Friday, January 14, 2022 – Weekly Roar #19

Friday, January 14, 2022 – Weekly Roar #19 Banner that says MLK day

What a great week we had back together! It was a joy to see students, staff, and parents again. Thank you for your continued support of Long Branch.

Exclusions due to being a close contact/COVID positiveall students who are considered close contacts to confirmed COVID positive cases, will receive an exclusion letter – even if they are fully vaccinated. This is to inform parents that their child was a close contact. Follow up contact will be made if your child is fully vaccinated (2 weeks from their 2nd shot), to inform parents of the student’s ability to return to school as long as they are without symptoms (and have not taken any symptom relieving medication). Please wait to hear from the follow up contact before calling the school to inform us of vaccination status.

Healthy kids in school – We continue to ask that if your child is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. A list of symptoms that students need to stay home if they possess can be found here. We want to keep everyone in school as much as possible and do not want to have to quarantine students/classes if possible.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child.

Buddy Family Sign-Up – Did you know we enroll over 20 new families to Long Branch each year (not including new Kindergarten families)? Would you be willing to be a “Buddy Family” to a new family? If so, please sign up here. Thank you for considering! I have already assigned everyone who has signed up to be a buddy family, a buddy – so I am looking for more volunteers!

Opt your child IN for COVID testing at Long Branch – Parents/guardians that would like their child to participate in the optional COVID weekly COVID testing need to re-submit forms for testing to continue after January 1 due to APS changing who is conducting the testing. Please see more information here. To go straight to the form, please click here. You will need to have your child’s “Student ID” number ready to input.

Outdoor Lunches – will continue as much as possible to help mitigate the spread of COVID. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. If you need a winter coat, gloves, hats, etc. please reach out to me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us). Winter lunch plans for LB are available on the LB website.

VACCINES – Want to know another great reason to get vaccinated? Once your child is considered fully vaccinated (two weeks from the second shot), if they are found to be a close contact, they do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms (or are COVID positive).

  • Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here.
  • In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Important Dates Coming Up

  • January 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (holiday for students and staff)
  • January 18 – Virtual PTA meeting (presentation about summer camps and from the Gifted Resource teacher)
  • January 24 – Save the date! NOVA District PTA Military Families Meeting at 8 pm (virtual). Once I get the link, I will forward it.

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.

Community Information 

Are you the parent of a young child with a disability or delay? Does your child receive Early Intervention (EI) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services? Do you work with young children with disabilities or do you (or the parents you work with) have questions about navigating the Early Childhood system in Virginia?


Friday, January 7, 2022 – Weekly Roar #18 Picture that says Hello 2022

Well – this was not quite the week we thought it would be! I look forward to seeing students and staff on Monday next week!

Healthy kids in school – We continue to ask that if your child is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. A list of symptoms that students need to stay home if they possess can be found here. We want to keep everyone in school as much as possible and do not want to have to quarantine students/classes if possible.

Opt your child IN for COVID testing at Long Branch – Parents/guardians that would like their child to participate in the optional COVID weekly COVID testing need to re-submit forms for testing to continue after January 1 due to APS changing who is conducting the testing. Please see more information here. To go straight to the form, please click here. You will need to have your child’s “Student ID” number ready to input.

Outdoor Lunches – will continue as much as possible to help mitigate the spread of COVID. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. If you need a winter coat, gloves, hats, etc. please reach out to me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us).

VACCINES – Want to know another great reason to get vaccinated? Once your child is considered fully vaccinated (two weeks from the second shot), if they are found to be a close contact, they do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms (or are COVID positive).

  • Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here.
  • In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Important Dates Coming Up

  • January 11 – Picture Retakes (if your child did not take their school picture yet)
  • January 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (holiday for students and staff)
  • January 24 – Save the date! NOVA District PTA Military Families Meeting at 8 pm (virtual). Once I get the link, I will forward it.

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.

From the PTA

Winter Enrichment Registration is Open – We are offering Winter Enrichment beginning January 24. Registration is now open and will run through January 10. More information can be found at www.enrichmentmatters.com/longbranch or in the flyer above.


Friday, December 31, 2021 Long Branch Lion with Goodbye 2021 behind him

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I wanted to be sure that you were aware that APS has updated their COVID quarantine procedures. Please read more about it here: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/health-safety-information/contact-tracing-quarantine-isolation/

I also have already started to get emails from families regarding what to do in certain situations. The best answer I can give, is to complete the Qualtrics health screener that is sent to you daily. This will give direct guidance to families (and staff) on how to respond when they may have symptoms, an exposure, or tested positive.

Healthy kids in school – We continue to ask that if your child is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. A list of symptoms that students need to stay home if they possess can be found here. We want to keep everyone in school as much as possible and do not want to have to quarantine students/classes if possible.

NEW INFO – Opt your child IN for COVID testing at Long Branch – Parents/guardians that would like their child to participate in the optional COVID weekly COVID testing need to re-submit forms for testing to continue after January 1 due to APS changing who is conducting the testing. Please see more information here. To go straight to the form, please click here. You will need to have your child’s “Student ID” number ready to input.

Outdoor Lunches – will continue as much as possible to help mitigate the spread of COVID. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. If you need a winter coat, gloves, hats, etc. please reach out to me (Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us).

VACCINES – Want to know another great reason to get vaccinated? Once your child is considered fully vaccinated (two weeks from the second shot), if they are found to be a close contact, they do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms (or are COVID positive).

  • Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here.
  • In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Weekly Roar #17

I wish everyone a very safe and happy winter break. Here is to a merry and bright New Year!Picture that says Happy Holidays with lights and candy canes

Remember– the front office will be closed throughout the entire winter break. Staff returns on January 3rd. If there is an emergency, please email me Jessica.DaSilva@apsva.us, as I will periodically check my email during the break.

Gentle Reminder – I know this holiday season many families will gather to celebrate and share community. We continue to ask that if your child is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. A list of symptoms that students need to stay home if they possess can be found here. Please continue to complete the Qualtrics screener that you receive daily; this will also let you know if your child needs to stay home. We want to keep everyone in school as much as possible and do not want to have to quarantine students/classes if possible.

From the School Social Worker – 

Banner from the school social worker about holiday donations

Chorus Concert – last week, 3rd – 5th grade students in the chorus sang their hearts out. It was great! Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/655734626 Thank you to Dr. Heim and Ms. Spooner-Agnew for a great show, it is clear how hard they worked with the kids to have it sound so good.

NEW INFO – Opt your child IN for COVID testing at Long Branch – Parents/guardians that would like their child to participate in the optional COVID weekly COVID testing need to re-submit forms for testing to continue after January 1 due to APS changing who is conducting the testing. Please see more information here. To go straight to the form, please click here. You will need to have your child’s “Student ID” number ready to input.

Buddy Family Sign-Up – Did you know we enroll over 20 new families to Long Branch each year (not including new Kindergarten families)? Would you be willing to be a “Buddy Family” to a new family? If so, please sign up here. Thank you for considering!

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

VACCINES – Want to know another great reason to get vaccinated? Once your child is considered fully vaccinated (two weeks from the second shot), if they are found to be a close contact, they do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms (or are COVID positive).

  • Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here.
  • In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly. Important Dates Coming Up

  • January 11 – Picture Retakes (if your child did not take their school picture yet)
  • January 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (holiday for students and staff)

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.News from the PTAWinter Enrichment Registration – Registration is January 3-10 and classes begin on January 24.  More information can be found atwww.enrichmentmatters.com/longbranch or in the attached flyer.


Friday, December 10, 2021 – Weekly Roar #16Lion looking at Snowman and boy and dog

Thank you, thank you – thank you to those of you who donated money and/or clothing items from the Amazon wish list that the PTA put out. I am continuously amazed at the generosity and support of the LB community. With your support, we are able to support over 30 families for the holidays.

