Isbell Elementary

Loving Every Minute of Learning

Dodson’s Dish

I have seen so much learning in our building this week. I had the opportunity to watch our 2nd graders revise their sentences. They were not just revising to make a better sentence. They were specifically revising to focus on their word choice.

Writing is such an important skill. All of us write for many different purposes each day. As a parent, you can encourage your young writers at home by having them complete some of the following activites:

  • Let your child use writing tools such as pencils, washable markers, chalk, and crayons. Gather and organize these materials, along with some paper, in a box that your child can decorate and have access to.
  • Have a family blog or online scrapbook.
  • Encourage your child to use drawing to express ideas and tell stories.
  • Show your child that written words are a part of daily life. From grocery lists and email messages to billboards and signs in stores, writing is everywhere!
  • Have a family mailbox and write letters to each other. We all love nice friendly notes.
  • Let your child play dough for hands-on practice shaping letters of the alphabet.
  • Help your child create a pretend menu using pictures of food from newspapers and magazines
  • Use a family message board as an exciting way to involve children in writing with a purpose.


Have fun writing!


Educationally Yours,


Serita Dodson


Isbell Happenings

Attention all families,

We need your pictures!! The PE bulletin board will be showcasing our awesome students participating in their favorite activities to stay fit and healthy. We would like each student to bring in a picture of them exercising, playing sports, cooking healthy meals or engaging in any activity to stay fit.

Bring your pictures to the gym and receive a pride ticket for being Responsible!


Calling all Isbell Artist!!

How would you like to have your artwork on the cover of the Yearbook? Enter the Yearbook Cover Art Contest!

This year’s theme is: Known For……. What do you think Isbell is most known for?

Create a drawing based around this theme.


Yearbook Cover Art Contest Rules

1. Use a sheet of blank white copy paper for your drawing.

2. Make sure the drawing is vertical.

3. Make your drawing bright and colorful!

4. Use markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, etc.

5. Put your name and your teachers name on the back of your artwork.

6. Take your time and be CREATIVE!


Submissions must be received by the end of the school day on October 19th. Bring submissions to Mrs. Dugas. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Winners will be voted on by students in your child’s grade level and the top two from each grade level will be part of the Yearbook Cover design!

Voting will take place on October 24th!

Tips for quality artwork:

1. Start lightly with pencil so it is easy to erase.

2. Make sure everything is brightly colored.

3. Outline with bright markers or sharpie.

4. Make sure everything is spelled correctly.


Upcoming Dates

October 14th- 4th Grade @ Field Trip to Storytelling

October 17th - 21st- Book Fair in the library 7:20 am - 4:00 pm daily!

October 18th- Kinder @ the Pumpkin Patch

October 19- Isbell Cane’s Day (Go meet Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. Barefoot, Mrs. Nagy, Mrs. Reeves, Mrs. Mesina, Mrs. Knapp, and Mrs. Pacheco for dinner.

October 24 - 28- Red Ribbon Week

October 27th- Report Cards Sent Home

October 28th- GMI, Come check out Rowdy!

October 31st- Capes and Tiaras.. Will you be a king, queen, or super hero. Dress up as your favorite.

November 4th- Fall Carnival

Isbell PTA News

We have had a lot of well received feedback regarding the amount of emails that are sent home. As a campus, we always try to streamline information. I know it can be a lot of information to read at once. We will do our best to send one whole campus email a week. Please understand that there may be times when you get an additional email from the campus due to unexpected need to know information. The PTA Newsletter will be attached to the SMORE Newsletter weekly. Please refer to the link in the original email for the PTA Newsletter.
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