DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY UPDATE

March 21, 2022

Dear Davis Hill Community,


I hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend! I know that in our household, spring brings with it a much busier family calendar and I imagine this is true for many in our DHCommunity as well.


Have a great week!


Please see brief updates below:


1. MEETINGS ON THURSDAY

This week on Thursday I am holding a '5th Grade Yearbook' Meeting for any parents/ caregivers of current 5th Grade Students who are interested in coordinating the 5th Grade Yearbook. This meeting will be held at 5:45 before the scheduled PTA Meeting at 6:30. I would love if interested individuals could make it to the building for an in-person meeting; however, if this is not possible, a virtual link for both of these meetings is below:


Yearbook Meeting Link


PTA Meeting Link


2. REMINDER: MITIGATION STRATEGIES/ COVID INFORMATION

As a district, we will continue to provide the multiple mitigation measures that are currently in place, including at-home test kit distribution (staff & students), symptomatic testing in the schools, pooled testing, providing masks which are still available to staff and students upon request, maintaining good hand hygiene practices, and staying home when sick.


WRSD Testing Program - Information

In-School COVID-19 Positive Cases
Community Cases and Vaccination Rates

COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols
Self-Screening Tool


If case clusters are identified, parents in the impacted classroom will be notified and optional testing will be offered to impacted students and faculty/staff. General Covid Notification emails will no longer be sent unless there is a case cluster identified.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

'A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.'

-B.F. Skinner

BOOK FAIR THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone in the DHCommunity for supporting our Book Fair! Our proceeds help to support classroom libraries and materials for our amazing DHStaff! We are grateful for your continued support!


Shout out to all of our volunteers who help make the Book Fair a success, including our DHAlumni Linda Prouty, Chuck Skillings, Karen Cavan and Ginger Gulick! Thank you! You brought a lot of smiles to our DHDragons!

GIRL SCOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROJECT

We have a number of DHDragons who are involved in Girl Scouts. I was recently approached by a highly motivated group who is looking to have a donation bin at Davis Hill to support a project that they are working on. Please see the flyer below for information. It is great to see our students involved in acts of kindness that support others!
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IMPORTANT DATES/ INFORMATION

March 24th:

5th Grade Parents Meeting - Yearbook. (5:45-6:15PM/ Library)


PTA Meeting (Virtual and In-Person/ 6:30PM/ Library).


March 29th:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


March 30th:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


March 31st:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


April 1st:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


Quarter 3 Closes


April 5th:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


April 6th:

MCAS DAY (See Schedule Below)*


Report Cards Issued for K-5 via PowerSchool Parent Portal (4:00PM Grades Live)


April 18th-22nd:

Spring Recess/ Break


April 25th:

Welcome Back/ Return to School


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Please Note: Dates may be subject to change pending circumstances outside of our control.


*MCAS Day: The specific MCAS Schedule is listed in the section below. I note these dates here only to advise that on these days our staff (administration and many others) are often involved with aspects of administration and may be busier than typical on these days).

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MCAS DATES

Please see below for our school based dates for MCAS Testing for Grades 3, 4 and 5.


MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) Window: March 28-April 29


Davis Hill MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) Dates:

3rd Grade: April 5th & 6th

4th Grade: March 31st & April 1st

5th Grade: March 29th & 30th


MCAS MATH and STE Window: April 25th - May 27th

DH MCAS MATH and STE Dates


MATH

Grade 3: May 12th & 13th

Grade 4: May 17th & 18th

Grade 5: May 19th & 20th


Science Technology and Engineering (STE)

Grade 5: April 28th & 29th


*Make-up testing will be available during the MCAs 'window' if a student must be absent on the day of the assessment.


PLEASE NOTE:

*Our general philosophy related to MCAS is similar to when students take classroom/ district assessments. Whether a curriculum-based teacher created pre-assessment/ post-assessment, District-Wide Assessment (STAR/ BAS) or MCAS, we believe that building student comfort with taking assessments and 'showing what they know' is an important part of their skill development as they grow and become high school/ college students. Taking assessments is a part of the educational process, and one of our goals at Davis Hill is that our students do not view assessments as stressful or 'defining' them. Part of this process, is practice taking assessments and managing the emotions that go along with them. Assessments are ultimately a tool to ensure that our students are learning and growing and the information that they provide should be viewed holistically.

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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PTA NEWS AND NOTES

Please see the button below for the PTA Membership/ Contact Form if you are interested in becoming a member!


Also included below is a button to go directly to the PTA Website. Check it out!

SPRING FUNDRAISER INFORMATION

Spring Fundraiser:

ButterBraid Information

FLYER

ORDER FORM


Holden Elementary PTA Golf Tournament:

See Flyer below in the PTA Section. Please note, if anyone has a business and has any prizes/donations/sponsorship that they would like to contribute for the tournament, please send an email to davishillpta@gmail.com.

PTA WEBSITE

Check out this link for updates/ etc. from the PTA

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