May 28

CTES End of the Year Announcements

Greetings, Cub Nation,

I hope this message finds you well.  It’s hard to believe, but the final push towards the end of the year has begun.  As a learning community, we have been tasked with adapting to extraordinary circumstances to provide meaningful learning experiences and connections for our cubs. We have pushed through like no other community could and will come out on the other end stronger than ever before!

Although we are nearing the end, there is still much to do and celebrate.  I have a number of important announcements regarding the end of year activities we have planned as we close out the year:

Not returning form:

We are preparing for next year and need your help. Please complete this form by June 5th if your family will NOT be returning to CTES next year. (If you are staying in the CTES zone, if you are unsure, or if you the parent of a 5th-grade student, please disregard).  Thank you!

Supply pick-up and distribution:

We have scheduled a time for each grade level of families to pick-up student supplies that were left at school.  This will also be a time for families to return any teacher’s items they might have, such as books and also library books that were checked out. During your scheduled time, you will drive through the bus loop and find your teacher.  They will have your student’s bag of supplies to deliver to you.  Just pop your trunk and the teacher can put the bag in.  If you want to pick up a sibling’s supplies just let us know and we can get that as well.  After that, you will drive forward in the bus loop to the library book station where Mrs. LeClair and her team will be collecting books. For safety and ease of transfer, please remain in your car and have the library books in a bag.  ***If you are unclear whether or not you brought back all your books, Mrs. LeClair or Ms. Hitch can double-check on the computer for you.  See the schedule below for your grade’s pick-up/drop-off time:

Friday, June 5th 3rd-5th

3rd 8am-10am

4th 11am-1pm

5th 2pm-4pm


Monday, June 8th K-2

K 8am-10am

1st 11am-1pm

2nd 2pm-4pm


Teacher/Student 1:1 conferences:

Our teachers and staff have had the opportunity to connect virtually with their class.  There has not, however, been a chance to connect one on one.  Teachers will be reaching out to you to set up a conference with your child.  The purpose of this conference is to connect, reflect, and look forward to the next year.  Although the conferences will be short, their value will be priceless.


End of Year Reverse Parade Celebrations:

We will be hosting an end of year reverse parade for every grade level.  This is a time for students and families to take one last visit to school and be celebrated.  Teachers and staff will be there cheering on cubs with music and energy.  All you need to do is take a ride through the bus loop in your car at your designated time for one last goodbye this year.  Feel free to decorate the car, make a sign, or just bring a smile and positive energy!

Reverse Parade Celebrations (drive-thru)

June 9th, 3rd-4th    4 – 5pm

June 10th, 5th    4 – 6pm

June 11th  K-2nd    4 – 5pm


Virtual Moving on Ceremony:

CTES will be hosting a school-wide Virtual Moving on Ceremony on June 12th.  This will be a time for celebrating as we mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another.  I will be sending out more information soon.

That’s all for now, Cubs!  Until I see you ~  stay safe, be well, and…

Go Cubs!

Mr. Schatz

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May 28

Summer Offerings


Good afternoon Cub Nation,

This message is about summer school options for all students who are currently in elementary school.

HCPS summer offerings for all students, known as “Edflix Season 3”, begins on July 13, 2020. The “summer season” is intended to prepare all students for the start of the 2020-21 school year with additional LifeReady learning experiences through several pathways. Important: LifeReady content-review and enrichment experiences are being made available for all students, which is different than in previous years. For instance, students who typically would have been identified to engage in Summer Academy for remediation, or in exceptional education extended-school-year programming, will also take part. This is possible because of the variety of pathways available to students.

Summer experiences for elementary students are described below:

Pathway 1: Teacher-directed virtual learning experiences to support identified students in need of foundational literacy and numeracy skills delivered by teachers over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Parents and guardians will receive communication from the school if their student qualifies to participate in this pathway.

*Pathway 2: Online resources embedded in a daily schedule to support students in need of foundational vocabulary development over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Available to access anytime, according to family’s needs. Parents and guardians will receive communication from the school if data indicates their child would benefit from participation in this pathway.

*Pathway 3: Online resources embedded into a daily schedule to support foundational learning and enrichment for all students for the upcoming grade level over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Available to access anytime, according to a family’s needs. This pathway is recommended for and open to any student who may benefit from continued review, application and enrichment in preparation for the coming school year.

*For pathways 2 and 3, teachers will be available during virtual office hours (3 hours each day) to answer parent questions, clarify content, assist with choosing resources and/or provide feedback, Monday through Thursday from July 13 – August 6.
Exceptional Education:

Exceptional education support systems will be provided for students with disabilities using options that run from July 13 through August 6. One option is for students who meet criteria for extended-school-year services, and the other option is for students who do not qualify for these services.

Option 1:  Students whose IEP teams have determined that they meet criteria for extended-school-year services will have access to synchronous, disability-related services and support through virtual platforms as outlined in their individualized plans. These may include teleservices for speech, OT/PT, consultation with special education service providers, or direct instruction through virtual sessions with an exceptional education teacher. (July 13 – August 6)

Option 2: Students with a disability who do not meet criteria for extended-school-year services will have the same level of access to learning opportunities provided for all HCPS students. Accommodations to support students’ access to the educational materials will continue to be provided.

Again, this message is about the overall plan and various options for students. If your student would benefit from Pathways 1 or 2, then you will receive additional communication from your student’s teacher. If you would like your student to participate in Pathway 3, additional information will be available prior to July 13.

If you have questions, please contact me at:


Mr. Schatz

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May 11

CTES Students Selected for All County Chorus Singing Our School Song


CTES Students Selected for All County Chorus Singing Our School Song.  Thank you to Mr. Jacob Devol for his technical help.  Thank you to Mrs. N for getting these students together virtually and sharing with us.  This is sure to make you smile!

