Welcome to 22-23, DV Families!
UE/MS August Newsletter
Mr. Blaeser and I are so excited to welcome you back for the best year ever! We have spent the summer cleaning, creating, and preparing for your return, and we can't wait to have you back in our hallways, classrooms, and playgrounds.
This newsletter contains important information, so please review closely for parking lot updates, dress code information, administrative staff directory, visitor expectations, and other important details.
Looking forward to a success-filled year with you!
Ms. Herzog, Principal
Parking Lot - Pick Up/Drop Off procedure
To continuously improve our school-wide processes, and to enhance the safety of our students, we have created a family pick-up/drop-off loop in the UE/MS main parking lot.
You will notice in the picture below, there is a designated entrance for those who are picking up or dropping off students, and a separate bus lane accessible by DV buses only during pick-up/drop-off times. The only access to the UE/MS main parking lot is through the stadium entrance.
UE/MS Student Pick-up/Drop-off Times are as follows:
- 7:15a to 8:30a
- 2:45p to 3:45p
During these times, the bus entrance is closed to public access. The bus lane entrance is available for student pick-up/drop-off and visitors between the hours of 8:30a-2:45p.
The pick-up/drop-off loop should move continuously. If you have a need to wait longer for your child, or plan on entering the building, please find an open space to park in the main UE/MS parking lot to not impede or stop the flow of traffic.
Back to School Reminders
Starting the Day
* 4th and 5th grade students begin their day with breakfast and socialization in the Commons. At 8:20, they are dismissed to go to Morning Meeting.
* 6th-8th grade students begin their day with breakfast and socialization in the Auxiliary Gym. At 8:20, they are dismissed to go to Morning Meeting.
** Electronic devices such as phones and tablets are not allowed in classrooms. If brought to campus, they must stay in the student's locker. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If your child loses an electronic device while at school, it is not the responsibility of Dakota Valley staff to assist in finding the item.
** Wireless earbuds are not allowed. You may provide wired earbuds/headphones for your child to use with permission of the teacher.
* Backpacks and purses are to remain in the lockers during the school day.
Students are prohibited from wearing the following attire:
Clothing displaying indecent, suggestive or profane writing, pictures or slogans
Clothing that advertises or displays alcohol, tobacco or any illegal substance
Any item that covers the head except for safety purposes in industrial arts, religious or cultural beliefs and/or in special situations approved by the principal. This includes caps, hats, hoods, and bandannas.
Bare feet (some type of footwear must be worn)
Shorts may be allowed if appropriate.
Undergarments worn as visible clothing. This includes sports bras, boxers, and other undergarments.
Any clothing that could cause damage to others or school property
Costumes and/or those clothes intended only for entertaining or special occasions except during school-sponsored dress-up days
Bare "midriff" (belly-button) styles, see-through and low-cut blouses, tube tops or strapless tops
Pants and shorts worn below the waist so as to expose undergarments
Students who violate dress code guidelines will be required to correct the violation by changing into something appropriate at school or returning home to change. A detention or suspension may be given to make up the time away from school. Repeated dress code violations may result in more severe consequences.
8th grade drivers are not permitted.
To continue to provide a safe environment for our students and staff, all visitors, including those who come in before school, must sign in at the main UE/MS office to sign in and retrieve a visitor's badge. This badge must be worn at all times while visiting our school. Visitors who are not wearing the visitor's badge, will be escorted to the office.
Our first Panther Assembly will be on August 19th to welcome back all our UE/MS Panthers! During this assembly, the 7th graders will have the opportunity to defend their assembly game trophy.