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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parent Teacher Association

  • The PTA E-Newsletter has a new home

    Posted by Fred Delventhal at 9/10/2013
    The PTA E-Newsletter can be found here http://barrett.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=18
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  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: June 17-21

    Posted by Audrey Pritchard at 6/16/2013
    Field Day, Monday and Tuesday, June 17 & 18. Students will be playing outdoor games, including water play. Please send your child to school with a bathing suit, change of clothes, towel, and closed-toe water shoes. Sunscreen is also recommended.
     
    Instrumental Concert, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 18. The evening band and orchestra concert has been rescheduled after last week's storm cancellation. Students should arrive at 6:15 for warm-ups.
     
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 19.

    5th Grade Promotion, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19. The ceremony will take place in the gym with reception to follow in the multi-purpose room. Congratulations and best wishes to all our 5th graders!

    School Assemblies, Thursday and Friday, June 20 (1:30 p.m.) and 21 (9:00 a.m.).
     
    Last Day of School, Friday, June 21 (Early Release, 12:51 p.m.). Have a great summer!
     


    SCHOOL NEWS

    Get a Head Start on Reflections Contest Entries Over the Summer! The theme for next school year's PTA Reflections contest is: "Believe, Dream, Inspire." The Reflections Program is for students in Pre-K through grade 12 to create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. It's a chance for students to let their creativity run wild around a theme. Winners are recognized at a county-wide assembly at Washington-Lee High School.Information about the contest can be found here: http://www.vapta.org/resources/for-students/resources-reflections.html.

    At the start of the next school year, we will place a collection box in the library to collect the entries, which will be due in mid-October. Summer is a great time to work on an entry (or multiple entries) when kids have a little down time. Even summer vacation pictures can be submitted! Please contact us with questions at sylmort@gmail.com or ajpritchard@comcast.net. Reflections Co-Chairs, Audrey Pritchard and Sylvie Mortimer

     
    A Box Top Limerick.
    Barrett gets ready for summer
    Most think it is not such a bummer
    We’ll keep Box Tops alive
    To clip them we’ll drive
    In the daytime and even in slumber!

    Keep clipping those Box Tops! On September 30, we’ll count which class has the most and the pizza party will commence for the colossal clipping class. Contact Kirsten Johnson-Obey with any Box Tops questions at kirstenjohnsonob@aol.com.

    Order School Supplies NOW for the 2013–14 School Year. Once again, the Barrett PTA has teamed up with EduKit to offer custom-made supply kits to match the specific supply lists requested by Barrett teachers. This service ensures that all your child's supplies will be waiting in his/her classroom on the first day of school. To view the supply lists for the 2013-14 school year, visit Barrett's website, then click on Resources, then Class Supply Lists. To order from EduKit, visit www.edukitinc.com, or use the forms that were sent home in Friday folders. For questions, contact Allison Ibrahim at atibrahim@hotmail.com or 703-527-1084.
     
    Coordinators Needed for PTA Programs/Activities. The following have an immediate need for coordinators/co-chairs. If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Aubrey Quinn at aubreypquinn@gmail.com.

    EduKit School Supply Program: (co-chair 2013-14; chair 2014-15) Secure school supply list from teachers, purchase supplies from company, create/distribute/collect order forms, distribute school supplies to classrooms. 

    Yearbook Co-Chair: Work with Barrett staff to create the yearbook, secure the printing of the yearbook, solicit and collect purchases of yearbook.

    Go Green: Farm to Table: Coordinate with teachers the introduction of produce from the Barrett gardens four times a year to students during lunch period.

    Go Green: Outdoor Committee rep: Attend monthly meetings of the Barrett Outdoor Committee on the first Thursday of the month from 3:10 to 4:10.

    Go Green: Paperless Friday Folders: Distribute Friday folders via email to those families who do not want paper versions.

    Used Book Fair Co-Chair: Help coordinate the Spring Used Book Fair; will take over in 2014-2015.

    Fall Book Fair: Pajama Story Hour: Coordinate the Pajama Story Hour during Family Shopping Night.

    Pick Barrett's Produce! Barrett Families, we need your help to maintain Barrett's new Bountiful Garden over the summer. We are asking families to sign-up for a 3-DAY SLOT over the summer to: water, pick produce, weed, and weigh the produce. Picked produce needs to be delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on the 3rd day (the last day of the slot). More detailed instructions will be provided to families. Families with children on free-and-reduced lunch can keep the produce they pick. You can sign up for more than one slot. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAB2B0-barrett1


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us.  Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    This month each grade level is participating in the "Send your Name to Mars" project. Families may participate in this activity too. Visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/send-your-name

    • Last week Kindergarten students learned about Taylor's 10th birthday celebration....a flight in an ultralight with the whooping cranes! The students put photos of themselves in model ultralights and led paper whooping cranes on a pretend migration from Wisconsin (Discovery Lab) to Florida (their classroom). You can read about Barrett's Kindergarten Whooping Crane project here: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/Sullivan_Home.html. This week and the following week the students will conclude their study of this endangered animal.
    • First graders are finishing up their Animals in Space Toontastic animation projects.
    • Second graders are concluding their study of endangered sea turtles and how people and nature impact sea turtles in helpful and harmful ways.
    • Third graders are wrapping up the year by reading the iBooks created by each of the Barrett third-grade classes after their field trip to Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. If you would like to download a PDF version for your computer or the iBook version for your iPad, please visit http://tinyurl.com/BarrettNature. Mrs. Flores' students and Ms. Smith's students will participate in a videoconference with NASA at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 19, which also happens to be my birthday :).
    • This week fourth graders will attend a presentation on watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay by Mark Bryer from the Nature Conservancy. Also, during the last week of school, on Tuesday June 18, the fourth graders will complete one last engineering design challenge.
    • I am really going to miss teaching Barrett's wonderful fifth-grade students. I have known most of the students since Kindergarten! For our last Project Discovery time together, the students completed a NASA Explorer School project. I thought this was a special way to end our time together, as I feel we are fortunate that in 2005/06 Barrett was selected as the first elementary school in Virginia to be a NASA Explorer School. During the lesson each child made a working model End Effector (hand) for a robotic arm. I hope the students shared their End Effector at home. I overheard one student say, "BEST...LESSON...EVER!" It made my day.

    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab


    UPCOMING EVENTS
    First Day of School, Tuesday, September 3


    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Audrey Pritchard ajpritchard@comcast.net
    by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
       
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  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: June 10-14

    Posted by Katherine Roberts at 6/9/2013
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11. Each student will receive a book they are assigned to read over the summer. This Monday or Tuesday, classes will read the first chapter of the book with their teacher.

    Family Library Night — Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11. Please join us for the always popular Barrett Student Film Festival.

    Join Us in Honoring Terry Bratt. After 18 years as Barrett's extraordinary principal and 43 years as an educator, Mrs. Bratt is retiring. Join us in honoring her on Wednesday, June 12 with a breakfast reception from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Barrett library, and then at a school-wide assembly from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Barrett gym. All are welcome to attend both events. There is a sign-up genius for the breakfast with two or three slots left, including setup and cleanup. Please consider helping out. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C49A8A78-terry
     
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12

    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13

    Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! There will be many activities including a science show, moon bounces, Rolling Bowling, and a special indoor lunch. 

    Order School Supplies NOW for the 2013–14 School Year. Once again, the Barrett PTA has teamed up with EduKit to offer custom-made supply kits to match the specific supply lists requested by Barrett teachers. This service ensures that all your child's supplies will be waiting in his/her classroom on the first day of school. To view the supply lists for the 2013-14 school year, visit Barrett's website, then click on Resources, then Class Supply Lists. To order from EduKit, visit www.edukitinc.com, or use the forms that were sent home in Friday folders. Online and paper orders are due by June 14, 2013. For questions, contact Allison Ibrahim at atibrahim@hotmail.com or 703-527-1084.


    SCHOOL NEWS

    Sign Up to Help With Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! We need your help to make the day a success. Please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4DAEAA5-barrett  

    Coordinators Needed for PTA Programs/Activities. The following have an immediate need for coordinators/co-chairs. If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Aubrey Quinn at aubreypquinn@gmail.com.

    EduKit School Supply Program: (co-chair 2013-14; chair 2014-15) Secure school supply list from teachers, purchase supplies from company, create/distribute/collect order forms, distribute school supplies to classrooms. 

    Yearbook Co-Chair: Work with Barrett staff to create the yearbook, secure the printing of the yearbook, solicit and collect purchases of yearbook.

    Go Green: Farm to Table: Coordinate with teachers the introduction of produce from the Barrett gardens four times a year to students during lunch period.

    Go Green: Outdoor Committee rep: Attend monthly meetings of the Barrett Outdoor Committee on the first Thursday of the month from 3:10 to 4:10.

    Go Green: Paperless Friday Folders: Distribute Friday folders via email to those families who do not want paper versions.

    Used Book Fair Co-Chair: Help coordinate the Spring Used Book Fair; will take over in 2014-2015.

    Fall Book Fair: Pajama Story Hour: Coordinate the Pajama Story Hour during Family Shopping Night.

    Pick Barrett's Produce! Barrett Families, we need your help to maintain Barrett's new Bountiful Garden over the summer. We are asking families to sign-up for a 3-DAY SLOT over the summer to: water, pick produce, weed, and weigh the produce. Picked produce needs to be delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on the 3rd day (the last day of the slot). More detailed instructions will be provided to families. Families with children on free-and-reduced lunch can keep the produce they pick. You can sign up for more than one slot. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAB2B0-barrett1


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us.  Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    This month each grade level is participating in the "Send your Name to Mars" project. Families may participate in this activity too. Visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/send-your-name

    • Last week Kindergarten students learned about Taylor's 10th birthday celebration....a flight in an ultralight with the whooping cranes! The students put photos of themselves in model ultralights and led paper whooping cranes on a pretend migration from Wisconsin (Discovery Lab) to Florida (their classroom). You can read about Barrett's Kindergarten Whooping Crane project here: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/Sullivan_Home.html. This week and the following week the students will conclude their study of this endangered animal.
    • First graders are finishing up their Animals in Space Toontastic animation projects.
    • Second graders are concluding their study of endangered sea turtles and how people and nature impact sea turtles in helpful and harmful ways.
    • Third graders are wrapping up the year by reading the iBooks created by each of the Barrett third-grade classes after their field trip to Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. If you would like to download a PDF version for your computer or the iBook version for your iPad, please visit http://tinyurl.com/BarrettNature. Mrs. Flores' students and Ms. Smith's students will participate in a videoconference with NASA at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 19, which also happens to be my birthday :).
    • This week fourth graders will attend a presentation on watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay by Mark Bryer from the Nature Conservancy. Also, during the last week of school, on Tuesday June 18, the fourth graders will complete one last engineering design challenge.
    • I am really going to miss teaching Barrett's wonderful fifth-grade students. I have known most of the students since Kindergarten! For our last Project Discovery time together, the students completed a NASA Explorer School project. I thought this was a special way to end our time together, as I feel we are fortunate that in 2005/06 Barrett was selected as the first elementary school in Virginia to be a NASA Explorer School. During the lesson each child made a working model End Effector (hand) for a robotic arm. I hope the students shared their End Effector at home. I overheard one student say, "BEST...LESSON...EVER!" It made my day.

    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab


    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Reading Fun Day and Reading is Fundamental, Friday, June 14
    Field Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18
    Early Release, 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
    5th Grade Promotion, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
    School Assemblies, Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21
    Last Day of School, Friday, June 21


    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Audrey Pritchard ajpritchard@comcast.net
    by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: June 3-7

    Posted by Audrey Pritchard at 6/2/2013
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4. Join us for a technology presentation, Summer Reading Program Preview, a report on the Math Advisory Council on Instruction, the Principal's update and more. Hear about what the PTA has in the works for next year! Refreshments and child care will be provided.

    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5. Barrett's teachers and staff show their appreciation to parents and members of the community who have volunteered their time at the school this year. The event will be held in the school library; child care will be provided.

    Orientation for Incoming Kindergarten Families, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7. Your child will visit the classrooms and enjoy Kindergarten activities while you meet with the principal and Barrett's reading, math, science and Project Interaction specialists; learn about our instructional program and the Kindergarten daily schedule; meet other incoming Kindergarten parents; and choose a time during the summer to bring your child for a short literacy assessment. You are welcome to stay for lunch in the school cafeteria. Please RSVP to Terry Bratt to let us know if you are staying for lunch: 703-228-6288 or tbratt@arlington.k12.va.us.

    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7.

     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS

    Sign Up to Help With Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! The kids have been reading and collecting words all year, and they're well on their way to meeting Mrs. Bratt's challenge. There will be many activities including a science show, moon bounces, Rolling Bowling, and a special indoor lunch. We need your help to make the day a success. Please sign up at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4DAEAA5-barrett  
     
    Join Us in Honoring Terry Bratt. After 18 years as Barrett's extraordinary principal and 43 years as an educator, Mrs. Bratt is retiring. Join us in honoring her on Wednesday, June 12 with a breakfast reception from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Barrett library, and then at a school-wide assembly from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Barrett gym. All are welcome to attend both events. There is a sign-up genius for the breakfast with a few slots left. Please consider helping out. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C49A8A78-terry 
     
    Order School Supplies NOW for the 2013-14 School Year. Once again, the Barrett PTA has teamed up with EduKit to offer custom-made supply kits to match the specific supply lists requested by Barrett teachers. This service ensures that all your child's supplies will be waiting in his/her classroom on the first day of school. To view the supply lists for the 2013-14 school year, visit Barrett's website, then click on Resources, then Class Supply Lists. To order from EduKit, visit www.edukitinc.com, or use the forms that were sent home in Friday folders. Online and paper orders are due by June 14, 2013. For questions, contact Allison Ibrahim at atibrahim@hotmail.com or 703-527-1084.

    Pick Barrett's Produce! Barrett Families, we need your help to maintain Barrett's new Bountiful Garden over the summer. We are asking families to sign-up for a 3 DAY SLOT over the summer to: water, pick produce, weed, and weigh the produce. Picked produce needs to be delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on the 3rd day (the last day of the slot). More detailed instructions will be provided to families. Families with children on free-and-reduced lunch can keep the produce they pick. You can sign up for more than one slot. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAB2B0-barrett1
     


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    · Live bats in the Discovery Lab!
    · Writing about Bats
    · Barrett Bat Kids are raising money to help the bats
    · 3rd grade classes videoconference with NASA to compare and contrast habitats on Earth and Space
    · Mrs. Landgraf's second grade class participated in a NASA and Sally Ride Science Digital Learning Network event about earth imagery and erosion. The event featured astronaut Mike Fincke, the uncle of one of the students in Langraf's class.

    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab


    UPCOMING EVENTS
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11
    Family Library Night - Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
    Terry Bratt Retirement Celebration, June 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast reception), 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Assembly)
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13
    Reading Fun Day and Reading is Fundamental, Friday, June 14
    Field Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18
    Early Release, 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
    5th Grade Promotion, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
    School Assemblies, Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21
    Last Day of School, Friday, June 21


    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: May 27-31

    Posted by Katherine Roberts at 5/29/2013
     
    Box Tops Deadline. Just like the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the box tops race for the pizza party is neck and neck. Please hand in all box tops by June 1!
     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS

    Join Us in Honoring Terry Bratt. After 18 years as Barrett's extraordinary principal and 43 years as an educator, Mrs. Bratt is retiring. Join us in honoring her on Wednesday, June 12 with a breakfast reception from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Barrett library, and then at a school-wide assembly from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Barrett gym. All are welcome to attend both events. There is a sign-up genius for the breakfast with a few slots left. Please consider helping out. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C49A8A78-terry 

