Loudoun County, VA (November 11, 2015) – At the request of veterans’ organizations, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) remains open on Veterans Day, November 11th, so that schools may present programs honoring those who serve and have served our country.
Following is a list of what will be going on to honor veterans in our schools on Wednesday:
Algonkian Elementary will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 10th this year. A breakfast for the veteran guests will be held at 8:15 a.m. with an assembly in their honor at 9. Kindergarten, second and fourth grade students will be showcased during the assembly.
Arcola Elementary School will honor servicemen and women and service dogs at 9 a.m. Students will read essays; the John Champe High School Choir will perform and there will be a video that recognizes all of our service personnel. The highlight of our event will be a donation to the War Dogs fund that supports retired and injured dogs that served in the military.
Ashburn Elementary’s third grade students will perform patriotic songs to honor veterans at 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18th.
Ball’s Bluff Elementary
There will be a Veterans’ Day Assembly at 9 a.m. Veterans are invited and recognized on stage. One of them will be a guest speaker. Two fifth-graders will emcee the entire assembly. Students are given flags to wave as veterans enter the gym. The student body will sing patriotic songs for the veterans and while they are singing, children or grandchildren of our veterans hand out roses to them. There is a reception for our veterans and their families after the assembly.
Belmont Station Elementary
Belmont Station fifth grade students visit Ashby Ponds to sing patriotic songs as part of their Veteran’s Day Program. Students also make cards and write letters for the veterans at Ashby Ponds and at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Buffalo Trail Elementary
Buffalo Trail will host a school -wide celebration on its ballfield. It will include tributes and music performed by all students. The program begins at 9:15 a.m.
Rosa Lee Carter Elementary
Rosa Lee Carter will be having two assemblies at 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to honor veterans on Friday, November 6th. This will be Rosa Lee Carter’s first Veteran’s Day Assembly. Community veterans will be invited to this patriotic celebration and be honored for their service. Students will be singing songs and reading tributes to veterans. The program will conclude with a slideshow highlighting those that are either presently serving or have served to protect our country.
Cedar Lane Elementary
Cedar Lane will be hosting assemblies honoring veterans at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. There will be refreshments for veterans and their family, music and a slideshow honoring veterans.
Cool Spring Elementary
The fourth grade is having a Veterans Day program at 8:30 a.m. that will feature numerous patriotic songs. This interdisciplinary program also will feature slides with student art (digital and other forms) as well as pictures of veterans and active-duty personnel from the Cool Spring community. Veterans and active-duty military are invited to attend.
Creighton’s Corner Elementary
Creighton’s Corner Elementary School will present two Veteran’s Day performances on Wednesday, November 11th. The first performance will showcase students from AM kindergarten and the first and second grades at 8:30 a.m. The second performance will showcase PM kindergarten and the third, fourth and fifth grades at 1:30 p.m. Both morning and afternoon performances will conclude with the students singing a “Service Song Medley” for each of the five service branches (Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force). Attending veterans in the audience will be invited to stand up during the singing of their song to be honored.
Kenneth Culbert Elementary
The Veterans Day program, “Honor and Remembrance,” at Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary, has evolved into an annual tradition that honors veterans, educates students and builds collaboration among staff members. Following a flag ceremony by the Scouts, the entire student body will perform a concert of patriotic songs complete with American flags and American Sign Language. Select fifth grade students, will narrate the program with readings about patriotic symbols, songs and American history and perform flag routines. Veterans’ pictures will be displayed throughout the school and in a PowerPoint presentation. An original film by Veteran Mackie Brownell, son of Principal, Jackie Brownell, will be shown during the program. Student artwork thanking veterans for their service also will be displayed. Following the program, artwork will be taken to members of the military actively serving at Fort Hood.
The Veterans Day program begins at 1 p.m.
Dominion Trail Elementary
Dominion Trail is inviting parents and other family members who are veterans for a ceremony honoring them. Students will sing songs and present roses to veterans.
Discovery is having a Veteran’s Day Assembly at 8:30 a.m. The performance is being directed by music teacher, Laura Kim.
Evergreen Mill Elementary
The students of Evergreen Mill Elementary will present a Veterans Day program at 8:45 a.m. The students sing patriotic songs to honor veterans who attend the program. The Cub Scout and Girl Scout units that meet at the school perform the flag ceremony and act as greeters. The entire school community comes together to perform in this important tribute to the men and women who serve in the military.
Forest Grove Elementary
Forest Grove will have a celebration assembly at 9 a.m. Veterans from the school community will be invited to attend an assembly. Third-graders will sing in honor of the service men and women.
Frederick Douglass Elementary
Frederick Douglass is having a Veterans Day Assembly at 9 a.m. with the community’s veterans invited. There is an RSVP for those wishing to attend on Douglass’ webpage.
Emerick Elementary is hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast, starting at 8:15. Students will perform a song for the event.
Hillside will have two performances for November 11th. A morning performance is scheduled for 9 a.m. and the evening performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The event features first and third grade students singing patriotic songs to honor our veterans. The school invites veterans to attend either/both shows. Members of American Legion Post 2001 of Ashburn regularly attend.
The Horizon celebration begins with Donuts with Dads from 7 to 7:50 a.m. followed by a Watch Dogs coffee from 8 until 8:30. After the coffee, dads will visit with their students during their scheduled day until the all school Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:30 a.m.
Hutchison Farm Elementary
Principal Heidi Smith is making her school’s celebration a family affair. Her brothers, who are on active duty, came to school on Friday, November 6th, to talk to second-graders about their work in the military. Students’ are writing letters of gratitude to Smith’s brothers that will be distributed to members of their units. First-graders have been discussing the Armed Forces and sharing with one another about family who serve. The students will be writing letters of thanks and “wonderings” (“I wonder what it would be like to be a soldier…”) to be given to the service men and women. Fourth-graders will be utilizing multiple website resources to learn more about the great service our Armed Forces provide our country and the meaning behind Veteran’s Day.
Leesburg Elementary is planning activities to honor parents/family members of current students and staff who are veterans. Students and staff will wear red, white and blue to school on Wednesday, November 11th, to show their support to all veterans. They also will write notes of appreciation. The school’s Veterans Day program will be at 9 a.m.
Liberty Elementary School
The kindergarten One to the World project will be Operation Gratitude. Students will collect Halloween candy and send it overseas to soldiers. Students will create Telegrami presentations for parents on Veterans and build a Wall of Peace with positive remarks. Parents who are veterans will be grade-level speakers.
Fourth grade students will honor veterans with a musical presentation beginning at 1:30 p.m. All students at Lovettsville Elementary have the opportunity to invite a veteran to this program and to put a veteran on the school’s Wall of Heroes. The Wall of Heroes is in the main hall of the school. Students have a “My Hero” page that they can put a photograph or draw a picture of a veteran. The page includes the veteran’s name, branch of service and the student’s name. The program will begin with a “Parade of Heroes.” The veterans will be escorted in by the students who invited them. The fourth grade students also are decorating and filling care bags that will be given to veterans at the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, W.VA. The students have asked for donations of snack items from the families at Lovettsville Elementary School.
Mountain View Elementary
Mountain View will hold an assembly at 8:30 a.m. Veterans are invited to the library for coffee and treats after the assembly.
Newton-Lee fourth-graders will sing patriotic music at 6:30 p.m. as part of a school-wide Veterans Day remembrance.
Veterans will talk with students at each grade level for about 45 minutes. Students and their veterans will participate in Pinebrook’s own Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade ends at the cafeteria where veterans can have breakfast served by fifth grade students. The event will last from 8:30 until 10:15 a.m. Every family is invited to send in a picture and a short information piece on a veteran in their family to display on a “Wall of Fame.”
The second grade is inviting all veterans from their class in for a Veteran’s Day Tea on November 11th at 11 a.m. Veterans will speak with students about their experiences. Stars representing veterans will adorn bulletin boards. Students also will sing “God Bless America” for the veterans and shake their hand.
Frances Hazel Reid Elementary
Each third grade class will be researching local monuments/memorials for soldiers of different wars. The music staff will use those facts to construct a script to be used during the Veterans Day Performance by the third-graders on Veterans Day at 8:30 a.m. Some students will be re-creating the monument on the stage while others tell what they have learned about the monument during the performance. All students will be learning songs that may have been sung by or listened to by those soldiers. While the songs are being performed, a picture of the monument will be displayed on the screen. At the end of the show, veterans in the audience will be honored with a flag.
Rolling Ridge Elementary
Rolling Ridge will have its celebration on Friday, November 13th. The fifth grade students will sing patriotic songs and present a brief history of the U.S. military. The school will display portraits of veterans who are a part of the Rolling Ridge community and invite veterans in the audience to share a story of their military experience. This will tie into the fifth grade’s One to the World project on how to support soldiers who are separated from their family.
Round Hill Elementary
Third grade students are putting on two Veterans Day programs on November 11th (1:30 and 6:30 p.m.). During the programs, students will sing patriotic songs, veterans will be recognized and there will be a slideshow including pictures of family members who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.
Sanders Corner Elementary
Sanders Corner will do a salute to Veterans at 8:15 a.m. on November 11th. Family members of Sanders Corner students who are veterans will be recognized in a special ceremony. Music will be performed by the second grade.
Seldens Landing Elementary
Seldens Landing will have its celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday, November 13th. All students will participate in learning and performing patriotic music (selected in part by fifth grade students). Fifth grade students may choose to invite a military guest to be honored during the program. Fifth-graders also have researched what it means to be a veteran. They will Skype with veterans from the Livingston County War Museum in Illinois. All students will participate in a military-theme warm-up and exercise routine to experience the level of fitness required to serve in each branch of the military. All students will participate in creating artwork for the cover of a card to be delivered to a local veterans’ hospital. All students, as well as staff members, will be invited to contribute photographs of veteran or active duty family members for a digital slideshow.
Video clips and information about Veterans Day will be shared on the morning announcements. An interview with Assistant Principal Mark Hayden, a former Marine, will be aired school-wide. Classroom teachers will address the meaning of the holiday through interactive read-a-louds during the reading block of instruction.
