Pre-School’s Special Day

Ready for the Next Big Step!

In what seems like the blink of an eye, our school year has come and gone. As we come to a close on our 2015-2016 school year, we reflect on the accomplishments of our students and the growth they have made this year. To celebrate this important milestone, we invited families to come to our Little Panthers Preschool “Stepping Up Ceremony” followed by a short music program comprised of our favorite songs from our year together. Each student received a diploma for successfully completing their preschool year and each child “stepped up” to signify their readiness for entering their elementary years of learning.   We are so proud of our students and wish them all the best as they continue on their journey of education.

-Sara Kremer, Robyn Willham, Laura Wilson, and Heather Tolander


Principal’s Note

Dear Van Allen Parents, Guardians and Friends:

As the year draws to a close, I would like to express my gratitude, on behalf our faculty and staff, to our parents and community for the tremendous support offered to Van Allen whether through your participation in events such as Homecoming Week, book and magazine sales, donating blood at our school drive, attending three-way conferences, attending the school carnival, or assisting your child with his/her homework. Because of your support, we enjoyed another highly successful year, and this could not have occurred with your support.


Report cards will be mailed home to parents, similar to past years, so do not be surprised if you make a request to see your child’s report card, and they say that they did not receive their report card. This is one time it is true that the “card is in the mail”!


A few events for this week:

Monday:       11:00: Student signing of yearbooks

2:00 KG-Grade Track and Field Day

Tuesday:         2:30 Kindergarten Graduation

Wednesday:   2:00 All-School Awards Assembly

Thursday:       8:30-10:00 All School activity Morning

11:00 All-School Sing Along

11:30: Student Dismissal

Friday morning, our Van Allen students enjoyed a special treat, as some of the former Van Allen students graduating from the Mount Pleasant high school walked the VA halls one last time. Our students were able to celebrate these students’ achievements. The Graduate Walk hopefully highlighted the value and importance in making a commitment to obtaining a high school degree.


Two former Van Allen students, Cameron Arnouluck Keomanivong (Val),Aline Velayphet Thiengmany (Sal) highlighted as the Valedictorian and and Salutatorian from this year’s graduating class:

Thank you for all that you do for our students,


Don LeBlanc

Counselor’s Corner

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.12.12 PMThis week students learned to focus on working together in groups as they realized that they can achieve so much more when they, “SYNERGIZE”.  Working together with different individuals helps to strengthen communication skills as well as build acceptance and tolerance of others, skills critical in today’s world.  Students also learned that every individual needs to listen and care for his/her body in order to function well and achieve success.  Please model these important habits for your child.                                               Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.12.24 PM

“Enjoy your weekend, but more importantly enjoy your child.”

Sara Le Blanc, Elementary School Counselor, MPCSD

4th Grade Outdoor Day

On Friday, May 13th, nearly 150 4th grade students, from across the district, ascended on the Oakland Mills Park for our Outdoor Day. Knowledgeable volunteers from the community were presenters for the eleven sessions where students learned about foil cooking on a campfire, canoeing, native animals, Iowa trees and fauna, organic gardening and how our food grows, the life cycle of salmon, water witching and cemetery history, the solar system, leaf art, a nature scavenger hunt, and learning about the Nature Center. We had a wonderful day of learning and fun with the help of several parent volunteers to assist each group in finding their next sessions. It was a gorgeous morning and the rain held off until we were back at school. A big “THANK YOU” to all the teachers, paraeducators, parents, presenters, and students for making it a marvelous day!

Sandy Breazeale