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 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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Lately, the Johnson gym has been all about climbing walls and overcoming obstacles. Students are building up their physical and emotional strength with fun and challenging games that build strong bodies and develop great sportsmanship, kindness, and perseverance. Students have explored ways to be active indoors during cold and wet weather and challenged themselves to eat more fruits and veggies whenever possible.
Physical Education class is an incredibly important part of school life where students learn cognitive, physical, and social skills. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your children as they continue to develop into the healthiest and strongest version of themselves. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas you’d like to share please email (email@example.com), call, or come see me.
-adapted from December edition of Johnson School Specials Newsletter, written by physical education teacher Kelly Walters.
A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins and the Charlottesville School Board
Dear community members—
Thanks to so many of you who have shared your voice and time with us during our conversations about equity at Charlottesville City Schools.
At our second forum this past week, we reflected back some of the action items that have arisen so far from parents, staff, students, and community members. Participants voted on their top-priority action items. In addition, we invited participants to add any ideas that were missing from our summaries.
We are still listening. We need to hear from as many voices as possible. You can vote on your priority actions (and give us any missing ideas) by going to charlottesvilleschools.org/equity-forum. We are also working with students to make sure we hear their key perspectives. In addition, we invite faith communities, clubs, or groups to contact us about hosting a mini-forum so we can receive additional feedback.
Why is listening so important? We cannot fully address these issues unless we better understand them.
The values our community is expressing – that all students are loved, that all gifts are recognized, that all potential is nurtured – are the values of our staff, leaders, and Board. We have been actively working to promote this vision for decades, and yet, like schools across the country, our schools show how challenging it is to eradicate disparities.
So we are listening to learn what has been working and what needs to be improved. What haven’t we tried? What barriers are we not seeing?
In addition to listening, we are also acting. We are forming a committee on equity with a broad coalition of school and community stakeholders. We are doing internal reviews of our data, programs, and efforts. We are mapping resources of sister school divisions and model equity programs so that we can learn from others. The School Board is drafting an equity policy that will guide our practices and lay a foundation for parity.
In short, we continue to listen. We are taking first steps to review and revise our past efforts and plan future action. We are guided by our confidence that your values are our values and that together, we want to seize this moment to make a difference for our community.
Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent Juandiego Wade, School Board Chair
BUS STOP MEET & GREETS PROVIDE BOOKS, SNACKS, SMILES Throughout the year it is not uncommon to see Family Engagement Facilitator Velvet Coleman greeting families at the bus stops. She is a familiar face to families and often passes out free books and snacks to children as well as educational resources to parents. Learn more about our efforts to promote family engagement here. Recently, Ms. Coleman and Dr. Atkins chatted about ways families can connect with their schools. See the video here.
MUFFINS WITH MOMS, DONUTS WITH DADS CONNECTS SCHOOLS & FAMILIES Like all of our elementary schools, Johnson Elementary offers opportunities for moms, dads, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and/or special friends to join their students for some quality time at school. Recently, the school hosted two breakfast and books events–Muffins with Moms and Donuts with Dads. Additionally, the pre-K and kindergarten classes prepared a delicious soup supper for their families, and many families and friends attended the school’s annual International Day celebration.
VENABLE ALL-STARS SING NATIONAL ANTHEM IN JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA Our fourth grade chorus proudly sang the National Anthem at the UVA women’s basketball game in front of students from schools across Charlottesville and Albemarle. Way to go, 4th graders! Pictured left, a live video of the students on the jumbotron in the John Paul Jones Arena as they sing before the game begins. See the video here.
CHS STUDENTS TOUR WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY Thanks to the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, GEAR UP, and Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, several of our Hispanic CHS students took a free school field trip to Lexington, Virginia to visit one of the nations top liberal arts colleges, Washington and Lee University. During the college visit, the group toured the campus, met with admissions officers, and enjoyed lunch.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE 12/5 Walker/Buford Chorus Concert, 7pm, Walker Auditorium 12/6 City Schoolyard Garden Harvest of the Month 12/6 School Board meeting, 5pm, CHS Media Center 12/6 CHS Theatre presents “Heathers The Musical” through 12/8 12/7 CHS Art First Fridays exhibit (portraits of musicians), 5-7pm, Music Resource Center, 105 Ridge Street 12/10 Venable Winter Concert, 6pm 12/11 Jackson-Via Winter Concert 6:30pm 12/11 Burnley-Moran Winter Concert 6:15pm (dinner at 5:30pm) 12/11 Johnson Winter Concert, 6 pm 12/12 Walker Orchestra Winter Concert, 7pm 12/12 CHS Art exhibit, “(W)here to Stay,” 6-8pm, Jefferson School 12/13 CHS Choir Holiday Pops Concert, 7pm, MLKPAC 12/18 Clark Winter Concert 6pm (dinner at 5:30pm) 12/18 Greenbrier Winter Concert 6pm 12/18 CHS mid-term exams through 12/21 12/19 All-City Band Concert, 7pm, MLKPAC 12/24 Winter Break – no school through 1/4/2019 1/7 Classes Resume
More Looks at Cville Schools
Walker Upper Elementary students performed a dance at International Day in the school cafeteria. The school-wide celebration included student projects that featured food, dance, music, and costumes from countries around the globe. ESOL teacher Elena Kryzhanovskaya, a former ESL student and refugee from Ukraine who moved to Charlottesville when she was eight years old, organized the event. Learn more about Mrs. K’s heart for her students here.
A video by musicians from CHS and Metro-Nashville Public Schools has earned a 2018 Advocacy in Action Award from the music education non-profit, Music for All. The musical remake of Bebe and CeCe Winans’ song, “Right Now (We Need One Another),” was recorded last year in response to the events of August 11-12 in Charlottesville. The music video features 80 CHS choir and orchestra musicians, along with Nashville’s Fab 5, a group of student singers who attend different schools at MNPS. Watch the video here.
Local motivational speaker and civil rights pioneer Alex-Zan shares his message, “Today’s thinkers are tomorrow’s leaders” with third and fourth grade students at Jackson-Via. In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, Alex-Zan is visiting City elementary schools (three per year) to assure that at least once during their elementary years, all Charlottesville students hear Alex-Zan’s positive messages and learn the story of the Charlottesville 12, the group of students who first integrated our city schools. See more photos here.
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