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PTA Open House

Thursday, August 28

Teachers will present two sessions, one at 6:30 and one at 7:05, to share classroom procedures and answer general questions. Come meet your child's teacher. Students are welcome and encouraged to come.

International Dot Day

September 15

Some classes will participate in International Dot Day which celebrates creativity, courage, and collaboration. Students with signed permission to share work may have their dot posted online!

PTA Trick or Trunk

October 17




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The ten Minecraft club members have been selected by lottery and their parents have been notified. The students who applied but were not selected are on a waiting list. You will be notified if space opens up in the club.

We are starting an after school Minecraft Club Tuesday, February 3rd.We will meet on Tuesdays from 3:10 (walkers' dismissal) to 4:30. We have 10 Minecraft licenses so we will only have ten club members. A waiting list will be kept in case spaces open up. If you are interested in having your fifth grader participate in the club, please fill out the following Google form completely. The contact information you provide on the form will be used to contact members selected by lottery. If we cannot reach you we will draw another name. Members will be given permission slips which must be completed and given to Mrs. Harrison, our computer resource specialist as soon as possible. Good luck!

Indian Lakes Minecraft Club Lottery Sign up

Information was shared about this Friday in My School Mail and Sunday via Alert Now to fifth grade families. If you have not subscribed, please do so.


Happy New Year and welcome back! It's that wonderful time of year again - cold and flu season. Parents, remember these important tips:

Washing hands is the MOST effective way to protect against germs and viruses! Please encourage your children to wash their hands frequently whenever possible, especially before eating. If a sink is not available, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.

If your children have not yet received their flu vaccine, please consider getting it as soon as possible!

If your child is sent to the clinic with flu-like symptoms, you WILL be contacted to pick them up as soon as possible! Please ensure that all phone numbers/emergency contact numbers are up-to-date, so that someone can be reached as soon as possible.

If your child has symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea, they need to stay home AT LEAST 24 HOURS AFTER symptoms are no longer present. Although they may be feeling better, they may still be contagious to classmates, teachers, and other staff members!

Please do your best to follow these guidelines and help keep everyone HEALTHY and HAPPY over the next few months. Thank you!

Michelle Hinkel, RN, BSN
Indian Lakes Elementary Clinic
Phone: 648-2687


Happy New Year everyone!  As we return school, it is that time to celebrate reading month!  Each year in the month of January, Virginia Beach City Public Schools celebrates reading.  This year, our school’s reading month theme will be Reading is Power!

For a complete list of activities click to read the Reading Month parent letter.


The Norfolk Tides and Norfolk Admirals are thrilled to be part of promoting reading with elementary schools in the Public schools. We are trying to encourage literacy among elementary school students by providing them with incentives to read books. This year we have another fantastic program in place, and we wanted to make you aware of it so you can encourage your children to participate.
For more information, read the complete letter.


This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to register for the Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile at a discounted price is January 15th. The price will increase to $25 on January 16th. Please register online before this date to save!

We also will be having Shamrock Marathon training each Tuesday after school starting January 13. I have sent permission slips home with each child. Please read and return if this is something that your child or family is interested in. Please feel free to join us to get the whole family active! You are not required to do the training sessions to run in the Final Mile.

Please email me at [email protected] if you have any questions. Thanks for your help and support!



Indian Lakes, along with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Wednesday, January 28 to Friday, January 30th. The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that is aimed at improving school climate and student engagement. Students and staff at ILES will be devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, during this short week, because KINDESS MATTERS.


Please visit Ms. Aladj's blog ( or for more information about the PTA Citizenship Essay Project. All submissions are due to your District Director by February 1, 2015.


Please congratulate these second grade students who had their artwork selected to be part of the Winter Holiday Student Art Show. The show is at Pembroke Mall from December 12, 2014-February 2, 2015. A round of applause for:

  • Jenessa, Alisha, Charlotte and Jasemin in Mrs. Cooks class,
  • Michael and Ella in Mrs. Dajero's class,
  • Andrew and Zahria in Mrs. Alexander's class and
  • Isabelle in Mrs. Lewis' class.

I hope you can plan on going to Pembroke Mall to enjoy the show!


Our 4th and 5th grade Newspaper Team has successfully published their Fall 2014 electronic edition. It is located on the Indian Lakes Elementary website ( Click on About Us, choose any topic, and you will find the link to the Thunderbird Times on the left-hand side. We are so proud of all our reporters and we are already planning our winter edition. Here is a direct link to the newspaper.


Salem Middle School offers the AVID program. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a three year, elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for entrance into a four year university. The curriculum features writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading, note-taking, study skills and career/college activities. Applications for this program are due to Salem Middle by Friday, January 23, 2015. Please contact Ms. Aladj, in the ILES Guidance Office for an application.


Below are the screening and testing dates for the 2014-2015 school year. Please keep in mind that all parent referral forms must be completed at least two weeks prior to the testing date to allow sufficient time to complete teacher referrals and process paperwork. Of course, we would welcome the paperwork earlier. All referrals must be submitted to Heather Brooks, our Gifted Resource teacher.

2/2/2015 – All KLMS and Plaza MYP applications due.

2/6/2015 – First Grade Screening for ALL first grade students.

3/2/2015 – All First Grade applications due.

3/6/2015 – ODC/KLMS testing for applicants and selected fifth grade students.

4/17/2015 – First Grade Testing-for students referred for additional testing.

5/15/15 – Testing for students who are new to VBCPS and second graders that have been placed on HOLD.

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