LAKE ANNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“Linking Together for Success at LAES” November 2011
Brendan Menuey, Ed.D. - Principal Melissa Goddin, M. Ed. – Assistant Principal
Main Office: 703-326-3500 Attendance Line: 703-326-3535
CALENDAR Principal Notes
Nov. 1 Impact Aid Federal Survey The colorful leaves and cooler days of autumn have arrived in
goes home today
Nov. 2 Grace Art jam session, 2-
northern Virginia. As our first marking period draws to a close, it was
3:00 pm good to see so many parents at our first Coffee Talk of the year where
Nov. 4 First grading period ends we shared tips for successful conferences. Watch your child’s backpack
Nov. 7&8 Teacher Work Days – for a flyer on our November Coffee Talk, when we have guest speakers
NO SCHOOL from Instructional Services coming to talk about the new math
Nov. 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm curriculum. This will be an important topic for parents of students at
Nov. 10 Thanksgiving Lunch
Nov. 15 Volunteer Orientation, all grade levels.
9:00 am We look forward to seeing many of you at our Thanksgiving
Nov. 15 Report Cards go home Luncheon on November 10. If you are unable to attend our special
Nov. 16 Make-up Picture Day holiday luncheon, please know that you are welcome to have lunch with
Nov. 16 PTA Dining for $, Chick- your child on any other day.
fil-A, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Nov. 17 Parent Coffee Talk, 8:45
We are thankful that we received our first grant of the year recently.
am Safe Routes to School provided $2,000 grant for us to encourage
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Holiday - walking and biking to school. We are also thankful as a school that 11
School dismisses at 1:20 of us, myself and Mrs. Goddin included, finished (and passed!) our
pm Upper Grade Developmental Reading Assessment class, which
Nov. 24 & 25 Thanksgiving certifies us to give the Upper Grade DRA, a robust test used to identify
Holiday – NO SCHOOL
student reading levels, strengths, and weaknesses.
Our teachers are in the process of planning for second quarter
learning targets. Each team was given a half day substitute so they
could come together to work on the teaching and learning plans for
second quarter. Once all teams are done, these will be posted on the
school website again.
Thanks for being a great and supportive school community!
LAES 600 Club
We are very proud to announce the newest members of Lake Anne’s 600 Club! The
following students received a perfect score of 600 on the Standards of Learning (SOL)
exams last spring. Congratulations!
3rd Grade History and 4th Grade Virginia Studies 5th Grade Reading
Social Science Kathleen Boyce Cassandra Heslin
Liam Brennan Felipe Joglar-Viera Bailey Kim
Alexander Emmert Evan Luczko Alex Stas
Leah Weizman Garrett Piazza
5th Grade Math
3 Grade Reading 4 Grade Reading Sahiti Baddula
Jack Barrett Sophie Barkhordari Olivia Beckner
Vincent Prudhomme Kathleen Boyce Alex Desrosiers
Alyssa Spar Grace Cutrell Musaab Eisheikh
Victoria Gonzales Dave Hagengimana
3rd Grade Math Erika Ikhide Cassandra Heslin
Christina Alegre Felipe Joglar-Viera Zahra Hosseini
Jack Barrett Delaney Kirr Bailey Kim
Alexander Emmert Evan Luczko Alexis Lemus
Nadia Guevara Garrett Piazza Kianti Oengky
Alexander Harbour Joshua Pushkin Abdelrahman Osman
Brady Nelson Erin Rook Renee Robinson
Alexa Rivera Christina Wallace Max Ryan
Matthew Smith Hannah Ziaii Iliana Sanchez
4th Grade Math Felicity Volkman
Julian Bryant 6th Grade Math
Grace Cutrell Dora Ahearn-Wood
Felipe Joglar-Viera Ellie Jamborsky
Delaney Kirr Devin Miles
Evan Luczko Makenzie Williams
From the Art Room
Do you have some baby food jars? The Art Room is in urgent need of empty glass baby food jars,
preferably 4 oz. Thank you.
On Wednesday, November 16, a photographer will be at Lake Anne ES to take makeup pictures. Makeup day is
●Students who were absent on Picture Day, October 5th, and students enrolled after that date. An order form will
be sent home with those students Wednesday Nov 9th. Please send payment on or before November 16th.
●Students whose original photograph has a technical flaw (e.g., eyes closed, discoloration on the
photo). Please send the original package containing the blue and white packaging slip and
photographs with your child November 16th. His/her photo will be retaken and you will
receive an identical package with new photos in 3-4 weeks.
Brendan Menuey is originally from New York City and went to UVA for his
degrees. After serving as AP here for three years, he returned this year for his first
one as Principal.
Melissa Goddin is originally from Iowa, but moved to the Newport News area of
Virginia when she was about to start her 4th grade year of school. She obtained both her undergraduate and
graduate degrees from GMU. In the spring of 2010, she received her school administration endorsement through
LEAD Fairfax, a partnership between FCPS and UVA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her
husband, Robert (Bob), and their pug named Divot. Can you tell that both Bob and Melissa are big golf fans?!
Michelle Claude is a product of Fairfax County Schools having graduated from Annandale High School. She
received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia. She has lived on 5 of the 7 continents; however,
she currently resides in Vienna with her husband, four children, 1 dog, and two cats.
Cindy Reyes has been happily married for 33 years and has one daughter and one son. Her son will be getting
married next June. Before she came to Lake Anne, she was in the Information Technology field for 22 years. In
her spare time, she enjoys traveling, swimming, photography, crocheting and volunteering at her Church.
Joan Humphrey has been a familiar face at Lake Anne for 20 years, first as an active parent and now as an office
assistant. She attended Robinson High School and UVA, enjoys biking on the W&OD trail with her husband, and
thinks snow days are the best thing ever. Her daughter teaches P.E. at Floris ES.
Sue Garrison is a native Washingtonian, having been born in DC and living here most of her life.
She has 6 children and 8 grandchildren. In her spare time she does German Shepherd dog rescue, having started up
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue over 10 years ago. Sue’s rescue group has been able to find new homes for
over 3,000 dogs.
Jenny Vanier-Walter is a native Californian. She has lived in Virginia for 15 years and has two children in Fairfax
County Public Schools, one a sixth grader at Lake Anne ES and the other now at South Lakes High.
AMP Team (Art, Music, PE)
Kris Johnson is originally from Virginia Beach and went to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has been
teaching for eight years and has been the art teacher at Lake Anne for the last four
years. He once lived for a year in Perth, Australia.
Mary Mudre is from Washington, D.C. and has lived in the D.C. metropolitan area
most of her life. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Radford University. After
staying home with her children while they were small she became a full time art
teacher for Fairfax County in 2003.
Allyson Thompson is from South Carolina. She went to college at Francis Marion University in Florence, South
Carolina and moved up to Virginia recently for her first year of teaching. She teaches art on Wednesdays at Lake
Rachel Blitch grew up in Reston, VA and starting playing viola in 4th grade. She is a huge Washington Capitals
fan…. Let’s Go CAPS!!! This is her 6th year at Lake Anne.
Deni Cunningham grew up in Herndon and attended George Mason University for her Music Education degree.
This is her ninth year as the band director here at Lake Anne ES.
Stephanie Draeger is a product of Fairfax County Public Schools (Herndon High School Pyramid) and received her
BA in Music – Vocal Performance from Virginia Tech (go Hokies)! She received her teaching certification through
the University of Virginia (boo Hoos). She is married and lives in Ashburn with her husband Michael, two sons
(Chase 2 ½ and Ryan 5 months), and two dogs.
James Laster is originally from Wilmington, NC attended a North Carolina Central University for 2 degrees. He
has toured exclusively the United States and Europe performing jazz, classical, pop, funk, choral, gospel, and
Bruce Bentley -Mr. Bentley is a hometown boy! He was born in Loudoun County and raised in Aldie, Virginia. He
attended Loudoun County High School in Leesburg. Mr. Bentley served and earned an honorable discharge from
the United State Army. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University in Health and
Physical Education. Mr. Bentley is starting his eighth year at Lake Anne.
Terri Haskell is from Tarsney Lakes, Missouri. She has lived three years in Indonesia and Australia where she
taught P.E. She has four children. One is in the Army in Korea, one is studying engineering at VT and her twins
are seniors at HHS.
Federal Student-Parent Survey
Due Friday, November 4, 2011
Parents/Guardians will be receiving a Student-Parent survey via backpack today, which must be completed and
returned to your child’s teacher by Friday. The survey is used to support Fairfax County Public Schools’ request
for funds from the Federal Impact Aid program. Last year FCPS received approximately $3,500,000 from this
The office staff is required to collect a signed survey form for every child enrolled at Lake Anne.
All information that you provide will be treated confidentially. Thank you in advance for your quick response.
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How to qualify
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Fine Dining Awards
During the school year, classes will be honored for earning the most dolphin
dollars through a fine dining experience in the Dolphin Café. The following
classes had their fine dining in October.
K – Sherman
1st – Pezo
2nd – Bachelet
3rd – D’Amico
4th – Ramos
5th – White
6th – Ramos
Parent / Teacher Conferences Survey
Please see the last page for a survey form titled “Finding Out if Your Conference Was a Success.” After your
conference, please fill out the form and drop it in the box in the office. We would love your feedback!
From the Clinic
I wanted to thank the parent volunteers and IA’s that helped with the Kinder and 3rd grade vision and hearing
screenings. I’m not exactly sure how many kids we did but it also included the NEW to Fairfax county kids….A
LOT!! - Chris Khashnobish, Clinic Aide
Nancy Harris IA's
Jessica Smurda Marisol Walter
Leslie Norman-Pomeroy Karen Spiewak
Shibha Tyagi Dulce Gomez
Nubia Leon Krista Rivera
Child Supervision Guidelines - When is it safe to leave a child home alone?
For most parents, answering this question can be difficult. Fortunately, here in Fairfax County, social work and
community professionals have developed guidelines to help parents decide when it might be safe to leave a child
unsupervised. Lack of supervision is one of the most prevalent child neglect problems in Fairfax County.
The following represent minimally acceptable standards for the supervision of children. These guidelines have
been developed by social work professionals in collaboration with the community. REMEMBER, they are
There may be situations, even within these guidelines, when it is not safe to leave a child unsupervised. Parents
are ultimately responsible for making decisions about their child’s safety.
Whenever any child is unsupervised / unattended the following should apply ...
There must be no emotional, medical, or behavioral problems which affect judgement or decision-making
Child must be comfortable being alone.
Youth must have a safety plan worked out with the parent/caretaker, which includes:
o How to access parent or other responsible adult at all times (including knowing the
parent/caretaker’s whereabouts and having a telephone number where parent can be reached).
o What to do in case of emergency.
o Guidelines for acceptable behavior.
o Knowledge of emergency telephone numbers.
Youth must demonstrate the ability to follow the safety plan and to make decisions that reflect concern
for personal safety.
Age Guidelines ...
7 years and under:
Should not be left alone for any period of time. This may include leaving children unattended in cars,
playgrounds, and backyards. The determining consideration would be the dangers in the environment and the
ability of the caretaker to intervene.
8 to 10 years:
Should not be left alone for more than 1½ hours and only during daylight and early evening hours.
11 to 12 years:
May be left alone for up to 3 hours but not late at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility.
13 to 15 years:
May be left unsupervised, but not overnight.
16 to 17 years:
May be left unsupervised (in some cases, for up to two consecutive overnight periods).
Las siguientes representan reglas mínimas para la supervisión de los niños. Estas guías han sido desarrolladas por
profesionales de trabajo social en colaboración con la comunidad.
El siguiente criterio se deberá aplicar para dejar a un niño solo, sin supervisión:
Los niños no deben tener problemas de conducta, problemas emocionales o médicos que afecten su juicio
para tomar decisiones.
El niño debe de sentirse cómodo al quedarse solo.
Los menores deben de tener un plan de seguridad desarrollado con los padres o cuidadores, que incluya:
1. Cómo comunicarse con los padres u otro adulto responsable en todo momento (incluyendo la
dirección dónde están, y tener un número telefónico donde puedan communicarse con los
2. Saber qué hacer en caso de emergencia.
3. Guías de conducta aceptable.
4. Conocimiento de números telefónicos de emergencia.
Los menores deben demostrar la habilidad de seguir el plan de seguridad y de tomar decisiones que reflejen
su preocupación por la seguridad personal.
Menor de, y hasta los 7 años - No se deben dejar solos en ningún momento. Ésto incluye el dejar a los niños
solos en los autos, en las áreas de juego, o en el patio. Se deben considerar los peligros del lugar y la habilidad del
adulto para intervenir.
8 a 10 años - Solamente se les puede dejar solos por una hora y media durante el día y en la tarde.
11 a 12 años - Se les puede dejar solos hasta 3 horas, pero no tarde en la noche o en circunstancias que requieran
responsabilidad que no está al alcance de ellos.
13 a 15 años - Se les puede dejar sin supervisión, pero no por toda la noche.
16 a 17 años - Se les puede dejar sin supervisión (en algunos casos, hasta dos noches completas).
Kiss and Ride Procedure
Drop off – When dropping your child off in the morning, watch the crossing guard to make sure that it is safe to
enter the parking lot. Then pull all the way forward to the Kiss and Ride sign. Make sure that your child takes
everything with them from the car. You may only turn right onto North Shore Drive when exiting the parking lot.
Pick up – Again, make sure to watch the crossing guard as you drive into the parking lot. You may not make a left
into the parking lot if you are coming from Temporary Road on North Shore Drive. Pull forward to the Kiss and
Ride sign and display your sign with your child’s last name. Once you have your child, pull out making sure to
watch for others crossing the parking lot.
Please do not make any calls on your cell phone while you are in the kiss and ride line. Also, do not park in the
kiss and ride lane at any time.
From the PTA
Thank you for the great turnout at the October Member Meeting and we hope to see you back for the November
Member Meeting, on November 9th, where we will be hearing from the renovation team about what we can
expect in terms of renovations in the next year and over the Summer. They are doing such a great job, and the
renovated areas look amazing, but won’t we all be happy when everything is done? Also, we had a great LADS
Day at Lake Anne! Thanks so much for all of the dads who came out to help and we especially take our hats off to
Marco and John for all their work in organizing the event! Every dad that I spoke to said that they had a great
time and really felt that they contributed to their children’s school. Another big thanks goes out to the great team
that made BINGO NIGHT happen - Suzanne Larne, Allison Romero, and the very best MC that we could hope
for, Alexander Romero, our very own PTA Vice President! It was a great event and everyone seemed to enjoy
both the games and the delicious baked goods that were sold at the event! Thank you to everyone who helped make
those delicious treats! Thanks to Maureen Brennan for putting together terrific Restaurant Nights and to all of
you who made it over to Santini’s to support Lake Anne Elementary!
Behind the scenes, there has been a great deal of work being done on many PTA projects and I urge you to visit
the Lake Anne PTA site at http://lakeannepta.org/. We are still looking for someone to help out with building
and maintaining this site, so anyone who has time and expertise to lend, please feel free to contact Alexander
Romero or myself through the PTA website. One program that I would like to single out for your attention is the
Academic Excellence Committee, which is led by Yvette Rivers, our amazing Secretary! The Committee had their
first meeting this month and decided to focus the Committee’s efforts on generating outside funding for Leveled
Readers for every classroom at Lake Anne ES. A round figure for how much money needs to be generated is
$100,000.00! This is a big job and we, as parents and teachers, all know how critical reading is and want to provide
all of the children in our school with the tools they need for reading and academic success. If you would like to be
involved in these efforts, work for or know of a company of group that would be of potential assistance with this
project, or want to help with the process, please contact Yvette Rivers. She is looking for parents and teachers to
We look forward to seeing you at upcoming PTA events listed below and will be sending out membership forms to
all families. I encourage you to join us in working to make Lake Anne Elementary a better school every year. You
will be sure to make new friends and feel more connected to your child’s school. Please also note a list below of
important chairs that are still needed to make this year even more successful than last year! I encourage you to keep
up to date by visiting the PTA website, joining us on Facebook, and making sure that you are part of the email
distribution list that the PTA uses to keep parents informed.
