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Dolbeare on the Move - October 3, 2016

posted Oct 8, 2016, 9:57 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org
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,


Katie Pritchard
Sparks! Coordinator

                          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.             
                  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.

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.