LAKE ANNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

            “Linking Together for Success at LAES”                                        December 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
Dec. 8 Choral Concert, 7:00 pm     December is here! Please be sure that your child dresses warmly each day with a
Dec. 10 PTA Skate Night,           coat, hat or hood, and perhaps even gloves or mittens. Our children enjoy 20 minutes
         Skate Quest, 6:10 pm      of recess outdoors on all dry school days. In addition, students sometimes go outside
Dec. 13 Band and Strings           for fire drills, physical education and science class.
         Concert, 7:00 pm
Dec. 14 PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm       Thank you for attending a conference with your child’s teacher, where important
Dec. 22 Parent Coffee Talk, 8:45   information was shared. Our students do well because of the close connection
         am                        between the home and the school. If you were unable to attend, please reschedule the
Dec. 23 – Jan. 2 Winter Break –    conference. Our goal is to meet with 100% of our families!
          no school                Last month, we honored more than 48 students in grades 4-6 who scored a perfect
                                   600 on at least one Standards of Learning (SOL) Test as members of our “600 Club.”
                                   We actually had several students who scored 600 on more than one test!
                                   We also celebrated our first in-class awards assemblies, where students K-6
                                   received awards for behavior and academics, as well as for making A and A/B
                                   Honor Roll. October’s theme behavior was “Exhibits Courteous Behavior” and the
                                   academic theme was Writing. November’s themes were “Exhibits Self Control” and

                                   Lake Anne students and staff continued to show their responsibility to the
                                   community by participating in a canned food drive, where more than 1,361 items
                                   were collected for Reston Interfaith. In addition, all 3rd-6th grade students participated
                                   in a Mini-Walk for the Homeless, where Reston schools raised more than $20,000
                                   for the Embry Rucker Shelter. We will continue to help others by collecting winter
                                   items (scarves, hats, mittens, boots, socks, and gloves) and distributing to those in
                                   need. More information about this is forthcoming.

                                   At this time of the year, many of our families are celebrating a winter holiday.
                                   Thank you to the many parent volunteers who are helping with our class parties on
                                   December 21 and 22. On behalf of the entire school staff, we wish you all a
                                   wonderful winter break filled with love and laughter.

                                   Dr. Menuey
                                     First Lego League Winners
                                     The Sea Monsters, Lake Anne ES’s First Lego League team, competed in
                                     Division 1 and placed second in robot performance and second overall at the
                                     regional tournament on Nov. 20 held at George Mason University on Nov. 20.
                                     The team will go on to compete at the State tournament to be held at James
                                     Madison University in early December. Team members are Alex Desroisiers,
                                     Nico Lagendyk, Sara Leong, Evan Luczko, Andrea Pezo, Andrew Phillips, and
                                     Giselle Walter.

There are a few Lake Anne students on another team, the Fire Breathing
Rubber Duckies, which competed in Division 2. The Dragons placed first
in robot design and third overall. They are alternates to attend the State
tournament. The Lake Anne students are Andrew and Jack Barrett and
Andy Schauer.

                                            Winners of the Food Drive
                                            A total of 1,361 items were donated to the Thanksgiving food drive for
                                            Reston Interfaith. The winning grade for the food drive was the 6th
                                            grade. Way to go!

Band and Strings Concerts
The Band/Strings Winter Concert will be Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00PM for all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. There
will also be a school assembly for students in the morning. All performers are expected to wear white shirts with
black (or dark color) pants/skirt. If any students have a music stand at home the can use for the concert that will be
a great help. The report times for the evening performance are:
                    6:15 pm Strings
                              6:30pm Band

            Please remember to bring instrument and music to our final rehearsals and on the
            concert day!! Hope to see you there.
Team Spotlight
Kindergarten Teachers
Stacey Freer has been teaching at Lake Anne Elementary for seven
years, three years in 4th grade and four years in Kindergarten. She
student taught in New Zealand and is currently working on her Masters
degree in Literacy.

Rosalita Santiago is in her eighth year of teaching. She was born in
New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico. She has five siblings, four
nephews, and seven nieces.

Adina Sherman is from San Diego, California. She grew up speaking
Spanish at home and is excited to be working in the
immersion program. She is happy to be back at Lake Anne!

Ianthe Yeatras was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early
Childhood Education from Lynchburg College. Mrs. Yeatras loves children and teaching is her passion. Having 24
Kindergarteners in her class and two children of her own gives her the best of both worlds!!!

Instructional Assistants
Dione Avalos has been working at Lake Anne for 13 years in Spanish Immersion. She has mentored children after
school for 3 years. Dione is a Pathfinder Leader and Master Guide at her Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Subhadra Bodepudi received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India. This is her third year with FCPS.
She has a daughter who is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill.

Tina Busenberg is originally from N.Y.C. where she taught 1st and 2nd grade. During the past 15 years at LAES,
Tina has worked both as a classroom teacher in 1st and 2nd grade, and an IA in each and every grade level.

Sarah Clavio is an IA for the special education department for 3rd and 4th grade. She will be going to George
Mason in January to get her Masters in Special Education. She will also be mentoring students during the 2011-
2012 school year. Sarah enjoys reading mysteries, watching stand-up comedy and spending time with her family.

David Dilldine has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Distant Learning. He is a challenged dad with two
teenaged girls at home. David is a lifelong learner that spends free time at library or bookstore. He grew up in
Omaha Nebraska then Milwaukee Wisconsin and has a Bachelor’s at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Shaima Farzaie is from Afghanistan and has three children, one son and two daughters. She finished my collage in
Kabul, Afghanistan. She was teacher for 13 years in Kabul, then moved to Pakistan, where she was a teacher for
four years. She then came to America in August 2000. She has been working at Lake Anne Elementary since 2002.
Shaima loves her job, and working with kids.

Dulce Gomez is originally from Mexico. She has two children and a grandson. She’s been part of the Lake Anne
staff for 11 years.

Zareena Mohamed has been working in Lake Anne ES for the past six years. She lives in Centreville with her
husband and two daughters. Both of her daughters went to Chantilly HS and one of them graduated in Biomedical
Engineering from UVA in 2010, the other will be graduating in Aerospace engineering from UVA this school year.
She is proud to work with Special ED kids.

Paula Price went to Herndon Elementary, Herndon Middle and Herndon High School. She was born in Fairfax
County and now lives in Reston.

Krista Rivera has worked at Great Day Learning Center for 10 years. She attended Falls Church High School.

Karen Spiewak moved from Chicago to Virginia in 1978. She has been an IA with Fairfax County for 20 years.
Karen has been an IA for Head Start, Special Ed. ESOL and Kindergarten. This is her 16th year at Lake Anne.
Karen now resides in Ashburn and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Marisol Walter is from Peru. She has 2 daughters, Emily and Lucia, who attend BYU in Provo, UT, and 2 sons,
Daniel and Benjamin, in Herndon Middle School. This is her sixth year at Lake Anne ES, and she loves working
with children. ;-) Marisol collects nativities from around the world!

Jane West was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Hood College in Frederick, MD. Together, Jane and
her husband have 11 grandchildren. We live in Herndon with our 3 dogs.

Rosa West has a son named Nick. She has been working for Head Start for 9 years.

            Chris Khashnobish was born and raised in Texas. She has been in NOVA for 15 yrs and worked at
            Lake Anne for 6 years. Chris has a wonderful 12 yr old son who is in the 7th grade. She enjoys
            healthy cooking and gardening.

             Mary Joan Shea received her BSN from GMU and has been practicing nursing for almost
             30 years. She has been the Public Health Nurse at LAES since October of 2007, acting as
a liaison between the Health Department and FCPS. She is married and has 4 children, one of whom is
serving in Afghanistan with USASID.

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 November.
K – Ms. Freer
1st – Ms. Coaxum
2nd – Ms. Williams
3rd – Mr. Garcia
4th – Mr. Crotty
5th – Ms. Kwaramba
6th – Mrs. Lotter
From the Clinic
Health Room Tips
Flu season is upon us and may continue well into spring. If you have not already done, so please
consider getting a flu shot. They take two weeks to build immunity. Tips for staying well are
getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night, eating a balanced diet, including at least 5 fruits
and vegetables as well as regular exercise. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.
Always cover a cough and practice frequent hand washing. Please stay home for 24 hours
after fever, vomiting, and diarrhea subside.

Enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season

Mary Joan Shea RN, BSN
Christina Khashnobish SHA

                                                  School Hours:
                                            Monday 8:30 am to 12:50 pm
                                            Tuesday 8:30 am to 3:20 pm

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