Thank you for your time and ongoing support,
President LAES PTA
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER PTA EVENTS:
Wednesday, November 9th - Lake Anne PTA Board & Member Meeting (LAES Cafeteria)
o 6:00-7:00 PM Executive Board Meeting
o 7:00-8:00 PM Member Meeting (Babysitting Provided)
Wednesday, November 16th – PTA Dining for Dollars at Chik-Fil-A (12160 Sunset Hills, Reston, VA 20190
Thursday, November 17th – Academic Excellence Committee Meeting (LAES Cafeteria)
Saturday, December 10th – Skate Night 6:00-8:00PM
Wednesday, December 14th – Lake Anne PTA Board & Member Meeting (LAES Cafeteria)
o 6:00-7:00 PM Executive Board Meeting
o 7:00-8:00 PM Member Meeting (Babysitting Provided)
Wednesday, December 21st - Academic Excellence Committee Meeting (LAES Cafeteria)
Important Chair Positions that Need to be Filled:
Spring Festival Chair and several Activity Chair Positions OPEN – This Event will not happen if we
don’t get Chairs soon!!!
Webmaster (Website and Facebook)
PTA Newsletter/Email – Communications Chair (will work directly with President)
Environmental Awareness/ Recycling
Monday 8:30 am to 12:50 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am to 3:20 pm
HEALTHY SNACKING TIPS
The rise in overweight children means that parents need to take an active role in providing healthy snacks for
Keep snacks small.
Don’t eat snacks straight out of the package.
Snack only when hungry, not bored.
Limit sweet snacks such as brownies, cookies, and candy because they are often loaded with calories
Offer fruits and vegetables.
Offer low fat cheese with whole grain crackers or pretzels.
Quench thirst with water, fruit juices or low fat milk, not soft drinks.
Read food labels carefully – if first ingredient is sugar AVOID IT.
Use http://www.fcps.edu/fs/food/food_at_school healthy snack calculator to evaluate your snacks at home.
Healthy Tips for the Holidays
Start the day with breakfast.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Eat lighter meals at night.
Limit portion sizes of favorite holiday foods, especially desserts.
Eliminate night-stress-related gorging, especially in front of the TV.
Go to bed feeling light, not “full”.
Enjoy your feast, family, and friends.
Remember to exercise 60 minutes per day.
CONSEJOS PARA MERIENDAS SALUDABLES
El aumento de niños con sobre peso significa que los padres necesitan tomar un papel activo para
proveer meriendas saludables a sus niños.
Mantenga meriendas pequeñas.
No coma meriendas directamente del paquete.
Meriende solo cuando sienta hambre, no cuando este aburrido.
Limite las meriendas dulces como brownies, galletas y caramelos por que estos estan cargados
con calorías y azúcar.
Ofrezca frutas y vegetales.
Ofrezca queso bajo en grasa junto con galletas de granos integrales o galletas saladas en forma
de nudo (pretzels).
Satisfaga la sed con agua, jugos de fruta o leche baja en grasa, no con refrescos.
Lea las etiquetas de los alimentos con cuidado - si el primer ingrediente es el azúcar EVITELO.
Utilice http://www.fcps.edu/fs/food/food_at_school calculadora de nutrición para evaluar sus meriendas en
Consejos Saludables para los días feriados
o Comience su día con el desayuno.
o Coma muchas frutas y vegetales.
o Coma comidas ligeras por la noche.
o Limite el tamaño de porción de comidas favoritas de los días feriados, especialmente los
o Elimine el saciarse de noche por tensión, especialmente en frente de la TV.
o Acuéstese sintiéndose liviano, no "lleno".
o Disfrute de su banquete, familia y amigos.
o Acuérdese de hacer 60 minutos de ejercicio por día.
Finding Out if Your Conference Was a Success
1. How would you rate your parent-teacher conference?
2. What part of the conference was most helpful to you?
3. How can we improve the conference?
4. Did the conference help you to better understand your child’s progress?
5. Do you feel you had an adequate opportunity to contribute to the teacher’s understanding of your child?
5. Are there any general comments you would like to make about our school?
6. What grade is your child (or children) in? Please write the number of children in each class.
Thank you. Please drop off your survey in the box by the front office.