DECEMBER 14, 2018 "Embrace the Adventure!"

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Happy Holidays to JBD Families!

The week before the winter holiday vacation is always full of fun and excitement! We know everyone is looking forward to a nice break. JBD has been busy and I have to say a special thank you to the PTA for the beautiful tree in our foyer, the amazing Gull Gift shop, and the Clean the Bay day! All has been enjoyed by everyone.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful break! Remember that Friday, Dec. 21 is an adjusted dismissal day. Take note times and spirit days on the calendar.

Please enjoy family and friends and we will look forward to seeing everyone in 2019!

Beth Bianchi


Congratulations Sam Kane! JBD's Patrol of the Month

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Crystal's Art Featured in the 2019 Water Awareness Calendar

Congratulations to Crystal M., in Mrs. Dudley's Class! Her artwork was chosen for the 2019 City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities Water Awareness Calendar.

For interested students the deadline for the 2020 Water Awareness Calendar contest is March 1, 2019. The calendar theme is "How I use water wisely around my home". Extra entry forms are available in the Main office.


Monday, December 17:

  • Holiday PJ Day

Tuesday, December 18:

  • Holiday socks!

Wednesday, December 19:

  • Ugly Sweater Day!
  • Operation Smile Meeting (Room 6)

Thursday, December 20:

  • Holiday Color Day!

Friday, December 21:

  • Adjusted Dismissal Day - Students & Staff Grade 1 - 5 Dismissal @ 12:10 p.m.
  • AM Kindergarten 8:10 - 10:10
  • PM Kindergarten 10:10 - 12:10
  • Holiday Character Day!


January is "Reading Month" at John B. Dey! This year, the whole school will be participating in the "One School, One Book" initiative. Our staff has chosen the wonderful story The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Throughout the month, each classroom teacher will be reading aloud this book to their class, and we will center our month-long activities around this story. We are looking forward to the fun!

Tides Reading Logs are back! These will come home on January 2. Completed logs will earn the reader game tickets to upcoming Tides' baseball games (one per month). More details can be found on the Tides Log sheet.

Also, we will be collecting books for our Annual Book Swap. What's the Book Swap all about? Every student is encouraged to bring in gently used books from home to swap. Make sure those books are in good condition. The books brought in should match the age of the reader. Bring a book- get a book! The swap will take place during the week of January 28 - February 1, 2019.

Join us in January for the fun! Dey Readers Rock!

Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Schliske, and Mrs. Hardesty


Winter After School Activities Registration Closing Soon!

Introductory German (6 weeks)

Grades K-2, Thursdays 1/10 through 2/14

Grades 3-5, Wednesdays 1/9-2/13


Grades K-2, Tuesdays 1/8 through 1/29

Grades 3-5, Thursdays 1/10 through 1/31

***Sign ups are on the website and will close December 18th.*****

We love to try new things, how about you? This winter we will be offering German language lessons for the first time. In these age-appropriate introductory programs we will teach your children to talk about their everyday life. They will learn basic vocabulary and phrases in a fun and playful way, matching words with pictures and comprehend simple stories.


On Thurs, Dec. 20th the Staff Appreciation committee will provide sweet holiday treats for the JBD staff. Please sign up on our volunteer website to help us by sending in a treat!


Savings for Seagulls

Please be sure to send in your Box Tops (collection box next to Mrs. George's desk), and please link your Kroger and Harris Teeter cards to JBD (see attached flier for directions). Each of these programs are easy ways to make money for the school, Thank you!

Career Night: Feb 28

JBD PTA is looking for parents and/or friends in the community to share career choices with students in grades K-5. We are fortunate to live in such a diverse community in regards to careers, so we hope to see many different careers represented in this fun evening event!
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00-8:00 p.m. at JBD. If you are interested in sharing about your career, please email the committee at JBDCareerNight@gmail.com

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First Grade Parents:

Your child’s gifted screening score will be available on Parent Portal by December 15, 2018 and you may access it at that time. You can access your child’s Parent Portal account and navigate to the Standardized Test Results to view your child’s gifted screening scores. Getting Parent Portal access is a two-step process so if you’re not on yet, you will want to register now to find out your child’s test scores when they become available. Go to VBSchools.com. Under the word PARENTS on the blue banner, select Parent Portal and follow the directions for registering from the blue box on the left side of the screen.

Because this is a normed test, your child is expected to score 50%. If your child scores 90% or higher, please consider applying for the gifted program. This test only accesses one type of thinking, non-verbal/spatial. If your child demonstrates strengths in other areas, you too may consider putting your child up for gifted identification.

More information will be provided at a parent meeting near the end of January at John B. Dey. This will be a repeat of the November meeting for first grade parents. Also, please attend the parent information night at Old Donation School on Jan. 8th. Tours begin at 5:30 P.M.


2018-2019 Gifted Testing Dates

Jan. 3, 5:30 (Student led tours start at 5:00) Old Donation School: Parent Information Night for 5th graders. Old Donation School 4633 Honeygrove Rd.

Jan. 8, 5:30 Old Donation School: Parent Information Night for current grades 1-4, Old Donation School 4633 Honeygrove Rd.

Jan. 8 (Tues) Gifted testing for grades 2-4 for students seeking first time academic gifted identification. (Applications* were due Nov. 13.) Results are e-mailed to parents by the end of January 2019 unless you ALSO applied to Old Donation School. Those candidates will receive an e-mail in early April.

Feb. 1, 4:00. Applications* due for: academic gifted identification grade 5, 2nd grade students on HOLD, Old Donation School rising 3rd-6th grades, art, dance, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Plaza Middle School.

Feb. 12 (Tues) Testing Day for students applying for Old Donation School (rising 3rd-6th), 5th grade academic gifted identification and 2nd grade HOLDS. Results will be e-mailed to you in early April.

March 1, 4:00 PM. First grade gifted applications* due.

April 2 (Tues) gifted testing for 1st graders who turned in an application. Results will be e-mailed to you by the middle of May.

*applications: The application is on line, found at: https://giftedapplication.vbcps.com/

You may only submit it once a year so select all appropriate areas before submitting.

The user ID is your child’s permanent number (also used for Lunch and book check out. Your child should know this number by heart. Your child has this same number through 12th grade)

The password is your child’ school computer password. This will change every 60 days. Please ask your child for this password first, and if that is unsuccessful, follow through with the classroom teacher.

+ Parent Portal is a place to review your child’s permanent records through 12th grade. It requires a two-step process to access so establish your account well before you need it. Go to VBSchools.com and click Parent Portal under the PARENTS drop down.

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Winter Break

School will be closed from December 24, 2018 and re-opens on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Have a wonderful Holiday!
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John B. Dey Weekly Family Newsletter

Beth Bianchi

Proud Principal