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Holiday Vendor Fair
Please come to the Coles Holiday Vendor Fair on November 14, 2015 from 10-3 pm to shop for the holidays from the dozens of vendors who will be sharing their talents.  Crafts for children to make are available for $1 and refreshments are available for a small charge.
Digital Storytelling Project
Coles was represented at the Superintendent's Breakfast. We featured our digital storytelling project which was funded by SPARK, our educational foundation which provides funds for innovative grants.
Book Fair
The fall Scholastic bookfair was a big success!! Thank you to our fantastic volunteers for helping out during the bookfair. We could not have a successful bookfair without your help. Thank you also to all the parents and students who shopped. The funds raised will provide new books for our library and all our students. Thanks for your support of the Coles Elementary Library!!
5th Grade Students Generate Plant and Animal Cells through a STEM Activity
We love our WATCH D.O.G.S
Thank you to our fabulous WATCH D.O.G.S for coming into our school, working with our students, giving high fives, and showing enthusiasm for learning!  We love your support!
Thank you to our Guest Readers
We had a slew of guest readers visit Coles Elementary on Friday, October 23, to celebrate our Read A Thon.  We had principals from several schools, School Board Members, student athletes, police men and women, firemen, military officers, and our Coles District Supervisor, Martin Nohe.  Thank you so much for igniting the fire with our readers!
Congratulations to Caitlin Walsh
Caitlin was awarded a brand new Kindle Fire from the Cafeteria Food Services Department and Mrs. Anna Bufano, cafeteria manager, for her creative drawing and written response she submitted for the "Selfie" contest.  Way to go Caitlin!
Walk to School Day Celebrated With the Help of our Fantastic Firefighters
Fact Dash Friday
All Roadrunners are getting super excited about mastering their basic facts through Fact Dash Friday!  Every Friday, students spend a 5 minute block of time competing against other classes at each grade level by answering basic math fact questions.  Students are heard making comments such as, " I'm going to go home and practice some more so we can get more points next week."  Stay tuned to see which classes at each grade level earn the most points!
Coles' Recycling Efforts Enriched Through Transurban 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program
Coles is a recipient of the Transurban, 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community grant program. Our partnership with Transurban enabled us to put a recycling container in each classroom and hallway throughout the school. Staff and students are now able to recycle daily and in the process save our resources and protect the environment. In addition to classroom recycling, Coles continues the milk carton recycling program which was piloted last year. We are very thankful that Transurban has partnered with us as we continue our efforts to inspire our students and community to be environmentally minded thinkers.
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 to view our Roady's for the week of November 16-20.
Coles Chorus performs at the Ferlazzo Ground Breaking Ceremony
Kindergarten and Third Grade Students Buddy Reading in our Outdoor Learning Area on a Pretty September Day
Ms. Linder's third grade class and Mrs. Richardson's Kindergarten class buddy up throughout the school year to do fun learning activities.  Today, they were buddy reading in our outdoor learning area.  It is neat to see the older students be such great role models for our newest Roadrunners!
3rd Grade Students Learning and Practicing Place Value
Shout Out to our Summer Readers
Students who read and turned in their summer reading minutes/ books/ pages were treated to a tasty treat on September 18!  It is extremely important that ALL students read each day and night, reflect on their reading, make connections between themselves and the text or the text and another text, and formulate questions about what they are reading!  The more you read, the more you know!
5th Grade Students Exploring the Life that Exists in Small Spaces
Fifth grade students used Science tools to explore a small circumference of space in our own backyard at Coles.  They found Wolf spiders, spider webs, acorns, insect body coverings, twigs, acorn shells eaten by squirrels, ants, and so on.    They also found that although they were in short distances from each other their observations were different.
Second Graders Learn How to Shuck Corn
Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Anna Bufano, taught the entire second grade class how to shuck corn.  She also taught them about the different parts of a corn plant from top to bottom.  The kids learned a lot!
A Special Shout Out
Thank you to Custom Wood Work by Robert Baden for crafting our beautiful Box Tops for Education boxes.  These will be a big help in collecting these box tops as we strive to raise more funding for our school!  We appreciate Mr. Robert Baden for supporting our school.
Message for Kindergarten Parents
Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by a parent, guardian, or other designated individual.  Those authorized to take custody of kindergarten students must be listed on the Emergency Card maintained at the school and they must have identification available when receiving a student at the bus stop.  An older sibling who is at least 12 years old may take custody of a kindergarten student at the bus stop.  No change of custody is required if an older sibling is riding the bus with a kindergartner unless the parent has indicated otherwise.
Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter
We are pleased to announced that our Coles Community can now keep updated by following us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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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 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.
Coles Elementary is a Virginia Naturally Award Winner-- fourth 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.

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