Sycolin Creek Elementary
Sycolin Creek will be celebrating Veterans Day with an assembly at 8:45 a.m. on November 11th. Veterans will be treated to student essays, posters, and thank-you letters from the student council, speeches and a slide show.
Waterford will be honoring veterans connected to the Waterford community with both a celebratory assembly on the 11th as well as a space in the hallway for a “Wall of Honor.” The assembly will take place at 8:30 a.m.
Steuart Weller Elementary
Steuart Weller will have a Veterans Day Tribute at 6:30 p.m. on November 11th. Local veterans (parents, Potomac Green and Ashby Ponds residents) have been invited to a second grade concert with lots of singing and movement as a tribute to veterans and their families.
Belmont Ridge Middle School
From 8 until 8:30 a.m. veterans on campus will be greeted by students and staff. At 8:30, there will be a recognition of veterans, including those on staff, during the morning announcements. From 8:35 until 9 a.m. there will be a breakfast for veterans, including those on staff, in the library.
Blue Ridge Middle School
Students will all watch a short History Channel Video of the history of Veterans Day, followed by photographs of staff that currently serve or have served in the Armed Forces. The school will have two banners honoring veterans. Students will have the opportunity to sign them during resource and they will be brought to a local VA hospital and VFW.
Harmony Middle School
Harmony will have a Veterans Day assembly featuring six speakers – all parents and grandparents – speaking about their service. All veterans and service members in the audience will be recognized.
Harper Park Middle School
The school is gathering photos of our students’ family members past and present in the military and the branch they are serving in or served in. These will be uses to create bulletin boards around the building and then make a slide show. The school has ordered 1,100 American flags. Students will place these on Potomac Station Drive in front of school sign and the student drop-off area. These will be put out on the afternoon of November 10th and collected November 13th. On the morning of November 11th, Harper Park will show a school-wide video about Veterans Day. Students also will wear red, white and blue.
River Bend Middle School
Donuts with Dads, sponsored by the PTA, will have special recognition for veterans. Service ribbons will be distributed through social studies classes.
Trailside Middle School
Trailside is participating in a pilot program, Patriot League. Patriot League is an extension of the Boot Campaign, a non-profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization whose mission is to support our troops and their families. As an extension of the Boot Campaign, the Patriot League seeks to “awake the Patriot in all of us.” To support this goal, Trailside’s Compass lessons and activities for the month of November will be centered on teaching students patriotism and honoring those who make sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy every day.
Briar Woods High School
The Briar Woods band will perform in The 10th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration at The Marshall House in Leesburg. The ceremony to honor the war veterans of Loudoun County begins at 10:15 a.m. at The George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg. The Briar Woods Band will play music throughout, including a medley of the famous songs associated with the different branches of the U.S. military. The ceremony will feature many important representatives from the government and military in our area.
Broad Run High School
Broad Run High School will have a Wall of Honor and a parent open house.
Dominion High School
Dominion will have a Wall of Fame that includes names and service dates for alumni, friends and family of the Dominion High School community who are serving or have served. All students will be attending an assembly during their Titan Time. John Senchak will be the featured speaker. He is a veteran and Dominion’s volleyball coach. Daniel Vanbelleghem has made a 10-minute Movie Maker project that includes photos of Dominion High School alumni, faculty members, or family members who are serving or have served in the military. Four veterans from the Falcon’s Landing community also will speak on Veterans Day.
Douglass School will invite parents to observe the holiday with their students on November 11th.
Freedom High School
Freedom High School will host a Veterans Day Open House. Veterans in the community are invited to stop by between 9 and 11 a.m. for donuts and coffee and a tour of the school. Those wishing to come to Freedom are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loudoun County High School
Loudoun County will hold its traditional Veterans Day assembly at 9 a.m. on November 11th. Community and staff members who have served in the military will be honored.
Loudoun Valley High School
Loudoun Valley will hold its traditional Veterans Day program at 9:15 a.m. for its community and 7 p.m. for the community at-large.
Potomac Falls High School
Potomac Falls will recognize veterans from Falcon’s Landing at its Friday, November 6th, football game. The coin toss will be done by retired Marine Corps Major Gen. “Duff” Rice. Every Friday, a student-produced video is aired to the student body at Potomac Falls to inform them of upcoming events, showcase past events, or bring attention to various items of interest. A student has volunteered to interview any staff member who is a former member of the military or has a family member who is a current or former member of the military. The interviews will be condensed and aired on the morning announcements.
Rock Ridge High School
Rock Ridge is putting up a “Wall of Honor” of its faculty who are veterans and students’ family members who served on the windows outside the cafeteria.
Tuscarora High School
As part of a One to the World (OTTW) project, a special performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented at 5 p.m. This event is free to all veterans and local leaders in the Jewish community.
Woodgrove High School
Woodgrove will honor staff and their family members who have served in the Armed Forces. A Veterans Day Tribute video, created by the History Club, will be shown to the whole student body. This video begins at 11 a.m. on November 11th. At 11:11, there will be a moment of silence followed by the playing of “Taps” on the trumpet.