Home‎ > ‎Dolbeare Elementary‎ > ‎

Dolbeare on the Move, October 24, 2014

posted Oct 29, 2014, 10:52 AM by Joel Villegas
October 24, 2014; Issue #7
View this email in your browser

Dolbeare on the Move
Dolbeare Elementary School
 (781) 246-6480 - http://wakefieldpublicschools.org/WPS/dolbeare
10/24 - PTO Halloween Party  

10/27 - Kindergarten & Gr. 1: Tanglewood Marionettes

10/30 - Gr. 3 Plimouth Plantation

11/12 - District Event: Sophie Godley- Teens and Social Mediaat 7 pm, location TBD

11/15 - Holiday Shopping Craft Fair at Dolbeare

11/18 - PTO Meeting - 9am Dolbeare Cafeteria

12/6 - Wakefield Holiday Stroll
As you know, safety is our top priority and we regularly review our practices to ensure we are doing everything possible for our students.  Starting in November, all parents/guardians who pickup a child early from school will be asked to show ID.  While Mrs. Sacco and the office staff know many parents, we ask for everyone’s cooperation with this practice for consistency.  We understand that checking IDs does add a minute to the dismissal process and we thank you in advance for your ongoing partnership as we take proactive steps to continue to ensure all children’s safety.
Dolbeare Notices
Dolbeare Notices will blast updates about school events and important information. To subscribe, visit our school website.

To all the Dolbeare Staff for coming out on Monday to Harrington's for our PTO meeting and surprising the parents with appetizers. Thank you also for the letters from all the students to the PTO.  Great meeting!
Volunteer Opportunities  
School Council
Dolbeare is looking for acommunity member who would like to be on the School Council. The responsibilities include a meeting from 8 to 8:30 am on a Tuesday once a month. The team annually reviews building improvements, school improvement plans and building based initiatives.  Please contact Mrs. Sacco if you are interested.

Volunteers are needed in the library to help kids check books in and out on Monday and Friday mornings and on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Please contact Janice at lajjaj@verizon.net for more information.  Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.

Book Donation

If you would like to donate a book to the Dolbeare Media Center in your child's name, the process is easy and online. Simply click the link below, choose a book from one of the thousands available and it will be sent directly to the media center.

The book will be barcoded, checked out to your child and delivered to their classroom. Please 
emailme the details so I know that the book is a donation and not a regular book order. 

Scholastic Online Book Club
Attention 3rd & 4th grade families: tentative PARCC dates are set!

March 19th & 20th (Math)
March 23rd - 25th (ELA)

May 4th & 5th (Math)
May 11th - 13th (ELA)


Click to learn more about our new faculty and staff.  This week we are welcoming Jean Connor and Marguerite Fahey as our new lunch/recess monitors.

News from the Nurse

Please follow the link to the districts newsletter regarding Ebola. 

Ebola Newsletter

Wakefield Academy

For extended day care, please complete the Registration Form and appropriate Calendar Form(s)
Head count is needed for staffing and to inform teachers of where to direct children.  

2014/2015 Reg. Form
Before School Calendar
After School Calendar

District News

Enclosed Flyers (click icon)
  • PARCC Practice Test Sessions.  Are you interested in taking the new PARCC assessment? See flyer for more details.
  • If you are interested in participating in the Wakefield TOPS soccer program Click Here for more details. 
  • Social Media Lecture, Ebola Letter, Community Forum, Beebe Minecraft classes
  • Trivia Night 2014 is November 21st at 7:00 PM at the Elks Lodge in Lynnfield
Wakefield Youth Hockey Tryout

 On-line registration for the Wakefield Youth Skating Association Sunday.Learn to Skate is open on www.wysa.net.. The 15-week clinic begins on Nov 30th and ends Mar 8th. Each 60-minute session begins at 11:50 AM at Hockey Town on Rt. 1S in Saugus. Cost is $175 per skater and is paid during the on-line registration. Additionally, each skater must be registered with USA / Mass hockey, this fee is $0 for 6 years old & under and $50 for all others. For additional information see 
Wakefield Youth Wrestling

