Daniels Run ES - May 24, 2024

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A Note from the Principal 

DRES Families, 

A reminder today is the last day to complete our parent input form for the 2024-25 school, additional details are below.   Ashya Otero has been promoted from Student Information Assistant (SIA) to our principal Administrative Assistant (AA) position, congrats Mrs. Otero! Take a couple minutes to view my weekly message to students.

Thank you to our community partners who provided items for our PTA to raffle to staff during staff appreciation week:

Toute Petite

 Never Perfect Resin: light plate covers: IG: @art_resination

Penguin Bean Designs: Apple mini shelf and suncatcher 

Forever Enchanted Candle

Bottles to Bottles

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

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 the long 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. 

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources


  • 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

☀️ Enjoy Fun and Resources at the Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

Asian Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Let’s learn more about how to celebrate the vibrant collection of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) cultures in May.

The month of May was chosen to recognize the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as Golden Spike Day, the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States on May 10, 1869, which was largely constructed by Chinese immigrants.

There are 24 million people in the United States who identify as Asian, with 1.6 million identifying as Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or a combination. According to  Pew Research Center (2021), Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have made significant contributions to American culture and society.

The following are a few resources to celebrate and learn more about Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage.

For more information, contact Family and School Partnerships at familyengagement@fcps.edu.

Jewish American Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Jewish American Heritage Month

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social skills

Language camp

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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 upcoming scheduled dates this Spring.

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).

📝 Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact [school registrar’s name] for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

PTA News

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Music News

🎵Upcoming Spring Music Concerts

  • 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.

🎵 Musician of the Year: Who was your favorite musician this year? Click here to review the nine we studied and click here to vote for your favorite musician of the month.  Parents, students, staff & community can vote.  You can also recommend a musician for next year.

🎵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 Leadership. Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy.

To practice and encourage the character strength of leadership 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.

🖍️ 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 27- Memorial Day/ No School

May 28-31- SOL Retakes (Grades 3-6)

June 4- Band Concert at 7pm

June 6- Strings Concert at 7pm

June 11- 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 12- Last Day of School