November Family Newsletter
November 2023 🦃
🧡 From the Principal 🧡
Hello Tiger Families!
With report cards behind us, we can look forward to the holiday season! This is a time of year when we reflect on the past year and are thankful for the things we have. I am thankful for being the principal of this amazing school! Working collaboratively, we make DCPHW a GREAT place to be!
Tuesday, November 7th will be a professional learning day for teachers. Students will not have school. Each day, our hard working teachers look for ways to grow and learn in order to bring the best educational strategies to our students.
We have numerous activities happening during the month of November such as the Fams-giving • Family 5K• Scholastic Book Fair and many more so please read the entire newsletter!
A special THANK YOU for all you do to support your child’s education ~ enjoy this season of Thanks & Giving with your family and friends.
The school day officially begins at 8:05am. Students arriving after 8:25am will be marked tardy.
If you need to pick up your child early from school. Please do so BEFORE 2:00pm.
It is very important your child arrive on time every day when school is in session. Research shows when students regularly attend school they perform better academically and experience more success.
Attendance Reports we begin to run every 2 weeks. Below are the guidelines we follow for referring families to truancy.
A nudge letter will be sent to families if their child has 5 or more absences.
Attendance letters are sent to students according to the number of days they are absence:
10+ absences=Letter #1 (family will be invited in for an attendance intervention meeting)
15+ absences=Letter #2
20+ absences=Letter #3
Having a documented medical excuse will determine whether the absence is excused or not excused.
A Home visit will be conducted after a family receives a second attendance letter.
School administration will decide when it is an appropriate time to file for truancy. This is traditional done after there have been at least two parent contacts made by the building and a family attendance intervention meeting.
All visitors including parents/guardians dropping off or picking up children are only permitted to enter the building after buzzed in my the office staff. Before entry, guests will need to state the reason for their visit while outside the building.
All volunteers must have a current background check on file, sign in and wear a Visitor Badge. Any non-staff member in the building must be here for a specific reason such as volunteer work, PTO, or another approved purpose.
National Online Safety Resources
We have had an increase of social media issues over the past month. These issues are impacting students, their friends, and families. We wanted to send out some information to our parents about Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms that are being used. We truly need YOUR help in working with our students to help understand that social media has to be used responsibly. Please help us help your students by having these conversations frequently with your child.I promise we are having those same conversations here at school as well. We appreciate your help!
National Online Safety has put together some fantastic resources for parents about social media apps, online games, and trending issues so they can have informed discussions with their children. All resources, plus much more can be accessed from the National Online Safety website:
Download Resources: http://bit.ly/2v8rsEX (additional resources available from National Online Safety website)
Visit the National Online Safety Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety/
Want to improve your child’s reading? Try the Dyad Reading Method
One of the most important things parents can do, other than to help their children grow up healthy and happy, is to help them develop excellent reading skills. Children’s ability to learn to read directly affects their performance in school and also how successful they are throughout their lives. Children can access the knowledge of the world when they learn to read well.
Everyone has heard the proverb “Practice makes perfect.” It is true that engaged reading practice is a powerful contributor to development of accuracy, fluency, and a high level of understanding of what is read. Lower-achieving children read three times less often than higher-achieving children (Allington, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984; Allington & McGill-Frazen, 1989). Nothing motivates children to read like knowing how to read.
One effective way parents can read with their children to improve reading skills is to use the Dyad reading method. The procedure is simple:
- Share one book.
- Sit side by side.
- Use one SMOOTH finger.
- Read with two voices.
- Keep eyes on words.
- Don’t go too fast or too slow.
- Write down words you don’t know.
- Have fun!
The child can read with a parent, an older sibling, or a friend who is a strong reader. Read for 15 minutes and then discuss the words that were written down. Problem solve together to decode the words the child did not know and determine meanings. Show the child how to decode the words—break the words into syllables, identify root words, prefixes, suffixes, or compound words, and provide child-friendly definitions, emphasizing problem solving and decoding strategies. Show the child how to look up words on the Internet or how to use a dictionary.
The Tiger Den PTO is our Parent Teacher Organization. Our main goal is to establish and maintain a working relationship among parents, the school, and the community. We wish to enhance and support the educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school. We also want to encourage parental involvement in the school.
It is so easy to join the team-
If you would like to learn more...
please come to our next Tiger's Den meeting on
Tuesday, November 14th from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.
*children are welcome to attend*
Brilliant Detroit will be presenting at our next PTO meeting. They will share the various resources they provide as an organization.
Scholastic Book Fair
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR- OCTOBER 30TH - NOVEMBER 10TH
We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.
Remaining Basketball Schedule:
11/4/23 Host K-2 and 3-4 Basketball 9am - 2am
11/6/23 Host 5-8th Girls Basketball 5pm - 8pm
11/8/23 @ PEC 5-8th Girls Basketball (One game @ 6pm)
11/11/23 Host K-2 and 3-4 Basketball 9am - 3am
11/13/23 Host 5-8th Girls Basketball 5pm - 8pm
11/16/23 Host 5-8th Girls Basketball 5pm - 8pm
11/27/23 Playoffs Begin for 5-8th Girls Basketball
12/2/23 Playoffs Begin for K-2 and 3-4 Basketball
Boys Basketball Tryouts:
5th/6th and 7th/8th grade
Season will run from Jan-April (including a christmas
tournament DEC 12/8 and 12/9
Varsity Games will be : Wednesdays and Saturdays
JV Games will be: Tuesday and Thursdays
Dates to be announced in December
November Upcoming Events
Please be on the lookout for detailed information about Fams-Giving
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)
Our next Dads event will be Tuesday, November 14th 8:30am-9:30am. We would like Watch DOGS to help in the lunchroom, during recess time, arrival, and dismissal time.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational program. There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security.
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS will wear their official WATCH D.O.G.S. and will be asked to help out during lunch, during recess time, arrival, and dismissal time.
If you are interested in being a Watch DOG, please attend our next meeting on Tuesday, November 14th 8:30am-9:30am ALL Watch DOGS must have a current Criminal Background Check on file.
Watch DOGS can contact Mr Miller or Mr. Moseley for more information.
rmiller@dcpschools or email@example.com