Coates Family Newsletter for 1/27/2023

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Last Call for Lost & Found

We have a lot of items in our lost and found in the cafeteria.  Please check some of the photos below for anything your child may be missing.  At the end of the month, we will be donating all lost and found items to charity.

Parents, please label all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles so lost items can be quickly identified and returned to the owner.  Articles found in classrooms are temporarily held by the teacher until identified by the child.  After a reasonable time, these articles are placed in the "lost and found area" in the cafeteria.  Parents are encouraged to come to school to check for lost items.

We Want Your Feedback! Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendar Options

Your feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts by filling out this form. The form will be open through Tuesday, January 31, at 1 p.m.

Stay Healthy & Learn More

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

Click on the titles above for more information and to register.

Have Your Say in Our Future!

Strategic planning Community Forums kick off on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Stone Middle School. Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. There will be one in-person event in each magisterial district and several virtual events. 

 

Participating in a strategic planning Community Forum will give employees, parents/caregivers, students, and community members a chance to help shape the school division’s future. At each event, participants will review student achievement, access, and perception data, and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Input from the forums will be analyzed by our consultant, Performance Fact, Inc., and shared with the Core Planning Team for potential inclusion in FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. 

 

Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today.

Tutor.com for Test Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

6th-10th - National School Counseling Week

8th- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

9th- Coates Spelling Bee- 6-8pm

20th- President's Day- Student Holiday

22nd- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

24th- PTA Meeting

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

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Coates Family Newsletter for 1/20/2023

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25-27 Quarter End, Early Release and Student Holiday

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

 

Lost & Found

We have a lot of items in our lost and found in the cafeteria.  Please check some of the photos below for anything your child may be missing.  At the end of the quarter, we will be donating all lost and found items to charity.

Parents, please label all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles so lost items can be quickly identified and returned to the owner.  Articles found in classrooms are temporarily held by the teacher until identified by the child.  After a reasonable time, these articles are placed in the "lost and found area" in the cafeteria.  Parents are encouraged to come to school to check for lost items.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At their January 17 work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of today’s Work Session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies.

Westfield Pyramid Parent Night

he office of Student Safety & Wellness has scheduled in-person Drug Education Nights for parents, guardians and youth caregivers across the division to share trends and how to connect with resources.

Mark your calendar for February 6, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. *Adults only @ Westfield HS Lecture Hall G108/G109

Find more information here and to register: Westfield Parent Night Feb 6th

Prefer to attend virtually? Mark your calendar for March 21st at 10:00-11:30 a.m. Parent Information and Resources March 21st

FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget Highlights

At the January 12 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on attracting and retaining teachers and staff, initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap for all students, and gives our youngest learners a strong start, including investments for special education students impacted during the pandemic.

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction. The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs. 
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being. 
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the board. Access the presentation slides on Boarddocs. 

From the Office Of Safety & Wellness

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the  message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies.

It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 

Sources & Resources

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs

Talk, They Hear You

FCPS SAPS Program

 

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Tutor.com for Test Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

22nd- Lunar New Year

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

6th-10th - National School Counseling Week

8th- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

9th- Coates Spelling Bee- 6-8pm

20th- President's Day- Student Holiday

22nd- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

24th- PTA Meeting

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Lockdown Drill Today

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Lockdown Drill Today

At Coates, our goal is to keep students and staff safe at school. We continually work with county leaders to ensure coordinated responses to potential threats. We also drill for emergency situations and then review and revise plans as needed.

Today, we conducted our second lockdown drill. The purpose of a lockdown is to protect against intruders in the school building. Prior to today, teachers talked to our students to prepare them for our drill.

During a lockdown drill:

  • Students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers. 

Our students did a great job today!

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Coates Family Newsletter for 1/13/2023

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Monday, January 16th schools and offices will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr.
Day Holiday

 Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr here.

See the complete 22-23 school year calendar here.

 

Lunar New Year- January 22nd

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids

25-27 Quarter End, Early Release and Student Holiday

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

 

Westfield Pyramid Parent Night

he office of Student Safety & Wellness has scheduled in-person Drug Education Nights for parents, guardians and youth caregivers across the division to share trends and how to connect with resources.

