Announcement from Mr. LeClair

Hello CTES families,


On Tuesday, November 26th we will be having our annual Turkey Trot. This is a fun run for all students to participate in during the morning of the 26th. Our K-2 students will be running from 9:15-9:45AM and our 3-5 students will be running from 10:00-10:30AM.


I will be setting up a cross country (running) course on school grounds for students to run for 30 minutes. The course will be marked off with flags, signs and cones to help students know where to run. There will be many adults there helping students to stay on the course. If you are interested in volunteering for our Turkey Trot please click on the link below to read more and to sign up!


Thank you to all of you who will volunteer and help make this event a fun one for our students.



Tyler LeClair

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Colonial Trail Elementary School


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Young Scientists Online Payment Link

If you have yet to pay for Young Scientists, and want a much easier way, please click this link to pay online!!

This will be a much faster way of getting the payment and is easier on our office staff – they are super great and deserve one less task 🙂


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PTA After School Enrichment and Reflections Announcement

1) Cub Families-  if you have not signed up for After School Enrichment classes, but want to, there is still time to enroll! Enrollment is currently open and will close THIS FRIDAY, October 18. So don’t delay! There is a great variety of classes being offered this semester. For more information, please visit:  and login with your username and password.


2) If your child wishes to participate in the Reflections program, the deadline to submit entries to school is October 28.  The Reflections program is an opportunity for interested students to submit original works of art in photography, visual arts, dance, music, literature and more! The theme this year is: “Look Within.” If you are interested in participating, please read all the rules carefully before submitting your work. Information can be found at the CTES PTA website:

Look under “Programs and Events” and “Reflections.”


If you have questions, please contact:

Joanna St. Jacques at

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PE Announcement

CTES Families,

The Regency Mile (formerly Short Pump Mile) is Sunday, Oct. 27th. There is still plenty of time to register your students! We have been talking about the Heart and Cardiorespiratory Endurance exercises in class. This run would be the perfect culmination of those lessons! It is not mandatory at all but the kids who have run it have had a great time in the past. It’s not just a run, there is a lot more to do that day. The schools with the most students registered can win money for the PE program. It will help us buy some awesome equipment for your students to use in the gym. The top 5 boys and top 5 girls with the fastest times can even win gift cards to Dicks Sporting Goods. If you are interested in signing your student up please use the link below! Thank you very much for considering and thank you to those who have already signed up!

Tyler LeClair

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Colonial Trail Elementary School


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Announcements for Week of October 7th

  1. Donuts with Dear Ones on Thursday! Here is a note from Mrs. Kirshner, the PTA President:
  • Donuts with Dear Ones for 3rd-5th is Thursday, October 10 from 7:30-8:00am in the gym. Deadline to submit your form and money is Tuesday, October 8th. Attached is the form.
  • Also, Parents, we need volunteers for BOTH events to help make them a success. Please see the sign up genius link below to sign up to help out with these events. Thank you for your time.

2. Young Scientists/Jamestown Payments and Permission Slips

  • Young Scientists – the permission slip will be sent home THIS TUESDAY, October 8th. Payment will be due by Wednesday, October 23rd. The cost is $30.
  • Jamestown – giving you a heads up. We will be sending home the permission slips on October 29th. Payment will be due on November 12th. If you are already scheduled to be a chaperone, you will need to pay for yourself at all. The cost for each student is $30 and a chaperone will be an additional $30. Hoping this will give you time to plan!!

3. Fire Safety

  • We will continue Fire Safety throughout October. Please be on the lookout for activities to do with your child regarding fire safety in the home.
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New Tabs

Please view the added tabs in the black bar at the top of the page, which now includes links to a Homework section and a Weekly Updates section! The “Weekly Updates” will include the SOL objectives for the week, and any upcoming assessments, projects, important assignments or school events. The homework section will be updated as necessary.

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Back to School Night Success!

Back to School Night was great! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.  I know it’s a lot of information, so I added the PowerPoint I shared for your viewing pleasure. Should you have any questions or need clarification, don’t hesitate to email me!

And please be on the lookout for forms coming home today that were put out for Back to School Night. I appreciate your help with this information.

Copy of B2SN Presentation

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Week of 9/16 – 9/20

Happy week 3! I hope everyone has a great weekend, despite the full moon craze!

Here is what’s in store for this week:

Monday, September 16th – Reading MAPS

Thursday, September 19th – Math MAPS

Thursday, September 19th – Back to School Night (6:15 – 8:00)

What we’re learning this week:

Reading: We will continue learning routines and procedures of our Reading Workshop. We will also begin discussing the different genres and students will begin reading partners to buddy read and journal write. This will be something the students will participate in throughout the year to have a buddy to help with their reading and writing.

Math: 4.14 Graphing – we will continue our graphing unit. This week will be review and practice of reading, analyzing and creating bar graphs and line graphs. We will be looking for TAILS (ask your child 🙂 ) and correct information. Our Graphing Checkpoint (quiz) will be next Monday, September 24th.

Social Studies: VS. 2 Geography – we have a FUN week planned with VA studies. We will be reviewing our bordering states, regions and water features throughout the week. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be doing a review activity with Ozobots – they are mini computers who can do different things! They’re really cool and I think the students will enjoy them. We will also quiz VS. 2 geography on Friday.

Science: 4.6 Weather – we are working through our weather unit. We will take a break from science Wednesday – Friday, so we can focus on our VA Studies project and our quiz. But we will begin an in-class project that will combine weather and graphing! I currently do not have a due date for this project, but I am planning for Friday, September 28th.


Have a great week!

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Week of 9/9 – 9/13

I hope you all had a great weekend! What a wonderful weekend weather-wise, so I hope the kids were able to get out and run around!

I am still working on the website, so I will use the blog for this week. Here is what to expect for this week:

Reading: We are continuing to develop our Reading routines/procedures and build a strong reading community. We will continue discussing strong practices for independent reading, as well as learn how to efficiently read and respond with a buddy.

*I will begin F&Ps this week, hoping for Monday, but definitely on Tuesday. The students will do a little more independent work this week while I do a few reading assessments. 

Math: 4.14 Graphing – we briefly began our first math unit on Friday. We will begin our Math Workshop this week with 2-day center rotations. We practiced on Friday with our transitions, and I think it is going to go very smoothly this year. I will see each group every other day, but they will work on review skills and practice current skills after meeting with me. We will discuss Bar Graphs and Line Graphs this week.

*I will give a short graphing checkpoint next THURSDAY, September 19th. 

Virginia Studies: VS. 2 Geography – we are beginning our geography unit. We will discuss where Virginia is on a map and begin learning our bordering states and regions.

*I will give a bordering states quiz on Friday (it will be a identify and label type quiz).

Science: 4.6 Weather – what a perfect time for our weather unit, as we always experience several weather systems we discuss. We will begin with discussing weather phenomena and hopefully learn weather instruments by the end of the week.

**Upcoming Events:

Reading MAPS test: Monday, September 16th

Math MAPS test: Tuesday, September 17th*** (might possibly change)

Thursday, September 19th: Back to School Night, 6:15pm-8:00pm

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First post for 2019-2020 School Year!!

Welcome Parents of 2019-2020 School year!!!

I am very excited to be working with you all this year! After open house, I found myself the MOST excited I have been to head back to school. There are some great personalities and sweet children who are going to be entering my room on a daily basis, and I promise to take very good care of them!

In the next week, I will be developing a new website that will be different from this blog. I will email out the link as soon as it is up and running. But until that is officially set, please refer to this blog for updates!

Have a great labor day and see your children tomorrow!!

Ms. Dalla Valle

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