KG Update 4.17.2022

Dates to Note

April 18 - 22 - April is the Month of the Military Child - Celebrate ALL Week! (see below)

April 18 - 3rd quarter grades will be visible in ParentVUE

April 18 - Last day to order a yearbook.  Online information below. Sixth graders order now - we will not have many extras on hand to purchase.

April 23 - Spring Spectacular - Fun Run and more activities! (see below)

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m.

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First and Second Grade Field Day

June 7 - Grades 3 - 5 Field Day

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

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.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We hope that everyone enjoyed your spring break and enjoyed some well deserved down time.  We are looking forward to celebrating our military families.  April is the Month of the Military Child! See the information below for how we are celebrating.  Our spirit week is April 18th through the 22nd. 'Purple Up' day is Wednesday the 20th! Here are some resources in FCPS for military families.  

April is also Autism Acceptance month.  We honor the unique gifts that our students with Autism bring to our Kent Gardens' community. 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might NOT return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move.
  • Order your yearbook now!  See the information below - we are shutting down by April 18th! Does your sixth grader need one?  Please order now.
  • SOLs are quickly approaching.  Please do note your child's schedule as shown below. In addition, please complete this form for each child if you give permission for a retake as needed. Scores between 375 and 399 (400 is passing).
  • Input for child(ren)s placement for the next school year.  Complete this form - see note below.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on April 18.  This week will be the last week of the weekly COVID screening testing.  See the note below for additional information. 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

April is the Month of the Military Child

Our counselor led interviews and have prepared certificates and student lunch bunches!  Look for the purple ribbons in the trees! It will be a great week. We look forward to celebrating all of our military children and families. April 18 - 22 is our Spirit Week. See the dates below! Show your spirit and support of our military families. 



Last Call for Ordering a 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 April 18th!  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.   #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

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. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Student Placement Input 2022-23

One of our important tasks is determining class placements for the next school year. The school staff works collaboratively to begin planning teacher and student assignments for next year. It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of teachers and students to optimally organize classroom assignments for next year. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are also considered as we create our new classes. Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollment and teachers moving to a new assignment.

Kent Gardens' families can assist us in determining class placement by sharing their insights about their child with respect to academic and behavioral information. Please note the following:  We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement. This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. That said, we do our best to ensure one friend so that your child feels comfortable during the school year. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 6, 2022. Complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength).

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.” ~ Toni Morrison


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. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.


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.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16

Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS has determined that we will not longer continue with screening testing after this Monday. We will have testing on Monday, April 18th for the last time. 

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. 


PTA News and Updates

Support for Spring Spectacular

To ensure our 5K and 1K Fun Run go smoothly, we need volunteers every step of the way! Middle School and High School Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up!

Monday or Tuesday 4/18-4/19 - canvas the neighborhood with signs notifying neighbors of road closure the following weekend. 

Friday 4/22 - help hand out registrations packets both before and after school.  

Saturday, 4/23 - course monitors, bikers at the start and end of the pack, as well as a few volunteers to be available to assist as needed.  (Volunteers should plan to be at Kent Gardens by 8:15am, report to their spots at 8:50am, and check out and return vests/flats at 10:30am.)

Click here to help make the Spring Spectacular a wonderful success!


Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!! 


Celebrate Kent Gardens' diverse community and military families during our International Flag Parade! The parade will follow the Spring Spectacular race on April 23rd. Click here and sign up to represent a country or where your military family has lived. Stay tuned for more details and please contact for more information or volunteer opportunities.


We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at