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Rising fourth graders visit Walker School 2019

Walker school counselors to visit current fourth graders in coming weeks

The Walker Upper Elementary School school counselors are busy planning their annual visits to all city elementary schools to provide information and guidance to rising fifth graders. For a full calendar of related-events, see important dates below.

“We want to make the transition to a new school as seamless as possible for our current city fourth graders,” said Walker School Counselor John Kronstain. “By visiting these students in the coming weeks, we hope to make connections and put them at ease by providing useful information and answering questions they may have.”

Rising fourth graders visit Walker School 2019
Walker students lead visiting rising fifth grade students on tours to show them their future school.

After visiting each of the six elementary schools, Walker Upper Elementary School will invite all city fourth graders to visit the upper elementary school in the spring for Rising Fifth Grade Visit and Tour Day. This will be followed by a Rising Fifth Grade Parent Night that will include dinner, tours, and an information session for families to ask questions.

The school counselors will introduce the rising fifth graders to a variety of information including choosing electives for the 2020-21 school year.  Fifth and sixth grade students at Walker can choose two electives. The first selection must be a fine arts option–band, orchestra, music and chorus, or visual arts–and the second choice can be Spanish, Pre-Engineering, or an additional fine arts option (students may not choose both band and orchestra in the same year).

For more details on elective options, view this video:

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 28 Buford Curriculum Expo (for rising 7th- and 8th-graders), 5pm
  • January 31  School counselor visits at Jackson-Via and Greenbrier
  • February 4  School counselor visits at Burnley-Moran and Clark
  • February 5  School counselor visits at Johnson and Venable
  • February 10-17  Elective forms sent home with students–please discuss and make selections with your student
  • February 28  Completed elective forms due back to school
  • March 31 and April 2: Instrument Selection Nights, 5-7pm
  • April 14  Rising Fifth Grade Visit and Tour Day at Walker Upper Elementary (students will be brought to Walker during the school day via school buses)
  • April 14  Rising Fifth Grade Parent Night at Walker, 5:30-7:30pm (parents and their rising fifth grade student are invited to join us for dinner and information session)

 

 

 

 

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Apply now for preschool

graphic of kids holding handsIt’s time to apply for preschool! Charlottesville City Schools offers free classes for qualifying three- and four-year-olds.

Applications are due to your local elementary school by March 1.

Questions?

Call 434-245-2813.

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica “Translate” (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja “Spanish.” La aplicación y más información está disponible en español.

 

Energy and Water Management Winter Quarter poster

City and Schools promote energy and water conservation-Winter Quarter Update

Energy and Water Management Program Winter Quarter poster

Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools. On April 11th, 2019 the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities. 

Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems. Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.

The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools. 

Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation. The 2019-2020 themes are:

  • Fall (September – November): The Value of Energy and Water
  • Winter (December – February): Understanding Our Energy and Water Use
  • Spring (March – May): Smart Energy and Water Use
  • Summer (June – August): Keep Going! Summertime Savings

Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.org.

Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.

2019-20 Education and Outreach

Energy and Water Management Program Winter Quarter posterWinter Quarter: Understanding our Energy and Water Use

Did you know that the greenhouse gases produced from energy used at all 10 Charlottesville City Schools is equal to the greenhouse gases produced by 500 homes? We know our schools need resources to operate but what exactly uses energy and water in our schools every day?

We are asking students and faculty to try to identify what uses energy and water when you walk into your classroom each day. For energy, think about the overhead lighting, computers, electronics, and air conditioning/heating. For water, think about the water fountain in the hallway and sink in your classroom. What about at home?

There are also the items that aren’t as noticeable such as leaving your phone plugged in even when it’s fully charged or not paying attention to that dripping faucet. Even when a phone is plugged in and is fully charged, it still uses 2.24 watts of energy, and that slow drip…drip…drip of a faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year!

Let’s reduce our energy and water impact at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits we can do each day.

Winter Quarter Tips:

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Make an effort to unplug personal electronics.
  • Turn the water off when not in use.
  • If you see a water leak or hear a running toilet, report it!

 

water and energy management posterFall Quarter: The Value of Energy and Water

The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water.  Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.

In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit.  It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.

Fall Quarter Tips:

  • Last one out? Flip the switch!
  • Turn the water off when not in use.

 

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Surveys

graphic 2019-20 surveysPreschool Parents and Guardians:

You are invited to take a short survey about how you found an early childhood program for your child. The survey will take about 10 minutes.  

Our program is working with the University of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Early Childhood Foundation on the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B5) initiative. We are working to make it easier for Virginia families to find great care and education programs for their young children. We want to hear from your family!

On a computer, tablet, or phone, go to: http://family.pdg-va.info and complete the survey by December 15.

The survey is voluntary. You do not have to take it. The survey is anonymous. It does not ask for your name, your child’s name, or the name of your early childhood program. No one will know what you say in the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact the project coordinator, Christina Taylor, by email (mmt2hg@virginia.edu) or by phone (434-297-6703).

Thank you for your input!

Take a Survey about our 2020-2021 Draft Calendar

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Estimado padre, madre o tutor,

Le invitamos a completar una breve encuesta sobre cómo encontró un programa de primera infancia para su hijo. La encuesta dura unos 10 minutos. 

Estamos trabajando para hacer que a las familias de Virginia les resulte más fácil encontrar programas de educación y cuidado excelentes para sus hijos pequeños. Nuestro equipo en University of Virginia (UVA) está trabajando con el Departamento de Educación de Virginia y Virginia Early Childhood Foundation en la iniciativa Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B5). ¡Queremos escuchar las opiniones de su familia!

En una computadora, tableta o teléfono, ingrese a:  http://family.pdg-va.info

Complete la encuesta antes del 15 de diciembre.

Su participación en la encuesta es voluntaria. No es obligación completarla. La encuesta se completa de manera anónima. No se pregunta su nombre, el nombre de su hijo ni el nombre del programa de primera infancia. Nadie sabrá qué puso en la encuesta.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Christina Taylor, por correo electrónico (mmt2hg@virginia.edu) o por teléfono (434-297-6703).

 

Minds in Motion kids performing at MLK PAC

4th graders present annual Minds in Motion performance at MLK PAC

Minds in Motion kids performing at MLK PAC
Photo Credit: Aaron Eichorst

Our fourth graders amazed us this week with their Minds in Motion performances at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center!

Through a unique partnership with Richmond Ballet, each year city fourth graders are introduced to creative expression and live performance through movement and dance at their schools. This year, Minds in Motion teaching artists from Richmond Ballet visited each elementary school for two-week residencies which culminated in two live performances of “Journey of the Monarch.”

More photos from the performances can be found on our Facebook page.

In addition, a video of the performance will be broadcast on Charlottesville’s public acess channel for education, Comcast Channel 14. It can also be found online using this link. 

 

Visit Venable: Tours for prospective parents

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to prospective parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Lawson in the Venable office to register – 434-245-2418.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 7
  • December 5
  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 12
  • April 23

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are only a few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space at Venable next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  For information about the application process, click here and select the “Non-resident Student” tab. 

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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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