KG Update 5.22.2022

Dates to Note

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. (at Longfellow MS)

May 27 - Library Book Return Due Date

May 31 - McLean HS graduates invited for a 'Memory Walk' 2:00 p.m.

May 31 - Kinder and First Grade - Laptop and Charger Return

June 1 - Kindergarten Celebration 2:00 p.m. 

June 1 - Second Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 2 - Fourth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 3 - Third Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 6 - Kinder, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day  - Sign Up to Support here!

June 6 - Sixth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 7 - K-5 Field Day Rain Date (sign up here)

June 7 - Fifth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

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

June 9 - Final PTA Meeting - Cafeteria 8:45 a.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, 

Here we go!  We have three weeks left - unbelievable!  We have worked our way through the SOLs (Standards of Learning) and have strong results.  So wonderful to celebrate the students' achievement but also recognize our teachers for their dedication to a high level of instruction. The results will be in ParentVue soon - we will update you with the timeframe. 

We have so much to look forward to in the next few weeks!  A snapshot includes the following:

  • Field Day!  This event is a favorite of all - please put in your good wishes for temperate weather (not too hot nor rain!)
  • Concerts!  Band, strings and chorus will all be performing.  Details will be shared by our instructors. Thanks to ALL of them for their hard work! 
  • Kindergarten Year End - They will sing for us on June 1st!  
  • #kgpride Celebration - we will continue to recognize #kgpride ~ 'Doing our Best' this week!  Two more weeks to go - our bucket is filling!! 
  • Sixth Grade Promotion and Celebration - June 8th is the big day! 

Note that we will begin to disclose end of year reminders around library books 5/27, medications, 6/10 and technology (see below).  See the highlights below with the due dates! Please do be mindful and support your child(ren) with meeting these deadlines. 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on May 23rd. The new quarantine is 5 days with a return after that time with masking and no symptoms.  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

#kgpride Challenge

We have focused on Patience and Respect as part of our #kgpride Challenge.  This week we will focus on Inclusivity! All students can earn tickets towards our year end assembly goal - this week, we are looking for: "Doing Your Tickets".

Create a #kgpride Flag

As part of our year end challenge to show your #kgpride, we are asking students to create a #kgpride flag! It should show the components of #kgpride as well as our lion!  The challenge is on!  Your child may turn in the entry into the office. Due date is 5/28! We look forward to seeing the flags! 


#kgpride Flag Challenge! 

Laptop Return Plan  

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and chargers will be turned into the school.  The schedule is detailed below.  Students that are attending SOAR summer program or Extended School Year programs will be issued computers during their program. Students in grades 3-5 should keep their black cloth computer carrier case and use it again next year. Student will NOT be given a new case for the next school year. If a student has lost their charger for their device, please use the information below to purchase a replacement charger. On the day of laptop collection, parents should send in the printed receipt as proof of payment with your child(ren).

  • Kinder and First Grade - May 31st
  • Second Grade - June 1st
  • Third Grade - June 3rd
  • Fourth Grade - June 2nd 
  • Fifth Grade - June 7th
  • Sixth Grade - June 6th 

The fee for replacing a lost power adapter, as indicated on the FCPS Website, is $23.00 and can be paid through MySchoolBucks account. Parents can create an account in MySchoolBucks as shown below.

  1. Go to or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an  account
  2. Add your child indicating Kent Gardens and either use their student ID or birthdate. Parents will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established.
  3. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Directions for Paying for Replacement Charger - Log into MySchoolBucks account and choose School Store at the top of the site. 


Choose Lost or Damaged Technolgoy

Click “View Details” to choose charger & child that needs a replacement


Choose student and either “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart”

Please remember to screen shot and print the receipt and send with your child to indicate that you have paid for the replacement charger.

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. 

Looking Forward to Band, Strings, and Chorus! 





All library books are due on Friday, May 27th. Students can log into Destiny Discover - through the library Schoology course – to find out what books they have checked out.  Students will be notified of books that are checked out. Thank you for your help in getting books back! 

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. 

End of Year Medication Pick Up

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 (1:35 PM) on the last day of school June 10, 2022.  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.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Questions may be directed to the Kent Gardens' health room, PHN Ramita Rana,

Family Return to School Survey

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

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.

Rising 7th Graders - Register for Jump Start!- Longfellow Middle School Transition Program

SAVE THE DATES: August 2 & 3 and August 4 & 5

The Jump Start program is a nonacademic program that focuses on helping rising 7th graders get to know Longfellow Middle School and the expectations of middle school. Jump Start helps to ensure a smoother transition to middle school by introducing students to staff, peers, school layout, and basic policies before the school year begins. Students will participate in sessions covering topics such as study skills, test taking strategies, time management techniques, schedule reading, learning how to use combination locks and many more. Scavenger hunts, locker relay races, and daily physical education activities will also take place during the sessions.

Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows:

McLean HS/Senior Graduation Walk at Kent Gardens - May 31st

We invite high school seniors who are past students of Kent Gardens Elementary to come to KG in their cap and gown for pictures and a graduation walk around our school on Tuesday, May 31st.  Seniors should gather at 2:00 p.m. in front of the school.  We will capture this moment then and then have our current KG students congratulate them as they walk the halls and reminisce about their time at KG! Congratulations to our 2022 high school graduates!


PTA News and Updates


Order Deadline: Wednesday, May 25

Calling all families with graduating 6th graders! Show your #KGPride by ordering a graduation yard sign, pictured here. Each sign costs $10, measures 18"w x 12"t, and comes with a metal yard stake. 

To order a sign, please PayPal or Venmo $10 to Bethany Nguyen by the end of the day Wednesday, May 25. Please comment with your child's name

Signs will be available for pickup in front of Kent Gardens during the week of May 30.

  • Venmo: @bethanynguyen1 (last 4 digits are 9136)



Our final PTA meeting of the year will be Thursday, June 9th at 8:45am in the Cafeteria.  We will be voting on several action items and request all members who are available attend.  Please note - anyone is welcome to join the meeting, but only those with paid PTA Memberships may vote.


The PTA and KG parents are hosting a series of events and programs to help kindergarten families to get to know each other and learn more about the school during the coming months and the first weeks of school. Information about the kinder playdates and other back to school events are listed below.

Kinder Playdates—Kinder playdates are informal get-togethers on the Kent Gardens playground and are hosted by the PTA and other Kindergarten parents. You are welcome at any or all playdates. Information about the PTA and school programs will be available during the playdates. Remember sunscreen—the playground is not shaded! Please note, bathrooms will not be available during the playdates.

  • Saturday, May 21, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, June 26, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 – 8:00 (This is our Pre-Open House playdate, and class assignments may have been distributed. If so, students will be able to identify students in their class.)

You can confirm the status of the play dates on the Kent Gardens PTA Facebook page.

Back-to-School Events

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022: New Family Gathering - 5:00 – 6:00 (Tours available)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 : New Family Gathering Rain date
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022: Open House 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1 (Date TBA): Back to School Night 

Bethany Nguyen, Chair, Kindergarten Kick-off Program