Dixon Elementary

October 2017 National Bullying Prevention Month

September ReCap

September was a dynamic month for Dixon Elementary School. Your children are learning and practicing being a leader at school and in the community through The Leader In Me program. In September we also enjoyed seeing so many of our families at McTeacher Night at our local McDonald's. Thank you so much for your support! On September 28th Dixon Elementary was officially recognized as a Global School. Being distinguished as a Global School is a remarkable achievement for an elmentary school. At Dixon Elementary we are proud of this accomplishment and look forward to continuing educating children to become global citizens.

Parents, please remember that if your child requires a change in transportation, those changes must be in writing. Your note requesting a transportation change must include the date, your child’s full name, the teacher’s name. If it is a change in the bus your child is riding, please include the address your child should be taken to that day. Thank you so much! Your child's safety is a top concern for all of us.

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten has chosen to focus on Kindness as our Global Issue this year. We will learn how to show kindness to our friends, and how to use kindness as a lens for viewing our friends around the world. We will have a Kindness Tree. It will grow as we add our Random Acts of Kindness as the leaves. Our tree will change seasonally, giving lots of opportunities for leaders to show their kindness. We will use websites such as: wedolisten.org and spreadkindness.org to help us explore ways to be kind and why it is such a valuable leadership quality. This is a new adventure for the team so we will share more information at a later date. We thank all our families for such a great start to the school year. We really appreciate all the supplies, support, understanding and help you give us and your children! We look forward to seeing you on October 5th for Open House. Each kindergarten teacher will have a brief meeting starting promptly at 5:00 to give parents more details about the coming year. From 5:30-7:00 you are invited to explore your child's classroom and school with your child..... on a Pete the Cat Scavenger Hunt. Due to an increase in the number of students in kindergarten, we are happy to welcome a new staff member to our kindergarten team of teachers! Alyson Sparkman recently moved from Florida to Sneads Ferry. This is her seventh year as a kindergarten teacher; Ms. Sparkman was inspired to be a teacher by her own kindergarten teacher!

First Grade News

It’s going to be a Spooktacular Month in First Grade! In Reading this month first graders will be continuing to review and discuss reading strategies along with how to respond to a text. In writing they will practice going through the writing process as they work on narrative writing. First graders will continue working on short vowels during word study. This month in math they will work on addition strategies, solving addition word problems, and place value. Their science unit this month will focus on Forces and Motion. The FirstiesFeedTheWorld campaign is off to a great start- first graders have already earned 18,000 grains of rice to help end world hunger. They will conclude the month of October with a fabulously fun field trip to Old River Farm in Burgaw.

Second Grade News

Second grade students have completed benchmark assessments and second grade teachers will begin scheduling parent conferences this month. Now that these assessments are completed second grade students will apply Habit 2, BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND and set WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) to lead them to success this year. This month second graders will become experts on using their schema and context clues to decode and comprehend when reading. They will continue to become global leaders by learning about our government systems and the value of government services to communities. Second Graders are also looking forward to a visit from our local sheriff Hans Miller during the month of October

Third Grade News

Third grade has kicked off the year by learning about Africa and the country each class has chosen to focus their global learning. They have learned the similarities and differences between schools here in America and those in Africa. Students have been learning about the 7 Habits and how they help create leaders in and out of the classroom. These are skills that will aid our third graders in being successful throughout the school year. These habits also strengthen our classroom communities.

Third graders havealso been learning foundational strategies in reading and math that help them to answer questions related to text; from clue words, model drawing, checking their work, and constructing written responses. Please join us at Open House, at 5:00 Thursday afternoon, in the gym for the Read to Achieve Meeting. We will return to our classrooms following the presentation. Due to an increase in the number of students in the third grade, we are excited to have formed an additional third grade classroom and to welcome a new staff member to our third grade team of teachers! Abigail Tracy graduated from the University of Northern Coloradeo in May and is honored to join the Dixon family. Her students would be surprised to learn that Ms. Tracy kite boards!

Fourth Grade News

Fourth grade will be working on opinion and narrative writings. They will also be working on goal-setting. After receiving our interim reports,students will be setting individual goals for the remainder of the nine weeks. Students will team up with "accountability partners" to help each student reach their goals. We look forward to continuing to delve into the historyof North Carolina, and will begin reading some great novels in class. Fourth graders will continue to study our chosen countries as we work towards being more globally aware.

Take a note of these important dates in October......

5: Open House 5:00-7::00 p.m. and Book Fair Preview

6: Book Fair

9: Teacher Workday, School Closed for Students

10: Book Fair

11: Last Day of Book Fair

19: Early Release Day. Students dismissed at 12:30

23: Red Ribbon Week Begins! Wear your favorite team's jersey or shirt

24: Red Ribbon Week Continues! Dress for your future career

25: Red Ribbon Week Unity Day! Wear Orange!

National Bullying Prevention Day

26: Red Ribbon Week continues! Wear your favorite super hero shirt or outfit (NO MASKS OR WEAPON ACCESSORIES ALLOWED)

27: Last Day of Red Ribbon Week! Wear Red!

Counselors' Corner

October 23-27th is Red Ribbon Week. To show support and promote making healthy choices we will sponsor themed spirit days during this week.

Themed day schedule

Monday Oct 23rd- Wear your favorite team jersey or shirt.

Tuesday Oct 24th-Dress up for your future career.

Wednesday Oct 25th- Unity Day- Wear orange!

Thursday Oct 26th- Wear your favorite super hero shirt or outfit ( Masks and weapon accessories are not allowed ).

Friday Oct 27th- Wear Red to support Red Ribbon Week!

October is National Bullying prevention month, October 25th is Unity Day.

Wear Orange to stand together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Mrs. Carrell's Fourth Grade Class Skypes with a Teacher in Iceland
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