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  • Two-Hour Early Release: October 29 - As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. 

  • On Friday, October 29, 2021, students are invited to come to school dressed in a school appropriate character costume. No full-face masks, weapons or “hand held accessories”. Please also avoid any costume that might scare our younger students. We look forward to an exciting day!

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-October 29, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

Thank you to our wonderful PTA and the all the families that participated in our Danceathon Fundraiser.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the  students and staff at DRES!  I look forward to seeing many of you at our outdoor movie night on Saturday https://www.danielsrunpta.org/events .

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Federal Impact AID Forms!

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax exempt property. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be sent home before the end of October. These forms are preprinted originals. Please be on the lookout for this important form to be sent home with all students. Click here for more information.

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.

New Process for Returning to the Classroom After Illness 

With the cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home if they have COVID-like symptoms. We want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well, so we’ve created new options to help families complete the return to school process. Learn more online.

Attendance Matters!

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Know the school’s attendance policy–incentives and penalties
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school
  • Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.
DRES is looking for Volunteers!

Do you have a special talent or interest that you can share with our school and students? Tell us what you can do, and we'll try our best to find a match! Please complete the form and our Family Liaison, Mrs. Yanneth McCoy will be in touch. Thank you for getting involved!

Sprit Week! Music News!

🎵 Recital Day is Next Week

Does your child take private instrument or voice lessons outside of school? If so, they are welcome to perform for their music class next week. Parents are invited to come to hear their child perform during a portion of their music class next week. Email your child’s music teacher for more information: Miss McCarten: mmmccarten@fcps.edu; Ms. Paganelli: apaganelli@fcps.edu

🎵 October Musician of the Month: Shreya Ghoshal: Bollywood Playback Singing and Indian Classical Music)

https://youtu.be/6ifngyPjQ3U

🎵 Honoring our military, active & veterans! The whole school is learning two patriotic songs for Veteran’s Day (Nov 12). Click here to sing with your child at home! (open with FCPS Google account)  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rh6O66uerCDpLKg54cx-WQBcL3MNl1Q0f0itPt3KObQ/present

🎵 Upcoming performances:

  • Nov 12 during school: Chorus Virtual Veteran’s Day Performance
  • 7pm, Nov 16: Fairfax Pyramid Choir Concert: Fairfax High School
  • Dec 9: Chorus Virtual Winter Chorus Concert
Counselor's Corner

Dear Daniels Run Families,

          On behalf of Ashleigh McPherson, our new counselor supporting K-2 and Enhanced Autism, and myself, I want to let you know to know how wonderful it has been to see your children in person during these first 6 weeks of school.  In September, we had the chance to do an introductory lesson in each classroom as well ask kicking off our Second Step virtual lessons on Monday mornings (beginning Sept 20) and our 5 minute yoga & mindfulness lessons on Fridays. If you are interested in seeing the Second Step at-home extension lessons that go along with the virtual lessons, you can find these pages at the School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website.  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.  These materials are also located on the parent page of Schoology. 

          October promises to be a very EXCITING month as we kick off “SOCKTOBER,” a school-wide donation drive that will support the homeless in our community so that they can manage over the winter months.   Our 5th grade teachers and students will coordinate the effort to collect new socks for children and adults as well as new or gently used winter hats and gloves for adults.  Other donations of necessary items—such as travel sized toiletries, men’s under t-shirts, and men’s boxer briefs—would also be most welcome!  The community organizations who are collaborating with us to reach out to the homeless in our community are A Place to Thrive and The Lamb Center.    This sign up Genius will help you stay organized.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A9AD2AA6FB6-socktober

   If you wish to learn about the folks your efforts will help, take a look at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zee26HjyGA.  As school counselors, we hope that this school-wide effort will give our students a chance to practice perspective-taking and empathy, as they put themselves in the shoes of someone who is struggling to get by. We hope that, as a family, you can help them perform an act of kindness for someone in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your help with this school-wide service project AND for sharing your children with us each day.

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson, School Counselor, Grades 3-6

Specific items that are needed for “SOCKTOBER”

New Socks for 65 children 5 and under (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 45 children ages 6-11  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 20 children ages 12-18  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for men and women (about 80 guests at The Lamb Center)

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter gloves for adult men and women (approximately 50 pairs)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter hats for adult men and women (approximately 50)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used Backpacks for adults---The Lamb Center

Unused Travel-sized Toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, deodorants, toothpaste, toothpaste,  mouthwash (if alcohol free), disposable razors, hand/body lotion (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s boxer briefs (sizes M, L, and XL) (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s under tee shirts (sizes M, L, XL, and XXL)

Back by Popular Demand!

Back by popular demand! Sign up today to participate in the FHS elementary school pyramid high five tunnel as the FHS Lions football team takes on Robinson on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00. Spots are limited and last time we sold out so sign up quickly. Students will get a goody bag, pom pom and free entrance to the game (parents will need to buy a ticket). To sign up and for more information, please go to the City of Fairfax website at www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org.

PTA News!

www.danielsrunpta.org/getinvolved

https://app.memberhub.gives/dredragons

Dance-a-Thon

The Dance-a-Thon is today! Thank you so much to everyone for donating and for spreading the word about our fundraiser. If your student had a great time this week, and you haven't already, please consider donating to help us raise money for art programs at Daniels Run! Register at https://app.memberhub.gives/dredragons. Donations must be submitted by cob on October 24th in order to be eligible for a prize!

Dine for Dollars at Chipotle - CANCELLED 

Unfortunately, due to staffing issues at Chipotle, we have to cancel next week's dining for dollars. Stay tuned for future dining for dollars events.

Outdoor Movie Night - October 23rd

We hope to celebrate the success of our fundraiser with an Outdoor Movie Night at DRES on October 23rd. Event starts at 6 pm with the movie starting approximately 6:30/45. Students will vote on the movie selection at the Dance-a-Thon. We will have free popcorn for students and concessions (and t-shirts) available for purchase. Please note that this is not a drop off event. All students must be supervised by an adult

Book Fair - November 8-12

Love the book fair? Nostalgic for when you were a kid and want to be a part of this year's event? We are seeking volunteers to assist us with the book fair - set up, assisting students with finding books, cashier, clean up - there are lots of ways to help out. Please contact drepresident@gmail.com if interested. Thank you!

Important Dates 

October 29 End of 1st Quarter/Two Hour Early Release

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

January 1-New Year's Day

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

Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-October 15, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

We had great weather today for our annual field day and it was awesome to see the students so excited for this event.  Thank you to all the volunteers and and staff members who make field day possible.  A special thank you to our PE teachers, Lauren Moniuszko and Tyler Murray, for all their efforts organizing field day.

A reminder as we all get back into the daily routines of the school year to limit the delivery of food and materials to our front office.  Students can practice their resiliency, flexibility, and problem solving during the day if they forget an item at home. We need to notify classroom teachers when items are delivered which interrupts instruction.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.       

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the long weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Attendance Matters!

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Know the school’s attendance policy–incentives and penalties
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school
  • Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.
DRES is looking for Volunteers!

Do you have a special talent or interest that you can share with our school and students? Tell us what you can do, and we'll try our best to find a match! Please complete the form and our Family Liaison, Mrs. Yanneth McCoy will be in touch. Thank you for getting involved!

Sprit Week is Coming! Music News!

