Colt Crusader

A newsletter for the families of CFES students

March Edition

2828 Pleasant Acres Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23453


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Principal: Robyn Backer , @Robyn Backer

Asst. Principal: Patti Porter, @sunsetzzz15

Message from Ms. Backer, our principal

March is coming in like a lion and hopefully will go out like a lamb. Thankfully, we had so many amazing events and activities in February that it is energizing us to get through this cold weather. March is lining up to be another great month at the Farm as we have our Donuts with Dads event, Talent Show and our 1st annual Career day (check out the info below)! In addition, this Friday we will have our Spanish STEM Expo night featuring our Spanish Immersion classes. We invite our current Spanish Immersion families to join us in the cafe at 6:00 for a welcome and onto visiting our classrooms in action. However, if you have a rising 1st grader or rising 2nd grader and are interested in our Spanish Immersion program, we would like to welcome you to CFES cafe at 6:30 for an informational session and then an interactive tour of our classrooms.

We are so lucky to have such a supportive school community! Thank you for being your child's biggest fan and our teachers' cheerleader.

-Ms. Backer


Daylight Saving's Time is almost here so spring is around the corner. I am excited to share as spring will arrive soon so have some more positive PBIS changes started at the Farm. We now have a large aquarium by the cafeteria filled with the Golden Colt Tickets your child's class has received during the year. The students are going to work for a school wide goal where everyone at CFES will have a "fun break" for the day. So, ask your child later this month what the school wide goal was and remind them to be ready, responsible, and respectful every day as we all strive to do our best. Enjoy the spring weather coming soon and have some family fun outside as the days are filled with more sunshine!

Important Upcoming Dates


3/1 - Progress Reports

3/5 - Donuts for Dads 7a-7:30a

3/5 - Talent Show Rehearsals Begin 2:40 - 4:30 (Tues & Weds until 3/20)

3/6 - Spring Pictures

3/8 - STEM Spanish Night Expo 6p-7:30p

3/18 - SCA Meeting 2:45p-4p

3/21 - PTA Meeting 3p-4p

3/22 - CFES Talent Show 6p-8:30p (Landstown Middle School)

3/29 - Staff Day (No School)


4/5 - Additional Gifted Testing

4/5 - 5th Grade Bingo Night

4/8 - Report Cards Go Home

4/12 - 4/19 - Spring Break

4/23 - Kindergarten Registration 9:00 am

4/25 - PTA Meeting 3p-4p

4/30 - Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

Great Dreams Need Great Teachers!

VBCPS wants to hear from you. Tell everyone about the great teachers and staff members from Christopher Farms who have made a difference in your life or in the life of your child and how they have helped support your great dreams. Email us with your story at and we will post them here. Please nominate one teacher at a time.

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for February!

Pre-K & Kindergarten

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1st - 5th Grade

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1st Grade

Aubrey Corleto (Cooley)

Bryn Westre (Kernodle)

Gabriella Good (Torres)

Elijah Loy (Doyle)

Mia Colon (Frierson)

2nd Grade

Amelia Maher (Bullard)
Rogue Balk (Burok)
Gianna Rendall (Hall)
Finn Inman (Love)
Peyton Moore (Minehan)
Josiah Lloyd (Zipprich)

3rd Grade

Madeline Peterson (Crouch)
Olivia Maniego (Kesner)
Haylee George (Pascual)
Taylor Kuhn (Rodriguez)
Isabella Thornberry (Willett)

4th Grade

Parichat Todkaew (Cucuzza)
Andrew Koivu (Dorbin)
Kailyn Johnson (Zaleski)
Jackson Kane (Nicolosi)
Blaze Carter (Mcneely)

5th Grade

Riffat Pathan (Bagnall)
Mckenna Hudson (Cochran)
Arden Gaudet (Kemper)
Rudy Sandoval (Pagan)
Isaiah Dawson (Zajac)

Counselor Corner

March on colts! Our guidance focus for the month of March is being goal driven with college and career awareness. CFES students have been setting and achieving personal and academic goals throughout the year and we are proud. Lessons this month will range from connecting character traits and job qualifications, to matching interests and skills to job tasks, to writing resumes and beginning Academic Career Plans for personal career portfolios. Help us keep our students engaged in purposeful learning and focused on their future by discussing various jobs with your children when you are out and about, exploring nature or reading together.

Parents and community members, we’d love to have you discuss your career with our students. Do you love your job, have an exciting or unique career you’d like to share? If so, please fill in the Career Day form below and return to Mrs. Yoshida at your earliest convenience. Our Career Day will take place from 8:00-10:00am Thursday, March 28th. We look forward to hearing from you.

Library News

We would like to thank everyone who helped out with the Spring Book Fair. It was a huge success and the students had a blast. It was made so much easier by all of the wonderful parent and staff volunteers. Thanks so very much for supporting a love of reading here at "The Farm".

Reading Corner

Wow! We had a great time reading The Lemonade War as a school. Students loved getting to know the characters, Jessie and Evan. We also were fundraising for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which helps research childhood cancer. The students heard Alex’s sad story and even wrote letters to her parents. We are hoping to raise the most money so that the author of The Lemonade War will visit our school. The fundraising goes on through March 29 and we are in the lead! Students are excited to read the next book in the series, The Lemonade Crime. This book was so much fun, we hope to try another school-wide reading next year.

Math Corner

March brings Math Madness! Kindergarten students are examining coins and recognizing the differences between the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. First graders are also working with money and counting combinations of pennies, nickels, and dimes up to $1.00. Second grade continues with money combinations up to $2.00, including quarters. Pull out those change jars at home to help your child practice this life skill! In 3rd grade, fractions and mixed numbers are the focus this month. Students are comparing and adding/subtracting fractions. In 4th and 5th grades, students will study elapsed time. They may have figured out how much time before Spring Break!

Nurse's notes

There have been a few updates in Health Services the past few weeks. Please review the following information. We strive to make sure our students and staff stay healthy!! With flu season in “full bloom” and allergy season upon us, it is important we review the signs and symptoms of a contagious illness. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Parents should evaluate if their child should attend school when showing signs or symptoms of a possible contagious illness to protect their child, other students, and school staff. It is recommended that a child with the following not attend school:

  • · An oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • · Open draining skin areas that have not been evaluated by a healthcare provider.
  • · More than one episode of vomiting or diarrhea that has not been evaluated by a healthcare provider or child is contagious.
  • · Skin rash that has not been evaluated by a healthcare provider
  • · Eye appears pink/red with thick yellow discharge (matted eyelid after sleep)
  • · Chicken Pox (stay home until all blisters are scabbed over or dry)
  • · Persistent productive cough.
  • · Extreme fatigue.
  • · Antibiotics prescribed for an infection. Medicine must be taken for at least 24 hours before a child can return to school with a return to school note from the prescribing health care provider and must be fever free.
  • Students that are treated for a contagious illness. Healthcare provider must provide a back to school note to the school.
  • Students taking fever-reducing medication to mask a fever.

The nurse will contact the parent of a student showing the above signs and symptoms and recommend that he/she are picked up from school. Please contact the school nurse should you have any questions (648-2247).

Tdap vaccine required for all 6th students

This booster vaccine can provide continued protection from pertussis illness (whooping cough), and is typically given after your child turns 7 years of age.

After your child receives the Tdap vaccine, the documentation should be taken to your child’s elementary school no later than June 14th after that you will need to take it to their Middle School Guidance Office.

The Tdap vaccine may be obtained from the following health care providers;

  • private physician or pediatrician
  • military clinics
  • Virginia Beach Public Health Department at 4452 Corporation Lane

Vaccines required for school attendance are free for all children at the Virginia Beach Public Health Department

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Pre-Kindergarten Applications and Screenings

Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to children with the greatest need at many elementary schools. Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours.

The Pre-K program provides children with purposeful learning experiences to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten while also creating a strong educational foundation. In in addition, it develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

If you or some one you know is interested in applying for Pre-K for the 2019-2020 school year, Please see the flyer below for more information on upcoming screenings and the application process.


And bingo was his name-O...

Mark your calendar today for our Annual Bingo Night on April 5th!

We are offering 2 sessions again this year; Session 1 will be from 5:30 - 6:30 PM and session 2 will be from 7 - 8 PM. This fun, family event includes bingo, prizes, a silent auction, raffle prizes, dinner, popcorn, and a bake sale. We have many donated experiences and themed baskets.

Some of the donated items:

*Adventure Park

*Dave and Busters

*OneLife Fitness

*Norfolk Botanical Gardens

*Forbes Candy

*Stella & Dot jewelry

A few of our Silent auctions items:

*2 American girl dolls

*Stroller Strides Membership

*Coldstone Cake

*First Tee Golf Lessons

*Photos by Eva

*Spa treatments

and much much more!

You will need to RSVP for this event. We will not be able to accommodate door sales or entry due to the limited seating in our cafeteria.

Pre-sales for Bingo will begin March 5th. You can choose your session time, Pre-order your Meal deals; Single meal deal includes 2 slices of pizza, a beverage or a Family Deal, that includes a medium pizza and 4 drinks. You can also pre-buy raffle tickets, and bingo play cards.

Check your Electronic Tuesday Folder for your order form! This event sells out quickly. Unable to attend? Not to worry, you can still purchase raffle tickets for prizes. You do not have to be present to win!

Questions? Contact Jessica Bueno at or April Burke at

Other PTA News

Upcoming Dates

3/5 - Donuts for Dad (7:00am - 7:30 am)

3/11 - Chipotle Cashola Night (5:00pm - 9:00pm)

3/21 - PTA Meeting (3:00pm)

3/22 - Talent Show @ Landstown Middle (6:00pm - 8:30pm)

Shutterfly Partners with CFES!

Lifetouch pictures are now owned by Shutterfly and they have partnered up to help support CFES! Every time you make an order on Shutterfly and you use the link below, CFES will receive a 8%. This money will go back to support the students at Christopher Farms Elementary School. Our first goal is $500.00.


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