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November 2016 upDATER - Nuts and Bolts

November 6, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The purpose of this Nuts and Bolts is to remind our school community of important safety procedures at Dater and to make sure everyone is informed about several important events going on at the school during the month of November. It is hard to believe that we are already well into our third month of the school year.  As always, I appreciate all of your support in helping make Dater a great place to learn and grow.

Warm Regards,
Andrew Matteo
Safety Reminders
It is very important that everyone follow our school's drop-off and pick-up procedures in order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for our students, teachers, and parents.  For the morning drop-off, please do not have your child(ren) arrive at school before 8:10 am as there will be no supervision until that time.  For the afternoon pick-up, please refrain from double-parking and encourage your child(ren) to use the crosswalks when crossing streets.  The playground aides will be out there to help enforce the procedures, and we would appreciate everyone's cooperation.  Along with these specific requests, we ask that all drivers use caution and demonstrate civility as we all work together to set good examples for the children.
November Calendar (Minimum Days and School Closures)
Due to parent-teacher conferences, this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are minimum days. Students will be dismissed at 12:35 pm.  Please note that there will be no food service on these days.  Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack from home.  School is closed on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11. November 23 (the day before Thanksgiving) will also be a minimum day without lunch service.  Students may bring a health snack on this day as well. School will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.  Click here for the full school calendar for the month.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
This week we will be holding parent-teacher conferences at Dater.   As I wrote in last month's upDATER, parent-teacher conferences are an important part of establishing a strong home-school connection.  Please check in with the greeter in the lobby before heading up to your parent-teacher conferences.
PTO Meeting with Guest Presentation: November 18th at 9 AM
The general PTO meeting will start at 9 am in the Dater cafeteria. The guest, and Anne Fishman, our school's anti-bullying specialist.  They will be providing an overview of the difference between social conflicts and bullying in the context of an upper elementary school.