KG Update 1.17.2021

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Upcoming Dates: 

January 18- No School, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

January 20- No School, Inauguration Day

January 21 - Immersion Information Night 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Link below

January 21 -  PTA Meeting - Virtual link in PTA website or ROAR

January 21 - Rising 7th Longfellow Virtual Family Registration Night 6-7 PM

info below

January 22- End of 2nd Quarter, Two Hour Early Release Day for Students

January 25- No School, Teacher Work Day

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

Please do note that there are many holidays and calendar changes in January.  The important dates are detailed above, please do place them on your calendar and share with your child(ren). 

We will be remitting information on some of the upcoming assessments that are required for some of our student population.  The teachers will be remitting information directly to each parent as needed regarding the Universal Screener etc. 

The state of Virginia (DOE) is reviewing the requirement of the Standards of Learnings. We have learned that their first decision affects the History SOL for fourth graders. This year, the students will participate in a Problem Based Learning activity that will provide a platform for the students to acquire content knowledge and develop deeper understanding while using the 21st century skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. We will continue to update you on other assessments. 

Please note that we want all parents to sign up for ParentVue as we will not be remitting hard copies of progress reports by mail.  Please see the information below for additional insight on how to register/sign up. 

We are excited to have a yearbook this year.  We will need all students to remit a picture.  We will remit a separately News You Choose this week for you to review and submit a photo/portrait of your child/ren. Also remind your child to submit a yearbook cover.  We are looking forward to their creativity submissions! 

Enjoy the long weekend and be safe! 

Warmly, 
Holly McGuigan, Principal

FCPS Announces Open Enrollment for Dual Language Immersion Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 25.  Current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2021-22 school year. 

The kindergarten DLI programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell and Spanish is available at Bailey’s Primary, Fort Hunt, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools.  First grade DLI programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Immersion Information Night - January 21st 5:30 - 6:30 

Kent Gardens will host a virtual immersion information night on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The World Languages webpage has additional information regarding the lottery at this link.  To join the session at 5:30 p.m. use this link. The World Languages office will provide information on the various immersion programs in the county including Kent Gardens’ program. Immersion teachers from Kent Gardens will also be present virtually.  The lottery application date is for rising first graders (there is no kindergarten program) is January 25 – February 18. The link for more information about the immersion program is here.  The application link is here.  Please email Holly McGuigan, hsmcguigan@fcps.edu or Sarah Talley at sjtalley@fcps.edu or Tia Hawkins at tnhawkins@fcps.edu for additional information.

ParentVue - Progress  Report View

SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. In order to view your child's progress report, you should use this option in order to download a pdf version of the progress report.  ES parents/guardians should “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.  Here are directions to download your child's progress report from the past quarter and to save for the next quarter. 

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Yearbook - We Want Your Child's Submission for the Cover! Attention Kent Gardens ARTISTS!!!

Draw, paint, or sketch a piece of art for the Kent Gardens Yearbook! The front and back cover image will be featured by two or possibly designs from students in grades K-6.  In addition, artwork from grades K-6 will be featured on each grades’ title page.  This contest is open to ALL students in grades K-6. The criteria is as follows:

  • Art needs to include the proper school name, (Kent Gardens Elementary with no abbreviations) and school year (2020-2021). Write clearly and avoid typos.
  • This year’s theme is “Kent Gardens Lions #strongertogether and #stilloneschool”.
  • You may also draw about how "Kent Gardens Lions thrive during virtual learning".
  • Artwork needs to be on an 8.5” x 11” or 9”x 12” sheet of white paper.
  • Artwork needs to be positioned vertically in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All artwork must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.
  • All artwork must be original and individually done.
  • Check that everything is spelled correctly and remember to color in completely and write neatly!

Ask your Art Teacher to show how to take a high-quality photo of your work for submission. Submissions MUST include students First Name, Last Name, and Grade! Submissions can be emailed to your art teachers: Ms. Devlin hedevlin@fcps.edu or hedevlin@fcpsschools.net  Ms. Butler kabutler@fcps.edu or kabutler@fcpsschools.net

Positivity Project: Perseverance

The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit in overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. Those who persevere are able to set goals for themselves and then take active, calculated steps toward those goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

-MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Want to Participate in a Science Exploration? 

Climate Lions will be an after school program at Kent Gardens Elementary School introducing students to climate topics from global warming, rising sea levels, deforestation, and tropical storms. It will run after school on January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 from 4:00-4:45 for students in grades 4-6. The program will feature FCPS high school volunteers from Youth Climate Action Team Inc. (www.ycatinc.com), a national 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, and McLean Science National Honor Society. These groups aim to foster student engagement, classmate bonding, and socio-emotional wellness in the virtual setting through interactive environmental activities, videos, debates, slideshows, etc. Students will be able to learn from students from their generation who understand the difficulties of learning in the virtual format firsthand. Join Climate Lions to safeguard planet Earth and have fun in the process! Sign up here for your child to participate in this wonderful opportunity.

Rising Kindergarten Student 2021-22 School Year

Do you have a rising kindergarten?  We will be scheduling a meeting in the spring to welcome you to Kent Gardens! You may register prior to the event by completing the FCPS registration forms and remitting your registration documents to Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu . In order to collect additional information regarding your child, we request that you complete this form.  Completion will help us with placement information and ensure that we have proper staffing based on enrollment. To ensure that you receive future communications, we encourage you to self-enroll and subscribe to News You Choose and select Kent Gardens.  We look forward to seeing and meeting your child in 2021-2022.

Hurry! Kent Gardens'  Virtual International Festival will kick off soon.  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sign up here by Friday, January 22nd. Please also submit your videos for the Virtual Flag Parade here by January 22!  

1) Select a country/region. If selecting the USA please specify the state or territory. All are welcome to participate (you do not need to be a national of your chosen country). 

2) Visit the International Festival's website here and upload your videos/pictures for the Arts & Crafts, Country Displays, Cooking Tutorials, Photo Album and Talent Show.       

NEW!: Visit the Languages section here to show your #kgpride in a different language and translate #strongertogether and #stilloneschool. 

Finally, mark your calendars for our LIVE online classes --Languages, Wellness, Cooking, Martial Arts, and more-- to be held after school on February 1-15. If you have any questions please contact Miriam Gomez at miriamlgomez@gmail.com.

Rising 7th Grade Longfellow Virtual Registration

Virtual Family Registration Night- January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Please bring your students and join us for Family Registration Night.  Longfellow counselors will walk you through the process of how to select courses and be available to answer questions.  Click here to join this event. Please visit Longfellow's website if you need additional guidance. 

Elementary Visits- January-February 

Longfellow counselors will be visiting your student’s 6th grade class to help support the registration process and answer any questions they may have.  Dates will be scheduled in collaboration with each individual elementary school. 

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Updated Info for the Yearbook Cover

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Yearbook - We Want Your Child's Submission for the Cover! 

Attention Kent Gardens ARTISTS!!!

Draw, paint, or sketch a piece of art for the Kent Gardens Yearbook! 

The front and back cover image will be featured by two or possibly designs from students in grades K-6.  In addition, artwork from grades K-6 will be featured on each grades’ title page.  This contest is open to ALL students in grades K-6. The criteria is as follows:

  • Art needs to include the proper school name, (Kent Gardens Elementary with no abbreviations) and school year (2020-2021). Write clearly and avoid typos.
  • This year’s theme is “Kent Gardens Lions #strongertogether and #stilloneschool”.
  • You may also draw about how "Kent Gardens Lions thrive during virtual learning".
  • Artwork needs to be on an 8.5” x 11” or 9”x 12” sheet of white paper.
  • Artwork needs to be positioned vertically in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All artwork must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.
  • All artwork must be original and individually done.
  • Check that everything is spelled correctly and remember to color in completely and write neatly!

Ask your Art Teacher to show how to take a high-quality photo of your work for submission.

Submissions MUST include students First Name, Last Name, and Grade!

Submissions can be emailed to your art teachers:

Ms. Devlin hedevlin@fcps.edu or hedevlin@fcpsschools.net

Ms. Butler kabutler@fcps.edu or kabutler@fcpsschools.net

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG Update 1.10.2020

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Upcoming Dates: 

January 11 - Asynchronous Day - No morning meeting - all work is asynchronous for teacher planning 

January 14 - Rising 7th Longfellow Curriculum Night 6-8 PM  (info below)

January 15 - Parent Coffee link introducing Sarah Talley, Assistant Principal 8 a.m.

January 18- No School, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

January 20- No School, Inauguration Day

January 21 - Immersion Information Night 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

January 21 - Rising 7th Longfellow Virtual Family Registration Night 6-7 PM

January 22- End of 2nd Quarter, Two Hour Early Release Day for Students

January 25- No School, Teacher Work Day

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

It has been quite the rollercoaster over the past few months and we are just entering our second week of January! That said, we hope that all enjoyed the winter break as we return to virtual learning.  The return to school is paused until the School Board and our FCPS Leadership Team with Dr. Brabrand meet again on February 2nd.  We will continue to prepare for the return to school with our staff. For now, our bell schedule will remain intact until students return to school so no changes at this time. 

We are focusing on strong instruction whether it be virtual or face to face and keeping it at the forefront of our work. With the events this past week, it definitely gives us all a time to reflect and acknowledge how we work together. Happy to have our our KG family and recognize the strength in our school as a strong family/community that learns together and respects each other. #kgpride #strongertogether #stilloneschool

We have included dates above that are forthcoming and will affect your child(ren). Monday, January 11th is an all county asynchronous day and your child will not have a morning meeting but will have asynchronous activities assigned to them. Teachers will use this time to prepare for the return to school.

As we approach the end of the second quarter, we are reviewing the progress made by each and every student.  We are working to include in small groups and provide appropriate interventions. If you have concerns, please do reach out to your teacher for support.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Talley is our new assistant principal. We interviewed a number of very qualified candidates and are excited to have her on board in this position.  Below, we have included an introduction.  Join us on January 15th at 8:00 a.m. at this link.

Once again, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at the parent coffee. 

Warmly, 
Holly McGuigan, Principal

Introducing Sarah Talley, Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and KG Community,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue at Kent Gardens as an Assistant Principal.  For those of you who may not know, I have worked the last 3 1/2 years as the School Based Technology Specialist. During this time, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the amazing Kent Gardens staff and students. My passion is meeting the needs of students and seeing all of them succeed academically but also in developing the needed skillset of collaboration, communication and problem solving.  These 21st century skills will support them as they grow and move through life. 

On a personal level, I earned my undergraduate degree in geography and psychology at the University of South Florida.  I earned a Master of Science in learning technologies from Drexel University and Master of Education and endorsement in leadership and supervision from George Mason University.  I have been a school-based technology specialist in Fairfax County for the past 10 years, first at Bucknell Elementary for several years and then at Kent Gardens. I love to spend time with my husband, three children, family, and friends.  I am an avid fan of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Eagles and can’t wait to cheer for them in person again.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, cooking and spending time on the Outer Banks, NC.  

I look forward to meeting all of you at the coffee.  It is my desire to build relationships, continue to support strong instruction and ensure all students achieve high levels of success.

Warmly, Sarah Talley

Immersion Information Night - January 21st 5:30 - 6:30 

Kent Gardens will host a virtual immersion information night on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The World Languages webpage has additional information regarding the lottery at this link.  To join the session at 5:30 p.m. use this link. The World Languages office will provide information on the various immersion programs in the county including Kent Gardens’ program. Immersion teachers from Kent Gardens will also be present virtually.  The lottery application date is for rising first graders (there is no kindergarten program) is January 25 – February 18. The link for more information about the immersion program is here.  The application link is here.  Please email Holly McGuigan, hsmcguigan@fcps.edu or Sarah Talley at sjtalley@fcps.edu or Tia Hawkins at tnhawkins@fcps.edu for additional information.

ParentVue - Progress  Report View

SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. In order to view your child's progress report, you should use this option in order to download a pdf version of the progress report.  ES parents/guardians should “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.  Here are directions to download your child's progress report from the past quarter and to save for the next quarter. 

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Yearbook - We Want Your Child's Submission for the Cover! 

Attention Kent Gardens ARTISTS!!!

Draw, paint, or sketch a piece of art for the Kent Gardens Yearbook! 

The front and back cover image will be featured by two or possibly designs from students in grades K-6.  In addition, artwork from grades K-6 will be featured on each grades’ title page.  This contest is open to ALL students in grades K-6. The criteria is as follows:

  • Art needs to include the proper school name, (Kent Gardens Elementary with no abbreviations) and school year (2020-2021). Write clearly and avoid typos.
  • This year’s theme is “Kent Gardens Lions #strongertogether and #stilloneschool”.
  • You may also draw about how "Kent Gardens Lions thrive during virtual learning".
  • Artwork needs to be on an 5” x 11” or 9”x 12” sheet of white paper.
  • Artwork needs to be positioned vertically in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All artwork must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.
  • All artwork must be original and individually done.
  • Check that everything is spelled correctly and remember to color in completely and write neatly!

Ask your Art Teacher to show how to take a high-quality photo of your work for submission.

Submissions MUST include students First Name, Last Name, and Grade!

Submissions can be emailed to your art teachers:

Ms. Devlin hedevlin@fcps.edu or hedevlin@fcpsschools.net

Ms. Butler kabutler@fcps.edu or kabutler@fcpsschools.net

 

Yearbook Pictures - Coming Soon!

Stay tuned - we will be collecting individual pictures from you soon! These portraits will create our individual pictures for our classrooms in the yearbook. Details will be shared next week.

Positivity Project: Prudence

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Prudence. You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“When you make the right decision, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does making good decisions have to do with prudence?
  • Is it hard to make decisions in certain situations? If yes, which situations?
  • Do you find it becoming harder or easier to make good decisions as you get older?
Want to Participate in a Science Exploration? 

Climate Lions will be an after school program at Kent Gardens Elementary School introducing students to climate topics from global warming, rising sea levels, deforestation, and tropical storms. It will run after school on January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 from 4:00-4:45 for students in grades 4-6. The program will feature FCPS high school volunteers from Youth Climate Action Team Inc. (www.ycatinc.com), a national 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, and McLean Science National Honor Society. These groups aim to foster student engagement, classmate bonding, and socio-emotional wellness in the virtual setting through interactive environmental activities, videos, debates, slideshows, etc. Students will be able to learn from students from their generation who understand the difficulties of learning in the virtual format firsthand. Join Climate Lions to safeguard planet Earth and have fun in the process! Sign up here for your child to participate in this wonderful opportunity.

Kent Gardens International Night!

Dreaming of your next vacation?

Join us for a virtual tour around the world during Kent Gardens' Virtual International Festival which will kick off on February 1, 2021!

To participate, first select a country/region and sign up here by January 15, 2021.

Next, visit the International Festival's website here and learn about exciting opportunities to get involved.

Celebrate our school's diversity by:

  • Waving your flag and/or wearing a traditional costume in the Inaugural Parade
  • Sharing your favorite vacation memory in KG’s World Photo Album
  • Teaching us how to say KG PRIDE in a different Language
  • Enlightening us with fun facts about your country in the Country Displays
  • Sharing your favorite recipe and/or teaching us how to prepare it in the Cooking Tutorials
  • Showing your creativity and artistry by making a craft in the Craft Tutorials
  • Enjoying special discounts from local Restaurantsoffering international cuisine
  • Dazzling our community by performing in the Talent Show
  • Testing your knowledge by solving Triviagames and making your KG teachers proud!

The first 20 participants to upload a video for the Flag Parade will receive a special prize!!!

Lastly, if you would like to join our amazing team of volunteers or have any questions, please contact Miriam Gomez at miriamlgomez@gmail.com.

Rising 7th Grader Longfellow Information

We are dedicated to supporting your student’s transition to middle school and look forward to “seeing” you at our transition events!  Presentation slides will be posted on the Longfellow homepage shortly after each event concludes.  If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Brooks, Director of Student Services, at MLBrooks@fcps.edu

 Virtual Curriculum Night- January 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Please join us for our Virtual Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night.  You will learn about middle courses, student life, the after school program, and the registration process.  *Early sessions for Special Education and ESOL Information will take place at 5:30pm.  

Curriculum Night Links

  • Special Education early session- 5:30pm-6:00pm- click here
  • ESOL early session- 5:30pm-6:00pm- click here
  • LMS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night- 6:00pm-8:00pm- click here

Virtual Family Registration Night- January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Please bring your students and join us for Family Registration Night.  Longfellow counselors will walk you through the process of how to select courses and be available to answer questions.  Click here to join this event.

Elementary Visits- January-February 

Longfellow counselors will be visiting your student’s 6th grade class to help support the registration process and answer any questions they may have.  Dates will be scheduled in collaboration with each individual elementary school. 

Thomas Jefferson Diversity Talks Webinar

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series: Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. Suresh Shenoy, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, is a business leader and philanthropist who has contributed deeply to many aspects of the northern Virginia community. He was executive vice president at Alyx Technologies Inc., a Virginia-based consulting and technology services company. Mr. Shenoy was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. Neena Shenoy is a Mechanical Engineer (Tufts University 1981 and MIT 1985) and founder of Technology & Engineering providing engineering services. She was involved in designing aircraft engines for GE and worked on the Space Shuttle program for NASA designing and installing Special Payloads. Nikhil Shenoy graduated from TJHSST in 2002, MIT in 2006 and the University of Chicago in 2014. After working at Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble, and Kastle Systems, he is now CEO of Colvin Run Networks, a company that he started in northern Virginia to offer artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions to governments.  

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG Updates 1.3.2021

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Wishing our KG Families a Happy New Year!

 

Looking forward to 2021! May it bring hope, creativity and renewed energy as we work through the challenges ahead of us. Reflecting on 2020 with deep appreciation for all the support and the enduring partnership that our Kent Gardens' community has provided to our staff and students. 

Laptop Technology Reminder

Please have your child RESTART his/her laptop in order to receive the updates in a timely manner.  Note that shutting down is not the same as a restart! If you are having problems, please do create a ticket

FCPS County Wide Planning Days

FCPS modified the school calendar in order to provide all teachers additional planning time.  All teachers will have planning days on January 4th and 11th.  

Students will have their morning meeting on both Mondays at Kent Gardens and teachers will take attendance.  The activities will be asynchronous assignments provide by their teachers. 

Positivity Project: Hope/Optimism

You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. Individuals might be described as positive, cheerful, and encouraging. Individuals might think or feel that today will be a good day or be able to get through setbacks with the hope or conviction that the future will be good. 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

-MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Calendar Dates

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18th -  No school for students

Inauguration Day  - January 20th - No school for students

Dreaming of your next vacation?  Join us for a virtual tour around the world!  Kent Gardens' Virtual International Festival will kick-off on Monday, February 1st, 2021. 

Select a country and sign up here by January 15, 2021. Celebrate our school's diversity and participate by:

  • Waving your flag and wearing a traditional costume in the Inaugural Parade
  • Sharing your favorite vacation memory in KG’s World Photo Album
  • Teaching us how to say KG PRIDE in a different Language
  • Enlightening us with fun facts about your country in the Country Displays
  • Sharing your favorite recipe and/or teaching us how to prepare it in the Cooking Tutorials
  • Showing your creativity and artistry by making a craft in the Craft Tutorials
  • Enjoying special discounts from local Restaurants offering international cuisine
  • Dazzling our community by performing in the Talent Show
  • Testing your knowledge by solving Triviagames and making your KG teachers proud!

Additional information about where and how to upload your pictures and videos will be sent soon.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers or have any questions, please contact Miriam Gomez at  miriamlgomez@gmail.com

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG Update 12.18.2020

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Important Dates
  • Monday, December 21, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021  Kent Gardens Front Office Office and School Closed for the Winter Holiday
  • Monday, January 4 - Classes resume. Student Asynchronous Day
  • Tuesday, January 12 - Kent Gardens new bell schedule (9:00-3:30)

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

Please visit the FCPS Return to School page for the most up-to-date information on student groups and the return to in-person learning: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Dear Parents, 

This message will be our last for 2020!  We are so appreciative of the support from our community.  The love that you have shared for the staff and their hard work is much appreciated. We do wish all of you a safe and relaxing winter break!  

Looking forward to 2021!  

Warmly,

KG Administration and Staff

New Bell Schedule - Kent Gardens 

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased-plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January, 2021.  Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Unless there are additional updates due to health and safety of staff and students, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in-person instruction. Kent Gardens ES will be 9:00 AM-3:30 PM for in-person and virtual instruction.

We will send more detailed information about how this will impact student schedules after the winter break.

Teacher Planning Day - Monday, January 4, 2021 

Dr. Brabrand announced in a video email yesterday that Monday, January 4th will be a teacher preparation day.  Teachers will post asynchronous learning and will note attendance through the work completion. 

Rising 7th Grader - Longfellow Transition Dates Virtual Curriculum Night- January 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Please join us for our Virtual Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  During this evening you will learn about middle courses, student life, the after school program, and the registration process.  *Early sessions for Special Education and ESOL Information will  take place at 5:30pm.

Virtual Family Registration Night- January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Please bring your students and join us for Family Registration Night on Thursday, January 21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  Longfellow counselors will review how to sign up for classes, walk you through the process, and be available to answer questions.

Links to these events will be sent out in advance.  We will also post a recording on our Longfellow homepage, if you are unable to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Brooks, Director of Student Services, at MLBrooks@fcps.edu

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG Update 12.16.2020

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Farewell to Mrs. McGrath

Parent Coffee - Farewell to Mrs. Pier McGrath - December 17th 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Join here to wish her farewell!

Instruction and Building Access

Instruction:  Students will have full day synchronous (teacher-led) instruction. Plan on a regular synchronous/virtual school day!

Building Access and other programs: 

  • Meal distribution will occur two hours later than usual. The hours will be 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Appointments for in-person assessments are canceled.
  • Our building/office will be closed tomorrow as indicated by the FCPS News You Choose.  We will open on Friday at 8:15 a.m. for materials pick up and will also communicate future opportunities for pick up in our Sunday News You Choose. 

 

Spirit Week! 

Thanks to everyone participating!  We look forward to building virtual snowmen tomorrow and our staff sing along after the morning news! It will be brief - albeit fun! Send all pics to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com 

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Upcoming Dates

Parent Coffee - Farewell to Mrs. Pier McGrath - December 17th 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Join here to wish her farewell! 

Spirit Week - December 14 - 18 - Come join in the fun!

Holiday Break -  December 21st - January 1st.

Rising 7th Grade Longfellow Curriculum Night - January 14th -  6-8 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18th -  No school for students

Inauguration Day  - January 20th - No school for students

Rising 7th Grade Longfellow Virtual Family Registration Night  -  January 21st  6-7 PM

End of Quarter - January 22nd - Early Release (2 hours early)

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

During last week’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Brabrand proposed a Return to School Plan that outlines various groups returning in January and February. While Kent Gardens’ staff is excited about the potential return to the school building for some of our students, we have a great amount of preparation to ensure a safe return. The Return to School Plan does include an adjustment to our current bell schedule to 9:10 – 3:55 p.m. which will take place with the return of Group 5 (kindergarten).  All students including both virtual and in person will transition to maintain schedule alignment for concurrent instruction.  The returning groups would potentially return on the following dates.  These dates are rolling based on the three CDC School metrics found here.

Group 5 Kindergarten           Proposed Return Date                   January 12

Group 6 Grades 1 & 2           Proposed Return Date                   January 19

Group 7 Grades 3 & 4 only   Proposed Return Date                   January 26

Group 7 Grades 5 & 6 only   Proposed Return Date                   February 2

As we transition back to school, we will also adjust the master calendar which will affect some of the lunch times.  Students in the building will need to eat at various times to ensure support and put forward safe practices. We understand that this will affect virtual students at home.  

To minimize exposure and Covid-19 transmission you will need to make an appointment to enter the school building, and the office staff will not be available to arrange last minute early pick-ups. We will also establish a ‘QR code’ for outside entries into the building. After considering this new information, if you have chosen the in-person option for your child and you wish to remain 100% virtual when we are permitted to return to the building please contact Ms. Sonia Shi, xshi@fcps.edu, and Ms. Iveliz Charles, icharles@fcps.edu .

As we get closer to the Groups 5 – 7 Return to School, your child’s teacher will communicate dates to you that will be changed from synchronous to asynchronous so staff members can plan and prepare for the children, who have selected to return to the school building.  

You may be wondering how FCPS determined it was safe to return to school with the current Covid-19 positivity rate hovering around 10% in Fairfax County. Safety teams comprised of current and retired employees are conducting random safety audits at each school to ensure that the CDC’s five mitigation strategies are being adhered to. You can find out more about these mitigation strategies here. These mitigation strategies are in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools and are considered a third metric in addition to the current % positivity rate and the number of new cases per 100,000 people in Fairfax County. You will continue to receive additional information as we get closer to the individual grade level return dates. The next school board meeting is January 5 and more information will be forthcoming after that meeting.

As we approach the holiday break, the teachers and staff are excited to participate in spirit week! Tomorrow, we will start with decorate your door – any door will do!  Please help your child participate and we will share daily! Send your pictures to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com. Below, we have shared the other days of the week in order for you to support your child and participate in the fun.

This past week, we celebrated Inclusive Week at school and many studentss learned about various cultures. We continue to be thankful for your support and are looking forward to ending this week strong and with holiday spirit!  We wish all of our families Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays and hope all will enjoy the upcoming winter break! Hopeful for a bit of snow as well – stay tuned!

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

Spirit Week - December 14th - 18th

Plan ahead and enjoy participating in the upcoming Spirit Week!  Teachers will be participating as well!!  We will recognize the Door Decoration contestant winners! The Staff Sing Along will take place in the morning news show. Please do participate and remit pictures to Gardenskent1717@gmaill.com. We look forward to a great week! 

Positivity Project: Self-Control

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Self-Control. You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

“By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.”  

                                         ~Grenville Kleise

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you consider yourself to be a person who has self-control? What things do you do that indicate this?
  • Why is self-regulation important?
  • What happens when your emotions take over? How can you work on developing greater self-control?
French Seal of Excellence Awards ~ French  Immersion Program

Kent Gardens Elementary has been awarded the Label FrancEducation delivered by the French Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs.  This seal of excellence is valid for three years and recognizes the quality of the French immersion program at our institution. It provides a dual guarantee for families: first, the assurance of high quality French bilingual teaching, and secondly that of belonging to a national and global network, with over 456 Label FrancEducation programs across 60 countries.

School Monitors and Substitutes Needed at Kent Gardens

We will not be able to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire school monitors to support teachers and students during the school week on Tuesday through Friday once students return. Please email Holly McGuigan if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Support Share of McLean this Holiday Season! 

The holiday season is a time of thankfulness, celebration, and love. Sadly, there are many hungry local families, children, and seniors in need. This year, the need is even greater than usual.

Please consider supporting SHARE of McLean this holiday season. Share, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing emergency assistance since 1969 in McLean and nearby areas of Northern Virginia. SHARE is collecting Target and Walmart gift cards to distribute to clients. (Suggested donation amount is $25, but all donations are appreciated.)

To participate, visit the SHARE Wish Tree in the McLean Giant. Families can purchase Target gift cards and turn them in to customer service. You can also drop gift cards off to the box in the Kent Gardens front office through December 18, 2020.

To learn more about SHARE and other ways in which you can help, visit their website. Thank you so much for your support in helping our neighbors in need. We truly are #strongertogether.

Longfellow Transition - Rising 7th Grade

Virtual Curriculum Night- January 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Please join us for our Virtual Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  During this evening you will learn about middle courses, student life, the after school program, and the registration process.  *Early sessions for Special Education and ESOL Information will  take place at 5:30pm.  

 Virtual Family Registration Night- January 21 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Please bring your students and join us for Family Registration Night on Thursday, January 21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  Longfellow counselors will review how to sign up for classes, walk you through the process, and be available to answer questions.

Links to these events will be sent out in advance.  We will also post a recording on our Longfellow homepage, if you are unable to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Brooks, Director of Student Services, at MLBrooks@fcps.edu

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Upcoming Dates

Parent Coffee - Farewell to Mrs. Pier McGrath - December 17th 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Join here to wish her farewell! 

Holiday Break -  December 21st - January 1st.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18th -  No school for students

Inauguration Day  - January 20th - No school for students

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

We hope that all of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break.  We included the 'thankful' pictures shared with us!  We appreciate your continued support of the virtual instruction.   We do have students coming in for testing and have contacted each family individually.  Please do note that you should complete the health questionnaire  for your child in order for all to remain safe. 

We are looking forward to spirit week that begins the week of December 14th.  Please have your child participate and join in the fun!  Note that the teachers will be joining in as well!  For the door decorating contest, any door will do!  It could be the refrigerator door, your child's bedroom door - the options are endless!! There will be recognition for several categories.  Check the calendar for spirit week below! Email your entries to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com.  

A firm reminder to restart your child's laptop in order to keep it updated and running efficiently. This restart is very important for updates to run and to ensure that your child's microphone and audio work. 

Note that it is Computer Science week.  We have included links for your child to explore or continue with the Hour of Code.  Enjoy!

Below are the links that will update all with respect to the return to school information. 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

Computer Science Week !

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We are using it every day.  And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Only 35% of all high schools teach computer science. That’s why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Kent Gardens is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. Students can share what they are doing during their hour of Code at home.  Anyone can do it!

Students can access these activities anywhere. The link to get started is on the Kent Gardens Website.  See  https://hourofcode.com/us/learn for details and activities.

Spirit Week - December 14th - 18th

Plan ahead and enjoy participating in the upcoming Spirit Week!  Teachers will be participating as well!!  We will recognize the Door Decoration contestant winners! The Staff Sing Along will take place in the morning news show. Please do participate and remit pictures to Gardenskent1717@gmaill.com. We look forward to a great week! 

Yearbook - We Must Have a Yearbook for Memories!

In order to have a yearbook and share our memories, please do share your pictures at this email address, kgyearbook2021@gmail.com.  We will work hard to compile into a 'memorable year!!  Note we cannot have the 'live' feature. We have already compiled a collection from our other pictures that you have shared but we are sure that you have more!

Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others

 

 

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Knowing that everything you do and say can affect others and your relationships with them.

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”  

                                         ~Myles Munroe

Often times, knowing something and acting like you know it doesn’t line up with each other. For example, you know that your words and actions impact other people, but your behavior doesn’t always show that understanding.

What does it look like to KNOW that your words and actions impact others?

FCPS Employee Outstanding Employee Awards 

Congratulations to the following Kent Gardens staff who were selected as candidates to put forward for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. We are writing nomination and have received some input from you and staff members.  We welcome any additional contributions to add to our current information. Email psmcgrath@fcps.edu and Sjtalley@fcps.edu to provide additional input for any of the candidates below.

Outstanding New Teacher - Kristin Kennedy

Outstanding Teacher - Bess Viernes

Outstanding Operational Employee - Eric Banga

Outstanding Principal - Holly McGuigan

School Monitors and Substitutes Needed at Kent Gardens

We will not be able to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire school monitors to support teachers and students during the school week on Tuesday through Friday once students return. Please email Holly McGuigan if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Support Share of McLean this Holiday Season! 

The holiday season is a time of thankfulness, celebration, and love. Sadly, there are many hungry local families, children, and seniors in need. This year, the need is even greater than usual.

Please consider supporting SHARE of McLean this holiday season. Share, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing emergency assistance since 1969 in McLean and nearby areas of Northern Virginia. SHARE is collecting Target and Walmart gift cards to distribute to clients. (Suggested donation amount is $25, but all donations are appreciated.)

To participate, visit the SHARE Wish Tree in the McLean Giant. Families can purchase Target gift cards and turn them in to customer service. You can also drop gift cards off to the box in the Kent Gardens front office through December 11, 2020.

To learn more about SHARE and other ways in which you can help, visit their website. Thank you so much for your support in helping our neighbors in need. We truly are #strongertogether.

Giving Thanks!  

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Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

Wishing all of our KG families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are grateful for all of your support and hope that all of you stay healthy and safe over the Thanksgiving break! 

We are a strong community and will continue to foster the kindness and care for our staff members, students and families as a whole. #kgpride #strongertogether

Our teachers shared a few pictures of what they are thankful for and wanted to share with you all! We would love to share pictures from our community. Please do share pictures of what you and your family is thankful for from this week and we will share in the next News You Choose. Send your thankful pics to gardenskent1717@gmail.com.  Note that the group picture was from the last school year - when it was cool to be in close proximity.  

Thanks again for your continued support!

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

We are Thankful for...... Advanced Academic Updates

Advanced Academic Referrals - Parents should remit AAP referrals now.  Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Debra Bulford at drbulford@fcps.edu

  • Referral forms should be emailed to Debra Bulford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at drbulford@fcps.edu.  The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  You may also drop off a paper copy with the front office prior to the close of business on December 01, 2020.
  • Please consider submitting your referral early to allow teachers time to gather multiple work samples.  Parents may turn in the referral now and then submit the optional parent questionnaire and work samples by December 1st. 
Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

                                         ~Robert Holden

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
Family Holiday Travel Plans

For families selecting in person instruction, we encourage you to follow guidance in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health Travel Guidelines around any travel quarantine requirements for people arriving in the Commonwealth of Virginia from other U.S. or international locations. 

In addition, we encourage families to practice the following measures to remain healthy when choosing to travel:

  • When around others, stay 6 feet apart (two arms’ length)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Watch your health. Look for symptoms of Covid-19, take your temperature if you feel sick use the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

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Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

Thanks for your continued support of Kent Gardens as we continue to navigate the schedule adjustments for the upcoming returning cohorts based on the  health metrics in Fairfax County.  Below, we have included the metrics that were shared by Dr. Brabrand as well as in our last News You Choose.

Thresholds for student Groups 1-6 can be found here. You will need to adjust the locality to Fairfax.  Please do note the slide deck from the school board whereby you can review the slides and review the information on how FCPS is making decisions. 

As you know, we have paused kindergarten for now and will remain virtual for all of the grade levels until the metrics improve and we are able to phase in kindergarten. First and Second Grade will utilize the previously relayed planning days.  Specials will continue during the asynchronous learning for those two grade levels and are as usual for all the other grades. 

Here is a listing of links that may help support you with concerns as we prepare. 

Wishing all of our KG families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

Yearbook Photo Collection

In order to have a yearbook and share our memories, please do share your pictures at this email address, kgyearbook2021@gmail.com.  We will work hard to compile into a 'memorable year!!  Note we cannot have the 'live' feature. We have already compiled a collection from our other pictures that you have shared but we are sure that you have more!

Advanced Academic Updates

Advanced Academic Referrals - Parents should remit AAP referrals now.  Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Debra Bulford at drbulford@fcps.edu

  • Referral forms should be emailed to Debra Bulford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at drbulford@fcps.edu.  The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  You may also drop off a paper copy with the front office prior to the close of business on December 01, 2020.
  • Please consider submitting your referral early to allow teachers time to gather multiple work samples.  Parents may turn in the referral now and then submit the optional parent questionnaire and work samples by December 1st. 
Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

                                         ~Robert Holden

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
Family Holiday Travel Plans

For families selecting in person instruction, we encourage you to follow guidance in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health Travel Guidelines around any travel quarantine requirements for people arriving in the Commonwealth of Virginia from other U.S. or international locations. 

In addition, we encourage families to practice the following measures to remain healthy when choosing to travel:

  • When around others, stay 6 feet apart (two arms’ length)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Watch your health. Look for symptoms of Covid-19, take your temperature if you feel sick use the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire
School Monitors and Substitutes Needed at Kent Gardens

We will not be able to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire school monitors to support teachers and students during the school week on Tuesday through Friday once students return. Please email Holly McGuigan if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

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Upcoming Dates

Kindergarten Face to Face Return - Begins Tuesday, November 17 - 20

First and Second Grade Return - Cohort 6 - Week of December 8th

First and Second Planning Days - November 16, 20, 23, 24 – 1st and 2nd Grades Teacher Planning Days; Asynchronous work will be provided for students for core classes.  Specials will be held. Note that specialists had planning days with kindergarten.

Nov 25, 26, 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break for Staff and Students

Grades 3 - 6 Return - Cohort 7 - Week of January 14th

Grades Three through Six Planning Days - January 4, 7, 8 and 11. 

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

We are excited to have some of our kindergarteners return in person on November 17th.  All parents were contacted and we will continue to ensure we have all necessary documents needed to ensure a safe experience. We have worked hard to ensure a safe return and strong instruction. Looking forward to seeing them and showing our #kgpride! 

We have shared the concurrent instructional video to give you an inside glimpse of one of the pilot schools.  We will be utilizing a similar instructional model and will continue to adjust and reflect.  Thanks in advance for your patience and flexibility this week! 

As a reminder, as we plan for each grade level, we will reach out with specifics to that grade level in order for you to understand the plan of instruction.  We value the relationships and placements that were determined at the beginning of the year. Thus, for those students who have a teacher that has a medical need to work virtually, they will have the option to adjust to virtual instruction.  That said, we will continue to have other teacher supports in the classroom for those who return to learn face to face when there is a virtual teacher.  Once again, we will work through each grade with group grade level letters.

Note that FCPS remitted information regarding the metrics and decision making process for the return to school on Friday.  Here is the latest information for you to peruse as you consider your child(ren)s return.

For a group to BEGIN in-person instruction: 

  • The established thresholds for the group must be met for BOTH the number of cases per 100,000 persons and the percent positivity for seven (7) consecutive calendar days.

For a group to REMAIN in in-person instruction:

  • The number of cases per 100,000 persons or the percent positivity for may not exceed the established threshold for the group for seven (7) consecutive calendar days. 

Groups will transition back to DISTANCE LEARNING if:

  • The number of cases per 100,000 persons or the percent positivity exceeds the established threshold for the group for seven (7) consecutive calendar days. 

Thresholds for student Groups 1-6 can be found here.

Here is a listing of links that may help support you with concerns as we prepare. 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

A Fond Farewell ~

This week, Mrs. Pier McGrath shared that she will be retiring effective 1/1/2021.  We all know that she will not be easily replaced.  A short note from Mrs. McGrath for you to enjoy!  We will be planning a safe and fun way to honor Mrs. McGrath for her years of service not just to Kent Gardens but to our educational system!  We are very lucky to have her with us! 

Dear Parents and Staff - There are many ways to say goodbye in French: “à demain” or “see you tomorrow,” “à ce soir” or “see you tonight,” “à bien tôt” or “see you soon,” “au revoir” or “until we see each other again,” and the most final of all farewells, “adieu” or “until God wills it!”  Soon, I will choose to say to you “au revoir” as I have decided to retire from FCPS, effective January 1, 2021, and cannot bear the thought of a final farewell.

Interestingly, the French word for “retirement” is “la retraite,” which can also mean “to retreat,” and I plan to retreat from the daily challenge of my job, a job I have truly loved, but which has recently changed.  The pandemic has given us all space and time to reflect on our priorities and I am ready to readjust my own.

The French word “courage” has a slightly different meaning than its English cognate “courage,” as the French term also encompasses the idea of “bravery,” “pluck,” or “spunk” and it will take all that and more for me to leave you.  “Bon courage” is an essential French expression for offering verbal support during a difficult task and I thank you in advance for your support.

Merci,

Pier S. McGrath

Kent Gardens Playground Reminder

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Kent Gradens ES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

Yearbook - We Must Have a Yearbook for Memories!

In order to have a yearbook and share our memories, please do share your pictures at this email address, kgyearbook2021@gmail.com.  We will work hard to compile into a 'memorable year!!  Note we cannot have the 'live' feature. We have already compiled a collection from our other pictures that you have shared but we are sure that you have more!

Advanced Academic Updates

Advanced Academic Referrals - Parents should remit AAP referrals now.  Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Debra Bulford at drbulford@fcps.edu

  • Referral forms should be emailed to Debra Bulford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at drbulford@fcps.edu.  The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  You may also drop off a paper copy with the front office prior to the close of business on December 01, 2020.
  • Please consider submitting your referral early to allow teachers time to gather multiple work samples.  Parents may turn in the referral now and then submit the optional parent questionnaire and work samples by December 1st. 
Virtual Book Fair!

Kent Gardens invites you to check out our Online Book Fair and support our school library! The Online Fair is going on now, and you can shop until Monday November 16th. All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Some of our teachers have completed a wish list - click here to view! Thanks for supporting our school!

Positivity Project: Gratitude

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

                                         ~Robert Holden

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?

How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?

FCPS Employee Outstanding Employee Awards 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Kent Gardens Elementary Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. The Award categories are: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee and Outstanding Operational Employee.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20.

Family Holiday Travel Plans

For families selecting in person instruction, we encourage you to follow guidance in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health Travel Guidelines around any travel quarantine requirements for people arriving in the Commonwealth of Virginia from other U.S. or international locations. 

In addition, we encourage families to practice the following measures to remain healthy when choosing to travel:

  • When around others, stay 6 feet apart (two arms’ length)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Watch your health. Look for symptoms of Covid-19, take your temperature if you feel sick use the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire
School Monitors and Substitutes Needed at Kent Gardens

We will not be able to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire school monitors to support teachers and students during the school week on Tuesday through Friday once students return. Please email Holly McGuigan if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Note from PTA and School - Ivankoff Memory Book

We have the reflection book to sign in the front lobby from the Candlelight Walk.  Feel free to write and reflect in the book for the Ivankoff family.  We will return to them for safekeeping and memories at the end of the week.  Also note that there is a star that has been named in Danny's memory. The GMU Observatory also offers Virtual Evening Under the Stars events via Zoom.  

The GMU Observatory staff have kindly offered to target Daniel's star for viewing at the next Virtual Evening Under the Stars on Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Brief scientific talk (content appropriate for ages 5+) on astronomy by Dr. James Robert Parks followed by telescope viewing of Daniel Ivankoff's star in Ursa Minor/Little Dipper Constellation along with a guided telescope tour of the night’s sky.  Join Zoom Meeting

Veterans Day - Thanks for sharing your pictures! 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Upcoming Dates

11/11 - Two Hour Early Release (1:35) for Students ~ Veterans' Day - see note below to join in honoring our KG veterans

Nov 9, 12, 13- Kindergarten Teacher Planning Days; Asynchronous work provided for kindergarten students for core classes and specials.

Nov 16, 23, 24 – 1st and 2nd Grades Teacher Planning Days; Asynchronous work will be provided for students for core classes.  Specials will be held.

Nov 25, 26, 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break for Staff and Students

Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

We are working hard to ensure a safe return for our younger students. Students in kindergarten will receive a letter on Monday that details the return to school plans for their class. Note that as a rule of thumb, we are utilizing A-K for Tuesday, Wednesday and L-Z for Thursday, Friday placements.  There will be exceptions and we will personally reach out to you to discuss the adjustments.

As we plan for each grade level, we will reach out with specifics to that grade level in order for you to understand the plan of instruction.  For the most part, we are valuing the relationships and placements that were determined at the beginning of the year.  Thus, for those students who have a teacher that has a medical need to work virtually, they will have the option to adjust to virtual instruction.  That said, we will continue to have other teacher supports in the classroom for those who return to learn face to face when there is a virtual teacher.  Once again, we will work through each grade with group grade level letters.

Students are scheduled to return 2 days a week as follows:

11/17 - Kindergarten - Tuesday/Wednesday (A-K) and (L-Z)

12/1 - 1st and 2nd Grade

1/4 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

If FCPS were to make a change to return, students will remain with their current teacher if you have been individually notified.  We are working to provide a safe opening of school and look forward to our kindergarteners joining us. 

Here is a listing of links that may help support you with concerns as we prepare. 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal 

Veterans Day !

Please help us honor the Veterans in our community and school. We are collecting artwork, poetry, letters or pictures to share with the community. Please email your child's work or family memory to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com. Click here for the flyer!

Yearbook - We Must Have a Yearbook for Memories!

In order to have a yearbook and share our memories, please do share your pictures at this email address, kgyearbook2021@gmail.com.  We will work hard to compile into a 'memorable year!!  Note we cannot have the 'live' feature. We have already compiled a collection from our other pictures that you have shared but we are sure that you have more!

Advanced Academic Updates

Advanced Academic Referrals - Parents may remit AAP referrals now.  Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Debra Bulford at drbulford@fcps.edu

  • Referral formsshould be emailed to Debra Bulford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at drbulford@fcps.edu.  The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  You may also drop off a paper copy with the front office prior to the close of business on December 01, 2020.
  • Please consider submitting your referral early to allow teachers time to gather multiple work samples.  Parents may turn in the referral now and then submit the optional parent questionnaire and work samples by December 1st. 
Virtual Book Fair!

Kent Gardens invites you to check out our Online Book Fair and support our school library! The Online Fair is going on now, and you can shop until Monday November 16th. All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Our teachers are completing a wish list - stay tuned for their wishes! Thanks for supporting our school! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/kentgardens

Positivity Project: Bravery

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Bravery. You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. 

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”

                                         ~Mary Anne Radmacher

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some situations that may call for bravery?
  • What are the differences between moral, mental, and physical bravery?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to be brave?
FCPS Employee Outstanding Employee Awards 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Kent Gardens Elementary Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. The Award categories are: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee and Outstanding Operational Employee.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20.

School Monitors and Substitutes Needed at Kent Gardens

We will not be able to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire school monitors to support teachers and students during the school week on Tuesday through Friday once students return. Please email Holly McGuigan if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

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Upcoming Dates:

Monday, 11/2- Student Holiday

Tuesday, 11/3- Student Holiday, Election Day - Front Office Closed 

Wednesday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release for students

Wednesday, Nov. 25, Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 -  Thanksgiving Break

A Note from Administration

Dear Parents,

Thanks for you for all of your support and input this past week as we released information regarding the upcoming return to school.  We have collected your input.  We will be reaching out collectively to each grade level to update any changes and at times we may also reach out individually to ensure the best instructional path for your child. There have been some changes with our teachers’ ability to work in person so we will ensure that we communicate with you all so that you know and understand what to expect.

As we end the quarter, teachers have worked hard to support the students and will be sharing areas of strengths and some areas of growth.  That said, we have had a great virtual start to the school year. Truthfully, it does feel like we are continuing to strengthen in this area. Regardless, of your parental decision of intent, we want to ensure that all students continue to have the opportunity to grow academically and are receiving positive feedback socially and emotionally.

The links to the slide deck and to the recording are included below. We look forward to the second quarter and continuing to support the students.  We will be remitting updates regarding the return to school! 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan, Principal

Our wonderful teachers! Friday was an eventful day - we hope all enjoyed the full moon that was also a blue moon!! 

ParentVue - Go Paperless!!

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Attendance

Please use this link to indicate your child's absence or late arrival. This link will email the office attendance as well as the child's homeroom teacher. 

Parent Coffee Recording and Slide Deck

Thanks for attending the coffee today - the recording is here.  The slide deck to access without the recording is here. We will plan to host coffees monthly and will remit the November date shortly. All information is also located on our website

Parent Consent and Forms
  • Digital Consent: We still need many parents to ‘consent’ digitally.  You can review the apps Kent Gardens plans on using HERE. Please respond as soon as possible so that teachers may plan instruction appropriately using approved tools.  
  • Emergency Care Card Form - If possible, please review and make any changes using weCare@School via your FCPS 24/7 Parent View account.  
  • Health Information Form -   While you are updating your Emergency Care Card Infomation using weCare@School , make sure to fill out the “Current Health Conditions” and/or “Current Medical Care Details on the ECC form.  
  • Immunizations - Please know that if your child desires to return to school in person, your immunizations must be updated. Contact Tracy Dean with questions at tadean@fcps.edu. 
Yearbook - We Must Have a Yearbook for Memories!

In order to have a yearbook and share our memories, please do share your pictures at this email address, kgyearbook2021@gmail.com.  We will work hard to compile into a 'memorable year!!  Note we cannot have the 'live' feature. We have already compiled a collection from our other pictures that you have shared but we are sure that you have more!

Veteran's Day Celebration

We will be sharing information on how best to celebrate our Veterans that are at our school and community. 

Thanks to all of the parents and for supporting One and Done!  We celebrated with the students in a unique way!! Please do Join the PTA and also contribute to One & Done

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, October 30th - 2 hour early release for students; End of 1st Quarter

Monday, 11/2- Student Holiday

Tuesday, 11/3- Student Holiday, Election Day - Front Office Closed 

Wednesday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release for students

Parent Intent Form Updated

Please use this link for updating your parent intent.  This link will update your information in SIS directly. The due date for your update is tomorrow 10/30/20. 

ParentVue - Go Paperless!!

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Attendance

Please use this link to indicate your child's absence or late arrival. This link will email the office attendance as well as the child's homeroom teacher. 

Parent Coffee Recording and Slide Deck

Thanks for attending the coffee today - the recording is here.  The slide deck to access without the recording is here. We will plan to host coffees monthly and will remit the November date shortly. All information is also located on our website

Parent Consent and Forms
  • Digital Consent: We still need many parents to ‘consent’ digitally.  You can review the apps Kent Gardens plans on using HERE. Please respond as soon as possible so that teachers may plan instruction appropriately using approved tools.  
  • Emergency Care Card Form - If possible, please review and make any changes using weCare@School via your FCPS 24/7 Parent View account.  
  • Health Information Form -   While you are updating your Emergency Care Card Infomation using weCare@School , make sure to fill out the “Current Health Conditions” and/or “Current Medical Care Details on the ECC form.  
  • Immunizations - Please know that if your child desires to return to school in person, your immunizations must be updated. Contact Tracy Dean with questions at tadean@fcps.edu. 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Parent Intent Form Updated

Please use this link for updating your parent intent.  This link will update your information in SIS directly. 

 

ParentVue - Go Paperless!!

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Attendance

Please use this link to indicate your child's absence or late arrival. This link will email the office attendance as well as the child's homeroom teacher. 

Parent Coffees

Thanks for attending the coffee today - here is the recording.  We will host another parent coffee on Thursday, 10/29 at 8 am. You may join at this link

Parent Consent and Forms
  • Digital Consent: We still need many parents to ‘consent’ digitally.  You can review the apps Kent Gardens plans on using HERE. Please respond as soon as possible so that teachers may plan instruction appropriately using approved tools.  
  • Emergency Care Card Form - If possible, please review and make any changes using weCare@School via your FCPS 24/7 Parent View account.  
  • Health Information Form -   While you are updating your Emergency Care Card Infomation using weCare@School , make sure to fill out the “Current Health Conditions” and/or “Current Medical Care Details on the ECC form.  
  • Immunizations - Please know that if your child desires to return to school in person, your immunizations must be updated. Contact Tracy Dean with questions at tadean@fcps.edu. 

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 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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Dear Kent Gardens Families,

As a follow up to the communication by FCPS, I wanted to share with you information specifically for Kent Gardens regarding upcoming parent coffees and the process in which you can update your intent for your child(ren) to return to school for instruction.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction soon. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit here.

We will also hold a parent coffee Tuesday, October 27th and another parent coffee on Thursday, October 29th to provide information as you consider options for return and hear about the planning and preparations for your children.  We will do our best to answer your questions regarding the return to school. Note that we will hold additional parent coffees going forward - if you are a parent of an upper grade student, you may decide to wait until November to join a Parent Coffee. You may use this link to connect to the coffees.

Parent Coffee - Tuesday, October 27th 8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Parent Coffee – Thursday, October 29th 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 5: Week of November 16 – tentative date: Kindergarten

Intensive Support Needs: (Identified students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day – KG administrators will be in touch with specific families),

Group 6: November 30 - tentative date: Grades 1-2

Group 7: January 4 – tentative date: Grades 3-6

Group 8: January 26– tentative date: Grades 7-12 

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home.

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for Group 5 and on November 16, 2020 for Group 6.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 5 students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 6 students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session.  Here is a video that demonstrates how a concurrent classroom will look.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction, we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please submit a request to change your preference no later than Friday, October 30th. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. One form request must be completed for each child needing an updated preference.

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences. We will also keep families on the same schedule to support

Thank you for your support, patience and flexibility as we work through this return to school.

Sincerely, 

Holly McGuigan

Principal

ParentVue - Go Paperless!!

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Positivity Project 

This week, we are focusing on Creativity. You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. 

“Creative people do not see things merely for what they are; they see them for what they can be.”   ~Julie Israel

KG Pumpkin Patch

We would love to see and share your pumpkin creations! You can drop off a decorated pumpkin along the kiss and ride sidewalk OR you can send your pic of your completed pumpkin to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com.  As we collect pumpkins for our very own KG pumpkin patch, please remind your child NOT to touch and also remind older students to be mindful of others' belongings.  If you visit, please be mindful of social distancing - wear a mask! Pick up date is Sunday, November 1st.

We will place in social media on KG Facebook and Twitter. Check out our first grader's creations!

Virtual Book Fair!!

Kent Gardens invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school library! The Online Fair runs from November 4th – November 16th. All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/kentgardens

PTA - One and Done Extension!! 

Please do Join the PTA and also contribute to One & Done. The deadline has been extended – see the note whereby we will be having teachers share pets in costume – we are working on it and will share virtually!  Thanks to the families who have contributed to One & Done.

PTA - Pizza Night 

Order lunch and/or dinner delivery between 12pm and 8pm from BaddPizza in Mclean on Tuesday or Wednesday, October 27-28th and mention the Kent Gardens Fundraiser.  15% of the proceeds from that day will go directly to help our school!  BaddPizza is a family-run franchise new to McLean at  6263 Old Dominion Drive. 703-356-BADD (2233) Click here to order online!

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Administration Note

Dear Parents,

We hope your children will enjoy the new morning activities for Mondays! Our teachers have worked hard to prepare educational but fun activities.  They look forward to your child's participation.

Last Thursday, the FCPS School Board met with the FCPS Leadership Team to discuss and determine a plan for bringing back students for in person learning.  Currently, we are beginning with smaller groups that include English Language Learners.  Our youngest learners, including kindergarten and then first and second grade would be next. A timeline was shared but there are many decisions to be made going forward and there may be adjustments. We will continue to update you all with timely and pertinent information regarding our school and your child(ren). We will be reaching out soon with an additional request for all to confirm your selection for in-person or virtual learning or if a new enrollee provide this information for our records. 

In the interim, our teachers have been working hard and will continue to provide engaging and high quality instructional experience for our students. We appreciate your support and know this has been challenging for all of us.  We will continue to provide the instructional materials that support the asynchronous learning.  

A gentle reminder that we need parents to remit absences or tardies in the online attendance form . This form will email the teacher and the office regarding attendance delays and absences. This will ensure that you won't have to follow up with the office and separately communicate with the teachers. On Monday mornings, we need ALL students to check in at the morning meeting for attendance. 

Our library checkout is a success! Please continue to encourage your child to check out the books to read! Students may log into Destiny using their student ID number and password to browse books through the Kent Gardens library catalog. Directions are here and should be followed. Each student can place a maximum of 5 books on hold. Ms. Hershey and Ms. Troncoso will gather books from the library, check them out and place on tables (organized alphabetically) in the front entrance hallway.  Students will receive an email when their books are ready for pick up and parents may pick up (masks please and socially distanced) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Please to not come UNTIL your child's receives an email.  If you are unable to pick up within 5 days, we will return to the library. To return books, we will have a bin outside of the office.

Thanks for your continued support!

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan          Pier McGrath               Tia Hawkins

Principal                     Assistant Principal          Assistant Principal

 

Progress Reports and ParentVUE

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Tracy Dean, tadean@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Advanced Academic Updates

Advanced Academic Referrals - Parents may remit AAP referrals now.  Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Debra Bulford at drbulford@fcps.edu

  • Referral formsshould be emailed to Debra Bulford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at drbulford@fcps.edu.  The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  You may also drop off a paper copy with the front office prior to the close of business on December 01, 2020.
  • Please consider submitting your referral early to allow teachers time to gather multiple work samples.  Parents may turn in the referral now and then submit the optional parent questionnaire and work samples by December 1st. 
Positivity Character Strength - Forgiveness

This week, our positivity character strength is forgiveness. Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them.

You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness."                                              ~Marianne Williamson

Kent Gardens ~ Pumpkin Patch! 

We would love to see and share your pumpkin creations.....we are working on a way to have you share it so others may see.  Stay tuned for details.  In the interim, start planning your pumpkin creations and we will be sharing the plans and details.  You can send your pic of your completed pumpkin to Gardenskent1717@gmail.com.

We will in social media on KG Facebook and Twitter. Please pick up on October 30th so that you may enjoy at home. Happy Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch!  

We would love for you all to share some love for our Kent Gardens Staff members.  One option to recognize them is through the FCPS Cares Program. This site provides an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our fabulous KG staff members.

SQUARE 1 Art - Share Your Child's Art!

Would you love to share your child’s artwork with family and friends?? The Square 1 Art fundraiser will provide you with the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child’s art!  Every order profits Kent Gardens. The last day to upload your children’s art is Tuesday, October 27. 

Square one art has 3 simple steps:

  1. Your child creates art. This art is posted to Google Classroom. Please note -  It is NOT automatically submitted to Square One Art
  2.  You take a photo of your child’s art with your phone or tablet and upload it to www.square1art.com/shop/upload.
  3.  You shop for keepsakes!

Together, we can help support Kent Gardens and create lasting memories of your child’s art to enjoy for years.

Please do Join the PTA and also contribute to One & Done. Thanks to the 132 families who have contributed to One & Done. Our teachers have truly benefitted with the beginning of the year checks! Here is a sample of what they purchased! We appreciate partnering with you and your generosity. 

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Administration Note

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to new morning activities for Mondays!  See the information below to have your child sign up in the google form.  Our specialists are excited to have your child participate!

Note that Monday is a student holiday. FCPS is observing Indigenous People's Day. As a result, there will be NO morning meeting nor other activities for the students. There won't be any library book pick up nor other packet pickup on Monday, October 12th.  These pickups will resume on Tuesday, October 13th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

A gentle reminder that we need parents to remit absences or tardies in the online attendance form . This form will email the teacher and the office regarding attendance delays and absences. This will ensure that you won't have to follow up with the office and separately communicate with the teachers. 

We have also included a note from the PTA below- please do Join the PTA and also contribute to One & Done. Thanks to the 132 families who have contributed to One & Done. Our teachers have truly benefitted with the beginning of the year checks!  We appreciate partnering with you and your generosity. 

 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan          Pier McGrath               Tia Hawkins

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Advanced Academic Updates

The Advanced Academic Referral window for students NEW to FCPS in grades 3 through 6 is September 8 - October 8, 2020. The referral window for ALL other students in grades 2 - 6 has been accelerated.  It will begin on September 8 - December 1, 2020. Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) Debra Bulford, drbulford@fcps.edu has recorded two sessions for parents to review. 

AAP Overview - This video will provide you with information regarding the different levels of service available to all FCPS students.

AAP Screening Process - This video will provide you with information on how to refer your child for Level III, or IV services. 

We will host Q&A sessions. You should only attend one session per topic as needed. To help us prepare, here is a google link to input your questions. 

AAP Overview:  10/13 from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at this link.

Referral Process: 10/15 from 6 - 6:30 - p.m. at this link.

Additional information regarding AAP Screening and Identification can be found by visiting the county website

Family Choice Board! 

We have added a family choice board to our website and will include in our weekly news to parents.  This choice board is an optional activity guide (non virtual) to provide family fun and creative thinking that will not include your laptop! You may choose to use this board during the Family Lunch Hour, in the afternoon or on the weekend!

Monday Morning Activities

We are excited to offer a four-week session of Specialized Instructional Activities on four Mondays, October 19, 26, November 9 and 16. Activities will range from yoga to bucket drumming, mixed media art projects and reading in French. Led by our multi-talented Specialists, groups will be limited to 20 students and use Google Meet through a Google classroom invitation. Activities will be offered to all grade levels. 

Sign up for grade-level specific sessions using this Google Form

Positivity Character Strength - Being Present and Other People Matter

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Being present and giving others my attention is an important component of building strong relationships.

Being present means fully enjoying the moment that you are in. It is the moment when you are calm and you know exactly what you want. You are focused on what you're doing without thinking about anything else. That's when life is more real.

Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is crystal clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. And, if we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships.

October - Bully Prevention Month 

National Unity Day is Wednesday, We encourage all KG Lions to join us on every Wednesday in October by wearing ORANGE to represent our stand against bullying. Bullying can be physical- like intentionally hitting, pushing, shoving, or tripping someone. It can also be emotional like repeatedly name calling, teasing, excluding others, or spreading rumors about others. Bullying can happen anywhere ~in schools, playgrounds, neighborhoods, or through technology. Sending mean text messages, posting statements online that are unkind or not true or agreeing with someone who posts negatively about someone can be examples of Cyberbullying.

Bullying is NEVER OK or ACCEPTABLE!

Help us take a stand against bullying. If you see something or know something about someone being bullied, please report to a trusting adult. For more information on bullying you can go to your school counselor or visit trusted websites such as… pacer.org/bullying.

Walking Wednesdays! 

Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote physical and mental health. FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign encourages students and parents/guardians to take time each Wednesday to walk and connect with friends, neighbors and classmates before the school day and workday begins.  Whether your walk takes you around the block, to the bus stop, or to your school, we hope you will find others out walking and can greet one another from a distance.

Walking Wednesdays will kick off on October 7, 2020, which is International Walk to School Day.  Coming in November will be Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020.  More information about Walking Wednesdays can be found here.

Families, neighborhoods or schools can register their participation in International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2020 here. 

Here are some ideas for your neighborhood Walk to School Day 2020.

We would love for you all to share some love for our Kent Gardens Staff members.  One option to recognize them is through the FCPS Cares Program. This site provides an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our fabulous KG staff members.

PTA News - One and Done! 

Contribute to One & Done here - Help us reach our participation goal!   It is just like it sounds...you make one contribution and you're done for the year!  We only have a few more weeks to try to reach our goal of 50 percent family participation.  A huge THANK YOU to the 132 families who have contributed so far!!! 

This school year the One and Done campaign will support our students with programs that make KG an exciting, vibrant, and thriving school, such as:

  • Curriculum Support: Resources and funds to support every educational area (Math, Science, Reading, Art, etc.), plus assemblies, author visits, and more.
  • Technology Investments: Upgrades and replacements, software licenses, and more.
  • Teacher Support: Teacher incidentals fund, professional development and training, and staff appreciation events.
  • School and Family Support:  state-of-the-art educational materials for classrooms, scholarships so all students can participate in school activities, and purchase supplies our school and teachers need.

The One and Done campaign is our primary source of funds for these programs. Our goal is to enable parents and volunteers to focus on our kids and school - NOT fundraising. Our recommended donation is $150 per family. No donation is too big or too small! We will provide you with a tax receipt for your tax-deductible donation.  Don't forget to check if your company does donation matching - your employer just might match your charitable contribution when you give to a nonprofit like the KG PTA! 

Everyone who donates this year will be entered into a raffle!  Last year, our PTA worked hard to collect donations for gift cards and family experiences from some fabulous local businesses to auction off at our Spring Spectacular. Unfortunately, we were unable to host that event, but we still want to offer up some of these amazing gifts to the Kent Gardens community, so we plan to raffle them off. Everyone who donates will be eligible to win one of these gift cards!

Please do please do Join the PTA !  Our next meeting is October 15th - the PTA has released the link to participate in the meeting. 

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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KG 10.4.2020 Updates

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Administration Note

Dear Parents,

We are certainly getting into the swing of virtual learning. We are working on ensuring that we are meeting with students in small groups and truly getting a baseline for reading and math. We continue to work to ensure that we give enough screen breaks and also have engagement by utilizing various technology platforms. 

Note to parents of NEW students, many of you have not provided needed registration information that includes: school entrance physical and immunization records for your student(s) who is NEW to Kent Gardens. 

As you have heard, FCPS is preparing to begin in-person instruction for very small groups of students. The students identified are those who might find virtually learning very challenging.  We have reached out to the students who will return but note that we are thinking forward and beginning to plan for a safe return to school.  Here is more information regarding the FCPS plan.

We would love for you all to share some love for our Kent Gardens Staff members.  One option to recognize them is through the FCPS Cares Program. This site provides an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our fabulous KG staff members. 

We have also included a note from the PTA - please do Join the PTA and also contribute to One & Done. Our teachers have truly benefitted with the beginning of the year checks!  We appreciate partnering with you and your generosity. 

Note that we had a wonderful and fun Spirit Week!  We have included pictures that were shared during the week!  What fun to bring our school together and show our #kgpride! 

Warmly,

Holly McGuigan          Pier McGrath               Tia Hawkins

Principal                     Assistant Principal          Assistant Principal

 

Advanced Academic Updates

The Advanced Academic Referral window for students NEW to FCPS in grades 3 through 6 is September 8 - October 8, 2020. The referral window for ALL other students in grades 2 - 6 has been accelerated.  It will begin on September 8 - December 1, 2020. Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) Debra Bulford, drbulford@fcps.edu has recorded two sessions for parents to review. 

AAP Overview - This video will provide you with information regarding the different levels of service available to all FCPS students.

AAP Screening Process - This video will provide you with information on how to refer your child for Level III, or IV services. 

We will host Q&A sessions. You should only attend one session per topic as needed. To help us prepare, here is a google link to input your questions. 

AAP Overview:  10/13 from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at this link.

Referral Process: 10/15 from 6 - 6:30 - p.m. at this link.

Additional information regarding AAP Screening and Identification can be found by visiting the county website

Tech Reminders and Caring for Your Laptops  

Students should keep their FCPS issued computers on as much as possible, and conduct frequent restarts so that all updates and virus scans can complete.  This will help so those updates are not being completed while the student is using the laptop first thing in the morning.

Family Choice Board! 

We have added a family choice board to our website and will include in our weekly news to parents.  This choice board is an optional activity guide (non virtual) to provide family fun and creative thinking that will not include your laptop! You may choose to use this board during the Family Lunch Hour, in the afternoon or on the weekend!

Monday Specialized Instructional Activities

We are excited to offer a four-week session of Specialized Instructional Activities  on four Mondays, October 19, 26, November 9 and 16.  Led by our multi-talented Specialists, groups will be limited to 20 students and use Google Meet through a Google classroom invitation.  Activities will range from reading in French to bucket drums, mixed media art projects and developing computer skills. Stay tuned for specifics on times and age groups and how to register. 

Positivity Character Strength

 

 

This week, we are focusing on Open-Mindedness. You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions. “Progress is impossible without change; those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”                                   ~George Bernard Shaw

Questions you might enjoy talking about: What does your attitude have to do with being open minded? How is jumping to conclusions being closed minded? Why might that be a negative in building relationships? How open minded do you think you are?

October - Bully Prevention Month 

National Unity Day is Wednesday, We encourage all KG Lions to join us on every Wednesday in October by wearing ORANGE to represent our stand against bullying. Bullying can be physical- like intentionally hitting, pushing, shoving, or tripping someone. It can also be emotional like repeatedly name calling, teasing, excluding others, or spreading rumors about others. Bullying can happen anywhere ~in schools, playgrounds, neighborhoods, or through technology. Sending mean text messages, posting statements online that are unkind or not true or agreeing with someone who posts negatively about someone can be examples of Cyberbullying.

Bullying is NEVER OK or ACCEPTABLE!

Help us take a stand against bullying. If you see something or know something about someone being bullied, please report to a trusting adult. For more information on bullying you can go to your school counselor or visit trusted websites such as… pacer.org/bullying.

Walking Wednesdays! 

Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote physical and mental health. FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign encourages students and parents/guardians to take time each Wednesday to walk and connect with friends, neighbors and classmates before the school day and workday begins.  Whether your walk takes you around the block, to the bus stop, or to your school, we hope you will find others out walking and can greet one another from a distance.

Walking Wednesdays will kick off on October 7, 2020, which is International Walk to School Day.  Coming in November will be Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020.  More information about Walking Wednesdays can be found here.

Families, neighborhoods or schools can register their participation in International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2020 here. 

Here are some ideas for your neighborhood Walk to School Day 2020.

PTA News - One and Done! 

If you have not yet contributed to One and Done, we encourage you to make a donation.  While $150 is our suggested amount, we will appreciate anything you are willing to give towards this year’s fundraiser. This year’s goal is $40K in 40 days.  We are half way there with only 14 days to go.  Help us come close to or meet our goal by contributing here

Please do please do Join the PTA !  Our next meeting is October 15th - the PTA has released the link to participate in the meeting. 

PTA and KG - Partnering on Square 1 Art

Wouldn't you love to share your child's artwork with family and friends? The Square 1 Art fundraiser will provide you the opportunity  to  purchase  keepsakes  and  gifts  featuring  your child's art! Every order profits your school.Welcome to Square 1 Art! We are so excited to partner with your child's school to celebrate their creativity and raise funds for the school. We are celebrating 20 years of helping schools raise funds for education through the visual arts! 

3 Simple Steps!

  1. Your child creates art. Art Creation Instructions will be provided by your Square 1 Art coordinator.
  2. Take a photo of your child's art with your phone or tablet. Upload your art online at www.square1art.com/shop/upload.
  3. You may then begin to shop for keepsakes!

Together, we can help support the school, and create lasting keepsake memories of your child's art to enjoy for years!

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

 Attendance: 703.394.5656 or KentGardensES.Attendance@fcps.edu

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