The Dragon Times
June 2021 Edition
Put Students First * Seek Growth * Be Open to Change * Do Great Work Together * Value Differences
Happy June, Luxford!
It is hard to believe we just completed the most memorable school year on recent record! I want to share my immense gratitude for entrusting us with your children. This year was a challenge with many obstacles, and our school has persevered.
Our students were resilient this year, and I am so proud of all of them. You hear a lot about "learning loss" in the news. The reality is that our students have made "learning leaps" this year. They have gained new skills as collaborators and communicators. They have demonstrated a growth mindset as problem solvers when faced with new challenges. They have shown empathy and kindness to each other and to themselves.
I am grateful for the support of our families and the grit and grace of our teachers. Together, we are an AMAZING team!
I hope you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe summer making memories. Our children are only little for such a short time and this year, we have all learned how precious that time with loved ones really is.
This summer, our school office will be open Mondays-Thursdays. I encourage you to also check out the VBSchools website for updates about the 2021-2022 school year. I will send out updates and emails this summer, as well! Please never hesitate to reach out to us at school if you have any questions!
Have a happy, restful, and wonderful summer!
Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021 Reminder
Please see our Luxford Website for a fun and engaging Bitmoji Classroom with important Kindergarten information as well as fun activities for the students. the welcome sign in the classroom is also a link to the Vbschools website to register online.
Once you have completed your online registration, please contact the school you make an appointment to complete the registration process.
You must bring in (or download) the following documentation to complete registration:
- two proofs of residence/address (current lease agreement/mortgage statement and current gas, electric, or water bills)
- certified birth certificate
- physical examination report (Virginia Form MCH-213G dated within 12 months prior to starting kindergarten)
- current immunization records (verified on Virginia Form MCH-213G, public health department form or an immunization document from a qualified physician or licensed nurse practioner)
- two current emergency contact phone numbers
If your student is currently enrolled in a Virginia Beach School Pre-K Program, you will not be able register online. You will need to call your zoned school and make an appointment to register. You will also need to provide the documents above and complete other required paperwork. If you experience any difficulties registering or have questions regarding registration please call the school at 757-648-2960.
Please click the link to see a free resource for your rising Kindergartner for 21-22 school year
Update to VBCPS Mask Policy
As you know, the Governor recently released updated guidance regarding face-coverings. In consultation with our health experts, the following policy adjustments are in effect in all schools and administrative buildings are below:
- All staff, students and visitors must wear a mask on school property with the following exceptions:
- Staff members who have been fully vaccinated (14 days from final dose) do not need to wear a face covering when outside on school property during the school day.
- When children are NOT present in the building any individual, staff or visitor, is not required to wear a mask in doors wif they are fully vaccinated. If not, vaccinated, CDC guidance states: Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to mask and distance in order to protect themselves and the people around them.
- Students who are participating outdoors in PE or recess do not need to wear a face covering. No physical distancing is required in this setting.
- Students who are exercising in the gym do not need to wear a mask, provided they can maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Staff and students may continue to wear face-coverings in any setting if they so choose.
- Students may remove a mask while playing certain musical instruments (with 10-foot distancing) and when eating (with 6-foot distancing).
- Students or staff with documented medical exemptions may also remove their face-coverings indoors.
If you have any questions about these policies, please contact the school.
Thank you for your support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
VB Summer Learning Boost
The Department of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with division teachers and instructional technology specialists, will be offering an amazing summer learning opportunity to all pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students who were enrolled in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) during the 2020-21 school year!
Each week in July, high-quality literacy and numeracy lessons aligned to key grade level concepts will be posted and available to currently enrolled VBCPS students. These optional lessons will review and reinforce previously taught material to give our students a great learning boost before they begin the 2021-22 school year. For example, a 2020-21 kindergartener should access the kindergarten lessons to review key skills and concepts from kindergarten. Students are also welcomed to try lessons from a “lower” or “higher” grade level if they would like additional review or to challenge themselves.
The lessons will be provided in video format so students are able to engage at times that fit their family schedule and will remain posted through August. Helpful parent videos will accompany lessons to provide parents an overview of each week’s learning and highlight other resources available to students.
Students who were enrolled in VBCPS pre-kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2020-21 school year will be able to access the learning experiences and other resources using their VBCPS student login credentials via ClassLink.
It’s summer! And that means it’s time to think about SUMMER READING! The research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. Here are some resources to help you keep your child READING this summer:
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Read any 8 books this summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal linked below. Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st-August 31st for a free book!
Start with a Book: Reading Rockets
Visit the link below for books and activities for summer reading and learning from Reading Rockets.
Summer Reading Tips to Go from Reading Rockets
Visit the link below to sign up to receive summer reading tips via text message each week in English or Spanish. Text messages will feature hands-on activities to keep kids reading, creating, exploring, and learning all summer long!
5th Grade Moving On Celebration
Our fifth graders who are moving on to middle school next year had a wonderful celebration in the bus loop during the last week of school! Our fifth graders were able to feel special and make a memory of being recognized for completing elementary school!
Thank you to our AMAZING PTA! We could not have pulled this off without you- from the bags to the decorations and treats and more! You rock!
Social Emotional Learning in the Summer
Check out this awesome article on ways to continue teaching social emotional learning throughout the summer!
And this other site as well! (includes activities on self-control, empathy, and responsible decision making)
Summer Social Emotional Bingo with our CASEL Model Competencies
Kids Bowl Free
Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES of Bowling Each Day of The KBF Program All Summer Long! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. Please click the link below to register your children.