iSTEM Night Coming Soon!
Bring your problem-solving and creativity to school on Thursday, January 19 for some iSTEM fun! iSTEM stands for Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We will have pizza (provided by PTO) and a short talk with Mrs. Kershner about PBIS (positive behavior intervention supports) from 5:30-6:00pm. iSTEM activities will take place around the school from 6-7pm. The BACON club from CHS and iSTEM staff members from other schools will be here to facilitate parent-child fun through hands-on problem solving activities. We hope to see everyone there! Activities are appropriate for all elementary grades.
Lockdown drill #4
Deadline to RSVP for strategic plan meeting
Strategic Plan meeting for Venable community, 5:30-7:00pm, library
Student of the Week, grades 1-2, 8:05am
Tour for prospective parents, 9:15-10:15am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. No school.
iSTEM Family Night, 5:30-7pm
End of 2nd quarter marking period
School-wide Morning Meeting, 8:05am
Teacher Workday. No school for students.
CogAT testing in 1st grade, mornings
Deadline to submit Golden Apple Nominations to Mrs. Kershner
Harvest of the Month Snack
Student of the Week Assembly, grades 3-4, 8:05am
Student of the Week Assembly, grades 1-2, 8:05am
Tour for Prospective Families, 9:15am-10:15am
Want More Dates?
Access the Venable Parent Calendar at the Charlottesvilleschools.org website with the most up-to-date information about what's going on.
Winter Weather and Other Notifications
In December, Charlottesville City Schools sent out a notice to all families about winter weather notifications. Beginning this year, all families will receive all weather-related announcements (including early morning phone calls). If you do not wish to receive these announcements, please change your settings in Powerschool. For directions on how to do this, click on this link. You will need your parent Powerschool login. If you do not have this information, please call our central office at 245-2943.
In addition, Mrs. Kershner sends a weekly email on Thursday evening or Friday morning every week. If you are not receiving these emails and wish to receive them, please change your settings in Powerschool to indicate that you wish to receive general emails from school--before, during & after school.
In order to make sure our records are accurate, we are sending home an updated early release form for you to let us know how your child will get home should we dismiss school early for any reason. Please return this form to school as soon as possible.
Mrs. Paige Out
Just after Thanksgiving, Mrs. Paige underwent planned surgery. She is doing well and misses her Venable family! She is planning to return to Venable at the end of January or beginning of February. Mr. Malcolm Jarrell, retired Venable principal, is covering for Mrs. Paige while she is out. Mr. Jarrell served in this capacity with us two years ago, and we're very happy to have him back helping us out.
Want to Inspire Your Child's Love of Reading?
Check out Ms. Tatel's blog at the link above (Venable Reading & Writing). She has some tips and new titles to share that just might tickle even the most reluctant reader's curiousity. It's all about finding the right book!
Be a Part of the CCS Vision & Strategic Planning
Charlottesville City Schools is thinking about the future! This spring, we will be developing the division's strategic plan for 2017-2023. There will be a Venable community meeting for parents and teachers on Thursday, January 12, from 5:30-7pm in the library (childcare with pizza will be provided). Come learn about trends in public education and lift your voice as we consider options for our future. Please RSVP by January 9 by clicking here: https://goo.gl/forms/sLSTtwo9X9EAx5ef2.
Nominate an Outstanding Venable Teacher for the Golden Apple Award
The Golden Apple Award program is designed to honor outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant, which can be used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s professional development. Please consider nominating a teacher at Venable who has made a difference for your child. Nomination forms should be submitted to Mrs. Kershner by January 31 and are available online at http://www2.k12albemarle.org/dept/instruction/Pages/golden-apple-award.aspx.
Venable's most recent recipients of the Golden Apple Award are:
2016: Cindy Cartwright, Quest
2015: Diane Forasté, 1st grade
2014: Karen Minor, Kindergarten
2013: Michael Salvatierra, Music
2012: Traci Martin, PE
2011: Brenda Payne, Kindergarten
2009: Nancy Mimms, 2nd grade
CHSO String Ensemble and Friends Present "Peter and the Wolf": A Children's Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo, January 21 at 2pm
The Charlottesville High School Orchestra’s String Ensemble and Friends, directed by Laura Mulligan Thomas, will present Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf” on Saturday, January 21. CHS Principal Dr. Eric Irizarry will narrate the classic children’s tale. The concert is designed for children of all ages and will be performed at 2 pm at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville. Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults, and are available at Shenanigans, Whimsies, from any CHSO member, or at the box office starting at 1 pm on the day of the concert. Tickets are also available via chsorchestra.org. This show has sold out in previous years; advance purchase is strongly advised.