Yancey Staff News

Week of February 1, 2016 - A Week

A time for reflection

I know I've said it before, but I will again; This transformation process will be a journey. To change the culture of school to one of engagement, success, growth, collaboration, and involvement will take a sustained and remarkable effort. We are on that path, and it is clear we have made progress.

Over the next few weeks we will see how much progress, and whether their are ways we could go faster, or if we're going too fast. I hope that we will have conversations that are full of pride, belief, and most importantly ideas.

There will be causes for celebration and consternation. Through it all, the most important thing to remember is that education is a human field. Humans are complicated, learning is hard, and relationships are prized - for students and adults.

I'm amazed by you daily, more so with each day. Keep up the good work, and we'll continue to make a difference.

Thanks for all you do to inspire me!


Shout Outs

The staff for throwing a schedule together for last Thursday that got students specials, teachers planning, and reading and math for all.

Kristie - for always being on the pulse of testing, adn finding ways to make it as seamless as possible.

The intermediate teachers and students - for bringing real pride to the spelling- I saw more conversation about it from all students, not just those who were selected.


IT'S An A Week

Next Prize Raffle will be 2/26. Get prizes to Jen Henry.

Monday Market will move to 1:15 on 2/8.

Tuesday, March 1st is a Green Work Day - No School for Students

Report Card Timeline (Changes Noted Below):

January 15 - End of Quarter

January 19 - Teacher Workday

February 2 - Report Cards Complete

February 4 - Changes back to you

February 9 - Report Cards Open

Newsletter Updates:

If you have announcements, pictures, or shout outs, please send to Craig.

If you have events for the calendar, please send to Jennifer Wilkes or Cathy Martin.

Upcoming Events

Monday Market Expo

Monday, Feb. 1st, 11:30am


Recess Schedule for Expo:
11:45 - Maker/Nature

12:15 - Photography/Yard Games/Operations/

1:00 - Cooking/Crafts

Library - Operations
Room 1 - Theater/Music/Arts
Room 6 - Yard Games
Room 7 - Crafts
Room 8 - Nature
Room 12 - Cooking
Room 13 - Wood Working

Spelling Bee

Monday, Feb. 1st, 1:30pm


Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2:30pm


Start Book Club - Cheryl, Tim, and Trish will be sharing out from their personal book study.

Early Release

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 1pm


Tish will be coming for mindfulness

VDOE School Improvement Meeting

Monday, Feb. 15th, 2:30pm


The Group will continue work on building tasks into the plan.

Calendar for 15-16

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Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary School

7625 Porters Road

Esmont, VA 22937

(434) 974-8060