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Coles Elementary School Supply List 2015-16
Click HERE for the 2015-2016 Supply List.

 

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Welcome

Roadrunner families and staff  wish Ms. Michelle Sushner the very best of luck and happy thoughts as she continues her educational leadership career in Seattle, Washington, where she and her significant other will reside. She has been a fantastic leader at Coles Elementary these past two years.
In that respect, please welcome Mrs. Stacy Weatherspoon as the newly appointed Administrative Intern for Coles Elementary School. She is originally from Alabama where she received her undergraduate degree from Alabama State University. She had the opportunity to travel the world due to being a military spouse. She has lived in Hawaii, Germany and now here in Virginia. During her time in Germany, she earned her Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership in Administration from Touro University and received her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University while teaching third grade at King Elementary. She brings seventeen years of educational experience and thirteen of those years served in the classroom. She has taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade during those thirteen years. Four of those years, she served as a CEIS Specialist at King Elementary and Neabsco Elementary.
She has two children and husband to whom she been married to for fifteen years. They enjoy spending family time together. She is extremely excited about working with the families and staff at Coles Elementary.

 

Summer School at Coles July 6-24, 2015
Students identified and registered for summer school will receive an informational letter early the week of June 29 with information about summer school. Students identified, invited, and registered from Coles, Marshall, Signal Hill, and Bennett will attend summer school at Coles.  Summer school hours are 9 - 12:30 pm from July 6-24, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact Chanel Graham or Malcom Foust at 703-791-3141.
Camp Invention at Coles June 22-26
Students show their abilities to design, create, build, be resourceful, apply, and reason through STEM activities during Camp Invention.  Students are using recycled machines, computers, radios, etc... to create something new, developing a tool that is multi-purpose, design a shield that is water-proof, and design a net that will catch marine life.  Students are having a ball and are working collaboratively.
Summer Cleaning Begins
Another great year concludes and the preparation for the 2015-16 school year begins!  A shout out to our wonderful custodial staff who work tirelessly through the summer to get our school spic and span.
Many thanks to our staff, students, parents/guardians, and community for being a welcoming and inviting school striving for excellence for All students. At Coles, we are a community of environmentally minded thinkers where learning is achieved, real world problems are explored, and success is celebrated.  Have a safe, fun, and relaxing summer.  Please remember to read each day of the summer, record your books or minutes read, explore science experiments, solve real-world math problems, and visit historical places!  Learning will take you everywhere!
 
Good Luck to a Fantastic Group of Rising 6th Graders
Many of you have been at Coles since Kindergarten, while some joined us throughout the years.  You are a caring, innovative, respectful, and responsible group of students who will achieve excellence and continue to lead your age group to be environmentally minded problem solvers and real world thinkers.  Please visit us from time to time to keep us updated as to your growth and successes! We have loved learning your strengths and talents!
Summer Reading
The link to the summer reading lists by grade levels is on our side bar labeled summer reading list.  Mrs. Story is planning a celebration for students participating in summer reading.  Happy READING!
**Students who choose the option of participating in the Prince William Public Library summer reading program should read the number of books designated for their grade level:
Grades K-2 Read 5 books
Grades 3-5 Read 3 books

 
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 Staff Competing with a "Minute to Win It"
Our staff at Coles Elementary is superb and what better way to celebrate the end of a successful year, at a staff meeting, then with some fun competition.  Staff competed as collaborative teams to see which team could get a cookie from their nose to their mouth without using their hands within a minute, how many dice could be loaded onto the end of a craft stick being held by a colleague in their mouth, how many smarties could be transferred from one plate to another using chop sticks, etc...  A great time was held by all!  Way to go, Coles Elementary Staff!
Trout Release
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, 29 5th graders, Mrs. Richardson, Ms. Kimmey, Mrs. Forgas, several parents, and representatives from the Trout in the Classroom Statewide program traveled to Markham, VA to release our 25 trout into their new home.  All of the trout knew exactly what to do as they positioned themselves to swim upstream to colder waters originating in the mountains. 
We look forward to continued success with this program next year as we help to populate this area with Brook Trout and improve the watershed environment.
Attention all 5th Grade parents!
Attention 5th Grade Parents,
This is a reminder that a booster tetanus vaccine (Tdap) is required for all students prior to entering 6th Grade. Your child is eligible to receive this vaccine once he or she turns 10. As soon as you complete this requirement, please send documentation to school.  Please call our nurse, Mrs. Karamanis, with any questions.
 
School Garden: Help needed!

Can you take a week during the summer to water the school gardens? Our award winning gardens contain potatoes, radishes, carrots, beans, tomatoes and sunflowers. We would like our children to come back in the fall to vibrant growing gardens. If you can donate some time during the summer to water our gardens, please contact Mrs. Richardson at richarrv@pwcs.edu.

Environmental Club and the Friends of the Occoquan River Partner Up
A special thank you to the Friends of the Occoquan River for donating and helping our Environmental Club put together a new rain barrel for the front of our school.  We use the rain barrels to recycle water and use the rain barrel water to water our gardens.
Camp Invention!
Camp Invention will be at Coles from June 23-26th from 9am-3:30. We will encourage your child to explore their inventiveness and problem solving skills with experiences that will harness their curiosity, inspire creativity and evoke a sense of accomplishment!  They will even be making their own game labs and go carts!

Sign up today at www.campinvention.org 

Robotics Fun Day!
Cole's Robotics team participated in the county wide "fun day" Saturday, May 9 at Osbourn Park HS.  We took 2 teams and had a great day team building and programming our robots!
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.
Boy Scouts Building a Pergola in our Learning Gardens
Thank you to Michael Erickson and the Boy Scouts of Pack 1195 who are building a pergola for our learning gardens as an Eagle Scout Project.  We can't wait to experience the benefits of your hard work and planning!
Congratulations to the Coles' STEP team for Winning First Place
We are so proud of our STEP team for showing their personal best on Saturday, March 6, at Trinity University in their first competition of the school year.  They won first place for their age level/category and danced their hearts out!  Great job girls and Ms. Townsend and Ms. Tyree!
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 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 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.
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 June 2-5.
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 First No Paper Day for 2014!
Coles Elementary staff and students promote environmentally minded habits with our quarterly "No Paper Day."
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.
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 Elementary is a Virginia Naturally Award Winner-- third 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
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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