January 11, 2019 ~ "Embrace the Adventure!"


Monday, January 14:

  • JBD International Spirit Day!

Tuesday, January 15:

  • PTA Winter Art Class (K-2)
  • ESL Family Night 6-7:30 p.m. (JBD Café)

Wednesday, January 16:

  • WORD SHIRT Wednesday
  • PTA German (Gr. 3-5)
  • SCA Meeting 3-3:45 (Café)

Thursday, January 17:

  • PTA Winter Art Class (Gr. 3-5) Cafeteria
  • PTA German (K-2)
  • JBD Strings Program held @ Linkhorn Park ES 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 18:

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - School is closed


Reading Month News:

The students are loving our very own Humphrey and all of the fun he is experiencing in his large home with various sleeping areas. He must have busy evenings because he sure does sleep a great deal while we are busy learning during the day!

Questions to ask your child(ren):

Who is Mr. Morales and what great idea did he have?

What secret did he share with Humphrey?

Explain the plan Heidi’s mom discussed with the children.

How did Humphrey try to help Aldo?

What was Sayeh’s secret? How did Humphrey help her family?

Next week we are moving on to Chapters 7-9. Join us and keep up with the fun.

Don’t forget our upcoming Book Swap!

Donate books that students on your grade level would like to read and you can pick out some “new” books to take home.

Donation Days: Jan. 23, 24, and 25

Swap Days: Grades 3-5 Jan. 30 and Grades K-2 Jan. 31

*Only donate books in good shape.


15-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

21- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - school is closed

29--Student Activities Coordinator Appreciation Day

20-26--Virginia Principals Appreciation Week

National Mentoring Month

Storybook Character Day!! Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars! Monday, January 28 is JBD's Storybook Character Day!

Join the fun!

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Save These Dates

Jan 31-JBD Barnes and Noble Book Fair (more info coming soon)

Feb 28 at 6:00pm-Career Night/PTA meeting at JBD

March 14-Boosterthon Fun Run (During PE)

March 22-Bingo Night

April 3-Spring Movie Night (Mulan)

For More information, please go to http://www.jbdpta.com

* LOST & FOUND - Please check the LOST & FOUND TODAY….there are many unclaimed items with no names on them. The items will be donated to CHKD on Friday February 15, 2019

* ASSEMBLY - The PTA will host the first Assembly of the year on February 19th @ 8:30 & 1:30pm-all JBD students will have a chance to enjoy the dance performance of Zonda Kids Dance. We hope they enjoy the show!

*CAREER NIGHT- We have 20 confirmed volunteers to share about their careers, but are looking for more. Please contact the committee to sign up as a volunteer JBDCareerNight@gmail.com

*BOOSTERTHON- MYSTERY MIND SPARK is our theme this year. We are looking for some creative volunteers to help with t-shirt design and decorating the school. Please contact Melissa McCormack if you are interested in volunteering. melissainvb@gmail.com

*BINGO - Will be on March 22, 2019- If your company is interested in making a silent auction donation, please contact Ashley Cizerle ashreneelynch@gmail.com or Meagan Thrift meagan.thrift@gmail.com

The following companies have already donated to the silent auction:

Disney World, Sign Gypsies Virginia Beach, Zen Yoga, Hot House Yoga, Ocean Breeze, Motor World, Jump, Inyodo, iDEAL Fitness, Duck Donuts, Cape Henry Collegiate, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Smart Mouth Brewery, The Little Gym of VB, Mermaid Factory, Bell A Dance

Understanding Twice-Exceptional Learners: An invitation from ODS

Old Donation School is hosting a another viewing of a film on learning differences since the response from the November showing was so positive. There is no cost and no registration is required for the event. Understanding what it means when a child has learning needs that are atypical is important for parents and educators alike. This adult-only event is designed to help parents develop understanding and gain support and to help educators understand the myriad issues associated with twice-exceptional learners. See the movie trailer for a peek at the film: 2e

All educators and parents are invited to join us for a showing of the movie, 2e, on January 24, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Gifted testing occurred on Tuesday Jan. 8 for anyone who had submitted an application prior to Dec. Results will be returned at two times, depending upon the programs that were applied to. Students ONLY seeking gifted identification will receive an e-mail with the results by the end of January. Those applying to Old Donation School will receive an e-mail mid-April with the gifted identification results AND admission/or not to ODS .

ANY first grade parents who see gifted traits in their child may apply to the gifted program, not just those who scored in the top 10% on the Naglieri screening instrument. Screening is NOT gifted identification. The screening just points us in the right direction for non-verbal thinking. Some students’ strengths are in verbal or quantitative reasoning. Gifted applications are due for FIRST GRADE ONLY by March 1, before 4:00 PM. Come to the information night listed below to find out more!

2018-2019 Gifted Testing Dates

Jan. 30, 6:30 (Wed) JB Dey cafeteria. Repeat of the First Grade Parent Information night from the fall. Find out who should apply and what will make a strong application. Bring your questions! Know the difference between gifted identification and the possibility of attending Old Donation School.

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

Feb. 12 (Tues) Testing Day for students applying for Old Donation School (rising 3rd-6th), 5th grade academic gifted identification and 2nd grade HOLDS. Results will be e-mailed to you in April.

March 1, 4:00 PM. First grade gifted applications* due. It’s a good idea to submit it well before the deadline.

April 2 (Tues) gifted testing for 1st graders who turned in an application. Results will be e-mailed to you by the middle of May.

*applications: The application for ALL gifted programs is on line, found at: https://giftedapplication.vbcps.com/

You may only submit it once a year so select all appropriate areas before submitting.

The user ID is your child’s permanent number (also used for Lunch and book check out. Your child should know this number by heart. Your child has this same number through 12th grade)

The password is your child’ school computer password. This will change every 60 days. Please ask your child for this password first, and if that is unsuccessful, follow through with the classroom teacher.

+ Parent Portal is a place to review your child’s permanent records through 12th grade. It requires a two-step process to access so establish your account well before you need it. Go to VBSchools.com and click Parent Portal under the PARENTS drop down. Scores will NOT be shared over the telephone


Welcome back. It’s a call from the school nurse no parent wants to receive, your child has been identified with head lice. If you identify and treat your child for head lice please contact me and let me know. Any information given to the clinic is kept confidential and only shared with your child’s teacher. A parent letter to all students in that class will be sent home letting other parents know there is a case of head lice in your student’s class. If there are 2 or more students in the same class identified with head lice we will check heads in the class. Head lice is not an easy thing to look for if you don’t know what the eggs looks like and can be mistaken for dry scalp. If you would like us to check your child’s head please give the clinic a call and I will have them come to the clinic. Checking a child’s head is done discreetly to maintain their privacy. If the clinic identifies your child with head lice or nits (eggs) you will receive a call to pick up your child to go home for treatment. The parent head lice letter will go home as well. Children who have been treated for head lice can come to school with nits (eggs) in their hair. It takes diligence for a few consecutive days to remove all eggs from a head of hair.

A few things you can do to stay ahead of Head lice:

  1. Check your child’s head if you see excessive scratching or if they complain their heads itch.

  2. Treat head lice with an over the counter head lice shampoo. Because head lice are getting more resistant to the over the counter shampoo treatment sometimes the prescription treatment is better especially if you see frequent reoccurrence.

  3. Remove all nits (eggs). The shampoo kills the head lice and loosens the “glue” that adheres the eggs to the hair shaft but it takes the physical removal of all nits (eggs) to prevent frequent reoccurrence.

  4. Head lice can live off a scalp for 1-2 days. It’s important to vacuum carpets and furniture and to wash all bedding.

  5. With the cooler weather coats and hats are being worn. Have your child put their coat and hat inside their back pack. Head lice don’t fly but they do crawl.

  6. If your child is sent home from school with head lice I will recheck their head in a week. It is recommended a second treatment be done in 7-10 days.

Any questions please call the clinic – 648-2447.

Michele Self, R.N


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Yearbooks are $25.00. Online orders only. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!