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Budget Uncertainty
Important info from School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers reveals the stakes around the May 6 Board of County Supervisors meeting that will decide if funding will support the unanimously-passed 2016-17 School Board budget for educating 88,000 PWCS students. Click for the facts  


 
Upcoming Events
PWCS News
 
School Announcements
Multicultural Night
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What a wonderful learning experience it will be for all of us on Friday, April 15th, from 6-8 PM at Sinclair Elementary. This will be our 2nd Annual Multicultural Night Event. Students, parents, and staff will have the opportunity to learn about each others cultures including food, dance, native clothing, and geography. This will be a night to remember. 

 
Spring Pictures
Spring Pictures will now be taken on Tuesday, March 29th. Individual pictures and class pictures will be taken on the same day. This will be the first day we return from Spring Break. 
RIF
Sinclair students had the opportunity to participate in our second Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Super Reader's distribution February 25-26, 2016. Each student received a free book to add to their collection at home.  Thank you RIF and Macy's for the wonderful donation to our school and giving each student a piece of literacy of their own.  RIF believes children find heroes and inspiration in their favorite stories.  Through the joy of reading, books help young girls and boys unlock their imaginations and reach their full potential.  
Writing Contest
Students at Sinclair were invited to create books, posters and trading cards featuring their favorite hero.  Heroes could be fictional or a real life hero.  All nineteen participants won a super hero prize and there was one grand prize winner, Evalynn Lopez.
 
          
Sinclair Yearbooks!!!!
The moments you'll want to remember.
 
Preserve this year's school memories for your child with a yearbook. You'll get to catch up on all of the best and brightest moments at C A Sinclair Elementary. The yearbook has been redesigned this year to a full-sized book with lots of candid shots of our students. The yearbooks are $10. Order today at ​ybpay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook ID 10538116. Order forms for cash/check orders will go home in January.  
100th Day of School
Sinclair's kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school on February 25, 2016. Students participated in "100" math activities throughout the day to show they were "100 Days Smarter!"
3rd Grade News

 ReptilesAlive

On February 19th, Sinclair third graders had some rain forest and desert visitors. Reptiles Alive premieres live animals from both the desert and rain forest. They have colorful, exotic animals and fun and friendly wildlife educators.

Students were well entertained and very excited they were able to get up close and touch some reptiles. This was a great way to tie in our animal adaptations science unit. Students could see first-hand the physical characteristics these animals have to adapt to their habitat.
 


Santa Visits Sinclair!
Sinclair's Kindergarten students were treated to an extra special surprise...a visit from Santa, Santa's Elf, Mrs. Claus, and lots of Reindeer. Sinclair was fortunate to be one of the stops on the Prince William County Police Department's Motor Unit Annual Santa Ride. Excitement filled the air as the officers visited with students. One student exclaimed, "I'm asking Santa for a motorcycle for Christmas!" Thank you Prince William County Police Department!
Scavenger Hunt
"Run, run, fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

On Monday, students from Mrs. Rusiecki's and Mrs. Childers' class participated in a scavenger hunt to catch the Gingerbread Man. He led them around the school, leaving clues for them to follow. The Gingerbread Man finally led them back to Room 121 and where he had left maps of the room. The students used the maps to locate the Gingerbread Man. He had left behind two jars of gingerbread cookies for the students to share. 
December Newsletters
The December Newsletters have been posted. Please click on the "Newsletters" tab on the left side of the page to find copies in English and Spanish. 
Breakfast, Blankets, and Books!
Thank you to all the K-1 families that joined us in the library for breakfast, blankets, and books!  We hope you enjoyed reading your free book and using your new bookmark. Congratulations for the two raffle basket winners! We are looking forward to the next BBB in December, for grades 2-3.
50th Day Celebration
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Corbin and Mrs. Besore's class celebrate the 50th day of school with fun math and history activities throughout the day on Friday, November 13th. 
National Young Readers Day
In the past on National Young Readers Day, Sinclair has partnered with parents and businesses in our area, but this year we were fortunate to welcome military personnel for Veterans Day!  Our military guest readers were: Staff Sergeant Daniel Crouch, U.S. Army; Staff Sergeant Eric Frankwitt, U.S. Army; Staff Sergeant Michael Kasuba, U.S. Army; Sergeant Marco Hilera, USMC; EM2 William Jackson, U.S. Navy. PWC Human Rights Commissioner Mr. Eugene Brown served as the NYRD coordinator and guest reader. Other volunteer readers were Ms. Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville District School board), Dr. Woodson (principal), Kelli Williams (Reading Specialist), Gina Centamore and Rachel Wilson (Title I Reading).  We value this opportunity because we believe reading with children is one of the most crucial things you can do for a child's future.  Seeing and hearing adults read can engage children, help them learn, and inspire them to become readers as well.  It’s important children see that reading is something that is a part of life for all people.  It’s fun and it helps us learn!                                                                                                                            
School Lunch Selfie Contest Winners Announced
October 12-16, 2015, the Cafeteria hosted a "School Lunch Selfie Contest." The grand prize winner was Alicia Cole, a 3rd grade student. Congratulations Alicia! To see more pictures of the runner-up winners please visit the Sinclair Cafeteria webpage. 
Principal Announcement- English & Spanish
October 27, 2015
 
Dear Sinclair Elementary School Parent/Guardian:
 
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to communicate effectively with our school community, I am writing to inform you that we briefly evacuated our building this afternoon due to a strong odor caused by an electrical issue. The Fire Department responded and after a thorough investigation, the all clear was given.
 
Thanks to the professionalism of staff and the cooperation of students, we experienced minimal disruption of our instructional activities. The handling of the situation is a further illustration that the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions or concerns. Your ongoing support is crucial to the continued success of students and staff at Sinclair Elementary School.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ginny Ripperger
Acting Assistant Principal
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27 de octubre de 2015

Estimados padres/tutores de Sinclair Elementary School:

De acuerdo con nuestro compromiso continuo para comunicarnos de una manera efectiva con nuestra comunidad escolar, les escribo para informarles que esta tarde evacuamos brevemente el edificio debido a un fuerte olor causado por un problema eléctrico. El Departamento de Bomberos respondió a nuestra llamada y, después de una investigación minuciosa, se dio el visto bueno de que todo estaba bien.

Gracias al profesionalismo del personal y la cooperación del alumnado, tuvimos una interrupción mínima de nuestras actividades de enseñanza. La forma en la que se manejó la situación demuestra una vez más que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y del personal continúa siendo nuestra mayor prioridad.

Por favor, no duden en comunicarse conmigo si tuvieran alguna pregunta o inquietud. El apoyo permanente que nos brindan es de vital importancia para el éxito continuo de los estudiantes y el personal de Sinclair Elementary School.

Atentamente,

Ginny Ripperger
Subdirectora interina



 
New Principal at Sinclair: Dr. Sharon Woodson
September 21, 2015
 
Dear Sinclair Parents/Guardians:
 
I am honored to have been selected to serve as the Principal of Sinclair Elementary School, and will work hard to earn your trust and respect as the school moves towards this transition. My first official day will begin on September 25, 2015. My goal will be to continue providing students with a World-Class Education and a passion for learning. At Sinclair Elementary School our journey is to work together to ensure our school continues to SOAR. 
 
I wanted to share some information about my experiences as an educator: I have been the Assistant Principal at Sinclair Elementary School for the past six years. I have my Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership/Policy, Master’s degree in Special Education, and my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have worked in education for over 30 years and I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. It is truly a pleasure to have developed strong relationships with parents, teachers, students, and other internal/external customers. I truly value the community support and partnership in providing an outstanding education for the students at Sinclair Elementary School. It is important that we continue to grow strong relationships that encourage students to grow to their maximum potential.
 
Please feel free to stop by anytime and personally introduce yourself. I am excited to meet you on October 1, 2015 during Back to School Night. I look forward to ensuring that all students are provided with a safe, nurturing environment that is conducive to learning, engaging, challenging, and filled with a wealth of learning opportunities. The school year will be filled with excitement, laughter, lots of energy, and academic success.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sharon D. Woodson, Ed.D.
Parents as Educational Partners: PEP Class
Thursday evenings: 4 - 6 p.m. at Sinclair Library
                        
Sinclair Elementary is committed to help parents from other countries learn about our school system. We include topics such as:
  • Understanding conferences, report cards, laws and procedures
  • Helpful parenting tips/ Academic websites
  • Practice English/ Make friends
 
Class is FREE/ Babysitting ages 4 and up is available for free.
 
First Class is Thursday, September 24, 2015. Register now!
 
Forms in office!    Certificate upon completion. Translation at every class.
Girls on the Run of NOVA

Registration is now open for the Sinclair Elementary Girls on the Run program. Girls in grades 3-5 are eligible to participate in this fun and exciting program. Please visit Sinclair Girls on the Run webpage for more information. 
Above and Beyond
Congratulations to our School Counselor Waltina Edwards on being the recipient of a "Above and Beyond" Award from PWCS Student Services on August 21,2015.
Community Support
The residents of Arbor Terrace delivered 29 backpacks with school supplies for the students of Sinclair Elementary. The residents have been a great supporters of the students here at Sinclair for the past five years. We are thankful and grateful for Susan Kane, Engagement Director for coordinating the backpack program with the wonderful residents at Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor.

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