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A Note from the Principal
We hope this message finds you well. As we navigate through the school year, we have some exciting updates and events to share with you.
Mr. Smith's Weekly Video Message: We have been creating a weekly video message to our students that we show on our morning announcements. These videos serve as a way for our administrative team to connect with students, celebrate positive accomplishments, and receive important updates. We will start to include the video in this communication as a way to strengthen the partnership between school and home. Mr. Smith Weekly Principal’s Message for the Week of Feb 12
Valentine's Day Celebrations: We hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day filled with love and joy. We appreciate all the efforts made by parents, teachers, and students to make the day special. Your creativity and enthusiasm added a wonderful touch to our school community, fostering a spirit of togetherness and friendship.
Kindergarten Parent Information Session - April 2nd at 9:30 AM: Calling all rising Kindergarten parents for the 2024-25 school year! Mark your calendars for an essential information session scheduled for April 2nd at 9:30 AM. This session aims to provide valuable insights and answer any questions you may have regarding your child's kindergarten experience. It's a great opportunity to connect with other parents and gain a deeper understanding of the exciting journey your child is about to embark on. We encourage all rising Kindergarten parents to attend.
Thank you for your continued support in making Daniels Run a vibrant and engaging community. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at [email protected]
Enjoy the long weekend and possible snow!
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.
Spring Portraits and class pictures will take place Tuesday, February 20th. This is a one time event, a makeup day will not be scheduled.
Volunteers are needed! Please contact Carlos Camacho at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers will receive a discount on photo packages.
There’s not much we can do about the winter weather, but there are two key steps every parent can take to help avoid absences this year: Make back-up plans for bad weather and keep your children healthy.
Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.
Children who miss too much school in kindergarten are less likely to read well by third grade. By middle school, absenteeism can predict who will graduate from high school.
Join us February 23rd @ Bingo and Baskets! Doors open at 5:30pm, Games go from 6-8:30pm.
Check your Thursday Folder to pre-order your Bingo Cards.
We will be selling concessions and Pizza as well.
You can pre order your Pizza Here Bingo Night Pizza Pre Order All Proceeds from Bingo Night go to the Daniels Run Food 4 Thought Program.
Interested in Donating to our Bingo Prizes and Raffle Baskets?
Check out our signup here to Donate Bingo and Baskets Donation Items Needed
Get More involved in PTA Next Year!
It is time once again for the PTA Nominating Committee to recruit candidates for next year's PTA Board and committees. Being in a PTA leadership position is rewarding, important and fun! The Board is a great way to get involved at Daniels Run, get to know our staff and admins, work with other parents, and support our students and school community. Please join us! Email [email protected] for more information.
International Night - We NEED you!
We are seeking families to set up a booth/table representing your cultural heritage at International Night on April 11th. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if interested in participating.
Save the Date:
April 5, 2024 Daniels Run vs. Providence Staff Basketball Game
April 11, 2024 International Night
🎵 7pm, next Thursday, February 22: tune in here or on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) to watch the Daniels Run Singers sing the National Anthem live for the Fairfax County School Board meeting!
🎵 The February Musician of the Month is American rapper, singer, songwriter, and drummer Anderson.Paak.
Community Connection Night
Join us on 2/21/24, next Wednesday starting at 5:30pm to meet with community partners at Providence Elementary School. You will have a chance to learn and talk with representatives from many organizations that offer support for youth mental health, prevention & wellness, medical and dental resources as well as youth programs in the county. Join us to learn more about the resources available in your community. We will have free food, school age childcare, student friendly activities, as well as raffles and prizes. A shuttle will be making continuous stops to and from Daniel’s Run for transportation to the event, if needed. Click here to complete the optional RSVP.
For questions about the event, please send an email to [email protected].
🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue
Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:
- Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Graham Road Elementary School.
- Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at South County Middle School.
- Thursday, May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Terraset Elementary School.
- Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Hybla Valley Elementary School.
- Thursday, May 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Poe Middle School.
- Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Katherine Johnson Middle School.
Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.
Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts.
If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School.
Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.
Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.
Food Insecurity Resources
Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.
La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios
Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness.
FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.
SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!
The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:
- Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
- Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
- Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
- Play games and have fun!
March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center
Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!
Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness. Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.
Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.
The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.
To practice and encourage the character strength of forgiveness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.
Have a wonderful week!
Kindergarten Parent Information Session
Do you have a kindergartener starting DRES in the fall? If so, please join us for our Kindergarten Parent Information Session. You will learn about our Kindergarten day, get your questions answered, and have the opportunity to register your student for the upcoming school year. This session is intended for parents and guardians. In the summer, we will have opportunities for students to tour the school and visit kindergarten classrooms.
Date: Tuesday, April 2nd
Time: 9:00am – 9:30am (teacher presentation)
9:30am – 11:00am (registration)
Place: DRES Cafeteria
Sesión informativa para padres de kínder
¿Tiene un niño de kindergarten que comience DRES en el otoño? Si es así, únase a nosotros para nuestra sesión de información para padres de kínder. Aprenderá sobre nuestro día de kinder, obtendrá respuestas a sus preguntas y tendrá la oportunidad de inscribir a su estudiante para el próximo año escolar. Esta sesión está dirigida a padres y guardianes. En el verano, tendremos oportunidades para que los estudiantes hagan un recorrido por la escuela y visiten las aulas de kindergarten.
Fecha: martes 2 de abril
Hora: 9:00 am – 9:30 am (presentación del maestros)
9:30 am – 11:00 am (registro)
Lugar: Cafetería DRES
*Habrá traductores de español
disponibles para ayudar a las familias.
🚍 Here Comes the Bus
Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.
Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.
To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.
Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].
Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.
🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps
Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools.
Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.
FCPS Calendar Dates
FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here
February 19 - President's Day- Student Holiday
February 20 - Spring Portrait Day
March 5 - Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday
March 25-29 - Spring Break
April 1 & 2 - Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday
April 5 - DRES Staff vs. PES Staff Basketball Game
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