Dirksen will be hosting its Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop on Saturday, December 7th from 8am – 11am. Each student received a sheet with 5 prize tickets to win one of the fabulous prizes offered by our awesome staff members. Don’t forget to bring those tickets with you on Saturday morning. No tickets will be given out that day. Come eat, shop, and enter to win some fabulous prizes!!
The best time for students to shop for holiday gifts at the Holiday Shop is on Saturday morning. The Holiday Shop will be located in the back of the kindergarten hallway. Students will have the opportunity for additional shopping next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch. Kindergarten students will have time to shop during their school day on Tuesday December 10. If your child would like to preview the merchandise, please go here prior to their shopping day to determine their areas of interest and budget.
We hope to see you in the morning!
Be Ready for the Weather: The winter weather has finally caught up with us. Please be sure to encourage your child to wear appropriate outerwear. The children do enjoy to be outside each day, and we want to make sure they are properly dressed. It is probably time to pull out those hats and gloves, but please remind your child to make sure he/she has those each afternoon before dismissal. For questions regarding how decisions are made regarding indoor or outdoor recess, please see the letter from Ms. Kort that went home this week.
Jingle Quarter Candy Canes: The Make a Difference club would like to thank everyone for the huge response to our fundraiser for the Red Cross Tornado Relief. In the past two days we have raised approximately $200! We sold out of candy canes both days. On Monday we will be selling rainbow candy canes during lunch. The rainbow candy canes will cost 50 cents each. Bring your quarters!
Correction on Hot Lunch Form: There is a correction for the hot lunch form that went home this week. The form gives a price of $4.40 for the Dairy Queen lunch on March 11. That price should be $4.50. The cost for any of the hot lunches is $4.50.
As we look ahead to Thanksgiving this week, Mrs. Rodriguez and I so thankful to have joined the Dirksen family this year. The staff at Dirksen is blessed to have the opportunity to share in the lives of your children, and we are thankful that you share them with us. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have a shorter week for student attendance this week. There will not be school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop: Dirksen will be hosting its Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop on Saturday, December 7th from 8am – 11am. A letter will be coming home after Thanksgiving with further information. Students will have the opportunity for additional shopping on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the pancake breakfast during lunch. Kindergarten students will have time to shop on Tuesday during their school day on Tuesday, December 10. The schedule can be found here. If your child would like to preview the merchandise, please go here prior to their shopping day to determine their areas of interest and budget.
District 54 Foundation Holiday Trees: You can help to support our District 54 Foundation by purchasing your holiday décor at John’s Evergreens. This flyer will provide more information as to how you can support this worthwhile cause.
Bus Lane: Please note that the bus lane should not be used for student pick up or drop off. Please park your car in a parking space and walk your child up to the building. If you need to drop a lunch off for your child please park your car in a parking space and bring the lunch into the building. Thank you for your cooperation.
Superintendent DuRoss Article: Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published today. The article is accessible on the District 54 website. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the information provided in the article. The link to the video is included in his article. The video can also be viewed by going directly to the Mission and Goals page on our district website.
MAP schedule: MAP testing will continue upon our return from the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule is available in the MAP testing post on this website from last week.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the long holiday weekend with family and friends!
MAP Testing begins this week. As with any school day, a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast are important. Also, please encourage your children to do their best, but also to relax and be confident. The message we give them here is consistent: take your time, do your best, but do not be afraid of the result. We are proud of any student that tries his or her best, regardless of the resulting score.
In order to ensure that your child gives his or her best effort, please see the schedule below:
Tuesday, November 19: Reading
a.m. Room 101, 203, 204
p.m. Room 101, 104, 105
Wednesday, November 20: Reading
a.m. Room 101, 210, 211
p.m. Room 101, 104
Thursday, November 21: Reading
a.m. Room 201, 202, 205, 206
p.m. Room 106, 108, 107
Friday, November 22: Reading
a.m. Room 207, 208, 209
p.m. Room 106, 108
Tuesday, December 3: Math (please note: students will test with their Math teacher in their Math classroom, which are listed below)
a.m. Room 101, 203, 204, Mrs. Stegner’s math class
p.m. Room 101, 104, 105
Wednesday, December 4: Math
a.m. Room 101, 210, 211, Ms. Ortloff’s math class
p.m. Room 101, 104
Thursday, December 5: Math
a.m. Room 210, 202, 205, 206
p.m. Room 106, 107, 108
Friday, December 5: Math
a.m. Room 207, 208, 209
p.m. Room 106, 108
Make a Difference Club Activities: The Dirksen M.A.D. ( Make A Difference) Club is excited to announce two very special projects we have for the month of November. The club voted to help support the Almost Home Foundation’s campaign to Feed a Furry Friend. A.H.F rescues over 1100 dogs and cats each year and is in great need of food to feed these special animals as they wait for their “furever” home . We are hoping to collect 100 food items (dry puppy and dog food, dry cat and kitten food, canned dog and cat food, treats, bones, chews) to support this wonderful organization’s efforts. Please bring your donations in through the month of November and help fill our collection bins to Feed a Furry Friend! For more information about how you can support the Almost Home Foundation, please visit www.almosthomefoundation.org
Coins for a Cure: We have also happily joined efforts to collect Coins for a Cure with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. Our male classroom teachers have graciously agreed to show their support for the A.C.S. by not shaving for the month of November. Students can bring in their spare change to the office and help fill the gallon jugs of their favorite “furry face!” For additional ways to support the American Cancer Society, please visit www.cancer.org.
Report Cards: Friday, 11/8 marked the end of the first trimester and report cards went home with your child today. This is a perfect time of the year for students and their families to reflect upon academic goals they have set for the year and check on progress.
We are hopeful you have adjusted to the cooler temperatures. Please be sure to watch the weather each day so you can send your child with appropriate outerwear. The children do enjoy outside time each day, and we want to make sure they are properly dressed. It is probably time to pull out those hats and gloves, but please remind your child to make sure he/she has those each afternoon before dismissal.
Flag Raising Ceremony: Dirksen students, staff, and parents honored our veterans this morning with a brief ceremony at the flagpole in honor of Veteran’s Day. Our Scouts led a flag raising ceremony, we said the pledge as a community, a group of band students played Taps on their flutes, and the 1-2 grade classes sang America the Beautiful.
Arrival and Dismissal: Please remember students and parents crossing Beech Dr. should cross at the crosswalk with the crossing guard in front of school. Also, the Dirksen parking lot is CLOSED for drop off: 8:15-8:45 a.m. and for pick up 2:50-3:10 p.m. If you are in the Dirksen parking lot prior to the closure times (before 8:15 or 2:50) you must be parked in a parking space and you may not move your car until all the school buses have left the premises and the lot reopens. In the afternoon this time would be approximately 3:10 p.m. No cars should be moving when the buses are loading and unloading students in the Dirksen parking lot.
Yearbook: The PTA would like to remind you to turn in your Yearbook Orders. They have kindly extended the Early Bird deadline to November 19th, so please get your orders in to take advantage of the price savings. Orders turned in after the 11/19 deadline will result in a $2 price increase. Please see the attached flyer for details.
Also included in the attachment is the Yearbook Cover Contest details and form. All entries are due by November 15th. They are getting some terrific artwork, so keep the drawings coming, as they will not only have a cover winner, but runners up to be represented on the back cover and throughout the yearbook!
Please contact Shila Khan at email@example.com with any questions regarding Yearbook orders or the Yearbook Cover Contest.
Fundraising Event: Who doesn’t love Lou Malnati’s pizza? Please consider dining in, carry out, or delivery from Lou Malnati’s on November 12th. Lou Malnatis will donate 20% of total sales to Dirksen PTA. Please see the attached flyer for details.
6th Grade Parents: Frost’s orientation of the incoming 7th grade students will be on Monday, November 18th, 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez
Hello Dirksen Community,
I am hopeful you have adjusted to the cooler temperatures. Please be sure to watch the weather each day so you can send your child with appropriate outerwear. The children do enjoy outside time each day, and we want to make sure they are properly dressed. It is probably time to pull out those hats and gloves, but please remind your child to make sure he/she has those each afternoon before dismissal. We have already had children misplace coats, and it is usually easier to locate those items prior to dismissal.
A Note from Miss Groberski: Today’s spirit day was changed to Wear Red Day in awareness of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an awareness campaign about being drug free and making healthy choices. In P.E. students will be discussing and participating in activities related to Red Ribbon Week.
Community Closet: As the weather grows colder, please consider looking through your closets and drawers and donating any clothes you no longer need to the Community Closet, housed at Addams Junior High. They accept clothing in all sizes (infant through adults). Winter clothing, including boots, coats and jeans are all in demand. Bring the donated items to Dirksen’s front office and it will be transported directly to the Community Closet.
Superintendent DuRoss Article: The Daily Herald article by Superintendent DuRoss is available here in English and Spanish. In addition to the article, he appears in a video expanding on the information included in the article. Please visit the District 54 Mission and Goals website to view a video in which he further explains the Student Learning Vision.
Parents of Sixth Grade Students: Frost’s Sixth Grade Parent Transition Night has been changed to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013. More information will follow.
Halloween: Attached is the letter explaining our Halloween procedures. Please note the procedures for treats, costumes, and the parade.
· Remember to turn in your yearbook orders!
· Village Tavern fundraiser October 29
· Lou Malnati’s fundraiser November 12 (more information to come)
Math supports for home: At conference time, many parents were looking for ways to support their children in math due to the changes we have made this year as we align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Here are some sites that provide purposeful practice opportunities related to CCSS:
o For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), you can go here.
o For fluency practice, you can go here.
o For strategies and additional fluency practice, you can go here.
o For videos and additional examples, you can go here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez
The Dirksen PTA would like to remind our families of a few important dates:
· The PTA meeting will be this Friday at 3:15 in the library. Childcare will be provided.
· Yearbook orders are due by October 24.
· Village Tavern fundraiser is on October 29. The flyer needed to help us raise money can be found here.
· Lou Malnati’s fundraiser will be on November 12 (more information to come).