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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

As we are concluding week seven of virtual instruction we want to share our appreciation to our families, teachers and  students for your flexibility and resiliency during the first quarter.  As a school community, we continue to adapt and adjust to best meet our eagles’ needs and continue to look ahead for our students return to the building.

Many of you may have seen the FCPS proposed phase in plan to return students to the building and it has created questions for you.  We are working closely with the county to begin to prepare for this transition.  We will have another community meeting in the near future to share updated information as we begin to firm up our plans.  While uncertainty continues, we ask for your continued patience and grace as we navigate these uncertain times and do all we can to support students now, and moving forward.

Thank you for your continued support,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

Upcoming Teacher Workdays

October 30 is a two-hour early release day, instruction ends at 1:15 p.m. 

Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3.  End-of-quarter Teacher Workdays.  STUDENTS DO NOT REPORT TO ONLINE CLASSES. 

(Virtual) Parent Coffee

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28th from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm for a special parent coffee.  Ms. Schroeder, our math specialist, will be sharing ways to help support your child with learning math in the virtual world.  She will also be answering questions from parents.  Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you then! 

Meeting link found here.

Community Corner - Equity

Links to books:

I am Human

All Are Welcome

We're Different, We're The Same

Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE 

A ParentVUE account provides online access to a wealth of information. Please consider signing up for an account. Signing up allows you to access the following:

  • Online report card viewing - Go paperless and view/print your child’s report card online. To take advantage of the paperless option, you will need to login to ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless.”
  • Update your child’s Emergency Care Form - Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account.
  • Bus stop Information via the Bus Stop module
  • Attendance
  • Monitor assignments
  • Access course materials
  • Monitor class performance

Get more information on SIS ParentVue accounts 

Watch this video to learn how to set up your ParentVue account

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Form  Deadline October 30th

The Student Rights and Responsibilities Booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety, creating a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.

After reviewing the information, complete the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out once, per student.

Parental Consent for Select Digital Resources  Deadline October 30th

At Island Creek Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources used at Gunston Elementary.

By completing the Digital Resources Permission Form, you can indicate whether or not your child is allowed to use the digital resources listed this year. The form must be filled out once, per student.

Veterans Day Photo Request

Veterans Day (November 11) is quickly approaching. Even though we are currently learning virtually, we still want to recognize our Gunston Elementary Veterans. We need your help to make this possible! If someone in your family has served or is currently serving in the military, we would love to include them  in our slideshow. Please email the pictures labeled with names and branch of service (from a camera, phone or electronic copy of a photo) to .lmschroeder@fcps.edu no later than Friday, November 6  Thanks in advance for making this year’s Gunston Veterans Day Celebration a success!  

Reporting Absences

When your child is absent or will be tardy, please let the school know by email at Attendance@fcps.edu, submitting through our online attendance form  or by calling the attendance line a703-541-3636. These options are available 24 hours. 

As your student returns to in-person instruction, when they are absent please indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms:

    • Feeling feverish or chills
    • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F
    • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, menstrual cramps stress, or injury)
    • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
    • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties (not due to diagnosed respiratory condition or if different than normal pattern of chronic condition)
    • A new sore throat (not due to another health condition)
    • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or health condition)
    • Fatigue (more tired than normal or sudden onset)
    • New muscle pain (not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise))
    • New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
    • Abdominal pain (not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

 

Student Laptop Troubles?  microphone, speaker, camera? site log-ons? 

Do not wait 3 days - follow these steps ASAP 

We want every student have the ability to participate. 

  1. Login and out of BBCU – Does it work now? No, go to #2
  2. Restart laptop and try again  - Does it work now? No go to #3
  3. Videos, Tips, Help desk phone and Portal to submit a ticket

 

Gunston Library Books

Monday, October 26th - library books are to be picked up at Gunston ES main entrance from 3:00pm - 5:30pm.  This is a great time to return books as well.

Please watch your email (and your student's email) each Friday afternoon for Monday delivery information if your student has reserved books that week. 

Upcoming Events

October 26 - Library Book pick up @ Gunston 3:00pm - 5:30pm

October 28 - Parent Coffee (subject: Math Instruction) 7:00pm - 8:00pm

October 30 - End of First Quarter-Two Hour Early Release  1:15pm

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays/No school  

November 11 - Veteran's Day - Two Hour Early Release  1:15pm

November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break/No school

December 21 - January 1  Winter Break

PTA News & Announcements Join the PTA today!

Sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org 

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Advanced Academics Parent Information Meetings

Continuum of Services: A voice-over video reviewing the continuum of advanced academics services can be accessed here:

A Q&A session will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:00pm to answer any unanswered questions that parents and guardians have about the advanced academic program. Please use this link to submit questions that you have and would like to discuss at the meeting: https://forms.gle/eCkw8NZjKb2Dd88YA.

Level IV Parent Information Meeting: A second meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at 6:00pm to explain and answer questions about the screening process for full-time Level IV services for students in grades 2-6.

 

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of services at the elementary level. A video showing each level of service in action, as well as information about middle and high school services, can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics.

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)

Level I services are provided to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Level I services includes teaching students to use critical and creative thinking skills to process content. It also includes periodic opportunities to use advanced academic curriculum throughout the year. Student responses to these lessons are used as part of the identification process for Levels II-IV. Parents may practice the nine strategies during family conversations and activities. Descriptions and videos of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

  • Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Level II services are available for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 for students with strength in a specific subject area. The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV to extend and enrich in the subject area strength. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year. Multiple criteria are used to screen for this level of service and decisions are made at the local school level.

To have your student screened for Level II services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form available on the Forms page: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893.

  • Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Level III services are available for students in Grades 3-6 who are eligible for part-time direct services from the AART. Students are identified by a screening committee at the local school.  The AART uses materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV in the four core subject areas through either a weekly pull-out class or weekly co-teaching model with the classroom teacher. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year.  Multiple criteria are used to screen for this level of service and decisions are made at the local school level.

To have your student screened for Level III services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form available on the Forms page: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893.

  • Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Level IV services are available for students in Grades 3-8 who are found eligible through a central selection process. Eligible students use curriculum from the AAP Curriculum Framework in the four academic subject areas on a full-time basis.

Multiple criteria are reviewed to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. The countywide central selection committee determines eligibility for full-time AAP Level IV placement.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles: 

  • Fall screening is held for students who are new to FCPS and have been referred
  • Spring screening is held for any FCPS-enrolled student who has been referred

Due to the volume of files screened centrally for Level IV services, deadlines are strictly held. 

  • A referral form may be turned in during the referral window (beginning on the first day of school, ending on December 1, 2020)
  • Students new to FCPS may be considered for Fall screening and Spring screening
  • The referral form is available on the Forms page: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

Additional information about the holistic screening process and information used for screening can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

Middle and High School AAP

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page:

 Ability Testing

For current information on ability testing, please visit the Testing and Identification Timeline at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students/testing-and.

Students must have one ability test score to go through the Level IV screening process.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year.  

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at food distribution sites.  

Veterans Day Photo Request

Veterans Day (November 11) is quickly approaching. Even though we are currently learning virtually, we still want to recognize our Gunston Elementary Veterans. We need your help to make this possible! If someone in your family has served or is currently serving in the military, we would love to include them  in our slideshow. Please email the pictures labeled with names and branch of service (from a camera, phone or electronic copy of a photo) to .lmschroeder@fcps.edu no later than Friday, November 6  Thanks in advance for making this year’s Gunston Veterans Day Celebration a success!  

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is 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 Gunston staff members.

Click on this video and see if you recognize one of Gunston's "stars"!

Reporting Absences

When your child is absent or will be tardy, please let the school know by email at Attendance@fcps.edu, submitting through our online attendance form  or by calling the attendance line a703-541-3636. These options are available 24 hours. 

Student Laptop Troubles?  Mic, speaker, camera? Site Logons? 

Do not wait 3 days - follow these steps ASAP 

We want every student have the ability to participate. 

  1. Login and out of BBCU – Does it work now? No, go to #2
  2. Restart laptop and try again  - Does it work now? No go to #3
  3. Videos, Tips, Help desk phone and Portal to submit a ticket

 

Gunston Library Books coming to you!

Exciting news!  There will be a rotating Monday schedule for curbside collection and neighborhood delivery  Watch student and parent emails for detailed information regarding pick up.

Directions on how to borrow books and access eBooks

1) Go to Google Classrooms.

If you don’t have a method, go to Gunston ES homepage, click on “Resources” at the top, click on the Google Classroom icon.

2) Open the Specials class (if there is a join button, click that first).

3) At the top of the page, click on “Classwork.”

4) Scroll down to Library and open “library information & links” and the link it opens.

You should now be in Mrs. McIntyre’s virtual library.

Kindergarten and 1st grade have a form to fill out. Grades 2-6 have directions on how to hold books. 

Check your email on Friday. You’ll receive an email Friday if you have a book delivery on Monday. Be sure to check your spam folder.

Enjoy!

Email Diana McIntyre at dhmcintyre@fcps.edu with any questions.

Your Attention is Needed!

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

 Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

PTA News & Announcements   PTA Meeting Tonight

Thursday, October 15th @ 7:00pm

The link is available on the PTA website: www.gunstonpta.org.

 

Join the PTA today!

Sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org 

SAVE the Shoes

Our  collection of gently used shoes has begun. There is a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

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Your Attention is Needed!

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

 Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

 

“Go Paperless” Quarterly Report Card Option

Please take a moment to consider “Going Paperless” to receive only online report cards each quarter. To take advantage of the paperless options, you will need to login to ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless.” 

Reporting Absences

When your child is absent or will be tardy, please let the school know by email at Attendance@fcps.edu, submitting through our online attendance form  or by calling the attendance line a703-541-3636. These options are available 24 hours. 

Fall 2020 Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Child Behavior Rating Scale

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)  provides actionable information that will assist teachers, leaders, and parents/guardians in supporting student success in school and to better understand school readiness skills across the state of Virginia. This fall your student will participate in the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) component of the Virginia Kindergarten readiness program. The CBRS rating scale is used for both self-regulation and social skills and is completed after 3-4 weeks of observation. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Parent Notification webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Community Corner Technology Tips for Parents I.  Connect with ParentVue/ParentView

Have you activated your ParentVue/ParentView account yet? 

It is a 2 minute process to set up a username and password that provides parents with access to any Blackboard course available to their child AND access to SIS (student Information System.)

Find more information about how to get set up with your ParentVue account on the FCPS website. 

II.  Troubleshooting and Technology Support

The FCPS website has tips for students and parents about using many of the tech tools available. Much of this information can be translated into a language of choice.  In addition, parents can find troubleshooting videos and app directions.  On this webpage there is also a helpdesk number to call and links to submit requests for support.

III.  Cool and Helpful Idea for Tech and other Things

Teaching someone something helps you really learn it.  Ask your child to “teach” you how students submit and un-submit  assignments in Google Classroom.  Ask them things like “How did you get to Google Classroom?”  and “How do you know this assignment is complete?”  In this process your child will not only reinforce these procedures for themselves, but may think about questions they might need in advance of other learning moments.  Hint: steps for submitting can be found in the Gunston Blackboard under the Tech Resources button.

Student Laptop Troubles?  Mic, speaker, camera? Site Logons? 

Do not wait 3 days - follow these steps ASAP 

We want every student have the ability to participate. 

  1. Login and out of BBCU – Does it work now? No, go to #2
  2. Restart laptop and try again  - Does it work now? No go to #3
  3. Videos, Tips, Help desk phone and Portal to submit a ticket

 

Gunston Library Books coming to you!

 

Exciting news!  Students will now have the opportunity to check out Gunston ES library books!.  There will be a rotating Monday schedule for curbside collection and neighborhood delivery  Watch student and parent emails for detailed information regarding pick up.

Directions on how to borrow books and access ebooks

1) Go to Google Classrooms.

If you don’t have a method, go to Gunston ES homepage, click on “Resources” at the top, click on the Google Classroom icon.

2) Open the Specials class (if there is a join button, click that first).

3) At the top of the page, click on “Classwork.”

4) Scroll down to Library and open “library information & links” and the link it opens.

You should now be in Mrs. McIntyre’s virtual library.

Kindergarten and 1st grade have a form to fill out. Grades 2-6 have directions on how to hold books. 

Watch for an email the Friday before detailing your Monday delivery of books.

Enjoy!

Email Diana McIntyre at dhmcintyre@fcps.edu with any questions.

LEAP Into Reading! Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP)

FCPS PreK-12 students can now check-out books from Fairfax County Public Libraries without the need to register for a physical library card. Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FC public libraries through an automated data download. Families who do not wish to participate should select the opt-out for LEAP in the 20-21 SR & R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to check-out up to three library books at any FC public branch; students simply share their name and indicate where they are an FCPS student. A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 

Fairfax County Public Libraries are open for Express services and offer curbside check-out.  Read more about the LEAP program at  FCPL page.

PTA News & Announcements Join the PTA today!

Sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org 

SAVE the Shoes

Our  collection of gently used shoes has begun. There is a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

Operation Stocking Stuffer

Please consider having  your kids make a "Thank You" or holiday card for servicemembers that will be deployed over the holidays.

A collection box for cards will be located outside of the main office from  October 1 - 15.

If you wish to donate non-monetary items for the boxes in addition to cards, please reach out to Ashley at ashleyn6396@gmail.com.

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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

We can’t believe it is the first day of October already!  Thank you for taking the time to attend our virtual "Back to School Night” last week.  We had a great turnout! If you were unable to attend, please contact your child's teacher to locate the recorded version.  It has been made available for you.  Our Virtual Parent Coffees continued last night with a focus on supporting your child with reading at home.  Stay tuned for information about our next parent coffee later this month presented by our math specialist.

Over the last month, we've seen students become accustomed to their new school routines and procedures.  We have enjoyed meeting with each grade level to review the Students Rights and Responsibilities.  Please make sure you review with your child how they can continue to be safe, respectful, and responsible eagles in our virtual classrooms.  Our specialists are enjoying connecting with students during our clubs that started this week.  While this isn't the ideal environment for school, we see that students, parents and teachers are making the very best of the time they have together.

Communication continues to be at the heart of collaboration between school and home.  Please continue to share your successes and challenges with our teachers, so that they can best support all of our eagles.  Interims will be sent home at the end of next week.  This is a great opportunity to reinforce goal-setting with your child and to reflect on their strengths and an area they would like to improve. 

We hope you and your family are finding time to disconnect and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Virtual hugs,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

 

“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” – Nat Turner

Parent Coffee

Our first parent coffee was a huge success! Mrs. Robinson shared strategies to support readers at home and Mrs. McIntyre shared how students can access books. If you missed it, check out the recording below! Mark your calendars our next parent coffee will be October 28th at 7:00pm. We can’t wait to share ways to support your students in math with Mrs. Schroeder.

Gunston Parent Coffee - recording_1

Gunston Library Books coming to you!

 

Exciting news!  Students will now have the opportunity to check out Gunston ES library books!.  There will be a rotating Monday schedule for curbside collection and neighborhood delivery  Watch student and parent emails for detailed information regarding pick up.

Monday, October 5th will be curbside only at Gunston ES  from 3:00pm - 5:30pm.  If you receive a confirmation email you may collect your books on this day and time.  Stay tuned for the first bus delivery date.

 

Directions on how to borrow books and access ebooks

1) Go to Google Classrooms.

If you don’t have a method, go to Gunston ES homepage, click on “Resources” at the top, click on the Google Classroom icon.

2) Open the Specials class (if there is a join button, click that first).

3) At the top of the page, click on “Classwork.”

4) Scroll down to Library and open “library information & links” and the link it opens.

You should now be in Mrs. McIntyre’s virtual library.

Kindergarten and 1st grade have a form to fill out. Grades 2-6 have directions on how to hold books. 

Watch for an email the Friday before detailing your Monday delivery of books.

Enjoy!

Email Diana McIntyre at dhmcintyre@fcps.edu with any questions.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

Hello Gunston Community!

The Wellness team at Gunston would like to provide you with information on the FCPS Parent Resource Center.

The Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. They provide access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. The Parent Resource Center also offers a number of informational webinars on their YouTube channel that can be accessed by all. Families can schedule a consultation with a PRC employee right on the FCPS site. Contact information for the PRC is below.   

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact us by email prc@fcps.edu or phone 703-204-3941.

Address: FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1 2334 Gallows Road, Room 105 Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027

Upcoming in October:

How to Get Your Child/Adolescent to Open Up to You

We all want to know what's going on in our children's lives. We want to know about school and about their friends. We want to hear their successes and their struggles. But what happens when your kids won't tell you what's going on in their lives? What if you ask questions and all they do is shrug and mumble "It was fine," or "I don't know"?

Webinar Highlights:

Strategies to use with reluctant children

How to open lines of communication with your children

How to increase productive, effective communication

Presented by Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE.

Friday October 2, 2020, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Reporting Absences

Please remember to notify the Gunston office when your student(s) will be absent and be sure to include a reason.

Methods of reporting:

Attendance Line:  703-541-3636

Attendance Email:  GunstonElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

Forms and Virtual First Day Packet

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

Virtual First Day Packet

The Parent Consent Form is just one of the forms we need you to review and/or fill out as the school year begins. Usually we provide paper copies of these forms in our First Day Packet. For this virtual environment, we have adapted that process to a digital format. Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

PTA News & Announcements Join the PTA today!

We hope that you will join us in our efforts this year and choose to renew your membership in the PTA or choose to join the PTA. It is $10 for the year and is a very easy process. You can sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org. You will receive your membership card right away.

SAVE the Shoes

Our  collection of gently used shoes has begun.  Our goal is to collect 1000 pairs of shoes to raise $1,200.  The shoes will be sent to developing nations to provide an economic opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs.  It is also a way to help the environment by repurposing shoes. We plan to use the money to buy supplies to help the school purchase distance learning supplies for when we eventually return to school.  There is a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

Operation Stocking Stuffer

Parents, are you looking for an activity for your kids during screen breaks? Please consider having your kids make a "Thank You" or holiday card for servicemembers that will be deployed over the holidays.

One of our PTA members is in charge of Operation Stocking Stuffer this year. Operation Stocking Stuffer is a fundraiser that is organized to send holiday boxes to troops deployed over the holidays. Feedback from past recipients is that cards from kids has been their favorite item! There will be a collection box outside of the front office from October 1-October 15 so you can drop off your cards.

If you wish to donate nonmonetary items for the boxes in addition to cards, please reach out to Ashley at ashleyn6396@gmail.com.

Class Hub

PTA is trying to make it easier for families to connect with each other.  If you would like your child's information to be accessible to other Gunston families, please go to the PTA's website:  ptagunston.org to sign up for their class hub.

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September Parent (Virtual) Coffee Wednesday, September 30th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wondering how to support our youngest eagles with learning how to read at home?  Our reading specialist, Elizabeth Robinson will present some tips and strategies for finding books and reading with primary students at home.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Here is bbcu guest link for parents 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2da8c132a7e6474493492d95fea62977

Reporting Absences

Please remember to notify the Gunston office when your student(s) will be absent and be sure to include a reason.

Methods of reporting:

Attendance Line:  703-541-3636

Attendance Email:  GunstonElem.Attendance@fcps.edu

Gunston Clubs!

We have exciting news to share!  Gunston’s specialist team is excited to offer various optional club offerings for our students this quarter. Click here information about each club, the times the club meets, supplies needed and other important information. Clubs will begin on Tuesday, September 29th. We look forward to seeing you! 

-Gunston PE, Music, Art & Japanese

Recorders for 3rd Grade Students

Attention 3rd Graders:

This year in general music, students in 3rd grade will begin learning the soprano recorder. Soprano recorders will be available for pick-up at the school for all 3rd grade students on Monday, September 28th from 9:30am-12:00pm and  1:00am-3:30pm.

 

ST Math is Here!

We have an exciting new online math program for elementary students in Fairfax County Public Schools!  All of our Gunston Eagles have access to ST Math, which is a conceptual-based program that helps students learn mathematical concepts.  The program is designed with leveled puzzles for a student to complete as they engage in mathematical thinking and make connections to other standards.  It is purposeful in allowing students opportunities to try ideas and revise their thinking as they work through the puzzles.  Here might be some questions you could use to help them as they work on the program:

  • What do you notice about the puzzle?
  • What did you learn from the previous level that can help you now?
  • What can you click?
  • Describe what you see after you click.  What did you learn?
  • Describe the strategy you are going to use.
  • What can you do to get JiJi across the screen?
  • What question is the puzzle asking you?
  • What will you do now?
  • What do you expect to see?

For more information and resources to support your child with ST Math, please visit their website : https://www.stmath.com/parent-math-resources

 

Helpful Setting to Reduce Blue Screen

A parent concerned with her children experiencing too much computer blue screen recommended we share the settings on the laptops to enable the Night Light Setting.  A version of these directions with pictures can be found on the Gunston Blackboard (viewable with a parentVue account or student account.)

Steps:

  1. In the search box in lower left type Night Light
  2. When it appears, select Open
  3. Once the Night Light application is launched, you can select ‘Turn On’ to enable it that very moment.
  4. Additionally, a schedule can be set for the Night Light to turn off or turn on depending upon the hours set.
Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Forms and Virtual First Day Packet

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

Virtual First Day Packet

The Parent Consent Form is just one of the forms we need you to review and/or fill out as the school year begins. Usually we provide paper copies of these forms in our First Day Packet. For this virtual environment, we have adapted that process to a digital format. Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

Hispanic Early Literacy Program

You are invited to participate in a free parenting program for parents and children between the ages of 2 years and 5 years.

Usted esta invitado(a) a participar en un programa para padres y su(s) hijo(s) entre las edades de 2 a 5 anos

Para obtener mas informacion o para inscribirse en una clase, comuniquese con:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/early-literacy-programs/early-literacy-program-spanish-speaking

PTA News & Announcements Join the PTA today!

We hope that you will join us in our efforts this year and choose to renew your membership in the PTA or choose to join the PTA. It is $10 for the year and is a very easy process. You can sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org. You will receive your membership card right away.

Class Hub

PTA is trying to make it easier for families to connect with each other.  If you would like your child's information to be accessible to other Gunston families, please go to the PTA's website:  ptagunston.org to sign up for their class hub.

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Virtual Back to School Nights

Dear Parents, This is a reminder that the Gunston Back to School Night (BTSN) will occur next week.

Tuesday, September 22nd

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Classroom teachers will conduct presentations for parents using the student link that is used for class every day. **Teachers will record their BTSN session and send it out the next day to the parents of all students. This way for those who miss the session will be able to watch.

7:25 pm – 8:00 pm Second Session   To accommodate families who have multiple children attending Gunston the teachers will hold a second live session.

 

Please make note of the following:

For all BTSN session we will be using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU).

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.

We look forward to seeing all parents at BTSN next week!!

September Parent (Virtual) Coffee Wednesday, September 30th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wondering how to support our youngest eagles with learning how to read at home?  Our reading specialist, Elizabeth Robinson will present some tips and strategies for finding books and reading with primary students at home.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Here is bbcu guest link for parents 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2da8c132a7e6474493492d95fea62977

Forms and Virtual First Day Packet

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

Virtual First Day Packet

The Parent Consent Form is just one of the forms we need you to review and/or fill out as the school year begins. Usually we provide paper copies of these forms in our First Day Packet. For this virtual environment, we have adapted that process to a digital format. Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

Return to School at Gunston Website

Finally, we have created a 2020 Return to School at Gunston page on our school website where we are posting messages from the administrators and links to other pages with important back-to-school information. Please visit often to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Social/Emotional (SEL) and Family Resources

Is your child feeling upset, stressed, anxious or losing focusing? Try the following  strategies to help them feel better.

Consent Needed for Select Digital Resources

Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here https://gunstones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.   After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

PTA News & Announcements PTA Meeting TONIGHT

PTA's first meeting of the year is a virtual Zoom meeting which takes place tonight, Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.  New members welcome. The link is:  https://zoom.us/j/96823271123

Join the PTA today!

We hope that you will join us in our efforts this year and choose to renew your membership in the PTA or choose to join the PTA. It is $10 for the year and is a very easy process. You can sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org. You will receive your membership card right away.

Class Hub

PTA is trying to make it easier for families to connect with each other.  If you would like your child's information to be accessible to other Gunston families, please go to the PTA's website:  ptagunston.org to sign up for their class hub.

Spirit Wear will be mailed directly to your address (shipping costs will be incurred).

September 18th -  last day to order!                 

Please order using this LINK.  

SAVE the Shoes

Our school plans to collect gently used shoes this fall.  Our goal is to collect 1000 pairs of shoes to raise $1,200.  The shoes will be sent to developing nations to provide an economic opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs.  It is also a way to help the environment by repurposing shoes. We plan to use the money to buy supplies to help the school purchase distance learning supplies for when we eventually return to school.  We will leave a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

Start Date:  September 30th

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Principals' Message New School Year is Off to a Great Start!

We were so excited to see all of our returning eagles and newest eagles in their virtual classrooms this week!  Each day starts with a Morning Meeting that focuses on building relationships as well as the social and emotional well-being of students. These are similar to the Morning Meetings we conduct every day when in the building in person. 

We have been intentional in our decision-making with content areas, breaks, specials, and independent work time. Students will receive virtual instruction five days per week. The week included 4 days of live, face-to-face (synchronous) online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning (asynchronous) and/or individualized instruction, plus the aforementioned Morning Meeting. Additional intervention will be provided to select students on Monday mornings. We will also create additional opportunities for students to engage in enrichment opportunities on Mondays, stay tuned for those details in upcoming weeks.  Specific class and student schedules were shared by classroom teachers. Individual teachers will provide more detailed information about their Monday schedule. 

Please continue to reach out to your teachers and share any questions you may have about class time or work.  We appreciate your collaboration with us!

Fondly,

Ms. Rucinski & Mrs. Opie

ESOL Open House Tonight

The ESOL teachers, Mrs. Hanna and Mrs. Zayas will be hosting a virtual open house tonight Thursday, September 10th at 7 pm for all ESOL families. This will be your opportunity to meet the ESOL teachers, find out about English support for your students, and ask questions. 

Here is the guest link to join. We hope to see you all there! https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/13bbd95a4fb048b5b005bc038c4b5bd8

iReady

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. Students in grades K-6 will take the iReady reading assessment. Students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady mathematics assessment. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage.

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Tech Support for Parents and Students

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support request ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the TSSpec at the appropriate site to expedite service.

Calling All Musicians

Would you like to be a part of the strings or band program and learn to play an instrument this year? 4th graders may sign up for strings, and 5th and 6th graders may sign up for band or strings. Visit this site for more information and the enrollment forms.

Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes.  School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. 

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

A bus stops at Gunston Elementary from 8:15 am - 8:25 am.  The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

PLEASE NOTE:  Updates to bus routes are posted each afternoon by 5pm. Changes will be marked as "new" or "updated".    

Arrival times at bus stops may be delayed several minutes due to unexpected issues.

Forms and Virtual First Day Packet

There are several important forms that need to be filled out as the school year begins. Please read below for more information and take action as needed.

Virtual First Day Packet

The Parent Consent Form is just one of the forms we need you to review and/or fill out as the school year begins. Usually we provide paper copies of these forms in our First Day Packet. For this virtual environment, we have adapted that process to a digital format. Please visit the Virtual First Day Packet page on our school website and follow the directions for each form if applicable to your family. Forms listed there include:

 

Return to School at Gunston Website

Finally, we have created a 2020 Return to School at Gunston page on our school website where we are posting messages from the administrators and links to other pages with important back-to-school information. Please visit often to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Social/Emotional (SEL) and Family Resources

The GES Clinical Team created a google site for families to access activities and resources that support social emotional learning (SEL), as well as community resources. Activities/ resources are compatible and easily adaptable to any grade level or age. We hope these activities, ideas, and resources will be helpful. In order to access the google site, please make sure you are signed into your child’s google drive: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/gesstudentserviceteam/home

Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the clinical team (counselor: Kemba Ephraim ktephrain@fcps.edu, school psychologist: Nicole Campbell ncampbell@fcps.edu, school social worker: Courtney Marques ctmarques@fcps.edu) if you ever have questions or need support!

Consent Needed for Select Digital Resources

Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here https://gunstones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.   After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

PTA News & Announcements PTA Meeting

PTA's first meeting of the year is a virtual Zoom meeting which takes place Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.  New members welcome. The link is:  https://zoom.us/j/96823271123

Join the PTA today!

We hope that you will join us in our efforts this year and choose to renew your membership in the PTA or choose to join the PTA. It is $10 for the year and is a very easy process. You can sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org. You will receive your membership card right away.

Spirit Wear will be mailed directly to your address (shipping costs will be incurred).

                     ********       Please order using this LINK.  *********

Kona Ice Fundraiser

Date:  Monday, September 14th

Time:  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location:  Food Truck will be parked at Gunston Plaza Shopping Center

Why: Let's celebrate the beginning of the school year and support the PTA by enjoying Kona IceKona Ice will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Gunston PTA.

SAVE the Shoes

Our school plans to collect gently used shoes this fall.  Our goal is to collect 1000 pairs of shoes to raise $1,200.  The shoes will be sent to developing nations to provide an economic opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs.  It is also a way to help the environment by repurposing shoes. We plan to use the money to buy supplies to help the school purchase distance learning supplies for when we eventually return to school.  We will leave a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

Start Date:  September 30th

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Principals' Message

Dear Gunston Families,

We are so excited to begin our new school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  We can’t wait to visit the students in their virtual classrooms.  We would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining Gunston this year and welcome back all of our returning families!  I am honored to be your principal. Our goal is to work together to provide our eagles with a rich learning environment.  We believe that every eagle will continue to soar.   In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible.  It has been amazing to see students at open house sessions this week, the beginning of the year excitement is in the air! 

Student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our community and this is most important now more than ever. It truly does take a village and at Gunston we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and we greatly appreciate the support you provide for your children to help them meet their learning goals.  Without the support of parent contributions through our extraordinary PTA, we would not have been able to provide our learning toolkits.

Although this year looks different than any other year, we are dedicated to providing your child(ren) a memorable, interactive, engaging distance learning experience. Our staff has been engaging in learning and planning engaging experiences in order to build connections with their students and to help foster new relationships with their peers.   We will be focusing  on all of the positives that we can take from this experience and as the role models in our little eagles’ lives it is important that we display a positive attitude towards distance learning each and every day. I encourage you to do the same at home and when you face challenges, please reach out to your teachers, they are there to support your family. 

We look forward to a fantastic school year!

Fondly,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

 

“Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.” -Christian Larson

Important Notice:

We are so excited for the first day of virtual school on September 8th!  Please makes sure you are aware how to access your child’s FCPSSCHOOLS.NET Gmail account.  That is the same email where students received their class links.  If there is a need to address any challenges that may arise, that will be the way teachers can communicate next steps. 

How to Access Flipgrid
  1. Click on the link

    https://flipgrid.com/dc22f1c1 with the flipgrid code.

  2. Students will log in with their Username: studentid@fcpsschools.net (Student ID number) and  Password:______

      3.  Click the plus sign to record a video.

      4.  The topic is moderated so the video will not show up right away.

Email Ms. Opie if you need support with loading videos.

New Virtual Learning Tech Tips Videos

New videos have been posted on the virtual learning playlist. They include tips on signing in, locating assignments, and submitting assignments in Google Classroom, as well as how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Go to the video learning playlist

Technology Support for Families

Access videos and resources to help your student in the virtual learning environment on the Technology Support for Families webpage

Consent Needed for Select Digital Resources

At Gunston Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here https://gunstones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Tech Support for Parents and Students

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.

FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support request ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the TSSpec at the appropriate site to expedite service.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.   After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home: A Behavioral Support Series for Families Thursdays    September 2020 - April 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am  AND 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the PRC brings you this series of webinars.  This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth.   

For more information about each session and registration visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms 

The Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. These forms are required for all students for the 2020-2021 school year and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

The deadline to complete these forms is Monday, September 7, 2020.

PTA News & Announcements Join the PTA today!

We hope that you will join us in our efforts this year and choose to renew your membership in the PTA or choose to join the PTA. It is $10 for the year and is a very easy process. You can sign-up in the store on our website, gunstonpta.org. You will receive your membership card right away.

Spirit Wear will be mailed directly to your address (shipping costs will be incurred).

                     ********       Please order using this LINK.  *********

Kona Ice Fundraiser

Date:  Monday, September 14th

Time:  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location:  Food Truck will be parked at Gunston Plaza Shopping Center

Why: Let's celebrate the beginning of the school year and support the PTA by enjoying Kona IceKona Ice will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Gunston PTA.

SAVE the Shoes

Our school plans to collect gently used shoes this fall.  Our goal is to collect 1000 pairs of shoes to raise $1,200.  The shoes will be sent to developing nations to provide an economic opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs.  It is also a way to help the environment by repurposing shoes. We plan to use the money to buy supplies to help the school purchase distance learning supplies for when we eventually return to school.  We will leave a donation box near the front door of the school.  Thank you for your support!

Start Date:  September 30th

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Pick Up Protocols

When you arrive for your appointment, please pull up to the main entrance. We will greet you at your car window and ask you health screener questions. As we are following health guidelines please only arrive at your assigned time slot.

A staff member will escort your child to an outdoor desk so he/she can sign in to his/her computer to make sure that everything is working correctly before taking it home. Your student will need their username and password from last year. If they are new or can’t remember this information we will provide it during their time slot.  If you cannot bring your child with you please bring their user name and password with you to help expedite the process.

Children must be wearing masks/face coverings to exit the car and login to the laptops. All other family members must stay in the vehicle.

We will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available at each laptop station.

School Supplies

When students pick up their laptops, they will also be given a bag of school toolkit materials to support learning in the virtual environment to start the year. We would like to thank all of the teachers and the PTA who donated materials to make this possible.

If you need the school supplies from the grade level list we will provide these at this time as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Rucinski at krucinski@fcps.edu

Open House Information Gunston... it is time to get connected!

 

Get to know your teachers, classmates and administration before September 8th!

 

Next week you will have two opportunities to connect with your teacher.   This will be a chance for students to learn how to use their class links and engage in relationship building experiences.

  • A virtual one on one meet and greet where you can connect with your teachers.
  • A virtual class meet and greet where you can connect with your classmates (see schedule below).

Teachers will call to introduce themselves by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 28th and schedule the virtual one on one meet and greet.

 

Open House with Principals

This is an opportunity for principals to connect with students during grade level sessions and review virtual classroom expectations.  (see schedule below).

 

Below are the BBCU links for admin meetings with students on Sept 1, 2 & 3. 

 

Kinder Admin Address on Sept 1 at 4 pm  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/33e3ca955df34e12943099f5c1cf2660

Gr 1-3 Admin Address on Sept 2 at 4 pm https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d39705e2229342a881e509649b3a8466

Gr 4-6 Admin Address on Sept 3 at 4 pm https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/57bf70b3cca04ee1a10ebaa18b207228

 

Consent Needed for Select Digital Resources                              

At Gunston Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here https://gunstones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Tech Support for Parents and Students

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms 

The Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. These forms are required for all students for the 2020-2021 school year and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

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Open House Information Gunston... it is time to get connected!

 

Get to know your teachers, classmates and administration before September 8th!

 

Next week you will have two opportunities to connect with your teacher.   This will be a chance for students to learn how to use their class links and engage in relationship building experiences.

  • A virtual one on one meet and greet where you can connect with your teachers.
  • A virtual class meet and greet where you can connect with your classmates (see schedule below).

Teachers will call to introduce themselves by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 28th and schedule the virtual one on one meet and greet.

 

Open House with Principals

This is an opportunity for principals to connect with students during grade level sessions and review virtual classroom expectations.  (see schedule below).

 

 

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Laptop Distribution

We will be distributing laptops to all students next week.  All 6th and 5th  grade students will be issued new laptops. Students in other grades will receive laptops from our current supply.

 

Laptop Pick Up Times

Staff have begun calling all families with pickup times. If you have not received a phone call by Friday afternoon please contact Mrs. Opie at elopie@fcps.edu. 

Walk-ins will not be allowed.

If you have more than one child, you may bring all students at the slot of the oldest sibling.

Pick Up Protocols

When you arrive for your appointment, please pull up to the main entrance. We will greet you at your car window and ask you health screener questions. As we are following health guidelines please only arrive at your assigned time slot.

A staff member will escort your child to an outdoor desk so he/she can sign in to his/her computer to make sure that everything is working correctly before taking it home. Your student will need their username and password from last year. If they are new or can’t remember this information we will provide it during their time slot.

Children must be wearing masks/face coverings to exit the car and login to the laptops. All other family members must stay in the vehicle.

We will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available at each laptop station.

Opting Out

If you do not wish to use a school laptop and prefer to have your child use his/her own personal device, you MUST request an opt out form by contacting Mrs. Opie elopie@fcps.edu.

School Supplies

When students pick up their laptops, they will also be given a bag of school toolkit materials to support learning in the virtual environment to start the year. We would like to thank all of the teachers and the PTA who donated materials to make this possible.

If you need the school supplies from the grade level list we will provide these at this time as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Rucinski at krucinski@fcps.edu

Yearbooks

If you pre-ordered a yearbook last school year you will receive it during laptop distribution.

Open House

We are so excited to welcome all families back! This year open house will be virtual. Teachers can’t wait to connect with families and we will send a separate invite to open house early next week with grade level times and principal sessions. 

Kindergarten Play Date

Newest Eagles! We want to meet you. Please join us for a virtual play date next Thursday August 27th at 5:30. Ms. Rucinski, Mrs. Opie, and some of the Kindergarten teachers can’t wait  to connect, share about Gunston, and meet some new friends! We have some great things planned and can’t wait to “see” you!

Join the virtual play date here

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Gunston Parent Community Meeting

Missed our community meeting last week?  No worries. Below is a link and a list of topics discussed at our August 12th meeting.

Virtual Instruction, Technology, Supplies, Engagement, Schedules, Socialization, Creating Classes, Class Expectations, AAP Screening, Grading/Assignments, Attendance, Training for Families, Next Steps and How much do I help my child?.

Click here for the meeting recording.

Laptop Distribution

We are thrilled to begin the process of ensuring that every eagle has access to technology. In the effort to distribute laptops to every student below are the designated days for grade levels. We will begin the week of August 24th. Our laptops are currently being updated and re-imaged to prepare for the new school year.  Families will be coming in the day of the oldest student except kindergarten. The office will be contacting families to provide assigned time slot.  If you cannot make your assigned date/time there will be a make up session.

Monday,  August 24  - 6th grade

Tuesday, August 25 - 5th grade

Wednesday,  August 26 - 4th and 1st

Thursday, August 27 - 3rd and 1st

Friday,  August 28  - 2nd grade and Preschool

Monday,  August 31 - Kindergarten

 

Process:

Please arrive at your designated time slot. All students must wear a face covering and follow social distancing. 

Drive up to the main entrance. You will be asked health screener questions by a staff member. A staff member may ask you fill out paperwork as you wait.  Family members must remain in the vehicle.

  1. Student will then exit the vehicle and walk to the desk and log in with their username and password  that they used last year and access the school network.
  2. Student will receive computer, sanitize and then return to the vehicle. We will also supply every student with a bag of manipulatives and graphic organizers to be used during instruction.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Opie elopie@fcps.edu

Open House

We are so excited to welcome all families back! This year open house will be virtual. Teachers can’t wait to connect with families and will be reaching out in the upcoming weeks. They will share further details and schedule individual slots to meet and greet each one of their students and families. In addition, there will be a session for students to join a Principal's Open House.

Welcome our Newest Eagles!

Mrs. Lourdes Presnel, - Student Information Asst.

Ms. Maria Alvestegui - Parent Liaison.

We are so excited for them to join our Gunston                                                    family!

 

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Gunston Parent Community Meeting

Missed our community meeting last week?  No worries. Below is a link and a list of topics discussed at our August 12th meeting.

Virtual Instruction, Technology, Supplies, Engagement, Schedules, Socialization, Creating Classes, Class Expectations, AAP Screening, Grading/Assignments, Attendance, Training for Families, Next Steps and How much do I help my child?.

Click here for the meeting recording.

Laptop Distribution

We are thrilled to begin the process of ensuring that every eagle has access to technology. In the effort to distribute laptops to every student below are the designated days for grade levels. We will begin the week of August 24th. Our laptops are currently being updated and reimaged to prepare for the new school year.  Families will be coming in the day of the oldest student except kindergarten. The office will be contacting families to provide assigned time slot.  If you cannot make your assigned date/time there will be a make up session.

Monday,  August 24  - 6th grade

Tuesday, August 25 - 5th grade

Wednesday,  August 26 - 4th and 1st

Thursday, August 27 - 3rd and 1st

Friday,  August 28  - 2nd grade and Preschool

Monday,  August 31 - Kindergarten

 

Process:

Please arrive at your designated time slot. All students must wear a face covering and follow social distancing. (I don’t know if we want to wait to include this piece maybe in a Monday NYC? I am still unclear about what paper forms we will have or digitized things we want to include during this time)

  1. Drive up to the main entrance. You will be asked health screener questions by a staff member. A staff member may ask you fill out paperwork as you wait.  Family members must remain in the vehicle.
  2. Student will then exit the vehicle and walk to the desk and log in with their username and password  that they used last year and access the school network.
  3. Student will receive computer, sanitize and then return to the vehicle. We will also supply every student with a bag of manipulatives and graphic organizers to be used during instruction.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Opie elopie@fcps.edu

Open House

We are so excited to welcome all families back! This year open house will be virtual. Teachers can’t wait to connect with families and will be reaching out in the upcoming weeks. They will share further details and schedule individual slots to meet and greet each one of their students and families. In addition, there will be a session for students to join a Principal's Open House.

Welcome our Newest Eagles!

Mrs. Lourdes Presnel, - Student Information Asst.

Ms. Maria Alvestegui - Parent Liaison.

We are so excited for them to join our Gunston                                                    family!

 

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Parent Coffee Wednesday, August 12    -    6:30-7:30 pm

We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely.  We will share strategies to prepare your family for a successful virtual start to the school year. We will have a discussion portion to share and learn from other families about strategies they found success with during the Spring.

Link to Parent Coffee

We thank our families for your continued support and feedback as we work together to create an exceptional distance learning program.  We are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for the fall and a successful school year.

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School Supplies

Students will need supplies during virtual instruction. We will update supply lists if needed as we transition to the in person model.  You may consider taking advantage of summer sales and buying extras for your child.

Please email Kristen Rucinski at  krucinski@fcps.edu if you need support with school supplies for your child this year.

Parent Coffee Wednesday, August 12 - 6:30-7:30 pm

We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely.  We will share strategies to prepare your family for a successful virtual start to the school year.

Link to Parent Coffee

We thank our families for your continued support and feedback as we work together to create an exceptional distance learning program.  We are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for the fall and a successful school year.

Bell Schedule

Gunston's bell schedule this fall is 8:30 am - 3:15 pm.

Laptop Update

Great news, all students Pk-6th grade will receive an FCPS laptop for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to request a MiFi device please contact Mrs. Opie. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the distribution process.

If your child received a laptop in the spring, and missed collection this week, please contact Mrs. Opie elopie@fcps.edu to schedule a time to return the laptop.

 Community Meeting Recording

The recording from the August 5th Community Meeting can be found here.

Grade Level Supply Lists

Grade level supply lists can be found here.

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Reminders Laptop Collection Wednesday, August 5th

Gunston is holding a curbside collection of all student laptops on August 5, 2020. We are collecting laptops in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year by grade level at the following times:

  • Rising 7th  Grade: 9:00am-10:00am
  • Rising 6th   Grade: 10:00am-11:00am
  • Rising 5th   Grade 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Rising 4th Grade 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Rising 3rd Grade 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Rising 2nd Grade 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Rising 1st Grade 3:00pm-4:00pm

When you arrive at Gunston, please pull up to the main entrance and wait for a staff member to come to your car. You will remain in your car and pass the laptop to the staff member. Be prepared to wait for a moment so that we may scan the device in.

Please remember to have your charger as well.

If you are unable to return your laptop on this date or have any questions regarding this process please contact Mrs. Opie at elopie@fcps.edu 

Gunston Community Meeting Wednesday, August 5       6:30-7:30 pm

To understand what virtual instruction will look like in the fall and to answer any questions from our families.  Link to meeting.

Please click on this link  to the Parent Input Survey to provide input or questions you may have about our return to school plan.

Supplies

Students will need supplies during virtual instruction. We will update supply lists if needed as we transition to the in person model.  You may consider taking advantage of summer sales and buying extras for your child. Grade level supply lists can be found here.

Please email Kristen Rucinski at  krucinski@fcps.edu if you need support with school supplies for your child this year.

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School Supply Lists

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School Supply Lists

Below you will find supplies that students will need during virtual instruction. We will update supply lists if needed as we transition to the in person model.  You may consider taking advantage of summer sales and buying extras for your child.

Please email Kristen Rucinski at  krucinski@fcps.edu if you need support with school supplies for your child this year.

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Updates and Important Dates

As we shared last week, we are preparing for a 100% virtual start to the 2020-2021 school year. The online instruction model will be the same one offered to families in the county survey.  We will share more specific information next week at our community meeting.

  • For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide a rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.
  • Gunston Staff will be providing parent workshops and resources to connect and support families while they direct their students learning.
School Supply Lists

Students will need supplies during virtual instruction. We will update supply lists if needed as we transition to the in person model.  You may consider taking advantage of summer sales and buying extras for your child. Grade level supply lists can be found here.

Please email Kristen Rucinski at  krucinski@fcps.edu if you need support with school supplies for your child this year.

Technology and Internet Update

As we prepare for the virtual opening of the school year on September 8th, we are committed to making sure that every Eagle in grades Pre-K-6 will have access to appropriate computer technology before the start of school. 

  • FCPS has provided NEW laptops for all students in grades 5-6 at Gunston for the 20-21 schoolyear. These have arrived at the school and Mr. Payne is getting them ready to be distributed after August 17th.  We will contact all families to schedule a computer check-out time. 
  • The new computers will allow us to roll-down newer, updated computers to our younger learners. Once the returned computers have been updated by Mr. Payne, we will contact families to schedule pickup for students in grades PreK-4.
  • Mifi units will be available if families do not have internet access at home.
  • We will be collecting computers that were checked out last school year from students in all grades K-6 in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

Gunston is holding a curbside collection of all student laptops on August 5, 2020. We are collecting laptops in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year by grade level at the following times:

  • Rising 7th  Grade: 9:00am-10:00am
  • Rising 6th   Grade: 10:00am-11:00am
  • Rising 5th   Grade 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Rising 4th Grade 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Rising 3rd Grade 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Rising 2nd Grade 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Rising 1st Grade 3:00pm-4:00pm

When you arrive at Gunston, please pull up to the main entrance and wait for a staff member to come to your car. You will remain in your car and pass the laptop to the staff member. Be prepared to wait for a moment so that we may scan the device in.

Please remember to have your charger as well.

If you are unable to return your laptop on this date or have any questions regarding this process please contact Mrs. Opie at elopie@fcps.edu 

Important Dates to Remember

Gunston Community Meeting  -  Wednesday, August 5  -  6:30-7:30 pm

To understand what virtual instruction will look like in the fall and to answer any questions from our families.  Link to meeting.

Please click on this link  to the Parent Input Survey to provide input or questions you may have about our return to school plan.

 

Laptop Collection - Wednesday, August 5 

Assigned Grade level time (see above schedule)

To collect laptops in order prepare devices for the upcoming school year.

 

Parent Coffee - Wednesday, August 12 - 6:30-7:30 pm

We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely.  We will share strategies to prepare your family for a successful virtual start to the school year.

Link to Parent Coffee

 

We thank our families for your continued support and feedback as we work together to create an exceptional distance learning program.  We are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for the fall and a successful school year.

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Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

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