We are excited to announce the 2015-2016 Archery Team!
3rd Grade: Bradley Blankenship, Ainsley Outlaw, Xander Alvarez, Craig Jones, Makaylee Catoe, Brayden Block, Alysa Lane
4th Grade: James Stone, Zech Brown, Ben Hanson, Elijah Dennis, Granger Morgan, Connor Thompson, Wesley May, Lindsey Mills
5th Grade: Bryson Porter, Carmen Howard, Chloe Kile, Haylee Benton, Hannah Medlin, Alexis Lee, Wyatt Tanner, Drake Jeffers, Clay Peake
We know that you will represent DME with dignity and pride! Congratulations on becoming the FIRST archery team from DME!
Follow your arrow!
Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. Alvarez
Jump Rope for Heart will be held on November 11. Last year we raised over $ 4,000, and our goal is to raise $5,000.00 for the American Heart Association this year. We would appreciate your support for this worthy cause. Kynlee Freezon ($258), Colie Reynolds ($100), Alysa Lane ($300), Maggie Long ($65), Natalie Hoult ($105), Wesley May ($125), Hailey Benton ($72), and Hailey Altman ($60) are our leading returning students. Thank you so very much for your help last year.
Students will bring their money (at least $5.00) on November 11, and come to the PE room during RA for our famous JRFH Party. Inflatables, Wii dancing, rope jumping, hula hooping, and healthy snacks will be a part of our party.
If you are able to help with the JRFH party on February 12, please contact Mr. Tinman at 438-4055, extension 8451.
Our LIFE program is collecting UPCs from any Pepperidge Farm participating products and UPCs from any Campbell family of brands participating products. You can have your child place them in a box in the rotunda or have your child give them to Ms. Norton. Your help is greatly appreciated!
DME is thrilled to have been awarded the 21st Century Grant, LIFE Program.
The primary goal of the LIFE program is to provide academic intervention and enrichment to help the students. The focus of the program is assisting the students with their homework. The staff also provides instruction using the LitART Curriculum, which uses books and novels to engage students in skill building. There are also activities focused on STEM skills as well as field trips, special guests, and other exciting opportunities for your child. An afternoon snack is provided daily. The LIFE program runs on normal school days from dismissal until 5:25 p.m. The program does not run when there is no school or an early dismissal. The program lasts all school year.
Attendance is vital! Please, unless illness or an emergency, plan for your child to be at the LIFE program. If you need to pick your child up before 5:25, come to DME’s front office. You can sign-out your child there. Students with excessive absences will be removed from the program, so that students on the waiting list can take advantage of this opportunity. The number of students who are allowed to participate in this program is limited!
If you have any other questions, concerns, or praises, please feel free to contact us, 803-438-4055, Vickie Norton, Campus Director, at email@example.com, or Virginia Catoe, Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's hard to believe that we have been in school for almost a month. Each year, I always review school bus safety with our students. Since SAFETY is Mrs. Catoe's #1 rule, we even practice bus evacuation drills as a part of a PE/related arts lesson each year. Be sure to ask your child about this practice drill on October 23.
In an effort to boost bus safety, I am sharing this information with you in hopes that you will discuss these safety practices with your children at home.
Finally, parents, I ask that you be vigilant to listen and report. If you know of any odd or unsafe conditions, please alert our bus office and speak with Vanessa Garza at 438-2135. You may also contact Mr. Folger (438-7714) or me (438-7716), if we can be of assistance.
Get your child on board with school bus safety! To avoid dangerous situations and accidents, students must follow bus safety rules and procedures. Thanks, in advance, for your assistance with this matter!
In Dolphin Pride,
Ginger Catoe, Principal
(Taken from Report to Parents by NAESP, "Boost Bus Safety")
As a school family, several service opportunities have come to light in which we plan to participate.
First, we are collecting new packs of socks (in all sizes) to help those displaced by the flooding in our state and to help the homeless who are some of the hardest hit during natural disasters.This donation drive is called SOCKtober! All donations will go directly to flooding survivors, the homeless, and others in greatest need in Kershaw County. Please bring these donations to the school. Your child's teacher may also choose to participate in a specific project as a homeroom....
Secondly, to partner with the Lugoff-Elgin High School Athletic Department and teams, our school is collecting Flood Buckets at the gate of the game versus Westwood, a local school from Richland II; one of the hardest hit areas has been Richland County. Donating a filled bucket will you FREE admission to the game. Wateree Hardware on Highway 1 has graciously offered a free 5 gallon bucket and lid with the purchase of cleaning supplies which will fill the bucket....plus a discount on supplies. Take the bucket to the football game for a FREE admission....the game has been postponed and will NOT be played this Friday night....I will keep you posted on the rescheduled date.
Flood Bucket List:
1 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
1 bottle of liquid household cleaner
1 bottle of liquid dish soap
1 bottle of bleach
1 heavy duty scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle)
1 pair of rubber gloves
and add a NOTE of love - FREE from your child! I plan to be at Wateree Hardware today at 4:00 p.m. to build my bucket! Join me??
Third, our students have been patient and been inside for days...the sun finally has come out! And, so many are realizing the destruction in our state. The Lugoff Elgin High School Journalism Department is sponsoring Movie Night this Friday, October 10th. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit our Kershaw County Flood Victims. Cost: $5.00 per carload.....and you are asked to also bring new toys, clothing, and household items to donate. Bring outdoor chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available from Chick Fil A and Kona Ice.
Finally, our Teacher Forum from KCSD will be collecting loose change and bills to make a donation from our district.
Here is a portion of the email detailing the change drive.
Many of us are feeling the need to help those affected by the recent disaster. What most local disaster relief organizations need, such as the Red Cross and United Way, are funds. I just spoke to Donny, president of Kershaw County's United Way and he confirmed the the change/money raised would go 100% to the local relief funds.
We'd like to call this "Pennies for Change." Students and staff want to help in some capacity and donating loose change will make a dramatic impact. I am asking that you encourage your staff to set up collect spots either homerooms/lunchroom for the students and staff to donate their change. If interested, please find some containers and start the collection from our return to school until October 16th."
So, pick a cause...get involved, and teach our children how to "pay it forward."
Hug your babies...I miss them dearly!
(P. S. Thanks for all the great emails parents letting me know that you are okay....I pray for your continued safety!)
Why read 20 minutes at home? You have probably heard that it is important for kids to read at home. As a busy mom myself, I understand how hectic evenings can be, and how hard it is to add one more “To Do” to your day. However, research shows the importance of reading regularly.
There is a chart showing the tremendous advantage that Student A, who reads for just 20 minutes each day, has over his/her peers. In one year, that child will read a total of 1,800,000 words and potentially score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Student B, who reads only 5 minutes per day, will read 282,000 words per year, and their scores on standardized tests drop to the 50th percentile. Most alarming is Student C, who reads only 1 minute per day. This child will read a mere 8,000 words per year, and score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.
So, I understand that it is easy for me as a reading coach to encourage students to read, but doesn’t the data speak loudly of the importance of reading? So, I urge you to add reading for 20 minutes each night to your schedule. Picture books, magazine articles, even the comics- what your child reads doesn’t matter as much as the act of reading itself.
Consider having a family reading time where EVERYONE drops what they’re doing to read. What an incredible example for your child when they see you reading!
Now, Dolphin families, dive in to reading!
The Doby’s Mill Elementary School family is committed to providing opportunities for academic, social, and character growth for our students. By encouraging and assisting in the development of socially responsible behavior, we believe maximum learning will take place.
Our Vision Statement
The vision of Doby's Mill Elementary School is to create a safe and enriched learning environment that promotes Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence with confidence, creativity, and success for everyone.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Doby's Mill Elementary School, in partnership with our community, is to provide a safe, nurturing, and innovative learning environment that empowers students with knowledge and skills to become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive citizens.
The Fin-tastic Five Rules are: