Author: donleblanc2014

Opened in 1963, serving as a neighborhood elementary school for over 53 years. Named in honor of the Van Allen Family, former residents of Mt. Pleasant, including world renowned physicists James. A Van Allen.

Music for Your Eyes

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIn music, all grade levels have been making music on the Orff Instruments. These instruments include xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and membranes. Younger students are learning about high and low pitches, how to go up and down on the instruments, and how to keep a beat using the mallets. Older students are putting music to songs and stories. This unit lasts four weeks and will be wrapping up just before Thanksgiving break.

Chorus students have been working hard on their music for the winter concert. This concert will be Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 at the High school.

Mrs. Townsend







Principal’s Note

Dear Van Allen Community:

Last Thursday night, we hosted our Title I Goofy Games’ Night and what a wonderful night for our students and once again, hats-off to our parents for their wonderful support. As I stated last week, we had a tremendous attendance at our three-way conferences and tremendous participation at our Title Night-THANK YOU!!

Tuesday afternoon, we are hosting bi-annual Van Allen Blood Drive, and we encourage our Van Allen community members to consider donating to the Blood Drive, as our hope is to provide our students many adult models from our school community -taking time to help our community.   IMG_0721

The District PTA team meets Tuesday, November 14 meets at 6:30, and the meeting will be held at Harlan. All parents are invited.

And do mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2 from 8:00 am to noon, so your children can attend Kids’ Christmas at Van Allen This is a wonderful way for students to complete their one-stop holiday shopping economically and the presents are even wrapped!

A reminder that this Friday, November 17 is an early out at 1:30.



 Don LeBlanc



Counselor’s Corner

SELF REGULATION is the building block for healthy self-confidence!

Students worked in small groups as we played the online game; ZONES OF REGULATION in which students had to identify the four zones, their triggers, and use strategies to help regulate their emotions.  We also played an online game called; Expected Versus Unexpected Behaviors Jeopardy.

Here are some excellent sites to help you develop self-regulation with your own child.

If you would like to purchase the Zones of Regulation for your computer, I pad, or phone, the game may be purchased for $10.00 at this site.  This online game has been awarded the Prestigious Mom’s Choice Award.

Sara Le Blanc

Elementary School Counselor


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Wow News!

Congratulations to our Van Allen Parent community as we had 88% of our families participate in parent conferences-this is truly a sensational result!!! 

Thursday night is a special night  at Van Allen, as we are hosting Goofy Games!

You and your family are invited to Van Allen’s

Goofy Games’ Title Night

Thursday, November 9th

 5:30-7:00 pm.

Pizza supper starts at 5:15, and  ends at 5:45

 Goofy Games begin at 5:30.

 Games organized by IWU students

 Join us for a night of fun and learning!


   Goofy Games’ Night RSVP Form

(  Please return the RSVP form to the school)

   Family Name:            __________________

Name of Student:       __________________

Name of Student:      __________________

Name of Student:       __________________                                  

              Number of adults attending:              ______

              Number of children 5-12 :                   ______

              Number of children under 5              ______