Eagle Parent Updates
December 17, 2021
Admin Raffle Winner - Ms. Ridgway, Instructional Coach (Other winners include, Ms. DiFrisco (KG), Ms. Thomsen (1st), and Ms. Peterson (SpEd)
Kindergartners engage in experiential learning tied to communities and post offices during library - students deliver mail outside Principal Aponte's office.
Fifth grade student presents his argument with his peers about climate change as part of a debate during ELA.
Finding Joy Within Ourselves & With Our Students
Dear Dawes Families,
As winter break approaches, many might be feeling stretched and juggling a lot right now. I shared with staff that there are days when I feel like I am on a conveyor belt. I am sure many of you are feeling this way, too. It is easy to get caught up with all the demands of keeping our families healthy, managing school and work schedules while hosting or preparing for this holiday season. Meanwhile, as I check in with students, I am remembering the importance of finding joy within myself and sharing that with our Eagles. Many of you know that I am a huge fan of Brené Brown and I recently started reading her new book, "Atlas of the Heart". It has given me lots to think about as we work to remain open-hearted and kind while having to process heavy things. I especially love how she describes joy as "the good mood of the soul". I learned that while experiencing joy, we don't lose ourselves, we become more truly ourselves. With joy, colors seem brighter, physical movements feel freer and easier, and smiling happens involuntarily. Some of you saw me joining students on the swings or going down a slide at the playground and wondered "How much coffee did she drink today?" Truth be told, I made a conscious choice to be vulnerable and share my joy fully with students. As we continue to navigate all that is coming our way, I cannot stress enough the importance of coming off the conveyor belt to find joy in the little things, to be fully present in mind and spirit and to create space for creativity, and wonder with your child. Educators continue to find creative ways to engage students in learning. For example, fifth graders held debates around important topics such as standardized testing and climate change. I can assure you we have some future lawyers at Dawes! As part of their unit on communities, Ms. Perry created opportunities for kindergartners to appreciate and understand the purpose and process of the US Postal Service through a re-enactment of the process. They had a blast! And lastly, we spread some joy to our staff and raffled off prizes each week! When we push away joy, we squander the goodness that we need to build resilience, strength and courage. Next week, we will continue building in opportunities for students and staff to find joy with one another in meaningful ways. Wherever there is joy, there is sure to be an intense feeling of deep connection, happiness, and appreciation.
Important Update: District 65 Test to Stay Protocol
On Wednesday, December 13th, families were informed that D65 will partner with SHIELD to implement a Test to Stay program for students. This will serve as an additional mitigation strategy that is considered low risk and allows more students to remain in school.
Students who participate must:
- be identified as close contact due to exposure at school
- not have any COVID related symptoms
- complete SHIELD test at JEH between 7:30AM - 9:00AM during the week
- complete SHIELD test at JEH on days 1, 3, 5 and 7 after last exposure
- wait for results to come back negative prior to returning to school
- Fully vaccinated students do NOT need to quarantine or participate in Test to Stay unless they become symptomatic. Proof of vaccination card must be submitted to school secretary and nurse if you have not done so already.
- Students participating in Test to Stay will not be able to ride the bus to and from school; attend extracurricular activities that are indoors; and must eat away from the general population
You may access more information here: https://www.district65.net/testtostay
Important Update: SHIELD Testing Cancelled Next Week
Reminder: Report Card Distribution Today!
Families for students in K-2 as well as students who receive special services from interventionists, special education teachers and ESL teachers should also have received report cards narratives and/or progress reports. If you did not receive report card narratives or progress reports from your child's educator or service provider, please reach out to them via email or contact Ms. Quinn or Ms. Aponte for support.
*As a reminder, report card narratives are only for primary students in K-2 as students in intermediate grades are shifting towards student-led conferences and goalsetting.
Winter Wonderland Before Break!
Themes & Activities By Grade Band:
- K-3 - Winter Wonderland
- Students build gingerbread houses at various stations after listening to a read aloud
- Students in K-1 watch "Happy Feet" in the auditorium
- Students in 2-3 watch "Ice Age" in the auditorium
- 4-5 - Winter Olympics
- Students participate in winter themed sports in the gym
- Students in 4-5 watch "Cool Runnings" movie with their classmates
If you would like to volunteer, please use the following form to sign up. Please note that all volunteers must be fully vaccinated:
Staff & Student Spirit Week At Dawes
Monday, December 20 - Twinning or Multiples Day
Tuesday, December 21 - Pajama Day
Wednesday, December 22 - Grade Level Color Day (see colors below)
Thursday, December 23 - Olympic Day / Dawes Swagg or Color Day
Grade Level Colors:
KG - Black
1st - Red
2nd - Blue
3rd - Green
4th - White
5th - Gold
Reminder: Students Must Dress For Winter Weather
Students will continue to go outdoors for recess weather permitting. With the change in weather, it is important for students to come to school with appropriate clothing to play outdoors safely. We are able to provide support for families that do not have winter clothing and/or accessories. Please be sure to contact our social workers Ms. Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Frydman: email@example.com if you are in need of any winter items.