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Principal’s Message


Dear Colonial Trail Families:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year–we had a wonderful first day!  We are excited to have your family as part of our community.  We are a diverse, vibrant, and high achieving school with outstanding parents, teachers, and students.  CT is a great place to be!

Our school theme this year is C.T.E.S. CUBS CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS!  When students have strong self-esteem and a consistent sense of belonging, they will reach and exceed our expectations. Indeed, our goal at CTES is to support and challenge every child. Your child’s teacher this year is excited to work with him/her to make learning relevant, rigorous, and fun. Below is some very important information regarding the 2018-2019 school year.

FORMS (Parent Homework):  Forms came home in your child’s folder.  All forms on the “Return To School” side of the folder should be completed and returned to school (unless you completed them on Rycor).

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.  Please make sure to review and sign. All families must sign.

LUNCH VISITS—Please see new policy for  LUNCH VISITORS (1).pdf . In order to have any relative/grandparent, etc. join your child for lunch, the visitor must be on the parent pick up form.

VOLUNTEERING—We encourage parent volunteering.  We require you complete a Parent Volunteer Form . Print, sign, and send in if you want to volunteer soon.  We will be following up with a different online form soon with a required volunteer video for you to watch. Please see Volunteer guidelines revised August 2018 (2).pdf .

CTES PTA.  Please join!  Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an essential partner in educating your child.  PTA supports our school through fundraising, parent outreach, family events, teacher appreciation, student recognition, technology support–the list goes on.   We strive for 100% family membership.  Please see the CTES PTA website at to join and stay informed of CTES PTA community events.

PTA PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE FOR NEW CTES FAMILIES.  Friday, September 14, 8:30 AM in the cafeteria.  This is an opportunity to meet our administration, ask questions, and get involved.  Our PTA President, Mei Johnson, will also be there to welcome you.  Please come!

PTA BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 6:15-8:00p.m.  We will meet in the gym and then have two classroom sessions to learn about curriculum and teacher expectations.

PARENT HANDBOOK.  Please review the handbook online at  This document provides specific HCPS and CTES policies and guidelines.

PARENT PORTAL.  You can access grade 2-5 gradebook information via Powerschool at

CLASSROOM BLOGS.  All of our teachers will have classroom blogs to keep you informed.  These will be introduced and available for your use at Back To School Night.

STUDENT ATTENDANCEHaving your student at school every day is essential to support his/her academic success.  For this reason, we highly discourage long term absences during the school year.  Please again note that HCPS policy is to immediately withdraw students from enrollment upon the first day of any planned absence of 15 days or more.  No schoolwork can be provided to students on vacation or if withdrawn.  We also caution that extended absences affect academic mastery and place your child at risk of non-promotion.  Virginia compulsory attendance laws require us to report chronic absenteeism (5 or more unexcused absences) to the county attorney.  As we understand family situations or emergencies occur that require your child to be absent, please arrange for principal approval of any extended absence.  That said, please make every effort to plan family vacations during the winter or summer holidays.  We appreciate your support of consistent attendance.

TARDIES.  Just a reminder that the tardy bell rings at 8:10. Students should be in their classrooms at that time. We encourage you to have your children ride the bus or to get them to school by 8:00 am.

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Please stop by, email or call 364-0055 if you have any questions or concerns.  My email is

Thank you as always for your support, enthusiasm, partnership, and trust.  We look forward to a great school year!


Kirk Eggleston



AugustPP 2018

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