Spring Picture Day 2/9

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Spring Portraits and class pictures will take place Thursday, February 9th.  This is a pre-pay event. Order forms should be given to the photographer on picture day. This is a one time event, a makeup day will not be scheduled. 

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

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Daniels Run ES - January 27, 2023

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Principal's Message 

DRES Families,

As we conclude the first semester I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work of our students and staff as well as the support our families provide to our students and staff.  I am excited to see what great things we will accomplish together as a school community in the second semester! 

FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts by filling out this form. The form will be open through Tuesday, January 31, 1 p.m.

We have a PTA meeting Thursday (2/2) and I hope you can join us.   

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 

Electronic Device Policy (Phones and Smart Watches)

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.

Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

FCPS Equitable Access to Literacy Plan

We wanted to share an overview of the vision of the FCPS Equitable Access to Literacy Plan with you since you might have heard the term Science of Reading.

  • FCPS is unified in our commitment to a division-wide, comprehensive, and culturally responsive PreK - 12 literacy program that uses evidence-based practices, is grounded in science-based reading research, and intentionally expands learning opportunities in accordance with students’ needs.
  • FCPS ensures students receive explicit instruction in reading and writing to achieve proficiency in literacy and eliminate disproportionate outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socioeconomic status, or languages spoken at home.

At FCPS' approach to literacy acquisition is grounded in science-based reading research, implemented through a structured literacy model, and guided by three anchors; The Simple View of Reading (Gough, P. B., & Tunmer, W. E. 1986), The Four-Part Processing Model (Seidenberg & McCLelland 1989), and The Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001). For more information please click HERE

Our Literacy team will present at the next PTA meeting (2/2) and provide information about literacy instruction at DRES.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

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

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Visit the website to learn more.  PTA Information 

Save the Date - PTA Meeting - February 2nd

Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd at 7 pm at Daniels Run. Save the date and plan to join us!

Send In Your Yearbook Pictures!

We need your pictures for our yearbook. If you have any pictures from Welcome Walk, field day, Dragon Day, Back to School Night or another fun filled DRES event, please forward.

We cannot guarantee all pictures will be included, however we will include as many as we can. 

Please email your pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

Strategic Planning Updates

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count! Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Notes from the Music Department

🎵 Would you like to perform for International Day & Night? Teachers, students and parents are invited to sing, dance or play an instrument that honors any country or people group. Contact Michelle McCarten by Feb 3 to schedule an audition: [email protected] or (703) 279-8457

🎵  What college/university did you attend? Please complete this very short form. Michelle McCarten is planning a special music unit that will also support the school's participation in AVID.  The mission of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  is to prepare all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society. Thanks for your help! – Michelle M.

🎵 The February Musician of the Month is legendary jazz vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald! 

🎵 Congratulations to Ms. Venne & Mr. Fyhr and their 4th grade string students for their outstanding performance on Wednesday, January 18! 

🎵 Congratulations to the FIVE 6th graders who will represent DRES in the 6th Grade All County Choral Festival at Lake Braddock Secondary School on March 24-25:  Reese, Charlotte, Eric, Reagan, & Lauren

🎵 Congratulations to the NINE chorus students who will represent DRES in the Organization of Kodály Educators National Conference Choirs in Jacksonville, FL on March 15-18: 5th Graders:  Grace & Ranya; 6th Graders: Nelson, Annika, Katie, Chris, Eric, Mikayla & Lana

Positivity Project (P2)

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!

From our PTA

Get Ready to 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! So students, start doing your extra chores and collecting your spare change -- we’ll kick off the fundraiser starting Thursday, February 2! Available options:

Pass a Note:

  • Have a note delivered to your friends in their classrooms with a valentine lollipop $1

Send a Valentine Telegram:

  • 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) $5

Classroom visit from “Pickle” the Dragon:

  • Treat your teachers and classmates to a surprise visit from our favorite dancing dragon! $25

Note: We'll have online options for purchasing, as well as a booth set up for students to stop by and purchase before/after school. Links and booth dates coming next week!

All proceeds go to the 6th Grade Promotion Committee

Summer Learning Programs Registration

Opening Soon! FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration. 

Important Dates 

February 2 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

February 9 - Spring Picture Day

February 20 - President's Day Holiday 

March 2 - 2 Hour Early Release- 1:45 Dismissal

March 3 - Student Holiday

March 9 - (K-3) Family Academic Night 

March 27- PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

March 30 - International Night 

April 3-7 - Spring Break

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Reminder - 1:45 Dismissal Today - 1/25

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End of Quarter Schedule Reminders

Today (January 25th) is the last day of the quarter and students will be dismissed two hours early, at 1:45 pm.

Thursday, January 26th is a staff development day and Friday January 27th is a teacher workday.  There is NO SCHOOL for students on these two days.

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End of Quarter Schedule Reminders

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End of Quarter Schedule Reminders

Wednesday, January 25th is the last day of the quarter.  Students will be dismissed two hours early, at 1:45 pm.

Thursday, January 26th is a staff development day and Friday January 27th is a teacher workday.  There is NO SCHOOL for students on these two days.

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Public Meeting - COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan

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Public Meeting - COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2023  7-9 p.m

This is the last public meeting FCPS scheduled to share information about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan, the process for determining compensatory education, and formal and informal dispute resolution options available to parents/guardians and adult students. 

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom webinar. 

Real-time interpretation will be available on demand. 

  • Languages available: Amharic, Bengali, Chinese-Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Tamil/Telegu, Turkish, Twi

More information about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

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Safety Drill

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Safety Drill Today

At DRES, our goal is to keep students and staff safe at school. We continually work with county leaders to ensure coordinated responses to potential threats. We also drill for emergency situations and then review and revise plans as needed.

Today, we conducted our second lockdown drill. The purpose of a lockdown is to protect against intruders in the school building. Prior to today, teachers talked to our students to prepare them for our drill.

During a lockdown drill:

  • Students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers. 

Our students and staff did a great job today!

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Daniels Run ES - January 20, 2023

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Principal's Message 

DRES Families,

It was great seeing so many families last weekend at our family skating night and tanks to our PTA for organizing the event. I am not much of a skater so I am always impressed by the skating skills of our students! Our 4th grade strings students performed for the first time in front of a crowd this past week  and did an excellent job.  Next week is a short week for students with a two hour early dismissal (1:45) on Wednesday (1/25) and student holidays on Thursday (1/26) and Friday (1/27).

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 

FCPS Equitable Access to Literacy Plan

We wanted to share an overview of the vision of the FCPS Equitable Access to Literacy Plan with you since you might have heard the term Science of Reading.

  • FCPS is unified in our commitment to a division-wide, comprehensive, and culturally responsive PreK - 12 literacy program that uses evidence-based practices, is grounded in science-based reading research, and intentionally expands learning opportunities in accordance with students’ needs.
  • FCPS ensures students receive explicit instruction in reading and writing to achieve proficiency in literacy and eliminate disproportionate outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socioeconomic status, or languages spoken at home.

At FCPS' approach to literacy acquisition is grounded in science-based reading research, implemented through a structured literacy model, and guided by three anchors; The Simple View of Reading (Gough, P. B., & Tunmer, W. E. 1986), The Four-Part Processing Model (Seidenberg & McCLelland 1989), and The Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001). For more information please click HERE

Our Literacy team will present at the next PTA meeting (2/2) and provide information about literacy instruction at DRES.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

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

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Action Required

Share the following link, by Friday, February 3, 2023, to interested parents in your community, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

PTA Information 

Save the Date - PTA Meeting - February 2nd

Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd at 7 pm at Daniels Run. Save the date and plan to join us!

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At their January 17 work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9.

Send In Your Yearbook Pictures!

We need your pictures for our yearbook. If you have any pictures from Welcome Walk, field day, Dragon Day, Back to School Night or another fun filled DRES event, please forward.

We cannot guarantee all pictures will be included, however we will include as many as we can. 

Please email your pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. 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 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Strategic Planning Updates

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count! Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Notes from the Music Department

🎵  Did you attend a college or university? If so, please complete this very short form. Music teacher, Miss McCarten is planning a special music unit to support the school's participation in AVID.  The mission of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  is to prepare all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

🎵 The January Musician of the Month is famous English rock band: The Beatles.  What is your favorite song by the Beatles?

🎵 You are cordially invited to the 4th Grade Strings Concert: 7pm, Wednesday, January 18 in the Café.

🎵 Congratulations to the FIVE 6th graders who will represent DRES in the 6th Grade All County Choral Festival at Lake Braddock Secondary School on March 24-25.

