Weekly e-News
October 27, 2018
Photo of the Week
  Culture Club Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

DCD's Culture Club, an affinity group for children of color in grades 1-5, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by learning how to make churros, a tasty pastry made of fried dough that is twisted and sprinkled with cinnamon. 
Photo by Michelle Tarkulich
News & Notes
The Annual DCD Halloween Party is TODAY!!
Park your brooms and stop in for a spell! The party takes place in the Primary Gym this afternoon (10/27/18) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine! Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. The event is open to DCD students (and families and friends of DCD students) in grades pre-K through 5. Middle school students are welcome to volunteer to help oversee the activities. No worries if you didn't yet get a chance to pre-register - one of the spooktacular parent volunteers will gladly accept a donation of $5 per student at the entrance. Contact Amy Starmer or Michelle Knight with any questions.
DCD Connects: Breaking the Cycle of Worry
Is anxiety and worry impacting your child's life at home and at school? Are you looking for strategies and ideas? If so, then you won't want to miss our first DCD Connects speaker, Lynn Lyons, LICSW, sought-after speaker, author, and expert on anxiety in children.

Her presentation, "
Beyond Calming Down: Helping Families Interrupt the Worry Cycle," will take place in the Lowell Center on November 8, at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and register here to reserve your spot, and be sure to visit the DCD Connects page on our website to get a preview of the programs planned for the remainder of the year by clicking here. For a flyer to share with friends and neighbors, click here.
Community Service
Halloween Candy Drive
DCD is running a community candy drive from November 1 to November 8, to benefit U.S. troops serving overseas. Last year, students collected 173.3 pounds of candy! We will be collecting candy along with handwritten notes and cards, which can be dropped off in the bins located in the camp office, next to the main office. These sweet treats along with handwritten messages are a reminder of home for these soldiers and a reflection of our gratitude. The packages, which also contain oral hygiene supplies, are sent via the nonprofit organization  CarePacks .  Please note: Candy must be in its original wrapper.
DCD's fifth grade class sent home UNICEF collection boxes to all students, who are encouraged to collect loose change either while trick or treating or by doing chores at home. The funds raised benefit a great organization whose mission is to protect and defend the rights of every child.
News Flash
Students Present at Mass Cue Conference

Last week, four of our students presented at the MassCUE Conference at Gillette Stadium. Their presentation, Bring History to Life with 3D Design, showcased their work with Minecraft and 3D printing in grades 4, 5, and 6 social studies classes.
Important Reminders
Campus Security
Doors to the school will now be monitored until 5:00 p.m. so that visitors may enter the building during periods when the doors are locked. Doors are unlocked during morning and afternoon carpools only. 

Reporting Absences Due to Illness
If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please call the front office before 8:30 a.m. At that time, parents should also indicate whether or not they will be picking up their child's homework (Handbook of Information, page 66).

Neighborhood Speeding
There have been reports of speeding cars using Pacella Drive to avoid the light at the intersection of Highland Street and Route 1A/Washington Street. Please be considerate of our neighbors in obeying the speed limit, which in Dedham is 25 mph unless posted otherwise.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, October 27

Halloween Party
3:00-5:00 p.m. Primary Gym

Grade 6 Class Dinner
7:00-10:00 p.m. Herrick House

Sunday, October 28

Admissions Open House
1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Monday, October 29
Day 6

School Assembly
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 30
Day 1

Middle School Math Club
7:30-8:00 a.m. Mrs. Leith's classroom

Yoga for DCD Parents
8:15 a.m. Herrick House

Grade 8 Parent Gift Meeting
8:15 a.m. Lawrence Room

Grade 1 Field Trip to Dedham Fire Station
1:00-2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31
Day 2

Halloween Assembly
2:00 p.m. Rand Gym

Thursday, November 1
No School: Pre-K-Grade 8 Conferences

Friday, November 2
Day 3

Grade 3 Class Dinner
7:00-10:00 p.m. Herrick House

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
  Click here to view this week's lunch menu.
Read On! Library Blog
Go Red Sox!
This is a post from my archives that seemed appropriate to share this week. This picture book biography is one of the nominees for the 2019 MA Children's Book Award.

Ramón is the biggest reason
I have gotten where I am.
He is the great one in this family.
I am still Ramón's little brother.
-Pedro Martínez, 1998

Matt Tavares shares an inspirational story in  Growing Up Pedro (Candlewick Press, 2015). Pedro Martínez got his first real baseball glove when his older brother, Ramón, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for five thousand dollars. The Martínez family lived in the village of Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic, and Ramón was the baseball star of the family. Ramón told Pedro stories of his struggles in the United States because he couldn't speak much English. Pedro began to study English, and when he was eventually given a shot in the Dodgers' minor-league system, he could be interviewed without an interpreter.

Community Bulletin Board
The Holidays Are Approaching! These Opportunities to Shop Have DCD Connections!
In the coming weeks, DCD faculty members Lisa Houck, Lexi Jackson, and Duane Claussen will be showcasing their creative work at events open to the public.

Lisa's work will be on display and for sale in her studio on Friday, November 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 535 Albany Street, Boston, as part of an open studios event. 

Lisa is also hosting a special holiday event at her home, Dedham Handmade: A Holiday Craft Market, on Sunday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 88 Stoney Lea Road, Dedham, where her work along with Lexi's handmade jewelry and Duane's wood, glass, and metal pieces will be for sale.
 Dedham Youth Lacrosse Spring Registration

Dedham Youth Lacrosse has begun registration for spring 2019. Registration will be open until December 31. For more information, go to dedhamlax.com.