Gunston Gazette - April 12, 2024

        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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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.

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Mental Health in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed in children, which often occurs together. Anxiety is feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.

Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include: increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:

  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

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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.

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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

We Are Gunston


PTA News & Information

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

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  • 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
  • May 3 -  Orthodox Good Friday                                                       (School closed for students; Teacher Workday)
  • 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!