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Hybla Valley Elementary School Donation Drive

The first school-wide Service Learning Project is just around the corner! For this project, the CRES community will donate food and clothing in support of Hybla Valley Elementary School (HVES) students and their families, who are very much in need; 93% of students receive free or reduced lunch and the winter holiday break will again be two weeks long.

The Donation Drive begins Wednesday, November 9th and runs through Friday, December 2nd. Grocery sacks will be going home with oldest or only students in next week’s Wednesday Folders. Please fill this sack and any others with non-perishable food and warm clothing in adult or child sizes. Gift cards in $20 increments are also appreciated.


Original Artwork Gift Items

>Looking for a unique gift for those hard to buy for relatives? Order your child's precious artwork this week on note cards, memo pads, magnets, journals and more to ensure delivery in time for Winter Break. Use the order form sent with the artwork label sheet in last week's Wednesday folders. Proceeds directly benefit Colvin Run.

Order deadline Sunday December 4th.



PTO Meeting - 12/2

All parents are invited to attend the next CRES PTO meeting. It's an excellent opportunity to learn more about what's going on at the school, ask questions and meet fellow parents. (Plus there's always great coffee thanks to the awesome hospitality committee!)

Friday, December 2 | CRES Theater | 9:30 am


Wolftrap Sing-Along - 12/3


For the eighth year, our students in 1st-6th grades have been invited to participate in the Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap. They will be appearing on stage with other choirs accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band. You do not have to be a member of the CRES chorus to participate.

If interested, your child would needs to be at school at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 3rd to ride on a FCPS bus to Wolf Trap with CRES staff chaperones. Students who are participating must ride the bus to the Filene Center from CRES.

The program begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 5:30 PM. Parents are welcome in the audience at Filene Center. Students will be backstage at the Filene Center enjoying cookies, hot cider, and hot chocolate as they wait to appear on stage accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band. When the performance is over, please do not take your child from the CRES group. Students must ride the bus back to Colvin Run. Please pick up your child by 6:00 PM at CRES.

It has been a wonderful experience for our students in the past seven years. We hope your student (grades 1-6) will join us this year to sing at Wolf Trap. Remember to dress warmly and in seasonal attire. 

Please RSVP here for the Wolf Trap event by Tuesday, November 29, as we need numbers in advance to arrange for buses.  The school will send home Permission Slips, in the November 30th Wednesday folders, to those who have signed up as of Tuesday, November 29th.  If for any reason your schedule changes and your child cannot participate, please contact the Front Office (703) 757-3000 to make them aware.



AnchorGreat Falls Festival of Lights - 12/4

Colvin Run students (Kindergarten-6th grade) are invited to participate in the Great Falls Celebration of Lights Festival, Sunday, December 4th. The festival begins at 4:30 PM. CRES students will be leading a holiday sing-along in front of the tree at 5:45 p.m. Our students will lead the singing, performing a variety of traditional holiday songs from song books for about 10-15 minutes.
Students who are participating will attend the festival with their parents and meet at the side of the stage at 5:30 p.m. After the performance, students will be dismissed back to their families to enjoy the festival.  You do not need to be a member of CRES choruses to participate. We hope your Kindergarten-6th grade student is interested in singing at the festival!   

Please sign up here by Friday, December 2nd, as we need numbers to make enough song books for our participants.


CRES Night at Meadowlark Walk of Lights - 12/7


Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is an outdoor, walk-through light display.  Our December 7th Spirit Night is also Nature Night! You can visit with the NOVA Parks Naturalist and his reptile and amphibian friends in the Visitor Center. 


Last year, 75,000 visitors were enchanted by more than 500,000 lights along a .6-mile trail. S`more kits and hot beverages from the concessions stand are always a favorite way to end the walk---especially roasting marshmallows at the fire! 


When you buy your tickets online at www.novaparks.ticketfly.com using our $2 off coupon code CRES16, the PTO will receive 75 cents back to support school enrichment programs!


Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. The more people who use our coupon code, CRES16, to buy tickets online for Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the more money we will raise and the more fun we will all have with family and friends!



Donation matching companies


Thank you so much to the companies who have matched CRES parents' donations so far: Bank of America, Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo, and Verisign. And thank you also to all the families who have participated in this year's direct donation drive.


Many companies match employees' donations and/or provide matching volunteer grants as a way to recognize the causes their employees support. Check here to see if your company participates in the Double Your Donation program. As always, all donations to the CRES PTO are tax deductible.


There's still time to make a tax-deductible donation to CRES before the end of the tax year. Make direct donations here.



Volunteer at CRES

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




FLE Parent Preview Night - November 9th

Veterans Day Celebration at CRES - November 10th

Hybla Valley donation drive begins - November 9th

Library Book Fair - November 14-18th

Thanksgiving Break - early release November 23; November 24-25th

PTO Meeting - December 2nd

Wolftrap Holiday Sing-Along - December 3rd


Great Falls Celebration of Lights - December 4th


CRES Night at Meadowlark Walk of Lights - December 7th

Skate Night - January 7th

Talent Show auditions - January 30-31st

PTO Meeting - February 3rd

Stop Hunger Now - February 4th

Bingo Night - February 24th

Talent Show - March 31st & April 1st

Family Fitness Day - May 13th


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