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Teacher Treats

We have several events happening this month starting off with the kickoff to our October Teacher Treats.  Please follow this link Teacher Treats: Spooktacular Edition to sign up.  We are hoping for a bigger turnout this month so please spread the word to your friends and neighbors in your communities.  We have 140 staff members and we'd love for them to each fill a bag with yummy treats!

Spirit Wear

The online spirit wear shop is now open!  Go to www.EPIApparel.com to see the available options.  The ordering window closes October 22nd so that the items can be delivered by Thanksgiving.  Get those orders in soon! 

Upcoming events

Looking for something fun to do while your kids are out of school for the teacher workday, October 14th? We have the perfect plan!  Load them up and head to Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park and have a day the whole family can enjoy!  Be sure to tell the cashier you're supporting Liberty Middle School and they'll donate 30% of the gross sales from their miniature gold course, batting cages and golf range to our PTA!! It's a win-win!!

 

Information for our first Spirit Night Out is coming soon! We will be partnering with Papa John's Pizza this month!

Upcoming Meetings

October 22-Digital Citizenship Night at 6 pm at Centreville High School 

November meeting-To be determined

Membership

We are excited to announce our new online membership payment option!  If you follow us on Facebook (Which is highly recommended! We post often and this is the easiest way to keep up with events and opportunities!) Just click the “SHOP NOW” button and it will take you to the site where you will then choose PTA Membership. Please be sure to read the instructions and fill in the required information in the notes section.

Not on Facebook? No problem! This link will take you straight to the online payment site.

Have a question? Want to volunteer? We'd love to hear from you!!

Email:  libertymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com     

Facebook:  @LibertyLionsPTA    Website:  http://www.libertylionspta.wordpress.com

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Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

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Important Dates

October 14-Student Holiday 

October 22-Digital Citizenship Night

October 29-photo retake day

CHAPERONES NEEDED!  WILL YOU JOIN US?

The Science 7 students will be participating in a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) on October 7, 8, 9 & 10 at South Run Park in Springfield.   If you would like to spend the day outside learning about our watersheds, please consider becoming a chaperone on your student’s trip date.   The time commitment is approximately 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Please contact your student’s science teacher for more information or to volunteer.   We appreciate your willingness to spend the day (rain or shine) with us.   

Thank you --  Ms. Hayward, Ms. Heilemann, Ms. Soules, Ms. Stebner, Mr. Ward, and Ms. Zgoda

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  Click this link for more information and to apply online.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and families to receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply, the current free/reduced lunch status will be inactivated beginning October 8th.

Digital Citizenship Night

Centreville Pyramid Digital Citizenship Night

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 pm

Centreville High School

 

Help Your Child with Study Skills at Home

 Adapted from: GreatSchools Staff | June 3, 2019

Provide a place to study.

It does not have to be a desk. A kitchen counter is a great place, especially if a parent is in the kitchen cooking. Ideally the space should be big enough so that your child can spread out papers and books. Provide supplies such as pens, pencils, paper and a calculator.

Help your child develop a system to keep track of important papers.

If your child tends to forget to turn in homework or cannot quite keep track of how he’s doing in a class, it might help to get him a folder to bring completed work to school.

Make sure your child uses a planner to keep track of assignments.

Help your child get in the habit of writing down each daily assignment in each subject and checking it off when it is complete. Liberty provides a planner to all students. If lost, a replacement planner can be purchased in the main office for $6.

Encourage your child to estimate how long each assignment will take.

She can then plan a realistic schedule, building in study breaks after subjects that are most challenging, and allowing for time for after school activities. Helping your child keep track of time spent studying will help her think about how she is using her time. If she is spending too much time on a subject that might be a signal that she needs extra help during Lion Time or after school.

Help your child break big projects into smaller ones.

A big research project will seem less overwhelming and will be less likely to be left until the last minute if it is done in manageable chunks, each with its own deadline.

Communicate with your child’s teachers.

If your child is struggling with organizational skills, talk to your child’s school counselor or her teachers about what might be causing the problems and brainstorm approaches to solve them.

Communicate with your child.

Communicate with your child beyond the basic “Did you finish your homework?” Parents can support their child by monitoring homework completion but remember it is your child’s homework, not yours. You can help by asking questions that help your child to find his own solutions. Some examples of questions to ask include:

  • What information do you need to do this assignment?
  • Where are you going to look for it?
  • Where do you think you should begin?
  • What do you need to do next?
  • Can you describe how you are going to solve this problem?
  • How did you solve this problem?
  • What did you try that did not work?
  • Why does this answer seem right to you?
  • Tell me more about this part?
Your Health Matters!!!!  

Why is sleep so important?  Just like food and water, we cannot survive without sleep!  We need it to reenergize, heal and to remove toxins from our body.  Which one of these images represent you the best?  

How do you know if you don’t get enough sleep?  Are you moody?  Do you become sick?  Do you struggle to focus?  Do you become clumsy?  How long have you gone without getting a good night’s sleep?

How much sleep do you need?  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teens get 8-10 hours of sleep nightly. Most teens do not get this much sleep.

Did you know that if you study right before you go to bed that your brain will continue to run through the information while you sleep?  So, the information will begin to move into your long-term memory, helping you to recall the information easier.  The key is that it must be the last thing that you do before you go to sleep.  So, this means you cannot watch television, play video games or read something else after you study.  Instead of doing something else, study your information and then go to sleep so you can get a good night’s sleep.  9:00PM would be the ideal time to get in bed to get a good night’s sleep during the week before school!!  Try it for a week and see if you see improvement in your classwork and in how you feel!!!

From the PTA

A huge thank you to those of you who came out on a very HOT day to help out with the float build! Check out the Facebook page for pictures! You can find our page by searching @libertylions.  We highly encourage you to follow us on Facebook.  It's the fastest way for us to get information and pictures out to everyone! Also, be sure to remind your kids to log into x2VOL to get those service hours documented.  

We have several events happening this month starting off with the kickoff to our October Teacher Treat starting today.  Please follow this link Teacher Treats: Spooktacular Edition to sign up.  We are hoping for a bigger turnout this month so please spread the word to your friends and neighbors in your communities.  We have 125 staff members and we'd love for them to each fill a bag with yummy treats!

Meet us this Friday, October 4th by 4:15 (but no earlier than 4:00) in the parking lot at Union Mill Elementary School to join our float in the Centreville High School Homecoming Parade. Wear school colors and comfortable shoes!

 

Social worker Resources

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 | Web | Twitter
Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

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Important Dates

Friday, September 27-Wear Pink to support our Unified Olympics team competing on Saturday at CVHS

September 29-PTA Picnic

October 14-Student Holiday 

October 22-Digital Citizenship Night

                                            October 29-photo retake day

CHAPERONES NEEDED!  WILL YOU JOIN US?

The Science 7 students will be participating in a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) on October 7, 8, 9 & 10 at South Run Park in Springfield.   If you would like to spend the day outside learning about our watersheds, please consider becoming a chaperone on your student’s trip date.   The time commitment is approximately 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Please contact your student’s science teacher for more information or to volunteer.   We appreciate your willingness to spend the day (rain or shine) with us.   

Thank you --  Ms. Hayward, Ms. Heilemann, Ms. Soules, Ms. Stebner, Mr. Ward, and Ms. Zgoda

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  Click this link for more information and to apply online.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and families to receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply, the current free/reduced lunch status will be inactivated beginning October 8th.

Digital Citizenship Night

Centreville Pyramid Digital Citizenship Night

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 pm

Centreville High School

 

Career Day

Liberty Middle School will be hosting its Annual Career Day on Wednesday November 20th 2019 from 7:30AM-10:00AM. 

Many of you have participated in the past and we would LOVE to see you again.  We appreciate your dedication and time to share information about your chosen career and academic paths to help in the development of eighth grade students as they plan for the future. 

Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in helping us this year.  If you have work colleagues or friends that may also be interested in inspiring our students, please forward this e-mail and survey!!  If you have questions please contact the 8th grade counselors.

Thank you and best wishes,

Liberty Middle School 8th grade counselors

Madison Fleming                         Paula Cotman

(703) 988-8205                            (703) 988-8206

msfleming@fcps.edu                   pfcotman@fcps.edu          

Your Health Matters!!!!  

How was your week?  Did you stay hydrated?  Remember, it is more challenging to stay hydrated when it is so hot and when you are sweating a lot!

Did you know that most of the healthy food at the grocery store is on the outside perimeter of the store? Did you ever think about the fact that the fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh breads, meats and dairy are on the outside of the aisles?  When you start going in the middle, you are often looking at foods that are not as good for you. 

The processed (canned and packaged) foods are on the inside of the store.  These foods are not going to feed your body with what you need to be healthy.

The sodas and sugary drinks are also on the inside of the store.  How many sodas do you drink in a day or week?   Did you know that sugary drinks, sodas and some fruit juices are linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease?  Look at what Coke is also used for!!!

Here, a man soaks a tooth in Coke for 4 days. Before the tooth was white and health. Look at what the Coke did to it!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LGnBNKxAhi8?start=140&end=170

A rusty weight was left in a bucket of Coke Zero for four days. Look at what the chemicals in the Coke did to the rust!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/5jOgMxHuT7I?start=343&end=408

So, if Coke can be used for these things, what do you think soda is doing to your body?……Just something to think about !!!!

MyFitnessPal is a great app to help you to monitor your food and liquid intake. It is a free download!  You can download it and use it to monitor what you are eating and to start eating healthier!  Your body is a good investment!!

From the PTA

Thank you to those who sent donations in for Teacher Treat Tuesday! You helped make our teachers and staff feel super special. Be on the lookout for information regarding next month’s teacher treat day! It’s going to be “super sweet”!!

Future Wildcat Family Picnic and CVHS Homecoming Float Decorating

PTA is proud to sponsor the school-wide picnic this Sunday, September 29th from 1:00-3:00 at LMS. Pack your lunch, bring a blanket and meet some new families. Music will be provided by, Tony Moreno, one of our very own Liberty parents!

Students will have an opportunity to show off that school spirit by transforming Mr. E’s trailer into a float that will represent LMS in Centreville High School’s Homecoming Parade. Students can earn service hours for this project.

RSVP: Libertymiddleschoolpta@gmail.comwith PICNIC in the subject line.  Let us know how many in your family will attend so we can plan accordingly.

Centreville High School (CVHS) Homecoming Parade-Friday, October 4

All students are invited to walk along with the float in the parade on Friday, October 4th.  Wear your school colors and meet us in the Union Mill Elementary School parking lot no earlier than 4:00. Let’s show that Lion Pride!!

Membership

We are excited to announce our new online membership payment option!  If you follow us on Facebook (Which is highly recommended! We post often and this is the easiest way to keep up with events and opportunities!) Just click the “SHOP NOW” button and it will take you to the site where you will then choose PTA Membership. Please be sure to read the instructions and fill in the required information in the notes section.

Not on Facebook? No problem! This link will take you straight to the online payment site.

Have a question? Want to volunteer? We'd love to hear from you!!

Email:  libertymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com    Facebook:  @LibertyLionsPTA    Website:  http://www.libertylionspta.wordpress.com

Social worker Resources

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 | Web | Twitter
Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

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Important Dates

September 21-Centreville Pyramid Resource Fair

October 14-Student Holiday 

October 22-Digital Citizenship Night

October 29-photo retake day

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  Click this link for more information and to apply online.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and families to receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply, the current free/reduced lunch status will be inactivated beginning October 8th.

Crossing Guard

Please keep in mind that the crossing guard at Union Mill Road does not arrive until 7:00 am.  For student safety please make sure that students are not at the intersection to cross prior to 7:00 am.  Thanks!

Centreville Pyramid Resource Fair

9:00 am—12:00 pm Centreville Regional Library 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA 20121

 Flyers:   English    Arabic      Korean     Spanish 

Free School Supplies; 1 to 1 Information; Fun Activities for Kids; Spanish and Korean Parent Liaisons Speak with staff from Centreville HS, Liberty MS, and Centre Ridge ES, AND representatives from:  Community Services and Support, Parent Teacher Association, Health and Wellness Services, Nutrition and Food Services, Parent Resource Center, and  Instructional Technology.

Questions? Contact Centreville HS at 703-802-5400.

Digital Citizenship Night

Save the date-October 22 for the Centreville Pyramid Digital Citizenship Night. More details to follow soon!

News from the Library

Over the summer, the program that was used to manage our patrons and library materials was switched to a new vendor and changed for the better!  It is very user friendly.  Students can now log in to their own library accounts and renew books, put books on hold, and make a favorites list.   We now also have a large number of ebooks and eAudio books available through our catalog.   

Students were shown during library orientation how to use the catalog and log in to their accounts.  Students log in starting from LMS website and clicking on “Library”.  See images for directions to access their accounts below.  It’s imperative for students take the responsibility to return their library materials on time in order for all students to have full and equitable access to our library materials.

As per countywide policy, no late fees will incur for late library materials.  However, students must pay for damaged or lost library materials, and unpaid financial obligations or lost books may not prevent a student from checking out materials or using the library. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at 703-988-8196

Career Day

Liberty Middle School will be hosting its Annual Career Day on Wednesday November 20th 2019 from 7:30AM-10:00AM. 

Many of you have participated in the past and we would LOVE to see you again.  We appreciate your dedication and time to share information about your chosen career and academic paths to help in the development of eighth grade students as they plan for the future. 

Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in helping us this year.  If you have work colleagues or friends that may also be interested in inspiring our students, please forward this e-mail and survey!!  If you have questions please contact the 8th grade counselors.

Thank you and best wishes,

Liberty Middle School 8th grade counselors

Madison Fleming                         Paula Cotman

(703) 988-8205                            (703) 988-8206

msfleming@fcps.edu                   pfcotman@fcps.edu          

Your Health Matters

Last week we talked about  processed foods.  What are processed foods?  Processed foods are usually foods that are frozen, packaged, canned, baked, dried or pasteurized.  Many of these foods have more than your daily recommended allowance of sugar and sodium (salt).  Preservatives, which are chemicals, are added to keep the food safe for consumption, and so the food can be eaten for a longer period of time….giving it a longer expiration date.  Some of these chemicals are used in paint thinner or plant and pest control.  What do you think they are doing to your body?

Do you ever read the labels and ingredients?   Can you read everything on the label or are the ingredients hard to pronounce?  Some of the most popular cereals have been found to have pest and plant killer in them!  Look at this these!  How do they compare?  How many ingredients can you pronounce and recognize?   Whatever ingredient is listed first is normally the higher percentage ingredient.

The one on the right!!  Try to read your labels this week to start to learn about how you are fueling your body!!!

This week, we are going to talk about water!    According to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a human adult body consists of up to 60% water with the brain and heart being composed of 73% water, and the lungs being about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%.  So what does this mean??  We need water to survive, feed our bodies and to function well.

The amount that we need varies depending on the person’s unique body, but a good rule of thumb is 64oz of water a day.  Did you know that many people in Japan, drink 2 glasses of water when they first wake up, and they are the only country to have over 50,000 people over the age of 100.

Drinking water, helps you perform better cognitively, physically and in digesting food.

Benefits of drinking water in the morning:

  • Rehydrates your body
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Improves metabolism
  • Increases brain power
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Hydrates your skin

Your urine is a good sign as to if you are well hydrated.  It will change colors based on how much water you have been drinking.  Take a look at this chart!  You will notice that your urine becomes darker the less water that you have in your body.  It should be noted that some medications and foods can change the color of your urine, so you will want to keep this in mind.  You will find these charts posted in your bathrooms to help you decide and to keep track of how you are doing with your water intake.

We hope you have a healthy week!!

Social worker Resources

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 | Web | Twitter
Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

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PTA Meet and Greet

Monday, September 16 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Not a member? No problem! Everyone is welcome! Please join us in the library to hear about some of the exciting events we have planned. Mr. E will be kicking off our Liberty 101 series. See you there!

Teacher Treat Tuesday

We love our teachers and staff and we want to make sure they know it! We have initiated a monthly Teacher Treat Day and our first is happening Tuesday, September 17 with the theme THANKS A BUNCH! Please follow this link to sign up for donations of apples, grapes or bananas! If you are planning to join us for the PTA Meet and Greet, bring the donations with you! Donations will be collected all day Monday, September 16. Send them in with your child or drop them off in the front office. Thank you to those who have already signed up!

Future Wildcat Family Picnic and CVHS Homecoming Float Decorating

Sunday, September 29th from 1:00-3:00 at LMS

Grab and blanket, pack a picnic and bring the kids along for some family fun! The Liberty students will have the opportunity to get creative and can earn service hours while having some fun together.  Please RSVP: Libertymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com with PICNIC in the subject line.  Let us know how many in your family will attend so we can plan accordingly.

Centreville High School (CVHS) Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 4th

Let's show our school spirit!  More information coming soon!!

Membership

We are excited to announce our new online membership payment option!  If you follow us on Facebook (Which is highly recommended! We post often and this is the easiest way to keep up with events and opportunities!) Just click the “SHOP NOW” button and it will take you to the site where you will then choose PTA Membership. Please be sure to read the instructions and fill in the required information in the notes section.

Not on Facebook? No problem! This link will take you straight to the online payment site.

Have a question? Want to volunteer? We'd love to hear from you!!

Email:  libertymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com     Facebook:  @LibertyLionsPTA     Website:  http://www.libertylionspta.wordpress.com

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Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

Liberty Newsletter-September 11, 2019

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Important Dates Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Tonight!

Wednesday, September 18-Thomas Jefferson High School Information Session at 2:20 

Back to School Night—7th and 8th Grade (TONIGHT)
  • Wednesday, September 11th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • This event is for PARENTS only
  • Information sessions will be held at 6:00 pm for Family Life Education (D107), ESOL (cafeteria), Special Education (Lecture Hall).
  • Parent Vue accounts can be activated in the library starting at 6:00 pm.  Parents must have a photo ID to set up an account.
  • The After School Program and PTA will be in the main lobby

You will need access to your student's classes in order to follow their schedule for the evening.  The schedule can be accessed by:

  • Logging into Parent Vue
  • Selecting the appropriate student
  • Selecting class schedule

NOTE: It may be helpful to take a screen shot of the classes for easy access during Back to School Night, and to prevent timing out on the Parent Vue app.

