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School is in session for 2012-13

 

Colonial Beach schools kicked off the new school year with a triple open house last week. 

The new elementary school principal, Mary Fisher, said she was looking forward to the her first year here at Colonial Beach. 

A former Colonial Beach student from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé. 

Fisher had returned to Colonial Beach for five years in 2001 where she gained experience in special programs, counseling and administrating. 

In 2007 she moved on to continue her education and gain more experience as an administrative intern/assistant principal. 

The elementary school is also welcoming a new school counselor, Alison Newland who plans to keep parents and students informed of services and opportunities for students to participate in activities that enhance their personal, social, academic and career development in the school’s monthly newsletter in a section called the “Counselor’s Corner”. 

Parents and students are urged to come to Newland with any problems, questions or concerns. Academic and social challenges are just two of the services offered. Changes in family or living situations, requests for information regarding community resources or agencies, behavioral concerns, special needs and parent/child communication and relationship issues are some of the other services provided by the counselor. 

Newland can be contacted by calling (804) 224-9897 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also new to Colonial Beach Schools is CBM Managed Services making fun and smart choices for meals. The company is having a contest for students to name their cafés. Sharon Dunavant, Food Service Director at Colonial Beach Schools said the company wants to get away from the boring cafeteria style breakfast and lunches so they are starting by replacing the stereotypical name of cafeteria with a new café. 

The elementary school cafeteria has been repainted in colors designed to promote good feelings and are scientifically proven to enhance the students appetites. 

For safety reasons the following drop off and pick up rules will apply:

The elementary school students grades K through 5 can be dropped off at the intersection of Wilder and Douglas Ave. and may enter the building at 7:45 a.m., when supervision is available. Pre-K begins at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast. 

Only school vehicles will be permitted on the one way section of Douglas Ave. directly in front of the school from 7 – 9 a.m. on Mon. thru Fri. 

Grades PK- 2 must be escorted to school by their parents. Students in grades 3 -5 may walk or ride their bikes to school. 

Bussed students will remain on the buses till at least 7:40 a.m. and then will be dismissed to their assigned groups in front of the café door. 

After school, parents picking up their children, are asked to wait under the café awning for students to be dismissed. Parents should arrive by 3 p.m. and students will be dismissed at 3:03 p.m. Buses will load at approximately 3:08 when all walkers and parent pickups have exited safely. 

Pre-K students must be picked up by 2:30 p.m. by a parent waiting under the awning. 

The middle school mod pod is located behind the high school on First St. Students are asked to enter through the front entrance of the high school and wait in the cafeteria till they are dismissed to go to their school through corridors in the high school building. 

All late arrivals and visitors must check in with the appropriate school’s office, the elementary school office is located in the mod pod at the corner of Douglas and Wilder Ave. Middle and high school visitors must check in at the high school office located just inside the front entrance. 

Parent drop off at the middle and high schools, is located at the front door and parents must obey the one way flow of traffic. When picking up students no more than two rows of cars should gather outside the building to allow for passage of school buses leaving the parking lot. 

Virginia law states that pedestrians must walk facing traffic and bicycles must travel with the flow of traffic. 

For more information visit the cbschools.net or call the appropriate school, high school and middle school (804) 224-7166, elementary school (804) 224-9897.

 

Linda Farneth

 

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