DHS DRAGON PRIDE
November 13, 2020
Dates to Remember
Nov. 18-19 : FSA retake make-up day
Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break
Dec. 1-10: EOC Testing (Algebra 1, Geometry, US History & Biology)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Christmas Break
The second quarter of the school year started this week and we are one week away from our Fall Break for Thanksgiving. There is no school November 23rd-27th.
November’s PBS theme of the month is citizenship. As our students are learning to be respectful, responsible citizens, we also want to recognize those who have served in our armed forces to secure our freedoms and rights as citizens. We thank you!
It was also Florida’s Holocaust Awareness Week. Did you know that instruction on the Holocaust is one of our required instructional topics written into state statute? Teachers across departments have been implementing instruction and activities this week so that we and our children never forget the lessons learned from this dark time in history. Time Holden illustrated the importance of continuing to remember the Holocaust and its lessons in the following quote “The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.” We are growing our future here at FSDB. We are providing our students the instruction and tools to be caring, respectful citizens, upholding the values and skills necessary to be productive, responsible members of society.
We hope that your family has a restful, safe week together during this break.
Assistant Principal's Corner
This week was a bit topsy turvy with FSA testing in full swing, and Eta visiting. Nonetheless, our team pulled through as always. Since the month of November incorporates the fall break and the Thanksgiving holiday, to me that is a month of giving thanks. Thanks equal gratitude in my eyes. I am filled with gratitude for the amazing team we have here. Also, I am grateful that you, the families, trust us, with your son/daughter.
This month's PBiS theme is citizenship. Our entire high school department staff had just won free t-shirts for pulling the most in terms of citizenship education, application, and practice. Students had mock election, class color competition in celebration of citizenship, made posters, discussed citizenship in the classroom during Dragon Time, and learned about citizenship in the most pressing circumstances, such as the Holocaust.
Since this is the last newsletter before the fall break, I want to wish you a restful break with your families.
Dina Rae Padden , MBA/M.Ed
Assistant Principal - DHS
Hello, FSDB Families!
Hello FSDB Families!
My name is Tracie Snow and I am the President of FSDB. I wanted to take a few minutes to share some information and updates with you.
Tropical Storm Eta
Wow! Just when you thought hurricane season was over, we had tropical storm Eta! The FSDB leadership team participated in multiple weather briefings from the National Weather Service and reviewed weather advisory notices throughout the week. I am so very grateful for the amazing and caring FSDB staff who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our students.
Thank you for your patience and understanding through this past week. We hope the Skylerts, texts, phone calls, and emails as well as posts to social media and our website were timely and informative.
Since FSDB serves students from around the state, we know the unique challenge many parents may have in staying connected with FSDB. For many of you, FSDB is miles away from your home.
I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can stay engaged by visiting our FSDB website and following us on Social Media.
The FSDB website will use our home page to announce any urgent information we want shared like weather alerts. You may have noticed the red alert banner being used this week with information related to Tropical Storm Eta. We also added a button which will take you directly to the archived alerts.
FSDB Web Pages
A great way to know what is happening at FSDB and staying engaged is to check out the various pages on our website. We have information specific to your child’s school, academics, parent services, student life, outreach, news, COVID-19, re-opening, the innovative learning environment, and admissions.
Recently we added a new page to the website - FSDB Leadership. Here you will find the President’s welcome and announcements in English, ASL and Spanish as well as photos and information about the Administrative Team.
If you are a social media user you can follow The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Each school also has their own Facebook Group you can join so you can see pictures, announcements, and happenings specific to your child’s school.
Staying Safe and Healthy
Our students and staff have been doing a wonderful job following our reopening plan. They have been staying socially distant, wearing face coverings, cleaning, washing their hands, and staying home when they feel sick. We ask that you continue to monitor your child’s health and if at any time they are feeling sick, please have them stay home. For more information, please check out our COVID-19 webpage.
I would like to extend a heart-felt thanks from our entire FSDB school community to you and your family for choosing and trusting us to educate your child. We wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Algebra and the Holocaust
Spotlight of the Week - Donna Johnson
It will be having cooler weather happening here in Saint Augustine, please send your child to school with some warm clothes. Students are getting low on their personal items, so after Thanksgiving break, I would encourage you to please send back some personal hygiene products with your child. I do hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
If you have any questions or you need to reach out to the boarding supervisors, here are their contact numbers: James Hall Supervisor Mechelle Johnson, 904-827-2635 or 904-201-4485 (VP) and Rhyne Hall Supervisor Jashua Martinez, 904-201-4565 (VP).
Director of Student Life for the Deaf Department
Winter Sports start soon
As we are wrapping-up our fall sports conditioning program, we are looking forward to winter sports! Basketball and soccer will play a full schedule as normal with the exception of no tournaments.
Girls' soccer try-outs/practice will begin Oct. 19.
Girls' basketball try-outs/practice will begin Oct. 26.
Boys' basketball try-outs/practice will begin Nov. 2.
Wrestling will begin a conditioning program on Nov. 9.
If your child is interested in participating in any of our winter sports, he/she will need a sports physical and parent consent form completed and turned in BEFORE the above dates. Students may pick up these forms in Pope Hall, Room 214 or you may find them on the FSDB website. Please contact Assistant Principal of Physical Education and Athletics Donna Johnson at 904-827-2570, 904-201-4513 (VP) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Engagement Workshop
Please join us for our next virtual Parent Engagement Workshop on December 4th at 10am.
Parent Engagement Workshops (PEW) are learning opportunities open to ALL FSDB parents, guardians and caregivers. During PEW, we discuss current and relevant information about our school, parenting strategies, helpful resources and so much more. Please join us for these educational events, have a fabulous lunch on us, and meet other FSDB families.
Be sure to visit the FSDB Facebook page to view the agenda.
PBiS Incorporates Character Education
FSDB PBiS students are developing great character! Each month, FSDB focuses on a different positive character trait. This month we are emphasizing responsibility. Some of the phrases associated with responsibility that we are introducing to the students include: Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others. Teachers and boarding staff are asked to include lessons that may fit into the curriculum naturally. We are excited with this character education emphasis at FSDB. We are hoping that our students continue to be their very best now and in the future.
Tech Corner - Google Classroom
How does a student accept a Google Classroom invite?
A class code—Your teacher sends or tells you the class code. An email invite—Your teacher sends you the invite.
Accept the invite in Classroom
Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.
Make sure to sign in with the correct account.
On the class card, click Join.
Can parents/guardians have access to Google classroom?
Parents/guardians may access their child’s teachers’ Google Classroom in one of the following ways:
- From the school issued Chromebook, ask your child to login and launch the Google Classroom App. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
- From any computer with internet access, click here and have your child login with his/her FSD1 Google Apps for education username and password. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
- As a parent/guardian, you can receive email summaries showing your child's progress in the classroom.
Opt-in for Skyward Text Alerts
DHS Amended Locker Policy Agreement
PLEASE SIGN & RETURN TO DHS FRONT OFFICE
Please read this amended locker policy agreement and sign it so that your child may be assigned a locker to store their belongings. You may send a printed copy with your signature with your child(ren) or you may sign it electronically and email it to Jillian Rivera, DHS administrative assistant, at Riveraj@fsdbk12.org.
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