Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff @ CFES

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

Look at our Colt's P.R.I.D.E

Principal's Message for the week

September already? We think we have a whole summer to get ready and poof, the calendar has been turned over to September and school is starting! We worked hard to cover our next steps in PBIS, dabbled into morning meetings, dipped our toes into Schoology, set our mission, vision, and norms for PLC as we reboot them, and dove into our data to guide our work as we turned our attention to transformational teacher agency. PHEW! Laying this strong foundation this week will allow us to soar this year. Thank you for your sense of humor, patience, diligence, and hard work this week. You are truly a fun as well as loving staff. I continue to count my blessings each day! Also, thank you for all of your hard work getting ready for the first days of school. There were lots of parents, grandparents, and students that joined us for Open House. The students were filled with excitement and so thrilled to see their CFES family again. Please take time to be “Labor Free” this weekend and enjoy time with your family and friends.


Our first ever Twitter Colts P.R.I.D.E challenge winners are...

It was a tight race between all the teams, but two teams really knocked it out of the park getting all of their tasks done and lost minimal points to tardiness. PreK-K and Second Grade were tied, so it came down to creativity and interpretation of the tasks and the winners are.....

Help Wanted!

We are still in need of SCA sponsor or co-sponsors. This is a stipend position and a ton of fun! It is a way for our students to show their leadership and spread their school spirit!

Emergency Contact Forms

All Staff,

If you have not completed your Blue Emergency Contact Form, please complete the form and return to Mrs Jacobs in the main office on Tuesday.

Announcement of Constitution Day Resources

Public Law requires that Sept. 17 be designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Constitution Day commemorates the day on which the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. Traditionally, each year since 1952, the President proclaims the seven days beginning on Constitution Day as Constitution Week. Constitution Week will be from Monday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 23. During this time, all citizens are encouraged to celebrate our Constitution and reaffirm the rights and obligations of citizens.

All educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on that day. Schools may determine what kind of educational programs are appropriate for their students. Some informational resources pertaining to the Constitution that may be useful in planning educational activities are listed on the USED’s website. The team at iCivics has a curriculum unit with lessons, visit the website here. Information about citizenship and civics is also available at other nonpartisan websites including the Bill of Rights Institute.

Do you have an Innovative Idea? Do you have a passion project you are ready to explore?

For the 2018-2019 school year, $150,000 will be awarded to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in Virginia Beach Education Foundation grants. VBCPS staff members are encouraged to apply for these grants if they have ideas for innovative projects they wish to implement to engage students in hands-on learning activities not already funded by the school division. The Innovative Learning Grant application is available on under Hot Topics and is due Oct. 12, by 4 p.m. Each approved grant awards up to $2,000 for innovative learning projects that benefit students. If you are interested in more in applying, please see Ms. Backer.

Shout Outs

-Thank you to the custodial staff for knocking it out of the park this week! From the countless pieces of furniture that you moved, to all the different set ups for the cafe, and changing all those ceiling tiles.

-Thank you to Al and Robin for saving the day with the tech set up!

-Thank you to Karen for a smooth sailing registration summer!

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

Hashtags of the week






9/5 - Donna Bagnall

Things that are worth a second look


This year's Stem Robotics, Maker Expo, and Cyber Security competitions will be held June 6th 2019. Anyone who is interested in becoming teacher Mentors for any of these programs please see Mrs. Backer.

A kickoff meeting for each challenge is scheduled for this fall. At these meetings, teacher mentors will receive information about the challenge, materials, stipends and program requirements at that event. Kickoff event dates are:

Cyber Innovation (elementary and middle school levels) – Sept. 27, 4 p.m., Advanced Technology Center, Forum

Cyber Security (high school level combined with mentor training) – Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Advanced Technology Center, Forum (subs provided for mentors attending for training)

Maker Challenge – Oct. 10, 5 p.m., Advanced Technology Center, Theater

Robotics Challenge – Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Advanced Technology Center, Theater

Mentors can register for the competitions online HERE. Registration ends October 5th. Please see the below flyer for additional registration information.

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During the 2019-2020 school year, Virginia Beach Public Schools will implement The Elementary Language Arts Virginia Beach Objectives. These objectives were created due to the adoption of the 2017 English Language Arts Standards by the Virginia Department of Education. VBCPS is looking for feedback from literacy leaders and teachers on the draft of the objectives.

Feedback will be gathered through a Schoology self-paced course for grades K-5. The access code to the course is 9GCV5-N89QP. Teams may work together to provide feedback, however each form must be submitted individually. Please submit your feedback by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Schedule for upcoming week

Monday, September 3rd

  • Labor Day- No School

Tuesday, September 4th

  • First day of school!!!!

Wednesday, September 5th

  • DRA testing window begins - all students should be given a DRA

  • Reading Inventory testing window begins

  • TenMarks testing window begins - See Mrs. Rockwell to get this set up

Thursday, September 6th

  • Fire Drill AM
  • Keep pushing through, this week is going great!

Friday, September 7th

  • You made it through the first week. Job well done!