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UPDATE - Friday, March 6, 2015

All Prince William County Public Schools closed due to inclement weather in certain areas. Code Red for employees. All school division activities including Professional Development sessions are cancelled. SACC will not open. Telework subject to policy.
 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William estarán cerradas debido al mal tiempo en ciertas zonas. Código Rojo para los empleados. Se cancelan todas las actividades de la división escolar incluyendo las sesiones de desarrollo profesional. SACC no abrirá. Teletrabajo sujeto a la política.

Tất cả các Trường Công lập Quận Prince William đóng cửa do thời tiết khắc nghiệt trong một số vùng. TÍN HIỆU ĐỎ cho các nhân viên. Tất cả mọi hoạt động hệ trường bao gồm cả các buổi thuyết trình Phát triển Chuyên nghiệp điều bị hủy bỏ. SACC sẽ không mở cửa. Chính sách nầy áp dụng cho mọi nhân viên và hoạt động từ xa.  
 
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Coles STEP team to Compete in Competitions on March 6, March 20, Aprill
Good luck to the BEST STEP TEAM ever!  Our STEP team is competing in three upcoming competitions and we know they are going to give their personal best, dance their hearts out, and shine!  Thank you for being such great representatives of Coles Elementary!  A special shout out to Ms. Townsend and Ms. Tyree for sponsoring this great team!
4 Students Represent Coles at the All County Chorus Concert on February 28
Sounds of students singing, drums, bongos, and dancing......congratulations to our 4 student representatives who participated in the All County Chorus Concert on Saturday, February 28 at Patriot High School.  Our students did an exceptional job!  A special thank you to Mr. Wilson for organizing, training these students, and for the additional time you put in to highlighting our talents at Coles!
Coles Students Learn How to Amplfy Others
The students are having a blast learning about COMMUNITY through the Rock'n Town Live theme! So far this week, we learned about how as a community we must Plug In To Serve by putting other's needs in front of our own, and we learned how important it is to AMPLIFY OTHERS, because we have the power to make others stronger with our words.
Please log in to funrun.com to listen to the songs, watch videos, and gain more understanding of how the Boosterthon encourages character and fitness!

 
Coles Kids Care Club
Our Coles Kids Care Club raised $300 to give to a Children's Cancer Research organization.  Our students absolutely show their concern and kindness for others!
Their next project is to decorate pillow cases and provide blankets for homeless shelters.
All of these projects were voted on by the students of the club.
Coles Elementary Rockin Town Live with the Boosterthon
Students are super excited to run 30-35 laps on March 5.  This is another great way to promote fitness and strong character traits within the school environment!  This is a PTA sponsored event.
Coles Kids Care Club Feeding the Birds
Our Coles Kids Care Club, one of many after school clubs at Coles, sponsored by Mrs. Ramona Richardson and Mrs. Stacia Kelly, have participated in many activities to show their care and concern for animals, the environment, elders, soldiers, etc...  One such activity consisted of using recycled paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls, sun butter, and bird seed to make bird feeders for our outdoor areas.  Once created, the students hung them around the school grounds for our winter birds to have something to eat.
Coles Elementary Nominated by Virginia DOE for National Green Ribbon School Award
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is nominating three public schools and one private school for 2015 national Green Ribbon School awards. The U.S. Department of Education program recognizes energy efficient and environmentally friendly schools that promote environmental awareness, community engagement and student wellness.  Coles Elementary has been recognized as a Virginia Green Ribbon School for partnering with private sector and non-profit organizations to create nine school gardens watered with recycled water, our school nutrition program includes “no paper days” and dining by natural light on “lights off Fridays,” our work to help needy families within our own community, our recycling efforts, our efforts to improve energy conservation and build awareness of the environment amongst students and community, and our STEM activities throughout the school year.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon School award winners on Earth Day, April 22. The winning schools will receive green display banners and will be invited to send a delegation to a June recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Way to go, Coles Elementary for this prestigious honor!
Fitness Gram Night for 4th and 5th Grade Students and Families
Parents and students in grades 4 and 5 were invited to learn more about the Fitness Gram Assessments students take during PE at these grade levels.  Mrs. Brady had the help of other PE teachers to run the Fitness Gram stations and everyone had a great time!  If parents have any questions about the Fitness Gram and were unable to attend this engaging and informational event, please contact Mrs. Brady at 703.791.3141.
Second Grade STEM Project of Building the Great Wall of China out of Recyclables
Second grade students used their planning, engineering, and math skills to build a modified version of the Great Wall of China using recycled boxes.  Way to go 2nd grade students!
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!
Week of February 9-13 and Week of Febrary 23-27. 
2nd Quarter Half Sleepover Celebration
Students in grades K-5 who demonstrate quality student behaviors ALL day, EVERY day AND reached or exceeded their goals on ALL academic assessments in the 2nd Quarter were treated to a Half Sleepover.  Students were visited by some furry friends and participated in crafts, STEM projects, and games.  As one kindergartner put it, "This was the best day ever!"  Congratulations to these motivated, responsible, and respectful students!
Quarterly Fun Day to Celebrate Students Making Good Choices
The Blue Sky Puppet Theater visited Coles Elementary on January 30, 2015 to teach us in a fun way about eating healthy and exercising.  This was a way to celebrate our Roadrunners who have made good choices the entire 2nd Quarter.  Way to go Quality Roadrunner Students!
Winter Strings Concert
Winter Chorus Concert
Coles Elementary Provides a Happy Holiday for 87 of our Students
Coles Elementary Staff and Community Members join together to help provide a happy holiday for 87 students (35 families) this holiday season.  Led by Bridget Mathwin, school counselor, and Sergellys Martinez, school secretary, Coles staff and community members purchased clothes, toys, housewares, coats, games, food, blankets ,etc... to ensure these students had a happy holiday season!  Our hallways were lined with the generosity from our staff and community and Mrs. Mathwin delivered packages to all the families. Thank you to all who participated!
Coles Jingle Bell Run
Coles Elementary and Benton Middle School PTAs join forces to provide students and community with an opportunity to burn some energy and run around the Benton track for the Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run.
Coles First No Paper Day for 2014!
Coles Elementary staff and students promote environmentally minded habits with our quarterly "No Paper Day."
The Journey North
Kindergarten is participating in the Journey North science program. In this international science experiment, students in schoolyards across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce springtime in their part of the world. by recording their observations on a map located on the Journey North website. Find us there! http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/index.html For more pictures go to the school gardens tab located on the left.
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.
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 

 
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
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

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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