LBSS Weekly News - April 29, 2022


Message from Ms. Kearns

Dear Lake Braddock Families,

We would like to thank our Student Government Association and Student Council Associations for putting together an awesome “Stress Less” Week.  The spirit days, talent show, and Screen on the Green community event were just a handful of the activities they sponsored to bring a sense of fun and community to our students and staff this week. Finding laughter and joy during the day are great cures to easing stress, and we are so thankful for that reminder by our two student groups.

We are down to the last 31 days of school, and our students are excited about their summer vacation! We have a lot of events occurring within the next 6 weeks including AP and SOL exams, spring playoffs, spring performances, Prom, 8th-grade dance, finals, and much more. We ask that you continue to encourage your child to stay engaged, maintain focus, and be committed to being great Bruin citizens in and out of the classrooms so they can end the academic year with a strong finish.

Next week, we will kick off our AP and SOL exams.  We know that taking a high stakes test may cause stress and anxiety for some students and families, and we would like to help in reducing the stress by providing you with some simple tips: Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast, reinforce that you care about them and remind them to breathe, relax, and to do their very best.

We are asking all of our students and staff during our testing season to remember to follow the quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, “Smile, Breathe, and Go Slowly.”  Following this quote will help our students and staff to stress less and be at their very best during the testing season.


Go Bruins Nation!

Lindsey Kearns


The Lake Braddock Bruins celebrated Stress Less this past week encouraging students and staff to take care of their mind and body.

In this Issue

NEW Information 
SOL Testing and Bell Schedule
Bike and Roll to School May 4
March Student of the Month Winners
Congressional Art Competition
LB Football Team Annual Mattress, Sheets, and Pillow Sale

High School Information
AP Exam Administration Information Update
Purchase a HS Yearbook!

Class of 2022 Information
Need More Than 10 Tickets for Graduation?
Graduation Ceremony Streaming Information
Prom Tickets on Sale in MySchoolBucks Now!
Class of 2022 Key Dates and Announcements
Obligations for Seniors

Middle School Information
Rising 9th Grade Parent Night
MS Yearbook
MS After-School Program

Important Reminders
Sports Physical Night-Request for Help!

PTSA Information
Novastar Prep Online Practice SAT and ACT Exams (April-June)
Hunt Test Prep Registration Discounts to LBSS Students

FCPS Information
Important Immunization Requirements Offers Live Tutors and AP Test Prep

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources
How to Stay In Touch
LBSS Attendance Lines
Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early
Late Bus Information
Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!
FCPS Technology Support for Families
FCPS Cares
FCPS Medical Resources for Families
FCPS Mental Health Resources

New Information


SOL Testing and Bell Schedule

SOL and AP testing will occur throughout the building this May. Please reference the LBSS SOL Testing page for a link to the calendar and bell schedule. Parents should note that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 18th, all students will be on a modified bell schedule and the periods will rotate for testing days each week. Please try to avoid scheduling your students for appointments during their testing times as there is not much availability for make-up testing.

Students need to bring their FCPS laptops, fully charged to SOL testing. VDOE does not allow for students to take SOL tests on personal devices. As per the testing electronic device policy, students are not permitted to have cell phones, smart watches, and any Bluetooth or internet connected devices (such as earbuds) on them during testing. If they are found to have such devices, it is considered cheating and they will receive a score of zero on the SOL test and not be permitted to test again this spring.


Bike and Roll to School Day May 4

Wednesday May 4th is National Bike and Roll to School Day!  All students and staff are invited to participate.  The first 200 students to bike or roll up to the school bike racks will receive incentives to encourage continued biking, rolling and walking to school. There will be secure parking available for bikes.  See flyer below for more info.  

The Safe Routes to School Committee is recruiting volunteers to welcome participants when they arrive at Lake Braddock and to ride along with students.  Volunteers may sign up here:

For more info on bike safety, planning your route, and how to prepare to bike to school, visit

Here are some suggested bike routes from neighborhoods in the Lake Braddock district to LBSS.  The times are calculated based on a leisurely 7-9 mph pace.  Most students in the Lake Braddock School Zone Boundaries live within a 25 minute bike ride of LBSS.  Time your rides and let us know how your bike ride compared to your normal commute!!  You can find more info about these routes on the Bike LBSS Facebook Page at:

Bike Route 1, Cherry Run to Lake Braddock (3.3 miles, <20 minutes):

Bike Route 2, Kings Park to LBSS (2.8 miles, <15 minutes):

Bike Route 3, Burke Station to LBSS (2.7 miles, <15 minutes):

Bike Route 4, Crownleigh to LBSS (1.1 miles, <8 minutes):

Bike Route 5, Burke Lake to LBSS (2.6 miles, <15 minutes)


Safe Routes to School Updates

SRTS Survey

How do you get to school?  Take our survey!

The Safe Routes to School committee is conducting a Parent and Guardian School Commute Survey, to learn how students get to school, safety concerns, and any barriers students experience that may prevent them from walking, biking or sharing the ride to school on a bus or carpool.  The survey has only 10 questions, and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.  The information you provide is anonymous, but the data will be used to apply for funding to keep our students safe.


March Student of the Month Winners

Each month, staff are able to recognize students who have demonstrated characteristics of our Shared Vision. The four main attributes of our theme #BruinsCARE are connected, adaptable, resilient, and engaged. Winners will have their picture taken and displayed in the main hallway. All nominees will receive a copy of their nomination letter.

March - Adaptable

7th- Peniel Asmeron
8th- Jack Dawson
9th- Shin-El Kim
11th- Owen Lavery
10th- Sarah Qasemi
12th- Anderson Nunez Zeledon

April’s theme is Resilient.


Congressional Art Competition

The Annual Congressional Art Competition provides Members of Congress with the unique opportunity to showcase the artistic creativity and talent of high school students from across the United States. As your Congressman from the 11th District of Virginia, it is my pleasure to host this competition for residents of this district and to show my support for the fine arts. 

This competition is open to all high school students who are residents of the 11th Congressional District regardless of where they attend school; public, private and home-schooled students are invited to participate and I encourage all who are interested to submit an entry.  Due to space limitations, students may not submit more than two pieces of art.  

Please note that all entries must be received in my Prince William or Fairfax office by close of business Friday, May 6, 2022. 

For additional information, please see here or contact one of the district offices, information below:

Fairfax District office at (703) 256-3071 or email:

Prince William District office at (571) 408-4407 or email:


LB Football Team Annual Mattress, Sheets, and Pillow Sale

If you are looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. Lake Braddock Secondary School Football is excited to announce it will be hosting the 5th Annual one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, May 15th, from 10am-5pm. For one day only, the Cafeteria will be transformed into a mattress showroom.  For information about the sale, go to:  

Watch this quick video that explains how the Mattress Fundraiser works!

Contact: or call 571-641-5900 for more information.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the FCPS website for Return to School and COVID-19 Testing. 

High School Information

AP Exam Administration Information Updated

AP Exam Administration Information has been updated!  Please check out the updated information on this link: , particularly “2022 LBSS AP Exam Calendar” and “AP Exam Day Policies and Exam Security Letter.” 

AP students and their families will find information regarding AP dates, locations, reporting times, rules and procedures during AP Testing (May 2 – May 17).


Class of 2022 Information

For the most up-to-date information for the Class of 2022, check out the LB Website at the Senior Page and have your senior join the class of 2022 Schoology group for all of the most up to date information! The group code is: WWFX-8766-FHNJ6.


Need More Than 10 Tickets for Graduation?

All graduates will receive 10 tickets for graduation. If you need to request more than the 10, please complete this form as soon as possible.

Graduation Ceremony Streaming Information

To watch the ceremony live from another location, Memories Videography will be live streaming Graduation this year.  Simply use this link:  

You can purchase a video of the ceremony here.  

Buy one copy to watch for $30 and get the second for only $15 more. This is the perfect time to purchase a gift for an out-of-town relative, a friend, or one to put away for safekeeping (safety deposit box, safe, fireproof box, etc). The price of the second, third, fourth copies of any school graduation is only $15 each.

Graduations are available for purchase via Download, Blu-Ray (HD), and DVD.

One Download, Blu-Ray or DVD $30.00 (first download/disc $23.59, $1.41 tax and $5.00 shipping)

Additional copies are $15.00 ($14.15 download/disc, $.85 tax, no additional shipping)

Please be advised, download file size is large (approximately 4-5GB). Be sure to confirm available hard drive space before beginning your download.

Prom Tickets on Sale in MySchoolBucks Now!

If you are having trouble adding two tickets to your cart on MSB for a guest please read below:

  1. Find the prom ticket listing by either searching "prom" or in the school store.
  2. Select your name in the student drop down and then add this ticket to your cart (this is for yourself so no need to put in any guest info)
  3. Go back to the prom ticket listing and select your name from the drop down that says select student, then type in guest info and then add that ticket to your cart.

There should now be 2 tickets in your cart to check out.

If you have .



Class of 2022 Key Dates and Announcements

  • Senior Fees- $75  Payable on
    MySchoolBucks or you can bring exact cash or check made out to LBSS (memo Senior Fee) to the Main Office during school hours.  
  • Senior Yard Signs-Purchase at the PTSA website.
  • Prom-May 14th from 7pm-11pm, Fairview Marriott 
  • Senior Survey-Administered in school in May (details to follow)
  • Graduation-June 6th at 9:30am, Eagle Bank Arena!  
  • All Night Grad Party-June 7th at the St. James.   Purchase your tickets here at the PTSA website

Obligations for Seniors

Please be sure to check in MySchoolBucks or with your student's Subschool to be sure all obligations from the senior's years at Lake Braddock are cleared.  Caps and gowns will not be given to a senior if they have outstanding obligations.  

Middle School Information



MS Yearbook 

The MS Yearbook is currently looking for photographs of students participating in activities of any kind! We are especially interested in photos that show one (or more!) student faces. All photos should feature a current LBMS student during the current school year.


