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Dutch Fork Elementary School….Academy of Environmental Sciences 7900 Broad River Road Irmo, SC 29063 (803) 476-3900 FAX (803) 476-3920 www.lexrich5.org/dutchfork.cfm Title I School

April 2015

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Mar 30-Apr 3

Spring Holidays

Apr 6

Student Holiday/Staff PD

Apr 8

Report Cards Go Home

SIC Mtg. 6:00 p.m. Conf. Room

Apr 10

Tag of Honor Ceremony in the Mini Theater

8:05 – 3 rd grade 10:05 – 4 th grade 12:20 – Kdg.

9:05 – 1st grade 11:05 – 5 th grade 1:20 – 2nd grade


Apr 13

4K and Hardie Tag of Honor Ceremony in Mini Theater 8:15

1 st grade Saluda Shoals Apr 14

5K Saluda Shoals

Apr 18

Nature Trail Clean Up Day 9-2pm

Apr 20

4K and Kdg. Field Trip to Zoo

3 rd grade Saluda Shoals Apr 21

1 st gr. Music Performance 6:30 Apr 22

Early Release Day 11:40 a.m.

Apr 24

Prince Bowl @ Anchor Lanes 5:00 p.m.

Apr 27

2 nd grade Saluda Shoals Apr 28, 29, 30

ACT Aspire grades 3-5

Fifth Graders Participate in Regional Science Fair

On March 13 several of our 5 th grade students participated in the USC Central South Carolina Region II 59 th Annual Science and Engineering Fair. Our students competed in the junior division with other 5 th -8 th grade students from around the state. Over 500 students participated in this division. The following students won awards for their project presentation at the fair: U.S. Metric Association Award Sean Daugherty, Anna Sycamore, Christina Kinard, Kai Williams, Sydney Rhue, Kendall Pressley, Ryan Snow, Kennidy Jenkins, Kori Peterman, Sebastian Powell and

Joshua Commander. Region II Grand Awards: Team Division – Honorable Mention:

Sebastian Powell and Joshua Commander. We are very proud of our 5 th graders for their outstanding presentations. They have made DFES Academy of Environmental Science shine even brighter!

Spring 2015 Testing Information for Parents

Our state has a new testing program that will be administered this spring. The ACT Aspire test will be given to all students in grade 3, 4, and 5 according to the schedule below:

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Tuesday, April 28 – Writing and English Wednesday, April 29 – Reading Thursday, April 30 – Math In addition, all 4 th and 5 th graders will participate in PASS testing on the dates listed. Third graders will not participate in PASS testing this year as they have in the past. Thursday, May 7 – Science Friday, May 8 – Social Studies Parents, please be reminded of a few simple things that will help your child be successful during testing:

  • 1. Parents should schedule appointments and out of school activities for another day. All students will make up tests that are missed.

  • 2. Testing will begin at 8:00 each day. Be sure your child is well-rested and on time. Avoid a rushed morning or discussions that may upset your child.

  • 3. Have your child eat a healthy and filling breakfast.

  • 4. Parents and students in the building are not permitted any electronic devices during testing. This includes cell phones, calculators, and watches with alarms.

  • 5. Encourage your child to do his/her best on all days of testing. Eliminate

pressure and send them off with a hug and a smile. Students are encouraged to check out this website: www.testtakingtips.com to access ideas about being successful on tests of all kinds and what to do about getting nervous about tests. There is even helpful information for parents of test- takers!

We need your help! Nature Trail and Project Clean Up Day Saturday, April 18 9:00 a.m.

We need your help!

Nature Trail and Project Clean Up Day Saturday, April 18

9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. DFES Families please join us as we

have many projects to complete around our school to make it a better place for our children to learn and grow! Many hands are needed and we also need tools and heavy equipment! If you are able to help please contact Emily Perkins @ eperkins@lexrich5.org so we will know how many people we can count on. Water will be provided.

Participating students must be accompanied by a participating adult!

