We have had a few staffing changes since the beginning of school. With a 4th grade class of 52 students, we qualified for another 4th grade position on the 10th day of school. Ms. Scudder, who began the year as our math specialist, has transitioned to the new 4th grade position and our new class began on Wednesday. In addition to the classroom teacher gain, we lost a half position in our special education department. Ms. Tucker, one of our special education teachers, is now part time special education/intervention and part time math specialist.
Back to School Night is Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5:30-7:05pm!
Join Venable’s staff and PTO for an informational evening. Come learn about your PTO and how to get connected! Beginning in the auditorium, the PTO will hold an important general membership meeting to introduce officers and sponsor a Question and Answer session with Ms. Kershner. Afterwards, parents have the opportunity to visit their child’s homeroom and specials teachers to hear about what students will be doing in school this year. Click here for more information.
Thank you to Papa John's Pizza for donating 52 empty pizza boxes for a 4th grade math project.
Please click here to submit your name for the school-wide listserv.
Annual Walk-A-Thon Sept. 23!
Please help support our biggest PTO fundraiser of the year! We have set a goal for 200 pledge forms to be returned this year. If we meet that goal, the class with the highest return rate gets to determine what color Ms. Kershner will dye her hair and Mr. Schock will dye his goatee! Thank you to the Hope Center, which has made a goal of $300 in pledges this year. Click here for the Walk-A-Thon flyer, in case you misplaced yours. Pledge forms are due Sept. 20.
Sept. 18-24 is TV Turn-off Week!
Flyers are going home this Thursday about TV-Turn-off Week. Help make next week a "screen-free" week at home. Some suggested activities are available at this website (ignore #45--go to a movie!).
Sept. 26 is Family Day in Charlottesville!
On Sept. 19, the Charlottesville City Council will make a Proclamation naming Sept. 26th as "Family Day - A day to have dinner with your children" in Charlottesville.
Changes in K/1 Report Cards
Beginning this school year, Kindergarteners and 1st graders will receive report cards quarterly. This is a division-wide change. Be on the lookout! The end of 1st quarter is October 28.
Congratulations to Ms. Hartwell!
Kristi Hartwell, 1st grade teacher, has just had a Donors Choose classroom grant fully funded. She will be receiving a set of 24 WhisperPhones to support her classroom reading instruction. For more information about this grant and others, check out their website .
Early Literacy Videos Available from DOE
The Department of Education has posted short videos on their website demonstrating early literacy skills and instruction. If you are interested in ways to help your child at home with specific skills, check out these great resources!
Book Buddies Celebrates 20 Years!
This year is Book Buddies 20th Year in Charlottesville City Schools! Over those 20 years, Book Buddies has served more than 300 CCS students with high-level one-on-one literacy instruction. Venable's program for select 1st graders begins Monday, Sept. 19. Thank you to all our wonderful Book Buddies volunteers!