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  • STEMmerweek Registration Closes March 31

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/20/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

      

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    Please be aware that STEMmerweek registration will close this Friday, March 31, 2017.  We had an overwhelming early bird registration at $269 per camper.  We may reopening registration in May at the regular rate of $299 per camper if any spots remain.  However, if your family is interested and you have not registered, please do so now to pay the "early-bird" rate and ensure your child's spot.

     

    Please remember that STEMmerweek is a full day STEM summer camp taught by our own Liberty teachers.  Our camp is a full week of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math problem-solving for current Liberty K-5 students.

     

    STEMmerweek Registration Includes:

    • STEMmerweek 2017 June and/or July Camp Shirt
    • Differentiated and Hands-on Collaborative Design Challenges
    • Opportunities for Digital Design in our New Smart Lab
    • All Costs of STEMmerweek Field Trip
    • Unlimited Invitations for Parents and Family to the "STEMmerweek Engineering Expo"

     

    Registration for June 19-23 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM and  July 24-28 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM closes March 31st!  Just follow the registration form and pay at check out online or next day by check to Liberty Elementary School.

     

    Early-Bird Tuition:

    • $269 for 1 Camper for June or July
    • $499 for 2 Campers for June or July
    • $499 for 1 Camper for June AND July
    • $998 for 2 Campers for June AND July

     

    STEM Coaches scheduled for June are Amelia Hunter (Director), Hannah Peebles, Courtney Peckham, Chelsea Diana and Megan Eno.

     

    STEM Coaches scheduled for July are Bonnie Burnheimer (Director), Turner Donaldson, Alison Bechard, Paige Weber, and Courtney Jones.

     

    If you have more than two children in your family or a need for reduced tuition, please email Paul.Pack@lcps.org for assistance.

     

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    We'll see you at STEMmerweek!

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  • Reminder About Tardies and Movie Night Friday

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/17/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    We had another fantastic week at Liberty.  Of course, the children were most excited about the days we were not in school...on our two snow days.

     

     

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    We want to remind parents that you must accompany and sign students in after the 7:50 AM bell.  This ensures that students are not unsupervised when entering the building after staff comes inside after arrival times.  Thank you.

     

     

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    Friday, March 24th is our Relay for Life Team's Movie Night Fundraiser at Liberty from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  Students can join some of their favorite teachers and friends to watch Moana for a great cause - to raise money for cancer research.  An expected minimum donation is $25 and all checks should be made out to the American Cancer Society.  

     

     

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    STEMmerweek "early bird registration" will close this month.  Please remember that STEMmerweek is a full day STEM summer camp taught by our own Liberty teachers.  Our camp is a full week of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math problem-solving and project-based learning experiences. Students will receive a camp shirt and show off many of their created products at the "STEMmerweek Engineering Expo" on the last day of camp.  STEMmerweek camps are filed with hands-on collaborative design challenges and digital creation opportunities for all of our campers.  Registration for June 19-23 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM and  July 24-28 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM is open now.  Each child's early-bird tuition is $269 and sibling and multiple-camp discounts apply. 

     

    Have a great weekend.

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  • This Week at Liberty and Inclement Weather

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/12/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

      

     

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    Tomorrow, Monday, our PTA will host a Spirit Night at the new Chick-Fil-A.  Please join us for a fun evening at Chick-fil-A South Riding to raise money for Liberty on March 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. See our mascot, Libby the Liberty Eagle, who will be giving out Blue Eagles to each student who stops by. Please be sure to bring this flyer or mention Liberty when you order so that Liberty will receive credit.

     

     

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    The MSAAC Academic Fair and Symposium takes place on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and showcases 20+ LCPS and community resources aimed at supporting and accelerating student achievement.  That is followed by an engaging and transformational discussion with our key note speaker, Ellen Oh. Ellen Oh is co-founder, President, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children's literature. She is also a former adjunct college instructor and corporate/entertainment attorney. She is the editor of the Flying Lessons Anthology, and the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, and the upcoming MG novel, The Spirit Hunters, to be published in July 2017.  The event takes place at the Loudoun County Public School Administration Building at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn, Virginia.

    Audience:  Parents, students and educators

    Theme: Social, Cultural, & Academic Development & Achievement Through Literacy

     

    As you know, the weather forecast calls for conditions that may impact this week's school schedule. Please read the Loudoun County Public Schools policies below and video produced to answer any frequently asked questions here.

     

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    When the Loudoun County Public Schools experiences inclement weather conditions, the safety of our students and staff is the most important consideration.  All of the information can be found here.  We also suggestion you sign up for Alert Loudoun for weather and safety updates.
     

    What can parents do to help their students and schools prepare?
    1. Contact your childcare facility, if necessary, to find out what their procedures are for inclement weather.
    2. Review the information you have listed as emergency contacts and make sure that the numbers are updated.
    3. Make plans ahead of time and communicate them with your children so they understand what to expect during an early school dismissal due to inclement weather.
    4. Understand that school closings are for the safety of children throughout the district. While the condition of your neighborhood streets may be fine, other areas of the district may be experiencing harsher weather.

     

    Two-hour delay

     

    All students will arrive to school two hours later than usual.

     

    Half-Day Kindergarten

    A.M. Session – will begin two (2) hours late  and remain in school for two hours. These students will leave school one hour later than usual.

    P.M. Session– will begin one (1) hour late and remain in school for two hours, dismissing at the regular time.

     

     
    What if bad weather arrives when children are in school?

    If severe weather strikes while students are in school, a decision to close school for the remainder of the day may be made. Activating the transportation system due to inclement weather takes time. In the event of a delayed opening, please stay tuned to the radio/TV stations in case some change in the weather causes schools to be closed for the day.
     

    One-hour early closing

     

    • All bus routes operate as usual except starting one (1) hour earlier than the normal time.
    • All after-school activities requiring school bus transportation are canceled.
    • Other school activities not requiring transportation service are the discretion of the school principal.

     

    Two-hour early closing

     

    • All after-school activities requiring school bus transportation are canceled.  Other school activities not requiring transportation service are at the discretion of the school principal.
    • All bus routes operate as usual except starting two hours earlier.
      
    Will all after-school activities for students be canceled if school is closed?

    All after-school activities requiring school bus transportation are canceled. Other school activities not requiring transportation service are the the discretion of the school principal. Please check the district website, or your school’s website, for specific information.
     
     

    We'll see everyone back at school tomorrow!

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  • Thank You for Attending STEMmerday

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/12/2017

    Dear Liberty Families,

     

    We hope your family had a fantastic time yesterday at STEMmerday.  We want to thank the 140+ volunteers, including our our Liberty teachers and staff, for giving their time to open our school up for families to enjoy STEM activities, shows and challenges altogether.  We also want to thank our incredible Liberty PTA for the support we receive to make this day a reality for our children.  Our STEM team, comprised of teachers from each grade level, administration and specialists, began planning STEMmerday this summer and we are grateful for all their hard work.  Lastly, thank you to our school-business sponsors of Kravitz Orthodontics, James Madison University's College of Education, Dulles South Fire and Rescue and STRATactical LLC. Most of all, a big thanks to you for supporting STEM education and our school each day. 

     

    We would love to see and hear about your family's STEMmerday experience.  Many parents have already used Twitter with the hashtag #STEMmerday to share your memories with our staff.  If you are able, please tweet a picture and your remarks about #STEMmerday.  If you do not have an account and would like to pass along your kind words to the STEM team and our staff, please send a quick email to Paul Pack, Principal at Liberty.  Thank you for your recognition of our great event for our students and community.

     

     

      

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    Many children enjoyed STEMmerday and are sure to enjoy STEMmerweek this summer.  Please note that early bird registration to Liberty families ends soon.  Please register with the link below and provide payment by check payable to Liberty Elementary for the early-bird rate of $269 per camper at STEMmerday.  If your family is in need of financial assistance, please send Paul Pack an email and he will be sure to help.

     

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    Registration for June 19-23 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

     

    Registration July 24-28 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

     

    STEMmerweek early registration is open only to Liberty families.  Each child's tuition is $269 and sibling and multiple-camp discounts apply. 

     

    Have a great week and mark your calendars for next year's STEMmerday on March 10, 2018!

