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

September 14-18

Reach for the STARS! Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

Partial Spanish Immersion - Let's Practice Spanish & Communicate with our First Graders!

  • Buenos dias - Good Morning
  • ¿Cómo estás? - How are you?
  • Muy bien - Very well
  • Gracias - Thank you
  • ¿y usted? / ¿y tú? - And you?

Newspaper Club

Please let me know if you have an interest in facilitating the Newspaper Club for our students. You will receive a stipend of $300.

Expectations & Classroom Look-Fors:

  • Learning Targets & schedules need to be posted daily.
  • Lesson Plans should be on your desk and readily available for review. Please date lesson plans and also include SOL objectives, learning targets ('I can...'), & assessment. If you need sample templates, please let me know. We will be working as a school this year to review and refine learning plans at Alanton ES.

Struggling Reader Academy - K-2 Teachers:

VBCPS will be offering the Struggling Reader Academy again this year. This class is offered through UVA. You will receive 26 licensure renewal points along with 4 PLP points for work done outside of class time. The course consists of four full days of instruction. Topics addressed will be an overview of literacy development, reading disability and Response to Intervention, phonological awareness and phonics, using assessment to guide instruction and strategies to increase fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

If you are interested in attending please let Charlene know no later than 8:00 on Monday so she can turn in the names.

If you want more information about the class, talk to Susan Anderson, Sarah Robinson, Kendra Randolph, Jodi Lamberson or Coleen Bonney. These teachers have already completed this class.

If you have any questions please feel free to come see me. Linda

Teaching and Learning Assessment Windows 2015-2016

Team Chairs received a copy of the assessment window document.

Weekly Happenings

Monday- 9/14/15

- Rosh Hashanah: Please be mindful of homework expectations for students who recognize this holiday.

- Textbook Adoption Review - Room 29 @ 3:30-4:30 - We would like at least one representative per grade level to review the textbooks. Grade Level Chairs, Please email Kathryn Davey who will be representing your team. *Note - more than one team member may attend - the more representatives, the better. :)

- Struggling Readers Academy for Grades K-2 - Let Charlene know if you are interested.

-PLP Class: Ignite Learning in your Elementary Classroom with EDMODO - Computer Lab @ 4-6 pm - Taught by our very own Fara Faust

Tuesday- 9/15/15

- Tuesday Folders - Please make sure you send folders home today.

- PAC Meeting @ 3:30 in the Media Center

Wednesday- 9/16/15

- Charlene- EPL Meeting at Plaza Annex Training Room @ 12:00-4:30

- Fire Drill @ 9:15 a.m.

Thursday- 9/17/15

- Constitution Day & Citizenship Day - (Sept. 17-23)

- Norma Arzola - ESL Training - 800-1100

- Back to School Picnic - 5-7 p.m. -It would be GREAT to have everyone attend! :)

Friday - 9/18/15

- Charlene, Linda, Debbie T.: Site-Based Literacy Team Planning Session @ Plaza Annex (8:30-10:00 a.m.)

Sunday - 9/20/15

- Alanton Fun Run & Jog4Joe 5K

Future Events -

CLC meetings begin this week - Focus: Language Arts

Monday- 9/21/15

- Grade 3 CLC - 9:35-10:50

- Grade 4 CLC - 11:00-12:15

- Grade 1 CLC - 1:00-2:15

Tuesday- 9/22/15

- Charlene @ LEAD Training

- Grade 5 CLC - 8:55-10:10

- Grade 2 CLC - 1:45-3:00

Wednesday- 9/23/15

- Kinder CLC - 12:10-1:10

Thursday- 9/24/15


Friday - 9/25/15


Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday -


Martha Christensen – 12th

Kim Greer – 13th

Tammy Kezmarsky – 23rd

Debra Rinchetti – 28th

Stefanie Jamison - 29th


  • #AwesomeAstroTeachers - Thanks for an amazing first week of school! Your commitment and passion for teaching was evident this week. It is going to be a great year!

  • #FearlessFluencyFacilitators - Shout out to Jenny and Kim Nolette for helping to complete the first week’s testing for our 4th graders! ~Colleen B.

  • #MarvelousMatt - I would like to give Matt Nichols a huge shout out for going above and beyond. I cannot express how much it has meant to me to have him volunteering his time, giving his efforts, and getting to know my students before he takes over for me. He is an exceptional person and teacher. ~Donna K.

  • #GreatAppreciation4Matt - Shout Out….to Matt Nichols for doing what he’s doing without getting paid the big teacher bucks! The Third Grade Team is so glad to have him on board. J

  • #CircleOfFriends - A big shout out to Mr. Stahl and his students for adopting my students who need help with social skills. Mr. Stahl's student are greeting my students with a friendly "hello." Their greetings have brought smiles to my students' faces! Thanks for enlarging our "Circle of Friends."

  • #SuperStaffWelfareCommittee - Thank you to the Staff Welfare Committee for a delicious lunch treat - Susan is a super chef!

  • #BusBrigadeRocks - Thank you to the Bus Bridgade for supporting our students with arrival and dismissal.

  • #FabulousFortStorySoldiers - Thank you to Mary Nutter for coordinating the support of the soldiers AND thank you to the soldiers for volunteering to support our kiddos!

  • #KeepUsStraightKinderBusRiders - Thanks to Sarah Robinson for making many phone calls on the first day of school to reconnect Kinders to worried parents. She already agreed to return on the first day next year to help the office with dismissal calls. :) (Now it is in writing!)

  • #KeepingUsStraightWithEverything - Thanks to Emily & Kim for being so on top of the mountain of paperwork, emails, bus lists, folders, enrollment, etc... these ladies do it all!

Pre-service PowerPoint

The PPT is posted in SharePoint - 2015-2016 Handbook.

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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September is Attendance Awareness Month

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don’t realize how quickly absences, excused or unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence, missing just 18 days per school year, can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact is the greatest on economically disadvantaged students who lack the resources to make up for the lost time in the classroom.

This September will mark the third annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign, an opportunity to rally your community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement!

The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. Additional partners include America’s Promise Alliance, Campaign for Grade‐Level Reading, Points of Light and United Way Worldwide.

As a part of the “Call to Action,” superintendents are encouraged to:

  • Prioritize Attendance: Make clear that improved student attendance is one of the top priorities for your teachers and principal;
  • Mobilize the Community: Reach out to make improved student attendance a broadly owned and widely shared civic priority; and
  • Drive with Data: Use data to map the attendance gap, showing how many students are chronically absent and if they are concentrated in particular grades, schools and student populations.

Additional information and resources, including a Tool Kit, are available at the Attendance Works Website. If you have questions contact Joseph Wharff, school counseling specialist, by telephone at 804-225-3370, or by e-mail at .