Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-March 18, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

Thank you to all of the guest readers who helped make our Read Across America celebration last Friday a great success.  We had guests from City of Fairfax Schools, City of Fairfax City Council, Fairfax High School  and members of our school community.   Some other highlights this past week:

  • Ms. Jackson’s preschool class wrote a fabulous book called “The Hunt for the Missing Leprechaun” Each student had their own unique contribution to the story. It's quite a page turner!

  • 5th grade students used the experimental design method as they studied the effects of window coverings on the temperature inside of a car. 
  • Mrs. Weber's class enjoyed a "poetry cafe" where students shared their own poetry with classmates.
  •  Mr. Toskovich’s students were engaged in developing their own research topics by crafting a strong question and learning angles through a rock, paper, scissors game.   
  • Ms. Reyes 2nd grade Spanish classes worked on learning their five senses through a variety of multisensory activities including singing, dancing, sorting and writing.
  • Our 2nd grade team enriched reading stamina by creating their own version of Reading Under the Stars.

  • Fourth graders have been studying the ocean and have been learning about the various parts that make up the ocean floor.

Our 6th grade promotion is set for Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 at Fairfax High School.   

I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at our Bingo Night!

Always feel free to contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you. 

Enjoy your weekend,


Chris Smith

DRES Principal 





The City of Fairfax School Board is looking for community input as they search for a new superintendent. There are three ways to provide your feedback:

  • Take a short, online survey here.
  • Attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 or at 7:00. For the meeting link, please email Carrie.Dorsey@FairfaxVa.gov
  • Attend an in-person open house on Thursday, March 24 from 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30 at the City Hall work session room (rm. 111) at 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information about the superintendent search and timeline, please visit the City of Fairfax School website.

Electronic Device Policy 

Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. They may be utilized on campus only before and after school. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool, such as video creation or QR Code activities.  

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

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!

🎵 Save the date: Friday, May 20  The International Day Assemblies are back! Calling any students that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Stay tuned for audition details next week

  🎵 Registration is open for:

Elementary Institute of the Arts (rising 3rd-5th graders): a summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

Institute of the Arts:  a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11.

In person and transportation is provided to Lake Braddock High School; Scholarships are available

🎵 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


Thanks to Compass Coffee for providing gift cards to DRES staff! 

If you enjoy coffee, please consider stopping by a new City of Fairfax business.

Opening Soon! 

10400 Fairfax Boulevard


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. 


With Your Parent’s/Guardian’s Supervision:

  • Visit com/FairfaxCity and complete the short earthquake exercise! An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the shifting of rocks deep underneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can cause fires, tsunamis, landslides, or avalanches. They can happen anywhere at any time without warning!
  • Watch this YouTube video on tips to prepare for an earthquake. "disaster preparedness training; earthquakes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsjbsWUFo4A
  • Make sure to remind your parents/guardians to sign up for Fairfax City Alerts https://www.fairfaxva.gov/services/about-us/fairfax-city-alert so you can be first to know of any dangers to the city.


George Mason University College of Science and Pinnacle Academy are excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Elementary and Middle Science and Engineering Fair (NVSE Fair) is virtual for 2022. The fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2022,

The parent/teacher Zoom sessions will provide an overview of project requirements, the virtual platform/s, and the day-of schedule and expectations. Student projects will be judged in two categories: Life and Earth Sciences (LES) or Physical Science and Engineering (PSE). There are three divisions per category: Div I (grades 1-3), Div II (grades 4-5), and Div III (grades 6-8).

Prizes will be awarded in each category and division. For 2022, in addition to the annual Broadcom Masters awards, two new middle school awards have been announced along with the DOD STEM Leadership award. 

  • The Broadcom Masters Coding with Commitment Prize (for individuals or teams): http://broadcomfoundation.org/codingwithcommitment/
  • The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize: https://www.societyforscience.org/lemelson-early-inventor/
  • DOD STEM Leadership Prize: https://dodstem.us/ ( The DOD STEM Leadership Prize is awarded to the top performer at 30 Society for Science affiliated science fairs in military-connected communities across the United States. Students show outstanding problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout their research projects while producing a project that exemplifies excellence in the field of STEM. 

The NVSE Fair is in its 8th year. The event encompasses elementary and middle schools in Washington, DC, Loudoun, and Fairfax. Elementary schools in Arlington County, Prince William, and Manassas are encouraged to participate. Middle school students participating in the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria) and the Prince William-Manassas Science Fair are ineligible for this competition.


Important Dates 

March 31 - 2 hour early release

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