Dudley EL News!

We are Rocking and Rolling Now!

A Note from Mrs. True

Hello DES Families!

I am thrilled to report that this has been an AMAZING opening of the school year. The students are completely settled in and the learning has begun.

I am so proud of how well the second graders transitioned into a new building. It is inspiring to see how quickly they were able to find their way around the school and how hard they are already working in their classrooms. The 3rd and 4th graders have been pretty amazing too, they are the big fish in our Dudley EL pond!

We were able to work out the bugs of pick ups and drop offs and are now working pretty smoothly. We had a few other transportation issues that have seemed to resolve themselves too. I would say it is almost "safe" to take a deep breath in the office and settle ourselves in as well!

Thank you so much for getting your children ready for school each day, and for supporting the work we do here. It means everything to us to have a positive working relationship with families, and to keep an open dialogue when things aren't working.

Please remember, if you need help, the classroom teacher is usually your best first stop. If they can't help you, they will absolutely find the person who can!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. True, Principal

A Message from our Librarian, Mrs. Ponce de Leon: Scour the house high and low for any books you may have had during the shutdown last year! If you find any books at home that belong to the DES Library, I will gladly take them back!

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Check out these amazing events and fundraisers from the PTO!

1. Our fall catalog- Meadow Farms- has been sent home and parents can return the order forms to the school or order online.

2. Our Fall Festival is going to be amazing this year! Sunday, October 24th at the Little League Fields from 11:30-2:30 (rain date on the 31st). This year we have 4 food trucks coming and over 20 vendors who bought table space! Of course we have our free trunk or treating event and games for the kids to enjoy. If anyone would like to submit a decorated car and hand out candy, I can send you an application once we have finalized it.

3. Our 2nd Halloween Adult party is being held at Point Breeze on October 29th from 8:30 to 12. Tickets will go on sale in October.

We are hoping for a great school year and successful PTO events!

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Last Call for School Council Members

A letter was sent home with your beginning of year paperwork regarding the DES School Council. We currently have 4 staff members (including myself) and would like to have 5 parents volunteer to join us on the council.

The School Council members assist me with developing and implementing the School Improvement Plan. The goals and objectives we create will reflect the educational needs of the students at our school.

If you are interested, please email me right away with a paragraph that provides information about why you would like to serve on the DES Student Council.

Please Note: If we have more than 5 parents who apply, a ballot will be sent home for voting. If we only have 5 applicants, no ballot will be necessary.

Thank you!

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Social Emotional Learning Focus of the Month

Every month, students will be working as a grade level on specific Social Emotional Learning Topics with Mrs. Veilleux, Ms. Pfrommer, and myself, Mrs. True.

For September, our meetings will focus on eliminating social isolation. Students will learn the 3 steps of helping to include someone in class or at recess.

Step 1: See Someone Alone

Step 2: Reach out and Help

Step 3: Start with Hello

Students will go through lessons and activities that show the 3 steps and provide examples of what each one looks and feels like.

We are excited to begin our work with students in the social/emotional realm. Our students have already shown such kindness and compassion toward one another, we will begin collecting examples to use at our meetings!

A Note from Nurse Wilson

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Welcome to all students and families as we begin our new school year. My office has been busy obtaining emergency medical forms and contact lists, physician/parent consents for all medications dispensed in school, grade 3 physical returns, allergy histories/chronic disease management, etc. The more information we have on your child, the better we can accommodate and communicate our concerns.

We at Dudley Elementary, as do most school districts, have many children at high risk of a severe allergic reaction. Although these children don’t look any different from others, if they ingest or come into contact with the offending allergen, (foods, insects, or unknowns) they would require immediate emergency treatment. While we have appropriate medication available and an emergency procedure plan if required, we ask for your help in keeping our students safe. This means please refrain from sending in baked goods. The only safe forms of celebrations have been non-food parties, ie stickers, pencils, reading a favorite book, or “safe” foods i.e. popsicles, fruits or veggies.

Since we have implemented these changes, the children have had fun and no child has been left out due to food allergies or other chronic conditions. We all ask for your continued awareness of foods being sent into classrooms and keep up the great fun alternatives! The District Wellness Policy is available for review @www.dcrsd.org.

SCREENINGS- The health office will be conducting the annual vision and hearing screenings this year as well as heights and weights, dates to follow.

GRADE 3 PHYSICALS: To date, I have received many completed physicals on current grade 3 students or new 4th graders. This is a State Law and MUST be completed by the end of May. Completed physicals can be faxed to 508-949-3305 or emailed to kwilson1@dcrsd.org

Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms. If you have questions on if you should send your child to school with a symptom please reach out for guidance

COVID-19 symptoms list:

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills -

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

• New loss of taste or smell

• Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms

Headache when in combination with other symptoms

Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

*Major symptoms in bold

If you are an RN and would be interested in learning more about school nursing, we are actively looking for substitutes. Please contact Kathleen Wilson 508-943-3351

Wishing everyone a healthy and great school year.

Sport of the Day!

Back by popular demand, our Sport of the Day program will be scheduling after school sessions beginning in October.

Look for the Sport of the Day flyer coming home in a backpack near you today or tomorrow!

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Please see the attached flyer for the "Got Sneakers?" recycling program being held at SHRHS.