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snow! Real, white, fluffy, snow! Wasn’t it beautiful
falling to the ground on Sunday? It’s been so long
since we had a bona fide deep snow suitable for
sledding, building snowmen and making homemade ice
cream! Celebrated American
poet Walt Whitman found this anonymous poem about snow
and passed it on to others more than a hundred years
ago. I have included the first two stanzas for your
OH! THE SNOW, THE BEAUTIFUL SNOW!
Filling the sky and the earth below,
Over the housetops, over the street,
Over the heads of people you meet.
Dancing, flirting, skimming along,
Beautiful snow! It can do no wrong;
Flying to kiss a fair lady's cheek,
Clinging to lips in frolicksome freak;
Beautiful snow from heaven above,
Pure as an angel, gentle as love!
Oh, the snow, the beautiful snow,
How the flakes gather and laugh as they go
Whirling about in maddening fun:
Chasing, laughing, hurrying by,
It lights on the face and it sparkles the eye;
And the dogs with a bark and a bound
Snap at the crystals as they eddy around;
The town is alive, and its heart is aglow,
To welcome the coming of beautiful snow!
Working in my office Sunday afternoon with the blinds
drawn framed a wonderful wintry picture of the beautiful
snow! I was reminded of how my mother loved to watch it
snow! If she were alive today, she would have been
impressed with Sunday’s performance. Like an excited
school-girl, she would sit up late at night watching the
snow fall! It was her most enjoyable time of the year.
It is my hope that you welcome and enjoy the blessing of
this beautiful snow!
recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we will celebrate
Read Across America (and
on March 2, 2009. The goal of Read Across America is to
build a nation of readers. As part of the festivities, I will be reading The Cat in the Hat to the
students in Pittsylvania County Schools via a link on
the homepage. The reading will be available at any
time during the week and can be viewed from school or
from home. Please look for the “Cat in the Hat” icon
to view the presentation. Teachers should access http://www.nea.org/readacross/
to view the many resources provided for this reading
celebration. I am very excited about sharing this time
with students. Should you have questions or need
assistance with set-up, please feel free to contact Ms.
Cathy Scolpini, Lead Information Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT),
at (434) 432-3823 or the ITRT that serves your school.
will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009.
This is the last day in the fourth six-weeks and a
designated Teacher Workday. Teachers will have the
remainder of the day to plan, consult, grade papers,
prepare bulletin boards, etc. Please be reminded that
all teacher aides work a full day.
Monday, March 9, 2009, is
designated as a priority
make-up day for students and staff. This becomes
necessary because Pittsylvania County Schools were
closed on March 2, 2009, due to inclement weather.
February 19-20, 2009, the students, parents and staff at
participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program. The
program has been recognized in the State and across the
Atlantic Seaboard for engaging elementary students in jumping
rope while raising funds to support lifesaving
heart and stroke research. Congratulations to the event
and Mr. Jeremiah Sanom, Physical Education teachers at
, for their leadership and commitment. Accolades to
everyone affiliated with
for raising $24,000.
who had the highest fundraiser sales at
were invited by the PTO on an all expense paid trip
which included a ride to McDonald's in a spectacular
white limousine. Also, students in the 1st through 5th
grades participated in a golden ticket
Accelerated Reader Contest during January and
February. Students who met their goal received an
opportunity to win from a list of prizes that included
books, huge chocolate kisses, stuffed animals, and
puppets. The grand prize was a boys’ and girls’ MP3
to (1) request media presence on site to cover an
upcoming event or (2) to request media coverage (without
media on site) of an upcoming event or (3) to report
news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the
great things happening in our schools!
The next meeting of the Budget
Committee is scheduled for March 5, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the
Boardroom at the School
Board Office. Everyone is welcome to attend.
TO ALL ADMINISTRATORS: The
next principals’ meeting will be held on Friday, March 6, 2009, from
2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the School Board Administrative Office,
. All administrators should
plan to attend.
, Supervisor of School Nutrition, members of the Pittsylvania County
Schools’ Nutrition Team, and other participating schools across the
State served more than 37 million breakfasts to students last year. The
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the
School Nutrition Association (SNA), recognizes School Breakfast Week each
year to raise awareness about the availability of breakfast at school.
During the week of March 2–6, 2009, schools around the country will
participate in School Breakfast Week activities. This year’s theme, “Power Up with
Breakfast,” encourages all students to begin each day of
learning and achievement with breakfast. According to research compiled by
the School Nutrition Association, children who eat school breakfast have
higher academic scores, improved behavior, reduced tardiness and
absenteeism and fewer visits to the nurse's office. Increasing the number
of students who eat a nutritious meal as part of the School Breakfast
Program is an important step in improving the health of
’s students and their academic achievement as well.
Department of Education is pleased to announce that the week of March 2-6,
2009, has been designated as National Foreign Language Week. Alpha Mu
Gamma foreign language honor society has sponsored National Foreign
Language Week since 1957, and the theme for 2009 is “Many
Hands, Many Voices, One World.” Schools are encouraged to take
this opportunity to highlight the value of learning world languages and
learning about other cultures, and to celebrate the successes of world
language students and teachers. For general information about the event
and the annual poster, please visit their Web site at http://www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/honor/amg/nflw.html
County Schools will hold pre-school registration for pre-kindergarten and
kindergarten students on Friday, March 20, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00
p.m. Pre-K students must be four (4) on or before September 30, 2009,
reside within the respective school zones of Brosville Elementary School,
Chatham Elementary School, Gretna Elementary School, Hurt Elementary
School, Kentuck Elementary School, Mt. Airy Elementary School, Southside
Elementary School, Stony Mill Elementary School,
Elementary School, and Union Hall Elementary School, and meet eligibility
requirements. Kindergarten students must be five (5) on or before
September 30, 2009, who have not been previously registered in a
school. Kindergarten students should be enrolled in the school where the
parent/guardian resides. For further information, contact the School Board
Office at (434) 432-2761, 793-1624 or 656-6248.
Employee of the Week schedule is on-line. You can review
the schedule by clicking on this link: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/2008-09/employee2008-09-schedule.htm.
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