Dunn's Corners School

Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

December 2, 2022

Good afternoon DCS!

This month, our schoolwide theme is emotion management. We’ll be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we’ll be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

· Stop—Use your signal

· Name your feeling

· Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety.

Practice the following with your child/ren:

1. Read the following, "How to Belly Breathe"

Focus your attention on your breathing.

Take a breath that makes your tummy move out when you breathe in, and in when you breathe out.

Breathe in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. It should be so quiet that you can hardly hear it.

2. Practice together.

3. Pick a feeling from the list below.

4. Think of a time you felt that feeling in a strong way.

5. Say a stop signal and name the feeling. (For example: “Chill! I feel worried.”)

6. Do some belly breathing to calm down.

7. Try another feeling.


Other Standard Reminders:

Check out the WPS digital backpack!

Please send your child to school each day with a refillable water bottle so they may access our water filling stations.

Please do not send cupcakes and other nonhealthy treats for birthday celebrations. This is per policy.

Remember to go directly to your child's teacher for any questions, concerns, positive feedback, or for information about the school day.


We will be using #dcsanchors all over social media. Look for it on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Morrone, Proud Principal of DCS!

The DCS Vision

Vison: All students will make a year or more growth in all curriculum areas.

My story for behind the vision:

My vision for all students fosters taking on each individual child at their “entry point” and growing them in the areas of math, reading, and writing. We are here for 100% of our students and I am confident we all want this for each of our students.

While sitting in countless meetings, visiting the classrooms, and talking to students, we have the capacity to better understand our students’ needs to support their growth and development academically and emotionally.

Our staff will work tirelessly and together to ensure success. Success can be defined for each child differently.

Given all of this we can make progress towards the vision!

We also can be a five star school and a national blue ribbon school if we all stay focused and keep the vision alive! This is my goal and I hope it is the goal each of you believe in because that is my purpose and your purpose!

Battle of the Books Kings and Queens

Attendance Information

Attendance Update

The realistic goal is to have less than 5% chronically absent, but ultimately 0%. Chronically absent is defined as being out 10% of the days in school. This data impacts our STAR rating. Once a student is out at 10% of the year to date then the school team including attendance officer will be contacting you per WPS school committee policy. Currently, 15% of DCS is consider chronically absent. We are ranked #23th in the state!

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Math Activites for Home

Click here to learn how to play and play with your children. The students love them in school.

Improve Oral Reading Fluency at Home

Click here!


The BOKS Burst Weekly Activities, found in the December Fitness Calendar, are meant to get you and your kids up and moving throughout the day. Studies show that daily movement breaks increase focus, improve mood, and have many added health benefits. Let's all get moving this week with the below bursts!

Please click here to see the December calendar . If you click an activity on the calendar, it will bring you to a YouTube video explaining the activity.

Also, check out the Winter Fun resource page.


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Mr. Morrone earned a green slip!

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Below are some resources you or someone you know may need. If you are in need of additional resources, please feel free to reach out to the school Social Worker, Oriana DeCelles at odecelles@westerly.k12.ri.us

HealthSource RI: Information about health insurance plans, including RIte Care.



Rhode Island Legal Services: RILS is the State's major law firm for low-income people with civil legal problems.



TeethFirst!: Information and resources about children's oral health.