Friday, September 23, 2022 – Weekly Roar

Friday, September 23Banner says Welcome Fall Lions!

Announcements:

  • ParentVUE is an online tool to help you monitor your student’s education. It will allow you to update contact information, emergency contacts, access to your child’s attendance, progress reports, and scheduling. If you need assistance, please call the front office at 703-228-4220.
  • Pet owners – please refrain from bringing your pets with you for arrival and dismissal. Due to the health and safety of students and staff it is best to leave the furry friends at home (unless it is a service animal).

A few reminders:

  • Please be sure to complete the Annual Online Verification Process. Find more information here.
  • School meals are no longer free for all students. Families must apply for free lunches (https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict)
  • Tech, transportation, extended day, registration, food services, or other general issues/questions? Call 703.228.8000 for assistance

Important Dates coming up:

  • September 26 – no school for students – holiday
  • October 5 – no school for students – holiday
  • October 10 – no school for students – teacher workday
  • October 20 – early release for students at 12:20 – Parent/Teacher conferences
  • October 21 – no school for students – Parent/Teacher conferences

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

From the PTA

  • Is your Child an Artist? Submit an Entry to the PTA National (and State and Local) Reflections Contest!
  • The categories are: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film.
  • This year’s theme is: Show Your Voice!
  • Student submissions are due through the online entry form or to the front office by Friday, October 28th.
  • Full contest instructions and the online submission form are here. For any questions, please contact Ashley Riveira at longbranchreflections@gmail.com.
  • Mark your calendar for PTA Events:
    • Fri. Sept. 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. – Parents’ Night Out at Pinemoor.
  • If you’d like to join our PTA listserv and receive our newsletters, email president@lbpta.org to sign up.
  • Check out the PTA’s new website to find out more about our activities.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Announcements:

  • Image that says celebrate constitution day on september 17 with picture of the consitutionOdyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition. In the past few years, Long Branch fielded several Odyssey teams, including a team who finished 2nd in Virginia last year and competed at World Finals in Iowa!  Teams are forming now and we would love more students to get involved. Take a look at the website and come to the information meeting to learn more. Primary division is K-2.  Division 1 is grades 3-5.
  • ParentVUE is an online tool to help you monitor your student’s education. It will allow you to update contact information, emergency contacts, access to your child’s attendance, progress reports, and scheduling. If you need assistance, please call the front office at 703-228-4220.
  • Does your child ride a bus? APS now has a “Where’s the Bus” app to track the bus. Check it out here
  • Arlington Tiered Systems of SupportLearn how APS supports every child.

A few reminders:

Important Dates coming up:

  • September 22 – 23: 5th grade to the Outdoor Lab (overnight trip)
  • September 26 – no school for students – holiday
  • October 5 – no school for students – holiday
  • October 10 – no school for students – teacher workday
  • October 20 – early release for students at 12:20 – Parent/Teacher conferences
  • October 21 – no school for students – Parent/Teacher conferences

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

From the PTA

  • Mark your calendar for PTA Events:
    • Fri. Sept. 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. – Family Food Truck at Long Branch
    • Fri. Sept. 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. – Parents’ Night Out at Pinemoor.
  • Registration for this year’s Fall After School Enrichment classes is open now until September 21. There are only a few spots left for some of the classes! Please visit the Long Branch Enrichment Fall 2022 Website for more details and the flyer. For more information or questions, please email the LBPTA Enrichment Team at enrichment@lbpta.org.
  • If you’d like to join our PTA listserv and receive our newsletters, email president@lbpta.org to sign up.
  • Check out the PTA’s new website to find out more about our activities.

Friday, September 9, 2022Image of the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon Spotlight, in honor of 9/11

Thank you to everyone who came to the PTA meeting on Tuesday and who came out last night to Back to School Night. It has been so wonderful to see everyone in person again! Some folks ask for the Specialist’s presentation, you can find it here.

A few reminders:

  • Pet owners – please refrain from bringing your pets with you for arrival and dismissal. Due to the health and safety of students and staff it is best to leave the furry friends at home (unless it is a service animal).
  • School begins at 7:50 – which means students should be in (or near) their classrooms at this time
  • School meals are no longer free for all students. Families must apply for free lunches (https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict)
  • Families who plan to purchase breakfast/lunches, need to have an account created through MySchoolBucks (https://login.myschoolbucks.com/users/register/getsignup.action?login_hint=&clientID=schoolbucks)
  • Tech, transportation, extended day, registration, food services, or other general issues/questions? Call 703.228.8000 for assistance
  • Please be sure to complete the Annual Online Verification Process. Find more information here.

ParentVUE is an online tool to help you monitor your student’s education. It will allow you to update contact information, emergency contacts, access to your child’s attendance, progress reports, and scheduling. If you need assistance, please call the front office at 703-228-4220.

Does your child ride a bus? APS now has a “Where’s the Bus” app to track the bus. Check it out here!

Arlington Tiered Systems of Support Learn how APS supports every child.

Important Dates coming up:

  • September 13 – 3rd grade to the Outdoor Lab
  • September 15/16 – Virginia Growth Assessments in Grades 3-5, a parent letter will be coming home soon about this assessment
  • September 22 – 23: 5th grade to the Outdoor Lab (overnight trip)
  • September 26 – no school for students – holiday

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

From the PTA

  • This year’s Fall After School Enrichment classes will be from October 3 to December 9th with registration starting Tuesday September 13 at 8:00am until September 21. Please visit the Long Branch Enrichment Fall 2022 Website for more details and the flyer attached to this email. For more information or questions, please email the LBPTA Enrichment Team at enrichment@lbpta.org.
  • Mark your calendar for PTA Events:
    • Fri. Sept. 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. – Family Food Truck at Long Branch
    • Fri. Sept. 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. – Parents’ Night Out at Pinemoor.
  • If you’d like to join our PTA listserv and receive our newsletters, email president@lbpta.org to sign up.
  • Check out the PTA’s new website to find out more about our activities.

Thursday, September 1, 2022Picture that says "Enjoy your long weekend, Lions"

What a great first week back to school! It was such a joy to see all the smiling faces and learning occurring from day 1. Open House is next Thursday, September 8th. This is an event for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the classroom, curriculum, and adults working with your children this year. Thank you for your continued support as we begin what will be the best year of education for your child yet!

A few reminders:

Important Dates coming up:

  • September 2 and 5th – no school for students – holidays
  • September 6 – PTA meeting at 6 pm in the library
  • September 8 – Back to School Night (parents only event)
    • 5:30 – 6:10 Session I (classroom/grade level presentations)
    • 6:15 – 6:45 Session II – Specialists presentation (Art, Music, PE, Coaches, EL teachers)
    • 6:50 – 7:30 Session III (classroom/grade level presentations, same information as Session I)
  • September 13 – 3rd grade to the Outdoor Lab
  • September 15/16 – Virginia Growth Assessments in Grades 3-5, a parent letter will be coming home soon about this assessment
  • September 22 – 23: 5th grade to the Outdoor Lab (overnight trip)
  • September 26 – no school for students – holiday

COVID news: 

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

  • This year’s Fall After School Enrichment classes will be from October 3 to the week of December 9th with registration starting Sept 13 at 8:00am until Sept 21. Please visit the Long Branch Enrichment website for more details and the flyer attached to this email. For more information or questions, please email the LBPTA Enrichment Team at enrichment@lbpta.org.
  • Tues. Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. – PTA Meeting in the Library. Pizza & childcare provided. Come hear about plans for the year!
  • Mark your calendar for PTA Events:
    • Fri. Sept. 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. – Family Food Truck at Long Branch
    • Fri. Sept. 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. – Parents’ Night Out at Pinemoor.
  • If you’d like to join our PTA listserv and receive our newsletters, email president@lbpta.org to sign up.
  • Check out the PTA’s new website to find out more about our activities.

Friday, August 26, 2022Banner that says "Welcome Back Lions"

Welcome to the new school year! I am excited to welcome back both returning families and new families. We have a great staff who are ready for your children to return to us on Monday morning. For those of you who joined us yesterday at Open House – it was so great seeing so many smiling faces! To top off the smiling faces, the Edukits were delivered yesterday, so we are all set for Monday! We look forward to seeing all our scholars Monday morning, don’t forget – school now starts at 7:50, with the front doors opening at 7:35. All students should enter through the front doors (yes, even our third grade students)! As we start the new school year, I want to offer a few questions for you to ask your children as they return home to you in the afternoon instead of the usual, “How was your day?”:

  • What made you smile today?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.

We will continue to send Friday folders home with student work. I will also send “The Weekly Roar” every Friday to your email box. You can also keep up with what we are up to through our Twitter, Facebook, and school website. I am thrilled to start another year with the Long Branch pride, as I know you are as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, Carolyn Jackson (the Assistant Principal), or me with any questions you may have. Here’s to another great year!

Jessica DaSilva

A few reminders:

Important Dates Coming Up

  • August 29 – First day of school for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade
  • August 30 – First day of school for Preschool children
  • September 2 and 5th – no school for students – holidays
  • September 6 – PTA meeting at 6 pm in the library
  • September 8 – Back to School Night (parents only event)

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

From the PTA

  • If you’d like to join our PTA listserv and receive our PTA newsletters, email president@lbpta.org  to sign up.
  • Check out the PTA’s new website to find out more about our activities.