Lemon Road Community News 11.7.21

Message from Mrs. Castillo

Costume Day

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

Holiday Drive

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

Movie Night

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

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

Costume Day