Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 4/1 - 4/5

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

Principal's Message for the week:

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Thank for an amazing week and your hard work on finishing the 3rd quarter strong. Refuel, Recharge and get ready for our last 9 days before spring break!
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Shout Outs

Big shout outs to Elizabeth Nicolosi, Anne Young, and Schoology maestro Kelly McNeely for helping me get my created test on the move! - September Johnson

Shout to Anne Featherston for being the unsung hero helping with the Kindergartens, supporting all the student's learning, and being such a joy to work with at CFES. - September Johnson

Thank you to Michelle Pace for finding “our friend’s” favorite basketball in a time of need. - Olivia, Sharon, and Patti P.

Shout out to Mrs. Yoshida for organizing an awesome Career Day!!! I only heard great feedback from teachers, students and participants. Way to go Nicole!!! P.S. Thanks for being so organized, it helped make checking in and out smooth! - Ceci

Shout out to Ms. Jones for doing such a great job in Art. We are blessed to have you and May and I would like you to change your name to June! - September Johnson

Thank you to Anna Shuttleworth, Christine Hayes, Michelle Johnson, and Frances Barbarisi for allowing students to take quarterly tests within your small groups and being flexible in finding a room location.

Thanks to Jennifer Pleasant and my gals in the office, for helping me with the morning madness. Tardy students, visitors and participants all coming in at the same time!!!! I couldn’t have done it without all of you! - Ceci

Shout out to the 4th and 5th grade teachers for an awesome field trip to Kellam High School! - September Johnson

Kudos to Nicole Yoshida for organizing a terrific Career Day! - Robyn and Patti

Shout out to Kimberly Jacobs for doing a great job guest teaching! - September Johnson

Kudos to the office staff for assisting with the discipline concerns this week as students and adults need spring break soon! Patti P.

Thank you to everyone who pitched in and helped with Career Day. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s flexibility an willingness to help. Special thanks to Danielle, Michelle & Jackie for recruiting their spouses, Wende with food, Ceci, Jennifer & Donnell with check in, Robyn with hosting, Alisha with announcements, Library & Damien with set up and take down. - Nicole

Thank you to my second grade team and CFES family for showering Asher with so much love!! Muchas gracias a todos! - Debbie H.

Thanks to whoever keeps putting books for our class library in my mailbox! - Pre-K

A big shout out to the office staff, Ms. Olds and Mrs. Pleasant for helping me during club pictures! Thank you to the teachers for being flexible while the kids were in and out of your room! - Tennys

Thank you to Viola and Jennifer for all of your hard work with my activities! I truly appreciate your kindness and help! - Ally

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

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Apr. 1st - April. 5th

Review Math Quarterly Data in PLC

Give LA Quarterly Assessment to students

Monday, April 1st

· 4th Quarter Begins

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Tuesday, April 2nd

· 3rd Grade PLC

· 11;00 SIP Mtg in rm 36

· 3:00p - 4:00p Leadership Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, April 3rd

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club


· 10:30 Citizen of the Month Celebration on the Stage during lunch

· 1st Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Thursday, April 4th

· Ms. Backer out in the AM

· 5th Grade PLC

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

Friday, April 5th

· 4th Grade PLC

· 5:30p - 8:45p 5th Grade Bingo Night


Apr. 8th - Apr. 12th

Review LA Quarterly Data in PLC

Give Content Quarterly to students

Monday, April 8th

· Report Cards Go Home

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 9:30a - 1:30p VA Aquarium Field Trip (3rd Grade)

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Tuesday, April 9th

· 7a - 7:30p Munchkins for Mom

· 3rd Grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS team Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, April 10th - Purple up day!

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club


· 1st Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Thursday, April 11th

· 9a - 10a Fire Safety Assembly (K-AM, 2, 3)

· 1:30p - 2:30p Fire Safety Assembly (PK, K-PM, 1)

· 5th Grade PLC

· Spanish PLC

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

Friday, April 12th

· Spring Break Begins!!!

Month of the military child, purple up! for military kids!

This year, the VDOE is inviting everyone across Virginia to “Purple Up!” Everyone throughout VBCPS is encouraged to wear purple, Wednesday, April 10, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

HUGE kudos to our school counselor - Mrs. Yoshida for her positive and highly engaged Career Day! She brought so many Farm Family members into CF this week. Students who had family members come into school were beaming with pride and every classroom I peered into the students were so engaged that not one student wasn't looking and listening to the speaker! WELL DONE!

PBIS Tip of the Week -

No all students love verbal positive praise as they might get embarrassed or they are extremely shy. Consider the picture to the left as a way to spread JOY in your classroom. Also, it is a way to proactively get in front of possible behaviors that could come along with high demands of assessments.

Staffing Updates

  • Sra. Pagan will not returning back to CFES as she will be staying home next year to stay with her sweet baby boy.
  • We welcome Travis Bowman to the farm as our new ITS!

Because we love Surveys!

Here's another one...

Recent legislation requires any local education agency (LEA) that participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to develop a Local Wellness Policy (LWP) that meets the newly expanded requirements outlined in the final rule of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The survey will be administered April 1 through April 9 and should take five minutes or less. A response from each building administrator is necessary for this survey effort. Please see the attached memo for more information.

Q3 assessments important information

Reading: 4/1/19 - 4/5/19

Social Studies and Science: 4/5/19 - 4/11/19

The quarterly benchmark assessments must be given with fidelity in a "testing environment." When planning to administer your quarterly assessments, please do NOT leave this for a substitute. As you may know. this is important to give us an accurate picture of student performance and you are going to provide that environment for your students. This is especially important for our Q3 assessment because this assessment is our best indicator for student performance and student need as it relates to remediation and instruction. The Q3 assessment also gives us the big picture of where students are performing before the SOL test for our remediation groups. If you have any questions, please come see Mrs. Backer. The following guidelines are expected of ALL classrooms in grades 2 - 5.

  • Testing environment - rooms should be set up in a manner that mimics what students will encounter during the SOLs. This does not mean walls must be covered, rather student desks should be arranged in a similar fashion. The assessment should be completed in a whole group format.
  • Small group - students with an IEP or 504 who have small group testing accommodation noted, must be pulled out of the classroom to complete their assessment. Note that this will impact scheduling as case managers and TAs will be administering assessments in multiple grade levels. Your flexibility is expected and appreciated.
  • Prompting, scaffolding, and supports - students with documented accommodations are the only students who should receive any accommodations. Students should not be prompted in any way during their Q3 assessment.
  • The use of scratch paper should be an expectation and students should carry out the routine and procedure that you have set.

Classroom Observatios

Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Porter will be completing the last round of classroom observations during the fourth quarter. So that we do not interrupt your teaching, please have learning plans for whole group and small group instruction available and/or accessible electronically when we arrive in your classrooms. A gentle reminder....learning targets should be posted and up to date, too. Finally, please review your tasks in Talent Ed so that you are not rushing on June 14th to get the "green check". We look forward to seeing engaging instruction!!
Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

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


4/3 - Patti Csenar

4/3 - Megan Jones

4/4 - Joyce Goldstein

4/10 - Susan Cucuzza

4/12 - Brenda Aston

4/22 - Rachelle Burkehead

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Important Links from the principal packet


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.

Outstanding Career Day!

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