Families in the community are invited to join us Friday, May 6 from 6pm to 8pm for an evening of outdoor fun. Bring a picnic blanket and grab some dinner at the food trucks. Play carnival games and test your luck in the raffle drawings!  

Come transform your summer by attending Camp Invention! Join us in July for a great time brainstorming, exploring, constructing, and discovering. Registration is easy, submit online at campinvention.org by March 10th for an early-bird discount. For more details: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqS_imvbT3gZldBMHpKTGFiNkU

So far this year, we’ve raised over $1,700 collecting Box Tops and Campbell‛s Labels. We will be holding another competition to see which class can collect the most combined Box Tops and Campbell‛s Labels.You can help our school earn even more money by turning in your Box Tops and Campbell‛s Labels between now and February 23rd. Download the Flyer

Join us for the Father Daughter on February 19, 2016, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be dancing, snacks, dessert, and refreshments! Tickets are $20 per couple; additional daughters are free. A photographer will be present to take keepsakes photos, which will be available to purchase for $10. All father figures are welcome, including grandfathers, uncles, brothers (18 and over), and family friends. To purchase your tickets online using a credit or debit card, simply visit SpringRunPTA.org/FatherDaughter. If you wish to pay with cash or check, please send in payment to your teacher by February 12th. This event is made possible by the Spring Run Elementary PTA. Interested in volunteering to help? Please contact Jennifer Watkins (volunteer@springrunpta.org).

Let’s do this! Sign up forms for the after-school enrichment program were sent home last week, signups are due by January 21st. Enrichment classes meet once a week for six weeks, starting February 8th. This great program is made possible by our Spring Run PTA! For course details, and to find out how to enroll: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByqS_imvbT3gMFM0MEtneWI1U0U

Help spread the word, we need your photos for the Husky yearbook! Have a great picture from around school, from at an event, or from a sports game? The PTA would love to see your pictures so we can consider including them in the yearbook. We want to put your students front and center, but need your help! Please email your best snapshots to yearbook@springrunpta.org

Please consider nominating a Spring Run teacher for the REB Award for Teaching Excellence. Go here to nominate a teacher: www.tcfrichmond.org The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence were established in 1988 to recognize public school teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. This program has been developed by The Community Foundation and is funded by the R.E.B. Foundation. The R.E.B. Foundation believes that a child’s educational experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels should develop basic skills and form positive life-long habits toward learning and discipline. The R.E.B. Foundation is committed to improving public education so as to benefit a broad segment of the community. The R.E.B. awards are designed to identify, recognize, and support teaching excellence in the metropolitan Richmond public school systems. Grants ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 each will be given to approximately fifteen teachers to support professional development activities. Recipients will be required to share educational ideas and experiences with fellow teachers.

Don’t let your student’s brain go to slush! Have them read at least 15 minutes for seven days and win a prize from reading specialist Mrs. Tucker!  Download the details!

We are always searching for Respect, but in December and January our character education focus is on this venerable trait. In conjunction with our on-going HERO recognition, and lessons, our Third Grade students will present the annual Promote Respect musical, “Stand Up and Care.” Some ideas to promote respect at home include watching an age-appropriate T.V. show and then discuss the characters who were respectful and those who were not, list at least five synonyms and five antonyms for the word respect, and create a recipe for respect. What ingredients do you need? For more ideas, a booklist and activities, go to charactercounts.org

Now that school is in the second marking period our teachers are encouraging students to make SMART goals for academic improvement in at least one subject over the next nine weeks. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound Teachers make SMART goals to improve their teaching and learning and we believe it is great for students to make a goal to improve in at least one subject area too. Ask your student what is their goal for the new marking period? Speaking of SMART goals I wanted to share our annual school wide academic goals for the year. Our goals are: Increase reading SOL pass rates from 85%-88% Increase math SOL pass rates from 84%-87% Decrease the number of students reading below grade level in each grade by half. Let’s set goals and work to succeed together!