Crozet Connection

School Quarterly Newsletter-April 2015

News from the Principal

Approaching the end of a school year can be similar to running a race. We know that if we can keep running forward we will eventually get to the finish line but we also want to finish strong. I love using this analogy because it best represents how students need everyone’s support and encouragement this time of year in order to reach their year-end goals, hopes and dreams to have a great finish!

It is also one of the busiest times of the school year for students, parents and teachers. Keeping children focused on their responsibilities at home and at school can become challenging due to various outdoor activities and busy family schedules not to mention the beauty all around us. Please consider taking notice of how well your child is keeping up with his/her school responsibilities. Keep communicating with your teacher(s), check backpacks daily, read over notebooks and peruse the Tuesday folders for important classroom and school information and read our e-news (Crozet Eagle News or Weekly classroom newsletters) as we approach the final weeks of the school year.

The yearly Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments will be administered in May (May 4 - 22) for students in grades three, four and five. SOL make-up testing will be during the week of May 26 - 29. Our staff works diligently teaching all content areas, problem-solving and inquiry skills to help our students become life-long, independent learners.

As you read this issue, you will notice each grade level's part of our school's Design 2015 project - Building Community with Contagious Curiosity & Creativity through Wonder - showcased at our Community Night on March 19. Our students shared with their parents and families their understanding of being connected to our world through many relationships--with people, with our environment, with our local community and across the globe. Our yearly work with this sustainable vision and mission is one of the reasons why Crozet was selected as 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

Even though we have 31 days of school left for our students, we have exciting upcoming school community events and performances listed under calendar dates at the bottom of our e-newsletter and posted on our school web page. Our Brownsville/Crozet Summer Exploratory Camp (summer school) will be June 29 to July 17 from 8:00 am to 12:25 pm at Brownsville Elementary School. More summer school information will be forthcoming.

As we move into the last weeks of school, let’s all celebrate our students' achievements and reflect on this past school year with them. Let’s continue to inspire them to do their best!

News from the Clinic.....Mrs. Hajek

The Clinic continues to be a busy place, and as the warmer weather approaches I am seeing a lot more minor injuries from playing outside. Now is a good time to call and schedule your child's yearly check-up if needed. At this appointment vaccinations can be up-dated and any concerns addressed. All fifth grade students will need to have a DTAP booster vaccine in order to begin 6th grade. As always , please call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health. 823-4800.

News from Guidance.....Mrs. Joyner

Third quarter has been full of fun and exciting events! This quarter all classes participated in buddy walks and buddy PE days. They were a huge success and we made some great memories. Also, thanks to our wonderful school community we exceeded our goal for the food drive and raised 327 pounds of food, providing meals for 255 neighbors-in-need. Thank you so much for your support!

Art News from Ms. McReynolds

Spring is definitely here! The Kindergartners have been creating some beautiful spring pictures! They most recently made a bug or insect. First grade just finished up an abstract person in the style of the artist Joan Miro’. They really enjoyed this lesson! Second grade has been color mixing using the primary colors to make the secondary colors. They have been doing a great job! Third grade is finishing up some really big suns using the warm and cool colors. They look fantastic and hopefully you will see them hanging in the cafeteria very soon. Fourth grade is finishing up “Hundertwasser Flowers”. We discussed the artist and how he used spiral design, repetitive shapes, and the spectrum of colors. The students made simple spiral flowers and then painted their picture. They are very colorful! Fifth grade has been working on a mola design and there are some great examples and a definition about molas and the Kuna Indians up by the office and library. Come check out these intricate designs! Once again, I enjoy teaching your children more about the world of art!!

PE News from MS. Laine & Mr. Maynard

Jump Rope for Heart raised a total of $ 7,360 this year. All of the money raised goes to the American Heart Association and stays in our local area to be used for educational and research projects. Way to go Crozet! We had a blast on April 1st when students who raised $25 or more got to throw 248 water balloons at teachers and some of our Miller School helpers who volunteered to get wet. Thank you gifts have been shipped to us and will be sent home when they arrive at school and get packaged up. As the weather gets warmer, we notice more and more students wearing sandals and flip-flops to PE. These types of shoes are really not very safe for students in PE and they offer little support to their feet, especially when we are doing games and activities that involve kicking, punting, running, dodging, and agility. Please help your child do their best in PE by sending them with tennis shoes on their 4 days of PE each week.

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Music News from Mrs. Brown

Spring is here and a busy time of year! Our Crozet Drama Club and Chorus students are working hard to prepare for the production of Harry Potter. Our play has a full cast, backstage crew, special effects crew, and chorus. Viewers will enjoy acting, singing, instruments, and technology as we perform Harry Potter with a “Crozet twist.” Our play is Thursday April 30th with show times at 1:15 & 6:30pm. Our K/1 students are also hard at work in preparing for their upcoming production of the play “Too Much Noise.” This is a play about being grateful for what we have. Our program includes songs, props, movement, and speaking parts. Students are preparing for our play during music class. Our K/1 “Too Much Noise” play is Friday May 29th with show times at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm.

Library News from Mrs. Anhold

Kindergarten has been hearing fairy tales and “fractured” fairy tales. First grade books have been centered about telling lies and when telling too much of the truth can be hurtful. Second grade learned about the Caldecott medal and third graders looked at parts of a nonfiction book. Fourth grade reviewed author’s purpose and learned about the Ivan, the real shopping mall gorilla. After reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to fifth grade, they worked on designing their own windmills. (Using STEM with Literature)

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Next Level Tennis School

All our first graders received new tennis racquets and 3 tennis balls to begin learning how to play tennis. This donation was made by our BT&T Branch in Crozet!

Go Bananas for Tennis = Activity + Nutrition = Better Academic Performance and Health!

Super thanks to QuickStart Tennis and BB&T Banking branch of Crozet!

SOL Schedule

May 5th: 5th Reading
May 6th: 3rd Reading (Part 1)
May 7th: 3rd Reading (Part 2)
May 8th: 4th Reading
May 11th: Make-ups
May 12th: 5th Math (Part 1)
May 13th: 5th Math (Part 2)
May 14th: 4th Math (Part 1)
May 15th: 4th Math (Part 2)
May 18th: 5th Science
May 19th: 3rd Math (Part 1)
May 20th: 3rd Math (Part 2)
May 21st: 5th VA Studies
May 26th-29th: Make-ups

Mark your Calendars

April 29: Kindergarten Orientation (Starting @ 9:00 AM)
April 30: Drama Club Performance (1:15 PM & 6:30 PM)
May 1: Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Day
May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5: Teacher Appreciation Day
May 6: National School Nurse Day
May 20: 1st Grade Field Trip to Camp Friendship
May 21: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Natural Bridge
May 22: Kindergarten Field trip to Ivy Creek
May 25: Memorial Day (Holiday-No School)
May 29: K/1 Music Program (9:00 AM & 6:30 PM)
June 1: Field Day
June 2: 4th Grade World Market

June 3: Ms. Crummie goes to Washington, DC to accept the Award
June 5: 5th Grade Field Trip to VA Aquarium and Marine Science
June 8: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Starting @ 9:00 AM)
June 9: Last Day of School