The Sunday Snapshot from Mrs. Love

Dundee Elementary School August 28th-31st, 2023

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Week 1 News

Viking families,

Welcome back! I can't believe it's week one already! My hope is for each child, family and staff member to have a safe and successful school year and that starts with teamwork. Please know that you, the family, are an important member of our team and our goal is to walk alongside you all year long if you'll let us. Please communicate any questions or concerns to your child's teacher, the office or me. Let's make the 2023/2024 school year a fantastic one!

Please note that for security purposes, all visitors must enter at our main elementary entrance and should buzz in to the office where you'll be asked to show your ID. Families may walk students to class if necessary on the first day of school (Monday for 1st-4th & Tuesday for Y5-K) only. We have many extra members of our staff on hand to assist students with entering the building and getting to class smoothly.

Our staff begins supervising students at 8:15 am and may be dropped off any time from 8:15 to 8:35 which is when the school day begins. Students who get dropped off and are not eating breakfast will enter the building and head to our playground area for a ten minute recess before they are able to enter their classrooms at 8:25 with the bus students. If you are dropping your child off and prefer to get out of your vehicle, please find a parking space and walk them up to the building. If you do not wish to exit your vehicle, please drive through the drop off line and a member of our staff will assist your child with exiting the vehicle and getting into the building. Please have your children sit on the passenger side of the vehicle so that we can get them out quickly and safely. Please do not allow your child to exit the vehicle on the south side of the street and walk through traffic. We do have a crossing guard at the corner of Adams and Ypsilanti streets for your child's safety.

Remember that all DES students are eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch this school year. Even if you don't normally qualify, please fill out the free/reduced meals form on our website. Breakfast will be provided for students to take and eat in their classrooms again this year and lunch will be served in our All Purpose Room.

Dismissal is officially at 3:40, but our lower elementary classes dismiss a few minutes before this to avoid the congestion. At the end of the day, we do not currently have a pick up drive through. Please park and come to the building. All Y5-1st graders will exit the building at the main entrance with their teacher. The teacher must see the adult picking up the student before they will release them. 2nd through 4th graders will exit the building at the west "gym" doors. These doors are still on the front of the building on Adams St, but are the west set. If you have children at both exits, please pick up your younger child first and instruct your older child to wait with their teacher. This should help break up the congestion at our main entrance.

This week at a glance:

Monday, August 28th: 1st-4th Grade First Day of School, Y5-K Open House by appointment

Tuesday, August 29th: Y5-K First Day of School

Friday, September 1st: No School-Labor Day Observance

Monday, September 4th: No School-Labor Day Observance

This year let's ROW Like Vikings: Respect, Ownership & Wise Choices

Have a great week! Go Vikings!

Upcoming Events

  • 9/4 No School-Labor Day
  • 9/10 PTO Meeting 1:00 pm at Wolverine Park
  • 9/11 DCS School Board Meeting
  • 9/13 Fire Drill
  • 9/25 PTO Read a Thon Begins
  • 9/27 Fire Drill


PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. Our staff is trained to look for opportunities to celebrate the positive things that students do each day. We teach students what the expectations are for every area of the building so that they enter a predictable environment. We expect our students to ROW Like Vikings no matter where they are at DES. ROW stands for Respect, Ownership and Wise Choices. Students will earn ROW tickets when they are caught showing these positive behaviors and their tickets can earn them fun incentives throughout the school year.

Throughout the next two weeks, all students will be taught the expectations in the following areas by members of our staff:

  • Classroom
  • Hallway
  • Bathroom
  • Cafeteria
  • Playground
  • Bus

Ask your student how they can ROW Like a Viking this week!

PTO News

  • The first PTO meeting will be held at Wolverine Park on Sunday, September 10th at 1:00 pm.
  • Use the link below to view the PTO spirit wear sale items! Shop the link until September 10th.

August & September Menus

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Stay Connected!

If you are not already receiving phone, text and/or email alerts, please contact our DES office to be sure we have your correct contact information listed within our system. These alerts can be for regular weekly communication, but can also be for building or district emergencies or updates.

If you are on social media, please consider following our Dundee Elementary Facebook Page. Photos, updates and weekly newsletters are posted there.

Lastly, if you haven't already connected with your student's teacher on Bloomz, please consider doing so. Bloomz is the main form of communication that teachers use to interact with families. If you aren't sure how to get connected, please contact your student's teacher or the office and we'd be happy to help!

Handle With Care

Handle with Care is a system in which our staff can be aware that your child or family may be experiencing a hardship outside of school that may impact their day at school. By notifying the school principal, we can be sure that those who come in contact with your child throughout the day handles them with extra understanding and TLC. You do not have to provide us with any details at all unless you wish to do so. You can simply send an email that states: Handle with Care with your child's name. Information can be sent to Mrs. Love or Mr. Briggs on Bloomz or via school email at or
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Did you know that Dundee Elementary School is a participant and supporter of the OK2SAY program? See more information below.

Not all heroes wear a cape and tights. A real hero speaks up for what's right. Be a real hero. If you see or hear something that threatens student or school safety, submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY.

Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools.

Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Important Information for DES

DES Full School Day Hours:

  • The school day begins at 8:35 am and ends at 3:40 pm
  • Our staff begins monitoring students at 8:15 am. Please do not drop off students prior to 8:15 am as there will not be any DES staff available to supervise them. Students dropped off from 8:15-8:25 will go to the playground with our supervisors and will then be dismissed to their classrooms. Students who purchase school breakfast will go to the cafeteria when they arrive unless they are in Y5 or kindergarten (their breakfast is served in the classroom).

Elementary School Handbook:


Dundee Community Schools Calendar:

Click for the 2023-2024 District Calendar

Infinite Campus Parent Portal:

School Meal Payments:

Breakfast and lunch are FREE for ALL students for the 2023/2024 school year! We ask that all families please fill out the free/reduced meal form on our website, even if you don't normally qualify.

Link for Food Service Forms & Payments

School Menus:

DES Facebook Page:

Dundee Elementary Facebook

For reporting a student absent:

734-529-7044 Press 1

School Nurse: Rachel Palmer

734-529-2350 ext. 11013

DCS Athletics Information

Show your Viking pride at the athletic events taking place this week.

Use the link below to checkout the Dundee Athletics Facebook Page:

Dundee Community Schools Vision & Mission Statements

Vision Statement

“Students First” – Inspire, Educate, Innovate, Celebrate

Mission Statement

Dundee Community Schools is setting a course for student success. We will challenge and inspire every student, every day, in every class through innovation and dedication ‐ promoting knowledgeable, responsible, and caring citizens.

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DES Contact Information

420 Ypsilanti Dr.

Dundee, MI 48131

School Phone: 734-529-7044

School Fax: 734-529-3741

Principal: Mrs. Love

Assistant Principal: Mr. Briggs

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