Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021 - Week 12

 Hello Dale Street Community,

I will not lie, this was a challenging week for the staff at Dale Street.  Although we didn't receive the news we wanted over the last week, I am comforted in knowing that I work in a place where people value children - and that makes all the difference.  Take a look at the sights and information from our week...there was a lot of awesomeness.   

On a visit to Mrs. Fox's fourth-grade class this week, students took a deeper dive into division with the help of Willy Wonka and an Oompa Loompa.  Mrs. Fox and math specialist, Mrs. Perachi connected the famous movie as they split up fake chocolate bars to see how many each group would receive.  #fun

Congratulations to this week's Positive Referrals!  

Teddy was recognized for taking his time to help out around our school.  

Ian was recognized for exemplifying our Core Values of Respect and Compassion. 

Shane was recognized for displaying our Core Value of Continuous Growth. 

On Tuesday, November 30th at 4:30 PM, the elementary principals will be hosting an Elementary Webinar for K-5 families. The webinar will be focused on the new standards-based report card and will include information about its development, provide terminology clarification and address how standards are graded. To join, please use the following link and passcode.

Passcode: 123738

The webinar will be recorded and shared for those families who are unable to join us or wish to review the information.

On Monday, Miss MacDonnell's grade 4 students took a trip to the library to work on narrative nonfiction. Students enjoyed using the Who Was? books to track their thinking. 

Positive Sign Thursday! 


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 6th and April 7th

Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
April 12th and April 13th

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 17th and May 18th

Who: Grade 5 (computer-based)
May 11th and May 12th

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 19th and May 20th

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

On Wednesday, Ms. Sager's after-school intramural club (Advocates for the Environment) had a great time on National Take a Hike Day. They gathered trash and recycling off Dale Street’s campus. What a great and thoughtful group! 

Students in Mrs. Scott's fourth-grade class have been using the strategy of sketchnoting to show their thinking - this week's focus...narrative nonfiction.  

Any student who completed the first three math challenges was entered into a raffle today.  Our two lucky winners were Abby in Ms. Sager's class and Eva in Mr. Douglas' class.  Special thanks to Dale Street math specialist for facilitating this awesome program.  

Huge thank you to this season's Girls on the Run group.  Recently, this group completed a service project to spruce up one of the girls' bathrooms.  I am proud of them and grateful that they volunteered to beautify our school.  

Dale Street PTO is collaborating with Medfield Outreach to put together and donate 50 mittens. We are asking families to purchase youth-size mittens and fill them with items such as  Lip balm, hand lotion, tissues, candy, gift cards (gift cards should not exceed $10) and drop them off at the Dale Street Office by December 10th.

Please click on the signup genius link below if your family would like to participate!  If you have any questions please contact Alice Jreige at

Medfield K-8 PTO is excited to announce a year-round


Thanks to local business Day St Sports, we have answered the question – where can I find Medfield Spirit Wear? Over 100 options are currently listed, All proceeds will be donated to the individual school K-8 PTOs.
Shipping takes about 3 weeks, so please plan ahead for the holiday season. Medfield Spirit Wear Link Please send questions to

Thank you for your support!

Reusable Water Bottle

Please send your child in with a refillable water bottle. We can't allow students to use the water fountains, but we do have two water bottle stations. Wearing masks can make your mouth drier and we do let students keep a bottle of water in school.

We will be holding virtual parent-teacher conferences this year on Thursday, December 9th from 12-3:30 p.m., and Tuesday, December 14th from 12:00-3:30 p.m. Be sure to sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher.  These are early release days and students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Please update School Dismissal Manager to reflect your child's dismissal plans on these days.

*Be sure to update School Dismissal Manager!

*Wednesday - 11:40 p.m. Early Release 

*Thursday and Friday - No School - Thanksgiving recess

Join MCPE for a virtual wreath-making class just in time for winter.   
MCPE has partnered with Pistil Floral Design, a local business owned and operated by Medfield mom Allyson Hart, to bring this private fundraising workshop to your home just in time for winter! Visit for details and to sign up for this exclusive virtual class. Tickets are $65 and we are limited to 100 tickets so sign up now.

This is the last blog before Thanksgiving.  I want to share how thankful I am to work with such amazing students, families, and educators.  Thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


Respect * Compassion * Collaboration * Continuous Growth

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021 - Week 11

Dear Dale Street Families,

With only a brief pause on Thursday, we have completed another busy week here at #beproudbedale. Students have been busy with academics, intramurals, community connections, and more.  Take a look at some of the awesomeness from this week.

This morning Mr. Douglas' class and Mrs. Flynn's class facilitated a wonderful SEL (social-emotional learning) assembly.  They discussed and acted our ways to fix a 'fixed midset' and offered ways to change them to a 'growth mindset.'  They did an incredible job!   

Congratulations to this week's Positive Referrals!  

Claire was recognized for exemplifying our Core Value of Compassion.  

Guy was recognized for being extremely helpful.

Saige was recognized for being incredibly kind. 

Jocelyn was recognized for demonstrating great compassion.  

Harrison was recognized for being collaborative and respectful.

Asher was recognized for demonstrating our core values.  

On Wednesday, students in Ms. Johnson's fifth-grade class learned about the importance of Veterans Day and wrote a letter to someone they know who has served. 

Check out some of these fifth-grade figure paintings - I love seeing the awesome things Mrs. Delaney's art students produce.  

The students and families at Dale Street filled 6 boxes of items for soldiers overseas.  I am so proud of how the school community rallied around this Student Council initiative - Great job, everyone! 

This week Grade 4 students in Ms. Plymton's class used some time to explore division and remainders - these students love to explore!  

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming and conference dates are set for December 9th and 14th. Both days are early release days and conferences will be held via Zoom unless otherwise requested by a family. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to develop a schedule. Please reach out directly to your classroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

This week in the makerspace with Ms. Sweeney, Dale Street fifth graders used NASA's Eyes on the Solar System to research a planet and design a greenhouse for growing plants there. Great work! 

For November, the PTO is asking the students at Dale to make thank you cards at home for the special members of their community. Some examples would be for the police station, fire station, librarians, department of public works, Park Street Books, the elderly at Tilden Village, or any other organization in town that helps make Medfield special! Please have the students drop off their cards at the main office at Dale by November 19. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alice Jreige, PTO Community Service Coordinator at

Medfield K-8 PTO is excited to announce a year-round


Thanks to local business Day St Sports, we have answered the question – where

can I find Medfield Spirit Wear?

Over 100 options are currently listed, All proceeds will be donated to the individual

school K-8 PTOs.

Shipping takes about 3 weeks, so please plan ahead for the holiday season.

Medfield Spirit Wear Link

Please send questions to

Thank you for your support!

Important Yearbook Information

Creative kids! The students in Ms. DiPesa's fourth-grade class created a map of their dream island. Maps included various details, compass rose, and legends.

Thanks to you, Fall Fest was a great success!

We appreciate your support of our schools and look forward to having more chances to meet face to face this year.

What's next? Stay tuned for details and signup info for our December wreath-making event!

Next Tuesday, November 16th is an early release day (11:40 a.m.).  Please update School Dismissal Manager Monday with your child's after-school plans for Tuesday.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Best, Steve

Respect * Compassion * Collaboration * Continuous Growth