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DIAMOND VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER DECEMBER/JANUARY 2020 volume 2

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

As we approach the holiday season, it is time to reflect and appreciate the wonderful things and wonderful people we have around us each day.

All of us at Diamond View Elementary wish all of our families a very happy and safe holiday season. We hope for peace on earth and that everyone’s dreams come true.

Please continue to enforce good behavior with your child and remind each of them to try hard in school and to be responsible. Please help your child get to school on time each day by 8:20 a.m. Also, please remember DO NOT drop off your child before 7:45 a.m., there is no supervision until that time. Also if students arrive between 7:45-8:00 by car, walking and or bike it will be assumed they need breakfast and sent through the breakfast line.

Thank you to our parents for being involved in your child’s education and for supporting our school. It sure does help when everyone is on the same team. WE like that!!!

Classes will resume on January 7, 2020.

PSELI

Social and Emotional Learning from Morning to Night

The School District of Palm Beach County and Prime Time Palm Beach County have partnered to focus on seven elementary schools and afterschool programs, creating a seamless learning experience spanning the school day. The Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) equips teachers, afterschool practitioners, administration and other staff to help children develop social and emotional skills – such as self-control, persistence, teamwork and goal-setting – all linked to success in school and in life. Click here to learn more about PSELI.

HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED?

PARENTS- WE VALUE YOUR INPUT!

GET INVOLVED! SHOW YOUR MINER PRIDE BY VOLUNTEERING AT SCHOOL, JOIN THE PTO, OR SAC, VOLUNTEER ON FIELD DAY, OR HELP WITH THE HOLIDAY SHOP.


BOOKALICIOUS! DANCE PARTY! PHOTO OP area! Face Painting! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS: BOOKALICIOUS is December 13th, from 5-6:30 PM. One of our favorite DVE events: clubs, teachers, and parents participate to decorate the trunks of their cars and trucks in THE MAGICAL WINTER theme of a beloved book. We look forward to seeing Snowmen at Night, by 1st grade, The Grinch by Kindergarten, and 5th grade will be decorating The Snowmen. You'll have to come and participate to see all the wonderful cars decorated. Safety Patrol will be selling snacks, Kona Ice will be sold. PTO will have an ornament decorating station for $ 1, there will be a dance party and a photo booth! The cost of the event is $1 per person.


FAMILIES ARE EVERYTHING

Thanks to all the families who came to our Families are Everything event. Students and teachers were able to show their cultural backgrounds with projects, flags, food, and songs. The Mayor of Greenacres, Joel Flores came to join in the festivities! He networked with many families and really enjoyed the dancing. So many countries were represented showing the tapestry of multi-culturalism here at Diamond View. Being involved, showing our Miner pride, and being one, big Diamond View family ROCKS!!


UNIFORMS: PTO will be selling long sleeve DVE shirts and jackets. Keep an eye out for order forms that will be sent home with your child.


BOX TOPS

Keep collecting your Box Tops for Education.

PTO is offering a free ice cream sundae party to the classroom who collects the most Box Tops each month.

Students: Please turn them in monthly, since they have an expiration date, to your teacher, in a baggie with your name and grade level on it so we can give your classroom credit.


SIS GATEWAY

School District of Palm Beach County Student Information System (SIS) Gateway for Parents. The Gateway is a tool that provides parents/guardians timely access to their student's information including, but not limited to schedule, grades, discipline, and attendance. Please contact your child's teacher if you have forgotten your log on.

Bookalicious Trunk

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SCHOOL INFORMATION

SCHOOL REMINDERS!

  • School hours are 8:20-2:25 Please be on time. =)
  • Breakfast is free to all students, begins at 7:45 AM in the cafeteria
  • Dismissal-Students will not be dismissed after 1:45 P.M. If you are changing the way your child is going home, a note MUST be sent in writing. Maintaining safety is extremely important to us and we need your support!
  • Identification is required upon entry to school

CALENDAR December/January

December 3-13 Diagnostics Testing

December 5 STEM Family Night

December 11-17 Holiday Shop

December 12 Band Concert at Tradewinds Middle

December 13 Bookalious 5-6:30

December 16 Field Day K,1st, and 2nd

December 17 Field Day 3rd,4th, and 5th

December 18 SAC meeting 8AM

December 19 Kindergarten Holiday Show, Talent Show 6:30 PM

December 20 STEM day

December 23 January 7 Holiday Break

January 6 PDD (no school for students)

January 18 Kids mile Fun Run South Florida Fairgrounds

MEET MRS. GEORGES-GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

Our student reporters, Johanna and Erica from Mrs. Koskinen's class interviewed Ms. Geroges and asked her a few questions to get to know her better.

Johanna: Where are you from?

Mrs. Georges: I was born in Martinique and my parents are from Haiti.

Erica: What inspired you to become a guidance counselor?

Mrs. Georges: When I was in high school, I had a counselor who inspired me. In college, I knew I always wanted to work with kids.

Erica: Were you excited to find out you could work here at DVE?

Mrs. Georges: When I first met Mrs. Seal I was excited and she was really sweet. Inside my head, I knew I wanted to work here.

Johanna: How do you like DVE?

Mrs. Georges: I really like everyone at Diamond View, the staff is nice and supportive. I was shocked at how big the school is.

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IN THE MEDIA CENTER

Book Tasting

"I didn't know I liked to read about science!" That's what this book tasting is all about: getting kids to "try" something new. There are over 10, 000 book titles in the Media Center and on average only 1,000 are checked out. The exposure to new genres will open up many topics and interests for our children.

ACCESS TO DIGITAL BOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS!

One of the things we are most excited about is sharing with the students how to get access to digital copies of books during their independent reading time or even during the long break! Students can go on Destiny, this allows students to check out digital copies of books. MackinVia is a student favorite also.

Don't forget, the public library also has free Ebooks: Public Library Resource APP: EBooks,Audio Books, and more!

www.yourcloudlibrary.com

IN THE CLASSROOM

PRE-SCHOOL

What do you get when you put 9 pre-school kids together? Lots of fun, smiles, and curiosity! In Ms. Czark's pre-school class, there are 9 kids who love learning. Social skills are demonstrated by the sweet greeting and wave one offers to another. Listening and speaking skills are practiced as oral rehearsal by repeating the sentence, "My teacher is Ms. Czark." Fine motor skills are developed with the little friends mixing glitter into the playdoh for hours of fun play.

KINDERGARTEN NEWS

Kindergarten students are learning so much. In Reading we are reading nonfiction information books exploring our 5 senses. In math, we are adding. As the holidays approach, we'll be using our senses to observe the sights and sounds of the holidays.

FIRST GRADE NEWS

In first grade, students are learning to be global citizens. We are reading stories with characters, details, events, and the feelings the characters display. In math, we are learning to count from 1-120. Skip counting by 10's is also being practiced daily. In Social Emotional Learning time, students are growing our feelings vocabulary. Discussing how characters and people feel, showing compassion, and why someone feels this way are tools and lessons taught and discussed daily.

SECOND GRADE NEWS

In second grade writing, we are writing personal narratives. These are small moments from our lives that show action, emotion, and dialogue. In social studies, we are taking a trip around the world with cultures and holidays around the world. A morning meeting is the highlight of our days, where we practice emotion management and discuss our feelings. Parents, keep coming to those conferences and checking out information we send home.

THIRD GRADE NEWS

3rd graders are looking forward to an exciting 3 days of reading clues, unlocking messages, and "escaping" from the Human Body themed escape room. Students will play the part of doctor and diagnose broken bones.They have been learning about the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems in the body. In math, adding and subtracting numbers into the 1000's is what we are practicing. In Science we are comparing materials and objects according to properties, such as size, shape, color, texture, and hardness.

FOURTH GRADE NEWS

Pictured here are Stryder and Mylee in Mrs. Watson's 4th grade class. They are amazed by the many defenses of the Manta Shrimp. 4th graders are revving up our learning with reading. Our current unit is Animal Defenses. Students are writing a research project about an animal. Researchers are picking up important facts and details about their animal. In math, we are wrapping up our division unit and moving on to a unit of word problems and comparative relational thinking. In writing, students are making huge gains in essay writing. We are getting ready to explore the information essay, one that explains and informs.

FOURTH GRADE- MRS. FROST AND RILEY'S CLASS

Mrs. Frost and Ms.Riley's 4th grade class is making some chimpanzees very happy with building enrichment boxes. Students have been invited to make environmental enrichment holiday gifts for the animals. On December 14th, students will have the opportunity to watch the chimps opening their student-made holiday environmental enrichment gifts through a broadcast from the Lion Country Safari.

FIFTH GRADE NEWS

5th grade is working on analyzing informational texts in reading. Learning how authors structure their pieces using text structure is helping us become better readers and writers. Comparing and contrasting accounts on the same topics teaches kids author's point of view. The students are also busy researching local, national, and international current events. In math, the focus is on adding and subtracting equivalent fractions. 5th graders are excited for the annual kickball game, students versus teachers. Many of our 5th graders will travel to Washington D.C. for the Safety Patrol trip.

FINE ARTS, CLUBS, AND ACTIVITIES

DVE's GOT TALENT!

Come watch our Miners shine in the 2019 Talent Show! The talent show is Friday, December 19th. Doors open at 6 PM, the show starts at 6:30 PM. Tickets go on sale on December 16-19. Seating is limited.

TEAMWORK LEADERSHIP SOCIETY

The purpose is to inspire students to continue their education at a college, university, or secondary school. Students who are enthusiastic, conscientious, and exhibits a desire to learn evidenced by on-task behavior in the classroom, completion of homework, intellectual curiosity and perseverance are nominated by their teachers to be part of the club.

Students sent letters of thanks and encouragement to our active soldiers. The letters were full of love and gratitude for our freedom. Great job, students.

TEACHERS OF TOMORROW

The Teachers of Tomorrow club sponsored by Mrs. Carner and Mrs. Siegel is encouraging students to become interested in the field of education early in their school experience. Also, the club encourages members to be positive role models and assist students, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel with school-related activities. A big congratulations are in order for the newly elected officials: Avery in Ms. Ott's class is the club President, Sebatiane is the Vice-President, and from Ms. Christie's class, Reynaldo is the club's Secretary.

Safety Patrols-ALL ABOARD!

Our shining DVE Safety Patrols will be boarding a train heading North to Washington D.C., our Nation's Capital. There are 39 students from Diamond View going on an Amtrak train with hundreds of other Palm Beach County students. Dress warmly and learn a lot. There is an informative meeting for all Patrols going on the trip on December 10 at 6 PM at DVE.

Please see Ms. Starr with any questions.

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Ms. Starr and Ms. Reiniger at Mt. Vernon

We thank our Safety Patrol chaperones for all their dedication and hard work. Taking our DVE students on a trip of a lifetime is memorable and fun for all staff who go to D.C.!

P.E. department is busy!

Mission Statement


Diamond View will guide our students to successful learning by helping them make the best choices, find solutions to problems, accentuate the positives in life, and communicate appropriately with people. In a unified effort with parents and community, we will provide the necessary tools and motivation to help our students realize their own visions and to make each vision a reality.