Denton Dolphin News

November 8, 2020

Quarter One is Finished

Dear DES Families,

Thank you for your continued support for DES teachers and staff. Please take the time to read all the information included in this newsletter to stay up to date as things change so quickly.

Thank you to those of you who are keeping your children home when they do not feel well; it keeps all of us safe. Email doctor and parent notes to If your child has missed any time--even one day--please send in a note. All absences are important so if your child has symptoms but is well enough to log in for virutal instruction, please do so.

On November 10, CCPS school will have our first early dismissal of the year. On a half-day, students will still have 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for specials. Teachers/teams will determine breaks.

Half-Day for 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th:

• 9:00 AM: Instruction begins

• 1:00 PM: Dismissal begins

Half-Day for PreK, K, and 3rd:

• 10:15 AM: Instruction begins

• 2:15 PM: Dismissal begins

On November 11, parents are asked to pick up new materials for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade for math, science, and ELA instruction. Stop by the school between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM to pick up materials needed for upcoming units and instruction.

Due to current conditions, we cannot accept any outside food for birthdays or celebrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Teachers will be reaching out to parents to schedule Zoom conferences for conference day. Report cards and progress reports will be mailed.

Upcoming Dates:

November 10: Early dimissal

November 11: Parent Pick-up of instructional materials from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM

November 12: Grade 3 students return

November 17: Report cards issued

November 18: Conference day

November 19: No PreK; conference day

November 23: Computer Science is Elementary! program at 7:00 PM (see below)

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30: 4th and 5th A day students return

December 2: 4th and 5th B day students return

Computer Science is Elementary!

Denton Elementary is pleased to invite every one of our families to participate in National Family Code Nights, a free live-stream family learning event for any K-5 school. Regardless of physical location, the DES community can share this wonderful learning experience in which each child pairs up with a parent or other older partner to do their very first hour of coding together! No experience needed! It’s great fun, proven in thousands of schools nationwide, and now provided via a live-stream.

Family members, teachers and educators can join the live-stream from home or school to enjoy an important, delightful experience. A live prize drawing for a Home Robotics Bundle from Wonder Workshop will be featured at each National Family Code Night. So save the date and get ready for a community learning experience the whole family will love and value.

Our Livestream Family Code Night will be November 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

You will join the Livestream at that time at this link:

I hope you and your family will join us! For more information, go to CSisElementary.

Fine Arts and Physical Education Update

For Families of Fine Arts and Performing Arts Students:

Please see the guidelines developed for Fine/Performing Arts teachers of in-person

students, and a summary of the guidelines developed for Physical Education teachers

of in-person students.

Is your child in need of a new book to read? Contact Mr. Bouchat about book check-out and drop-off that is contactless. Books are sanitized before being recirculated.

If you have questions, please contact the specific teacher or Mrs. McCandless.

Image by Christoph Schutz @ Pixabay

More Students to Return to DES and CCPS Schools

Based on current conditions, Caroline County Public Schools is planning to bring 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th grade students back to school buildings on an AA/BB schedule.

AA Schedule students will begin on Monday, November 30.

BB Schedule students will begin on Thursday, December 3.

Schedule Details:

Students on the AA Schedule (begins November 30):

  • Monday and Tuesday in the building for in-person instruction.

  • Wednesday at home for an asynchronous day (same as current schedule).

  • Thursday and Friday at home for synchronous virtual learning (same as current schedule).

Students on the BB Schedule (begins December 3):

  • Monday and Tuesday at home for synchronous virtual learning (same as current schedule).

  • Wednesday at home for an asynchronous day (same as current schedule).

  • Thursday and Friday in the building for in-person instruction.

Students in these grades who have already been attending four days a week will continue to come on those days - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Students who remain at home for virtual learning will not experience any change to their schedule.

Please note:

  • Families will not be able to choose an AA or BB schedule. Students will be assigned to a schedule based on bus routes.

  • Families will be advised by the school of their student's schedule (AA Nov. 30, or BB Dec. 3) no later than November 23.

  • Transportation will be provided. However, because of social distancing, transportation is a challenge. Please consider if you have an option other than using CCPS transportation.

  • Face coverings are required for all students ages 5 and over.

  • Protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through cleaning, self-assessment, and social distancing are detailed in the CCPS Recovery Plan.

CCPS needs to know how many students will be returning to the building and how many will require transportation.

Please complete a questionnaire for each student in 4th, 5th, 6th, and/or 9th grades. Please complete the questionnaire by November 13.

Covid-19 Information

In these difficult times, it’s easy for misinformation to spread. The goal of CCPS is to ensure communication protocols are thorough and transparent, while protecting employee and student privacy. Please remember that we do have a process for advising those identified as close contacts of a person testing positive. These notifications are followed by an email that tells staff and families of a positive COVID-19 case in our building.

This communication process can be found on the CCPS website page Positive Case Reports. This page also includes a weekly report, by building, of any positive cases reported among staff or students. Feel free to share this page with anyone needing accurate, verified information.

Denton Elementary School is a Title I School

Vision of Excellence:

The Denton Elementary School Family will promote our core values of S.W.I.M. by

supporting a challenging curriculum, honoring individuality, and working collaboratively.

S: Stay Safe

W: Work Hard

I: Include Everyone

M: Make Responsible Choices

Stay Strong and SWIM On!