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February 2020
1/27 - 2/7  Skating Unit in PE
2/3 - 2/28  Kindergarten Registration for Existing Gainesboro Families-By Appt. Only
2/3             Team Jersey Day
2/3            Girl Scouts Daisy Troop, in Cafeteria 3:45p--4:45p
2/4            Girls Who Code, in Library 3:30p-4:45p
2/5            Girl Scout Troop 14041, in Cafeteria 6:00p-7:00p
2/6            Spelling Bee at JWMS 7:00p-8:00p (Snow Date 2/20)
2/7            SCA Super Hero Day and Wear Red Day For American Heart Association
2/10 & 2/11  Talon Show Auditions, in Cafeteria 4:45p-6:30?  (Snow Date 2/18)
2/10 - 2/28   Pre-K Registration
2/10          Girl Scout Daisy Troop, in Cafeteria 3:45p-4:45p 
2/12          Girl Scout Troop 14041, in Cafeteria 6:00p-7:00p
2/13          SCA Wear Pink/Red Valentine's Day
2/13          I Love Reading Family Night, 6:00p-6:45p
2/14         No School - Professional Development Day
2/17         No School - Presidents Day
2/17         Girl Scouts Daisy Troop, in Cafeteria 3:45p-4:45p
2/19         Girl Scout Troop 14041, in Cafeteria 6:00p-7:00p
2/20         PTO Meeting, in Library 5:30p-6:30p
2/24         Girl Scouts Daisy Troop, in Cafeteria 3:45p-4:45p
2/26         Girl Scout Troop 14041, in Cafeteria 6:00p-7:00p
3/2           No School - Teacher Flexible Workday
3/2           PTO Spirit Night, Chuckie Cheese
3/3           No School - Professional Development Day
3/3 - 3/31  Kindergarten Registration - New Families To Gainesboro Elementary-By Appt. Only
3/4           Kindergarten Evening Registration - By Appt. Only, 5:00p-7:00p
3/4           Girl Scout Troop 14041
3/6           SCA Spirit Day - Wear Animal/Animal Print

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will be conducted in two phases. Parents with a student already enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools should register their rising kindergarten student between February 3 and 28.  Parents of rising kindergarten students who have no other children enrolled in FCPS should register their child from March 3-31.  Parents should complete the registration process at the elementary school their child will attend.  Kindergarten registration at Gainesboro Elementary will be offered each weekday during the registration period from 9:30am-2:30pm.  For information, visit-


Frederick County Public Schools will be offering a preschool program during the 2020-21 school year for selected four-year-olds residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Jordan Springs, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones.  The program will focus on literacy and other core subject areas as well as physical, motor, personal and social development.  Preliminary applications for the program will be accepted from Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 28.  Applications should be completed and submitted at the school in whose attendance zone the rising preschool student currently resides.  For additional information regarding the registration process, visit or contact Preschool Coordinator Angie White at 540-662-3888.  




Third and fourth graders have been learning about Digital Footprints and Digital Identity.  As parents, when you share the first photo of your kid, you're establishing their digital footprint. As kids get older and start creating their own content or engaging with others online, it's important for them to understand the tracks they're leaving behind and what those tracks might reveal. Parents can help guide kids toward creating the kind of footprint they can be proud of. Here are some tips:

Be a role model - Before you post a photo of your kid on social media, ask if it's OK to share. This gives them control now AND sets a good example for them for future online activity.

Use privacy settings - Together, go through all the settings on new apps to make sure you both know what information your kids are sharing. 

Question everything - Check the privacy policy of any online apps. Talk with your kid about why it's important to protect your personal data.

Fifth graders learned about Cyberbullying…Here are a few highlights from their lesson:

Differences between joking, being mean, and bullying

Defining cyberbullying as using a digital device, site, or app to intimidate, harm, or upset someone

Who might be involved? target, bully, bystander (observes a conflict or unacceptable behavior, but does not take part in it), upstander (does try to stop it by supporting or standing up for someone else)

Empathy (when you imagine the feelings that someone else is experiencing) 


Common sense education offers family tips on helping kids fight cyberbullying and other mean online behavior. You can find them here:


The final session of the Gifted Education Information Series will be held February 3, 2020, from 7-8 p.m. in the James Wood Middle School library.  It will address "Transitions for Gifted Students from Elementary School to Middle School." The session is open to the public, but will be specifically geared toward the parents of FCPS students in 5th grade that are eligible for gifted services.

--> Reminder: If inclement weather cancels school for the entire day, students are released early from school because of inclement weather, or evening activities are canceled because of inclement weather, the Gifted Education Information Session will not be held nor rescheduled. Further questions can be directed to Dr. Judi Greathouse

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Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

4651 North Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603

(540) 888-4550

Patricia Black, Principal

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