Samuelson News

September 2017

Welcome Back!

We are excited to begin a new school year here at Samuelson. We have a lot of familiar faces and some new too! Please join us in welcoming our new staff members: Brooke Wehrman (Nurse), Sarah Rowland (Speech Pathologist), Mireille Golbuff (Success), Dana Andrews (Band), Cynthia Prior (Strings), and Heather Silberhorn (Special Education Associate).

This year Samuelson will be implementing the Schools for Rigor model. Staff is currently being trained on new teaching strategies that promote student centered classrooms that focus on rigorous tasks.

Attendance procedures

Our number one priority here at Samuelson is your child's safety. Attendance is a huge part of keeping our students safe. If your child will be tardy or absent, please call (515-242-8441) or email ( the office by 9:00 AM to let us know. Teachers do their attendance at this time.

check out our arrival/dismissal procedures

With it being the beginning of the school year, we want to remind you of our arrival and dismissal procedures. Our procedure helps keep your children safe. Please remind your children to cross at the designated crosswalks instead of in the middle of the street.

If you are dropping off your child in a car, please enter on Lindlavista Way. You can drop off along the sidewalk at the side of the school. The area in front of Samuelson, along Bel-Aire Road, is reserved for buses and day care vans only. Stay on the right side of the road as you drive along Bel-Aire. For the safety of your children and other drivers, do not make u-turns in front of the school. This will help traffic move as quickly and smoothly as possible.

If you are picking up your child in a car, enter on Lindlavista Way or Crestmoor Place. Stay in your car in the car line. The children will line up on the sidewalk at the side of the school. When it is your turn, a teacher will place your child (children) in your car. You may then pull forward or around as directed. You must turn right on Bel-Aire Road at dismissal time. The area in front of Samuelson, along Bel-Aire Road is reserved for buses and day care vans only.

Please do not park along Lindlavista Way. One lane must stay open on Lindlavista Way for the car line and emergency vehicles. If you need to park and leave your car, you may park on Bel Aire Road or Crestmoor Place. Be kind to our neighbors and do not block their driveways.

Please remember per the DMPS Parent Handbook, bike riders must be in 4th or 5th grade.

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Free Breakfast In The Classroom

The DMPS Food and Nutrition Department is able to provide all DMPS elementary students breakfast at no cost through the federally funded, school breakfast program. We will use an innovative approach called Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) that helps ensure that all of our elementary students have access to – and eat – breakfast each day. We found that when breakfast is offered to students in the classroom, participation increases significantly, to approximately 80% of students. With all the positives about breakfast in the classroom, we want to extend these benefits to as many students as possible. However, to receive a breakfast at no cost, each student must select certain food items deemed by the U.S.D.A. to be part of a healthy meal. Our staff will be available to help them make those selections.

School Breakfast must offer the following 3 components:

We must offer:

  • Milk
  • Juice/fruit or vegetable
  • Grains or breads / meat/meat alternate (entrée)

Students must select 3 food items with one being a ½ cup fruit or juice to receive a breakfast at no cost. The cashier at school will check each student’s tray to ensure they have a complete meal.

Each morning, before students go to their classroom, they stop at the cafeteria or kiosk station to pick up a reimbursable breakfast to take with them. Students enjoy the nutritious breakfast with their classmates at the beginning of the day. During this time teachers can take attendance, and have their morning meeting. Some teachers may choose to give assignments for students to work on as they finish their breakfast.

If your student does not take a complete meal, the student will be charged per item. For example, if a student selects milk only, 50 cents will be charged to their meal account. Individual items will continue to be available for purchase. Students must pay cash or have money in their account to make these purchases.

A family can choose if they are going to participate in school breakfast, just like school lunch. We encourage your child to try it or remember it as an option on mornings when they don’t have time to eat at home.

Your family may still qualify for free or reduced price meals regardless of receiving a no cost breakfast. Please complete an application available at . All members of your household should be listed on the application.

To qualify for fee waivers and other programs that are based on household income, households must complete the home economic survey that is part of online registration.

join us in the beaverdale fall parade

Come walk with us in the Beaverdale Fall parade at 10:00 in the morning on Saturday, September 16th. Wear your Samuelson school colors and show your husky pup pride! Parade specifics will go out as soon as we have them.
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Artist News

Hello Samuelson Families!

My name is Jill Cory, and I am so excited to be your art teacher! I love having the opportunity to work with all of our amazing students in kindergarten through fifth grade, as the Samuelson Art Studio welcomes everyone. Many of our art activities this year will be student centered lessons that incorporate standards, culture, and collaboration. We will spend studio time exploring, imagining, problem-solving, taking risks, and creating artworks with our hands, minds and hearts. I look forward to working with your children, and I hope you enjoy all of the artworks that the school year will bring!

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