Astro News

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

May 16-20

In Memory of Donna

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Alanton's PE Team Rocks!

Your dedication, energy, and passion for putting together an AMAZING field day is beyond praiseworthy! Thank you for the LONG hours you put into making our Field Day event for our school so special.


*And they have great moves! :)

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SOL Expedited Permission Slips

Grades 3, 4, & 5 Teachers,

Please continue to collect the SOL expedited parent permission forms. Submit them to Bruce when you have all returned. If you need additional copies, please see Emily.

MANDATORY DISCOVERY EDUCATION TECHBOOK PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

To prepare for the 2016-2017 implementation of the Science Discovery Techbook, the Department of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with Discovery Education, will provide a mandatory three-hour professional learning course for all K-5 classroom teachers and K-8 English second language (ESL) teachers. Additionally, the course will be open to, but not mandatory for: K-5 special education teachers, hearing impaired specialists, vision impaired specialists, library media specialists, and gifted resource teachers. A separate professional learning session will be offered to instructional technology specialists (ITS) and literacy leaders that will provide information on how ITSs and literacy leaders can support the implementation of the Discovery Education Techbook.


The mandatory three-hour course, Getting Started with Discovery Education Science Techbook, is being offered throughout the summer. In order to provide a variety of options for teachers, these courses will be held in both large and small group formats as well as being held at various locations throughout the city. Additionally, the course will be offered in grade level bands, K-1 and 2-5. Please note, the professional learning sessions for teachers at Digital Learning Anchor Schools will be posted in My Learning Plan (MLP) separately. The content of the Digital Learning Anchor Schools professional learning will be the same as non-Digital Anchor Schools across the division with slight differences to address various technologies. A schedule is attached for reference. Please encourage teachers to use MLP to sign up for the mandatory course. Questions may be directed to Katie Niehoff, elementary science coordinator, at 263-1020, or emailed to Kathleen.Niehoff@vbschools.com. Thank you.


Please see the email I sent on May 12 for more information.

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM DESIGN TEAM APPLICATION

The Department of Teaching and Learning is seeking elementary social studies teachers and specialists to participate in a series of Elementary Social Studies Curriculum Design Team meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to review draft Virginia Beach Objectives (VBOs) and develop assessments, learning plans, alignment charts and other division resources that will be utilized by Teaching and Learning staff as the elementary social studies curriculum is updated and revised.


The Elementary Social Studies Curriculum Design Team meetings will be held from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on July 5, 6, and 12, at Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Participants should select at least one of these meeting dates and will be compensated with either PLP points or pay for attending.


Please share this information with elementary social studies teachers and specialists in your building. The application is attached for reference and can be accessed on SharePoint under Teaching and Learning/Elementary Curriculum. Teachers may indicate interest in participating in one or more design team meetings and can use the space provided to clarify preference. The responsibilities of selected participants are listed on the application. As part of the application process, please note that principals are required to provide consent.


Completed applications should be submitted to Amanda Dodson, administrative office associate, by email at Amanda.Dodson@vbschools.com or faxed to 263-1424, by June 3. Questions may be directed to Meghan Raftery, elementary social studies coordinator, at 263-1438 or by email to Meghan.Raftery@vbschools.com. Thank you.


Please see the email I sent on May 12 for more information.

Custodial Team Earns Gold Award!

Congrats to the Custodial Team for earning the VBCPS Gold Award. We truly appreciate you keeping our building safe and in the most sparkly condition. Thank you!


Woot-Woot - Best Custodial Team at the Beach! :)

Weekly Happenings

CLC Focus: Language Arts


National Educational Bosses’ Week


Monday, 5/16/16

· Gifted testing for students new to VB

· 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC

· 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC

· 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC

· 3:15-4:15 Actors’ rehearsal, in cafeteria/on stage

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

· 5:00-6:30 Teacher Assistant of the Year Reception at Kellam HS


Tuesday, 5/17/16

· Progress reports issued for the 4th quarter

· 9:30-10:15 Mother Goose presentation by Lisa M’s class, in library

· 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC

· 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC

· 3:15-4:15 SCA meeting (officers & reps), in room 3

· 3:30-4:30 PAC meeting, in library


Wednesday, 5/18/16

· Staff Jeans Day ($5 to Brenda H. or Susan A. to participate)

· 8:00-9:00 Spring ESL Parent Outreach meeting, in room 29

· 9:20-1:45 Gr. 1 field trip to Portsmouth Children’s Museum

· 1:00-4:30 Charlene OOTB for EPL meeting

· 3:15-4:15 Dancer’s Rehearsal for spring musical, in music room

· 3:30-4:15 Weight Watchers meeting, in library


Thursday, 5/19/16

· 8:55-9:40 Gr. 5 rehearsal for the spring musical (line-up), in cafeteria/on stage

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Reading Test, part 1

· 9:30-1:30 Gr. 3 field trip to Virginia Aquarium

· 12:30-3:30 Heather T. OOTB for LMS meeting

· 3:15-4:00 4th Grade Recorder Club Practice, in music room

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


Friday, 5/20/16

· 8:00-3:30 Linda G. & Jenny M. OOTB for Literacy Leader meeting

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Reading Test, part 2

· 12:00-4:00 Charlene OOTB for HPL

· 3:15-4:15 Soloists’ rehearsal, in café/on stage

Future Events -

CLC Focus: Math


Monday, 5/23/16

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Math Test, part 1

· 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC

· 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC

· 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC

· 3:15-4:15 Actors’ rehearsal, in cafeteria/on stage

· 3:15-4:30 Newspaper Club meeting, in room 37

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


Tuesday, 5/24/16

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Math Test, part 2

· 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC

· 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC

· 3:30-4:30 School Planning Council, in library (tentative)


Wednesday, 5/25/16

· 8:45-9:25 Randolph, Schoenfisch & Simmons: Rehearsal for spring musical, in cafeteria/on stage

· 9:00 Gr. 5 SOL Reading Test, part 1

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Make-Up Testing

· 3:15-4:15 Dancer’s Rehearsal for spring musical, in music room

· 3:30-4:15 Weight Watchers meeting, in library


Thursday, 5/26/16

· 8:45-9:25 Calicchio, Goshert & Fand: Rehearsal for spring musical, in cafeteria/on stage

· 9:00 Gr. 5 SOL Reading Test, part 2

· 9:00 Gr. 4 SOL Make-Up Testing

· 1:15-2:45 Charlene OOTB for MTw/C

· 3:15-4:00 4th Grade Recorder Club Practice, in music room

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


Friday, 5/27/16

· 8:45-9:25 Gr. 2 rehearsal (all classes) for spring musical, in cafeteria/on stage

· 9:00 SOL Make-Up Testing

· 1:40-2:45 Gr. 4 & 5 double rehearsal for spring musical, in cafeteria/on stage

· 3:15-4:15 Soloists’ rehearsal, in café/on stage

SOL Testing Schedule

SOL Test Dates


  • Thursday, May 19: Grade 4 Reading, Part 1
  • Friday, May 20: Grade 4 Reading, Part 2
  • Monday, May 23: Grade 4 Math, Part 1
  • Tuesday, May 24: Grade 4 Math, Part 2
  • Wednesday, May 25: Grade 5 Reading, Part 1
  • Thursday, May 26: Grade 5 Reading, Part 2
  • Tuesday, May 31: Grade 5 Math, Part 1
  • Wednesday, June 1: Grade 5 Math, Part 2
  • Thursday, June 2: Grade 3 Reading, Part 1
  • Friday, June 3: Grade 3 Reading, Part 2
  • Monday, June 6: Grade 3 Math, Part 1
  • Tuesday, June 7: Grade 3 Math, Part 2
  • Wednesday, June 8: Grade 5 Science
  • Thursday, June 9: Grade 5 History

Whew - that is a lot of testing days!

Up Coming Events - Mark Your Calendars

Save the Dates:


Monday-Thursday, 5/23/16- 6/9/16

· SOL Testing


Monday, 5/30/16

· Memorial Day - Schools Closed


Saturday, 6/4/16

· End of the Year Staff Celebration


Monday, 6/6/16

· Spring Musical Performance at Cox High School


Wednesday, 6/15/16

· PE Awards: Schedule - 45 min bells & NO Kindergarten

· Last day of classes with specialists


Friday, 6/17/16

· 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony

· Last day of school

· Adjusted dismissal


Monday, 6/20/16

· Staff Flex Day

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday to...


May Birthdays

Beth Trapp, 19th

Beth Gills, 27th

#ShoutOuts

  • #BestPETeamInTheWorld - SO amazing! Thank you for your hard work, LONG hours, dedication, and commitment for our kiddos! Wow-Field Day was a huge success.

  • #FabKimNolette - Kim - You are so fabulous - So organized, well planned, creative, calm (most of the time) :), and dedicated to making Alanton the best it could be.

  • #SuperStaff - Thank you to all staff for your hard work with preparation for FD!

  • #50CelebrationPlanners - Thanks to Sarah, Wendy, Susan, & Kim for planning an amazing 50th celebration.

  • #ElectricSusan - Thanks to Susan for giving us power to dance the morning away!

  • #Organizers - Thanks to Beth and Kim for going out of your way to help fill the VIP tent with delicious goodies.

  • #InvitesAway - Thanks to Emily for inviting guests to our Birthday event.

  • #MovieQueen - Thanks to Fara for creating a video/movie of the history of Alanton.

  • #CoolCustdotialTeam - Congrats on earning the Gold Award for having a building in Tip-Top Shape! Way to Go!

  • #SuperSupportTeam Many thanks to Charlene, Bruce, Margaret, Brianne, Fara, Coleen, Debbie, Kendra, Linda, and Amy for coming out to the VBRC Banquet. I appreciated your kind words and calming presence. I needed all the support I could get before my big speech. Thanks so much for going!

Field Day Fun - Happy 50th Birthday!

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Congrats to Heather Thomas, City-Wide RTOY!

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Awesome Art Team!

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Kindergarten Using Problem Solving Skills

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Grade 5 Dissecting a Flower

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Congrats to the Stahl family!

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Loving a lunch bunch in the garden with Mrs. Bonney!

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Mrs. Goshert's Post- Field Day Lesson

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Check out the fancy t-shirts! :)

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Love!

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