August 2018

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Why is the general store so exciting?

Every summer my family and I head to Brewster for vacation. Without fail, as soon as we cross the Bourne Bridge, my daughter asks, " When can we go to the general store?" I would always respond,"Tomorrow." Well this year, I decided to take her on arrival day. As I walked into the Brewster General store, a light bulb went off! The general store is a tradition, the penny candy provides options, and she is engaged (I give her $5.00 to spend, and she has to use paper and pencil to do the math) - she is excited to walk through the door. I smiled to myself and thought about my new journey as Principal of Dawson. How can I create traditions, provide options and engage everyone? How can I create a "general store" where staff, parents, and children are excited to come to school. Over the next few months, I will share my ponderings in this newsletter. I never expected that going to the general store would SPARK a newsletter column...Stay tuned!

Tips: Getting Ready For School

August 28 is fast approaching and starting a fresh school year is an exciting, yet stressful time for many. Whether your child is entering kindergarten or Grade 5 here at Dawson. I have four tips for a successful school-year that I use with my children:

1. Get Organized- Students can lay the clothes out they are going to wear the night before and try and plan for lunches each week. This helps save valuable time and takes the guesswork out of those busy mornings. Also, I suggest establishing a time for homework each day and prioritize! Organizing papers, and keeping track of important dates on the academic calendar and extracurricular activities in a planner will also help keep students on track for success. When you are organized and prepared, you not only eliminate stress but are more likely to be successful during the week.

2. Rest Up -I strongly believe that this is one of the most important tips on the list. A good night’s sleep is crucial to a student’s academic performance the next day. Getting to bed early and waking up at the same time each day not only establishes a routine, but provides students with the energy, alertness, and motivation to start the day and be their best.

3. Fuel Up - Don’t forget breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal, jump-starting your day and boosting energy in the early morning. Studies illustrate that breakfast consumption is linked to a better cognitive function related to memory and test grades, better attendance, and better classroom behavior and vigilance which facilitates learning.

4. Positive Attitude - Lastly, a positive attitude is essential to a great school experience. Positivity is contagious; to classmates, teachers, and friends at school. Most importantly, a positive mindset and perceptions affect learning in the classroom. Students that adopt positive thinking exhibit higher learning success. When you believe in yourself and your capabilities, you are more likely to achieve your goals! I believe in each of you so BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

PTA: Why join the Parent Teacher Association

PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values

  • Collaboration: We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.
  • Commitment: We are dedicated to children’s educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.
  • Diversity: We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.
  • Respect: We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association’s goals.

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