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Hermitage Celebrates

On Thursday, February 5, Hermitage invites our school family to stop by to celebrate fifty years of educational excellence. Current and past Vikings are invited to our "open house" style reception to see what we've been up to these past five decades. For questions or to RSVP, please call our office at 757.648.2600 between 7:30AM and 4:00PM.

Blue Ribbon Assembly

Hermitage Elementary received the distinguished National Blue Ribbon School Award for 2014 by the US Department of Education. The Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that each of the 340 winning schools is a "national treasure." Principal Coggin and SCA President Ellen T. prepare to hoist the new flag in front of our school. See the announcement video here.

Freedom to Read Library

We have a very special loaner library here at Hermitage. Students may take one of the gently used books from our main hallway shelf to read at home. We hope that the child will bring a book from home to replace the one they took. Donations are gladly accepted for our Freedom to Read Library throughout the year.

Collect - Upcycle - Help Hermitage

Did you know that Hermitage collects Box Tops for Education, Campbell's Labels for Education, Farm Fresh 1-2-3-4 Receipts? Did you know we recycle phones, inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, batteries, and empty Capri Sun pouches?

To learn more about these programs, check out these links for Box Tops for Education (or download a collection sheet) or Campbell's Labels. Capri Sun pouches are collected in the cafeteria or by SCA representatives. All recycled technology is collected in the computer lab.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Music Program

Wed Apr 9 (6 pm)

The fifth grade strings will perform at 6 p.m. followed by the fourth grade’s presentation of Music Matters by Teresa Jennings. It will be a wonderful night of celebrating music!

Spring Break

Mon-Fri Apr 14 - 18

School will be closed


In the News

Hermitage Super Reading Night

reading night

January, traditionally Reading Month, brought cool weather and a cooler event! The Reading Specialist, Mrs. Shiley, combined several resources to make this reading event extra special. The SCA hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the SPCA. As an extra special treat, Hermitage Alumni, now sixth graders at Great Neck Middle School came out to serve the community under the direction of Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Gassett and assistant, Mrs. Firestone. Mr. "K", our strings instructor, prepared his students for their first concert - as our dinner entertainment the evening. After dinner, families were invited to move into the gym, where a super hero themed puzzle awaited them. Students visited stations with exemplar reading selections for each grade level. After reading the passage, answering the question, and identifying the evidence, students earned letters to help them unscramble a secret phrase. Everyone was busy working - spread out on the gym floor - reading and puzzling together. Families who solved the puzzles earned highlighters, special pencils, and refrigerator magnets. As families left the gym with goodies, they had the opportunity to meet with some of the Virginia Beach SPCA's adoptable fur-friends, learn about the work the SPCA does, and enjoy stories read by volunteers. Over 250 folks came out for the evening which raised about $800 for the Virginia Beach SPCA and engaged students' reading super powers!

12 Good Deeds and SCA Help the Lions Club

food drive

As part of our 12 Good Deeds campaign, the SCA collected nonperishable food items from students for four weeks. During that time, students contributed over 830 items to donate to the Lions Club. Each day's progress was tracked on bar and line charts and students were challenged to make predictions and suggestions to improve participation.

Hermitage Reads for the Record

Hermitage Elementary enjoyed Bunny Cakes, that is, the book by Rosemary Wells. Hermitage students participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record movement on October 21st. The 248 Viking students read together with children and adults worldwide in an attempt to break another world reading record. Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign celebrates literacy and shines the spotlight on the importance of quality early education. To find out about the world reading record and keep up with the latest campaign news, you can visit Jumpstart's Read for the Record website

Hermitage SCA Supports the United Way

United Way Slogan

The Hermitage Elementary School Vikings showed their support for the cause this year through the SCA's Paws for a Cause campaign. Each student was challenged to bring in a quarter to earn a "paw" stamp on a classroom sheet. The SCA's goal was $200, just a small increase from their previous year's total of $185. The Little Vikings really came through this year, raising a total of $288 - that's more than 1150 paws for their cause! Way to go!

Superintendent or Auctioneer?

Hermitage staff were surprised by a visit from Dr. Spence, our newest Superintendent, during the annual United Way Auction. Dr. Spence acted as a spectator at first, but decided he needed to be a more integral part of the festivities. Staff raised more than $3400 for the United Way this year.

Blue Ribbon School

Teachers and staff at Hermitage Elementary celebrated big news yesterday. The school had been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Hermitage is one of 10 schools in Virginia to achieve the honor. It was the second year the school achieved this honor – Hermitage previously earned a Blue Ribbon title in 2005. For more information about the award, see the school division's press release. To see the original article, visit the Kaleidoscope.

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