Positively Primary Post

Victor Primary School Monthly Connection


Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!

I trust that this message finds you and your family happy, healthy, and looking forward to all that 2021 will bring.

New beginnings come with a new year. Each January, I consider a 'word' for the year...a word that guides and grounds me in how I want to show up in the world. VITALITY is the word that rose to the top of the list for 2021. This noun represents lively and animated character, the power of enduring, and a capacity to live and develop. Even though I am at the older end of the proverbial spectrum, unanticipated experiences can provide opportunities to learn, grow, and make a positive impact in some way. That is just how I feel about being back at Victor Primary School! While walking back into the school felt like the return to an old, comfortable, and cozy sweater, there is certainly enough that is new which will allow me to also consider how to both experience and support change during the upcoming months. I will keep my guiding word in the forefront and look forward to the opportunities that will be presented throughout the time I am here.

There is a quiet and understated program at Victor Primary School which demonstrated vitality over the years as it endured a number of changes. Books for Babes is a program that began approximately 20 years ago in an effort to welcome and connect with newborns in the district. By acknowledging a new parent in this most beautiful and important role with a welcome letter, the gift of a book, and a tidbit about the importance of daily reading to a child of every and any age, this gesture is meant to assure parents that their efforts prior to a formal school experience are significant and matter. Please keep this in mind and return the coupon in this newsletter (or send an email) informing us when a baby has been born to a family member or friend and we will send out a celebratory gift. After all, the preschool years fly by and the babies of today will be here at VPS very, very soon!

I can assure you that the tone in the school is a delightful one, and that the processes and procedures in place during this unique time appear to be keenly tuned and running smoothly. It is the children, of course, who make the place so wonderful to be. I've met many of them and look forward to opportunities in the coming months to get to know them and you! While words are important, striving to put vitality into action will be the goal while here at VPS. Afterall, words, once they are printed, have a life of their own (Carol Burnett)! :)


Danny Dehm, Ed.D


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Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed. Abraham Joshua Herschel

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On January 7th our librarian, Michele Linse, will lead a parent "HOW TO TECH" presentation demonstrating the technologies the Primary School uses and what a child's day might look like using the VLS lessons. The presentation will be live at this link (Click here) at 7pm but the link will work any time after that as well.

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal

From the AIS Math Department

This month there is a big focus on place value. Understanding that the “place” a digit is in, represents the value of that digit. For example, in the number 45 the 4 is in the tens place and it’s value is 40. The number 5 is in the ones place so the value is just 5. Don’t forget, if you look on the VLS under “Support Services” there is always an activity or video to watch from the AIS teachers to support your learning and understanding.

We continue to work on fluency of basic addition math facts in 1st and 2nd grade, and in 3rd grade it is multiplication. Memorization is never a goal! We teach strategies kids can use to figure out facts they don’t know and these facts will eventually become “known facts”. They aren’t memorized with no understanding, but rather learned and internalized with practice and strategy.

From the health office...

Please call the Health Office if your child will be absent from or late to school (even due to a medical appointment) at 924-3252, ext. 3412. You can also email: priattendance@victorschools.org Please be sure to communicate the child's first and last name as well as the teacher's name. In the event of an absence, we also require an email or handwritten note with the reason for the absence upon the child's return. Thank you!

Good words are worth much, and cost little. George Herbert

Want to Know What's Happening at VCS?

Click on peachjar flyers for:

  • Upcoming Building or District Wide Events.
  • Building or District Wide fundraisers.
  • Information from one or more of our parent groups
    (PIE, PTSA, and VOICE).
  • Information from our many booster clubs.

Student Drop Off

Students may be dropped off at the south lot of the building (by the basketball courts) between 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. at the double-doors near the corner of the building closest to the main road. An aide will be there to greet your child.

If you are dropping off your child to school after 9:15 a.m., your child is considered late. Please walk your child into the front of building and fill out a tardy slip on the table in the vestibule and hand it to the receptionist. Your child will receive a hall pass to give to the classroom teacher so that the teacher knows he/she has checked in at the Main Office. Please do not just drop off your child and leave.


Dismissal at the Primary School begins at 3:05 p.m. following the afternoon announcements. Requests for changes in dismissal must be done prior to 11:00 a.m. on the requested day.

If you are picking up your child from school after 2:40 pm, go directly to the South parking lot.

As always, be prepared with a picture ID when picking up your child from school.

Thank you for your cooperation in making our dismissal process run smoothly!

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. John Dryden


Safety Scouts are assigned strategic, socially distanced posts outside and inside the building. Their role is to assist in the safety of our students by making sure their classmates are acting in a responsible and respectful way as they enter and exit the building. Congratulations to the following third-grade students who were selected as the current Safety Scouts:

Blue Cohort

Alex En, Macenzie Crossing, Melanie Didas, Camryn Jakubowski, Greysen Miltsch, Laila Richardson, Addison Hopkins, Matthew Benedetti, Vincent Barons, Nicoleta Dobrot, Gabriella Kordovski, Addison Larick and Mackenzie Burke.

Gold Cohort

Grayson Potter, Henry Young, Alaina Smithling, Nicholas Mnuskin, Lili Gordon, Derek Leveque, Clayton Wojick, Brayden Thomas, Max Ordan, Emersyn Kessner, Conner Oglesby, Makenzie McLaurney, Anna Siesto and Jackson Cody.

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world. Lawrence G. Lovasik

Principal's ListServ

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(If you don't already have an account, you can create one quickly.)

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Useful Information and Links

Primary Office: 924-3252, ext. 3600

Primary Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Primary Office Fax: 742-7031

Interim Principal: Danny Dehm, ext. 3404

Assistant Principal: Leah Kedley, ext. 3405

Principal's Secretary: Robin Kinsella, ext. 3404

Building Secretary: Carolyn Strahs, ext. 3405

Nurse: Lori Pownall, ext. 3412

Attendance: Lisa Barton, ext. 3412

Health Office Fax Number: 742-7068


Julie Braniecki, ext. 3176

Tania Zazulak-Angelini, ext. 3180

Emily Hopkins-Ives, ext. 3182

School Counselor: Kara Kupinski, ext. 3184

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PTSA Website: https://victorptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/

PIE Website: http://victorpie.org/

VOICE Website: https://sites.google.com/view/victorvoice/home

At Victor Primary School we are not only concerned with your child's academic growth, but also with his or her development as a total human being. This includes emotional and social well-being, a sense of responsibility, appropriate behavior, and physical aptitude. To accomplish this, we work together as a team to foster a "positively primary" environment for all.