Gunston Gazette - March 15, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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in this issue
  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • SOL/Testing Night
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Rec-PAC Summer Camps
  • Ramadan
  • Calendar Reminders

A note from Ms. Rucinski & Mrs. Opie

Dear Families,

We wanted to share that we have been having an increase of students using their school issued laptops for items not related to school.  In order to use these school devices, students agree to only use them for approved materials as directed by the teacher or it can be considered a violation of the Students Rights and Responsibilities.  We have had to address inappropriate usage recently and wanted to remind you of a tool the county purchased, so you can also monitor what sites your child is accessing during the school day or after school.  Please read below about Lightspeed and consider signing up for the weekly parent report.  We appreciate your collaboration in keeping all of our students safe and on track.

A program has been purchased by FCPS for all schools to help parents and staff monitor the websites students are browsing during lessons within the school day when laptops are being used. This internet content filtering services is called Lightspeed.

In the spirit of always wanting to maximize transparency for you, and safety for your children, I want to share with you that any parent or guardian interested in knowing more about their child’s internet browsing activity on an FCPS device can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed at no cost. This report will provide a list of the top sites your child visited that week. 

Additionally, the weekly Parent Report offers you the ability to sign up for free access to the Internet Use Parent Portal. Through this portal, you may pause your child’s access to the internet on their FCPS device during non-school hours.

Kindergarten Orientation

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SOL / Testing Night

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Spring Break                       March 25 - March 29

Schools and school offices will be closed.

We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! See the complete school year calendar.

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,

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Rec-PAC Summer Camps

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) summer camp, operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six-week structured recreation program where participants enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Sessions run from June 24-August 1. Partial scholarships available.  Registration opens on March 12!



This year, the first full day of Ramadan was Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity, and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.


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  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 21 - PTA Meeting (6:00pm)
  • March 21 - SOL Family Testing Night
  • 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)
  • April 9 -  Grade 3 Field Trip
  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events

Be Informed, Stay Involved!