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

    • Principal Madison’s notes
    • Important dates
    • Disability awareness thank you
    • Dicken community garden
    • Community of cultures potluck
    • Ice cream social

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    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes

    “Inspiring & Growing Leaders”:

    Principal Madison’s Leave of Absence: Thank you to all of the parents who have reached out to me and wished me good luck with my upcoming surgery. I wish I could have delayed this till summer, but in truth I have delayed this surgery for 5 years and the time is now. Please welcome Ms. Joan Fitzgibbon-retired A2 STEAM principal, Ms. Shelley Bruder-retired Bach principal and Ms. Kit Flynn-retired A2Open Principal. Ms. Fitzgibbon will be at Dicken on MondayTuesday & Wednesday thru May 30th. Ms. Bruder will serve on Thursdays thru May 31st. Rob Maier will serve as Interim Principal on Fridays till I return. If I don’t make it back by June 1st, Ms. Flynn will serve as Principal thru June 15th. All three retired principals are close friends of mine and will serve the students & staff of Dicken well.

    4th Grade Disability Awareness Workshop: Thank you to coordinator Rebecca Ankeney and all of the parents who volunteered to help run this annual event. Our 4thgraders learned and experienced first hand the difficulties that handicapped children and adults face each & everyday. Some of our students will be writing letters to the AAPS facilities department requesting certain areas of Dicken to become ADA compliant.

    Soccer Nets: A Big Thank you to Kele Carnell who noticed the soccer nets were horrible, researched new ones, ordered them and put them up. Also thanks to Alivia Maus’s class penny drive and the PTO for providing the funds to purchase these nets. You all are Amazing! Way to be proactive, energize, sharpen the saw, be a leader and take initiative!!

    AAPS Climate Survey: Please make sure to participate in the climate survey that runs through April 17th. You were sent an email with a link to the survey. All staff & students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the survey as well.

    Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser: “Pasta for Pennies” is scheduled through April 20th.  It is a three-week spare change drive that helps kids & adults  fight against blood cancer & Lymphoma. Please let your child donate their spare change. We have donated close to $1000 so far!

    Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw
    Balance Feels Best: I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.
    I find meaningful ways to help others.

    The complete version of Principal Madison's Newsletter is available here

    Important Dates:
    Monday, Apr 16th
    National Pride Day Gargaro’s Kindergarten says the Pledge
    “Land of the Lost” – All Week in PE
    Aurora Janevic & Ainsley Morgan Silent Auction “Principals for a Day”!

    Tuesday, Apr 17th                           
    “Land of the Lost” – All Week in PE
    5th Grade Science MSTEP & Tax Day
    4:00-5:30pm Girls on the Run      

    Wednesday, Apr 18th                                 
    “Land of the Lost” – All Week in PE
    5th Grade Math MSTEP
    7:00-9:00pm WESO Coaches Mtg, MPR

    Thursday, Apr 19th                                     
    “Land of the Lost” – All Week in PE
    1:30-2:15pm PTO Sponsored Drum Line Assembly, MPR
    2:30 pm Fire Drill #4
    4:00-5:30pm Girls on the Run      

    Friday, Apr 20th                                                          
    “Land of the Lost” – All Week in PE
    School Pride Day Wear your Favorite School/Sports T-shirts/Jerseys

    Sunday, Apr 22nd                                                     
    Earth Day Celebration

    Next Week - April 23rd - April 27th
    Monday, Apr 23rd
    Ms. Joan Fitzgibbon, Interim Principal starts
    National Pride Day Thomas’s Kindergarten says the Pledge

    Tuesday, Apr 24th                           
    5th Grade ELA MSTEP
    9:15-11:30am Kdg Trip to Health Exploration Center
    4:00-5:30pm Girls on the Run      

    Wednesday, Apr 25th                                 
    5th Grade Social Studies MSTEP
    9:00-5:30pm LIM Brooke Judd “Coaching Day”

    Thursday, Apr 26th                                     
    Ms. Shelley Bruder, Interim Principal starts
    “Take your Daughter to Work Day”
    11:54-12:18pm Student LIM Light House Team Mtg Y5-2
    12:18-12:42pm         Student LIM Light House Team Mtg, 3-5
    4:00-5:30pm Girls on the Run      

    Friday, Apr 27th
    School Pride Day Wear your Favorite School/Sports T-shirts/Jerseys

    Notes from Our PTO

    Disability Awareness Workshop

    Big thanks to Rebecca Ankeney for all of her hard work in making sure that the 4th graders were able to participate & to all of the volunteers to ensure that the activities ran smoothly. The 4th graders did an outstanding job of showing our guests from the Center for Independent Living what respectful students they are & how well they can listen!!!

    Dicken Community Garden
    Recess gardeners need your help! Kids love to come work in the school garden during lunch recess, and we cannot continue to offer that activity without more help. If you are able to join us on one Friday or many from 11:45 to 12:45 please sign up our email Jenifer Miller at dickengarden@gmail.com. Absolutely no gardening experience necessary!

    Dicken Community Of Cultures Potluck
    Samosas from India, kimchi from Korea, baklava from the Middle East, pirogies from Poland, sushi from japan, lumpia from the Philippines, empanadas from Mexico, rum cake from the Caribbean. 

    Our school is a beautiful mix of families with roots reaching from all over the world and there’s no better way to get to know each other better than sharing a meal. 

    Please join us for potluck dinner and bring your family's favorite dish to share. 

    WHAT? Dicken Community Of Cultures Potluck.
    WHO? All Dicken families.

    WHEN?  April 30th6pm to 8pm. 
    WHERE? Dicken multi purpose hall. 

    Please avoid the use of peanut products in your food and bring a list of ingredients or a recipe, in order to protect those amongst us who have allergies. 

    One more thing. During dinner, we will be showing YouTube videos of music from different parts of the world. Please send a link to your favorite video to laiteodetola@gmail.com. Feel free to send in your questions too. Thank you. 

    The ICS will take place on May 31st from 6-8pm.

    The AAPS decided last year that schools will no longer be able to use inflatables. However, I would like to have an obstacle course at the Ice Cream Social.

    This is where you come in:) What I need is a small group of volunteers who are willing to design, gather materials, & set-up and take-down this part of the Ice Cream Social. My ideal would be a Ninja Warrior-esque type obstacle course, BUT safe & fun for all elementary school ages.

    If you are interested, please contact me asap & we can discuss budget & timeframe.

    Thanks in advance,

    amy.ea.drummond@gmail.com or text me at 734-255-7466


    If you've been to an Ice Cream Social in the past, you know that fun music for the kids to dance to have always been a part of it. Both of our regular parent DJs are unavailable this year. We are looking for someone new to drop some dope beatz on us all (Sorry! Had to do it!)

    If you are a DJ or know of someone who is, please contact me. All DJs must provide their own equipment.


    amy.ea.drummond@gmail.com or text me at 734-255-7466

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