Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-June 17, 2022

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DRES Families and Students,

We hope that all of you are having a great start to your summer and Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our DRES community!

This message will be our final communication for the 2021-2022 school year. There will be periodic updates throughout the summer and you are always welcome to contact our main office if there is anything we can do to help your student or your family. Our office will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00-1:00.  

Here are a few "Save the Dates" for the summer and the upcoming school year:

  • August 12- Tour DRES - open to all DRES families
  • August 18 - Kindergarten Meet & Greet/Grades 1-6 Welcome Walk
  • August 22 - First Day of School for Students 
  • September 8 - Back to School Open House 
  • September 26 - Kindergarten Welcome Walk (Dragon Dash!)
Summer Meal Kits June 14 -  August 9, 2022

Summer Meal Kits will be offered every Tuesday.  The closest location to Daniels Run is 

  • Luther Jackson MS (door #1) 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
    • Please note:  this location begins distribution on Tuesday, June 21
    • 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (or until supplies are exhausted)

You can find more information on the FCPS website 

Preview Your Student’s Spring SOL Scores in SIS ParentVUE

Want to know how your student did on their spring SOL tests before the official report? Families can see SOL scores in the Test History section of SIS ParentVUE. To access Test History, log into your ParentVUE account using a web browser (not the app). You will see spring SOL test subjects, performance levels, and overall scores. Families will also receive an official SOL score report letter with more details by the end of July. 

Additional information about SOL assessments is available online. You can also learn more about SIS ParentVUE and how to activate your account.

Free and Reduced Meal Information

For two years student meals were provided at no cost. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals may also be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs at either no cost or at a reduced cost if parents provide a consent to share information form. Learn more about the criteria and process here.

Apply online here: Application

You must send in a new household application for each school year. Applications to apply for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in August.

Important Dates 

June 20 - Juneteenth Holiday - School buildings/offices closed 

July 4 - Independence Day Holiday - School buildings/offices closed

August 18 - Kindergarten Meet & Greet/Grades 1-6 Welcome Walk

August 22 - First Day of School for Students 

September 2-5  - Labor Day Break 

September 8 - Back to School Open House 

September 26 - Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah - Kindergarten Welcome Walk (Dragon Dash!)

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-June 10, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Thank you to our families for all your support during the 2021-22 school year.  Your time and effort are greatly appreciated. We have a had a great final week of school full of joy and celebration.  It was great to see many of our families at our "Success Days", Kindergarten promotion ceremony and our 6th grade promotion ceremony.   

Thank you to our staff for all their time and effort as we welcomed over 780 students back to in-person learning (some students for the first time), provided excellent academic and wellness support while balancing COIVD protocols. 

We wish everyone in our DRES community a happy and joyful summer.

See you Monday, August 22nd for the first day of school!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Farewell to staff leaving DRES

We are grateful for the amazing contributions and impact of the following staff members who will not be returning to Daniels Run ES next school year.

  • Lauren Hein (AP)
  • Quyen Sullivan (SPED)
  • Lauren Moniuszko (PE)
  •  Tami Gaskill (2nd grade)
  • Gloria Diaz (Spanish)
  • Karina Cheema (Kindergarten)
  • Ivonne Ordonez (IA)
  • Maya Omran (6th Grade)
  • Alex Paganelli (Music)
Assessment Results

New this school year across FCPS, the following assessment results will be communicated differently.  Please understand that we have been directed from the central testing office that scores are not to be shared with families until they are made available centrally.  Once the testing window closes, the state and FCPS perform various tasks to verify the scores. See below for the method of communication.

The following assessment results will be posted electronically in Parent Vue by mid-July. If you do not have a Parent Vue account, your child’s results will be mailed home to the home address in late August

  • Standards of Learning Assessments-SOL (Grades  3-6)
  • iReady Reading and Math screener (Grades 1-6)

The following assessment results score report letters with individual student results are centrally mailed to parents/guardians.

  • WIDA mailed with Title III eligibility notices by late September (Students in the ESOL program)
  • Social Emotional Learning Screener results mailed by mid-July (Grades K-6)
  • VKRP mailed by mid-July (Kindergarten)
Free and Reduced Meal Information

For two years student meals were provided at no cost. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals may also be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs at either no cost or at a reduced cost if parents provide a consent to share information form. Learn more about the criteria and process here.

Apply online here: Application

You must send in a new household application for each school year. Applications to apply for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in August.

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Important Dates  Augusr 22, 2022 School Begins - First Day of School

 

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2 Hour Dismissal - Today (6/10) 

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As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early (1:45 pm) today (June 10).  

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2 Hour Dismissal - Friday (6/10) 

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As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early (1:45 pm) on Friday, June 10, the last day of the school year. 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-June 3, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

I want to recognize the amazing work of our staff during the month of May. Administering the SOLs is an enormous feat and our staff rose to the occasion. Thank you to Mrs. Hein and Mr. Parker for all their hard work organizing all the details on top of their day-to-day responsibilities as our assistant principals! 

We have our final week ahead of us, a few reminders:

  • I encourage you to take a moment to remind your student that behavior expectations remain the same through Friday, June 10th.
  • We look forward to celebrating our Kindergarten and 6th grade students next week at their promotion ceremonies on June 9th.  
  • Friday, June 10th is a two hour early release, 1:45 dismissal.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Assessment Results

New this school year across FCPS, the following assessment results will be communicated differently.  Please understand that we have been directed from the central testing office that scores are not to be shared with families until they are made available centrally.  Once the testing window closes, the state and FCPS perform various tasks to verify the scores. See below for the method of communication.

The following assessment results will be posted electronically in Parent Vue by mid-July. If you do not have a Parent Vue account, your child’s results will be mailed home to the home address in late August

  • Standards of Learning Assessments-SOL (Grades  3-6)
  • iReady Reading and Math screener (Grades 1-6)

The following assessment results score report letters with individual student results are centrally mailed to parents/guardians.

  • WIDA mailed with Title III eligibility notices by late September (Students in the ESOL program)
  • Social Emotional Learning Screener results mailed by mid-July (Grades K-6)
  • VKRP mailed by mid-July (Kindergarten)
Student Laptop Collection

All Daniels Run ES student laptops, chargers and MiFi’s will be collected at the end of the school year.  

  • All students will turn in their laptops, chargers and MiFi’s during school on either June 7,8 or 9th.
  • Students attending Daniels Run summer programs ( K-6 SOAR or Young Scholars etc) will be allowed to retain their laptops through the summer program.  The devices should be returned to the school at the end of the summer school program, July 29.

Families can pay for lost equipment at www.MySchoolBucks.com or write a check to Daniels Run ES.   Lost computers cost $481 /  Lost chargers $23.  Any device not returned by Monday, June 13 will be considered lost and bills will be issued after that date

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is in the wardrobe closet behind our lobby staircase.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, November 22nd.  After November 22nd, anything left will be packed up and donated.

Free and Reduced Meal Information

For two years student meals were provided at no cost. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals may also be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs at either no cost or at a reduced cost if parents provide a consent to share information form. Learn more about the criteria and process here.

Apply online here: Application

You must send in a new household application for each school year. Applications to apply for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in August.

Clinic Procedures for End of Year!

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10th, dismissal at 1:45).  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact the health room at 703-279-8410.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

Summer Basketball Camp Fairfax High School will be hosting a Girls Basketball Camp this summer July 18-22.  Feel free to call the Activities Office at 703-219-2201 or reach out to the New Head Girls Coach Tim Lucas at [email protected]  if you have any questions. Summer Strings Opportunities

Hello strings families! Are you looking for something to do this summer? There are plenty of exciting musical opportunities in NOVA this summer! Check out the attached page to see what’s going on!

Many students also choose to take private lessons over the summer, by doing so, they do not forget what they have learned throughout the year and advance further on their instrument. If your child is interested in private lessons this summer, please reach out to the strings teacher, Ms. Venne for more information! 😊

A Note from the Music Department

🎵 Parents, students & staff: Click here to vote for your favorite musician of the month:  Video reminders of all the musicians are in the form. 

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-May 27, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

A reminder to see the announcement below regarding the parent input form for next school year, the form will close at the end of the day today (5/27)

It was great to see so many of our former students and current Fairfax High School seniors as they visited for our "Grad Walk" this past week.  We wish all of the seniors at FHS the best of luck in their future endeavors.  

We have two parent coffee's next week for our rising Kindergarten families to learn more about our KP3 process.  Join us Thursday (6/2) or Friday (6/3 - Spanish speakers) at 9:15 in the cafeteria to learn more about KP3 and ask any questions.

All FCPS schools and offices will closed Monday, May 30th, in observation of Memorial Day.   

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 30th - No school in observation of the Memorial Day holiday.

2022-23 Parent Input Form 

We are in the planning stages for the 2022-23 school year and to help determine the appropriate educational environment for your child, we invite you to share information regarding your child’s needs by completing the Daniels Run Parent Input Form for the 2022-23 School Year.  The form will be open and available to be completed through Friday, May 27th.  Your input is appreciated but it is not required to complete the form.  Every effort will be made to place your child in the environment you request, but please keep in mind that not all requests can be granted. Please do not request specific teachers, for this does not take into account the many variables to be considered. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.

Student Laptop Collection

All Daniels Run ES student laptops, chargers and MiFi’s will be collected at the end of the school year.  

  • All students will turn in their laptops, chargers and MiFi’s during school on either June 7,8 or 9th.
  • Students attending Daniels Run summer programs ( K-6 SOAR or Young Scholars etc) will be allowed to retain their laptops through the summer program.  The devices should be returned to the school at the end of the summer school program, July 29.

Families can pay for lost equipment at www.MySchoolBucks.com or write a check to Daniels Run ES.   Lost computers cost $481 /  Lost chargers $23.  Any device not returned by Monday, June 13 will be considered lost and bills will be issued after that date

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is in the wardrobe closet behind our lobby staircase.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, November 22nd.  After November 22nd, anything left will be packed up and donated.

Free and Reduced Meal Information

For two years student meals were provided at no cost. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals may also be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs at either no cost or at a reduced cost if parents provide a consent to share information form. Learn more about the criteria and process here.

Apply online here: Application

You must send in a new household application for each school year. Applications to apply for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in August.

Clinic Procedures for End of Year!

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10th, dismissal at 1:45).  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact the health room at 703-279-8410.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Families,

It is crazy to think that we have under 20 days left in our school year!   At this time of year, the school counseling team takes time to reflect on the counseling services and to take stock of how well the lessons went this year.  We chose to do most of our classroom-level social-emotional learning through morning meeting videos that teachers played and discussed with their students.  Survey results of student’s comprehension of the Second Step lessons suggest that more than 80% of students really learned the concepts that were covered—from developing empathy and perspective taking skills to managing big emotions to engaging in social problem solving.  During a pivotal year in our students’ learning—the year we returned to the school setting after virtual learning—it was great to have every student learning the same skills so we could all reset and re-connect.  The Yoga 4 Classroom videos shown on Friday gave students the chance to practice breathing, guided meditation and yoga poses to promote mindfulness.

That said, Mrs. Fisher and I miss being in each classroom on a monthly basis; based on what the students tell us, they miss seeing us on a regular basis too! Therefore, we are planning on a return to face-to-face, monthly lessons in each classroom next fall.  We will be meeting with each grade level to learn about what skills they believe their grade level needs to work on moving forward and we will plan accordingly.  You are welcome to share your thoughts as well by emailing me at [email protected] or Ashleigh Fisher at [email protected].   We will be doing our planning meeting at the end of May and will take all feedback into consideration.

Also remember that if you need community counseling resources over the summer, they can be found on the DRES website at the following link:  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Fisher and Louise Robinson

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

Summer Basketball Camp Fairfax High School will be hosting a Girls Basketball Camp this summer July 18-22.  Feel free to call the Activities Office at 703-219-2201 or reach out to the New Head Girls Coach Tim Lucas at [email protected]  if you have any questions. Summer Strings Opportunities

Hello strings families! Are you looking for something to do this summer? There are plenty of exciting musical opportunities in NOVA this summer! Check out the attached page to see what’s going on!

Many students also choose to take private lessons over the summer, by doing so, they do not forget what they have learned throughout the year and advance further on their instrument. If your child is interested in private lessons this summer, please reach out to the strings teacher, Ms. Venne for more information! 😊

A Note from the Music Department

🎵 May Musician of the Month: Freddie Mercury.  Born in Zanzibar to Indian parents, Freddie Mercury was a talented singer, songwriter & producer.  In 1970 he formed the famous rock band Queen. Mr. Mercury wrote many of Queen’s most famous songs including We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody and We Are the Champions.

🎵 Parents, students & staff: Vote for your favorite musician of the month:  Video reminders of all the musicians are in the form. 

🎵 Congratulations to the Daniels Run Chorus & Singers for their Spring Concert last Friday & for performing and representing DRES by singing at the Lamb Center on Wednesday!

🎵 Congratulations to the International Night students & adults on their performances last Friday! 

🎵 Registration is open for: Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5. Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available 

PTA News!

2022-2023 PTA Board Elected

The new 2022-2023 PTA Board was elected at the PTA Meeting on May 18th.

Lacey O'Donnell, President

Kara Custis, Vice President

Beth Brixius, Second Vice President

Amanda Adams, Secretary

Leslie Woods, Treasurer

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

May 30-Memorial Day Holiday-No School

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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DRES Update

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Dear Daniels Run Community,

I share in your grief, fear, and frustration about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. These events impact us all in personal ways. One thing we all have in common is our condemnation of these senseless acts of violence. 

Another thing we have in common is our commitment to keeping our schools, and the students and employees within them, safe. FCPS, City of Fairfax and Daniels Run ES work to make critical safety upgrades to our buildings, plan and practice day-to-day safety and security measures, and respond swiftly to any concern or possible event. 

Your child may have questions and concerns after learning about this tragic news. The National Association of School Psychologists has a helpful resource (in multiple languages) for families and educators to support them when talking with students about school violence. If you or your child need additional support, please reach out to our clinical team. 

We stand together, as the Daniels Run community and in solidarity with the Robb Elementary School community. 

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-May 20, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at International Night at 6:00pm. We can't wait to celebrate with our families. 

We had our last PTA meeting of the 21-22 school year this past week.  A special thank to our PTA board members Lacey O'Donnell, Kara Custis, Maureen Szente, Beth Brixius, and Leslie Woods for all their time and effort this past year. 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online

A reminder to see the announcement below regarding the parent input form for next school year, the form will close May 27th.   

Have a great weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

2022-23 Parent Input Form 

We are in the planning stages for the 2022-23 school year and to help determine the appropriate educational environment for your child, we invite you to share information regarding your child’s needs by completing the Daniels Run Parent Input Form for the 2022-23 School Year.  The form will be open and available to be completed through Friday, May 27th.  Your input is appreciated but it is not required to complete the form.  Every effort will be made to place your child in the environment you request, but please keep in mind that not all requests can be granted. Please do not request specific teachers, for this does not take into account the many variables to be considered. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.

Clinic Procedures for End of Year!

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10th, dismissal at 1:45).  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact the health room at 703-279-8410.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Families,

It is crazy to think that we have under 20 days left in our school year!   At this time of year, the school counseling team takes time to reflect on the counseling services and to take stock of how well the lessons went this year.  We chose to do most of our classroom-level social-emotional learning through morning meeting videos that teachers played and discussed with their students.  Survey results of student’s comprehension of the Second Step lessons suggest that more than 80% of students really learned the concepts that were covered—from developing empathy and perspective taking skills to managing big emotions to engaging in social problem solving.  During a pivotal year in our students’ learning—the year we returned to the school setting after virtual learning—it was great to have every student learning the same skills so we could all reset and re-connect.  The Yoga 4 Classroom videos shown on Friday gave students the chance to practice breathing, guided meditation and yoga poses to promote mindfulness.

That said, Mrs. Fisher and I miss being in each classroom on a monthly basis; based on what the students tell us, they miss seeing us on a regular basis too! Therefore, we are planning on a return to face-to-face, monthly lessons in each classroom next fall.  We will be meeting with each grade level to learn about what skills they believe their grade level needs to work on moving forward and we will plan accordingly.  You are welcome to share your thoughts as well by emailing me at [email protected] or Ashleigh Fisher at [email protected].   We will be doing our planning meeting at the end of May and will take all feedback into consideration.

Also remember that if you need community counseling resources over the summer, they can be found on the DRES website at the following link:  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Fisher and Louise Robinson

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

Summer Basketball Camp Fairfax High School will be hosting a Girls Basketball Camp this summer July 18-22.  Feel free to call the Activities Office at 703-219-2201 or reach out to the New Head Girls Coach Tim Lucas at [email protected]  if you have any questions. Summer Strings Opportunities

Hello strings families! Are you looking for something to do this summer? There are plenty of exciting musical opportunities in NOVA this summer! Check out the attached page to see what’s going on!

Many students also choose to take private lessons over the summer, by doing so, they do not forget what they have learned throughout the year and advance further on their instrument. If your child is interested in private lessons this summer, please reach out to the strings teacher, Ms. Venne for more information! 😊

PTA News!

2022-2023 PTA Board Elected

The new 2022-2023 PTA Board was elected at the PTA Meeting on May 18th.

Lacey O'Donnell, President

Kara Custis, Vice President

Beth Brixius, Second Vice President

Amanda Adams, Secretary

Leslie Woods, Treasurer

International Night

International Night is tonight - May 20th. The schedule is as follows:

6:00 pm - Event Begins, Family Table Displays in Lobby

6:30 pm - Native American performers

7:00 pm - Chorus Concert and International Student Performances

 

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

May 30-Memorial Day Holiday-No School

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Our 3rd-6th grade students, teachers and staff have done a tremendous job the past couple weeks during SOL testing.  We wind down SOL testing next week and turn our attention to traditional end of year events like International Night, Success Days, Kindergarten promotion and our 6th grade promotion. 

A reminder to see the announcement below regarding the parent input form for next school year, the form will close May 27th.   

Have a great weeeknd!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

2022-23 Parent Input Form 

We are in the planning stages for the 2022-23 school year and to help determine the appropriate educational environment for your child, we invite you to share information regarding your child’s needs by completing the Daniels Run Parent Input Form for the 2022-23 School Year.  The form will be open and available to be completed through Friday, May 27th.  Your input is appreciated but it is not required to complete the form.  Every effort will be made to place your child in the environment you request, but please keep in mind that not all requests can be granted. Please do not request specific teachers, for this does not take into account the many variables to be considered. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.

Clinic Procedures for End of Year!

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10th, dismissal at 1:45).  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact the health room at 703-279-8410.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

Summer Basketball Camp Fairfax High School will be hosting a Girls Basketball Camp this summer July 18-22.  Feel free to call the Activities Office at 703-219-2201 or reach out to the New Head Girls Coach Tim Lucas at [email protected]  if you have any questions. PTA News!

International Night - We NEED you!

We are seeking families to set up a booth/table representing their cultural heritage at International Night on May 20th. We really cannot pull off this event without your help and participation. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if interested in participating.

May 18th - PTA Meeting

The new 2022-2023 PTA Board will be voted on at the PTA Meeting on May 18th. The proposed slate of officers are: Lacey O'Donnell, President; Kara Custis, Vice President; Beth Brixius, Second Vice President; Amanda Adams, Secretary; and Leslie Woods, Treasurer. Join us at the meeting for the election and other PTA and DRES news. The meeting will be held via GoogleMeet - meet.google.com/fzn-dmrk-fkq

Special Presentation Cell Phones and Cyberbullying - May 18th after the PTA meeting

There will be a special presentation on cell phones & cyberbullying by Mr. Veasley. Please join us at approx 7:30 at meet.google.com/fzn-dmrk-fkq

Please complete our School of Excellence Survey

Please help Daniels Run become a PTA School of Excellence! We need families to complete our survey found at https://forms.gle/Nyoq41pyPpQcP5mz7

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

A Note About Music!

🎵 Congratulations to the Band & Strings students for their excellent concerts!  A big round of applause to their directors, Ms. Venne & Ms. Sengstack (strings) & Ms. Meltzer (band).  Here are two videos with selected pictures and video from each concert:

Strings click here

Band click here

 

🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5. Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

 

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 17

Fourth Grade Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

May 30-Memorial Day Holiday-No School

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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

DRES Update

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One of our assistant principals, Mrs. Lauren Hein, will be taking a leave of absence for the 2022-23 school year.  Lauren has contributed greatly to Daniels Run community as an instructional leader as well as establishing strong relationships with our staff, students and families.  We wish Mrs. Hein all the best as she steps away from the educational setting at the end of this school year.  

I’m pleased to announce that Mrs. Sara Van Aalst will be joining Daniels Run Elementary School as an assistant principal for the 2022-2023 school year.

Mrs. Van Aalst has been working with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for over 20 years in various school communities, serving as principal, assistant principal and teacher. Mrs. Van Aalst holds a B.A. in History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and Masters in Initiatives in Educational Transformation from George Mason University. As a former teacher at Providence Elementary, she is excited to return to the City of Fairfax and to become a part of the Daniels Run community. Mrs. Van Aalst grew up in Fairfax County, and she now lives in Manassas with her husband, Neil, daughter, Cecilia, and dog, Whopper. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, visiting the local battlefields, and traveling to Charleston, South Carolina.

Mrs. Van Aalst is looking forward to getting to know students, staff, and families at Daniels Run while supporting our mission and goals.  Mrs. Van Aalst will start at the beginning of the 22-23 school year.  

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Thank you to our PTA and all those that volunteered/donated during this past week to make our Teacher/Staff Appreciation a wonderful week!   Two of our crossing guards are retiring at the end of the school year after a combined 43 years of service!  When you get a chance say "thank you" to Mrs. Dowdle (32 years) and Mr. Dowdle (11 years) before June 10th.     

The car wash planned for tomorrow (5/7) to benefit the 6th grade promotion party has been postponed due to weather. 

We are in the planning stages for the 2021-22 school year and to help determine the appropriate educational environment for your child, we invite you to share information regarding your child’s needs by completing the Daniels Run Parent Input Form for the 2020-21 School Year.  The form will be open and available to be completed through Friday, May 27th.  Your input is appreciated but it is not required to complete the form.  Every effort will be made to place your child in the environment you request, but please keep in mind that not all requests can be granted. Please do not request specific teachers, for this does not take into account the many variables to be considered. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.    

I hope all the mothers in our community have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Support our 6th Grade!

Calling All Fairfax! This Wednesday, May 11! Mark your calendars for a fabulous spring Fairfax evening and support the DRES graduating sixth graders! *Shop Mara Mode on Main from 4pm-8pm for the most beautiful and unique clothing, gifts, and accessories *Eat + Drink at High Side for scrumptious Asian street food and a stunning beer menu *These stand-out locally owned businesses will donate 10% of proceeds from Wednesday evening to help fund the graduation party for our sixth graders! We are thrilled and grateful for their participation! Join us for this special night!

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

PTA News!

Please complete our School of Excellence Survey

Please help Daniels Run become a PTA School of Excellence! We need families to complete our survey found at https://forms.gle/Nyoq41pyPpQcP5mz7

International Night - We NEED you!

We are seeking families to set up a booth/Table representing their cultural heritage at International Night on May 20th. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if interested in participating.

Visit our PTA Website

Our PTA website is updated regularly with information on PTA and DRES events. Visit us at www.danielsrunpta.org

May 18th - PTA Meeting

The new 2022-2023 PTA Board will be voted on at the PTA Meeting on May 18th. The proposed slate of officers are: Lacey O'Donnell, President; Kara Custis, Vice President; Beth Brixius, Second Vice President; Amanda Adams, Secretary; and Leslie Woods, Treasurer. Join us at the meeting for the election and other PTA and DRES news.

 

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Attendance Matters!
  • Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong.
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  In struggling schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD/TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • 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
A Note About Music!

🎵 Congratulations to the Band & Strings students for their excellent concerts!  A big round of applause to their directors, Ms. Venne & Ms. Sengstack (strings) & Ms. Meltzer (band).  Here are two videos with selected pictures and video from each concert:

Strings click here

Band click here

 

🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5. Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

 

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 17

Fourth Grade Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

May 30-Memorial Day Holiday-No School

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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

Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-April 29, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Thank you our wonderful PTA and volunteers for a great book fair and movie night last week.  In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we want to say a big “THANK YOU” to Mrs. Byron, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Otero, and Mrs. Bunaugh, who are the first people you meet when entering our building and provide many supports to our school community. 

Next week we will honor our teachers and staff during teacher/staff appreciation week.  Please encourage your student to thank their teacher and other staff members!

Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

PTA News!

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTA has lots of fun treats and gifts planned for our staff. Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful donations. Please check your student's Thursday folder and be sure to send your notes in for your teachers next week!

International Night - May 20th 

The PTA International Night is back! Do you, your family or your child have a dance, song or instrumental piece from your country that you would like to share with the school? Miss McCarten is looking for student and adult performers to sing, dance or play an instrument that represent people groups from around the world.  The performance will be Friday night, May 20.  Please talk to Miss McCarten (703) 279-8457 for more information:  https://youtu.be/bFtMz5aYtGE We are also looking for families interested in doing a booth or table representing their cultural heritage. Please contact [email protected] if interested. 

 

Counselors Corner

Dear Daniels Run families,

Happy April! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break. This month, K-6 will be beginning our next Second Step Unit on Social Problem Solving. In K-2, they will learn about how to solve social problems, handling name-calling and how to fairly play with others. In 3-6, they will be learning about social problem solving techniques as well as taking responsibility for your actions, and dealing with peer pressure. This unit is sure to be a great one for your children!

If you are interested in at-home extension lessons that supplement the virtual lessons, you can find them at our 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. 

Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the 3rd and 4th grade Service Learning Project. The donation drive and the making of dog and cat toys resulted in 300 lbs. of supplies for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The much needed supplies helped to support homeless animals and foster families who care for them. Thank you again for your generous contributions!

As we approach the end of the school year, we are excited about the other learning opportunities that may occur. As a school counseling team we plan to continue school-wide efforts to promote positivity, gratitude and empathy. As always, should you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Should you need them, community resources are also found on our School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website here: https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling#community-counseling-resource 

As always, if you have any questions or need us in any way, please feel free to reach out: [email protected] or [email protected] .

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson (4-6)  & Ashleigh Fisher (formerly McPherson; K-3)

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Attendance Matters!
  • Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong.
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  In struggling schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD/TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • 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
A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition. Click here for ideas and more info

Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

Bike Rodeo

Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. 

  • What: Kid’s Bike Rodeo
  • When: Saturday April 30, 10am-12pm
  • Where: Daniels Run Elementary School playground (3705 Old Lee Hwy)
  • Who: Kids ages 5-12

This is a FREE drop-in event. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed! Want to help kids practice their biking skills and stay safe on the practice courses? Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BABA722A7FC1-fairfax1

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 17

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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

Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-April 22, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

It was great to see many of our families at our Strings and Band concerts this week.  The students were extremely excited to preform in front  of a live audience.  A special thank you to our Strings teachers, Ms. Venne and Mrs. Sengstack, and our Band teacher, Ms. Meltzer, for preparing our students and organizing the concerts.  

Thanks to our PTA for organizing a wonderful Book Fair as well as all the volunteers who helped make the Book Fair a success.   

Don't forgot to join us tonight for our PTA Outdoor Movie Night.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

PTA News!

BOGO Book Fair - Last Day April 22

Our Scholastic Book Fair is back and this time books are BUY ONE GET ONE. The fair will be open Friday for families before movie night from 4-7:30pm.

Outdoor Movie Night - April 22

Join us for an Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, April 22nd (movie starts approx. 7:30) for a showing of Sing 2. Concessions will be sold to support the 6th grade party! This is not a drop off event. Students must be supervised by an adult.  

International Night - May 20th 

The PTA International Night is back! Do you, your family or your child have a dance, song or instrumental piece from your country that you would like to share with the school? Miss McCarten is looking for student and adult performers to sing, dance or play an instrument that represent people groups from around the world.  The performance will be Friday night, May 20.  Please talk to Miss McCarten (703) 279-8457 for more information:  https://youtu.be/bFtMz5aYtGE

We are also looking for families interested in doing a booth or table representing their cultural heritage. Please contact [email protected] if interested. 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation - May 2-6

The PTA is planning some fun treats and gifts for our staff during the upcoming teacher and staff appreciation week. Please consider donating: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a45abae23a75-teacher1. Check your email and next week's Thursday folder for more information. 

Beyond the Water Bottle: Minimizing Microplastic Pollution in the Marine Environment

April 26, 7:00-8:00pm EST (click the link to register)

Open to all Teachers, Students & Families!

 

Join us as we explore the growing problem of microplastic pollution in the marine environment with guest speaker Meredith Evans Seeley who will share her insights and research on this topic, what's being done about it and how we can play a role. Meredith will also share what inspired her to pursue this career pathway. The session will include Q & A.

 

 

Advanced Academic Programs Spring Newsletter

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.

You can learn more about advanced services and screening in the Spring AAP Newsletter.

For additional information about advanced academic opportunities at Daniels Run, you can contact our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Ms. Beth McCrodden at [email protected].

 

Counselors Corner

Dear Daniels Run families,

Happy April! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break. This month, K-6 will be beginning our next Second Step Unit on Social Problem Solving. In K-2, they will learn about how to solve social problems, handling name-calling and how to fairly play with others. In 3-6, they will be learning about social problem solving techniques as well as taking responsibility for your actions, and dealing with peer pressure. This unit is sure to be a great one for your children!

If you are interested in at-home extension lessons that supplement the virtual lessons, you can find them at our 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. 

Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the 3rd and 4th grade Service Learning Project. The donation drive and the making of dog and cat toys resulted in 300 lbs. of supplies for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The much needed supplies helped to support homeless animals and foster families who care for them. Thank you again for your generous contributions!

As we approach the end of the school year, we are excited about the other learning opportunities that may occur. As a school counseling team we plan to continue school-wide efforts to promote positivity, gratitude and empathy. As always, should you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Should you need them, community resources are also found on our School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website here: https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling#community-counseling-resource 

As always, if you have any questions or need us in any way, please feel free to reach out: [email protected] or [email protected] .

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson (4-6)  & Ashleigh Fisher (formerly McPherson; K-3)

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Attendance Matters!
  • Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong.
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  In struggling schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD/TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • 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
All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition. Click here for ideas and more info

Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

Bike Rodeo

Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. 

  • What: Kid’s Bike Rodeo
  • When: Saturday April 30, 10am-12pm
  • Where: Daniels Run Elementary School playground (3705 Old Lee Hwy)
  • Who: Kids ages 5-12

This is a FREE drop-in event. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed! Want to help kids practice their biking skills and stay safe on the practice courses? Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BABA722A7FC1-fairfax1

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 17

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

ANG Silent Auction opens Friday, April 22

 

Hey Fairfax! The ONLINE SILENT AUCTION Opens this Friday, April 22nd

Items up for bid include:  Free Bundt Cake For A YEAR * Golf for 4 at Evergreen Country Club * Interior Decorating Consultation with Indigo Designs * Wrestling Lessons with NOVA Wrestling Club * Clothing, Jewelry, Handbags * Local Restaurant Gift Cards (Freddy's Steakburgers, Rita's Italian Ice, Woody's Ice Cream * AND MUCH MORE!  

CHECK OUT THE 50/50 RAFFLE!

One Lucky E-Ticket Winner will split the proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle with the All Night Grad Committee.  ANYONE CAN WIN!  See website for details.  

If you have items or services to donate or if you have leads or business contacts that might be interested in donating, please use this form and use the "In-Kind Donation Description and Value" field or email [email protected]

Auction opens April 22nd!  Preview Items here! https://app.galabid.com/fhsangsa2022/items#

Important Dates 

April 25-Parent Coffee 9:00 (Topic: SOL's)

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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

Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-April 15, 2022

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For a translated version of this newsletter, please click HERE. Next click on the language con in the upper left corner to choose your preferred language.

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

I hope all of our students, families and staff had an enjoyable and relaxing spring break last week.  We are now in the home stretch of the school year with only eight weeks remaining.  A number of updates this week:

  • 6th grade promotion ceremony will be held in the field house at Fairfax High School on June 9th at 2:00 pm
  • Join us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm
  • We will have a Spirit Week next week to celebrate Military Child Month and Earth Day - see additional details below
  • Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. www.fairfaxva.gov/bikemonth
  • This year, Northern Virginia magazine is launching its first annual Teacher of the Year Award, in which we will recognize the very best educators in our region.  The winner of Teacher of the Year will be awarded $10,000 and be profiled in the cover story in the October 2022 issue of Northern Virginia magazine.  The survey runs through Sunday, April 24 and is open to school administrators, teachers, parents, students, former students, and the general public. 

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

PTA News!

PTA Meeting - April 19th at 7pm

Please join us for our AprilPTA meeting via Google Meet - meet.google.com/gbd-qrei-vty. The meeting will feature the Q&A with Mr. Smith, the presentation of the 22-23 proposed PTA Board and PTA updates. 

BOGO Book Fair - April 19-22

Our Scholastic book fair is back and this time books are BUY ONE GET ONE. The fair will be open to students Tuesday- Friday and for families before movie night in Friday 5-7:30pm

Outdoor Movie Night - April 22

Join us for an Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, April 22nd (movie starts approx. 7:30) for a showing of Sing 2. Concessions will be sold to support the 6th grade party! This is not a drop off event. Students must be supervised by an adult.  

International Night - May 20th 

The PTA International Night is back! Do you, your family or your child have a dance, song or instrumental piece from your country that you would like to share with the school? Miss McCarten is looking for student and adult performers to sing, dance or play an instrument that represent people groups from around the world.  The performance will be Friday night, May 20.  Please talk to Miss McCarten (703) 279-8457 for more information:  https://youtu.be/bFtMz5aYtGE

We are also looking for families interested in doing a booth or table representing their cultural heritage. Please contact [email protected] if interested. 

Advanced Academic Programs Spring Newsletter

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.

You can learn more about advanced services and screening in the Spring AAP Newsletter.

For additional information about advanced academic opportunities at Daniels Run, you can contact our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Ms. Beth McCrodden at [email protected].

 

Counselors Corner

Dear Daniels Run families,

Happy April! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break. This month, K-6 will be beginning our next Second Step Unit on Social Problem Solving. In K-2, they will learn about how to solve social problems, handling name-calling and how to fairly play with others. In 3-6, they will be learning about social problem solving techniques as well as taking responsibility for your actions, and dealing with peer pressure. This unit is sure to be a great one for your children!

If you are interested in at-home extension lessons that supplement the virtual lessons, you can find them at our 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. 

Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the 3rd and 4th grade Service Learning Project. The donation drive and the making of dog and cat toys resulted in 300 lbs. of supplies for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The much needed supplies helped to support homeless animals and foster families who care for them. Thank you again for your generous contributions!

As we approach the end of the school year, we are excited about the other learning opportunities that may occur. As a school counseling team we plan to continue school-wide efforts to promote positivity, gratitude and empathy. As always, should you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Should you need them, community resources are also found on our School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website here: https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling#community-counseling-resource 

As always, if you have any questions or need us in any way, please feel free to reach out: [email protected]u or [email protected] .

Sincerely,

Louise Robinson (4-6)  & Ashleigh Fisher (formerly McPherson; K-3)

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Attendance Matters!
  • Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong.
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  In struggling schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD/TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • 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
All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition. Click here for ideas and more info

Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

Bike Rodeo

Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. 

  • What: Kid’s Bike Rodeo
  • When: Saturday April 30, 10am-12pm
  • Where: Daniels Run Elementary School playground (3705 Old Lee Hwy)
  • Who: Kids ages 5-12

This is a FREE drop-in event. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed! Want to help kids practice their biking skills and stay safe on the practice courses? Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BABA722A7FC1-fairfax1

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 17

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

NVSE Fair

George Mason University College of Science and Pinnacle Academy are excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Elementary and Middle Science and Engineering Fair (NVSE Fair) is virtual for 2022. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2022,

The parent/teacher Zoom sessions will provide an overview of project requirements, the virtual platform/s, and the day-of schedule and expectations. Student projects will be judged in two categories: Life and Earth Sciences (LES) or Physical Science and Engineering (PSE). There are three divisions per category: Div I (grades 1-3), Div II (grades 4-5), and Div III (grades 6-8).

Prizes will be awarded in each category and division. For 2022, in addition to the annual Broadcom Masters awards, two new middle school awards have been announced along with the DOD STEM Leadership award. 

  • The Broadcom Masters Coding with Commitment Prize (for individuals or teams): http://broadcomfoundation.org/codingwithcommitment/
  • The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize: https://www.societyforscience.org/lemelson-early-inventor/
  • DOD STEM Leadership Prize: https://dodstem.us/ ( The DOD STEM Leadership Prize is awarded to the top performer at 30 Society for Science affiliated science fairs in military-connected communities across the United States. Students show outstanding problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout their research projects while producing a project that exemplifies excellence in the field of STEM. 

The NVSE Fair is in its 8th year. The event encompasses elementary and middle schools in Washington, DC, Loudoun, and Fairfax. Elementary schools in Arlington County, Prince William, and Manassas are encouraged to participate. Middle school students participating in the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria) and the Prince William-Manassas Science Fair are ineligible for this competition.

 

Important Dates 

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 19 - PTA Meeting 7:00 pm 

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

April 25-Parent Coffee 9:00 (Topic: SOL's)

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-March 31, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

I hope all of our students, families and staff have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!  Our office will be closed April 4th- 8th. We will see everyone back at DRES on Monday, April 11th to start the 4th quarter.

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

Pyramid Art Show!

Daniels Run Family, 

We have an annual Fairfax Pyramid Art Show in person on April 12th between 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Fairfax HS. Please stop by to check out artwork created by our students and neighboring schools. There will be some fun activities and food trucks. Mrs. Kwak and Mrs. Byrne will be at the show. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

PTA News!

Get More involved in PTA for 2022-2023

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

 

6th Grade Party Volunteers Needed

Each year, we celebrate our sixth graders on all their hard work over the past 7 years of elementary school. There is typically a party held at the end of the school year and a few other celebratory events.  In order to provide this fun activity for the children, we will need sixth grade parent volunteers to help plan, fundraise and execute the party. We are also looking for a couple of fifth grade parents to join the committee, to get a headstart on what is needed for next year! If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please email [email protected]. We will hold our first group meeting right after Spring Break in order to form working groups. 

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for School-Based (Level II-III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

·       Parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.

·       The AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form may be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced- academic-program-aap-forms or by searching “AAP Forms” at https://www.fcps.edu/.

·       Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.

Screening Process for Levels II-III

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Appeals Process for Levels II-III

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

School-Based Services Overview School-Based Services in Elementary School

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students. Students have:

·       Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.

·       A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since
    • Fall referrals are due in early October (contact the AART for more information).
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15,

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced- academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some students require regular advanced differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science) and on a full-time basis. Students identified for level IV AAP require depth, complexity, and/or acceleration beyond the needs of their age-level peers at their current setting.

 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Increased intensity of depth, complexity, and acceleration compared to the needs of age-level peers in their current setting.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each yea

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Attendance Matters!
  • Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after spring break. It’s time to break that cycle. 
  • Make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.
  • Please remember, April 1 is a student holiday and Spring Break is      April 4-8 We are eager to welcome your children back in school on     April 11. 
All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition.  Deadline is April 15.  Click here for ideas and more info

 🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 16

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

NVSE Fair

George Mason University College of Science and Pinnacle Academy are excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Elementary and Middle Science and Engineering Fair (NVSE Fair) is virtual for 2022. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2022,

The parent/teacher Zoom sessions will provide an overview of project requirements, the virtual platform/s, and the day-of schedule and expectations. Student projects will be judged in two categories: Life and Earth Sciences (LES) or Physical Science and Engineering (PSE). There are three divisions per category: Div I (grades 1-3), Div II (grades 4-5), and Div III (grades 6-8).

Prizes will be awarded in each category and division. For 2022, in addition to the annual Broadcom Masters awards, two new middle school awards have been announced along with the DOD STEM Leadership award. 

  • The Broadcom Masters Coding with Commitment Prize (for individuals or teams): http://broadcomfoundation.org/codingwithcommitment/
  • The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize: https://www.societyforscience.org/lemelson-early-inventor/
  • DOD STEM Leadership Prize: https://dodstem.us/ ( The DOD STEM Leadership Prize is awarded to the top performer at 30 Society for Science affiliated science fairs in military-connected communities across the United States. Students show outstanding problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout their research projects while producing a project that exemplifies excellence in the field of STEM. 

The NVSE Fair is in its 8th year. The event encompasses elementary and middle schools in Washington, DC, Loudoun, and Fairfax. Elementary schools in Arlington County, Prince William, and Manassas are encouraged to participate. Middle school students participating in the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria) and the Prince William-Manassas Science Fair are ineligible for this competition.

 

Important Dates 

April 3-Ramadan

April 4-8-Spring Break

April 15-Good Friday

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

April 25-Parent Coffee 9:00 (Topic: SOL's)

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

3705 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030  | Main Office: 703-279-8400
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Take the Family Engagement Survey!

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If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Participate today, visit the survey website

 

 

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2 Hour Dismissal - Thursday (3/31) 

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As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early (1:45 pm) on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-March 25, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

A big thank you to our PTA and all of our families and staff who participated in Bingo Night last Friday.  We had a great turnout and lots of fun!

As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours (1:45 pm) early on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Some highlights from this past week:

  • 4th grade students used Kahoot! to demonstrate their knowledge of the oceans. 
  •  5th grade students explored how to identify vascular and non-vascular plants as well as which plants are native to Virginia.

Always feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Enjoy your weekend,

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is in the main lobby next to the staircase.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Thursday, March 31st.  After March 31st, anything left will be packed up and donated.

PTA News!

Get More involved in PTA for 2022-2023

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

 

6th Grade Party Volunteers Needed

Each year, we celebrate our sixth graders on all their hard work over the past 7 years of elementary school. There is typically a party held at the end of the school year and a few other celebratory events.  In order to provide this fun activity for the children, we will need sixth grade parent volunteers to help plan, fundraise and execute the party. We are also looking for a couple of fifth grade parents to join the committee, to get a headstart on what is needed for next year! If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please email [email protected]. We will hold our first group meeting right after Spring Break in order to form working groups. 

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for School-Based (Level II-III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

·       Parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.

·       The AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form may be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced- academic-program-aap-forms or by searching “AAP Forms” at https://www.fcps.edu/.

·       Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.

Screening Process for Levels II-III

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Appeals Process for Levels II-III

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

School-Based Services Overview School-Based Services in Elementary School

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students. Students have:

·       Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.

·       A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since
    • Fall referrals are due in early October (contact the AART for more information).
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15,

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced- academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some students require regular advanced differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science) and on a full-time basis. Students identified for level IV AAP require depth, complexity, and/or acceleration beyond the needs of their age-level peers at their current setting.

 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Increased intensity of depth, complexity, and acceleration compared to the needs of age-level peers in their current setting.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each yea

Tutor.com

 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services website.

FLE Information!

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 [email protected]

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

Counselor's Corner

Hello Daniels Run Families,

March promises to bring us all much needed warmth and sun as we say good bye to winter cold.   This month, the counselors will wrap up our Monday morning Second Step video lessons focused on Emotion Management.  Ask your child about the 3 steps to dealing with big feelings —"Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm down.”  After spring break,  Second Step lessons will focus on the steps of Social Problem Solving.    Also during March, Mrs. Fisher and I will also hold in-person lessons in grades K-3 to help students with career exploration.  Each student will create a career exploration artifact for their Academic and Career Portfolios.

March will also be a big month for Service Learning.  The 3rd grades will wrap  up their month-long coordination of the donation drive for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation on Friday, March 18th.  As of the end of February, our school has collected more than 121 pounds of towels, newspapers, dog and cat food, and cleaning supplies.  We will update you on the total amount of donations in our April counselor corner.  In addition to supplies to care for homeless dogs and cats, our 4th graders will complete a service project the week of March 14th involving the crafting of dog and cat toys.  Toys are an important tool for helping homeless animals learn how to socialize with humans and to provide mental stimulation.  We are so lucky to have an enthusiastic group of 4th graders to complete this service-learning project and we hope that all the 3rd and 4th graders were able to engage in  a little perspective taking as they thought about the needs of  others.  Looking ahead, our Enhanced Autism students will complete a service-project in April in conjunction with Autism Awareness month.  Stay tuned for more information on that next month.

Finally, a reminder that we have posted emergency and non-emergency counseling options, other community resources, information about the DRES Clinical Team, and our Second Step at-home lesson extensions on the Daniels Run website.  The link for that information can be found at:  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.

Happy Spring!

Louise Robinson and Ashleigh Fisher

Attendance Matters!
  • Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after spring break. It’s time to break that cycle. 
  • Make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.
  • Please remember, April 1 is a student holiday and Spring Break is      April 4-8 We are eager to welcome your children back in school on     April 11. 
All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition.  Deadline is April 15.  Click here for ideas and more info

🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The March musicians of the month are the Canadian folk rock band: Great Big Sea: https://youtu.be/7cnsbt3ne9c

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 16

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

NVSE Fair

George Mason University College of Science and Pinnacle Academy are excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Elementary and Middle Science and Engineering Fair (NVSE Fair) is virtual for 2022. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2022,

The parent/teacher Zoom sessions will provide an overview of project requirements, the virtual platform/s, and the day-of schedule and expectations. Student projects will be judged in two categories: Life and Earth Sciences (LES) or Physical Science and Engineering (PSE). There are three divisions per category: Div I (grades 1-3), Div II (grades 4-5), and Div III (grades 6-8).

Prizes will be awarded in each category and division. For 2022, in addition to the annual Broadcom Masters awards, two new middle school awards have been announced along with the DOD STEM Leadership award. 

  • The Broadcom Masters Coding with Commitment Prize (for individuals or teams): http://broadcomfoundation.org/codingwithcommitment/
  • The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize: https://www.societyforscience.org/lemelson-early-inventor/
  • DOD STEM Leadership Prize: https://dodstem.us/ ( The DOD STEM Leadership Prize is awarded to the top performer at 30 Society for Science affiliated science fairs in military-connected communities across the United States. Students show outstanding problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout their research projects while producing a project that exemplifies excellence in the field of STEM. 

The NVSE Fair is in its 8th year. The event encompasses elementary and middle schools in Washington, DC, Loudoun, and Fairfax. Elementary schools in Arlington County, Prince William, and Manassas are encouraged to participate. Middle school students participating in the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria) and the Prince William-Manassas Science Fair are ineligible for this competition.

 

Important Dates 

March 31-2 hour early release

April 1-Student Holiday

April 3-Ramadan

April 4-8-Spring Break

April 15-Good Friday

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-March 18, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

Thank you to all of the guest readers who helped make our Read Across America celebration last Friday a great success.  We had guests from City of Fairfax Schools, City of Fairfax City Council, Fairfax High School  and members of our school community.   Some other highlights this past week:

  • Ms. Jackson’s preschool class wrote a fabulous book called “The Hunt for the Missing Leprechaun” Each student had their own unique contribution to the story. It's quite a page turner!

  • 5th grade students used the experimental design method as they studied the effects of window coverings on the temperature inside of a car. 
  • Mrs. Weber's class enjoyed a "poetry cafe" where students shared their own poetry with classmates.
  •  Mr. Toskovich’s students were engaged in developing their own research topics by crafting a strong question and learning angles through a rock, paper, scissors game.   
  • Ms. Reyes 2nd grade Spanish classes worked on learning their five senses through a variety of multisensory activities including singing, dancing, sorting and writing.
  • Our 2nd grade team enriched reading stamina by creating their own version of Reading Under the Stars.

  • Fourth graders have been studying the ocean and have been learning about the various parts that make up the ocean floor.

Our 6th grade promotion is set for Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 at Fairfax High School.   

I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at our Bingo Night!

Always feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Enjoy your weekend,

 

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 

 

The City of Fairfax School Board is looking for community input as they search for a new superintendent. There are three ways to provide your feedback:

  • Take a short, online survey here.
  • Attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 or at 7:00. For the meeting link, please email [email protected]
  • Attend an in-person open house on Thursday, March 24 from 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30 at the City Hall work session room (rm. 111) at 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information about the superintendent search and timeline, please visit the City of Fairfax School website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

COVID Vaccination Status  

You may wish to voluntarily share your child’s COVID-19 vaccination information with Daniels Run ES. However, we do not require your child’s vaccination information and no school employee will ask for your child’s vaccination status. If you would like to provide us with your child’s vaccination status, please bring your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card or a photocopy of the card to Aysha Otero in the front office. COVID-19 vaccination documentation contains Protected Health Information and should not be emailed.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Daniels Run Families,

March promises to bring us all much needed warmth and sun as we say good bye to winter cold.   This month, the counselors will wrap up our Monday morning Second Step video lessons focused on Emotion Management.  Ask your child about the 3 steps to dealing with big feelings —"Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm down.”  After spring break,  Second Step lessons will focus on the steps of Social Problem Solving.    Also during March, Mrs. Fisher and I will also hold in-person lessons in grades K-3 to help students with career exploration.  Each student will create a career exploration artifact for their Academic and Career Portfolios.

March will also be a big month for Service Learning.  The 3rd grades will wrap  up their month-long coordination of the donation drive for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation on Friday, March 18th.  As of the end of February, our school has collected more than 121 pounds of towels, newspapers, dog and cat food, and cleaning supplies.  We will update you on the total amount of donations in our April counselor corner.  In addition to supplies to care for homeless dogs and cats, our 4th graders will complete a service project the week of March 14th involving the crafting of dog and cat toys.  Toys are an important tool for helping homeless animals learn how to socialize with humans and to provide mental stimulation.  We are so lucky to have an enthusiastic group of 4th graders to complete this service-learning project and we hope that all the 3rd and 4th graders were able to engage in  a little perspective taking as they thought about the needs of  others.  Looking ahead, our Enhanced Autism students will complete a service-project in April in conjunction with Autism Awareness month.  Stay tuned for more information on that next month.

Finally, a reminder that we have posted emergency and non-emergency counseling options, other community resources, information about the DRES Clinical Team, and our Second Step at-home lesson extensions on the Daniels Run website.  The link for that information can be found at:  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.

Happy Spring!

Louise Robinson and Ashleigh Fisher

Attendance Matters!
  • Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after spring break. It’s time to break that cycle. 
  • Make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.
  • Please remember, April 1 is a student holiday and Spring Break is      April 4-8 We are eager to welcome your children back in school on     April 11. 
DRES Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!

Do you have pictures you have taken this year that we could include in our yearbook? Welcome Walk, Back to School, Classroom, PTA Events, etc...

We are looking for pictures to include in the DRES 2021-2022 Yearbook. Please send any and all pictures to [email protected]

Thank you!

All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The International Day Assemblies are back! Calling any students that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Stay tuned for audition details next week

  🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The March musicians of the month are the Canadian folk rock band: Great Big Sea: https://youtu.be/7cnsbt3ne9c

Thanks to Compass Coffee for providing gift cards to DRES staff! 

If you enjoy coffee, please consider stopping by a new City of Fairfax business.

Opening Soon! 

10400 Fairfax Boulevard

@compasscoffee

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 16

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11

Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

With Your Parent’s/Guardian’s Supervision:

  • Visit com/FairfaxCity and complete the short earthquake exercise! An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the shifting of rocks deep underneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can cause fires, tsunamis, landslides, or avalanches. They can happen anywhere at any time without warning!
  • Watch this YouTube video on tips to prepare for an earthquake. "disaster preparedness training; earthquakes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsjbsWUFo4A
  • Make sure to remind your parents/guardians to sign up for Fairfax City Alerts https://www.fairfaxva.gov/services/about-us/fairfax-city-alert so you can be first to know of any dangers to the city.
NVSE Fair

George Mason University College of Science and Pinnacle Academy are excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Elementary and Middle Science and Engineering Fair (NVSE Fair) is virtual for 2022. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2022,

The parent/teacher Zoom sessions will provide an overview of project requirements, the virtual platform/s, and the day-of schedule and expectations. Student projects will be judged in two categories: Life and Earth Sciences (LES) or Physical Science and Engineering (PSE). There are three divisions per category: Div I (grades 1-3), Div II (grades 4-5), and Div III (grades 6-8).

Prizes will be awarded in each category and division. For 2022, in addition to the annual Broadcom Masters awards, two new middle school awards have been announced along with the DOD STEM Leadership award. 

  • The Broadcom Masters Coding with Commitment Prize (for individuals or teams): http://broadcomfoundation.org/codingwithcommitment/
  • The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize: https://www.societyforscience.org/lemelson-early-inventor/
  • DOD STEM Leadership Prize: https://dodstem.us/ ( The DOD STEM Leadership Prize is awarded to the top performer at 30 Society for Science affiliated science fairs in military-connected communities across the United States. Students show outstanding problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout their research projects while producing a project that exemplifies excellence in the field of STEM. 

The NVSE Fair is in its 8th year. The event encompasses elementary and middle schools in Washington, DC, Loudoun, and Fairfax. Elementary schools in Arlington County, Prince William, and Manassas are encouraged to participate. Middle school students participating in the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria) and the Prince William-Manassas Science Fair are ineligible for this competition.

 

Important Dates 

March 31 - 2 hour early release

April 1-Student Holiday

April 3-Ramadan

April 4-8-Spring Break

April 15-Good Friday

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release

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

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