• Dicken families,
    Here are this week's updates from Principal Madison and the PTO. In this issue:

    • Principal Madison’s notes
    • Important dates
    • PTO notes
    • Dicken 5K
    • Girls on the Run
    • Skyline volleyball clinic
    • PTO thrift shop

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes
    Dicken’s Annual Curriculum Night

    Dicken’s Annual Curriculum Night is Tuesday evening. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. I invite all parents to attend their child’s classroom presentation at the appropriate time. Also please attend the General Session for parents, which is at 6:45 pm in the MPR. Remember this evening is for parents to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the curriculum your child will be learning this school year. You may also sign up for fall conferences. There is no childcare at this event, so please arrange for someone to babysit your child so that you may attend without your child. We will do our best to start & end all sessions on time.

    Safety Drills
    We will start to practice our required drills this week. The State of Michigan mandates 5 Fire drills, 2 Severe Weather drills and 3 Lockdown drills each year. Our staff will train our students how to conduct themselves during these drills.

    Dicken Dash
    Dicken Dash will be “Kicked Off” this Friday. U of M Track star, Erin Finn, will be our guest pumping up our Dicken Dolphins. Students will come up with team names and start to collect donations. Please read information that was sent home. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so please help in any way you can. The Dicken Dash Spirit Week starts October 7th and concludes with the Dash on October 11th. Thanks to Steven Weinberg, Anna Lavery & the Dash committee for organizing this event.


    Morning Procedures, Please Read
    Parents are requested to wait outside at their designated door till the bell rings at the start of the school day (8:53 am). Staff have reported too many disruptions as they try to plan their activities each morning. It is also very important that students arrive on time for school. 1st bell rings at 8:53 am. When your children are late, they miss important morning procedures and curriculum instruction.  If you arrive after 8:56 am, you must check your child in at the main office to obtain a tardy slip. All doors are locked from 9:05 am to 6:00 pm daily. You must be “buzzed in” to gain entrance to the school. Then remember all visitors must check in at the main office and obtain a visitors pass badge. In addition, please call the office or send a note about any appointments that are scheduled during the school day. School concludes at 3:59 pm, please refrain from picking up your child before that time. If you need to pick up your child early, please report to the office and we will call the classroom and have your child report to the office. This will also help in accounting for every student at the end of the day. No exceptions please.

    1st All School Assembly

    1st All School Assembly was held last week. One of the things we shared besides the “7 Habits” and introducing the Dicken Staff were our new Leadership Rules/Behavior Expectations and Card System. When a student violates a rule, they get a“yellow” card (warning) about their behavior. If inappropriate behavior occurs again, they receive a “red” card and have to fill out a reflection form called “SEE, DO, GET”.  Our goal is to help students learn and grow from their mistake, not just punish them. We will use card system building wide, in classrooms, assemblies, lunchroom and playground.

    Leadership Rules
    1. Behave safely at all times. 2. Keep your body to yourself. 3. Respect all students, adults, teachers at all times. 4.Appropriate school language only. 5. Use play structure and equipment properly. 6. Be kind and include others at all times.

    Project Lead the Way started last week for our Maus, 4th &  5th Grade students. Ms. Katie Kipp-Dohm is the instructor. PLTW is a “STEAM” based, hands curriculum that is taught to all elementary students and tied to science curriculum. In October, the remaining 1st & all 3rd students will receive the next rotation of PLTW.

    Family Picnic
    Family Picnic, thanks to everyone who attended last Thursday evening. Special thanks to Carrie Klimkowicz (PTO Co-chair) & Erin Kaleba (PTO Hospitality chair) for putting together such a wonderful community-building event. Everyone had a great time even though we had a light sprinkle of rain. Remember, we are Dolphins so we love the water! Families hung out, students met new friends and played on the new playground structures.

    Healthy Foods
    At the elementary level, we ask that parents only send fruits and vegetables for snacks & Birthday parties for the entire school year. Teachers will also send home allergy notification letters to families if there is a food, which is not allowed in their classroom (nuts, eggs, etc.) and gives parents time to think what they can substitute for their child in case of an allergy. Because we have so many students with nut allergies at Dicken, please try to refrain from using nut products in your child’s lunch that you pack at home & they bring to school.

    School Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
    The main entrance of Dicken is reserved for school busses, taxis, daycare vans & school staff only. When the orange cones are up, please use the Carol Street parking lot for dropping off and picking up of students.  You may park your car in the available parking spots to escort your child to the door if you wish. Please use the new white crosswalk in the parking lot to come from your parked car to sidewalk. You also will notice the signs in the Carol Street parking lot along the curb, which indicate that parking along the curb is not permitted, as this causes traffic congestion and puts our students at risk when they walk between parked cars. Using the Carol Street entrance allows our children to be safe in the front driveway area. Many parents also park on Runnymede BlvdWaltham Drive or Dicken Drive and follow the sidewalks into Dicken School grounds.

    Picture Day
    Picture Day was last Friday and every student got their picture taken for the school yearbook, which every student will receive free in June compliments of the Dicken PTO. If your child missed out, Picture Re-Take day will be November 1st.

    The complete version of Principal Madison’s Parent Letter is available here:
    Parent Letter 9-16-19.pdf 

    Important Dates:
    This Week, September 16th - September 20th

    Monday Sept 16th  

    National Pride Day, Chartier’s Class says the Pledge

    Constitution Day

    Dicken Running Club, 4:15 pm

    Tuesday Sept 17th

    Constitution Day

    Curriculum Night: 6:00 - 8:15 pm

    6:05 - 6:35 pm, Gr. 3, 4 & 5 Classroom Presentations 

    6:45 - 7:25 pm, Curriculum Night Program, MPR for all parents

    7:35 - 8:05 pm, Y5’s, Kdg, 1st & 2nd Classroom Presentations 

    Wednesday Sept 18th

    Fire Drill #1

    Dicken Running Club, 4:15 pm

    Friday, Sept 20th

    School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!                                                                   

    Dicken Dash Pep Rally/Leadership Assembly, 1:30 pm

    Next Week, September 23rd - September 27th

    Monday Sept 23rd

    National Pride Day, Brann’s Class says the Pledge

    America Reads Tutors in classrooms begin

    Dicken Running Club, 4:15 pm

    Wednesday Sept 25th

    Early Release Day for Students, Staff engaged in Curriculum PD

    School ends at 1:29 pm

    Dicken Running Club, 4:15 pm

    Friday, Sept 27th

     School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!

     PTO “Magic with Eli” School Assembly, 2:00 pm

    Notes from Our PTO
    I guess the family picnic does happen rain or shine! Thanks to all the families that came out and connected with other Dicken friends yesterday-we made the best of the weather and had a great time! 

    Carrie Klimkowicz
    PTO President

    Dicken 5K
    The Dicken Run 5k - Sunday, October 13th
    Join us for the inaugural Dicken Run. Our 3.1 mile USATF Certified course is likely the flattest 5k in Ann Arbor, which makes the Dicken Run 5k a great place to set a Personal Best… or just a tPersonal First!  Open to all:  Fast Runners, Walkers, Kids & Families, Strollers … we want to see you on the streets of Dicken!

    Age group awards, and overall winner prizes as well.

    Race starts and finishes at Dicken Elementary and begins @8:56 (same time as school!) 

    Register at http://www.dickenrun.com
    All proceeds from the race benefit the Dicken PTO and the Pioneer Fine Arts Program.