Frederiksen Panther News 2022-2023

Newsletter 6, January 2023

Dear Frederiksen Families,

I hope that you enjoyed the winter break with your family and friends and found something to do during the very wet weather days! It is now the time in the school year when we begin to see a lot of opportunities for growth in our students. Should you have any concerns or just want to discuss how your child is progressing, please contact your child's teacher. The Frederiksen staff is here to support and work with you to ensure the highest level of learning for your child. Should you have non-classroom questions or ideas to share, please consider attending a School Site Council, Parent Faculty Club, or Principal Coffee & Conversation meeting.

With the winter weather and our small parking lot for drop-off and pick-up, I'd like to remind everyone to please be cautious, go slow, and remain patient as you wait to drop off and pick up your child from our campus. If each driver is observant and looks out for the best interest and safety of everyone, things will go as smoothly as possible. We have had some "close calls" this week and we are certain we can do better if everyone remains diligent. Thank you for your cooperation in this very important safety matter.

With Panther Pride,

Claire Mognaga


Calendar Dates to Note

Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL, MLK Holiday

Wednesday, January 18: School Safety Drill, Shelter in Place & Fire

Thursday, January 19: Bedtime Books, 6:30pm

Friday, January 20: Principal's Coffee & Conversation, 8:25am

January 23-27: Great Kindness Challenge Week

January 25: DUSD Spelling Bee, 6:00pm

February 2: School Site Council (SSC) Meeting, 3:20pm

February 2: Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Meeting, 7:00pm

Spelling Bee Returns to Frederiksen

After a few years on hiatus, we held our Frederiksen Elementary School Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 11 with the top two spellers from each fourth and fifth grade classroom taking the stage to spell words in a total of 13 rounds. We'd like to congratulate our top 3 spellers:

Sally Dare - school champion

Eshu Chintapalli - 2nd place

Shivani Prabaharan - 3rd place

Both Sally and Eshu will represent Frederiksen at the Dublin Unified School District spelling bee on Wednesday, January 25th.

A list of all of our top spellers is below. We are very proud of each and every one of these Panthers! Way to go!

Parker Brisentine

Eshu Chintapalli

Sally Dare

Kamryn Hong

Kenzie Mindoro

Ian Moon

Mark Moore

Annavi Nair

Aria Nair

Naomi Nguyen

Cameron Pauly

Harini Pingali

Logan Saliba

Varshitha Sudhir

Evan Tam

Join us for Bedtime Books!

We are very excited to hold our annual Bedtime Books event! We are going to remain virtual for this event due to the lack of parking and parking lot lighting on our campus at this time but certainly look forward to bringing this event back in person soon. For those of you who are new to this event, it is a time when students can dress in their PJs, grab a stuffed animal/blanket/sleeping bag, etc. and listen to a number of great books being read aloud by our very own Frederiksen staff members! Bedtime Books will be held online next Thursday, January 19, from 6:30-7:30pm. If you would like to attend, please register using the link below and you will then receive the access information for the night of 1/19.

Here is the Bedtime Books registration link:

Frederiksen Student Council

Our Student Council is now up and running with fourth and fifth grade students. We held our elections this week and we'd like to congratulate the following students on their student council positions:

4th Grade = President: Emma, Vice President: Jadyn, Secretary: Evelynn, Treasurer: Julia

5th Grade = President: Yashhvi, Vice President: Shivani, Secretary: Vivie, Treasurer: Mason

All of our student council members who chose to run for a position did a fantastic job!

From the Health Office

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Please click here for a flu guide to parents from the CDC.

From the Counseling Team

In December, we got to practice one of our favorite character traits, Kindness. Kindness is a choice we each have the opportunity to make constantly. It is also one of the few gifts that we could give that grows each time. Scientists have linked using kindness with being happier, so let’s all be kind to ourselves and others.

In January, we will reflect on all the reasons we all have to be grateful. Gratitude is choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world. There is also a strong correlation between the act of practicing gratitude and improved mental health.

From the Attendance Desk

If your child misses school, please be sure to call the attendance line @ 925-828-1037 Ext 2.

Also, when reporting an absence it is helpful to spell your student’s last name.

Attendance 2 Attendance:

Every two weeks DUSD uses ‘Attendance2Attendance’ to pull attendance information for all students. The system will generate attendance letters which will be sent to parents using the district guidelines. Please plan medical appointments and extended trips when school is closed or not in session. Click on the following link for more information.

Why we monitor attendance:

*To maintain communication and build relationships with our students and families. Relationships are key to ensuring learning and instruction.

* To ensure our students are safe and accounted for. Student safety, health and well-being is central to all we do.

* To identify students who may be falling behind academically. Attendance is the number one predictor of student success. If we identify the need early, we can help ensure progress and proficiency.

*To identify students who may need additional support beyond academics. We have resources within the school and District available to serve our students.

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