Save the Dates
April 1-7: Spring Break!
April 9: Elementary Climate Survey (given annually to 3rd and 4th grades); PreK classes to Dogwood Festival; Walker Rising 5th Grade Open House
April 10: 3rd grade Science Simulation test
April 12: Student of the Week Assembly, grades K&2; 1st grade to Richmond Metro Zoo, 8:30-2:45
April 13: SOL fair, 11-2, sponsored by Safe Schools (Carver Recreation Center). See flyer for more details.
April 16: 2nd grade to Paramount, 11:45-2; PTO Meeting, 5:30pm and Minds in Motion performance (4th graders), 6:30pm
April 18: Report Cards go home in Thursday folders; Hunter's class to UVA Art Museum, 1:45pm
April 19: Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Bock from Walker, 8-9am (Art room); Hartwell (12:45) and Foraste (1:45) to UVA Art Museum; last day of enrichment clubs
April 23: 2nd grade to Natural Bridge, VA Safari Park, 8am-4:30pm
April 24: 3rd grade Go Green Activity Day
April 25: 1st grade to Museum of American Frontier Culture, Staunton, 8:45-2; Kindergarten Registration Day, 3:30-6pm; last day of All-Star Club
April 26: College Gear Day; Student of the Week Assembly for grades 1, 3&4, 8:30am
May 3: Spring Pictures. Cops For Kids at Boys & Girls Club, 4-6pm
Kindergarten and New 1st Grade Registration
Thursday, April 20, 3:30-6:30pm. Kindergarten Registration
Stop by to complete registration paperwork, meet the teachers and see the classrooms. Click Here for information about student registration, including required documentation. If you have a student who will be starting at Venable in a grade other than Kindergarten or first grade next year, you may stop by the office any time after April 25 between 9-2 to register your child.
Rising Walker 5th Grader?
The next Coffee and Conversation will be with Mr. Bock, principal at Walker Upper Elementary School. Come join other parents to chat informally with Mr. Bock and ask some of your questions about transitions, teams, instruction, etc. Mr. Bock will be in the Art room from 8am-9am on Friday, April 19. Also, the Walker Open House will be on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm. See flyer for more details.
Important Reminders for School Safety
As we continue to work as a staff to refine our school safety procedures, we need to enlist the help of all parents and school visitors. All non-staff are asked to sign in at the office upon arrival to the school and obtain a visitor or volunteer badge. These badges must be worn visibly at all times while in the building. Staff have been asked to speak with anyone who is not wearing a badge, advising them to return to the office to obtain one. Even if you are at school for a quick visit, please make sure you have a badge and then return to the office to sign out.
Thank You, Parents and Staff!
The weekend of March 22 could be called the Venable weekend, and what a wonderful one it was! Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped set up, obtain volunteers, solicit items for the raffle and silent auction, run stations and clean up from the Spring Fair. Friday night was a huge success thanks to everyone who pitched in and everyone who came. Also, thank you to the many parents, teachers and community volunteers who helped with our All-Star Fitness Challenge! It was a great culminating event for our running clubs and our ING Grant.
When Spring Springs...
As the weather turns warmer, please remember that temperatures vary within the building and students should have a layer that will keep them comfortable in the air-conditioning. Please avoid spaghetti straps and short shorts or skirts. Flip flops are not recommended, as students have recess daily, and they tend to prevent students from running or they break in the process of active play.
Report Cards Coming Home April 18
Third quarter report cards will be in your child's Thursday folder on April 18. As always, if you have questions or concerns regarding your child's performance or a comment on the report card, please request a conference with your child's teacher. Students who may need additional support to meet end of year expectations will be recommended for summer school. Those recommendations will be included in this report card so that families can have time to make plans. Summer school will be held at Greenbrier this year.
Want to Share Your Passion with Students?
After a successful launch of a mini-elective series for 4th graders this past fall, we are beginning our planning for a new series for next year. Do you have a skill, profession, or passion that students might want to learn about? We need your help! The goal is to provide students with a variety of choices to engage the curriculum in ways that are personally relevant or interesting to them. We are seeking community leaders, artists, business executives and faculty members who might be interested in teaching seven 45-minute sessions on a topic of their choosing to a small group of 4th graders during the school day (on a Friday). Contact Mr. Webb or Mrs. Kershner if you are interested in talking more about this opportunity.