Lynk

Congratulations to
Ms. Lynk
the 2014-2015
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.


FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY

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.

DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS

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!)

GO CHARGERS!!!


Character Counts
at
Dassel Elementary

pillar


KIDS NIGHT
AT THE LOCAL DAIRY QUEEN

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!


newsletter image
December Newsletter


Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Play
Grade 2

2:30
Nov 24

Thanksgiving Feast
Grade 1

1:45
Nov 25

End of 1st Trimester
Nov 25

Teacher Staff Development
(no school K-12)
Nov 26

Thanksgiving Break
Nov 27 & 28

K-2 Music Program
1:30 Matinee
7:00 Evening
Dec 2

Volunteer Holiday Gathering
10:30-1:30
Dec 3

Step-Up Day
Wear Blue
Dec 4

DQ Night
Mr. Schultz's Class

Dec 10

3rd Grade Stores
10:30-11:45
Dec 11

4th Grade Field Trip
Mpls Institute of Arts
Dec 12

3rd Grade Shopping
Red Rooster
Dec 15

3rd Grade Gingerbread Houses
Dec 19

2nd Grade Field Trip
Cokato Museum
Dec 22

Holiday Sing-Along
1:00-2:00
Jingle Bingo
2:20
Dec 23

Winter Break
Dec 24-Jan 4


Parent Portal Accounts

campus

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


FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES


BUS PASSES

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.


STEP UP DAY

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
2014-2015

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. See Charger Kids Club website for more details.

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


DASSEL ELEMENTARY
“SOUNDS OF THE SEASON”
MUSIC PROGRAM

on
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
1:30 P.M. - Matinee
7:00 P.M. - Evening Program

at the
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
HIGH SCHOOL

(GRADES K-2 PREFORMING)

wreath  wreath   wreath


We Appreciate Our Many Volunteers!

An Open House
Invitation
to a Holiday Gathering

SO00751_

for our Volunteers
at Dassel Elementary

in the Staff Lounge
Wednesday, December 3rd
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thanks for
working with us!


D-C Kindergarten Program

Dassel-Cokato Schools has always prided itself on having a quality Half-Time Kindergarten Program. However, with legislative approval of funding for All Day Everyday K, Dassel-Cokato moved forward in the spring of 2014 with a facility expansion plan to allow for the opportunity of offering All Day Every Day Kindergarten.

With the start of the 2014 – 2015 school year, Dassel-Cokato Schools featured a Full Time and Half Time Kindergarten experience. Included below are the many features that make these programs successful for our students.

Full Time and Half Time Kindergarten Programs:

  • Both programs follow the established district curriculum and Minnesota state standards.
  • Instruction is provided in core areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, health and the arts.
  • Instruction is provided in physical education and music.
  • Students receive digital learning opportunities.
  • Students engage in active, hands-on learning environments.
  • Students have access to a variety of activities and materials.
  • Students have individual and small-group work time with teachers.
  • Curriculum is individualized to meet student needs and strengths.
  • A focus is on the development of the whole child including social and emotional needs, not just academic readiness.
  • There is no tuition cost for kindergarten.
  • Each school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. 

Full Time Kindergarten Program:

  • Increased instructional activity time in the core areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, health and the arts
  • Increased opportunities for school activities and assemblies
  • Increased social interaction with peers
  • Consistent Monday through Friday schedule for children
  • Increased instruction in physical education and music
  • Increased digital learning opportunities
  • Instructional pacing that allows for additional student review, enrichment, and independent discovery
  • The full time kindergarten program operates on the same school schedule as grades 1-4. 

Half Time, Alternating Day Kindergarten Program:

  • Kindergarten schedule will feature a red/blue schedule of 2 full days each week and then alternating full day Fridays.

An Open House will be planned to showcase the new project once the rooms are up & running.


HELP NEEDED/FOOD DRIVE

food driveAgain, 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, Jell-O, 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 19th.


Bingo For Books

An evening of food, fun and games is planned for Tuesday, January 27th, as Dassel Elementary staff, students, and their families kick-off "I Love to Read" month.   This event 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 9th.  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 is coming!  Please put Thursday, February 19th 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!


WINTER CLOTHING
mitten
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.


PICKING UP YOUR CHILD EARLY FROM SCHOOL

noteAt Dassel Elementary, the safety of your child is a priority.  The Safety Committee continues to meet this year and asks the following of you:

If you are picking your child up between 8:15–3:10 from school, please come directly to the office and the office will contact your child’s teacher.  Your child will then come to the office to meet you.  If you know when you are picking up your child, please send a note with the time, and the teacher will have the child come to the office early.

Please wait by the east door, if you plan to pick up your child after school. 


PARENTS WHO PICK UP & DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN

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.

 



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:

  • 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

FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY

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 year. 

The colors are blue and white.

DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS

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!)

GO CHARGERS!!!


Dassel Elementary Designated as 2014 Reward School

2014

Dassel Elementary has been designated a Minnesota Reward School for 2014. This designation puts Dassel Elementary in the top 15 percent of Title I schools in Minnesota.

Information about this designation can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education web-site (education.state.mn.us/ under the Data Center Tab. Click on the Minnesota Report Card Tab and then click My School. The MMR information is under the School Performance Tab).


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

Dassel Elementary Logo
 

131 Williams Avenue East
PO Box 368
Dassel, MN 55325

Phone: 320.286.4100 x1500
Fax: 320.286.4151

Principal: Debbie Morris