The Tiger Den

Back-To-School Edition

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year

Dear Tiger Nation,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer break doing some of your favorite things like reading, traveling, visiting family and friends, and more.

It is hard to believe the start to the 2022-2023 New School Year is fast approaching. I wanted to take a moment to share some information to help you begin to prepare for the new school year.

Also I wanted to share that our building has had some upgrades since the end of last school year: Safety Vestibule; Parking Lot, Black Top, and Track Repainted, Digital and Analog Clocks Installed, and our normal summer deep cleaning.

We are excited to start the new year with these new upgrades.

The best part will be welcoming new and returning Tigers to our Kindergarten Orientation and Open House before the first day of school on August 25th.

Enjoy the full last week of summer break!


Jennifer Ewing, Principal

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This newsletter contains:

  • Our Vision and Mission
  • ParentVUE Online Verification - complete to find out your child's teacher
  • Bus Finder App
  • Online Meal Payment
  • Health Services Information
  • Very Important Dates
  • School Supply List
  • New School Hours for 2022-2023
  • Staffing Updates
  • BBES PTA Board
  • BBES PTA News

BBES Vision & Mission


We strive to create an environment that empowers all students to achieve and employ their unique talents.


The mission of Ball’s Bluff Elementary School is to foster a positive school climate as part of a nurturing community that respects and values diversity, maintains high expectations and promotes excellence for all.

Online Verification Process

ParentVue Verification Begins on Monday

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 15, please sign into ParentVUE to complete the Online Verification process as part of Loudoun County Public Schools’ First Day of School Information initiative. This process is required for all families to review and update important information about their students as we begin the 2022-23 school year, and must be completed no later than Friday, September 23. Once completed, you will be able to view student schedules in ParentVUE.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, please contact the main office to request an Activation Letter.

For more information about this Online Verification process, along with FAQs about the First Day of School, please visit:

If you need support with ParentVUE to complete the Online Verification process, please call our school for assistance, 571-252-2880.

Bus Stop Finder App

Stopfinder is a secure app that provides parents and caregivers with accurate bus location and messages, updates and alerts in real-time. Stopfinder is the easy to use parent engagement app. Know where your child’s bus is and have the most accurate information about your child’s bus schedule in the palm of your hand. Set-up GeoAlert zones to know when your child's bus is arriving at the stop and the school. Learn more on the LCPS Stopfinder site and watch the demonstration video below.

▶️ See How Stopfinder Works!

Online Meal Payment

Loudoun County Public Schools will replace MySchoolBucks with a new meal payment system, called TITAN Family Portal, for the 2022-23 school year. Similar to MySchoolBucks, this new meal payment system allows students to put money on an account to purchase school meals or other food items in our school cafeteria. Get started early and register before school starts on Thursday, August 25. It’s easy.

  1. Register: Register at by clicking on “Sign up today!”
  2. Confirm Email: Confirm your email address by clicking on the email verification link sent to your email address.
  3. Sign In: Now you can sign in at using your email and password.

Any balance left on a student’s cafeteria account from the old system will transfer to the new system automatically. Within this new meal payment system, you will be able to transfer funds between student accounts.

Allergy and food intolerance information will transfer to the new system. If there is any change to your student’s allergy and/or food intolerance information, you should enter it into ParentVue and contact Ms. Albarassin.

If you have any questions, please review our FAQs (FAQs in Spanish) or reach out to our School Nutrition Services office at

May I have lunch with my child?


Our cafeteria will be full this year. For seating and security, any parent, guardian, family member wishing to have lunch needs to make a reservation in advance. More information will be forthcoming on how to reserve a seat to have lunch with your child.


State law (Ref. Code of Virginia § 22.1-270) requires that your child is immunized and receives a comprehensive physical examination before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. The School Entrance Health Form must be completed by a licensed medical provider. This form must be completed no longer than one year before your child’s entry into school. Click the link to access the form: School Entrance Health Form


Parents/Guardians are advised to give medications at home whenever possible. If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the Medication Form must be completed and the regulations below must be followed:

Medication must be brought to school in the original container with appropriate label intact. Parent/guardian must bring medication to the nurse, health clinic specialist, or designee. Medication will be kept in a locked medicine area of the clinic.

The Nurse/Health Clinic Specialist must have written instructions from the physician in order to administer prescription medications. These should include:

  • Student’s name
  • Name and purpose of medicine
  • Dosage and time of administration
  • Possible side effects and actions to take if those occur
  • End date for administering the medicine
  • Parent signature gives permission to administer medicine and to contact physician if necessary
  • Physician’s signature

All prescription medicine must be in the original pharmacy bottle with proper label containing the student’s name, medication, dosage, and instructions for administration. If you ask, the pharmacy will give you an extra bottle for liquid or tablets with the proper amount of medicine for school.


A diagnosis or medical condition may require an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) for the educational setting. An IHCP helps to ensure that all necessary information, needs and plans are considered to enable a child to participate and perform in school. Click the link below to download the Physician Order for Individual Health Care Plan. Please contact the school for more information.

Important Dates

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School Supply Lists for 2022-2023

Bright School Kitz Purchased with the BBES PTA

If you purchased your child's back to school supplies through the BBES PTA, the supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom prior to the first day of school.

Pre ordered supply kits are no longer available. Please use the lists above if you need to purchase supplies.

Please contact Principal Ewing or Assistant Principal Ramos if you need assistance with school supply items.

New School Hours for 2022-2023

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, Loudoun County Public Schools is adjusting school schedules to increase the reliability and safety of transporting students and on-time arrival, ensuring students receive the maximum classroom instruction. Making these schedule changes will also address a bus driver shortage and will result in fewer delays and a more reliable schedule for students and their families. School hours for Ball's Bluff Elementary School beginning August 2022 are as follows:

Doors Open: 7:40 AM

School Starts: 8:00 AM

School Ends: 2:45 PM

Students should be in their classrooms before the 8:00 am bell. Once the bell rings to start the day students are considered tardy.

Staffing Updates

Reassignments within BBES:

  • Ashley Lutz, moved from Resource Teacher to Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Lisa Karg, moved from Resource Instructional Assistant to Gr 1-5 Instruction Assistant
  • Faye Sterling, moved from 2nd Grade Teacher to 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Lori Borden, moved from Kindergarten Teacher to 1st Grade Teacher


Staff Members leaving Tiger Nation ~

Reassignments within LCPS:

  • Alexis Morris, 1st Gr Teacher to be a K Teacher at Cool Spring ES
  • Steve Nicklas, 4th Gr Teacher to be a Teacher Countryside ES
  • Rebecca Pettinelli, 2nd Gr Teacher to a 2nd Gr Teacher at Moorefield Station ES
  • Katie Alder, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Kiersten Dickenson, Itinerant Music Teacher at Cool Spring ES
  • Lisa Wiernik, School Counselor to Park View High School
  • Linda Cranfield, K Instruction Assistant to KIA at Cool Spring ES
  • Veronica Rosales-Pereyra, Behavior Assistant to an Autism Teacher at Newton-Lee ES
  • Enma Oliveros, BBES Family Liaison & Bus Drive to Family Liaison at Smart's Mill MS
  • Mary-Rose Amos, Long Term Substitute to Resource Teacher at Countryside ES


  • Jennifer Catalano, Third Grade Teacher
  • Officer Graves

We wish all the best in their new opportunities! Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

They will all be missed in Tiger Nation!

Welcome to the BBES Staff Family

Jackie Baker, EL Teacher

Mrs. Baker has worked in the field of education for twenty-six years serving students in preschool through third grade. She has been an EL teacher for LCPS for six years and is beginning her seventh year as an EL teacher at Ball’s Bluff. Mrs. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in multilingual/multicultural education from George Mason University. She holds a special education graduate certificate in specialized reading also from GMU and is pursuing a graduate degree in reading at the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Baker was born in Oregon, grew up in Alaska, and has lived in Virginia since 1993. She also lived in Brussels, Belgium, and traveled throughout the world where her passion for learning about other cultures and languages was ignited. Mrs. Baker feels grateful to be a part of the Ball’s Bluff community! Go Tigers!

Alyssa Hussey, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Ms. Hussey is coming to Ball's Bluff ES from Sanders Corner ES. We are excited to have her join our Early Childhood Special Education Preschool programs.
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Search and Futura Combined into FUSION, a new program at BBES

Mrs. Stephanie Wilson, Gifted Teacher (FUSION)

What is FUSION?

Fostering Understandings Sparking Innovation Originating New Ideas

The FUSION program serves identified fourth and fifth grade students who demonstrate a need for gifted education. Students enrolled at Ball's Bluff ES will participate in the new school-based, collaborative gifted model. The gifted resource teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to challenge gifted learners in their regular classrooms by enriching and extending the general curriculum.

The new delivery model provides for differentiated support in the areas of language arts and math within the regular classroom. Students will also be engaged with other enrichment activities that focus on both social-emotional development and a thematic unit of study while working together with other identified gifted students. During this time, they will get opportunities to collaborate on a variety of challenging, interdisciplinary projects.

In the two-year cycle of curriculum for FUSION, leadership and innovation are the overarching themes. These themes are relevant to the Virginia Standards of Learning and to life outside of school. Embedded in each of these themes are opportunities for gifted learners to develop 21st century skills through the 5 Cs: Critical thinking and problem solving, Creativity, Connections, Communication, and Collaboration.

BBES is in the lead to win the LCPL Summer Reading Challenge Trophy

We currently have almost 30% of our students participating in the Loudoun County Public Library Summer Reading Program.

It's Not Too Late to late to participate in the LCPL Summer Reading Program

Loudoun County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2022

Tales and Trails

June 16 – August 22

This summer, Loudoun County Public Library will be hosting a fun Summer Reading Program for all ages! There will be a community kickoff celebration at 10am on Thursday, June 16 at Dulles Town Center. The celebration will feature Bobby G Pet’s Reptile Encounter (this is similar to Reptiles Alive, which no longer exists but was always a favorite program for kids!) and giveaways. Library staff will be there to help everyone sign up for the Summer Reading Program.


Registration for LCPL’s summer reading program is online at . Your family will be able to sign up starting on June 16. Everyone who signs up receives a free pass to Great Country Farms! Just stop by the library to pick up your pass after you register for the summer reading program.


There are challenges for four different age groups: pre-reader (birth – pre-K), elementary, teen, and adult. Each group has a different set of 16 challenges to complete throughout the course of the summer. Alternatively, participants can either read for 30 minutes or attend a library program. Challenges are tracked on the Summer Reading Program website, but some families like to have a physical challenge card to keep track throughout the summer, so if you would like one of those, just stop by your local library branch to pick up a challenge bookmark and adventure guide. (attached).


There will be all sorts of fun programs over the summer, happening both at the library and elsewhere in the community. Brambleton Library will have author visits, science programs, crafts, and games throughout the summer, including a Summer Carnival on June 23 from 2-4pm. Musicians, magicians, and storytellers will also be performing at locations around Loudoun, including Dulles South Rec Center, Bush Tabernacle (in Purcellville), Dulles Town Center, with other events at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Aldie Mill, and more. (Below is a list of confirmed performances and locations). All programs will be posted on the library’s calendar of events.


Everyone who completes all 16 challenges will be able to pick up a free prize book, a free ticket to a Nationals game, and have their name entered into a raffle for $200 worth of prizes and gift cards. Stop by the library after completing the challenges to pick up your prize book and Nationals ticket.

School Trophy

Compete against other schools by signing up for and completing the SRP program! The school that has the most participation receives a big trophy to display in their library.

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2022-2023 BBES PTA Board

  • President - Gretchen Riemenschneider

  • VP, Programs (educational school programs) - Affie Benson

  • VP, Ways & Means (fundraising efforts) - Molly Bogar

  • Treasurer - Gretchen Holmes

  • Secretary - Ashley Lutz

  • Communications Director - Sarah Payne

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

BBES PTA Welcome Back Breakfast for Tiger Nation Staff

Tiger's Can you believe it's almost time to welcome staff and students back in our building! Help us celebrate our AMAZING BALL'S BLUFF STAFF with a welcome back breakfast on Wednesday August 17th!

We are looking for volunteers from 7:30 - 9:30 am to help set up, serve, and clean up. Be one of the first to share a smile and some summer stories by signing up to volunteer today. Can't make it in person, we are looking for monetary donations as well!

Thanks for all you do to support our Tiger Team!

BBES Volunteer Sign Up

Click the button for the Welcome Back Breakfast Volunteer Link

BBES Breakfast Monetary Donations

Click the button to make a monetary donation

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2022-2023 BBES PTA Membership:

Join the PTA before August 25 and be entered into a raffle to win a front row, RESERVED parking space for PTA EVENTS! Individual & Family Memberships are available. Join today!