Lucille Brown MS Parent Newsletter

Week of June 19, 2022

Hello, Panther families! I'd like to thank each of you for a fantastic 2021-22 school year! Returning to in-person learning, for many, was a mixture of excitement, anticipation, and fear. However, we made it! Our students and teachers brought their very best, and now they're getting ready to enjoy a much-deserved summer break. I, along with the assistant principals, counselors, registrar, and office staff will be around throughout the summer, so if you need us, we're just a phone call away. Again, thank you for being an awesome Panther community. Returning Panthers, I look forward to seeing you in 2022-23!


Last Day of School: The last day of school, this Friday, June 24, 2022, is also an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:15pm.


HS Credit Removal Form: Please use this link to access the Google form for students who do not want the high school credit classes they took in middle school to appear on their transcript.


Student Device Collection: Families, please remember to return all electronic devices and hardware (see below). These items must be returned by ALL students in order for them to be removed from students' accounts. The school reserves the right to hold all student awards until devices are returned.


  • Chromebook(s) (even if broken)
  • Charger(s)
  • Hotspot(s)


6th Grade Awards Ceremony: The 6th-grade awards ceremony is June 21st from 9:00am - 10:00am. Parents are welcome to attend this in-person event; however, students must communicate the names of all individuals planning to attend by completing this form. All visitors must be on the list and have ID the day of the event in order to enter the school. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jessica Diaz at jtrejo@rvaschools.net. The school reserves the right to hold all student awards until devices are returned.


7th Grade Awards Ceremony: The 7th-grade awards ceremony is June 23rd from 9:00am - 10:00am. Parents are welcome to attend this in-person event; however, students must communicate the names of all individuals planning to attend by completing this form. All visitors must be on the list and have ID the day of the event in order to enter the school. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Courtney Fanning at cburrows@rvaschools.net. The school reserves the right to hold all student awards until devices are returned.


8th Grade Moving On Celebration: The 8th grade Moving on ceremony is June 22nd! Parents are welcome to attend this in-person event; however, students must communicate the names of all individuals planning to attend by completing this form. All visitors must be on the list and have ID the day of the event in order to enter the school. For information (times, tickets, etc.), please click here. The school reserves the right to hold all student awards until devices are returned.


LMBMS End-of-Year Family Carnival: Join us June 23rd from 10:00am - 2:30pm for a day of Carnival fun! We'd like to celebrate all students and families for a fun-filled day of games, food, and good company. Click here for the flyer!


Liberation Church Donation Drive: Starting June 13th-22nd, let's help the ones in need in our community. Please donate food items to our local food pantry at Liberation Church. Liberation Church has provided food goods to many of our Lucille Brown families; as a way to say thank you, we would like to return the favor and give back to their pantry! Items can be dropped off in your child's grade level Donation Box, located in front of their designated hallway. Click here for the informational flyer!


Symptom Checking and COVID-19 Reporting: Please use this symptom checker before your child heads out the door each day. If he or she has any symptoms, please keep them home and get them tested. Also, if your child has COVID or has been exposed, please report this to our school nurse, Briana Waris, immediately. She can be reached at bwaris@rvaschools.net or 540-207-8675.


Annual Family Engagement Survey: We take pride in our commitment to partnering with our families to prepare LMBMS students for their future. Help us strengthen our collaboration by letting us know what we're doing well and what we can improve via our Annual Family Engagement Survey. Thank you in advance for providing your invaluable feedback!


Communities in Schools Parent Survey: The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the programs and resources at your child’s school. The data compiled will be used in the ongoing process of program improvement. Please take a moment and rate each item based on your level of agreement.



Cell Phones: We have begun to see an increase of students using their cell phones while at school. According to our cell phone policy, if phones are visible, they will be confiscated and students will be able to get them after school. After two confiscations, a parent or guardian will have to pick the phone up from the school. Please have discussions with your children about the cell phone policy, as well as the consequences for violating it.


Mask Reminders: At this time, masks are still encouraged for all students. Parents and caregivers, please ensure students have their masks on when approaching and boarding the school bus.


Car Rider Dismissal: Parents who pick their children up by car each day will no longer be able to wait for students along Blakemore Road. To keep our students safe and away from traffic, parents, please enter the parking lot from Jahnke Road and follow the line to the front of the school. Please refrain from calling your children across the parking lot or the street. Our staff will redirect students to the front of the school to wait for you. Your full cooperation is appreciated.


COVID-19 Vaccinations: Please plan to take your child to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The more students in our school who are vaccinated, the safer school is for every child here.

Weekly COVID-19–associated hospitalization rates among children and adolescents rose nearly five-fold during late June–mid-August 2021, coinciding with increased circulation of the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. The proportions of hospitalized children and adolescents with severe disease were similar before and during the period of Delta predominance. Hospitalization rates were ten times higher among unvaccinated than among fully vaccinated adolescents.


Dress Code: We ask that all students adhere to our dress code policy and refrain from wearing hats, hoods, headscarves, sunglasses, see-through items, crop tops that expose a bare midriff, bedroom attire, and open-toe shoes/sandals.


This concludes my new announcements for this week. You can always find this and more information on our school’s website. As always, students, if no one told you today that they love you, know that I do and always will.


Dr. Gaines

Principal