September 4, 2018

Principal Update:

I want to welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 School Year officially! For those of you who are new to our school, I want you to know that you are coming to a beautiful place. As you know, I came to Dawson in July as the principal. I am committed to the Holden community and firmly believe that all students can succeed.

Our teachers and staff are caring, innovative, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of educators who strive to have our students reach their highest potential.

I’ve enjoyed meeting with many of you and look forward to our continued partnership in ensuring a productive and fun educational experience for your child(ren). I believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a crucial factor in increasing student achievement. As principal, my door is always open, and I welcome your input. I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success, as research continues to show a strong correlation between increased engagement and high student success.

In Partnership,

Mrs. Wallace

Important Information:


A general reminder to all families to please return your Emergency Cards that were sent home last week. If you don’t believe you received one-please contact your child’s teacher. It is important that these are returned as soon as possible.


A reminder that any non-employee adult that enters school to volunteer/ chaperone (except for assemblies) must have a current CORI (Criminal Offense Records Information) completed. (CORI’s expire every 3 years.) Please ensure that when you are in the building, you are wearing your badge and it is visible. We appreciate your support in keeping our school safe!

Cori Form


Please make sure that you have reviewed Dawson’s Handbook and signed off that you have reviewed it on the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

I have attached a link to the Handbook for convenience:

Dawson Handbook


We respectfully request that all afternoon office dismissals occur prior to 3:00. The reason for this request is that it is difficult to balance end-of-the-day needs and the upcoming school-wide dismissal in the office.


The school will not assume responsibility for any items (brought to school by students), which are lost or stolen. A Lost and Found area is maintained in the cafeteria. On a monthly basis, unclaimed clothing will be donated. Pupils are encouraged to turn in any article found to the Lost and Found Area. Items coming to school, including lunch boxes, book bags, coats, hats, boots, and mittens should be clearly labeled with the student's first and last name.

*We respectfully request that students do not bring toys/ cards (Pokemon/ etc.)/ stuffed animals or personal possessions from home. These items can easily become lost, damaged or be ‘traded’ with friends.

Save the Dates

Sep 11, 2018

6:30 pm PTA Social and Meeting in Cafeteria

Sep 12, 2018

5:30-6:30 Kindergarten Curriculum Night For Parents!

Sep 20, 2018
Professional Development - Half Day of School

September 25, 2018

Dawson School Pictures

September 25, 2018

5:30-6:30 Dawson Open House: Grades 1-5

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Why is the general store so exciting? Part Two: Tradition

On Thursday, August 30, the PTA sponsored a Back To School Family Picnic. Many families came out to listen to music, participate in activities and have dinner. The children were laughing and moving throughout the night. I would like to thank Rachel Bullock for coordinating a fantastic event. What a wonderful tradition!

2018 PTA Back To School Picnic

Dawson Dolphins - Engaged and Learning The First Week of School

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Top 10 Homework Tips from KidsHealth.org

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachersand what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
  7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Post a test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

Dawson Fun Run!

”Hey, Dawson Parents and Families! We're PUMPED because we're less than one month away from kicking off our Dawson Fun Run. This year, all students will be running 30-35 laps to help raise funds for this school year, and we can't wait to get started. More communication to come!!”

Check out this quick video to learn about what Boosterthon is all about.


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