Blanche Dodd Bobcat News

January 5, 2021

A message from Principal Bolz

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2021!

I feel like we just crossed the 2020 finish line and are putting that race behind us! But as much as I'd like to think that the trials of 2020 are over, I know we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and can not let our guard down just because the calendar turned a page.

In reflecting upon the year of 2020, I can't say that all things have been bad. Yes, we've had many trials, but we've also learned many new things. We learned LOTS of new technology. I mean, how many of us knew how to Zoom before this past year? We learned to plan ahead and prepare for the unknow. Just look at the stock pile of toilet paper in your pantry! We witnessed drive-by birthday parades and virtual graduations. We learned to think outside of the box and still celebrate our accomplishments. We learned to never leave the house without a face mask, and we learned to wash our hands, wash our hands, and wash them some more!

One of the most positive aspects of 2020 was the extra time we had to slow down and spend at home with our families. I had forgotten how nice it is NOT to have my calendar packed with evening events!

I have stopped making New Year's resolutions. I could never seem to keep them past January! Instead, I choose one word to guide the year. I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on the good that has come from the changes we have experienced. This may help guide you in selecting your word for 2021!

Wishing each of you a healthy and happy new year! Bring on 2021!!

It's a GREAT day to be a Bobcat at Dodd Elementary where we are...

Six Houses...One Family!

One Word That Will Change Your Life

1st Semester House Champion: HOUSE INTELLEGO!!

Students of House Intellego celebrated on Friday! They have earned the most points for the first semester collecting a total of 3,888 points. Points are given for following Bobcat expectations, academic achievements, attendance, and participation in special events. The pandas enjoyed a dance party and snacks during their house meeting on Friday. A 2nd semester Champion and an overall Champion for the school year will be named in May.

Here are the standings for the fall:

Intellego 3,888

Lara Sig 3,881

Leren 3,757

Yachay 3,631

Oppia 3,454

Banga 3,327

January Events

8th Report Cards go home

8th House Meetings

12th 3rd-5th grade Math benchmark test (20ish questions covering 1st semester skills)

13th 3rd -5th grade Reading benchmark test (15ish questions covering 1st semester skills)

15th Early release 11:55

18th No School - holiday

21st College/Career Day (Dress up like the career you'd like to have or wear your favorite college color/shirt)

29th Early release 11:55

FREE Breakfast & Lunch

All students may receive breakfast and/or lunch FREE of charge through the end of this school year. Snacks will continue to be paid items.

The Counselor’s Corner

Happy New Year!

For the month of January we are learning about Fairness. Fairness means playing by the rules, taking turns and sharing, being open-minded and listening to others, not blaming others, and including others so they are not left out. Have you heard your student claim, “That’s not fair!” Whether in response to sharing, games, or maybe when asked to help do a chore, students may have a hard time understanding the differences they see when comparing themselves to others. Our guidance lesson will help provide a deeper understanding of fairness that goes hand-in-hand with increasing students’ knowledge and appreciation of diversity and inclusion. Don't forget that you may visit my school website, complete a request form, and we can set up virtual or in-person counseling meetings. Whether you are in-person learning or distance learning, I am here for you!

Your Counselor,

Mrs. Roesler

940-48-2603 ext. 4008

The Nurse's Niche

January brings awareness to something very personal for Nurse Sally, and many others that you would never know. It is Thyroid Awareness Month!

The thyroid is a small gland responsible for producing hormones that play a crucial role in many of the body’s systems — from cells and tissues, to organs like the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. Dysfunction occurs when the thyroid produces either too much or too little thyroid hormone. Either can disrupt healthy functioning of vital organs — leading to a wide range of symptoms. The good news is: Once diagnosed and treated, it’s entirely possible to live a normal, healthy life.

Can kids have Thyroid problems? Thyroid issues are often associated with adults, and many parents are surprised to learn that thyroid problems are the most common endocrine disorder among school-age kids. It's estimated that nearly 37 out of 1,000 children have thyroid disease. "Every cell in the body needs the thyroid hormones to operate at their normal levels," explains Ryan Stewart, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children's Health℠ and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern. "Thyroid issues in children can impact the body in many different ways, depending on the type of thyroid disorder a child has."

The thyroid is a small but powerful gland in the neck. Many providers describe its location as right where a bow tie would sit in front of the neck, below the Adam's apple. The thyroid gland sends out thyroid hormones to all the cells in the body. These hormones play an important role in supporting and regulating growth, puberty and many other body functions.

The two most common thyroid problems in children are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Other, less common thyroid issues in children also include thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn't send out enough hormones to the body. Thyroid hormones regulate many of the body's functions, including the body's metabolism. When there aren't enough hormones, systems in the body can start to slow down. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism in children include: Constipation, dry skin, fatigue, feeling cold, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycles, poor memory or trouble concentrating, slowed growth and/or sluggishness. Hypothyroidism can be congenital, which means babies are born with it. Newborn screenings at birth check for hypothyroidism in infants. Hypothyroidism can also be acquired, developing in late childhood or in the teenage years.One of the most common causes of low thyroids level is thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease), an autoimmune disease named after the physician who discovered the condition. The disease attacks the thyroid and damages the gland. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid is overactive and sends too much thyroid hormone into the body. This can cause the body to "speed up," meaning an increase in the body's metabolism. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children include: diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, feeling hot, growth acceleration, huge appetite, irregular menstrual cycles, irritability, muscle weakness and/or tremors (typically in the hands). The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to make antibodies that tell the body to make more thyroid hormone than is needed. Other causes of hyperthyroidism also include inflammation and nodules in the thyroid gland.

Pediatricians are the first line of defense if parents suspect their child may have a thyroid problem. If your child has a thyroid problem, an endocrinologist will work with your child and family to understand the cause of the issue and create a treatment plan to help regulate the thyroid disorder.

I am so glad that everyone is back!

Nurse Sally

Changing Instructional Delivery Methods

Changes to delivery methods may be made at the end of a nine-week grading period with a

two-week advance written notice. The last day of grading periods are Dec. 17, 2020 and March 12, 2021. If you would like to change your child's instructional delivery method for the next grading period that begins in January, please complete the "Instructional Delivery Change Request" by Jan. 8th. After that time, no changes may be made until the following grading period.

Students who wish to participate in remote learning must meet the following criteria:

1. Students must have a grade of 75 or above in all classes in grades 2-12.

2. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade must be reading on grade level.

3. Students must have five (5) or fewer absences in the semester.

Exceptions to criteria for participation in remote learning are:

1. A student is medically fragile or lives with someone who is considered medically

fragile. Documentation from a medical doctor is required and must be submitted

to the school principal.

2. A positive COVID case requires the student to be quarantined in accordance with the

guidelines established by TEA as follows: Any student who has tested positive for

COVID, or who experience the symptoms of COVID, must stay home throughout the

infection period, and cannot return to campus until all three criteria have been met:

● At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever

without the use of fever-reducing medications);

● The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of

breath); and

● At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

3. A student who has had close contact with someone who is COVID positive must be

quarantined for 10 days. The student shall return to in-person learning after the 10-day

quarantine period.

Students who do not meet the qualifications to participate in remote learning must come to school for face-to face instruction.

Blanche Dodd Elementary

It is our mission to educate each child through the use of quality instruction and positive relationships. We will strive to motivate each student to discover their unlimited potential and have a positive impact on their community.

Tricia Bolz, Principal

Lisa Mayfield, Asst. Principal

Amy Roesler, Counselor