Public Safety Day Postponed & Summer Resources

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Congratulations to our Westfield graduates and to our LTES students on the completion of a wonderful school year!

Public Safety Day Postponed 

Due to possible inclement weather on Saturday, June 11, Public Safety Day has been postponed. We are looking forward to hosting Public Safety Day in the future. Stay tuned.

Student Passwords and Access to Apps over the Summer 

Student passwords will not be reset by the county until they return in the fall. This means that ST Math, Imagine Learning, and Pioneer Valley will remain available to students until August. Lexia will be available through July.

To access these applications, students can go to the LTES Student Links page or login via Schoology (lms.fcps.edu). If you have questions about any of these applications, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Summer Reading Resources

Please encourage your student to read this summer! There are three factors that motivate people to read for pleasure:

  • Choice: Encourage your child to read whatever they want, whatever interests them, whatever they love!  Want some help with book recommendations?   Explore Find Your Next Book through the Fairfax County Public Library and enjoy a great read.
  • Access: Check out the resources below for access to great books and summer reading programs.  Additionally, the LTES Students Link page has access to great online books through MyOn, Tumblebooks, PebbleGo, and more.
  • Modeling: Read to and with your child, and schedule family reading time so your student sees you reading for pleasure!

Thank you for helping shape your student into a lifelong reader and learner!

Additional Summer Resources
  • FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY | Enjoy the 2022 “Summer Reading Adventure” at the Fairfax County Public Library. The program runs from June 10th to August 12th.  Click here for more information.  
  • BARNES AND NOBLE | Students in grades 1-6 earn a free book through the “Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program.”  Students can read eight books and bring their completed journal to a Barnes and Noble store between July 1st and August 31st. Click here for more information.  
  • READING IS FUNDAMENTAL | Your child can go on a virtual summer road trip by reading books about the USA!  Activities, suggested titles, and other ideas for parents can be found here.  Click here for more information.
Counselor Corner

It is hard to believe the school year is coming to an end. Our Lions have persevered through challenges, tried new things and grown in their skills and abilities. We are so proud of all the work they have done this year! In our classroom lessons we are reflecting on the year and setting goals for the summer.

The 6th graders are discussing middle school transitions and took a field trip to Stone MS. Sometimes transitions and new experiences can be uneasy, so remember to talk to your student about the new things that might be coming their way and ease any concerns they might have. Change brings growth! As your student enjoys a break, remember to practice these healthy summer habits: Read together; have fun; enjoy some mindful moments; and wear sunscreen.

Happy Summer! ~LTES Counselors

Once a Lion, Always a Lion

As this school year comes to a close and we are celebrating our learning, we are also sad to say farewell to our sixth graders and some staff members. Our sixth graders are headed to middle school and some staff are retiring, moving away, transferring to other schools, or moving closer to home. We will miss them greatly and support them as they move on to new adventures. 

We wish all the best to:

  • Mrs. Arant, PreK IA
  • Mrs. Ash, SPED Teacher
  • Mrs. Carroll, Reading Specialist
  • Mrs. Csoka, SPED Teacher
  • Sra. Figueroa, First Grade
  • Mrs. Gibson, Kindergarten IA*

  • Mrs. Kohler, Library Assistant*
  • Mrs. MacPherson, Kindergarten IA*
  • Mrs. Maynard, SPED Teacher
  • Mrs. Mondres, Fourth Grade
  • Mrs. Naquin, Second Grade
  • Sra. Tricoli, Second Grade
  • Ms. Schillinger, SPED Teacher
  • Mrs. Richards, SPED Teacher
  • Ms. Rumore, SPED IA 

Please join us in wishing them a fond farewell and all the best in the future. Their contributions to LTES and their impact on us as a school community is greatly appreciated. Once a Lion, Always a Lion!

* indicates retirement

Important Dates

June 11

Public Safety Day Postponed 

August 19 | Save the Date

LTES Open House 

August 22

Lions Return from Summer Break...Welcome 2022-23 school year!

 

Have a wonderful and relaxing summer!

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London Towne EOY Reminders | Public Safety Day

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It was a great week around the Towne...5th and 6th grade chorus, Boosterthon, coffee shop math, working in PreK, and so much more

EOY Reminders Medication Pick Up
  • All student medication must be picked up prior to dismissal on the last day of school.
  • Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.
  • Medication can only be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.
  • Please contact Ms. Fick, our health room aide at 703-227-5410 if you have additional questions.
Return your Library Books
  • It is not too late to return your library books. If you have an LTES library book at home or in your backpack, please return it to school next week. 
2021-22 Yearbooks are Available
  • Yearbooks are available and will be delivered on June 6th to students that previously ordered a yearbook.
  • We have a limited supply of yearbooks that will go on sale Tuesday, June 7 at 8:05-8:25 AM, in the front lobby. The cost of the yearbook is $20.00.
  • Please send in cash and the exact amount for the number of yearbooks you would like to purchase. Yearbooks will be sold until all copies are gone. 
Last Day Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.
  • Please remember that the last day of school is June 10.  Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.
Progress Reports Sent Home on June 10
  • Progress Report cards will go home with students on Friday, June 10.
  • If your child will not be in school please send in a self-addressed stamped envelope to the main office.
  • Parents can also access their child’s Progress Report starting on June 11th via ParentVUE.
Summer Office Hours
  • The LTES office will be open in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 
  • Summer office hours run from June 15 - July 29. 
  • Regular office hours will resume on Monday, August 1.  
Celebrating our Musicians Our Fifth & Sixth Grade Chorus Performance

Click below to enjoy a sneak peak at our fifth and sixth grade lions performing during their concert week. Special thanks to Mrs. Hill and Ms. Perez for their work with students. This concert was delightful. The full performance will be up on our website later this week.

Grades 3 & 4 Musical Showcase

Click here to enjoy a wonderful performance by our Lions in third and fourth grade. 

We are so grateful to our music teachers for their work with our Lions this year. All students were able to perform for a live audience which made each performance extra special. If you missed one of the showcases or the strings & band concerts, click here to enjoy. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. Click here to learn more about Free and Reduced meals in FCPS. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Join us for Public Safety Day on June 11th @ 11a.m.

Come and enjoy a day with our community and Public Safety family. Food, drinks, games, therapy dogs, K9s, cruisers, robots, helicopters, etc. will be a part of our day. All are welcome to attend. 

Important Dates June 6

Final PTA Meeting Virtual & In-Person (LTES Library), 6:00 p.m.| To join virtually:

  1. lms.fcps.edu
  2. Parent/Guardian Login
  3. Groups > 245-London Towne PTA
  4. If New, Join Group > Code: TGZJ-VJT4-KM57N
  5. Zoom > Join
June 7 

Westfield Graduation | Congratulations to the class of 2022!

June 9

Gr. 6 Promotion Ceremony, 9:00 a.m. 

June 10

Last Day of School | Dismissal is @ 1:05 p.m.

Save the Date...LTES Open House is Friday, August 19, 2022

6100 Stone Road, Centreville, Virginia 20120  |  Office: 703-227-5400

Attendance: (703)-227-5454 |  Web | Twitter

LTES Musical Celebrations | Boosterthon | End of Year Updates

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2022 Band Concert

Our 5th and 6th graders performed their Spring Band Concert this week, under the direction of band director Steve Lovecchio, for their their peers during the school day and families in the evening. It was a wonderful performance. we are so proud of these musicians. Check out the recording here  or click the picture below.

Celebrating Music with Grades 3 & 4

Click below to enjoy a sneak peak at our third and fourth grade lions performing during their music showcase this week. Special thanks to Mrs. Hill and Ms. Perez for their work with students...this showcase was a treat!

Boosterthon

London Towne Families!  We’re on our way to reaching our goal of $20,000 for New playground equipment and materials for the school.  Thanks for your support so far!

Please help our school TODAY by sharing your donation link with others or giving to our school if you are able.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY, students can earn a BONUS PRIZE by getting pledges on mybooster.com.

Thanks for helping our school raise funds this year and have a GREAT weekend!! 

Fun Run on Wednesday, June 1st

Students will wear field day colors for the fun run on Wednesday. 

Grade Level Apparel Colors

K- Blue

1st- Red

2nd- Yellow/Orange

3rd- Black

4th- Green

5th- White

6th- Gray

Laptop Collection

All student laptops, chargers and MiFi’s will be collected prior to the  end of the school year.  To support our collection, the following dates will be used to collect student laptops:

  • May 31 | PreK and Kindergarten

  • June 3  | Grades 1 and 2

  • June 6  | Grades 3 and 4  

  • June 7  | Grades 5 and 6

K-2 students who checked out a laptop to use at home during the school year should return them no later than Friday, June 3rd. If your child will be attending an FCPS summer program (ESY or SOAR), they still need to turn in their laptops on the dates listed above. They will be issued a different laptop to use for summer program use only. If your child needs a device to support summer learning and is not enrolled in an FCPS summer program, please contact your classroom teacher.

If your laptop or charger is lost, please contact the office and we will send payment instructions. Laptops cost approximately $481 and charger costs approximately $30, depending on the model you were issued. Any device not returned by Monday, June 13 will be considered lost and families will be billed.

Yearbooks for Sale

We have a limited supply of yearbooks that will go on sale Tuesday, June 7 at 8:05-8:25 AM, in the front lobby. The cost of the yearbook is $20.00. Please send in cash and the exact amount for the number of yearbooks you would like to purchase. Yearbooks will be sold the week of the 6th until all copies are gone. 

Medication Pick Up

All student medication must be picked up prior to dismissal on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. Medication can only be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. Please contact Ms. Fick, our health room aide at 703-227-5410 if you have additional questions.

Summer Opportunities FCPS Summer Opportunities

Click here and explore some of the opportunities available for students during the summer months. Additionally, visit the LTES student links page to access MyOn, Lexia, STMath and so much more.

Join us for Public Safety Day on June 11th @ 11a.m.

Come and enjoy a day with our community and Public Safety family. Food, drinks, games, therapy dogs, K9s, cruisers, robots, helicopters, etc. will be a part of our day. All are welcome to attend. 

Chantilly Academy Hosts CyberCamp | Rising Grades 5-8  

Chantilly Academy is supporting STEM and cybersecurity education by hosting an AFA CyberCamp this summer! This camp welcomes students of all skills levels, so we encourage anyone interested in cybersecurity to register! The camp is for anyone looking to learn about cybersecurity!

Register to attend the AFA CyberCamp being hosted by Chantilly Academy. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect yourself and others from cyber threats on a variety of operating systems! Recommended grades are rising 5th-8th. 

Website: https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/cybercamp

Important Dates May 30 

Memorial Day, Schools Closed

May 31 - June 7

Laptop Collection 

June 1

Boosterthon Fun Run & Math and Literacy Summer Session (see times above)

June 2

Gr. 5 & 6 Chorus Concert, 6:30 p.m.

June 6

Final PTA Meeting Virtual & In-Person (LTES Library), 6:00 p.m.| To join virtually:

  1. lms.fcps.edu
  2. Parent/Guardian Login
  3. Groups > 245-London Towne PTA
  4. If New, Join Group > Code: TGZJ-VJT4-KM57N
  5. Zoom > Join
June 7 

Westfield Graduation | Congratulations to the class of 2022!

June 9

Gr. 6 Promotion Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.

June 10

Last Day of School | 2 hour early dismissal

 

The London Towne school office will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. from June 15 - August 1, 2022.

 

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Attendance: (703)-227-5454 |  Web | Twitter

LTES Updates | Boosterthon Information

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Strings Concert 2022

Students in grades 4-6 performed in their first ever in-person Strings concert and it was amazing! Our Lions have grown as musicians and demonstrated their talent and hard work on Thursday, May 19th. Click here for the video link of their outstanding performance for their peers and here for the news feature on our website. All students at LTES were able to enjoy this concert either in-person or through live-stream.

Many thanks to Ms. Solis and Ms. Sgrecci for their work with students and to our families for providing our Lions with the space to practice and make beautiful music.

COVID-19 Update

As you know, COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Fairfax County and in schools. Here at London Towne, we have seen an increase in cases and continue to encourage everyone to take the steps they feel necessary to stay safe and healthy.

We continue to be transparent about how the pandemic is impacting LTES and our students this year and will continue to share daily COVID-19 notifications whenever there is a confirmed positive case in our school. This information is provided to make our school community aware of the current situation and be able to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. If your little one is not feeling well, please keep them at home and check in with your medical professional before sending them back to school. 

We appreciate the patience, support, and understanding you have shown throughout this school year as we adjust our response to the pandemic. Together, we have kept our students participating in learning and in-person activities. We look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with everyone.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Padmore, Ms. Moore, or Ms. Vigil at 703-227-5400. 

Boosterthon Information

The London Towne PTA is sponsoring the Boosterthon fundraiser May 23-June 1, 2022 and are raising funds to support student learning around the Towne. The fundraiser will end with our culminating fun run which will be held on June 1. Families are invited to watch the Fun Run on June 1.

Additionally you are invited to our Summer Math Games and Literacy Strategy session just before your child's grade level fun run time to learn about ways to support your child over the summer break. During this session, you will learn how to play grade level age appropriate math games and receive some reading strategies to support summer thinking. 

June 1 Math & Literacy Session and Boosterthon Fun Run Details:

Parent Math Games and Literacy Session:

  • Kindergarten | 8:45 - 9:05 a.m.
  • Grade 1 & 2 | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Grade 3 & 4 | 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Grade 5 & 6 | 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Please arrive during your child’s specific grade level time as the materials will be targeted for specific grade levels.

Grade Level Fun Run Times are:

  • Kindergarten | 9:15 a.m. 
  • Gr. 1 & 2 | 10:40 a.m. 
  • Gr 3 & 4 | 1:05 p.m. 
  • Gr 5 & 6 | 2:05 p.m.

Weather permitting, the Fun Run will be on the field. To add to our fun, grade levels are asked to wear their grade level color for the Fun Run. The London Towne Boosterthon Fun Run Colors are

  • Kindergarten| Blue
  • Gr 1 | Red
  • Gr 2 | Yellow/Orange
  • Gr 3 | Black
  • Gr 4 | Green
  • Gr 5 | White
  • Gr 6 | Gray 
FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

As a reminder at London Towne, we have used ESSER III funding to:

  • Purchase resources that will enhance reading, math, and wellness instruction for all grades (Lexia, Do the Math, Mind Up, decodable text, etc.)
  • Purchase resources, pay staff, and provide transportation for after-school academic intervention and wellness opportunities for students (Power Hour)
  • Provide professional learning opportunities to staff
  • Hire additional staff to provide academic & wellness intervention opportunities during the school day
  • Plan, provide resources for, and host family engagement events. Join us on June 1st during the Boosterthon to participate in one of these opportunity for families.

For more information, click here to visit the ESSER III webpage.

LTES Bingo Night, 2022! Bingo Fun Around the Towne

Many thanks to our PTA for sponsoring Bingo Night last week. It was a great evening for all that attended. Special thanks also to the Forshey family for organizing this fun event and to Sra. Niccoli, guest Bingo Caller. 

A Farmer's Life Around the Towne

Come and check out the new garden tower that has been set up in the London Towne courtyard! Ms. H-H, school social worker, and Ms. Selena, her student intern, from Westfields HS were busy setting it up and planting seeds for seedlings. In a few days we will have sprouts and roots and will be able to transfer the pods to the garden tower. This garden tower has been seen at other FCPS schools and is now at London Towne! Soon we will have gourmet lettuce, bibb lettuce, rainbow chard, arugula, and basil.

Come see the pods and garden tower and make sure you look with only your eyes!

Stone Road Giant Honors Sra. Roman!

In honor of Teacher's Appreciation Week, the Giant on Stone Rd. asked students and families to write about their teachers. One of Sra. Roman's students completed the form and Sra. Roman was selected to receive a surprise visit from Giant and a gorgeous bouquet. Thank you to Giant for recognizing the efforts of teachers and to Sra. Roman for making a difference in the lives of her students.  

Important Dates May 22 | Deer Park Yard Sale from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Deer Park ES is hosting a yard sale for the community on Sunday May 22nd starting at 8:30am. There will be $1 donuts and $1 coffee available. The tables will be located inside the school lobby. Items include baby clothes, adult clothes, houseware, toys, and books.

May 23 -June 1 

PTA Boosterthon Fundraiser and Fun Run

May 24

Grade 3 & 4 Choral Showcase

May 26

Band Concert

May 30 

Memorial Day, Schools Closed

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Thank You LTES Families | Food Drive Results |Health Reminders

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Thank YOU LTES Families

Dear LTES Families,

The LTES Staff is sending you a heartfelt THANK YOU for an amazing Staff Appreciation this week!

