DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY UPDATE

September 6, 2021

Dear Davis Hill Community,


Thanks to all of our staff and community members for making the first week of school a success! From my observations, it looks like our DHDragons are excited to start the school year in a more traditional fashion and to be together!


I want to thank all of our staff members who worked so diligently in preparation for the beginning of the school year. Everyone has pitched in to make Davis Hill ready and our staff will continue to be there for our students and families as we progress through the year.


I also want to send thanks to our DHCommunity members who supported the transition of our Dragons back to school. We very much appreciate the high level of support we receive from our DHCommunity during these unconventional times. We are all in this together, and share the same goal of supporting our students.


I did want to add a few items of general information as we continue the transition back to school.


RECESS/ LUNCH:

Our lunch and recess block is approximately 50-55 minutes long per day. Provided our goal to continue to split the lunches by grade level, we have to run 6 separate recess/ lunch periods. While this does help us with supervision, student behavior and allows the opportunity for increased spacing, we do find that both of these periods require a significant amount of administrative support. While this high amount of administrative support is typical during the first 2-3 weeks of school, we are finding that the high numbers of students buying lunch is impacting the overall flow of the lunch period and transition from recess. We expect this to improve as students settle more into a routine, learn their lunch codes (we are trying to help them and we always have them on hand at school if they forget), find their seats and 'concentrate' on eating during lunch (and not just socializing... which can be tough!!). We are limited to what we can do beyond what we are already doing provided staffing and scheduling, but I did want to let everyone know that we are trying our best to support our students during these highly social and important parts of the day for many of our DHDragons.


STUDENT BEHAVIOR:

I have always felt a great sense of gratitude for how polite, kind and supportive our DHDragons are! We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the year and our DHDragons appear happy to reconnect with their friends/ classmates and seem excited to make some new friends.


During this time of year, staff is working solidifying procedures/ routines and building up our students' listening skills and ability to follow directions. This takes some practice as students get used to being back in school!


We will be emphasizing the concepts of (self) responsibility and respect for self and others at the administrative level this year.


Our goal when dealing with any disciplinary issues are to resolve them in a respectful and productive manner that supports student learning and ideally resolves the situation. We attempt to use responsive approaches that support problem solving, communication, mediation and a 'team' approach.


OFFICE DISMISSALS

We respectfully request that all afternoon office dismissals (when they are required) occur prior to 3:10. The reason for this request is that it is difficult to balance end-of-the-day needs and the upcoming school-wide dismissal in the office. The office is considered 'closed' from 3:15-3:45 during the dismissal period.


POLICY REVIEW/ LOST ARTICLES*

The school will not assume responsibility for any items (brought to school by students), which are lost or stolen. A Lost and Found area is maintained in the cafeteria. On a monthly basis, unclaimed clothing will be donated. Pupils are encouraged to turn in any article found to the Lost and Found Area. Items coming to school, including lunch boxes, book bags, coats, hats, boots, and mittens should be clearly labeled with the student's first and last name.


*We respectfully request that students do not bring toys/ cards (Pokemon/ etc.)/ stuffed animals or personal possessions from home. These items can easily become lost, damaged or be ‘traded’ with friends.


CHANGES IN ROUTINE DISMISSAL:

If you have a change in dismissal routine, please make sure to write a note to your child's teacher.


If there is a change in dismissal necessary that occurs during the school day- the school office must receive a phone call. Thank you!


Kindly,

Jay Norton, Principal


Quote of the Week:

"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind."

-Joyce Meyer

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QUICK NOTES

-School Hours 9:00-3:30 (Doors Open at 8:50 and Dismissal starts at 3:25)

-School phone number (508.829.1754)

-Lunch Menu for September (HERE)


Please Note: Please be familiar with the following ADDENDUM to both our WRSD OPENING PLAN and Davis Hill Handbook.

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DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH-ASSESSMENT EVERYDAY

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DRAGON DASH!

It's back! Please see the flyer below for information on this year's Dragon Dash! We are excited to be able to hold this event again this year and hope to see many of our DHDragons and DHCommunity members! Thank you to the Davis Hill PTA and our Dragon Dash volunteers and sponsors for helping to make it happen!

POOL TESTING

More information coming on Pool Testing. Keep an eye out!
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Update from WRSD Food Services

Wachusett Regional School District will be offering free lunch and breakfast (breakfast not currently available at DH. Looking to start in October) to all students through June 2022. Families do not need to complete the Free & Reduced Meal Application to receive these meals.

Families that may qualify for free or reduced fees (i.e. athletic fees , PSAT, SAT tests and college application fees) are encouraged to complete the form located on the WRSDschoolnutrition.com website to confirm eligibility.


Students wishing to purchase a second breakfast will be charged the regular purchase price of $2.25.

A second lunch will be charged the regular purchase price of $3.25 ($3.50 at WRHS).

Students bringing lunch from home may purchase milk for .60


Snacks and a la carte items are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Students must have funds available on their account or cash. IOUs are not permitted.

Please visit MySchoolBucks.com to set up an account for online payments to your child's lunch account.


SY 21-22 Early Release Days

The cafeteria will be providing Grab n' Go bag lunches at dismissal time for students on all scheduled early release days. Pre-orders will be taken in your child's first class of the morning.


Menus

The monthly lunch menu and all other foodservice related information can be found at WRSDschoolnutrition.com


Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact Margaret Barton, Supervisor of School Nutrition, at 508-829-1670 x278 or by email at Margaret_Barton@wrsd.net


Thank you!

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IMPORTANT DATES/ INFORMATION

Monday, September 6th:

-No School/ Labor Day


Tuesday, September 14th:

-Bus Evacuation Drill in AM (May impact traffic)


Week of September 27th:

-Book Fair Week (More Info Coming)


Wednesday, September 29th:

-Half-Day Professional Development Day (12:30 Dismissal)


Sunday, October 3rd:

-Dragon Dash (See Link HERE)


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday October 5th, 6th and 7th:

-Hearing and Vision Screening


Thursday, October 7th:

-Picture Day


Monday, October 10th:

-No School/ State Holiday-Indigenous Peoples' Day


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Please Note: Dates may be subject to change pending circumstances outside of our control.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who completed the 'Communication' Survey I put earlier in August. Please see the link below for results. In total, I received 226 Responses and 35 Comments! That's awesome!



LINK HERE


Overall summary from the data:

1. Most folks prefer Sunday's or any day for the update. Sunday's have typically worked best, but there will be occasions where it comes out Friday/ Saturday as well.

2. Overwhelming preference for written communication or a combo with video. I tend to use written the most. Videos occasionally.

3. Generally, Facebook is the most preferred social media site. I will post Community Updates to Facebook Page and my Facebook site and Twitter and occasionally post pics to the DHPrincipal Instagram and Facebook account.

4. Comments generally positive with some constructive feedback on ideas around repeated information.

SIMCO

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL (SIMCO)

The School Improvement Council (SIMCO) is an advisory committee that every school in the Commonwealth must have in place. We are looking for a combination of school staff, parents and community members to serve on our SIMCO. There will be approximately 6 meetings during the school year (Meeting day/ time TBD). Some areas of discussion include MCAS results, our School Improvement Plan, school goals, parent survey planning and results, among other items. Please contact me if you are interested.

PARENT CORNER

A video that I have shared before that is worth reviewing if looking for practical strategies for supporting the development of kindness.
10 Ways to Teach Kids Kindness | Parenting A to Z
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