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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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  • October 6 - Parent Academy - Digital Citizenship

    Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today ­­ especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. Join us as we explore what should matter most to parents.

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  • October 17 - Jonathan Stokes - Author Visit

    We are excited to welcome author, Jonathan Stokes to Dater School on Monday, October 17, 2016 to discuss his new book, ADDISON COOKE AND THE TREASURE OF THE INCAS. The author will be speaking to both fourth and fifth grade students. Please use the link above for the Jonathan Stokes Order Form if you would like to purchase an autographed/personalized copy of this book and for more information about this author.

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  • October 26 - Parent Academy - Growth Mindset: How Mindsets Influence School and Life Performance

    This workshop will explore the theory around Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” Her research and central message has shown that “the view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you live your life.” This belief about ourselves permeates nearly every part of our lives. We will discuss the characteristics of a Fixed versus Growth Mindset. A Fixed mindset believe that intelligence is innate and cannot be improved whereas a Growth Mindset believe the intelligence can be stretched and grown. Parents will learn to identify traits of fixed vs growth mindsets and why a growth mindset is important.

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  • November 2 - How to Raise an Adult - Community Book Discusison

    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.

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  • The Board of Education is conducting a re-enrollment of all rising 4th grade students

    As a Ramsey resident, your child is entitled to attend the Ramsey School District. It is important to ensure that only the appropriate students are being educated on a tuition-free basis. When you originally enrolled your child in the Ramsey School District you provided residency verification...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • April 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • March 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    This month's upDATER about Digital Citizenship was written by Mrs. Schinski (Informational Technology Center Specialist) and Mrs. Fishman (Guidance Counselor).

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  • March 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • February 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

    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."

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  • February 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

    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.

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  • 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 - 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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  • 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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  • 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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