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Jennifer Rueckert, Principal Andrew Heironimus, Assistant Principal

Message From The Principal Dear Families~ Many thanks to everyone who supported our PTA and enjoyed a LOT of fun at our Harvest Fest last month. From the haunted pod to the chilly hayrides, the children enjoyed all the sights and sounds of the season of fall. The night was a HUGE success! Thank you to the PTA and the volunteers who were an integral part of putting it all together. You make Catoctin a special place. Thank you to everyone who supported the PTA’s Believe fundraising efforts. Your items will be available for pick up on November 14th. More information will be forthcoming. With your continued support, we hope to fund tablets for our outstanding educators for use in the classrooms. Our annual Veteran’s Day Salute will be held on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. in our gymnasium. Please make sure to arrive in sufficient time to secure parking, sign in, and make your way down to the gymnasium. Our students have been working with Ms. Bennett and Mrs. Olejer to make this a memorable morning for our special visitors. Did you miss picture day in September? No worries! Fall picture make up day is Friday, November 15th!

11/4-11/5: Student Holiday/Teacher Workdays 11/6: Monday Schedules for specials; Fire Up For Reading Kick Off 11/11: Veterans Day Program 9:00am 11/12: PTA Business Mtg, 3:30 p.m. 11/13: Report Card Day 11/13: Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) 7pm - 9pm Admin Bldg 11/15: Fall Picture Make Up Day 11/19: Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) 7pm - 9pm Admin Bldg 11/20: Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee 7pm - 9pm Admin Bldg 11/22: Spirit Day

November 18-22 is American Education Week. Your child’s teacher will be communicating classroom activities for this week in the grade level November classroom newsletters. Be on the look out for that information.

11/26: 5th Gr. Fall Party, 1:30p; Fire Up With Reading Parade, 1:30p

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving break is November 27-29. Enjoy the time off with your family and friends!

12/1: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Internet Safety Program at Tuscarora High School, 7p

See you in November~ Mrs. Rueckert SAVE THE DATES: If you have a student in grades 3, 4, 5, please mark your calendars for the SOL testing this year. The 5 th grade Writing SOL will occur during the weeks of March 17-28. Classroom teachers will determine specific dates as scheduling for March gets closer. SOL testing for grades 3-5 in all non-writing subjects will occur between May 12 through June 9 th. Please schedule appointments outside of these testing windows.

11/27-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday

12/3:Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office /DEA Drug Awareness Safety Program at Tuscarora High School, 7p 12/6, 9-10: Scholastic Book Fair 12/10: 4th & 5th Grade Choral Concert, 6p

Catoctin Courier Fitness Matters Mr. Shepard Mr. Harris We are extremely excited to be having another great year in Physical Education. We are ending our first quarter and covered a lot of great things with your wonderful students. This month we will be covering five components of fitness, basketball, and heart health. We also are incorporating muscles. Once again, we are very excited and enthused about Physical Education. I feel humbled and honored to have the job I have. I love working with the students. I hope that they will bring some of the activities and knowledge of healthy practices home with them. If you have any questions/concerns or are interested in helping out at Field Day feel free to call or email. As always, thank you for all of your support, time, and effort. It is always appreciated! Will Shepard Physical Education Teacher Catoctin Cardinals

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Power UP groups are UP and running smoothly. You will find every student at Catoctin reading and a group of students from 1st & 2nd grade working on math facts from 8 – 8:30am every morning. It’s a beautiful sight!! The next Universal Screening is scheduled for January 13th and 14th. Keep up the great work everyone!!

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Daphne Holt – Newsletter Article, Nov. 2013 Book of the Month My name is Daphne Holt. I am seven years old, and I am in Mrs. Kilfeather’s second grade class. I love reading! This month, I read a book called Ivy and Bean: No News is Good News. It was about these two best friends named Ivy and Bean. They are in second grade, too! They live on Pancake Court. They wanted money to buy low-fat Belladoon cheese so they could get the wax off and play with it. They decided to make a newspaper to sell to their neighbors. It was called “The Fliping Pancake.” It was supposed to be called “The Flipping Pancake,” but Bean forgot the other “p.” I won’t tell you what happens because I want you to read it yourself! That story gave me the idea to make a school newspaper, so stay tuned! You never know!

