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Attendance Matters at Dranesville

School Winners


Congratulations to our Outstanding Employees for this school year!   

Outstanding Teacher: Heidi Bajpai

Outstanding New Teacher: Kayla Mejias

Outstanding Operational Employee: Angela Agana

Outstanding Professional Employee: Lauren Laspe

Outstanding Principal: Jamie Gadley

Thank you to everyone who nominated one of our amazing staff members.

Portrait of a Graduate Skills Help Us Become the Best that We Can Be

ST Math and Lexia

Our Goal Directed and Resilient students are setting, working towards, and achieving goals on a daily and weekly basis. All of our students have access to Lexia and ST Math, which are adapted resources that support students' learning in reading and math. Please take a moment to ask your child what their goals are this week and how they plan to achieve those goals. 

Winter Concert Reminder

Dranesville Elementary School Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 13th 7:00 pm


Band, 5th and 6th Grade Chorus, Orchestra

Performers report at 6:30 pm

Wear black and white concert attire

Doors open for guests at 6:45 pm

Window for Full-Time Advanced Academic Program Referrals

Closes December 15th


Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Tracey Jenkins, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, no later than December 15, 2023


The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Tracey Jenkins, AART, at tljenkins1@fcps.edu.

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

Winter Break December 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024


As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. 

Our school and main office will be closed throughout the Winter Break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Dranesville.

Save the Date

December 5-14   Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Grades 3-6

December 8-14   FLE Grades 4-6

December 13      Winter Band, Strings, and Chorus Concert 7pm

December 15      Full-time Level 4 Referrals Due

December 15      Last Day of School Before Winter Break

December 18      Winter Break Begins

January 2            Classes Resume 9:05 am - 4:05 pm

January 3            PTA Meeting 7:00 pm

January 2- 12      Winter iReady Assessment (Grades 1-6)

January 15          Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday | No School

January 22          Academic and Wellness Intervention Letters Mailed 

January 25          End of Quarter 2 | Early Release 2:05 pm

January 26          Teacher Workday | No School

February 14        Dranesville Loves to Read Day

2023-2024 School Year Calendar

#DranesvilleCARES about each other and the world!

Thank you!