Happy New Year! January 2014
Lockdown Drill Set for This Friday
We are conducting our second lockdown drill of the year this Friday. We will discuss procedures during our assembly on Friday morning and then do the drill immediately following the assembly.
Upcoming School Holidays
As a reminder, Friday, January 17 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1pm on Friday. The CLASS program will not operate on that afternoon. Please make sure your child's teacher knows in advance of your transportation plans for that day if they are different from usual. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 22 after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday and a teacher workday on Tuesday. CLASS will operate on Tuesday and students must be signed up in advance (see Mrs. Rogers for details).
Bingo Night is Around the Corner
Bingo Night is a fun-filled PTO event where families gather in the gym to play bingo together. Pizza and Bingo cards can be pre-purchased through PTO. Please be on the lookout for a flyer with more details. The event is Friday, January 24 at 5:30pm.
Session 2 Clubs Beginning Soon
We have a variety of clubs being offered for session 2, which starts on Monday, January 27 and runs through Thursday March 6. Mrs. Martin is sending home information so that you can sign up.
Got Talent? Sign up for the Talent Show!
Talent show forms have been distributed to students in grades 2-4 this week. If your child is interested in performing in our annual talent show, please make sure that the permission form is returned to Mrs. Martin by Friday, January 17. Late talent show forms will not be accepted. Rehearsals are Feb. 6, 10 and 12 after school.
PTO Meeting, January 28, 5:30-6:30pm
Please join us in the school library. Childcare and pizza for children will be provided in the cafeteria.
Congratulations to Ms. Mimms!
On Friday, December 20, we received a surprise visit from Laura Chervenak, Vice President at Explore Learning. She brought an iPad mini, which Ms. Mimms won in a drawing. Her name was submitted for the drawing each week her students completed three days of Reflex Math and achieved 75% Green Light usage. Way to go Team Mimms!
End of Semester Assessments
Each grade level has several assessments that they are completing with students over the course of the next few weeks to document student progress on reading and math skills. Many of the assessments are given individually to students, so a team of staff members are involved in administering the assessments. In reading, we are measuring fluency (rate of reading) and comprehension, as well as specific grammar skills that have been taught so far this year. In math, the assessments are measuring broad problem solving as well as specific skills taught during the 2nd quarter. Don't be surprised if your child comes home saying that they read or took a test with Mrs. Paige or Mrs. Kershner! Results of the assessments will be used to design instructional activities for your child second semester and to report progress on the report cards. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, January 30.
School Tours Starting
This is the time of year when prospective families begin touring schools to make decisions about next year. If you know of a family who is interested in Venable, please direct them to our website, where a list of tours is included, along with information about signing up. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and include stops in all grade levels.
Seeking Golden Apple Award Nominations
Please consider nominating a Venable teacher for the Golden Apple Award! Each year, one teacher is selected from each school in the city and county to be honored as the Golden Apple Award Winner. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program and how you can submit a nomination to Mrs. Kershner. Nominations are due by February 12, 2014. Golden Apple nominees should exhibit the following characteristics: