Virgil School Newsletter
December, 2018
December 2018 Events

Dec. 4th ~ District Spelling Bee, 9:30 am
Dec. 10th ~ Holiday Concert (1:15 Rehearsal; 7:00 Performance)
Dec. 12th ~ District Band Concert, 7:00 pm/CJSHS
Dec. 17th ~ Gr. 5/6 Field Trip to SU Women's Basketball Game, 8:30-2:20
Dec. 18th ~ Shared Decision Making Team Meeting, 3:30 pm
                    Community Transition Meeting, 5:30 pm/KC
Dec. 21st ~ Holiday Parties, 2:10-2:50 pm/Classrooms
                    PJs, Christmas socks and/or hat day!
                    Emergency Early Dismissal, 3:00 pm
Dec. 24th ~ January 1st ~ December/Holiday Recess
News From Ms. Kaup
The weather at this time of year is very unpredictable. We go outside for recess every day UNLESS it is raining or below 20 degrees (with windchil). More times than not we are outside for recess. Please send appropriate clothing to keep your child(ren) warm: hats, gloves, boots, and snowpants. Students may leave their items at school during the week.

As we move closer to the end of the school year, students may be a bit anxious about next year's new adventures. We will try to alleviate some of this anxiety by providing different transition activities. These activities may include: pen pal writing, new school visitation, new principal visitation, field day type activities at the new building, etc. These events will be shared with you prior to it taking place so you will be able to reassure your child(ren) at home that this will be an exciting new adventure with endless possibilities. Parents can help by having play dates over the next eight months to reassure your child(ren) that those special friendships will remain in tact through this process.

Enjoy your family and friends during this holiday season!
Ms. Kaup
Holiday Concert News!
The students are busy working on their musical numbers for the upcoming holiday concert, on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm. The elementary band, elementary orchestra, individual classrooms, and the Virgil Chorus will be showcased in this annual event. Hope to see you there! Enjoy the holiday season.

Ms. Bennett, Mrs. Capano, Mr. Keefner
News from the Virgil Art Studio
(formerly the Art Room)

Hello! We are busy creating lots of wonderful artwork in the ART STUDIO!

Please note, I’m saving most of the student’s artwork done throughout the year, as we have our all school art show in May. Every student will have at least 2 pieces displayed for that special event! Their artwork will go home after the show!
Here is some information about what’s going on per grade level:
K: LINE - Creating various projects related to LINE. AND, safety, care and use of various materials: crayons, pencils, markers, oil pastels, watercolor paints, Elmer’s glue, and scissors - they’re learning a lot about what it’s like to be an artist!
1: Monster Project - Created our own monsters from imagination - focused on coloring techniques; taking time and PRIDE, and outlining to make it BOLD! When done, we’re sending the drawings to the HS where the New Media Art students will be adding their artistic touch to the 1st grade monsters, very exciting!
2: Our Favorite Animals in their Habitats - first drawing from memory, then from observation by doing research (looking at books) to create a realistic animal in its habitat. It’s amazing to see the development in their drawings, they’re so proud! Next we’ll be making 3D animals out of clay!
3: Mandalas - Circle/Center/Unity - Radiating Design - like rays of the sun - Symmetry - using wood shapes, beans, pasta, and other found objects to make patterns! They’re stunning!
4: Native American Vests - creating pictographs (a picture tells a story) - using symbols - creating a faux vest from paper bags - adding patterns/details to create authentic vests!
5: Masks - painting our papier mache masks from last year - large areas first, using big brushes, then details with smaller brushes and Q-tips - using patterns to exaggerate features - inspired by many cultures. Fun, fun, fun!!!!
6: Value - using line to show the difference between dark, medium and light - Zentangles. It’s amazing to see the “push and pull” when using the different techniques to show dark and light!
  F or K-3rd graders:
Students should have an art shirt to protect their clothing. Please supply an old t-shirt or button down, there’s no need to purchase one. If you’ve already done so, THANKS!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and support the art program! Please encourage your children to talk with you about their school experiences and encourage art making at home!
Best,
Nadia Bieber
PE News from Mr. Sinclair
PE is just finishing up our physical fitness testing. The students have done an outstanding job with the PACER test (an aerobic capacity test that tests our cardiovascular endurance), the push up and sit up test (muscular strength and endurance.

Our next unit for 3-6 will be basketball and our K-2nd graders will continue to work on throwing and catching. 

Don't forget to wear/bring sneakers for PE as we all start to wear our boots for outside recess. We need to make sure we are wearing sneakers on the gym floor for safety purposes.

Thanks!
Mr. Sinclair
Notes from the Nurse
D ear Parents,
New York State law mandates Cortland City School District to  require  a current physical exam, and   request  a dental certificate, for new entrant’s, and all students in Kindergarten and grades 1, 3,& 5.
New York State now requires your child’s healthcare provider complete Body Mass Index (BMI) information for reporting purposes. 
If we do not receive a completed health exam form from your doctor your child will automatically be added to the group of exams scheduled to be completed by the schools Nurse Practitioner in this school year.  If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 758-4134. Your physician may also fax the physical to 758-4139.
Kim Rowland, RN
School Nurse
Virgil Student Council Happenings
In the past few weeks the Virgil Student Council has been at work. We have been electing our leaders (President, Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer). We held our election on 11/6/18. The way we elected this year was every candidate wrote a speech and read it while being videotaped. Video credit: Ms.Tellache’s RTI group the WE VIDEO group. Then we sent the videos to all the teachers. Then after that they played the videos for their class and their class voted on who they felt was the best candidate. Ruby Mullally won President, Tyler Fitchette won Vice President, Katie Harris won Secretary and Bree Byrnes won Treasurer. Student Council will start a holiday book drive on 12/3/18 through the 12/7/18. The class who brings in the most books wins a pizza party. They will be donated to families in need. We are looking forward to pajama, Christmas hat and Christmas socks day on 12/21/18. Have a great rest of the month. 

                      From, Katie Harris, Student Council Secretary
Coloring contest winners ride the fire truck to school!


A little fall fun before the snow...
 Winter is here, but before we embrace the snow our students took a chance to play outside in the leaves.
Citizens of the Month for October were:
Kindergarten ~ Kaleb A, Alana H
1st Grade ~ Lillyana S
2nd Grade ~ Makayla B, Rebecca B
3rd Grade ~ Brooklyn G, Joseph P
4th Grade ~ Darah P, Paige R, Maizie S
5th Grade ~ Leah L, Talan R
6th Grade ~ Emma G, Jayden T
A Special "thank you" to Office Reyngoudt for teaching us about safety!




Bus Safety Tips
School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation’s students. More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day. Here are some tips from the  National Association for Pupil Transportation  to keep our children safe at the bus stop as well as on the bus.
Getting Ready for School
  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
  • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
  • Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous. Read More...
Virgil Elementary PTO
The Virgil Elementary PTO meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our next meeting is January 9, 2019. Please join us!

To view the minutes from the November PTO Meeting, please click here.
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