Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-May 6, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Thank you to our PTA and all those that volunteered/donated during this past week to make our Teacher/Staff Appreciation a wonderful week!   Two of our crossing guards are retiring at the end of the school year after a combined 43 years of service!  When you get a chance say "thank you" to Mrs. Dowdle (32 years) and Mr. Dowdle (11 years) before June 10th.     

The car wash planned for tomorrow (5/7) to benefit the 6th grade promotion party has been postponed due to weather. 

We are in the planning stages for the 2021-22 school year and to help determine the appropriate educational environment for your child, we invite you to share information regarding your child’s needs by completing the Daniels Run Parent Input Form for the 2020-21 School Year.  The form will be open and available to be completed through Friday, May 27th.  Your input is appreciated but it is not required to complete the form.  Every effort will be made to place your child in the environment you request, but please keep in mind that not all requests can be granted. Please do not request specific teachers, for this does not take into account the many variables to be considered. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.    

I hope all the mothers in our community have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!


Chris Smith

DRES Principal 


Support our 6th Grade!

Calling All Fairfax! This Wednesday, May 11! Mark your calendars for a fabulous spring Fairfax evening and support the DRES graduating sixth graders! *Shop Mara Mode on Main from 4pm-8pm for the most beautiful and unique clothing, gifts, and accessories *Eat + Drink at High Side for scrumptious Asian street food and a stunning beer menu *These stand-out locally owned businesses will donate 10% of proceeds from Wednesday evening to help fund the graduation party for our sixth graders! We are thrilled and grateful for their participation! Join us for this special night!

Summer Camp Opportunity

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

PTA News!

Please complete our School of Excellence Survey

Please help Daniels Run become a PTA School of Excellence! We need families to complete our survey found at https://forms.gle/Nyoq41pyPpQcP5mz7

International Night - We NEED you!

We are seeking families to set up a booth/Table representing their cultural heritage at International Night on May 20th. Please reach out to us at dresecretary@gmail.com if interested in participating.

Visit our PTA Website

Our PTA website is updated regularly with information on PTA and DRES events. Visit us at www.danielsrunpta.org

May 18th - PTA Meeting

The new 2022-2023 PTA Board will be voted on at the PTA Meeting on May 18th. The proposed slate of officers are: Lacey O'Donnell, President; Kara Custis, Vice President; Beth Brixius, Second Vice President; Amanda Adams, Secretary; and Leslie Woods, Treasurer. Join us at the meeting for the election and other PTA and DRES news.




 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!

🎵 Congratulations to the Band & Strings students for their excellent concerts!  A big round of applause to their directors, Ms. Venne & Ms. Sengstack (strings) & Ms. Meltzer (band).  Here are two videos with selected pictures and video from each concert:

Strings click here

Band click here


🎵 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.

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 Math SOL-May 13

Fifth Grade Math SOL-May 12/Science SOL-May 18

Sixth Grade 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 30-Memorial Day Holiday-No School

June 9 -Kindergarten Promotion

             6th Grade Promotion @ FHS - 2:00

June 10-Last Day of School-Early Release