Summer Continuity of Learning and Reading!

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Summer Continuity of Learning

All elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in summer Continuity of Learning June 29th - July 31st. Students/parents may OPT out.  If you have opted out and wish to receive the packets, we will provide a link in our next mailing.  FCPS webpage also includes resources, click the link here.

    • Students in grades K-6 will receive two Essentials Summer Practice Books (one math and one language arts) that will review key content from this school year. The book will include a letter to families, learning outcomes, Inquiry based “Learning Quest” activities.  Answer guides will be posted electronically, and math answers will be in booklets.
    • Virtual resources will be available on Blackboard 24-7.  In addition, students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. Teachers will share log in information during upcoming virtual sessions.
    • A Kent Gardens teacher will be available to meet virtually with students to do check-ins and support student learning from Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 31 To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this google form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. Office hours are intended to be a time where students who have been registered can ask questions or receive support with that week’s Essentials Summer Practice Book content. 
    • Staffing will include a grade level teacher for K-6, ESOL, and one special education teacher.  Those who have registered will receive detailed information regarding the hours. The office hours are also posted on our Kent Gardens website.
    • Lexia and Dreambox will be available for student use during the summer.  At this point, your child’s current Blackboard 24/7 curriculum will not be available due to maintenance. The summer Continuity of Learning (COL) will have a 24/7 curriculum available to you with inquiry-based lessons.
FCPS Summer Reading Adventure

This summer, readers of all ages will have the opportunity to play a gameboard where they can complete a series of challenges, read books of their choice, or a mix of both depending on their interests and preferences. Youth game boards will be available in English and Spanish. These went live on June 12th and extend through August 14th - the theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Additional information can be found here and is shared in detail below:

 

  • All participants should sign up online using our Summer Reading App prior to downloading a personal gameboard.
  • All game board PDFs are clickable and every challenge piece will link back to a page on our website with additional details, resources, and related enrichment activities for participants who want to go the extra mile;
  • As participants play the game and hit their milestones, they will be entered into prize drawings for one of two Amazon gift cards in each age category (preschool, school-age, teen, and adult). The 1st milestone prize is $50, the 2nd is $100, and the 3rd is $150. They will submit their information to us via a Survey Monkey form for each milestone. Links to the surveys are embedded into each milestone piece in the game and are available on our website;
  • Readers who sign up on the first day of the program (June 12) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 e-gift card from Scrawl Books;
  • Participants who complete all three challenges by August 14 will be entered into a grand-prize drawing for Washington Nationals ticket prize pack for them and their family to enjoy once games resume;
  • There is also a Summer Reading Adventure 2020 playlist on YouTube that features promo videos with basic information about the program (in English and Spanish) as well as short book talks for preschoolers, school-age kids, and teens. We will be adding additional book talks on Instagram throughout the summer;
  • Connect with our FCPS librarians on social media! @FairfaxLibrary on Instagram and Twitter and @Fairfax County Library on Facebook;
  • Our virtual programs will continue all summer long and information about those can be found on our events calendar
School News
  • Yearbook Information: We have sold out of yearbooks at the school!! If you would still like to purchase a yearbook, you may do so by contacting the company directly.  The total cost will be $35.00 which includes shipping directly to your home. You may email the company directly at  yearbooks@scherlingschoolpics.com.  
  • Parent Coffee: We will advertise parent coffees during the summer via News You Choose and social media. Stay tuned!
  • For Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Graders: 2020-2021 Strings and Band Program Registration Form: We are very proud of our Strings and Band programs at Kent Gardens. Students learn how to play an instrument and experience the joy of performing with others.  Fourth grade students are given the option of joining Strings (almost all students participate), while Fifth and Sixth grade students are given the option of joining/continuing Strings OR joining Band (almost all students participate in one or the other). Since the school building and music stores are currently closed, to help your child choose an instrument, the teachers have prepared a video to introduce the various instrument choices. The videos and registration form are found at https://forms.gle/5nyDJYqua4Frj7no9 
  • For Rising 5th and 6th Graders: Kent Gardens Patrol Application 2020-21 Due June 15, 2020: Patrols play an integral part in ensuring the safety of our students at Kent Gardens.  They serve as models of good behavior and examples of what it means to be a good citizen and to look out for others.  Patrols are selected based upon progress reports and teacher recommendations. They help on the buses, in the kiss n' ride, with younger students, and at dismissal.   If you have a child who is a rising 5th or 6th grader at Kent Gardens and interested in becoming a patrol, please fill out the form at this link: https://forms.gle/GbU6w5n58a7VRv7k6
  • Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartener please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.

 

  • New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration: We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean tadean@fcps.edu.  The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements.

 

  • Enrollment Intentions for 2020-2021: Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to COVID-19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at icharles@fcps.edu to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG 6.9.20 Update

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Summer Technology Updates ~Sarah Talley

Dear Parents - As Kent Gardens' Technology Integration Specialist,it is with great thanks and amazement that I reflect on how our staff, parents and students have all worked together to harness the power of technology to pull off the most drastic change in education - Distance Learning.  Together, we have blazed a trail with great success, thanks to our FCPS technology resources that supported our teaching and student learning.    

As we transition to the summer months, we would like to take this opportunity to share some summer technology safety tips for parents.  Please be aware that Google Apps for Education, MyON, and i-Ready lessons will be available to students all summer. Please talk with your child regularly about their online habits and interactions.  Do they speak about them positively?   What online books/posts/articles are they reading?  Are they showing their #kgpride? As with any online experience, we encourage parents to monitor what students are viewing and assist them as they navigate the digital world.

As parents you have the option of resetting the password if needed.  Parents can reset a student password on multiple sites simultaneously which include: Blackboard, Google Apps, MyON, etc. The site to reset the passwork is: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/password-management.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for password reset options and click on “Students” at the bottom.   Log in with your child’s username and password – the same one they have used the entire year.  On the second screen, simply enter a new password of your choosing twice and then keep that password secret.  This will NOT reset the password of any other personal email or other online accounts your child may maintain outside of the FCPS network.  Only their FCPS accounts will be affected. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at sjtalley@fcps.edu and I will be happy to help in any way I can.  Please have a happy and safe summer!

 

FCPS Laptops – Student Loans:  Over the past few weeks, we have loaned well over 100 laptops to students in our community.   As we expect that students will continue to engage in educational opportunities over the summer, most students may keep their loaned FCPS laptops over the summer. For those students who will not be returning to an FCPS school next year AND will not be engaging in summer learning should return their laptops. Please contact Terri Pendleton at tlpendleton@fpcs.edu.

FCPS Summer Reading Adventure

This summer, readers of all ages will have the opportunity to play a gameboard where they can complete a series of challenges, read books of their choice, or a mix of both depending on their interests and preferences. Youth game boards will be available in English and Spanish. These will go live on June 12th and extend through August 14th - the theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Additional information can be found here and is shared in detail below:

  • All participants should sign up online using our Summer Reading App prior to downloading a personal gameboard.
  • All game board PDFs are clickable and every challenge piece will link back to a page on our website with additional details, resources, and related enrichment activities for participants who want to go the extra mile;
  • As participants play the game and hit their milestones, they will be entered into prize drawings for one of two Amazon gift cards in each age category (preschool, school-age, teen, and adult). The 1st milestone prize is $50, the 2nd is $100, and the 3rd is $150. They will submit their information to us via a Survey Monkey form for each milestone. Links to the surveys are embedded into each milestone piece in the game and are available on our website;
  • Readers who sign up on the first day of the program (June 12) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 e-gift card from Scrawl Books;
  • Participants who complete all three challenges by August 14 will be entered into a grand-prize drawing for Washington Nationals ticket prize pack for them and their family to enjoy once games resume;
  • There is also a Summer Reading Adventure 2020 playlist on YouTube that features promo videos with basic information about the program (in English and Spanish) as well as short book talks for preschoolers, school-age kids, and teens. We will be adding additional book talks on Instagram throughout the summer;
  • Connect with our FCPS librarians on social media! @FairfaxLibrary on Instagram and Twitter and @Fairfax County Library on Facebook;
  • Our virtual programs will continue all summer long and information about those can be found on our events calendar
Summer Continuity of Learning, June 29 – July 31  

All elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in summer Continuity of Learning. Students/parents may OPT out (link to be provided).  If you have opted out and wish to receive the packets, we will provide a link in our next mailing.  FCPS webpage also includes resources, click the link here.

    • Students in grades K-6 will receive two Essentials Summer Practice Books (one math and one language arts) that will review key content from this school year. The book will include a letter to families, learning outcomes, Inquiry based “Learning Quest” activities.  Answer guides will be posted electronically, and math answers will be in booklets.
    • Virtual resources will be available on Blackboard 24-7.  In addition, students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. Teachers will share log in information during upcoming virtual sessions.
    • A Kent Gardens teacher will be available to meet virtually with students to do check-ins and support student learning from Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 31 To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this google form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. Office hours are intended to be a time where interested students can ask questions or receive support with that week’s Essentials Summer Practice Book content. We will release the office hours to parents who complete the google form for privacy purposes.
    • Staffing will include a grade level teacher for K-6, ESOL, and one special education teacher.  Those enrolled will receive detailed information regarding the hours.
    • Lexia and Dreambox will be available for student use during the summer.  At this point, your child’s current Blackboard 24/7 curriculum will not be available due to maintenance. The summer Continuity of Learning (COL) will have a 24/7 curriculum available to you with inquiry-based lessons.
Community Rally organized by McLean HS Students

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KG 6.7.20 Updates

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A Note from School Administrators! 

Dear Kent Gardens Parents,

As we close the year, we would love to thank our parents and volunteers for ALL that you have done!  It is without question, that we cannot achieve all that we do without your support!  We would like to personally thank Bethany Nguyen and the rest of the PTA Board for the many hours that you have given to support the school, teachers and parents😊  A fond farewell to Bethany Nguyen as our PTA President as we welcome Elise Moss to this role.  Bethany, we thank you for all your work and support and know that we will still be working with you!

As we aren’t able thank all you in person, Brittany Oakley, on behalf of our Social Committee, produced a short video from the teachers and staff to express our gratitude.  Once again, thanking you for your time and support at the school!  We also would like to thank Lida Saeedian for painting plaques for our KG PTA.  They were delivered personally to them this week - a few pictures are highlighted below. As many of you know, Lida retired during the school year – but we still miss her and appreciate her!

We would also like to update all of you with respect to staffing changes and we will also welcome our new staff members.

  • Goodbye to Susan Bennett Spellman, who has spent many years at Kent Gardens. She is retiring and will spent time at home with her husband.  We wish her well and are sad to see her go!
  • Jillian Bowden will transition to a middle school. She will be closer to home and will also fulfill a dream of instructing at a middle school.
  • Ashlee Sisson, recently married, will transition to teaching at an international school in Germany. She will instruct sixth and seventh graders in reading and writing. 
  • Christina Cronin has accepted a position at an elementary school that is walking distance from her house. She will have more flexibility in her schedule and will have more time with her son.
  • Anna Goldstein has accepted an elementary position that will also position her closer to her new residence.
  • Megan Kendall has accepted a second-grade position that will also place her closer to her home that will help her have flexibility in her schedule and care for her parents.
  • Laura Stephenson is moving back to Texas with her husband and family yet one more time.
  • Catherine De Lucien will depart to Utah to instruct first grade immersion there. She will be closer to her grandchildren!
  • Lisa Caplis will transition to another art position. We are grateful for her stepping in mid-year!
  • Kelly McKee Palko will transition back to middle school. She is excited to be 5 minutes from her house.

We are fully staffed for the next school year. We are excited that we have hired experienced teachers.  We will be sharing additional information with you soon.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful summer and stay healthy.  We will be in touch as we plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year!  Thanks again for your support and a great school year.

Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                           Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

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Summer Continuity of Learning June 29th – July 31st
  • All elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in summer Continuity of Learning. Students/parents may OPT out (link to be provided).  If you have opted out and wish to receive the packets, we will provide a link in our next mailing.  FCPS webpage also includes resources, click the link here.
    • Students in grades K-6 will receive two Essentials Summer Practice Books (one math and one language arts) that will review key content from this school year. The book will include a letter to families, learning outcomes, Inquiry based “Learning Quest” activities.  Answer guides will be posted electronically, and math answers will be in booklets.
    • Virtual resources will be available on Blackboard 24-7.  In addition, students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. Teachers will share log in information during upcoming virtual sessions.
    • A Kent Gardens teacher will be available to meet virtually with students to do check-ins and support student learning from Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 31 To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this google form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. Office hours are intended to be a time where interested students can ask questions or receive support with that week’s Essentials Summer Practice Book content. We will release the office hours to parents who complete the google form for privacy purposes.
    • Staffing will include a grade level teacher for K-6, ESOL, and one special education teacher. 
    • Lexia and Dreambox will be available for student use during the summer.  At this point, your child’s current Blackboard 24/7 curriculum will not be available due to maintenance. The summer Continuity of Learning (COL) will have a 24/7 curriculum available to you with inquiry-based lessons.

 

School News

Parent Coffees:  We will have our last Parent Coffee of the 2019-2020 School Year, this Tuesday, June 9th at 8 am to continue to share information available regarding school updates. We will advertise parent coffees during the summer via News You Choose and social media. You can participate by accessing the link here.

For Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Graders: 2020-2021 Strings and Band Program Registration Form:  We are very proud of our Strings and Band programs at Kent Gardens. Students learn how to play an instrument and experience the joy of performing with others.  Fourth grade students are given the option of joining Strings (almost all students participate), while Fifth and Sixth grade students are given the option of joining/continuing Strings OR joining Band (almost all students participate in one or the other). Since the school building and music stores are currently closed, to help your child choose an instrument, the teachers have prepared a video to introduce the various instrument choices. The videos and registration form are found at https://forms.gle/5nyDJYqua4Frj7no9 

For Rising 5th and 6th Graders:  Kent Gardens Patrol Application 2020-21 Due June 15, 2020: Patrols play an integral part in ensuring the safety of our students at Kent Gardens.  They serve as models of good behavior and examples of what it means to be a good citizen and to look out for others.  Patrols are selected based upon progress reports and teacher recommendations. They help on the buses, in the kiss n' ride, with younger students, and at dismissal.   If you have a child who is a rising 5th or 6th grader at Kent Gardens and interested in becoming a patrol, please fill out the form at this link: https://forms.gle/GbU6w5n58a7VRv7k6

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartener please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form

 

New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration:  We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean tadean@fcps.edu.  The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements.

 

Enrollment Intentions for 2020-2021:  Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to COVID-19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at icharles@fcps.edu to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Online Summer Arts Enrichment Program Opportunity

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG Community Message 6.4.20

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Dear Kent Gardens Parents,

We are reaching out to our community to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country. Kent Gardens administrators and staff remain committed to providing a safe, welcoming and supportive learning environment for all our students. Our work is deeply embedded in equitable and respectful practices. Our Kent Gardens’ community works together to support and provide equal access and opportunities for every student, every family, no matter what. Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in our community. These challenging times are when we need each other most. While we are socially distanced, never forget that we are always here for each other. 

Over the past few years, Kent Gardens and other FCPS staff  engaged in trainings on the issue of equity and cultural responsiveness.  This work has enhanced our instruction, family engagement efforts and hiring.  At Kent Gardens, as proud “lions,” we have common language ingrained in our #kgpride slogan.  We teach students to be proud of who they are, because we are “patient, respectful, inclusive, doing our best and excited to learn.”  This language is even more appropriate now when we look towards the next school year, 2020-2021, and explore how to create an inclusive community that is respectful of all its members, patient when conflicts arise, and can bring out the best in each of us as we learn together.  We are committed to continuing to promote inclusive communities where diversity is valued and celebrated. We have also embraced the Positivity Project that truly embraces supporting all students regardless of race, religions or heritage.  Bottom line, we are part of the Kent Gardens family.

 

Through the training we have received, our staff is prepared to talk with students about what racism is and why it is not acceptable.  We plan to continue to work together to identify ways to continue these important conversations with our staff and students into the next school year.  In our classrooms and within our school community, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that allow injustice.  Each school in FCPS has an Equity Lead, who partners with the principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We have participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

Below are resources that have been compiled to support parents in talking with your children.

We are here to stand together and be stronger together.  Yesterday, our staff met to discuss these very issues and the emotion was real and acknowledged.  We will stand strong to work together as a community and continue this important work. #kgpride #strongertogether

 

Warmly,

 

Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                           Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG 5.31.20 Update - Student Belongings

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Note from KG Leadership - Student Belongings/Yearbook Last Call

Dear Kent Gardens Families,

We will hold our final distribution of student belongings and yearbooks on Tuesday, June 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  We have had 3 opportunities for student belongings to be picked up.  This will be the last time made available. Should you have questions for the yearbook, please email tnhawkins@fcps.edu.  Should you have questions regarding student belongings, please email either psmcgrath@fcps.edu or hsmcguigan@fcps.edu.

We have held two sessions for medicine pick up and Mrs. McGrath has personally contacted all parents.  If you still need to pick up your medication, please email Pier McGrath at psmcguigan@fcps.edu.

Our teachers have packed up the student items and placed in bags. Note that some families may choose not to pick up the students’ belongings. If that is your decision, please complete the google form ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT PICKING UP the student belongings. This form will allow us to dispose of the belongings immediately.

We have also collected many students’ jackets left in the classrooms.  We will hang the clothing on the fence for your retrieval. Note that only one person per car may approach the fence to retrieve the item.  The items will be donated if left at the school. 

Directions for Student Belonging Pick Up

The following steps should be taken:

Review the Health Screening Questionnaire – if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, let administration know that you will need to delay pick up at this time.

  • Please come between 9 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The names of your children should be displayed in the passenger window. (see next bullet).
  • On an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, print the student’s first and last name (include all students in the family) on a piece of paper and tape it to the front, passenger window before coming to Kent Gardens ES. If you are picking up a yearbook, you should write Yearbook Only with your child's last and first name.  If you are picking up both items, please note Student Belongings and Yearbook with your child’s last and first name.
  • The KG staff will direct you to turn into the bus loop for student belongings and then to kiss and ride for the yearbook. When directed, please open your trunk or sliding door if you have the capacity to do so without getting out of your vehicle.  If not, please be sure it is unlocked.
  • If you have items for drop off. We will not be collecting laptops at this time. The items we will collect include:
    • Library books (place in bag)
    • Classroom books (place in bag)
    • School instruments (6th graders ONLY)
  • Please place in trunk in a bag or in sliding door area and the staff will retrieve. You should not get out of the car. The staff will grab the bag and will place the student belongings in your car. Closer to the end of the school year there will be an opportunity to return laptops if you are not continuing in an FCPS school. If you are staying in FCPS and continuing in your music program you will be able to keep your instrument for the summer.
  • Lost and Found items will be displayed along the fence in the Kiss and Ride area. You may drive through as directed by staff as need be.  Note that only one family member should get out to retrieve the item.

Health Screening Questionnaire

  • Before signing up, and then again before coming to the school, please review the health questionnaire and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions do not come to drop-off or pick-up of materials.
  • Do you have a cough and/or sore throat? Yes_____ No _____
  • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)? Yes______ No______
  • Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe? Yes_____ No____
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? Yes____ No_____
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? --Yes____ No_____

**If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you cannot come up to the school and will need to be rescheduled.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this process. As mentioned, please wear a mask when you arrive at the school and do not get out of your car.

Yours in Health!  Virtually ~The School Leadership Team

Holly McGuigan, Pier McGrath, Tia Hawkins, Sarah Talley, Gail Barnett, and Sheri Emory

School News

Yearbooks and Student Belongings: We will have one final distribution on Tuesday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.  We have had 3 opportunities for student belongings to be picked up.  This will be the last time made available. Should you have questions for the yearbook, please email tnhawkins@fcps.edu.  Should you have questions regarding student belongings, please email either psmcgrath@fcps.edu or hsmcguigan@fcps.edu

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd  by accessing here

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartner please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form

 

Kindergarten Orientation – We enjoyed see everyone at our orientation.  Here is the link if you wish to review and share with other family members.

 

New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration:  We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean tadean@fcps.edu.  The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements.

 

Enrollment Intentions for 2020-2021:  Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to COVID-19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at icharles@fcps.edu to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Positivity Character Strength: The character strength for the week of May 31 – June 6 is 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 can 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.

 

Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7.

 

Sixth Grade News – Rising Longfellow Students: Longfellow is excited to host the virtual Jump Start to Success program to help rising 7th graders with their transition to middle school. The program is open and free to all rising 7th graders and will consist of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities for students. Students will meet their administrators, counselors, and teachers virtually. They will take a virtual tour of Longfellow and learn how to use a locker and how to read their schedule. They will also learn time management techniques, test testing anxiety tips, and a number of other activities geared to teach them about life as a middle school student.  The dates for the program have not been determined just yet but we will continue to update you weekly in our Keep In Touch Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows, rtbarrows1@fcps.edu

 

Parent Transition: Longfellow MS will host a virtual “How to Thrive at Longfellow” program for parents.  The date is TBD, as we feel it is best to learn more about what next year will look like, before advising parents on how to help their children prepare for middle school.  The Thrive program will be live (and also recorded).  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Thanks to our sixth grade parents for helping us show our #kgpride - we will miss our sixth graders - hard to say farewell!

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Student Belonging Distribution - Last Call!

Dear Kent Gardens Families,

We are well into our second day of the student belongings distribution.  We still have many student items in the building.  If you have not signed up for a slot, please do so today.  Our final pick up day is tomorrow so please note the information below to sign up.

Note that some families may choose not to pick up the students’ belongings. If that is your decision, please complete the google form ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT PICKING UP the student belongings. This form will allow us to dispose of the belongings immediately.

In addition, we have held two sessions for medicine pick up.  If you still would like to pick up your medication, please email Pier McGrath at psmcgrath@fcps.edu.

We have also collected many students’ jackets left in the classrooms.  We will hang the clothing on the fence for your retrieval. Note that only one person per car may approach the fence to retrieve the item.  The items will be donated if left at the school. 

Directions for Student Belonging Pick Up

Our final distribution day is Thursday - May 28th. The following steps should be taken:

Review the Health Screening Questionnaire – if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, let administration know that you will need to delay pick up at this time.

 

 

  • Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment and wear a mask. You will be greeted as you drive into the Kent Gardens. The names of your children should be displayed in the passenger window. (see next bullet).

 

  • On an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, print the student’s first and last name (include all students in the family) on a piece of paper and tape it to the front, passenger window before coming to Kent Gardens ES.

 

  • The KG staff will direct you to turn into the bus loop. When directed, please open your trunk or sliding door if you have the capacity to do so without getting out of your vehicle. If not, please be sure it is unlocked.

 

  • If you have items for drop off. We will not be collecting laptops at this time. These include:
  • Library books (place in bag)
  • Classroom books (place in bag)
  • School instruments (6th graders ONLY)
  • Please place in trunk in a bag or in sliding door area and the staff will retrieve. You should not get out of the car. The staff will grab the bag and will place the student belongings in your car. Closer to the end of the school year there will be an opportunity to return laptops if you are not continuing in an FCPS school. If you are staying in FCPS and continuing in your music program you will be able to keep your instrument for the summer.
  • Lost and Found items will be displayed along the fence in the Kiss and Ride area. You may drive through as directed by staff as need be.  Note that only one family member should get out to retrieve the item.

Health Screening Questionnaire

  • Before signing up, and then again before coming to the school, please review the health questionnaire and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions do not come to drop-off or pick-up of materials.
  • Do you have a cough and/or sore throat? Yes_____ No _____
  • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)? Yes______ No______
  • Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe? Yes_____ No____
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? Yes____ No_____
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? --Yes____ No_____

**If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you cannot come up to the school and will need to be rescheduled.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this process. As mentioned, please wear a mask when you arrive at the school and do not get out of your car.

Yours in Health!  Virtually ~The School Leadership Team

Holly McGuigan, Pier McGrath, Tia Hawkins, Sarah Talley, Gail Barnett and      Sheri Emory

 

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School Distribution Information and Sign Up

Dear Kent Gardens Families,

As we approach the close of the school year, we will begin the process of distributing student items left at school.  We will also collect items loaned out to students by Kent Gardens – these items include library books, classroom books and instruments (6th graders only). Detailed information is shared below.

We have held two sessions for medicine pick up.  If you still would like to pick up your medication, please email Pier McGrath at psmcgrath@fcps.edu.

Our teachers have packed up the student items and placed in bags. Note that some families may choose not to pick up the students’ belongings. If that is your decision, please complete the google form ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT PICKING UP the student belongings. This form will allow us to dispose of the belongings immediately.

We have also collected many students’ jackets left in the classrooms.  We will hang the clothing on the fence for your retrieval. Note that only one person per car may approach the fence to retrieve the item.  The items will be donated to SHARE if left at the school. 

Directions for Student Belonging Pick Up

We will begin distributing student belongings on Tuesday- May 26th, Wednesday - May 27th and Thursday - May 28th. The following steps should be taken:

Review the Health Screening Questionnaire – if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, let administration know that you will need to delay pick up at this time.

  • Sign up for a time slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4FAEAB2DA13-student. Note we may expand the times based on need on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment and wear a mask. You will be greeted as you drive into the Kent Gardens. The names of your children should be displayed in the passenger window. (see next bullet).
  • On an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, print the student’s first and last name (include all students in the family) on a piece of paper and tape it to the front passenger window before coming to Kent Gardens ES.
  • The KG staff will direct you to turn into the bus loop. When directed, please open your trunk or sliding door if you have the capacity to do so without getting out of your vehicle  If not, please be sure it is unlocked. The staff will be masked and wearing gloves.
  • If you have items for drop off please follow directions below. Note, we will not be collecting laptops at this time. Items we will collect include:
    • Library books (place in bag)
    • Classroom books (place in bag)
    • School instruments (6th graders ONLY)
  • Please place in trunk in a bag or in sliding door area and the staff will retrieve. You should not get out of the car. The staff will grab the bag and will place the student belongings in your car. Closer to the end of the school year there will be an opportunity to return laptops if you are not continuing in an FCPS school or are changing schools. If you are staying in FCPS and continuing in your music program (Grades 4 and 5) you will be able to keep your instrument for the summer.
  • Lost and Found items will be displayed along the fence in the Kiss and Ride area. You may drive through as directed by staff as need be.  Note that only one family member should get out to retrieve the item.

Health Screening Questionnaire

  • Before signing up, and then again before coming to the school, please review the health questionnaire and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions do not come to drop-off or pick-up of materials.
  • Do you have a cough and/or sore throat? Yes_____ No _____
  • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)? Yes______ No______
  • Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe? Yes_____ No____
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? Yes____ No_____
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? --Yes____ No_____

**If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you cannot come up to the school and will need to be rescheduled.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this process. As mentioned, please wear a mask when you arrive at the school and do not get out of your car.

Yours in Health!  Virtually ~The School Leadership Team

Holly McGuigan,Pier McGrath,Tia Hawkins,Sarah Talley,Gail Barnett, and Sheri Emory

School Updates:

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will continue to be held on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, May 26th  - tomorrow -  by accessing here

Yearbooks: The yearbooks look fabulous!  They will arrive in early June. We will let you know when and how the distribution will take place soon! A special thanks to Heather Devlin for supporting the creation!

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartner please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form

Kindergarten Orientation – We enjoyed see everyone at our orientation.  Here is the link if you wish to review and share with other family members.

New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration:  We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean tadean@fcps.edu.   The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements and in the kinder registration information above.

Enrollment Intentions for 2020-21:  Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to Covid-19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at icharles@fcps.edu to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-21 school year.

Positivity Character Strength: Bravery is the character strength for the week of May 24th – 30th.  Bravery refers to voluntary (not coerced) action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgement; the brave person must understand the risks and consequences involved in acting. Bravery can take many forms. Physical bravery involves overcoming fear of bodily injury. Moral bravery occurs when a person does what he/she believes is right in the face of social consequences. Mental bravery occurs when people overcome their everyday fears and anxieties. Individuals with this strength might be described as…courageous, heroic, daring, valiant, noble, or valorous.

Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7. We invite you to engage in wellness family challenges that will keep you upbeat and happy and encourage you to utilize any of the resources that may be helpful to you and your child. Other resources include the FCPS webpage for resources. Here is a link for free webinars that might support your family as well.

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Administration Update

Dear Parents,

Thanks again for your continued support during Distance Learning. Currently, all of our teachers are working collaboratively to share Best Practices in Distance Learning and also incorporate new learning around tools to use to engage students virtually. Some of our recent fun and successes include the following:

  • Second Graders and Third Graders are going on virtual field trips! Acknowledging that we missed spring break and all are getting a little anxious to travel, it is a wonderful opportunity to explore new places virtually!
  • Fifth Grade is exploring a new software tool, Go Formative, that provides engagement and the ability to edit student documents within the google document.
  • Fourth Grade and other grade levels have been exploring Pear Deck which gives the immediate ability to provide feedback.
  • First Grade has been using Number Sense routines to engage students and have upcoming animal research projects.
  • Kindergartners have been exploring community workers by interviewing a police officer and a mailman and more!  
  • Sixth Graders are building a 3D design using surface area and volume and created a flier to plan an alternate 6th grade farewell party and there is more to come!

This important learning and exploration will continue as we work to strengthen our virtual instruction.  In addition, we are continuing to reach out to small groups of students and ensure that all are connecting.  Please do reach out if your child needs additional support.  We are always open to your input.

We will host a virtual Kindergarten Orientation!  Please join us on March 22nd at 8 a.m.  You will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and enjoy learning about the curriculum. Join us at this link and note that if you have not joined a session prior you should use Google Chrome.  You should refresh your browser if you don’t have access on the first try. Also be sure and close VPN and other applications that might interfere with your microphone or audio.

As stated last week, we will continue with the Parent Coffees. If you have questions, please input your questions here.  If you wish to ask and share during the morning coffee that is fine as well.  The link to the Tuesday Parent Coffee is here.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8 a.m. which should avoid any conflicts with the virtual learning. 

Note that we are making plans for collection of student items and medicines.

  • Medicine pick up is scheduled for this upcoming week. Mrs. McGrath has reached out personally to parents for pick up.
  • Teachers are packing student items. We will distribute by family based on last name. Detailed information with dates will be forthcoming. Our possible start date is May 27, please stay tuned.
  • Library books will be collected. Library books should be placed in a plastic bag – we will not accept loose books. We will collect these on the date that the student belongings will be distributed - stay tuned. 
  • Instruments that are in your possession that belong to the FCPS, may be kept over the summer. Please do have your child continue to practice! If you have a sixth grader with a school owned instrument, please do contact either Art Pittman or Ted Frederick or Anita Su.
  • Student instruments – we have five left in our possession. Some are unmarked.  Please do reach out to one of the administrators so that we can coordinate pick up.

Sixth grade room parents remitted information to the students regarding the Virtual Farewell ceremony. Please have your child send in his/her video!

FCPS leadership developed and worked with the School Board to continue distance learning for students over the summer. This learning will continue virtually. There will be additional information shared going forth.  Plan on future communications that will support continued learning over the summer.

Warmly and virtually,

Holly McGuigan                Pier McGrath                                 Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal                         Assistant Principal

School News

Kindergarten Orientation: With our school building closed, we invite you to join us for a Kindergarten Orientation Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd at 8:00 a.m. in the virtual world!  We will have a presentation to share about how to prepare your child for Kindergarten, the opportunity to hear from our current Kindergarten teachers, the chance to ask questions of our Administrators, Counselors, and Reading Specialist, and a general introduction to the academics and specials offered to our youngest students.  Please use this link to join our session.  We look forward to “seeing” you!

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartner, please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean, Registrar, by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.  

New Students to Kent Gardens – Registration:  We welcome all new students to Kent Gardens.  You may register by emailing Tracy Dean tadean@fcps.edu.  The registration forms are here.  Please complete the Home Language survey if you speak another language at home. We have also created a google document that will collect academic and other social/emotional behavior information to assist us in placing your child.  You should complete the form for each child.  Note that the kindergarten registration has a separate google form and can be found in our announcements and above in the kindergarten section.

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, May 19 by accessing here

Enrollment Intentions for 2020-21:  Are you leaving Kent Gardens?  We have reached out to many families who indicated that their family would be departing.  Due to Covid - 19, many families have decided to stay and will remain enrolled until their plans are confirmed/adjusted.  Please email Iveliz Charles at icharles@fcps.edu to let us know of your status.  We only need parents to email if your child(ren) will not be enrolled for the 2020-21 school year.

Positivity Character Strength: The character strength for the week of May 18th-22nd is Gratitude. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.  Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness.

Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7. We invite you to engage in wellness family challenges that will keep you upbeat and happy and encourage you to utilize any of the resources that may be helpful to you and your child. Other resources include the FCPS webpage for resources. Here is a link for free webinars that might support your family as well.

Yearbooks: The yearbooks look fabulous!  They will arrive in June. We will let you know when and how the distribution will take place soon! A special thanks to Heather Devlin for supporting the creation!

PTA News:

PTA Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our final PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Meeting information is posted in PTA Facebook and webpage

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Administration Notes 

Dear Parents,

We had a great week with virtual/synchronous learning!  Thanks again for your support of Teacher Appreciation and our teachers’ work.  We are working to connect with all students on a personal level.  Should you feel your child needs some special attention or love – please do reach out to your teacher(s) and/or administration.  We all enjoy making connections and supporting.  Note that the counselors’ corner below also contains information regarding webinars and other ways to support families.   

We will continue with the Parent Coffees. If you have questions, please input your questions here.  If you wish to ask and share during the morning coffee that is fine as well.  The link to the Tuesday Parent Coffee is here.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 8 a.m. which should avoid any conflicts with the virtual learning.  

Note that we are making plans for collection of student items and medicines. We will be releasing information and hope to start distribution the week of May 22nd but note this date may change. Detailed information will be forthcoming. We will also communicate regarding the return of library books and laptops that have been distributed. 

Sixth grade room parents remitted information to the students regarding the Virtual Farewell ceremony. If you haven’t received the information, please do reach out to one of us – the administrators will forward to you.

Other end of year items that we will be communicating about include:

  • Band and Strings Decision/Sign Up
  • Chorus Participation/Sign Up
  • Patrols Sign Up
  • End of Year Class Virtual Celebration

Happy Mother's Day to all!! 

Warmly and virtually,

Holly McGuigan            Pier McGrath                          Tia Hawkins

Principal                        Assistant Principal                  Assistant Principal

School News and Notes

School Updates:

Positivity Character Strength:  The character strength for the week of May 11th- May 15th is Leadership. This strength means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. 

 

Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7. We invite you to engage in wellness family challenges that will keep you upbeat and happy and encourage you to utilize any of the resources that may be helpful to you and your child. Other resources include the FCPS webpage for resources. Here is a link for free webinars that might support your family as well.

 

Specialists Schedule Overview: Click here for a summary of specials for our music, art, P.E., FLES, Band, Strings etc.

 

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartener please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.  We will be holding a virtual kindergarten orientation for our parents.  We will include the link in the next News You Choose and email those parents who have contacted us directly.

 

Essential Standard Documents: Essential Standards documents have been created for PreK-6 across the four core content areas for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Essential standards are identified in reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. To access these Essential Standards documents, click here to navigate to the KGES website.

Class Placement Input:  Click here to complete the google form to have input for the next school year 2020-2021.  Note that we do not accept specific teacher requests.  Due date is May 12, 2020.

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, May 12 by accessing here

PTA News:

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from April 27 to May 10 – Very exciting news! Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started - Happy reading! Last day to order!!

 

PTA Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our final PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Meeting information is posted in PTA Facebook and webpage.

 

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Administration Updates and News

Dear Parents,

We had a great week with virtual/synchronous learning!  The teachers loved seeing the students and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing their creativity around the work products and other news that they shared. Below we have shared some of the products and work! 

Our parent coffee last Tuesday was a success.  Based on parent input, we will host weekly coffees at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays for the next month.  The link to the Parent Coffee is here.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8 a.m. which should avoid interference with the virtual learning.  

We also have had some questions around specialists and have developed a summary of their schedule for your reference.  Note that the access for the specialists’ sessions is as follows:

  • Your child should log into Blackboard Learning 24/7
  • Click on the Specialists tab – (Specialists include: AART, Art, PE, Music, FLES, Library, Band, Strings etc.
  • Click on their individual BBCU link.

Note that the students should continue to use the BBCU access that began this week for their homeroom and second block of content.  Please do star this email from the teacher so your child can easily access.

We have also set up a link as a resource for the essential learning standards. These links are the major content areas of math, language arts, science and social studies.

In addition, we have provided a link in which you can provide input for next year’s class placement. Please complete the google form.  Note that we do not accept specific teacher requests but look to place your child in an appropriate setting that meets his/her needs. The due date is May 12, 2020.

Warmly and virtually,

Holly McGuigan                             Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                                         Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Please do join us in celebrating our fabulous teachers! Some suggestions include:

  • Thank-you emails and e-cards 
  • Gift cards sent electronically--Amazon, food delivery, etc. (Remember to support our local small businesses whenever possible!)
  • Sidewalk chalk a drawing or message for your teachers. Post to the KG PTA Facebook page, or send it to us and we'll post it for you!
  • Signs in your window or in your yard thanking our KG teachers
  • Heartfelt video messages (sent via Flipgrid, etc.)

If your child writes a note to your teacher!  Send your child’s picture with the note (no full names please) to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com and we will post on Facebook to recognize all of their hard work! We look forward to celebrating them every day this week!

Additional School News

Positivity Character Strength:  The character strength for the week of May 4th- May 8th is Leadership. This strength means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. 

 

Counselor Support: The Kent Gardens’ Student Support Team would like to bring attention to the importance of maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle during these unprecedented times. Please visit the Counselor’s Corner on your child’s Blackboard Specialist page in Blackboard Learning 24/7. We invite you to engage in wellness family challenges that will keep you upbeat and happy and encourage you to utilize any of the resources that may be helpful to you and your child. Other resources include the FCPS webpage for resources.

 

Yearbooks: Have you ordered – we had a few parents who wanted one more week!! Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 5/6!  The cost of yearbook is $25.00 Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

 

Specialists Schedule Overview: Click here for a summary of specials for our music, art, P.E., FLES, Band, Strings etc.

 

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartener please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.

 

E-Books are available to check out!  Visit the specialists Blackboard 24/7 course and click on the library tab for instructions on how to access.  Ms. Hershey has ordered over 150 new titles for students to read!

 

Essential Standard Documents: Essential Standards documents have been created for PreK-6 across the four core content areas for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Essential standards are identified in reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. To access these Essential Standards documents, click here to navigate to the KGES website.

 

Class Placement Input:  Click here to complete the google form to have input for the next school year 2020-2021.  Note that we do not accept specific teacher requests.  Due date is May 12, 2020.

 

Parent Coffee: Weekly Parent Coffees will be held through the month of May on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Join us on Tuesday, May 5 by accessing here

PTA News

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from April 27 to May 10 – Very exciting news! Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started - Happy reading!

 

PTA Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our final PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Meeting information is posted in PTA Facebook and webpage

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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A Note from Administration

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thanks for your continued patience with our efforts with distance learning.  We also appreciate your work in supporting your child(ren) as you balance household responsibilities, work commitments and simply life!  As we approach yet one more week at home, please note that each family should find your own balance with schoolwork and other commitments. Note that our staff completely understands the challenges that this pandemic has brought to you and your family. Many of the teachers and staff are balancing the same challenges at home as well. If your child is stressed or your family cannot complete all the work, please just let the teacher know. We are here to support you.  That said, we are also ready to support the continued learning and will celebrate these moments!  See the picture and note below – it will warm your heart!

 

As communicated this week, our goal is to once again continue with live or virtual instruction this week such that the students can reconnect with the teachers and their peers.   We are hopeful that with the new BBCU link, we should be able to bring both routine and structure to your child’s day – and your day!

 

Our specialists will continue to have their links for learning available through the Blackboard Learning 24/7 Specialist button. They will have some ‘live’ classes as well as recorded classes. Note we are not able to replicate the school day, but your child may choose a special (live or recorded) that works for his/her schedule for that day. Our teachers will also have guests who join their morning meetings which will also give our specialists and other staff members an opportunity to join the morning meeting. Note that all teachers will have virtual office hours and students will be able to join as invited or as needed.

 

We will have a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, April 25th at 8 a.m. We will answer questions and respond to any concerns that you may have. The link is here for you to attend.

 

To our parents and teachers, thank you for your patience and supporting all the transitions to connect synchronously and provide instruction for our students.  Kent Gardens will be known for our strength as a community by staying positive as we lean in together and ask how we can support each other!  #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

 

Warmly with fingers crossed,

Holly McGuigan

Warms your heart!  We are here for the students!  #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

School Updates

Yearbooks: Have you ordered – this is absolutely the last call!! Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 4/27!  The cost of yearbook is $25.00 Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

Virtual Parent Coffee:  Tuesday, April 28th at 8 a.m.! The link is here for you to attend.

New BBCU log In for Distance Learning 3.0:

Kent Gardens STUDENTS should:

  • Check their Google fcpsschools.net account later today or tomorrow. They are looking for BBCU Invitee (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) email(s) from their teacher, which contains a link to each class.  Here is a link on how students can check their fcpsschools gmail account. Students should not share links.
  • Watch this video of how to “star” the email for easy access in the future.

What do PARENTS need to do?

  • Help your child check their fcpsschools.net Google email later today or tomorrow morning.  They have gotten an email(s) from BBUC that contains a link they need to access their teacher’s live instruction. Here is a visual guide in a pdf to show how students can check their fcpsschools.net gmail account. Click here
  • Tell your child to ‘star’ and save the email as a favorite in case they need the link(s) later; forward that email to yourself so that you can find it as well.
  • Tell your child to go “in” to the classes at the correct times only. Tell them not to share their codes because if they do and that person logs in before they do, they will NOT be able to get into the classroom.

 

Positivity:  The character strength for the week of April 27th-May 1st is purpose and connection. This strength gives individuals the sense that they are connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people.

 

Mental Health Resources:  Please visit the FCPS webpage for resources. Right now, there are many stressors and there are resources for support.

 

Registration for Kindergarten If you have a rising kindergartner please register by completing the FCPS registration forms and registering with Tracy Dean by emailing  tadean@fcps.edu. In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete the following form.

 

ELearnIT Books are available to check out!  Karen Hershey purchased some additional eBooks - they are ready for check out!  Go to her tab on Blackboard Learning 24/7 or check out this link as well! https://fcps.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-41993961-dt-content-rid-42650266_2/xid-42650266_

 

PTA News:

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from April 27 to May 10 – Very exciting news! Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started - Happy reading!

 

PTA Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for our final PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Meeting information is posted in PTA Facebook and webpage

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KG 4.19.20 Update

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A Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

We are hopeful to return to virtual (synchronous) instruction!  Teachers have worked to update the Blackboard Learning 24/7 sites to incorporate a BBCU button.  Your child should log into his/her Blackboard 24/7 account and click on the BBCU button in order to view the live instruction.  We will continue to reach out to connect with students to ensure they are able to engage in both the synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Some tips for accessing the Blackboard Learning 24/7 and the BBCU:

  • Here is a quick video clip that you may follow to support your child in accessing the above platforms.
  • Use Google Chrome browser and make it your default browser.
  • FCPS has a webpage that also provides updated information on various support with respect to Blackboard Learning 24/7.

 

We look forward to continuing the learning and know that we will get through this!  Our teachers are committed to supporting all students as is your administration.  Let’s presume the positive and lean in together.  We are here to help and support.  Do not hesitate to reach out!

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

Earth Week 2020

Earth Week celebrates its 50th anniversary of the holiday on April 22nd.  We would love to have our students and families support.  Here is a summary of colors to wear and support!  For additional information and ways to support Earth Week, visit the FCPS Get 2 Green website. The Earth Day Bingo is shown below. We would also like to share National Geographic Family Activities that provide additional opportunities to enjoy Earth Week! The link has an animal quiz and other fun activities such as a safari.

FCPS Earth Day Color Themes

Earth Week 2020 – wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

 

Monday, April 20 – Watershed Day (blue)

Tuesday, April 21 – Consumption and Waste Day (red)

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day and Climate Change Day (green)

Thursday, April 23 – Energy Day (yellow)

Friday, April 24 – Arbor Day and Great Outdoors Day (purple)

 

 Join the fun on Twitter – tweet @FCPSGet2Green and use #FCPSEarthWeek  and @KentGardens to tag your posts!  You may also send to GardensKent1717@gmail.com and we will post on Facebook and Twitter.

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Yearbooks: Have you ordered – this is absolutely the last call!! We will not have any extra yearbooks -  Yearbooks are ONLY available to purchase online – note due date 4/27!  Order yearbooks NOW online!  Yearbooks may only be purchased online. The cost of yearbook is $25.00.  All yearbook orders are due by April 27. Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

Positivity:  The character strength for the week of April 20th- 25th is Appreciation of Excellence and Beauty. Appreciating beauty and excellence means that you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. This is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness 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). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. The positive character strength of appreciating beauty and excellence can help support us through our current stressful time. 

PTA News:

Virtual PTA meeting will be on April 22nd at 7 p.m.   Zoom login information is on the KG PTA Facebook and has been remitted this past week.

Local News: 

In alignment with Earth Day, a local arborist,Heath Baumann, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist is hosting a virtual Ask an Arborist Information Session on April 24th at 1 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day.  The info session will include: 

  • a project for kids, 
  • seedling planting how-to, and 
  • a short Q&A session. 

This is a free event open only to the community of McLean. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a seedling tree!

Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/XtQvEJEvy7jy2c4f8

 

Teachers and staff hard at work !  We look forward to a great week!

#kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

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Kent Gardens Learning Update 4.15.20

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Virtual Learning Update 4.15.20 - Kent Gardens 

Dear Kent Gardens Families,

 

One more email to keep your day lively!  Due to challenges with Blackboard 24/7 and access, all live instruction is canceled for today, which will also include live virtual office hours. Note that asynchronous learning can continue at home. Students may work with their learning packets and other teacher-generated online learning materials if you are currently able to access them in Blackboard 24/7.

 

Note that teachers are spending this morning learning and working through the set up of new sessions in order to comply with the new security measures. They will need the rest of the day to re-establish their links on the Blackboard 24/7 page, and to make sure they are all securely functioning in connection with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

 

On behalf of FCPS and the Kent Gardens, I apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your flexibility. We want nothing more than to be working with your children. I recognize that this may pose an inconvenience with a temporary break in a desperately needed routine, but I assure you that these technical changes are necessary to ensure a safe learning environment for our students moving forward.

 

The safety of your children and a safe learning environment for all is the current priority. We remain hopeful and confident that we will resume instruction tomorrow, Thursday, April 16.

 

Thank you again for your patience as we make these security adjustments.

 

Sincerely,

Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                            Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal

 

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Two Hour Delay Kent Gardens Update

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Two Hour Delay - Update to our School Day

Dear Parents,

 

It was wonderful to kick off day one of Distance Learning yesterday.  Teachers, students and parents communicated the excitement to see each other (albeit virtually) and begin instruction once again.  As you have seen in your FCPS correspondence, a message was sent late last night indicating that there will be a two hour delay. There were some breeches in security with the guest link accounts amongst our secondary schools that caused the immediate need to tighten security. 

 

Our staff met at 9 a.m. to review the updated secure access to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra course.  We will no longer be accessing through an emailed nor posted guest link.  Students will access directly through the teacher Blackboard 24/7 course. It will be the student who is responsible for logging into the session through his/her student login. The login is connected to his/her SIS account. 

 

Watch this informational video created by Nishi Langhorne, SBTS at McLean on the new revised way for  students to access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra courses.  There will be minor variances if there is a shared grade level Blackboard 24/7 course. 

 

Teachers will post an update to class times on their Blackboard 24/7 course under announcements for students as soon as their times are readjusted for the day.  We hope this will help balance the need for students to receive information while parents are working.

 

As we work to foster a safe environment, please do note the following tips for a successful virtual learning environment:

  • Use Google Chrome as your internet browser
  • Note that when the video is on and volume is on during ‘share’ time – all participants can see and hear those in the background. We recommend being mindful of the setting during the learning sessions.
  • Keep microphones on ‘mute’ to alleviate background noise and unmute to speak.

Students may work on their learning packets and other teacher generated learning materials.  These resources remain available on Blackboard 24/7 Learning.  Let your teachers know if you need additional support and we will work to help troubleshoot.

Thanks again for your patience and support.  We will continue to monitor security and also the scheduling of the virtual classroom sessions. #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire

 

Holly McGuigan               Pier McGrath                                  Tia Hawkins

Principal                           Assistant Principal                         Assistant Principal

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KG April Update 4.14.20

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Welcome Back to Virtual School!

Dear Parents - Thanks to many of you for participating in the First Virtual Parent Coffee.  We truly appreciate the opportunities and also  the challenges that Distance Learning is bringing to families to support your child(ren)s’ learning.  Here is the recording of the session if you were unable to attend. Please do continue to stay in touch!  We will host another Parent Coffee next week – stay tuned for the date and time. 

 

This week we are celebrating #kgpride #joy as we return to work. The staff has put together a message for all of the students and is shown below.  Please participate with your child if you have a break during the virtual school day. Send any pictures to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com 

 

We are thrilled to see so many of you taking advantage of the valuable instructional resources available on the FCPS Blackboard 24/7 site: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcps-24-7-learning  This is the platform whereby messages will be posted for both parents and students. Another useful webpage is the FCPS Distance Learning site. You may also want to visit the new Learning at Home webpage, which offers simple strategies to support families during the transition to distance learning.  

 

Yesterday, we met as a staff to discuss the plans for the synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for your child that begin today, Tuesday, April 14th.   Teachers have been planning and prepping tools to ensure that your child is able to become acquainted with online platforms and resources.  We also have discussed the need to set appropriate norms and expectations around digital citizenship.  Teachers will share the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link via an email and also in their Blackboard 24/7 site. Note that there is a great deal of usage both yesterday and today that resulted in challenges using the Blackboard 24/7 site.  FCPS is aware of the volume of traffic and will continue to monitor.

 

We would like to remind you that there will be challenges ahead of us as we embark on this new model of learning.  It will not look the same as a regular school day. Setting expectations for routines and encouraging participation during the scheduled instructional opportunities would be especially helpful but we realize that there will be times whereby your child may have to listen to the recorded session and follow up later with the teacher.  We encourage you to communicate with teachers, support staff, and administration whenever needed so we can assist each other in this process. 

 

Note that specialists are available as well and have scheduled instructional times.  Their information is posted in Blackboard 24/7 in the Specialists’ course.  All students can access each specialist's link.  These links are for music, art, physical education, advanced academic resource teacher, FLES, counselors, library, reading specialists, band, strings and more! 

 

We want to reiterate our teachers are also managing their own family systems, while completing their responsibilities as educators during this stressful time.  As we learn together, the concept of Distance Learning will continue to improve with the goal of finishing the school year strong!  

 

Thank you again for all you are doing to help your children stay focused and calm during this challenging time.  We are committed to doing all we can to support you.   

Sincerely,

Holly McGuigan              Pier McGrath                                  Tia Hawkins

Principal                          Assistant Principal                         Assistant Principal

Links for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 

Given the challenge of connecting consistently with Blackboard 24/7, we have requested that the teachers remit your daily link (it will remain the same for the rest of this academic year) to you by email.  For specialists we are creating a master page for you to access and will also ask your grade level teacher to include in their newsletters. 

 

Other Helpful Hints for Parents to Support Student Learning – Digital Citizenship

Please remind students when they enter a Blackboard Collaborate session to use their first name and last initial.  If a different name is used, the teacher will remove the student from the session and invite them to rejoin using their appropriate name.  Thank you for supporting your students!

  

Assessments/Grading

Students will be given a grade for 3rd quarter based on assignments given through March 13, 2020 As shared by Superintendent Brabrand, fourth quarter grades will not be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during distance learning. Elementary students will continue to engage in teacher-led and independent learning and they will be given feedback. Note that students’ effort and progress within the Distance Learning window can be counted toward improving their Final Mark.  This Final Mark is the grade that will remain on their academic transcript.  Report cards will be mailed home centrally from FCPS. 

Attendance Updates for Elementary Students

Student attendance will be taken daily (Monday-Thursday) by classroom teachers during the “Virtual Teacher-Directed” Instructional hour when synchronous instruction is provided.  This is done to monitor participation across the division and to help teachers identify students they will need to provide additional support.  This data will be entered in the Student Information System (SIS), but will not be included in the student attendance history needed for state reporting.  

Advanced Academic Program Eligibility Decisions

The AAP office began sending notifications to families regarding eligibility decisions for Level IV services for SY 2020-21 beginning on Monday, April 13.  Due to COVID-related closures, Instructional Services has created an electronic communications system to be used instead of paper letters sent by mail.  Parents will have until May 4, 2020 to accept placement so that we can communicate acceptances that impact staffing to principals in a timely manner.   Letters for students who are found ineligible will contain information about the appeals process.  The AAP office is extending the appeals deadline until July 15, 2020 because appeals cannot be completed until they are able to access the original files and convene an appeals committee.  Note that if you have a child participating in the French Immersion program from out of boundary, they may continue to attend Kent Gardens and still receive the level IV services here. You may send a note to the AAP office and to Stephanie Will, sdwill@fcps.edu, noting your decision to attend Kent Gardens rather than your base school’s AAP Center. 

Kent Gardens Advanced Academic Placements and Questions

We have been receiving some questions regarding the orientation session since we are out of school.  For those in this situation, Kent Gardens has traditionally retained the majority of our eligible AAP  students. We will be reaching out separately to connect with you with respect to questions.  For those parents who would like to appeal and need additional support, please do reach out to Stephanie Will at sdwill@fcps.edu.  For other questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Will or one of the administrators, Holly McGuigan hsmcguigan@fcps.edu, Pier McGrath, psmcgrath@fcps.edu or Tia Hawkins, tnhawkins@fcps.edu .

 

We miss you!!  Join us for the virtual spirit week!

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KG April Update #2

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Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

As we embark upon Distance Learning on Tuesday, April 14th, we will host a Parent Coffee that will focus on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  We hope to answer questions and perhaps model the session that your child will participate in.  If you plan on joining, please do indicate your interest.  If we are overwhelmed with responses, we will create a new session or sessions.  Our virtual parent coffee will take place at 8 am. on Monday, 4/13/20. Please indicate your interest and questions here.  To join the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session(virtual parent coffee), please use this BBCU link here.  

*Copy and paste the link into Google Chrome.  *It will give you an error at first. Click the refresh button *Enter your first and last name before entering the session.

Please note: When you enter a classroom all mics and videos are turned off initially.   You should also reduce the number of other programs or open applications in order to use the mic/video. The moderator (teacher of the course) will have capability to turn on these features as students need to access these controls.  This will allow more teacher control and student safety within the virtual classroom.

We would also like to share the new webpage on the FCPS website. It is intended to provide additional support for families during this unprecedented time while your child(ren) are Learning at Home.  The link provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning: Learning at Home

We have received a few additional inquiries regarding the Learning Packets.  We are hopeful that all parents have received the packets.  Note that additional packets should be more timely as we continue forward. Note that these packets will supplement learning and that teachers will be sharing both recorded sessions as well as live sessions. If you desire to opt out, you may use this opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. You will need your student’s ID number and your e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note that it may take up to 1 week to process your request to opt out.

Teachers have been preparing their Blackboard 24/7 grade level sites, experimenting with the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform, reviewing the learning packets provided by Instructional Services, and even recording new learning sessions to share with your child(ren).  You should have heard from your teacher and note that they would like to know that they have connected with you as well.  Please do not hesitate to respond back to the teacher to verify the connection – this is especially true for our kindergarten through second grade students. Our teachers are excited to instruct your child again!

Note that with the new technology usage and competing needs at home, we understand there will be challenges.  Our teachers are recording their sessions in order for all students to have access. We realize there are possible competing computer needs as well as family work schedules that might interfere with instructional time.  We have coordinated morning and afternoon blocks to ensure that students all have language arts and math instruction. In addition, note that the virtual office hours will ensure that teachers are available for individual or small group instruction. Distance Learning is intended to offer students and families a sense of normalcy, routine and belonging.  It won’t be perfect but we look forward to reconnecting.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an administrator. Thanks as always for your continued support and patience.

 

Warm regards,

Holly McGuigan          Pier McGrath                   Tia Hawkins

Principal                      Assistant Principal          Assistant Principal

 

News to Share:

 

Yearbooks are available to purchase online – note the short window to order!  Order yearbooks NOW online!  Yearbooks may only be purchased online. The cost of yearbook is $25.00.  All yearbook orders are due by April 17. Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

 

PTA News:

Virtual PTA meeting will be on April 22nd at 7 p.m.   Zoom login information is on the KG PTA Facebook and has been remitted this past week.

Positivity:  We will show our #joy and #kgpride this week by showing our spirit and resilience.  We are thrilled to be back at school – albeit virtually!  Please participate in our spirit week!  Send your pics to Gardenskent@gmail.com 

 

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KG April #1 Update

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A Note from the School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As indicated in our previous correspondence, Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14.  Teachers may be setting up practice sessions or touching base with your children this next week. We are excited to offer a Virtual Learning Travel Experience (below) for your child(ren).  In the spirit of inclusion, we will post your pictures on our social media in Kent Gardens Facebook (@KentGardensLions)  and Kent Gardens Twitter @KentGardens.  You should email to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com to have your pictures posted or you may remit to your teachers to forward.

A few questions have arisen with respect to the Learning Packets that are available in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard).  Many families have not received or they may have received duplicates – hopefully the issues will resolve after Spring Break you should be on schedule.  If you desire to opt out, you may use this opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. You will need your student’s ID number and your e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note that it may take up to 1 week to process your request to opt out.

Please enjoy this time with your families and let your children know that their teachers miss them and look forward to 'seeing' them on April 14!

 

Holly McGuigan, Principal

Join us by having your child participate in the Virtual Spring Break activities - get creative  - make it your own!!  We look forward to your creations! #kgpride #strongertogether #inspire  Email pics to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com

News to Share:

Yearbooks are available to purchase online – note the short window to order!  Order yearbooks NOW online!  Yearbooks may only be purchased online. The cost of yearbook is $25.00.  All yearbook orders are due by April 17. Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com and click "Order Pictures/Yearbooks" Enter this code:  FM113559

 

Positivity Word of the Week:  Curiosity is our wildcard choice for the week. With virtual spring break, you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

 

PTA News:

Virtual PTA meeting will be on April 22nd at 7 p.m.   Zoom login information is on the KG PTA Facebook and will also be sent via email later this week.

Online karate classes are available here: Beginner and Advanced

 

 

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KG Digital Information Request

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Principal's Note

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We are collecting information regarding digital use and access. Many of our students have access to computers or other digital devices at home. That said, we cannot assume that there is access for all students . In the interest of equity, we need to gather some information on two facets that would impact students’ ability to complete any online activities at home in the event of an extended school closure.


• Devices: does the student have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer?
• Internet access: does the student have reliable internet access at home?

 

If either of the answers is no, the school can offer devices for checkout on a case-by-case basis.  Please complete this form and the school will research availability. Note that we have limited availability so this is not for the purpose of having an additional computer at home for convenience and we realize that students may have to share devices at home. 

 

Please complete this form ONLY if you have a need for digital support. Thanks as always for your input and partnership.

 

Holly McGuigan

Principal - Kent Gardens ES

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