March 15, 2019 "Embrace the Adventure!"

Another Fabulous Boosterthon!

Congratulations to the families and friends of the John B. Dey community! The Boosterthon was a raging success and we met our lofty goal of $25,000 raised for amazing murals in the cafeteria. The support from the community was overwhelming. Thank you to the PTA and Melissa McCormack for organizing this phenomenal event. The kids had a blast!

Traffic and Parking at JBD

The purpose of this letter is to remind parents and guardians of the parking and drop-off challenges we are facing at John B. Dey at this time. As you may be aware, parking is limited. We have over 100 staff members and just about 95 parking spaces. In the morning, it has been observed that parents are sitting in their cars, in spaces, on their phones, while teachers are riding around trying to park to get started for the day. Please utilize the ‘Kiss and Go’ mantra, and go through the drop-off line if you are bringing your students to school. When you arrive early in the drop-off line, please pull all the way to the front of the loop to accommodate other vehicles that are coming from behind. We are currently working on signage for this area.

Along with that concern, we have parents dropping off students at the far end close to Great Neck Middle, causing the children to walk in the mud and through construction debris. Please do not drop your child off until you reach the John B. Dey sidewalk where a staff member is visible. Dropping off out of site is extremely dangerous, and we are concerned for the safety of these children.

Tuesday morning, we had 25 students come in to the building around 8:12-8:20. These students were dropped off at the front door. Students are tardy after 8:10, and when the staff is not visible out front, parents need to exit their vehicles and escort their children into the school to sign them in. We truly appreciate your cooperation with this matter. Please keep in mind that students are set up for success when they are ready and settled in their classrooms prior to 8:10 a.m. As a courtesy to parents, we have an early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and students are supervised in the cafeteria until dismissed to class at 7:50 a.m. Along with the drop-off procedures, no students are to be dropped off on the Thomas Bishop side of the building at all.

One final concern is parking during the school day. There are spots at the end of the driveway near the old front door and a few extra spaces here and there. Please do not park in spots that are marked for specific staff members or marked ‘Reserved’. We have also noticed people parking in the back of the cafeteria where the delivery trucks need access. The spots in that location are reserved for our cafeteria personnel and our custodians.

Your cooperation is appreciated. We apologize for the inconvenience our growing pains are causing in regards to traffic and parking. An occupied modernization is a challenge and even through it is not easy, it will be worth it.


Monday, March 18:

  • PTA Spanish (K-1) 3:00 -4:00
  • Math Tutoring (last session)

Tuesday, March 19:

  • PTA Tennis (K-2)

Wednesday, March 20:

  • Word Shirt Wednesday
  • 1st Day of Spring!
  • PTA Spanish (Gr. 2-5)

Thursday, March 21:

  • PTA Tennis(Gr. 3-5)

Friday, March 22:

  • PTA BINGO Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. BINGO starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Pre-sale Ticket & pizza tickets ordered will NOT be sent home but picked up at WILL CALL the night of the event.



Our fun run was on Thursday, 3/14, and it was so fun!!!! A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BOOSTERTHON TEAM, VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR FUN RUN, AND EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO SPONSOR A CHILD THIS YEAR! We will continue to take flat donations until 3/21, and then we’ll share our final total raised.


March 22-Bingo Night (pre-sale tickets on sale from 3/15-3/20)

April 3-Spring Movie Night (Mulan)

April 27-Family Fun Fitness Day

We need volunteers to help at every PTA event. To volunteer for PTA events, please register at http://www.jbdpta.my-pta.org/


BINGO NIGHT is next Friday, March 22, and we are thrilled to have over $14,000 in donations so far for our silent auction!!! With over 150 prizes up for grabs, this night is not one to miss. How about some Disney Park Hopper passes!?!!

Pre-sale tickets are the best way to get your Bingo tickets. Look for an order form in your child’s book bag, and you may pre-order tickets from 3/15-3/20!!!!

Thank you to the companies who have donated to the silent auction! To see the full list of donors or to get a pre-sale order form, go to www.jbdpta.com


On Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00-8:00, plan to bring the family for a free movie night. This is not a drop off event, and we ask that students leave their electronic devices at home, so everyone in the audience can enjoy the show.

Concessions will be offered for sale.


Be sure to link your VIC Card to John B Dey (#5338-use this number when signing up)


Will your child be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 30? If so, bring your future kindergartener and attend a VBCPS Open House & Registration Tuesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m. in the JBD Cafeteria.

Please bring the following:

  • Two proofs of residence:
  1. A lease/mortgage statement and
  2. A current utility bill
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Physical examination report
  • Current immunization record
  • Two emergency contact numbers

Congratulations to our Safety Patrols of the Month for January and February


  • March 23: All City Concert Sandler Center 11:00 a.m.
  • March 26:
    • Lazer Science Assembly 9:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.

    March 28:

    • Last day of 3rd nine-week grading period
    • Book Fair Preview Day for students
  • March 29: Staff Day - School closed for students
  • April 1-5: Scholastic Book Fair
  • April 3: PTA Meeting & Spring Movie Night (Mulan)Book Fair open tonight!
  • April 4: Smile! It's Spring Picture Day! Class & individual pictures are taken
  • April 8: Report Cards go home
  • April 10: Purple up for Military Kids!
  • Friday, April 12 - Friday, April 19: Spring Break ~ Enjoy!
  • April 23: Kindergarten Registration 9:00 a.m. JBD Cafe
  • April 27: Family Fun Day!
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