SDDS October News

Fall Back Into School

Upcoming Events

Did you know you can check out upcoming school-wide and class events on Brighthwheel? You can! In addition to the school calendar posted on the SDDS home page, you can also navigate in your Brightwheel app to the 'calendar' tab to see both school-wide or classroom events for each month. For instance, you'll notice that Monday, October 11 is our first Parent / Teacher Conference Day. For more news about your child's teachers and classrooms you can also visit our Programs and Staff page on our website.
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Reminder to Order Your Child's Portraits

This Friday, Oct 8th, is the last day to get your order in for your child's portraits. You can find the unique code to view your child's photos on the bottom of the card sent home last week. If you need assistance finding your code, please contact Colette Dunlap at

Parent / Teacher Conferences - Monday October 11

Monday, October 11 will be our first Fall Parent / Teacher Conference day. Sign ups will be posted this week outside of your child's classroom so you can sign up for a time slot to attend. This year we are encouraging all families to attend the conference in person. If you are not able to attend in in person, we can also accommodate a video or phone call. While school is closed Oct. 11, childcare will be provided (if needed) during your child's conference time.

Teachers will be sending home two documents this week. The first is a Family Observation Form. This form is meant to look at a continuum of skills that children learn in their preschool years. If your child has not acquired some of the skills or if you have not yet observed your child exhibiting the skill, no need to worry! The form encompasses a wide range of milestones that children generally reach by the age of 5. Completing the form and adding to the "additional notes:" section will help your child's teachers know your child better through your own observations.

Teachers will also be working to observe your children through their own developmental checklists and during the conference your child's strengths as well as areas of growth will be discussed. The conference will provide a time to collaborate on the creation 3 goals that can be worked on both at home and at school and a timeframe to check in on progress will be determined as well. We want to make sure you know that your child's healthy, developmental progress and growth is team effort between home and school.

The second document that will be sent home is titled, "Navigating Concerns About Your Child's Development" This document will be sent home to each child's family and does not indicate that we have a concern of any kind at this time. The document is meant only to provide you with information in case you, as a parent, do have a concern that you'd like to address in the conference. It also provides information about Early Childhood Intervention resources. If you have questions about either of these documents, please reach out to Leigh Moss at

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SDDS 2nd Annual Pumpkin Sale

SDDS has once again received a generous donation of pumpkins from Trader Joe's in order to host our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Sale. Pumpkins will arrive on Monday, Oct 11 and will be available to purchase on Tuesday, Oct 12. The proceeds from this year's pumpkin sale will benefit our gardening efforts on our playgrounds. We'll host another family planting day in early November and have the opportunity to plant a new garden on our playground!

Halloween Celebration Scheduled for Friday, October 29

This year, like last, SDDS will host a 'trick or treat' / Halloween Fun celebration on Friday, October 29th from 10 am - Noon. Students may choose to wear a costume to school on that day (no costume masks or weapons please). Each classroom will have their own designated 'trick or treat' time to go to other classrooms and collect goodies from their fellow students and teachers.

Additionally, we will have booths set up in the labyrinth such as a photo booth, bean bag toss, face or mask painting, kiddie pool fishing, pumpkin painting and spin art. If you would like to sign up to volunteer at one of the outdoor booths, please contact Leigh Moss at and let me know.

SDDS Co-Hosts 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 30

Trunk or Treat & Parish Movie Night

Saturday, October 30 starting at 5 pm

You’re invited to our Second Annual Trunk or Treat on the St. David’s surface parking lot. Put on your costume, and enjoy decorations, a photo booth, prize wheel & goodies, and fellowship with your church and dayschool families. Trunk or Treat will be followed by a screening of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with pizza and treats from Holy Grounds. E-mail with questions, or to sign up to decorate a trunk (spaces are limited!)

If you plan on attending the Trunk or Treat & Parish Movie Night, please do so through this link. The time indicated in the sign up is currently NOT CORRECT, but you will be signed up to attend starting at 5 PM.

Healthy Kids and Healthy Families

It's the season for runny noses and little bugs going around. As a reminder, if your child isn't feeling well, it's recommended to keep them home to prevent the spread of illness. If your child has a fever, the requirement during this time is now 72 hours fever-free without medication. Everyone has been doing a great job helping our community to stay healthy and we want to make sure as life get busier during this time of year, that we're continuing to keep our home and school families in mind.