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October 7, 2016 | Be Friendly

Acts 20:35 "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"

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8th Grade Field Trip - Museum of Science and Industry


On The Docket

Monday, October 17

  • MAP Test - Reading
  • PADS

Tuesday, October 18

  • Faculty Devotions in the Computer Lab at 8:00am (Kendra O, you're up! Tammy R., you're on deck.)
  • MAP Test - Reading
  • 5-8th to GSU to see the play "Out of Bounds" (10:15-12:45)

Wednesday, October 19

  • MAP Test - Reading
  • Illinois Lutheran High School comes to speak with 7th/8th at 12:00p (for lunch)
  • Chess Club |3:15-4:15pm| Artroom

Thursday, October 20

  • MAP Test - Reading
  • Lower Chapel | 9:30am

Friday, October 21
  • MAP Test - Reading
  • Report Cards must be completed by the end of the day! If you need help with Sycamore, ask now!
  • Harvest Parties in the Afternoon
  • Upper Chapel | 2:20pm

Advanced Notice:

Week of Oct. 24 is RED RIBBON WEEK (drug & alcohol prevention)

Wednesday, October 26

  • Report Cards go Home

Thursday, October 27

  • 11:30am dismissal. P/T Conferences from 3-8p
Friday, October 28
  • No School
Saturday, November 12
  • Soup Exchange at the Verwolf's - all are invited. More info forthcoming.
MAP Test Schedule

When are you testing? Here is the schedule.

MAP/MPG Testing Instructions

Need a refresher on how to administer MAP/MPG testing? Check out this step-by-step.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thursday, October 27

Teachers, we have an 11:30am dismissal on Thursday, October 27. This early dismissal is in place to give you time to rest and prep before a long night of P/T Conferences. This is such an important and mission-appropriate opportunity for us, as leaders, to shape the culture of our school.

  • In the front office, we will have a K3-4th grade sign-up for 15 minute time-slots from 3:00p-8:00p. Parents will call or stop-in the office to claim their slot. These conferences will be held in your classrooms.
  • Middle School (5th-8th): Open house style (no sign-up). Each teacher will have a table set-up in the gym. Please lead 10-15 minute conferences. This will prevent traffic jams.
  • Specials (Music, Comp, Art, Spanish, PE): Same as Middle School.
  • A full dinner will not be provided. We will, however, have food for you to munch on during your breaks.

Here is some excellent advice for you.

Also, this may be a great time to share Fall MAP data!


We're glad that several teacher have taken advantage of the opportunity to organize learning trips. Our PTF has been generous in assisting with bus transportation.

Two details that require your attention:

  1. If you plan to organize a field trip in the future, please complete a 'request form' and turn it in to me. Blank forms can be found in the teacher's lounge.
  2. From here on out, we require the following:
  • all field trip fees be paid in cash or check.
  • All money must be collected by the teacher before submitting to the office. You are responsible for collecting physical payment in an organized way. You are welcomed to hold money in the school safe (please label). This will save our Financial Officer a lot of time sorting through credit card statements for small charges.

(Note: The 5th grade Timber-Lee Trip or 8th grade trip require different costs and processes. Please disregard the above requirements for these overnight trips.)

Thank you!

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Resources That Make Us Better

Making the Most Out of 1 iPad

Earlier in the week I shared a link for you to check out a Christian Schools International webinar: “Making the Most of One Classroom iPad” with Brandon Helder. It was a great hour and a half packed with numerous useful tips and resources.

Link to the webinar recording: https://vimeo.com/187337075

Inspirational Films for Teachers


This documentary, produced in Denmark, emphasizes the importance of outdoor education. This captivating film combines interviews with videos of children exploring the outside. According to the interviews, the many benefits of outdoor play include: exploring, unstructured play, imaginative play, movement, blood circulating, and returning to the classroom refreshed, energized, and ready to focus.

Jose and Mr. Ramos

Jose and Mr. Ramos is a heartwarming film that focuses on the impact of student-teacher relationships. It is the story of a third grade teacher in Salinas, California where most of his students are the children of migrant farm workers. With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. However Jose is undocumented and as he grows older begins to understand the complexities of the situation before him. Viewable on PBS.


Teachers takes place in Los Angeles and explores the relationship between a caring teacher, Ms. Mayfield and a struggling student, Ellie. The student is forced to work to help support her family and is failing the course. Ms. Mayfield goes to great lengths to help Ellie. She want the best for her and wants to do whatever she can to help push Ellie through — even if it means crossing ethical lines. Viewable on PBS.

Collaborative Calendar

We have found it helpful to share this collaborative google calendar with all DCCS staff. Please feel free to update to keep our team informed.

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