Cedar Lane Elementary School

Cedar Lane Elementary School

Cedar Lane Kindness Celebration

Hello Cedar Lane Families,

We are very excited to announce that we are participating in the 2019 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness. Cedar Lane will be participating in this event, Monday, January 28th through Friday, February 1st. The Great Kindness Challenge is a powerful, positive and proactive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond.

To create a consistent, positive message throughout our school and community, Cedar Lane is implementing spirit days, a kindness challenge checklist and other fun activities!

All students will be introduced to the Great Kindness Challenge week on Friday, January 25, 2019. On Monday, January 28th students will receive a Great Kindness Challenge Checklist with 50 kind acts (grades 3-5) and 12 kind acts (grades K-2) Please encourage your child to complete the checklist and show the world that… KINDNESS MATTERS! We have included a Great Kindness Challenge “Family Checklist” on the back of this letter, should you and your family decide to participate at home.

January 28th – February 1st Spirit Day Schedule:

“Peace, love and kindness”
(wear 70s attire)

“Dream of Kindness”
(pajama day)

“Team Kindness”
(sports attire)

“Crazy about Kindness”
(crazy socks)

Friday (Bermuda Day Celebration)
“Ride the Kindness Wave”
(wear beach/surf attire)

Thank you in advance for helping to create a culture of kindness, unity and respect in our community and beyond.


Bob Marple & the Cedar Lane Staff


For those of you on Twitter, we will do our best to utilize the hashtag #greatkindnesschallenge

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready!

The students and staff at Cedar Lane celebrate a week-long Kindness Challenge.

[01/23/19]   Dear Future Trailside Families,

Next Monday, January 28 at 6:30 PM is the final music test drive for current fifth graders who want to take an instrument at TMS next year. If your child has not attend a music instrument test drive yet and would like to select either band or strings for next year, you must attend this final event.

Tuesday, January 29th from 7:00-8:45 PM is the Rising Sixth Grade Parent Information Night. This is an inter-active event where counselors, administrators, teachers, and current students will present on multiple middle school topics to include scheduling and course selection. If you would like to have a tour of the building, please arrive by 6:00 PM.

Warm Regards,
Bridget M. Beichler
Principal of Trailside Middle School

Good Morning Lion Nation! Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Ashley Horner to our school family! She is an outstanding addition to our TEAM and I feel so blessed to be able to introduce her to you as she will be an incredible resource to our student body, staff, and school community! It only takes a moment when speaking to Mrs. Horner to feel inspired, safe, and cared for! Here is some profile information on Ashley:

Children’s book: “James and the Giant Peach” by Ronald Dahl
Adult Literature: Current favorite – “The Wisdom of the Enneagram” by Don Richard Riso

Favorite Quote: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
- Albert Camus

Ashley graduated from Liberty University in 2005 with a BS in Psychology and received her M.Ed in School Counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

Some Interesting Tidbits: Ashley loves going on adventures with her family, serving in the children’s ministry at her church, and baking with her three children.

Why She Wanted to Become a Counselor: Helping others to discover their unique strengths and to grow into their purpose and potential has always been one of Ashley’s passions. She loves school counseling because she gets the opportunity to help children begin to understand and appreciate their special qualities at an early age.

Thing to Look Forward to: Ashley is most looking forward to creating relationships with the wonderful students, parents, and teachers of Cedar Lane!

[01/22/19]   RE: Jan. 25th Basketball Game (Cedar Lane Spirit Night)
A message from CEDAR LANE ELEMENTARY 0840

Good afternoon Lion Nation,

I hope all of our families are doing well and staying warm! I am very excited to announce that we have partnered with Stone Bridge High School to orchestrate a Cedar Lane Spirit Night this Friday, Jan. 25th! The SBHS Bulldog Basketball Team will take on the Briar Woods High School with the Varsity Game beginning at 7:15 PM and the Freshman and JV games tipping off at 5:45 PM. All Cedar Lane Lion students will get into the game for free with a paying adult. I want to thank Mr. Tim Flynn (Principal), Mr. Hembach (Athletic Director) and Ms. Joan Windows (Assistant Athletic Director) as well as Head Basketball Coach Mr. Corey Stitzel for working with me and allowing us to be a part of this event! I look forward to attending this event and having many of our Lions (and future Bulldogs) enjoy some great high school basketball! Please join me as we cheer on the SBHS Bulldogs!

With Cedar Lane Lion Pride,
Bob Marple

Hello Lion Nation! We are excited to announce that we will be engaged in the #greatkindnesschallenge next week! I was in great company today here @CedarLaneES as we kicked off our 2nd half of the school year #lcps19

[01/22/19]   A message from CEDAR LANE ELEMENTARY 0840

Good Evening Lion Nation,

As I am sure you all learned just a few moments ago, we will be operating on a 2 hour delay tomorrow morning due to the extreme cold temperatures. We had scheduled for tomorrow morning a "Dress your best" day in an effort to kick off our first day of the second semester. We will still plan on doing a "red carpet" in the morning, and certainly students are welcome to "dress up" if they choose, but more importantly I really want to make certain all of our students dress warmly in the morning! We look forward to greeting all of our students tomorrow morning as we kick off the first day of the second half of our school year.

Also, we do have a PTA meeting slated for tomorrow evening at 7 PM. We hope to see you there!!

With Lion Pride,

Bob Marple

[01/16/19]   Good evening Lion Nation!

Please join us for the rescheduled January PTA meeting now taking place on Tuesday, January 22 @ 7 p.m. in the CLES Library. Lots of exciting things to talk about, so come on out and be a part of the planning. Hope to see you there!

Have a great evening,

your PTA Team: Pam, Ariana, Jenn, Puja, Sarah & Bob



Don’t Miss Enrichment This Session – Registration Closes Monday

Dear Families,

You still have time to register for the Winter Enrichment session!

Registration will close at
Midnight January 14th

• The following great classes still have a few spaces available – you can see full descriptions at https://em-cedarlane.jumbula.com
o Spanish
o Music Leaders
o Musical Theatre
o Chess Club
o The Singing Lions
• Don’t wait — late registrations will not be accepted

For more information or if you have suggestions for the program, please contact the Cedar Lane Enrichment Coordinator, Lauren Treiber, at clenrichmentmatters@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Lauren Treiber

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A message from CEDAR LANE ELEMENTARY 0840

Thank you to all who have picked up their students unique artwork from Original Works. There are still a few packages left pending pickup. If your order is pending pickup and does NOT contain a (breakable) ceramic mug, it will be placed in your child's teachers mailbox tomorrow, Thursday, January 10 and will likely be sent home with your child on or before Friday, January 11.

If you have a ceramic mug included in your package, please contact clemptapresident@gmail.com and arrange for pickup or confirm that it is acceptable to send the package home with your student.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact clemptapresident@gmail.com.

Happy Wednesday!

[01/06/19]   I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to wear you TEAM gear tomorrow for our Monday Spirit Day (any team gear, jersey, or your Cedar Lane Spirit Wear).

[01/02/19]   HAPPY NEW YEAR from your PTA!

Please note that if you have not picked up your child's unique art gift from our Original Works fundraiser it will be available for pickup the Week of January 6.

The artwork will be available at the school on the following dates and times:
Sunday, January 6 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday, January 7 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are unable to meet at the school for pickup at one of the above timeframes, additional opportunities will be available by contacting clemptapresident@gmail.com to coordinate a time.


Thanks and have a great evening,


Short Film about Playground Inclusion wins International Acclaim - Respect Ability

Short Film about Playground Inclusion wins International Acclaim
Virginia Campbell Dec 6, 2018 Fellows Blog Series, Hollywood Inclusion 54 comments

Rockville, Maryland, Dec. 6 – All kids want to play. Kids with disabilities are no different. “Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian, a boy with a disability determined to get to the playground despite his playmates bullying him. This film sets out to show that children with disabilities can and should be included.
“Ian” premiered for audiences around the world on YouTube and was broadcast in Latin America simultaneously on Disney Junior, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, PakaPaka and YouTube Kids Nov. 30, 2018.
“Ian” started as a mother’s mission to educate her son’s bullies on the playground—one to one. When she realized that the need for inclusion was bigger than one playground, she wrote a book and founded Fundación ian to change thousands of minds and attitudes about people with disabilities. She approached MundoLoco, a top digital animation studio in Latin America, about creating “Ian,” an animated film to deliver the message of inclusion to audiences all over the world.
A Universal Story
The film is wordless—a deliberate decision to make “Ian” inclusive of all people. “We worked hard to make it as simple and honest as we could, so it could be understood by a preschool child, yet an adult could discover other layers of the story,” said Gastón Gorali, who wrote the short.
The universality behind the idea for “Ian” spoke to Gorali immediately. “In that first meeting with [Ian’s mom], I felt the urge to do something about it. To get involved. Ian’s story was so honest, tough and yet full of hope,” he said. “The feeling of being alienated is common to all of us. There’s no need to have a disability to have experienced in our lives isolation and exclusion. To find ourselves fighting a force that pushes us away from whatever we want to be and do.”
“I can play and participate”
The real Ian is a fourth grader who, like most fourth graders, wants to play with his friends. But because some kids are not used to someone like Ian—someone who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and a computer that works with his eye movements to communicate—they bully him and don’t include him when they play.
Ian wants the world to know that he and all the other kids like him can play, too, if others include them. “I can play and participate,” Ian said.
The film, to him, educates the children on the playground that he wants to play, and they can play with him. In animation, the film “Ian” shows that all children, disabled or not, are made of the same stuff.
Bigger than the Playground
When Ian’s mom, Sheila Graschinsky, saw how children who were not used to people with disabilities treated her son on the playground, she set to work to change their perceptions. She wrote a book called The Giftabout the daily life of a family that includes people with disabilities, which she handed out to children who bullied Ian, she told Variety. But handing out books on playgrounds would not have the wide impact she wanted.
For Graschinsky, the message of “Ian” extends far beyond swings and slides. The wordless plot of “Ian” is a boy struggling to achieve access to something he wants, something other children have readily available to them. People with disabilities regularly struggle for access to public spaces, jobs and social inclusion. The international attention the film is getting proves to Graschinsky that “a more inclusive world is possible.”
“The film is an opportunity for all society…to break down barriers, walls, and free us from prejudices,” Graschinsky said. The film was crafted to “guide [all children] to acquire concrete tools to be people of solidarity.”
“Ian” premiered at Cannes in May 2018. It was written by Gastón Gorali (Metegol/Underdogs), produced by Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella (The Secret in their Eyes) and Fundación ian, a nonprofit founded by Ian’s mom, whose mission is to make life better for families with disabilities. The mixed stop-motion and CGI animated film has won numerous awards internationally. “Ian” has also qualified for the Best Animated Short category in the 2019 Academy Awards.

Robert L. Marple
Cedar Lane Elementary School
(571) 252-2120
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
― Jim Collins, Good to Great


respectability.org “Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian, a boy with a disability determined to get to the playground despite his playmates bullying him. This film sets out to show that children with disabilities can and should be included.



Enrichment Registration Opens TOMORROW, 1/3/19, @ 8:00 am

Dear Cedar Lane Families,

Mark your calendar to register for the upcoming enrichment session!

Registration for the Winter 2019 Session will take place
8:00 am January 3rd thru Midnight January 14th

• Find class descriptions, program info and the registration link at https://em-cedarlane.jumbula.com
• Mark your calendar—late registrations will not be accepted
• Watch your email and backpack mail for future announcements

For more information or if you have suggestions for the program, please contact the Cedar Lane Enrichment Coordinator, Lauren Treiber, at clenrichmentmatters@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Lauren Treiber

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I want to share a special thank you to one of our OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERS, Belmont County Club! Over the years, Belmont has supported our families with Holiday meals as well as served as a meeting place for our Staff Celebrations! We have hosted off-site Professional Development sessions, New Employee Welcome (Mentorship Meetings) TEAM planning sessions, Leadership Development workshops, and beginning of year planning sessions at Belmont, and the staff at Belmont Country Club has always been so incredibly awesome to work with, many thanks Belmont Country Club! This holiday, Belmont Country Club and its members provided 17 amazing holiday meals with all of the fixings to our families.

Holiday Sweater Competition 2018

Our outstanding holiday sweater contest at Cedar Lane, 2018!

Happy New Year Lion Nation! Thank you to my awesome student who made this beautiful Lion over the holiday! I am displaying it proudly on my door! @CedarLaneES is so lucky to have amazing and talented young people #lcps19
What an fantastic way to start my day and my year here at The Lane!
Have a great 2019 everyone!

[12/21/18]   Good Morning,

I am excited to let you know that the Original Works orders will be delivered to Cedar Lane sometime today, Friday, 12/21. I know many of you are anticipating giving your child's one of a kind art as gifts over the holiday!.

When the delivery arrives, I will be posting information for pick up of your gifts on the Cedar Lane PTA page and new Website. Please check there for updates and instructions on how to pick up your items if you would like them immediately.

There will be opportunities to pick up or have your artwork delivered after the break as well for those of you who do not wish to have it prior to Christmas.

If you have any questions, please text me at 703.629.5279 or email me at clemptapresident@gmail.com. Note that I may not be readily available for phone calls today, but will respond to email and text as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Pam Rood
CLES PTA President

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Holiday Sweater Competition 2018



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