We are now at the end of the first nine weeks of school! Students will not have school on Monday, October 24, due to a Teacher Workday. Students will return to school on Tuesday, October 25. Enjoy the long weekend!
This week, fourth grade had a beautiful day on Monday for their field trip to Brethren Woods. Also, on Thursday, third graders were very excited to receive dictionaries with their names printed on the inside covers from the Bridgewater Rotary Club. Thank you to the Rotary Club members for such a wonderful gift for the third graders at JWES! The school also participated in the Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill on Thursday at 10:20. We practiced how to be safe if an earthquake occurred while we were in school. Everyone did a super job!
For next week, students will enjoy a Theater Four assembly on Tuesday (October 25) and Fall Picture make-up day will be on Thursday (October27) for those who were absent when pictures were taken earlier or who wish to have their picture retaken.
The PAC meeting will be Thursday, October 27, at 6:30 PM in the library. Childcare is provided. Steve Reid, RCPS Director of Maintenance, will be here to show the plans for the renovation that will begin in May. Please plan to attend!
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting has been changed from November 23, to November 16, at 1:00 PM at the RCPS central office.
If you would like to say thank you to a teacher who has impacted you or your child, you may nominate him or her for the Inspire Award. This award aims to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in the classroom. Parents, students, pre-service teachers, or classroom volunteers may submit nominations. The nomination form can be found on the RCPS homepage under the "Parents/Students" tab.
Please see the message below regarding a survey about the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015:
The Virginia Department of Education is asking for feedback about Virginia's plan to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and provides states with flexibility to improve accountability systems, assessments, and overall approaches to school improvement. School accountability systems evaluate schools based on multiple factors and provide important information to school administrators, teachers, parents, and the community about school performance. The purpose of this survey is to identify those factors, also known as accountability indicators, which you think are important to know about schools. The survey is open to all stakeholders and is anonymous. Participants will not provide their names on the survey, and it will not be possible to match survey answers to participant identities. You may access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESSAinVA. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and will remain active until WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016.
Also, there is a flyer attached about an opportunity to participate in Science Night at Bridgewater College on November 12.
I am excited to announce that the students did meet the Purdue Foundation match goal of $15,000 for the playground and are very close to the $20,000 goal overall! You can still send money in to the PTA. To celebrate, Ms. Johnston and I will compete with our selected teams against each other in several relay races on October 28, at 1:30! May the best team win (and not have to pour cold water over their heads)!
Enjoy the fall weather, and we will see everyone at school on Tuesday!