Roadrunner Rundown - 5/13/24

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Roadrunner Rundown

May 13, 2024

Principal's Message

Dear Marshall Road Families,

We hope you are enjoying today’s sunny skies after the rain last week.  This reminds us of the lessons we hope our students are learning inside and outside the classroom; that while they often cannot control what is going on around them, they can focus on what they are doing with an “Other People Mindset”, which builds character.  This quote sums it up so well.  “Character strengths aren’t about ignoring the negative. Instead, they help us overcome life’s inevitable adversities.” Jeff Bryan

We hope you can join us this Friday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm for the PTA sponsored Family Sports Night & Ice Cream Social for an evening of fun with MRES families and staff.  This event is sponsored by our wonderful PTA and more details can be found below.  Please note that all students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Have a great week.

Much peace.

Matthew Chapman, Sue Kirby and Antoinette Nauflett

Administrative Team

School Events and Information

Summer Reading Book Drive

Marshall Road will be holding a book drive to provide summer reading materials for families in our community.  We will be accepting book donations May 6-24.  All book donations can be dropped off in the MRES lobby any time during the school day.  Please only donate new or gently used books appropriate for grades K-6.  We cannot accept books for adults, books with toys or extra pieces, baby books or board books, religious materials, outdated books, or books with ripped covers/pages.  Please direct any questions to Librarian, Lisa Hoffman:

PTA Update

Bike Train 

The Marshall Road Bike Train will run each Tuesday through the end of the school year.  Join us this Tuesday, May 14!  See all Bike Train details here or check out this flyer.  Please consider joining our chat group to receive updates or to let us know if you can help chaperone.  If your student rides in the morning, please make sure they know how they are getting home in the afternoon and where they will meet you (at school, at home, or at Meadow Lane Park).  If they normally take the bus, you must inform the MRES office that they will be biking home by emailing Ms. Heflin at


Join us for the MRES on Church Street 

Take a stroll along Church Street this Wednesday, May 15, to support local businesses and have fun!  A portion of all sales will be donated to MRES from Trace -- The Zero Waste Store, Bard's Alley, and Rita's Italian Ice and Custard. MRES on Church Flyer 

11:00 am–6:00 pm: Trace the Zero Waste Store – Shop reusable items.

5:00 pm–9:00 pm: Rita's Italian Ice – Stop by for a gelati or your favorite shake!

5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Bards Alley – Guest readers will begin at 5:45 pm in the book nook!  Come see what’s new at Bards Alley.  


Family Sports Night & Ice Cream Social 

Get ready to lace up your sneakers and join us for an evening of fun, games, and delicious treats at our Family Sports Night and Ice Cream Social this Friday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm!  We will have kickball and soccer on the MRES fields and basketball on the blacktop.  Parents/Guardians, Students, and Teachers/Staff members are all welcome to come out and play.  No need to be a seasoned athlete!  Just come out and have fun!  Please sign up to play here.  After playing, you can cool down with a sweet treat courtesy of the PTA.


Save the Date: PTA Meeting & Chat with Chapman

Our final PTA meeting & Chat with Chapman of the school year will be on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:15 am in the cafeteria.  We will elect Board members for the 2024-2025 school year.  Attendees are invited to stay for our volunteer appreciation breakfast, which will follow the meeting. 


2024-2025 School Supplies on Sale Now

School supply kits for the 2024-2025 school year are on sale now through June 25.  Simply go to  and enter the school ID, MAR000 (3 letters/3 numbers).  PTA volunteers will deliver your school kits directly to your classroom before the first day of school.  If you would like to donate a kit, simply enter 'GIFT' for the first and last name and we will make sure it is delivered to a student who can benefit from it.

Note: The PTA offers these kits as a convenience for families.  This is not a PTA fundraiser.  Questions?  Email


Stay Informed and Get Connected! 

You can find the most up-to-date information on our website, and PTA Facebook and Instagram pages.  You can also complete your membership and join the PTA here.


FCPS Communications

Theater Performance at Luther Jackson Middle School

Students from Luther Jackson Middle School will be performing Matilda Jr on May 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm and May 18 at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm at Luther Jackson Middle School (93020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church, VA).  The Saturday 2:30 pm matinee performance is especially for students to meet the actors and take pictures on the set with them.  These are alumni from your own schools - come out and support them!  Show runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes and there is no intermission.  More details can be found in this flyer.  Here is a trailer featuring an interview and pictures of the cast and crew:


HIPS Presentation at Thoreau Middle School

HIPS is a community awareness program designed to enlighten parents through a unique learning experience encompassing insights into trends and indicators of potentially risky behavior.  This presentation will take place at Thoreau Middle School on May 21 from 6:30–8:30 pm in the cafeteria.  This evening is for parents and staff only, no students.  More details can be found here.  Please sign up at


Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza!  Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth.  Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!