Hour of Code

“Our children won’t be using Java, Python, or Ruby to chat with foreign strangers on trains in exotic locales, but these computer programming languages used in developing web pages and mobile apps may be the most important second, third, or fourth language your child will ever learn.” By Hank Pellissier 

Here are some available resources for your child to practice/learn coding at home.  Most of these resources are free or available in a “lite” version, which is free.

  1. code.org/educate/hoc
  2. csedweek.org/
  3. hourofcode.com
  4. www.codecademy.com/courses/hour-of-code/0/1
  5. Hopscotch App
  6. Daisy the Dinosaur App
  7. Kodable App
  8. Lightbot App

Veterans Day 2014

RBES Teacher Awarded DKG Grant

Tdap Grade 5 Parent Letter

Tdap G5 Parent Letter November 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians of Rising Sixth Graders:

The General Assembly passed a law requiring all students to present written proof of having received a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster shot, or proof of exemption, before entering the sixth grade.  We are notifying you this school year so that you can ensure that your child receives this booster in a timely manner.  Failure to comply with this state law will result in your child’s exclusion from school on the very first day of middle school in September 2015.

The Peninsula Health Department provides this Tdap vaccine free of charge.  You may contact them at 594-7410 or contact your primary care physician.  In addition, Olde Towne Medical Center (259-3258) has a walk-in immunization clinic every Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:00 and 2:00 – 4:00 for those with FAMIS or FAMIS Plus insurance or for the uninsured. Please contact them for further information of any fees.

Please ensure that this documentation is delivered to the main office at your child’s elementary school as soon as possible this school year or taken to your child’s sixth grade school (main office) over the summer but before the start of school in September 2015. 

 It is very important that you understand that the Code of Virginia does not allow a grace period for this booster shot  and clearly states that 6th grade students who have not received this booster may not come to school until proof of having received the Tdap, or proof of exemption, is taken to the school.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that this occurs. 

 Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.  If you have further questions or need any assistance, feel free to contact me at 603-6405.



Janice L. Fowler, MSN, RN

Supervisor of Health Services



November Parent Monthly Newsletter

November Parent Letter SY11415

Dear Penguin Families,

The first marking period of the academic year is complete with the new quarter beginning Wednesday, November 5th.  As a reminder Tuesday, November 4th, is Election Day, and it is a student holiday—students do not report to school.

With the close of the first nine weeks come report cards and parent conferences.  Information will be coming home (if it has not already) from your child’s teacher regarding conference schedules.  It is our desire that we establish strong partnerships with our families, and we hope you will take the opportunity to meet with your son/daughter’s teacher to discuss academic progress.  Students’ first teachers are their parents.  You’ve proven your love and care of your students and our learning community by attendance to Open House and other recent events. We value your participation and presence. Please continue to stay involved and do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything we can do to help.

This past weekend ushered in a shift in weather with much cooler temperatures, and it is predicted that the winter season will be quite cold.  Please keep in mind that our students go outdoors for recess to have physical activity and fresh air.  They also travel between buildings during the day for lunch and Centers.  Having a coat or jacket during the day to enjoy time outside without being cold is very important.  In advance, we thank you for making sure your son/daughter comes to school dressed appropriately.

We are finding there is a lot of congestion when vehicles parallel park directly across from the school’s entrance for morning drop off and afternoon pick-up. If you are not using the car drop-off/pick-up line, please try to avoid parking immediately at the bottom of our entrance to the parking lot.  This will assist with the traffic flow for our families, as well as those who travel the street within the community.

To our military families:  On Tuesday, November 11th, at 2:00PM, we will hold our annual Veteran’s Day assembly.  We welcome your attendance and wish to have a brief reception following the program in recognition and appreciation for your service to the United States.  We encourage students to wear red, white and blue in observance of the day.

Families new to the school may be unfamiliar with Sean and Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids, which is one of the resources we use in fostering character education.  For November, we are continuing with Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind—Have a Plan.  This habit commits to the following: I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen. With the start of a new marking period, this becomes an opportune time to help your child write goals that are reasonable and attainable.  Help your student list what he/she need to do in order to achieve the goal.  Weekly, the goal(s) can be discussed to follow-up on progress toward accomplishing the goal.  With goal

setting, students will see that sometimes you must adjust strategies and add to the goal in order to meet it.

Important dates to remember:


  • 4th                    Election Day – Student Holiday
  • 5th                    Marking Period 2 Begins
  • 11th                   2:00PM Veteran’s Day Assembly (MPR)
  • 19th-21st          1:25 PM Dismissal (Parent Conferences)
  • 24th                  Report card not picked up at conference will be sent home.
  • 26th-28th        Thanksgiving Break


  • 9th                    Make-up Picture Day (morning)
  • 3rd                    Grade Holiday Program (2:00 and 7:00 PM)
  • 11th                  Progress Update to ParentVue/StudentVue
  • 22nd-31st        Winter Break


  • 1st-2nd              Winter Break (continued)

Thank you for your partnership and involvement!  If you have any questions/concerns, do not hesitate to contact me (757-229-7597; karen.swann@wjccschools.org).


Karen M. Swann