Principal's Corner

Mrs. Marie Collie, Principal

JANUARY ISSUE

THANK YOU!!

On behalf of all the staff and students here at Durham Nockamixon, I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to:


  • Mrs. Beck, for directing our 4th and 5th grade students in a truly amazing holiday concert!
  • Our PTA officers, committee chairs and volunteers for hosting a delicious Santa Breakfast and holiday shop for our students and the entire Durham community to enjoy!
  • The entire Durham Community for supporting our local families in need with your generous gifts of food and non-perishables along with warm hats and gloves!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP DOGS!!

Congratulations to Madison Fennell, Lexis Deppe and Jenna Nicholas for receiving Top Dog Awards! They were recognized at our last school-wide assembly for demonstrating kindness to others! What a wonderful example for all of us on how to become "Bucket Fillers!"

WINTER IS HERE!

Please remember to dress your child appropriately for outside play. We try to go outside at least for 15 minutes each day provided that the temperature is at or above 20 degrees. Therefore, please send your child to school with winter coats, warm hats and gloves so that they may enjoy the outdoor fun and exercise with friends.
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NAME THE MASCOT CONTEST!

The results are in after many entries by all our Durham Nockamixon Bulldogs!! Of all the entries submitted the top two names entered were: Spike and Buster. The final votes came from our students who voted with their classmates by homeroom for their favorite mascot name...SPIKE was the winning name! Thanks to all our DN Bulldogs for participating in this fun school-spirited event!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zydX9q599lY

A Message From the Counselor

We are excited to inform you that a peer mediation program is underway at Durham Nockamixon! Our peer mediation program will give 5th grade students the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills by helping our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade friends to problem-solve during lunch and recess. 5th grade peer mediators are currently being trained on the mediation process and the program will be monitored by our Durham Nockamixon staff.


If a student chooses to seek the help of a peer mediator they can expect the following:

- The peer mediator will listen to each student share their perspective on the conflict.

- Students seeking the help of a mediator will be asked to agree to follow a set of guidelines that will be presented.

- Students will brainstorm with the peer mediators to find some possible solutions to the conflict

- Students will select and try a solution

- Peer mediators will report to an adult if a problem is beyond their capabilities to help.


Seeking a peer mediators help is optional. Students can always go directly to an adult for assistance if they prefer. We hope that as this program develops and grows, we will find that the peer mediator program increases leadership and independence, and decreases conflicts as students learn to problem-solve peacefully. Please feel free to contact our school counselor, Alison Duffy, with any questions regarding the peer mediator program.

Many thanks to Miss Duffy, our school counselor and Mrs. Vascallo, our speech therapist for the active role you have taken in launching this program for our students!

MTS Club Begins!

MTS Club will begin on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and run through Thursday, February 13. 2014 from 3:45-5:00. This after school club is provided to our students in grades 3, 4, & 5 in the areas of reading and math.
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AFTER SCHOOL CLUBHOUSE RETURNS!

This long standing Durham Nockamixon tradition continues! Please be sure to check your e-alerts and Friday Folders in order to sign up for a clubhouse that may peek your interest! Clubhouse is always held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-5:00. The dates are as follows: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11.

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CALENDAR CHANGE FOR FEBRUARY

Due to snow days, Friday, February 14th & Monday, February 17th are regular school days for students.

AT A GLANCE...

January

27- Student Holiday/Turn Around Day

31- Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale/Assembly @ 9:30 PM

31- Spelling Bee @ 2:00 PM, Grades 4 & 5

31- 3rd Grade Recipe Contest Entries Due


February

12- PTA Mtg. @ 9:15AM

3, 10, 17, 24- After School Clubhouse 3:30-5:00PM

7- Market Day Orders Due

13- Market Day Pick-Up 3:00PM

14- Report Cards Distributed

21- Sweet Heart Dance @ 6:30-8:30

28- Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

-3rd & 4th Grade Show @10 AM (School Wide/3rd gr. Grandparents Invited)

-3rd & 4th Grade Show @2 PM (4th gr. Grandparents Invited)