KG Updates 5.3.20

Administration Updates and News

Dear Parents,

We had a great week with virtual/synchronous learning!  The teachers loved seeing the students and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing their creativity around the work products and other news that they shared. Below we have shared some of the products and work! 

Our parent coffee last Tuesday was a success.  Based on parent input, we will host weekly coffees at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays for the next month.  The link to the Parent Coffee is here.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8 a.m. which should avoid interference with the virtual learning.  

We also have had some questions around specialists and have developed a summary of their schedule for your reference.  Note that the access for the specialists’ sessions is as follows:

  • Your child should log into Blackboard Learning 24/7
  • Click on the Specialists tab – (Specialists include: AART, Art, PE, Music, FLES, Library, Band, Strings etc.
  • Click on their individual BBCU link.

Note that the students should continue to use the BBCU access that began this week for their homeroom and second block of content.  Please do star this email from the teacher so your child can easily access.

We have also set up a link as a resource for the essential learning standards. These links are the major content areas of math, language arts, science and social studies.

In addition, we have provided a link in which you can provide input for next year’s class placement. Please complete the google form.  Note that we do not accept specific teacher requests but look to place your child in an appropriate setting that meets his/her needs. The due date is May 12, 2020.

Warmly and virtually,

Holly McGuigan                             Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                                         Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Please do join us in celebrating our fabulous teachers! Some suggestions include:

  • Thank-you emails and e-cards 
  • Gift cards sent electronically--Amazon, food delivery, etc. (Remember to support our local small businesses whenever possible!)
  • Sidewalk chalk a drawing or message for your teachers. Post to the KG PTA Facebook page, or send it to us and we'll post it for you!
  • Signs in your window or in your yard thanking our KG teachers
  • Heartfelt video messages (sent via Flipgrid, etc.)

If your child writes a note to your teacher!  Send your child’s picture with the note (no full names please) to and we will post on Facebook to recognize all of their hard work! We look forward to celebrating them every day this week!


Additional School News

Positivity Character Strength:  The character strength for the week of May 4th- May 8th is Leadership. This strength means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. 


Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7. We invite you to engage in wellness family challenges that will keep you upbeat and happy and encourage you to utilize any of the resources that may be helpful to you and your child. Other resources include the FCPS webpage for resources.


Yearbooks: Have you ordered – we had a few parents who wanted one more week!! Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 5/6!  The cost of yearbook is $25.00 Go to and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559


Specialists Schedule Overview: Click here for a summary of specials for our music, art, P.E., FLES, Band, Strings etc.


Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartener 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.


E-Books are available to check out!  Visit the specialists Blackboard 24/7 course and click on the library tab for instructions on how to access.  Ms. Hershey has ordered over 150 new titles for students to read!


Essential Standard Documents: Essential Standards documents have been created for PreK-6 across the four core content areas for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Essential standards are identified in reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. To access these Essential Standards documents, click here to navigate to the KGES website.


Class Placement Input:  Click here to complete the google form to have input for the next school year 2020-2021.  Note that we do not accept specific teacher requests.  Due date is May 12, 2020.


Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, May 5 by accessing here


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