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It has been an eventful few weeks at Davis! We had many families venture to Davis on April 28 for our Family Fund Run. It was a beautiful day, and everyone enjoyed the run itself, with the students especially excited about the many prizes that were awarded after the 30 minutes of running and walking. In the end, over $1000 was raised, all of which will be used to purchase leveled books for our Literacy Library! Our Math Pentathlon Division 2 students recently earned several notable achievements at the annual tournament: Gold Medal/Hall of Fame- Sterling S; Gold Medal- Katie P; Silver Medal- Madeleine N, Michael G; Bronze Medal- Nate L; Honorable Mention- Rebekah B, Brycen C, Tiago G, and Chase H. Several of our students who are involved in Girl Scouts outside of school have been working on projects to enhance our school. Second grade girls in Brownie Troop 387 spent quite awhile picking up trash around campus, and ended up with several large trash bags full, making the grounds look so much cleaner. Fifth grade Girl Scouts Macey C, Allie K, and Jules H have put together a food allergy awareness presentation that they will present to several classes as part of their work toward earning their Bronze Award. With many students who have food allergies at Davis, this will most definitely make a positive impact.
It is a very exciting time for all students, as our MARE school wide study is in full swing now. On Monday, many students participated in an ocean sing-a-long to get everyone in the spirit of MARE. Students at each grade level are studying and creating work related to different parts of the ocean: PK- coral reef, K/1st- rocky seashore, 2nd- sandy beach, 3rd- wetlands, 4th- kelp forest, and 5th- open ocean. A walk through the school will transport you to these ocean habitats, with the walls adorned with student artwork and animal research projects. Students are also learning about their designated part of the ocean in a variety of ways, with experiments such as squid dissection (5th grade), field trip to Aquarena Springs (3rd grade), and a seaweed smorgasbord (1st grade). Our ocean study will culminate with Ocean Olympics on Wednesday, May 22, for 3rd-5th grade and Thursday, May 23, for K-2nd grade. We hope to have many parents on hand to help with these field days and enjoy the time with students. This will also be a great time for parents to ‘Dive into Davis’ and travel through the ocean by walking through the hallways.
The next few weeks will definitely be as busy as the last few. Our WatchDOGS program is off to a great start, with dads on campus Monday and Tuesday already providing a huge amount of support to our school. We welcomed our incoming kindergarten families to Davis on Tuesday at Kindergarten Roundup. Our last Campus Advisory Council (CAC) meeting of the year will be held this Thursday, and I’d like to again invite you all to attend to learn more about the function of CAC and how you can have continued involvement with CAC if you’re interested. Later on Thursday, we will host an Online Registration Session, where we will have computers set up and staff on hand to assist with the registration process. We currently only have roughly 150 out of about 650 families registered, and are hoping to have the remaining registered as soon as possible so we can begin the process of placing students in classes for next school year. The registration event will be followed on Thursday evening by our last PTA meeting of the year.
In the weeks that follow, students will continue to be challenged to learn at the highest level. We will also prepare for our end of year celebrations. We would like to celebrate Davis spirit by designating the last seven school days as ‘Davis Spirit Days.’ Each day will have a designated way for students and adults to show school spirit. See the ‘Dates to Remember’ section below for more details. In addition to spirit days, each grade level may have other special functions during this time. Your child’s teacher will communicate grade specific celebration information. During the last week of school, we will hold grade level awards ceremonies for our 4th (6/3) and 5th (6/4) grade students. As we near the end of May, we will recognize and show appreciation for our Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Librarian, Technology Coach, Science Coach, and Health Team during the week of May 20-24. We are so fortunate to have a truly phenomenal staff, who are all deeply committed to providing the very best education and care for all children at Davis. Please take time to let them know in some way how much they are appreciated.
I know this is a very busy time not only for our students as they work and learn during these last few weeks of school, but also for parents as end of year activities in and out of school are scheduled. Thank you for your continued involvement at Davis.
Principal, Davis Elementary
Dates to Remember
Thursday, May 16, 8-9am: Good Neighbor Day, Library
Thursday, May 16, 9:30-10:30am: Murchison MS Fairy Tale- The Princess and the Pirate, Cafeteria (all grades)
Monday-Friday, May 20-24: Appreciation Week for Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Librarian, Technology Coach, Science Coach, Health Team
Monday, May 20, 8:20-10:15am: Science and Engineering Program (4th), Cafeteria
Monday, May 20, 2:50-3:45pm: 5th Grade Talent Show Tryouts
Tuesday, May 21, 1:30-2:30pm: 5th Grade Talent Show School Performance
Tuesday, May 21, 7-8pm: 5th Grade Talent Show Parent Performance
Wednesday, May 22, 7:45am-2:30pm: MARE Ocean Olympics 3rd-5th
Thursday, May 23, 7:45am-2:30pm: MARE Ocean Olympics K-2nd
Friday, May 24, 9:00-11:40am: Symphony Field Trip (4th & 5th)
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day, Staff & Student Holiday
Tuesday, May 28, 9am-1pm: Safety Patrol Party- Main Event (5th)
Wednesday, May 29, 9:45am-12:30pm: Inflatable Wonderland Field Trip (1st- Shelton, Moon, Hampton)
Thursday, May 30, 9:45am-12:30pm: Inflatable Wonderland Field Trip (1st- Kennie, Hanner, Bell)
Monday, June 3, 8-9am: 4th Grade Awards, Cafeteria
Tuesday, June 4, 8-9:30am: 5th Grade Awards, Cafeteria
Tuesday, June 4, 11:15am-12:15pm: Picnic on the Blacktop (2nd)
Wednesday, June 5, 8:45am-2pm: 5th Grade Party, Balcones Woods Pool
Wednesday, June 5: Last Day of School
Davis Spirit Days
Tuesday, May 28: Crazy Hat/Hair Day (hats, wigs, unusual styles, etc.)
Wednesday, May 29: College Day (favorite college t-shirt)
Thursday, May 30: Cowboy/Western Wear Day (boots, etc.)
Friday, May 31: Backwards Day (wear clothes backwards)
Monday, June 3: School Wide Read-in: Either dress up as favorite book character or wear pajamas
Tuesday, June 4: Crazy Sock Day (fun patterns, mismatched socks)
Wednesday, June 5 (last school day): Davis School Shirt Day (any previous Davis t-shirt or Davis colors- blue/gold)
Principal, Davis Elementary
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WHO we are:
We are a determined group of parents and teachers seeking to empower our children to change the world through their own written words. We envision a day when every child at Davis Elementary will be excited about reading and writing and thrilled to be a published author.
WHAT we’re doing:
During the 2012-13 school year, we will collect poetry and stories written by Davis Elementary students. These will be published in an e-book, Davis Dolphin Tales, which will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price, as well as a print edition. We hope that many children will share their writings and many adults will purchase the e-book because all profits will go directly to the school library.
HOW we’re doing it:
With a game called Word Wyrm, which challenges the children to use specific words with specific prompts, and every successfully completed story, poem or essay submitted counts as a completed Quest.
To engage their emotions, the game has its own story — the titular Word Wyrm trying to devour all the words in the Davis library. In game, the kids are motivated to earn Health Points for endangered words by using them in their stories. Once a word reaches 10 HP, it is saved, and a new word will appear on the Endangered Word chart. At the same time, successfully submitted Quests earn the writer/player experience points, higher levels and Achievements.
WHY we are doing it:
As we discussed the possibilities of publishing a student anthology, we soon realized that we, as parents and educators, wanted every child to discover the power of the written word — specifically their written words — to make a difference in their own school. To do this it seemed best to use the two-fold process of allowing the students to ‘save’ words in game, which will then help the library they use every day.
HOW do you help?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any interest, queries or suggestions. I will be setting a meeting for early June to formalize our plan and welcome feedback.
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