LRES Community News 9.8.23

Message from Mrs. Castillo


While it has been HOT, this has been a great week of learning at Lemon Road!  Ms. Ulsh and I enjoyed meeting with parents today at our 1st Principals' Coffee of the year.  Our next coffee is scheduled for Friday, November 10th.  If there are topics you want us to cover, you can submit through this google form or send me an email.  

Tonight we look forward to our Ice Cream Social to celebrate reaching our PTA goal for money raised through the Armchair Fundraiser!  Thank you to everyone who contributed.  This will decrease the cost of field trips for all Lemon Road students.  

Next week we will host our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 14.  This parent-only event gives parents & guardians the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher, hear about the curriculum and grade level plans, ask questions, and sign up for volunteer opportunities and your parent/teacher conferences.  Doors will open at 5:50 and the first session will begin at 6:00 PM.  There will be an intermission from 6:40 - 7:00 where parents can meet with our specialists to hear about our specials curriculum, patrols, SCA, FLE, etc.  The second session will begin at 7:00 in the homeroom classrooms.  Please consider walking, carpooling, or ride sharing as parking is limited.  

Finally, each month, we recognize staff that have gone above and beyond at Lemon Road.  If you have gift cards, movie passes, or other items you are willing to contribute, we find opportunities throughout the year to distribute them to our most deserving staff.  Drop any donations off in the front office or place in an envelope with Mrs. Castillo's name on it.  Thank you for your support!  

Have a great weekend! 

Updates from the PTA


Thank you to everyone who donated to our Armchair Fundraiser and helped us to achieve our goal of $7000! This will help to lower field trip costs for every family as well as funding student scholarships for those in need. We hope to see you tonight at our Ice Cream Social to celebrate! 

  • It's (still!) time to join the PTA! Big thanks to all 205 Lemon Road community members who have already joined!  Being a member is NOT a commitment to volunteering your time, though we are grateful for all those who can! To join the PTA & show your support click here
  • Our First PTA meeting of the year will be on September 20th @6:30pm at the school. Childcare for school aged children will be provided along with light snacks. This months topics will include getting to know your PTA board, Principal & Assistant Principal and an update on Student Rights & Responsibilities 
  • Fall Spirit wear Sale - our beautiful new range of Lemon Road Spirit wear for adults and children is coming soon! The store will be open until Sep 22nd so stay tuned and be ready to place your order.  
  • Return of the Reflections Program - With the support of our wonderful Art Team the PTA is running the Reflection's Art contest! This is a national PTA sponsored competition and is an opportunity for students from all grades to submit their creative arts work in a variety of categories from art to writing, dance, photography and more. Click here for more information or email We are also looking for people to join the organization committee and the judging panel so please let us know if you are interested!

Beautify our Outdoors

Wednesday, September 13, 3:10-5 PM Families are invited to help Lemon Road’s garden space get up and running. Meet at the blacktop for some fun in the dirt. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tools, but we’ll also provide them. Bring water. We hope to see you there!

All students should have a parent/guardian/adult who is supervising them.

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Important Forms for Caregivers to Complete
  • Immunization Reminder
  • Free Tutoring Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

Positivity Project: Open-mindedness


Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Open-Mindedness.  Open-mindedness means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored opinions, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available. They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views. And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of open-mindedness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, September 11: B Week

Wednesday, September 13:  Bus Evacuation Drill; Family Gardening Event (3:10 - 5:00)

Thursday, September 14:  Superhero Assembly from PTA; Back to School Night (6 PM)

Monday, September 18: A Week

Wednesday, September 20: Grades 3 & 5 VGA Reading Assessments; PTA General Meeting (6:30 PM)

Thursday, September 21:  Grades 4 & 6 VGA Reading Assessments

Monday, September 25:  Yom Kippur (Schools are Closed)

Tuesday, September 26: Advanced Academics Levels of Service Meeting 

Lemon Road