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Ice Cream Social Cancelled Due to Weather
Due to weather forecasts for today, June 3, 2016, PTA has cancelled the Ice Cream Social scheduled for today, June 3, 2016, from 5:30-6:30 pm.  We want to maintain our commitment to safety.  In lieu of an Ice Cream Social, PTA will be providing ice cream treats to ALL students on a date/time to be determined by school staff.  Thank you to our PTA for ALWAYS supporting our students and community!
Coles Tech Club does 3D Printing!
Students in the after school Super Power Hands Tech Club have successfully printed two prosthetic hands using a 3D printer. The club participated in the e-NABLE global service project. 
Arbor Day Project
The specialists and second grade students planted 100 Red Maple tree seedlings along the eco-trail. This Arbor Day project was organized by Mr. Wilson. We look forward to seeing beautiful red leaves in the future.
Kindergarten Students Celebrating Earth Day
All three kindergarten classrooms celebrated Earth Day by playing recycling and reusing games.  They had so much fun!
Camp Invention coming to Coles this Summer!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Coles Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades 1st through 6th. Its an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 20, 2016 with Shakira Townsend serving as Director of the Epicprogram!
 
Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:
 
  • Brainstorming product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
  • Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
  • Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
  • Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding
 
All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun!
 
Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
 
Early registration discounts available. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your childs spot today!
SOL Testing Schedule
3rd Grade Dates to Remember:
Reading- May 17 and 18
Math- May 24 and 25
 
4th Grade Dates to Remember:
Reading- May 12
Social Studies- May 19
Math- May 26
 
5th Grade Dates to Remember:
Reading- May 13
Science- May 20
Math- May 27

Click here to view the parent letter.
Ms. Pohl's Kindergarten Students Making Paper
Using scraps of paper that has been discarded, water, and a blender, Ms. Pohl's kindergarten class is recycling scraps of paper to make new paper to reuse.  What a great hands on experiment while learning about recycling and reusing!  They can't wait to test it out on Tuesday.
Coles Elementary Awarded School of Excellence
Coles Elementary earned the School of Excellence Award for Prince William County as we met or exceeded all AMOs based on 2014-15 SOL student performance results.  Also included in this award are meeting or exceeding fitness assessments and results from parent, student, and staff surveys.   Way to go Coles Roadrunners!  We will do it again this year!
BookWorm Central Bookfair
The Bookfair is coming!! We are holding a BookWorm Central Bookfair May 2-6, 2016 in the library. BookWorm Central is a local company out of Manassas, that has many wonderful books and games. We will have a family night event on Tuesday, May 3rd, from 5-8 pm. The fair will be open to shoppers during school hours on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday morning. In order to make this fair a success, we need volunteers! Please contact Mrs. Story or link to the Volunteer Spot to sign up.
Basketball Players from Gallaudet University Use ASL to Read a Book to Kindergarten Students
Coles' School Counselors Teach Students How to Solve Problems Without Dipping Into Someone Else's Bucket or Your Own
In a four part series of lessons, Mrs. Mainwaring and Ms. Martinez have taught the students about: 1) bucket filling, 2) Kelso's Choices, 3) Just One-- the power of standing up for someone else, and 4) how to put a lid on things that may hurt your feelings.  Students practiced this skill by putting a lid on negative comments and letting positive comments fill your bucket.  We are giving "shout outs" over the announcements each day to students who are using Kelso's Choices, standing up for others, and/ or filling someone's bucket with positive comments.  At Coles, we say our Bully Free Pledge each day, talk about making good choices, and give our personal best!
Celebrating Read Across America Day
All Coles Elementary students were treated to a free book to encourage a love for reading and emphasize "the more that you read, the more things that you know.  The more you learn, the more places you'll go. "  ~ Dr. Seuss
First Graders Practice Place Value Using Place Value Blocks
Coles Step Team
The Coles STEP team did an amazing job at their most recent competition in Washington D.C on February 27, 2016.  This is their second time being a part of this competition.
Fact Dash Friday
Students in all grade levels spend 5 minutes on Fridays at 3:25 pm to put their practice to work as they attempt to be the classroom that gets the most fact problems (+, -, X, or /) correct.  Whichever classroom at each grade level earns the most points each week for the quarter, earns a reward!  The students have a great time with this whole school Fact Dash Friday and should be practicing their facts each night to improve their speed and accuracy.
Coles Elementary Awarded RAMP Recognition Again
The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program's inception.
Coles Elementary earned this recognition five years ago, and recently earned this recognition with the re-submission for RAMP status. 
Congratulations to our entire learning community and a shout out to our previous school counselor Mrs. Bridget Mathwin, and our current school counselor, Mrs. Heather Mainwaring!  It is a team effort.

 
winter Strings Concert
In case you missed the Strings Concert you can view it in its entirety right here!
5th Grade Matter PBL (Problem Based Learning) Projects
The 5th graders were presented with a problem to solve... Students formed engineering teams,  created a question map, researched the problem, developed inventions with prototypes, and tested ideas with hands on experiments. The teams then worked on a presentation and presented them in front of an esteemed panel consisting of, Mrs. Forgas, Mr. Erickson, and Dr. Calhoun. 
Family Literacy/ Heritage Night at Coles
Family Literacy/ Heritage Night was a huge success.  Students enjoyed food tastings, student performances, student artwork, and literacy activities. Click here to view a slide show of the night's events.
Celebrating No Paper Day
To positively impact our environment, Coles Elementary has a quarterly "No Paper Day" throughout the entire school.  Our third grader staff and students used this day to have students build and test out their simple machines using household materials.  Students were all engaged in this learning activity.  What a great STEM project, learning opportunity, and impact on our environment.
5th Grade Students Generate Plant and Animal Cells through a STEM Activity
Presenting........the Coles Elementary Roadrunner "Fruitastic" Learning Orchard and a special thank you to Dominion Power!
Coles Chorus performs at the Ferlazzo Ground Breaking Ceremony
Volunteer Information
Are you interested in helping out at Coles Elementary?  If you missed the volunteer meetings earlier in the year, you can view the PowerPoint presentation and the parent handbook about the rules and regulations regarding volunteering with the county.  After viewing the presentation, simply print, sign and bring in the necessary form.

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