Fox Tales

December 5-9, 2022

Calendar Items at a Glance:


  • Dec. 8-Dancing Classrooms Team Match Competition-5:30pm @Hugenot HS
  • Dec. 9-15-Family PE Week! (See below for info)
  • Dec. 12th-Flannel Shirt Day!
  • Dec. 13-Holiday Hat/Headband Day
  • Dec. 13-PTA-Holiday Concert-6:30 pm (Band/Orchestra/Harps/Choir)
  • Dec. 14-"Ugly"Sweater Day
  • Dec. 15-Cozy Sock Day
  • Dec. 16-PJ Day!
  • Dec. 16th-PTA Mid Year Budget Requests Due!
  • Dec. 19-30-Winter Break

5th graders know how to Waltz, Tango, Swing, and Meringue!

Did you know our 5th grade students participate in Dancing Classrooms (remember that 2005 docufilm," Mad. Hot, Ballroom"?)


A team of 12 students will represent our school on Dec. 8 at the Team Match Competition. Our team will compete against other elementary schools! They are actually judged by professional dancers!!! Plan now to support our 5th grade team on Dec. 8th from 5:30-7:30 at Huguenot High School. We need a cheering section!!!!


Congratulations and Good Luck to the members of the Fox Dancing Classroom Team Match Team Members: Juliana Damer, Maddie Mwangi, Reeves Boschen

Cash Mihalovich-Lacy, Jalayah Bates, Jailyn Sumner, Caiden Leeper, Charlie Thoerig, Lily Gooss, Tess Downey, Elmer Mendez Maldonado, DaMarius Young

Family PE Week: Dec. 9-15

Family PE Week is Friday December 9 to Thursday December 15. You are welcome to join your child during their PE time for some fun bowling action! Daily physical activity has many benefits for both kids and adults so let's be active together! Classes are 45 minutes long. Please ask your child, their teacher, or Coach Bingaman if you're unsure of when your child has P.E. Please sign in in the office, and meet your child in the Gym for their PE class!!!

We Appreciate our Crossing Guards!!!

Through rain, freezing temperatures and eventually, snow we can always count on our Crossing Guards to keep our students safe on the way to school. This is why we will celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in February. On this day, VDOT also honors a select few crossing guards who are truly the most outstanding. Nominate our Crossing Guards: Mark Bingaman, Floyd Brown, Julie Crowder, David Gravely, Rob Winslow---they deserve it! Nominations are due by Friday, January 20!


https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7094542/Virginia-s-Most-Outstanding-Crossing-Guard-of-2022

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Open Enrollment and Specialty School Applications

2023-24 School Applications – The application window for families to submit open enrollment, specialty school, and governor’s school applications for the 2023-24 school year is now open via the Enroll RPS Portal. Students may apply for:

  • Any specialty school for which they are eligible (specialty schools include Franklin Military Academy, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, Governor’s STEM Academy at Richmond Technical Center, and the IB Diploma Programme at Thomas Jefferson High School (for rising 11th-grade students))
  • Out-of-zone schools via the open enrollment lottery (maximum of three school choices)
  • Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (charter school) via a separate open enrollment lottery (if eligible)
  • Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and/or Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (the application for CodeRVA is managed separately by that school)

A few important notes:

  • Families will have until 4:30 pm on December 1, 2022, to submit specialty and governor’s school applications, and until 4:30 pm on February 1, 2023, to submit open enrollment applications.
  • We unfortunately cannot accept late applications for any reason. Please plan accordingly.
  • As long as your application is submitted before the deadline, the timing of your submission will have no impact on the outcome.
  • We're holding information sessions about the application process, the Enroll RPS portal, and school options. Details will be at www.rvaschools.net/enroll as soon as they are final.
  • If you have additional questions, please email us at enrollrps@rvaschools.net.

Monthly Virtual Meetings with Superintendent Kamras

Superintendent Kamras will continue monthly Virtual Town Hall's with the Fox Community to keep them abreast of updates on the rebuilding of our historic building. All Town Hall Meeting will be held via Zoom at 7 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the Month. Mark your calendars now!

Oct. 13

Nov. 10

Dec. Meeting Cancelled--we will resume in January!

Jan. 12

Feb. 16

March 9

April 13

May 11


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Fox Fire Fund Expenditures

At the last Town Hall, it was requested that we share the Expenditures to date from the Fox Fire Fund. The expenditures below have helped staff purchase instructional materials and furniture items needed at First Baptist Church last year, as well as here at Clark Springs. Some examples include: AV carts, door mats, folding chairs for the multi purpose room, book cases, flexible seating, bins, tubs, storage, leveled readers, math manipulatives, etc. We are SO thankful for our community support!


We will continue to purchases things as the need arises, but also hold some funding out for when we move into our newly renovated Fox building on 2300 Hanover as we will need items for that location as well.


Please find the expenditure Activity Detail HERE FYI!

COVID + ?

If your child tests positive for Covid, please let Nurse Hall know! Students do need to quarantine for 5 days from symptom onset and then be masked at school for an additional 5 days.


If you need an at home Covid Test when your child is feeling ill, please let the nurse know! We have them available for our students!!!


Nurse Hall can be reached via email at: thall@rvaschools.net

or 804-780-6259.

Parent Handbook

Please read the Parent Handbook! It is full of important procedures/policies/info that is helpful for families!


Have you turned in your form to your teacher indicating you have read it????

HOMEWORK: EVERY STUDENT SHOULD READ/BE READ TO FOR 20 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT!

Every Fox student has HOMEWORK EVERY day. ALL students should read or be read to for 20 minutes daily! If you need some books to read at home, let your child's teacher, our school counselor, CIS worker know. We are HAPPY to have your child pick out some books to take home. Also, check out and use the "Reading Library" that is located at the front of the school.


Research shows that READING EVERY EVENING is the one thing that WILL SET YOUR CHILD UP FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS.


3rd, 4th, 5th grade students will have up to an additional 30 minutes of homework as well (math practice, comprehension practice, studying etc). Teachers/grade levels will communicate homework to their class.

2022-23 PTA BUDGET POSTED

The proposed PTA budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023 is posted at the following location for review of the general membership: https://foxpta2300.memberhub.com/w/executiveboard

Note that this budget will be voted on by members of the PTA during the Back to School Night General Membership Meeting on September 13, 2022.


WHY JOIN THE PTA?

The PTA’s mission is to realize every child’s potential by empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. We hope that all Fox families will support this mission by joining the PTA. Becoming a member creating community connections, supports our students and teachers, and amplifies members’ voices. Help build the village that supports your child!


PTA ACTIVITY FEE

Again this year, we are asking each student to pay a voluntary $15 per student PTA Activity Fee in addition to PTA Dues and any fees that teachers are collecting for their classrooms. We are excited to return to field trips and live assemblies this year which we can support through the PTA, and this fee will go towards the cost of events and programs. We feel strongly that these initiatives benefit our children and help us to ensure that our school mission is realized. This voluntary fee will assist us in being able to provide meaningful support for our students throughout the school year. Pay PTA Activity Fee HERE.

If you are able, please consider donating additional money towards your child’s activity fee, if you are able, to help support all of the children in our school.

WIlliam Fox Elementary

Have you looked at our school website? It has a lot of up to date information! Have you joined our PTA facebook page?