Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Summer Playground Happenings!

Exciting news!  This Monday, July 15, we will finally begin the work of updating our PK-2 playground.  Through the generosity of our PTO, we will be adding new elements to the existing design that will incorporate nature play.  Mark Lieberth, a Stone-Robinson parent who is a landscape architect by trait with Land Planning & Design Associates, has given much of his time and energy and is taking the lead on this project.  For that, we are extremely appreciative!  Here are a few words from Mark about why nature play is important:


"In the last ten years, childhood has moved indoors.  An American child today spends an average of seven minutes in outdoor free play and seven hours connected to electronic devices.   This loss of nature connection contributes to epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, obesity, and attentional problems in childhood.  To counteract this societal trend, communities need to create engaging nature play spaces where families can reconnect with the wide range of health benefits associated with outdoor play.  Nature play has been found to have benefits for social and emotional well-being, brain development, and physical health."  
   
This past Friday, Mark met with Chris Higgins, also a Stone-Robinson parent, who will be doing much of the landscape contracted work.  Chris works for Messer Landscape and we are fortunate to have enlisted them as partners in this work.

This is a project that will involve many community and family partnerships.  I can't wait to see the joy on our students' faces when they first explore this new space.  If all goes as planned, we expect a fall 2018 completion.

On another note, we have also begun brainstorming ideas for potential summer 2019 updates to our 3-5 playground.  Most recently, we have begun conversation with Quickstart Tennis to potentially add tennis courts to our school grounds.  We will be sharing more about this project in the near future.


Stay tuned as we document the work in progress on our PK-2 Stone-Robinson playground!

Best,
Kristen Williams, Principal

 









Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Today is Thursday, January 18th and we've just spent our 2nd day out of school due to inclement weather. While these unexpected days without students can be helpful in catching up on tasks that always seem to find their way to the bottom of the to-do-list (such as writing this blog)  :) -  We sure do miss seeing the students' smiling faces each morning.  These last two days have also given me the opportunity to peruse the many pictures I take each day of students learning and having fun at school!   I've shared a few of my favorites below!  Hope to see you all soon.  Keep calm and stay warm!

Your Principal,
Kristen Williams


                                                       
 

  

 



 

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We are extremely excited to kick off the 2017-2018 school year!  It's been a busy and full summer. We hosted our maker summer school, teacher professional development, kindergarten camp, and completed a whole lot of housekeeping in preparation for the new year. A huge shout out goes to our amazing custodial staff who have worked relentlessly this summer to make our school shine and to the office staff who work behind the scenes to prepare us all for the new year.

This week, as the teachers returned to school, the excitement in the air was palpable. There is nothing we educator's love more than meeting and greeting our new students each year!    

Below are a few of the important upcoming events as well as a welcome to all of our new Stone-Robinson staff members!     

Monday, August 21st - Open House
This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet and greet your child's teacher and to drop off any school supplies you may have.

Grades PK-K - 4:00-4:45 pm
Grades 1-5 - 4:30-6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School!
Our Daily Schedule 
7:45 - 7:55 AM Student arrival
7:55 - 2:30 PM Instructional day
2:40 - PM Buses depart school
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Office hours
2:30 – 6:00 PM After-School Program


Tuesday, September 19th - Back to School Night
State of the School Address - 6:00-6:30 pm
Classroom Visits - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Welcome to all of our new staff members!
 Please join us in welcoming the latest Eagles joining our Stone-Robinson family!

Office Associates - This year, we welcome two new office associates as Ms. Nicki Williams has moved to Texas and Ms. Barbara Morris will be retiring! 

Cindy Anderson - Office Associate

I'm Cindy Anderson and I am celebrating my 5th year with Albemarle County. I previously worked as an office associate in the Human Resources Department and the Department of Instruction.  I live in Fluvanna County and have 2 adult children and 2 cats. I enjoy volunteering in the community and spending time with family.  I am excited to be joining the Stone-Robinson community!






Rhonda Page  - Office Associate



My name is Rhonda Page and I am the new Registrar at Stone-Robinson Elementary School.  My husband Mark and I live in Gordonsville where we enjoy spending time with our children and four grandchildren.  I most recently served as an Executive Assistant where my focus was human resources and financial management. I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the Stone-Robinson community!




