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Book Fair

The fall Scholastic Bookfair is this week, October 20-24,  in the Coles library!  Family shopping night is on Tuesday, October 21st, from 5-8 pm. 

The bookfair is available online from October 15-November 4, 2014. Use the following link to shop online. All proceeds profit our bookfair and provide resources for our school library. Thank you for your support!
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!
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 this week's Roady students!
Thank you to one of our Brownie Troops and the Woodbine Woods Garden Club
One of our Daisy Troops (6223), along with the Woodbine Woods Garden Club, planted mums and cabbages in our front flower barrels.  It makes our entrance look delightful and cheery!
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 512
The fantastic girls in Troop 512 helped to make our map of the United States brighter this year by painting it and sealing it.  It looks so much better and our students can see each state clearly.
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.
Coles Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge!
Coles Staff took the ALS ice bucket challenge and challenged other schools to do it too.  
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
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.
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 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.

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!
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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