August 27, 2009
Welcome to Dove Science Academy’s Second Year! We are very happy to be working with your children this year. We have enjoyed meeting our new students and families. Our faculty and staff is committed and enthusiastic about working with our students to encourage great academic success. The current enrollment is 300 students. There are many events and activities already planned. Our expectations are higher than the average school. Please be sure to read the student handbook very carefully so that you know what is expected. If you have concerns about any aspect of your child’s schooling, we encourage you to contact the teacher concerned first, the school counselor, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Academics, or me, the principal. We welcome your inquiries. The 2009‐10 school year will be outstanding if we all work together! Mr. Suzuk, Principal
Playground Update Our Playground has been repaired. Our students will now be able to play outside during recess! We still need financial assistance to pay for the repairs. Please send your donation marked “Playground” to the office. Thank you!
GREAT A.P.I. Score!
We recently received our A.P.I. Score from the State Department of Education. We scored a 1402 out of 1500 Points! We are a Top 10 Elementary School in the City! For our very first year, that is incredible! Thanks to our students, parents, and staff who made it possible!
Traffic Woes Thank you to everyone who is helping us make our arrival and dismissal procedures run more smoothly. We still have some parents dropping their children off or picking their children up along 48th street, which causes traffic congestion and some near accidents. It is safer for your children if you will please enter our parking lot from the back and use the car line. Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe.
The Book Fair. The Book Fair will be set up on Friday, Sept 11th and will end Sept 18th. Please contact Miss Myers if you can volunteer or if you have any questions. You can also get more information about the book fair from: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/dsaelementary
H1N1 (Swine) FLU
At the beginning of the school year, we want to let you know the latest information on H1N1 flu. As you may have read or seen in the news, there have been reports of H1N1 flu in Oklahoma and across the nation throughout the summer. We should plan for an increase in flu and flu‐like illness among our community as we approach the cooler months. We will follow guidelines provided by state and national health officials, including monitoring absences and use of proper cleaning procedures.
However, the most important way to limit the number of H1N1 cases in our schools and community is through healthy practices. The signs and symptoms of this flu virus are fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If your child exhibits these symptoms, please keep him/her home from school and seek medical attention. The student should stay home at least 24 hours after he/she is free of fever without the assistance of any. By taking simple precautions and teaching our children the habits recommended by health officials, we can significantly reduce the chances of becoming sick: Most importantly, teach children to wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after a cough or sneeze. Alcohol‐based hand cleaners are also effective. Cover nose and mouth with the child’s elbow (not hand) or with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue in the trash after use. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth to avoid the spread of germs. Avoid contact with sick people. Keep ill family members in a separate room from healthy family members. Eat well and get adequate sleep. Children need 10‐12 hours of sleep every night!!
Should we see an outbreak of influenza, we will work with Oklahoma County Health Department officials to determine the appropriate course of action for protecting our community. We will also follow the State Department of Education’s policies regarding this matter. Thank you for helping your family stay healthy!
There is NO Supervision for Students prior to 7:30 in the morning All students who are dropped off after the tardy bell rings at 8:00 must have a parent come sign them in. Breakfast is only Open from 7:30-7:55. If your child eats breakfast at the school, they must arrive prior to 7:55. Unless a child is scheduled for a club or tutoring, all students must be picked up in the afternoon prior to 3:15. Thank you for respecting our time to prepare for the next day’s learning activities and get home to our own families in the evening.
All visitors in the school must check in at the office before entering the main building of the school.
Please make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you want to volunteer or observe in your child’s classroom. Thank you!
Upcoming Events Sept 2 Sept 7 September 10 @ 3:30-6:30 Sept 11-18 September 24 October 2 @ 1:00-7:00 pm October 15-16
We HAVE SCHOOL!! (Staff Development is after school.) Labor Day – No School Open House Book Fair Progress Reports Parent-Teacher Conferences Fall Break – No School
Dress Code Reminders:
No Capri Pants No Shorts Skirts must reach the knee or be longer No cargo pants (no pockets on sides) No sandals or boots
DSA Elementary Parent Teacher Organization We will vote on our new PTO board members at the first meeting in the fall. We will need 2 Fund Raising Directors and a new Vice‐President. Please consider joining our team! The best way to communicate with the board is with the following email address: email@example.com. Hallaba, Amber Adams, Tina Mitchell, Heather Open Open
President Treasurer Secretary Vice President Fund Raising
580‐352‐1211 822‐8566 550‐3752
Library Help Needed We need more parent volunteers for the library please! Contact Miss Myers if you can volunteer any amount of time at all. Thank you!
Every single box top you cut out and send in to the school is worth 10¢. If we all work together, we can earn hundreds of dollars for our school, for FREE!
If your student pays $1 on Fridays, they may wear jeans with their uniform shirt! Wow!
Girl Scouts Registration Monday, Aug. 31 4:30-5:30 School cafeteria
DSA Student News
DSA News is in need of 8 students from the 5th grade to write for our school paper. The club will meet every Thursday and it will be $ 10.00 for the school year. The money will cover supplies and the end of the year party. Please contact Mrs. Lairson if you would like to write for the school paper.
NAMES! Please remember to write your child’s name on anything that comes to school, including lunch boxes, jackets, hats, etc…. Unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to charity.
Dear Families: Welcome to a new school year! I am the school counselor at our school, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with your children. I teach Character Education classes to every class in the building once each week. I am also available for individual counseling for any children who need it. Throughout the year I will offer small group counseling for children suffering from divorce, impulse control, grief, anger management, bullying, and social skills. I will also work with a group of 5th grade students interested in Safety Patrol and offer Peer Mediation. Please let me know if you think Lisa Wright, School Counselor your child might benefit from any of these opportunities. Thank you!