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Dolbeare on the Move, March 20, 2017

posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:22 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, March 20, 2017
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Dear Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to everyone who gave pledges to our students for our first Duncan's Dolbeare Dash!  The PTO fundraiser was a huge success and our children had a wonderful time running laps and learning during the character lessons.  View our tweets on Twitter or on our website to learn more!  

In the coming weeks, we will begin our placement process for the 2017-2018 school year.  For families are who unfamiliar with our placement process, it is a team effort involving considerable time and care as we weigh various factors including balanced gender classrooms, class size, social dynamics, student abilities, academic needs and learning styles.  We welcome parent input in our process and while we cannot honor any requests for a particular teacher we appreciate you taking time to fill out a Learner Characteristics Form.  This form will be sent directly from our main office in the coming week and will allow you to describe your child as a learner.   We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out and for honoring the incredible work that our entire staff undertakes annually so that we can create well-balanced classrooms for our students.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Upcoming Events:
3/21 Galvin Visits Grade 4
3/22 Celtics Spirit Day
3/23 Grade 4 concert at Galvin Middle School 7pm
3/29 Student Council 8am
3/29 4th grade LAD 9am
3/29 Early Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 


March Calendar
March Lunch


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
Student Council has new upcoming events...
  • Earth day projects
  • There is an upcoming event for donating crayons called Crayon Initiative. You can donate crayons you don't use anymore or crayons you get from restaurants. Also be on the lookout for videos that will tell you more about this event.
  • We will help out with the International Expo
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 29 at 8 am.

 

    PTO News

       
                                               
                 Thank you for joining us at our March 10th meeting!
            Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Harrington's, 7:30pm
   
               
              Thank you for supporting
           Duncan's Dolbeare Dash!

                             
                  

                


                        


                       

Parents,

Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Duncan's Dolbeare Dash! The program was a huge success and I know everyone had a lot of fun. There’s a little more left to do.

As a school, we raised $26,719! However, we need your help collecting all of our pledges. Our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by Tuesday, 03/21/2017, and if we do the entire school will get a No Homework Night! Let’s do it! 

Please encourage your student to thank all sponsors. Pledges can be paid by cash, check or credit card online on funrun.com

If an email address was entered with the original pledge, your sponsor will receive an email reminder to fulfill their pledge. If not, they can mail cash or check to you and you can send it all into the school with your child’s collection envelope (coming home soon).

Thank you again for your support! Email us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
Serving Schools,

Sarah Seaman
(321) 412-3988

A special thank you to Duncan the Dragon who stayed the whole day to cheer the students on!

                            Science Volunteers Needed!
                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the DolbeareSchoolPTO@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                           DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message on Amazon. 


  

              

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come.
Orders placed by 3/31 are $27 per book. The cost of the book goes up to $30 after April 1. 
Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund



International Night




Once again, the district is celebrating International Night on Friday, April 7th at the Galvin Middle School from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Last year we had some Wakefield families who participated by having their own table where they exhibited their heritage either with food and/or artifacts.  We look forward to more and more families from both Boston and Wakefield to participate in this district event.  


Thanks for your support.

Participation Sheet



Our second session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) will be starting next month! The early morning program will run for six Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April 24 to June 2. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too! We are looking for 3 parents who can help Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us by April 1. We can be reached at DolbeareBOKS@gmail.com. Thank you!   
From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, March 13, 2017

posted Mar 17, 2017, 6:02 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, March 13, 2017
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Welcome March!

Dear Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out for Friday's annual faculty vs. student basketball game.  Great fun was had by all and it is always a memorable experience for our 4th grade students!  

We kicked off the PTO Boosterthon fundraiser last week and met Supersonic Sarah! The students are enjoying the character lessons and all the excitement that goes along with gearing up for this Thursday's fun run.  The fun run, called Duncan's Dolbeare Dash, will be a fitness celebration as our students run 30-35 laps and cheer on their classmates. The schedule for the day is:

9:05-10:05am 4th Grade,
10:05-11:05am 2nd Grade
11:05-12:05pm 1st Grade
12:45-1:45pm Kindergarten  
1:45-2:45pm 3rd Grade

Let's hope for a snow-free week!  

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Upcoming Events:
3/15 Student Council 8am
3/15 Grade 4 Maple Sugaring (weather permitting)

3/16 Duncan's Dolbeare Dash Fun Run!!  
3/16 Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day
3/17 No School Professional Development
3/21 Galvin Visits Grade 4
3/22 Celtics Spirit Day
3/23 Grade 4 concert at Galvin Middle School 7pm
3/29 Student Council 8am
3/29 4th grade LAD 9am
3/29 Early Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 


March Calendar
March Lunch


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 15 at 8am.

PTO News

   
                                               
Thank you for joining us at our March 10th meeting!
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Harrington's, 7:30pm

                                         

        Duncan's Dolbeare Dash is Here!!

HI PARENTS! Thank you so much for supporting our Fun Run on March 16!! The run will take place in the Dolbeare Gym. To give your child the best educational experience possible, we’re excited to raise funds for enrichment, field trips and Authorfest! We’re hosting a Fun Run called Duncan's Dolbeare Dash to make that happen. Family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your student will run on the day of Duncan's Dash on March 16th! The students are so excited to SLIME Mr. Wallace as they have reached their $10,000 goal! Look for another exciting incentive coming this week!!

HELP THE DOLBEARE SCHOOL WITH THESE EASY STEPS!

1. Register on FUNRUN.COM
2. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.
3. Collect! Pledge money is due one week after the run. Checks are payable to the school. 

The Boosterthon flyer can be found here.
Thanks in advance! 

Please feel free to email with any questions. 
  
               

How you can help

We need 8-10 volunteers for each grade level.  Volunteers will hand out water and help mark laps.  We also welcome parents to cheer their children on. Parents must have a CORI form in file in the office. Thank you so much for your support!   
                                                         Sign Up Here
 
 

                           Science Volunteers Needed!
                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the DolbeareSchoolPTO@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Many thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message in Amazon 

Doing the Donate A Book DAB with Duncan!

                  

 

 
Congratulations to Mrs. Ortega and her great Kindergarten collectors!  They were the outstanding winners of our winter Boxtops contest with an impressive 1133.  Second place went to Mrs Livesey's class with 541 and third place to Ms. Young's class with 530. Overall the Dolbeare raised $650 cutting and collecting during this contest.  Keep up the good habits.  Send in Boxtops any time or save them to send in during our spring contest.  Remember- every clip counts!
 



Our second session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) will be starting next month! The early morning program will run for six Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April 24 to June 2. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too! We are looking for 3 parents who can help Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us by April 1. We can be reached at DolbeareBOKS@gmail.com. Thank you!         
 

                         


Thank you to everyone who came to support and cheer on the 4th graders and the staff!!



It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALL students from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come.
Orders placed by 3/31 are $27 per book. The cost of the book goes up to $30 after April 1. 
Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund


From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, February 27, 2017

posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:14 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, February 27, 2017
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Welcome Back!

Dear Dolbeare Families,

I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing vacation week and got to enjoy the sunshine. The wonderful weather made it feel more like spring break than February vacation.  I missed hearing the voices of our students in the hallways and in our classrooms.  I am so happy to welcome them back this morning! 

We are honoring Dr. Seuss' birthday this week!  I am excited to read Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and all our favorites with classes this week.  At Dolbeare, we promote Dr. Seuss' wisdom, "The more that you READ, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" All children are welcome to join us in the festivities by reading Dr. Seuss books at home and by participating in these spirit days (see below). 





















Have a "green eggs and ham" week! :)  

Maureen Hughes

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Upcoming Events:
Dr. Seuss Week 2/27-3/3
Monday: Wear your favorite hat
Tuesday: Wear green
Wednesday: Wear mismatched, backwards or inside-out clothes
Thursday: Wear animal prints
Friday: Wear wacky socks

2/27 School Council 8am
3/1 Student Council 8am
3/2 Moving On Fundraiser, Chipotle 4-8pm
3/3 Box Tops Winter Contest Ends!
3/3 WEF Spelling Bee

3/7 Fun Run Kick Off Begins!
3/10- 4th Grade vs. Faculty Basketball Game 3pm
3/11 9am Dolbeare Athleta Fundraiser
3/16 Duncan's Dolbeare Dash Fun Run!!
February Lunch Menu
February Calendar


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  

Music News

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

Learning Commons News: Last fall, we had an incredible interest from 3rd and 4th graders in our Dolbeare Digital Leaders program. Because we believe that all of these applicants should have an opportunity to participate, we are working on developing a program that fits comfortably in our school schedule and meets the needs of our students. At this time, no students have been notified about their acceptance into the program. Thank you for your patience as we work to develop an innovative and exciting enrichment opportunity for our digital learners!

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.

PE News

Attention Current & Incoming Kindergarten Families!
The last day for Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year will be June 16th.   Our Incoming kindergarten screening will be June 19-21.   Please contact Mrs. Sacco in the main office if you have any questions. 
Parent University 2017
Parent University 2017 is coming up! To learn more, check out the flyer. Be sure to RSVP on the Wakefield Public Schools Facebook Page!

WEF is hosting our first Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 3rd at 6:45 at the CCC.   Please see the attached flyer for all the details.  Please note, Mr. Tetrault will be our M.C. for the event... WEF is very appreciative of Mr. T's enthusiasm in taking on this role!
WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!


Wakefield Community,

I am excited to announce our 4th Annual Parent University scheduled for March 11. Take advantage of a fantastic schedule of free parent workshops and free, fun activities for your children at Wakefield Academy's Kid's Camp all morning!

Sincerely,

Kim Smith

Superintendent

Wakefield Public Schools


From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 1 at 8am.

The Student Council created a flyer for the Dolbeare Kindergarten Daisy Troop's food drive, please give what you can!

PTO News

   
                                               
Our next meeting will be Friday, March 10 at 9am in the Dolbeare Cafeteria.
We hope you can join us.

Dolbeare PTO Family Night
at Fenway Park

Thursday, May 4, 7:10pm
Tickets $25. each 
Print and fill out Dolbeare at RedSox form and send
back to school in an enevlope marked
Dolbeare PTO: Red Sox
with cash or checks made out to Dolbeare PTO.
Paypal Link also available as payment option.
Questions? Contact us at Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com
 
                                         

Save the Date For the Boosterthon Fun Run!!

HI PARENTS! To give your child the best educational experience possible, we’re excited to raise funds for enrichment, field trips and Authorfest! We’re hosting a Glow Fun Run to make that happen. Family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your student will run on the day of the Fun Run on March 16th!

Our 2-week Glow Fun Run program kicks off on Tuesday, March 7th!

Plus, leading up to the Fun Run, students will learn how to make a difference in their world through an unbelievable character theme, Backyard Box Office.

HELP THE DOLBEARE SCHOOL WITH THESE EASY STEPS!

1. Register on FUNRUN.COM on March 7th.
2. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.
3. Collect! Pledge money is due one week after the run. Checks are payable to the school. 

The Boosterthon flyer can be found here.
Thanks in advance! 

Please feel free to email with any questions. 

 
                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK


                         
Please join the PTO and DAB with Duncan!  

Donate A Book is a new way for you to give a gift to the school!

Follow these 3 steps:

1) Shop easily on Amazon.com by searching the registries for "Dolbeare PTO" to find our wish list and select books from the list. or click here: Dolbeare PTO Wish List 

2) Have the books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street, Attention: PTO.

3) If you'd like the book to have a dedication placed inside, note that on the Gift Message at checkout, and choose your family name or your child's name. You may also donate anonymously

Please click here for more information.
 

         DOLBEARE PTO SHOPPING EVENT



Please join us for a private party for Dolbeare PTO. You will receive an exclusive 25% off discount on your purchase. Enjoy refreshments, food and raffles while you shop. 5% of the proceeds will be donated to the Dolbeare PTO. 
Athleta Market Street Lynnfield
Saturday, March 11, 9am
** some exclusions may apply. Call the store withany questions 781-334-3606

Last call for the Box Tops contest!
Due to the snow days, we have extended the winter contest until Friday.
Please send in those Box Tops!
Thank you!

                 
                         

 
              Moving On Fundraiser at Chipotle!


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to

support the Fourth Grade Moving On Fund. Come in to the Chipotle

at 46 Walkers Brook Drive in Reading on Thursday, March

2nd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it

on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the

cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated

to Dolbeare Elementary School.




The Annual 4th Grade vs Faculty Basketball Game is Friday, March 10th!

Come cheer on the 4th graders as they take on the teachers after school at3pm. More information to follow this week with lots of volunteer opportunities!



Yearbook Updates:

If you sent the yearbook dedication to your 4th grader via email and still haven't paid, please send in cash or check in an envelope labeled "PTO Yearbook." THANK YOU!

If you have any photos of the fourth graders from any school related events these last 5 years since Kindergarten, please send them in for the yearbook and slide show! Field trips, halloween parties, field day, and even Q&U wedding pics are perfect! You can upload them at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 or email them.


Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund

                                      

METCO News

The METCO Advocacy Committee (MAC) is planning a METCO Petition Signing Day for Monday, March 6, 2017, @ The Savings Bank in their OFB1 Community Room from 3 pm - 6 pm.   This event is taking place a week before METCO Lobby Day at the State House.  

The purpose of this event is to:  

  • Educate/inform the community on METCO funding
  • Have students talk about the program and what it means to them
  • Collect signatures for increased funding
  • Have people send emails or write to Gov. Baker 

We encourage METCO parents, students, and the host community to submit letters/e-mails and place phone calls to Governor Baker.  Please express your support of the METCO program and advocate that he demonstrate his commitment to Massachusetts students by supporting METCO’s funding request of $23M for FY18. 

For 50 years, METCO has proven its success and brightened the future of thousands of Massachusetts’ children by raising college attendance rates, integrating classrooms, and crafting productive, tax-paying citizens of this Commonwealth. In the face of costs that continue to rise, state funding levels have remained relatively stagnant. In addition, while transportation costs have increased significantly for METCO districts in recent years, the transportation allotment per student has not been increased since 2008.

A 2016 report released by the Executive Office of Education once again affirmed the success of our students showing that the four-year graduation rate of METCO students has surpassed 98% and has consistently exceeded or equaled the graduation rates of their peers in both sending and receiving school districts.  The report also found the percentage of METCO students who indicated their intent to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities was above 92%, exceeding the statewide average on college intentions by over 10%.  

The METCO program needs this level of funding to continue to maintain this high level of success.  

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR BAKER AND REQUEST THAT METCO RECEIVE $23M IN FUNDING IN THE GOVERNOR’S FY18 BUDGET.

ACTION STEPS

1. Contact Governor Baker:

    a. Email a letter to Governor Baker at: constituent.services@state.ma.us

    b. Mail a letter to Governor Baker at:  Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133

    c. Call Governor Baker’s office: 617.725.4005

 

 *Please consider using this draft to help frame your request:

Dear Honorable Governor Baker.

Thank you for your continued support of the METCO program in the Commonwealth.  We ask that you support METCO funding of $23M for the METCO program in your proposed FY18 budget.

As you know so well, for fifty years, the METCO program has been transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students by providing access to quality education for urban students and fostering more diverse classrooms in 190 suburban schools located in eastern and western Massachusetts.The METCO program is in need of this level of funding in order to continue to maintain this high level of success.  The program’s transportation and education costs continue to rise every year, while state funding for METCO has remained relatively stagnant.

In the FY17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the 37 participating communities received $4,066 per student in education funding plus a transportation allotment for the over 3,300 METCO students they educate.  The METCO Advisory Committee has recommended $5,000 per student plus transportation.  In addition, between FY01 and FY17, Chapter 70 funding has increased by over 50%, compared to an increase of only 31.5% for METCO funding in the same time period.  There has been no increase in the transportation allotment for METCO since 2008.

We understand that the Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges continue and that you continue to analyze tax receipts and revenue projections for FY17 and FY18.  However, the broader success METCO could achieve for underserved students with adequate funding, and the implications that a narrowing achievement gap will have on the future economy of our Commonwealth, more than justify this investment.

Thank you again for your support of the METCO program and all of the Commonwealth’s students. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


From the Community:
Beebe Library Update:
The Beebe Library has scheduled a carpet replacement for next Monday-Wednesday (2/27-3/1). As a result, we will have limited access to our collection. 

We will have access to picture books, children's DVDs, and the whole young adult collection. The train table will be open! We will also have PJ Story Time Monday night as scheduled. We anticipate a slight smell but the materials are completely nontoxic. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We apologize for the inconvenience!
The Beebe Library Staff


WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                       

Dolbeare on the Move

posted Feb 17, 2017, 5:25 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, February 13, 2017
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Snowy Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We are looking forward to returning to our routines this week before the winter break.  I hope everyone enjoyed the winter wonderland of last week. I am looking forward to hearing stories from our students of how they spent their snow days.  

If you haven't already, I encourage you to view our tweets or visit our webpage to see our students 100 ways of celebrating the Pillars of Character.  After counting forwards and backwards by 5s, 10s, and various other patterns, we continued our 100 day celebration with a school wide activity of brainstorming all the ways we celebrate the Pillars of Character at school, home and in our community.  Our students came up with some fantastic ideas!  

Stay warm,

Maureen Hughes

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Upcoming Events:
2/14 Happy Valentine's Day/Red Sox Spirit Day
2/15 Grade 1 and 3 meterologist visits
2/17 Grade 2 Museum of Science Program
2/20-2/24 Winter Break, no school
2/27 School Council 8am
3/1 Student Council 8am
3/2 Moving On Fundraiser, Chipotle 4-8pm
February Lunch Menu
February Calendar


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


A Friendly Valentine's Day Reminder: 
If your child is bringing in Valentines,  please remember not to include any food products, including candy, even if the intent is for it to be sent home.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

School Updates
Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  
Music News
Art News
Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!
Learning Commons News
The Dolbeare Learning Commons is looking for a small, digital clock.
If you are willing to donate, please let Ms. Duggan or Mr. Gosselin know!
Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.
PE News



 
WEF is hosting our first Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 3rd at 6:45 at the CCC.   Please see the attached flyer for all the details.  Please note, Mr. Tetrault will be our M.C. for the event... WEF is very appreciative of Mr. T's enthusiasm in taking on this role!
WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!


Wakefield Community,

I am excited to announce our 4th Annual Parent University scheduled for March 11. Take advantage of a fantastic schedule of free parent workshops and free, fun activities for your children at Wakefield Academy's Kid's Camp all morning!

Sincerely,

Kim Smith

Superintendent

Wakefield Public Schools


From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 1 at 8am.

PTO News

   
                                               
Our next meeting will be Friday, March 10 at 9am in the Dolbeare Cafeteria.
We hope you can join us.
Enjoy the February break!
 
                                   
Dolbeare PTO Family Night
at Fenway Park

Thursday, May 4, 7:10pm
Tickets $25. each 
Print and fill out Dolbeare at RedSox form and send
back to school in an enevlope marked
Dolbeare PTO: Red Sox
with cash or checks made out to Dolbeare PTO.
Paypal Link also available as payment option.
Questions? Contact us at Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com

                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK


                         
Please join the PTO and DAB with Duncan!  

Donate A Book is a new way for you to give a gift to the school!

Follow these 3 steps:

1) Shop easily on Amazon.com by searching the registries for "Dolbeare PTO" to find our wish list and select books from the list. or click here: Dolbeare PTO Wish List 

2) Have the books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street, Attention: PTO.

3) If you'd like the book to have a dedication placed inside, note that on the Gift Message at checkout, and choose your family name or your child's name. You may also donate anonymously

Please click here for more information.

                       Congratulations Amelia!

                                  
Congratulations to Winter Festival Raffle WInner Amelia P. , who won the Teacher's Desk Raffle and got to sit at her teacher's desk for a day! Thank you to Mrs. Kenny for your support!
                   
 
  SAVE THE DATE:
March 16

Duncan's Dash Fun Run


                     

 
              Moving On Fundraiser at Chipotle!


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to

support the Fourth Grade Moving On Fund. Come in to the Chipotle

at 46 Walkers Brook Drive in Reading on Thursday, March

2nd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it

on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the

cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated

to Dolbeare Elementary School.



Yearbook Updates:

If you sent the yearbook dedication to your 4th grader via email and still haven't paid, please send in cash or check in an envelope labeled "PTO Yearbook." THANK YOU!

If you have any photos of the fourth graders from any school related events these last 5 years since Kindergarten, please send them in for the yearbook and slide show! Field trips, halloween parties, field day, and even Q&U wedding pics are perfect! You can upload them at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 or email them.


Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund
                             
 

 
  Winter Box Tops Contest 
Our winter contest continues and some of the "gumball machines" are starting to fill up.  Mrs. Ortega's Kindergarten class has a strong lead with almost 900 Boxtops!  Keep collecting and sending them in, the contest will continue up until February break.     
                                            

        

METCO News

The METCO Advocacy Committee (MAC) is planning a METCO Petition Signing Day for Monday, March 6, 2017, @ The Savings Bank in their OFB1 Community Room from 3 pm - 6 pm.   This event is taking place a week before METCO Lobby Day at the State House.  

The purpose of this event is to:  

  • Educate/inform the community on METCO funding
  • Have students talk about the program and what it means to them
  • Collect signatures for increased funding
  • Have people send emails or write to Gov. Baker 

We encourage METCO parents, students, and the host community to submit letters/e-mails and place phone calls to Governor Baker.  Please express your support of the METCO program and advocate that he demonstrate his commitment to Massachusetts students by supporting METCO’s funding request of $23M for FY18. 

For 50 years, METCO has proven its success and brightened the future of thousands of Massachusetts’ children by raising college attendance rates, integrating classrooms, and crafting productive, tax-paying citizens of this Commonwealth. In the face of costs that continue to rise, state funding levels have remained relatively stagnant. In addition, while transportation costs have increased significantly for METCO districts in recent years, the transportation allotment per student has not been increased since 2008.

A 2016 report released by the Executive Office of Education once again affirmed the success of our students showing that the four-year graduation rate of METCO students has surpassed 98% and has consistently exceeded or equaled the graduation rates of their peers in both sending and receiving school districts.  The report also found the percentage of METCO students who indicated their intent to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities was above 92%, exceeding the statewide average on college intentions by over 10%.  

The METCO program needs this level of funding to continue to maintain this high level of success.  

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR BAKER AND REQUEST THAT METCO RECEIVE $23M IN FUNDING IN THE GOVERNOR’S FY18 BUDGET.

ACTION STEPS

1. Contact Governor Baker:

    a. Email a letter to Governor Baker at: constituent.services@state.ma.us

    b. Mail a letter to Governor Baker at:  Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133

    c. Call Governor Baker’s office: 617.725.4005

 

 *Please consider using this draft to help frame your request:

Dear Honorable Governor Baker.

Thank you for your continued support of the METCO program in the Commonwealth.  We ask that you support METCO funding of $23M for the METCO program in your proposed FY18 budget.

As you know so well, for fifty years, the METCO program has been transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students by providing access to quality education for urban students and fostering more diverse classrooms in 190 suburban schools located in eastern and western Massachusetts.The METCO program is in need of this level of funding in order to continue to maintain this high level of success.  The program’s transportation and education costs continue to rise every year, while state funding for METCO has remained relatively stagnant.

In the FY17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the 37 participating communities received $4,066 per student in education funding plus a transportation allotment for the over 3,300 METCO students they educate.  The METCO Advisory Committee has recommended $5,000 per student plus transportation.  In addition, between FY01 and FY17, Chapter 70 funding has increased by over 50%, compared to an increase of only 31.5% for METCO funding in the same time period.  There has been no increase in the transportation allotment for METCO since 2008.

We understand that the Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges continue and that you continue to analyze tax receipts and revenue projections for FY17 and FY18.  However, the broader success METCO could achieve for underserved students with adequate funding, and the implications that a narrowing achievement gap will have on the future economy of our Commonwealth, more than justify this investment.

Thank you again for your support of the METCO program and all of the Commonwealth’s students. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, January 30, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:04 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, January 30, 2017
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Dolbeare Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

All families should have received their child's report card on Friday.  Please know that this will be the last time elementary report cards will be sent home in hard copy. Beginning with the June 2017 report cards, parents will need to access report cards through iParent (our student service portal). This is also where we get our emergency contact information for families. This is a good time of year to update any changes to your emergency contact information.   If you need help, contact Mrs. Sacco in our main office.

Attention 3rd and 4th Grade Families: please mark the following dates for our spring MCAS 2.0 assessment: 

  • Thursday - 5/11/17: Math
  • Friday - 5/12/17: Math
  • Monday - 5/15/17: Reading/Writing
  • Tuesday - 5/16/17: Reading/Writing
  • Thursday - 5/18/17: Reading/Writing

We ask parents to avoid taking students out of school for vacations, doctor appointments, etc. during this important testing window. Students perform better when they participate in the state assessments with their classmates and the assessment is administered by their classroom teachers versus an unfamiliar test administrator during make-up sessions.   

Warm regards,

Maureen Hughes

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Save the Dates
2/1 Wakefield Educational Foundation Rose Sale
2/3 PTO Movie Night 6pm
2/8 Student Council 8am 
2/9 PTO Meeting 7:30pm Harrington's
January Lunch Menu
January Calendar


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates
Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  
Music News
Art News Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

Ms. Ripley's Website (Literacy Coach): Contains information about what is happening in Dolbeare classrooms during reading/writing workshop, as well as information for parents.
Learning Commons Update: Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.
PE News


From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 8 at 8am.

From the PTO:

                        

Please join us for our next meeting,Thursday, February 9 at 7:30pmat Harrington's.
Dolbeare PTO Family Night
at Fenway Park
Thursday, May 4, 7:10pm
Tickets $25. each 
Print and fill out Dolbeare at RedSox form and send
back to school in an enevlope marked
Dolbeare PTO: Red Sox
with cash or checks made out to Dolbeare PTO.
Paypal Link also available as payment option.
Questions? Contact us at Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com


 
                            
 

Help us show the LOVE to the entire Dolbeare staff for Valentine's Day by restocking the teachers' room!

The teachers' room is in need of supplies. Please use this Sign Up Genius to choose from the many items that can be used by our fabulous teachers and staff.

We would also like to purchase cookie trays for the teachers to enjoy on Valentine's Day. If you would like to contribute to the cookie trays, please send donations of cash or checks to Dolbeare PTO to school in an envelope addressed to "PTO Diana Barry." 

We will be collecting items in the school lobby 8:20-8:45am on Monday, January 30th and Tuesday, January 31st

Thank you for helping us give the wonderful staff at Dolbeare School a well-deserved restocked lounge!

                                           
 

Please email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with any questions. 

                                         


                       


Please check here throughout the year for updates on our fabulous fourth graders!

If you have any photos of the fourth graders from any school related events these last 5 years since Kindergarten, please send them in for the yearbook and slide show! Field trips, halloween parties, field day, and even Q&U wedding pics are perfect! You can upload them at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 or email them.

LAST CALL FOR BABY PHOTOS!! We are still missing baby photos from six 4th graders. Please upload the photo to the link above ASAP. 

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund
 
                                 
 
                                           
 
 

If you volunteered to take photos of your child's class for the yearbook, please get in touch directly with the teacher about a good time to come in. Please upload photos directly to the yearbook website at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 by Friday, February 3rd.

The signup genius with all of the details can be found HERE.

Please contact Alyssa Kelley with any questions. Thank you!!


                 
                                 
                                             Winter Contest 
       Our Winter Boxtops Contest Has Begun!

Calling all Boxtops! Our classroom contest has begun. The kids will work towards filling their class paper "gumball machine." The class with the most gumballs will win glory and a prize. Please send in all Boxtops (zip lock baggies work well!). Make sure they are labeled with the teacher's name.
    
                      

                   
                              
Dolbeare Movie Night!
                    February 3, 6pm Dolbeare Gym

            

 
From the Wakefield Educational Foundation:
 
                  Please see the attached document regarding the WEF 16th annual chocolate rose sale. 

                                              

                          16th_Annual_Chocolate_Rose_Information.pdf
 
District Backpack 

We encourage families to regularly click on our district backpack for other updates and flyers. This backpack is updated at central office with all approved information from our local community, sports leagues and more.  Don't miss out, click regularly to stay up-to-date on new opportunities. 
 
District Backpack
                                         

 

               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

Dolbeare on the Move - October 3, 2016

posted Oct 8, 2016, 9:57 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, October 3, 2016
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Autumn Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We concluded our first month of September with a musical celebration from Johnny the K (see pictures below)!  This annual PTO sponsored tradition brings to life our Pillars of Character, a framework for teaching important personal qualities including: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  We focus on these important character traits throughout the year at our monthly assemblies.   

This week we are looking forward to participating in the autumn national Walk to School Day. On Wednesday, October 5th, Dolbeare students are welcome to join children around the nation as they walk to school promoting fitness and a healthy life-style.  All walkers are invited to sign-in upon arrival at school and the class with the most walkers will receive the "golden shoe" award.  Watch for "Duncan the Dolbeare Dragon" (our school mascot) who is participating in this special event and will be greeting walkers as they arrive.  

Our school based crisis response team continues to meet to prepare for the reunification drill scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  As I shared at Open House, we are the first elementary school in Wakefield to practice parent pick-up from a different location; this practice is essential so that we are prepared if we are ever forced to relocate due to an emergency.  This is an important step as we continue to prioritize safety in our schools. The Wakefield police, fire fighters, and emergency response team are partnering with us and will be on location during this drill.  A letter with the full details will be forthcoming.

Enjoy the first week of October!

Warm regards,
Maureen Hughes

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Save the Dates
10/2-4 Rosh Hashanah
10/5 Walk/Bike to School Day
10/10 Columbus Day - No School
10/11-10/12 Yom Kippur
10/12 Student Council, 8am
10/12 Patriots' Spirit Day
10/17 School Picture Day
10/18 Reunification Drill
10/18 7:30pm PTO Meeting Harrington's
10/19 Half Day, 11:55am Dismissal
10/19 CaliforniaPizzaKitchenFundraiser

10/20 Bruins Spirit Day
10//28 Dolbeare PTO Halloween Party

October 2016 Calendar

October 2016 Menu

2016-2017 Dolbeare Year Overview


School Updates
Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  
Music News
Art News
Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!
Learning Commons News
A Learning Commons website is being developed and will be launched soon! We will share student work, advice for parents on digital citizenship, plus much more. 
Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.
PE News



2016 Walk/Bike to School - October 5th

                                     
 
Walk/Bike to School Day is a national event that happens at thousands of schools in October every year. Students, parents, school personnel and other community members walk or bike to school on the day of the event.
 
Dolbeare School will host our Walk/Bike to School Day event on the morning of October 5th starting at 7:45am and we welcome you to attend.
 
Students can sign in at the front entrance or the Kindergarten entrance. All students participating will receive a small prize for their efforts. Students riding the bus or being dropped off will have an opportunity to walk around the school to participate. Please make sure that Bus and Drop off students arrive in time to walk for 10-15 minutes before school starts.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at:  mark.whitman@wpsk12.org
COMING SOON: an exciting opportunity for our tech-saavy 3rd and 4th graders who are interested in becoming leaders in our school! Mr. Gosselin will be sharing information in classes and with families over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

PTO News

                                               
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm upstairs at Harrington's in Wakefield. We hope you can join us.
  
Thank you to all who donated treats to support our teachers! The Back to School teachers' room restocking is complete and our amazing teachers are thrilled.
 
                                       
             

                                                                 
Special Sparks! thanks to Katie Pritchard for an awesome Sparks science day for the students. 

                  Sparks! Science Museum!

                               

Our Sparks! Science Museum was a great success!  Students were tremendously enthusiastic as they explored 10 different stations.  They ranged from the physics of paper airplane design to utilizing our senses as scientific tools to testing the adaptations of polar animals.  This was a huge volunteer effort and we are so thankful for all the parent support!  We'd also like to thank Dr. Hughes and all the staff for embracing this program.  It's very generous of them to offer so much space and time to Sparks!.  The days at Dolbeare are busy and we feel lucky to have such an accommodating staff!  In the spirit of this election season, each student was asked to cast a ballot for his/her favorite station. The results are in and the winner is.... 
                                        Paper Airplanes with 120 votes!
                                    
                      Runners up were Extreme Weather and Force and Motion!

To all my amazing Sparks! Volunteers,
THANK YOU! 

 

Katie Pritchard
Sparks! Coordinator
kkutny@aol.com



                          Dolbeare Welcomes Johnny the K! 
Your PTO contributions help us provide wonderful enrichment programs such as Johnny the K. Contributions are welcome anytime. We thank you for your support!


                           

                              

                           
              Dolbeare Teachers are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!             

                                             
Please help our "practically perfect" Dolbeare teachers stay warm and dry in the winter months. We are in need of several large golf umbrellas to protect our teachers from the elements as they safely guide our children outdoors at arrival and dismissal. Please email us if you would like to donate an umbrella Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com
 
                   
                                       
Coming Soon : Original Works Art www.originalworks.com

 Original Works Art

                                      HALLOWEEN PARTY
 
                            

Admission Link Party 1 (grades K and 1)

Admission Link party 2 (grades 2, 3 and 4)

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP for PARTY 1 (grades K and 1) 

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP for PARTY 2 (grades 2, 3 and 4) 


                                                  
 
                                   

Fall Boxtops Contest Begins!
 
The cold weather is here.  It is a great time to stay inside and clean out those cabinets and drawers. A great time to dig out all those Boxtops you have been cutting and saving all summer. Or if not (gasp!!), a great time to start a new habit!
 
The Boxtops for Education program is an easy, free way to earn money for our school. First, find Boxtops on hundreds of every day products including Yoplait, General Mills, Ziploc, and Hefty. Next, clip the small coupon from the package and save in a Ziploc baggie or envelope. Finally, send them in to school in your child's red folder.
 
Our fall incentive contest begins this week and will run until the end of October. Send in your Boxtops in a baggie or envelop labeled with your child's name. Weekly prizes will be awarded to the students that bring in the most Boxtops.
 
Each Boxtop is worth 10 cents and they add up. Let's try to beat last years $2000 total!  For more information about the Boxtops program and a full list of participating products visit boxtops4education.com.             
/BoxTops16.pdf                         
                  California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser October 19!
                                                                                                   
Please support the Dolbeare School by bringing the flyer below to California Pizza Kitchen at Market Street anytime on October 19. Dolbeare will receive 20% of the purchase, including dine-in, take-out, catering and beverages.
                             


CPKFlyer
 
                                              
                                                     Holiday_Shopping
                                                  
The Dolbeare Holiday Shopping and Craft Fair will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 6 to 9pm at the Dolbeare School. Please click on the link above for more details.

Seeking Holiday Shop Gift Basket Coordinators
New this year we are asking each grade level to make a basket for the raffle at the Holiday Shop. We are looking for one volunteer each for kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades. This volunteer would come up with an idea or theme for the basket and then create a basket to display at at the Dolbeare Holiday Fair on11/18/16 by collecting donated items from parents and the community. If  you can volunteer to coordinate this effort for  your grade please email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with your name, email and which grade you can help with.  Thank you!
 

                                
From the SEPAC
Special Education Parent Advisory Council


Save the Dates!
October 24Sarah Ward on Homework Strategies
November 9Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age followed by expert panel of GMS Principal & School Psychologists, Parents & Teens 
November 15Basic Rights in Special Education
 

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move - September 26, 2016

posted Oct 8, 2016, 9:56 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, September 26, 2016
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Autumn Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We appreciated welcoming so many parents to our Back to School night last week.  We hope you left with an increased understanding regarding the learning opportunities planned for your children.  We are fortunate to partner with such a supportive group of parents!  Communication is one of the important ingredients to ensure a successful school year for each child. Please continue to reach out to us to share any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Looking ahead to this week, children will benefit from a stimulating science exploratory event.  On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, PTO member Kate Pritchard will lead our first SPARKS Museum.  Each grade level will visit the “museum” for a one hour science exploration.  The gym will be transformed into a hands-on wonder where children visit various booths to engage in standard based learning activities. Science concepts and probes elicit comparing, contrasting, measuring and questioning.  Be sure to ask your children about this special event.

Remember that Wednesday, September 28th is an early dismissal day.  Children are dismissed at 11:55am after lunch is served.  Please mark your calendars.  Educators will participate in district training regarding meeting the special needs of children such as English Language Learners.   

With the onset of fall, we observe changes all around us. None are greater than the growth that occurs as wide-eyed children enthusiastically explore their world.  Ask your children about their curiosities as they observe the changes showcased by a new season.  

Happy autumn,

Maureen Hughes

Save the Dates

9/28 Half Day, 11:55am Dismissal 
10/2-4 Rosh Hashanah
10/10 Columbus Day - No School
10/11-10/12 Yom Kippur
10/19 Half Day, 11:55am Dismissal

September Lunch Menu
2016-2017 Dolbeare Year Overview
Follow news on our Twitter account @DolbeareSchool
 


School Updates
Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  
Music News
Art News
Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!
Learning Commons News
The Dolbeare Learning Commons is looking for a small, digital clock.
If you are willing to donate, please let Ms. Duggan or Mr. Gosselin know!
Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.
PE News

2016 Walk/Bike to School - October 5th
 
Walk/Bike to School Day is a national event that happens at thousands of schools in October every year. Students, parents, school personnel and other community members walk or bike to school on the day of the event.
 
Dolbeare School will host our Walk/Bike to School Day event on the morning of October 5th starting at 7:45am and we welcome you to attend.
 
Students can sign in at the front entrance or the Kindergarten entrance. All students participating will receive a small prize for their efforts. Students riding the bus or being dropped off will have an opportunity to walk around the school to participate. Please make sure that Bus and Drop off students arrive in time to walk for 10-15 minutes before school starts.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at:  mark.whitman@wpsk12.org
 
WPS Updates

Dr. Smith will host an open PTO meeting for all interested parents onWednesday, September 28 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in The Savings Bank Theatre at WMHS.  During this meeting, she will present the WPS Core Values, Vision, and Instructional Strategy.
Congratulations to Henry Brown and William Herzog for winning the raffle prize drawings from the WPS Summer Reading & Math Programs. Both students will be recognized by School Committee on Tuesday night.  

PTO News

 

                          


                                               
Thank you to all who joined us for the first meeting of the year. We had a huge crowd and great spirit as we open the 2016-2017 school year! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm upstairs at Harrington's in Wakefield. We hope you can join us.
  
                Thank you to all who donated treats to support our teachers!
                                          

                             
 
The Parent-Teacher Organization would like to welcome all of the Dolbeare families back to school! Below are a few helpful links for the start of the school year. 
Haven't updated your info for the student directory yet? Use the link below. 
Directory Link
Please use the link below to check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up online. You will be contacted by the event coordinator when your event is coming up.
Volunteer Link
The PTO cannot provide all of the amazing field trips, in-school programs, parties/events, Dolbeare School t-shirts, new books for the library and so much more without your help. If you would like to contribute the suggested $30 family contribution online, please use the link below. You can also use the envelope that was sent home in the first day packets.
PayPal Link
Click here to view easy ways to save and raise money for Dolbeare!
                                                     WaystoSaveFlyer.pdf
 
                                    

                  Sparks! Science Museum!

We are gearing up for our Sparks! event this fall and are seeking parent volunteers. Sparks! is our parent-led science initiative, aimed at supplementing our students scientific experience with exciting hands-on activities.  This Sparks! program will have a new format - The Sparks! Science Museum!  We'll be transforming the gym into a scientific exploration zone full of stations designed to inspire investigation, stoke curiosity and encourage active scientific inquiry. We will need many volunteers to run  the stations. No science background needed. Everything will be provided for you! The students will travel with their grade for 30 minutes exploring the exhibits.  Feel free to sign up for 1 session or the entire day.  We will have at least 10 stations and could easily use more than one parent at each one so sign up and bring a friend! This is guaranteed to be a great opportunity to share in some learning with your child! All volunteers need a CORI on file in the office.

Sign Up Here!

Please contact me with any questions/concerns!
Katie Pritchard
Sparks! Coordinator
kkutny@aol.com

    
                                                
                                                     Holiday_Shopping
                                                  

The Dolbeare Holiday Shopping and Craft Fair will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 6 to 9pm at the Dolbeare School. Please click on the link above for more details.
 

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access. This week, please see new flyers in the district backpack about signing up for try skating and hockey for free and Girl Scouts
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Dolbeare on the Move - September 19, 2016

posted Oct 8, 2016, 9:56 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move - September 19, 2016
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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Dear Families, 

We look forward to welcoming parents/guardians to our annual Back to School Night this Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm.  The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 5:30-6:30pm Vendor Fair (gym) Featuring district and community resources.
  • 6:00-6:30pm Grades K & 1 Classroom Visits
  • 6:30-7:00pm Principal Remarks (cafeteria)
  • 7:00-7:30pm Grades 2 - 4 Classroom Visits 
This year, Wakefield Public Schools will roll out a revised standards-based elementary report card based on the Massachusetts State Standard Frameworks for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  The revised report card showcases power standards (or the building block standards) that are tightly aligned in grades K-4.  The identified standards are important skills/concepts that continue to build throughout your child’s education.  The revisions were led by a report card committee, that made recommendations to school-based leadership teams and school councils (to include parent feedback).  The team continued to revise the report card as they received feedback from the various stakeholders.

 The following changes have been incorporated in the manner in which student progress is reported to families.

  • Families receive information regarding their child’s progress every 45 days, either through a conference or a report card.
  • Report cards are distributed twice a year.  The rationale for this shift is that most of the standards on the report card are considered “power standards” that often take most of the school year to master.  By issuing January reports, information provided to families is more informative regarding progress toward end of year standards.
  • Parent Conferences are scheduled in November and March.  This schedule ensures communication from teachers regarding student progress every 45 days throughout the school year. 
  • Academic Performance Skill Indicators will change from: (4 – exemplary, 3-proficient, 2, needs improvement, 1 – not meeting standard) to the following in hopes of providing families with more helpful information in determining the child’s progress toward standards: (M- Reached mastery level, P-Progressing towards mastery level, B-Beginning to progress toward standard, NY- Not yet, / Standard not assessed at this time)
  • Standard Based/Report cards are paperless; paper copies are provided upon request.   

To learn more, you are invited to join us on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30-7:30pm at Woodville Elementary School.  This informational session will assist you in understanding your child's progress toward meeting the standards.   

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes

Save the Dates

9/22 Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30pm
Dolbeare_Back to School Movie Night Child Care
9/28 Half Day, 11:55am Dismissal 
10/2-4 Rosh Hashanah
10/5 Walk to School Day
10/10 Columbus Day- No School
10/11-10/12 Yom Kippur
10/19 Half Day, 11:55am Dismissal

September Lunch Menu
2016-2017 Dolbeare Year Overview
Follow news on our Twitter account @DolbeareSchool

School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  

Music News

Art News
Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

Learning Commons News
The Dolbeare Learning Commons is looking for a small, digital clock. If you are willing to donate, please let Ms. Duggan or Mr. Gosselin know!

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.

PE News
 


Student Council


Greetings families!  We are looking for several parent volunteers to help facilitate groups in Student Council this year. Students are writing essays that describe the Pillars of Character and submitting ideas they have to improve the school and community.  Would you be the right person to help students make their ideas come to life? We could use your help.  Please email Jay Wallace at jason.wallace@wpsk12.org to volunteer. Thank you.

                                                
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook yet? Stay up to date with district news, Snow Day challenges and student/faculty work!
Click here to visit WPS on Facebook

                          PTO News

                       


                                          
Thank you to all who joined us for the first meeting of the year. We had a huge crowd and great spirit as we open the 2016-2017 school year! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm upstairs at Harrington's in Wakefield. We hope you can join us.
  
                                  Let's Support Our Fabulous Teachers
   
 
                                   

The Dolbeare School has amazing teachers who work really hard to teach our children. As parents, we are always asking the teachers how we can help them.

The PTO has found a great way for us to help...we would like toTREAT our Dolbeare teachers! Let's spoil them by stocking their teacher's lounge.  Click below for a list of items you can sign up to donate if you would like to contribute to restocking the teacher's room. 

  A table will be set up at Back to School Night September 22nd, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for you to leave your contributions.  Please email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for helping us show the Dolbeare Teachers how much we appreciate them!!

SIGN UP HERE
 
                             
 
The Parent-Teacher Organization would like to welcome all of the Dolbeare families back to school! Below are a few helpful links for the start of the school year. 
Haven't updated your info for the student directory yet? Use the link below. 
Directory Link
Please use the link below to check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up online. You will be contacted by the event coordinator when your event is coming up.
Volunteer Link
The PTO cannot provide all of the amazing field trips, in-school programs, parties/events, Dolbeare School t-shirts, new books for the library and so much more without your help. If you would like to contribute the suggested $30 family contribution online, please use the link below. You can also use the envelope that was sent home in the first day packets.
PayPal Link
Click here to view easy ways to save and raise money for Dolbeare!
                                                     WaystoSaveFlyer.pdf
 
                                    

                  Sparks! Science Museum!

We are gearing up for our Sparks! event this fall and are seeking parent volunteers. Sparks! is our parent-led science initiative, aimed at supplementing our students scientific experience with exciting hands-on activities.  This Sparks! program will have a new format - The Sparks! Science Museum!  We'll be transforming the gym into a scientific exploration zone full of stations designed to inspire investigation, stoke curiosity and encourage active scientific inquiry. We will need many volunteers to run  the stations. No science background needed. Everything will be provided for you! The students will travel with their grade for 30 minutes exploring the exhibits.  Feel free to sign up for 1 session or the entire day.  We will have at least 10 stations and could easily use more than one parent at each one so sign up and bring a friend! This is guaranteed to be a great opportunity to share in some learning with your child! All volunteers need a CORI on file in the office.

Sign Up Here!

Please contact me with any questions/concerns!
Katie Pritchard
Sparks! Coordinator
kkutny@aol.com

    
                                                
                                                     HolidayShopping

The Dolbeare Holiday Shopping and Craft Fair will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 6 to 9pm at the Dolbeare School. Please click on the link above for more details.
From Wakefield Academy:
                                                      

Wakefield Academy will be offering a Dolbeare Back to School Movie NIght at the Galvin Middle School as an option for child care for children ages 4-13. Please click on the link below for details.
                                    Dolbeare Back to School Movie Night
                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.
 From the Community:

                                                  
Interested in joining the Cub Scouts? Please click on the link below for more information:
Wakefield_Cub_Scouts_Pack_712

                                                        
              WEF Calendars ~ Available for Purchase in Dolbeare School Office
 

Many of you have asked how you can obtain the WEF School-Year Calendars. The calendars are available for purchase in the Dolbeare office for $20.00 each.  They are also available at Honey Dew Donuts, Hart's Hardware, Wakefield Cooperative Bank, or any other school office in Wakefield.   If you wish to purchase one, you can stop by any time to buy one with cash or check. You can also go to the WEF website at WakefieldEducationalFoundation.org to order one by credit card. Once you have done this, you may bring your receipt by the office to pick up your calendar.  

These colorful and informative calendars are a great reference throughout the school year since they list all the early-release days, vacations, parent-teacher conference days as well as other useful information.  

Have a nice day.

Chris Sacco

Dolbeare Secretary
 


                                   

Our first Fall session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) is almost underway! The early morning program will run for five Tuesday and Thursday mornings from September 27 to November 3. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too!  We are looking for parents who can help Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us!
 
We can be reached at DolbeareBoks@gmail.com. Thank you!

April Lunch Menu

posted Mar 28, 2016, 5:58 PM by Joel Villegas


Dolbeare on the Move, May 29, 2015

posted Jun 25, 2015, 5:34 AM by Joel Villegas

May 29, 2015; Issue #38
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Dolbeare on the Move
Dolbeare Elementary School
340 LOWELL ST, WAKEFIELD, MA 01880
 (781) 246-6480 - http://wakefieldpublicschools.org/WPS/dolbeare

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
6/22  New Beginnings Day, K-3, 10:05am

6/23   Moving On Ceremony 4th grade 

6/24  Half Day

6/25  Last Day of School - Half Day
 

Dolbeare on the Move

 This is our last edition of Dolbeare on the Move for the 2014-2015 school year.  We hope you enjoyed our newsletter!

Dolbeare Travelers   
We are finishing our studies on Japan this month.  Ask your child what they thought of the International Expo!
You can use this great website from Scholastic to get a basic idea of what reading level books are. Help guide your children to those "just right" books by seeing what the general grade level the text is written on.

Scholastic Book Clubs


The Scholastic Online Book Club is a great way to to buy great, low cost books for your family while giving bonus points to your teacher and the media center. The more you order, the more you give to the school. The books come to the Media Center and get distributed to your child's classroom. Orders are placed twice a month, once around the first and again around the 15th.

Scholastic Online Book Club
 

District News

Summer school and Wakefield Academy will be held at Dolbeare over the summer, under the direction of Sue Ward and Beverly Elcewicz.  

WEF S.T.A.R.S (School Teachers Are Really Special)  PROGRAM 

Sponsored by the

WAKEFIELD EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

 

The Wakefield Educational Foundation invites you to participate in the S.T.A.R.S. program.  Through this program you can acknowledge those teachers and staff who have made a special contribution to your child’s education.  This is a great way to say “thank you” at the end of the school year.

 

S.T.A.R.S. (School Teachers Are Really Special) allows donors to contribute to the W.E.F. grant program while acknowledging a special teacher or staff person.  When you make a donation, the honoree will receive a personalized card acknowledging that a gift was made by you in their honor (the amount is not mentioned).  The card is printed on beautiful white linen stock embellished with silver foil.   At the same time you are putting much-needed funds directly into the Wakefield Educational Foundation which underwrites the cost of special programs, equipment or services to enhance the learning experience for students at all grade levels.  Since our inception in 1989, WEF has awarded over $205,000 in grants.

 

Simply fill out the attached form and return it with your check payable to W.E.F., at P.O. Box 1752, Wakefield, MA  01880 or place in an envelope addressed to WEF STARS and leave it at the front office at your school.  If you have any questions, please email us HERE
 

 

 

End of Year Memories

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We have so much to celebrate as the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close this coming week!  From implementing a new writing program, to piloting our language lab and the creation of Duncan Fireball the Dragon, I hope all the children leave with fond memories from the school year.  We have tried to capture many of the memories in our first annual Dolbeare Writing Magazine (see below).

It is also a time of farewells as we bid goodbye to some favorite faces.  First, long time teacher Mrs. Hall, who has more than 30 years in education, will be retiring from the classroom.  We are grateful for all she has given to Wakefield students and our school.  She will be dearly missed and her legacy will live on in the countless lives she has touched throughout her teaching.   Second, I want to send a huge thank you out to our outgoing PTO presidents, Pam Roberts and Kristin Dunlap.  These two ladies along with their steering committee - Pam Kent, Jen DeCourcy and Debi Rogers - have gone above and beyond to support our students and our staff.  I am grateful to them all for their partnership.

As we wrap up the year, we have final celebrations and new beginnings.  First, placement letters will be sent electronically from the district office to all parents/guardians of current K-3 students on the evening of Sunday, June 21st in preparation for our 'New Beginnings Day' on Monday, June 22nd.  On Monday morning, from 10:05-10:50am, children in these grades will visit their next year's classroom to meet their new teacher and fellow classmates.  This 45-minute visit is intended to eliminate summer worries over the fall transition.  Students in fourth grade will be involved in a dress rehearsal with Mr. Zini, and any children leaving our school next year will participate in a special project with Mrs. Ripley and Mr. Cook during this event.  On Tuesday, the spotlight will shift to our 4th graders for our annual Moving On ceremony.  This is bittersweet moment as we bid them farewell and highlight the remarkable accomplishments of this wonderful group of students.   

Thank you all for your ongoing support this year. Both personally and professionally, it was a busy year and I continue to be appreciative of your generosity and the bright spirit of our students.  Seeing our students' smiles each and every day and learning from them is truly the best part of my job!  I will look forward to seeing all of you again in September. 

Sincerely, 
Dr. Hughes

Dolbeare Writing Magazine
 
We are pleased to present our first annual Dolbeare Writing Magazine.  Take a look at the incredible writing our students have been doing and some favorite memories from this year. We hope you enjoy our digital magazine!  (All names have been removed for student privacy)
Dolbeare News -  June Edition


 
Thank you to the fantastic 4th graders who were involved in this year's Dolbeare Newscast.  Click on the link to watch the final edition of the Dolbeare News.
   Literacy Showcase
 
All of our students have worked hard this year and have blossomed into wonderful readers and writers.  Over the summer, please encourage your child(ren) to read and write as much as possible.  I hope you will take advantage of the books and programming offered through the Beebe Library this summer.  The staff there is a wonderful resource and can help direct students to some outstanding books.  Enjoy a wonderful summer!
 
PARCC Surveys
The Wakefield School District wants your feedback on PARCC. In order to make the best and most informed decisions moving forward, we need the community's input. Thank you.
Cooks Corner 

Summer App Showcase

 

Each week, this section will feature a different app or program that can really help your child keep up their school skills over the summer break. 


This Weeks App:



Our Story
 
Our Story is a wonderful reading app for kids and families. Families can gather around the iPad and create stories using family photos. Imagine a talking photo album where parents and kids can narrate the story and the sit back and read their creations.
Media Center

Last Push For Books

 

 This week, the remaining overdue book notices went home to families. Please remember to bring in any books as soon as possible. The Media Center is slowly transforming as the migration to the new system comes closer. In order to have the best possible inventory match, I need all the schools books back and on the shelves. 

Remember: If you know the book has been lost or damaged, please write a check for replacement to the Dolbeare PTO and place it in their mailbox. 
 Art Studio News
I want to say thank you to the students and parents for making my first year in Wakefield so welcoming. I truly hope you have enjoyed the creative treasures that have come home throughout the year. I look forward to seeing all my friends again next year! Have a great summer and keep creating!
Musical Notes (Mr. Zini) 

Thank you! 

Thank you to all of the parents and students for another wonderful year! After three years in Wakefield, there is still so much more to be done in the K-4 Music Education program! I look forward to teaching ALL students next year; three cheers for music education for all Kindergarten students!!! We look forward to adding new programs and elements to elementary music next year, across all four elementary schools. Thank you for your continued support! Students at Dolbeare continue to develop and grow their abilities in music and I look forward to another great year next year! 
 

2015 Summer Music Camp (K-4) 

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