An Addition to the VRES Family On September 30, 2013, Raymond Vincent Hayes was born at 11:40AM. Kaylynn Hayes, her husband, Ray and her two children were ecstatic. Kaylynn was replaced by Dorothy Knudsen during her leave. Effective Monday, December 9, 2013, Mrs. Kaylynn Hayes will return to her position as the School Nurse. We are sad to see Mrs. Dorothy Knudsen leave. She did an outstanding job. But we are all glad that Kaylynn is returning to once again be part of the VRES family.
The Fall Frolic Festival The Annual Fall Frolic Festival at Virginia Road Elementary School was a great success! It was a memorable event for all of our students. The activities planned by the Fall Frolic Festival Committee were fun, exciting and yet educational. The students participated in a variety of activities by grade. The activities were based on the theme selected by the Fall Frolic Committee, “Journey through the Sports Hall of Fame” a Social Studies Integration Activity. The students were engaged in activities that involved sports heroes of the past as well as sports heroes of today.
On Fall Frolic Day, in order to make it fun for all the students, students dressed in their favorite sports outfit. In keeping with the idea of sports heroes, each class adopted a sports hero. The classes engaged in research activities and created a replica of that sports hero to place on the VRES Sports Hall of Fame.
Fall Frolic has becomes a VRES tradition that is positive and memorable for all of our students.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 has been designated an Early Dismissal Day for all students in grades Kindergarten to Grade Five. Dismissal will be at 11:45 AM in order to allow Grade One and Grade Two teachers the opportunity to conduct Parent Teacher Conferences. The Parent Teacher Conferences for Grade One and Grade Two students will take place from 12:45 to 5:45 PM.
In keeping with the Valhalla Teachers Association Contract, there will be an early emergency dismissal drill conducted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Students will be dismissed at 11:45 A.M.
Schools will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2013 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thank You Thank you Mrs. Terry Scazafave and Mrs. Gina Bencivengo for organizing the VRES Fundraiser. This is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, organization and planning. You have really given 110%. The staff, the students and I thank you.
A BIG THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped with Kindergarten Oriengation. Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, September 9, 2013 ran smoothly thanks to the Kindergarten teachers, their aides, and support staff. I also thank the parents who volunteered to assist the students on the buses, Dana Tocco, Michelle Bergey, Terry Scazafave, Jessie Wedge, Michelle Ohara, Jill Reddy, James McAndrew, Kevin Olenchak, Lorannie Shikapwashya, and Claudia Bedoya. A special thank you to Mr. Jake Friscoe, who acted as a coordinator for the Kindergarten Bus Run. We truly value the volunteers for giving of their time to insure that our students had a safe and comfortable experience.
The Holiday Concert at Virginia Road Elementary School will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM. The students in the Grade Two classes and Mrs. O’Connor’s Grade Two students will perform on Friday, December 20, 2013
Only the parents (and/or grandparents) of Grade Two students performing are invited to attend. This will be a regular school day for all students.
Parent Visitation Day
Parent Visitation Day took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at VRES. A total of 287 parents and/or grandparents visited the classrooms at VRES. We thank all of the parents who came in and visited the classrooms on that day. I would also like to thank Christopher Stumpo, Dana Tocco, Jake Friscoe, Amanda McNeely, Diana Slavis and Jill Reddy, the parents who volunteered to welcome the parents and check identifications at the front entrance,
Virginia Road Elementary School Election
Mrs. Olenchak/Mrs. Krivinskas
On November 4, 2013, a School Election was conducted by Mrs. Krivinskas’ class and Mrs. Olenchak’s class. The “candidates” were characters in the literature books read by our students:
David, No David
Chester, The Kissing Hand Harold, Harold and the Purple Crayon Pigeon, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The voting booth was located in the hallway adjacent to Mrs. Olenchak’s room. Everyone signed in and entered the voting station to place a ballot in the box. The Kindergarten students supervised and oversaw the voting process and the voting booths.
The Poll Watchers reported that there was no “funny business” during
the voting. The winner was Pigeon who received the majority of votes (121). He did do some heavy campaigning.
What’s Going On In The Classrooms
In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013,
the firefighters of the Fairview Fire Department utilized an outdoor trailer that simulated an actual home on fire to teach the students about fire safety. The activities and the tips presented were clear and useful. Many parents have commented that “presentations” are only worthwhile if the presentations are relevant to their child’s educational experience. These presentations were that and more.
It is obvious that these men are dedicated to providing our community with worthwhile programs. We certainly are lucky and fortunate to have firemen like them, who ‘give back’ to the community without hesitation, working with our students.
