Blanche Dodd Bobcat News

September 3, 2021

A message from Mrs. Bolz

The 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start! Students have settled into classroom routines and active learning is taking place daily. After school clubs have started. The Cool Cats Piano Club and the Minecraft Writing Club are open to 3rd-5th grade students to meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The Dodd Run Club works out each Friday during their PE time.

The first progress reports will be sent home next week. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher. The progress report is a snapshot of progress at the end of each three week period. Missing work and grades below 70% can be corrected and turned in for a higher grade.

I hope you have time to enjoy the three-day weekend with your friends and family!

It's a GREAT day to be a Bobcat at Dodd Elementary where we are...

Six Houses...One Family!

The Counselor’s Corner

Whether you need to talk one-on-one, or you would like to participate in group counseling, I am here for you. Group Counseling will begin soon and includes a divorce group, grief group, anxiety group, and friendship group. Parents/Guardians- please email me to sign up your student if you think they would benefit from participating in one of these group counseling opportunities.

For the month of September, I will be making my way to classrooms and giving character lessons! Our first stop is learning about Trustworthiness. Students will learn that being trustworthy means doing the right thing when no one is looking, telling the truth, and following directions.

We are off to a great school year, and I am so excited to be your Blanche Dodd Elementary School Counselor! Don’t forget that parents and students can visit my school website, complete a request form, and we can set up a time to meet if ever the need arises.

Mrs. Roesler



The technology class has a new look this year! Students now attend a STEAM class once a week during their special area rotation. During STEAM, each class is separated into five different groups. Students participate in an activity based on the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. However, many of the topics overlap! Students have the flexibility and resources to veer off the path of the lesson if they find that their curiosity has sparked a question. Classifying rocks based on physical properties might result in research on dinosaur bones. A happy accident in painting might turn into a whole new creation of color. Students have the chance to explore their ideas and direct their learning! Ask your child what they are learning in Mrs. Middleton's STEAM class. I'm sure they can share many things they have discovered.

Gifted & Talented Program Information

Are you interested in learning more information about the GT program?

Krum Independent School District offers specific programs for students who have special needs and abilities. Criteria, both qualitative and quantitative measures, are used to assess students who perform at remarkably high levels of accomplishment relative to age peers. The program serves approximately 3-5% of the student population.

Placement in the program is based upon the unique needs of nominated students who are identified through the use of multiple criteria. Data collected and reviewed may include, but is not limited to, the following: intelligence tests, achievement tests, creativity evaluations, and parent and teacher surveys. Parents will be notified of evaluation results and placement options. If you are interested in nominating your child, More information will be coming soon during our GT Parent Meeting set in October (Date TBD). Here are some characteristics that are common but not universal of a GT individual:

  • Shows superior abilities to reason, generalize or problem solve.

  • Shows persistent intellectual curiosity.

  • Has a wide range of interests; develops one or more interests to considerable depth.

  • Produces superior written work or has a large vocabulary.

  • Reads avidly.

  • Learns quickly and retains what is learned.

  • Grasps mathematical or scientific concepts readily.

  • Shows creative ability or imaginative expression in the arts.

  • Sustains concentration for lengthy periods on topics or activities of interest.

  • Sets high standards for self.

  • Shows initiative, originality, or flexibility in thinking; considers problems from a number of viewpoints.

  • Observes keenly and is responsive to new ideas.

  • Shows social poise or an ability to communicate with adults in a mature way.

  • Enjoys intellectual challenge; shows an alert and subtle sense of humor.

Watch D.O.G.S. Kick Off September 28th 6:00 pm @ Krum EEC

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. Come find out what it takes to be one of the Krum ISD Watch D.O.G.S.

Upcoming Events

Sept 6 Labor Day-School closed

Sept 13 Grandparent’s Week

Sept 16-27 Math Benchmark (2-5)

Sept 17 Early Release 11:35

Sept 20 2nd grade guidance

Sept 21 3rd grade guidance

Sept 22 4th grade guidance

Sept 23 5th grade guidance

Sept 28 Watch DOGS kick off @ EEC 6:00-7:00

Sept 29 3rd grade field trip - Dallas Symphony

Sept 30 Character Awards (Trustworthiness)

September Character Trait - Trustworthiness

Our September house meeting will be held on Friday, September 3rd. Students will be learning about the character trait of trustworthiness. Teachers will select a student from their classroom at the end of the month to receive the character award for trustworthiness.
October CC trait - Trustworthiness

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is a program that gives cash back to schools. In the past, you may have clipped the box tops and delivered them to the school. Box tops are now digital! No more cutting and saving. By downloading the Box Tops for Education App to your phone, you can scan your grocery receipt, and the box tops are automatically added to the school of your choice. Check out the videos included in the newsletter for more information about how to get started and help our school.

Dodd Elementary has earned $13.50 so far this year. All proceeds that are received twice a year (December and April) will be used to help fund field trips and house activities.

Don't delay! Get yourself set to scan your receipts and build Dodd's earnings.

Box Tops App: Scan for your School
How to Scan with the Box Tops Mobile App

Blanche Dodd Elementary

It is our mission to educate each child through the use of quality instruction and positive relationships. We will strive to motivate each student to discover their unlimited potential and have a positive impact on their community.

Tricia Bolz, Principal

Lisa Mayfield, Asst. Principal

Amy Roesler, Counselor