Weekly e-News
November 3, 2018
Photo of the Week

Party Animals
The Halloween Assembly on Wednesday brought out the fun in all of us!  Click here to view more pictures on Vidigami.           
Photo by Hilary Rochelle
News & Notes
Thank you to all Halloween Party volunteers
The PA Committee would like to thank all of the individuals who participated in the planning and execution of the 2018 Annual Halloween Party last Saturday, October 27. A spooktactular time was had by all, especially DCD third grader Avery Ouellette (pictured above holding the jar) who was the lucky winner of the Halloween Jar Counting Contest. Avery's guess of 84 came closest out of many entries to the actual number of prizes (21) and pieces of candy (64) in the jar!

We had more than 45 parent volunteers and 13 middle school volunteers this year, a record number! Special thanks go to the DCD staff (Phil Holden, Carl Abrahamson, Michelle Salfity, and Bob LeGendre) and the planning committee (Jessica Sawyer, Cindy Martinez, Alix O'Connell, Lauren Gogolak, Amy Starmer, and Michelle Knight) who played particularly instrumental roles in ensuring the success of this year's event. Thank you to all!   Click on this link to see the full list of volunteers.
"Beyond Calming Down: Helping Families Interrupt the Worry Cycle," a presentation by Lynn Lyons, 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 Runs Through Next Week
Don't eat that leftover candy from Halloween! Instead, donate it to a good cause. DCD will be collecting candy through November 8, to benefit U.S. troops serving overseas. Candy along with handwritten notes and cards can be dropped off in the bins located in the camp 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 to soldiers via the nonprofit organization  CarePacks .  Please note: Candy must be in its original wrapper.
News Flash
DCD Announces the Hawk Scholarship!
New for the 2019-20 academic year, DCD's Hawk Scholarship has been created for highly motivated middle-school student applicants who embody the values of DCD's mission. This very selective, merit-based opportunity recognizes new applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic, or artistic promise and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the community at DCD.

DCD's Hawk Scholarship is an award of up to $12,000, which results in a straight reduction of tuition for one academic year. ...
The Week Ahead
Monday, November 5
Day 4

All-School Assembly with Storyteller Willy Claflin
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

Tuesday, November 6
Day 5

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

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

Community Service Committee Meeting
8:15-9:30 a.m. Lawrence Room alcove

Strategic Planning Coffee for New Parents
8:15-9:30 a.m. Hale House (223 Highland Street, Dedham)

Community Coffee
8:15 a.m. Caffe Nero, Legacy Place

Wednesday, November 7
Day 6

Trustee Visiting Day
8:00-10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, November 8
Day 1

All-School Assembly
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

Workout Bootcamp for DCD Parents
8:15 a.m.

DCD Connects: Lynn Lyons
6:30 p.m. Lowell Center

Friday, November 9
Day 2

PA Executive Committee Meeting
8:15 a.m. Ladd Conference Room

Grade 3 World's Fair
8:30 a.m. Lawrence Room

Saturday, November 10

AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

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
 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.