End Notes

Dear Van Allen Community:


Thursday, June 1st is our last day as students’ day ends at 11:30, and lunch will not be served.

Our all school sing-along starts at 10:45 and ends at 11:15, and parents are invited.  After the sing along, students will  return to their classrooms, and they  will be dismissed at 11:30 from their rooms.  Teachers preferred the opportunity to reassembly their students in their classrooms, say a final good bye. and dismiss in a more orderly process, allowing us to account for all students.

This school year, we have two wonderful teacher retiring, Mrs. Terry Mertens, our developmental pre-school teacher, and our art teacher. Mrs. Jean Caboth, both individuals will be greatly missed!

Report cards will be mailed home again and should arrive in your mailbox next week.

In the Grade 1-preschool hallway, the asbestos ceiling tiles are being removed starting next week. Next fall, this hall will have a new look until air conditioned is installed with the new ceiling installed planned for the summer of 2018.

The MP library summer reading program registration starts next Monday, June 5th.

And last, if your child has an outstanding lunch balance, kindly take care of this as soon as possible.

Have a safe and fun summer,

Donald P. LeBlanc



Exciting News for the Fall of 2017

Dear Van Allen Community:

Hi my name is Brittany Nunez and I have just been hired by Iowa State Extension Office for the new after school program that is being created in the fall as well as I will be available to serve as a Spanish translator. I am sending this note to introduce myself and provide general information about an exciting change for next year.

I am nineteen years old and entering into my sophomore year here at Iowa Wesleyan and I am majoring in Marketing. I have plenty of experience with kids, planning and most importantly translating. I live in Illinois and work at a local waterpark being the only Spanish speaker in the office.

I genuinely look forward to having the opportunity to meet  you and  start an after school program for our students, and I am excited to start preparing this  after school program for Van Allen Students.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun summer.


Brittany Nunez

VA After-School Coordinator


Blast from the Past

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 9.26.29 AMOn Wednesday, May 24th, the 5th graders at Van Allen got a chance to step back in time. On a field trip to Nauvoo, students were able to play games that pioneer kids would have played, as well as learn how they made things to survive. On the trip, they visited the blacksmith, bakery, brickyard and print shop. They had to opportunity to learn how much time and work it took to make brick, and got to bring home a souvenir brick. At the print shop, students learned how time consuming it was just to write a little article for the paper, let alone print the whole paper. At the end of the demonstration, they were a little grateful to have computers with spell check!   Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 9.26.45 AM

It was a tie for the favorite activity of the day between the wagon ride and pioneer pastimes. The wagon ride was enjoyed by all and the kids loved getting to pet the horses afterwards. Pioneer pastimes was a lot of fun, as they got to try activities that pioneer kids would have played. The stilts and bear races were the favorites, especially when the teachers got in on the action. Overall it was a great day that was enjoyed by all!

Mrs. Amanda Clark








End-of-Year Award Ceremony


2-starsMay 24th, 2017

Dear Parents:

We are holding our annual Van Allen Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 in the gym. The ceremony will last approximately between thirty-forty minutes.

We will be recognizing students in various ways in the following categories:

  • Chess Awards
  • Perfect Attendance Awards
  • Chorus Award
  • Student Council Awards                      so-fine
  • Bibliophile Awards
  • PRIDE Awards by class
  • Student Council Awards
  • Success Club Awards
  • Naturalist Awards
  • Grade 5 Presidential Awards

And we would like invite parents to join us for this special morning. After the ceremony, we will have an all-school recess, and parents are invited to join their child for recess.


Donald P. LeBlanc       thanks

End-of-Year Parent Survey

Good Morning:

As our year draws to close, we are now in the process of examining ways to improve our school and its programs, and specifically to better understand  how we can  create the best learning environment for our students. Kindly take a few moments to respond to this short survey. Also, we will also send a hard copy home with all students.

Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/jx6BQPNKj97pDc4t2

Thank you,

Donald P. LeBlanc

List of End-of Year Activities

May 22- S: SOAK up the SUN Day! —Wear sunglasses and beach wear and enjoy an activity (or two!) outside! Take our sun trivia quiz and learn about the sun!

May 23- T: T-SHIRT Day! Wear your favorite t-shirt or a TYED-died one. We will also write a special THANK you letter to those who have taught us and worked with us this year!

May 24 – U: USA Day! Wear red, white, and blue to show your patriotism and listen to the Alphabet Story of Iowa at our morning assembly!

May 25 – V: We will share our summer VACATION plans by creating a large class mural!

May 26 – W: WALK Day! Weather permitting, every class will take an outside walk counting by 2’s to ….

VA Graduate Parade Friday 5/19 11:30
JK-3rd Field Day Monday 5/22 2:00
Book exchange Wednesday 5/24
5th Gr Navoo Field Trip Wednesday 5/24 8:30
Grade 5 Instrument Night Wednesday 5/24 4:00
2nd Gr Putnam Museum Thursday 5/25 8:30
Kdg Children’s Museum Thursday 5/25 8:30
PK Graduation Thursday 5/25 10:00
PK Graduation Thursday 5/25 2:00
Fifth Grade Tag Program Thursday 5/25 6:00
Relay for Life Walk Friday 5/26 8:30
VA Awards Ceremony Tuesday 5/30 9:30
Chorus/Band Trip Tuesday 5/31 9:00
KG Graduation Wednesday 5/31 2:00
Transition Day Wedensday 5/31 8:30