Bristow Run ES Panther Press

March 2021

Dear Panther Families,

Happy March! We hope the weather will begin to cooperate, and we see those springtime temperatures soon. We could all use a little more sunshine in our lives. As we move into the first official month of Spring, it is a perfect time to focus on growth. We have seen such growth from our students, teachers, and staff as we navigate the 2020-2021 school year. Their dedication and persistence as we all grow in this virtual learning world amaze us every day! We are so lucky to welcome more students into the building over the past few weeks. With 4th and 5th graders returning to Bristow Run, the building is even more lively. We love seeing their smiling faces, and yes, we can tell they are smiling behind their masks. We are also lucky that our Bristow Run Community is so supportive.

We are lucky to be your proud principals at Bristow Run Elementary!

With heartfelt appreciation,

Mrs. Jeck and Mrs. Ball

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Panther Dance Fit Fundraiser

Fundraiser Kick Off - 3/11

Event Day - 3/22

We’re only 1 week away from kicking off our Panther Dance Fit fundraiser and our students and staff are so excited! Please support our school today - here’s how:

  1. REGISTER your student(s) on TODAY. It takes just 30 seconds!
  2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on (Facebook, Text Message or Email)
  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.

  • Every share and donation makes a difference!
  • All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation
  • This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students, where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit, and celebration

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

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We are so lucky at Bristow Run Elementary

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Lucky to have beautiful sunny days at recess!

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Lucky to see our students working so hard!

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Lucky kindergarteners celebrating the 100th day of school!

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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)

Click link to access the daily home screening questionnaire for PWCS students:

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Hello, Bristow Run Community!

The art room has been full of wonderful and creative artmaking! In the past month, students have worked on many art projects. Students created some lovely paper heart collages to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While 3rd through 5th grade learned about murals, K-2nd grade learned about an artist named Tyree Guyton and his colorful houses on Heidelberg Street. Students were tasked with drawing their own Heidelberg inspired house, and decorating the house with something that makes them happy. Seeing all the happy houses put a big smile on my face! Ask your student how they decorated their Heidelberg inspired house. Currently, 3rd through 5th graders are learning about the NASA Art program. Ask your student to tell you about this program, and the outer space inspired art they have created.

Stay creative!

Ms. Foelsch

Heidelberg Inspired House Pictures: Grades K-2

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NASA Art Program Pictures: Grades 3-5

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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!

Hannah Smith

Charlie Kurzinger

Hannah Correll

Elodee Belay

Leah Schandler

Matilynne Wilden

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Music News from Mr. M

Hello, my friends! Mr. M Is so happy and excited to welcome back some 4th and 5th graders this past month! I miss you all and can't wait to see you when we're back to normal. Here are some things we did this past month.

5th and 4th grade are learning about careers in music and the responsibilities that come with them. We will be using adobe spark for an end project, which will make the project more fun and creative!

3rd grade is starting musical form in pop music. We have learned about what a verse, chorus, and bridge are in a pop song and are now listening to some songs to see where these sections are in the song.

2nd and 1st grade are learning new rhythms and the basics of composing. We will continue to grow and young composers and make our own mini-song.

Kindergarten is having tons of fun learning about what piano and forte mean (soft and loud), and they love when we dance to songs that are presto and largo (fast and slow). We also had tons of fun playing rhythm among us and trying to figure out which crewmate had an impostor rhythm.

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PE News from Mrs. Francis & Mr. Nenni

February was a very busy month in PE! Fourth and Fifth grade students have returned to the building and it has been great seeing their smiling faces!

The students participated in activities relating to Valentine's Day, President's Day, American Heart month, and Black History Month. We discussed many athletes and historical leaders and their accomplishments and contributions both on and off the field. Many students shared and described athletes that they admired, and discovered facts and stories about some they did not know. Students were excited to learn that mathematician Katherine Johnson was an intricate part of the NASA space program. Many had seen the movie “Hidden Figures” which details her role in the program.

We celebrated Valentine's Day with some class dances and exercises, made a Valentine's Card and Love Monster drawing, and participated in a Sweetheart Road activity. Many students were unaware that conversation hearts candies originally started off as cough drops! Overall, it was a great month and we are looking forward to March and our upcoming activities.

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Updates from Mrs. Leischner & Mrs. MacWhorter

School Counselors have been teaching students during the library encore time and have also been doing counseling groups. We are currently teaching grades 3, 4 & 5.

In March, grades 4 and 5 are learning how to be safe at home when parents choose that it's time for them to stay home alone. Grade 3 will learn about the importance of attendance and punctuality through a lesson and a game on Kahoot! We will also focus on kindness and inclusivity.

PWC Child Supervision Guidelines:

Children ages 9-11 may stay home for 1.5 hours during the day only.

Ages 12-15 May be left alone all day.

Ages 16-17 May be left alone but not overnight.

KINDNESS WEEK & WEBSITE: March 8th- 12th

Bristow Run is celebrating Kindness Week. Help spread kindness with ideas from this flyer below.
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Our counselors also created websites to promote kindness and inclusivity. You can view the websites below

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

Tech Tips #3 - Virtual Learning Ergonomics
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March 26 End of Third Grading Period

March 29-31 Spring Break for Students/Teachers

April 1-2 Spring Break for Students/Teachers

April 5 Teacher Professional Development/Workday (ES/MS/HS) - No school for All students

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BRES Spirit Days

Friday, March 12th : Wear all shades of green!

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Friday, March. 19th : Wear your favorite sunglasses, because you shine so BRIGHT!

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Friday, March 26th: Hawaiian/Spring Break Attire/Tropical shirts

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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!

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