LBSS Weekly News - May 1, 2020

Update from Dr. Smith

Hello Lake Braddock Families!

This week our teachers connected with all of their students through synchronous lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.  We have missed being able to connect with our students regularly and it was wonderful for them to be able to do that with all of their classes. 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we hope you will join us in celebrating them!  There are several different virtual recognition opportunities in this email, and we encourage you to take some time to honor our teachers. 

You are invited to our next virtual parent coffee next week on Thursday, May 7th, at 6:30 pm.  The link for the Parent Coffee will be sent out through eNotify that morning.  

We hope that you are finding these newsletters helpful to navigate our virtual learning environment.  Our office staff has set up Blackboard Collaborate Sessions throughout the week, with some evening hours, to help answer any questions you may have.  Also, please reach out to your student's teachers, counselor or sub-school administrator if you need additional assistance.  

United as Bruins,

Dr. Daniel W. Smith

Important This Week

BB Collaborate Sessions for Parent Questions

We have set up regularly scheduled sessions for parents and students to speak with one of our administrative assistants for general questions and answers. Please use the following links to access the sessions:

  • Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 am

  • Tuesday-Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Monday 5:00-7:00 pm

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Teacher Appreciation Week Next Week 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we need your help! It will only take a few seconds 😊

Has a staff member at Lake Braddock Secondary School gone above and beyond to support you or your student? Someone who is your student’s champion? Is there someone that you would like to recognize for his/her hard work or dedication? Send a quick Staff Shout Out or Nominate an outstanding staff member who has made a difference! Please scan the QR Code or use this link to make a nomination: Feel free to submit more than one nomination! Submissions will be shared with staff throughout the month of May!

If you would like to complete a more formal nomination, FCPS Cares is also taking nominations at

Thank you so much! Your kind words are appreciated! 

Information for All

Lake Braddock Virtual Parent Coffee

Our next Virtual Parent Coffee will be Thursday, May 7 at 6:30. The link will be provided via e-Notify.

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Distance Learning Resources

The following resources are updated as needed to keep you informed during this period of distance learning.

   • Lake Braddock Secondary School Distance Learning playlist: two videos for students: one from me about Lake Braddock's Distance Learning Plan and one that is titled "Online Learning 101." 

   • Continuation of Instruction Student Support: instructional schedule; office hours for teachers; office hours and contact information for counselors, other support staff, and technology support; and contact information for administrators. 

    •  LBSS Tips for Working and Learning from Home: a compilation of resources for you and your students sharing ways to make the best of this time together.

    •  LBSS Digital Planner: a planner for students to structure their day.

    •  How to access the NEW Virtual Classroom in Blackboard

Assistance with Technology

Parents needing technical assistance with logging into an FCPS account can submit a request through this website.

Students who need technical assistance can contact a teacher who can put in a ticket for you. Our Technology staff will reach out to assist and, if necessary,  schedule an appointment. Please provide the following information to your teacher:  

•  Student first and last name and ID

•  Student G-Suite email address or personal email (if gmail isn't working)

•  Parent's contact cell and/or email 

•  Description of problem

•  Barcode of student computer

School Counselors Available

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online.

Lake Braddock Counselors are available to support you as well so please email them if you need support.

My SchoolBucks Meal Account Refunds

If you wish to request a refund from your child’s MySchoolBucks meal account, please click here.

Support for the Community From One of Our Students

One of our very own 10th graders, Michael Weon, has been volunteering his time to make washable handmade masks. The masks have been donated to senior centers, police departments and the Children's National Hospital. If anyone would like to pick up a mask, they are available at 2985 District Ave. Fairfax, Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, Michael has set up a go fund me page (Free Masks for the DMV) for donations toward supplies and Children's National. 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures. Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

LBSS will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. Once we have determined the amount available for field trip refunds, your refund will be processed according to your method of payment. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid through MySchoolBucks will be credited to you through the MySchoolBucks platform. Those field trip fees we are able to recover that were paid with cash or check will be refunded by LBSS, in the form of a check mailed to the enrolling parent unless we are instructed otherwise.

PTSA Updates

LBSS Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week

Join us in celebrating our fantastic LBSS Faculty and Staff May 4-8. To join the celebration visit by Sunday, May 3rd and upload a photo, short video (10-15 seconds) or GIF thanking our faculty and staff. The final product will be delivered to the LBSS team on Monday, May 4th. Please join us in saying thank you to our hardworking LBSS faculty and staff!!!

PTSA Award

Safety and Wellness Award

Our very own PTSA is a winner of the FCCPTA Safety and Wellness Award. The PTSA will receive $1,000.00. Congratulations! 


All PTSA information can be found on the PTSA web site:

MS Information

Bruins Stay After Meets Virtually

The MS After-School Program has put together several virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the areas of art, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games & puzzles, literature and much more!

Students can access these virtual activities by joining the “LBSS MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom.  The Classroom Code is rdax7rb.  For more information also see this flyer: FCPS Virtual Middle School After-School Activities at Home.


