Congratulations to
Ms. Hall
the 2013-2014
Dassel Elem. Leadership in Educational Excellence Recipient!

School Closings

Notices of Dassel-Cokato School closings and other school emergencies will be broadcast again this year over:

Volunteers Needed & Appreciated!

When you become involved in our school, at home or in the building, your children will thrive and our school truly does become a better school because of you! There are many ways to volunteer at Dassel Elementary.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about the opportunities, please contact Mary Neu, volunteer coordinator, at 320-286-4100 ext. 1518.


As a continuation of our school pride theme – all students and staff are encouraged to wear the Dassel-Cokato Charger colors on Fridays throughout the rest of the year. The colors are blue and white.


Here come the DC Chargers,
fighting to keep our honor;
Cheer for the DC Chargers,
we’ll win this game!  (Rah, Rah, Rah!)
Here’s to the blue and white;  
with all our might we’ll fight. 
Onward to victory,
we’ll win this game tonight!  (Fight!)


Character Counts
Dassel Elementary



Every Wednesday is Kids Night at the Cokato Dairy Queen. Art made by one of the elementary classes will be on display at the DQ for the community to enjoy. The DQ will donate 10% of the sales from 5:00-8:00 p.m. that night to our elementary schools. What a fun and tasty way to contribute to our school.  Thank you, Dairy Queen!



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April Newsletter

Upcoming Events

MCA Testing
Grades 3 & 4
Apirl 21-29

DQ Art Night
Mr. Whittaker's Class
April 23

Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
April 25

Spring Concert
Grades 3 & 4
1:30 Matinee
7:00 Evening
April 29

Pre-K Lunch Day & Tour
April 30

Memorial Day
(no school)
May 26

Parent Portal Accounts


Infinite Campus is used to maintain all our student and family information. An exciting component of this software is the Parent Portal, which will allow parents better access to their children's grades, lunch account balances, standardized test scores, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records.

Please contact school secretary to activate your account.

Online Payment Center

Activities & CommEd

Pay Lunch Accounts in Campus Parent Portal



To allow any change in a student's pick-up or drop-off location, students must receive a Bus Pass. These requests must be received by the school office no later than 2:00 p.m. prior to the route change. For more details, please see the district transporation letter.


The 1st Thursday of each Month is Dassel Elementary's Day to Step-Up against Bullying! 

On this day our staff and students are to wear their Step-Up blue shirt/or any navy blue shirt and join us in taking a stand against bullying. We recite our No More Bullying Pledge and sing our song about making new friends. We talk about the tools needed to be prepared to end bullying in our school and community!   Thank you for your support, too!

Charger Kids Club

Charger Kids Club is a school age childcare and enrichment program, designed to meet the year-round needs of working parents of students in grades K-6. Click here for more details. 

Welcome to Dassel Elementary School
"Home of Kids Who Care"


April is also the time to measure how well students have learned grade-level content. Reading MCA III tests for 3rd & 4th grade students took place on April 15th & 16th. The MCA III math on-line tests for 3rd & 4th grade students will be given the week of April 21st–29th.

Students need a good night’s sleep before the test. A healthy snack will be provided for test taking students the day of the test. Please be sure to schedule family trips or doctor/dental appointments on alternative dates. The students study hard all year long and we are very PROUD of them! Giving them the best testing conditions to ‘show what they know’ is our goal!



Performing Arts Center
3rd & 4th Grades

1:30 p.m.
Matinee Performance

7:00 p.m.
Evening performance for the public

April 30th


Parent(s) and Pre-Kindergarten Child


Come for a tour of the kindergarten rooms and the kindergartners for hot lunch


Wednesday, April 30th


Tour starts promptly at 11:15


Adult:  $ 3.35,    Child:  $ 1.75
Note:  You cannot charge this to your family account.

How to Register:

Fill out the registration form below and return it with your payment to the Community Education Early Childhood Center.  Please make check payable to:  ISD #466.  Do NOT send the payment to the Elementary Schools.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 25th

See registration form in April newsletter

Volunteer Appreciation Week

National Volunteer Recognition Week is celebrated in MN and across the states in April. Dassel Elementary wishes to thank the many parents, grandparents and community members that have volunteered with us. We will be hosting an appreciation on Thursday, May 1st. Please mark that date on your calendar and plan on attending. We thank you for all that you do for our students and staff here at Dassel!

Please check your schedule and share some time with us. We truly appreciate all that our volunteers do for our students and staff

Needs list:

  • Spring program help
  • Projects, both here and at home
  • Reading at home
  • Special events: many coming up!
  • Attending the Volunteer Appreciation in May

Dassel Celebrates Read Across America Day

Dassel Elementary celebrated Read Across America Day (also known as Dr. Seuss’s Birthday) with several school-wide events.  This was a special day to celebrate readreading, but really reading is celebrated every day in our classrooms!

Events included:

  • Bookmark Contest
  • Mystery Reader Event
  • School-wide Contest to see how many pages can be read by Dassel Elementary on Read Across America Day. 37, 292 were pages read that day!



Mr. Whittaker shares Skippyjon Jones with a kindergarten class.


Mrs. Morris and Mr. Schultz read with these engrossed fourth graders!

Dassel raises $10,200 for Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart was again a success. Students learned about the risk factors of heart disease, how to prevent heart disease, and the warning signs of stroke and heart attack. Our school collected an amazing $10,200 for the American Heart Association during the event, and everyone had a good time jumping.  Thanks for the support of such a worthwhile program!



A great deal of time, thought, and effort goes into the formation of class lists each year.  We want you to know that all Dassel Elementary teachers are highly qualified and exceptional teachers with whom you can put your trust. We also realize that parents/guardians know their child’s personality better than anyone, and we respect the fact that some parents may want to contribute their thoughts to the process. Please see letter for complete details if you want to give input into your child’s placement for next year.


We are starting to think about summer and it’s always nice to add new things for the kids to play with each year.  As you begin your spring cleaning keep us in mind if you come across anything that is gently used and you would like to donate – we would love it!   

Popular items include:
Board Games               Sand Toys
Cars and Tracks           Dolls & accessories
Blocks                            Playing Cards
Balls of all kinds            Barbie’s & accessories
Puzzles                          Legos
Baseball Gloves           Outside Games
Crafting Supplies or anything else you think we could use!

Click here for more details about the Charger Kids Club.


Minnesota Reading Corps has been active in our district for the last three years.  The tutoring program is intended to help all children be successful readers by the end of third grade. 

Members are trained to provide a variety of reading interventions with students in kindergarten through third grade.  The tutors also participate in community activities and other volunteer opportunities. 

Openings for full and part-time Reading Corps members are likely to be available within the area next year.  Contact Debbie Morris or Julie Renkes for more information.  You can also visit the Reading Corps website: www.minnesotareadingcorps.org


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!


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.

The teachers check phone and e-mail messages during prep times, if time permits, or after dismissal to assure that structured learning times are not interrupted.  In addition, our substitute teachers do not have access to phone or e-mail messages.

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.


School Parking - FINAL BW-Staff..pngAll 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.



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:

  • CARE Groups
  • Character Education  / Olweus Anti-Bullying curriculum
  • Jumpstart and STARS Programming
  • Everyday Math
  • Harcourt Reading
  • Science Exploration
  • Creative Art Discovery
  • Numerous Volunteer Coordinated Programs
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Technology / Media Center / Computer Lab
  • Rolling Tablet Carts
  • Quality Music Classes
  • Active and Healthy Phy Ed. Offerings
  • Odyssey / Title I Programming
  • Reading Corps (continued for the 2013 – 2014 school year)
  • MCA Test Prep Opportunities
  • Summer School Opportunities

2012 National Blue Ribbon School

2009 MN Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award

2009 MN Assoc. of Admin
Distinguished School Award

State School of Excellence 2004-05

National School of Excellence 1990

State School of Excellence 1988

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131 Williams Avenue East
PO Box 368
Dassel, MN 55325

Phone: 320.286.4100 x1500
Fax: 320.286.4151

Principal: Debbie Morris