Dumfries Dispatch

A Caring Learning Community Celebrating Diversity

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Dumfries families,

We hope you all are doing well and keeping safe at these uncertain times. Our Dumfries staff misses our students and the school community very much.

To help our students continue their learning, Prince William County Schools has created a Continuity of Learning Timeline for our students and staff. Here is a link to that timeline: https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=42141665

We are in Phase 4 of our timeline, which is, Implement Increased Teacher Supported Home Learning. This newsletter will outline in detail how our Dumfries staff is dedicated to providing instructional support for our students and you.

Starting this week we are offering students an opportunity to continue their learning using Choice Boards. The Choice Board for your student can be found on your student's teacher's webpage. Read more below about Choice Boards.

Mrs. McFadden and I are hosting a Zoom Coffee Talk with the Principals on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 am. We look forward to 'seeing' you virtually for our Coffee Talk.

We hope you all continue to be healthy and well.


Mrs. Magrath

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What is a Learning Choice Board?

All of our teachers and specialists are working hard to plan meaningful review and extension learning options in the form of a Learning Choice Board for our students. A Learning Choice Board offers students optional learning opportunities in language arts, math, science, social studies. Our Encore staff and Specialists will also provide links to suggested activities. Choice Boards allow students to work at their own pace and independent level while enjoying their learning.

All the activities are review or extension of content that has been taught this school year. There will be enough options for your child to do something in every subject area Monday through Friday. However, please do remember that this is a resource and is optional.

As this is an optional Choice Board, you can choose to do what suits the needs of your family. The Learning Choice Board will change and be updated every Sunday evening. "Drop Everything and Read" will remain the same because it is the most important learning opportunity for your child. During "Drop Everything and Read", please have your child read independently for at least 15-30 minutes.

The work from the Learning Choice Board will not be collect or graded. Teachers will offer feedback to students. Please feel free to share any pictures of your child enjoying their learning!

Classroom teachers have been reaching out to families. If you have not heard from your student's teacher, please reach out via email. Your child's teacher will have weekly virtual office hours for you to reach out to them for assistance.

Please visit https://dumfrieses.pwcs.edu/ and go to class pages to see each grade level's Learning Choice Board for this week.

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Zoom Coffee Talk with the Principals

Thursday, April 16th, 10-10:30am

This is an online event.

Please join Mrs. Magrath and Mrs. McFadden for some Coffee Talk on Zoom for an open table forum on Thursday at 10:00 am. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have as we move to virtual learning for our students.

Click on this link on Thursday at 10:00 am to join our virtual meeting:

Topic: Coffee with the Principals

Time: Apr 16, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 947 2605 5650

Password: 0GTpij

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Weekly Schedule

As a part of Prince William County's Phase 4 of the Continuity of Learning Plan, we would like to share an optional schedule for your student to follow.

Our teachers are working to plan activities that your student can access online as well as participate off-line with paper/pencil options.

We hope you will find our schedule to be helpful. All teachers will offer virtual office hours weekly so you can get in touch with them.

We are here to support you and your child(ren) as we move to virtual learning.

Right click on the image below and choose "Open Image in New Tab" to see a large and clear view of the schedule.

Right click and open in a new tab to view a larger version of the schedule.

Weekly Office Hours for Mrs. Magrath and Mrs. McFadden

Mrs. Magrath and Mrs. McFadden will have virtual weekly office hours and are available to answer and assist you by Zoom 2 days per week. Please click on the link below on Tuesday and Thursday between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm to reach them.

Tuesdays at 11:45 am - 12:15 pm - https://zoom.us/meeting/tJYvduurqD4jGdF0Mp0jQbeme31I4YhTw70Z/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCqrDooGdKQuRqCRowQAIj4a-nwpiVEjad7zDL1UypiYAb7M7ETG-ZGGOzH

Thursdays at 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Student Registration Information

Hello Dumfries Families! This is Miss Charvii Smith. I am the Registrar here at Dumfries Elementary.

If you have any questions in regards to registration, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Kindergarten registration is available online only. All documents will need to be uploaded or emailed to me at smithcd@pwcs.edu. More information is to come in regards to registration of students in grades 1-5. If you are moving, please let me know as well. More information can also be found by visiting the Student Services web page at http://www.pwcs.edu/cms/one.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=42024350 .

I can also be reached by phone at (703) 634-3301 between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Remember to check our website, as I will make updates there, as well.

Thank you!

Daily Read Alouds on the DMES Video Channel

Are you looking for books to read or read alouds for your student to enjoy? Check out our DMES Video Channel where staff members read aloud new stories each "school day" for your enjoyment. To view the videos, click on the link and have your student log on to their Office 365 account.

If your student does not remember their Office 365 log in information, please email your student's teacher.