Daniels Run Down-Family Edition-May 13, 2022

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From the desk of Mr. Smith!

DRES families,

Our 3rd-6th grade students, teachers and staff have done a tremendous job the past couple weeks during SOL testing.  We wind down SOL testing next week and turn our attention to traditional end of year events like International Night, Success Days, Kindergarten promotion and our 6th grade promotion. 

A reminder to see the announcement below regarding the parent input form for next school year, the form will close May 27th.   

Have a great weeeknd!


Chris Smith

DRES Principal 


2022-23 Parent Input Form 

We are in the planning stages for the 2022-23 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 2022-23 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.

Clinic Procedures for End of Year!

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10th, dismissal at 1:45).  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact the health room at 703-279-8410.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

Summer Camp Opportunity

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

Summer Basketball Camp

Fairfax High School will be hosting a Girls Basketball Camp this summer July 18-22.  Feel free to call the Activities Office at 703-219-2201 or reach out to the New Head Girls Coach Tim Lucas at Tflucas@fcps.edu  if you have any questions.

PTA News!

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. We really cannot pull off this event without your help and participation. Please reach out to us at dresecretary@gmail.com if interested in participating.

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. The meeting will be held via GoogleMeet - meet.google.com/fzn-dmrk-fkq

Special Presentation Cell Phones and Cyberbullying - May 18th after the PTA meeting

There will be a special presentation on cell phones & cyberbullying by Mr. Veasley. Please join us at approx 7:30 at meet.google.com/fzn-dmrk-fkq

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





 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.  


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