Summer Reading Celebration

We are so excited to see all of our awesome students next week.  We just want to remind you that if you participated in our summer reading challenge to please bring your packets to school next week to turn into your homeroom teachers.  We will collect summer reading challenge materials until Friday, August 25th and will let you know soon about our summer reading celebration. See you soon!

Enrollment & Meet and Greet

We enjoyed seeing everyone that attended class assignment day last Thursday.

Please remember if you did not attend last Thursday, you must come to the school office (prior to August 15th) to complete paperwork before your student is completely enrolled.  The office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone on Meet and Greet Night, August 17th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Reading

Our Summer Reading Challenge is here!  You may wonder why summer reading is so important and why we at DES emphasize its importance.  During summer months, students who are not engaged in reading can lose up to two months of reading performance.  This means it takes longer for students to catch up and get back in the swing of things when the new school year begins.  By middle school, summer reading loss can leave students 2 ½ -3 years behind their peers who are reading over the summer.  Research shows a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of 6th grade.  A student who is reading 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words by the end of sixth grade.  There are numerous benefits to reading.  Reading increases students’ vocabulary, improves their comprehension, builds a love of reading, and builds fluency.

Be on the look-out for more information in your child’s report card!

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

If your child is a car rider during the morning or afternoon, please read carefully because our procedures have changed.  Because we have grown another 100 + students we will need for parents to fill both lanes until you reach the new merge sign and painted merge lane.  This is because we must keep cars from backing up on the road.
As you approach the merge lane, you will see a sign asking you to alternate every other car into the right lane for drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon.  This is a great opportunity to model how adults Synergize and work together to keep our lines moving.
Parents must remain in their cars during pick-up in the afternoon.  We do not allow parents to park and walk across to pick up students.  This is a safety measure.  Parents are not allowed to dismiss from the office after 2:00 p.m.
Students should never be dropped off in the parking lot in the mornings.  If you are not going inside the building, please remain in your car and stay in the car rider line.
Our lines move very quickly in the mornings and afternoon.  However; drop off and pick-up will take longer this first week of school.
You can help keep our lines moving quickly , by teaching your child his/her car tag number and reminding them to watch for their car.  If you do not have a car tag to hang on your mirror and you plan on picking your child up at the end of the day, you will be asked to park and go inside the building with your driver’s license.  You may come to school tomorrow morning to get a car tag if you have not picked one up.
 Thank you in advance for your cooperation with our procedures!  Safety of children is our first priority!
Mrs. Jan Malone, Principal

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