December 6, 2019

Holiday Spirit

Parents and extended families of fifth graders enjoyed a wonderful chorus and strings concert last night. Many thanks to Mrs. Ansell and Mr. Fields for the musical inspiration! We set up 250 chairs and there was still standing room only event that sent everyone home feeling very festive! Tonight, the fourth grade chorus will be going to the Holiday Lights at the Beach to spread more John B. Dey cheer. Have fun!

Many thanks to the PTA for the spirit wear that has been delivered and the giant tree that is decorated in the foyer. With 9.5 days of school left in the year 2019, we are keeping the festivities and fun going. Parents, we appreciate you continuing to help us keep your children focused on school by ensuring consistent bedtimes and coming to school on time! Research shows that keeping routines in tact has a huge impact on student progress. Absences tend to increase during the holidays, and of course, if your child is sick they need to stay home. Otherwise, we want to see their shiny, happy faces every day. As you can see, even our elves are coming to school everyday and learning their word wall words! :)

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Bianchi

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Shout out to Mr. Kevin Fields, JBD Strings Teacher for being honored with the following award.

Outstanding New Orchestra Teacher for the state of Virginia

Way to go Mr. Fields! JBD and our Strings students are lucky to have you!

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Monday, December 9:
  • PTA Spanish (K-1) 3-4 p.m.
  • Ready for a SHOREBREAK? Come, carry out or order delivery (481-9393) at Shorebreak Pizza on Monday, December 9 and mention John B. Dey when you order to benefit our school!
  • Gr. 1 Parent Info Gifted Night 6:00 p.m. JBD Cafe

Tuesday, December 10:

  • PTA Spanish (Gr. 4/5) 3-4 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Middle School Gifted Visual Arts Program 5:30 p.m. @ VB Middle

Wednesday, December 11:

  • Word shirt Wednesday!
  • PTA Spanish (Gr. 2/3) 3-4 p.m.
  • SCA Meeting 3 - 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, December 12:

  • STEM Robotics Club(Innovation Station) 3-4:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13:

  • Progress Reports for those needed


Friday, December 13th

JBD SCA Donut sale!

The SCA would like to purchase a legacy gift for the school's new courtyard. The gift will consist of a "Hawk Eye" bird camera mounted in a birdhouse. The camera will allow students, staff, and visitors to view what is happening in the birdhouse in REAL time! Help us by buying a donut!

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Dec. 16: Baby it's cold outside: Bundle up in your favorite winter scarf & hat!

Dec. 17: Family Portrait Day: Wear your favorite flannel shirt

Dec. 18: Deck the halls with holiday wear!

Dec. 19: Tis' the season: Wear your favorite holiday shirt

Dec. 20: Ugly sweater day!


Dear Parents, Teachers, and Staff,
We blinked and now it’s December! In the hustle and bustle of the season, let us pause to remember how grateful we all are to be at John B. Dey among such caring and highly qualified teachers, with staff who are compassionate, and administration who teaches, motivates, encourages and inspires.
The PTA is so grateful for your support and involvement this year. 2019 might be almost over, but the PTA is gearing up for one of our most highly anticipated events of the year!
Our Gull Gift Shop will be December 10, 11, and 12 on the stage as it’s transformed into a shopping wonderland for our students! Each class will have time to shop during the school day. Every item is just $2 and will be wrapped and tagged to its recipient. Volunteers are what makes this event so very special. If you can donate your time to help, please visit https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.jbdpta.com&data=02%7C01%7CCorinne.Gabriel%40vbschools.com%7C8e181aeeb1c249d6980808d77985f842%7C4cb2e3229c834bc49fbaf826953f8e57%7C0%7C0%7C637111488639977489&sdata=v5iGsObwmiVvOWvJLEDJU1SSo4wtz9iN8T20qGg0KwE%3D&reserved=0
And join us at Spirit Night at ShoreBreak on December 9! We look forward to seeing you there!
Lauren Kirkpatrick
PTA President
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The Art of Being a Military Child

Due: December 19



On December 20th, we will have an adjusted dismissal day.

Grades 1 - 5: 8:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

AM Kindergarten: 8:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

PM Kindergarten: 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

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Mon Dec. 9, 6:00 John B. Dey. Parent gr. 1-4 GIFTED APPLICATION NIGHT, especially FIRST GRADE PARENTS—an information night about the gifted program, applications, cluster at Dey and Old Donation School full time magnet programs.

Dec. 10, 2019 Virginia Beach Middle School Gifted Visual Arts Citywide Parent Information Night for students currently in grades 5 at Virginia Beach Middle School, 600 25th Street. Gifted Visual Arts presentation is at 5:30. Rising 6th grade Virginia Beach Middle School information begins at 6:00 p.m.

Wed Dec. 18 All 1st graders will be screened by the gifted program in school. Scores will be released on ParentVUE+ January 6th. Students scoring in the top 10% are highly encouraged to apply to the gifted program. ANY student exhibiting gifted tendencies may apply. Applications* are due Feb. 10, 2020, 4:00 PM. Please attend one of the two parent information nights: Tues Jan. 7 at Old Donation School and Dec. 9 at JBD 6:00 and read the FAQs sheet that will come home with your child just prior to the screening date.

Tuesday Jan 7, 2020, 5:00 Open House, 5:30 presentation Old Donation School: Parent Information Night for current grades 1-4, Old Donation School 4633 Honeygrove Rd,

Jan. 9, 2020 Old Donation School Gifted Visual Arts and Dance Citywide Parent Information Night for students currently in grades 2-4. Presentation at 5:00-5:30 p.m. Tours of the art studios are 5:30-6:00 p.m. at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.

Jan.10, 4:00. Applications* due for: academic gifted identification grades 1- 5, 2nd grade students on HOLD, Old Donation School rising 3rd-6th grades, and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Plaza Middle School.

Feb. 3, 2020 DEADLINE: Gifted Visual Arts and Dance applications are due. VBCPS student's application* is to be submitted online; the art portfolio is due to the student's Gifted Resource Teacher no later than 4:00 p.m. (Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.) Turn it in WELL ahead of this deadline, please!

Feb. 5 (Wed) Testing Day at John B. Dey for students applying for academic gifted identification (in Gr. 2-5), Old Donation School (rising 3rd-6th), and 2nd grade HOLDS. Results will be e-mailed to you around April 1st.

Feb. 10, 4:00. First grade gifted applications* due on line.

March 18 (Tues) Gifted testing for 1st graders who turned in an electronic application (was due Feb. 10 ). Testing is held at John B. Dey. Results will be e-mailed to you on May 8th.

Wed May 27, 6:00—For parents: Cluster Class information night. My child was identified gifted, what does that mean?