VES Bluebird Update

Late Winter 2016

VES Enjoyed a Performance of Sunjata!

All third and fourth graders participated in the play, Sunjata, an experiential theater production (dubbed "the story of the real Lion King of Africa"). Thank you to the PTA for helping to provide our students with such enjoyable and educational experiences!

PARCC News

Infrastructure Trial for PARCC


Third grade will participate in a PARCC infrastructure trial on Friday, February 19th. It will last for approximately one hour in the morning. This trial will allow our newest PARCC participants to practice manipulating the PARCC site, and will help us to ensure that our official PARCC testing period moves smoothly. Please be sure that your child has a pair of head phones or ear buds (in a zipper bag with his or her name on it).

PARCC Assessment


Village Elementary School will be administering the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” (PARCC) assessment between April 11th and May 6th. Fourth graders will be testing from April 11th through April 19th (seven days) and third graders will be testing from April 20th through May 2nd (seven days excluding Take Your Child to Work day and a possible unused emergency closing day). The assessment will consist of four units of Mathematics and three units of Language Arts.


As it was last year, the PARCC is computer-based. This year, we will have the ability to test an entire grade level at a time. Classes not taking the PARCC assessments on a particular week will be able to have a full academic schedule and all students will have full-length related arts classes, however related arts classes may take place at a different time.


Our teachers have been preparing Village School students for the PARCC assessments all year through their every day, Common Core based instruction. This includes reading, writing and math experiences using Chromebooks and practice with the PARCC test format. Students will also try out the accessibility features during Technology class. Just like last year, all VES students have Ready Test A-Z as an add-on to their Raz-Kids account. Parents can work at home with their children on this PARCC-like tutorial, and students will be using it here in school, as well.


As we did last year, we plan to create a positive, low-stress testing environment. Our goal is to help our students to feel confident in their abilities and relaxed during testing.

As with the infrastructure trial, our students will need to have their own pair of ear buds or inexpensive headphones for use during the entire PARCC testing period. Most children do have them, but we would like to remind you ahead of time.


If you have any questions, please refer to MTSD's FAQ site:

http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/PARCCFAQ.pdf


As always, we are thankful for your continued support!

SOUPer Bowl Can Drive

Thank you for all of your support of our SOUPer Bowl can drive. With your support, we were able to collect over 600 cans. VES had a close "game" with a score of 366 cans for the Broncos and 302 cans for the Panthers. Obviously, our super smart students chose the right team! Click here to view pictures. All cans will be donated to the Somerset Food Bank. Good work, VES!

Jump Rope for Heart

Thanks to all of those who fundraised in support of the American Heart Association. We’re looking forward to our big event. On either Feb. 17th for day 4, 5, 6 classes and Feb. 18th for day 1, 2, 3 classes, our students will lace up their sneakers and jump rope for heart! Students are encouraged to wear red.

Black History Month

At VES, our students have learned about many influential African Americans throughout history. Besides their classroom activities, our student news reporters have highlighted outstanding people and their stories each day on our VES news.

Read Across America

On March 2nd, VES will celebrate Read Across America. This event honors the life and work of Dr. Seuss. VES students will welcome guest readers into their classrooms, read their favorite books and participate in many other activities where reading is the focus.

Student Drop Off Reminders for Parents

  • Parents may drop students off at the back of the school, during the regularly scheduled arrival time - between 9:20 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off early, as the doors will not be opened until 9:20.
  • If you stop your vehicle next to the school sidewalk, your child may exit on his or her own. If your child has to walk across lanes of traffic, you MUST walk him or her to the sidewalk.
  • Please do not drop students off in the front of Village School at any time, except for before school programs.
  • After 9:30 a.m., please park your car in the visitors' lot and walk your child to the main office. An adult must be present to sign a child into school.

After School Pick Up Reminders for Parents

  • Parking: Park in the large back lot and enter through the cafeteria doors OR park on the right side of the back driveway (between the school and the traffic island). No cars are allowed to park anywhere besides these two areas. There is no parking on the roadway.
  • Dismissal: Dismissal will begin at 3:45 p.m. Parents must sign children out from the cafeteria. No children will be released to another child.
  • Notification: If you plan to pick your child up, please notify your child's teacher by means of a note or email. It is best to notify a teacher in the morning, as midday and end of day requests can be disruptive to instruction.

Band 2, Orchestra and Chorus Concert

Wednesday, March 2nd, 7pm

Montgomery High School

Band 1 Concert

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm

Montgomery High School

Montgomery High School

NAEP Testing (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Postponed

A group of 50 randomly selected fourth graders will participate in the NAEP on February 25th (Rescheduled from February 16th). Each randomly selected student received a letter informing him or her of the selection.


The purpose of the NAEP is to help national policymakers improve education and is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. We are proud of our fourth graders!

Lunar New Year

During our morning editions of the VES News, our students learned about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in various countries.

Character and Caring Parties

Thank you to our Room Parents for all of their work to plan and organize fun, engaging character-focused paties!

Village Elementary School

As always, check out our website for all of the latest happenings at VES, as well as a calendar of upcoming events!