What‘s Happening at Venable

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Bus stop meet and greets connect schools and families

screenshot of NBC29 story on bus stop meet and greetsWhether dropping in to visit schools or hosting Parent University information workshops or swinging by bus stops with breakfast and books, our family engagement team is always looking for ways to connect schools and families.

Throughout the year, Family Engagement Coordinators Velvet Coleman and Bianca Johnson can be seen visiting neighborhood bus stops at their morning bus stop meet and greets. The visits have been widely-received by the community since they began in August 2018, and it is not uncommon to see principals, teachers, and administrators stop by to help greet students and their families.

“Strong relationships between our families,  our schools, and our communities benefit us all,” said Coleman. When students see us in their community and in their schools, they now recognize us, and this helps build relationships.”

For more on how our family engagement team is making connections, visit www.charlottesvilleschools.org/family-engagement.

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parents and child holding hands walking up steps of Venable School.

Back-to-School Night coming soon

parents and child holding hands walking up steps of Venable School.Please join us for our annual Back to School Night on Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. During Back to School Night, your child will show you around his or her classroom, demonstrate routines, and give you a peek into some of the work he or she is already doing at school. Other areas to visit include the library, art room (where you can sign up to view your child’s art on Artsonia), iSTEM lab, Spanish room, and music/PE.

Kindergarten families will have a different structure: drop off students on the back playground for supervision anytime before 5:50, and then head to your child’s classroom at 5:50pm for a more formal teacher presentation (about 20 minutes). Then visit any of the other open locations around the school.

At 6:30 p.m, we will have a brief welcome from Dr. Kershner and ribbon-cutting to celebrate our new playground equipment. This will be immediately followed by our annual Back to School Picnic on the blacktop. PTO will provide chicken and paper products. Families are asked to bring sides and desserts to share within their grade level (these can be dropped off on the blacktop prior to visiting classrooms). See this week’s flyer for more details.

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Latest edition of Dr. Kershner’s newsletter is published!

Venable newsletter screenshotTo find out what’s happening at Venable School in September, read the latest principal’s newsletter here.

This month’s highlights include information about attendance awareness month, gifted education changes, and a gallery showing what we’ve been up to since the first day.

Also,  learn more about our 4th grade Super Star Crew! The students received their job assignments this week and will begin training and working in the next two weeks.


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Soho Center RED! Project provides 10 books in 10 days to kindergartners

Teacher reading to kindergarten studentsThanks to the Soho Center and its RED! Project (Read Every Day!), all Cville Schools kindergarten students are receiving 10 beautiful hardcover books in 10 days.

Each day since the first day of school, teachers have been reading aloud to their students, and then students get to take home the book. Parents are encouraged to read the book again with their children as part of a routine that encourages reading every day.

For more on the Soho Center’s efforts to promote children’s literacy, visit www.child2000.org.

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Back-to-School Nights

After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm (includes picnic)
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Potluck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm
  • Buford: Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday 9/26 and Tuesday, 10/1, 4-7pm plus Harvest Festival 10/4 at 5:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 16, 5-7pm
  • CATEC: Wednesday, September 25, 5-7pm
  • Lugo-McGinness: Back-to-School Potluck, August 20

2019-20 Venable School Supplies List

School supply list graphicSchool starts August 21.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below is the Venable school suppy list for 2019-20. If you have any questions, please call the main office.

2019-20 Venable School Supply Lists

Need help getting school supplies? Register for the Back to School Bash on August 17, 2019 from 10:30am-12pm at the Sprint Pavilion to receive free backpacks and supplies.  For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

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Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

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Sculpture by Kara, Johnson Elementary 3rd grader.

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.

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.


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CCS librarians’ spring newsletter now available

Screenshot of librarians' November newsletterThe 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.

For more on what each of our libraries have been doing this month,  keep reading here!