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Principal Newsletter-October

October 3, 2018


Dear D.J. Montague Families,

It is hard to believe, but we are almost halfway through the first marking period.  The school year is off to a great start!

A couple of security updates.  We have a new check in system that requires visitors to scan their driver’s license.  We will keep you informed as to when it will be activated.  When this occurs, be sure to have your license in your possession when you come in to the office.  If you have visited D.J. in the last several weeks, you noticed the installation of two additional doors at the entrance to the school.  These doors prevent access to the hallways without first checking in at the office. Once you have checked in at the office, you will exit to the right.  While this will result in a few extra steps to get to the cafeteria, it will prevent visitors coming in to the building from going through the glass doors without checking in at the office.


With the cold and flu season approaching, I want to remind you of the division guidelines for when to keep your child home from school.  Your child should stay home if he/she

  • has a fever of 100* or more (should remain at home for 24 hours after fever is gone)
  • has vomited or has diarrhea (should remain at home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped)
  • has a persistent cough
  • has any rash
  • has open or draining skin sores
  • has inflamed or draining eyes or ears

Your compliance with these guidelines will help keep all students and staff healthy!


On Thursday, October 18th we will be participating in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill.  During this

drill students are expected to Drop, Cover and Hold On.  Students will drop to the floor, take cover under

their desk or table and hold on to the legs of the desk or table.  More information about this drill and being

prepared for an earthquake can be found at www.ShakeOut.org/southeast


Our Fall Celebrations will take place on Wednesday, October 31st.   Due to the increasing number of students with food allergies, we ask that no home baked goods or items prepared at home be brought to school.  Items should be store bought and have an ingredient list on the package.  Our school nurse will review the ingredient list to ensure that the treats are safe for all students in the class to enjoy.  Additionally, all foods must meet the nutrition guidelines of the Wellness Policy.  These guidelines are available on the D.J. homepage.  If you will be providing food items, healthy options such as fruits and vegetables are good options.  If you plan on bringing fruits and vegetables, we ask that the items be brought to school and the trays prepared at school.  A “kitchen” will be set up in the conference room for this purpose.  Thank you for your help in making this a safe, special day for our students.


On October 31st beginning at 2:00 PM, we will continue a longstanding D.J. Montague tradition – the Halloween Parade.  Students in grades K – 2 will parade around the bus loop in costume as the rest of the student body, staff and parents look on.  In order to ensure the safety of the students during this event,

the entrance to the school will be closed at 1:45 PM.  If you are planning on attending, make arrangements to arrive before this time, otherwise you will need to park on Centerville Road.  Additionally, due to limited space and preparation time, we ask that our families please not enter the hallways or classrooms prior to the parade. After the parade, each class will move to a specific location for pictures.  After this photo opportunity, students will return to the classrooms.  For those of you who will be taking your children home after the parade, classroom teachers will have a sign out sheet in the classrooms.  PLEASE do not take your child from the parade site.  You will receive more specific details about this event from your child’s teacher.


Important dates to remember:


8th        PTA Meeting (4:00 PM – Media Center)

9th        Book Fair opens

9th        1st Grade (Pastirik and Leaptrott) to Williamsburg Regional Library

9th        Title 1 Parent Meeting (5:00 – 6:00 PM)

11th      1st Grade (Rovelli and Slavin) to Williamsburg Regional Library

16th      Kindergarten (Gibbs and Hahn) to Bush Neck Farm

17th      Kindergarten (Cline and Ford) to Bush Neck Farm

18th      Math and Science Night (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

18th      Book Fair closes after Math and Science Night

19th      FULL DAY OF SCHOOL (Hurricane make-up)

26th      PTA – Trick or Treat Night

31st      Halloween Parade and Fall Celebrations (2:00 PM)



5th        1st Marking Period ends

6th        NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

7th        2nd Marking Period begins

8th        B.U.G. Ceremonies (2nd grade – 9:00 AM; kindergarten 9:30 AM; and 1st  grade 10:00 AM)


As always, thank you for your continued support.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at catherine.vazquez@wjccschools.org   or 258 – 3022 with any questions, comments or suggestions.


Cathy Vazquez


Author and Illustrator Don Tate visits.

Welcome Don Tate, Author and Illustrator


Welcome Don Tate, Author and Illustrator!! Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders had the wonderful opportunity to meet and hear from Don Tate who has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books! What an awesome way to boost creativity, a love of reading and drawing, and learn about how to become an author or illustrator one day.

Papa Murphy’s Spirit Nights (9/19-9/21)

Don’t forget to head to Papa Murphy’s this week to support DJ Montague’s fabulous PTA. Mention DJ Montague to receive $3.25 off your pizza and $3.25 is matched and given back to our school. Need easy and delicious dinner plans this week, we have you covered! Hope to see you there.

Sept. 4th First Day of School

We’re Busy Getting Ready for YOU!

Sept. 4th First Day of School

5th graders and Makerspace

5th Graders and Makerspace

5th graders are busy being creative and building during Makerspace time in the Media Center. 5th graders and Makerspace

DJ Montague Students participated in Careers on Wheels, meeting a variety of community members and learning about career opportunities.

Careers on Wheels

DJ Montague Students participated in Careers on Wheels, meeting a variety of community members and learning about career opportunities.

DJ Montague students had the pleasure of meeting a variety of community members  last Friday during our first ever “Careers on Wheels.” Students saw police officers, firefighters, the Book Mobile, a WJCC HVAC technician, a mobile pet groomer, animal control, retired military, WAVY TV 10, and more. Students asked questions and learned all about just a few of the available careers in our community. Thank you, Mr. Hill for a wonderful event, and thank you SO MUCH to all of those that volunteered their time to our students.

5th Grade students explore and use creativity to construct buildings in the Media Center's Makerspace.

Makerspace in the DJ Media Center


5th Grade students explore and use creativity to construct buildings in the Media Center's Makerspace.

DJ Montague students have been busily exploring the Makerspace in DJM’s Media Center. Makerspace provides students in all grades, K-5, the opportunity to explore and problem solve with hands-on creating and building. There are opportunities to build, create, code, be innovative, collaborate, and use critical thinking. Here are some 5th grade students who constructed a large “building” and they were even able to fit inside! What a great space to explore and test new ideas.

DJ Montague Orchestra Solo Festival Winners

Orchestra Solo Festival Winners

DJ Montague Orchestra Solo Festival WinnersOn Saturday, March 24, many of our DJM Orchestra students participated in the Elementary Orchestra Solo Festival. Our students did a fantastic job and came home with Superior ratings! Congratulations to these outstanding orchestra students!
Hannah Durham
Carter Workman
Emma Lang
Ashton Whitaker
Brody Cox
Ava Shird
Deanny Buret-Rojas
Teagan Ketterman
Angela Light
Hadley Holland
Lillian Shafer
Ryan Xiao
Michaela Garcia