Principal Lundy's Parent Communication Letters

Virtual Back to School Night

Save the date!  September 24th at 6 PM.  Join us for a virtual Back to School Night at Cedar Lane School.  You will access recordings from your students’ teachers, administration and students services staff via a link on the main menu of the Cedar Lane website on the 24th.  Link to website:  https://cedarlaneschool.fcps.edu/.

Parent Information September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

 

Good Morning Cedar Lane Families,

What an amazing first day back! Although it was not the start to the school year we expected, the students and staff rose to the occasion. Mrs. Dougherty and I were able to visit many classrooms during the day, and saw students and teachers building and renewing relationships.  Thank you for preparing your students to start the year off on such a positive note. 

Here are a couple of reminders to ensure that learning continues seamlessly:

Tech Issues

If you have personal connection or technology issues in your home, you also have access to the FCPS Parent Technology Help Desk at 1-833-921-3277.  This line will be answered from 7 am through 11 pm, 7 days a week.  You can also access the Student and Parent IT Support Portal for technology support.

Attendance

All students MUST attend school Monday through Friday. If your child cannot attend school because they are sick, please let the school know by calling the attendance line at (703) 208-2424.

Cox Communications:  Connect2Compete Internet Option

Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost.  New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.  We ask for your help in sharing this information with constituents and the community through your communication platforms.

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include: 

  • 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
  • Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
  • Free WiFi modem rental
  • Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide 

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:

  • Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
  • Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing 

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting  www.cox.com/c2c.

To help parents help their children learn from home, Cox has provided several tips and resources available on the company's content hub Converge.  Click here to learn more.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tom Lundy

Principal

Cedar Lane School

Parent Information August 27, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane School Families,

A reminder that on September 1st, at 10:00 am, we will be conducting a virtual orientation at Cedar Lane. Our hope is for 100% participation in this event.  The students will meet with their Case Manager, who is their 4th period teacher.  It appears as Learning Seminar on their schedule.  The major focus will be to ensure that students are able to access their virtual classroom links, have their links organized so they know how to follow their schedule, and to ensure that their technology is working correctly.  The teachers have begun emailing their BBCU links to your student’s fcpsschools.net email account.  I’m attaching our Bell Schedule as well.  Please ensure your student is doing the following to ensure functional technology prior to September 1st:

  • Charge their laptop if not already charged (the laptop should be charged every night – it will prolong the life of the battery). 
  • Turn the device on and let it boot up
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet at your location
  • Keep the device on for at least 30 minutes
  • The above procedures should be done at least once per week until school starts to ensure the laptop receives the latest updates
  • Log into the laptop/FCPS Network
  • Log into Google Apps (check Google email and Google Classroom)
  • Make sure you see the CL School Google Classroom site (class code: 7swhetc to join)
  • Log into Blackboard

If your student experiences any difficulties logging on successfully, please complete the Google Form found here and you will be contacted: 

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf71p5o_FQxd5YJSiL_gIbZIUWE5tQW37sRaqizswNKCJoHuA/viewform

 

Sincerely,

Tom Lundy, Principal & Doreen Dougherty, Assistant Principal

Cedar Lane School

(703) 208-2400

Parent Information August 18, 2020

FAIRFAX COUNTY                                                                                                                             CEDAR LANE SCHOOL

PUBLIC SCHOOLS                                                                                                                                  101 Cedar Lane, SW

                                                                                                                                                                 Vienna, Virginia 22180

                                                                                                                                                                               (703) 208-2400

August 17, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane School Families,             

I hope this letter finds you well as we enter the final few weeks of summer, and welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Cedar Lane School.  As we embrace beginning the school year virtually, I want you to know that the staff of Cedar Lane are committed to developing an instructional program that will meet your student’s academic and social/emotional needs.  We are looking forward to working with you and your student.

Cedar Lane School offers a combination of high-quality, engaging learning experiences; intensive support for emotional and/or behavioral needs; and a variety of initiatives and programs which will help to foster our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. The foundation of our work is a belief in the importance of content, pedagogy, and relationships. I invite you to commit yourselves, in partnership with Cedar Lane School, to the support and dedication your student deserves. It is through this partnership that our students’ successes will be maximized.

This year, Fairfax County Public Schools have re-committed to focus on Keeping Equity at the Center of our work and ensuring that every student is seen, supported, and challenged! Educational Equity will continue to be an area of focus for us at Cedar Lane as well. We will continue our Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) through Panther Time with your student’s IEP case manager.

 

Our School Counselor, Ms. Williams, has spent a significant amount of time this summer developing two schedules. One schedule will be used while we are in an all-virtual setting and the second will be used once the school district pivots to in-person instruction. In both schedules we have included time for academic intervention and social-emotional learning. These practices have always been in place at Cedar Lane School, but due to the current environment, we will be laser-focused on these two areas.  The virtual bell schedule will be posted shortly on the website; https://cedarlaneschool.fcps.edu/, but it’s important to know that during virtual instruction our day begins at 8:10 am and ends at 2:55 pm. This start and end time will remain the same when we pivot to in-person instruction.  You will see that no synchronous learning takes place on Mondays.  There will be time dedicated to Teacher Office Hours/Interventions for students, and time dedicated to asynchronous assignments for students, and planning time for staff.

