NEWS & LINKS:
May Edition of DMS Newsflash!
Author helps mark Earth Day at Deans Mill!


UPCOMING EVENTS:    
May 11 - 22 SBAC Testing: Grades 3 & 4
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Grade 4 Visits Mystic Seaport
MEMORIAL DAY - NO SCHOOL
K-12 Building Committee Meeting @7pm at CO
Stonington Free Library Visits
Incoming 5th Grade Parent Night @ 6:30 pm at MMS
May 29 Jump Rope for a Healthy Heart


                                                                                  May 2015

Dear Families,

We hope that this letter finds you enjoying these warmer days and getting to spend some time outside.  The kids are all very excited to have access to the playground and the walking track.  There were certainly moments this winter when we thought we would never see grass again!

We recently sent home a link to our School Climate Survey for Parent Feedback and wanted to explain more about the importance of this survey.  Each year for the past three years, we have sent home a similar survey and each year the results inform decisions we make about our focus.  Two years ago, the results let us know that parents wanted to have more opportunities to be part of their child’s education and so we focused that year on providing parents with meaningful opportunities to come into school or to support their child at home.  The survey results last year let us know that this initiative was successful as many parents reported that they were part of their child’s education and had options for participating in classroom activities. 

Last year’s survey also let us know that not all parents felt we were holding students to high expectations.  This feedback has led us to focus this year on challenging students to meet high academic and behavioral expectations and to communicate the ways in which we differentiate curriculum to meet the specific needs of each individual student. 

We ask that you please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have not done so already.  To access the survey, please visit:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QNJ72MZ. 

 We want to ensure that every voice is represented when we make decisions about our focus for next year. 

Jenn and Allison





Deans Mill Community Agreement - 
The DMS WISH



                            Safe School Climate Plan