HERMAN E. DUMMER NEWSLETTER

March, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. FORD

Right before the last snowfall, I saw my little spring flowers start to peek out from under the earth with their broad green leaves and promise of bright yellow petals soon to come. Even through the harsh temperatures, wind and snow, they are still there waiting out the storm. They are resilient little things that bring me much joy with the promise of a new season soon to begin. We are at the point in school where patience is running thin, people are getting on each other’s nerves, students are going through the growing pains of getting older, sickness is rampant and students and staff are tired. We are all ready for the new season to begin. Just as my little flowers, we are waiting out the storm growing stronger and more resilient each and every day. Those hardships are helping us to grow into caring and empathetic individuals while learning that life is not always easy, but with the help and caring of others, we are made stronger because of our mistakes and/or hardships. Soon our petals will bloom showing the world our gifts while our roots hold firm because of the nurturing and growth that took place during our storms. Bring on SPRING!


TESTING INFORMATION

As we wrap up February and enter into March, we have been preparing our students for IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) testing. This test is administered to every public school student in grades 3 through 12 in the state of Illinois. Teachers and staff have been working diligently with the students preparing them on this new rigor of learning. We understand that building-wide assessments are stressful for teachers and parents, but most importantly students. We continue to try our best to prepare students without overwhelming them emotionally. Please support these efforts at home. IAR testing will begin the week of March 2nd.

Many other forms of gathering data are also incorporated throughout the year such as FastBridge testing and benchmarking, MAP testing, RTI (Respond to Intervention) groups, and formative and summative evaluations. We are able to use all this data to better help our students and teaching. It is important that you get a chance to track your child’s growth throughout the year. Hopefully you have had a chance to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. If you would like more information about these tests or your child’s scores, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, or me, at 815-786-8498.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 1, 2020. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

2020 U.S. CENSUS INFORMATION

The U.S. Census event will take place this spring. The census is a count of all people living in the United States and takes place every 10 years. For the first time, one can respond online and will receive a unique identifying number in the mail. The online feature begins this month.

The census is important because it helps decide how much federal money our schools will receive over the next 10 years, and how much money our state will receive for parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services.

Counting For Dollars 2020: Illinois Fact Sheet

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Census-Dollar-Allocations.pdf

ISBE’s Census Info

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/census.aspx

Illinois 2020 Census Info:

https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=117935


Please click on the link below to read more important information about the Census.

SANDWICH EDUCATION FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER IS APRIL 18, 2020

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SANDWICH SPORTS BOOSTERS TRIVIA NIGHT IS MARCH 14TH

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DUMMER WALKING CLUB BEGINS MARCH 30TH. PLEASE SIGN UP BY MARCH 13TH.

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NURSE NEWS

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF CURRENT 5TH GRADERS

6th Grade Health Requirements for 2020-21 School Year


It’s not too early to start planning for next school year. Below is a list of health requirements for entry into 6th grade. The physical exam and immunization record are due by the first day of school.


· Complete physical exam: Please note that a sports physical does not meet the requirement for the 6th grade physical.


· Up - to - date immunizations to include: Tdap, 2- varicella doses, hepatitis B series, and meningococcal vaccine. Please check with your health care provider to be sure these immunizations are included on your child’s 6th grade physical exam.


- Exemption Forms: Renewal of Religious Exemption Form or Medical Exemption, if applicable.


· Dental exam: due by May 15, 2021


The 6th grade health packets were sent home, with your child, in January. Health forms may also be found on the district website or picked up in the main office. If you have questions about any of these requirements you may contact Mrs. Meyer, School Nurse at 815-786-8498.

NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK IS MARCH 15-21, 2020

If you suspect a poisoning or if you have questions regarding poisoning, call your Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. When you call this number, you will reach a Poison Center covering your area. Poison Centers are staffed by specially trained nurses, pharmacists and physicians and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free and confidential. To learn more about how to help prevent poisonings, visit: poisonhelp.hrsa.gov. Almost 90% of the public who call a local Poison Center get the help they need over the telephone without having to go to a doctor or the hospital.


Poison Prevention Tips:

• Make sure all potential poisons are out of the sight and reach of children

• Keep medicines and household products in their original containers with original labels

• Always read labels before using medicines, cleaners and other products

• Teach children to ask first before eating or drinking anything

• Never call medicine candy or make a game out of taking it

GET READY! THE DUMMER BOOK FAIR IS MARCH 16TH - 20TH. TO KICK THINGS OFF, WE HAVE AN AMAZING RAFFLE AND TICKETS ARE ONLY $1 EACH!

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DANCE CLUB FOR THE CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL

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FANTASTIC 4TH GRADE

It’s been another busy month for our 4th graders! Our current reading unit is focused on traditional tales, tall tales, historical fiction, and myths. The students have enjoyed the stories in this unit very much and have practiced analyzing characters, inferring themes, and identifying elements of drama. Some classes have started the novel Number the Stars, which introduces the topic of WWII and the Holocaust. This novel is often a 4th grade favorite and opens the door for great discussion and learning. With the approach of the state IAR assessments, classes will continue to read independently, practice responses to text, and compare/contrast articles or stories.


To be prepared for the math portion of the IAR, we are working really hard to cover area & perimeter, measuring angles, and geometry. We will also spend time reviewing previously learned concepts to review for the tests. These tests are important to our school and we want our students to feel confident in showing all they know!


Fourth graders have enjoyed learning about recycling this month and had the chance to make recycled paper as a culminating activity. Students also learned about the diverse uses of corn from our Ag in the Classroom presenters. Our embryology unit kicked off with the arrival of chicken eggs in each classroom! We are so lucky to have all these extra activities to extend our learning.

FABULOUS 5TH GRADE

Last week, the fifth grade enjoyed a field trip to Joliet Junior College to the Planetarium and Cronin Schoolhouse. We took a ride through the solar system to all the planets in the universe while sitting in comfy, reclining chairs. The students had a chance to walk through the college campus to see what a community college is all about! We also visited the Cronin Schoolhouse, which is now relocated on JJC campus. It is a one-room schoolhouse that holds more than 150 years of history, memories and stories. It was a wonderful day of science and social studies lessons through exploration.


In the upcoming weeks of March, the fifth grade students will be learning to write and interpret numberical expression in math. In reading, we will continue the MyView Series Unit 4 – Liberty. We are preparing for the culminating project-based inquiry, where the students apply their understanding and research skills to problem-solve an issue related to the freedom. In writing, the students are working on editing, revising, and publishing their final versions of their science fiction stories. Lastly, Illinios Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing is right around the corner starting March 9th through April 8th. Please take a moment to look over the test-taking tips to help your child be prepared. Best of luck to all of our students!

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5TH GRADE VISITS THE JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE CRONIN SCHOOLHOUSE AND PLANETARIUM

5TH GRADE TALENT SHOW

TALENT SHOW WINNERS

BAND AND MUSIC NEWS

Fourth grade has been learning their concert songs which are from “A Kid’s Life.” This program’s theme is what kids can do for fun if all technology stopped working. Also, this year we will have several speaking parts for students at the concert. If your child is selected for a speaking part, there will be a permission slip that will need to be submitted to ensure their attendance at the concert. The fourth grade concert is Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm in the Dummer Gym.

Fifth grade has been learning their concert songs which are from the program “Famous African Americans.” In addition to learning their songs, speaking parts have been assigned for students. Similar to fourth grade, there will be a permission slip that will need to be submitted to ensure their attendance at the concert. The fifth grade spring concert is on Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 pm.

5th grade band performed for the school’s talent show on February 14th and had a concert at the middle school on the 25th. Both went very well. Students should be proud of their efforts for a great band this year. We will have one final concert this year towards the end of the year with more information to come.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

March 2nd - 4-2 & 4-6 to Hoover

March 2nd - Dummer Book Fair Raffle Begins. Winner will be announced March 30th.

March 6th - 11:10 AM Dismissal

March 8th - Spring Ahead - Turn Your Clocks Ahead 1 Hour

March 13th - Grandparent Bingo 6:30-8 PM

March 14th - Sports Boosters Trivia Night

March 16th - 20th - Dummer Book Fair

March 18th - 5th Grade to Go For It Sports Dome, Yorkville, IL.

March 18th - Magazine Club 3-4 PM

March 19th - Dummer Spring Concert: 4th Grade 6:30 PM ; 5th Grade 7:30 PM

March 20th - Regular Dismissal

March 23rd thru March 27th - Spring Break

March 30th - School Resumes

March 30th - Dummer Walking Club Begins 3-4 PM

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