Dodson Elementary School Odson News Dates to Remember! March 28 – Ice Skating Night at Arctic Edge, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. March 31 – 4th Grade Program, 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. April 2 – March is Reading Month Dance April 3 – 10 – Spring Break, NO SCHOOL April 15 – Credit Union March 26, 2015 – April 15, 2015 Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow. Family Skating Night at Arctic Edge Whether you’re an experienced ice skater or a novice, come have fun at Arctic Edge this Saturday night, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Dodson families will have the ice to ourselves. $5 includes skate rental!! If you know you are joining us, please go to our sign-up page so we can give Arctic Edge a general head-count and they can staff appropriately. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080C4BACAB2CAB9-dodson March is Reading Month Dance The dance will be Thursday, April 2. Please note the date on the calendar is WRONG. Learning Fair Raffle Plans are being made for Dodson Council to host a raffle during Learning Fair. Proceeds will go toward outdoor improvements at Dodson. They could include, for example, upgrading playground April 17 – Popcorn Day equipment, adding new equipment and painting sidewalk games on the pavement. We are accepting donations for the raffle. If you are a May 14 – Learning Fair business owner who would like to donate items or services, if you have memorabilia from Michigan sports teams, or other new and unused items you would like to include, please contact Dodson Council at [email protected]. April 16 – Dodson Council Meeting, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Learning Fair, May 14th, is an open house, family night at Dodson. Fun activities are being planned and classrooms will be open so families can come see what their students have been working on. First Place Winner to be Recognized at the State Capitol Dodson fourth grader Olivia Schuck, a student in Kris McLaughlin's classroom, won first place in the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness 2015 poster contest! She was the top entry from more than 300 posters submitted by 4th and 5th grade students from across the state. Olivia, her parents and Ms. McLaughlin are all invited to a special awards ceremony held on April 14 in the State Capitol building’s rotunda. After the ceremony, she will also receive a special tour of the state's Emergency Operations Center, followed by lunch at the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. Congratulations and nice work, Olivia! Square Art and Special Tile Installation Your child should have brought home a packet from Square 1 Art this week. The original artwork on the front cover was created by your child in art class! The items listed in the packet are available for sale with your child’s artwork on it. Orders are being accepted until March 30th. Just go to www.square1art.com/shop and use the information listed on the order form to access your student’s art. The last item on the order form is “School Tile”. Families have an opportunity to order a tile, with their child’s artwork, for the school. These tiles will then be a part of a special installation in the hallways of Dodson. You may have seen something similar at other schools in the district. It’s a great way to show Dodson pride. Thank You! Fun was had by all at our Zap Zone Family Night on March 15th. A special thank you to both Yasmeen Jasey for organizing the night and to the Ismail Family and Zap Zone for hosting Dodson families. Popcorn for Sale Popcorn will be for sale again on Friday, April 17. Each bag costs 50 cents a bag (limit of 4 bags per student). Funds from this month’s sales will go to the Fifth Grade Classrooms!!! 5th Grade parents, if you are available to help, please contact [email protected]. Planning for 2015-2016. We Need Your Help! With this school year winding down, Dodson Council is looking ahead to plans for next year. We have a small but dedicated group of parents who organize many of the events hosted by Council. However, several are “graduating” from Dodson and therefore several events need coordinators for the next school year and beyond. Some are even great for working parents! Without additional volunteers, some activities may not be able to continue, so please consider helping. Outgoing coordinators have done a great job of compiling the responsibilities for each position and are willing to work with new coordinators to make the transition smooth. A few of the open positions include: Spirit Wear: taking orders for Dodson Spirit Wear, submitting them to our vendor and then delivering completed items to the school. Holiday Shop: students have a great time shopping for holiday gifts for family and friends. This is scheduled during the school days for the week of December 7, 2015. Little Caesar’s: work with Little Caesar’s to set dates for the fundraiser, take orders and complete delivery to the school. Field Day Co-Coordinator: Field Day is a big and fun undertaking and works best with two coordinators. We are in need of a second. Fantastic First Graders - Wings of Wonder Congratulations to Mrs. Sparks' first grade class! They won a contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library to name the Canton Public Library’s new butterfly garden. Shae Young suggested the name "Wings of Wonder" and it was submitted as the class entry. The class has won a pizza party! Look for the butterfly garden coming later this spring. Lost and Found Cleanup Now that the winter weather is (hopefully) behind us, all of the cold weather items in the Dodson lost and found need to go back home. Any items remaining the morning of April 3, will be donated to the PCCS Clothing Bank. Andrew Paul Holmund Scholarship Available for Former Dodson Students This $1,000 scholarship provides financial assistance to a PCCS graduate who plans to enter the field of education or medicine. This scholarship is in memory of Andrew Holmlund, who attended Dodson Elementary School from 2001-2006. Teachers, nurses and doctors were a strong influence in Andrew’s life. Eligibility requirements include: Senior in the Plymouth-Canton Community school district Plans to enter the fields of education or medicine. GPA of 3.0 or higher Will be attending a Michigan University Preference given to a student who has attended Dodson Elementary School or has a sibling who has attended Dodson Elementary School The scholarship application is posted to the Plymouth Canton Educational Park scholarship website. State Farm Grant Dodson has been awarded a $500 grant through the State Farm Companies Foundation Good Neighbor Grant Program. A BIG Thank You to Mr. Donald Parrish for volunteering his time and partnering with Dodson. The grant will be used to support literacy programs at our school. If you are interested in participating in a school/business grant program, please contact Mrs. Goodrich.
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