What‘s Happening at Burnley-Moran

Picture of Elizabeth Korab, April Douglas, and Vee Parrish.

BME staff “Stepping Out” in neighborhoods near you!

BME administrative team, left to right: Assistant Principal April Douglas, Principal Dr. Elizabeth Korab, Administrative Technician Vivelar Parrish.

The Burnley-Moran staff is coming to your neighborhood to say “Hi!” Come out to these locations on Friday, August 17, 2018 to meet the bus and staff. Hope to see you there!

Stepping Out Schedule for August 17, 2018:

  • 1:10-1:25 Meet and Greet at Westhaven
  • 1:35-1:50 Meet and Greet at First Baptist Church
  • 1:55-2:10 Meet and Greet at Northeast Park
  • 2:15-2:30 Meet and Greet at Smith St. at Martin St.
  • 2:35-2:50 Meet and Greet at Christ Community Church
  • 2:55-3:10 Meet and Greet at Burnley-Moran Car Rider Parking Lot (top of Riverdale Dr.)
Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Open House Schedules

Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 20, 2018. School starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Wednesday, August 15

CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 15, from 5-7pm

Monday, August 20

  • CHS Freshman Orientation: 9am-1:30pm
  • Elementary Schools: 1–3pm
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm
  • Buford Middle School: 4-6pm
  • CHS 5-7pm

Wednesday, August 22

First day of school. See school hours below.

  • Elementary: 8:00am to 2:30pm
  • Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
  • CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

For information about required vaccinations, click here.

Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

Summer-ReadingReading never takes a vacation!  Make this important and fun activity a part of your summer.  Below is information about our summer reading programs.

Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.

Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

 

School Supplies Lists 2018-19

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 22.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, contact your school counselor. People who registered for this year’s Back-to-School Bash can pick up their supplies at their school open house on Monday, August 20.  For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

School Supply Lists for the 2018-19 School Year:

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

Portrait of Elizabeth Korab

We welcome Burnley-Moran’s new principal, Dr. Elizabeth Korab!

Portrait of Elizabeth KorabCharlottesville City Schools is delighted to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Korab as the next principal of Burnley-Moran Elementary.

Background on Dr. Korab
Dr. Korab has served as instructional coach at Clark Elementary since 2016; previously she was assistant principal at Greer Elementary in ACPS.

She began her teaching career in New York City Public Schools. Dr. Korab has been an instructor at U.Va. since 2014 and has published and presented widely.

Read more about Dr. Korab

Dr. Korab has been a big presence in Clark’s vibrant and thriving community, and we know you will enjoy getting to know her and working alongside her. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Korab to Burnley-Moran! 

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A Letter from Dr. Korab, May 16, 2018

Dear Burnley-Moran Families:

I am thrilled to be joining Burnley-Moran Elementary as your new principal. This school holds a special place in my heart; my children have attended Burnley-Moran for the last four years. Now, as I become part of this Family-Student-Staff team, I am eager to work with everyone to provide the best education possible for your child.

I met with the staff last Friday and shared my core belief as an educator. That is: relationships have to be built on a solid foundation and nurtured over time. I look forward to building relationships with you and your children.

While I officially begin my new role on July 1, I will use the coming weeks as a period of transition. It is important to me to learn about Burnley-Moran and its community. I value my relationship as a parent at Burnley-Moran and I look forward to building relationships with you and your children as I transition to administration. A “Meet and Greet” event is being planned as well as a playground popsicle social. Please stay tuned as the PTO and I set those dates. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me. I have included my email below.

One time-sensitive matter: as the year winds down, teachers will begin the complex and important process of making class rosters for 2018-19. On the backside of this letter is the process for submitting input for your child’s 2018-19 placement.

The opportunity to lead, develop, and learn from the Burnley-Moran community truly excites me. I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Looking forward to an incredible start!

 

 

Elizabeth Korab, Ed.D
korabe1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Peer mentors at Walker Upper Elementary.

Walker School welcomes future fifth graders

Tours for rising fifth graders at Walker School 2018
Trained peer mentors at Walker School lead current fourth graders on an informational tour of the school.

Walker School was excited to host more than 400 fourth grade students for tours and planned activities to help them learn about their future school. More than 60 current fifth grade peer mentors were on hand to answer questions, facilitate team building exercises, and most importantly, put these future Walker Wolverines at ease about their upcoming transition. 

That evening, students were invited back with their families for an Open House, starting with a pizza dinner at 5:30pm in the cafeteria, presentations from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the auditorium, and a scavenger hunt from 6:45-7:30 p.m.

The Charlottesville City Schools division has six elementary schools (grades preK-4) that feed into Walker Upper Elementary School (grades 5-6).

For more information about this and other programming planned by our wonderful Walker Upper Elementary School Counseling Team, please visit their blog at https://bit.ly/2qoLO72.

Students feeding a giraffe

Register for CLASS Camp ExL by June 1

Camp ExL 2018 logo

The CLASS program of Charlottesville City Schools in partnership with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation offers Camp ExL 2018 to provide affordable, safe, enriching, and fun activities for our students in the summer.  It is going to be summer full of fun as we follow the antics of our favorite storybook characters. Enjoy swimming, crafts, music, cooking, games, field trips, and more!giraffe feeding

  • Who: Students in pre-K*—3 rd grade during the 2017-2018 school year (*pre-K students must have birth date prior to Oct. 1, 2013)
  • When: June 18th—July 27nd (closed July 4th)
  • Where: Burnley-Moran, Jackson-Via, and Venable Elementary Schools
  • Hours:  9am-4pm are the standard hours; extended hours can start as early as 7:30am or end as late as 6pm.
  • Cost: See flyer for details. water cycle (1)
  • Register: Registration begins on March 12 for all Charlottesville city students and residents. Camp ExL  applications are available using the links below. Copies are also available at the schools. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon.

Brochure and Applications:

Special  Needs Assistance

An inclusion leader will be assigned to each camp site to help children with special needs participate successfully in camp. For more information contact Sarah Blech, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, 970-3264.

 To learn more, please visit/contact:

CLASS Program Office, Venable Annex
416 13th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-245-2501 or class@charlottesvilleschools.org.

 

Woodwind section of the Walker Elementary 5th grade band perform.

Fabulous Fine Arts @ Cville Schools

Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening lately in the Fine Arts program at Charlottesville City Schools.

2018 CHS Symphony group photo
2018 CHS Symphony

The annual CHS Symphony/Chorus/Fine Arts Celebration featured all of the Charlottesville High School fine arts in one evening.  The performance combined the talents of the CHS Symphony, CHS Choir, CHS Jazz Band, CHS Visual Arts, and CHS Theatre. CHS Choir teacher Will Cooke noted that eight CHS Choir alumni were also singing among the choir.

CHS orchestra teacher Laura Thomas credits the strong foundational programs in the elementary and middle schools for enabling the successes at the high school.

Medium shot of CHS symphony“The Symphony Orchestra is the product of so many behind the scenes, long-term arrangements and effort,” said Thomas during her remarks to the audience.  “In Charlottesville, it starts at the elementary schools where we have such a solid general elementary music program. And then in fifth grade at Walker, where many choose an instrument and or continue to sing. And then, we have this world-class music program at Buford, and at the high school we schedule the String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble at the same time, so that we can actually combine to rehearse and create this wonderful thing. I was just telling my students a couple days ago, ‘This doesn’t happen everywhere. The symphony orchestra is really a rare thing at a high school.’ I am so very, very proud of this symphony orchestra, and I hope you are too.”

To view selections from the performance, use the following links:

Woodwind section of the Walker Elementary 5th grade band performs.
Woodwind section of the Walker Elementary 5th grade band performs.

The Walker Upper Elementary School fifth grade beginner band and the Buford Middle School jazz band both recently  performed for their schools. Walker band teacher Susan Allen showcased each section of the band–brass, woodwinds, and percussion–to teach the audience about the different instruments.

17 Buford Middle School musicians made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra! The JRO auditions were held on January 27 at Jouett Middle School and included musicians from Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Cville/Albemarle. Each student played two scales, two prepared excerpts, and a sight-reading selection. The JRO event will take place on March 23-24 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.

For the month of February, artwork by Johnson Elementary students is on display at Charlottesville City Hall and artwork by CHS students is featured in the teen section of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

A CHS artist uses a photograph to paint a portrait for a child.

CHS art students in Ms. Mildonian’s classes have been painting portraits for children of Puerto Rico who were affected by the hurricanes last year. In partnership with memoryproject.org, these artists are using photographs of the children to create special keepsakes which will be hand-delivered to the children when they are completed.

“We want our kids to understand that sharing kindness through artistic expression can be really meaningful,” said Mildonian. Hopefully, these paintings will make the children of Puerto Rico, many who have lost everything, feel loved and not forgotten.”

Bioluminescent fish
Bioluminescent artwork by a Clark second grade student.

What happens when second grade students combine art, reading, and STEM all in one unit? Clark Elementary students make bioluminescent creatures using circuits and glow paint!  This illuminating cross-curricular activity was inspired by the Hot Read of the Month, “Glow: Animals that Make Their Own Light.” iSTEM teacher Teresa Amasia helped the students design their own light-up sea creatures by building a suspended pendulum and using glow in the dark paint.

Painting by Marcelle Van Yahres "Maya Angelou"
“Maya Angelou” by Marcelle Van Yahres

The CCS Faculty Art Exhibit, a long-standing tradition for Charlottesville City Schools, is now on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performance Arts Center (MLK-PAC) lobby from January 22, 2018 to March 26, 2018.  The show features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital art and mixed-media created by faculty and staff members who work for the nine schools in our division. With more than 20 participants, the exhibit includes works from visual art teachers, school counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, and other support staff. Read more about it here.

CHS art students at Second Street Gallery worked with American-Nigerian artist Adejoke Tugbiyele to create a collaborative work of art
CHS artists show off their collaborative art project at Second Street Gallery.

CHS art students took a field trip to the Second Street Gallery to view Adejoke Tugbiyele’s multi-media exhibit “Language of the Heart.” Internationally known, Tugbiyele’s work draws from her experience as a Nigerian-American. She uses a combination of installation, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and collaborative performance as a metaphor for self-progress. She worked with our students to create a collaborative, mixed-media figure of a superhuman. Special thanks to the artist and to SSG Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, and Outreach Director, Lou Haney for providing this opportunity.

TheatreCHS is busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming production, “South Pacific.” Poster of "South Pacific" theater productionTickets are on sale now for the performance which runs February 22-25, 2018 at the MLK Performing Arts Center at CHS. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://theatrechs.seatyourself.biz.

Meanwhile, preparations are already underway for two spring productions, “Chicago,” presented on March 29-30, and “The Tempest,” on April 26-27. Here is a sneak peak of Velma and Roxie at rehearsals.

To see more great TheatreCHS daily action–everything from “High School Musical” pep rallies to courtroom drama–follow them on Twitter @TheatreCHS.

The annual Venable Elementary School Soul Fest will be held on February 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  In addition to great food, the event includes some amazing performers who will join the third grade chorus and first grade presenters this year. Thanks to Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program, the students will perform along with former musical director for the Virginia State University Gospel Choir Cora Harvey Armstrong, a renowned gospel singer from Virginia.  In addition, Mr. Benjamin Nussbaum’s fourth grade class will present their video, “The Rainbow Schoolbus Goes Deep Into Protesting,” which was showcased at the Virginia Film Festival earlier this fall.

Image of band in New Year's Day parade in London.
Screenshot of CHS Marching Band participating in the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival. The parade was televised around the world.

The CHS Marching Band travelled to London to march in the 2018 London New Year’s Day parade. The largest New Year’s parade in the world, it includes more than 8,000 performers and an audience of 500,000 people. Band director Jason Hackworth helped plan the trip itinerary which included a tour of London’s most famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.

 

Ms. Velvet Coleman and friends have lunch at Jackson-Via.

Family engagement facilitator making connections

Ms. Velvet Coleman and friends have lunch at Jackson-Via.
Ms. Velvet Coleman and friends have lunch at Jackson-Via.

Family engagement facilitator Ms. Velvet Coleman provides support to families of students grades pre-K – 2nd who attend our six elementary schools.

Recently featured in Charlottesville Tomorrow, Ms. Coleman can be seen throughout the city in schools, homes, community centers, and even bus stops connecting with students and their families.

At the January school board meeting, she shared an impressive overview of her efforts during her first six months on the job.

“I’m so thrilled that we have you.” said school board vice-chair Sherry Kraft, commending Coleman for her work to build connections between school and home.

For more information about family engagement services at Cville Schools, visit this link.