Grade Two Thanksgiving Feast
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time: 9:45 – 10:45
Grade Two International Feast
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013
Time: 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Location: Student Cafeteria
Grade One – Pie Parties
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013
Time: Set by individual teachers
Cultural Arts The PTA has sponsored some very worthwhile programs for the 2013-2014 School Year. We thank Mrs. Jennifer Orr-Engelman for her hard work on this project. Ask your children about the following:
Sadecky’s Puppets, “A Small Act of Kindness”, All Classes, January 16, 2014
Grade Two Dino Dig is scheduled for January 28, 2014
Queen Nur – Black History Month, (K – 2) Wednesday, February 12
Greenburgh Nature Center – Meet the Animals, Kindergarten and Grade One, January 14 to January 16, 2014
Bash the Trash – (K-2) Monday, March 24, Two assembly programs, 9:00 and 9:55
Festival Jazz Band – Black History Month (K – 2), Friday, February 28, Two assembly programs, 9:00 and 9:55
Muscoot Farm – May 2, May 7, May 8, 2014
Teatown Lake Reservation
Botanical Gardens - June
Challenger Space Museum
Grade Two, Bronx Zoo Trip, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Attendance and Punctuality
Please keep in mind that if students are late they miss many of the morning activities. All students should arrive between 8:20 A.M. and 8:35 A.M. Arriving between 8:20 A.M. and 8:35 A.M. will insure that your child will be fully aware of the activities taking place throughout the school day.
Safety and Security In order to insure the safety of all of our students we ask that parents enter the main office when picking up their children. No student will be permitted to leave the school building and/or grounds without a written note. When a child is to be dismissed early, the parent or person (authorized by the parent in writing), must pick up the youngster in the school office. This is solely for the safety and welfare of the child(ren).
Children Who Do Not Ride The School Bus
Children who do not ride the bus and walk or are driven to school, should not arrive before 8:15 A.M. During inclement weather, students may line up in the cafeteria. Please be advised that there is no supervision for children arriving prior to 8:15 A.M.
Visitors to the School
All visitors are requested to come directly to the school office upon entering. You are asked to sign-in and obtain a visitor’s tag to be worn during your visit. For activities such as class assembly programs, concerts, etc., the sign-in procedure is also used.
Drop Off and Pick Up
The safety of VRES children is very important to the staff at VRES. Please exercise great caution when dropping off or picking up your children. PLEASE –
DON’T block the buses.
Passing a school bus with flashing lights is illegal.
Review safety rules with your children, however, remember that small children run without looking. Be alert!
Calendar of Events November 26 VRES Literacy Committee Meeting 9:00 AM
November 27 VRES EARLY DISMISSAL 11:45 AM
November 28,29 Thanksgiving Recess – SCHOOLS CLOSED
December 2 Schools Reopen
December 20 Holiday Sing Grade Two - 9:30 AM
December 23-31 HOLIDAY RECESS - SCHOOLS CLOSED
January 1HOLIDAY RECESS – SCHOOLS CLOSED
January 2 SCHOOLS REOPEN
January 8 VRES PTA Meeting 7:30 PM
January 10 VRES PARP Begins
January 17 VRES Family Reading Night
January 20 Martin Luther King Day – SCHOOLS CLOSED
January 21 VRES Site Based Team Meeting 9:15 AM
January 31 Second Marking Period Ends
The staff and I would like to wish everyone
a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday! SEPTEMBER 2013
K – R. Amussen Avery Etman Sofia Tagle Ashley Vasquez
K – Castro Sofia Davis Eddie Lederer Katerina Friedel
K- C. Krivinskas Arnay Saxena Bella Sanchez Kristen Mendez
K – C. Lewis Jeremiah Cook Colin Malgioglio Christian Monge
K- M. Lobo/ Timothy Engleman Aidan Nezaj Giselle Marin
K- J. Olenchak Ted Marx Mikaela Friscoe Shelby Lewis
1-2 – K. Griffith Ian Ingrassia Eashan Goel
1 – K. Atkins Christopher Molinari Jayson DeFeo-Young Louis Quezada
1 – K. Burton Xavier Prekelezaj Joseph Krebs Valentina Gjeci
1 – K. Cioffi Joshua Bergy Isabella Mattoni Brady Teter
1- G. DiGuglielmo/ Jack McNeely Chloe Husar Kumael Shabbir Mohib
1 – M. Haughey Fakhri Salim Izzy Malandro Jessica Olenchak
2- J. Battista Leo Dragone Emily Blume Grace Condura
2 – D, Fortuna/ Lyra Giudice Joshua Harwitz Julia Ilario
2- G. Krasnici Michael Shanahan Taylor Flynn Pragna Shashidhar
2- I. Lage Alessandro Falco Jase’ Alston Alejandro Tagle
2- R. Zumbo Lana Spota Thomas Pesce Andrew Barabasi
Welcome to Kindergarten!
During the month of September we have been learning about ourselves, the students in our class, our teachers and our school. We have read books to learn about our names, such as Chrysanthemum, and A My Name is Alice. We read Wemberly Worried, and discussed the things that we were worried about when starting school. After reading Monster Manners, we learned about our class and school rules. We took a tour of the school to figure out where all of the classrooms and offices are.
We have been learning about the alphabet and completing alphabet centers. Some of the books we have read include: Alphabet Mystery, Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Miss Spider’s ABC’s, and Eating the Alphabet. Our alphabet centers have included tracing letters in sand, writing our names and letters in shaving cream, making name necklaces with letter beads, and using magnetic letters to put the letters of the alphabet in order.
For our math work, we have been exploring our classroom’s various math manipulatives. This month we are focusing on identifying and counting numbers zero to five and using the vocabulary “more”, “fewer”, and “same as”.
We have had a great start to our school year!
Just a reminder that our school pictures are on Friday, September 20th. We look forward to seeing you at Open House on September 25th!
During the month of October, we learned about colors and read books such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, Go Away Big Green Monster, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?. With these and other books we responded to literature by making text to self connections and graphing our favorite colors, creating and using story pieces to re-tell the story, and drawing our own illustrations to accompany the book. We also celebrated fall by taking a fall walk and noting our observations. Some of the books we read were The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The Leafman, and Fall Is Not Easy. Our projects included making a pumpkin with model magic, brainstorming a fall web, and creating a picture using leaves. This month we also participated in fire prevention week. We watched a fun puppet show that taught us about fire safety and about how to 'stop, drop and roll' if our clothes are on fire. We also read I Am Fire, and then discussed how fire can be both good and bad.
We had a great time at Fall Frolic where we took a “Journey Through the Sports Hall of Fame” and researched a famous sports hero. Each class also made a poster of their person and we took a tour to see them all. We also participated in fun relay and other outdoor activities, played an interactive sports game, and had a dance party!
In November we will learn about election day and will even get to cast our own vote in a school wide election about our favorite character. The choices are Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon, David from No, David, Chester from The Kissing Hand, or Pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Make sure to ask your child about the results of our election!
In math we are currently working on comparing and ordering numbers zero to ten. We are utilizing key concepts of ‘greater’, ‘less’, ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ as well as practicing our number formation.
In anticipation of Thanksgiving, in the month of November we will read Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, and I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. We will write and illustrate what we are thankful for. As a culmination to our Thanksgiving unit, we will also hold our annual 'Thanksgiving Feast' on November 25th. All of the Kindergarten classes will come together at this event to share in a delicious meal of mashed potatoes, apple sauce, popcorn, cornbread, stuffing and of course, turkey!
Welcome back! September was a wonderful and busy month! It was so great to see our friends and new teachers! We learned about the High Five Rules as well as our classroom rules and routines.
This month we studied “All About Me.” We completed many activities to learn more about each other. We also took turns bringing in show and tell for the “Me Bag.” We conducted interviews and wrote about each other in class!
We read books by David Shannon which include No, David, David Goes to School, and Davids Gets in Trouble. We focused on the reading skill of text to self. We also learned to compare his books.
We reviewed beginning and ending sounds for reading. We worked in centers to practice our skills so we can become strong readers! We also made class books in school. We are becoming great authors and illustrators, too!
In math, we learned about the meanings of addition- combining two groups, adding on to a group and part-part-whole. We also learned about the different meanings of subtraction-finding the missing part, taking away from a whole and comparing quantities.
Thank you for bringing in all the new school supplies and thank you so much for your support to begin the new school year!
We will begin to learn about the layers of the ocean (such as the shore, intertidal zone, continental shelf, continental slope, and the deep ocean floor). We will learn about our 5 Oceans (Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Southern Ocean) and our 7 continents (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America and South America). We will read The Magic School Bus On The Ocean Floor and continue to read many more ocean books! We will begin our "Ocean Animal Report" activity in which we will select an ocean animal to learn more about so that we can then share with the class our cool fun facts. Our culminating ocean activity will be an exciting trip to the Maritime Aquarium! We look forward to seeing the sharks and touching the sting rays. We also look forward to an amazing Cultural Arts Program this month sponsored by the PTA for Grade 1 entitled “Sea Ya Later”. A big “Thank you” to the PTA!
This month we will be reading books from the Rainbow Fish collection as we learn about friendship and discuss the characteristics of what makes a good friend. We will do lots of fun activities to learn more about our friends in class!
During this month, we will include five and ten as benchmarks to recognize and represent numbers. We will also continue to use addition and subtraction to find the missing parts for the part-part-whole relationships and make tables of number combinations.
