SCA Food Drive for Lorton Community Action Center
April 13 - 23
Laurel Hill will collect non-perishable food to support a local food bank from April 13 until April 23. All families are encouraged to contribute the following items: breakfast cereal, canned tuna, canned chicken, oatmeal, canned fruit, dry pasta, and canned pasta sauce (no jars, please). Drop boxes will be set up in the school foyer through Thursday, April 23.
For Our Upcoming Kindergarteners – Registration Now Under Way; Parent Coffees Set for Early May
If you need to register a kindergartener for the 2015-2016 school year, please make an appointment with our registrar, Gloria Leckner. You can contact her at 703-551-5300 or email@example.com. In addition, we will offer two Kindergarten Parent Coffees on Tuesday, May 5 – one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to take a tour of the school, please contact Parent Liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Book Fair Begins Monday, April 20
It’s that time of year again – time to freshen up your home libraries for spring. This, of course, means it’s also time for the Laurel Hill Spring Book Fair! The Fair will run from Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23. Family Night is TONIGHT - Wednesday, April 22 - from 4 to 8 p.m.
SOLs Begin in May!
Our annual state-mandated Standards of Learning (SOL) testing will begin on Tuesday, May 12. You can find a complete schedule by grade level here.
PTA Seeking Basket Bingo Contributions
On Friday, May 15, the PTA will present its annual Basket Bingo fundraiser. This fun family event has been a big hit for several years at Laurel Hill. One reason the evening is so successful is the generous support of our families. The prizes for the winners in each round of Bingo will be fun-filled “themed” baskets, and we need your help to build them! The PTA is asking each grade to work collectively to gather items on the topic assigned to create their basket. Click here to see the full list of themes. Students should bring their items to their classroom by April 17th. Thank you in advance for supporting Basket Bingo and the LHES PTA!
New Bell Schedule for Laurel Hill Beginning September 2015
Beginning in September, Laurel Hill E.S. will start school at 9:20 a.m. and dismiss at 4:05 p.m. This change means we will start a few minutes later than our current bell schedule, but the time still meets the recommendation that elementary schools start between 8 and 9:20 a.m. This schedule also adds five minutes to the end of our school day. The new bell schedule means that every school will be in session for 6 hours and 45 minutes per day.
The bus schedules will be sent to families at the end of the summer as has been done in previous years.
Laurel Hill Launches Comprehensive Cafeteria Recycling Program
Beginning Monday, February 9, there'll be a new way to throw trash away after lunch in the Laurel Hill Cafeteria. We will be saving unopened food items (both perishable and non-perishable) that we will donate to LCAC’s food pantry for families in need. We will also be disposing of liquid waste separately from the normal trash collection. We pay for trash pickup by weight, and this process will reduce the weight, and consequently the cost, of trash disposal for our school. To see an explanation of how the new process works, click on the photo above or here to view our video.
We were able to purchase the equipment required for these new procedures because of a special grant from ING (now VOYA Financial) to expand our environmental efforts and are working closely with the FCPS Office of Food Services to make certain everything is done correctly. Parent volunteers have also been generous in donating their time to help out during the first few weeks of the new program. Thank you to everyone that has helped us get this program off the ground!
Advanced Academic Program (AAP) News: School-Based Program (Levels II and III) Spring Screening Information
All students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be screened for Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level II or III services for the 2015-2016 school year by a local screening committee. Parents or guardians may also submit an Advanced Academic Programs Level II-III Referral form for their student. Referral forms are available on the AAP website at http://www.fcps.edu/is/aap and in the Laurel Hill front office. If you have questions, please contact Jeane Fahrenthold, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, at email@example.com. If you choose to complete a Level II-III referral form, it must be submitted to Jeane Fahrenthold, AART, no later than Friday, May 1, 2015.
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Ongoing Programs and Information
Laurel Hill Launches Partnership with Lorton Workhouse
The arts are very important to all of us at Laurel Hill, and that's why we’ve developed a special partnership with our neighbors at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. The Arts Center will be working with our students through art classes and activities here at school in the fall. They will be starting with a special presentation at our Imagination Day on June 23. Art classes for our young artists are also available at the Arts Center. Check them out!
Laurel Hill Goes for the Wellness Gold!
Our school is currently striving to win "gold" with the GOLDEN Wellness Award, which is awarded to schools for their efforts in promoting wellness to students, staff, and the community. This is an opportunity for Laurel Hill ES to receive recognition for all the wonderful health & nutrition things we’re doing! Click here to see all the Wellness things going on!