    Pick Barrett's Produce! Barrett Families, we need your help to maintain Barrett's new Bountiful Garden over the summer. We are asking families to sign-up for a 3 DAY SLOT over the summer to: water, pick produce, weed, and weigh the produce. Picked produce needs to be delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on the 3rd day (the last day of the slot). More detailed instructions will be provided to families. Families with children on free-and-reduced lunch can keep the produce they pick. You can sign up for more than one slot. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAB2B0-barrett1
     
    Sign Up to Help With Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! The kids have been reading and collecting words all year, and they're on their way to meeting Mrs. Bratt's challenge. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4DAEAA5-barrett  


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    · Live bats in the Discovery Lab!
    · Writing about Bats
    · Barrett Bat Kids are raising money to help the bats
    · 3rd grade classes videoconference with NASA to compare and contrast habitats on Earth and Space
    · Mrs. Landgraf's second grade class participated in a NASA and Sally Ride Science Digital Learning Network event about earth imagery and erosion. The event featured astronaut Mike Fincke, the uncle of one of the students in Langraf's class.

    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab


    COUNTYWIDE NEWS


    Outdoor Lab Fundraiser. The Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) is having its eighth annual celebration to benefit the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab (yes, the one out Rt. 66 in Haymarket). Join them in kicking off a new fundraising campaign to expand their facilities to accommodate the growing Arlington school population.

    When: Sunday, June 2, 2013, 7-9 p.m.

    Where: Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Boulevard

    Cost: Tickets: $50/person, $75/couple

    Other: Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, raffle items and music by The Constituents with Arlington Commissioner of Revenue, Ingrid Morroy

    APS School Survey. Arlington Public Schools is conducting the 2013 Site-Based Survey in all APS schools, and parents of APS students have been invited to participate in the survey. If you responded to the survey through the U.S. Mail or online, but also receive a second mailing about the survey, your response may not have been processed before the second mailing was sent. If you wish to confirm receipt of your survey response, please contact the survey company, the polling company. Parents who have not yet completed the questionnaire may respond using one of the following options:

    U.S. Mail: Complete the survey form included with the mailed packet and return it to the polling company in the prepaid postage envelope provided,

    OR

    Online Survey: Use the instructions included in the mailed packet to access and complete the questionnaire online using a computer with internet access.  

    Please consider completing the survey online to save APS the cost of return postage. All responses will be confidential and no personally identifying information will be collected in the questionnaire. Although each survey packet includes a survey ID, the polling company, will remove all IDs before presenting the survey results to APS, and will not share or release individual family responses.


    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Roving Readers Day, Tuesday, June 4
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4
    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5
    Rising K Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11
    Family Library Night - Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
    Terry Bratt Retirement Celebration, June 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast reception), 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Assembly)
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13


    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: May 20-24

    Posted by Audrey Pritchard at 5/19/2013
    Monday Morning Movers, 7:45 - 8:10 a.m., Monday, May 20. We will meet on the blacktop/playground, weather permitting,for some before-school fun with plenty of equipment for your enjoyment! Just a reminder that for the safety of our children, parents must stay and supervise their children. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 27
     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS

    Join Us in Honoring Terry Bratt. After 18 years as Barrett's extraordinary principal and 43 years as an educator, Mrs. Bratt is retiring. Join us in honoring her on Wednesday, June 12 with a breakfast reception from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Barrett library, and then at a school-wide assembly from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Barrett gym. All are welcome to attend both events.
     
    Pick Barrett's Produce! Barrett Families, we need your help to maintain Barrett's new Bountiful Garden over the summer. We are asking families to sign-up for a 3 DAY SLOT over the summer to: water, pick produce, weed, and weigh the produce. Picked produce needs to be delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on the 3rd day (the last day of the slot). More detailed instructions will be provided to families. Families with children on free-and-reduced lunch can keep the produce they pick. You can sign up for more than one slot.

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAB2B0-barrett1

    Thank you!

    Save the Date for Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! The kids have been reading and collecting words all year, and they're on their way to meeting Mrs. Bratt's challenge. A flyer (and Signup Genius) will be out shortly with many opportunities to help celebrate their accomplishments!  


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    · Live bats in the Discovery Lab!
    · Writing about Bats
    · Barrett Bat Kids are raising money to help the bats
    · 3rd grade classes videoconference with NASA to compare and contrast habitats on Earth and Space
    · Mrs. Landgraf's second grade class participated in a NASA and Sally Ride Science Digital Learning Network event about earth imagery and erosion. The event featured astronaut Mike Fincke, the uncle of one of the students in Langraf's class.

    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Roving Readers Day, Tuesday, June 4
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4
    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5
    Rising K Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11
    Family Library Night - Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
    Terry Bratt Retirement Celebration, June 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast reception), 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Assembly)
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13


    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: May 13-17

    Posted by Katherine Roberts at 5/13/2013
    Monday Morning Movers, 7:45 - 8:10 a.m., Monday, May 6. We will meet on the blacktop/playground, weather permitting,for some before-school fun with plenty of equipment for your enjoyment! Just a reminder that for the safety of our children, parents must stay and supervise their children. We look forward to seeing you there!


    SCHOOL NEWS

    Save the Date for Reading Fun Day Friday, June 14! The kids have been reading and collecting words all year, and they're on their way to meeting Mrs. Bratt's challenge. A flyer (and Signup Genius) will be out shortly with many opportunities to help celebrate their accomplishments!  

    Pennies for Patients. Barrett's 4-H Save the Earth Environmental Club is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Lymphoma Leuukemia Society of the National Capital Area. Each classroom has a box to collect money made by 4-H Club members. Small boxes have been distributed to individual students to collect money and place it in their classroom's large box. The class who earns the most will have a celebration pizza party! Questions? Please contact Stephanie Shaefer at 703-228-8532. Make checks payable to Lymphoma Leukemia Society.


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:
    • K — Whooping Crane Skit
    • 1st Grade — iPad Toontastic Animals in Space project
    • 2nd Grade — Endangered Sea Turtles
    • 3rd Grade — Local Bat Expert Visit on Monday
    • 4th Grade — Engineering Design Challenge — Updated with Photos from Allen's Class
     
    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab
     

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 27
    Roving Readers Day, Tuesday, June 4
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4
    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5
    Rising K Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11
    Family Library Night - Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13

    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
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  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: May 6-10

    Posted by Audrey Pritchard at 5/5/2013
    Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday-Friday, May 6-10. This is the week when we get to show our amazing teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our children. Barrett families will be recognizing teachers with the following activities:

    Monday, May 6. Munchkins and coffee in the teacher's lounge, sponsored by Barrett PTA.

    Tuesday, May 7. Flower Day. Send your child to school with a purchased, picked, crafted, or illustrated flower and/or card to give to the teacher.

    Wednesday, May 8. Teacher Breakfast in the teacher's lounge. Sign up to bring in breakfast items for teachers and staff http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FAAAE229-teacher . There are still a few slots left!

    Thursday, May 9. Recess coverage/Teacher Lunch sponsored by the Barrett PTA. Families will provide recess coverage for teachers so they can enjoy a longer lunch break. All slots are filled. Thank you!

    Friday, May 10. Recess coverage. All slots are filled. Thank you!

    Monday Morning Movers, 7:45 - 8:10 a.m., Monday, May 6. We will meet on the blacktop/playground, weather permitting,for some before-school fun with plenty of equipment for your enjoyment! Just a reminder that for the safety of our children, parents must stay and supervise their children. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. Highlights of the meeting will include: Special Guest Abby Rafael, Arlington School Board; Presentation by Dr. Rosa Biceno on "Family Engagement: Why it Matters, What it Looks Like"; Update on the Principal Selection Process; Election of the new PTA Board for 2013-2014; WIN Nationals vs Phillies tix. Raffle Tix just $3.00 each or four for $10.00. Child care and refreshments will be provided.
     
    Bike or Walk to School Day, Wednesday, May 8. Students should lock their bikes securely in the rack behind the school or on the white rails nearby. Overflow bike parking will be on the large stage in the courtyard outdoor classroom. P.E. teachers will be talking to students during their classes about bicycle safety.
     
    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Thursday, May 9.
     
    Kindergarten Concert, 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 10.
     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS
    Calling All Nats Fans! The Barrett PTA is raffling off four tickets to see the Washington Nationals play the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m. Included with the tickets are free parking and an autographed baseball from pitcher Tyler Clippard. Tickets will be sold at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 7 and before and after school on Wednesday, May 8. They are $3.00 each or four for $10.00. The winner will be announced on Tiger TV Thursday, May 9.

    Pennies for Patients. Barrett's 4-H Save the Earth Environmental Club is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Lymphoma Leuukemia Society of the National Capital Area. Each classroom has a box to collect money made by 4-H Club members. Small boxes have been distributed to individual students to collect money and place it in their classroom's large box. The class who earns the most will have a celebration pizza party! Questions? Please contact Stephanie Shaefer at 703-228-8532. Make checks payable to Lymphoma Leukemia Society. 
    New Reading Blog. Dr. Judy Concha, Lead Reading Teacher at Barrett, has started a weekly post to the English/Language Arts blog. English/Language Arts includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing media literacy. Read the ELA Blog to learn about these aspects of Language Arts, and how children develop them through home and school experiences. Read the blog to learn about how your child's teachers are planning and implementing 'best practices' in ELA instruction, and what you can do at home to support this instruction. You can see the weekly blog at http://www.apsva.us/Page/4204.
     
    Box Tops Contest Reminder. Please keep sending in your Box Tops. The class that turns in the most will have a pizza party in June!
     


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:
     
    PHOTOS, PHOTOS, and MORE PHOTOS! Check out the blog http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab

    · K - Whooping Crane Story Hats

    · 1st Grade - Science Centers: Animals in Space

    · 2nd Grade - WALL-E & NASA Kennedy Center Videoconference

    · 3rd Grade - Mind Maps: How are Bat Helpful?

    · 4th Grade - Engineering Design Challenge

    · 5th Grade - JASON Project Digital Lab based on Dr. Sala's research on the relationship between tiger sharks and endangered monk seals in Hawaii


    COMMUNITY NEWS


    Upcoming School Board Caucus. There will be a School Board Caucus on May 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Drew Elementary, and Saturday, May 11 at W-L High School. Make sure you vote!
     
    Community Reading Festival. All Arlington families are invited to The Reading Connection’s free Community Reading Festival Saturday, May 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Campbell Elementary School in Arlington, VA. Join The Reading Connection for an afternoon of reading, crafts, food and the opportunity to meet Clifford The Big Red Dog. Storytellers and VIPS include Arlington County Library’s Desiree Fairooz, educator Maria Elena Giraldo Greene, Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Alfonso Lopez and County Board member Mary Hynes. Register online at:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7bi49po7dadc950&oseq=&c=&ch=.
     
    Input from Parents Needed. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show is putting together a program exploring the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs. Parents can share their experiences via an online form: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/wamu/b6cb19144eeb/what-is-it-like-to-have-a-child-with-special-needs or by e-mailing mailto:insight%40wamu.org. WAMU 88.5 is an NPR station in the DC area.


     
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 27
    Roving Readers Day, Tuesday, June 4
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4
    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5
    Rising K Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11
    Family Library Night - Movie Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
    Early Release, 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
    Instrumental Concert, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13

    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: April 29-May 3

    Posted by Katherine Roberts at 4/29/2013
     
    Mulch Madness. Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. (rain date May 5). Your help is needed to fill our vegetable garden boxes and mulch the pathways. If possible please bring a wheelbarrow, shovels, and work gloves. Bountiful Barrett: An Arlington Food Assistance Center "Plot Against Hunger" project.
     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS

    Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10. This is the week when we get to show our amazing teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our children. Barrett families will be recognizing teachers with the following activities:

    Monday, May 6. Munchkins and coffee in the teacher's lounge, sponsored by Barrett PTA.

    Tuesday, May 7. Flower Day. Send your child to school with a purchased, picked, crafted, or illustrated flower and/or card to give to the teacher.

    Wednesday, May 8. Teacher Breakfast in the teacher's lounge. Sign up to bring in breakfast items for teachers and staff http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FAAAE229-teacher . There are still a few slots left!

    Thursday, May 9. Recess coverage/Teacher Lunch sponsored by the Barrett PTA. Families will provide recess coverage for teachers so they can enjoy a longer lunch break. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FAAAE229-barrett1 . There are still a few slots left!

    Friday, May 10. Recess coverage. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FAAAE229-barrett1 .

     
    New Reading Blog. Dr. Judy Concha, Lead Reading Teacher at Barrett, has started a weekly post to the English/Language Arts blog. English/Language Arts includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing media literacy. Read the ELA Blog to learn about these aspects of Language Arts, and how children develop them through home and school experiences. Read the blog to learn about how your child's teachers are planning and implementing 'best practices' in ELA instruction, and what you can do at home to support this instruction. You can see the weekly blog at http://www.apsva.us/Page/4204.

    Stacker Movie Screening, Sunday, May 5, 2013 4:30 pm (doors open at 4:00). Support Barrett Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools at a screening of the sport stacking documentary movie Stacker, which follows the leading sport stackers as they train for and compete in the 2011 World Sport Stacking Championships. The movie features Barrett alumnus and Jefferson 6th grader William Polly, with appearances by Jefferson 6th grader Joshua Wacker, Barrett staff members Courtney Allen and Marvin Flores, and several Barrett students, too! Children under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington Tickets are $6.50, available at the door or online at http://arlingtondrafthouse.com/drafthouse/event.aspx?eid=1728


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:

    April brings an exciting month of learning in the Discovery Lab:

    · K - Signs of Spring....Birds! Kindergarten kicked off the Bird Unit that will feature the endangered Whooping Crane. Ask your child, "What bird beak did you use? What food could it eat?"

    · 1st Grade - Students videoconferenced with NASA Glenn Research Center in Ohio about Animals in Space.

    · 2nd Grade - All classes completed an animated Apollo Mission to the Moon project using Toontastic. Over the next week students will share their projects with one another.

    · 3rd Grade - Students replicated some of the work of a bat researcher as they classified bats and graphically represented the bat population data to share with their classmates. Ask your child, "What did you do as a bat researcher?"

    · 4th Grade - Students watched the DVD Roving Mars to prepare for the upcoming Engineering Design Challenge of designing a landing system for a Mars spacecraft.

    · 5th Grade - Students completed a JASON Project Digital Lab based on Dr. Sala's research on the relationship between tiger sharks and endangered monk seals in Hawaii. Ask your child, "What did you do to find out what the shark had eaten? What did you learn from the data?" Mrs. Lombardi's and Mrs. White's classes have completed this two-day lesson. Mr. Morse's class and Mrs. Harvey's class will complete the lab over the next two weeks.

    Clothing and Totes from Lands’ End
    http://tinyurl.com/BarrettLandsEnd
    25% off Sale until Tuesday, April 30. Free Shipping on $50 orders + 25% off order; Savings reflected at checkout when you enter Promotion Code: HAPPY Pin: 1610

    Lands’ End has created an online store for Barrett Elementary School. After you select the item you would like to order, choose to add the NASA Explorer School logo from the pull-down menu.

    If you would like to add the NASA Explorer School logo to items not listed in the Barrett online store, call 1-800-469-2222 and a representative will be happy to help you. Barrett’s Preferred School number is 900155003

    COMMUNITY NEWS


    OPEN HOUSE AT THE OUTDOOR LAB! Sunday, May 5, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thinking about a fun, free, spring day in the country? The Outdoor Lab Open House is the event for you! The Open House is for all Arlington public school students, families and staff — bring your friends, too! This is your chance to relax, fish, hike, explore the animal lab, admire the spring blossoms, investigate a stream, breathe fresh country air, roast hot dogs and cook s’mores. Just bring your family and friends and have a great time! The Outdoor Lab provides hands-on outdoor environmental education opportunities to learn about animals, science, outdoor skills, arts, and humanities in a natural setting—over 200 acres of forests, fields and hills, a spring-fed stream, a pond, and nature hiking trails.

    DIRECTIONS: The lab is roughly 35 miles and takes approximately 45 minutes. It is west of Arlington, just a few miles off I-66. Take I-66 West about 26 miles to Exit 40 - Haymarket. At the traffic light at the top of the exit ramp turn left onto Route 15 South. At the 2nd traffic light turn right onto Route 55 West. After about 3.5 miles turn left onto Beverly's Mill Rd. (Route 600). After 1.4 miles turn right into the new driveway - look for a sign that says "Outdoor Lab." Parking is free. No pets, please. 703-228-7650. Call if the weather is questionable. http://www.outdoorlab.org

    Upcoming School Board Caucus. There will be a School Board Caucus on May 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Drew Elementary, and Saturday, May 11 at W-L High School. Make sure you vote!

    Input from Parents Needed. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show is putting together a program exploring the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs. Parents can share their experiences via an online form: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/wamu/b6cb19144eeb/what-is-it-like-to-have-a-child-with-special-needs or by e-mailing mailto:insight%40wamu.org. WAMU 88.5 is an NPR station in the DC area.


    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday-Friday, May 6-10
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7
    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Thursday, May 9
    Kindergarten Concert, 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 10
    Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 27
    Roving Readers Day, Tuesday, June 4
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4
    Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5
    Rising K Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 7
    Friday Volunteers Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, June 7

    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
  • THIS WEEK AT BARRETT: April 22-26

    Posted by Audrey Pritchard at 4/21/2013
    Earth Week Celebration, Monday-Friday, April 22-26. Every day this week, Barrett students will have experiences that increase their knowledge about the environment and encourage them to participate in caring for our earth and its resources. Here is the schedule of events:
     
    Monday: Poster contest awards announced on Tiger TV
    Tuesday: Lunch on the Lawn; Library Night and large recycled art piece; plant sale
    Wednesday: E-Shirt Spirit Day (PreK-1 wears white for air; grades 2-3 wear green for land; grades 4-5 wear blue for water); Green Patrol Kick-off
    Thursday: "Farm-to-Table" at Lunch
    Friday: Garden work day; recycling at lunch
    All Week: A Poem a Day on Tiger TV; poetry scavenger hunt; Earth Week posters display (library); Nature Walk with pedometers (PE); Student-made "EcoActions Videos" on Tiger TV; Enormous Radish Project (FLES K-2); Air Quality Explorations (FLES 3rd-5th); Special Projects (Art)
     
    Volunteers are still needed for several of these activities, but particularly for our Farm-to-Table event scheduled over lunch on Thursday. If you are able to donate produce, wash and prep vegetables, help hand out samples to students or answer veggie related questions, please sign up via this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4DAEAC2AA13-earth. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Steph Dempsey pharmletto@yahoo.com or cindy.mcgonigle@apsva.us.
     
    Earth Week Family Library Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. Join Pajama Mama and her friends in reading about the creative world of Grandma Prisbey, who built beautiful houses from glass bottles. In the tradition of Grandma Prisbey, families will make a large recycled art piece to be installed in the school hallway. We will be finger weaving with fabric scraps, yarn remnants, plastic bags and old t-shirts. You can even wear your pajamas!

    Plant Sale, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. During library night, you can purchase locally grown (at Barrett) tomato, pepper, herb, and other vegetable plants in the alcove by Room 100. Proceeds will go to the PTA to help cover the cost of the "Bountiful Garden."

    Honor Roll Assembly, 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24.
     
    Garden Work Day, 3:15-5:00 p.m., Friday, April 26.
     
     
    SCHOOL NEWS
    Feedback Sought in New Principal Search. As we begin the search for a principal at Barrett Elementary School, we would like to have feedback from parents, staff and community regarding the strengths of the school, the most important challenges faced by the school, and the attributes desired in a principal. Please fill out our feedback form, which can be found at http://research.zarca.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsSRTVsTRUsPsPsP&lang=0&data. The form will be available through April 26, 2013. More information can be found on the Barrett Elementary home page.

    Direct Mail Campaign. Recently an envelope came home in you child's folder. It contained the flyer for this year's direct mail campaign. The PTA is collecting donations to help support Barrett's Bountiful Garden, as well as the many activities and special events the PTA hosts. Completed forms and donations can be returned in your child's backpack address to the PTA or to the office. Thank you! Jennifer Claffey 703-328-0751

    New Reading Blog. Dr. Judy Concha, Lead Reading Teacher at Barrett, has started a weekly post to the English/Language Arts blog. English/Language Arts includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing media literacy. Read the ELA Blog to learn about these aspects of Language Arts, and how children develop them through home and school experiences. Read the blog to learn about how your child's teachers are planning and implementing 'best practices' in ELA instruction, and what you can do at home to support this instruction. You can see the weekly blog at http://www.apsva.us/Page/4204.

    Seeking Veggie VIPs. Do you have a food-related job? Are you an avid gardener, chef, dietician, CSA member, or farmer's market frequenter? We would like to make Farm-to-Table a reccuring event at Barrett and are in need of some interested parents who would like to make this happen. If you would like to be a part of Farm-to-Table or have contacts and ideas you'd like to share, please sign up via the Earth Week Sign-Up Genius under "overview" so we can contact you: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4DAEAC2AA13-earth.

    Stacker Movie Screening, Sunday, May 5, 2013 4:30 pm (doors open at 4:00). Support Barrett Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools at a screening of the sport stacking documentary movie Stacker, which follows the leading sport stackers as they train for and compete in the 2011 World Sport Stacking Championships. The movie features Barrett alumnus and Jefferson 6th grader William Polly, with appearances by Jefferson 6th grader Joshua Wacker, Barrett staff members Courtney Allen and Marvin Flores, and several Barrett students, too! Children under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington Tickets are $6.50, available at the door or online at http://arlingtondrafthouse.com/drafthouse/event.aspx?eid=1728


    EXEMPLARY PROJECTS

    Project Discovery. From Laurie.Sullivan@apsva.us. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab to view the following blog post:
     
    April brings an exciting month of learning in the Discovery Lab:

    · K - Signs of Spring....Birds! Kindergarten kicked off the Bird Unit that will feature the endangered Whooping Crane. Ask your child, "What bird beak did you use? What food could it eat?"

    · 1st Grade - Students videoconferenced with NASA Glenn Research Center in Ohio about Animals in Space.

    · 2nd Grade - All classes completed an animated Apollo Mission to the Moon project using Toontastic. Over the next week students will share their projects with one another.

    · 3rd Grade - Students replicated some of the work of a bat researcher as they classified bats and graphically represented the bat population data to share with their classmates. Ask your child, "What did you do as a bat researcher?"

    · 4th Grade - Students watched the DVD Roving Mars to prepare for the upcoming Engineering Design Challenge of designing a landing system for a Mars spacecraft.

    · 5th Grade - Students completed a JASON Project Digital Lab based on Dr. Sala's research on the relationship between tiger sharks and endangered monk seals in Hawaii. Ask your child, "What did you do to find out what the shark had eaten? What did you learn from the data?" Mrs. Lombardi's and Mrs. White's classes have completed this two-day lesson. Mr. Morse's class and Mrs. Harvey's class will complete the lab over the next two weeks.

    Barrett in the News

    Barrett is featured in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Report: Bringing Environmental Education to Diverse Audiences. The article can be found on pages 20 - 23. Also, check out our photo on the Table of Contents page. We are really excited to be included in this publication! http://www.fws.gov/refuges/education/pdfs/FWS_specialReport.pdf 

     

    COMMUNITY NEWS


    OPEN HOUSE AT THE OUTDOOR LAB! Sunday, May 5, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thinking about a fun, free, spring day in the country? The Outdoor Lab Open House is the event for you! The Open House is for all Arlington public school students, families and staff — bring your friends, too! This is your chance to relax, fish, hike, explore the animal lab, admire the spring blossoms, investigate a stream, breathe fresh country air, roast hot dogs and cook s’mores. Just bring your family and friends and have a great time! The Outdoor Lab provides hands-on outdoor environmental education opportunities to learn about animals, science, outdoor skills, arts, and humanities in a natural setting—over 200 acres of forests, fields and hills, a spring-fed stream, a pond, and nature hiking trails.

    DIRECTIONS: The lab is roughly 35 miles and takes approximately 45 minutes. It is west of Arlington, just a few miles off I-66. Take I-66 West about 26 miles to Exit 40 - Haymarket. At the traffic light at the top of the exit ramp turn left onto Route 15 South. At the 2nd traffic light turn right onto Route 55 West. After about 3.5 miles turn left onto Beverly's Mill Rd. (Route 600). After 1.4 miles turn right into the new driveway - look for a sign that says "Outdoor Lab." Parking is free. No pets, please. 703-228-7650. Call if the weather is questionable. http://www.outdoorlab.org

    Upcoming School Board Caucus. There will be a School Board Caucus on May 9th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Drew Elementary, and Saturday, May 11th at W-L High School. Make sure you vote!

    Input from Parents Needed. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show is putting together a program exploring the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs. Parents can share their experiences via an online form: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/wamu/b6cb19144eeb/what-is-it-like-to-have-a-child-with-special-needs or by e-mailing mailto:insight%40wamu.org. WAMU 88.5 is an NPR station in the DC area.

     
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday-Friday, May 6-10
    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7
    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Thursday, May 9
    Kindergarten Concert, 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 10
    Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 27

    Editor's Note:
    E-newsletter compiled by Audrey Pritchard and Katherine Roberts. If you would like to include school-related information in upcoming e-newsletters, please contact Katherine Roberts
    kenkatroberts@verizon.net by Friday at the latest to get your item into the following week's newsletter.
    Comments (-1)
Last Modified on September 10, 2013