Girls & Women in Sports Night

Girls, bring your mom, your aunt, your grandma and your friends, and enjoy an evening of fun and movement in the gym!

February 7 marks the 32nd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day!  The 2018 theme is “Play Fair, Play IX.”  For more than three decades, National Girls & Women in Sports Day has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits.  The courage, confidence, and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the strong leaders of tomorrow.

Here at Agnor-Hurt, we want to celebrate the achievements that all of our girls, their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and special friends have made.  Come on out for an evening of fun active events planned just for you!

February 7, 2018
6:30-7:30pm
Agnor-Hurt Gymnasium

This night is for the girls!  Come one, come all!

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School Board Passes Redistricting Plan

On January 11, the School Board voted to approve the redistricting plan recommended by Superintendent Pam Moran.  Some students from Agnor-Hurt will be moved to Woodbrook next year;  some students from Greer will be moved to Agnor-Hurt.

Here are a few sources of info:
Charlottesville Tomorrow article
CBS News story
NBC News story
ACPS website (not updated at this time, but does contain a lot of information)

 

 

Speak Up 2017

Albemarle County Schools (ACS) is participating in Speak Up 2017 from October 16th through January 19th. This survey provides a way for students, parents and educators to share their views on technology and learning with ACS.Your input informs decisions about technology, as well as contributes to the national dialogue about educational technology. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Learning Technology Team at learningtech@k12albemarle.org. Follow these instructions to take the survey:

  1. Visit speakup.tomorrow.org.
  2. Select “Begin Survey.”
  3. Select your group (Parents or Educators).
  4. Search for your school by entering your zip code or by selecting Virginia and selecting your school’s name from the list.
  5. Read the instructions and begin the survey.

Golden Apple Awards

Is there an outstanding teacher you’d like to recognize and nominate for this award? Submission deadline is February 1. One winner will be selected from each school, and is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: 3 elementary, 2 middle, and 2 high school candidates, and 1 from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award is used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s continued professional development. Golden Apple Award recipients will be announced in May. Visit the ACPS website for more information;  download the form here.

Fall PTO Update

Wondering what the PTO does with all of the money we raise and volunteers we recruit?  Here’s a brief rundown of things the PTO has accomplished or been involved with so far this year:

  • purchased Volta Inclusive Spinner on playground
  • provided staff breakfasts and snacks on teacher workdays
  • stuffed back to school packets
  • hosted Open House activities, Kindergarten Popsicle Party and the Welcome Back Picnic
  • purchased umbrellas for our drop off/pick up staff
  • gave money to support the Jamestown Field Trip
  • bought classroom supplies for teachers
  • purchased clothing for changes as needed in school
  • helped with International Night
  • organized the Fall Festival
  • planted flowers around the school, and
  • supported after school programs and the Day of Caring.

Redistricting Notes

The Redistricting Advisory Committee has one meeting left before they present their recommendation to the School Board.  That meeting will be Monday, November 27, 6:00-8:00pm in the Agnor-Hurt library.  Parents are encouraged to attend, although we cannot speak at this meeting.

ACPS has created a survey for community members to provide some input, please go to the ACPS website for a link to this survey.  You will also find notes from all of the Redistricting Committee meetings to date and details on the three scenarios that are currently under discussion.  The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, November 17 at 11:59pm.

Community members are also welcome to write to the School Board with their thoughts on the redistricting process (schoolboard@k12albemarle.org )

Books and Burritos

Save the date…  Sunday, December 3.

Do some holiday shopping, treat your family to a Chipotle dinner, and help the school all in one shebang!  Please join us on Sunday, December 3 for Books and Burritos…  All day, you can shop at Barnes & Noble (at Barracks’ Road) and they will donate a percentage of your sale to the school.  (You must mention this to the cashier when you pay.)

Then, between 5 and 9pm, if you purchase food from Chipotle, they will donate a percentage of that sale to the school!  (Again, mention it to the cashier.)

You can shop the Barnes & Noble book fair online AND in-store for an additional 5 days!  Between December 4-8, if you shop online, use the Bookfair ID 12150025.  In store, just let the cashier know that you want your purchases to count toward Agnor-Hurt’s book fair.

We are looking for volunteers to help wrap gifts, share information at our wish list table, and support children at the art and craft table at our Barnes & Noble Book Fair from 2-6 p.m.  To volunteer, please sign up here.  If you have questions, you can contact the PTO at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com

Silent Auction Items Available

These items are still up for grabs from the Fall Festival Silent Auction!

1.  Enjoy some family fun with Family Admission to the Discovery Museum!  There are two  passes available.  Value: $32. Starting bid $10.  Will go to the two highest bidders.

2.  Enjoy a family day at the Paramount Theater with 4 tickets to see Guess How Much I Love You (value $31.50) and a Chaps gift card (value $15). Starting bid $25.

3. My Zone MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt. An exercise tracker and heart rate monitor with memory!  (value $149).  Starting bid $45.
 
4.  Ben and Jerry’s 12 scoop punch card (value $36). Starting bid $10.
Bids will be noted as they are received.  Bidding will end on Tuesday, November 21 at the end of the school day.  Please email agnorhurtpto@gmail.com if you are interested in placing a bid.

Elections on November 7

Election day is coming!  On November 7, in addition to the regular state and local elections, we will have the opportunity to elect our Rio District School Board representative.  There is a lot going on in Albemarle County Public Schools right now – redistricting talks, a new superintendent, new high school curriculum – so it’s an important time to make your voice heard!

Here are some links to information about the upcoming election:
C’ville Tomorrow election articles
Cvillepedia
Katrina Callsen’s website
Mary McIntyre’s website
sample ballot

Besides our School Board candidates, we will have the opportunity to elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Rio District representative to the county Board of Supervisors.

The League of Women Voters is holding two upcoming candidate forums that affect our district:

Albemarle School Board Candidates — Oct. 19, 6:30-8 pm
Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Main Branch 201 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA
22902 Moderator: Michele Kellermann

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Candidates — Oct. 26, 6:30-8 pm
Albemarle County Office Building 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Moderator: Mimi Bender, CEO and founder of Women’s Health Virginia

Parent Council Corner – September 2017

Did you know? Did you know that each of our Albemarle County Schools has a Diversity Resource Teacher {DRT} to benefit not only our children but our community of parents as well? The Diversity Resource Teachers in our schools are often, already full-time teachers and take on this role to benefit our student body and school community. 
Role of the DRT? These educators offer leadership in our equity and diversity priorities, plan and organize staff development sessions, and are readily available to help our students and parents start or continue conversations centered around what are sometimes difficult topics or unfamiliar territory for us. They are culturally responsive educators who focus on how to teach and get results. “if I can relate to you, I can teach you more, and you can learn better.” One of their primary goals is to close the achievement gap. “Addressing achievement gaps by closing relationship gaps.”
Our Gator DRT? Marco Tello! Mr. Tello is more than excited to talk with our children about any and all questions that may come up this year! He is also willing to speak with us as a community of parents, so please do not hesitate to reach out to him. You can email him at mtello@k12albemarle.org.
 
Fun Fact! Our ‘Equity and Diversity’ is one program in our school system that is a unique program in our state. 
 
Please let Mr. Tello or the Parent Council know if you are interested in exploring a conversation around Equity and Diversity in a larger forum.   Additionally, if you have any questions or comments for the Parent Council you can email Sharon Fix at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com.

Fall Festival is Coming!

Although it seems that school just started, Fall Festival is right around the corner!  The event is on Saturday, October 28 from 4-7pm, and it is SOOOO much fun for kids and grown-ups alike!  Please help us have a successful event by signing up to help.  If every parent signs up for just one shift, we will have plenty of volunteers to make the event  a success.  Thank you!

Parent Council

The Albemarle Parent Council’s mission is to serve as a forum for parents, educators, and school officials to share ideas and exchange information in order to further advance the quality of the public education system within Albemarle County.

Some of our goals are…

– Inform parents on current issues regarding the education system, and familiarize them with areas that need attention.

– Provide leadership and representation of Albemarle County schools for parents to effectively work together toward common goals and have an influential voice regarding the educational processes affecting their children.

– Advocate on behalf of the Parent Council with regard to communications of key issues to provide information to school PTO’s*, parents, and community leaders.

– Act as a central point for sharing information among PTO’s for individual schools to enhance the strength and value of the PTO system.

– Initiate educational sessions on topics relevant to effective operations for the public school system

If you have topics, questions, or concerns that you think may be of interest to the Parent Council please submit them to Sharon Fix at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-18 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! We are so excited you are here and look forward to seeing all the new and familiar faces of our AHES community.

Throughout the year, the PTO organizes a variety of events and activities that bring our AHES community together. We kicked off this school year with a delicious hot breakfast to welcome back approximately 100 staff members on their first day of the 2017-18 school year. Next up…

  • a Kindergarten Popsicle Social on Friday, August 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. on the upper playground
  • our first monthly PTO meeting on Tuesday, August 29, from 7-8pm in the school library.
  • our Welcome Back Family Picnic and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new playground on Sunday, September 17 from 3-6 p.m.
  • and our largest event of the year our Fall Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 28 from 4-7 p.m.

The PTO mets monthly, usually on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 7-8pm.  Attending these meetings is a great opportunity to share your ideas and get involved, meet and stay connected with other families, and be engaged in your child’s educational experience.

This year, the PTO will be raising funds to support a variety of projects, including playground updates, beautification projects throughout the interior and exterior of the building, and supporting field trips, projects, and assemblies. We will be running a direct donation project that will lead up to our Fall Festival and hope that every family will consider supporting this fundraising effort.

We invite all of you to play an active role in our 2017-18 PTO; there is truly an opportunity for everyone to participate and we will work with you to find out the best way for you to support the PTO while finding balance with your home, family, work life.

Your 2017-2018 PTO Board:
President– Sheila Chrobak
Vice President– Susan Scott
Treasurer– Meredith Curs
Secretary– Dana Washington
Communications Chair– Safia Wentling
Parent Council Representative– Sharon Fix

Come meet us at the PTO meeting on August 29 in the school library (7:00pm)!

Opportunity for your Kids…

A local group has offered our kids an opportunity to make a little money, and to help out the PTO at the same time:
iSoftStone is working on  a new home device similar to Amazon Echo, scheduled to be released in September.  In order for the device to function properly and recognize children’s commands, we are looking to collect speech samples from children ages 5-13. Children will have to repeat back to the device 30 short commands which will take 5-10 minutes per child. After the end of each session, the kids will receive a reward of $15. The speech samples can be done either at participants’ locations or at our location.
We are also offering a referral bonus of $5 for each referred child who will complete the speech sample. In addition, if you are wiling to invite your children’s friends, cousins, neighbors to your home and have a minimum of 12 kids for a collection in one day ( we can further discuss which days/times suit you better)  we will offer a hosting bonus of $100 to you as well as the referral bonuses. Incentives and bonuses will be paid in cash at your location.
If you and your kids are interested, please reach out to Tatiana at 4342842832 or via email at tvf6bk@virginia.edu.
A small group of AHES kids are signed up to do it at Sheila Chrobak’s office on Tuesday morning, August 15, at 10:00am.  If you’d like to join that group, please contact Sheila at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com, and also let Tatiana know that you will be there.  Otherwise, contact Tatiana directly to set up a time/place of your convenience.  Please be sure to mention the AHES PTO so that we receive the donation.