May 2014 News
Poetry in the Garden and Spring Fair Photos
SOL Testing Schedule
Next week we begin our SOL tests for 3rd and 4th graders. Tests start in the morning and students have as much time as needed to complete the test.
May 6 3rd Grade Science Test
May 7 3rd Grade Social Studies Test
May 8 4th Grade Reading Test
May 13-14 3rd Grade Reading Test (2 parts)
May 15-16 4th Grade Math Test (2 parts)
May 20-21 3rd Grade Math Test (2 parts)
MAP Testing Schedule
We will be giving end of year MAP tests to measure student growth across the school year in 2nd-4th grade. The schedule for MAP testing is below:
May 22 2nd Grade Reading (AM)
May 27 2nd Grade Math (AM), 4th Grade Reading (PM)
May 28 3rd Grade Math (AM); 4th Grade Math (PM)
May 29 3rd Grade Reading (AM)
PTO Meeting, Spring Concert May 20
Please join us in the library at 5:30pm for our monthly PTO meeting. Childcare and pizza provided in the North Cafeteria. Our chorus will perform their spring concert in the auditorium immediately following the PTO meeting, at 6:30pm.
Friday, June 6 is the last day of school. We will dismiss at 1pm. There is no CLASS after school that day.
School Board Votes to Change School Start times for 2014-15
Starting next school year, elementary school instruction will begin at 8:00am, with student arrival beginning at 7:45am. Students will be dismissed at 2:30pm. The CLASS program will continue to operate after school until 5:30pm (with optional extension until 6:00pm). For a complete list of school start times, please see the CCS home page or click on this link.
Looking Ahead to 2014-2015
It's hard to believe, but after SOL testing this month, we will be working on the transition to next school year. We use a thoughtful, deliberate process to place students into classes each 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 child on a separate sheet of paper or separate email, please):
You may choose to send your responses through email or on paper through June 6.
Welcome Our New Crossing Guard
Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Keyes as our new crossing guard. Ms. Keyes has been with us for a few weeks now and we are thrilled to have her helping with pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the corner of 14th and Gordon.
Want to Share Your Passion with 4th Graders?
We are beginning our planning for a new series of mini-electives for next year's 4th graders. Do you have a skill, profession, or passion that students might want to learn about? We need your help! 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). Contact Mrs. Kershner if you are interested in talking more about this opportunity. You can also get more information from Ms. Woodard's website: http://venablequest.weebly.com/4th-grade-electives.html
Reminders about Student Drop-Off and Pick Up