Daniels Run ES - May 10, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 


DRES Families, 

Kudos to our PTA, parents and students for making Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week special. Our PTA really went above and beyond to show our amazing DRES educators and staff that they are appreciated for all they do for our students. 

I am currently traveling to celebrate my daughter's college graduation. We always look forward to stopping at Buckey's BBQ on the way there (see pic).

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms and women who deserve recognition and appreciation not just this Sunday, but every day! 

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

Parent Input for 2024-25 School Year 

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 cons

ider 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. 

Thank you PTA

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

As we prepare for testing season, school attendance is crucial for your student's success and comfort.  Please plan any appointments and trips for non-testing days.  It is challenging for staff to accommodate many students for make-up testing and for the students, who miss instruction time for their make-up test.


  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school

Preschool Opportunity

Daniels Run ES is pleased to announce that we will have community peers in our preschool program. The early childhood special education staff members have been investigating the possible opportunities for our students to participate in integration activities with typically developing peers. This will involve teaching preschoolers with delays and without delays in the same classroom. It can provide young children with a more stimulating environment, teach skills for coping with different situations, and provide the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills. 

Our program will invite a limited number of community preschoolers (1-2 per class), who are age 3 ½ -5 years, to participate in our daily preschool activities. The children from the community will have the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with current early childhood special education students. Our students will, in turn, benefit from being with community peers who can model appropriate language, motor, and social skills.

         All children learn through their play. Intellectual growth occurs in a social context, influenced strongly by the quality of social interactions. The goal of this program is to encourage active learning and promote social interaction and acceptance through shared experiences between the community children and our preschoolers with special needs. 

If interested contact Chris Smith cmsmith@fcps.edu  by May 17th. Interested families will be invited for a playdate for their child to interact with the current class to assess readiness for the program.

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

baby photos

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.

🎵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 focus on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Appreciation of beauty and excellence means you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g., a sunset, a song, or a building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g., a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world. 

Appreciating excellence and beauty helps individuals experience positive emotions and connect to the world around them. It’s an outward-facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside their head. Not only is the individual outwardly focused, but they are often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing them to forget anxieties and troubles. It is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and purpose.

To practice and encourage the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families, 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 14-17 - Math SOLs (Grades 3-6)

May 21 - Science SOL (Grade 5)

May 27- Memorial Day/ No School