The Lions Den
A Newsletter for Lynnhaven Elementary Families
Message from the Principal
I was recently looking back at pictures taken the end of February and beginning of March, thinking to myself, my goodness, we had no idea what was about to come our way. It is hard to believe that two months have gone by, slowly many days and swiftly others, and that our life has been changed so dramatically all around us.
It has been a whirlwind in my own house helping my four school-aged children navigate online learning, which has been a mix of amazing and challenging, depending on the day. I have seen my own children have a broad range of emotions from missing their friends and teachers, to happy to be at home, to angry and not sure why. These emotions are all normal, and as adults we are feeling similar emotions on top of other stress that we hold during this unprecedented time. I say all of this to let you know that we are in this together.
We have created an opportunity for continued learning through the end of the year, and I am proud of our school division for striking a balance for our families. It may not be the perfect balance for every family, but I hope that you have found the learning in the last quarter to be accessible and manageable for your children. Teachers have been tasked with keeping a list of assignments completed by students. Many parents have reached out and questioned why we would do this if not grading. Here is why...
When we return to school, we will be ready to welcome your children with open arms and meet them where they are both socially/emotionally and academically. While we recognize there may be gaps in learning, we are all in the same boat, and we will work together to get students where they need to be when they return. What can you do in the meantime?
Try your best to have consistent schedules, at minimum Tuesdays through Fridays. If you fail at that, it's ok...I'm failing too as a parent some days (many days), but treat every day as a fresh start and a new beginning. Support your children by trying to find them a quiet space in the home to work a few hours of the day. Connect with teachers to know what your child is completing. We are not asking you to teach your child. That is our job, so please let us know what you see is frustrating to your child, and the teacher will pick up from there. Hug your children and let them know you understand this is hard because it is. This is not normal, and we can't wait to get back to a normal that will be even better than before.
Lastly, I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of you who are essential employees - from our health care providers to grocery store and food employees, to our first responders, you are risking your health every day to take care of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do every day to be part of our amazing community. Please stay safe and healthy!
Please enjoy our heartfelt video below!
I miss and love you all!
Emergency Learning in Quarter 4
Report Cards - Quarter 3
All parents without Parent Vue accounts should have received an email from the school division a few weeks ago. Should you have questions accessing Parent Vue, please email Mrs. Breaux at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 648-3000 and leave a message.
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4th - 8th
If your child still needs to check out his or her Chromebook, please contact Mrs. Breaux or Mr. Fischi through their emails at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the main office number and leave a message - 648-3000.
PBIS for Famlies
Dealing with a wide range of emotions is normal for children, especially during this time of a pandemic and school closures. Please see below information regarding emotional/behavioral reactions and how we can respond to different age groups. The information below was taken from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Visit the school division's PBIS Twitter page @PBIS4VB
Essential Student Belongings
Our division is working on a plan for picking up all other belongings at the end of the school year. Those plans will be communicated once determined. Thank you for your continued patience.
Dr. Spence's Deskside Chat
Online Registration is OPEN for 2020-2021
Parents can register online here - https://www.vbschools.com/parents/student_registration/OLR
Current Pre-Kindergarten students in VBCPS will get directions soon on how to register for Kindergarten in person. Current Pre-Kindergarten students should not use the online registration.
Each year, VBCPS publishes and annual school report card. Click on the button above to access. Should you have any questions regarding the report, please contact the school administration at 648-3000.
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