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.
STEAM: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, MATH
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.
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
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
Box Tops for Education
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.
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