Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 13, 2017

Go Bruins!
We had a great Bruins day this week!

March Madness Final Four
Our 47 teams were finally brought down to our Final Four! We gathered in the gym on Thursday to watch these four amazing teams battle it out for the championship!
Fourth Place:
The Golden Boys
Evan Wheeler, Ethan Vassar, & Isaac Gosselin
Third Place:
Hoopers 2.0
Brady Nolan, Aidan Losiewicz, & Adam Dunphy
Second Place:
The Pickles
William Bushey, Garrett Bushey, & Charlie Lai
First Place:
The Ankle Breakers
William Hogan, Andrew Hogan, & Billy George

Congratulations to all our Final Four participants!

Spring Book Fair
We had a great week for the book fair! Students enjoyed purchasing books, tossing campfire marshmallows, entering (and winning) raffle prizes, and high-fiving their favorite big red dog, Clifford!

Spring Raffles in the Cafeteria
Kitchen manager, Mrs. DeLuca, put together some awesome spring raffle prizes on Thursday. Any student purchasing a lunch received a raffle ticket and 2 winners were drawn during each lunch period! Thank you for all you do Mrs. DeLuca!

Bunny Day in Room 214!
Mrs. Doyle's class got into the spirit and had "Bunny Day" this week. All students brought a stuffed bunny or other stuffed animal friend to school. They also worked on some fun activities!

Project 351 Thank You!
Kaitlyn Zisk had a successful clothing drive and sends along this message:
Thank you Douglas for your generosity with donations to my Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive. Together, the Middle School, Primary School, Elementary School, and High School, collected 18 bags of clothing to donate to Cradles to Crayons and 3 more bags to a secondary organization.  Your support helped make my first service project with Project 351 a success and I am so grateful.
Thank you!
Kaitlyn Zisk

Field of Honor
Douglas Athletic Boosters are once again sponsoring the Field of Honor

Penny War Begins!
Our annual PTO Penny War will be held April 24 - 28. Which grade will earn the most points and win the extra recess and popsicle party?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 31, 2017

Red Sox Spirit Day - Monday, April 3
To celebrate the 2017 home opener of the Boston Red Sox, we will be having a spirit day! Wear your favorite Red Sox gear or red, white and blue on Monday, April 3!

Sheryl Faye Presents Historical Women
This week we were visited by my favorite performer: Sheryl Faye! She brought along with her FOUR of her characters that all tied into our students' curriculums! Second graders enjoyed a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt while third graders got to hear all about the life of Clara Barton! Fourth graders flew in the cockpit with Amelia Earhart and fifth graders learned an important lesson from Anne Frank! A big thank you to the PTO for sponsoring this wonderful day for our students!

March Community Meeting
Another month has come and gone which means gathering together to celebrate our hard work! We discussed April's trait of PERSEVERANCE will be important when it comes to this month's standardized tests. I emphasized that students should come to school prepared to work hard (like they always do), take their tests (like they always do), and try their BEST (like they ALWAYS do)! The MCAS is not scary and should not be perceived that way! I know that all students will do well and use their super powers to do their BEST!! Congratulations to this month's Heroic Hard Workers and to Mrs. Martinsen's class for collecting the most Box Tops!

Salt Dough Geography
Our third graders created salt dough maps of Massachusetts this week. They created a map key, identified important landmarks and landforms, and labeled the many points on their maps! Well done boys and girls!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!
To go along with this week's reading theme of Protecting the Earth, Mrs. Theriault's class designed a very Earth friendly bulletin board!

Spring has Sprung
Despite the winter weather still upon us, Mrs. Doyle's class is preparing for spring with this great project!

Food Chain Frenzy
Ms. Baldyga is teaching fifth grade students all about food chains, consumers, and producers in science! Students have created food "chains" to demonstrate their knowledge!

Tall Tales of Fourth Grade
Fourth graders read Apples to Oregon and completed a tall tale wheel all about the story!

Wonderful Writing
As I have displayed throughout the year, our students are becoming excellent writers thanks to our teachers and the use of the Empowering Writers program. Fifth graders have written expository text based essays about saving penguins from an oil spill! Great writing boys and girls!

MCAS Testing
This year's MCAS testing is beginning soon. All students in grades 3 through 5 will take both ELA and Math assessments. Students in grade 5 will also be assessed in Science. These tests are untimed and I know students will all do a great job! Here is the testing schedule for the Elementary School:

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.