Mt. Lion News

September 27, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Waterford Community -

September seems to have flown by and we are getting ready for one of our busiest months of the year! The Waterford PTO needs everyone's help during the 2022 Waterford Fair.

Did you know that September is Attendance Awareness Month? Thank you to all of our families for helping to ensure that our students are at school, on time, as much as possible. If your student is going to be absent from school, make sure to notify the main office. You can call the attendance line (540-751-2461) or report the absence through ParentVUE.

If a student is absent for more than 10% of the available school days (for any reason) or has accumulate 5 or more unexcused absences, parents will receive a letter from me to help raise awareness and determine what supports your student may need to improve their attendance.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

-Andrew Heironimus

Student Purchases in the Cafeteria

Just a reminder that LCPS is now using Titan to manage student lunch accounts. Families can enroll in Titan to add funds to lunch accounts and review past purchases.

Please communicate with your student your expectations for purchasing "extra" items in the cafeteria. Students with money on their lunch account are able to purchase extra entrees, snacks, cookies, and ice cream in the cafeteria. It is important that your student understands your family's expectations for when and how many of these items are allowed to be purchased.

Prices and menus can be found on the LCPS School Nutrition Webpage.

Family PE Week

SAVE THE DATE! Family PE Week October 3 - 7, 2022

Parents are invited to participate in Physical Education!

Daily physical activity has many benefits for kids, such as increasing their energy, focus, and readiness to learn and reducing stress and anxiety. Of course, physical activity has benefits for people of all ages, so helping my students’ families be active together is one of my physical education goals. I hope you can join us!

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5th Graders at Camp Highroad

Our 5th grade class just came back from a field trip to Camp Highroad where they worked on team building and communication skills. They conquered some of the 'low ropes' activities and had a chance for a ride on the zip-line!

Annual AHERA Notification

It is the intention of Loudoun County Public Schools to comply with all federal and state regulations regarding asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) performs routine inspections of several school buildings and staff facilities in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). As required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the EPA, this notification is to inform you that asbestos-containing material (ACM) is present and managed in several locations in Waterford Elementary.

Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was used extensively in many building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire-retarding capabilities. While virtually any building constructed in the United States from the 1940s to the late 1970s contains some asbestos, intact and undisturbed asbestos-containing materials generally do not pose a health risk. Schools are held to a higher standard for management than residences or privately-owned buildings.

In our school, known areas of ACM are inspected semi-annually by licensed LCPS personnel and every three years by licensed third-party inspectors to ensure that the material remains in good condition and does not pose an exposure hazard for building occupants. Any materials found to be in unacceptable condition or impacted by planned building work are removed by licensed professionals. Records of all inspections, response actions, and sampling data are compiled in the school’s Asbestos Management Plan document. This document also indicates the locations where asbestos-containing materials may be present.

In 2020-2021, the following inspections and response actions were performed:

- February 2021 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- August 2021 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- February 2022 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- August 2022 Triennial Inspection (Third Party), All Known ACM

You are welcome to review a copy of any facility’s Asbestos Management Plan in the administrative office of the school. In addition, copies of all Management Plans are maintained in the Loudoun County Public Schools Facilities Services Environmental Division offices, located at 741 Miller Drive, Leesburg, Virginia. For all inquiries regarding the asbestos management plan and asbestos-related issues in our facilities please contact the LCPS designated asbestos program manager, Cristina Windover, at or 571-252-1934.

Loudoun County Public Schools is committed to providing safe schools for all students and employees in our district and we thank you for your attention to this important issue.