2020 – 2021 Weekly Roar!

Friday, September 18, 2020lion with computer

Well, we finished a full week of distance learning. Congratulations! I know it is not easy, I live it with my nine and three year old children. Thank you also for coming out to the PTA meeting and Back to School Night. If you were not able to attend Back to School Night, please click here to see the grade level slides.

Just a gentle reminder that Mondays are school days and students are expected to complete the assignments their teachers post for them. We do take attendance on Mondays!

APS materials kits – APS is providing all PreK – 8 students with materials they can use at home to supplement their learning. Material pickup will be during the week of September 28. I will put out more specific information about how the pickup will work next week.

New to Long Branch PTA (or just haven’t joined the PTA listserv)? All families and staff are members of the Long Branch PTA. To be added to the PTA listserv to receive emails from the PTA, please email our PTA President, Jinder Gill, at president@lbpta.org.  The PTA unites parents and teachers in creating a community that develops and educates each child to his/her highest potential.

From the Library – To learn how to checkout a book/place a hold for curbside pickup please click here.    Book Checkout .png

  • When: Every other Thursday starting Thursday, 9/24 from 11:00-3:30 for Grades 3-5. Stay tuned for PreK-2 start date.
  • Where: In front of the school. Look for tables with bags on them.
  • Don’t Forget to: Put holds on your account by Monday at 10am Check your account to see if you have books under “checkouts” before you come to school.
  • Please:  bring back any checked out books from last year- no fines!

Breakfast with your classmates – don’t forget that your child can log on Tuesday – Friday at 8:25 to their class link to eat breakfast and chat with their classmates. An APS staff member will be present to monitor the chats during this time.

Tech issues? Please go to the LB webpage first. Mr. Tien has been busy putting together all kinds of problem solving videos on the website. If you continue to need help, please email LBRtechhelp@apsva.us. Please be specific in your email as to what is the problem you are experiencing with the APS issued iPad.

Internet Access – If you do not have an internet router in your home, please reach out to Blandine LiGuidi (Blandine.LiGuidi@apsva.us).

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is also time to verify your online information. We need every family to verify the information we have is up to date and accurate. This will require you to log in to ParentVue. Please call the school 703.228.4220 if you need help with your ParentVue account. More information about the verification process is here including videos and letters in English and Spanish! Please do this as soon as you can, we will reach out to families who have not completed this process in the next few weeks.

Attendance – Please call the school 703.228.4222 (this is our new attendance line phone number)  if your child will be absent from school that day. If you have internet connection issues, please call by 11:00 a.m to let us know you cannot connect. We now have an attendance email address! If it is easier, please email longbranchattendance@apsva.us to let us know that your child will be absent from school.

Counselor’s CornerWelcome to the 20-21 school year! My name is Stephanie Martin and I am the Long Branch School Counselor. This is my 6th year here and I work with grades K-5. On a biweekly basis, I will be sharing what we are covering during our counseling lessons. Our first lesson covered the role of the school counselor and school psychologist. Students are able to find information from my lesson on the School Counseling Canvas page. You can find my welcome letter along with SecondStep information attached to this Weekly Roar. Counseling Welcome Letter.pdf


Friday, September 11, 2020

Well, it was a first week back for the history books! I cannot thank you enough for your patience and grace as APS, teachers, and kids continue to work out the kinks of virtual learning. I have popped into all the classrooms this week and seen a lot of great things happening. A lot of community building, teaching how to access the learning, read alouds, and lots of teaching/learning of curriculum as well. As time goes by, we will continue to get better at this! I only have a few updates for you this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend this weekend!

-Jessica

PTA meeting – This Tuesday (9/15) at 6. The PTA President, Harjinder Gill, will send out a Zoom link for our first PTA meeting next week. I hope to see you there!

Virtual Back to School Night – September 16. Teachers will post the link to the virtual evening in their Canvas courses. I will also send the link out if you would prefer to not use your child’s iPad to access the BTSN meetings. The information that will be shared during this event has already been communicated to families that have children in our VPI and MIPA programs. The schedule is here:

  • 5:00 – 5:35 Kindergarten
  • 5:35 – 6:10 First Grade
  • 6:10 – 6:45 Second Grade
  • 6:45 – 7:20 Third Grade
  • 7:20 – 7:55 Fourth Grade
  • 7:55 – 8:30 Fifth Grade

Tech issues? Please go to the LB webpage first. Mr. Tien has been busy putting together all kinds of problem solving videos on the website. If you continue to need help, please email LBRtechhelp@apsva.us. Please be specific in your email as to what is the problem you are experiencing with the APS issued iPad.

Call the Family Technology Call Center at 703-228-2570 for technical support (English and Spanish assistance).

