The Lions Den
A Newsletter for Lynnhaven Elementary Families
May and June 2019
Message from the Principal
Dear Lynnhaven families,
It is so hard to believe that this edition of our family newsletter is the last one of the year. Where in the world did this school year go? I feel like it was just August and September when I met many of you for the first time.
This has been an exciting year for our students, and they have worked so hard over the last eight months. I have enjoyed celebrating their growth with them as I know their teachers and you have as well.
As we move into testing season for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, please know that our students are more than a test. I want them to try their very best, take their time, give it their all, but most importantly, I want them to know that at the end of the day, they are just as important no matter the outcome. Some students will fail, some will have an opportunity to retake, and many will pass. None of that will measure the worth of them personally.
Thank you for helping me lift them up every day, but especially during the testing season. Our LES Lions are amazing! I look forward to celebrating with them their continued growth this school year as we round out the year. I wish you all a wonderful end of the year and a restful summer. Thank you for sharing your amazing children with us each and every day!
Month at a Glance
STEM Robotics - every Tuesday from 2:40-4:35pm
5th Grade Strings - every Wednesday and Friday during P.E.
May 1 - SCA Talent Show Rehearsal
May 1 - SOL Tutoring
May 2 - SOL Tutoring
May 2 - SCA Officer Meeting
May 3 - Field Day
May 4 - CCLC Field Trip - Adventure Park
May 6 - 10 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 - SCA Talent Show Rehearsal
May 6 - SOL Tutoring
May 7 - SCA Talent Show Rehearsal
May 7 - SOL Tutoring
May 8 - School Nurse Appreciation Day
May 8 - SOL Tutoring
May 8 - PreK Application Screening for 19-20 School Year 4:00 - 6:00
May 9 - SCA Talent Show Rehearsal
May 9 - SOL Tutoring
May 10 - Progress Reports Issued Grades 1-5
May 10 - Kindergarten Field Trip - Virginia Zoo
May 10 - SCA Talent Show
May 14 - SOL grade 5 - Reading
May 15 - SOL grade 5 - Reading
May 15 - SPCA Outreach grade 2
May 16 - SOL grade 4 - Reading
May 16 - PTA Board Meeting 3:30
May 17 - SOL grade 4 - Reading
May 17 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Virginia Zoo
May 20 - SOL grade 3 - Reading
May 21 - SOL grade 3 - Reading
May 22 - SOL grade 5 - Math
May 23 - SOL grade 5 - Math
May 27 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 28 - SOL grade 4 - Math
May 29 - SOL grade 4 - Math
May 30 - SOL grade 3 - Math
May 31 - SOL grade 3 - Math
June 4 - SOL grade 5 - Science
June 5 - SOL grade 5 - History
June 12 - PreK Moving Up Celebration 8:45
June 13 - 5th grade Ceremony 9:00
June 14 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - early dismissal 12:10
June 21 - Report Cards Mailed Home
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 - 10
Join us in thanking our teachers! Show your teachers that they are loved and they make a world of difference with everything they do!
Monday – Teachers are SPECIAL
Write an acrostic poem a for your teacher using the letters in their name.
Tuesday – You make us BLOOM
Bring their favorite flower (fresh, fake or handmade).
Wednesday – Teachers are NOTEWORTHY
Write your teacher a note and/or draw a picture to explain how they have impacted your life this year.
Thursday – My Teacher’s a TREAT
Treat your teachers to their favorite snack, beverage, or candy.
Friday – SUPPLY them with Thanks
Classroom Gift (ex: gift card, new or used book, tissues, hand sanitizer, glue sticks, dry erase markers, pencils).
Thank you for recognizing our teachers from the classroom to our teacher specialists!
(art, ESL, gifted, music, library, math, PALS, P.E., reading, and Special Education)
Pre-K Moving On Ceremony
5th Grade Ceremony
Moving or Transferring to a New School?
Also, be on the lookout for information coming home soon about your intentions for next school year.
School Start Times
For the past four years, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been engaging in conversations regarding a possible shift in school start times. Following the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach's vote in November to approve a resolution to change school start times, VBCPS administration began developing four schedule options that would provide adolescent students more sleep time.
Now, VBCPS is seeking feedback on those four options from students, staff members, parents and Virginia Beach community members.
Currently, the public can weigh in on the four potential options by visiting the school division's e-Town Hall survey.
The survey will be live until Wednesday, May 15.
Additionally, for those interested in learning more about the medical research behind the change in schedule as well as the development process of the options, the school division is hosting three community meetings in May. Attendees will hear a brief presentation and have the opportunity to weigh in directly on the school start times options. The schedule for the meetings is as follows:
- Monday, May 6 at Bettie F. Williams Elementary School
- Tuesday, May 7, at Landstown High School
- Wednesday, May 8, at Plaza Middle School
All community meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Your input is important! Thank you for taking the time to voice your opinion on this important discussion.
Not Receiving Text Messages?
How do I know if I have Opted-in?
You can check if you are opted-in by texting “Y” or "YES" to 67587.
How do I opt-out?
You may opt-out at any time by texting “STOP” to 67587.
What if I opted-out but later decide I would like to opt-in again?
As long as your child’s school has your text-enabled phone number on record, you may request to begin receiving text messages by texting “Y” or "YES" to 67587. If the school does not have your text-enabled number on record, you will need to contact the school.
See full FAQ at https://www.vbschools.com/about_us/contact_us/text_messaging
The Leaders Library Challenge
This program will be available for all kindergarten through grade 12 students beginning
The highlights of the program include:
- Every student will have a virtual library card. No hard copy cards will be provided.
- The library card number will be the student's identification number preceded by an “S”.
- The card's PIN number will be the student's birthday in MMDD format.
- Students will have access to all online resources.
- Students may still have a regular library card.
We are excited to provide these additional resources to every student at no cost to the division.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Lynnhaven Elementary
Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change
Do Great Work Together • Value Differences