Thank You, Walk-A Thon Supporters!
Our students earned a Fall Field Day by meeting our goal for pledge forms returned for the Walk-A-Thon. During this field day, students had fun games in the gym, created a Van Goh-inspired sports mural, played Hokey Pokey, and reflected on the book Giving Thanks: A Native American Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. It was a great day!
Save the Dates
December 3. No Kindergarten Jump Start
December 5. Student of the Week Assembly, 8am, grades 1-2
December 9. Last Day for 3rd Grade All-Star Club
December 11. PTO Treats for teachers: Holiday desserts & beverages.
December 16. PTO Meeting, 5:30pm.
December 19. Student of the Week Assembly, 8am, grades 3-4.
December 22-Jan. 4. Winter Break. No School for Students
Jan. 5. School Resumes in 2015!
Please Check Lost and Found in South Lobby
Items not retrieved before Winter Break will be donated.
Winter/Spring Club Sessions Changing
Because several of our ongoing clubs are run by UVA volunteers, and because winter weather often shortens an already short winter club session, we have modified our second session club schedule. Rather than having a session 2 and a session 3, we will offer one longer session of clubs in 2015. Clubs will run from Feb. 2 until April 2, with no clubs the week of March 9 (UVA Spring Break). Information on new clubs will be sent home after winter break.
Book Fair and Book Fairies Need Your Help
The 2014 Bedford Falls Book Fair is coming to Venable the week of December 8. On Monday and Tuesday, all students will visit the library to fill out a wish list. It is our wish that all students will receive a book from the book fair. If you are able to contribute to the Book Fairy Fund, please send in your donation to Venable through the envelopes sent home before Thanksgiving or through your child's Thursday folder. If you would like to sign up to help with the Book Fair, please contact our librarian, Beth Schrank, or visit this online scheduling tool:
In November, we began designing and using learning targets with students in math. A learning target is a description of the specific learning that should take place during one math lesson. The target is connected to what was done the day before and what will be done in the future to enable students to master larger learning goals (such as adding 2 digit numbers, solving multi-step multiplication problems, interpreting information on a bar graph, etc.). Students reflect at the end of the lesson on where they think they've landed on their learning target. This helps both student and teacher engage in appropriate learning activities in the future so that all students can hit the bulls eye. Ask your child about the learning target from math today.
International Education Week
Thank you to all the first grade parents who wrote about your family's cultural heritage to share with the classes. It is so meaningful when students can make a connection to a place on a map with someone they know and it enriches our lives to know more about the world around us. Thank you to all who came in during International Education Week to share in person as well! To cap off our International Education Week activities, some Venable siblings and other students from CHS visited us on Friday, November 21 to perform dances from Nepal, Bhutan, Congo and Mexico. Thank you to Tina Vasquez, club sponsor, and the International Club students for performing for us!
When Your Child Is Sick or Absent...
Please send a note to school on the day your child returns. You may also choose to send an email. If you do, please send the email to your child's teacher and our secretary, Lori Lawson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that students must be fever free for 24 hours without medication and free of diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
Collecting Gently Used Coats & Clothes