Welcome Back to School

I hope everyone is having a safe, active and fun summer.  The countdown begins to the first day of school – Wednesday, August 22nd – New Opportunities, New Horizons!

Here’s What We’ve Done

Modernization – The summer was filled with school construction with the installation of a new HVAC system, modernization of the Kindergarten spaces and new lighting throughout the school building as well as the parking lot.

Western Elementary Schools Summer Learning Camp – Our Summer Learning Camp with all four western elementary schools’ students at Brownsville Elementary was successful. The STEM curricular continued to be a big hit with the students and teachers – students learned to take risks and problem-solve.

Kindergarten Camp – What a joy to see our future step right into the joy of learning with others during kindergarten camp!

Summer Professional Learning – Teachers enrolled into summer professional development courses to expand their horizons to unleash each student’s potential!

Here’s What We’re Doing Next

New teachers will be returning next week – Aug. 7-10 to get an early start of preparations.  All teachers will be returning on Aug. 13-21 for Pre-service week to prepare for the new school year!

Here’s How You Can Help

Take a peek inside of Crozet Elementary School at our Open House Event to discover how we are preparing for a new school year of student learning on Monday, August 20th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  I echo our school division’s mission – Our mission every day is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.  With this spirit and belief, I as well as our faculty and staff look forward to another exciting school year of getting to know our students, working with you to support their development, maximize their potential and reach their dreams. Crozet Elementary will continue to unleash each student’s potential with our learner-centered goals, a growth mindset and sustaining our green initiatives on a national level!

Welcome Back to School!

See you all soon – Mrs. Crummie, Principal

 

Joyful June

What an awesome 4th quarter of the school year filled with field trips, musical performance, Field Day and enriching project-based learning until last day of school.  I am so grateful to have a supportive and caring school community for our students, teachers, staff and PTO. Thank you for another amazing school year!  Have a safe and fun summer break!

Collaborative Art Projects

Fourth Grade Market

Kg/1st Grade Musical Performance and Field Day

End of Year School Celebration – Sharing Healthy Summer Habits including Flossing

We continue to learn and prepare for the upcoming school year at CAI:

(Project, Passion, Problem)P-Based Learning!  Crozet Team CAI 2018

 

Making Memories in May

Our WAHS Crozet graduates graced our hallways this morning.  Our students lined the hallways to greet them with cheers, pom poms, bubbles, high fives, hugs, cupcakes and smiles!  My heart was so touched that I had a hard time holding my cell phone to capture this heartfelt moment to be remembered forever!  This 2018 class were fifth graders when it was my first year as principal.  #memorable #proud

April Showers bring May Flowers

As the saying goes – March comes in like a lion and leaves out like a lamb.  Well, this year March came in like a lion and left out like a lamb and continued on into April! Through all of Mother Nature’s changing weather in March and April, we have had some exciting times and more to come as we bring closure to the month of April.

Let’s go down memory lane beginning with our 2nd and 3rd graders Music Program – Folktales.

2nd & 3rd Graders – Music Program – Folk Tales Inspired with student created Art Panels representing each folk tale.

Read Across America Day – Celebrating Literacy ACPS Visual Arts Festival at Fashion Square Mall

Community Night 2018 Students are sharing their Design Projects to their families.

 

Albemarle Police visits our 5th graders – joins them for lunch and a kickball game during recess.

  Henley Jazz Band performs for our 5th graders.

 

Crozet Tennis Day after Spring Break First Graders received their tennis gear and learned how to play tennis with the help of Quick Start Tennis of Central Va, UVA women’s head tennis coach, WAHS girls head coach, UVA tennis player and WAHS tennis players! What fun!

Kindness Campaign Little Feet Meet at AHS with 2nd graders cheering them on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Earth Day Every Day! STEM challenges and 5th Grade visits Henley MS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping Students Reach for the Stars

February began with celebrating National School Counselor Week with the theme – helping students reach for the stars!   The celebration continued with friendship grams, Valentine’s Day cards/class parties, Jump Rope for Heart, Random Acts of Kindness Week of activities, 100th Day of School, 4th Grade Science Weather Museum, Global Play Day and Digital Learning Day.  February ends as March roars in like a Lion with our 2nd/3rd grade amazing Folklore Musical Performance.  To be the shortest month of the year, our students learn a lot about kindness, math, science, engineering, staying healthy and social interaction with others!

School-wide Morning Meeting – Power of One

After returning from winter break and beginning our new year 2018 with inclement weather and school delays, we felt it would be an opportune time to have our first school-wide morning meeting on the last Friday of January.  A coming together as a school community to greet everyone, share about our weekend, participate in a shared movement activity and end with a positive morning message to start our day.  It was student led by our 5th grade student leaders!  Choose kind first everyday!

 

Musical Performance & Young Entrepreneurs

As we come to end of 2017, our 4th & 5th graders performed a musical production about the history of music and our 3rd graders showcased entrepreneurship with their Annual Market that derived from a Economics Project.  Our students continue to amaze me their vibrant creative ideas and talents.  Crozet Elementary will continue to focus on learning and creating a school community ethos that inspires wonder, incites curiosity and motivate all learners to excel.

November Excitement

As we prepare for this holiday season into the new year, let’s enjoy this moment of being thankful of an amazing Crozet community of families, friends, local businesses, churches, library, law enforcement, rescue & fire department, farms, vineyards, orchards and the natural beauty of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

This month of Thanksgiving was filled with excitement of enriching learning and community building events.  Check out our Storybook Character Day, PTO Harvest Festival, Girls on the Run, Young Filmmakers at the VA Film Festival, SAL’s Pizza Night, Fifth Grade Trip to see Wonder after reading the novel and Principal Challenge to Read Every Day!  What a time to be thankful.

Fifth Grade went to see the Movie – Wonder after reading the entire novel.  The author RJ Palacio retweet our tweet!  Here is a excerpt from the novel – Wonder starting on page 303. “The strength of one’s courage,” he repeated quietly, nodding and smiling.  He held up his right hand like he was counting off.  “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.  These are the qualities that define us as human beings and propel us, on occasion, to greatness…..”Greatness, ” wrote Beecher, “lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength…

25% of the School Year

Can you believe we are at the end of the first quarter of the school year?  We had an active nine weeks of school of unleashing each student’s potential with relationship, community and team-building activities, engaging learning opportunities and enriching field trips.  We are teaching for the future – all means all/equity and access through collective efficacy.  A picture is worth a thousand words….note below photos of Crozet ES teaching for the future!

 

First Six Weeks of School

I love the first weeks of school!  Students sporting their new gear, confident smiles, readiness to learn and make new friends or establish ties with friends they haven’t seen over the summer.  On the other hand, families and students are anxious about their new class level, new journey with academics/learning, new teachers and classmates.

The beginning weeks of school is the optimal time for our students and teachers to build relationships and to get back into the groove of learning.  The first six weeks of school is a distinct period of time of many introductions to set students up for a year of engaged and productive learning by using positive teacher language to establish high academic and behavioral expectations, getting students excited to learn by offering engaging academics and teaching the classroom and academic routines that enable a collaborative learning community to thrive.  Also during this time of getting to know our students, teachers are administering assessments in the content areas to see where they are and what they know.

August and September –  Building collaborative, trusting relationships – Responsive Classroom  – Hopes & Dreams  September begins our community fun of events: First Grade Popsicle Social, Grandparents Lunch Day, International Dot Day (Make Your Mark) Celebrating Creativity, United Way Day of Caring and PTO Kindergarten Potluck….Whew!  It’s only been 4 weeks of school!  We are on a ROLL of New Opportunities & New Horizons!