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Upcoming Dates:

Full Calendar:  https://cedarlaneschool.fcps.edu/news-events/calendar  (continuous updates)

4/23 RTL 5

4/25 RTL 7

4/25 Dog Therapy

4/26 Dress for Success Fashion Show

4/29 SEL

5/1 RTL 2

5/3 No School - Teacher Work Day

Yearbook Sales have started

Yearbooks are now on sale! $35 for 72 pages of full color fun! Remember the good times we had this year- Spirit week, Thanksgiving meal, field trips to Udvar Hazy and the Zoo, and after school clubs and sports- help your student remember all that fun! We try hard to include everyone in the yearbook, so even if your student just got here, they will probably be in it. Order at   , ID Code 14579624 or send Ms. Blakemore a check payable to Cedar Lane or cash.

EOY School Field Trip

We need field trip permission slips AND payment by Monday April 29 for the end of year field trip.  The payment is $65 and can be made in cash or check payable to "Cedar Lane School" in the main office.  In the event of financial need, there are some scholarships available and those interested should probably contact with Dr. Farrish directly.

Reflection and Silent Space Accommodations

We are excited to introduce the Expectations for Meditation and Silent Reflection Accommodation Regulation. This new regulation was developed to ensure students and staff, regardless of religious backgrounds, have reasonable accommodations and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within their school or building. This effort aligns with FCPS’ commitment to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and culturally responsive instructional and work environment for students and staff. Students are only permitted to use meditation and silent reflection rooms during instructional time when there is a request that cannot be accommodated in any other way that does not impact instruction. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for a student to miss instructional time on a regular basis. All requests for accommodations should be directed to the principal or principal designee. The new regulation outlines accommodations for reflection and meditation space with specific and consistent expectations for students, families, and staff in the division.  

To support you in this work, the FCPS Hub has information about the regulation, the official FCPS accommodation permission form, and a digital Google Form for schools to copy and use. The HUB also has a tool for school leaders to share effective practices that are working in their schools. On March 7, content was shared in the Principals Toolkit to communicate this information to your school community.

If you have any questions or need additional support with this meditation and select reflection space accommodations, the Chief Experience and Engagement and Chief Equity Offices are here to help schools. 


Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts 

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. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS’ free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

Help Support Cedar Lane School


Cedar Lane is a Public Day High School serving students receiving special education services in grades 9 through 12. The mission of Cedar Lane is grounded in Excellence, Equity and Opportunity  and we believe that every student deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. We are dedicated to creating a learning environment that is inclusive, supportive, and challenging for all students.

Cedar Lane School is not a “traditional high school”, therefore is not privileged to the funding, opportunities or supports that other high schools have. Cedar Lane believes that every child should have equal experiences and opportunities and it is OUR MISSION  to provide our students with a nurturing and empowering high school experience, where they can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Your contribution will go a long way in making a tangible difference in the lives of our students and staff. Here are just a few examples of how your donation can create a lasting impact:

  1. After School Activities and Enrichment Programs: Please help support our ESPORTS program at Cedar and the Cedar Lane Boxing Club. We believe in the power of extracurricular activities to broaden our students' horizons and develop their talents. However, due to financial constraints, we are unable to offer a wide range of enriching programs. We would like to offer after school tutoring, coding club, and a host of other experiences.  By contributing to our campaign, you can help us provide opportunities for our students to explore their interests and discover new passions.
  2. Prom, Graduation and Senior Trip: Cedar Lane is a small school, but we want our seniors to have a memorable graduation and prom here at Cedar Lane. Like other high schools, we would also like to offer our seniors a senior trip. Your donation could help us make these experiences possible and amazing for our students. 
  3. Cedar Corner -  This year, Cedar Lane started a food pantry and clothing closet for our students with the support of the Young Men’s Service League and Food for Others.  Donations to our campaign will help to keep our pantry stocked with clothes and food and help purchase items that may not be provided. 
  4. Educational Field Trip Experiences and  Resources: With limited funding, we struggle to provide our students with experiences outside of Cedar Lane and the up-to-date technology, and classroom supplies they need. Your donation will enable us to enhance their learning experiences and provide them with life changing opportunities to explore and engage in exhibitions of learning.
  5. Building Wide Positive Behavior Support System-Cedar Lane has a PBIS system, in which students are able to earn rewards for positive behavior and choices. Your donation can help support the PBIS program at Cedar Lane, as the students thrive with this intervention.
  6. Beautification: Throughout the year we want to enhance the look/features of our building.  Funds are needed to beautify the grounds and to ensure our students are proud to walk into Cedar Lane on a daily basis.  Your donation could help keep the outside learning space clean and garden a usable space, the grounds nice and clean, and offer the opportunities to purchase up to date benches and furniture for our building.

No donation is too small, and every contribution counts. Your generosity will not only change the lives of our deserving students but also contribute to the betterment of the entire Fairfax community. On behalf of Cedar Lane,  I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your consideration and support. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our children and empower them to achieve their dreams. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and inspiration in our community. Please use the link above or  below to Support Cedar Lane School.