Gunston Gazette - April 5, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with Gunston's dismissal), and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year 

FCPS is excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year using this link.

 Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This link provides families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is once again, overflowing! Labeled items will be returned to students with the remainder being donated to local organizations at the end of the month. Items include coats, jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles and lunch boxes.  Please remember to label all items.

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Purple Up Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17.

Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

Eid al-Fitr     

Wednesday, April 10

School Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed.



Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr  Is a  three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan.


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National Arab American Heritage

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage.

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National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

We Are Gunston


The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

PTA News & Information

Yearbooks for Sale


Panera Restaurant Fundraiser

April 18, 2024

4:00pm - 8:00pm

PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18 @ 6:00pm

Spirit Wear Order

spirit wear order


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  • April 9 -  Grade 3 Field Trip
  • April 10 -Eid
  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • April 18 - PTA Meeting 6:00pm
  • April 18 - Panera Restaurant Night 
  • April 19 - Yearbook Purchase Deadline
  • April 24 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • April 27 - 6th Grade Car Wash
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion
  • June 11 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events

Be Informed, Stay Involved!