Fifth Graders Become Social Activists





Environmental Sciences 5 th graders

are seeking your assistance.

At our

school, we believe that our learning

should lead




Currently, we are in the midst of our

Great Depression unit of study.


historians are learning the impacts of a weak economy on American citizens of the past and noticing how economic status impacts an






present day society.

The students





social action on






care/hygiene packages to a pantry in






organizations in Columbia that would

benefit from our services.


support us by donating any



following items during the months of March and April:

Soap ~ toothbrushes ~ toothpaste ~ washcloth or hand towel ~ deodorant ~ comb ~ shampoo ~ tissues ~ hand sanitizers ~ granola bars ~ individual packaged wet wipes ~ utensils ~ paper bags ~ bottled water/juice boxes ~ Spam ready to eat tuna packets ~ Vienna sausages w/pop top ~ cans of soup w/pop top snack-size bags of chips ~ snack cakes ~ fruit/pudding cups ~ trail mix ~ peanut butter or cheese crackers ~ pop tarts Any of these items can be delivered to Mrs. Drayton or Mrs. Jefferson on the fifth grade hall. Thank you for your support!

PTO Highlights

2015-16 PTO

It’s time to begin planning for our next school year! We have openings for the

2015-16 PTO Board and Committee Chairs. Please see the attached flyer to find out how you can be a part of the PTO!

Prince Bowl

Calling all Dutch Fork Super Heroes! Our annual Prince Bowl will be held Friday, April 24, at Anchor Lanes on Lake Murray Boulevard. Boys, wear your favorite super hero shirt and bring your favorite adult super heroine for a fun night of bowling. A very special guest with spider senses will be there for photos! Registration forms with more details will be sent home on April 9.

Service Project

Recently, Chapin High School student Jack Enright was paralyzed while playing in a school lacrosse game. The road to recovery will be a long and expensive one, so we want our DFES Super Heroes to help! We will be collecting money to assist

Jack’s family with expenses incurred during his recovery. Students who make at least a $5 donation will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Carowinds! Please make all checks payable to DFES PTO. Be sure to include a note with your

child’s name and homeroom teacher when submitting donations so we will have that information for the drawing! The drawing will be held the evening of the Prince Bowl!

Box Top/Labels Update Congratulations to Mrs. Mims’ 4 th grade class for earning the Box Top Trophy this month! Their class submitted the most Box Tops/Labels in February! April 30 will be the LAST day to submit Box Tops/Labels and have them count toward the Box

Top Baseball competition! Be sure to get yours submitted so your child can earn the prizes! Remember, the class with the most submissions for the school year will receive a frozen yogurt party and the teacher will receive a $50 Visa gift card!

Spirit Night Info

Because of a scheduling conflict with Wild Wings Café we have changed our April Spirit Night to Silver Fox Grill on Broad River Road. On Wednesday, April 15 come by Silver Fox Grill anytime between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and let them know you are there to support DFES! A portion of the sales will be donated to our school. Thanks for your support!

Principal’s Post

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Recently our certified staff has been engaged in professional dialogue centered around “questioning”. More specifically we are having on-going discussions about the characteristics of effective questions that lead to critical thinking for students. Students will benefit tremendously when both parents and teachers are more intentional with the types of questions posed to children. We hope you find the following to be useful throughout your day to day life with your child. Language is one of the most powerful tools for learning. We can use language to stretch children’s curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity and independence. An effective way to do this is by asking open-ended questions – those with no single right or wrong answer. Instead of predictable answers, open-ended questions elicit fresh and sometimes even startling insights and ideas, opening minds and enabling adults and children to build knowledge together.

Ask questions such as:

Tell me about your picture.

What else can you do with play dough?


Why do you think this happened?

What do you think would happen if

Is there another way to


Open-ended questions encourage learning.

Open-ended questions offer children the opportunity to freely express feelings, motives, and ideas. A question like, “What color is that block?” evokes a one-word answer. But an open-ended question such as, “Tell me about the blocks you are using,” encourages a child to describe the blocks or explain what he or she is doing. There is no right or wrong answer.

Asking open-ended questions gives children opportunities to use an expanded vocabulary. An answer to an open-ended question gives us a window into what the child is thinking and feeling. The response is sometimes wonderfully creative. In explaining or describing, children also use language more fully.

Listen attentively and respond.

When you listen attentively to kids’ responses, you are showing them that what they are saying is important

.it’s a

. . sign of respect. The adult can comment on a child’s response or ask another question to extend the conversation – it is reflecting the value that the adult places on the interaction. It shows that the adult wants to know what a child is thinking or feeling. When parents and other adults become more of a “partner” and less of a “boss” during conversations, children enjoy the time more and interact longer. Listening attentively also helps adults de termine when the child is tiring of the conversation and wants to talk about something else or nothing else. Adults can look for clues regarding the direction that the conversation should take.

How to encourage conversations.

If children only provide one-word responses to your open-ended questions, there are still ways you can encourage them to communicate more interactively. Start questions with “how,” “what,” “where,” “why,” or “when.” Talk with children about what interests them. Create opportunities for children to ask each other questions. Use “wait time:” briefly staying quiet and listen until the child responds to your comment or question. Five seconds is long enough. (Young children who are just developing oral language skills often need extra time to decide what to say and how to say it.) Look at it as conducting a conversation with a child and not just gathering information. Communicate more for enjoyable social contact rather than to get something done. The most interesting conversations people have are many times the result of a series of open-ended questions that move the discussion in ways that you can’t predict at the start. Closed questions are appropriate in certain situations and the adult needs to asses when to use each type of question. Conversations are usually a mix of open-ended and closed questions. It is difficult to change the closed-ended question habit. But when we ask open-ended questions, children reap great benefits as they think through their responses to express what they want to say. And with their answers, we find out more about what they think and feel.

Help us help the school!! YOUR PTO IN ACTION 2013-2014 Programs Supported  Teacher Appreciation 

Help us help the school!!



Programs Supported

Teacher Appreciation

Box Tops for Education


Assessment Testing


Grandfriends’ Day


Spirit Night(s)

Field Day

Events Sponsored

Fall Festival

Holiday Store


Princess Ball

Prince Bowl

Fifth Grade Picnic

Services & Supplies

Classroom Supplies

School Yearbook

Volunteers Recruited

School Fundraising Efforts

School Spiritwear


Nominations & Elections for 2014-2015

  • I want Dutch Fork Elementary to be one of the best schools in South Carolina.

  • I want my child to have a great school year to learn and to have fun!

  • I want to help decide how PTO fundraising monies are spent.

  • I want all the students at DFES to be successful.

If the above statements are true, then “help us help the school”. Parent involvement is critical for a successful school, so volunteer as a PTO officer or a committee chair for 2014-2015. There are jobs that take no more than a couple hours a month, some are that are seasonal, and a few that require a routine commitment.

Dedicated teachers, staff, and PARENTS help make DFES a great school! Join us – it’s rewarding, it’s important, it’s even fun!

Nominate yourself or someone else. All chair positions can be shared. (See back of form for position descriptions.) If you have any questions, please contact Tonya Kinard at DFESPTOPRES@aol.com

Elections will be held at the PTO Meeting on Tuesday, May 20 th at 6:00 pm in

the school library.

All nomination forms must be received by the Nominations

Committee by May 12 1h . Please return this form to your child’s teacher or to the school office. Nominees will be posted on the school website and in the lobby by Thursday, May 15 th .

Elected Officers

Nominee Name

Contact Info

Elected at General Meeting


Vice President



Committees Chairs

Nominee Name

Contact Info

Selected by newly-elected Executive Board

BINGO Box Tops Business Partners Fifth Grade Picnic/Graduation Fall Festival Holiday Store Hospitality Princess Ball/Prince Bowl Spirit Wear

Volunteer Coordination Year Book

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