The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

November 16 - 20, 2015

Quote of the Week...

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ~ Clay P. Bedford

Redford the Red Bird Recipients - Margaret Pelletier & Maria Shannon

"I nominate Margaret Pelletier and Maria Shannon for the Redford Award. They are both wonderful teammates who are supportive and thoughtful. They are always willing to lend a helping hand! I am thankful to have them as teammates." ~ Melanie Krotz

Great Things Are Happening at Cardinal Forest!!

Focusing on Our SIP - Mathematics Teaching Practices

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) publication, Principles to Actions, highlights a core set of high-leverage practices and essential teaching skills necessary to promote deep learning of mathematics. This week's practice focuses on the importance of using math tasks:


  • Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving. Effective teaching of mathematics engages students in solving and discussing tasks that promote mathematical reasoning and problem solving and allow multiple entry points and varied solution strategies.


When planning for instruction, remember that mathematical tasks can range from a set of routine exercises to a complex and challenging problem that focuses students attention on a particular mathematical idea.

Kindergarten Hallway

When walking in the kindergarten hallway, please remind your students to walk quietly and respectfully. Our Kindergarten and FECEP teachers use the hallway outside their classrooms for testing and intervention. They appreciate your help with maintaining a quiet hallway!

CFES Expectations and Reminders

  • Teachers and Instructional Assistants may not leave the building during lunch time based on your contracted time of 7.5 hours in which you are paid during your unencumbered lunch time. If you must leave the building, you are required to fill out a leave slip to account for the time you are out of the building.


  • Call the main number, 923-5200, if you need to contact the office. With the new phone system, the office staff is unable to pick up private lines. Please use the main number when calling the front office.

Red Bird Tech Bit

  • @NoVAEdChat, #novaEdChat - Are you on Twitter? If so, check out this feed to learn abut what educators in our region are doing to engage students in the classroom.


  • Tech Trainings This Week on Tuesday: 8:10-8:35 am/ 4:00-4:30 pm - “Setting up your Twitter and Google Plus Accounts: Locating Great Classroom Resources”


  • Have you wanted to get your students on a coding site that doesn’t requires a username and password? In preparation for the Hour of Code week, December 7-13, here is a great resource that students in K-6 can do.

Farewell to Lisa Cureton

  • We bid a fond farewell and good-luck to Lisa in her new custodial position in North Carolina. Her last day at Cardinal Forest will be Thursday.

A Special Thank You to...

  • Kristi Baeseman, Samantha Lewin, Melanie Krotz, Margaret Pelletier, Rebecca Wright, Maria Shannon, Baillie Rechin and Joe Maniscalco for a fantastic Veteran's Day performance. Parents loved it and thought this performance was the best one they had ever seen!
  • Jamie Thompson for the wonderful patriotic silhouettes that framed the set of the Veteran's Day performance and the hand print flag in the front lobby. She orchestrated the artwork in the hallways and display case for our parents to enjoy during the performances.
  • Fred Allard for helping grades 3 - 6 with securing the technology we needed for the first round of eCART testing!

Happy Birthday This Week!!

November 15 - Donna Tisdall

November 17 - Katie Burns

November 20 - Lisa Cureton

November 21 - Fahma Mohamed & Kira Saiban

Looking Ahead...

November 16

  • Kid Talk Meetings (9:25 - 3:50)

November 17

  • Team Leaders Meeting (8:00 - 8:45)
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Green Springs Garden (9:30 - 12:30)

November 19

  • FECEP Family Breakfast (9:30 - 10:15)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon - Grades K, 2 & 5
  • SCA Meeting - Officers and Representatives (in the library from 1:05 - 1:35)

November 20

  • Thanksgiving Luncheon - Grades 1, 3, 4, & 6
  • Turkey Trot (3:10 - 3:30)
  • Turkey Bingo (6:00 - 9:00)

November 23

  • FECEP Family Meeting (9:15 - 10:15)
  • FLE Parent Preview Night (6:00 - 7:30)

November 24

  • Make up Pictures (9:30 - 11:00)
  • Preschool Thanksgiving Play (2:30 - 3:45)

November 25

  • Two Hour Early Closing @1:55

November 26 - 27

  • Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)