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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!

                  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.

                                               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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