Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 - Week 15

Greetings Dale Street Families,


What an AMAZING week here at #beproudbedale!  This week really highlights Dale Street's continuous effort to educate the whole child.  Take a peek.....  


Thank you to all the families who were able to join us for the first Positive Referral breakfast of the 2017-2018 school year.  The Food Service department provided coffee, juice, and a variety of delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to them for all of their hard work organizing this event.  Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the students who continue to demonstrate outstanding character.  We are so proud of you for making such great choices each and every day!



Bravo to the Dale Street Bands!  Last night our fourth and fifth grades bands performed for their family and guests.  The music was superb and all of the attendees enjoyed the performance.  Thank you to Mr. Dexter and Mr. Murphy for their outstanding leadership.











 Check out the latest edition of Dale Street Times!



The Dale Street School is currently participating in Hour of Code.  In the past, we have all completed Hour of Code activities on the same day and at the same time.  In an effort to model our Core Value of continuous growth, all classrooms will have the opportunity to individually visit the #beproudbedale makerspace and collaborate with Mrs. Cowell to participate in a variety of coding stations.  There has been many classrooms that have had the chance to visit the LMC this week and the feedback has been terrific!  All classrooms will have the chance to participate by the time winter vacation arrives.   Take a look at some of talented young learners.....






In Mrs. Scott's fourth grade classroom, students used time in math workshop to get a deeper understanding of partial quotients.  Great work!  






Thanks to Alec in Ms. MacDonald's class for reading today's book recommendation.  Alec recommended Hilo by Judd Winick for "people who like comics" because "it is really interesting because this kid crashes from the sky and he's saving the world from evil robots!"  Alec rated this book 5 stars!  Thanks Alec!

Congratulations to December's "Lucky Plate" winners.  These students received a Medfield water bottle.

 
I had the great fortune to co-teach a CueThink lesson with Mrs. Lowerre today.  Students worked collaboratively to understand, plan, solve and review some pretty tricky math problems.  Wow, these young learners are incredible! 











On Sunday, December 10th, the Medfield SEPAC is hosting a pottery event at Park Street Books.  The event is open to all Medfield families.  Please see the event particulars here

Within their Earth and Sun FOSS unit, Mrs. Foley's students are currently exploring why stars appear to move across the night sky and why they see different constellations at different times of the year. Students are using interactive activities, videos, and demonstrations to help guide their understanding.  So cool!











Term 1 Report Cards


On Wednesday, 12/13 students will bring home their report cards for the first term.  If you have any questions about your child's work or the report card, please start by having a conversation with your child.  If questions still exist, please contact the teacher directly to gain more insight.



Over the past few weeks, staff here at Dale Street have noticed an uptick in the number of students having cell phones.  Please note that our Elementary Handbook specifically states that students should "Not be in possession of any electronic devices including cell phones, iPods, handhelds,

Nintendo DS, Kindles, etc."  We thank you in advance for your continued support.  


Check out the PTO update with information about the Teacher Luncheon (12/11), Movie on the 1/2 Day (12/12), Grade 5 yearbooks, fundraisers and more!

Congratulations to these Dale Street students and their families for winning these awesome PTO raffles from last Monday's Holiday Book Fair at Park Street Books.  One of the prizes....makerspace time with Mrs. Cowell.  





The Student Advisory Council initiated the idea of creating holiday cards for individuals in the military, residents of the Thomas Upham House, and patients at Children's Hospital.  Dale Street students are encouraged to create cards for one, two, or all three of these groups.  Students may create as many cards as they wish.  The specifics for the cards are:
*Written on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
*Just include first name (no personal information)
*Some possible ideas: draw holiday items, thank you for your service, get well soon, stay strong, stay safe, happy holidays, happy New Year
*Students can make more than one card if they want
*Cards are due back to school by Friday, December 15th   


Participation is voluntary.  

As a reminder, next Tuesday, 12/12 will be an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m.  Staff will be involved in professional development focused on the new Next Generation Science Standards.
As always, thank you for reading.  Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,


Steve


Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth


Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 - Week 14

Dear Dale Street Families,


What a terrific week!  The students and staff returned from Thanksgiving break refreshed and energized!  Check out some of the AWESOMENESS from this week.....  

Dale Street was featured in a recent Medfield Press article.  You can check out the article here.  


Thanks to Maggie in Ms. Condon's class for reading today's book recommendation.  Maggie recommended Wish by Barbara O'Connor for "anybody who likes realistic fiction" because "it is a good book and is terrific read!"  Maggie rated this book 5 stars!  Thanks Maggie!

Congratulations to our Wire Craft raffle winners for 2017!  Special thanks to Ms. Sager and her class for organizing this event and all of the Dale Street community who donated to Coalition for Courage.  

Please take a moment to check out Global Giving 2017, episode 4 

Fourth grade P.E. classes had a little fun before Thanksgiving.
With the promise of snow in the air we recreated the famous
Iditarod Run. To complete the challenge each team needed to 
safely deliver their six “mushers” across the gym floor and back.
#collaboration



Positive Referral!!!
These students received Positive Referrals this week for being helpful, supportive and positive school citizens.  Great work!









This week, students in Mrs. LeVangie's World Language class created their own language lab to use the EdTech tool, Book Creator.  Great work! 



Thank you, Medfield!!  With your help we have crossed the $50,000 mark in our 30th anniversary fundraising campaign.  Through your generosity we are able to fund so many important grants for all of our five schools.  There is still time to donate, so if you haven't had the chance, please visit our website www.medfieldcoalition.org  Thank you!!




Since winter is approaching fast we need to wrap up to stay warm. But sadly there are many kids in Massachusetts who do not have all the essentials to wrap up in. So in the Dale Street foyer there is a box for new or gently used pre-winter clothing items to give to the organization Cradles to Crayons, which gives the items you donate to kids in need! This collection will be ongoing up until December 10th. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated!

The Dale Street Student Advisory Council met this morning.  The Student Advisory Council initiated the idea of creating holiday cards for individuals in the military, residents of the Thomas Upham House, and patients at Children's Hospital.  Dale Street students are encouraged to create cards for one, two, or all three of these groups.  Students may create as many cards as they wish.  The specifics for the cards are:
*Written on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
*Just include first name (no personal information)
*Some possible ideas: draw holiday items, thank you for your service, get well soon, stay strong, stay safe, happy holidays, happy New Year
*Students can make more than one card if they want
*Cards are due back to school by Friday, December 15th   

Participation is voluntary.  



Check out the PTO update, which includes information about Grade 5 yearbooks, the Holiday Fair at Park Street Books, Movie on the Half Day and more!


We have been very fortunate that we have not had  a lot of bad weather this school year.  However, as the school year moves forward, there will inevitably be days we need to have indoor recess before school.  If your student is a 5th grader and you drop them off in the rear parking lot, please pull forward to the front entrance of the gym; if your student is a 4th grader, please drop off at the regular drop off spot, so he or she can hurry into the cafeteria.  This way we keep our students as dry and warm as possible.  Thanks! 


The Lost & Found is overflowing!!!  Please check the Lost & Found for missing coats, fleeces, lunch boxes and water bottles.  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on Dec 22!




December 4 - Dale Street's Holiday Fair at Park Street Books (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.)
December 6 - Spaghetti with Santa
December 7 - Grade 4 & 5 Band Concert (HS)
December 12 - Early Release Day (11:40 Dismissal)
December 12 - PTO Movie on the Half Day (Dale Street Gymnasium)
December 13 - Report Cards Sent Home
December 22 - Early Release Day (11:40 Dismissal)
December 25 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 2 - School Re-Opens 


Thank you for taking time to read this week's blog.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Steve

Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth