Students Sharing Skills and Song

20161207_131223Third grade students have been busy writing Winter Readers’ Theater scripts. Third graders then performed these plays for Mrs. Snyder’s kindergarten class.

Mrs. Snyder’s class got to share all the Jolly Phonics songs they have been learning with the students. The children had 20161207_132037a good time joining in the singing with their Kindergarten Buddies. They still remember the songs and actions from when they learned them the first time!

Third grade students enjoy sharing stories with their kindergarten friends and then getting to hear them read stories as well.





Notes From the Principal



Grade Four Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners  in Monday afternoon’s  Chess Tournament along with MP Library Director, Jeffery Meyer

Dear Van Allen Parents:

Saturday, our PTA splendidly organized our annual Kid’s Christmas for our community, and it was another smashing success. Many, many individuals helped, with this event, I would like and like to express my gratitude for all the parents, teacher staff and elves from the Middle School, who made this morning a memorable day for students.

This week there are several events on the calendar:

Wednesday: No Tiger Time, as this program will restart in the second semester.

Thursday: Van Allen Band and Choral concert starting at 7 o’clock at the high school gym.

MAPS Testing Starts for Students in Grades 3-5

Friday: Pajama Day, Sponsored by the Van Allen student Council

Late Starts: When we have  a late/delayed start to our school day, do note that our first morning rings at 10:10,  at which time we start our morning assembly. And we will serve breakfast for students who may want to eat stating at 9:50

If you would like to receive email notifications about school hours or cancelations changesscreen-shot-2016-12-06-at-2-21-45-pm due to weather concerns, please visit the school web site to signup fort this service.

Have a great week,

Don LeBlanc



Using Manipulative to Understand Area and Perimeter

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-12-36-32-pmThird grade students are learning about area and perimeter.  They are using geo boards, blocks, tooth picks, and graph paper to help them gain a better understanding.  It is fun to watch them create thescreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-12-36-13-pm shape and then work together to find the perimeter and the area.  The students enjoy learning through exploration and team work.

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 Mrs. Lanphier


Counselor’s Corner

Nose Etiquette

This week the older students learned about the importance of using a tissue when dealing screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-56-27-amwith nose issues. Students learned that if they need to pick their nose they need to go to a private place like the bathroom and they are to make a “Booger Ghost” with their tissue, capture the wretched booger with their “Booger Ghost”, throw the tissue and away and wash their hands thoroughly using the eight stages of handwashing to help keep them healthy and ready to learn. Together we focused on the importance of handwashing before meals, after using the bathroom, as well as when one coughs or has to blow his/her nose. Please reinforce these skills at home with your child. Students also read and discussed Julia Cook’s story; I am a Booger…Treat Me with Respect! This is a fun story about the appropriate way to handle nose issues. Also if a student sees another student with nose issues he/she simply hands the student a tissue and says, “Here you go.” Here are some parenting videos that may be of help in this area.

Sara Le Blanc, Elementary School Counselor, MPCSD



Phonemes, Graphemes, Syllables and More

2016-2017-sept-006Van Allen Second graders are hard at work using HD Word Reading this year. The students are able to understand the parts of words and the sounds that they make. Using our kits from Really Great Reading, each child is able to make new words with grapheme tiles. So far this year the students have learned about digraphs, tri-graphs, 2 sound blends, 3 sound blends, chunks and closed syllables. This week they learned how to read really big words by breaking apart each syllable and blending the parts of the word.   Understanding how words are made up and taken apart will help the students in their daily reading both at home and at school.

Mrs. Vickie Hatfield


Can Help Us ?

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-10-53-23-amAn assortment of used clothing has been collected, and recently new undergarments were purchased to assist students when the unexpected occurs and a fresh set of clothes are needed.

We need your help with setting up our “supply chain”. If you have a set or sets of sweat pants  ( any size) that are no longer needed, would you be willing to donate these sweatpants?

Kindly send your sweat pant donations to the school office. Your donation will greatly support our students during the upcoming months.

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Van Allen Team

Ist Grade Learning Fun

20161028_130919Who likes to play games? Who likes to read? Why not combine the two….

Children learn best when having fun! The first graders have been hard at work learning their sight words. We love to play the Whack-A-Mole Sight Word Game!! The teacher says a sight word and then the students find the mole holding the word on their paper. When they find the word they whack it with their mallet. This helps students become more fluent when reading because they want to be the first one to find the word. When teaching your students to read at home, try to make it into a game. You will be amazed at how 20161028_130250excited and willing they are to learn!

BreAnne Hagerman