Dates to Remember
September 15-October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
September 19th: Bus Safety Posters due for the contest
Ms. Newton's Notes
Hello DMS Families!
Soon you will receive a packet in the mail. Included in the packet is your child's midterm grades. Please review them with your child. You will also receive the Title I Handbook. Please read these documents and sign the last page to return. Contact teachers or myself with any questions or concerns.
Hispanic Heritage Month
This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Students learned about the importance during Dragon Time and created art of important Hispanic people. Here is a link with more information: Hispanic Heritage Month
September Peanut Butter Drive
The peanut butter drive continues. So far we have collected 21 jars for families in need! Keep it up! Thank you for your support.
This week, our midterm grade reports will be coming home. As you look through your child’s grades, please feel free to reach out to their teachers for any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is to continue to have frequent conversations with our families as a critical component to each child’s education. Please reach out if you have not heard from your child’s teachers.
September is National Preparedness Month. Here at FSDB, we have an Incident Command Team that has FEMA training who meets on a regular basis to review plans for emergency events and to ensure that FSDB is ready and prepared in the event of an emergency. The team consists of administrators and representatives from all departments. The team reviews drill responses and is ready to respond in the event of a crisis. It works in collaboration with St. John’s County emergency responders. September is a good time to review your family’s emergency crisis plan, change fire alarm batteries, and update any hurricane supplies in the event of a hurricane this season. For more information on National Preparedness Month, go to National Preparedness Month | Ready.gov.
The first day of Fall is September 22nd. Wishing you a beautiful start to the season!
Bloxham Hall students enjoyed their house “sorting ceremony”, part of one of our behavior programs. They were each given a cupcake, and when they bit in the center was colored with their house’s color. Our girls will now work together to earn points for their positive behavior. This is also a perfect tie-in for this month’s character education trait, responsibility. The girls will demonstrate responsibility for their own actions, and as a group. They will also learn the impact their behavior has on others.
We had several families attend our first Parent Engagement Workshop. Thursday night before the workshop our dorms were open to our families. They got to enjoy our sorting ceremony and socialize after. We look forward to hosting more of these events throughout the year.
Labor Day, Mclane Hall staff and students participated in a curriculum activity which involved cooking hotdogs on a grill, playing volleyball and football in Palm Row field, and socializing with each other. Students were assigned a task prepping the food for cookout as to learn how to grill and playing games would teach them cooperation and team effort, which promotes positive social interaction. The students had a ton of fun learning and playing that day! They also were greeted by our wonderful FSDB police officer who stopped by.
September 8th, we had a Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW) where Mclane students' parents stopped by to join the students in dorm for the evening. The parents and students socialized and played games. They drew and created crafts. They played the cornholes outside. They socialized while munching on the delicious pigs in the blankets prepared by the students. They had a great time!
Other than those unique events, the daily lives of our students in Bloxham and Mclane are always fun and productive. They play outside, play video games, draw, create, socialize, clean, and cook. They are constantly learning a new living skill every day, and we are always there every step of the way guiding them into the best persons they can be!
CPR and First Aid Basics
Join us on October 21, 2022 for CPR and First Aid Basics. This class will be held in Moore Hall from 9 am. – 1:30 p.m.
This learning event is open to FSDB families. Parents must check in at the front gate before parking and entering campus.
Sign up now! Space is limited and RSVP is mandatory.
Parent travel reimbursement is available.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our school year is well underway: academics, sports, dorm life, and, unfortunately, germs. We are already experiencing an increase in our numbers of both Covid as well as Flu A.
Please remain vigilant for calls, emails, or texts from the HCC should your student need to be given medication, tested for Covid/Flu/Strep, have an urgent or emergent need, or require picking up. Our goal is to return students to class as soon as possible. Being able to contact you for input helps us achieve this. Students with positive test results, fevers, or worsening symptoms cannot remain on campus.
Symptoms we have been seeing in both our Flu A and Covid students include:
- Sore throat
- Low grade fever
- Feeling “off”
Keep your student at home if they exhibit any signs of illness.
A Clearance form is required to return to campus after any Emergency Room visit, surgery, or hospitalization has occurred. It may be dropped off at the HCC, faxed to 904-827-2421, or emailed to HCCRecords@fsdbk12.org but must be received prior to your student’s use of transportation or return to school. If a student is on campus without Clearance, they must remain in the Health Care Center until it is received. Parents may have to pick up their student from school if Clearance cannot be obtained.
Prescription medications must be sent in the original labeled bottles to our pharmacist to ensure they are dispensed to your student without delay. To reduce the amount of over storing and dispensing of multiple supplements and over-the-counter medications sent in from home, we will begin requesting a physician order for anything you wish your student to receive on a regular or daily basis. Signed orders may be faxed directly to our pharmacist at 904-827-2428. A daily multivitamin, probiotic, melatonin, or fiber supplements are the only current exceptions to this request. NO medications are permitted in the dorms or in bookbags.
As we continue to monitor trends and CDC guidelines regarding Covid, FSDB’s current policy requires students who have tested POSITIVE to remain at home for 5 days until they are without fever and symptoms have improved. A student may return sooner than 5 days as long as they are without fever, have improved symptoms, and can also provide a NEGATIVE test result. A student that has been exposed to Covid may remain on campus as long as they are without symptoms. Initial Covid testing is available for day and residential students in the HCC. Follow up testing must be done outside of school.
NURSE CARE COORDINATORS
Please contact your student’s assigned Care Coordinator prior to any scheduled procedure or with any change to your student’s medical condition or medications. We are here to help keep your student safe and healthy while on our campus.
Nurse Care Coordinators:
- Erin Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emily McMillan, email@example.com
- Tracey Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Daniel Jones, email@example.com
- Molly Russell, russellm@@fsdbk12.org
- Kathy Halkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Belinda Hinson, email@example.com
- Katelyn Tanner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carmela Verrichio, email@example.com
- Nancy Senador, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darcy Autrey, email@example.com
- Melanie Delaney, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dawna Burns, email@example.com
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
For more information contact www.acco.org
Health Care Get-Ready-for-Fall List
Sign and return medical consent forms
Allergy medicines sent in with doctor’s orders if needed for daily use
Flu shots from PCP (optional)
Administrator: Stan Gustetic, AuD
Medical Director: Michael Soberano, MD
Health Care Center
Gregg Hall (Girls Dorm)
McLane Hall (Boys Dorm)