School Quarterly Newsletter - February 2014

From the Principal - Ms. Crummie

Can you believe that the 100th day of school is Monday, February 10th? As you read this winter issue, notice how our students are engaged in life-long learning opportunities that will expand their abilities to pursue interests and ask curious questions meaningfully and share their work locally and globally. This is our Design 2015 school goal with the focus of building community with curiosity and creativity through wonder. We believe life-long learning begins with curiosity and wonder. Our teachers and staff strive to create these learning experiences on a daily basis. Show your appreciation and support by nominating a teacher for the Golden Apple Award.

2014 presents us an opportunity to refresh and reorganize as a school community. We are mid-way through the school year. We examine our school goals and achievement data to see where we are. Learn more about our mid-year school progress by checking out our school improvement plans posted on the school web page.

In preparation of the upcoming new school year 2014-15, our teachers and staff will soon begin looking at staffing, enrollment and class placements. Parent requests for class placements are due by March 27 to Mrs. Crummie via email or letter. These requests will be considered but not guaranteed. Stay informed about the latest school division funding request from our Superintendent at Our projected school enrollment for 2014-15 is 328. Our current school enrollment is 332. Once again we appreciate the parent/community support and volunteer hours at Crozet and our amazing PTO.

Clinic Notes from Nurse Hajek

The Crozet Clinic has been busy with colds,coughs and stomachaches. We have also had a few confirmed cases of the flu. I want to remind everybody of the ACPS policy on when to keep children home. 1. If your child has had a fever of 100 degrees or higher within the past 24 Hrs. Children should be free of fever for a continuous 24 hrs. before returning to school without the use of medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 2. Vomiting,diarrhea the night before or in the morning before going to school. 3. Nasal drainage requiring constant wiping and blowing, and continuous coughing throughout the day or night. Children who come to school sick are not productive learners, and can spread the illness to classmates and teachers. Thank you for all of your help in keeping Crozet a healthy place to learn. Please call if I can be of any assistance. 823-4800. Debbie Hajek

School Counselor Corner with Mrs. Joyner

What an exciting second quarter we have had! In guidance kindergarten and first grade students have been learning about the difference between tattling and reporting and how to be a problem solver. Fourth grade students have started their "Too Good for Drugs" program which discusses making safe and healthy choices, and how doing so helps us reach our goals. School-wide we have celebrated Character Counts pillars and Mix-It-Up day. We have some fun events coming up including a Random Acts of Kindness week, more buddy walks, and other exciting programs!

Music with Mrs. Brown

Our first grade students will learn four folk dances during music class in the beginning of the second semester. These dances have been chosen to specifically honor our students' family heritage and ancestry. We will perform dances from England, Russia, Mexico, and the U.S.
PE, Music, and First Grade Teachers will come together with all first grade students to perform our family heritage folk dances in the gym on Friday February 28 from 1:15-2:15. Project objectives will include community building, cooperation, and cultural heritage understanding.

Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 5th - 3rd Grade " A Winter Poetry Reading" @ The New Crozet Library

(6:30-8:30 pm)

Feb. 5th - Digital Learning Day - In celebration of this day, we are going PAPERLESS - Digital Fun all day!

Feb. 10th - 100th Day of School Celebration

Feb. 10th-13th - Leadership Selling "Friendship Grams"

Feb. 12th - Jump Rope for Heart

Feb.15th - Girls Geek Day - (1 to 4 pm)

Feb. 17th - No School for Students "Professional Development Day"

Feb. 19th - "Make Up Day" for Jump Rope for Heart if needed

Feb. 21st - Sock Hop (6:00-8:00 pm)

March 6th - Girls' Night Out (6:00-8:00 pm)

March 10th - Crozet Photography Club Photo Exhibit (6:30 to 7:30 pm)

March 10th-21st - Leadership Club hosting "Pennies for Patients"

March 14 - PTO Variety Show

March 19th - Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015

March 19 - 23 - Festival of the Book - Family Fun -

March 20th - Community Night

March 28th - No School for Students "Green Work Day"

March 31st-April 4th - "Spring Break" No School

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