Roadrunner Rundown - 3/18/24

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Roadrunner Rundown

March 18, 2024

Principal's Message

Dear Marshall Road Families,

We are looking forward to the Finding Nemo performances taking place this week!  Our students have worked hard and are ready to share this wonderful production with you.  Family and friends are welcome to attend 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.  Please note that a "no camera/no phone/no device" policy will be in effect at all performances due to licensure restrictions.  The show will be professionally recorded (courtesy of the PTA) and a link to the video will be provided to families once it is finalized.  

It is hard to believe that our 3rd quarter ends this Friday, March 22.  We will dive into the 4th quarter after spring break and embrace all of the learning opportunities it will bring.  We invite you to brainstorm with your children about ways to make the last quarter of this school year the best! 

There will be no school and the office will be closed March 25-29 during spring break.  We hope you have a wonderful week filled with fun and rest.

Have a great week.

Much peace.

Matthew Chapman, Sue Kirby and Antoinette Nauflett

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School Events and Information

Health Room Parent Volunteers

We are currently seeking parent volunteers to help 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

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 Monday, March 25-29, 9:00 am-12:30 pm in the MRES gym.  Full details and registration info can be found here:  Questions?  Email PTA Enrichment Coordinator Cheryl at


Sign up to Participate in International Night! 

Marshall Road’s International Night will be held Friday, April 19, 5:30-7:30pm.  This annual event is an opportunity for students to showcase their culture and heritage by hosting a country table that highlights their country of choice or heritage.  Learn more on our International Night webpage, or sign up here to host a country table. 


Enjoy Spring Break while Reading! 

Travel the world without ever leaving your chair!  Look for the Spring Reading Flyer in your student’s Tuesday Folder.  In honor of Neurodiversity Awareness Month coming up in April, we invite you to read one of the books on the list to learn about Neurodiversity.  Use the attached Ben & Jerry's bookmark as you read and then take it to a Ben & Jerry's shop for a FREE KIDS' SCOOP!   


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 wants 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


MRES Bike-Train Spring 2024 Kick-off 

We will kick-off the spring season on Tuesday April 9.  Take advantage of the spring break to get your bike ready to join us. For more information: Bike-Train website


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.

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Immunization Update Plan: Is Your Child Up to Date?

On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.  FCPS will be implementing an updated Immunization Notice Process to increase immunization compliance across the school district, effective Monday, March 11.  A student whose immunizations do not meet the school immunization requirements may be excluded from school for the protection of the student in the event of a public health emergency or a vaccine-preventable outbreak.

Students who are not up-to-date on their school required immunizations will receive a Notice of Conditional Enrollment, which will provide the list of noncompliant immunizations as well as the reason for noncompliance.  A 90-day conditional enrollment period will be allowed to obtain the required immunizations.  Upon the expiration of the conditional enrollment period, students will then receive a Past Due Immunization Notice.  The Past Due Immunization Notice includes language stating ‘Per the Code of Virginia, your student may not be allowed to attend school until the necessary immunization documentation is received.’


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 grades 3-6 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 the outreach event, Techstravaganza, and would like to invite students to attend!

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students. In previous years, they have 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. 

The 20th annual Techstravaganza will take place on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am-4:00 pm at TJHSST.  Admission is free and food will be for sale.  Register at this link:  Details can be found these these flyers - English and Spanish.  More information about the event can be found at


STEM Opportunity

Fifth and sixth grade students are invited to attend a STEM workshop during spring break offered by a non-profit organization called STEMLeap.  The program will be held from March 25-29, 1:30-5:00 pm at the North County Governmental Center conference room.  The cost is $10 for supplies.  The registration form link is  More details about the program are available on our website at