October 2018

#EaglePride

The Virginia Department of Education announced that Prince Edward County Elementary School is Fully Accredited for the 2018-2019 school year!

In order to continue to make progress this school year, students are encouraged to read daily as much as possible. Library books are perfect for nightly reading!

Check out the Helping Children Learn Newsletters for tips families can use to help children do better in school.

Monday, October 15th is Picture Day!

Important Dates

  • October 04 -- PBIS "Soaring Eagles" Reward: Freeze Dance
  • October 05 -- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Monticello
  • October 08 -- Benchmark Testing Begins
  • October 11 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Johnson's Apple Orchard
  • October 11 -- End of 1st Nine Weeks
  • October 12 -- NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday
  • October 15 -- Picture Day
  • October 15 -- Yankee Candle Fundraiser ends
  • October 17-19 -- Virginia Children's Book Festival at Longwood
  • October 18 -- Report Cards Issued
  • October 24 -- Early Dismissal at 12:30 p.m., Teacher Professional Development
  • October 31 -- PBIS "Soaring Eagles" Reward: Mini-Carnival

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

"Tyrone the Horrible" by Hans Wilhelm

A little dinosaur named Boland tries several ways of dealing with the biggest bully in the swamp forest, until finally hitting on a successful tactic.

Wilhelm uses dinosaurs to develop his very modern tale about a young dinosaur named Boland who finally outsmarts the bully that had terrorized the swamp. Boland seems to be the special target of Tyrone the Horrible; day after day, he is victimized. He tries to avoid trouble, tries pleasing Tyrone, tries fighting back, but nothing works.

As a story of a bully who is about to meet his match, this one will have joyful appeal for kids of all ages.

Teachers of the Month

Third grade teacher Mrs. Capati and first grade teacher Mrs. Edwards were selected by their colleagues as teachers of the month for the month of October.

Tiffany Capati

3rd Grade

Mrs. Capati has been teaching for 17 years. We are grateful to have her as part of our third grade math team. Her favorite part about teaching is watching students realize that they are as amazing as she thinks they are!

Andee Edwards

1st Grade

Mrs. Edwards has taught for 32 years and she specializes in reading instruction. Her passion is watching children get excited about learning, and their overall happiness! She enjoys watching students SOAR.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

PBIS is a school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. We use our PBIS Matrix with students to clearly define behaviors by location. Ask your child to explain what it means to 1) Be Respectful, 2) Be Responsible, and 3) Be Safe at school and on the bus.

Use this PBIS Matrix to help guide the discussion on school expectations by location.

Be Respectful

Use kind words and actions; be thoughtful and considerate.

Be Responsible

Know the rules and understand your responsibility at school.

Be Safe

Choose actions that are safe and do not hurt yourself or others.

ClassDojo

Our teachers use ClassDojo! ClassDojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos. The game-style system teaches developmental skills through real-time feedback.

Download the app today and join your child's class!

If you have not already done so, please ask your child's teacher how you can engage with the class using ClassDojo.

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Fund Raiser

The Yankee Candle Fundraiser has kicked-off!

The program will run from 10/01-10/15. The money raised helps the PTA support the students through various activities and events.

Catalogs were sent home on 9/28. Questions can be directed to PTA President Mrs. Wells at AKWells23@yahoo.com

Become a Volunteer!

Join our volunteer program to support classroom learning, reading, and other events.

Volunteers are an important part of the PECES family and serve in various capacities, including: First Day of School, Reading/Math Support, Arts and Crafts, Special Events, Recycling, and Cafeteria Supervision.

All PECES volunteers must complete the Volunteer Orientation Process each year for the safety of our students.

Click the following link to access the volunteer application, PowerPoint presentation, and online quiz: PECES Volunteer Resources

Food Service

We provide tasty, healthy breakfasts and lunches in our cafeteria that complement our school system's wellness policy, as well as state and federal standards. We have cut back on frying, fats, sodium, and sugars, and we have increased our fresh produce, whole grains, and lower-calorie snacks.

Here are the menu choices for the month of October:

Mrs. Edwards' 1st Grade Class

Students are reading an informational passage about flags. They are learning to highlight important information, and are practicing reading fluency (the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression).

If you have new contact information, please be sure to update your child's teacher and the main office. Thank you!