Van Allen Connections

This morning, you will receive a text message from me, as I will send a message  using a tool called Remind. With Remind, I can send you text messages about school events, news, or a special daily highlight. To receive these texts please follow the steps outlined in the directions, and do note that this is a one-way platform, as you cannot return a message to the sender. The is just another easy  way to keep our families informed about what is  happening at Van Allen. Please click on the word  invite to receive the directions.


Descreen-shot-2016-09-22-at-12-36-18-pmar Van Allen Parents:

Our August Back Pack Night replaced tonight’s Back to School Night, so the is NO Back to School Night this evening-this is a district-wide change.

We do have our three-way conferences scheduled for Thursday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 8 from 4:00 to 8:00, and more information about your conference time will be shared in late October.


Don LeBlanc

What’s Up in Grade 5 Literacy?

dictionaryThe fifth grade students have been reading the book, “The Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare, which is historical fiction. This book tells the story of Matt who is left in charge to watch over the new homestead while his father travels back to Maine to get the family. Matt has to learn to survive on his own and also experiences lots of struggles.

Students read and discuss a chapter a daily, record the story elements of (characters and setting), practice their summary writing, and also do wordsmith. Wordsmith is locating a word in the text, finding its correct definition, part of speech and then recording this information in their Reading Response Journals.20160921_131250

We have found that anytime that children read the actual book and not just a snippet they are more engaged and often times find authors or types of stories that they enjoy. The fifth grade will read a book from each genre throughout the school year.

As you can tell the students are hard at work recording information in their Reading Response Journals.


Quick Principal’s Message

Dear Van Allen Parents:

As the year continues to roll out, Van Allen hums with a variety of activities as not only do we have Homecoming Week, but also we have several different activities also for this week’s agenda  some starting this week, and  some starting next week.

Monday: Chess Club (Grade 4-5) (After School)

Mon-Thursday: After School Success Club

STARTS THIS WEEK: Wednesday: Club W Starts at 3:15 (After School)


Some of our New  Faces at Van Allen

Wednesday: Mount Pleasant Library Visit (7:55-8:15 am)

Also Paired Reading started. And you will receive a volunteer form, as we have expanded our reading support program to include Grade 1, and supporting these students requires more volunteers. If you  are interested and willing to serve as a reading volunteer, please return this form.


Don LeBlanc