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Graphic: It's time to register for Kindergarten

Register for Kindergarten and PreK!

We’re always excited to meet our youngest students and their families! Registration and application forms have been posted below for Kindergarten and PreK.  Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.

Scenes from Kindergarten Open House

Kindergarten

To Register Kindergarten Students who are NEW to Charlottesville City Schools

  • If your child will be NEW to Charlottesville City Schools, complete this form.
    • If your child is a returning Cville Schools PreK student, it will be easiest for you to wait a few weeks and complete a form for RETURNING students. See information for current preschoolers, below.
  • Later, someone from your child’s school will be be in touch about how you can bring in proof of residency and other documents (see list here).

Register for Kindergarten 2021-22

Regístrese para Kindergarten 2021-22

Registering Kindergarten Students who are Current Cville Schools Preschoolers

To Register Kindergarten Students who are Current Charlottesville City Schools Preschoolers

The quickest and easiest way is to wait a few weeks and complete the forms for returning students by logging into the PowerSchool website. However, if you want to get the forms done now, you can complete the form for new students (above).  You’ll need to say that your child did not attend our schools this year.

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

Log into PowerSchool

En abril, los estudiantes preescolares actuales pueden registrarse como nuevos estudiantes (ver enlaces, arriba) o pueden volver a registrarse a través de sus cuentas de PowerSchool. (Nuevamente, ese formulario para los estudiantes que regresan estará disponible en unas pocas semanas. La forma más rápida y fácil es volver a registrarse a través de PowerSchool.

  • ¿Necesita contraseña o ayuda para iniciar sesión? Llame al 245-2962.

Apply for Free Preschool!

Preschool applications are now open for the 2021-22 school year— there’s one online application for the whole Charlottesville region.Go2Grow logo Use this form to apply for preschool and childcare programs that serve qualifying families.  Go2Grow applications can be filled out by any family with a child, birth to age 5, looking for preschool or care options in Central Virginia.

Apply to preschool

School Registrar Contact List and FAX NUMBERS

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 to find answers or start a chat (English & español) or
  • Send an email to support@infosnap.com (English & español)
Spring Quarter Energy & Water Management graphic

Spring 2021: Energy & Water Conservation: Your New Normal

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.

Spring Quarter Energy & Water Management graphic

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.

Spring 2021:  Make Your New Actions be your New Normal

Spring quarter Energy & Water Management tip: Make a Schedule Spring quarter Energy & Water Management tip: Set RemindersSpring quarter Energy & Water Management tip: Make it Easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last quarter, we discussed Pick and Action! Do an Action!  Hopefully you have had time to develop your water and energy saving actions so far and are working hard to do these at home and eventually at school too! The Energy and Water Management Program wants to help you make this action be your new normal and remind you to do your actions each day. Try putting out physical reminders or making your new energy and water saving action the easy choice.

For example, if your water action is turning the water off while you brush your teeth, put a reminder sign on your mirror to turn off the tap. This small action might not seem like a lot of water savings, but you are saving up to 4 gallons of water each time you brush your teeth, which adds up to saving over 2,900 gallons of water a year (enough water to fill up 70 bathtubs)!

Over the next few months, work on doing your saving action and share your reminder strategy with your friends, classmates, and family. Each water and energy saving action can have a big impact when we do it each day.

Tips:

  • Reminders: Use reminders such as signs or notes where you need to do your action.
  • Schedule: Schedule your actions into your daily schedule and make sure you give yourself enough time to do them.
  • Make it Easy: Set yourself up to succeed by making it easy to do your action over the energy wasting or water wasting choice.

Resources

Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.gov and learn more at charlottesville.gov/EnergyWater.

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


Winter 2021: Pick an Action! Do an Action!

Put your knowledge into action–pick an action that helps you save energy and water at home and at school!

We started off the school year strong with a new commitment to save energy and water. Now it is time to put your knowledge into action! The Energy and Water Management Program wants you to pick an action that helps you save energy and water and start to do it! Each time you do your action, you will help save more energy and water, and combined with all of your classmates, you all will have a positive impact helping Charlottesville be more sustainable! You can start small with just one action and work on repeating it each week or each day. Grow your action by getting your friends and family involved and see who can be the most consistent at doing your energy and water saving action! Together we will all have a big impact to save energy and water in Charlottesville.

Tips:

  • Start off small: Pick a small action like turning lights off as you leave a room or turning the faucet off when scrubbing your hands with soap (or choose your own!).
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat: Do your energy and water saving action over and over again, each day!
  • Grow your action: Expand your action to save more energy and water by including your family!

Resources:


Fall 2020: New school year, new commitment to save energy and water!

Whether we are at school or at home this fall, the City’s Energy and Water Management Team has some great tips to help us reduce our energy and water consumption.

Energy and water are essential resources we need to use everyday; however, they also require a lot of effort including money and hard work to make into electricity for our lights or clean, safe water to drink. In addition, the overuse of these resources can have bad impacts on our environment even here in Charlottesville.

So, let’s start the school year with a new commitment to save when we can by following some of these important tips and actions we learned last year.

If you see something, say something graphic. Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.Tips:

  • Only Use What You Need: Turn off the lights and faucet when you are done!
  • If You See Something, Say Something: Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.
  • Reduce Our Energy and Water Waste: Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

Resources:


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.

 

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.

 

Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers

 

How Students can Generate a Pairing Code

 

Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher. 

First Day of School Guide

This first-days guide will help you get off to a great start this week! Remember, Friday is a half-day of mostly asynchronous (independent) learning. Still, log in for live instruction at Walker and the elementaries.

 

Before you Start:

  1. Know your schedule and/or teacher. You can find it in PowerSchool or Canvas.
  2. Need your school hours? Find them hereLogin-times: elementaries: 9:30; Walker, 9.
  3. Have questions or need anything? Please reach out to your teacher or school!

Illustration of chromebookStep 1:

  • Students, log into your Chromebook or device.
  • You can log in with the first part of your student email address (example: bsmith44) and your password. Don’t have this info? Call your school.
  • You can also log in with a badge (elementary students). Need a badge? Call your school.

Step 2:

 


Zoom logoStep 3:

  • Click on your first class of the day (or your homeroom teacher’s class).
  • Look for a link to a class meeting on Zoom or Google Meet!
  • First login of the day is … elementaries: 9:30; Walker, 9; Buford 8:30, and CHS/LMA, 12:30. Click your school-level info, below.

Elementary Instructions and Time

  • Log in at 9:25 to be ready for your 9:30 morning meeting!
  • In Canvas, click on your teacher’s class.
  • Then look for a GREEN BUTTON for a live meeting!

Walker Instructions and Times

Watch this video showing Walker students how to find their morning meeting!

  • Log in at 8:55 to be ready for your 9:00 morning meeting!
  • In Canvas, click on your calendar. The first link will get you into your morning meeting.

Buford Instructions and Times

    • Students should log in to classes and complete work assigned in Canvas.

Want more information about fall learning at Buford? Click here!

CHS/LMA Instructions and Times

    • Students should log in to classes and complete work assigned in Canvas.

Other things you may need today:

 

illustration of heart and handHelp!

Having trouble? We can help! Call your school (find numbers here). We can figure this out together. We’ve also started a Frequently Asked Questions page for tech-related matters at charlottesvilleschools.org/helpdesk.

food tray iconMeals

On the first day of school, we’re doing separate breakfast and lunch runs. On other school days, we’ll offer lunch runs with a next-day breakfast bag. All meals are free for children through age 18/CHS. Find the information here: charlottesvilleschools.org/food.

G Suite logoEmail/Google Docs

You can log into your email here using your email address (example: BSmith00@charlottesvilleschools.org) and your password.

Checklist and School Supplies list

Feel like you’re forgetting something? We made a checklist to get your family ready for school. Click the image or here for a printable copy. Need to get school supplies? Find our supplies list here.

Illustration of question markMore Information

You can find out much more about our first nine weeks online at charlottesvilleschools.org/returntolearn.  You can also watch this video.

photo of pencils, notebooks

Back-to-School Supplies 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.

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

School Supply Lists for the 2020-21 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.

members of Girls Excelling in Math team pose with tower they created.

GEM team finishes third in area math competition

members of Girls Excelling in Math team pose with tower they created.Congratulations to our Girls Excelling in Math team (GEM) for their third place finish in the hands-on challenge in the annual competition held each spring at The Village School.

Led by coach Liz Petry, the team had to work together to build the tallest, free-standing tower out of recyclable materials that could hold up to six eggs. In addition to the hands-on challenge, there was a team paper-pencil math challenge and an individual paper-pencil challenge.

Way to go Riley, Cici, Ellie, Alex, Ruby, Noura, callie, Eleanor, and Charlotte!

Title Screen "Greenbrier Moving Up Ceremony

Congratulations fourth graders!

Greenbrier celebrated our fourth graders with the annual 4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on June 5, 2020.

This year’s virtual ceremony featured members of our fourth grade class that will be moving on to fifth grade as well as congratulatory messages and well-wishes from administrators, teachers and staff.

Congratulations, students!

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)