Sailing Smoothly through SOLs!
Our annual state-mandated Standards of Learning (SOL) testing will began on Tuesday, May 12, and so far everything is going smoothly! Testing will continue through the next few weeks. You can find a complete schedule by grade level here.
If your child would like some additional practice before the test, here are some helpful links:
Virginia Department of Education SOL Practice Items
Virginia Department of Education SOL Released Tests & Item Sets 2012-2015
Virginia Department of Education SOL Released Tests & Item Sets Prior to 2012
Annual Art Gala - Thursday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Art teachers Ms. Sohn and Ms. Birkmaier invite all families and friends to attend our annual Art Gala on Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. At this free event, you’ll be able to view the beautiful works of art on display created by students from all classes and participate in make-and-take craft tables to create your own little masterpiece! Volunteers are needed to support this event. Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DAEAA2BABFF2-lhes/34146 to sign up to help.
Last Day of School Schedule
The last day of school for all students in all grades is Friday, June 19. Please note that this year, the schedule for the last day will be significantly different from the schedule in past years. This year, students will be released two hours early. Dismissal will be at 1:50. Lunch WILL BE served that day. We don’t know yet what the lunch will be, but Food Service will most likely provide a bag or box lunch. Students are welcome to bring a bag lunch from home, if they prefer.
Sixth Grade Promotion & Awards Ceremony Set for Friday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.
It’s nearly time for our sixth grade Lions to leave the Laurel Hill den and move on to middle school! We will celebrate their successes at a special ceremony on the last day of school – Friday, June 19 – at 9:30 a.m. All sixth grade families are invited to attend. We strongly encourage you to walk or carpool to the event, as parking will be limited. Also, please remember that ALL ADULTS MUST PRESENT A PHOTO ID TO ENTER THE SCHOOL THAT DAY.
Registration Now Under Way for 2015-2016 School Year
If you need to register a student 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. If you would like to take a tour of the school, please contact Parent Liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Academic Program (AAP) News
Looking for ways to boost your child's creative and critical thinking skills? If so, check out these articles written by Dr. Carol Horn, Advanced Academics Program Coordinator for FCPS.
NEW! Creative Brainstorming with SCAMPER
The Art of Persuasion
Analogies - Creative Connections!
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - and Outcomes
Point of View - Critical Thinking Skills
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.
Open House/Back to School Night 2015 Dates Confirmed!
We have set the date for our Fall 2015 Open House. It will be Thursday, September 3. Because school starts so late this year and to make attending easier for families that have multiple children, we will be combining Open House and Back to School Night into just one event before the official start of the school year. Here is the schedule for the September 3:
· 3:30 – 4 p.m. - Students/parents visit rooms
· 4 – 4:30 p.m. - First “Back to School Night” session in classrooms
· 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.- Second “Back to School Night” session in classrooms
· 5:15 p.m. - Event concludes
Watch for more information on this important event later in the summer.
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!
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!