LBSS Weekly News - June 10, 2022


Message from Ms. Kearns

Dear Lake Braddock Families,

How did we get to the end of another school year already? All the concerts, sporting events, theatrical performances, academic competitions, exams, pep rallies, spirit weeks, and dances now all remain as memories.

Graduation was magnificent, and we thank all the staff who helped make that day so special.  Thank you to our amazing Class of 2022 as you set off to many wonderful adventures in your new paths. We wish you all the best on your individual journeys.  A special thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the All Night Grad Party an enjoyable send off to our seniors!  

We have had many smiles, laughs, tears, pain, happiness, setbacks, and growth as we attempted to return to a more normal school year. Through it all, we remained one family of students, staff, parents/guardians—one Bruin nation. Our school would like to thank our Bruin community for their patience, grace, and partnership. Thank you to our wonderful staff at Lake Braddock for your flexibility and positive attitude as we faced new challenges. We wish you all rest and relaxation this summer vacation. 

Lake Braddock looks forward to welcoming our returning and new Bruins for a new and exciting academic year.  We will see you all in August! Until then be safe!

Go Bruins!

Lindsey Kearns


Photo credit-Paul Wardinski

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In this Issue

NEW Information 
LB Theatre Cappies Update
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Spring Reports
Preview Student Spring SOL Scores in SIS ParentVUE
Student Laptop Information
Enjoy Our School Grounds this Summer

Grading Policy Updates
Grading Policy for Next School Year

High School Information
Need to Apply for College Board PSAT Accommodations?
Fall 2022 Sports Information

Class of 2022 Information
Graduation Ceremony Video

Class of 2023 Information
Senior Pictures-Save the Date!

Important Reminders
Student's Intention for Next School Year
Free and Reduced Meal Plan Returns for 2022-23 School Year Tutoring Services Summer 2022 Access

PTSA Information
June NovaStar Prep Online SAT and ACT Practice Exams

FCPS Information
Keep Supporting Students This Summer with Collect for Kids School Supply Drive
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


LB Theatre Cappies Update

Lake Braddock's 26th Cappie Award (and first since 2017) went to Liesl Winternitz for Best Actor in a Female Role in a Play for her outstanding performance as Dr. Heidi Holland in Heidi's Chronicles. Congrats Liesl! And Congrats to all the LB Theatre Cappie nominees!

(Photo by Laurie Perry)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Spring Reports

In April, students completed the Spring administration of the SEL Screener through Advisory classes. Parent/guardian reports are scheduled to be mailed around June 20th. Reports will include a link to the public website, which will be updated with information on where parents and guardians can access support through FCPS summer resources or community programs when schools are not in session. If you opted your child out of the screener, you will not receive a report. Information about the SEL Screener can be found here

Preview Student Spring SOL Scores in SIS ParentVue

Want to know how your student did on their spring SOL tests before the official report? Starting today, families can see SOL scores in the Test History section of SIS ParentVUE. To access Test History, log into your ParentVUE account using a web browser (not the app). You will see spring SOL test subjects, performance levels, and overall scores. Families will also receive an official SOL score report letter with more details by the end of July.

Additional information about SOL assessments is available online. You can also learn more about SIS ParentVUE and how to activate your account.

Student Laptop Information


Enjoy Our School Grounds this Summer

Many of you enjoy using school grounds for activities over the summer. Please keep the following in mind when using these facilities:

  • Use is allowed from dawn to dusk, except during school hours or when being used for school activities or other scheduled programs.
  • Facilities must be shared with anyone else who wishes to use them.
  • Please leave the facilities as you found them. Remove any waste or debris from the property. 

Visit our availability webpage for more information on the usage of school grounds and facilities. Community users are prohibited from having the following activities in Fairfax County Public Schools including in school buildings, on playgrounds, and on fields:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals. Service animals are allowed. However, the user shall clean up any school grounds used by service animals participating in scheduled events.
  • Car wash
  • Drones
  • Fireworks and sparklers (except by Local Government)
  • Gas or charcoal grills
  • Illegal drugs
  • Moon bounces
  • Paintball
  • Rocket launch
  • Tobacco products or smoking devices

Visit our Community Use webpage for a full list of prohibitions and more information on reserving facilities. Groups interested in formally reserving school facilities should contact or calling 571-423-2340. 

Grading Policy Updates


Grading Policy Updates

If you have missed the information about next year’s grading policy that was presented at the May 25th PTSA Meeting here are some highlights:

  • See our Grading Taskforce’s Learning Journey HERE
  • We had two guiding questions that helped us make grading policy decisions: Guiding Questions True North.jpg
  • For the School Year 22-23 changes include:
    • Teachers that continue to use weighted categories will have Mastery weighted to 70% of the total grade. This is to prepare us for the SY 23-24 where Mastery will be 100% of the grade
    • Extra Credit will no longer be given. This includes Bonus Questions or Assignments
    • Late work will no longer be penalized and will be accepted until the last day of the unit at a minimum
    • Students who score a failing grade (F or 0) on a mastery assignment will be required to reassess at least one time
    • Teachers will provide a 2 week window at a minimum after the initial assessment for students to complete the 2nd attempt. There will be more than 1 scheduled time to allow an opportunity for students to retake

There will be consistent comment codes used to communicate with parents and students.

High School Information

Need to Apply for College Board PSAT Accommodations?

Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT. The Accommodations Process for College Board Testing webpage provides information about the College Board testing accommodations process. To begin the process to request new College Board accommodations, please contact Darin Byrd, LBSS Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, at . The PSAT will be administered to next year’s sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. Once instated, accommodations remain in place for all College Board testing.

Fall 2022 Sports Information


Class of 2022 Information

Graduation Ceremony Videos

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 2023 Information

Senior Pictures--Save the Date!

Victor O'Neill Studios will be our school portrait partner for the 2022-2023 School year. They will start taking the senior portraits over the summer. The first dates are scheduled for August 1-5. We will be sharing more information as well as the signup link around the first of July. Please keep an eye out for it. If you have any questions about senior portraits, please email

Important Reminders

Student's Intention for Next School Year

If your student will not be returning to Lake Braddock for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete the Intention Form. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to and email it to the respective Registrars: High School: Amber Belloni,; Middle School: Angela Santizo,


Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Plan Returns for 2022-23 School Year

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application.  The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.  

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  Paper free and reduced-price meals applications are available to all households at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings or by contacting Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800 or 703-813-4844.  Also, it’s important that parents/guardians complete the Consent to Share form so that their course fees can be waived based upon their FNR status.  This form is available here in different languages.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

tutor - Online Tutoring Services Summer 2022 Access

Lake Braddock students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through this summer. Students are able to use to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access via their active summer course in Schoology.


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


June NovaStar Prep Online SAT and ACT Practice Exams

Don't miss your last chance to take online SAT and ACT practice exams for the FY22 school year and support your PTSA at the same time!! NovaStar Prep is offering two practice exams on the following dates, both taking place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

  • SAT: Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • ACT: Saturday, June 25, 2022

To register, visit:

Registration fees: PTSA Members: $5; Non-PTSA Members: $15. A percentage of the registration fees are donated to the LBSS PTSA.

For more information, please write to:

FCPS Information


Keep Supporting Students This Summer with Collect for Kids School Supply Drive

To ensure that every child in the school district is prepared for school, Fairfax County Public Schools and Educate Fairfax are once again leading the Collect for Kids effort, a consortium of not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities providing school supplies to benefit FCPS students who otherwise might go without them.   

More than 56,000 (31%) FCPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals and struggle to afford basic necessities. Your donation will help provide the school supplies these students need to be successful at school. 

Contributions can be made online through Educate Fairfax. Donations will be used to purchase bulk school supply kits at highly discounted pricing. For more information, visit the Educate Fairfax website.


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 buses are done for this school year!



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.