Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

September 18-22, 2017

A Note from the principal...

Hi Dove parents!

What an amazing week we had at Dove Elementary! We had a great turnout at Curriculum Night on Tuesday, and we look forward to continuing to build relationships with our Dove families throughout the year. I had the opportunity to visit classrooms this week, and I am blown away by the amazing learning experiences our Dove Dolphins have each and every day!

This past week, students at Dove Elementary showed empathy for those impacted by the recent hurricanes. “Heroes for Harvey” started when fifth graders decided to help those left in need by the hurricane. Through a towel and coin drive students were able to present 179 towels and $1,326.30 to the victims of Harvey.
After the money was counted, a few students were asked to talk about what they did. 5th grader Parker L. said “Now we need to do it for Florida.”

This is just one of the many examples of the caring and globally-minded citizen we are creating at Dove Elementary.

We Inquire TO LEARN!
We make a difference, WORLDWIDE.
We are proud to be IB.

Don't forget THIS Friday, Lunch with a Loved One will be during all lunches, and Friday night is our All School Picnic at Dove Park. We hope to see you all at both these events!

Proud to be your principal,

Heather Landrum

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Curriculum Night Feedback Needed

I would like to thank all our families for attending Curriculum Night last Tuesday. As we reflect on last week's Curriculum Night, we would like your feedback on how we can improve that experience for our school. Please use this Curriculum Night Feedback form to let us know what you think!

Lunch with a Loved One

We would like to invite our "Loved Ones" to join us for lunch on Friday, September 22. We need to give our cafeteria staff an idea of how many lunches to prepare for our students and their loved ones on Friday. Please complete this form by Wednesday, September 20 to let us know your lunch plans. Loved ones can park in the front parking lot at Dove Elementary or at Dove Park. There will be a staff member welcoming them at the front of the building and directing them to our cafeteria. Lunch times have been slightly altered to accommodate our visitors, so please check the schedule below to be sure you know what time your student's lunch is. After lunch, loved ones are invited back to their student's classroom. When the grade level returns from recess, we ask that you exit the building through the front doors so the class can continue with their instructional time.

All visitors to Dove must sign in. For this event, we will ask our visitors to present their photo ID and sign in as a visitor in the foyer. Please be prepared to show your ID when visiting Dove. 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 our Lunch with a Loved One event. Thank you for your patience as we get all our visitors signed in and ready for lunch on Friday!

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Dove All-School Picnic

We are super excited about our upcoming All-School Picnic! This annual event is so much fun and so many of our Dove Families come out to enjoy an evening at the park with friends. Our Dove Dad's Club will be grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs, we will also have popcorn, snow cones, and lots of other fun treats.

We are offering a Picnic Ticket Pre-Sale now through September 20th. Lines to buy tickets for food and treats can get long, so skip the line and buy your tickets online today! Pre-Sale tickets are sold in increments of 10. We will pre-sort all tickets and have them ready for quick pick-up at the PTA Membership table at the picnic.


If you would like to volunteer to help with the All-School Picnic, we will need parents to help with set-up, clean-up, and at various stations through the evening. CLICK HERE to view the sign-up. We appreciate our parent volunteers!

Dove Dad's Club

From the President:

We need members to help set up, cook, help cross streets, and generally help make the picnic fun. In addition to volunteers I need folding tables for prep and serving areas. If you have some to lend us we would really appreciate it. Also, if you sign up to cook, bring your own spatula and a chair for breaks. We will have the grills, propane, food, shade etc. This is a great event and should be a lot of fun. Sign up to volunteer here!

The second item is our 1st DDC meeting for this year. We are going to get together, talk about what Dads Club needs and wants to get done this year, and then hang out and have some fun. I am planing on doing this at Wise Guys Pizza since they were such a good host for the PTA. If you have other meeting locations you want to suggest, let me know. I am hoping to get as many people there as possible so that we can see what is possible for the club this year. Stay tuned for a date and time. I will send that out and create a Facebook event ASAP (please like the DDC Facebook page if you have not already).

Check out the Facebook page at:

Dove Dads Facebook Page

Finally, Thank you to all the Dad's who came out for the Doors with Dad's. I thought it was a cool event.

Bret Bailey

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Parent Technology Academy

The Parent Technology Academy will be conducting presentations and classes on various topics including: family access classes, social media and apps to be aware of on your child's devices, ways to encourage proper usage of technology at home, understanding txt lingo and the apps students use to communicate as well as ways older students can promote themselves online to increase visibility for scholarships and more.

Please use this link to provide some feedback on what kind of classes you would like!

Parenting Workshops 2017-2018

Hosted by GCISD Elementary Counselors
Join families from across GCISD and receive valuable information on some important topics.
Workshops will be held at different elementary campuses throughout the year.
All parents in GCISD are encouraged to attend. Please see flyers below as they become available.
  • September 26th @ 6:30 pm: Bullying presented by the Parenting Center
@ Grapevine Elementary
  • November: Behavior and Discipline
@ Timberline Elementary
  • January: Stewards of Children
@ Glenhope Elementary
  • March: Netsmartz
@ Heritage Elementary
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Attention Parents!

The Health Services Department is looking for parents that are registered nurses to help cover campus clinics. If you are an RN and are interested in covering your child's school clinic on a PRN basis, please contact Amy Howard at

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!
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Free/Reduced Lunch

The grace period for receiving meals on the free and reduced application from the previous year will end on October 2, 2017. Nutrition Services will mail a letter to the household by September 14th notifying parents they need to fill out a new free and reduced application. In addition to the letter, please households may fill out a new free and reduced application online

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Athel Micka (817.251.5617) or Julie Telesca (817.251.5615). Thank you for your assistance.

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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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!

Upcoming Events

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

September 22-

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
"Lunch with a Loved One" during all lunches- Don't forget your picture ID!!
  • PTA Meeting 6-7 @ Dove Park
  • All School Picnic 6-8 @ Dove Park
September 25- Clubs at Dove start

September 26- BoosterThon KICK OFF!! PepRallies in the Gym

September 28-

  • Kids' Beach Club starts in Dove gym

September 29-

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • All-School Assembly to honor our Communicator Students of the Month!
October 5-

  • Doors with Dads
  • Fun Run at Dove
  • Dove Spirit Shop Open at Lunches
  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!

October 6 and 9- Student Holiday

Christmas Club is full