Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6th, 2019

Thank you for everyone's flexibility early this week with the two snow days.  I know it is never easy to figure out childcare on these days but we also need to ensure that all staff and students are able to come to school safely.  Our custodians and DPW did a wonderful job of clearing the grounds so that we were ready to go on Wednesday.  Hopefully we don't have too many more cancellations this year!

We had a special guest at our community meeting on Thursday.  Senator Ryan Fattman recognized Abigail Evers, Madelyn Hogan, and Logan Vassar for their work to spread epilepsy awareness around the school in support of one of their classmates.  At the meeting we also gave out awards for students who were nominated for showing thankfulness and our third graders kicked off our December trait, kindness.  We even had a little time for an all school rock, paper, scissors tournament.

I will not send another blog update until after we return from our holiday break.  As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 10-11 - PTO Holiday Shoppe
December 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 20 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                      - Douglas Tiger Choir Holiday Concert, 9:30 in the Cafeteria
December 23 - January 1 - Holiday Break...No School
January 2 - Students return from Holiday Break



Friday, November 22, 2019

November 22nd, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended parent teacher conferences this week.  We had a wonderful turnout and hopefully you found them beneficial.  Grade cards for first term will be published in the afternoon of December 3rd and can be accessed from your iPass/iParent portal.  I can't believe we are already a third of the way through the school year!

As we move into the season where weather begins to impact school, we want to make sure that you get notified if there are any changes to our school day.  Mr. Maines will send information utilizing our OneCall system.  If you have not been receiving these notifications this year, please make sure to contact the office so that we can update your information.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 25 - 1st Term Ends
November 27 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break...No School
December 3 - 1st Term Report Cards Available in iPass
December 4 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 10 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
December 10-11 - PTO Holiday Shoppe
December 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 20 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                      - Douglas Tiger Choir Holiday Concert, 9:30 in the Cafeteria
December 23 - January 1 - Holiday Break...No School

Friday, November 8, 2019

November 8th, 2019

We had a wonderful community meeting yesterday!  Our students who were nominated by a teacher for showing respect were recognized, our 4th & 5th grade choir made their debut, and our 4th graders kicked off our trait for November, thankfulness.  I always enjoy getting the school community together for some fun!

Wednesday was an eventful day.  A tree fell in front of the school that took down the power lines and blocked the road.  When our generators kicked on, we smelled smoke so evacuated the building.  While we waited for the building to be cleared by the fire department and for power to be restored, we went over to the middle school where we made sure that all students had lunch.  Before dismissal, we were given the all clear to re-enter the building so were able to conduct dismissal like normal.  I want to recognize our amazing staff for how they kept all of our students calm and safe through it all.

Parent-Teacher conferences are two weeks away.  If you have not already scheduled a time with your child's teacher, please make sure to do so.  These are a great opportunity to connect with the classroom teacher about how the year is going and we hope you are able to attend.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 11 - Veteran's Day...No School
November 12 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
                       - DPAC Meeting, 7:00 in the Conference Room
November 13 - PTO Breads & Crisps Fundraiser Order Pickup, 4:00-6:00 in the Lobby
November 14 - World Diabetes Day...Wear Blue Spirit Day in Support
November 18-22 - Book Fair (See Information Below)
November 20 - PTO School Store During Lunch
                       - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
November 21 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                       - Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:00-7:30
November 22 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                       - Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:30-3:00
November 25 - 1st Term Ends
November 27 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break...No School
December 3 - 1st Term Report Cards Available in iPass

BOOK FAIR INFORMATION


November 6, 2019

Dear Parents-

The numbers don’t lie. Your children love to read! Every week at the library I give the students, what I call book “tastings”. I tell them a little about a book and then read to them parts of one or more chapters of the book to entice them to read more. Books are flying off the shelves. Here are a few of examples: When I read a book from the My Weird School series, we had 17 out of the 22 copies checked out by the end of the week. When I read Wonder, 9 out of the 9 copies we had were checked out by the end of day 1, and those are still being checked out regularly. All 9 of The One and Only Ivan were checked out by the end of day 2...well, you get the idea. These kids love reading.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because from November 18 through November 22, I will be hosting a Follett Book Fair at our library. Attached to this letter, you’ll find a flyer with some of the books that will be offered at our fair. This is a great opportunity for you to support your child’s love of reading as well as to support the Douglas Elementary School library and the school.

You and your children will have several opportunities to shop:
  • Your child can shop during his or her class time the week of November 18 - November 22. This year Follett is giving parents the opportunity to send their kids to the fair without the hassle of cash. The gift card is an easy alternative for you to let your child shop easily and if there is a leftover balance, you can shop online as well. Of course, cash will be accepted as well. Check out this website to buy a gift card (any denomination $10 and over will work) https://www.giftfly.com/shop/follett-book-fairs Be sure to put your child’s name in the notes section so it can be easily identified, if it’s misplaced.

  • You can shop at the fair on your way to, or on your way out of your meeting with your child’s teacher during the evening of November 21st or the afternoon of November 22nd.

  • Don’t forget your child’s classroom! Each teacher will have a wishlist of books she’d like to add to her classroom collection. Find the book she’d like and I’ll be sure to put a book template in the book that says you’ve donated the book to her classroom.
If you are able to help out and volunteer at the fair, please contact me, I’d love your help. As a thank you for your help and time, I can offer you a 20% discount on all items. You can sign up using for a time slot to volunteer by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca9ab2fa6ff2-douglas

In the meantime, if you’d like some book recommendations or have any questions for me, please email me at aleibel@douglasps.net. Looking forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks.
Here’s to many more books read and stories told!

Abby Leibel
Library Paraprofessional

Friday, October 25, 2019

October 25th, 2019

Last week, we had a wonderful character assembly provided by PTO.  Jason Tardy is a high energy juggler who shared his amazing skills while also talking about perseverance, kindness, and respect (which is our October trait of the month!).  Check out our Twitter feed for a few pictures.

As fall has finally settled in and winter is right around, I wanted to remind everyone that our goals is to go outside for recess whenever possible.  We ask that you please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  As stated in the handbook, below are the guidelines that we use to determine if we are outdoor or indoor.  Also, our lost and found table is already beginning to grow.  If you are missing items, make sure to check it out!


We hope to see everyone tonight at the PTO Trunk or Treat!  It is such a fun family event and it is completely free.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and have a great weekend!

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 25 - PTO Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8:00 in the Elementary School Parking Lot
October 27 - Sneaks for Sweets, 10:30-12:00 on the Track (See Flyer Below)
October 28 - Picture Retake Day
October 31 - Halloween
November 3 - Time Change, Set Clocks Ahead 1 Hour
November 5 - DPAC Boston Marathon Survivor Presentation, 7:00 at Middle School Auditorium (See Flyer Below)
November 6 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
November 11 - Veteran's Day...No School
November 12 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
                       - DPAC Meeting, 7:00 in the Conference Room
November 13 - PTO Breads & Crisps Fundraiser Order Pickup, 4:00-6:00 in the Lobby
November 14 - World Diabetes Day...Wear Blue Spirit Day in Support

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10th, 2019


During October, we are focusing on the character trait of respect as a whole school.  At our community meeting last week, our 5th graders shared some great ways to show respect while at school and home.  We also have a fun assembly coming next Friday to reinforce this trait thanks to the generosity of PTO.  

1st term progress reports will be available in iParent tomorrow, October 11th and only students where there is a concern will receive one.  If you have trouble accessing it or have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.  

We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend.  Stay dry and we'll see everyone back on Tuesday for another great week at Douglas Elementary!  

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 11 - Professional Day for Teachers, No School for Students
                   - Progress Report available in iParent
October 14 - Columbus Day, No School for Students
October 16 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
October 20 - Douglas Athletic Boosters Tiger Trail Trot, 10:00 at the High School (See Flyer Below)
October 24 - PTO School Store during Lunch
October 25 - PTO Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8:00 in the Elementary School Parking Lot
October 31 - Halloween
November 3 - Time Change, Set Clocks Ahead 1 Hour
November 5 - DPAC Boston Marathon Survivor Presentation, 7:00 at Middle School Auditorium (See Flyer Below)
November 6 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School











Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September 25th, 2019

I am sending this a few days early so that I can get out some important information about upcoming events.  I am so excited to see everyone on Friday night at the PTO Ice Cream Social!  Come on out for some free ice cream, fun games, and amazing raffles.  I am raffling off two sets of lunch for the winner and a friend from Gregory's along with taking a goofy photo with Mr. Bell that will be on Twitter.  Also, PTO wanted me to remind everyone that the Disney raffle ticket orders are due to school by Friday at 3:00PM.  Ticket orders will not be accepted at the Ice Cream Social.  There will be another special chance to win a set of hopper passes that will be for sale at the social!  Thank you to our amazing PTO for organizing the event.  I can't wait to see who wins!

I am still looking for a few parents to serve on our school council.  This important group meets monthly after school to help Douglas Elementary continue moving forward as a school.  If you are interested, please email me at jbell@douglasps.net.

Fall is here!  The weather is cooling down, the leaves are beginning to change, and the mosquitoes will soon be gone!  The school year is off to a great start.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 26 - Instrument Try It Night for 5th Graders, 6:30-7:30
September 27 - PTO School Store during Lunch
                       - PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00-7:30 in the Cafeteria
October 2 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
October 4 - World Smile Day - "Do an Act of Kindness, Help One Person Smile"
October 8 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
October 11 - Professional Day for Teachers, No School for Students
                   - Progress Report available in iPass
October 14 - Columbus Day, No School for Students
October 16 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13th, 2019

We are off to a great start to our school year!  We have some amazing students at the elementary school this year and I have loved getting to know our students that are new to the school.  Thank you to all of our families that were able to attend Open House.  Strong communication between the school and our families is essential in order for us to be successful.  Hopefully Open House gave you the chance to connect with your child's teacher if you hadn't already.  As we go through the year, please don't hesitate to reach out if you ever have questions or concerns.  We want everyone to have the best year possible and are here to help!  Please see below for updates from library, music (for 5th grade only), and the PTO.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200



UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
September 26 - 5th Grade Instrument Try It Night, 6:30-7:30 in the Cafeteria
September 27 - PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00-7:30 in the Cafeteria
October 2 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
October 4 - World Smile Day - "Do an Act of Kindness, Help One Person Smile"



LIBRARY NEWS:




MUSIC NEWS: (5th Grade ONLY)



PTO NEWS: