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Minnieland
Upcoming Events
Today
- First Day of School
8:50 AM - 3:40 PM
9/5/2014
- PTA Tailgate
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
9/9/2014
- Volunteer Training
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9/30/2014
10/7/2014
 
School Announcements
parent and Student Handbook
Everything youíve always wanted to know, but didnít 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
Special Thank You
A very special shout out goes to all of the Roadrunner families who have given up some of their summer to keep our gardens and butterfly garden watered and attended to.† They both look healthy and are thriving!
Another special shout out to the students who were a part of the Kids Care Club and completed the problem based task of using recyclable materials to design deer repellents.† The solutions they put into action have also helped to keep our gardens healthy.
We are so fortunate to have such an involved community and students who have creative solutions to real world problems.
Welcome Back to School
Our school will be getting the last touches to make sure it is ready for students to begin on September 2.† The hallways are clean, the classroom rugs have been shampooed, and†the desks have been scrubbed.† Thanks to the fundraising efforts of our fabulous PTA, a fitness trail has been installed.† We have also been able to replace a well worn piece of playground equipment.† Teachers have been attending conferences about problem based learning, STEM, reading instruction, math instruction, and enrichment.† Grade level teams have been collaborating about how to continue to increase student performance.† It will be another great year thanks to all of the efforts of teachers, parents, students, and our community!
Please look forward to a welcome back to school packet that is planned to be mailed home the week of August 18, 2014.† In this packet, you will find information about student placement in classrooms, upcoming events, and routines† that help to make the beginning of the year run smoothly.
Parents and students will also notice a newly installed buzzer system.† This allows us to keep our office door locked at all times (and all other doors have always been locked).† Parents/guardians and community members will need to ring the bell on the outside of the door, and the office staff will gladly release the door for your entrance.†† As always, anyone who enters the building during school hours, is required to show your ID and receive a badge before entering the rest of the building.† Please keep in mind that the safety of our students, along with student learning, are our top priorities.
We can't wait to see our students at the Meet N Greet on August 29 from 11 - 12 p.m.† We also look forward to meeting our new students and Roadrunner families on August 29 from 9 - 11 a.m.† This new student orientation will begin in our cafeteria.
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.
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.
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 richarrv@pwcs.edu 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: http://www.washingtonpost.com/pr/wp/2014/04/11/washington-post-recognizes-top-educators-in-the-d-c-region-with-annual-awards/.

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! 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!
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
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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