The Cub Reporter

December 6, 2018

Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences

At Dutch Fork Elementary School, Academy of Environmental Sciences we offer a comprehensive program which includes inquiry-based, hands-on studies of the environment all around us. The program immerses children in an environment that emphasizes discovery and exploration, collaborative study, scientific research, use of scientific tools and technology and a strong sense of community. In addition, students have the opportunity to integrate and apply the environmental sciences in reading, math, social studies, writing and the arts.

DFES Goals 2018-2019

  • Exceed family expectations in our communication, follow through, and student progress.
  • Effective use of science kits and probes to enhance environmental science instruction
  • Strengthen grade level data team processes to accelerate student growth
  • Implementation of student-led conference across all grade levels (as identified in DFES strategic plan).

Please Help...

Our health room is in need of clothing for students to wear after an accident (such as a muddy or wet fall on the playground) that would require a change of clothing. As you are replenishing winter clothing and organizing closets for a new season, please consider a donation of gently used/like new, clean items to our health room. Clothing appropriate for any season is welcome. You may drop off donations to the front office until Friday, January 18. We are also in need of NEW underwear in sizes 4-10 especially, but also sizes 12-16. Socks are appreciated. Please be reminded that if your child receives a change of clothes at school, the items should be washed and returned to the health room. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Nurses Note

Important Information Concerning Medications

Health & student wellness are a top priority! Please remember that a responsible adult should deliver ANY medicine to the Health Room. Children cannot transport medications and are not allowed to self medicate during the school day. All medicine received must be in the original container with the pharmacy label or in the case of over the counter medications, the manufacturer’s label on it. A written permission slip is required for all medications, including over the counter medicine, before being administered in any SC school setting. To access medication permission forms go to: , select departments, select school health services, select health room forms then select medication consent form. Please contact the Health Room at 476-3906 if you have any questions.

From our SRO

It is getting cold in the mornings. Remember to turn your car off and do not leave children unattended in your vehicle when walking into the school. In the time that it takes you to walk into the school and return, someone has the opportunity to steal your vehicle. We want to keep our parents from becoming a victim of a crime. Don’t give someone the opportunity to take your vehicle or worse, your child.

Tips for the holiday season:

1. Be aware of your surroundings when shopping

2. Try to cover up packages being left in the car while shopping

3. Have a neighbor pick up and secure any packages being left on the front porch

4. Don’t put out empty boxes of the nice items you received the day/night before trash day

I’m here to keep your students safe at school by making sure doors are locked (inside and outside) and making sure your student(s) feels safe while they are here learning. I will be teaching dare (5th grade) in the spring, I’m available to teach other law related classes (Stranger danger, or bullying) anytime upon teacher request. I’m also here for the parents. If you have any questions for me please feel free to ask.

Sr. Deputy Hood

A note from our Resident Scientist...


This year the 5th grade students will participate in an environmental science fair on January 23, 2019. Most of our students will be completing group projects here at school. We are making this an integrated experience during the school day. One of our beliefs at DFES is that “learning should lead to social action”. Our school is an “Academy of Environmental Sciences”, so it only makes sense that our students focus their projects to help find or learn about ways to make our school, community, and world a better place.

If you are available to help out during the school day to mentor a group (even if you don't have a 5th grader!) we’d love to have you and you are much needed. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help, just a willing heart.

Please contact Amy Umberger (Resident Scientist) at so that we can set up a time to meet with you to prepare you for being a mentor.


We need your plastic soda or water bottles for a 1st grade garden project. We will be building removable hoop huts for our raised beds to help protect our crops from frost and extremely cold temperatures. Just send your plastic bottles with your child to school to deliver to the science lab. Make sure they are soda & water bottles only (2 liter bottles are fine too) and please rinse them out prior to sending to school. Thanks so much for your help!

Pajama Drive

From November 20- December 12, first grade will be collecting new pajamas for children in need, through Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. With warm pajamas and a comforting bedtime story, children feel safe and secure as they drift off to sleep, allowing them to have the good night that they need to realize their dreams the following day. For every pair of pajamas donated Scholastic will also donate a book to the child in need. If you and your child are able to participate, please help us transform bedtime for an at-risk child by bringing a new pair of pajamas.

Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:

  • Pajamas must be brand-new.
  • Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are flame retardant and safe.

All donations can be brought to Miss Walker's room.

Mitten Tree

In keeping with our annual tradition, DFES will sponsor a Mitten Tree in our cafeteria lobby. The tree will be decorated by students, staff and community members who bring in new items, such as hats, scarves, mittens/gloves, socks, etc. These items will be donated to local families in need of extra warmth this winter. Donations will be accepted from November 26-December 19. Please help to warm the hearts of families in our area during the cold weather months ahead!
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From the School Counselor...

In an effort to support our students and our DFES beliefs, we are planning a year-long focus on character education at our school. Each month, we will have a new theme and students will be putting that trait into practice here at school. We will also share ways to support your child’s social and emotional learning in that area at home. The following is a list of our Essential Eight themes, which were created based on staff input of what we would like all students to “know and show” at DFES. Please help us to grow good character in our students by talking about these themes as you talk with your child about the day’s events, watch movies as a family and read with your child every day.

November: Responsibility

December: Cooperation/Teamwork
January: Growth Mindset

February: Kindness

March: Self-Control

April: Positive Communication

May: Integrity

Sara Beckman, School Counselor


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Coming up...

  • 12/7 Interim's go home
  • 12/7 Centennial Celebration
  • 12/10 Board Meeting (CrossRoads) 7 pm
  • 12/12 Holiday Meal
  • 12/14 Learning Celebration (Gustafson) 8:15 am
  • 12/18 Strings Concert/Chorus Performance @12:30 pm- all invited
  • 12/20-1/2 Winter Break
  • 1/3 Students Return
  • 1/14 DFES Magnet Fair

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