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Dater News

  • 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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  • Volunteer for a 2015-2016 PTO Committee

    Dater School needs YOU to help us with the many activities, programs, and fundraisers we run for our Dater students. Descriptions and Survey can be found by clicking on the title. Thank you in advance for your time.

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  • 2015 Spring Book Fair

    Thank you for all your support at our recent Book Fair. It was a tremendous success! Special thanks to Mrs. Patunas and her staff of volunteers - we couldn't have done it without them.

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  • Summer Reading Lists

    With summer fast approaching it is time to start thinking about summer reading. Increasing reading volume and stamina has been a major goal at Dater School this year and we are encouraged these great reading habits to continue over the summer months. Click on the link above for access to the Summer Reading Program for incoming 6th graders and a suggested list of title for incoming 4th and 5th graders.

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  • Author Visit on June 16 - Josh Lieb

    We are excited to welcome author, Josh Lieb to Dater School on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 to discuss his new book, Ratscalibur, The author will be speaking to both fourth and fifth grade students. Please click on the above link for the Josh Lieb Order Form if you would like to purchase an autographed copy of this book.

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  • MakerBot 3D Printer arrives at Dater!

    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.

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  • Pillar for the month of June: Leadership

    For the month of June we will be focusing on Leadership

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  • Ramsey School District Mobile App

    Download the Ramsey School District free mobile app from the Google Play or iTunes App Stores...

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Dater Backpack Papers

  • District & Community Events and Flyers Link

    Registrations, Flyers, and Information for community and town events.

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  • May Backpack Papers

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  • December Back Pack Papers

    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.

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  • November Backpack Papers

    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.

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  • October Backpack Papers

    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.

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  • September Backpack Papers

    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.

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  • 2014 Back to School Backpack Papers

    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.

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The upDATER

  • May 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.

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  • April 2015 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.

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  • March 2015 upDATER

    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.

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  • February 2015 upDATER

    In my opinion, Dater School is a great school. My goal is to make it the premier upper elementary school in the country. To that end, I am very interested in your opinion, your feedback. Click on the above link to access the full newsletter.

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  • January 2015 upDATER

    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.

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  • December 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • November 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • October 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • September 2014 upDATER

    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).

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  • August 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • June 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • May 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • April 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • March 2014 upDATER

    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.

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  • February 2014 upDATER

    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.

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