The Lion's Tale

October 14, 2016

Dear Teacher: Heartfelt Advice for Teachers from Students

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~Henry Adams

Shout Out To...

All of you for your participation during Wednesday's Sailor Volunteer Day. Everyone did a fantastic job celebrating the United States Navy's 241st birthday. The sailors had a great time and are looking forward to coming back for future events. (Amy Grant)

Tammy Bacalis for working with everyone to get progress reports out this week.

Amy Grant for organizing all of our military friends on Wednesday. Everyone benefitted from having them at Shelton Park!

All of the staff, husbands, and family members that helped with our take down, move, and set up. It means the world to us to know that we have such a great family here that will pitch in whenever and wherever! Our kiddos are adjusting to the new room and having tons of fun. (Diona Ortiz and Alexis Forgey)

Heather Stadler - A HUGE THANK YOU to you and your family for keeping an eye on our flooded SUV during the storm. Not only did your husband bike ride to our house to let us know the water had receded, your dad was so helpful in jumping the vehicle so we could put it in neutral and push it to the side of the road. Thank you so much for your help (and WHO KNEW we lived so close to each other)!! (Liz Cipolla)

The awesome ladies in the cafeteria and all of the teachers who adjusted lunch times on Tuesday.

Carly Hathaway, Jill Robinson, Kristin Sheely, and Nicole Bevis for coming out Saturday for the SAPLINGS program. I couldn’t have done it without you! (Jennifer Hodges)

Susanne Fay, Kristy Rowe, Liz Cipolla, and Deenie Lane for helping me pack and move! Mrs. Keller for your help with a family on Saturday morning. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t been there. (Jennifer Hodges)

EVERYONE who has helped with the move of our kindergarten and first grade friends!

The value of learning targets

Learning targets are short term goals or statements. Your learning targets should clearly state what you expect students to know and be able to do at the end of the lesson(s). Learning targets frame the learning.

A few things you may need to know...

Start making up your make up time now! Please make sure to log in any make up time on your WISE time sheet. See Cheri or Arden with any questions!

OPEN ENROLLMENT - You must go to the open enrollment site to sign up before the window closes on November 4th. Please know that even if you DO NOT want to sign up you must select that you decline coverage. This has to be done for each of the 8 categories.

Please treat our copy machines and printers with love. Sometimes even our best intentions can do more harm than good.

Teachers, soon you may be receiving money for the PTA Trunk or Treat. Please make sure the money is attached to the forms. The PTA expressed a concern about money being separated from forms.

The PTA is beginning their big membership drive this month. Please encourage PTA memberships. The PTA currently has more memberships this year than they had total all last year! I would love to see the PTA reach 100% PTA membership. OINK! OINK!

A new master schedule was emailed out today and will be placed in the electronic handbook. Please make sure to review so you are aware of any changes.

The first quarter assessment window will be opening on October 31st. The schedule for testing was posted last week. Please adhere to the schedule. Two tests should not be given in one day. As best you can, please try to utilize the largest block in your day that will be best for your students. ALL tests should be read by students. Communication is key between teachers on grade levels to have a successful testing window.

Bus Safety Week is next week (October 17 - 23). Your students would love making a card or writing a letter for their bus driver!

Lit Bits for The Lion's Tale

Virginia Beach Reading Council

Would you like an opportunity to become part of a professional organization?

VSRA/VBRC is a professional organization of educators and interested individuals actively engaged in the development of literacy throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  1. Support and disseminate knowledge of best practices in literacy instruction
  2. Support and disseminate literacy research
  3. Foster interaction on literacy issues through collaboration, networking and partnerships
  4. Advocate for policies and legislation that advances literacy
  5. Provide quality professional development opportunities in the area of literacy education
  6. Promote lifelong literacy habits

In addition, our Reading Teacher of the Year is a member of this fabulous organization!

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Upcoming events

  • October 14th - Goal Setting and Formative options DUE in TALENT ED
  • October 17th - STEM-A-THON (5th grade), VB READS starts (1st grade) MARLIN READS starts (2nd grade and 3rd grade)
  • October 18th - Kindergarten field trip to Taylor Farm
  • October 19th - Security Assistant Day, Action Team meetings, 3:00 p.m.
  • October 20th - 4th grade field trip to the Planetarium, Earthquake Drill, 10:20 a.m., New First Grade Open House, 5:00 p.m.
  • October 21st - SIP meeting, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m., PTA Trunk or Treat/Movie night, 5:30 p.m.
  • October 24th - FULL SCHOOL DAY - MAKE UP DAY
  • October 25th - SPES Curriculum Expo, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • October 26th - Pre-K field trip to Hunt Club Farm, PAC meeting, 3:00 p.m. (library)
  • October 27th - Make up picture day
  • October 28th - Wear black and orange Spirit Day, Achieve 3000 rep here (schedule forthcoming)
  • October 31st - HALLOWEEN, Quarter 1 testing window opens
  • November 2nd - Leadership Team Meeting, 3:00 p.m. (library)
  • November 3rd - PTA Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (library)
  • November 4th - conference day schedules due to the office
  • November 5th - VB SCA Leadership Wrkshop
  • November 7th - Federal Card returned, First Quarter ends
  • November 8th - STAFF DAY - parent/teacher conferences
  • November 9th - Second Quarter begins, Staff Meting, 3:00 p.m. (library)
  • November 11th - VETERANS DAY - NO SCHOOL
  • November 15th - Report Cards issued, Chili's Night
  • November 16th - Grade 1 gifted screening, Action Team meetings, 3:00 p.m.
  • I Make A DIfference is presented to...

    Cheri Crumbly. She always has a warm smile and a bubbly personality. Miss Lu La Rue takes care of our substitutes, our keys, our payroll and still SO much more. What would we do with out you Cheri? You make a difference at Shelton Park Elementary each day! THANK YOU!