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Dilworth’s 10th Annual Eat Cake, Love Art Event was a huge success!!!

It was a beautiful, fun-filled evening at the school. Families came and enjoyed dinner, entertainment, arts and crafts, the silent auction, boutique, garden shop and nearly 2,000 cupcakes!!! Thank you to all who came, contributed, volunteered and celebrated with us! We brought in over $24,000, which will enable us to continue high quality art and music instruction, as well as support many of our special programs at Dilworth!

Ms. Parry and Mrs.Torres' First Grade Class' Operas

Our First Grade Operas  are an opportunity for students to learn how to write not only a story but a Libretto.  They learn about characters, settings, problem and solutions.  All the ideas and work come from the students.  Props, artwork, and movement all come from their ideas and hard work.  In First Grade, this process takes several months.  We are thankful for the support from Utah Opera and their efforts in composing the music from melodies the students create.  

It's Testing Time

Check out these great resources for Eureka and RISE, the testing platform, as we enter the Assessment Window. 

For Eureka, you can go to the Embarc Online Link  The Embarc site offers videos, powerpoints presentations and homework solution sheets for each lesson in Eureka.

For RISE help, you can go to this link for RISE practice tests and solution sheets for each grade level.

 

10th Annual Art Night

We are SO excited about Art Night which is just ONE week away! The 10th Annual “Eat Cake, Love Art” Event is THURSDAY, MAY 2, from 5:30 to 8pm and there are lots of exciting things happening!!

We are in need of more volunteers to help with baking cupcakes as well as set-up, event management and take-down, so we are enlisting every avenue for reaching parents and faculty at Dilworth.  Get involved by helping before, during or after the event!  We are looking forward to the gallery stroll, student performances, dinner offerings, fun drinks, kids crafts, silent auction, a garden shop, boutique, and, of course, thousands of cupcakes!

Volunteer Sign up Genius 

Cupcake Donation Sign up Genius

There are so many wonderful ways to contribute as we prepare:

  • drop off a Costco gift card at the office to help cover our food costs (contact Alice Lynch 206-910-4469)
  • bake and decorate delicious cupcakes for the big sale (contact Allison Baddley 801-674-0391)
  • come hang art for the gallery stroll (contact Sarah Clinger 801-671-6584)
  • encourage your children to share their talents by singing or playing an instrument at the event (contact Jessica Wood 435-881-7368)
  • help with set up or clean up May 1st and 2nd (contact Christine Fotheringham 385-252-9037)
  • man a station at the event (contact Merrilee Gottfredson 801-703-4873)

Start spreading the word now!!! Invite your friends, neighbors, extended family, and community workers for a night celebrating the Arts and Special Programs at Dilworth. Bring your kids, your appetite, AND, of course, your wallet!

 

NY Times Best-selling Author, Ridley Pearson, Visits Dilworth

New York Times best-selling author, Ridley Pearson, spoke to third through sixth grade students on Tuesday, April 2.  He shared his “epic new series that follows the Super Sons of Superman and Batman as they struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world”, Super Sons: The Polarshield Project.  He spoke about his writing process and how important editing is to creating a piece of literary work of which to be proud.  He is the author of over 50 other books, such as the Kingdom Keeper Series and the Lock and Key Series.  This visit was sponsored by The Kings English Book Store.

Swing Your Partner!

Swing your partner! That is what our third graders have been doing for the last two months. We learned our left from our right, how to follow instructions, how to make different formations, how to help each other, and how to be a great team member. Yippee-Kai-Yay!!

You’ve Got a Friend in Me!

Our Kindergarten, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me!” program was a lot of fun and a highlight of our year! We prepared for the big day by creating art using all kinds of shapes, colors, patterns and textures. Kindergartners loved the music and movement and the different beats, tempos and rhythms of each song. The best part of our program was the focus on friendships and the time we spent together! Thank you to our music teacher, Cary Berg, and our art teacher, Julie Davidson. Thank you also to our pianist, Nancy McClellan, our guitar player, Sarah Berg, and our soloist, Annie Stringham.

Dilworth's Battle of the Books Team

A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO DILWORTH’S BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAM!!