Spelling will start this month. Each week we will learn 5 high frequency words. On Friday, we will have a spelling test.
We will celebrate Fall Frolic on October 31st! It will involve both indoor and outdoor fun activities!
November will be a very exciting month for our First Graders! We are going to do so many fun things in our classrooms as well as in and out of school!
We will start the month with our fabulous trip to the Maritime Center in Norwalk, Connecticut! While we are there, we will see an amazing IMAX movie and we will receive class instruction on crabs, sharks, and turtles! We encourage you to visit the aquarium with your family! In addition, we will finish our thematic ocean unit with incredible ocean projects! Thanks to your help, the children will share their research projects with one another. We are so proud of their work and it really shows!
Our upcoming science theme will be learning about the seasons. We will be discussing the attributes of each season and the changes that we observe in our environment. We have noticed many changes in our environment already!
For social studies, we will begin to learn about our families and locate where our families come from on a map. We will also learn about Veteran's Day and the history of the first Thanksgiving. Your child will be exposed to a lot of rich literature about both these areas. Please have him/her tell you what he/she learned about each day.
For math, we will learn about number relationships and basic fact strategies. These fact strategies will help students understand the meanings of addition and subtraction and to recall addition and subtraction facts.
We will work on visualization as our comprehension strategy for the month of November. We are discovering that if we can make a picture in our mind, we can understand things better. We practice the strategy through discussion, poems, and stories.
We practice spelling and writing everyday! We are so excited that we are becoming super spellers and writers! Through small group and large group work, we are also becoming excellent readers! The more we practice, the better we become!
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is on Thursday, November 21st . Please check with your child’s teacher for your meeting time. Have a wonderful and happy THANKSGIVING!!
We had a wonderful start to second grade! During this month
the students got to know each other and their teachers. The
students learned how to create an acrostic poem using their
name. They were also introduced to P.O.W. and S.O.W. Through
interviews the students learned about a fellow classmate and
utilized the interview to write a short informative paragraph
about that classmate. We also reviewed the writing process and
the steps it takes to write a story.
During the month of September we also read a variety of
literature. Some of the books we read were: Tikki, Tikki, Tembo,
First Day Jitters, From Pictures to Words, and Weird Parents.
We also engaged in reading the poems "A-Rig-A-Jig-Jig",
"Learning Together in Second Grade", "Back to School Blues",
"The First Day of School", and "Hey There Neighbor".
This month in mathematics we focused on understanding
addition and subtraction. Students were introduced to new
mathematics vocabulary such as part, whole, addend, more, and
sum. They will continue to focus on addition next month.
We are looking forward to a fantastic year together!
The Second Grade students are “Falling” into school rules and routines. The students are being introduced to our United States Symbols in a variety of ways. Such symbols include the American Flag, The White House, the Bald Eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Star Spangled Banner. We are creating our own flags that represent who we are as individuals. These flags will be displayed in the classroom.
In Phonics, we will be reviewing short and long vowel sounds and completing activities to reinforce these skills. We will generate lists and be working in small groups. In Grammar, we have read Punctuation Takes a Vacation and have been focusing on utilizing the correct punctuation marks in a variety of writing pieces.
In our writing workshop, we have been learning what “good ideas” for writing look like and sound like. We have discussed where good ideas come from and have been studying various writing pieces to determine if they contain a clear message, have GREAT details, make sense, and keeps the reader interested. This will help us on our way to becoming good authors!
In Math, we are focusing on addition. We will be utilizing our part-part-whole mats to help us add two numbers. We will also be working on solving addition word problems. In addition we will learn strategies for how to add three numbers. We will utilize our Math skills during our Pumpkin day activities!
We look forward to our annual “Fall Frolic.” It always proves to be an exciting day at Virginia Road!
The second graders had an amazing month! We began our month learning about the election process. The students were read aloud the books If I Were President and Grace for President. The students participated in our school election where they voted for their favorite storybook character. The students wrote a creative story about what they would do if they were president.
The students also learned about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Teachers read stories about Thanksgiving, such as, Thanksgiving Is… and P is for Pilgrim. The students decorated Native American boys and girls and wrote on them what they are thankful for. As a class we developed an acrostic poem focusing on a Thanksgiving word. We used the words, Thankful, Thanksgiving, Pilgrim, Mayflower, and Families. Each second grade class presented their acrostic poem at our Thanksgiving Day Feast, which was held on Wednesday, November 26th.
In mathematics the students focused on learning about subtraction strategies, working with equal groups, and place value to 100. The students learned new math vocabulary words such as array, greater than, less than, and equal to.
Parent Visitation Day was held on November 13th and it was a wonderful day for parents to observe our everyday classroom routines. Thank you for joining us.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.