Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 26, 2016

February has been an extremely busy month at the Elementary School. The 100th Day and Valentine's Day have come and gone! We had a special visit from the Middle School Student Council, several enrichment presentations, and a beautiful ceremony to recognize one of our students!

Sam Cederbaum

Happy 100th Day

Valentine's Day Fun
The Middle School Student Council came to the Elementary School to help students make Valentine's Day cards for their loved ones at home. This was a great way for our two learning communities to come together! Thanks to their advisor, Mrs. Thibeault for organizing this great event. Our students enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day with their classmates as well!

President's Day Poetry
Mrs. Doyle's Class celebrated President's day with a little skit!

Two Presidents
George Washington helped start our wonderful land,
Abe Lincoln made sure that united we'd stand,
Each was born on a February day,
Each was there to lead the way,
Two special men to remember,
Who made our country great,
Our first and sixteenth presidents,
What a good reason to celebrate!

Officer Phil Returns
Thanks to the partnership with the Douglas Police Department, the Officer Phil Safety Program returned to the Elementary School. The second and third graders enjoyed JT and Buddy the Bulldog as they talked about safety, performed some magic, and even sang a song or two!

Brayden Receives Young Hero Award
Fourth grader Brayden Wilcox was honored this week with a Young Hero Award. On December 31, 2015 Brayden heard the CO2 in his home going off. He woke his brother, got them out of the house, and called the fire department. These courageous actions earned Brayden the title of Young Hero, one which only 300 children in the last 19 years have earned. Brayden was honored in a special ceremony this week. He received citations from both the House and the Senate presented by Representative McKenna and Senator Fattman. In addition, Brayden was presented with a certificate and t-shirt from Jennifer Meith from the State Fire Marshall's Office.We are very proud of Brayden and grateful for the lesson instilled by the S.A.F.E. program as well as his parents. Here's a link to Brayden's story:

Red Cross Visits Grade Three
During this month's S.A.F.E. class, members of the American Red Cross joined our firefighters to bring a special presentation to our students. The Pillowcase Project focused on teaching preparedness to students. The presenters spent about half of the presentation talking about home fire risks and fire safety/escape information, but also discussed the types of natural disasters that may affect us in New England, and some coping skills specific to this age group to help kids stay calm during and after an emergency. During each presentation the students received a preparedness workbook and personal pillowcase to use as an emergency kit. The students really enjoyed this presentation!

American Revolution Comes to Douglas
Thanks to the PTO and sponsorship from the MTA, our fifth grade students enjoyed a presentation from the Freedom Trail Scholars Program. Two actors and several student volunteers led the classes on a journey to learn about the major events of the revolution from the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party to the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

Perimeter & Area: Who Let the Dogs Out?
This week, Mrs. Dagenais's math classes worked on a perimeter and area project. They built models of rectangular dog pens using twist ties to represent 24 1-meter pieces of fencing. They needed to find all of the possible combinations, then calculate the area and perimeter of each in order to select the best structure to build for the dog.

PTO Treats Teachers to a Hot Chocolate Bar
Many thanks go out to Lisa Dean and the many parents who volunteered time and treats to make this month's Teacher Appreciation so fantastic! All teachers and staff enjoyed the delicious treats and yummy hot cocoa!

Read Across America Week is Coming!
We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day February 29 - March 4 with a spirited week of activities! Be sure to show your spirit every day!

Upcoming Events
March 1 - PTO Meeting - 7pm DES LIbrary
March 3 - School Committee Meeting - 7pm DHS C208
March 11 - Second Trimester Report Cards Available Online