Coates Family Newsletter for 9/30/2022

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PTA Family Movie Night Tonight

Come join us tonight for Family Movie Night 6:30-8:00pm!  The PTA will be showing the movie, "Minions" in the cafeteria.  They will have concessions and t-shirts for purchase.  Please bring a blanket or towel to sit on. 

All students must have an adult to attend.  No student drop-offs!

Social Emotional Learning and Screener

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them.

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Wednesday, October 5 is a Holiday for Teachers and Students

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply.

Save the Date for the Coates Fall Festival

Our Fall Festival is back.  This year the festival will be Saturday, November 5th 10am-2pm with a rain date of November 12th.  More information will come soon!

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

September:

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 5:30-6:15pm

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:15-6:30pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm

 

October: 

2nd- National Custodian Appreciation Day

4th- National Walk to School Day

5th- Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)

10th- Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

14th- Fall Picture Day

 

*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 9/23/2022

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! We All Belong Here!

Each one of us is  unique. And every student matters. If a student is having a difficult time attending class, please tell a trusted adult at school. There are solutions.

Visit our Attendance webpage for resources on attendance.

PTA Meeting & Family Movie Night September 30th
  • 6:00-6:30pm-PTA Meeting- Library
  • 6:30-8:00pm-Family Movie Night- Cafeteria
ESSER III Funding Supports Student Success: Your Voice Matters

In the fall of 2021, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

ESSER III focus areas have included resources for prevention and mitigation of COVID, academic services, multilingual engagement, support for students’ social emotional needs, and professional development. 

Your Voice Matters!

A feedback form will be live on the ESSER III webpage Friday, September 23. Your input will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. Watch this video to see the impact ESSER III funds are having in our schools. Learn more on FCPS’ website.

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-713-3000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Coates Attains Full Accreditation Status

After two years of accreditation waivers for all Virginia schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reinstated review of school performance based on 2021-22 student outcomes. Coates ES is fully accredited for 2022-23 as a result of this review. No Fairfax County public schools received a status of “accreditation denied.”

For 2022-23, school accreditation designations are based on school quality measures for:

  • Academic achievement (English, mathematics, and science).
  • Academic achievement gaps (English and mathematics).

School quality indicators receive a rating of performance level one (meets or exceeds state standard or sufficient improvement), two (near state standard or sufficient improvement), or three (below state standard). 

For 2022-23 ratings based on 2021-22 outcomes, Coates ES received the following performance level ratings:

  • LEVEL One in English achievement.
  • LEVEL One in mathematics achievement.
  • LEVEL One in science achievement.
  • LEVEL One in the English achievement gap.
  • LEVEL One in the mathematics achievement gap.

 

Virginia School Quality Profiles offer a listing of overall accreditation status by school on the Fairfax County Public Schools division report. You may find detailed information about our schools’ data and outcomes for each quality indicator by selecting [SCHOOL NAME] from this division listing. School details can also be found through the Virginia School Quality Profiles search page. You will see chronic absenteeism performance reported here, as well, but this indicator is not part of Virginia accreditation ratings this year.

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

September:

26th- Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 5:30-6:00pm

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:00-6:30pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm

 

October: 

2nd- National Custodian Appreciation Day

4th- National Walk to School Day

5th- Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)

10th- Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

14th- Fall Picture Day

 

*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 9/16/2022

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From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Attendance Awareness Month

When Should My Child Stay Home?

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify the office, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school public health nurse, and call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why and for how long. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

For absences call 703-713-3030 or fill out our online form here.

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-713-3000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield HS on 9/20/22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

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

September:

26th- Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 5:30-6:00pm

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:00-6:30pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm

 

October: 

4th- National Walk to School Day

5th- Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)

10th- Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

14th- Fall Picture Day

 

*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 9/9/2022

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From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Attendance Awareness Month

Importance of Strong Attendance Habits

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

Advanced Academics (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-713-3000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield HS on 9/20/22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing Available

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

Join Our PTA

Coates is proud to have a wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works with the principal to make Coates a great school. PTA volunteers can help in many different ways. Some help out with planning community events for the school, some give a few hours to help the office or library staff with tasks, and some help raise money to buy things the school needs. Any parent can help!

