What‘s Happening at Venable

Students and adults walking to school at Venable.

Elementary Fall 2017 Highlights

Students and adults walking to school at Venable.
Walk to School Day at Venable

Our schools recently celebrated “Walk to School Day.” At Venable, students walked by grade and were greeted by CHS cheerleaders.  Venable also celebrated the new track at the start of their annual Walk-A-Thon. This track was paid for by the Venable PTO and built by the city Parks & Rec department last summer. It is a great addition for Venable and the the neighboring community, including Lugo-McGinness Academy (Charlottesville’s high school alternative program).

The 2nd annual All-Elementary “Friday Knight Lights” Tailgate will be Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at CHS. Get to meet cheerleaders and band members before chearing on the CHS Black Knights before their game at 7 p.m.!

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits with students in the Johnson Elementary garden.
Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits Johnson

We celebrated Farm-to-School week, presented by our Nutrition Department in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Activities ranged from locally sourced lunches to visits with chickens and goats. The week wrapped up at Johnson with a visit from the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

All nine of Charlottesville City Schools received “Virginia Naturally” state recognition for increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our students.

Photo of Bloom Magazine page.
Bloom Magazine

Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates.

Students lining up to start the Clark 5K
Buzz-by-Belmont Clark 5K

The annual Clark Elementary 5K Buzz-by-Belmont Fun Run to benefit the Clark Educational Fund was a success! Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, and community partners that helped with this event.

The hallways in several of our elementary schools are filled with “The Best Part of Me” writing and photos inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me.”

Best of me collage
The Clark “Best of Me” collage lines the hallways with student writing and portraits.

Students paining a mural at Burnley-Moran
Mural-making at Burnley-Moran

Burnley-Moran Elementary is celebrating  Spirit Week the week of 10/16-10/20. The festivities will end with the second annual All-Elementary Football Tailgate on October 20 at 6 p.m. at Charlottesville High School. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been creating a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.

New York Times opinion editors work with Ms. Wayland's students.
New York Times at Johnson

Fourth-graders in Mrs. Wayland’s class at Johnson Elementary were invited to serve as guest op-ed writers for the November issue of The New York Times for Kids. Two Times editors and their photographer came to conduct a workshop and take headshots of the young columnists. In addition, the whole school is participating in a community-building art project. Students are decorating a fist-sized rock. Each looks lovely on its own, but they will be even more beautiful when combined with others to line trails and walkways around the campus.

bike safety at Greenbrier
Bike safety at Greenbrier

Students at Greenbrier Elementary are bringing their bikes and helmets to school and learning all about bike safety in PE class! Mr. Green is teaching them how to complete a pre-ride check, safety gear needed for riding, proper hand signals, and reading safety signs.

Back-to-School Night was a great community event with over 400 Jackson-Via family members who explored Jackson-Via, met with teachers, and shared a delicious pot luck dinner.

Jackson-Via students and staff dress as pirates for "Shiver Me Letters" math and literacy night.
Jackson-Via pirates

At Jackson-Via Math and Literacy Night, the pre-school and kindergarten families gathered for “Shiver Me Letters (and numbers),” and participated in activities that engaged the whole family.

Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, 27, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

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School registration: PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. You can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away.

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 InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school 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 InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.

Back-to-School Paperwork Online
To quickly complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “InfoSnap Student Enrollment.” 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.

  • To find the student ID number to create My Payments Plus account, log into PowerSchool and click on the Grades and Attendance tab.



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.

Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube
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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Back-to-School Nights

FB-IMG_6666After 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 19, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm
  • Buford:  Friday, September 15,  Fall Harvest Festival 5:30-7:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
  • LMA:  Thursday, September 14, 4:30-6pm

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

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:

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: