Delaware Digest February 2016

Your Connection for School-to-Home Information

Ways to Stay Connected With School

Greetings from a very busy Delaware Elementary School! While winter is the season when many things slow down, at school, it's just the opposite! We have so many wonderful things going on at school, and we hope you feel connected to your child's weekly events.


Rather than robo-calling with our Connect5 system, I've opted for texting, emailing, and Facebook to let our families know about special events at school. I hope you have found these to be helpful! If you want to find us on Facebook, look here (and like our page):


https://www.facebook.com/Delaware-Elementary-School-257699084267273/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


If you would like to receive our text alerts, simply open your phone's texting app, and in the TO: field, type the numbers 81010 - in the MESSAGE field, type @delawar


You will receive a confirmation text, and then you will begin receiving our text updates.


Schools are very busy places with many activities going on daily - we want to make certain you feel connected to our weekly events and special fun days!

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Another great way to stay connected to what's going on in your child's education is to make an appointment to conference with your child's teacher. We hold an entire week of parent-teacher conferences in the fall, but not in the spring. If you ever have any concerns regarding your child's education, never hesitate to contact the school and set up a time to meet with your child's teacher. Teachers have planning & conference time during the day, and many are available to meet either before or after school. All you have to do is call or email, and we can make it happen!


As always, I am available to speak with you in person, over the phone, or by email if you need anything. We are here to partner with you!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Stephanie Young, Principal

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Time to Register Your Kindergartener!

Guess What? It's time to enroll our future Delaware Kindergarten boys and girls! To ensure we have adequate staffing for the fall, we must know how many students to expect in kindergarten next school year, and NOW is the time to ENROLL! You may come in to the building to fill out an enrollment packet, or you may enroll online by using this link:


http://www.springfieldpublicschoolsmo.org/pages/SPSMO/Families/Online_Enrollment


If you enroll online, you will still need to provide us with updated immunization records for your child, a copy of their birth certificate, a copy of their social security card, and proof of your residence (current City Utilities bill, current rental or lease agreement, voter registration card, or certified mail dated within the last 30 days).


If you would like to fill out the paper version of the the enrollment packet and have a child that currently attends Delaware School, please call Mrs. Rachelle in the office and she'll send one home with the older sibling.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Mrs. Young highly recommends incoming kindergarten students attend at least one of the EXLPORE! summer sessions, which will be held at Delaware School. In order for you to enroll your child into EXLPORE, your child will need a Student ID, which they only receive upon enrollment.

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Welcome to EXPLORE! It's time to Make Your Mark!

EXPLORE! is coming! Gone are the days of "summer school" and classes such as "Moving Up to Grade 3."


EXPLORE will run 2 four-week sessions. The first session will run May 26-June 24, and the second session will run June 27-July 29 (no classes July 01 & July 04).


In it's place, you will find these amazing new FULL-DAY summer programs OFFERED AT DELAWARE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


Going into Kindergarten: Wonderful Me (first 4 weeks) and D is for Dinsoaurs (second 4 weeks)

Going into First Grade: Superhero Camp (first 4 weeks) and School of Rock (second 4 weeks)

Going into Second Grade: Into the Wild, a Partnership with Dickerson Park Zoo (first 4 weeks) and Camp Curious (second 4 weeks)

Going into Third Grade: Live at 9! (first 4 weeks) and Splash, A Partnership with Springfield Watershed (second 4 weeks)

Going into Fourth Grade: Survivor, a Partnership with Dogwood Canyon abd local conservation areas (first 4 weeks) and Bot Builder (second 4 weeks)

Going into Fifth Grade: Around the World (first 4 weeks) and Night at the Museum, a Partnership with The Discovery Center (second 4 weeks).


For our 5th graders entering 6th grade, you will also find some absolutely fantastic courses offered at Jarrett Middle School, such as robotics, Outdoor-U, Raiders of the Lost Art, 3D Design Technology, Chocolate University (with Askinosie Chocolate), and more!


Some students may be eligible for bus transportation to Delaware School for the summer, and all students attending Delaware this summer will receive free breakfast and lunch every day!


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STUDENTS IN OUR SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS: You will not need to register for courses; your child's special education programs teacher will notify you about enrolling your child into a special programs course this summer, if they qualify. Questions? Call your child's special education teacher and they'll be happy to help!


ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR EXPLORE BEGINS Feb. 10 for 5th graders going to middle school, Feb. 11 for students entering grades 3-5, and Feb. 12 for students entering grades K-2. To get started, simply click here: http://www.springfieldpublicschoolsmo.org/pages/SPSMO/About/Services/N-Z/SummerSchool/


I hope to see many boys and girls at Delaware Elementary this summer!

Choice Programs for Students Entering 5th Grade

If your child will be entering 5th grade, SPS has two choice programs that you may be interested in! WOLF (Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility at Bass Pro) and Academy of Exploration (AOE at Discovery Center) are choice programs designed for students in 5th grade, and offer an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Parents must provide their own transportation for their children to these programs. Parents may apply for their children to attend these programs by clicking this link: http://www.springfieldpublicschoolsmo.org/pages/SPSMO/About/Services/N-Z/SPS_Choice_Programs


Registration closes on March 04, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

No School on Monday, February 15 - Presidents’ Day

Kindergarten Prep Program (through Parents As Teachers) on Tuesday, February 16 (6:30 pm)

STUCO Spirit Day on Friday, February 19 (Theme: Twins Day)

RIF distribution for 1st & 2nd grades on Friday, February 19

3rd Grade to Peter & Wolf on Monday, February 22 (11:30 am to 2:00 pm)

Pre-K Story Time (hosted by Parents as Teachers) in Library on Monday, February 29 (10:00 am)

PTA Board Meeting on Thursday, March 03

Project HATS Day on Friday, March 04 (Bring 50-cents and wear your favorite hat!)

End of 3rd Quarter on Friday March 04

Spring Break Monday, March 07 - Friday, March 11

No School on Monday, March 14: Professional Learning Day for Teachers

PTA Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 15

STUCO Spirit Day on Friday, March 18 (Theme TBA)

Spring Pictures for Traditional K-5 Classes on Wednesday, March 23

Spring Pictures for Special Programs Classes on Thursday, March 24

Pre-K Story Time (hosted by Parents As Teachers) in Library on Monday, March 28 (10:00 am)

Fourth Grade to the Symphony on Tuesday, March 29 (Time TBA)

Kindergarten & First Grade Performance at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29

World Autism Day on Friday, April 01 (Wear BLUE!!)

Project HATS Day on Friday, April 01 (bring 50-cents and wear your favorite hat!)