For years, the Coates PTA has helped the school by providing community events for our families, subsidizing the overall costs of field trips, raising money for technology for students, and boosting teacher morale.  Typical PTA events include our annual Fall Festival, Family Movie Nights, International Night, Spelling Bee, Teacher Appreciation Week, and more!

Join!  Become a member of PTA!  Complete the form and send to [email protected] or drop off at the school office.  Pay the membership fee by check or cash (bring to school) or PayPal (see directions below).

Contact us at [email protected].

 

Paying PTA Membership with Paypal:
  1. Go to  www.paypal.me/coatespta
  2. Enter the amount you want to pay and click next
  3. It will prompt a login window. Login to Paypal with your credentials
  4. Once you log in, you will see the amount you entered. Add a note to say PTA membership dues for <Student / Family name>
  5. Verify your Shipping address and mode of payment and click "Send Payment Now"
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

September:

26th- Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:00-6:30pm

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 6:30-7:00pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm

 

*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 9/1/2022

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Labor Day Holiday- No School Friday & Monday

Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, are part of the Labor Day holiday for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. 

We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends.

Attendance is Key

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his or her academic success. By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, which will leave them better prepared to demonstrate their understanding on tests and quizzes.  And while your child may be able to make up the work, they are still missing roughly six hours of instruction for every day they are absent from school.  This is valuable differentiated and often individualized instruction that is extremely difficult for a teacher to make up during regular school hours. 

 

Regular school attendance can also help students with language acquisition while supporting the development of social skills.  Just by being present at school, your child is learning and practicing the communication and collaboration skills necessary to succeed in our world today.  Through daily interactions with their peers and the school community, they are learning to be good citizens by participating in school events and activities as they grow and develop a broader world view.

Your commitment to school attendance will send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it's important to take your responsibilities for learning seriously.

 

What you can do?

  1. Plan Ahead
  • Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock and set up a morning routine for them to follow.
  • Anticipate bad weather or any car problems that might delay you in the morning.
  • Have your children’s clothes laid out, lunches prepared, and backpack ready to go the night before.
  • Schedule routine check-ups and other medical appointments well in advance for student holidays and for late afternoon times that will limit the impact on instruction for your child.
  • Plan holiday celebrations or family trips during weekends or school vacations. In the case of family emergencies or unexpected trips, talk to your child's teacher as far in advance as possible and set up a way that your child can work ahead or bring important homework on the trip.
  1. Stay Involved and Informed
  • Be aware of your child’s attendance record and report absences promptly to the main office via phone (703-713-3030) or the online form.
  • Stay involved with your child's daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you about both the successes and struggles. This will help you identify any anxieties your child may have about coming to school and will allow you to prepare them for attendance both physically and mentally. If you need support for dealing with anxieties about coming to school for your child, please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher or school counselor.
  • Check homework completion each night to gage your child’s understanding of assignments and communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to learn how best to support specific learning needs at home. Homework is designed for students to practice what is learned in school and there will typically be an element of “productive struggle” as students practice new skills.  Remind students that it is ok not to know everything, but that their effort is what is most important.
  1. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Make sure that your child has opportunities to exercise every day through sports or playtime outside.
  • Make sure your child gets at least 9 hours of sleep each night so they can wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
  • Establish a bedtime and a routine that will allow your child to relax before they go to sleep. Keep the more stimulating activities, like television, to the early evening hours and encourage your children to read before going to sleep each night.

By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child's school success, while setting a great example each day.  We appreciate your attention to this matter and we are here to help w/ planning and solutions that will lead to a consistent attendance record and overall academic optimism here at school.

Consent for Digital Resources

Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources.

At Coates, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted digital resources.

Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: FCPS Digital resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources listed until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield HS on 9/20/22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing Available

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

Join Our PTA

Coates is proud to have a wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works with the principal to make Coates a great school. PTA volunteers can help in many different ways. Some help out with planning community events for the school, some give a few hours to help the office or library staff with tasks, and some help raise money to buy things the school needs. Any parent can help!

For years, the Coates PTA has helped the school by providing community events for our families, subsidizing the overall costs of field trips, raising money for technology for students, and boosting teacher morale.  Typical PTA events include our annual Fall Festival, Family Movie Nights, International Night, Spelling Bee, Teacher Appreciation Week, and more!

Join!  Become a member of PTA!  Complete the form and send to [email protected] or drop off at the school office.  Pay the membership fee by check or cash (bring to school) or PayPal (see directions below).

Contact us at [email protected].

 

Paying PTA Membership with Paypal:
  1. Go to  www.paypal.me/coatespta
  2. Enter the amount you want to pay and click next
  3. It will prompt a login window. Login to Paypal with your credentials
  4. Once you log in, you will see the amount you entered. Add a note to say PTA membership dues for <Student / Family name>
  5. Verify your Shipping address and mode of payment and click "Send Payment Now"
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

September:

2nd-5th- Labor Day Holiday (no school)

26th- Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:00-6:30pm

30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 6:30-7:00pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm

 

*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 8/16/2022

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Thanks for Your Support

Thank you to the Open Door Presbyterian Church for their sponsorship and support of our Back to School Block Party last week.  Thank you to the many volunteers who came out to help make our event a success for the nearly 2,000 members of the Coates School Community!

We also want to thank Bach to Rock for helping us with the music and for sharing their talented musicians with us!

Importance of Attendance

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

How Families Can Help Make School Attendance a Priority Help Your Student Stay Engaged Communicate with the School
  • Report Future Absences
    If parents are aware of a future absence, such as a full day absence for a civic engagement activity (middle or high school) or cultural observance, they may contact the school to report the absence and related date. Extended absences, typically for hardship reasons, must be documented and submitted to the school principal at least three to five school days in advance for review and action.
Did you know?
  • Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available. 
Arrival Dismissal Reminders

Walkers:

Students who live less than 1 mile from school are eligible to walk. Kindergarteners must be escorted to and from school.  Walkers will enter through the main door in the morning and will exit through door 3 (by the playground) in the afternoon.

Bus:

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the school bus.

Kiss and Ride:

  • Families who use Kiss and Ride will be issued a car tag 
  • If you were issued a car tag previously, you will keep that same tag for this year
  • During pick up, if you do not have a kiss and ride tag, you will be asked to show identification to pick up your child
  • Please do not drop students off before 8:55 am.
  • Please follow directions of the supervising adults.
  • Use entrance C for Kiss & Ride. See picture below.
  • Pull forward as far as possible up to the Kiss & Ride Begins Here sign before loading or unloading.
  • Load and unload in the Kiss & Ride area only.
  • Load and unload from the passenger side of the car only.
  • Remain in the driver’s seat. (Staff members will assist with car doors.)
  • Do not pass other cars during Kiss & Ride.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in the Kiss & Ride
  • Do not leave car unattended or park in the Kiss & Ride
  • Exit the Kiss & Ride lane promptly after loading or unloading children
Consent for Digital Resources

Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources.

At Coates, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted digital resources.

Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: FCPS Digital resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources listed until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

FCPS' updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child's SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Birthday Celebrations

If you wish to send in a birthday treat for your child's class, you may so long as you follow these rules. Birthday treats must be:

  1. individually wrapped treats
  2. in a sealed package
  3. no nuts
  4. enough for the whole class

Please do not send in party favors or any other items. Parents are under no obligation to send in birthday treats. 

We appreciate your cooperation!

