KG Update 2.27.2022

Dates to Note

March 1 - Spring Pictures - Images will be available online to view and order after picture day.  The link will be provided once uploaded!  

March 3  - In Person Parent Coffee - 8:30 a.m. Outside in the Tent

March 3 - 2 hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 9 - Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students (info. below)

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - more info to follow! 

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required - see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Save the Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration!

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.


Spring Picture Day!  March 1st

Parents will be able to access images online to view and order after picture day. Once uploaded, we will remit link to parents. All students will have his/her picture taken.


The PTA is seeking volunteers to help out with Spring Picture Day next Tuesday March 1st. Morning shift is 9am-12pm, afternoon shift is 12pm-3pm, or stay all day!  If interested, email Elise Moss at .

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We had another great week that included dressing up for 2/22/2022 and Scrabble Spirit Day.  We are looking forward to Reading Week and have highlighted the days below. Reminder that we have an early release on Thursday, March 3rd and a professional learning day on Friday, March 4th. 

As detailed in Dr. Brabrand's communication, on Tuesday, March 1st, legislation goes into effect  whereby parents and guardians may elect for your child(ren) not to wear a mask on school property. There will be no formal process required for parents who elect for their child(ren) not to wear a mask on school property.  We ask that you do share with your child(ren) before March 1st your family's preference. At this time, following CDC guidance, masks must be worn on school buses. Please do review the communication remitted on Friday.  Note there may continue to be revisions and updates going forward. 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming week:

  • Parent Coffee - In person - in the tent - March 3 - 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Note the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student. See the links in the blurb below.
  • We had a wonderful turnout in the spelling bee initial session. Thanks to all who participated. Parents of students participating in the last round have been contacted.  The students will participate in person and parents will be able to join virtually.  Ms. Talley will communicate with you directly.  Questions? please email

Congrats to our four KG students who are advancing to the Virginia Math Counts competition. We are proud of all of our students who participate in the MC2.  Good luck to them as they go forward.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on February 28th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Twosday!!, 2/22/2022

 Students and staff enjoyed wearing tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 



KG Lions Celebrate Readers Week!

Monday, February 28th - Reading Brings Joy! 

Wear a silly outfit! 

Tuesday, March 1st - Reading helps you explore new things!  Wear a favorite hat! 


Wednesday, March 2nd  - Reading gives a bright future. Wear college gear or bright clothing!


Thursday, March 3rd - Reading celebrates who we are....Dress to celebrate your heritage, family, or unique personality! 

Friday, March 4th - Reading brings us comfort! Stay in your PJs all day at home! 

Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at:

Positivity Project: Enthusiasm



This week, we are focusing on Enthusiasm. You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

                                                          ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you tap into enthusiasm for things you don’t like so much?
  • How can you encourage each other in the things that you love and the things you don’t like so much?
  • What type of mindset do you need to have to be able to approach things in life you don’t like with enthusiasm?


Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 


Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Scrabble Spirit Day! 


Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  There will be testing on Monday, February 28th. Please note it is a random selection. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 


Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Summer Program for Fine Arts and Tech Adventure Camp


PTA News and Updates

GIRLS ON THE RUN - GOTR has the following options for Spring 2022!

Mon/Wed (3:45PM - 5:00PM) -Grades 3-5 

Tues/Thur (3:45pm - 5:00pm) -Grades 3-5 

Heart & Sole (Mon/Wed 3:45PM - 5:00PM)Grade 6 Only 

We are looking for additional coaches/substitute coaches for Tuesday/Thursday.  Please help if you can!  Check out the Returning Coach FormNew Coach Application or Substitute Coach Form.

Click here to register!

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store:  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!