Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-April 15, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

I hope all of our students, families and staff had an enjoyable and relaxing spring break last week.  We are now in the home stretch of the school year with only eight weeks remaining.  A number of updates this week:

  • 6th grade promotion ceremony will be held in the field house at Fairfax High School on June 9th at 2:00 pm
  • Join us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm
  • We will have a Spirit Week next week to celebrate Military Child Month and Earth Day - see additional details below
  • Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. www.fairfaxva.gov/bikemonth
  • This year, Northern Virginia magazine is launching its first annual Teacher of the Year Award, in which we will recognize the very best educators in our region.  The winner of Teacher of the Year will be awarded $10,000 and be profiled in the cover story in the October 2022 issue of Northern Virginia magazine.  The survey runs through Sunday, April 24 and is open to school administrators, teachers, parents, students, former students, and the general public. 


Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Smith

DRES Principal 



Summer Camp Opportunity

Nova Labs MakerSchool has summer camp opportunities.  Visit their website for additional information. 

PTA News!

PTA Meeting - April 19th at 7pm

Please join us for our AprilPTA meeting via Google Meet - meet.google.com/gbd-qrei-vty. The meeting will feature the Q&A with Mr. Smith, the presentation of the 22-23 proposed PTA Board and PTA updates. 

BOGO Book Fair - April 19-22

Our Scholastic book fair is back and this time books are BUY ONE GET ONE. The fair will be open to students Tuesday- Friday and for families before movie night in Friday 5-7:30pm

Outdoor Movie Night - April 22

Join us for an Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, April 22nd (movie starts approx. 7:30) for a showing of Sing 2. Concessions will be sold to support the 6th grade party! This is not a drop off event. Students must be supervised by an adult.  

International Night - May 20th 

The PTA International Night is back! Do you, your family or your child have a dance, song or instrumental piece from your country that you would like to share with the school? Miss McCarten is looking for student and adult performers to sing, dance or play an instrument that represent people groups from around the world.  The performance will be Friday night, May 20.  Please talk to Miss McCarten (703) 279-8457 for more information:  https://youtu.be/bFtMz5aYtGE

We are also looking for families interested in doing a booth or table representing their cultural heritage. Please contact DRESecretary@gmail.com if interested. 

Advanced Academic Programs

Spring Newsletter

Fairfax County Public Schools offers a continuum of advanced academic services for students in K-12 that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes the academic potential for all learners.

You can learn more about advanced services and screening in the Spring AAP Newsletter.

For additional information about advanced academic opportunities at Daniels Run, you can contact our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Ms. Beth McCrodden at bamccrodden@fcps.edu.


Counselors Corner

Dear Daniels Run families,

Happy April! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break. This month, K-6 will be beginning our next Second Step Unit on Social Problem Solving. In K-2, they will learn about how to solve social problems, handling name-calling and how to fairly play with others. In 3-6, they will be learning about social problem solving techniques as well as taking responsibility for your actions, and dealing with peer pressure. This unit is sure to be a great one for your children!

If you are interested in at-home extension lessons that supplement the virtual lessons, you can find them at our School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website: https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling. These materials are also located on the parent page of Schoology. 

Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the 3rd and 4th grade Service Learning Project. The donation drive and the making of dog and cat toys resulted in 300 lbs. of supplies for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The much needed supplies helped to support homeless animals and foster families who care for them. Thank you again for your generous contributions!

As we approach the end of the school year, we are excited about the other learning opportunities that may occur. As a school counseling team we plan to continue school-wide efforts to promote positivity, gratitude and empathy. As always, should you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Should you need them, community resources are also found on our School Counseling page of the Daniels Run website here: https://danielsrunes.fcps.edu/student-services/school-counseling#community-counseling-resource 

As always, if you have any questions or need us in any way, please feel free to reach out: amcpherson@fcps.edu or lbrobinson@fcps.edu .


Louise Robinson (4-6)  & Ashleigh Fisher (formerly McPherson; K-3)


 All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  Please submit the opt-out request by April 11th. An email from FCPS went to all families yesterday with information on the program and the link to the opt-out form.  A hard copy of the opt-out form will go home in the Wednesday folders today.  For additional information, visit the FCPS online tutoring services 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.  

Attendance Matters!

  • Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong.
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  In struggling schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.


  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school


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 PTA International Day Night is back! Calling any students, staff or parents that want to sing, dance or play an instrument that celebrates a people group from anywhere in the world.  Please contact Miss McCarten to audition. Click here for ideas and more info

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 April musician of the month is Venezuelan Conductor, Violinist and Composer: Gustavo Dudamel. He is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.

Bike Rodeo

Join the City of Fairfax for a FREE kid’s bike rodeo on Saturday, April 30! Do you want to learn bike safety tips and improve your riding skills? Drop by Daniels Run Elementary School with your bike and helmet to practice skills such as stopping and starting, signaling turns, zig-zagging around obstacles, and stopping to check for traffic at intersections. Refreshments will be provided. 

  • What: Kid’s Bike Rodeo
  • When: Saturday April 30, 10am-12pm
  • Where: Daniels Run Elementary School playground (3705 Old Lee Hwy)
  • Who: Kids ages 5-12

This is a FREE drop-in event. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed! Want to help kids practice their biking skills and stay safe on the practice courses? Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BABA722A7FC1-fairfax1


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 17

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. 


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.




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Important Dates 

April 16-Theravada New Year

April 19 - PTA Meeting 7:00 pm 

April 22-Orthodox Good Friday

April 25-Parent Coffee 9:00 (Topic: SOL's)

May 3-Eid al Fitr

May 30-Memorial Day

June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release