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Celebration for DRES TeachersPosted by Kyndall Jirasek on 5/26/2018
Last week, one our teachers, Patricia Draughn was awarded a We Teach mini-grant. Last year, she received a grant that allowed for materials to begin a makers-space for girls, focusing on science and technology. This new grant will allow for the purchase of a 3-D printer, to further enhance the work she is doing to support our young ladies. Way to go Ms. Draughn!!
As if that weren’t enough, on Friday, May 25, our campus was awarded $4994.87 by the Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) for an Innovative Teaching Grant. These grants are designed to enhance curriculum and increase student achievement in the classroom.
Congratulations to our 2018 grant winners!
Ms. Mendez and Ms. Galusha for their “Full Steam Ahead” grant project
Full Steam Ahead
The goal is to have a Maker Monday where the librarian conducts maker classes instead of traditional library classes and every class attends each month for a different activity. One such activity includes a code and go mouse designed specifically for the younger grades to introduce the concept of coding through hands-on mazes, tunnels, and grids. Other activities include different robots such as ozobots, cubelets, and the Dash and Dot robots which allows for creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and computational thinking skills. These inquiry based learning activities will empower children to expand their abilities, encourage collaboration, and embrace making as a process.
Help us give a BIG thank you to PEF for “Putting Education First.” In the past four years PEF has awarded over $27,000.00 to the students and staff of Dearing Elementary School.
For a list of all grant recipients and to receive additional information on the Pflugerville Education Foundation, go to http://www.ThePFoundation.org
May HappeningsPosted by Kyndall Jirasek on 5/1/2018
Good evening, DRES families! I hope this note finds you well on this first day of May. I have several things to share with you, as we head into the busiest time of year.
First of all, if you are a fifth grade parent, STAAR results are in. We are very proud of our guys, as they did quite well. Teachers have begun making phone calls and or talking with students to share results. Additionally, I will send out information as to how you can access your child’s results on line. Your child will bring home a hard copy of his/her results, as well, on Wednesday.
Kinder registration will be from 9-6pm, this Thursday. Tell you neighbors! We can’t wait to meet our incoming kinder friends.
This Thursday is one of my favorite days of the year. It is when our school is the most beautiful. It is our 4th Annual Fine Arts Night, doors opening at 5:30. Our school is transformed into an art gallery, displaying over 3000 pieces of student art. In addition, our third graders will be performing in the café, at 6:45. Drop by for a few minutes or stay a while. I promise you will be amazed with what talented students we have.
Friday we will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at DRES. DRES students that participated in ballet folklorico, will perform, followed by an assembly filled with beautiful music and dance.
The following week will prove to be equally busy, as well the rest of the month.
May 7- Kick off of Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers work so very hard to provide engaging instruction for our students every day, while adjusting to ensure that all are successful, not forgetting about supporting social/emotional learning. That’s just a little of what they do. The most important thing they do is love your child. If you have a second, drop your child’s teacher a note. I know he/she will appreciate it.
Our PTO has a fun-filled week planned, but Friday, May 11, will be fantastic! Your child is invited to dress up as his/her favorite book character.
May 9- Pre-Kindergarten Registration from 9-6pm. Please tell your neighbors, too.
May 10- Book Character Dress-up Day
May 14- STAAR Week
May 17- Zaxby’s Spirit Night
May 24- Pump it Up Spirit Night
May 25- Field Day
May 28- Holiday
We hope to see you this Thursday!
Dearing Elementary Principal
Happy News YearPosted by Kyndall Jirasek on 1/9/2018
Happy New Year DRES families!!
It has been a wonderful morning, with all of the children returning. There were lots of smiles and a few yawns. None the less, we are so glad to have our little friends back and are ready for a great second semester. We welcomed thirteen new families to Dearing, this morning, which was very exciting. It was heart-warming to watch how our existing students greeted our newbies and immediately reached out to welcome them. You all have some very kind-hearted kiddos!
There are just a couple of things that I wanted to share with you, so you can get on your calendar now.
· We are in full swing of our science fair season. All classrooms will be creating a science fair project and our older students will be creating individual projects. Teachers are working closely with the kiddos on these projects, but there will likely be some homework as part of the project, as well. Fourth and fifth graders will have science fair packets they can share with you, but if you need more information, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Completed projects will be on display the evening of January 25.
· Speaking of January 25, that entire week will be Book Fair. Additionally, on the 25th, we will celebrate literacy by dressing up as our favorite book characters. We invite your child to dress up as his favorite book character, as well. That evening, in addition to science fair projects, we will have our annual academic night and parent resource fair, from 6:00-7:30. There will be activities in math, science and reading for you and your child. You can visit the parent resource fair for ideas on how to support your young learner.
· Last, but not least, this is the time of year that we begin coordinating and planning with the middle schools for our 5th graders. The 5th grade parent night is scheduled at all middle schools for Monday, January 29th. More information to come on this.
