The Dodge Dish
February 2, 2024
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL NELSON
The 7 Mindsets theme for February is an Attitude of Gratitude which helps learners focus on the positives in their lives. The Attitude of Gratitude Mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. In these lessons, we guide students to focus on all the things they have, leaving no time to be distracted by what they don’t.
The 4 critical components of Attitude of Gratitude listed below. Families can learn more about these components here.
- Treasure Yourself
- Be More Grateful
- Thank It Forward
- Elevate Your Perspective
As a reminder, 24-25 registration is occurring both at FHS and DMS. Incoming 7th and 8th grade families can find information on the DMS Registration Website. Registration forms are due to Transitions teachers on Wednesday, February 7th.
Finally, we would like to invite all of our families to the DMS Celebration of Learning on Thursday, March 7th from 4:15-7:15. We are excited for learners to celebrate and showcase all they have learned this year in classes.
Have a great weekend!
Andy Nelson, Principal
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AMERICAN INDIAN FAMILY ENGAGEMENT EVENT
Farmington Public Schools will host an American Indian Family engagment event on Saturday, February 3rd from 12:00-3:00 PM. Information and how to RSVP can be found below.
FREE DENTAL CARE APPOINTMENTS
Friday, Feb. 2 & Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
Give Kids a Smile is a charitable outreach program that provides free dental care to underserved children (typically ages 3-18). Dental clinics throughout the state volunteer to provide these services during Children’s Dental Health Month.
WHEN IS IT?
February 2 and 3, 2024
(Some clinics hold events on alternative dates.)
Volunteer dental clinics across the state.
HOW ARE APPOINTMENTS MADE?
Families can locate a participating clinic by visiting www.mndental.org/gkas or contacting the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 or texting the zip code to 898-211.They can then contact the clinic directly to schedule an appointment.
7 MINDSETS FEBRUARY THEME - ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Be More Grateful – We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in life. If we focus on the positive things, they expand and guide us down the path to our dreams. If we spend our time in regret, jealousy, and anger, then the negatives multiply and we likely find our dreams sidelined and our goals unattained. We must simply be more grateful, reflecting as much as possible on the good things we have in our lives now, as well as those that are coming to us.
Thank It Forward – One of the best and quickest ways to feel better and become happier is to do something for someone else. And the easiest as well as one of the most powerful things we can do for someone is express gratitude for who they are and what they mean to us. Thanking someone provides two wonderful gifts: it makes the other person feel good, and it makes us happy at the same time.
Elevate Your Perspective – People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all situations, even those that seem completely negative. When we do this, we get better, learn, and grow in essential ways that help us to live richer and fuller lives.
EVERY MEAL - WEEKEND MEAL PROGRAM
How to access Every Meal at Dodge:
Stop at Dodge Middle School and pick up a food bags located in the west facing entry way, door 17 (pool doors). Enroll online for your Dodge student(s) to receive food bags in their locker(s) each week, typically on Fridays – sign up using the link below.
Contact Jen Hogan with any questions or to discuss other pick-up options at 651-460-1598 or email@example.com
- Free for all families
- No qualifications required
- No contact information collected
- Families may participate in the program at any time throughout the school year
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DMS WEBSITE AND DODGE DISH
Please take some time to visit the DMS Website where you will find an abundance of helpful information to support your middle school student. Dodge Dish is an electronic publication that you will receive via email every week from our principal Mr. Nelson and the Dodge Dish is always available on the DMS website under “Social Media”. It is very helpful to take time to read through this publication to keep updated on upcoming events and happenings.
INFINITE CAMPUS MOBILE APPS
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If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Dodge Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1505 before 10:00 am each day of the absence. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, an automated phone call will be placed letting you know your student has been marked absent from school. To request a pre-excused absence, a parent/guardian needs to complete the online “Request to Waive Unexcused Status of Absence” form. This link can also be accessed by visiting the Dodge Middle School webpage under “QUICK LINKS” and “Pre-Arranged Student Absence”.