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Back-to-School Supply Lists for 2020-21

School-Supply-Lists2School starts September 8.  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, please register for a Back to School Bash supply kit being provided free to area students.  You must register your child using this Back to School Bash link to reserve a kit. 

  • For assistance with other school supplies, any fees, or other needs, please contact your school principal or counselor.

School Supply Lists for the 2019-20 School Year:


Registration for free supplies from the Back-to-School Bash partnership is now closed. If you registered, you’ll receive information about how to pick up your supplies.

Senior photo at CHS victory lap

May 2020 News & Highlights

 

A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins 

Two CHS graduates from the Class of 2019!Dear staff, family, and community:

It’s official — Charlottesville High School’s “Victory Lap” was triumphant! The drive-through graduation event featured several CHS-related selfie stations (including a mural painted by CHS teacher Nathan Alexander) and a Black Knights spirit station. And it concluded with the graduates walking across the stage with their name read aloud as families watched from the car and nearby teachers and staff cheered. Cars were decorated. Balloons were filled. Cowbells were rung. And, yes, tears were shed.

You can find lovely pictures on our social media channels. You can also see it for yourself when our graduation video premieres on June 4 at 7pm (the original time for graduation) on our Facebook page or on Charlottesville’s Channel 14. Thanks to Lori Shinseki (parent of Jack Heaphy ’20) for volunteering her talents on our grad video!

And special thanks to Dr. Irizarry and his admin team, the CHS graduation team, the CHS staff at large, and several division leaders, who helped bring the Victory Lap to life. Many parents and grads said they felt the love and connection — no virus can stop that. Congrats, Class of 2020!

Dr. Rosa Atkins

Collage of graduates at CHS Victor Lap drive-through event

More views of the Victory Lap event at CHS on May 14-15 to celebrate the Class of 2020. From social media to yard signs to this event and our upcoming grad video, we invite you to help us celebrate these students! Find details here.

NEW LEARNING: BUFORD CIVICS CLASSES CONNECT WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS
Del. Sally Hudson meeting with Buford students onlineLearning has changed this spring. We know there are losses, but we celebrate the gains as well, such as Buford Civic teacher Matt Resnick and his colleagues hosting class forums with politicians such as Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, and VA Del. Sally Hudson. Thanks to these teachers and others for finding new and creative ways to make learning connections!

UPDATES ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL AND FALL
illustration of sun and leaves with words "summer school/fall learning"CHS has posted information about online summer offerings in Health, PE, and Economics and Personal Finance. In addition, all schools will be offering continuing learning opportunities for selected students who have not yet been able to complete the core curriculum. And for the first time, some elementary students will take part in a free virtual “Freedom School” co-hosted by UVa’s Curry School as part of the acclaimed Freedom School program.

For the fall, our planning committees are now working on three scenarios: (1) face-to-face instruction, (2) a hybrid of face-to-face and distance learning, and (3) distance learning. The state is also developing guidelines for schools, and we are receiving health department guidance as well. Thanks for your patience — we’ll keep you posted. Regardless, it’s not too early to register your new student or re-register your returning student (see below).

TEACHER APPRECIATION: THANKS FOR SHOWING THE LOVE
Ms. Kumar, Greenbrier's Golden Apple Winner for 2020During Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked you to shower our staff with love, and you really delivered! On social media we posted 100+ shoutouts that included photos and words of appreciation from students, parents, and colleagues. Some PTOs and students also created chalk art, painted murals, or developed videos. And finally, thanks also for your nominations for our amazing Golden Apple award-winners (and thanks to Better Living for their continued support). This year’s winners are:  Lisa Johnson Black (Hospital Ed), Kelsey Cary (Lugo-McGinnis), Mary Caitlyn Cordone (Clark), Matthew Deegan (CHS), Kavita Kumar (Greenbrier), Calder McLellan (Venable), Matt Richardson (CATEC), Kathryn Salem (Jackson-Via), Brandy Walker (Buford), Lisa Wallace (Burnley-Moran), Cianna Washburg (Walker), and Lindsay Wayland (Johnson). Congrats to these amazing teachers!

MEAL DELIVERY AND A NEW STATE BENEFIT FOR FAMILIES
Sandi Vasquez preparing mealsContinued thanks to our nutrition staff for delivering more than 7,000 meals a week to students, and thanks also to Cultivate Charlottesville (the new nonprofit home of City Schoolyard Garden) for leading the Memorial Day meal delivery to give our staff a break. You can still volunteer to help our staff with deliveries. One important update is that the state has created the Pandemic-EBT card to assist families who rely on free/reduced meals. If your child already receives free/reduced meals, you do not need to do anything to receive this benefit. But if your child does not receive free/reduced meals, you can still apply for free/reduced meals to qualify for the new benefit.

STAYING CONNECTED: AN UPDATE
Computer showing student avatars in online meetingIn the midst of this pandemic, we have been staying connected with our families via tools such as learning books, See Saw, Canvas, social media, email, Google Meet, phone calls, and more. We have been able to connect with every single Charlottesville Schools family. For every known need, we have been able to supply a Chromebook and a WiFi hotspot. Thanks to all the teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, IT staff and more who have made this possible — and thanks for our families who are doing their part to stay connected, as well. The last day of school is June 5.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTERING FOR THE FALL
Staff and K student hug at Greenbrier's kindergarten camp 2019While our kindergarten open house is still on hold, our new student online forms are open. To orient students to their new schools, many of our schools– including Buford — are posting welcome videos. Families of returning students (including our preK students) can also complete re-registration forms by logging into PowerSchool and clicking “Re-Registration” at the left, (Repeat this process for each child.) Need help logging into PowerSchool or adding a child to your account? Call your school.

SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
Cville Schools official logoIn May, the School Board again met virtually as a response to the closure. As we reported in a previous community email, the most important topic was adjusting the 2020-21 budget in light of the financial impact of the pandemic. All staff members whose role was impacted by cuts have been placed in new positions at Charlottesville Schools. Find more School Board information, including agendas, minutes, and livestream video. The next meeting will be held June 11, also virtually. Tune in on Facebook at @CvilleSchools.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT LINKS
illustration of calendarOngoing: Preschool applications. Find info online.
Ongoing: Online registration for kindergarten See details. Also, re-registration for returning students is now open. Log into PowerSchool and click Re-Registration at left.
6/4 CHS Virtual Graduation, 7pm. Watch on Facebook or Channel 14.
6/5 Last day of school
6/11 
School Board Meeting (virtual), 5pm

Key Links: Coronavirus Closure landing page ♦ Food/ Volunteering Information ♦ Learning/ Family Resources ♦ Learning FAQ 

More Looks at Cville Schools

Art for Hospice of the Piedmont by Camila, grade 3

Our art teachers continue to find meaningful ways to connect with their students — and to connect their students to the community.  A partnership with Hospice of the Piedmont supplies life-affirming student art for families facing challenges during this pandemic.  See NBC29’s coverage here.

CHS student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaving their heads to benefit children with cancer

Two CHS projects are helping others. Student Meg Gist and teacher Matt Deegan shaved their heads to benefit children with cancer. And teacher Peter Davis is continuing his urban gardening students’ work from earlier this year by tending the CHS garden and sharing the produce with those in need.

Teachers exercising together in Fit with Friends program

We have prioritized wellness during this pandemic — and we are so glad to see teachers staying fit and connected using a program for teachers. For families, our gym teachers have been sharing physical wellness tips, and our learning page includes mental wellness resources for the family.

Find more info and events on on our website, social media, or our Google calendars!

Find us on the web at charlottesvilleschools.org

Graphic: It's time to register for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration Information

We’re excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families! If you have a child that will be 5-years-old by September 30, it is time to register for kindergarten.  Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.

Scenes from Kindergarten Open House

To Register

  1. Complete the online forms (click on links, below). If your child is a current Cville Schools preschooler, look below for information about current preschoolers.
  2. Later, someone from your child’s school will be be in touch about how you can bring us proof of residency and other documents (see list here).

2020-21 Kindergarten Form

2020-21 La forma en español para estudeiantes de kindergarten

Information for Current Preschoolers

Current Charlottesville City Schools Preschoolers

Current preschool students can either register as new students (see links, above) or can re-register through their PowerSchool accounts (now open). The quickest and easiest way is to re-register through PowerSchool.

  • Need password or log-in help? Call your school (see list below) or 245-2962.

Log into PowerSchool and select “Re-Registration 20-21”

 

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.

School Registrar Contact List and FAX NUMBERS

More Information:

Questions about Using InfoSnap (PowerSchool Enrollment)?

  • Call Toll Free 1-866-752-6850 (Monday-Friday 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. Eastern)* (English only) or
  • Visit the InfoSnap Family Support Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (English & español) or
  • Send an email to support@infosnap.com (English & español)
Summer activity packet for upper level grades

City and Schools promote energy and water conservation-Summer Update

Energy and Water Management Program Spring Quarter Update reminding people to reduce energy and water waste.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. In 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

Summer activity packet for upper level grades

Summer Quarter: This summer the Energy and Water Management Team wants you to take what you learned around how to save energy and water at school and apply it at home!

Let’s first focus on reducing our energy waste at home. This can look like turning the lights off when you leave a room, making sure you power down and unplug electronics when you are not using them, and making sure doors and windows aren’t left open when your home’s heating or air conditioning is running.

When you look at water, there are some easy ways we can reduce our water waste at home. Remember to always turn the water off when not in use (like while we are brushing our teeth), don’t forget to fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water when you are thirsty, and if you see dripping faucet or running toilet tell an adult to fix it! Plus, if you help your family with some gardening projects outside, look to the weather to do the watering work or collect rainwater to use for watering later.

This summer let’s all commit to saving energy and water. Take this pledge and start implementing these easy steps at home today!

This summer I pledge to be an energy and water saver at home!

  • I pledge to turn the lights off when I leave a room,
  • I pledge to power down and unplug electronics when I’m finished with them,
  • I pledge to close windows and doors when my home’s heating and cooling systems are on,
  • I pledge to turn the water off when not in use,
  • I pledge to use a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use plastic bottle,
  • I pledge to report water leaks as soon I see them,
  • I pledge to come back to school in the fall ready to keep saving energy and water!

You are now ready to be an energy and water saver! Together we can all have a huge impact at home and at school.

Activity Sheets for Grades K-4

Activity Sheets for Grades 5-12

Paper copies of the activity sheets were included with our summer meal distribution program. Copies can also be found in the main office of each school building, or you can contact the Energy and Water Management Team, at EnergyWaterTeam@Charlottesville.gov.

Energy and Water Management Program: Spring Quarter Poster image discusses reducing water and energy wasteSpring Quarter: Reducing our Energy and Water Waste

This spring the Energy and Water Management Team is back with more reminders to help us trim up our energy and water use!

Help our school reduce energy waste! Make sure outside doors close behind you and tell an adult if propped open. This will help keep our cooled and heated air inside our school rather than letting it escape through open doors to the outside!

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle along with you wherever you go! Fill it up from tap water, which comes from our rivers and is cleaned to make it safe and taste good. Before dumping out any left over water, think reusable by giving it to some plants that would happily enjoy that water.

Spring Quarter Tips:
1. Keep outside doors closed
2. Fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water
3. If you see a water leak or an open outside door, report it!

If we each reduce our energy and water waste at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits,together we can have a real impact.

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.

 

Two students work together during Hour of Code at Venable Elementary.

Student-led conferences coming this month

Two students work together during Hour of Code at Venable Elementary.
Students work together to program an Ozobot during Hour of Code, an annual day devoted to school-wide learning about computer programming.

For the fifth year in row, we are pleased to host student-led conferences at the end of the month. This is a chance for you to hear your child’s perspective about the work and learning that’s taken place so far this year.

A flyer will be coming home in next week’s Thursday folders with a link to an electronic sign-up for a 20-minute time slot for your child’s conference.
  • Prek-1st grade conferences will be on Wednesday, March 25 from 3:30pm-6:00pm 
  • 2nd-4th grade conferences will be on Thursday, March 26 from 3:30pm-6pm.

Following your child’s conference, you are invited to a milk and cookies celebration in the library.

Student-led conferences have a different purpose and structure from parent-teacher conferences. Please refer to the flyer sent home in folders that compares the two types of conferences, or see the digital flyer here.

Screenshot of Cville Parks & Rec Summer Camp flyer

Summer camp options at Venable–Registration now open

Screenshot of Cville Parks & Rec Summer Camp flyer
Click to view and download full flyer PDF

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will be operating Camp Shenandoah for rising grades 1-4 at Venable this summer. Students may sign up for full-day camp and/or wrap-around camp for students participating in summer school.

Summer school invitations will be finalized in April. In order to reserve a spot for your child in camp, it is advised that you go ahead and register for the full day of camp. Financial assistance is available for camps and applications are available at any Parks & Recreation center in the city.

 

Rising 5th graders should register for Camp Blue Ridge at Carver Recreation Center.

Flyers will be sent home in backpacks. You can also access the digital flyer and PDF by clicking on the above picture. Parents can also use this link to register your child.

Registration is now open!

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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Surveys

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Fall Learning Plans:

Please visit our main coronavirus page to learn about our possible fall learning plans and offer your perspective.

VDOE Survey for Families s of Students with Disabilities Served in Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

  • As part of new monitoring requirements, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has created a survey for families of  parents of students with disabilities served in private schools for students with disabilities. The online surveys are currently opened and will be available for completion at the following links until October 30, 2020:

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.