Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 3/25 - 3/29

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

Principal's Message for the week:

The top 10 reasons why CFES is amazing (written by CFES staff)

10. Continuously sharing our knowledge with student teachers, practicum teachers, and VTFT students.

9. Never ending ability to laugh and have fun no matter where we are or what we are doing.

8. Admiring our PTA who has impressed us with their stellar events that are always well attended.

7. Jeans Day .....enough said

6. Mrs. Mercy's persistent leadership of her custodians to ensure that CFES is sparkly and shinning.

5. Our perpetual desire to push each other to try new things while constantly doing whatever we need to do to meet our students needs.

4. Our fabulous office staff who wears more hats than we can count while making it look easy.

3. Our traditions that we have built and built on year after year.

2. The enormous amount of love and passion that we have for our students and their success.

1. Our family, #farmfamily is like no other and once you are in it - we support each other always and forever.

Click below to really see all top ten reasons summed up!

Shout Outs

Katie, Thank you for organizing our field trip! Love, Team- Smells Like Team Spirit - Danielle

Colleen & Team, The salad bar is a huge success. Awesome job! - Danielle

Tammy, Thank you for always making my kiddos step up their hallway behavior. - Danielle

Thank you to Jennifer Pleasant for being flexible and adapting to hourly changes in her schedule.

Shout out to our office ladies for helping with our talent show! - Talented Troll Lady

Thank you to Lisa Gollihur for covering bus dismissal this week. We appreciate you! May and Patti

Shout out to Ms. Backer, Mrs. Virella, Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Perez for their assistance with the final mile race. - May

Shout out to the 4th grade team for a terrific IPT testing session. Patti

Thank you Robyn and Patti for your support of 5th grade Power Hour! -Your 5th grade Team #innovation #maximizingstudentgrowth - Kelly Z.

Thank you to all of the mentors, Mrs. Kesner, and Mrs. Garland for your patience through all of our growing pains in support of 5th grade Power Hour! - Your 5th grade Team #studentslovepowerhour #failingforward #ittakesavillage #theyareallourstudents

Thank you to Jenny and Patti for their hard work in organizing our Road Map Review groups!

- Third Grade

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

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Mar. 25th - Mar. 29th

No PLCs this week - use this time to work on report cards

Monday, March 25th

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· Grades 2-5 to meet with Katie Catania during PE block to review data and plan for quarter 3

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 2:40p - 4p Newspaper Club

Tuesday, March 26th

· 9:30a - 12:00p Pre-K Portsmouth Children's Museum Field Trip

· 3:00p - 4:00p PAC Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, March 27th

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Thursday, March 28th

· 3rd Quarter Ends

Beach Bag fundraiser - If you donate $5.00, please see Mrs. Phillips for a jeans sticker to wear on this day.

· 8a-10a Career Day

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

· 3p-4p Debbie Hall Baby Shower (Library)

Friday, March 29th

· Staff Day PD - 9:00 - 10:30 - The rest of the day is yours!

· 10:00- 10:30 p Papa Johns Rep Visit


Apr. 1st - Mar. 5th

Review Math Quarterly Data

Monday, April 1st

· 4th Quarter Begins

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Tuesday, April 2nd

· 3rd Grade PLC

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

Wednesday, April 3rd

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club


· 1st Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Thursday, April 4th

· 5th Grade PLC

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

Friday, April 5th

· 4th Grade PLC

· 5:30p - 8:45p 5th Grade Bingo Night

Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

Our HUGE KUDOS goes out to our coaches for their reflective and innovative road maps that created out of a need of a focused need for remediation. They came up with a clear idea that will meet all of our students needs while using our best practices of differentiated small groups! BRAVO!

PBIS Tip of the Week -

This simple check in has some massive power beyond it! Students would write their name on the back of the post it note and then placed it where they felt they were coming back from the weekend. We pour our hearts and souls into our students during the week, but we don't have control of how their weekend was. Therefore, this quick check it allows students to let us know, in a safe manner, where they are coming in and will allow us to act on it so that they week starts on the right foot.

Q3 assessments important information

Math - 3/25/19 - 3/29/19

Reading: 4/1/19 - 4/5/19

Social Studies and Science: 4/5/19 - 4/11/19

The quarterly benchmark assessments must be given with fidelity in a "testing environment." When planning to administer your quarterly assessments, please do NOT leave this for a substitute. As you may know. this is important to give us an accurate picture of student performance and you are going to provide that environment for your students. This is especially important for our Q3 assessment because this assessment is our best indicator for student performance and student need as it relates to remediation and instruction. The Q3 assessment also gives us the big picture of where students are performing before the SOL test for our remediation groups. If you have any questions, please come see Mrs. Backer. The following guidelines are expected of ALL classrooms in grades 2 - 5.

  • Testing environment - rooms should be set up in a manner that mimics what students will encounter during the SOLs. This does not mean walls must be covered, rather student desks should be arranged in a similar fashion. The assessment should be completed in a whole group format.
  • Small group - students with an IEP or 504 who have small group testing accommodation noted, must be pulled out of the classroom to complete their assessment. Note that this will impact scheduling as case managers and TAs will be administering assessments in multiple grade levels. Your flexibility is expected and appreciated.
  • Prompting, scaffolding, and supports - students with documented accommodations are the only students who should receive any accommodations. Students should not be prompted in any way during their Q3 assessment.
  • The use of scratch paper should be an expectation and students should carry out the routine and procedure that you have set.


3/28/19 - Specialist Grades due by 5:00 PM

3/29/19 - Homeroom teacher grades and comments due by 5:00 PM

In accordance with the Elementary Grading and Assessment guidelines please note the following for the 3rd marking period:

"At the conclusion of the third grading period, teachers should check the appropriate box on the report card indicating that the student is not meeting grade level expectations or clearly articulate within the comments section of the report card that the student is struggling to meet grade level expectations for promotion."

This box should only be checked if you have discussed the potential retention student with Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Porter (via 1:1 or during your quarterly data meeting) AND a SRT meeting has been held or there has been a recent conference with the parent indicating the same information. See Mrs. Backer or Mrs. Porter if you have specific questions.

Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

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

Maker Space Jump Ropes for Tanzania

Calling all 3rd-5th grade students and their parents! We will

be making jump ropes out of trash bags to send to an orphanage in Tanzania. Students will come down to the library for 20-minute sessions to work on making them.

Teachers, I hope you will also jump on board with this project by setting aside times for your students to come down to the library to work on this. I will begin by training a group of 4th graders during the Fun Friday PE in conjunction with May Robertson and the “Jump Rope for Heart” program. I will work with Mrs. Zajac to train a group of 5th graders during her Power Hour rotations on Thursday. The 4th and 5th grade students, along with parent volunteers, will then train the 3rd grade students.

Pictured to the side is an example of what one of the jump ropes looks like and they are surprisingly sturdy considering the materials they are made out of. We are hoping to make between 50-60 jump ropes by the end of May.

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3/8 - Barbara Steinel

3/10 - Holly Virella

3/11 - Whitney Sinnen

3/12 - Claire Love

3/12 - Megan Bullard

3/13 - Amy Goodman

3/24 - Wende Phillips

3/26 - May Robertson

3/30 - Tasha Prosha

Important Links from the principal packet


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.

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Our 2nd graders rocking our their expo!

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Talent Show Fun!

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Always continuing to learn more to grow professionally

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Shamrocking the final mile!

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