 

Attendance to synchronous learning (online classes Tuesday – Friday), and asynchronous learning (assignments to completed individually by students on Mondays), will be taken and reported to VDOE.  This was not the case in the spring when we took attendance but did not report it to the State.  It is imperative that your student login to their virtual classes and participate.  Logging into the session in and of itself will not meet VDOE guidelines.

On September 1st we will be conducting a virtual orientation at Cedar Lane. Our hope is for 100% participation in this event.  The students will meet with their Case Manager/Panther Time Teacher.  The major focus will be to ensure that students are able to access their virtual classroom links, have their links organized so they know how to follow their schedule, and to ensure that their technology is working correctly.  The teachers will begin emailing their BBCU links next week to your student’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please ensure your student is doing the following to ensure functional technology prior to September 1st:

  • Charge their laptop if not already charged (the laptop should be charged every night – it will prolong the life of the battery). 
  • Turn the device on and let it boot up
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet at your location
  • Keep the device on for at least 30 minutes
  • The above procedures should be done at least once per week until school starts to ensure the laptop receives the latest updates
  • Log into the laptop/FCPS Network
  • Log into Google Apps (check Google email and Google Classroom)
  • Make sure you see the CL School Google Classroom site (class code: 7swhetc to join)
  • Log into Blackboard

If your student experiences any difficulties logging on successfully, please complete the Google Form found here and you will be contacted: 

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf71p5o_FQxd5YJSiL_gIbZIUWE5tQW37sRaqizswNKCJoHuA/viewform.

You will receive this letter and other useful information in a packet to be mailed later this week.  I want to draw your attention to several items that need to be returned, the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) and the Health Information form (SS/SE-71).  Both forms are essential for the school to provide medical care for the student and need to be filled out each year.  Both forms are available in fillable format on FCPS webpage at the following link:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool.  Please complete the forms and scan and email them to our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Hala Soliman at @email, or return completed copies with the self-addressed stamped envelope included in the mailing.

Information concerning Opt-Out rights for Family Life and Education (FLE) will be included in the packet.    If you have any questions regarding Opt-Out procedures, please call the Administration at the school.  FLE materials will be available for you to review in the library at a later date.

The Student Rights & Responsibilities will be published online within the next couple of weeks.  After publishing, I will communicate a link so that you can acknowledge receipt of the document and understanding of the contents.

I implore your help by requesting that you join the Cedar Lane PTSA. This organization helps our school provide the quality educational activities that your student deserves. Your support is CRUCIAL to our mission of helping to provide the school with the resources it needs to help each child be successful!  You can help in 2 ways:

1) Donate to our No-Fuss Fundraiser through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/supportCLPTSA or through Venmo @Cedar-Lane-1

Checks are also welcome and can be made out to Cedar Lane PTSA and mailed to the school at 101 Cedar Lane, SW, Vienna VA 22180.

2) Join the PTSA!  Go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2GCfPmn_I3ADMmO1Tkaw7nXRcsD0fdg2Ah3Tvs2G85VGKlg/viewform and fill out the form then use the above payment methods to purchase memberships for parents/guardians and students.

Your generosity is very much appreciated as we navigate this new territory together- we could not do all that we do without YOU!

Please email questions to Ms. Jennifer Min at @email, or call her at (703)208-2420.

A few important notes are below:

IMPORTANT DATES

September 1st    Virtual Student Orientation

·         Students logon to their Case Manager/Panther Time Teacher class

 

September 8th

·         First Day of School

September 10 - Tentative     Virtual Back-to-School Night

·         Please mark your calendars and plan to attend and get to know the school staff members who will be spending their days with your students. More information will be forthcoming about Back-to-School Night.

October 12th     Student Holiday

·         Strategic Planning Day

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Attendance Line – (703) 208-2424

·         Virtual attendance remains an integral part of instruction. Parents should continue to report absences.

·         Students are expected to attend virtual classes on time and remain in the class for the duration, except in instances when appointments are unavoidable or when students are sick.

·         If your student is sick or cannot access virtual learning for an appropriate reason, please contact us as soon as possible.

·         Unless information is provided by parents or guardians, students’ absences will be marked as unexcused.

 

Thank you in advance for your collaboration, responsiveness, and support. I look forward to seeing all of you at our virtual Back-to-School Night in September! In the meantime, you should always feel free to contact us by phone (703) 208-2400.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Lundy, Principal & Doreen Dougherty, Assistant Principal

Cedar Lane School

(703) 208-2400

Parent Information August 3, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane Families,

With the announcement by Dr. Brabrand that school will begin virtually on September 8th, it is imperative that your students test their FCPS issued laptop to ensure functionality.  Please have your student do the following:

 

  • Charge their laptop if not already charged (the laptop should be charged every night – it will prolong the life of the battery)
  • Turn it on
  • Log in to the FCPS Network
  • Log into Google Apps (check Google Classroom and Google email)
  • Log into Blackboard

 

If your student experiences any difficulties logging on successfully, please complete the Google Form found here and you will be contacted: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf71p5o_FQxd5YJSiL_gIbZIUWE5tQW37sRaqizswNKCJoHuA/viewform.

 

 

Tom Lundy

Principal

Cedar Lane School

101 Cedar Lane, SW

Vienna, VA 22180

(703)208-2400