If you are unable to access your student’s schedule, we will have staff members available to print a copy in the main office.

Online Ordering for School Photos

Did you miss the opportunity to preorder a photo of your student? Photos were taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Parents may order and pay for the photos they want online at www.vosphoto.com/libertyms

The preorder link will be open for ordering until Friday, September 13. After that, you may still place an order online and the photos will be shipped directly to the home address you provide with your online order.  If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Lissy, Assistant Principal, at nslissy@fcps.edu

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  Click this link for more information and to apply online.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and families to receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply, the current free/reduced lunch status will be inactivated beginning October 8th.

Thomas Jefferson HS Information Session

The Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions Office will hold an information session at Liberty on Wednesday, September 18th at 2:30 pm in the library.  Students and parents are invited to attend to receive detailed information about the admissions and application process for 8th grade students.

Finance Park Field Trip

The Finance Park Field Trip for 8th graders will be on the following days-September 17 through September 20.  Below is a list of which day each Civics teacher is attending.  We will need parent volunteers, please contact your Civics teacher if you have questions and use this link to sign up.  

17th - West & Cernucan

18th - Bell & Mr. Abdelwahed

19th - Grant &Babbit and Cernucan

20th - Mason & Lunsford

Photo Retake Day is Tuesday, October 29

Our school photographer will return to Liberty on Tuesday, October 29. If your student was absent from school on Monday or Tuesday of this week and missed school photos or if you are not pleased with the photo that was taken, we invite you to have your student participate in photo retake day.  Students participating in a retake will return their photo package on retake day. A new photo will be taken and a new package of photos will be created. If you have any questions about photo retakes, please contact Natalie Lissy, Assistant Principal, at nslissy@fcps.edu.

Career Day

Liberty Middle School will be hosting its Annual Career Day on Wednesday November 20th 2019 from 7:30AM-10:00AM. 

Many of you have participated in the past and we would LOVE to see you again.  We appreciate your dedication and time to share information about your chosen career and academic paths to help in the development of eighth grade students as they plan for the future. 

Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in helping us this year.  If you have work colleagues or friends that may also be interested in inspiring our students, please forward this e-mail and survey!!  If you have questions please contact the 8th grade counselors.

Thank you and best wishes,

Liberty Middle School 8th grade counselors

Madison Fleming                         Paula Cotman

(703) 988-8205                            (703) 988-8206

msfleming@fcps.edu                   pfcotman@fcps.edu          

Your Health Matters

Each Wednesday, we will have a tip in a new segment   “Your Health Matters” in our morning announcements.   You have the information that the students heard below.

Today we would like to talk to you about Healthy Eating.

Did you know that 70-80% of your health involves healthy eating and eating the right food at the right time?  What do you eat every day?  Have you ever kept a checklist?  Do you feel rundown or constantly hungry?

Your plate should include  proteins and carbohydrates for energy, strength, brain power and to help you feel full.  This plate is a good visual as to what your plate should look like.

We often eat more carbohydrates than protein.  Why is this?  They are sometimes cheaper and easier to access.  … and we often get addicted to them!!! 

Protein is what helps with our thinking, muscle growth and in keeping us full.  When you eat more carbohydrates, you will want to eat again more quickly because you do not feel full!   Have you ever noticed when you eat a sugary cereal or a candy bar that you want something else to eat?  It typically is more sugar.  We challenge you to try to eat a healthy breakfast every morning for a week!

Try these breakfast ideas for a healthier more balanced breakfast.  1) Oatmeal with berries,  2) greek yogurt with fruit  3)eggs, tomatoes and a piece of whole grain toast    4) whole grain English muffin and peanut butter  5) berry and yogurt smoothie   6) oatmeal with an egg

The chooseMyPlate.org site is a great resource for you to find our own healthy combination! 

Good luck and Happy and Healthy Eating!!

Social worker Resources

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 | Web | Twitter
Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

Back to School Night

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Back to School Night—7th and 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, September 11th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • This event is for PARENTS only
  • Information sessions will be held at 6:00 pm for Family Life Education (D107), ESOL (cafeteria), Special Education (Lecture Hall).
  • Parent Vue accounts can be activated in the library starting at 6:00 pm.  Parents must have a photo ID to set up an account.
  • The After School Program and PTA will be in the main lobby

You will need access to your student's classes in order to follow their schedule for the evening.  The schedule can be accessed by:

  • Logging into Parent Vue
  • Selecting the appropriate student
  • Selecting class schedule

NOTE: It may be helpful to take a screen shot of the classes for easy access during Back to School Night, and to prevent timing out on the Parent Vue app.

If you are unable to access your student’s schedule, we will have staff members available to print a copy in the main office.

