E.R. DICKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL September 14, 2021
Message from the Principal
Greetings E.R. Dickson Parents,
Welcome Back to the 2021-22 school year! Although this year has started off with uncertainties regarding education in the midst of a pandemic, we are still hopeful for a successful school year for our students. We have had a very adventurous opening of school maneuvering through some of the operating infrastructure challenges of our new district operating system, PowerSchool. We have managed to enroll all of our students and assign them to courses that are in the Schoology platform. Once again, we will be utilizing Schoology as our online platform to provide subject assignments and assessments.
We are pleased that the district has implemented a Technology 1-to-1 Initiative, thereby affording all MCPSS students the opportunity to have a device for their individualized learning paths. Teachers will continue to instruct live to our in-person learners this year while providing blended and hybrid instructional approaches to best meet our students’ needs. Our teacher are equipped with the knowledge to use Nearpod lessons and digital learning tools to provide high-quality instruction. Additionally, teachers provide hands-on, practical experiences in phonics instruction (Phonics First & Structures), math processes (Into Math), STEM experiences and by utilizing a plethora of research-based web tools and resources.
As parents, you are encouraged to take an active role in the academic welfare of your students by being involved with the school. Please stay abreast of your child’s grades weekly in Schoology. Please communicate frequently with your child’s teacher. You are also encouraged to become involved in our school’s PTO (Parent-Teacher-Organization). A PTO Planning Meeting has been scheduled for September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in the E.R. Dickson Media Center. Please come assist us in keeping our school the very best for your child. Due to COVID precautions, our Open House on September 28th will be virtual. Please be on the lookout for additional information regarding Zoom links where you can join virtually.
Finally, we are continuing to implement measures to ensure that your child stays healthy and well during our continued battle with COVID and the variants. We are limiting large group activities and gatherings of students (gym classes, cafeteria lunch) in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. We appreciate your cooperation regarding the MCPSS Mask Mandate and we look forward to a day where we can have all of our operations resume to normal. Thanks again for your patience and understanding.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katryna L. Kinn
Schoology--View Mid-quarter Grades on September 14
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.
· PowerSchool's Schoology is the leading PreK-12 Learning Management System for schools to establish an engaging learning environment. Schoology helps support student learning in the classroom or anywhere with its powerful and flexible collaboration tools. It allows teachers to easily differentiate instruction and personalize learning for students. In addition, its tools promote collaboration by allowing all stakeholders in a district to share resources and materials across their class, school and district.
• Teachers will be providing face-to-face instruction to students daily. MCPSS will continue to use the Schoology learning platform for course materials and assignments, grades, and attendance in all classrooms. In addition, students will receive daily face-to-face instruction provided by their teacher(s). They will also participate in technology-rich lessons using their student laptops.
• Students will access their teachers’ courses through Schoology at https://mcpss.schoology.com using their district username (email address) and password. In addition, in-person classroom teachers will allow opportunities for students to submit assignments and create projects in the Schoology platform. Students who are absent from school due to illness or quarantine will be able to access their classwork and homework assignments through Schoology.
Engaging Student Learning Activities
Caring means feeling kindness for people, animals, and the earth and expressing that feeling through acts of generosity and service. Here is something for you to think about: Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
It’s important to be at school every day!
Welcome back to a brand-new school year! Parents, please make sure your student(s) is at school every day. Absenteeism affects academic achievement in so many ways. Poor attendance can equal academic failure which then increases school dropout rates. Below is a list of ways you can help promote punctuality and good attendance:
· Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, having book bag and uniform ready the night before, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the lifelong habit of on-time attendance.
· Talk to your child about the importance of going to school. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, counselor and administrator to get your child excited about going to school.
· EAT BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL!! The Mobile County Public School System serves universal breakfast. This means ALL students are entitled to a free breakfast!!
· Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems, etc.). We have many resources in place at E.R. Dickson and many more community resources. Call your school counselors and we will connect you to community agencies and resources which can possibly help you.
Calendar of Events
September 14 – Schoology Progress Reports
September 14 – Dickson Dateline
September 16--Title I Parent Meeting via Zoom
September 20 – Student Council Ambassador Campaign Begins
September 21 – 23 – 4th Grade Field Trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
September 22 - PTO Parent Planning Meeting 6:00 p.m. ERD Media Center
September 28 – Virtual PTO Open House
· 4:00 – 4:35 K and 5th
· 4:45 – 5:20 2nd and 3rd
· 5:30 – 6:10 1st and 4th
September 28--PTO Membership Drive Ends
September 30 – Election of Student Ambassadors
September 30--Deadline for Ordering Bullying Prevention T-Shirts
October 8 – 1st Quarter Ends
October 11 – Teacher Workday (No school for students)
October 18 – 22 – Bullying Prevention Week
October 25 – 29 – Red Ribbon Week
The Counselors' Corner
Congratulations to our First Semester Safety Patrol
Bella Sage Salazar
Red Ribbon Week – October 25 – 29, 2021
Read For The Record
E. R. Dickson will celebrate 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 will read the spotlight book, Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.
Friday, September 17th is wear an E.R. Dickson Spirit Shirt.
Friday, September 24th is wear your favorite hat. (No inappropriate wording or images allowed.)
Friday, October 1st is Disney Day: wear your favorite Disney shirt and/or accessories (in honor of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary).
Friday, October 8th is wear your House shirt/colors for House Selection Day.
Kindergarten Bucket Fillers
Congratulations to our first group of Bucket Fillers
Morris: Fayelynn Stowe
Childers: Sydney Wilson
Lynch: Ke'anna Knight
Holifield: Kyleigh Pynes
Bassa: Genesis Williams
Bracewell: Ashton Thompson
Butler: Derek Vallejos
Payne: Kaydence Williams
Gwin: Dakota Powe Howard
Quebodeaux: Samia Yussuf
Lursen: Jayden Lacey
Edwards: Javier Robles Palacios
Dunbar: Raegan Fincher
McBryde: Sofia Ryder
Smith: Tatum Lockette
Oliver: Gabriel Cohen
Ross: Dazhani Wright
Manske: Aubrey Bracy
Floyd: Leonardo Gonzalez
Langan: Caleb Tagert
Miller: Janiylah Walker
Sicard: Kylie Buckalew
Ruggs: Lauren Mose
Moran: Daniel Burton
Higgins: RaMani Nixon
Odam: Kalynn Neal
Savell: Samora Serrano
Womack: Christine Rasmussen
Russell: Savannah Harris
Stephen: Jocelyn Chaney
Hughes: Torvaris Williams
Strickland: Amarie Boykin
Walley: Rylee Tilley
Barnette: Cale Smith
Warr: Draycen McMillian
Weaver: Alexandria Ginocchio
Wilson: Skylur McNish
Wills: Kah'Layah Joseph
Williams: Laylah Mosley
Robinson: Jayla Nettles
Johnston: Man'da'Marcus Yates
Waters: Nahla Williams
Sellers: Bernard Thomas
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.
Alabama Literacy Act
What is the Alabama Literacy Act?
Carpool Line Dismissal
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 while we 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.
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.
Accelerated Reader Goal Setting Chart for 1st Quarter
Each week your child should be reaching the following percentage of their AR goal.
AR Percent of Goals for 1st Quarter
9/17 – 45%
9/24 – 63%
10/1 – 82%
10/8 – 100%
COVID-19 PREVENTION STRATEGIES AT-A-GLANCE
With COVID-19 cases as high as they've ever been, MCPSS is taking precautions to keep our students and employees as safe as possible.
• All MCPSS employees and students in second grade and older must wear a face mask when indoors, unless alone in a workspace.
• Face masks are only required outdoors when in crowds, or when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Gaiters, face shields, bandanas, astronaut helmets, etc., are not acceptable replacements for face masks.
• ONLY students in Pre-k, Kindergarten and First grade are exempt from mask requirements. However, these students are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
The district will have layered prevention strategies in place to protect our students and employees. That includes:
• Practicing social distancing
• Ensuring constant and thorough cleaning of our classrooms, buses and facilities
• Encouraging proper hand washing and providing hand sanitizing stations
• Conducting the appropriate contact tracing to identify students and employees who are exposed to COVID-19 and taking the appropriate steps to protect them and those around them
• Having at least one nurse assigned to every school
• Asking parents to keep their children home when they are sick
• Working with health officials to host vaccination clinics in our schools to provide access to this vital service to our community