Deretchin Digest

A Communication Tool To Connect With The Dragon Community


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Dear Dragon Family,

We have a big week ahead of us. Teachers and Parents are beginning their Fall Conferences. We want to thank you for taking the time to meet with our staff. It is important that we all work together to celebrate the successes of our children and look at potential growth opportunities as well. As you know, the Spring semester was cut short with the shutdown of most district schools due to COVID-19. Parents have been asking what is the best thing they can do to help support their child after this shutdown and our number one thing we request that you do is read with your child every night for 20-30 minutes. If your child is able to read to you, have them read, but if not, developing the love for reading is easily done by incorporating this into your daily routine with your children. As a mom of three kids, I know the world can be a VERY busy place. Often times, we read in the car from one place to the other, one sport to the next, or one appointment to the next one. Take advantage of allowing your children to read signs on the road or even just tell you the letters that they recognize. We are so thankful for the time you spend enhancing the learning that is happening in the school year day.

We want to remind you that we are here as your partner in this journey. If you need anything along the way, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all you do to support the Dragon Family at Deretchin. We appreciate you!

Dr. Alicia Reeves

Did you know that Oct. 9th and Nov. 3rd are STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS for Deretchin teachers?

The purpose of professional development is to improve knowledge and skills in order to facilitate individual, school-wide, and district-wide improvements for the purpose of increasing student achievement. Professional development goals are intended to increase one's knowledge or skill set. These types of goals focus on plans for learning or enhancing a person's ability. An organization's commitment to employee development helps increases personal job satisfaction, employee motivation, and ensure quality instruction.

This Week At Deretchin

Monday, October 19

Teachers - Team Leader Meeting 3:30

Tuesday, October 20

PTO Executive Meeting - Via Zoom 9:30

Teachers in team planning meetings during their conference time.

Wednesday, October 21

Teachers - Vertical Team Meeting 3:30

Thursday, October 22

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

Friday, October 23

Spotlight 8:30

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Monday, October 26

Virtual Speaker - "Just Say Yes!"

Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 27

Teachers in Planning meetings during their conference time.

Red Ribbon Week

Fall Picture Day - Online and In person Students

Wednesday, October 28

Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 29

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 30

Deretchin - Storybook parade and Fall Activities Day

Red Ribbon Week

Monday, November 2

Teachers - Team Leader Meeting 3:30

Tuesday, November 3

Election Day

Staff Development Day for Staff

Student Holiday

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

Wednesday, November 4

Faculty Meeting 3:30

Thursday, November 5

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

Friday, November 6

Monday, November 9

Teachers - Core Academic Meeting 3:30

Tuesday, November 10

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

PTO executive board meeting 9:30 via zoom

Wednesday, November 11

Thursday, November 12

Teachers in Professional Learning Community meetings during their planning time.

Friday, November 13

Spotlight Ceremony

November/December PTO meeting via Zoom -- 12:00

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A Message from Kris Smith - Assistant Principal

Car LIne Drop Off

Thank you for making a change to your morning routine. Many children are dropped off, in the building and seated in their classroom no later than 8:00 a.m.

When students get to school before the tardy bell (8:00 a.m.), they are able to unpack and start their daily routine without rushing to catch up with their peers.

As more families are choosing their students to be car riders, our line can tend to be lengthy. In order to get all of our students in the building by 8 a.m., it is important the flow of car traffic is continuous. Our building opens at 7:30 a.m. ready to greet students. We have staff on duty ready to assist your child out of your car and into the building if they are not able to do this on their own. In order to get all of our students in the building by 8:00 a.m., please consider dropping your child off closer to 7:30 a.m.

Remember, tardies are given after an 8:00 a.m. arrival.

We appreciate your dedication to get your children to school before 8:00 a.m.

Safety Drills at Deretchin

The safety and security of Deretchin Elementary students and staff depends upon everyone knowing what to do when an actual incident occurs. Conducting drills strengthens schools as learning organizations by empowering and creating a culture of preparedness. Drills allow administrators, staff and students to better prevent, mitigate, prepare for and recover from a variety of incidents.

As set by state law, campuses schedule and complete drills throughout the school year.

Fire Evacuation Drill---monthly

  • A fire evacuation drill is a method of practicing how a building would be vacated in the event of a fire. The purpose of fire drills in buildings is to ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely as quickly as possible.

Lockout Drill---one per school year

  • A response action schools take to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose a threat or hazard outside of the school building. Lockout uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection.

Lockdown Drill--one per semester (November 2020, Spring 2021) **More information to come on our Lockdown Drill. We will let you know the exact date of this drill.

  • A response action schools take to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence inside the school. The primary objective is to quickly ensure all school students, staff and visitors are secured away from immediate danger.

Evacuate Drill---one per school year

  • A response action schools take to quickly move students and staff from one place to another. The primary objective of an evacuation is to ensure that all staff, students and visitors can quickly move away from the threat. Evacuation examples include a bomb threat or internal gas leak.

Reverse Evacuation Drill---one drill each semester

  • A response action schools take to rapidly and safely move students and staff inside a facility when it would be dangerous to remain outside.

Shelter-in-Place Drill (Severe Weather and Haz-Mat)---one drill each semester

  • A response action schools take to quickly move students, staff, and visitors indoors, perhaps for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside the building than outside.

Hold---one per school year

  • A response action schools take when hallways need to be cleared. Subsequent bells and any/all scheduled class changes are disregarded. Movement throughout building is stopped until an all-clear signal is given.

A Message Regarding English as A Second Language....Jen Gonzales - Assistant Principal

Students who are enrolled in our ESL or bilingual programs will receive an "English Language Assessment Report Card" along with their regular report card this week. This supplemental report is used to record students' present English language proficiency levels in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Mastering academic content in a new language can be particularly challenging. The English Language Assessment Report Card will reflect students' growth in English proficiency even if they are unable to demonstrate mastery of academic content.

Click here for an example of what this report card supplement looks like. Please reach out to your child's Language Arts teacher if you have any questions.

A Message From Our Counselors on RESILIENCE...Becky Stiles and Jenna Hendon

What's happening in our COVID-19 world is stressful in too many ways to count, and our kids are impacted by all of it. Their routines, relationships, and now school have been upended and "change" seems to be the norm.

But there is hope! We have a unique opportunity to build the necessary social and emotional tools our kids need to thrive even when things are hard. RESILIENCE is the ability to "bounce back" when they face difficulties.

But we can't expect resilience to grow without experiencing challenges. Each time we pick ourselves up, solve a problem, ask for help, and persevere when we'd rather quit, we are building our resilience muscles. One metaphor we use in our guidance lessons is weight-lifting. We can't possibly lift a 50 lb weight until we've practiced with a 20 lb weight, and so on. Resilience is not a physical trait that we are born with - we have to learn and get better by practicing.

At Deretchin, we teach our students 4 types of Resilience: Resource Resilience (internal and external), Relationship Resilience (we are wired for relationships), Street Resilience (getting around our roadblocks), and Rock Bottom Resilience. We are here to partner with our parents and community in growing strong and healthy kids! Please contact us if you have any questions!

Red Ribbon Week!

October 26th-30th

“I elect to be DRUG FREE!”

We have many great activities happening for Red Ribbon week this year! There will be daily spirit days, DNN announcements, and daily drawings for special prizes! We encourage teachers and staff to participate as well to help show kids that we are all standing together against the increasing problem of drugs and alcohol use. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Monday: “RED-y to Live a Drug-Free Life” --everyone wear RED to kick off a great week! Students will receive their 2020 Red Ribbon. Aim for Success will present virtually to the students.

++++CHANGE Tuesday: “Picture yourself Drug-Free”-- wear your best for Picture Day!

Wednesday: “Team Up Against Drugs” --wear a team shirt to show your spirit.

Thursday: “Vote for a Drug Free Future”-- wear red, white, and blue.


· Grades PK-2 “Show good character and be Drug-Free” -- wear a Story Book Character Costume to school. Be ready to participate in the story book parade!

· Grades 3-6 “Fall into being Drug-Free”-- each grade level will participate in different fall activities. Wear a fall shirt!

Parents of Virtual Students: Please come and pick up a Red Ribbon for your child or children. The ribbons will be available from 9 am to 2 pm each day next week for pick. Don't forget to participate in the dress up days at home! Look for this box:

Ways To Help Your Child... A Message From Jodie Chacon - Math/Science Instructional Coach and Kristin Garza - Language Arts/Social Studies Instructional Coach


For online parents, here is a great resourse to help your students doing math online!

Why do we use manipulatives when we teach math?

According to Stein and Bovalino (2001), “Manipulatives can be important tools in helping students to think and reason in more meaningful ways. By giving students concrete ways to compare and operate on quantities, such manipulatives as pattern blocks, tiles, and cubes can contribute to the development of well-grounded, interconnected understandings of mathematical ideas.”

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