Dolphin Parent Connection

November 2021 Volume 7, Issue 4

The Boosterthon was a huge success thanks to you. We raised over $40,000. The profits will be split between the PTA and school and will be used to fund the PTA budget, provide for instructional opportunities (such as virtual field trips and guest speakers), instructional materials, technology resources, replacement furniture, outdoor furniture and activities. The students seemed to have a blast this past Monday during the run. The weather was perfect, and we were thrilled to see so many family members show up to support their child. During this 7-day event, students also learned about what it means to have CURIOSITY, CONFIDENCE, HUMILITY, PRACTICE, & ENDURANCE through mini-documentaries that highlighted real kid-athletes from around the world. You can check out any of these character videos at mybooster.com. Thank you again for all your support of the fundraiser and our school. We truly have the best school community.
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VBCPS COVID-19 Resources & Information

Click here for the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety mitigations, health metrics, and procedures.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

· Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Day--No School

· Thursday, November 4th: Picture Day for Students and Staff

· Thursday, November 4th: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Friday, November 5th: R.E.D. Day (Remember Everyone Deployed)--demonstrate support for approximately 10,000 students in VBCPS with active-duty parents serving in the armed forces

· Tuesday, November 9th: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Thursday, November 11th: Veterans Day--No School

· Friday, November 12th: End of Marking Period 1--Adjusted Dismissal Day at 12:10 PM

· Friday, November 12th: SCA Spirit Day: Patriotic Day--wear red, white, and blue

· Monday, November 15th: Start of Marking Period 2

· Monday, November 15th: Spirit Wear Sales Begin

· Tuesday, November 16th: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Tuesday, November 16th: Coffee with the Counselor at 9:00 AM (Please RSVP to erin.whitt@vbschools to receive virtual link)

· Wednesday, November 17th: Adjusted Dismissal at 12:40 PM

· Wednesday, November 17th: Spirit Night at Panera 4:00-8:00 PM

· Thursday, November 18th: PTA General Meeting at 7:00 PM (via Zoom) See PTA News below for Zoom link.

· Thursday, November 18th: Report Cards Available for Parents in ParentVue

· Thursday, November 18th: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Monday, November 22nd: Spirit Wear Sales Order Forms Due

· Tuesday, November 23rd: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Tuesday, November 30th: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Wednesday, December 1st: Adjusted Dismissal at 12:40 PM

· Thursday, December 2nd: Girls on the Run until 4:00 PM

· Thursday, December 2nd: Lifetouch Picture Make-up Day

Spirit Night

Join us for a Spirit Night at Panera (2137 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454) on Wednesday, Nov 17th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Show the attached flyer or enter the code PRFUND during checkout on the app or panerabread.com to support Red Mill Elementary School. See you there!

Dismissal & Attendance Information

When communicating with the office regarding dismissal changes or attendance, please ensure you are using the generic email address redmiles@vbschools.com. This ensures that your email is seen in a timely manner since this account is being monitored by more than one person.

Welcome to Our New Security Assistant

We want to welcome our new security assistant, Mr. Chester Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes has years of experience in security and has been a security assistant in several other Virginia Beach schools, most recently at Lynnhaven Middle. Mr. Rhodes is an avid surfer and enjoys working with kids at surf camps during the summers.

Gifted Education News

Red Mill Gifted Program

Click here for more information on Red Mill's Gifted Program, Identification Process, and Available Resources

Counselor Corner

During the month of November, students will build on their knowledge of the Zones of Regulation. Now that we know all about the four zones and are familiar with our face and body clues, students will learn about tools. Tools are strategies that help us to control our energy level and alertness. While we are at school, we use tools to stay in (or move into) the Green Zone, where we are calm, happy, focused, and ready to learn.


Please join me for our first Coffee with the Counselor Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 16th at 9am. This quarter, we will be discussing self-regulation and ways for you to reinforce the Zones of Regulation at home. RSVP to erin.whitt@vbschools.com for the Zoom link or for more information.

We are also beginning to prepare for the holiday season – if you or a family you know could benefit from some extra help this year, please contact me!


RMES School Counseling Website


Erin Whitt, Red Mill School Counselor

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Art of the Military Child

Are you a military family or closely connected to a military family? Then we would love for you to create artwork for the “Art of the Military Child” art show. This year, the division will celebrate the tenth annual Art of Being a Military Child, an art contest open to all Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students in grades K-12.


Please see Ms. Knight, Art Teacher, in room 3 for more information and to receive paper to complete your “Art of the Military Child” artwork. Artwork should be turned into the Art Room (room 3) by December 1st, 2021.

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PTA News

Veterans Day

Red Mill is proud to be a community with a strong military heritage. We are preparing a presentation for our students and families this year and need photos, videos, and information to make this happen. If you would like to include a Red Mill affiliated veteran in our presentation, please send photos/videos via email by Oct. 21st to Anna Walker at cletuscrew@rocketmail.com. Please include the following: Name of veteran, conflict(s), Rank/Grade, MOS, Branch, RMES student (if applicable) and relationship to student. Any other details will be welcome.


Boosterthon

Thank you all so much to all our Red Mill friends, neighbors, grandparents, and families for your time and generosity during our Boosterthon Fun Run event. Red Mill blew past our fundraising goals! A huge thank you to all of our Boosterthon sponsors: Kalfus & Nachman, Beach Windows, Anderson's/Sage, Siebert Realty and Strawbridge Dental. And a GIANT thank you to all of our event volunteers, Ms. Antrum and the Custodial Staff, Dr. Miller, Mrs. Keros, Mrs. Ferguson, the Office Staff, and Ms. Parker and the PE staff for helping to make the event day so successful.


PTA General Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm for our General PTA Meeting via Zoom. We will review and approve the budget for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year and discuss upcoming events. Please use the Zoom link below: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/89466884833?pwd=S2crZmtSOWZieHpyb3J4akFTYU4rQT09


November PTA Turkey Raffle

Everyone who joins the PTA Zoom Meeting on Nov. 18th will have a chance to win a frozen turkey for your holiday dinner. Simply log on and type your name in the chat for a chance to win! There will be 5 winners. Winners will be announced at the end of the meeting. Turkeys will be delivered via a special Red Mill Dolphin visit the afternoon of Saturday, November 20, 2021.


Joining the PTA

It’s not too late to join the PTA!!!! PTA membership is open to all: dads, moms, caregivers, teachers, staff, and grandparents. Dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs. Dues are only $5.00! Please go to the following website https://rmes.memberhub.com/store, to sign up or fill out the form below and return it to your child’s teacher. You will receive a Papa John’s coupon code for joining. The code for $10 off your order will be emailed to you after you pay your dues. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.


New Social Media and Email

We have a new email address, Twitter, and Instagram account! Please follow us on social media for the latest PTA news and information or email us with any questions or suggestions you may have.

Facebook: Red Mill PTA

Twitter: @RedMillPTA

Instagram: redmillpta

Email: redmillvbpta@gmail.com


Easy Fundraising

Please remember to link your Harris Teeter Vic Card, link your Amazon Smile account to Red Mill PTA and download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts. Proceeds from your purchases go to help our school! See the flyer below for additional information.


Anna Campbell

Red Mill PTA President

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Tracking Your Student's Bus

Edulog Parent Portal lets parents see the time and location planned for school bus arrival at their child’s bus stop. The app also lets them view the location of the school bus to gauge arrival times each day and sends a push notification to their smartphone when the bus enters a user-defined geographic area around the stop. Parents only receive access by registering with data unique to their child. It’s all information to help parents feel secure about their child’s trip on the school bus!

ParentVue Accounts

ParentVue is the application that allows parents to access information regarding their child's attendance, course history, class schedule, grades, test history, and other important documents such as report cards. If you have not signed up for an account, go to https://www.vbschools.com/parents/parent_portal.

Parent Communication

The school division will continue to utilize the AlertNow messaging system to disseminate information at the division level. The specific email addresses and phone numbers that receive these messages from the AlertNow system are based on information we currently have in our Student Information System.


Additionally, Red Mill may occasionally send text messages via the AlertNow Messaging system with important reminders and transportation changes. In order to receive text messages, you have to Opt In. 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.