Daniels Run ES - May 3, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, it is time for Daniels Run  staff to start preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and how to maximize the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. 

We look forward to celebrating our teachers and staff this upcoming week for teacher/staff appreciation week!  Our PTA has some great things planned.  I encourage you and your students to take a couple minutes and send a thank you email/note/card to your child's teachers for all the time and effort they devote to making DERS a great place to learn!

Take a couple minutes to view my weekly message to students, thanks to Mr. Toskovich's 3rd 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

Attendance Grade Level WINNERS! 

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Fifth Grade students!!! They have won our first attendance competition. Fifth grade had the highest percentage of students with good attendance for the month of April.  89.9% of our Fifth graders attended school in the month of April with 2 or less absences.  They will have a donut party next Friday, May 10th to celebrate!  


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Testing Updates


🗓️ SOL Testing Dates 🗓

Our Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are this month.

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

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Music News

🎵Upcoming Spring Music Concerts (updated May 2)

  • Band: June 4
    • 2:30 in school concert for 3rd-6th graders
    • 7pm: evening concert for community
  • Strings: June 6:
    • 2:30pm:  in school concert for 3rd-6th graders
    • 7pm: evening concert for community

🎵 The May Musician of the Month is the American strings duo: Black Violin.  They play the violin and viola , and are also singers, and composers.  The group formed in 2004 & their musical style is classical and hip hop fusion.

🎵 Congratulations to the Chorus & Daniels Run Singers for 3 fantastic concerts last week!  Check out pictures and audio here!

🎵2nd-5th Grade: Summer Choir Camp Offer:  Come sing with Miss McCarten this summer!

🎵6th Grade:  FCPS Institute of the Fine Arts Summer Program

Music Camp

P2 News

Dear Families,

Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Purpose. Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

Purpose gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, bring joy through art or music, or raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

Having a clear sense of purpose in life and believing that you’re connected to a larger meaning gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life -- and are more fulfilled.

To practice and encourage the character strength of purpose 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!

Strings Summer Camp Opportunity

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share its Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are in-person and virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. 

We are now registering for:


June 24th-28th

July 8th-12th

August 12th-16th 

For more information, and to see what classes are available please visit our website!

🎤 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.  

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Kindergarten Registration 2024-2025

Kindergarten Registration Spanish 2024-2025

FCPS Calendar Dates


FCPS 2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here

Important Dates

May 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7-10 - Reading SOLs (Grades 3-6)

May 14-17 - Math SOLs (Grades 3-6)

May 21 - Science SOL (Grade 5)