The Arts and Academics Awards program is a long-standing tradition at Dassel Elementary. This program gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their talents outside of the classroom. This year, our 3rd and 4th graders had an opportunity to prepare a musical or dramatic performance. The students were judged by a panel of community members following the guidelines set by the AAA committee. The students work hard on their presentations and really enjoy having a chance to shine outside of the classroom!
Every year we are impressed by the quality of the work that the students bring forward. Thank you to the students, staff, community members and supportive parents. We look forward to the student projects next year!
The annual Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association was held on February 14. Dassel students spent part of their day jumping at various stations. Not only did they raise over $12,000, but learned how to prevent heart disease, how to recognize if someone is having a heart attack or stroke, and how to take care of their own heart. A huge THANKS to the students, families, and the entire community for supporting this event!
Save the date! Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled at Dassel Elementary for Tuesday, March 28th, at 3:45 p.m. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten next fall (age 5 on or before September 1st), you should be attending the Round-Up activities. We will send letters out early March to give you more information! If your child is eligible, and you do not receive a letter by March 6, or you know of someone new in the area, please contact Stephanie Corbin (286-4100 ext. 1500) at the school.
Dassel Elementary students want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the DECA crew from the high school! They had lots of fun participating in the "JA in a day" activities that were presented.
Thank you also to Neil Schlagel, DECA advisor, and Beth Tomscak from the Junior Achievement program!
Oh, the Places We'll Go! You know, to the top of the mountain? YES!.......... Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota's Education Commissioner, has taken us to new heights... up the mountain... as she announced to Dassel Elementary that we received a 2016 REWARD SCHOOL recognition. Please read the letter she shared with us this past week. What a very PROUD moment for Dassel Elementary students, staff and families! As Dr. Seuss, and we say too, "Will you succeed? YES! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) 'KIDS', you'll move mountains!"
I am writing today to offer my personal congratulations for Dassel Elementary School's recent designation as a 2016 Reward School. Your school is among the highest performing schools in the state, and this recognition reflects the incredible success of your students and tireless efforts on behalf of your staff.
Minnesota's Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) allows us to look at the performance of a school in the areas of proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates. The system emphasizes the importance of both achievement and student progress from year-to-year, and it allows us to recognize and share the incredible accomplishments in schools just like yours.
As you likely know, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. Under this federal law, Minnesota will design a new acountability and recognition system that amplifies our work to increase overall student achievement and reduce opportunity and achievement gaps. We look forward to building this new system alongside students, educators and families.
I believe that if we work together, every Minnesota school can be excellent. By learning from schools like yours, we believe we can accelerate positive results and replicate your successes to help reduce achievement gaps among students. I appreciate the hard work you do every day to ensure the students you serve are successful. You, your staff and your students are to be commended.
Again, please accept my best wishes on your remarkable accomplishment, and thank you for your work to ensure every Minnesota child reaches their highest potential.
Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Save these items and help us raise additional funds for our school!
Look for products with the Box Top for Education coupon. Each coupon is worth 10 cents! Please check the expiration date and trim the coupon. Sometimes we will have a special event for the program. The students enjoy collecting for a special goal. Keep on clipping! See boxtops4education.com for online shopping, saving and clipping, too!
Food Club/Cash Wise Labels for Learning
Labels for learning is an easy rewards program. There is a separate printing attached to your receipt with the points for redemption. Please clip this, check the expiration date, and send into school with your student. (If you would like to collect for a while, count the points and then tally and send that to us--yea!) We need to send in the points in bundles of 2,500.
Pop Can Tops/Tabs
Yes, we still collect the tabs from the top of cans! We have a wonderful little collection “house” and the tabs are collected and turned into the local McDonalds for the Ronald McDonald House in the metro area. These can be turned in any time!
Empty Printer Cartridges, etc.
Over 25 million pounds of empty printer cartridges and cell phones are thrown in landfills each year. Send those old cell phones and empty laser, inkjet, fax and copier cartridges into Dassel Elementary. You will help the environment, too!
This is a fairly new fundraising option for us (started last year!). Their theme is: Shop, Snap and Earn. This is a free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Select Dassel Elementary as your school choice, take a picture of your receipt--shop anywhere, buy anything. For more information please check out shoparoo.com to learn more.
The doors to school will be locked until 7:45 a.m. each day, as we do not have supervision before that time. So please do not send your students to school earlier than 7:45 a.m.
Our theme for the year is BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED! Throughout the year we will be working on ways to BELIEVE in accomplishing great things! We know that everyone can do it because WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!!
We BELIEVE that these programs help students achieve and succeed at Dassel Elementary:
Character Education / Olweus Anti-Bullying curriculum
Jumpstart and STARS Programming
Creative Art Discovery
Numerous Volunteer Coordinated Programs
Technology / Media Center / Computer Lab
Rolling Tablet Carts
Quality Music Classes
Active and Healthy Phy Ed. Offerings
Odyssey / Title I Programming
Reading Corps (continued for the 2013 – 2014 school year)
MCA Test Prep Opportunities
Summer School Opportunities
As a continuation of our school pride theme, all students and staff are encouraged to wear the Dassel-Cokato Charger colors on Fridays throughout the year.
The colors are blue and white.
DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS
Here come the DC Chargers,
fighting to keep our honor;
Cheer for the DC Chargers,
we’ll win this game! (Rah, Rah, Rah!)
Here’s to the blue and white;
with all our might we’ll fight.
Onward to victory,
we’ll win this game tonight! (Fight!)