Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-April 29, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Thank you our wonderful PTA and volunteers for a great book fair and movie night last week.  In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we want to say a big “THANK YOU” to Mrs. Byron, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Otero, and Mrs. Bunaugh, who are the first people you meet when entering our building and provide many supports to our school community. 

Next week we will honor our teachers and staff during teacher/staff appreciation week.  Please encourage your student to thank their teacher and other staff members!

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!

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTA has lots of fun treats and gifts planned for our staff. Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful donations. Please check your student's Thursday folder and be sure to send your notes in for your teachers next week!

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. 


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


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. 



Important Dates 

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