Bristow Run ES Panther Press

April 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope all our families were able to enjoy spring break and the time away from schoolwork! It’s hard to believe we are in the 4th quarter with only 44 more days of school. Our teachers and students continue to do a wonderful job navigating all the changes and challenges with concurrent teaching. Next week, 3rd quarter report cards will be available in ParentVue on Tuesday, April 13th. Please take time to review your child’s report card and celebrate successes and develop a plan for areas that may need improvement. Let’s all work together to finish the year strong, we can do it!

Earlier this week an email went to all parents in the division stating parents could contact their child’s school if they feel their child needs to attend school in-person 4 days a week. I want parents to be aware that requests need to be made through the principal and some requests may not be honored as there are many circumstances that must be considered. Below is an example of just a few:

  • Class size – we must maintain at least 3ft distance between all desks. We do have several classrooms that are already at capacity.
  • If your child is a bus rider, transportation must approve the request as they need to monitor numbers on buses
  • Schedules – our master schedule is set for the year and we cannot change specialists’ times for students.
  • PE classes must always maintain 10ft physical distancing. Since we double up on classes for PE, we can not exceed 24 students with 2 classes.
  • Virtual only students will remain virtual only until the end of the year.

Don’t forget May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers are amazing and have worked tirelessly this year to meet the needs of their students. What a great opportunity to thank your child’s teacher for a job well done!

Mrs. Jeck

Panther Dance Fit Fundraiser- THANK YOU!

PTO Thanks YOU!

Panther Families, we want to give you a big shout-out and THANK YOU for all of your support with the Boosterthon this year. Things were different this year but the Boosterthon was a big success!!! Our awesome Boosterthon chair, Sarah Matthews, worked hard to plan the event and get a schedule that worked for everyone while not taking away from teaching time and we appreciate her support.

As a school, we raised $7,500 this year and are going to use that money to refresh the playground. We are looking forward to painting the whitetop and will be working with our teachers to identify the most popular games from hopscotch grids and number squares to more, all aimed at encouraging imagination and collaborative play! Thank you for your support of the Boosterthon this year.

Prizes will be distributed to in-person students via teachers next week. For virtual students, please come by the bus loop on Monday, April 12th between 12-1 to pick up prizes!

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Camp Invention at Bristow Run

Hi, Parents and Guardians!

I’m so excited to share that this summer I will be the Director for Camp Invention®! To learn more about the program for your child, visit http://

2021 Experience Flyer

Then go to and register for virtual camp at Bristow Run. To save an additional $30 off this virtual camp, use the code RECHARGE30 until April 30th! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re looking forward to an exciting week with your innovator!

Denita Relaford (BRES Teacher)

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Prince William County School Board Names LaTanya D. McDade as New Superintendent Effective July 1, 2021

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Information from School Nurse: Mrs. Antonucci

Just as a reminder:

If your child becomes sick at school with any Covid-19 and/or influenza-like symptoms that cannot be attributed to another known diagnosis, you will be called and asked to take your child home.

It is extremely important to review and complete your child’s emergency card. Please be sure all phone numbers are accurate and up to date. Notify the school immediately should your contact information change.

Parents are asked to evaluate their students for symptoms of illness each day before sending them to school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school: fever greater than or equal to 100.4, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion/nasal discharge, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, or headache.

If your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive and it's been determined that he/she is a close contact, your child will need to quarantine at home for 14 days and may return to in-person learning on day 15 providing they have no symptoms.

It is important for me to know if a student is a close contact or has tested positive, even if they are virtual learners. Please call or email me with questions or to provide medical updates regarding your child.

Beth Antonucci, RN

571-222-9875 (clinic)

See below to access the daily home screening questionnaire for PWCS students:

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Hello, Bristow Run Community!

Our Bristow Run Panthers have been very busy this past month making some spectacular artwork! Every student did a fantastic job creating a unique self-portrait! 3rd through 5th grade continued the portrait theme by making some colorful and wacky abstract portraits.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade read the book Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg. This book shows how we can turn an art “oops,” such as accidentally tearing or folding your paper, into a beautiful work of art. Students created their own “beautiful oops” inspired art. I am so impressed with all their creative solutions to this art challenge.

I can’t wait to see what our Bristow Run Panthers make next!

Stay creative!

Ms. Foelsch

Abstract Portraits

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Beautiful Oops Pictures

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade Self-portraits

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30 Book Challenge

Congratulations to the following students for completing the 30 Book Challenge! This challenge is for 3rd-5th grade students to read 30 good fit books from various genres during the school year. Once they complete the challenge, they get a shirt and new book!

Wyatt Thoman

Zoey Davis

Kalli Shrader

Paul Mort

Makda Negasi

Charlotte Bookal

Liam Lial

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See below for Family Tips on Balancing Media!

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Music News from Mr. M

4th & 5th Grade Music

5th and 4th grade have been hard at work finishing up their music careers project. For this project, we used this very creative program called adobe spark. The students had to choose a music career that we talked about in class and then do some research on that job to answer 4 questions. Here are some cool projects that have already been turned in!

Music Therapy (

Game music composer (

The Music Critic (

Music Engineer (

And lastly, my personal favorite: cats (

3rd Grade Music

3rd grade has been working on form for pop music. We've talked about the intro, verse, bridge, chorus, and outro and how you can listen to music to find out which part of the form you are listening to. This week we wrap up by creating body movements to the parts of form.

2nd Grade Music

2nd grade we wrapped up body percussion and will be playing some cool rhythmic play-a-long games on youtube. These are super cool because they give students a chance to listen to their favorite songs or games while also helping them work on playing simple rhythms!

Rhythm Clap Along: Easy [Minecraft Theme]

1st Grade Music

1st grade, we are still working on singing and learning new dances from around the world and how music is used in other cultures!

Kindergarten Music

Kindergarten is having a blast singing and dancing! We want to make sure we are always using our singing voice while we sing and we have done an awesome job remembering our music terms Presto/Largo (fast/slow), and Forte/Piano (Loud/Soft).

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PE News from Mrs. Francis & Mr. Nenni

Home Stretch! It’s hard to believe we are in the final quarter of the year. It seems like yesterday, we were trying to figure out what this school year would look like. Thank you for your cooperation, hard work, and dedication. Our students have come a long way and have been doing a great job participating in class. We’ve covered many different themes over the last three quarters. We’ve taught the students some fun facts, and we appreciate hearing how our students have tried to stump their friends and family with our jokes. We love how our students are sharing our fun facts with all of you. We hope you are learning something new too! Looking forward to covering a few more topics and building upon the foundations we have established.


Mrs. Francis and Mr. Nenni

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Updates from Mrs. Leischner & Mrs. MacWhorter

School Counselors will be teaching grades K,1,2 through May 7 while grades 3,4,5 will see Mrs. Tucker during library.

In Kindergarten and First Grade, students will be learning about careers, kindness, diversity, and stranger safety. In 2nd grade, students will be learning about stranger safety, growth mindset, kindness, and bullying.

If your child needs social/emotional support please contact Mrs. Leischner at

If you need resources for mental health or any type of community support, please take a look at our website with many options in the county: (link below)

Bristow Run Talent Show! Show us your talent!

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April is Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child and we are proud to support our military families as a Purple Star School! Check out our resources for military families and contact Mrs. Leischner if you have any questions at

PWCS is participating in the following spirit days:

  • #PurpleUpPWCS Virtual Spirit Week will be led on social media by @pwcsnews and @pwcsmilkids.
    • Monday, April 19th - Military Branch Monday (wear something to support your branch of service)
    • Tuesday, April 20th - Uniquely You (show us your own personal style)
    • Wednesday, April 21st - Purple Up Day (wear purple to show support for military-connected children)
    • Thursday, April 22nd- Stars and Stripes (wear red, white, and blue)
    • Friday, April 23rd- Friends and Family Friday (show us who sticks with you through it all)

BRES On Wednesday, April 21st - All PWCS will Purple Up (wear purple to show support for military-connected children)

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Attention Gainesville Middle School Parents

If your child is zoned for Gainesville Middle School they can apply for the enriched science program.

Please review the attached youtube clip about the program and the application process. If your child loves science and is zoned for GVMS, this may be a great program for them. The deadline for students to apply is May 14th. For more information, contact Mr. Maneno at GVMS at

Fill | 2021/22 GVMS for the Arts and Sciences Enriched Science Application

Mr Maneno talks about Gainesville Middle School for the Arts and Sciences enriched science program

CASTING CALL: BRES Morning Announcements

Is your child interested in being featured during the mindful moments segment of the morning announcements? If you give permission for them to be on our public youtube channel, we are happy to feature them doing a mindful moment that is 1 minute or less. You can film your idea and send it to or text it to Mrs. Leischner at 703.593.4525. If your child does not want to be on the announcements but has an idea for a mindful moment they would like to share, please email Mrs. Leischner. We look forward to featuring our students on the morning announcements!

For ideas of what our BRES Mental Health Team has already shared, click button to see the BRES YouTube Channel.

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Technology News from Mr. Painter

Safety First!

As we use technology more and more in the classroom it is important that students work with 21st-century skills. This video discusses passwords and some good safety practices for your child.

Tech Tips #4 - Internet Safety
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Start of 4th Quarter; April 6, 2021

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BRES Spirit Days

Friday, April 16th: Sports Day- Wear your favorite team t-shirt or jersey!

Wednesday, April 21st: All PWCS will Purple Up (wear purple to show support for military-connected children)

Friday, April 23th: Wear Camouflague, Military Brach Attire or Red, White & Blue to support our military-connected families

Friday, April 30th: Tie Dye Day! Wear anything tie-dyed!

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Please Join Bristow Run Elementary Facebook Group

Bristow Run Elementary Facebook Group, is a closed group on Facebook so you must request access. Please click on the "button above" to join the group and see all the amazing things our students are doing at BRES!

Please Follow @BristowRunES on Twitter!

Want to see the PWCS Twitter craze? Please follow us @BristowRunES