KG Update 5.22.2022

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Dates to Note

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m. (at Longfellow MS)

May 27 - Library Book Return Due Date

May 31 - McLean HS graduates invited for a 'Memory Walk' 2:00 p.m.

May 31 - Kinder and First Grade - Laptop and Charger Return

June 1 - Kindergarten Celebration 2:00 p.m. 

June 1 - Second Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 2 - Fourth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 3 - Third Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 6 - Kinder, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day  - Sign Up to Support here!

June 6 - Sixth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 7 - K-5 Field Day Rain Date (sign up here)

June 7 - Fifth Grade Laptop and Charger Return

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day (sign up )/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

June 9 - Final PTA Meeting - Cafeteria 8:45 a.m.

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

Here we go!  We have three weeks left - unbelievable!  We have worked our way through the SOLs (Standards of Learning) and have strong results.  So wonderful to celebrate the students' achievement but also recognize our teachers for their dedication to a high level of instruction. The results will be in ParentVue soon - we will update you with the timeframe. 

We have so much to look forward to in the next few weeks!  A snapshot includes the following:

  • Field Day!  This event is a favorite of all - please put in your good wishes for temperate weather (not too hot nor rain!)
  • Concerts!  Band, strings and chorus will all be performing.  Details will be shared by our instructors. Thanks to ALL of them for their hard work! 
  • Kindergarten Year End - They will sing for us on June 1st!  
  • #kgpride Celebration - we will continue to recognize #kgpride ~ 'Doing our Best' this week!  Two more weeks to go - our bucket is filling!! 
  • Sixth Grade Promotion and Celebration - June 8th is the big day! 

Note that we will begin to disclose end of year reminders around library books 5/27, medications, 6/10 and technology (see below).  See the highlights below with the due dates! Please do be mindful and support your child(ren) with meeting these deadlines. 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on May 23rd. The new quarantine is 5 days with a return after that time with masking and no symptoms.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

#kgpride Challenge

We have focused on Patience and Respect as part of our #kgpride Challenge.  This week we will focus on Inclusivity! All students can earn tickets towards our year end assembly goal - this week, we are looking for: "Doing Your Tickets".

Create a #kgpride Flag

As part of our year end challenge to show your #kgpride, we are asking students to create a #kgpride flag! It should show the components of #kgpride as well as our lion!  The challenge is on!  Your child may turn in the entry into the office. Due date is 5/28! We look forward to seeing the flags! 

#kgpride Flag Challenge! 

Laptop Return Plan  

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and chargers will be turned into the school.  The schedule is detailed below.  Students that are attending SOAR summer program or Extended School Year programs will be issued computers during their program. Students in grades 3-5 should keep their black cloth computer carrier case and use it again next year. Student will NOT be given a new case for the next school year. If a student has lost their charger for their device, please use the information below to purchase a replacement charger. On the day of laptop collection, parents should send in the printed receipt as proof of payment with your child(ren).

  • Kinder and First Grade - May 31st
  • Second Grade - June 1st
  • Third Grade - June 3rd
  • Fourth Grade - June 2nd 
  • Fifth Grade - June 7th
  • Sixth Grade - June 6th 

The fee for replacing a lost power adapter, as indicated on the FCPS Website, is $23.00 and can be paid through MySchoolBucks account. Parents can create an account in MySchoolBucks as shown below.

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an  account
  2. Add your child indicating Kent Gardens and either use their student ID or birthdate. Parents will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established.
  3. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Directions for Paying for Replacement Charger - Log into MySchoolBucks account and choose School Store at the top of the site. 

Choose Lost or Damaged Technolgoy

Click “View Details” to choose charger & child that needs a replacement

Choose student and either “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart”

Please remember to screen shot and print the receipt and send with your child to indicate that you have paid for the replacement charger.

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Looking Forward to Band, Strings, and Chorus!  ALL LIBRARY BOOKS DUE THIS WEEK!

 

 

All library books are due on Friday, May 27th. Students can log into Destiny Discover - through the library Schoology course – to find out what books they have checked out.  Students will be notified of books that are checked out. Thank you for your help in getting books back! 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

End of Year Medication Pick Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (1:35 PM) on the last day of school June 10, 2022.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Questions may be directed to the Kent Gardens' health room, PHN Ramita Rana, [email protected]

Family Return to School Survey

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Rising 7th Graders - Register for Jump Start!- Longfellow Middle School Transition Program

SAVE THE DATES: August 2 & 3 and August 4 & 5

The Jump Start program is a nonacademic program that focuses on helping rising 7th graders get to know Longfellow Middle School and the expectations of middle school. Jump Start helps to ensure a smoother transition to middle school by introducing students to staff, peers, school layout, and basic policies before the school year begins. Students will participate in sessions covering topics such as study skills, test taking strategies, time management techniques, schedule reading, learning how to use combination locks and many more. Scavenger hunts, locker relay races, and daily physical education activities will also take place during the sessions.

Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows: [email protected]

McLean HS/Senior Graduation Walk at Kent Gardens - May 31st

We invite high school seniors who are past students of Kent Gardens Elementary to come to KG in their cap and gown for pictures and a graduation walk around our school on Tuesday, May 31st.  Seniors should gather at 2:00 p.m. in front of the school.  We will capture this moment then and then have our current KG students congratulate them as they walk the halls and reminisce about their time at KG! Congratulations to our 2022 high school graduates!

PTA News and Updates 6th GRADE GRADUATION YARD SIGNS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Order Deadline: Wednesday, May 25

Calling all families with graduating 6th graders! Show your #KGPride by ordering a graduation yard sign, pictured here. Each sign costs $10, measures 18"w x 12"t, and comes with a metal yard stake. 

To order a sign, please PayPal or Venmo $10 to Bethany Nguyen by the end of the day Wednesday, May 25. Please comment with your child's name

Signs will be available for pickup in front of Kent Gardens during the week of May 30.

  • Venmo: @bethanynguyen1 (last 4 digits are 9136)

PayPal/Zelle: [email protected]

NEXT PTA MEETING

Our final PTA meeting of the year will be Thursday, June 9th at 8:45am in the Cafeteria.  We will be voting on several action items and request all members who are available attend.  Please note - anyone is welcome to join the meeting, but only those with paid PTA Memberships may vote.

RISING KINDERGARTENER PLAYDATES

The PTA and KG parents are hosting a series of events and programs to help kindergarten families to get to know each other and learn more about the school during the coming months and the first weeks of school. Information about the kinder playdates and other back to school events are listed below.

Kinder Playdates—Kinder playdates are informal get-togethers on the Kent Gardens playground and are hosted by the PTA and other Kindergarten parents. You are welcome at any or all playdates. Information about the PTA and school programs will be available during the playdates. Remember sunscreen—the playground is not shaded! Please note, bathrooms will not be available during the playdates.

  • Saturday, May 21, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, June 26, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 – 8:00 (This is our Pre-Open House playdate, and class assignments may have been distributed. If so, students will be able to identify students in their class.)

You can confirm the status of the play dates on the Kent Gardens PTA Facebook page.

Back-to-School Events

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022: New Family Gathering - 5:00 – 6:00 (Tours available)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 : New Family Gathering Rain date
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022: Open House 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1 (Date TBA): Back to School Night 

Bethany Nguyen, Chair, Kindergarten Kick-off Program    

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

May 17 - Virtual Meeting/Introduction Dr. Michelle Reid (link below)

May 19 - Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th graders

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m. (at Longfellow MS)

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day  - Sign Up to Support here!

June 7 - K-5 Field Day Rain Date (sign up here)

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day (sign up )/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

Two weeks ago, we began a five week challenge around #kgpride. We focused on 'respect' this past week and recognized all acts of respect! This coming week, we will look for 'inclusivity'.  We are looking forward to building #kgpride and celebrating the end of the year with a school wide assembly.

We are planning for the year end. To this end, please come out and support our school for Field Day! . 

  • Field Day Sign Up - Please sign up for Field Day!  Here is the link to support! 
  • Sixth Grade Parents - use this link to sign up for Field Day. See the note below from the PTA regarding the Celebration.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on May 16th. The new quarantine is 5 days with a return after that time with masking and no symptoms.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

#kgpride Challenge

We have focused on Patience and Respect as part of our #kgpride Challenge.  This week we will focus on Inclusivity! All students can earn tickets towards our year end assembly goal - show your inclusivity!

"When everyone is included, everyone wins." Jesse Jackson

Create a #kgpride Flag

As part of our year end challenge to show your #kgpride, we are asking students to create a #kgpride flag! It should show the components of #kgpride as well as our lion!  The challenge is on!  Your child may turn in the entry into the office. Due date is 5/28! We look forward to seeing the flags! 

#kgpride Flag Challenge! 

Laptop Return Plan  

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and chargers will be turned into the school.  The schedule is detailed below.  Students that are attending SOAR summer program or Extended School Year programs will be issued computers during their program. Students in grades 3-5 should keep their black cloth computer carrier case and use it again next year. Student will NOT be given a new case for the next school year. If a student has lost their charger for their device, please use the information below to purchase a replacement charger. On the day of laptop collection, parents should send in the printed receipt as proof of payment with your child(ren).

  • Kinder and First Grade - May 31st
  • Second Grade - June 1st
  • Third Grade - June 3rd
  • Fourth Grade - June 2nd 
  • Fifth Grade - June 7th
  • Sixth Grade - June 6th 

The fee for replacing a lost power adapter, as indicated on the FCPS Website, is $23.00 and can be paid through MySchoolBucks account. Parents can create an account in MySchoolBucks as shown below.