NEW INFO – Opt your child IN for COVID testing at Long Branch – Parents/guardians that would like their child to participate in the optional COVID weekly COVID testing need to re-submit forms for testing to continue after January 1 due to APS changing who is conducting the testing. Please see more information here. To go straight to the forms, please click here. You will need to have your child’s “Student ID” number ready to input.

Buddy Family Sign-Up – Did you know we enroll over 20 new families to Long Branch each year (not including new Kindergarten families)? Would you be willing to be a “Buddy Family” to a new family? If so, please sign up here. Thank you for considering!

APS MLK Contest – it is open to all APS students. Find out more details here: https://www.apsva.us/post/2022-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-literary-and-visual-arts-contest-now-open/

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

Lost and Found – our lost and found is overflowing with coats and jackets. We will donate the clothing not claimed over the winter break. If your child is missing a coat/sweatshirt, please have them check the cafeteria where the lost and found is located. Please also put your child’s name on water bottles, lunch boxes, and winter clothing. Anything with a name on it will be reunited with the student.

VACCINES – Community clinics and local pediatricians have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here. In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily

Important Dates Coming Up

  • December 13 – 17 Spirit Week
  • December 21 – 31 Winter Break (no school for students)
  • January 11 – Picture Retakes (if your child did not take their school picture yet)

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, December 3, 2021 – Weekly Roar #15 Picture of Lion sitting on Happy December blocks

APS MLK Contest – it is open to all APS students. Find out more details here: https://www.apsva.us/post/2022-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-literary-and-visual-arts-contest-now-open/

Teacher of the Year nominations – please click here to nominate a LB teacher. The list of eligible teachers was sent on Monday, November 29 to your email.

Picture Retakes – Tuesday, January 11th if your child did not take their school picture this past Monday.

Gifted News – Check out this month’s newsletter to find out about a Literary and Visual Arts contest open to all students K-12, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Deadline for entries is December 16th, and winners will be recognized by the Arlington Public Schools Superintendent and School board in January 2022. You can also learn more about the abilities tests that APS uses as one of the components in gifted identification. As always, check for updates on our school websiteand feel free to reach out to Ms. Clark at celine.clark@apsva.us if you have any questions.  December Newsletter        Spanish Version

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

VACCINES – Community clinics and local pediatricians have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here. In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

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. We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • December 8 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • December 21 – 31 Winter Break (no school for students)

NOVA District PTA Military Connected Family Meeting (Virtual) – December 8

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.

From the PTA President, Marina Turner:

I am pleased to announce the Long Branch Elementary 2021-22 Online Directory has launched. The online directory provides contact information for Long Branch staff, students, and parents. We hope the directory will prove to be a valuable tool for connecting with our community.

To access the directory, go to https://longbranch.schoolhouse.directory. If you signed in last year, your password should still work. If you have forgotten your password or are new to the directory, click on the ‘need your password‘ link. It is next to the submit button. Then enter your email address and click ‘submit’.

Your password will be sent to the email address provided in ParentVue. If you do not receive the email, please wait a few hours and check your spam folder.


Happy Thanksgiving! Picture that says Happy Thanksgiving Lions!

In the spirit of the holidays this week, I want to say how thankful I am for the Long Branch community.  Thank you for your all support, thank you for the kind words, and thank you for being YOU!

The office will be closed Wednesday – Friday this week. We will see everyone Monday for Picture Day!

Parents of children in grades 3 – 5 – Your child’s Virginia Growth Assessment scores are available in ParentVUE. Please click here to find the link for interpreting the Reading / Math scores. There are also parent resources available on the website.

Information about Interpreting Student Data

Outdoor Lunch Update – Thank you to the parents that completed the survey last week regarding outdoor lunches during the winter. The majority of parents continued to favor eating outside. Students should bring something to sit on (towel, blanket, yoga mat) as the ground is cold. The PTA is looking into purchasing small cushions for the children to use, so for now, please send your child with something to sit on.

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.