We are so grateful to be a part of the educational journey of your Lions and needed to pause and say thank you for sharing them with us. We appreciate our partnership and your continued support.

Many thanks for all the lovely treats, notes, cards, drawings, etc. that were delivered to us and for the fabulous PTA gifts (LTES Staff water bottles & the reusable bags). Thank you also for the yogurt parfaits and the delicious pizza & salad lunch on Friday. It was a great way to end a wonderful week Around the Towne. Thank you again!

With much appreciation, 

~The LTES Staff

LTES Lions are Ethical and Global Citizes, thank you for collecting 984 pounds of donations to support our community!

It takes a village…or in this case, a Towne! 

Thanks to our entire LTES community for bringing in non-perishable items during our two week long food drive.  Our student leaders helped load them up this week and we were able to deliver a total of 984 pounds of donations to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, who supports our local community schools!

Thank you Lions! Special thanks also to our SCA sponsors, Ms. Carnahan and Mrs. Lanier for their leadership and work with our SCA.

Stay Home When Sick

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

From Our Counselors

We have been busy learning, demonstrating, and having fun with our conflict resolution skills as we continue using the Kelso’s Choice (K-2) and Second Step (3-6) curriculum in our counseling lessons. We are building on kindness and empathy skills as we think about others and ways to work peacefully together.

Students in grades 3-6 are taking the SOL’s this month. To help your child set up for success, encourage them to: get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and practice mindful breathing. Please reassure your student to do their best and help them build on positive self-talk. Remember to prioritize self-care rather then allowing test taking stress to take over.

Thank you for your continued support! If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to our counselors, Mrs. Habermeyer, Mr. Hunter, or Mrs. Robinson via phone or email.

Meet the New Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Pre K Available at LTES 

Applications are now being accepted for students age 3 or 4 for the 2022-23 school year. High quality PreK is available at No Cost to in-come eligible families. Call 703-208-7900 for information in English or 703-208-7901 for information in Spanish. See below for more information and register now. 

Important Dates May 10

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing for Grades 3-6 (Math)

PTA Meeting Virtual & In-Person (LTES Library) | To join virtually:

  1. lms.fcps.edu
  2. Parent/Guardian Login
  3. Groups > 245-London Towne PTA
  4. If New, Join Group > Code: TGZJ-VJT4-KM57N
  5. Zoom > Join
May 12

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing for Grades 5 Science

May 13

PTA LTES Family Bingo

May 17

New Superintendent, Dr. Reid, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.

May 19

Strings Concert

May 23 -June 1 

PTA Boosterthon Fundraiser and Fun Run

May 24

Grade 3 & 4 Choral Showcase

May 26

Band Concert

May 30 

Memorial Day, Schools Closed

6100 Stone Road, Centreville, Virginia 20120  |  Office: 703-227-5400

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SCA Food Drive & Spirit Week | LTES Staff Appreciation Week | SOL Info

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LTES Food Drive and Spirit Week

Our Student Council organized a food drive to support a local food bank and we also had a fun spirit week to encourage donations!  It was a great week. Check out the photos from our week on our LTES website by clicking here.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 2-6 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for all the hard work our staff do every day to make our school a great place to learn and work!  Please join us in celebrating London Towne's absolutely amazing, creative, and caring educators who inspire our Lions each day! 

Some ways to appreciate your classroom teacher and LTES staff are as follows:

  • Write an appreciation note, card, poem, or rhyme and share it with LTES staff
  • Draw a picture of your favorite staff member or draw a design to share

Additionally, our PTA will be hosting an appreciation lunch for LTES staff on Friday, May 6th. If you would like to volunteer during the lunch or bring in some items, please click the links below to sign up.

  • https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4eabae2cab9-drinks
  • https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4eabae2cab9-teacher
Standards of Learning Tests 

Students in grades 3-6 will take Standards of Learning (SOL) tests beginning next week.  For more information on the Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized test in reading, mathematics, and science, please visit the SOL assessments webpage.

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail the Standards of Learning (SOL) test by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year.  Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8.  If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete the Retest Permission Form sent home with your child.  This form must be completed whether you would like your child to retake the test or not.  A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

Information went home to all families last week.  Please contact your child's teacher or our Assistant Principals, Ms. Moore or Ms. Vigil with any questions.

London Towne test dates are as follows:

Thursday | May 5   |  Gr 3-6 Reading SOL

Tuesday  | May 10 |  Gr 3-6 Math SOL

Thursday | May 12 |  Gr 5 Science SOL

Opportunities to Engage with Dr. Reid

Our incoming superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, is visiting FCPS next week to learn more about our schools and community. During her visit, there will be a special, in-person event for staff, families, and students on Tuesday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. More details, including how to register and submit questions, will be shared with you directly via email in the coming days. 

On Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, starting at 7 p.m. FCPS will share details about this event in newsletters and directly via email. Stay tuned!

LTES 6th Grader Selected as a Student Journalist on the FCPS New Superintendent Panel!

One of our 6th graders was selected to be part of a student panel along with middle and high school journalists to meet with the incoming FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid. They talked about the importance of student voices and how we can work together to help students succeed. “It'll be important for me to meet with groups of students to hear what you think is important because I'm here to serve you, right?” Dr. Reid told them.  Find out what this group of students wanted to know from Dr. Reid and check out the full interview below!  

Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

Important Dates May 2-6

Staff Appreciation Week

May 5

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Begins

May 10

PTA Meeting Virtual & In-Person (LTES Library) | To join virtually:

  1. lms.fcps.edu
  2. Parent/Guardian Login
  3. Groups > 245-London Towne PTA
  4. If New, Join Group > Code: TGZJ-VJT4-KM57N
  5. Zoom > Join
May 13

PTA LTES Family Bingo

  Save the Date | August 19 | LTES Open House 

Stay tuned for more details

 

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LTES Spring Beautification Day | Gr 3-6 SOL Testing Info

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Spring Beautification Day Around the Towne

This week was a great week around the Towne! We hope you had a lovely spring break and enjoyed the lovely spring weather. Now that the weather is warming up, LTES will host a Spring Clean Up and Beautification Day on April 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

All families are welcome to join in the fun. Please bring gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, water bottles, etc. to aid our efforts.

SOL Testing Information

Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests between May 5 - 20, 2022. Please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. Our testing dates are as follows:

  • May 5 | Gr 3-6 Reading
  • May 10 | Gr 3-6 Math 
  • May 12 | Gr 5 Science 

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. Students in grades 3-6 are assessed on the Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage.

Additionally, Grades 3, 4, & 6 are assessed in Social Studies and Grade 5 is assessed in Writing via a local alternative assessment (LAA) which includes performance-based assessments (PBAs). These assessments are completed during classroom instruction throughout the school year. More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.

Both SOL tests and LAAs provide information about student achievement, and student results are shared with families. SOL score reports are posted in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE in the summer and LAA format performance are incorporated into quarterly progress reports. Please contact Ms. Moore or Ms. Vigil, our assistant principals, if you have additional questions.

Local Level IV Orientation Session: Date Changed to April 21 @ 6:00 p.m.

Families of second grade students who have been identified for level IV services are invited to join us on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 in room 104. During this session, families will learn what level IV services will look like at London Towne Elementary for next school-year! Click here to view information about Level IV services in FCPS.

Additionally, a virtual LTES Q & A session will held on Thursday, April 28th at 4:00 p.m. A link to this session will be provided via email and will be posted in Schoology and on our school website on the 28th. 

Please contact Maddie Sirota at [email protected] if you have additional questions or need assistance. Click here for more information on the FCPS website.

Counselor Corner

This month in our counseling lessons:

  • Students in grades K-2 are learning positive ways to deal with small conflict situations. To do this we are encouraging students to try two ideas or “Kelso’s Choices” when they have a small problem with a peer. The lessons feature a frog named Kelso who walks students through the nine conflict management choices for “small” problems and encourages them to go to a trusted adult if they come across a “big” problem.
  • Grades 3-6 continue to work through the Second Step curriculum to learn conflict resolution skills.

In addition, the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) screener will be administered again during the classroom counseling lessons in April-May. The screener is used to identify strengths and needs for students. It also provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs. More information about the Screener can be found here

Thank you for your continued support! Please reach out to a member of our counseling team if you have questions or want to learn more about Kelso's Choices, Second Step, or how to support your Lion at home. 

Online Tutoring Service Now Available

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the elementary or secondary instructional videos.

Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

This new service will help our Lions complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful. 

Sixth Grade All-County Choral Festival

The sixth Grade All-County Choral Festival Concert, which includes selected 6th grade students from schools across the division, will be broadcast on FCPS cable TV channel Red Apple 21 (available via cable providers Cox, Verizon, and Comcast) and will stream online on the FCPS website. See the schedule of when the concert will air. The concert is also available on YouTube

We are so proud of our students that participated in this wonderful event...they along with their sixth grade peers made beautiful music. Many thanks to Mrs. Hill and Ms. Perez for leading rehearsals and preparing our singers.

Last Day For Optional Student COVID Testing @ LTES is April 21

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County is currently classified as low; this classification has continued for the past month. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine). More than 80% of residents have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Vaccination rates by age group indicates that more than 50% of students ages 5-11 and more than 90% of students ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  COVID-19 Vaccinations  are free and available at various locations in our community.  

Based on these metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22, 2022: 

 If students or employees have symptoms and need to get tested, the following options are available:

  • COVID-19 Testing is available at various sites throughout Fairfax County and the state.
  • At-Home Test Kits - Students leaving the school CARE Room with symptoms of illness are provided an at-home test kit. 
  • Test-To-Stay Program - In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), FCPS is providing access to the Test-To-Stay program for students who have been identified as a close contact when an outbreak has been declared. This program is available to any student who meets eligibility criteria and whose parent/legal guardian has provided consent for their participation. 

While we are encouraged by the continued decline in COVID-19 cases in our community, we are also committed to keeping our schools safe for all to learn and work in person. Please continue to do your part to maintain a healthy learning environment by using layered prevention strategies including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, monitoring for illness, and staying home when sick. 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through the late stages of the pandemic together.

Kindergarten Registration Available Now

Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2022 are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at London Towne next school year, now is the time to contact our school registrar, Carolyn Licastro. Families may also begin the registration process by clicking here

Your assistance will help us plan for a more accurate kindergarten enrollment and staffing projection for the upcoming school year. We also request your assistance in sharing this information with neighbors who have preschool children and encourage them to contact the school office at 703-227-5400.

Please contact our school registrar, Mrs. Licastro, at [email protected] or call 703-227-5400 for more information.

Important Dates April 19

Third Quarter Progress Reports Go Home

April 21 | New Date 

LTES Local Level IV Orientation Session | 6:00 p.m.

April 23

LTES Beautification Day | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | All Are Welcome

April 28 

LTES Local Level IV Virtual Q & A Orientation Session | 4-5:00 p.m. Link will be emailed to parents and updated in Schoology and on our website.

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Happy Spring Break | FCPS Engagement Survey

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Happy Spring Break

Our school and office is closed next week and will reopen April 11 at 7:30 a.m. While you are on break, you may want to try these spring activities:

  • Read a book or two
  • Go on a bike ride or jump rope
  • Enjoy a Nature Walk
  • Plant some seeds. Start an easy-to-grow plant, such as a bean, in a pot or in the ground. 
  • Investigate the wind. Rub petroleum jelly on a plastic lid. Hang it from a tree branch by a string. In 30 minutes, check and see what the wind blew in.
  • Listen for animals such as birds and frogs as they return to your area.
  • Play Board Games
  • Enjoy conversations

Have a wonderful and safe Spring Break! We look forward to seeing you on April 11th.

Save the Dates: SOL Testing for Grades 3-6

Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment this Spring. Federal law requires schools to give assessments in reading and mathematics, grades 3-6, and science in grade 5. SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills detailed in the state standards. These tests provide information about student achievement to parents, LTES, FCPS, and the state of Virginia. 

At London Towne, we will test all grade levels on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on May 5th. Stay tuned for the specific testing dates and more information coming soon. Call Ms. Moore or Ms. Vigil, our assistant principals, if you have questions. Thank you!

FCPS' Family Engagement Survey Closes on April 10

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking here. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with FCPS.

It’s Time to Register for the 2022-2023 School Year

Kindergarten and new registrations are open for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please go to the London Towne Elementary School website for further information to start the process. Families may stop by between the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. to register in-person.  Enrollment forms can also be picked up at the school or found here, completed digitally, and emailed to Ms. Licastro, our school registrar.

