Doby's Bridge Elementary News

April 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Doby's Bridge Families,

This week's newsletter is sooner than normal due to our school sharing the virtual celebration from Kenny & the Dragon. Typically, when we finish our chosen book from One School, One Book, we invite families into our school for an evening event filled with activities to participate in together. This year, we are unable to invite families into our building, so we thought we would share a virtual classroom filled with a wide range of activities for your family to choose from. You can find out more information below.

I wish each of our Dragon families a safe and healthy Spring Break!

In this week's newsletter you'll find information regarding:

  • DBES Classes of the Week
  • One School, One Book Virtual Classroom
  • Related Arts News for the month of April
  • Education Tip of the Week for Families
  • Yearbook Orders
  • Miracle Park Assistance
  • Dragon Students of the Month

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance to you and your family.

Building the Bridge Together,

Amanda Kubbs


Doby's Bridge Classes of the Week

We are excited to recognize a class in K-2 and a class in 3-5 each week. These classes are chosen for their outstanding demonstration of the Dragon Expectations (Friendly, Including Others, Respectful, Engaging Minds).

Congratulations to Mrs. Dempsey's Class and Mrs. DePaola's Fifth Grade Class for being this week's classes of the week!

Kenny & the Dragon- Bitmoji Classrooms!

Tonight is the final chapter of Kenny & the Dragon! We have enjoyed reading this book as a school community! We are excited to share the cumulating activities below that you can complete together as a family if you chose. Each grade level, along with our related arts, administration, and leadership team, have created a Bitmoji Classroom full of activities that correlate with the book. Take a look at our classrooms and see which activities interest you! Click the image below to go to our google site and explore the many different activities our staff have created and/or found!

Related Arts Update for April

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Art with Mrs. Orlick

Art with Mrs. Orlick

Fifth Grade students are busy creating their own town or city using one-point perspective drawing techniques. Using one vanishing point will allow students to create the illusion of space and depth in their works.

Fourth Grade students are starting a sculpture lesson. Each student will use a block of wood, wire hanger, and a knee-high nylon stocking to design a three-dimensional work of art representing something from nature.

Third Grade students are learning about the Pop Artist, James Rizzi. James Rizzi was an American Pop artist best known for his vibrant, youthful graphics and his three-dimensional prints. Students are using the technique of overlapping to create depth in their artwork, while designing their own “Rizzi City”.

Second Grade students are weaving their own Kente Cloth. The word Kente refers to a Ghanaian textile, made of handwoven cloth strips of silk and cotton. Historically the fabric was worn in a toga-like fashion by royalty among ethnic groups including the Ewe and Ashanti. In modern Ghana, the wearing of Kente cloth has become widespread to commemorate special occasions, with highly sought after Kente brands led by master weavers.

First Grade students are learning about the artist Henri Matisse. They are studying the paintings Matisse created including goldfish. Students will use the element of Form and the Principle of Pattern to design a painting of their own.

Kindergarten students are learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his use of Texture in his self-portraits. Students have created texture rubbings and will now use them to design a self-portrait collage of their own.

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Guidance with Ms. Seborowski

During the month of April, K-2 students will focus on emotional awareness and regulation with Ms. Seborowski. Students will increase their vocabulary when discussing emotions, as well as recognize physical and somatic signals when they are experiencing various emotions.

For one of the No Place for Hate projects, 3-5 students will be working on a “passion project.” Students will be researching about a topic of their choosing that they feel passionately about and sharing how they can make a difference within their community (local, state, national). Students will have the opportunity to present their project through a medium of their choice.

Music with Mrs. Albertson

Mallet Madness continues in the music room this month. Adding music to literature will be the focus. Primary students will be working with “Little Bunny Foo Foo”, “Mortimer” and “Dino Train”. Upper grades will be working with “Caps for Sale” and “Aliens are coming,” as well as working on some performance type pieces. Through these stories, we will apply musical skills such as beat, rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, scales and of course ensemble playing! Hopefully we are having a little fun along the way too! Happy spring everyone!

PE with Coach Liebler and Starnes

Happy Spring! Students will enjoy class challenges involving teamwork and fitness, and learn new games involving throwing, catching and strategy with Coach Starnes. Students will be ready for the miniature golf course this spring and summer as they will be putting and chipping their way to success with Coach Liebler during golf!

Tech with Mrs. Shaffer

  • Typing Agent for Grades 2-5: Please encourage your student to work on Typing Agent throughout the week. They can access this resource through ClassLink. It would greatly benefit all students to work on this program 2-3 times per week.

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade will work on coding and keyboarding through the remainder of the year. We will be using CodeSpark Academy and Jungle Junior Typing.

  • Grades 2-3 will be working on a coding unit using CodeSpark Academy, Rapid Router Coding, and Scratch.

  • 4th Grade will be working on a coding unit using CodeSpark Academy, Code Combat, and Scratch.

  • 5th Grade will be working on a game design unit using Breakout EDU.

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Education Tip of the Week

Spring Break may provide time for relaxation and rejuvenation for our students! I do encourage all families to attempt to have their children stay on a consistent sleep schedule or at minimum be back on a normal sleep schedule by Saturday, April 10 so that our students are ready to continue learning on Monday, April12. When students don't get enough sleep, they can experience behavioral, mood, or learning issues. We can help set them up for success by having bedtime expectations. Some of these expectations could include, a consistent bedtime, limiting the amount of sugar in the afternoons and after dinner, and not allowing phones, computers, or tablets in the room overnight.
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Yearbook Orders- extended!

We’ve extended our deadline for ordering yearbooks! Softcover are $26 and Hardcover are $31. Place your order in Pay Fees through April 20th. Can’t remember if you’ve ordered a yearbook yet? Click on the “Paid” button in Pay Fees to see which fees you have paid already. Please contact Sara McCart with any questions at

Miracle Park Assistance

Help DBES support Miracle Park by donating plastic caps and lids for a recycled bench! Miracle Park is a project in Rock Hill being designed for people of all ages and abilities to play and work. This park is scheduled to open at the end of Summer 2021 and will include a state-of-the-art inclusive playground, multi-purpose fields, Miracle Fields, and a retail space dedicated to employing people with different abilities. By saving and donating plastic caps and lids, we can support Miracle Park and contribute to a recycled bench for the park.

DBES will be holding a grade level competition to see which grade level can bring in the most plastic tops and lids. The competition will begin after Spring Break and will run from Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. See the attached flyer for more information regarding acceptable plastic caps and lids.

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March Dragon Students of the Month

The following students were selected by their classmates as Dragon Students of the month for showing the character trait of Ambition:

Nora Wilson, Mason Granozio, Roman Incristo, Foster Mehlhouse, Landon Jones, Aubrey Robinson, AJ Konecke , Jack Haag, Gabriella Cardona, Leonardo Maselli, Charlie Mehlhouse, Jett Lafferty, Peyton Rilee, Connor Kiser, Virat Bais, Tanner Genobles, Michael Anderson, Liam Holleran, Easton Nesteruk, Sydney Swetta, Shrihan Akuraju, Audrey Melton, Larkyn Caruso , Grace Tucker, Anne Iadonisi, Haley Thomas, Nathaniel Casolare, Justin Silverman, Joey Eisenrieth, Alexa Incristo, Addison Winstead (RVES), Pradyun Bahayana, Cassidy Hartzog, Jackson Sebnick

In-Person Dragons of the Month

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FMVA Dragons of the Month

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Return to School Plan

Please click the link below to access Fort Mill School District's Return to School Plan. This link will provide up to date district information regarding in-person learning as well as information for the Fort Mill Virtual Academy.
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