LBSS Weekly News - May 20, 2022


Message from Ms. Kearns

Dear Lake Braddock Families,

As you know, COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Fairfax County and in schools. Here at Lake Braddock Secondary School, we have seen an increase in cases and continue to encourage everyone to take the steps they feel necessary to stay safe and healthy.

We have been transparent about how the pandemic is impacting Lake Braddock Secondary School and our students all year. We will continue to share daily COVID-19 notifications whenever there is a confirmed positive case in our school. This information is provided to make our school community aware of the current situation and be able to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. 

Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases reported, FCHD recommends testing as soon as possible. FCPS is providing a testing clinic for all Lake Braddock students on Saturday, May 21st in the back-parking lot by Door 7. Family members may also access this testing resource. Please see below for more specific information.

We appreciate the patience, support, and understanding you have shown throughout this school year as we adjusted our responses to the pandemic. Together, we have kept our students participating in learning and activities. We look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with everyone.

Go Bruin Nation!

Lindsey Kearns


Delegate Daniel Helmer, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, and FCPS School Board members Karen Corbett Sanders, Karen Keys-Gamarra, Laura Jane Cohen, Megan McLaughlin, Rachna Sizemore Heizer, and Stella Pekarsky visited Lake Braddock today to celebrate the Lake Braddock Varsity Gymnastics State Championship.  The team was presented with a Resolution by the School Board and Delegate Helmer that was read on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates earlier this year recognizing their accomplishments.

In this Issue

NEW Information 
COVID Testing Clinic Saturday May 21
Last Week for SOL Testing Next Week!
Mental Health Acceptance Day May 20
LB Chorus Spring Concert Tonight, May 20, 7pm!
LB Chorus Online Auction
Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day
Congrats to the LB MS Orchestra/Spring Concert May 24
Safe Routes to School News
Korean HanBowl 2022 Winners!

COVID Information
Do Your Part: Stay Home When Sick

High School Information
Purchase a HS Yearbook!

Class of 2022 Information
Need More Than 10 Tickets for Graduation?
Graduation Ceremony Streaming Information 
Class of 2022 Key Dates and Announcements
Obligations for Seniors

Middle School Information
MS Yearbook Update
LB 8th Grade Formal June 4

Important Reminders
SOL Testing and Bell Schedule
Lake Braddock End of Year Calendar
Sports Physical Night-Request for Help!

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

FCPS Information
Sing, Dance, and Design With FCPS Summer Programs
FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon
Important Immunization Requirements

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


COVID Testing Clinic Saturday May 21

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is informing you that given the increasing number of COVID-19 clusters reported school-wide, the FCHD recommends testing as soon as possible. Testing will identify those who may be infected with COVID-19 but who are not ill or are only mildly ill. It is important that we all do our part to identify who has COVID-19 so steps can be taken to stop the spread of illness and keep children, their families, and the community safe.

To make testing easy for all families, FCPS is providing a testing clinic for ALL Lake Braddock students (regardless of class) at the location below. Family members may also access this testing resource.  No appointments.

DATE:                 Saturday, May 21, 2022

LOCATION:        Back of Lake Braddock Secondary School by Door 7 (in the tents by the Cafeteria)

TIME:                  8:00-10:00 am

If your child tests positive, please contact the Lake Braddock administration to report the positive result and follow the guidance for how long to keep your student home. Your school will also provide information on how your child can continue their education remotely if they are told to remain home because of a positive test. No action is needed for a negative test or if you have no symptoms and are waiting for your test result.

Parents should continue to monitor their child’s health and the health of their families for COVID-19 symptoms. Children with COVID-19 often have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported in some children. It is important that children with symptoms of COVID-19 stay home from school and get tested to stop further spread from occurring.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Carol Hutchinson.


Last Week of SOL Testing Next Week!

If your student has missed an SOL test this month, this week is the last week to make-up SOL tests. Please see the schedule below and send your student to the Lecture Hall at 8:00 a.m. for their make-up. We will handle their attendance.

Monday 5/23: Reading (English 11, Reading 7, Reading 8)

Tuesday 5/24: Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, Science 8)

Wednesday 5/25:  Math (Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra 1, Math 8, Math 7)

Thursday, 5/26: Last day of SOL testing

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Mental Health Acceptance Day May 20

May is Mental Health Acceptance Month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of children in Virginia as young people continue to face physical isolation, ongoing uncertainty, fear, and grief. Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges facing children were of great concern, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated them.” Mental wellness is key to student success and the pandemic has added to mental health challenges facing children of all ages.  For resources to support the students in your life, visit our website.


LB Chorus Spring Concert Tonight, May 20, 7pm

Join us on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. for the Lake Braddock Chorus’ last concert of the school year. You’ll hear beautiful singing from our students, as well as some special songs by our faculty and families. No tickets are required! The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Enter through door #14 and the Little Theater is on your left. 

LB Chorus Online Auction

Support the performing arts at Lake Braddock! The Lake Braddock Chorus’ annual online auction is a great way to support the wonderful chorus program. Bid on dozens of items and experiences from May 16 until Sunday, May 22 at 9 p.m. Thank you for your support!  Check out the auction site here!



Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 31. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar


Congrats to the LB MS Orchestra/Spring Concert May 24!

The Lake Braddock Middle School Orchestra received Superior, Excellent ratings and 1st Place/2nd Place at the Music in The Parks Orchestra Competition. The Middle School Orchestras, under the direction of Clayton Allen, traveled to Hershey Park, PA on May 13, 2022 to perform for a panel of judges. Overall, the orchestras received “1st Place” rankings on stage. There were over 30 ensembles competing at the competition.  The kids have improved tremendously since the start of the year. We are proud of their performance and the work they have put into preparing for this year’s competition.  The progression the Orchestras has made this year is astounding. The judges were impressed with all the Lake Braddock Orchestra performances.

There were a lot of supporting personnel who dedicated their time and expertise to the orchestra program to help them achieve excellence. We want to thank our High School Student Volunteers, School Administrators, our wonderful clinicians and private teachers, our orchestra parents, and – of course – the talented students. Now that the competition is over, the orchestra is looking forward to their last concert of the season, the end of the year Spring Concert on May 24th at LBSS Little Theater at 7pm.


Safe Routes to School News

Happy National Bike month!  As the weather warms up, more students and staff are enjoying the benefits of biking and walking to school.  

Please continue to take our 5 minute School Commute Survey for Parents and Guardians:  

Alarmingly, there have been many reports of near misses between vehicle traffic and students at intersections and crosswalks around Lake Braddock.  It is important to report all near misses and crashes which happen near our school.

Click here to report near misses and dangerous intersections. The form is anonymous, so you can report near misses you witnessed or were involved in. The data is used to determine where safety improvements are needed.

If you sees or are involved in an accident between cars, pedestrians and bicyclists in our school zone, please report these immediately to law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 or FCPD non-emergency at 703-691-6131.  It is important to call 911 for accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists even if injuries appear to be minor.  

Korean HanBowl 2022 Winners!


COVID Information


Do Your Part: Stay Home When Sick

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe. As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we must stay vigilant so we can all enjoy the events and milestones ahead and be ready for a relaxing and healthy summer.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

It is increasingly important to stay home if you feel unwell and testing is a critical strategy to slow transmission. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for information about COVID testing and testing sites. At-home testing is also a good option. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID tests; visit for details.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the FCPS website for Health and Safety Guidance Document and COVID-19 Testing. 

High School Information

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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 Class of 2022 Graduation 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.


Class of 2022 Key Dates and Announcements

  • Senior Fees- $75  Payable on
    MySchoolBucks or you can bring exact cash (personal checks can no longer be accepted) to the Main Office during school hours.  
  • 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.  Tickets must be purchased by 5/31/22.

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

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Middle School Yearbook Update

The Middle School Yearbooks will arrive in the first week of June. Students will get them during their lunches.

NOT SURE IF YOU’VE BOUGHT A YEARBOOK YET?  Have your student CLICK HERE!  Student must be logged in with their student email.

Buy your 2021-2022 Middle School yearbook TODAY!  School Code: 13596
Or find us on MySchoolBucks


LB 8th Grade Formal June 4

The 8th Grade Formal Dance will be held Saturday, June 4 from 7:00-10:00 pm in the cafeteria.  The theme is HOLLYWOOD.  Tickets are $15 and will be on sale at A and B lunches starting Wednesday, May 25 through Thursday, June 2.  This is a dance for Lake Braddock 8th graders only and tickets will not be sold at the door.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.   Please see our Lake Braddock website here for more information!

We need parent volunteers to sell tickets, help decorate, chaperone and donate food and drink items. Sign up genius links are below.  

8th Grade Formal Volunteer Sign Up

8th Grade Formal Donation Sign Up

Important Reminders

Lake Braddock End of Year Calendar

Be sure to check out the end of year schedule at the Lake Braddock website for all up-to-date information as we close out this school year!  Click here and select "2021-2022 end of Year Calendar."

Please note that the school will be closed (no classes) for all students on Monday, June 6th, as we celebrate our Class of 2022 at graduation!


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 our website here

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

FCPS Information


Sing, Dance, and Design with FCPS Summer Programs

All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration is now open for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees. Waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.


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


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.

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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

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  • 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.