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(Assistant) Principal's Message
I hope you have all had a wonderful week. It sure is great to be fully back in the building and to have this school year off to such a great start.
This morning we held our first school wide P2-Positivity Project Mega Morning Meeting and what a success, and sea of green, it was. Our student leaders with the help of Mrs. Oris and Ms. Dildine did a wonderful job organizing the event. Our chorus led us in the singing our school song, our positivity traits for each of the grade levels were proudly displayed and cheered as they were announced. The weather couldn't have been more perfect which helped to make this the perfect morning to see "Positivity in Action."
We are so proud of all our students for displaying the positivity traits throughout the school day. Please be sure to ask about them at home. Each week we will highlight the upcoming trait so you are aware of what your child is learning about and are able to have a conversation regarding that week's trait.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]
Have a great weekend!
DRES Assistant Principal
We are looking for energetic family members, friends, grandparents, or older adult siblings, who may be looking for an opportunity to work, to come to join our Daniels Run Elementary staff. DRES is a positive work environment, and we are ready to fill the following opportunity with members of our community. Applicants must be 18 or older.
Hourly 8:45 a.m. - 4:15p.m., Monday-Friday, $16.36 per Hour
Provides supervision of students throughout the school day, including but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.
Any combination of education and experience is equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed, and have general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.
Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Van Aalst [email protected] or at 703-679-6000.
Field Day Volunteers Needed!
Good morning DRES and Fairfax City community,
Field Day is scheduled for Friday, October 7th (rain date Friday, October 14th ). 9:30-12:15 for our K-2 group, and 12:45-3:30 for our 3-6 groups. Please use the links below if you wish and are able to volunteer at a station, or to chaperone your child’s class. We are hoping to have at a minimum two at each station, along with members of the GMU Baseball team! We are looking forward to a great field day this year, and appreciate your time and consideration!
Field Day STATION sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eaaad2ea1f85-dres
Field Day CHAPERONES are needed to escort classes through their field day stations. If you are available to chaperone your child's class, please click on the button next to your child's homeroom teacher to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eaaad2ea1f85-field
We appreciate you taking time out of your day to help make this a fun and memorable day for our DRES students! Feel free to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any further questions.
Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!
September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include:
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.
Visit our website for more attendance resources.
When Should a Student Stay Home?
Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school.
Whether students are absent because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.
Who: Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest
When: Saturday, September 17, from 9:30am-12:30pm.
What: Please help support Daniels Run by participating in this event.
Where: Volunteers will focus on 2 courtyards (vegetable and literacy garden courtyards) and a forested area in the back of the school. In the courtyards, paths need to be cleared, beds weeded, and general clean-up to prepare the spaces for activities. Invasive plants need to be removed from the forested areas and sitting and paths cleared.
How: We will supply tools and gloves. The school will be open to fill water bottles and to access bathrooms.
Please go to the Volunteer Fairfax Website for more details and to register!
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.
FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have:
- Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
- A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.
Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:
Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)
All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.
- All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
- Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.
Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.
Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)
Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by:
- Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
- Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
- Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.
Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)
Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.
- Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
- Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.
Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.
Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)
Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).
Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:
- Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
- Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.
Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.
Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services
Multiple data points are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.
Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school.
Eligibility decisions for full-time services are made by the countywide central selection committee.
Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:
- Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
- The fall screening referral window is from the first day of school - October 15.
- Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.
- The spring screening referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.
Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after the full-time services referral windows noted above will not be accepted.
Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893.
For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.
FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.
- All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
- All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
- NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.
Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Sara Van Aalst, [email protected] no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.
Elementary Parent Information Meeting
A parent information meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on September 27th at 7:00 pm. Elyssa McKinnon, the AART, will provide information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. The
The FCPS Young Scholars model seeks to identify and affirm, from an early age, students with high academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in advanced academic programming. The goal of the model is to eliminate barriers for Young Scholars’ access to and success in advanced academic opportunities in elementary, middle, and high school.
Some gifted students with advanced learning needs may also have a learning disability. Twice-exceptional (or “2e”) students need strengths-based instruction while receiving advanced programming. The FCPS continuum of AAP services provides multiple entry points to meet student needs while also supporting their learning challenges. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”
Daniels Run is a treat free school. Please refrain from sending in treats such as cupcakes, cookies, etc... In lieu of treats please consider donating books or games to the classroom or possibly sending in a pencil or another item to share with students. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher for other suggestions they may have.
Thank you in advance!
Sign and Return the Student Rights & Responsibilities Booklet
FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment.
Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.
Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.
Contact your school’s front office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account.
