Jan 13 – Report Cards go home
Jan 16 – MLK, Jr. Day – No school
Jan 17 – 1st grade Chick-fil-A night from 5:00 – 7:00
Jan 20 – Dolphin Pups 2:00
Jan 24 – Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00
Jan 30 – Book Fair Begins!
Jan 31 – Family Shopping Night from 3:00 – 6:00
Feb 1 – Donuts for Dads 7:15 a.m.
Feb 3 – Daddy Daughter Dance from 6:00 – 7:30
Feb 7 – Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00
Daddy Daughter Dance - February 3
Our annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Friday, February 3, from 6:00-7:30.
The event will be a magical Winter Wonderland, complete with a professional DJ and dinner.
Reservations must be made by January 20.
Many volunteers are needed to help decorate and assist at the dance. Contact Betsy Long in the library at extension 8456, if you are available to help.
Carpool Etiquette and Safety
Family Science Night
January 24, 6-7 p.m., is DME's yearly Family Science Night.
The science committee has some NEW, FUN activities planned for this night. Bring the whole family out to participate with the USC Robotics Lab, Kershaw County Robotics Team and DME's Robotics Team. Dolphin Dollars and HW passes will be given to all students who attend. Also, there’s a chance of winning some cool door prizes.
We experienced a record number of student tardies in December.
Please make sure that your child arrives at school PRIOR to 7:45 a.m. On extremely cold and/or rainy days, plan ahead for weather or traffic delays. Teachers have asked that we concentrate on having our children in class at the start of the day to avoid the loss of instructional time and to kick off the day on a positive note.
Your attention to this matter would be very helpful!
In the event of inclement weather during the day/afternoon or if there is a possibility of road conditions becoming hazardous due to a weather event, it is imperative that we have dismissal plans in place in case of school/program cancellations.
Please make sure that you have communicated any new phone numbers, emergency contact information, and/or updated address information to your child's teacher and Mrs. Robinson, our attendance registrar.
Thanks, in advance, for helping put these plans in place!
Last month, I featured some information about reading. In fact, I hope you have had a chance to read aloud with your children and use the comprehension questions to spur your discussion as you read. This month, I want to share some good advice about building deep math skills. This information was featured in the "Report to Parents" provided monthly by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Doby’s Mill Ribbon Winners of the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s Annual
Christmas Card Contest
1st place, Arianna Dykes
2nd place, Danna Matthews
3rd place, Scout Crocker
1st place, Arin Campbell
2nd place, Carey Dallas
3rd place, Paula Dildy
1st place, Marcus Taylor *
2nd place, Ethan Raper
3rd place, Victoria Potter
1st place, Madeline Aiello
2nd place, MaKaylee Catoe
3rd place, Brooke Burke
1st place, Wyiaht Goff
2nd place, Chloe Gentry
3rd place, Madison Lyons
*Marcus Taylor, of Doby’s Mill, was also the 3rd place overall winner in the 3rd grade category. Marcus received a $10.00 cash prize!
Reminders from the Attendance Office
When your child is absent from school, please make sure to send a doctor's note. If you did not take your child to the doctor, please send a parent note. ALL absences MUST have either a medical note or a parent note on file.
If no note is sent, an absence will be marked as unexcused. If your student acquires enough unexcused absences, he/she will be considered truant. Once a child is truant, we are required by law to follow certain steps, which may lead to court proceedings.
Also, please make sure to sign up for our new mobile app. On the app, you will be able to view your child's grades and attendance. In order to use the app, you must be registered for Parent Portal. If you have any questions, on how to sign up, please call the Mrs. Robinson, in the attendance office, at 803-438-4055, extension 8458.
Our annual Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair is March 7, 2017. Any business or vendor in the area that wishes to participate in that capacity is encouraged to contact Mr. John Folger at 803-438-4055 extension 8428 or email@example.com, to recieve additional information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Virginia Catoe, Principal, at email@example.com.
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: