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Principal’s Message

PRINCIPAL’S PRINCIPLES, MAY 2018

 

Dear Colonial Trail Parents:

 

As we begin the month of May we want to recognize our dedicated, caring, creative, and HARD WORKING faculty and staff. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11.  Thanks for recognizing their love of children and passion for teaching!  Your kids are in great hands.

 

These last nine weeks of school are a very busy and critical time at school and home for review and study.  We want to help each child feel prepared to do his/her best on upcoming SOL and HATS assessments in grades 2,3,4,5, starting May 7. You can help with this in a number of ways:

  • Teachers will provide review materials that can be used at home; setting aside 10-15 minutes per night to review with your child will help tremendously on the tests.
  • Make sure that your child comes to school well rested each day so that he/she will be focused and alert during this time of review and testing.
  • Good attendance and arriving at school on time every day is critical. Students benefit greatly from morning work that teachers provide daily between 7:50-8:10.  The tardy bell rings at 8:10.

 

During May we also begin planning for the following school year.  We take great pride in knowing every child well at Colonial Trail Elementary with respect to his/her strengths and weaknesses.   During the summer we will carefully place your child with a homeroom teacher and classroom community that will best meet his/her academic and social needs.  Many factors are measured in the classroom placement process, including class size, boy/girl ratio, racial diversity, mixed ability groupings, and current teacher recommendations for placement according to academic needs, learning profiles, individual student personalities, and student compatibility. We value your partnership at Colonial Trail and will do our best to place your child next year with a teacher who will work together with you to promote and sustain an outstanding learning environment.  However, please understand that parent requests for specific teachers will not be considered.   In fairness to all, exceptions to this will not be made.  Parent input is, of course, welcomed and honored with respect to details of unique needs of your child that are of serious concern.  If you would like to provide input of this nature, please send a brief letter to me by June 1stWe will mail you your child’s homeroom placement in August.

 

Other Important Info:

As the weather gets warmer, please keep in mind students must follow the dress code outlined in the Parent Handbook/HCPS Code of Conduct.  Just as a reminder, the following are not appropriate for school.

  • Tank tops/sleeveless shirts (boys); spaghetti straps (girls)
  • Short shorts or cut offs
  • Clothing that exposes the midriff
  • Flip flops are NOT ALLOWED; sandals, Jellies and Crocs are discouraged because they do not allow students to safely participate in physical education and recess.

 

Have a great month of May.

Sincerely,

Kirk Eggleston, Principal

 

PRINCIPAL’S PRINCIPLES, APRIL 2018

Dear Colonial Trail Families:

Happy Spring!  I hope you have had an enjoyable spring break with your kids.  April brings us warmer weather and students who are reenergized and ready to learn.

April is School Library Media Month!

Please take the time to recognize our amazing librarian, Rachel Brown, and super supportive library assistant, Loreen Hitch.  Miss Brown and Mrs. Hitch are the “hub” of our school.  They provide instruction in research, literacy, and communications, in addition to the thousands of books checked out and re-shelved for student enjoyment.  Our CTES library has tripled its circulation in the last three years! We have one of the top elementary circulations in Henrico County.  Thanks to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Hitch for their huge role in providing our students with a strong love of reading!

April 16th is a student half day and also National School Volunteer Appreciation Week!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our parent and community volunteers for all you have done this year to support our students and teachers!  From reading to students, to shelving library books, to working in the copy room, to attending field trips, to assisting in the cafeteria,  to helping with kindergarten registration, to running an amazing PTA—the list goes on.  PTA will soon be announcing our Parent Volunteer of the Year. 

April 19th is Kindergarten Registration!

Kindergarten Registration is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at every elementary school.  Colonial Trail’s registration will take place in the gym.  On this day parents should park and enter through the gym door.

Children who are five years old on or before September 30, 2018 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is a state law and no exceptions are made.

You may be wondering whether to enroll your “late birthday” child this year or wait an additional year.  This is a decision that depends on the social, emotional, academic, and physical readiness of your individual child.  You know your child best, but we are glad to provide you with guidance in making this decision.

Parents should bring to registration: (1) original birth certificate; (2) proof of residence—include a current utility bill and rent receipt or mortgage statement; (3) picture ID.

A COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION (within a year of September 5, 2018) and current United States IMMUNIZATION against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Rubella, Red Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox) are required by law before a child may begin school.  Physical and Immunization must be provided to the school by August 31, 2018.

Please bring your rising kindergartener to registration.  A teacher will meet with him/her to do an informal (and fun) academic screening.

Appointments for kindergarten enrollment can be made after April 20 by calling the school (804) 364-0055.

Please encourage your neighbors to enroll their kindergarteners on April 19th!  It is important that we have enrollment numbers early to determine if we need additional staffing.  We also want to welcome them to CTES!

April 25th is National Administrative Professionals Day!

Our school administrative team—Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Kelmar—is second to none.  They do a tremendous amount of work to keep our school running (and this is not a complete list):  customer service, phone calls, door security, attendance, registration, financial bookkeeping, office management, substitute teacher scheduling, supply purchasing, payroll, workman’s comp, facility use, volunteers, risk management, contracts, school pictures, cumulative files, report card coordination, and copier repair!   So much goes on behind the scenes to run a school and to run it well.  Please thank these ladies for their tireless dedication to our students, parents, teachers, central office, and the principal!

Third quarter report cards will be distributed April 30th!

We are proud of the progress our students are making.  Thanks for your support in this process.

 

Welcome back from spring break!

Sincerely,

Kirk EgglestonPrincipal

 

 

 

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