Lockdown Drill #3

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Lockdown Drill Today

At Coates, our goal is to keep students and staff safe at school. We continually work with county leaders to ensure coordinated responses to potential threats. We also drill for emergency situations and then review and revise plans as needed.

Today, we conducted our third lockdown drill. The purpose of a lockdown is to protect against intruders in the school building. Prior to today, teachers talked to our students to prepare them for our drill.

 During a lockdown drill:

  • Students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers. 

Our students did a great job today!

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Jan Newsletter

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Principal’s Message

Families,

Welcome back from Winter Break! Hopefully, the weather gives us a break for a while so that we can get back to normal! It was great to see so many of you at our Parent Partnership Meeting and PTA Family Movie Night back in December! Both events were really well attended.

At the end of January, we’ll reach the end of the second quarter, which means we’ll be at the midpoint of this school year. Time is flying! Below are a few things to know so that we can continue to have a great year:

 At the end of the first quarter back in November, you participated in a parent-teacher conference, which the teachers scheduled. At the end of the second quarter, there is no requirement for a conference, but you can request one with your teacher at any time. S/he’s happy to talk to you about your child’s current progress. One cool, unique thing we do at the end of the second quarter is hold teacher-student conferences, where the teachers meet one-on-one with each student to talk to them about their progress and set goals for next quarter. One of the Coates Mission traits is responsibility, and this practice is one of the ways we promote this. This is not an FCPS-required activity—it’s just something Coates stars do (and have been doing for 3 years running!). Watch your teacher’s weekly emails/texts in February to find out when s/he is holding teacher-student conferences so you can ask your child about it.

 If you’re not getting a weekly class update from your teachers via email or Remind texts, let him/her know immediately! If you know what’s being taught each week, you can have better conversations at home about your child’s learning.

 If you’re not connected to Coates via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please consider following us. Reminders, pictures, and stories about our great school show up almost daily!

 I hope to see as many parents as possible at our final Parent Partnership Meeting next week on Jan. 15 at 6:30. We’ll be drafting our home-school compact and continuing to strengthen our relationship.   Our kids deserve a school where parents and teachers are on the same page. Thanks for adding your voice to this process!

Proud to be a star!

Jesse Kraft, Principal

 

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

 

 

The Positivity Project Continues!

We teach and promote these character strengths this month. Watch Thursday Folders & social media for resources to help you emphasize character at home!

Wk of Jan. 6            Optimism

Wk of Jan. 13          Prudence          

Wk of Jan. 20          Perseverance

Wk of Jan. 27          Supporting Others When They Struggle

 

      Emergency Contact Information  

     Do We Have Your Current Info?

When an emergency occurs at school, we call parents immediately. Sometimes, however, the cell and work phone numbers on our registration forms are no longer current.

If anything (phone numbers for you or family members, email addresses, your list of people we can call if you are not reachable, etc.) has changed since September or when you registered your child for school this year, your paperwork is out of date. Please call the front office at (703) 713-3000 or email Ms. Marney ( ajmarney@fcps.edu ) and ask how to update your emergency information

Check Lost & Found

Parents are welcome to check our lost & found (located in the cafeteria) and claim lost items at any time. Items that have been there since the first quarter of school will be donated to charity on Friday, Jan. 17 unless claimed.

 

                     Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 9—Rising 7th grade Transition Night, 6:30pm

Jan. 15—Parent Partnership Mtg Part 3, 6:30pm

Jan. 16—Rising 7th grade curriculum night RCMS

Jan. 20 —Martin Luther King Jr Birthday/No school

Jan. 24—End of Second Quarter

Jan. 27 & 28—Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

Looking Ahead

Feb. 4– Coates Spelling Bee 6:30pm

Feb. 17 —Presidents Day/No School

 

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Coates Parent Partnership - Final Meeting on Jan. 15!

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Coates Families & Staff,

Question:   What does this picture represent?

(Be sure to "download picture" if needed)

 

Answer:   Us

As a community of teachers and parents, these are the common themes that came out when we shared our stories at our first Partnership Meeting in November.

At our meeting in December, we analyzed our Family Engagement Survey and brainstormed great ideas for how to make a great school even better.

At our final meeting on Jan. 15, we take all our insights and draft a Home-School Compact.  We are true partners in educating our kids, so let’s solidify our good efforts into an agreement!  Please join us from 6:30 to 8 in the cafeteria.  (It doesn’t matter if you missed the earlier meetings!) 

Free pizza and childcare provided for kids.

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classroom spelling bee

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Classroom Spelling Bees

Dear Coates Families,

We will be holding our classroom spelling bees during the week of January 6, 2020.  This is for fun – no grades will be affected by spelling bee performance!  The top two spellers from each classroom will be invited to register to compete in the Coates School-wide Spelling Bee on February 4, 2020. 

Thank you!

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Reminder: AAP Referral Deadline on Jan. 9

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Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

 

For Parents who are Interested:

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs ) that have the same information that was shared at the recent information meeting at Coates.

. Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mrs. Josie Mani (jtmani@fcps.edu ) at any time up through January 9. You may deliver your copy of your referral packet to the main office.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

 

For Parents who are Interested:

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs ) that have the same information that was shared at the recent information meeting at Coates.

. Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mrs. Josie Mani (jtmani@fcps.edu ) at any time up through January 9. You may deliver your copy of your referral packet to the main office.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

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December Newsletter

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Principal’s Message

Families,

Happy Holidays! Can you believe that we’re nearing Winter Break? This year is flying by.   Let’s make the most of it! I have a few announcements below. As always, I hope you continue to feel comfortable coming to me or our staff with any questions.

We held our second of three parent partnership meetings last night, and the PTA board and I were proud of the attendance from parents and teachers and the value of the conversations. We already have great ideas for improving our school, thanks to the conversations and input we received. This whole process concludes at our final meeting on January 15. At that time, we’ll take the key understandings we’ve gained and develop a home-school compact. This will put teachers and families on the same page and help everyone understand our roles in making our kids successful!

2nd Quarter Interim Reports go home in Thursday Folders on Dec. 19. Unlike last quarter, teachers will only send home an interim report to students who have an area of improvement. If you don’t see an interim in your child’s folder and think they should have gotten one, contact your teacher.   Interim reports are not the official end-of-quarter progress reports (report cards). They are a middle-of-the-quarter report that signals everyone about areas of needed improvement. We hope that students and parents use the interim to focus efforts so that grade improve by the end of the quarter.

I want to thank our teachers who volunteered their time to run some Before-School Clubs for older students this fall. This was a new idea for us, and it was a great success for those who participated. Some students learned debate skills, some formed a community service organization, some created jewelry, and others learned to play chess. These clubs are ending this month, and we hope to offer more in the spring. Watch Thursday Folders for announcements!

I began teaching my “Talk Like a Boss” public speaking class to grades 4-6 this month. If your child’s class has not yet met with me, they will before the end of January. I love my time with them, and it’s exciting to see them learn to present themselves as the intelligent, positive people they really are! Watch your teachers’ weekly correspondence to hear about the specific skills they’ve learned. I’d love if you promoted these skills at home.

We have a long break from school coming soon. Have fun, keep your kids reading, and know that we’ll miss them during that time.

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

 

From PTA

            Join us for Family Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 13 @ 6:00 to view

                                                Toy Story 4

                                              Free Admission

                                        Food Available for Cost

                                   All Coates Families Welcome!

 

 

                                     Advanced Academics News

Mrs. Mani, our AAP resource teacher, recently held information sessions about Advanced Academic Programs in FCPS. If you’d like more information, please check out: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

For parents interested in the level IV referral form, it can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

Please note the firm deadline for parent referrals on January 9.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Mani at jtmani@fcps.edu or call (703) 713-3000.

 

                               The Positivity Project Continues!

We teach and promote these character strengths this month. Watch Thursday Folders & social media for resources to help you emphasize character at home!

Wk of Dec. 2            Kindness

Wk of Dec. 9            Humility             

Wk of Dec. 16         Self-Control

 

                                          Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 13—Movie Night Toy Story 4/PTA Meeting 6pm

Dec. 17– Winter Chorus Concert 7pm

Dec. 19 —Interims go home

Dec. 23-Jan 3 —Winter Break

 

                                       Looking Ahead

Jan. 8—Rising 7th grade transition night 6:30pm

Jan. 15—Parent Partnership Mtg Part 3 /6:30pm

Jan. 16—Rising 7th grade curriculum night

Jan. 20 —Martin Luther King Jr Birthday/No school

Jan. 27 & 28—Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

 

                                             Winter Break!

                            School is closed from Dec. 23-Jan.3.

                        Students return to class on Monday, Jan. 6.

                    The Coates office has limited hours of operation

                             from 9:00-1:00 on Dec. 23 & 30.

 

 

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Parent Partnership Meetings (Update)

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Coates Parents,

THANK YOU for coming out in great numbers last week to share your stories, make better connections with other families, and enlighten our teachers.  This was a great event for us as a school community, and it truly served its purpose.  Our relationship is better for it (and it was already good!).

Special thanks to Mrs. Leona Smith-Vance, FCPS Director of Equity and Family Partnerships and proud Coates parent.  She took input from with me, Mrs. Tisha Bowman (PTA president), Mrs. Stephanie Hando (Coates teacher), & Mrs. Solangie McPherson (parent liaison) to plan and facilitate a terrific meeting.  We’re lucky to have her!

In case you missed our social media posts, we had over 80 people in attendance for this meeting, including 17 teachers!  I could not have been happier with the turnout.  Mrs. Bowman and I felt like we had great representation of the larger Coates community.  We were also awed by how many common goals, hopes, and experiences we noticed as our large, diverse group shared their stories.   Thank you for putting yourself out there!

What’s Next?

Come join the conversation on December 4 at 6:30.  Even if you missed session 1, join us!  We’ll continue this work toward a home-school partnership agreement.  One specific task we’ll complete is an analysis of last spring’s Family Engagement Survey results.  We need parents to bring their perspective to this so that our school can fix what needs fixing and maintain what’s welcoming and supportive about our school culture.  Expect more honest sharing and expect to make even more connections with the staff and other great families!

We will be announcing a final meeting in January where we’ll leverage all our work so far to draft a well-informed home-school partnership agreement.  Thanks for participating in this process!

Proud to Serve,

Jesse Kraft, Principal

jkraft@fcps.edu

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Thanksgiving Luncheon

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Please plan to join us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon this Thursday, November 21st.

The price for lunch is $4.50 for all guests (including siblings). Coates students will use their lunch account. There is no need to sign up, parents and siblings will pay for lunch in the lobby. Please bring exact change, if you are able. 

The lunch schedule is below. Please note that lunch times are different from the usual schedule.

Class

Arrival

Tables

Dismissal

Serving Line

K – Vargas

10:30

1, 2, 3, 4

11:05

A

K – Grande

10:35

5, 6, 7, 8

11:10

B

K – Gazulis

10:40

9, 10, 11, 12

11:15

A

K – Werner

10:45

13, 14, 15, 16

11:20

B

K – Connole

10:50

17, 18, 19, 20

11:25

A

Toton, Traylor

10:55

21, 22, 23, 24

11:30

B

Eisenbach

11:00

25, 26, 27, 28

11:35

A

5 – Racke

11:05

29, 30, 31, 32

11:40

B

5 – Chierichella

11:10

1, 2, 3, 4

11:45

A

5 – Mayberry

11:15

5, 6, 7, 8

11:50

B

5 – White

11:20

9, 10, 11, 12

11:55

A

4 – Diaz

11:25

13, 14, 15, 16

12:00

B

4 – Rodriguez

11:30

17, 18, 19, 20

12:05

A

4 – Hunter

11:35

21, 22, 23, 24

12:10

B

4 – Ceglie

11:40

25, 26, 27, 28

12:15

A

2 – Knotts

11:45

29, 30, 31, 32

12:20

B

2 – Daftari

11:50

1, 2, 3, 4

12:25

A

2 – Turner

11:55

5, 6, 7, 8

12:30

B

2 – Shepard

12:00

9, 10, 11, 12

12:35

A

2 – Yi

12:05

13, 14, 15, 16

12:40

B

6 – Braddock

12:10

17, 18, 19, 20

12:45

A

6 – Herring

12:15

21, 22, 23, 24

12:50

B

6 – Olsen

12:17

25, 26, 27, 28

12:52

A

6 – Hamm

12:20

29, 30, 31, 32

12:55

B

3 – Roy

12:25

1, 2, 3, 4

1:00

A

3 – Forte

12:35

5, 6, 7, 8

1:10

B

3 – Cho

12:40

9, 10, 11, 12

1:15

A

3 – Allen

12:45

13, 14, 15, 16

1:20

B

3 – Smith

12:50

17, 18, 19 ,20

1:25

A

1 – Crew

12:55

21, 22, 23 24

1:30

B

1 – Merrill

1:00

25, 26, 27,28

1:35

A

1 – Lucas

1:05

29, 30, 31, 32

1:40

B

1 – Yim

1:10

1, 2, 3, 4

1:45

A

1 – Barnes

1:15

5, 6, 7, 8

1:50

B

1 – Rabb

1:20

9, 10, 11, 12

2:00

A

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Parent Partnership Meeting, Part 1 on Wed., 11/13

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Coates Families,

This is one last reminder to join us for this first-of-its-kind event.  We're holding a forum for parents and teachers to tell their stories, create a relationship based on understanding what drives us, and eventually craft a Home-School Partnership Agreement that reflects our collective identity.  We need your voice!

Join us in the Coates cafeteria on Wed., Nov. 13 at 6:30. Mr. Kraft, the PTA Board Members, a team of teachers, and hopefully a wonderful group of parents will be here.

The PTA is providing childcare (a movie & games) and free pizza for kids.

For your convenience, interested parents may preview FCPS's Family Life Education curriculum prior to this meeting at 6:00.  Parents in grades 4-6 may especially want to see the materials used to teach the Human Growth & Development units.

We know that you are busy, working parents, and your time is precious.  We would not be hosting a meeting like this if it wasn't important.  Join us if you can and help us make a wonderful school even better.

Thanks,

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

 

 

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November Newsletter

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Principal’s Message

Families,

November already? How’d that happen! As we wind down the first quarter of school and enter into the Thanksgiving season, I want to say thank you for sharing your kids with us, for supporting your child’s teachers’ efforts, and for instilling good character in your children. We have great behaviors in our school, thanks to you.

We were so pleased to have such a great turnout for Fall Festival! Our awesome PTA did their typically amazing job, and we had more volunteers than ever! Mrs. Bowman, our president, will share more in the near future, including how much money was raised to lower field trip costs, fund PTA family events, and otherwise help our school.

Thanks to parents and teachers for meeting recently (or next week) to discuss your child(ren)’s academic progress. We are officially in the second quarter of school next week, and we know that we’ll do great things if we continue to work together. Progress Reports (“report cards”) will come home on Thursday, November 14.

November has lots of great events to look forward to. We hold our annual Veteran Day program, presented by the 2nd graders and the music department, and we invite all families to eat a special Thanksgiving Lunch with us. Dates are on page 2. Flyers with more information will be coming home as we get closer to the dates. Check Coates social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as well.

Perhaps our biggest event is our Parent Partnership Night on November 13. By now, you’ve hopefully seen the flyer in last week’s Thursday Folder and my News You Choose email about this event. This is our chance to make our school-home connection stronger than ever. We have a good thing here at Coates, but we can make it even better! To do this, we want as many parents as possible to join us, tell us your stories (your hopes for your children, the important things about your family, culture, or identity that drives you, etc.). Staff members will do the same. This is all building toward a compact between home and school, but before we do that, we need a deeper understanding of where everyone is coming from.   Please join us! The more families represented, the better! Thanks to our PTA for co-planning this event and providing childcare and pizza for your kids if you come.

On our calendar you’ll notice that GRATITUDE is our focus for two weeks in November. We’ll work hard at school to teach and model this character strength. If you’d like to show gratitude to your child's teacher, I encourage you to recognize him/her at FCPS Cares (www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program ) or go to Coates Facebook and write a short review (www.facebook.com/ coateselementary). Notes or cards that express appreciation for other Coates stars who rarely get recognized, like music, art, and PE teachers, counselors, specialists, crossing guards, bus drivers, etc. are a great idea too!

Have a great month! Happy second quarter and Happy Thanksgiving!

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

 

Veterans Day

We honor our country’s brave veterans on November 11. This is a school day. At 9:45, our 2nd graders will sing patriotic songs to honor the service of veterans. Families and local veterans are welcome to join us. Spread the word!

 

Thanksgiving Lunch

On November 21, the Coates food services staff will be serving a special lunch in the cafeteria in recognition of Thanksgiving. Come join your child and celebrate with us! There will be a special lunch schedule that day.

Weekly Updates from Teachers

Are you receiving the weekly email or text from your child’s teacher? If not, contact the teacher ASAP! All Coates teachers send a weekly email or text to update parents on what they’re working on in class. It’s a great way for you to stay informed and involved!

 

The Positivity Project Continues!

We teach and promote these character strengths this month. Watch Thursday Folders & social media for resources to help you emphasize character at home!

Wk of Nov. 4            Bravery

Wk of Nov. 11          Knowing my Words & Actions  Affect Others

Wk of Nov. 18          Gratitude

Wk of Nov. 25          Gratitude

Wk of Dec. 2            Kindness

 

                     Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 4 & 5           Teacher Workdays/Student Holiday        

Nov. 7                 Make up picture day

Nov 13                Family Life Education Parent Preview 6:00

                           Parent Partnership Mtg (PTA Mtg), 6:30

Nov.18                AAP Eligibility Process Parent Mtg 6pm

Nov. 18-22         Stand up to Bulling Week

Nov. 20              Spirit Night Fundraiser “Guapo’s” 5-10pm

Nov. 21             Thanksgiving Luncheon

Nov. 27-29        Thanksgiving Break

 

Looking Ahead

Dec. 4 —Parent Partnership Mtg (PTA Mtg), 6:30

Dec. 13—Movie Night 6:30pm

Dec. 19 —Interims go home

Dec. 23-Jan 3 —Winter Break

Nov. 27-29-Thanksgiving Break

 

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Outstanding Employee Nominations

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Outstanding Employee Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Coates Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the links below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The links have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. Deadline for nominations are November 7, 2019.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a Teacher or Librarian (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a Teacher or Librarian (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Principal *

*Principal Jesse Kraft won 2018-2019 Outstanding Principal for FCPS!—Category is closed this year :)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee

Positions in this category for Coates ES: Assistant Principals

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Positions in this category:  School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Parent Liaisons , Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff

 

Questions?  Please contact  Amy Marney at ajmarney@fcps.edu

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Special Message from Principal Kraft

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Dear Coates Families,

I’m hoping that you’ll join me, Mrs. Bowman (PTA president), and leaders from the FCPS Equity & Family Engagement Office at school for a special meeting on November 13 at 6:30 PM.  My staff, the PTA Board, and I are working on something crucial to our school, and we need as many parents/guardians as possible to lend their voice to this.  Here’s what's going on:

We want to create an agreement or compact between Coates families and school staff.  But I don’t want to just throw together a list of statements.  I want something meaningful that represents us as a community and that lives up to the very idea of partnership.  We come together for our kids, and when home and school have common understandings, we can accomplish so much more than if we work in silos. 

We are a diverse community, but the differences should never hamper us.  In fact, the opportunity to use the wide range of perspectives in the Coates community should be an advantage to our school.  There’s a collective identity that we can create, and that’s really the goal of our meeting on November 13.  We’ll talk about our hopes and dreams for our kids.  We’ll have a forum for sharing our stories.  Candid feedback about your experience at Coates is encouraged.  We want any insights you have to share with other parents that can bond us better as neighbors.  We’ll have many teachers in attendance, and they want to know of any fears, hopes, concerns, or aspirations you have so that they can better understand their students and be better, more empathetic teachers.  Stories matter.  We want this event to serve as a place to hear others’ stories and to tell yours if you choose.

This meeting will be followed up by another meeting on December 4.  Our hope that we come out of our meeting in November with a stronger relationship, and that can make us ready to create a compact between home and school.  Again, we do not want to skip the important step of sharing our stories on November 13.  If we rush this, we risk building a document that lacks depth, might contain bias, or worse.

I want to be clear that this is not something we are required to do by FCPS.  We want to do this.  We already have a great bond between home and school.  We just want to ensure that we make it better if we can.  At the very least, we want the home-school connection to always stays strong.

The Coates PTA is sponsoring this event and will be hosting childcare and free pizza for families who attend.  Please watch Coates Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for continued updates on this series of Parent Partnership Gatherings!  I hope to see you.

 

Jesse Kraft

Proud Principal, Coates ES

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Outstanding Employee Nominations

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Outstanding Employee Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Coates Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the links below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The links have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. Deadline for nominations are November 7, 2019.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a Teacher or Librarian (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a Teacher or Librarian (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Principal *

*Principal Jesse Kraft won 2018-2019 Outstanding Principal for FCPS!—Category is closed this year :)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee

Positions in this category for Coates ES: Assistant Principals

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Positions in this category:  School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, Parent Liaisons , Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff

 

Questions?  Please contact  Amy Marney at ajmarney@fcps.edu

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Fall Festival

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Fall Festival

Coates Family,

Can you believe it, our annual Fall Festival is next Saturday, October 19th!! We are so excited to share some of the new activities we have planned for our biggest event of the year!  We need your help to make this event a success for our school and to accomplish our mission of assisting with the cost of field trips once again.

Here are just a few updates:

Volunteers:  We are still in need of additional volunteers to help make this event a success! Middle School, High School, Community Groups and extended family members are all welcome to volunteer for this event.

Please use this link to sign – up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eacaf22a3f49-llcoates2

Bake Sale Donations: We would love your donations to our Fall Festival Bake Sale!  Please feel free to drop your non-perishable items off at the Main Office next week. 

Please use this link to sign-up for a bake sale donation: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eacaf22a3f49-llcoates3

Early Bird Ticket Sales: Please remember, Early Bird ticket sales will close at Midnight next Wednesday, October 16th!  You can purchase your tickets via PayPal at coatespta@gmail.com.  Please include your name and email account with your payment.  You can also send a check with your student to school. Please include a note with your name, student’s name and teacher’s name. You will be able to utilize the Early Bird ticket line at the festival entrance!

Early Bird ticket prices - $8 individuals and $22 family 4- pack

** New This Year** - FRIENDLY Costume Contest and Parade!  

We will have our first ever costume contest and parade at 12 noon sharp!

Please make sure you arrive in time to participate and win prizes!

Our awesome Principal, Mr. Kraft and a few surprise guests will be on our Judge’s Panel this year.

We look forward to see you there!

Ms. Tisha Bowman

Coates PTA President 2018-2020

Coates Elementary School

2480 River Birch Road, Herndon, VA 20171

Phone: 703-713-3000

Email: coatesptapresident@gmail.com

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