Gunston Gazette - February 9, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and filled with the warmth of the season. As we reflect on the values that make our community special, kindness shines as a guiding principle in all that we do. In this edition, we celebrate kindness and encourage goal-setting as we review progress reports.

Kindness is the cornerstone of our school community, and it’s a value we cherish dearly. Whether it’s a simple act of compassion or a grand gesture of generosity, every act of kindness contributes to the positive atmosphere that makes Gunston a nurturing environment for our students. As parents and staff, let’s continue to model and reinforce kindness in our interactions with one another and with our children. Encourage your child to share stories of kindness they witness or participate in, fostering a culture of empathy and support.

As we recently received second quarter progress reports, it’s a perfect time for students to reflect on their academic progress and set goals for the future. Reviewing progress reports provides an excellent opportunity for meaningful discussions about strengths, areas for improvement, and the steps needed to achieve personal and academic growth.  By setting goals, students develop essential skills such as self-awareness, perseverance, and resilience, laying the foundation for success both inside and outside the classroom.  Please reach out to your teacher if you would like to have a conference.   Conferences offer a valuable opportunity for collaborative dialogue between teachers and families. During these meetings, we encourage parents to share insights into their child’s goals, challenges, and achievements. Together, we can work as partners in supporting every student on their journey to excellence.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in nurturing a culture of kindness and academic excellence at Gunston. Together, we can empower our children to reach their full potential and make a positive difference in the world.

Warm regards,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

100th Day of School !!


Looking Ahead

  • February 10 - Lunar New Year
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • February 14 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • February 19 -  Presidents' Day no school for students and staff


Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. 

pta meeting

PTA Meeting

Thursday, February 15th @ 6:00pm

Dinner will be provided!

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! FCPS is conducting its annual Survey of Preschool Children. The survey will be sent home to all families and can also be found here. If you have a child eligible for Kindergarten this August (rising Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old before September 30, 2024), please complete the form and return it to our office by March 29th.  If you have no need for the form, please check with your neighbors who may have children eligible for kindergarten and share this form with them.

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600,


Gunston Science Fair

Start Planning Your Projects Now!

Thursday, February 29th 

yearbook cover

Yearbook Cover Contest

Would you like your artwork featured on Gunston's             2023-2024 yearbook?

Send questions to:

free books

Book Drive and Family Literacy Fair

Saturday, February 10 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Lorton Community Center  9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton


Event activities include: 

  • Children can choose up to 10 free books.
  • Educators and school staff can choose up to 50 free books for their classroom library*.
  • Free Valentine's Day card making area.
  • DJ and food truck will be on site.   

*Educators and school staff must be registered with First Book to receive free books. Go here: (on site registration is also available, please bring your FCPS badge).  

For more information, click here to view the event flyer. 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!