Be sure to watch for the newsletter that come out on Wednesday. You will find additional information there, as well as specific dates that are coming up.
Have a wonderful day!
Dearing Elementary Principal
Dearing NewsPosted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/17/2017
Happy Fall DRES Families! I hope you are enjoying this glorious day.
We are gearing up for the Fall Festival and look forward to spending a fun evening with you and your child. I have attached information for you just in case it hasn’t made it home. We are still needing parent volunteers, so if you are available, let your child’s teacher know or me and we will get you set up. There will be games, jump houses, trunk-or-treat, music, food, haunted houses, silent-auction, Kendra Scott and other vendors, as well.
Before Fall Fest arrives, we have a couple of other things for you to mark on your calendar:
· This Friday is Fitness Friday with Dads from 7-7:30am. Come on out!
· Next Wednesday is early release. Teachers will be holding parent conferences that afternoon. If you don’t have one scheduled, reach out to your child’s teacher. They have much to share.
· If you have questions about the GT nomination process, our GT specialist will be available on conference day, October 25, from 1-4pm.
· As a general reminder…homework lab is open daily from 7:10-7:40, so if your child needs a little homework help, send him/her to the first grade hallway. Staff members will be there waiting to assist.
· School wide pumpkin character contest is going on. Help your child decorate a pumpkin as his/her favorite book character.
· Chef contest, hosted by Aramark, also in progress. Help your child create an original recipe. Click to view flyer.
Hawk Cheerleader Camp is Saturday, Oct. 28. Sign up with this form.
· Last, but not least, please be sure that you are helping us keep our students safe in the parking lot. The afternoons are very smooth, but we are still working on the mornings. We all need to be courteous drivers, waiting our turn for drop-off. Additionally, drop-off should only take place in the lane, next to the building. The outside lane is for exiting. This is a very important part of keeping our students safe.
Thanks so much for all you do, but most of all, thanks for sharing your child with us!
Dearing Elementary Principal
STAAR TestingPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/27/2017
Just a reminder about our first round of STAAR testing: Fourth- and fifth-graders will be engaged in the highly rigorous STAAR assessment tomorrow and Wednesday. In order to create a controlled testing environment, we will have a closed campus on those days. A closed campus simply means that we will not have parent and/or other outside visitors on campus during testing hours.
Testing begins at 8 a.m. and will go through the lunch hour. If testing students are absent, we could potentially have make-up testing later in the week, so if you’d like to make arrangements to have lunch with your child, please wait until next week, to be safe.
If you are the parent of a fourth- or fifth-grade student, please be sure that he/she gets a good night’s rest. We will have a warm breakfast ready in the morning if your child chooses to join us for breakfast. Additionally, if your child would like to bring a water bottle and healthy snack, we do encourage that.
Thank you for supporting our students!
On another note, please see flyer attached. If your child is interested in joining the Pflugerville swim team, registration is happening now.
Thanks so much!
Dearing Elementary Principal
Happy SpringPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/22/2017 5:00:00 AM
Happy Spring, Dearing Families! It is so good to be back at school and back into a routine after a nice break.
We are headed into our busiest season of the year. I wanted to give you a couple of dates for big events, so that you can mark your calendar now.
First of all, next week will begin our assessment season. On those days, we will be a closed campus, so please make note.
Closed Campus to Visitors on STAAR Testing Dates
As in previous years, please mark your calendars and be aware that we will be a closed campus to all visitors and volunteers, including during lunch for parents, due to the administration of state testing on the following dates:
- Tuesday, March 28 (Grade 4 Writing and Grade 5 Math)
- Wednesday, March 29 (Grade 5 Reading)
- Monday, May 8 (Grade 3 and 4 Math)
- Tuesday, May 9 (Grade 3 and 4 Reading)
- Wednesday, May 10 (Grade 5 Science)
Other Special Days:
- March 28 – Report Cards
- April 6 – PTO Meeting
- April 7 – Movie Night
- April 14 – No School
- May 4 – Kinder Registration, 2nd and 3rd Musical, Fine Arts Night
- May 19 – Field Day
Enjoy this beautiful day!
Dearing Elementary Principal
March NewsletterPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/1/2017
Happy March! Spring is right around the corner. It is hard to believe that we only have one more week before spring break.
Attached you will find our March newsletter with upcoming dates.
Texas Students Rank High in Comparison of Top Performing Nations
Texas students beat Finland, England, Germany, France, and most other countries around the world when translating their scores on NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) to results on TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), the same benchmark so often used by critics and reformers to demonstrate how far behind American students are from the rest of the world. Texas students rank 8th in the world in math and 11th in science. The National Center for Education Statistics linked the scale of NAEP to the scale of TIMSS so that states can reasonably compare the performance of their students with those in other countries.