HERMAN E. DUMMER NEWSLETTER

February, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. FORD

February is a month where we declare our love for family and friends with candy, cards, and many other creative ideas. Although this can be an exciting and fun time for those who receive these special Valentine’s gifts, one day is not enough. Many people face days with countless number of trials that are unknown to us. Every day of our lives we come in contact with individuals who may need a pick-me-up, a word of encouragement, a pat on the back, or just a simple smile. These little no-cost gifts can change a life and make a huge impact on the individual. We may never see the true effect of our actions, but rest assured we are making our world a better place to live. As we continue our Kindness Campaign at H.E. Dummer School, please share your stories about your day and your experiences with your children and ask your children about theirs as well. Sharing our gifts on a daily basis brings joy into our own lives while helping others. Let’s help pass Kindness on!


As a reminder:

Many students received cell phones or smart watches for Christmas, so I wanted to remind you that our policy is no phones are allowed on or out during school. All electronics must be turned off during the school day and if a student is caught with the electronic out or on, the electronic device will be taken to the office to be picked up by the student at the end of the day. We will also be holding the electronic device during the day for a few days to ensure that the student follows the rules. If an incident happens again, a parent or guardian will need to pick up the device from the school office. If rules are not followed, it may be necessary to not allow electronic devices at school. Please refer to the handbook for more information.


ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR AND MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 1, 2020. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

SANDWICH EDUCATION FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER IS APRIL 18, 2020

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FAMILY WELLNESS FAIR - FEBRUARY 20, 2020 AT THE SANDWICH MIDDLE SCHOOL FROM 6-8 PM

Family Wellness Fair hosted by Sandwich CUSD #430 is coming soon! On Thursday, February 20, 2020, our first Family Wellness Fair will be held in the Sandwich Middle School from 6pm-8pm and it is a totally free event for all ages. We have many categories that will be represented for our overall health. The categories include: Faith/Spiritual, Physical, Mental/Emotional, Nutritional, Social, Intellectual, Environmental, and Financial Health. Representation will also include Sandwich Community Services and Organizations and County Services and Organizations. This is a great opportunity for our community to come see what is available and learn more of what our town and neighboring area has to offer. We hope to see you there!


NURSE NEWS

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF CURRENT 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

6th Grade Health Requirements for 2020-21 School Year

It’s not too early to start planning for next school year. Below is a list of health requirements for entry into 6th grade. The physical exam and immunization record are due by the first day of school.


· Complete physical exam: Please note that a sports physical does not meet the requirement for the 6th grade physical.


· Up - to - date immunizations to include: Tdap, 2- varicella doses, hepatitis B series, and meningococcal vaccine. Please check with your health care provider to be sure these immunizations are included on your child’s 6th grade physical exam.


* Exemption Forms: Renewal of Religious Exemption Form or Medical Exemption, if applicable.


· Dental exam: due by May 15, 2021


The 6th grade health packets were sent home, with your child, last week. Health forms may also be found on the district website or picked up in the main office. If you have questions about any of these requirements you may contact Mrs. Meyer, School Nurse at 815-786-8498.

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

REMEMBER:

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day
  • Eat nutritious food
  • Choose healthy snacks and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Make mouth guards a part of any sport activity


The State of Illinois requires all children enrolled in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades to have a dental exam on file with the school by May 15, 2020. Any 2nd or 6th grade student not meeting this requirement will have their final report card held. Any questions, please contact your school nurse.

DUMMER FAMILY GAME NIGHT IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH FROM 6:00 - 7:30 PM

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SANDWICH SPORTS BOOSTERS TRIVIA NIGHT IS MARCH 14, 2020

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DUMMER WALKING CLUB BEGINS MARCH 30TH. THE SIGN UP FORMS WILL BE GOING HOME NEXT WEEK.

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FANTASTIC 4TH GRADE

The 4th graders have been working hard! This month we have been working on our Project Based Assessment for reading. The students had the opportunity to write a persuasive letter to Mrs. Ford asking for an inclusive playground. The students did the research and then made their argument for the playground.


In Math, the students continue to work on fractions. In Science, our classrooms rotations continue. We will have one last rotation for the last trimester. Next week, 4th grade will be starting recycling lesson in Social Studies. The lessons will end with the students making recycled paper.

FABULOUS 5TH GRADE

This winter some fifth-graders are practicing for the 5th grade talent show! We wish everyone who’s brave enough to perform in front of all the best for the big day on February 14, an early release day. In January, all classes started D.A.R.E. with Officer Brian Fasnacht. Students will learn many skills for dealing with social situations and the pressures they’ll face. We all really enjoyed our book shared with all the elementary schools, A Boy Called Bat. Hopefully, many families experienced the community, discussion, and fun that can come with reading together.


In math, so many fifth-graders are showing they have rocked mastering their multiplication facts! Way to go! Many students got to make a handprint for our ceiling to honor their hard work. Multiplication is necessary for so many of the math concepts we are learning about at this time, including volume and conversion of measurement units.


Reading and language in 5th grade this winter centers around fictional stories that engage readers and science fiction—your fifth grader may be creating the next Star Wars with in writing this February! Scholastic News provides students with a range of interesting topics to read about as well as experience through some videos that bring the text to life.


Mystery Doug in science allows fifth-graders to learn fascinating facts about science through videos and hands-on activities. We also read about Living Systems and Earth and Space in our FOSS, Delta Science books. As Doug says, look around you and stay curious about the world around you!


Ms. Dewey, our social worker, continues to come into our classes and help our preteens learn how to deal with emotions, sometimes through journaling or talking with trusted adults. We are fortunate that students get advice and lessons on these important concepts this winter in Social Emotional Learning classes with her as well as D.A.R.E. class with Officer Fasnacht. Here’s to a happy and healthy rest of the winter!

OFFICER FASNACHT TEACHING D.A.R.E. TO OUR 5TH GRADE CLASSES.

BAND AND MUSIC NEWS

In January, 4th grade learned about the instruments in the orchestra. We listened to a number of famous orchestra works and compared their similarities and their differences. Additionally, students learned about fretted stringed instruments, more specifically the acoustic guitar and banjo. Lastly, they learned about a famous composer that started writing operas but later ended up writing patriotic marches: John Philip Sousa. Next month we will be preparing for our spring concert in March with more details to come.


5th grade also learned about instruments in the orchestra. Additionally, fifth grade students had the chance to audition for the talent show. So far there are a variety of acts from singing and dancing to basketball skill shots. There will also be a dress rehearsal on Thursday, February 13th after school. Dummer’s talent show will be on the morning of Friday, February 14th. There will be another paper note sent home very soon with more specific details for students involved in the show.


5th grade band is preparing for their second concert at the end of February. We have been learning songs with 7 different notes now and have just been introduced to eighth note rhythms. More information about our concert will be sent home soon in paper and email format.

JACOB GORDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH AND CHARACTER COUNTS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

February 6th - 5th Grade to Opera House in the AM

February 6th - 5 B's Fundraiser 4:30-6:30 PM

February 7th - School Store

February 7th - Family Game Night 6:00 - 7:30 PM

February 12th - Art Club 3:00-4:00 PM

February 13th - Talent Show Rehearsals 3-4:30 PM

February 14th - 5th Grade Talent Show

February 14th - 11:10 AM Dismissal

February 17th - No School

February 19th - 5-2, 5-5, & 5-7 to JJC Planetarium

February 19th - Magazine Club 3:00-4:00 PM

February 19th - Fundraiser at Johnny K's

February 20th - District Wellness Night at SMS 6-8 PM

February 21st - 5-3, 5-4, & 5-8 to JJC Planetarium

February 21st - End of 2nd Trimester

February 25th - 5th/6th Grade Band Concert

February 28th - Report Cards Go Home

February 28th - SMILE Dentist

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THE MULTIPLICATION FACTS TEST IN 1 MINUTE OR LESS, TWICE, GET TO PLACE THEIR HANDPRINT ON A CEILING TILE THAT IS HUNG IN OUR HALLWAYS. CAN YOU FIND YOUR STUDENT'S HANDPRINT?

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