Denton Dolphin News

January, 2021

Happy New Year!

Hello, DES Families! I hope you all had a wonderful break! I was hoping for some snow here but we only got a few flurries at my house.

Please see the information below about our Virtual Family Reading "Night". You are welcome to access the information at any time. Please be sure to complete the feedback form to be entered to win a gift card.

Quarter 2 is rapidly coming to a close. Please support your child with completing and turning in their Wednesday Asynchronous work. This is used to capture attendance for the day so it is critical that students complete the work within three days.

Within the next two weeks, students in grades 3 through 5 will be taking the iReady mid-year assessment in reading and math. This information is critical since we have been virtual for much of the year with these grades. Encourage your child to do his/her very best on the assessment as the data from the iReady assessment will help us tailor instruction for the third and fourth quarters. Directions will be posted in your child's Google Classroom. Thank you for your support with having your child do his/her best on the assessment.

PreK, Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are planning a materials/supplies pick up this week. These materials may include hands-on manipulatives and activities, books and decodables, and materials for upcoming science or social studies units. We know that some materials need to be printed and shared which is why the teachers are working on gathering this work to distribute. I will be making calls to remind you. All materials will be labeled with your child's name and placed outside so you just need to swing by and pick up the bag; if you are unable to pick up these items during the time specified, please contact your child's teacher. Thank you for continuing to pick up these materials to help your child.

I pray for your continued health and safety in the new year. Should the health of the county improve, I will notify you in multiple ways for a return date for in-person instruction. Thank you for all you do to support Denton Elementary School.

Susan R. McCandless

Proud Principal of Denton Elementary School

Congratulations, DES Carson Scholar Nominee!

The Carson Scholarship is a $1,000 college scholarship awarded to students who serve their community and excel academically. Schools can only nominate one student who then moves on to the official scholarship application process.

This year, DES had 17 students eligible for the nomination. Based on their school level application, DES is proud to announce that Mackenzie Johnson has been chosen as the nominee. Our BEST WISHES to her as we hope she will be chosen as a 2021 Carson Scholar winner!! Thank you to the other wonderful 5th graders who were nominated. We are proud of all of our Dolphins. #DESTreasures

Virtual Family Reading Event

Wednesday, January 13th is the DES Virtual Family Reading "Night"! Although it is our Family Reading "Night", being virtual has allowed the opportunity to participate at any time of the day that is convenient to you and your family!

  • WHO: Our amazing DES students and families

  • WHAT: DES Virtual Family Reading "Night" Google Slide Show Presentation

  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 13th all day, anytime

  • WHERE: DES Virtual Family Reading "Night" Google Presentation Slide Show will be assigned to DES students as an assignment under "Classwork" in their Google Classroom

  • HOW: View the presentation in “Present Mode” to visit "classrooms", watch videos, get valuable resources and earn chances to win a gift card

  • WHY: Have fun learning about reading with games, activities and resources to celebrate the joy of reading and learning


  • Watch the video for your grade and participate in one or more of the activities and submit a video or writing to your teacher to receive attendance credit for your Asynchronous Wednesday Reading assignment. (See the Challenge Page)


  • Complete the "DES Virtual Family Reading 'Night' Evaluation Google Form” to earn a chance to win a gift card

Upcoming Dates!

January 11: 1st grade Packet distribution at the front of the school; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; a few teachers will be available from 2:30 through 5:00 PM at the front of the school for book exchange

January 13: K packet distribution by the K entrance on Lupine Lane; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

January 14 - 15: PreK packet distribution by the PreK doors

January 18: No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 28: Early Dismissal; End of Quarter 2

January 29: No School: Teacher Inservice

February 1: Quarter 3 Begins

February 10: Early Dismissal for Conferences

February 10 and 11: No PreK; Conference Days

February 15: No School: Presidents' Day

Our Vision of Excellence

Vision of Excellence

The Denton Elementary School Family will

promote our core values of S.W.l.M. by

supporting a challenging curriculum,

honoring individuality, and working collaboratively.

S: Stay Safe

W: Work Hard

I: Include Everyone

M: Make Responsible Choices

Denton Elementary is a School-wide Title I School