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School-Wide Morning Meetings

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2nd Annual “Play for Preemies”

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It is standing room only in the auditorium at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville. Parents line the back walls, all smiles, as they watch the BME Bobcats enthusiastically chanting the school’s cheer, “Everywhere we go-o! Everywhere we go-o! People want to know-o! People want to know-o!” Next, several students are recognized for their summer reading accomplishments, followed by the Message of the Day—a lesson about the importance of contributing to our community. Then, students surprise their new principal, Dr. Elizabeth Korab, with a robust rendition of Neil Diamond’s tune “Sweet Caroline” … “Dr. Korabbbb, bump, bump, bump. Good times never seem so good. So good! So good! So good!” Finally, everyone rises to their feet to dance and sing the Bobcat Boogie led by the school mascot, “Yes! We are the BurnleyMorannnnnn Bobcats!” ----------School-wide morning meetings like this one are just one way that schools across the city are fostering community and a sense of belonging among their students, staff and families. “These gatherings help us sustain a strong school culture and climate across all grade levels,” says Dr. Korab. By building tradition, school pride, and camaraderie, these meetings can not only set a positive tone for schools but also lead to far-reaching academic and socialemotional benefits for students.

In her book, In Our School: Building Community in Elementary Schools, author Karen Casta, EdD profiles a myriad of schools, both urban and rural, public and private, that credit community building activities such as morning meetings with transforming student performance, boosting school morale, and creating a more caring and respectful environment overall. For these reasons, other Charlottesville City Schools like Clark Elementary and Venable Elementary also hold school-wide meetings once a month. Venable Principal Erin Kershner and Assistant Principal Valeta Paige kicked off their first gathering of the year by performing a skit for the students about their hopes and dreams for their school. “We want our students to view everyone at school as their partner in learning and to be proud to identify as a Venable All-Star,” says Kershner. ----------As the school-wide morning meeting wraps up at Venable Elementary, students listen intently as the skit comes to a close. Kershner reaches in her backpack and pulls out a big heart while delivering her last line, “Most important of all, we want everyone to feel loved and to spread love. I love you, Ms. Paige.” With a big hug, Paige responds, “I love you, too, Ms. Kershner.”

Krissy is the Community Relations Liaison for Charlottesville City Schools. She can be reached at


October 2018

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CLOSINGS 29 Consign, 126 Cedar Grove Road, Ruckersville Carpe Cafe, 969 2nd Street SE La Taza, 407 Monticello Road Qdoba, 1415 University Avenue Timbercreek Market and Back40, 722 Preston Avenue, Suite 103

ANNOUNCEMENTS Heinz ProAV changed its name to Spectrum Integrators. St. Anne’s-Belfield’s Head of School David Lourie is now the president of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools’ Board of Directors. Digital Company, WillowTree Inc. will relocate and expand from its Charlottesville City location to Albemarle County’s former textile factory, Woolen Mills.

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CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM October 2018  

Volume 19 Issue 10

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM October 2018  

Volume 19 Issue 10