Roadrunner Rundown - 3/11/24

Roadrunner Rundown 




Principal Message 

Dear Marshall Road Families,

We are glad to see the signs that spring is just around the corner.  This time of year reminds us of the growth we see in our students.  Sometimes growth is not evident in the moment and then one day a bud appears, ready to blossom.  

This time of year brings new opportunities to learn outside.  Garden lessons and activities are a wonderful part of learning at MRES.   We welcome this new season and the opportunities for growth and learning that it brings.

We often see a shift in attendance with the arrival of warmer weather as students participate in more after school activities.  We want to emphasize the importance attendance has in student success.  Studies show that just two absences per month can negatively impact a student's academic progress.  Our dedicated teachers are constantly teaching new concepts, while our students actively learn and build upon their knowledge every day.  By ensuring regular attendance, we can all work together to help students finish the school year strong.  Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Please mark your calendars for the Marshall Road production of Finding Nemo.  Family and friends are welcome to attend a performance on Wednesday, March 20 or Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.  Students will see the play during the school day but feel free to bring your children back for an evening performance.  We are thrilled that Ashton Schaffer, former MRES graduate, will be directing the play again.  We are very proud of 5th and 6th students who have been working hard to put this performance together.

Have a great week.

Much peace.

Matthew Chapman, Sue Kirby and Antoinette Nauflett

Administrative Team

School Events & Information

Health Room Parent Volunteers

We are currently seeking parent volunteers to help out with day-to-day tasks in our busy health room!  If you are interested please see this flyer to sign up for the upcoming training session in April.  You may also reach out to our Public Health Nurse, Allison Callow at with any questions. 


Lost & 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 

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

D4D at Ledo Pizza 

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


Spring Break Sports Camp 

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 


Reading Together, A Webinar for Families 

The Virginia Department of Education  (VDOE) is excited to celebrate Family Reading Month in March.  Join the VDOE & Virginia PTA for Reading Together, a webinar designed for families to learn about best practices in reading instruction.  The event also covers how families can support their students through all stages of learning to read and improving reading comprehension.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-8:00 pm.  Registration is required to participate and is open to the public. Contact: Office of Parental Engagement (VDOE) 


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 to get involved:  

Join the International Night Committee. here

Host a country table or join a team, here

Volunteer at the event! here  


Fifth Grade Families Needed to Organize and Serve Refreshments at the Sixth Grade Ceremony  

The sixth grade Moving Up Ceremony will take place on July 11 at 10:00 am.  A reception for sixth grade students and their families follows the ceremony.  Traditionally, fifth grade families organize and serve refreshments at this event.  The courtesy is returned to them the following year when someone serves them when they have graduating sixth graders.  The cost is funded by the PTA. If you are interested in helping with this event, please reach out to Monica at or respond on this google form.   


Sixth Grade Families Needed to Plan the Sixth Grade Celebration 

The PTA will host the sixth grade Celebration on the evening of Monday, June 10 to celebrate all our students moving on to middle school.  Traditionally, this event is planned and organized by sixth grade parents and is funded by the PTA.  The exact theme/activities vary year to year.  If you are interested in helping plan this event to ensure sixth graders have a fun evening to remember, please reach out to Monica at or respond on this google form.  


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 can be found below and includes information regarding subject specific and part-time services.

Arabic / Chinese / EnglishKorean / Spanish / Urdu / Vietnamese


Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts.  IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3-6 grades during the month of July.  Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day.  Transportation is provided from around the county.  Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify.  Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email


TJ Techstravaganza 2024

Tomorrow’s Women in Science and Technology (TWIST), is a student organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).  Each year, they promote STEM through their annual flagship outreach event, Techstravaganza.

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, they hosted more than 4,500 students and 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors range from TJHSST clubs and TWIST volunteers to organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum.  This year, the 20th annual Techstravaganza is taking place at TJHSST on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Admission is free and food will be for sale.  Please register at:  More information can be found on their website at and in the attached are flyers English and Spanish.