From the Principal's Desk
The 100th Day of School is HERE!
Can you believe that as of Monday, January 25th, we've made it through 100 days of school? While this milestone celebrated by our primary students is mostly a fun way to practice math skills, I think it's fitting for us to ALL celebrate 100 days of learning and playing together. Of those 100 days, we've spent 85 of them within the walls of VFES. This is a testament to the complete dedication of our staff, our students, and our parents for diligently following the protocols and guidelines set in place for this school year. I know they aren't fun. There are a million other things I would like to focus on as a school community this year, but we couldn't accomplish what we have without being together day in and day out. Thank you for a 100 days of awesome. I look forward to the remaining 80 together!
Starting on Monday, we are kicking off a reading challenge to read 3,000 books as a school community! You can read all the details HERE. In a nutshell, we'll be read, read, reading and celebrating together! If each student commits to reading just 10 books between now and May 14, we'll blow our goal out of the water! This challenge won't work without the love and support of our family, friends, classmates, teachers, and helpers at school. We'll give you an update each week of our progress toward our goal!
Have a great week, Braves!
Playing Well Reminders
Play is extremely critical to child academic, social, and emotional development. At VFES, we have three "official" opportunities a day to grow through play. We continue to talk daily about "playing well" at recess. Playing well is play that is fun for everyone. Thank you for helping us reinforce this at home, and for asking your child to report to an adult when they've experienced any play scenario that is upsetting.
Playing "well" looks like...
- Including others
- Encouraging others
- Trying new things
- Keeping hands to self
- Following the rules of the game
- Taking turns
- Being competitive without being a bad sport
Playing "well" doesn't look like...
- Excessive body contact during play (tackling, arms around others, etc.)
- Unkind words
- "Trash talk" and other unsportsmanlike behavior
- Throwing rocks, mulch, etc. at others
- Refusing to share
- Expecting others to play when they don't want to
- Excluding others
Students who aren't "playing well" may receive a recess timeout from our recess staff and/or spend some time with Mrs. Copple in the office. We'd much rather their time be spent on the playground having fun! Recess is a privilege.
Tips for our Car Rider Line
- Arrive before 7:55am if possible. Please remember that our day begins at 8:00am sharp with announcements. With the temp checkpoints in place, it takes us time to check in each student. Spreading out our arrival times will make for a smoother experience for you. We begin checking temps in the car rider line around 7:25am. The line is relatively light until about 7:50am.
- Have your child collect all items (backpack, lunch box, coat, hats/gloves, etc.) when they hit the VFES parking lot. By the time they arrive at the unloading zone, they'll be ready to hop out after their temp screening.
- Direct heat from vents in the vehicle may cause our thermometers to skew results and cause an incorrect high temp. You may want to shut off the vent or lower the blast as you turn into the school lot.
Braves in action!
For Our Virtual Campus Crew
Please remember that the below times are the designated opportunities to connect with your child's teacher. Thank you for respecting their family time in the evenings and weekends. We appreciate your courtesy. PLEASE make sure your child is completing the Daily Check-in located on their Canvas homepage. This is how we take attendance for our virtual students, and we would hate for them to be marked absent in error. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Virtual Teacher Hours Tuesday, Thursday: *Teachers will notify you of their specific availability.
Virtual Teacher Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
First Grade: 8:15-8:55
Second Grade: 9:05-9:45
Third Grade: 11:20-12:00
Fourth Grade: 1:25-2:05
Fifth Grade: 12:35-1:15