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Almost Monthly Press December 2017 Edition

 

The{Almost} Monthly Press

December 2017 edition

 

Leaking News - The Hose Sprung a Leak in the Garden While Planting Leeks

 

By Szeder Brothers

 

It seemed like a normal meeting.  After sharing time and working on the book of thanks, my teacher casually leaked our plan, we would work in the garden. So we did . . . When we got out there, we decided to plant leeks. People like to put leeks in soup. Leeks are like onions, but mild instead of spicy. Parker leaked that he would help plant the leeks. He was on his second row of leek planting and I offered to help water. The hose wasn’t working properly at first, so I turned it up. It still wasn’t working so we gave it a kick. Then all of a sudden, a massive leak rained water all across the garden. Parker was in the water and was stuck, so Amy jumped in to save him. The leak was too strong, so in order to stop it, I jumped into the storm and clogged the leak while Amy turned the water off and the leak stopped leaking.

 

Applicious Deliciousness
By Isaiah Kepner

Apple pie day is the fun fall event at DSIS where everyone in the school gets together and makes apple pie.  I had the joy of being able to be part of it, and I hope that you had the opportunity as well.  Apple pie day has truly become an annual tradition, and for a reason.  I can sum up why everyone loves it in two words: Yum, Yum!  It is an event that everyone looks forward to, and it brings the two sides of the school together in a fun, creative project. It is great to have conversations with different people while making pies, and it is fun to meet people that you don’t know very well. Making apple pie with someone is a good way to strengthen relationships.
Making the apple pie is a fun experience in and of itself. You get to go outside, pick your favorite apple peeler-corer-slicer (who doesn’t love them?), and prepare your apples. Then you go inside, choose your dough ball, and smoosh it into a workable lump. It takes great hand strength to work the hard, cold dough before it is possible to do anything with it. Then you have to roll out the dough, using many handfuls of flour to make it not stick to everything. Once you have your crust in the bottom of your pie tin, you have to master the apple concoction.  This includes tossing the spiraled apples with sugar and various spices. It takes a lot of willpower not to add too much sugar. Then you need the right balance to see how much cinnamon and nutmeg to put in the pie.  An extra quarter-teaspoon of nutmeg can do a lot more than you realize.  Finally, you put the top crust on.  This is the creative part.  It is fun to mess around with different designs, deciding whether to lace the top or to make a bunch of swirly designs on the edges.  Apple pie making is a cross between making a fun simple recipe and the challenge of making the pie look beautiful and creative.

 




 

Bell, Coco and Jingle

 

The Three Kittens

By Ashlyn Szeder and Parker Szeder

 

We are fostering 3 kittens right now and their names are Jingle, Bell and Coco.  The kittens are 4 weeks old. We feed them three times a day. They are a lot of fun but they are also a lot of work because they make a lot of messes.  They are cute and playful so it is hard to do anything else besides play with them.  Coco is calm and likes to dance. Bell likes to clean herself and eat Jingle’s food.  Jingle is the biggest and has a little black beard.  We are taking care of them until they are ready for their new homes in a couple of weeks.


 

Trinity Surveys Students

Here are the results of my first survey. The topic for this survey was study preferences.  I asked two questions.  The first one was, “Where do you study?”  The second one was, “How do you study?”  I asked students to choose their answers from one of four choices.  The results are below.

 

This time I surveyed people in person by asking them.  For my next survey, please click HERE and respond to the questions online.  I will post the results in the next issue of The (Almost) Monthly Press.





 



 

 

The Police Boy
By Delfina Rejmankova


       Once upon a time there lived a small boy of about 7 years old and his only wish was to become a police. His father was a police, but his father said that he was too young to become a police.
        As he grew older Jack (the boy) wanted more and more to become a police. At the age of 10 his father invited him to the police station to start his police training. Jack was overjoyed, he had always hoped for this day to come.       

      Once they had reached the police station the receptionist said, “I am so sorry, but the police station is closed today, you can come tomorrow though if you wish”. Jack was very   disappointed, he had thought that his police training would start that very day.

The next day Jack begged his father to take him to the police station to start his police training. After a lot of convincing Jack’s father agreed to take him to the police station.

When they got to the police station the receptionist had Jack sign a contract. Now he was a junior police officer! Jack was very excited. The very next day he walked to the police station to start his training.

When he got there, he saw that all of the other junior policemen and policewomen had a pet animal. Some had tame lions and some had coyotes, it was a scary sight. Also, the teacher was very strict. “Why didn’t you bring an animal!” he growled. Jack was speechless, this wasn’t what he had expected on his first day.

Jack was miserable for the rest of the day. Oh, how he wished he had a pet. All the other kids in the class were always teasing him because he didn’t have an animal. And the teacher’s least favorite student was Jack.   

 

To be continued...look for more The Police Boy in the next edition of The (Almost) Monthly Press.

Holiday Hints list
By Isaiah Kepner


- You do not need 7 manger scenes; two or three is enough.
- Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie taste good in the holidays too.
- When you make cookies for your neighbors, save some for Dad.
- Make sure your outside Christmas lights are rain-proof.
- If your stockings aren’t stuffed enough, try cuties or oranges.
- It is not a good idea to try sharing chocolate advent calendars with your siblings.
- Make sure to take out the log holders, and make sure the fire isn’t burning on          .                 Christmas night.
- Do not use real stockings, especially ones that have been worn.  That would be     .                stinky.
- Make sure you are generous and give gifts too.  As many people say “It is more     .                blessed to give than to receive.”
- If you have a real tree, don’t put it near the fireplace



 


Happy holidays everybody!

Leatherbacks

By Mica Molina

My family and I recently took a trip to Mexico. While we were there we were lucky enough to see baby leatherback sea turtles being released. The people who were in charge of the releasing told us that they had at least one thousand baby turtles. They keep the turtles back at their camp during mating season.

The leatherback sea turtle is a very interesting animal with one particular feature. It eats jellyfish which are its main source of food. The leatherback sea turtle weighs a staggering two thousand pounds, which if you think about it’s speed (0.9-1.5 mph), makes sense. Sadly the leatherback sea turtle is critically endangered due to the fact that they can get caught in fishing nets and drown. That is not the only threat to the turtles, they often mistake plastic bags as jellyfish and choke on them. Leatherback sea turtles are especially vulnerable as babies because they are so small even though they grow up to six feet long. When they are small they are food for anything that is bigger than them that eats meat. This includes birds and crabs, but with people watching them all of the predators are scared off.

 

The ASL Corner

Tara and Etienne have been teaching us to communicate in sign language.  We are very grateful!  Here is a list of some of what we’ve learned so far:

 

Fingerspelling the alphabet

Learning and practicing names and fingerspelling names

Colors

Emotions - surprised, happy, sad, scared, worried and mad

Animals

“I understand/I don’t understand”

“I know/don’t know…”

“I want/dont’ want…”

“I like/dislike…”

“I love…(2 different ways)”

“Do you like?”

“Yes”, “No”, “Maybe”

Boy, Girl,

Brother, Sister, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother

Holidays

Words related to holidays


 

 

TO WRITE ARTICLES

If you want to contribute an article, poetry and/or artwork, you can either add it to our shared google document or get it to our new Editors and Chiefs, Isaiah Kepner and Trinity Majorins.  You can also put it in the Kepner/Majorins cubby for us to publish in the next (Almost) Monthly Press.  You can also give or send it to Cathy Bucher (cbucher@djusd.net)

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter December 19, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

December

21st - Craft Day from 1-3:00 in the Orange Rm.

21st - Please Sign up for Nature Bowl - our team registration is due

22nd - Last Day of the Semester/Minimum day - DSIS closed at 12:00

25th through Jan. 5th - Winter Break - DSIS Closed

 

January

8th - Teacher Work Day - DSIS is closed but staff will be working today.

9th - Back to School from Winter Break

9th - Field trip paperwork due for James and the Giant Peach

12th - Coffee with Mr. Kinder - at noon in room 1

15th - MLK Holiday - DSIS closed today

17th - DSIS Climate Committee Meeting from 8-8:45 in the Blue Room at DSIS - All welcome!

18th - First Nature Bowl Team Meeting - noon

19th - James and the Giant Peach Field Trip - Carpool from DSIS at 1:50 and the play starts at 12:30

25th - Poetry Tea Time - noon

 

Craft Day– December 21st from 1-3:00.

We will have different craft areas set up in room 1 for students to move around and create.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered to run a craft table and/or who donated craft supplies.  Please bring a basket or box to the event to keep and take your crafts home in.

 

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Our salmon are officially fry and are ready to be released back into the Sacramento river.  Cathy and Amy will be driving over to the Sacramento river on December 22nd at noon to release them.  We do not have an official field trip but those interested can talk to your DSIS teacher about where we will be.  Much appreciation to the Davis Fly Fishing Club and Department of Fish and Wildlife, for helping our school have this project and learn more about Chinook salmon.  

 

Fun Friday Calendar -

We have mostly finished up clay projects.  December 22nd - no workshop due to school closing at 12:25

 

Coffee with Mr. Kinder - Technology Focus - Rescheduled

We are happy to announce that on Friday, January 12th from 12:00-1:00, our principal, Mr. Kinder, will be offering a meeting for parents with an emphasis on technology.  In this hands-on gathering, Mr. Kinder will share a myriad of helpful and educational technology resources with parents.  Chromebooks will be provided, or you can bring your own laptop.  We’ll also have coffee on hand to keep you awake!

 

2018 Nature Bowl Team 3/4th grade & 5/6th gradeBe sure to sign up for the 2018 Nature Bowl this week.  Amy plans on sending off our team registration on Friday. We need at least 4 students for 3-4th and/or 5-6th grade teams who are interested in learning about nature and competing in our local competition at the Yolo Wetlands area on April 16th.  Please look at the information on the Nature Bowl website at http://yolobasin.org/nature-bowl/ and check in with Amy to sign up for our school team.  Our school needs to registrar this month for the competition so it is helpful to know now if you plan on participating so we know we have the minimum number of students for a team.

 

DSIS American Sign Language (ASL) Club – Fridays from 12-1:00

Thanks to Tara Williams, Etienne Williams and interested families, we will continue our weekly ASL club at DSIS.  The group meets from 12-1:00 on Fridays to first eat lunch and then do ASL activities and games.

 

News from The (Almost) Monthly Press staff:

We are publishing our first edition of the year this month.  We are also trying something a little different.  Instead of publishing in a word document, we are publishing in google docs.  This has several benefits, one is that your child can submit their entry directly into the document.  This saves the extra step of having to reformat once we copy and paste from word into google.  The January document is shared with all of you so please do not hesitate to contribute.  Your child does not need to come up with a new entry; he/she can simply share something that has already been created for school.  This is a great way for our community to share schooling ideas.  Parents are also welcome to contribute to the Press.  Please speak to your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter December 6, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

December

7th - Poetry Tea Time - 12:00 - 1:00

21st - Craft Day from 1-3:00 in the Orange Room - Volunteers Needed :-)

22nd - Last Day of the Semester/Minimum day - DSIS closed at 12:25

25th through Jan. 5th - Winter Break - DSIS Closed

 

January

8th - Teacher Work Day - DSIS is closed but staff will be working today.

9th - Back to School from Winter Break - First Day students are back to school after Winter Break.

12th - Coffee with Mr. Kinder - at noon in room 1

15th - MLK Holiday - DSIS closed today

17th - DSIS Climate Committee Meeting from 8-9:30 in the Blue Room at DSIS - All welcome!

 

Poetry Tea Time - December 7th at noon

Come join us for this collaboratively-led opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and share poetry.  Summer and Cathy will provide the tea.  Please let Cathy know if you can provide a snack for sharing and if your child will attend (cbucher@djusd.net). Students attending should bring a favorite poem or two to share with the group.  If they have it memorized, they can recite it.  They can also read it from a book.

 

End of the semester work-sample time – As part of the state requirements for Independent Study Schools, DSIS teachers collect at least 2 samples of a week’s worth of work for each main subject for each student during each semester.  If you have not already done so, please talk to your DSIS teacher about a good time to turn in your last work sample for the first semester.  At times having a product to share can be difficult so photos and short narratives of work might be a good way to go.

 

Craft Day– We need volunteers to help us create/run craft tables on December 21st from 1-3:00. Please talk to Amy or Cathy if you can volunteer to run a craft table at this event.  The plan is to have stations, at each table in room 1, for students to move through and make small crafts.  

 

Fun Friday Calendar -

Below is a list of what we have planned

  • December 8th - Clay Day - finish handbuilding with clay
  • December 15th - Last Clay Day - Glazing clay projects
  • December 22nd - no workshop this day due to school closing at 12:25

 

Salmon Release - This has been a good year for the salmon at DSIS.  So far we have not lost any of our 35 eggs or alevin.  Over the next few weeks we will continue observing as our alevin finish buttoning up and becoming fry.  When they are fry we will be returning them to the Sacramento River.  The release to the river will most likely happen on December 22nd.  We are not planning an official release field trip but those interested can talk to Amy about when she might love seeing you at the Sacramento River to send off our salmon.  Many thanks to the Davis Fly Fishing Club and Department of Fish and Wildlife, for helping our school make this happen.  

 

Coffee with Mr. Kinder - Technology Focus - Rescheduled

We are happy to announce that on Friday, January 12th from 12:00-1:00, our principal, Mr. Kinder, will be offering a meeting for parents with an emphasis on technology.  In this hands-on gathering, Mr. Kinder will share a myriad of helpful and educational technology resources with parents.  Chromebooks will be provided, or you can bring your own laptop.  We’ll also have coffee on hand to keep you awake!

 

2018 Nature Bowl Team 3/4th grade & 5/6th grade – It is time to form our teams for the 2018 Nature Bowl. We need at least 4 students for 3-4th and/or 5-6th grade teams who are interested in learning about nature and competing in our local competition at the Yolo Wetlands area on April 16th.  Please look at the information on the Nature Bowl website at http://yolobasin.org/nature-bowl/ and check in with Amy to sign up for our school team.  Our school needs to registrar this month for the competition so it is helpful to know now if you plan on participating so we know we have the minimum number of students for a team.

 

DSIS American Sign Language (ASL) Club – Fridays from 12-1:00

Thanks to Tara Williams, Etienne Williams and interested families, we will continue our weekly ASL club at DSIS.  The group meets from 12-1:00 on Fridays to first eat lunch and then do ASL activities and games.

 

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter November 14, 2017


Upcoming Dates:

November

14th - Annual DSIS Book of Thanks Page Due

15th - Salmon Eggs Arrive Today

16th - Thanksgiving Potluck Feast Lunch - 12:00 in the Orange rm. and Library

20-24th - Thanksgiving ...more

Homeschool Newsletter November 1, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

November

7th - Crust Making Volunteers Needed 2:00-4:00

9th - Apple Pie Day - make an apple pie at 10:00, 11:00, or 12:00

(All K-6 workshops canceled this day due to apple pie making ...more

HomeSchool Newsletter October 16, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

October

16-20th - Safety Week at DSIS (safety drills this week)

18th - School Climate Committee Meeting in Blue Room at 8AM

19th - First Poetry Tea Time at 12:00 in the lobby

20th - ASL ...more

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter October 2, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

October

5th - Secondary Articulation for all secondary schools - DSIS minimum day. No afternoon workshops or classes

6th - First ASL Club meeting from 12-1:00 in orange room - see info ...more

HomeSchool Newsletter September 18, 2017

Upcoming Dates:

September
19th - Back to School Night and Family Math Night 6:00

20th - School Climate Committee in room 1 at 8AM

20th - School Garden Work Party 8:30-9:45AM

26th - Mail Flat People – ...more

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter September 6, 2017

We hope starting back to school has been going well for everyone. This is our first DSIS Homeschool newsletter for the year. Hopefully it helps your family know about upcoming DSIS activities. We ...more

Welcome DSIS Families!

The following information is designed to help start off the school year smoothly and let families know what our plans are for the year.  Though much of the information is consistent from year to year, please be sure to read it over to refresh yourself and, as always, a few things have changed.
 

Changes in DSIS Staff and Welcoming New DSIS Families
We have four new staff this year.  Our new principal, Mr. Kinder, was around a bit at the end of last year but is now joining DSIS full time.  We are excited to have a full time principal leading our school.  We also welcome three new secondary teachers, Allison Chan, Alex Furlow and Shantel Sandoval.   We are also thrilled to have new students and their families to welcome.

 

Construction at DSIS over the summer
We have a new roof and heating and air system. Construction was completed the day before school started and we are in the process of cleaning up and moving back in.  It will be nice to have the much needed roof and consistent climate control this year.

 

School Hours
Monday from 8-4:30
Tuesday from 8-4:30

Wednesday from 10-4:30

Thursday from 8:00-4:30
Friday from 8:00-3:30
The school is closed on holidays and teacher work days during the school year.  

 

Workshops for grades K-8

Workshops start for students on August 31st. Please let your teacher know if you plan to attend workshops in the North Wing so that we know how many students to expect and prepare for in each group.  Due to the multiage grouping of students, workshops rotate through curriculum on a 2 or 3-year cycle. The curriculum is designed to give students hands-on experiences in a classroom community-learning environment.  The workshops are intended to help supplement the instruction that your family works on at home.  Attending workshops is a choice but instruction tends to build on previous lessons and the teachers recommend consistent attendance.
Classes - for grades 7- 12 begin the week of August 28th  
Classes including math, study skills, science, high school art and many high school blended courses (online class that also meet weekly) are available to junior high and high school-aged students.  These classes run similarly to college classes in that a small group works with a teacher 1-3 times a week, has homework, projects and tests from that teacher, and gets a grade from that teacher.  To find out more about what is available please talk to your DSIS teacher.
Reminder: “Classes” and “Workshops” are different.  While the workshop schedule is occasionally interrupted for special activities (i.e., Apple Pie Day and the Valentine’s Talent Show), classes meet every week unless the teacher specifically tells students otherwise.

 

Davis Joint Unified School District Music program grades 4-6 information
The DJUSD 4-6 grade music program and parent meetings information is on the DJUSD website.  http://www.djusd.k12.ca.us/music

 

DSIS computer lab
The computer lab is open to students when the school is open except during computer classes and workshops.  The schedule of classes will be posted on the computer lab door.    Please remind students to log off of the computer when they are done and to not eat or drink in the computer lab.  If you are new to our school and/or the lab, or just need a refresher, please see your DSIS teacher about getting an orientation to the lab.  

 

DSIS Library
Diane, our library technician, is an amazing help in the library.  She is a wonderful resource for finding all kinds of things.  It is well worth seeking her out for help finding books and resources.  When she is not available to help, our school library has a self-checkout system.  Be sure to talk to your DSIS teacher or Diane about how to check out books on your own when needed.

 

School Pictures/DSIS Student ID Cards
The first day of school, Wednesday, August 23, from 9-2, is picture day.  Please stop in to have your picture taken as Lifetouch will be providing our ID cards.  Even if you do not intend to purchase photos, we ask that everyone take photos so they are included in class pictures.  If you cannot come, or need make-ups, Lifetouch will be back on Friday, September 15.

 

Site Council
This group consists of DSIS students, parents, and staff.  The important job of this elected body is to represent the school community in making recommendations and decisions to help us be the best that we can be, including how to spend our School Improvement budget.  All members of our DSIS community are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly DSIS Site Council meetings in order to share ideas and take part in discussion. As we begin the school year, we will need to elect a new parent and new student representatives, who will consistently attend the meetings.  If you are interested and can help us with this important role, please talk to the DSIS office staff.  Our first meeting of the year is on September 6th at 8:00AM. You can also get information about these meetings on our school website http://dsis.djusd.net/sitecouncil

 

DSIS mailboxes
Please look for your DSIS mailbox in the north wing lobby near the main entrance.   We use mailboxes to help us share information, handouts, and fliers from the district, and to return items if we need to get them to your family.  Please remember to check your DSIS mailbox regularly.  

 

Playground Supervision and Expectations
We welcome families to use our outdoor space in the North Wing.  Students must be supervised by a parent or other adult when outside. To ensure everyone’s safety and to help maintain our equipment, we will be discussing playground expectations during our initial meetings.  In that way, our school’s needs for safe supervision and play are clear and met.

 

Give Away Shelf
We have a give away shelf for homeschooling families to share and exchange materials. Please check it out and take materials that would be useful. Likewise, feel free to bring in materials that you are no longer using and leave them on the shelf for someone else.  The shelf is located directly to the left of our B St. entrance.

 

Teacher Meeting
In an effort to coordinate and collaborate, Cathy and Amy will all begin meetings 10 minutes after the hour and finish on the hour. We are continuing to try to do our best to keep our meeting times to 50 minutes.  It is often hard to be limited to this time but it will help your DSIS teacher to be prepared when you arrive and accomplish paperwork tasks.

 

Student Name on work
Please help out your DSIS teacher by having your child put his or her name on any work that will be turned in.  This will save your teacher time during our hectic paperwork crunch times and assure that we meet the state requirement of having student names on all work samples.

 

Consumable Workbooks
Some consumable workbooks or packets for grades K-8 are provided by our school district as a result of the agreement made with publishers when textbooks were purchased.  These include Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies practice books for K-5 and English, Spelling, Math and Social Studies study guides for grades 6-8.
    
Photocopier
We are limited on the amount of copies we can make due to our tight budget.  If you need to make copies related to DSIS schoolwork, please talk to your homeschool teacher. We all need to be prudent in the use of the copier. We want everyone to have what he or she needs, but our budget is very tight and every copy is counted.

 

New Language Arts Materials

We have a lot of new language arts materials. Our district just invested a lot into new K-6 Benchmarks and 7-8 curriculum.  We have a little orientation to new materials planned for Friday at 1:10 in room 1 for those who are interested in learning more about the components of the new curriculum.

 

August and September DSIS Events
August
23rd - First Day of School

23rd - Picture Day from 9-2:00
25th - Introduction to new Benchmarks in Education Language Arts Materials at 1:00
29th - Welcome Back Taco Lunch and Games – room 1 at 12:00
31st - Workshops Begin

 

September

4th - Labor Day School Holiday – DSIS will be closed

6th - Site Council Meeting 8AM - All are invited and this will be held in the DSIS orange room

8th - Tea with the principal at 2:10

15th - Make-up Picture Day
19th - Back to School Night and Family Math Night 6:00

26th - Mail Flat People

2017-18 DSIS Workshops
Workshops rotate through curriculum on a 2 or 3 year cycle due to the multi-age groups and they are designed to give students hands on and a classroom community learning environment.  The workshops are intended to help supplement the instruction that your family works on at home.  Attending workshops is a choice but instruction tends to build on previous lessons and the teachers recommend consistent attendance.

 

K-1 Workshops
Tuesday 10:10-12:00 – Cathy Bucher in room 1
K-1 Integrated Kaleidoscope and Science–

This workshop is about becoming a community of learners with K-1 grade themes.  It is an opportunity for students to build speaking, listening, beginning math, reading  and writing skills, and to learn to work together in a classroom environment.  We will use literature, math calendar/games, walking field trips, movement and art to explore our budding community and the community around us.  Since this workshop is back to back with the K-1 Science workshop, we will incorporate our Science themes into our learning during this time and blend the workshops.

In Science this year we will cover 3 units of study using the Foss Curriculum.  We will start with Animals Two by Two, after winter break we will study Solids and Liquids and in the spring we will learn about Trees. Science class will be hands on, and we will focus on observing and asking questions. To find out more about the Foss curriculum, our units of study and to find lists of suggested books and websites on the topics we will be studying, I encourage families to go to the Foss website at http://www.fossweb.com/ca/

 

2-3 Workshops Science and Kaleidoscope
Thursday 10:10-12:00 – Amy Thomson in room 1

Structures of Life will be the first unit we study in science.  We will observe and compare seeds and fruits, germinate seeds, observe crayfish and snails and study how they adapt to and interact with their environment. Looking ahead, we will move into a unit called Pebbles Sand and Silt, and then finish the year with Sun, Moon and Stars.   Please explore the FOSS website for more information and resources.
http://www.fossweb.com/ca/

 

Kaleidoscope time in workshop is an opportunity for students to build speaking, listening, math and writing skills and to learn to work together in a classroom environment.  The focus of our work in this part of our studies will tie into the themes we are learning about in science and will include language arts, math calendar, gardening, movement and art.


4-6 Workshops Science and Kaleidoscope
Thursday 1:10-3:00 Amy Thomson in room 1

4-6 Science - We will start our workshop this year with a study of Scientific Method though the use of ramp, photogate timers and car experiments.  Our 3 main units of study this year will be a 5th grade unit on Living System (cells and human body), 6th grade unit on Energy in Earth's System and a Solid Earth 4th grade unit (rocks and minerals.)

 

Kaleidoscope (units will include Gardening, Nature, Art and technology) –We will start with learning and working in our school garden.  As the seasons progress, the group will at times be going back to continue projects in the garden. We will also be learning about working together through an Interact game simulation, art projects and technology units.

 

4-8 Workshop
Wednesday 2:30-4:00 Cathy Scarr in computer Lab
Robotics 4th -8th Grade

If you are in 4th-8th grades and would like to work as a team to build a robot, come to our workshop on Tuesday from 2:10-3:00 in the computer lab. We will establish a team using the VEX robotics system and will join other teams in the district for two competitions this fall. We will be given a challenge and build a robot which can solve that challenge. We need a parent or two who would be willing to co-coach the team and even meet with the team one other time during the week during this fall season. Please let Cathy Scarr know if you are interested. For more information, check out the VEX website: http://www.vexrobotics.com/competition/

K-8 Workshop
Friday 1:10-2:00 Amy Thomson in room 1

This workshop will gather to enjoy some fun and learning.  Activities will include crafts, games, short field trips, cooking, meeting as a book club, singing, and more.  Please see the schedule of activities for the first three weeks below.   Student and/or parent ideas and possible volunteer helpers at some fun Fridays would be wonderful.  Please talk to Amy if you are available to help and/or share ideas.  We sometimes get messy in this workshop (aprons and smocks are available) and students might want to dress in clothing that can get a little dirty.

 

Fun Friday Calendar         

Sept. 1st – Getting to know one another games
Sept. 8th –  Tea Party Preparation for the Principal

Sept. 15th - Painting – we will be doing a canvas painting project

Homeschool Newsletter May 30, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • June 1st – Last workshop this school year
  • June 2nd – End of the School Year Homeschool Potluck – Please bring a dish to share
    • 12:00 End of year ceremony for students (North Wing outside area)
    • 12:30 Share food and visit (room 1)
  • June 8th – Last Day of School – DSIS will close at noon the last day of school
  • June 8th – Graduation ceremony for our senior high students
  • August 23rd – First Day of the 2017-18 School Year

Announcements:

Library - Please return any and all books you are no longer using for school work.  Summer check out forms are available.  Summer checkouts are only available to returning students with no outstanding books and/or fines.  All books checked out in the summer are due back on the first day of school.

 

End of the Year Potluck

We will be having our end of the year Potluck on Thursday, June 2nd from 12:00 -1:30. Please bring a dish to share to the event.  First we will have a short recognition ceremony in our north wing outdoor area, then we will eat our lunch together. We could use a few helpers, so please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help to set-up or clean-up for this event.

 

Do you know of homeschool families that might like to attend DSIS next school year?  - We are in the process for planning for next year and would love to welcome new families who would like to join us next school year.  If a family is interested in enrolling or wants to know more about our school, we would like them to call our office at (530)757-5333 to make an appointment with Marvie Paulson, our counselor.  We welcome all prospective students to come see if we are the right school for them.

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter, May 1, 2017

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter

May 1, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • May 1st-5th– CAASPP and CAST Testing Week - No workshops or classes this week
  • May 10th– Monthly Press Meeting – noon in Room 1, bring your ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter April 17, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • April 18th– Climate Committee Meeting – noon in room 1
  • April 23rd– Welcoming Reception for WASC from 2:30-3:30 and at 3:30 the DSIS Parent/Guardian Focus Group meet with the ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter April 5, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • April 12th– Vision and Hearing Screenings 11-12:30PM
  • April 13th– Vision and Hearing Screening 11:30-1:00PM
  • April 13thor 14th - Chick Hatch Due Date – We Hope!
  • April 18th– Climate ...more

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter March 21, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • March 20-24th– Spring Safety Week – expect some review and/or practice of safety drills this week
  • March 23rd– Monthly Press Meeting - 12:10 in room 1
  • March 24th– Intent to Return ...more

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter March 6, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • March 9thAcademic Talent Search Testing (see information below)- at 3:30 w/ Marvie
  • March 14th– DSIS Open house - Science fair / 9th grade Geography Fair (New date)
  • March 20-24th

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter February 21, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • February 23rd Planning for 7th grade Meeting - 6th graders and their parents at noon in Rm 1
  • February 23rd– The (Almost) Monthly Press at 12:10 in room 1
  • February 24thAcademic ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter February 6, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • February 7th– DSIS Kindergarten Information Night from 6-7 in room 1
  • February 9th - 12:15 – Climate Committee Meeting
  • February 13th– Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday – DSIS ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter January 23, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • January 24th– DSIS Teacher Work Day – DSIS Closed
  • January 26th - The (Almost) Monthly Press meeting at 12:10 in room 1
  • January 30th– CCIS Conference - Some DSIS Staff will be ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter January 9, 2017

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • January 16th– MLK holiday – DSIS Closed
  • January 17th– DSIS Climate Committee – All are welcome at 12:05 in rm. 1
  • January 19th– First Meeting of Nature Bowl Teams – Noon in room ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter December 19, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • December 23rd– Minimum Day – DSIS closes at 12:00
  • December 26th - January 6th– Winter Break
  • December 9th– First Day Back from break
  • January 16th– MLK holiday – DSIS Closed
  • January ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter December 5, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • December 6th– CAASSPP Math Interim assessment grades 3-6th– Rm 1 from 1:00-3:00
  • December 8thThe (Almost) Monthly Press Meeting at 12:10 in Rm 1
  • December 9thPlease bring ...more

Almost Monthly Press November Edition

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Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter November 28, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • December 2nd– Food donations due for our adopted family to DSIS main office
  • December 6th– CAASSPP Math Interim assessment grades 3-6th– Rm 1 from 1:00-3:00
  • December 8th - Almost ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter November 7, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • November 8th– Student Election Day at DSIS
  • November 11th– Veteran’s Day Holiday, DSIS will be closed
  • November 12th– WASC Survey closes at midnight
  • November 15th– School Site ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter October 24, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • October 24th– 28th Safety Week at DSIS (safety drills this week)
  • October 24th-28th Computer Workshops begin this week
  • October 28th Last day of the first quarter of the school ...more

DSIS HomeSchool Newsletter October 10, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • ASAP – Please turn in driving paperwork for our pumpkin patch fieldtrip
  • October 11th DSIS Garden Work Party from 10-12:00
  • October 13th Chico Bag Order and payment due to Cindy ...more

Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter October 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • October 13th Chico Bag Order and payment due to Cindy in the front office
  • October 21st Impossible Acres Field Trip from 12:30-2:30 PM

Fun Friday Calendar

Are you wondering ...more

DSIS Homeschool Newsletter September 19, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • September 20th DSIS School Site Council Meeting – 12:05 in room 1
  • September 21st Back to School Night from 6-7:00PM
  • September 27th OLSAT universal testing for 3rd Grade – ...more

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter September 6, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • Sept. 5th Labor Day School Holiday – DSIS was closed yesterday
  • September 16th Make-up Picture Day
  • September 20th DSIS School Site Council Meeting
  • September 21st Back to ...more

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter June 6, 2016

Upcoming events

  • June 7th– End of the School Year Potluck – Please bring a dish to share
    • 11:30 End of year ceremony for students (North Wing outside area –drop food in the office before the ceremony)
    • 12 ...more

Updated April (Almost) Monthly Press

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DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter May 24, 2016

Upcoming events

  • May 25th – Last 2nd-3rd grade Computer Workshop for this school year
  • May 30th – Memorial Day Holiday – DSIS is closed
  • June 3rd- Last Day of Workshops for this school year
  • June 7th – End of the School Year Potluck – Please bring a dish to share
    • 11:30 End of year ceremony for students (North Wing outside area – drop food in the office before the ceremony)
    • 12-1:00 Share food and visit (DSIS Library Area)
  • June 9th – Last Day of School – DSIS closes at noon
  • June 9th – Graduation Ceremony for our senior high students

Announcements:

Work Samples -   If you have not done so please check in with your DSIS teacher about work samples.

Library Materials and Summer Checkouts - Please return materials to our library that you have finished using this year.  It is also a time to consider checking out books over the summer if you need them for planning next year.  A summer checkout form is available in the DSIS library.

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club –Two more meetings! Come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

Upcoming Fun Friday Plans – Fridays from 1:10-2:00 in room 1

  • May 27 –We will be reading Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell and mailing letters.
  • June 3 –12:10-2:15 Movie and Pizza Party – To celebrate the end of the school year and our last Fun Friday together we will watching a Finding Nemo and eating pizza to eat while we watch the movie.

End of School Year Celebration Potluck Lunch - We will be having our end of the year Potluck on Tuesday, June 7th from 11:30 -1:00. We could use a few helpers, so please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help to set-up or clean-up for this event. Please bring a peanut and tree nut free dish to share to the event.  In order to help with the set up, we ask that you drop your dish off in the office prior to coming to the ceremony in the North Wing.  After our short recognition ceremony at the north wing outdoor area, we will move to the Orange room and library to join the whole school eating together.

DSIS Senior High Graduation - We are looking forward to the graduation ceremony on June 12th at 4:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building at DSHS.  Please talk to Cindy or your DSIS teacher if your family is interested and can help give out programs, serve refreshments or help clean up at the event.

Do you know of homeschool families that might like to attend DSIS next school year?  - We are in the process for planning for next year and would love to welcome new families who would like to join us next school year.  If a family is interested in enrolling or wants to know more about our school we would like them to call our office at (530)757-5333 to make an appointment with Marvie Paulson, our counselor.  We welcome all prospective students to come see if we are the right school for them.

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter

May 9, 2016

 

Upcoming events

  • May 11th – Importance of Sleep Talk at King High School – 5:30PM
  • May 12th - CAASPP Make up session from 9-12:00 in the computer lab
  • May 12th – Mindstorms resume
  • May 17th – School Site Council meeting – at 12:05 in room 1
  • May 19th – PE testing at DSIS
  • May 20th – Monthly Press Articles Due
  • May 21st – Volunteer Opportunity - Double Davis Bike Race Rest Stop
  • May 25th – Last 2nd-3rd grade Computer Workshop for this school year
  • May 30th – Holiday – DSIS is closed
  • June 3rd- Last Day of Workshops for this school year
  • June 7th – End of the School Year Potluck – Please bring a dish to share
    • 11:30 End of year ceremony for students (North Wing outside area)
    • 12-1:00 Share food and visit (DSIS Library Area)
  • June 9th – Last Day of School
  • June 9th – Graduation ceremony for our senior high students

Announcements:

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

Work Samples -   It is the time of the year to check in about collecting work samples.  If you have not already done so please check in with your DSIS teacher about work samples.

 

Importance of Sleep Talk -   We are excited to welcome Deborah Burnett to our school on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. She will speak to us about the importance of sleep and the various things that can affect our quality of sleep.

 

Chick Update -   We have 2 healthy chicks who hatched on May the 4th.  Be sure to check on them over the next few weeks when you are at DSIS.  They will grow and change quickly.

 

Library Materials and Summer Checkouts - Please start to return materials to our library that your family is not using or will not need for the rest of the school year.  Getting some books back now will help our library a lot.  This is also a good time to think about books your family might need over the summer.  If you need textbook materials for planning or to work over the summer, a summer checkout form will be available soon.

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press – We’re powering down the press!  If you would like to submit an article for this month’s publication, please do so by Friday, May 20th.  There will not be a June publication.  We hope to resume next year.  Thanks to all the contributors for making it such a joy to read this year.

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club –If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Upcoming Fun Friday Plans – Fridays from 1:10-2:00 in room 1

  • May 13 – Mural Painting Part 2 – We will be doing more painting this week including finishing up our murals for those who need to.
  • May 20 – We will be reading The Secret Shortcut By Mark Teague and going on our own Adventure/Treasure/Scavenger Hunt

 

Davis Double Century Rest Stop Community Service on Saturday, May 21st  - For many years a group of DSIS students (and a few DSIS alumni) volunteer to help the Davis bike club http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  with the Davis Double Century Bike Race by running the last rest stop on the 200 mile bike ride.  We organize, set up and run the rest stop at West Plainfield fire department http://www.westplainfieldfire.com/ along with the volunteer fire fighters.  The rest stop runs from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight.  Students generally help for a shift of about ½ the time.  While helping at the rest stop we make and serve snacks, chili and grilled cheese sandwiches; prepare fruit, cookies and other snacks; serve drinks; ask riders if they need anything; help keep the area clean and cheer on riders.  To signing up to volunteer at the rest stop please talk to Amy and sign up at the following link

http://dcvolunteers.seadogdesigns.com/all-listings/saturday-may-21-2016/rest-stop-workers/rs-9-west-plainfield/

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office. 

 

End of School Year Celebration Potluck Lunch - We will be having our end of the year Potluck on Tuesday, June 7th from 11:30 -1:00. We could use a few helpers, so please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help to set-up or clean-up for this event. Please bring a peanut and tree nut free dish to share to the event.  We will start with a short recognition ceremony at the north wing outdoor area before we move to the Orange room and library to join the whole school eating together

 

DSIS Senior High Graduation - We are looking forward to the graduation ceremony on June 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building at DSHS.  Please talk to your Cindy or DSIS teacher if your family is interested and can help give out programs, serve refreshments and help clean up at the event.

 

Do you know of homeschool families that might like to attend DSIS next school year?  - We are in the process for planning for next year and would love to welcome new families who would like to join us next school year.  If a family is interested in enrolling or wants to know more about our school we would like them to call our office at (530)757-5333 to make an appointment with Marvie Paulson, our counselor.  We welcome all prospective students to come see if we are the right school for them.

Elementary News Letter

Upcoming events

  • May 3-4th – Our chicks are due to hatch
  • May 5th - Mindstorms cancelled due to testing
  • May 12th – Mindstorms resume
  • May 17th – School Site Council meeting – at 12:05 in room 1
  • May 21st – Volunteer opportunity - Double Davis Bike Race Rest Stop
  • May 30th – Holiday – DSIS is closed

 

Announcements:

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics ClubOur club meeting on May 5th is cancelled, due to testing; we resume on May 12th . If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Fun Friday Plans

  • April 29 – Recycled Art Project – we will be making toy cars and other creations out of recycled materials.   We need a few adult helpers to help with tools and hot glue guns.  If you can volunteer to stay for the hour please talk to Amy  ****  Due to being rained out on Earth Day we will try to incorporate using our solar ovens into meeting times, workshops and/or Fun Friday this week. 

Davis Double Century Rest Stop Community Service on Saturday, May 21st  - For many years a group of DSIS students (and a few DSIS alumni) volunteer to help the Davis bike club http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  with the Davis Double Century Bike Race by running the last rest stop on the 200 mile bike ride.  We organize, set up and run the rest stop at West Plainfield fire department http://www.westplainfieldfire.com/ along with the volunteer fire fighters.  The rest stop runs from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight.  Students generally help for a shift of about ½ the time.  While helping at the rest stop we make and serve snacks, chili and grilled cheese sandwiches; prepare fruit, cookies and other snacks; serve drinks; ask riders if they need anything; help keep the area clean and cheer on riders.  To signing up to volunteer at the rest stop please talk to Amy and sign up at the following link

http://dcvolunteers.seadogdesigns.com/all-listings/saturday-may-21-2016/rest-stop-workers/rs-9-west-plainfield/

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter April 12, 2016

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter

 

April 12, 2016

 

 

Upcoming events

  • April 12th – School to Farm Fieldtrip 9:30-11:15 (depart from DSIS at 9:15)
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters – We will not be having regular Science Workshops this day due to Nature Bowl – All are welcome to attend and cheer on our teams thought!
  • April 19th – School Climate meeting at 12:05
  • April 19th – CAASP testing grades 3-6th (3rd grade in morning and 4-6 in the afternoon)
  • April 21st – CAASP testing grades 3-6th (3rd grade in morning and 4-6 in the afternoon)
  • May 17th – School Site Council meeting – at 12:05 in room 1

 

Announcements:

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

School to Farm field trip – If you’re going with us tomorrow, please arrive at DSIS around 9:00 AM.  A donation of $3 per student is requested.  It should be a glorious day our at the garden.

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

Nature Bowl –Our Nature Bowl teams will be going to the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Our team members have been practicing, studying nature concepts and creating Enviromercals for the event.  We look forward to having fun, working as a team and learning at the event.  Due to Nature Bowl we will not have workshops on the 14th.

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club – If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Fun Friday Plans

  • April 15 – Mural Project – group art activity
  • April 22 – Earth Day Celebration/Bike to School Program Kick-Off will replace Fun Friday this week.  This school-wide event will take place from 12:30-2:30 in the main building parking lot.  Peter Wagner will bring his Whymcycles for students to ride and we’ll have a solar oven cook out (bring your own solar oven project).  Please plan on dropping your solar oven off at school earlier that day or earlier in the week so you can bike to school.  Parents, because teachers will be running stations at this event, we ask that your child is accompanied by an adult to this event.
  • April 29 – Recycled Art Project

 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing – Coming up at the second half of April our school will be administering the CAASPP.  If you would like to get more information about the test and use or look at practice test materials you may visit the website at http://www.caaspp.org/.

Teachers have a handout to give you listing your student’s testing times.  Please pick this up at your meeting this week (or check your mailbox).

Note:  Due to testing the K/1 Workshop on Wednesday, April 20 from 10:10-12:00 will be cancelled.  Some teacher/student meetings might need to be cancelled, as well.

 

Davis Double Century Rest Stop Community Service on Saturday, May 21st  - For many years a group of DSIS students (and a few DSIS alumni) volunteer to help the Davis bike club http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  with the Davis Double Century Bike Race by running the last rest stop on the 200 mile bike ride.  We organize, set up and run the rest stop at West Plainfield fire department http://www.westplainfieldfire.com/ along with the volunteer fire fighters.  The rest stop runs from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight.  Students generally help for a shift of about ½ the time.  While helping at the rest stop we make and serve snacks, chili and grilled cheese sandwiches; prepare fruit, cookies and other snacks; serve drinks; ask riders if they need anything; help keep the area clean and cheer on riders.  To signing up to volunteer at the rest stop please talk to Amy and sign up at the following link http://dcvolunteers.seadogdesigns.com/all-listings/saturday-may-21-2016/rest-stop-workers/rs-9-west-plainfield/

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office. 

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter - March 28, 2016

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter

 

March 28, 2016

 

 

Upcoming events

  • March 29th – Fill out necessary field trip forms and return to office (see note below)
  • April 1st – Intent to Return forms are due to the DSIS office
  • April 12th – School to Farm Fieldtrip 9:30-11:15 (depart from DSIS at 9:15)
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters – We will not be having regular Science Workshops this day due to Nature Bowl – All are welcome to attend and cheer on our teams thought!
  • April 19th – School Climate meeting at 12:05
  • April 19th – CAASP testing grades 3-6th (3rd grade in morning and 4-6 in the afternoon)
  • April 21st – CAASP testing grades 3-6th (3rd grade in morning and 4-6 in the afternoon)

 

Announcements:

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

School to Farm field trip – Join us on April 12th from 9:30-11:15 for a trip to the UCD student farm. The Student Farm at UCD describes the experience as follows: “We feature small group activities that allow children to explore, discover, and play in a garden setting.  The field trips take place in the Ecological Garden at the UC Davis Student Farm where flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and other plants grow year-round.  Students also visit the Market Garden at the Student Farm to see vegetable production in a farm setting.  Exploring the garden, farm and surrounding habitat provides an enriching, hands-on learning experience.” Please get a permission slip from your teacher and fill it out as soon as possible. Hope to see you there!

***Every driver must have their current insurance card and driver’s license on file ASAP. Please see Cindy in the front office for the form.

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

Nature Bowl – Only about 2 more weeks to go until our big day!  Our Nature Bowl teams will be practicing most Fridays at lunch up until the Nature Bowl Event.   We will be going to the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Our team members are also studying nature concepts and creating an Enviromercal independently for the event.

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club – If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Fun Friday Plans

  • April 1 – Patterns – Pattern block and coloring project day – come ready to be creative!
  • April 8 - Poetry – To help celebrate National Poetry month please bring a poem to share and we will be working on writing a poem.
  • April 15 – Mural Project – group art activity
  • April 22 – Earth Day Celebration (Solar Cook Out – bring your own solar oven project)
    • All are invited to create a solar cooker at home to bring to school to share and we will be making cheese quesadillas in.  We will be doing a few games and a small craft as part of our celebration.  Herbal sun tea, fruit, and sharing quesadillas snacks will be as part of this celebration.
  • April 29 – Recycled Art Project

 

Chicken Egg Incubation Project – Still looking for fertile eggs…. This project will hopefully start incubating soon.

 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing – Coming up at the second half of April our school will be administering the CAASPP.  If you would like to get more information about the test and use or look at practice test materials you may visit the website at http://www.caaspp.org/.

Please talk to your DSIS teacher to get more information about the test and schedule at DSIS.

 

CURRENT 6TH – 11TH GRADERS - SCHEDULING FOR CLASSES FOR THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR

A letter has been mailed with details re. program planning for next year.  Please contact Marvie Paulson at mpaulson@djusd.net or 757-5333, ext. 370, if you have any questions. 

 

Davis Double Century Rest Stop Community Service on Saturday, May 21st  - For many years a group of DSIS students (and a few DSIS alumni) volunteer to help the Davis bike club http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  with the Davis Double Century Bike Race by running the last rest stop on the 200 mile bike ride.  We organize, set up and run the rest stop at West Plainfield fire department http://www.westplainfieldfire.com/ along with the volunteer fire fighters.  The rest stop runs from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight.  Students generally help for a shift of about ½ the time.  While helping at the rest stop we make and serve snacks, chili and grilled cheese sandwiches; prepare fruit, cookies and other snacks; serve drinks; ask riders if they need anything; help keep the area clean and cheer on riders.  To signing up to volunteer at the rest stop please talk to Amy and sign up at the following link http://dcvolunteers.seadogdesigns.com/all-listings/saturday-may-21-2016/rest-stop-workers/rs-9-west-plainfield/

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.  

The Almost Monthly Press March 2016

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DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter - March 14, 2016

Upcoming events

  • March 14-18th – DSIS Safety Week – We will be practicing safety drills this week
  • March 15th – School Site Council Meeting at 12:05 in Room 1
  • March 18thNo Nature Bowl Practice or Fun Friday workshop today
  • March 21-25 – Spring Break – DSIS will be closed
  • April 6-7th – Chick Hatch at DSIS (we hope!)
  • April 12th – School to Farm Fieldtrip 9:30-11:15
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters
  • April 19th – School Climate meeting at 12:05

 

Announcements:

Thanks!!! We are grateful for all of the wonderful science fair projects and for your joining us at our Open House event.  It’s truly a pleasure to be a part of the DSIS homeschooling community in partnership with you.

 

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

Nature Bowl – Our Nature Bowl teams will be practicing most Fridays at lunch up until the Nature Bowl Event.   We will be going to the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Our team members are also studying nature concepts and creating an Enviromercal independently for the event.

 

School to Farm field trip – Join us on April 12th for a trip to the UCD student farm. The Student Farm at UCD describes the experience as follows: “We feature small group activities that allow children to explore, discover, and play in a garden setting.  The field trips take place in the Ecological Garden at the UC Davis Student Farm where flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and other plants grow year-round.  Students also visit the Market Garden at the Student Farm to see vegetable production in a farm setting.  Exploring the garden, farm and surrounding habitat provides an enriching, hands-on learning experience.” Hope to see you there!

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club – If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Chicken Egg Incubation Project – We will be starting up our Incubator and are hoping to hatch some chicken eggs at school.  The plan is to put the eggs in the incubator on March 16th and see them hatch on April 6th and 7th.  If you know anyone who might be able to supply a dozen fertile chicken eggs for the project please let Amy know.  It can be tricky finding someone who has fertile eggs to donate.  If we get chicks we will raise them at DSIS for a few weeks and then send them home with someone from school who is interested and can take straight run chicks (boys and girls) or Amy will take them home.  Please talk to Amy if your family would like to be on the list of people interested in adopting chickens from this project.

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges and only needs 4 more for her next shipment. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.  

 

CURRENT 6TH – 11TH GRADERS - SCHEDULING FOR CLASSES FOR THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR

A letter has been mailed with details re. program planning for next year.  Please contact Marvie Paulson at mpaulson@djusd.net or 757-5333, ext. 370, if you have any questions. 

 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing – Coming up at the second half of April our school will be administering the CAASPP.  If you would like to get more information about the test and use or look at practice test materials you may visit the website at http://www.caaspp.org/

 

Davis Double Century Rest Stop Community Service on Saturday, May 21st  - For many years a group of DSIS students (and a few DSIS alumni) volunteer to help the Davis bike club http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  with the Davis Double Century Bike Race by running the last rest stop on the 200 mile bike ride.  We organize, set up and run the rest stop at West Plainfield fire department http://www.westplainfieldfire.com/ along with the volunteer fire fighters.  The rest stop runs from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight.  Students generally help for a shift of about ½ the time.  While helping at the rest stop we make and serve snacks, chili and grilled cheese sandwiches; prepare fruit, cookies and other snacks; serve drinks; ask riders if they need anything; help keep the area clean and cheer on riders.  To signing up to volunteer at the rest stop please talk to Amy and sign up at the following link http://dcvolunteers.seadogdesigns.com/all-listings/saturday-may-21-2016/rest-stop-workers/rs-9-west-plainfield/

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter - March 1, 2016

Upcoming events

  • March 2nd – Read Across America Read-a-thon from 10-1:00 in room 1
  • March 9th – DSIS Open House, Science Fair, and 9th Grade Geography Fair 6-7:00PM
  • March 9th – Homeschool Information Night for interested new families 7-7:30
  • March 14-18th – DSIS Safety Week – We will be practicing safety drills this week
  • March 15th – School Site Council Meeting at 12:05 in Room 1
  • March 21-25 – Spring Break – DSIS will be closed
  • April 6-7th – Chick Hatch at DSIS (we hope!)
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters

 

Announcements:

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

Work Samples - It’s time again to gather student work samples for the beginning of this semester if you have not already done so with your DSIS teacher. Each quarter we gather all written work in each of subject areas (Language arts, Social Studies, Math, Science) during one week of instruction. Please make sure that the work you provide as a sample correlates with what is written on the learning log. Thank you for your help with this.

 

Read Across America Read-a-thon – On March 2nd from 10:00-1:00 we will host a Read-a-thon to celebrate reading.  Bring your blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and your favorite books and join us in Room 1.  We will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and listen to members from our community read to us.  You can come for the whole three hours or drop in for a shorter period of time.  If you, a family member or family friend would like to read a short book, please let Cathy Bucher know.  We’d love to have you participate!

 

Science Fair –Science Fair will take place at the DSIS Open House on the evening of March 9th. The Science Fair is 1 week and a few days away. We have about 3 available ready to use science fair display boards available if anyone needs one just talk to Amy or your DSIS teacher about picking one up.

 

Fun Friday Upcoming Plans

            March 4th – Origami

            March 11th – Paper Airplane building and Airport Launching

            March 18th – Not meeting today

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

Nature Bowl – Our Nature Bowl teams will be practicing most Fridays at lunch up until the Nature Bowl Event.   We will be going to the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Our team members are also studying nature concepts and creating an Enviromercal independently for the event.

 

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club – If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Chicken Egg Incubation Project – We will be starting up our Incubator and are hoping to hatch some chicken eggs at school.  The plan is to put the eggs in the incubator on March 16th and see them hatch on April 6th and 7th.  If you know anyone who might be able to supply a dozen fertile chicken eggs for the project please let Amy know.  It can be tricky finding someone who has fertile eggs to donate.  If we get chicks we will raise them at DSIS for a few weeks and then send them home with someone from school who is interested and can take straight run chicks (boys and girls) or Amy will take them home.  Please talk to Amy if your family would like to be on the list of people interested in adopting chickens from this project.

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges and only needs 4 more for her next shipment. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.  

 

ACADEMIC TALENT SEARCH – 4th to 9th GRADE STUDENTS

Students in the 4th through 9th grade who are interested in attending summer classes in the Academic Talent Search Program at Sacramento State need to complete an application and take a placement test. The program offers unique, fun, and fast-paced courses.  Classes are designed to accelerate learning in subject areas the student enjoys. There is a $15 fee for the placement test.  Fee waivers are available.  The fee is collected on the test date.  Testing will be happening at DSIS on Tuesday, March 8th  at 4:00 p.m.  It is an hour test.  If this date does not work for you, students can take the test at another school site.  Please contact Marvie Paulson, the school counselor, for additional dates.   The application forms are available at the front desk of DSIS or from their DSIS teacher.   PLEASE TURN IN APPLICATIONS BY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH to Cindy Martell, our secretary.  The # of tests needed will be ordered February 26th.  If you have any questions, please contact Marvie Paulson at mpaulson@djusd.net or 757-5333, ext. 370.

 

CURRENT 6TH – 11TH GRADERS - SCHEDULING FOR CLASSES FOR THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR

A letter has been mailed with details re. program planning for next year.  Please contact Marvie Paulson at mpaulson@djusd.net or 757-5333, ext. 370, if you have any questions. 

DSIS (Almost) Monthly Press - February 2016

Click HERE to view the February Edition of the Almost Monthly Press!

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter - February 1, 2016

Upcoming events

  • February 11th - DSIS Talent Show/ Valentine Exchange 10:30 deliver valentines, 11:00 Talent Show in Rm. 1 and 12:00 open valentines
  • February 15th – Holiday – DSIS Closed
  • February 16th – School Climate Committee meeting at 12:05 in room 1
  • February 17th – Permission Slips due for Jack and the Beanstalk
  • February 19th – Jack and the Beanstalk Fieldtrip, 11:50-1:30
  • February 23rd – Patio Workday, 10:00-12:00
  • March 9th – DSIS Open House, Science Fair, and 9th Grade Geography Fair
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters

Announcements

 

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

Valentine’s Day Talent Show / Valentine Exchange – February 11th - We welcome every talent from telling jokes to interpretive dance.  In order to make the event fun for all ages, we ask that you keep your performance under 3 minutes long.  A sign-up will be posted in our lobby so we can plan our program.  Please bring a shoebox to decorate to your meeting this week.  More information about valentine mailboxes will come to you through your DSIS teacher meetings.

Jack and the Beanstalk Fieldtrip – Please join us on Friday, February 19 for a special Fun Friday event.  We will meet at 11:50 at Brunelle Performance Hall and attend the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere production of Jack and the Beanstalk.  The show will be narrated by Michael Lackey and accompanied by live music by the award-winning and nationally recognized DHS Sympony Orchestra.   After the show, we will walk over to the tables under the solar panels and enjoy lunch together from 1:00-1:30.  Please be sure to turn in the fieldtrip permission slip at least 2 days ahead of the event to help us with paperwork and planning.

Patio Workday – Feb. 23rd - Come help us prepare the sandbox area for our new patio.  We will be setting up the sand box area to brick over our outdoor space.  We also could use help weeding and caring for our garden area.  We plan on meeting and working in the North Wing outdoor space from 10-12:00.

Science Fair –Please look for DSIS Science Fair information in your DSIS mailbox. Science Fair will take place at the DSIS Open House on the evening of March 9th. The Science Fair is always a highlight of the year and we all learn so much from students’ interesting experiments and research projects.

Fun Friday Upcoming Plans

            February 5th – Fuse beads  

            February 12th – Salad bar – please bring a salad topping to share

            February 19th – Fieldtrip to Jack and the Beanstalk – 11:50-1:30

            February 26th – Game Day – Problem solving group games

            March 4th – Origami

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press - The Monthly Press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

Nature Bowl – Good news!  We have enough people students interested to have a 3-4th and/or 5-6th grader nature bowl team this year (and we have room for more team members if you are interested.)   We will be going to the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Please look at the information on the Nature Bowl website at http://yolobasin.org/nature-bowl and check in with Amy to sign up for our school team. 

As a member of our DSIS Nature Bowl team (of at least 3 people) each student will:

  • Study vocabulary and nature concepts independently
  • Independently prepare a 1 minute “Enviro-mercial” talk on a nature topic
  • Attend about 8 team meetings at DSIS in order to practice working as team and to practice each nature bowl activity for the event. Tentatively our meetings will be on Fridays at noon starting on February 5th. 
  • Participate in Nature Bowl as part of our team on April 14that the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.

Lego Mindstorm Robotics Club – If you are interested in building with Lego and want to try your hand at some elementary robotics, come to the computer lab in the library on Thursdays from noon to 1.

 

Thank You,
Cathy Bucher, Amy Thomson and Cathy Scarr

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter January 4, 2016

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter

 

January 4, 2016

 

Upcoming events

  • January 4th Happy 2016 and welcome back to School!
  • January 12th – School Site Council Meeting – 12:05 in room 1
  • January 18th  – MLK Day – School Holiday and DSIS is closed
  • January 22nd – Last Day of Semester
  • January 26thTeacher Work Day at DSIS – We will not be meeting students, having workshops or classes today. Other school sites take the teacher work day on different days so although DSIS will not be meeting students today other school sites will be.
  • February 11th - DSIS Talent Show/ Valentine Exchange 10:30 deliver valentines, 11:00 Talent Show in Rm. 1 and 12:00 open valentines
  • March 9th – DSIS Open House, Science Fair, and 9th Grade Geography Fair
  • April 14th – Nature Bowl at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters

 

Announcements/ Attachments:

 

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

Salmon Update – Our salmon are doing great and have buttoned up (no more yolk sack.)  Be sure to check on them and help feed them when you are at DSIS.  We will be planning a trip to the Sacramento River to release them soon.

 

The DSIS Almost Monthly Press – It was wonderful reading our first 2015-16 edition of our student paper! The Monthly press will need more articles for the next edition and is asking students to contribute to the newspaper.  Please contact Sofia Campos (leave a note in her student mailbox) or Cathy Bucher, if you’d like to contribute.

 

End of the semester work sample time – As part of the state requirements for Independent Study Schools DSIS teachers collect at least 2 samples of a week’s worth of work for each main subject for each student during each semester.  If you have not already done so please collect and turn in your last work sample for this semester.  At times having a product to share can be difficult so photos and short narratives of work might be a good way to go.

 

3-6th graders please join our Nature Bowl team - We are forming teams of 3-4th and/or 5-6th graders who are interested in learning about nature and competing in our local competition at the Yolo Wetlands area on April 14th.  Please look at the information on the Nature Bowl website at http://yolobasin.org/nature-bowl and check in with Amy to sign up for our school team.  We will need to have at least 3 committed students in grades 3-4 and/or 5-6 in order to compete and Amy will need to make sure we have enough participation to sign up by January 15th.  We can also use some volunteers to help coach our DSIS team(s) and coaches have a training on January 13th from 4-5:15 at the Yolo Basin Foundation headquarters.  DSIS parents and students 7th grade and older would be fabulous to have as coaches!

 

As a member of our DSIS Nature Bowl team (of at least 3 people) each student will:

  • Study vocabulary and nature concepts independently
  • Independently prepare a 1 minute “Enviro-mercial” talk on a nature topic
  • Attend about 8 team meetings at DSIS in order to practice working as team and to practice each nature bowl activity for the event. Tentatively our meetings will be on Fridays at noon starting on February 5th. 
  • Participate in Nature Bowl as part of our team on April 14that the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters

 

Valentine’s Day Talent Show / Valentine Exchange – February 11th - Start working on your act for our amazing, annual talent show.  We welcome every talent from telling jokes to interpretive dance.  In order to make the event fun for all ages, we ask that you keep your performance under 3 minutes long.  A sign-up will be posted in our lobby so we can plan our program.  More information about valentine mailboxes will come to you through your DSIS teacher meetings.

 

Science Fair –It’s time to start brainstorming ideas for your project. Science Fair will take place at the DSIS Open House on the evening of March 9th. The Science Fair is always a highlight of the year and we all learn so much from students’ interesting experiments and research projects.

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges, and she only needs 3 more to send in another shipment. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.

 

Thank You,
Cathy Bucher, Amy Thomson and Cathy Scar

 

The (Almost)Monthly Press

The (Almost)Monthly Press

December 2015 Edition

 

The Monthly Press is Back

From the Editor and Chief

Hi.  My name is Sofia Campos and I am a 3rd grader at DSIS.  I am the new Editor and Chief of the Monthly Press.  We need articles!  Join us to help build up the Monthly Press.  You could write about events at our school or field trips you go on.  You could write about workshops and what you’re learning at DSIS.  You could write a book review and suggest books from the library.  You could write about sports, music or other extra-curricular activities you do outside of school.  If you want to have an ongoing entry in the Press, you could write about a particular topic, like Health and Fitness, create a comic strip, an advice column, or any other ideas you might have.  You can also contribute art you’d like published.  We’ll take it all.  If you want to contribute, either email contact@monthly-press.com, Loop-mail it to Sofia Campos or put it in the Campos cubby for us to publish in the next (possible) Monthly Press.               I want you.jpgTo Write Articles
          

 

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        By Delfina Rejmankova

On Monday, December 7th, the first annual Egg Drop happened outside of the library at DSIS.  Students from the homeschooling  program and the Earth Science class participated by creating a protective capsule for their eggs.  Jim climbed the roof and lowered a basket on a rope.  Students placed their egg drops into the basket and Jim pulled them back up.  One by one, Jim dropped them from the roof.   The crowd cheered for each egg drop and awards were given. Aliya Hirzy won the Most Creative Award. “It was fun to watch the eggs drop and decorate my capsule”, said Delfina Rejmankova, winner of the Best Decorated Award. Students also received an award for their eggs surviving the drop. Delfina and others look forward to next year’s egg drop.    

           

 

DSIS Thanksgiving Potluck 2015

By Sofia Campos

            

                DSIS hosts a Thanksgiving potluck every year for staff, the students in K-12th grades, & their families to get to know each other & share some delicious food before the holiday break. Since I am new to DSIS & this is my first potluck I have attended, I took the time to ask some questions & find out more about this yearly tradition & some of the people in attendance.

          Everything was very organized so the first question I had to ask was, “How long has this been a DSIS tradition?” I found out from Amy that DSIS has been hosting a potluck since 1992. There were all kinds of pies, salads, dressings & desserts like my favorite, organic pumpkin pie. Soon every room was filled with people ready to eat. I took this time to ask students & staff a few questions about Thanksgiving.

Me: How do you celebrate at home?

Delfina (Kinder): We have dinner as a family & talk about what we are thankful for.

Emily (3rd): Every year is different, but we always spend it with family.

Tess (6th) & Lila (2nd) : We usually visit family; this year we are going to Santa Cruz.

Erica (9th): Spend time with family & friends maybe play some board games after dinner.

Me: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Zack (11th): It’s an historical Holiday.

 

 

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Tyler (9th): It’s a seasonal celebration of goodness to come.

 

Cindy (staff): It is a time to reflect & be thankful for many things.

And of course with so much delicious food, I had to ask…

Me: What was your favorite dish?

Elisha (parent): I loved the lentils & rice, but the kale salad was really good too.

Ana (12th): The vegetarian chili was good.

Amy (staff): All the food was absolutely amazing & I really liked the apple cranberry sauce.

Kelly (12th): I liked the Quinoa salad.

I was very impressed with everything.  All the food was delicious & everybody was nice enough to take the time to answer my questions. I am already looking forward to the next time I can have some more of that organic pumpkin pie.  It was my favorite!

 

Parent’s Perspective: Shaping Our World

By Sasha Collins

Every Thursday, some of the youngest students at DSIS, get together to investigate the world of mathematics.  Last week the K-1 students were on a hunt to discover the shapes of our world.  From the smooth curvature of a sphere to the ridges and edges of the pyramid, they discovered that the geometric shapes we see in our school books can also be found in the items we use every day in our home and school.   “Look, a cylinder!” Jane shouted as she pointed to the pull up bar she uses every day, but will probably never look at quite the same.  “An orange is a spear?” asked one girl. “It’s a sphere,” answered another.  And a tissue box was a perfect cube (almost).  Almost as important as the geometry is that the kids are getting excited about exploring mathematics together.  Ultimately, we know that in closely observing and manipulating the shapes, the children will shape our world. 

 

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Annie Dillard in An American Childhood said, “Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened to the plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones - maybe only the stones - understood.”   Watching them, it was clear that our children are like the stones, they are perfect vessels for arithmetic flowers to grow, and are primed to see the beauty and awe of an absolute geometry.

        

 

Lofty Goals Produce Great Rewards:

An Interview with Jack Collins, a (Half) Marathon Runner

How long is a half marathon?  13.1 miles

What half marathons have you done?  The Lucky Run and the Davis Turkey TrotJack C.jpg

How old were you when you ran your first half-marathon?  Eight years old.

What made you want to run 13.1 miles? I am still not sure why I or anyone, for that matter, would want to do that.

Did you run with anyone?  Yes, somehow I convinced my dad to do the race with me last year.  He ran again with me this year.

Did you think it would be hard to complete the race?  No.

Was it hard to complete the race?  Yes.

Did you ever think you would quit during the race?  No, even though I was in a lot of pain.  My feet hurt.  Actually, every joint on my body hurt.  But, I figured once I had started I wasn’t going to quit.  There was another runner (age 75) at a rest stop who was thinking about quitting the race, but when he saw me he decided to keep going and said, “If that little guy can do it, I can too!”

Did you feel excited? At first I did, but by mile 2, no.  And by mile 11 I was so irritable that I wasn’t even that happy with the kind people cheering for me.

Did you laugh during the race?  After I realized how absurd it was to be irritated at the cheering section, I started laughing uncontrollably between miles 11 and 12.  It was pretty weird.

Was the first or second half marathon harder?  The second one was harder because I was still sore from the first one I ran the year before.

Was running the half marathon the hardest goal you have achieved during your lifetime?  Yes, and it made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to.  After running the first half-marathon I even learned to ride a unicycle and juggle.  I would love to fly, but I am still working on that one.

 

Thanksgiving Poetry and Art

By Trinity Majorins

 

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K-8 News as of December 7, 2015

Upcoming events

  • December  7th DSIS Egg Drop at 1:00 – meet in the library with egg drop creation
  • December 11th Fun Book Club Friday – The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • December 15th – School Site Council Meeting – 12:05 in room 1
  • December 17th – Craft Day – 1:00-3:00 in room 1
  • December 18th – Fun Game Day Friday – Bring a good board game to play
  • December 21st -January 1st  – Winter Break; DSIS will be closed

 

Announcements/ Attachments:

 

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

Recycle your ink cartridges at DSIS - Mrs. T collects and recycles depleted ink cartridges, and she only needs 3 more to send in another shipment. Please bring any old cartridges you have into the front office.

 

Salmon in the Classroom – The salmon have hatched!  If you haven’t seen the alevin yet, please come by the North Wing lobby and pay them a quick visit. They are hanging out on the gravel, busily consuming their yolk sac for the several days….How exciting!

 

Egg Drop – Are you interested in creating a container that would protect an egg from breaking when dropped from the roof of DSIS?  If so please see your teacher for more information and sign up to come on Monday, December 7th at 1:00. We look forward to seeing the creative solutions to dropping eggs and not having them break! 

 

Craft Day–At this event we have stations, at each table in room 1, for students to move through and make small crafts.  We will need parents and teens who can help run craft tables.  Please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help run a station/table. Also, we have our Craft Day Wish List: scraps of fleece, glue sticks for glue gun, thick red yarn, uncolored ½” wooden beads, red and green ½” dot stickers, heavy “button” thread, 2 silver Sharpie markers, whole snapper fish before it’s gutted with scales intact (up to 12x18”), If you can help us by donating any of the above items, we would greatly appreciate it!  

 

DSIS Adopt-A-Family      

A BIG thanks to all who participated in this year’s STEAC holiday Adopt a Family Program.  We have received all food items on the list, but if you would still like to donate food to STEAC, feel free to drop items off in the office until Wednesday, Dec. 9th.

K-8 News as of November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015

Upcoming events

  • December 3rd – Adopted DSIS family food donations due to the DSIS office
  • December 4th – Fun Clay Friday – We will be making clay medallions
  • December  7th DSIS Egg Drop at 1:00 – meet in the library with egg drop creation
  • December 11th Fun Book Club Friday – The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • December 15th – School Site Council Meeting – 12:05 in room 1
  • December 17th – Craft Day – 1:00-3:00 in room 1
  • December 18th – Fun Game Day Friday – Bring a good board game to play
  • December 21st -January 1st  – Winter Break; DSIS will be closed

 

Announcements/ Attachments:

 

Peanut and ALL TREE NUTS Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy and/or tree nut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding all tree nuts and peanut products while at DSIS. If you have peanuts or tree nuts before coming to school please wash your hands.

