The Weekly Roar - Friday, May 24, 2024

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The Lions Roar

May 24, 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.
  • Monday, 6/3 – SCA Spirit Day: Circus Day
  • Tuesday, 6/4 – SCA Spirit Day: Luau Day
  • Wednesday, 6/5 – SCA Spirit Day: Extracurricular Day
  • Thursday, 6/6 – SCA Spirit Day: “Future Me” Day
  • Thursday, 6/6 – Chorus Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 6/7 – SCA Spirit Day: Fancy Friday
  • Friday, 6/7 – PTA Glow Party, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/10 – SCA Spirit Day: Rainbow Day (each grade level will dress up in a specific color)
  • Tuesday, 6/11 – SCA Spirit Day: Backwards/Inside-out Day
  • Wednesday, 6/12 – SCA Spirit Day: Lane Lion Spirit Day
  • 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

  • Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 27th
  • Family Input for Class Placement Next Year
  • June Spirit Days Ahead!
  • Celebrate Our Talented Music Students in Upcoming Concerts
  • Sign Up for Music Electives for Next Year Now!
  • From the Shelves of the Lane Library: End-of-Year Library Information
  • Student Testing Results Coming Soon
  • Attention Rising 7th Grade Twain Families: Upcoming Events for Families
  • Save the Date for Back-to-School Summer and Fall Events!
  • PTA News: Tickets now available for June 7th Glow Party!
  • Parent Resources: Lunch balances, summer camps
  • Community Events & Activities: Hayfield Fun Finale, FCPS Summer Extravaganza



News & Notes

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Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 27th

Don’t forget that next Monday, May 27th, is the Memorial Day Holiday. School and the office will be CLOSED that day, and all staff members have the day off. SACC will also be closed.

For our military-connected families who may be remembering a family member or friend on this holiday, we thank you for your sacrifice and service.


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.



June Spirit Days Ahead!

The SCA is sponsoring spirit days for all the days we are in school in June! Here’s a schedule of dates and themes.

  • Monday, June 3rd: Circus Day – Wear something that is circus-related to support our littlest lions who will be performing in their very own Kindergarten Circus that day.
  • Tuesday, June 4th: Luau Day – Get your luau on!
  • Wednesday, June 5th: Extracurricular Day – Wear something that shows an extracurricular activity you participate in (sports, dance, martial arts, etc.)
  • Thursday, June 6th: “Future Me” Day – Wear something that shows what you want to be when you grow up
  • Friday, June 7th: Fancy Friday – Dress your best!
  • Monday, June 10th: Rainbow Day – Each grade level will dress up in a specific color:
    • 6th grade – Red
    • 5th grade – Orange
    • 4th grade – Yellow
    • 3rd grade – Green
    • 2nd grade – Blue
    • 1st grade – Purple
    • Kindergarten – Rainbow
  • Tuesday, June 11th: Backwards/Inside-out Day – Dress exactly how that sounds
  • Wednesday, June 12th: Lane Lion Spirit Day – Wear your Lane Lion gear or blue and yellow or white for the last day of school and to support our 6th graders, who will have their Promotion Ceremony that morning

We hope your child will participate!


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,


Books on a shelf with the message that all library materials are due Wednesday, 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.

  • Last week 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 NEXT 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.


Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website.

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines. Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring.

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year.

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.


Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores.

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Jami O’Hagan, Lane registrar, at or Melanie Crosby Hardy, our family liaison, at for an activation letter.

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.


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 19th (corrected date!), 9:20 – 10:30 a.m.

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



PTA News


PTA Glow Party, Friday, June 7th, 6:30 - 8:30


Light Up Your Night at the PTA’s Glow Party on Friday, June 7th!

It’s time to shine with other Lane families and friends as we near the end of the school year! On Friday, June 7th, the Lane PTA will host a Glow Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. So grab your brightest clothes and glowing accessories and get ready for an amazing end-of-year dance!

A limited number of tickets are now on sale, so get yours today before they sell out! Everyone attending MUST have a ticket.

Volunteers are needed! Every volunteer will receive a free family ticket (1 adult, 1 child), so come help us out and dance for free!

There will be food available for presale, but no food, snacks, or drink purchases will be sold the night of the event. So if you want something, please order it with your tickets. Food presale will end June 3rd.

Visit this link to get tickets, volunteer, or order food for that night:

*** PLEASE NOTE: All students MUST have an adult present at the dance. This is not a drop off event! ***



Parent Resources


Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your student’s MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance.

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer.

If your student has a current balance and you think your family may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.


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.


Community Events & Activities


Fairfax County Hosts Its First Puzzle Hunt This Summer!

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work in Fairfax creating an exhilarating new adventure for puzzle solvers, known as the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt! This unique community event, the first one in Fairfax, will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County this summer. Along the way you’ll find puzzles that are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to The Puzzle Hunt will launch June 15th, so get your solving skills ready!


Puzzle Hunt this summer flyer


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, June 1st. The cost is $20 per student per session. See the flyer for details and registration information.

Hayfield Super Saturday Fun Finale flyer

FCPS Summer Extravaganza June 1st


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.