Coates Family Newsletter for 5/6/22

Dear Coates Families,

Our Coates Teachers & Staff would like to give a huge thank you to our awesome PTA, Open Door Church, parents and community members for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. There were lots of goodies, flowers, gifts, and breakfasts this week. We can't thank you enough for your generosity and support!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Save the Date: Coates International Night

This is a reminder that Coates International Night is Friday, May 20th from 6-8:00 PM at school.  It’s a fun night of performances, learning, and celebrating your culture with other Coates families!

Stay Home When Sick

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.


As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

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


  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:30pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 7:00pm


  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am
  • 10th:  Last Day of School/Early release @ 2:00pm

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Math on Friday, May 13th

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TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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

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