The Weekly Roar - Friday, February 23, 2024


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The Lion’s Roar

February 23, 2024


Students with the Chick-fil-A cow mascot and a teacher with Mr. Paws, our Lane Lion mascot


Magnificent Mascots Market Restaurant Nights!

Not one but TWO mascots made appearances at Lane this week – Mr. Paws and the Chick-fil-A cow! Their mission? To encourage staff, students, and families to attend the Lane PTA's Restaurant Nights at Chick-fil-A. From the crowds at the restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday, it looks like they were successful. Lane Lions definitely "Ate Mor Chikin" on those nights!



Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 3/5 – Student Holiday/School Planning Day – Students DO NOT Report
  • Thursday, 3/7 – Celebration of Cultures Spirit Day (wear clothes that represent your culture or heritage) and Celebration of Cultures Night, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 3/15 – PTA Basket Bingo, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, 3/25 through Friday, 3/29 – Spring Break, school and office CLOSED
  • Monday, 4/1 & Tuesday, 4/2 – Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays – Students DO NOT REPORT
  • Wednesday, 4/10 – Eid al Fitr Holiday – School and Office CLOSED



In This Issue

  • Student Holiday/School Planning Day on Tuesday, March 5th!
  • Celebration of Cultures Night Is Thursday, March 7th – Sign Up to Participate Today!
  • 2023-2024 Yearbooks Now on Sale! Order Now and Save!
  • New Dates for Walk In My Shoes! Parent Volunteers Needed!
  • Free Early Literacy Class for Preschool-Age Children and Parents of African Heritage
  • Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3rd!
  • PTA News: Basket Bingo ticket sales continue!
  • Parent Resources: 2024-2025 registration information, magnet school lottery information, upcoming webinars for parents


News & Notes

calendar reminder graphic


Student Holiday/School Planning Day on Tuesday, March 5th!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 5th, which will be a Student Holiday and a virtual School Planning Day for staff.

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed that day to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Central offices, school offices, and SACC will remain open.


There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Celebration of Cultures Night on March 7th!

Students and families attending Celebration of Cultures Night 2023


Celebration of Cultures Night is Thursday, March 7th! All Lane families are invited to come to school that night to share about their culture with the rest of the school community. 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!

Hands of different colors holding a globe


New Dates for Walk In My Shoes! Parent Volunteers Needed!

Lane will host a Walk in My Shoes event during P. E. classes on Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th. Postponed from December during Inclusive Schools Week, the purpose of this event is to give general-education students a broader understanding of the daily situations faced by some of their friends with developmental challenges and learning differences. The program fosters empathy for others and gets students thinking about how they might be able to help a friend. Here is the schedule for grade-level participation.

Tuesday, April 16th

  • 5th grade: 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 4th grade: 11:20 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
  • 2nd grade (except Peters): 1:55 – 2:55 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17th

  • 6th grade: 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • 3rd grade: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Kindergarten and & Peters’ 2nd grade: 12:50 – 2:25 p.m.
  • 1st grade: 3 – 4 p.m.

Each volunteer will receive a script and information regarding their activity and the challenge being explored. Depending on need, you may be asked to understudy a second station. Stations will be confirmed Monday, April 8th. You can review the available slots and sign up here:


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

School yearbooks are 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 artwork

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!

Ordering is simple: Just go to, put in yeabook ID code 10217424, and pay with your credit card.

PLEASE NOTE: There most likely will not be any additional books for sale in June. If you want your child to have a yearbook, please order one now.


Free Early Literacy Class for Preschool-Age Children and Parents of African Heritage

If you have a preschool-age child – 2 to 5 years old (pre-kindergarten) – and are of Black or African heritage, you are invited to participate in a FREE parenting program at Lane for parents and children.

The African Heritage Early Literacy program, which will meet two mornings per week at Lane, helps young students and their parents learn about school together through fun activities. See the flyer for more details and registration information.

Flyer for African Heritage Early Literacy Program

We Want Your Feedback for Family Engagement Survey Coming March 3rd


Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3rd

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3rd to Friday, March 22nd. Your feedback is critical in helping both Lane and FCPS overall to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.



PTA News


PTA Basket Bingo Early Bird Tickets ON SALE NOW! Early Bird Price Ends February 29th!

Lane PTA’s Annual Basket Bingo event will be held on March 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.! Tickets are on sale NOW at an Early Bird price. Be sure to purchase your tickets before the price goes up on February 29th, or worse, before the event sells out!

Please note that due to Fire Marshal room-capacity limits, the PTA can only sell 300 tickets. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend!

This big event requires a lot of volunteer support, and there are many ways you can help. All volunteers will receive one free ticket to attend Basket Bingo (in most cases, you can volunteer and still play the games). For the few positions that cannot play along, free raffle tickets will be offered. To check out the ways you can help, please click here.

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!



Parent Resources


Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…


There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility.
  2. Identify your local school.
  3. Gather documents.
  4. Fill out forms.
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment is scheduled, the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

Lane will host a Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, April 2nd from 9 to 10 a.m. Registration will begin on Monday, April 15th. Stay tuned for updates and watch our school website for more information.


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.


Upcoming Free Webinars from the Family Resource Center


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


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

  • 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