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

    • Principal Madison’s notes
    • Important dates
    • Dicken Dash Results
    • Pumpkin Patch
    • Picture Retake Day
    • Super Science Day
    • School Climate Survey
    • PTO Thrift Shop

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes

    Dicken Dash: In total, our school ran 311.25 miles during the Dicken Dash. Our Dicken Dashers donated $500 to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.Our students raised $24,467 for our school! These funds compose over 80% of the
    funds required by the PTO for his school year! Congratulations to the Dicken Dash Committee: Steven & Kathleen Weinberg, Stacie Kwiatkowski,Anna Lavery & Jennifer Brogno.

    Early Release Day: Please mark your calendars and plan ahead. On Wednesday, October 24th, school will end at 1:29 pm so that Staff may engage in District PD initiatives. Thanks for your flexibility and allowing our staff to learn together during the school day.

    Halloween: Costumes, Pumpkin Patch, Parade & Celebrations: We celebrate Halloween in multiple ways at Dicken, but none of the activities are mandatory. If your family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, we will find alternative activities for your child, just let your child’s teacher know. Our Pumpkin Patch is scheduled for Friday October 26th, 6-8 pm. Students may wear costumes. Please remember that no blood, gore or weapon replicas are allowed to be part of costumes worn to school. Then on Wednesday, October 31st, we will have our annual Halloween parade around the neighborhood starting at 1:30 pm. Students should bring costumes to school and change into them after lunch. Once the parade is over, classes are welcomed to have celebrations in their rooms using arts & crafts, games, fruit & vegetables, etc. Finally, please do not allow your child to bring Halloween candy collected Halloween evening to school the next day to share with friends. All candy should be left at home. We encourage a healthy eating lifestyle at Dicken School.

    Picture Retakes: Fall Picture packets were sent home last week. Every student  should have received a packet. If you want your child’s picture retaken, you must bring back the packet intact on picture retake day, Friday, November 2nd. If your child was absent on Picture Day, he/she may also get their picture taken.

    Parent Teacher Conferences: Our goal is that every parent schedule and sit down with their child’s teacher for a Fall conference. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule your conference. Most conferences are scheduled for November 5th & 13th 4-7 pm. Many teachers have scheduled a third night of conferences as well.

    Flu Clinic: Our school nurse has partnered with Rite Aide Pharmacy to provide Flu Shots for anyone in our community on Monday, November 5that 3:30 -7:00 pm. If you haven’t got your shot yet, bring your family on by.

    Weather Changes: Please remember to check the weather daily and dress your child appropriately. A light sweatshirt, fleece or sweater in the fall will assure your child stays warm inside & outside.

    Habit 6 — Synergize
    Together Is Better: I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

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

    Important Dates:

    Monday Oct 22nd
    National Pride Day, Rossi’s Class says the Pledge
    PLTW all week 1st & 2nd Graders
    4th Grade Nature’s Recyclers Field Trip, 9:30 – 2:00 pm
    Hane Hinsly Orthodontics Field Trip, 11:20 – 1:10 pm
    Rossi Hinsly Orthodontics Field Trip, 12:20 – 2:00 pm

    Wednesday Oct 24th
    Early Release Day
    Posey’s class to Westgate AADL, 9:30 – 11:00 am
    Y5’s Kerry Town Farmer’s Market Field Trip, 9:45 – 11:30 am
    School Ends at 1:29pm

    Friday, Oct 26th 
    School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!
    Brogno to Garden, 10:30 am
    Hane to Garden, 11:00 am
    Recess Gardeners, 1st / 2nd, 11:30 am
    Recess Gardeners Y5’s / Kdg 11:54 am
    Bahr to Garden, 12:30 pm
    Hubbard to Garden, 1:00 pm
    PTO Pumpkin Patch, 6-8 pm

    Next Week, October 29th - November 2nd

    Monday Oct 29th
    National Pride Day, Bahr’s Class says the Pledge
    PLTW all week 1st & 2nd Graders
    Dicken PTO Co- Chairs Mtg, 3:00 pm
    Bahr & Creswell Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:15 – 7:00 pm

    Wednesday Oct 31st
    4th Grade Halloween Activities, MPR, 9:30-3:55 pm
    2nd Grade to Jiffy Mix Factory, 10:30 – 12:00 pm
    Dicken Halloween Parade, 1:30 pm
    Classroom Halloween Parties, 2:30 pm

    Thursday Nov 1st
    Dicken PTO Mtg, Erin Kaleba’s home 7-9 pm

    Friday, Nov 2nd
    School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!
    Picture Retake Day, MPR Stage, 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Brooks to Garden, 11:00 am
    Rossi to Garden, 11:30 am
    Recess Gardeners, 4th / 5th, 12:18 pm
    U of M Reading Volunteers, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    Recess Gardeners 3rd,  12:42 pm
    Lypka to Garden, 1:15 pm
    Posey to Garden, 1:45 pm

    Sunday, Nov 4th
    Daylight Savings Time Ends, Turn Clocks back one hour

    Notes from Our PTO

    Thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make this years Dicken Dash a huge success!  We especially want to thank all the parents who volunteered their time on Dash Day and those who came to cheer on our “Dashers”!

    In total we ran 1,245 laps and raised $24,467.00 to support PTO sponsored enrichment activities (field-trips, assemblies, Leader-in-Me) and school supplies. We also gave back to the community with a $500 donation to Mott Children’s Hospital.

    Thank you to everyone (Parents, Families and Friends) who donated so generously to our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our closing assembly was full of the same enthusiasm and team spirit that the students brought to Dash Day!  GO DOLPHINS!

    Pumpkin Patch
    Our pumpkin patch Halloween party will be Friday Oct. 26th from 6-8. Please see the sign up genius as we need many volunteers to make this a great night for our kids! Come in costume, eat dinner from Cottage Inn pizza, play games, and dance the night away!


    Cake Contest- Bake a fun Halloween ghost or goblin cake or cupcakes! Whatever you would like to create you could WIN our cake contest! These cakes will continue on as prizes to all the cake walk winners! If baking is not for you, please feel free to buy a cake to donate-Only homemade cakes will be in the contest!

    Door Decorating Contest – There will be a place for you to vote for your favorite decorated classroom door this year. The winning class will win a pizza party. Please make sure to vote!

    Picture Retake day is on Friday, November 2nd.  
    Anyone who was absent on Picture Day, or families who were not pleased with their students picture can have their photo taken.  If a Parent is choosing to have their child's photo retaken because they were not pleased with how it turned out, they will need to return the original photo packet on picture day or they will be charged again.

    Super Science Day
    WHO: All adults in the Dicken family.
    WHAT: A fun day of exploring the basics of science.
    WHEN: December 10 and 11.
    WHERE: Dicken gym.
    The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum will visit our school on 12/10 and 12/11, bringing lots of goodies to demonstrate in a fun way, such scientific concepts as magnetism, gravity, states of matter, electricity, and much more.
    It’s an annual event financed by the PTO and it enriches the kids and as well as the adults who participate.
    Please help us make it a success by volunteering your time. We need a lot of help.
    All adults are welcome and the children especially enjoy seeing their grandparents there. A sign up is coming soon, but please pencil us in on your calendar today.

    Dicken School Climate Survey
    We are asking for parents feedback about our school. Please use the following QR code to take the survey.

    PTO Thrift Store
    Supporting the PTO thrift shop saves you money, and earns money for our schools! Attached is the current thrift store promotion.
    Aug-Nov 2018 Promo Art.pdf 

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