Kelly Oehler - 2nd Grade Teacher
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, I attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina where I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2000. I began my teaching career in North Carolina in grades 2nd-5th while my husband was serving in the US Army.  After six years and the birth of our 1st child in 2007, we moved back to Virginia, and I joined the ACPS staff in 2008 serving at Meriwether Lewis School.  I had a fantastic career there for 9 years teaching grades K-3rd. In May of 2015, I completed my graduate coursework at James Madison University in their Master of Education program and also became a licensed reading specialist. After buying our house in Scottsville, I desired a shorter work commute and was so excited when I was offered a transfer to Stone-Robinson.  I have heard so many wonderful things about the staff and community here and I look forward to forming new relationships.

Kris Elsie - 4th Grade Teacher


I'm Kris Elsie and am very excited to be joining the fourth grade team. This will be my 23rd year teaching, most of which had been spent in fourth grade. Before SRES, I taught at Brownsville and Woodbrook Elementary Schools.  I moved to Albemarle County ten years ago when my husband took a job here. I live in Spring Creek with my husband Geoff and two children Gavyn and Raygan. In my spare time, I love reading, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to meeting all the wonderful families of Stone Robinson. 



Tal Thompson - 5th Grade Teacher 


My name is Tal Thompson and I have been teaching for 17 years. I have spent most of my career teaching 4th and 5th grade and I have taught in South Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois. My wife, Ann, and I have two amazing boys. Reece will be in 4th grade and Cole is 2 years old.  I am extremely excited to join the Stone- Robinson family and bring my family into the community as well. Looking forward to an amazing 2017-18 school year!




Rachel Smith - Music Teacher



Hello!  My name is Rachel Smith, and I come to Stone-Robinson from right across the county where I taught music at Brownsville Elementary for the last two years.  Prior to my time there, I completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education and minor in Jazz Studies at James Madison University.  Now I regularly gig as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, sing in the Virginia Consort Festival Chorus, and I recently completed the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy certification at West Virginia University.  I look forward to making music with everyone at Stone-Robinson this year!  






Karen Heathcock - Gifted Resource/Talent Development Teacher

kheathcock image.jpegMy name is Karen Heathcock and I am thrilled to be joining the Stone Robinson team. As the school’s gifted resource/talent development teacher, I will be working with classroom teachers and specialists to provide academic enrichment and differentiation to students in all grade levels across all subject areas.I am a proud career switcher who came to teaching 12 years ago. In that time, I have had the good fortune of being a classroom teacher, a reading/math intervention teacher, a STEM teacher, and a gifted resource teacher. Each of these experiences has informed my instructional philosophy and validated my belief that we have a responsibility to meet students where they are and to keep pace with the rapidly changing technologies that are impacting how students learn, interact, and demonstrate knowledge. One of the primary reasons I entered education after more than a decade in another field is because I am drawn to the premise of teaching as a constantly evolving practice. As the school’s gifted resource teacher, I will work to support the strengths and passions of all of our students.


On a more personal note, I have lived in Virginia for 16 years. Before coming to Albemarle County seven years ago, I lived and taught in Arlington. My husband and I are parents to two middle school boys who keep us busy and entertained.


I look forward to getting to know the students and families of SRES and I look forward to getting the year started!


See you soon,
Karen



Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017!  After a rejuvenating winter break, we are thankful to be back in school with our students and ready to begin the second half of our 2016-2017 learning journey! Teachers are busy administering their midyear assessments and planning ahead for spring projects.  Below is a glimpse at what lies ahead in the upcoming months as well as a few of the highlights from the happenings that took place prior to the winter break.  Thank you for all that you do to support our vibrant and caring school community.  We look forward to your continued collaboration in the New Year!! 


Mark Your Calendars....
  • Milk & Cookies Reading Night:  January 27th, 6:30-8:00pm  - SRE Library
  • Stone-Robinson Talent Show:  March 5th, 1:00pm - SRE Gym
  • SRE Scramble:  April 23rd, details TBD
  • Design Challenge Night:  April 25th, details TBD
  • SRE Shindig:  May 6th, details TBD




Holiday Happenings... 


       

Making and Learning....



                       

Preparing for Spring Gardening Projects...

    


 Special Events & Projects
                                



 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Fall Updates

Greetings Stone-Robinson Families – Following are a few important dates, reminders, and tidbits…

School-Wide Morning Meetings
On the first Friday of each month, we host a School Wide-Morning Meeting in the gym.  This is an opportunity for the entire community to come together to talk about the things that impact us all and to  hear about the learning that’s taking place around the school.  Each month, a different grade level facilitates the school-wide meeting and our Stone-Robinson Cub Scouts lead us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  This past week, we heard from our student ambassadors from grades 3-5 who worked together to develop our three school-wide rules.  They refer to these rules as the Three B’s… Be Safe,  Be Kind, Be Responsible!  

                               
 School Ambassadors presenting our school-wide rules!





October Bully Prevention Month


During the month of October, Mr. Landis, our school counselor, will be working closely with students to teach them about the signs of bullying and how they can help prevent it.  He will be focusing on the following key concepts:  Inclusion – Acceptance – Unity – Kindness.  During the week of October 17th, we will have a school spirit week to include Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19th. Everyone will wear the color orange in support of the fight against bullying.  Following are the details for our sprit week:

Monday 10/17:    Crazy Hair/Hat Day
Tuesday 10/18:     Favorite Sports team Day
Wednesday 10/19:  ORANGE UNITY DAY (wear orange)
Thursday 10/20:   Mis-matched/Mixed Up Day
Friday 10/21:        Stone Robinson Spirit Day (wear your school colors)



Parent Teacher Conferences
During the next several weeks, teachers will be hosting parent conferences.  Please be on the lookout for communication regarding dates and times available!

Report Cards & the Parent Portal 
Reports cards will be available through the Parent Portal accessible through the Parent Home Page on Albemarle County’s website as well as the Stone-Robinson website. 

If you have not yet set up your Parent Portal account, please stop by the office to see Ms. Barbara Morris.  Reports cards will be posted on Friday, November 11th.  We understand that some families may prefer a hard copy.  Please communicate this request with your child’s teacher ahead of time and we will send a hard copy home via the backpack on November 11th.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Introducing New Faces and Spaces for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Greetings!  We hope you are all enjoying the summer months and making wonderful family memories.  It's been a productive summer here at Stone-Robinson as we prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.  Upon your return in just a few short weeks, you'll notice many new spaces and faces!

New Faces....  

Please join us in welcoming the newest members to our Stone-Robinson staff:




Ms. Nicki Williams
Office Associate

"My name is Nicki Williams and I’m the new Office Associate IV! I am very energetic, love to laugh, and am a proud graduate of the University of Georgia, where I received my Bachelors in Sports Business Administration and Management.  I have lived in eight different states, traveled all over the country and overseas, and absolutely love driving around with my boyfriend Daniel, in my Wrangler named George.  I have coached women’s basketball at the collegiate level, worked on the administrative side of both Cabela’s and Costco Wholesale, and am very dedicated to finding a cure for cancer!  I enjoy playing and watching most sports, building and refinishing furniture, and eating Greek food.  I am very excited for this upcoming year.  I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! " 




Mrs. Ona Kircher
Art Teacher
"Hello-my name is Ona Kircher. I was a long-term sub in Art last year and now I’m so pleased to officially be the new full-time Art Teacher. I have a BA in Fine Arts and MA in Education from the state of Washington. While I have been a classroom teacher, this is my 4th year teaching Art to elementary students and I love it. I have been a part of the SRE community for 10 years as a parent now I get to share my passion for Art with a great school." 



Mr. Luke Noble
P.E. Teacher

"My name is Luke Noble and I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with my Bachelors and Masters in K-12 Health and P.E.  Before UVA I was a student in Albemarle County, attending Greer, Jack Jouett, and Albemarle.  I taught previously at Woodbrook Elementary, Hollymead Elementary, and Sutherland Middle School.  I am a huge UVA and Minnesota sports fan! I will be at every football and basketball game so I hope to run into you! I also love working out, hiking, playing sports, camping, and natural bodies of water!  I am extremely excited to be joining an awesome group of teachers at Stone-Robinson and can’t wait to start having fun."



Mrs. Ashley Redmond
Special Education Teacher
"My name is Ashley Redmond and I will be one of the new teachers at Stone-Robinson. I earned my Bachelors degree at SUNY Fredonia in Childhood Education and English. After receiving my Bachelors degree, I went on and earned my Masters degree in special education and literacy at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. While at Saint Rose, I taught at an elementary school as a paid intern in special education. Directly following my graduate degree, I accepted a job in Ithaca, New York as an elementary special education teacher where I taught for four years in a variety of grade levels. While at Ithaca, I also coached modified and JV girls basketball for four years (2 years at the modified level, 2 years at the JV level). I then moved to Virginia with my husband and accepted a position at William Monroe Middle School, where I taught 6th grade Special Education for 3 years. I am very excited about joining the staff and community at Stone-Robinson and I look forward to an amazing school year!"



Ms. Jordan Black
Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Teacher
"I grew up around the Keswick area and attended Stone Robinson as a child. I attended James Madison University for both my Undergraduate and Master’s degree. This will be my 3rd year teaching and my 2nd year teaching Early Childhood Special Education. When I am not at school, I love running, being outside, reading and visiting my extended family in West Virginia. I have 1 dog and 12 chickens that I hatched with one of my previous classes. I got married this summer, so my name recently changed from Jordan Combs, to Jordan Black. I look forward to making Stone Robinson my home again and I cannot wait for the school year to begin!" 



Ms. Lauren Simard
Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Teacher
"My name is Lauren Simard and I will be a new early childhood special education teacher at stone Robinson. I grew up in Crozet, and went through Albemarle County schools until college. I taught in an ECSE class last year in Nelson county, and have served as an assistant at Venable and Clark Elementary in Charlottesville City in the past. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a masters in early childhood special education, and bachelors in psychology. I have always wanted to teach, and have loved my time so far as an ECSE teacher. I am excited to begin teaching at Stone- Robinson and become a part of the Albemarle community!"


Ms. Grace Hendrix
Kindergarten Teacher  
"Hi! My name is Grace Hendrix and I'll be teaching Kindergarten this year! I am a graduate of University of Virginia, with a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelors in History. I lived in Richmond my entire life preceding my time at school in Charlottesville. I come from a family of teachers--my mom is a pre-K teacher and funnily enough, my twin sister is a Kindergarten teacher as well! I love
anything to do with being by the water or in the water, and I have                                          always loved to read. I'm so excited to be a part of Stone Robinson this year!" 

Mrs. Sayyeda Mariam
Kindergarten Teacher  
"Greetings everyone!  My name is Sayyeda Mariam and I am very excited to be a part of the Stone Robinson family. I recently graduated from Western Governors University and I am a certified K-8 elementary teacher.  I had the privilege of doing my pre-clinical experiences and student teaching at Stone Robinson elementary school.  I enjoy working with children and my goal is to provide a nurturing environment that caters to each child’s individual learning needs.  I believe that each child has the potential to achieve their dreams through their education.  My husband and I have four charming and cheerful boys.  We enjoy doing nature walks, swimming, camping and reading together as a family!  I am looking forward to getting to know all of you this school year!"


Ms. Allison Weir
First Grade Teacher
"Hello! My name is Allison Weir and I am the new first grade teacher at Stone-Robinson Elementary School. For the past four years, I have taught kindergarten through sixth grade at an immigration shelter in Pennsylvania. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from West Chester University. I also have an ESL certification from Penn State and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University.  I have lived in Pennsylvania my entire life, but I'm looking forward to life in Albemarle County and being closer to my family in Richmond!"


Mrs. Lisa Davis
Fifth Grade Teacher 
"2016-2017 will begin my 11th year teaching and I am thrilled to have joined the Stone-Robinson staff full-time.  I started off my teaching career at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.  There I earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  I taught in Massachusetts for about 6 months as my husband was finishing up his studies.  Soon after, we moved to Fort Myers, Florida where I taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Fourth Grade.  My husband’s job took us to Illinois where I taught Fifth Grade.  On the move again, my husband accepted a job at UVA and we were lucky enough to move to Charlottesville.  I started teaching 5th grade last year at Stone-Robinson shortly after first quarter.  I am married and have one 8 year old son who will be going into third grade this year.  My family loves all the outdoor activities that Charlottesville has to offer.  On the weekends, you can find us at UVA sporting events or taking day trips around the state to see all the historical sites."

Ms. Robin Garner
Fifth Grade Teacher 
"Hello Stone-Robinson family! I’m very excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to meeting each of you. I’m coming to you from a Title I school in Chesterfield County where I spent the last four years providing math intervention and remediation services to grades K-5. Dedicated to student growth and achievement, I have a sincere passion for education and a commitment to optimizing student success. I can't wait to share with you my love for learning, especially math. Outside of the classroom I can be found coaching young equestrians and enjoying all that Albemarle has to offer. Thank you for inviting me into the Stone-Robinson family.  See you in August!"


Updated Spaces....







       Beautiful new landscaping thanks to generous donations and a lot of volunteers!



                                                 


Updated office space!



 


       Cozy and cool new furniture in the library!