The Weekly Roar - Friday, April 21, 2023

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The Lion’s Roar

April 21, 2023


Military families at breakfast reception


April is the Month of the Military Child, and this week the whole school celebrated those students with several spirit days – Monday was Yellow Day to show support for our troops, Tuesday was Camo Day, Wednesday was Purple Up! Day, and Thursday was RED Day (Red for Everyone Deployed). On Monday we also hosted a breakfast reception for our military students and their families that was a great success!

Nearly a quarter of our families at Lane are military-connected, and we are proud and honored to have them in our school community. To all of our military lions, thank you all for your service to our country!


Military dad with two kids

Students wearing camo on spirit day

Students dressed in purple for Purple Up Day

Students dressed in purple for Purple Up Day

Students dressed in purple for Purple Up Day

Students dressed in purple for Purple Up Day

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, 4/22 – 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 TOMORROW – Saturday, April 22nd!
  • Last Call for Military Family Pictures!
  • Patrol Application Now Open for 2023-2024 School Year
  • Literacy News from Our Reading Specialist: Resources and Literacy Night on May 4th!
  • Volunteers Needed for Math Materials
  • April is School Library Month
  • PTA News: 2023-2024 Executive Board nominations and election
  • Parent Resources: Rec-PAC Summer Program, “Operation Purple” Summer Challenge for military children, Special Education Conference
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Upcoming safety and security town hall; fentanyl meeting April 24th


News & Notes


Last Day to Order Yearbooks Is TOMORROW – 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


Last Call for Military Family Pictures!

We will be winding up our celebration of Month of the Military Child with 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 Monday, April 24th. 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.)


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


Literacy News from Our Reading Specialist: Resources and Literacy Night on May 4th!

Hi Lane families!

I have created some narrated literacy slides to talk about the updates to literacy instruction at the county level and what that looks like here at Lane. The narrated slides are a YouTube video of me discussing the slides in greater detail. A copy of the actual slides is also available below, should you also want to read through them.

Additionally, I have created a feedback form to get more information from you! You can access it at the link below. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at Literacy Night on May 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More information on that event is forthcoming!

~ Katelyn Randolph, Lane Reading Specialist


Artwork with hands raised to volunteer


Volunteers Needed for Math Materials

We are looking for volunteers to help teachers make math games. This work would include making copies, laminating game pieces, cutting lamination, and assembling the games.

If you are interested and available to help, please reach out to Lane’s Math Resource Teacher, Kristie Cohen, at If you do not have availability during the school day but would like to help out at home by cutting lamination, please reach out as well.

Thank you!


School Library Month art


April is School Library Month

In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Our librarian, Mrs. Chozick, helps all of our Lane Lions discover new worlds – real and imaginary – through books during library time each week. She creates lessons that are meaningful to students and help them develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Next week, April 23rd through 29th is National Library Week. Please join us in celebrating our library and Mrs. Chozick throughout the week!

Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.


Librarian reading to students


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

Thank you in advance for your support!



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

Special Education Conference video


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


Operation Purple logo


Operation Purple Summer Challenge for Military Kids

The National Military Family Association is hosting their first ever Operation Purple Summer Challenge – a free, self-paced activity experience to stay entertained and connected with other military kids and families for eight weeks this summer! Every military-connected kid who completes a registration is guaranteed a spot!

Register and learn more about Operation Purple Summer Challenge, including their Wednesday “Global Gatherings,” on their website. 


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.



FCPS News & Announcements


Save the Date! Safety and Security Town Hall

On Monday, May 8th, FCPS will hold a town hall to discuss our approach to safety and security and the work we do every day to keep our schools safe. FCPS staff and experts will review our risk assessment processes, the physical measures we already have in place to protect our students and staff, pilot programs to detect vaping, and how we communicate and collaborate with our partners when there is an incident at our schools. Please stay tuned for additional details.


Opioid graphic


New Event: Fentanyl and Other Drugs in FCPS  A Community Conversation with Free REVIVE! Narcan Training

Last month, FCPS hosted a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. Most fatal overdoses in Fairfax County in recent years involved fentanyl.

FCPS will hold a second event with new information focused on the opioid crisis in Fairfax County Public Schools. The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Woodson High School. Families and students will learn how, as a community, we can partner to reduce the impact of these harmful—and often deadly—drugs. All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.

Childcare will be available. Transportation will also 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 get help for yourself or loved ones.

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.