillo@fcps.edu and mbirge@fcps.edu

 

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LRES Updates

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Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Lemon Road continues to utilize our outdoor spaces to ensure a safe lunch environment for all lions.  To do this we rely heavily on volunteers.  Please consider coming in to support.  Here is the link to sign up for a volunteer slot:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aafa92ea3f85-lemon

AAP Level IV Referral Process Overview

Join us Wednesday evening through Zoom for our monthly PTA meeting.  A portion of our time together will be given to Ms. Avery Straw, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher to share the Level IV Referral Process for interested parents in grades 2 - 6.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM.  Here is the link to join the meeting: https://meet.google.com/ahv-yavi-jhp

Dance-a-Thon Kicks Off Today

Today is the official kick-off for Dance-a-Thon, one of the biggest PTA fundraisers of the year.  If you haven't already, please be sure to register your child and consider making either a per minute or flat donation.  The Dance-a-Thon event will take place next Wednesday during the school day.  All lions will participate in the dance party!  The first step is to register your child here:  https://mybooster.com/v3 All funds raised will support both the PTA, math manipulatives, and STEAM materials for the school!

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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

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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