🎵 October Musician of the Month: Shreya Ghoshal: Bollywood Playback Singing and Indian Classical Music)

https://youtu.be/6ifngyPjQ3U

 

🎵 Honoring our military, active & veterans! The whole school is learning two patriotic songs for Veteran’s Day (Nov 12). Click here to sing with your child at home! (open with FCPS Google account)  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rh6O66uerCDpLKg54cx-WQBcL3MNl1Q0f0itPt3KObQ/present

Counselor's Corner

Dear Daniels Run Families,

          On behalf of Ashleigh McPherson, our new counselor supporting K-2 and Enhanced Autism, and myself, I want to let you know to know how wonderful it has been to see your children in person during these first 6 weeks of school.  In September, we had the chance to do an introductory lesson in each classroom as well ask kicking off our Second Step virtual lessons on Monday mornings (beginning Sept 20) and our 5 minute yoga & mindfulness lessons on Fridays. If you are interested in seeing the Second Step at-home extension lessons that go along with the virtual lessons, you can find these pages at the School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website.  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.  These materials are also located on the parent page of Schoology. 

          October promises to be a very EXCITING month as we kick off “SOCKTOBER,” a school-wide donation drive that will support the homeless in our community so that they can manage over the winter months.   Our 5th grade teachers and students will coordinate the effort to collect new socks for children and adults as well as new or gently used winter hats and gloves for adults.  Other donations of necessary items—such as travel sized toiletries, men’s under t-shirts, and men’s boxer briefs—would also be most welcome!  The community organizations who are collaborating with us to reach out to the homeless in our community are A Place to Thrive and The Lamb Center.    This sign up Genius will help you stay organized.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A9AD2AA6FB6-socktober

   If you wish to learn about the folks your efforts will help, take a look at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zee26HjyGA.  As school counselors, we hope that this school-wide effort will give our students a chance to practice perspective-taking and empathy, as they put themselves in the shoes of someone who is struggling to get by. We hope that, as a family, you can help them perform an act of kindness for someone in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your help with this school-wide service project AND for sharing your children with us each day.

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson, School Counselor, Grades 3-6

Specific items that are needed for “SOCKTOBER”

New Socks for 65 children 5 and under (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 45 children ages 6-11  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 20 children ages 12-18  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for men and women (about 80 guests at The Lamb Center)

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter gloves for adult men and women (approximately 50 pairs)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter hats for adult men and women (approximately 50)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used Backpacks for adults---The Lamb Center

Unused Travel-sized Toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, deodorants, toothpaste, toothpaste,  mouthwash (if alcohol free), disposable razors, hand/body lotion (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s boxer briefs (sizes M, L, and XL) (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s under tee shirts (sizes M, L, XL, and XXL)

Back by Popular Demand!

Back by popular demand! Sign up today to participate in the FHS elementary school pyramid high five tunnel as the FHS Lions football team takes on Robinson on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00. Spots are limited and last time we sold out so sign up quickly. Students will get a goody bag, pom pom and free entrance to the game (parents will need to buy a ticket). To sign up and for more information, please go to the City of Fairfax website at www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org.

https://app.memberhub.gives/dredragons/Campaign/Details 

PTA News!

Seeking Volunteers

The Daniels Run PTA is looking for volunteers for our upcoming events. There are opportunities to donate time or materials. Please consider volunteering at: www.danielsrunpta.org/getinvolved

Dine for Dollars at Chipotle - CANCELLED 

Unfortunately, due to staffing issues at Chipotle, we have to cancel next week's dining for dollars. Stay tuned for future dining for dollars events.

Outdoor Movie Night - October 23rd

We hope to celebrate the success of our fundraiser with an Outdoor Movie Night at DRES on October 23rd. Event starts at 6 pm with the movie starting approximately 6:30. Students will vote on the movie selection at the Dance-a-Thon. We will have free popcorn for students and concessions available for purchase. Please note that this is not a drop off event. All students must be supervised by an adult. Thanks!

Spooktacular Stroll - October 29th

Visit our Spooktacular Stroll at Van Dyck park on Friday, October 29th from 6-9 and enjoy a walk filled with lit jack-o lanterns. There will be local food trucks and a food drive supporting A Place to Stand.

Visit www.danielsrunpta.org for more information on all of our events!

 

 

Important Dates 

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

January 1-New Year's Day

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

Afterschool Activities - Update

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  • Confirmation emails were sent last week confirming the activity and day of the week
  • Students who requested an activity that is full were also sent an email last week and will be given priority registration for session 2 (Dates TBD)
  • Students staying for an activity will move to the gym from their classrooms at 3:55
  • Students will move with their activity sponsor at 5:00 to either door #1 (bus), door #2 (walkers & kiss and ride) or SACC for dismissal. 

Email cmsmith@fcps.edu with any questions.

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-October 8, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

Our afterschool program will start next Tuesday (10/12).  Please check your email confirming your child's participation.  We have a PTA meeting next Wednesday (10/13) at 7:00, please join us and remember to join our PTA. 

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the long weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

Indigenous People's Day-Student Holiday

Monday, October 11, is a student holiday and a professional development day for staff, in observance of  Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world.

DRES is looking for Volunteers!

Do you have a special talent or interest that you can share with our school and students? Tell us what you can do, and we'll try our best to find a match! Please complete the form and our Family Liaison, Mrs. Yanneth McCoy will be in touch. Thank you for getting involved!

Vision/Hearing Screening Volunteers Needed!

Vision and hearing screening will be held on Wednesday October 13 and Thursday October 14th for all K students and 3rd grade students, as well as students who are new to FCPS. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by a letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended. If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.

If you would like to assist with the screening process, please call the School Health Aide, Celeste Delahunty to sign up 703-279-8410 or email me at cdelahunty@fcps.edu

Any amount of time is much appreciated!

Parenting Resources

Fairfax County Parenting Education Programs are offering virtual parenting classes for parents with children between the ages of 5-11. Parenting Education Programs are family centered sessions, proven to help parents and children develop healthy, nurturing relationships.  This program builds upon families’ strengths and positive values.   Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendation, the class will be offered virtually via ZOOM which is a  free web-based conferencing tool that allows us to meet on line. Each week, the parent will receive a Zoom link with a password by email to access the class.  This class will be offered in English. 

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.   Thank you.

 

10/5/21 – 1/18/21

Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

5-11 Age Range Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

This class will be held virtually

Debi Hackney 703-324-7790 Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617

 

Music News!

🎵 October Musician of the Month: Shreya Ghoshal: Bollywood Playback Singing and Indian Classical Music)

https://youtu.be/6ifngyPjQ3U

 

🎵 Honoring our military, active & veterans! The whole school is learning two patriotic songs for Veteran’s Day (Nov 12). Click here to sing with your child at home! (open with FCPS Google account)  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rh6O66uerCDpLKg54cx-WQBcL3MNl1Q0f0itPt3KObQ/present

Counselor's Corner

Dear Daniels Run Families,

          On behalf of Ashleigh McPherson, our new counselor supporting K-2 and Enhanced Autism, and myself, I want to let you know to know how wonderful it has been to see your children in person during these first 6 weeks of school.  In September, we had the chance to do an introductory lesson in each classroom as well ask kicking off our Second Step virtual lessons on Monday mornings (beginning Sept 20) and our 5 minute yoga & mindfulness lessons on Fridays. If you are interested in seeing the Second Step at-home extension lessons that go along with the virtual lessons, you can find these pages at the School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website.  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.  These materials are also located on the parent page of Schoology. 

          October promises to be a very EXCITING month as we kick off “SOCKTOBER,” a school-wide donation drive that will support the homeless in our community so that they can manage over the winter months.   Our 5th grade teachers and students will coordinate the effort to collect new socks for children and adults as well as new or gently used winter hats and gloves for adults.  Other donations of necessary items—such as travel sized toiletries, men’s under t-shirts, and men’s boxer briefs—would also be most welcome!  The community organizations who are collaborating with us to reach out to the homeless in our community are A Place to Thrive and The Lamb Center.    This sign up Genius will help you stay organized.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A9AD2AA6FB6-socktober

   If you wish to learn about the folks your efforts will help, take a look at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zee26HjyGA.  As school counselors, we hope that this school-wide effort will give our students a chance to practice perspective-taking and empathy, as they put themselves in the shoes of someone who is struggling to get by. We hope that, as a family, you can help them perform an act of kindness for someone in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your help with this school-wide service project AND for sharing your children with us each day.

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson, School Counselor, Grades 3-6

Specific items that are needed for “SOCKTOBER”

New Socks for 65 children 5 and under (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 45 children ages 6-11  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 20 children ages 12-18  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for men and women (about 80 guests at The Lamb Center)

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter gloves for adult men and women (approximately 50 pairs)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter hats for adult men and women (approximately 50)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used Backpacks for adults---The Lamb Center

Unused Travel-sized Toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, deodorants, toothpaste, toothpaste,  mouthwash (if alcohol free), disposable razors, hand/body lotion (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s boxer briefs (sizes M, L, and XL) (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s under tee shirts (sizes M, L, XL, and XXL)

https://app.memberhub.gives/dredragons/Campaign/Details 

PTA News!

PTA Meeting - October 13th

Join us Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm for our PTA Meeting via Google meet at https://meet.google.com/abp-eznv-vkj 

Dine for Dollars at Chipotle - October 18th

Grab dinner at Chipotle (on 9056 Main Street) on October 18th and 33% of your purchase will be donated to DRES. Mention Daniels Run or order online and use Promo Code ZM6MXQM at checkout

Outdoor Movie Night - October 23rd

We hope to celebrate the success of our fundraiser with an Outdoor Movie Night at DRES on October 23rd. Event starts at 6 pm with the movie starting approximately 6:30. Students will vote on the movie selection at the Dance-a-Thon. 

Spooktacular Stroll - October 29th

Visit our Spooktacular Stroll at Van Dyck park on Friday, October 29th from 6-9 and enjoy a walk filled with lit jack-o lanterns. There will be local food trucks and a food drive supporting A Place to Stand.

Visit www.danielsrunpta.org for more information on all of our events!

 

 

Important Dates 

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

October 15-Field Day

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

January 1-New Year's Day

3705 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030  | Main Office: 703-279-8400
Attendance: 703-279-8484 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-October 1, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

If you are available this evening I encourage you to take part in the Fairfax High School Homecoming events which include the parade starting at 4:00, followed by a tailgate with food trucks and activities. The football game kicks off at 7:00 pm.  

We have had a tremendous response to our afterschool activity program and families will receive confirmation emails early next week regarding their requests.  

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

Student Monitor Positions Available 

Daniels Run and schools across the school division, have the opportunity to hire hourly positions to help with assorted functions.  If you, or someone you know, is looking for hourly work please share this. 

Student Monitor

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include, 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.   

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience 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 has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly Band 4:     $15.73/hr 

DRES has a few options for the Student Monitor position(s):

  • Full day position from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM(8 hour day plus 30 minute break)
  • Part-time option 1:  One shift from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM 
  • Part-time option 2:  One shift  from 12:30 PM- 4:30 PM

How to Apply:  Apply online through FCPS at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25103&siteid=5042&jobid=1412690#home

AND

Email your resume and which option (full-time, part-time #1 or 2) you are interested in to cmsmith@fcps.edu

 

DRES is looking for Volunteers!

Do you have a special talent or interest that you can share with our school and students? Tell us what you can do, and we'll try our best to find a match! Please complete the form and our Family Liaison, Mrs. Yanneth McCoy will be in touch. Thank you for getting involved!

Field Day Volunteers!

Fall Field Day is Coming! Field Day is scheduled for Friday October 15th with a rain date of Monday October 18th. Grades kindergarten through second grade will have Field Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and grades third through sixth will have Field Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!! If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Tyler Murray at twmurray@fcps.edu by Friday October 1st, 2021. In the email please include the following:

  1. Name of volunteer (s)
  2. Time of day you are willing and available to volunteer: Morning, Afternoon, Both
  3. Whether you plan to volunteer on only October 15th or can volunteer on the rain date October 18th as well.

After signing up to volunteer, you will receive an email during the week of October 11th with details. Thank you in advance for your help to make Field Day a success for our DRES students!

 

Vision/Hearing Screening Volunteers Needed!

Vision and hearing screening will be held on Wednesday October 13 and Thursday October 14th for all K students and 3rd grade students, as well as students who are new to FCPS. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by a letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended. If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.

If you would like to assist with the screening process, please call the School Health Aide, Celeste Delahunty to sign up 703-279-8410 or email me at cdelahunty@fcps.edu

Any amount of time is much appreciated!

Fall Picture Day: October 7th 

 

 

Preorder pictures using the DRES Picture Day ID code EVTCSG3NK at the Lifetouch website.

 

 

Health Guidance for Parents

The health and safety of all students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case. 

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process can be confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process Daniels Run, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Tools & Scenarios

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community.

To learn more about pausing in-person instruction, watch this video.

Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

To learn more about close contacts, watch this video.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

To learn more about quarantines, watch this video

Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since the student first had symptoms AND
  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better

To learn more about isolation, watch this video

Outbreak

It is important to note that more than one case reported by a student, staff, or visitor to a particular school or building does not always mean there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked (a case in which the person has been exposed to a confirmed case in a way that a known transmission can occur), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in a setting outside of school during the health department investigation. 

To learn more about outbreaks, watch this video

 

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

Virginia Growth Assessment

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October.

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Lauren Hein or Michael Parker

Parenting Resources

Fairfax County Parenting Education Programs are offering virtual parenting classes for parents with children between the ages of 5-11. Parenting Education Programs are family centered sessions, proven to help parents and children develop healthy, nurturing relationships.  This program builds upon families’ strengths and positive values.   Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendation, the class will be offered virtually via ZOOM which is a  free web-based conferencing tool that allows us to meet on line. Each week, the parent will receive a Zoom link with a password by email to access the class.  This class will be offered in English. 

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.   Thank you.

 

10/5/21 – 1/18/21

Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

5-11 Age Range Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

This class will be held virtually

Debi Hackney 703-324-7790 Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617

 

Music News!

