BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT NEXT WEEK!
Next Tuesday, September 16 is the evening set aside for parents and guardians to come visit classrooms and learn about the plans we have for your learners this year. Please plan to join us at 5:40pm in the auditorium for our opening meeting, followed by two classroom sessions. Child care is provided and begins at 5:30pm.
The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
5:30 p.m. Student drop off for child care in the cafeteria
5:40 p.m. Parents (and staff) gather in the auditorium for introductions & announcements
6:00 p.m. Session 1: (20 minutes)
6:30 p.m. Session 2: (20 minutes)
7:00 p.m. Evening Concludes
Save the Dates
September 12. First Student of the Week Assembly, celebrating 3rd and 4th graders.
September 15. McGuffey Tutoring begins after school for select 1st-4th graders.
September 16. 4th grade field trip to Camp Albemarle. Back to School Night.
September 17. 3rd grade field trip to Chamber Music Festival, 11am, PVCC.
September 19. Student of the Week Assembly, celebrating 1st & 2nd graders.
September 22. Kindergarten Jump Start program starts for select students after school.
September 25. Club sign-up forms go home for 2nd - 4th graders.
September 26. College Day. Wear your favorite college colors or shirt.
September 30. Club sign-up forms due to Ms. Martin.
October 6. Session 1 Clubs begin.
October 8. Walk to School Day and Walk-A-Thon.
October 10. Picture Day
Want to Know More about Reading?
Our reading teacher, Ms. Tatel, has created a website for families and teachers with many resources for supporting reading in elementary-aged students. Check it out: http://venablelit.weebly.com/
Find Playdates, Carpools, etc.
Be Included in the PTO Directory!
The Venable Student Directory is a voluntary listing of Venable students and their families. One copy is given to each family free of charge through a grant from the Venable PTO. It is a valuable resource for getting to know other Venable families. If your family was in the directory last year and you wish to remain in the directory with the same information, there is no need to do anything. If you wish to have your name removed from the directory, please email Cinda Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you were not included in the directory last year or you want to update your information for this year, please follow this link to include your family's information in the annual directory:
PTO Directory Sign-Up Form
Acceptable Use Policy
Students at Venable have access to a variety of instructional technology tools, from Kindles and iPod touches to Chromebooks and Macbooks. In order for students to be able to use these tools, an Acceptable Use policy agreement must be on file for each student. In the past, we have used paper copies of the form and one signed copy was all that was required for a student's school career. However, the division has moved to an electronic form, requiring that the form be re-signed this year only. Students who do not have a current form on file will no longer have access to technology tools after September 30. If you have not yet signed the form online or returned the single-page paper acknowledgement sent home in Thursday folders on August 28, you will have the opportunity to sign up at Back to School night. Your child's teacher will have a master list of students for whom we need a new form and can let you know if we need it. Click here to access the information and form online
Check Your Child's Lunch Account Online!
The school division has now partnered with myschoolbucks.com in order to allow parents to check lunch account balances, add money directly to student accounts, and monitor cafeteria purchases. There is no fee to participate. Check it out!
Afternoon Transportation Procedures
We have been tweaking our afternoon dismissal procedures in order to ensure that we have an efficient and safe means of getting students home the correct way.
Basketball Hoop Dedicated
Thanks to last year's 4th grade class, Venable now has a new basketball hoop on the blacktop. The 2014 4th graders raised over $2500 to purchase and install the new hoop. Our students are loving it! Thank you to Emily Lyster and Bonnie Burns for spearheading the 4th grade gift project. Thank you also to Todd Goodale and the men's and women's basketball teams at UVA for joining us at the Pot Luck to throw the first shots and help us dedicate the new equipment!
Thank you UVA APO!
On Saturday, September 6, members of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity helped weed, prune and fertilize the Venable gardens. They also helped us continue the process of cataloging all our book room books.