Colonial Village Elementary School
News & Notes
From the Desk of Mr. Carter – Principal
The beginning of this school year has been a blur. I cannot believe it is
October already. I am really excited about how this year has started with
all of the students in school ready to learn. This year my focus with your
children is to work on making good decisions that make them a positive
member of our learning community. The teachers, staff and I have been
meeting with students talking about making good choices, putting forth a
positive effort in everything they say and do. This effort is paying off. The
students are using these skills to continue to make Colonial Village a positive learning community.
The school year began with my meeting with every grade level. The purpose of these 45-minute
meetings was to outline what my expectations were for the students and to set the boundaries
for what I think will be a great school year. I went over everything from entering and leaving
the building to how students should act in the cafeteria. At the end of the meeting I
challenged each student to make good decisions and focus on being positive with each other.
The first week of October began with another meeting with the grade levels. The purpose of
this meeting was to kick off our first book of the month. The book of the month for October is
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? Along with the book of the month there is a character trait
and reading strategy. The character trait for October is kindness and the comprehension
strategy is schema. This book chronicles a journey for a child that ends in their understanding
that in order to be positive we have to say and do positive things to each other. To fill
someone’s bucket means to say or do something positive. When you fill another person’s bucket
you are making them feel special and you are making yourself feel good. Every day we are
looking for students who are being kind to others. Those students are being recognized on the
morning announcements and on the wall of kindness by the main office.
As we move into the winter months I look forward to continuing to build a solid relationship with
all of the parents and students of Colonial Village. The teachers, staff and I are here to teach,
model and problem solve. Please do not hesitate to call 215-3270 if you need assistance.
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Falling into October in Kindergarten
This month students are learning about the life cycles of apples and pumpkins.
After visiting Becker Farms, students have been adding to their “schema” about
apples. During writer’s workshop students have been illustrating detailed pictures
about something that has happened to them. Students are orally telling the stories
to match their pictures. Some students are even making connections that they
need to write letters under their pictures, because letters make words and authors
use words to tell their stories. For the next few months our word study lessons are focusing on the
letters of the alphabet. Students are learning how to identify upper and lowercase letters, how to
make the letter sounds, and how to say and write the letters correctly. They are enjoying using Wiki
Sticks and play dough to make the letters during centers. In Math, students have already reviewed
the NYS Pre-K skills and are now working on how to compare and sort objects. Kindergarten is off to
a great start!
1st GRADE NEWS
First Grade is, as usual, very busy! We are completing our Beanie Baby decoding
strategies. These will help us with tricky words as we independently read just right
books. We are also focusing on books by our Author of the Month Tomie dePaola.
With the help of our Book of the Month discussions we are aware of all the times
that we activate our schema to understand the books we read and hear! In math
we have been practicing all of the number concepts that will help us move in to
addition and subtraction. Our Fall Festival is approaching on October 16. First grade is always a
busy learning place.
2nd GRADE NEWS
Our 2nd grade team has started our 2nd Step Violence Program. The students are
learning about empathy, staying in control and how to calm themselves down. The
program is full of role-playing, video clips and fun activities.
The students enjoy rotating through each 2nd grade teacher’s lessons and interacting
with their second grade friends. Our students are connecting the 2 nd Step Program with
filling their friend’s educational and emotional “buckets”. The students are using the
message from the story to express how they are feeling throughout the day. Our buckets are
overflowing in 2nd grade.
3rd GRADE NEWS
The third graders are so busy, it's scary! The children are reading in small groups, independently,
and sharing read aloud books as a whole class. They have been discussing how to activate schema,
as well as how to use visualization when reading. They are becoming experts at selecting "just right"
books for themselves too. In writing, students are reading great examples of writing to improve their
skills. They are focusing on generating topics to write about and using rich, descriptive language to
make pieces vivid. The boys and girls are continuing to explore maps and globes through landforms,
biomes, and water. In Math, the third graders are starting addition. They are learning the properties,
solving word problems, and will soon be adding two and three digit numbers.
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4th GRADE NEWS
October has found our fourth graders well into establishing their routines and getting into some
interesting learning. In Social Studies we are now experts in the geography of NYS and in Science
we are mastering our knowledge on the way the water cycle works. Writing has found our students
working on narrative writing with a focus on writing engaging openings to grab the reader’s attention.