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an  account
  2. Add your child indicating Kent Gardens and either use their student ID or birthdate. Parents will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established.
  3. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Directions for Paying for Replacement Charger - Log into MySchoolBucks account and choose School Store at the top of the site. 

Choose Lost or Damaged Technolgoy

Click “View Details” to choose charger & child that needs a replacement

Choose student and either “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart”

Please remember to screen shot and print the receipt and send with your child to indicate that you have paid for the replacement charger.

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Le Moigne!

She won the Giant Food Teacher Appreciation Voting Challenge!  Thanks for your support KG parents!  It is well deserved!  

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17th 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

We have completed many of our state assessments.  The students are performing well - thanks for your support!  Note the dates below that are upcoming.  In addition, if your child has missed an assessment, we will reschedule the assessment. 

  • Grade 3
    • Math - Thursday, May 19
  • Grade 4
    • Math - Wednesday, May 18
  • Grade 5
    • Math - Tuesday, May 17
  • Grade 6
    • Math - Monday, May 16
Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Longfellow Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

PTA News and Updates 6TH GRADE REMINDERS

On June 8th from 11am-1pm, the 6th graders will be celebrating with a Hollywood-themed event!  The event will include food, games, a DJ and much more!  

* To ensure the day is memorable and we can do all that is planned, we are asking for parent donations.  Any amount you are able to contribute will be appreciated, however we are recommending $40 per 6th grader. To donate, please click here to submit payment by Monday, May 16th.

* Please complete this waiver for your child(ren) to participate in Bubble Ball and Hamster Ball activities no later than Monday, May 16th.  If we don't have a waiver by this date, your child will not be able to participate in this activity. 

RISING KINDERGARTENER PLAYDATES

The PTA and KG parents are hosting a series of events and programs to help kindergarten families to get to know each other and learn more about the school during the coming months and the first weeks of school. Information about the kinder playdates and other back to school events are listed below.

Kinder Playdates—Kinder playdates are informal get-togethers on the Kent Gardens playground and are hosted by the PTA and other Kindergarten parents. You are welcome at any or all playdates. Information about the PTA and school programs will be available during the playdates. Remember sunscreen—the playground is not shaded! Please note, bathrooms will not be available during the playdates.

  • Saturday, May 21, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, June 26, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 – 8:00 (This is our Pre-Open House playdate, and class assignments may have been distributed. If so, students will be able to identify students in their class.)

You can confirm the status of the play dates on the Kent Gardens PTA Facebook page.

Back-to-School Events

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022: New Family Gathering - 5:00 – 6:00 (Tours available)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 : New Family Gathering Rain date
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022: Open House 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1 (Date TBA): Back to School Night 

Bethany Nguyen, Chair, Kindergarten Kick-off Program    

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

May 17 - Virtual Meeting/Introduction Dr. Michelle Reid (link below)

May 19 - Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th graders

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m. (at Longfellow MS)

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day  - Sign Up to Support here!

June 7 - K-5 Field Day Rain Date (sign up here)

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day (sign up )/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

An amazing week - we appreciate all the love!  The food and other gifts were simply AMAZING! Thanks for coordinating and planning daily lunches and other tokens of appreciation for our staff.  It is our partnership that makes a difference.♥

This week, we began a five week challenge around #kgpride. We focused on 'patience' this week and recognized all acts of patience! This week, we will look for 'respect'.  We are looking forward to building #kgpride and celebrating the end of the year with a school wide assembly.

In addition, we are initiating a #kgpride flag challenge. Ask your child to create their version of the #kgpride flag and we will choose one for the school going forward. It can include any of the #kgpride attributes as well as our lion! Students should turn into the office.  Our deadline is 5/28/2022. 

We are planning for the year end. To this end, please come out and support our school for Field Day! . 

  • Field Day Sign Up - Please sign up for Field Day!  Here is the link to support! 
  • Sixth grade parents - use this link to purchase the panoramic sixth grade picture https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000917780#login
  • Sixth Grade Parents - use this link to sign up for Field Day. See the note below from the PTA regarding the Celebration.

We have experienced an increase in student health issues.  Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on May 9th. The new quarantine is 5 days with a return after that time with masking and no symptoms.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

A Huge Heartfelt Thank You to our families for your Appreciation Last Week!! Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17th 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Positivity Project: Other People Matter

Having an other people mindset means encompassing these 5 elements to help build positive relationships: identifying and appreciating the good in others, knowing my words and actions affect others, supporting others when they struggle, cheering others’ successes, and being present and giving others my attention. Our character is complex.  It is a combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions. Just like other things in our life, we have strengths and weaknesses of character as well. As you spend time together at home, now and in the future - consider the following:

- Why are our strengths important?

- How can knowing our weaknesses in character help us grown?

- How can you challenge yourself to be the best possible version of yourself?

“We rise by lifting others.” ~Robert Ingersoll

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

McLean HS Visits KG Kinders!

The Creative Writing students wrote their own stories for our kinders.  What a wonderful moment and experience - thanks to our high school students. 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

First Grade Field Trip - The ZOO!! Longfellow Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Sixth Grade Panorama Picture

The sixth grade will have their picture taken on Monday, May 2nd.  Use this link to purchase. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000917780#login

All orders placed before photo day will be shipped home with no shipping charge.

FCPS Health Updates

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

PTA News and Updates 6TH GRADE REMINDERS

On June 8th from 11am-1pm, the 6th graders will be celebrating with a Hollywood-themed event!  The event will include food, games, a DJ and much more!  

  1. Please provide your child(ren)'s t-shirt size by Friday,May 6th (today!) by completing this Google Form.
  2. To ensure the day is memorable and we can do all that is planned, we are asking for parent donations.  Any amount you are able to contribute will be appreciated, however we are recommending $40 per 6th grader. To donate, please click here to submit payment by Monday, May 16th.

3. Please complete this waiver for your child(ren) to participate in Bubble Ball and Hamster Ball activities no later than Monday, May 16th.  If we don't have a waiver by this date, your child will not be able to participate in this activity.  
We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. PTA BOARD POSITIONS

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

RISING KINDERGARTENER PLAYDATES

The PTA and KG parents are hosting a series of events and programs to help kindergarten families to get to know each other and learn more about the school during the coming months and the first weeks of school. Information about the kinder playdates and other back to school events are listed below.

Kinder Playdates—Kinder playdates are informal get-togethers on the Kent Gardens playground and are hosted by the PTA and other Kindergarten parents. You are welcome at any or all playdates. Information about the PTA and school programs will be available during the playdates. Remember sunscreen—the playground is not shaded! Please note, bathrooms will not be available during the playdates.

  • Saturday, May 21, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, June 26, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 – 8:00 (This is our Pre-Open House playdate, and class assignments may have been distributed. If so, students will be able to identify students in their class.)

You can confirm the status of the play dates on the Kent Gardens PTA Facebook page.

Back-to-School Events

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022: New Family Gathering - 5:00 – 6:00 (Tours available)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 : New Family Gathering Rain date
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022: Open House 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1 (Date TBA): Back to School Night 

Bethany Nguyen, Chair, Kindergarten Kick-off Program    

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week - see below to support in PTA Notes

May 2 - Sixth Grade Panorama  Picture link to purchase    

May 19 - Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th graders

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m. (at Longfellow MS)

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day  - Sign Up to Support here!

June 7 - K-5 Field Day Rain Date

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We are truly looking forward to appreciate our fabulous staff!  We are so thankful for their hard work.  Thanks to the PTA for also planning a fabulous week for them. 

This week, we will also begin a five week challenge around #kgpride. We will focus on 'patience' this next week. We will recognize all acts of patience! We will celebrate with a school wide assembly.  Last but not least, we will challenge students to create a #kgpride flag that we can use going forward!

Please do note that on Monday, May 2nd, the FCPS Transportation department is anticipating major bus delays for arrival and dismissal.  If you have the ability to walk, carpool, or utilize Kiss and Ride on 5/2, it will help make sure your child gets to school on time and is returned home in a timely manner.  If your child normally uses the bus, thank you for your consideration in using alternate transportation on this day.

  • Field Day Sign Up - Please sign up for Field Day!  Here is the link to support! 
  • Input for child(ren)s placement for the next school year.  Complete this form - see note below.
  • Sixth grade Panorama picture is tomorrow - May 2nd.  Use this link to purchase. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000917780#login

    All orders placed before photo day will be shipped home with no shipping charge.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on May 2.  We will not be offering the weekly COVID screening testing. If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Student Placement Input 2022-23

One of our important tasks is determining class placements for the next school year. The school staff works collaboratively to begin planning teacher and student assignments for next year. It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of teachers and students to optimally organize classroom assignments for next year. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are also considered as we create our new classes. Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollment and teachers moving to a new assignment.

Kent Gardens' families can assist us in determining class placement by sharing their insights about their child with respect to academic and behavioral information. Please note the following:  We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement. This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. That said, we do our best to ensure one friend so that your child feels comfortable during the school year. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 6, 2022. Complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Leadership

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Leadership. You value each member of your group and inspire other people to do their best.

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and actions.”

                                                          ~Harold S. Geneen

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some of the characteristics of a good leader?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader? If not, what are some characteristics that might make that more possible? If so, what are the characteristics of leadership you need to build on to make stronger?
  • How does it make you feel to think about yourself as a leader?
Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Longfellow Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Sixth Grade Panorama Picture

The sixth grade will have their picture taken on Monday, May 2nd.  Use this link to purchase. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000917780#login

All orders placed before photo day will be shipped home with no shipping charge.

PTA News and Updates TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

Teacher Appreciation Week recognizes our dedicated educators that play a critical role in educating our children and guide them in positive directions.  Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day and their immense work and impact have provided a much-needed sense of community and connection.  It's time to show them our love and appreciation so let's give the teachers in our lives a special thanks for all that they do!  

Please join the Kent Gardens PTA as we #ThankATeacher during Kent Gardens' Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1-6, 2022.

Calling all volunteers to make this a wonderful week for our teachers.  Each day we need either items or volunteers to make sure the meals run smoothly.  We are also hosting an International Cuisine Potluck on Friday, May 6th with international food brought in from our parents!  Please check out the sign-up sheet for various volunteer opportunities and consider volunteering your time.  Thank you for your support!  VOLUNTEER HERE!

We are also collecting donations to put towards providing meals and treats to all of our teachers during this special week.  Donations in any amount are welcome and greatly appreciated.  If you would like to participate to support these meals, please send funds via the PayPal Link

(Please note - the donation link above differs from the donations set up from some of your room parents for your specific teacher and specialist.  Should you still wish to donate for your teacher present, please reach out to your room parent).

Teacher Appreciation Week Events:

Sunday, May 1: Join us in the afternoon for a Chalk-In event.  We will provide the chalk while you provide the artists.  The kids can decorate the school ground with notes and pictures for their favorite teachers.  The chalk will be available outside of the front door at noon until early evening.  Students can also hang posters on the Kiss & Ride fence during this time. 

Monday, May 2: Flower Walk.  Please have your child bring in 2 flowers (one for their homeroom teacher and one for another staff member) to create beautiful flower arrangements.  These flowers will be collected at the front of the school in the morning and handed out during the day.  

Tuesday, May 3: Students should wear clothes in their teachers' favorite colors.  

Wednesday, May 4: Please join us for our Bike/Walk to school day!  This celebration encourages students to walk or bike to school while teaching them about the health, environmental and transportation benefits of walking and biking.  There will be a banner for all participants to sign.  Also, wear clothes in your teacher's favorite sports team, colors or mascots.

Thursday, May 5: Make a card for your teacher!  New this year: "Dress Like Your Teacher" Day - Get creative, have fun, and dress like your homeroom teacher or any of our other fabulous KG teachers!

Friday, May 6: Spirit Wear Day - we encourage families to wear KG Spirit Wear to come together as a community and let our teachers know we support and appreciate all they do every single day!   (See below for Spirit Wear links!)

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 19 - Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th graders

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m.

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First and Second Grade Field Day

June 7 - Grades 3 - 5 Field Day

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We had a great week!   We celebrated and honored our military connected students. We were able recognize and celebrate each day in various days - a thanks to all of you for supporting with your child.

This past week, we also were able to celebrate Earth Week. We have a great deal to be thankful for each day! 

Last but not least, a HUGE shout to the PTA for the fabulous Spring Spectacular!  We enjoyed seeing all of the families and being outside!  The runs and the international parade - a smashing success! 

  • SOLs are quickly approaching.  Please do note your child's schedule as shown below. In addition, please complete this form for each child if you give permission for a retake as needed. Scores between 375 and 399 (400 is passing).
  • Input for child(ren)s placement for the next school year.  Complete this form - see note below.
  • Coming soon, we will be remitting our band and strings sign up for the next school year.  Our band and strings teachers will be discussing opportunities for rising 4th graders (strings) and rising 5th graders (band) regarding opportunities to participate. 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on April 24.  We will not be offering the weekly COVID screening testing. If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Student Placement Input 2022-23

One of our important tasks is determining class placements for the next school year. The school staff works collaboratively to begin planning teacher and student assignments for next year. It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of teachers and students to optimally organize classroom assignments for next year. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are also considered as we create our new classes. Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollment and teachers moving to a new assignment.

Kent Gardens' families can assist us in determining class placement by sharing their insights about their child with respect to academic and behavioral information. Please note the following:  We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement. This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. That said, we do our best to ensure one friend so that your child feels comfortable during the school year. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 6, 2022. Complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Purpose/Connection

 

 

This week we are focusing on Purpose/Connection. You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

"Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”  ~Tim Tebow 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?
Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

Purple Up - Celebrating our Military Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Longfellow Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!  Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Covid Testing PTA News and Updates

 

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

April 18 - 22 - April is the Month of the Military Child - Celebrate ALL Week! (see below)

April 18 - 3rd quarter grades will be visible in ParentVUE

April 18 - Last day to order a yearbook.  Online information below. Sixth graders order now - we will not have many extras on hand to purchase.

April 23 - Spring Spectacular - Fun Run and more activities! (see below)

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m.

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First and Second Grade Field Day

June 7 - Grades 3 - 5 Field Day

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We hope that everyone enjoyed your spring break and enjoyed some well deserved down time.  We are looking forward to celebrating our military families.  April is the Month of the Military Child! See the information below for how we are celebrating.  Our spirit week is April 18th through the 22nd. 'Purple Up' day is Wednesday the 20th! Here are some resources in FCPS for military families.  

April is also Autism Acceptance month.  We honor the unique gifts that our students with Autism bring to our Kent Gardens' community. 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might NOT return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move.
  • Order your yearbook now!  See the information below - we are shutting down by April 18th! Does your sixth grader need one?  Please order now.
  • SOLs are quickly approaching.  Please do note your child's schedule as shown below. In addition, please complete this form for each child if you give permission for a retake as needed. Scores between 375 and 399 (400 is passing).
  • Input for child(ren)s placement for the next school year.  Complete this form - see note below.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on April 18.  This week will be the last week of the weekly COVID screening testing.  See the note below for additional information. If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

April is the Month of the Military Child

Our counselor led interviews and have prepared certificates and student lunch bunches!  Look for the purple ribbons in the trees! It will be a great week. We look forward to celebrating all of our military children and families. April 18 - 22 is our Spirit Week. See the dates below! Show your spirit and support of our military families. 

Last Call for Ordering a Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales April 18th!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.   #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Student Placement Input 2022-23

One of our important tasks is determining class placements for the next school year. The school staff works collaboratively to begin planning teacher and student assignments for next year. It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of teachers and students to optimally organize classroom assignments for next year. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are also considered as we create our new classes. Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollment and teachers moving to a new assignment.

Kent Gardens' families can assist us in determining class placement by sharing their insights about their child with respect to academic and behavioral information. Please note the following:  We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement. This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. That said, we do our best to ensure one friend so that your child feels comfortable during the school year. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 6, 2022. Complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength).

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.” ~ Toni Morrison

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS has determined that we will not longer continue with screening testing after this Monday. We will have testing on Monday, April 18th for the last time. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. 

PTA News and Updates Support for Spring Spectacular

To ensure our 5K and 1K Fun Run go smoothly, we need volunteers every step of the way! Middle School and High School Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up!

Monday or Tuesday 4/18-4/19 - canvas the neighborhood with signs notifying neighbors of road closure the following weekend. 

Friday 4/22 - help hand out registrations packets both before and after school.  

Saturday, 4/23 - course monitors, bikers at the start and end of the pack, as well as a few volunteers to be available to assist as needed.  (Volunteers should plan to be at Kent Gardens by 8:15am, report to their spots at 8:50am, and check out and return vests/flats at 10:30am.)

Click here to help make the Spring Spectacular a wonderful success! SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!! 

INTERNATIONAL FLAG PARADE

Celebrate Kent Gardens' diverse community and military families during our International Flag Parade! The parade will follow the Spring Spectacular race on April 23rd. Click here and sign up to represent a country or where your military family has lived. Stay tuned for more details and please contact [email protected] for more information or volunteer opportunities.

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Lost and Found - Come Check It Out!

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LOST and FOUND Table - 4/13 and 4/14

Come check out the lost and found items in front of the school on the table.  We have many, many jackets and encourage parents to find your child's belongings. 

Please DO write your child's names on ALL articles - water bottles, coats and other belongings. 

The table will be outside this afternoon on April 13 and all day tomorrow April 14.  Please come by and collect your coat or other belonging! We will donate to charity at the end of the week. 

Thanks for your support! 

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Dates to Note

April 18 - 22 - April is the Month of the Military Child - Celebrate ALL Week! (see below)

April 18 - Last day to order a yearbook.  Online information below. Sixth graders order now - we will not have many extras on hand to purchase.

April 23 - Spring Spectacular - Fun Run and more activities! (see below)

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 24 - Strings Concert 4th grade 5:30 p.m. and 5th/6th grade 6:30 p.m.)

May 26 - Band Concert  5th and 6th grade - 7 p.m.

June 2 - Chorus Concert  - 7 p.m. 

June 6 - Kinder, First and Second Grade Field Day

June 7 - Grades 3 - 5 Field Day

June 8 - Sixth Grade Field Day/Celebration and Promotion 6:00 p.m. 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We hope that everyone enjoyed your spring break and enjoyed some well deserved down time.  We are looking forward to celebrating our military families.  April is the Month of the Military Child! See the information below for how we are celebrating.  Our spirit week is April 18th through the 22nd. 'Purple Up' day is Wednesday the 20th! 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might NOT return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move.
  • Order your yearbook now!  See the information below - we are shutting down by April 18th! Does your sixth grader need one?  Please order now.
  • SOLs are quickly approaching.  Please do note your child's schedule as shown below. In addition, please complete this form for each child if you give permission for a retake as needed. Scores between 375 and 399 (400 is passing).
  • Input for child(ren)s placement for the next school year.  Complete this form - see note below.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on April 11.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Student Placement Input 2022-23

One of our important tasks is determining class placements for the next school year. The school staff works collaboratively to begin planning teacher and student assignments for next year. It is the task of the grade level teachers, specialists, and administration to determine distribution of teachers and students to optimally organize classroom assignments for next year. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are also considered as we create our new classes. Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollment and teachers moving to a new assignment.

