May/June Special Events and Field Trips
April 25-May 25--SOL testing window
May 3--1st grade trip to Bank of America; SOL testing begins
May 7-11--Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8--2nd grade trip to Natural Bridge
May 15--Schoolyard Garden Concert
May 17--Hartwell to UVA Art Museum; Kindergarten to Bellair Farm
May 18--Hunter to UVA Art Museum
May 22--PreK parent meeting (topic: Kindergarten!)
May 24--1st grade Marketplace; PTO Meeting and Spring Concert
May 28--Memorial Day holiday
May 30--4th grade trip to Washington, D.C.
June 1--Boogie on the Blacktop (during the day)
June 4--Fitness Field Day (during the day); Kindergarten picnic
June 5--4th grade orientation at Walker; 2nd grade picnic; Spelling Bee (3rd & 4th grade), 1:00pm
June 6--1st grade picnic
June 7--3rd and 4th grade picnics
June 8--4th grade ceremony (9am in classrooms and 10am in auditorium); Last Day of School for all students; Early Dismissal
Save the Dates
Tuesday, May 15--Schoolyard Garden Planting Seeds Festival, 5:30-7:30pm, Buford Middle School. See the attached flyer for more information.
Thursday, May 24--RESCHEDULED PTO MEETING AND SPRING CONCERT Please join us at 5:30 for a PTO meeting, immediately followed by the 3rd/4th grade chorus concert at 6:30. PTO agenda items include an overview of the Book Hook project in the library that was supported by PTO grant funds and a presentation by Mrs. Kershner about the class placement process.
Getting Set for Next Year!
It's hard to believe, but after SOL testing this month, we will be working hard to prepare for next school year. We use a thoughtful, deliberate process to place students into classes for the next school year. This process includes input from specialists as well as homeroom teachers about academic and social needs of the students. It is a big puzzle and parents are a part of the puzzle. In order to help us make the best placement decisions for your child, please put in writing to Mrs. Kershner your answers to the following questions about each of your children (each on a separate document):
You may choose to send your responses through email or on paper through June 15.
Pilot Program for Next Year
We would like to pilot a mini-elective series for 4th graders next year and need help from the Venable community. 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). See the attached flyer for more information.
Spring Dress: Comfort and Safety
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.