The Weekly Roar - Friday, May 12, 2023

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The Lion’s Roar

May 12, 2023


Big Thanks for the Thanks!

We'd like to start this week’s Lion’s Roar with a huge shout-out to the Lane PTA and all of the students and families who showered our staff with gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Below are pictures from the PTA’s daily themed events Monday through Thursday. Staff members were greeted today with an Amazon gift card. As always, we are honored and so grateful to be part of such a supportive and generous community.


Teacher Appreciation Week Monday "Donut" What We'd Do Without You

Teacher Appreciation Week Tuesday-Wednesday - beverages and brightly colored school supplies

Teacher Appreciation Week Thursday Firehouse Sub Sandwich Lunch


History Comes Alive for 4th Graders in Jamestown

On Tuesday, the entire 4th grade traveled to Jamestown to experience a bit of Colonial Virginia first-hand. One lesson, pictured below, connected math skills with sailing a ship.


students visiting Jamestown learn about life aboard ship

Students visiting Jamestown learn about life aboard ship

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 5/15 & Tuesday, 5/16 – PTA Restaurant Days at Paisano’s, Springfield location only, all day!
  • Monday, 5/29 – Memorial Day Holiday, school and office CLOSED
  • Thursday, 6/1 – “Hail & Farewell” Reception for families leaving Lane, 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 6/2 - All student library books due
  • Tuesday, 6/6 – Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, 6/8 – Strings Concerts: 4th Grade, 6 p.m.; 5th & 6th Grade, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 6/9 – PTA “Glow Party” Dance, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/12 – 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, 6/16 – Last day of school, 2-hour early release at 2:05 p.m.


In This Issue

  • SOL Testing Reminders
  • Parent Input for Class Placement Next Year
  • SCA Sponsors Personal Care Drive Monday May 15th through Friday, May 26th
  • Fourth Quarter Library Reminders
  • Attention 6th Grade Parents: Middle School Sports Coming This Fall
  • Jewish American Heritage Month: Share Your Culture with Your Lane Family!
  • Elementary Institute for The Arts Still Accepting Applications
  • PTA News: Glow Party Dance June 9th, Paisano’s Restaurant Days next week
  • Parent Resources: Upcoming webinars from the FRC
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Strategic Plan final feedback



News & Notes


SOL Testing Reminders

We are halfway through with our spring SOL (Standards of Learning) testing! Here are the dates for the remaining tests, all of which focus on math:

  • Monday, May 15th – 4th Grade Math
  • Tuesday, May 16th – 5th Grade Math (including advanced students taking the 6th grade test
  • Thursday, May 25th – 6th Grade Math (including advanced students taking the 7th grade test)

You can help your children be physically prepared for testing by ensuring that they have a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, and come to school with a positive attitude. We also ask that you avoid scheduling appointments that will take your child out of school on test days. Make-up days will be available, but it’s best for students to take the tests on the scheduled day with their class.

If you have any questions about the SOLs or other academic concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.


Parent Input for Class Placement Next Year

A regular end-of-the-year task that staff work on is student groupings for class placements next year. All staff have input on groupings that can best support students within the school day. We also appreciate your input on how your child works and learns best. Below is our family input form. We will have it open for the month of May for families to give staff and administration input into considerations for next school year. As you click the link to the form, you will find directions that need to be considered as you complete the form.

PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST A TEACHER BY NAME OR GENDER. Additionally, please do NOT include negative information about past teachers, as the teachers read these forms when assisting with class assignments. If you do, please know it will be deleted.

Because of enrollment changes over the summer, class assignments will not be finalized until the middle of August 2023. Families will be contacted by the assigned teacher before attending Open House in August.

If you are interested in sharing this information, please complete the form below and return it by May 31, 2023.



SCA Sponsors Personal Care Drive Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 26th

Starting this coming Monday, May 15th, the Lane SCA will host a personal care drive, collecting hygiene items to donate to those in need in our community. The drive will continue for two weeks, through Friday, May 26th.

Each grade level is asked to bring in a specific type of item. All items should be new and unopened. Here is the list of items by grade level:

  • Kindergarten: Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • 1st Grade: Bars of Soap & Bodywash
  • 2nd Grade: Shampoo & Conditioner
  • 3rd Grade: Mouthwash & Floss
  • 4th Grade: Hand Sanitizer
  • 5th Grade: Combs & Brushes
  • 6th Grade: Deodorant

Students should drop off their items in the library.

Thank you for supporting the SCA and our local community!


Fourth Quarter Library Reminders

With the beginning of final quarter of the school year, please note the following upcoming library protocols:

  • Starting next Thursday, May 18th, notices to help remind students of ALL of their checked-out library materials (not just overdue items) will be emailed weekly.
  • All student library books are due on Friday, June 2nd. Please do your best to get them in by this date!
  • As always, the library does not have fees for overdue books; however, families are expected to pay the replacement cost for books that are lost or returned damaged.

Thank you for supporting the library! Contact Mrs. Chozick, Librarian, at with questions.


Attention 6th Grade Families: Middle School Athletics Coming This Fall

FCPS has designated funding in the budget for 2023-24 for middle school spring and fall athletic activities to support student well-being at no cost to students. Pending budget adoption, this will be the first time FCPS has offered middle school students a chance to participate in extracurricular sports programs.

Middle schools will start with cross country this fall. Track will follow in spring 2024.

Any middle school students who would like to participate in athletics will need to have a Virginia High School League (VHSL) pre-participation examination (PPE). The physical exam form must be completed and signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Fairfax County public high schools will offer PPEs at a cost of $50 per student through June 17th. Students who receive free or reduced meals are eligible to receive an exam at no cost. Learn more about PPE and middle school athletics.



Jewish American Heritage Month


Jewish American Heritage Month: Share Your Culture with Your Lane Family!

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Here at Lane would like to mark this special month in two ways:

First, we invite all of our students who identify as Jewish to share something from their culture with their Lane friends and families. Students are encouraged to bring in an item to put on display for the rest of the month of May.

The item must be:

  • Specific to Jewish 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 Jewish culture.

Items will be displayed in the glass case outside the Lane Library. Items without written information will not be displayed. Please send items in by Monday, May 22nd.

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 Jewish American Heritage Month with a slide show featuring our Jewish 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 Friday, May 26th.

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


Elementary Institute for the Arts Still Accepting Applications

Students in all FCPS elementary schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts (EIFTA). EIFTA is a weekly arts-enrichment program for students who will be in 3rd through 6th grade next year. Students take classes in art, music, theatre, and dance every day. The program will be held during the month of July, and transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the website for more information or email



PTA News


Lane PTA Glow Dance, 6-9-23, 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets are now available online at


Lane, Let's Glow! End-of-Year Dance Friday, June 9th, 6 – 8 p.m.

Get ready to get your glow on with other Lane friends and families on Friday, June 9th, at the PTA’s end-of-year Glow Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Wear your brightest colors and get ready to shine in the Lane Gym!


Tickets are now available online at

Due to Fire Marshal codes, only 300 will be sold, so be sure to buy yours soon! Please note that EVERY PERSON must have a ticket (regardless of age).

  • Family ticket, including 1 adult & 1 child: $10
  • Each additional child ticket: $3
  • Each additional adult ticket: $5



Several food items will be available for purchase at the dance:

  • Chick-fil-A nuggets, chips and a drink: $5
  • Cheese Pizza, chips, and a drink: $4
  • Pepperoni Pizza, chips, and a drink: $4


Volunteers are needed to make this event a success! The PTA is looking for 27 – 30 people to assist in a variety of roles. If you’d like to help, please visit the electronic sign-up at

If you sign-up using the link above, you'll receive a FREE Family Ticket (1 adult & 1 child, $10 value).

Additional information

  • An adult must attend with their children. This is not a drop-off event.
  • There will be a quiet room (the cafeteria) in case students/adults need a break from the lights/music.
  • Each ticket comes with a glow bracelet. Feel free to bring/wear more glow sticks!


May PTA Restaurant Days at Paisano’s in Springfield – Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th, All Day!

The last PTA restaurant fundraisers of the year will be at Paisano’s in Springfield on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th. 

Paisano's logo

A full 25% of all Lane sales from the entire day, both days, will be donated back to our school! Both takeout and delivery count. Be sure to mention the Lane Elementary fundraiser when you call to order or place your order in person. Online orders cannot be captured unless you place a follow-up call to let them know it’s for Lane. Check the flyer in Wednesday Folders for more information.

PLEASE NO COUPONS OR OTHER PROMOTIONS - Since this is a school fundraiser, Paisano’s will only honor coupons offering free garlic knots or zeppoles with any order over $30.



Parent Resources

Upcoming FRC Webinars

The FRC is hosting the following upcoming webinars. Events are virtual unless stated otherwise.

(Click the webinar titles to register)


Meet the Author Series 1-2-3 MAGIC: The Basics: A Webinar For Families

Friday, May 19th, 10 – 11 a.m.

Meet Tracy Lee, co-author of 1-2-3 Magic for Kids.

Webinar Highlights:

  • The counting method
  • The timeout
  • Common parenting mistakes
  • Tips for encouraging positive behaviors
  • Strengthening your relationship with your child


SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Saturday, May 20th, 9 a.m.  noon at Madison High School

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services



FCPS News & Announcements


Final Feedback Opportunity  Strategic Plan Survey

If you haven’t already, please participate in the final opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Strategic Plan goals, measures, and pillars. Take the survey today! Feedback will be reviewed by the School Board at their May 9th retreat. It will also be discussed at the May 25th Board meeting. The survey will close Wednesday, May 17th. Visit FCPS’ website to learn about the strategic planning process.