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Important SOL information below to include a revised schedule and information on expedited retakes!
Upcoming Events
School Announcements
Bristow Run SOL Testing Schedule Updated
There have been recent changes to the SOL testing schedule due to VDOE udpates. Please click on the calendar below to view testing information. If your child will miss a scheduled SOL, please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible.
Click here to view.
Expedited Retake Parental Consent forms and most recent SOL calendar posted.
New Virginia Department of Education guidelines allow students an opportunity for students who have been performing on grade level throughout the year and score between a 375-399 to possibly retake their SOL test. Please click on the link below for more information. This information will also come home to parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers in the near future.

Click here to view the files on the SOL testing and assessment page.
Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics grant.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Lisa Muras, a representative from the Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NVAND) presented the Bristow Run Horticulture Club with a garden grant for the school garden.  NVAND awarded a total of twenty small grants to schools with existing gardens that produce at least one edible plant each year.  This organization of dietitians wants to increase awareness of eating healthy and excite children about fruits and vegetables. 

The grant will be used to finish installing plant materials in the story book garden.  Please come visit our school garden and check out the NVAND sponsorship sign located in the sensory garden bed.  Thank you to NVAND for helping our garden grow!
Panther Press for the week of April 27th
Fun Fair and Silent Auction a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fun Fair & Silent Auction last weekend!! It was a GREAT day that certainly put the FUN in fundraising!! The PTO was so happy to see all of our BRES families enjoying themselves and having a great time together. Your attendance and generosity helped the Fun Fair make over $16,000!!! A success that surpassed our wildest hopes!

A huge Panther THANK YOU to all those that volunteered at Fun Fair. The amazing success it was would not have been possible without you! These events are all just pipe dreams without our wonderful volunteers.

If you'd like to hear the complete Fun Fair & Silent Auction report, come to our May 7th PTO meeting. It is held in the library and starts at 7:15PM.

Very Respectfully,
Kim Bono PTO President
More sensory-friendly movies.
There are two local sensory-friendly movies playing this weekend.

Potomac Mills 18 Theater in Woodbridge is playing Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 at 10 am on Saturday, April 25th.

Regal Virginia Gateway Theater in Gainesville is playing Monkey Kingdom at 10 am on Sunday, April 26th.

Due to the great showing in the Regal theater in Gainesville last month, they have now extended these sensory-friendly movies into the upcoming months! I was there and it was amazing to see and hear all of the families that took advantage of this opportunity, many of which I could tell would never have gone to the regular movies together otherwise!

Thank you so much for spreading this to families that may want to go to these movies! 

Below is the upcoming schedules at the two theaters.

Potomac Mills 18 Theater in Woodbridge has a schedule online for the rest of the year. They run their sensory-friendly movies on the last Saturday of the month at 10 am. 

Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theatres - In Partnership with the Autism Society
In Partnership with the Autism Society, We Bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism on a Monthly Basis to Select Communities.

Regal Virginia Gateway Theater in Gainesville is scheduled for the last Sunday of each month at 10 am. 

Panther Pride 5K
Thanks to everyone who came out to make our Panther Pride 5K and Kids' Run such a great success! We had a beautiful day for our event and are already planning for next year. If you are interesting in a Panther Pride shirt, please call the office for more details.
PTO Officer Elections!
We'll be electing our 2015-2016 school year PTO officers at the May 7th PTO meeting.  Below are descriptions for each office.  Send all nominations to Mrs. Leischner ( and Mrs. Parker (  Please be sure to include your name and office for which you are running.

President. The president shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee and coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the organization.

Vice President. The vice president shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his/her absence or inability to serve. The vice president will also serve as the Membership Chairperson.

Secretary.  The secretary will record the minutes of all meetings of the BRES PTO and the PTO board and maintain the official BRES PTO calendar.

Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the organization, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board.  The Treasurer will present a financial statement at every meeting and make a full report at the end of the year. There will be an annual audit of the BRES PTO’s account.
Gainesville MS Instrument Try Out Sessions
Attention Future 6th Grade Music Students
All sessions are 6pm - 8pm :

Monday - April 27
Monday - May 4
Monday - May 11
Monday - May 18

Come to the Gainesville Middle School Band Room and try out any instrument you would like. Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bells, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba. We'll have a blast while finding the best band instrument for you.

I look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the band director, Mr. Ballas , by email at
Summer Camp Guide
To check out the 2015 summer camp guide for PWC listed by the parks, please click on the following link:

Online registration starts March 6, 2015.
Dear Bristow Run Family
Congratulations to students, staff and families for our 13th year of School of Excellence. I am so proud of all of our hard work and dedication to ensure our students' success. Please rest, relax, and enjoy your time off with your families and friends.

 ~~ Mrs. Parker and Mr. Baldwin ~~

Race to Victory
Please join in our effort to promote fitness with our 8th annual Race To Victory 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. This years race will be held on May 16th and will begin with our 1 Mile Fun Run at 8:00 followed by our 5K at 8:30. You can register online at All participants will receive a race t-shirt as well as a medal at the finish line! There will be great door prizes given out as well. Come out to Victory Elementary School for this fun family event. Please contact Alyce McGehee at with any questions.
4th grade Williamsburg field trip rescheduled
The March 6th field trip to Williamsburg for 4th grade has been rescheduled to May 12th. More information will follow.
Want to know more about our Counseling Department?
Pawing our way to fitness
Bristow Run Families: Stay active at home by completing this workout. Return the paw and have it displayed at school!
Complete at least one activity from each of the four sections. Color in the corresponding toe on the panther paw to track your fitness. Remember to follow the repetition guideline that you learned in PE. K & 1st grade should follow the lowest number. 2nd & 3rd grade should follow the middle number. 4th & 5th grade should follow the highest number. Once you have completed each paw, fill it out completely and turn it in to your teacher!
Parent Directions: Please save this paper so that your student will know which exercises to complete. After this, only blank paws will be sent home to complete.

Download the forms here.
Spelling Bee Winners
The Bristow Run spelling bee was a great success. Students 1-5 competed against others in their own grade level. Then the winners for each grade level had a final spelling bee. Carter, Auburn, Haylee, Lillybeth and Elin were a supportive and rewarding group of spellers. Congratulations go out to Lillybeth as our Bristow Run Champion!!!
She will compete in March in the PWC spelling Bee. 
Join Us Online

Did you know that you can keep up with Bristow Run Elementary School using our Twitter account and Facebook page? All school wide announcements are automatically mirrored to these services, and we hope to add more in the future.
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2014–15 Student Accident Insurance—Enrollment Opens July 1
Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the next year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling


This Web site allows parents to:

• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased.

Application for free and reduced meal prices
Dear Parent or Guardian:

Meals are available for free or reduced prices for eligible students in Prince William County Public Schools. In order to receive these benefits, you must apply for meal assistance every year. Applications filed last year are only good for the first few days of school. Children from households that meet Federal Income Guidelines shown in the attached letter are eligible for a minimum of reduced price meals.

In prior years, this application packet was mailed to your home. This year in an effort to make the application process more efficient, application information has been attached to this email to any parent or guardian who has an email address on file with the child’s school.

For the fastest way to apply for free and reduced price meal benefits for your child, you can apply online by Online applications are typically processed within 48 hours of submission. If you prefer, you can print out the attached application and return it to:

School Food and Nutrition Services

P.O. Box 389

Manassas, VA 20108

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