Astro News

Compass 2020: Power On Alanton & Reach for the Stars!

February 22-26

Reminder - 1/2 Day Professional Development

  • February 23 - Grade 1 @ 8:20 & Grade 4 @ 12:30
  • February 24 - Grade 2 @ 8:20 & Grade 3 @ 12:30
  • February 26 - Grade K @ 8:20 & Grade 5 @ 12:30

Please come prepared with all planning materials.

Classroom Observations

Teachers: Administration has many observations to conduct within the next five weeks. These include both walk –throughs and formal observations.

We have a few reminders so that you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare:

  • Please be prepared at all times for a visit from an administrator by having your learning plans out on your desk. Even if you have them online or in SharePoint printed copies must be readily available.
  • Learning plans must be dated and include a minimum of objective, procedure, and evaluation for each lesson.
  • Please have your learning target updated, specific, and posted clearly in your room and refer to them often during the lesson.
  • We will be documenting learning targets and learning plan compliance by including pictures attached to your observation.
  • Please do not stop your instruction to talk to administrators, but rather carry on with your lesson.
  • Refer to your high-yield student engagement yellow card when planning your lessons.

We look forward to observing the fantastic learning and student-centered engaging going on at Alanton Elementary!

Patrol Update -

Some of you may have noticed a change in the hall patrols. Mrs. DeMartini and Mrs. Demers have decided to try something new in order to improve patrol reliability. Hall patrols will be chosen from 4th graders. They are “patrols in training” for next year when they will be eligible for bus patrol. In order for the 4th graders to make sure that their morning work is being completed, they are only patrolling in the afternoons!

Patrol reminders for 4th and 5th grade teachers:

  • Students may not patrol without a belt, so make sure that they have a belt if they are leaving your room early.
  • Patrols may leave when they start calling for parent pick-up.
  • 4th Grade patrols- only patrol in the afternoons
  • 5th grade patrols – both a.m. and p.m. duties

Military Forms

Teachers, Military Affiliation Information Forms should be returned by Thursday, February 25th. Please use the class list provided as a check off sheet and return along with completed forms. If you have any questions, please let Kim Greer know.

Thank you in advance for your help.


To continue efforts to support a culture of growth and excellence through varied professional learning opportunities, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has an ongoing partnership with Regent University, which enables staff to receive a 25 percent tuition discount. Two sessions are being offered to share information regarding Regent University’s opportunities for professional development, certifications, and degree programs. The first session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Plaza Annex Professional Development Center. The second session will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Laskin Road Annex Professional Development Center. Staff may attend at any time during the event.

Please see the flyer I emailed to you on Thursday, February 18th for more information.

SOL Tutoring Snacks & JEANS! :)

Do you want to wear jeans on both Wednesday and Thursday of next week? Well if you said "YES", all you have to do is send in a snack donation that will be used at SOL tutoring for each day you want to wear jeans. We are looking for individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes. Please do not send anything in with peanuts. If you do not want to buy a snack, you can make a $5.00 donation each day you want to wear jeans. Please bring snacks or money to Room 31.

Thanks, Brianne and Jodi (Funds will be going through Staff Welfare)

*To all the fashionistas out there - Paid Days to Wear Jeans = Spirit Wear Not Required, But Keep It Professional Looking :) As Always!

Weekly Happenings

  • CLC Focus: Media & Tech

Monday, 2/22/16

  • 8:00-3:30 Kathryn Davey OOTB for MYP Selection Committee
  • 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC
  • 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC
  • 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC
  • 1:30-2:30 Fire Safety Assembly for grades K-3, in cafeteria
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:15-4:30 Newspaper Club meeting, room 37
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Fitness Class, in library

Tuesday, 2/23/16

  • Gr. 1 & 4 Professional ½ Day Planning
  • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
  • 9:15-2:00 Grade 5 Shamrock Marathon participants visit Operation Smile Global Headquarters
  • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 Running Club, in gym
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Seminar: Math Differentiation, part II with Johanna Ortiz, in library

Wednesday, 2/24/16

  • Gr. 2 & 3 Professional ½ Day Planning
  • 9:30-11:30 Gr. 5 field trip to Sandler Center to see Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad
  • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 Battle of the Books meeting, in library

Thursday, 2/25/16

  • Adjusted Dismissal @ 12:40 pm
  • 9:00-11:00 Bruce OOTB for Instructional Leadership meeting
  • 10:00-3:30 Kathryn Davey OOTB for GRT meetin
  • 4:00-6:00 Meet & Greet, Green Run HS
  • 6:30 Reflections Celebration @ Kempsville High School

Friday, 2/26/16

  • Gr. K & 5 Professional ½ Day Planning
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room

Future Events -

CLC Focus: Data

Monday, 2/29/16

  • 9:35-10:00 Grade 3 dental lesson with Dr. Downs

  • 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC

  • 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC

  • 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC

  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Fitness Class, in library

  • 3:30-4:30 SOL Tutoring for grades 3-5

Tuesday, 3/1/16

  • Presidential Primary Election, in library
  • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
  • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 Running Club, in gym
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus Rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:15-4:15 SCA meeting (officers and executive council), room 3
  • 3:30-4:30 Leadership Team Meeting, room 14
  • 7:00 PTA meeting, in library

Wednesday, 3/2/16

  • Staff Jeans Day (with $25 Staff Welfare dues)
  • Gifted testing for 2nd grade KL/ODC holds
  • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 Battle of the Books meeting, in library
  • 3:30-4:30 SOL tutoring for grades 3-5
  • 4:30-6:30 Achieve 3000 Professional Learning Session for Teachers in Grades 3-5, Plaza MS

Thursday, 3/3/16

  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Fitness Class, in library

Friday, 3/4/16

  • Progress reports issued for 3rd grading period

  • 8:30-12:30 Fara OOTB for professional learning session

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday to...

February Birthdays

  • Tasha Pitts - 23rd
  • Margaret Graff - 25th

March Birthdays

  • Holly Frey - 3rd
  • Robin Hawkins - 14th
  • JoAnn Boltz - 17th
  • Donna Berbert - 17th
  • Laura Everett - 19th
  • Deb Walsh - 21st


  • #ExcellentEducreationSupport - I’d like to give a shout out to Heather for reviewing Educreations with me and to Fara for being an awesome support during our Educreations lesson on Tuesday. Both ladies are so helpful and knowledgeable! Sincerely, Chris

  • #AwesomeAstroStaff - Thank you for knowing your students so well and providing so much support to help them succeed.

  • #ThankYouLinda for collecting 3rd grade data and organizing it by class for tutoring. - Jodi

  • #Flex&Patient - Thanks Whitney for being so patient and flexible in scheduling a lesson in your room. Fara

  • #TargetBucks - Keep up the good work Alanton Family, we just received a $913 check for the school.

  • #DataQueens - Thanks to Katie for pulling together all of our SWAP & Quarterly data for our meetings next week. Also, thanks to Linda for collecting and organizing our Reading Data

101 Day of School - Check out Ms. O's Adorable Dalmatians!

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Grade 5 - Measuring Oysters

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Grade 2 Field Trip to the Sandler Center for Performance of The Monster Who Ate My Peas

First Grade Showing Off Writing :)

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Touchcast - So Cool!

Focused Kinders Reading

Rock Star Ryan!

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Teaching & Learning Framework - Alanton teachers living the life with the VBCPS framework.

Click on the link for the video:

Learning It, Living It, Loving It

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