Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 2/18 - 2/22

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

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Principal's Message for the week:

Thank you for of time and effort that you put into completing report cards! Mrs. Porter and myself were blown away with the specific detail that were put into each comment. Anyone could pick up a report card and feel how well you know your students. You gave families a strong picture of each student's strengths, areas of needs and actions steps to help those areas of needs. The time that you put into these does not go unnoticed and we are so very grateful!


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Shout Outs

Shout out to Olivia for transferring a 1st grade money assessment into a Schoology asessment for the team. She is helping to bring down the overall copy consumption while being innovative with grade level assessments. Great idea! - Jenny R.

Shout out to everyone who let the PBIS team come into your room and interview students. You were awesome! – Sharon

Patti C. - THANK YOU for helping me grow so much throughout the first half of the year. I couldn't have done it without you! I am excited to see what you teach me next. - Megan B.

Thanks to Second Grade for helping me celebrate my birthday! – Danielle

Queso is my love language! Thank you, Robyn & Patti! – Danielle

Marissa you’re the best. Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday! – Danielle

Shout out to Karen Cooley! I'm thankful to have you as a partner as we work together to Co-Chair the first grade team! - Edie

Shout out to Karen Ratner for always trying to make my life easier! – Tammy

Shout outs to all the classes who came to the library this week to listen to the biography, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand. The showed their Colts Pride by being Ready and Respectful! - Anne Y.

Thank you Olivia Frierson for being an awesome member of our first grade team! You've only been here a few weeks, but have already contributed so much. We appreciate you, Olivia! - First Grade Team

To my 2nd grade team - THANK YOU for the love you've given me this week! I appreciate each of you so much! - Megan B.

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Feb. 18th - Feb. 22nd

Spring Book Fair Week

Math Focus PLC

Monday, February 18th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 3pm -4:30pm Book Fair Teacher Tea

· 2:45p - 4:30p SCA Meeting

Tuesday, February 19th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 5p - 7p Book Fair Family Night/ Lemonade Night

Wednesday, February 20th


Ms. Backer out in the AM

· 1st grade PLC

Thursday, February 21st

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 2:40p – 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

· 2:30p - 4:00 PTA Meeting

Friday, February 22nd

· 2nd Grade Native Americans Program

· 4th Grade PLC

· 6p - 8p Mother Son Sock Hop


Feb. 25th - Mar. 1st

ACCESS for ELLs Testing Feb.27th - Mar. 8th

Monday, February 25th

· Feeder School principals at CFES to do learning walks

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

Tuesday, February 26th

· Mrs. Backer out all day

3rd grade PLC

· 2:40a - 4:30p Talent Show Practice

· 3:00p - 4:00p PAC Meeting (Library)

· PTA Zoup Cashola 5p-8p

Wednesday, February 27th

·Safe Schools Audit

· 8:30 - 10:30 Avid Interviews (Guidance Conference Room)

· ACCESS for ELLS Testing Begins


· 1st grade PLC

· 2:40a - 4:30p Talent Show Practice

Thursday, February 28th

· Ms. Backer at PD all day

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

Friday, March 1st

· 4th Grade PLC

· Progress Reports Go Home

PBIS Tip of the Week

Here’s a question to consider: Would you like to be a student in your classroom? Would you be engaged? Eager to learn? Would you go home bursting to tell your family about all the fun, exciting things you learned?

There is a lot of hard work to be done in the classroom, but without incorporating fun in creative learning, we are missing an opportunity to make a meaningful, long-lasting impact on our students.

Think of your own learning experiences — is there one that really stands out? Was it a hands-on project that incorporated art and textiles? Was it on a field trip? Was it a science experiment that you were allowed to try yourself? Or maybe it was a game you played with fellow classmates?

Research tells us that fun is necessary for authentic learning and long-term memory. Fun promotes learning, and it increases dopamine, endorphins and oxygen. Neurologist and educator Judy Willis’s book “Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher” (ASCD, 2006) had this to say about the benefits of fun in the classroom: The truth is that when the joy and comfort are scrubbed from the classroom and replaced with homogeneity, and when spontaneity is replaced with conformity, students’ brains are distanced from effective information processing and long-term memory storage. The highest-level executive thinking, making of connections, and “aha” moments are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of “exuberant discovery,” where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.

Making learning fun in your classroom is possible. Not only for your students, but so you can also have fun teaching.

~ Adapted from Virginia Teach blog, September 11, 2018

Colt Tracker

As we are working on the issues with colt tracker, teachers please remember to call the main office and not our direct offices if you need admin assistance.
Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Fostering Resilient Learners Workshop

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Take a second look...

Papa Johns Night!

The votes are in!!! Our staff has selected April 25th as the Spring Papa Johns Delivery Night. Christina From Papa Johns will be here on March 29th at 11:30 am to discuss details.Get ready!

Family Fun Night/Lemonade Night - Tuesday Feb. 19th

Thank you jumping on board our One Book, One School! It is great to stop any student in the hallway and talk about the same story. Also, whenever I peek into a classroom when they are listening to a reading of the chapter, you can hear a pin drop! They are so engaged. Patti and Jackie are still looking for more volunteers for Tuesday. Please consider reaching out to volunteering it will be a great night and if you sign up to volunteer you can wear jeans on Tuesday.

Maybe this week, Evan will win over some of our students...

Staffing Updates!

  • February 25 - Registration opens for Transfer Meet and Greet event using Frontline Professional Growth, and vacancies begin to be posted on Intranet for all transfers
  • March 1 - Principals must notify individuals that they are priority transfers & share information regarding the Transfer Meet and Greet event.
  • March 11 - Online registration deadline for Transfer Meet and Greet event for all voluntary and priority transfers who wish to attend.
  • March 14 - Transfer Meet and Greet event at Green Run HS from 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • March 22 - Ms. Backer may submit recommendations for vacancies.
  • June 27 - Last date by which principals can make hiring recommendations from other area school divisions (Region II) – Teachers currently under contract with neighboring school divisions must resign from those divisions before 5 p.m. on 6/27.
  • July 15 - Last date teachers may voluntarily transfer without approval from HR and a Senior Executive Director or Director for School Leadership.

Mid Year Testing Windows

Please look at these dates carefully. If you grade level needs to change a test's date range due to pacing, please let me know.

  • Note the two week window:
  • Quarter 2 Content (Science and Social studies) Benchmark (Grades 2-5): February 8 – February 22

Career Day

Christopher Farms Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day on our school campus Thursday, March 28th from 8:00-10:00am. We are looking for men and women from a variety of occupations to share their careers with our students. If you know anyone who would be interested in participating please have them fill out the form below and return it to Mrs. Yoshida


2/1 - Megan Zipprich

2/2 - Colleen Carvalho-Rhodes

2/9 - Kelly McNeely

Important Links from the principal packet

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Look at that strong student engagement!

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2019 Grandparents Week - one of the best CFES traditions!

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Kicking off our mentoring program! - Loving our new partnership!

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.