Daniels Run ES - April 19, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

I am thrilled to share some wonderful highlights from our recent events and extend heartfelt congratulations to all involved.

Last Wednesday, we proudly celebrated Purple Up Day, where we came together to honor and appreciate our military families. It was truly inspiring to see the outpouring of support and recognition for the sacrifices made by these families.

Additionally, I am delighted to congratulate all the students who were honored at the Fairfax Pyramid art show. Your talent and dedication shine brightly, and we couldn't be prouder of your achievements. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our exceptional Art teachers, Mrs. Byrne, and Mrs. Bank, for their tireless efforts in ensuring the success of the night for our students and families.

As we continue to celebrate our community's achievements, I invite you all to join in commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) with our upcoming POG spirit week next week. Let's come together once again to showcase our spirit, unity, and commitment to fostering excellence in education.

Take a couple minutes to view my weekly message to students, thanks to Mrs. Hollis-Hescht’s first grade class for hosting me! 

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our main office at 703-279-8400 or contact me directly at cmsmith@fcps.edu

Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Smith 

DRES Principal

Volunteer Appreciation Week

We would like to give a big shoutout to all the amazing volunteers at Daniels Run Elementary School! 🙌🏼 Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout the school year. Your selflessness and commitment make a real difference in our school community. We are so grateful for everything you do! 💜🩵

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Portrait of a Graduate Ten-Year Anniversary: Celebrate the Past, Elevate the Present, Innovate for the Future

This month marks the ten-year anniversary of Portrait of a Graduate's (POG) division-wide adoption in FCPS. Since 2014, POG has transformed from an aspiration to an integral part of instruction through the use of durable skills that students apply and reflect upon in the classroom, their daily lives, and in preparation for the jobs of the future.

We will be celebrating the anniversary of POG next week by participating in a 10th Birthday Spirit Week. Please refer to the flyer for more information on how we plan to commemorate this special event.


POG Spirit Week

kids camp

Testing Updates


🗓️ SOL Testing Dates 🗓

Our Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are coming up in May.

These assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The content tested varies by grade level. See below for the scheduled dates this Spring.


Grade 3:

  • 📖 Reading: Thursday, May 9
  • 🧮 Math: Friday, May 17


Grade 4:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 8
  • 🧮Math: Thursday, May 16


Grade 5:

  • 📖 Reading: Friday, May 10
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 15
  • 🔬 Science: Tuesday, May 21


Grade 6:

  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 7
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 14


SOL Make Up Testing: May 22-24

SOL Retakes: May 28-31

If you have any questions about SOL tests, please reach out to our School Testing Coordinators, Sara Van Aalst (smvanaalst@fcps.edu) or Janelle Alabi (jgalabi@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Volunteer for the Daniels Run BOGO Book Fair here! The fair will be open April 22-26 and cannot run without volunteers!


BOGO Book Fair

Donuts with Dragons

baby photos

AAP News


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. Students may be screened for subject-specific and part-time AAP services at any time in the school year. However, in the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  Because all students are screened in the spring, it is not necessary to submit a referral form.   Families will be notified of eligibility of newly-identified, part-time services during the second week of June.

The AAP spring newsletter can be viewed on our Daniels Run All Parents/Guardians Course in Schoology. Parents/guardians can login to Schoology using the same username and password as your Student Information System (SIS) parent account. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact Daniel Run’s Advanced Academic Resources Teacher (AART), Ms. Danni James at dfjames@fcps.edu.

Music News

Anastasia Play

🎵 Congratulations to Hannah Hyland-Eddy & Luke O’Donnell who are in the Fairfax High School performance of Anastasia (also many former Daniels Run students).  The 4th & 5th graders will attend a matinee performance next Friday!  Families may attend any of the performances this weekend or next – purchase tickets here


🎵 Congratulations to all the International Day/Night performers!  If you have any pictures to share, please send them to Michelle McCarten.

🎵 The April Musician of the Month is American pop singer/songwriter, Taylor Swift. 

🎵Upcoming Spring Music Concerts:

Music Camp

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perspective. Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. 

Perspective helps an individual make sense of the world. It provides clarity on what matters and what does not. Being able to see things from multiple angles helps individuals remain calm and learn from mistakes; they are typically highly self-aware. Reflecting on their own feelings, thoughts, and motives helps them understand and empathize with other people. These individuals are strong listeners and ask great questions. Individuals with the strength of perspective help their group get through difficult or uncertain circumstances because they’re poised and can identify opportunities for success.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school counselor; Ashleigh Fisher, anfisher@fcps.edu - Grades 2,3,4,6 and Louise Robinson, lbrobinson@fcps.edu. - Grades K,1,5,6.  

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024. Survey link: http://www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

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.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

  • Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which 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 social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Kindergarten Registration 2024-2025

Kindergarten Registration Spanish 2024-2025


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FCPS Calendar Dates


FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates 

April 22-26 - Spring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

April 25- Spring Concert at 6:30pm

May 3 - Teacher Work Day/ No School