The DiPiet Beat

January 27 - 31, 2020

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About this week and some more....

Happenings for this week:


  • "Souper" Bowl and Sports Day! - We would like to encourage your children to wear clothing/colors of their favorite team. A flyer is going home about the "Souper" Bowl. The School Nutrition Department is collecting non-perishable food for the food pantry. For items the students bring in they will receive a colorful beaded necklace. Please see the flyer below for more information.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear DiPietro Families,

This was quite a four day week. When our 3rd graders visited Plimoth Plantation they not only got to see how people lived, but experience the everyday activities. Students were able to try woodworking with a pilgrim, write with a quill and ink, and actually grid corn. Ask them what the corn they were grinding would be made into when you get a moment.

Just below this note Mrs. Cavossa has two additional stories. "Judgemental Flower" is a book she read to students this week. Listening again is a great activity as we pick up more and more each time we read a book and that is a skill we want to instill in our students.

Several of our children demonstrated flexibility and perseverance this week! Their brains are being challenged and they are sticking with it. Students are continuously working on their personal and school based goals. I am lucky enough to hear them interacting with staff on how they are working to achieve these goals. Talking about this at home is a huge help. Even as they get on the bus, or out of the car, let them know you are looking for them to be able to tell you at least one way in which they needed to persevere and/or show flexibility that day. It could be on a math problem, when talking to a friend, or even handling something at lunch.

I was one grateful principal this week when I was in Mrs. Samek's class. She had to speak with someone in the hall and just handed me the dry erase marker. Her students were AH-MAZING! They guided me and stuck with me! It was wonderful to see them so proud of themselves when I was able to share with them how much they have grown in their ability to persevere this year. Mrs. Samek's class rally around each other and celebrate their accomplishments together.

Let's have a great last week of January 2020!


Mrs. Friedman

Ask Me About....


  1. ...Why is Martin Luther King, Jr. important?

  2. ...tell ways that you can be kind

1st Grade

  1. …how can you use a number line to solve addition and subtraction equations?

  2. … what happens when you put a tuning fork in water?

  3. ...can you use a trick word in a sentence?

2nd Grade

  1. … what MLK Jr. goal for America was.

  2. one or more strategies to solve 54-23

  3. two suffixes that can go at the end of the word, jump

3rd Grade

  1. ...what I learned on our field trip to Plimoth Plantation.

  2. favorite way to subtract 3 digit numbers.

  3. text features help readers comprehend a text


  1. ...In Art, ask your child the name of the artist that paints the cakes.

  2. ...In Art, ask your 3rd grader how you create shades and tints.

  3. ...In Music, ask Kindergarten to sing you a musical scale. (Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do).

  4. ...In Music ask Grade 1 to sing Country Road.

  5. ...In Music ask Grade 2 about the job of a conductor.

  6. ...In Music ask Grade 3 how they remember the space and line notes.

  7. ….In Physical Education (M, T, TH) What do we say when we do our “Calming Pretzels”?

  8. ...In Technology, ask Grade 1 where the Home Row keys are on a keyboard.

  9. ...In Technology, ask Grade 2 about the PowerPoint they created.

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Indoor Recess Guidelines

Winter and snow are upon us, perhaps a bit earlier than expected. We prefer to have students go outside for recess whenever possible and will continue to go outside when there is snow on the ground. See below for clothing expectations for playing in the snow.

There will be days when it is not safe or comfortable to have outdoor recess. As general rules, we will have outdoor recess unless (1) the actual temperature is 20’F or below, (2) the “real feel” temperature is 20’F or below, or (3) it is actively precipitating. In addition, we will have indoor recess if we deem the playground unsafe for ice or other reasons.

What to wear to play in the snow and a Request from Nurse Barros

For OUTDOOR RECESS we will use the Rule of 5 when it comes to playing in the snow. All of these items must be on, but can be sent to school in a bag:

1. Hat/hood must be worn.

2. Gloves/Mittens

3. Winter Coat

4. Snow pants

5. Winter boots

Request from Nurse Barros:

Winter is here and the best practice to keep your children safe and warm is to provide snow pants, gloves, and a hat at recess time for your children. When they are playing at recess, they may get wet, so PLEASE pack an extra pair of socks, underwear, pants, and shirt in their backpack in the event that they may need to change after recess/lunch. They can keep these items in their backpacks all year long as a backup if needed. Thank you!