Kent Gardens' families can assist us in determining class placement by sharing their insights about their child with respect to academic and behavioral information. Please note the following:  We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement. This includes hints that reference specific teachers. We cannot guarantee multiple friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. That said, we do our best to ensure one friend so that your child feels comfortable during the school year. Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 6, 2022. Complete one form per child.

Positivity Project: Fairness

Fairness is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

April is the Month of the Military Child

We will begin the week with student interviews led by our counselors. The interviews will be aired on our news show. We have certificates and student lunch bunches!  Look for the purple ribbons in the trees! It will be a great week. We look forward to celebrating all of our military children and families. April 18 - 22 is our Spirit Week. Plan ahead!  See the dates below! 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Parental Retake Permission Form

Parents please complete the SOL Retake Parent Permission form for the upcoming Spring 2022 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests. This form should be completed for EACH child in grades 3- 6 if you believe your child would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test. This retest option will be for students who score in the 375-399 range (400 is passing). See the notification of the testing letter at https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716  and for more information about the SOL tests given in grades 3-8.

Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  If a parent/guardian does not want their student(s) to have access to this online tutoring resource, complete the opt-out via SIS ParentVUE by April 11, 2022.

  • Directions to opt-out via SIS ParentVUE:
    • Parent/Guardian logs into SIS ParentVUE ; Select Student
    • Click on Student Info from the menu bar on the left and then click on Edit Information at the top of the Student Info screen
    • Change the value for Tutor.com Access to “No” under the Changed Value column and click on Save Changes
    • If the opt out is desired for additional students, the parent/guardian must select each student individually and repeat the process.

If unable to opt-out via SIS ParentVUE, a parent/guardian can submit the hard copy Online Tutoring Services Notice and Opt-Out form sent home by the student’s school or download and print a form from the list below. Opt-Out forms should be submitted to the student’s school by April 11, 2022.

#kgpride!  Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  Despite low transmission, there will be testing on Monday, April 11th. Please note it is a random selection. We will continue to test until we receive further guidance. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Last Call for Ordering a Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales April 18th!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

PTA News and Updates SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!! 

Volunteer Opportunities:

1) Race Day Crew - help out along the race route (Middle School and High School students are welcome to volunteer!)

2) Registration Packet Distribution - help handout registration packets on Friday 4/22.  

Please look for an upcoming Signup Genius to help make this day a success!  

INTERNATIONAL FLAG PARADE

Celebrate Kent Gardens' diverse community and military families during our International Flag Parade! The parade will follow the Spring Spectacular race on April 23rd. Click here and sign up to represent a country or where your military family has lived. Stay tuned for more details and please contact [email protected] for more information or volunteer opportunities.

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Lost and Found - Coats and More Coats

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LOST and FOUND Table - 3/30 and 3/31

Come check out the lost and found items in front of the school on the table.  We have many, many jackets and encourage parents to find your child's belongings. 

Please DO write your child's names on ALL articles - water bottles, coats and other belongings. 

The table will be outside this afternoon on March 30 and all day tomorrow March 31.  Please come by and collect your coat or other belonging! 

Thanks for your support! 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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KG Update 3.27.2022

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Dates to Note

March 17 - 28 - McLean Youth Art Show (see the note below)

March 28 - 31 - Student Sponsored Spirit Week!  Join in the fun!

March 30 - PTA Sponsored Restaurant Night - Union Restaurant in McLean

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required for the student meet and greet- see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 1 - Student Holiday - Teacher Professional Development/Workday 

April  4 - 8 - Spring Break 

April 8 - 15 - April is the Month of the Military Child - Celebrate ALL Week! (see below)

April 23 - Spring Spectacular - Fun Run and more activities! (see below)

June 8 - Sixth Grade Promotion 6:00 p.m. (save the date!)

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might NOT return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. We appreciate the forward thinking! 

Order your yearbook now!  See the information below - we are shutting down by April 18th! Does your sixth grader need one?  Please order now.

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • March 28 -  March 31st - Student Led Sprit Week! Join in the FUN!
  • March 31 - In person Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet (Sign up required - see info below)
  • March 31 - Two Hour Early Release

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on March 28th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Student Led Spirit  Week!!! Join in the FUN!! Spring Pictures NOW Available Online!

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! This is the link for you to access

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911785

Please remember, the online code is your child's Student ID number. Please direct parent questions/concerns regarding picture day to [email protected]

Virtual Family Engagement Night  

Thanks to all of you for joining us for our first Family Engagement Night last week. We shared information regarding the short videos prepared by our teachers for parents to support learning at home in reading and math as well as other content areas. We have uploaded 37 teacher videos available for parents to access by grade level and topic.  Please access the videos at this link here.

McLean Youth Art Exhibit

Join us in celebrating our KGES students with their accomplishments in art this year. Works have been collected throughout the school year and will be displayed at the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) in the Emerson Gallery, located at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA  22101.  The exhibit will be held March 17 - March 28.  A huge THANKS to Heather Devlin and Sarah Kladler - their instruction and engagement with the students is simply amazing! 

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Positivity Project: Humor

 Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing at the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are.

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” ~ Mark Twain

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for joining us for the virtual Parent Orientation. If you missed it, here is the link to the slide deck.

This Thursday, March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

KG FUN!  April is the Month of the Military Child

Our counselors are busy supporting the upcoming Month of the Military Child (April).  They have been conducting student interviews for the morning news show.  In addition, they will have certificates for military students and will have military student lunch bunches. We will place purple ribbons on trees. It will be a great week. We look forward to celebrating all of our military children and families. Stay tuned for our Spirit Week information to support our military children!

Family Engagement Survey Closes April 3rd

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will be open March 13 - April 3

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. For more information, please check out the survey webpage. On March 13, the link will be sent to your email and will also go live here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Recess Engagement!  

We had a 'Playworks' consultant observe and join in our recess fun.  This resource is connected to our ESSER monies.  We will take the input and incorporate into recess activities going forward!  

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Reading -Thursday, May 5
      • Science - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Student Tutoring Available

We are excited to share a new resource that is available to all Kent Gardens' students by mid April to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  Check out the frequently asked questions for more information.

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request.  If a parent/guardian does not want their student(s) to have access to this online tutoring resource, complete the opt-out via SIS ParentVUE by April 11, 2022.

  • Directions to opt-out via SIS ParentVUE:
    • Parent/Guardian logs into SIS ParentVUE ; Select Student
    • Click on Student Info from the menu bar on the left and then click on Edit Information at the top of the Student Info screen
    • Change the value for Tutor.com Access to “No” under the Changed Value column and click on Save Changes
    • If the opt out is desired for additional students, the parent/guardian must select each student individually and repeat the process.

If unable to opt-out via SIS ParentVUE, a parent/guardian can submit the hard copy Online Tutoring Services Notice and Opt-Out form sent home by the student’s school or download and print a form from the list below. Opt-Out forms should be submitted to the student’s school by April 11, 2022.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  Despite low transmission, there will be testing on Monday, March 28th. Please note it is a random selection. We will continue to test until we receive further guidance. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Last Call for Ordering a Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales April 18th!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Hockey Inspiration at KG! PTA News and Updates SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!! 

Volunteer Opportunities:

1) Race Day Crew - help out along the race route (Middle School and High School students are welcome to volunteer!)

2) Registration Packet Distribution - help handout registration packets on Friday 4/22.  

Please look for an upcoming Signup Genius to help make this day a success!  

INTERNATIONAL FLAG PARADE

Celebrate Kent Gardens' diverse community and military families during our International Flag Parade! The parade will follow the Spring Spectacular race on April 23rd. Click here and sign up to represent a country or where your military family has lived. Stay tuned for more details and please contact [email protected] for more information or volunteer opportunities.

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

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Dates to Note

March 17 - 28 - McLean Youth Art Show (see the note below)

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day - ROCK YOUR SOCKS!!!

March 24 - PTA Meeting ~ In Person at the Tent 8:45 a.m. (Inclement weather in the cafeteria)

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.(link below)

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 30 - PTA Sponsored Restaurant Night - Union Restaurant in McLean

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required for the student meet and greet- see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 1 - Student Holiday - Teacher Professional Development/Workday 

April  4 - 8 - Spring Break 

April 8 - 15 - April is the Month of the Military Child - Celebrate ALL Week! (see below)

April 23 - Spring Spectacular - Fun Run and more activities! (see below)

June 8 - Sixth Grade Promotion 6:00 p.m. (save the date!)

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Kent Gardens' students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.  With this service, students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.  For more information, see the FCPS website.  

Order your yearbook now!  See the information below - we are shutting down next week for orders! 

FCPS is looking for some artwork from students to fill the big blue field on the Schoology login page. Please consider sharing this challenge with your child. This Calling all Artists and Designers: Schoology Design Challenge document contains details that can help support you with communicating the challenge. You can also find information on the public web

Please do check out our students' art work from March 17th through March 28th . Ms. Devlin and Ms. Kladler have worked hard to display some of our students' work at the McLean Community Center and will be present on March 26th from 1 - 3 p.m..  See the note below with additional information! 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • Monday, March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day!  Wear your Socks!
  • Thursday, March 24 - Join us for an in person PTA meeting at 8:45 a.m. (Tent or if inclement weather - cafeteria)
  • Friday, March 25 - Virtual Kinder Orientation (link below)
  • March 31 - In person Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet (Sign up required - see info below)
  • March 31 - Two Hour Early Release

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on March 21st.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

World Down Syndrome Day!  March 21st Spring Pictures NOW Available Online!

