The Eagle Express

Parent Newsletter

September Edition

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL ADVICE AND CHECKLISTS

EASING THE TRANSITION

SAFETY UPDATE- BUZZER SYSTEM AND STUDENT ARRIVAL BEFORE 8:15 AM

This year, all Virginia Beach schools will keep all external school doors locked 24/7. This means that, in order to gain entry into the building, you will need to utilize the buzzer system. At that point, our Security Assistant or Office Associates will grant access. Thank you for having a valid ID handy (same procedure from last year) and understanding that this citywide change has come about to ensure a safe school environment for our children.


Additionally, if your child is parent-drop off, please remember that student arrival is permitted each day no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Before that time, there is no adult supervision, so students should not be outside waiting for the school to open. Before that time, staff work at their desks or in their offices to prepare for the day. Students are NOT to be dropped off in the parking lot. Please utilize the student drop off zone between 8:15 - 8:40 on the side of the building. Otherwise, please walk your child into the building.


All students MUST be in their classroom by 8:40 or they will be counted tardy.


Thank you for partnering with us to ensure we have a safe and positive school year!

Food Safety

Out of respect for student allergies and health concerns, thank you for adhering to the following:



  • Store-Bought Goods: Store-bought goods may be brought into school, however they must be checked in the Clinic, by Nurse Liston, before being distributed to students.

  • Eating with your child at lunch: We encourage parents/families to support the school lunch program and purchase a lunch from the school. However, if choosing to bring outside food, make sure it is for your child only. It is not safe to share your outside food with other children.

Bus Schedules and Bus Stops!

Please be sure to check for the bus stop closest to your home. To access the bus stops in your neighborhood, click here. Simply type in your address and select the "go" icon.

At the elementary level, parents are encouraged to wait at the bus stop with their children until the bus comes. If your child is in 2nd grade, an adult MUST meet the child at the bus stop when they come home in the afternoon. If an adult is not at the bus stop, the child will not be allowed to get off of the bus and will be returned to school. You will have to come to the school to pick up your child at the main office. Please review the bus safety rules (page 8) with your child throughout the year! Thank you for all you do to help us keep our children safe.


If you have questions regarding your child's bus stop, please contact School Transportation at 263-1545.


Thank you for your patience during this first week of school with buses as schedules will vary because we are making sure all students are going home the correct way each day.

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 4th - First Day of School


Tuesday, September 11th - National Day of Service Remembrance (9/11)

Wear Red, White & Blue


Friday, September 14th - International Dot Day

Wear Polka Dots!


Wednesday, September 19th - Wednesday, October 3rd - PTA Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser


Saturday, September 22nd - Flu Shot Clinic - Held at Newtown ES (8:30 - 3:30)


Thursday, September 27th - Newtown Open House (5:30 - 7:00)


Tuesday, October 8th - Columbus Day (No School for Students)


Wednesday, October 9th - Progress Reports Go Home


Thursday, October 11th - Newtown PTA Skate Night at Haygood (5:30 - 7:00)

Quarter 1 Literacy

Your child will be learning the following objectives during reading and writing instruction this quarter. Report card grades will reflect your child's progress on the learning objectives listed below:


Second Grade Objectives:

  • Make and confirm predictions in fiction and nonfiction text.
  • Make connections in fiction and nonfiction text.
  • Use visualizing to strengthen comprehension of fiction stories.
  • Summarize stories in the correct sequence.
  • Use text features to preview nonfiction text and locate key facts or information.
  • Identify the main idea of nonfiction text.
  • Write in a variety of forms, including stories.
  • Revise writing for clarity.
Third Grade Objectives:
  • Identify the main idea or theme and the major events and details that support the main idea or theme.
  • Visualize, make connections, question and summarize in a variety of fictional texts.
  • Build and use prior and background knowledge as a context for learning.
  • Determine important information to support the main idea of a nonfiction text.
  • Ask and answer questions about what is read while reading nonfiction texts.
  • Write for a variety of purposes, including personal narratives.

Quarter 1 Math

Grade Two: Students will spend the first quarter exploring the Base-10 number system through identifying place and value, comparing numbers, rounding and skip counting. Determining even/odd numbers and ordinal position will be a focus as well. Students will expand addition and subtraction fluency to include sums within 20.


Grade Three: Students will begin the year exploring place and value, rounding, comparing and ordering numbers during the Numeration unit. During the Computation unit, focus will be on applying strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers and using understanding of skip counting to begin demonstrating fluency for 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s multiplication facts.

WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH NEWTOWN HAPPENINGS!

  1. Check our website weekly: https://newtownes.vbschools.com/
  2. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/newtownesvb
  3. Download the VBSCHOOLS app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  4. Make sure the school has your updated phone number and email address in order to receive Alert Now communications
  5. Follow your child's progress on Parent Portal: https://www.vbschools.com/parents/parent_portal