MS After-School Program

Important Reminders


Sports Physical Night-Request for Help!

We are looking for medical practitioners (MDs, DOs, LNPs, and PAs) that are interested in volunteering for our annual Sports Physical Night event! We need professionals willing and able to sign off on a student’s readiness to participate in athletics. If you’ve never seen how this event works, it has a production line-like setup. Students first complete a multi-station screening process which includes anthropometric measurements, blood pressure/pulse and vision (these stations are typically supervised by ATs, RNs, EMTs and PTs). Once the initial screening stations are complete, the student proceeds to the exam station where an MD, DO, LNP or PA will review their medical history as well as the results of the previously completed stations before conducting any medical/musculoskeletal evaluations deemed necessary to sign off on the student’s medical eligibility status.

This event serves as our main source of fundraising to replenish sports medicine supplies for the year and offer our athletes the best possible care. If you are an MD, DO, LNP, or PA, please consider donating your time and expertise to support a key component of Lake Braddock’s Athletic Training Program. We understand that health and safety are still a concern, so if there are any suggestions/stipulations you may have to make this work, don’t hesitate to share. We are willing to accommodate as best we can! If you know a practitioner who could help us out, please pass along this message and the signup link below!!

CLICK HERE to volunteer for the Lake Braddock/South County/West Springfield Physical Night event on June 9th, 2022!


Check out the LB PTSA website for all the latest news and happenings! 


Novastar Prep Online Practice SAT and ACT Exams (April-June)

Novastar Prep is offering online SAT and ACT proctored practice exams to LBSS students in May and June.

To register for the online practice tests, please visit:

Registration deadlines for each exam are on the Wednesday before each practice exam date. For more information, please write to:

Hunt Test Prep Registration Discounts to LBSS Students

Hunt Test Prep is offering LBSS PTSA members a $50.00 tuition discount on any 2022 Hunt Test Prep Course on a space available basis. When signing-up for a course, please write "LBSSPTSA" on the registration form. For more information, please visit:

Course Schedule

Registration Form

Please note: All 2022 classes will be limited to 12 students due to Covid mitigation efforts and social distancing.  As a result, early registration is strongly encouraged. 

FCPS Information


Important Immunization Requirements

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2022-23 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

More information on immunization requirements is available online

tutor Offers Live Tutors and AP Test Prep

Writing help, practice quizzes, and AP test prep are available to all FCPS students at no cost through Find out how your child can get these services in addition to 24/7 live tutoring through their Schoology account: Elementary School | Middle and High School

Important LBSS and FCPS Resources

How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Attendance Lines



Procedures for Picking Up a Student Early

  • Prior to 8:00 a.m., the student must present a note from the parent to their subschool office. Notes must include time of dismissal, reason for leaving, and a contact number. Parents of middle school students must also include the name of the person picking the student up. Please note that this person must be listed as an emergency contact. At the time of early check-out, middle school parents must come in Entrance 1 and meet their student at the security desk. Anyone picking up a middle school student must bring a photo ID with them. High school parents may pick up students outside Entrance 1. 
  • Notes are strongly preferred for early check-out, but if a parent is unable to send a note with the student, the parent should call the subschool office as early as possible. All calls will be confirmed by callback to a phone number on the emergency care card. Regrettably, if the parent did not send a note with the student, the parent will be required to park, come into the school to furnish a note, and pick up the student. Without advance notice provided by a note, there may be a wait until our staff is able to locate the student, particularly if the student is at lunch or in a physical education class. We further regret that without advance notice, we are unable to accommodate requests for early dismissal after 2:15 pm.
  • In either case, students must check out at the subschool office when leaving school and check in with the security desk upon return. Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked unexcused and may face disciplinary action (if returning to school, students are also subject to search). Students must contact all teachers of any class to be missed.

Read our full Attendance procedures at our website.

Late Bus Information

Late bus days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Buses will pick up students in the front of the building with a departure time of approximately 4:45 pm.  Please check  StudentVue and ParentVue for your student's late bus number and stop. If you have any questions, please contact your student's appropriate subschool.



Stay Informed with Lake Braddock Athletics!

Want the latest information on anything Lake Braddock athletic events or announcements?  Check out our Lake Braddock Athletic Information webpage!  Here you can find ticket information, team schedules, scores, forms needed and more!  The most up-to-date Athletics and Activities News You Choose for Lake Braddock can be found in the top banner as well.

FCPS Technology Support for Families

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available to support parents and students through this new school year. Parents and students can visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket. 

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

FCPS Cares

We invite you to share and submit your story about a Lake Braddock staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child this year. Share the positivity, dedication and commitment that occurs here each and every day. Click this link.

fcps cares

FCPS Medical Care Resources for Families

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

FCPS Mental Health Resources

fcps mental health resources
  • If you are depressed, in crisis, or just want to talk, please text NEEDHELP to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Someone will be there to listen.
  • If you're going through a tough time, don't go it alone. Reach out to a parent, friend, or trusted adult. You can also text NEEDHELP to 85511 at any time–day or night.