DCS Ravens' Report

December 17th, 2021

Important Dates

December 21st-Craft Round Robin

December 23rd-January 2nd-WInter Recess No School

January 17th-Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

Message from Principal Nicole Pease

Hello families,

-I am sure you received a notice from the Superintendent regarding school safety. Please know that we take issues of safety seriously. Yesterday afternoon, we held a staff meeting to review safety procedures. Thanks to Dublin Police Chief Suokko for stopping by DCS this morning. As always, if you or your children hear or see anything that makes you or them uncomfortable or concerned, please let us know right away.

-It has been a fun couple of weeks at DCS. Students and staff are enjoying the time to learn about holiday traditions in different places. Teachers are integrating their instruction with winter season fun, which makes learning engaging for students!

-Last week, Hannah Petrick taught students a variety of festive songs in Music. I hope some of our students and their families joined the Tree Lighting and showed off their skills. This week and next, Cooper Valinski will be at DCS as Health and Wellness are the Special.

-Next Tuesday brings the beloved Craft Day. Vicki Brown has planned and prepared craft stations where students can make crafts to be able to share with their families. It is a joy to watch students choose which crafts they will make. We are thankful to the volunteers that are able to support this very special day! Thanks too, to the volunteers that are staying to cover lunch and recess with our students. Having a duty free lunch time for all the staff is a welcomed opportunity to connect and enjoy each other's company.

-I am looking forward to the snow predicted this weekend. Fresh snow will make recess and outdoor time much more fun! Have a lovely weekend! Nicole

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Kind Kindergarten

It’s been a busy week in Kindergarten. In math the children are learning about measurement. They are comparing items using shorter than or longer than to describe their findings, comparing classroom items to a length of ribbon, and building sticks with linking cubes for comparison within 10. After the holidays we will continue this study while investigating weight and volume. Check all of the holiday decorations that come home for signs of writing, word work, and sight word practice! Daily independent and partner reading and writing is helping these young learners to develop their literacy skills. In celebration of the holiday season Mrs. Raumgreen visited to teach us about Hanukah, and to share her collection of dreidels. We’ve had great fun learning to spin dreidels and to play the dreidel game!

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Fun First Grade

It's been a great month for first graders learning about different holiday traditions! We learned about Hanukkah traditions such as playing the dreidel game and even fried some latkes- delicious! We've also talked about how animals adapt in the winter- hibernation, migration or getting ready. It was so much fun to read many different versions of the Gingerbread Man and compare and contrast the stories. Ask your first grader which story is their favorite! We finished this week with an engineering project: what can you build to get your gingerbread person over the bridge and avoid the tricky fox!

Super Second Grade

Second graders have been traveling all over the world to see how other countries celebrate Christmas. We've had fun making ornaments to go along with each country and are looking forward to breaking our star pinata from Mexico! Another activity that we enjoyed is comparing and contrasting the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Scrooge from the Christmas Carol.

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Thrilling Third and Fourth Grade

Third and fourth graders are using Christmas themed task cards to create, read, generate questions and solve questions about graphs and data.

We have been studying Christmas traditions from around the world as well as doing vocabulary and reading comprehension about holiday topics.

Remember those books for the book swap on 12/22!

Literacy Coach Corner

My name is Mrs. Nadine Desrosiers and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the Dublin community as the new district wide Elementary Literacy Coach. I received my undergraduate degree at Rivier University earning certification in both Early Childhood Education and General Special Education. In 2017, I earned my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Dyslexia Studies from SNHU.

I have been a classroom teacher for the past twenty two years. Ten of those years were spent in private education while the last twelve have been in public education, teaching both regular and special education across various grade levels.

During my time within the conval schools I will be collaborating with educators to analyze data, identify trends, and support educators to adjust instruction based on data. I will also assist teachers by conducting student assessments, analyzing the results in conjunction with student work to provide recommendations for individualized instruction.

While in the classroom I will be providing model lessons and co-teaching with the classroom teacher. Spending time in the classrooms and interacting with children is something near and dear to my heart, the highlight of my days.

I look forward to a great school year collaborating with educators within the ConVal District.

Kindly- Mrs. Nadine Desrosiers, M.Ed

Extra Clothes and Cold Weather Gear

Please be sure your child has an extra set of clothes at school. All kinds of accidents can and do happen and we do not have many spare clothes for students.

Also, even though we have had one of the warmest early winters on record, please make sure your child has all the cold weather gear they need. If you have a need for any gear, please reach out and let us know.

Don't forget to check out the DCS website and Classroom Teacher's sites too!

DCS Gear

For those that do not know, the DCS' mascot is a Raven. We are hoping to be able to provide our new students with Raven t-shirts. Until then, we have a DCS Gear store through which you can order items for your child and family.


Please remember to update Pick Up Patrol

One of the aspects of a new school year that can be challenging is the bus routes. It takes time for new drivers and students to get used to the timing of the pick ups and drop offs. Each day has gone a bit more smoothly.

Please help us by updating any changes in drop off or pick up through Pick Up Patrol.

Thank you!

Water Bottles

With great help from the PTO a few years ago, we have a bottle filler at DCS! We do not have extra water bottle for students though, so please be sure to send your child in with a labeled water bottle. Thank you! Currently, the water fountain is not in use for students so a water bottle is needed.