Following the steps in the writing process has taught us that it can take a while to create a narrative
that we want to showcase but the students have been pleased with the results. Reading
encompasses everything we do and is a large part of our focus for the day. The students have been
receiving guided instruction in small groups with a focus on finding the main idea and supporting
details. They independently read their pocket books, as well as enjoy a read-aloud book and a whole
class book. Time for Kids and KidBiz are also read weekly to help students keep up on current
5th GRADE NEWS
The fifth graders are working hard, diving into our curriculum. In Math we are just
finishing a unit on addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals.
For Reading our classes are learning a variety of strategies and skills. We are
making connections, using schema, inferencing, reading for meaning with non-fiction
text, and selecting good books to read for enjoyment. We have been reviewing 3rd and 4th grade
content during Social Studies. In Science we are working together to complete animal group projects,
investigating animal characteristics using a classroom kit, and exploring Motion and Force.
The fifth graders have two field trips in October that we are excited about! Mrs. Fasolino graciously
took us to the Albright Knox Art Gallery on October 13th. Then on October 16th we’ll be traveling to
Mumford for a self-directed tour of the Genesee Country Village. We look forward to all the learning
that will happen outside of our classroom on those dates!
MR. AZZARELLA’S CLASS
During the month of October Mr. Azzarella’s class is continuing to learn about the season of fall. We
will be exploring apples, pumpkins, corn, leaves, and holidays that occur during the season. Our
reading workshop is up and running and we have read many exciting stories. The students have
been hard at work developing their writing skills and have enjoyed learning the writing process.
Through the month of October we will be continuing our exploration of counting and addition.
October has brought us a lot of new themes to learn about! First, we started reviewing Fire Safety
and have been practicing our phone numbers and our address in case we need to report an
emergency. Our author this month is Tomie dePaola. We look forward to listening to many of his
stories. We are also working with Mrs. Fasolino in Art on projects about Strega Nona! In Math we are
continuing to work in our groups on modeling addition strategies and position words. Our ELA
workshop is in full swing. Our groups are focusing on different things such as short vowel sounds and
letter sounds, and we’re making predictions in our guided reading groups! We’re looking forward to
Halloween and have many fun-filled activities planned the last week of October!
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MRS. BLENK’S CLASS
We are WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! Our class is reading the award
winning Caldecott book by Maurice Sendak. We are doing many reading and
writing activities around the creative story!! In math, we are rounding,
comparing, and ordering numbers. We have been enjoying our Fun Friday
Estimation Day!! We have just completed a unit on New York State in Social
Studies. We will begin a unit on the water cycle in Science. The students are
already excited about Halloween! We are enjoying a Goosebumps book for our read aloud time.
NEWS FROM ART WITH MRS. FASOLINO
What’s going on in Art
Pre-K - The students will be creating a fireman’s hat to go along with Fire Safety
Kindergarten - The students will be creating an apple tree using their handprints.
This will tie into the Becker Farms fieldtrip that the students attended last week.
1st Grade - The students are continuing to create a gumball machine using primary colored bingo
dabbers. The students will be mixing primary colors to create secondary colors.
2nd Grade - Each 2nd grade classroom has designated itself as a sports team. The students are
working in the computer lab to create their own Colonial Village All Star sports card using a digital
photograph of themselves, a Microsoft Word template and clip art.
3rd Grade - The students are learning about the artist, Henri Matisse, and his use of bright colors and
free-formed shapes. The students learned that Matisse was not only famous for painting, but also his
cut paper artworks. Acting like Matisse, the students are creating their own cut paper name designs.
4th Grade - The students are learning about warm & cool colors and complementary colors. They are
creating an autumn leaf design using these color schemes. The students are working on their coloring
5th Grade - The students are creating a mountain landscape using chalk pastels. The students need
to create a value scale to show depth in the artwork. The students are broadening their vocabulary,
learning about overlapping, foreground, middle ground and background.
Mr. Azzarella’s class is learning about shapes & colors. The students have begun to create a
bubble gum machine, mixing primary colors to create secondary colors.
Ms. DeGiulio’s class will be starting a line lesson based upon the book Strega Nona by Tomi
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NEWS FROM MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The 5th grades have been diving right into American composers during their
music classes. We have been singing the songs of Peter, Paul, and Mary and
learning about the inspirations of why some of them were written. We have
also been learning about the meaning behind "This Land Is Your Land" and
finding out a bit more about the composer Woody Guthrie. There are various
versions of "Big Yellow Taxi" and we have been listening to a few and comparing and contrasting
them to each other.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY – MR. CLANCY
In the library, we are stressing book care and responsibility. Please help your child
by reminding them to return their books on library day, and keeping their books in
a safe place at home. In class, intermediate students are learning to use the
online encyclopedia Grolier's New Book of Knowledge. Primary students are
studying author Mo Willems, who wrote Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus,
Elephant & Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny. After reading The Naked Mole Rat Gets
Dressed and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster and discussing Willems' unusual
illustrating style, students explore his web site.
NEWS FROM P. E. DEPARTMENT
Mr. Di Censo's Pre K - 2 classes will be completing their Soccer Skills/Fitness Unit next week with
lead-up/modified soccer games and a Soccer Fitness Run.
Grades 3 - 5 are continuing their Touch/Flag Football Unit w/ lead-up football games and/or modified
regulation football games, which include offense, defense and special teams play, positions,
strategies/concepts, sportsmanship and safety.
Congratulations to the 2009 Punt, Pass and Kick participants:
Boys age 8-9: Girls 8-9:
1st place: Krystian Andrzejewski 1st place: Alyssa Luzak
2nd place: Vincent Musolino 2nd place: Lila Trunzo
3rd place: Alexander Mitchell 3rd place: Leah Buddenhagen
Boys age 10-11 Girls 10-11
1st place: Anthony DiCara 1st place: Jonna Stein
2nd place: DJ Stillinger 2nd place: Anessa Moore
3rd place: Justin Hall 3rd place: Adrienne Robins
*All first place winners will advance to the Sectional 5 Championship on Oct. 25 @ the Field
house - Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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Noah Williams Trevor Cannon
Collin Rutkowski Adam Muzzi
Corbin Walzerowicz Kirstin Bowers
Joelle Bruyere Olivia Haley
Dina White Jacob Curtis
Preston Kolodziej Ethan Hazlett
Eddie Foucha Jared Moore
Maxwell Mosher Ken Jackson
Kor' Darryll Welch Matthew McKenzie
Matthew Alexis Nizar Zeidan
Zachary Whitmer Evan Cody
Dakota Barnett Kalee Cirbus
Madison Klidonas Jamie Strassburg
Grades K - 2 are finishing up their Football Skills/Fitness unit playing modified games and
participating in Fitness Runs.
Grades 3 - 5 are in the middle of their Football Unit playing modified lead up games. The students
learned the skills of: Throwing, Kicking, Punting, and Catching
NEWS FROM THE READING ROOM
Reasons Read-Alouds Are Important
Children need good role models for reading. Hearing an adult read aloud allows a child to hear the
phrasing, inflections, and expressions that a good reader uses.
Reading aloud allows you to expose your children to good literature.
Picture books also expose children to many styles of art.
Listening to a story develops listening skills. Good listening skills will benefit a student for a
Listening to a novel develops a child's ability to imagine. In today's world of visual media, this is
an underdeveloped skill in many children. You can do the same with younger children by occasionally
reading the book without showing the pictures.
Children like to read and reread stories they have already heard. Family favorites and classics
never go out of style. Rereading a story allows children to listen for enjoyment and to see the “big
picture” as the story unfolds over and over again.
Reading a book that is just a bit beyond the children's reading level gives children an insight
into what is ahead. Hearing a good mystery, a science fiction or adventure story, or historical fiction
opens up a new world of possibilities for children. For some children, this can be the motivation to
work on their reading so they can read these books themselves.
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Reading a chapter of a novel each day can lead to some good discussions, including working
on skills such as prediction, character analysis, and the author's use of literary devices such
as satire and flashback. This is one not to overdo though. It is fine to just read a book for enjoyment
(with some light discussion, of course). Overanalyzing a story can take the fun out of reading.
Reading a book related to a content area can sometimes help a student understand a new
topic more effectively than reading just a textbook. For instance, reading a story set in a
particular historical period can have children feeling what it was like to live through that time.
The first CVHSG Family Reading Night will be
Tuesday, November 17th! Local author and illustrator
Erwin Printup will be presenting!
More information will be sent home the beginning of November!
BAND – MR. SCIME
The 5th Grade Instrumental Music Program is underway! Students have had several lessons now and
are doing great. Practice, practice, practice. If you do not have an instrument and/or book yet, be
sure to get them before your next lesson. You need the Yamaha Band Student – Book 1 for your
instrument. Lessons are on Thursdays or Fridays. Please check the schedule if you don’t know
when yours is.
A special thank you goes out to MATT’S MUSIC for their generous donation of an
Alto Saxophone to Colonial Village. MATT’S MUSIC also donated band folders for
our students to keep their band music and books in. MATT’S MUSIC is located at
937 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. They have instruments available for
rental or purchase as well as books, accessories, and repairs for all
instruments. They also offer private music lessons. Just call 693-7717 or
stop in the store for more information. Thank you Matt’s Music for your
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS:
Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11th
Parent Teacher Conference Day (K–5) – Friday, November 20th
Thanksgiving Recess – November 26th & 27th
Winter Recess – December 23, 2009 – January 1, 2010
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PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY – Picture make-up day will be held on Wednesday,
November 4th for retakes and for those students who did not have their picture
taken. If you are having your child’s picture retaken, please return the original
(uncut) picture package with your child on November 4th.
EXCUSES NEEDED FOR ALL ABSENCES OR TARDIES
Please send in an excuse whenever your child is absent or tardy. The New York State Dept. of
Education will be receiving a report of any student having more than five (5) unexcused absences.
LOST & FOUND
If your child is missing a coat, sweatshirt, etc., please remind him/her to check the
LOST & FOUND located in hall by the CAFETERIA OR call the Transportation Dept
at 215-3300 OR check with the bus driver.
STUDENT DISMISSAL - PICK-UP
Please send in a note if you plan to pick up your child at dismissal time, otherwise they will be
put on the bus (if we do not receive a note).
PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO pick up your friends’, relatives’ or neighbors’ child without a note
from his/her parent.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP STUDENTS OFF BEFORE 9:00 A.M.
Just a reminder to parents who drop their children off in the AM:
When dropping your child(ren) off for school in the morning, please do not drop him/her off before
9:00 a.m. There is no supervision. If you need to drop off earlier than 9:00 a.m. you will have to
enroll him/her in Latch Key. The phone number to contact the Latch Key Office is 215-3255.
NEWS FROM YOUR HOME SCHOOL GROUP (CVHSG)
Our annual carnival kicked off the beginning of another great year for our CV Kids! All had fun.
Thank you to Angela Bowers for organizing this event, and to all the volunteers and CV Staff.
If you have not yet joined our parents group at CV there is still time. Please contact the school office
for a membership form. This is a great way to get involved in your child's school.
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We look forward to seeing you at our next Home School Group meeting on Wednesday,
November 18th at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule for meetings is as follows:
Wednesday, January 13th
Wednesday, February 10th
Wednesday, March 10th
Wednesday, April 14th
Wednesday, May 12th
QSP FUNDRAISER – Going until Wednesday, October 21st (original letter mistakenly said October
16th). This is a program where no selling is involved. Students bring home a booklet to complete of
names and addresses. These people will get a one-time mailing to order magazines. Our school
gets credits for each booklet returned. Your child receives a prize once they return the filled out
booklet. Credits are used to purchase free Ellison dyes for the school.
FOOD DRIVE - November brings us to our Annual Food Drive, which runs from
November 2nd through November 18th. If you are able to help out, please bring in
canned goods or non-perishables. Food will be distributed to needy families in our
POINSETTIA & WREATH SALE BEGINS SOON! Orders will be taken from
November 2nd – 17th. ALL orders are to be turned in by November 17th. No late
orders will be accepted. Information and order forms will be sent home soon.
HOME SCHOOL GROUP FAMILY READING NIGHT- The first CVHSG Family Reading Night will be
Tuesday, November 17th! Local author and illustrator Erwin Printup will be presenting! More
information will be sent home the beginning of November!
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WE ARE PROUD OF THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS…….
The Greater Niagara Ballet Company is pleased to announce that Amber Carls,
5th grader in Mr. Collins classroom and her sister, Sarah Carls, 4th grader in
Mr. Siddall’s classroom have been cast in this season’s performance of
Public performances will be held on: Friday, December 11th @ 7:30 p.m. and
Saturday, December 12th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“Break a leg” girls and have a wonderful time performing!!!!! Your CV friends are proud of you!
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