Colt Crusader

A newsletter for the families of CFES students

April Edition

2828 Pleasant Acres Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23453


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Principal: Robyn Backer , @Robyn Backer

Asst. Principal: Patti Porter, @sunsetzzz15

Message from Ms. Backer, our principal

Spring is finally here and I am hopeful that the threat of winter weather is behind us. I love this time of year as we get to open our windows to hear the sounds of the chirping birds and smell the flowers that are blooming.

This month, also, includes the opportunity to have some time off from school and time together with your family during the anticipated Spring Break. I encourage our students often to enjoy time outside on these nice weather days! We will continue to work hard and have fun learning while we also prepare for the last 9 weeks push and SOL preparation.

April is, also, the Month of the Military Child. Christopher Farms has a large number of military families. During April military children are celebrated due to the unique culture that comes with being a military family. Military children are faced with frequent moves which often take them coast to coast in the US and to various countries. The military parent is often deployed or stationed away from the family which is stressful on the family system in a multitude of ways.

Christopher Farms is dedicated to supporting the needs of military families. CF has a Military Family Life Counselor who is available for the children (with parent permission) to aide in deployment, social and academic challenges as well as provide various military and community resources. A Student Liaison Officer is assigned to each VB School to assist in incoming and outgoing school transitions. CF partners with MWR to coordinate before and after school transportation for daycare through Oceana.

CF will be celebrating military children with two different displays of artwork created by military students. The students are also invited to speak on the announcements during April tp share their experiences being a military child. Christopher Farms honors all military children.

Thank you, as always, for supporting all of our teachers, staff, and students here at Christopher Farms.


Happy Springtime! Enjoy the warm weather and spring break. SOL time is around the corner so have your students read and practice their math facts. Hoping the rainy weather brings sunshine to everyone in the coming days ahead.

Important Upcoming Dates


4/5 - Additional Gifted Testing

4/5 - 5th Grade Bingo Night

4/8 - Report Cards Go Home

4/9 - Munchkins with Mom 7:00am - 7:30am

4/12 - 4/19 - Spring Break

4/23 - Kindergarten Registration 9:00am

4/25 - PTA Meeting 3pm - 4pm - Papa Johns Delivery Night

4/30 - Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

4/30 - CFES Blood Drive 3:00pm - 7:00 pm


5/1 - 5th Grade Graduation Pictures

5/3 - Field Day

5 /14 - SOL Testing Begins

5/15 - Spring Concert

5/16 - PTA Meeting 3pm - 4pm

5/20 - Skinny Dip Cashola 3pm - 9pm

5/27 - Memorial Day (No School)

papa Johns Delivery Night

Dinner is on us!!!

Mark your calendars! We are having another Papa John's Delivery Night on Thursday April 25th. See the flyer below for more details! We cant wait!
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An Achievable Dream Academy

In 2014, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and An Achievable Dream Academy (AADA) began a partnership in Virginia Beach by establishing an AADA program at Seatack Elementary School.

For the past five years, the elementary program has become a staple of the Seatack community, and, in the 2018-19 school year, AADA expanded to middle school – finding a home at Lynnhaven Middle.

Since the program has been established, only students who lived in the Seatack/Birdneck/Lynnhaven communities could apply to be in the academy. This year, to bolster participation in the program, VBCPS and AADA are expanding the recruitment areas for families interested in applying.

Check out the article below for more information and a list of the schools who can apply to be considered for the program.

Great Dreams Need Great Teachers!

VBCPS wants to hear from you. Tell everyone about the great teachers and staff members from Christopher Farms who have made a difference in your life or in the life of your child and how they have helped support your great dreams. Email us with your story at and we will post them here. Please nominate one teacher at a time.

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for March!

Pre-K & Kindergarten

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1st - 5th Grade

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1st Grade

Laylani Barrett (Cooley)
Camdyn Benincasa (Kernodle)
CJ Hayes (Torres)
Brayden Green (Doyle)
Kinley Campbell (Frierson)

2nd Grade

Connor Ellyson (Bullard)
Jacob Whitehouse (Burok)
Brendan Wingett (Hall)
Rey Borjon (Love)
Cameron Ruby (Minehan)
Dmitry Mateljan (Zipprich)

3rd Grade

Blythe Wise (Crouch)
Caius Damon (Kesner)
Steve Duenas (Pascual)
yanibah Sandoval (Rodriguez)
Noah Sharp (Willett)

4th Grade

Kara Arnett (Cucuzza)
Keira Hull (Dorbin)
Londyn Haney (Zaleski)
Brynn D’alba (Nicolosi)
Cassidy Snyder (Mcneely)

5th Grade

Tanner Warner (Bagnall)
Leland Farley (Cochran)
Terrinique Hepburn (Kemper)
Devyn Robinson (Pagan)
Sydney Kfoury(Zajac)

Counselor's Corner

Happy Spring! Thanks so much to our parents and community members who donated their time and wisdom while sharing their careers with us here at the farm. Our students and staff thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this unique opportunity for exposure to the world of work, and the children of parents who presented were beaming with pride. Please see Mrs. Yoshida if you think you may be interested in joining us next year.

Speaking of careers, our 5th graders completed Academic Career Plans (ACP’s) in their guidance lessons last month. They created a portfolio within Schoology that will stay with them as they matriculate through middle and high school in Virginia Beach. Each student then uploaded their ACP to that portfolio. The ACP serves as a map that they will visit each year to review and update with their courses and plans for the future. Please see the letter being sent home on April 9th and review your child’s ACP with them.

Our guidance focus for the month of April is Citizenship. Lessons this month will focus on digital citizenship. Students will learn how to act with safety, integrity and empathy while demonstrating personal accountability when online. Help us keep our students engaged in appropriate online experiences by monitoring their digital citizenship at home.

April is also the “Month of the Military Child”. We hope you have the opportunity to check out the amazing display of artwork in our main hallway that Mrs. Riccio and her military connected students have created. Perhaps even take a moment to acknowledge your appreciation to children of military parents you may know, for their service to our country. There are many transitions these families must undergo due to the nature of military service and we are sincerely appreciative.

Library News

Happy April from us to you! We'd like to say thank you to the following students who came to the Maker Space in the library to make jump ropes for Tanzania: Sophia Mitchell, Kaitlyn Anderson, Blake Mraz, Alicia Ortez, Catherine Tran, Harold Roqueno, Miku McSwain, Tanner Warner, Kellan Schmidt, and Chloe Wood.

Tech Talk

Hello CFES Families!

I am very excited to be joining the Colt family as your new Instructional Technology Specialist! I have been a 2nd grade and 4th grade teacher in Virginia Beach for the last 4 years. I am an avid cyclist and hiker in addition to being a passionate educator. I love listening to and playing music and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into education. I look forward to meeting you and to helping grow your children into lifelong learners!

- Mr. Travis Bowman

Reading Corner

It’s Spring! Longer days means more time to enjoy a good book. Take some time to read to your child. Start a novel that all will enjoy listening to and get lost in the adventure. Have you thought about setting up an inviting book area in a quiet corner? Display the books so your kids will be enticed to read. Below are some fun picture books and novels you may want to consider. Happy Reading!

· The Ugly Vegetable

· Flower Garden

· A Perfect Day for Digging

· Butterfly Park

· Marty McGuire Digs Worms

· Mama Miti

· Compost Stew

· Plant a Kiss

· Miss Rumphius

· Charlotte’s Web

· Ramona the Pest

· The Secret Garden

Math Corner

In April, we welcome the start of the fourth quarter! Kindergarten students begin the month with fractions as they learn explore equal sharing between two people. In 1st grade, computation is back on the menu as students solve single-step problems. This month, our 2nd grade students will explore fractions including halves, fourths, eights, thirds, and twelfths. In 3rd and 4th grades, measurement is revisited through area and perimeter. Finally, our 5th graders explore data and statistics through stem and leaf plots and line plots. Enjoy your spring break!

Nurse's Notes

REMINDER: Rising 6th graders must get their Tdap before going to Middle School. Once your child gets the Tdap vaccination, please turn in the updated shot record to the school nurse. Monthly reminders have been going home and many of you have already turned your shot records into me. Thank you!!!!

The Tdap vaccine may be obtained from the following health care providers;

  • private physician or pediatrician
  • military clinics
  • Virginia Beach Public Health Department at 4452 Corporation Lane

*Vaccines required for school attendance are free for all children at the Virginia Beach Public Health Department

Also, we are exited about our about our Pint Sized Hero Blood Drive here at CFES!

Date: Tuesday, April 30th

Time: 3-7pm

*Any students who recruit one donor to give blood will be awarded a Red Cross medal.

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Check out this College Funding Workshop

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Pre-Kindergarten Applications and Screenings

Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to children with the greatest need at many elementary schools. Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours.

The Pre-K program provides children with purposeful learning experiences to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten while also creating a strong educational foundation. In in addition, it develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

If you or some one you know is interested in applying for Pre-K for the 2019-2020 school year, Please see the flyer below for more information on upcoming screenings and the application process.


Attention 5th Grade Parents and Guardians

It's not too late to donate for Bingo Night!

We are in need of soda and baked goods. See the flyer below for details.

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Raffle tickets are on sale now!!!

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Other PTA News

Upcoming Dates

4/5 - Bingo Night Session One: 5:30pm - 7pm; Session Two: 7:15 - 8:45 (Cafeteria)

4/9 - Muffins for Mom 7:00am - 7:30am (Cafeteria)

4/25 - PTA Meeting @ 3:00 (CFES Library)

Shutterfly Partners with CFES!

Lifetouch pictures are now owned by Shutterfly and they have partnered up to help support CFES! Every time you make an order on Shutterfly and you use the link below, CFES will receive a 8%. This money will go back to support the students at Christopher Farms Elementary School. Our first goal is $500.00.


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