Welcome Back to a New School Year!

Welcome back to a new school year here at TJ!  There’s BIG news in the world of ACE…  a new part time ACE teacher has been hired!  Her name is Laura Coates and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.  You’ll be hearing more from Mrs. Coates in the coming weeks, but it’s looking like she’ll be working with 5th grade math students, as well as a few other small groups in 4th and 5th grade.  If you’re at the Back to School Night session for grades 4 & 5, I hope you’ll come by and say hello to her. I’ve told her what an amazingly supportive group of parents the ACE kids have!

The next two weeks will be spent going through the files of new students, doing some testing, and figuring out who might benefit from ACE services.  Then we’ll be fully up and running.

In the meantime, a couple of opportunities came across my desk in which I thought some of you might be interested.  First, there will be a Maker Fest at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center on October 1st from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Your child can earn his or her Robot Driver’s License, engage in hands-on activities, and become involved in a variety of interactive experiences.  Plus, Captain Cookie will be there.  I’m not sure who Captain Cookie is, but, seriously, how can that be a bad thing?  And it’s all free!  Click on this link for a flyer:  Virginia Tech Maker Fest 

Another interesting program I’ve recently learned about is Rosie Riveters.  Girls can participate in this free, after school program aimed at encouraging girls to feel confident and competent in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). A session for girls in grades 2-5 will be taking place at Cherrydale Library in Arlington starting October 27th.  The classes begin at 4:30 and run until 6:30.  Registration is already open!  Just check out their website by clicking here:  Rosie Riveters

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