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

VACCINES – Community clinics and local pediatricians have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Students have been excited and proud to share with me upon arrival each morning that they have received their vaccine shot. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here. In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish). Please note that we do not know the vaccination status of students, so I cannot share how many students have received their first shot.

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

November is Family Engagement in Education Month – Here are some resources from VDOE.

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. We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • November 24 – 26 → Thanksgiving Break, no school for students (and staff)
  • November 29 – Picture Day
  • NOVA District PTA Military Families Committee December Meeting will be on December 6, from 8-9p. More details to follow!
  • December 8 – Early Release for students at 12:51

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.


Friday, November 19, 2021Picture that says Happy Thanksgiving Lions

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.

Outdoor lunches during the winter – I would like parent input to Long Branch’s decisions around outdoor lunch during the winter months. Please complete this one question survey. It is in both English and Spanish. Thank you. https://forms.gle/3Pgd3PK4CAnsuFXW8

Counselor’s Corner – Long Branch’s school counselors continue to teach lessons about bullying and being good upstanders. Part of what the counselors want to emphasize through their lessons is that not all mean behavior is bullying. BUT mean behavior is important to address and we want to empower all our lions to deal with teasing and unkindness. Here are some ways students can handle unkind behavior from peers and siblings:

  1. Shrug. When someone teases us they want to ‘get a rise’ out of us. By shrugging we let them know that we won’t give them that power.
  2. Bug and a Wish. Tell the person what you feel without blame: It bugs me when you_______________ I wish you would______________.
  3. Agree. This might be the most counterintuitive suggestion. What if someone says to your child, “your lunch stinks” and they say, ‘Yes it does’. Here again students give the person/sibling/peer teasing them no control over them or their reactions.

Feel free to practice teasing and responding (using these three tools) around the dinner table. When kids practice standing up to teasing they feel empowered and prepared to deal with the mean behavior of others!

We wanted to let you know that between Thanksgiving and winter break, Long Branch’s school counselors will be teaching child protection lessons in every K-5 classroom. We teach students the ‘touching/private body part rule’. The touching rule explains that no person should ever touch your child’s private body parts except to keep them healthy. We describe ‘private body parts’ as those parts of our body covered by swim trunks or a two-piece bathing suit. We also explain how important it is for students to report to a trusted adult if the ‘private body parts’ rule is ever broken. Our hope is that through these lessons we will empower all our Long Branch Lions to stay safe and thrive. Please check out the letters attached for more information. English    Spanish    Amharic    Arabic     Mongolian

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

Student Services Newsletter – I have been asked to share this website with families.

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • November 19 – Progress Reports available on ParentVUE today!
  • November 24 – 26 → Thanksgiving Break, no school for students (and staff)
  • November 29 – Picture Day
  • December 8 – Early Release for students at 12:51

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.


Friday, November 12, 2021 Picture that says November 12

Unable to make it to the PTA meeting this past Tuesday?  The literacy team put together a great presentation on the shifts in literacy instruction occurring at APS schools and definitely at Long Branch. Please see their presentation here .

Ms. Martin, one of our school counselors, shared information about the upcoming lessons that both Ms. Fuller and Ms. Martin will be presenting in classrooms soon regarding child protection. Please see the slides of the presentation here. 

Cold weather – Please let us know if your child needs a coat now that the weather has gotten colder.  We have some to distribute. We will continue eating lunch outside (winter lunch plans are on the school website) and we will continue to have recess outside, so it is important that students have warm coats. Just email me at jessica.dasilva@apsva.us

VACCINES!!!  We have been waiting a while for this, and now they are here! Community clinics and local pediatricians have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Students have been excited and proud to share with me upon arrival each morning that they have received their first vaccine shot. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is here. In this short video (from FCPS) we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. (A video in Spanish)

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

NOVA District Military Family PTA  – Military families face many challenges when it comes to frequent moves, varying academic requirements, and other stressors that relate to change. The all-volunteer Military Families Committee of the NOVA District PTA has taken a team approach to researching what information would best benefit inbound families and look forward to expanding the resources, creating community, and advocating for our students. Contact communications@novadistrictpta.org to learn more. Serving Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, and Falls Church City PTAs and PTSAs.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily

Important Dates Coming Up

  • November 19 – Progress Reports available on ParentVUE
  • November 24 – 26 → Thanksgiving Break, no school for students (and staff)
  • November 29 – Picture Day

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, November 5, 2021 Picture that says "Hello November"

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

Gifted News – Happy Fall, Long Branch! In this month’s newsletter (Spanish version), learn more about the APS Critical and Creative Thinking Framework and see some of the ways it’s being implemented in our school. You can also find out about a free upcoming parent webinar on November 18th about igniting and cultivating lifelong readers. Be sure to check out the school’s website for regular updates, or reach out to Ms. Clark, our Resource Teacher for the Gifted, if you have any questions (celine.clark@apsva.us).

Want to volunteer? Please visit this website to learn more about the volunteer application process.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily

Important Dates Coming Up

  • November 9 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 pm
  • November 11 – No school for students (Veteran’s Day)

Picture Day – is November 29 (retakes on January 11). If you submitted money online, it will still be in the account. If you sent money in, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like them to return it to you.

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, October 29, 2021 Picture that says "Happy Halloween, Lions"

Want to recognize a staff member for doing something great? Please submit their name here. These “kudos” are shared with all staff weekly.

APS Food Survey – Arlington’s Food Security Task Force is reaching out to the community to hear about their experience in accessing food in Arlington. We are working with the Urban Institute to survey residents living in the 22203 and 22204 zip codes to help us improve access to nutritional food. Residents in certain areas of these zip codes will be receiving a postcard in the mail this week inviting them to participate in the survey, including those served by your school. These neighborhoods overlap some school boundaries, so at some schools, nearly all families will receive the postcard, while others will have only a few families receiving the survey. Long Branch families may receive a postcard – this is a legitimate mailing.

The post card will have a link and a QR code to access the survey. There’s also a phone line that people can call for help or to have someone administer the survey in English or Spanish. Anyone who completes the survey will be given the opportunity to receive a thank you gift of a $10 Visa or Amazon gift card. They’ll get two more postcard reminders over the course of the coming month. The survey will close on Monday, November 22.

Want to volunteer? Please visit this website to learn more about the volunteer application process.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily

Important Dates Coming Up

  • CANCELLED – October 29 – 5-7 pm LB Food Truck Picnic out back of Long Branch
  • November 2 – No school for students (grade preparation day for teachers)
  • November 4 – No school for students (Diwali)
  • November 9 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 pm
  • November 11 – No school for students (Veteran’s Day)

Picture Day – has been rescheduled for November 29 (retakes on January 11). If you submitted money online, it will still be in the account. If you sent money in, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like them to return it to you.

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, October 22, 2021 Picture with a dog and a pumpkin in fall

The front office is closed Friday, October 22 – The office personnel will be teleworking on Friday, October 22nd. If you need assistance, please leave a voicemail and someone will return your call as soon as they can. It may be quicker to email the person you have a question for:

Bullying Prevention Spirit Week – We will also have a spirit week next week to close out the bullying prevention month of lessons through the school counselors.  These will be the dress up days:

  • Monday, October 25 – Team Up Against Bullying! – Wear your favorite team clothing
  • Tuesday, October 26 – Hats Off to Upstanders! – Wear your favorite hat
  • Wednesday, October 27 – Let’s Put Bullying to Sleep! – Wear pajamas
  • Thursday, October 28 – It’s Okay to be Different! – Wear mismatched clothing
  • Friday, October 29 – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover! – Dress as your favorite book character!

