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

    • Principal Beal’s notes
    • Important dates
    • PTO Notes
    • WESO volunteers needed
    • Running Club
    • Yoga for Dicken
    • Build our library
    • School safety update - ALICE
    • Community of cultures potluck
    • Girl Scout camp
    • Rec and ed parenting classes
    • PTO thrift shop

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes
    Interim Principals Beal & Fitzgibbon: I would like to thank Kerry Beal & Joan Fitzgibbon for caring for Dicken in my absence. They both continue to do a great job maintaining consistency for students & staff. Total knee replacement takes time to heal and I need to follow my doctor’s orders. Our goal is for me to return on May 6th. Thus Ms. Beal will continue to be at Dicken Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. Ms. Fitzgibbon will continue to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    AAPS Climate Survey: The Annual Climate Surveys are live and open now-April 19th.  If you need a paper copy, or a copy in a different language, please contact our office. The survey link is: https://www.a2schools.org/Page/14494

    Student Behavior: 98% of Dicken students come to school each and every day prepared and ready to learn. They are true leaders who know what is expected of them each & every day. Our staff is dedicated to working with and providing a safe environment for ALL students at Dicken, even the 2%, that are struggling behaviorally due to circumstances beyond their own control. “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” and Dicken is truly that Village that practices Care, Kindness and Tolerance towards each and every child that attends our school. Thank you, Dicken parents, for your support in not only raising your own child, but also showing empathy towards those students who need additional help & support.

    Safety Drills: We had an unexpected Fire Drill last Wednesday. One of our pull stations was accidentally activated. The students & staff responded just as they were trained. The Fire Dept arrived and praised the students for their excellent behavior.

    Good Friday & Easter: Please remember that there is no school this Friday in observance of Good Friday, a religious holiday. Happy Easter this weekend to those families that celebrate Easter. Good Luck Dicken Dolphins finding those Easter Eggs as well.

    The New Dicken Mission Statement: This year the School Improvement Team and staff revisited our school’s mission statement. The mission statement should be reviewed every 5 years, so it was time. We hope you will review it, let us know your thoughts and embrace it.

    Here it is:
    “Dicken School will inspire all students as leaders 
    to achieve their full academic and social potential as lifelong learners.
    We will emphasize equity and opportunity for each and every child, each and every day.”

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

    Important Dates:
    This Week, April 15th- April 19th

    Monday Apr 15th
    National Pride Day,  Gargaro's class says the Pledge
    AAPS Climate Survey Window closes this Friday
    MSTEP 5th Grade continues this week
    Kdg/5th Grade PTLW sessions continue this week

    Wednesday Apr 17th
    Kindergarten Field Trip to Canton Health Exploration Station, 9:30-11:30 am
    Dicken Running Club, 4:15-5:00pm

    Thursday, Apr 18th 
    School Pride Day, Show Your School Spirit!
    Hane Environmental Field Trip to Liberty Pond, 9:30-11:30 am

    Friday, Apr 19th 
    No School, Good Friday Religious Observance

    Next Week, April 22nd- April 26th

    Monday Apr 22nd
    National Pride Day,  Fox's class says the Pledge
    Earth Day
    MSTEP 5th Grade continues this week
    Kdg/5th Grade PTLW sessions continue this week
    “Land of the Lost” in PE Classes all Week
    Dicken Running Club, 4:15-5:00pm

    Tuesday, Apr 23rd 
    Creswell & Rossi Environmental Field Trip to Liberty Pond, 9:30-11:30 am

                1st Grade Vocal Music Concert, MPR, 6:00-6:30pm

                2nd Grade Vocal Music Concert, MPR, 7:00-7:30pm

    Wednesday, Apr 24th
    Leader in Me Coaching Day
    1st/2nd Grade Vocal Music Assembly, MPR, 9:30-10:30am
    Dicken Running Club, 4:15-5:00pm

    Thursday, Apr 25th 
    Take Your Child to Work Day

    Friday, Apr 26th 
    School Pride Day, Show Your School Spirit!
    Dicken Movie Night, Media Center/MPR, 6:00-8:00pm

    Notes from Our PTO
    We are bringing back Movie Night at Dicken! Friday, April 26 at 6:30 we will be watching the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! All grades are welcome. Free popcorn with beverages available to purchase. Wear your comfy pjs, and bring a blanket and pillow!
    Each child MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian and be present throughout the night.

    Disability awearness was a success! Thank you to Rebecca Akeney for chairing this event yet again! The 4th grade students enjoyed learning how to work a wheelchair, use the Braille system, sign language and much more.  A big Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help.

    WESO Volunteers Needed for Competition Day
    The Annual Science Olympiad Competition is coming up on May 11th, and in order to make it happen we need to provide a small army of volunteers from Dicken.  If your child has been participating in WESO, you are required to volunteer some time to the cause. Each school has a quota for number of volunteers to provide, so we need to sign up as many people as possible to fulfill our quota.  To sign up to volunteer, complete the form athttp://tinyurl.com/DickenWESOvolunteers2019 by April 18th.  If you have any questions, contact Nick Hutchinson (nsh@umich.edu) or Mary Janevic (mjanevic@umich.edu).

    Dicken Running Club
    Spring is here and so is Running Club! We will kick off the spring season on Wednesday April 17th right after school, running ¼ mile laps on the sidewalks on the north end of school. Running Club is a great way to get outside after-school and build stamina and strength! We run (and walk) at a variety of paces, so no one is too fast, or too slow. It’s also great preparation for Spring Races like the Dexter-Ann Arbor 5k or the Burns Park Run, plus it’s never too early to get ready for the Dicken Dash!

    We run rain or shine from 4:15 - 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and you can register to run either or both days by completing this form.  Open to all students! K and Y5 students can run if their parent agrees to attend all sessions where the student is running.  Email dickenrunningclub@gmail.com with questions.

    Save-The-Date  - Yoga for Dicken
    Please join us on Monday, April 15th from 7-8:30 PM for a relaxing and rejuvenating evening of yoga in support of Dicken.

    Our very own Kim Cresswell (RYT 200) will be teaching an adults only class for all levels – beginners and first-timers are welcome!!!

    The class will be held in the Dicken gym. $10 donation requested – 100% of proceeds will go to Dicken School. Please invite other adult family or friends to join.

    Informational Flyer attached.

    Anna Lavery  

    M. 773-960-6092 |O. 248-457-3401 | alavery@metlife.com

    Help Build OUR Library!

    We need your Help! Can you donate a book (or several) to the Dicken Library?

    • Our school librarian has created a "Wish List" of books she thinks would be great for each grade and reading level.
    • Book titles are available to choose from on the bulletin board outside the library. Take what you'd like!
    • Drop your donations off in the library by Monday, April 15th
    • To help we have a Community week out at Nicola's Book Store in the Westgate shopping center from April 7-13. They will give Dicken back 20% of the sales.

    School Safety Update
    The Ann Arbor Public Schools will provide a school safety update for parents and guardians on Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-8pm in Pioneer High School's Annex.

    This meeting will include a description of the ALICE intruder protocol that our staff is trained in well as an update on the school safety assessment and the upcoming visitor management system. An officer from the Ann Arbor Police Department will be joining the meeting as well.

    We hope you can make this session on Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 at Pioneer's Annex to learn more about our commitment to student and school safety. The Annex is located off the main Stadium Bvld. entrance or via the doors off the main parking lot.

    Click here for more information about ALICE

    Community of Cultures Potluck
    Celebrating our Community of different Cultures -POTLUCK on Monday April 29 from 6-7:30.
    Please bring a dish of your families favorite food to share for a buffet of diverse tastes! From sushi to tacos and pancakes, fill your plate with delicious culture - culinary diversity!
    If you play an instrument or know a cultural dance and could share with us please contact me!
    I love this event!

    Girl Scout Camp
    Here is some information about upcoming Girl Scout camp opportunities
    Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti Day Camp Open House 2019.pdf
    Camp Linden camp play day 2019.pdf  

    Red and Ed Parenting Classes
    Here is a list of current offerings

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