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SOL Schedule   Students should arrive at school by 9:00am. Make sure to get a good night's rest and a good breakfast! Relax and make sure to give 100% effort 100% of the time.

 

Gunston Virtual Science Fair at STEM Night 2021

 

May 19 - STEM Night for Grades K-2

Use this link to join the fun!

 

May 20 STEM Night for Grades 3-6

Please use this link

 

STEM Night Information FREE Set of Tangrams for every student!

STEM night is coming and one of the activities that students may participate in is the solving of tangram puzzles.  All students will receive their own set of tangrams based on the generosity of our PTA.  For virtual students who are not coming into the school building for SOL testing, parents may pick up a set of tangrams in the office at any day from Friday, May 14th – Wednesday, May 19th between 12:00-3:00 PM.  All other students will receive their set of tangrams when they come into the building for testing, or if they have returned to the building for instruction.  Please contact Lisa Schroeder at lmschroeder@fcps.edu with any questions.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Recording

Did you miss the virtual kindergarten orientation?  No worries.. the recording can be found here.

All Students are Virtual on Tuesday, June 8th

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous learning day (no In-Person classes) for students.

All Library Books Due – Friday, May 28th

Please return any school library books by Friday, May 28th.  Students can locate their checkout list by signing-in to the library catalog: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/103873 In the top right corner, click on “Log-In.”  On the following screen, use the blue banner to log in with Fairfax County Public Schools. Then, click on the square with three horizontal lines located in the top left corner and checkouts.  For in person students, they may place returning books outside of their classroom door. Virtual students may place books in the box located at the main entrance of the school. If you aren’t able to do either option, please email Mrs. McIntyre. Thanks for your help keeping our library fabulous! For any questions or help returning books, dhmcintyre@fcps.edu

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?

If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please inform Lourdes Presnell at lcpresnell@fcps.edu . This will ensure that your family will continue to get important information for the rest of this school year. Please note that even if you have, or will, move out of the Gunston boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue at Gunston through the last day of school.

Returning Five Days in Fall: American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses FCPS’ Five Days of In-Person Learning

This week, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) put out a statement supporting FCPS’ model of five days of in-person instruction for all students this fall.

This endorsement by a highly respected group of pediatricians validates our belief that in-person learning is best for children. The AAP also believes that virtual instruction should be utilized only when necessary as a result of a documented health or medical need and in consultation with a child’s physician or medical team.

FCPS virtual learning in the fall will be limited to students with documented COVID-19 related health/medical needs. For more information about the virtual program for School Year 2021-22, visit the virtual program webpage or view the news release.

The PTA needs Y O U ! 2021-2022   School Year 

The PTA is looking for new board members to serve for the 2021-2022 school year.  Here is your chance to become more involved in your child's education.  The PTA works hard to support our teachers and staff.  We foster communication between parents and the school as well as helping to make our viewpoints known to the  Fairfax County School Board, our Virginia and our national government. 

The PTA is involved in:

STEM Night, Heritage Night, Yearbooks, Spiritwear, Teacher/Staff Appreciation,  Read-a-thon, Field Day,  Sixth Grade Promotion Activities, supporting military families, Autism Awareness, The Holiday Shop, Turkey Trot, The Fall Carnival and more. 

This year the PTA facilitated virtual learning by providing our teachers with 23 document cameras, plus microphones. We also contributed a great number of back to school supplies which students picked up with their computers last summer.  We know the last year was tough,  but if you want Gunston to be the best school it can be for our children, please get involved.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact gunstonpta@gmail. com.

Open Positions

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information and forms

Wednesday, May 19th - Virtual STEM Night 6:00pm  (grades k-2)

Thursday, May 20th - Virtual STEM Night 6:00pm  (grades 3-6)

Friday, May 28th - All library books due

Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day (holiday - no school)

Tuesday, June 8th - Virtual Synchronous Learning ALL Students

Wednesday, June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion

Friday, June 11th - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)

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Principals' Message

Happy May!

We are so excited to celebrate our AMAZING STAFF this week!  We appreciate their dedication and commitment to all of our eagles and the countless hours they have devoted to support our community this year.   Thank you to everyone for all you are doing to help celebrate our staff.  Teachers and parents continue to work collaboratively to promote learning virtually and in-person.  Everyone is doing an amazing job. The one constant is that students are continuing to work hard and meet their goals.  We are so excited to see more students in the building four days a week.  We continue to follow all of our mitigation strategies and safety protocols in school and on the bus.  We look forward to the return to 5 Days In Person learning next school year.  As more information is shared about details for next year we will continue to hold town halls and keep you in the loop.  If you have neighbors who need to enroll their children, please encourage them to reach out so we can support them and get them signed up for communication.  With the increase of in person, four day a week students, we are experiencing additional traffic at drop off and pick up. Please be patient and follow the directions of staff in the parking lots.

May brings anticipation of the last days of school, summer vacation, and planning for a new school year.  After a most unprecedented 2020-21 school year, we also look forward to “a return to normal”. That said, we have much to be proud of as a school community for navigating the unknown.  We have met the challenge together with grace, unity, and a continued focus on putting children and learning first.  We are preparing for the final weeks of this school year.  Please stay tuned for any additional information and updates this month regarding end of the year activities.  Our third through sixth graders will begin taking their SOLs next week and our K-2 students have already begun some of their end of the year assessments.  If you have any questions please reach out to your teachers or the school directly.  We want to ensure that the students are not experiencing any anxiety due to assessments so please know that our counselors are here to support you as needed. 

Love,

Ms. Rucinski & Mrs. Opie

 

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that anything is possible!”

Many, Many Thanks!

A huge THANK YOU to our Eagle families and the Gunston PTA for helping to honor the work and dedication of our Gunston Staff. We love and appreciate our Eagle community!

SOL Schedule   Students should arrive at school by 9:00am. Make sure to get a good night's rest and a good breakfast! Relax and make sure to give 100% effort 100% of the time.

 

Order your Yearbook! 2021-2022 Kindergarten Virtual Orientation

We are so excited to connect with our rising Kindergarten families and welcomed them to participate in our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents scheduled for May 11 @ 7:00 pm. You will get to meet our fabulous Kindergarten team, learn more about Kindergarten, how to register and information about your orientation for our new teacher! Teachers will have tips and resources to prepare your family for a wonderful 2021-2022 school year! If you require translation services, please let us know what language you need by May 5 so we can secure a translator.  Here is the link to the presentation. https://gunstones.fcps.edu/announcements/kindergarten-parent-orientation-may-11

 

Please visit our website for all of the information and forms you need to register your new Eagle!

Gunston Science Fair at STEM Night 2021

Save these dates: May 19 for K-2 and May 20 for 3-6, then:

We can’t wait to see all your cool science ideas and projects come to life.

Art Supplies Needed

All students should be prepared to have their own personal drawing supplies ready to use during weekly Art classes.  In-person students that have art class in the building should bring supplies and artworks to and from school and home.  A sketchbook or folder to organize and keep artworks is recommended.

Please make sure your student has the following drawing supplies for online and in-person Art classes.

ALL STUDENTS:  Paper, Sketchbook/Notebook

KINDERGARTEN, 1st, 2nd GRADES:  Crayons

3rd, 4th GRADES: Crayons or Colored Pencils

5th, 6th GRADES: Colored Pencils or Markers

If you need assistance, contact Mrs. Gorham at ahgorham@fcps.edu.

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information and forms

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

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Staff Favorite Things

Do you want to say thank you to a teacher or a staff member during Teacher Appreciation Week?  You may view a list of  their "favorite things" on the Gunston website.  Check it out here!

 

Updated SOL Schedule Order your Yearbook! Teacher Appreciation Donations

This year our teachers continue to show us what Rockstar's they are! Every day they have gone above and beyond to navigate this school year and we our honored to have such a fantastic team. For Teacher Appreciation we are looking for donations to add for gifts  that teachers can win in raffles. This can be gift cards/certificates, gift items, classroom supplies etc. We are so appreciative of all of the donations we have received so far and will continue to accept them until tomorrow. Please use this form to submit donations.  Thank you!

2021-2022 Kindergarten Virtual Orientation

We are so excited to connect with our rising Kindergarten families and welcomed them to participate in our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for Parents scheduled for May 11 @ 6:30 pm. You will get to meet our fabulous Kindergarten team, learn more about Kindergarten, how to register and information about your orientation for our new teacher! Teachers will have tips and resources to prepare your family for a wonderful 2021-2022 school year! If you require translation services, please let us know what language you need by May 5 so we can secure a translator.  Attached is the link to the presentation.  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/8b4f14bf51af4feaa46ccd748c0024e5

Please visit our website for all of the information and forms you need to register your new Eagle!

Autism Awareness Let's continue to spread Autism Awareness!  

As blue represents autism awareness, let's all wear BLUE tomorrow! Don't forget to ask your student a fact that they have learned about autism.

Light it up BLUE Gunston!

Equity Corner May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This is a month in which we celebrate the contributions and culture of Asian Pacific Americans. It’s important to give students opportunities to learn about different cultures, their contributions to the world, and engage in meaningful discussions. Enjoy exploring these resources to learn about the rich culture and the important role it played in our nation’s story.

What is Asian American Heritage Month? How to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Home: May is Jewish American Heritage Month

From Ramadan, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May marks a time of celebration and commemoration for many communities across the country. These thirty-one days are also designated as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) when we pay tribute to the achievements and contributions made by American Jews throughout our nation’s history.The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. Check out this website for more:

https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/

Gunston Science Fair at STEM Night 2021

Save these dates: May 19 for K-2 and May 20 for 3-6, then:

We can’t wait to see all your cool science ideas and projects come to life.

Art Supplies Needed

All students should be prepared to have their own personal drawing supplies ready to use during weekly Art classes.  In-person students that have art class in the building should bring supplies and artworks to and from school and home.  A sketchbook or folder to organize and keep artworks is recommended.

Please make sure your student has the following drawing supplies for online and in-person Art classes.

ALL STUDENTS:  Paper, Sketchbook/Notebook

KINDERGARTEN, 1st, 2nd GRADES:  Crayons

3rd, 4th GRADES: Crayons or Colored Pencils

5th, 6th GRADES: Colored Pencils or Markers

If you need assistance, contact Mrs. Gorham at ahgorham@fcps.edu.

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information and forms

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

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Gunston Picture Day(s)

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Picture Day - Virtual Students (only) Monday April 26th  Pictures will be taken in person

12:00 pm - 6:00pm

  • At your appointment time, drive up to the Kiss & Ride door #3.
  • Please remain in your car.  A staff member will pick up and return your student to your car.
  • Masks are required but will be removed at the time the picture is taken.

Please click this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094CABAE23A2F58-virtual to sign up for your child’s picture time!

 

Picture Day - In Person Students (only) Wednesday, April 28th 

Order your school pictures today on mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID - EVT7VC4X2

Order your perfect package - and don't worry about returning anything on PIcture Day!

 

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Picture Day - Virtual Students (only) Monday April 26th  Pictures will be taken from 12:00pm -6:00pm

Please click this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094CABAE23A2F58-virtual to sign up for your child’s picture time!

 

Picture Day - In Person Students (only) Wednesday, April 28th & Thursday, April 29th

Your teacher will reach out to confirm the date of your picture.

Teacher Appreciation Donations

This year our teachers continue to show us what Rockstar's they are! Every day they have gone above and beyond to navigate this school year and we our honored to have such a fantastic team. For Teacher Appreciation we are looking for donations to add for gifts throughout the week that teachers can win in raffles. This can be gift cards/certificates, gift items, classroom supplies etc. We would need all items by April 30th. Please use this form to submit donations.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

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Gunston Reminders

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Were you unable to attend the SOL information session?

No worries!  The recording can be found on our Gunston website.

https://gunstones.fcps.edu/

 

Progress Reports

Progress reports are currently available to be reviewed through the Parent Vue account.  Directions are below.  (Please note that Step 1 does not contain a live link).

Hard copies of the progress reports will be sent home on Tuesday with all in-person students. Virtual students will receive their report cards in the mail.  Classroom teachers will have their own citizenship ceremony the week of April 27th as a class.  It will be recorded so families can see it as well.  The teachers will communicate the specific details next week. 

If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress report, please reach out to their teacher to schedule a conference

SOL Intent Form

If you have not done so already, please complete this form by 5:00pm today.

Teacher Appreciation Donations

This year our teachers continue to show us what Rockstar's they are! Every day they have gone above and beyond to navigate this school year and we our honored to have such a fantastic team. For Teacher Appreciation we are looking for donations to add for gifts throughout the week that teachers can win in raffles. This can be gift cards/certificates, gift items, classroom supplies etc. We would need all items by April 23rd. Please use this form to submit donations.  Thank you!

Gunston Science Fair at STEM Night 2021

Save these dates: May 19 for K-2 and May 20 for 3-6, then:

We can’t wait to see all your cool science ideas and projects come to life.

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Were you unable to attend the SOL information session?

No worries!  You may listen to the recording here.

Autism Acceptance Month

During Autism Awareness Month, which is recognized in April, the Autism Society of America promotes its “Celebrate Differences” Campaign.  This year, the Autism Society is formally shifting references of Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month. They are doing so to promote change, have a greater understanding and acceptance of people with autism and encourage a kinder, more inclusive community.

Stay Tuned for more information on how we will celebrate Autism Acceptance Month this year.

Picture Day - Virtual Students (only) Monday April 26th  Pictures will be taken from 12:00pm -6:00pm

Please click this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094CABAE23A2F58-virtual to sign up for your child’s picture time!

 

Picture Day - In Person Students (only) Wednesday, April 28th & Thursday, April 29th

Details to follow.

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and thank children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices.

This year “Purple Up!” Day will be celebrated at Gunston Elementary on Wednesday, April 21st. Wear purple to show your support and appreciation for the service of our military connected students.

Share Your Story

All month long feel free to share a FlipGrid of how being a military child makes you special

Email Military Family Photos to be highlighted in our WGES news program please send to Lisa Schroeder lmschroeder@fcps.edu .

Month of the Military Child Spirit Week Vision and Hearing Screenings 

for Students Attending Virtually during 2020-2021 School Year

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has granted a waiver of the statutory requirement for vision and hearing screenings that allows parents to “opt out” of screenings under the following conditions:

  • Virtual Attendance Only. The student attends school on an entirely virtual basis during the 2020-2021 school year;
  • Parental Opt-Out. A parent declines vision and hearing screening services in writing and submits such writing to the student’s school; and
  • Notice of Screening Benefits. Prior to declining, the parent has been informed of the benefits of vision and hearing screens for a student’s health and wellbeing.

If your student will attend school on a full-time, virtual basis during the current school year, you may decline screening services by signing and returning this form as set forth below.

Parents of students attending virtually may opt-out by completing and returning the Vision and Hearing Screening Opt-Out Form

Rising 7th Grade Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to our registrar, Lourdes Presnell, at LCPresnell@fcps.edu  by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf    

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Visit the website to read updated information

  • Regardless of currently receiving FCPS Grab & Go meals, eligible students must qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
    • To receive the benefits apply here.
  • Qualifying students will receive P-EBT benefits through the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Households that previously received P-EBT will have new benefits automatically added to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT or P-EBT card.
    • Benefits Expansion - The P-EBT program has been extended through the end of 2020-2021 academic school year. Retroactive benefits for October through January will be issued to eligible remote and hybrid students.
    • Eligibility Expansion - Households with students attending public schools under a hybrid modality are now eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. Previously, P-EBT benefits were only available to students who were learning remotely for five consecutive days. The P-EBT program will now issue benefits to students whose schools are open and operating under both approved modalities (hybrid and remote). School districts have communicated information directly to eligible households. If you are unsure if your child is eligible for P-EBT benefits, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • If you are newly eligible, a P-EBT card will be mailed to you or funds will be added to your SNAP EBT card.

 For questions, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 

Spring School-Based AAP Services Newsletter

Newsletter Link 

STEM Night is coming!

This year, we will be hosting STEM Night over two evenings; Wednesday, May 19th for primary students and Thursday, May 20th for upper grade students.  This virtual event will be held from 6:00-8:00 and will incorporate elements from STEM.   Mark your calendars!

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

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Gunston SOL Virtual Parent Night TONIGHT

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SOL Virtual Parent Night  TONIGHT Wednesday, April 14th Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm

Mrs. Opie and Ms. Rucinski will be available to answer any questions you might have about upcoming SOL testing. (Meeting link)

All SOL tests will be given at Gunston Elementary for virtual and in-person students. Students will be taking the following assessments by grade:

                            Grade 3:   Reading and Math

                            Grade 4:   Reading and Math

                            Grade 5:   Reading, Math, and Science

                            Grade 6:   Reading, Math

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Principals' Message

Gunston Families,

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable spring break!  We can’t believe that is the fourth quarter already.  Third quarter progress reports will be sent home beginning next week.  We encourage you to continue to review celebrations with your child and help them identify an area for growth.  We are continuing to work on goal-setting with our eagles as well.  As the CDC guidance is changing, we are working to determine what activities we will be able to include the remainder of the year.  Please keep your eye out for information regarding student pictures and yearbooks.  We will also provide updates on kindergarten orientation and sixth grade promotion ceremony as we receive more guidance. 

Earlier this week, Dr. Braband shared more information regarding in-person learning, including the updated CDC guidance which will allow schools the opportunity to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing at some times, thereby possibly providing more days of in-person instruction. Please understand that we are no longer accepting changes to in-person attendance as we focus on our next phase.

You can read Dr. Braband’s full message by clicking on this link.

We are committed to bringing back as many of our in-person students to four days of instruction as our capacity restraints allow, beginning with students identified by our school staff through the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. FCPS has trained our FCPS teachers and leaders in a process to be able to identify and provide students additional supports through the MTSS process. We have used this process to support students for many years to provide interventions and extensions for students.  We have begun notifying these families already and will continue to do so this week.

Please be aware that there are a variety of factors to be considered when expanding to 4 day return. Although we would like to implement this immediately, our current classroom capacities may prevent us from expanding the option to all students who would like to return. We need time to work out the details regarding space and staffing, such as the continued requirement for students to eat meals (breakfast, snack and lunch) at 6 feet apart. We must continue to adhere to all of the CDC regulations and FCPS guidelines for furniture, transportation changes, classroom setup and scheduling changes.

Please be patient as we work through the updated guidance to see if we are able to shift additional In-Person students to four day instruction.  In the near future, we may not be able to honor four-days for all grade levels or in every classroom within a grade level due to the factors shared above.  Should our capacity guidance allow your child to return to school for four days each week, our school staff will reach out to you by the end of next week with a goal to have as many students as possible beginning on April 20th.  Please know that we are proactively working to accommodate as many students as possible and there are no actions you need to take at this time in order for your child to be considered for four days of in-person instruction.

Please make sure that you are reviewing the daily health screener for each child prior to sending them to school.  There are more symptoms  to be aware of than a typical school year that would require them to stay home.   We are so excited to expand our in-person opportunities for our eagles and following these protocols are essential in order for us to continue to expand the opportunities.

We look forward to continuing to collaborate with you and appreciate your patience and flexibility!

Warm Regards,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

All Things SOL for Grades 3-6

As we prepare to start the 4th quarter, we also need to prepare for the Standards of Learning Assessments that our 3rd – 6th grade students will be taking.

In addition to the information provided here, there will be a Virtual Parent Night on Wednesday, April 14th, from 6:30-8:00 a.m., where Mrs. Opie and Ms. Rucinski will be available to answer any questions you might have about upcoming SOL testing. (Meeting link)

All SOL tests will be given at Gunston Elementary for virtual and in-person students. Students will be taking the following assessments by grade:

                            3rd: Reading and Math

                            4th: Reading and Math

                            5th: Reading, Math, and Science

                            6th: Reading, Math

SOL Testing Dates

There will not be an opportunity for retakes this year, and any additional make-ups that are needed will scheduled between June 1 – June 4.

Additional Information:

  • Parents have the option of having their child not participate in any or all SOLs. If you choose this option, please complete the form Student Intent Form by Friday, April 16
  • There is an alternative virtual assessment that will be offered for all-virtual students who are not participating in the SOLs at school, but we won’t have more information on that assessment until the middle of April.
  • FCPS has instructed schools to focus on essential standards and has de-emphasized some math standards. Teachers have been working hard to make sure all students know and understand the essential standards, which provide a solid foundation for the next year’s content.  De-emphasized standards will still be on the SOL, and the links below show which standards were de-emphasized, not assessed or taught through synchronous instruction this year.  If you would like resources to support your child with these standards, please reach out to your classroom teacher or Mrs. Opie. 

3rd grade             4th grade             5th grade             6th grade

Who to Contact Ebony Opie- Assistant Principal/School Testing Coordinator

Autism Acceptance Month

During Autism Awareness Month, which is recognized in April, the Autism Society of America promotes its “Celebrate Differences” Campaign.  This year, the Autism Society is formally shifting references of Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month. They are doing so to promote change, have a greater understanding and acceptance of people with autism and encourage a kinder, more inclusive community.

Stay Tuned for more information on how we will celebrate Autism Acceptance Month this year.

Military-connected youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle. By understanding the lifestyle of military-connected youth we can better meet their needs as they transition with their family members who serve our nation. Currently over 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home. Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. April 21 is Purple Up! day. All are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth.

We are excited celebrate our military youth in a very special way this month.

Share Your Story-

All month long feel free to share a FlipGrid of how being a military child makes you special

Email Military Family Photos to be highlighted in our WGES news program please send to Lisa Schroeder lmschroeder@fcps.edu .

Month of the Military Child Spirit Week Rising 7th Grade Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to our registrar, Lourdes Presnell, at LCPresnell@fcps.edu  by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf    

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Visit the website to read updated information

  • Regardless of currently receiving FCPS Grab & Go meals, eligible students must qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
    • To receive the benefits apply here.
  • Qualifying students will receive P-EBT benefits through the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Households that previously received P-EBT will have new benefits automatically added to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT or P-EBT card.
    • Benefits Expansion - The P-EBT program has been extended through the end of 2020-2021 academic school year. Retroactive benefits for October through January will be issued to eligible remote and hybrid students.
    • Eligibility Expansion - Households with students attending public schools under a hybrid modality are now eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. Previously, P-EBT benefits were only available to students who were learning remotely for five consecutive days. The P-EBT program will now issue benefits to students whose schools are open and operating under both approved modalities (hybrid and remote). School districts have communicated information directly to eligible households. If you are unsure if your child is eligible for P-EBT benefits, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • If you are newly eligible, a P-EBT card will be mailed to you or funds will be added to your SNAP EBT card.

 For questions, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 

Spring School-Based AAP Services Newsletter

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STEM Night is coming!

This year, we will be hosting STEM Night over two evenings; Wednesday, May 19th for primary students and Thursday, May 20th for upper grade students.  This virtual event will be held from 6:00-8:00 and will incorporate elements from STEM.   Mark your calendars!

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

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Friday, March 26 Last Day of 3rd Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release

As a reminder, Friday, March 26 is the last day of the third quarter, and a 2-hour early dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. for both in-person and online classes.

Spring Break:  March 29 - April 2

The school office will be closed during Spring Break

Teacher Workday:  Monday, April 5

Monday, April 5 is a teacher workday and there will be no school for students. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.

Meal Distribution for Spring Break

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals March 26 through April 5. Extra meal distributions will take place at Grab & Go sites (see locations here).

Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that no-cost breakfast and lunch meals for all students have been extended though September 30, 2021. 

Spring School-Based AAP Services Newsletter

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Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

Tech Tips

This is a quick reminder that students should "restart" school issued laptops once a week.  This is not just "shutting down" after school ends and starting the next morning but rather selecting restart and having the laptop reboot.  This allows the laptop to perform updates.  Many technical issues can be resolved through a "restart" rather than a "shut down". 

Message from the Art Room:

All students should be prepared to have their own personal drawing supplies ready to use during weekly Art classes.  In-person students that have art class in the building should bring supplies and artworks to and from school and home.  A sketchbook or folder to organize and keep artworks is recommended.

Please make sure your student has the following drawing supplies for online and in-person Art classes.

ALL STUDENTS:  Paper, Sketchbook/Notebook

KINDERGARTEN – Grade 2:  Crayons

GRADES: 3 & 4:   Crayons or Colored Pencils

GRADES 5 & 6:  Colored Pencils or Markers

If you need assistance, contact Mrs. Gorham at ahgorham@fcps.edu.

 

  • Friday, March 26 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of 3rd Quarter) 
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April  2 - Spring Break holiday
  • Monday, April 5 - Teacher Workday (no school for students)

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Equity Corner

March is Women’s History Month- a month in which we celebrate the contributions women have made in history. When children ask why we have a Women’s History Month, Regin Muradian, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and author, says, “You can tell your children, ‘We celebrate things so we don’t forget them. We celebrate so we can honor how hard women fought to get to where they are today.’ Then they will associate Women’s History Month with importance, so they can keep it going.”

How to Celebrate Women’s History Month at Home:

  • Play a game- research facts about famous women, write them down on scraps of paper, and play “Guess Who?”
  • Read Together- click this link for read alouds about important women from each state. (you will have to be logged into your child’s FCPS account to access)
  • Show gratitude- while we focus a lot on famous women to celebrate, we can also celebrate the women in our lives. Your child can write thank you notes to women in their life. 

Remember diversity as you are picking out books and playing games. Choose women of all races, ethnicities, and abilities. 

Upcoming PEATC Events for Military Families (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center)

Webinars: 

  1. Understanding Special Education – 18 March 2021, 7:00 p.m., Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g4YhbnBST_y8hZ9qtTuwYQ
  2. Introduction to Autism and ABA – 21 April 2021, 2:00 p.m., Registration:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nWStwoddQiqhowglObx-YQ

  1. Ins and Outs of IEPs – 29 April 2021, 11:30 a.m., Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QY9UVMWLTCeOjx4mp3jhpw

Training Events:

In collaboration with VDOE, PEATC is offering training events for both professionals and parents again this year.  As much as we would like to see everyone, VDOE is requiring that these events be virtual.  It will be recorded presentations that are self-paced, but we are offering one live session for each event.  Please see the attached flyers for details, or you can register using the links below:

  1. On the Front Lines ( for professionals including EFM and SLOs, Purple Star School POCs, MFLCs and ombudsmen, formerly EFM/SLO training) – two opportunities to participate:
    1. April 15-22, 2021; Live event on April 20th at 12:00 p.m. Registration: https://efmpsloapril2021.eventbrite.com
    2. July 8-15, 2021; Live event on July 13th at 12:00 p.m. Registration: https://efmpslojuly2021.eventbrite.com
  2. In the Trenches (for service members, parents, families, and caregivers only, formerly Squared Away) – two opportunities to participate:
    1. April 17-25, 2021; Live event on April 22nd at 7:00 p.m., Registration: https://inthetrenchesapril2021.eventbrite.com
    2. July 17-25, 2021; Live event on July 22nd at 7:00 p.m., Registration: https://inthetrenchesjuly2021.eventbrite.com

Sometimes military networks don’t like our registration links or will block Eventbrite links, so you may need to try registering from a home network and/or computer.  If you have any trouble accessing these links or registering, please call our office at (703) 923-0010 and speak with our administrative assistant, Andersen Guske.  He will be able to take all the necessary information to complete the registration for you

 

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Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

 

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education (FLE) is taught to all grade levels, K-12, in FCPS.  Students in grades K-6 receive Family Life Education (FLE) instruction from their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons,  you may access the opt out forms online here.  Please email opt out forms to Lourdes Presnell lcpresnell@fcps.edu by March 16th.

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

Tech Tips Quick sweet useful shortcuts

All students need to RESTART laptops to get updates – every day is best. Turn on, log in.  Navigate to lowest left corner window icon. Click “power”, click “restart”.  Wait for everything to update.  Log in and use.   This way the lack of an update will not slow anyone down during a lesson.   Be sure when you shut down for the day that you navigate to this same power button and shut down. 

Reminder:  Students need to bring charged laptops to school and home every day. Message from the Art Room:

All students should be prepared to have their own personal drawing supplies ready to use during weekly Art classes.  In-person students that have art class in the building should bring supplies and artworks to and from school and home.  A sketchbook or folder to organize and keep artworks is recommended.

Please make sure your student has the following drawing supplies for online and in-person Art classes.

ALL STUDENTS:  Paper, Sketchbook/Notebook

KINDERGARTEN – Grade 2:  Crayons

GRADES: 3 & 4:   Crayons or Colored Pencils

GRADES 5 & 6:  Colored Pencils or Markers

If you need assistance, contact Mrs. Gorham at ahgorham@fcps.edu.

 

  • Friday, March 26 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of 3rd Quarter) 
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April  2 - Spring Break holiday
  • Monday, April 5 - Teacher Workday (no school for students)

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Daylight Savings Begins Sunday,        March 14

Be sure to move your clocks forward 1 hour!

Return to School Timeline March 16 Group 7: Grades 3 - 6

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 16)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 18)

* Grades 3-6 will be Asynchronous on  March 11, March 12 and March 15 for teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asynchronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days

Any family who requested their child to attend in-person should have received a letter within the last week reminding you of the days your child(ren) will attend in-person. If you previously chose in-person and did not receive a letter, or there were errors in your letter, please contact our office at 703-541-3600.

Kindergarten Registration

We’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles to Gunston!

Register early to stay updated with what’s happening at Gunston.

 *Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration*

Click this link to access registration information https://gunstones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration

 

Please remember: Sign up with News You Choose located at the bottom of the page at Gunston Elementary website. https://gunstones.fcps.edu

 

Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education (FLE) is taught to all grade levels, K-12, in FCPS.  Students in grades K-6 receive Family Life Education (FLE) instruction from their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. o Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7. Account information is available at your local school or online here
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.

As this is a unique year please consider the following:

  • Where your child may be during FLE instruction (at a daycare, outside of the home etc.)
  • Who may be around (Younger siblings etc.)

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s forms packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online here.  Please email opt out forms to Lourdes Presnell lcpresnell@fcps.edu by March 16th. Alternative non-FLE health lessons are provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction.

If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s teacher in writing before instruction begins.

Instruction will occurs at various times for the instructional units during the month of March. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. 

Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions here

Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu

We cannot accept Emergency Care/Health forms that are not signed and dated within the 2020-21 school year (starting September 2020). 

If you already have a Parent SIS account, you can go to weCare@school for detailed instructions on completing the emergency care form using FCPS 24-7 Learning (login with your ParentVUE credentials). 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu.   We ask that you please do not send in any photos of forms.

Medication

Parents will need to drop-off medications and the appropriate forms prior to their child returning to in-person instruction. Call the school for an appointment to drop off these items. 

Tech Tips Quick sweet useful shortcuts
  1. Hard to read something on the computer screen? 
    1. Ctrl +  =magnify 
    2. Ctrl –  =make smaller
    3. Ctrl 0  =return to regular (default)
  2. Want to copy a whole page?  Use
    1. Ctrl A to highlight the whole thing
    2. Ctrl C to copy
    3. Ctrl V to paste
  3. Accidently close a tab in Chrome?
    1. Ctrl + Shift + T will reopen that tab
    2. Ctrl N  = open a new tab
Reminder:  Students need to bring charged laptops to school and home every day. Read, Read, Read!

Signing out Gunston Library Books & eBooks is easy!

Students may access ebooks through our school library website. They may also place books on hold. (see Google Specialists classroom) Delivery will be at the classroom for in-person students and continues to be neighborhood delivery or curbside for our virtual students. Watch your email on Friday for delivery information. Please return library books either in the classroom for in-person, at a neighborhood delivery, or to the main office. Happy reading!

  • Friday, March 12 - Asynchronous learning for 3rd through 6th Grade 
  • Tuesday, March 16 - 3rd through 6th Grade Students return to in-person instruction 
  • Tuesday, March 16 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm
  • Friday, March 26 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of 3rd Quarter) 
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April  2 - Spring Break holiday

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Principals' Message

Dear Gunston Family,

We have been enjoying reading to our eagles at night to celebrate Read Across America week.  The daily flipgrids have been awesome to watch.  Please consider joining us tonight for our mystery readers and more great stories.  Our students have been working hard during virtual learning and we are impressed with their discussions and projects.  Third quarter interim reports should be emailed today.  Please take this time to reflect with your children about their strengths and areas for growth.  It is important that students are participating in class and completing their assignments.  As always, if you have any concerns please reach out to the teachers so you can continue to collaborate together.

We are so excited that we were able to welcome back our kindergarten students and are prepared to bring back our first and second grade students next week.    If you were not able to attend the community meeting, please watch the video to learn about how in-person school will be different.  Please remember that the classes were changed based on preference information from July and October.  We have rearranged classes and will not be able to honor all additional changes at this time.  We have recently resent our letters stating the days your students will come to school if in-person was selected previously.  Please note that if we are able to accommodate a change, it takes time and will not be immediate. 

We look forward to our upcoming events that are scheduled for the rest of the year, such as virtual STEM Night and Heritage Nights.  Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you for all you continue to do to support your children and teachers.  We are in this together and love our Gunston family!

Warmly,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. Opie

 

Friday, March 5

Two hour early release for all students (1:30pm)

Morning Pre-K dismisses at 11:00am

 

Monday, March  8 

Student Holiday for all students -  no in-person or virtual learning

Teacher Professional Development

 

Tuesday, March 9

Grades 1 & 2 students return to in-person instruction

Return to School Timeline March 9 Group 6: Grades 1- 2 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 9)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 11)

* Grades 1 and 2 will be Asynchronous on March 1, March 4 and March 5 for  teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asynchronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days.

 

March 16 Group 7: Grades 3 - 6

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 16)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 18)

* Grades 3-6 will be Asynchronous on March 1, March 11, March 12 and March 15 for teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asynchronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days

Any family who requested their child to attend in-person should have received a letter reminding you of the days your child(ren) will attend in-person. If you previously chose in-person and did not receive a letter, or there were errors in your letter, please contact our office at 703-541-3600.

Please take a moment to log into your ParentVue acount to review your bus information if you selected transportation.

 

Return to School Community Meeting Grade 1 - Grade 6

If you were unable to join this community meeting you may find a link to the recording here.

Food Distribution

Daily food distribution hours are 10:00am - 12:30pm  for all daily grab and go and bulk meal kit sites. Gunston Elementary distributes bulk meals on Wednesdays.

Arrival/Dismissal Reminders

As more students join in-person instruction, it will take longer for buses and cars to load and unload.

The Kiss & Ride doors open at 8:50am and close at 9:00am.  If you arrive after 9:00am you must park your car and escort your student to door #1 in order to sign them in late.  In the afternoon, Kiss & Ride begins dismissing at 3:15pm.

Thank you for staying in your car and following the staff members' guidance as they direct you to pull forward.

Each family using the Kiss & Ride will need to have a tag displayed in their front windshield.  Kiss & Ride tags are distributed through the main office.

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. 

Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions here

Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu 

We cannot accept Emergency Care/Health forms that are not signed and dated within the 2020-21 school year (starting September 2020). 

If you already have a Parent SIS account, you can go to weCare@school for detailed instructions on completing the emergency care form using FCPS 24-7 Learning (login with your ParentVUE credentials). 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu. We ask that you please do not send in any photos of forms.

Medication

Parents will need to drop-off medications and the appropriate forms prior to their child returning to in-person instruction. Call the school for an appointment to drop off these items. 

 Do you have Return to School Questions?

Gunston Return to School Guide has all the answers!

 

Now Accepting              Kindergarten/New Student Enrollments for the 2021-2011 School Year

Do you have a child that will be five years old by September 30, 2021? Do you live in the boundaries of Gunston Elementary School? To find out, use the FCPS boundary locator.

Please fill-in the New Student Registration page located on the Gunston website. Your form will be submitted to our school 

 

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Grades 1-6 Return to School Community Meeting tonight!

Please join as we prepare for students returning to school. We will be sharing updated information to assist your child's transition.

Community Meeting

Tuesday, March 2nd

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Story Night Celebrate Read Across America Week

 

Tonight:  Tuesday, March 2 6:00pm

Snuggle Up for a Story!

Join us tonight for a great story read by a staff member.  Bring your favorite stuffed animal along to listen.

BBCU Link

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Gunston Elementary Bell Schedule:  9:00am - 3:30pm Office Hours:  8:30am - 4:30pm  

 

Read Across America March 1- March 5, 2021

Please join us next week as we celebrate Read Across America as a school community virtually!  Students are encouraged to participate in book-themed spirit days during the school day and families are invited to join us for a themed story time each evening.  Click on the following link to learn more: https://gunstones.fcps.edu/node/4867  Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Robinson (EARobinson@fcps.edu)

Daytime Activities/Spirit Days Monday, March 1st: Book Character Day

Dress up as your favorite book character today.  Upload a short video to FlipGrid telling us which character you chose and why the character is your favorite!

Tuesday, March 2nd: Travel Section

Wear a T-shirt from a place you have visited.  Upload a short video to FlipGrid telling us where you visited and why you enjoyed it.

Wednesday, March 3rd: Biography Day

Think of a famous person (maybe someone you look up to) and find an object or create a symbol to represent him or her.  Share this person’s contributions (why would they have a biography written about them) and explain why you chose the object or symbol you did in this FlipGrid.

Thursday, March 4th: Fun with Functional Texts

There are so many different types of nonfiction.  Find a recipe or craft to do or make today and enjoy putting your comprehension skills to work!  Need a good recipe or craft to follow?  Login to MyON and search recipe or craft

Friday, March 5th: Promote Your Favorite Book

Create a slide (you will need to log into your Google) of your favorite book to be shared with others on WGES!  Be sure to include a picture of the book cover, a short summary with a cliffhanger (don’t give away the whole story), and tell us why you would recommend it to others!

 

Evening activities found in the link at the top.

 

Survey of Preschool Children for Kindergarten Enrollment

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

 

Monday, March 1 - Asynchronous day for Grades PreK-6 (teacher prep day)

Tuesday, March 2 - RTS Community Meeting (grades 1-6) 6:30pm

Thursday, March 4 -  Asynchronous day for Grades 1-2 (teacher prep day)

Friday, March 5 -  Asynchronous day for Grades 1-2 (teacher prep day)

Friday, March 5 - 2 hour early release for all students (1:30pm)

Monday, March  8 - Teacher Work Day - no in-person or virtual learning

Tuesday, March 9 - 1st & 2nd grade students return to in-person instruction on your assigned days.

Thursday, March 11 - Asynchronous day for grades 3-6 (teacher prep day)

Friday, March 12 - Asynchronous day for grades 3-6 (teacher prep day)

Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 students return to in-person instruction on your assigned days.

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Return to School Timeline March 9 Group 6: Grades 1- 2 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 9)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 11)

* Grades 1 and 2 will be Asynchronous on March 1, March 4 and March 5 for  teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asynchronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days.

 

March 16 Group 7: Grades 3 - 6

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 16)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 18)

* Grades 3-6 will be Asynchronous on March 1, March 11, March 12 and March 15 for teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asynchronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days

Any family who requested their child to attend in-person should have received a letter within the last week reminding you of the days your child(ren) will attend in-person. If you previously chose in-person and did not receive a letter, or there were errors in your letter, please contact our office at 703-541-3600.

Read Across America: March 1-5, 2021

Please join us next week as we celebrate Read Across America as a school community virtually!  Students are encouraged to participate in book-themed spirit days during the school day and families are invited to join us for a themed story time each evening.  Click on the following link to learn more: https://gunstones.fcps.edu/node/4867  Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Robinson (EARobinson@fcps.edu)

Return To School Community Meeting  Grade 1 - Grade 6

Please join as we prepare for students returning to school. We will be sharing updated information to assist your child's transition.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  

Meeting link

 

(If you were unable to join us for Kindergarten's Return to School Community meeting on February 17th, you may find a link to the recording here.)

Food Distribution

Daily food distribution will change to 10:00am - 12:30pm starting Monday, February 22nd for all daily grab and go and bulk meal kit sites. Gunston Elementary distributes bulk meals on Wednesdays.

Arrival/Dismissal Reminders

As more students join in-person instruction, it will take longer for buses and cars to load and unload.

The Kiss & Ride doors open at 8:50am and close at 9:00am.  If you arrive after 9:00am you must park your car and escort your student to door #1 in order to sign them in late.

In the afternoon, Kiss & Ride begins dismissing at 3:15pm.

Thank you for staying in your car and following the staff members' guidance as they direct you to pull forward.

 

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. 

Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions here

Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu 

We cannot accept Emergency Care/Health forms that are not signed and dated within the 2020-21 school year (starting September 2020). 

If you already have a Parent SIS account, you can go to weCare@school for detailed instructions on completing the emergency care form using FCPS 24-7 Learning (login with your ParentVUE credentials). 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu. We ask that you please do not send in any photos of forms.

Medication

Parents will need to drop-off medications and the appropriate forms prior to their child returning to in-person instruction. Call the school for an appointment to drop off these items. 

 Need answers to Return to School Questions?

Attendance:  Monday attendance, Attendance reporting

Late arrivals/Early dismissals for appointments

Visitors and Volunteers

Transportation

Lunch

Specials

Computers

Medication

All of these questions can be answered by visiting the Gunston ES website.

 

Check it out here!  Happy Reading!

Now Accepting              Kindergarten/New Student Enrollments for the 2021-2011 School Year

Do you have a child that will be five years old by September 30, 2021? Do you live in the boundaries of Gunston Elementary School? To find out, use the FCPS boundary locator.

Please fill-in the New Student Registration page located on the Gunston website. Your form will be submitted to our school 

 

 

Tuesday, March 2 - RTS Community Meeting (gr 1-6) 6:30pm

Friday, March 5 - 2 hour early release for all students

Monday, March  8 - Teacher Work Day - no in-person or virtual learning

Tuesday, March 9 - 1st & 2nd grade students return to in-person instruction

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  Revised Return to School Timeline Please note the changes the county has made.  Changes are marked with an asterisk* below.

 

February 23 Group 5:   Kindergarten 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return February 23)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return February 25)

 

March 9 Group 6: Grades 1- 2 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 9)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 11)

* Grades 1 and 2 will be Asynchronous on February 22 and March 1 for  teacher preparation.

Students will log in for morning meeting and hear instructions regarding asyncronous lessons for the day.  There will be no small groups meeting on these days.

 

March 16 Group 7: Grades 3 - 6

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 16)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 18)

* Grades 3-6 will be Asynchronous on March 1 and March 15 for teacher preparation.

 

Any family who requested their child to attend in-person should have received a letter in November indicating the days your child(ren) will attend in-person. If you previously chose in-person and did not receive a letter, or there were errors in your letter, please contact our office at 703-541-3600.

 

Return To School Community Meeting  Grade 1 - Grade 6

Please join as we prepare for students returning to school. We will be sharing updated information to assist your child's transition.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  

Meeting link

 

(If you were unable to join us for Kindergarten's Return to School Community meeting on February 17th, you may find a link to the recording here.)

Calling all Preschoolers

Do you have or know someone who has a preschool age child at home? If so take a minute to complete this survey from Fairfax County to help us prepare for the upcoming school year.  Survey of Preschool Children 

Equity Corner

In February, people all over the United States celebrate Black History Month—because Black history is American history.  Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of Black and African American people year-round, and Black History Month is one opportunity to honor these diverse and important stories.

As we continue to observe Black History Month, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to provide school divisions and communities with the following Black History Month resources to honor and recognize African Americans and their achievements and contributions to America. 

Best African American Picture Books- Looking for books to engage with at home? Check out The Brown Bookshelf for a collection of Black Literature.

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. 

Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions here

Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu 

We cannot accept Emergency Care/Health forms that are not signed and dated within the 2020-21 school year (starting September 2020). 

If you already have a Parent SIS account, you can go to weCare@school for detailed instructions on completing the emergency care form using FCPS 24-7 Learning (login with your ParentVUE credentials). 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu. We ask that you please do not send in any photos of forms.

Medication

Parents will need to drop-off medications and the appropriate forms prior to their child returning to in-person instruction. Call the school for an appointment to drop off these items. 

 Need answers to Return to School Questions?

Attendance:  Monday attendance, Attendance reporting

Late arrivals/Early dismissals for appointments

Visitors and Volunteers

Transportation

Lunch

Specials

Computers

Medication

All of these questions can be answered by visiting the Gunston ES website.

 

Check it out here!  Happy Reading!

Now Accepting              Kindergarten/New Student Enrollments for the 2021-2011 School Year

Do you have a child that will be five years old by September 30, 2021? Do you live in the boundaries of Gunston Elementary School? To find out, use the FCPS boundary locator.

Please fill-in the New Student Registration page located on the Gunston website. Your form will be submitted to our school 

 

Revised Bell Schedule Start Date:  February 16th

FCPS will implement a new bell schedule due to social distancing requirements which limit capacity on school buses. The bell schedule change, which will begin on February 16, will apply to both in-person learning as well as students who are doing full-time virtual learning. The revised bell schedule for Gunston Elementary will be 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. 

En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast for Spanish Speaking Families

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast. En Pocas Palabras FCPS podcast brings families timely, important information related to school news.  Administrators are encouraged to share this information with their school communities, where applicable.  

Welcome to En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Listen to En Pocas Palabras FCPS in Spanish and English to hear timely, important information related to school news. FCPS cares about all families. The podcast is produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.   En Pocas Palabras FCPS will bring you something new to discover.  We are a community. Together, we are stronger!

Bienvenidos a En Pocas Palabras FCPS, un Podcast en español e inglés, donde podrá  encontrar las últimas noticias de las escuelas públicas del condado de Fairfax.  En FCPS todas las familias son importantes. Producido por la Oficina de Servicios de Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESOL) y la Oficina de Aprendizaje Profesional y Participación Familiar, este Podcast tiene como meta  ayudar a las familias a tener acceso a recursos claves y apoyarlas en la educación de sus hijos. Somos una comunidad y juntos somos más fuertes.  

Listen on: 

Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/en-pocas-palabras-fcps/id1551859253

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4XRcEd6hwZbYk29Wng0I4X

 

 

Resource from Fairfax County for Families - Tax Preparation -

Below is a link for the Department of Family Services - Employment and Training Volunteer Income Tax Assistance information.  Please share with your networks.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Free Income Tax Preparation | Family Services (fairfaxcounty.gov)

 

Tuesday, March 2 - RTS Community Meeting (gr 1-6) 6:30pm

Friday, March 5 - 2 hour early release

Monday, March  8 - Teacher Work Day - No school

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Gunston Reminder - Kindergarten Return to School Meeting tonight!

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Kindergarten Return To School Community Meeting - TONIGHT

Please join as we prepare for students returning to school. We will be sharing updated information to assist your child's transition.

Kindergarten Meeting

Wednesday, February 17th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

link

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Return To School Community Meetings

Please join as we prepare for students returning to school. We will be sharing updated information to assist your child's transition.

 

Kindergarten Meeting

Wednesday, February 17th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting link

 

Grades 1 - 6 Meeting 

Tuesday, March 2nd

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting link

Return to School Timeline

February 16 Group 1 - 4: Preschool and Enhanced Autism

 

February 23 Group 5:   Kindergarten 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return February 23)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return February 25)

 

March 9 Group 6: Grades 1- 2 

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 9)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 11)

Grades 1 and 2 will be Asynchronous on March 4 and March 5

 

March 16 Group 7: Grades 3 - 6

(Students attending in person Tuesday/Wednesday will return March 16)

(Students attending in person Thursday/Friday will return March 18)

Bus Route Meal Distribution

Food and Nutrition Services have made updates to their meal distribution schedule from February 4 - February 16, to support families during the upcoming holiday.

Find a meal bus stop near you.

Forms In-person Learning Required Forms

*Forms only need to be completed one time, per child. 

Prior to your child’s return to in-person learning, you will need to make sure that the following forms have been completed:

This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep sick students at home. 

Parents/guardians may access the document in their preferred language and will receive reminders in ParentVUE until the form has been submitted.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you may provide your commitment on a hardcopy form. You will find the commitment form and all translated versions here

Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening until the form is received. 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu 

We cannot accept Emergency Care/Health forms that are not signed and dated within the 2020-21 school year (starting September 2020). 

If you already have a Parent SIS account, you can go to weCare@school for detailed instructions on completing the emergency care form using FCPS 24-7 Learning (login with your ParentVUE credentials). 

Signed forms can be scanned and sent to LCPresnell@fcps.edu. We ask that you please do not send in any photos of forms.

Medication

Parents will need to drop-off medications and the appropriate forms prior to their child returning to in-person instruction. Call the school for an appointment to drop off these items. 

Now Accepting              Kindergarten/New Student Enrollments for the 2021-2011 School Year

Do you have a child that will be five years old by September 30, 2021? Do you live in the boundaries of Gunston Elementary School? To find out, use the FCPS boundary locator.

Please fill-in the New Student Registration page located on the Gunston website. Your form will be submitted to our school 

 

Revised Bell Schedule Start Date:  February 16th

FCPS will implement a new bell schedule due to social distancing requirements which limit capacity on school buses. The bell schedule change, which will begin on February 16, will apply to both in-person learning as well as students who are doing full-time virtual learning. The revised bell schedule for Gunston Elementary will be 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. 

Community Corner - Technology Basic Troubleshooting Revisited
  1. Reboot and Restart R&R (do both)
  2. R & R at a Fairfax County School Location so you get County WIFI (Gunston parking lot, for example)
  3. Support videos (Short, in multiple languages and on every tech topic)
  4. Technology Tips on FCPS Website
  5. Student Tech Support: Drop by Tech Office Hours BBCU Mon 8 a.m. Find the link on the Gunston Blackboard course.
  6. Get help from FCPS HelpDesk (this can take up to 2 days)
Ways For Students to Share Learning Virtually:
  1. Raise hand and tell the teacher/class directly during class in BBCU 
  2. Comment (as allowed) in chat with text and emojis
  3. Write it on a Google Doc, Form or other text collection app
  4. Write it on a journal or note paper - show on camera in bbcu
  5. Take and share photos upload to Slides or Google Classroom
  6. Take and upload photos into gmail to send to teacher 
  7. Snag It video, share via Google Drive to Google Classroom
  8. FlipGrid screencast 
  9. Record yourself in Wixie (K-5) share link
  10. Camera App on laptop (just upload to Google Classroom)
  11.  Add voice, text or images in Wixie and share link
  12. Record a sound track or podcast on Audacity, export and share file
  13. Create a Google Site with images, voice, video and more.

For help on any of these, students can ask their teachers, look on Gunston Blackboard, come to Tech Office Hours or even Google how. 

 

Monday, February 15 - Presidents Day - No classes

Thursday, February 18 - PTA Meeting  7:00pm

Friday, March 5 - 2 hour early release

Monday, March  8 - Teacher Work Day - No school

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