Mark your calendar for February 6, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. *Adults only @ Westfield HS Lecture Hall G108/G109

Find more information here and to register: Westfield Parent Night Feb 6th

Prefer to attend virtually? Mark your calendar for March 21st at 10:00-11:30 a.m. Parent Information and Resources March 21st

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

More information can be found here: elementary-magnet-school-lottery

Tutor.com for Test Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

District News/In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Salad Bars Returning to Elementary Schools
    • COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities
    • Tutor.com for Free College Prep

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

 

15th-21st -Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

16th- Student Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

22nd- Lunar New Year

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

6th-10th - National School Counseling Week

8th- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

9th- Coates Spelling Bee- 6-8pm

20th- President's Day- Student Holiday

22nd- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

24th- PTA Meeting

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Coates Family Newsletter for 1/6/2023

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Coates Parent Volunteer Group

Parents/Guardians, Coates needs your help.  If a you would like to sign up to become a Volunteer, you can use the link below.

https://forms.gle/ibvMeFHqYL1dnpBv5

Also, spring sports and extra curricular activitiy registrations are now open.  You can find a list of resources in Schoology.

Middle School Curriculum Nights for Rising 7th Graders Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Resources for Families of Students with DisabilitiesSEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled 

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often. 

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

 

9th-13th- Grades 1-6 Classroom Spelling Bee

16th- Student Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Coates Family Newsletter for 12/16/2022

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Advanced Strings & Chorus Performance

This past Wednesday our Advanced Strings and Chorus groups held their winter concert.  During the school day, all of our students got to enjoy their wonderful performance. Special thanks to Mr. Renne, our strings teacher, Mrs. Capurso and Mrs. Dinkov, our chorus teachers, for making this winter concert a success!

Thanks for Your Support Navy ES!

Special Thanks to Navy Elementary and their PTA for organizing a Winter Coat Drive for our families at Coates Elementary.  Due to their donations we were able to help our students and famlies with coats, snacks and Walmart gift cards.  We appreicate your support during this holiday season!

Dec. 19-Jan 2 - Winter Break (Student holiday)

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Coates Main Office Closed for Winter Break

The Coates Elementary main office will be closed for winter break.  For anything urgent, please email our Administrative Assistant, Jackie Cruz at [email protected]

Give Your Student the Gift of Education

We recognize that holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and expose children to their heritage and culture, whether they grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. If your family’s holiday plans include extended travel, please remember the impact to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Free COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The completed schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

 

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

3rd- First Day of School in 2023

9th-13th- Grades 1-6 Classroom Spelling Bee

16th- Student Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Coates Family Newsletter for 12/9/2022

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School Spirit Week 12/12-12/16 Coates is Seeking Student Monitors for the 22-23 School Year

Coates Elementary is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

Description: 

  • provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students
  • operates technology
  • performs administrative and noninstructional duties;
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

Qualifications: 

  • any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
  • must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom

Additional Details:

  • Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits)

How to apply?

  • Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Jessica King, Assistant Principal of Coates Elementary, at [email protected].
Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

Every year, absences increase in the weeks before and after winter break. Give your child the gift of education and help build a habit of attendance. Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Free COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

    • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
    • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

12th-16th- School Spirit Week

14th- Winter Chorus Concert- 7pm

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

3rd- First Day of School in 2023

9th-13th- Grades 1-6 Classroom Spelling Bee

16th- Student Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

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Winter Weather Procedures

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

We will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

AAP Level IV Referral Window Reminder

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Jessica King, [email protected], no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing [email protected]

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Coates ES.

Coates is Seeking Student Monitors for the 22-23 School Year

Coates Elementary is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

Description: 

  • provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students
  • operates technology
  • performs administrative and noninstructional duties;
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

Qualifications: 

  • any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
  • must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom

Additional Details:

  • Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits)

How to apply?

  • Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Jessica King, Assistant Principal of Coates Elementary, at [email protected].
Bodhi Day- December 8th

Bodhi Day, Thursday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as “bodhi'' in Sanskrit and Pali. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. 

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that certain events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources. 

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used. 

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

8th- Bodhi Day

14th- Winter Chorus Concert- 7pm

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

3rd- First Day of School in 2023

9th-13th- Grades 1-6 Classroom Spelling Bee

16th- Student Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

25th- End of 2nd Quarter- 2 hour Early Release

26th-Student Holiday- Staff Development Day

27th- Student Holiday- Teacher Workday

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

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Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Family Life Education-Parent Preview Night

You are invited to attend a preview of the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program on Friday, December 2nd at 5:30pm-6:00pm in the library.

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

More information on curriculum detail and opt-out forms can be found at:

FLE information and Opt out forms

All FLE lessons can also be located on the "All Parents: Coates Elementary Schoology Course" here. You must have a ParentVue account to access Schoology.  Those directions are here.

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW, M.Ed

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Spelling Bee Volunteers Needed

PTA needs your help!  In order for our beloved spelling bee to take place we need parents to volunteer to judge the school bee. We are planning on holding the school bee in person on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering as a bee judge please email Mrs. Neha Raval at [email protected].

Coates Parenting Class Opportunity Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

2nd- FLE Preview Day- 5:30-6pm

2nd- PTA Meeting- 6-6:30pm

2nd-PTA Movie Night- 6:30-8pm

8th- Bohdi Day

14th- Winter Chorus Concert- 7pm

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

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Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Picture Retakes- November 21st

On, Monday, November 21st we will have Lifetouch here 9-12 pm for picture retakes. This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

Spelling Bee Volunteers Needed

PTA needs your help!  In order for our beloved spelling bee to take place we need parents to volunteer to judge the school bee. We are planning on holding the school bee in person on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering as a bee judge please email Mrs. Neha Raval at [email protected].

Coates Parenting Class Opportunity Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

21st- Picture Retake Day

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

2nd- FLE Preview Day- 5:30-6pm

2nd- PTA Meeting- 6-6:30pm

2nd-PTA Movie Night- 6:30-8pm

8th- Bohdi Day

14th- Winter Chorus Concert- 7pm

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Veteran's Day Holiday- No School

As a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Spirit Week- November 14th-18th L.L. Coates Elementary Home-School Compact Spelling Bee Volunteers Needed

PTA needs your help!  In order to for our beloved spelling bee to take place we need parents to volunteer to judge the school bee. We are planning on holding the school bee in person on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering as a bee judge please email Mrs. Neha Raval at [email protected].

Picture Retakes- November 21st

On, Monday, November 21st we will have Lifetouch here 9-12 pm for picture retakes and for those that missed our picture day this past month.  

Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Family Liaisons

Did you know that every school has a family liaison? Family liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, our family liaison at Coates Elementary is Solangie McPherson.  You can scan the QR code to add her to your phone contacts, call 703-713-3232, or email [email protected]

Solangie habla español e inglés.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Free Tutoring

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

FCPS Strategic Planning that Reaches All

The strategic planning process is a community-wide effort. There will be many opportunities to share feedback or participate in a community meeting. We want our community to stay informed and be involved. You can help! 

If you are an active member of a community organization or group who people look to for information, please consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators should have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. Key communicators will:

  • Receive regular updates including news, information, future events, and engagement opportunities. 
  • Share the information they receive with their group in a timely manner.
  • Encourage group participation in engagement and feedback opportunities where appropriate and possible. 

If you or someone from your organization would like to serve as an FCPS key communicator during the strategic planning process, please submit this form by Monday, November 28

Want to Work For FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others Needed!

FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 

 

$3,000 Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

Job fairs will be held for those interested in becoming bus drivers for FCPS on Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stonecroft Transportation Center and Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lorton Center. Click on the links to learn more, call 571-423-3000, or email [email protected]

 

Sub and Save the Day! Bonus Opportunities! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. 

FCPS has started offering bonuses for substitutes who are available to teach on high volume days. Additionally, substitutes who work more, will earn extra bonuses when they reach 50, 100, or 150 days worked in a school year.   

Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant information sessions are held virtually on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session. Sign up for an information session

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

14th-18th- "Considering Others" Spirit Week

21st- Picture Retake Day

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

2nd- FLE Preview Day- 5:30-6pm

2nd- PTA Meeting- 6-6:30pm

2nd-PTA Movie Night- 6:30-8pm

8th- Bohdi Day

14th- Winter Chorus Concert

18th-Jan. 2nd- Student Holiday (Winter Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Thank You for Supporting Coates!

Thank you to Chantilly Baptist Church for your donation of coats for our students at Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary.  Chantilly Baptist Church has a special connection to our school as Mrs. Carla Winbush, a member of the church, is the great granddaughter of Mrs. Lutie Lewis Coates for whom our school is named after.

