LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

LEAP is an independent, all-volunteer, non-partisan parent network promoting interaction between parents, teachers, local leaders & LCPS administration.

Rules of the Forum The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents encourages discourse on the articles and other information that it posts on its page. The opinions and comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of LEAP or have any association with LEAP. While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we insist on respectful dialogue. LEAP will delete comments that go way off-topic, are clearly intended to fulfill a personal agenda (business or otherwise), contain profanity or lewd comments/images, are deliberately hurtful or threatening, or are potentially libelous. If it happens repeatedly, the poster will be banned from accessing our page. Please alert us (via private message) to any posts that violate the forum rules so that we can address immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mission: - To provide a forum for the discussion and sharing of common educational concerns and ideas and - To serve as a network for interaction among local parent groups, students, teachers, administrators and the Loudoun County Public School System and - To secure for all students in the Loudoun County Public School System the highest advantages in academic, vocational, physical and social education. - The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) is a non-partisan network that promotes interaction between parents, teachers, School Board members and members of the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Team. The mission and objectives of LEAP are promoted via monthly meetings held during the school year on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held in rooms 102 A and 102 B at the LCPS Administration Building in Ashburn, Virginia. Discussion of agenda topics commences at 7:00 p.m. Each two-hour program features a panel discussion on topics of interest to parents and members of the community at large, followed by a Question and Answer session and an update from LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams. Delegates are elected from each Loudoun County Public School's PTA, PTO or PTSO group to attend the monthly LEAP meetings. In addition to delegates, members of the community are encouraged to attend LEAP meetings. The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents was founded in 1989 with 20th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne serving as the first president.

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LEAP 2019 School Board Candidate Forum Recording - Oct 16, 2019

Thank you again to Andrew Hoyler for School Board, Mike Neely for School Board, Sterling District, Kenya A. Savage Committed to Growing Our Children for a Greater Loudoun and @Sisson for Schools for attending the LEAP candidate forum tonight. Lots of substantive answers on how they will serve if elected to the board. Please find the discussion at the link below.

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/ENj3aC5LnrCfgCDE7ViYdm3aCeDznkMjkgum4Y9TXQNgz2QxhUew-7zK-9C_00vT?autoplay=true

A couple of notes:

1. We tried to advance the screen to the speaker's picture when they were speaking but were not always successful. We assume you can quickly discern the speaker by their voice.

2. All questions were provided in advance to the speakers. You can see them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gThbKZtO92jmp8oxQ04I38KkpNg1-twl/view?fbclid=IwAR24rRB2QQNBMI32Co-GKhbxPH49dmKYvd2yo0gOLhNsGjahGKTuihMpvzw

We understand several candidates had conflicts this evening and couldn't attend. As a parent educational organization, we encourage all residents and voters in Loudoun County to become informed on the issues discussed tonight and continue to engage with your educational representative on a variety of topics.

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Join us Wednesday night (Oct 16) from 7-9pm to learn about the LCPS school board candidates' platforms.

Substantive questions, not talking points!

You can join us online via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/985556199 or watch the recorded video later BEFORE YOU VOTE on Nov 5.

For more information see the event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/716612695522201/

Zoom call-in via phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 985 556 199

Saw some great chalk artists today in Reston, both pro and student.

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Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deaths

Trump administration considers banning flavored e-cigarettes. Come learn more about vaping at tonight's LEAP meeting.

CNBC: Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deaths.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/11/trump-to-consider-e-cigarette-policy-amid-outbreak-of-lung-disease.html

cnbc.com An outbreak of a mysterious vaping-linked lung disease has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people.

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Join LEAP this Wednesday - September 11 at 7pm - for our first meeting of the year. The topic: Vaping.

You can join us in person at the Ashburn Sheriff's Station or online via a Zoom conference call:

Topic: Sep LEAP Meeting - Vaping
Time: Sep 11, 2019 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ashburn Sheriff Station
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Ashburn, VA 20147
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Opinion | D.C.’s test scores are up. The credit should go to better teaching.

This past spring (2019), LEAP hosted leadership from DC Public Schools to discuss their merit-based pay initiatives. The Washington Post notes that DC schools have seen consistent increases in scores over the past decade. The Editorial Board contributed this to better teaching in part because of that program.

This might be of interest to candidates running for LCPS school board and to parents in general. As I recall, teachers achieving the best results could get up to $25K more per year.

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dcs-test-scores-are-up-the-credit-should-go-to-better-teaching/2019/08/21/6081f27e-c376-11e9-b5e4-54aa56d5b7ce_story.html

washingtonpost.com The public school system must be sure to not abandon the principles and policies that have resulted in steady improvement.

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How Do We Teach With Primary Sources When So Many Voices Are Missing?

Describes why teachers have to investigate the gaps in primary sources to teach history: “If you’re interested in the history of women, or the lower class, or anyone who’s not white, you have to ask these questions. You can’t just not teach it.”

edweek.org Teachers have been encouraged to bring more primary sources into the classroom, but doing so presents a challenge when the voices of Native Americans and other historically marginalized groups are so often missing from these documents.

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In the ‘Juul room’: E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools

Some things you need to know. Hope to see you at our September 11 meeting - 7pm at the Ashburn Police Station community room.

washingtonpost.com Teen vaping skyrockets as effective interventions remain elusive.

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Ad Featuring Woman in Wheelchair Captures Young Girl's Gaze

Hoping to see more and more inclusivity

nbcwashington.com A picture of a 4-year-old Virginia girl who uses a wheelchair gazing at a beauty advertisement featuring a woman in a wheelchair went viral on Facebook.

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Loudoun Valley students bring creativity to commodes

And here are pics from Loudoun Valley

loudountimes.com Members of a specialized class at Loudoun Valley High School, Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships (PEER), took an artistic approach to their goal of supporting fellow students emotionally, socially and

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FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after vaping

Did you know that in April the FDA began investigating cases of people suffering from seizures after vaping? Have your kids mentioned it to you? How is it handled in our schools? To learn more, join us on September 11 at 7 pm in the Ashurn Police Station Community room.

cnbc.com The FDA cautions it's unclear whether e-cigarettes caused the seizures.

Our June meeting was about school safety, and we learned from the Sheriff's office that juuling is a topic parents need to know about NOW. What better way to spread the word than at our first meeting of the year on September 11? What questions do you want answered?

As of last year, unlimited portions of locally sourced fruits and vegetables are available at all schools. Please spread the word

Did you know we have self-serve garden bars in all schools where students can select UNLIMITED servings of fresh fruit and veggies!!

We purchased over 178,000 POUNDS of local produce during the 2018-19 school year!

We strive to source seasonal produce so we can get as much from our region as possible! From apples, pears, lettuce, peaches, plums and nectarines to potatoes, strawberries, peppers and watermelon, those are just some of the local products we source in our schools!

Loudoun Literacy Council seeks gently used books for kids

We are looking for gently-used children’s books for all reading levels! Thanks to an increase in our community partnerships, we’ve been very busy this summer taking books to children who may not have books in their homes. One of our goals is to increase book-ownership in low-income housing so that EVERY child has books to share with their family members. If you have books you’d like to donate, please call our office at 703-777-2205 to arrange a drop-off time or email [email protected]. Access to books is the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States.

[08/06/19]   Ready to lead? Elections for the board are Wednesday, Sept. 11. Save the date - details to follow. Position descriptions available at http://bit.ly/2KsLuhA

Application for free and reduced lunch is here

Our online free and reduced meal benefit applications are now available online!

Help us spread the word and encourage families to save time and apply online. It only takes a few minutes and the application is available in 8 languages to make the process easier.

Visit www.lcps.schoollunchapp.com to apply today!

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4 Powerful Ways to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety in Kids

Some great tips

biglifejournal.com Returning to school after summer break creates a wide range of feelings in even the most easygoing child. Worries about homework, whether new classmates will be nice, or how strict the teacher is means most kids experience some level of anxiety about the upcoming year. As with any fear, facing anxie...

It's that time of year again! Are you ready to collaborate and connect to enhance education for all students in LoCo? It's easy and fun to represent your school or become an officer. Sign up forms: http://bit.ly/33fL076

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Financial Literacy Workshops

Valuable life skills courses are free

eventbrite.com These financial literacy workshops will teach middle & high school students valuable life skills that are not typically taught in the classroom! Being financial literate is vital for being successful in the real world. Students must learn these financial skills before entering college, living on the...

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Free summer meals program for students kicks off in Sterling

Free summer meal sites

loudountimes.com The first day of summer vacation kicked off with an initiative to promote Loudoun's free Summer Food Service Program at Sterling Public Library.

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School Safety Meeting Posted

Thanks for everyone who came out to listen to multiple speakers on school safety last night. You can watch/listen to the presentations and questions below.

Unfortunately, nobody from The Official Loudoun County Public Schools showed up so attendees didn't get answers on critical policy questions like these below. We hope that future school boards and administrations will send representatives so parents and citizens can better understand how schools operate.

1. Do schools need to get parents permission before they can conduct an unlimited search of your kids' cell phones including for selfies in the nude? Current policy is schools need not ask parents or students' permission.

2. Can LCPS school security officers (SSO) interrogate students about criminal actions (with SROs being present) without getting the consent of parents or without the SSO providing the student Miranda rights. Current policy is SSO need not get parents' permission or provide Miranda rights (a law enforcement officer would need to provide such rights if they conducted the questioning)

The school resource officers (SROs) from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office also explained the great work they do in the schools getting to know kids and helping to divert them from dangerous behavior (vaping, sexting, etc.). They also discuss a new app to be roled out where kids can anonymously report incidents - potential threats or kids who might be in danger of hurting themselves.

We encourage all to watch. There may be a follow-up discussion next year in LEAP.

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/s0yZy5TmbCvF4gWKD530rAOXafr2P8mgJFPpmT44PNHaHG1G_o2blPi8YldJRBsL?autoplay=true&startTime=1560378504000

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department - Ashburn Station

Come out and join us on Wed, Jun 12 at 7pm for a discussion of safety in our schools.

The location has changed to the Ashburn Station of the LCSO (see map link below) just off Russell Branch Pkwy. If you can't make it in person, join us online via our Zoom web conference (details below). LEAP will also be holding elections for the 2019-2020 school year. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Can't join us in person for the June 12 LEAP meeting at 7pm on school safety? Join us online via our Zoom conference call.

Worried about school safety? Wondering what you can do and what’s happening behind the scenes to keep students safe? School safety will be the topic of the last meeting of the year - June 12 at 7pm at the LoCo Sheriff's office Ashburn station community room.

Topic: Admin LEAP's Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 12, 2019 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

Are you ready to make 2019-20 a great school year? Elections for the LEAP executive committee are next Wednesday. Here are position descriptions and bylaws for those who haven't read them yet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9dkdgKHAu2rMWQ2QWQ2a3ctMXM/view?usp=sharing and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FK0okwu8tUF66Y574k8-jWuTv6gnJwfZ/view?usp=sharing

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LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

Elections for officers for the 2019-20 school year are next Wednesday after the school safety forum! LEAP strives to have officers from different areas of the county. Here are the position descriptions. We are here to answer any questions you have. Let us know of your interest here or by email to [email protected]
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9dkdgKHAu2rMWQ2QWQ2a3ctMXM

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[06/04/19]   Worried about school safety? Wondering what you can do and what’s happening behind the scenes to keep students safe? School safety will be the topic of the last meeting of the year - June 12 at 7pm at the LoCo Sheriff's office Ashburn station community room.

One meeting can’t provide all the information needed, but this meeting can help set the foundation for ongoing discussions and a shared understanding of challenges and resources. The Virginia Center for School and Campus safety will provide an overview of school safety audits and threat assessments. The Sheriff’s office will present on school resource officers. Fairfax County Public Schools and Kognito will share information about bullying prevention and mental health resources that have been implemented nationwide and in neighboring counties. The presentations will be recorded and posted online with supporting resources.

Elections will be held after the program. Anyone with interest in enhancing education is invited to run. Working together, we can achieve a lot for our kids.

[05/21/19]   This is the letter sent to LCPS. We could use some help promoting this event. Please share the event announcement and indicate if you will attend. I hope to see all members running for school board and board of supervisors attend and learn about school safety and the issues that we see that need attention here in LoCo. Dear Superintendent Williams,

School shootings and other safety issues are occurring at an alarming rate, bringing tragedy and worry to many. Citizens are wondering what they can do and what’s happening behind the scenes to keep students safe. This is an invitation for you and all LCPS to join the Loudoun Education Alliance for Parents (LEAP) on June 12, 2019 at 7 pm to participate in an informative forum on the safety measures in place in our communities and the role that parents, students and community members can play in supporting safe schools.

As you know from participating in previous LEAP forums over the years, LEAP was founded in 1989 with 20th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne serving as the first president. Since then, LEAP has been a forum where parents, citizens, teachers, administrators and elected officials learn and share ideas for enhancing education for all students in the county. Part of LEAP’s purpose is to contribute to the decision making process establishing school policy (Bylaws, Article IVd, 1989) and thousands of volunteers from school parent groups and interested citizens have been participating in forums and sharing information back to their communities for many years, donating time, energy, money, expertise, and ideas on behalf of Loudoun’s kids. School safety in 2019 may be the biggest challenge we have all faced, so we have changed our final program for this school year from technology to school safety.

No forum on school safety would be complete without LCPS collaboration. We are also inviting the Sheriff's office and other panel experts who can provide a national perspective and data. Live web conferencing will be used so that speakers and participants can participate remotely as desired. If you and/or someone you designate will participate in person or online, please let us know by Thursday, May 23. If there’s any other information you’d like before then, please contact me by email or phone.

We hope to hear from you soon,

Steph Eskins Gleason
LEAP Executive Committee 2018-19
703-867-6381

What is the Loudoun Education Alliance?

Rules of the Forum The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents encourages discourse on the articles and other information that it posts on its page. Opinions and comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of LEAP or have any association with LEAP. While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we encourage and insist on respectful dialogue. LEAP will delete comments that go way off-topic, are clearly intended to fulfill a personal agenda (business or otherwise), contain profanity or lewd comments/images, are deliberately hurtful or threatening, or are potentially libelous. If it happens repeatedly, the poster will be banned from accessing our page. Please alert us (via private message) to any posts that violate the forum rules so that we can address immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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