Dragon Digest

2021-2022 Parent Edition October 2021

A Message from DOES Administration

We have had a great first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. The quarter ends on Friday, October 15th. It is so amazing to see all of the learning happening in all classrooms every day. Our classrooms are truly a community of learners. Our teachers are focused on best practices while teaching all content areas. The adults in our building are spending many hours in professional development to learn our new B.E.S.T. standards as well as the new HMH curriculum resource for ELA. We are working on accountable talk in our classrooms. This is a powerful practice where students converse together about their learning to foster their own deep understanding of the standards they are learning.

Being respectful is one of our key standards/rules for everyone at Denham Oaks. At times, we, as parents, become frustrated with situations regarding our children, other students, the car line, late busses, early check outs, tardies, parking on the streets in Oak Grove, etc... I am asking that when this happens, please remember we are all working very hard each day to provide your child a world class education. Please be kind to the adults at Denham Oaks who ensure your child can learn and are safe every day. Civility to staff at DOES and other parents is a priority, we are all in this together, so please be kind. Our children watch how their parents/family members respond to frustrating and agitating situations- we need to model the behaviors that we want our children to emulate.

We are currently hiring 4 custodians to work the later shift. If you are interested or know someone who is looking for a job- have them apply on the Pasco County Website. Email me as well, so we look out for the application.

As always, all students should be reading every night! Spend time reading with your child and talking about what they are reading. Have your child retell the story and tell you about the what they are learning from the story. The more they read the more successful they will be in all content areas in school. This is also a great way to spend quality time with your child and reduce nightly screen time on technology. Students are expected to complete homework from their teachers as well- this is a great way for them to practice what they learned in class that day as well as show the teachers what your child still needs help to master.

Please check Bloomz often as we will post announcements throughout the week. This is our daily means of communications with families at DOES. IF you are not on your child's class page or the school page, please email your teacher so they can get your their code and you can stay in the know.


Kelly Wisneski, Principal


Chasity Vento, Assistant Principal


At Denham Oaks, we provide an inclusive and collaborative community that delivers high impact instruction to ensure achievement for ALL.

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Upcoming Dates in October

Upcoming Events in October:

1st- Penny Wars Kick-Off

1st to 8th- Book Fair

2nd- National Custodians Day- Thank you to our amazing, hardworking team at DOES!!!!

5th- World Teachers' Day

6th- Early Release Day, Dismissal is at 1:50pm

7th- Missing and Endangered Drill

7th- Conference Night 4:15pm-6:15pm

8th- National Hero Day

11th- Fire Drill

13th- PTA Meeting

15th- End for the First Quarter

15th- AED Drill

15th- SAC Meeting- email Mrs. Vento if you would like to attend our zoom meeting

16th- National Dictionary Day

16th- National Boss's Day

18th- NO SCHOOL, Teacher Planning Day

19th- 2nd Grade takes COGAT (more information coming)

21st- Bubba's 33 PTA Family Night


26th- Report Cards will be published on myStudent

29th- Storybook Character Parade

31st- Halloween

Spirit Days for October

10/1 Breast Cancer Awareness Day- Wear Pink

10/8- National Hero Day- Dress up like your favorite hero or superhero

10/15- Word Day- Wear as many words as you can to show your personality

10/22- Color Team Day- Wear your color team shirt and color team gear

10/29- Storybook Character - Dress like a STORYBOOK character- they must have a copy of the book the character is in. The parade will be video taped and shared on Bloomz.

Check your child's Bloomz page for more Spirit Day Pictures!


There is an increase in COVID cases amongst children at Denham Oaks. We need your help to slow the spread of COVID. You need to do the Student Self Screener DAILY with all of your children. IF they have ANY symptoms- you MUST keep them at home and call the office to let administration know. Do not send your child to school assuming it is allergies, just a cold or something minor. Please don't give them medicine to reduce symptoms and send them to school. If students have any of the symptoms at school, they will be sent home and may not return until they are cleared by a doctor or have a negative COVID test. We need to take care of our school community and stay home when we have symptoms. I know as parents it is easy to think it's nothing, give them some cold medicine and send them to school- we can no longer ignore minor symptoms that are actually students/adults who are positive for COVID. We don't want to instill panic by any means but we do need all families to be extra cautious and keep their children home if they have ANY symptoms at all. I have posted a picture of the Student Screener above and it is on our website. Thank you for your help in helping to keep all students and staff safe at Denham Oaks.

Out of Field Teaching Assignments 2021-2022

October 3, 2021

Individuals who are teaching out-of-field are certified in at least one area and are qualified to teach but are required to take additional course work or testing to add a coverage/endorsement to their certificates. The state also requires a teacher to take coursework/inservice towards an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement, when the teacher is the primary language arts provider and/or reading teacher for an ESOL student.

The following teachers have agreed to teach outside their field while completing their coursework/in-service/exams:

Dolores De La Rosa: Elementary Education K-6

The following teachers have agreed to work to obtain the ESOL endorsement:

Deanna Carter

Brittany Duce

Dolores De La Rosa

Marla Granger

Vealatae Greer

Brent Hobbs

Keri Marsh

Savannah Pizzella

Julia Slater

We need your support to continue the WOOT WOOT Wagon...we are asking for donated snacks, drinks, small gift cards, etc...to continue to show our staff how much they are loved and appreciated! You can drop them off to Mrs. Wisneski in the front office. Thank you in advance!

Important Information

School Bell Hours

It is very important that students are in school bell to bell to maximize their learning.

~9:15 am Campus open, breakfast served

~9:40 am Tardy Bell

~3:50 pm Dismissal Bell

**Students must be in their classroom by 9:40am- please be sure they are here at 9:30am so they have time to get breakfast and get to their classroom.

**Please do not sign your child out of school early unless it is an emergency. We have academic instruction until the end of the school day. Students leaving early are missing valuable instruction and time with their teacher. Without a doctors note, this will be marked as unexcused.

We ask that you make school and your child's education a priority by having them here on time and not signing them out early!

Health & Wellness / Reopening Guidelines

Public Health Actions:

Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the

traditional school experience, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff.

  • Practice safe social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • Post signage and provide lessons to strongly encourage frequent hand washing and hygiene
  • practices.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus.
  • Increase cleaning protocols throughout each campus, including replacing air filters more
  • frequently.
  • Limit group gatherings.
  • Face coverings are optional for students and staff on campus.
  • Self Screener for symptoms is required for all staff and students daily prior to arriving on campus or on the school bus.
  • Ensure any staff or students who exhibit symptoms are not at school or in the workplace.
School Bus Safety:
  • Students can to wear face coverings on the bus.
  • Clean high touch areas between runs.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available on each bus.
  • Disinfect each bus thoroughly at the end of each day.
  • At the elementary school level, we are creating a cohort isolation model, where students will spend time on campus with the group of students in their class, including in the classroom, the cafeteria, media center, and the playground. Interaction with students from other classes will be limited to the greatest extent possible. If a student displays symptoms of illness, it will likely impact their cohort classmates, and not the entire school, in terms of quarantine or other interventions. Additional information can be found on our District Web Page.

Dismissal is an important time to show grace and patience to other parents and school staff. We are going to ensure that we know how every child got home each day. Please be kind in the carline and at the walker gate. This takes time and we appreciate your understanding. Any changes in dismissal must be communicated in writing to your child's teacher and we ask that you send an email to Sandy Amaral at samaral@pasco.k12.fl.us to let the front office know of this change as well. If you email or Bloomz the teacher during the day, they may not see it prior to dismissal because they are busy teaching. This will help ensure that your child goes home the correct way.

Stay Connected with Us!

We have many avenues of communication to stay connected with families. Keep an eye out!


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