Knightly News

Denton Classical Academy - April 4, 2021

Denton Classical Academy

Our Mission

Seek to provide an excellent and distinctively classical education that pursues knowledge, promotes virtue, and prepares students for prosperous lives in a free society.


ResponsiveEd Mission

To provide hope for students through educational options that promote a free society and cultivate moral and academic excellence.

What's Happening at DCA

**New or UPDATED information


April

6 - STAAR Testing - 4th Grade Writing

**15 - Purple Up! For Military Kids Day

19-23 - Spring Map Testing - 2nd and 4th Grade

26-30 - Spring Map Testing - 3rd and 5th Grade


May

1 - Principals' Day

3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

11-12- STAAR Testing - 3rd and 4th Grade Math and Reading

13-STAAR Testing-5th Grade Science

18-19-STAAR Testing- 5th Grade Math and Reading

27 - Field Day

27 - Last Day of School

From our Headmaster...

Dear Denton Classical Academy Families,


Happy Sunday! As we continue into the final two months of the school year, we begin STAAR testing this week. On Tuesday, our 4th graders kick off the testing with the Writing assessment. When we have STAAR testing on campus, our campus is considered a “closed” campus. This means that we cannot have visitors on campus. Due to COVID this does not really change the accessibility of our campus to visitors, but I did want to mention it.


If your child is taking the STAAR test, please make sure they have a good night's sleep, have a nutritious breakfast, and are encouraged to try their best! I am very proud of the hard work the students have put forth this year and want them to enter the STAAR test with confidence. All other STAAR testing will take place the first few weeks of May.


As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Best,

Kaila Baer

Headmaster

Denton Classical Academy

Testing This Week

As a reminder, STAAR Testing begins this week (Tuesday) with our 4th grade students. Below are a few tips on how you can help from home:


  • Be sure your student has a water bottle
  • Pack an extra snack
  • Have your student bring a few books to have on hand
  • Ensure your student is well rested and begins their day with a healthy breakfast

Medication Reminder

With allergy season upon us, please remember any medication to be administered to a student during the school day must be checked in through the front office. Students may not self-administer. For more information, please refer to the MEDICATION section of the RES Parent/Student Handbook. Below is an excerpt:


Medicine At School – No Tolerance Policy
Responsive Education Solutions has a “no tolerance” policy for students in possession of medication of any kind, including herbal supplements, vitamins, and all over-the counter medications, including cough drops/lozenges. All medications must be delivered and picked up by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to drop off or take home their medication(s) from the school clinic.

Purple Up! For Military Kids Day

April is the official Month of the Military Child. It's a month dedicated to honoring the 1.2 million children who have an active-duty parent serving in one of our Armed Forces. 80% of military children attend public schools.


We hope you will join us in celebrating “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day on Thursday, April 15th. This is a day for communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all are thought to combine together as a single color, purple.


To learn more: https://militarybenefits.info/month-of-the-military-child/#ixzz6qE88zuRI


Students who have an active-duty military parent are welcome to speak to their class. Please reach out to your student’s teacher for more details.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours have largely been non-existent for the past year due to COVID. Denton Classical understands the desires of our new families to tour our school. We will be resuming one tour per week beginning next week, with the following conditions:


* Weekly tours will be after school at 4 pm on Thursdays. Please arrive by 3:50 pm to complete check-in.

* Visitors must call the school office to register for a tour.

* Tours will be limited to 10 people total, including tour guide.

* Visitors must complete and sign a symptom screening form.

* Visitors must consent to have his/her temperature taken.

* Visitors must consent to wear a mask.

GaGa Ball Tournament

DCA will be hosting our first GaGa Ball tournament. Anyone from kindergarten to adulthood may participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 16th. GaGa Ball rules may be found here.


Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:45 PM

DCA GaGa Ball Pitt

$5 per entry - Cash Only (No refunds)


Send your entrance fee to Coach Butler in an envelope with the participant's name. Please contact Coach Butler at mbutler@responsiveed.com with any questions.

Field Day

Plans are in the works for this year's Field Day which will be held on the last day of school - Thursday, May 27th. There will be plenty of opportunities for parents who would like to volunteer. If you are interested in participating and have not already applied to be a parent volunteer, we encourage you to do so by completing the RES volunteer application.


Below are a few items needed for Field Day:

  • Large Coolers (to ice down water)
  • Water Bottles
  • 2-3 Canopies/Tents
  • 100 Water Splash Balls


~~ We hope our remote students will join us on campus for this fun event. ~~

This Week's Protective Measures

Each Friday, the county risk for Covid 19 is assessed by our Home Office and modifications of protective measures are implemented for the following week, if needed. At this time, the first page of our website states: "Our campus will adopt the protective measures found under 'Moderate Activity' in our ResponsiveEd Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines this week. Among other practices, this means that students in Grades PK - 12 will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult, including classrooms. Thank you for your partnership in the safety of the students and staff on our campus." For more information, please refer to our website: https://denton-classical.responsiveed.com/home.

WELCOME NEW DCA FAMILIES

We welcome our new families for the 2021-2022 school year who are joining us with the submission of this week's Knightly News. This newsletter is typically sent to DCA families each Sunday evening. We hope you will find useful information each week which will answer many of your questions. As always, if you have any questions which are not covered in The Knightly News, please reach out to the school office by email or phone.


Please remember that new enrollments have 21 days to submit 1) online enrollment, and 2) ALL DOCUMENTS which complete the enrollment. These documents are:

* Birth Certificate

* Social Security Card

* Shot Records (or notarized original of Texas Immunization Exemption form)

* Parent Driver's License

* Proof of Residency (i.e., utility bill, lease, auto insurance, etc.)


Enrollment is not considered complete without these documents. If you have not COMPLETED your child's enrollment, please do so as soon as possible in order to retain your seat for next year.

DCA Parent Teacher Organization

DCA's PTO is a non-profit group of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students. Connect with us on Facebook. Join our email list to gain access to the PTO online calendar, receive email updates, and more!


Venmo - @DentonClassical-AcademyPTO

This Day In History: April 4, 1973 - World Trade Center Opens in NYC

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. At the time of their completion, the Twin Towers—the original 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower), at 1,368 feet; and 2 World Trade Center (the South Tower), at 1,362 feet —were the tallest buildings in the world. Other buildings in the complex included the Marriott World Trade Center (3 WTC), 4 WTC, 5 WTC, 6 WTC, and 7 WTC. The complex contained 13,400,000 square feet of office space.


The core complex was built between 1966 and 1975, at a cost of $400 million (equivalent to $2.27 billion in 2018). During its existence, the World Trade Center experienced several major incidents, including a fire on February 13, 1975, a bombing on February 26, 1993, and a bank robbery on January 14, 1998. In 1998, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey decided to privatize it by leasing the buildings to a private company to manage. It awarded the lease to Silverstein Properties in July 2001.


During its existence, the World Trade Center was an icon of New York City. It had a major role in popular culture and according to one estimate was depicted in 472 films.