Principal's Newsletter
We will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday. Depending on the weather, the eclipse may or may not be visible, but if it is, make sure your child understands the dangers of looking directly at the eclipse. Some teachers will be engaging students in an activity or may be live streaming the eclipse from their classrooms.
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Welcome back!!
It was so fun to see all the smiling faces back at school. The TK-K orientation was a success! Thank you for attending.

Reminders:
·   Students may be on campus starting at 8:40 a.m. (8:30 a.m. for students eating breakfast at school). Please do not drop students off prior to 8:40 as there will be no supervision. 
The late bell will ring at 9:00 a.m.
·   Any adult entering campus must sign in at the front office. (We were not enforcing this the first days of school but will be enforcing it now).
·   There is no adult access from the side gate (park side). If you will be walking your student onto campus please come to the front of the school and sign-in a the front office.
·    Please remember that dogs are not allowed on campus. This includes at the front and side of the school during the morning drop off and after school pick up. This is for the safety of our students.

Late Start Monday Reminder

ALL TK and Kinders attend 10:30-2:30
(Please wait at the front gate. Teachers will arrive at 10:30 to gather the students and walk them to their classrooms.)
1st-6th graders attend 9:50-3:15
(Students may arrive at 9:30 a.m. to play on the playground. Do not drop students off prior to 9:30 as there is no supervision until that time.)
 
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Back to School Night- Wednesday, August 23
Join us at Back to School Night to learn about your child's class and teacher!
Staff Introductions and Principal's Welcome in the Cafeteria: 5:30 p.m.
First presentation in classrooms: 6:00 p.m. 
Second presentation in classrooms 6:30 p.m.
You will meet your student's teacher, get to see their classroom, receive important information and have the opportunity to ask questions!
Back to School Night ends at 7:00 p.m.
This is an adult only evening. No childcare available.
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School Spirit Day
August 25
Hat & Sunglasses Day!
Our Dana School Buddy Bench is a place where our students can sit to communicate with each other to work out any problems, hurt feelings, or disagreements, etc. Students can also sit on the bench when they are looking for someone to play with them. Students are encouraged to approach anyone sitting on the buddy bench and invite him/her to play!

Rules Reminders
   During the first few days of school I visit each classroom to welcome students, introduce myself and go over some of the basic school rules. I bring a backpack with me filled with examples of items which are appropriate for school and other items which are not allowed at school.
   Conducting these presentations in each classroom, as opposed to a school-wide assembly, allows me to interact more closely with students. They feel more comfortable asking questions or for clarification or justification for certain rules. 
   Throughout the school year I will continue to conduct these "rules talks" with students approximately once a month, or more frequently as the need arises. Clearly defining expectations and continuing to enforce those expectations helps to minimize potential issues and allows students to feel more comfortable at school. 
Please take the time to click the "HANDBOOK" link below and read over our school/district rules with your student.
   Thank you for your support! If you have any questions or would like clarification on any procedure or practice please contact me.
Staff
Principal Stacey Russell

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Dana School Vision
The students of Dana Elementary will be effective communicators in speaking, writing, and listening in order to successfully thrive in an increasingly competitive world. Students will be expected to demonstrate competency in expository, personal narrative and persuasive forms of writing as well as public speaking and conversation skills in both formal and informal settings.