Knightly News

Denton Classical Academy - July 31, 2022

Denton Classical Academy

Our Mission

Seek to provide an excellent and distinctively classical education that pursues knowledge, promotes virtue, and prepares students for prosperous lives in a free society.


ResponsiveEd Mission

To provide hope for students through educational options that promote a free society and cultivate moral and academic excellence.

What's Happening at DCA

*New or UPDATED information


August

1-2 - Kindergarten Assessments

5-7 - Texas Tax Free weekend

*6 - Kindergarten Meet-up (sponsored by PTO)

8 - Meet The Teacher

11 - First Day of School

16 - Curriculum Night

23 - Solving The Math Mystery with Mrs. Scott


September

5 - Labor Day - Student / Staff Holiday

10 - Patriot Day

12 - Grandparents Day at DCA

12-14 - Fall Book Fair (Tentative)

20 - Student Picture Day

Note From The Director...

Dear Knight Families,


We are in the final days of summer. If you are anything like me, it includes last minute shopping for uniforms, school supplies and all of those other school related things that always seemed to be needed “later.” Well “later” is almost here. We have a lot of information in this newsletter, so I will keep this message brief. We are so grateful to have you coming to DCA this school year and we look forward to seeing you all soon.


Best Regards,


Mrs. Scott


Campus Director

Denton Classical Academy

Skyward Parent Portal

ResponsiveEd has launched a new Parent Portal engagement tool for the 2022-23 school year by partnering with Skyward. The tool is named Family Access, and parents of fully enrolled students whose enrollments have synced with Skyward have been assigned permission to use it to further interact with the faculty and staff of the school.


Family access provides insight into your student's assignments, grades, report cards, and attendance records. In addition, you will use the Family Access to make payments for applied school activity fees or complete online forms required by your school administration.


Emails were sent to parents and guardians about this on Wednesday, July 27, which provided account usernames and a reset password link which is good for 24 hours. The email also provided links to job aids and videos on using Family Access. Technical difficulties with Family Access requires a Service Ticket, and a link for submitting one was included as well. The email was titled "Skyward Q: Family Access Login Account Information." If you do not see it in your inbox, check your spam folder.


We are hopeful that with the launch of Skyward, communication between school and parents/guardians will be streamlined providing better communication. Your teachers and office staff are also in learning mode with this new system.

DON'T FORGET!!!!

**With a Sharpie pen, please put your child's name on all clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles!!** Many jackets, lunch boxes, and water bottles are donated to Goodwil each year because we do not know which students they belong to. Also, any school supplies which are specifically for your student (binder, etc.) and not part of a classroom supply (paper towels, wipes, etc.).

2022-2023 School Year Specifics

Meet the Teacher: Monday, August 8 (See entry below for specific times)

First Day: Thursday, August 11

Doors Open for Students: 7:30 am

School Begins: 7:50 am

Tardy: 7:50 am (if not seated in classroom)

Release for Kinder & 1st grades: 3:15 pm

Release for 2nd - 5th grades: 3:25 pm

(NOTE: Families who have children in both release times should pick up all children at 3:25 pm.)

Tax-free Weekend, August 5-7

Most items of clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (sold for less than $100) will be tax-free during the 2022 Texas Sales Tax Holiday. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from August 5-7 from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free. For more information, please check out this article from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Tax Free Weekend

Accessing Your Student's STAAR Scores

Parents of last year's 3rd - 5th graders may look up their student's STAAR Scores:


1) Log into STAAR Parent Portal: https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login


2) Click on "Look Up Unique Access Code."


3) Enter your child's First Name, SS number, and birthdate.


4) Click on "GO."


5) (If Access Code Look Up Successful) Click on "Go" again.

STUDENT HEALTH OFFICE

STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA

ASTHMA Students with a diagnosis of Asthma, MUST have an Asthma Action Plan in the school health office. This must be signed by both parent and doctor. On doctor's orders, students with asthma must have an inhaler brought to the office along with medication paperwork. Asthma Action Plans and medication paperwork may also be accessed in the following link.

https://www.dentonclassical.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1998462&type=d&pREC_ID=2194442

Parents must check these into the office for their students before the first day of school. Students are not allowed to have medications in their possession while on campus


***PLEASE BRING SIGNED ASTHMA ACTION PLANS, MEDICATIONS, AND MEDICATION PAPERWORK TO MEET-THE-TEACHER ON AUGUST 8. STUDENTS WITH ASTHA WHO HAVE NOT SUBMITTED ASTHMA ACTION PLANS AND MEDICATIONS FOR LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO START SCHOOL ON AUGUST 11.***

STUDENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES: Students with life-threatening allergies (peanuts, etc.) MUST have an Allergy Action Plan on file with the school health office. This form must be signed by both parent and doctor. On doctor's orders, students with life-threatening allergies must have an Epi-Pen and/or Benedryl in the health office along with medication paperwork. Allergy action plans and medication paperwork may be accessed in the following link on our website:

https://www.dentonclassical.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1998462&type=d&pREC_ID=2194442 Parents must check these into the office before the first day of school. Students are not allowed to have medications in their possession while on campus.


***PLEASE BRING SIGNED ALLERGY ACTION PLANS, MEDICATIONS, AND MEDICATION PAPERWORK TO MEET-THE-TEACHER ON AUGUST 8. STUDENTS WITHOUT ACTION PLANS AND MEDICATIONS FOR LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO START SCHOOL ON AUGUST 11.***

STUDENTS REQUIRING MEDICATION WHILE AT SCHOOL

Medication and signed medication paperwork must be brought to the school office by a parent. We cannot accept medications from students. Medication paperwork may be assessed on following link on our website:

https://www.dentonclassical.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1998462&type=d&pREC_ID=2194442

This applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications, including cough drops.

Car Tags

The parents of each student will be given two car tags for that student with their unique number on it. Car tags will be distributed at Meet-the-Teacher on August 8. Parents and others MUST have their student(s)' car tags displayed from their rearview mirror in afternoon carline in order to pick up their child. Those who do not have their car tag will be asked to park and come inside the office with their driver's license to look up their pick-up credentials and be issued a one-use only temporary car tag. Then the parent must get back into car line to pick up their child(ren). PLEASE do not fail to pick up your car tags at Meet-the-Teacher.

Required Summer Reading

All K-5 Denton Classical Academy students have required summer reading. The 2022 Summer Reading Lists may be found on our website.


  • K-2 students will be working on a class project the first week of school relating to the stories in their respective book.
  • Grades 3-5 students will need to complete their respective assignment and turn it in by August 17th.

School Backpacks and Lunchboxes

School backpacks and lunch boxes may be of any color. Themes must be age-appropriate.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessments - August 1-2

Kindergarten Assessments will be at the school on Monday and Tuesday, August 1 & 2. This will be a fun one-on-one meeting with one of our kindergarten teachers. There is NO need for any kind of preparation. Kinder parents have been sent a Sign-Up Genius to sign up for their day/time. Time Slots are in 30 minute increments.


Kinder parents, please sign your child up and do so as soon as possible in order to obtain a favorable time. If you are a Kinder parent but did not receive the Sign-Up Genius in your email, please let the school office know. These assessments are necessary in order for the kindergarten teachers to have a good idea of where their young students are in their understanding. This is also a wonderful time for the students and kindergarten teachers to meet.

Meet The Teacher - Monday, August 8

Meet the Teacher Night will be Monday, August 8th between 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The following schedule is suggested in order to allow easier access to parking spaces.


  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM - KINDERGARTEN
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM - FIRST & SECOND GRADES
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM - THIRD, FOURTH, & FIFTH GRADES


School supplies which were ordered in May or June will be available on Meet the Teacher night. If you did not pre-purchase school supplies, please bring your school supplies to the classroom this night.

School Uniforms

We are fast approaching the start of school. This is our uniform supplier's busiest time of the year. You may expect a longer turn-around from order to fulfillment during the summer. If you have not yet purchase your school uniforms for the fall, don't wait to do so. Please go to https://www.sanbaystudio.com/ to order new uniform shirts and jackets. Click on the "Web Store;" then click on Denton Classical Academy for our Uniform Page.


Additionally, our PTO will be having a used uniform sale on the evening of August 8 during Meet-the-Teacher night. You may purchase gently used uniforms at a significant cost savings.


Our uniform policy is stated on our website here; scroll down to U/V/W. Please become familiar with the dress code expected for our students.

We're Hiring!

We still have a few available positions to fill for the upcoming school year.
  • Paraprofessional
  • Office Aide (part-time)


Check out the RES Careers Page to learn more. Please contact Mrs. Scott or the Front Office with any specific questions.

FROM THE DENTON CLASSICAL PTO...

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Mrs. Linda Garretson, Registrar

One of the first faces you will see upon entering the school is our school secretary and Registrar, Linda Garretson. Born on June 28 in Waco, Texas, she actually considers Austin her hometown since she spent her first five years there while her dad was attending the University of Texas. After his graduation, her family moved to Salt Lake City where she started school. She remembers snowy winters, tobogganing down tall, steep hills, and building snow forts and snowmen. Since her family moved every year or two until she was in Middle School, she grew used to being the “new” kid in her classes.


Her parents finally settled down in Colleyville, Texas, right before she started Middle School. As a clarinet player, she LOVED being a part of the marching band in high school. She also enjoyed writing articles for the school newspaper and tutoring younger students as part of the NHS (National Honor Society). An unusual fact about Mrs. Garretson is that she received a motorcycle for Christmas as a freshman in high school and received her motorcycle license the next summer. She still holds a valid motorcycle license to this day. Mrs. Garretson’s first job was working as a barker at Six Flags over Texas, which helped her overcome her shyness.


Mrs. Garretson attended college at the University of Texas in Austin and at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), earning a BS in Counselor Education. Just two weeks before graduation, she met the love of her life, Chuck, on a blind date. Exactly one year later - to the day - they tied the knot and began their lives together. In two years, a bouncing brown-eyed baby girl named Alicia joined them followed three years later by her blond and blue-eyed brother, Matthew. For many years, life was full of baseball games, school work, church & youth group activities, musicals, and loads of fun. This year, the Garretsons celebrated 40 years of marriage.


Family is very important to Mrs. Garretson and she and Chuck enjoy spending time with their grown children, Alicia and her husband, Bill, as well as Matthew and his wife, Christen. Between the two families, they have seven grandchildren who are the apples of their eyes – Pruett, Piper, Michael, Greer, Easton, Everett, and Reese.



In her spare time, Mrs. Garretson enjoys reading, playing board games, camping, and having lots of fun with the grandchildren. Mrs. Garretson loves her job and enjoys interaction with teachers, students, staff, and parents. She feels that she couldn’t find a better place to work. Please stop by her desk and say hello when you are in the school building.

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We are Hiring!

We are hiring a Special Education Aide for next school year. Visit https://responsiveed.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=7967 to learn more and apply!

Interested in Being a Substitute Teacher?

We're hiring Substitute Teachers at our campus here at Denton Classical Academy. We invite you to visit here to learn more and apply!

DCA Student Calendar in Google

For those who use the Google suite, we have created a DCA Student Calendar. Please use the below link if you wish to add this calendar to your Google Account:


Google Calendar

Volunteering at Denton Classical Academy

We LOVE our volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include Field Day, field trip chaperone, Book Fair, Fun Food Friday, class parent, class parties, etc.


Each year our parents, grandparents, and other adults who wish to volunteer are required to submit their application to be a DCA volunteer. Once the background check is finished, we will inform you of your status. You may apply to be a DCA volunteer when the new application form is ready from our home office. We will post the link here and on our website.

DCA Parent Teacher Organization

DCA's PTO is a non-profit group of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students. Connect with us on Facebook. Join our email list to gain access to the PTO online calendar, receive email updates, and more!


Venmo - @DentonClassical-AcademyPTO

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Amazon School Rewards

Use this link when ordering through Amazon and DCA will receive 4-10% of sales at NO cost to you.

Box Tops for Education

Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

Coca Cola Rewards

Donate your cap codes with Coca-Cola Give to give back and support teachers in their time of need.

Kroger Community Rewards

This program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.