Latest Updates from Long Branch

Thursday, March 19, 2020 note from your Principal:

Good morning LBES Families,

We hope you all are safe and well. Your flexibility and support are deeply appreciated during these unprecedented times. Please find below guidelines and expectations for our staff and students during this school closure period.



  • Teachers will work with students to review content from the year so far. This includes reviewing for end of year assessments.
  • If you have missing assignments from before March 20th and would like to submit them to improve your grade, please work with your teacher directly.
  • Teachers may provide new material and collect formative assessments to check for understanding. This work will not be graded.
  • The third quarter will end on Friday, March 20th.
  • Students should access their online courses via Canvas by going to From within this interface, all online resources available to them at school are available remotely. Students may interact with class resources and communicate with their teachers from within the Canvas interface.


  • Students who belong to a Canvas course:
  • Students should log into Canvas at least once a day to check for assignments and instructions from teachers.
  • Students should consider creating a daily schedule to maintain a routine during our school closure.
    • Students who do not have a Canvas course → teachers have sent home packets or are communicating through SeeSaw the work for students to complete.
  • School counselors will be available to support students during the school closure. Reach out to them via their APS email.
  • If students have questions or concerns, reach out to your teachers at their APS email or via Canvas.



  • The Department of Education, along with APS, has provided expectations/guidelines to use during this current school closure. Case Carriers will continue to be responsible for maintaining the special education timeline, in regards to holding annual IEP meetings.
  • Parents/guardians with students who have an IEP or a 504 plan should consult with their Case Carrier regarding special supports and accommodations.  Third quarter IEP Goal Progress Updates will be based upon available goal progress information. IEP and re-evaluation dates will be modified, as needed.


  • For students who have a Canvas course, have your child log into their Canvas page see what assignments are communicated by teachers and what assignments your child(ren) have completed
  • For students without a Canvas course, please reach out to your child’s teacher for updates
  • Please feel free to email your child’s teacher regardless of whether they have a Canvas course or not!


  • APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street). Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Children must be present to receive the meals; no meals will be given to parents without their child or children present. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided Monday-Friday beginning 3/16/2020.
  • REAL FOOD FOR KIDS RAPID RESPONSE – Real Food for Kids Partners with Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery to Make Plant-Based Meals for Kids and their Families during Arlington County School Closure.  Arlington County chef and small business owner, David Guas, of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, is partnering with Real Food for Kids to serve free lunches to needy Arlington County children and their families during the closure of the school district. Fruitful Planet will be participating in providing a variety of fruits for the meals to go.  Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Guas and Real Food for Kids will be cooking up vegetarian meals for grab-and-go distribution at his Arlington restaurant, Bayou Bakery, located one block from the Courthouse metro. The nourishing New Orleans favorite, Red Beans and Rice, will be served on Tuesday, and each subsequent meal in the initial week of the program will also be a plant-based dish rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In order to be compatible with a broad range of dietary and religious restrictions, only vegetarian options will be served during this first week of school closure.  After March 17, they will provide meals each weekday until schools reopen. Updates will be posted on the Bayou Bakery Facebook page if they are unable to serve meals due to changing circumstances.  Bayou Bakery is taking all the steps recommended by the CDC, as well as precautionary measures beyond its normally strict health and sanitation practices to give families in need a nutritious meal, made with love —a definite bright spot in anyone’s day.  Arlington children and families can come to Bayou Bakery to pick up a meal, no questions asked. Bayou Bakery is located at 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201, 703.243.2410
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) will continue to provide free weekly groceries to Arlingtonians in need. Distributions will continue at the Shirlington headquarters at 2708 South Nelson Street Monday – Friday 10 am – 12 noon, Tue & Thu 7 – 8 pm, and Sat 9 – 11 am.  So far, the only food distribution centers that have closed are Arlington Career Center and Gunston Community Center. Clients who normally shop at these centers may come to the Nelson headquarters during regular hours of operation. All other food distribution centers remain open at this time.  Any Arlingtonian may be served one time without a referral. You must provide a photo ID and proof of address (lease or utility bill). After that, you must get a referral from the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau.  See website for details.



  • We will continue to work closely with APS to monitor our ability to continue with events scheduled to occur after April 14th. This includes, but is not limited to, SOLs, PTA activities, and end of the year activities/promotion.
  • As we have more information, we will communicate with teachers, students, and families.


  • Please complete the APS Go Survey!
  • 2020 APSGo! Travel Survey for families of preK – 10th grade students available at this link in English & Spanish through Friday, April 3, 2020.
  • Please adhere to all guidelines and recommendations regarding Social Distancing

Thank you for your cooperation.  Please stay safe and be well during this challenging time.Jessica

Monday, March 16, 2020 note from your Principal:

Good morning, I wanted to remind you of several things this week:


Schools have prepared to deliver instruction to students during this period. Teachers and staff have carefully put together online resources, activities, and/or learning packets that have been distributed to students.Additionally, APS put together optional activities for students by grade level. Parents can find these by logging into their ParentVUE accounts and going to “Documents” section from the menu on the left.

If you have questions about how to access the instructional materials for your child, please contact your student’s teacher.

Please note the last day of the third-quarter grading period has been moved to March 20. Teachers will be able to use work submitted by that date for any assignments assigned prior to Friday, March 13 for calculating third-quarter grades. Report cards will still be sent home to families at the end of April as previously scheduled.

Food Services

Beginning Monday, March 16, APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street). Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11 AM to 1 PM, Monday-Friday. APS will provide one lunch for that day and one breakfast to take home for the following day. These meals will be provided to all children aged 2 to 18 without charge and are the same for all children. The child must be present to receive the meals; no meals will be given to parents without the child present. More information is available here.


For the duration of APS school closings due to COVID-19, school staff will be monitoring email addresses where families can seek technical help with issues related to Internet connectivity and core student digital learning systems (i.e., Canvas, Google, and SeeSaw). If your child is experiencing technical difficulties with their 1:1 device, please email

Other County-Wide Closings

Due to APS closings and the inability to keep a safe social distance of six feet during activities, Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has announced the cancellation of all activities and programs effective immediately until April 20. Among others, this includes all Enjoy Arlington classes, nature & history programs, community arts programs, DPR sports leagues, Spring Break camps, community center gyms and fitness rooms, and scheduled birthday parties. Additional details are available here.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Arlington Public Library’s Central Library and the Columbia Pike Branch plan to reopen on their regular schedule for Wi-Fi and public PC use for adults and children. Self-service access to adult materials will be available; Youth Services access will be closed to all at this time. All other Library locations will remain closed and all Library programs cancelled until further notice. Online services are available 24/7 with your library card. Additional details are available here.

Additional Resources and Information

Many companies are choosing to make their online learning products and resources available for free to schools, teachers, and students affected by the COVID-19 closings. A compilation of some of these is available on this blog. Other resources that have been shared via Long Branch-affiliated Twitter and Facebook accounts include Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, Greg Tang Math, and ideas for art activities and lessons. In addition, Key Elementary School PTA (in English/Spanish) and Abingdon ES have compiled extensive lists of available online learning and community support resources, which will be updated throughout the closure period.

Families are also encouraged to stay informed by visiting the Arlington County’s coronavirus website for situation updates, tips on staying safe, and more; the CDC website for extensive information and resources for different audiences; or by contacting the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 1-877-ASK-VDH3.

I will share updates on this constantly evolving situation via our regular communication channels including, our Long Branch APS website, emails from me, Facebook, and Twitter. In the meantime, we wish all our families, students, teachers, and staff to stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. Please remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing – and read every day!

Thank you,


Buenos días, Quería recordarte varias cosas esta semana:


Las escuelas se han preparado para impartir instrucción a los estudiantes durante este período. Los maestros y el personal han reunido cuidadosamente recursos, actividades y / o paquetes de aprendizaje en línea que se han distribuido a los estudiantes. Además, APS organizó actividades opcionales para los estudiantes por grado. Los padres pueden encontrarlos iniciando sesión en su ParentVUE cuentas e ir a la sección “Documentos” desde el menú de la izquierda.

Si tiene preguntas sobre cómo acceder a los materiales de instrucción para su hijo, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo.

Tenga en cuenta que el último día del período de calificaciones del tercer trimestre se ha trasladado al 20 de marzo. Los maestros podrán utilizar el trabajo presentado antes de esa fecha para cualquier tarea asignada antes del viernes 13 de marzo para calcular las calificaciones del tercer trimestre. Las boletas de calificaciones aún se enviarán a las familias a fines de abril como se había programado previamente.

Servicios de comida

A partir del lunes 16 de marzo, APS proporcionará desayunos y almuerzos gratuitos para llevar en dos sitios escolares: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) y Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street) . Las comidas se establecerán en una mesa fuera del edificio para su distribución de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m., de lunes a viernes. APS proporcionará un almuerzo para ese día y un desayuno para llevar a casa para el día siguiente. Estas comidas se proporcionarán a todos los niños de 2 a 18 años sin cargo y son las mismas para todos los niños. El niño debe estar presente para recibir las comidas; no se darán comidas a los padres sin el niño presente. Más información está disponible aquí


Durante el cierre de las escuelas de APS debido a COVID-19, el personal de la escuela supervisará las direcciones de correo electrónico donde las familias pueden buscar ayuda técnica con problemas relacionados con la conectividad a Internet y los sistemas de aprendizaje digital de los estudiantes centrales (es decir, Canvas, Google y SeeSaw). Si su hijo tiene dificultades técnicas con su dispositivo 1: 1, envíe un correo electrónico a

Otros cierres en todo el condado

Debido al cierre de APS y la incapacidad de mantener una distancia social segura de seis pies durante las actividades, el Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Arlington (DPR) ha anunciado la cancelación de todas las actividades y programas con efecto inmediato hasta el 20 de abril. Entre otros, esto incluye todo Clases de Arlington, programas de naturaleza e historia, programas de artes comunitarias, ligas deportivas de DPR, campamentos de vacaciones de primavera, gimnasios y gimnasios de centros comunitarios y fiestas de cumpleaños programadas. Detalles adicionales están disponibles aquí .

A partir del lunes 16 de marzo, la Biblioteca Central de la Biblioteca Pública de Arlington y la sucursal de Columbia Pike planean reabrir en su horario regular para el uso de Wi-Fi y PC pública para adultos y niños. El acceso de autoservicio a materiales para adultos estará disponible; El acceso a los Servicios Juveniles estará cerrado para todos en este momento. Todas las demás ubicaciones de la Biblioteca permanecerán cerradas y todos los programas de la Biblioteca se cancelarán hasta nuevo aviso. Servicios en línea están disponibles 24/7 con su tarjeta de la biblioteca. Detalles adicionales están disponibles aquí .

Recursos e información adicionales

Muchas compañías están optando por hacer que sus productos y recursos de aprendizaje en línea estén disponibles de forma gratuita para las escuelas, los maestros y los estudiantes afectados por los cierres de COVID-19. Una compilación de algunos de estos está disponible en este blog . Otros recursos que se han compartido a través de cuentas de Twitter y Facebook afiliadas a Long Branch incluyen Currículum de conciencia fonémica de Heggerty Greg Tang Math ideas para actividades artísticas y lecciones . Adicionalmente, PTA de la escuela primaria clave (en inglés / español) y Abingdon ES hemos compilado listas extensas de recursos disponibles de aprendizaje en línea y apoyo comunitario, que se actualizarán durante el período de cierre.

También se alienta a las familias a mantenerse informadas visitando el Sitio web de coronavirus del condado de Arlington para actualizaciones de la situación, consejos para mantenerse a salvo y más; el Sitio web de los CDC para una amplia información y recursos para diferentes audiencias; o comunicándose con la línea de información pública del Departamento de Salud de Virginia al 1-877-ASK-VDH3.

Compartiré actualizaciones sobre esta situación en constante evolución a través de nuestros canales de comunicación habituales, incluido nuestro Sitio web de Long Branch APS , correos electrónicos de mi parte, Facebook Gorjeo . Mientras tanto, deseamos que todas nuestras familias, estudiantes, maestros y personal se mantengan seguros y saludables durante estos tiempos difíciles. ¡Recuerde lavarse las manos, practicar el distanciamiento social y leer todos los días!



Sunday, March 15, 2020 note from your Principal:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Learning activities for your students are now available in ParentVUE. These activities are not required and will not be graded upon your child’s return to school. To access them, please login to ParentVUE (see this link for login help). To access the files attached to your student’s record in the Documents area:

  • Click the drop down in the upper left corner to select your student.
  • Click Documents.

Click the Link for the document that you want to download.I have also been updating the school Facebook page and Twitter with possible resources for parents to use. Thank you all for your support and encouragement as we work through this unprecedented situation.


Estimado Padre /

Tutor,Las actividades de aprendizaje para sus alumnos ahora están disponibles en ParentVUE. Estas actividades no son obligatorias y no se calificarán al regreso de su hijo a la escuela. Para acceder a ellos, inicie sesión en ParentVUE (vea esto enlace para ayuda de inicio de sesión).Para acceder a los archivos adjuntos al registro de su estudiante en el Documentos zona:

  • Haga clic en el menú desplegable en la esquina superior izquierda para seleccionar su estudiante .
  • Hacer clic Documentos .

Haga clic en el Enlace para el documento que desea descargar.También he estado actualizando la escuela pagina de Facebook Twitter con posibles recursos para que los usen los padres.Gracias a todos por su apoyo y aliento mientras trabajamos en esta situación sin precedentes.


Saturday, March 14 note from your principal:

Good afternoon LB Families,

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their tremendous show of support over the last few days as this Corona virus situation has unfolded. We appreciate your patience and flexibility with us. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions as this situation continues. I am here for you.

I have received a few emails about various topics that I want to address in this email to you.

  • Interested in donating gifts cards/food to families? I do not yet have guidance on how to accept these donations, so please consider that AFAC is in need of donations of money, gift cards or food.
    • Many of the families and local shelters depend on these resources.  AFAC will be at the Virginia Square Giant Food grocery store for a food drive on March 21 and March 22 from 10 am – 4 pm.
  • I just sent out information about free lunches and breakfast for students starting Monday. Please contact me directly if you have questions about this.
  • I have attached a sample daily schedule to potentially use with your child(ren) over the next weeks. It is important to keep some kind of routine so that when we do head back to school, the transition back into the classroom is less of a shock. Teachers have not been directed to do some form of distance learning (where you join a Zoom group, Google/Skype chat in order to instruct students). In case you missed what APS put out regarding this, I have included the language below:
    • “…instructional materials have been prepared and should have been distributed by individual schools either in hard copy or electronically. If you have questions about how to access the instructional materials for your child, please contact your student’s teacher. We want to acknowledge that we can never replace the work our teachers do with students in our classrooms; no one expects learning to be as effective as what teachers accomplish directly with students. These activities are meant to help our students maintain their existing skills and knowledge, extend their learning, and prepare a foundation for topics and concepts to come in the fourth-quarter.  During our school closure, teachers will provide instructional activities to review previously taught information and introduce new topics and concepts.“
  • Resources – Here are some websites that have started to gather learning resources/activities for parents. It seems that every hour more resources come out!

2020 iPad home setup