October 14, 2021


  • Upcoming Events
  • Second Cup Of Coffee
  • From the School Counselor
  • From the School Nurse
  • Kit Klub
  • PTO
  • Technology Tips

Upcoming Events


Saturday, Oct. 16th, 9am-1pm

6949 Saint Andrews Road

Columbia, SC


Friday, Oct. 22nd, 7:15am-3pm

7900 Broad River Road

Irmo, SC

On October 22nd, our DFES Relay For Life team will be hosting “Paint DFES Pink!” In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want all students and staff to wear as much pink as possible! Help us show support for Breast Cancer Awareness month! GO ALL OUT WITH PINK!!


Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 9am

This is an online event.

Please join Principal Scott, get an update and have an input on the latest @ DFES. Two times to best fit your schedule, 9:00am & 5:30pm

Join with Google Meet

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 513-783-1801‬ PIN: ‪799 546 707‬#


Dr. Somerall is meeting with 4th and 5th graders to review the District 5 Cell Phone Policy for Elementary Students and the Acceptable Use Agreement for All Students concerning student use of the Chromebook and the district email account.

Together, we want to grow responsible and respectful digital citizens, and we strongly encourage your family to review these policies together and have discussions about your family's expectations for how your child uses the Chromebook, email, and cell phone appropriately, and within the guidelines of D5 Student Code of Conduct.

It may be a good idea for you and your child to login to the email account together during this discussion. If you need help accessing your child's account to have greater oversight of this tool in your home, please contact your child's teacher or Dr. Somerall.

D5 CELL PHONE POLICY for Elementary Students

Students may possess wireless communication devices in school, on school property, during after school activities (e.g. extra-curricular activities) and at school-related functions. However, students may not use wireless devices while on school property during school hours.

Please click the link below to access the entire Acceptable Use Agreement for All Students.

Acceptable Use Agreement for All Students

D5 teachers organize any and all Google Meets. Students should not be sending invitations for Google Meets or using their school account for personal emails or messages. The Acceptable Use Agreement details how these devices and software are to be used for educational and instructional purposes only.

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October 28 – Picture Make-Up Day

October 29 –Student Holiday/Fall Break– Teacher Work Day

October 29 – Parent Conferences

november events

November 1 – School Holiday

November 2 - Report Cards go home

November 7 – Daylight Savings – fall back one hour

November 8 - 12 - Book Fair

November 11 – Early Release at 11:40

November 11 – Magnet Fair at Irmo High 5:30-7:30

November 24-26 – Thanksgiving Break

From The School Counselor:

Hello Families!

Do you know about our Essential Eight program? Here at DFES, each classroom receives one book every month related to a topic that promotes the personal growth and development of our students. Some topics we have explored in the past include responsibility, respect, kindness, growth mindset and cooperation. Teachers and staff also receive a slide presentation that they can use with their students to review and practice these skills.

This year, we will be basing our Essential Eight topics on the book Thrivers by Michele Borba. Thrivers are students who can flourish in our fast paced, digitally driven, often uncertain world. These students demonstrate character traits that allow them to bounce back from their mistakes, and become happier and more successful in life. These teachable skills are self confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance and optimism. You can learn more about exploring these qualities with your student at our Second Cup of Coffee events with Principal Scott. In the meantime, here are some questions to spark discussions with your child about self confidence:

  • What are you proud of yourself for today?

  • What did you learn about yourself today?

  • What difficult decision did you make today? What made it a challenging choice?

  • What strengths did you use today?

  • What positive choices did you make today?

  • How did you give back to the world today? How did that make others feel?

  • How did you show your best self today?

  • How could you make tomorrow even better?

I hope you will make some time to talk with your child about their school day. You may both learn from the conversation. Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s experiences here at DFES. I’ll be happy to help!

Sara Beckman

DFES school counselor


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From The School Nurse:

I am Michelle Mitchell, it is my honor to be your child’s school nurse. My goal is to promote and support your child's health needs throughout the school day. I have been a registered nurse for 23 years caring for patients throughout their lifespan. Board-certified in holistic health, I believe that optimal health is driven by wellness, education and disease prevention. I recently moved from New Jersey to Chapin, SC with my husband Gregg , 2 children, Dylan and Stephanie and our family pet Hunter, our 3 year old dog. I look forward to helping your child have a safe and healthy educational experience this year.

Please feel free to contact me via email or phone.


Michelle Mitchell, BSN, RN HN-BC

tel.# 803-476-3906

From The Health Room:

We are experiencing an increase in students coming to school with symptoms of possible illness. Please reference the LexRich5 Symptom Screening Checklist. If your child is having these symptoms, please keep them home and consult with your healthcare provider or school nurse. We realize that we have entered the season of allergies and other illnesses, so we all have to work together right now to make the best decisions.

Thank you for all of your support and cooperation.

Kit Klub

Early Release Days

Kit Klub is now registering students for the November 11th Early Release Day. If you are interesting in registering your child for this day please fill out the form below & email Cissy Graham by November 9th for the 11/11 Early Release Day. In order to ensure the safety of students and staff, students must register in advance for early release days. Students will not be allowed to attend Kit Klub if they have not been registered in advance.

  • Early Release Day fee will be an extra $15 per child for the week for Kit Klub students. $25 fee per child for Non-Kit Klub Students.

  • NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED, unless the session is cancelled and then the account will be credited.

A completed registration form & payment must be on file with the program prior to attendance.



Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fall Fundraiser! We appreciate all of the support and for helping make this fundraiser a success.

If your family has not returned the Fundraiser Coupon Book, please return as soon as possible or send in a payment, check or cash of $20.00 to DFES PTO.


"Proud to be a Title I School"

7900 Broad River Rd.

Irmo, SC 29063