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

    • Principal Madison’s notes
    • Important dates
    • Winter walk
    • Silent auction wine pull
    • Girls on the run
    • Science Olympiad
    • Dicken communications folder advertising opportunities available
    • Ann Arbor deer management plan

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes

    “Inspiring & Growing Leaders”:

    WESO (Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad)” season officially started for 2nd – 5th grade students. They all should have brought home a blue flyer with possible events to select. Please encourage your child to participate this year, they will learn much and have fun!

    Vision/Hearing Screening: All of our students will be screened for either Hearing or Vision this week. Hopefully you saw the forms that were sent home last week. We are lucky to have this service at our school.

    MLK Jr./ LIM Pep Assembly: Our 3rd graders will be performing their MLK Assembly on Wednesday1:45 pm followed by a Leader in Me pep rally. You are welcomed to join us at either event.

    Winter Walk: Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us next Tuesday evening, Jan 23rd at 7 pm. Our Winter Walk, weather permitting is a beautiful sight to see. Come talk a walk with us around the school with the path lit up by Vases that students made. We also will have hot cocoa at the end of your walk.

    Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round Up: Spread the word to your neighbors and friends that Dicken’s Round Up for next year’s Young 5”s and Kindergarten students will be held on February 27th at 6:30 pm.

    School Closing Reminder: Dear families, if your contact information has changed since registration, you should contact the school office professional to update your contact information in PowerSchool. If you opted out of notifications, you will not receive calls from any AAPS building - including inclement weather notifications.  Remember families may review school safety protocols information, including weather at http://aaps.schoolwires.net/domain/2601 Also remember that school closing information will be left as a voice mail message so you do not have to worry about missing the call. See attached Inclement Weather Guidelines.
    Inclement Weather Protocol(1).pdf 

    Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind
    Have a Plan: I plan ahead and set goals.
    I do things that have meaning and make a difference.
    I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision.
    I look for ways to be a good citizen.

    The complete version of Principal Madison’s Newsletter is available here:

    Important Dates:

    Monday, Jan 15th
    No School, MLK Jr. Holiday Observance

    Tuesday, Jan 16th
    National Pride Day
    NWEA Assessment window continues   
    Brann’s 5th grade class say the Pledge  
    Vision/Hearing Screening thru Jan 22nd

    Wednesday, Jan 17th                                            
    Vision/Hearing Screening thru Jan 22nd
    1:45 – 2:10 pm MLK Jr. Assembly, 3rd Grade/Mr. Terris
    2:15 – 2:40 pm Leader in Me New Year Jump Start Assembly

    Thursday, Jan 18th                                 
    Vision/Hearing Screening thru Jan 22nd

    Friday, Jan 19th                                                          
    School Pride Day; Wear your Favorite School/Sports T-shirts/Jerseys
    Vision/Hearing Screening thru Jan 22nd


    Next Week, January 22nd - January 26th

    Monday, Jan 22nd
    National Pride Day  
    Miller’s 5th grade class say the Pledge    
    NWEA Assessment window continues
    Vision/Hearing Screening ends

    Tuesday, Jan 23rd                          
    7:00 – 8:00 pm Dicken Winter Walk

    Thursday, Jan 25th                                 
    2:00 pm
     Lockdown Drill #1

    7:00 – 8:00 pm Dicken Winter Walk, Back Up Date

    Friday, Jan 26th                                                          
    School Pride Day; Wear your Favorite School/Sports T-shirts/Jerseys
    9:30 – 2:30 pm 1st Grade Environmental Trip to Kensington


    Notes from Our PTO

    Winter Walk Needs VolunteersHi! It's that time of year again. We need volunteers to make this a magical night full of lights & beautiful vases made by the 1st-5th graders the best Winter Walk ever. Everyone loves this event & a big thanks must go to Ms. Erickson who encourages our kids to explore their creativity. Please sign-up here: Volunteer Sign Up


    Wine Pull Donations
    Who: Dicken Silent Auction Committee
    What: Donations for the Dicken Silent Auction Wine Pull - if you are able please bring a bottle of wine (value $10 or more) to the Winter Walk to support the upcoming auction (March 16th!)
    When: Please bring your donation to the table by the hot chocolate truck at the Winter Walk
    Why: The wine pull is a fun part of the auction and a great way to raise money for our school.  We need your help to make it successful!

    The Dicken Silent Auction Committee needs your help! The wine pull is a fun part of the auction and a great way to raise money for our school.  

    We will be collecting donations at the Winter Walk ~ look for our table near the hot chocolate truck!

    if you are able please bring a bottle of wine (value $10 or more) to support the upcoming auction (March 16th - mark your calendars!)  Cash donations can be made in place of a bottle of wine.  

    For each bottle you donate (or $10 donation) you will receive an entry into our drawing for a $50 Buddy's gift card!

    Girls on the Run
    We are determined to return thGirls on the Run program to Dicken Elementary this year. You don't have to be a runner to be a coach - coaches simply must be passionate about the mission of Girls on the Run, committed to working with a group of girls twice a week for ten weeks, and bring positive energy to each practice.

    Will you help us inspire our dolphin girls to make positive choices, avoid negative behaviors and become leaders in our community?

    The Dicken team will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. The Girls on the Run staff will provide the training, curriculum, supplies and support. To learn more about becoming a coach and to fill out the coach application click here. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Site LeaderAmy .

    Program registration opens January 23. Financial assistance is available to families in need. To learn more about the Girls on the Run program log onto www.girlsontherunsemi.org.

    Science Olympiad Fair & Registration
    It’s that time of the year again! Nick Hutchinson, Dicken’s Science Olympiad Head Coach, is once again getting our 2nd – 5th grade students & parent volunteer coaches excited about Science Olympiad. The Fair was this past Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 10th) in the MPR. This fair kicked off the season where students will saw events offered at each grade level. Look for the registration forms that your students brought home from the Fair to sign up on-line. The registration deadline is January 26th. Practices start in February. Information on practice times for each event can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/2018DickenWESOpractices. On-line registration can be done starting on January 10th at: http://tinyurl.com/WESOregistration2018. There are still several events for which we do not have coaches. To volunteer to coach, or for more information in general, contact Nick Hutchinson at nsh@umich.edu.


    Dicken Communication Folder Advertising Opportunities Available!
    You may have noticed that some local businesses are featured on the communication folders that we use to get your student’s papers to and from school. If you are a business owner, or work for a business that would like to show support for the school while gaining visibility to our students and parents, please contact our folder company directly at bob.nationalschoolfolders@gmail.com for more information. Ad sales are presently underway for the 2018-19 school folders.


     Update on City of Ann Arbor Deer Management Plan Information
    The City of Ann Arbor has released details of their 2018 Deer Management Program to take place in January.  The program will include non-lethal sterilization activities from January 2 through January 7.  The lethal program takes place January 6 through January 31st on private and public lands. Severaparks and nature areas in the city will be closed from 3 PM to midnight during this time.  To ensure safety of community members, security will be in place monitoring and patrolling parks while sharp shooters are present. Please visit the city’s Deer Management Website for the complete listing of parks, signage locations, education efforts and additional information.


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