• 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 help needed
    • Silent auction wine pull
    • Girls on the run
    • Parking
    • Science Olympiad
    • Ann Arbor deer management plan
    • Dicken communications folder advertising opportunities available

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes

    “Inspiring & Growing Leaders”:

    Vision/Hearing Screening: The screening wrapped up last week. If you child was absent or missed the screening, they will be back on February 12th. If you have a new Young 5 or Kdg for next year, there will be Vision/Hearing screening provided at our Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round Up on February 27th.

    Winter Walk: Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us Tuesday evening, January 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 luminaries that our students made. We also will have hot cocoa at the end of your walk. Dicken Community is welcome.

    Project Lead The Way: We have been very fortunate to have the services of Katie Kipp-Dohm this first semester teaching our students science concepts through Project Lead the Way. Every grade had two modules taught to them and all students enjoyed the lessons and had lots of hands on experiences that they will remember for a long time.

    WESO: There is still time for students in 2nd – 5th grades to sign up for Science Olympiad activities. Just follow the instructions to register online that were on the blue form that your child bought home a couple of weeks ago. They also need more coaches, so please volunteer so we won’t have to cancel any activities due to lack of a coach.

    Early Release Day: Please mark your calendars and plan ahead. Students will be released from school at 1:29 pm on January 31st so staff can participate in professional development.

    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. See the attached flyer for details:
    Round Up KDG 18_19 flyer.pdf 

    Recess Weather Guidelines: On days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below 0: Students will not have recess outside 
On days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below -20 (20 below zero) schools will be closed. The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when wind chills are -15 or colder. The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning when wind chills are -25 or colder.

    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.

    Habit 3 — Put First Things First
    Work First, Then Play: I spend my time on things that are most important.
    This means I say no to things I know I should not do.
    I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.
    I am disciplined and organized.

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

    Important Dates:

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

    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
    Last Day for “Project Lead The Way”
    9:30 – 2:30 pm 1st Grade Environmental Trip to Kensington


    Next Week, January 29th - February 2nd

    Monday, Jan 29th
    National Pride Day
    Chartier’s 4th grade class say the Pledge
    NWEA Assessment window continues
    3:15 – 3:45 pm Mike with PTO Co-Chairs

    Wednesday, Jan 31st
    1:29 pm Early Release Day, Students go home
    1:30 – 5:30 pm Staff PD
    Thursday, Feb 1st                                                    
    February is Black History Month
    9:00 – 2:00 pm 3rd Grade to Henry Ford Museum
    9:00 – 11:45 am LIM Lighthouse Team with LIM Coach
    12:30 – 4:00 pm Students meet by grades with LIM Coach
    7:00 – 8:00 pm Leader in Me Booster for parents, MC
    8:00 – 9:00 pm PTO Meeting, Media Center

    Friday, Feb 2nd
    School Pride Day
    Wear your Favorite School/Sports T-shirts/Jerseys

    Notes from Our PTO

    Winter Walk Needs Volunteers
    Tuesday is the Winter Walk & we are still in need of volunteers to help set up & clean up. The more volunteers we have, the quicker these tasks will be completed. There are only 3 slots (out of 12) filled to clean up. Why not stick around an extra 5 minutes to help gather the vases?

    Please sign up here to help:

    Thank you,


    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 now have 2 full-time coaches & a part-time coach to help with GOTR this year. Dicken has officially been approved as a GOTR school! Thank you to those that volunteered their time:)

    Starting Monday, January 22nd you can register your girls for the 2018 season of GOTR:

    Dicken practices will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm starting in March.

    I hope to see lots of girls this year:)


    Just a reminder that you cannot park by the curbs in the small parking lot off of Stephan Terrace (please see photo attached). Please use the parking spaces in that lot. You can also park off of Carol St, Runnymede, Waltham, & Dicken.

    Again, please do not park by the curbs that are in red on the attached photo.


    The PTO

    Science Olympiad (WESO) Registration – LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!!!
    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. Look for the registration forms that your students brought home from the WESO 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.

    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. Several parks 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.

    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.


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