The Weekly Roar - Friday, February 9, 2024

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The Lion’s Roar

February 9, 2024


100 Days Down, Less Than 80 Left to Go!

This week, students in several grade levels celebrated the 100th Day of School in lots of creative ways. For example, 2nd graders used 100 tasty trail mix math markers. Check next week's newsletter for more photos!

Students using snacks as math markers

Students using snack food math markers

Two teachers wearing 100th Day of School shirts


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, 2/15 – Spelling Bee, 4:45 p.m. (Snow date: Thursday, 2/22)
  • Monday, 2/19 – Presidents Day Holiday, school and office CLOSED
  • Tuesday, 3/5 – Student Holiday/School Planning Day – Students DO NOT Report
  • Thursday, 3/7 – Celebration of Cultures Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 3/25 through Friday, 3/29 – Spring Break, school and office CLOSED



In This Issue

  • Celebration of Cultures Night Is Thursday, March 7th – Sign Up to Participate Today!
  • 2023-2024 Yearbooks Now on Sale! Order Now and Save!
  • It’s the Time of Year for Tissues, and We Need More!
  • Would You Like to Volunteer at Lane? Please Review Our Volunteer Orientation Online
  • PTA News: Enrichment update, Basket Bingo news, upcoming restaurant nights
  • Parent Resources: FCPS summer learning opportunities now registering, magnet school lottery information, language immersion registration reminder, updates, upcoming webinars for parents
  • FCPS News & Announcements: Lexia Parent Night February 12th


Hands of different ethnicity touching a globe - "Many Cultures, One School"


Celebration of Cultures Night Is Thursday, March 7th! Sign Up to Participate Today!

A participation form for our upcoming Celebration of Cultures Night was sent home in this week’s Wednesday Folder. This very special event will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., and we hope your family will be able to join us.

There are many ways your family can participate and share about your culture. You can host a display booth; serve food samples; perform a song, a dance, or skill demonstration; wear cultural clothes and march in our Parade of Nations; or do it all! Just scan the QR code on the flyer or use this link to sign up!

All cultures are welcome! You do not need to be from a foreign country to participate. We want to learn about all of our families!

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact one of our family liaisons, Melanie Crosby Hardy at or Lupe Fuentes at

We’re looking forward to learning more about your culture!


Celebration of Cultures Night participation form - March 7th, 6 p.m.


2023-2024 Yearbooks Now on Sale! Order Now and Save!

School yearbooks are now on sale. The basic book is just $16.50 now, but the price will go up to $20 in March. Order today and save!

Order your yearbook today!

There are options such as imprinted name on the cover, extra autograph pages, and stickers you can choose to add. The early-bird deadline is Saturday, March 23rd!

PLEASE NOTE: All sales are online only. Ordering is simple: Just go to, put in yearbook ID code 10217424, and pay with your credit card.


child blowing his nose with a tissue

It’s the Time of Year for Tissues, and We Need More!

There are lots of sniffles among Lane Lions of all ages this time of year, and we are roaring through our tissue supply. To help us restock, we’re asking families to donate a box or two. Just have your child drop them off in the school office. Thanks in advance for your support. Our noses appreciate it! 

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.


Would You Like to Volunteer at Lane? Please Review Our Volunteer Orientation Online

The spirit of service and volunteerism is strong at Lane. We always appreciate any support you can provide and offer a variety of ways that you can help.

We ask that all family members who’d like to volunteer at school complete an orientation that covers responsibilities and expectations. We understand that it can be difficult for families to attend information sessions, both during the school day and in the evenings, so we have put the information online. Please review these slides at your convenience before scheduling your first day of volunteering.

Once you have reviewed the slides, please fill out our Lane Volunteer Form. Once that is complete you can reach out to your child’s teacher or others on staff to inquire about volunteer opportunities.



PTA News


Winter Enrichment Starts Soon!

If you signed your child(ren) up for a Winter Enrichment Cub Club, please check your email for information about the first day, times of the class, and best method to pick up your child(ren). If you have questions, please email


Basket Bingo Information Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars! Lane's annual Basket Bingo event will be on March 15th! Information on ticket sales and volunteer opportunities will be released soon!

As a reminder, to attend this event every person must have a ticket! So, stay tuned for information on when and how to purchase them. If you're interested in making a donation/contribution for a basket or a raffle prize, please contact All vendors who make a donation will be recognized throughout the coming weeks!


February Restaurant Nights

Chick-Fil-A is hosting Lane for Restaurant Nights in February! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 21st! From 5 to 7 p.m. on both of those days, a percentage of dine-in, drive-thru, and mobile orders from Lane families will be donated back to our school. Just be sure to mention Lane Spirit Night so we receive credit!



Parent Resources


Dive into Summer Fun with FCPS! Sign Up Now for Camps and Classes!

Registration is now open for FCPS summer camps and learning opportunities. Sign your child up for a summer program for a fun-filled experience that will enhance your child academically. Don't miss out on the chance to learn and have a blast.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools.

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

You can find more information about all the opportunities on the FCPS website:


Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts.

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School.

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.
Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5th, through Friday, April 12th. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.


Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Closes February 15th

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs is open through next Thursday, February 15th. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the homepage.


Upcoming Free Webinars from the Family Resource Center


Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home. (All sessions meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m.)

Elementary Webinars

  • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication (Friday, February 16th): Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.
  • Taming Tantrums and More (Friday, March 15th): Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Secondary Webinars

  • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication (Friday, April 19th): We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.
  • Taming the Teenaged Brain (Friday, May 31st): Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. We will provide practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for all or part of the Behavior Solution Series for Families


How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help, with Ann Dolin

February 23rd, 10-11:30 a.m.

Disappointing grades are not always a fair indication of how hard your child is trying, how much they’re learning, or what their potential for success is later on in life (especially for those with ADHD and other learning differences). On the surface, disappointing grades represent a failure at school. But there’s usually a lot more to it and many emotions for parents and students at stake. Join Ann Dolin, educator, author, and Educational Connections Founder, for new strategies to tackle these sticky situations while preserving your relationship with your child.

Register for How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help


FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Thursday, February 29th, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school? Join us to learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process to determine the underlying cause or functions of a student’s behavior that impedes social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a plan that utilizes positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that interfere with learning.

Staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support will be presenting and sharing information.

Register for FBA/BIP Essentials for Families



FCPS News & Announcements


Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.

Attend an information night on Monday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance here. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom.

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.