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2022-23 Coventry Updates to Families

Emailed on Jan. 22nd, 2023

Good Evening Coventry Families,

It's hard to believe we are wrapping up our 1st semester this week! We are very proud of our students' many accomplishments during the first half of the school year and look forward to their continued growth next semester. 

Please read below for this week's announcements. As a reminder, Thursday is an early release day and Friday is a student holiday.   

Calendar Reminders

-Thursday, January 26th: Early Release at 1:00pm
-Friday, January 27th: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
-Monday, January 30th: 3rd Quarter Begins
-Thursday, February 2nd: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued

Quick Access Links:

Coventry Elementary School Website

Lunch Reservation Link (January/February)

Parent Volunteer Sign Up– PBIS Help

Vehicle Pickup Form

Walk/Bike Permit Form 

Family Life Education Preview Night - Wednesday, January 25th

Coventry Elementary will be hosting a Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night this Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30pm in the CES Makerspace. The Family Life Education Program for the York County School Division is designed to teach students the objectives for Family Life Education as established by the Virginia Department of Education. CES school counselors will begin FLE instruction during the month of February. The FLE Preview Night will provide an overview of lessons and materials and an explanation of the “opt-out” procedures by which families may communicate a desire to have their student removed from the FLE program or selected lessons.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Please visit the link below to guarantee your 2022-2023 yearbook. Pre-orders will be accepted until February 28th.

COVENTRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YORKTOWN, VA - 2023 Yearbook | Jostens

Yearbook Cover

PTA Corner

Thank you to everyone that donated to the CES Angel Tree, it was a huge success and we greatly appreciate all of your help.

Thank you to the Goodwin family, the Barlow family and Sophia Brown for planting over 300 bulbs in the front of our school. We can't wait to see them bloom.

We have some amazing events coming up:

> PTA Meeting and Cyber Security- February 7th at 6:30 PM. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548afae29ab9-cyber

> One Sweet Night School Dance- February 10th. Registration is opening soon

> Cougar Dash- April 22nd Registration opens January 23rd: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Yorktown/cougardash5k

We need volunteers for the dance in February and the Cougar Dash in April. If you would like to help, please email us at CoventryPTA@gmail.com

Report It

You can help keep our schools safe by speaking up. Report unsafe behaviors, threats, bullying, and/or harassment by phone (757) 890-5000 or online through the YCSD app or division website.

Let’s Talk!

The division’s customer service tool, Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD can be conveniently accessed on the yorkcountyschools.org website or through the YCSD Mobile App using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. To access the platform, click on the “Contact Us” button or simply click the Let's Talk! pop-out tab on the division website (the green tab on the right side of your computer screen or the green button on the bottom of your mobile screen). Then, select a topic to start a conversation and the appropriate staff member will respond.

Have a wonderful evening!
Lisa M. Jalomo
Principal

Emailed on December 18th, 2022

Good Evening Coventry Families,

We are wrapping up our final 2 days of school before Winter Break. Please read below for this week's announcements. As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 21st - Tuesday, January 3rd. Students return from Winter Break on Wednesday, January 4th. 

We wish all of our Cougar families a happy holiday season and a fabulous New Year! 

Quick Access Links:

Coventry Elementary School Website

Lunch Reservation Link (November/December)

Lunch Reservation Link (January/February)

Parent Volunteer Sign Up– PBIS Help

Vehicle Pickup Form

Walk/Bike Permit Form

Countdown to Winter Break Dress Up Days

Students are invited to participate in our final 2 countdown to Winter Break dress up days this week.

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PTA Corner

At CES we are very fortunate to have an active and enthusiastic PTA that supports our staff/teachers and offers great programming for our families throughout the year. Please consider joining and partnering with them by visiting https://coventry.memberhub.com/store.

Let’s Talk!

The division’s customer service tool, Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD has been expanded to include schools. Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD can be conveniently accessed on the yorkcountyschools.org website or through the YCSD Mobile App using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. To access the platform, click on the “Contact Us” button or simply click the Let's Talk! pop-out tab on the division website (the green tab on the right side of your computer screen or the green button on the bottom of your mobile screen). Then, select a topic to start a conversation and the appropriate staff member will respond.

Report It

You can help keep our schools safe by speaking up. Report unsafe behaviors, threats, bullying, and/or harassment by phone (757) 890-5000 or online through the YCSD app or division website.

Have a fun, relaxing, and safe Winter Break! We will see you in 2023!

Emailed on November 20th, 2022

Good Evening Coventry Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! As we begin Thanksgiving week, I want to share how thankful our entire team is for each of your children and the opportunity we have to work with them each day. As a reminder, we only have 2 school days this week. We will be closed Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving Break. I hope your families have a restful and safe break.

Please read below for this week's announcements. 

Quick Access Links:

Coventry Elementary School Website

Lunch Reservation Link (November/December) 

Parent Volunteer Sign Up– PBIS Help

Vehicle Pickup Form

Walk/Bike Permit Form

YCSD Federal Impact Aid Survey - We have reached 100%

Thank you for helping our school reach 100% completion of this year's Federal Impact Survey!! 

Let’s Talk!

The division’s customer service tool, Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD has been expanded to include schools. Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD can be conveniently accessed on the yorkcountyschools.org website or through the YCSD Mobile App using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. To access the platform, click on the “Contact Us” button or simply click the Let's Talk! pop-out tab on the division website (the green tab on the right side of your computer screen or the green button on the bottom of your mobile screen). Then, select a topic to start a conversation and the appropriate staff member will respond.

Report It

You can help keep our schools safe by speaking up. Report unsafe behaviors, threats, bullying, and/or harassment by phone (757) 890-5000 or online through the YCSD app or division website.

PTA Corner

At CES we are very fortunate to have an active and enthusiastic PTA that supports our staff/teachers and offers great programming for our families throughout the year. Please consider joining and partnering with them by visiting https://coventry.memberhub.com/store.

Have a wonderful evening!

Lisa M. Jalomo
Principal

Emailed on October 30th, 2022

Good Evening Coventry Families,
It's so hard to believe we have already reached the end of October! We are expecting beautiful weather for our PTA Boosterthon Fun Run this Friday, November 4th.  Families are welcome to come out and cheer on our students during this event! We hope to see you there! 

Please read below for this week's important announcements. 

Quick Access Links:

Coventry Elementary School Website

Lunch Reservation Link (September/October)

Lunch Reservation Link (November/December) 

Parent Volunteer Sign Up– PBIS Help

Vehicle Pickup Form

Walk/Bike Permit Form.

YCSD Federal Impact Aid Survey - Help us reach 100%
Please help our school reach 100% participation by logging into Rycor and completing the Federal Impact Aid Survey. We are getting close and it only takes a few minutes to complete. We appreciate the time you are taking to complete this important annual survey. So far, we have already awarded gift cards to 2 rounds of gift card winners. We look forward to celebrating Mrs. King's 4th grade class for being the first class to reach 100% completion. We are still waiting to see which grade level reaches 100% for a grade level incentive! I look forward to announcing a grade level winner next week!

PTA Book Fair
We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair hosted by our PTA. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

The Scholastic Book Fair, will take place this week from October 31-November 4 in our CES Library. Students can shop during their library resource time or parents can shop with students after school on Tuesday/Thursday until 7:00pm!

Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet. https://tinyurl.com/CoventryEWallet

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. www.tinyurl.com/CoventryBF2022

If you would like to volunteer to help, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/CESBookFairHelp

We still need lots of volunteers. You can sign up during your child's library resource time and help them shop and check out books!  We also have after school hours as well.

Let’s Talk!
The division’s customer service tool, Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD has been expanded to include schools. Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD can be conveniently accessed on the yorkcountyschools.org website or through the YCSD Mobile App using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. To access the platform, click on the “Contact Us” button or simply click the Let's Talk! pop-out tab on the division website (the green tab on the right side of your computer screen or the green button on the bottom of your mobile screen). Then, select a topic to start a conversation and the appropriate staff member will respond.

Report It
You can help keep our schools safe by speaking up. Report unsafe behaviors, threats, bullying, and/or harassment by phone (757) 890-5000 or online through the YCSD app or division website.

PTA Corner - PTA Boosterthon Fun Run is this Friday
Boosterthon continues this week! We have already received donations towards our $15,000 goal - let's keep it going!. Thank you so much for donating and helping our PTA support our students and staff the best we can. If you haven't donationed and would like to >> ️  Log into MYBOOSTER.COM today to get started! 

Register & share today to help our school reach our goal of $15,000 for students & staff. We encourage you to donate if you are able to; however, all students will be able to participate in the fun run regardless of donations received. Please contact coventrypta@gmail.com with questions. 

For more information on this event and other upcoming events, please see the attached PTA Newsletter. 

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

Have a wonderful evening!

LISA M. JALOMO
PRINCIPAL

Emailed on Sunday, September 11th, 2022

Good Evening Coventry Families,

We are looking forward to our first full week of the school year this week! Please read below for important updates.

Quick Access Links:

Coventry Elementary School Website

Lunch Reservation Link

Vehicle Pickup Form

Walk/Bike Permit Form

Arrival

Thank you for your assistance the past two weeks with following our morning arrival process. If you are dropping your student off in the morning via the vehicle drop-off line, please remain in your vehicle. Our staff are available to assist students who need help getting out of the car. If you are walking/riding bikes to school with your student, please say your goodbyes at the end of the sidewalk and allow your student to walk to the doors unaccompanied. This helps us keep the sidewalk clear for students and staff and helps our students develop independence. As a reminder, our bell rings at 8:55 for instruction to begin. Students who are not in their classrooms at this time are considered tardy. If you arrive at 8:55 or later, please park, walk your student in, and sign them in at the main office.

Devices & Annual Forms - Required

Please log in to your Rycor account to complete the YCSD Student Handbook Family Acknowledgement Form and the Student/Parent Technology Usage Form if you have not already.

We have completed device distribution to students in grades 3-5 who requested a division device and have a signed Student/Parent Technology Usage Form in Rycor. Students should bring their charged devices and power cords to school daily unless directed otherwise by the classroom teacher. If you did not initially request a device but have decided your student needs a division-issued device, please edit your Student/Parent Technology Usage Form in Rycor at https://www.studentquickpay.com/yorkcountyschools/

State Growth Assessment

The State Growth Assessment window for students in grades 3-5 will open next Monday, September 19th and will run through the end of the month. Families of students in grades 3-5 received a letter about this state assessment the first week of school. To accommodate testing, lunch times for some grade levels will need to be adjusted during this testing window. The lunch reservation link will be adjusted by the end of the week to reflect the correct lunch times for each grade level during our testing window. Please pay close attention if making a lunch reservation between September 19th-30th. Families who have already made a reservation during this window will be contacted to adjust your reservation if your student’s time is impacted by this change.

Back to School Night

In lieu of Back to School Night, all YCSD schools will host a fall family engagement activity. We will provide additional information at a later date about Coventry’s family engagement night.

Let’s Talk!

The division’s customer service tool, Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD has been expanded to include schools. Let’s Talk! – Ask YCSD can be conveniently accessed on the yorkcountyschools.org website or through the YCSD Mobile App using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. To access the platform, click on the “Contact Us” button or simply click the Let's Talk! pop-out tab on the division website (the green tab on the right side of your computer screen or the green button on the bottom of your mobile screen). Then, select a topic to start a conversation and the appropriate staff member will respond.

PTA Corner

BINGO Night is back and our first event of the year! We are excited to invite students and families to join us on September 27 for one of our favorite events! We'll have tons of prizes and FREE drinks. Make sure to visit our store at https://coventry.memberhub.com/ to join the PTA beforehand since this event is for current PTA members only! We will be sending out a link to sign up within the next week, make sure you check out the Coventry PTA Facebook page and our Newsletter for details. Space will be limited so make sure you claim your spot for the night.

Have a wonderful evening!

Thank you!

Lisa M. Jalomo
Principal

Emailed on Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Good Evening Families,

It’s the night before the 1st day of school and all through Coventry, teachers and staff are counting down with glee!

We are so happy to welcome our students back tomorrow to start the 2022-2023 school year! Our team enjoyed connecting with students and families during Open House and we are excited about all we will accomplish over the next 180 school days.

Please read below for a number of important back to school announcements. We look forward to a great 1st day of school tomorrow!

Arrival (8:35am-8:55am)

Our doors will open to students at 8:35am each day. Drop off will run from 8:35am-8:55am.  Students should not exit vehicles prior to 8:35am, as we will not have staff available to adequately supervise them. When you arrive to drop your student off, please follow the attached arrival traffic pattern and directions of staff in the parking lot.  To maintain traffic flow on Owen Davis Blvd., it is very important to pull as far forward as possible to the car in front of you and have your student ready to quickly and safely exit your vehicle. Students should only exit the passenger/curb side of the vehicle and should not wait for staff to open vehicle doors. We ask that you remain in line and do not pass the car in front of you after your student exits your vehicle. We also ask that you refrain from using your cell phone while in the drop-off line.

Dismissal Changes/Early Dismissal

If you have a change to your student’s regular dismissal method, please submit a note in writing to your student’s teacher and the office. Emailing your student’s teacher and cesattendance@ycsd.york.va.us is the best method. Please notify us of any dismissal changes as early as possible so that we have time to relay the message to your student. If you need to pick your student up early for an appointment, please follow that same procedure. To ensure a safe and orderly dismissal process, students will not be dismissed from the office between 3:15-3:35.

Vehicle Pick-Up (3:25pm-3:45pm)

Afternoon vehicle pick-up will run from 3:25pm-3:45pm. To maintain traffic flow along Owen Davis Blvd., we ask that families do not arrive prior to 3:15pm for vehicle pickup. 

If you are planning to regularly pick your student up from school by vehicle, this form needs to be completed prior to the first day of school. Please list all of your students on one form so that we can provide each student in a family with the same pick-up number. We will provide multiple copies of a numbered pick-up pass for you to hang from your rearview mirror; these passes will be handed out in the pick-up line this week. Please be prepared to show you ID to receive your pass. The number on the pass will match a number on a tag attached to your student’s backpack so that we can safely connect the correct student with the correct vehicle. If the person picking your student up does not have a pass on a given day, that person should be prepared to show photo identification in the line and wait for verification. When you arrive to pick your student up, please follow the attached dismissal traffic pattern and directions of staff in the parking lot. We need to prevent traffic back-ups onto Hampton Highway/134, so please approach the school from the neighborhood side along Owen Davis if possible. Most important, please practice safety and do not use your cell phone while in the pick-up line.

Thank you in advance for your patience this week as students learn their pick-up numbers and the community re-acclimates to our dismissal process.

Walker/Bike Rider Permission Form

If your student will regularly walk or bike home, this form needs to be completed so that we have permission to dismiss your student as a walker or biker.

If you are walking or riding bikes with your student to school, please say your goodbyes at the end of the sidewalk and allow your student to walk up the sidewalk and into the building by him/herself. To ensure a smooth 1st day of school arrival, visitors will not be able to walk students into the building. CES staff will be stationed in all hallways to assists students with finding their classrooms.  If your student arrives after 8:55am and staff are no longer on the sidewalk in front of the building, please park and walk your student to the door.

Be a Good Neighbor

Please refrain from parking on nearby neighborhood streets to avoid the drop off/pickup line. Our drop-off and pick-up process is very efficient with a short wait for those who arrive within the provided arrival/dismissal timeframe. 

We continue to be in communication with the Ferguson Glade HOA regarding safety/property concerns due to families parking in that neighborhood to meet students who are walking home. As indicated by signage posted when turning onto Seekright Drive from Owen Davis Boulevard, Ferguson Glade is private property with private parking, so non-residents should not park there. Thank you in advance for assisting us by not parking on any streets in Ferguson Glade to meet your students who are walkers. This includes Seekright Drive, Grindstone Turn, Ferguson Bend, Tui Place, and White Ridge Lane. We want to provide a safe environment for our students and neighbors and to maintain our positive relationship with the Coventry community. 

Visitors 

We look forward to inviting our CES families to participate in volunteer opportunities, classroom events, and more this school year! Beginning the week of September 5th, families are invited to make a reservation to visit your student for lunch. We ask that you make your reservation at least one day in advance.  Families who are unable to access the reservation link are welcome to call the main office for assistance. 

All visitors who enter the building must sign in at the front office with a driver’s license or state issued ID.

School Safety

Students will participate in the following safety drills this school year. If you are visiting the building during a drill, please follow the directions of CES staff.

  • Bus Evacuation - 1 drill in the first 30 days of each semester (2 total)
  • Earthquake - 1 drill in October - Southeast region of the U.S. (1 total)
  • Fire - 1 drill within the first 10 days, another within the first 20 days, then monthly
  • Lockdown - 2 drills in the first 20 days, and 2 additional drills  during the remainder of the school year (4 total)  *Pre-K , K are exempt from the first two lockdown drills but they will be provided with directions of what to do in the event of a lockdown.
  • Tornado - 1 drill in March – Statewide drill (1 total)

Report It

You can help keep our schools safe by speaking up. Report unsafe behaviors, threats, bullying, and/or harassment by phone (757) 890-5000 or online through the YCSD app or division website.

Annual Forms – Required

As a reminder, all families need to complete various forms at the start of each school year. Please log in to your Rycor account at https://www.studentquickpay.com/yorkcountyschools/ to complete the YCSD Student Handbook Family Acknowledgement Form and the Student/Parent Technology Usage Form. These forms must be completed by Thursday, September 1st. Paper copies of the annual Student Enrollment and Health Forms were provided at Open House. For families who were unable to attend Open House, these forms will come home with your student. These forms will also be due to your student’s teacher by Thursday, September 1st.

Device Distribution

We will distribute YCSD-issued devices during the first week of school to students in grades 3-5 who plan to use a division device. Students are only able to receive a YCSD device after the Student/Parent Technology Usage Form has been completed and any device previously issued has been returned. Students not planning to use a division-issued device may use a personal device. Mobile phones are not recommended.

We look forward to welcoming our CES Cougars back to school tomorrow!

Have a wonderful evening!

Lisa M. Jalomo
Principal