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  • Welcome to John Y. Dater School

    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.

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  • RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning

    This year at Dater, to support the Ramsey School District's Wellness Initiative, we are excited to be using RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence into daily life. RULER teaches five key skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing emotions in one's self and others. Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions. Labeling emotions accurately. Expressing emotions appropriately. Regulating emotions effectively.

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  • Spirit Day is Friday, March 3

    Show off your Dater School spirit by wearing your SPIRIT SHIRT!

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The upDATER

  • January 2017 upDATER - Big Ideas

    This year at Dater, to support the Ramsey School District's Wellness Initiative, we are excited to be using RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that helps school communities integrate the practice of emotional intelligence into daily life. RULER teaches five key skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing emotions in one's self and others. Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions. Labeling emotions accurately. Expressing emotions appropriately. Regulating emotions effectively.

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  • January 2017 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    Today was the 92nd day of the school year, which is significant because it marks the exact halfway point of the academic year. This edition of the upDATER will highlight key dates for the second half of the school year. These dates are also included on our online calendar and I encourage you to add them to your calendars so you are up to date on all of the exciting things happenings at Dater.

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  • November 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    As we head into the long Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it the perfect time to update our school community on our kindness initiative. While we have been stressing the importance of kindness at Dater for the past few years, it seems like the topic is becoming more relevant in our culture at large. In fact, the iconic children's television show Sesame Street will be dedicating its entire upcoming 47th season to the issue of kindness. This is in response to a national survey the show conducted on kindness and children that revealed almost 75% of parents and almost 80% of teachers admitted to often worrying that the world is an unkind place for children. I encourage you to take the survey yourself. You can access it here.

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  • December 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    This afternoon at 2:45 PM you will be able to access your child's progress report (AKA report card) on the Parent Portal for the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year. As we have communicated throughout the fall (PTO Meeting presentation, September upDATER, new section of website, and parent-teacher conferences) this progress report will look much different than previous report cards. Today's upDATER provides links to the previous information that had been shared, give you directions for accessing your child's report, and provide some updated information in the form of FAQ's to help you "read" the report.

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  • December 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    Dear Parents and Guardians: I hope this edition of the upDATER finds you well. The purpose of this Nuts and Bolts is to provide information about this month's Holiday Sing, a fundraiser being held at Ramsey High School, and an learning opportunity occurring next week at Dater. It is hard to believe that we are already beginning the final month of the calendar year and will soon be finishing the first trimester of the academic year. As always, I appreciate all of your support in helping make Dater a great place for students to learn and grow. Warm Regards, Andrew Matteo

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  • November 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    The purpose of this Nuts and Bolts is to remind our school community of important safety procedures at Dater and to make sure everyone is informed about several important events going on at the school during the month of November. It is hard to believe that we are already well into our third month of the school year. As always, I appreciate all of your support in helping make Dater a great place to learn and grow.

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  • October 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    Prepare for two-way conversation by thinking about your child's strengths and challenges beforehand. You will most likely hear positive feedback about your child and areas for improvement. It will also be beneficial for you to provide input about how you view your child as a student. Assume best intentions. Assume that teachers have your child's best interest at heart. We all want the students to learn and do well in school. Coming to the conference with this frame of mind will lead to a more positive and productive parent-teacher conference. Keep the emphasis on learning. The focus of the conference should be about how the child is doing academically in school and how they can continue to progress. Ask how you can support learning at home. Ask how you can help your child at home so they can continue to grow and progress while at school. Home-school collaboration is key for student success.

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  • October 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    The first week of October is always designated the Week of Respect for all schools in New Jersey. As schools are closed on Monday for Rosh Hashanah, we will begin our Week of Respect tomorrow (Friday, September 30). The Week of Respect is a great opportunity to build upon our school's theme of Kindness, make connections to our Six Pillars of Character program, and highlight some of the social-emotional skills taught through our RULER curriculum. This newsletter contains some of the great things that will be going on at Dater throughout the week. I encourage you to talk about them with your child. As always, thank you for your support.

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  • September 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    This September edition of the upDATER includes links to two recent presentations given at Dater School and a new section of our school webpage.

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  • September 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    Some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the first day of school

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  • Summer 2016 upDATER

    I hope this message finds everyone well and enjoying these long, relaxing days of summer. Around this time I always send out the Summer edition of my monthly newsletter, the upDATER to say hello to our returning fifth grade families and warmly welcome our incoming fourth grade families.

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  • June 2016 upDATER

    This month's upDATER is the text of my Moving Up Address to the fifth graders. I wish you all a wonderful summer. Dear Graduating Fifth Graders, As I write this letter to you, I immediately think back to your first official trip to Dater School in June of 2013. If you remember, you came over on a bus from either Tisdale or Hubbard with your third grade homeroom and teacher. What I remember most about that day is the way that each and every one of your third grade teachers spoke about you as a group. "You're going to LOVE them!" said one. Another said sadly, "I don't want to let them go. They are a special group." And how right they all were.

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  • May upDATER - Big Ideas

    This month's Big Ideas upDATER is written by Mrs. Erica Lakind, the district's Instructional Coach for K-5 Literacy. Mrs. Annitti, fourth grade Humanities teacher, and Mrs. Aujero, fifth grade Humanities teacher, delivered a presentation with Mrs. Lakind at the May PTO meeting about summer reading.

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  • April 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    This month's Big Ideas upDATER is written by Mrs. Christina Mains, the district's Instructional Coach for K-6 Mathematics. Mrs. Mains and Mrs. Groenveld, fourth grade mathematics teacher, delivered a presentation at the March PTO meeting about the changes to mathematics instruction.

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  • May 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    May is an EXTREMELY busy month at Dater School. Please read carefully to make sure you have all of most up-to-date information, including dates and times.

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