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

    • Principal Madison’s notes
    • Important dates
    • PTO notes
    • Dicken dash sponsor thank you
    • Box tops
    • PTO thrift shop

    -Vanessa Revelli
    PTO communications chair

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    Principal Madison’s Notes
    The Dicken Dash
    Thank You Dicken parents for supporting this amazing event each year! Thank You Dicken teachers for helping your Dolphins create their team names, costumes and cheers! Thank You Steven Weinberg, Kathleen Weinberg, Anna Lavery, Stacie Kwiatkowski, Nicholas Stanko & Jen Brogno for organizing the event, purchasing those amazing neon color t-shirts and making the Dash run so smoothly! Every Dolphin ran their hardest and not one Dolphin complained about the rain. WE ARE DOLPHINS! We can run and swim at the same time! Collectively, our amazing Dolphins ran 1,378 laps or 345 miles in just under three hour’s time! WOW!

    Kathy Kyle
    Please welcome Ms. Kyle who will be subbing in the main office for the next several weeks in place of Patti Dorris, our office manager. Patti is okay, just taking care of some personal business. Kathy was here last Friday and got quickly up to speed in the main office’s day to day routines. Ms. Annie Marks will still be our Teacher Clerk helping Ms. Kyle each day.

    School Pictures
    Your child will be bringing home their school picture packet from Picture Day. Every student receives a picture as it will appear in the yearbook. If you ordered additional pictures, they will be in the packet. Pictures may be retaken on November 1st if your child’s picture is bad, so save packet.

    Safety Drills
    We must conduct 10 drills each year consisting of 5 Fire Drills , 2 Severe Weather Drills and 3 Intruder Alert Drills. We held our 2nd Fire drill of the year last week. Our teachers and students took this drill very seriously and did a great job exiting the building in an orderly fashion.

    Officer Doug Martell
    Officer Doug is known by many students who have gone through Safety Town. He visited six classrooms last week. All of the students enjoyed his interaction and had fun. This is a AAPD Community Engagement initiative with our schools. One piece is visibility within our buildings and providing educationally awareness about what our Police Officers do for our community. He will return on October 24th to interact with the rest of the classrooms.

    Parent Teacher Conferences
    If you haven’t had the chance yet to schedule your Fall Conference

    with your child’s teacher, please do so very soon. Some conferences start this week. The two main days are November 4th & November 7th, 4:15 – 7:00 pm. We are working on a plan for entry into the building now that our doors are locked till 6:00 pm each. We will let you know soon.

    Lunchroom Supervisors
    Ms. Carmen Pohrt, Dicken alumni parent, is the lead supervisor this year

    overseeing our school lunchroom program. She is joined by teachers Robin Thomas (M/W/F) and Trisha Bahr (T/Th), and supervisors Ms. Eshrat, Ms. Neza, Ms. Patricia, Ms. Tammy, Ms. Reynolds and Ms. Marks. These ladies do an amazing job each day working with our students in the lunchroom and on the playground. We have told our students to tell a supervisor if they have a problem during lunch. Don’t tell their teacher for they aren’t supervising the lunch program. We want to solve lunch problems during the lunch period.

    Visitor Management System
    The AAPS schools have purchased and are installing a new Visitor

    Management Check in system this month at Dicken.
               *When parents are coming in to drop off or pick up students they don't have to sign in unless they plan to walk to the classroom and leave the office / front sign in area. 

    *Any visitor, including parents, who want access to a classroom or in the school beyond the office needs to have their ID checked and produce a visitor badge to wear.

    *The ID check does not replace the iChat check for our volunteers. That still needs to be done.
               *Once your ID has gone into the system you don't need to have it run it again. Your

    information will automatically run against the National Sex Offender database when we hit "submit" for a visitor badge. We can manually enter your names (such as frequently parent visitors or volunteers). See attached VMSP Parent Notification handout.

    AAPS Bond Initiative
    Dicken is in very poor shape, facility wise, and is in dire need of many physical repairs and upgrades to help it last another 62 years. That’s correct, Dicken was built in 1957. Questions on how classroom environment impacts teaching and learning? Review how high-performance classrooms will enhance our schools here. Informational meetings will be held next week on Monday, October 14th at Allen and Community; Tuesday, October 15th at Thurston, Mitchell, and Angell; and on Thursday, October 17th at Logan and Ann Arbor Open. More information including a video of the presentation and a schedule of additional meetings is available at a2schools.org/2019 bond.

    America Reads Tutors
    This year, we have partnered up with U of M students who come into our building daily to read to our students for an hour. We are fortunate to have this partnership which gives some of our struggling readers more one on one reading time.

    Bus Tracker
    Our school bus partner, Durham School Services has provided an application, Bus Tracker, that allows parents and guardians to view the location of their child(ren)’s bus in real time with relationship to their assigned bus stop. This application is available through a web browser or the app stores. Bus Tracker enables parents and guardians to view multiple stops on an assigned route, including the scheduled arrival time for each stop. For more information, to sign-up and create your secure login, or to use the application on your smartphone or web browser, please go to:

    www.durhamschoolservices.com/durhambustracker https://m.durhambustracker.com/secure/login

    If you have any questions regarding the Bus Tracker application, please contact Tim VanDongen at (734) 994-2330 ext. 54118. For technical support, please contact bustracker@a2schools.org

    The complete version of Principal Madison’s Parent Letter is available here:
    parent_letter_9_13.pdf 

    Important Dates:
    This Week, October 14th - October 18th

    Monday Oct 14th

    Columbus Day

    National Pride Day, Hubbard’s class says the Pledge

    Dicken Brownies/Juniors Mtg, 4:00 pm

    Last Day for Dicken Running Club, 4:15 pm

    Tuesday, Oct 15th

    Girls on the Run, 4:15 pm

    Hubbard Parent Conference #1, 4:15-6 pm

    Thursday, Oct 17th

    Environmental Education Life Cycles Orientation, Posey’s Room

    Girls on the Run, 4:15 pm 

    Friday, Oct 18th

    School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!

    Next Week, October 21st - October 25th

    Monday Oct 21st

    National Pride Day, Bahr’s class says the Pledge

    Dicken Daisies/Brownies Mtg, 4:15 pm

    Hubbard Parent Conference #2, 4:15-6 pm

    Bahr/Hane Parent Conference #1, 4:15-7 pm

    Tuesday, Oct 22nd

    Posey Environmental Education Life Cycles Field Trip, 9:30-11:30am

    Girls on the Run, 4:15 pm

    Creswell Parent Conference #1, 4:15-7 pm

    Wednesday, Oct 23rd

    District Early Release Day

    Students dismissed after Lunch at 1:29 pm, no childcare

    Thursday, Oct 24th

    Officer Dour Martell visits classrooms

    Girls on the Run, 4:15 pm 

    Rossi Parent Conference #1, 4:15-7 pm

    Friday, Oct 25th

    School Pride Day, Wear your School Colors!

    Dicken Dolphins Pods #2, 9:00 – 9:30 am

    Dicken Dash Closing Ceremony, 2:00 – 2:45 pm

    Dicken Pumpkin Patch, 6:00-8:00 pm

    Notes from Our PTO
    Dicken Dash Sponsors
    Dicken would like to thank our generous title sponsors for making our Dicken Dash possible!  

    Box Tops Contest 
    WHAT: Box Tops for Education Collection
    WHEN: October 25th, 2019
    WHERE: Your classroom
    WHO: YOU!!
    DETAILS: We are collecting Box Tops for Education. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents! This is an important fundraiser for the Dicken PTO. So start clipping and bring your Box Tops to your teacher’s classroom by October 25! The class who collects the most will win a PTO sponsored party!

    Also you can be “collecting” box tops year round with the new  BoxTops for Education App.  Just snap a photo of your receipt after purchasing BoxTop products and the info and $$ will be uploaded to Dicken Elementary’s account.  Easy Peasy!! Check out the backpack mail that should have come home on Friday for more info on how to download the app.

    VOLUNTEERS: I am also actively looking for people willing to help me count the Box Tops.  If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Weinberg.
    CONTACT: Kathleen kjweinberg@gmail.com

    PTO Thrift Shop
    Here is the current PTO Thrift Shop Promotion: