What‘s Happening at Venable

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Bus Schedules for 2017

school-busThe City of Charlottesville Pupil Transportation is moving to a more accurate way of crafting bus schedules, but this has delayed the release of the bus schedule information. Thanks for your patience. These schedules will likely be modified a bit during the first weeks of the school year. Bus information will also be posted to PowerSchool accounts shortly (and will be removed from this web site). You can also receive schedules at your school’s open house.

Schedules:

Venable School

Venable Back-to-School Info

translation buttonDear Venable Families:

Welcome to 2017-2018! Thank you for accessing your child’s back to school information online.

We are excited about having our school family reunited in a few weeks for what we are sure is going to be a fantastic school year. We plan to build on all the great work we started last year with writing, problem solving, and communicating our learning through student-led conferences. We are also launching school-wide expectations and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) for all students.

Venable SchoolWe want to extend a warm welcome to our new families. We hope that you will find Venable a vibrant place characterized by strong, caring relationships between staff, students and parents. We are hosting a new family orientation on Monday, August 14 from 5:15pm-6:00pm for any families who did not attend a kindergarten camp orientation. All are welcome.

Open House is on Monday, August 21 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm during the partial solar eclipse! This is a drop-in event; come any time during that time frame to meet your child’s teacher, drop off supplies, complete online paperwork via PowerSchool (if you haven’t already done so), and view the partial solar eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be on hand for you to enjoy while you’re here.

Venable Custom Ink t-shirtWe have new student t-shirts this year designed by a former Venable student. They will be on sale at Open House. Student shirts are $8. We will have a few adult shirts on hand for $10, but will be collecting online orders for adult shirts through September 1 so that you can order exactly what you’d like.

Please make sure you also access the following documents to help you get ready for the school year (click on hyperlinks):

  1. This letter as a PDF for easy printing
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Important Dates to Remember
  4. Venable Safety and Security
  5. PBIS Behavioral Expectations Matrix
  6. Meals application (mailed to you; must be completed and returned by Aug. 25)

Please access your child’s bus route in PowerSchool on or after August 19. We will have paper copies available during Open House as well.

Add the Venable events and the Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!
Add Venable events and Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!

Our Welcome Back Potluck and Clothing Swap will take place the same evening as Back to School night, with a new and improved set-up to facilitate serving and eating more efficiently! More details will come, but please mark your calendars for September 14 for both events. Please also start saving your children’s outgrown fall and summer clothes for the clothing swap (no adult items, please). (To add Venable events or Charlottesville City Schools holidays to your e-calendar, follow these links.)

We are glad you are a part of the Venable community. We encourage you to become an active member of the Venable Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). PTO meetings will be held on the 2nd Mondays of each month from 6pm-7pm. Childcare and pizza will be provided. There are plenty of other ways to be involved at the school; just ask! As well, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

Sincerely,

Erin Kershner & Valeta Paige,
Principal & Assistant Principal

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PowerSchool Open for Schedules, Registration, and More

Learn your schedule, complete back-to-school forms, and more!

translation buttonStarting August 14, you can log in or create your account to see teacher assignments or schedules, complete your back-to-school paperwork online, and more. Bus schedule information will be posted in PowerSchool beginning around August 19.

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

A personalized letter giving you information about your PowerSchool account (and other updates) was mailed the week of 7/31. If the letter does not contain codes, you already have an account and can log back in.  See letter for more information. If you did not receive a letter and you need codes for one or more student, call your school. If you have further trouble setting up your account, you can call 245-2943.

  • Link to PowerSchool
  • Sample letter in English (the letter with your family’s access codes is being mailed to your home)
  • Ejemplo de carta en español (la carta con los códigos de acceso de su familia ha sido enviada por correo a su casa)
  • Need to translate these instructions into another language?  Click “translate” in the upper right corner and translate this page (and the letter, below) into the language of your choice.

Dear families –

The school year is almost here! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, and open houses will be Monday, August 21. Here are some tips to help you get your family off to a good start.

On August 14, the online program PowerSchool will re-open so that you can learn your child’s teacher assignment or schedule, review your pre-completed back-to-school forms, customize how you hear from us, and more.

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PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more (see below). Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account.

Returning PowerSchool Users: Log back in (on or after August 14), using your parent account (not your child’s). If you don’t remember your username or password, visit the log-in page for help. A link to PowerSchool is on the parent menu at the bottom of every page at charlottesvilleschools.org. To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,” then “Add.” Enter the student’s “access info” from the back of this letter.

New PowerSchool Users: See the back of this sheet for instructions & personalized access codes.

Teacher Assignments/Schedules
The earliest way to learn your student’s schedule and teacher assignment is to check PowerSchool when it reopens on August 14. We will mail letters later that week.

