May 2017 Newsletter
From the desk of Mr. Fuller
One of the most significant and progressive changes that has happened in education in recent years is the integration of the so-called “maker movement” into our schools. This movement is characterized by allowing students to engage in hands-on activities which culminate in creations which can take many forms. Examples would include: a musical composition, a program for a robot, a tasty pastry, a video, or a birdhouse. This approach allows children to become designers, engineers, problem solvers, and innovators.
One of the things that we stress are the academic skills that are essential to the making process. The act of product development requires that students use their reading, mathematical, and technology skills to bring their design to completion.
At Dieck Elementary, “making” is employed in in many hands-on, inquiry based investigations that are carried out in our STEM lab. Our after school program has also provided a vehicle for increasing student opportunities for making. We are fortunate to have many talented staff members that make these programs so successful. A significant number of students have enjoyed the varied offerings that were initiated last year and expanded upon this year.
Our goal for the future is to continue, and expand even more, our after-school programs. We want or students to participate in activities that help them develop their skills and vision of what they can become. Along the way they may just discover something that becomes a lifelong interest to pursue.
Fun with Food Club Dates ~ May 30th
must be pre-registered
Sewing Club Dates ~ Thursday June 1st
must be pre-registered
Please do not send medication in with your student. You have to bring it in and fill out the appropriate forms.
PAST MAY EVENTS
Dear Dieck Parents:
Re: Summer Birthday Announcements
Instead of having so many birthdays to announce on the last day of school, starting on May 1st we will begin to announce our summer birthday students too. So for example, on May 1st any student with a birthday on May 1st, July 1st, or August 1st will be announced during our morning announcements.
On May 2, May 2, July 2, and August 2 birthdays will be announced and so on. I will do this throughout the month of May.
June birthday’s will be announced in June.
Hopefully this will make our summer birthday students feel special about their birthday too
If you would like to send in a birthday treat in for your student on the coinciding day in May that would be fine, but not mandatory. All teachers ask is that you drop off the treats in the office anytime throughout the day. Your student will come down when the class is ready, normally at the end of the day to get their treat to be shared with their class. We do not have birthday “parties”, just a simple sharing of a small treat is sufficient.
Salmon Release 2017
Elms Honor Choir, Monday, May 1st.. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Tuesday, May 2nd & Wednesday, May 3rd
Longway Planetarium Portable Theatre Dome Schedule
Tuesday, May 2nd
9:00-9:40----E5's--In My Backyard-----Gillett
10:00-10:40---Kindergarten---In My Backyard-----Brookshire
11:00-11:40---Kindergarten---In My Backyard-----Fader
12:45-1:35---First Grade---Secret of the Cardboard Rocket-----Carney
1:45-2:35---Second Grade---Secret of the Cardboard Rocket-----Jacob
2:40-3:30---Second Grade---Secret of the Cardboard Rocket-----Holtz
Wednesday, May 3rd
9:00-9:50---Third/Fourth Split---Secret of the Cardboard Rocket-----Martin
10:00-10:50---Third Grade---Secret of the Cardboard Rocket-----Sanders
11:00-11:40---Fourth Grade---Skies Over Michigan-----Brownfield
12:50-1:30---Fourth Grade---Skies Over Michigan-----Swales
1:40-2:20---Fifth Grade---Skies Over Michigan-----Allison
2:30-3:10---Fifth Grade---Skies Over Michigan-----Tallman
Thank you Mr. Meier for sponsoring this event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by our students and staff!!
Mrs. Fader's Kindergarten class at the Portable Theatre Dome
3rd & 4th Grade Kettering visit~ Tuesday, May 2nd
Congratulations to the following students whose inventions were chosen to be on display at the Young Innovators Fair at Kettering!!
WAY TO GO YOUNG INNOVATORS OF DIECK!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to our students who participated in the PAC performance "Folk Tales"