Bruins Stay After on Instagram

Join the MS After-School Program: Bruins Stay After on Instagram @bruins_afterschool. Tag @bruins_afterschool to be featured!! We want to know what our Bruins have been up to! Don’t have an Instagram account? No problem! Please email Ms. Bryan at to submit. Check IG next week for our first week of virtual events & activities!

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Mathcounts is back! Interested in accessing our Mathcounts Google Classroom?

We will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Mr. Edwards provides the problems and you provide the snacks! 😊 If you are interested in attending remotely, the Google Classroom Code is: uoxemrw

FCPS Learning Packets and Going Paperless

A reminder that electronic copies of the Middle School learning packets can be downloaded from Blackboard by clicking here. If you would like to opt-out of receiving the paper packets at home, please click here to complete the form. 

HS Information

AP Testing Guide

The College Board released this guide, which details all information needed leading up to and including exam day. Links in the video description go to important documents students will need.

Senior Fees

Dear Senior Parents,

We are in the process of planning a meaningful graduation experience for the Class of 2020 to the greatest extent possible given the current situation with COVID-19. We are considering many options to celebrate this momentous occasion. There are many costs associated with this graduation, such as the various platforms we are considering to hold or showcase the ceremony, caps and gowns, diplomas, printing and a senior gift.

We would like to remind you that, if you have not already done so, please pay your senior fees as soon as possible. The cost is currently $85 and we will not increase the fees as originally scheduled. The preferred method of payment is Instructions for online payment can be found on here.

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!

FCPS Senior Surveys

All FCPS 12th grade students are asked to complete a brief senior survey at the end of their 12th grade year. Postsecondary plan information gathered in the Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan, and information from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. This survey is mandatory.

There is also a survey for LBSS to gather information on scholarships awarded to students.

The Senior Surveys opened on Monday, April 20 and must be completed by May 22, 2020. The Surveys can be accessed through Naviance. For specific instructions, click here.

Parking Pass Reimbursements

Parking passes will be refunded at a prorated amount. A check will be issued by FCPS to the name and address of the enrolling parent. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

LB Athletic Booster Club Scholarships

$500 Student Athlete Scholarship Application

$1500 Scholar Athlete Leadership Scholarship Application

Senior Student athletes can apply for six $500 scholarships and two $1500 scholarships from the LB Athletic Booster Club by submitting applications and recommendations directly to To submit transcripts, you can complete the "CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS IN SUPPORT OF POSTSECONDARY APPLICATIONS," scan it, and send to Jackie Balough (LBSS Transcript Assistant) at She will send all requested transcripts directly to LBABC using the email account. 


Applications can be emailed or mailed to the Booster Club and submitted or postmarked no later than May 15th. Thanks and Good Luck Bruins!


Information from the Career Center

Counseling, College, and Career Distance Learning Resources for Juniors. The Class of 2021 Next Steps Google site is now available. This site was assembled by the College Success Program in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness. The Google site (linked below) will help rising seniors (current juniors), as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. This site map will be posted on the Blackboard Distance Learning Resource page for parents.
The Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 sites will be updated on a weekly basis from now until June 12, 2020.

Class of 2021 Rising Seniors’ Next Steps
Class of 2021 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians 

Class of 2020 Next Steps
Class of 2020 College and Career Resources for Parents and/or Guardians

SAT Testing. CollegeBoard has added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday
testing for religious reasons will be on September 27. 

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.


Click here to view past newsletters from the Career Center.

FCPS Resources


FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles. Please check back often, as things are rapidly changing.

  • FCPS has many resources regarding digital citizenship. See the Digital Citizenship for Families Web Page.

  •  The latest Healthy Minds blog—Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure (#4)— highlights some of the best ideas and resources available to help keep your children busy and engaged.

  • Superintendent Brabrand's message to families – Superintendent's message.

  •  School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning gives information on how schools are continuing to support social and emotional learning and mental wellness.

  •  Learning at Home: Support for Families provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning.

  •  AP updates. In addition, the College Board has assembled the country's best AP teachers to conduct free live and on-demand AP classes and review sessions to help students to still be able to test and earn college credit in 2020. The classes can be found on the Advanced Placement YouTube Channel

  •  The Parent Resource Center is open (virtually) during this time of FCPS Distance Learning. 


Translation Services Information Lines

Amharic : 571-423-4957

Arabic : 571-423-4952

Chinese : 571-423-4953

Farsi : 571-423-4954

Korean : 571-423-4951

Spanish : 571-423-4950

Urdu : 571-423-4955

Vietnamese : 571-423-4956


Quick links to resources previously shared:

FCPS Updated FAQs

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan


FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time, our Student Services teams continue to be available to help support our staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have student concerns. If you have sensitive information that you do not want to send in an email, you can simply say you have a student concern you would like to address and include a phone number where a counselor or clinical team member can reach you. See Continuation of Instruction - Faculty and Staff Support for contact information and office hours of our Student Services staff.

Other Mental Health Resource Links

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

Mental Health resources

Fairfax County Family Services Resources

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a new parenting support line for families of children 0-18. 

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is still operating but with continually evolving changes. Please check their web site for updated support options.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has created a resource for how to access their services from a distance.  

Parent Support Line

Family Services Parent Line

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by: