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Newsletter for May 21st-23rd 2018

Goodbye Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,

Thank you for an amazing school year and most of all thank you for sharing your precious children with us. Each child has made the Dickerson community more complete. We have enjoyed watching the interaction and the growth of the students. Also, thank you for the support you have provided to this classroom. I appreciate how involved each of you are in helping your child succeed at school. This week we will join the MOID class to celebrate all of our students and to give honor to our graduating 8th graders. Today is the last full school day. The students will be released early at 1:30 pm for the two remaining days. On our last day, Dickerson is hosting a “Student Appreciation Day” to say thank you to the students for their dedication to excellence. Please have your child wear a blue colored shirt.

This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will finish discussing the adapted text, Alice in Wonderland. The students will review all aspects of this unit.
Science- We will end our study on the “Nature of Matter”. We are reviewing the facts about gas, liquids and solids.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings.
Social Studies- We will finish the Latin America unit. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
Have a wonderful summer break! I look forward to another awesome school year at Dickerson! And to those graduates, we will miss you but I know you are ready to embark on an exciting high school career. Great job graduates!
Debbie Thorman

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Newsletter for May 14th – 18th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day weekend and the card your child made for you. The students had an amazing time participating in two field days and celebrating a classmate’s “Sweet 16 Birthday”. Thank you everyone for sending in money to cover the cost of mailing report cards and for sending in the tee-shirts. It is our last full week of school and like always, we have lots to do! We finished our unit on Europe so we will spend the remaining days learning about Latin America. All of the other units will be continued throughout the end of the school year. On Tuesday, we will be participating in “Lunch on the Lawn” and we will be tie dying our tee-shirts. Please have your child wear sunscreen on Tuesday. In an effort to prepare for the end of the school year, I will begin sending home personal items.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are reading the adapted version of Alice in Wonderland. The students will focus on learning about settings.
Science- We will continue our study on the “Nature of Matter”. We are learning about gas, liquids and solids.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and cooking on Wednesday.
Social Studies- We will study about Latin America. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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Hello Students and Parents!

As we begin to wrap up the 2017-2018 school year, we wanted to provide you with some dates and information that will help ensure you and your child have a successful end of the school year. We have a number of end of the year activities and procedures we wanted to make you aware of, and provide you with any and all information needed. Please assist your child in keeping these dates organized by having them write them down in their agenda, or even on a family calendar.
• Milestones Testing – 6th – April 10-13
7th – April 16-20
8th – April 10-18

• Field Day
o 6th grade: Mon., May 7 in the afternoon
o 7th grade: Wed., May 9 during the normal PE block
o 8th grade: Fri., May 11 all day
o Students who purchased field day shirts are encouraged to wear them on their field day.
o Students who did not purchase field day shirts are encouraged to wear a t-shirt that is the color of their team.
o Students may wear gym shorts to school on their corresponding field day.

Finally, sometimes students get silly the last few weeks of school. Please remember that the dress code still applies. Cell phones should be off/out of sight unless a BYOD lesson. Students should strive to make great choices and above all, they should always be kind to one another.
If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact your grade level administrator, counselor or teacher(s) for specifics.
It has been a wonderful year! Thank you for sending us such terrific students to teach and thank you for all you do at home to support our team efforts to rear our children.

Sincerely,
The Dickerson Administration

 

• STEAM Showcase Night Thur., May 10 6:00pm-8:00pm

• Lunch on the Lawn Tue., May 15, a PTSA sponsored event!
o Students may bring a beach towel to sit on for Lunch on the Lawn.
(Field Day and Lunch on the Lawn are student events; therefore, unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to host parents/siblings/guests to these events. However, please contact the PTSA should you be able to volunteer for any of these awesome events. )

• Locker Clean-Out
o 6th grade 5/17, 7th grade 5/18 and 8th grade 5/21. Days are varied by grade level due to the volume of recyclable items and trash.

• Buses
o No bus passes will be issued beginning Monday, May 14 through the end of the year. Students must ride their own bus home.

o Students may bring a pen for yearbook signing on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 23.
o If students routinely pack a lunch, this is also allowed on the bus.

• Yearbooks
o Distributed on the last day of school.
o Please speak with your child regarding appropriate sentiments to be written in their peers’ yearbooks. Unfortunately, every year a few students make poor choices and not only ruin others’ yearbooks, but they also receive consequences for their actions.
o Please understand that yearbooks are not given out early. We are still teaching and learning until the final day!

• We do not give final exams or tests early.

• Students should not bring in food items to share.
o Parents, please do not drop off food items in the front office for classes. Clear communication prevents disappointments as classes will not be interrupted for these deliveries.

Finally, sometimes students get silly the last few weeks of school. Please remember that the dress code still applies. Cell phones should be off/out of sight unless a BYOD lesson. Students should strive to make great choices and above all, they should always be kind to one another.
If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact your grade level administrator, counselor or teacher(s) for specifics.
It has been a wonderful year! Thank you for sending us such terrific students to teach and thank you for all you do at home to support our team efforts to rear our children.

Sincerely,
The Dickerson Administration

 

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Newsletter for May 7th-11th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!
This is an exciting week for our class! Today and Friday, we will be participating in field day with our general education peers. If needed, please make sure your child has on sunscreen prior to arriving at school. All report cards will be mailed at the end of the school year. Please send in $2.00 (exact change) for the cost of mailing report cards. The deadline for sending in money is Friday May 11th. On Friday, we will be celebrating not only Field Day but a classmate’s Sweet 16 birthday. We will bake cupcakes & celebrate this special occasion.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are reading Alice in Wonderland. The students will draw inferences about character emotions.
Science- We will continue our study on the “Nature of Matter”. We are learning about gas, liquids and solids.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and when baking our birthday cupcakes.
Social Studies- We will continue our study of Europe. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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Newsletter for April 30TH – May 4TH 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!
Our class will be participating in two grade level field days. The two field days are Monday May 7th and Friday, May 11th. If your child needs sunscreen, please apply it prior to attending school. Also, all report cards will be mailed at the end of the school year. Please send in $2 during the week of May 7th -11th to cover the mailing cost. Thank you for sending in the white tee-shirts for our tie-dying activity. Our art activity will be May 15th, “Lunch on the Lawn” day. As we are preparing for the end of the school year, we will be sending home extra items that are no longer needed for this school year, such as extra winter clothes.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are reading Alice in Wonderland. The students will continue to cite textual evidence.
Science- We will continue our study on the “Nature of Matter”.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and when making our Cinco de Mayo Mexican dip.
Social Studies- We will continue our study of Europe. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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Newsletter for April 23rd-27th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

Today, we start our final units of the school year. We have some fabulous activities planned! If you haven’t already, please send in a plain white tee-shirt (it doesn’t have to be new) so your child can participate in our tie-dye activity. Also, as the weather is warming, please make sure we have a summer (school appropriate) back-up outfit.

This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are reading Alice in Wonderland. The students will focus on citing textual evidence.
Science- We will begin our study on the “Nature of Matter”.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and a cooking activity this week.
Social Studies- We will begin our study of Europe. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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Newsletter for April 16th -20th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

Wow, this school year has really flown by! We are finishing unit 8 this week and we will begin our final unit on the April 23rd. I have a few dates for your calendar: May 11th will be our field day. Please apply sunscreen to your child, as we will be outside most of the day. Lunch on the Lawn will be May 15th. We will tie dye tee-shirts, so at your earliest convenience, please send in a white tee-shirt so your child can participate. For the last two days of school, May 22nd & 23rd students will be released at 1:30 pm. It has been a wonderful school year. We have two classmates who will graduate. They will be dearly missed but I know they will LOVE high school & making more friends.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are completing the book Charlotte’s Web. Students will focus on drawing inferences on character emotions.
Science- We will finish the Recycling/Environment unit.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and making a birthday surprise for one of our students who is celebrating a birthday on Saturday.
Social Studies- We will complete our study of Personal Economics. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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Newsletter for April 9th-13th 2018

Welcome Back Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break. On the last day of school, prior to the break, the students had a wonderful time watching the Shrek musical. If you desire, please go on-line to www.mypaymentsplus.com to order your child’s Field Day Shirt. We really want to show our team spirit! The deadline is this Wednesday. Our tee-shirt color has been changed to orange. For our studies, we have a review day and then continue where we left off prior to our break. This Wednesday, I will be having a “big” birthday and we will celebrate by making “Charlotte Web” brownies which is a wonderful idea from one of our parents.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are continuing to read Charlotte’s Web. Students will cite textual evidence & draw inferences.
Science- We will continue to study Recycling/Environment.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and cooking on Wednesday.
Social Studies- We will continue our study of Personal Economics. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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DMS FIELD DAY 2018

DMS FIELD DAY  2018
May 7th–6th Grade
May 9th–7th Grade
May 11–8th Grade
T-shirt sales began Monday, March 19 and will end on Wednesday, April 11. New this year, all sales will be online via www.MyPaymentsPlus.com If you do not already have an account set up, you will need to create one. (If you pay for lunch online, then you already have an account!) Find more information and directions on how to create an account on the PE blog http://www.cobblearning.net/dickersonpe/

 

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Newsletter for March 19th -23rd 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Progress Reports for the 3rd 9 weeks will go home on Wednesday. You can check your student’s Report Card grades on Parent Vue. DMS Field Day t-shirt forms will be in the agendas this week. On Friday, we will be making Naan to integrate our social studies and math units. We are finishing up our current units this week. It is hard to believe we only have two more units to complete. This year has flown by!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are reviewing all of our chapter questions from the adapted version of “Robin Hood”.
Science- The students will continue our unit on Forces: Gravity, Magnetism, and Electricity. This week our emphasis is on studying “Electricity”.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and in making “Naan” on Friday.
Social Studies- We will learn about Southern Asia with an emphasis on India. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.
Debbie Thorman

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