KG 5.31.20 Update - Student Belongings

Note from KG Leadership - Student Belongings/Yearbook Last Call

Dear Kent Gardens Families,

We will hold our final distribution of student belongings and yearbooks on Tuesday, June 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  We have had 3 opportunities for student belongings to be picked up.  This will be the last time made available. Should you have questions for the yearbook, please email  Should you have questions regarding student belongings, please email either or

We have held two sessions for medicine pick up and Mrs. McGrath has personally contacted all parents.  If you still need to pick up your medication, please email Pier McGrath at

Our teachers have packed up the student items and placed in bags. Note that some families may choose not to pick up the students’ belongings. If that is your decision, please complete the google form ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT PICKING UP the student belongings. This form will allow us to dispose of the belongings immediately.

We have also collected many students’ jackets left in the classrooms.  We will hang the clothing on the fence for your retrieval. Note that only one person per car may approach the fence to retrieve the item.  The items will be donated if left at the school. 

Directions for Student Belonging Pick Up

The following steps should be taken:

Review the Health Screening Questionnaire – if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, let administration know that you will need to delay pick up at this time.

  • Please come between 9 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The names of your children should be displayed in the passenger window. (see next bullet).
  • On an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, print the student’s first and last name (include all students in the family) on a piece of paper and tape it to the front, passenger window before coming to Kent Gardens ES. If you are picking up a yearbook, you should write Yearbook Only with your child's last and first name.  If you are picking up both items, please note Student Belongings and Yearbook with your child’s last and first name.
  • The KG staff will direct you to turn into the bus loop for student belongings and then to kiss and ride for the yearbook. When directed, please open your trunk or sliding door if you have the capacity to do so without getting out of your vehicle.  If not, please be sure it is unlocked.
  • If you have items for drop off. We will not be collecting laptops at this time. The items we will collect include:
    • Library books (place in bag)
    • Classroom books (place in bag)
    • School instruments (6th graders ONLY)
  • Please place in trunk in a bag or in sliding door area and the staff will retrieve. You should not get out of the car. The staff will grab the bag and will place the student belongings in your car. Closer to the end of the school year there will be an opportunity to return laptops if you are not continuing in an FCPS school. If you are staying in FCPS and continuing in your music program you will be able to keep your instrument for the summer.
  • Lost and Found items will be displayed along the fence in the Kiss and Ride area. You may drive through as directed by staff as need be.  Note that only one family member should get out to retrieve the item.

Health Screening Questionnaire

  • Before signing up, and then again before coming to the school, please review the health questionnaire and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions do not come to drop-off or pick-up of materials.
  • Do you have a cough and/or sore throat? Yes_____ No _____
  • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)? Yes______ No______
  • Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe? Yes_____ No____
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? Yes____ No_____
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? --Yes____ No_____

**If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you cannot come up to the school and will need to be rescheduled.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this process. As mentioned, please wear a mask when you arrive at the school and do not get out of your car.

Yours in Health!  Virtually ~The School Leadership Team

Holly McGuigan, Pier McGrath, Tia Hawkins, Sarah Talley, Gail Barnett, and Sheri Emory

School News

Yearbooks and Student Belongings: We will have one final distribution on Tuesday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.  We have had 3 opportunities for student belongings to be picked up.  This will be the last time made available. Should you have questions for the yearbook, please email  Should you have questions regarding student belongings, please email either or

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd  by accessing here

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


Kindergarten Orientation – We enjoyed see everyone at our orientation.  Here is the link if you wish to review and share with other family members.


New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration:  We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean  The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements.


Enrollment Intentions for 2020-2021:  Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to COVID-19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Positivity Character Strength: The character strength for the week of May 31 – June 6 is Perseverance. The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere can set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.


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.


Sixth Grade News – Rising Longfellow Students: Longfellow is excited to host the virtual Jump Start to Success program to help rising 7th graders with their transition to middle school. The program is open and free to all rising 7th graders and will consist of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities for students. Students will meet their administrators, counselors, and teachers virtually. They will take a virtual tour of Longfellow and learn how to use a locker and how to read their schedule. They will also learn time management techniques, test testing anxiety tips, and a number of other activities geared to teach them about life as a middle school student.  The dates for the program have not been determined just yet but we will continue to update you weekly in our Keep In Touch Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows,


Parent Transition: Longfellow MS will host a virtual “How to Thrive at Longfellow” program for parents.  The date is TBD, as we feel it is best to learn more about what next year will look like, before advising parents on how to help their children prepare for middle school.  The Thrive program will be live (and also recorded).  Stay tuned for more information.



Thanks to our sixth grade parents for helping us show our #kgpride - we will miss our sixth graders - hard to say farewell!