Dealey Dragon Update
October 2, 2021
Message from the Principal
Dear Excellent Dealey Families,
This is the last week of the first 9 weeks, please check in with your students and check Powerschool to be sure we are on track to finish strong. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to your teacher. Here is some GOOD NEWS that I shared at our Coffee with the Principal:
- Teacher collaboration during PLC is making such a difference for our student and teachers.
- Preliminary MAP data is as expected.The celebration here is that this data really helps our teachers better know what the students need- more individualization
- 200 students have checked out instruments for orchestra
- Primary students have done an amazing job adapting to school and developing independence.
- Elementary School debate is kicking off for 5th graders
- MS Debate received their topic - Water Scarcity/Conservation
- MS Theater has started rehearsal for UIL One Act Play lots of drama and excitement.
- 6th graders have been given the option of participating in Theater once a week.
- Administrators from Austin ISD visited us to learn more about how to be an exemplary Public Montessori.
- Ms. Knoll is back 3-4 days per week.
- Ms. Simmons has classes back in the library.
- They are singing in music again.
- PE is using equipment again.
- Students participated in Kindness Week sharing quotes, compliments and fist bumps
Have a fantastic 4 day week!
Dragons breathe fire!
Appreciating our Custodians this Week!
Monday: Post it their office door with appreciation
Tuesday: Draw a picture or Make a Card
Wednesday: Say Thank you!
Thursday: Wear Dealey Blue and Jeans to celebrate
Updates from Nurse Dunlap
Quarantine Policy - So far we have had 4 on campus positive cases. If your child is identified as a close contact and has to be quarantined, please remember that in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, it is imperative that your child quarantine EVERY DAY. This means your child who has been exposed MUST stay at home. Do NOT go to the store, shopping, to parties, to the park, to a friend’s house or any other places during quarantine. Again, please do not visit others in person during quarantine. In order to return on day 8, proof of negative test results must be sent to myself and/or Ms. Medrano. If you would like to waive testing, proof of testing is not required to return on day 11. Please let me know if you plan to waive testing.
COVID Testing - For the safety of our staff and students, I will not be testing students who are symptomatic and off campus. Testing is reserved for symptomatic students already on campus, and those testing for quarantine purposes (who are also not symptomatic). Testing will NOT be available on weekends. Please call BEFORE you bring your child for quarantine testing. I will not be quarantine testing between the hours of 10:30am and 1:30pm, as that is when clinic traffic is extremely high.
Immunizations - A new month brings another round of immunization delinquency letters. We are currently at 90%. Middle school compliance is 79%. Elementary compliance is 97%. Most middle schoolers need Tdap and Meningococcal immunizations. DISD policy requires exclusion from school if immunization criteria are not met by October 31st. This was not in place last year due to COVID. If you have already reached out to me about immunization delinquencies, I apologize in advance if you receive another letter. If you need to file an exemption affidavit, you can do so here. They need to be renewed every 2 years. If you need resources for vaccines, or have any questions regarding compliance, please reach out to me. There are many free immunization clinics around the metroplex. You can find the DISD immunization policy and requirements here.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME IF THEY ARE SICK. Threw up this morning before school and doesn’t feel better after? Keep them home. Headache, cough, and sore throat? Keep them home. Fever and/or diarrhea? Keep them home, and they can’t return until fever/diarrhea free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
Office hours - My office hours are Monday through Friday 7:45am - 3:45pm. That being said, it is a small miracle when I am able to leave the office on time. Please do not block the entrances to the staff parking lot in the carpool lane.
Important Carpool Update
You may have heard that our PTA has purchased the construction of new awnings to cover our arrival and dismissal areas --thank you PTA! Construction will begin on Monday (9/27), and this means there will be a few changes to carpool. Please spread the word and share in your weekend communication to your class. (Link to a google doc here)
The car line by the tennis courts will not be used for pickups. That portion of the line will only be used for cars to exit. Cars waiting for pickup should not pass the main crosswalk (grey area in visual).
All students will wait and enter their cars in the first portion of the carpool line (as shown below).
Only the right lane will be utilized for students entering cars. The left lane will be for passing.
Please pull as far forward in the carpool lane so as not to leave space between you and the car In front of you. Students will proceed forward to meet you.
Walkers will still meet their families at the Northaven trail. Do NOT utilize the Lavendale crosswalk for student pickup. This is for the safety of students, given busses line up there.
Updates and Information
9 weeks ends on Thursday, October 7th.
Please check Powerschool to be sure your students have all assignments in.
We have had 4 cases of COVID at Dealey since school started. Here is the district's COVID 19 Handbook if you need information about protocols. https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/77415
Please see list of updates from SBDM SBDM Principal’s Report
You should receive communication about a survey. This is part of a district initiative for Leadership Development.
Instructional Expectations for quarantined students
The district has published expectations for providing instruction for students in quarantine. Please review this document.
Hispanic Heritage Month Programming
The district is offering programming for Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Please see this document for more information.
All Community Dates (George Bannerman Dealey) are here
Oct 1 National Custodial Worker's Day
Oct 5 NO MEETING
Oct 7 Last day of grading period
Oct 8 Fair Day
Oct 15 Staff Development Day
Oct 18 Parent Conferences
Oct 18 GT Testing begins
Oct 21 PSAT for 8th graders
Oc 22 Picture Day Individual/ Group
If you would like to send some love to a staff member, please complete this form.
Nurse Dunlap for continuing to keep us healthy and on track
Ms. Durkin for always leading with empathy and peace
Mr. Mitchell for helping his team finish CQ training
Ms. Smith for helping the new teachers finish their SLOs
Ms. Rainey and Global Issues for facilitating advisory lessons- GREAT JOB!
Ms. Moschioni for helping out on her hallway
Ms. Testut for getting Robotic started
Ms. Warren Johnson for getting Debate started
Dr. Schmidt and Ms. Matere for stepping up to help with GEMUN
Ms. Davila for getting Garden Club started
Ms. Colon, Ms. Gurtowski, Ms. Brashear, Ms. Hervey and Ms. Lacey for managing hundreds of students at recess
From our Community
Chad Redel & Will Raney so generously volunteer your mornings to assist with carpool during arrival. We do appreciate you showing up everyday to keep the line moving, assist the pk-3rd grade students with car doors, and greet everyone with a warm welcome! Mrs. Knoll
Lacey Laircan be counted on every morning and every morning to assist with bus arrival and dismissal procedures. Thank you for ensuring students get across the crosswalks safely (while we wait for approval to get an official crossing guard) !Mrs. Knoll
Mrs. Gurtowski is o eager to step in and help whenever and wherever needed. You embody our Dealey values of excellence and responsibility in everything you do. Thank you so much for working with a sense of urgency to get all the BASSEL copies made for the Lower Elementary team.Mrs. Knoll
Ms. Ventura Ventura Everyday my 5th grader come home and speaks how she enjoys your class. I appreciate your patience and the love for teaching that you have. It Truly shows when she gets home after school and we talk about how the day went. Thank you !! Amanda Morales
Ms. Aponte My son gave her a score of 100 (and gave me a score of 86), doesn't that speak volumes about how good she is?Ling Cai