Dragon Nation Newsletter
May 11, 2020
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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
Hello Dragon Family,
As we approach the end of the school year, there are still several things left to do. But before I begin to share other information with you, I just want to say thank you! We know remote learning has been difficult for many of you, but we appreciate your dedication to figuring it out together with us. United we stayed strong and found a way to keep our children engaged in a routine of attending school and learning. This would not have been possible without your partnership!
Please make sure your children continue learning with us till the very end of the year. We only have 11 1/2 days left! Can you believe it. I think we will all agree that our first year as a new school was memorable for many reasons. Despite our strange ending, I want to thank everyone for supporting our school to the best of your ability.
One of the first orders of business is picking up student belongings from campus. We will have two opportunities this week for contact-free student item pick up:
- Thursday, May 14 from 4:00 - 6:00
- Friday,May 15 from 1:00 - 3:00
Student belongings are already packed and labeled and ready for pick up. Please choose a time that works for you and drive up to the school. We will not be allowed to hand you items, so be prepared for someone to walk to a designated spot to pick up the bag(s). Please make sure all students and children stay in the car so the area is safe for all involved in the process. Most importantly, please show patience. This will be a slow process so expect to have to wait.
Please bring all library books, school items and fundraiser money to turn into PTO.
We will also have a place for you to purchase yearbooks! You will really want one to remember this special year. Due to the economic strain we are all feeling right now, we will sell our remaining yearbooks for $10.00. Cash is all we will be allowed to take.
Please spread the word about student item pickup this week. See you Thursday and Friday!
Teachers are required to collect three grades a week for each student. Please work with your child's teacher to figure out how to get assignments turned in. While we have to show mastery of the grade level curriculum, teachers have some flexibility to work with you to assess students. All students are required to participate in some way to allow the school to try to keep students engaged in learning and to check for level of mastery of concepts.
All students who have incompletes for missing assignments will be discussed in a campus committee to determine placement and possible intervention for next year. Please help us help your student by reaching out to your teacher and getting the I's taken care of. We are here to help you, even if you have not participated for most or part of our remote learning experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please fel free to contact me at 512-815-2519.
It is also time to elect our new PTO board. If you are interested in running for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary or Volunteer Coordinator for next year, look for the flyer we are sending home this week in student bags. Just fill it out, take a picture of the form and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider volunteering to help us get our PTO started. Without parents in PTO Board positions, we can not order t-shirts for students for next year or host our teacher breakfast in August. We need you!
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BRIGHTBYTES TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING SURVEY
Survey for Parents and Students in Grades 3-5
Dear Dessau Elementary Campus Community
We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about you and your students’ technology access and use for learning.
The goal of this project is to gather data on technology access, skills, and your school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.
Our data collection window is set to run from March 30 - May 27, 2020.
Each school is assigned three unique Technology and Learning Questionnaires. There is one designed for teachers and administrators; one designed for students, and one designed for parents.
Your questionnaire links are listed below:
Your participation and support is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete understanding of our school’s technology use versus a limited one.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Victor Valdez, Chief Technology Officer
Kathryn Ives, Director Integration Services
End of the year Awards Ceremonies
May 28: Last day of school
July 29 & 30: New student registration
Aug 11: Meet the Teacher and drop off supplies, 1st - 5th grades, from 4:30 - 6:00
Aug 12: Pre-K & Kinder Orientation, from 4:45 - 6:00
August 13: 1st Day of School
Sept 10: Open House: Grades 1st & 2nd: 5:00 - 6:00 /// Grades 3rd - 5th: 6:00 - 7:00