4401 N. Henderson Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Parent Teacher Association


Posted by Katherine Roberts at 5/6/2012

Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday through Friday, May 7–11
Teacher Luncheon, Thursday, May 10. Please bring all dessert contributions to the library by 9:00 a.m.  
Kindergarten Performance, 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 11


Save the Date—Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Dogfish Head Restaurant Night to benefit Barrett Elementary, which will get 15% of ALL restaurant sales dine-in or carry out...more details to come.

Request for Clothes. My office is running low on a couple of items. If you happen to be cleaning out closets, I'd be happy to take any of the following: shorts for boys/girls (no short-shorts please), sizes 5-14; boys underwear, Small/Medium/Large; girls underwear, Large; girls pants/leggings, sizes 5-10.
   If you would like to donate any of these items, you can drop them off in my office (Room #12) near the Art Room. Any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or call me at 703-228-8530. Pam Rodriguez, Bilingual Family Resource Assistant.

Honor Your Favorite Barrett Staff Members for Teacher Appreciation Week.
The direct mail campaign provides an opportunity for you to honor your favorite Barrett staff member with a contribution to the PTA. Each honoree receives an anonymous personal note from the direct mail campaign that a donation was made in their name. All donations are tax-deductible. If you have any questions about the direct mail campaign, please contact Nancy Birnbaum at gatorbun@yahoo.com.

Link to Robust Vocabulary Definitions and Activity Sheets. There are also fun activity sheets for students to complete, including a word search and a CLOZE activity. http://www.apsva.us//Domain/3514
Project Discovery. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryLab and http://tinyurl.com/BarrettNature to view the following blog posts from Project Discovery.  
  • Kindergarten Living, Working, and Sleeping in Space
  • 1st Graders Create Books for Puddles
  • 2nd Graders Learn about Endangered Sea Turtles
  • 3rd Graders Continue to Research Renewable Energy Resources
  • 4th Graders Interact with Watershed Model
  • Ms. Wisely's Class — Presentation in the Discovery Lab by Jenny Ericson, Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the NWRS
  • 4th Graders Submit Wildlife Spottings to Project Noah
  • 5th Graders Explore the Rock Cycle
  • Principal's Reading Challenge — Encourage your Child to Read
  • Earth Week Activities with Nature highlighted at the Arts & Writers Fair

Occoquan Bay Event. Occoquan Bay is a beautiful place to hike and observe nature. If you have not visited a wildlife refuge yet this school year, and even if you have, you may be interested in the following event. Thanks for participating in Barrett's Wildlife Refuges and Nature project this school year: 11th Annual Youth Fishing Event at Occoquan Bay, National Wildlife Refuge, Dawson Beach Road, Woodbridge, VA, Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For children ages 5-12. Free. Call 703-490-4979 to register. Catch and release only (bait provided). Hotdogs, drinks, and snacks provided by donation for adults; free for children fishing. Some loaner gear available. Pets prohibited on refuge. Rain or shine! Entrance fee will be waived.

Free Open House at the Outdoor Lab. On Sunday, May 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. come relax, fish, hike, explore the animal lab, admire the new spring foliage, investigate a stream, breathe fresh country air, roast hot dogs and cook s’mores. Noted Civil War historians will discuss the role that the Outdoor Lab property, especially Glasscock Gap, played during the Civil War, with emphasis on the campaigns of John S. Mosby and J.E.B. Stuart.

The Outdoor Lab provides hands-on outdoor environmental education opportunities to learn about animals, science, outdoor skills, arts, and humanities in a natural setting, including 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. http://www.outdoorlab.org.


Memorial Day Holiday, Monday, May 28
PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5
Volunteer Tea, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6
Rising Kindergarteners Orientation, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Friday, June 8
All-School Concert, 1:45 p.m., Friday, June 8
First Chapter Days, Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12
Family Library Night, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Early Release at 12:51, Wednesday, 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
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