Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018 - Week 31

Dear Dale Street Community,


Students and staff are entering April vacation on all cylinders after another fantastic week.  Take a look... 

We had a school-wide assembly this morning.  The assembly combined Dale Street's first Tournament of Books and Dale Street's first Free Throw Contest.  Congratulations to The Crossover for being selected as the champion book and congratulations to The Three Swishers for winning our Foul Shooting contest.  Thank you to all who voted and participated in the free throw contest.   












Our fourth grade students completed their ELA MCAS sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.  I am so very proud of the students and staff involved in this week's testing.  Their perseverance and resiliency needs to be commended.  If you child missed either session 1 or 2, make-ups will be completed on an ongoing basis.  The first day of these make-ups will take place on Tuesday, April 24th.  Here are the remaining dates for Dale Street students:


  • English Language Arts - Next Generation MCAS
    • Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
    • April 25th and April 26th
    • 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 9th and May 10th
    • Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
    • May 14th and May 15th
    • 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 17th and May 18th
    • STE Make-ups for grade 5 will take place on a rolling basis as needed

Congratulations to all of the #beproudbedale students: Warren C., Lauren B., Charlie B., Isabella L., Oliver M., Kyle H., Sonya M., Molly G., and Anna L. who had artwork displayed at the Zullo Art Gallery last night.  Their creativity and precision is amazing!  


Thanks to Nora in Ms. Burnham's class for reading today's book recommendation. Nora recommended Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper for "people who love to read" and because "it is very interesting to people who like to read realistic fiction."  Nora rated this book 5 out of 5 stars!  Thanks Nora!
  
What a day for Izzy on Wednesday!  She celebrated her birthday and had a wonderful ride to school!  This was an MCPE raffle she won during this year's treasured experiences.  So cool! 
Congratulations to Mrs. Oxholm and the Dale Street Chorus for their terrific performance at this year's Big Sing.  These awesome kids boarded a bus and traveled to Needham to perform.  They sounded great, and even more importantly, were commended for their outstanding behavior and character!  Way to go!



Have you registered your son or daughter's team for the Spelling Bee?  If not, there's still time.  Please visit our website, www.medfieldcoalition.org to sign up today.  For those that are not familiar with the annual MCPE Spelling Bee, this is a fun and (hopefully) low stress team event.  Small groups of pals spell words as a team and there is a winning team from Wheelock and from Dale St. This is a beloved annual event and one your kids will remember for many years.

On Tuesday, staff (and students) made their way to the high school to participate in Medfield's Digital Learning Day.  It was an awesome day!  George Couros, author of Innovator's Mindset provided the keynote.  This is a book that all Medfield educators read earlier this year.  Mr. Couros' thought-provoking words pushed our thinking and challenged us to tear down any barriers that block innovation.  Here are some highlights from the day.  









¿Qué ropa llevas tú? In Mrs. LeVangie's World Language class this week, students worked with Spanish clothing & colors.  Great collaboration!   


Best of luck to 4th grade teacher, Margot Hayes who will run the Boston Marathon again on Monday.  She has trained extremely hard and I know that she is going to do great!  Please give her a loud cheer if you see her someone on the marathon route.  


Check out the PTO update with information about these upcoming events and MORE!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Snowman Supply Fundraiser(Right Now!), 5th graders~Yearbook personal pages done by May 1st!


Thank you to all who took the time to submit a placement letter.  We will begin working on creating classes/groupings at our PD day on May 11th.


Best wishes to Grade 4 teacher, Shannon MacDonald as she celebrates her wedding day tomorrow.  Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness!  


Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable April vacation.  Enjoy the time away!

Steve

Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 - Week 30

Happy April Dale Street! 

This past Monday I had the pleasure of shadowing a fourth grade student.  I spent part of the day working on reading fluency, enjoying snack, and using area and perimeter to create a zoo!  It was so cool - a truly unique and invaluable perspective.  I was shadowing as part of Medfield's involvement in a FUSE Fellowship program where we are collaborating with other districts to learn more about student learning (ex. blended and personalized learning).  This program is run by The Highlander Institute. This was an amazing and valuable experience for me. It is something I certainly plan to do again.

Dale Street held its third school-wide assembly this morning highlighting our school's Core Value of Compassion.  Special thanks to the students in Mrs. Curran's class and Ms. Condon's class for creating and leading the assembly.  They did an outstanding job! Please check out the amazing video shown at the assembly. 







Check out this recent article that appeared in Wicked Local Medfield.  

Congratulations to our Grade 4 Lunch Menu contest winners - Charlotte, Stella, Maren, & Isabella.  They recently helped the cafeteria staff serve their designed lunch!  

¿Cuál es tu color favorito? 5th graders in Mrs. Foley's class were busy this week asking classmates their favorite color and graphing the results.  The winning color.....blue!   


Congratulations to this week's Positive Referrals!  These students exemplify what Dale Street stands for!  Way to go!












Check out the PTO update with important information including:



UPCOMING MEETING ***April 11 at 10:00 at the Public Safety Building- Lets get some ideas on how to spend our Winter Carnival money! All are welcome


UPCOMING EVENTS: Snowman Supply Fundraiser(Right Now!), 5th graders~Yearbook personal pages done by May 1st!

On Thursday, students in Mrs. Scott's fourth grade classroom played the role of Caldecott selectors highlighting awesome illustrated Children's Books. Great collaboration!


Thanks to Maggie in Ms. Condon's class for reading today's book recommendation. Maggie recommended Poached by Stuart Gibbs for "anyone who likes surprises" and because "it is fun to read and makes you feel like you are in a character book."  Maggie rated this book 4 out of 5 stars!  Thanks Maggie!

Parent input narratives are due back no later than Friday, April 13th.  For further information please refer to the parent email that was sent on March 29th.  Additional information on the placement process can be  viewed here.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 



Registration for the grades 2-5 MCPE Spelling Bee is open!  Gather your teams of 3-4 players (2 player teams also allowed but may be combined due to space constraints) and register your team on our website www.medfieldcoalition.org.  The spelling bee will be held on Tuesday May 1st at MHS.  Can't wait to see your spellers at the bee!
​  Thank you to Medfield Orthodontics for being our Spelling Bee sponsor this year!  We appreciate their generosity in helping keep this fun Medfield tradition alive. ​


Spelling Bee Flyer

This week, Mr. Douglas' fourth graders utilized the CueThink program to work through some very challenging measurement problems.  


Love the perseverance and continuous growth!  





Congratulations to our final four teams for Dale Street's 1st annual Free Throw Shooting contest.  The Baller Squad (Charlie, Ian, Nate), The Three Swishers (Alex, JJ, Zach), Two Peas and THE Pod (Drew, Tommy, Mr. Douglas) and Fantastic 3 (Juliet, Olivia, Brooke) will shoot for the championship next Friday at a school-wide assembly.  Good luck!  
We had great participation for Red Sox Spirit Day on Thursday.  I really think our support helped the propel the home team to their extra inning victory!    







Had to share this PHENOMENAL crazy hair day creation by Kamryn in Mr. Douglas' class.  

Reminders:
April 9th - Band-O-Rama (7p.m. MS)
April 10th - No School (Teacher Professional Development Day)
April 11th - Choral Extravaganza (7p.m. MS) 
April 12th - Art Show (6:00 p.m. Zullo Gallery)


Have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards,
Steve


Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018 - Week 29

Greetings Dale Street Community!


It was a wonderful week here at #beproudbedale this week.  Personally, I had the great privilege of hearing retired General Colin Powell this week at the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) conference in Boston. His comment, "The only thing I can focus on now is the future, and the future is our children" really resonated with me.  Coming to Dale Street every day to work with amazing students and staff is so inspiring and is truly an honor.  Take a peek at some of the great things from this week... 


A very special thank you to Kelly Wysocki, Amanda Spears, all of the volunteers and all of the families who supported the Winter Carnival.  The Dale Street PTO will be receiving $16,500 from the Winter Carnival proceeds!  This is amazing and all of us at Dale Street are so very appreciative!  


Last Friday our 4th graders had a fantastic time at the Kids' Night Out!  The Olympic themed night was filled with awesome games, great prizes, and fun music.  Special thanks to our fantastic PTO and all of the parent volunteers.




Students in Grade 5 were amazed by the various experiments when the Discovery Museum visited this week. Students participated in activities and discussions regarding the various states of matter and their phase changes.  Special thanks to our very generous PTO for funding this wonderful experience.  













MCPE is currently accepting nominations for the Robert C. Maguire "Global Perspectives in Education" Award.  This award is given annually to a staff member who inspires students to look beyond the town of Medfield and expand their horizons.  Learning about the global community could include efforts in world history, politics, science, technology, literature, mathematics, economics, sociology, anthropology and more.  If your child has been enriched by such a teacher, please visit our website www.medfieldcoalition.org to complete the nomination form.  Deadline for submissions is April 27.

Registration for the grade 2-5 spelling bee opens on Monday April 2nd at 9am.  Have your children gather some friends and one parent will register teams of 3-4 students (2 person teams are allowed - see our website for details). This is always an exciting event for the kids and does sell out so please don't delay.  Visit our website to register www.medfieldcoalition.org

Robert C. Maguire Award


Thanks to Elizabeth in Ms. Condon's class for reading today's book recommendation. Elizabeth recommended Smile by Raina Telgemeier for "anyone who likes easy reads" and because "you feel like a character in the book."  Elizabeth rated this book 5 stars!  Thanks Elizabeth!


letter was sent out today offering parents the opportunity to share information about their son/daughter for next year’s placement at Dale Street.  The information that you share will be used to assist me with the student placement process for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  When corresponding about placement, parents are asked to focus on the type of learning environment that best meets the strengths and needs of their child.  Please know that throughout the placement process our focus will be on placing your child in a classroom in which they will grow both academically and socially.




Check out the PTO update with information about exciting PTO events including the following:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Snowman Supply Fundraiser(Right Now!), 5th graders~Yearbook baby photos need to be uploaded by March 31st and personal pages done by May 1st!


The next PTO meeting  will be 
April 11 at 10:00.

All are welcome.



Have you checked out our new Thursday Packet Page

You will find flyers for the entire community such as the New Life 5K Trail RunPutting for PatientsMedfield Talks presentations and various sports announcements. 

You will also find a page dedicated to just
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​Dale Street School ​for school specific activities.

Flyers posted for summer camps and other activities have begun to pop up so keep checking the Thursday Packet every week to help plan your summer!


This week, students in Mr. Mason's fifth grade classroom made their way outside to conduct an experiment on how the sun heats various surfaces.  Students and staff love our FOSS science kits!    





Dear Medfield Public School Families,

I hope that you are all doing as well as possible, given the tough weather recently.  I sent out an email on November 8th, 2017 introducing INTERFACE Referral Services. Since that time, I have spoken with many parents who may not have seen that email, so I thought I would resend the information, in an effort to spread the word!

Medfield is excited to announce that the Medfield Public Schools and the town have contracted with INTERFACE Referral Services.  INTERFACE is a telephone helpline, staffed by clinicians at William James College, that will serve to eliminate obstacles for Medfield community members across the lifespan, as they seek mental health services.  INTERFACE is available for all residents of the town, regardless of age, and comes at no cost for individual families.

The INTERFACE Helpline is open and active Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM.  Callers will work with a Resource and Referral Counselor who will help them navigate the challenges of finding mental health services.  Each caller will be assigned a lead counselor who will provide matches to services. The service will also help find a provider who accepts their insurance and is available for new patients.  A match will be located within no more than two weeks time. INTERFACE takes care to attempt, to the best of their ability, to match clients not only with a mental health professional, but one who specializes in the area of concern, within the geographic region desired. Please note that this is not an emergency psychiatric crisis center.  For emergency situations, please call Riverside Community Care Crisis Unit at 781-769-8674 or 800-529-5077.

For more information about the INTERFACE Referral Service, please visit the INTERFACE website.  I have provided links and websites that may be helpful as you become better acquainted with the process.  This information is also on the medfieldsel.com website, which has articles, resources, and information about all things SEL.



To access the INTERFACE Helpline, please call:
888-244-6843 (toll free)
Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Sincerely,

Dave Worthley, Ed,D.


We are down to 8 teams in our first annual March Madness Free Throw contest.  It has been so much fun.  The next round (the final 8) will take place on Tuesday (4/3) and Thursday (4/5).  Shots can be taken between 7:30 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.  All shots have to be completed by the end of the day on Thursday (4/5).  Thank you to everyone who signed up for this fun activity and best of luck to all the teams still alive.  

2018 TESTING SCHEDULE
As a reminder, our 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 11th and April 12th
    • Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
    • April 25th and April 26th
    • 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 9th and May 10th
    • Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
    • May 14th and May 15th
    • 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 17th and May 18th
    • STE Make-ups for grade 5 will take place on a rolling basis as needed  

Blake Middle School Theater Presents…Pom Pom Zombies April 6-8th.
Tickets: General - $15.  MPS Employees/Students - $12.
Show Times: Fri, April 6th @ 7:00 pm, Sat, April 7th @ 7:00 pm and Sun, April 8th @ 2:00 pm.
You can purchase tickets here on Friday, March 30th.
School's out for the summer, and the teenagers of Ocean View High are ready to surf, sun and have some fun.  But, ooops! The head cheerleader gets nuclear slime on her hot dog instead of relish, and soon the beach is overrun with pom-pom zombies!   A sci-fi spoof of those beach blanket flicks of the ‘60s!
Please contact Kim Price at  kimprice73@me.com with any questions.  


We hope everyone who celebrates Easter or Passover has a wonderful holiday!

Steve

Respect • Compassion • Collaboration • Continuous Growth