October 2013: Fitness, Food and Fun!
October 9 is Whole Foods Give Back Day
Whole Foods is donating 5% of its sales to the City Schoolyard Gardens. Mrs. Kershner (and other CCS staff members) will be bagging groceries that day and hopes to see as many Venable families as can make it!
Clubs Begin October 14
There was an error on the club sign-up sheets. Please note that clubs will begin on October 14. Club assignments are coming home in today's Thursday folder.
PTO Meeting, Oct. 15, 5:30-6:30pm
Please join us for our first PTO meeting of the year in the school library. Childcare and pizza for children will be provided in the cafeteria.
The Charlottesville Special Education Advisory Committee is sponsoring a parent workshop entitled "How Can You Help Your Child Read?" on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.in the Buford Middle School Media Center. Elementary Lead Literacy Teacher Jen Davis will lead a discussion on CCS efforts in literacy instruction and how parents can support our efforts at home.
Coffee and Conversation
All parents are invited to join Mrs. Kershner in the art room from 8am until 8:45am on Friday, October 18. Come hear about how we are using our new Intervention/Enrichment period to give more targeted support to students in math and reading and have your questions answered about all things Venable.
Read for the Record, October 3
CCS is participating in Read for the Record, an attempt to beat the world's record for the largest number of people reading the same book on the same day. Last year, 2.3 million people participated, and Venable was part of it. This year, our students will be reading Otis by Loren Long with some guest readers, including Mr. Henderson and Ms. Ivory. See the Jumpstart.org website for more information about this initiative: http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record
Walk-A-Thon and Walk To School Day
Join us on October 9 for a morning of fitness as we celebrate International Walk To School Day! Our day begins at 8am at the corner of Preston and 10th, where we will walk to school in a "walking school bus." Families are invited to park and join us. Buses will unload at the traffic loop at Preston & 10th, and students will be greeted by staff members there. Students will be given Walk To School Day t-shirts on Tuesday and are encouraged to wear them on Wednesday. Please also return pledge forms for the Walk A Thon by Friday, October 4. Prizes are planned for the class and grade level with the highest pledge form return rate. Any contribution is appreciated!
Trick or Read!
Please plan to come to school on Tuesday, October 29 for a reading celebration with a Halloween twist. From 5:30-7pm, we will have reading-related stations and pizza. Come hear Venable staff read some of their favorite books, participate in story-telling, and make your own bookmarks. Special treats will be available at stations, with a drawing for larger reading-related prizes the following morning. Interested in helping? We are collecting gently used books, book lights, and Barnes & Noble gift cards for some of our special reading treats! There will be fun for the whole family!
Help Needed Keeping Student Dismissal Safe
Families who pick up children at the end of the day, either by walking or by car, are asked to please follow dismissal procedures. Students who are walkers can only be picked up by a parent on foot or bike. Cars cannot stop or park along Gordon Ave at dismissal, as we need to use the curb cut for the carpool line. Cars parked or stopped in the carpool line make it difficult for traffic, including buses, to pass on Gordon Avenue. This impacts all students and families. Additionally, it is our responsibility to make sure that students are matched with the correct adults in a safe way. Encouraging students to get in a car that pulls up to Gordon Avenue is unsafe. Likewise, parents on foot should not walk up to the back door of the gym during car pick up. We do not want students walking through the parking lot during car pick up.
New Special Education Web Site for Parents
The Virginia Family special Education Connection is a new resource for Virginia families that provides comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services. It can be found at http://vafamilysped.org. The web site contains significant resources on local, state and national topics related to special education, education planning, academic and family support, as well as federal and state regulations. There is also on-demand online training.