🎵 Congratulations to the NINE chorus students who will represent DRES in the Organization of Kodály Educators National Conference Choirs in Jacksonville, FL on March 15-18.

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Social Intelligence. Social intelligence means you are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people. This type of intelligence can take place “in the moment” of face-to-face conversations but also appears during times of deliberate thinking. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships -- and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

To practice and encourage the character strength of social intelligence 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!

How to Talk With Your Child About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies. 

It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared. 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs

Talk, They Hear You 

FCPS SAPS Program

For further Information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Important Dates 

January 25-End of 2nd Quarter/Two Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

February 2 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

February 9 - Spring Picture Day

February 20 - President's Day Holiday 

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January Spirit Days

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January Spirit Days 

1/20 - New Year/New Moves! – Wear your favorite work out clothes to get up and move.

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Daniels Run ES - January 13, 2022

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Principal's Message 

DRES Families,

Our weekly video message to students reminded them of the three appropriate options they have if someone is bothering them: 1) Ignore them   2) Tell the person to stop   3) Tell an adult.   When you have time take a few moments to remind your child of the appropriate actions to take.     

A reminder FCPS schools and offices are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 

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 

Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

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. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

January Spirit Days 

1/20 New Year/New Moves! – Wear your favorite work out clothes to get up and move.

PTA Information 

Ice Skating with the PTA - January 14th

Please join the PTA for Ice Skating on Saturday, January 14th at 6:45 at the Fairfax Ice Arena (3779 Pickett Road). DRES students will be FREE including skate rental! Please note: this is not a drop off event. Students must be supervised by an adult.

RSVP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A45ABAE23A75-iceskating1 (you may need to copy and paste the link!)

 

Save the Date - PTA Meeting - February 2nd

Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd at 7 pm at Daniels Run. Save the date and plan to join us!

Send In Your Yearbook Pictures!

We need your pictures for our yearbook. If you have any pictures from Welcome Walk, field day, Dragon Day, Back to School Night or another fun filled DRES event, please forward.

We cannot guarantee all pictures will be included, however we will include as many as we can. 

Please email your pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. 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 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often. 

Notes from the Music Department

🎵  Did you attend a college or university? If so, please complete this very short form. Music teacher, Miss McCarten is planning a special music unit to support the school's participation in AVID.  The mission of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  is to prepare all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

🎵 The January Musician of the Month is famous English rock band: The Beatles.  What is your favorite song by the Beatles?

🎵 You are cordially invited to the 4th Grade Strings Concert: 7pm, Wednesday, January 18 in the Café.

🎵 Congratulations to the FIVE 6th graders who will represent DRES in the 6th Grade All County Choral Festival at Lake Braddock Secondary School on March 24-25.

🎵 Congratulations to the NINE chorus students who will represent DRES in the Organization of Kodály Educators National Conference Choirs in Jacksonville, FL on March 15-18.

Positivity Project (P2)

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!

Important Dates 

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 18 - 4th Grade Strings Concert (7:00pm)

January 25-End of 2nd Quarter/Two Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

February 20 - President's Day Holiday 

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January Sprit Days 

1/13 - Snuggle up & Read! – Wear your favorite comfy clothes and bring a favorite book from home or your classroom library.

1/20 - New Year/New Moves! – Wear your favorite work out clothes to get up and move.

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Principal's Message 

DRES Families,

I hope all of our students, families and staff had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. I am excited to start the 2023 portion of our school year.  We are taking time the next couple weeks to review our schoolwide behavior expectations with students.  A few other updates/reminders:

  • The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Daniels Run. 
  • FCPS Family Math Week! Mark your calendars for January 9-13, 2023! It’ll be an exciting full week of family time with free stories, games and math activities. This week is a chance to put away the worksheets, paper/pencil formulas, and calculators. Simply engage with math as a family through delightful games and stories~  all from the comfort of your own home. https://www.mindresearch.org/fcps-math-week

  • 1st-6th grade will administer the midyear iReady assessment in math and reading during the month of January.
  • January Sprit Days - 

    1/13 Snuggle up & Read! – Wear your favorite comfy clothes and bring a favorite book from home or your classroom library.

    1/20 New Year/New Moves! – Wear your favorite work out clothes to get up and move.

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 

PTA Information 

Ice Skating with the PTA - January 14th

Please join the PTA for Ice Skating on Saturday, January 14th at 6:45 at the Fairfax Ice Arena (3779 Pickett Road). DRES students will be FREE including skate rental! Please note: this is not a drop off event. Students must be supervised by an adult.

RSVP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A45ABAE23A75-iceskating1 (you may need to copy and paste the link!)

 

Save the Date - PTA Meeting - February 2nd

Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd at 7 pm at Daniels Run. Save the date and plan to join us!

Send In Your Yearbook Pictures!

We need your pictures for our yearbook. If you have any pictures from Welcome Walk, field day, Dragon Day, Back to School Night or another fun filled DRES event, please forward.

We cannot guarantee all pictures will be included, however we will include as many as we can. 

Please email your pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. 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 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often. 

          A Note from the Music             Department

🎵 Congratulation to the 5th & 6th Grade Chorus for their fantastic performances on Thursday and Friday!  We are proud of their outstanding musicianship! Stay tuned for pictures.

🎵 Congratulations to the Daniels Run Band & Dragon Orchestra for an awesome performance last week.  We are proud of their excellent playing!  Click here to see parts of the concert.  (3 minute version click here;      11 minute version click here).

🎵 The January Musician of the Month is famous English rock band: The Beatles.  Get ready to rock out with the Beatles in January! 

🎵 Last month we said farewell to our assistant principal, Mr. Parker.  Click here to see the special musical surprise students prepared for him.

Tutor.com

Students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, 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. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/online-tutoring-services

Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format (voice and/or text chat). Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing. 

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether a young person decides to use drugs. 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

For further information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

The week of January 9th 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 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 18 - 4th Grade Strings Concert (7:00pm)

January 25-Two Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

February 20 - President's Day Holiday 

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January Important Dates 

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and are excited to start the new year.

 

Important Dates 

January 6-College Swag Spirit Day 

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 25- Two Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

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Principal's Message 

Congratulations to our band, strings, and chorus students for their excellent performances over the last couple weeks.  They did a tremendous job!  

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 3rd.  

Have a great winter break!

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

Send In Your Yearbook Pictures!

We need your pictures for our yearbook. If you have any pictures from Welcome Walk, field day, Dragon Day, Back to School Night or another fun filled DRES event, please forward.

We cannot guarantee all pictures will be included, however we will include as many as we can. 

Please email your pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

          A Note from the Music             Department

🎵 Congratulation to the 5th & 6th Grade Chorus for their fantastic performances on Thursday and Friday!  We are proud of their outstanding musicianship! Stay tuned for pictures.

🎵 Congratulations to the Daniels Run Band & Dragon Orchestra for an awesome performance last week.  We are proud of their excellent playing!  Click here to see parts of the concert.  (3 minute version click here;      11 minute version click here).

🎵 The January Musician of the Month is famous English rock band: The Beatles.  Get ready to rock out with the Beatles in January! 

🎵 Last month we said farewell to our assistant principal, Mr. Parker.  Click here to see the special musical surprise students prepared for him.

Tutor.com

Students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, 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. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/online-tutoring-services

Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format (voice and/or text chat). Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

FCPS Strategic Plan 

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

When we return on January 3rd our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Optimism. Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Optimism represents a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future-oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. Despite setbacks, they keep a positive attitude and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieving their goals.

Optimism is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about staying focused on the good in any situation -- allowing you to be aware of opportunities and accountable for your emotions. Optimists are strong leaders. They find meaning in hardship and can create a vision for the future. Optimists are inspiring; their example is contagious. And, by sharing and achieving their vision -- despite setbacks -- they help us all achieve more.

To practice and encourage the character strength of optimism 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 3 - Students return to school 

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 25-2 Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

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Principal's Message 

Dear Families,

Our Family Engagement Survey results are now available on our webpage.  A few highlights:

  • 95 percent responded "I feel welcome at my child’s school."
  • 95 percent responded "the school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures."
  • 95 percent responded "my child feels safe at school."

