Crozet Connection

School Quarterly Newsletter - November 2014

Putting Ideas into Action Principal - Ms. Crummie

Our new 2014 - 15 school year began with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies. First in late August with the opening of our 3 student-size tennis courts - built from a $65,000 donation of QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia. Second, in late September, the opening and recognition of our Rain Garden Habitat as an official school yard habitat by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Both additions to our school environment and community takes learning beyond the walls of the classroom. It provides experiences in strategic thinking, problem-solving, environmental stewardship and creativity.

This first quarter of school is full of ideas and innovative approaches by our teachers and staff to create a collaborative school community of life long learners and enrich our students with learning opportunities that support 21st century skills of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking that embodies our school's Design 2015 projects. As you read this quarterly school e-news, take notice how we put our Design 2015 ideas into action.

Stay informed by checking out our school and PTO's web page with the calendar events

and student activities. Follow our school's and students' twitter feed which also gives on-going announcements and student reflections about their learning experiences. Your continued support of volunteering, monetary contributions, participation in our PTO's community-building fundraiser events, food contributions to our teacher/staff appreciation lunches, supporting our PTO Eagle Time afterschool enrichment program and establishing routines at home with your child to come to school prepared and ready to learn is essential to our continued success.

Being a season of thanksgiving, we thank the PTO Executive Board and PTO for their amazing support to our school as well as many other parent leaders, volunteers and community helpers such as; Miller School Tutors, WAHS Teacher Cadets and Henley Helpers. Thank You for making Crozet a wonderful school and have a safe and restful holiday season!

Clinic Notes - Nurse Hajek

The Fall season is always a busy time for school clinics, and here at Crozet we have been seeing an expected increase in colds, coughs, strep throat and stomachaches. We have had no reported cases of the flu at this time, and if you are planning on getting the flu vaccine for your family now is the time. I am in the process of completing vision screening on all of our third grade students. This screening is routinely done in the 3rd grade, but can be done anytime upon request. I will notify parents/guardians if I screened your child and they did not pass. As always, please call the clinic at 823-4800 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health at school.

School Counselor Corner - Mrs. Joyner

What an exciting start to the year! We just wrapped up a successful Red Ribbon week where we focused on staying healthy and making good choices! It was great seeing everyone dress up for our spirit days! We also had great participation for “Orange you glad you’re kind” on Unity Day on October 22nd! Thanks to everyone that participated. Students have also really enjoyed our kindness bulletin board! They love sharing compliments and kind worlds with each other! I am excited to see what the next nine weeks will bring!

Art with Ms. McReynolds

This fall, the students have been working hard on their Square 1 Art. Square 1 Art is our fundraiser for the art program this year at Crozet. The students have finished their artwork and are anxiously waiting for their personal catalogs to arrive at school. The catalogs will let the children see what their artwork might look like on a keychain, mug, garden flag, etc. I will be sending home their catalogs as soon as they arrive at Crozet. The art program appreciates any support for this program, as it will let us buy supplies and other resource materials for your children to use in the art room.

Kindergarten has been working hard on several motor skills this fall. They have created pictures by tearing, cutting, painting, gluing and they are off to a great year in art! 1st graders have made castles, self-portraits, leaves, and most recently a “snatchabook”. Ask your student about a “snatchabook”. 2nd graders have enjoyed making an origami owl collage, a bubblegum machine still-life, and most recently a self-portrait painting. 3rd graders have made Picasso dogs, a jungle cat collage and are now working on a fall leaf painting. 4th graders have been learning about abstract art and have made abstract line tree drawings and they also made some very creative one-eyed monsters. This fall, 5th graders have made a mandala, a cityscape drawing and our currently working on a fantasy space art picture. I have enjoyed working with your children and I am amazed at how creative they are in the art room!

PE with Ms. Laine & Mr. Maynard

We had a Buddy day and celebrated Columbus Day and Halloween. All grades have tried out the new tennis courts during PE time. Kindergarten is learning t-ball skills with equipment and coaches provided through a grant from the Carson Raymond Foundation. Kindergarten, first, and second graders have been working on spatial awareness, soccer skills, and throwing. Third, fourth, and fifth graders have done their fall wellness tests as well as worked on kickball, soccer, and football skills.

As the weather gets colder and students start to wear jackets, hats, and gloves, consider putting your child’s name on their outdoor clothing. If it gets found by someone it is easy to return if it has a name on it. If your child lost clothing, come look in the lost and found bins near the elevator and the gym.

Library with Ms. Anhold

The book fair at the end of September created a lot of excitement at the school. We sold over $7400 in books, not counting our online sales. Out of that, we had a profit of $1100 in new books for the library and $1300 cash to help pay for more books, supplies, and events. I’d like to send a special thanks to the volunteers who helped with set up and the selling of books. It would be very difficult to run the book fair on my own.

The new furniture arrived in the library the beginning of October, right after the book fair. The kids are really enjoying the higher chairs and being able to draw right on the tables. The tall white tables can nest together to create one big table or can be turned upright to use as a white board.

Our online encyclopedias are available for home use. You can access these databases through the school’s library homepage. The Britannica user name is crozet07 and password is albemarle. For World Book – username: albemarle, password: albemarle. The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library also has wonderful databases that can be accessed with your library card.

Music with Ms. Brown

The music room is packed with a variety of sounds this fall! Our music club is working on the piece “Roll with the Punches” during music club after school. Fourth grade students are learning and playing chords to major & minor selections. Our K/1 students are moving to the melody in the song Hickey Pickety My Black Hen & practicing steady beat on the shakers. Our second & third grade students are working on playing a repeated rhythm pattern on instruments called an ostinato. They are teaching these instrument parts to each other in the picture below. Our fifth grade students attended a UVA Symphony concert in October to develop their understanding of how sound is produced and the role of each orchestra family.

Mark your Calendars

November 14th: Make-Up Picture Day
November 26th-28th: Thanksgiving Break
December 22nd-Jan. 2nd: Winter Break
January 16th: End of 2nd Nine Weeks
January 19th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (NO School)
January 20th: Teacher Work Day (NO School for Students)
January 26th: 5/6 Henley Transition Student Meeting (1:15-2:00 @ Crozet Cafe')
January 28th: Assembly for Students: Dance Around the World (1:15-2:15 pm)
January 29th: Henley 5/6 SPED Parent Transition Meeting @ Henley (6:00-6:30 pm)|
January 29th: Henley 5/6 General Parent Transition Meeting @ Henley (6:30-7:30 pm)

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