Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 11/12-11/16

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Shout Outs

Shout out to Stacy W. and Lisa G. for the Pre-K parent engagement activity day this week. Way to show parents what is taking place with the 4 and 5 year olds! Robyn and Patti

Thank you, Jenny, for all of your math support and help with preparing math activities to differentiate for our kiddos! –Third Grade

Thank you to Robin Mounce for all the report card work the past 2 weeks! - Robyn & Patti

Shout out to Karen Ratner for collecting the large number of Federal Cards! - Robyn & Patti

Way to go to all the SCA members and sponsors in collecting United Way donations this week. Shout out to Wende for the money collection process. Robyn & Patti

Thank you to my feisty and funny four teammates for always making me laugh! - Ally

Shout out to the PE Department on the cup stacking events held and fun activities especially on rainy days. We know the gym is loud with engaged students! Patti

Shout out to Kelly McNeely for making several sets of sorts and laminating them at home for my class Tuesday night. I needed these for math and science, and now I can begin using them today. Thank you, Kelly, for being so generous with your time and supplies! - Susan

A big THANK YOU to Al Doss for showing our first graders the Wonders of WIXIE! - Edie & Abbe

Shout-out to Al for introducing my students to Tinkercad as we learn about solid figures and their attributes. My students are engaged and excited to "play" while learning! - Megan B.

Thank you to Robin M. for helping with SchoolNet/Quarterly testing! - Alyssa

Thank you to my awesome teammates for the birthday celebration! - Alyssa

Al, great job on the Colt’s Code videos! - Alyssa

Thank you Al for the help with my fancy Smart Board. - Alyssa

Thank you to the custodians for doing such a great job cleaning the gym last week! Your hard work was greatly appreciated. - PE Staff

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Principal's Message for the week

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and feasting with family, friends, and loved ones. We hope you have the feasting part covered, because we’re here to help you reflect on the top 25 reasons to be thankful! We are so thankful for all of you and all that you do for our students.


Check out the adjusted schedule for Wednesday!

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Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

Engagement highlight:

BRAVO to PreK, Ms. Love, Mrs. Burok, Sra. Otero, Ms. McKneely, Ms. Nicolosi, Mrs. Zaleski, and Sra. Dorbin for opening up their classroom to our parents. We have had many expos and classrooms in action over the past two weeks and they have been outstanding. Welcoming parents into your classroom can be uncomfortable, but then on top of that highlighting a project that was completely student led can be terrifying. Often it terrifying because it is new and the students are in the driver seats. However, the results have been out of this world and the feedback is nothing but positive. Inviting parents into our classrooms for more authentic visits allow them to see how we are teaching and the power of student agency over just giving worksheets.

PBIS Corner

As we move into the Second Quarter - our morning meeting corner will take on a new focus of PBIS and some tips, ideas, and thoughts to consider.

It’s likely you have certain procedures designed to make each day run smoothly. For some students, just telling them what those procedures are won’t be enough. Showing them, however, will help it stick. Interactive modeling will put actions to the words you use. If your morning routine includes coming in quietly, hanging up backpacks, stowing lunchboxes in cubbies, placing homework in a designated spot, and sitting down, demonstrate that procedure. As the year progresses, re-demonstrate it if need be.

For more about what is interactive modeling - check out this article -

Leave Request Reminder

Everyone has been doing so great with leave requests!! Remember, all personal leave request should be turned in at least 48 hours in advance to allow time for approval. Thanks everyone, keep up the good work!!

Updated Calendar Dates - Master Schedule

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Feb. 18, Presidents’ Day, to make up instructional time lost during Hurricane Michael.

Given the length of time out of school thus far, the division will also extend the first semester from Monday, Jan. 28 to Thursday, Jan. 31. Consequently, the division’s previously scheduled staff day/virtual learning day will now be Friday, Feb. 1 and the second semester will begin Monday, Feb. 4.

Report cards for the second nine weeks/first semester will be sent home Monday, Feb. 11. The 2018-2019 school calendar has been updated to include the makeup day and semester changes .

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Nov. 19th - Nov. 30th

Native American Heritage Month

Respect is our Character Trait

No PLC's this week.

Monday, November 19th

  • Watch D.O.G.S. Dad in the Building (Richard Mateljan)
  • 2nd-5th Grade meet with Science Coordinator (Katie C.) during P.E. times.
  • 8:20 – 9:05 - 5th Grade PE

    9:10 – 9:55 - 4th Grade PE

    10:50 – 11:35 - 3rd Grade PE

    1:30 – 2:15 - 2nd Grade PE

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Watch D.O.G.S. Dad in the Building (Rudy Sandoval/Jason Hoffman)
  • 8:00 - Special education assistant training - Rm. 13
  • 9:00 - Coaches Meeting - Conference Room
  • 3:00 - PBIS team Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Adjusted Dismissal @12:10p

Thursday, November 22nd

  • Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23rd

  • Thanksgiving Break


4th Grade Fire Safety This Week

Monday, November 26th

  • 2nd Grade PLC - Reading Focus
  • 2:40 - 4:20 - Girls on the Run

Tuesday, November 27th

  • 4th Grade Fire Safety
  • 3rd Grade PLC - Reading Focus
  • 3:00 - PAC Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, November 28th

  • 4th Grade Fire Safety
  • K PLC - Reading Focus
  • 1st Grade PLC - Reading Focus
  • Achieve 3000 W/ Sherrie Spangler (During PE Times)
  • Girls on the Run 2:40p-4:20p

Thursday, November 29th

  • 4th Grade Fire Safety
  • 5th Grade PLC - Reading Focus
  • 10:30 Schoology Training for Champions - Plaza Annex
  • 2:40 - 5:00 - Eco Club (Cafeteria)
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34, Rm 34a, Art Room)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - PBIS Training for ALL teachers - Library
  • 4:00 - 6:00 - Spanish Quarterly Meeting - Alanton
  • 6:00 - 8:00 - VBEF Grant Celebration - Sandler Center

Friday, November 30th

  • 4th Grade Fire Safety
  • 3rd Grade Simple Machines Expo @ 1:20 (Cafeteria)
  • 4th Grade PLC - Reading Focus


11/21 - Karen Ratner

11/21 - Miriam Rodriguez

11/24 - Liz Pascual

Important Links from the principal packet


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