Dunwiddie Dispatch

January 13, 2022

Important Dates

January 17 - NO SCHOOL

Staff Development Day

January 21 - NO SCHOOL

Grading Day/Report Cards

January 28 - Report Cards

Parents will access semester 1 report cards through PowerSchool login. We will send directions on how to access/view report cards the week of the 28th.

PWSSD 2021-22 School Year Calendar


Wrapping up 1st Semester

It's hard to believe we are in the home stretch of 1st semester! Students have been working hard to show what they have learned this year on their iReady Reading and Math assessments. This is an important assessment that helps us monitor academic growth and identify learning goals for second semester. Encourage your child to give their best effort on all mid-year assessments.

Report Cards will be accessible to parents through Power School on Friday, January 28. We will send a separate email with directions for logging in to view your child's report card.

After a long winter break, all students participated in our DES Expectation Reboot. Classes attended sessions in every area of the buildings to review expected behaviors which we call the 3 R's: Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn.

Next Steps in PWSSD Visioning Process

In the coming weeks, we will hold multiple parent and community sessions around the district to continue our vision process. Parent voice is a critical part of this process to ensure we are prioritizing our improvement efforts in the areas that are most important.

We will hold at least one in person session at DES in February or early March, as well as at least one virtual option. In addition to the sessions hosted by each school site, there will be several community sessions as well. Stay tuned for those dates and additional information in the coming weeks!

DES Makerspace is OPEN

We are so excited to have the Maker Space finally open! There are still some finishing touches that will happen over the next couple of months, but we just couldn't wait any longer to get students in the space to start creating, building, problem solving and exploring! Wednesday was the first day classes were able to explore the room, and they sure had fun. We will spend time during the first few visits to teach students about the materials and expectations in the space to ensure that it remains organized and accessible to all students.

Thank you to DPC and all of you for your fundraising efforts that made this space possible. We are thrilled to have the space open and cannot wait to see what kids will do in the coming months and years!

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January Music Room Update

Happy New Year from the Music Room! We are happy to be back and school beginning new units of study in each grade level. Here is what students are working on for the month of January:

4th Grade is learning how to read notes on the lines and spaces of the Treble Clef Staff in preparation for their upcoming Recorder Unit. Recorders have been ordered and should arrive for the students to begin practicing in a few weeks.

3rd Grade is beginning their Ukulele Unit. They will be learning the parts of the instruments, naming the four strings, and a few basic chords that will enable them to play along to many traditional and popular songs!

2nd Grade is practicing proper technique and procedures for playing our classroom instruments such as the xylophone, glockenspiel, metallophone and drums. Soon we will be able to accompany our singing with a steady beat as well as different rhythm patterns.

1st Grade is learning about the musical story, Peter and the Wolf, where each character is represented by a different instrument of the symphony orchestra. Ask them if they can describe the music that goes with each of the seven characters in the story!

Kindergarten continues to sing, dance and play by learning snow songs as well as continuing our letter songs. This month we will be learning songs for the letters E (Ellie Elephant), F (Fin the Fish), O (Ollie Otter) and P (Perky Penguin).

DPC Meeting Summary

The Dunwiddie Parent Connection (DPC) met on 11/9/2021, and as promised, we will be sending out a meeting summary each month. If any parents or teachers have questions or would like to get involved, please send me an email at dunwiddieparentgroup@gmail.com We would love to have you join us!


DPC Meeting Summary 1/11/2022

1 School Updates Discussed:
-Covid cases spiking - mask mandate in place
- 4 Grade field trip to Madison will utilize funds (no bake sale due to covid)
- 4K sites changing sites to elementary schools next year.

2. Financial update
- Scholastic Book fair was the most profitable in years! This makes for a lot of scholastic credit for use for teacher wishlists!

- Culver's nights have been a great success. Next culvers nights will be: April 6 and May 4th

3: Upcoming Events:

- Sweetheart Dance - POSTPONED due to covid - Tentatively rescheduled for May 6th

-Boys Bowl-a-Rama - POSTPONED due to covid - Tentatively rescheduled for May 20th

-Culvers nights April 6 and May 4th
-If Dance and Bowling end up being canceled, will consider doing an outdoor family picnic instead.
-Check writing campaign
-Clubs Choice Spring fundraiser

4. Future Meeting Dates/Times/Locations:

We will be meeting on the following days in the DES Library:

Feb 8 at 6:30 pm

Mar 8 at 6:30 pm

Apr 12 at 6:30 pm

May 10 at 6:30 pm

Cold Weather Gear

As temperatures drop, please send your child to school with a warm jacket, hat, and gloves/mittens. When the snow falls, they will also need snow pants and boots. The school does not have extras to give to students. Even in cold weather, students go outside for recess as long as the temperature (and wind chill) are above zero.

Inclement Weather Update

This year’s calendar will allow PWSSD to have one inclement weather day that will not require any make-up time with students. In order to stay on track with instructional requirements and to stay compliant with DPIs requirements around student contact time, any additional inclement weather days beyond the first one will result in virtual learning days in grades K-12.

Below is a schedule for our virtual school day, if we should need to use one. If a virtual learning day is necessary due to severe weather, classroom teachers will provide a detailed learning schedule to parents via email and will work with students via Google Meet during instructional times. Recess and lunch will be common for all students at DES.

8:45 A.M. Start Time

9:45 A.M - 10:15 A.M Common Break Time/Recess

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Common Lunch/Recess Time

  • We will be providing instruction in reading, writing, math, phonics and one specials class

  • Breaks will be given frequently throughout the day for students to transition or regroup (as determined by their teacher) or to complete independent work

  • Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals will be providing instructional assistance to their students virtually

Student Illness Tracking Tool

Please use this to determine if your child(re) are able to attend school.

Substitutes Wanted!

We are in need of additional substitutes. If you enjoy working with children and would be interested in serving our community, please consider!

Substitute Teachers- Interested candidates must have a associate's degree (degree does not need to be in education). More information can be found on our district website https://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/domain/18 or you can contact Heidi.Belohlav@pwssd.k12.wi.us or call 262-268-6005

Choose the days you'd like to work, and you can even choose to only sub at your favorite school (Dunwiddie, of course).

Substitute Paraprofessionals- Interested candidates do not need to hold a degree, and you can choose the days you'd like to work! More information can be found on our district website https://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/domain/18 or you can contact Heidi.Belohlav@pwssd.k12.wi.us or call 262-268-6005


Future Meeting Dates/Times/Locations:

We will be meeting on the following days in the DES Library:

No meeting in December

Jan 11 at 6:30 pm

Feb 8 at 6:30 pm

Mar 8 at 6:30 pm

Apr 12 at 6:30 pm

May 10 at 6:30 pm

Community Flyers

2021-22 Theme

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Let's make this our BEST YEAR YET!

Mrs. Joanna Bannon, Principal

Dunwiddie Elementary School

1243 W. Lincoln Avenue

Port Washington, WI 53074

Port Washington - Saukville School District