Autumn, Danika, Gracie, Thomas, and Noah competed in the Salt Lake City School District Battle of the Books on Thursday, March 7, at Wasatch Elementary.  16 elementary schools from around the District brought teams to to participate in answering questions about 20 different books.  The Dragons tied with two other schools for second place.  Students were provided with the 20 book list in May 2018 and read the books during the school year.  FANTASTIC JOB DRAGONS!!!   

Let Freedom Ring!

Dilworth 5th Grade presented their annual U.S. History and Patriotic Program on February 21st. They performed before a large crowd of family members and community members as well as Dilworth students. Fifth- graders explained the history of the United States through words and songs. Included was a video “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the beloved military slideshow which honors students’ family members who are currently serving or have served in the military, recognized families who have immigrated to the United States, and honored one student whose father is currently serving in the Middle East. The program was written by 5th grade social studies teacher, Linette Sheffield, and the music was conducted by Cary Berg. Students produced artwork under the guidance of Julie Davidson, art teacher. Their paintings of American Heroes and our U.S. Flag were fabulous!

Second Grade Program for School and Community

Second Grade celebrated four character education words: kindness, love, gratitude, and happiness, as students used performance skills through song and dance. Students used their writing skills to express their feelings on these four words as they helped write their own scripts.

Kindergarten Sign-up for Neighborhood Students

We are asking parents of students who are in Dilworth boundaries and will be in kindergarten next school year (2019-2020) to come into the office (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to fill out an information sheet. The forms to fill out will be available beginning tomorrow, Feb. 5 through the month of February, ending Thursday, Feb. 28. We need this student information this month so we can determine how many neighborhood students will be attending Dilworth next year. More information about our Kindergarten Orientation will be mailed to you after we’ve collected these information sheets.

THANK YOU!

A HUGE THANK YOU to our wonderful Dilworth community for all of your generous donations to the Highland High Pantry. We were able to supply their pantry with truckloads of food, clothing and school supplies that will help many of their low-income students. Thank you for your support and unselfishness which made this service experience such a great success!

Dilworth Lends a Helping Hand

During the month of December, the Peer Leadership team at Dilworth Elementary is focusing on how we can each lend a ‘helping hand’ to make a difference in our community. The students decided to hold a food drive to benefit the food pantry at Highland High school. They learned that roughly half of the student body at Highland live below the poverty line, and over one-third of the school’s teenagers and their families live in food insecurity. We discussed what this means, and how we at Dilworth can lend a ‘helping hand’. Peer Leadership students visited classrooms at Dilworth to raise awareness about the needs of students in their local student community. Dilworth families and students rallied together to collect food, school and hygiene items for the pantry. The response and donations from Dilworth have overwhelmed our friends at Highland High, and have shown students that each of them really can make a difference!

Fifth Grade's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

This fall has been an eventful one for our fifth graders as they have had the opportunity to be Shakespearean players in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Students began engaging with Shakespeare’s world and works in the classroom early in the year, making valuable connections to the core curriculum through his language and storytelling. They then took this knowledge to the stage, where they rehearsed before school for over six weeks under the direction of Elizabeth Lambert and Kayleen Skinlo. The production was further brought to life by parent volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the play a great success. Student actors entertained an auditorium full of family, friends, fellow students, and community members during final performances on November 14th and 15th. Congratulations to all involved!

First Grade Halloween Program

The First Grade at Dilworth Elementary participated in a Halloween Program. For this program we incorporated poetry/choral reading, instrumental rhythm, movement, and the arts. This has been a great opportunity for the kids to learn more about their own talents and skills, the excitement of performing and how to work as a team. Happy Halloween!

Fourth Grade Utah Program

The 4th grade music program was an entertaining and educational time. The students sang songs about the rock cycle, Utah’s history and geography, and the 6 traits of writing. Furthermore, a few 4th graders shared informational poems about Utah’s habitats that accompanied their beautiful artwork hanging in the hall. They ended the performance with several spooky songs in celebration of approaching Halloween. It was a fun time!

A HUGE THANK YOU!!!

A huge Thank You to our community for supporting our Dots for Dilworth campaign. And many thanks to Veronica Hill and Meredith Harding for their efforts to make the fundraiser amazing. We had 39 kids go on the limo lunch! We handed out 39 science kits. Mrs. Hall’s 2nd grade class won the class pizza party. The ice cream party winners are Ms. Bitner’s Kindergarten, Ms. Nelson’s 3rd grade and Ms. Park’s 4th grade classes. Thank you, again, for all your support to make this a success!! We want your feedback on the fall fundraiser, so look for a survey soon.

The Dots for Dilworth fundraiser allows each dollar contributed to be used by the PTA to support community events and extra school activities, such as Red Ribbon Week, which is this month. We are also able to support the new mindfulness approach being taught to students and used by Mr. Chatterton and the faculty. These are just two of many! We were made aware of a misprint on our scratch cards and posters that states this fundraiser supports our Art and Music programs. The Art and Music programs are sustained by its own Art/special programs budget, which Art Night fundraising supports. If there is any question of how these funds are being used, please contact our PTA and we would be happy to clarify or shift your donation. Thank you for all you do to support our students and school! Go Dragons!

Welcome to our Newest Dilworth Dragon Teachers!

Read on to find out more about Dilworth’s new teachers!

Mrs. Fletcher, Sixth Grade Teacher:  ”Hi!  My name is Angela Fletcher and I am so excited to be team teaching 6th Grade with Ms. Stansfield!  This will be my first year back as a teacher in almost 20 years!  I have taught 1st, 5th and 6th grades, but I left teaching when I became a mother.  I then had the pleasure of being a substitute right here at Dilworth for about 13 years whle my children were students here.  I was also able to be involved with PTA and as a classroom volunteer.  Needless to say, I love Dilworth and our wonderful community!”

Ms. Hunt, Third Grade Teacher:  “My name is Anita Hunt. This is my 14th year teaching. I have taught elementary and middle school Spanish, as well as the fifth and sixth grades. I love to spend my summers traveling and my favorite place in the world in Dunedin, New Zealand.  I am very excited to be teaching here at Dilworth and working with a fantastic team of educators and families.”

Mrs. Torres, First Grade Teacher:  “Hi, I'm Tricia Torres and I received my Masters in Teaching at Westminster College and I've been teaching for the last 4 years at Hawthorne Elementary.  I loved my experience and time there but am excited to be here at Dilworth.  The best ways I like to relax is either outside on a run or in a cozy chair with a book.  My favorite snacks are anything chocolate and popcorn.  I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Thanks!”

Ms. Johnson, First Grade Teacher:  “Hello Dilworth Dragons! I am thrilled to join your fantastic school. I've been a first grade teacher for 13 years and I love it! I graduated from the University of Utah, so you'll see  Utah pride when you walk into my classroom. When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my family and my dog Bubba. I have a son who is a computer programmer and a daughter who teaches as well. This year, we welcomed two exchange students into our family. They are from Spain and Italy! During the summer I love to travel all around the world and I love working as a Realtor!  I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and plan to travel to Asia next summer. I am looking forward to a magnificent year.”

New Daily Schedule Letter

Dear Dilworth Families,

Welcome back for another great school year. This year we are changing our daily bell schedule to provide more short breaks for students throughout the day. Our faculty spent a lot of time on this issue last spring and through a lot of hard committee work we were able to come up with a schedule that we feel will benefit students.

This idea started as we were discussing what type of schedule works best for kids. Through our research we found that recent studies show that kids do best with frequent breaks throughout the day.

“Regular breaks throughout the school day—from short brain breaks in the classroom to the longer break of recess—are not simply downtime for students. Such breaks increase their productivity and provide them with opportunities to develop creativity and social skills.” (Terada, 2018)

As a result we have created a schedule that provides four 10 minute recesses throughout the day, as well as a 20 minute recess at lunch time. Research shows that we need to give our brains time to consolidate and process all the information that’s come in.  Even without scheduled breaks the brain will naturally take breaks each hour through day dreaming or “zoning out”.

We have worked hard to make this transition as smooth as possible, but we would appreciate your support as we work out any problems that may arise. If you have any questions please contact me. Thank you for being such a great community…Go Dragons!

Warmly,

Jeremy Chatterton

Principal

801-481-4806

 

I am attaching links to 2 of the articles we used for our research.

 

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/47909/how-kids-learn-better-by-taking-frequent-breaks-throughout-the-day

 

https://www.edutopia.org/article/research-tested-benefits-breaks

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