This will be the largest VB STARTALK ever, with four elementary Russian classes and one advanced Russian class now on a par with the five Chinese classes. Before the first day on 6/24/19, students and parents should attend the Open House 6/20 6:00 PM to meet teachers and become familiar with this wonderful program. Let the fun begin!
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Fifth grade students who attended the 2018 STARTALK Academy may apply online for the Advanced class.
Current VBCPS fourth grade students may apply online or via paper. Selection is made by lottery. Download and complete the brochure below or apply online at
Students of Russian will participate in an in-house field trip at Providence Elementary School tomorrow. STARTALK will provide an .authentic Russian lunch and entertainment including traditional dancing, music, and folkloric instruments. Students will meet and interview members of the local Russian heritage community using their newly acquired Russian language skills..
It is essential that students wear their Russian STARTALK tee shirts and closed toe shoes for the field trip. Buses depart at 2:00 PM so plan accordingly to meet your student at the bus stop. Parent pick up will be at the side entrance by the cafetorium (site of Orientation Night). If you will be picking up your student, please arrive a few minutes prior to 2:00 PM dismissal to buses. Spasibo!
Memrise is a free website with short videos of native speakers for your student to practice Russian during and after the 2017 Summer STARTALK Program. The application may be downloaded to your device. (Please note that you do not need to purchase anything; the free version is fully functional.)
DuoLingo is a free website to support your student's Russian language learning during and after the 2017 Summer STARTALK Program. The application may be downloaded to your device.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 PM at Providence ES for the Orientation Night. Students will meet their teachers and parents will receive important information. Staff will be on hand to answer questions you may have.
Your child has missed speaking Russian, learning about Russian traditions and customs, and spending time with STARTALK friends. This winter, we are offering four afternoon Post-Sessions on four consecutive Fridays: 1/13/17, 1/20/17, 1/27/17, and 2/3/17 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Providence Elementary School.
Applications were e-mailed on 12/19/16 and are due 12/28/16 to the World Languages Office by e-mail or fax. Applications and Parent letters are available on this site as well.