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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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