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One LCPS: 2027 Strategic Plan for Excellence: Strategic Goal #2

Dear Parents and Students,

It is hard to believe we are in the Holiday season! During this time of Thanksgiving may I extend my deepest thanks for your continued partnership in the education of your children. Each day we endeavor to bring our highest level of passion, purpose and skill as it applies to teaching our students. We continue to align with the LCPS 2027 Strategic Plan for Excellence in our commitment to ensure that your children receive an excellent education while preparing to make meaningful contributions to the world today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

This month I will highlight the second core component of LCPS Strategic Plan for Excellence and provide you with examples of how it applies and aligns with Evergreen Mill's instructional program. The One LCPS 2027 Strategic Plan for Excellence Strategic Goal #2 is to "Cultivate high-performing teams of professionals committed to realizing our mission and goals."

LCPS as an organization believes that teachers, administrators, and staff are the most important factor in helping our students after their parents. As a school division and as a school we believe that ensuring that staff are esteemed, exemplary, supported, and accountable is to vital to student success. The work of our administrative team is equally focused on ensuring both students and teacher success. Here are a few of the key ways we accomplish this.

1. We are a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that functions in a Collaborative Learning Team (CLT) structure. Each of our grade level teams meet weekly to review student data, share instructional resources, to plan together, and to create common assessments. A main focus of this time together is to build our collective efficacy in providing outstanding instruction to our students.

2. We are committed to professional learning for our teachers and staff. In addition to LCPS required professional learning, our teams receive training monthly on topics such as reading instruction, math instruction, culturally responsive instructional practices, computer science initiatives, social emotional learning, personalized learning, and assessment practices.

3. Our school leadership team consists of a teacher from each grade level team, from our special area team, and from our specialists. We utilize a collective and shared decision making process to ensure that teacher voices are heard and that our staff is represented in school wide decisions that are made.

4. Our goal is to hire, grow, and retain excellent teachers and teacher assistants as they are our most important assets in this work. While the vision and management may start at the top, it is the teachers, assistants, and supporting staff who drive that mission forward and ensure that it is accomplished.

Our commitment as a staff is to bring our best to your children every day and to move the learning needle forward on a daily basis for each child. Your support of our teachers through your attendance at parent conferences, participation in school wide events, notes and gestures of thanks, and commitment to your child's attendance at school builds our teachers up and strengthens the home school partnership. Thanks to our incredible staff for their tireless efforts and thanks to our amazing parents and families who continue to work side by side with us. Happy Thanksgiving Python families! We are grateful for you!

Expecting Success!

Daniel Lani



LCPS centers equity as one of its foundational core values. For our community, equity means being committed to providing a safe, supportive, inclusive, affirming, and respectful environment for each student and staff member that fosters success, growth, and academic rigor.

The cultivation of this environment requires us to reject and condemn the use of hate speech, racial slurs,antisemitism, and any action or behavior that discriminates based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, orientation, gender expression, socio-economic status, religion, ability, or other cultural identities or expression. Such noninclusive speech, behavior, and actions do not reflect who we are as a learning community.

We embrace and value the unique identities, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and needs of each student and employee. Celebrating our diversity is important and helps define us as a school division. Demonstrating the courage to address inequities and remove barriers represents an integral part of our collective effort towards excellence in education. Equity is the vehicle that leads to greater access, opportunity, and equality so that each student is

empowered to make meaningful contributions to the world.

Dates To Remember

PTA Read - A - Thon Fundraiser - November 4 - November 11

November 1 - Planning/Records Day (No School For Students)

November 8 - Election Day (No School)

November 11 - Veterans Day Celebration

November 14 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

November 15 - Fall Picture Retakes

November 23 - November 25 - Thanksgiving Break!

November 28 - Classes Resume

Save The Date: Winter Sing - A - Long December 16 @1:30 PM


The annual EMES Veterans Day Ceremony is a tradition dating back to our school's opening in 1998. The recent Covid Pandemic forced us to do things in an "untraditional" manner over the past few years as we recognized our Veterans, but this year we are excited to offer a full in-person cerermony for our Veterans once again! If you are a Veteran or have a Veteran in your family we invite you and them to join us for this special ceremony on Friday, November 11th at 9:15 AM. Our Veterans are invited to join us for a special breakfast in the cafeteria at 8:30 AM prior to the ceremony. You may RSVP for the breakfast and the Ceremony below. Also, Mrs. Testa and Mrs. Samson sent home a blue form where you can provide us with information about your special Veteran and a picture to add to our Veterans Wall of Fame! This event is open to everyone so come out and join us for an amazing patriotic celebration as we honor those who have served us and ensured the freedoms we enjoy as Americans today.


While attendance is tracked on a regular basis, formal attendance letters and attendance conferences are typically held at the end of each 9 week period. Some of you will be receiving an attendance reminder letter or a phone call to discuss your child's attendance during the next week or so. Below is how we determine who shall receive an attendance reminder letter or phone call.

  • Attendance Reminder letters are sent if your child has had five or more absences (excused or unexcused) or 5 or more tardies in a 9 week period.
  • An attendance conference (by phone or in person) is required if your child has had 10 or more absences (excused or unexcused) or tardies in a 9 week period. You will also receive an attendance letter.
  • For students who continue to have attendance issues after a parent conference has been held, our LCPS Attendance Officer Mr. Robert Smart will be contacted to attend a parent conference or conduct a home visit with the family.


  • Please be patient while waiting in our kiss and go line. In case you didn't know we have students as young as 2 years old who attend our school. Some of these students may have developmental delays and require extra attention and assistance to get them in and out of their vehicles. Honking your horn at someone in front of you is not only disrespectful, it is also pointless as it will not speed up the process. We have also had reports of cars "racing" to get in front of a bus that is attempting to turn left into the bus loop so as not to have to wait for the bus to turn. Please make sure you are yielding to the school buses. You have a stop sign. They do not. Thank you for your commitment to keeping everyone safe and to showing Pythons CARE on our campus.


BULLYING PREVENTION: Counselors will continue to instruct students on how to prevent bullying during the first half of November's Guidance lessons. These lessons are from the Second Step Bullying Prevention Program, an evidence-based curriculum used by LCPS and school districts nationwide. If you would like to learn more about this program, please go to and use the activation key FAMI LY03 or email the counselors at (K, grades 3-5) and (Grades 1-2). Please ask your children what they have learned thus far on how to prevent bullying!


October's Character Counts winners will be included in the December newsletter. November/December Character Counts are combined, so will go out in the January newsletter.


Our next PTA meeting will be

Monday, November 14th at 7 PM

in the library!

Our READ-A-THON is LIVE!! The past 2 Friday you should have received a parent information flyer about what our annual read-a-thon is, how to sign up and the prize list! If you haven't created a student page, please do so today! Here is the link again:

* Log minutes whenever your child reads, and share the fundraising page for our school! Fundraising and minute-logging will run from Friday November 4th -Sunday November 13th! Updates to top-readers, top-fundraisers and top-classes will be made to our PTA Facebook page and Mr. Lani's morning announcements!

Our next Spirit Night/Pythons on the Town" is tomorrow Monday, Nov. 7th, at Solo Pizza! Mention EMES for dine-in or carry-out!

Our first semester Holiday Bedtime Stories event will be Friday, December 2nd, at 6pm at school so mark your calendars! Wear your jammies & come listen to our staff read books to prepare for bedtime!

Due to weather and scheduling, we will be postponing our Movie Night, originally slated for November 11th- We look forward to having that event in the Spring!

Please "like" our Evergreen Mill Elementary School PTA page

on Facebook for reminders!


As parents you have the opportunity to provide feedback to the LCPS school board on upcoming board policies up for review.

Link to review these policies and provide your feedback: click here

Feedback Due November 11

Policy 8215, In-School Disciplinary Measures

- Clarifies where infractions take place. Includes references to Policies 6210 and 6220

Feedback Due November 14

Policy 7304 Licensed Employee Transfers and Reassignments

- Includes updates to terms and grammar. Date change on line 19. Moves reassignment details to the regulation.

Policy 7550, Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace

- Adds definitions and terms from Virginia Code. Clarifies circumstances and notification process. Updates references to code and other policies

Policy 7552, Tobacco and Smoke-Free Environment

- Updated to include definitions in #1 and #2. Includes “vaping” when addressing creating a smoke-free environment.

Policy 7554, Employee Responsibility Concerning Student Alcohol and Drug Usage

- Clarifies roles and spells out more details about alcohol and drug usage examples.


ParentVUE is your one stop LCPS portal to access your students academic records, confidential documents, and to update your families emergency and personal contact information. Please use the link below to learn more. All parents will need an active ParentVUE account for the 2022-23 school year. If you need help accessing your account or enrolling please contact Ghazala Shaffi or Chet Huey at 571-252-2900. For more information about ParentVue, click the link below.


Free/Reduced Lunch Applications:

We are currently in the process of enrolling families in our Free/Reduced Lunch Program. You only need to fill out one application per household, not per student. You will need to apply through the Titan App or LCPS Healthy Cafe using the links below. There is also a paper form available.

Here are the direct links to apply:

For more details, families can visit School Nutrition Services department website or contact our Family Liaison @

Backpack Buddies:

We are pleased to once again be able to offer our backpack buddies food program to any families in need this year. Food bags are given out to students at school every Friday to ensure that all families have lunch, dinner, and snacks for the weekend. Bags are also provided whenever we are on a school break (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break). To register for this program please complete the form linked below and turn it in to your child's teacher or contact our Family Liaison at for assistance.


You can tune in to the fastest growing, most popular morning news program (and the only one) at Evergreen Mill. The show starts at 7:50 each morning and parents are welcome to watch using the link below. You just might see your child on the news one day soon!

Need Assistance? We Can Help!

If, due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate meaningfully in any meetings or activities at Evergreen Mill Elementary, please call Daniel Lani at 571-252-2900 at least FIVE WORKING DAYS prior to the event.

Do We Have Your Email Address?

LCPS is striving for as many parents to have emails on file to facilitate communication to parents from teachers and district personnel. Each parent should provide a current email address by updating their parent information in ParentVUE or emailing Mrs. Eder at