Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 - Week 7

Hi Dale Street!


Although only a four day school week, there was plenty of awesomeness here at Dale Street.  Take a minute to scroll through and take a peek.  You will also see some upcoming dates.  Enjoy!


On a visit to Ms. DiPesa's fourth grade classroom today, I had the opportunity to see students involved in an awesome activity.  The activity....A Book Tasting!  Candles, tablecloths and BOOKS!  Students had the chance to gain a better understanding of genre and were really intrigued by new books.  Such a cool environment for these young learners!




As many of you are aware, a tremendous amount of families were devastated by catastrophic weather over the last few months. As a way to connect our students to the world around us and demonstrate one of Dale Street’s Core Values, compassion, the Dale Street Student Advisory Council is spearheading a collection for members of the Fehl-Price Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. We have been in contact with the school and they are extremely grateful that the Dale Street community has decided to support their community. Donations will be collected from October 2nd - October 20th.  Items we are collecting: Backpacks, Socks, Girl and boy underwear (sizes 4-14), jackets or sweaters (4-18), School Supplies.  

Look at this student-made video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0uTr12v92slREhTeEU3TDlqSGc/view?ts=59e0ee9b 

Students in Mrs. Scott's fourth grade class took time to experiment with circuits and switches.  Students love the new FOSS science program and have plenty of opportunity to display two of Dale Street's Core Values: Collaboration & Continuous Growth!  AWESOME! 








The Student Advisory Council, with input from their classmates, has decided that Dale Street's first Spirit Day will take place on Friday, October 20th.  The theme.....pajama day!   We hope to have a lot of participation.   

In World Language this week, Grade 5 students 'visited' popular Medfield places and practiced appropriate greetings.  ¡Gran trabajo!




Literacy O'Lanterns 
At our faculty meeting this week, Dale Street staff created Literacy O'Lanterns.  Staff members decorated pumpkins to represent their favorite children's book character.  These look so cool placed throughout the school.  





I had the great pleasure of team teaching with Mrs. Lowerre today.  We worked with students on a really cool STEM activity.  These young learners are AMAZING!








Students at Dale Street saw a wonderful assembly today.  This free assembly, funded by Eversource, focused on these 4 essential questions:

What energy and electricity are?
What energy resources are?
How we use energy unwisely?
How we use energy efficiency?








Check out the new K-5 Medfield Elementary Facebook page - for information/updates visit https://www.facebook.com/medfieldelementary/?ti=as

In art class with Mrs. Delaney this week, Grade 4 students highlighted animals as they practiced scratch art.  These students are so very talented!  





Special thanks to Abigail for reading today’s book recommendation. Abigail gave Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
 five stars because “It is an amazing storyline and it’s a graphic novel that will get you attached to the characters."  Thanks Abigail!  
Be calm and eat on.....If your child(ren) needs a little more on their plate - a little more fuel for their day - we will now be offering a "Super Meal" for an additional $1.75. This means that your child(ren) can purchase an additional main lunch item.  Enjoy! 
Please read the PTO update, which includes important information including the Yankee Candle and Mixed Bag Fundraiser deadlines, volunteer opportunities, upcoming Medfield Talks series date, and the next PTO meeting date.



Monday, 10/16 - Friday, 10/20 - Collections for our partner school in Beaumont, TX

Monday, 10/16 - Bus Evacuation - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10/19 - Dale Street Site Council Meeting - 3:15 p.m.
Friday, 10/20 - Dale Street Spirit Day - Pajama Day
Friday, 10/27 - Dale Street Picture Re-Take Day


Thank you for checking in this week and we will see your children back here on Monday!

Warm regards,
Steve


Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017 - Week 6

Dear Dale Street Community,

I am happy to report that beginning of October at Dale Street started off wonderfully.  I am so happy to share some of the exciting activities and news that took place this week.


In Ms. Isaacson's fourth grade classroom this week, students used the game Pictionary to gain a better understanding of their word study words.  What a fun way to learn!









The Principal of the Johnson Elementary School in Natick and their Digital Learning Coach visited Dale Street last Wednesday.  The educators from Natick have been impressed with the many things they have heard about Dale Street's Library Media Center and wanted to see it for themselves.  
Thanks to Lily in Ms. MacDonald's class for reading this week's book recommendation.  Lily recommended The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.  Lily gave this book 5 stars.  Thanks Lily!  



The MCPE is turning 30!!  Be on the lookout for more details in your mailbox.  We want to remind everyone of our ongoing book drive in partnership with Park Street Books.  Bring in your nearly-new children's books to Park Street and mention the MCPE fundraiser.  Depending on their condition and popularity, a donation will be made to MCPE so we can continue funding innovation in our schools.  Books that don't meet condition requirements will be given to Children's Hospital - it's a win win!  See flyer in the Thursday packet for details.

SAVE THE DATE!  The annual MCPE Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday May 1st for grades 2-5 at MHS.


Students in Ms. MacDonald's fourth class worked with the FOSS science kit this week.  The essential question for the students: What does it take to light a bulb? What a fun, hands-on way to learn science.  


Please be aware that picture retakes will take place on Friday, October 27th.  Students who would like a retake need to return their entire packet minus the class photo on the day of the retake. 

Special thanks to all of the Dale Street parents who have volunteered to be room parents this year.  The annual Room Parent Tea took place this past Wednesday and we are lucky to have such dedicated parents!  
Check out the PTO Update which includes information about PTO fundraisers, volunteer positions, the Medfield Talks Series, and more!




As many of you are aware, a tremendous amount of families were devastated by catastrophic weather over the last few months. As a way to connect our students to the world around us and demonstrate one of Dale Street’s Core Values, compassion, the Dale Street Student Advisory Council is spearheading a collection for members of the Fehl-Price Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. We have been in contact with the school and they are extremely grateful that the Dale Street community has decided to support their community. Donations will be collected from October 2nd - October 20th.    Items we are collecting: Backpacks, Socks, Girl and boy underwear(sizes 4-14), jackets or sweaters  (4-18), School Supplies.  

SEPAC News 

The KidStuff coupon book fundraiser is underway. Your support helps SEPAC fund workshops, events for kids and families, and scholarships. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please contact Kate Tormey at Kate.tormey@outlook.com.

Special thanks to our friends at Noon Hill Grill for supporting the Dale Street luncheon today.  The food was amazing!  

The first Dale Street Site Council Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 19th at 3:15 PM in the Dale Street LMC. 


 There is no school on Monday, October 9th 
in observance of Columbus Day.


Enjoy your long weekend and we will see our Rock Stars back on Tuesday.

Sincerely,
Steve


Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 - Week 5

Greetings Dale Street Community!


I am not sure about you, but I can't believe that we are about to turn the calendar to October.  I am so happy to share the awesomeness that took place at Dale Street this week.

On Wednesday, students in Ms. MacDonald's class had the opportunity to create a treasure map.  Highlighting concepts from the Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks, students focused on map tools such as compass rose, legend, scale and title.  And of course....an X to mark the spot of riches!  







Congratulations to the students who were selected to serve on this year's Student Advisory Council as well as our Student Advisory Council alternates.  Thank you to all the boys and girls who submitted a letter of interest.  Although some students may not have been selected to serve on this year's council, we hope they will be active leaders bringing about creative ideas in their classrooms.



Thank you to all who have already signed up for our annual Community Trivia Night on November 3.  We are currently sold out for both sittings but encourage you to join our waiting list in case tables become available.  Visit www.medfieldcoalition.org to add your team to the list.



As many of you are aware, a tremendous amount of families were devastated by catastrophic weather over the last few months. As a way to connect our students to the world around us and demonstrate one of Dale Street’s Core Values, compassion, the Dale Street Student Advisory Council is spearheading a collection for members of the Fehl-Price Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. We have been in contact with the school and they are extremely grateful that the Dale Street community has decided to support their community. Donations will be collected from October 2nd - October 20th.    Items we are collecting: Backpacks, Socks, Girl and boy underwear(sizes 4-14), jackets or sweaters  (4-18), School Supplies.  


So proud of these Dale Street's students for showing compassion and helping a fellow student look for a missing charm at recess.
Special thanks to Yasmina in Ms. MacDonald's class for reading 2 book recommendations this morning.  Her first recommendation was All the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.  Yasmina gave the book 5 stars because it was "a lot of interesting fantasy."  Yasmina's second recommendation was Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi.  Yasmina also gave this book 5 stars because "it is an amazing fantasy."  Thanks Yasmina!  


How cool is this.....Dylan in Mr. Mason's class received this awesome fan package from the New York Giants.  This mailing is a direct result of Dylan's letter that he sent the team earlier this month.  Well done, Dylan!  We are happy for you!  

Students in Ms. Bertschmann's fifth grade class used time this week to participate in reader's workshop.  The focus on this day was 'reading closely for word choice.'  Students were making wonderful connections with where they could use their selected words/phrases in other areas
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Congratulations to our Positive Referrals this week.  Thank you for making our school such a great place!   We are very proud of you!








For your child's safety, please have your child arrive at school after 8:10 am.  There will be no supervision before that time.



Math workshop was up and running in Mrs. Crable's & Ms. Isaacson's fourth grade classrooms.  So great to see the collaboration and investment! 



















 Dale Street's Core Values (Respect*Compassion*Collaboration*Continuous Growth) can be modeled in any language.  Thanks SeƱora  LeVangie and Ms. Condon's students!  






As you may be aware Stop & Shop is a big supporter of our school.  Last year, Dale Street received over $900 due to families shopping at Stop & Shop.  If you shop at Stop & Shop, please use Dale Street's ID # - 07395 and Dale Street will receive monetary rewards.  Please view a detailed explanation here.   

Another engaging, empowering and innovative week in Dale Street's Makerspace!  


 
Please read the PTO Update which has information about PTO fundraisers, volunteer positions, and the upcoming Medfield Talks series: The Well Balanced student.


Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing the kids back on Monday!

Sincerely,
Steve