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

Back-to-School Paperwork Online
To quickly complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “InfoSnap” (or PowerSchool Registration). You’ll find a complete set of forms for your student, with most of the answers pre-completed for you. Simply edit previous info and answer the remaining questions. After you finish your first child, the program can “snap” updates into your remaining children’s forms. We recommend using a computer (not a phone) – you can visit a library, use your child’s school chromebook, or take advantage of school computers at open house. The online forms include everything except the application for free/reduced lunch.

For kindergartners and students who are new to Charlottesville City Schools, these forms are not required unless you need to update the information.

Free/Reduced Lunch
Look for a paper application in the mail. Medicaid-qualifying families and students at Clark, Jackson-Via, and Johnson do not need to complete this form since they automatically qualify for free meals.

Meal Account Balance Checks
This year, we have switched from “My School Bucks” to “My Payments Plus.” You can set up low-balance reminders with My Payments Plus, and for a service fee of about 4 percent, you can pay online. We plan to connect this service with PowerSchool, as well. For more information, see charlottesvilleschools.org/nutrition.

Calls/Emails/Text Messages
Choose whether to receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Log into PowerSchool and click on Contact Manager at the left. Then click “Contacts” in a new screen. For your (first) child, click “Edit.” For each number or email you have, check the messages you would like to receive. Then click “Save.”

Bus Information
Bus routes will be mailed home with back-to-school information from your school.

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For updates, follow us at @CvilleSchools! Many schools have accounts, as well.
Instructions for New PowerSchool Parent Portal Accounts

This letter will help you create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account so that you can get your teacher assignments, complete back-to-school forms, and view grades/attendance. You will need a letter for each of your children. (If you’re missing a letter, perhaps you already opened an account.) For assistance or an additional child’s codes, call 245-2943. Access IDs and passwords are unique for each student. You should keep this letter in a safe place.

Instructions to Open a New Account (see the letters mailed to your home for your personalized information)

  • Open an internet browser on your computer and direct your browser to https://sis.charlottesvilleschools.org/publicYou may also find a link on the “Parents” menu at the bottom of every page of the Charlottesville City Schools web site at http://www.charlottesvilleschools.org
  • Click the Create Account buttonA new screen will open. Parent’s information goes in the top section. You must give an email address.
    The parent or guardian chooses a username and password. Passwords must be at least 6 characters.
  • Children’s access information goes in the lower section.Use the Access ID and password from the letter or letters you received in the mail. Passwords are case sensitive and MUST be entered exactly as they appear above. If you have more than one child, you will receive more than one letter and should enter all children here.Remember to click Enter when you have finished entering all children.
  • Once you have completed the above, you will see this screen.  You can
    now use your new username/password to log in at: https://sis.charlottes-
    villeschools.org/public 
     (Or find a link at the bottom of our web site.)

To Add a Student to an Existing Parent Account:To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,”
then “Add.” Enter the student access data from the letter you received in the mail.

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School Supplies Lists 2017-18

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 23.  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 21. (The Sprint Pavilion event on August 19 has been cancelled.)

School Supply Lists for the 2017-18 School Year:

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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:

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Online Back-to-School Forms with InfoSnap

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The online service for doing returning students’ back-to-school forms for the 2017-18 year will be available on August 14. To access your forms, please log into PowerSchool and click on InfoSnap or (PowerSchool Registration).  (The buttom will look like this:

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

Need help logging into PowerSchool?

  • Current account users: there is a username and password retrieval tool on the PowerSchool login page. Make sure ALL your students are connected to your account (see the letter you received for codes).
  • New users: you received a letter with the codes and instructions you need to set up your account. Be sure to connect ALL your students to your parent account.
  • A sample copy of the information letter is here.

Are you a registering a new student?

 

Kindergarten students at Charlottesville City Schools

Kindergarten Open House Coming April 20

Smiling Kindergarten students at Charlottesville City Schools

Charlottesville City’s elementary schools will hold kindergarten open houses on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 – 6:00 PM. Students should visit the open house for the school they will attend. (Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.)

Steps

  1. Complete online forms here (in English and español) — forms are also available at open house
  2. Visit the open house with proof of residency and other documents (see list here).
  3. Find answers to other questions (including non-resident applications) on our registration page.

We’re excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families!

More Information:

 

 

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December 2016 Elementary Highlights

Children at the elementary tailgate party at CHS
Friday Knight Lights: future CHS cheerleaders.

The first-ever all-elementary tailgate was a success.  Their cuteness and cheers propelled the CHS football team to a big win. Thanks to the Burnley-Moran PTO for organizing the event.

Second-graders across the division enjoyed their annual field trip to Monticello, filled with history, beauty, gardens, and even math.  Visiting Monticello’s “edible laboratory,” students guessed the weights of pumpkins, recorded weather, and tasted fennel.

Monticello magic -- something for each of our second-graders.
Monticello magic — something for each of our second-graders.

Thanks to a partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, students in the after-school CLASS program have new, fun options for staying on the move and healthy, as profiled by the Newsplex.

Students building a structure to protect lettuce from frost
Protecting lettuce from the freeze.

As part of the new iSTEM program, third-grade engineers in every school designed, built, and are testing frost-covers for their schools’ lettuce plants. Who can keep their lettuce healthy this winter?

Students from Burnley-Moran, Johnson, and Venable went to see a national production of “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” at the Paramount Theater.

Students conducting a science experiment with cabbage in the garden
Experimenting in the garden at BME.

Burnley-Moran students used their garden for both history and science this fall. Kindergartners studied “long ago” by “hunting” with arrows made with the garden’s corn cobs (using baskets as targets).  First graders boiled cabbage leaves to see how adding either a base or an acid will change the color of the purple cabbage water to either blue or red.

Multiplying with cookies
Multiplying with cookies at Clark.

Clark third-grade bakers practiced their math skills twice, by measuring ingredients and then laying out the cookies in even rows for multiplication practice.  Students also held their own Thanksgiving Day parade (with floats) after reading Balloons Over Broadway.

Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier
Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier.

Greenbrier students collected 1,199 cans of food for the Salvation Army, and students have been watching the progress of their new garden shed’s living roof.  All that’s left is the planting! Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and volunteers!

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Sharing the garden’s harvest with families at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via welcomed Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to lunch in recognition its school-wide free & reduced lunch program.  And the school celebrated  “Family Harvest Day,” sharing fifteen pounds of kale, lettuce, and baby spinach from their garden with families, students, and teachers.

International Day at Johnson
International Day at Johnson.

Johnson hosted a number of special events, from an art workshop hosted by the Embassy of Oman, to their annual International Day celebration honoring their students’ varied backgrounds, to a kindergarten and pre-k soup supper, and a Thanksgiving pow-wow with kindergarten-aged native Americans.  Plus, the students earned a school-wide dance party by earning so many compliments!

Students working together with Legos
Working together at Venable.

As part of their celebration of International Education Week, Venable students practiced saying hello non-verbally in the style of different cultures.  And then they made a mannequin challenge to document those greeting poses! Venable students have also been using their voices (singing the national anthem for UVA women’s soccer), their hands (making useful objects out of gourds from the garden), and their ears and eyes (finding matches during bingo night).


First draft of the 2017-18 calendar. To receive this data by phone or in an alternate format, please call 434-245-2962.Remember, following winter break (12/19-12/30), there is a teacher workday on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3.

The draft calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been posted online. The calendar is developed jointly by the Albemarle and Charlottesville schools, through the work of a committee that includes staff and parents. The School Board will vote on this calendar at its January meeting.

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Customize your settings in PowerSchool unless you want to receive early-morning calls about school closings.

New this year for winter closing notifications: This year, all families will receive emails and calls at all times (including early morning) unless families customize their settings via PowerSchool. Find instructions here.  If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, call 245-2943.

The division will be holding a number of events to gather feedback and input for our 2017-2023 Strategic Plan. A community-wide listening session will be held at CHS on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm — come join us! Or if you wish to participate in a smaller, school-based session on another day, please contact your principal or write goodnews@charlottesvilleschools.org. Learn more or take a brief survey here.

Five of  our teachers were honored at the 2016 Chamber of Commerce dinner, serving as the guests of Bill Kehoe, recipient of the 2016 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award. The outstanding teachers honored from Charlottesville City Schools were Michael Keller and Brendan Martin of Buford Middle School, Michel Ann Sizemore of Jackson Via Elementary, and Sarah Gallagher and Rachel Rasnake of Walker Upper Elementary.

Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the Virginia Education Association
Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the VEA.

Mr. Ernest Chambers, physical education teacher at Burnley-Moran Elementary, was profiled in the Virginia Education Association’s Journal of Education.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave a shout-out to the schools’ partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub, which supports innovating programs such as as our Harvest of the Month program, our extensive Farm-to-School Week offerings, and our year-round commitment to fresh, local foods and garden classrooms.  Thanks to both organizations for your support!

In November, the Special Education Advisory Committee hosted a community discussion about how to prepare your child for “Life After High School, Now.”

Multi-aged kids coding at Johnson for "hour of code"
Multi-aged coders at Johnson for “Hour of Code.”

Across the division, Charlottesville Schools participated in the international Hour of Code, a event designed to expose students to computer programming. Charlottesville Schools has extensive and growing support to help students learn to code.

At its fall conference, the Virginia Board of Education honored Charlottesville City Schools for receiving a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.


Upcoming events include:

  • Multiple elementary concerts, 12/13 (Burnley-Moran’s is on 12/15)
  • Winter Break and Teacher Workday, 12/19 through Monday, 1/2
  • Classes resume, Tuesday, 1/3
  • School Board Meeting, 1/5, 5pm, CHS Media Center
  • Community Budget Presentation, 1/10, 5:30pm, CHS Media Center
  • No School for Martin Luther King Day, 1/16
  • End of 2nd Quarter, 1/20
  • CHS Orchestra presents family-friendly Peter and the Wolf, 1/21,  2pm, MLKPAC
  • No School for Teacher Workday, 1/23
  • Stage Left Theater presents family-friendly Beauty and the Beast, 1/24, 6:30pm, Walker Auditorium
  • Community Strategic Plan Listening Session (open to all), 1/25, 7pm, CHS

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendar of school holidays and as well as Google calendars for school-specific events. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.

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Elementary Highlights for October 2016

Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle
Nature drawing activity at Camp Albemarle

Friday Knight Lights: Join families from all six elementary schools at the first-ever elementary tailgate party at the CHS Football game on November 4. Festivities include face-painting and visits from the CHS football team, band, and cheerleaders. The fun starts at 6 before kick-off at 7 (see flyer below).

The Walker Upper Elementary School Family extends an invitation to all current 4th graders and their families (and any CCS families, for that matter) to attend Bingo Night on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm.

City fourth-graders have been on the go, between their annual science field trip to Camp Albemarle and their field trip Cabell Hall for the Charlottesville Youth Orchestra’s superhero-themed performance.

Jackson-Via students petting a goat during Farm-to-School Week
Farm-to-School Week fun

Thanks to the Special Education Advisory Committee for organizing a September ice cream social to help build community and support for our families in the special education program!

City Schools enjoyed special foods, visitors (including chickens and goats), plus time in the garden during Farm-to-School Week. Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub for organizing, and thanks also to Casa Alma and Caromount Farms for time with feathered and furry friends!

As you can see in the following video, fourth-grade students are enjoying their iSTEM lessons, part of a new, hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math lessons designed to build a bridge to the science and engineering programs at Buford and CHS. In the video, students find sweet success on the fifth attempt to correctly program their robot:

Students are visiting U.Va.’s Fralin Museum to brainstorm ideas for the museum’s annual competition of writing inspired by art.

More community helpers visit our our elementary schools! First, it’s “Lunch with a Cop,” when police officers visit schools at lunchtime, sometimes accompanied by McGruff the Crime Dog. Now, the Charlottesville Fire Department is making visits to teach home safety tips. Sometimes they even bring a fire truck to recess for “show and tell.” Thanks to all!

Community, four ways: "Lunch with Cop," Firefighter visits, Donuts with Dad, and friends on the playground
Community, four ways: “Lunch with Cop,” firefighter visits, “Donuts with Dad,” and friends on the playground
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress

You’ve got mail! Burnley-Moran Bobcats have been writing and receiving letters from their senior pen pals at JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center. In addition, their artwork is on display at the Welcome Gallery as part of art teacher Ryan Trott’s exhibition of his works inspired by children’s art.

Making globes at Clark
Making globes at Clark

Clark enjoyed its first whole-school meeting, with student leaders, dancing, book talks, awards, & singing happy 85th birthday to the school! And after reading the novel Rules, fourth-graders invited Clark’s occupational therapist, Lydia Cornejo, to answer student questions and make connections to the book.

Students "taste-testing" books at Greenbrier
“Book tasting” at Greenbrier

You’ve heard of taste-testing some new foods, but how about taste-testing some new books? Greenbrier fourth-graders rotated through stations hosted by “chef” and teacher Ms. Kumar. Second-graders spent a super-hero themed morning exploring Marvel-ous Matter! And the whole school donned orange as part of their Unity Day celebrations.

Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap
Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap at Jackson-Via

NBC news visited Jackson-Via for the visit of Alice the Goat during Farm-to-School Week, and students, staff, and PTO volunteers are gearing up for spirit week, which concludes with their annual Rocktoberfest event, with a potluck, games, and more. And the after-school CLASS program enjoyed dance classes with the Charlottesville Ballet in ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, and/or African dance form.

Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson
Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson

Johnson’s “Donuts with Dads” event overflowed from the cafeteria into the hallways with students plus their dads, uncles, friends, and grandfathers (not to mention some moms who wanted to be part of the fun, too). In addition to breakfast, students received a book to keep. Another day, guest/mom/Walker teacher Ms. Rasnake visited the school to offer a hands-on activity exploring density.

Scientific observation activity at Venable
Scientific observation activity at Venable

Venable’s back-to-school night had some new leaders in charge this year — the students. The new student-led format will also be a feature of the school’s spring parent-teacher conferences, thanks to a grant from the Shannon Foundation.

Flyer for Elementary Tailgate at CHS Football game on 11/4. Call 245-2962 for more info.