LBSS Weekly News - November 13, 2020

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Message from Dr. Smith

Hello Bruin Families, 

This week we started our concurrent pilot program with nine teachers and approximately 200 students.  It has brought a new energy to the building to have more students and teachers participating in concurrent learning.  This program has already provided helpful information for our staff as we considering more of our students returning in January.  Students have also shared with us that they were excited to be back in the building for classes. 

In the coming weeks, we will be able to expand the opportunities for our students coming to campus for various activities. This could include VHSL athletics and activities, co-curricular activities and Performing Arts Activities. As we determine the groups and protocols, we will provide further communication.   

Thank you so much for your continued partnership and support!  Go Bruins!   

United as Bruins, 

Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D.


In this Issue

Important Information for All
1.  Parent Academy
2.  Peer Tutoring
3. Wanted: Hour of Code Guest Speakers
4. DECA Gift Card Drive
5. LBSS Alumni in the News
6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey
7.  FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

High School Information

8.  Class of 2023 Events
9.  High School Yearbook
10. Senior Yearbook Ads
11. High School Portrait Retakes

Middle School Information
12.Middle School After School Program
13. Middle School Portrait Retakes
14. MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information
15. Family Guide for Return to School
16. Family Engagement Month
17. Important Update on Grab and Go Meals
18. FCPS Tech Support
19. FCPS Mental Health Resources

Important Lake Braddock Contact Information
20. Attendance Procedures
21. How to Stay In Touch


Important Information for All

1. Parent Academy

Please see our website for previous Parent Academy event materials, including recordings and slides.


peer tutoring

2. Peer Tutoring

The LBSS Peer Tutoring program invites your student to be tutored by one of our student peer tutors. The Peer Tutoring Program is run by students who are taking the Peer Tutoring class, and we are so excited to officially open!

The Peer Tutoring Center will be open on Mondays from 9:15 - 10:15 starting November 16th, and yes, it is free! In the future, we may be offering more times once we get the hang of things. Please visit the following link to sign your student up to be tutored: https://sites.google.com/view/lbsspeertutors/home

Tutoring subjects we offer:

All MS and HS Sciences - excluding AP Bio and physics
Math 7th - Precalculus
English 7th - 11th
History 7th - 12th (all levels except AP World History/Government)
Latin levels 1 - 3
Spanish 1 - 2
Organizational/study skills


3. Wanted:  Hour of Code Guest Speakers

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13), Lake Braddock will participate in the global movement called Hour of Code. During this week, students will be offered an opportunity to participate in coding activities both during and outside of school hours. On Friday December 13, students will have a chance to talk to guest speakers in the computer science profession during their advisory class. If you are interested in talking to a group of students about your career, how you got there, and things they can start doing now to get into your profession, please consider signing up here. After signing up we will contact you with more information. Thank you!


4. DECA Gift Card Drive

Join Lake Braddock DECA for their gift card drive on Saturday, November 14.

deca

5. LBSS Alumni in the News

LBSS 2013 Graduate Jefferson Griscavage is currently getting a dual MD-MBA from UVA. He recently started his own company and presented at an entrepreneurial competition in Saudi Arabia. His mom wanted to share this article about him with his former teachers, counselor and football coaches.  She said they all were very supportive of him and he really enjoyed his time at Lake Braddock. His mother feels that his successes are our successes as well. 

https://news.virginia.edu/content/these-students-may-have-found-70-billion-health-care-solution


6. 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The results from the 2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey are in and can be found here.

Here are 5 things to know about the 2019-2020 Youth survey:

  1. The prevalence of depressive symptoms continues to increase.
  2. Vaping and alcohol use remain common.
  3. Fruit and vegetable consumption continue to decrease.
  4. Screen time increases while physical activity level drops.
  5. Most students feel safe and supported at school.

While the youth survey was conducted prior to Covid-19, these takeaways fit in our current Covid-19 world. So, what can you do? You can help to increase your students’ positive, protective factors. Positive protective factors can help your student make better choices, engage in healthier habits, and manage their stress in healthier and more positive ways. Examples of protective factors that build resiliency during Covid-19: connections with caregivers, teachers and other adults in their lives, the 3 R’s (reassurance, routines, and regulation skills), and positive social connectedness within their community.

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Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709

Jessica Giffin, LMSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

If you need support for a student or have concerns you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me via email at jlgiffin@fcps.edu

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270


7. FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Lake Braddock Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/et7iswajguYW7h6u5

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. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards. The eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Principal

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

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school.

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid). 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact David Walrod at dpwalrod@fcps.edu.


High School Information

8. Class of 2023 Events

Your student’s school counselor presented a Sophomore Career Unit to tenth-grade students this morning during the second half of their Advisory period (WIN Time).  An e-mail will be sent to all sophomores from their counselor, and it will contain the material that was covered in the Sophomore Career Unit. Please encourage your students to look out for this e-mail.   

