Lemon Road Community News 10.22.21

Message from Mrs. Castillo

Pajama Day

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

Pajama Day

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: 


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

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance