Message from the Principal

November is a time to show thanks and appreciation. With the challenges we have endured due to COVID 19, we are most thankful for the health, welfare and safety of our E.R. Dickson students and families. Although we are still experiencing the aftermath of the effects of a pandemic, we are still emerging strong and resilient. As a school, we are still committed to providing our students at E.R. Dickson with high-quality and engaging instruction. As we try to re-establish some of our traditional school events and activities, we are discovering innovative methods of providing these educational opportunities for our students. The emotional welfare of our students remains high priority and we are employing Social-Emotional Learning strategies to help our students cope and deal with traumatic events in their lives. We ask that you closely monitor your child's emotions and behavior. Serious events can have a negative impact on your child's academic and social growth and development.

Once again, you are encouraged to view your child's mid-quarter grades for second quarter. It is important for you to know your child's academic progress. This month, teachers have been asked to schedule PARENT PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCES with parents or guardians. During these conferences, teachers will share various data points inclusive of state testing data from last school year and beginning of the year literacy screening data. It is our goal to move students along a continuum of progress so that they are proficient in all curricular areas. Students who are demonstrating academic gaps in reading and math have been invited to attend tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Please check with your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. Additionally, students participate daily in tiered intervention provided by the classroom teacher. In some cases, the reading intervention teacher provides additional reading support to selected students. Please make sure your child is completing enrichment work as a part of nightly homework.

Finally, as the holidays approach, we look forward to spending quality time with our families and acquaintances. Please continue to stay safe and enjoy the Holiday Season.

One additional note: Please complete the survey for input regarding spending of funds provided as part of the American Rescue Plan for schools. Please click on this link to complete the survey: https://forms.gle/ewNFCWqSZf5RdKh27. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, November 12.

Katryna L. Kinn


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Schoology--View Mid-quarter Grades on November 9

How to View Your Child’s Schoology Activities and Grades

Signing into Schoology, https://app.schoology.com

1. Your personal account, with your own name and information;

2. Your Child Activity view. From here, you can view Schoology from your child’s perspective, and see what he or she sees, and receive updates about his or her activity.

Start by clicking on the arrow in the upper-right corner, next to your name, and then select your child’s name to switch into his or her account. The checkmark in this drop-down menu indicates which account you are currently viewing.

1. The Student Activity area in the center of the page displays your child’s recent submission, grade, and attendance information.

2. Toggle into Enrollments in the same area to see a list of the courses your child is currently enrolled in, along with his or her grade. If the teacher or administrator has chosen not to display the grade while the course is in progress, you will see a blank value (as in the grade column above). Click on an individual course to see grades received on assignments, tests, and discussions from that course. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the course.

3. The Recent Grades/Attendance area lists graded assignments, tests/quizzes, discussions, and attendance marks for the student. To view the graded items and attendance marks, click the item you'd like to view.

4. The Overdue section displays a list of course materials your child did not turn in by the due date.

5. The Upcoming section displays a list of your child’s upcoming assignments and events.

6. Courses: You can see a list of your child’s current courses. Click the course name to navigate to the course profile as your child views it. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the course.

7. Groups: You can see a list of your child’s Schoology Groups. Groups can be used for a variety of activities, from school projects to extracurricular teams and clubs. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the group.

8. Grades: Depending on the settings in place at your child’s school, this menu provides access to view the following: 1. Grade Report: Review your child’s grades for all courses.

2. Mastery: If your child’s school aligns materials to standard and learning objectives, you can check your child’s progress in this area.

3. Attendance: Review your child’s attendance for all courses.

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MCPSS Character word for the month of November is… Citizenship

Citizenship means doing your best for your school, community and country. It’s respecting authority and obeying the laws and rules.

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November 9 – Progress Reports

November 9 – Virtual Veterans Day Program

November 9 – Virtual Grandparents Lunch

November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday

November 12 – Santa/Holiday Pictures – Students can wear holiday attire

November 16 – Fifth Grade Field Trip to Mobile Museum of Art

November 17 – 19 – 3rd Grade Field Trips to the Exploreum

November 19 – Alabama vs. Auburn Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game

PTO will sell snacks for $5

Wear Alabama/Auburn Attire

November 22 – 26 – Thanksgiving Break

December 3 – Wear Crazy Socks and Hat

December 6 – 10 - PTO Santa Shop

December 10 – Wear New House Shirts

December 13 – 17 Holiday Spirit Week

· Monday – Holiday Head Wear (Santa hats, elf ears, antlers, headbands, etc.)

· Tuesday – Holiday Crazy Socks

· Wednesday – Winter Wonderland (Dress cozy and warm – jackets, hats, scarfs, mittens)

· Thursday – Tacky Sweater Day – (Wear a holiday sweater)

· Friday – Red & Green Day

December 17 – 2nd Quarter Ends

December 17 – Virtual Holiday Sing a-Long

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We want to say a big “THANK YOU” to

our Veterans for their service to our country.

Happy Veterans Day

The Counselors' Corner

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Remember: Anti-bullying Starts With Us, The End To Bullying Begins With You!

As your child’s counselors, our goal is to create a bully-proof campus. You, as parents, can also help at home by having daily conversations with your child about:

~ Respecting themselves and others

~ Resolving conflict peacefully

~ Reporting bullying to an adult

This will not only assist us with reaching our goal but help the students to become better individuals and improve their character. We all have the ability to act in what can be referred to as “virtuous ways”. Acting in these ways most of the time is good for us and good for those around us. Here is a list of 12 "virtues": caring, confidence, kindness, courage, perseverance, courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, responsibility, generosity, and truthfulness.

Conflict is a natural occurrence when children learn the give and take of friendship and group cooperation, but what is bullying? Bullying is when one person uses their power willingly and repeatedly with the intent of hurting another. There are different types of bullying. Bullying behaviors are physical aggression, social alienation, intimidation, verbal aggression and cyberbullying.

The term bully is used frequently and, in many cases, is used incorrectly. We will be educating our students about the difference in bullying, being mean and being rude. It is also important for you, as parents, to know the difference. Check this out!


When someone says or does something that is unintentionally hurtful, and they do it once, that’s RUDE.

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful, and they do it once, that’s MEAN.

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it even when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset – that’s BULLYING.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Counselors - Kristy Elderkin and Latoya Williams

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Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Student Ambassador Officers

President: Tayler Hill

Vice President: Nigel Bassa

Secretary: Joshua Morris

Treasurer: Sicily Wilson

Historian: Bella Salazar Sage

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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 National Elementary Honors Society Officers

President: Logan Rigsby

Vice President: Sarah Rigsby

Treasurer: Nicholas Lockette and Carter Smith

Secretary: Rico Nixon

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Congratulations to the E. R. Dickson Elementary 2021-2022 Spelling Bee Winners

1st Place - Deborah Kitoko

2nd Place - Joyce Williams

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Classroom Spelling Bee Winners



Caleb Shumate


Riley Wheeler


Braxton Jordan


Francois Pasion


Ja’Mauri Calloway


Brooklynn Harshaw



Nicholas Pratt


Koby Morris


Halleigh Mack


Deborah Kitko


Addison West


Ashlyn Stewart



Arielle Mobley


Jaden Evans


Jessica Lara Cristobal


Janiylah Walker


Ella Fatsura


Joyce Williams

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2021-22 Archery Team

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2021 – 2022 ERD Archery Team

Laelyn Baker

Laurianna Rudolph

Hope Hatcher

Bella Sage

Damien Juarez

Zyrenna Parker

Audrey Brown

Sean Stanley

Tristian Davis

Janiyah Walker

Ashton Thompson

Douglas July

Sponsor: Ms. Kelly Dunbar

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October Teacher Bucket Filler of the Month- Ms. Emily Langan

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October Staff Bucket Filler of the Month-Ms. Clandis Duckworth

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November Teacher and Staff Bucket Fillers of the Month-Ms. Mallory Childers & Ms. Raymonda Parker

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Student Bucket Fillers of the Month

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Congratulations Choir Members 2021-22

Third Grade Choir Members

DJ Cobb

Javier Palacios

Trinity Triplett

Haylee Vidic

Nina Kephart

Taliyah Carlisle

Zara Toney

Michael Shirley Jr

Winter Toney

Skyelynn Stewart

Ra'Mani Nixon

Shakyiah Carstarphen

Bryce Pitt

Janaiya Jones

Sylas Leatherwood

Riley Wheeler

Fourth Grade Choir Members

Ta'myah Johnson

Payeton Walker

Augustin Simbokoka

Kadience Walker

Abby Womack

Destiny Oigbokie

Lauren Green

Emma Brunson

Virginia White

Ahston Thompson

Kah'Layah Joseph

Kassidy Scott

Jasclynn McDowell

Aria House

Anna Nguyen

Douglas July

Ma'Ryah Pynes

Karley Nettles-Harris

Retaj AlMahrougi

Fallon Kane

Jaden Simms

Ziah Parker

Aiyanna Batista

Fifth Grade Choir Members

Za'Nyjah Salter

Roslynn Wilson

Caitlyn Sims

La'shaun Robinson

Nicholas Lockette

Via Cruz

Londyn Anderson

Jessica Lara-Cristobal

Chandler Andrews

Aiyana Frazier

Ja'Meria Simms

Rico Nixon

Mackenzie Henderson

Sarah Rigsby

Caroline Mendoza

Samaria Jones

Zackary Boman

Sofia Ryder

Melissa Lynch

Ja'Niylah Walker

Alya Allahabi

Roman Lowe

Binh Nguyen

Karri Morgan

Mia Cortez

Choir Sponsors: Mr. Chaz Singleterry, Ms. Jennifer Strickland, Ms. Elizabeth Butler and Coach Frederic Robinson

Read for the Record 2021

Read For The Record

E. R. Dickson celebrated Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record Day on October 28th. Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. This year, students read the spotlight book, Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon. Each classroom had a guest reader (in-person or virtual). Our guest readers were amazing!

A Visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Ms. Kinn as Little Red Riding Hood and Ms. Wilcox as Granny Wolf with Ms. Smith's PreK Class

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Ms. Priest--"When Pigs Fly" book

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Ms. Bettis & Ms. Lloyd--"Amy Wu & the Patchwork Dragon" book

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· Friday, November 5th: Wear an E.R. Dickson Spirit Shirt.

· Friday, November 12th: Wear your holiday attire for Holiday/Santa pictures.

· Friday, November 19th: Wear an Alabama or Auburn shirt.

· Friday, December 3rd: Wear your crazy socks and hat day.

· Friday, December 10th: Wear your new 2021 House Shirt. (Shirts will be at school for students to put on in the morning and will be removed before dismissal.)

Monday, December 13 - Friday, December 17th: BLT’s Spirit Week

Monday – Holiday Head Wear (Santa hats, elf ears, antlers, headbands, etc.)

Tuesday – Holiday Crazy Socks

Wednesday – Winter Wonderland (Dress cozy and warm – jackets, hats, scarfs, mittens)

Thursday – Tacky Sweater Day – (Wear a holiday sweater)

Friday – Red & Green Day

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Parents, Please complete important survey! Deadline: Nov. 12

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E. R. Dickson Elementary Quick Reference Guide for Parents


1. Please have your ID ready per MCPSS Policy. We ID every time for the safety of your student.

2. No early dismissals after 2:00 p.m.

3. Any person picking up a student is required to be on the approved pick-up list as directed by the enrolling parent during registration. Any changes to the pick-up list must go through the front office by the enrolling parent with proper identification.

4. A carpool decal is required for dismissal. If the car does not have a decal, we will ID. The person will be required to be on the approved pick-up list as directed by the enrolling parent during registration. A decal can be purchased by the enrolling parent. The cost is $5.00 for two decals or $3.00 for one.

5. Teachers can be reached during planning periods and after school. The best way to reach your child’s teacher is by email. Classroom observations are not permitted.

6. No changes in how your child is to be dismissed can be made over the phone. Please notify your child’s teacher in writing by 11:00 a.m. Please refrain from making changes to reduce confusion.

7. Please send a snack with your child each morning. Ice Cream will be sold each Friday for $1.00.

8. Special birthday cupcakes/treats are not allowed in the school due to COVID-19 restrictions.

9. Make sure to send all money with your child.

10. Any student not picked up by 3:35 p.m. will be sent to Tiger Care, which is our fee-based extended day program. Parents/guardians are charged a $15.00 late fee per child. After 30 minutes, additional fees are incurred.

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Carpool Line Dismissal--Updated

All parents in the dismissal carpool line are required to have an official E.R. Dickson car decal affixed to their car’s rear-view mirror in order for their child to be released. This is for the safety and security of all students. If there is no car decal visible, parents will be asked to pull around to the parking lot and come into the building so that we may check for proper identification of the driver to ensure that this individual is on the student’s contact list for pickup.

Additionally, if there are multiple drivers who pick up a student, it is up to the parent to ensure that the other drivers have a decal in their vehicle as well. Failure to have the appropriate decal in a pickup vehicle will result in a delay in a student being released.

Car decals are available for purchase. The cost of the decal is 2 for $5 or 1 for $3. You may also order car decals from our school website. We will send the decals home with your student. The directions are listed below.

Steps for making online payments:

1. Go to erdickson.com and click on the e-Funds for Schools icon

2. Create your account

3. Log into your account.

4. Select Manage Students under Manage Account.

5. Enter student Last Name and Student S#.

6. Select Add Student(s).

7. Repeat steps 2-4 to add additional students.

8. Select Payment Methods under Payment Settings.

9. Select New Credit Card or New Direct Debit to add new payment information.

10.After entering all required information, read Consent and select Add to save information to account.

11. Select fee you want to pay.

12.Select student.

13.Enter amount of payment.

14. Select Begin Checkout.

15. Choose payment method or enter new method.

16. Review items and total.

17. Select Pay Now.

Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter as we work to ensure enhanced security measures for the safety of our students.

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Accelerated Reader Goal Setting Chart for 2nd Quarter

Each week your child should be reaching the following percentage of their AR goal.

AR Percent of Goals for 1st Quarter






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Schoolwide i-Ready and/or Waggle Time is 9:55-10:25 daily. Students are expected to participate daily.

We reward our Weekly Waggle Winning classes with Free Ice Cream!

Ms. Ruggs' Class-Waggle Winners for week of Oct. 25-29

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