KG 4.19.20 Update

A Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

We are hopeful to return to virtual (synchronous) instruction!  Teachers have worked to update the Blackboard Learning 24/7 sites to incorporate a BBCU button.  Your child should log into his/her Blackboard 24/7 account and click on the BBCU button in order to view the live instruction.  We will continue to reach out to connect with students to ensure they are able to engage in both the synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Some tips for accessing the Blackboard Learning 24/7 and the BBCU:

  • Here is a quick video clip that you may follow to support your child in accessing the above platforms.
  • Use Google Chrome browser and make it your default browser.
  • FCPS has a webpage that also provides updated information on various support with respect to Blackboard Learning 24/7.


We look forward to continuing the learning and know that we will get through this!  Our teachers are committed to supporting all students as is your administration.  Let’s presume the positive and lean in together.  We are here to help and support.  Do not hesitate to reach out!


Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

Earth Week 2020

Earth Week celebrates its 50th anniversary of the holiday on April 22nd.  We would love to have our students and families support.  Here is a summary of colors to wear and support!  For additional information and ways to support Earth Week, visit the FCPS Get 2 Green website. The Earth Day Bingo is shown below. We would also like to share National Geographic Family Activities that provide additional opportunities to enjoy Earth Week! The link has an animal quiz and other fun activities such as a safari.

FCPS Earth Day Color Themes

Earth Week 2020 – wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!


Monday, April 20 – Watershed Day (blue)

Tuesday, April 21 – Consumption and Waste Day (red)

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day and Climate Change Day (green)

Thursday, April 23 – Energy Day (yellow)

Friday, April 24 – Arbor Day and Great Outdoors Day (purple)


 Join the fun on Twitter – tweet @FCPSGet2Green and use #FCPSEarthWeek  and @KentGardens to tag your posts!  You may also send to and we will post on Facebook and Twitter.


News To Share: 

Yearbooks: Have you ordered – this is absolutely the last call!! We will not have any extra yearbooks -  Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 4/27!  Order yearbooks NOW online!  Yearbooks may only be purchased online. The cost of yearbook is $25.00.  All yearbook orders are due by April 27. Go to and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

Positivity:  The character strength for the week of April 20th- 25th is Appreciation of Excellence and Beauty. Appreciating beauty and excellence means that you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. This is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. The positive character strength of appreciating beauty and excellence can help support us through our current stressful time. 

PTA News:

Virtual PTA meeting will be on April 22nd at 7 p.m.   Zoom login information is on the KG PTA Facebook and has been remitted this past week.

Local News: 

In alignment with Earth Day, a local arborist,Heath Baumann, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist is hosting a virtual Ask an Arborist Information Session on April 24th at 1 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day.  The info session will include: 

  • a project for kids, 
  • seedling planting how-to, and 
  • a short Q&A session. 

This is a free event open only to the community of McLean. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a seedling tree!

Please RSVP at


Teachers and staff hard at work !  We look forward to a great week!


#kgpride #strongertogether #inspire