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  • STEMmerday, Chick-Fil-A Night and MSAAC Academic Fair

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/10/2017

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    STEMmerday is tomorrow, Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  Please preview the map and activity descriptions or download the STEMmerday app.

      

    1. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search and download Eventbase

     

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    2. Once downloaded and installed, please search by "alphabetical" the term Stemmerday

     

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    3. Enter the Stemmerday event and start browsing features, such as activities, favorites and sponsors

     

     

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    Our STEMmerweek Directors, Miss Burnheimer and Mrs. Hunter will be available to answer questions and help with registration for our summer camp at STEMmerday.  

     

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    Please note that early bird registration to Liberty families ends in March.  If you know your child will attend STEMmerweek, please complete registration and payment soon to ensure his or her participation. You can provide payment by check payable to Liberty Elementary for the early-bird rate of $269 per camper at STEMmerday. 

     

     

     

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    On Monday, our PTA will host a Spirit Night at the new Chick-Fil-A.  Please join us for a fun evening at Chick-fil-A South Riding to raise money for Liberty on March 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. See our mascot, Libby the Liberty Eagle, who will be giving out Blue Eagles to each student who stops by. Please be sure to bring this flyer or mention Liberty when you order so that Liberty will receive credit.

     

     

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    The MSAAC Academic Fair and Symposium takes place on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and showcases 20+ LCPS and community resources aimed at supporting and accelerating student achievement.  That is followed by an engaging and transformational discussion with our key note speaker, Ellen Oh. Ellen Oh is co-founder, President, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children's literature. She is also a former adjunct college instructor and corporate/entertainment attorney. She is the editor of the Flying Lessons Anthology, and the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, and the upcoming MG novel, The Spirit Hunters, to be published in July 2017.  The event takes place at the Loudoun County Public School Administration Building at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn, Virginia.

    Audience:  Parents, students and educators

    Theme: Social, Cultural, & Academic Development & Achievement Through Literacy

     

    We'll see you at STEMmerday tomorrow!

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  • The New STEMmerday App!

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/8/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    There's an app for that?  Yes!  We are proud to announce our new STEMmerday app for use at this year's event on Saturday.  This app will allow you to see full activity descriptions and room locations for the STEM challenges, specific live show times, PTA food menu items, STEMmerday videos, link to #STEMmerday hashtag on Twitter and much more.  Best of all, your family can star favorite activities prior to arriving so that you can make best use of your time at STEMmerday. Having this free app downloaded prior to the event is strongly encouraged.

     

     

    1. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search and download Eventbase

     

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    2. Once downloaded and installed, please search by "alphabetical" the term Stemmerday

     

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    3. Enter the Stemmerday event and start browsing features, such as activities, favorites and sponsors

     

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    Guess who already downloaded the free Eventbase app and is ready for STEMmerday?

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    Wayde Byard, Public Information Officer at Loudoun County Public Schools

     

    Have your family show the downloaded app to a STEM Team Member in a Gold Shirt on Saturday for a free STEMmerday pencil.

     

    See you Saturday!

      

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  • Thank You and Technology Survey

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/7/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    Thank you so much for all the consumable supplies for STEMmerday.  As you know, STEMmerday is a wonderful community event and we would not be able to have such a day for our students and families without your support.  We will continue to accept any consumable supplies throughout the week.

     

     

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    Last year, Liberty and Loudoun County Public Schools began collecting survey data on technology availability, use, and perceptions of our families.  We thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey then.  We now ask that all families update their survey or take it for the first time. Please complete our Bright Bytes Technology Survey. This survey will close on March 17, 2017.  Thank you in advance.
     
     
    We also would like you to complete a very important survey about our school.  Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will be conducting an Annual Parent and Staff Survey this week.  Survey links will be distributed by email this week and will remain open until March 24, 2017. Results of the surveys will be shared by individual schools with the community and used in the continuous school-improvement process. Parent and staff participation is greatly appreciated.  If you do not receive a survey link to complete by March 13th, please contact the LCPS Research office via email at research@lcps.org.

     

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    This Thursday at 3:15 PM in the library is our March General PTA Meeting.  We encourage everyone to attend as we discuss the upcoming PTA Board Elections, events and more.

     

     

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    We expect a record crowd at our 7th Annual STEMmerday this Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  Please preview the map and activity descriptions below and start planning the day with your family.  Remember, STEMmerday is a FREE event for all Liberty students and their parents.  If you plan on staying the entire day, which we encourage, lunch and snacks will be sold by our PTA.  Please remember that parents must accompany all children at STEMmerday.

     

     

    A few tips when planning your family's STEMmerday:

     

    • Start planning by deciding which "Battle Bots" competitions you would like to attend based upon your children's grade levels.  Mr. Gray, our Dean, will host these competitions until only one bot remains.
    • Notice that all rooms colored yellow have sign ups.  You may want to sign up for those rooms upon arrival.
    • Talk to your child about his or her interests before STEMmerday begins.  There are over 30 activities and you may not be able to get to each room.
    • If you haven't created one already to follow your child's teachers and the school at @LCPSLiberty, please sign up for a free Twitter account and tweet your photos and videos using the hashtag #STEMmerday while at the event.
    • Have fun!

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    Thank you for completing these two important surveys and we will see you at STEMmerday on Saturday!

      

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  • Plan Your Family's STEMmerday

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 3/3/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    It was wonderful seeing so many families at Liberty this week.  We hope everyone enjoyed Family Literacy Night on Tuesday and our Bookworms Book Fair all week.  Each student and staff member feels very fortunate to be at a school that has a true partnership with the community in which it serves.  Thank you for all your support of Liberty and participation with your children at our special community events.

     

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    With that, we are one week away from the biggest day of the year at Liberty.  Our 7th Annual STEMmerday is on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  Please preview the map and activity descriptions below and start planning the day with your family.  Remember, STEMmerday is a FREE event for all Liberty students and their parents.  Parents must accompany all children at STEMmerday.

     

    Thank you so much for all of the consumable supplies for STEMmerday that have already come in.  As you are out this weekend, we ask you for you to consider puchasing some consumable supplies for us to all use at STEMmerday.  Please look over this STEMmerday Needed Donation List.  However, looking at our current inventory, we are in the greatest need of pipecleaners, toothpicks and small (Dixie) cups.  

     

    A few tips when planning your family's STEMmerday:

     

    • Start planning by deciding which "Battle Bots" competitions you would like to attend based upon your children's grade levels.  Mr. Gray, our Dean, will host these competitions until only one bot remains.
    • Notice that all rooms colored yellow have sign ups.  You may want to sign up for those rooms upon arrival.
    • Talk to your child about his or her interests before STEMmerday begins.  There are over 30 activities and you may not be able to get to each room.
    • If you haven't created one already to follow your child's teachers and the school at @LCPSLiberty, please sign up for a free Twitter account and tweet your photos and videos using the hashtag #STEMmerday while at the event.
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    New this year at Liberty’s STEMmerday is the opening of “Battle Bots Arena.”  Prior to STEMmerday, each K-5 class designed a “battle bot” powered by Sphero robotics that seeks to pop competitor’s balloons while protecting its own.  Beginning at 11:00 AM, grade levels will compete in the Battle Bot Arena in a contest hosted by Liberty’s Dean, Alex Gray, to see which class has the last bot standing. The winners at each level will enter the Championship Battle as the culminating activity to close STEMmerday.

     

    In addition to many incredible live shows that have been featured previously at STEMmerday, the day will now feature a live petting zoo on campus for students to learn about the life sciences.  The petting zoo will showcase many animals from Bar C Ranch for families to discover and pet exotic and domestic friendly animals.  However, the star of this year’s zoo at STEMmerday is sure to be Roofus, a 1-year-old baby kangaroo weighing 25 pounds.  The live petting zoo will give children an up-close opportunity to experience and learn about Roofus and his friends.

     

    As students move past the petting zoo, they will experience the excitement of our new “Sky High Drop,” a redesign of egg drop that asks for students to design a crash resistant container for an egg to withstand a drop from the Dulles South Fire Department’s 7-story ladder. Withstanding an emergency in the community, the fire truck should be stationed in the rear of the school so students can lift their unique designs up the ladder and experience the 70 foot drop onto the blacktop.

     

    Inside Liberty, our teachers and community volunteers will be joined by student teachers from James Madison University, our new school-business partner, to facilitate many new design challenges including a collaboration between Liberty’s STEM team and Dr. Neil Kravitz, called “Be a Dentist.”  Families will use iMotion time-elapsed videos and UV lights to show the positive effects of brushing teeth.  In addition to connecting activities to students’ real lives, many of Liberty’s STEM design challenges are rooted in children’s literature, including when families race against the clock in Breakout EDU to problem solve, decipher codes, and unlock combinations to rescue Mouse’s crayons based on the book If You Take a Mouse to School. 

     

     

     

      

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    Our STEMmerweek Directors, Miss Burnheimer and Mrs. Hunter will be available to answer questions and help with registration for our summer camp on Saturday at STEMmerday.  Please note that early bird registration to Liberty families ends in March.  If you know your child will attend STEMmerweek, please complete registration and payment soon to ensure his or her participation. You can provide payment by check payable to Liberty Elementary for the early-bird rate of $269 per camper at STEMmerday. 

     

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    Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you at STEMmerday next Saturday, March 11th!

      

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  • Book Fair, Family Literacy Night, and STEM

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 2/27/2017

    Dear Liberty Families, 

     

    We hope you enjoyed the weekend and are ready for an exciting week at Liberty.  Today, kicked off the Bookworms Book Fair at Liberty.  Please see the attached flyer and the schedule below for details.  Family buying nights are on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Remember, part of the proceeds from the book fair go directly back to Liberty's library for instructional resources and great books for our children.

     

     

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    Liberty Family Literacy Night is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28, from 6:00-8:00 PM.  The purpose of Family Literacy Night is to engage families in celebrating literacy and to foster a natural love of reading in our children!  The theme for the evening is “The More You Read the More You Know at Liberty”. Families will enjoy wonderful stories, create bookmarks, make your own “Adobe spark Video” on ipads, Dr. Seuss Mad Libs, enjoy a making words activity, go to the BOOK FAIR, Dr. Seuss GO, and much more!  We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

     

     

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    As we prepare for STEMmerday on March 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM, we ask you for you to consider sending in consumable supplies for us to all use at STEMmerday.  Please look over this STEMmerday Needed Donation List.  We are accepting these supplies immediately as our teachers meet regularly to plan the event.  We greatly appreciate you looking around your home for these household supplies or consider buying them with your children.  As always, thank you and we hope to see your family at STEMmerday.

     

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    STEMmerweek "early bird registration" will close after STEMmerday.  Please remember that STEMmerweek is a full day STEM summer camp taught by our own Liberty teachers.  Our camp is a full week of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math problem-solving and project-based learning experiences. Students will receive a camp shirt and show off many of their created products at the "STEMmerweek Engineering Expo" on the last day of camp.  STEMmerweek camps are filed with hands-on collaborative design challenges and digital creation opportunities for all of our campers.  Registration for June 19-23 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM and  July 24-28 from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM is open now.  Each child's early-bird tuition is $269 and sibling and multiple-camp discounts apply. 

     

    Have a wonderful week.

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  • STEMmerday Supplies Needed

    Posted by PAUL PACK at 2/23/2017

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    Our 7th Annual STEMmerday is on March 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  STEMmerday is a free event for our families due to your generous donations from Laps for Liberty and consumable supplies.  Our own Liberty teachers and community and school-business volunteers will host over 30 hands on STEM challenges for the entire family.  Families can enjoy STEM design challenges, live shows and much more.  Last year, a Loudoun County Public Schools' camera crew captured the importance of STEM education and excitement of the day in this LCPS video.

      

    As we prepare for our activities, we ask you for you to consider sending in consumable supplies for us to all use at STEMmerday.  Please look over this STEMmerday Needed Donation List.  We are accepting these supplies immediately as our teachers meet regularly to plan the event.  We greatly appreciate you looking around your home for these household supplies or consider buying them with your children.  As always, thank you and we hope to see your family at STEMmerday.

     

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    Please remember that it is never too early to send items in as our staff is ready to receive and organize our STEMmerday donations.  Supplies will be received by your child's teacher in the classroom each morning.  

     

    We look forward to seeing you at STEMmerday on March 11th.  Please look for a map and activity descriptions in a message and on our website by the end of this month.

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