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Coles Elementary Awarded RAMP Recognition Again
The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program's inception.
Coles Elementary earned this recognition five years ago, and recently earned this recognition with the re-submission for RAMP status. 
Congratulations to our entire learning community and a shout out to our previous school counselor Mrs. Bridget Mathwin, and our current school counselor, Mrs. Heather Mainwaring!  It is a team effort.

 
Cole Tech Club Making Prosthetic Hands
The Super Power Hands tech club is printing prosthetic hands for children missing their lower limb. The 3D printing is part of a global service project through the e-NABLE organization.
Shout out to Coles Staff, Parents, and Community
Thanks to the generosity of our staff members, our Coles families, and our community members, we were able to make the holiday season a little brighter for 77 students at Coles Elementary.  We had a couple of key organizers of this project from Mrs. Mainwaring, Ms. Martinez, Mrs. Yingling, and Mrs. Stoner, we had many individuals who generously donated their finances to purchase toys, clothes, blankets, coats, shoes, gloves for our 77 students, and a few staff members and Ms. Stoner who helped wrap gifts to provide for the families. It was a wonderful collaboration of efforts by our learning community!
winter Strings Concert
In case you missed the Strings Concert you can view it in its entirety right here!
STEM Project in 3rd Grade
Third grade students responded to their STEM task with enthusiasm, creativity, planning, thoughtfulness, and ingenuity.  They used recycled materials to make a map of a city or town and create a key for their map.  Their STEM task was a success!
5th Grade Matter PBL (Problem Based Learning) Projects
The 5th graders were presented with a problem to solve... Students formed engineering teams,  created a question map, researched the problem, developed inventions with prototypes, and tested ideas with hands on experiments. The teams then worked on a presentation and presented them in front of an esteemed panel consisting of, Mrs. Forgas, Mr. Erickson, and Dr. Calhoun. 
Family Literacy/ Heritage Night at Coles
Family Literacy/ Heritage Night was a huge success.  Students enjoyed food tastings, student performances, student artwork, and literacy activities. Click here to view a slide show of the night's events.
Ecosystem Research in Fourth Grade
All fourth grade students chose their ecosystem they wanted to learn more about, developed question maps to help guide their research, drafted hypotheses, researched utilizing a variety of research fields and tools, and chose how they wanted to present their research.  Their presentations were top notch!
Celebrating No Paper Day
To positively impact our environment, Coles Elementary has a quarterly "No Paper Day" throughout the entire school.  Our third grader staff and students used this day to have students build and test out their simple machines using household materials.  Students were all engaged in this learning activity.  What a great STEM project, learning opportunity, and impact on our environment.
5th Grade Students Generate Plant and Animal Cells through a STEM Activity
Walk to School Day Celebrated With the Help of our Fantastic Firefighters
Coles' Recycling Efforts Enriched Through Transurban 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program
Coles is a recipient of the Transurban, 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community grant program. Our partnership with Transurban enabled us to put a recycling container in each classroom and hallway throughout the school. Staff and students are now able to recycle daily and in the process save our resources and protect the environment. In addition to classroom recycling, Coles continues the milk carton recycling program which was piloted last year. We are very thankful that Transurban has partnered with us as we continue our efforts to inspire our students and community to be environmentally minded thinkers.
Presenting........the Coles Elementary Roadrunner "Fruitastic" Learning Orchard and a special thank you to Dominion Power!
Weekly Roady Tickets
Each week we recognize students who have demonstrated Quality ROADY characteristics and have earned ROADY tickets throughout the school week in all settings. Way to go ROADY students!  Click to view our Roady's for the week of January 4-8 and January 11-15.
Coles Chorus performs at the Ferlazzo Ground Breaking Ceremony
Kindergarten and Third Grade Students Buddy Reading in our Outdoor Learning Area on a Pretty September Day
Ms. Linder's third grade class and Mrs. Richardson's Kindergarten class buddy up throughout the school year to do fun learning activities.  Today, they were buddy reading in our outdoor learning area.  It is neat to see the older students be such great role models for our newest Roadrunners!
Shout Out to our Summer Readers
Students who read and turned in their summer reading minutes/ books/ pages were treated to a tasty treat on September 18!  It is extremely important that ALL students read each day and night, reflect on their reading, make connections between themselves and the text or the text and another text, and formulate questions about what they are reading!  The more you read, the more you know!
5th Grade Students Exploring the Life that Exists in Small Spaces
Fifth grade students used Science tools to explore a small circumference of space in our own backyard at Coles.  They found Wolf spiders, spider webs, acorns, insect body coverings, twigs, acorn shells eaten by squirrels, ants, and so on.    They also found that although they were in short distances from each other their observations were different.
Second Graders Learn How to Shuck Corn
Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Anna Bufano, taught the entire second grade class how to shuck corn.  She also taught them about the different parts of a corn plant from top to bottom.  The kids learned a lot!
A Special Shout Out
Thank you to Custom Wood Work by Robert Baden for crafting our beautiful Box Tops for Education boxes.  These will be a big help in collecting these box tops as we strive to raise more funding for our school!  We appreciate Mr. Robert Baden for supporting our school.
Message for Kindergarten Parents
Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by a parent, guardian, or other designated individual.  Those authorized to take custody of kindergarten students must be listed on the Emergency Card maintained at the school and they must have identification available when receiving a student at the bus stop.  An older sibling who is at least 12 years old may take custody of a kindergarten student at the bus stop.  No change of custody is required if an older sibling is riding the bus with a kindergartner unless the parent has indicated otherwise.
Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter
We are pleased to announced that our Coles Community can now keep updated by following us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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Coles Elementary Receives Green Ribbon Schools Award from U.S. Department of Education
On June 3, 2015, Coles Elementary representatives Ramona Richardson, Kathryn Forgas, and Jennifer Rokasky (PWCS Energy Education Coordinator) traveled to the U.S Department of Commerce in Washington D.C to receive the Green Ribbon Schools Award with keynote, U.S Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and meet Senator Mark Warner.  A reception was held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 
It was energizing to hear, talk to, and see how schools are integrating efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, integrate STEM activities into daily instruction, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.  We feel honored to be in an esteemed category with only 58 other schools across the nation.

 
Coles is a 2015 U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon School
This is a such a great honor and demonstrates our commitment to the Coles Elementary Vision of being environmentally minded thinkers where real-world problems are explored and success is celebrated!  Way to go, Coles' students, staff, and community!

This award acknowledges our school's commitment to sustainable practices. The areas encompassed by the award include reduced environmental impact and costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental education. We commend your school for its leadership in environmental stewardship, health, and sustainability and for inspiring your entire school community to aim high. You are representative of promising practices to improve achievement and equity, not only for aspiring green schools but for all schools
Coles Recycling Program
Students are doing a great job recycling products at lunch time.  Here are a few pictures!
Partnership with Confections Cupcakes
A shout out to Confections Cupcakes for partnering with us to teach students the importance of going to school each day, getting a good education, working as a team, fulfilling responsibilities, and giving your Personal Best.   A special thank you to Mrs. Mathwin for organizing this learning experience and monitoring the growth of our students' attendance for continuous improvement.
Coles Elementary is a Virginia Naturally Award Winner-- fourth year in a row
Volunteer Information
Are you interested in helping out at Coles Elementary?  If you missed the volunteer meetings earlier in the year, you can view the PowerPoint presentation and the parent handbook about the rules and regulations regarding volunteering with the county.  After viewing the presentation, simply print, sign and bring in the necessary form.

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