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Weather Update†

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, all afternoon and evening activities will continue as scheduled, with the exception of the now rescheduled Food Show. Thank you for your understanding.
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Encore Rotation Schedule
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2/23 Day 3 2/24 Day 4 2/25 Day 5 2/26 Day 6 2/27 Day 6
3/2 NS 3/3 Day 1 3/4 Day 2 3/5 Day 3 3/6 Day 4
3/9 Day 5 3/10 Day 6 3/11 Day 1 3/12 Day 2 3/13 Day 3









Updated Falcon Fridge Facts
Read Across America at Ashland

We will be celebrating Read Across America March 2nd - 6th. †
Below are details of what you should wear on those days.

Monday
March 2nd
Wear Red, White or Black
Tuesday
March 3rd
Wear Your Favorite Hat
Wednesday
March 4th
Dress as Wacky as You Can
Thursday
March 5th
Wear a Tie Day
Friday
March 6th
Wear Red or Blue

Jump Rope for Heart (Extended to March 13th)

February is National Heart Month, and over the next 4 weeks, we will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart.† Most of us know someone who is or has been affected by heart disease.† Our February focus in school and PE will be spent on educating our staff and students on how to take better care of their hearts.†

Our Jump Rope for Heart event will be held February 20th-27th during your child's physical education class.† All students participate regardless of donations.

CLICK HERE to visit Ashland's school page, you can donate directly from this page.

CLICK HERE†and then click on "Register Now" to register your child to be able to accept online donations. †The site will also give you several options and ideas to help collect donations.

CLICK HERE to see the flyer that was set home with your child.

Ashland Heritage Night 2015

Join us on Thursday, March 19 from 6-8 pm†to celebrate all of the unique backgrounds and cultures of our Ashland community.

Showcase†your family's heritage through poster displays, food, art, handicrafts, clothing!†

Complete the†online form†by 3/11†to reserve a table!†
http://goo.gl/forms/UnOhrcFypZ


2015 Summer Art Enrichment Program
"The Artist's Toolbox"
Registration is March 2 - May 1, 2015.†
Students who are presently in 2nd - 8th Grade may register for this program.

The deadline is May 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Click Here for the Flyer
Click Here for the Application Form


2015-16 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is on April 9 & 23, 2015 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm†& 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If you cannot make those dates or times, please call the office in advance to schedule an appointment. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who might have rising kindergarten students.†

Please note that school for the 2015-16 school year begins on August 31, 2015.

There†will be†Registration packets available in the Front Office beginning March 2, please feel free to pick up one any time Monday through Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. If you pick up a packet and fill it out at home then bring it along with the following on one of the registration dates, it will expedite your time with us.

Click here for the required items for the registration packet.
Rising Six Graders Tdap Requirement

The Tdap booster vaccine is required for sixth grade students before the start of school in September 2015. Please give written documentation of this immunization to your school nurse†once your child receives the vaccine. If your child has not received this immunization before the end of school in June, you will need to give the documentation to the middle school staff. Meeting this requirement as soon as possible will help your child have a smooth transition to middle school.


Unfortunately, no sixth grade student will receive their home room assignment until the Middle school has†written verification of the Tdap immunization. These students will be excluded from school in September until immunization requirement is satisfied. Even if your student is only 10 yrs old in September,†they will need to get the†10 yr old vaccine.†

Please contact Mrs. Peoples, our school nurse, if you have any questions.

Ashland Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students)

Thank you to the 150 Dads, Granddads, and Uncles who came to our kick-off meeting to learn more about our new program. Our new goal is to fill every day of school with a Watch DOG!

Register using the form from the office or online using VolunteerSpot†http://vols.pt/qmd4Zi† Review the options listed and choose the spot(s)/day(s) that work for you.†Sign-up is easy and quick! You do not need to register, have an account, or figure out a password.†

Use this link for more information about the Ashland Watch DOGS program.†Thank you for being involved in our school and your child's education. Your child(ren) will remember this for the rest of their lives!


#AshlandSOAR
We would like to introduce our new initiative†#AshlandSOAR! †

We would like everyone that might capture something special involving students, parents or faculty from Ashland Elementary and hashtag
†it on Social Media with†#AshlandSOAR!



Middle School Specialty Programs
Middle School Specialty Program Information

Middle school students in Prince William County are offered the options of remaining at their base school, transferring to a specialty program in World Languages, Mathematics and Science, or enrolling in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or a Traditional School.†

Visit the Middle School Specialty Program Web page†or view more details†about these opportunities or download the Middle School Programs guide below to view more information about middle school specialty programs in Prince William County Public Schools.†


Middle School Programs Opportunities Information Guide for 2015-16

Programa de Oportunidades Para Estudiantes de Escuelas Intermedias

Find Out More


Fifth-grade students and their parents are invited to explore the wealth of†specialty programsavailable to students as middle school options. Two general information sessions in October introduced PWCS specialty programs and offered an overview of the application process.†

Individual schools will offer information sessions for students and their parents to learn more about specific programs.†See the calendar for dates.

The Middle School Special Opportunities Application is now†online.
The†deadline to submit applications†is†February 1, 2015.††
Middle School
Special Opportunities Programs†Application

Family Life Education Program (opt-out process)

The parent letter/opt-out form is part of the PWCS student "Code of Behavior & Forms." Objectives by grade level are posted on the Science and Family Life Education Web page at†science.departments.pwcs.edu/†(choose the Family Life Education button). Parents should visit the site and review the objectives for their child's grade level or course. Parents may exercise opt-out for any of the FLE sensitive content by returning the opt-out form to the appropriate teacher any time during the school year but preferably within the first month of school.

Questions about the FLE program or the opt-out procedure may be directed to Kathy Keesee, administrative coordinator, Science and Family Life Education, at 703.791.7848 or†lanzafk@pwcs.edu. Or you can all our Ashland School Counselors, Mrs. Reese or Mr. Carter, at 703.583.8774 with any questions.


Being Prepared!

The Prince William County Public School Division has established crisis management plans and policies for how all types of potential crises are to be handled. Crisis management is part of the School Division's approach to school safety. It anticipates potential problems and establishes a coordinated response to minimize the stress and disruptions a crisis might bring to bear on the School Division and the community. Each school has emergency and contingency plans in place to respond to different types of events as they occur. Each school has also established a Crisis Response Team (CRT) that is an integral part of the school's emergency management plan. The School Division works closely with local law enforcement agencies to coordinate responses to particular incidents.

Ashland as well as all of the schools in the Division implements and practices safety drills to be prepared at all times for emergencies. We started these drills this week very successfully. Our number one priority is keeping students, staff, and visitors safe at all times.

If you are interested in more information about our crisis procedures, please check out this video prepared by our Risk Management and Security Services.






Military-Connected Family Survey

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) received a DoDEA grant to help military-connected students and their family transition into PWCS and provide specific support to military-connected families. To that end, PWCS recently hired a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) from the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). At this time, the consultant will be working initially with families from Ashland, Henderson, and Pattie Elementary Schools as she develops a military-connected transition program for the entire School Division.

In an effort to serve you better, we are asking you to complete this short survey. Your feedback is important and will be used when determining the type of support and resources that would be most beneficial to your family. Your participation in completing this survey is voluntary but strongly encouraged. All information that you disclose in this survey will be kept confidential within PWCS. Anonymized and summary data will be given to a 3rd party evaluator to ensure we are meeting the grantís goals.

If you have any questions about this survey or the program, please feel free to contact Darlene Friedline at friedld@pwcs.edu , or Carolyn Juba at jubacm@pwcs.edu .

Survey

Please visit our new Military Connected Student Support Webpage

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sincerely,
Carolyn Juba †jubacm@pwcs.edu
Military Student Transition Consultant†
Prince William County Public Schools


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