 

Salmon in the Classroom – The salmon are here!  If you haven’t seen the eggs yet, please come by the North Wing lobby and pay them a quick visit.  The cold conditions have been perfect for them and we imagine they will be hatching any day now.  How exciting!

 

Egg Drop – Are you interested in creating a container that would protect an egg from breaking when dropped from the roof of DSIS?  If so please see your teacher for more information and sign up to come on Monday, December 7th at 1:00. We look forward to seeing the creative solutions to dropping eggs and not having them break! 

 

Craft Day–At this event we have stations, at each table in room 1, for students to move through and make small crafts.  We will need parents and teens who can help run craft tables.  Please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help run a station/table. Please also be on the lookout for our Craft Day Wish List.  

 

DSIS Adopt-A-Family      

DSIS has decided to participate in this year’s STEAC holiday Adopt a Family Program.  We have been assigned to a family of five and in addition to gifts the DSIS staff will be providing, we are also collecting the following food items for the family.    If you would like to participate, please bring any donations from the list to the DSIS office by Thursday, December 3rd.  Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us provide a family with a happy holiday!

 

Bean or Meat Entree 3 cans

Biscuit Mix - 1 large box

Cake/Cookie mix - 1 box

Cereal - 1 box

Fruit - 4 cans

Fruit Juice - 1 large bottle

Jam/Jelly - 1 large jar

Mayonnaise - 1 Jar

Oil - 1 bottle

Peanut Butter - 2 jars

Pasta, plain/mixed - 2 boxes/bags

Potatoes - 1 box instant

Rice, pain or mixed - 2 boxes/packages

Stuffing - 1 box

Soup - 5 cans

Syrup - 1 small bottle

Sugar - 2 pounds

Tomato products - 4 cans & 1 spaghetti sauce

Tuna or canned meat product - 2 cans

Vegetables - 4 cans

 

We apologize if you have received this email by mistake. Please let us know and we will remove you from the list.

 

Thank You,
Cathy Bucher, Amy Thomson and Cathy Scarr

 

K-8 News as of November 2, 2015

Upcoming events

  • November 3rd Apple Pie Day – Sign up for 10:00, 11:00, or 12:00 in the Orange Room
  • November 6th Fun Friday – Thankful Heart Craft
  • November 7th  Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00
  • November 11th Veteran’s Day Holiday – DSIS will be closed
  • November 13th Fun Friday – Book Club – Bring a GOOD book to share
  • November 17th Book of Thanks Page Due to your DSIS teacher
  • November 19th Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch – 11:30-12:30 in the Orange Rm. & Library
  • November 20th Fun Friday – Game Day
  • November 20th Salmon Eggs are due to arrive to school
  • November 23-27th Thanksgiving Break – DSIS will be closed
  • December 17th – Craft Day – 1-3:00 in room 1

Announcements/ Attachments:

Peanut Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding peanut products while at DSIS.

November 3rd Apple Pie Day – Sign up for 10:00, 11:00, or 12:00 in the Orange Room

We are asking for no more than 14 students per time slot.

Students will need to bring:

            •  7 apples plus or minus depending on the size (one pie worth)

            *Extra apple for people who forget to bring apples (if you have them)

            •  A rolling pin if you have one

            •  A bowl (non-breakable are best)

            •  A pie tin

            •  A favorite apple peeler-coring machine if you have one

At the event we will have all of the other ingredients.  Students will bring home a pie that is ready to bake or freeze and bake at a later time.

Sign-up sheets for time slots will be in located in the North wing and in the school office. 

November 7th Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00

Please join us at the carousel in the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 7th. We will be running the carousel in order to raise money for our garden/outdoor space beautification projects. Please encourage friends and family to ride the carousel that Saturday! Also, we need volunteers to pedal, collect money, and help children on and off of the animals. We ask volunteers to stay for one or more hour shifts from 9-12:00.  We will put up a sign up sheet in the DSIS main lobby to organize help for this project.

November 13th Fun Friday Book Club – Please bring a GOOD book to share with our group that you think others in our group would enjoy reading.  You might also want to draw a picture or make a poster to help tell the group about the book.

Book of Thanks – As an annual tradition, we like to create a DSIS Book of Thanks every year with each student contributing a page reflecting what they are thankful for.  During upcoming teacher meetings Amy, Christine, Cathy and Cathy will be working with students to create a page for our school Book of Thanks. They will then become part of our DSIS library for years to come.  We would like to have all entries completed by November 17th.  Our hope is to have the book available to look at the Thanksgiving Potluck Feast.

Salmon in the Classroom – We are looking forward to having the experience of raising, observing and taking care of salmon eggs at DSIS.  We will be setting up our tanks and getting them ready for the eggs to arrive on November 20th

Craft Day–At this event we have stations, at each table in room 1, for students to move through and make small crafts.  We will need parents and teens who can help run craft tables.  Please let your DSIS teacher know if you can help run a station/table. Please also be on the lookout for our Craft Day Wish List.  

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter - October 19, 2015

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter

October 19, 2015

Upcoming events

  • October 21st – Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip forms all need to be turned in by noon
  • October 22nd  Site Council Meeting 12:10-1:00 Room 1 of the North Wing
  • October 23rd Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip Carpool at 12:30, Pumpkin Patch from 1-2:00 and back to DSIS by 2:30
  • November 3rd Apple Pie Day – Sign up for 10, 11, or 12:00 in the Orange Room
  • November 6th Fun Friday – Thankful Heart Craft
  • November 7th  Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00
  • November 11th Veteran’s Day Holiday – DSIS will be closed
  • November 13th Fun Friday – Book Club – Bring a GOOD book to share
  • November 17th Book of Thanks Page Due to your DSIS teacher
  • November 20th Fun Friday – Game Day
  • November 19th Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch – 11:30-12:30 in the Orange rm. & Library

Announcements/ Attachments:

Peanut Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding peanut products while at DSIS.

Fieldtrip Forms – Thank you for your help getting forms turned in!

Driver Forms - If you are driving your own child and/or other children on a fieldtrip we need a driver form with attached photo copy of your insurance card and driver’s license.  We will keep this form all school year long to use for any fieldtrips we are going on.

Permission and Emergency Information forms – For each fieldtrip you child goes on we will also need you to fill out a fieldtrip form

October 22nd Site Council Meeting 12:10-1:00 Room 1 of the North Wing

Everyone is welcome.

October 23rd Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip – 12:30-2:30 at Impossible Acres Pumpkin Patch

Our first official DSIS fieldtrip of the year!  The trip includes a hayride, petting zoo, picking out a small pumpkin to take home, and a hay bale and corn maze. Please sign up in the hallway and be sure to fill out the permission slip and yearlong emergency fieldtrip form if you have not done so yet.  Also, all drivers have some paperwork for the year to fill out.  Please bring $6 per student the day of the trip to cover the cost.  Please have your permission slips in to your DSIS teacher or Cindy in the main office by Wednesday Oct. 21st at noon.

November 3rd Apple Pie Day – Sign up for 10, 11, or 12:00 in the Orange Room

Time slots that are available are 10:00, 11:00 or 12:00

We are asking for no more than 14 students per time slot.

Students will need to bring:

            •  7 apples plus or minus depending on the size (one pie worth)

            •  Extra apple for people who forget to bring apples (if you have them)

            •  A rolling pin if you have one

            •  A bowl (non-breakable are best)

            •  A pie tin

            •  A famous apple peeler-coring machine if you have one

At the event we will have all of the other ingredients.  Students will bring home a pie that is ready to bake or freeze and bake at a later time.

Sign-up sheets for time slots will be in located in the North wing and in the school office. 

November 7th Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00

Please join us at the carousel in the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 7th. We will be running the carousel in order to raise money for our garden/outdoor space beautification projects. Please encourage friends and family to ride the carousel that Saturday! Also, we need volunteers to pedal, collect money, and help children on and off of the animals. We ask volunteers to stay for one or more hour shifts from 9-12:00.  We will put up a sign up sheet in the DSIS main lobby to organize help for this project.

November 13th Fun Friday Book Club – Please bring a GOOD book to share with our group that you think others in our group would enjoy reading.  You might also want to draw a picture or make a poster to help tell the group about the book.

Book of Thanks – As an annual tradition, we like to create a DSIS Book of Thanks every year with each student contributing a page reflecting what they are thankful for.  During upcoming teacher meetings Amy, Christine, Cathy and Cathy will be working with students to create a page for our school Book of Thanks. They will then become part of our DSIS library for years to come.  We would like to have all entries completed by November 17th.  Our hope is to have the book available to look at the Thanksgiving Potluck Feast.

DSIS Elementary Homeschool Newsletter September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015

Happy Fall Equinox!!!

It was great to see everyone in the workshops and have the school humming once again!

This Week at DSIS

  • Sept. 25th  Fun Friday is Board Games Day – Please bring a favorite board game if you would like to come join us playing games in room 1 at 1:10
  • Sept. 23rd  STEAC Food Drive – now until October 8th

Upcoming events

  • September 30th  Back to School Night from 6-7:00PM
  • September 30th  Homeschool Info Night from 7-7:30 PM in room 1
  • October 2nd  - Fun Friday "Hot Lunch" – We will be making and eating grilled cheese and chili
  • October 8th – STEAC food drive ends – our school has been asked to collect pork and beans
  • October 9th   10:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. School  (make-up) Picture Day – South Wing
  • October 9th – Fun Friday - Decorate ghost gourds
  • October 16th - Fun Friday Book Club – Stuart Little by E. B.  White – Please join us to discuss this story
  • October 22nd  Site Council Meeting 12:10-1:00 Room 1 of the North Wing
  • November 7th  Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00
  • November 11th Veteran’s Day Holiday – DSIS will be closed

 

Announcements/ Attachments:

Peanut Allergy: Several of our students at DSIS have a peanut allergy. Please help us to maintain a safe environment by avoiding peanut products while at DSIS.

Now through October 8th STEAC food drive

Every year the Davis schools participate in a food drive to help stock the food closet of the Short-Tem Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) of Davis.  For 48 years STEAC has served primarily low-income families with children who reside in Davis and need some assistance in putting food on the table.  This year our school has been asked to collect pork and beans.  We will be collecting them in boxes in the DSIS main office and north wing lobby.

October 22nd Site Council Meeting 12:10-1:00 Blue Room

Everyone is welcome.

September 30th Back to School Night  6-7:00

This is a chance to invite family members and friends who are busy during regular school hours to come see our school. Staff will be on hand to say hello and answer any questions you have about our school. 

September 30th DSIS Homeschool Information Night  7-7:30

Do you know anyone who wants more information about homeschooling at DSIS?  Immediately following our open house Amy, Cathy and Cathy will present a short slideshow about our homeschool program at DSIS and answer questions.  We would love to have some current DSIS families who are willing stay for this time to share what your experience homeschooling and help answer questions.

October 9th Picture Make-up Day

If you missed Picture Day…..Please be sure to stop by the South Wing between 10 and 2 to have your picture taken! No purchase is required. Every student will receive a student ID card with their photo on it.

November 7th Carousel Activity in Central Park 9:00-1:00

Please join us at the carousel in the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 7th. We will be running the carousel in order to raise money for our garden/outdoor space beautification projects. Please encourage friends and family to ride the carousel that Saturday! Also, we need volunteers to pedal and help children on and off of the animals. Thanks!

Work Samples – Please be sure to check in with you DSIS teacher about when to gather a week sample of DSIS school work.

Thank You,
Cathy Bucher, Amy Thomson and Cathy Scarr

 

K-8 Beginning of the Year News

2015-16 School Year

The following information is designed to help start off the school year smoothly and let families know what our plans are for the year.  Though much of the information is consistent from year to year please be sure to read it over to refresh yourself and, as always, a few things have changed.

We Welcome New DSIS Staff and New DSIS Homeschool  Families

We have a new secondary teacher Adam Myers and are in the process of hiring a principal.  Karrie accepted a job as Principal at Woodland High school.  We are also thrilled to have many new students and their families to welcome.  It is exciting to have so many new people to get to know and have as part of our community.  Welcome everyone!

We are a Peanut Free School

Please be aware that there are students at DSIS with severe peanut allergies. Please do not bring any food items to school that contain peanuts.

School Hours

  • Monday from 8-3:00
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Friday 8-4:00

The school is closed on holidays and teacher work days during the school year.

School Loop

We use a communication tool, called School Loop, it is used district-wide. School Loop houses the DSIS school website, as well as email, for students, parents and teachers.  Some aspects of the website need a password such as the school only email tool.  In order to use these tools we need parents to go to the DSIS website to log on and create a password. Those who created a logon and password last year will use the logon from last year.

Workshops for grades K-6  

Starting September 9, regular workshops start for students. Please sign-up for workshops in the North Wing so that we know how many students to expect and prepare for in each group.  Due to the multiage grouping of students, workshops rotate though curriculum on a 2 or 3 year cycle due. They are designed to give students hands-on experiences in a classroom community learning environment.  The workshops are intended to help supplement the instruction that your family works on at home.  Attending workshops is a choice but instruction tends to build on previous lessons and the teachers recommend consistent attendance.

Classes - for grades 7- 12 begin the week of August 31st.

Classes including math, computers, study skills, science, high school art, yearbook publications and many high school blended courses (on line class that also meets weekly) are available to junior high and high school-aged students.  These classes run similarly to college classes in that a small group works with a teacher 1-3 times a week, has homework, projects and tests from that teacher, and gets a grade from that teacher.  To find out more about what is available please talk to your DSIS teacher.

Reminder: “Classes” and “Workshops” are different.  While the workshop schedule is occasionally interrupted for special activities (like Apple Pie Day or the Valentine’s Talent Show), classes meet every week unless the teacher specifically tells students otherwise.

Davis Joint Unified School District Music program grades 4-6 information

The DJUSD 4-6 grade music program and parent meetings information is on the DJUSD website.  http://www.djusd.k12.ca.us/music

DSIS computer lab

The computer lab is open to students when the school is open except during computer classes and workshops.  The schedule of classes will be posted on the computer lab door.    Please remind students to log off of the computer when they are done and to not eat or drink in the computer lab.  If you are new to our school and/or the lab, or just need a refresher, please see your DSIS teacher or Mrs. T about getting an orientation to the lab. 

DSIS Library

Melinda is an amazing help in the Library.  She is a wonderful resource for finding all kinds of resources.  It is well worth seeking her out for help finding books and resources.  Unfortunately she also has very limited work hours.  She is on campus Tuesday noon-3:30, Wednesday noon-3:30, and Thursday 12-3:00.  When she is not available, our school library has a self-checkout system.  Be sure to talk to your DSIS teacher or Melinda about how to check out books on your own when needed.

School Pictures/DSIS Student ID Cards

Wednesday, September 2nd, from 8-4, is picture day.  Please mark your calendar and plan to stop in to have your picture taken as Lifetouch will be providing our ID cards.  Even if you do not intend to purchase photos, we ask that everyone take photos so they are included in class pictures.  If you cannot come, or need make-ups, Lifetouch will be back on Friday, October 9th from 10-2.

Site Council

This group is made up of DSIS students, parents, and staff.  The important job of this elected body is to represent the school community in making recommendations and decisions to help us be the best that we can be, including how to spend our School Improvement budget.  All members of our DSIS community are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly DSIS Site Council meetings in order to share ideas and take part in discussion. As we begin the school year we will need to elect new parent and student representatives.  If you are interested and can help us with this important role please talk to the DSIS office staff.  Our first meeting of the year is on September 22nd, from 12:15-1:00.

DSIS mailboxes
As you walk into the DSIS north wing lobby you will find a set of family mailboxes to help us share fliers from the district, information and to return handouts to your family.  Our mailboxes are organized so that each teacher has a column to house a mailbox for each family.  Please remember to check your DSIS mailbox regularly. 

Playground Supervision and Expectations

We welcome families to use our outdoor space in the North Wing.  Students must be supervised by a parent or other adult when outside. To ensure everyone’s safety and to help maintain our equipment we have posted a set of playground expectations outside.  In that way, our school needs for safe supervision and play are clear and met.

Lost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found located in the North Wing lobby to the left of the main door as you walk in. There are several nice items that were left behind last year and we would love to see them return to their owners.

Give Away Shelf

We have a give away shelf for homeschooling families to share and exchange materials. Please check it out and take materials that would be useful. Likewise, feel free to bring in materials that you are no longer using and leave them on the shelf for someone else.  The shelf is located directly to the left of our B St. entrance.

Newspapers for Education

DSIS will be participating in Newspaper for Education with the Davis Enterprise.  Please feel free to pick up a copy of the paper as needed.

Teacher Meeting

In an effort to coordinate and collaborate, Cathy, Cathy and Amy will all begin meetings at 10 minutes after the hour and finish on the hour. We are continuing to try to do our best to keep our meeting times to 50 minutes.  It is often hard to be limited to this time but it will help your DSIS teacher to be prepared when you arrive and accomplish paperwork tasks.

Student Name on work

Please help out your DSIS teacher by having your child put his or her name on any work that will be turned in.  This will save your teacher time during our hectic paperwork crunch times and assure that we meet the state requirement of having student names on all work samples.

Consumable Workbooks

Some consumable workbooks for grades K-8 are provided by our school district as a result of the agreement made with publishers when textbooks were purchased.  These include Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies practice books for K-5 and English, Spelling, Math and Social Studies study guides for grades 6-8.

Photocopier

We are limited on the amount of copies we can make due to our tight budget.  If you need to make copies related to DSIS schoolwork, please talk to your homeschool teacher. We all need to be prudent in the use of the copier. We want everyone to have what he or she needs, but our budget is very tight and every copy is counted.

August and September DSIS Events

August 26th   First Day of School

September 2nd   Pancake Extravaganza 10:00 in the North Wing – Room 1

We will be having a pancake feast get together so we can all catch up after our summer break and welcome new families to our school.

September 2nd from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. School Picture Day – Blue Room

Be sure to come have your photo taken for your school ID and class photos even if you do not intend to purchase portraits.  A make-up picture day will be October 9th for those who missed the first opportunity or need to have their picture retaken. 

September 7th Labor Day – DSIS Closed

September 8th K-8 Workshops start this week

We look forward to seeing everyone in these workshops!  Please see the handout on workshops for more information and sign-up in the North Wing so we’ll have an idea of how many students to expect.

September 22nd Site Council Meeting 12:15-1:00 Room 1 of the North Wing

Everyone is welcome.

September 30th Back to School Night from 6-7:00

This is a chance to invite family members and friends who are busy during regular school hours to come
see our school. Staff will be on hand to say hello and answer any questions you have about our school. 

October 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Picture Make Up Day – Orange Room

This is a picture make-up day in case you missed picture day or need your picture retaken.

2015-16 DSIS Workshops

Workshops rotate though curriculum on a 2 or 3 year cycle due to the multi-age groups and they are designed to give students hands on and a classroom community learning environment.  The workshops are intended to help supplement the instruction that your family works on at home.  Attending workshops is a choice but instruction tends to build on previous lessons and the teachers recommend consistent attendance.

K-1 Workshops

Wednesday 10:10-12:00 – Cathy Bucher in room 1

K-1 Integrated Kaleidoscope and Science–

This workshop is about becoming a community of learners with K-1 grade themes.  It is an opportunity for students to build speaking, listening, beginning math, reading  and writing skills, and to learn to work together in a classroom environment.  We will use literature, math calendar/games, movement and art to explore our budding community and the community around us.  Since this workshop is back to back with the K-1 Science workshop, we will incorporate our Science themes into our learning during this time and blend the workshops.

In Science this year we will cover 3 units of study using the Foss Curriculum.  We will start with Animals Two by Two, after winter break we will study Solids and Liquids and in the spring we will learn about Trees. Science class will be hands on, and we will focus on observing and asking questions. To find out more about the Foss curriculum, our units of study and to find lists of suggested books and websites on the topics we will be studying, I encourage families to go to the Foss website listed below.    http://www.fossweb.com/ca/

2-3 Workshops

Thursday 10:10-12:00 – Amy Thomson in room 1

Science and Kaleidoscope

Structures of Life will be the first unit we study in science.  We will observe and compare seeds and fruits, germinate seeds, observe crayfish and snails and study how they adapt to and interact with their environment. Looking ahead, we will move into a unit called Pebbles Sand and Silt, and then finish the year with Sun, Moon and Stars.   Please explore the FOSS website for more information and resources. http://www.fossweb.com/ca/

Kaleidoscope time in workshop is an opportunity for students to build speaking, listening, math and writing skills and to learn to work together in a classroom environment.  The focus of our work in this part of our studies will tie into the themes we are learning about in science and will include literature, math calendar, movement and art

4-6 Workshops

Thursday 1:10-3:00 Amy Thomson in room 1

Science and Kaleidoscope –  

Our first Science unit of will be using the Foss Environment curriculum. In our study we will complete five investigations that focus on the concept that all organisms need energy and matter to live and grow and living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their survival.  Our hands on activities will include setting up classroom terrariums, investigating isopods and beetles, setting up aquatic environments, brine shrimp hatching, and seed germination and ranges of tolerance.  Topics covered though these activities will include scientific method, observation, types of environments, relationships and factors in an environment, food webs, plant and animal relationships, pollination, seed dispersal, ecosystems, producers, consumers, decomposers, recycling, resources, range of tolerance in environmental factors and balance for organisms, and recording information in a science notebook.

The other 2 science units of study this year will be Mixture and Solution a 5th grade Foss chemistry unit and a 6th grade unit on outer space. Each unit of study covers approximately 10 weeks of workshop meetings.  Students in this workshop will get some support and encouragement for the Science Fair in the Fall. To find out more about the Foss curriculum, our units of study and to find lists of suggested books and websites on the topics we will be studying I encourage families to go to the Foss website listed below.

http://www.fossweb.com/ca/ 

In the Kaleidoscope part of our class we will study a variety of areas including gardening, nature, art, creating a quarterly school newspaper and the possible the gold rush.  We will start with learning and working in our school garden.  As the seasons progress, the group will at times be going back to continue projects in the garden periodically tied to the garden (ie making garden art.)

K-8 Workshops

Friday 1:10-2:00 Amy Thomson in room 1

The plan for this workshop is to meet as a group to enjoy some fun and learning.  This will include doing crafts, playing games, board games, local fieldtrips and meeting as a book club.  Please see the schedule of activities for the next two months below.

Sept. 11th - Tie dye – Please bring a light colored t-shirt, socks or pillow case if possible.  We will also need a lot of rubber bands so if you have any extra at your house that will also be helpful.

Sept. 18th - Fun and Sun – We will be playing games and doing relay races outside

Sept. 25th - Board Games Day – Please bring a favorite board game if you would like to

Oct. 2nd - "Hot Lunch" – We will be making and eating grilled cheese and chili

Oct. 9th – Decorate ghost gourds

Oct. 16th - Book ClubStuart Little by E. B.  White – Please join us to discuss this story

Oct. 23rd - Fieldtrip – Possible Pumpkin Patch or other fieldtrip… details to come

Oct. 30 – Board Games Day

 

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Elementary HomeSchool Newsletter October 31, 2016

Upcoming Events at DSIS

  • November 3rd– Noon, room 1: The (Almost) Monthly Press information meeting
  • November 8th– Student Election Day at DSIS
  • November 11th– Veteran’s Day Holiday, DSIS will be closed
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