Ratcliffe Weekly Newsletter June 6, 2016
Bloom Where You Are Planted!
Morgan Johnson and Donna Shaugness will be relocating out of the area.
Rita Roberson and Abby Seay will be joining the staff of Sandston Elementary.
Kristen Haas and Michelle Hill be joining Hanover County Public Schools.
Shalone Morgan will be joining Lakeside Elementary School.
Cassandra Willis will be pursuing full time doctoral studies at VCU.
Summer Cherry will be joining Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Melissa Cottrell will be joining Ward Elementary School.
Johnna Riley will be enjoying retirement for a while, but will be back to open Ridge Elementary in September.
Betty Wade will be enjoying retirement.
Jennifer Jensen will be permanently relocating poolside!
Mrs. Fellows has a variety of experiences throughout the school division. She started her Henrico County career teaching at Adams Elementary School. She taught for six years and then served as the resource teacher at Londgale Elementary School. After having her second child, Carey took time off to stay at home. When her youngest went to kindergarten, Carey was the reading interventionist at Twin Hickory Elementary School for three years. The last two years she has served as the resource teacher at Twin Hickory and Glen Allen Elementary Schools.
Family is very important to Carey, both at school and home. Her husband of fifteen years, Brian Fellows, also works for Henrico County Public Schools. They have a 13 year old son at Quioccasin Middle School and a 10 year old daughter at Pemberton Elementary School. Most weekends you can find Carey on a ball field (baseball or field hockey) watching one of her kids. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new places.
Please say hi to her as she visits with Mrs. Willis on Monday checking out all that we do in a day. She will make a wonderful addition to the staff.
End of the Year Reminders
Supervision of StudentsPlease continue to supervise your students closely particularly during transitions. We need to make certain we are paying very close attention to student behavior as we close the year. In addition, having engaging lessons and structured activities is key in managing behavior. Students should not be given hours of free time. Now is a good time to introduce them to a few topics from the next grade level and start a read a loud that can be completed by next Friday.
Please make certain you have read the Technology check out information. In addition, Ms. Cantelmo will need to collect K-2 ipads on Thursday, June 9th. Please have them ready by 8 am!
If you are planning on giving any special awards, please have that information to Mrs. Willis by Wednesday. You will receive a sheet in your box for awards. Please return that sheet to Mrs. Willis by Friday. The sheets must be returned by Friday at 8am to be prepared for Awards Day next week. If your sheet is not in, you will be responsible for the awards.
Please be reminded that June 17th is the final day for all teacher resignations. If a situation arises where you are offered a promotion or move out of state, Human Resources will verify the information and work to find a replacement PRIOR to you being released from your contract. Only the Superintendent can release you from a contract over the summer. This message is directly from Human Resources.
Personal Leave Requests
Thank you so much for ensuring that we are aware of all absences. Again, it is imperative that we know when you are going to be out and that you call it in as soon as you find out. If we do not have coverage, we have very few options. As the end of the year approaches, it is challenging finding substitutes. In order to ensure we have coverage, please notify Johnna and/or Cassandra as far in advance as possible for absences. We will be following the HCPS HR policies for all Personal Leave Requests.
Personal leave, which is subject to the conditions set forth in item #3, may be used in full-day or half day units with the exception of Fridays when full day use only shall be applicable. Arrangements for personal leave shall be made DIRECTLY with the principal at least three days in advance of the proposed absence. Personal leave may not be used in the following instances unless approved in advance by the principal at least five working days before the proposed absence:
a. The last contractual day or workday that precedes or the first contractual day or workday that follows a vacation or holiday
b. On the opening or closing day of a school session
c. In the absence of an approved substitute when required. This means if we cannot get a substitute, your leave will not be approved.
Signing in and Out
It is absolutely necessary for you to sign in and out of the office every single day regardless of the time you arrive and leave for the day. Thank you for remembering to do this daily!
The Social Committee is continuing with Countdown to Summer. Thank you to fourth grade for the hearty appetizers! This week is fifth grade! 2 weeks 'til summer!
Talent Ed News!
Please make certain you email your student growth information before the meeting. We are scheduling those meetings and will get to everyone. Remember, if you are planning on applying for exemplary status, you must make an appointment. To date, we only have two persons sign up. Make certain you also sign off on your final evaluation.
Newsletters for this Week
Please include the applicable celebrations, a blurb about field day and the grade level colors, and dismissal and lunch information for the last day.
Calendar of Events
June 1st-June 16th - Expedited Retakes
June 7th- Report Card Deadline
June 8th and 9th - Title I Bookbag Distribution
June 9th- Field Day
June 9th- Faculty Meeting
June 10th-- Classroom Meeting Forms
June 10th- Awards due
June 10th- Schoolwide Assembly
June 14th--5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6pm, Henrico Theater
June 14th- PreK Ceremony
June 15th- Junior Achievement
June 16th- Faculty Meeting
June 16th- Final Awards Ceremony (Incorrectly listed last week)
June 17th--Final Classroom Meeting Form Due
June 17th- Last Day of School, Early Dismissal
Please continue to check School Space for any changes and for Staff Birthdays.
Welcome to our new Associate Principal
Ms. Chaka calling numbers as Levon rolls the numbers down and mans the prizes!
Mrs. Morgan is giving her students stability balls as they get antsy this time of year! And yes they had to earn them!
Toast To Summer
Friday, June 10th, 4-8pm
3823 Seminary Avenue
Books and Brightness
Ms. Johnson takes her whole class out for some reading in the sun!
We miss him already!
It's only been a week but boy do we miss this dude here! A rare glimpse at Mr. Baskerville as he laughs and eats at his celebration!
And she struts into retirement
Ms. Wade as she receives her retirement certificate! We certainly wish her well as she hangs up her paintbrushes!