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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! For more pictures go to the school gardens tab located on the left.
SCA Representatives Celebrate Achieving the Canned Food Goal
SCA Representatives celebrated the Coles' student body raising awareness for hunger by reaching our goal of gathering more than 800 canned goods.  SCA Representatives took pies in their faces as the canned goods were distributed to charitable community organizations to help homeless shelters.
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 January 5-9 Roady students!  
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!

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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