KG Distance Learning Update 4.26

A Note from Administration


Dear Parents,


Thanks for your continued patience with our efforts with distance learning.  We also appreciate your work in supporting your child(ren) as you balance household responsibilities, work commitments and simply life!  As we approach yet one more week at home, please note that each family should find your own balance with schoolwork and other commitments. Note that our staff completely understands the challenges that this pandemic has brought to you and your family. Many of the teachers and staff are balancing the same challenges at home as well. If your child is stressed or your family cannot complete all the work, please just let the teacher know. We are here to support you.  That said, we are also ready to support the continued learning and will celebrate these moments!  See the picture and note below – it will warm your heart!


As communicated this week, our goal is to once again continue with live or virtual instruction this week such that the students can reconnect with the teachers and their peers.   We are hopeful that with the new BBCU link, we should be able to bring both routine and structure to your child’s day – and your day!


Our specialists will continue to have their links for learning available through the Blackboard Learning 24/7 Specialist button. They will have some ‘live’ classes as well as recorded classes. Note we are not able to replicate the school day, but your child may choose a special (live or recorded) that works for his/her schedule for that day. Our teachers will also have guests who join their morning meetings which will also give our specialists and other staff members an opportunity to join the morning meeting. Note that all teachers will have virtual office hours and students will be able to join as invited or as needed.


We will have a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, April 25th at 8 a.m. We will answer questions and respond to any concerns that you may have. The link is here for you to attend.


To our parents and teachers, thank you for your patience and supporting all the transitions to connect synchronously and provide instruction for our students.  Kent Gardens will be known for our strength as a community by staying positive as we lean in together and ask how we can support each other!  #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire


Warmly with fingers crossed,

Holly McGuigan


Warms your heart!  We are here for the students!  #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

School Updates

Yearbooks: Have you ordered – this is absolutely the last call!! Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 4/27!  The cost of yearbook is $25.00 Go to and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

Virtual Parent Coffee:  Tuesday, April 28th at 8 a.m.! The link is here for you to attend.

New BBCU log In for Distance Learning 3.0:

Kent Gardens STUDENTS should:

  • Check their Google account later today or tomorrow. They are looking for BBCU Invitee (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) email(s) from their teacher, which contains a link to each class.  Here is a link on how students can check their fcpsschools gmail account. Students should not share links.
  • Watch this video of how to “star” the email for easy access in the future.

What do PARENTS need to do?

  • Help your child check their Google email later today or tomorrow morning.  They have gotten an email(s) from BBUC that contains a link they need to access their teacher’s live instruction. Here is a visual guide in a pdf to show how students can check their gmail account. Click here
  • Tell your child to ‘star’ and save the email as a favorite in case they need the link(s) later; forward that email to yourself so that you can find it as well.
  • Tell your child to go “in” to the classes at the correct times only. Tell them not to share their codes because if they do and that person logs in before they do, they will NOT be able to get into the classroom.


Positivity:  The character strength for the week of April 27th-May 1st is purpose and connection. This strength gives individuals the sense that they are connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people.


Mental Health Resources:  Please visit the FCPS webpage for resources. Right now, there are many stressors and there are resources for support.


Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartner please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.


ELearnIT Books are available to check out!  Karen Hershey purchased some additional eBooks - they are ready for check out!  Go to her tab on Blackboard Learning 24/7 or check out this link as well!


PTA News:

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from April 27 to May 10 – Very exciting news! Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started - Happy reading!


PTA Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our final PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Meeting information is posted in PTA Facebook and webpage