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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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  • Elementary Mathematics Overview and Tips

    Click this link to learn about the Elementary Mathematics program and how to incorporate math at home.

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  • Dater Named Kindness Certified School for 2016

    In recognition of our commitment to creating a culture of kindness on our campus, Dater School has been named a Kindness Certified School by the Kids for Peace Organization. Kindness Matters!

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  • Dater Named LEAD School of the Month

    John Y. Dater was recently recognized as a L.E.A.D. School of the Month! Our close relationship with local law enforcement and support of the program were cited as reasons for the selections.

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  • PayforIt On-Line Lunch Program - Negative Balances

    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.

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  • Author Visit from I Survived...Series!!

    Dater School is excited to announce that Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived Series, will be at Dater School on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Please see information sheet and book order form for more details.

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  • Spirit Day is Friday, February 5

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

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  • Dater Information Technology Center (ITC) Goes Mobile!

    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.

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  • 2015-2016 Ramsey Alive Episodes

    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.

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  • Exhibition at Mahwah Museum

    The Mahwah Museum is currently presenting the exhibition “The Ramsey Journal and the Dater Family, 1892-1967." Go to http://mahwahmuseum.org/exhibitions/ for more information.

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The upDATER

  • January 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    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.

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  • January 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • December 2015 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • December 2015 upDATER - Big Ideas

    Computer Science Education week is December 7-13, 2015. All Dater fourth and fifth grade students will be introduced to computer science coding during Information Technology classes. Students will explore vocabulary, tutorials and hands on practice in coding using Code.org®. Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science to all students, exposing them to the language of JavaScript and computer programming.

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  • November 2015 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    We have some very exciting events going on at Dater this month.

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  • November 2015 upDATER - Big Ideas

    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.

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  • October 2015 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    We have some exciting upcoming Halloween events.

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  • October 2015 upDATER - Big Ideas

    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.

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  • September 2015 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • September 2015 upDATER - Big Ideas

    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.

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  • August 2015 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 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.

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  • July 2015 upDATER

    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.

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  • June 2015 upDATER

    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.

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  • 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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