S! We are pleased to announce that we will be running the Original Works Program this fall at Catoctin. In business since 1989, Original Works is the #1 art based fundraising company in the country, and currently works with thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of students each year. Through the Original Works program, each child will have the opportunity to have their very own artwork reproduced onto a variety of high quality products. The products range from magnets, mugs and mouse pads, to ceramic tiles, tshirts, note cards and nearly two dozen other products. Each child is eligible to participate in this wonderful program. Once the artwork is created, parents and children will have the opportunity to select which product or products they would like to feature their artwork. The program is designed to encourage creativity and student self-esteem. The resulting products make unique gifts that are practical for any season or occasion. Complete details on the program will be sent home shortly. Proceeds from the program will be used to supplement the Veteran’s day program and additional supplies for the art department. For more information on Original Works please visit their website at On another topic, the art room would really love to receive some empty and clean condiment bottles, the kind that are upside down. I want to use them to distribute paint.

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Welcome to fall at the Library at Catoctin Elementary! We hope you’ve had a wonderful beginning of school and have read some great books together. During October, we have emphasized taking good care of books, how to turn pages efficiently and safely for the good of the book, and choosing “just right” books for all reading levels. This “Weekly Library Schedule” can be used by families to recognize when children should pack their library books in their book bags to bring back to school. Look for your teacher’s name for their library days.

MONDAY Mrs. Grimm Mrs. Root Ms. Strohl Mrs. Bolden Ms. K. Smith Mrs. Knapp



Mrs. Powell

Ms. Gordon

Mrs. Stratuik

Mrs. Knight

Mrs. A. Smith

Mrs. DiGello

Mrs. Malayil

Mrs. Fleming

Mrs. Welsh

Ms. Hicks

Mrs. Rao



Mrs. Lara----AM and PM Mrs. Repola --AM and PM Mrs. Creech

Mrs. Kilfeath er Mrs. Hawkins Mrs. Fausset Mrs. Middleto n Ms. Hubbard Mrs. Moser

Other library information can be found on the library page of Catoctin’s webpage. Click on Library and find the topics on the left side. There is also a link for e-mailing me with any questions or great ideas. Check out “Get Fired Up With Reading!” Here is a rundown of the upcoming programs at the public library in November. I want to highlight some upcoming programs that may be of particular interest to parents because they correspond with SOL and curriculum topics: Mother Goose Math: It's Turkey Time corresponds with the Kindergarten and 1st grade SOL Math curriculum for telling time. Go! Go! Green!: Water, Water, Everywhere corresponds with the 2nd and 3rd grade SOL Science curriculum for the water cycle and water conservation. We have book clubs for all grades, storytelling programs, and a Paws to Read service dog reading pro gram--all designed to help students exercise their reading and reading compre hension skills and develop a love of reading.

Catoctin Courier Grades K-2 Spectacular Science Show presented by Dr Kaboom Sunday, November 3 @ 2:00 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. Return to Narnia performed by the Hampstead Stage Company Tuesday, November 5 @ 3:30 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. Folk-Tails: Animal Stories from Around the World Wednesday, November 6 @ 4:00 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. My First Book Club discusses Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree Tuesday, November 12 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Mothergoose Math: It’s Turkey Time! Thursday, November 14@ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Family Book Club: Native American Heritage Month—Native American authors & a scavenger hunt Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Drop-in) Whole families welcome. No registration required. Social Studies and Me: The Choctaw Nation Tuesday, November 19 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Paws to Read—read to service dogs Sunday, November 24 @ 2:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Me & My World: Flying High in the Sky—Aviation Week Tuesday, November 26 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register.

Grades 3-5 Spectacular Science Show presented by Dr Kaboom Sunday, November 3 @ 2:00 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. Art ‘N’ Books Art Class with Birds of a Feather School Monday, November 5 @ 3:30 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Return to Narnia performed by the Hampstead Stage Company Tuesday, November 5 @ 3:30 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. Folk-Tails: Animal Stories from Around the World Wednesday, November 6 @ 4:00 p.m. Whole families welcome. No registration required. Before Twilight—Vampire stories Thursday, November 7 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register.


