DMS Eagle News (9/17/23)
This week's newsletter
Last week culminated in 2 fun and new events here at DMS.
First up we held our very first eSports Electronic Gaming League competition. Almost 40 Eagles who belong to the eSports club competed with teams from other schools in 4 games across 2 platforms. The library was filled with excitement, cheering and games that were worlds beyond the Atari I grew up with. Check out the photos below.
Then, Friday students participated in Cultural Day by dressing to represent their culture and that evening families got together to share their culture in a night of food, education, music and dance. We had families bring food totaling 60 dishes from 24 countries and we had an amazing turnout. Thanks to HSC and Dr. Ruiz for organizing this and to all the families who provided food, entertainment and came out to celebrate.
- USD will be holding an Attendance Matters webinar on Sept 19th from 6-7pm. See this flyer for more info.
- Be Seen and Heard Assemblies for our Eagles will be on Sept 21st during the day.
- Odyssey of the Mind will hold an Informational Meeting via Zoom on Sept 21st at 7pm. See the flyer HERE for more info. The Zoom link is HERE.
- Dartmouth Band has a Dining Day Out on Monday, September 25 at the Los Gatos location of Erik’s Deli Cafe. Erik’s will contribute a portion of all sales between 10am and 7pm to our band boosters. Grab a sandwich and support the band!
On the horizon:
- Picture Retake Day is Oct 4th.
- DMS students can participate in the International Walk to School Day on Oct 4th. See the flyers here (English | Spanish | Vietnamese) for more information.
DMS Band is holding a uniform fundraiser on Oct 14th. See the flyer HERE for more info. Garba is a traditional folk dance from the western Indian state of Gujarat. Garba is performed in a communal gathering during the festival of Navratri (meaning 'nine nights') dedicated to the goddess Durga. Event tickets: $35 per person (includes 3 hours of music and dancing, food and a beverage). Fill out this google form and submit payment via Paypal or by check/cash turned in to Mrs. Buchanan in the band room.
- Please make sure you always check in through the front office if you wish to visit DMS during our campus hours (8:10-3:05). We want to make sure everyone on campus has gone through the proper procedures. Thanks.
- Question of the Week - The DMS quad is filled with trash cans of many colors. Tell me how many different colors and name them all.
- Our website announcements can be found HERE. Information on clubs/activities can often be found in these announcements so you will want to bookmark this. Your student has access (under their USD account) to the morning announcements - which has even more information.
- Our students social and emotional well being is important to us. If students are suffering and need help we are here for them. In addition to the DMS staff, they can reach out in other ways. See this info flyer HERE.
- Our DMS School Compact is located HERE.
- Wonder what's for snack and lunch? You can check out the menus for DMS HERE.
- Is your student having a conflict with others that needs mediated? DMS has an EMT (Eagles Mediation Team) that may help. Students can complete an EMT form (located in ClassLink) and get help from fellow Eagles who have been trained in peer conflict mediation. More serious conflicts can be mediated by staff.
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The Union School District is proud to continue our partnership with We Tip. WeTip is designed to serve as a resource for students who experienced or observed school-related bullying, racism, harassment, vandalism or other inappropriate behaviors. Once a report is filed, WeTip will contact our Student Services in our Learning and Innovation Department with the specifics of the incident, and Student Services will work with the administration, counselors, and other school staff.
Through WeTip, the anonymity of the person reporting is maintained. Students and parents are also encouraged to contact school staff directly to report inappropriate behaviors because this typically provides us with more detailed and helpful information. A We Tip report can be submitted via the We Tip hotline (844) 408-0580 or online using this link.
USD is committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families to create a safe and healthy learning environment. In support of our ongoing commitment, USD has partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of care for our community.
Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community.
Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:
- Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.
- For an anonymous search, answer a few questions to get matched with an extensive list of care providers at www.caresolace.com/unionsd.
Care Solace is now available for use at no cost to you. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.
Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory to use. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255. If you are interested in counseling-related services for your child, yourself, or another family member, please contact Care Solace for valuable assistance. This is a complimentary resource provided by Union School District.
We wanted to let you know attendance will be a top priority. When children miss school days, they miss out the opportunity to learn from their teachers. The more children miss, the harder it is for them to keep up with those who attend school regularly. While some absences are unavoidable for health reasons or other important family matters, but we also know that even when children have missed school for good reasons, too many absences can cause them to fall behind.
Let’s work together to make sure that your child does no fall behind in school this school year. Please ensure that your children attends school every day and also arrives on time so they benefit as much as possible from what is taught in the classroom. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime,
Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
Establish a morning routine.
Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick (e.g child has a fever, is throwing up or has diarrhea versus a minor stomach ache or runny nose.)
Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
Please watch this short video on the importance of attendance.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a federal initiative designed to provide food assistance to students who have been impacted by the pandemic and are missing out on meals that would have been provided at school. This program aims to replace those meals with a monetary benefit that can be used to purchase food.
P-EBT benefits are being distributed to all students who attended Union School District last year. The California Department of Education has determined eligibility for P-EBT cards based on the District's status, rather than the individual status of each student. Beginning this month, P-EBT cards containing a benefit amount of $120 have been mailed to student's home mailing address. These cards function like debit cards and can be used at locations where CalFresh Food benefits are accepted.
Families who determine the P-EBT benefits are not necessary can drop off their cards at a collection box which will be made available in the front office area at each school. The District is working with the California Department of Education on redistributing returned P-EBT cards to students who are in need of these benefits.
Student Drop off and Pick up
- Remember that while we have 2 lanes - the RIGHT lane is the only one used for drop off and pick up. The LEFT lane is only for pulling through.
- Please pull forward as far as possible before you drop off/pick up. Even if that means having to pull forward to the band area. There are probably cars behind you and failing to pull forward causes a long line of cars.
- Speaking of that drop off/pick up lane - I don't know about you, but that's the last place I want to be. Thankfully, there's a better way. Pick up your kid at 3:05 - you'll find it's much less crowded. Drop your kid off at 8:00 - again much less crowded.
- Did I mention to pull forward as much as possible?