Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-August 20, 2021

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

Dear DRES Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! On behalf of our entire staff we are extremely excited to have all of our students back in the building this year.  Our theme this year is "Many Paths...One Journey".  We have had a great week of reconnecting and professional learning as a staff this past week and we are ready to go!  We are all on an adrenaline high after meeting many of our students and families during the Welcome Walk yesterday.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to walk their child to class on Monday.   

Some updates:

  • Click here to view our parent Q & A session from 8/16.
  • Parents, caregivers or guardians, are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend school.
  • Masks are required at all times inside the building for all students, staff and visitors unless they are eating. 
  • We have expanded our seating in the cafeteria to allow more space between students as they eat. 
  • Please be patient with our arrival and dismissal process the first few weeks of school.  FCPS has a severe shortage of bus drivers and kiss and ride traffic may be heavier than usual so please be patient as we ensure that all of our students arrive and depart school safely.  

Have a great weekend, we can't wait to see everyone Monday morning!

Please call (703-279-8400) or email us here at school if there is anything we can do to help you or your family.


Chris Smith

DRES Principal 


Health Guidance 

To ensure a safe start to the school year students, staff and vistors will  wear masks while indoors. . Read more about why these measures are important and how we’ll practice safety this fall.

FCPS has been planning for the return to school since spring, and we cannot wait to have students back in classrooms five days a week! You can prepare for a strong start to the school year by visiting the Return to School page, frequently checking the Return to School FAQs, and reading FCPS This Week for the latest information.

Free School Meals for All Students 

FCPS’ Food and Nutrition Services staff are ready to serve healthy meals to students and staff. This year, all students receive FREE breakfast and lunch.

Find out more about school meals go to: www.fcps.edu/news/free-meals

Transportation Updates

Parents/guardians should review their ParentVue account in Student Information System (SIS) for updated bus route assignment information after August 10, 2021.

Kiss and Ride Information

Welcome to the new school year. This is to inform you of our Kiss and Ride procedures for the end of the day. During the first week of school we will be distributing a Kiss and Ride card. Please place it on the passenger side dashboard of your vehicle with your child’s name and grade level. All students will be waiting in the cafeteria and we will be calling students to cars as you arrive. Beginning September 7th  if you do not have the card on your dashboard you will be asked to park and come in to the office to pick up your child. Please be sure to get as many vehicle cards as you need to ensure that all your vehicles can display the card.

As a reminder students should only be entering and exiting cars from the passenger side of the vehicle. Also, students will be dismissed to a vehicle ONLY. Please do not walk up to the cafeteria exit door to pick up your child.

We thank you in advance for your flexibility and help with ensuring the safety of the children.

Clinic Information

Hello to all the new and returning students and parents of Daniels Run Elementary School.  I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces once again.  I am Celeste Delahunty, School Health Aide for Daniels Run.  If you have any medications that are needed during school hours for your student(s) please be sure to have the appropriate medication forms filled out and signed by the doctor, before bringing in the medications.  The forms can be found on the Daniels Run Elementary School’s main page  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/  by using the search icon and entering in the word Clinic.  You will find copies of the Medication Authorization, Epinephrine Authorization, and Inhaler Authorization (updated Aug 2021) and instructions about the procedures for each form. 

I am available for any questions or concerns you may have this week or during school hours next week at 703-279-8410 or by email at cdelahunty@fcps.edu.

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning this school year.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
    • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

Supply Lists 

Supply lists have been updated for the 2021-22 school year.  


Katherine Johnson Story Walk

Fairfax City’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the City of Fairfax Schools is excited to announce the Katherine Johnson Middle School StoryWalk®  in support of the 2022 school year at the newly named middle school.

During the month of August (8/1-8/31), students and families are invited to take a walk through Fairfax City as they read pages from a book displayed in business storefront windows.  The Katherine Johnson StoryWalk®  will feature two different books for students to read along the way, one in Old Town Fairfax City and the other in Fair City Mall. Each book will allow for students to learn more about Katherine Johnson while engaging with the City’s business community.

To start the walk, students and families can pick up an official map at the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 10360 North Street, participating businesses, download a StoryWalk®  map or Google form for each book below.  With the map in hand, follow the route to read the book.  Each business will have a new set of pages to read.  Enjoy the StoryWalk®  at your own pace but make sure to follow the path in the correct order.  Fill in the blanks with the missing words or look for the answer on the page.

Completed maps should be emailed to EconomicDevelopment@fairfaxva.gov no later than Sunday, September 5.  The first 100 completed maps received for each story will receive a copy of the book and be entered into a raffle drawing to win one of six gift cards to a Fairfax City business of choice.

Old Town Fairfax City StoryWalk®

  • Book: DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson written by Ebony Joy Wilkins.
  • Number of Stops: 15
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.

Fair City Mall StoryWalk®

  • Book: Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly.
  • Number of Stops: 8
  • Fillable PDF of map and activity page here.
  • Downloadable Google form of activity page here.

Back to School Open House and Picnic - Sept. 1 

Join us for our Back to School Night Picnic. We are combining back to school night and our welcome back picnic. The school will be open from 5:30-6:30 for you to see your student's classroom and stop by and say hello to their teacher. The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30 on the playground and fields. Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of the food trucks available. There will be music, games and friends to meet. Be sure to stop by the PTA table for a free treat for our students!

Bell Schedule Information

Daniels Run ES bell schedule for 2021-22 will be 9:00 am - 3:45 pm 

Office hours are 8:00am - 4:30 pm

Kiss & Ride Drop Off - 8:45 - 9:00 am


Important Dates 

August 23 - First Day of School for Students

September 1 - Back to School Open House and Picnic - 5:30-7:30 pm 

September 3 & 6 - Labor Day Holiday - Schools Closed