Students who will be graduating from South Lakes High School next week walked familiar halls this morning to provide inspiration to the community’s youth.
In a new tradition, seniors were able to visit their elementary school alma maters and celebrate with the kids there. Schools documented via social media the occasion, which was described as a moving experience for all involved.
— Sunrise Valley Elem (@SunriseValleyES) June 15, 2017
Familiar faces (Fox Mill alumni) are always welcomed back. Congratulations SL seniors! pic.twitter.com/UcvRW7gT4c
— Fox Mill ES (@FoxMillES) June 15, 2017
— Hunters Woods ES (@HuntersWoodsES) June 15, 2017
— Lake Anne Elementary (@LakeAnneEs) June 15, 2017
— Forest Edge (@ForestEdgeES) June 15, 2017
— Floris Elementary (@FlorisSchool) June 15, 2017
“This is the first year for this Graduate Walk but it went so beautifully that we hope to make it a yearly tradition,” said Emily Burrell, spokesperson for South Lakes High School. “It was an emotional experience for the soon-to-be graduates and their elementary teachers. And the elementary students were thrilled to celebrate the graduates. They even made signs in the South Lakes colors. There were tears of joy all around.”
Students who did not attend an elementary school in Reston were allowed to choose which school they visited, Burrell said.
South Lakes High School’s seniors will graduate during a ceremony Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Bank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.
Photos courtesy South Lakes High School
After a fourth grader at Aldrin Elementary School was diagnosed with leukemia in August, the Aldrin students, parents and teachers have been rallying the community in support.
Young Katie (whose last name is not being used for privacy reasons) has been in the hospital since her diagnosis. During that time, her father lost his job, which has caused a great financial strain on the family, an Aldrin parent said.
“We miss Katie very much at Aldrin,” said Aldrin Principal Shane Wolfe. “She is a fighter, and with the support of our amazing Reston/ Herndon family, she will pull through this battle. We are asking for positive thoughts, prayers and for any monetary donations, small or large, to help her family during their time of need.”
A GoFundMe page started friend has a goal of raising $22,000 to help the family. It is almost at $10,000 as of Tuesday.
A group of fourth grade parents will be collecting funds to benefit Katie at the Family Fun Dance on Friday, Oct. 14. The third graders will also be having a bake sale on election day to benefit Katie and her family.
To learn more, please visit Katie’s GoFundMe site.
Photo of Katie courtesy GoFundMe
Reston Now sent questionnaires to area elementary school principals so readers could get to know them and hear what is in store for the 2016-17 school year. We will be running them occasionally as they are sent back over the next weeks.
Today’s chat is with Lake Anne Elementary’s Jill Stewart, who recently took over leadership of the school.
Reston Now: Tell us about yourself and how you came to be at your school?
Jill Stewart: My name is Jill Stewart, and I am the proud principal at Lake Anne. I am excited to begin my first full year of school with the Lake Anne family.
I became principal at Lake Anne last December after serving in FCPS as an ESY Principal, an assistant principal, a Reading Specialist, and an Education Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Education. I began my teaching career in Fairfax County as a multiage teacher at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in 1996.
RN: What’s in store for your school this year? Any big changes?
JS: Lake Anne will be celebrating 50 years of educational excellence this year! I am honored to work alongside our talented, dedicated, and caring staff to continue the vision of Mrs. Beatrice Ward, the first principal of Lake Anne Elementary.
Mrs. Ward believed that all children should receive a quality education and hoped, “the community would continue to grow to have a wide range of backgrounds and abilities in it.” Fifty years later, the Lake Anne Elementary community is still dedicated to fulfilling those goals. (more…)
More kids at Forest Edge Elementary School got moving Wednesday morning than at any other Reston school.
Students at the area’s eight public elementary schools got to class by participating in International Walk to School Day, created to promote physical activity and pedestrian safety.
Forest Edge had the most walkers, with 371 students participating, according to data compiled by Kelley Westenhoff, chairwoman of the Reston Association’s pedestrian and bicycling committee.
Lake Anne Elementary School was also recognized in the Reston Elementary School Challenge. The school had the highest percentage of students who walked to school Wednesday, with 364 of its 670 total students involved, for a 54 percent participation rate.
Thirty percent of Reston’s 5,583 elementary school students walked to school Wednesday, according to the data.
The winning schools will be awarded trophies at the November meeting of the Reston Association. A similar competition will take place in May, when kids will be encouraged to bike to school.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) visited Reston’s Lake Anne Elementary School on Wednesday, where he discussed with administrators issues such as the need for more mental health services and early childhood education resources.
Kaine visited the school, which has a large Spanish-speaking population as well as a Spanish Immersion program, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
After the meeting, Kaine joined three classes — a first grade, a Spanish immersion, and a Head Start class — where he talked to students read to them in English and Spanish. Kaine is fluent in Spanish after spending time doing mission work in Honduras in the early 1980s.
Photo by Sarah Peck/Office of Tim Kaine