LBSS Weekly News September 15, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

We were honored Thursday night to attend the School Board meeting where a Proclamation celebrating Lake Braddock's 50th anniversary was presented. We are so thankful for the work of our school board members honoring our legacy.

Next Thursday, September 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm, we look forward to welcoming our High School families at Back-to-School-Night. Please see the information below for more details.

Go Bruins!
Lindsey Kearns

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Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur. #OurFCPS

Friday, September 15, is a half-O day in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.


Last Friday night, I had a great time joining our students in the Press Box during the football game against Westfield. It is awesome to see our students taking a leadership role in all aspects of Bruin Nation.

And we started Friday morning off with a visit from Fox5. See the interviews and video here: Lake Braddock High School shows their spirit! (Fox5, September 8)

In this Issue

New Information

National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Merit Semifinalists
Blue Star Welcome Week
Pyramid Carnival Event
Health Room News
Attendance Awareness Month

Middle School Bruin News

7th Grade Signs of Suicide Presentation
October 11 – School In Session

High School Bruin News

High School BTSN
Yearbook Information

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Ads


Digital Resources - Permission due by September 29


COVID Guidance

Quick Links

New Information


National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month

264 FCPS Students Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

Two hundred sixty-four FCPS students from 15 high schools have been named Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2024. See the full list of student awardees. 

Lake Braddock is very proud to recognize our own Semifinalists: Alexander Benson, Keita Fogus, Nelson Lattimer, Seiya Lincicum, Eunice Park. Congratulations!

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Blue Star Welcome Week

Every year, approximately 600,000 military-connected families—or roughly 33% of the All-Volunteer Force—relocate. Most of these families move to new duty stations, while some transition out of the military and others transition in. And most of these moves take place during the summer. Moving into a new community can be tough, studies show that when military families have a sense of belonging in their new community, they are much more likely to thrive. There are approximately 14,500 military-connected students enrolled in FCPS, and each year, one-third of our military families transition into or out of our school district.

From September 23rd - October 1, Lake Braddock is celebrating #BlueStarWelcomeWeek to welcome America’s military and Veteran families into our school community, to express our gratitude for their sacrifices, and share our support. Learn more about how you can participate in Blue Star Welcome Week at

Pyramid Event - New Information on Updated Flyer

Save the date! Friday, September 29, 5:30 pm. Please join us as we begin the celebration of 50 years. Look for more 50th anniversary events in the future. We look forward to welcoming you through the decades!


Health Room News

Volunteers Needed

The Health Room is looking for volunteers to help with Hearing & Vision Screening on October 2, 3, 4 and 5 in all 7th and 10th grade PE classes. We will be screening students from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm each of those days. If you are available to help part or all or one or more days, please contact Stephani Keen, Public Health Nurse, at 703-426-1012 or  No experience necessary! Training provided

Mark your calendars for Hearing & Vision Screening

Please ensure that your student has their glasses or contacts with them for hearing and vision screening. 7th graders will be screened on October 2 & 3; 10th graders will be screened on October 4 & 5 during PE classes or during Advisory if PE has previously been completed.

What is hearing and vision screening? 

Annual screening is conducted in coordination with the Department of Education pursuant to the Code of Virginia for all 7th and 10th graders at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Hearing screening is used to determine if a student might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy and not painful. All students who do not pass a hearing screening will be referred for a full hearing test (audiology evaluation). Vision screening is an evaluation used to identify whether students need additional eye care.  Did you know that people with vision loss are more likely to have Type 2 Diabetes, depression, or hearing loss? If there are signs of a vision problem, a referral will be made for a comprehensive eye exam. Please contact our Public Health Nurse, Stephani Keen, with any questions. 703-426-1012 or

September is Attendance Awareness Month in FCPS

When a Student Should Stay Home From School

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify their teacher, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent. 

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits

Middle School Bruin News

7th Grade Signs of Suicide Presentation

All 7th grade students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide presentation to learn the Acknowledge-Care-Tell model through Advisory on October 23rd and 25th. Students will also be completing a screening to identify and help students who may be experiencing depression. Additional information and opt out details will be sent via eNotify.

October 11 – School In Session

Middle school students will have school on PSAT day on October 11, with a 2-hour early release. Stay tuned for more details.

High School Bruin News

High School Back-to-School Night

Back-To-School Night (BTSN) is next Thursday, September 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, where you will walk your child's schedule and have the opportunity to meet with each of your child’s teachers. A Counselor Meet & Greet will be held prior to BTSN in the Lecture Hall beginning at 5:45 pm. Earlier today, students were given a flyer with their schedule and a map for your use next week. We would love to see you there! 

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Class of 2024 News

We are excited for the start of the school year and are looking forward to celebrating the success of our Class of 2024 Seniors all year. 

While the year may have just started, we are already looking forward to our End of Year celebrations for our senior class. Below are important dates for you to have and some upcoming meetings to help keep everyone up to date with important information for our graduating class. 

September 28th, 2023 - Senior Class Parents/Guardians Meeting @ 6:30 in the Little Theatre

  • Please enter through door 14 to the Little Theatre
  • We will cover important information for parents/guardians about the upcoming year
  • Jostens will be on hand to provide information about purchasing class rings, graduation announcements, and other graduation items

October 2nd, 2023 - Senior Students Meeting during Advisory 

  • Students will come to the Little Theatre during advisory to meet class sponsors and hear about important events for the year

October 6th, 2023 - Jostens on campus during all high school lunches

  • Class rings and senior graduation apparel samples will be displayed for purchase

October 23rd, 2023 - Senior Class Panoramic Picture

  • Seniors will take their class panoramic picture in the stadium during Advisory

March 7th, 2024 - 100 Days Meeting @ 6:30

  • Little Theatre
  • Informational session for parents leading up to graduation, prom, and All Night Grad Party

May 17th, 2024 - Prom - Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 

June 4th, 2024 - Graduation - Eagle Bank Arena @ 2:00 pm

June 5th, 2024 - All Night Grad Party @ Saint James 11:00 pm

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Permission to Use Digital Resources

Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent/caregiver consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Digital Resources - Parent Consent page. This page also includes directions on how to provide permission. 

The due date for submitting the Digital Resource Consent Form is September 29. Parents can provide their consent in a variety of ways, through the Parent Digital Consent System, verbally to school staff, or through the printable form. Parental consent will expire at the end of each school year and can be revoked at any time by contacting the school.

Each digital resource used in FCPS has had an instructional and technical review. Information about the educational technology tools approved for use within FCPS can be found in the Digital Ecosystem Library. Learn more about FCPS-approved digital resources on the Digital Resources in FCPS webpage.


COVID Guidance

2023-24 Health and Safety Guidance for Schools

Although the COVID-19 hospital transmission level (previously the COVID-19 Community Transmission level) for Fairfax County is currently low, COVID-19 cases have risen in Virginia during the last few weeks, and flu season will soon be upon us. Be sure to review FCPS Health and Safety Guidance for the best ways to prevent the spread of disease and to find out when students should stay home from school.

How to Access Free Resources from

All FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/caregivers can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Get more information on the Online Tutoring Services webpage.

Students can access via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to

District News/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.  

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