International Night this Friday at Coates!

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Families,

This is a reminder that Coates International Night is this Friday, May 20 from 6-8:00 PM at school.  It’s a fun night of learning and celebrating your culture with other Coates families!  Here are the highlights at the event:

  • Visit our cultural booths created by families and learn about different countries. Grab a “passport” and get stamps for each country you visit.  Completed passports will be turned in for a raffle at the end of the night!
  • Snap a picture at our photo booths with family or friends.
  • Create your own flag to take home.
  • International Night Coates T-shirt for sale for $10

Anyone can come and enjoy the night!  We’ll have pizza, snacks, and drinks for sale, performances from Westfield High School groups, and a raffle giveaway at 7:30pm.  Those in attendance should feel free to dress in any traditional clothing that represents a country of origin. 

Join us to promote understanding and celebrate the melting pot that is America at International Night!  Special thanks to the many PTA volunteers and staff members who are organizing this event.

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171  |  Main Phone: 703.713.3000 
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Coates Family Newsletter for 5/6/22

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Dear Coates Families,

Our Coates Teachers & Staff would like to give a huge thank you to our awesome PTA, Open Door Church, parents and community members for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. There were lots of goodies, flowers, gifts, and breakfasts this week. We can't thank you enough for your generosity and support!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Save the Date: Coates International Night

This is a reminder that Coates International Night is Friday, May 20th from 6-8:00 PM at school.  It’s a fun night of performances, learning, and celebrating your culture with other Coates families!

Stay Home When Sick

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

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

VaxUp

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

Masking

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

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall May 17

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

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

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

May:

  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:30pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 7:00pm

June:

  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am
  • 10th:  Last Day of School/Early release @ 2:00pm

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Math on Friday, May 13th
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 
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Coates Family Newsletter for 4/29/22

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Dear Coates Families,

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to share our gratitude for our outstanding teachers, this year more than ever. Everyone at Coates has worked hard this year, many people stretching outside their typical role to get the job done. I hope you will join us in expressing thanks and appreciation to the Coates staff next week…a kindly worded note or email is truly a treasure.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Coates International Night is back!

The event will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00-8:00pm.  We are excited to bring back this celebration of our school’s incredible diversity. We are looking for families to create a cultural booth or poster and teach others about your country.  If you are interested, please fill out this google form:  https://forms.gle/gMDRjt3ymP5ZGHfEA

Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Water Bottles

As the weather starts to get warmer, please remember to send a water bottle to school with your student(s). We have water filling stations for students to utilize so they can stay hydrated.

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

May:

  • 2nd-6th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 4th: Chorus concert @ 7:00pm
  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:30pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 7:00pm

June:

  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Reading on Wednesday, May 5th and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Reading on Friday, May 6th and Math on Friday, May 13th
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 4/22/22

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Dear Coates Families,

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our resource fair and clothing boutique this weekend.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

HELPING HANDS IS BACK!

Interested in helping at Coates ES? Please join our parent volunteer group.

Any amount of time that you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

Students are so PROUD when they see their parents at school and they love to share this with their friends.

Sign up here:  https://forms.gle/ySwkTxKzmdYzHW3Q8

Optional Parent Input Form

With the school year coming to a close, the staff will begin a recommendation process for class placements for the 2022-23 school year.  We want kids to have a diverse and positive peer group, and we consider many factors.  We value and welcome your insights regarding your child's learning needs, as well as peer considerations.  Please complete the parent input form here so that we have your insights.

Dismissal Reminders

There are only three ways for students to be dismissed at the end of the day.  If you would like to make changes to dismissal, you must call the front office before 3pm each day to communicate the change, so that they can alert your child and their teacher.  We cannot allow parents to pick their children up by the main entrance on their way to the bus. 

o    Bus

o    Kiss and Ride

  • Please do not pass cars in the Kiss and Ride lane

o    Walker Door

  • Only students living within a 1-mile radius of the school with a safe walking route are eligible to walk home from school
  • If you would like to confirm that your child is eligible, please just call the main office to inquire

§  All Kindergarten students must be met at the Walker Door to be released

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

May:

  • 2nd-6th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 4th: Chorus concert @ 6:00pm
  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:00pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 6:00pm

June:

  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Reading on Wednesday, May 5th and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Reading on Friday, May 6th and Math on Friday, May 13th
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 4/15/22

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Dear Coates Families,

We hope you enjoyed a restful spring break. As we start the fourth quarter, things will begin to move very quickly. We are looking forward to all of the fun activities and events this spring. Upcoming events include our chorus, band, and strings concerts in May; along with International Night on May 20th.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Coates Boutique Next Saturday! Month of the Military Child Spirit Week Free Online Tutoring Service

All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for the school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

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

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

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

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website.

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

May:

  • 2nd-6th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 4th: Chorus concert @ 6:00pm
  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:00pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 6:00pm

June:

  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Reading on Wednesday, May 5th and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Reading on Friday, May 6th and Math on Friday, May 13th
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 3/31/22

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Dear Coates Families,

This newsletter brings us to the end of the third quarter for our students and into spring break. I know that this time is a welcome to recharge before we go into the last 2 months of the school year. There will not be a newsletter next week while we are enjoying spring break.

The Coates office will be closed during spring break. Should you have a school-related emergency, please contact the School Security Office at 571-423-2000.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Spring Clubs: Before & During School

We are offering several before school and during school clubs beginning after Spring Break.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist for these clubs, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/ZNgccf4o9XKpV5df7. You will be notified over Spring Break through Talking Points/text if your child can participate in a club.   Clubs begin the week of April 11th and end the week of May 9th. Please contact Laura Dinkov with any questions at [email protected]

April is Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes, over 80,000 military connected children.  Coates will celebrate Purple Up Day on Wednesday, April 20th.  We will also hold a spirit week during the week to recognize our military connected students.

  • Monday, 4/18 – Pajama Day (We sleep soundly because of those who protect our nation.)

  • Tuesday 4/19 – Crazy Camo Day

  • Wednesday 4/20 – Purple Up Day! Wear purple!

  • Thursday 4/21 – Career day (There are so many careers to explore in the military!)

  • Friday – 4/22 – RED Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed)

If you are a military family and would like to have your child be recognized and celebrated, please contact Laura Dinkov at [email protected] by April 15th.  We would like to recognize our military children at Coates on the morning news show on Wednesday, April 20th.

Family Engagement Survey: Participate Today!

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

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

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code below. Visit FCPS’ website 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

April:

  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 3/25/22

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Dear Coates Families,

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Coates students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

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

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

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

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

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Calendar Reminder

Thursday, March 31st is the end of the 3rd Quarter of school. Students will be released two hours early at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 1st is a Teacher Workday; NO School for students

April 4 - 8-Spring Break! NO School for students and staff.

The Coates Office will be closed during spring break. Should you have a school-related emergency, please contact the School Security Office at 571-423-2000.

Last Day For Book Fair!

Our online Book Fair is live!  Check it out at this link.  Books will be delivered to the school and bundled up for your child to bring home.

SEL Screener Spring Window

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the SEL screener this spring.  The spring SEL screener window is scheduled April 12 to May 6.

Options to opt out are included here and are due no later than Friday, April 8. If you have opted your student out earlier this school year, there is no need to complete the form again. For more information and additional translations, please use this link.

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.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 3/18/22

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Dear Coates Families,

Our Family Engagement Survey came to your email on Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Bookfair in Progress!

Our online Book Fair is live!  Check it out at this link.  The Book Fair will run from March 14, 2022 to March 25, 2022. Books will be delivered to the school and bundled up for your child to bring home.

Special Education Conference

Registration Open for 2022 Special Education Conference

Join us for the 2022 Special Education Conference, Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing, held virtually on Saturday, March 26. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now available online.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help. 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register.

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

March:

  • 14th-25th-Coates online book fair
  • 31st-End of 3rd quarter-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm

April:

  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 3/11/22

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The Spring Online Bookfair begins Monday! March 14- March 25

Coates is having an Online Book Fair! We are partnering with Scrawl Books of Reston, VA for the Book Fair.  Follow this link to order.

You will be able to purchase both adult and children’s books. Books will be delivered to the school and bundled up for your child to bring home.

Save the Date for SOLs

Save the dates!  Coates will be administering the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests this Spring. Please try to avoid scheduling appointments on your student’s testing days. 

  • 3rd Grade:  Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 12th

  • 4th Grade:  Reading on Wednesday, May 5th and Math on Wednesday, May 18th

  • 5th Grade:  Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th

  • 6th Grade:  Reading on Friday, May 6th and Math on Friday, May 13th

Special Education Conference (March 26)

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register.

