Virgil School Newsletter
February, 2019
February 2019 Events
February 1 ~ 20-week Report Cards
                        Stuffed Animal Day
February 7 ~ Ski Club, 3:30-6:30
February 8 ~ PTO Movie Night, 6:30
February 13 ~ Harmony Bridge Performance at Virgil, 10:30-11:15
                       PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
February 14 ~ Valentine Parties, 2:25 pm
February 18-22 ~ Presidents' Day/February Break, NO SCHOOL
News From Ms. Kaup
During the month of February there will be a question box introduced to our students. The students will be able to write any questions they may have on our building transition, and I will answer the questions on the morning announcements. The box will be located in the dining room for easy access along with slips of paper and pencils. This will get introduced to all students at the February 6th All School Meeting.
Thank You For Coming In Officer Moran and Rush!
Virgil Elementary had some special visitors at our All-School Meeting on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 
Officer Moran and Rush taught us about safety and how he and Rush work together as a team.
Family Engagement Survey
Recently letters were sent sharing information about the district's  Family Engagement Survey.   We hope you received the information about our continuing school improvement efforts and will take a few minutes to share your feedback by completing the 25 question survey. Surveys provide information which we use in the decision making and planning processes as we begin to prepare for the upcoming school year.
 
The survey will be open through  February 22, 2019 . Your response to the survey is very important.   Please take ten to fifteen minutes and share your ideas, experiences and feedback!
 
 **Paper copies of the survey are also available at your child(ren)'s school. If you prefer to complete the survey on paper, please ask for a copy from the building office.
Kindergarten Registration/Screening Dates
Steps to register your child:
  • Child must be 5 on or before December 1, 2019. Children who turn 6 before December 1, 2019 must attend school.
  • Parents are urged to call (607)-758-4106, prior to April 20, 2019, to make a registration/screening appointment and to receive a pre-registration packet.
  • All students must have an appointment prior to the school registration/screening dates listed below!

ALL screenings will take place at Barry Primary School
Current dates for screenings:
  • Thursday, June 27th, 2019
  • Friday, June 28th, 2019
  • A 3rd day to be announced will be added as well

There will be a Kindergarten Meet and Greet in the month of May.
  • This is an event for parents AND their entering kindergarten student.
  • There will be activities for students and students/families will get to meet all of our kindergarten teachers and other staff members
Fourth Graders Perform with Ithacapella
On January 16th, fourth graders from across the district united for an exciting musical experience! The fourth graders came together to present a combined concert with the college a cappella group Ithacappella, for community members, staff and parents. This concert, was a collaborative effort of the music teachers in all five elementary schools.

Music teacher, Jonathan Keefner said, “When our team of music teachers met during collaboration time, we saw an opportunity to create community through music during a transition period where community will be more important than ever." Read more...
Instrument Recruitment
The 3rd grade instrument recruitment process has started in each of the elementary schools! It is an exciting time for our 3rd graders to pick their instrument. Our elementary instrument teachers have been very busy getting started with the 3rd Grade Recruitment!

The Cortland Instrumental Process
First, music teachers have a recruitment assembly at each of the elementary schools. The teachers demonstrate each instrument the students can choose from and let the students ask questions about the instruments and the process. Next, students bring home the instrumental sign up sheet. Then as the teachers are able to schedule our new recruits, they travel to each school for a series of hands on days. The hands on day is when the students get to try out and get to play each instrument of their choice. Read more...
2nd Grade Readers
Sylas is reading to Landon.
Friends join Sylas on the reading rug.
Celebrating The Region's Newest National Certified Teachers
Amoreena Tellaeche was honored at TST BOCES for achieving her National Board Certification! Congratulations!
Notes from the Nurse
Dear Parents,

All students entering 7 th grade in September 2019 must show documentation for the Meningococcal Vaccine.

All students entering 6 th grade in September 2019 must show documentation for the Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis).
 
Proof of the vaccine means :
  • Medical documentation signed and dated by the
  • Healthcare Provider of having received the vaccine.

NO GRACE PERIOD
  • Your child must be vaccinated by the first day of school.
  • Please plan ahead – get your child vaccinated.

Thank you,
Mrs. Rowland, RN
News from the Art Room
The Virgil 4th grade students collaborated with the district 4th graders in an incredible music concert singing along with Ithacapella on January 16th at the High School.

The elementary art teachers created a shield that we cut into puzzle pieces to represent the 5 elementary schools. We asked some 4th grade art students to paint their section to represent their respective school.

Paige R., Maizie S., and Kendall M., were the students selected to paint for Virgil. They designed and created the Virgil Vikings helmet with dots surrounding as a design to represent Virgil school.
The shield hung behind the singers on the stage, and the 5 pieces were attached the evening of the concert to show that “we’re all in this together”, our Cortland 4th Grade Team! Great job, and what an incredible event!

The shield will be “visiting” each elementary school and displayed for a month to showcase the work and reiterate the message!

FYI: If you’re wondering why your child’s artwork isn’t coming home, just a reminder, that I’m saving most of the student’s artwork to showcase at Virgil’s art show, the same night as the Spring concert, on Thursday, May 23rd! Looking forward to seeing you then to celebrate the diverse work that’s being done by our Virgil artists.
Virgil Elementary PTO
Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Free childcare is provided. Hope you can join us!
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