Calendar Reminder- No School November 8th & 11th

As a reminder, schools are closed for students on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, for Election Day, and on Friday, Nov. 11th for a school planning day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Arrival/Dismissal Safety Reminder

We have had many families dropping off their children before 9:00am and in the bus loop. We do not have staff on duty at this time to monitor students for safety.  Please do not drop off before 9:00am and you must utilize the kiss and ride line. If you have questions or need a kiss and ride car tag, please contact us at 703-713-3000.

Coates Fall Festival Tomorrow!

Save the Date: Fall Festival

When: Saturday November 5th

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: Coates (Playground, Basketball court) 

Activities: Games, Henna, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Costume Parade, Music & Fun 

Entry Tickets: Early Bird Special is $16 for 4 or $5 individual 

- purchase through our PTA PayPal ([email protected]

- eticket will be provided for a wristband at the door

- ticket provides access to all games, popcorn and cotton candy

 

Extra Purchases: Donuts $2, Hot chocolate $1, Pizza $3, chips $1, candy $1, drinks $1, Henna $3 

- Purchase food tickets via PayPal ([email protected]). Etickets will be provided for food tickets at the door. 

***Proceeds go towards community outreach and student/teacher events this year 

Spirit Week- November 14th-18th Spelling Bee Volunteers Needed

PTA needs your help!  In order to for our beloved spelling bee to take place we need parents to volunteer to judge the school bee. We are planning on holding the school bee in person on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering as a bee judge please email Mrs. Neha Raval at [email protected].

Picture Retakes- November 21st

On, Monday, November 21st we will have Lifetouch here 9-12 pm for picture retakes and for those that missed our picture day this past month.  

Free Tutoring

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website

How FCPS Develops Its School Calendar

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Want to Work For FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others Needed!

FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 

 

$3,000 Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

Job fairs will be held for those interested in becoming bus drivers for FCPS on Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stonecroft Transportation Center and Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lorton Center. Click on the links to learn more, call 571-423-3000, or email [email protected]

 

Sub and Save the Day! Bonus Opportunities! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. 

FCPS has started offering bonuses for substitutes who are available to teach on high volume days. Additionally, substitutes who work more, will earn extra bonuses when they reach 50, 100, or 150 days worked in a school year.   

Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant information sessions are held virtually on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session. Sign up for an information session

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

5th- Fall Festival

6th- Daylight Savings Time Ends

8th- Student Holiday (Election Day)

11th- Student Holiday (Veteran's Day)

21st- Picture Retake Day

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Calendar Reminder- No School October 31st

As a reminder, schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Coates Fall Festival

Save the Date: Fall Festival

When: Saturday November 5th

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: Coates (Playground, Basketball court) 

Activities: Games, Henna, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Costume Parade, Music & Fun 

Entry Tickets: Early Bird Special is $16 for 4 or $5 individual 

- purchase through our PTA PayPal ([email protected]

- eticket will be provided for a wristband at the door

- ticket provides access to all games, popcorn and cotton candy

 

Extra Purchases: Donuts $2, Hot chocolate $1, Pizza $3, chips $1, candy $1, drinks $1, Henna $3 

- Purchase food tickets via PayPal ([email protected]). Etickets will be provided for food tickets at the door. 

***Proceeds go towards community outreach and student/teacher events this year 

Picture Retakes- November 21st

On, Monday, November 21st we will have Lifetouch here 9-12 pm for picture retakes and for those that missed our picture day this past month.  

Birthday Treats

We know that many families like to share birthday treats to celebrate their child's special day. 

Please note that birthday treats need to be: individually wrapped treats for easy distribution,  in a sealed package, no nuts and enough for the whole class. 

*Parents are under no obligation to send in birthday treats.

Coates is Seeking Student Monitors for the 22-23 School Year

Coates Elementary is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

Description: 

  • provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students
  • operates technology
  • performs administrative and noninstructional duties;
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

Qualifications: 

  • any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
  • must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom

Additional Details:

  • Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits)

How to apply?

  • Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Jessica King, Assistant Principal of Coates Elementary, at [email protected]
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

 

31st- No School- Teacher Workday

5th- Fall Festival

6th- Daylight Savings Time Ends

8th- Student Holiday (Election Day)

11th- Student Holiday (Veteran's Day)

21st- Picture Retake Day

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
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Coates Family Newsletter for 10/21/2022

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Thank You for Supporting Coates!