As a reminder, winter break for students and teachers will be held December 19, 2022, to January 2, 2023. To help make sure school-based staff and students have a restful break, no homework will be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments should be due immediately following the break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.  Our school office will also be closed December 19-Janaury 2.  If there is an urgent matter during that time period email Chris Smith [email protected]   

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 

Spirit Days 

Wednesday (12/14) - Crazy Sweater/Winter Spirit Day 

Thursday (12/15) - Positivity Project Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gray

Friday - (12/16) - Pajama Day

Reminder:  Window for AAP Full-Time (level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2022

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Elyssa McKinnon [email protected]  no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form 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 Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV 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 professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV 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 Elyssa McKinnon [email protected] 

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Daniels Run.

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

A Community Conversation on ESSER will be hosted on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be hybrid, offered both on Zoom or in-person at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the café. All are welcome. Please register to attend. 

Learn more about the ESSER III grant.

Tutor.com

Students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, 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. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/online-tutoring-services

Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format (voice and/or text chat). Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

FCPS Strategic Plan 

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Parent Advocacy Handbook is for parents and guardians -- a child’s first teacher and advocate. It is believed that parents and guardians should advocate and support their children’s academic, social, and emotional growth from preschool through high school, and beyond.

Information and resources within the handbook are designed to help parents and guardians:

  • Learn about their rights and responsibilities as an FCPS parent or guardian.
  • Learn more about what is going on in the student's school.
  • Gain skills to advocate for your student at school.
  • Learn more how to monitor and help your student at home.
  • Find extra help and resources.

The handbook contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience.

Be an advocate for your child. Know what is happening at school. Ask questions. Express your ideas, comments, and concerns. Check to see that promises made are kept.

          A Note from the Music Department

 

Music News:  

🎵 The December Musician of the Month is the a cappella vocal ensemble: Sweet Honey in the RockClick here to learn about this fantastic group.  

🎵 All School Song:  Winter Walk: Ask your class to sing our new all school song for you.  The whole school will sing this at our Chorus Winter Concert next month.  Click here to sing-along.  

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families,

This 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!

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Important Dates 

December 15 - Chorus Concert, 6:30pm

December 19-January 2-Winter Break Holiday

January 3 - Students return to school 

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 25-2 Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

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Principal's Message 

Dear Families,

I hope all of our families enjoyed the Thanksgiving break!  Our 6th grade students did a wonderful job yesterday debating the pros and cons of social media and homework.  It was great to see them demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate skills of collaboration, communication, and ethical and global citizen.  

Winter weather will be here before we know it! Watch this video to see how weather closing decisions are made. FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous instruction and will start at 10:30. 

Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.  We will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. 

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

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 and Go FHS Lions!

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

 

 

Reminder:  Window for AAP Full-Time (level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2022

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Elyssa McKinnon [email protected]  no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form 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 Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV 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 professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV 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 Elyssa McKinnon [email protected] 

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Daniels Run.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Parent Advocacy Handbook is for parents and guardians -- a child’s first teacher and advocate. It is believed that parents and guardians should advocate and support their children’s academic, social, and emotional growth from preschool through high school, and beyond.

Information and resources within the handbook are designed to help parents and guardians:

  • Learn about their rights and responsibilities as an FCPS parent or guardian.
  • Learn more about what is going on in the student's school.
  • Gain skills to advocate for your student at school.
  • Learn more how to monitor and help your student at home.
  • Find extra help and resources.

The handbook contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience.

Be an advocate for your child. Know what is happening at school. Ask questions. Express your ideas, comments, and concerns. Check to see that promises made are kept.

AVID Tips

As part of our AVID mission to increase college awareness, our school will establish the first Friday of each month as College Swag Day.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate by wearing college colors and/or logos, official apparel, etc. 

Upcoming Spirit Days:January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, May 5th, June 2nd.

Examples of college colors:

          A Note from the Music Department

 

Music News: 

🎵 The Daniels Run Singers will be performing at the Fairfax City Festival of Lights at 4pm this Saturday, December 4.  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 the a cappella vocal ensemble: Sweet Honey in the RockClick here to learn about this fantastic group.  

🎵 All School Song:  Winter Walk: Ask your class to sing our new all school song for you.  The whole school will sing this at our Chorus Winter Concert next month.  Click here to sing-along.  

Positivity Project (P2)

Dear Families, 

Next week (12/5-9) 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!

 

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times. 

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Important Dates 

December 7 - Band and Strings Concert, 7:00pm

December 15 - Chorus Concert, 6:30pm

December 19-January 2-Winter Break Holiday

January 3 - Students return to school 

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 25-2 Hour Early Release (1:45 dismissal)

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

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Spirit Day - Friday (12/2)

As part of our AVID mission to increase college awareness, the first Friday of each month is College Swag Day.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate by wearing college colors and/or logos, official apparel, etc. 

Future AVID Spirit Days - January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, May 5th, June 2nd.

Examples of college colors:

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New Assistant Principal

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New Assistant Principal 

We are excited to announce Ms. Janelle Alabi as our new assistant principal.  Ms. Alabi is currently a 4th grade teacher at Greenbriar West ES.  She has been a teacher leader at Greenbriar West serving as team lead, equity lead, summer program site director, and ESSER wellness lead.  She also has experience teaching Kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade at London Towne ES.  Ms. Alabi will start with us on Monday, December 12th and we look forward to her joining our school community!

 

A message from Ms. Alabi:

 

My name is Ms. Janelle Alabi. I am truly honored and grateful to accept the position as your new assistant principal at Daniels Run Elementary School.  I look forward to partnering with you to continue the amazing work that is already taking place at Daniels Run. I’m eager to meet all students, faculty, staff, families and community stakeholders. I cannot emphasize enough how thrilled I am to be joining the Daniels Run Elementary School community because of the diversity of the school population, your positive school culture, and your relationships with the surrounding community. I will enthusiastically support faculty, staff, and parents to ensure the academic and social/emotional growth of all our Daniels Run students.

I am a proud product of Fairfax County Public Schools.  I grew up in Chantilly, VA and graduated from Chantilly High School.  After receiving my bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and my Masters of Education from Marymount University, I began my teaching career at London Towne Elementary school. I later transferred to Greenbriar West Elementary school.  I received a Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my two boys. My oldest is a fourth grader and my youngest is a first grader.  Attending their soccer games keeps me busy.  I also enjoy brunching with friends, attending live shows, concerts and performances. 

 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal

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Reminder - Fall Picture Make-ups and Retakes Tomorrow!

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  • This is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on School Picture Day, October 13th, 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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  • This is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on School Picture Day, October 13th, 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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Daniels Run ES - November 18, 2022

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As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Principal's Message 

Dear Families,

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade chorus students who participated in the Fairfax Pyramid Chorus concert on Tuesday. Our students did a wonderful a job and it was great to see former DRES students and families who are now attending Johnson MS and Fairfax HS. 

Congratulations for the Fairfax HS field hockey team (and former DRES students) for wining the state championship. If you are free this evening head over to Fairfax High School for the football region semi-final game against Lake Braddock.  The Lions are undefeated and have many former DRES students on the team.   

We will not send a newsletter next week due to the short week of school.  I hope all of our staff, students, and families have a joyful Thanksgiving Break.   

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

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal 

 

 

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is near our lobby staircase.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, December 2nd.  After December 2nd, 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!

  • We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.
  • We know it’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days on either side of the holiday.  However, this holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get that education is in school. Every day. On time.
AVID Tips

As part of our AVID mission to increase college awareness, our school will establish the first Friday of each month as College Swag Day.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate by wearing college colors and/or logos, official apparel, etc. 

We will begin our College Swag Day on Friday, November 4th.  Future dates include December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, May 5th, June 2nd.

Examples of college colors:

Positivity Project!

Dear Families,

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude 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

🎵  Pyramid Choir Performance  Bravo to the 47 4th, 5th & 6th Grade students who sang in the pyramid choir concert at Fairfax High School last Thursday

🎵  Veterans Day  video – enjoy this video that features our military families and the Chorus.

🎵 The November Musician of the Month is Indian tabla musician, Zakir Hussain.  Click here for a performance.

🎵 All School Song:  Winter Walk: Ask your child to sing our new all school song for you.  The whole school will sing this at our Chorus Winter Concert next month.  Click here to sing-along.  

PTA News!

Book Fair - Online Store

A hugh thanks to our many volunteers that helped run the book fair this week. We had a great time helping our students get new books. If you missed the fair and still want to shop, you can shop the online store through November 27.  (*you may have to copy and paste the link in a new browser*)

https://shop.scholastic.com/parent-ecommerce/parent-store-2.html?fairId=5197852

Important Dates 

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 19-January 2-Winter Break Holiday

January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 25-2 Hour Early Release

January 26-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

January 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

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