Gifted News –

  •  The William & Mary Center for Gifted Education is providing two parent seminars on Saturday, October 23rd. Session 1 will be about “Dealing with Perfectionism” with Dr. Jennifer Cross (10:00am – 10:50am); Session 2 is “Understanding Gifted Children” with Dr. Ashley Carpenter (11:00am – 11:50am). Click here for registration information and descriptions of each session ($20 per session).
  • Registration deadline for the November sessions of the Student Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) is Monday, October 25th.
  • Student SEP Session 2 will be held November 6, 13, & 20 (from 10am – 12pm). Students in grades 3-9 can participate in a variety of classes. Click here for the Fall Brochure and register directly on the William & Mary website. For the student recommendation form, contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Clark (Resource Teacher for Gifted, celine.clark@apsva.us).
  • The Virginia Association for the Gifted is pleased to present a free workshop Understanding Your Child’s Style with Susan Baum, on Thursday, October 28th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Register at https://www.vagifted.org. See the flyer for more details about this free event.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • October 22 – No school for students, front office is closed
  • October 27 – Early Release for students at 12:51 (Professional Learning for Staff)
  • October 29 – 5-7 pm LB Food Truck Picnic out back of Long Branch
  • November 2 – No school for students (grade preparation day for teachers)
  • November 4 – No school for students (Diwali)
  • November 9 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 pm
  • November 11 – No school for students (Veteran’s Day)

Picture Day – has been rescheduled for November 29 (retakes on January 11). If you submitted money online, it will still be in the account. If you sent money in, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like them to return it to you.

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, October 15, 2021 Picture that says "My favorite color is October"

Standards Based Grading – as shared at Back to School Night, Long Branch has moved to Standards Based Grading this year. Here is more information about this practice. Paper copies of this handout will be in your child’s Friday folder today.   English   Spanish   Arabic   Amharic   Mongolian

Long Branch’s commitment to continuing learning during the quarantine period for students – all Long Branch students who need to quarantine will have access to limited live streamed instruction (live streaming allows students to view  and listen to their teacher providing instruction in the physical classroom in real-time).

  • Per APS guidelines, the student and teacher do not interact in any way.
  • Live streaming simply provides a way for students to stay connected to the class instruction during the time they are quarantined and feeling fine.
  • Please click here for more details regarding students who need to quarantine and their access to learning.

Long Branch PTA Directory – Our school has an online directory that includes student and family contact information, grade level assignments and other PTA information. Families use the directory to connect with other families about classroom or school activities. If you would like your family contact information to be included in the PTA Directory, select Yes, when you are completing the Annual Online Verification Process (AVOP) through ParentVue. (You can go back and update your AVOP to note your preference before Oct. 29). The directory will be updated for this year’s information after the AVOP deadline on Oct. 29.

Unity Day and Bullying Prevention Spirit Week – As was shared in last week’s Weekly Roar, this month we will start talking about bullying prevention during counseling lessons. Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 20th will be Unity Day. Unity Day is when we wear orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. We will also have a spirit week the last week of October . These will be the dress up days:

  • Monday, October 25 – Team Up Against Bullying! – Wear your favorite team clothing
  • Tuesday, October 26 – Hats Off to Upstanders! – Wear your favorite hat
  • Wednesday, October 27 – Let’s Put Bullying to Sleep! – Wear pajamas
  • Thursday, October 28 – It’s Okay to be Different! – Wear mismatched clothing
  • Friday, October 29 – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover! – Dress as your favorite book character!

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate for students entering the building daily

Important Dates Coming Up

  • October 21 – Early Release for students at 12:51 (Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • October 22 – No school for students (Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • October 27 – Early Release for students at 12:51 (Professional Learning for Staff)
  • October 29 – 5-7 pm LB Food Truck Picnic out back of Long Branch
  • November 2 – No school for students (grade preparation day for teachers)
  • November 4 – No school for students (Diwali)
  • November 9 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 pm
  • November 11 – No school for students (Veteran’s Day)

Friday, October 8, 2021Picture that says "Enjoy Your 3 day weekend, Lions"

Social Media/Netflix – As many of you know, there has been a TikTok monthly theme going around encouraging vandalism and other inappropriate acts for students to conduct on school property. Dr. Durán released a statement about this topic, you may read it here. There have also been students who have watched the recent Netflix’s series, Squid Games, and have been re-enacting those games during recess. We have spoken with those students specifically as well as the 4th grade teachers have spoken to classes in general. We urge parents to talk with their children about social media and other trending topics regularly.  It takes conversations from both the school and home to continue to reinforce positive and appropriate behaviors. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Jackson or me with questions about any of this.

The Long Branch Book Fair is next week!

  • When:  October 12-15  students will come with their classes one day to browse the books and one to shop.
  • Family Shopping Night: Wednesday, October 13th 5-8pm in the Long Branch Library. Families will need to sign for a 15 minute time slot to shop. Link to sign up to shop
  • VOLUNTEER’S NEEDED!!! Please sign up to volunteer with this event! The PTA is still in need of help to make this event a success! Link to VOLUNTEER
    • What is READ? Read Early and Daily (READ) is an Arlington non-profit whose mission is to ensure babies and young children have new, quality, and culturally relevant books of their own that are mirrors and windows into their everyday lives and communities. The cool and unique way READ operates is that all the revenue earned from book sales goes directly back into its programming to get new, FREE books into the hands of the vulnerable young children they serve right here in our community. Additionally, READ’s book offerings are curated for their cultural understanding and diverse and inclusive representation. Learn more about how all children benefit from reading mirror and window books.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. Weekly testing is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive, which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Qualtrics Daily Health Screener – please continue to complete the daily health screener for your child. Right now, we only have about a 50% completion rate of students.

Important Dates Coming Up

  • October 11 – No school for students. The front office is teleworking, please leave a voicemail message if you need assistance and they will return your call in a timely manner
  • October 21 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 22 – No school for students

Picture Day – has been rescheduled for November 29 (retakes on January 11). If you submitted money online, it will still be in the account. If you sent money in, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like them to return it to you.

Counselor’s Corner – Over the last few weeks the school counselors delivered lessons about expected versus unexpected behaviors. The concept can be a helpful one for students both at school and at home. Expected behaviors are behaviors that give people around your students comfortable thoughts about them and are the norm for the setting. Classroom rules/expectations are the expected behaviors in the classroom and are taught consistently. (Examples of expected behaviors: raising hands, paying attention, being respectful, etc.) Unexpected behaviors are the behaviors that give people uncomfortable thoughts about students. The unexpected behaviors for the classroom are not always taught, but it’s important to teach students about how unexpected behaviors can affect their learning, as well as the learning of others. (Examples of unexpected behaviors: hitting, blurting out, not completing work, wandering around the room etc.) Expected/Unexpected behaviors are a helpful way to explain how students’ choices affect others without shaming them. Can you think of expected and unexpected behaviors within your home? Do you find the expected/unexpected framing of behaviors helpful?

Next week we will officially begin our bullying prevention lessons since October is National Bullying Prevention Month. On Wednesday, October 20th we will participate in Unity Day where we will wear orange to show we are against bullying behaviors and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. We will also have a Bullying Prevention Spirit Week from October 25-29. Spirit days will be announced in the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Ms. Martin, stephanie.martin@apsva.us; Ms. Fuller, danielle.fuller@aspva.us

Join Blue Star Families and Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) at our fall festival! You’ll enjoy learning about local resources from nonprofits, goodie bags, activities, giveaways for the kids, apple cider donuts and popcorn for all, and connecting with local military and Veteran families.Parent Teacher Conferences – all parent teacher conferences will be virtual this year.  If it will be a hardship for you to have a virtual conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will let parents know the days/times they are available to meet. Teachers would like to meet with all parents. Please direct any questions you may have to your child’s teacher.

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, October 1, 2021 Picture that says "Hello October"

Did you receive a text message from Long Branch around 8:40 or so on Tuesday night reminding folks that there was an early release on Wednesday? If not, you are not signed up to receive texts from the school and possibly APS.

Opt-in to text alerts: Stay informed with APS’ delayed openings, closures, and more. Text the word YES to 67587 to opt in.

  • Make sure Long Branch has your cell phone number in their database, designated as a cell phone. You can verify this information on ParentVUE (Your cell number may already be listed as your home number, or work number, but it must also be listed separately as a cell phone to receive texts.)
  • If you need assistance with ParentVUE please call the front office at 703-228-4220 or send an email to flor.williams@apsva.us

Important Dates Coming Up

  • October 5 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 p.m. (Zoom link was sent out to LB families on Monday)
  • October 6 – Walk, Ride, or Roll to School Day
  • The annual Bike, Walk, and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 6th. If it is a safe possibility, students are encouraged to bike, walk, or roll to school on that day.
  • October 11 – No school for students
  • October 21 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 22 – No school for students

Picture Day – has been rescheduled for November 29 (retakes on January 11). If you submitted money online, it will still be in the account. If you sent money in, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like them to return it to you.

Gifted News – Hello Long Branch Families! In this month’s newsletter (Spanish version), read about two Critical and Creative Thinking strategies that support learning and can be used at home. You can also learn about some upcoming extracurricular enrichment opportunities for students offered through the College of William & Mary beginning October 16th, as well as a writing contest for students aged 8-12. Be sure to check out the school’s website for more information, or reach out to Ms. Clark, our Resource Teacher for the Gifted, if you have any questions (celine.clark@apsva.us).

Parent Teacher Conferences – all parent teacher conferences will be virtual this year. If having a virtual conference will be a hardship for you, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will let parents know the days/times they are available to meet. Teachers would like to meet with all parents. Please direct any questions you may have to your child’s teacher.

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). We currently are sitting at about 20% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. It is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Have a child entering Middle School in the Fall of 2022?  Check this out

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

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 24, 2021 Banner says Welcome Fall Lions!

Important Dates Coming Up

  • September 29 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 1 – Picture Day (information coming home today in your child’s backpack)
  • October 5 – Virtual PTA meeting at 6 p.m. (Zoom link will be shared later today)
  • October 11 – No school for students
  • October 21 – Early Release for students at 12:51
  • October 22 – No school for students

Changing Dismissal Plans?  Please try to keep how your child goes home consistent daily. If you do need to change plans, please email the teacher first thing in the morning. If you do not hear back from the teacher to verify receipt of the change, you may call the office before 2:20 to change plans. Please do not call after 2:20 to change your plans, we try to limit disruptions to the classrooms as much as possible, and with the phones ringing to notify the teacher of the change, it is very disruptive. Thank you.

Parent Teacher Conferences – all parent teacher conferences will be virtual this year. Your child’s teacher will let parents know the days/times they are available to meet. Teachers would like to meet with all parents. Please direct any questions you may have to your child’s teacher.

Dogs on school grounds – school staff has noticed lately that there have been a lot of dogs going to the bathroom where students are eating lunch outside (and the items are not always being removed). If you notice people letting their dogs go to the bathroom on our grass, please let them know that students eat there, and we would ask that dogs don’t go to the bathroom where students eat. We also have families walk their children to school and bring their dogs with them, and often dogs interact with other dogs in a threatening manner. We also have students and staff that are afraid of dogs, so kindly consider leaving your dog(s) at home with you when dropping off and picking up your child from school. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping school grounds as clean and safe for students and staff as possible.

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). We currently are sitting at about 17% opt in for students. Please be sure to read through APS’ information regarding pool testing. There is A LOT of misinformation out there about it. It is an incredibly efficient way to identify students that are COVID positive which is another safety mitigation layer to keep COVID positive numbers down at Long Branch.

Library News – The Book Fair is coming to Long Branch October 12-15th!  We will be using R.E.A.D.  again which is a local nonprofit Arlington bookstore. Wednesday, October 13th will be the family night from 5-8pm. Be sure  to mark this on your calendar! Look for an email from the PTA in the coming days to volunteer either during the day and/or for the night event to help make the book fair successful! Interested in volunteering during the book fair, sign up here R.E.A.D. Books volunteers: Long Branch Fall 2021 Book Fair (signupgenius.com).

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

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, 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.

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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.