March: Celebrate Reading and the Arts!
Soul Fest Slideshow
Read Across America Week Festivities
Thursday, March 6: “My Many Colored Days” Wear your favorite color
Friday, March 7: Vocabulary parade (9:00 am). Students will dress as a word.
Parents are invited to view the vocabulary parade in the auditorium on Friday morning. Students will put on costumes when they get to school.
Session 2 Clubs End on Thursday, March 6. Session 3 Club sign-ups go home Thursday and are due back on March 11. Session 3 clubs will start on March 17.
Family Garden Workday, March 15, 9am-12pm
It's time to get the garden ready for spring! Join us for fun in the garden. No green thumbs required--just energy and enthusiasm! Bagels and coffee are provided.
Spring Fair Fun on March 21
Join us for the annual PTO Spring Fair on Friday, March 21 at 5:30pm. Don't miss the highlight of our year! Art & Crafts, Baby Goats, Photo Fun, Cake Walk, Cotton Candy, Wheel of Fortune and much more!
Art Connections at CHS
Student art work will be on display at CHS beginning March 10, with Open Houses on March 15 from 10am-2pm and March 19 from 4pm-8pm. Venable 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will go to CHS to view the show during the day on Wednesday, March 12.
Snow Make-Up Day Announced: March 28
Friday, March 28 was originally a teacher workday but has been designated as a snow make up day. We will have school that day, which is the Friday before Spring Break. No decision has been made about make-up days for March 3 & 4 yet.
Proposed Changes to School Start Times
The school division is proposing a change to the school start times for next year. Initial discussion will be held at the board meeting on March 6, with voting in April. Please see information on the CCS division website and provide feedback either to Mrs. Kershner or to Mr. Henderson: http://www.ccs.k12.va.us/schools/hours.html
If you have some great pictures of the Talent Show that you would be willing to share with the school, please forward them by email to Mrs. Kershner. We need some for our front slide show.
Congratulations to the 4th Grade Animal Planet Elective Students!
Students in the Animal Planet elective studied several endangered species and created public service announcement videos encouraging others to think about and protect those species. The first of the videos has been placed on the Nature Conservancy website for kids, Nature Rocks. Check it out: http://www.naturerocks.org/video-what-about-the-gobi-bear.xml
Third and Fourth Grade Honors
Congratulations to all our spelling bee participants and to Greta (3rd grade) for spelling the winning word correctly.
Congratulations also to the following students who have been selected for All-State Chorus:
Jude Camille Owen Lidia
2nd Annual Soul Fest Full of Fun
Thank you to everyone who came out for our second annual Soul Fest on February 21. Our organizing committee of Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Hunter, Ms. Houchens, Ms. Mimms, Ms. Schrank and Ms. Enoch did a great job putting together a fun line-up. 2nd grade African American Inventors videos, 3rd grade chorus and UVA's Black Voices and AKAdeMIX showcased the plethora of talent we have here in the building and the community. Dancing and drumming with Mr. Whitten was also a huge hit.
First Grade Colonial Day was Friday, Feb. 21
Festival of the Book Coming Mid-March
We are lucky to be hosting five different author/illustrators at Venable for this year's Festival of the Book. Each grade level will have a presentation during the week of March 17. The presenters are as follows:
Ira Wallace (1st grade)
Alex Zan (2nd grade)
Peter Jones (K/1st grade)
Deborah Heiligman (4th grade)
Dougie Morris (3rd grade)
Venable Gardens Receive $300 from Piedmont Master Gardeners
Thanks in part to a grant from Piedmont Master Gardeners, our collaboration with UVA's Global Sustainability students will continue this year. This year, students in the course will help us study the critical importance of Water: Where this vital resource comes from and its journey into our faucets and the Venable Garden. They will explore the issues associated with scarcity and quality: potable versus non-potable, which will naturally lead on to discussions of resource stewardship - how to conserve water and keep it clean. Students will be made aware of their local watershed and efforts being made along the Eastern seaboard to manage this valuable resource. Classroom discussions will culminate in the construction of a water collection and irrigation system for the greenhouse in the Venable School Garden.
Congratulations to Ms. Poindexter!
Christa Poindexter has been offered a fellowship and a opportunity to study her heart's passion, community mental health counseling, at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. We are very happy for Christa as she takes her next professional steps. She plans for her last day with us to be April 11 so that she can move to NY and prepare for spring/summer courses. We are currently searching for a new school secretary.