Catoctin Courier “It’s Out of this World” Science Fiction Book Club discusses The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost Wednesday, November 13@ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Family Book Club: Native American Heritage Month—Native American authors & a scavenger hunt Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Drop-in) Whole families welcome. No registration required. Social Studies and Me: The Choctaw Nation Tuesday, November 19 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Picturing America: George Catlin Wednesday, November 20 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Go! Go! Green!: Water, Water, Everywhere Thursday, November 21 @ 4:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. Paws to Read—read to service dogs Sunday, November 24 @ 2:00 p.m. Call 703-771-5624 to register. I encourage you to attend any or all of these events at the public library with your children and enjoy some good books together during the month of November. Come and visit the library at Catoctin anytime!! Have a great November and a fun-filled Thanksgiving, Mrs. Robertson

MUSIC—worthy News From Ms. Olejer

Welcome to the music room! The Standards of Learning for music education are varied and great. Our students work on accomplishing these standards throughout the year through many activities. This month, we are all working on our Veterans Day songs. We will be having a Veterans Day program on November 11, 2013 at 9 am in the gym. All Veterans are invited to attend. Hope to see you there! Our composer of the month for November is the popular band, Queen. All students will be learning about their music in music class. 1 st grade is continuing to read rhythmic notation. 2nd grade is continuing their exploration of musical opposites. 3rd grade is learning about the strings family and then the differences between the ensembles, band, chorus and orchestra. 4th grade is learning the notes of the treble clef. 5th grade is reviewing notes on the treble clef. All grade levels will continue to learn about notes and rhythms, which they practice every day.

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Verbal Talent in Children Verbal talent may be described in general terms as an adeptness with language. More specifically, it involves a child’s precocity, intensity, and complexity with regard to reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Verbally talented children: Read well. They read avidly and at more advanced levels than their age peers. Have advanced vocabularies. Verbally talented children have a prowess with words that is often clearly evident in their writing and oral language. Write well. This is often a reflection of their reading experiences. Verbally talented children may write for pleasure, branching into areas of writing not typical of their age peers such as poetry, drama, reviews, and journals. The behaviors exhibited by verbally talented children reflect passion, depth, and breadth. They choose to read and write for pleasure, and the outcomes are noticeably more sophisticated than those of others. Listed below are a few ways parents can help children develop their verbal abilities at home. Read aloud to them even after they are capable of independent reading. Listening to stories and poems that are read aloud helps children develop vocabulary, a sense of the structure and rhythm of language, and a storehouse of literary experiences from which they can draw. Create a family environment and time for reading. Children who grow up in homes where the adults are readers are likely to develop that habit. Adults should serve as models for the enjoyment of books. Introduce them to the magic of the public library as soon as they are old enough. Have a collection of books and audio books available in places like the car so that they always have access to them. Encourage them to broaden their reading selections. Children who are in a rut reading a particular series of books may be persuaded to read more challenging books in a related genre. Additionally, children who read and reread their favorite books rather than moving onto other literature may be nudged to expand their literary horizons. Parents of children who are verbally talented may want to look into supplementary reading and writing opportunities in their community. Often, libraries, bookstores, colleges, and universities offer programs and services that may be of interest to verbally talented children. Such prospects might include summer or Saturday classes at a local college for children interested in creative writing, journalism, science fiction, fantasy literature, or a foreign language. Families of verbally talented children may also want to consider establishing their own reading and writing groups for those with similar abilities and interests. Adapted from: “Understanding Verbal Talent – An Interview with Penny Kolloff, Ph.D.” Talent. Northwestern University, Spring 2005. as reprinted at talentS05.pdf

Catoctin Courier Counselor’s Corner — Mr. Lotz Bullying Prevention Program: “Stop, Walk, Talk” In November, Mr. Lotz will be reviewing Catoctin’s bullying prevention program with all students in Grades K-5. Students will learn how to identify bullying behavior and appropriate ways to handle bullying. Our 3 step bullying prevention program is called “Stop, Walk, Talk.”


Students are taught that if they experience or observe bullying behavior they should tell the perpetrator to “stop.” Sometimes, even when students tell others to “stop,” problem behavior continues. When this happens, students are to “walk” away from the problem behavior. Even when students say “stop” and then “walk” away from the problem, others will sometimes continue to behave inappropriately toward them. When that happens, students should “talk” to a trusted adult. Each student is asked to identify a teacher or staff member who they will “talk” with about bullying. If your student reports bullying to you or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Lotz at 571-252-2940 or

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Students must be in their classrooms by 7:50 ready to learn. Otherwise, they will be marked “tardy.� Excessive tardies will be referred to the Attendance Officer.

Catoctin Courier PBIS Cardinals of the Week Every student at Catoctin is expected to be Respectful, Responsible and Ready at all times. When teachers notice students demonstrating the 3 R’s, they may reward that student with a red Cardinal Cash ticket! Every week, one student per class who has earned a Cardinal Cash ticket is selected to be the Cardinal of the Week! Cardinals of the Week are recognized during the morning announcements, receive a certificate & wristband, and have their names added to the PBIS display located between Pods 2 & 3. Congratulations to all of the students who have been selected so far this year! Kindergarten Alea Mercorelli Anna Buer Audrey Szebalskie Campbell Sheetz Cassie Custidero Cayven Wilson Cyrus Penny Dylan Johnson Dylan Wright Elaine Buer Evan Spunar Evelyn Schenck Gavin Hughes Hudson Longendyke Isabella Russell Jane Garvey Javier Perez-Jacobs Jazmin Cotzajay Jordyn Meade Joseph Alayachew Justin Castillo Martinez

Kylie Walsh Layla Wright Lily Carlson Maryam Ganjriz Omar Mejia Patrick Scott Randall Thompson Samantha Carr Samantha Porter Sean Morrison Sophia Stewart Xaelynne Scott First Grade Alyce Snead Braden Jones Brianna Carey Carrie Fuchs Chris Serrano Edgar Romero Ella Molloy Emma Chou

Gavin Boyd Hayley Butcher Jake Porr Jane Fox Katherine Contreras Kenzie Wright Kylee Pett Lauren Cleveland Lila Mitchell Lucero Phillips Matty VanWeezondonk Michael Caldon Natalie Schoch Nicole Martinez Oliviana Villegas-Johnston Owen Wikel Sadie Stevens Simon Sheppard Will Hancock Zackary Kaylor

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Second Grade Abby Rivas Alex Ramirez Anne Cassidy Brandon Cole Caleb McKernan Charlotte Mankin Chloe Beal Christopher Tilghman Daivon Smith Damian Riley Daniel Robinson Daphne Holt Devin Escobar Diarush Zahiri Emily Cook Emma Lambert Erin Fensterwald Ershat Erkin Issac McIntosh Joseph Santos Kaylie Garcia Kira Schneider Lotem Ben Noon Mariana Gonzalez Nathan Bachand Olivia Ramey Rosa Ramirez Ruthie Dickersheid Sam Frye Sean Csimidia Sienna Longendyke Sofia Alzate Tate Drupa Walker Hogsett

Third Grade Alex VanWeezendonk Alexis Shugars Allister Costello Andrew Nau Aurora Neumiller Carol Carney Daniel Basil-Barker Eli Rethy Eliza Trask Evalynn Bogusz Hadley Graves Hugh McCaulay Ian Campbell Jacob Luzier Jada Venson Jillian Zephal Josh Buchanan Julia Morris Kevin Martell Landon Rahim Mason Noufal McKenna Fox Melissa Green Michael Rivera Natalia Rodriguez-Gonzalez Nate Pearsall Owen Szebalskie Randy White Fourth Grade Alec Baly Alice Towil Andrea Watson Andrew Titus Cara Martino

Caylynn Smith Dennis Perez Yanes J.D. Putt Jenny Allen Joey Granata Jonathan Huff Logan Graves Madison Dixon Max Sullivan Michael Fink Miriam Cowan Quinn Griffin Sarah Moshrefi Steve Bukowinksi Fifth Grade Abby Costello Bailey Crutcher Brandon Pichney Brian Villeda Christine Mayo Darren Green Dominick Federico Emma Fox Hailey Dunne Isabella Albert Jackson Chinn Jaxon Fox John Pearsall Klil Ben Noon Kylie Carr Kylie Schnell Linh Luu Mia Sheppard Sailor Mohrman Will Schwarting

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Loudoun County Public Schools Parent Resource Center November 2013 Event Schedule *Unless otherwise indicated, events are held at the LCPS Administrative Building 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, 20148 Events will be cancelled when schools are closed or after school activities cancelled. Autism Series: Promoting Positive Mealtimes Topics include common causes, sensory issues, and behavior strategies. Thursday, November 7 from 9-11 am (morning) Social Media and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum or with a Developmental Disability Topics include how technology impacts social and emotional development, dangers of the internet and social media, cyber bullying, and video gaming. Thursday November 7 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Brunch Bunch at Paxton Campus An opportunity for us to get together, discover resources and answer questions. We will have the coffee ready, bring your own treats. No registration necessary. Wed, Nov 13 from 10-11:30 am *Note Location: Paxton Campus, Ally Advocacy Center Bldg. at 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, 20176

Call 571-252-2185 to register or go to The workshop titles are linked to the event flyers and registration If due to a disability, you need assistance or an interpreter,

call 571-252-2185 7 days before an event.

Catoctin november 2013 newsletter  
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