Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spirit Day Colors

Our annual Spirit Day is a month away, but we wanted to let you know about the grade level colors well in advance:

Kindergarten: Red
1st grade: Black
2nd grade: Blue
3rd grade: Green
4th grade: Orange
5th grade: Purple
6th grade: Tie-dye 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spirit Day Volunteers Needed

This year’s Spirit Day is June 16th.  This is an all-day event celebrating the Village ES community.  Students are able to participate in fun activities, listen to music during outdoor lunch, and play in bounce houses.  With all these great activities comes the need for extra support.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Stephanie Schaufelberger by June 9th via email or 392-1000 *5198.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Band News

                                                                                 May 2017
  Hello and Welcome to the Band program at Village Elementary!
  My name is Beth Fabrizio, and I am the director of bands at Village. Your child has an exciting experience offered to them this year. As they move from third grade into fourth, they may begin a band instrument. They would start with group lessons from September until December, and then beginning band would begin in January with a spring concert performance in May.
In order to help place them on the correct instrument, I will be meeting with each classroom in groups of 5 students. I will have them try all of the instruments we begin our students on here at Village:
Flute         Oboe           Clarinet        Alto Saxophone
Trumpet      Horn           Trombone      Baritone
Tuba          Percussion
If you wish to research the instruments with your child, Be Part of the is a great website that takes you through all the instruments with an explanation and performance.
A few of our 3rd graders have been to see me already or have begun lessons on an instrument outside of school. Please let me know if that has taken place, and I will not meet with them during their scheduled classroom time. Once they meet with me, we will select two or three instruments that work for them in their order of preference. I will send a signup sheet home with them. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. There will be a beginning band meeting September 11, 2017 at 7PM in the HJ cafeteria.
If you are interested in summer lessons, I will attach a list to the sign up form and you can rent an instrument prior to the new school year and have your child begin then. The school district rents French Horns, Baritones and Tubas to our students for $50 for the school year.  All other instruments are purchased or rented through Music and Arts (Pittsford), Dori’s (Spencerport) or Atlas Music (Webster). Please let me help in any way I can in securing an instrument.
I look forward to meeting you and your children! This will be a magical time for them to begin their musical journey!
Beth Fabrizio
Director of Bands
Village Elementary School
Hilton, NY  14468
585-392-1000  x5117

Friday, May 5, 2017

Keep reading all summer!

It is hard to believe that I am writing about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge already, but as we turn the calendar to May, it's time!  We have participated in this program for a number of years, having logged the most minutes read as a school in New York State for several years in a row, including this past summer! A few years ago when I was the Assistant Principal here at Village Elementary, our school even took first place world-wide in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. I am proud that we have continued to do an outstanding job as a school community with our participation as our students have logged over one million minutes annually.  What matters most, however, is that children are reading all summer long.

Given that the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a world-wide event, students can begin logging their minutes starting this Monday, May 8th.  Our Library team along with classroom teachers will be working with students to get them going within the next few days and we will update our school community once all students are up and running.

In writing to you about reading, what matters most is the role all families can play in this every day. The benefits of reading are immense and much research exists on the subject.  When kids are young, taking time each day to read to your child not only helps their language development and builds background knowledge, but it also can be a special time together as a family.  In the summer, this is especially important to avoid what is referred to as the 'summer slide.'  Without question, kids need opportunities to enjoy all that summer has to offer, but making time for reading each day as well allows kids to retain the skills they developed over the course of the school year.

As children develop their own skills as readers, they are excited to show off for anyone that will listen.  Making time for them to read to family while also still providing time to read to them is critical.  Developing readers need the practice that comes with repetition.  When they begin enjoying chapter books, it is that much more worthwhile to make time for the family read aloud.  This allows for opportunities to explore more complex stories that allow for discussions about characters, themes, the plot, etc.

Thank you for making time to read as a family.  Stay tuned for further updates regarding the Summer Reading Challenge in the weeks and months ahead.  In the meantime, check out the video below for more information and be sure to talk with your child about it!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ms. Schaufelberger's May Newsletter

Dear Families,

I hope you had a safe and wonderful spring break.  As we enter the last two months of the school year, I cannot help but think of the exciting events Village has planned.  For our sixth graders, Darien Lake and the Fun Night are around the corner.  The sixth grade team has been keeping a points system to keep students accountable for their positive behavior.  Students that have a certain percentage earn the positive incentives planned for the remainder of the school year.  If there have been any concerns, the sixth grade homeroom teacher have let the student know.  We are hopeful students will earn these fun events planned.  

This month’s IB trait is Balanced.  We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. This coincides with the need for students to depend on one another to achieve great harmonies in our upcoming chorus and band concerts.  We hope to see you at the concerts held on May 10th (chorus) and May 11th (band).  

April’s bus of the month was awarded to bus #78 .  This bus has improved on their efforts to be safe on the bus and I am excited to acknowledge that with the red carpet.

One of the biggest school events is the Spirit Day.  It is an all day, school-wide event that involves all staff.  On June 16th, we will have a DJ (thank you Mr. Lewis), three bounce houses, a dunk tank and arts rotations.  Students may earn passport tickets to enter a raffle to participate in throwing a ball at the dunk tank target.  Staff, including myself will be braving the dunk tank throughout the day.  With so many events, comes supervisory needs.  We are asking parents to volunteer any time they can to supervising a rotation or assisting the staff.  If you are able and interested in volunteering, please contact me via email or phone.  I can be reached at 392-1000 *5198.  The staff thanks you in advance for your time.  

Have a great week!

Ms. Schaufelberger