Gunston Gazette - March 1, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

Gunston Gazette

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STEM Night 2024

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in this issue
  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  • March 5 Presidential Primary
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Paws for Reading Week
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Ramadan
  • College and Career Fair
  • Attendance Matters
  • Month of the Military Child
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?
  • Calendar Reminders

Kindergarten Orientation

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2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! 

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,

Spring AAP Newsletter

Spring AAP Newsletter ES (PDF) Arabic | Chinese | English | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional workdays.

Look for the Family Engagement Survey!

The bi-annual FCPS Family Engagement Survey! This is your chance to give feedback on your school's welcoming environment, communication, and other topics. Learn more on the FCPS website:

Paws for Reading Week

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The Book Fair is Coming!

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This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!



Gunston College & Career Fair - Friday, March 15th

8:45am - 3:00pm


We're looking for representatives in various fields such as:

Science & Technology  l  Arts & Creativity l  Business & Entrepreneurship

Public Service l Colleges   and many more!

Sign Up Here:


Attendance matters! 

We want you to keep your child home when they are sick, however, we ask that you please refrain from scheduling trips and other non-essential travel during the school week. 

Please remember to email or call the attendance line with any messages regarding your student's attendance. Absences and late arrivals should be reported to avoid getting a robo-call from FCPS. If you email the teacher to let them know about your student's attendance, please copy to ensure your message reaches our attendance staff. You can also call, 703-541-3600 to report any attendance messages. 

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Purple Up - Month of the Military Child

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at

Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.


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  • March 4 - 8  -  Read Across America Week/Paws for Reading Week
  • March 4 - 8  Book Fair
  • March 5 - School Planning Day and Presidential Primary  (no  students)
  • March 15 - College and Career Fair
  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter (full day of school)

  • March 22 - Spring Picture Day
  • 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!