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One and Done Celebration: PJ Day Tomorrow!

Thanks to all of our parents who supported our school!!  With your support, the PTA raised $50,000 in 50 days.  The PTA would like the whole school to celebrate.  All students can wear PJ's tomorrow, Thursday, November 7th.  This is an optional opportunity if your child chooses to wear the pajamas. 

Congrats to Ms. Kendall's class, Mr. Gordon's class and Ms. Loughran's classes with the most participation in the fundraiser!  They will all enjoy pizza lunch!  Stay tuned for more pictures with the One and Done from the administration. 

School Notes:

Lost and Found: Please check the Lost and Found - it is overflowing and the items will donated on Monday, November 11th. 

Extra Halloween Candy?  Our sixth grade community service leadership team would like candy donations for Soldiers Angels.  Please drop off your donations to the office by November 17th. 

Updating Emergency Information: FCPS provides weCare @ school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. WeCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive e-Notify communications from the district and their child’s school. e-Notify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via e-mail, telephone, and SMS.

 

Veteran’s Day - November 11, 2019– Veterans are welcome to join us in the library for a light breakfast snack with your children.  We will gather with the students as they arrive in the gym to celebrate all of our veterans with some music led by our chorus. It will be a wonderful celebration showing respect for our veterans and their children.  We will end at the beginning of the school day 8:50 a.m. Teachers may coordinate specific visits in the classroom individually.

NNAT – November 11th - 15th Testing Update: The online version of the Naglieri  Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to all 1st grade students and some 2nd – 6th grades students between November 11th and November 15th, 2019.   Your child does not need to prepare for this testing other than to come to school on time, be rested and ready to start the school day.  Note that letters will go home to all students in the Friday folders. Any questions, please email Tia Hawkins, Student Test Coordinator at tnhawkins@fcps.edu

 

Celebrating 20 years of hosting French Interns! For the twentieth year in a row, Kent Gardens is proud to welcome French interns for four weeks of student teaching this winter.  Arriving on January 18, the interns, usually in their mid-twenties, are students from French graduate schools of education.  This year, seven interns will come from ESPE Clermont-Auvergne, France.  (For more information about our partner university, please go to: http://www.espe-auvergne.fr/)  The program’s wonderful success depends upon the generosity of the Kent Gardens families who host the French interns.  Please consider letting some French culture into your home this winter and offer to host an intern. It is a life-changing experience for our students, our teachers, the interns, and our families!  The deadline for application is December 6.  Here is the link to apply to host a French intern: https://forms.gle/PNfXUoNBByGpRQeW9  Don't miss out on a little bit of French in your house this winter!”

 

Transportation/Busing Update: Due to the severe driver shortage, parents can expect late arrivals both morning and afternoon.  Transportation is pulling from available resources, such as supervisors and reaching out to sub-drivers to help with the shortage.  Combining routes and doubling back to the school, will be a normal practice due to the driver shortage.  Transportation and Leadership appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through finding creative solutions to the difficult position we are faced with.   As always our goal is the safe transportation of all students we service.

 

Outstanding Employee Awards:  Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Kent Gardens Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link : https://forms.gle/bnNfMgxwJGE9Xo21A  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 22, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Pier McGrath, Assistant Principal at psmcgrath@fcps.edu.

  • Outstanding Teacher: Must have 3 years of experience as a teacher – note that librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader – administrators including APs
  • Outstanding Professional Employee  Includes School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher and School Counselor
  • Outstanding Operational Employee Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA

 

FLE Information Night - You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. Ms. Hawkins and Mrs. McGrath, Assistant Principals, and teachers from various grade levels, will be available to answer questions about the lessons. The meeting will be held on Thursday November 7th at 5:00 PM in the Kent Gardens library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. More information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level program descriptions, is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.  To preview Family Life Education (FLE) materials, each parent will have to have access to SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).  Once you gain access to your Parent FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account, click on the “Curriculum” tab at the top of the page.   All FLE Lessons are arranged by grade-level.

 

Do you want to be a Substitute?  We are looking for substitutes to support our classrooms when there is a teacher absence due to illness or other need.  Here is the link for additional information: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities  If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact any administrator or Iveliz Charles icharles@fcps.edu in the office.

 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information Night A second meeting will be held on December 5th for families who desire to better understand the referral process. The meeting is open to all parents interested in writing a referral and clarifying the process. If you have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Will at sdwill@fcps.edu.

 

Parent Workshops Available through FCPS: All workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA, unless otherwise noted. You may view additional information on upcoming workshops and register for workshops online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.

Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! *Registration must be completed separately for each session on these dates: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age For parents who didn't grow up with smartphones but can't let go of them now, expert advice on raising kids in our constantly connected world. This presentation will focus on how to help kids navigate friendships, bullying, dating, self-esteem, and more online. Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register for Raising a Screen Smart Kid

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey Attend this important workshop, presented by Julia Calhoun and Katie Boxer, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers, to understand characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Friday, November 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon. Register for Understanding Autism

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register for Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School

Building Success in Physical Education Learn fun activities for the whole family to get your child moving, while reinforcing a wide range of skills needed to participate in physical education. Presented by Phyllis Orner, FCPS Adapted PE Specialist, Manda Tirado and Christy Stone, FCPS Adapted PE Teachers. Friday, November 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon. Register for Building Success in Physical Education

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs Transform feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed to calm, confident, and compassionate. Learn tools and techniques to navigate turbulent waters and times of change within your home and family life. Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., a Well-Being Professional. Friday, November 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.  Register for Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs

Dates to Note: 

November 7 – FLE Night 5 p.m. (see above)

November 24 – Girls on the Run 5k

November 27 – 29 School closed

December 5th – AAP Information Evening 6 p.m.

December 7th – International Night

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Administrators Notes!

Fall seems to finally be here!!  We are excited about our fall book fair. Please note that if you plan to attend with your child(ren) on Tuesday, Oct 22nd for the Parents and Pastries at 8 a.m., we would like for you to park in the neighborhood (safely and legally) in order for our teachers to park in the parking lot.  

Note that you will also be receiving a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid form in your child's backpack today. All students must return a completed and signed form.  We have ask that you return the completed and signed form tomorrow, October 22, 2019.  FCPS (Kent Gardens) will be asking all families to fill out this form. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30 but we ask that you return it the next day. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

We are also pleased to announce that Kent Gardens was given the new Superintendent's Equity in Excellence Award to recognize our school's progress and achievement in raising the bar and closing the achievement gap for all students. We are very proud of our staff and their hard work. 

With that in mind, note that we are also accepting parent and staff recommendations for Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Kent Gardens Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/bnNfMgxwJGE9Xo21A  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 22, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Pier McGrath, Assistant Principal at psmcgrath@fcps.edu.

  • Outstanding Teacher: Must have 3 years of experience as a teacher – note that librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader – administrators including APs
  • Outstanding Professional Employee  Includes School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, and School Counselor
  • Outstanding Operational Employee Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA

We have had a great start to the school year!!  Thanks for your continued support!

Holly McGuigan         Pier McGrath             Tia Hawkins

Principal                    Assistant Principal      Assistant Principal

 

School News!

