1:20 PM - 1:50 PM Halloween Parade
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM DA PTO Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM DA PTO Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Spirit Day
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.
Please join us for our annual fall book fair the week of October 24. The book fair will be open M-Th from 8:40 - 3:15 and Thursday evening from 5:30 - 8:00. Click on the link above for more information. Click on the link above to find the schedule of when your child's class will be visiting. Thank you for your continued support.
As a follow up to last year's One Community - One Book initiative, I invite you to read, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. I will again pose questions to the community to spark a dialogue. Save the date of November 2nd for the One Book One Community Book Club. More information will be coming out over the next few week. To register please follow the link above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is hard to believe but today is the first day of the final marking period of the 2015-2016 school year. Over these last 50 school days there are many important events that deserve highlighting. The purpose of this newsletter is to make the school community aware of some of these events and provide some more information about them. This list is not exhaustive as there are too many exciting events happening at Dater School to mention in this space.
Dater School and the Dater School PTO are excited to announce the launch of our on-line Spiritwear Store ! Our students, staff, and families love Dater School - and now we have a more convenient and efficient way to purchase items so you can show off your school spirit. There will also be a link on our Dater homepage.
The school motto at Dater is "Work Hard and Be Kinder Than is Necessary." While a motto can be meaningless, we would argue that our motto has become part of our school and can be seen daily in the interactions and habits of both teachers and students. One example of this kindness culminated at last Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting hosted by Dater School. At this meeting, with guidance from our faculty advisor Mrs. Jezequel, we presented our service project called "Bagels for Juan Bernardo."
This newsletter will focus on the "Nuts and Bolts." While these topics do not concern teaching and learning, they are important enough to warrant attention so that our school runs smoothly and safety. As John Wooden said, "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." For this month, we will focus on three "little details" that will help our school run smoothly.
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.