Thank you to Cornerstone & Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  Due to their backpack donation, we were able to give out 146 backpackts to our families during Open House on August 18th!

Open Door and Coates Staff donated, gently used, winter clothes for our Open House. Open Door also donated socks and other needed suppllies for our students.

October 24th- No School

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, Oct. 24 is a holiday for teachers and students.

End of 1st Quarter, Early Release and Student Holiday

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday.

Coates Fall Festival

Save the Date: Fall Festival

When: Saturday November 5th

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: Coates (Playground, Basketball court) 

Activities: Games, Henna, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Costume Parade, Music & Fun 

Entry Tickets: Early Bird Special is $16 for 4 or $5 individual 

- purchase through our PTA PayPal ([email protected]

- eticket will be provided for a wristband at the door

- ticket provides access to all games, popcorn and cotton candy

 

Extra Purchases: Donuts $2, Hot chocolate $1, Pizza $3, chips $1, candy $1, drinks $1, Henna $3 

- Purchase food tickets via PayPal ([email protected]). Etickets will be provided for food tickets at the door. 

 

***Proceeds go towards community outreach and student/teacher events this year 

Coates is Seeking Student Monitors for the 22-23 School Year

Coates Elementary is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

Description: 

  • provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students
  • operates technology
  • performs administrative and noninstructional duties;
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

Qualifications: 

  • any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
  • must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom

Additional Details:

  • Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits)

How to apply?

  • Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Jessica King, Assistant Principal of Coates Elementary, at [email protected]
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

24th- Student Holiday (Diwali)

28th- End of 1st Quarter- 2 hr. early release

31st- No School- Teacher Workday

5th- Fall Festival

8th- Student Holiday (Election Day)

11th- Student Holiday (Veteran's Day)

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
Web | Facebook | Twitter

Coates Family Newsletter for 10/14/2022

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Digital Citizenship Spirt Week Coates Fall Festival

Save the Date: Fall Festival

When: Saturday November 5th

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: Coates (Playground, Basketball court) 

Activities: Games, Henna, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Costume Parade, Music & Fun 

Entry Tickets: Early Bird Special is $16 for 4 or $5 individual 

- purchase through our PTA PayPal ([email protected]

- eticket will be provided for a wristband at the door

- ticket provides access to all games, popcorn and cotton candy

 

Extra Purchases: Donuts $2, Hot chocolate $1, Pizza $3, chips $1, candy $1, drinks $1, Henna $3 

- Purchase food tickets via PayPal ([email protected]). Etickets will be provided for food tickets at the door. 

 

***Proceeds go towards community outreach and student/teacher events this year 

Coates is Seeking Student Monitors for the 22-23 School Year

Coates Elementary is seeking candidates to serve as student monitors for the coming school year. If interested please follow the application guidance below. Please share this opportunity with others that may be interested. We are interviewing until all positions are filled. 

Description: 

  • provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal
  • helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students
  • operates technology
  • performs administrative and noninstructional duties;
  • ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • works with individual and small groups of students

Qualifications: 

  • any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
  • must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed
  • has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom

Additional Details:

  • Pay: $16.34/hour (no benefits)

How to apply?

  • Email your resume and contact information for your two most recent supervisors to Jessica King, Assistant Principal of Coates Elementary, at [email protected]
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Thanksgiving Lunch is Back on the Menu

This year, the Thanksgiving lunch menu for students will return on Thursday, November 17, 2022.  Unfortunately, staffing and supply chain challenges continue to impact daily operations; and, as a result, the lunch will not be open to guests. We are disappointed at this news but hope next year will allow for families to celebrate with us once again.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar

October: 

17th-21st- Digital Citizenship Spirit Week

24th- Student Holiday (Diwali)

28th- End of 1st Quarter- 2 hr. early release

31st- No School- Teacher Workday

 

November:

5th- Fall Festival

8th- Student Holiday (Election Day)

11th- Student Holiday (Veteran's Day)

23rd-25th- Student Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)

 

*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.

 

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): L.L. Coates Elementary PTA

L.L. Coates Website: https://coateses.fcps.edu/

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
Report Absence Online  |  Attendance Phone: 703.713.3030
Web | Facebook | Twitter

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