Roadrunner Rundown - 3/4/24

Roadrunner Rundown 




Principal Message 

Dear Marshall Road Families,

This week is a bit different as we greet your children today and then have a staff planning day tomorrow as FCPS sites are polling stations for the upcoming election cycles on “Super Tuesday”.  We will welcome students back on Wednesday for the remainder of the week’s learning.   At the end of this week, we are just two full school weeks away from Spring Break (March 25-29).  All grade levels are working to implement a Portrait of Learning experience before Spring Break.  This is a time when students will be asked to consider a completed task(s) and consider how they have grown in the skill their class chose for either the Communicator or Goal Directed and Resilient attributes of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate.  The reflection simply centers around these three thoughts: How did I grow as a…?, What evidence do I have to show this growth?, and Why does this skill matter?  We will continue this practice as we work through the school year to deepen our students' reflections on their growth and learning, and use evidence to support their claims. 

We will be celebrating Women’s History Month this month where we will recognize and celebrate the important roles women have made to society.  When you enter the front lobby, you will see a thoughtful pop-up museum in the display cabinet focusing on the various contributions of women in the past and present.  Displays will be placed in hallways; classroom discussions will take place and other activities are planned to honor women throughout the month.  

Over the weekend several Odyssey of the Mind teams from the before school program competed in the local tournament.  Thanks to coach Amanda Hexel for her time, guidance and this feedback: our Primary Team/The Night LIfe (Bilge Duygu, Zoey Fink, Sophia Gregory, Michael Hexel, Penelope Hexel and Claire Schambach) were a favorite of the judges.  They loved their team work, skit and their originality.  The Division 1 Team /Rockin World Detour Team (Ariana Ahmed, Saige Bilidas, Kerem Duygu, Naveli Gambhir and Beverly Hexel) came in 3rd which is amazing considering some of the other teams have been doing this for a couple of years and working on it all year.  The judges loved their hair styles and the moral of their skit.  Great job students!

Have a great week!

Much peace.

Matthew Chapman, Sue Kirby and Antoinette Nauflett

Administrative Team

School Events & Information

Spring Portraits and Class Photos

Spring Pictures will take place this Wednesday, March 6.  Parents will be able to view and order photos in their online gallery approximately ten days after picture day and will have a window of time to place an order with free shipping.  If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing


Lost and Found

All unclaimed Lost & Found items will be donated on Friday,  March 15.  Please remind your children to check for winter coats, gloves and other items.  Label items with your child’s last name to help in returning items to students when they are found on the playground.


Kindergarten Orientation is Tuesday, April 2 

Rising kindergarten parents and students are invited to visit the school on April 2 at 3:00 pm.  Families will be given a tour of the school and will have an opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom as well as learn a lot about Kindergarten at MRES.  We will also schedule a few summer tours for those who are unable to attend on April 2.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors who have a rising kindergarten student.

Need to register your rising kindergarten student?  Click here to submit a new student registration.

PTA Update

Volunteers Needed to Help Students Plant Seeds 

Marshall Road’s Garden Educator, Christene Hendon, is looking for volunteers on Friday, March 8 to come in and help students plant seeds in cups.  The school is growing them for Food for Others.  Sign up here for a one-hour slot. 


Donate Materials for the Finding Nemo Production

We are getting so excited about the MRES PTA Theater production of Finding Nemo, Kids on March 20 and 21!  The Art Crew is working hard to make scenery, props and costumes.  Below is a list of materials that the Art Crew would welcome as donations before Friday, March 8: 

  • blue fabric of any type
  • black fabric
  • duct tape
  • pool noodles
  • wrapping paper tubes
  • streamers
  • acrylic paint (bright colors, think, Finding Nemo colors)
  • packing materials with texture (bubble wrap, egg carton, etc.) 

Do you have any of these items laying around your house that you would like to donate?  If so, we can make great use of them!  Please send them in with your child or drop items off in the front lobby, in the plastic bins labeled, Finding Nemo.  Thank you for supporting the Theater Arts at MRES!  Questions or looking to volunteer?  Email PTA theater activity chair Lisa Kelso with any questions at    


Save the Date: D4D at Ledo Pizza 

Join us for dinner at Ledo Pizza on Park St in Vienna on Tuesday, March 12.   Dine in, order online or carryout from 4:00 pm to close.  20% of all sales will be donated to MRES.  Mention "fundraiser" or "MRES" at checkout to make sure we receive credit for your order.  See flyer for details.


Learn How to Get Involved in International Night! 

Planning is already underway for Marshall Road’s International Night which will be held Friday, April 19,  5:30-7:30 pm.  Learn more on our International Night Webpage

See the links below with information about how to get involved.

Join the International Night Committee! here

Host a country table or join a team! here

Volunteer at the event! here 


Neurodivergent Community Support Group 

In conjunction with the PTA, a few MRES families who have neurodivergent students have started a WhatsApp group.  The objective of the group is to share information and resources, as well as ask questions, share doubts or concerns, advocate, etc.  The group is open to anyone who would want to join.  We hope you will consider joining and working together to strengthen the neurodivergent community at MRES.  You can join the group using this link.  


Seeking Nominees for the 2024-2025 PTA Board 

The MRES PTA has five Board positions that are each elected for a one-year term: President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Events and Volunteers, Treasurer, and Secretary.  We are currently seeking nominees for the 2024-2025 school year.  Interested persons should contact a member of the Nominations Committee: Ismini Michail, Abdol Karbassi, or Vilma Hilton at Nominations will be taken at our next PTA meeting on April 11.  Elections will be at our May 22 PTA meeting.  


Spring Break Sports Camp with Mr. Clancy 

Still looking for ways to keep your kids active during spring break?  Join us for sports and games led by Mr. Clancy.  Camp will be held March 25 - 29, 9:00 am-12:30 pm in the MRES gym.  Enrollment is open to students at MRES in grades K-6.  Full details and registration info can be found here:  Registration will remain open while spots are available.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and may be requested when you register.  Questions?  Email PTA Enrichment Coordinator Cheryl at   


Stay Informed and Get Connected! 

You can find the most up-to-date information on our website, and PTA Facebook and Instagram pages.  You can also complete your membership and join the PTA here.

FCPS Communications 

Spring AAP Newsletter

The Spring AAP Newsletter (below) includes information about subject specific and part-time services.

Arabic / Chinese / EnglishKorean / Spanish / Urdu / Vietnamese


Family Engagement Survey

The Family Engagement Survey will be open for parents to take starting Sunday, March 3.  Parents will receive an email directly from FCPS.  Please complete the survey using the link provided in the email.  The survey can be taken on a smartphone or computer/laptop.  If you need a paper copy of the survey, please let the office know and one can be provided for you to fill out and return.  The survey will conclude on March 22.

This link provides more information about the survey