Week ending September 5, 2015
Happy Birthday to YOU!
District Projector Refresh
Mark Your Calendar!
Labor Day, No school
Grandparents' Breakfast, 6:45 AM
Parent Orientation: "The Art of Being a Dodd Student", 5-7 PM
Room Parent Meeting, 7-7:30 PM
DinoBeat: K-2 Recognitions
Boy Scout Assembly for grades 1-4, immediately after DinoBeat
PTA Movie Night, 6-8 PM
Move Your Bus
Now that you have identified with a "character" on the bus, a runner, a jogger, a walker, or a rider, the next part guides you through the characteristics of a runner/jogger. It identifies concrete examples of how to accelerate as a contributor on our bus.
Celebrate Reading Day!
On this day,
- Students are encouraged to choose a book of their choice, either from the library, your classroom, or home. Then, they will dress as their favorite character in the book. Students should bring the book to carry while walking in the parade.
- All teachers and staff will be encouraged to also dress up and show their favorite children's book.
- A banner should be created by grade level or class to be carried during the parade.
- The parade ends in the cafeteria, where Ms. Duvall will share a fun story with the students.
It is not required, but we would like to see additional activities in the classroom to support our promotion of literacy. Some ideas include:
- themed reading opportunities: relaxing with a great book (students bring beach towels and sunglasses to go outside and read for sustained silent reading), "scary" stories by the campfire
- guest readers (contact parents or someone else special to come in and read a book to your class), Skype with an author, etc.
- if you haven't already... it may be a great time to create goals for the quarter or the year.
- introduce a tracking system for reading accountability
Please start talking to your students about this day and mentioning it in your newsletters. The parade will begin at about 8:00 AM. Parents are asked to be in place by 7:45 AM, when we will close our parking lot. We will start sending out fliers and such after parent orientation.
We have already confirmed the McMillan drum line again. They are super excited to come out and support our event!
Thank you for your efforts in supporting this program!
Tech Byte: Bloomz
Bloomz: A One Stop Shop for Parent Communication
Bloomz is a new app that provides everything you need to communicate with your parents in one place. It is similar to Remind in that you have a class code that they use to sign up, however there is so much more to it. Parents can access it through an app on Apple/Android devices, through their web browser, or through emails. You can send messages to one parent or the whole class, or you can create a post with a message or pictures. You can even pin a post to the top (such as a link to your Smore Newsletter). You can create photo albums, a calendar with event reminders, set up conferences (similar to Sign Up Genius), or ask for volunteers. For those of us in 2nd – 4th, you can invite another teacher to post to your group. I have been using this with my classes for the last two weeks, and I have gotten a lot of great feedback from parents. They really enjoy seeing the pictures, which are really easy to upload from your phone, device, or computer.