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Parent Connection Parent Newsletter


Jan. 30 - Feb. 9 – Class rank e-Town Hall now live
The School Board is currently considering a switch from a traditional class rank to a Latin honors system to recognize students' academic achievement. This model would more closely align with the way most colleges and universities signify academic success. However, before making a final decision, the Board would like to hear from parents and students. Please visit the online eTown Hall to learn more about the potential change and share your opinions. Access the survey here.
Feb. 1 – School menus are now available on SchoolCafé
Families can now access breakfast and lunch menus on SchoolCafé, including nutritional and allergen information. Visitors are not required to have a SchoolCafé account to view menus, but those with accounts can view their child's lunch balances, monitor food purchases, set up low-balance reminders, schedule recurring payments and rate food items. SchoolCafé also has a free app available on the App Store or Google Play. For more information or to sign up for an account, visit the Food Services page on or visit

Feb. 6 – Superintendent's Estimate of Needs
Dr. Aaron Spence will present the Superintendent's Estimate of Needs at a special meeting of the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. The School Board also will hear the proposed Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2018-19 through Fiscal Year 2023-24. Meeting notice

Feb. 7 – Technical and Career Education Center Open House
Students and parents are invited to attend the Technical and Career Education Center's Open House Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. to learn more about the 22 technical programs for which students may apply. The center is located at 2925 North Landing Road. More information

Feb. 7 – Advanced Technology Center application deadline extended
The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has extended its application deadline to Feb. 7. Applications are open to VBCPS high school students to attend classes at the ATC during the 2018-2019 school year. For more program information or to apply, visit the ATC's website.

Feb. 12 – Schools to add 15 minutes to school day for snow makeup
VBCPS will add 15 minutes to the school day Feb. 12 - May 4 to make up the remaining four instructional days lost due to snow this month. The time will be added at the end of the day at elementary and high schools. Middle schools will start five minutes early and end 10 minutes late as part of the adjusted makeup schedule. More information

Feb. 12 – Registration opens for next Beach Girls Rock! workshop
The final Beach Girls Rock! workshop of the school year will be held Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at Ocean Lakes High School. The event is open to female students in grades 5-8 and their parents, and students may register in their school counseling office beginning Feb. 12. More information

Feb. 12 – Special Education Advisory Committee meeting
The next meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be Monday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Princess Anne High School. The SEAC advises the School Board regarding the educational needs of students with disabilities. More information

Feb. 12 – Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education meeting
The Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC) will each host its next meeting Monday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Old Donation School. The CAC advises the School Board regarding the educational needs of gifted students. More information

Feb. 13 – Report Cards Distributed
The first semester was extended to Feb. 2 due to lost instructional time due to snow. Report cards for the second nine weeks and first semester will be sent home Tuesday, Feb. 13. Parents also may monitor student grades, assignments and attendance at any time in Parent Portal.

Feb. 15 – Parent Connection workshop addresses needs of the Twice-Exceptional (2E) Learner
Parent Connection is hosting Twice-Exceptional Learner, an event featuring two guest speakers who will provide an informative, strategy-focused look at the twice-exceptional (2E) learner. Attendees will learn about characteristics of 2E learners, how to address areas of concern, strategies to assist the 2E student at home and school, and how to effectively advocate for the 2E learner. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m., at Salem Middle School. For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement at 263-1936. Register here.

Feb. 16 – Pearls of Wisdom discount ticket deadline
Through Friday, Feb. 16, the Virginia Beach Education Foundation is offering $40 discounted adult tickets for its annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Ticket prices increase to $55 Feb. 17, and all proceeds benefit the foundation's Adopt A+ Grants program for teachers. Tickets for children ages 6-12 are $15. More event information

Feb. 19 – Snow Makeup Day
Monday, Feb. 19 will be a makeup day for instructional time lost due to snow in January. This day was previously scheduled to be a holiday in observance of Presidents' Day.

Feb. 20 – Pre-K Chew and Chat
The next monthly Chew and Chat event for parents of VBCPS pre-kindergarten students will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 9-10 a.m. at the Laskin Road Annex located at 1413 Laskin Road. At the breakfast event, attendees will learn more about a featured topic and have the opportunity to talk with pre-kindergarten family engagement specialists. More information about registration will be sent home to parents.

March 1 – Parent Connection workshop addresses how to recognize, cope, and alleviate stress in kids
Fearful and anxious behavior is common in children, especially as they come across new situations and experiences. At the upcoming March 1 Parent Connection event, "Anxiety and Stress in Kids: How to Recognize It, Cope with It and Alleviate It," Dr. Heather Tedesco, an applied psychologist from McLean, Virginia, will share how to support children if they struggle with anxiety. Attendees will learn about what factors contribute to stress and anxiety, how to help children cope effectively with unavoidable emotions, and how to reduce some pressures children face. The event will be held Thursday, March 1, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Landstown High School. For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement at 263-1936 or register here.

March 1 – Old Donation School application deadline for first-grade students
March 1 at 4 p.m. is the deadline for students who are currently in first grade and meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS to apply to Old Donation School. More information and a link to the online application is available on the Gifted Application Process/Timelines webpage on

Congratulations to our 2019 Teachers of the Year
See a complete list of the 2019 Teachers of the Year recently selected by each of the division's schools and centers. The 2019 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year will be announced at a celebration in May for all honorees.

See more good news and features about the division's students and staff on The Core, We Are VBSchools and Great Dreams Need Great Teachers.

Last Modified on Monday, February 19, 2018