The Lions Den

A Newsletter for Lynnhaven Elementary Families

May and June 2019

Lynnhaven Elementary

Mrs. Teri Breaux - Principal

Mrs. Linda Sidone - Acting Administrator

Mr. Richard Sidone - Acting Administrator

Home of the Lions!

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!


Teri Breaux

Month at a Glance

CCLC - every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40-4:35pm

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)

School Nurse Appreciation Day

We LOVE our nurse, Mrs. Taylor! Please help us thank her for all she does every day to keep our students and staff healthy. School Nurse Appreciation Day is May 8

Memorial Day

A reminder that all schools will be closed Monday, May 27th to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Pre-K Moving On Ceremony

All Pre-K families are invited to join us on Thursday, June 12th at 8:45 in the cafeteria. This is such an exciting time for our Pre-K students as they will being moving on to KINDERGARTEN!

5th Grade Ceremony

Our end of year 5th Grade Ceremony to celebrate our students moving on to middle school will be Thursday, June 13th at 9:00am. We look forward to seeing all our 5th grade families celebrate our rising MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!


Yearbooks are going fast! Get yours soon. If you would like to have a book full of memories, please send $25 to school: cash or check (made payable to Lynnhaven Elementary School). Online orders are no longer available. Make sure to get yours soon before they sell out.

Moving or Transferring to a New School?

If you plan to enroll your child in a new school, please give the office at least 3 days’ notice to prepare the necessary paperwork. We want to make your transition as smooth as possible.

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?

Our records indicate that several families are not receiving text messages from the school with important reminders. If you have not received any text messages from Lynnhaven ES this school year, you may have not yet Opted in to receive text messages. See below for directions on how to Opt In or Opt Out of 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

The Leaders Library Challenge

The school division and the City of Virginia Beach have undertaken a new project called The Leaders Library Card Challenge. The purpose of this project is to ensure that every student in the school division has a library card and knows how to use it to access the learning resources available at the Virginia Beach Public Library that are not provided by the school division.

This program will be available for all kindergarten through grade 12 students beginning

May 1st.

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.

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