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March 2020
3/2   PTO Chucky Cheese Day, 11:00a-9:00p
3/3 - 3/31  Kindergarten Registration for New Families to Gainesboro Elementary School -
                 By Appointment Only
3/4  District Chorus Practice, 3:30p-4:30p
3/4  Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00p-7:00p
3/5  Kindergarten Evening Registration, By Appointment Only, 5:00p-7:00p
3/6  SCA Wear Animal Day
3/6  SCA Book Drive - Last Day To Collect 
3/9  Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45p-4:45p
3/10  Spring Picture Day
3/10  Girls Who Code, in Library, 3:30p-4:45p
3/11  Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00p-7:00p
3/12  Steam Night, 5:30p-7:30p
3/13  Jump Rope For Heart Forms Are Due
3/13  SCA Candy Orders Due
3/13  District Chorus - Woodstock
3/14  District Chorus, Millbrook High School, 11:00a
3/16  Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45p-4:45p
3/18  Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00p-7:00p
3/19  PTO Meeting, in Library, 5:30p-6:30p
3/23  Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45p-4:45p
3/24  Talon Show Rehearsal, 3:45p-6:30p
3/25  Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00p-7:00p
3/27  Talon Show, 6:00p-7:00p
3/30-4/3  Spring Book Fair
3/30  Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45p-4:45p

4/1  Report Cards Issued
4/1  Family Night Spring Book Fair 5:30p-7:30p
4/1  Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00p-7:00p
4/3  SCA Hat Day
4/8  Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 4, 3 & 5
       4th Grade-9:15am-9:50am; 3rd Grade-10:00am-10:35am; 5th Grade-10:45am-11:20am
4/9  Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 2, 1 & K
       2nd Grade-9:15am-9:50am, 1st Grade-10:00am-10:35am; Kindergarten-10:45am-11:20am


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 is partnering with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to conduct a School Quality and Perceptions Survey from March 16-April 10.  All parents, students in grades 5-12 and school-based staff will be asked to share their candid feedback about school quality, student and academic support, safety and behavior, school leadership, family involvement, and budget priorities. The results will help determine how well the school division and individual schools have addressed the areas for improvement identified through the 2016 and 2018 School Quality and Perceptions Surveys as well as current strengths and areas in need of focus.  Parents will receive an invitation and link to the survey via e-mail on March 16. Students in grades 5-12 will be provided with an opportunity to complete the survey in school.     

When kids start to go online, whether they're playing multiplayer games, using educational apps, or just following their curiosity on Google, it's important that they understand the basics of online privacy and safety. With some general guidelines around what information is and isn't OK to share, and some help from parents when they're unsure, kids can have fun and learn a lot in the digital world.

Check out these 5 tips:

  • Discuss personal vs. private info.  Talk about the difference between what's OK to share online (favorite color) and what's not (home address).
  • Use privacy settings. Together, go through the settings on all new apps to make sure you both know what information your kids are sharing. Especially in the beginning, it's better to share very little.
  • Avoid location tracking. Location-aware apps can be super helpful. But apps that use a device's location to help people find your kid or offer them ads for nearby businesses should be used with caution. Turn them off if you can.
  • Power up passwords. Work together with kids to help them come up with complex passwords. Think outside the dictionary. Use phrases and special characters that make passwords hard to guess but easy to remember. Remind kids to keep passwords private and change them regularly.
  • Skip quizzes. Help kids identify and avoid clickbait, quizzes, special offers, and anything that asks for personal or private information. This helps keep information secure and devices safe.

Common Sense Education is the education arm of Common Sense Media, the independent, national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology

 In honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2nd) and Read Across America day, the Gainesboro SCA will be having a book drive.  You can send in new or gently used childrens' books now until March 6.  All books can be placed in the box in the front hallway of the school.  All books will then be donated to children in our community.

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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