Sterling Jaguar Journal

April 2021


Principal's Message

Sterling families,

It's hard to believe spring break is already here! As you enjoy this time off with your student and family, I encourage you to continue to practice health mitigation measures and stay well. Your students will benefit from reading, either with you or independently, every day. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again in April!


Jennifer Short

Ms. Colarossi's 1st grade class recently shared reasons they love morning meeting! Check out a couple of their videos below.

SOL Tests

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all state and federal assessments must be delivered under secure, standardized testing conditions in the presence of school personnel and may not be administered remotely to students. Students in any instructional model (100% distance or hybrid) must attend school in person to participate in testing. To support our students’ health and safety, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will ensure that health mitigation procedures are in place and social distancing is observed. While we encourage all students to participate in assessments, we understand that some families may retain concerns about the in-person testing requirement. Families who do not wish for their student to participate in state and/or federally mandated assessments may indicate their refusal by completing this form. Please complete this form by April 5th. If you have any questions, please email Colt Fletcher, Assistant Principal and School Testing Coordinator at .


Playground structures now approved for use. LCPS follows updated Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Department of Health guidance. The following procedures should be followed when students use the playground equipment:

  • Students will be supervised while using apparatus/equipment to ensure safety and adherence to mitigation strategies.
  • Students must sanitize their hands immediately before and after using the equipment.
  • Students must wear masks while using equipment.
  • Students should physically distance to the greatest extent possible.
  • LCPS will continue to monitor data and make adjustments as necessary.

Spring Break 2021 Youth Virtual Wellness Seminar

The Prevention Alliance of Loudoun (PAL) is hosting a virtual event over Spring Break for middle and high school students from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. The PAL coalition (LCPS, LCSO, MHSADS, VFHY) is providing students with the opportunity to connect with each other, hear from our inspiring presenters and learn creative and positive strategies to cope during these challenging times.

Information and registration for this event are now available.

  • Students who register will get a swag bag mailed to their home.
  • Keynote Speaker, Joseph Green will be live-streamed at 11 a.m. on the Pupil Services VRS Spot for anyone to view .
  • All breakout meeting links will be posted under SESSIONS the morning of the event. *Students must use their LCPS email to log into the google meetings.

Title I Parent Meeting

On Monday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m., Loudoun County Public Schools will have a virtual meeting for families of schools that participate in Title I, Part A. During this meeting we will share the purpose of Title I, review the parent and family engagement policy, and collect feedback from families on family engagement activities. Please use this form to register for the online meeting. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to the meeting.

Preparation for Return to Four-day In-Person for Hybrid Students

Please note that Friday, April 16, will be an asynchronous learning day for all students and staff so that staff can adjust classroom layouts and prepare the building for shifting to four-day hybrid learning on April 20. Students in grades K-5 will have a Morning Meeting and then asynchronous activities the remainder of the day.

Picture Make-Ups Monday, April 19th

Picture Make-Up day is Monday, April 19th from 12PM-4PM. If you were not able to attend picture day, please use this link to make an appointment.

Pictures for make-up day may be purchased using this link.

If you would still like to make a purchase of pictures taken on Monday, March 8th please use this link. Please make sure to use your student's ID # as the code when placing orders. Portraits will be shipped home.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call the office at 571-434-4580

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Thursday/Friday, April 1-2:

Spring Break

Monday, April 5:

National Library Week

School Resumes

Friday, April 9:

End of Third Grading Period

School Spirit Day: Twin Day

Monday, April 12:

Student Holiday

5:30 PM: Title I Parent Meeting

Tuesday, April 13:

6:30 PM: PTA Meeting

Friday, April 16:

Asynchronous Day

8-9 AM: Family Coffee

Monday, April 19:

School Picture Make-Ups

Report Cards Available to view on ParentVUE

Tuesday, April 20:

6 PM: PEP Meeting

Thursday, April 22:

6 PM: PTA Bingo Night

Friday, April 30:

Spirit Day: Wear Black & Yellow/Jaguar Gear