Friday, November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019- Week 12

Dear Dale Street Families,


This week, Grade 4 classes had a fantastic time being geologists.  Special thanks to our amazingly supportive PTO for funding the Discovery Museum visits this week!

















Thank you to Jean Paul for doing our book review this week.  Jean Paul read This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart.  This book inspired him because, 'There's the title I didn't love, but when I read it, it was so good.  It also inspired me because they are telling the truth to their grandma.'  Thanks, Jean Paul!


In Ms. Bertschmann's fifth grade class this week, students played the role of teacher.  Students worked in groups to present review material to their fellow classmates.  The students were so creative and took pride in being great teachers!









Congratulations to Grade 4 teacher, Mrs. Scott and her family on the arrival of their second child, Griffin Michael!






Check out the PTO update with information about volunteer opportunities, fundraisers and more.


In the Makerspace with Mrs. Lowerre this week, Grade 5 students brainstormed a variety of creative ways to design and build sturdy, stable structures.  Very cool! 












Students have the opportunity to sign up to be a Dale Street Chromebook Captain.  Students learned about this school job yesterday during their lunchtime.  Interested students should complete this application and hand it in to the office by Friday, November 22, 2019.   

Ms. Sager's fifth grade students did some great, collaborative planning getting ready to film Episode 2 of their Global Giving video. Pennies for a Purpose Final Tally Grade 5 pulled off a win by the narrowest of margins in our game's history! A mere 467 points separated Grade 4 and Grade 5. 467 points is the equivalent of $4.67! Sincere gratitude goes to all those that contributed. In total, our Pennies for a Purpose/Silver Sabotage game brought in $1,344.25 for our friends in Zimbabwe.

November 20-22: Wire Craft Sale

We will be selling handmade Zimbabwean Wire Crafts during lunches this week. Cost of items will range from $3-$20.
Several wire crafts will be raffled.  Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each.
There will also be some buttons and bracelets on sale for a low price.

Here is the link for the Global Giving 2019 site:





The Dale Street Student Council is currently collecting mittens, hats, gloves and scarves to keep homeless adults warm this winter. There are collection bins at Dale Street until November 22nd to collect donated items.



Our next Spirit Day will be on Friday, November 22nd with the theme.....COMFY DAY!!

This week Ms. Warner visited our fourth graders to share a Sanford Harmony social emotional learning lesson. Students had the opportunity to explore stereotypes and the feelings/emotions attached to them.




Please check the Lost & Found for any lost items.  
All unclaimed items will be donated on Dec 20th.

Check it out....Tom Brady and the NE Patriots wrote back to a couple of Mrs. Nee's fifth graders!  Their letters complimented our students' writing skills.


 

November 18th - Term 1 ends
November 19th - SEPAC Meeting 7 p.m. (Blake Library)
November 22nd - Chromebook Captains applications due
November 22nd - Spirit Day - Comfy Day
November 27th - ½ Day - 11:40 a.m. dismissal
November 28th - 29th - No School (Thanksgiving Recess)

Thank you for reading!  Have a relaxing weekend!

Warm regards,
Steve

Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth

Friday, November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019 - Week 11

Dear Dale Street Families,


What a terrific week here at #beproudbedale!  Designing, creating, learning, after school intramurals, Family Literacy Night, and a continued focus on social emotional learning all in full swing here at Dale Street!  Your kids are amazing!  Thank you for sharing them with us each day!  


Congratulations to our Positive Referrals this week! Way to go!




Thank you to all the Dale Street families who came out to Family Literacy Night last evening.  There were so many amazing opportunities for the students and their families. Special thanks to Jamee Callahan for organizing such a great event, our fabulous PTO, the wonderful staff volunteers, and the many, many families who attended!  
















We love and have had such great feedback regrading School Dismissal Manager.  However, the office staff is seeing a growing trend over the past few weeks where students (some days maybe 30 students) are coming to the office after the dismissal report is read by their teachers asking to confirm dismissal plans because students feel that they are not accurate.  Although we always love seeing and interacting with our amazing students, I am sure you can understand how very challenging it is to get all the students the information they are seeking, confused about, or confirming in the last 20-30 minutes of the school day.  We ask that you have a conversation with your child(ren) the night before or the morning of school to remind them what you filled out for that day on School Dismissal Manager.  Thank you in advance for you support with this very important process!     




Thank you to Quinn for our book recommendation this week.  Quinn recommended Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga.  This book inspires her 'to be brave and hopeful when things get tough.'  Thanks, Quinn!




NEWS FROM GUIDANCE




Elementary Parent Book Discussion: “ How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faver and Elaine Mazlish.

30th Anniversary Edition


Please join us for a discussion of this parenting book classic!
Where: Memorial School Library
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm
Click on the link below to sign up!




Book Summary Video by Real Happy Endings

In World Language with Senora DellaMonica this week, grade 5 students in Ms. Burnham's class used Book Creator to showcase their research projects.  Well done, young learners!





Check out the action from our Warrior Fitness intramural with Mrs. Nawrocki.  I think the TV show American Ninja Warrior could be in for a challenge!  







The MCPE 2019 Fall Fest online auction is going on now! Bid on a wide array of items, including group experiences (wine tastings, cooking classes, etc.), Medfield branded swag, home interior services, sports memorabilia, photo packages, and much, much more. Don't miss your chance to secure some great holiday gifts and support our K-12 schools at the same time. You do not have to attend the Fall Fest event on November 15th to bid! Go to http://www.medfieldcoalition.org. Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors for their amazing generosity and support of the MCPE.


Congratulations to our Grade 4 Math Challenge Raffle Winner, Parker - Special thanks to Math Specialist, Mrs. Perachi for running this great program!  






Please read this important note from school nurse, Mrs. Thompson.  


Grade 4 students continue to crush the opportunities to design think in the Makerspace with Mrs. Lowerre.  Their incredible work and awesome smiles tell the story!  















Check out the PTO update with information about spirit wear, volunteer opportunities, fundraisers and more.






Medfield Winter Carnival Spiritwear Sale

Get your holiday shopping started and support the Medfield Elementary Schools PTOs.  All orders will be done in time for the holidays. New look and new items to choose from this year!



Online store is open until Nov 10th.



Proceeds support the Winter Carnival fundraising efforts and help with the start up costs each year for the carnival.







Special thanks to these awesome Dale Street students for volunteering to run 'book talks' at last night's Family Literacy Night!  They did a magnificent job!  Thank you to Mrs. Lowerre and Mrs. Callahan for spearheading this idea.





2020 TESTING SCHEDULE
Dale Street's testing schedule is set for the spring.  As always it is most important that students attend school on the days of testing, so please plan appointments in a way that does not interfere with your child being in school on the following testing dates:



English Language Arts - Next Generation MCAS

Who:  Grades 4 (computer-based)
April 7th and April 8th


Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)

April 14th and April 15th


ELA Make-ups for grades 4 and 5 will take place on a rolling basis as needed



Math - Next Generation MCAS

Who:  Grades 4 (computer-based)
May 11th and May 13th


Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)

May 5th and May 6th


Math Make-ups for grades 4 and 5 will take place on a rolling basis as needed



Science, Technology and Engineering

Who:  Grade 5 (computer-based)
May 12th and May 14th


STE Make-ups for grade 5 will take place on a rolling basis as needed



Dale Street Building Update

On Tuesday, Dr. Marsden, Mr. LaFrancesca, Mr. Brehm, Mr. Quinlan and I visited the MSBA building in Boston for the next phase of the building project.  Four architectural firms interviewed to become the architect for the new building project.  The company Arrowstreet was selected as the architect/designer.  We are all looking forward to collaborating on this exciting project!    


Students in Ms. Bertschmann's fifth grade class created this wonderful bulletin board full of inspirational phrases for the students and staff at Dale Street!  You all rock!  #compassion

The Dale Street student body continued its Global Giving initiative this week with the Pennies for a Purpose/Silver Sabotage contest.  Thanks to all for your continued generosity. All donations will be calculated this weekend and the total will be reported next week. Be on the look out for the student-created episode 2 video which will be included in next week's blog. 


November 20-22: Wire Craft Sale

We will be selling handmade Zimbabwean Wire Crafts during lunches this week. Cost of items will range from $3-$20.
Several wire crafts will be raffled.  Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each.
There will also be some buttons and bracelets on sale for a low price.
Here is the link for the Global Giving 2019 site:




Students in Mrs. Nee's fifth grade classroom had fun using autodraw to help them create a visual of the setting from the book they are reading in reader's workshop.  So creative!  







The Dale Street Student Council representatives (with input from their classmates) have voted to collect mittens, hats, gloves and scarves to keep homeless adults warm this winter.  There will be collection bins at Dale Street from November 12th - November 22nd to collect donated items.



Our next Spirit Day will be on Friday, November 22nd with the theme.....COMFY DAY!!



This week, Mr. Mason's grade 5 students worked with Dale Street guidance counselor, Ms. Warner and the Sanford Harmony program to learn more about empathy and having an open mind.  So important and great student discussion!  










November 11th - No School - Veterans Day


November 27th - ½ Day - 11:40 a.m. dismissal



November 28th - 29th - No School (Thanksgiving Recess)



Thank you to all of our veterans!

Thank you for checking out the blog and best wishes for a wonderful long weekend!

Take care,
Steve

Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth