November, 2019


The trees are absolutely beautiful right now as you look outside your window or are driving to one of the many places life is taking you, but they won’t stay that way for long. Such is life. There may be great days for a time but then the cold and bitterness that comes into all our lives eventually creeps in and we start to lose parts of ourselves just as the trees lose their leaves to the frigidness of winter. During these times we need to rest, recoup, take care of ourselves, and prepare for better things to come. Reach out to friends and family and never be ashamed to ask for help or ask for a lending ear. Even in times like these, there are glimmers of hope if we really look. Unless you look really close, you would never see the perfection of each and every snowflake that falls to the earth that coats the ground to prepare nature to bloom once again. Look for those perfectly designed snowflakes in your life that will bring you back to the joys of each and every day and know that even in the darkest of times there is always a glimmer of hope ready and waiting to bring back the happiness we all long for. As the trees stand strong in wait for spring, you too stand strong for better things to come. Rely on one another, lend a helping hand, and yes, give thanks, because if we let it, even the tiniest thing can nourish our soul until better things come our way. Give thanks, stay strong, be kind, and persevere with the knowledge you are never alone.

Shout Out!

Herman E. Dummer School works closely with Valley West Community Hospital to provide overall health and wellness education to our students and staff. Some of the current programs that are being implemented are the Nutrition and Hygiene presentations geared toward our fourth and fifth-grade students. Students are taught healthy alternatives in eating, how to read labels to help make these positive choices, and how proper exercise keeps you healthy and strong. Along with taking care of ourselves by what we eat, we are also taught how to take care of our bodies as we grow and mature. Proper hygiene techniques and recommendations are discussed in all of our classrooms as well. Our 5th grade is also participating in a ten-week program through a health systems prevention grant received by Valley West Hospital helping our students to make correct choices, dealing with peer pressure, and drug and alcohol prevention, all of which is part of our Illinois standards.

We would also like to thank our awesome Parent Group for all of their hard work. The Parent Group organizes and plans our fall fundraiser, Fear Factor, Grandparents Bingo, Mother/Son Bowling, Daddy/Daughter Dance, and many other things throughout the school year. Thank you Parent Group!

Winter is Coming!

With October coming to an end and November beginning, we are seeing the temperatures drop. We will be outside as long as the wind chill and/or temperature are 10 degrees or above. Please have children dress appropriately. On this note, there have been many sweatshirts, jackets, and misc. items left in the hall or on our playground that we have collected and put on a table outside the office. Please have your child check this table if they have lost an item or you may also stop by if you happen to be in the building. We will be donating these items shortly after conferences if they are not claimed.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

I hope you are all taking advantage of our online system we call, “Tyler”. It is a great way to see your child’s grades, pay school fees, and track lunch information. If you have questions about Tyler, please do not hesitate to call the office. I also encourage you to call your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding grades. We will be happy to talk to you.

November 7th and 8th are Parent/Teacher conferences. This is a great time to talk one-on-one with your child’s teacher and ask those questions, voice those concerns, or to just say “thank you” as our teachers work diligently to help meet the needs of all students. We truly care about your children and want the best for all of them. In order to make this happen, it requires a team effort and we will do everything possible to help you in this endeavor. Communication is a must! If you have not signed up for conferences yet, please let your child’s teacher know and we will get you scheduled.


Just a reminder that our bell rings at 7:55 am and students should be in their classrooms by 8:00 ready to learn. It is very important that your child arrives on time to school so they may get the best education possible and also to not disturb the education of others when coming in late to class. We appreciate your help in this matter.


Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older.For additional information on the flu refer to the link below. You may also contact your physician or local health department for additional information on the flu and upcoming flu clinics. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading it to others.


All medications, including cough drops and over-the-counter products, require a Medication Authorization Form to be completed and signed by a student’s healthcare provider and their parent/guardian.


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Wow! Fourth grade has had a fun October. We have practiced many different kinds of emergency drills with the whole school, and we are prepared. We have heard about Erin’s Law and how to keep ourselves safe from abuse. We have visited an orchard on a class field trip. We have also visited the Sandwich Opera House to see the show “Igor and the Masters of STEM.”

The fourth grade teachers are looking forward to visiting with our students’ parents during Parent/Teacher Conferences in November. Please contact your child’s teacher for an appointment if you have not already done so.



Our 5th graders have been working hard and learning many new skills. It is hard to believe that the end of the 1st trimester is just around the corner. If you have not had an opportunity to sign up for a Parent/Teacher Conference on either November 7th or 8th, please contact your child's teacher.

In Reading/Language arts, our students have been navigating our new reading series quite nicely. A lot of the focus has been on Informational text for both reading and writing. As we move into our 3rd unit of study, our main focus will be on Realistic Fiction, Legend/Drama, and Poetry. 5th graders will especially enjoy the opportunity to work on Persuasive/Opinion essays.

In Math, our students have been freshening up their multiplication and division skills. As we move into the 2nd trimester, we will spend most of our time working with fractions. Finding common denominators, adding/subtracting/multiplying fractions, and determining equivalent fractions are up first. It is so important to keep practicing basic math facts throughout the year in order to make math studies more enjoyable.

Finally, 5th graders are learning to deal with their ever changing personalities. During SEL, led by our school social worker and classroom discussions, students are exposed to various scenarios. They have opportunities to share thoughts through whole group discussions, small group discussions, or individual journals. Some topics might include: What makes a good friend or role model? How can I become more organized? How can I recognize when my peers or I am feeling different emotions?

We truly appreciate your support at home and look forward to another great month.

Happy November from the entire 5th Grade Staff


Monthly Music Notes

Fourth Grade has been learning about melody and accompaniment through playing boomwhackers. Boomwhackers are tuned plastic pipes that sound when struck against another surface. Each student is assigned a given note and all together we have enough notes to cover the ones required for a song. Songs that we have played include: “Rolling in the Deep,” “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and “Skeleton Dance.” We will end the boomwhacker unit with the song “Ghostbusters” before we transition to playing on xylophones.

Fifth Grade has been busy learning and playing guitars. So far we have learned how to play chords such as C, G7, and E minor in order to perform “Yellow Submarine” and “Get Up Stand Up.” Additionally, students have seen how acoustic guitars are made by watching a short clip from the tv series “How it’s Made.” In the near future, students will participate in a guitar scavenger hunt in which a guitar has been cut into 12 pieces and scattered between the music room and the multipurpose room and they will answer riddles in order to get hints on where to find them.

Fifth Grade Band currently has 45 members which are divided into the following sections: Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Saxophones, French Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Baritones, and Percussion. So far we have learned five notes for each instrument and have been working on playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Hot Cross Buns” together. Full band will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday after lunch until the end of the year since we have to prepare for the three concerts this year:

Sunday, December 15th @3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25th @7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27th @7 p.m.


We have volunteer openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the following times: 1:15-1:45, 1:45-2:15, and 2:15-2:45.

Duties include: Helping students stay on task with typing, helping students at different stations of games, drawing, and puzzles.

All volunteers must be on the District approved volunteer list. If you need a volunteer form, please call the office and we will be happy to send one home with your student.


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November 3rd - Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour

November 4th - Vision & Hearing Re-Screen

November 6th - Magazine Club 3-4 PM

November 7th - Picture Retakes

November 7th - 11:10 AM Dismissal

November 7th - Parent/Teacher Conferences Noon - 8:00 PM

November 8th - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM - Noon

November 8th - End of 1st Trimester

November 11th - Veterans Day - Dummer's Assembly will begin at approximately 9:15 AM

November 13th - Art Club 3-4 PM

November 15th - 1st Semester Report Cards Go Home

November 20th - 4-3, 4-5, 4-7 to Hoover

November 20th - Magazine Club 3-4 PM

November 21st - Character Counts Club 3-4 PM

November 27th - No School

November 28th - No School Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29th - No School