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Principal’s Message

Principal’s Principles, November 2018

Happy November!  We hope you and your kids had a fun Halloween.  As a new month begins, we want to share a few important upcoming dates.

November 2, 7:30-8:00 Donuts with Dads!  Fathers/father figures welcome to congregate with your kids in the cafeteria/gym.  Donuts were prepaid from our original date.  Please park in the rear of the school.  At 8:00, we will have a speaker on Internet Safety in the cafeteria if you are able to stay.

November 5, 3:30-6:00.  Parent/Teacher conferences.  Sign up through your teacher’s blog.

November 6.  Student Holiday (Election Day).  Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sign up through your teacher’s blog.

November 12, 9:00 A.M.  Veteran’s Day Assembly.  Please bring a veteran friend or relative. Let us know who you’d like to bring and honor on this special day by contacting Mrs. Nguyen (

November 20.  First Quarter report cards go home. We are very proud of our students!

November 21-23.  Thanksgiving Break (school closed.)

As we move onto the second marking period, we want to make sure all of our new families are aware of school protocols.  If you have enrolled since September 4th…,

  1. Please partner with us to help your child be prepared to learn, be respectful of others, and understand the classroom and school rules.  Let your child now that our school’s #1 goal is for him/her to be successful.
  2. Please contact the teacher or an administrator if your child is not enjoying school, is not making friends, or is struggling academically.  We are here to help.  We will respond by phone or email within 24 hours.
  3. Please make sure you have submitted a signed HCPS Code of Conduct to the classroom teacher. All students and parents are expected to sign/return the Code of Conduct.
  4. Please make sure your child’s emergency/authorization to pick-up form is continually updated in case of weather-related early dismissals, or school emergency.
  5. Students should maintain the necessary supplies for use in school throughout the year. Please advise the classroom teacher or our counselor if the purchase of supplies is a financial burden. Throughout the school year, the teachers distribute the supplies from the classroom sets on an as-needed basis.
  6. Each child who rides the bus to and from school is assigned to a certain school bus number/bus color.  This bus assignment must be adhered to–students cannot switch buses when riding to or from school.  This is not only for safety purposes in keeping track of all students assigned to a particular bus, but bus assignments are made based on address and capacity of the bus.
  7. Please make sure to check your teacher’s blog for day-to-day information, updates, and homework expectations.
  8. Please make sure to check your child’s backpack and the take-home folder daily–homework is sent home in the take-home folder, as well as notes from the teacher, behavior forms, field trip forms, and special notices.
  9. Please make sure to notify the school of an absence due to an illness–a parent needs to call the school at the beginning of the school day.
  10. Please make sure to sign in your child for a late arrival and to sign him/her out for an early dismissal.  We don’t do early dismissals after 2:15 PM.
  11. Please make sure to get your child to school on time.  Students should be in their classes by the time the bell rings (8:10) to get started with instruction. If you drive your children, we encourage you to get here by 8:00 a.m.  We encourage students to ride their assigned bus, which is usually on time.
  12. Extended absences (more than 3 days) require principal approval to excuse.  Please send a note to the principal at least two weeks prior.
  13. Extended absences of more than 15 days require us to withdraw your child from school on the first day of absence.  You will need to reenroll your child upon your return.
  14. Attendance is very important to your child’s academic success.  We highly discourage extended absences during the school year.  More than 5 days of unexcused absences require us to inform the county attorney under the Virginia compulsory attendance law.
  15. We hope you will consent to send your child on field trips.  Field trips are secure, safe activities that broaden the student’s understanding and knowledge of a particular subject/content area.  To attend a field trip, the child must have a signed permission form. Parents are expected to pay any field trip fees and understand whether a bag lunch is required.  If you have concerns about field trip fees, please contact the principal or counselor. We can provide assistance if needed.
  16. Please keep your child’s lunch account consistently funded.  You can pay directly to our cafeteria manager or set up an account and pay online here. Inquiries about the federal free/reduced meal program should be made in the front office.
  17. Should your family ever need to move/transfer out of CTE, (to another HCPS school, out of our area, or out of the country), make sure to notify the teacher and office as soon as you know your date. We want to make sure we have your child’s forms ready for transfer and so we can help to support your child to make the transition.
  18. ​​​​​​​With respect to gifted identification–Colonial Trail will provide you with information on this process.
  19. As teachers have a tight schedule, please be on time for parent/teacher conferences.  If the conference needs to be rescheduled, please contact the classroom teacher.​​​​​​
  20. Please join the PTA in order to support the school’s mission of providing enrichment, cultural, and community engagement activities year-round. Go to our PTA Website.
  21. Parents should stay informed of school events and the latest news from the school by reading the principal’s monthly newsletter (this is it) and reading the school’s Cub Chronicle e-mailed to all families by the PTA on Friday evenings. Sign up on the PTA website to receive these emails.
  22. That’s a lot!  If you have additional questions, please see Student/Parent Handbookor call the school for assistance.  We are here to help!