Wakefield Youth Wrestling sign ups Wednesday 10/29/14 6:30-7:30in the Field House Lobby
Grades 3-8 will practice Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-8 cost $75 per wrestler competitions will typically be on the weekends (cost will vary depending on the tournament)
Competition is encouraged but not required
Grades k-2 will practice on Thursday nights from 6:30-7:30 cost is $50 per wrestler competitions will typically be on the weekends (cost will vary depending on the tournament).
Competition is encouraged but not required.
Any questions please contact Coach Ross Ickes at 781-983-6092 or  rossickes@gmail.com
The Social Awareness Club is hosting our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale. 
Order your pies now, and have them in time for your Thanksgiving celebration! 
Proceeds help purchase Thanksgiving meals for needy Wakefield families.
Please use this online form to place your order.
  • We cannot currently accept payment online, please make checks payable to the WHS Social Awareness Club. 
  • All payments and orders must be received by November 17.
  • Pies will be available for pickup on November 25
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions! 
Diana Kelly + Ann Sellers
The newly launched Wakefield PPAL is for families who are experiencing the challenges of bringing up children with emotional and mental health challenges.  The meetings are free and open to the public.  The group meets on the First and Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Horizon House- 78 Water Street, Wakefield.  Please share with your community. 
Autumn Greetings
Dear Dolbeare Families,                              

We hope to see many of you at the PTO halloween party this evening.  For many of our children (and parents) this is a favorite annual event.  

As many of your know, our curriculum focus this year is on Writer's Workshop.  I'd like to share a bit more with you about this process.  Writer's Workshop is a method of instruction aiming to develop a lifelong passion for writing.  The workshop model developed out of the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University and is recognized across our nation as a successful way to improve students' writing skills.  Each session begins with a mini-lesson, where a teacher offers explicit instruction.  The teacher models the new piece of information in her writing.  For example, she may focus on adding details to her writing.  She verbalizes her thinking process out loud and works with the whole class to add details to her story.  Once ready, students are released to work on their own to find places in their writing where they can add details, and continue their own writing.  

Children have a large degree of autonomy in the Workshop model.  They write about their personal interests.  Research shows that allowing students to select their topics increases motivation and overall writing output.  The teacher circulates while children are working and conferences with students individually or small groups.  At the end of the lesson, children come back together to share how they incorporated the new learning (in this case details) into their own stories.    In the coming weeks, our Literacy Coach - Mrs. Ripley will be writing a column in our newsletter with more information on this new exciting writing process.    

Enjoy the fall weekend!

                                           Sincerely, Dr. Hughes
Thank you to Jen DeCourcy for sharing this beautiful picture of the trees in front of our school.
Dolbeare Travelers   
We are entering our last week learning about Panama! Ask your child: What is your favorite fact that you have learned about this unique country?  
Learning Spotlight
Mrs. Porter's class is playing an iPad app called "Teach Me Kindergarten." The game teaches how to correctly form letters and numbers, identify words and complete basic math sentences. The visuals allow the student to see the math problems as well as the numbers for a more meaningful experience.

Cooks Corner
More eBooks
Have you seen the new section of the Dolbeare eBook Library? We now have a Popular Series Section including the I Survived series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter and more. Download them right to your desktop, eReader or tablet.

eBook Popular Series
Media Center Information
 When It's Time to Let Go
Books are a wonderful thing. They are full of information and imagination and they can open up worlds for our kids. But when is it time to say goodbye to a non-fiction book? Many of us have dated non-fiction books around the house, but since it's informational, it's okay for my children to read right? The answer may surprise you. If a child's favorite non-fiction book is dated and has material that has changed or is wrong, it can take quite a lot to undo the misinformation. Here's a tip: If it's a book with statistics that can change, political information, records and stats or anything else that needs updating (a book on technology etc.), get rid of it if it's more than 10 years old. Imagine a book on the planets that teaches 9 planets in the solar system or a state book of Massachusetts that claims Menino is the current Mayor of Boston. No information is bad, but misinformation can be detrimental. 
Musical Notes  
"ASK ME!"...  Ask your student to teach you the following game, song, or rhyme!
2nd-4th Grade"Black Socks" (round); "Tongo" (fragment song); "Old King Glory on the Mountain" (circle game)
1st Grade: "Hop Old Squirrel" (simple song); "Kye Kye Kule" (fragment song); "Going Fishing" (movement exploration)
Kindergarten"No More Pie" (fragment song); "Frog in the Meadow" (simple song); "Chop Chop Chippity Chop" (movement for expression); "Listen Listen" (beat motion rhyme)
PE Court                     

We are currently pre-testing students for the Fitness Gram. We focus on 3rdand 4th grade results however 1st and 2nd graders will have a chance to test for their own knowledge of their personal fitness level! We are going to retest students at the end of the year to see how much they have progressed.

    We use the Pacer (like a shuttle run) or the One-Mile run to test the child’s aerobic capacity. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyvGs-3IA9U for the Pacer and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE8eEOUb5Ws for the Mile, and practice with your child at home. 

Mrs. Tetreau J

Art Studio News                            
What have we been creating?
K- 2nd graders have been busy working on proper cutting and gluing skills while having fun in the pumpkin patch. They are learning about overlapping to create space and how important a background can be to a picture. 3rd and 4th graders are working with warm and cool colors  and creating beautiful fall watercolor paintings while learning about organic shapes and creating compositions.

Still looking for volunteers...Project prep and bulletin board display help needed!!!!! I love a colorful school but need your help to make it happen. Please contact me if you are interested in coming in. amy.drago@wpsk12.org
Please keep those recyclables coming in!
 PTO News
Save the Date
  Holiday Shopping Craft Fair - Saturday 11/15 from 11am to 5pm - Start your shopping early at the Holiday Craft Fair.  We have space for a few more vendors.  Interested Vendors can submit application or contact Vaneza at vaneza.nazario@genzyme.com.

PTO Meeting - Tuesday 11/18 at 9am - Dolbeare School Cafeteria.

Thank you to everyone that came out to Harrington's on Monday night for our 2nd PTO meeting.  It was a great turnout!  If you missed it attached are the meeting minutes.

Mark you calendar with all of our upcoming events.
PTO Meetings & Events

The 2nd graders were the first group to go on a field trip this year! They had a ball at the Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville. They designed and engineered Lego cars and towers, watched exciting 4-D Legends of Chima movies, and loved the fun rides and playhouses. Great job representing Dolbeare, 2nd graders!

Recycling - Dolbeare is going Green.
Looking for help to recycle...
Only 25 minutes - once a month! 
Fridays 12:50-1:15pm.
Help with recycling paper in school by assisting Mrs. Sullivan & 4th graders in collecting bins & getting it into the paper retriever.

Please contact Nancy atnancystratton@yahoo.com to volunteer. Thanks for supporting our kids and recycling.


Classroom parties

Friday Oct 31st
We are looking for volunteers for the following classrooms.  It's a great chance to get in the classroom and have some fun doing a leaf project with the kids.  You must have a current CORI on file.  Contact Emily at fitzgeraldemilyf@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.  Thanks!
  • Uva: 1:30-2:30 - 1 volunteer needed
  • Hammond: 1:20-2:20 - 2 volunteers needed
  • Constintino: 1:20-2:20 - 2 volunteers needed
  • Hall: 1:30-2:30 - 1 volunteer needed

Spirit Wear - Wondering where to get your Wakefield Spirit wear?  We're bringing it to you!

The cool weather is coming so here is your chance to bundle up in Wakefield spirit. We will be selling Wakefield spirit gear (sweatshirts, knit hats, pj bottoms and more). These will be showcased during the Halloween party on 10/24 and the Holiday Shop day 11/15.  Dolbeare PTO gets 20% of all sales to help fund Enrichment programs.  Order forms and more information will be sent home shortly.  

Ways to Rai$e

Did you know you can raise money for Dolbeare just by shopping?  See our flyer for ways to Raise with Box Tops and Paper Retriever or select the link to register your cards withStop and Shop and Target.  With very little effort we can raise over $3,500 this school year!

Don't forget to ask you family and friends to register their cards too.

PTO Contact Information

PTO Steering Committee:
Pam Roberts, Co-President, grace.psr@gmail.com
Kristin Dunlap, Co-President, kdunlap@cohesion.biz
Pam Kent, Treasurer, pamkent@rcn.com
Jen DeCourcy, Secretary, jendecourcy1@yahoo.com
Debi Rogers, Communications,iloveaparty@verizon.net
PTO email, dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com