Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 24, 2017

March Madness
Our annual March Madness Foul Shooting Competition is under way. This year we have 47 teams of 3 vying for the title! After week one of the competition, the top 16 teams have advanced to compete this week. As a reminder, all shots must be taken either Tuesday or Thursday from 7:40-8:10 in the gym. Don't forget your Douglas spirit wear to earn those extra shots!

Presidents Galore
Second graders continued with their Presidential Presentations this week! Great job boys and girls!

We enjoyed a wonderful math themed enrichment program thanks to the PTO. ArtsEcho brought Ben Bendor and his Arithmetickles program to our school. All students enjoyed the performance and were able to show off their great math skills as well!

PTO Movie Night
We had a great turnout for our showing of Trolls this week! Families enjoyed the movie, sang along with the great songs, and even had a little dance party at the end. Thank you to the PTO and the volunteers who helped to make this another successful event!

Children's Clothing Drive
Kaitlyn Zisk, a DMS 8th grader, is is need of YOUR help! As a Project 351 Ambassador, Kaitlyn is coordinating a children's clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. This organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play. Please consider donating new or gently used clothing or shoes, size infant to medium adult, into Kaitlyn's bin located the front  lobby of our school. Donations will be accepted March 27 - April 7. 

The Book Fair is Coming
Our spring book fair is coming and will be held from April 7-13. Flyers will be coming home shortly with all students. This year's theme is Happy Camper: S'more fun with books! Don't forget to send in items for our raffle baskets. As a reminder, here are the classroom themed basket assignments:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Mrs. Martinsen, Mrs. Chauvin, Mrs. Berthiaume)
Toys, games, activities, etc... that a young girl would enjoy
Boys Will Be Boys (Mrs. Lancaster, Mrs. Dagenais, Mrs. Jost) 
Toys, games, activities, items, etc... that young boys would enjoy
Man's Best Friend (Mrs. Bertone, Mrs. Dupre, Mrs. Jane)
Items for our furry, four-legged friends (dogs specifically)
Grown Up's Time Out (Mrs. Hippert, Mrs. Forest, Ms. Babigian)
Any items that promote health, relaxation, and a stress-free existence
Grab a 'Cuppa (Ms. Baldyga, Mrs. Blatchford, Mrs. Tedisky)
All things coffee and tea and any accompanying goodies to enjoy with it
Art & Crafty Kids (Mrs. Theriault, Mrs. Babola, Mrs. Flayhan)
Kids' art & craft supplies
Movie Night (Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Gauthier, Mrs. King)
Anything needed for a fun family movie night at home
Fun in the Sun (Mrs. Woupio, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Hendricks)
Outdoor games, activities, items, etc...
DON'T FORGET! The PTO is also looking for volunteers to help out during the book fair. Responsibilities will include checking out customers, helping students shop, organizing the sales floor, etc... To sign up for a shift (or two), please go to the PTO website under Volunteer Resources. You can also find the dates and times when each classroom will be visiting the fair on the sign-up page. Please note that all volunteers who sign up for shifts during school hours MUST have a current CORI on file with the school.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 17, 2017

Report Cards Now Available
Trimester 2 report cards are now available online. Please log into the iParent portal by clicking here. If you have any difficulty viewing, please call the main office.

Perfectly Presidential
Our second grade students have worked hard over the last few months learning all about U.S. presidents. Each read a biography, completed a book report, and presented in front of their classmates. Each end every student did a remarkable job learning all about the lives of their chosen president.

Empowering Writers PD
Faculty and Staff worked with Lorraine Johnson from Empowering Writers on our PD Day March 10. They discussed various components of the program and how to effectively use them in their classrooms with students! 

Penguin Reseach Writing
Mrs. Hippert's students each researched a type of penguin, wrote an expository research piece, and created a beautifully painted penguin as well! Great work!

New Hats for Dr. Seuss
Mrs. Theriault's students designed a "new" hat for Dr. Seuss and then wrote a descriptive paragraph all about their interesting creations!

Vertebrate Animal Groups
Fifth grade students learned all about the 5 classes of vertebrate animals. They sorted and classified them by each of their group's characteristics.

Comparing Desert Animals
Third graders in Mrs. Gauthier's class worked to complete Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting two desert animals.

St. Patrick's Day Fun
Our school was a sea of green today as everyone got in the St. Patrick's Day spirit! It was Lucky Tray Day in the cafe and several students won their very own "bags of gold" to enjoy!

We Are Soup-er Lucky!
Thanks to our Soup-er PTO, the staff enjoyed a wonderful luncheon today. There were eight different soups, breads, and TONS of yummy desserts! Thank you to all of the parents who, under the direction of Kara Kozloff, donated time, treats, or supplies to make this such a soup-er event!

It's All About Perspective
Mr. Scafidi has been working with all grade levels on perspectives and vanishing points. The students have turned out truly out-of-this-world pieces! Way to go!

After School Enrichment Session 3
Session 3 of ASE is right around the corner! Program brochures went home with students last week. It's not too late to sign your child up! 

Upcoming Events
3/20 - After School Enrichment registration forms due
3/24 - Aritmetickles Enrichment Program (in-school)
3/24 - PTO Movie Night - Trolls - 6PM DES Cafeteria