Have a happy November!

Kirk Eggleston, Principal


Principal’s Principles  October 2018

Dear Colonial Trail families,

It’s hard to believe that that fall has arrived and it’s October!  These first 4 weeks have flown by and the students are in routines and engaged in many varied learning opportunities each day.

Teachers have been busy completing reading assessments (Fountas & Pinnell) with all students and PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) with 1st through 3rd grade students new to VA.  KG will begin administering PALS mid-month. It’s important that the teachers are knowledgeable of each child’s reading skills in regards to decoding, fluency, spelling, comprehension, writing, and phonetic skills so that they best plan lessons to meet individual needs.  Reading is an incredible life skill – one must read daily not only to practice skills learned in school and at home. We strive to expose students to new genres, types of texts, such as magazines, graphic novels, maps, food labels, brochures, and more. Reading can take one to places they dreamed of, expose them to new ideas, and spark an interest in a new topic. K-5 teachers are focusing this year on writing as we strive to create students who can fluently express themselves in written form.  To do so, teachers are receiving training through the school year on 6+1 Writing Traits strategies and implementing them into weekly writing lessons.  Come look in the classrooms and hallways – you can see some of their work displayed!

In the month of September, the staff and students have practiced several safety drills – fire, Lockdown, and Signal Blue Hide & Lock.  Students are taught what to do in each of these situations so that if a real emergency were to occur, they know exactly how to react and what the expectations are.  In October, we are required to have the following drills: fire, tornado, and earthquake.  When we practice these drills, we inform the students that it is a drill. We do take each and every one very seriously.


Henrico County Public Schools has identified qualities and attributes to target as we educate and prepare our students from K through 12 to be life ready and possess 21st Century Skills.  As teachers plan lessons within their units of study, they are focusing on and embedding these traits: quality character, global citizen, communicator, collaborator, creative thinker, and critical thinker.  Go to this link to learn more:  Another aspect of developing our students is through Deeper Learning with the incorporation of STEAM classes – this implementation will take place over three years as HCPS adds STEAM classrooms to selected schools each year. To learn more, visit:


Upcoming events:

Oct. 4 – Gifted Parent Information meeting  6:00-7:00

Oct. 9 – PTA School spirit night at Chipotle near Short Pump Town Center  4:00 – 9:00

Oct. 12 Donuts with Dad  7:30-8:00  8-8:30 Speaker in Internet Safety following in the cafeteria.  See flyer.

Oct. 12 Individual Picture Day

Oct. 24 – Robotics assembly for the students during the school day – sponsored by the PTA

Oct. 26 – PTA Fall Family Movie Night

Nov. 5 PM Parent Conferences – teachers will send out a Signup Genius to register

Nov. 6 – AM Parent Conferences – teachers will send out a Signup Genius to register; no school for  students today


As always, we enjoy your participation, support, and dedication as we work together to educate our students.  As Marva Collins, an American educator, stated “Success doesn’t come to you, you go get it!”


Thanks for all that you do in support of our children. Happy Fall!


Nevin Hartman

Associate Principal







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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