Crozet Connection

School Quarterly Newsletter - February 2016

News from Principal - Ms. Crummie

The 100th day of school is this Monday, February 8. It is a time of reflection to see where we are mid-year as a school with our three goals focused on student achievement, school climate and the implementation of research-based instructional reading and math strategies to increase student engagement.

As you read this winter issue, what do you notice? Do you notice our students being creative, collaborating with others, thinking critically and communicating their thoughts and ideas effectively in various forms and context? Our teachers and staff strive to create these type of learning moments and experiences. Thank you for showing your appreciation and support by nominating a teacher for the Golden Apple Award!

A new year presents an opportunity to refresh and reorganize. Here are a few announcements about our preparation for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Parents interested in learning more about the progress of the latest funding request that the Superintendent of Albemarle County Schools is proposing can find the most current information at

  • Our teachers and staff will soon begin looking at staffing, enrollment and class placements for the upcoming school year. If you have a class placement request for next year, be sure to submit it to me via email by March 25.

Once again, we appreciate the parent/community support and volunteer hours at Crozet and our amazing PTO.

News from Guidance with Ms. Joyner & Ms. Desmond

The second quarter was packed with lots of activities! Classroom guidance and small groups were up and running in full swing. Also, thank you to everyone’s for your support of our “Merry Mittens” program. With your help the program was a huge success. We are looking forward to some exciting activities planned for the spring!

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News from the Clinic with Ms. Hajek

The Crozet Clinic is staying busy with the normal illnesses for this time of year. I have been seeing a lot of colds, coughs and sore throats. Quite a few sore throats have tested positive for strep. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics, and if you suspect that your child's sore throat might be strep a doctor's visit is needed. We have not had any confirmed cases of the flu, but we still have a couple months of flu season to go. I am in the clinic daily from 8-2 to assist students, parents and staff as needed. Please call the clinic at 823-4800 if I can be of any help!

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Art News from Ms. McReynolds

Now that we survived our first snowstorm of the season, hopefully we can finish up glazing and firing 4th and 5th grades clay slab projects of birds and snowmen! 4th grade has done some awesome artwork this nine weeks. They worked really hard on a painting of a “Koru Spiral Plant.” They just finished up a “Positive and Negative Space” paper collage.

5th grade created amazing “Abstract Designs” using gold and silver sharpies on black paper. They created complex patterns inside of their design similar to a Zentangle. They are currently finishing up a “Perspective Aquarium.” 3rd grade has been learning about Greek pottery. They created their own “Scratch Art Greek Pottery.” They look great and our hanging on the bulletin board near the office. Stop by and see them! Currently they are finishing up “African Masks.” After listening to the story “Snowmen at Night,”

2nd grade drew their own snowman and they had to show what he was doing out at nighttime. They are currently finishing up a “Cityscape” with buildings that they wove out of paper. They are looking good! 1st grade painted some adorable “Polar Bears” this nine weeks. They also created 3-d weavings that are quite unique! You can see them hanging to your left when you walk through the front door of the school.

1st grade has been discussing sculpture and 3-d. They just made a model magic sculpture of an owl. Kindergarten loves the creative process and has been busy using their motor skills this nine weeks. They made some colorful “Mixed-Media Owl Collages” that are hanging up near the office. They enjoyed making a “Paper Sculpture” from paper strips. They are excited to finish painting their “Model Magic Bird Sculptures.” Thank you for sharing your talented children with me!

Library News with Ms. Anhold

We have been reading the primary Virginia Readers’ Choice books in grades K, 1, & 2 and have just about finished all 10. We will be voting for our favorite soon. Third, fourth and fifth grades have until spring break to finish reading the VRC books if they are participating in the program. A fifth grade reading group just finished their Mock Caldecott election. Their gold medal winner: Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.

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Music News with Ms. Brown

We are composing and performing a variety of melodies in the music room! Students are working in groups to compose & perform tunes on recorder. Our younger students are also working in groups to compose & sing melodies. Second & third graders are busy preparing for our upcoming show “Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears?” This show is a West African folk tale about being honest. The show is scheduled for March 8th.

Building Community with Creativity & Curiosity

Mark Your Calendars

February 9-11: Selling of Friendship Grams during lunch
February 12: Delivering of Friendship Grams
February 15: School in Session (Make-up Day)
February 15-19: Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week
February 17: Digital Learning Day
February 18: Public School Division Spelling Bee @ Lane Auditorium
February 19: PTO Variety Show
March 1: Green Work Day....NO School
March 2: Read Across America Day
March 8: 2/3 Music Program (9:00 & 6:30)
March 11: PTO Sock Hop
March 14: Spring Pictures
March 17: Community Night (5:30-7:30)
March 25: End of 3rd Quarter
April 1: School in Session (Make-up Day)
April 4-8: Spring Break

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All Albemarle County Public Schools students, applicants and employees are covered by this law. Questions or concerns regarding compliance with the School Division’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to: Director of Human Resources, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, 434-296-5827

Our Vision: All learners believe in their power to embrace learning, to excel, and to own their future.

Our Mission: The core purpose of Albemarle County Public Schools is to establish a community of learners and learning, through rigor, relevance, and relationships, one student at a time.