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School Announcements
Roadrunner Kindergarten Camp
We look forward to meeting all of our incoming Kindergarten students at our Kindergarten Camp on August 21 and 22 from 9 a.m - 12 p.m.  Please RSVP to Kathryn Forgas @ 703.791.3141, if you haven't submitted your RSVP already, that your Kindergarten student will be coming to Kindergarten Camp.  We need to know which students are attending to be able to provide bus transportation for your student these two days.  Please RSVP by August 10, 2014. 
Students will be learning the ins and outs of Coles Elementary and how to be a quality Kindergarten student.  Parents are invited to attend the first day of Kindergarten Camp on August 21 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m to learn all about Kindergarten, Coles Elementary, and be able to ask questions you may have.
Kindergarten is always such a magical year for our students and we know this year will be no different!
Fifth Grade Engineers
Coles Elementary fifth grade students design and build a container out of recycled materials geared to house an egg that will withstand being dropped from the roof of the building without breaking the egg.  As with all engineering processes, some work and some need to be explored further.
Coles Elementary Wishes our Fifth Grade Students The Very Best!
The students and staff at Coles Elementary are so proud of our 5th grade students and are confident in their future successes!  A huge thank you to the large group of parent volunteers who helped in making the promotion ceremony held on June 17 meaningful and beautiful!  Our 5th graders and family members were wowed by the motivating speech given by Dr. Otaigbe and the presentation of the DAR Award by Ms. Warzywak.  It is also important to include the dedication the staff at Coles has towards "moving students forward on the highway of success" academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our fifth grade class of 2013-14 will set forth to "stand up and stand out" in their efforts to make a positive impact on our environment, the lives of others, and increasing their learning potential!  Congratulations.
Rocket Launching
Coles Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students celebrate the good choices they have made this quarter, while also being engaged in a STEM activity geared towards aerospace engineering, measurement, types of energy, and using available resources to build rockets.  STudents tested their rockets in a rocket launch on June 17, 2014.  All students were amazed at the responses their rockets had to the pressure and force of the launch mechanism.  Students chased their rockets and recovered them to see the full effects of the launch.
Coles School Supply List 2014-15
Click here to view the school supply list for the upcoming school year.

Summer Reading Lists, 2014
Please check out  the Summer Reading List tab to the left of this announcement page.  Each grade level has a summer reading list, along with a summer reading recording document.  Students can earn extra credit (reflected in the first quarter grades) for completing and returning the summer reading document to their teacher at the start of the school year on September 2, 2014. 
It is vital that your children read every day over the summer.  If students do not read over the summer, research shows they lose a minimum of 3-5 reading levels, or more. 
There are many fun ways to read with your children or check to see if they have understood what they are reading.  Ideas for this will be coming home with the report cards.
Thank you, in advance, for your encouragement and support of your child's reading skills by having them read each day of the summer!
Coles Elementary Recognized as a Wildlife Habitat
OrderSign  Thank you for the community efforts to help Coles become an official Wildlife Habitat!  The Woodbine Garden Club generously donated funds to allow for water features that will serve as a water resource for the creatures that visit Coles Elementary.  A special thank you to the Coles Garden Committee, as well!  Our students have each taken turns watering the garden, inspecting the fruits and vegetables within the garden (yummy strawberries), inspecting the butterflies who are using our butterfly garden as their home, and exploring the types of insects that inhabit the garden area.
Last Day of School June 19, 2014
The last day of school is on June 19, 2014.  This is a two hour early release day.  Students will be dismissed beginning at 1:40 pm.  We hope everyone has a fun, adventurous, and safe summer!  We will miss our 5th graders and wish them well in middle school.  It is great to see our students "move forward on their highway to success."

5th Grade Promotion June 17, 2014 at 9:30 am
Our fifth grade students will participate in a promotion ceremony on June 17, 2014 as we celebrate their successes and time in elementary school, hear from their creative minds and beautiful voices, and encourage them to continue making good choices as they further their education in middle school next year!
PTA Sponsored Movie Night
PTA is hosting a showing of "Monster University" on June 13, 2014 beginning at 6:45 pm in the cafeteria.  Bring a pillow, blanket, sleeping bag, and family.  During this event, parents can attend an internet safety workshop in the library with Mr. Kelley.  Movie Night is not a drop off event.  Each student will need to have a parent/guardian attend with them.  If students come unsupervised, parents will be called and the student will need to be picked up immediately.
Join us in an open house as we celebrate Mrs. Rucker's Impactful Career
Join us on June 13, 2014 in an open house format from 5:30- 6:30 pm in the Coles Gym as we celebrate a wonderful teacher....Mrs. Rucker!  She has been teaching for a minimum of 43 years and will be retiring as of June 19, 2014.  Cake and punch will be provided.
Internet Safety
Shave Ice coming to Coles Parking Lot
Nathan's Ice Cream store will be selling shaved ice on May 17, June 14, July 2 and August 8 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM.  Come and enjoy a FREE treat!
School Garden

We are looking for volunteers to water our school gardens during the summer months. Please consider signing up for a week or a few days. Contact Mrs. Richardson at for further information.  View Video here.

Thank you to 4-H

On behalf of Coles Elementary, thank you very much for the 100 White Oak Seedlings donated by 4-H. It was a tremendous learning experience for our students. These trees will help us continue our quest to provide an inclusive environment for the wildlife on our school grounds.  Click here to view video.

Coles Elementary recognized as a Model Mix It Up School
What is Mix It Up?
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
A Mix It Up Model School embraces respect and inclusiveness as core values—they “mix it up” all year long. These schools have done an exemplary job of organizing, publicizing and implementing Mix It Up at Lunch Day. By sharing their recipes for success, Model Schools are beacons for other schools striving for inclusiveness.
Coles Recipe for Success:
CES students mix it up all year and across grade levels during P.E. and lunch, while learning computer skills and making dream catchers. In an outdoor school-wide activity this year, each student brought a book, dressed as a character from the book and discussed the book with a new friend.
Mrs. Richardson--Agnes Meyer Award Recipient
It's official....Mrs. Richardson is the Agnes Meyer Award recipient for Prince William County.  Mrs. Richardson was awarded the Agnes Meyer Plaque by Mr. Erickson on Friday, April 11, 2014, in front of the Coles student body and staff.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the students, community members, and staff who shared their tremendous experiences and success stories about Mrs. Richardson to aid in the application process.

The Washington Post's Agnes Meyer awards will receive high profile coverage in the April 13th issue of their magazine, available in this Sunday's paper. It will feature PWCS Teacher of the Year Ramona Richardson.
The coverage includes eight profiles of Agnes Meyer winners and a complete list of all the 2014 award recipients. Here is a link to the package online:

Congratulations to Mrs. Richardson!  We love you!

Free Online Books

This is a free website that has great books for students to read. Joining is free. Please browse through their library and choose a good book to read!

Agnes Meyer Award

Coles Elementary is proud to announce the nomination of Mrs. Ramona Richardson to be voted as Prince William County's Agnes Meyer Award. Mrs. Richardson is an outstanding teacher, mentor, leader, advocate, grant writer, and community coordinator! We are extremely fortunate to call her a colleague and instructional leader within our school. She is a by far one of the most qualified and deserving candidates. We thank all of the staff, students, and Coles' parents for their unwavering support!

Thank you to Britto orthodontics!
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
Attention Kindergarten Parents
Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by a parent, guardian, or other designated individual (this designated individual must be on the emergency card).  An older sibling who is at least 12 years old may take custody of a kindergarten student at the bus stop. 
Division Policies and Regulations
Parents/students/guardians may access the policies and regulations governing Prince William County Public Schools online at   
Follow PWCS Communications in Any Emergencies
Whenever possible, it is important to look for official PWCS communications in any emergency situation.  Please register your mobile devices for PWCS E-News or text feeds.  You can also follow PWCS on Twitter or go to the PWCS Facebook page. 
Check Policy
"We welcome your checks."  Please click on the following link to read the Check Policy:
Interpreter Services
Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request for afterschool functions/events.  Please call the school office at least 3 school days prior to the function/event to request this service. 
(703-791-3141) Thank you!

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