Parent Weekly Update

October 18, 2019

Principal's Weekly Update

Dear Dominion Trail Parents,

We are super excited to have a themed week next week. It is "Huskies Make Healthy Choices" week. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in the following ways.

Monday: Huskies will make the healthy choice to have a positive attitude about yourself. Identify at least one strength that you have.

Tuesday: Huskies will make the healthy choice to eat and drink in a healthy way. Drink plenty of water and think about the food choices you are eating; do they have plenty of nutrients or too much sugar?

Wednesday: Huskies will make the healthy choice to be kind to others and unite against bullying. Wear orange and/or your orange ribbon to unite in kindness and sign the Unity Day Pledge across from the art room and counseling office. Think about why you wear orange?

Thursday: Huskies make the healthy choice to be physically active; being physically active is healthy for both the mind and body! Be sure to complete one form of physical activity today such a jumping jacks, yoga, taking a lap around the track, or playing a sport during recess or at home.

Friday: Huskies make the healthy choice to feel gratitude or to feel thankful for someone or something in their life. Think about someone or something you are thankful for and write or draw it on the "Thank You Pumpkin." If you write a person on your pumpkin, feel free to give that to them as showing gratitude is healthy for both you and the person that you are thankful for!

Don't forget to scroll down and review this week's life lesson! This is an important one!

I hope you all have a great weekend.


Jeff Joseph - Principal

Go Huskies!!!

Twitter - @DominionTrailES

Life Lesson #7

*Adapted from Ron Clark's Essential 55

Each week we challenge the students to practice some important life lessons that teach civility, manners, and build community. We hope you will place extra focus on each lesson in the week to come.

If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. If someone asks, “Did you have a nice weekend?” you should answer the question and ask a question in return.

#6 If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose do not show anger. Instead, say something like, “Great game” or don’t say anything at all.

#5 If someone in the class wins a game and does something well, we will congratulate that person

#4 Make Eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times

#3 Respect other students’ comments, opinions, ideas, and beliefs.

#2 When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying "Yes Ma'am" or No sir."

#1 When you greet someone new, look them in the eye, offer a firm handshake, and introduce yourself.

PTA Corner

PTA Info

Want to reward your performer with some beautiful roses? Save yourself time and pre-order roses and pick them up at school on opening night of the musical. Order roses online.

Win the best seats in the house! One family will win reserved seats in the front row for the best view of the musical performance on opening night. Purchase raffle tickets online - winner will be announced on Monday, November 18th.

The PTA would like to advertise the following:

No bones about it, you don't want to miss Monster Mash - Friday, October 25th from 6:30-8:30pm. Skip the line and pre-purchase admission and activity tickets using the form in last week's Thursday folders, or purchase online here. Please donate items to our concession stand, and volunteer an hour during the event.

Odyssey of the Mind Parent Information Meeting

Odyssey of the Mind is back at Dominion Trail! To register your student for the program, or to learn more, please visit this page. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, October 23rd at 10pm.

Vidyut Tarkas

DTES Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator

5th Grade Carnival Committee

5th grade info.

Madagascar Jr. t-shirts are on sale now! Support the 5th grade carnival and commemorate your 5th grade experience with shirts for students and family members. These are perfect for stage crew! Order using the form sent home last week, or order online by October 25th.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is asking for families who have a child with a disability and is provided special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in the 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Involvement Survey. The online survey is now open and available for completion in English and Spanish at the following websites:

English Version:

Spanish Version:

Families who have more than one child receiving special education services are requested to complete a survey for each of their children. It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child. The survey concludes January 31, 2020.

Watch DOGS

What a great turnout we had last night for our Watch DOGS Pizza Party. If you were unable to attend and would like to sign up to volunteer, CLICK HERE!

Tweets From DTES!

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