Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-March 4, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

Dear DRES Families,

We will celebrate Read Across America next Friday (3/11) and our librarian, Mrs. Gavin, has done a great job organizing guests from our community to read to classes that day.  

I spoke to all of our students Tuesday morning regarding the changes to our mask guidance and emphasized:

  • Respect all families’ decisions.
  • Treat each other fairly and with respect.  
  • Show kindness to each other.

Some of celebrations from this past week:

  • Our 5th grade teachers had time to learn and grow in their knowledge of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning.
  • Our 4th grade students gave an excellent performance in music class


Enjoy your weekend,


Chris Smith

DRES Principal 


COVID Vaccination Status  

You may wish to voluntarily share your child’s COVID-19 vaccination information with Daniels Run ES. However, we do not require your child’s vaccination information and no school employee will ask for your child’s vaccination status. If you would like to provide us with your child’s vaccination status, please bring your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card or a photocopy of the card to Aysha Otero in the front office. COVID-19 vaccination documentation contains Protected Health Information and should not be emailed.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Daniels Run Families,

March promises to bring us all much needed warmth and sun as we say good bye to winter cold.   This month, the counselors will wrap up our Monday morning Second Step video lessons focused on Emotion Management.  Ask your child about the 3 steps to dealing with big feelings —"Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm down.”  After spring break,  Second Step lessons will focus on the steps of Social Problem Solving.    Also during March, Mrs. Fisher and I will also hold in-person lessons in grades K-3 to help students with career exploration.  Each student will create a career exploration artifact for their Academic and Career Portfolios.

March will also be a big month for Service Learning.  The 3rd grades will wrap  up their month-long coordination of the donation drive for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation on Friday, March 18th.  As of the end of February, our school has collected more than 121 pounds of towels, newspapers, dog and cat food, and cleaning supplies.  We will update you on the total amount of donations in our April counselor corner.  In addition to supplies to care for homeless dogs and cats, our 4th graders will complete a service project the week of March 14th involving the crafting of dog and cat toys.  Toys are an important tool for helping homeless animals learn how to socialize with humans and to provide mental stimulation.  We are so lucky to have an enthusiastic group of 4th graders to complete this service-learning project and we hope that all the 3rd and 4th graders were able to engage in  a little perspective taking as they thought about the needs of  others.  Looking ahead, our Enhanced Autism students will complete a service-project in April in conjunction with Autism Awareness month.  Stay tuned for more information on that next month.

Finally, a reminder that we have posted emergency and non-emergency counseling options, other community resources, information about the DRES Clinical Team, and our Second Step at-home lesson extensions on the Daniels Run website.  The link for that information can be found at:  https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling.

Happy Spring!

Louise Robinson and Ashleigh Fisher

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue!

The 3rd graders at DRES are undertaking a service-learning project to learn about the difficulties that homeless animals experience and the ways that the community can support them.  Then they are doing an act of service to help  homeless animals themselves!  With the help of the 3rd grade teaching team,  3rd grad students will be coordinating a school-wide donations drive for Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) from Monday, Feb. 14 through Monday, March 14, 2022. Please use the link below to offer your support.


Attendance Matters!

  • Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after spring break. It’s time to break that cycle. 
  • Make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.
  • Please remember, April 1 is a student holiday and Spring Break is      April 4-8 We are eager to welcome your children back in school on     April 11. 

DRES Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!

Do you have pictures you have taken this year that we could include in our yearbook? Welcome Walk, Back to School, Classroom, PTA Events, etc...

We are looking for pictures to include in the DRES 2021-2022 Yearbook. Please send any and all pictures to DRESYearbook@fcps.edu

Thank you!

All sixth graders will be given a complimentary copy of the yearbook at no charge. 


Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code:  14303922

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14303922

A Note About Music!

🎵 If your child takes private music lessons, please complete this very short 5 multiple choice question survey 

🎵 The March musicians of the month are the Canadian folk rock band: Great Big Sea: https://youtu.be/7cnsbt3ne9c

🎵 Bravo to the Daniels Run Chorus for their Canon Caroling performances last week. They sang for students in the lobby. 

Summer Day Camp Options: In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School


PTA News!

Bingo and Baskets - March 18th, 6-8:00 pm

Join us on Friday, March 18th for Bingo & Baskets Night! Doors open at 5:30 Come and play Bingo and enter to win themed raffle baskets. Proceeds will be donated to A Place to Stand! Check your Thursday folder for a flyer and pre-order form. 

Donate to Bingo and Baskets

We are looking for donations of prizes and raffle items for Bingo and Baskets. Sign up to donate at www.danielsrunpta.org/getinvolved 

SOL Dates!

As you plan for upcoming appointments we wanted to be sure you have the SOL dates. We encourage you to schedule appointments and any absences that can be avoided with these dates in mind. Thank you!

Third Grade-Reading SOL-May 10/Math SOL-May 16

Fourth Grade-Reading SOL-May 6/Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade-Reading SOL-May 5/Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade-Reading SOL-May 4/Math SOL-May 11


Make-Up SOL's and Re-Takes will take place from May 19-27

Reminder! Animals on School Grounds

As a reminder FCPS Regulations state that in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors, animals are prohibited on school property. Exceptions will be made for service animals to accommodate
a person’s disability. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Dates 

April 1-Student Holiday

April 3-Ramadan

April 4-8-Spring Break

April 15-Good Friday

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release