Virgil School Newsletter
March 1, 2019
March 2019 Events
March 1 ~ 25-week progress reports
                    Gr. 3 Instrument Recruitment, 2:30
March 6 ~ 6th Grade (going to 7th grade) Orientation
                       6:30-8:30 at CJSHS
March 7 ~ Ski Club Waterpark Night, 3:30-6:30
March 13 ~ PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
March 15 ~ NO SCHOOL for Students/Staff
March 18 ~ Professional Development Day ~ NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS
March 19 ~ SDM Meeting, 3:30 pm
March 21 ~ Gr. 3-5 MGR Theatre "Careers"
March 29 ~ Science Night at Randall School, Open to ALL Students, 6:00 p.m.
News From Ms. Kaup
As I stated in last month’s newsletter, Virgil Elementary placed a “questions” box in the dining room, where students could submit questions they have about the transition for next school year and have them answered over the morning announcements. Here are a few of the questions (as the students wrote them) and the answers Ms. Kaup provided and announced:
Q. What grades will go to which school?
A. K-1-2 will be at Barry; 3-4 will be at Smith; 5-6 will be at Randall.
Q. Will there be many different classes?
A. Each grade level will have a different number of classes, depending on the total number of students in a grade:     
          
        Kindergarten ~ 9 classes          1 st grade ~ 8 classes
         2 nd grade ~ 7 classes                3 rd grade ~ 7 classes
         4 th grade ~ 8 classes               5 th grade ~ 7 classes
        6 th grade ~ 8 classes
Q. About how many people will be in our class next year from our current class?
A. At least 1 or 2 other Virgil students will be in your class next year.
Q. Why do we have to go to Randall… can we protest?
A. The grades at each building were determined by the size of the building and what age level best fit that building. This was a district decision. There isn’t a means to protest which building you go to.
Q. What time will school start at the other school?
A. Same time ~ 8:30 am
Q. Will I eat different?
A. The breakfast and lunch menus will remain the same as they are now.
Q. What school will Virgil staff be going to?
A. Shortly, we will have the bulletin board outside of the dining room filled with this information.
Q. Will we have an end-of-year party? If so, when?
A. Yes. The Virgil Youth Commission is planning an after school party during the last week of school.
Q. Is there anything we could do to stop the school closing?
A. Unfortunately, there is not anything we can do to keep Virgil school open. It was a very difficult decision for our district to make and they used community members and research to make the decision.
Q. What is going to happen to the school building?
A. The building will be put up for sale. I do know that the Virgil Community is trying to decide on whether or not to buy it.
Q. What are the bus routes?
A. We do not know exact bus routes yet, but the individuals currently on your bus will be about the same. You will just go to a different destination.
Q. How are we going to get to our new school?
A. By bus
Q. Who are the adults from Virgil going to Randall next year?
A. Ms. Alessi, Ms. Tellaeche, Ms. Ailport, Mrs. Loveless, Ms. Bennett, Mrs. Capano, and Ms. Landaeta
Family Engagement Survey
The survey will be remain open through March 8, 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.
Students in Kindergarten Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of libraries and schools celebrate by bringing together kids and books. Virgil celebrated by reading aloud Dr. Suess books!
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
7th Grade Orientation
On Wednesday, March 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cortland Junior High School will be hosting an orientation for all incoming seventh graders and their parents and/or guardians.

The purpose of this orientation is to welcome all current 6th graders who will be 7th graders in the fall of 2019. Parents and students will be able to meet staff members, hear about certain programs such as foreign languages, music and athletics. If time permits, a brief tour of the building will be conducted by Student Senate members. If you have any questions or concerns regarding orientation, please call the Junior High School office at 607-758-4190.
Instrument Recruitment
The 3rd grade instrument recruitment will be held at Virgil Elementary on Friday, March 1st, 2:30 pm.








Virgil S.T.E.M. students present their tiny house, shark tank invention, and engineering bridge project ideas to the Board of Education on Tuesday, February 26th.
Virgil Elementary Girls Basketball
Thank you to Jim Povero and Bill Turner for coaching our girls basketball team again this year!
Notes from the Nurse
According to New York State Education Law and Public Health Law, every student attending school must be immunized. All 6 th Grade students entering 7 th Grade must show documentation for the Meningococcal vaccine before the start of the school year in September. If the student has not received the required vaccine, the student will not be permitted to attend school.

Proof of the MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE MEANS: Written medical documentation of having received the Meningococcal vaccine from your health care provider or the health department. Health Care Provider’s signature and date is required.

THE NURSE WILL REQUIRE VERIFICATION OF THE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE PRIOR TO THE START OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER! GET A JUMP START AND SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S APPOINTMENT NOW! 

Thank you,
Mrs. Rowland, RN
News from PE
In Physical Education we are excited to begin our Heart Challenge Obstacle Course. The students will be able to challenge themselves to increase their heart rate while having fun completing the obstacle course. Not only will they be working hard they will learn about the heart and blood flow.

Following the Heart Challenge we will be starting our Gymnastics Unit!

Mr. Sinclair
Wednesday, February 27th ~ Virgil Winter Fun Day!
Here are a few pictures from our fabulous fun day of outdoor winter activities, including snow shoeing, curling, chimney ball, painting in the snow (koolaid in spray bottles!), blowing bubbles, sled creation and sledding. The K-2 students went to the JM McDonald Center to ice skate. It was a great day for all!
Virgil Elementary PTO
Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Free childcare is provided. Hope you can join us!
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