The Weekly Roar - Friday, March 31, 2023

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The Lion’s Roar

March 31, 2023


A Snapshot of the Week

We had quite a busy week as we moved toward Spring Break. Here are a few pictures from some of the fun and learning.


Kindergarteners Kick Up Their Heels in Music

The magic of St. Patrick's Day lingered in Music this week, as kindergarteners learned to dance an Irish jig.

kindergarteners dancing an Irish jig

Kindergarteners learning an Irish jig



STEAM Challenge of the Week: Marshmallow-Spaghetti Towers

Students in all grade levels this week put their creativity and critical thinking skills to work to figure out how to build the tallest tower using only marshmallows, spaghetti, masking tape and string. Take a look at just a few of their creations.

Students building marshallow-spaghetti towers in STEAM

Students building towers with marshmallows and spaghetti

Students building marshmallow-spaghetti towers in STEAM

Students building marshmallow-spaghetti towers in STEAM

Students building marshmallow-spaghetti towers in STEAM



Picture Perfect

Students brought their brightest smiles to school on Monday and were happy to pose for the camera when it was their turn for a spring portrait.

Students near the cameras on Picture Day

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 4/3 – Friday, 4/7 – Spring Break
  • Monday, 4/10 – Thursday, 4/13 – Spirit Week
    • “Shine Bright Monday”: Wear brightly colored clothes
    • “Hat Day Tuesday”: Wear a favorite hat
    • “Workout Wednesday”: Wear athletic or sports team gear
    • “Bring a Friend Thursday”: Bring in a favorite stuffed friend to celebrate the end of the quarter!
  • Tuesday, 4/11 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Thursday, 4/13 – End-of-quarter 2-hour early release at 2:05 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/14 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
  • Friday, 4/14 – Kindergarten Orientation for Fall 2023, 9 a.m.
  • Monday, 4/17 & Tuesday, 4/18 – PTA Restaurant Nights at Kumo Asian Bistro
  • Monday, 4/17 – Thursday, 4/20 – Month of the Military Child Spirit Week (see details below)
  • Friday, 4/21 – Eid al Fitr Holiday, School and Office CLOSED



News & Notes


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Spring Break Next Week – Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th!

Just a quick reminder that Spring Break is next week! School and the office will be CLOSED Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th. School will reopen and instruction will resume at the regular time on Monday, April 10th.

We wish you and your family a restful, rejuvenating break. Whether you’re traveling or stay-cationing at home, be safe and enjoy this time together!

School Spirit Soars During Spirit Week April 10th through 13th

The Lane SCA is sponsoring a spirit week Monday, April 10th through Thursday, April 13th to celebrate the end of the third quarter.

The spirit day themes are:

  • “Shine Bright Monday”: Wear brightly colored clothes
  • “Hat Day Tuesday”: Wear a favorite hat
  • “Workout Wednesday”: Wear athletic or sports team gear
  • “Bring a Friend Thursday”: Bring in a favorite stuffed friend to celebrate the end of the quarter!

All students are encouraged to participate. We hope yours will!


Patrol Application Now Open for 2023 – 2024 School Year

Lane Safety Patrol applications are now open! Any current 4th or 5th grader may apply to be a Safety Patrol for the 2023 – 2024 school year. Just follow this link to apply:

Students and parents are encouraged to complete the application together so they are both aware of the requirements, duties, and responsibilities. Applications are due Sunday, April 30, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to the student’s school account and to the parent’s email address the week of May 22nd. Please contact the Patrol Sponsor, Ms. Kurtenbach (Ms.K), with any questions at


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Arab-American Heritage Month: Share Your Culture with Your Lane Family!

In April, people throughout the United States celebrate Arab-American Heritage Month. This history is a foundational part of American history. The celebration of Arab-American Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor diverse and important stories in our school community.

We would like to mark this special month in two ways:

First, we invite all of our students who identify as Arab or Arab-American to share something from that culture with their Lane friends and families. Students are encouraged to bring in an item to put on display throughout the month of April.

The item must be:

  • Specific to an Arab culture
  • No larger than a lunchbox or heavier than 10 pounds
  • Unbreakable (to protect the item when taking it back and forth to school)
  • School-appropriate for elementary-aged students.

Sharp items or weapons of any kind are prohibited.

Each item must be accompanied by a large index card or half-sheet of paper that includes the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s teacher’s name
  • What the item is
  • What country/culture the item is from
  • One or two sentences about why this item is important to the student and/or how it relates to Arab culture.

Items will be displayed in the glass case outside the Lane Library. Items without written information will not be displayed. Please note that Lane and FCPS are not liable for loss of or damage to any item brought in to display.

Second, we will end our Arab-American Heritage Month observance with a slide show featuring our Arab and Arab-American students. If you would like for us to include a picture of your child, please email it to our family liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at no later than Monday, April 24th.

We hope your student will participate and look forward to learning more about your family and culture!


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New Literacy Newsletter and Save the Date for Family Literacy Night, May 4th!

Lane Reading Specialist Katelyn Randolph is working hard to connect parents and families with the literacy lessons their children experience every day at school. This month she is launching a newsletter for parents called Lane Lions Read. You can download the first issue here.

Next month, Mrs. Randolph will lead a special Family Literacy Night, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 4th. Families will have the chance to observe and engage in several different types of language-arts lessons to see first-hand how reading is taught at school. Watch for more information on this fun and informative night coming after Spring Break.


Month of the Military Child


April Is the Month of the Military Child!

April is the Month of the Military Child, and here at Lane we are planning several special activities to celebrate the strength, spirit, and resilience of the many young military-connected lions we have in our community.

  • We will have a spirit week, highlighted by “Purple Up!” Day on Wednesday, April 19th when the whole school will “Purple Up!” their wardrobes. Here’s the list of spirit-day themes:
    • Monday, April 17th: Yellow Day – Wear yellow to show support for our troops
    • Tuesday, April 18th: Service Branch Color Day – Wear your favorite camo, red, green, or blue to represent your favorite military branch
    • Wednesday, April 19th: “Purple Up!” Day – Wear purple to honor all military kids and all branches working together
    • Thursday, April 20th: RED Day – Wear red to Remember Everyone Deployed


themes for Month of Military Child spirit week April 17 - 20


  • On Monday, April 17th, we will host a small morning reception for our military families – “Muffins for Our Military Lions” in the cafeteria from 8:30 to 9 a.m. (If the weather is nice, we may hold this event outside.) All military families – students and their parents – are invited to come to school a little early that morning to enjoy a sweet treat. Please RSVP here and let us know how many will be attending.
  • Throughout the week, we are encouraging military students to share their experiences as military children with their classmates during morning meeting. If your child would like to participate, please sign up here.
  • To continue our “Purple Up!” theme, we will be creating purple paper chains to decorate our school. All students will have the chance to celebrate members of the military and/or military children by dedicating a “link” to them. Watch for more details on this project after Spring Break.

Those activities are still a couple of weeks away, but there is one part of the celebration we want to get a head start on – creating a slide show featuring our military students! If you are a military family and would like us to include your child(ren) in the slide show, please email pictures to our family liaison, Melanie Crosby Hardy, at by Thursday, April 20th. Please let us know that it is OK to use the family name in the show (i.e. – The Smith Family).

The slide show will not be shared publicly; it will only be shown at school. Please also note that we will only use up to three photos per family in the presentation; you may send more, but we will choose only three.)

Finally, as we plan our celebrations, we want to make sure we have a complete list of these students so we can celebrate them. Many students of active-duty and reserve families are listed in our enrollment system, but we know there are other military-connected or formerly military-connected families out there in our community that we may have missed. If you are a military family (current or former) and would like to have your child recognized during Month of the Military Child, please complete this form. Thank you!


Spring AAP Newsletter Now Available

The FCPS Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Office has released its spring newsletter, which provides information on spring screening for different levels of both subject-specific and full-time (all subjects) services. You can read the English version here or click on one of the translation links below.

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2023 Yearbooks Still on Sale – Cost Now $20

The 2023 Lane Yearbook is still available for purchase online. The cost is now $20 per book. (Extra add-on items are available at an additional cost.) If you would like for your child to have a yearbook, please order now. NO surplus books will be available for purchase after the final deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales are online only. Ordering is simple: Just go to, put in yearbook ID code 10217423, and pay with your credit card.

Don’t miss your chance to get this special memento of the school year!


Lane Welcomes New Kindergarten Families on Friday, April 14th

Orientation for our littlest new lions and their families – our 2023 - 2024 kindergarteners – will be held on Friday, April 14th at 9 a.m. At this meeting, we will provide a general overview of the kindergarten program as well as a chance to meet the teachers and ask questions. While parents/guardians attend the session in the cafeteria, children will visit kindergarten classrooms.

If you need to register your child for kindergarten, you can start that process here.

If you do not have a rising kindergartener yourself, please share this information with friends and neighbors who do.

We look forward to meeting our newest Lane families on April 14th!



PTA News


Lane PTA Needs Your Help! Nominations Now Open for Next Year’s Executive Board

The Lane PTA is looking for parents/caregivers or staff members who are interested in joining the PTA Board for the 2023 – 2024 school year. Key PTA Board positions will be open, including President; Co-Vice President, Communications; Vice President, Fundraising; Secretary; and Treasurer. All of the current officeholders for these positions have served the two consecutive terms allowed under the organization’s by-laws or are leaving Lane. Two key committee chair positions are also open – Membership/Volunteers and Restaurant Nights.

The positions of President and Treasurer must be filled in order for the organization to continue to exist.

Elections will take place at the April PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 11th.

To put your name in the running, visit or scan the QR code on the flyer below. (Click to view it larger.)

Thank you in advance for your support!


Lane PTA board nominations flyer


Registration for Spring Enrichment Programs Open Through April 9th!

The PTA has organized another entertaining and educational line-up of before- and after-school enrichment programs for the spring. Take a look at the offerings below and register as soon as possible. Registration will remain open through midnight on Sunday, April 9th at 11:59 p.m.

Check out the offerings on the flyer below (click to view full-size) or visit the website at


Lane PTA enrichment flyer


Parent Resources

2023 FCPS Special Education Conference – Saturday, April 29th

If you have a child with special needs or want to learn more about the special-education process and supports available, plan to attend this year’s virtual FCPS Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 29th. More information is available at

FCPS Special Education Conference April 29th


Community News & Events


Military Families: You’re Invited to Fort Belvoir’s 2023 “Springfest” – Saturday, April 15th

There will be fun for the whole family at Fort Belvoir’s “Springfest” on Saturday, April 15th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is FREE! See the flyer below for more details. (Click on the picture to view larger.)


fort belvoir springfest


Hayfield Craft Fair – Saturday, April 15th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On April 15th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hayfield All Night Grad Party will be hosting a Craft Fair at Hayfield Secondary School (7530 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315). There will be over 100 vendors selling goods, an amazing silent auction, Kidcreate studio, face painting, and more!

Proceeds go to help support the Hayfield Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party event.

There is no cost to attend the craft fair. Please come out and support the local vendors and also the Hayfield class of 2023!



FCPS News & Announcements


Proposed Updates to Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Department of Special Services will host a virtual meeting for the FCPS community regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) regulation on Monday, April 10th, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the suggested updates and ask questions via Zoom Chat. Language interpretation will be available in Spanish. A certified deaf interpreter will be available as well. Please register online.


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Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl

Last month, the division hosted a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. During this impactful event, audience members heard testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and learned facts from medical experts and law-enforcement representatives.

The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24th, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Woodson High School. Transportation will be available from select schools throughout the county. View the registration page for details.

Visit our Opioid Awareness webpage for more information. Visit the Fairfax County Government webpage on opioids for information on how you can take action and how to get help for yourself or loved ones.