The Weekly Roar - Friday, April 14, 2023

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The Lion’s Roar

April 14, 2023


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 4/17 – "Muffins for Military Lions" breakfast reception, 8:30 a.m. (RSVP here)
  • Monday, 4/17 – Thursday, 4/20 – Month of the Military Child Spirit Week
    • Monday, April 17th: Yellow Day – Wear yellow to show support 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
  • NEW DATES! Tuesday, 4/18 & Wednesday, 4/19 – PTA Restaurant Nights at Kumo Asian Bistro
  • Friday, 4/21 – Eid al Fitr Holiday, school and office CLOSED
  • Saturday, 422 – Last day to purchase yearbooks
  • Friday, 4/28 – Safety Patrol applications due (4th and 5th graders)
  • Monday, 5/1 – SOL Testing window begins
  • Tuesday, 5/2 – PTA Meeting/Elections
  • Thursday, 5/4 – Family Literacy Night
  • Monday, 5/28 – Memorial Day Holiday, school and office CLOSED


In This Issue

  • Last Day to Order Yearbooks Is Next Saturday, April 22nd!
  • Eid al-Fitr Holiday on Friday, April 21st – No School!
  • Warm-Weather Reminders from P.E.
  • Patrol Application Now Open for 2023-2024 School Year
  • Month of the Military Child Activities Next Week
  • Library Overdue Notices Coming April 20th
  • Save the Date for Family Literacy Night on Thursday, May 4th!
  • PTA News: 2023-2024 Executive Board nominations and election
  • Parent Resources: Special Education Conference
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Strategic planning forum; fentanyl meeting April 24th


News & Notes


Last Day to Order Yearbooks Is Next Saturday, April 22nd!

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.) Details are on the flyer below. (Click to view larger.)

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.

To order 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!


Yearbook order form



Eid al-Fitr Holiday on Friday, April 21st – No School!

Eid al-Fitr, also known as small Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar.

Muslims congregate that morning for Eid prayers. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited.

The most common way to wish someone a Happy Eid al-Fitr is “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed feast” (or festival). Read more at


Warm-Weather Reminders from P.E.

Spring has sprung, the weather is heating up, and students are breaking out their warm-weather wardrobes. This seasonal style often includes sandals. Please remember that students must still wear sneakers on P.E. days, because they cannot run safely in sandals. The soccer skills unit starts next week, and your student won’t want to miss it, so please be sure they have the proper shoes on P.E. days.

Here is the P.E. schedule:

  • Mondays: Grade 5 and 6 elective classes, self-contained multiple-abilities classes, kindergarten classes
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Grades 2 (except Seymore), 5, and 6 and self-contained multiple-abilities classes
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: Grades 1, 3, and 4; Seymore’s 2nd grade; and kindergarten

Thank you for your cooperation and support on this key safety matter!


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


Month of the Military Child


Month of the Military Child Activities Next Week

April is the Month of the Military Child (MOMC), 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.

  • Next week is MOMC Sprit Week, highlighted by “Purple Up!” Day on Wednesday, April 19th when the whole school will “Purple Up!” their wardrobes.

    • 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


During this special week, we will also showcase and celebrate our military students in a couple of different ways.

  • 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. Students started working on these this week in class.
  • We will be creating a slide show featuring our military students to wind up the month. 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!


Library Overdue Notices Coming April 20th!

Dear Lane Readers,

With the start of the fourth quarter, please note that the library will be emailing overdue notices on Thursday, April 20th. Students who have books that were due on or before April 13th will receive a notice.

Please do your best to look for these books and return them in good condition! For classes with a Thursday afternoon or Friday library time, this is mostly just a reminder, as it is recognized you weren’t able to visit the library.

As a reminder, there are no fines for overdue books; however families are expected to pay for or replace lost/damaged books.

Contact Sue Chozick, Librarian, at with any questions.


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

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 soon!



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 May PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd.

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


Join Us for Restaurant Night at Kumo Asian Bistro Next Tuesday and/or Wednesday!

Please join the Lane PTA for its April Restaurant Days at Kumo Asian Bistro in the Manchester Lakes shopping center on Tuesday, April 18th and/or Wednesday, April 19th. (Please note that these are different dates than previously advertised.)

A percentage of sales generated by Lane families for the entire day will be donated back to our school! Both dine-in and takeout orders count. Be sure to present the flyer sent home in Wednesday Folders to your server. For online orders, write Lane as part of your name “Name-Lane.” You can order or just preview the menu online at

Thanks for supporting the Lane PTA and our local restaurants!



Parent Resources


Rec-PAC Registration Now Open!

Rec-PAC is a six-week structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary-school children. Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions. Click on the picture below to download the full brochure. Scholarships are available for families that qualify.

Rec-PAC packet front page


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


Medicaid Enrollment Underway

If you have Medicaid/FAMIS/CHIP health insurance, the Medicaid Enrollment Processes began in March.

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) (Virginia Medicaid) has started to review Medicaid members’ health coverage to determine whether members are eligible for coverage. DMAS will not cancel or reduce coverage for members without asking for updated information, but they need your help to make this a smooth process.

Make sure your current mailing address, email, and phone numbers are up-to-date so that important information about your coverage gets to you. Update your contact information today online at, or by calling Cover Virginia at 1-855-242-8282 or your local Department of Social Services.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, contact Cover Virginia at 1-855-242-8282 or your local Department of Social Services.


Upcoming Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

(Click the webinar titles to register)


Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Career and Transition Services, students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families are invited to this event that provides an introduction to options available after high school. This event takes place at Woodson High School.


Neurodiversity at High School

Friday, April 28th, 10 a.m.

Kristen Haynor, a neurodiversity specialist, will share strategies on setting your child up for success (no matter how their brain functions), advocating for your child, and collaborating with your child’s school. This event is virtual.



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


Picture of students advertising the FCPS Strategic Plan


Strategic Planning Virtual Community Forums

Join us for our final virtual community forum on Monday, April 17th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and see how your feedback has helped shape the latest draft of the new FCPS Strategic Plan. The community forum is open to staff, students, parents/caregivers, and community members. (Please register by clicking on the date above.)

We appreciate your continued involvement throughout every step of this important process. Together, we will help ensure a thriving future for each and every FCPS student. Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more information.


Opioid graphic


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.