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Principal’s Message

PRINCIPAL’S PRINCIPLES

October 2017

 

 

Dear Colonial Trail Families:

 

Happy second month of school!  We have had a very smooth and productive start to the 2017-2018 school year with students who are continuously smiling.  As educators it is our job and our joy to be able to focus so much student energy and enthusiasm into learning.  Thank you for your bright and inquisitive children, for preparing them so well for school, and for our mutual partnership in raising them to do their absolute best.

 

Our 2017-2018 theme, Super C.U.B.S! (Cooperation. Understanding. Bravery. Success!), empowers us to emphasize strong character and hard work as heroic. Research shows that when children are emotionally and socially well adjusted, motivated and engaged, and when their instruction is consistently made meaningful, they perform better on standardized tests.  Furthermore, when we enrich both the process and products of learning (through project based learning, problem solving, differentiation, technology integration, student collaboration, writing across the curriculum), we effectively provide our students with the academic and social skills necessary to be successful in the workplace and in life. This win-win focus on whole child growth and learning before achievement has also increased our SOL performance four consecutive years.  Our 2016-2017 combined SOL scores are as follows:  English 94.4%; Math 92.5%; Social Studies 96.2%; Science 92.8%.  Way to go!

 

We are proud of our accomplishments, yet we still have work to do.  How can we reach every child together as a school community?  Below are a few ways you can help.

 

  • Join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  Let’s strive for 100% family membership!  Please go to PTA Website.
  • Give a PTA Cub Club direct donation.  All funds go directly to instructional resources (technology, leveled books, etc.).  This year we also would like to purchase additional playground equipment as the county has removed our climbing dome for safety reasons.  See the PTA Website.
  • Attend PTA Spirit Nights and other events.  These raise school funds and foster community relationships.  See PTA Website and read the monthly PTA Cub Chronicle for information. Here is October’s issue.
  • Volunteer.  We especially need help in our library.  Over the last few years we have tripled our circulation.  That’s a lot of shelving for Miss Brown!  Please contact her directly at rpbrown@henrico.k12.va.us to let her know when you can help out.
  • Actively communicate with your child’s teacher to partner in addressing academic or behavior challenges (and celebrating successes).  Make sure to sign up for a parent-teacher conference (week of November 6).
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.  A homework and bedtime routine is age-old proven (Early to bed, early to rise, makes a student healthy, wealthy, and wise).
  • Strive for good attendance and being on time to school.  Missed or late learning is lost learning.
  • Read to your child nightly (K-5).  Make it fun.  This fosters a love of learning. Enjoy your time together!

 

 

Thank you again for your outstanding parent support of Colonial Trail Elementary.  Please look for PTA October events at PTA Website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kirk Eggleston

Principal

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