HOLIDAY PROGRAM

DASSEL ELEMENTARY
"A SEASON OF SONG"
MUSIC PROGRAM
will take place on Monday, December 11.


1:30pm -- Matinee Rehearsal
6:30pm -- Evening Performance

Both performances will take place at the
Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Kindergarten, 
Third and Fourth Grade will be performing!

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3rd GRADE CHRISTMAS STORES

The third grade teachers and students would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all parents and community members who came to support the Christmas Stores on Wednesday, December 6.  Your support each year means more than you can imagine!  

Creating a store and selling the store items was especially exciting for the students.  Each of them were amazed at how his/her collective efforts could produce such fantastic results -- they raised over $2,420!  WOW!  The third grade students will be able to contribute greatly to the needs of the food shelf right here in Dassel.  Thanks again to everyone who made this event successful!  Merry Christmas!



DASSEL ELEMENTARY FOOD SHELF DRIVE

Children are encouraged (but certainly not required!) to bring a food item to school for the Meeker County Food Shelf sometime during the month of December.  Food shelf items should be canned goods and sealed boxes - all of a non-perishable nature.  Some suggested items are:  macaroni and cheese, tuna, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, cake mixes, boxed cereals, Jell-O, Hamburger Helper, soup, canned fruit, paper and cleaning products, etc.  
Please have items to school by Friday, December 15th!  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, December 11 -- K, 3 & 4 Holiday Program, 6:30pm

Friday, December 15 -- Food Shelf items due to school

Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1 -- Holiday Break

Tuesday, January 23 -- Bingo for Books, 5:00-7:00pm


2nd GRADE THANKSGIVING PLAY


KINDERGARTEN CATERPILLAR PLAY

The kindergarten classes performed the play of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.  They were very excited to show off all of their hard work!  Thanks to those who took time out of their schedules to come and support them!  

  
  


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!!

December 6 - Ms. Hall's 2nd Grade Class

December 20 - Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten Class

January 10 - Ms. Halvorson's 1st Grade Class


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.  
A great book!!

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!