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RBES Spring SOL Testing Information

March 2015

We realize there is still snow on the ground and the second semester recently started; however, we are less than 18 weeks from the academic year ending.  Standards of Learning (SOL) testing at Rawls Byrd Elementary School will be from May 12 – 29.  These tests will be administered on computers in an online test session at our school, with a modified schedule for classes to ensure positive testing conditions. Students in Grades 3-5 participate in these tests, and we will provide additional information as we approach the testing window.

The SOL test dates are as follows:

Week of May 11
Monday, May 11 Regular School Day
Tuesday, May 12 Grade 5 Math, Part 1 & Grade 6 Math
Wednesday, May 13 Grade 5 Math, Part 2
Thursday, May 14 Grade 4 Math, Part 1
Friday, May 15 Grade 4 Math, Part 2
Week of May 18
Monday, May 18 Grade 5 Science
Tuesday, May 19 Grade 3 Reading, Part 1
Wednesday, May 20 Grade 3 Reading, Part 2
Thursday, May 21 Grade 4 Reading
Friday, May 22 Grade 5 Reading
Week of May 25
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Holiday | No School
Tuesday, May 26 Regular School Day
Wednesday, May 27 Grade 3 Math, Part 1
Thursday, May 28 Grade 3 Math, Part 2
Friday, May 29 Grade 4 VA Studies


It is important that your student be in attendance for the tests he/she will be taking. Please encourage your student to be on time and in school daily in order to help prepare them for these assessments.

To learn more information about these tests, you may go online and visit the Virginia Department of Education website (www.doe.virginia.gov).

Thank you so much for taking note of these dates shared and helping us support your child’s success!




Karen Swann Melissa White
Principal Assistant Principal

March Monthly Parent Newsletter

March 3, 2015

Dear Rawls Byrd Families,

It’s March!  While our second semester has had a bit of a rough start with the instructional days missed due to inclement weather, it is hoped that your days off were enjoyed.  I cannot stress how wonderful it is having our staff and students back in school.

As a result of the days missed, 11 minutes have been added to our school day.  For the remainder of the academic year, the operating hours will be 9:15 a.m. to 4:01 p.m.  Students will be marked tardy who arrive after 9:25 a.m. Our morning drop off and breakfast times are now 9:05 a.m.

This Sunday, March 8th, Daylight Savings Time begins and we will turn our clocks ahead.  It will be a treat to have the additional hour of daylight, as well as warmer weather.

March is National Reading Month, and Rawls Byrd kicked off its celebration with some fun activities in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday that will continue throughout the month. Next week (March 9-13), we will have the Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center for our entire learning community to enjoy.  Please look for brochures and details to come home Monday of next week (March 9, 2015). Friday, March 13th, is Family Night in the Media Center; the book fair will be open from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for any families who were unable to make it out earlier in the week.

The March habit from The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is Synergize: Together is Better. In the chapter The Big Bad Badgers, the 7 Oaks gang learns the value of playing together as a team and capitalizing on each other’s strengths to defeat the Big Bad Badgers in a soccer game.  Collaborating is an important 21st Century skill and one that has far reaching implications beyond the sports team and the classroom.

At school students often work together with a learning partner or in a small group to complete a task or solve a problem.  This engages all students in their learning and provides opportunities for students to learn to get along with and learn from others.  Cooperative work yields great results, and remember: Together Everyone Achieves More!

Important March dates to remember:

  •  5th  Interim Period (Grades 3 – 5) | Teachers will ensure grades are uploaded to VUE no later than Thursday, March 12th. This will allow them to collect grades missed during from snow days.
  • 6th          Jump Rope for Heart (1:40 – 2:10 PM)
  • 9th-13th Book fair in the Media Center
  • 10th       4th Grade Performance (2:00 and 7:00 PM)
  • 13th       Family Night at the Media Center / Book fair (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • 17th       Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 AM)
  • 11th       NO EARLY RELEASE – Full day of school
  • 25th      Club and Group picture day
  • 27th      Family Literacy Night (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
  • 31st       2nd Grade Performance (2:00 and 7:00 PM)

Important April dates to remember:

  •  1st        Spring Picture Day
  • 3rd        Field Day | NO EARLY RELEASE – Full day of school
  • 6th-10th SPRING BREAK
  • 16th      5th Grade Choral Festival – 7:00 PM (Warhill High School)

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (757) 229 – 7597 or at karen.swann@wjccschools.org  with any questions, concerns or feedback you would like to share.


Karen Swann