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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!

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
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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.

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                          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!!

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!

                  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


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:

              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!