Principal's Message - February

Happy Heart Month!

I want to begin with a huge thank you to School Council. They brought SMUDGE in this past month and the kids created bobble heads! It was so much fun, but the really cool thing is that Paije Ottoson, the owner and operator of SMUDGE Art Studio, is not only a certified teacher, but a legitimate artist. She is a strong believer in teaching kids real artist’s techniques and uses real artistic vocabulary. It’s art literacy!

School Council does SOOOOOO much for our school. I am always thanking them but I never feel as though it is enough. SO much of what we have at the school – SMUDGE, hot lunch, Chromebooks, special library book selections, iPads, the appliances and tools in the kitchen, the document camera, our sound system, to name only a few – are thanks to School Council and their tireless volunteer hours and efforts to fundraise. Please consider joining, or at least helping out from time to time. I hope to see you on Thursday, Feb. 9 for our next School Council meeting in the School Library.

I am delighted to welcome two Professional Semester III students from the University of Lethbridge, Mrs. Kelsey Lunde, and Mr. Jordan Logan. This is their last practicum before they are full-fledged, “official” teachers. They are enthusiastic, bright, and excited to share their knowledge with us. Mrs. Lunde and Mr. Logan, I hope you enjoy your time here, learning and growing alongside our staff and students, and walk away with a valuable experience and life-long memories.

As always, stop by my office for a visit, or if you haven any questions or concerns.

With warmest regards, your partner in education,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - January

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to 2017! May your year be filled with joy and abundance!

We had a wonderful lead up to the Christmas break. First, I’d like to thank the School Council parents for organizing the Turkey Dinner, and the volunteers and people who donated – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Second, thanks to Mrs. Gibson, the Grade 6 students, and all the staff and students for the most AmAzInG Christmas Concert yet! It made me want to twist and shout – with jingle bells on!

New Year’s always comes with a bittersweet feeling – we look back at all the wonderful things that have happened, and look forward to a fresh new start. Some of us like to make New Year’s resolutions. Why don’t you try one of these…?

Scholastic’s 100 New Year’s Reading Resolutions, or Parent and Child’s New Year’s Reading Resolutions.

Scholastic Reading Resolution

New Year's Reading Resolutions

Both are fun ways to get your kids reading more, and hopefully develop a life-long habit of reading and book love.

I hope to see you on Thursday, Jan. 12 for our next School Council meeting in the School Library.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What a joyous, wondrous time of the year! Christmas lights and decorated trees are popping up; Christmas Carols are playing in stores; malls are beginning to fill with busy shoppers; and here at DDS, we are in full swing practicing for what promises to be yet another AMAZING Christmas Concert.

During this season of joy, please remember those who may be looking towards Christmas with dread or anxiety. Many families are wondering if they will be able to have anything to eat on Christmas, let alone a gift under the tree for their precious littles. Please help these families by supporting our two primary campaigns.

The first campaign is our Food Bank Drive. For this cause, we ask you to please donate a non-perishable food item, or toiletries (i.e. toothbrushes; toothpaste; soap; shampoo; etc.).

The second cause is spearheaded by Palliser's Caretakers –  our “Sock It To ‘Em” Campaign. Please donate new socks, mittens, and toques to help stuff our giant stocking and make someone’s Christmas a little warmer.

Also, just before Christmas we are excited to host another School Council sponsored Turkey Dinner for the staff and students. Watch for requests for donations and help. Along with this, we will ask for “extras” to create a food hamper for a family in need.

Please keep in mind what this season is truly about – kindness, generosity, and bringing joy to the lives of others.

Have a wonderful December filled with magic and joy!

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - November

What an amazing month at DDS! The highlights were undoubtedly the Harvest Gala and WE DAY!

Thank you to the school council parents who put together an amazing evening of fun and fundraising with the Harvest Gala. Not only did all attendees have a great time, early calculations suggest that we raised a sizable amount for the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte, which will directly affect the students at DDS. THANKS DDS School Council and PSBSPB!

16 select grade 6 students, along with Mr. Van Dyk and myself, attended WE Day in Calgary. What an amazing day, and what a great cause. Our passion is ignited at DDS and we are eager to make a change in the world, both locally and globally. Stay tuned for updates on the amazing things our school had planned to make this world a better place. Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to November, we have Parent-Teacher interviews on Tuesday, November 8th. This is a critical time for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss how things are going with her, and to set goals for your child’s on-going education. We are partners together in raising your child – please try and attend!

November is also a time for Remembrance, as we honor those who have served for our country. We will attend the PBHS Remembrance Day Observances, and our students will have a special presentation to share. You are more than welcome to join as we recognize our veterans.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

 

Principal's Message - October

With a chill in the air, and leaves turning colors and falling off trees, it really is starting to look and feel like autumn!

We had a wonderful start up to the year. I am excited to see kids showing kindness and character. Celebrating this is important in our school, and we do so in a number of ways, one being at assemblies. Please attend our first assembly on Friday, Oct. 7th at 8:45 a.m. as we celebrate kindness; and our next one on Friday, Oct. 14 as we celebrate student accomplishments. Keep a look out for future assemblies – we try to have two per month.

I’d also like to invite you into our school. We have an open door policy and we would welcome you to pop by, or book time in to help out. Every classroom always needs help, and School Council always needs assistance with Hot Lunch. Make a difference in your school and in your child’s school life and volunteer!

Have a wonderful October – I hope to see you at the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte’s Harvest Gala! See inside, or the webpage at http://dorothydalgliesh.ca/harvest-gala-2016  for more details.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - Welcome Back!

I am thrilled to return as principal of Dorothy Dalgliesh School, and I’d like to welcome you to the start of a new year! It is going to be a fantastic year filled with growth, learning, and fun. I am excited to continue my work with the dedicated staff, families and community to provide the best possible education for DDS’s students.

Anyone who knows me understands that I am truly all about the kids. It is at the heart of all I do and every decision I make. I love my job, and I love working with kids (and everyone who supports them). I believe EVERY student can find meaningful success in his or her life. We are all unique and important and that deserves respect and needs to be celebrated. As a staff, we are dedicated to helping children meet their maximum potential and become kind, contributing adults.

I look forward to seeing you – drop by and say hello! I welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback at any time.

Hope to see you at Cobs and Dogs Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:00.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Message from the Principal - SUMMER!

I just want to leave you all with a summer message. Thank you all for supporting us by being there for your kids all year. It is the most challenging, yet rewarding job in the world to parent and raise these wonderful little people, and I am honored and humbled that you entrust them to us. I look forward to working with you next year. To those moving on, I wish you all the best in whatever life brings you and wherever life takes you. Be safe, have fun, and see most of you back in September!

Remember to avoid SUMMER SLIDE by making sure your child has lots of reading material to choose from. Beside books to borrow, the Picture Butte Municipal Library has great summer reading programs – check them out! Value Village, the Salvation Army, and other thrift stores have great kids’ books for a great price, as do second hand book stores. Help your child have a great start in September by encouraging them to READ, READ, READ all summer long!

Please remember to continue to check the DDS website for news and events, and like us on Facebook!

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Message from the Principal - JUNE

I cannot believe I am looking at the last month of school. It seems like last week that I was starting my first day of school here, as nervous (if not more so) as the children! And with Track and Field, Farm Safety Day, swimming, a myriad of field trips for all grades, and beautiful, warm weather, June will fly by!

Congratulations to our Grade 6 Grads! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you – you are amazing young ladies and gentlemen and I am honored to have been a part of your educational career. I am looking forward to spending quality time with you on your field trips, especially the Edmonton trip, and being a part of your farewell ceremony at the end of June.

We are all looking forward to summer, but one thing to beware – SUMMER SLIDE!

Research shows that all kids who don’t continue to read books over the summer will lose reading levels and “SLIDE” back a little from their June reading scores – thus the term SUMMER SLIDE. The two factors that are most significant in preventing summer slide? Putting books in kids’ hands and allowing kids to choose the books they read. Please support your child by making sure he or she has lots of reading material to choose from. Beside books to borrow, the Picture Butte Municipal Library has great summer reading programs – check them out! As always, you will also find “Postcards to the Principal” at the library. Have your child write to me about what they’ve read over the summer and they have a chance to win an amazing reading prize in September! Value Village, the Salvation Army, and other thrift stores have great kids’ books for a great price, as do second hand book stores. Why not start a “Free Lending Library” or book exchange in your neighborhood? Help your child have a great start in September by encouraging them to READ, READ, READ all summer long!

Please remember to continue to check the DDS website for news and events, and like us on Facebook!

Please come by to chat if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to get to know me and my leadership philosophy/vision a bit better.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

 

Message from the Principal - MAY

 

It's like Christmas in April! I wanted to begin my message by thanking the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte for all their hard work in raising money for ourschool. They have generously donated money to DDS to purchase much needed items to help with making this an even better place for kids! More information to follow as we receive the items we've been gifted with, so stay tuned!

We recently celebrated Admin Assistants Day. THANK YOU to Mrs. Philips for all she does. I informally renamed the day Person Who Really Knows What Goes On At School Day! :) 

Finally, I want to celebrate our leadership contingent who attended the Planting the Seed for the Future Student Leadership Conference in Vulcan this past Thursday. A select contingent from Grade 4-6 attended and had some brilliant ideas on how to  take leadership to the next level at our school. See inside the newsletter for more details!

Please remember to continue to check the DDS website for news and events, and like us on Facebook!

Please come by to chat if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to get to know me and my leadership philosophy/vision a bit better.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

 

Message from the Principal - APRIL

March was a short but busy month. Report cards went home and Student-Led Conferences were held. Thank you to all the families who spent time with their child in his or her classroom. School is such an important and influential part of your child’s life, we welcome and celebrate your willingness to be a part of it.

The big highlight for me this month was the book fair. Thank you to Mrs. Pittman for putting on a great show! She does so much work behind the scenes to make it a success. She also keeps a sharp eye out for what interests the kids and shapes her purchasing decision based on this. Mrs. Pittman – you are an amazing librarian and we are so glad to have you on board!

Please remember to continue to check the DDS website for news and events, and like us on Facebook!

 

Please come by to chat if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to get to know me and my leadership philosophy/vision a bit better.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal