The Weekly Roar - Friday, May 17, 2024

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The Lions Roar

May 17, 2024


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 5/27 – Memorial Day Holiday, School and Office CLOSED
  • Tuesday, 5/28 – Farewell Reception for families leaving Lane, 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5/29 – 4th Grade Strings Concert, 6 p.m.; 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, 6/6 – Chorus Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 6/7 – PTA Glow Party, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 6/12 – 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 6/12 – Last day of school, early dismissal at 2:05 p.m.



In This Issue

  • Family Input for Class Placement Next Year
  • Farewell Reception for Families Leaving Lane – Tuesday, May 28th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • From the Shelves of the Lane Library: End-of-Year Library Information
  • Last Call for Photos for Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Slide Shows
  • Celebrate Our Talented Music Students in Upcoming Concerts

  • Sign Up for Music Electives for Next Year Now!

  • Attention Rising 7th Grade Twain Families: Upcoming Event for Parents
  • Save the Date for Back-to-School Summer and Fall Events
  • PTA News: New PTA Leadership, Glow Party June 7th
  • Parent Resources: Summer camps
  • Community Events & Activities: Hayfield Fun Finale, FCPS Summer Extravaganza



News & Notes


Family Input for Class Placement Next Year

A regular end-of-the-year task that staff work on is student groupings for class placements next year. All staff have input on groupings that can best support students within the school day. We also appreciate your input for staff to consider on how your child works and learns best. Below is our family input form. It will remain open throughout the month of May.

As you click the link to the form, you will find directions that need to be considered as you complete the form. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST A TEACHER BY NAME OR GENDER. Additionally, please do NOT include negative information about past teachers, as the teachers read these forms when assisting with class assignments. If you do, please know it will be deleted.

Because of enrollment changes over the summer, class assignments will not be finalized until the middle of August 2024. Families will be contacted by the assigned teacher before attending Open House in August.

If you are interested in sharing information, please complete the form below by May 31, 2024.



Farewell Reception for Families Leaving Lane – Tuesday, May 28th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Each year, we must say “Goodbye” to many families in our Lane community who are moving away to start exciting new adventures. Our Student Ambassadors have planned a special event to wish them well.

If your family will be leaving Lane, please plan to join us after school on Tuesday, May 28th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lane Cafeteria for a Farewell Reception in your honor. Please RSVP to let us know how many people will be in your family group. This will help us ensure we have enough refreshments and other supplies. You can email our family liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at or you can fill out this Google form. Please respond by next Friday, May 24th.


All library materials due May 29th!


From the Shelves of the Lane Library: End-of-Year Library Information

As we get closer to the end of the school year, please note the following.

  • Yesterday we started sending weekly notices via email to help remind students of ALL of their checked out library materials (not just overdue items).
  • All student library books are due on Wednesday, May 29th. Please do your best to get them in by this date!
  • As always, the library does not have fees for overdue books; however, families are expected to pay the replacement cost for books that are lost or returned damaged.

Thank you for supporting the library! Contact Mrs. Chozick, Librarian, at with questions.


Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month artwork


Last Call for Photos for Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Slide Shows

We would like to end our recognition with slide shows featuring our Jewish American students and our Asian American and Pacific Islander students. If you would like for us to include a picture of your child, please email it to our family liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at no later than Friday, May 24th. Be sure to let us know which slide show the photo is for.


Celebrate Our Talented Music Students in Upcoming Concerts

Three Lane student music groups will present their Spring Concerts in the next few weeks. On Wednesday, May 29th, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Strings students and 5th and 6th grade Band students will perform. The 4th grade concert will begin at 6 p.m.; older students will perform at 7 p.m.

The following week, on Thursday, June 6th, 5th and 6th grade Chorus students will present their vocal-music concert at 6:30 p.m.

All families are welcome to attend both concerts and support our talented young musicians!


Sign Up for Music Electives for Next Year Now

Attention Rising 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Families!

NOW is the time to sign up to learn how to play an instrument in Strings (grades 4, 5, 6) or Band (grades 5, 6 only) for next year! Lessons happen during the school day (during Specials) with a concert at the end of the year! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of these AMAZING instrumental programs at Lane!

Students in 5th and 6th grade also have the opportunity to join Chorus for next year! Chorus lessons happen during the school day with two concert performances that happen during the school year. Students may choose an instrument AND Chorus. Sign up for Chorus now!

If you have questions, please reach out to the music teachers:

Amber Hicks, Strings,
Ryan Woessner, Band,
Grayson Crouch, Chorus,
Stefan Griffin, Chorus,


Attention Rising 7th Grade Twain Families: Upcoming Event for Parents

Mark Twain Middle School will be hosting a Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffee on Tuesday, June 4th at 9:15 a.m. to provide an introduction to the school and time for questions. See the flyer for details (English, Spanish).


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Save the Dates for Summer and Back-to-School Events!

We have started planning some community events for the summer and the school year ahead! Please be sure to put these events on your calendars if you’d like to attend.

Popsicle Playdates: Monday, August 5th through Thursday, August 8th, 7 – 8 p.m. on the main playground 

  • Monday, August 5th New kindergarten families
  • Tuesday, August 6th Grades 1 & 2
  • Wednesday, August 7th Grades 3 & 4
  • Thursday, August 8th Grades 5 & 6


Back-to-School Town Halls with Mrs. Prahl, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, August 13th – in English on Zoom
  • Wednesday, August 14th – in person with Spanish interpretation

Open House – Thursday, August 15th (Exact times to be determined)

Students and their families are invited to come to school to see their classrooms, meet their teachers, and reconnect with Lane friends.

We are currently finalizing the exact times for families to attend this event. Stay tuned for updates!

Please note that special-education students who would prefer a less-crowded, less-intense Open House experience will be offered a separate window of time.

PTA First Day Coffee – Monday, August 21st, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m.

More details about these and other events will be sent out in the weeks ahead.



PTA News


Congratulations to the 2024-2025 PTA Board!

Last evening, the Lane PTA held elections for its Executive Board and Committee Chairs for the upcoming school year. Here is the new roster:

  • President: Connecticut Wilson
  • Vice President: Andrea Pagano-Reyes
  • Secretary: Tara Barbiere
  • Treasurer: Katrina Torres
  • Membership/Volunteer Chair: Stephany Dula-Strong
  • Family Liaison Chair: Melanie Crosby Hardy
  • Inclusivity Chair: Kristyn King
  • VP Social: Sem Tesfaye
  • Social Co-Chair: Fionnuala Smyth
  • VP Communications: Heather Ratcliff
  • Communications Co-Chair: Michelle Shook
  • VP Education: Phillip McMahan
  • Education Co-Chair: VACANT
  • Education Cub Club Liaison: Stephany Dula-Strong
  • VP Fundraising: Shannon McLaughlin
  • Read-A-Thon Chair: Sarah Ruby
  • Basket Bingo Chair: VACANT
  • Restaurant Nights Chair: Dima Saettel
  • Spiritwear Chair: Claire Kurtenbach

There are still a few open positions. If you’re interested in getting more involved with this dynamic and supportive group of volunteers, please email


SAVE THE DATE! PTA Glow Party Is Coming Soon – Friday, June 7th!

Get ready to light up your Friday night with other Lane friends and families on June 7th, at the PTA’s end-of-year Glow Party! Watch for more information coming soon about tickets, activities and more!


Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7th. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun.


Summer Camp Opportunity for Strings Students!

SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School weekdays from July 8th to 19th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The camp is open to all rising 5th through 9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at Early registration is open until June 9th, so reserve your student’s spot soon!


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Rec-PAC Is Now Registering for the Summer and Lane Will Be a Site!

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six-week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants. Lane will be a Rec-PAC site this summer.

Rec-PAC runs from Monday, June 24th through Thursday, August 1st. Each of the six weeks has its own theme with different themed activities happening throughout the week. You can sign your child up for any of the individual weeks or all of them!

Registration is now underway. Scholarships are available for families who qualify. You can find details in the Rec-PAC brochure.


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Attention 6th Grade Parents: Summer VIP Camp Now Registering!

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1st, to Thursday, August 1st — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend.

This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Students who will attend Hayfield and Twain Middle Schools will attend the VIP Camp at Sandburg Middle School. Use this link to register for that program.

Scholarships may be available for families struggling with financial hardship. Reach out to Sandburg’s after-school specialist for more information.

Space is limited so register soon! You can learn more at



Community Events & Activities


Hayfield Super Saturday Fun Finale

The Hayfield Class of 2026 invites students in grades 3 through 6 to join them in a celebration of FUN and games as the school year comes to an end at the Super Saturday Fun Finale. The event will be held in the Hayfield High School auxiliary gym from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th and/or Saturday, June 1st. The cost is $20 per student per session. See the flyer for details and registration information.

Hayfield Super Fun Finale May 18th and June 1st

FCPS Summer Extravaganza June 1st 9:30 - 2:30


Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza at Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students will have the chance to engage in educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth.

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.