6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 | Web | Twitter
Main Office: 703-988-8100 | Attendance:703-988-8181

Lockdown drill today

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Today, Friday, September 6th, we conducted a lockdown drill at our school.  During a lockdown drill, classroom doors are locked and lights are turned off.  Students move away from any windows and remain silent during the duration of the drill.  We are required to practice four lockdown drills during the school year.  We have also been practicing fire drills each week since school started and will continue to practice fire drills monthly. 

Throughout the school year we will practice a variety of drills (lockdown drill, fire drill, bus evacuation drill, tornado drill) in order to make sure all our staff and students know what to do in case of a real emergency.

Fairfax County Public Schools requires each school to participate in these drills for the safety and protection of all our students, staff, and visitors.  

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Liberty Newsletter-September 4, 2019

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Important Dates

Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10-Photo Days

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night 

Wednesday, September 18-Thomas Jefferson High School Information Session at 2:20 

School Photo Day is September 9 and 10

Students photos will be taken on September 9 and 10 during your student’s PE class. Students have received their photo envelopes and information for ordering photos from their PE teacher this week. If you are missing a photo envelope please ask your student’s PE teacher or contact Natalie Lissy for a new form.  NSLissy@fcps.edu

Back to School Night—7th and 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, September 11th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • This event is for PARENTS only
  • Information sessions will be held at 6:00 pm for Family Life Education (D107), ESOL (cafeteria), Special Education (Lecture Hall).
  • Parent Vue accounts can be activated in the library starting at 6:00 pm.  Parents must have a photo ID to set up an account.
  • The After School Program and PTA will be in the main lobby

You will need access to your student's classes in order to follow their schedule for the evening.  The schedule can be accessed by:

  • Logging into Parent Vue
  • Selecting the appropriate student
  • Selecting class schedule

NOTE: It may be helpful to take a screen shot of the classes for easy access during Back to School Night, and to prevent timing out on the Parent Vue app.

If you are unable to access your student’s schedule, we will have staff members available to print a copy in the main office.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

Be on the lookout.....students will receive their 2019-2020 SR&R Guides for families during Lion Time on Thursday, September 5. Guides will be brought home to parents by students. You may also access the information at this link to review with your students.  Students and parents are asked to sign the signature sheet on page one of the guide.  Students are asked to bring the signature sheet back to their Lion Time teachers on Friday, September 6 or Monday, September 9.  By signing, parents are letting us know that you have received the guide.

Free and Reduced Price Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  Click this link for more information and to apply online.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and families to receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply, the current free/reduced lunch status will be inactivated beginning October 8th.

Thomas Jefferson HS Information Session

The Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions Office will hold an information session at Liberty on Wednesday, September 18th at 2:30 pm in the library.  Students and parents are invited to attend to receive detailed information about the admissions and application process for 8th grade students.

Finance Park Field Trip

The Finance Park Field Trip for 8th graders will be on the following days-September 17 through September 20.  Below is a list of which day each Civics teacher is attending.  We will need parent volunteers, please contact your Civics teacher if you have questions and use this link to sign up.  

17th - West & Cernucan

18th - Bell & Mr. Abdelwahed

19th - Grant &Babbit and Cernucan

20th - Mason & Lunsford

From the PTA

Welcome Back!  We are looking forward to supporting Liberty staff, students and families this year.  Please like and follow our new Liberty Middle School Facebook page! Search @LibertyLionsPTA to find us!  We also have a brand new website and more content is being added weekly! Check us out at http://www.libertylionspta.wordpress.com.  Membership forms are available!  Volunteer opportunities are coming soon!

Social worker Resources

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

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Liberty Newsletter-August 27, 2019

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Important Dates

Friday, August 30-No School

Monday, September 2-No School

Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11-Photo Days

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only-more details next week)

Wednesday, September 18-Thomas Jefferson High School Information Session at 2:20 (more details next week)

School Photo Day is September 9 and 10

Students photos will be taken on September 9 and 10 during your student’s PE class. Students have received their photo envelopes and information for ordering photos from their PE teacher this week. If you are missing a photo envelope please ask your student’s PE teacher or contact Natalie Lissy for a new form.  NSLissy@fcps.edu

Finance Park Field Trip

The Finance Park Field Trip for 8th graders will be on the following days-September 17 through September 20.  Below is a list of which day each Civics teacher is attending.  We will need parent volunteers, please contact your Civics teacher if you have questions and use this link to sign up.  

17th - West & Cernucan

18th - Bell & Mr. Abdelwahed

19th - Grant &Babbit and Cernucan

20th - Mason & Lunsford

5K Fundraiser

We would like to invite you to the 11th Annual Asha-Jyothi Run/Walk on Sunday Sept 15th at Fairfax Corner. As you know this is a fun, easy way to raise money for your school while celebrating health and wellness.

As part of our community outreach effort, we are offering a discounted race registration fee of only $15 (regular price $25) to anyone using your school’s unique coupon code. 100% of the race registration fees (up to $1,000) using your school’s code will be donated back to your school by Asha-Jyothi to fund technology / educational needs or any Asha-Jyothi campaign that your school chooses to support.

From the PTA

Welcome Back!  We are looking forward to supporting Liberty staff, students and families this year.  Please like and follow our new Liberty Middle School Facebook page! Search @LibertyLionsPTA to find us!  We also have a brand new website and more content is being added weekly! Check us out at http://www.libertylionspta.wordpress.com.  Membership forms are available!  Volunteer opportunities are coming soon!

Click here to find some resources and announcements from our school social worker.  These resources can also be found on the Liberty MS Website

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Liberty Newsletter-August 23, 2019

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Welcome to Liberty! 

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  -Maya Angelou

We are looking forward a fantastic year and can't to have all of our students here on Monday to be a part of our Liberty family!

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to a fantastic year!

Important Dates

Monday, August 26-First day of school

Friday, August 30-No School

Monday, September 2-No School

Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11-Photo Days

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only)

New Cell Phone Policy

Dear Liberty Middle School Families:

On Monday, 8/26, we are asking our teachers to discuss the background on our new phone policy and appeal to our students to be positive members of our school at all times. We would appreciate it if you would also discuss the information below with them as well and encourage your students to help keep our school safe.  We appreciate your support as parents and members of our Liberty Middle School community.

Sincerely,

Adam Erbrecht, Principal

The following talking points will be discussed with your child during Lion Time the first week of school.

Background on the Away for the Day phone policy:

Challenges for student learning:

  • The numbers of students using phones in classrooms to engage in non-instructional activities has been increasing drastically.
  • Teachers reported more and more cases of students refusing to put away phones and going to sites while on phones, distracting them from learning the content.
  • We observed a persistent increase in students using phones to arrange to meet friends during class time and then missing instruction.

Challenges for student safety:

  • More and more cases of students using phones during school to post about others and cause students to be upset or uncomfortable.
  • Increasing cases of students communicating about possible fights or confrontations with large groups of students receiving these messages and then disrupting the whole school.
  • Rise in hallway and classroom disruptions and increasing conflicts among students due to messages posted by students in our school, during the school day.  

If you have any questions please contact the main office: 703-988-8100

Kiss & Ride (Student Drop off)

Students are encouraged to ride the bus or walk to school.  The Kiss and Ride should be accessed using the side entrance closest to Compton Road.  Please follow the signs and directions by staff members to safely navigate the Kiss and Ride.  Students may be dropped off only in the Kiss and Ride loop starting no earlier than 7:13 AM.  Please exit the Kiss and Ride through the same entrance closest to Compton Road.  In the afternoon, please form a car line in the loop outside the cafeteria.  Once you have your student, please exit the loop safely using the far exit closer to Compton Road. 

Bell Schedule and Red/Blue Day Schedule

Listed below is the daily schedule.  Here is the link to the Red and Blue Day Schedule for your reference.  

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Orientation Bus Update and Volunteers needed

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Important Dates

Thursday, August 22 from 9 AM - 11 AM--- New Student Orientation (Rising 7th grade students and NEW 8th grade students only)

Thursday, August 22 from 3 pm - 5 PM----Back to School Fair

Monday, August 26--- First day of school

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only)

New Student Orientation

PLEASE BE SURE YOUR STUDENT GETS ON THE CORRECT BUS TO GO TO LIBERTY!!!!  Transportation for the orientation will be provided by FCPS school buses. Please note that both Liberty Middle School & Centreville High School are doing orientations on 8/22 and as a result buses will be at the elementary schools for both schools. 

Back to School Fair

7th Grade students come back to school later in the day on Thursday, August 22nd with parents for our Back to School Fair.  8th  grade students will be able to pick up their schedules during the fair. This event is an open house and you can come ANYTIME between 3 pm and 5 pm.    This event is when forms can be returned.  All necessary forms are on the website.

Volunteers needed to help with the fair, please sign up via this link.  Parents and high school students can sign up to help!

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Liberty Newsletter-August 12, 2019

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Important Dates

Thursday, August 22 from 9 AM - 11 AM--- New Student Orientation (Rising 7th grade students and NEW 8th grade students only)

Thursday, August 22 from 3 pm - 5 PM----Back to School Fair

Monday, August 26--- First day of school

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only)

New Student Orientation

Orientation will be on Thursday, August 22nd and is for ALL 7th grade students and any 8th grade students who are NEW to Liberty. The orientation is for students only from 9:00 am -11:00 am.  Upon arrival at Liberty, students will report to the cafeteria to receive their schedules and then will follow an abbreviated schedule to meet all of their teachers.  Transportation for the orientation will be provided by FCPS school buses. 

