Denton Classical Academy - July 31, 2022
Denton Classical Academy
Seek to provide an excellent and distinctively classical education that pursues knowledge, promotes virtue, and prepares students for prosperous lives in a free society.
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
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
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.
Denton Classical Academy
Skyward Parent Portal
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.
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
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.
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:
This applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications, including cough drops.
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.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessments - August 1-2
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.
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.
- 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...
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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DCA Student Calendar in Google
Volunteering at Denton Classical Academy
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
Venmo - @DentonClassical-AcademyPTO
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