  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday

Breakfast with your classmates – starts on Tuesday! Every Tuesday – Friday, students will be able to log on at 8:25 to their teacher’s morning meeting and chat with your classmates. There will be a staff member present to monitor the breakfast. Even if you are not hungry, it is a great way to get some time to just hang out with your friends.

Meals Updates – All students under 18 will continue to receive free meals at the distribution sites through December 31. Please complete the paperwork for Free and Reduced Fees so that when this program ends, the paperwork will be in place. Applications are in both English and Spanish. APS has mobile meal delivery sites – please click here to see where these sites are located.

Internet Access – If you do not have an internet router in your home, please reach out to Blandine LiGuidi (Blandine.LiGuidi@apsva.us) or call the school and they will take a message for her (if she is not available when you call). 703.228.4220.

APS has put out a Distance Learning Guide for parents in English, Spanish, Mongolian, Arabic , and Amharic.

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is also time to verify your online information. We need every family to verify the information we have is up to date and accurate. This will require you to log in to ParentVue. Please call the school 703.228.4220 if you need help with your ParentVue account. More information about the verification process is here including videos and letters in English and Spanish! Please do this as soon as you can, we will reach out to families who have not completed this process in the next few weeks.

Attendance – Please call the school 703.228.4220 if your child will be absent from school that day. If you have internet connection issues, please call the school by 11:00 a.m to let us know you cannot connect.

Gifted questions? Ms. Garris has created this video that provides information about gifted services at Long Branch.


Friday, September 4, 2020

Welcome to the first Weekly Roar of the year and welcome to the Branch for the 20 – 21 school year!!!!

I am very excited to kick off another school year (even though it is all virtual to start and we would all rather be in person). I will continue to send out weekly emails to the community, but I am shifting my emails to go out on Fridays this year.

I hope you were able to connect with your child’s teacher this past week. Virtual school starts on Tuesday! Students should be in their virtual classrooms in their Canvas app by 8:55 to be ready for Morning Meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m. During the first few weeks of school, teachers will be working hard to build community within their classroom, teach children how to access their daily schedule, as well as build norms and working agreements within their classrooms. We will be working on building student’s stamina to stay focused for live, synchronous learning throughout the day.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about day-to-day procedures, routines, or expectations. Our school motto this year is #LBStrong, Stronger Together. We are stronger together! So please feel free to reach out to the Assistant Principal, Blandine LiGuidi (Blandine.LiGuidi@apsva.us) or me, Jessica DaSilva (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us) if you need anything.

Internet Access – If you do not have an internet router in your home, please reach out to Blandine LiGuidi (Blandine.LiGuidi@apsva.us).

Get to know the LB Staff – Many of us have recorded a Flipgrid video about who we are, so check us out!

APS has put out a Distance Learning Guide for parents in English, Spanish, Mongolian, and Arabic (Amharic is coming soon)!

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is also time to verify your online information. We need every family to verify the information we have is up to date and accurate. This will require you to log in to ParentVue. Please call the school 703.228.4220 if you need help with your ParentVue account. More information about the verification process is here including videos and letters in English and Spanish! Please do this as soon as you can, we will reach out to families who have not completed this process in the next few weeks.

Attendance – Please call the school 703.228.4220 if your child will be absent from school that day. If you have internet connection issues, please call the school by 11:00 a.m.

Tech issues? Please go to the LB webpage first. Mr. Tien has been busy putting together all kinds of problem solving videos on the website. Please email LBRtechhelp@apsva.us.

Virtual Lab at Long Branch – On Mondays, students will have the option to choose one asynchronous lesson (‘Virtual Lab’) from either Art, Music, or PE to complete.  Each of these lessons will be an extension of content already covered in weekly specials classes.  Students will only be expected to ‘turn in’ one weekly Virtual Lab lesson of their choice; however, they are welcome to do as many of the three weekly lessons as they like.

Free Reading Program for Qualifying  Arlington Families to Enhance Literacy Skills and Support Academic Achievement – Arlington Public Library has launched a free reading initiative for Arlington Public School students in kindergarten through second grade whose households participate in one of the following programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid
  • Free and Reduced Meals (FARM)
  • WIC
  • Head Start

Please see the attached flyers in English flyer_MyBook-3.pdf  and Spanish flyer_MyBook_spanish-2.pdf .

State Superintendent Announces Second Season of “VA TV Classroom” – Virginia public media stations will broadcast “VA TV Classroom” Monday-Friday beginning Monday, September 14 and concluding on Friday, October 23. The WETA on-air schedule is as follows:

  • “Learn to Grow,” 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Instruction for students in grades K-3
  • “Continue to Know,” 12-1 p.m. — Instruction for students in grades 4-7