HERMAN E. DUMMER NEWSLETTER

September, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. FORD

Welcome to Dummer! Our school is growing and expanding with new students and families. We were able to add another 4th and 5th grade class to our teams. We now have seven 4th grade classes and six 5th grade classes. The students have made themselves at home and have fit in quite nicely. Thank you for sharing your children with us and please always keep in close contact with your child’s teacher(s) and encourage your child to talk about their day at home. We are all working together to bring the best possible experiences of learning and growing for our children, and by working together in nurturing environments only adds to the successes we will surely see! We would also like to introduce our new staff members this year. Mrs. Brynn Hallman is our new 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Jessica Gale is our new 4th grade teacher, Mr. Derek Jones is one of our 4th grade special education teachers, and Mrs. Heather DeWitt will be teaching P.E. on Thursdays and Fridays.


Parent/Guardian support and volunteers are welcome here at Dummer! One way to show your support is to check out our Parent Group. Another way to be involved is to contact your child’s teacher. We are always looking for parent/guardian and/or community help, so just give us the word. ☺ We are always open for ideas. If you wish to volunteer, you will need to fill out a volunteer packet and turn it in to the school. Our district will do a background check and then you will be notified if/when accepted.


Keep on the look-out for different activities that happen at H.E. Dummer School throughout the year that promote positive choices. We have numerous after school clubs that your children may enjoy. Information about these activities will be coming home with your child throughout the year. It’s important for students to know that school is not all academics. It is so much more!


We look forward to being a part of your family and to a wonderful year!


Hakuna Matata!


Mrs. Ford



Free and Reduced Lunch: The carry over period for students who were receiving free/reduced lunch for the 2018-2019 school year will be until October 1, 2019. If you haven't turned in a new 2019-2020 application or received notification for approval for this school year, your child will automatically be charged for a lunch as of October 2, 2019. Free/reduced lunch applications for the 2019-2020 school year are available in the office of each school or on the Sandwich School District website at https://www.sandwich430.org/parents/forms.


If you have any questions contact 815-786-2187 ext 1.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, and Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


A reminder to those who are a part of the Free/Reduced Lunch Plan – these students are eligible for free/reduced breakfast and lunch, and both include milk. If your child is on F/R Lunch they will not be allowed to purchase snacks unless they have a balance on their lunch card or they use cash.


Lunch Card Negative Balances: We will be sending negative balance reports home as needed. You may check your student’s balance on the Tyler Parent Portal.


Attendance Policy: To report an absence, parents or guardians are to call the school (815)786-8498 between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. (An answering machine will take calls before 7:00 a.m.) NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR A STUDENT’S ABSENCE. If a phone call is not received by 10:00 a.m., a reasonable attempt will be made to contact a parent or guardian. If contact cannot be made, the absence will be considered unexcused. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Please be reminded that school is in session from 7:55-2:55. Students who arrive late to school are considered tardy and need to sign in at the office. Three tardies count as one unexcused absence. Please make sure your child arrives before the 8:00 tardy bell. Students arriving to class after the last bell (8:00 a.m.) may be issued a detention after receiving a third tardy to school. Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. may be issued a 45-minute school detention. *All of our attendance rules and regulations can be found in the student handbook.


Absences: Students shall be permitted no more than seven (7) excused absences, including vacations, per school year based upon parental/legal guardian confirmation for the reasons of the absence. After the student has been excused seven times in one school year, additional excused absences for illnesses may only be verified through a written medical statement from a physician.


The district policy follows the state policy. Our policy is subject to change if the state makes any changes.


Pick up and drop off: Please observe the following rules before and after school. With all of your help, we can make this a safe school year.

  • BE AWARE OF CROSSWALKS AND STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS.

  • Drop off students in front of Dummer on the east side of the street or near the corner of Wells and Hall over by our playground.

  • Please do not drop off or pick up your student at our back door, unless your student is arriving late to school or being picked up for an appointment or illness.

  • Be aware of the yellow no parking area on the east side and west side of Wells Street. Tickets may be issued.

  • Crossing Guards are only in front of the middle school and at the intersection of Hall and Wells Streets.

  • Please stop your cars to allow buses to enter and leave the Sandwich Middle School turnaround.

  • Please obey the speed limit.

  • Students should not arrive before 7:45 a.m.


The use of a cell phone while driving in a school zone is illegal and the police will be ticketing drivers.


Cell Phones: Student cell phones are not allowed to be turned on when a child is in school or on school grounds while school is session.

VISIT US AT THE SANDWICH FAIR

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VOLUNTEERS AND CHAPERONES



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our district has a unified volunteer form that will need to be filled out, and approved, in order for any individual to volunteer in our schools. This also includes chaperones, class parties, parent groups/parent group activities, or anything that involves our school buildings. Once you have been approved, your name goes on a district document that lets all the buildings know you have been approved. This is for parents/guardians who may have multiple children in the district so you do not have to fill out the form for different buildings, only one form per family. You may send this form back with your child to Dummer School. Extra forms may be downloaded from the district webpage at www.sandwich430.org or click on the link below for the form. If you have any questions, you may contact the school at (815)786-8498. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Lynette Ford

Herman E. Dummer School

(815)786-8498

lford@sandwich430.org


“Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow!”

NEWS FROM OUR NURSE

5th Grade Robert Crown Visit

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS: The Robert Crown Center will be coming to our school to present the Puberty 1 program on September 27, 2019. The boys and girls will be going to separate programs and in separate areas. An informational letter and permission form will be mailed to you in the next week. Please return the permission slip, along with the payment of $9, (checks can be made payable to Dummer School), no later than September 13th. Students must have a signed permission slip along with the money, to be able to attend the program. If you do not receive the form in the mail, please call the school office at 815-786-8498. Thank you.

DUMMER STUDENTS - BRING OUT YOUR CREATIVE SIDE AND JOIN OUR ART CLUB! PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

WE ARE COLLECTING BOX TOPS! PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW DIGITAL WAY TO SUBMIT BOX TOPS.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

September 2 - Labor Day - No School

September 4 - Sandwich Fair Begins

September 6 - No School

September 19 - Dummer School Pictures

September 20 - Early Dismissal 11:10 a.m.

September 27 - Progress Reports

September 27 - 5th Grade Robert Crown Visit

SEPTEMBER LUNCH MENU

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL