Daily Announcements

Dear Dixon Families:

At last night's PTO meeting, grants were approved for five staff members/groups. The Kindergarten team was given money to buy new sleds. Mr. R will be getting a music stand cart. Ms Kanitz will be able to introduce a complimentary curriculum for social emotional learning. Fifth grade will get some new tech-free items to use during recess and free time. Third grade will be able to update and replace some of their mystery book selections.  Thank you to our wonderful PTO for giving our staff these opportunities.  Your support is very much appreciated!!! 

 

We continue to update and modify the schedules for In-Person students as the year progresses, keeping health and safety concerns at the forefront.   Please read the attached letter outlining these changes.  As always, contact me with your questions or concerns.

 

Other Important Dates to Note:

 

Monday, January 25:  NO SCHOOL -- Teacher Records Day (End of Q2)

 

Please remember students will go outside for recess every day so they should be prepared with snow boots, snow pants, coat, hat and mittens.  Thank you.

 

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Luke Sadowski

Dixon School Principal

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All District Read Information

An All-District Read is a community-building event in which every family and staff member in school has the opportunity to read the same book aloud at home for a set period of time. Our 4th Annual All District Read will begin on Monday, February 1 for those families that opted in September for either A Boy Called Bat or Crenshaw. Virtual Students will kick off the books with their classroom teachers the week of January 18 and books will be sent home at virtual pick up on Friday, January 22. In person students will kick off the books with their classroom teachers the week of Monday, January 25 and books will go home on Thursday, January 28. Trivia question answers will be announced along with trivia question winners each week. Below you will find the pacing calendars for each book. More information to come about virtual family literacy night and trivia questions for each week!

 A Boy Called Bat Calendar

Crenshaw Calendar

 

 

Book Distribution: As a reminder, virtual students will receive their books on Friday, January 22 at virtual materials pick up.  In person students will have their books sent home on Friday, January 29th.  I will deliver your books to your classroom over the next few days for you to distribute if you are in person.  If you have a student who came to Dixon after September, please ask their family if they would like to participate. Here is the letter that was shared with families in September for them to make an informed choice.  We ordered a few extra for new students, but unfortunately if a family did not originally sign up and would now like to participate we can not guarantee them a book, though they are welcome to check it out from the library and still participate!

 

Kick Off Presentation:   Loom of Mrs. Brown sharing presentation/presentation slides  
 

Virtual Family Literacy Night Week:  Friday, February 26th through Friday, March 5th.  More details on activities to come as the week approaches.  It will all be virtual and the students will have an opportunity to complete a virtual form to show us which activities they did with their families and have the opportunity to win another prize.

 

Prizes for weekly trivia:  For prizes this year, we have opted to do a menu of options of activities that you and your class can complete whether you are virtual or in person to ensure it is equitable for all of our students and classes.  Here is the menu of options.  The idea is that each classroom teacher will make a copy of the menu of options and if the child who wins the trivia prize that week is in your homeroom, you will work with them to choose which option they would like.  Once that option has been chosen for your class, you will mark it off so that there is only one student in your class choosing pajama day (for example) and then if any other students in your room win, they would choose a different option from the list.  Please feel free to add additional options that you feel could work for your class.

 

Trivia:  We will again be paper free and using google forms for families to submit their trivia answers.  The google forms to send out are listed by book and by week below.  For the google forms, please let families know winners will be chosen Wednesday mornings at 9 am so answers should be submitted prior to that to be considered for the potential prize winners.  I added that note to the top of each form, as well.  Please include the form in your newsletter the week prior and Julie will include them in our Dixon blast, as well. Each Wednesday I will record a loom video of the winner being chosen for you to share out with your classes since not all students will physically be in the building to hear an announcement.

 

Crenshaw reading schedule

Google Forms for Crenshaw

Week 1  (due 2/3)

Week 2 (due 2/10)

Week 3 (due 2/17)

Week 4 (due 2/24)

Week 5 (due 3/3)

 

A Boy Named Bat reading schedule

Google Forms for A Boy Named Bat

Week 1  (due 2/3)

Week 2 (due 2/10)

Week 3 (due 2/17)

Week 4 (due 2/24)

Week 5 (due 3/3)

 

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Library Book Checkout for Dixon Virtual Students 

 

Hello, Dixon Dragons!  We strongly encourage our virtual students to take advantage of the Dixon library even though you won't be physically at school.  We will be offering curbside pick-up of library books on alternating Fridays of every month for all virtual students in grades K-5. You can pull up to the south side doors (back entrance) of Dixon between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to pick-up your orders - Mrs. Foley will meet you at your car.  Our curbside schedule for the next two months is as follows:

  • Friday, February 5th, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Friday, February 19th, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Friday, March 5th, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Friday, March 19th, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Simply log into your child's library account and put the books that he/she would like on hold.   Requests for Friday must be made by 3:00 p.m. the Thursday before pickup!  Mrs. Foley will have all available requested books ready for you to pick up on your scheduled Friday morning. You are also welcome to return any library books that you currently have checked out at this time.

If you are not sure how to log into your child's library account or put books on hold, please click on these links for more information:

How to Access Your Dixon Library Account

How to Place a Dixon Library Book on Hold

Finally, don't forget about all the wonderful electronic and audio books available on SORA!   How to Use SORA

Questions?  Feel free to email me at foleys@elmbrookschools.org.  Thank you and happy reading!

--
Stephanie Foley

Dixon Elementary School - Library Services

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If you're interested in purchasing any of the gift cards we currently have on hand, please call Julie Johnson (262.785.3970) to arrange transaction.  All checks should be issued to Dixon PTO.  

 

4 - $25 amazon

 

2 - $10 Burger King

 

10 - $5 Barnes & Noble

 

10 - $10 Chipotle

 

4 - $10 Cousins

 

2 - $10 DQ

 

4 - $25 Home Depot

 

3 - $25 Kohls

 

2 - $25 Kwik Trip

 

5 - $10 Noodles

 

4 - $5 Panera

 

7 - $10 Panera

 

5 - $10 Papa Murphy

 

6 - $25 Metro Market - Roundys

 

16 - $5 Starbucks

 

4 - $25 TJ Maxx / Marshalls / Home Goods

 

10 - $10 Walmart

 

 

If writing a check, please make it payable to Dixon PTO.

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Girl Scout Registration

 

Thank you to all girls interested in joining Girl Scouts.  Please fill out the google form with your information if you missed the meeting or getting the link.  I can then forward you your troop number.   Remember we also have a facebook private group you can join (Dixon Scouts) for more information.

 

https://forms.gle/gb4VthuJn3ZNWc2UA

 

You can register your daughter at

www.gswise.org/join

 

 

Connie Petersen

Dixon All School Girl Scout Leader

connie.petersen@marquette.edu

 

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NAACP Image Award nominated author Christine Kendall will be visiting us virtually on February 4th from 1:30-2:15 to discuss her newest book, The True Definition of Neva Beane.  Please click on the link below for more information!   Copies of her book are available on SORA and in the library.

 

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg30.jsp&referrer=&eventid=2954165&sessionid=1&key=0860480AA37C54E23677DC264C9F51BF®Tag=&V2=false&sourcepage=register

 

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Stephanie Foley

Dixon Elementary School - Library Services

P: (262) 785-3970

E: foleys@elmbrookschools.org

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Live Interactive SPANISH in a Virtual Setting!

ALL NEW MATERIAL THIS SPRING. . . Join Futura for a live, interactive Spanish class in real time! From the comfort and safety of your home, your child will learn Spanish in a dynamic, lively manner that incorporates songs and games. There are two options for learning: 'Vamos a Explorar' is a theme based class where students will "explore" all in Spanish.  'Essential Spanish' will include all the basics to create an amazing language foundation for years to come.  Various times and days to choose from to fit your family's needs for language learning.  Please check our website for course details and offerings.  https://futuraadventures.com/virtual-learning-registration/  Enroll today! Space is limited.

 

SPRING SPANISH 

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Last evening (January 12th), the School District of Elmbrook's Board of Education approved adding 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) for the 2021-2022 school year by a vote of 5-2. The 4K offering will be tuition-free and hosted at each District elementary school. Prior to the approval, Elmbrook was one of only five Districts across the state to not offer this half-day, educational program to our community.

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Dixon had a record-breaking Spelling Bee this year! Our participant total came to a whopping 35, beating last year's record by 10 participants! Both in-person students and virtual students came together over Zoom to battle through 12 rounds of intense competition over nearly 3 hours! Nolan Scott (1st place) reigned supreme, with Venkat "Arya" Mitta (2nd place) and Charan Karthikeya Anumukonda (3rd place) close behind. This year was also very special as we had an nearly equal number of students across each grade level (3-5). Each and every student worked hard over the past month to improve their spelling skills. We are so proud of everyone!

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All we can say is WOW!   What an amazing turnout of toys we had in just a couple days! All of these wonderful toys were dropped at the Milwaukee Reserve Center over the weekend and will go out to the distribution center today to be given to families. ❤

 

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