The Barrett Buzz: News from Charles Barrett Elementary School
Principal's News...
January Greetings! 
Happy New Year!  It was so wonderful to see all of our students last week!  Students have been doing a wonderful job of getting back into their school routines. Over winter break our auditorium received a makeover!  We have new carpet and chairs from the Patrick Henry swing space.  Additionally, last Friday we also received five stationary bicycles for student use. Students will learn how to use these stationary bicycles during PE and be able to use them throughout the day for movement breaks as needed.   We are so excited about all of these changes at Barrett!
Kellie Conlan, Ed. D.

Nominations for Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year
Congratulations to Ms. Waters and Ms. Thompson!  This school year Charles Barrett has nominated Ms. Stephenie Waters for Teacher of the Year and Ms. Kellye Thompson for Support Staff of the Year.  We have already received letters of recommendation for each nominee.  If you would like to write a letter of recommendation for either candidate, please send your letter to Ms. Ahern by noon on Wednesday, January 15th.      

Geography Bee
We are so excited for the Charles Barrett Geography Bee tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  4th and 5th grade finalists will be competing.  The winner will take a test to see if he/she will be going to the state level!  
Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Exhibition
When:  1/20/20 at 1:00 pm
Where:  City Hall
We are so proud of the thirteen fifth grade students at Charles Barrett who will have posters on display.  We hope to see you there! 
Safety is important to us!  During the month of January we will have a fire drill, secure the building drill, and bus evacuation drill.
Family Math Night
The Curriculum and Instruction Department is excited to announce the first ever ACPS Division-Wide K-12 Family Math Night. This is a terrific opportunity for ACPS families to see and experience the progression of math instruction from kindergarten to 12th grade. 
Date: Thurs., February 27, 2020 Time: 5:30 P.M. (starting with pizza!) to 7:30 P.M. Location: T.C. Williams High School (in the cafeteria) Register to volunteer: .  Fliers for family communication will be provided to schools for dissemination in January. 
Contact: Julia Neufer, STEM Coordinator and Elementary Math Instructional Specialist, 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/20/20:  No School
Thank you to all who volunteered for the Holiday Shop, but especially our committee chairs Paige Gilgan and Robyn Komar.  Lots of crafting, creativeness and fun happened that morning.
Get connected with PowerSchool, MemberHub, and ACPS Notices. Bring your phone and join us for a hands-on workshop.  We will have Spanish-English translators and technology integration specialists on hand to walk you through the set-up for each app.  Wednesday 1/22 at 7pm in the library.
Thank you to all who participated in the two focus group meetings.  Your comments will be incorporated into the job description.  Later this month, central office will begin screening applications and cull them down to 5-7 candidates via Skype interviews.  An outside consultant will perform background, credit and reference checks and conduct a social media review.  In February, there will be two rounds of panel reviews with the candidates.
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