Join the Redistricting Committee!

Agnor Hurt has the opportunity for 2 representatives to serve on the Woodbrook Redistricting Advisory Committee which will begin to meet this fall 2017.  Please consider applying for a position on this committee. Applications (due this Friday, July 14) and additional information can be found at
 
The school division has experienced enrollment growth in the urban ring area adding over 250 students in the last 5 years in the four elementary schools whose boundaries surround the city of Charlottesville: Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, and Woodbrook. This growth has exceeded the building capacity of those facilities. Greer is experiencing the most significant overcrowding as a result of this growth. A redistricting study was conducted in 2015 to evaluate more immediate options for Greer Elementary prior to additional seats being built. No solution was found with the conclusion that additional capacity needed to be constructed. To this end, an addition onto Woodbrook Elementary was approved and is currently under construction. This project is intended to provide relief to Woodbrook, Agnor-Hurt, and Greer. It is planned that the addition will be complete and open for the 2018-19 school year.

Midsummer PTO Update

Happy Mid-Summer Greetings Agnor Hurt Families!
We hope that you are enjoying an amazing fun filled summer and finding a bit of time for some rest and relaxation as well.  Our PTO Board has begun its work to ensure that we have a wonderful year ahead of us filled with events designed around our mission: To promote an active and open partnership within the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School community in order to inspire students to fully realize their academic, social and emotional potential while nurturing their cultural and community awareness.
Meet the 2017-18 Board Members:
President- Sheila Chrobak
Vice President- Susan Scott
Treasurer- Meredith Curs
Secretary- Dana Washington
Communications Chair- Safia Wentling
Parent Council Representative- Sharon Fix
 
But our PTO Board isn’t complete!  We are looking to expand our board in order to have a greater reach across our entire Agnor Hurt community.  Would you consider participating as a Grade Level Representative (ensuring that teachers and families in your “wing” of the school are able to actively engage in the PTO)?  Or how about as Fundraising Coordinator (coordinating all of our traditional and new fundraisers)? What about Volunteer Coordinator (making sure that parents have a way to share their special interests and skills within all our volunteer opportunities)?  Want to find out more about how you can participate?  Email Sheila Chrobak at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com
We have a such a wonderfully diverse community with so many varied skill sets and talents and there is truly something for everyone when it comes to PTO participation.  Fill our our General Volunteer Form and we will look forward to connecting with you.  Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities throughout the year and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to share how you would like to contribute.  Many hands make for lighter work and a truly active and engaged community!

Fall Festival 2017

Fall Festival is our largest Fundraiser of the school year and we are excited to continue this tradition while also bringing some new elements to the festival this year!  Did you know that some of our Fall Festival preparations are already underway?!  Yes, it’s true.  How can I help, you ask?  We are looking for individuals to coordinate Food, Silent Auction, and Children’s Auction events.  Have ideas for other ways to support us?  We are all ears and want to know how you’d like to jump in on Fall Festival planning and preparation.  Email us as agnorhurtpto@gmail.com and let’s start chatting!

PTO Planning Update

The first meeting of the 2017-18 PTO Board was held on Monday evening. While enjoying some delicious food, including vegetables harvested from the AHES gardens, we bounced around a lot of ideas for next school year!

We are excited to expand the Board in 2017-18 and invite you to consider taking on a role such as grade level representative, volunteer liaison, and/or representative from our ESOL community. We are also looking for parents who can support the roles of Fall Festival Silent Auction Coordinator & Fall Festival Foodie! Have ideas for making our school even more beautiful, join our Beautification Committee. We have a great line up of events and activities to support our students and staff at AHES…opportunities to volunteer abound!

Many hands make light work and we are excited to engage everyone in our PTO community. There is a role for everyone regardless of your time availability and being a part of this amazing community is truly inspiring!

Have questions? Want to find out how you can help out? Have ideas to share? Email us at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com

Happy Summer Break!

The PTO would like to wish you all a happy and safe summer break!  Here are a few bits of news to keep you in the loop over the summer:

Summer Storytime at the Library
Mrs. Shaffer has organized a Summer Storytime for kids!  Bring your children for stories and activities:
June 18 and June 26,  2:00pm at the Agnor-Hurt library
July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31,  2:00pm at the Northside Library meeting room

Redistricting Committee – Apply Today!
The County is putting together a redistricting committee.  Once the Woodbrook Elementary addition is complete, there will be some shifting of school boundaries.  Parents from the Agnor-Hurt district are invited to apply to be on the committee.  See more info below:
News release from ACPS
Download the application
C’ville Tomorrow Article

Congratulations to Mrs. Castner,  Welcome Back Mr. Granger!
We will miss Mrs. Castner, but wish her all the best in her new position with the County!  We are excited to welcome Mr. Granger back as the interim principal for the 2017-2018 school year.  Details here.

PTO Meeting/School Board Candidate

Our last PTO meeting of the school year will be on Tuesday, May 16.  In addition to electing new officers for next year, we will have the opportunity to hear from Mary McIntyre, a candidate for the Rio District of the School Board.

Parents, guardians, grandparents are encouraged to attend.  We hope you can join us for this information-packed meeting!  We will meet at 6:30pm in the school library;  meetings generally don’t last longer than one hour.

AHES Wins Award/Grant!

The K-5 Multiage team submitted a grant over Spring Break for the Greater VA Connect the Dots Green Schools Challenge to sustain our school wide Garden-to-Table Project! Guess who took top prize? Agnor-Hurt! This is huge for AHES to keep our gardens growing! $750 will be coming our way. Courtney Wood happily attended the awards night in Richmond last week and accepted the award on our school’s behalf. The plaque will be displayed soon!

Box Top Contest Update

Thank you to all of the students who collected and submitted Box Tops for our contest.  We are proud to announce the winning class earning a popsicle party is Mr. Lilley’s 4th grade class. Their class collected a total of 512 boxtops, earning over $50 for Agnor Hurt!

We collect Box Tops all year long, so please keep clipping!  You can send them in to school with your child anytime, or save them all up (even over the summer) and save them for the next contest (which will be next fall).

Thank You!

Talent Show
Wow, what an amazing evening at the first Agnor-Hurt Talent Show!  There are so many talented children here at Agnor-Hurt.  We are so grateful that you all shared your talents with us!  The PTO would like to send a special thank you to Dana Washington and Dawna McCracken for coordinating this very special evening.  A huge thank you also goes out to all the teachers and parents who helped make the evening run smoothly!  We couldn’t have done it without you all!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you to all the parents who helped us make our teachers and staff feel appreciated last week!  Our teachers and staff were able to enjoy breakfast, a jungle lunch and coffee delivery. A special thank you to Derry Wade for coordinating the staff lunch! The PTO was also able to purchase each K-5 classroom teacher a book from their wish list at the Book Fair!
Book Fair
There were too many parent volunteers to name, but thank you to all of you who donated your time to help make the Book Fair a success!  We raised $1500 that will be split between the library, art, and music programs at Agnor-Hurt.  Thank you as well to all of the parents and students who purchased books!

5th Grade Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance

The 5th Grade will be having a Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance in the evening of Friday May 19th. This is a free event for all 5th graders. If your parent is unavailable, another adult may be your chaperone. This is not a drop-off event. This will take place 7:00-8:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Dress Up & Join the Fun!

Parent volunteers are needed for this event!  If you can help plan decorations, food or music, set up on the night of the event, or clean up on the night of the event, please contact the PTO.  Thank you!

April/May Reminders

Wow, it’s a whirlwind of activity after spring break!  We are in the midst of Book Fair this week, rehearsing for the Talent Show, and preparing for Teacher Appreciation Week next week.  Here are a few notes:

  • Parents, please be aware that the Book Fair closes at 11:30am on Friday.  Starting at 11:30, we are packing up all the books.
  • The first rehearsal for the Talent Show is today after school.
  • Preparations are underway for the staff luncheon next Wednesday (April 26).  Please sign up to help out and/or bring something if you can.
  • The Talent Show is next Friday, April 28, at 6:30pm.
  • The May PTO meeting has been changed to Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30pm.

Volunteers & Donations Needed

April is a busy month!  We have several events coming up that require some parent volunteers and/or contributions.  Here’s a quick list:

Book Fair:  The week of April 17-20.  We need a bunch of parent volunteers to help students choose and buy books.  Please sign up if you can come in for an hour or two (ore more!).

Teacher Appreciation Week:  We are providing lunch for the teachers and staff on Wednesday, April 26.  Please sign up if you can bring something for the lunch, and/or help for an hour or so with set up and clean up.

Talent Show, April 28, 6:30pm:  We need some parent volunteers before and after the event for set-up and clean-up.  We could also use some volunteers to help rehearsals run smoothly.  Please contact the PTO at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com for details.

The PTO is entirely volunteer-run and depends on our Agnor-Hurt families for support.  Thank you!!

Book Fair, Week of April 17

Book Fair is coming!  The Book Fair will be in the library from April 17-21.

Monday and Tuesday will be preview days; there will be no sales.  Wednesday through Friday morning the Book Fair will be open for sales.  Here are the official hours:

Wednesday & Thursday:  8:15am-2:15pm
Friday:  8:15am-11:30am

Please note the 11:30am closing on Friday!

Parents: You are welcome to come to the book sale to browse and purchase.  If you would like your child to purchase something, you can send them with cash or check.  Please don’t send your child with a credit card!

We need parent volunteers!  It’s such a fun time to volunteer… help the kids pick out books!  Please sign up for as many shifts as you can.  Thank you!

All proceeds from the Book Fair are divided among the school library, art, and music programs.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up April 24-28.

On Wednesday, April 26, we will be preparing lunch for the teachers and staff.  The lunch will be entirely donated by parents, so please sign up to bring something if you can.  If you can come for an hour and help with set-up or clean-up, that would be greatly appreciated!

The PTO will be hosting a breakfast on Monday, April 24 and we could use some help with set up and clean up that morning.  We will also be treating the staff to a morning coffee treat to end the week on Friday, April 27.  If you are interested in helping with the breakfast or coffee morning, please let the PTO know at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com.

Please take a moment that week to let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate them!

PTO Meeting Update

All parents and grandparents are invited to join us for the April PTO meeting.  It will take place on Tuesday, April 11 from 6:15-6:45pm.  There is a music concert at 7:00;  if your children are performing, you will still be able to go to the concert.

Minutes from the last PTO meeting are available here.

We are currently planning for next year, and would love to have volunteers for PTO Board positions as well as other activities (Fall Festival, Playground Committee, International Night, Book Fair, etc.).  If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to volunteer for next year, please e-mail us at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com.  Thanks!