Welcome to Dassel Elementary School
"Home of Kids Who Care"
(GRADES K-2 PREFORMING)
Food Shelf Drive
Again, this year, Dassel Elementary will be participating in a December food drive. Students are encouraged (but certainly not required) to bring a food item to school for the Meeker County Food Shelf sometime during this month. Food shelf items should be canned goods and sealed boxes—all of a non-perishable nature. Some suggested items are: macaroni and cheese, tuna, pork and beans, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, cake mixes, boxed cereals, boxed pastas, salad dressing, chili and kidney beans, Jello, pudding mixes, Hamburger Helper, soup, canned fruit, dry milk, flour and sugar. Also, paper products and cleaning products are needed. Thanks for your participation in this activity! Please have items to the school by Dec 18th.
ORDER YOUR MEMORY BOOK NOW
Memory books from this school year will arrive about the middle of March which are in COLOR. Please fill out the form below by December 20th. The cost of the book is $10.00 and you can make a check out to “Dassel Elementary”. The memory books have pictures of all students and staff members. It’s a nice remembrance from the 2013-2014 school year. When our supply is gone, we will be unable to get any more copies printed, so reserve your copy early!
You may use this sheet and staple your check/money to the form.
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 20th
Volunteers Needed and Appreciated!
Volunteers are a very important part of our school. Thank you to all who have been so busy volunteering here at school and at home!
Our theme at Dassel Elementary this year revolves around the word BELIEVE.
As we move into the holiday season/new year, I would like to share some other things that I BELIEVE about our amazing students.
Mrs. Morris, Principal
LOST AND FOUND
Please feel free to check the box and table in the front hallway for items that may belong to your child. We will be bringing whatever is left to Goodwill during winter break. Please remember to label all of your child’s winter clothing. We are then able to return them to the owner.
GOLDEN RULERS OF THE MONTH
Every day of school, the students at Dassel Elementary are involved in CARE groups from 9:45 – 10:15. During this time, they have a snack and juice/milk break and are engaged in a lesson about character education. This year we are focusing on the character pillars of integrity and compassion. One of the activities we do each month, is to have the students in each of the nine CARE groups select a Golden Ruler of the Month to represent their group. They are asked to vote for a member of their CARE group who continually displays all six character pillars and demonstrates the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated”.
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Dassel Elementary has earned the CELEBRATION SCHOOL eligible designation based on the 2013 Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) results.
The MDE CELEBRATION SCHOOL AWARD recognizes the accomplishments and hard work of Title I schools across the state. The purpose of this award is to identify Minnesota Title I schools that have both demonstrated excellence on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) recognizing student proficiency, student growth, closure of the achievement gap, and exhibited success with initiatives that have led to positive student outcomes.
CELEBRATION eligible schools are those schools with MMR scores that place them in the 60th to 85th percentile of top performing schools in Minnesota based on their MMR.
CONGRATULATIONS to all students and staff who work so hard every day to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW!! We CELEBRATE their hard work all the time in many ways!
An evening of food, fun and games is planned for Tuesday, January 28th, as Dassel Elementary staff, students, and their families kick-off “I Love to Read” month. This event, co-sponsored by the Dassel-Cokato P.T.A., will be held in the Dassel Elementary small gym between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and will include bingo, prizes, pizza, popcorn, and beverages.
The organizers of this event are looking for books to give away as prizes. If you have any new or gently used books to donate, please send them to school with your child or drop them off at the Dassel Media Center by Friday, January 10th. We are accepting books at reading levels from pre-school through high school/adult.
We hope that every student (and perhaps quite a few adults) attending will go home with a different book to read that night. Any proceeds from the event will go towards support of media center programs.Come join the Dassel Elementary staff for an evening of family fun as we celebrate reading and the impact it makes in our students’ success in school and later life.
AAA IS COMING!
Attention all Dassel Elementary students and parents! AAA iscoming! Please put Thursday, February 20th on your calendar of fun events! This is the date for viewing the exhibits and program. The program will be presented to grades K-2 at 10:20, and at 1:30 for grades 3 – 4 and also the public. Get your thinking caps on and have some fun this winter break, working on your projects and performances! More details will be coming, but start your creative juices flowing now!
FROM THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The brain is a truly fascinating part of the body. There is an abundance of research into how the brain functions. Most people would question why physical education teachers would be just as interested in the brain as the body. The answer to that question is very simple: They are undeniably connected!
Take jumping rope, for example. Jumping rope is an excellent exercise for the muscles and the cardiovascular system. Researchers are learning that it prepares the brain for optimal learning. In her book, Thinking on Your Feet, neurokinesiologist Jean Blaydes explains a few of ways it may help:
Jumping rope is just one of the many activities we do in our daily physical education classes that may help the brain. We also weave many reading, math, spelling concepts into our physical education activities to help those who learn best through movement. For more than 25 years, our elementary students have had the benefit of a daily dose of brain-body exercise. That is something for which our district can truly be proud.
OLWEUS AT DASSEL ELEMENTARY
Olweus is the last name of Dr. Dan Olweus, the founder of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that we follow here at Dassel Elementary. One of the points made over and over again is that bullying doesn’t happen just in school. It happens everywhere—in our community and our homes!
And just because you grow up, doesn’t mean that bullying stops! You may not hear a lot about adult bullying, but it is a problem for us to be aware of and have tools to understand it and stop it!
Bullying can make life very uncomfortable for the target. (The person being bullied) It is also difficult to be a co-worker of someone that is being bullied. It is our job to find the process to support the target and get help from someone who has power in the system to make changes. Sometimes that is very difficult, but letting the target know that you care is a very important step we can all take!
Adult bullies were often bullied by someone when they were young, or were a bully then themselves. It is a difficult task to change behavior after a pattern has been established for a long time. Do your best to ignore an adult bully, but make sure you are Stepping Up to help children when the pattern of behavior can still be changed!
Thanks for doing your part! Dassel Elementary is constantly striving to be a safe and welcome learning environment for all!
MCA Testing for Grades 3 & 4 in
MCA Testing for grades 3 & 4 in
It is very important to have your children in school during testing dates.
TREATS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL
When sending treats for the entire class, please comply with the Minnesota health guidelines which states that all food brought to school must be commercially made as state law prohibits home-made food from
CAMBELL’S SOUP LABELS
Once again, we thank you for collecting soup labels for us at Dassel Elementary. We appreciate your efforts! Just a reminder: We need the UPC code and the logo next to it. If it is easier for you, please just send us the whole label. The wonderful residents at the Dassel Lakeside apartments are trimming for us!
Please help us by keeping your child/ren’s emer-gency cards up-to-date. Remember to always let us know when you change phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and work numbers. There are times when we have called work places, and they have told us that person no longer works there.
When your child gets sick or hurt at school, we need to get a hold of you as soon as possible. It is also important to have some contact people on the emergency card, when we can’t get a hold of you. You may call us or just stop by the office and change the information on the card. Thank you for your assistance.
Flu season is upon us. “Flu season” is the period of time when influenza outbreaks are most prevalent. In Minnesota, flu season is typically October-April. Every school district in the State tracks influenza activity and reports outbreaks to the MN Department of Health. If your child is home sick, we will ask 1) Does he or she have a fever greater than 100 degrees?, and 2) Does he or she have a cough or sore throat? If the answer to both of those questions is “Yes”, your child is considered to have an influenza-like illness. An outbreak of influenza is when 5% of our students are absent with influenza-like illness, or when 3 or more students are absent from one elementary classroom on a given day.
There are several important things you can do to prevent flu:
If you have questions about whether your child is well enough to attend school, call Annette Bohnsack, Licensed School Nurse, at 320-286-4100 ext. 1804.
During the cold winter weather, please be sure that your child has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, some type of head gear, boots, and snow pants. We do want children to go outside during recess, so dressing for the weather is vital. If it is raining, or if the wind chill factor is about 10 below, we do not allow anyone to go outside. The students remain in the gym during noon recess. If you have problems getting the necessary winter gear for your children, please let us know and we will try to provide some assistance.
Please call the office at extension 1500, NOT the classroom, if your child’s dismissal plans change throughout the day. We are asking that the office be notified of these changes before 12:00. The ideal request is that your child brings a note that is given to the teacher in the morning, which helps to eliminate interruptions into the classroom.
Our dismissal time is 3:15. Please do not request that your child be excused prior to that time. A safe and orderly dismissal process is a high priority that is shared jointly by all of us.
PARENTS WHO PICK UP & DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN
All parents are asked to pick up their child or drop off their child on the EAST side of the school. For the safety of our students and staff, do not pick up or drop off children while buses are loading/unloading on the south side.
The doors to school will be locked until 7:45 a.m. each day, as we do not have supervision before that time. So please do not send your students to school earlier than 7:45 a.m.
In January of 2013 the Dassel-Cokato School Board and Administration decided to make each building more secure by purchasing controlled access systems which was installed in the spring of 2013. These systems require visitors to identify themselves and their purpose for visiting before they are allowed to enter any of the buildings. We greatly appreciate patience and understanding from parents and other visitors as we work hard to keep students and staff safe at school.
What will this mean at Dassel Elementary School? For the most part, it will soon mean that all doors to the building will be locked. To enter you will need to come to the main entrance (Door A) where you will be required to push a button to announce your arrival. You will be greeted by our secretary, Marlyce, or another staff member, via intercom. Please provide your reason for visiting the school, and then you will be given access to the building. Once in the building, please report to the office to check in and to acquire a visitor’s badge. You will then be directed to the area which you wish to visit. We will require that you check out at the office when you leave, as well.
There are many reasons to keep students and staff safe and this is just one more measure we can add to ensure their safety. If you have any questions related to controlled access, please contact Mrs. Morris at extension 1504.
BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED!
Our theme for the year is BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED! Throughout the year we will be working on ways to BELIEVE in accomplishing great things! We know that everyone can do it because WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!!
We BELIEVE that these programs help students achieve and succeed at Dassel Elementary:
2012 National Blue Ribbon School
2009 MN Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award
2009 MN Assoc. of Admin
State School of Excellence 2004-05
National School of Excellence 1990
State School of Excellence 1988
131 Williams Avenue East
Phone: 320.286.4100 x1500
Principal: Debbie Morris