Kent Gardens Yearbook!  Do you want to design the yearbook cover?  Here is your opportunity!!  All entries are due on October 29, 2019 by 9 a.m. in the front office.  Please draw your entry (in color)!  Our focus is as always how we show our #kgpride showing that we are a strong community (#strongertogether) and our teachers and students can #inspire!!  We look forward to your entries.  Please turn into the front office.

Digital Citizenship: This week is also Digital Citizenship week. This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well –Being:  Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use.  Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance   (for children ages 3-8).  Stay tuned for more ideas, resources, and suggested activities to come!

Do you want to be a Substitute?  We are looking for substitutes to support our classrooms when there is a teacher absence due to illness or other need.  Here is the link for additional information: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities  If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact any administrator or Iveliz Charles icharles@fcps.edu in the office.

FCPS Parent Resource Center Did you know that our FCPS resource center has some amazing parent workshops?  Check out this link! https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community  

Helping Your Child Cope With Stress! As parents, we want to shield our children from stress and adversity as much as possible. However, we cannot protect them from everything; everyone will face challenges in his or her life. What we can do is give them the skills necessary to face those stresses and challenges head-on, to learn from them, and to grow in strength and maturity as a result.  Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, Clinical Psychologist, in this important session that will focus on: recognizing stress in children, building resiliency skills, the role of mindfulness and executive functioning skills on Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.  Note that this session is full but you may join the waitlist!  Sometimes they videotape as well!  Register for the Waitlist: Helping your Child Cope with Stress

Dyslexia Open House to be held on October 24, 2019, at the Parent Resource Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Browse exhibit tables and learn about next steps for FCPS students with dyslexia.  Exhibitors include: Decoding Dyslexia of Virginia, FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction, FCPS Assistive Technology Services, and FCPS School Psychology Services.  Register here for the event.

 

FLE Information Night - You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons. Ms. Hawkins and Mrs. McGrath, Assistant Principals, and teachers from various grade levels, will be available to answer questions about the lessons. The meeting will be held on Thursday November 7th at 5:00 PM in the Kent Gardens library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. More information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level program descriptions, is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.  To preview Family Life Education (FLE) materials, each parent will have to have access to SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).  Once you gain access to your Parent FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account, click on the “Curriculum” tab at the top of the page.   All FLE Lessons are arranged by grade-level.

 

Veteran’s Day - November 11, 2019– Veterans are welcome to join us in the library for a light breakfast snack with your children.  We will gather with the students as they arrive in the gym to celebrate all of our veterans with some music led by our chorus.  It will be a wonderful celebration showing respect for our veteran's and their students.  We will end at the beginning of the school day 8:50 a.m.  Teachers may coordinate specific visits in the classroom individually.

 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information Night A second meeting will be held on December 5th for families who desire to better understand the referral process. The meeting is open to all parents interested in writing a referral and clarifying the process. If you have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Will at sdwill@fcps.edu.

Dates to Note!

October 21 – Impact Aid Survey distributed – please return the next school day!

October 22 – Book Fair Parents and Pastries 8:00 a.m. Please park in neighborhood!

October 23 – Book Fair Family Evening Event 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October 25 – Principals Coffee 8 a.m. and PTA meeting 8:45 a.m.

October 25 - School Spirit Day – Wear your FAVORITE jersey!! (Go Nats!)

November 4 – No School – Teacher Workday

November 5 – No School Teacher Workday

November 6 – School Picture Retakes!

November 7 – FLE Information Night 5 p.m. in the library

November 11 – Veterans’ Day Recognition Ceremony (see info above)

1717 Melbourne Drive, McLean, VA 22101 |  Phone: 703.394.5600  

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Notes from Administration

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first PTA meeting and Principals Coffee was held on Friday, September 27th.  The PTA shared their current One and Done status and needs your support!! Please do join the PTA and also support One and Done!  Our school benefits significantly from the support of our families through the PTA.  There is a class contest to get the most participation in the One and Done!  Thanks for ALL of your support!

Many parents have brought up the issue of unsafe practices around arrival and dismissal.  Students should not be dropped off in the neighborhood as it creates a dangerous situation for students crossing the street between cars.  In addition, please note that all traffic should enter the school from Melbourne Drive, NOT Lumsden Street. Additional information is noted below.

Kiss and Ride Procedures: Once you enter the line, please do not exit your vehicle for any reason or use your cell phone. Student Safety Patrols and Staff Members assist in opening car doors until 8:40. Please pay attention to Faculty and Staff members providing traffic direction throughout the traffic flow. You may wait in the kiss and ride line to drop off rather than park in the lot as parking is tight for teachers.

  • ALL traffic should enter the school from Melbourne Drive, not Lumsden Street. Do not proceed on Lumsden St. towards Melbourne Drive past Macon Street during morning drop off or afternoon dismissal. Left hand turns at the 4-way stop on Lumsden St. onto Melbourne Dr. are not permitted in the morning drop off or afternoon dismissal times. To enter the traffic flow, proceed down Van Fleet and Dean Streets then turn left on Melbourne to enter the Kiss and Ride.
  • ALL traffic should exit the school parking lot, turn right at the 4-way stop, and then proceed on Lumsden. Kent Gardens website has a diagram and additional information. https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/resources/transportation

After the police officer directs you through the 4-way stop at Lumsden St. and Melbourne Dr., proceed through the parking lot in a single lane. Do not pass any other vehicles for any reason.  Please adhere to traffic laws, be mindful of walkers and do not use your cell phones. Pull forward towards the marked area to discharge your child.  Staff will be posted as indicated by the markers on the attachment and should follow their directions. 

  1. Load and unload students from passenger side of vehicle. Children should NOT cross in front of or between vehicles. 
  2. Drivers must remain in vehicles during Kiss and Ride drop off and loading zone at all times. Safety patrols will assist with car doors. Parents should not exit their car to assist students with seat belts etc. Please instruct your children on how to work the safety belt or have them sit on the right hand side (passenger side) of the car so that the staff may safely assist them and ensure a quick arrival and departure.
  3. In the afternoon, if your child is not present, you will need to repeat the final loop of the parking lot.
  4. Cars parked in the Kiss and Ride area must wait until the Kiss and Ride area has cleared.
  5. Do not drop your child in the neighborhood, only walkers should use the crosswalk.
  6. Remember that our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. with morning work. We will receive children no earlier than 8:25 a.m.

Kiss and Ride Volume and Timing: It is important to allocate 10+ minutes for morning Kiss and Ride drop off due to high volume. In inclement weather, drop off times may be longer.  We do track tardies, please do ensure that your child arrives on a timely basis.

To support the goal of posting information to help your child learn, here is a Year at a Glance link for your review! https://drive.google.com/file/d/12X2CfFQZDxpV8odd4l7pn5eFtOZ4ZyfP/view?usp=sharing

Thanks for your support! 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan   Pier McGrath               Tia Hawkins

Principal               Assistant Principal       Assistant Principal

 

Testing and Advanced Academic Updates:

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information Night A second meeting will be held on December 5th for families who desire to better understand the referral process. The meeting is open to all parents interested in writing a referral and clarifying the process. If you have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Will at sdwill@fcps.edu.

New to FCPS AAP Referrals: Due October 10, 2019. Families new to FCPS as of January, 2019 have the option to refer their children for Level IV services.  As an option, families new to the school may also refer their children by the January 9, 2020 deadline.  The following link has more information: Advanced Academic Program Website

News and Notes:

Picture Day was Wednesday, October 2!  You can order online using the code:  FM330667   www.scherlingschoolpics.com  Teachers and office cannot accept any payments at this time. 

Positivity Project Focus!   Our character strength for this week, 9/30- Oct 4 is Open Mindedness.  Next week, our focus is on #OtherPeopleMatter – Being present and giving others my attention - This speaks for itself as it does have a positive impact on others!

Submit all absences/late arrivals, early dismissal, and transportation changes (including bus pass) online! The office and the teachers will receive your notification automatically. Click here ( KGES homepage àFull Menu) for easy access. For any other office-related questions, please email the office here.

Forgotten items can only be dropped off in the Drop-off Station (in the front lobby).  Unfortunately, we cannot notify or deliver items to classrooms as this tends to interrupt classroom instruction and cause confusion. Please email your child’s teacher if an item needs to be picked up from the cubby. Please establish a routine with your child to prepare their school materials. These include lunch, homework, project, musical instruments, forms, dues, water bottle, snack, clothes, backpacks, etc.

Family Life Education FCPS Website More information to follow soon!

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session – October 14, 2019 The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019. This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher.

The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will also present their program offerings to our military veteran attendees. A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office.

Parent and Student Conferences – Wellness and Resources

Mental Health and Wellness Conference,  Tools for Fostering Success at Home, in School, and Throughout Life to be held October 5, 2019, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join us for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference!  We are proud to partner with Inova and Kaiser Permanente on this year’s conference. The morning will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Lunch will also be provided, courtesy of Inova. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

Dyslexia Open House to be held on October 24, 2019, at the Parent Resource Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Browse exhibit tables and learn about next steps for FCPS students with dyslexia.  Exhibitors include: Decoding Dyslexia of Virginia, FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction, FCPS Assistive Technology Services, and FCPS School Psychology Services.  Register here for the event.

Dates to Note:

October 14 – No School – Teacher Workday

October 22 – Book Fair Parents and Pastries 8:00 a.m.

October 23 – Book Fair Family Evening Event 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October 25 – Principals Coffee 8 a.m. and PTA meeting 8:45

November 4 – No School – Teacher Workday

November 5 – No School Teacher Workday

November 6 – School Picture Retakes!

 

Teacher Celebrations to Note!

 

Elizabeth MacDonald 10/4

Darrow White 10/7

Kim Hargett 10/12

David Mattoon 10/15

Alex Ptasienski 10/15

Heather Ortiz 10/25

Holly McGuigan 10/26

Brittany Oakley 10/27

Gail Barnett 10/28

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Administration Updates

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first PTA meeting and Principals Coffee will be Friday, September 27th.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!  The Principals Coffee is an informal meeting whereby we can meet on any issue that you feel is relevant to you and your family. It is at 8 a.m. in the Staff Lounge.  At 8:40 a.m., we will shift to the cafeteria for the PTA meeting.  Please do join the PTA and also support One and Done!  Our school benefits significantly from the support of our families through the PTA.  There is a class contest to get the most participation in the One and Done!  Thanks for ALL of your support!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) conducted for the first time a division-wide Family Engagement Survey in the Spring of 2019 to all families with students in grades K-12.  The survey asked families to provide their feedback on their engagement at their child’s school in six core areas:  welcoming environment, communication, student success, advocacy, family and school partnership, and collaboration with the community. The survey data was shared at the end of the school year.  Here is a summary of the results with highest ranking indicators first:

  • 99% Kent Gardens welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures.
  • 99% Parents report that their child(ren) feel safe at school.
  • 98% Parents feel welcome at Kent Gardens.
  • 95% Parents feel that school leaders inspire families to be active participants in the school community.
  • 91% Parents report that there are opportunities to volunteer at Kent Gardens.

Our areas for growth and we will continue to dialogue with families next year on how to improve in our lower ranking indicators including:

  • 74% of parents report that the school staff works with them to identify social and emotional skills that can help their child(ren) be successful.
  • 76% of parents report that the school remits enough information about how they can help their child improve his/her learning.
  • 81% of parents report that the school provides information about how their child can access and take advantage of educational, developmental, and social opportunities.
  • 83% of parents report that events are held at times that they are available.

The full survey results for FCPS are available here.  We will post Kent Gardens’ results once they are available online. We are working to provide additional information and opportunities to families around social/emotional skills and supporting your child’s learning.

To support the goal of posting information to help your child learn,  we have shared the K-6 Year at a Glance documents for your review below. These documents provide a high level understanding of topics across math, language arts, science and social studies that will be taught. The links provide easy access.

Kindergarten        Grade 1        Grade 2        Grade 3        Grade 4        Grade 5        Grade 6

We look forward to a great year and will continue share important information that is relevant to our families in this format.  See you at the PTA meeting and coffee!

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan            Pier McGrath                         Tia Hawkins

Principal                       Assistant Principal                  Assistant Principal

Attendance, Arrival and Dismissal (Bus) Reminders:

Submit all absences, late arrivals, early dismissal requests, and transportation/dismissal changes online! Click here for easy access  The office and the teachers will receive the notification automatically.

For any other office-related questions, please email the office here.

Arrival:  We love seeing everyone excited to come to school each morning! A few friendly reminders to parents:

  • Please do not leave your student unsupervised prior to 8:25 a.m. in front of the school. We have no staff member outside to watch students and other parents are not obligated to supervise other students.
  • Once the tardy bell rings at 8:50 a.m., any student not in the classroom is considered late and will have to check-in in the office. We are tracking tardies as late arrivals impact instruction!
  • Parents may want walk to your child to class, but the students should be ready to walk independently at this point. A hug, kiss and a good bye are in order!

Dismissal (Bus) Reminders:

  • We will begin accepting bus passes beginning October 1, 2019. Note that bus seats are limited. As a rule of thumb, one rider may be a guest (no parties – other transportation will have to be arranged). Beginning in October, families may use the Transportation Change form on the link.   
  • Expect updates regarding buses this week. Transportation is working on a revised schedule to ease the number of riders and timeliness. Stay tuned!

 

Testing and Advanced Academic Updates:

Cognitive Ability Test (CogAt) Test  All second grade students, and those new to FCPS in grades 3-6, will be given the Cog At test during the week of September 30 – October 4.  Please plan your appointments accordingly.  A letter will be remitted via your Friday folder with the specifics.  You will be contacted by the school if your child will be assessed. Note that FCPS allows for a one-time retake of an abilities test (CogAt or NNAT).  If you would like to request a one-time only FCPS administered retake of the CogAt or NNAT test, contact Tia Hawkins at tnhawkins@fcps.edu.

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information Night On Thursday, September 24, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. we will hold a general information meeting regarding AAP services. This evening is open to all parents to learn more about the AAP Levels of Service. A second meeting will be held on December 5th for families who desire to better understand the referral process. The meeting is open to all parents interested in writing a referral and clarifying the process. If you have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Will at sdwill@fcps.edu.

New to FCPS AAP Referrals: Due October 10, 2019. Families new to FCPS as of January, 2019 have the option to refer their children for Level IV services.  As an option, families new to the school may also refer their children by the January 9, 2020 deadline.  The following link has more information: Advanced Academic Program Website

News and Notes:

Picture Day is Wednesday, October 2!  Order envelopes will be coming home soon, or you can order online before picture day.. The code for Kent Gardens to order and pay online is: FM330667  If you need additional information, please contact Tia Hawkins at tnhawkins@fcps.edu.

Positivity Project has begun!   We will share the focus for the week so that you may discuss your child and partner with us in the process.  If you are new to Kent Gardens and the positivity project you may find information here. Our focus for this week, 9/16 – 9/20 is curiosity. If you are curious, you like exploration and discovery.  You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything!  Having curiosity is an asset!   

Wednesday Morning Chorus Early Start 8:15!  We will begin chorus at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday September 18th.  If parents are able to drop off your child by 8:10 a.m., please do so!  We will see how the early start time works for all.  Those who are unable to coordinate and must ride the bus, there will be no penalty for those students arriving via their regular route. 

Family Life Education FCPS Website More information to follow soon!

Health,Wellness and Other Resources

Mental Health and Wellness Conference,  Tools for Fostering Success at Home, in School, and Throughout Life to be held October 5, 2019, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join us for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference!  We are proud to partner with Inova and Kaiser Permanente on this year’s conference. The morning will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Lunch will also be provided, courtesy of Inova. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities to be held October 15, 2019, at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Don’t miss this FREE Resource Fair for students with disabilities and their parents!  Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy options. This resource fair is for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation. Register here for the event.

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to be held October 19, 2019, at Rachel Carson Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Fairfax County Public Schools will host the 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference, an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS Post-Secondary student. Breakout sessions will focus on blended learning and FCPSOn supports, reading and writing strategies, assistive technology in the early childhood classroom, communication tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as other topics. All FCPS staff and parents are invited to attend. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

Dyslexia Open House to be held on October 24, 2019, at the Parent Resource Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Browse exhibit tables and learn about next steps for FCPS students with dyslexia.  Exhibitors include: Decoding Dyslexia of Virginia, FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction, FCPS Assistive Technology Services, and FCPS School Psychology Services.  Register here for the event.

Dates to Note:

Thursday, September 19 – Second Practice Lockdown 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24 – Practice Bus Drill Evacuation in the morning upon arrival

Tuesday, September 24 – Advanced Academic Information Night 6 pm.

Tuesday, September 24/25 - Support KG PTA!  Ledo's Pizza - mention KG!

Friday, September 27 – Principals Coffee 8 a.m. and PTA meeting 8:45 a.m.

Friday, September 27 - #kgpride assembly

Tuesday, October 2 – Picture Day!

Tuesday, October 2 – International Bike/Walk to School Day!

New Information – Teacher Celebrations to Note!

September 15 – Bethany Walker’s Birthday

September 18 – Marie Hinton’s Birthday

September 22 – Eva Townsend’s Birthday

September 27 – Anita Su’s Birthday

 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Attendance Communication Update!

Attendance Updates:  Our Attendance email has been modified!!  Please use this email addressKentGardensElem.Attendance@fcps.edu for ALL correspondence regarding tardies, early releases and absences!! This link also works to communicate absences.   https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/about/attendance-form

Back to School Night Welcome!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.  Note that this is the busiest evening that our school and neighborhood will have regarding cars and parking.  We highly suggest walking or carpooling.  If you have to drive, please do not park in our neighbor’s driveways.  Police will be present during the evening and we recommend using your #kgpride!

The summary below is by grade level.  We will have class lists available should you have an issue with recalling a child’s teacher(s).  Specialists, such as Art, P.E., and Music, Advanced Academics, Library, FLES, Band, Strings etc. will be available in the gym from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.  Also note that our special education teachers will be available in their rooms and the English Language Learner teachers will be in room 139 from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. or by contacting them directly.  Maps will also be available for your reference.

We hope that you enjoy the evening.  Please note that we will dismiss no later than 6:10 p.m. for grades 4 -6 and for grades K-3 no later than 8:10.  Please depart in a timely manner so our teachers may prepare for the next day. Parking will be limited. Please be mindful of our neighbors with your parking, there will be law enforcement present to ensure that we do not block our neighbors’ driveways. Thanks for your patience and kindness. #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

Kindergarten Back to School Night 7:00 p.m.

Kindergarten parents should proceed to the homeroom that your child is assigned.  Our kindergarten team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

First Grade Back to School Night 7:00 p.m.

Parents of children who are in Mr. Brock, Ms. Oakley or Ms. Sisson’s classes should proceed directly to your child’s homeroom.  Parents of students in the immersion program (Andrews, De Lucien, and Otterson) should proceed to the cafeteria.  The immersion teachers will present an overview of the year with details about the curriculum.  The parents will also have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and view your child’s work. We will end at 8:10 p.m. at the latest in order for our teachers to prepare for the next school day. Our first grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially.

Second Grade Back to School Night 7:00 p.m.

Parents should proceed to your child’s homeroom for the announcements and be introduced personally to your child’s teacher.  After an overview of your child’s day, you will have the opportunity to complete the ‘switch’ similar to your child if they participate in the immersion program with Mademoiselle Kennedy, Madame Boehm, or Ms. Kerns.  For those parents of non-immersion students, you will remain with the homeroom teacher (Mrs. Viernes, Ms. Cronin, and Mr. Vance). After meeting your child’s teacher(s), the whole second grade team would like to present an overview of how the team will work and plan together to the parents in the cafeteria.  All second grade parents will come together to end the evening and meet the team. Our second grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

Third Grade Back to School Night 7:00 p.m.

Parents should proceed to your child’s homeroom to receive an overview of your child’s morning curriculum.  Then you will have the opportunity to complete the ‘teacher switch’ similar to your child.  Your homeroom teacher will communicate the plan and schedule that evening to you.  We will end no later than 8:10 p.m. in order to give our teachers time to prepare for the next school day. Please depart on a timely basis. If you do not remember your child’s teacher upon arrival, we will have assistance in the front lobby.  Our third grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

Fourth Grade Back to School Night 5:00 p.m.

Parents should proceed to the cafeteria for the general announcements and listen to a presentation from the fourth grade team regarding curriculum and their plans for the year.  The team will dismiss the parents from the cafeteria and you will have an opportunity to be introduced personally to your child’s homeroom.  After an overview of your child’s day, you will have the opportunity to complete the ‘teacher switch’ similar to your child.  Your homeroom teacher will communicate the plan and schedule that evening to you. Our fourth grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

Fifth Grade Back to School Night 5:00 p.m.

Parents should proceed to your child’s homeroom for the announcements and be introduced personally to your child’s homeroom teacher.  After an overview of your child’s day, you will have the opportunity to complete the ‘teacher switch’ similar to your child.  Your homeroom teacher will communicate the plan and schedule that evening to you.  After meeting your child’s teacher(s), the whole fifth grade team would like to present an overview of how the team will work and plan together to the parents in the cafeteria.  All fifth grade parents will come together to end the evening and meet the team. Our fifth grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

Sixth Grade Back to School Night 5:00 p.m.

Parents should gather at 5:00 p.m. in the gym for the announcements and a presentation by the sixth grade team who will review the curriculum and general plans for your child’s school year.  You will have the opportunity to meet each teacher personally after the group presentation.  The teachers are available and welcome you to their room in the outside classrooms.  The teacher names will be posted outside of the trailers and quads.  Note that this evening is planned for parents (children are requested to stay at home).  If you begin in the outside classrooms in the back of the school, you may walk through Door 6 (doors by the inside stairwell) to walk through the school and go to the quad in the front of the school.  If you begin in the outside classrooms in the front  of the school (quad) and need to exit to visit the outdoor classrooms in the back of the school, you may exit through door #6 (doors by the front stairwell). Our sixth grade team is working together to plan a wonderful year for your child to grow academically, emotionally and socially. 

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Admin Note

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to all!  We are enjoying seeing all of our returning students and also meeting our new students!  We have made plans as a school to support the vision of FCPS strategic goals that focus on Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, and Resource Stewardship.  To that end, our teachers and staff are focusing on building routines and procedures and are now introducing classroom structures to ensure student engagement during instruction.

Note that we continue to support technology and will be introducing your child to a contract that will be signed by you and your child.  This contract will state some guidelines of usage in order to ensure a safe experience. We are working on bringing an expert from FCPS to discuss technology usage to our school who can share with parents on how to help your child with technology.

We will continue to partner and communicate with you as frequently as possible.  This entails posting information regarding school events but also offering opportunities for you to come in the school and participate in the learning or simply volunteer. There are links to volunteer below. The teachers will be utilizing 24/7 Blackboard and many will embed their Google classroom information in 24/7 regarding homework and other classroom news. The teachers will send out newsletters weekly regarding classroom information. The school will coordinate with the PTA’s ROAR which will be remitted every Friday.

Monthly principal coffees will be held prior to the PTA meetings.  These coffees will take place from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Our first meeting and coffee will be September 27th. The coffees are informal and will provide an opportunity for you to chat about any concerns or questions that you may have.

As required by Virginia state law, we will conduct four practice lockdowns during the school year.  Our first two will be held on September 5th at 8:55 a.m. and September 19th at 3:00 p.m. A lockdown requires that all students and staff remain in classrooms or other designated space away from danger and minimizes access and visibility. Signs will be posted on our entrance doors during the lockdown. No one will be allowed to enter or exit the building. Please note the times above. Safety is extremely important to our students and staff. These drills are for practice only.

Back to School Night is coming and will be held on September 5th.  We look forward to seeing all of you at this important evening.  Note that it is intended for adults.

Once again, thanks for all of your support. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and partnership!

Holly McGuigan, Principal    Pier McGrath, Assistant Principal     Tia Hawkins, Assistant Principal

School News

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App: FCPS has a new app to help you track your child’s bus. The app utilizes GPS tracking to provide you with real time bus location and email notification and alerts. Parents can download the app from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information Systems (SIS) Parent Account. Once signed in, you can customize as needed. Here is the link to learn more!

Musical Selection for Specials:  Please choose your child’s musical selection for the 2019-20 school year.  Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade may make their selection by going to the KG website https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/ and scrolling to the bottom.  Note that most of our students in these grade levels participate – join and enjoy participating in our strings or band program!

Wednesday Morning Chorus Began 8/28!  All fifth and sixth graders may select to sing in the school chorus. We began chorus rehearsal the morning  of 8/28 but want to include all interested!  We would like to adjust the start time to earlier if parents are able to drop off. Please click on the link to register your child’s interest in participating in chorus. https://forms.gle/P4NkzkYgEK64MMHJ6 

Back to School Night On September 5, 2019, we will hold our Back to School Night for all Kent Gardens’ families.  The 4th, 5th, and 6th will be at 5:00 p.m. and the K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will take place at 7:00 p.m.   Our specialists will be in the gym from 6:15 – 7:00 pm. ESOL and special education teachers will be available in their respective offices from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. During this time, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to hear from your child(ren)’s teachers about the grade level curriculum and an overview of the school.  We have links to the school board members and Dr. Brabrand’s welcome back to school talk.  This event is for parents and guardians only – not children.

School and PTA Volunteer Opportunities:

Help support the PTA and volunteer:  Complete this form here to help support our school.  They are accepting any and all support! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQj_oUUpTghKzABRamBPcvcf2T-xCRvD6yzblY8FHKU5qT2g/viewform

Please consider supporting our library!  We need volunteers to help shelve books and support our library.  Here is the google link to sign up.  You may sign up during your child’s library times for K – 3 students. We could use any and all help - very flexible. https://forms.gle/KC7vL6e4QTY9cgYi8

Health Clinic Volunteers:  Our nurse clinician sees many students during the school days and could use assistance!  Helping with preparing ice and other simple tasks and supporting the students with her. Here is a link to volunteer: https://forms.gle/7hjdsnonTm9iYKox9

 Art Volunteers:  Our art teachers would love some assistance as well with materials.  If interested, please email either Lida Saeedian lsaeedian@fcps.edu or Heather Devlin hedevlin@fcps.edu .  Thanks in advance!

School Before and After School Clubs

 

Join the Math Competition Club or MC2 Club – This is a before-school advanced math program to get kids excited about learning math and prepare them for success in the many popular math competitions done at school, like the CML, VML, AMC-8, and Math Counts. We have an amazing instructor who is very experienced!

When: Two times per week from September through March, 7:30-8:20am

Where: Kent Gardens classroom

Who: Students in grades 4-6 who have a strong interest in math (3rd graders in advanced math may be admitted based on availability)

Cost: $760 per student

Sign up as soon as possible here, and pay registration fee online by Thursday, September 12th.

 

Science Olympiad:  Stay tuned!  Science Olympiad volunteers will also be available at Back to School Night on September 5 to answer questions and provide additional information. Stop by their table to learn more.

 

Chess Club: Want to have fun and learn new strategic skills? Then Chess Club is for you! Any Kent Gardens student in 2nd through 6th grade may join the Chess Club. All are welcome: Girls! Boys! New and experienced players! Chess Club will meet on Wednesdays 3:45 - 5:15 PM. The Fall session starts Wednesday, September 25th and will end on Wednesday, Jan 22nd. Registration closes Monday, September 23rd . Register here: http://kentgardenspta.3dcartstores.com/Chess-Club-Registration_p_52.html

Dates to Note:

Friday, August 30 – No school – Student Holiday

Monday, September 2 – No School – Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 5 – BTSN (See information above)

Thursday, September 5 – Practice Lockdown 8:55 a.m.

Thursday, September 19 – Practice Lockdown 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24 – Advanced Academic Information Night 6 pm.

Friday, September 27 – Principals Coffee 8 a.m. and PTA meeting 8:45 a.m.

We had Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Frances Ivey and school board representative, Ryan McElveen,  visit our school!  In addition, Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Fabio Zuluaga, also paid a visit to our classrooms. We have had an exciting start to the school year! 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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First Day of School

We are looking forward to a great 2019-20 school year.  Note that we will open the doors at 8:25 for the students to wait in the cafeteria. Students will be released to the classroom from the cafeteria and buses around 8:37 a.m. 

Other information is highlighted below that is essential to a smooth school year.

  • Kiss and Ride procedures as they are extremely important when entering and exiting in the morning and afternoon. 
  • Dismissal information - please complete the google form completed for dismissal for our students to ensure student safety  https://forms.gle/BS6N7vcu4m8P8a8JA
  • If you child takes the bus, please use that transportation for the first day of school. 
  • Parking is extremely tight and limited. Please give teachers the opportunity to park in the school lot. Parents should walk or park in the neighborhood. Please do not park in our neighbors' driveways.

We look forward to seeing everyone and a fabulous school year!   Enjoy reviewing the letter https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/KGFamilywelcome2019revised.pdf     

Holly McGuigan                Pier McGrath                     Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal            Assistant Principal

Kiss and Ride Procedures: Once you enter the line, please do not exit your vehicle for any reason or use your cell phone. Student Safety Patrols and Staff Members assist in opening car doors until 8:40. Please pay attention to Faculty and Staff members providing traffic direction throughout the traffic flow. You may wait in the kiss and ride line to drop off rather than park in the lot as parking is tight for teachers.

  • ALL traffic should enter the school from Melbourne Drive, not Lumsden Street. Do not proceed on Lumsden St. towards Melbourne Drive past Macon Street during morning drop off or afternoon dismissal. Left hand turns at the 4-way stop on Lumsden St. onto Melbourne Dr. are not permitted in the morning drop off or afternoon dismissal times. To enter the traffic flow, proceed down Van Fleet and Dean Streets then turn left on Melbourne to enter the Kiss and Ride.
  • ALL traffic should exit the school parking lot, turn right at the 4-way stop, and then proceed on Lumsden. Kent Gardens website has a diagram and additional information. https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/resources/transportation

After the police officer directs you through the 4-way stop at Lumsden St. and Melbourne Dr., proceed through the parking lot in a single lane. Do not pass any other vehicles for any reason.  Please adhere to traffic laws, be mindful of walkers and do not use your cell phones. Pull forward towards the marked area to discharge your child.  Staff will be posted as indicated by the markers on the attachment and should follow their directions. 

  1. Load and unload students from passenger side of vehicle. Children should NOT cross in front of or between vehicles. 
  2. Drivers must remain in vehicles during Kiss and Ride drop off and loading zone at all times. Safety patrols will assist with car doors. Parents should not exit their car to assist students with seat belts etc. Please instruct your children on how to work the safety belt or have them sit on the right hand side (passenger side) of the car so that the staff may safely assist them and ensure a quick arrival and departure.
  3. In the afternoon, if your child is not present, you will need to repeat the final loop of the parking lot.
  4. Cars parked in the Kiss and Ride area must wait until the Kiss and Ride area has cleared.
  5. Do not drop your child in the neighborhood, only walkers should use the crosswalk.
  6. Remember that our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. with morning work. We will receive children no earlier than 8:25 a.m.

Kiss and Ride Volume and Timing: It is important to allocate 10+ minutes for morning Kiss and Ride drop off due to high volume. In inclement weather, drop off times may be longer.  We do track tardies, please do ensure that your child arrives on a timely basis.

Musical Selection for Specials:  Please choose your child’s musical selection for the 2019-20 school year.  Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade may make their selection by going to the KG website https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/ and scrolling to the bottom.  Note that most of our students in these grade levels participate – join and enjoy participating in our strings or band program!

Chorus:  All fifth and sixth graders may select to sing in the school chorus.  Please click on the link to register your child’s interest in participating in chorus. https://forms.gle/P4NkzkYgEK64MMHJ6 They will meet in the mornings upon arrival to school. If possible, we ask that you drop off your child on rehearsal days in order to have maximum practice time.

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Back to School Message

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday. We enjoyed the Open House and the teachers were thrilled to see all of the students. Thanks to everyone who brought their forms and their patience.

Our first week, we will focus on building relationships, creating consistent routines, and forming a strong community!  It will be a great school year!  Here is the back to school letter that will give you information regarding the school year. Some additional reminders:

  • First day of school – please send your child by their normal mode of transportation to assist with building that routine.
  • Complete this google form with dismissal routes to help us guide your child should there be an issue.https://forms.gle/6UAWtozJwdTmBHQV8
  • Parking – note there will be virtually no parking at the school. Please walk to school as need be. We appreciate that you will be mindful of our neighbors and NOT park in their driveways.

Back to School Night is September 5th.  Please review additional information in the back to school letter.

Holly McGuigan, Principal    

Pier McGrath, Assistant Principal   

Tia Hawkins, Assistant Principal

Additional Reminders: 

Additional Reminders:

Dates to Note: 
  • August 30 – No school for students and teachers
  • September 2 – No school for students and teachers
  • September 5 – Back to School Night (see info here)
  • September 27 – Principal Coffee 8 a.m. and PTA meeting

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School Updates and Reminders!

Classroom Assignments will be remitted electronically tomorrow morning, August 22nd.  We will have the placements available during our Open House. Our teacher teams are strong and all of our new teachers come with experience. We are excited about the teams and will share the team bios with you at the Open House.

A few reminders for the Open House. Please plan on walking to the school and parking in the neighborhood.  We will have two entrances and we ask that you bring the following completed forms.Health , Emergency, Military. 

We will have a checkpoint for you to turn in the forms and complete directory information for the PTA prior to visiting the homeroom teacher.

Transportation for First Day of School: Please have your child take their regular arrival and dismissal transportation for the first day of school. For safety purposes and to establish a routine, it is important that they take their regular means of transportation the first week - especially the first day. 

Open House: In the spirit of building community, we will kick off our school year on Thursday, August 22nd with our annual Open House from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  We have staggered our points of entry in order to ease the flow of traffic in the building and community. You will be required to bring the following completed forms highlighted below (Health, Emergency, and Military) You will receive a passport to visit your teacher once you have delivered the forms or completed them and then enter data into the PTA database. If you can’t attend, you should send with your child to school the first day.

                         

  • K-2 should enter at 2:30 through the cafeteria doors. We are not opening the front doors although students and parents may use them as points of egress. Our PTA will have table set up and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Grades 3 – 6 should enter at 3 p.m. through the gym. Our PTA will have table set up with information and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Back to School Forms (Health , Emergency, Military, Forms) Tap on the words as they are hot links in order for your to download and complete. The forms are bundled here for returning students. forms  These are the forms that are required for back to school.  Please complete the forms prior to the Open House or complete at that time.  If you cannot attend, you should send with your child to school the first day. The PTA will collect directory information and the teachers will collect information regarding volunteering and supporting the classroom.   

Open House is an opportunity to ease back into school by affording time to meet your child’s teacher and to see some familiar faces.  To help your child’s teacher know him or her better, we request that you bring a letter with you to the Open House describing your child.  In this letter, it would be helpful to let us know his/her interests (academics or otherwise), hopes, fears and the most successful approaches you have used to help him/her feel comfortable.  You may desire to write this letter with your child, supporting him/her in writing the letter and expressing their needs, goals, and fears. If you are not able to attend the open house, but would like to share a letter, please feel free to email me the letter or send with your child on the first day.  Note that Open House is an extremely busy day is BUSY and there is limited time to converse with teachers.  We do not open our doors until 2:30 p.m. and parking is limited. Please do not park in neighbors’ driveways – take the time to walk and understand that there is ample time to come in the building and meet your child’s teacher.

 

Icee Gathering After visiting your child’s classroom and meeting his or her new teacher at Open House, please join us on the playground for icees and conversation until about 4:00 p.m.  This time will give your family an opportunity to talk more with school staff, be re-acquainted with old friends, and make new friends, as we get ready to start the school year. We will having a staff meeting at 4:15 p.m. to prepare for the next school day.

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Back to School Information

We are looking forward to a great 2019-20 school year.  Our Back to School letter contains a great deal of information regarding the upcoming school year.  Please take the time to review the Back to School letter carefully that highlights important and pertinent information for the next school year. https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/KGFamilywelcome2019revised.pdf

Some highlights below include information that are essential to a smooth school year.

  • Kiss and Ride procedures as they are extremely important when entering and exiting in the morning and afternoon. 
  • Open House information. Note that we have new procedures this year. We will require the Emergency, Health and Military forms prior to going to your child’s classroom.  You may bring the supplies for your child or pick up if ordered through the PTA vendor in the cafeteria (K-2) or (3-6 in the gym. See the information below. We recommend that you park in the neighborhood and walk to school - parking will be very limited.
  • Dismissal information - please complete the google form completed for dismissal for our students to ensure student safety  https://forms.gle/BS6N7vcu4m8P8a8JA
  • Bus routes have been emailed to all families. We will have copies at the Open House should you have questions. For the first day, we recommend that students arrive in the same mode of transportation that they will depart that day.  
  • Medicine drop off - Our school nurse will be available as well for medication drop off.
  • Class assignments will be remitted on the 21st or the morning of the 22nd at the latest.
  • Parking will be limited during the school day and morning. Please give teachers the opportunity to park in the school lot. Parents should walk or park in the neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing everyone and a fabulous school year!   Enjoy reviewing the letter https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/KGFamilywelcome2019revised.pdf     

Holly McGuigan                Pier McGrath                     Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal            Assistant Principal

Musical Selection for Specials:  Please choose your child’s musical selection for the 2019-20 school year.  Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade may make their selection by going to the KG website https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/ and scrolling to the bottom.  Note that most of our students in these grade levels participate – join and enjoy participating in our strings or band program!

Chorus:  All fifth and sixth graders may select to sing in the school chorus.  Please click on the link to register your child’s interest in participating in chorus. https://forms.gle/P4NkzkYgEK64MMHJ6 They will meet in the mornings upon arrival to school. If possible, we ask that you drop off your child on rehearsal days in order to have maximum practice time.

Open House: In the spirit of building community, we will kick off our school year on Thursday, August 22nd with our annual Open House from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  We have staggered our points of entry in order to ease the flow of traffic in the building and community. You will be required to bring the following forms highlighted below (Health, Emergency, and Military) You will receive a passport to visit your teacher once you have delivered the forms or completed them and then enter data into the PTA database. If you can’t attend, you should send with your child to school the first day.

  • K-2 should enter at 2:30 through the cafeteria doors. We are not opening the front doors although students and parents may use them as points of egress. Our PTA will have table set up and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Grades 3 – 6 should enter at 3 p.m. through the gym. Our PTA will have table set up with information and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Back to School Forms (Health , Emergency, Military, Forms) Tap on the words as they are hot links in order for your to download and complete. The forms are bundled here for returning students. forms  These are the forms that are required for back to school.  Please complete the forms prior to the Open House or complete at that time.  If you cannot attend, you should send with your child to school the first day. The PTA will collect directory information and the teachers will collect information regarding volunteering and supporting the classroom.   

Open House is an opportunity to ease back into school by affording time to meet your child’s teacher and to see some familiar faces.  To help your child’s teacher know him or her better, we request that you bring a letter with you to the Open House describing your child.  In this letter, it would be helpful to let us know his/her interests (academics or otherwise), hopes, fears and the most successful approaches you have used to help him/her feel comfortable.  You may desire to write this letter with your child, supporting him/her in writing the letter and expressing their needs, goals, and fears. If you are not able to attend the open house, but would like to share a letter, please feel free to email me the letter or send with your child on the first day.  Note that Open House is an extremely busy day is BUSY and there is limited time to converse with teachers.  We do not open our doors until 2:30 p.m. and parking is limited. Please do not park in neighbors’ driveways – take the time to walk and understand that there is ample time to come in the building and meet your child’s teacher.

Icee Gathering After visiting your child’s classroom and meeting his or her new teacher at Open House, please join us on the playground for icees and conversation until about 4:00 p.m.  This time will give your family an opportunity to talk more with school staff, be re-acquainted with old friends, and make new friends, as we get ready to start the school year. We will having a staff meeting at 4:15 p.m. to prepare for the next school day.

Kiss and Ride Procedures: Once you enter the line, please do not exit your vehicle for any reason or use your cell phone. Student Safety Patrols and Staff Members assist in opening car doors until 8:40. Please pay attention to Faculty and Staff members providing traffic direction throughout the traffic flow. You may wait in the kiss and ride line to drop off rather than park in the lot as parking is tight for teachers.

  • ALL traffic should enter the school from Melbourne Drive, not Lumsden Street. Do not proceed on Lumsden St. towards Melbourne Drive past Macon Street during morning drop off or afternoon dismissal. Left hand turns at the 4-way stop on Lumsden St. onto Melbourne Dr. are not permitted in the morning drop off or afternoon dismissal times. To enter the traffic flow, proceed down Van Fleet and Dean Streets then turn left on Melbourne to enter the Kiss and Ride.
  • ALL traffic should exit the school parking lot, turn right at the 4-way stop, and then proceed on Lumsden. Kent Gardens website has a diagram and additional information. https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/resources/transportation

After the police officer directs you through the 4-way stop at Lumsden St. and Melbourne Dr., proceed through the parking lot in a single lane. Do not pass any other vehicles for any reason.  Please adhere to traffic laws, be mindful of walkers and do not use your cell phones. Pull forward towards the marked area to discharge your child.  Staff will be posted as indicated by the markers on the attachment and should follow their directions. 

 

  1. Load and unload students from passenger side of vehicle. Children should NOT cross in front of or between vehicles. 
  2. Drivers must remain in vehicles during Kiss and Ride drop off and loading zone at all times. Safety patrols will assist with car doors. Parents should not exit their car to assist students with seat belts etc. Please instruct your children on how to work the safety belt or have them sit on the right hand side (passenger side) of the car so that the staff may safely assist them and ensure a quick arrival and departure.
  3. In the afternoon, if your child is not present, you will need to repeat the final loop of the parking lot.
  4. Cars parked in the Kiss and Ride area must wait until the Kiss and Ride area has cleared.
  5. Do not drop your child in the neighborhood, only walkers should use the crosswalk.
  6. Remember that our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. with morning work. We will receive children no earlier than 8:25 a.m.

Kiss and Ride Volume and Timing: It is important to allocate 10+ minutes for morning Kiss and Ride drop off due to high volume. In inclement weather, drop off times may be longer.  We do track tardies, please do ensure that your child arrives on a timely basis.

1717 Melbourne Drive, McLean, VA 22101 |  Phone: 703.394.5600  

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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School Updates and News! 

 

We are looking forward to the beginning of school! We are extremely busy preparing for a great school year!  We have many new families joining our school and are prepared to welcome all of our returning students and new students!  Some changes that you might see:

  • New Quad: A new quad has been placed in the front office and handicapped parking area. As our trailers continue to age in the back of the school, the county provided us with additional classrooms. We will retain most the trailers in the back and they have once again been revitalized with paint and other needed updates. The new quad ensures that we have additional classroom space which equates to smaller class sizes.  While it may not be the most appealing view, it will ensure smaller class sizes for our sixth graders!  We are brainstorming some options to make the trailers more inviting by possibly recruiting our sixth graders to help us paint and leave their ‘mark’ on Kent Gardens.
  • Parking: We will continue to be challenged by parking. Parents, please continue to be considerate and park in the neighborhood in order to give our teachers parking – especially in the morning.  We are working with FCPS to determine options for creating additional spaces for our staff and visitors/parents. Once again, please DO be mindful of our neighbors and respect their driveways and space.
  • Safety and Security: We continue to place safety and security at the forefront. The quad will not be accessible for parents or others without signing into the front office. As always, it will be required for all parents and visitors to sign in prior to entering school. 
  • Student placements: We will remit student homeroom assignments prior to the Open House no later than the morning of Thursday, August 22nd (see below for details regarding the Open House). You will receive an email with your child’s teacher.  We have carefully placed every child and will communicate that these placements are not negotiable. We work hard to ensure that our students have a wonderful year.  Our teachers will share the team bios with you at the Open House.

Below, we have summarized a few dates in order to help you and your family plan.  We are excited about our upcoming school year. Note that we will send another more detailed update with additional information!

Wednesday, August 14th – New Family Gathering – please join us on the blacktop to meet new families and take a tour of our school.  We have recruited returning sixth graders to lead the schools tours.  If you have a rising sixth grader and would like to lead tours, please email Holly McGuigan at hsmcguigan@fcps.edu The timing is 4:45 – 5:30.  Raindate is August 15th.

Thursday, August 22nd – Open House 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. This a BUSY event.  Please walk to the school and enter from the back steps or from the neighborhood.  There will be minimal parking available at the school. We will welcome all of our families and students in the following manner: We have staggered our points of entry in order to ease the flow of traffic in the building and community.  

  • K-2 should enter at 2:30 through the cafeteria doors. We are not opening the front doors although students and parents may use them as points of egress. Our PTA will have a table set up and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Grades 3 – 6 should enter at 3 p.m. through the gym. Our PTA will have a table set up with information and we will have specialists available to help guide you to your classrooms with maps.
  • Back to School Forms (Health , Emergency, Military, OptOut Forms) Tap on the words as they are hot links in order for your to download and complete. The forms are bundled here for returning students. forms  These are the forms that are required for back to school.  Please complete the forms prior to the Open House and bring them to your child’s homeroom classroom.  They will have a special place for you to deposit them.  In addition, we will also have laptops/iPads in the classrooms for you to provide your email in order for us to better communicate with you in the future.

Open House is an opportunity to ease back into school by affording time to meet your child’s teacher and to see some familiar faces.  To help your child’s teacher know him or her better, we request that you bring a letter with you to the Open House describing your child.  In this letter, it would be helpful to let us know his/her interests (academics or otherwise), hopes, fears and the most successful approaches you have used to help him/her feel comfortable.  You may desire to write this letter with your child, supporting him/her in writing the letter and expressing their needs, goals, and fears. If you are not able to attend the open house, but would like to share a letter, please feel free to email me the letter or send with your child on the first day.  Note that Open House is an extremely busy day and there is limited time to converse with teachers.  We do not open our doors until 2:30 p.m. and parking is limited. Please do not park in neighbors’ driveways – take the time to walk and understand that there is ample time to come in the building and meet your child’s teacher.

Icee Gathering After visiting your child’s classroom and meeting his or her new teacher at Open House, please join us on the playground for icees and conversation until about 4:00 p.m.  This time will give your family an opportunity to talk more with school staff, be re-acquainted with old friends, and make new friends, as we get ready to start the school year. We will have a staff meeting at 4:15 p.m. to prepare for the next school day.

Health/Clinic If your child has a severe medical need or a life threatening food allergy, please contact our public health nurse, Janessa Deal, jsdeal@fcps.edu . This communication will ensure that appropriate safety measures can be put in place. In addition, we ask that you drop off any medications with the appropriate forms during the Open House. The FCPS link is at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

School Supplies You are encouraged to bring your child’s school supplies to Open House. Supply listings are posted on our website. This year, each students in grades 3-6 will be provided with a daily agenda/planner.  School supply lists can be found at the bottom of the KG website:  https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/

Musical Selection for Specials:  Please choose your child’s musical selection for the 2019-20 school year.  Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade may make their selection by going to the KG website https://kentgardenses.fcps.edu/ and scrolling to the bottom.  Note that most of our students in these grade levels participate – join and enjoy participating in our strings or band program!

Chorus:  All fifth and sixth graders may select to sing in the school chorus.  Please click on the link to register your child’s interest in participating in chorus. https://forms.gle/P4NkzkYgEK64MMHJ6 They will meet in the mornings upon arrival to school. If possible, we ask that you drop off your child on rehearsal days in order to have maximum practice time.

Back to School Night On September 5, 2019, we will hold our Back to School Night for all Kent Gardens’ families.  The 4th, 5th, and 6th will be at 5:00 p.m. and the K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will take place at 7:00 p.m.   During this time, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to hear from your child(ren)’s teachers about the grade level curriculum and an overview of the school.  You will also hear from the PTA and other FCPS leaders.  This event is for parents and guardians only – not children.

A great deal going on at KG this summer!  From top left to bottom....

Kinder playdates joined by other friends!  Professional learning with Dr. Zuluaga and our Lucy Calkins Institute (Columbia University led) and last but not least - check out our new quad! It will house our sixth graders and ensure smaller class sizes. We also had asphalt laid on the gravel track- Thanks PTA!!

PTA Updates and News:

Join the PTA Join our PTA and support Kent Gardens! Your membership supports our efforts to provide valuable programs and activities for our children and staff throughout the school year. In addition, PTA membership offers one copy of the printed copy of our student directory and voting rights at PTA meetings. Join here: https://give.livingtree.com/d/20192020-kent-gardens-pta-membership-drive  Note that our school partners with the PTA and all of our parents to support our school.  We ask that you strongly consider not only joining the PTA but also supporting their One and Done Fundraiser. The PTA’s goal is to raise $50,000 in 50 days. "One & Done" is the main fundraiser at Kent Gardens and it's just like it sounds: You make one contribution and you're done! When you contribute to "One & Done," you help Kent Gardens Elementary remain an exciting, vibrant, and thriving school. Your contribution will help us continue to enhance and expand our NEW playground, purchase new picnic tables and laptops for students to use, offer teacher training and state-of-the-art educational materials for classrooms, award scholarships so all students can participate in school activities, and purchase supplies our school needs.

In 2018, only 33% of Kent Gardens Families Contributed. 

Please Help Us Achieve At Least 50% Family Participation!  

The suggested contribution is $150 per family but any amount is greatly appreciated. ONE AND DONE: https://give.livingtree.com/c/kgpride-201920

1717 Melbourne Drive, McLean, VA 22101 |  Phone: 703.394.5600  

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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