Coates Family Newsletter for 2/4/22

Dear Coates Families,

Each week our students learn about a new character strength through Positivity Project lessons. Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Warm regards,

Mr. Paul Basdekis, Principal

Mrs. Jessica King & Mrs. Jenn Gray, Assistant Principals

Reporting a Transportation Change

Please report any transportation changes to the office before 3:00pm.  This can be done by calling 703-713-3000. 




If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022 he/she is eligible for Kindergarten 2022-2023. Please contact our registrar, Amy Marney at to begin the enrollment process.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please have them contact the school, as we are especially interested in reaching those Coates families who do not have children currently attending school.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

fcps cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar


  • 17th-G1-3 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee @ 6:00pm
  • 21st–No School (President's Day)
  • 22nd-G4-6 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee @ 6:00pm


  • 3rd-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm
  • 4th-No School

*The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

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TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: