Dumfries Dispatch

A Caring Learning Community Celebrating Diversity

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents,


Happy 2020! A new year brings an opportunity to set new goals. I encourage our wonderful Dumfries community to set a goal to become engaged with our school. Come attend a PTO meeting and see how you can partner with our teachers to support our school.


Join us at school events such a Skate Night (January 21) or Math Night (January 30). Why not volunteer in your child's classroom or help with our Spring Carnival? We welcome all families and would appreciate your partnership!


On January 24, 2020, students will be released at 12:20 P.M. The afternoon of January 24, 2020 is for Parent Teacher Conferences. Please take this time to connect with your child's classroom teacher and set up a conference to discuss his/her progress. Report Cards will be coming home on February 4th.


Thank you for all you are doing to support your child's learning.


Sincerely,

Anita S. Magrath

Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, January 24, 2020 after school. Please feel welcome to reach out to your student’s teacher to set up a time that works with your schedule. Email addresses for staff are available on the Dumfries Elementary website, or you may contact the front office for assistance. Teachers can also be reached via phone.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

It is very important that students attend school every day. When a child is not in school, it impacts their learning. Any student absence requires written communication from the parent with the reason for not attending. This can be via a written note, email, or other written communication with the teacher. An absence cannot be excused without a note. Notes must be sent in within 5 days of the student’s absence to excuse. We appreciate your phone calls to inform us of your child’s absence. Please follow-up with a note. If you have any questions, contact the front office.

Family Fun Math Night

Thursday, Jan. 30th, 6pm

3990 Cameron Street

Dumfries, VA

Join us for Family Fun Math Night on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 P.M.! This is a special event for students and parents! This is an opportunity to learn to play a game, and take one home with you! There will also be fun math and technology centers for all grade levels! FREE dinner will be served for all under age 18 starting at 5:30. Adults may purchase dinner for $3.50 with CASH ONLY. We will also provide snacks for all during the event! Hope to see you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Middle School Specialty Programs Deadline

The deadline for submitting middle school specialty program applications is Saturday, February 1, 2020. Please see the link below for the application and for more details:

https://www.pwcs.edu/academics___programs/specialty_programs/middle_school_programs

STUDENT NEEDS

Does your family have a need? At Dumfries, we are committed to a family environment. If there is a need for your children, such as clothes, hats, shoes, or anything else, please reach out to our guidance counselor, Ms. Clover. She can be reached at clovermm@pwcs.edu or (703)221-3101.

Student Snacks

We encourage families to send a snack with your student. Some classrooms have a scheduled snack time daily. While older grades may not have a scheduled time, students are welcome to eat one, when necessary.

Give Kids A Smile

Friday, Feb. 7th, 10am

13555 Wellington Center Circle

Gainesville, VA

Provide free, easily accessible dental services to qualifying individuals.


*Only patients with no insurance
*Only ages 1-18 years old


Raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease and create local partnerships to increase access to oral health care. To see if you qualify for this event please contact our office!


Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry
13555 Wellington Center Circle #105
Gainesville, VA 20155
703.754.1580

Registration and Transfer Information for the 2020-2021 SY

Kindergarten Registration
April 2 and April 16, 2020
10 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.


Transfer Season

January 6 – April 30, 2020


Call the school, or email Ms. Smith at smithcd@pwcs.edu with any questions. You can also visit the PWCS enrollment website here.

Library Books

There are many library books that are overdue! It is important that students carry their library books in their backpack each day for silent reading, and for class trips to the library. Fines are attached to books that are not turned in. Please remind your student to return their books and check out new ones!

Volunteers Needed!

We are currently seeking parents that may be interested in helping by volunteering in our cafeteria during lunch. Our lunches begin at 11:00 A.M., and end at 1:15 P.M. Please contact smithcd@pwcs.edu if you are interested. We appreciate your help!


Our PTO is also looking for parent volunteers for our Spring Carnival! The Carnival will be in April. Please contact Ms. Muldrow-Blunder at mmuldrowblun@fcps.edu if you are interested!

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, January 20

NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 21

Skate Night @ Skate N Fun Zone
6:30-8:30 P.M.

Friday, January 24

Early Dismissal for Students @ 12:20 P.M./Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, January 27

NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday

Thursday, January 30

Family Fun Math Night, 6 P.M.
Dinner will be served for students!

Tuesday, February 4

Report Cards sent home with students

Friday, February 7

First Semester Awards Assemblies

Tuesday, February 11

5:00 P.M. – Advisory Meeting
6:00 P.M. – PTO Meeting

Friday, February 21

Father/Daughter Dance, 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, February 25

Principal’s Coffee, 4:00-5:00 P.M.
Dinner will be served for students!
Child care provided!

Wednesday, February 26

Science and Social Studies Night Grades 3-5, 6:00 P.M.
Dinner will be served for students!