Friday, September 17, 2021 – Weekly Roar #4

Friday, September 17, 2021Picture of Constitution Day, September 17

We had another great week here at Long Branch. We have continued to practice routines and expectations all while building community. We are starting to ramp up our beginning of the year assessment information collection so that teachers may use that data to inform their planning and instruction. I have been reading to classes that sign up, and I have really enjoyed chatting with students and listening to their interpretation about what a principal actually does all day (my favorite answer, “Eat donuts all day.”)!

Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 29 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 1 – Picture Day

Playground Update – the last update I received, the installation will begin at the end of September. It may be a good time to start talking to your child(ren) about when the equipment is being installed, it will take about three weeks, and they will need to stay off of the equipment and out of the construction zones.

Counselor’s Corner -Hello from your friendly school counselors! Both counselors have begun teaching lessons in your child’s classroom. During our introductory lessons we’ll be explaining to your kiddos how we can support them this school year and how they can communicate with us. So that you know, there is a folder/mailbox on Ms. Martin and Ms. Fuller’s doors where kids can leave a note asking to speak with us. We also have a digital form on our Canvas page. Families can also reach both of us by email. Some of the things we can do to support your students include:  set academic goals, make friends, adjust to new environments, cope with difficulties and assist families going through transition.

We also wanted to let you all know that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time where we raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition, this month is used to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal is ensuring that everyone have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. While we don’t talk about it in the elementary level, we wanted to share this information with all Long Branch families along with resources to support this topic. Please visit the following sites for more information:

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Ms. Martin, stephanie.martin@apsva.us  and/or Ms. Fuller, danielle.fuller@aspva.us

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

Questions about COVID safety? Please visit APS’ website, as Long Branch follows APS COVID safety mitigations.

Opt your child in for COVID testing at Long Branch. Students will be tested every Tuesday morning sometime between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Long Branch (outside).

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is 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. We also have an email attendance if that is easier: longbranchattendance@apsva.us

Technology 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 if you still need technology assistance.

No cost COVID19 testing – Sites do not require insurance, ID, or a doctor’s referral. Arlington County operates a free, walk-in clinic M-F 11 – 7 p.m. Click here or call 703-912-7999 for information.

Arlington Community Resources – Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

Don’t forget to “follow” us on Twitter and/or Facebook. I try to keep these social media sites updated with current information, pictures, and announcements.

Need to reach me? Please call the school or email me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us). If you reply to this email, I will not get the email.


Friday, September 10, 2021Image of the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon Spotlight, in honor of 9/11

Thank you to parents/guardians who were able to participate in our virtual Back to School Night last night. Thank you also to the PTA for purchasing dinner for the staff.

If you were unable to attend last night, on your child’s Canvas course page, there should be a link to a recorded session. The following specialists have also recorded presentations about their programs:

  • Gifted – Ms. Celine Clark
  • School Counseling – Ms. Stephanie Martina and Ms. Danielle Fuller
  • Literacy – Ms. Sarah Herlihy and Ms. Jennifer Clarke
  • Math – Ms. Gabby Wolosik and Ms. Samantha Sklar
  • PE – Mr. Wayne Hogwood and Ms. Lindsey Brizendine
  • Music – Dr. William Heim, Ms. Molly Spooner Agnew and Ms. Roth
  • Library – Ms. Mary Lou Rubè
  • Art – Ms. Kaitlyn Diaz and Ms. Lauren Guiffré

Please continue to complete your child’s daily health screener prior to your child coming to school.

We continue to ask parents/guardians to keep children home that are experiencing any symptoms of sickness. It is more important than ever in the current COVID world we are living in. Please see APS’ plan for contact tracing, quarantining, and other important health & safety metrics at this website: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/health-safety-information/. This website can be translated into different languages.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 14 – PTA meeting on the Blacktop (Zoom if it is raining) at 6 pm
  • September 16 – holiday
  • September 29 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 1 – Picture Day

Growth Assessments for grades 3-5 – please see the attached documents for more information regarding these Virginia Department of Education required assessments. Long Branch dates for these are:

Grade 5 Grade 4 Grade 3 Assessment
Monday, Sept 13 Tuesday, Sept 14 Monday, Sept 13 Reading
Friday, Sept 17 Wednesday, Sept 15 Tuesday, Sept 14 Math

Students attending the (VLP) Virtual Learning Program are scheduled to participate the following dates and times:

  • Grade 3-5 Math Wednesday, September 22 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Grade 3-5 Reading Friday, September 24 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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

Questions about COVID safety? Please visit APS’ website, as Long Branch follows APS COVID safety mitigations.

Opt your child in for COVID testing at Long Branch. More details to come about what this will look like at Long Branch.

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is 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. We also have an email attendance if that is easier: longbranchattendance@apsva.us

Technology 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 if you still need technology assistance.

No cost COVID19 testing – Sites do not require insurance, ID, or a doctor’s referral. Arlington County operates a free, walk-in clinic M-F 11 – 7 p.m. Click here or call 703-912-7999 for information.

Arlington Community Resources – Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

Don’t forget to “follow” us on Twitter and/or Facebook. I try to keep these social media sites updated with current information, pictures, and announcements.

Need to reach me? Please call the school or email me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us). If you reply to this email, I will not get the email.


Friday, September 3, 2021Picture that says "Enjoy your long weekend, Lions"

Wow, it has been a great week! Thank you for all your support in helping launch the 2021 – 2022 school year. Students have been full of smiles, laughter, and joy as they have been back in the building. Thank you to the parents who have been able to volunteer their time to help us with outdoor lunches. Thank you to the parents who are keeping their children home who are showing any signs or symptoms of sickness – we need everyone’s help to keep everyone healthy.

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. Please also feel free to reach out to the Assistant Principal, Carolyn Jackson, (Carolynruth.Jackson@apsva.us) or me, Jessica DaSilva (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us) if you need anything.

Please continue to complete your child’s daily health screener prior to your child coming to school.

We continue to ask parents/guardians to keep children home that are experiencing any symptoms of sickness. It is more important than ever in the current COVID world we are living in. Please see APS’ plan for contact tracing, quarantining, and other important health & safety metrics at this website: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/health-safety-information/. This website can be translated into different languages.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 6 – holiday
  • September 7 – holiday
  • September 9 – Virtual Back to School Night (link will be provided)
  • *We will conduct our first lockdown drill next week, we are required to do two during the first twenty days of school.
  • September 14 – PTA meeting on the Blacktop (Zoom if it is raining) at 6 pm
  • September 16 – holiday
  • September 29 – Early Release for students at 12:51

Counselor’s Corner – Hello Long Branch Lions! Long Branch has two counselors this year. Ms. Martin (Room 226) is still Long Branch’s full-time counselor and she’ll be teaching lessons in 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th grades. Ms. Fuller (Room 209) will be at Long Branch on Thursdays and Fridays and will be teaching Kindergartners and First Graders! Ms. Martin and Ms. Fuller both love being school counselors at Long Branch. We are here to help your child if they are struggling with schoolwork, thinking about what you want to be when you grow up, learning about how to handle our strong feelings, or curious about how to make and keep friends. You can get in touch with Ms. Martin at stephanie.martin@apsva.us and Ms. Fuller at danielle.fuller@apsva.us. Students can request to talk to us by letting the teacher or grown-ups know they would like to talk to us. Ms. Martin can’t wait to welcome all her lions back to school and Ms. Fuller can’t wait to meet the pride

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

Playground update – shipments and materials are still delayed due to COVID. Once the equipment arrives, it will take three weeks to complete (if all goes according to plan).

Questions about COVID safety? Please visit APS’ website, as Long Branch follows APS COVID safety mitigations.Opt your child in for COVID testing at Long Branch. More details to come about what this will look like at Long Branch.

Kiss and Ride – please remember to follow the directions of the LB staff for drop of and pick up. If the circle is full, you will be directed to drive down the parking lot to then turn around and continue the line. Please do not park where it says, “No Parking” or on a yellow curb. We need to keep students and staff safe during this time, otherwise we may have to close the Kiss and Ride option.

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is 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. We also have an email attendance if that is easier: longbranchattendance@apsva.us

Technology 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 if you still need technology assistance.

No cost COVID19 testing – Sites do not require insurance, ID, or a doctor’s referral. Arlington County operates a free, walk-in clinic M-F 11 – 7 p.m. Click here or call 703-912-7999 for information.

Arlington Community Resources – Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

Don’t forget to “follow” us on Twitter and/or Facebook. I try to keep these social media sites updated with current information, pictures, and announcements.

Need to reach me? Please call the school or email me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us)


Friday, August 27, 2021 Banner that says "Welcome Back Lions"

Welcome to the first “Weekly Roar” of the year and welcome to Long Branch for the 21 – 22 school year that begins on Monday. I am very excited to kick off another school year and even more excited to be back in person.

During the first few weeks of school, teachers will be working hard to build community within their classroom, get to know their students, as well as build norms, routines, and set expectations within their classrooms.

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. Please also feel free to reach out to the Assistant Principal, Carolyn Jackson, (Carolynruth.Jackson@apsva.us) or me, Jessica DaSilva (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us) if you need anything.

Please continue to complete your child’s daily health screener prior to your child coming to school.

We continue to ask parents/guardians to keep children home that are experiencing any symptoms of sickness. It is more important than ever in the current COVID world we are living in. Please see APS’ plan for contact tracing, quarantining, and other important health & safety metrics at this website: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/health-safety-information/. This website can be translated into different languages.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 3 – holiday
  • September 6 – holiday
  • September 7 – holiday
  • September 9 – Virtual Back to School Night (link will be provided)
  • September 14 – PTA meeting on the Blacktop (Zoom if it is raining) at 6 pm
  • September 16 – holiday
  • September 29 – Early Release for students at 12:51

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures – doors will open for students to come into the building at 8:05. Staff will be on hand to ensure students get to where they are going for the first week or two of school. All students must come through Door 1. If you are planning on driving your child to school, please continue the practice we used last year, of parking in the neighborhood and walking your child to the front door. Our Kiss and Ride drop off area is very small and it will be faster for you to park and walk then wait in the Kiss and Ride line.

Dismissal begins at 3:06. All students who ride buses or are meeting parents will exit through the front doors. Kindergarten and first grade students must be met by an adult. If you are meeting your child at school, please gather in the front of the building on the grassy area near the lion.

Extended Day – Families that are participating in the Extended Day program should drop off and pick up their child from Door 5 (in the back of the school). Adrienne Day is the new Supervisor of the Extended Day program. (Adrienne.Day@apsva.us).

Breakfast and lunches will continue to be free of charge for students this school year. Please see our school’s website for more information about the lunch plan for Long Branch.

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

Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) – It is 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. We also have an email attendance if that is easier: longbranchattendance@apsva.us

Technology 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 if you still need technology assistance.

No cost COVID19 testing – Sites do not require insurance, ID, or a doctor’s referral. Arlington County operates a free, walk-in clinic M-F 11 – 7 p.m. Click here or call 703-912-7999 for information.

Arlington Community Resources – Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

Don’t forget to “follow” us on Twitter and/or Facebook. I try to keep these social media sites updated with current information, pictures, and announcements.

Need to reach me? Please call the school or email me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us). If you reply to this email, I will not get the email.