SPRING PROGRAM

Our first and second graders have been working hard to prepare for their spring program!  You are invited to join us at the Performing Arts Center for a performance at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 24.  We will also be holding a dress rehearsal at 1:30pm at the PAC that is open to the public.  Hope you can join us!
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PARENT PORTAL - TEXT MESSAGE OPTION

We have a new feature on parent portal!  If you would like to receive text message notifications from the school (when available), please follow this simple process:  1.  Log in to Parent Portal; Click on Contact Preferences; Click the text message boxes (ex: Emergency, Attendance, General Notification, etc).  2.  After the first step is complete, text the word START to 91201, then reply YES to the message to confirm you would like to receive text messages from the district.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at (320) 286-4100 x1500 or e-mail stephanie.corbin@dc.k12.mn.us.


KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP

Kindergarten Round-Up was held at Dassel Elementary on Tuesday, March 20th.  Thank you to all who were able to attend, we had a super fun time!  If you missed round-up and have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten next fall (age 5 on or before September 1st), please contact the office as soon as possible for registration information.  We would love to meet you! 


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 24 -- Spring Program, grades 1 & 2

Thursday, May 3 -- Kindergarten, Muffins for Moms

Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11 -- Teacher Appreciation Week

MILEKA RUN - SUNDAY, MAY 13

Mileka's 7th Annual Run will be held on Sunday, May 13 in Silver Lake.  There will be a 5K run/walk ($25) and a 1 mile kids run ($15).  Proceeds from the run will go towards scholarships at DC and GSL schools.  The race is held in memory of Mileka Hall, former Dassel Elementary student.  You can register online at http://getmeregistered.com/MilekasRun.  


BINGO FOR BOOKS

We held our annual Bingo for Books Family Fun Event on Tuesday, January 23!  This event was a special night for elementary students and their families to play bingo, eat some great food and share a fun night with friends and family.  The Dassel Elementary staff loved having an exciting night with everyone that was able to join us!  Thanks to all who came out, it really was a great night had by all!!  

  

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY

The students at Dassel Elementary were very involved in some 'BUSY'ness today....  Dassel-Cokato High School students participating in the Junior Achievement Program brought their 'A' game to teach K-4th grade students about business and entrepreneurial spirit.  Junior Achievement's focus is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in global economy - and so they did!  We would like to give a huge SHOUTOUT to all students involved in the purposeful lessons today -- well done, thank you!!

    
  

2017-2018 LEEA WINNERS


Congratulations to our Leaders in Education of Excellence Award winners!  Our district recognized four fantastic individuals at a banquet in St. Cloud on Wednesday, October 25.  From left to right:  
Mrs. Nancy Madsen from Dassel Elementary, Mr. Ronald Schultz from Cokato Elementary; Mr. Brian Westby from the High school and 
Mr. TJ Anderson from the Middle School.  Thank you for your dedication and service to our district!  

OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM

To kick off our Olweus Bullying Prevention Program efforts, this year we hosted a "WE ARE BUCKET FILLERS!" at the Dassel Elementary lyceum held this past week.  Children were introduced to the theme for the year that we are ALL focused on being "bucket fillers!"  Through kind words and actions, we can help every person feel positive about themselves and others.  Our SSB (Super Supportive Bystander) theme is also still going strong with the Talk, Walk, Go strategy!

Please join us in working with and supporting our students both at school and in the community.  It takes all of us to have the impact needed to prevent bullying!


DAIRY QUEEN ART

Every Wednesday evening between 5:00 and 8:00 pm the Cokato Dairy Queen is supporting our elementary schools with a 10% contribution of the total sales!

Our students will take turns providing art work to decorate the eating area of the DQ.  We will alternate Wednesday nights with Cokato Elementary for art work display.

Please stop in and buy a treat and take a look at the wonderful art provided by our children!  What a fun and tasty way to support our schools!!  WE THANK YOU, DQ!!

April 11 - Mrs. Holm's Kindergarten Class  (date change!)

April 25 - Mrs. Jorgenson's 3rd Grade Class

May 9 - Mrs. Allen's Kindergarten Class  (date change!)


PARENTS WHO PICK UP & DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN

All parents are asked to pick up their child or drop off their child on the EAST side of the school. For the safety of our students and staff, do not pick up or drop off children while buses are loading/unloading on the south side.

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. 



FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

Save these items and help us raise additional funds for our school! 

Box Tops 

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! 

Shoparoo 

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.


MAKE YOUR MARK!

Our theme for the year is "Just make a mark and see where it takes you"!  Teachers and support staff at Dassel Elementary really try to engage, nurture, and support students in a way that helps each individual child see that they have amazing potential if they just try.  So for the 2017-2018 school year, let's see what we can do together to encourage the 'CAN DO' attitude in all of us!

Here are some 'featured' programs provided for students at Dassel Elementary that help students MAKE THEIR MARK:
CARE Groups
Character Education / Olweus Anti-Bullying curriculum
Jumpstart and STARS Programming
Kinship - Lunch Buddies
Everyday Math / Rocket Math
WONDERS / WONDERWORKS Reading
Science Exploration
Social Studies Adventures
Creative Art Discovery
Numerous Volunteer Coordinated Programs
Hands-on Learning
Enrichment Activities
Technology / Media Center / Computer Lab
Makerspace
Flexible Classroom Seating
Quality Music Classes
Active and Healthy Phy Ed. Offerings
Odyssey / Title I Programming
Reading Corps
MCA Test Prep Opportunities
Summer School Opportunities

Providing quality programming is accomplished with dedication from all who take on the challenge.  Remember:  "Just make a mark and see where it takes you....... "  Own it. Sign it. Pass it on.

**References paraphrased and inspired from the book the dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  
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FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY

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!)

GO CHARGERS!!!

2016 Reward School
 
2012 National Blue Ribbon School

2009 MN Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award

2009 MN Assoc. of Admin
Distinguished School Award


State School of Excellence 2004-05

National School of Excellence 1990

State School of Excellence 1988 
 



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Congratulations to 
Mrs. Madsen, the 
2017-18 Dassel Elementary Leadership in Educational Excellence Winner!


Congratulations to 
Charlie Smoldt, the 
2017-18 Dassel Elementary Educational Support Staff Award Winner!

Parent Portal Accounts

https://campus.dc.k12.mn.us/campus/portal/dasselCokato.jsp

Infinite Campus is used to maintain all our student and family information. An exciting component of this software is the Parent Portal, which will allow parents better access to their children's grades, lunch account balances, standardized test scores, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records.

Please contact school secretary to activate your account.

Online Payment Center



Fundraising Opportunities



Step Up Day

The 1st Thursday of each Month is Dassel Elementary's Day to Step-Up against Bullying! 

On this day our staff and students are to wear their Step-Up blue shirt/or any navy blue shirt and join us in taking a stand against bullying. We recite our No More Bullying Pledge and sing our song about making new friends. We talk about the tools needed to be prepared to end bullying in our school and community! Thank you for your support, too!