Gunston Gazette - May 17, 2024

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        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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  SOL Dates Memorial Day Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

Test Results for Parents

Our students have taken a variety of assessments this month. Family score reports for most spring assessments will be centrally distributed to families through SIS ParentVUE, with central mailing ongoing for VKRP assessments. As a school, we have the responsibility to mail out those results to families without ParentVUE accounts. Please see the timeline for when these assessment results will be delivered.

  • iReady Grade 1-3 - expected in ParentVUE the week of 6/3 (non-ParentVUE delivery by the end of this year)
  • iReady Grade 4-6 - expected in ParentVUE the week of 6/24 (non-ParentVUE delivery before the start of next school year)
  • VKRP Grade PreK-K - expected central delivery via U.S. Mail the week of 7/8
Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 pm. View details and a feedback form

Registration & Withdrawal

Need to Register?

Please visit - https://www.fcps.edu/online-registration - where you will find the steps to complete a New Student Registration.

When the online enrollment is complete, please email Alma Catin at [email protected] or Lynn Warner at [email protected] and to let them know when you would like to schedule a registration appointment. 

They will email you back to confirm a date and time.

You will need to bring the following items to the registration:

  • The student's original birth certificate.
  • A Deed/Lease for your residence. The enrolling parent's name must be on the document.
  • Your photo ID.
  • A Certificate of Physical Examination and immunization record are also required, but you can schedule your registration appointment without them. The Certificate of Physical Examination and immunizations must be turned in before the first day of school, August 19, 2024.
  • Any other documents you selected "Bring a Hardcopy".
Recognize A Gunston Staff Member 

 

 

Recognize a Gunston Employee through FCPS CARES . The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Gunston Elementary School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

  • May 18 - 6th Grade Car Wash (9:30am-11:30am) CANCELLED
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 24 - All library books due back to the library!
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 3 - Field Day  ** note date change **
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion (9:00am)
  • June 11 - Qtr 4 Ernie Eagle Assembly 
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
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Gunston Gazette - May 10, 2024

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        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

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Thank you, Thank You, Thank you!

We want to extend a huge thank you to the PTA and families for all of the wonderful ways you spoiled the Gunston Staff and made us feel so very special and appreciated during Staff Appreciation Week!

Our school's success is due to the incredible people who support our students every day. Many of you have taken the time to send kind notes and treats not only to your child's classroom teachers but also to other staff members in the building, such as our special educators, instructional assistants, front office staff, specialist teachers (Art, Music, PE, and Japanese), and custodial staff.

These acts of kindness make a huge impact on staff as we reflect on the year and wind down. Thank you!

  SOL Dates Save the Date We Are Gunston Recognize A Gunston Staff Member 

 

 

Recognize a Gunston Employee through FCPS CARES . The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Gunston Elementary School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

  • May 18 - 6th Grade Car Wash (9:30am-11:30am)
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 3 - Field Day  ** note date change **
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion (9:00am)
  • June 11 - Qtr 4 Ernie Eagle Assembly 
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Gunston Gazette - May 3, 2024

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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

As we transition into May, we are thrilled to celebrate the upcoming Staff Appreciation Week, where we'll honor the amazing individuals who dedicate themselves to the growth and success of our students. We're deeply grateful for the generous donations from families to make this week truly special. Your support means the world to us. Please continue to send in contributions so we can ensure our staff feel truly cherished and valued.

Additionally, we're gearing up for our state assessments, a time when our students have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills. To help them perform their best, please ensure they are well-rested and ready to shine on the days of their assessments.

As we approach the end of the school year, our eagles are eagerly anticipating a host of fun end-of-year activities. It's a time to celebrate their achievements, growth, and the wonderful community we've built together.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in making our school such a vibrant and nurturing environment for our students and staff.

Warm regards,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

  SOL Dates Bridge to Kindergarten

If you have an incoming Kindergartener with little or no formal preschool experience, FCPS is offering a free summer learning program to assist students with a successful transition to kindergarten. For more information about the program or to find out if your incoming kindergarten student is eligible for the program, contact Julie Gminski at [email protected].

We Are Gunston Recognize A Gunston Staff Member 

 

 

Recognize a Gunston Employee through FCPS CARES . The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Gunston Elementary School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

 

  • May 6 - May 10 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion (9:00am)
  • June 11 - Qtr 4 Ernie Eagle Assembly 
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved! PTA News & Information Staff Appreciation Week

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Gunston Gazette - April 27, 2024

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Testing Pep Rally!   SOL Dates Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year 

FCPS is excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year using this link.

 Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This link provides families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Lost and Found Last chance to claim all lost and found clothing!

Unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, May 3rd

  Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day.

Techstravaganza STEM Event at TJ on May 18th!

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia. In previous years, the event has included more than 4,500 students and 70 labs presenting STEM activities. The 20th annual Techstravaganza will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Annandale.

Slots fill up fast, so register today at https://tinyurl.com/techstrav24. Visit tjtechstrav.org for more information.

Bridge to Kindergarten

If you have an incoming Kindergartener with little or no formal preschool experience, FCPS is offering a free summer learning program to assist students with a successful transition to kindergarten. For more information about the program or to find out if your incoming kindergarten student is eligible for the program, contact Julie Gminski at [email protected].

SEL Screener Results

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions.

The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE.  For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage.  For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

We Are Gunston

 

  • May 3 -  Orthodox Good Friday                                                       (School closed for students; Teacher Workday)
  • May 6 - May 10 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion (9:00am)
  • June 11 - Qtr 4 Ernie Eagle Assembly 
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  •  
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved! PTA News & Information Staff Appreciation Week

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Gunston Gazette - April 21, 2024

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Autism Acceptance & Appreciation Week   SOL Dates Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year 

FCPS is excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year using this link.

 Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This link provides families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Lost & Found

Items labeled with names have been returned to students

Last chance to check the lost & found located in our front workroom before items are donated to a local organization!

 

We Are Gunston

 

  • April 24 -Qtr 3  Ernie Eagle Assembly (gr K-2 1:10pm & gr 3-6  2:15pm)
  • May 3 -  Orthodox Good Friday                                                       (School closed for students; Teacher Workday)
  • May 6 - May 10 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion (9:00am)
  • June 11 - Qtr 4 Ernie Eagle Assembly (K-2 1:10pm & 3-5 2:15pm)
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  •  
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Gunston Gazette - April 12, 2024

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UPDATED -  SOL Dates Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year 

FCPS is excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year using this link.

 Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This link provides families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is once again overflowing! Labeled items will be returned to students with the remainder being donated to local organizations at the end of the month. Items include coats, jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles and lunch boxes.  Please remember to label all items.

Purple Up Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17.

Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Mental Health in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed in children, which often occurs together. Anxiety is feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.

Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include: increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:

  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

National Arab American Heritage

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans

We Are Gunston PTA News & Information Panera Restaurant Fundraiser April 18, 2024 4:00pm - 8:00pm PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18 @ 6:00pm

  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • April 18 - PTA Meeting 6:00pm
  • April 18 - Panera Restaurant Night 
  • April 19 - Yearbook Purchase Deadline
  • April 24 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • May 3 -  Orthodox Good Friday                                                       (School closed for students; Teacher Workday)
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion
  • June 11 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  •  
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Gunston Elementary

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School Closed Tomorrow -  April 10 Wednesday, April 10 is an FCPS holiday

All schools and offices will be closed for the Eid al-Fitr Holiday 

Classes will resume  on Thursday, April 11 

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Gunston Gazette - April 5, 2024

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UPDATED -  SOL Dates Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with Gunston's dismissal), and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year 

FCPS is excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year using this link.

 Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This link provides families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is once again, overflowing! Labeled items will be returned to students with the remainder being donated to local organizations at the end of the month. Items include coats, jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles and lunch boxes.  Please remember to label all items.

Purple Up Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17.

Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

Eid al-Fitr      Wednesday, April 10 School Holiday All schools and offices will be closed.

 

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr  Is a  three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan.

 

National Arab American Heritage

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage.

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

We Are Gunston The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

PTA News & Information Yearbooks for Sale Panera Restaurant Fundraiser April 18, 2024 4:00pm - 8:00pm PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18 @ 6:00pm

Spirit Wear Order
  • April 9 -  Grade 3 Field Trip
  • April 10 -Eid
  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • April 18 - PTA Meeting 6:00pm
  • April 18 - Panera Restaurant Night 
  • April 19 - Yearbook Purchase Deadline
  • April 24 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • April 27 - 6th Grade Car Wash
  • May 21 - Heritage Night/We Are Gunston
  • May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • June 6 - Field Day
  • June 7 - Variety Show
  • June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion
  • June 11 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • June 12 - Progress Reports go home
  • June 12 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)
  •  
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Gunston Gazette - March 22, 2024

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  • Principals' Message
  • Spring Break
  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • SOL Dates
  • Family Summit
  • Women's History Month
  • Lexia Night
  • Spirit Wear!
  • Calendar Reminders
Principals' Message

Dear Families,

We are excited for the arrival of spring!   As we reflect on the past month, we are thrilled to celebrate the success of our recent events. Our STEM Night was a roaring success, showcasing the incredible projects of our budding scientists. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the community volunteers and staff who made this event possible. Your dedication to nurturing our students' curiosity is truly inspiring!  Another highlight of the month was our Career Fair, where our eagles had the opportunity to explore various professions firsthand. We extend our sincerest thanks to the members of our community who generously shared their expertise and passion for their careers. Witnessing our students' enthusiasm and inspiration was a testament to the impact of such events on their educational journey.

As we transition into spring break, we encourage all our eagle families to take this time to relax, recharge, and enjoy precious moments together. Whether it's a family getaway or simply spending quality time at home, we hope this break provides the perfect opportunity for rejuvenation and bonding.

Amidst the excitement, we also want to emphasize the importance of familiarizing ourselves with our digital use policy. As technology continues to play a significant role in education, it's crucial that we empower our students with the knowledge and understanding of responsible digital citizenship.  We are including a link to the FCPS Digital Citizenship page for additional resources and suggestions:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-citizenship-internet-safety/digital-citizenship-families.  We encourage you to remind your students that school laptops are only for school assignments and not personal use.

Additionally, we recently discussed strategies to support our eagles as they prepare for the upcoming standards of learning assessments at the PTA meeting. Our third thru sixth grade students will begin taking SOL assessments the first week of May.  Teachers have been using strategies all year to help your child be successful on these online assessments.  Your involvement and partnership in your child's education are invaluable, and together, we can ensure their success. 

As we look ahead to the coming month, we are filled with anticipation for the enriching experiences and learning opportunities that await our eagles. We are excited to celebrate our military children in April, please stay tuned for details.  Let's continue to foster a nurturing environment where every eagle soars to new heights!

Wishing you all a wonderful spring break filled with joy, laughter, and cherished memories.

Warm regards,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

Spring Break      March 25 - March 29 Schools and school offices will be closed.

We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break!

April 1 & 2 School Planning Days (no school for students) Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

SOL Dates Family Summit Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

Women's History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Lexia Night Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

 

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  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • SOL/Testing Night
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Rec-PAC Summer Camps
  • Ramadan
  • Calendar Reminders
A note from Ms. Rucinski & Mrs. Opie

Dear Families,

We wanted to share that we have been having an increase of students using their school issued laptops for items not related to school.  In order to use these school devices, students agree to only use them for approved materials as directed by the teacher or it can be considered a violation of the Students Rights and Responsibilities.  We have had to address inappropriate usage recently and wanted to remind you of a tool the county purchased, so you can also monitor what sites your child is accessing during the school day or after school.  Please read below about Lightspeed and consider signing up for the weekly parent report.  We appreciate your collaboration in keeping all of our students safe and on track.

A program has been purchased by FCPS for all schools to help parents and staff monitor the websites students are browsing during lessons within the school day when laptops are being used. This internet content filtering services is called Lightspeed.

In the spirit of always wanting to maximize transparency for you, and safety for your children, I want to share with you that any parent or guardian interested in knowing more about their child’s internet browsing activity on an FCPS device can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed at no cost. This report will provide a list of the top sites your child visited that week. 

Additionally, the weekly Parent Report offers you the ability to sign up for free access to the Internet Use Parent Portal. Through this portal, you may pause your child’s access to the internet on their FCPS device during non-school hours.

Kindergarten Orientation SOL / Testing Night Spring Break                       March 25 - March 29

Schools and school offices will be closed.

We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! See the complete school year calendar.

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! 

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Rec-PAC Summer Camps

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) summer camp, operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six-week structured recreation program where participants enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Sessions run from June 24-August 1. Partial scholarships available.  Registration opens on March 12! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/Assets/documents/camps/rec-pac/recpac-brochure.pdf

Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan was Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity, and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

 

  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 21 - PTA Meeting (6:00pm)
  • March 21 - SOL Family Testing Night
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter (full day of school)

  • March 22 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 25 - April 2  Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • April 9 -  Grade 3 Field Trip
  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
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  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Spring AAP Newsletter
  • Daylight Savings Time Reminder
  • Ramadan
  • College and Career Fair
  • College and Career Week -  Spirit Week
  • Calendar Reminders
Kindergarten Orientation 2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! 

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Look for the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. All responses are confidential. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

Spring AAP Newsletter

Spring AAP Newsletter ES (PDF) Arabic | Chinese | English | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

  Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins

Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, at  2 a.m., when daylight saving time begins!

Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity, and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

Spark Inspiration in Young Minds

Are you passionate about your career and eager to inspire the next generation? We invite you to participate in the Gunston Elementary School College and Career Fair, designed to spark curiosity and introduce young minds to the diverse world of work.

Why participate?

Shape young futures: Ignite a passion for learning and exploration by sharing your journey and expertise.

Build community connections: Engage with students and educators, strengthening the bond between

school and community.

Promote your field: Showcase your profession and organization, attracting future talent.

Have fun!: Enjoy interacting with enthusiastic children and sharing your love for your profession or hobby!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfju10MbuKojL3R0syLUuHj9UC91pLJJkp6piXZWjlGWR22Ug/viewform

 

  • March 13 - Grade 4 Field Trip
  • March 15 - College and Career Fair
  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 21 - PTA Meeting (6:00pm)
  • March 21 - SOL Family Testing Night
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter (full day of school)

  • March 22 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 25 - April 2  Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • April 9 -  Grade 3 Field Trip
  • April 17 - Purple Up Day
  • April 17 - Military Youth Breakfast
  • April 18 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • May 29 - Spring Concert
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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School Holiday for Students  March 5, 2024 March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional workdays.

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STEM Night 2024
  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  • March 5 Presidential Primary
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Paws for Reading Week
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Ramadan
  • College and Career Fair
  • Attendance Matters
  • Month of the Military Child
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?
  • Calendar Reminders
Kindergarten Orientation 2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! 

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Spring AAP Newsletter

Spring AAP Newsletter ES (PDF) Arabic | Chinese | English | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional workdays.

Look for the Family Engagement Survey!

The bi-annual FCPS Family Engagement Survey! This is your chance to give feedback on your school's welcoming environment, communication, and other topics. Learn more on the FCPS website: 

https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024

Paws for Reading Week The Book Fair is Coming!

This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!

 

Gunston College & Career Fair - Friday, March 15th 8:45am - 3:00pm

 

We're looking for representatives in various fields such as:

Science & Technology  l  Arts & Creativity l  Business & Entrepreneurship

Public Service l Colleges   and many more!

Sign Up Here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfju10MbuKojL3R0syLUuHj9UC91pLJJkp6piXZWjlGWR22Ug/viewform

Attendance matters! 

We want you to keep your child home when they are sick, however, we ask that you please refrain from scheduling trips and other non-essential travel during the school week. 

Please remember to email or call the attendance line with any messages regarding your student's attendance. Absences and late arrivals should be reported to avoid getting a robo-call from FCPS. If you email the teacher to let them know about your student's attendance, please copy [email protected] to ensure your message reaches our attendance staff. You can also call, 703-541-3600 to report any attendance messages. 

Purple Up - Month of the Military Child

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at [email protected]

Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

  • March 4 - 8  -  Read Across America Week/Paws for Reading Week
  • March 4 - 8  Book Fair
  • March 5 - School Planning Day and Presidential Primary  (no  students)
  • March 15 - College and Career Fair
  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter (full day of school)

  • March 22 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 25 - April 2  Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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  • Public Schools Week
  • Kindergarten Orientation
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  •  Dance and Gymnastics Extravaganza
  • Science Fair
  • Paws for Reading Week
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • College and Career Fair
  • Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • Calendar Reminders

Next week, we recognize Public Schools Week, which is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools. Laurel Hill Elementary School welcomes every child, regardless of ability, race, religion, wealth, language, country of origin or needs. Our diversity is our strength. We are public school proud. Let's celebrate each other by taking a moment next week to say THANK YOU to our dedicated teachers and staff who serve our students with compassion and pride every day! 

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! 

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Gunston Science Fair Thursday, February 29th  Paws for Reading Week The Book Fair is Coming!

 

Gunston College & Career Fair - Friday, March 15th 8:45am - 3:00pm

 

We're looking for representatives in various fields such as:

Science & Technology  l  Arts & Creativity l  Business & Entrepreneurship

Public Service l Colleges    and many more!

 

Sign Up Here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfju10MbuKojL3R0syLUuHj9UC91pLJJkp6piXZWjlGWR22Ug/viewform

Panda Express Restaurant Night Friday, February 23rd Place your order for pickup or delivery!

Available at Panda Express locations nationwide www.pandaexpress.com

Online orders: apply code 921302 in the Fundraiser Code at checkout at www.pandaexpress.com

28% of sales will be donated to: Gunston Elementary PTA Our PTA sponsors many events such as STEM and Heritage nights.

  • February 23 -  Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • February 26 - Dance & Gymnastics Extravaganza - parents welcome
  • March 4 - 8  -  Read Across America Week/Paws for Reading Week
  • March 4 - 8  Book Fair
  • March 5 - School Planning Day and Presidential Primary  (no  students)
  • March 15 - College and Career Fair
  • March 20 - Kindergarten Orientation (4:30-6:30pm)
  • March 22 - Early Release; End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 22 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 25 - April 2  Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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  • Black History Month
  • President's Day Holiday
  • FCPS Summer Camps
  • Science, Tech, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Kindergarten & New Student Registration
  •  Dance and Gymnastics Extravaganza
  • Science Fair
  • Here Comes the Bus
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Tech Adventure Camp
  • Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • Calendar Reminders

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. 

President's Day - Feb 19 (Holiday)

 

 

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! FCPS is conducting its annual Survey of Preschool Children. The survey has been sent home to all families and can also be found here. If you have a child eligible for Kindergarten this August (rising Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old before September 30, 2024), please complete the form and return it to our office by March 29th.  If you have no need for the form, please check with your neighbors who may have children eligible for kindergarten and share this form with them.

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Gunston Science Fair Start Planning Your Projects Now! Thursday, February 29th  Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Yearbook Cover Contest Would you like your artwork featured on Gunston's             2023-2024 yearbook?

Send questions to:    [email protected]

Read Across America Week

We are excited to celebrate Read Across America week, March 4-8.

We have several opportunities for help:

1. Volunteer for our Book Fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4CADA72AA02-47956512-book#/

2. Sign-Up to be a Guest Reader for your child's class: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0E45ADA922A7FFCF8-47760366-classroom

3. Purchase a raffle item on our Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/14CA7FKVY2SUG?ref_=wl_share

 

Tech Adventure Camp Panda Express Restaurant Night Friday, February 23, 2024

Place your order for pickup or delivery on Friday, February 23 !

Available at Panda Express locations nationwide www.pandaexpress.com

Online orders: apply code 921302 in the Fundraiser Code at checkout at www.pandaexpress.com

28% of sales will be donated to: Gunston Elementary PTA Our PTA sponsors many events such as STEM and Heritage nights.

  • February 19 -  Presidents' Day (Holiday)
  • February 23 -  Panda Express Restaurant Night
  • February 26 - Dance & Gymnastics Extravaganza
  • March 4 - 8  -  Read Across America Week
  • March 5 - School Planning Day and Presidential Primary  (no  students)
  • March 7 -  Spring Picture Day
  • March 15 - College and Career Day
  • March 22: Early Release; End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 25 - April 2: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

  • April 1 & April 2 School Planning Days (no school for students)
  • Full FCPS School Year Calendar of Events
Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Principals' Message

Dear Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and filled with the warmth of the season. As we reflect on the values that make our community special, kindness shines as a guiding principle in all that we do. In this edition, we celebrate kindness and encourage goal-setting as we review progress reports.

Kindness is the cornerstone of our school community, and it’s a value we cherish dearly. Whether it’s a simple act of compassion or a grand gesture of generosity, every act of kindness contributes to the positive atmosphere that makes Gunston a nurturing environment for our students. As parents and staff, let’s continue to model and reinforce kindness in our interactions with one another and with our children. Encourage your child to share stories of kindness they witness or participate in, fostering a culture of empathy and support.

As we recently received second quarter progress reports, it’s a perfect time for students to reflect on their academic progress and set goals for the future. Reviewing progress reports provides an excellent opportunity for meaningful discussions about strengths, areas for improvement, and the steps needed to achieve personal and academic growth.  By setting goals, students develop essential skills such as self-awareness, perseverance, and resilience, laying the foundation for success both inside and outside the classroom.  Please reach out to your teacher if you would like to have a conference.   Conferences offer a valuable opportunity for collaborative dialogue between teachers and families. During these meetings, we encourage parents to share insights into their child’s goals, challenges, and achievements. Together, we can work as partners in supporting every student on their journey to excellence.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in nurturing a culture of kindness and academic excellence at Gunston. Together, we can empower our children to reach their full potential and make a positive difference in the world.

Warm regards,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

100th Day of School !! Looking Ahead
  • February 10 - Lunar New Year
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • February 14 - Ernie Eagle Assembly
  • February 19 -  Presidents' Day no school for students and staff

 

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. 

PTA Meeting

Thursday, February 15th @ 6:00pm

Dinner will be provided!

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! FCPS is conducting its annual Survey of Preschool Children. The survey will be sent home to all families and can also be found here. If you have a child eligible for Kindergarten this August (rising Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old before September 30, 2024), please complete the form and return it to our office by March 29th.  If you have no need for the form, please check with your neighbors who may have children eligible for kindergarten and share this form with them.

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Gunston Science Fair Start Planning Your Projects Now! Thursday, February 29th  Yearbook Cover Contest Would you like your artwork featured on Gunston's             2023-2024 yearbook?

Send questions to:    [email protected]

Book Drive and Family Literacy Fair Saturday, February 10 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm  Lorton Community Center  9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton

 

Event activities include: 

  • Children can choose up to 10 free books.
  • Educators and school staff can choose up to 50 free books for their classroom library*.
  • Free Valentine's Day card making area.
  • DJ and food truck will be on site.   

*Educators and school staff must be registered with First Book to receive free books. Go here: www.firstbook.org/AFT (on site registration is also available, please bring your FCPS badge).  

For more information, click here to view the event flyer. 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

This Week is National School Counseling Week! Thank You To Our Incredible Counselors, Ms. Ephraim & Ms. Amin

Our school counselors, Ms. Ephraim & Ms. Amin, work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling.

Counselors help students build confidence, encourage strong study skills, and provide educational support to transition successfully to the next grade.  Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Please encourage your child(ren) to make them a card, write a thank you note, or just take a moment to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

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Gunston Gazette - February 2, 2024

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        Kristen Rucinski - Principal                Ebony Opie - Assistant Principal

Gunston Gazette Gunston Gazette is Available in Multiple Languages

If you would like to read this newsletter in your home language, please use the link below.

https://gunstones.fcps.edu/announcements/gunston-gazette

Looking Ahead
  • Feb 19th Presidents' Day no school for students and staff

 

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. 

2024-25 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! FCPS is conducting its annual Survey of Preschool Children. The survey will be sent home to all families and can also be found here. If you have a child eligible for Kindergarten this August (rising Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old before September 30, 2024), please complete the form and return it to our office by March 29th.  If you have no need for the form, please check with your neighbors who may have children eligible for kindergarten and share this form with them.

Information pertaining to registration, including eligibility and forms is outlined on our student registration page on our school website  

All registrations are done by appointment only. Appointments are open now and continue throughout the summer.  Questions? Please contact our registrar, Alma Catin, 703-541-3600, [email protected]

Gunston Science Fair Start Planning Your Projects Now! Thursday, February 29th 

Science Fair packets/guidelines are coming home in Thursday folders!

Yearbook Cover Contest Would you like your artwork featured on Gunston's             2023-2024 yearbook?

Entries are due by February 23rd

Submission requirements, suggestions and tips are included on the GREEN flyer sent home in backpacks.

Send questions to:    [email protected]

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

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