FCPS Special Education Handbook for Families
The Special Education Handbook for Parents includes details of the special education process. This process occurs sequentially, over a period of time, with each step building upon the previous step(s).
It is important for families to understand how the special education process works, so they can effectively participate and collaborate with school staff members in making appropriate decisions regarding their child’s educational needs. Families are an integral part of the decision-making team.
The Special Education Handbook for Parents is available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] with any questions.
How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages
You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.
FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/caregivers who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).
Learn more about receiving other FCPS communications in other languages.
5 Tips for an Organized Backpack
- Sort and group supplies into categories. Next, assign each category to a compartment or zipper pocket.
- Map out the backpack. Have your child draw where each item should go. Keep a copy of the map in the front pocket of the backpack and another copy in the main living area so that you can help them check to make sure all supplies are where they need to be.
- Use a clear luggage tag to keep track of what needs to go to school and what needs to come home. Use a red marker to make a checklist on a piece of paper that will fit in the tag. It should list what your child needs to bring to school in the backpack. Use a blue marker to make a checklist of what needs to come home from school. Place the papers back to back and put them in the luggage tag. Attach it to the zipper tab of the backpack and show your child how to use the checklists as a guide
- Make a school to home folder. Place papers handed out by the teacher in the folder. Remind your child that the folder comes home every day. Check the folder each afternoon/evening. Sign anything requiring a signature, and take out anything that does not need to be returned to school.
- Schedule a regular time to do a backpack check in.
This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Curiosity. Curiosity means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.
Curiosity is a crucial component of one’s character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity but differ in their willingness to experience it -- behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally.
Individuals with the character strength of curiosity are more likely to ask questions and try new things. Curiosity, then, is a form of courage. Asking questions exposes the fact that we don’t know and trying a new activity means we might fail. But, it’s only through asking questions and exploring new opportunities that we learn and grow.
To practice and encourage the character strength of curiosity 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!
A Note from the Music Department
🎵 The September Musician of the Month is Celia Cruz – the Queen of Salsa. Click here
🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey
Superintendent Community Conversations
Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on October 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.
Fall for The Book!
Fall for the Book invites all Daniels Run Elementary School families to join us for our Children's Day on October 8, 2022 at Old Town Hall, City of Fairfax. The day will feature experiential learning activities and book talks.
- 10 AM: Chiêu Ahn Urban, author of ABC Roar!
- 11 AM: Debra Kempf Shumaker, author of Peculiar Primates
- 12 PM: Fred Bowen, Kidspost columnist and author of Hardcourt: Stories From 75 Years of the National Basketball Association
- 1 PM: Jonathan Roth, author of the comic-style graphic novel, Rover and Speck: This Planet Rocks!
- 2 PM: Shana Keller, author of the picture book The Peach Pit Parade: A WWI Story
Our children’s program flyer is included. Please feel free to share with your school families.
Additionally, adult and YA events take place October 11–15. Fall for the Book’s headliner events feature international bestseller Emily St. John Mandel and two time National Book Award finalist and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang. A full list of events is available on our website. https://fallforthebook.org/schedule/
We can’t wait to see you!
Back to School Night Fun!
A big thanks to all who joined us at the Back to School Night PTA picnic. We had a great time seeing so many families together at Daniels Run! If you have pictures from the event (including some with Pickle the Dragon), please share them with us by emailing [email protected]
Join the PTA
Join the PTA and help us support our students and staff. Join online at dres.memberhub.com. Becoming a member simply shows support for our projects and programs. How involved you get beyond that is up to you (though we would certainly love you to participate and volunteer with us)!
Online Directory Opt-Out
The PTA will be publishing an online directory of our students this fall. If you do not wish to be included in the directory, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JG41aQbezYiqFXURIAv5gSDfSwsxDntb-queAzQHZXU/prefill
September 19 - Fourth Grade iReady Math
September 20 - First Grade iReady Math
September 21 - Fifth Grade iReady Math
Thursday, Sept 29
Wedneday, Sept 28
Tuesday, Sept 27
Friday, Sept 23
Monday, Oct 3
Tuesday, Oct 4
Monday, Oct 3
Friday, Sept 30
Friday, October 7: Makeups
September 26 - Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah - Kindergarten Welcome Walk (Dragon Dash!)
October 5 - Yom Kippur Holiday
October 6-PTA Meeting
October 10 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
October 11-21: Dragon Drive Fundraiser
October 14 - Outdoor Movie Night
October 21 - Dragon Day
October 24 - Diwali Holiday
October 28 - 2 Hour Early Release (1:45)
October 31 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
November 8 - Election Day Holiday
November 11 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
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