Blanche Dodd Bobcat News

October 9, 2020

A message from Principal Bolz

Friday, October 16th marks the final day of the first grading period. During these nine weeks, we have served approximately 20% of our students as remote learners, and we welcomed back approximately 80% of our students for face to face instruction. Challenges have been many, but this has allowed us to learn and grown as we learn new and different skills. We hope to gain even more face to face learners for the 2nd grading period. If you are ready for your child to return to in person learning, please complete the "Instructional Delivery Change Request" form, so we can prepare for your return. Regardless of the instructional choice your family has made, we will continue learning together as a family.

It's a GREAT day to be a Bobcat at Dodd Elementary where we are...

Six Houses...One Family!

Cafeteria Snacks

Beginning October 19th a la carte/snack items will be offered in the cafeteria serving line. The items will range from .75-$1.25. You may email the campus cafeteria manager, Coreen Yokatake at if you would like to put a daily/weekly allowance on your students account. Snacks may not be charged.
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Homecoming Week 2020

October Events

5th-9th Parent & Teacher nominations for the gifted program

5th Red, White, & Blue Day

6th Western/Cowboy Day

7th Twin Day

8th Rocker Day

9th Blue Out

9th KHS Homecoming

12th No School

16th End of 1st Grading Period

19th Picture Retakes & Remote Learner Picture Day

19th-23rd - Parent/Teacher Conference Week (Zoom, phone, in-person by request)

26th-30th Red Ribbon Week

26th Red Out

27th Team Jersey Day

28th House Color Wars - wear House color

29th Crazy Hair/Socks

30th Book Character Parade

Book Character Parade October 30th 9:30 a.m.

October 30th is "Book Character Day". Students are encouraged to dress like their favorite book character and participate in the annual Book Character Parade. Students should bring the book they represent to display during the parade.

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to watch the parade from the Dodd parking lot. You are welcomed to park in the side parking lot, plop down in a lawn chair, and watch the parade go by! Due to COVID restrictions, we ask that you wear a mask and keep a social distance from others in the parking lot.

Visitors must remain in the parking lot area. We are not able to allow visitors to enter the building or mingle with students. Feel free to take photos as the parade goes by. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Come celebrate literacy with the Book Character Parade!

KEF Lip Sync Battle

Do you like to sing but just don't have the voice for it? Now is your opportunity to be a BIG star!! The Krum Education Foundation is hosting a virtual fundraiser. Grab some friends, or just go solo! Rock out to your favorite song, record your performance, and submit it for judging and prizes! You just might be the next BIG thing! For more information click HERE
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The Counselor’s Corner

Whether you need to talk one-on-one, or you would like to participate in group counseling, I am here for you. Group Counseling will begin soon and includes a breakfast divorce group, grief group, anxiety group, and friendship group. Parents/Guardians- please email me to sign up your student if you think they would benefit from participating in one of these group counseling opportunities.

For the month of September, we learned about Trustworthiness. Students learned that being trustworthy means doing the right thing when no one is looking, telling the truth, and following directions. For October, Dodd is beginning a CHAIN REACTION! In their guidance lessons this month students are learning about Respect and how being kind and saying kind things can start a chain reaction. Students will make paper chains that will line the hallways at Dodd with kind words written about each other. How are you starting a chain reaction in our community?

You can visit my school website, complete a request form, and we can set up virtual or in-person counseling meetings. Remember, whether you are in-person learning or distance learning, I am here for you!

Your Counselor,

Mrs. Roesler

940-48-2603 ext. 4008

The Nurse's Niche

Besides October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are several other health awareness highlights this month.

They are:

National Bullying Prevention Month (very important topic in School)

National Dental Hygiene Month

Eye Injury Prevention Month

Blindness Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Emotional Awareness Month

This Month includes National Awareness Days for some very important health, as well.

October 2nd was National Walk or Ride your Bike to School

October 5th was National Child Health Day

October 8th is National Depression Screening Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day

October 15th is GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY (seems very fitting for this school year)

October 19th is World Pediatric Bone and Joint day

October 22nd is International Stuttering Awareness Day (Speech Teachers are STARS for these kiddos)

October 29th is World Psoriasis Day (Your skin is your biggest body organ)

Other Health Topics for discussion to keep everyone thinking of good Health coming in to the Holiday Season. Plus, who wants to hear about Covid all the time?

HAPPY October, Nurse Sally


COVID Contact Tracing Q & A

Q: If a positive COVID case is identified at Dodd, how will I know if my child was in contact with the person?

A: An email is first sent to ALL Dodd families informing them of the positive case. Then Mrs. Bolz calls the parents of any student who has been in close contact with the positive case. Bottom line: If you do not receive a call, your child was not in contact with the positive case.

Q: My child was in close contact with a positive case and has been sent home to quarantine. Can they return if I have them tested and the test is negative?

A: No. Anyone determined to have been in close contact with a positive case will not be allowed to return to school for 14 calendar days regardless of their own COVID testing. "Asymptomatic contacts who test negative for COVID-19 should continue to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure." This guideline comes from Denton County Public Health Department and is followed by Krum ISD.

The #1 factor in keeping our students and staff safe and less likely to transmit COVID-19 is to wear a face covering. Be sure your child is bringing their face covering to school every day.

FREE COVID-19 Testing Center in Krum

Location: Parking lot of the KISD Warehouse

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Visit to register

If you wish to get tested for COVID -19:

  • Pre-registration is necessary, so visit and follow the steps, but skip the section that asks for your insurance information. This test is 100% free and is available to anyone. Once you have completed the registration you will receive a code.
  • Please note that you should not eat or drink anything 20 minutes prior to being tested.

  • To be tested, drive through the warehouse parking lot, following the sign, and stop at the check-in tent to present your code. You will then proceed to the testing tent, where an oral swab is administered while you remain in your car. Please make sure to have your mask with you, as they will ask you to cough a few times WITH your mask on, before they will take the sample.

Results are texted to you in approximately 48 hours.

Blanche Dodd Elementary

It is our mission to educate each child through the use of quality instruction and positive relationships. We will strive to motivate each student to discover their unlimited potential and have a positive impact on their community.

Tricia Bolz, Principal

Lisa Mayfield, Asst. Principal

Amy Roesler, Counselor