Sad News

Coates Families,

Yesterday, we learned that Mrs. Kelsey Burch, our band teacher for 5th & 6th grades, passed away after her yearlong battle with cancer.

Mrs. Burch served as the band teacher at Coates for the last 4 years while also teaching band at other elementary schools in FCPS including Sunrise Valley ES & Vienna ES.  She led the band program at Sunrise Valley ES in Reston for the last decade.  She is a product of FCPS herself, having attending Sunrise Valley, Langston Hughes MS, & South Lakes HS as a student.  She was widely respected by colleagues and loved by her students.  At Sunrise Valley ES, the band room will be named in her honor, and they are developing a band-inspired mural.

At Coates, our school counselors will be in contact with each student of Mrs. Burch this week to explain the event and offer support if needed.  

As a Coates community, we extend our thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Burch and her family.

With Sympathy,

Jesse Kraft, Principal