VES Bluebird Update

February/March 2017

VES Is On Twitter!

See all of the latest VES happenings by following us on Twitter. Our handle is @Monty_VES. You can also see our Twitter feed by visiting VES' homepage. You will find it on the right hand side of the page.

Band 2 and Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, March 1st, 7pm

Montgomery High School

Band 1 and Chorus Concert

Thursday, March 2nd, 7pm

Montgomery High School

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! You can celebrate by making one healthy change to your child’s diet. Adding more fruits and vegetables to a child’s diet is a good way to do this, since they contain vitamins, minerals and fiber - all necessary for a growing body.

It can sometimes be a challenge to get kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, so if you are interested in obtaining more information about increasing the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables that your child eats, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) website has many tips to help.

During the month of March, handouts will be available in the cafeteria (near the bulletin board) and in the main office at VES.

You're Invited to Family Math Night

Please come to Family Math Night. There will be activities designed for all elementary grade levels, Kindergarten through 4th grade, so all ages are welcome!

Families, come play and problem solve together! Please click here for more information.

Author Suzy Kline Will Be Visiting Third Graders

Suzy Kline will be visiting VES on March 14th. She will have take the opportunity to talk about her books and her writing process. Click here to learn more about her from her website. Our third graders are getting excited!

Dad's Night Out

Friday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

VES Cafeteria

Hey kids! Bring your dad and a game to play and come have a fun night at VES! Our MESPTA has worked hard to put together an evening filled with food, a DJ and some group games. Sounds like fun!

Author Ralph Fletcher is Coming to VES

Mr. Fletcher will be visiting VES on March 31st. During his presentation, he will be discussing tips for better writing, along with some of his published books. He will also be working with teachers to focus on motivating reluctant writers. We are looking forward to his visit!

VES Celebrates African-American History Month

Village School is celebrating African-American History Month with an exhibit created by curator, storyteller and retired educator, Mrs. Elizabeth Carter Lacy - Ms. Lacy's mother. The exhibit tells the rich and inspiring history of New Lincoln School which was a segregated school in Trenton from 1924-1946. Visitors will learn about New Lincoln School's strong community, student achievements and prominent graduates including federal judge Leon Higginbotham, former New York Mayor, David Dinkins and trumpeter, Bill Lacy - Ms. Lacy's father. Former Princeton Mayor Jim Floyd is also a New Lincoln School graduate. Special thanks to the PTA for its support! Mrs. Lacy will also meet with small groups of fourth graders to share more information about her experiences as a student at New Lincoln School and the importance of collecting and sharing history.

Teacher, Mrs. Grande, her colleagues and students have also coordinated a series of African-American biographical presentations that air on the VES news throughout the month!

District Choir Concert

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30pm

Montgomery High School

Come and enjoy a choir concert of 4-12 grade students.

District Band Concert

Thursday, March 23rd, 6:30pm

Montgomery High School

Read Across America is March 2nd

Read Across America day, in honor of Dr. Seuss, is March 2nd and VES students will be celebrating all week! Not only will students do their own reading, they will enjoy having books read to them by guest readers. Throughout the week, they will be participating in fun book and reading focused activities - everything from decorating doors and creating book recommendations to pajama day!

Student Item Reminder

We discourage students from bringing electronic devices, game cards and cell phones to school. Students run the risk of loss or damage. These items can inhibit a safe bus ride and may be disruptive to the learning environment. Students are encouraged to engage in social interactions with their peers during lunch, recess, and on the bus ride to and from school. If your child is carrying a cell phone, it must remain in his or her backpack. Please remind your child that he or she should not be taking pictures or videos while on the bus or at school.

Fifth Grade Orientation

On April 3rd, fourth graders will travel to Montgomery Lower Middle School to get a feel for being fifth graders. They will receive a tour and be able to ask any questions they have. This visit will be followed by a parent orientation, which will be scheduled for April 19th at 6:30 p.m. at LMS. All current fourth grade parents are welcome.

Third Grade Met Meteorologist, John Marshall

Ever wonder what it would take to forecast the weather? Thanks to a PTA Grant written by Village Elementary School’s technology teacher Jim Dolan, our 3rd graders learned just that! Tuesday, January 24, Meteorologist John Marshall, from Channel 2 News, New York visited Village Elementary School with his mobile weather studio.

In a full STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) immersion our students had the opportunity to become a weather forecaster for the day. With a mobile forecasting station 3rd graders learned about the instruments used to predict the weather and the science behind our 5-Day Forecast. Through an interactive presentation, students experienced different types weather, the water cycle, and the reason for seasons.

Our favorite part? The mobile weather studio. Here, student volunteers met Green Screen Technology. Students took turns reporting the weather, catching snowflakes, and even “escaping” a tornado!

We cannot thank our PTA enough for funding this phenomenal experience, and look forward to Meteorologist John Marshall’s visits in the coming years.