Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 2/11 - 2/15

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Principal's Message for the week:

Phew.. we made it! Report card comments, Talent Ed goals, LA quarterly assessments... Oh My! You all handled this busy week like champs! I know it is a busy time of year... Just keep Gloria Gaynor's song in your mind... "I will survive...I will survive..." cue karaoke music! Lean on each other for support, take care of yourself, and continue to find the JOY everyday.

We had SO many people to celebrate this week! Thank you to all that celebrated our amazing superheroes, Mrs. Yoshida, Mrs. Beda, and Mrs. Ricco! We celebrated our amazing teacher assistant of the year - Mrs. Goodman and our outstanding volunteer of the year - Mrs. Green!

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Girls on the Run needs a teacher sponsor? Interested..see me!

Shout Outs

Shout out to September Johnson and Kelly McNeely for coordinating our Virginia Symphony field trip. Everything went smoothly and the students enjoyed the experience. – Michelle N.

Shout out to Robin Mounce for all of her hard work and efforts during report card time. – P.

Debbie, Barb and Rachelle your flexibility and hard work never ceases to amaze me!- Thank you - Colleen

Abbe Torres - Thank you for being awesome! I love being your teaching partner. I appreciate how much you do for me, our students, and our school! – Edie

Super shout out to all of the ILT members that led their teams in meetings last Friday. We appreciate your participation and hard-working efforts to build an even stronger ILT team. - Robyn and Patti

Shout out to the ladies of the cafeteria, Colleen, Deborah, Barb and Rachelle for always being SO helpful, kind and thoughtful to me and all the students and staff. They are the best!!!! – Karen R.

Thank you Wende Phillips for buying and decorating our Golden Colt Ticket School-wide Goal fish tank!

Shout out to Mrs. Sinnen’s a.m. kindergarten class and Ms. Kane’s a.m. kindergarten class, for showing their Colts Pride by being ready, respectful, and responsible during the SPCA reading activity in the library. They asked really great questions, listened respectfully, and were the most well-behaved classes to come in on Wednesday, February 6! Congratulations on representing their teachers and our school in such an amazing way. They earned a Golden Colts ticket in addition to a Perfect 10!! – Anne Y.

Kudos to Olivia Frierson and Sharon Yager with their calm, patient, and encouraging words of comfort with a student at dismissal this week. Thank you!

Thank you to the 4th grade teachers for their support of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Sandler field trip. The children were amazing! They took their Colt Code into the Sandler and left with it. The Russian folk song brought tears to my eyes. - September Johnson

Thanks to Patti Csenar! You’re the best reading specialist ever!!! - Cynthia

Way to go to Deb Vickery for maintaining a news program even when the equipment is not working. Thank you for all you do!

Thanks to Wende for grabbing us supplies while you were out! – Claire & Katie

Thank you to Patti Csenar for spending extra time teaching a struggling reader that now has a “love” for reading and is thriving in the classroom! – Patti P

Thanks to Holly for coming in early during this busy week to help set up the equipment in P.E. - May

Thank you to the custodial staff for cleaning the gym. It’s squeaky clean now! - Cheryl

Shout out to Ms. Cucuzza’s class, Mrs. Dorbin’s class, and Ms. Zaleski’s class for earning a Colts Golden ticket for being ready, respectful, and responsible during the SPCA reader activity in the library. The readers said that they were VERY IMPRESSED with how well the students behaved during the program. Congratulations for showing that Colt Pride! - Anne Y.

Cheryl Holloway for taking the lost and found jackets and washing them before she dropped them out at one of the shelters. - May

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Feb. 11th - Feb. 15th

Grandparents Week!

LA Quarterly Focus in PLCs -

Monday, February 11th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

· Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, February 12th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, February 13th


Ms. Porter out in the AM

· 1st grade PLC

Ms. Backer out in the PM

Thursday, February 14th

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 2:40p – 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

Friday, February 15th

· Ms. Backer out in the morning

*Pre-K Aquarium Mini Movers

· 4th Grade PLC


Feb. 18th - Feb. 22nd

Spring Book Fair Week

Math Focus PLC

Monday, February 18th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 3pm -4:30pm Book Fair Teacher Tea

· 2:45p - 4:30p SCA Meeting

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

Tuesday, February 19th

· Anchored for Life Training

· 3rd grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS Meeting (Library)

· Anchored for Life Training

· 5p - 7p Book Fair Family Night/ Lemonade Night

Wednesday, February 20th


Ms. Backer out in the AM

· 1st grade PLC

Thursday, February 21st

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 2:40p – 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

· 2:30p - 4:00 PTA Meeting

Friday, February 22nd

· 2nd Grade Native Americans Program

· 4th Grade PLC

· 2:45p - 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

· 6p - 8p Mother Son Sock Hop

Climate Survey

Thank you to those who have completed the climate survey already! Please ensure that you let Mrs. Jacobs know when you have completed this. A special treat will be raffled off on Friday!

Grades 4-5 Student School Climate Survey - - E919GOA

Teacher Working Conditions Survey - - T919GOA

Staff Working Conditions Survey - - F919GOA

PBIS Tip of the Week

Often times when we go on social media, we scroll, we like something that makes us smile or laugh, we comment when someone does something great, and then sometimes we come across pictures that make us go mhmm.. this picture on the left made me stop in my tracks and reflect on the following questions:

*Have I kept our student's emotions in mind before feedback?

*Have I proactively checked in with a student who I know is going through a tough time?

*Have I checked in with students in how are they feeling in the mist of assessment season?

Papa Johns Night!

The votes are in!!! Our staff has selected April 25th as the Spring Papa Johns Delivery Night. Christina From Papa Johns will be here on March 29th at 11:30 am to discuss details.Get ready!

Family Fun Night/Lemonade Night - Tuesday Feb. 19th

Thank you jumping on board our One Book, One School! It is great to stop any student in the hallway and talk about the same story. Also, whenever I peek into a classroom when they are listening to a reading of the chapter, you can hear a pin drop! They are so engaged. Patti and Jackie are still looking for more volunteers for Tuesday. Please consider reaching out to volunteering it will be a great night and if you sign up to volunteer you can wear jeans on Tuesday.

Maybe this week, Evan will win over some of our students...

Staffing Updates!

  • February 25 - Registration opens for Transfer Meet and Greet event using Frontline Professional Growth, and vacancies begin to be posted on Intranet for all transfers
  • March 1 - Principals must notify individuals that they are priority transfers & share information regarding the Transfer Meet and Greet event.
  • March 11 - Online registration deadline for Transfer Meet and Greet event for all voluntary and priority transfers who wish to attend.
  • March 14 - Transfer Meet and Greet event at Green Run HS from 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • March 22 - Ms. Backer may submit recommendations for vacancies.
  • June 27 - Last date by which principals can make hiring recommendations from other area school divisions (Region II) – Teachers currently under contract with neighboring school divisions must resign from those divisions before 5 p.m. on 6/27.
  • July 15 - Last date teachers may voluntarily transfer without approval from HR and a Senior Executive Director or Director for School Leadership.
Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Mid Year Testing Windows

Please look at these dates carefully. If you grade level needs to change a test's date range due to pacing, please let me know.

  • Note the two week window:
  • Quarter 2 Content (Science and Social studies) Benchmark (Grades 2-5): February 8 – February 22

Career Day

Christopher Farms Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day on our school campus Thursday, March 28th from 8:00-10:00am. We are looking for men and women from a variety of occupations to share their careers with our students. If you know anyone who would be interested in participating please have them fill out the form below and return it to Mrs. Yoshida


2/1 - Megan Zipprich

2/2 - Colleen Carvalho-Rhodes

2/9 - Kelly McNeely

Important Links from the principal packet

Our students working hard on defining what respectful looks like and sounds like..

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Our Battle of the Books All Stars!

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.