Gunston Gazette - February 16, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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in this issue

  • Black History Month
  • President's Day Holiday
  • FCPS Summer Camps
  • Science, Tech, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  •  Dance and Gymnastics Extravaganza
  • Science Fair
  • Here Comes the Bus
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Tech Adventure Camp
  • Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • Calendar Reminders

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. 

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President's Day - Feb 19 (Holiday)



All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations

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 has been 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 

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

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Yearbook Cover Contest

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

Send questions to:

Read Across America Week

We are excited to celebrate Read Across America week, March 4-8.

We have several opportunities for help:

1. Volunteer for our Book Fair:

2. Sign-Up to be a Guest Reader for your child's class:!/showSignUp/10C0E45ADA922A7FFCF8-47760366-classroom

3. Purchase a raffle item on our Wishlist:


Tech Adventure Camp

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Panda Express Restaurant Night

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Place your order for pickup or delivery on Friday, February 23 !

Available at Panda Express locations nationwide

Online orders: apply code 921302 in the Fundraiser Code at checkout at

28% of sales will be donated to: Gunston Elementary PTA Our PTA sponsors many events such as STEM and Heritage nights.

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  • February 19 -  Presidents' Day (Holiday)
  • February 23 -  Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • February 26 - Dance & Gymnastics Extravaganza
  • March 4 - 8  -  Read Across America Week
  • March 5 - School Planning Day and Presidential Primary  (no  students)
  • March 7 -  Spring Picture Day
  • March 15 - College and Career Day
  • March 22: Early Release; End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 25 - April 2: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events

Be Informed, Stay Involved!