News from Ms. Mendel for the Week of September 14-18
What's going on at DHE this week?
14--It's not too late to participate in the Write A Check fundraiser-- all donations are appreciated!
14--Spirit Wear order forms will be accepted all week--deadline is Friday.
17--Husky Mart open from 7:45-8:10 a.m.
17--Open House @ 5:30 p.m.
18--DHE Spirit Day! Wear those DHE shirts.
What's going on at DHE the rest of the month?
21--DHE Night @ FD's 4:00-9:00 p.m.
24--K Prep in the Discovery Den 7:40-8:40 a.m. If you have a preschooler who would like to attend, you're invited to do so. Parent will need to remain with the child.
24-- ALL PRO DAD BREAKFAST @ 7:00 a.m. in the cafeteria RSVP at this web address:
CHECK OUT THIS COOL VIDEO OF OUR DISCOVERY DEN! MRS. ALKIER AND MRS. SAMPLES WORKED ALL SUMMER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
History of DHE: Did You Know...
Can you believe that this is our 7th year already? DHE is built on 72 acres. The house and acreage used to be owned by Dr. Crighton and his wife. Dr. Crighton used to fly planes and there was a hangar which housed his plane, as well as a runway strip on this property back in the day. The house next to the school used to have an in ground pool. The District filled it up with gravel once they purchased the property. The Crighton House serves as the offices for both Nutrition Services and the Park Board.
How did Kildee Lane get its name?
Our school's address is 3055 West Kildee Lane. Dr. Crighton named this road after the killdeer birds which populate this area. The kildeer mama bird will protect its nest by acting like it has a broken wing if a predator is nearby – thus protecting its young. The supervisors at DeWitt Construction even roped off a section of land where these Kildeer birds were nesting over the summer, 2007, just so the bulldozers and other equipment stayed away from the nesting areas. This particular picture was taken by one of the DeWitt Construction employees.
Who are we named after?
Back in the spring, 2008, Ms. Mendel asked the communities around Wanda Gray and McBride to elicit names for this new school. Before its name of David Harrison it was known as NSWE (New Southwest Elementary.) Suggestions were made and narrowed down to three: Kildee Park Elementary, David Harrison, and Dogwood Elementary. Who is David Harrison? David Harrison, local author of children's books and Springfield businessman, has been an advocate for R-12 children for many, many years. He is a former R-12 School Board President, initiated Reading Roundup and the Teacher Appreciation Banquet and has spent much of his time advocating for more books in R-12 libraries.