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The CRES Dragon Helps Celebrate Opening Day at Great Falls Little League


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When:  May 13th, 2017 from 8am - 11 am
Where:  Wolf Trap Run National Park | 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Who: Hybla Valley and CRES Students, Staff, & Families

Come join your family, friends, classmates, and teachers at Wolf Trap National Park for this first-time spectacular event!   CRES students and our friends from Hybla Valley Elementary will be participating in this great day.  
RUN -- Run the 5K Race scheduled to begin at 8:30 (after warm ups at 8:00)
HIKE -- Take a Guided Trail Hike through the gorgeous trails of the park.  Hikes will run every 30 minutes and will be lead by Park Rangers and Trail Guides.  
PLAY -- Try some of the fitness challenges that will be set up in the beautiful Park Meadow (behind the Filene Center).  
Plan to come for the whole morning!   Or .... knowing busy Saturday schedules .... you can swing by anytime to participate in the hikes and fitness challenges.   You won't want to miss this great day!!  
Many volunteers will be needed to help with this amazing event. Please sign up here.
Questions? Contact the Family Fitness Day Committee -- Stephanie Abraham, Maureen Boyle, Drea Petersen, and Alyson Samburg






Sneaker Drive



Please donate new and gently used sneakers for our friends at Hybla Valley Elementary School. We'll deliver them directly to Hybla Valley on Family Fitness Day at Wolf Trap National Park on May 13th.

Our goal: 1000 pairs of sneakers! Please donate by May 13th.



Culturama 2017 - Next Friday 5/5 from 6:30-8:30


Come enjoy  the many cultures, foods, traditional dress, games and entertainment that our diverse CRES community has to offer. The CRES cafeteria will be filled to the brim with yummy foods, cultural artifacts, talented acts, and a colorful fashion show from 18+ countries. Plus join the scavenger hunt! 


6:30 - 7:15 – Attendees Visit Tables, Food & Tri-folds 

7:15 - 7:45 – Talent Show 

8:00 - 8:15 – Fashion Show & Flags 

8:30 – Journey Ends

Culturama is open to all CRES faculty, students and parents.

There's still time to showcase your country! Volunteer here.

8th-grade volunteers sign up here.
Questions? Contact Theresa Bhatia



Teacher Appreciation Week – 5/1-5/5

Teacher appreciation week is next week. Keep an eye out for news from your child’s room parents with more information about this year’s celebration. 




Celebrate Great Falls Annual Golf Tournament


Save the Date!

Celebrate Great Falls Annual Golf Tournament

Join the fun for a great day of golf at the beautiful Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. The event includes a 4-person scramble, dinner and an awards reception following the golf.


May 22, 2017  |  1:30 p.m. shotgun start

Hidden Creek Country Club, Reston, VA


Register to sponsor, play or volunteer at: www.greatfallsgolf.org


Proceeds benefit Colvin Run, Forestville & Great Falls Elementary Schools.



6th Grade Promotion Celebration

Registration deadline: May 23rd

It's almost time for our 6th graders to move up to middle school! Register here for these end of elementary school celebrations. Register today

Promotion Ceremony - no registration needed
Location: Colvin Run Elementary Gym
Thursday, June 22nd | 9:30-11:30 am
Parents are welcome!


6th Grade Day - $15 register online
Location: Colvin Run Elementary
Monday, June 19th | 12:00-3:30 pm

Parent volunteers are needed!

Questions: Contact Mary Lee

6th Grade River Bend Party - $35 register online
River Bend Country Club
Friday, June 16th | 6:30-9:30 pm

The Sixth Grade River Bend Party is a parent-hosted, optional, out-of-school event. It is not sponsored by the PTO or Colvin Run Elementary School. 

Questions: Contact Theresa Bhatia



We are accepting donations from families who would like to contribute funds to sponsor students who cannot afford to participate in the festivities. If you'd like to donate - please enter the amount in the white box to the right.


Please let Barbara Ruffner in the main office know if you are unable to afford the payment for the River Bend Party. You may request payment assistance. The goal is to have 100% participation; funds should not be a reason not to attend. 


If you prefer to pay by check, please contact the event organizers directly.









CRES Summer Camps

Enjoy lots of fun with your friends this summer! Sign up now for some sweet discounts on fun summer camps at CRES.


Camp Invention

Imaginations get rocket fuel at Camp Invention. This year's "Launch" program offers fun, hands-on challenges to encourage problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Create gadgets by up cycling everyday machines
Explore a distant new exoplanet
Launch water rockets and bubble blasters
Design pitch duct tape products



CRES week (led by Ms. Abernathy): July 10-14, 9:00am-3:30pm
$255 per week (Use promo code: DISCOVER25 for $25 discount)





Camp Invention Counselor-in-Training Program

For our rising 7th graders our CIT program is an amazing opportunity for your child to gain those real world experiences. They will mentor and coach younger inventors, gain important leadership skills, as well as collaborate with their other leadership interns. CIT spots are limited, so if you’re interested in this unique leadership opportunity, go online and register soon.

* To be eligible for the Counselor-in-Training program, you must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade this upcoming fall



Colvin Run Art Camp

Calling all artists!  Come join your friends at CRES this summer for a week of art camp with Ms. Grimm!  We will explore a variety of art techniques including, painting, printing, clay and drawing.  Art camp 2017 is July 31 through August 4th from 11am – 2pm each day.  We will complete two different art projects each day.  Campers bring a brown bag lunch and we all enjoy a pizza party at the end of the week. 



Overtime Athletics

Overtime Athletics Summer Camps are a little bit of this…and a little bit of that! Our model zeroes in on the best parts of traditional day camp like Sports, Games, Contests, Arts and Crafts, Team Building Challenges, and Special Activities, AND also incorporates the latest trends in youth programming to include, Scavenger Hunts, Video Game Bus, Water Games, Goofy Golf, Brain Buster Projects, and much, much more!

Choose from 8 weeks June 26th - Aug 18th, half and full day options
$225 per week / $185 half day
(Use the discount code: StealDeal for extra savings.)





Chess Camp

Learn the strategy of chess in this week-long chess camp. Mr. Mehler and other nationally certified instructors from the U.S. Chess Center will teach campers in a fun week that mixes chess with other recreational activities. The U.S. Chess Center has been running chess camps since 1992. 

The U.S. Chess Center is the most experienced chess-teaching organization in the country.  Its students have earned more than a dozen national championships, hundreds of its students have earned academic college scholarships and about 20 have become national masters.

We will have three U.S. Chess Center chess camps this summer. These camps focus on improving one’s chess skills through practice and lessons.  The teachers place more emphasis on learning than on winning.  Good sportsmanship is the key to having fun.
The morning half-day camp is for beginners and intermediate players entering grades 2 - 7. The afternoon camp is for players with greater experience rising into grades 3 - 8. The full-day camp is for players rising into grades 3 – 9 who are comfortable with tournament rules of chess. 

CRES weeks: July 24-28, half day 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00, $110 per week
July 31-Aug 4, full day 9:00-3:00 with aftercare option until 5:00pm, $200 per week









Volunteer at CRES

Culturama Presenters Needed


Culturama works best when we have lots of participation, so we would love for all of our CRES community to be represented!  Multiple families and scouting groups can also team up to represent a country, too! 
Some ways you can be involved:

  • Displays - Display a poster, artifacts, pictures, activities, crafts, games or anything that will educate us about your country
  • Foods - Bring a savory or sweet food dish from your country for our international "tasting" menu
  • Fashion Show - Dress in traditional clothing from your country in our cultural fashion show
  • Talent - Perform a dance, song, talent, martial art, or acrobatic routine for our cultural talent show (be wowed by our diverse and talented CRES students!)

To sign up to showcase a country, click here.

8th-grade volunteers sign up here.
Questions? Contact Theresa Bhatia

Classroom Volunteer Opportunities

Our awesome room parents have created individual Sign up Genius pages for each class. If you can't find the email with the link for your child's class, simply go to the volunteering page on the PTO website.

Find your child's class Sign Up Genius page


Food Rescue - Volunteers Needed

Each day CRES students collect leftover, unopened food and beverages from lunch to donate to Cornerstones Emergency Self-Sufficiency Services. Located in Reston, VA just 12 minutes from CRES, Cornerstones provides healthy food and supportive services to homeless and low income individuals and families, enabling them to work toward a goal of self-sufficiency.

While the 4th graders will be responsible for collecting the unopened items in the cafeteria, we need parent volunteers -- from all grades -- to assist with delivering the rescued food every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the school year.

Volunteers will be taking food from the CRES Cafeteria via provided or personal coolers and bags anytime between the specified time frames, delivering them to the Cornerstones Pantry and completing a donation form. Volunteers using CRES provided coolers and bags are requested to return them the following day. Please contact Tonia Powell, the CRES Food Rescue coordinator for more information.

Signup Genius for Food Rescue







Culturama - May 5th

Family Fitness Day - May 13th

CRES Musical: The Lion King Kids - May 19-20th
Celebrate Great Falls Golf Tournament - May 22nd