Ms. Dorrell's Class Newsletter

November 2022

AMI and Snow Day Update

Each student has been assigned a district Chromebook to use both at school and at home, if needed. As we approach the winter weather season, starting Tuesday, November 1, elementary students will begin taking these devices to and from school each day in the case of inclement weather.

While our district will still plan to utilize “snow days” in the event of winter storms, there is a limit to how many we are allowed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In an effort to prevent our students and staff from having to make up missed days at the end of the school year, students taking devices home daily allows the district to be able to quickly implement an AMI Day (virtual learning), if needed. This will continue for elementary students through the month of March.

Elementary students should not have a need to utilize their school devices outside of school hours. Therefore, it's recommended they stay in backpacks at home when not needed for learning or when not charging. We ask that families send their students to school every day with their fully-charged Chromebook and charger.

If an AMI day needs to be implemented, directions from teachers will be shared with our families and students, which will ensure a smooth day of virtual learning.

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Important Upcoming Days:


31 - No School (Fall Break)


4 - Student Leadership Teams

11 - Veterans' Day Assembly @ 1:30

18 - Student Leadership Teams

23-25 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Mrs. Dorrell, Come See Me

If your child has a sport or out of school activity they'd like me to attend, please fill out the Google form with the information so I can plan ahead.

Our Class Mission Statement

This past week we worked together to draft a mission statement - a promise we have as 5th graders in this class. Here's what the students came up with:

Welcome to Mrs. Dorrell's Class! We come to school to learn and socialize with others. We want to make friends and be successful. We promise to be respectful, be upstanders, be safe, and work hard.

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Classroom Calendar

Click on the link to access your student's Google Calendar. This syncs with their online classroom and includes due dates and other upcoming events.

What We're Working On...

W.I.N.: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Reading: Affixes

Writing: Foundations of Writing - 6 Traits of Writing

Math: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Science: Matter

Social Studies: Westward Expansion

Class Directory

For those who checked off at Open House, names and contact information can be found on the link. If you'd like to add or remove your name from the directory, please reach out!

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Troops Champs!

Congrats to Dutch Dorrells!

They won the Troops competition for the first half of 1st Quarter! Throughout each month, tables compete in activities and earn bonus points by following school expectations. They enjoyed Sonic slushees. At the end of the week, the team in the leads gets to host a traveling trophy.

We can’t wait to see who wins next!

End of Day Transportation Changes

ALL end of day transportation changes MUST go through the office by 3:00 PM. Please call 732-3610 or you're welcome to send a note w/ your kiddo. I can not take verbal changes via students.

Counselor's Corner

The School Counselor visited the classroom this week! We talked about Bullying and ways to stay Bully Free. We discussed interacting with others in ways that respect individual and group differences and applying personal safety skills and coping strategies. Please ask your student about the book we read "Tough". Any worksheets we do in class will be coming home in their leadership binders.

PDSA Goals

82% Met or Advanced on Adding and Subtracting - I can add and subtract whole numbers and decimals.

82% Met or Advanced on Point of View and Perspective - I can describe how a narrator's point of view and perspective influences events of a story.



86% Met or Advanced on Theme, Conflict, and Resolution - I can explain the theme, or moral lesson, conflict, and resolution in a story or novel.


Our building level goal is to have a proportional attendance rate of more than 95%.

As a class, we are working on earning extra recess for perfect attendance.

Building Improvement Plan and School Performance

Schofield Elementary's goal to make sure more than 80% of students are proficient with Missouri Learning Standards for math and literacy.
Family Care and Safety Registration

In order to volunteer or attend field trips, adults MUST be registered and keep registration up to date each year.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

The application for free/reduced meals is also now available through the SISK12 Parent Portal. Take note, qualifications for this benefit may have changed. While this application was not required for the last two school years, it must be filled out to utilize this benefit during the 2022-2023 school year.

Even if your family does not anticipate qualifying for discounted meals, the free/reduced meal status of our students provides many other opportunities outside of meals. As noted in the graphic above, the percentage of students who qualify for free/reduced meals in our district allows our schools to receive important federal funding that supports student literacy growth, Leader in Me resources and various programs that provide needs for our most at-risk learners.

Go to to complete yours form!

Each class will earn an EXTRA RECESS when they reach 90% of students with a completed Free/Reduced Lunch Application!

Daily Schedule

Monday - Thursday

8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Seatwork

8:30-9:30 Specials

9:30-9:40 Morning Meeting

9:40-10:10 W.I.N. - RtI time

10:10-11:40 Reader's Workshop

11:40-12:15 Writer's Workshop

12:15-12:40 Lunch

12:40-1:10 Recess

1:10-2:30 Math

2:30-3:15 Content (Science/Social Studies)

3:15-3:30 Dismissal


8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Seatwork

8:30-9:30 Specials

9:30-11:00 ELA - Reading/Writing Workshop

11:00-12:15 Math

12:15-12:40 Lunch

12:40-1:10 Recess

1:10-1:50 Content (Science/Social Studies)

1:50-2:30 LEAD Time

Specials Schedule

Monday: PE

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Library

Emily Dorrell

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Dorrell and I will be teaching 5th grade at Schofield this year.

This is my 5th year of teaching - all in 5th grade! I graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education.

Over the summer, I got married to my best friend, Luke! You may have seen my name around Schofield last year as Ms. Compton. We are proud cat-parents to Ned, and dog-parents to Daisy and Goose.

I have a plan time every day from 8:30-9:30, please contact me or call during that time for the quickest reply.