On Tuesday, November 17, LBSS Student Services is proud to present College Night 101 for parents/guardians and students in tenth grade. The virtual program will run from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Erin Slater, Assistant Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present an overview of the college admissions process. Her presentation includes what colleges look for in applicants and how admissions offices make decisions. Please register at link below. We ask only one slot per household and please do not share the link. This is a combined event with Robinson, so please only register if you are sure you can attend the event:

https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sAczVtAdRI-BvHhSB5eExg

Join us for this behind the scenes look about the college admissions process! If you have any questions regarding the College Night 101 presentation, please contact:

Sandy Hunter:  skhunter@fcps.edu
Lynn Carrera: lncarrera@fcps.edu
Sierra Alexander:  skalexander@fcps.edu

Thank you!

HS Student Services


HS yearbook 2020

9. High School Yearbook

The 2021 high school yearbook is currently available for purchase. Go to
www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061. The discounted price of $65 is only available until the end of 2020, so don’t wait! Yearbooks make good gifts!

10. Senior Yearbook Ads

Help your senior remember the good times. Create a senior ad to be published in the 2021 yearbook! We’ve lowered the prices considerably this year, so take advantage of this offer! Ads will be available until December 1 (or until we have sold out), so don’t wait! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 5061 to get started. Email Mrs. Poquis at tbpoquis@fcps.edu if you have questions or need assistance.


11. High School Portrait Retakes

High School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockHS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes are scheduled on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes: 

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect/missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time: 

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockhsmu


Middle School Information

12. Middle School After-School Program: Bruins Stay Virtual

There have been a number of new clubs and activities updates added to our after-school program at Lake Braddock including:

  • New Programs as of 11/10
    • Region 4 Soccer Academy
    • Coding for Beginners
    • Game Club
    • Sports Trivia
  • New Times as of 11/10
    • Tuesday Trivia will now be 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Coming Soon
    • Jr Bruin Minds Matter
    • Cyber Security
    • OBS Club
    • Photography Club

Here is our most updated LBMS After-School Activities Calendar

If students are interested in participating:

  1. Complete the student interest form: https://forms.gle/7FL8qVvW3oSfVTxU8
  2. Parents/guardians should complete the parent permission form: https://forms.gle/Z5CZnfmkoNAfR1Ea8

Questions to After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu


13. Middle School Portrait Retakes

Middle School student portraits are now available to view and order online (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/lakebraddockMS . Use your student’s FCPS ID as the online code. Questions or concerns can be directed to underclass@vosphoto.com.

Portrait retakes will be on December 2, 3 and 7. Please note the following requirements for retakes:

  • Any student who was absent for the original photo session.
  • Any new enrollment or transfer student since the original photo session.
  • Any student who was dissatisfied with their original portrait package. Please be prepared to hand the old package to the photography staff. Students must return their old package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.
  • Any student who did not purchase on the original session is welcome to purchase at this time.
  • Any student who did NOT receive an ID card at the original session.
  • Any student who has incorrect or missing data on their ID card from the original session.

Please use the following link to sign up for a time:

http://pickatime.com/vos/lakebraddockmsmu 


14. MS Lunch Bunch

Join your friends and fellow bruins during your lunch period. Register by scanning the QR code below or use this link.

MS Lunch Bunch

FCPS Information

15. Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.


16. Family Engagement Month

The Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2020 as Family Engagement Month. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The importance of parental and family support is highlighted during the month of November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships together. 

To support schools with best practices in November and year-round, the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and the Virginia Department of Education have an array of resources to support equitable family engage-ment practices.


17. Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes. Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.


18. FCPS Tech Support

If you find your student in need of tech support for their school-issued laptop, please to go FCPS Technology Support. There are a number of tips, suggestions, and links for assistance. If you are not able to solve the problem, please submit an IT request online. This request will be routed to Lake Braddock's IT team, who will get in contact with you and/or your student to solve the issue. Please do not submit multiple requests or call the school office directly. 

Please keep a close eye on your email. This is how our IT department will communicate with you and your student. The email will come from FCPS and will have a subject line beginning with INC followed by a number. Please also give one to two school days for a response. 


19. FCPS Mental Health Resources


Important Lake Braddock Contact Information

20. Attendance Procedures

  • Monday attendance form:  Students must complete the required attendance form between 8:00 and 10:00 am each Monday to be counted as present. Students need to be signed in to their FCPS Google accounts to complete the form. Your child’s 4th period Advisory teachers will remind them and post the same link every week. Please encourage and remind your child to complete the form EVERY Monday morning.
  • Reporting absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals: Use the following form to report absences, late arrivals and early dismissal: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/about/attendance. You can also call the subschool attendance phone numbers shown below:
ss attendance

21. How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by: