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Minnieland
Upcoming Events
11/26/2014
- 1/2 Day of School
8:50 AM - 12:15 PM
11/27/2014
- No School
All Day
11/28/2014
- No School
All Day
12/5/2014
- Family Heritage Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12/13/2014
- Jingle Bell Fun Run
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
PWCS News
 
School Announcements
Planting Pear Trees to Attract Pollinators
Our garden committee and students planted additional pear trees to continue our efforts to attract pollinators to our school environment.  As soon as the spring months arrive, we will be monitoring and tracking the results of hard labor.
Trout In the School
Roadrunner students have been watching and waiting daily to see our trout follow the life cycle of a fish.  Students have seen them hatch from their eggs, to being about a half inch long stick looking specimens, to now they are out of their hatchery and swimming in their 50 gallon tank.  Students will be using non standard and standard units of measurement to keep track of their growth while also making daily observations.  When the trout get to a certain measurement, the 5th grade classrooms will be going on a field trip to release them into a designated stream or pond.
How does your student get to school? Please take this quick survey
The Safe Routes To School Program requests  parents to complete a quick survey online that pertains to whether their children walk or bike to school or use other means of transportation, and seeks to understand reasons why or why not.
 This 5-10 minute questionnaire gathers information about factors that affect whether parents allow their children to walk or bike to school, the presence of safety-related conditions along routes to school, and other background school travel data. Results can help determine how to improve opportunities for children to walk or bike to school, and measure parental attitude changes as local SRTS programs occur.
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 here to see Nov. 5-7 Roady students!  Click here to view Nov. 10-14 Roady Students!
Eileen Whelan from the ABC 7 Weather Team Visited Coles
Coles' students in grades 3-5 who made good choices throughout the first quarter were encouraged to continue to make good choices about following their interests by Eileen Whelan from the ABC 7 Weather Team on November 14, 2014.  She shared with students what a meteorologists career encompasses, the weather tools they use to make forecasts, and students were able to tour the Storm Chaser mobile.
Quality Student Half Sleepover
Nearly 115 students in grades 1-5 received personal invitations to attend the Quarterly Half Sleepover on November 14, 2014.  These students had to meet the tough criteria of:  making good choices ALL day, EVERY day for the first 9 weeks of school in regards to their behaviors throughout the learning environment AND they had to meet every goal they set for ALL common assessments taken in EACH subject area for the entire first 9 weeks of school.  They had a great time playing board games, dancing to some favorite tunes, eating pizza and popcorn, watching movies, and spending time with friends.  The students were chaperoned by the Coles' Staff.  Way to go Roadrunners!
We look forward to an even greater number of students meeting the criteria for the second quarter!
Coles Kicks off Read-A-Thon Week!
A broad spectrum of community readers helped Coles Roadrunners kick-off the PTA sponsored Read-a-Thon.  We so appreciate their partnership in "enlarging" our students worlds by sharing their enthusiasm for reading! 
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world.  Love of books is the best of all."  ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

 
Monster Mash! Math/STEM night at Coles
Student's from Mrs. Holliday's class said that they had fun dancing with their friends, partaking in the chili cook-off, making monsters and spiders, winning cakes at the cake walk and seeing a real live hedgehog!  View the slide show here!!
Book Character Parade
Student's had a great time during our Book Character Parade!  View Slide Show here.
Can we borrow your trash?
The staff at Coles would love to use your cleaned trash for our STEM projects.  If you have any water bottles, bottle caps, pipe cleaners, yarn, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, old buttons, twisty ties, or bread loaf plastic tabs that you would like to part ways with, please send them to school.  Students can bring them to the front office.  We are not requesting glass objects or metal objects at this time.  Please be sure to clean them as best you can.  Thank you!
Coles Elementary Participates in Walk to School Day
Our Roadrunner students got off of buses or cars and walked around our playground with the encouragement of some wonderful firefighters from Tanker 6 and Engine 6 from the Coles Firehouse.  Mrs. Brady did a great job of organizing this event to promote healthy habits of walking on a regular basis!
Coles Elementary is a Virginia Naturally Award Winner-- third year in a row
September/October School Newsletter
Please read our current newsletter.  There are 2 parts to this so please make sure to read both parts.
Part 1: Newsletter
Part 2: Newsletter
 
PTA sponsored Tailgate
It was great to see so many families join our PTA Executive Board on Friday, September 5, 2014, to celebrate the first week of school!
Fitness Trail
All Coles Roadrunner Students are using the Fitness Trail purchased through grants and generous donations from PTA.  The Fitness Trail helps to promote healthy habits, develop the brain by nourishing it through exercise, and encourages physical activity.  Students use the Fitness Trail each day before school and throughout the day in PE or recess.
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
parent and Student Handbook
Everything you've always wanted to know, but didn't know to ask. The ABCs of Coles Elementary will give you and your child a sneak peak on what to expect when you come to Coles Elementary
Coles School Supply List 2014-15
Click here to view the school supply list for the upcoming school year.

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.
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.

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! http://www.wegivebooks.org/books

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!
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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