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.

Principal’s Message for the Week of September 18

Dear Van Allen Parents and Guardians:

Last week, students’ photos were taken, and our students looked dapper! For students who were absent, make-up photos are planned for the morning of Tuesday, October 17.IMG_0465

This school week is a regular full week with no Friday early dismissal. Do note that Monday, September 25 is professional workday (PD Day, so there will be no classes for students. Also this week, September 26-29, is our annual Homecoming Week, and Friday, the 29th will be a 1:30 dismissal so we all can attend our 3:03 Parade start.  During this week, your child will receive a list of planned dress-up themes for each day to help us celebrate the week.

This week, our Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will start their MAP testing, and once testing is complete parents will receive their student’s results.

IMG_0466Our 1st District PTA Meeting of the year will be, September 19th, 6:30 pm at Van Allen, and parents and friends are invited to attend. Meetings genuinely last for about one hour.

Best wishes,

Don LeBlanc



Grade 5 In Action!

We are three weeks into the school year and hard at work.  Students have been busy reviewing Math and Language concepts.  Today was our first Guidance lesson with Mrs. LeBlanc; Kid President talking describing what makes an everyday hero.  If you have not seen any of the Kid President videos check him out on YouTube, he is funny and inspiring!

Mrs. Nudd


Counselor’s Corner

This year in guidance class, students are learning the value of being a SOCIAL Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 1.39.03 PMDETECTIVE as they watch and learn from the interactions of others.  This year our students will be honing their detective skills as well as their ability to make POWERFUL OR SMART CHOICES in a wide variety of situations.  Our children will work to develop their ability to regulate their emotions and behaviors as they discover their own SUPER HERO within. Overtaking the Team of Unthinkables will still be a major focus of this year’s guidance program.  Students have guidance classes every two weeks.  If you feel the need to talk with counselor in regard to your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school. Pictured below are resources which make up the guidance program.

Sara Le Blanc

Elementary School Counselor