Principal's Newsletter-Mrs. Russell
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year Stallion Families!
It’s almost time to return to school! I hope your summer was fun and relaxing! This summer I stayed close to home. I’ve been wanting to tour the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, so we finally did that. It’s a really nice tour. We also took a quick trip down to Santa Barbara to Lotus Land and the Natural History Museum and another trip down to Anaheim to Downtown Disney and the Paradise Pier Hotel to hang out at the pool and relax. I’ve been working in my yard, putting together lots of succulent gardens in pots. As always, lots of games and movie nights with family. I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures! I'm excited to see all our students and parents back at school! It's going to be a great year!
Campus Improvement

The maintenance department has completed some summer projects at Dana:

*Brought in dirt to smooth out the main field.

*The main electrical box was moved from the kinder yard.

*Some sewer work was done outside the office. 

*Carpet was replaced in the conference room and a few classrooms.

*Installed a hydration station in our cafeteria so students will have access to filtered drinking water.

Some of our staff members helped complete the following projects:

*Ms. Todd and Mrs. DeHusson painted a beautiful Japanese themed mural outside our staff room!

*We planted a new garden in front of the mural.

*We worked on the succulent beds, cleaned out excess dirt and weeds, and planted some new areas.

*Painted the nurse’s office bathroom.

*Re-painted the Character Counts pillars. 

Staff and Important Dates

We have a few changes in store for this school year.  See below.

Next school year’s tentative dates are on our Dana website’s Google calendar. The student school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. (first-sixth grade). Late start Mondays will begin at 9:50 a.m.  (Students may arrive on campus no earlier than 9:30, as there is no supervision until that time.) On Mondays all kindergartners attend 10:30-2:30. Tuesdays-Fridays, kindergartners will attend their regularly scheduled session (Session 1:9:00-1:00, Session 2: 10:30-2:30). 

Class lists will be posted on Wednesday, August 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Our PTO will be out front selling Dana spirit wear.

Thursday, August 17:   First Day of School! Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Orientation Day: All TK and Kindergartners attend with parent (s)  10:30-12:30

Wednesday, August 23: 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Back to School Night

Please plan to attend Back to School Night. This is an adult only evening designed to provide you with specific information regarding the curriculum and procedures for your child’s class.


Staff assignments 2017-18:

Jean Fiorentino-Transitional Kindergarten-Room 34

Jane Antonson-Kindergarten-Room 35

Karen VanSpanckeren-Kindergarten-Room 2

Kathy Neie-Kindergarten-Room 1

Kayla Short-Kindergarten-Room 32

Carolyn Dostal -First-Room 4

Ashley Madsen-First-Room 7

Jessica Platz-First/Second combo.-Room 3

Elaine Bozanich-First-Room 5

Karen Brockway-Second-Room 8

Rita Nicholson-Second-Room 9

Ruben Garcia-Second-Room 10

Sharie King-Third-Room 11

Michelle Maxwell-Third-Room 16 and TOSA

Laurie Ingham-Third-Room 17

Trevor Smith-Fourth-Room 19

Elizabeth Ebner-Fourth-Room 15

Megan Teixeira-Fourth- Room 18

Ana Schlosser-Fifth-Room 37

Kiersten Demmond-Fifth-Room 38

Kristina Eads-Fifth-Room 38

Shawna Starck-Sixth-Room 28 and TOSA

Nicole DeHusson-Sixth-Room 29

Erin Jameson-Sixth-Room 25

Caitlin Herber- SDC-Room 26

Lynette Roberts-SDC-Room 30

Lea Ojeda-Intervention Teacher

Jessica Sampson-Intervention Teacher

Colin Dean: Music teacher for 4th and 5th graders

Wayne Gamble:  Music teacher for 6th graders

Principal:  Stacey Russell

Vice Principal: (Tuesdays): Erika Timmer

Secretaries:  Lorraine Capley & Maricela Perez

Resource Specialists:  Josie Gibbs & Mari Shapiro

Speech Therapist:  Kristi Williams

School Psychologist:  AnnaMarie Darnell

Counselor:  Aaron Melancolon

Custodians:  Don Stewart & Todd Wick

Growth Mindset
One of our messages to students this year (and every year) will be to help students to see the benefits of having what we call a Growth Mindset. Based on the work of Carol S. Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, one can have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset. See the chart on the left for a brief description. What kind of mindset do you have? How can you develop, and help your child cultivate, a growth mindset? How we as educators and parents react in the moment to student struggles can strengthen or weaken a child’s growth mindset. Most very young children start out with a growth mindset and only develop the fixed mindset when the adults in their lives react negatively to their struggles or give them the message that their failures are something of which to be ashamed.  We must strive to show our children that their “failures” are opportunities to grow and learn and that they should not be afraid to try something out of fear.
Important Safety and Procedural Information

  • We have two parking lots, one directly in front of our school and a side lot on the library/ park side of campus. In both locations (beginning at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 on Mondays), we have staff on duty to facilitate a safe and efficient drop off.  
  • Our campus opens at 8:40 a.m. for students (Tu-Fri).  Please do not drop off students prior to 8:40 a.m. (8:30 if student is having breakfast at school). 
  • All students must proceed directly to the playground and place backpacks on class lines.
  • The side gate (library/park side) is accessible to students only.  If you wish to walk your student onto campus please enter through the front office to sign in and get a visitor’s sticker.
  • At morning drop off, the lane closest to our school is reserved for buses only.  We generally can handle all drop offs in the “middle lane.”
  • After school, in the front lot, we have both lanes available for pick-up. Please keep to the right, so others may pass you on the left. Unless you intend to park, please do not arrive more than five minutes early to wait in one of our drive through pick up lines.
  • If you are utilizing one of our “drive through” lanes, you must stay in your vehicle.  
  • Students are directed to wait on the grass area in front of the flag pole. Please do not direct your student to walk out into the parking lot to enter your car. Students may only enter cars along the curb directly in front of the school and the first 3 cars in the center lane.
  • Staff will be present in the parking lot to help direct students safely to vehicles.  
  • If you plan to walk up to the front of the school to pick up your child you must find a parking space in the lot.
  • It is very important that all families comply with these procedures as we have many cars coming in and out of our parking lot after school.
  • Please do not wait to pick up your children outside his/her classroom, wait at the front of the school.  
  • TK and Kinder parents, please wait at the gate on the far side of the cafeteria. 

Please read this section carefully and contact our front office if you have any questions. I take the safety of our students very seriously and expect that all who enter our parking lots and campus will comply with our procedures.

Patience is very important when entering our parking lots. Distracted and angry drivers cause accidents which can harm our precious students. Be calm and alert at all times.
After school care and Fingerprinting

If you are in need of before or after school care please contact Nipomo Rec. at 929-5437 or

All school volunteers (including those who wish to attend field trips) must be fingerprinted and cleared through LMUSD. See the front office staff for more information. We need your assistance in the classroom to be successful, so please sign up
Principal Stacey Russell

Office Secretaries:
Please read the Dana School Handbook for important information. Click link below: HANDBOOK. Please email or call me if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.
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.