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Welcome to a new school year and our new PTA website!  We hope that the upgraded site will help our school “climb to new heights” by allowing parents to get involved and stay engaged. With all new things, it will take some getting used to, so please bear with us!  


Our school relies heavily on the efforts of the PTA which cannot be successful without dedicated members. If you would like to get involved in your child's school community this year, please reach out to me or Samantha McMillan (ctesvolunteers@gmail.com). We need you!


As always, please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.  I hope everyone will join the PTA to help make this another exciting and successful school year at Colonial Trail Elementary!



Mei Johnson

CTES PTA President



I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to Heather Kirschner who helped in the creation and implementation of our new website. I couldn't have done it without you:)


Thanks to this community's generosity during the Boosterthon Fun Run last year, the PTA was able to purchase Literacy Footprints and the Quaver music program for our students.  This would not have been possible without the fundraising efforts of our families, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!




Congratulations to Michaela Jemaine 

In Mrs. Daub's Fifth Grade Class for winning the yearbook cover contest!  Since we had so many wonderful submissions, each entry will be featured inside the yearbook!  If you haven't pre-ordered your child's yearbook online, don't delay! Visit www.jostens.com to place your order before May 17th. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school year. 
Congratulations again to our winner Michaela!



Cubs in Action 
Mrs. Reece and the Cubs in Action (CIA) are collecting coats, blankets, and new socks for the homeless in Henrico County. Please send in donations with your student to be placed in their designated grade level boxes. The grade level with the most donations will receive a Hot Cocoa party! Thank you for supporting the CIA and helping others in our community!

Who: Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, Sisters, or any special adult is welcome to attend. Student must be accompanied by an adult. *All adults are welcome to stay for the guest speaker!

What: Muffins, juice, and coffee will be served.

Where: Colonial Trail Elementary Cafeteria

When: Friday, January 18 @ 7:30 - 8:00 AM

Cost: $2 per person gets you one muffin and one beverage.  Cash or Check payable to CTES PTA.

Visitors must park behind the school. Drive in thru the fenced area near the loading dock and park in the grass by the basketball courts and playground, please look for signs or people directing traffic. Parking is NOT permitted in the bus loop or along the car rider drop off lanes. The main parking lot will be reserved for teachers and accessible parking only! Siblings are welcome and should be included in the headcount if they will be eating. Please keep children under your supervision at all times. Students may head to class no earlier than 7:50 AM.

Questions? Email ctespresident@gmail.com


Special Presentation after Muffins with Mom

We are excited to welcome Catava Burton, HCPS Educational Specialist, to Muffins with Moms, January 18, from 8-8:30am.


In her “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone?” workshop she will share the latest texting slang, secret apps, and social media tricks.  Information will also be provided on bullying/cyber bullying, human trafficking, internet safety, and psychological impact of these issues.  Strategies will be provided to help parents keep their children safe.  Bring your smart phone!

Who: all students at Colonial Trail Elementary 

WhenThursday, February 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 (time subject to change) 

What:   Starting in January, all students will begin a schoolwide writing prompt at school.  They will write about a person, place, thing, feeling, or idea that is important to their family. 

How:  The students will be writing for an authentic audience – families and staff of CTES. They will go through the entire writing process of Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Refining, and  Publishing.  

Why: Every students’ writing and picture of their idea will be on display so all of our families can see the rich diverse school community that makes Colonial Trail a special place. 

Where:  Every students’ writing and picture will be displayed in their classrooms





7:50 a.m. – School doors open (Students may not be dropped off prior to this time as there is no adult supervision)
8:10 a.m. – Tardy bell rings
2:40 p.m. – Afternoon dismissal begins for *bus riders, daycare and **car riders.

(On Early Release Days, dismissal begins at 11:35 a.m.)
4:00 p.m. – Office hours end


*Bus assignments and schedules will be posted in the main hallway*

**You must display a “Yellow Car Rider Card” in your windshield**  

***No transportation changes will be accepted over the phone, by fax or by e-mail. A note to school from home is required for ALL changes in dismissal***




Support your student by joining the PTA and donating directly to the   CTES Cub Club Fund.    


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      This application is required if you plan to chaperone a field trip and volunteer for any classroom, PTA, or school activities in the 2018-2019 school year. Parents must fill out a new form every school year.  We recommend that you complete this application now and send it in with your student on the first day of school so your background check is done and approved prior to any event.  Thank you for volunteering!



Thank you to our PLATINUM SPONSOR 


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