JBD FRIDAY FOCUS Family Newsletter

May 31, 2019 "Embrace the Adventure!"

Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

Dear Parents,

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I wanted to notify you of John B. Dey’s procedure for class assignments. Class placement for the 2019-2020 school year will be mailed to you in August. When report cards are mailed the week after school ends, you will note that your child will not receive a room number or teacher, only a grade level placement.

In addition, I would like to remind you that we cannot take requests for specific classroom teachers for next year. Your current classroom teacher, along with administration and specialists, take many things into account when creating class lists. Please do not ask your child’s teacher to place your child into a specific teacher’s class. If you have concerns that need to be addressed in regards to next year, please contact me to set up a meeting. I am happy to hear your concerns and work with you in regards to what is best for your child.

Class lists are finalized in August after any staffing changes that may take place in the summer and mailed approximately August 16th. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work hard to make these educational decisions to place your child where he/she will flourish.

Mark your calendars for our MEET AND GREET events for next year. The purpose of Meet and Greet is to meet the teacher, and drop off supplies. It’s a quick greeting-not OPEN HOUSE or conference time.

Meet and Greet Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Kindergarten AM and Grade 1: 8:30-9:15

Grade 2 and Kindergarten PM: 9:30-10:15

Grade 3: 10:30-11:15

Grade 4: 11:30-12:15

Grade 5: 12:30-1:15

OPEN HOUSE will be held during the 2nd week in September. Exact dates and times are to be determined. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd.

We are looking forward to finishing this school year with flying colors and are already excited about the 2019-2020 school year!

Congratulations to our Safety Patrols of the Month for the Second Semester!

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2019-2020 Safety Patrols Requirements and Application Process

Applications for Safety Patrol will be coming home soon. Fourth graders desiring to be safety patrols must have the following qualifications:

1. Excellent academic record from grades 3 and 4

2. No discipline infractions-including bus referrals

3. Demonstrate strong character traits including integrity, honesty, and being responsible.

4. Positive classroom teacher recommendation

5. Completed essay with clear and specific reasons for why they would like to be a safety patrol.

6. Prompt return of the application. Late applications will not be accepted.

There will be two rounds of applications for safety patrols and for this application time frame, chosen safety patrols will serve for the first semester. Those selected must be available to attend a meeting during the last week of August.

A second round of safety patrols will serve the second semester giving the opportunity for new mid-year applications. We have awesome students at John B. Dey, and we receive many more applications than positions. Having two rounds of applications allows more children to have a chance.

Thank you!

Wondering about SCA Elections?

Student Council Association elections will be held in September 2019.


Monday, June 3:

  • Operation Hero

Tuesday, June 4:

  • SOL Grade 5 Science

Wednesday, June 5:

  • SOL Grade 5 Virginia Studies
  • Word Shirt Wednesday
  • Frank W. Cox High School Grad Walk at Dey
  • Operation Hero Graduation 4 - 5 p.m. (Cafeteria)
  • PTA Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 6:

Friday, June 7:


JBD needs volunteers to assist as hall monitors during SOL testing, please sign up at http://www.jbdpta.my-pta.org


*5th grade Beach Bash will be JUNE 11 from 6-8 (in the JBD cafeteria), please be on the lookout for permissions slips coming home in your 5th grader’s folder. A sign up genius will go out to 5th grade parents, please consider signing up to volunteer to help out with this event.

*5th grade Moving on Ceremony will be June 13th from 6-8pm at GREAT NECK MIDDLE SCHOOL!

2019/20 PTA

If you are interested in a position on our PTA board next year, please contact the 2019/20 JBD PTA President, Lauren Kirkpatrick. Jbdptapresident@gmail.com


Please check the lost and found. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity on June 14.


Cluster Class Information Night offered Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Curiosity Commons at John B. Dey. This event is specifically designed for parents of newly identified gifted students to learn what the cluster class is all about, but anyone is welcome to attend



I sent home a yellow colored letter about picking up medication from the clinic. The only medication that qualifies to stay in the clinic over the summer is unexpired Epi pens. June 14 (Friday) by noon is the last day to pick up medication. Any questions, please call the clinic at 648-2447.


Michele Self, R.N


  • Remember to check the Lost & Found (in the Cafeteria). All items will be donated on June 14.
  • Please check your child's Cafeteria Account and be sure it is up to date.


June 10: Grade 3 Field Trip to First Landing State Park (Oyster Transplant) 9:00 - 1:00

  • June 11: 5th grade Beach Bash 6 - 8 p.m.-JBD Cafeteria
  • June 12: Cluster Class Information Night 6:30 p.m. Curiosity Commons- This event is designed for parents of newly identified gifted students to learn what the cluster class is all about.
  • June 13: 5th Grade Skating Party (Haygood Skating Center) 9:30 - 1:30
  • June 13: 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony 6 - 8 p.m. at Great Neck Middle School
  • June 14: Last day of school! Adjusted dismissal for all students
  • AM Kindergarten 8:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
  • PM Kindergarten 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Grades 1- 5: 8:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • June 16: Happy Father's Day!
  • June 21: Report cards mailed home
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    Have a great weekend!