Reading 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.
The Spring 2019 edition of the CCS elementary librarians newsletter is now available. “It’s Elementary, My Dear” provides up-to-date information about all the great things happening in our six school libraries.
Spring has brought many amazing learning experiences to our libraries throughout Charlottesville City Schools. Our students have participated in selecting their favorite book for Virginia Reader’s Choice. We have had author visits through a collaboration with the Virginia Festival of the Book. Students have written poems, participated in MakerSpace, and enjoyed checking out and reading some fabulous books.
We are looking forward to summer reading visits from librarians at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Our elementary team is creating summer reading lists for your child to bring home to help keep them excited about reading and books.
If you haven’t discovered our nightly “Read with Us” videos yet, please be sure to check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jacksonviaelementary! Each evening at 7:30 p.m., our staff takes turns reading different books to our students.
Inspired by a Texas principal who reads bedtime stories to her students on the internet, our Jackson-Via staff wanted to create a similar school-wide effort to get students and families excited about reading.
Principal Justin Malone kicked off the “Read with Us” series by reading the book, “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold, a heartwarming picture book that celebrates diversity. Families can access the videos through Facebook at a time that fits their schedule best.
If you have a child that will be 5-years-old by September 30, it is time to register for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Not sure which elementary school your child will attend? Find out here.
Complete the online forms (click on links, below)
Visit the open house on 4/18 with proof of residency and other documents (see list here).
Current preschool students can either register as new students (see links, above) or can re-register through their PowerSchool accounts (now open for returning preschoolers). The quickest and easiest way is to re-register through PowerSchool.
Los estudiantes actuales de preescolar pueden registrarse como nuevos (vea los enlaces, más arriba) o pueden volver a registrarse a través de sus cuentas de PowerSchool. La forma más rápida y sencilla es volver a registrarse a través de PowerSchool.
¿Necesita contraseña o ayuda para iniciar sesión? Llame al 245-2962.
We’re excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families!
VIDEO EARNS TOP HONORS FROM FUTURE-READY SCHOOLS FILM FESTIVAL Congratulations to iSTEM teacher Teresa Amasia and Burnley-Moran Elementary, winners in the “school” category of the Future Ready Schools Film Festival. This humorous video illustrates how our schools are empowering (and preparing) future-ready students! See what happens when a teacher finds himself inexplicably in the future. Or does he?See the video here.
THERAPY DOGS VISITS SUPPORT LEARNING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Certified therapy dogs Chuleta, Marley, and Luna are a few furry friends who make regular visits to Jackson-Via and Johnson Elementary Schools to offer social-emotional support to students while at school. “The dogs have become part of the school community,” said Principal Dr. Justin Malone.Read more here.
PARENT UNIVERSITY STRENGTHENS HOME-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP Parents and caregivers attended two Parent University sessions at Jackson-Via and Greenbrier Elementary Schools. Workshops on literacy, math, special education, and social-emotional learning were among the many topics discussed. Parents also learned about strategies and resources they could use to help their children at home. Read more here.
CAFETERIA PROGRAM RE-NAMED IN HONOR OF LISA REEDER
Nutrition Services Director Carlton Jones, along with Geoff Shaw and his son, Lincoln, celebrate our recently renamed “Lisa’s Local on the Line” menu offerings to honor the legacy of Lisa Reeder.Learn more here. backdrop for the Kehinde Wiley-inspired photobooth featured at the scool’s African American Heritage Night. Thanks to the school’s art te
The start of 2019 has been a busy one for our creative and innovative elementary students in Charlottesville City! Keep reading for some of our recent elementary activities.
And looking ahead, mark your calendars now for Parent University! All PK-Grade 4 families are welcome to attend either night for parent workshops, information booths, and a chance to connect with other families. Jackson-Via will host the first night on 3/5 from 5:30-7:30, or join us at Greenbrier on 3/14 from 5:30-7:30.
Math and STEM nights are a big hit with families as they come to school to design, build, play math games together. STEM stations include a Bee Bot obstacle course, a parachute drop, straw rockets and a photo booth!
Students are using their critical thinking skills to solve challenges at Clark Elementary. A team of third- graders worked together to complete a challenge from BreakoutEDU. Fourth-graders at Clark also worked in teams to explore the effects of mass and force on motion and energy.
Clark students and staff also made a thank-you video to show how much they are enjoying and benefiting from their summertime classroom renovations:
Jump! Hop! Push-ups on the wall! Jackson-Via students have a new way of releasing energy as they walk the school’s new sensory path in their hallway. For more details, see the following video or click here for NBC29’s coverage:
And a successful book swap at Jackson-Via collected 1300 books, sending home 3 books per child!
Happy birthday to Martin Luther King Jr.! Greenbrier held its annual MLK Jr. birthday celebration on January 25. For the assembly, each grade level created a mural with a famous quote from MLK Jr. and spoke about what the quote meant to them. After a presentation of the “I Have a Dream” speech with pictures of Greenbrier students showing examples of character, the students sang “Happy Birthday” to Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoyed cake with their lunch.
What materials dissolve in water? At Venable, first-grade scientists worked together to experiment with the solubility of different liquids and solids including cornstarch and rocks.
Bobcat Buddies in third grade and first grade at Burnley-Moran worked together to design and build a representation of the Great Wall of China.
Families, math games, and pizza were abundant at the Greenstone Community Center for Johnson’s K-second grade Quest Math night. The stations were led by third- and fourth-graders who wore “Johnson Math Teacher” t-shirts and “teacher” badges. Students left with math games to play at home.
In art class at Jackson-Via, Pre-K and second-grade students constructed sculptures with an assortment of materials.
Third-graders across the city recently participated in Market Day at their schools. They learned about economics and ancient civilizations while creating items to sell at a school “market.”
Elementary students from Burnley-Moran, Johnson, Venable, and Walker went to the historic Paramount Theater to attend the play Phantom Toll Booth on Thursday, January 24. They enjoyed watching the actors bring the classic by Norton Juster to life!
At Walker Upper Elementary School, 15 sixth-grade student groups presented proposals of how they would spend a $6,000 grant as a part of a participatory budgeting program. (Yes, 6,000 real dollars generously donated by CFA Institute.) On January 16, students hosted a referendum, and the winning project was a proposal to have soccer and basketball tournaments at recess. The project was organized by parent Serena Gruia For more details, check out the story on Cville Tomorrow.
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For Jackson-Via students that need a break, or just need to get the wiggles out, they can now visit our brand new indoor sensory pathway! Kindergarten teacher Meaghan Thim proposed the idea to the school Beautification Committee after seeing how a school in Mississippi created something similar for its special needs students.
Creating the pathway was a collaborative effort between staff and parents who donated time, money, and expertise. We are especially thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Hartline for working so hard to get the path ready for when students returned after winter break.
The committee hopes to create another pathway on the opposite side of the school building and possibly an outdoor version as well.