Friday Focus

April 8, 2016

Attendance Matters!

Parents and Guardians,

Spring is here even though it is quite chilly! However, Spring Fever still hits us all and there is a tendency to stray from the intense focus needed to address our school obligations. If at all possible, we ask for doctor and dental appointments and other outings to be scheduled outside of the school day. Virginia Beach City Public Schools curriculum is collaborative and technologically charged at it's core at this point. Students work in groups and learn the most when they interact with their peers, work collaboratively, produce products in teams, and embark on new ideas as a result of their discoveries. Worksheets are quickly being replaced by technology and student developed resources for learning. This is why it is so difficult to send children with make-up work prior to a trip as well as recreate the experiences they have missed. It is a totally different ballgame than it was back in the day. In a student centered classroom, the teachers are facilitators of their learning and stay open to the direction the children take as they cover the Standards of Learning as well as extend that learning to new curriculum territories at high levels.

Attendance and academic success go hand in hand. Please help us help your child to be as successful as possible. We love them and want them here in school with us every day.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Beth Bianchi


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John B. Dey Modernization Project

Community Input Meeting

April 27, 2016

6:30-7:30 p.m.

JBD Café

News from the CLINIC

As you know for some children, ingesting their food allergen can be an emergency. We often think of peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish as the main food allergen. These are the more common food allergies. However, we have children with allergies to wheat, dairy, soy, potatoes, eggs, beef and chicken also in our school. The children with these food allergies have epinephrine (epi- pens) at school in case of an emergency. In addition to food allergies there are many students with food intolerances to gluten, food dyes, and sugars. Food intolerances are not always an emergency if a child ingest but can cause a child to become ill. Prevention of exposure is always the goal.

How can you continue to keep the children at JB Dey with food allergies safe?

  1. If you are a room parent, check with the teacher to see what food allergies are present in your child’s room. Birthday treats will no longer be checked by the nurse. All celebrations should be coordinated with your child’s teacher before any food is brought into school. Any food given to the children with food allergies must have a food label and be approved by the teacher. If the parent of the child with food allergies has provided that food, then it is considered safe.

  2. Any food that is home made CANNOT be given to a child with food allergies. Children with food allergies should have safe snacks provided by the parent for these circumstances.

  3. Ice cream can be ordered from the café 2 weeks before the birthday celebration.

  4. Always remember, an alternative to food for birthday celebrations could be stickers, pencils, or other non-food items.

Thanks so much for keeping all JB Dey students safe!! Michele Self R.N



Thursday, April 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm at JBD!

Join us for an evening of exploration into (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rt & (M)ath.

Discover the amazing S.T.E.A.M. projects each class has produced and the S.T.E.A.M. art projects students have created.

Enjoy the exciting presentations, activities and demonstrations from our Hampton Roads community including: The Living Museum, Engineers Without Borders, surgery on a leg, 3D balloon powered cars, “how to make music”, Baja cars, Lynnhaven River Now Trashion Show and much more!

Order your Field Day T-shirts! Deadline is April 17th

Field Day is in May this year and ALL t-shirts must be ordered online at

All children’s shirts are $7.70 and will be delivered to the students at school. The children love the tradition of having all their friends sign their shirts on Field Day!



2nd-Kelly Green


4th-Carolina Blue

5th-Royal Blue

Faculty- Gray

JBD PTA After School Programs

Monday, April 11 - k-2nd Tennis and K-1 Spanish

Tuesday, April 12 - ADJUSTED DISMISSAL/no 4th-5th Spanish

Wednesday, April 13 - NO SCHOOL/no 2nd-3rd Spanish

Thursday, April 14 - Lego Club

Friday, April 15 - 3rd-5th Tennis (pickup at VBTCC at 4pm)

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Fourth Grade-Honored Guests at Arbor Day Celebration

All 7 fourth grade classes ventured to the Great Neck Rec Center today for an Arbor Day celebration. The students participated in an art contest and made beautiful tree pictures to honor the environment and as a reminder of how important trees are to all of us.

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All JBD Third Grade students made pinwheels in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month! You will see them swirling in front of our school as a reminder that all children deserve to have loving care!


In this month of the military child, we want to honor and treasure our military families and children. As a Navy wife of 30 years, I understand the challenges of watching a loved one deploy, holding the pieces together at home, consoling when best friends leave to new duty stations and being ever so proud. To all of our military families and children of John B. Dey Elementary, we salute you and thank you for your service.

Beth Bianchi


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