Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Upcoming Dates:
January 18- No School, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
January 20- No School, Inauguration Day
January 21 - Immersion Information Night 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Link below
January 21 - PTA Meeting - Virtual link in PTA website or ROAR
January 21 - Rising 7th Longfellow Virtual Family Registration Night 6-7 PM
January 22- End of 2nd Quarter, Two Hour Early Release Day for Students
January 25- No School, Teacher Work DayNote from Administration
Please do note that there are many holidays and calendar changes in January. The important dates are detailed above, please do place them on your calendar and share with your child(ren).
We will be remitting information on some of the upcoming assessments that are required for some of our student population. The teachers will be remitting information directly to each parent as needed regarding the Universal Screener etc.
The state of Virginia (DOE) is reviewing the requirement of the Standards of Learnings. We have learned that their first decision affects the History SOL for fourth graders. This year, the students will participate in a Problem Based Learning activity that will provide a platform for the students to acquire content knowledge and develop deeper understanding while using the 21st century skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. We will continue to update you on other assessments.
Please note that we want all parents to sign up for ParentVue as we will not be remitting hard copies of progress reports by mail. Please see the information below for additional insight on how to register/sign up.
We are excited to have a yearbook this year. We will need all students to remit a picture. We will remit a separately News You Choose this week for you to review and submit a photo/portrait of your child/ren. Also remind your child to submit a yearbook cover. We are looking forward to their creativity submissions!
Enjoy the long weekend and be safe!
Holly McGuigan, Principal
Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 25. Current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2021-22 school year.
The kindergarten DLI programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell and Spanish is available at Bailey’s Primary, Fort Hunt, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade DLI programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.Immersion Information Night - January 21st 5:30 - 6:30
Kent Gardens will host a virtual immersion information night on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The World Languages webpage has additional information regarding the lottery at this link. To join the session at 5:30 p.m. use this link. The World Languages office will provide information on the various immersion programs in the county including Kent Gardens’ program. Immersion teachers from Kent Gardens will also be present virtually. The lottery application date is for rising first graders (there is no kindergarten program) is January 25 – February 18. The link for more information about the immersion program is here. The application link is here. Please email Holly McGuigan, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Talley at email@example.com or Tia Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.ParentVue - Progress Report View
SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. In order to view your child's progress report, you should use this option in order to download a pdf version of the progress report. ES parents/guardians should “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. Here are directions to download your child's progress report from the past quarter and to save for the next quarter.
If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, email@example.com to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account OverviewYearbook - We Want Your Child's Submission for the Cover! Attention Kent Gardens ARTISTS!!!
Draw, paint, or sketch a piece of art for the Kent Gardens Yearbook! The front and back cover image will be featured by two or possibly designs from students in grades K-6. In addition, artwork from grades K-6 will be featured on each grades’ title page. This contest is open to ALL students in grades K-6. The criteria is as follows:
- Art needs to include the proper school name, (Kent Gardens Elementary with no abbreviations) and school year (2020-2021). Write clearly and avoid typos.
- This year’s theme is “Kent Gardens Lions #strongertogether and #stilloneschool”.
- You may also draw about how "Kent Gardens Lions thrive during virtual learning".
- Artwork needs to be on an 8.5” x 11” or 9”x 12” sheet of white paper.
- Artwork needs to be positioned vertically in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
- All artwork must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.
- All artwork must be original and individually done.
- Check that everything is spelled correctly and remember to color in completely and write neatly!
Ask your Art Teacher to show how to take a high-quality photo of your work for submission. Submissions MUST include students First Name, Last Name, and Grade! Submissions can be emailed to your art teachers: Ms. Devlin firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Ms. Butler firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.comPositivity Project: Perseverance
The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere are able to set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
-MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.Want to Participate in a Science Exploration?
Climate Lions will be an after school program at Kent Gardens Elementary School introducing students to climate topics from global warming, rising sea levels, deforestation, and tropical storms. It will run after school on January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 from 4:00-4:45 for students in grades 4-6. The program will feature FCPS high school volunteers from Youth Climate Action Team Inc. (www.ycatinc.com), a national 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, and McLean Science National Honor Society. These groups aim to foster student engagement, classmate bonding, and socio-emotional wellness in the virtual setting through interactive environmental activities, videos, debates, slideshows, etc. Students will be able to learn from students from their generation who understand the difficulties of learning in the virtual format firsthand. Join Climate Lions to safeguard planet Earth and have fun in the process! Sign up here for your child to participate in this wonderful opportunity.Rising Kindergarten Student 2021-22 School Year
Do you have a rising kindergarten? We will be scheduling a meeting in the spring to welcome you to Kent Gardens! You may register prior to the event by completing the FCPS registration forms and remitting your registration documents to Tracy Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org . In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete this form. Completion will help us with placement information and ensure that we have proper staffing based on enrollment. To ensure that you receive future communications, we encourage you to self-enroll and subscribe to News You Choose and select Kent Gardens. We look forward to seeing and meeting your child in 2021-2022.
Hurry! Kent Gardens' Virtual International Festival will kick off soon. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sign up here by Friday, January 22nd. Please also submit your videos for the Virtual Flag Parade here by January 22!
1) Select a country/region. If selecting the USA please specify the state or territory. All are welcome to participate (you do not need to be a national of your chosen country).
2) Visit the International Festival's website here and upload your videos/pictures for the Arts & Crafts, Country Displays, Cooking Tutorials, Photo Album and Talent Show.
NEW!: Visit the Languages section here to show your #kgpride in a different language and translate #strongertogether and #stilloneschool.
Finally, mark your calendars for our LIVE online classes --Languages, Wellness, Cooking, Martial Arts, and more-- to be held after school on February 1-15. If you have any questions please contact Miriam Gomez at email@example.com.Rising 7th Grade Longfellow Virtual Registration
Virtual Family Registration Night- January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Please bring your students and join us for Family Registration Night. Longfellow counselors will walk you through the process of how to select courses and be available to answer questions. Click here to join this event. Please visit Longfellow's website if you need additional guidance.
Elementary Visits- January-February
Longfellow counselors will be visiting your student’s 6th grade class to help support the registration process and answer any questions they may have. Dates will be scheduled in collaboration with each individual elementary school.
1717 Melbourne Drive, McLean, VA 22101 | Phone: 703.394.5600
Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu