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Coventry Updates to Families

Emailed on Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Good evening, Coventry families,
I enjoyed seeing so many of you at our Book Fair, Kindergarten Kick-Off, and PTA Spring Fling this week! I would like to thank Karen Christensen and Carrie Dukes for leading our book fair efforts, as well as all of our volunteers who helped students, ran the checkout counter, and set up/broke down the book fair. I would also like to thank Cara Phillips for her leadership with the Spring Fling and the volunteers who made Friday night possible. Have a great week!
Brian R. Fries
Principal
bfries@ycsd.york.va.us

Arrival/Drop Off/Dismissal Reminders
We begin letting students into the building at 8:35am each morning and our school day begins when the bell rings at 8:55am. We've noticed an increase in the number of students arriving shortly after the 8:55am bell recently. If you are dropping your student off and notice our staff who assist with arrival have already gone inside to begin their instructional responsibilities, please park, ring the doorbell, and enter the building to sign your student into the main office. 
As our limitations on visitors and volunteers have recently eased, if you are dropping an item off for your student (lunch, backpack, jacket, etc.), you are welcome to come into the office to give the item directly to a staff member. If you prefer to leave the item in the bin by the front doors, you are welcome to do that instead.
If you are picking up your student early or joining us for an event during the school day, please make sure to have photo identification with you. 

Fifth Grade Promotion Information
Our 5th grade promotion will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, at 1:45pm in the Coventry cafeteria. We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our entire 5th grade class at one time as they conclude their time at Coventry. Each 5th grade student will be provided tickets for 3 guests to attend. The process to request additional tickets will be shared directly with 5th grade families in the coming days. Guests are invited to remain after the promotion ceremony for our 5th grade celebration in the gym and outside (weather-permitting).

SOL Testing Reminder
As shared previously, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students begin SOL testing this week. We are excited for the opportunity for our students to show what they've learned this year. We encourage all students to give their best effort and to remember they are not defined by their scores on these assessments. 3rd-5th grade students need to bring their division-issued devices and charging cables on each of their testing days. Families, please make sure your student is on time to school and do not schedule appointments/early pick-ups for your student on his/her testing days.
Monday, 5/16: 4th Grade Reading
Tuesday, 5/17: 5th Grade Reading
Wednesday, 5/18: 3rd Grade Reading Part 1
Thursday, 5/19: 3rd Grade Reading Part 2
Friday, 5/20: 4th Grade Virginia Studies
Monday, 5/23: 5th Grade Science
Tuesday, 5/24: 4th Grade Math
Wednesday, 5/25: 3rd Grade Math
Thursday, 5/26: 5th Grade Math

Emailed on Sunday, May 8th, 2022

Good evening, Coventry families,
What an amazing week we had at Coventry! Thank you so much to the Coventry PTA and all of our students and families for the appreciation showed to our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week! From coffee to chocolate to flowers to ice cream to thoughtful notes and more, our team definitely felt your appreciation and support.
We were honored to host The Honorable Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Virginia's Secretary of Education, and Mrs. Jillian Balow, Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, at Coventry on Wednesday, along with a number of other dignitaries. All of our guests took the time to let me know how impressed they were with our Coventry students and staff. We had the pleasure of recognizing Mrs. Taylor Goodson as she was named a Milken Educator for her excellence in the classroom. We also had the pleasure of recognizing Ms. Pat Burger this week as a WAVY-10 Excellent Educator for going above and beyond for her students and community.
Thank you again for your support in making great things happen at Coventry!
Brian R. Fries
Principal
bfries@ycsd.york.va.us

Arrival/Drop Off/Dismissal Reminders
We begin letting students into the building at 8:35am each morning and our school day begins when the bell rings at 8:55am. We've noticed an increase in the number of students arriving shortly after the 8:55am bell recently. If you are dropping your student off and notice our staff who assist with arrival have already gone inside to begin their instructional responsibilities, please park, ring the doorbell, and enter the building to sign your student into the main office. 
As our limitations on visitors and volunteers have recently eased, if you are dropping an item off for your student (lunch, backpack, jacket, etc.), you are welcome to come into the office to give the item directly to a staff member. If you prefer to leave the item in the bin by the front doors, you are welcome to do that instead.
If you are picking up your student early, please make sure to have photo identification with you. 

Early Dismissal Reminder
We will dismiss at 1:00pm on Friday, May 13th.

Fifth Grade Promotion Information
Our 5th grade promotion will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, at 1:45pm in the Coventry cafeteria. We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our entire 5th grade class at one time as they conclude their time at Coventry. Each 5th grade student will be provided tickets for 3 guests to attend. The process to request additional tickets will be shared directly with 5th grade families in the coming days. Guests are invited to remain after the promotion ceremony for our 5th grade celebration in the gym and outside (weather-permitting).

Kindergarten Kick-Off
As previously shared by YCSD, our Kindergarten Kick-Off will be held this Thursday, May 12th, from 5:30-6:30pm. We welcome all prospective Kindergarten families to attend, so please share with neighbors and friends whose children will turn 5 on or before September 30th.

Volunteers Needed - CES Book Fair
Our Spring BOGO Book Fair begins this week! Students may shop during their library resource time or after school with their families on Tuesday/Thursday until 7:00pm! We still have volunteer slots available if you would like to help:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094DADAF28A75-coventry1

Emailed on Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Good evening, Coventry families,
Welcome to my favorite week of the year: Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers deserve appreciation, gratitude, and recognition all year long and we are excited to celebrate them a little extra this week. Please see below for suggested ways to recognize our teachers (provided by PTA) and additional updates for this week.
Brian R. Fries
Principal
bfries@ycsd.york.va.us

*Special Guest at Coventry*
On Wednesday, May 4th, we will host Mrs. Jillian Balow, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, at Coventry. We are honored to have been selected for a visit and to welcome Mrs. Balow and a number of other dignitaries to the building for an assembly during Teacher Appreciation Week. We do anticipate a media presence, so please don't be alarmed if you see news vehicles in our parking lot. We are encouraging all students to wear Coventry spirit wear or blue/gold on Wednesday.

Arrival/Drop Off/Dismissal Reminders
We begin letting students into the building at 8:35am each morning and our school day begins when the bell rings at 8:55am. We've noticed an increase in the number of students arriving shortly after the 8:55am bell recently. If you are dropping your student off and notice our staff who assist with arrival have already gone inside to begin their instructional responsibilities, please park, ring the doorbell, and enter the building to sign your student into the main office. 
As our limitations on visitors and volunteers have recently eased, if you are dropping an item off for your student (lunch, backpack, jacket, etc.), you are welcome to come into the office to give the item directly to a staff member. If you prefer to leave the item in the bin by the front doors, you are welcome to do that instead.
If you are picking up your student early, please make sure to have photo identification with you. 

Early Dismissal Reminder
We will dismiss at 1:00pm on Friday, May 13th.

Fifth Grade Promotion Information
Our 5th grade promotion will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, at 1:45pm in the Coventry cafeteria. We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our entire 5th grade class at one time as they conclude their time at Coventry. Additional information about the number of tickets per student and the celebration which will immediately follow promotion will be shared in next week's email.

Spring Dance
The Groovin' Into Summer Spring Dance hosted by PTA will be held on Friday, May 13th. The dance does have a limited capacity, so please use the QR code on the flyer sent home by PTA last week to register soon!

Teacher Appreciation Calendar
Sunday, 5/1: Meet at Coventry to chalk the sidewalk from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Monday, 5/2: Hats off to our teachers! Students wear their favorite hat to school
Tuesday, 5/3: It's such a treat to have you as a teacher! Bring in your teacher's favorite treat
Wednesday, 5/4: Write your teacher a "thank you" note of words of encouragement
Thursday, 5/5: Bring in your teacher flowers of all kinds (stem, potted, homemade, or drawn)
Friday, 5/6: Fun Friday! Wear a shirt in your teacher's favorite color, sports team, or character

Volunteers Needed - CES Book Fair
Our Spring BOGO Book Fair is coming to Coventry May 9th-13th! Students may shop during their library resource time or after school with their families on Tuesday/Thursday until 7:00pm! Please sign-up to help make the Book Fair a success.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094DADAF28A75-coventry1

Yearbooks
We still have a few yearbooks available for purchase. If you did not order a yearbook already and would like to purchase one, please visit https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09896184

Emailed on Sunday, April 17th, 2022

Good evening, Coventry families,
Our Afterschool Art Show will be held from 4:00-5:00pm each day this week! Mrs. Villasenor and our students have worked hard to create, select, and curate this event and we look forward to welcoming you. We also have our Cougar Dash 5K Expo/Packet Pick-Up from 5:00-8:00 on Friday; we will have demonstrations from World Martial Arts, bounce houses/inflatables, and a food truck. Our 1-Mile Fun Run and Cougar Dash 5K are Saturday morning. We would love for you to walk/run with us or cheer us on as we move through the neighborhood. We'll have food trucks and bounce houses/inflatables to enjoy after the race, so please stop by!
Brian R. Fries
Principal

Afterschool Art Show
The CES Afterschool Art Show will be held April 18-22, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm! Please join us in our school-wide celebration of artistic expression and creativity! Each grade level has a day for visitors to come and view student artwork. If your family has students in multiple grades, you may choose one day to visit. If the designated day for your student's grade level is not convenient for your family, feel free to visit a different day that week. Maps will be located at the main entrance and will guide you to the displays.
Monday, 4/18: 4th grade
Tuesday, 4/19: 5th grade (PTA meeting night)
Wednesday, 4/20: Kindergarten, 3rd grade
Thursday, 4/21: 1st grade
Friday, 4/22: 2nd grade

Career Day
We are excited to be hosting our 2022 Coventry Career Day on Tuesday, May 10th! This year’s career day will focus on providing all K-5 students with an opportunity to learn about diverse careers from 17 different career clusters.
Presenters
The day is setup so that classes from designated grade levels will visit presenters in 10-minute rotations both in the morning and afternoon. We are asking that presenters commit to either the morning (approximately 9:00-11:00AM) or the afternoon (approximately 1:15-3:30). Depending on the number of interested presenters, we may have some slots available for those who wish to present all day.
In order to successfully represent multiple career clusters, we are asking that any parent interested in presenting, complete the Presenter Application Form. We will be reviewing the forms and reaching out to those interested in presenting with additional information regarding our career day plans.  Unfortunately, in an effort to provide diversity of careers and representation of all clusters we will not be able to guarantee a presenter slot for everyone who is interested.
Please feel free to visit this link to learn more information about Career Clusters.
Volunteers
We are also looking for volunteers interested in assisting our presenters throughout the day, setting up and cleaning up our luncheon, and various other career day tasks. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up using this link: Volunteer Form
Please reach out to school counselors, Kristina Wallace (kwallace@ycsd.york.va.us) and Aliki Vidakis (avidakis@ycsd.york.va.us) with any questions.  We are excited to work with you and make 2022 Coventry Career Day an incredible learning experience for our students!

Month of the Military Child Spirit Week
Please see the attached newsletter for information about activities and events that are taking place in honor of our military families and students. As a part of our Month of the Military Child celebrations, we encourage CES students and staff to participate in our spirit days listed below.
Monday, April 18th: Navy and Air Force – Blue! Wear blue to honor those who serve in the Navy and Air Force.
Tuesday, April 19th: Marine – Red and Gold! Wear red and gold to honor those who serve in the Marines.
Wednesday, April 20th: Purple Up Day! Wear purple! Purple is the combination of all military branch colors.
Thursday, April 21st: Army - Green! Wear green to honor those who serve in the Army.
Friday, April 22nd: Coast Guard - Red, White and Blue! Wear red, white, and blue to honor those that serve in the Coast Guard.

PTA Corner
It's not too late to register for this Saturday's 1-Mile Fun Run or Cougar Dash 5K! Register today at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Yorktown/cougardash5k

Attachments:
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Emailed on Sunday, February 20th, 2022

Good evening, Coventry families,
Please read below for important updates and reminders.
Brian R. Fries
Principal

*Mitigation Strategies - Update*
As shared by the division last Monday, students will have the option to remove masks while inside YCSD school buildings and offices beginning Tuesday, February 22nd. It is important to note that students will still be required to wear masks while on school buses in accordance with federal orders. Until further notice, visitors and volunteers will also be required to wear masks while inside YCSD facilities. Students and staff should still report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 and follow isolation guidelines. Additionally, all students and staff should continue daily health screenings and stay home when sick to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

5th Grade Information
If your student is attending Tabb Middle School next year, you may review the information shared during the Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Night here. We have not received any information from Grafton Middle School at this time.

Calendar Reminders
-Monday, February 21st: Schools and Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
-Friday, March 11th: Early Dismissal at 1:00pm

COVID-19 Information
The division’s COVID-19 Dashboard continues to be updated daily to reflect the members of the Coventry school community who have entered isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19. For the latest data for our school, please refer to the Dashboard. Additionally, staff members have notified all individuals who were identified as close contacts, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health. If you have not been contacted personally, your children were not considered close contacts. Information regarding contact tracing and quarantine requirements is available in the division’s Safe Return Plan.

Read Across America Week - February 28th-March 4th 
Please see the attached flyer for information about spirit days for Read Across America Week (February 28th-March 4th), as well as additional activities as we celebrate Read Across America at Coventry.

Emailed to families on November 28, 2021

Good evening, Coventry families,
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Break with family and friends. It's hard to believe that December will be here this week and that we only have 15 school days left in 2021! Please read below for a few brief updates.
Brian R. Fries
Principal

Attendance
Please continue to email your student's teacher and cesattendance@ycsd.york.va.us with notes when your student is absent. 

Calendar Reminder
As previously shared by the division, Monday, December 6th, is now an early dismissal day at 1:00pm. Students still have lunch at school on early dismissal days.

COVID-19 Information
We received notice that 1 member of the Coventry community tested positive for COVID-19 over the last week. This information is updated daily on the division’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Staff members have notified all individuals who were identified as close contacts, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health, to follow quarantine protocols. If you have not been contacted personally, your children were not considered close contacts. Information regarding contact tracing and quarantine requirements is available in the division’s Safe Return Plan. All families are asked to continue conducting the Daily Health Screening each morning and to keep children home when they are sick, until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If you have questions regarding the division’s COVID-19 response plans, please contact me at bfries@ycsd.york.va.us or Nurse Stewart at mstewart@ycsd.york.va.us

As a reminder and as shared on the dashboard, all data reported in the YCSD COVID-19 Dashboard is based on the date the division receives notification of a confirmed case or a staff/student entering quarantine due to community exposure. (e.g. an individual receives diagnosis on Friday (9/3/2021) but reports the diagnosis to the division on Monday (9/6/2021), the dashboard is updated Monday with the new case but the date of the active case is reflected on Friday's date).

Emailed to families on October 31, 2021

Good evening, Coventry families,
As October and the 1st quarter of the school year draw to a close, please read below for several important reminders and updates.
Brian R. Fries
Principal

Boosterthon
The PTA Boosterthon experience began on Thursday with our kick-off pep rallies in each grade level and culminates with our outdoor fun run on Friday, November 5th. Funds raised from Boosterthon support students, staff, and PTA programs throughout the school year and we have a special goal this year of purchasing a book vending machine for use by students. 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. 

Bus Stop Arrival
As stated in the YCSD Student Handbook, students should arrive at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the designated pick up time. This helps our drivers pick up early if they need to go back out to pick up another run. Additionally, students should remain at the bus stop 15 minutes beyond the designated pick up time in the event that a bus is running late.

Calendar Reminders
-Tuesday, November 2nd, is a student holiday/teacher workday.
-Thursday, November 11th, is a student holiday/teacher workday. This is a change which was communicated by the division on Wednesday, 10/27.
-Monday, December 6th, is an early release day at 1:00pm. This is a change which was communicated by the division on Wednesday, 10/27.

Report Cards
Report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, November 10th. Please make sure to sign the report card envelope and return it to school with your student on Friday, November 12th.

 

Emailed to families on October 10, 2021

Good evening, Coventry families,
This is an exciting week at Coventry as our book fair begins! Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during their regularly-scheduled library classes. Please review the PTA Corner below for additional book fair information.
Brian R. Fries
Principal


Bullying Prevention Month Activities
The attached Bullying Prevention Month flyer was sent home with students last week. Please note the spirit week activities that begin next Monday (October 18th).
COVID-19 Information

We received notice that 6 members of the Coventry community tested positive for COVID-19 over the last week. This information is updated daily on the division’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Staff members have notified all individuals who were identified as close contacts, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health, to follow quarantine protocols. If you have not been contacted personally, your children were not considered close contacts. Information regarding contact tracing and quarantine requirements is available in the division’s Safe Return Plan. All families are asked to continue conducting the Daily Health Screening each morning and to keep children home when they are sick, until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If you have questions regarding the division’s COVID-19 response plans, please contact me at bfries@ycsd.york.va.us or Nurse Stewart at mstewart@ycsd.york.va.us
As a reminder and as shared on the dashboard, all data reported in the YCSD COVID-19 Dashboard is based on the date the division receives notification of a confirmed case or a staff/student entering quarantine due to community exposure. (e.g. an individual receives diagnosis on Friday (9/3/2021) but reports the diagnosis to the division on Monday (9/6/2021), the dashboard is updated Monday with the new case but the date of the active case is reflected on Friday's date).

Interim Reports
Interim reports for students in 2nd-5th grades were posted to Aspen on Thursday, October 7th. The focus of the initial weeks of first quarter has been on transitioning students back to in-person instruction and assessing areas of unfinished learning. In some cases, a student’s interim report may include a letter “V” which indicates that progress is still being monitored in this area. More information about students’ academic performance will be provided during parent/teacher conferences and on the first quarter report card.

PTA Corner
The book fair is here! You can shop the Book Fair online HERE!
Book Fair Dates/Hours, October 11th-15th - M/W/Th: 8:30a-3:30p, Tuesday: 8:30a-7:00p, Friday: 8:30a-3:00p *Students ONLY can shop the Book Fair during school hours. Tuesday's extended hours will allow families to shop with their students after school. Keep in mind that there will be a limit of individuals allowed in the library at one time to maintain social distancing.

Volunteering at the Book Fair: To volunteer, click HERE! Don't miss out! There are still a couple spots open to volunteer!
Book Fair Forms of Payment: Cash (bring in sealed envelope or bag with student and teacher's name) or checks (payable to Coventry Elementary School) or E-Wallet (create here)
Donating Books to Teachers: Students may pick a book of their choice for their teacher OR check out their teacher's Wish List located in the library.

Special Education Advisory Council
The division's Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, October 19th. Please view the picture below for more information about SEAC.SEAC

Emailed to families March 29, 2020

Good evening, Coventry families,

I hope that everyone is safe and healthy during this challenging time. I appreciate your patience, adaptability, and support as we navigate through this unprecedented situation. The emails I've received in the last 2 weeks describing the level of care and service provided by our staff have warmed my heart. Please know that our entire Coventry staff is committed to fully serving our students and community during this time. As Dr. Shandor shared last week, the school year is not over even though school buildings are closed. If you need assistance of any kind, please reach out to your student's teacher or to me so that we can link your family up with the appropriate resources.

Your student's teacher will communicate opportunities and methods for students to improve their 3rd quarter grades by the end of the day tomorrow (Monday, March 30th). These opportunities are being provided to all students, but students are not required to take advantage of them.

Families, if you have not yet activated your Aspen portal accounts, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you need assistance, please email tpatrick@ycsd.york.va.us so that your account information can be provided. Additionally, your student's teacher should have sent information about joining Remind. This is a division-supported communication platform that will be extremely important moving forward. Please make sure to activate your Aspen and Remind accounts as soon as possible.

Yearbooks are still available for purchase. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, visit www.candidcolor.net and select Yearbooks. Enter your access code (covYBK20) and click the yearbook sample. Fill out your student’s information and add the yearbook to your order. Click your shopping cart to verify your order. Proceed to the checkout and pay by credit card. The new deadline date for purchase is April 16, 2020.

Finally, we are holding a virtual spirit week this week to lead up to Spring Break. If you choose to participate and wish to share, please post your pictures on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CoventryYCSD/) or share using the hashtag #PAWSitiveCougars on Twitter.

Again, we are here to support our families in whatever way possible. Please stay safe and healthy! We love you!

Brian R. Fries Principal

Emailed to families during the week of September 30th - October 4th

Good evening, Coventry families,

This is Mr. Fries with several reminders about upcoming events at Coventry.

We are asking all students and staff to wear blue tomorrow to support the World Day of Bullying Prevention. Additional bullying prevention activities are planned throughout the month of October.

Federal Impact Aid Survey cards will be distributed to students on Thursday, October 10th. Please make sure you complete and return the card for your student(s) as soon as possible.

All PTA Reflections entries must be submitted by Friday, October 11th, to be judged. Entry forms for this year's theme of "Look Within" can be found in the main office.

Please mark your calendars for the Scholastic Book Fair from October 14th through 18th. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their library resource time, as well as at other times throughout that week with teacher permission. The Book Fair will be open at 8:40am each day and will be open until 4pm on Monday, 8pm on Tuesday, 4pm on Wednesday, 6pm on Thursday, and 3pm on Friday.

Picture Day will be held on Tuesday, October 15th. Please refer to the flyer your student will be bringing home for additional information.

Finally, we are excited to hold our first PBIS incentive event this Friday as a reward for all of our students who have consistently demonstrated "PAWSitive" behavior this school year. Thank you for your continued support and for encouraging your students to follow our "PAWSitive" behavior expectations:
Practice Safety
Act Responsibly
Work Hard
Show Respect

Emailed to families on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Good evening, Coventry families!
This is Mr. Fries with a few important updates and reminders about upcoming events.

We are so excited to welcome our students and their families to our Back to School Nights this week. Back to School Night for students in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades will be held on Tuesday, September 24th, from 6:00-7:30pm. A PTA general membership meeting will be held at 6:00pm in the cafeteria, during which the budget vote will be held. An information session about the new Kindergarten standards-based report card will be held for families of Kindergarten students in the cafeteria immediately following the PTA meeting. Back to School Night for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be held on Thursday, September 26th, from 6:00-7:30pm.

By last Friday, all parent pick-up students should have received their numbers and an informational letter from Mrs. Horton. If your student is a parent pick-up at dismissal and has not yet received a number, please contact Mrs. Horton for more information.

Grafton High School is hosting a Rising Clipper Night at their football game this Friday, September 27th, at 7:00pm at Bailey Field. Tickets for students who wear school spirit wear are $3 and all adult tickets at $7. Please join us for a fun night of football as Grafton takes on York.

The PTA bi-weekly communication is below the signature line in this email. Please read for important information from our outstanding Coventry PTA!

Thank you for your continued support as we teach our Cougars to show "PAWSitive" behavior by following these 4 expectations:
Practice Safety
Act Responsibly
Work Hard
Show Respect

Brian Fries
Principal
Coventry Elementary School

 

Note: Please check in the Headlines section for the PTA Bi-weekly posts.