7:00 PM - 8:00 PM RJWC - Spelling Bee
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM RJWC Spelling Bee (snow date)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PTO Meeting
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.
Parents/Guardians of students with a negative lunch account balance will now receive a notification e-mail reminder to reload their on-line lunch account or bring in a check made payable to Ramsey Cafe in order to keep the account open. On-line accounts can be replenished via the Parent Portal. New accounts can be set up via PayforIt.
We would like to introduce some new features of the Dater Information Technology Center. Students can now access their library account and ebooks from any mobile device and desktop computer (with Internet). Students will be receiving login information during ITC classes. More information can be found by clicking on the above link or on Mrs. Schinski's webpage.
Episodes of the current season of Ramsey Alive will be posted here. This year the students are involved in all phases of the production: writing, directing, acting, and editing. So far there are two episodes. One stars the students in Mr. Ramsden's homeroom. And the second, the Halloween edition, stars the students in Mrs. Jezequel's homeroom.
We are continually working to create a culture of kindness at Dater School. Every day we strive to “Be Kinder than is Necessary.” This year, as another way to build this culture, our school will be participating in the 2016 Great Kindness Challenge. During the week of January 25-29, each Dater School student is challenged to complete up to 40 acts of kindness. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as they can this week - and every week, of course. On Friday they can hand their list into their homeroom teacher.
The communication and cooperation that exists between home and school has always been one of the greatest strengths of the Ramsey school system. This communication continues to be key in our common quest to make Dater School the premiere upper elementary school in the country. It is important that this communication is two-way. To that end, we currently have two fairly simple and efficient avenues to foster communication. One will allow you to receive information and the other will allow you to share your opinion.
Woody Allen once famously said, "90% of life is showing up." With that in mind, this month's Nuts and Bolts newsletter focuses on our school's goal of ensuring that every student attends school regularly. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
Report cards are one of the best tools we have for reporting actual student progress to help assist students in the process of learning. This first report card will communicate the grades and marks your child has earned over the first two months of the school year. Please review the categories that will appear on your child's report card.
Schools and families share the same goal: the success of the student. The students have a greater chance of being successful when both parents and teachers communicate with each other. As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. You know them better than the school ever will. Teachers are professionals who have a different perspective to offer and can offer greater insight into a student's academic strengths and areas for growth. Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most effective methods we have to foster on-going home-school communication.
This is the second of the two September upDaters. While the previous upDATER focused on “Big Ideas,” this newsletter will focus on the “Nuts and Bolts.” While some of these topics may seem mundane or trivial, I feel that they are important enough to warrant attention. As John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” For this month, I have focused on the following seven “little details” that will help our school run smoothly.
One of the “Big Ideas” you hear in education is the importance of educating the whole child (mind, body, heart, spirit). While often this phrase amounts to little more than educational jargon, I would like to share how Dater School is educating the whole child through four powerful initiatives: The Six Pillars of Character, Embrace Civility Initiative, Building Emotional Intelligence, and the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge.
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 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.
This week you will graduate from Dater. For most of you this represents the culmination of two years at this school. To mark this important event, I have a two-part message for you. The first part is a congratulatory note. The second part is a challenge. Click on the link above to read the full text of Mr. Matteo's message to the graduates.
I hope this message finds you well. It has been a great learning journey this year at Dater and now we are all looking forward to the wonderful summer months that lie ahead. In this month's newsletter I have included some of my beliefs about summer work and some suggestions to make summer learning both effective and fun. Click on the above link for the full text of the June 2015 upDATER.
Teacher Appreciation Week This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We have delayed the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon from the Dater PTO until May 27 to coincide with Exhibit Night. This is always a wonderful event and very much appreciated. Due to the delay of the luncheon, I was wondering if I might also ask the students and parents to extend the faculty at Dater a "note of appreciation" during this upcoming week. If you find a minute and have the inclination, please consider sending either an email or quick handwritten note to one or more of the special professionals at Dater telling them how much you appreciate their talents and hard work. Nothing means more than a short, heartfelt note from a grateful student and parent. Click on the above link to read the full upDATER.
As you probably know, the first annual "Sprint For Our Schools" was held last year. It was a new fundraiser held by the Ramsey Public Education Foundation. This organization provides grant money to the district to help sustain programs and finance new opportunities for the district's students. This school year, the foundation provided funds were used to run Ramsey Alive, our school's television studio, 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. Click on the above link for the complete newsletter.