Coates Family Newsletter for 9/9/2022


From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Attendance Awareness Month

Importance of Strong Attendance Habits

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

Advanced Academics (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services


SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is 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/caregiver 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/caregiver’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.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-713-3000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Reid

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield HS on 9/20/22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing Available


COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

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


26th- Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:00-6:30pm

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 6:30-7:00pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm


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


Follow Coates on Social Media

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TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

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

L.L. Coates Website: