Parent Coffee Reminder

GovDelivery 1 day 21 hours ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

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

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

Link to Parent Coffee

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

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette

GovDelivery 5 days 21 hours ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

School Supplies

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

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

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

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

Link to Parent Coffee

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

Bell Schedule

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

Laptop Update

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

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

 Community Meeting Recording

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

Grade Level Supply Lists

Grade level supply lists can be found here.

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Important Gunston Reminders

GovDelivery 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Reminders Laptop Collection Wednesday, August 5th

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

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

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

Please remember to have your charger as well.

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

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

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

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

Supplies

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

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

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

School Supply Lists

GovDelivery 1 week 5 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

School Supply Lists

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

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

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette

GovDelivery 1 week 5 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Updates and Important Dates

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

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

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

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

Technology and Internet Update

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

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

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

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

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

Please remember to have your charger as well.

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

Important Dates to Remember

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

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

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

 

Laptop Collection - Wednesday, August 5 

Assigned Grade level time (see above schedule)

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

 

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

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

Link to Parent Coffee

 

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

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette

GovDelivery 2 weeks 5 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Upcoming Community Meeting

As we begin planning for a virtual start to the school year, we value your input in order to improve our virtual learning experience for all students.  We will have our next community meeting in August and will communicate the specific details about this meeting next week.   Please take a moment to complete this survey to provide input and  questions you have as we plan for fall.

Free Childhood Vaccinations

Free childhood vaccinations by appointment offered by Fairfax County Health Department July 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

At Bethlehem Baptist   7836 Fordson Rd, Alexandria  703-246-6010

Covid safety rules apply!

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization

 

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Fairfax esta ofreciendo servicio gratis de vacunas para sus hijos, Haga su cita (703-246-6010)!

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Acting Assistant Principal Announcement

GovDelivery 3 weeks 4 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Acting Assistant Principal Announcement

 

Dear Gunston Family,

I hope that you are staying healthy and safe as you relax and enjoy your summer break.  As you were recently notified, the search for Gunston’s principal has begun.  In order to assist with planning and preparation for the fall we have a new acting assistant principal.

I am excited to share that our acting assistant principal is our very own Ebony Opie until further notice.  Mrs. Opie earned her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 2012, a master’s degree from George Mason University in 2015, and her administration certification from the University of Virginia in May 2020.  Mrs. Opie began her teaching journey in Fairfax County Public Schools right here at Gunston. She has taught first and third grade and is an active leader in our school community. While at Gunston, Mrs. Opie has served as a member of the school leadership team, Strategic Planning Committee, Equity Committee, and Lead Mentor.  As a member of the Gunston family, Mrs. Opie is excited to serve and provide the consistency for our entire community in her new acting role. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the families, students, and staff in the place she calls home.

We look forward to collaborating with you this summer as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  As always, you can reach out to us if you have any questions.

Fondly,

Kristen Rucinski

 

 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette

GovDelivery 1 month ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Parent Information Phone Lines

FCPS language lines are available in eight different languages to assist parents who do not speak English as their first language. A school system employee will respond to your call in your preferred language within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. The caller will provide you with the requested information, arrange for you to speak with the appropriate school employee, or connect you with the resource that you are looking to find.

Parent Information Phone Lines listed in various languages.

Gunston Community Meeting Reminder

We acknowledge that you still have questions regarding the upcoming school year options and acknowledge that at the school level we do not have all the answers yet.  We are all working collectively to support you and your child’s learning, regardless of the option you choose whether it be Virtual or In Person. We hope you are able to join us to better inform your decision.

Date:  Monday, July 13, 2020

Time:  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 

BBCU link to meeting: Link

We will record the session for anyone who cannot attend and post it on our website, as there is a 250 people capacity limit. In order to help me prepare for the meeting I have provided a link to a Google survey to submit questions you may have in advance.  The survey will be available thru Saturday.  Link to survey: Gunston’s Return to School Questions

 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Summer Continuity of Learning Begins Next Week

GovDelivery 1 month 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Continuity of Learning June 29 - July 31

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We wanted to send you a reminder about our opportunity for students to access grade level office hours beginning next week, June 29, 2020.  Students in grades K-6 during the 2019-2020 school year, will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members.  All students have received a link to their grade level summer office hours this week.  This link was sent to the students’ FCPS Gmail account. Your child will join the grade level class that matches the grade level content practice book you receive.  In addition, if your child receives special education and/or English language services, they may attend those sessions too.  A separate link was sent to the Gmail account for those office hours.

Additionally, your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Please contact Kristen Rucinski, krucinski@fcps.edu, if you have any questions.

The schedule is as follows:

 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Middle School Virtual V.I.P. Camp

GovDelivery 1 month 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

VIRTUAL V.I.P. CAMP
2020 VISION
For students attending Hayfield, Sandburg, Twain,
Whitman & Key middle schools in 2019-2020.
V.I.P. Camp will be held virtually.


The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer! During these unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff.

 

Details

• Dates – Monday – Thursday from June 29th - July 30th • A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities o Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time o Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time • Location – Virtual • Cost – Free


Registration Process

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER VIRTUAL VIP 2020

To register your student for the VIP program, please contact your local middle school or local teen center or click the link above to register. Please see the attached flyer for the contact information for the After-School Specialists.


FCPS Regulations

For this camp, students will still have to adhere to the FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 06-11-2020

GovDelivery 2 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

A Message From The Principals

Dear  Gunston Family,

What an amazing adventure this year has been for us, Eagles!  It was filled with wonderful learning opportunities and changes that implemented growth for our school.  We made memories and held events that were cherished together as a Gunston Family.  These times together made our friendships stronger, experiences better, and our hearts bigger.  As Kid President said, “(You) Make the world more awesome!”

Each of you is a special member of the Gunston community and a piece of what makes us shine.  You bring out the best in each other and our school.  We are sad to see some students moving on and want you to remember no matter where you go, what you do, or who you become, you will always be a Gunston Eagle!  “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!”  We have missed you and cannot wait until we meet again.  We hope you all have an enjoyable summer and keep reading and engaging in authentic learning opportunities.  We want to thank you for providing us the opportunity to work with you and it has been an honor to be your principals!

Sincerely,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. White

 

“Until you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly!”

 

Staff Moving On

As we close another school year, we want to send a special farewell to the following staff members moving on to new places next year.  We appreciate all that each and every one of you have contributed to our community and wish you all the best in the future.

“Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!”

 

Amanda Espinola, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Rachel Backus, Kindergarten Teacher

Rian Burnside, Special Education Teacher

Tania Muskett, Parent Liaison

Sharon Gunn, Administrative Assistant

Courtney White, Acting Assistant Principal

Registration Process 

Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration. This helps to keep class sizes at optimal numbers for the best learning environment for all students.

Registration is open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Currently, registration is occurring virtually with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at  clbaltimore@fcps.edu. 

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

The Crayon Initiative

With the end of the school year, many students and teachers find that they have an excess of crayons; some broken, some slightly used, and maybe even some never used. Sadly, more than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded every year; turning into a waxy sludge that clogs our landfills. Junior Girl Scout Troop 943 of Gunston Elementary School is proud to partner with The Crayon Initiative, a unique charitable organization that recycles crayons and distributes them to children’s hospitals, brightening the lives of young patients while reducing environmental waste. You can support this great cause by dropping your used and unwanted crayons in our designated collection box in front the office at Cranford UMC in Lorton, M-F from 9-1. Any questions, please contact Celeste Stroh at cmhstroh@gmail.com.

Summer Continuity of Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians,

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members.  All students will receive information about how to connect to their class through their Gmail account on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by their summer school teacher.  Your child will join the grade level class that matches the grade level content practice book you receive.

Please contact Kristen Rucinski, krucinski@fcps.edu, if you have any questions.

                               The schedule is as follows:

        PTA News & Information PTA Grant News

The Gunston PTA applied for and was awarded a $5,000-dollar COVID-19 Emergency relief grant!  This grant is through the National PTA and it is sponsored by Tik Tok.  The priority area chosen for this grant is food security.  Too many of our Eagle families are food insecure.  Thus, we want to utilize this grant to not only provide food relief for those in need, but also to create a sustainable program to remove food insecurity entirely! 

If you have thoughts or ideas on how we can make a sustainable program to provide our Eagle families with food security and you are willing to help make that a reality, please contact Heather Alsup-Morton to join the grant coalition.  This grant and subsequent program will occur from June- September 30, 2020.  Dr. Alsup-Morton can be reached via phone :615-429-6357 or email:  alsupheather@hotmail.com

Virtual coalition meetings will begin next week to start planning our program and will include PTA members, Gunston teachers and staff, and community partners!  We hope to see you there!  The more diverse our coalition, the better it will be!

Health & Wellness Tip Avoid processed junk food (eat real food instead)

Processed junk food is incredibly unhealthy.

These foods have been engineered to trigger your pleasure centers, so they trick your brain into overeating — even promoting food addiction in some people (15Trusted Source).

They’re usually low in fiber, protein, and micronutrients but high in unhealthy ingredients like added sugar and refined grains. Thus, they provide mostly empty calories.

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Summer Continuity of Learning

GovDelivery 2 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members.  All students will receive information about how to connect to their class through their Gmail account on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by their summer school teacher.  Your child will join the grade level class that matches the grade level content practice book you receive.

Please contact Kristen Rucinski, krucinski@fcps.edu, if you have any questions.

                               The schedule is as follows:

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 06-04-2020

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Dear Gunston Families, 

I am thinking of our community and our students as our country faces such trauma and sadness. I am reaching out to acknowledge the wide variety of emotions, thoughts, and feelings shared by all of us as we reflect on the current events.  I would be doing a disservice to our students, staff, and families if I did not address the current racial crisis in our country.   In our school community, we recognize that there are feelings of fear, anger, confusion, uncertainty, and hopelessness.  We understand that each of us is experiencing the most recent events of racism and injustice differently and I am confident that together we can create brave and safe spaces for listening and collaboration.  As FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand shared, “Racism and hate have no place in FCPS. FCPS is a place where we strive for love, inclusiveness, and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.”  Gunston will continue to stand on those values. 

Our Gunston community will continue to nurture a caring culture where we celebrate our individuality and diversity.  We are devoted to establishing and providing a culturally responsive learning environment for our students, staff, and community.  We are committed to accepting our responsibility to recognize and educate our students regarding racism and other injustices that threaten the fabric of our country.  It is our moral imperative to teach and model acceptance, compassion, and embrace our differences.   Those differences make our community stronger and develops our school culture.  We will continue to share and listen to each other’s stories, help our students process complex, unfair, real world issues, and to serve as models of how to support each other.  Together we will make a difference. 

While it may be uncomfortable, our students are capable of having developmentally appropriate conversations about race and justice.  We recognize that while the recent events may be visible to our children, their responses may not be at this moment and may lead our children to ask questions.  Even though our current situation finds us apart, we want you to know we are here for you.  As always, our school clinical team and administrators are always available to support you and your family.  We will continue to come together to support our students and families during these challenging times.  Please reach out and take care of one another, even if we are at a distance.  If you and/or your children need support with talking about the recent events, I have added a few resources below. 

Sincerely,

Kristen Rucinski, Acting Principal

Resources to Support Families 

Resource

Description

Living With the Bear

Article on the constant exposure to violence via social media for our youth, and we can learn to recognize the signs to give them the support they need.

Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents

Article shares tips and related resources to help support children during stressful times. 

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

Article shares why it is important to talk to children after racial incidents and tips to have the conversation with children.

Supporting Kids of Color in Wake of Racialized Violence

Discussion with EmbraceRace co-founders, parents, teachers, and other concerned adults about how to best support kids of color and teach them to approach the world with love.

Books for Children

A list of books for teaching children. 

Discussing Difficult Situations with Children

Tips on how to discuss difficult situations with your children.

YouTube version of Something Happened In Our Town

A children’s story that aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

 

Virtual 6th Grade Promotion Social/Emotional Resources for the Summer

The GES Student Services Team created a google site for parents to access social/emotional resources, parent resources, and mental health resources. These resources will be available throughout the summer to help support you and your family. In order to access the google site, you must be logged into your child’s FCPS gmail account. Check back frequently as we will continue to add more resources.

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/gesstudentserviceteam/home

Spirit Week Video

We have had so much fun seeing our eagles participate in spirit week. Many of you are ready for summer with your tropical wear or had fun dressing up like one of our teachers.     If you did not share your pictures of them dressed up with their teachers, there is still time to do so before we finalize our Gunston Pride Video.  We will share this video with the community tomorrow! 

Last Week of School Calendar of Events

There is still time to challenge a staff member.  Use the link below:

https://flipgrid.com/44f458cb

Summer Reading Adventure

Fairfax County's virtual Summer Reading Adventure will take place from June 12th to August 14th and is for all ages. The format will be a little bit different than in previous years.  Participants will register online 

More information is available at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/summer-reading  Sign up for Summer Reading through this link beginning June 12th.

        PTA News & Information Yearbook Update Yearbooks delayed

Please note that Lifetouch is experiencing production delays due to COVID-19.  We anticipate that yearbooks will be received and  sent out later this summer.  Please contact ptagunston@gmail.com if you haven’t been contacted about or received your yearbook by mid-August.  

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

2nd Attempt Student Belonging Pick Up

GovDelivery 2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

2nd Attempt Student Belonging Pick Up

If you were not able to pick up your child’s belongings last Friday, we will be available on Thursday, June 4th, between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Please complete the form below so we can have your child’s bag ready for you at the time slot you choose. No need to wait for a confirmation.  We will be ready for you at the time you selected! We ask that you remain in the car and we will bring the bag to you.    https://forms.gle/qFG7sadZ9WqnmVqJA

If you have any questions, please email Lynn Warner.   LAWarner@fcps.edu.

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 05-28-2020

GovDelivery 2 months 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

A Message from the Principals

We are soaring through the school year as we conclude week 5 of distance learning.  It has been another wonderful week of learning with students engaged in learning with classmates and teachers. We look forward to seeing you this evening at the Virtual Principal Coffee with a focus on supporting  social and emotional wellness during summer break  beginning at 6:30 pm.  Just follow the link provided: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/df62367f5bd542af83ee1163593d00cd  We appreciate all the parents who sent in questions.  We hope to see you there!

Tomorrow Friday, May 29th is our student material pick up.  Please check your e-mail or Remind app for messages from your child’s teacher which includes your specific pick up time and location.  We appreciate you arriving at your assigned time so we can efficiently return over 500 bags of students belongings.  We will only have select staff members at school supporting this process as we are following the health department guidelines.

  • Please go to your assigned location (Main Entrance or Kiss and Ride) and pull all the way forward
  • Please remain in your car at all times, a staff member will hand you the bag or place it directly in the trunk
  • A staff member will receive any library books, patrol belts, or instruments that you will be returning to the school.  We will not be accepting other items as we have guidelines to follow regarding items entering the building. 

As the year concludes, we would like to continue our traditions as best we can virtually.  The upcoming week is a spirit week and each day has a designated theme. (See more information below)  Please encourage your child to participate and take pictures to send to their teachers.  We are hoping to receive lots of pictures to create an end of the week surprise for students.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. White

REMINDER - Friday, May 29 Curbside Pick Up of Student Belongings at your assigned times! Band and Strings Instruments

Attention Band and Strings Parents and Students: We will be collecting band and strings instruments rented from the school or through the Instruments for All Program (IFA).

We are currently collecting instruments from:

  • All 6th grade students
  • Any students moving (not attending Gunston during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • Students not continuing in an instrumental music program during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Students planning on switching instruments next school year (contact your teacher first).  Instrument collection for these students will be in June. Dates and times to be determined.

Grade 4 strings students and Grade 5 band/strings students planning on continuing in their current instrumental music program on the same instrument next year should keep their instrument over the summer.

Please contact the band (mcszabo@fcps.edu) and strings (sjhegre@fcps.edu) teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Gunston Virtual Variety Show Important Dates

Friday, May 29 - Performance types and music deadline

Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 5 - upload videos to Flipgrid

Friday, June 5 - Deadline to upload videos to Flipgrid

Wednesday, June 10 - Showtime!  Variety Show will be shared during each classroom's office hours.

Be sure to read all of  the guidelines carefully! 

End of the Year Spirit Week! Tips for Gunston Families

The student support team wants you to know that we miss you and we are here for you! We know how challenging this time is for our students and parents so we wanted to offer some resources to help during this time.

Internet Safety

Students are spending a lot more time online these days and for good reason. The internet is full of great learning resources and is a way for kids to connect with their peers. We have gathered a few online safety resources for you to review with your students to ensure they are being safe with this extra time online.

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

A website with a variety of tips and games on staying safe.

 

https://www.mcgruff-safe-kids.com/2014/08/10-internet-safety-tips-for-kids/

A website with information on internet safety.

Virtual 6th Grade Promotion Registration Process 

Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration. This helps to keep class sizes at optimal numbers for the best learning environment for all students.

Registration is open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Currently, registration is occurring virtually with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at  clbaltimore@fcps.edu. 

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

        PTA News & Information Welcome 2020-2021 PTA Officers!

Please welcome our new PTA officers for school year 2020-2021: 

President- Ann Loftus Poloncak

Vice President- Joan Wilber

Treasurer- Carolina Falaiye 

Secretary- Ashley Norman 

Thank you to everyone who helped our PTA make this interesting year a success.  We wish you a wonderful summer and please continue to stay involved in PTA next year!! 

Officer transition will occur after June.  Current contact emails for each position will remain the same.

Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook and would like your yearbook mailed to your home please email your address to ptagunston@gmail.com by June 2nd.  Otherwise yearbooks will remain at the school for pickup when school reopens.

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 05-21-2020

GovDelivery 2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

A Message from the Principals

Good Afternoon Gunston Families,

We cannot believe how quickly the end of the year is approaching.  We miss our students so much and love watching them show off their thinking in class each day.  We continue to be impressed with the student experiences in the virtual classrooms.  We want to thank all of our families for their support during these times.  We could not have been able to make this happen without your support.  As a school community, we always look forward to the end of the year events which have become our traditions such as the variety show, class picnics, and staff ice bucket challenge.  We are doing our best to plan opportunities for our staff and students to participate in as many of the events virtually this year.  We will be sharing more information about each event in future Gunston Gazettes.  Please be on the look out for Variety Show information, we are excited that our talented eagles will still be able to show off their acts virtually!  Sixth grade students will be receiving information about their virtual promotion ceremony.   We are looking forward to enjoying these last few weeks together before summer begins with our virtual celebrations!

Sincerely,

Ms.Rucinski and Mrs. White

Save the Date - Friday, May 29 Curbside Pick Up of Student Belongings
  • Classroom teachers have packed students' bags with items from their classrooms.
  • Your classroom teacher will be communicating your assigned time and location of pickup (front door or kiss & ride door) next Wednesday.
  • Please arrive at your assigned time (not early) as we will be staging bags according to time.
  • We have bags for family members grouped together so no need to come more than once.
  • Library books and Patrol belts will be collected from you when you drive up.  If you signed out a laptop it only needs to be turned in if you are moving out of our boundaries at a later date (after June 12th). 
  • It is not necessary for students to be in the car.
  • Please stay in your car at all times.
  • Please contact the classroom teacher if you have any questions about items being packed.
  • IF YOU WISH TO OPT OUT OF PICKING UP BELONGINGS....Please email Lynn Warner (lawarner@fcps.edu) noting your student's name and teacher, to let her know and we will dispose of items for you.
Gunston Virtual Variety Show

We are excited to announce that we will be accepting submissions for the 30th Annual Gunston Variety Show. This year it's going to look a little bit different since it will be done virtually, but we know that our eagles are resilient and extremely talented and are up for the challenge. The Variety Show is a
chance for all students in PreK-6th grade to display their talents. Some act ideas include skits, magic, dance, singing, playing  instruments and showing artwork. Below are the performance guidelines. Please be sure to read ALL of the guidelines carefully so we can accept your submission for the
show.

Virtual Parent Coffee - Thursday, May 28th

We will be holding a Virtual Parent Coffee on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm with our social worker, counselor and school psychologist. This is a time for us to support each other as a school community by sharing resources, tips, and strategies as families adjust during these times. We would like to give you the opportunity for input on what topics we will discuss. Please complete this form by Tuesday, May 26th.

https://forms.gle/AkYQKCBacwgMHtwv5

Tips for Gunston Families

The student support team wants you to know that we miss you and we are here for you! We know how challenging this time is for our students and parents so we wanted to offer some resources to help during this time.

Student Wellness Tips

Let’s make sure we are trying to keep our immune systems as healthy as possible during this time. Try to keep a healthy diet and work some fruits and vegetables into each meal. It can also help to stick to a routine bedtime/wake time to ensure kids are getting the sleep they need (8-10 hours). Try some mindfulness videos or soothing music as you (or your student) is getting ready for bed to try to unwind your brain and prepare for sleep. Try to get outside as much as possible! Vitamin D can make a huge difference in our mood and is important to building our immune system. Bring your lunch outside and have a picnic, take the dog for a walk together, play tag, or just sit outside and take some deep breaths. Make sure to model the self care that you need so that your kids can see how important it is!

https://www.fcps.edu/student-wellness-tips

Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families

On May 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-noon, the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services team will provide resources to help families support the growth of student executive functioning skills during this time of distance learning and beyond.

More information about the webinar and how to register are provided in the flyer linked below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jMYAWgDukeUCdoGN-DmrGdj6eWk_sV5h

 

Virtual 6th Grade Promotion Registration Process 

Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration. This helps to keep class sizes at optimal numbers for the best learning environment for all students.

Registration is open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Currently, registration is occurring virtually with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at  clbaltimore@fcps.edu. 

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

What Gunston Library Books Does My Student Have Signed Out?

Please ue the link below to find the list of books your child has checked out from the Gunston Library.

https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/103873

If these instructions do not work for you, please contact Mrs. McIntyre at dhmcintyre@fcps.edu.

Any Gunston library books left in the classroom by your child will be returned to the library by your child’s teacher. Please, just do the best you can to find the library books. There are no overdue fines. Please do not send any book replacement money at this time.

Lorton Community Action Center

Each Monday, the Lorton Community Action Center will be providing weekly packaged summer lunches & kids snacks for kids under 18 which will last through the summer.  This is open to any and all students who may need it. 

The distribution is each Monday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. 

Lorton Community Action Center is located at 9518 Richmond Highway

Access Books Online Through Fairfax County Public Library

While the Fairfax County Public Library buildings are closed, you can obtain a virtual library card to use until the buildings re-open. No need to present documents. Just sign up online.

When buildings re-open, you can get a real card and account by presenting a photo ID and proof of address at the library. If you don’t get a real card, the virtual account will eventually disappear.

Already have a library card? Set up and use Libby, the Overdrive app for reading and listening to books online.

Go to this link to learn how to sign up and how to access Libby and online books.

https://youtu.be/sfyOW261Sf0

Need more help? Go to fairfaxcounty.gov/library. Go to Ask the Library and submit your question.

Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?

If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please be sure to contact Ms. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu to let her know. This is to ensure that your family will get learning packets and other important information for the rest of the year. Please note that even if you have moved or do move out of the Gunston boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue to access Gunston distance-learning resources through the last day of school.

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families NOT returning to Gunston Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” as soon as possible.

You have two options to complete this form. Please choose ONE way to send the form!

  1. Complete the Intention Form. Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Gunston Elementary School.           OR
  1. Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to clbaltimore@fcps.edu.
        PTA News & Information Virtual PTA Meeting -TONIGHT May 21 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us for our last PTA meeting of the year!  We will hold a virtual meeting via zoom, information is below.  We plan to do a short wrap up of the year and finalize any PTA business, including voting on self-nominations for officer positions and our carryover budget (which can be found in the financial documents and forms folder on our website).  

Topic: May PTA meeting 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/3236608793

Meeting ID: 323 660 8793

Health & Wellness Tip

Childhood Vaccines

 Please ensure your children are receiving all of their recommended vaccines. 

Due to COVID-19, so many children have not gone to their primary care provider and thus, have fallen behind on their vaccinations.

Here is a link to the American Academy of Family Physicians vaccination schedule for children (birth to 18 years-old). 

If you need help with this, please email Heather Alsup-Morton, BSN, RNC-OB: helpoureagles@gmail.com

 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 05-14-2020

GovDelivery 2 months 4 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Save the Date - Friday, May 29 Curbside Pick Up of Student Belongings

Details forthcoming!

Registration Process 

Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration. This helps to keep class sizes at optimal numbers for the best learning environment for all students.

Registration is open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Currently, registration is occurring virtually with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?

If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please be sure to contact Ms.. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu to let her know. This is to ensure that your family will get learning packets and other important information for the rest of the year. Please note that even if you have moved or do move out of the Gunston boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue to access Gunston distance-learning resources through the last day of school.

Family Resources

The family resource tab on Gunston’s Blackboard 24/7 is an area where we will share activities and resources that support social emotional learning (SEL), as well as community resources. Activities/ resources are compatible and easily adaptable to any grade level or age. We hope these activities, ideas, and resources will be helpful. Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the family support team (counselor, psychologist, social worker, parent liaison) if you ever have questions or need support! 

Recursos Para Familias

La barra que dice “Family Resources” en el Blackboard 24/7 de Gunston es donde vamos a compartir actividades y recursos que apoyan el aprendizaje socio-emocional (SEL), y también recursos en la comunidad.  Actividades/recursos son compatible y fácilmente adaptable para cualquier grado o edad.  Esperamos que encuentren estas actividades, ideas, y recursos útil. ¡Por favor comunícense con cualquiera de las personas en el equipo de apoyo familiar (consejera, psicóloga, trabajadora social, enlace familiar) si tienen preguntas o necesitan ayuda!  

Tips for Online Learning Success

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/technology-support?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

 

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families NOT returning to Gunston Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” as soon as possible.

You have two options to complete this form. Please choose ONE way to send the form!

  1. Complete the Intention Form. Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Gunston Elementary School.  
         OR
  1. Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to clbaltimore@fcps.edu.
        PTA News & Information Virtual PTA Meeting - May 21 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us for our last PTA meeting of the year!  We will hold a virtual meeting via zoom, information is below.  We plan to do a short wrap up of the year and finalize any PTA business, including voting on our carryover budget (which can be found in the financial documents and forms folder on our website).  

We have not yet found anyone interested in most of our officer positions, which are all available for next year.  Please email ptagunston@gmail.com if you’re interested in serving.  If we have no interested candidates by 5/21 we will move elections to the fall.  We need officers if we will continue to have a PTA so please consider volunteering! 

Topic: May PTA meeting 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/3236608793

Meeting ID: 323 660 8793

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 05-07-2020

GovDelivery 3 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

A Note From Your Principals

Dear Gunston Families,

We are thrilled to successfully conclude week 2 of distance learning on such a positive note.  Participation is consistent and the lessons continue to be engaging and impactful!

Thank you to all the families for showing love to our teachers and staff this past week.  Teacher Appreciation week was filled with pictures, messages, and videos of gratitude.  The teachers really appreciated all your kind words of support.

Many thanks to our amazing staff of teachers who continue to go above and beyond for our students, families, and community.  We are very fortunate to have a dedicated, caring, and compassionate group of professionals at Gunston.

We are looking forward to another great week of distance learning!

Fondly,

Ms. Rucinski and Mrs. White

Notice for parents of Grade 6 students ONLY

Your student registered and made payments in connection with a field trip. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent closure of Fairfax County Public Schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, your student’s field trip was cancelled.  If you wish to request a refund, you must do so in writing after reading the  letter and form found here.  The completed form is to be emailed it to Sharon Gunn at sygunn@fcps.edu 

 

Su estudiante registro y hizo un pago para un viaje de estudios.  Debido al COVID-19 pandémico y la cerrada de las Escuelas del Condado de Fairfax para el resto del año escolar 2019 - 2020, el viaje de estudios de tu estudiante se canceló. Si quieren pedir que les devuelvan el dinero, tienen que solicitarlo por escrito después de leer la carta y el formulario que se encuentra aquí.   El formulario completo se manda por email a Sharon Gunn at sygunn@fcps.edu

Student Support Team - Tips for Gunston Families

The student support team wants you to know that we miss you and we are here for you! We know how challenging this time is for our students and parents so we wanted to offer some resources to help during this time.

Breathing Strategies

Breathing strategies may seem simple and cliché but they really work when they are done effectively. Think of times when you are frustrated or angry and how a few minutes away from the situation with some deep breaths can help you regain composure. The same is true for children. We have worked with our students on breathing exercises at school so they should be familiar with the term “Elevator breathing”, “Hot Cocoa breathing”, and “Figure 8 breathing”. No matter what it is called, the best strategy is to breathe in through your nose and hold for 4 seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaCACkuZ2bU&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3G7BO71x7Pf6MiSSEmjYU2AKSYJStIlgOlB9y9DJKH24vUCiNFbI7a1P4

 

This site offers some great mindfulness and breathing tools for students and tips for parents.

https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

 

Grounding Technique

Utilizing grounding techniques can be useful for anxiety in kids and adults. Try this simple one if someone in your home is struggling with anxiety.

5-4-3-2-1 Coping Technique for Anxiety

5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, anything in your surroundings.

4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. ...

3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. ...

2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. ...

1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.

 

Registration Process Update!

Registration is now open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. With the building closed, registration will happen virtually, with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

        PTA News & Information Visit our PTA Facebook Page

Don’t forget to visit the Gunston Elementary PTA Facebook page to check out information our PTA is sharing, including what we’ve done for Teacher Appreciation week.  We are so thankful for such awesome teachers at Gunston! 

Virtual PTA Meeting May 21 at 7:00 pm

Please join us for our last PTA meeting of the year!  We will hold a virtual meeting via zoom, information is below.  We plan to do a short wrap up of the year and finalize any PTA business, including voting on our carryover budget (which can be found in advance in the financial documents and forms folder on our website).  

We have not yet found anyone interested in most of our officer positions, which are all available for next year.  Please email ptagunston@gmail.com if you’re interested.  If we have no interested candidates by 5/21 we will move elections to the fall.  

Topic: May PTA meeting 

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/3236608793

Meeting ID: 323 660 8793

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

Gunston Gazette 04-30-2020

GovDelivery 3 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Distance Learning Update

We were so excited to see our students in their virtual classrooms all week!  The students are doing a great job participating in their lessons and being good digital citizens.  Now that the students know how to find their class BBCU links through their FCPS Gmail accounts, we are ready to begin live session for specials starting on Monday, May 4th.  Classroom teachers will post a video to their google classroom that will guide students through finding each link to their specials (PE, Art, Music, Japanese, Band, Strings, Library and AAP).  Each grade level has multiple links to different specials, so we created an organizer to help you keep track of the different class links.  The video will also provide students with directions to save these links so they are easier to locate when needed.  If you are having difficulty accessing specials Monday, please visit your teacher’s office hours for assistance that afternoon.

REMINDER:  There are a variety of specials a day because we know that students’ availability differs in each household.  Students are not expected to attend all special classes each day.  We encourage students to look at the options for the day and choose which ones they will attend for that day.  The sessions will be recorded so you can always view them at your own convenience.

Coming Soon: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4th- 8th)

Do you have a teacher who has gone above & beyond for you or your child - supporting them, encouraging them to do their best or being a listening ear when they need someone?  Take a minute to write a note of thanks by sharing your appreciation with them.  Notes will be shared with the recipients during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4th - 8th). You may fill out this form as many times as you would like for different school personnel.

Please use this LINK to share your digital thank you notes

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families NOT returning to Gunston Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Monday May 4th, 2020

 

You have two options to complete this form. Please choose ONE way to send the form!

  1. Complete the Intention Form. Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Gunston Elementary School.  
         OR
  1. Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to clbaltimore@fcps.edu.
Registration Process Update!

Registration is now open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. With the building closed, registration will happen virtually, with our registrar, Cassandra Baltimore, conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?

If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please be sure to contact Ms.. Baltimore at clbaltimore@fcps.edu to let her know. This is to ensure that your family will get learning packets and other important information for the rest of the year. Please note that even if you have moved or do move out of the Gunston boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue to access Gunston distance-learning resources through the last day of school.

Message from your Gunston Student Support Team             

As we all navigate through these challenging times, the student support team has come together to share some resources you might find helpful when working with your children. These resources include, but are not limited to, stress relief tools, internet safety and student wellness. As always, we are here to support you and your family and know that we will all come out of this as stronger and more resilient citizens. We hope you find these tools helpful.

 

Visual Schedule

Most students are more comfortable knowing what is coming next in their day so a visual schedule can be a very helpful aid. We all know that flexibility is necessary as well, but it is still beneficial for kids to have a basic outline. This can be as easy as a chart you draw on a white board or paper that breaks up the day into chunks. Wake up time, breakfast, quiet reading, TV time, online school work, outside time, exercise, and lunch times are all examples of different categories to incorporate. You can work with your child to create this schedule and don’t worry about scheduling every minute, just use a broad approach to breaking up the day. The students are used to seeing their days broken up and it prepares them for transitions. Some students may even need a 5 minute warning before transitioning to the next activity. This may be particularly needed when a student is moving from a preferred activity (video games) to an non-preferred activity (reading). Some students benefit from doing a little school work then a break and then returning to school work while others may do best getting all the work done and then transitioning to activities they choose. Choose the system that you think will work for your child and let them know that you can work together to make changes if something isn’t working. Below are articles and examples of visual schedules:

Positive Behavior at Home Tip-sheet

Establishing Structure and Routine

 

Calm Corner

Creating a calm corner or "take a break" spot can be really beneficial for kids that are dealing with big feelings. This is not a punishment but an opportunity for a child to calm him or herself down so that they can discuss and work to solve whatever situation is causing the turmoil. There are a lot of different resources you could have at this space but it will differ for each child. Some may want his/her headphones with music, drawing tools and paper, or a stress ball and bubbles. Talk to your child about what works for him/her and then make a list of the options they came up with so they have some choices available. See this link for more ideas on creating a calming corner in your home.

        PTA News & Information Health and Wellness Tips Practicing Self-Compassion can Improve Your Mental Well-Being

Extending kindness to others can be easy. But cultivating compassion for ourselves? Not so much.

Yet without self-directed empathy, our deepest fears and worries can take over, activating our worst inner-critics.  One way to quiet these negative thoughts is to practice self-compassion.

Here’s one way to incorporate self-compassion into your well-being repertoire:

  1. Think of something that’s stressing you out.
  2. Notice the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that arise as you ponder this distress.
  3. Acknowledge your suffering.
  4. Place your hand on your heart and extend loving kindness by saying:
  • May I give myself the compassion I need.
  • May I learn to accept myself as I am.
  • May I forgive myself.
  • May I be strong.
  • May I be patient.

Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/practice-self-compassion#1

On April 29,2020

Online Yearbook Sales Extended until May 4th Lifetouch  would like to ensure all students have the chance to order a yearbook despite the recent school closures.

Order your Yearbook online today at ybpay.lifetouch.com 

Gunston's school code: 12465620

Price:  $20.00 (plus additional online options)

Sales DeadlineMay 4, 2020

Yearbook will be shipped in early June. 

Yearbooks will be distributed upon school re-opening or the PTA will mail your yearbook, free of charge if you provide your mailing address to ptagunston@gmail.com.

Calling all 6th Graders!

The yearbook committee is asking for all 6th grade students to provide a baby picture for this years "Guess Who" section in the yearbook. Please send your photo to gunstonyearbooks@gmail.com 

10100 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079 | Main Phone: 703.541.3600
Clinic: 703.541.3610 | Email Attendance | Web | Twitter

1 hour 23 minutes ago
Gunston Elementary School News and announcements
http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml Subscribe to GovDelivery feed