LBSS Weekly News - October 27, 2023

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Message from Ms. Kearns

Hello Bruin Families!

Next week brings the end of the first quarter, with an early release for students on Friday. The schedule is shared below. Yesterday, I enjoyed watching our boys and girls cross country teams compete. Congratulations to our boys team who took first place in the Patriot District. Tonight, we celebrate our Senior members of band, cheer, cross country, dance and varsity football at our home game against South County. 

We hope you enjoy the nice weather this weekend and we invite you to come support our cheerleaders at regional competition tomorrow here at Lake Braddock. Ticket information and other details can be found at

Go Bruins!

Lindsey Kearns

In this Issue

New Information

Quarter End, Early Release, Student Holiday
Picture Retakes
Report Cards and ParentVue
Native American Heritage Month
Dia de los Muertos and All Saints Day
Canned Food Drive
Class of 2024 Fundraiser

Middle School Bruin News

Applications Open for TJHSST
MS Yearbook Information

High School Bruin News

Yearbook Information

Bruin Nation Kudos

Class of 2024 News

Important Dates
Senior Ads
PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party


Family Liaison News



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New Information

Quarter End, Early Release, Student Holiday

As a reminder, Friday, November 3 is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday and Tuesday, November 6 and 7, for professional workdays. See the complete school year calendar.

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Picture Retakes

We will hold one final day for picture retakes for 7th through 11th grade on Monday, November 13. 

Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two weeks following. Save time and Pre-order online here:

For questions about ordering school pictures please email

For questions about retakes, please see Victor O'Neill's policies here:

Report Cards and ParentVue

This year, report cards will be accessible in SIS ParentVUE. At the end of each quarter, a PDF document of the Report Card will be posted in SIS. The Report Card tab in ParentVUE provides the student’s marks for each grading period of the current school year.

If you have yet to set up your ParentVUE account, please reach out to Angela Santizo (, Middle School Student Services Assistant, or Sandy Coleman (, High School Student Information Assistant, respectively to request your activation code. You may also submit a Parent Support Request online.

Native American Heritage Month

In November, we begin our recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Día de los Muertos and All Saints Day

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Wednesday, November 1, and Thursday, November 2, are observance days this year. To learn more about Día de los Muertos, watch this video. While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day). The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

Canned Food Drive

SGA is sponsoring a canned food drive from November 8-17. Cans, boxed meals, ramen noodles, etc. will be collected in students' Advisory classes. Donations will directly support Fairfax County bus drivers.

Class of 2024 Fundraiser

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Never miss out and stay up-to-date with all things High School Athletics by subscribing to the LBSS Student Activities Weekly Newsletter!

Middle School Bruin News

Applications Open for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2028 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

The application is available on the TJHSST Freshman Application Process webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 17, at 4 p.m. 


High School Bruin News

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Bruin Nation Kudos

Check out this article in the Fairfax Times regarding LB golfer Josephine "Joey" Nguyen. Congratulations, Joey!

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Our online news show, The Morning Bru, earned a Superior rating and a Trophy class ranking at the VHSL Media and Journalism Championships last weekend. Four individual stories were also finalists in the multimedia competition.

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. 

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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PTSA Mulch Sale and All Night Grad Party

Please see 2 important save the dates below. Please know that we are currently actively searching for adult volunteers to LEAD some events at the Mulch Sale as well as the ANGP. If you are interested in being a part of the magic that  happens at Lake Braddock, please fill in the attached google form. Again, we are searching for adult volunteers across ALL grades to help us out! 


The Mulch Sale 
Lake Braddock's Senior Class LARGEST fundraiser for the All Night Grad Party
March 15-17, 2024
Mulch will go on sale after Jan 1, 2024.

All Night Grad Party
Wednesday June 5, 2024

Any questions please direct them to


Throughout the school year, we often hear the same questions asked regarding technical assistance. We hope to help everyone by sharing various information. Today's tip is regarding joining the school WiFi.


Q: How can I, as a parent, access Schoology?

A: In order to access your Parent Schoology account, you will need to make sure you have an activated ParentVUE SIS account. To register for ParentVUE please go to this link:

For more detailed information, see Schoology Support at  

Q: What is in Schoology for parents? 

Q: If I want to view my student’s grades, should I look in SIS or Schoology?

A:  SIS. All teachers are expected to keep an up-to-date gradebook in SIS, not Schoology. 

Family Liaison News

Please stay up-to-date with our Family Liaisons on our web site:

There you will find our weekly newsletters full of important information for our families.


Summer Yearbook Photo Ad

Additional Resources

Family and School Partnerships

Family Resource Center

Parenting Education Programs through Fairfax County

English Empowerment Center: USA Learns 

English Empowerment Center: Free Conversation Class  and Continued Learning Between Semesters 


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Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now OnlineFCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. Find out how to get technical support for ParentVUE

November Events Hosted by the Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The FRC is hosting the following events in November:

Click the links above to register for the events. For more information, visit the Family Resource Center webpage.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Kick Off  

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future: A Community Conversation. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

Events are open to all. Find out about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid. Your voice matters! 

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives 

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

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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