Van Allen is very proud of the following students for being selected to participate in the 2018-19 Elementary Youth Honor Choir. This is the  largest number of students ever selected for this prestigious honor!



Tesa Knifong, Jacie Campbell, Olivia McCormick, Madeline Watson. Missing Elizabeth Heaton



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Van Allen Elementary is once again partnering with Iowa State University Extension to implement a school wellness program that is designed to help children “Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!”  This program will begin on January 14, 2019.

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The slogan of the program highlights the three key goals:

  • DO—Switch UP to 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.  
  • VIEW–Switch DOWN to 2 hours or less of screen time a day.
  • CHEW–Switch UP to 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  

SWITCH (“School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health”) is an evidence-based program that is managed through school, but focuses on improving home environments too.  This program is targeted at 4th and 5th grade students. However, we are encouraging ALL students at Van Allen to think about healthy choices for their minds and bodies through simple activities related to increasing physical activity and increasing healthy food selections.  And through it all…HAVE FUN!

As part of the kick off for SWITCH, we will be holding a FAMILY NIGHT for ALL Van Allen students and their families.  We will have a variety of fun activities, taste testing, family activities and the rock wall will be open!  Save the date for the evening of Thursday, January 24!  (Time of event will be coming soon.)


Van Allen Holiday Feast


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Wednesday, December 19this Van Allen students’ Holiday Luncheon. We encourage students to dress up for this Holiday event.Our PTA team, under the leadership of Laura Rawson and Angie Blint are busily creating a magical luncheon environment, as the gym will be transformed to a winter wonderland with candles, table settings and other special holiday effects. Along with the Grade Six band and our Van Allen choir, sounds of the season will fill the air. Having your child wear something special will add a special zest to the Holiday event and meal.

Unfortunately, due to time and food restraints, this is a student only event.


Donald P. LeBlanc


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Don LeBlanc