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Presenting........the Coles Elementary Roadrunner "Fruitastic" Learning Orchard and a special thank you to Dominion Power!
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.
Thanks to our WATCH D.O.G.S
Coles Elementary is proud to announce the start of our WATCH D.O.G.S (dads of great students) program this year.  Mr. Morris joined us on Friday, September 18, 2015 and worked with a lot of students by:  reading with second and kindergarten students, playing math games with third grade students, and sharing his time with students in the cafeteria.  We so appreciate all of our WATCH D.O.G.S who are volunteering to share their time in our school and showing our students how important a good education is and the importance of being good citizens!
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.
PTA Tailgate a Huge Hit
In our largest turnout yet, Coles' families and staff enjoy time to talk and play on September 11, 2015.  The PTA provided grilled hot dogs and families each brought delicious dishes to share. 
A special thank you to Woodbine Ace Hardware for the willingness to work with our PTA for the grill and supplies!
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.
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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