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next week. This is the link for you to access

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911785

Please remember, the online code is your child's Student ID number. Please direct parent questions/concerns regarding picture day to [email protected]

Virtual Family Engagement Night  

Thanks to all of you for joining us for our first Family Engagement Night last week. We shared information regarding the short videos prepared by our teachers for parents to support learning at home in reading and math as well as other content areas. We have uploaded 37 teacher videos available for parents to access by grade level and topic.  Please access the videos at this link here. The slide deck will be shared as well. Some insight to our offerings are shown below:

  • Place Value - Building Models and Playing Games to Solidify Understanding of Place Value
  • Fluency in Math - Using Calendar Math to Practice Skills
  • High Frequency Works - Games to Play to Reinforce
  • Phonological Awareness - Spelling Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension - Supporting Focus on Main Idea or Theme
  • Fractions - Supporting Understanding of Fractions and Decimals
  • Specialists - Resources and fun activities at home (P.E., Art, Music, FLES, STEAM and Counselor)

Join us in celebrating our KGES students with their accomplishments in art this year. Works have been collected throughout the school year and will be displayed at the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) in the Emerson Gallery, located at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA  22101.  

The exhibit will be held March 17 - March 28.  Ms. Devlin and Ms. Klader will greet artists and their families on March 26 from 1-3pm.

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Positivity Project: Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Other People

 Identifying and appreciating the good in other people helps you see the world through a more positive – and less threatening – lens. If you’re constantly seeing the negative traits of people, you’re going to think the world is comprised of bad people – and you’re going to operate from a defensive posture.

“To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you.” ~RALPH MARSTON

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  There is no need to sign up for this request. Zoom link: 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92186333345?pwd=dEtpVHhucnlad2I0V1NVRStmRldxdz09

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

April is the Month of the Military Child

Our counselors are busy supporting the upcoming Month of the Military Child (April).  They have been conducting student interviews for the morning news show.  In addition, they will have certificates for military students and will have military student lunch bunches. We will place purple ribbons on trees. It will be a great week. We look forward to celebrating all of our military children and families. Stay tuned for our Spirit Week information to support our military children!

Family Engagement Survey Open Now!

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will be open March 13 - April 3. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential. With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. For more information, please check out the survey webpage. On March 13, the link will be sent to your email and will also go live here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Science -Thursday, May 5
      • Reading - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  Despite low transmission, there will be testing on Monday, March 21st. Please note it is a random selection. We will continue to test until we receive further guidance. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Last Call for Ordering a Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales very soon!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Longfellow Trivia Night-March 25 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Come join Longfellow in their Trivia Night competition! It will take place in the Lecture Hall.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Student, parents, and teachers are all invited to attend. Maximum of 5 people per team.  Sign up at this link to attend.  Note that the cost is $5 per person.  There is a maximum of 5 people per team. Sponsors: NJHS and Quiz Bowl. Proceeds benefit the Shelter House Inc. Contact for Questions:  Bindhu Zachariah at [email protected]

KG PTA Book Fair Fun! 

While the in-person Book Fair has ended, our Virtual Fair continues through March 24th.  If you would like to shop the Virtual Fair, you can do so through our site at: Come to Our Book Fair!  A BIG thank you to the volunteers who made our Spring Book Fair a success!  We could not do it without you, and your help was much appreciated.  If you enjoyed volunteering in the library (or would like to start), please contact Mrs. Troncoso at [email protected] to learn more.

PTA News and Updates SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!! 

INTERNATIONAL FLAG PARADE

Celebrate Kent Gardens' diverse community and military families during our International Flag Parade! The parade will follow the Spring Spectacular race on April 23rd. Click here and sign up to represent a country or where your military family has lived. Stay tuned for more details!

PTA BOARD POSITIONS

We have several PTA Board positions available next year as our current Officers are completing their terms:  VP Enrichment,  VP Special Programs,  Secretary,  Financial Secretary, and President-Elect. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Board or learning more, please contact Andrea at [email protected]

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Family Engagement Night - Virtual! 

We are excited to offer our first virtual Parent Engagement Night on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Our teachers prepared short videos for parents to support learning at home. Many parents have inquired how to support reading and math. We will introduce these instructional supports during the virtual Parent Engagement Night.  Some insights to our offerings are shown below.  Parents may access the links on your own through Schoology. 

  • Place Value - Building Models and Playing Games to Solidify Understanding of Place Value
  • Fluency in Math - Using Calendar Math to Practice Skills
  • High Frequency Works - Games to Play to Reinforce
  • Phonological Awareness - Spelling Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension - Supporting Focus on Main Idea or Theme
  • Fractions - Supporting Understanding of Fractions and Decimals
  • Specialists - Resources and fun activities at home (P.E., Art, Music, FLES, STEAM and Counselor)

These will be placed in Schoology for access to all parents as needed.  We look forward to seeing you virtually on March 16th. We will share the slide deck link if you are unable to attend. The link is here: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92526279590?pwd=S1VyV1ZEUVg2QUVDOFNZKzFjYVdVQT09

Spring Pictures  -  Order Now

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. The link to access the site is here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911785#login Please remember, the online code is your child's Student ID. Please direct parent questions/concerns regarding picture day to [email protected]

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - 5:30 p.m.  Link and more info below!

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required for the student meet and greet- see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Save the Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration!  Register link below! 

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We are looking forward to the Book Fair - thanks to the PTA and our fabulous parents for supporting it! See the information below to support your child.

Next week, FCPS will launch a Family Engagement Survey on March 13th to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community.  When schools build strong partnerships with families, respond to their concerns, and honor their contributions, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and increased likelihood of high school graduation.  By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/caregivers are making their voices heard around important topics impacting their students’ success.  Please check out the special section below for more information and plan to participate when the survey becomes available next week.

Some highlights to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • Mark your calendar for the Virtual Parent Engagement Night on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. We will have select grade level teachers and specialists with us.  Parents will be able to join breakout groups to learn about uploaded instructional videos that were created by our staff. See below.
  • Note the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student for the meet and greet. See the links in the blurb below. We will remit the Zoom invite for the virtual parent orientation closer to the date.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on March 7th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Spring Pictures NOW Available Online!

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping for the next two weeks. Here is the link for you to access. Please remember, the online code is your child's Student ID number. Please direct parent questions/concerns regarding picture day to [email protected]

Virtual Family Engagement Night 3/16/2022 

We are excited to offer our first virtual Parent Engagement Night on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Our teachers prepared short videos for parents to support learning at home. Many parents have inquired how to support reading and math. We will introduce these instructional supports during the virtual Parent Engagement Night.  Some insight to our offerings are shown below:

  • Place Value - Building Models and Playing Games to Solidify Understanding of Place Value
  • Fluency in Math - Using Calendar Math to Practice Skills
  • High Frequency Works - Games to Play to Reinforce
  • Phonological Awareness - Spelling Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension - Supporting Focus on Main Idea or Theme
  • Fractions - Supporting Understanding of Fractions and Decimals
  • Specialists - Resources and fun activities at home (P.E., Art, Music, FLES, STEAM and Counselor)

These will be placed in Schoology for access to all parents as needed.  We look forward to seeing you virtually on March 16th. We will record if you are unable to attend. The link is here: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92526279590?pwd=S1VyV1ZEUVg2QUVDOFNZKzFjYVdVQT09 

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Student Intentions....2022-23

We are already planning for the next school year!  Let us know if your child(ren) might not return the next school year.  This feedback is not binding but for planning purposes. Please use this link to indicate IF you are considering or planning to move. 

Positivity Project: Love of Learning

Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

-MAHATMA GANDHI

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  There is no sign up needed for this session.

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Family Engagement Survey Coming Soon!

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will be open March 13th - April 3rd. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. 

For more information, please check out the survey webpage. On March 13th, the link will be sent to your email and will also go live here: Family Engagement Survey Link. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please reach out to our front office and we can provide one for you.  Please find translated information below.

English - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Korean - Vietnamese

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Science -Thursday, May 5
      • Reading - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  Despite low transmission, there will be testing on Monday, March 14th. Please note it is a random selection. We will continue to test until we receive further guidance. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales very soon!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

KG PTA Book Fair is Here! 

The KG PTA is excited to host the Spring Book Fair!  This year's Book Fair will take place during school hours from March 14-18.  Additional online shopping may take place between March 11-24.

We highly encourage families to check out our homepage where you may create an e-Wallet for your students.  If you have remaining funds from the Fall Fair, you will need to create a new e-Wallet but will be given an option to roll those funds into the Spring e-Wallet.  Click here, scroll down, and look for "Get Started" in the e-wallet section.  We've asked Teachers to create e-Wallets as well, so please feel free to contribute to theirs so they may purchase books for the classroom.  For your convenience, you can also order books online.

KG's Scholastic Homepage may be found here - Click Here 

Want to volunteer?  We also encourage parents to sign up to volunteer for our Fair to make this a successful event for our kids!  As we will not be having before/after school events, this is a great way to be a part of the fun.  The class schedules are found on the SignUp Genius at: PTA Spring Book Fair 2022 - Volunteer Sign Up.

As always, we appreciate your support for our students and teachers. Thank you for being a part of the Spring Book Fair! 

PTA News and Updates SPRING SPECTACULAR!

Our Spring Spectacular 5k and 1K is back!!!!  Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a run or walk with your Kent Gardens friends.  Stay for a while after the race to enjoy treats from the Kona Ice Food truck and Cafe Kindred coffee & pastries.  The 5K will kick off at 9:00 am and the 1K fun run at 9:45.

Registration Fees: 5K: $30 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day Fun Run $20 through April 11, $35 April 12 – Race Day

Online Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm. *Please note: Any runner registered after April 8 will not be guaranteed a Spring Spectacular T-shirt. We hope to see you at the finish line!!!  Register using this link

BOYS Running Group

There have been requests for a running group for boys at  Kent Gardens, and there is an organization in Northern Virginia called Let us Run! If anyone is interested in supporting and leading this project as the leader/coach, please reach out to Let Me Run contact, and the PTA will help spread the word to get things rolling! 

ANIMAL SHELTER COLLECTION 

The 6th grade community service team is collecting donations for a local animal shelter called The Animal Welfare League of Arlington. They are collecting items like wet and dry cat/dog food, blankets, new animal toys, leashes, collars, etc. Donations will be collected in a labeled box outside the front office until March 18th. Thank you for your support!

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Lost and Found -  Coats and More Coats!

Come check out the lost and found items in front of the school all day Monday, March 7th. We have many, many jackets and encourage parents to find your child's belongings. Please DO write your child's names on ALL articles - water bottles, coats and other belongings. 

The table was outside all day Friday and will be out on Monday, March 7th.  After that, we will donate to a local charity. Thanks for your support! 

Dates to Note

March 9 - Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students (info. below)

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - 5:30 p.m.  Link to follow and more information below. 

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required for the student meet and greet- see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Save the Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration!

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

 Spring Picture Day!  

Thanks to our volunteers for supporting our school on March 1st.  We are awaiting the link for the pictures.  Stay tuned! 

 

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We hope that you are enjoying  your three day weekend!   During the early release and professional development day, the teachers participated in Culture Proficiency work and explored how data supports decisions through an equity lens.

We also would like to thank everyone for your  support as we transitioned our mask policy to meet the new CDC guidelines. Students and staff worked together to be aware and respectful of individual family choices. We will continue to ensure safety and space for all decisions. 

Our students enjoyed Read Across America Week.  It was great to see them celebrate reading during the week.  Please do check out the pictures below! 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming week:

  • Note the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student for the meet and greet. See the links in the blurb below. We will remit the Zoom invite for the virtual parent orientation closer to the date.
  • Mark your calendar for the Virtual Parent Engagement Night on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. We will have select grade level teachers and specialists with us.  Parents will be able to join breakout groups to learn about uploaded instructional videos that were created by our staff. See below.

Congrats to our Science Olympiad students!  We are going to the State Finals - such a tribute to their hard work.  Let's wish them luck!  Thanks to Jeff Shivnen for supporting! 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on March 7th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

KG Lions Celebrate Readers Week! Positivity Project: Social Intelligence

 

 

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Social Intelligence. You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

                                                          ~Ernest Hemingway

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does a good listener do?
  • What does being a good listener have to do with Social Intelligence?
  • What can you do to be a better listener?
Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: [email protected]

Congrats to ALL of our Spelling Bee Participants! 

We wish our winner good luck with the county competition! We went close to 20 rounds - so many talented students.  #kgpride!! 

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Virtual Family Engagement Night 3/16/2022 

We are excited to offer our first virtual Parent Engagement Night on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Our teachers prepared short videos for parents to support learning at home. Many parents have inquired how to support reading and math. We will introduce these instructional supports during the virtual Parent Engagement Night.  Some insight to our offerings are shown below:

  • Place Value - Building Models and Playing Games to Solidify Understanding of Place Value
  • Fluency in Math - Using Calendar Math to Practice Skills
  • High Frequency Works - Games to Play to Reinforce
  • Phonological Awareness - Spelling Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension - Supporting Focus on Main Idea or Theme
  • Fractions - Supporting Understanding of Fractions and Decimals
  • Specialists - Resources and fun activities at home (P.E., Art, Music, FLES, STEAM and Counselor)

These will be placed in Schoology for access to all parents as needed.  We look forward to seeing you virtually on March 16th. We will record if you are unable to attend. The link will be remitted closer to the date. 

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  There is no sign up needed for this session.

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Family Liaison Introduction

We are pleased to introduce our new Family Liaison, Mami Gebereegziabher.  Her role is to support families and serve as a liaison on behalf of Kent Gardens’ families, community,  and school staff.  In addition, she will have the ability to facilitate communications and provide FCPS information and resources to families. She will also promote understanding of families’ cultural diversity and ensure that families feel welcome, trusted, and valued by the school.  Ms. Gebereegziabher has been a part of our school and community for many years!  To contact her, please note her email, [email protected] . You may also contact the office to connect with her. We are thrilled to have her in this capacity!!

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

SOL Dates for 3rd- 6th Grade Students

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage;
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies; More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.
  • Calendar dates are detailed below. Please plan around these scheduled dates so that your child is available during testing time:
    • Grade 3
      • Reading - Thursday, May 12
      • Math - Thursday, May 19
    • Grade 4
      • Reading - Wednesday, May 11
      • Math - Wednesday, May 18
    • Grade 5
      • Science -Thursday, May 5
      • Reading - Tuesday, May 10
      • Math - Tuesday, May 17
    • Grade 6
      • Reading - Monday, May 9
      • Math - Monday, May 16
Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  Despite low transmission, there will be testing on Monday, March 7th. Please note it is a random selection. We will continue to test until we receive further guidance. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Summer Program for Fine Arts and Tech Adventure Camp PTA News and Updates BOYS Running Group

There have been requests for a running group for boys at  Kent Gardens, and there is an organization in Northern Virginia called Let us Run! If anyone is interested in supporting and leading this project as the leader/coach, please reach out to Let Me Run contact, and the PTA will help spread the word to get things rolling! 

ANIMAL SHELTER COLLECTION 

The 6th grade community service team is collecting donations for a local animal shelter called The Animal Welfare League of Arlington. They are collecting items like wet and dry cat/dog food, blankets, new animal toys, leashes, collars, etc. Donations will be collected in a labeled box outside the front office until March 18th. Thank you for your support!

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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LOST and FOUND Table - March 4, 2022

Come check out the lost and found items in front of the school on the table.  We have many, many jackets and encourage parents to find your child's belongings. 

Please DO write your child's names on ALL articles - water bottles, coats and other belongings. 

The table will be outside tomorrow morning and the afternoon of Monday, March 7th.  After that, we will donate to a local charity.

Thanks for your support! 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

March 1 - Spring Pictures - Images will be available online to view and order after picture day.  The link will be provided once uploaded!  

March 3  - In Person Parent Coffee - 8:30 a.m. Outside in the Tent

March 3 - 2 hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 9 - Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students (info. below)

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - more info to follow! 

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required - see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Save the Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration!

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Spring Picture Day!  March 1st

Parents will be able to access images online to view and order after picture day. Once uploaded, we will remit link to parents. All students will have his/her picture taken.

PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS

The PTA is seeking volunteers to help out with Spring Picture Day next Tuesday March 1st. Morning shift is 9am-12pm, afternoon shift is 12pm-3pm, or stay all day!  If interested, email Elise Moss at [email protected] .

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We had another great week that included dressing up for 2/22/2022 and Scrabble Spirit Day.  We are looking forward to Reading Week and have highlighted the days below. Reminder that we have an early release on Thursday, March 3rd and a professional learning day on Friday, March 4th. 

As detailed in Dr. Brabrand's communication, on Tuesday, March 1st, legislation goes into effect  whereby parents and guardians may elect for your child(ren) not to wear a mask on school property. There will be no formal process required for parents who elect for their child(ren) not to wear a mask on school property.  We ask that you do share with your child(ren) before March 1st your family's preference. At this time, following CDC guidance, masks must be worn on school buses. Please do review the communication remitted on Friday.  Note there may continue to be revisions and updates going forward. 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming week:

  • Parent Coffee - In person - in the tent - March 3 - 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Note the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student. See the links in the blurb below.
  • We had a wonderful turnout in the spelling bee initial session. Thanks to all who participated. Parents of students participating in the last round have been contacted.  The students will participate in person and parents will be able to join virtually.  Ms. Talley will communicate with you directly.  Questions? please email [email protected]

Congrats to our four KG students who are advancing to the Virginia Math Counts competition. We are proud of all of our students who participate in the MC2.  Good luck to them as they go forward.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on February 28th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Twosday!!, 2/22/2022

 Students and staff enjoyed wearing tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 

KG Lions Celebrate Readers Week!

Monday, February 28th - Reading Brings Joy! 

Wear a silly outfit! 

Tuesday, March 1st - Reading helps you explore new things!  Wear a favorite hat! 

 

Wednesday, March 2nd  - Reading gives a bright future. Wear college gear or bright clothing!

Thursday, March 3rd - Reading celebrates who we are....Dress to celebrate your heritage, family, or unique personality! 

Friday, March 4th - Reading brings us comfort! Stay in your PJs all day at home! 

Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: [email protected]

Positivity Project: Enthusiasm

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Enthusiasm. You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

                                                          ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you tap into enthusiasm for things you don’t like so much?
  • How can you encourage each other in the things that you love and the things you don’t like so much?
  • What type of mindset do you need to have to be able to approach things in life you don’t like with enthusiasm?
Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Scrabble Spirit Day!  Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  There will be testing on Monday, February 28th. Please note it is a random selection. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Summer Program for Fine Arts and Tech Adventure Camp PTA News and Updates

GIRLS ON THE RUN - GOTR has the following options for Spring 2022!

Mon/Wed (3:45PM - 5:00PM) -Grades 3-5 

Tues/Thur (3:45pm - 5:00pm) -Grades 3-5 

Heart & Sole (Mon/Wed 3:45PM - 5:00PM) - Grade 6 Only 

We are looking for additional coaches/substitute coaches for Tuesday/Thursday.  Please help if you can!  Check out the Returning Coach FormNew Coach Application or Substitute Coach Form.

Click here to register!

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Parent Coffee ~ Date Change March 3

Due to inclement weather, we will change the date for the Parent Coffee to March 3rd in order to remain in person.  We look forward to seeing you on that date at 8:30 a.m.  Thanks for you support and flexibility. 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

February 21- President's Day Holiday - School Closed

February 25 - In Person Parent Coffee - 8:30 a.m. Outside in the Tent

March 1 - Spring Pictures - Online link will be provided in order to order directly from the vendor.

March 3 - 2 hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 9 - Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students (info. below)

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - more info to follow! 

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 26 - Special Education Conference

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required - see the info below)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Tentative Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We had a wonderful kindness week - so much fun for all students to participate including our staff. It was great to have student participation.  Our pictures depict some of the fun that we enjoyed! We also celebrated 100 days of school - it's been a journey! 

Last week, we shared some of the ways that we are spending our ESSER III funding. We have included the information below for your reference. As we look forward, all FCPS families are encouraged to participate in a public engagement opportunity related to how FCPS is meeting ESSER III requirements for ensuring a safe return to in-person instruction and providing continuity of learning. As a reminder, last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. For more information on the ESSER III grant, please watch this video and visit the FCPS website.

Some highlights to note for the upcoming week:

  • Note the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student. 
  • February 21st is a student holiday.
  • Parent Coffee - In person - in the tent - February 25th - 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
  • "Twosday" 2/22/2022 - Students and staff can wear tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on February 20th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Twosday!!, 2/22/2022

 It's a 'Twosday!  Students and staff can wear tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 

Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: [email protected]

ESSER - Cares Act

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID -19 on students and their learning. Some of the ways that Kent Gardens is utilizing the ESSER III funding are included below:

  • Purchased Reflex – a math fact fluency program that includes fraction practice 
  • Providing before and after school support with identified Tier 2 and 3 intervention supports for reading and math
  • Supporting professional development for identified teachers to be trained in Orton Gillingham reading instruction program focused on phonics.
  • Training identified staff members in Ad+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR)
  • Providing parents with a Virtual Parent Engagement Night – more information to come later in February.
  • Purchased additional instructional supplies – Reading Success, Decoding Instructional Books, Do the Math kits etc.
  • After school groups supported by our school psychologist and counselor(s).
  • Contracted with Playworks to support recess play.
Positivity Project: Cheering Others Success

Positivity Project: Cheering Others Success

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching pillars of the Positivity Project. Cheering others’ success is an important test of our character every single day.

“Friends don’t get jealous of each other or begrudge the other for finding success. They celebrate every victory together.”                                                             ~Karen Kingsbury

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Be grateful. The root of jealousy is cut off when you focus on the things you DO have, not that you don’t have.
  • Be inspired instead of discouraged by their success.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is different.
  • Know that your value does not come from external things.
Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment. 

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 3, 10, 17, and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review here.

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  There will be no testing on Monday, February 21st as we are not in school - it is a student holiday.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services   Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school. 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

PTA News and Updates

GIRLS ON THE RUN - GOTR has the following options for Spring 2022!

Mon/Wed (3:45PM - 5:00PM) -Grades 3-5 

Tues/Thur (3:45pm - 5:00pm) -Grades 3-5 

Heart & Sole (Mon/Wed 3:45PM - 5:00PM) - Grade 6 Only 

We are looking for additional coaches/substitute coaches for Tuesday/Thursday.  Please help if you can!  Check out the Returning Coach FormNew Coach Application or Substitute Coach Form.

Click here to register!

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

February 14 - 17 - Spirit Week - Kindness

February 16 - Immersion Registration for Lottery Closes

February 21- President's Day Holiday - School Closed

February 25 - In Person Parent Coffee - 8:30 a.m. Outside in the Tent

March 1 - Spring Pictures - Online link will be provided in order to order directly from the vendor.

March 3 - 2 hour Early Release

March 16 - Virtual Family Engagement Night - more info to follow! 

March 31 -  Kindergarten Parent Tour and Student Meet and Greet 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. (SIGN UP is required - see the info below)

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 25 - Kindergarten Virtual Parent Orientation 8:00 - 8:30

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Tentative Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We look forward to our 'Kindness' Spirit Week.  It should be a great week to enjoy the students and individually share 'kindness' as a school community. Please join us outside of school to spread some 'kindness'. 

Some highlights to note for the upcoming week:

  • Immersion Lottery registration closes on 2/16
  • Note the addition of the  kindergarten virtual orientation for parents on 3/25 and the in person parent tour and student 'Meet and Greet' on 3/31.  Parents must sign up your rising kindergarten student. 
  • February 21st is a student holiday.
  • Parent Coffee - In person - in the tent - February 25th - 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID -19 on students and their learning. Some of the ways that Kent Gardens is utilizing the ESSER III funding are included below:

  • Purchased Reflex – a math fact fluency program that includes fraction practice 
  • Providing before and after school support with identified Tier 2 and 3 intervention supports for reading and math
  • Supporting professional development for identified teachers to be trained in Orton Gillingham reading instruction program focused on phonics.
  • Training identified staff members in Ad+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR)
  • Providing parents with a Virtual Parent Engagement Night – more information to come later in February.
  • Purchased additional instructional supplies – Reading Success, Decoding Instructional Books, Do the Math kits etc.
  • After school groups supported by our school psychologist and counselor(s).
  • Contracted with Playworks to support recess play.

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on February 14th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Strings Virtual Winter Concert

A HUGE shout out to our strings students and teachers, Ms. Anita Su and Ms. Ahnika Emery!  They have worked hard this year to produce a virtual concert for you all to enjoy.  We have posted the link in Schoology for all to enjoy.  The teachers will send the You Tube link directly to strings' parents for you to enjoy at your leisure. This link will be available for 30 days. Once again, thanks to our hardworking students who are performing in a challenging time! 

Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: [email protected]

We Appreciate our Counselors!

A shout out to our wonderful counselors, Ms. MacDonald and Ms. Altman - they are the best!  We had a great week celebrating and appreciating their hard work! ♥

Positivity Project: Love

The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. When one person loves another person, that person: comforts and makes the other feel safe; sacrifices on the other’s behalf; supports the other during struggles; and places the others’ needs ahead of his/her own. If you love a person, that person makes you feel safe and secure. You can be yourself with that person. You miss that person when he/she is not around.

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only what you are expecting to give – which is everything.” ~Katharine Hepburn

Kindness Week ~ February 14 - 18

Monday, Feb. 14th - Peace, Love and Kindness ~ Wear Tie- Dye!  "Give a warm hello to any and all that you see"  Note we can 'smile' with our eyes! 

Tuesday, Feb. 15th - Crazy For Kindness ~ Wear your Crazy Socks!  "Write a kind note to a classmate who might need a boost"

Wednesday, Feb. 16th - Workout Problems with Kindness ~ Wear your Workout Gear! "Help someone BEFORE they ask!" 

Thursday, February 17th - Show Kindness through Teamwork ~ Wear your favorite jersey "Play with someone new" 

Friday, Feb. 18th - Dream about Kindness ~ Wear your PJ's! "Share a nice note with your counselor ~ It's their week!"

 

** Bonus Day!!  Tuesday, 2/22/2022 - It's a 'Twosday!  Students and staff can wear tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Kindergarten Orientation and Tour!

Thanks for completing the google form above!  We will host a Zoom Parent Orientation meeting on March 25th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  We will post the Zoom link as we approach the date.  

On March 31st, we will hold parent tours and a student 'meet and greet' with the teachers from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Note that March 31st is a student early release day.  It is REQUIRED to sign up for one of the two sessions. Please sign up here for one of the two sessions.  Parents will drop off your child(ren) in a designated kindergarten classroom and our School Student Ambassadors will conduct the parent tours. Students will meet their parents on the playground after the tour.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Immersion Registration Closes 2/16

We had a successful immersion information evening. If you would like to view the slide deck as reference or if you missed the meeting, it is available here.  Note the Immersion Registration Site provides additional information regarding the programs etc. 

Here is the link for more information regarding the immersion programs within FCPS.  The window to apply for the first grade French Immersion program is January 24, 2022 to February 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. (it will close promptly)

The link to apply is here. If you are out of boundary, you will need to obtain a SIS code from your base school. More information is available on the website

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment. 

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 3, 10, 17, and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review here.

Student Screening Testing 

FCPS will move to a dynamic testing plan.  Screening testing will be available during moderate, substantial and high community transmission to the greatest extent practicable in alignment with CDC guidance. Screening testing for students will not be offered during low transmission.

At this time, we will still have student testing until notified that transmission rates are consistently lower.  On Monday, February 14th, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at Kent Gardens from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. We will have approximately 75 students tested.  Currently, we have 150 in the consented portal.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Summer Enrichment Camps

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office has an engaging summer planned for your student! We are offering two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy.

  • Tech Adventure Camp is a weekly exploratory camp designed to give students in grades 2 – 6 the opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science areas.
  • CTE Summer Academy is a weekly enrichment program that allows students in grades 7 - 11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

Register soon! Space is limited and registration is on a first-come basis until seats are filled. Scholarships are available for Free and Reduced Meal students.

PTA News and Updates

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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Dates to Note

February 8 - Flippin Pizza - Restaurant Night! 

February 14 - 17 - Spirit Week - Kindness

February 16 - Immersion Registration for Lottery Closes

February 21- President's Day Holiday - School Closed

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

April 23 - Tentative Date for KG Fun Run ~ Spring Celebration

School Calendar:  2021-22

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

Counselor Appreciation Week - February 7 - 11 Let's Show some LOVE! 

National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. The 2022 theme is School Counseling: Better Together. We are lucky to have Ms. Altman and Ms. MacDonald - the two best counselors! 

Dear Kent Gardens' Families, 

We had a great week!  Students are enjoying school and we are excited as we see solid academic progress. We will continue to work to partner with you regarding your child(ren). 

Parking and dropping off in the neighborhood continues to be a challenge - especially in the rain and other inclement weather. We will have police presence during the week. Strong reminders from the local police department as follows:

  • Driveways - Regulation is 10 feet of distance. 
  • Crosswalk on Macon and Lumsden - regulation is no parking nor stopping near the intersection - 20 feet of distance
  • Intersections - the regulation is 20 feet of distance from intersection.
  • Stop signs - regulation is 30 feet of distance

Contact Tracing Update

While the Virginia Department of Health shifted the expectation for contact tracing in schools to only on outbreaks, the CDC continues to indicate that contact tracing, in combination with testing, wearing a well-fitting mask, and quarantine and isolation, are effective strategies to identify people with  COVID-19 (cases) and to reduce transmission. 

FCPS has and continues to implement CDC recommendations, to the greatest extent practicable, to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and to foster the continuation of in-person learning for students and staff. As a result, FCPS will continue contact tracing until further notice. 

The following changes are effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 4: 

  • FCPS Pause (Close Contact) Letter includes quarantine guidance and replaces the FCHD quarantine email to families 
  • FCPS Student Quarantine Exemption and Attestation Form replaces the FCHD Vaccine Verification Survey (Will be embedded in the FCPS Pause Letter and available on the FCPS webpage, physical copies will be available if needed) 

Monitoring COVID-19 cases is critical to maintaining a safe in-person learning environment for all students. Please continue to let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or may be a close contact. We will work with you through the process to return your child to the classroom as quickly as possible. 

Please make sure you health screen your child before sending them to school on February 6th.  If your child does not feel well or presents with any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them at home and seek medical advice.  We appreciate your support in keeping our Kent Gardens community healthy!  For parent convenience, click here for the Daily Health Questionnaire.

Holly McGuigan                   Tia Hawkins                             Sarah Talley

Principal                              Assistant Principal                    Assistant Principal

Dr. Brabrand ~ Opportunity to Meet with Students

On March 9th, there is an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Scott Brabrand and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area.  This event will take place at McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: [email protected]

Positivity Project: Humility

Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments.

True humility is a sign of strength; it is a quiet confidence in who you are. It requires an honest self-reflection on your strengths and weaknesses, and self-control over ego, arrogance, and vanity.

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?
  • Why is humility important to lead others and to make a positive impact?

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~Ernest Hemingway

Kindness Week ~ February 14 - 18

Monday, Feb. 14th - Peace, Love and Kindness ~ Wear Tie- Dye!  "Give a warm hello to any and all that you see"

Tuesday, Feb. 15th - Crazy For Kindness ~ Wear your Crazy Socks!  "Write a kind note to a classmate who might need a boost"

Wednesday, Feb. 16th - Workout Problems with Kindness ~ Wear your Workout Gear! "Help someone BEFORE they ask!" 

Thursday, February 17th - Show Kindness through Teamwork ~ Wear your favorite jersey "Play with someone new" 

Friday, Feb. 18th - Dream about Kindness ~ Wear your PJ's! "Share a nice note with your counselor ~ It's their week!"

 

** Bonus Day!!  Tuesday, 2/22/2022 - It's a 'Twosday!  Students and staff can wear tiaras, tu-tus, ties, and tye-dye! 

Spelling Bee - Calling ALL Interested Students in Grade 3 - 6!

Would your child (in grades 3 - 6) like to participate in the Kent Gardens Spelling Bee?  To enroll, please complete this registration formThe enrollment deadline is Friday, February 11th. Vocabulary is a prerequisite/component of the spelling bee. The vocabulary assessment requires that students understand the meaning of the word. The spelling bee will be organized as follows:

  • The paper/pencil Vocabulary Test will be conducted during school on Wednesday, February 23rd at 9:00 a.m. Students will answer 25 multiple choice vocabulary questions. Twenty (20) participants in all with the highest scores on the Vocabulary Test will be invited to compete in the Oral Spelling Bee. 
  • The Oral Spelling Bee will be conducted on Wednesday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Library

The winner of the Oral Spelling Bee will represent Kent Gardens at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 20th at Lake Braddock Secondary School!  (local health regulations permitting). Please contact Sarah Talley, Assistant Principal at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.  Registration Form:  https://forms.gle/rPNd8eaVq1hQPQ4Z6

Attendance Updates 

If your child will be absent or late, please do use this link to notify the school. If your child has an early dismissal, please do notify the school utilizing this link. 

Arrival time is 8:50 a.m. at the latest for our kiss and ride and walkers.  Note that staff is not available at kiss and ride beyond that time. Please have your child arrive on time! It is essential for them to start the day in a calm manner. 

Kindergarten Registration and Interest 2022-23

We are excited to begin our thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now by filling out this google form.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. 

If you are ready to register, please email Tracy Dean, [email protected] to set up a convenient time to come into the office. 

Technology Support - ParentVue

If you or your child is experiencing issues with technology, a Student Portal is available for parents, guardians, or students to submit a request directly for technology help. For parent support with  SIS or Schoology, submit a request for help through the Parent Portal.  Progress reports will be available in ParentVue. Note that you can also seek additional information regarding ParentVue in this link. As noted above, progress reports are available online on January 29th.

Immersion Registration Closes 2/16

We had a successful immersion information evening. If you would like to view the slide deck as reference or if you missed the meeting, it is available here.  Note the Immersion Registration Site provides additional information regarding the programs etc. 

Here is the link for more information regarding the immersion programs within FCPS.  The window to apply for the first grade French Immersion program is January 24, 2022 to February 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. (it will close promptly)

The link to apply is here. If you are out of boundary, you will need to obtain a SIS code from your base school. More information is available on the website

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment. 

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 3, 10, 17, and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review here.

Diagnostic Testing at Kent Gardens

On Monday, February 6th, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at Kent Gardens from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. We will have approximately 75 students tested.  Currently, we have 130 in the consented portal.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Kent Gardens safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

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FCPS Optional Testing 

Students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added toStenwood’s screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Vaccine Availability

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at chosen schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

Order Your Yearbook Now! 

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; Purchase one by scanning the QR code - the cost is $20.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.  We will close yearbook sales in February!  Buy one now! 

We are working on selection of the cover!  We have many, many fabulous entries with over 85 entries. We have shown a few of the entries below.   Amazing artwork!  The back cover of the yearbook will have other entries - one per grade level.  Stay tuned! THANKS to ALL! #kgpride #strongertogether #WeAllBelong

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Summer Enrichment Camps

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office has an engaging summer planned for your student! We are offering two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy.

  • Tech Adventure Camp is a weekly exploratory camp designed to give students in grades 2 – 6 the opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science areas.
  • CTE Summer Academy is a weekly enrichment program that allows students in grades 7 - 11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

Register soon! Space is limited and registration is on a first-come basis until seats are filled. Scholarships are available for Free and Reduced Meal students.

PTA News and Updates

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - "FOOD BUS" - COLLECTION/DELIVERY TO SHARE FOOD BANK ON FRIDAYS Have you heard about the KGES Food Bus Program?  Our children participate in a powerful program that takes place in our school cafeteria every day at lunchtime. The KG PTA sponsors a program called the Food Bus, where children are encouraged to safely store any uneaten packaged food or whole fruits purchased from the cafeteria line in a designated refrigerator, as opposed to throwing it away. 

Each Friday, a parent volunteer drives it over to the McLean Baptist Church, where it gets safely stored at SHARE for their Saturday distribution.  Interested in getting involved in this program?  We can use your help! See our Sign Up Genius below for more details. Service hours available if your middle/high-schooler helps you!  Sign up now to help deliver the food every Friday after the last lunch period to McLean Baptist Church. If you have any questions, feel free to email  [email protected].  Thank you for your ongoing support.  We could not do this amazing program without you. 

6TH GRADE PROMOTION - We are looking for form a 6th Grade Promotion Team to help celebrate and send our 6th Graders off and on their way this spring!  If you would like to be a part of the planning and celebration committee, please email Andrea Hager at [email protected]

SPIRIT WEAR & CLASS SHIRTS: While we offer many styles in our current in-stock shop Spirit Wear, we have also launched an on-demand spirit wear store: kgpride.itemorder.com  Families can find a wide range of items for both kids & adults with merchandise options previously not offered.   All items ship directly from the manufacturer to the customer, and new styles and colors will be added shortly. Class Shirts for each grade level are still available to buy - Click here!

DONATION DRIVE FOR REFUGEES:As a KG Family, we have been supporting the Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center, a 501(c)3  organization that provides resettlement services to newly arrived refugees.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You can drop off items at Mariam Afzal's home - please email [email protected] for the address. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or [email protected]

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