The City elementary schools observed “Random Acts of Kindness Week” with a variety of activities. For instance, Jackson-Via created a compliment wall for students and parents to express their appreciation to teachers.
Art Connections, the division-wide student art show, will run 3/14-23 (except weekends) in the CHS Small Gym, with two special family events. The “Saturday Celebration” with hands-on art projects will be Saturday, March 19, from 10am-2pm. And the open house with musical performances will be Wednesday, March 23, from 4-8pm.
Kindergarten students recently celebrated the 100th day of school, marked by activities such as completing 100-piece puzzles or hands-on counting activities.
All 3rd graders (and 5th-graders at Walker School) recently enjoyed a concert by Ensemble Plus Ultra, an internationally acclaimed British vocal group that specializes in Renaissance music. The concert was part of the schools’ partnership with the Tuesday Evening Concert Series.
The Charlottesville Symphony Preludes program has been making the rounds of the elementary schools, offering instrument demonstrations and show-and-tell.
Fourth-graders across the division have completed or will soon participate in a special robotics unit, a program piloted last year at Johnson and Jackson-Via.
Pietro Ciliberto of Venable and Anthony Medina of Jackson-Via received 2nd place and honorable mention in the poetry and prose categories of the Writer’s Eye competition sponsored by U.Va.’s Fralin Museum of Art. In addition, Calvin Lin of Jackson-Via was selected as 1 of 75 runners-up (out of about 5,000 national entries) for a Scholastic Storyworks contest.
CLASS (Creative Learning After School and in Summer) offers after-school activities for elementary (including Walker) students. Recent highlights from Greenbrier, for instance, include a talent show, a kids vs staff basketball game, and an activities fair. Registration for the summer CLASS program (Camp ExL) begins March 21.
Not even a foot of snow could stop Burnley-Moran students from taking advantage of their garden. In January, students headed outside for a science lesson on states of matter (snow, water, steam). Thanks to our schools’ garden coordinators and the good folks at City Schoolyard Garden!
Second graders from Burnley-Moran have been partnering with a CHS AVID class this year, participating in activities such as reading, writing, coding, problem-solving, and even a field trip to CHS. Currently, they are working together to brainstorm real-world innovations that can be applied at Burnley-Moran.
Remember the awesome field trip day sponsored by the U.Va. women’s basketball team for area students? As a follow-up, the women’s team visited Clark to eat pizza and have a dance party with Mr. Geddy’s class (winners of the game’s poster contest). Thanks, team!
And U.Va. Today recently ran an article about how their College Mentors reach out to elementary students, including those at Clark, to introduce children to college life.
Greenbrier held its annual MLK Jr. Celebration with student readings and songs. They also held a Black History Day observation that brought African-American professionals from all walks of life to the school. The school’s PJ and Reading night has been rescheduled for 2/29.
Good luck to the Odyssey of the Mind teams at Greenbrier, Johnson, and Walker in their upcoming competition!
Jackson-Via recently held a very successful math night. Parents, teachers, and CHS volunteers helped with math-related games, puzzles, and art activities. Plus, they had pizza. (Pizza is a natural way to learn about fractions, right?)
The STEAM Team is now underway at Johnson, with exposure to designing, building, coding, making, and more.
Venable 3rd-graders in Ms. Shook’s class recently wrote and recorded an original song with the newly founded group, Stories to Art. Meanwhile, 1st-graders held an Invention Convention using recyclables to let their imagination and problem-solving skills run free.
- “Ms. Ruth” (Ruth Hill) of Clark School is one of six winners of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award. Congratulations, and thanks for being so friendly and helpful!
- Kari Miller and retired teacher Mary Plank’s good work with ESL students at Greenbrier is featured in a WMRA story about refugees in our community.
Preschool registration is underway, with applications for 3- and 4-year-olds due March 1. The program is free for qualifying families. The preschool program recently received an $80,000 grant to improve the reach and access of preschool programs in our community.
Upcoming events include:
- March 1, 2-Hour Delay at All Schools (due to presidential primary elections)
- March 3, School Board Meeting, CHS Media Center, 5pm
- March 14-23 (except weekends), Art Connections Division-Wide Exhibition at CHS Small Gym
- Mary 15-May 9, CCS Faculty Art Exhibition at MLKPAC lobby
- March 17-20, Theater CHS presents Aida
- March 19: Saturday Celebrations Family Event at Art Connections, 10am-2pm
- March 21: Registration opens for Camp ExL (the summer CLASS camps)
- March 23: Open House with Musical Entertainment at Art Connections, 4-8pm
- March 25: End of 3rd quarter
- March 30: All-City Choral Festival, 7pm, MLKPAC
- April 1: Snow Make-Up Day
Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendar of school holidays and as well as individual schools’ Google calendars for school-specific events. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.
- To read about other schools or division-wide news, read the Superintendent Message.