Dudley EL News!

See What We Are Up To This Week At Dudley Elementary

What a Weekend!

  • We have a new President Elect
  • There was an EARTHQUAKE
  • It was 75 degrees in November, with 70s expected most of the week!
  • We knew 2020 was going to be wild...what will happen next?

Upcoming Events Sponsored by our Wonderful PTO

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Drive Through Flu Clinic

I heard our drive through clinic was a huge success! We hope you were able to partake in this event. As a reminder, all students need to have a flu shot by December 31th. Documentation should be sent to our school nurse, Kathleen Wilson (kwilson1@dcrsd.org)

If you were not able to attend the clinic, no worries. Flu shots are available at most local pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens) as well as by calling your pediatrician's office.

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Governor Baker and Commissioner Riley's Update

On Friday, Governor Baker held a press conference to outline the need for tightening our mitigating practices in public in order to keep schools and businesses open. As part of his announcements, he was joined by the Commissioner of Education, Jeff Riley. During Commissioner Riley's speech, he discussed the need to get our kids back in school. Both the Governor and Commissioner realize how hard the circumstances surrounding re-openings have been in our communities. They also realize how important schools are to students' social emotional health and well being.

Here in the DCRSD, we take both the Governor and Commissioner's statements very seriously and will be working tirelessly to make changes to our current models in order to evolve from our reopening plan.

I am looking forward to thinking outside the box on how to best meet the needs of our students and families.

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Early Grades Literacy Grant

You may have heard Dr. Brian Ackerman talk about our Early Grades Literacy Grant we were awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education during the past few School Committee Meetings. This grant allows us to learn about and implement scientifically based instructional practices in Literacy K-3 across the district. As a function of this grant, we will be:

  • working with a highly qualified literacy consultant
  • using instructional and assessment practices that are scientifically based
  • piloting new curriculum in English Language Arts that is endorsed by the MA DESE

I am happy to say that the work has already begun and the teachers have been all in on the learning. I continue to be impressed by their quest for knowledge and the continuous drive to do what works for our students' learning.

I am truly looking forward to learning more alongside our staff from this grant! Thank you DESE!

Instructional Support Team

Did You Know?

Did you know we have a committee at DES know as the "Instructional Support Team" or IST for short? The function of IST is to provide a peer-led collaborative group to help problem solve student learning and behavioral issues in the classroom. Teachers initiate IST meetings for students who may be struggling for a variety of reasons. Teachers historically have many talents when it comes to helping students in the classroom, but there are times when you feel like you could use little peer problem solving support for recommendations on what to try next. This is where the IST team comes in! The team is comprised of teachers that represent a cross section of the school and who have a great deal to offer in the way of strategies and solutions to some of the toughest problems.

If a student is going to be brought to the IST team, parents are notified ahead of time by the teacher. If you receive such notification, rest assured your student is in good hands, and we will be putting our heads together to see what will help them be successful.

I am pleased to have the ability to bring this team together, and to be part of the problem solving team myself.

Just a REMINDER, there will be NO SCHOOL on WEDNESDAY, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day

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