Join Our PTA

Coates is proud to have a wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works with the principal to make Coates a great school. PTA volunteers can help in many different ways. Some help out with planning community events for the school, some give a few hours to help the office or library staff with tasks, and some help raise money to buy things the school needs. Any parent can help!

For years, the Coates PTA has helped the school by providing community events for our families, subsidizing the overall costs of field trips, raising money for technology for students, and boosting teacher morale.  Typical PTA events include our annual Fall Festival, Family Movie Nights, International Night, Spelling Bee, Teacher Appreciation Week, and more!

Join!  Become a member of PTA!  Complete the form and send to [email protected] or drop off at the school office.  Pay the membership fee by check or cash (bring to school) or PayPal (see directions below).

Contact us at [email protected].

 

Paying PTA Membership with Paypal:
  1. Go to  www.paypal.me/coatespta
  2. Enter the amount you want to pay and click next
  3. It will prompt a login window. Login to Paypal with your credentials
  4. Once you log in, you will see the amount you entered. Add a note to say PTA membership dues for <Student / Family name>
  5. Verify your Shipping address and mode of payment and click "Send Payment Now"
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

September:

2nd-5th- Labor Day Holiday (no school)

*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 8/16/2022

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Dear Coates Families, 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. We are so excited to have you back on August 22nd. It is going to be a great year. There are a lot of messages below to help support you in returning. Please read carefully below and call the office if you have any questions at 703-713-3000. 

We look forward to partnering with you this year. 

Paul Basdekis, Principal

Jessica King, Assistant Principal

Jenn Gray, Assistant Principal

Coates Bell Schedule 2022-23 SY 9:15-4:00 PM Attendance

Before 10 am, please notify the school of absences using one of these methods: 

1) Call attendance line 703-713-3030 and leave a message

2) Use online form: https://coateses.fcps.edu/attendance-form

*If your student arrives after 9:15, your child is considered late and will be marked TARDY. Parent must park car, walk student in to office, and sign them in.

Arrival & Dismissal

Students may arrive to school or be dismissed in one of the following ways:

1) Walkers: students who live less than 1 mile from school are eligible to walk. Kindergarteners must be escorted to and from school.

2) Bus - students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the school bus

Daily bus delays - https://busdelay.fcps.edu/

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App - https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/transportation-services/here-comes-bus-mobile-app

Kindergarten – MUST be met by an adult at bus stop every afternoon

Everything you need to know about school bus services: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/transportation-services/school-bus-eligibility-safety-and

3) Kiss and Ride– Families who use Kiss and Ride will be issued a car tag the first week of school

Must call front office before 3:00 p.m. for all updates in dismissal/early pick-up from school.

*Change in transportation requires phone call to office

**Must have photo ID to enter office for early pick up

School Communication

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Other important ways to stay connected: 

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Free and Reduced Lunches

Families who MAY qualify for Free and Reduced lunch programs must compete the application for Free and Reduced Meals program. Available online (please reapply online every August)Click to edit this placeholder text.

Purchasing Student Lunches

There are three ways you can purchase lunch or breakfast for your child:

  1. Put money on your child's account online using www.MyschoolBucks.com. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check - Make checks payable to "Coates Food Services" and give to the attention of the Food Service Manager in the Cafeteria.
  3. Cash - Cash may be brought to the Food Service Manager's office for deposit on your student's account.

Find out more here:

 food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

Bus and Class Assignments

Bus Assignments - Student bus assignments are now available in ParentVue, https://myparent.fcps.edu/login.xhtml  If you need assistance or have not registered for ParentVue, please call the main office at 703-713-3000.

Classroom Teacher Assignments - Student classroom assignments were sent via email from the school yesterday.  The classroom assignments were pushed out to your email address that is on file with the school.

Student Rights & Responsibilities including Cell Phone Usage

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families.Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school.

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

August:

18th- Open House/Back to School Night/Resource Fair/Community Block Party

5:30-8:30pm

22nd- First Day of School

September:

2nd-5th- Labor Day Holiday (no school)

*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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