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Mar 24

Monday Morning Announcements & Challenges


Greetings Cub Families,

As I mentioned in my previous communication, staying connected is of the utmost importance these days. To that end, I would like to let you know about some of the things that the CTE staff has planned for the upcoming weeks to keep everyone connected and engaged.  This is the plan:

On Mondays, we will do morning announcements on our school’s Facebook page. During announcements, we will announce things like trail challenges for the week and celebrate birthdays.  The rest of the week we will be posting a variety of challenges from the CTES staff.

We look forward to challenging Cubs, young and old, to participate and share all the amazing things they are doing.  The easiest way to take part in these activities is to join Facebook & Instagram. You can connect with the school at:

Facebook – @colonialtrailelem

Instagram – @colonialtrailcubs

We have also created a Google Photo site for your cubs to share their challenges without posting on Facebook.

Finally, we are setting up a site dedicated to student book reviews.  We would love to hear about what books our cubs are reading and what they think about them.

I hope everyone is up for the Trail Challenges!  Remember, be well and…

Go Cubs!

Mr. Schatz

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Mar 16

Henrico Edflix! Virtual Learning – LifeReady On-Demand Learning


Welcome ES students and families!

Henrico County Public Schools is committed to providing engaging review and enrichment experiences for students during a district closing. As a result, The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation has created a Virtual Learning Plan to support all K-5 students with optional opportunities for review and enrichment that support connections to previously taught material. Beginning on May 4th, elementary teachers will engage students in 4th quarter concepts. Our optional learning opportunities extend the “6 C’s” skills and attributes within the Henrico Learner Profile, and concentrate on social emotional learning.

Who: Students in K-5

Why: Optional Virtual Learning experiences will expand students’ ongoing instructional time during a divisional school closing and support parents interested in additional resources.

What: These resources will engage students through the HCPS Virtual Learning Page which contains optional performance tasks and choice board menus for review and enrichment. Optional independent learning activities covering standards from the 4th quarter will be available starting May 4th. Activities and resources will be created in two-week episodes for access on the HCPS Virtual Learning Page. HCPS-approved digital resources to support review and enrichment experiences will be linked through CLEVER and will be available to all students.

K-5 Season 2, Episode 1 April 14 – April 24 (released April 13)

  • Establish virtual learning routines and expectations for at home instruction

  • Inform students and parents on how to interact with performance tasks and choice boards rooted in the attributes and skills within the Henrico Learner Profile

  • Showcase the wide variety of digital resources available to students and parents through targeted support documents and CLEVER (HCPS single sign-on system)

K-5 Season 2, Episode 2 April 27 – May 8 (released April 27)

  • Continue to refine performance tasks and choice boards to reflect rigorous learning opportunities and engaging real-world connections for students

  • Beginning May 4, KG-5 instruction connected to 4th quarter standards and concepts along with review and enrichment of previously taught material

  • Launch of our grade specific “Independent Learning and Practice”

    • Printable standards aligned documents

    • Instructional videos

    • Digital student driven activities

K-5 Season 2, Episode 3…May 11 – May 22 (released May 11)

K-5 Season 2, Episode 4… 3 Week Season Finale…May 25 – June 12 (released May 25)

How: Students will work on the various optional activities at a pace and time that works best for your family. Teachers will connect with students during the extended closing through virtual meetings and other creative learning experiences. While our weekly targets for online class meetings are approximately 60 minutes (K-1) – 90 minutes (2-5) , other learning activities will include student engagement in performance tasks, choice boards, and independent activities, along with teacher feedback with individuals and/or small groups.

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Mar 16

Colonial Trail E. S. Counseling  Resources for Families 

Colonial Trail E. S. Counseling

Resources for Families


March 16, 2020

Dear Cub Families:

We know there is much uncertainty right now, but we believe it is important for all of us to take care of ourselves and our families. While we are away to ensure we are staying physically healthy, we also want to make sure we are taking care of our mental and emotional health. During this time, we understand many different feelings and thoughts can arise. We want to provide resources to help support you and your families while we are navigating this period away from Colonial Trail.  Here are a few links to resources on how to talk to our students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills.

Managing Fear and Anxiety During Health Pandemic 

Video made for kids about the Coronavirus  and How to talk to your young children about the virus

25 Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens

Calming Anxiety – Coping Skills for Kids

Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids


In the event you need access to mental health services, here is the information for Henrico Mental Health Services.

Phone Number: 804-727-8100

East End Location: 

4825 S. Laburnum Avenue

Henrico, VA 23231


Joannie Reece

School Counselor 


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Mar 11

Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade Class Makerspace Presentations

Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade class presented their Makerspace presentations in front of a panel of leaders from the county.  The students where presented with the challenge of designing a makerspace and designing carts for CTES’ new Moblie Makerspace! The students did an amazing job creating designs on Tinkercad, creating vision boards, creating and balancing budgets on Google Spreadsheets, and creating a slide presentation and pitch.  It was great accomplishment!  Congrats!


Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade Class


Mrs. Hartman, Mr. Schatz, Dr. Cashwell, Ms. Franklin






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Mar 11

Check out CTES’ New Gaga Pit! Thank You PTA!

Check out CTES’ New Gaga Pit! Thank You PTA!  4th Grade students enjoying the Gaga Pit!

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Mar 11

Rubik’s Cube Team Wins 2nd Place at Regional Competition

Rubik’s Cube Team Wins 2nd Place at Regional Competition! Congrats! 


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Oct 02

VIDEO: Henrico Learning Today

HCPS TV stopped by Stephanie Brown’s 3rd Grade class as they created species and adaptions in Science

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