Back to School Fair

7th Grade students come back to school later in the day on Thursday, August 22nd with parents for our Back to School Fair.  8th  grade students will be able to pick up their schedules during the fair. This event is an open house and you can come ANYTIME between 3 pm and 5 pm.    This event is when forms can be returned.  All necessary forms are on the website.

Volunteers need to help with the fair, please sign up via this link.

Summer Reading Assignment

Summer reading gives students the opportunity to sustain and improve the reading progress they have made during the school year. Liberty MS is encouraging all students to read over the summer. There is a required summer reading assignment that all rising 7th and 8th graders are expected to complete, due the first day of school.  Click here to read more about the guidelines for the summer reading assignment.

School Supplies

The list of basic supplies needed are on our website.  Click here to see the list.  Please note this is a general list of items students will need for 7th and 8th grade. The team and elective teachers may have additional supply requirements and some courses will have additional material fees.  Supplies for special projects may be needed in the future. Students will be advised when supplies are necessary.

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Liberty Newsletter-August 5, 2019

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Important Dates

Thursday, August 22 from 9 AM - 11 AM--- New Student Orientation (Rising 7th grade students and NEW 8th grade students only)

Thursday, August 22 from 3 pm - 5 PM----Back to School Fair

Monday, August 26--- First day of school

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only)

New Student Orientation

Orientation will be on Thursday, August 22nd and is for ALL 7th grade students and any 8th grade students who are NEW to Liberty. The orientation is for students only from 9:00 am -11:00 am.  Upon arrival at Liberty, students will report to the cafeteria to receive their schedules and then will follow an abbreviated schedule to meet all of their teachers.  Transportation for the orientation will be provided by FCPS school buses. 

Back to School Fair

7th Grade students come back to school later in the day on Thursday, August 22nd with parents for our Back to School Fair.  8th  grade students will be able to pick up their schedules during the fair. This event is an open house and you can come ANYTIME between 3 pm and 5 pm.    This event is when forms can be returned.  All necessary forms are on the website.

Summer Reading Assignment

Summer reading gives students the opportunity to sustain and improve the reading progress they have made during the school year. Liberty MS is encouraging all students to read over the summer. There is a required summer reading assignment that all rising 7th and 8th graders are expected to complete, due the first day of school.  Click here to read more about the guidelines for the summer reading assignment.

School Supplies

The list of basic supplies needed are on our website.  Click here to see the list.  Please note this is a general list of items students will need for 7th and 8th grade. The team and elective teachers may have additional supply requirements and some courses will have additional material fees.  Supplies for special projects may be needed in the future. Students will be advised when supplies are necessary.

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Liberty Newsletter-July 24, 2019

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Important Dates

Wednesday, July 31---An "e-notify" email will be sent out with detailed information about the events on August 22nd  as well as the necessary forms to be turned in at the Back to School Fair

Thursday, August 22 from 9 AM - 11 AM--- New Student Orientation (Rising 7th grade students and NEW 8th grade students only)

Thursday, August 22 from 3 pm - 5 PM----Back to School Fair

Monday, August 26--- First day of school

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm--Back to School Night (Parents only)

New Student Orientation

Orientation will be on Thursday, August 22nd and is for ALL 7th grade students and any 8th grade students who are NEW to Liberty. The orientation is for students only from 9:00 am -11:00 am.  Upon arrival at Liberty, students will report to the cafeteria to receive their schedules and then will follow an abbreviated schedule to meet all of their teachers.  Transportation for the orientation will be provided by FCPS school buses.  Pick up locations and times will be posted at a later date.

Back to School Fair

7th Grade students come back to school later in the day on Thursday, August 22nd with parents for our Back to School Fair.  8th  grade students will be able to pick up their schedules during the fair. More details will follow on this event.  This event is when forms can be returned.

Summer Reading Assignment

Summer reading gives students the opportunity to sustain and improve the reading progress they have made during the school year. Liberty MS is encouraging all students to read over the summer. There is a required summer reading assignment that all rising 7th and 8th graders are expected to complete, due the first day of school.  Click here to read more about the guidelines for the summer reading assignment.

School Supplies

The list of basic supplies needed are on our website.  Click here to see the list.  Please note this is a general list of items students will need for 7th and 8th grade. The team and elective teachers may have additional supply requirements and some courses will have additional material fees.  Supplies for special projects may be needed in the future. Students will be advised when supplies are necessary.

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