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

March:

  • 14th-25th-Coates online book fair
  • 31st-End of 3rd quarter-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm

April:

  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 3/4/22

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Coates Virtual Bookfair Coming Soon!

Get ready for Coates online bookfair! The bookfair starts on Monday, March 14 and runs through March 22. It is hosted through Scrawl Books in Reston. There are many wonderful adult and children’s books to choose from. Order online and all books will be delivered to Coates and distributed to students. More information and links to follow.

Spring Forward March 13th

As we inch toward spring, it’s almost time to change those clocks again.

Standard time will give way to daylight saving time on March 13th, 2022.

ESSER III Grant: Your Voice Matters!

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. Please provide your thoughts on how FCPS is meeting ESSER III requirements. And, take a look at the impact ESSER III funds are having throughout FCPS.  For more information on the ESSER III grant, please watch this video and visit the FCPS 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

March:

  • 14th-25th-Coates online book fair
  • 31st-End of 3rd quarter-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm

April:

  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 2/25/22

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Dear Coates Families,

Did you know we have access to computer programs that will help your child learn in a systematic way? ST Math and Imagine Learning are two programs that will help move your child in Math and Language Arts. Your child would benefit from using these programs 20 minutes per night. They know how to access both programs on their provided laptops. Please consider adding this into your child’s routine. 

Warm regards,

Mr. Paul Basdekis, Principal

Mrs. Jessica King & Mrs. Jenn Gray, Assistant Principals

Kindergarten Orientation: Friday, March 4th

Our orientation is coming next week!  Please join us on Friday, March 1, 1-4 pm for our in-person orientation with a virtual option.  If you come in person, registration will begin at 1pm followed by a presentation from the kindergarten and admin team at 2 pm.  If you want to attend virtually, please join us at this link at 2 pm to attend our presentation online.  If you attend in person, please bring your rising kindergartener to experience some kindergarten activities in a kindergarten classroom.

Do you know a neighbor with a rising kindergartner, or a family with a rising first grader who isn't attending Coates yet? Please encourage them to register on our website ASAP so we have accurate numbers for staffing our classes for next year!

Read Across America Week: February 28 - March 4 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

March:

  • 3rd-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm
  • 4th-No School
  • 14th-25th-Coates online book fair
  • 31st-End of 3rd quarter-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm

April:

  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.
Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 2/18/22

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Dismissal Updates & Reminders

Over these last few weeks, we have noticed a few areas for improvement in the area of safety management and we want to send out a few updates and reminders regarding our arrival and dismissal procedures.

 Dismissal Reminders

There are only three ways for students to be dismissed at the end of the day.  If you would like to make changes to dismissal, you must call the front office (703-713-3000) before 3pm each day to communicate the change, so that they can alert your child and their teacher.  We cannot allow parents to pick their children up by the main entrance on their way to the bus. 

o    Bus

o    Kiss and Ride

  • Please do not pass cars in the Kiss and Ride lane

o    Walker Door

  • Only students living within a 1-mile radius of the school with a safe walking route are eligible to walk home from school
  • If you would like to confirm that your child is eligible, please just call the main office to inquire
  • All Kindergarten students must be met at the Walker Door to be released

Car Tags

To increase safety and efficiency in the Kiss and Ride Lane, we will be issuing car tags to be placed on your rear-view mirror

o    We compiled a list prior to the Winter break, but anyone who wants a tag issued should contact the main office at 703-713-3000.

o    We will be mailing out two tags per household later this week.

o    These tags will be valid for the remainder of this year and for the 2022-23 school year as well.

o    If you do not have a car tag at dismissal, you will need to show your ID in order to pick up your child.  We will also have tags available to be issued onsite at dismissal.

Please give us a call with any questions you might have and thank you for your cooperation as we maintain safety as our top priority.

Sincerely,

Paul Basdekis

Principal

L.L. Coates ES

Read Across America Week: February 28 - March 4

Read Across America is coming to Coates on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022. Join us for fun celebrations through our Spirit Week activities. If you are looking for titles to read at home check out themes from the Read Across America 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

February:

  • 21st–No School (President's Day)
  • 22nd-G4-6 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee @ 6:00pm

March:

  • 3rd-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm
  • 4th-No School

*The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 2/4/22

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Dear Coates Families,

Each week our students learn about a new character strength through Positivity Project lessons. Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

To learn more about the Positivity Project and the 24 character strengths, click here.

Warm regards,

Mr. Paul Basdekis, Principal

Mrs. Jessica King & Mrs. Jenn Gray, Assistant Principals

Reporting a Transportation Change

Please report any transportation changes to the office before 3:00pm.  This can be done by calling 703-713-3000. 

2022-2023 Kindergarten

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022 he/she is eligible for Kindergarten 2022-2023. Please contact our registrar, Amy Marney at [email protected] to begin the enrollment process.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please have them contact the school, as we are especially interested in reaching those Coates families who do not have children currently attending 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

February:

  • 17th-G1-3 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee @ 6:00pm
  • 21st–No School (President's Day)
  • 22nd-G4-6 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee @ 6:00pm

March:

  • 3rd-2-hour early release, dismissal at 2:00pm
  • 4th-No School

*The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 2/4/22

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Dear Coates Families,

February is Black History Month, and the theme for 2022 is "Black Health and Wellness." The Library of Congress details how Carter G. Woodson successfully advocated for the creation of a Negro History Week in 1925 to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to civilization and the celebration was expanded to a month in 1976. Coates students learn about many ways African Americans have shaped and experienced life in the US, this month and all year long. 

Warm regards,

Mr. Paul Basdekis, Principal

Mrs. Jessica King & Mrs. Jenn Gray, Assistant Principals

2022-2023 Kindergarten Survey

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form and return it no later than February 11, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Coates families who do not have children currently attending school.

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. Please email the completed form to Amy Marney at [email protected] We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than February 11, 2022.

2022-2023 School Year Calendar Approved

The 2022-23 school year calendar was approved at the January 27 School Board Meeting. This calendar focuses on instruction, and student and operational needs. The calendar is aligned with neighboring school districts and adds additional key observance days.

Most importantly, this calendar was developed with significant input from the FCPS community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process through surveys, webinars, and participation in the feedback committee. This effort reflects the best effort of everyone the school calendar touches.

Some highlights include:

  • Monday, August 22 will be the first day of school.
  • Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Orthodox Good Friday, and Diwali will now be designated as student holidays. (Eid and Lunar New Year fall on a non-school day in 2022.) 
  • Inclusion of Veterans Day as a student holiday and staff work day. 

To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS 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.

Support Coates Through Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? If yes, it is easy to support Coates with each purchase. A few minutes to set up is all it takes. Here is how you can easily support Coates and still make those important Amazon purchases:

  1. Visit: https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  3. Select your charity- Lutie Lewis Coates Elem School PTA

Start shopping and remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Coates!

Mark Your Calendar

February:

  • Thursday, Feb. 17 @ 6:00pm for G1-3 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee
  • Monday, Feb. 21–No School (President's Day)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22 @ 6:00pm G4-6 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee

*The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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 1/28/22

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Dear Coates Families,

We were so happy to welcome our students back this week! All of us are looking forward to several weeks of consistent days at school.

As you know, we continue to battle COVID-19. Remember, do not send your child to school with any illness. COVID-19 can be as simple as a headache or runny nose. It is important that if your child is sick, even with what you think is a traditional cold, please keep the student home until they no longer have symptoms. Please see below about how to report an absence.

Together we will keep our school virus free.

Warm regards,

Mr. Paul Basdekis, Principal

Mrs. Jessica King & Mrs. Jenn Gray, Assistant Principals

Reporting an Absence

Please fill out this attendance form or contact us at 703-713-3030 to report an absence.  If you call, please make sure you clearly indicate your child's name, teacher, the reason for absence, and your name.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Survey

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form and return it no later than February 11, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Coates families who do not have children currently attending school.

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. Please email the completed form to Amy Marney at [email protected] We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than February 11, 2022.

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

February:

-Thursday, Feb. 17th @ 6:00pm for G1-3 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee

-Monday, Feb. 21--No School (President's Day)

-Tuesday, Feb. 22nd @ 6:00pm G4-6 Virtual Coates Spelling Bee

*The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

Follow Coates on Social Media

TWITTER: @CoatesES

TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

FACEBOOK: FCPS L.L. Coates Elementary School

INSTAGRAM:  @coateselementary

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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