A child’s record of immunization, physical examination (within 12 months prior to entering kindergarten), proof of residency, parent photo identification, and original birth certificate must be submitted when registering the child.  For more information regarding registration, you may visit the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website here

Kindergarten Registration

Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2022 are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at London Towne Elementary next school year, now is the time to contact our school registrar, Carolyn Licastro. Families may also begin the registration process at https://londontownees.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration. 

Your assistance will help us plan for a more accurate kindergarten enrollment and staffing projection for the upcoming school year. We also request your assistance in sharing this information with neighbors who have preschool children and encourage them to contact the school office at (703) 227-5400.

Please contact our school registrar, Ms. Licastro, at  [email protected] or call 703-227-5400 for information and to get on our mailing list! 

Important Dates April 4-8

Spring Break, No School; London Towne School Office Closed

April 11

Students Return to School; Quarter 4 Begins

April 12

PTA Meeting @ 6 p.m. Virtual and In-person (LTES Library) |To join virtually:

  1. lms.fcps.edu
  2. Parent/Guardian Login
  3. Groups > 245-London Towne PTA
  4. If New, Join Group > Code: TGZJ-VJT4-KM57N
  5. Zoom > Join
April 19

Third Quarter Progress Reports Go Home

April 28

LTES Local Level IV Orientation Session @ 6:00 p.m.

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LTES Updates | Kindergarten Showcase

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Kindergarten Showcase

This past week, our Kindergarten Lions were outstanding during their musical showcase. Many thanks to Molly Hill and Theresa Perez, our music teachers, for preparing our students for this performance. Click below to view the video of this performance.

Student Device Expectations

LTES students are collaborators and communicators. And, we've noticed an increased number of Lions creating, collaborating on, and sharing slide decks with content not related to school, eating near computers, searching for non-school topics, and playing/downloading games or applications not related to school. Please help us and remind your Lion to follow the expectations as outlined in the LTES Student Device Contract (see below).

As an additional support for students, LTES staff will increase the number of times we check student's browsers to ensure they are using their devices for assigned and school-related topics. Classroom teachers will work with students needing additional reminders to follow our technology expectations  and will communicate with families regarding the next steps. Next steps can include a short-term loss of computer privileges. 

Thank you for supporting us in ensuring a safe learning environment for all students by reinforcing these digital citizenship expectations at home!

At-Home Tutoring Support Coming Soon

FCPS will provide all students with unlimited access to an online tutoring support service beginning in April. This service will be provided through Tutor.com at no cost to you. We are excited about this opportunity for students to receive at-home support if needed. 

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. Watch for an email soon that will include the online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Your Voice is Needed, Complete the Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking here.  

If you need to complete a paper Family Engagement survey, please ask our Family Liaison of your child's school for a copy. Email [email protected] or scan the QR code for her full contact information. You can complete it right there on the spot or take it home and return it during the survey window. All responses are confidential. 

Familias, si necesita completar una encuesta de participación familiar en papel, solicite una copia al enlace familiar de la escuela de su hijo. Se puede enviar correo electrónico a [email protected] o escanee el código QR para su información de contacto.  Puede completarlo allí mismo o llevárselo a casa y devolverlo durante la ventana de la encuesta. Todas las respuestas son confidenciales.

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Ukraine News Reports

News reports of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia have caused fear and anxiety for many families in our community for many different reasons. Some are worried about friends and family living overseas, or the potential of a loved one who serves our country being sent overseas. Others fear escalation that could impact the safety of nearby countries and the global economy.

News coverage can also be triggering for families who have experienced violence here at home or war in other parts of the world. Many of our own FCPS families have left countries in conflict, fleeing war and violence, often leaving loved ones behind in the process of seeking safety. This comes at a time when our country is still recovering from a pandemic that has disrupted our daily lives for two years.

We are here to be a safe space for our children and to provide support for families who are struggling. Thank you for being a part of our school community and know that we are here to support your family. If support is needed, please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Habermeyer, Mr. Hunter, or Ms. Robinson at 703-227-5400.

Important Dates March 23

Picture Day 

March 31

End of Third Quarter, Students Released at 1:05 p.m. | 2022-23 Kindergarten Information Session at 2:30 p.m.

April 1

No School for Students

April 4-8

Spring Break | London Towne School and Office is closed

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