The Weekly Roar - Friday, May 31, 2024

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The Lions Roar

May 31, 2024


The Sound of Students Making Music

This past week Strings students and Band students presented their spring concerts. Fourth-grade Strings students got the chance to perform for family and friends for the first time.

4th grade strings students in concert


Insect Hospitality

Students in 4th and 5th grade have been building a natural habitat in the Lane garden – the "Lane Bug Hotel." They gathered supplies by the bus loop, stacked them in an inviting way for future insect visitors, and painted the wooden frame. They've already gotten their first guest!

students building a bug hotel with wood and natural items

students building a bug hotel with wood and natural items


Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • June Spirit Days Ahead!
  • Join Us for Our 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert Next Thursday, June 6th!

  • Sign Up for Music Electives for Next Year Now!

  • From the Shelves of the Lane Library: End-of-Year Library Information
  • Attention Rising 7th Grade Twain Families: Upcoming Event 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: Family phone lines, summer camps
  • Community Events & Activities: Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, Hayfield Fun Finale, FCPS Summer Extravaganza, Fairfax County Park Authority Arts in the Parks summer series
  • FCPS News & Announcements: 2025 Budget



News & Notes


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!


Join Us for Our 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert Next Thursday, June 6th!

This past week, the Lane community got to enjoy a wonderful concert by our instrumental music students as the Strings and Band programs presented their spring concerts. Next week, our 5th and 6th Chorus will perform their spring concert. All families are welcome to join us next Thursday, June 6th, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the music of these talented vocal-music students.


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,


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.

  • Weekly notices are being sent via email to help remind students of ALL of their checked-out library materials (not just overdue items).
  • All student library materials are now overdue! Please do your best to get all items in as soon as possible.
  • 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.


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).

Save the Date note on a yellow sticky note

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, 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 p.m.


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


Family 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.


Register Soon for FCPS Summer Camps, Including New Cybersecurity Camp!

Chantilly Academy will host an AFA CyberCamp from Monday, June 24th, to Friday, June 28th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This camp would be a great fit for rising 5th through 8th graders of all skill levels interested in learning more about the importance of cybersecurity and gaining skills to protect themselves and others from cyber threats. Discounts are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Visit the camp website for more information.

Registration is also still available for the Institute for the Arts (IFTA) and Elementary-IFTA (E-IFTA) arts camps, and Credit Recovery Academy (high school).


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!


rec pac logo

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.


VIP Camp logo

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

LMVSC Offers Summer Sports Camps

Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club (LMVSC) is offering a variety of sports camps for children this summer. Registration opens June 1st. Visit for details.

LMVSC sports league summer opportunities

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!


Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt 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 Fun Finale this Saturday, June 1st

FCPS Summer Extravaganza June 1st


FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza THIS Saturday, June 1st!

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.


Fairfax County Park Authority Offers Programs for Children and Families This Summer

Get ready for music, magic, movies and more at selected Fairfax County recreation centers and parks this summer. See the flyer for dates and details.

FCPA Arts in the Parks flyer


FCPS News & Announcements


School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board voted to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their last board meeting. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Read the news release.