Coates Family Newsletter for 8/16/2022

Thanks for Your Support

Thank you to the Open Door Presbyterian Church for their sponsorship and support of our Back to School Block Party last week.  Thank you to the many volunteers who came out to help make our event a success for the nearly 2,000 members of the Coates School Community!

Bach to Rock

We also want to thank Bach to Rock for helping us with the music and for sharing their talented musicians with us!

Importance of Attendance

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

How Families Can Help

Make School Attendance a Priority

Help Your Student Stay Engaged

Communicate with the School

  • Report Future Absences
    If parents are aware of a future absence, such as a full day absence for a civic engagement activity (middle or high school) or cultural observance, they may contact the school to report the absence and related date. Extended absences, typically for hardship reasons, must be documented and submitted to the school principal at least three to five school days in advance for review and action.

Did you know?

  • Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available. 

Arrival Dismissal Reminders


Students who live less than 1 mile from school are eligible to walk. Kindergarteners must be escorted to and from school.  Walkers will enter through the main door in the morning and will exit through door 3 (by the playground) in the afternoon.


Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the school bus.

Kiss and Ride:

  • Families who use Kiss and Ride will be issued a car tag 
  • If you were issued a car tag previously, you will keep that same tag for this year
  • During pick up, if you do not have a kiss and ride tag, you will be asked to show identification to pick up your child
  • Please do not drop students off before 8:55 am.
  • Please follow directions of the supervising adults.
  • Use entrance C for Kiss & Ride. See picture below.
  • Pull forward as far as possible up to the Kiss & Ride Begins Here sign before loading or unloading.
  • Load and unload in the Kiss & Ride area only.
  • Load and unload from the passenger side of the car only.
  • Remain in the driver’s seat. (Staff members will assist with car doors.)
  • Do not pass other cars during Kiss & Ride.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in the Kiss & Ride
  • Do not leave car unattended or park in the Kiss & Ride
  • Exit the Kiss & Ride lane promptly after loading or unloading children
Kiss and Ride Map

Consent for Digital Resources

Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources.

At Coates, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted digital resources.

Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: FCPS Digital resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources listed until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

FCPS' updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child's SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Birthday Celebrations


If you wish to send in a birthday treat for your child's class, you may so long as you follow these rules. Birthday treats must be:

  1. individually wrapped treats
  2. in a sealed package
  3. no nuts
  4. enough for the whole class

Please do not send in party favors or any other items. Parents are under no obligation to send in birthday treats. 

We appreciate your cooperation!

Join Our PTA

Coates is proud to have a wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works with the principal to make Coates a great school. PTA volunteers can help in many different ways. Some help out with planning community events for the school, some give a few hours to help the office or library staff with tasks, and some help raise money to buy things the school needs. Any parent can help!

For years, the Coates PTA has helped the school by providing community events for our families, subsidizing the overall costs of field trips, raising money for technology for students, and boosting teacher morale.  Typical PTA events include our annual Fall Festival, Family Movie Nights, International Night, Spelling Bee, Teacher Appreciation Week, and more!

Join!  Become a member of PTA!  Complete the form and send to or drop off at the school office.  Pay the membership fee by check or cash (bring to school) or PayPal (see directions below).

Contact us at


Paying PTA Membership with Paypal:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the amount you want to pay and click next
  3. It will prompt a login window. Login to Paypal with your credentials
  4. Once you log in, you will see the amount you entered. Add a note to say PTA membership dues for <Student / Family name>
  5. Verify your Shipping address and mode of payment and click "Send Payment Now"
Paypal PTA

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


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: