KG Update 4.24.2022

Dates to Note

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 19 - Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th graders

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 had a great week!   We celebrated and honored our military connected students. We were able recognize and celebrate each day in various days - a thanks to all of you for supporting with your child.

This past week, we also were able to celebrate Earth Week. We have a great deal to be thankful for each day! 

Last but not least, a HUGE shout to the PTA for the fabulous Spring Spectacular!  We enjoyed seeing all of the families and being outside!  The runs and the international parade - a smashing success! 

  • 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.
  • Coming soon, we will be remitting our band and strings sign up for the next school year.  Our band and strings teachers will be discussing opportunities for rising 4th graders (strings) and rising 5th graders (band) regarding opportunities to participate. 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on April 24.  We will not be offering the weekly COVID screening testing. 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

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: Purpose/Connection



This week we are focusing on Purpose/Connection. You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

"Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”  ~Tim Tebow 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?


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.

Purple Up - Celebrating our Military


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.


Longfellow Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at

Covid Testing



PTA News and Updates



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