Cedar Update

Cedar Lane Update (week of 11/18/22)



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Upcoming Dates:

Full Calendar:  https://cedarlaneschool.fcps.edu/news-events/calendar  (continuous updates)


11/18............. Toys for Tots drive thru 12/10

11/22............. Email IEP Progress

11/22............. RTL 2

11/23-25........ No School Thanksgiving Break

11/28............. Gold Day

11/29............. RTL 3

11/30............. PBIS Soda and Paint

12/1............... RTL 4



Toys for Tots

Cedar Lane will participate in Toys for Tots again this year.  Students who participate making posters, decorating the donation boxes, or brining in toys will receive service-learning hours. We are actively accepting new, unwrapped toys for any age children now.  The last day for receiving the toys will be December 10th for the Marines to get the toys distributed.


FCPS Snow Day Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the first 5 days of missed instruction will not be made up.  On the 6th day, we will move to synchronous instruction using Zoom through Schoology.  We will follow a two-hour delay schedule.  Cedar Lane’s Snow Day schedule can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/3XgIJVe


Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard! 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard!  For more information, please visit  http://bit.ly/3hQvNoK


Save The Date Senior Portraits

Cedar Lane will conduct the annual Senior Photo Day on Wednesday, December 7th at the school. All Seniors who expect to be a part of the Cedar Lane Class of 2023 are encouraged to participate in this important event.  Seniors will be asked to sign up for a specific time to have their photo taken on December 7th.  More information will be sent out as the date gets closer. Lifetouch will have an alternative site for photo sessions. That information will be provided on request.


For any questions about school photos, please contact Robb Metry at Cedar Lane School at rametry@fcps.edu  or call the school at 703-208-2400.


Soda and Paint PBIS Activity

As part of our PBIS schoolwide activities, we will have a paint and soda event.  Students will be hosted in the art room with an opportunity to paint a picture of ornaments.


Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:


“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)


“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).








For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

Kenneth Johnson

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist



Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Parents SEPTA has gathered a full list of opportunities relating to special education that are FREE unless noted.  

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

For the full list please visit:




Transition University — Self-Paced Course of 5 Sessions

Mon. Oct. 10 to Tue. Nov. 29, with access 24/7

Learn about the many options to maximize your child’s independence and quality of life when they age out of school. 

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/transition-university-fall-2022/


Ways to Adulthood — in Spanish

WAZE a la Adultez

Mier. 9 de novembre, 6:00-7:30 pm

Este taller compartirá información sobre las cosas que deben tenerse en cuenta cuando su ser querido cumpla 18 años.

Registrarse:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s1kHyKSmTeqGBHQUwpND1Q#/registration



Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Thu. Nov. 10, 10:00-11:30 am

Learn: how teens are getting drugs; opioid risk and misuse; withdrawal and overdose symptoms; naloxone and how it works.

Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0TMfdr6MV3nw7-CDuMqHc20Md_n5UkelKCony7MQJ-YEcPA/viewform


Moving On to Life in the Community:  Resource Fair

Thu. Nov. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr. #1000, Fairfax

A presentation and resource fair will help parents of students with significant disabilities think concretely about after graduation.

Register: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center



**SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS** For the full list please visit:




African American Culturally Focused Virtual Parent Café meets Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-7720 


Autism Dads meets one evening monthly.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com


Autism Society of NoVA Parents and Caregivers meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6-7 pm via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success Meeting ID: 946 600 1682; One tap mobile (301) 715-8592


Cafés Virtuales Para Padres:  Miércoles de 7:00-8:30 pm.  Regístrese con al menos 24 horas de anticipación:   BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov o 703-324-7720 


CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Susan,  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 303-903-9972.
  • West Fairfax/Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  1st & 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Cathy,  ocgreulich@aol.com