Coates Family Newsletter for 8/16/2022

Dear Coates Families, 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. We are so excited to have you back on August 22nd. It is going to be a great year. There are a lot of messages below to help support you in returning. Please read carefully below and call the office if you have any questions at 703-713-3000. 

We look forward to partnering with you this year. 

Paul Basdekis, Principal

Jessica King, Assistant Principal

Jenn Gray, Assistant Principal

Coates BTSN/OH

Bell schedule

Coates Bell Schedule 2022-23 SY

9:15-4:00 PM


Before 10 am, please notify the school of absences using one of these methods: 

1) Call attendance line 703-713-3030 and leave a message

2) Use online form:

*If your student arrives after 9:15, your child is considered late and will be marked TARDY. Parent must park car, walk student in to office, and sign them in.

Arrival & Dismissal

Students may arrive to school or be dismissed in one of the following ways:

1) Walkers: students who live less than 1 mile from school are eligible to walk. Kindergarteners must be escorted to and from school.

2) Bus - students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the school bus

Daily bus delays -

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App -

Kindergarten – MUST be met by an adult at bus stop every afternoon

Everything you need to know about school bus services:

3) Kiss and Ride– Families who use Kiss and Ride will be issued a car tag the first week of school

Must call front office before 3:00 p.m. for all updates in dismissal/early pick-up from school.

*Change in transportation requires phone call to office

**Must have photo ID to enter office for early pick up

School Communication

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Other important ways to stay connected: 

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Free and Reduced Lunches

Families who MAY qualify for Free and Reduced lunch programs must compete the application for Free and Reduced Meals program. Available online (please reapply online every August)Click to edit this placeholder text.

Purchasing Student Lunches

There are three ways you can purchase lunch or breakfast for your child:

  1. Put money on your child's account online using Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check - Make checks payable to "Coates Food Services" and give to the attention of the Food Service Manager in the Cafeteria.
  3. Cash - Cash may be brought to the Food Service Manager's office for deposit on your student's account.

Find out more here:


Bus and Class Assignments

Bus Assignments - Student bus assignments are now available in ParentVue,  If you need assistance or have not registered for ParentVue, please call the main office at 703-713-3000.

Classroom Teacher Assignments - Student classroom assignments were sent via email from the school yesterday.  The classroom assignments were pushed out to your email address that is on file with the school.

Student Rights & Responsibilities including Cell Phone Usage

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families.Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after 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


18th- Open House/Back to School Night/Resource Fair/Community Block Party


22nd- First Day of School


2nd-5th- Labor Day Holiday (no school)

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

stay in touch


TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

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

L.L. Coates Website: