Whether 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.”
September is Attendance Awareness Month. Thank you to our Student and Family Engagement Team for reminding all of us about the importance of good attendance for the overall academic success of our students.
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.
Thanks 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.
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/.
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.
The 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.