Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

August 28-September 1, 2017

A Note from the principal...

Hi Dove parents!


Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! We had a fantastic first week of school building relationships and diving into new learning this past week! This year one of our focus areas is on building strong relationships with our Dove families. I hope that each of you will consider joining me as a PTA member and supporting our school! This month we will have many opportunities to be involved at Dove. Our curriculum night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 from 5:30-6:45. We will offer two times for you to visit your child's classroom, and for our families with multiple students, this will allow you to visit different grade levels. If you're new to Dove, I will host a New to Dove group in our Learning Commons between sessions. Our traditional Grandparents' Day Luncheon has been renamed so as to be more inclusive. Lunch with a Loved One will be on Friday, September 22. I hope to see you all at lunch on that day and then again that evening at Dove Park for our annual All School Picnic! Great things are happening at Dove!


Proud to be your principal,


Heather Landrum

Visiting Dove

All visitors to Dove must sign in at the front office. The designated front office staff member will ask if the person is visiting or volunteering and will view the visitor’s photo identification to confirm identity. Visitors will have their ID scanned each year. Returning visitors do not need to have their IDs scanned again but must present the photo ID to confirm identity. Please be prepared to show your ID to the ladies in the front office each time you visit or volunteer. Once identity has been confirmed, you will be issued a visitor/volunteer badge. This must be worn at all times while in the building during the school day (7:40-2:55), and you must return the badge to the front office to "sign out" when you leave. Thank you for your patience as we get our Raptor system back up and running from the summer and the potentially longer lines for visitors at special events. Maintaining a safe and secure school building is our utmost concern!

Volunteers Needed!

At Dove, we believe in the partnership between the classroom teacher, student, and parents, and we want you to be a part of our Dove community! Volunteers are needed for a variety of reasons throughout the year. Whether you will be working with a small group of students, filing papers for Monday folders, helping at Field Day, or chaperoning a field trip, all volunteers must view the GCISD Volunteer handbook and complete a background check every year. More information can be found on the Volunteer page on the GCISD Website. We look forward to seeing you around Dove soon!

Birthday Treats Policy Change

I wanted to let you know about a campus-wide change regarding birthday celebrations. We love to celebrate our students and staff throughout the year; however, we want to be mindful of health guidelines and restrictions that could impact some of our dolphins. GCISD Health Services encourages and recommends that birthday treats be non-food items, so beginning with this school year, we will not permit food treats to be left at the receptionist desk in order to be delivered to the classroom.


We are not making this change because we don’t want students to be able to celebrate their birthday; we are being mindful of the health and safety of all students. Parents are more than welcome to deliver non-food items such as goody bags filled with pencils, erasers, stickers, gel pens, bubbles, etc. We also would welcome a book donation to the library in the name of your student.


I understand that this is a change from previous school years and we appreciate your cooperation as we make this shift moving forward.


I am looking forward to a great year of celebrations at Dove!

From PTA...

Dear Dove Parents,


Our annual PTA Membership drive is going on now! Joining online is super quick and easy - just go to www.joinpta.org and follow the steps. Membership is open to both parents, students, grandparents, and anyone who wants to support Dove PTA. It takes about two minutes to join, and membership dues are just $10.


Our PTA directly benefits every single student and teacher in our school. We provide support and funding for a wide variety of activities through out the school year as well as many special projects. Over the summer, we were able to purchase a SCHOOL SET of headphones. Every student will be provided with headphones to go with their iPad or Chromebook courtesy of Dove PTA. Dove PTA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all of the funds we raise through membership dues and fundraising efforts goes directly back into our school, our students, and our teachers. We reimburse our teachers for money they spend out of pocket for their classrooms, PTA funds all class fields trips and class parties, plus much more. Like I said, PTA directly benefits every single student and teacher in our school, so please support Dove PTA by becoming a member or renewing your membership from last year. Joining PTA is NOT a commitment to volunteer. Simply joining and paying the $10 in dues helps us tremendously. We are nothing without our members, and we appreciate your support! Join online today!


We are so excited to announce that we are launching a brand new Spirit Shop for all of our Dove Dolphins! We will have lots of super fun stuff for your kids AND you! You can even get a head start on your shopping by ordering one of our BRAND NEW Spirit Shirts online today!
We have 3 brand new designs in both Adult and Youth sizes. Show your Dove Dolphin pride and GEAR UP!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook @DoveElementaryPTA and on Twitter @DovePTA to stay up-to-date on everything we have going on at the school!

We have also just launched a Facebook and Twitter page for our Dove Dads' Club so be sure to follow us there, too! Find the DDC on Facebook and Twitter!


Thank you for supporting Dove PTA!


Sincerely,

Sarah Carlock

Dove PTA President

There's an App for That!

Exciting news from the GCISD Communications Department! The new GCISD App is live- download today!

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iPad Update

Students who took iPads home over the summer should return with them on the first day of school. Our campus technician will distribute iPads to students who did not take home devices over the summer for use until our new iPads arrive on Thursday, Sept. 7th. More specific details about the new iPad distribution will come in the next several weeks.


2017- 2018 Student Device Cost UPDATE!


Effective the 2017-2018 school year, the below matrix will be applied for student 1:1 device repair fees. Please note the grandfather clause for students already paid into the prior $50 student fee.


$0 up front cost - (incident numbers are per year)

An incident is some form of physical breakage associated to the device


1st incident - no cost for repair

notification sent to parents and student, cc to assistant principal


2nd incident - $15 fee assessed

notification sent to parents and student, cc to assistant principal and campus bookkeeper


3rd incident - Full cost of device repair

notification sent to parents and student cc to assistant principal and campus bookkeeper


Grandfathered students (those that paid the $50 fee in 2016-2017); The following applies, unless intentional damage, then cost of the repair will be based on damage.


1st incident - no cost for repair

notification sent to parents and student, cc to assistant principal


2nd incident - no cost for repair

notification sent to parents and student, cc to assistant principal and campus bookkeeper

3rd incident - Full cost of device repair

notification sent to parents and student, cc to assistant principal and campus bookkeeper

Drop-Off and Dismissal

Dove Elementary Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures


DROP OFF

  • Students may enter from the front doors or the doors by the bus circle.

  • Students wanting to eat breakfast should plan to be at school at 7:15 am.

  • Supervision for K, 1st, and 2nd graders begins at 7:15 am in the cafeteria.

  • Supervision for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders begins at 7:15 am in the gym.

  • There is no supervision prior to 7:15 am; Therefore no children will be admitted into the building prior to 7:15 am.

  • You may drop off your child at the front drive or side bus circle beginning at 7:15 am each day.

  • All children need to exit their vehicle on the passenger side so the can step onto the curb.

  • If there is a need for you to get out of your car to assist your child, please park in a parking space and escort your child to the crosswalk.


PICK UP

Kindergarten:

  • All kindergarten students will be dismissed from the gym.

  • Older students with kindergarten siblings will come to the gym at dismissal time to meet you.

  • Parents should park across the street at Dove Park and use the crosswalk to the far north gym door. DO NOT park in the bus circle as this is reserved for busses.

  • When you enter the gym, please make sure you have your pick up sign with you.

  • Please wait patiently while a teacher pairs each student with their adult.

  • The back gym door will be open at 2:55 pm.

  • All parents of kindergarten students will enter through the back gym door and leave with your child(ren) through the front gym door.

  • Kindergarten students NOT picked up by 3:05 pm will be escorted by a teacher to the front office. Parents will need to come into the office to sign out their child.


Grades 1-5:

  • You can use the car line in the front of the school or park and walk to the front of the building to get your child.

  • If you choose to park, you may use the lot in the front of the school or park at Dove Park.

  • When students are dismissed at 2:55 pm, they will come to the front of the school to either be picked up by a parent who has walked up or they will be taken to their parents car as they get close to the front of the car line.

  • Please do not park in the car line and get out to get your child.

  • 1st-5th grade students NOT picked up by 3:05 pm will be escorted by a teacher to the front office. Parents will need to come into the office to sign out their child.

  • If you need to make changes to your child’s pick up routine, please send a note to your child’s teacher or call the office by 1:30 pm on the day of the change.

Upcoming Events

September 1- College Colors Day! Wear your favorite college colors to school today!

All School Assembly in the gym 7:45-8:15

Dove Dynamic Drummer tryouts (after school)

September 4- No School- Labor Day Holiday

September 5- PTA Executive Board Meeting 9-11am @ Dove

September 12- Curriculum Night 5:30-6:45 (more details soon)

September 14- Fall Picture Day

September 21- GT Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30

September 22- "Lunch with a Loved One" during all lunches

PTA Meeting 6-7 @ Dove Park

All School Picnic 6-8 @ Dove Park