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PTA Bingo Night

Join us February 23rd @ Bingo and Baskets! Doors open at 5:30pm, Games go from 6-8:30pm.

Check your Thursday Folder to pre-order your Bingo Cards.

We will be selling concessions and Pizza as well. 

You can pre order your Pizza Here Bingo Night Pizza Pre Order All Proceeds from Bingo Night go to the Daniels Run Food 4 Thought Program.  

Interested in Donating to our Bingo Prizes and Raffle Baskets?

Check out our signup here to Donate Bingo and Baskets Donation Items Needed

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Daniels Run ES - Feb 16, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families,

We hope this message finds you well. As we navigate through the school year, we have some exciting updates and events to share with you.

  1. Mr. Smith's Weekly Video Message: We have been creating a weekly video message to our students that we show on our morning announcements.  These videos serve as a way for our administrative team to connect with students, celebrate positive accomplishments, and receive important updates. We will start to include the video in this communication as a way to strengthen the partnership between school and home.  Mr. Smith Weekly Principal’s Message for the Week of Feb 12

  2. Valentine's Day Celebrations: We hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day filled with love and joy. We appreciate all the efforts made by parents, teachers, and students to make the day special. Your creativity and enthusiasm added a wonderful touch to our school community, fostering a spirit of togetherness and friendship.

  3. Kindergarten Parent Information Session - April 2nd at 9:30 AM: Calling all rising Kindergarten parents for the 2024-25 school year! Mark your calendars for an essential information session scheduled for April 2nd at 9:30 AM. This session aims to provide valuable insights and answer any questions you may have regarding your child's kindergarten experience. It's a great opportunity to connect with other parents and gain a deeper understanding of the exciting journey your child is about to embark on. We encourage all rising Kindergarten parents to attend.

Thank you for your continued support in making Daniels Run a vibrant and engaging community. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]

Enjoy the long weekend and possible snow!

 

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

Spring Portraits and class pictures will take place Tuesday, February 20th.  This is a one time event, a makeup day will not be scheduled. 

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Carlos Camacho at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers will receive a discount on photo packages. 

Attendance Matters

There’s not much we can do about the winter weather, but there are two key steps every parent can take to help avoid absences this year: Make back-up plans for bad weather and keep your children healthy.

Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

Children who miss too much school in kindergarten are less likely to read well by third grade. By middle school, absenteeism can predict who will graduate from high school.

PTA News

Bingo Night:

Join us February 23rd @ Bingo and Baskets! Doors open at 5:30pm, Games go from 6-8:30pm.

Check your Thursday Folder to pre-order your Bingo Cards.

We will be selling concessions and Pizza as well. 

You can pre order your Pizza Here Bingo Night Pizza Pre Order All Proceeds from Bingo Night go to the Daniels Run Food 4 Thought Program.  

Interested in Donating to our Bingo Prizes and Raffle Baskets?

Check out our signup here to Donate Bingo and Baskets Donation Items Needed

Get More involved in PTA Next Year!

It is time once again for the PTA Nominating Committee to recruit candidates for next year's PTA Board and committees. Being in a PTA leadership position is rewarding, important and fun! The Board is a great way to get involved at Daniels Run, get to know our staff and admins, work with other parents, and support our students and school community. Please join us! Email [email protected] for more information.

International Night - We NEED you!

We are seeking families to set up a booth/table representing your cultural heritage at International Night on April 11th. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if interested in participating. 

Save the Date:

April 5, 2024 Daniels Run vs. Providence Staff Basketball Game

April 11, 2024 International Night

Music News

🎵 7pm, next Thursday, February 22:  tune in here or on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) to watch the Daniels Run Singers sing the National Anthem live for the Fairfax County School Board meeting!

🎵 The February Musician of the Month is American rapper, singer, songwriter, and drummer Anderson.Paak. 

Community Connection Night 

Join us on 2/21/24, next Wednesday starting at 5:30pm to meet with community partners at Providence Elementary School. You will have a chance to learn and talk with representatives from many organizations that offer support for youth mental health, prevention & wellness, medical and dental resources as well as youth programs in the county. Join us to learn more about the resources available in your community. We will have free food, school age childcare, student friendly activities, as well as raffles and prizes. A shuttle will be making continuous stops to and from Daniel’s Run for transportation to the event, if needed. Click here to complete the optional RSVP.

 

For questions about the event, please send an email to [email protected]

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.

To practice and encourage the character strength of forgiveness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Kindergarten Parent Information Session

Do you have a kindergartener starting DRES in the fall?  If so, please join us for our Kindergarten Parent Information Session.  You will learn about our Kindergarten day, get your questions answered, and have the opportunity to register your student for the upcoming school year.  This session is intended for parents and guardians.  In the summer, we will have opportunities for students to tour the school and visit kindergarten classrooms.

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: 9:00am – 9:30am (teacher presentation)

          9:30am – 11:00am (registration)

Place: DRES Cafeteria

Sesión informativa para padres de kínder

¿Tiene un niño de kindergarten que comience DRES en el otoño? Si es así, únase a nosotros para nuestra sesión de información para padres de kínder. Aprenderá sobre nuestro día de kinder, obtendrá respuestas a sus preguntas y tendrá la oportunidad de inscribir a su estudiante para el próximo año escolar. Esta sesión está dirigida a padres y guardianes. En el verano, tendremos oportunidades para que los estudiantes hagan un recorrido por la escuela y visiten las aulas de kindergarten.

Fecha: martes 2 de abril

Hora: 9:00 am – 9:30 am (presentación del maestros)

          9:30 am – 11:00 am (registro)

Lugar: Cafetería DRES 

*Habrá traductores de español 

disponibles para ayudar a las familias.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

FCPS Calendar Dates

FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates 

February 19 - President's Day- Student Holiday

February 20 - Spring Portrait Day 

March 5 - Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 1 & 2 - Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

April 5 - DRES Staff vs. PES Staff Basketball Game

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Reminder - Spring Individual & Class Photos

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Reminder - Spring Individual and Class Photos 

To purchase visit mylifetouch.com and enter ID: EVT4J492G

  • Spring Portraits and class pictures will take place Tuesday, February 20th. This is a one time event, a makeup day will not be scheduled. 

    Volunteers are needed! Please contact Carlos Camacho at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers will receive a discount on photo packages. 

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Attendance: 703-279-8484 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Daniels Run ES - Feb 9, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families,

There are several wonderful events and achievements that we would like to celebrate together as a school community.  First and foremost, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation for our dedicated school counselors, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Fisher.  They play a crucial role in supporting our students' social and emotional well-being, guiding them through challenges, and helping them navigate their academic journey. Let's take a moment to thank our incredible counselors for their hard work, empathy, and commitment to our students' success. Your efforts truly make a difference!

Can you believe it? We've reached the 100th day of school! It's a fantastic milestone that showcases the dedication and enthusiasm of our students, teachers, and staff. Each day contributes to the growth and development of our young learners. Here's to the next 80 days of curiosity, discovery, and collaboration!

Our Beginning Strings Concert was last night and it was a wonderful showcase of the musical talent within our school. Our young musicians have been working hard under the guidance of Ms. Reilly and Mx. Sevilla!  

We also want to thank our wonderful PTA for sponsoring Skate Night last Saturday.  It was great so to see so many families at the event.  I enjoyed watching our skilled skaters and was inspired by our first time skaters giving a new skill their best effort!

Finally, save the date for Friday, April 5th as the DRES Staff basketball team takes on the staff of Providence ES.  Tip-off is 6:30 at Fairfax High School and we will share more details as they are finalized in the upcoming weeks.  

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]

Enjoy your  Super Bowl weekend!

 

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

Spring Portraits and class pictures will take place Tuesday, February 20th.  This is a one time event, a makeup day will not be scheduled. 

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Carlos Camacho at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers will receive a discount on photo packages. 

Spread the LOVE on Valentine’s Day!

We have a few fun ways to send some extra love to your Dragons this Valentine’s Day, with a bonus of helping to raise funds for the 6th Grade Promotion Activities. Order online, or come visit us at the Valentine booth in the lobby between 8:45-9:00AM Monday-Friday, February 5-9. Online valentine sales close Saturday, February 10 at midnight. Available options: 

 

    • Pass a Note: $1 Have a note delivered to your friends in their classrooms with a valentine lollipop. Click here to order online
    • Send a Valentine Telegram: $5 Special heart-shaped note with a treat or toy delivered to your students, teachers, or special staff members with a custom message from you (great option to send from parents and grandparents). Click here to order online
    • Classroom visit from “Pickle” the Dragon: $25 Pickles is getting his dancing shoes ready! Treat your teachers and classmates with a surprise visit from our favorite dancing dragon! Pickles will bring a custom note from each sponsoring family. Click here to order online
    • Make a donation to the 6th grade class: Donate an amount of your choice to help the 6th grade fund their spring activities. Click here to donate
Attendance Matters

There’s not much we can do about the winter weather, but there are two key steps every parent can take to help avoid absences this year: Make back-up plans for bad weather and keep your children healthy.

Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

Children who miss too much school in kindergarten are less likely to read well by third grade. By middle school, absenteeism can predict who will graduate from high school.

Music News

🎵 Congratulations to the Chorus for their National Anthem performance at the GMU basketball game last Sunday!

🎵 The February Musician of the Month is American rapper, singer, songwriter, and drummer Anderson.Paak. 

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families 

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include: 

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid – This in-person course teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Friday, February 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Family Resource Center.
  • Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families – Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.:
    • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, February 16 
    • Taming Tantrums and More, Friday, March 15
    • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, April 19
    • Taming the Teen-Aged Brain, Friday, May 31
    • Elementary Webinars:
    • Secondary Webinars:
📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. When one person loves another person, that person: comforts and makes the other feel safe; sacrifices on the other’s behalf; supports the other during struggles; and places the others' needs ahead of their own. If you love a person, that person makes you feel safe and secure. You can be yourself with that person. You miss that person when they are not around.

On a group level, love is vital for the wellbeing of society. The world is endlessly interconnected. We are all dependent upon each other for survival and happiness. Love produces positive feelings, which help negate loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Without love, we cannot form strong relationships with our families, friends, or communities. A world without love is a dangerous world.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

FCPS Calendar Dates

FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates 

February 19 - President's Day- Student Holiday

February 20 - Spring Portrait Day 

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Attendance: 703-279-8484 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Girls on the Run Sponsors

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Girls on the Run Sponsors 

The new season is quickly approaching and we are in need of sponsors for this club.  Email Mrs. Smith [email protected] if you are interested and/or have questions. 

 

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Daniels Run ES - Feb 2, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

Congratulations to our chorus students for a wonderful performance of the National Anthem at the GMU women's basketball game last weekend!  We are also partnering with our partners at GMU as the GMU baseball team has begun to volunteer every Monday.   The players volunteer their time to help staff and students in a variety of classes.  This is the second year of our partnership and we look forward to DRES day at a game later in their season.   Don’t forget our annual PTA Ice Skating Night is tomorrow from 6:45-8:15 at the Fairfax Ice Arena.  This is a free event for DRES students and we hope to see many of you tomorrow!  

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]

Enjoy your  weekend,

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal

Spread the LOVE on Valentine’s Day!

We have a few fun ways to send some extra love to your Dragons this Valentine’s Day, with a bonus of helping to raise funds for the 6th Grade Promotion Activities. Order online, or come visit us at the Valentine booth in the lobby between 8:45-9:00AM Monday-Friday, February 5-9. Online valentine sales close Saturday, February 10 at midnight. Available options: 

 

    • Pass a Note: $1 Have a note delivered to your friends in their classrooms with a valentine lollipop. Click here to order online
    • Send a Valentine Telegram: $5 Special heart-shaped note with a treat or toy delivered to your students, teachers, or special staff members with a custom message from you (great option to send from parents and grandparents). Click here to order online
    • Classroom visit from “Pickle” the Dragon: $25 Pickles is getting his dancing shoes ready! Treat your teachers and classmates with a surprise visit from our favorite dancing dragon! Pickles will bring a custom note from each sponsoring family. Click here to order online
    • Make a donation to the 6th grade class: Donate an amount of your choice to help the 6th grade fund their spring activities. Click here to donate
Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

PTA News

Save the date for PTA Ice Skating Saturday, February 3rd

Save the date for PTA Bingo Night on Friday, February 23rd

Music News

🎵 Congratulations to the Chorus for their National Anthem performance at the GMU basketball game last Sunday!

🎵 The February Musician of the Month is American rapper, singer, songwriter, and drummer Anderson.Paak. 

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

If you are interested in this opportunity click this link to learn more about the Magnet School Lottery   

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 
💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families 

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include: 

  • Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky – Help your children learn how to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. Friday, February 2, 10-11 a.m.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid – This in-person course teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Friday, February 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Family Resource Center.
  • Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families – Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.:
    • Elementary Webinars:
      • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, February 16 
      • Taming Tantrums and More, Friday, March 15
    • Secondary Webinars:
      • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, April 19
      • Taming the Teen-Aged Brain, Friday, May 31
Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Cheering Others’ Successes. This means when other people succeed, I am happy for them and cheer them on.

Being happy for other people when they succeed isn’t always everyone’s initial reaction. Often, it’s easy to become jealous or envious of others’ victories -- or even to experience schadenfreude, which is deriving pleasure from witnessing (or learning about) another person’s misfortune. People who have these reactions to the success or misfortune of others are colloquially known as “haters.” It’s important to note that these are natural emotions and in small doses can be helpful in allowing us to see what we care about -- and motivate us to pursue those goals.

But making a commitment towards cheering on other people’s successes can be a great way to improve our own health, happiness, and relationships. People can take active steps to be more genuinely happy for the achievements of others. Ways to do this include; telling others about the success of your modest friend; noticing when your reaction to a sibling’s success is envy or jealousy -- and asking yourself why that is; reminding yourself that appreciating the excellence in another is a character strength; asking your successful teammates and classmates what they do to prepare for games or tests.

Being supportive of people who succeed is good for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being and when people cheer each other on it begins a reciprocal process that forges stronger relationships. Those relationships are the foundation for a strong culture in teams, schools, and businesses.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

FCPS Calendar Dates

FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates 

February 19 - President's Day- Student Holiday

February 20 - Spring Portrait Day 

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Spirit Day- Friday, February 2nd is College Swag Day!

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College Swag Day!

As part of our AVID mission to increase college awareness, our school will continue participating in College Swag Day every first Friday of the month.

Students and staff wear your favorite college colors and/or logos, official apparel, etc. on tomorrow, FRIDAY, February 2nd! 

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2nd Lockdown Drill Notification

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January 29, 2024

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

Sincerely,

Janelle Alabi

Assistant Principal

 

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

I hope all of our students enjoyed the bonus days off last week due to the snow. A big thank you to our custodians for their work last week to clear the snow and ice.   A couple reminders as we come to the half point of the school year:

  • Consistent attendance is critical for the success of our students. There is information below with guidance on when to keep students home due to illness.    
  • Please send students with jackets, hats, gloves, etc. on cold weather days as we go outside for recess unless their is a cold weather/wind chill warning

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]

Enjoy the weekend,

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

AAP News Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

PTA News

Save the date for PTA Ice Skating Saturday, February 3rd

Save the date for PTA Bingo Night on Friday, February 23rd

Music News

🎵 THIS SUNDAY: We are going to a GMU Women’s basketball game!  Join us!

Click here to purchase $5 tickets or scan below!

 

🎵 The January Musician of the Month is South Korean pop group BTS. Google Slides here. Spotify playlist here. 

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

If you are interested in this opportunity click this link to learn more about the Magnet School Lottery   

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 
💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families 

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include: 

  • Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky – Help your children learn how to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. Friday, February 2, 10-11 a.m.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid – This in-person course teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Friday, February 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Family Resource Center.
  • Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families – Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.:
    • Elementary Webinars:
      • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, February 16 
      • Taming Tantrums and More, Friday, March 15
    • Secondary Webinars:
      • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication, Friday, April 19
      • Taming the Teen-Aged Brain, Friday, May 31
Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Immersion Registration

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.

To practice and encourage the character strength of forgiveness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

FCPS Calendar Dates

FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates 

February 19 - President's Day- Student Holiday

February 20 - Spring Portrait Day 

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Reminder: January 25th- 2 Hour Early Release

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January 25th- 2 Hour Early Release

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:45pm. 

Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

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January 25th- End of the Quarter- 2 Hour Early Release

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January 25th- 2 Hour Early Release

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:45pm. 

Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

I hope everyone was able to avoid any major water damage over the last week with the large amounts of rain we have received.  Thank you for your patience during the rain soaked afternoon dismissal on Tuesday.  A reminder to monitor your phone and local news outlets for weather related FCPS delays and closings.

Thank you to our families for your partnership regarding attendance. We have decreased our chronic absence rate by 6% compared to this time last year.  Chronic absenteeism is defined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as missing 10% or more the school year.   Good attendance is key for the academic and social/emotional growth of each of our students.  

Enjoy the long weekend,

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

AAP News Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

FPYC Spring Sports Registration

WALK IN REGISTRATION THIS SATURDAY

FPYC will hold walk-in registration this Saturday, January 13 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the FPYC Clubhouse located in Providence Park - 10701 West Drive, Fairfax, VA.  22030.

CASH or Check preferred.  We are trying out a new Credit Card option.  For quicker registration consider registering online.

A limited amount of Scholarship registrations are available on a first come basis.  In order to apply for this program you must come to the walk-in registration and provide a copy of the qualified County Schools free and reduced lunch program letter or provide a copy of your Medicare information. Scholarships are only available for registration - Cost $50.  Uniforms are separate.

Please note that this registration usually has long lines.  Please be patient and dress appropriately for standing in line outside.

Spring sports include:

Field Hockey - $105.00

Flag Football (Early Bird) - $150.00 

Lacrosse - Flex6 - $75 OR Flex6 & NVYLL - $150.00

Running - $80.00

Soccer - $125.00 

 

REGISTER ON-LINE 

Online Registration for Spring 2024 registration is open Please be sure to enter your player's information as a member before starting the actual registration.  This will make the registration process go smoother.  https://fpycsports.demosphere-secure.com/_registration

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FPYC is a completely volunteer based organization.

We could use 1 or 2 people to help with registration.  If you are interested please email [email protected]

We are in need of Volunteers to help Coach and run our Leagues, please consider volunteering.  If interested, sign up when registering your player or reach out to the Director of your sport for information.

Field Hockey - [email protected] 

Football - [email protected]

[email protected]

Running - [email protected]

Soccer - [email protected] 

Packing Student Lunches

Your child may choose to bring their meals and snacks to school. This is encouraged for students who have specific dietary requirements or are particularly picky. Bringing food from home ensures your child will have the meals and snacks they enjoy to fuel their day of learning.

Students do not have access to a microwave during lunch and therefore need to pack food that does not require reheating or the use of a microwave. If your student's lunch requires hot water please pack a thermos from home.

If you have a young child bringing lunch to school for the first time, consider practicing opening and closing their lunch box. Make sure they’re able to open the containers of the foods you pack by practicing at home first. There will be teachers and monitors available to assist kids during lunch time, but the more independent your child can be, the more time they will have to enjoy their lunch period. 

Land and Waters 2023 PTA News

Save the date for PTA Ice Skating Saturday, February 3rd

Save the Date for PTA Bingo Night on Friday, February 23rd

Music News

🎵 Congratulations to the Daniels Run Singers! Last weekend they performed at the VOKE Children’s Choral Festival!  They prepared for this festival all fall and sang with 150 other students from other schools.  

🎵 The December Musician of the Month is South Korean pop group BTS. Spotify playlist here. 

🎵 We are going to a GMU Women’s basketball game!  Join us!

Click here to purchase $5 tickets or scan below!

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

If you are interested in this opportunity click this link to learn more about the Magnet School Lottery   

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 
Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Immersion Registration

Dual Language Immersion Program RegistrationRegistration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit of overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance can handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.

Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can substantially impact those working with them and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance can achieve goals they may not have believed possible.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perseverance with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Grades 4-6 Competition 

Language Arts 123 and The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts is holding an essay competition. This year’s focus is the topic of forgiveness. First prize is $100, runner up is $50 – deadline is March 29. Instructions, topic details, and how to submit can be found here Language Arts 123 Competition 2024 | City of Fairfax, VA (fairfaxva.gov)

Important Dates  

January 15- FCPS Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 25- FCPS 2-Hour Early Release- End of the Quarter

January 26- Student Holiday- FCPS Teacher Workday

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Kiss N' Ride Procedures

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Kiss N' Ride Procedures 

Please review the Kiss & Ride policies with your children and all potential drivers to avoid confusion.  The safety of our children is our primary goal.  If all drivers cooperate, we can accomplish a safe and efficient Kiss & Ride process.

General Kiss N’ Ride Procedures

  • Proceed through parking lot one way, in a single lane.
  • Do not pass other vehicles in the Kiss & Ride line for ANY reason.
  • Cars enter and remain in a single line through the entire Kiss and Ride loop
  • Pull as far forward in the marked Kiss & Ride station as possible.
  • Load and unload students from the passenger side of the vehicle; children should NOT cross in front or between vehicles; adult assistance will be available for younger students if necessary.
  • Drivers, do not exit your vehicle while at the Kiss & Ride drop-off or loading station.  Staff and safety patrols will assist with car doors.
  • Wait in the Kiss & Ride loading/unloading area until signaled to proceed by an adult supervisor.
  • Do NOT park in the Kiss & Ride line and leave your car unattended at any time.

Morning Kiss N’ Ride

  • Drop off may not begin before 8:45 AM.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle with backpack and coat at the ready.
  • Students may only exit the vehicle in the Drop-Off Zone located between the two white painted lines.

Afternoon Kiss N’ Ride

  • Students may enter the vehicle in the Loading Zone located between the two yellow painted lines.
  • If your children are not present at the afternoon Kiss & Ride station when your car arrives, you will be asked to repeat the final loop of the parking lot to keep the line moving. Other cars should yield to these drivers who have been asked to circle around.  NOTE: you do not have to exit the parking lot and move to the back of the line.
  • Cars parked in the parking lot during the dismissal process must wait until the entire Kiss & Ride line has cleared.  Staff personnel will not disrupt the flow of Kiss & Ride traffic to accommodate drivers of parked cars.
  • Please pull all the way forward as space allows rather than stopping where you see your child. We will direct your child forward to where your car stops.  This allows us to fill more cars at once. 
  • No one (parents or children) is permitted to walk through the Daniels Run parking lot during the afternoon Kiss & Ride process.  Please walk only on the designated walkways circling the parking lot and bus circle.  This is for the safety of all, and it avoids setting a bad example for young observers.
  • After 4:00 PM, Kiss N’ Ride staff will be taking any students remaining into the main office. Parents will need to park and come inside to pick them up. 
  • Be sure all occupants are buckled before you exit the Daniels Run parking lot.

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Spirit Day- Friday, January 12th is Squad Day!

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Squad Day!

FRIDAY, January 12th

Team up with your friends and dress as a squad! Wear the same color, same shirt, the choice is yours. Don’t forget to be inclusive and remember that we are ALL part of the Daniels Run Squad!

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

Happy New Year to all of our families and it has been wonderful hearing what our students did over the winter break as they returned to school this week!  I know many of our students received cell phones and/or smartwatches during the holidays.  A reminder of the FCPS electronic device policy in elementary school:

Students in grades K-6: Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Smart watches that serve a dual purpose may be worn, but the phone features (texting, Internet viewing, and calls) are to be off when phone use is prohibited. Students are prohibited from using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms and locker rooms, unless there is a medical necessity or emergency.  Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only.

Enjoy your weekend,

 

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Packing Student Lunches

Your child may choose to bring their meals and snacks to school. This is encouraged for students who have specific dietary requirements or are particularly picky. Bringing food from home ensures your child will have the meals and snacks they enjoy to fuel their day of learning.

Students do not have access to a microwave during lunch and therefore need to pack food that does not require reheating or the use of a microwave. If your student's lunch requires hot water please pack a thermos from home.

If you have a young child bringing lunch to school for the first time, consider practicing opening and closing their lunch box. Make sure they’re able to open the containers of the foods you pack by practicing at home first. There will be teachers and monitors available to assist kids during lunch time, but the more independent your child can be, the more time they will have to enjoy their lunch period. 

Please Welcome our new Family Liaison!

Estefania was born and raised in Virginia. Her parents are both from Mexico. Estefania and her partner moved to the Fairfax area a year ago. She was an after school teacher at a Martial Arts for two years. She is currently in college to pursue her bachelor’s in human development and Family Science. She feels blessed and honored to be part of such a rich and diverse community.

Please feel free to reach out if she can be of any assistance to you and your family. Estefania looks forward to meeting you soon!

Family Liaison

Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Outstanding Employee Award Winners!

Dear Dragon Families and Students!

We are so excited to announce the Daniels Run ES nominees for the following FCPS Honors awards:

Congratulations - DRES Outstanding Employee Winners:

Outstanding Teacher: Kim Morrison, Kindergarten Teacher

Outstanding NEW Teacher: Federicka Algarme, 4th Grade Teacher

Outstanding Professional Employee:  Caleb Lee, Technology Support Specialist

Outstanding Operational Employee: Tammy Sparks, General Education Instructional Assistant

Outstanding Principal:  Chris Smith, Principal

PTA News

Our first PTA Meeting of 2024 will be on January 9th @ 7pm in the Library, we look forward to seeing you there. Childcare will be provided. 

Save the date for PTA Ice Skating Saturday, February 3rd

Save the Date for PTA Bingo Night on Friday, February 23rd

Music News

🎵 This Sunday, January 7; 5pm at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas: You are invited to hear the Daniels Run Singers in the VOKE Children’s Choral Festival performance!  They have been preparing for this festival since August and will will rehearse this Saturday & Sunday with 150 other students from other schools. 

🎵 We are going to a GMU Women’s basketball game!  Join us!

Click here to purchase $5 tickets or scan below!

Math Week

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Spanish:

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Opioid Awareness and Resources

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Immersion Registration

Dual Language Immersion Program RegistrationRegistration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safety Information

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Prudence. Prudence means you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

Prudence is the ability to do the right thing for the right reason, at the right time. It’s a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. It is cognitive -- more a strength of the head than of the heart.

Prudence supports effective individual self-management. Whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. However, even with a plan, long-term goals can only be obtained by overcoming those impulses and desires that steer you away from your goals. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state.

To practice and encourage the character strength of prudence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Important Dates  

January 9 - PTA Meeting at 7pm

January 15- FCPS Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 25- FCPS 2-Hour Early Release- End of the Quarter

January 26- Student Holiday- FCPS Teacher Workday

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College Swag Day!

As part of our AVID mission to increase college awareness, our school will continue participating in College Swag Day every first Friday of the month.

Students and staff wear your favorite college colors and/or logos, official apparel, etc. on tomorrow, FRIDAY, January 5th! 

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

Congratulations to our chorus students for their outstanding performances this week.  Special thanks to our music teachers, Ms. McCarten and Mr. Tilman.  

We wish our best to DRES science resource teacher, Mrs. Huberman-Hayes, who is retiring after 30 years in FCPS.  Mrs. Huberman-Hayes worked at DRES for 24 of those 30 years!  Congratulations and best wishes in your future endeavors.  Mrs. Bolton will be our long term substitute for this position for the remainder of the school year.  

On behalf of our entire DRES staff I want to wish all of our families a joyful and restful winter break!  A reminder that our school office is closed during winter break.  Students return Tuesday, January 2nd.  

Have a great winter break!

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

Winter Chorus Concert Outstanding Employee Award Winners!

Dear Dragon Families and Students!

We are so excited to announce the Daniels Run ES nominees for the following FCPS Honors awards:

Congratulations - DRES Outstanding Employee Winners:

Outstanding Teacher: Kim Morrison, Kindergarten Teacher

Outstanding NEW Teacher: Federicka Algarme, 4th Grade Teacher

Outstanding Professional Employee:  Caleb Lee, Technology Support Specialist

Outstanding Operational Employee: Tammy Sparks, General Education Instructional Assistant

Outstanding Principal:  Chris Smith, Principal

PTA News

Save the date for January 9th @ 7pm to join us in the library for our next PTA meeting!

We are going to a GMU Women’s basketball game!  Join us!

(You don’t need to be a PTA member to come)

Click here to purchase $5 tickets or scan below!

Attendance Matters

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may email or turn in to the front office the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Danni James, [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023 by midnight.

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Danni James, [email protected]

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.                                                                                                   

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. 

Math Week

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Music News

🎵 The December Musician of the Month is German English composer, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).  He is most famous for The Messiah & The Water Music Suite.

🎵 Congratulations to the 5th & 6th Grade Chorus for 3 fantastic performances yesterday!   

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

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La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Important Dates  

December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

January 9 - PTA Meeting at 7pm

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Attendance: 703-279-8484 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

Congratulations to our 5th and 6th grade Band and Stings students on their wonderful performance this week.  Thank you for all the hard work and dedication of our band teachers, Ms. Meltzer and Dr. Mincer and Strings teachers, Ms. Reilly and Mx. Sevilla.  We also welcomed the Fairfax HS Carolers to DRES today for a performance as well.   

FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.  Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Enjoy your weekend, 

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

Outstanding Employee Award Winners!

Dear Dragon Families and Students!

We are so excited to announce the Daniels Run ES nominees for the following FCPS Honors awards:

Congratulations - DRES Outstanding Employee Winners:

Outstanding Teacher: Kim Morrison, Kindergarten Teacher

Outstanding NEW Teacher: Federicka Algarme, 4th Grade Teacher

Outstanding Professional Employee:  Caleb Lee, Technology Support Specialist

Outstanding Operational Employee: Tammy Sparks, General Education Instructional Assistant

Outstanding Principal:  Chris Smith, Principal

Attendance Matters

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

AVID Tips: How to Make Homework Less Stressful

Oftentimes students do not want to complete homework after being at school all day.  Since homework provides practice to continue developing a skill and mastering it, it’s important that students find a way to get it done.  Here are some tips to make homework feel more doable and less stressful.

  • Make note of how long a homework assignment is taking your student.  If it appears to be taking a lot of time, communicate with the teacher.  This will inform the teacher of concepts that appear to be a struggle or concepts that seem too easy.
  • Organize supplies - identify an area that works for your student and your family.  Work with your child to check folders, binders, and to do weekly backpack clean out.
  • Weekly schedule - Once you have an idea of how long homework takes, work with your student to schedule homework time at a time of day that works for your family.  Have a discussion with your student about upcoming assignments and encourage them to jot these items in a planner or family calendar.
  • Have a plan for big assignments.  Example:  If your student has an upcoming project that is due a week or two down the road, work with them to break the project into smaller parts and schedule those smaller tasks on the planner/calendar.

These tips can help make homework less stressful and can help students learn to manage their time.

Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may email or turn in to the front office the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Danni James, [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Danni James, [email protected]

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.                                                                                                   

Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is located in the main lobby.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, December 15th.  After December 15th, anything left will be packed up and donated.

Parents please write your child’s first and last name on the inside of winter coats to ensure they can be returned to your child during the frigid winter months!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Music News

🎵 The December Musician of the Month is German English composer, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).  He is most famous for The Messiah & The Water Music Suite.

🎵 All are invited to the Chorus Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14 in the Café.  Three concerts: 9:30-10am, 10:15-10:45am & 6:30-7pm.

🎵 All School Song:  Deck the Halls: Ask your child to sing for you.  The chorus will lead the whole school in singing this at our Chorus Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14.  Click here for the sing along video.

🎵 Thank to the Fairfax High School Carolers who performed music for students this morning! 

🎵 Bravo to the 5th & 6th Grade Advanced Band & Strings Concert on Tuesday night! 

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Self-Control. Self-control means you can control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control can limit impulsive behavior. They are able to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.

A group’s ability to demonstrate self-control often appears in the form of “self-monitoring.” This means the individuals demonstrate honesty with one another about successful group practices. When things are unsuccessful, group members can adjust roles in the interest of overall group success. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of self-control with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Spanish:

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios

Important Dates  

December 14 - Chorus Winter Concert 

December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

It was great having our students back in the building and hearing how they spent their time over the Thanksgiving break.  Students were excited to practice their gymnastics skills this week in PE, ask them about it! 

The cold weather earlier this week was a good reminder to prepare for possible snow days, delayed openings and early releases.  The FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.  Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Have a great weekend!

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

Attendance Matters

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

AAP News

DRES Dragons are continuing to engage in rigor and grow in Portrait of a Graduate Attributes. Students are learning how to: 

  • think critically and creatively.  
  • formulate perspectives about an issue or topic.
  • consider multiple viewpoints in seminars and academic conversations.
  • understand the concept or “Big Idea.”
  • use primary sources to draw conclusions.
Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may email or turn in to the front office the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Danni James, [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Danni James, [email protected]

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.                                                                                                   

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is located in the main lobby.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, December 15th.  After December 15th, anything left will be packed up and donated.

Parents please write your child’s first and last name on the inside of winter coats to ensure they can be returned to your child during the frigid winter months!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Music News

🎵 Tomorrow: The Daniels Run Singers will perform at the Fairfax City Festival of Lights at 12pm, Saturday, December 2.  Come celebrate with many holiday theme activities and cheer on the Daniels Run Singers 1st public performance in the Old Town Square. 

🎵 The December Musician of the Month is German Baroque composer, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).  He is most famous for The Messiah & Water Music. Play his music at home with this link: https://open.spotify.com/album/1riYSn3MpBFWUF8b7adRvO?si=mBoOipP3Qs6DB69bC3OgyA  

🎵 All School Song:  Deck the Halls: Ask your child to sing for you.  The chorus will lead the whole school in singing this at our Chorus Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14.  Click here for the 1 min sing along video: https://youtu.be/-0QA5m7iMw4

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Supporting Others When They Struggle. This means when other people are struggling, we do our best to help them out.

Supporting other people when they struggle is a critical piece of being human. There are many different approaches to helping people who are struggling. These can include: listening while they describe an event and their feelings about it, taking action to help people in need, or simply just being there and sitting together in silence. Everyone faces tough days and needs support, and this support leads to a chain of prosocial behavior that makes us feel good about ourselves and our group.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Important Dates  

December 5 - Band/Strings Winter Concert 

December 14 - Chorus Winter Concert 

December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

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Reminder - Fall Retake Picture Day Tomorrow

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Reminder - Fall Picture Make-ups and Retakes  Tomorrow 

To purchase visit mylifetouch.com and enter ID: EVTCKQT7

  • This is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on School Picture Day, October 12th, or are unhappy with their portrait and would like a retake.
  • Purchased picture packets will need to be returned to photographer on retake day
  • Be sure to let your child’s teacher know if you would like a retake.

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