LAES Weekly Wave: April 26


Principal's Message

Hello Lake Anne Families, 

This week our dolphins had so many fun learning opportunities! Our 6th grade technology students participated in a version of "Shark Tank" where they created businesses that supported. Students used a variety of technology tools like Canva, Google Sites, and Google Docs to create their business presentations. Each presenter created a T-Shirt with their logo which they wore during their presentation! Our Kindergarten students took a fun field trip to the zoo where they got to apply all their learning about living things!

Next week, we are excited for Penny Wars and Dolphin Dash! During Penny Wars, students bring in spare change to see which grade level can raise the most money. Only Pennies will count towards the grade level total. On Thursday, May 2. We will celebrate all the kids fundraising through our Dolphin Dash Fun Run. The flyer below lists the grade level "fund-run" times. We welcome families to come out and cheer on their Dolphins!

Finally, thank you for all who have started dropping off your cards and notes to help celebrate our teachers! We will be Showering Our Teachers With Praise on May 8 in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. If you have a card or note for our teachers, please drop them off in the front office!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Jill Stewart, Principal

Dr. Brittany Rogers, Assistant Principal



🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

Career Day: June 3

On Monday, June 3, we will hold a career day sponsored by our counseling team, Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Penning. The event will be from 9:15-10:15 and we are looking for a variety of parent and community volunteers. If you are able to volunteer for career day, please sign up using this link

Field Day Volunteers Needed!


We are looking for some volunteers for field day, Monday, June 10th.
Please consider helping during one or all of the sessions:
KG - 1st grade - 9:15 - 11:00 am
2nd-4th grade - 11:20 - 1:50 pm
5th - 6th grade - 1:50 - 3:25 pm
If interested, please use the link below to sign up:

Volunteers must be available for the entire time slot they choose to help with.
Volunteers will remain at the same station for the duration.
Please note, we are unable to accept volunteers who will have a child in their care during their time slot.

We will host an information meeting in early May for those who are interested.
Please sign up by May 3, 2024.

Mental Health in Children

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most diagnosed in children, which commonly occurs together. Anxiety is feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.


Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places, or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:


  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.


For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.


Sources & Resources

The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens

Talk, They Hear You

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences



For Further Information & Support:


Monica Rogers

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Join us for the May PTA Meeting!


Garden Clean-Up

To end Earth Week, Lake Anne will host a garden clean-up on April 27th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. We hope to see many families there to help beautify our gardens for the Spring!



Title I Information for the 2024-2025 School Year

Lake Anne is excited to announce that we will be a Title I school for the 2024-205 school year! On Tuesday, April 16 we held a community meeting to share some information about how this will impact our school. Some of the information is shared below and if you have questions, please feel free to add them to this google form and we will address them throughout the end of the school year and summer. 

Important Information:

  • Title I is a Federally Funded Grant
  • Schools are identified for Title I funds based on the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  • The purpose of Title I is to provide all students significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement and opportunity gaps.
  • Being a Title I school means receiving federal funding to supplement the school’s existing programs. 
  • Title I Funding Supports:
      • Implementing innovative educational programs that are geared toward students’ needs to ensure all students reach high expectations.
      • Expanding intervention and enrichment programs.
      • Additional staffing to support interventions, enrichment, and specific areas of opportunity for the school.

Lake Anne SOL Schedule

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing is right around the corner. SOLs are an opportunity for students to show everything they've learned this school year. Please see our schedule below:

✏️Grade 5 Integrated Reading and Writing: April 16, 2024

New this year: Students taking the grade 5 or grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage

📒Grades 3-6 Reading: May 7, 2024

💡Grade 5 Science: May 14, 2024

➕Grades 3-6 Math: May 21, 2024


Apply for FCPS PreK and Early Head Start

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying families who reside in Fairfax County. Your family may qualify for PreK or Early Head Start if you:

  • have a child who will be age 3 or 4 by September 30,
  • receive free or reduced-price school meals, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Social Security Income, and/or homeless per definition of the McKinney Vento Act, or
  • receive resources such as from a shelter and/or the FCPS homeless liaison office.

Though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first serve”, with PreK priority given to 4 year olds. The application process begins January 1st for the upcoming school year. However it is important for all families to apply as soon as possible.

Early Head Start is for children 0-2 years of age and pregnant women who live in the Reston, Herndon and Springfield areas.

Visit this website for more information and application links!

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.



Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break.

🤧 Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Techstravaganza 2024

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia. In previous years, we've hosted more than 4,500 students and 70 labs presenting STEM activities. Our exhibitors range from TJHSST clubs and our own TWIST volunteers to organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. This year, we will be holding the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM at TJHSST.

Admission is free, food will be for sale, and we hope that you can spread the word in your school. Here is the registration link: More information about the event can be found on our website at


LightSpeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Community Conversations with the superintendent for families and community members are planned for the spring. Help your school promote the opportunities in your area and encourage families to attend to make their voices heard. Interpretation for most languages can be arranged.



🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.


Calendar Reminders

Teacher Workday, Student Holiday

Monday, April 1

Staff Development Day, Student Holiday

Tuesday, April 2

Eid, Student and Staff Holiday

Wednesday, April 10

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar