8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Market Day Order Due
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Wizards Basketball Game - DARE/SAP
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Market Day Pick Up
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM School Supply Spirit Wear Sale Ends
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sing Out Auditions
7:00 PM Science Fair
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Market Day Order Due
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM Spring Musical DVD Orders Due
Thank you for visiting our website. With quick links to the Education Portal and the district calendar, I trust that you will find it a great source of information for you throughout the school year. Please refer to this calendar throughout the year as it will be updated to reflect changes and additions. Along with the calendar, the home page includes announcements, backpack papers, my monthly newsletter (The upDATER), and Community Events and Flyers. The website also contains teacher pages, contact information, the Parent-Student Handbook, links to educational websites, and much more.
Dater School is excited to announce the arrival of our MakerBot 3D Printer purchased with the money won from the First Annual Sprint for Our Schools 5K. We would like to thank the Ramsey Public Education Foundation and we hope to see everyone at this year’s race on May 9, 2015.
Congratulations to fifth grader Harry Kilman who placed second in the State Spelling Bee! The bee was held on Saturday, March 7th in New Brunswick.
Dater School has its own Vimeo Channel to broadcast videos relating to Dater School. On the Vimeo channel you will be able to see current and old episodes of Ramsey Alive, the Spring Concert Rehearsal, the school musical, and more. Click on the above link to access these great videos.
As we continue to modernize our communications and go green, this section will include all information that would traditionally go in a student's backpack during the month of December. There will still be some "hard copies" sent home with your child when something requires your signature so be sure to check their physical backpack as well.
As we continue to modernize our communications and go green, this section will include all information that would traditionally go in a student's backpack during the month of November. There will still be some "hard copies" sent home with your child when something requires your signature so be sure to check their physical backpack as well.
As we continue to modernize our communications and go green, this section will include all information that would traditionally go in a student's backpack during the month of October. There will still be some "hard copies" sent home with your child when something requires your signature so be sure to check their physical backpack as well.
As we continue to modernize our communications and go green, this section will include all information that would traditionally go in a student's backpack during the month of September. There will still be some "hard copies" sent home with your child when something requires your signature so be sure to check their physical backpack as well.
This section will include all Back to School information, including Supply Lists and Drop-Off Procedures. Click on the link above to access these resources. By August 25, all important information and papers will be posted to this special section of the Dater School website.
Since I can remember being a student in Mrs. Bell's fifth grade class at Dater School in 1991, standardized tests have been one of the methods used to assess students in New Jersey. Back then we used to take something called the California Achievement Test (CAT). From 1997-2002, the Elementary School Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) was used as the standardized assessment across the state. Click on the above link for the entire message.
I’m sure you are all familiar with the IXL program that we have been using at Dater School for the past three years. We have found IXL to be a good complement to our enVisions math program. It has also allowed students to take ownership over their own learning by having the ability to extend their learning outside of the classroom. We are pleased to announce another online learning platform for our students called GET Waggle. Click on the link above to access the entire newsletter.
To build off of my message prior to Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for during the holiday season at the Dater School. Our history as a school and community of helping each other at times of need has always been so extraordinary. As a school community, the compassion we have always shown to each other is really quite remarkable.
As you know, report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal today at 2:45 PM. I thought this would be a good time to reach out with some more information about the report cards and their purpose at Dater School. The purpose of the report card is to assist students in the process of learning by reporting actual student progress to students and parents. Your upcoming conference with your child's homeroom teacher will also be a great chance to get updated on your child's progress. Click on the link above to access the entire newsletter.
We had a very successful and well-attended Back to School Night. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out that night. I know some of you had other commitments or had to arrive late. With this reality in mind, I have created a podcast of my address and posted it on our new Dater School Parents’ YouTube channel for you to view. I have also posted the two videos from my presentation. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.
I like to wait until after the first Spirit Day to send the September upDATER to get a sense of what lies ahead. WelI, I have never had a group of students so quickly become “one school” and be so proud to be Dater students! The enthusiasm of the fifth graders and the excitement of the fourth graders made the assembly very special. It was great to see all of the students in their Dater shirts (a big THANK YOU to the PTO for providing these shirts).
I hope this message finds everyone well and enjoying these long, relaxing days of summer. I hope this newsletter doesn’t provoke too much back-to-school anxiety for you! I just wanted to reach out to say a hello to our returning fifth grade families and warmly welcome our incoming fourth grade families. For those of you new to Dater, this newsletter, the upDATER, is sent out monthly and includes information about some of the exciting programs and changes happening at Dater School. You can find past issues of the upDATER on our school’s website. Around this time of the summer I usually send out the August edition to provide all our Dater families with some information about the work happening at Dater and the upcoming school year.
It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as your principal during your two years at Dater School. As I sit down to write you this message, I cannot help but think how far we have come since our first day together in September of 2012. Most of you probably experienced a combination of feelings that day-- mostly nervousness and excitement I would think. Over these last two years, your teachers and I have watched you grow as students and individuals.
The Ramsey Public Education Foundation, an integral partner with the Ramsey Public Schools, provides grant funds to the district to help sustain programs and finance new opportunities for the district’s students. This school year, the foundation provided over $37,000 to the district’s schools. At Dater School these funds were used to fund Ramsey Alive, our school’s television school, and our Dater School Musical. Without the generous support of the Foundation, these two wonderful and unique opportunities would not be available to Dater students.
When we return from Spring Break, there will only be 48 days left of school! All of those 48 days will be action-packed. The goal of this month’s newsletter is to “upDATE” you on some of these exciting events, many of which you are invited to attend. This year we are continuing with many of our Dater traditions while introducing a few new ones that we hope will add to the student and family experience here at #JYD.
One of the most exciting and noteworthy aspects of the Ramsey School District is our 21st Century Skills Initiative. As part of that initiative, this past year the Ramsey School District adopted Google Apps for Education. Over the last month at Dater School all teachers and students have been introduced to and immersed in this technology. Each student at Dater School has their own Google account, which gives them access to the full Google Apps for Education suite. This gives them access to Google Drive, Gmail, and several other Google Apps. So far, we have only been working with Google Drive and the effects on teaching and learning have been tremendous. Click on the link above to keep reading.
Email is a great tool for education. It allows teachers to collaborate with each other, communicate with parents, and for many of the transactional aspects of education to be done more efficiently and effectively than would be possible without it. In all honesty, I am not quite sure what we did before email. I try to imagine what the Dater School of my youth was like without email and I almost break out in hives. Click on the above link to access the full newsletter.
If you are reading this newsletter, then I am sure you are already aware of the emphasis we put on Character Education here at Dater. I have written about some of our initiatives previously. This month’s newsletter is not about a specific initiative, but rather a philosophy that teachers and parents can work on together. A few years back I was in a Barnes and Nobles and came across a book called Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire by Rafe Esquith. The author is a fifth-grade teacher who has won numerous national teaching awards. While the entire book was interesting and I “borrowed” some ideas for my classrooms, the most interesting chapter for me was about his behavior management system and how he teaches character and ethical behavior to his students. Esquith has adapted a framework from psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg called the Six Levels of Moral Development. When translated to his classroom, the levels can be explained as: • Level 1 – I don’t want to get in trouble • Level 2 – I want a reward • Level 3 – I want to please someone • Level 4 – I follow the rules • Level 5 – I am considerate of other people • Level 6 – I have a personal code of behavior and I follow it. Click on the above link to access the full newsletter.
If you are looking for a great book to read, you might want to pick up the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. While its target audience is children ages 8-12, it is a great read for adults as well. In fact, this recent article from The Wall Street Journal is all about how the book and other similar books have found popularity amongst an adult audience due to the their overall quality and willingness to wrestle with serious themes. Click on the above link to keep reading.