In the News
Snow Make Up Day
Parents and Guardians, please remember that February 20th is a snow make up day. We will have school on a regular schedule that day.
Winter PTA Drive - Going On Now!
Did you miss the opportunity to join Landstown's PTA in the fall? Our PTA is offering parents the opportunity to join the PTA from February 1st through March 31st that includes rewards for our students. Any class that reaches 80% membership will get a popcorn party. Any class that reaches 90% membership will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize - to silly string Mr. Hofmann! It's only because of membership that we can offer fun and educational activities throughout the year for our students.
Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile
In order to participate in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile students must register for the race. You can register your child for the race online at any time at http://www.shamrockmarathon.com. The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile coordinator then contacts me to let me know your child has been registered. The registration fee is $25.00 through race week. All participants receive a race T-shirt, goody bag, gift from Operation Smile, special medal, and certificate upon completion of the race. Participants also receive coupon incentives beginning in January from various local restaurants, museums, etc. You can click on the attachment for more information.
Snow Make Up Days
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Feb. 20 and March 8 to make up the instructional time lost during Winter Storm Helena. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has decided to waive the remaining snow day for students by using time built in to the 181-day school calendar.
The makeup plan includes:
- Feb. 20 (Presidents’ Day) will make up time lost Jan. 9
- March 8 (originally designated as a professional learning day for staff) will be a makeup day for Jan. 10
- Jan. 11 will not be made up by students or 12-month employees who worked Jan. 11; missed time for all other employees will be made up through a flexible schedule or use of leave.
Should additional days be missed due to inclement weather, time will be made up by adding minutes to the school day and/or other means as designated by the Superintendent. State law requires that school divisions provide a minimum of 180 days or 990 hours of instruction each school year. “We have experienced extraordinary weather events this school year,” Spence said. “From flooding and the hurricane in the fall to our most recent winter storm, the impact on our community has been almost without precedent. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents and staff as we adjust the schedule to comply with State law.”
As a reminder, Jan. 30 was previously announced as a makeup day for instructional time lost during September's floods. The 2016-2017 school calendar has been updated to include all makeup days and is available on www.vbschools.com.
LES would like to thank Zoe Suber, eighth grade student at Landstown Middle School, for her help in organizing a canned food drive at the middle school. Zoe decided that she wanted to help others in need and together with the help of her school counselor, Mrs. Foard, and some of her classmates, she successfully planned a food drive and generously donated all of the food to LES. Thanks to Zoe, many families in need will receive plenty of food throughout the rest of the school year. Way to go, Zoe!
Visitor Check-In System
As part of our efforts to provide the safest learning and working environment possible, the school division is moving to a technology-based visitor management system that will allow for instant identity verification, the printing of destination specific name badges, and a review against a national offender database. Any person wishing to access a school building beyond the security desk will be asked to present a valid driver’s license or military ID. Once the ID is scanned and the information is processed, a temporary badge will be generated with the visitor’s name, time of entry, and desired destination. All information scanned into the system will be considered confidential and will not be distributed to third-party vendors. Please click on the link, Visitor Check-In, for more details.
Changes to Homework Hotline
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Homework Hotline Program will transition to Homework Help sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach. Similar to the previous program, students will receive help from state certified teachers. Homework Help operates from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Students can access Homework Help at the following City of Virginia Beach website: https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/libraries/kids/Pages/homework-resources.aspx.