🎵 October Musician of the Month: Shreya Ghoshal Bollywood Playback Singing and Indian Classical Music) https://youtu.be/6ifngyPjQ3U

 

🎵 The whole school is learning two patriotic songs to for Veteran’s Day. Click here to sing with your child at home! (open with FCPS Google account) https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rh6O66uerCDpLKg54cx-WQBcL3MNl1Q0f0itPt3KObQ/present

Counselor's Corner

Dear Daniels Run Families,

          On behalf of Ashleigh McPherson, our new counselor supporting K-2 and Enhanced Autism, and myself, I want to let you know to know how wonderful it has been to see your children in person during these first 6 weeks of school.  In September, we had the chance to do an introductory lesson in each classroom as well ask kicking off our Second Step virtual lessons on Monday mornings (beginning Sept 20) and our 5 minute yoga & mindfulness lessons on Fridays. If you are interested in seeing the Second Step at-home extension lessons that go along with the virtual lessons, you can find these pages at the School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website.  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.  These materials are also located on the parent page of Schoology. 

          October promises to be a very EXCITING month as we kick off “SOCKTOBER,” a school-wide donation drive that will support the homeless in our community so that they can manage over the winter months.   Our 5th grade teachers and students will coordinate the effort to collect new socks for children and adults as well as new or gently used winter hats and gloves for adults.  Other donations of necessary items—such as travel sized toiletries, men’s under t-shirts, and men’s boxer briefs—would also be most welcome!  The community organizations who are collaborating with us to reach out to the homeless in our community are A Place to Thrive and The Lamb Center.    This sign up Genius will help you stay organized.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A9AD2AA6FB6-socktober

   If you wish to learn about the folks your efforts will help, take a look at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zee26HjyGA.  As school counselors, we hope that this school-wide effort will give our students a chance to practice perspective-taking and empathy, as they put themselves in the shoes of someone who is struggling to get by. We hope that, as a family, you can help them perform an act of kindness for someone in need.

Thank you, in advance, for your help with this school-wide service project AND for sharing your children with us each day.

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson, School Counselor, Grades 3-6

Specific items that are needed for “SOCKTOBER”

New Socks for 65 children 5 and under (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 45 children ages 6-11  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for 20 children ages 12-18  (A Place to Thrive)

New Socks for men and women (about 80 guests at The Lamb Center)

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter gloves for adult men and women (approximately 50 pairs)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used/Washed Winter hats for adult men and women (approximately 50)—The Lamb Center

New or Gently Used Backpacks for adults---The Lamb Center

Unused Travel-sized Toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, deodorants, toothpaste, toothpaste,  mouthwash (if alcohol free), disposable razors, hand/body lotion (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s boxer briefs (sizes M, L, and XL) (The Lamb Center)

New Men’s under tee shirts (sizes M, L, XL, and XXL)

Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day on October 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 6. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Get more information about Walk to School Day

PTA News!

PTA - October Events

Fundraiser and Dance-a-Thon

The PTA Dance-a-Thon is coming soon! Check your Thursday folder next week for more information. 

PTA Meeting

Join us Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm for our PTA Meeting via Google meet at https://meet.google.com/abp-eznv-vkj 

Outdoor Movie Night

We hope to celebrate the success of our fundraiser with an Outdoor Movie Night at DRES on October 23rd. Event starts at 6 pm with the movie starting approximately 6:30. Students will vote on the movie selection at the Dance-a-Thon. 

 

Important Dates 

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

October 15-Field Day

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

January 1-New Year's Day

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Afterschool Activities - Update

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We have over 80 students singed up to attend afterschool activities starting  October 12th and 14th.  Clubs are filling up fast so return your registration form to your child's teacher as soon as possible.   Updated information:

  • Families will receive an email next week confirming  the club, day of the week, and transportation home.
  • One of our clubs was mistakenly left off the original flyer that went home.  The Strategies Game Club will be sponsored by Ms. McCrodden.  Students will engage their imagination and develop critical thinking skills while exploring a variety of games that require strategic thinking and problem solving.   1st and 2nd grade students can attend on Tuesdays and 3rd and 4th grade students can attend on Thursdays. 
  • Updated description of clubs  
  • FAQs/Registration Form 

Email cmsmith@fcps.edu with any questions. 

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Dismissal Delays - Friday (10/1)

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Old Lee Highway will be closed between Old Post Rd and Lion Run on Friday (10/1) starting at 3:45 due to the Fairfax High School Homecoming Parade.  All traffic exiting Daniels Run will need to turn left.  Bus transportation may experience additional delays due to traffic.          

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AAP K-6 Overview Parent Meeting

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If you are interested in learning more about advanced services at Daniels Run, you are invited to attend one of our virtual AAP Parent Information Sessions on Tuesday, September 28 or Wednesday, September 29.

Ms. Beth McCrodden, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), will provide information about the levels of AAP service in FCPS for K-6 students and give an overview of the referral/screening process.  All are welcome to attend.

We are offering a choice for an evening or morning virtual session. You can join either session using the Google Meet links below.

Evening Session: Tuesday, September 28 from 6:00–7:00 PM (AAP Meeting Link)

 Morning Session: Wednesday, September 29 from 9:30–10:30 AM (AAP Meeting Link)

 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-September 24, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

One of our goals has been to expand and enhance our afterschool activity program. All students received a flier this week with information about our offerings  We are planning three sessions throughout the school year, and the first session will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (4-5 pm) from October 12-November 18.   We are able to provide bus transportation for eligible students in order to expand opportunities for all of our students. Students should return the completed permission form to their teacher as soon as possible as spaces are limited in each club. More information can be found on our website

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

Student Monitor Positions Available 

Daniels Run and schools across the school division, have the opportunity to hire hourly positions to help with assorted functions.  If you, or someone you know, is looking for hourly work please share this. 

Student Monitor

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include, 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.   

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience 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 has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly Band 4:     $15.73/hr 

DRES has a few options for the Student Monitor position(s):

  • Full day position from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM(8 hour day plus 30 minute break)
  • Part-time option 1:  One shift from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM 
  • Part-time option 2:  One shift  from 12:30 PM- 4:30 PM

How to Apply:  Apply online through FCPS at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25103&siteid=5042&jobid=1412690#home

AND

Email your resume and which option (full-time, part-time #1 or 2) you are interested in to cmsmith@fcps.edu

 

Field Day Volunteers!

Fall Field Day is Coming! Field Day is scheduled for Friday October 15th with a rain date of Monday October 18th. Grades kindergarten through second grade will have Field Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and grades third through sixth will have Field Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!! If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Tyler Murray at twmurray@fcps.edu by Friday October 1st, 2021. In the email please include the following:

  1. Name of volunteer (s)
  2. Time of day you are willing and available to volunteer: Morning, Afternoon, Both
  3. Whether you plan to volunteer on only October 15th or can volunteer on the rain date October 18th as well.

After signing up to volunteer, you will receive an email during the week of October 11th with details. Thank you in advance for your help to make Field Day a success for our DRES students!

 

Fall Picture Day: October 7th 

 

Preorder pictures using the DRES Picture Day ID code EVTCSG3NK at the Lifetouch website.

 

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Gina Byron at gabyron@fcps.edu if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers will receive a discount on photo packages. 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP)   Information Sessions

The Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Fall Newsletter was sent home to families in this week’s Thursday folders.

Fairfax County Public Schools offers a continuum of advanced academic services for students in K-12 that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes the academic potential for all learners.

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Beth McCrodden, collaborates with the school staff to determine the appropriate level of advanced academic services. Ongoing observation and assessment ensures that student needs are being met.

Parents may refer their child for advanced academic services or get additional information on the screening process or advanced academic opportunities at our school by contacting Ms. McCrodden at bamccrodden@fcps.edu.

Additional information including parent presentations, AAP forms, and screening/identification timelines can be found at the FCPS AAP Website.

 

AAP K-6 Overview Parent Meeting

If you are interested in learning more about advanced services at Daniels Run, you are invited to attend one of our virtual AAP Parent Information Sessions on Tuesday, September 28 or Wednesday, September 29.

Ms. Beth McCrodden, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), will provide information about the levels of AAP service in FCPS for K-6 students and give an overview of the referral/screening process.  All are welcome to attend.

We are offering a choice for an evening or morning virtual session. You can join either session using the Google Meet links below.

Evening Session: Tuesday, September 28 from 6:00–7:00 PM (AAP Meeting Link)

 

Morning Session: Wednesday, September 29 from 9:30–10:30 AM (AAP Meeting Link)

Health Guidance for Parents

The health and safety of all students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case. 

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process can be confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process Daniels Run, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Tools & Scenarios

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community.

To learn more about pausing in-person instruction, watch this video.

Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

To learn more about close contacts, watch this video.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

To learn more about quarantines, watch this video

Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since the student first had symptoms AND
  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better

To learn more about isolation, watch this video

Outbreak

It is important to note that more than one case reported by a student, staff, or visitor to a particular school or building does not always mean there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked (a case in which the person has been exposed to a confirmed case in a way that a known transmission can occur), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in a setting outside of school during the health department investigation. 

To learn more about outbreaks, watch this video

 

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

iReady Assessments

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted iReady as an academic universal screener for use with all elementary school students in grades 1 through 6. The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on iReady results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. An example of an additional diagnostic assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The iReady reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary grade students.

iReady and any necessary follow-up assessments are given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on the grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive the assessment again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or our school’s test coordinators, Lauren Hein and Michael Parker. 

Virginia Growth Assessment

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October.

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Lauren Hein or Michael Parker

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments provide actionable information that will assist teachers, school leaders, and parents/guardians in supporting student success in school and to better understand school readiness skills across the state of Virginia. This fall, your student will participate in the three assessment components of the VKRP, which measure literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Parent Notification webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Parenting Resources

Fairfax County Parenting Education Programs are offering virtual parenting classes for parents with children between the ages of 5-11. Parenting Education Programs are family centered sessions, proven to help parents and children develop healthy, nurturing relationships.  This program builds upon families’ strengths and positive values.   Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendation, the class will be offered virtually via ZOOM which is a  free web-based conferencing tool that allows us to meet on line. Each week, the parent will receive a Zoom link with a password by email to access the class.  This class will be offered in English. 

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.   Thank you.

 

10/5/21 – 1/18/21

Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

5-11 Age Range Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

This class will be held virtually

Debi Hackney 703-324-7790 Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617

 

Music News!

 

FHS Homecoming 2021

 

 

Join Us for Fairfax HS Homecoming!

Friday, October 1

Parade on Old Lee Highway 4:00 P.M.

Tailgate/Food Trucks FHS Parking Lot 4:30

Game vs. Edison HS 7:00 P.M.

Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day on October 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 6. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Get more information about Walk to School Day

FCPS Special Education Handbook Is Available to 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.

Contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703-204-3941 or prc@fcps.edu with any questions including access to this document.

How Can I Receive Text Messages from FCPS?

Parents can receive text messages from FCPS for emergencies and essential information. How? Make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the "cell telephone" fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children.

Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using weCare@school

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

PTA News!

Online Directory Opt-Out

The PTA will be publishing an online directory of our students this fall via our online platform, Memberhub. If you do not wish to be included in the directory, please email dresecretary@gmail.com.  

 

Save the Date - October Events

October 12th-22nd - Fundraiser (more details to come)  

October 13th - PTA Meeting

October 18th - Dine for Dollars at Chipotle

October 22nd - Dragon Dance-a-thon 

October 23rd - Outdoor Movie Night at DRES

 

Important Dates 

September 28-Virtual AAP Information Session-6:00pm

September 29-Virtual AAP Information Session-9:30am

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

October 15-Field Day

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-September 17, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

It was great to see all the students and families who joined us this past Monday for our Back to School Open House and Picnic.  Thank you to our staff for all their work preparing for the event and welcoming families to their classrooms. Thank you to the PTA for the wonderful additions of the balloon arch and our dragon mascot, as well as all the work that went into organizing the food trucks and music for the picnic.  We have done a number of things already to connect with all of our families including a welcome email from your child's teacher, Welcome Walk and open house.  All grade level teachers will be contacting families regarding conferences which will be held before November 23rd.  Families will have the option of an in-person or virtual conference.  Also, families will be receiving a weekly overview from grade level teachers of the academic focus in class now that we have settled into more of our routines.        

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your weekend.

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

Field Day Volunteers!

Fall Field Day is Coming! Field Day is scheduled for Friday October 15th with a rain date of Monday October 18th. Grades kindergarten through second grade will have Field Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and grades third through sixth will have Field Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!! If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Tyler Murray at twmurray@fcps.edu by Friday October 1st, 2021. In the email please include the following:

  1. Name of volunteer (s)
  2. Time of day you are willing and available to volunteer: Morning, Afternoon, Both
  3. Whether you plan to volunteer on only October 15th or can volunteer on the rain date October 18th as well.

After signing up to volunteer, you will receive an email during the week of October 11th with details. Thank you in advance for your help to make Field Day a success for our DRES students!

 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP)   Information Sessions

The Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Fall Newsletter was sent home to families in this week’s Thursday folders.

Fairfax County Public Schools offers a continuum of advanced academic services for students in K-12 that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes the academic potential for all learners.

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Beth McCrodden, collaborates with the school staff to determine the appropriate level of advanced academic services. Ongoing observation and assessment ensures that student needs are being met.

Parents may refer their child for advanced academic services or get additional information on the screening process or advanced academic opportunities at our school by contacting Ms. McCrodden at bamccrodden@fcps.edu.

Additional information including parent presentations, AAP forms, and screening/identification timelines can be found at the FCPS AAP Website.

 

AAP K-6 Overview Parent Meeting

If you are interested in learning more about advanced services at Daniels Run, you are invited to attend one of our virtual AAP Parent Information Sessions on Tuesday, September 28 or Wednesday, September 29.

Ms. Beth McCrodden, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), will provide information about the levels of AAP service in FCPS for K-6 students and give an overview of the referral/screening process.  All are welcome to attend.

We are offering a choice for an evening or morning virtual session. You can join either session using the Google Meet links below.

Evening Session: Tuesday, September 28 from 6:00–7:00 PM (AAP Meeting Link)

 

Morning Session: Wednesday, September 29 from 9:30–10:30 AM (AAP Meeting Link)

Health Guidance for Parents

The health and safety of all students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case. 

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process can be confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process Daniels Run, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Tools & Scenarios

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community.

To learn more about pausing in-person instruction, watch this video.

Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

To learn more about close contacts, watch this video.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

To learn more about quarantines, watch this video

Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since the student first had symptoms AND
  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better

To learn more about isolation, watch this video

Outbreak

It is important to note that more than one case reported by a student, staff, or visitor to a particular school or building does not always mean there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked (a case in which the person has been exposed to a confirmed case in a way that a known transmission can occur), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in a setting outside of school during the health department investigation. 

To learn more about outbreaks, watch this video

 

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

iReady Assessments

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted iReady as an academic universal screener for use with all elementary school students in grades 1 through 6. The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on iReady results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. An example of an additional diagnostic assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The iReady reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary grade students.

iReady and any necessary follow-up assessments are given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on the grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive the assessment again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or our school’s test coordinators, Lauren Hein and Michael Parker. 

Virginia Growth Assessment

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October.

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Lauren Hein or Michael Parker

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments provide actionable information that will assist teachers, school leaders, and parents/guardians in supporting student success in school and to better understand school readiness skills across the state of Virginia. This fall, your student will participate in the three assessment components of the VKRP, which measure literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Parent Notification webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Parenting Resources

Fairfax County Parenting Education Programs are offering virtual parenting classes for parents with children between the ages of 5-11. Parenting Education Programs are family centered sessions, proven to help parents and children develop healthy, nurturing relationships.  This program builds upon families’ strengths and positive values.   Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendation, the class will be offered virtually via ZOOM which is a  free web-based conferencing tool that allows us to meet on line. Each week, the parent will receive a Zoom link with a password by email to access the class.  This class will be offered in English. 

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.   Thank you.

 

10/5/21 – 1/18/21

Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

5-11 Age Range Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

This class will be held virtually

Debi Hackney 703-324-7790 Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617

 

Music News!

🎵 September Musician of the Month: The Gypsy Kings. The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco, salsa, and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in a mixture of languages, mostly in Spanish

Fairfax High School Homecoming Opportunity!

Fairfax High School Homecoming is Friday, October 1st. There will be a parade at 4:00 on Old Lee Highway in Fairfax City and a tailgate with food trucks at FHS in the parking lot starting at 4:30. The football team takes on Edison HS at 7:00. We have a special opportunity for our students, FHS is looking for elementary kids to participate in a “high five tunnel” as the players run out on the field! To sign up and for more information, please go to the City of Fairfax website at www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org. Sign up today as there are limited spots.

Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day on October 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 6. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Get more information about Walk to School Day

FCPS Special Education Handbook Is Available to 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.

Contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703-204-3941 or prc@fcps.edu with any questions including access to this document.

How Can I Receive Text Messages from FCPS?

Parents can receive text messages from FCPS for emergencies and essential information. How? Make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the "cell telephone" fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children.

Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using weCare@school

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

PTA News!

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 back together at Daniels Run! If you have pictures from the event (including some with our new Dragon mascot), please share them with us by emailing drepresident@gmail.com

 

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 via our online platform, Memberhub. If you do not wish to be included in the directory, please email dresecretary@gmail.com.  

 

Important Dates 

September 28-Virtual AAP Information Session-6:00pm

September 29-Virtual AAP Information Session-9:30am

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

October 15-Field Day

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

 

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Possible Additional Dismissal Delays - 9/16

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A police motorcade will drive through Northern Virginia around 3 p.m. today escorting one of the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan. The motorcade will start in Prince William County and move through Fairfax County on I-66.  We may experience additional delays at dismissal.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.         

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PTA Meeting Tonight!!!

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Join us tonight at 7 pm for our first PTA Meeting of the year. 

We will have updates from Mr. Smith, PTA business and information on plans for fall!

Join via Google Meet at meet.google.com/vmp-nkoj-fmb

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Back to School Open House & Picnic - Tonight!

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Join us for our Back to School Night Open House and Picnic. We are combining back to school night and our welcome back picnic. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to see your student's classroom and say hello to their teachers. We will also have staff available in the library to help parents with Schoology.  The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students!

View Back to School Messages from City of Fairfax School Board, DRES PTA, and FCPS School Board.

 

View Back to School Message from DRES Administrative Team 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-September 10, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend.  I continue to be amazed by the joy our students bring to the building each day.  I was able to visit our Kindergarten and 5th grade classes this week, as well as enjoy outdoor lunch with a 6th grade class and a 4th grade class.  We are working on hiring additional staff during lunch in order to expand outdoor lunch opportunities. I look forward to seeing all of our students and families at our Back to School Open House and Picnic on Monday.  Our open house will run from 5:30-6:30 and will give families a chance to visit their child's class and visit their specials teachers. We will also provide support in the library for parents who need help with Schoology.  The PTA picnic will start at 6:30.    

A huge thank you to our PTA who welcomed back our staff with a great lunch and stocked our staff lounge with snacks and sodas.  Please take a few minutes to join the PTA, attend our monthly meetings and volunteer any talents or time you may have.        

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you.  Thank you for your continued support, flexibility and patience.

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Commemoration

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11, FCPS and Daniels Run will commemorate and acknowledge the loss of life, the heroism of our first responders, and the resilience of our country.

Daniels Run had a special moment of silence on Friday, September 10th.

2021-22 Opt-Out Information

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy & Related Rights

Opt- Out Options (if applicable) :Opt-Out Forms (English)

If you wish to opt your child out of any of the activities mentioned, you must complete and return the appropriate forms to your child’s school.

Health Guidance for Parents

The health and safety of all students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case. 

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process can be confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process Daniels Run, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Tools & Scenarios

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community.

To learn more about pausing in-person instruction, watch this video.

Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

To learn more about close contacts, watch this video.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

To learn more about quarantines, watch this video

Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since the student first had symptoms AND
  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better

To learn more about isolation, watch this video

Outbreak

It is important to note that more than one case reported by a student, staff, or visitor to a particular school or building does not always mean there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked (a case in which the person has been exposed to a confirmed case in a way that a known transmission can occur), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in a setting outside of school during the health department investigation. 

To learn more about outbreaks, watch this video

 

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

iReady Assessments

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted iReady as an academic universal screener for use with all elementary school students in grades 1 through 6. The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on iReady results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. An example of an additional diagnostic assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The iReady reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary grade students.

iReady and any necessary follow-up assessments are given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on the grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive the assessment again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or our school’s test coordinators, Lauren Hein and Michael Parker. 

Virginia Growth Assessment

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October.

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Lauren Hein or Michael Parker

Music News!

🎵 5th & 6th Grade Chorus: All 5th – 6th grade students are welcome to rehearsals (during school: Wednesdays-5th grade; Thursdays – 6th grade.) Click here.   

 

🎵 September Musician of the Month: The Gypsy Kings. “The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco, salsa, and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in a mixture of languages, mostly in Spanish” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gipsy_Kings)

Listen here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEMA-sxamFr763FjBY9H6dYig&playnext=1

Volunteer Fairfax!

Join Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for a special VolunteerFest that will take place on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Together we will engage in good deeds as we remember those lost and honor the first responders who continue to serve the community.

Daniels Run is participating in this fantastic volunteer opportunity. This in-person event supports the environmental education program. You will be laying down mulch, planting native plants, and weeding the vegetable garden or other grounds beautification projects in the outdoor classroom habitats. Click here for more information!

Service projects are taking place across the county and there are many ways to participate. Whether you are interested in volunteering in-person, or from your homeVolunteerFest has a variety of ways to get the whole family involved!

Register Today!

PTA News!

Back to School Night PTA Picnic - Monday Night 5:30 - 7:30!

The PTA picnic will be Monday night as part of back to school night! Stop by your student's classroom and then come on out to the playground and fields. Bring a picnic or buy from one of our food trucks. Be sure to visit the PTA table where you can purchase our new Daniels Run Dragons t-shirt (available on-site in all youth sizes) and to get a treat for our students!

Join the PTA!

Join the PTA by September 15th and be entered into a raffle to win a $25 credit for our spirit wear store! Also, the class with the most memberships will win popsicles and a spirit wear item for their teacher! Join online at dres.memberhub.com

Dragon Spirit Wear Now Available!

Show your DRES Dragon spirit with our new spirit wear including youth and adult sizes in t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and more! Our fall sale will run until September 15th. Order online at shop.burkesports.com and enter our group code DRES.

 

Important Dates 

September 13 Back To School Open House/Picnic - 5:30-7:30

September 16 Yom Kippur 

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

October 15-Field Day

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

December 8 Bodhi Day

December 20 - 31 Winter Break

December 25 Christmas

 

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Support ASHA-JYOTHI 5K Run and Help Daniels Run!

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We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 13th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 19th at Fairfax Corner at 8AM. All proceeds that we raise will go towards supporting students at Daniels Run. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money back to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

 

To sign up visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2021fairfax5k.  Simply enter the code “aj4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K (regular price $25) will be given to participants.

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Back to School Open House and Picnic - 9/13

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Our  Back to School Open House and Picnic have been rescheduled for Monday, September 13th. Open house will be from 5:30-6:30 and the picnic will begin at 6:30.

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-September 2, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

Although we have had our challenges the past couple weeks I reminded on a daily basis how incredibly awesome it is to have all of our students back in the building.  They provide us all with joy on a daily basis that helps us overcome any challenges. 

We are planning to offer some outdoor seating for lunch and need additional adult support. If you are interested in a paid position with limited hours (M-F, 11:00-2:00), providing supervision to students and supporting staff, please email me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu

Also, we want to answer some questions regarding COVID protocols:

1. What will happen if there is a student who tests positive for COVID in my child’s class?

If a student tests positive and was at school during the infectious period (within 48 hours of onset of symptoms), we will alert the entire school community. The school reviews seating assignments throughout the school day and identifies potential close contacts to the student who has tested positive for Covid-19. If your child is considered a potential close contact, we will notify you immediately. If your child is currently at school, we will ask you to come pick your child up from school.

2.What determines if a student is a potential close contact to a known positive case?

The following are examples of individuals who would be considered a potential close contact:

  • Students wearing masks who were less than 3 feet from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students not wearing masks who were 6 feet or less from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day

Students masked or unmasked who were within 6 feet or less of a staff case for 15 minutes or more in a school day

3.What happens if my child is determined to be a potential close contact by FCPS staff?

Out of an abundance of caution, any student who is identified as a potential close contact by FCPS staff will have to stay home from school until the Health Department completes its contact tracing and closes the investigation. We have been told that this could be up to 72 hours. While your child is at home, your child’s teachers will provide assignments for them to access. If your child does not have their computer at home, we will work with you to pick it up at school. Please note that FCPS staff can only identify potential close contacts; we are not identifying students who have to quarantine. Only the Health Department can determine if your child needs to quarantine through their contact tracing investigation.

4. Can the school provide additional case information?

We cannot disclose details of the positive case to include the child's name, grade, class or any additional information; or the staff member's name or assignment. The health department will contact you directly and will direct the appropriate students to quarantine. The school will notify the entire community when the contact tracing is complete. Once the Health Department has completed their investigation, we will also invite any student who was staying home per FCPS staff direction and who has not been required to quarantine per the Health Department to return to school.

We recognize that the idea of your child being considered a potential close contact or having a classmate who tests positive for COVID can be upsetting. We  also recognize that the current FCPS protocols will mean that families may be impacted unexpectedly because they have to be home with their child. Our hope is that sharing information about the current process will help alleviate some of the stress that is inherent in this situation. We also hope that if we all work together, we can minimize the number of positive cases at school, which will minimize the number of students who must remain at home.  We are carefully reviewing our plans to find even more ways to limit student exposure to one another so we can control the spread of infection and minimize the interruptions to instruction for our students.

A reminder that all FCPS schools will be closed on Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th for Labor Day Holiday. 

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you.  Thank you for your continued support, flexibility and patience

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Tech News!

Our Daniels Run students are off to great start with concern to technology!

During the first two weeks of school Daniels Run students received their laptops.  Grades 3 – 6 are expected to bring them home each night.  Please encourage your child to charge their laptop each night so it is ready for school in the morning.  Kindergarten through 2nd grade received their laptops as well but the expectation is that that stay at school.

Also, our teachers have been working hard to prepare their Schoology environments for students.  Inside each teacher’s course there will be learning activities and other resources as well as access to Zoom video conferencing.  Parents will have a view of their child’s Schoology environment after they enroll in Schoology.

Lastly, as our technology use grows we want to continue to build and nurture those digital citizenship skills we have to come to rely on so much.  Daniels Run students learn that empathy, principles and respects are the pillars of our digital citizenship experience.  Learn more about our digital citizenship efforts here.

Ventilation on FCPS Buses

Beginning Friday, August 27, drivers are required to increase air circulation in their vehicle by OPENING every other window (bus and van if possible) during student transport. Windows will remain OPEN during all routes and closed during the post-trip at the parking location. Window height adjustments can be made for inclement weather, such as rain. This action is out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students and our staff.

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. The podcasts bring families timely, important information related to school news. 

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe:

Spanish Podcast: https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps
Arabic Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/inafewwordsarabicfcps
Korean Podcast: https://anchor.fm/inafewwordskoreanfcps

Music News!

🎵 5th & 6th Grade Chorus: All 5th – 6th grade students are welcome to rehearsals (during school: Wednesdays-5th grade; Thursdays – 6th grade.) Click here.   

 

🎵 September Musician of the Month: The Gypsy Kings. “The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco, salsa, and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in a mixture of languages, mostly in Spanish” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gipsy_Kings)

Listen here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEMA-sxamFr763FjBY9H6dYig&playnext=1

Band/Strings News!

Dear Parents,

Please register your students for Band and Strings!  Strings is offered to all students in 4th-6th grade, and band is offered to all students in 5th and 6th grade.  Registration forms are due on Wednesday, September 8th.  If you need a registration form please contact either your child’s classroom teacher or the band and strings teachers!

Band: Dawn Meltzer dmmeltzer1@fcps.edu

Strings: Katie Venne kavenne@fcps.edu

                Anna Sengstack amsengstack@fcps.edu

We can’t wait to start making music with your students! Sincerely,

Dawn Meltzer, Katie Venne, and Anna Sengstack

Volunteer Fairfax!

Join Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for a special VolunteerFest that will take place on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Together we will engage in good deeds as we remember those lost and honor the first responders who continue to serve the community.

Daniels Run is participating in this fantastic volunteer opportunity. This in-person event supports the environmental education program. You will be laying down mulch, planting native plants, and weeding the vegetable garden or other grounds beautification projects in the outdoor classroom habitats. Click here for more information!

Service projects are taking place across the county and there are many ways to participate. Whether you are interested in volunteering in-person, or from your homeVolunteerFest has a variety of ways to get the whole family involved!

Register Today!

PTA News!

Join the PTA!

Join the PTA during the month of September and be entered into a raffle to win a $25 credit for our spirit wear store! Also, the class with the most memberships will win popsicles and a spirit wear item for their teacher! Join online at dres.memberhub.com

Dragon Spirit Wear Now Available!

Show your DRES Dragon spirit with new spirit wear including youth and adult sizes in t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and more! Our fall sale will run until September 15th. Order online at shop.burkesports.com and enter our group code DRES. The teal short sleeve shirt will be available in-person to purchase at the Back to School Night Picnic in all youth sizes!

Important Dates 

September 3-6 Labor Day Break

September 7 Rosh Hashanah 

September 16 Yom Kippur 

October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day-Student Holiday

November 1-2 Día de los Muertos

November 1-Teacher Workday-Student Holiday

November 2 Election Day-Student Holiday

November 4 Diwali

November 11 Veterans Day-Two Hour Early Release

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29 Chanukah 

 

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Back to School Open House and Picnic POSTPONED!

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Due to the impending weather for Wednesday, September 1st our Back to School Open House and Picnic are being postponed. We are currently coordinating a new date with our PTA and staff and will communicate that date as soon as it is confirmed. 

Thank you!

 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-August 27, 2021

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Dear DRES Families,

Thank you for your assistance and patience this week as we welcomed back over 750 students into our building.  About 170 students (all of Kindergarten and roughly half of our 1st grade students) have not experienced afternoon dismissal at Daniels Run until this past week.  We continue to build and revise our routines and procedures to make sure students are safe and exit the building as quickly as possible.  Please review the message we sent on Wednesday (8/25) regarding dismissal procedures.

Join us for our Back to School Night Open House and Picnic on Wednesday, September 1st. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to visit your student's classroom, say hello to their teacher, and meet their specials teachers.  We also will providing help to families in the cafeteria with ParentVue and Schoology.  We encourage students to attend the Open House with their families. The picnic will start at 6:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students! 

A reminder that all FCPS schools will be closed on Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th for Labor Day Holiday. 

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you.

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

Return To School 

 

The Latest on Bus Transportation

Thank you for your patience and understanding these first few days of school as we work to address the impact the national bus driver shortage has on FCPS and your students. On the first morning of school FCPS saw 7,000 bus runs with just a handful of delays.

However, if these delays impacted you or your family, we understand your frustration. As we continue to recruit drivers and make adjustments to routes to be more efficient, there are three things you can do:

  • Check the The Here Comes the Bus® app, a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.  Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. More information about the Here Comes the Bus app is available online
  • Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System online or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app (mentioned above) to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.   e-Notify (SchoolMessenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays of at least 30 minutes. Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
  • Walk or bike to school if you are able to do so. If you plan to walk or bike to school, watch this short video on pedestrian safety with your child.

More information about transportation to and from school is available online

Lockdown Drill

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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

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

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

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

 

Health Guidance 

To ensure a safe start to the school year students, staff and vistors will  wear masks while indoors. . Read more about why these measures are important and how we’ll practice safety this fall.

FCPS has been planning for the return to school since spring, and we cannot wait to have students back in classrooms five days a week! You can prepare for a strong start to the school year by visiting the Return to School page, frequently checking the Return to School FAQs, and reading FCPS This Week for the latest information.

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Free School Meals for All Students 

FCPS’ Food and Nutrition Services staff are ready to serve healthy meals to students and staff. This year, all students receive FREE breakfast and lunch.

Find out more about school meals go to: www.fcps.edu/news/free-meals

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning this school year.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
    • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.
Katherine Johnson Story Walk

Fairfax City’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the City of Fairfax Schools is excited to announce the Katherine Johnson Middle School StoryWalk®  in support of the 2022 school year at the newly named middle school.

During the month of August (8/1-8/31), students and families are invited to take a walk through Fairfax City as they read pages from a book displayed in business storefront windows.  The Katherine Johnson StoryWalk®  will feature two different books for students to read along the way, one in Old Town Fairfax City and the other in Fair City Mall. Each book will allow for students to learn more about Katherine Johnson while engaging with the City’s business community.

To start the walk, students and families can pick up an official map at the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 10360 North Street, participating businesses, download a StoryWalk®  map or Google form for each book below.  With the map in hand, follow the route to read the book.  Each business will have a new set of pages to read.  Enjoy the StoryWalk®  at your own pace but make sure to follow the path in the correct order.  Fill in the blanks with the missing words or look for the answer on the page.

Completed maps should be emailed to EconomicDevelopment@fairfaxva.gov no later than Sunday, September 5.  The first 100 completed maps received for each story will receive a copy of the book and be entered into a raffle drawing to win one of six gift cards to a Fairfax City business of choice.

Old Town Fairfax City StoryWalk®

  • Book: DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson written by Ebony Joy Wilkins.
  • Number of Stops: 15
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.

Fair City Mall StoryWalk®

  • Book: Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly.
  • Number of Stops: 8
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.
Back to School Open House and Picnic - Sept. 1 

Join us for our Back to School Night Open House and Picnic. We are combining back to school night and our welcome back picnic. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to see your student's classroom and stop by and say hello to their teacher. The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students!

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. The podcasts bring families timely, important information related to school news. 

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe:

Spanish Podcast: https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps
Arabic Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/inafewwordsarabicfcps
Korean Podcast: https://anchor.fm/inafewwordskoreanfcps

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed September 3-September 6 for Labor Day Break

Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day.

As a result, Friday, September 3, is a holiday for students and staff members in addition to the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Music News!

🎵 5th Grade Chorus Begins Wednesday, Sept 1; 8:45-9:30; Cafeteria. All 5th grade students are welcome. 

🎵 6th Grade Chorus Begins Thursday, Sept 2; 8:45-9:30; Cafeteria. All 6th grade students are welcome. 

🎵 August Musician of the Month: YOU! We celebrate all of our students. Can you share some music with your family? Sing, dance, listen, or play an instrument! 

🎵 September Musician of the Month: The Gypsy Kings. “The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamencosalsa, and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in a mixture of languages, mostly in Spanish” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gipsy_Kings)

Listen here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=RDEMA-sxamFr763FjBY9H6dYig&playnext=1

Volunteer Fairfax!

Join Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for a special VolunteerFest that will take place on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Together we will engage in good deeds as we remember those lost and honor the first responders who continue to serve the community.

Daniels Run is participating in this fantastic volunteer opportunity. This in-person event supports the environmental education program. You will be laying down mulch, planting native plants, and weeding the vegetable garden or other grounds beautification projects in the outdoor classroom habitats. Click here for more information!

Service projects are taking place across the county and there are many ways to participate. Whether you are interested in volunteering in-person, or from your homeVolunteerFest has a variety of ways to get the whole family involved!

Register Today!

PTA News!

Join the PTA

The Daniels Run PTA has lots of fun things planned for this year. Please join us by becoming a member. Membership fees are $10 Individual, $18 Family, and $5 Staff. Join online at dres.memberhub.store  

Back to School Night PTA Picnic

We are combining back to school night and our welcome back picnic. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to see your student's classroom and stop by and say hello to their teacher. The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a lawn game and picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students!

Important Dates 

September 1 - Back to School Open House and Picnic - 5:30-7:30 pm 

September 3 & 6 - Labor Day Holiday - Schools Closed

3705 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030  | Main Office: 703-279-8400
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