Dolphin Parent Connection

October 2017 Volume 3, Issue 2

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

· Tuesday, October 3rd: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Wednesday, October 4th: SCA and Anchored4Life Team Leader Meeting @ 2:45-4:00

· Wednesday, October 4th--Thursday, October 19th: Helping Hands Fall Flower Sale

· Thursday, October 5th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Thursday, October 5th: Fall School Pictures

· Friday, October 6th: 5th Grade Gifted Screening

· Monday, October 9th: Staff Professional Development Day: No School for Students

· Tuesday, October 10th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Tuesday, October 10th: Progress Reports Issued for students, as needed

· Tuesday, October 10th-Friday, October 13th: 7 Habits Spirit Week & School Lunch Week

· Thursday, October 12th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Thursday, October 12th: 4th Grade IPT Assessment @ 8:30 AM

· Friday, October 13th: SCA Officer & Representative Installation Ceremony

· Friday, October 13th: PTA Summer Reading Recognition Ice Cream Party @ 1:30 and 2:00

· Tuesday, October 17th: Art Club @ 2:45-3:50

· Tuesday, October 17th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Tuesday, October 17th: Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser Kick-off

· Tuesday, October 17th: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night @ 5:00-8:00 PM

· Wednesday, October 18th: RAZ Kids Parent Training @ 5:30 and 6:00

· Thursday, October 19th: Grade 4 Field Trip to Planetarium

· Thursday, October 19th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Tuesday, October 24th: Art Club @ 2:45-3:50

· Tuesday, October 24th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Thursday, October 26th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Thursday, October 26th: Grade 1 Field Trip to Brookdale Farm

· Friday, October 27th: Boosterthon Fun Run

· Tuesday, October 31st: Art Club @ 2:45-3:50

· Tuesday, October 31st: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Wednesday, November 1st: 1st Grade Gifted Screening

· Thursday, November 2nd: Grade 2 Field Trip to Zoo

· Monday, November 6th: 1st Marking Period ends

· Tuesday, November 7th: Election Day--No School

· Wednesday, November 8th: Start of 2nd Marking Period

· Thursday, November 9th: Girls on the Run @ 2:45-4:00

· Friday, November 10th: Veteran's Day--No School

School Pictures

Red Mill's Fall School Picture Day is Thursday, October 5th. All students will have their picture taken during PE time. Students have already received a paper order form. Paper order forms must be returned on or before picture day. You can also order by going online to for even more choices and options. Red Mill's Picture ID is VA257199Q0.

Gifted News

GIFTED PROGRAM Application deadlines

Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 @ 4 p.m. Application for Gifted Identification, students grades 2 – 12

Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 @ 4 p.m. Application for all Old Donation School Programs, students grades 2-7

Application Link (use student's log in and password)

Parent Workshop Invitation (attached and linked)

Parent Registration link

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School Counseling Program Notes

Guidance classroom lesson topics for October will include the “Bullying Prevention” and “Respectful, Responsibility and Safe Behaviors.” If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Draughon, our School Counselor at 648-3572 or by email at Also, students in grades 2-5 have been bringing parent survey forms for Small Group Counseling opportunities back to school. Permission slips for the first set of groups will be going home the 1st week of October.

Anchored4Life Comes to Red Mill

In partnership with the US Navy, the Trevor Romain Company, and a generous grant, Virginia Beach City Public Schools is beginning to incorporate Anchored4Life resources into several Virginia Beach elementary schools. We are fortunate enough to be one of them. The mission of Anchored4Life is to help students become resilient, confident, and resourceful, to create a better world for themselves and others. While Anchored4Life was originally designed as a transition and resiliency program for military children, the resources and opportunities are accessible by all Red Mill students. Components of the program include resources to help students through various transitions in life, student-led activity groups to build students' resiliency, and leadership development.

SCA 7 Habits Spirit Week

Our SCA is sponsoring the 7 Habits Spirit Week October 10th - October 13th in order to encourage our students to "live out" the 7 Habits of Leadership. To find out more about the 7 Habits, visit

Tuesday, October 10th: Think Win-Win--Team Day (Wear your favorite team jersey)

Wednesday, October 11th: Sharpen the Saw--Workout Wednesday (Wear your workout wear appropriate for school to show that you know it's important to take care of your body and mind)

Thursday, October 12th: Begin with the End in Mind--College and Career Day (Dress in your favorite college colors or dress for your future career)

Friday, October 13th: Put First Things First--Neon Day (Wear neon colors to show you know how to highlight the priorities in your life)

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National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is October 9th-October 13th. This year’s theme is “School Lunch: Recipe for Success.” National School Lunch Week was designed to help schools tell their school lunch story and highlight the ingredients that make school lunch menus special...from local food and farmers to salad bars to the behind-the-scenes teamwork that makes every tray of food possible. We invite you to come have lunch with your child during this week. If you are able to join us, please return the attached flyer by Friday, October 6th.

Red Mill's Homework Policy

We realize that most of our students at Red Mill are involved in numerous extracurricular activities which offer a multitude of benefits to the social-emotional development of children. We want our students to enjoy these activities as well as quality family time, and we do not want homework to be a source of stress at home. However, we do want to make sure we are also preparing our students for the demands of middle school. As a faculty, we have reviewed the research and discussed our beliefs about homework. We believe in assigning short, meaningful homework assignments that are designed to help students do one of the following: practice previously-taught skills, develop study skills, extend students’ learning, or spark students’ interests in upcoming topics. Therefore, we will implement the following guidelines for homework at Red Mill. In kindergarten through 2nd grade, students are expected to read nightly. Parents are also provided with a list/calendar of suggested activities to do with their child based on objectives currently being taught to help keep families informed of their child’s learning. In 3rd through 5th grade, students are expected to read nightly. In addition, math homework will be given as needed. Students are also expected to review content (science, social studies, math) notes in order to start developing effective study habits for middle school. If you have questions regarding your child’s homework assignments and how you can support your child, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher. Additional information regarding homework in Virginia Beach Schools can be found in School Board Regulation 6-54.1

Accessing School-Provided Digital Resources from Home

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Marking Period Awards

We will once again recognize our students accomplishments each marking period with the following awards.

 Distinguished Dolphin will be awarded to students in Grades 1 through 5 who display good behavior, work habits, and teamwork. To earn Distinguished Dolphin, students must earn “Proficient” marks for each objective under Productivity, Collaboration & Participation, and Citizenship. Students must also earn an “Advanced Proficient” mark on at least one objective under each of those three categories.

 “Goal-Getter” Award is available to students in Grades 3-5. Each marking period, students will set an individualized academic goal for both language arts and math and work to reach their goal during the marking period. Students who accomplish their goal will receive the “Goal-Getter Award.”

 Attendance Award will be awarded to students in grades 1 through 5 displaying excellent attendance. Recognizing that sicknesses are unavoidable, students are able to miss one day of school each marking period and still receive the attendance award. Also, recognizing the importance of students being in school on time and for the entire school day, tardies and early releases will be taken into consideration for this award. A combination of 3 tardies and/or early releases in one marking period is equivalent to one day absent. Once a student has reached 2 days absent in a marking period, they will not be eligible for the award during that marking period.

Students receiving these awards will receive a brag tag or bead to add to their brag tag chain. Additionally, the award will be indicated on their printed report card. Marking

Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

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Red Mill Dolphin Car Magnets

Would you like to show your Red Mill pride around town? Red Mill car magnets (pictured to the left) are available for $3.00 each. Send exact change or a check made out to Red Mill Elementary. Put your child's name and "car magnet" in the memo line. Magnets are also available in the main office if you would like to stop by instead.