Spring has arrived…and so have the reminders!

Spring has arrived – plants are growing, kids are spending more time outside, and the temperatures are warming up.  With these changes, what we wear also changes.   Parents – please be mindful of what your child wears to school to ensure that they are in compliance with the HCPS Code of Conduct – Dress Code.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these expectations.

 

Dress code excerpt below from the HCPS Code of Conduct:

Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:

  • Hoods, hats, face masks, or head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons.
  • The following items on school grounds during regular school hours: bandanas, do-rags, head scarves (with the exception of head garments for religious reasons), hair picks, wave caps, large combs, brushes, and rollers.
  • Sunglasses, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, and other similar clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat). When wearing leggings, tights, or similar apparel as an outer garment, tops must also reach the tip of the thumb.
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, or torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”
  • Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing.
  • Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments.
  • Tube tops, halter-tops, halter-top dresses, strapless dresses or tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder).
  • High heels or flip flops at the elementary level (Elementary students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes or closed toe shoes with a rubber sole and should wear such shoes for Physical Education and recess).
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PTA/Yearbook pictures

Hi Parents,

Our yearbook committee is in UGRENT need of yearbook pictures! There are many classes with NO pictures uploaded! Please choose 6-10 GOOD GROUP pictures and upload them to the ReplayIt App.

 

If you are unable to upload, please email pictures to debbie.mangiaracina@gmail.com

 

Again, 6-10 good ones. Group photos are best. These pictures are for your classroom page so we want everyone in your classroom included in their class collage if possible, no individual pictures please!

 

Please upload these pictures by this weekend. Thank you!

 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Thanks so much,

Mei:)

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Spring MAPS Testing Dates

Below are the upcoming MAPS testing dates. These are cumulative from the year and assess how much your child has grown. There is minimal prep/studying that can be done for this – but for Math, your child can spend time on Study Island to prepare. Reading, just encourage your children to be thinking about their reading.

Reading MAPS – Wednesday, April 17th

Math MAPS – Thursday, April 18th

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HCPS County-wide Survey coming your way!!

Parents,

Henrico County Schools would like to hear from you.  How are we doing?  Tell us about your perspectives and experiences, so that we may improve and make important decisions about the future.

On March 11, you will receive an email from HCPS that contains a survey we’d like for you to take.  It will be available from March 11 – 29.  It will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Students in grade 5 – 12 are also asked to complete the survey.  Parents will have the needed link to preview the student survey.  They may then decide if they’d like for their child to participate or if they’d like to submit an opt-out form.  These forms will come home the week of February 25.

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St. Baldrick’s Event

Please consider having your child bring in $1 to support Team Tariq, one of our very own Colonial Trail Cubs.  Your child’s name will be placed on a special card and hung on the donor’s wall.

Thanks so much to those who have already contributed and to those who have also made a donation on the Team Tariq St. Baldrick’s web page.  Tariq’s family and many like them are grateful for your support.

https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/teamTariq?fbclid=IwAR1o_YQtUpRCqrgcN3cPErwkxJP7GiGmQYeBeSrxS2XP0clz33fvy71L-e0

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“Momo” on Youtube

I am going to copy the email that was sent out to all parents last week regarding “Momo” on youtube. We are going to have another class meeting, but please discuss with your students that they should not be talking about this at school.

Good evening parents:

It was brought to my attention multiple times this week by both students and adults that there are some scary things going on on Youtube Kids. There are reports that a man pops up in the middle/end of certain videos and tells children how to hurt themselves. There are also reports that these videos tell children a scary monster, Momo, will get them if they tell anyone what they saw. We encourage you to monitor when your child watches Youtube. The following articles can provide more information.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-ways-to-make-youtube-safer-for-kids#

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/youtube-kids-inappropriate-horrified-mom-discovers-suicide-instructions-in-video-on-youtube-and-youtube-kids/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/momo-challenge-resurfaces-police-issue-warning-to-parents/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/youtube/whats-the-deal-with-disturbing-youtube-videos-that-look-like-theyre-for-kids-but-are-strange

Also, here is a fellow counselor’s presentation on Internet Safety from this past November. You may find some good tips!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lE3DGZKfpME-x-_z8o61HY7whPtLmJEFfD4iEk8iXdY/edit?usp=sharing

Sincerely,

Joannie Reece, School Counselor

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VS. 6 quiz moved to Tuesday!

We will have our VS. 6 quiz on Tuesday instead of Friday (tomorrow).

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NO Cause and Effect Quiz

I am  NOT going to give a Cause and Effect quiz tomorrow. We have not had enough instruction time with it, so I will not assess it yet. Please look for an updated date on my blog post for next week. Thanks for your understanding.

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St. John’s Church Field Trip

Our St. John’s Church Field Trip, to hear the speech given by Patrick Henry that sparked the decision to fight the Revolutionary War, is on Friday, March 1st. Permission slips went home last week. Please turn the permission slip and the $8 to attend by this Friday, February 22nd. Thank you!!

I have selected by 2 chaperones for this trip and they will be notified in the beginning of the week. Thank you for offering to join us!

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Upcoming Assessments

Due to the 2-hr delay, I’ve decided to change up our assessment schedule a bit (I am very read to have a regular schedule again that is interrupted! Fingers crossed!).

Math – 4.2a-c (identifying fractions, benchmark fractions, equivalent fractions) QUIZ will now be on Tuesday, February 5th

Virginia Studies – VS. 5a-b Revolutionary War (Causes of the war, key Virginians) QUIZ will also be on Tuesday, February 5th

**These will be short quizzes, just so I can get that they’re retaining the important information. I will just be assessing facts for Virginia Studies and if they’re understanding the processes I’m teaching in Math.

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