Trantwood Times

"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"

Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)

Kudos to our teachers for intentionally writing comments that are specific to each child in their classroom. Many of you chose to focus on academics rather than inappropriate behaviors and this tells parents you love their child and are committed to their learning no matter what! Thank you for communicating behavioral concerns over the phone. Parents will love reading and rereading these hopeful, positive comments on the report card for years to come.

Kudos to Stephanie Piron, Diana Themedies, Jan Roewer, and Nancy Lambert for learning Google Classroom Fluency Tutor and to Brooke Martinette for being their tutor!

Kudos to Grades 3, 4, & 5 teachers for learning more about the issues students face when trying to solve math problems. Your willingness to understand how young mathematicians work adds up to greatness!

Kudos to First Grade teachers for arranging time to plan guided reading lessons together. Powerful instruction comes when seeking the ideas of others. Way to go!

Kudos to Patty Jack and Mrs. Z for a very smooth and successful ELLs Access assessment.

Kudos to Grade 2 teachers for leveraging community resources. Last Friday, they brought in Ms. Tate, a meteorologist, to make a weather presentation to the students.

Grade Two teachers would like to thank Mrs. Williams for assisting with the tables, Mrs. Lambert for helping to solve the technological issues, and Mr. Ellis for taking pictures during the presentation.

Feb. 8 – 12

Monday, Feb. 8:

Report Cards Go Home

Citizen of the Month Ceremony, 2:00 pm, Cafeteria

Tuesday, Feb. 9:

SOL Tutoring 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Breakfast Meeting, Dr. Spence, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Room 20

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

PAC Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Collaboration room

Wednesday, Feb. 10:

Mrs. M OTB, 1:30 on

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Mrs. M OOB, all day

Kurz, OOB, AM

Lambert, OOB, PM

SPC Meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Peer Tutoring, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Friday, Feb. 12:

PTA Valentine’s Day Dance, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Gym

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Due Dates and Reminders


  • PAC meeting scheduled for Tuesday - please let Mrs. M know if you have any agenda items.
  • Please be reminded the contractual day begins at 7:40 am. If you are going to be late, please contact the school and let us know and mark your timesheet accordingly.
  • SchoolNet Q2 assessment window: Jan. 22 - Feb. 19
  • Talent Ed Formative Option #1 due by Feb. 5
  • Dr. Spence here on Feb. 9 to conduct a breakfast meeting with local principals, 8:30 - ?, Rm 20
  • Design Fellows tour & possible schoolwide tour by DOSL, Feb. 16
  • Mandatory Site-based PLP due by March 31, 2016
  • Mark your calendar – Tuesday, April 26 @ 9:00 a.m., Kindergarten Registration

Feb. 15 - 19

Monday, Feb. 15: Presidents’ Day, Schools Closed

Tuesday, Feb. 16:

SOL Tutoring 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Faculty Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Media Center

Wednesday, Feb. 17:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Green Garden Club Meeting, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Peer Tutoring, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Friday, Feb 19:

Parents Night Out, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday


February 11 Stephanie Lassiter

February 16 Mrs. Z

February 18 Ania Blackwell

February 19 Tracy Dobrinsky

February...


National African American History Month

National Career and Technical Education Month

I Make A Difference & SCA Teacher of the Month


I Make a Difference:

Pam Jacobs/Gina Howes

Bernette Owens

Lisa Lee

Stephanie Piron

Becky McCallum

Karen Francis

Nancy Lambert

Tim Cassidy

Cassandra Arena

Nancy Kurz


SCA Teacher of the Month

Becky McCallum

Helpful Emails

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Sitebased PLP from Mrs. Metzger on January 25 (2nd time)

Mathematics 2016 Winter Conference from Mrs. Kurz on January 25, 2016

Borrowing your copy of The Café Book from Mrs. Metzger on January 27, 2016

Autism Awareness T-shirts from Mrs. Kurz on January 28, 2016

Achieve 3000 Professional Training from Mrs. Kurz on January 28, 2016

Scholarship Information for Classified Employees

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society of women educators dedicated to furthering educational goals and programs. Gamma Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma seeks to fulfill one of its goals of promoting education as a career choice. Scholarships in the amount of $600 each will be awarded in the spring of 2016. VBCPS classified employees, currently pursuing a degree in education or a Virginia teaching license for the purpose of teaching, may apply. The applicants must have no previous college degree. See flyer on bulletin board in office.

Go paperless with your pay stub

It is quick and easy to go paperless with your pay stub and simply view your pay stub online as needed. Here are the steps:

  • Go to vbcps.com

  • Click on Employee Self Service (ESS) – located at bottom of website

  • Log-in using same user name/password you use to log-in computer each day

  • Click on Wise Employee Self Service button

  • Click on pay

  • Click on pay stubs

  • Click on paperless statements button at top of screen

There is other information you can view on the ESS site, check it out!

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