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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.

Fifth Graders to Release our Trout in Markham, VA on June 6
On June 6, several fifth grade students will travel with school staff to a park in Markham, VA to release our trout we have raised in the school since September, 2014.  We are going to miss our babies, but know they are helping our water conservation efforts in the state of Virginia.
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!
SOL 1 Mile Run Run/Walk
SOL Testing Schedule

 

3rd Grade:

Reading: Monday 6/1 & Tuesday 6/2

Math: Friday 6/5 & Monday 6/8

4th Grade:

Reading: Wednesday 5/20

VA Studies: Wednesday 5/27

Math: Wednesday 6/3

5th Grade:

Reading: Thursday 5/21

Science: Friday 5/29

Math: Thursday 6/4

 

Expedited retakes of grade 3-5 SOL tests June 12-17. Please make sure you return the parent consent form that was sent home with your child by May 19. 

 
Arbor Day tree planting
On Tuesday, April 21, the third graders planted 100 white oak saplings on the hill behind the ball field for the purpose of controlling erosion. They worked in pairs to dig the holes, put the seedlings in the ground, and give them a drink of water. After much hard work, students took a minute to read to the newly planted seedlings. We hope they will take root and, in the years to come, grow into large trees to protect the area. Thank you to the Prince William County  4-H for donating the trees for this project!
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!
Uncle Slam's Reading Program
On March 26, The Potomac National's Uncle Slam visited Coles Elementary School to invite students to participate in the Uncle Slam's Reading Program. Students received a book mark from Uncle Slam. Students who read four books, list the titles on the book mark, and get a guardian signature, may turn in their book mark for two free tickets to the May 29th Potomac Nationals game. Please keep your book mark and take it to the box office on May 29th to receive your two free tickets. Any book marks turned in to the library will be returned to the student to take to the ball game on May 29th. Thank you and happy reading!
 
Spring Book Fair
The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be April 13th through April 17th during the school day. We will have a Family Night event on Thursday, April 16th, from 5:00-8:00. The Family NIght event will be part of Literacy Night activities here at Coles. We need volunteers to make this event a success! Please contact Mrs. Story in the library if you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair or use the following link to sign up on Volunteer Spot.   http://vols.pt/m6NWDJ  Thank you for your support.
Jump Rope for Heart
Students are currently learning about the heart and ways that we can keep their heart healthy through diet and exercise. We will celebrate being Heart Heroes by having a Jump Rope for Heart event in our PE classes during the week of April 13th-17th!
 
Please ask your children to see the flyer and be sure to read it together. We do have a team page. Coles Elem - Click HERE to JOIN our TEAM & Be a Heart Hero - THANK YOU!
*This year, donations will be all online
 
During Spring Break you can take the challenge and email at least 10 friends and/or relatives to help get the word out about our upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event and your child could win an awesome prize!
Coles Recycling Program

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!
Huge Thank You to the Coles PTA
Thank you to our fabulous PTA for sharing a little cheer with the staff at Coles on St. Patrick's Day.  The tea and cookies were delicious!  Our PTA is the Pot of Gold!
Kindergarten Registration
We encourage families with students who will be entering kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year to join the Coles staff and volunteers on April 9 and 23.  You are encouraged to come on these days anytime between 10 am - 3 pm.  Kindergarten registration will take place in the front lobby.  If possible, please bring your child with you so that our kindergarten staff can briefly assess them and they can get become acquainted with our school.
You can come pick up a registration packet while also beginning the registration process by bringing in the following information:
Child(ren) entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. To register your child, you must have the following:
· Physical examination (including dates of current immunization) by a licensed physician dated no earlier that 12 months prior to entry into public school.
· Certified copy of the child's birth certificate & the child's social security card.
· Proof of residence - Deed or contract on residential property, or lease agreement or homeowner's contract with home address with parent/guardian name, or a notarized Affidavit of Residency will be accepted;
AND
2 other forms of ID with guardian name and address. For example, drivers license, car registration, 2 bills.


 
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 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 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.
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 May 11-15.
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.
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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