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  • Dates to Remember

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 5/11/2017
    May 12 – Last day for 4K program
    May 12 – All library books due.
    May 15 – Muffins for Moms at 7:15 a.m.
    May 16 – Spring Book Fair Family Shopping Night 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    May 18 – 3-5 grade Field Day
    May 19 – LIFE Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
    May 19 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade Fun Day
    May 22 – 4th and 5th grade Fun Day
    May 23 – Kindergarten Fun Day
    May 25 & 26 – Early dismissal for students at 11:00 a.m
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  • END OF YEAR AWARDS CEREMONIES

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/25/2017

    END OF YEAR AWARDS CEREMONIES

     

    Monday, May 22

    • Kindergarten Program 8:30 a.m.

     

    Tuesday, May 23

    • Rising 4th gr Orientation 8:15
    • 3rd grade awards 8:30 – 9:30
    • Rising 5th gr Orientation 9:45
    • 4th grade awards 10:00 – 11:00
    • 5th grade awards 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 24

    • 1st grade awards 8:30 - 9:30
    • Rising 3rd gr Orientation 9:45
    • 2nd grade awards 10:00 - 11:00
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  • May Dates to Remember

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/25/2017

    May 2 – Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    May 5 – Mommy/Son Burgers and Ballgames 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    May 11 – Dolphin Pups 2:00 p.m.

    May 15 – Muffins for Moms 7:15 a.m.

    May 16 – Spring Book Fair Family Shopping Night 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    May 18 – 3-5 grade Field Day

    May 19 – LIFE Awards Ceremony 1:00 p.m.     

    May 19 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade Fun Day     

    May 22 – 4th and 5th grade Fun Day

    May 23 – Kindergarten Fun Day

    May 25 & 26 – Early dismissal for Students – time TBD

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  • Kids and Dehydration

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/24/2017

    Kids and Dehydration

    Every year more than 200,000 children in the United States are admitted to a hospital for dehydration, and often they are treated with a painful IV. Why? Children’s hydration needs are much different than those of adults. Children lose water much more quickly, and they require a greater volume of fluids to stay properly hydrated.

    Dehydration is caused when the body loses fluids and electrolytes faster than they can be replaced. Several common conditions speed up this loss of fluids and electrolytes:

     

    Signs and Symptoms of

    Dehydration in Children

    One of the most reliable indicators of dehydration is urine color. Light yellow or clear urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow urine likely means your child is dehydrated.

    Other symptoms of dehydration include:

    • Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears)
    • Thirst
    • Tiredness, sluggishness
    • Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output
    • Lightheadedness, headache
    • Fever
    • Confusion

     

    If you have any questions, please call our school nurse at 438-4055, ext. 8453.

    Bonnie Luke, RN-School Nurse

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  • Summer Learning

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/24/2017

    Parents and students, we have some great ways for you to retain the skills you have learned this school year (& through the years) as well as ways to prepare for next school year’s successes!  Learning in all subject areas and specifically, in math involves hand’s on practice and a lot of critical thinking skills for students; therefore, forming habits that include learning during the summer can help students make amazing progress. The following are a few ideas to set up your student for success:

     

    • Writing & practicing their times tables facts to a level of fluency in knowing the facts easily and being able to utilize those facts in a short amount of time, so that whatever math they are involved in daily, their times tables help them succeed more easily rather than hinder their progress. (You can buy Dollar store-type flash cards, time them at home on homemade or computer generated times tables games/sheets, let them quiz you for speed and accuracy, challenge them to write their facts in a race with you, or make a game out of testing their knowledge as you drive to other activities. Students have access to math websites through our school webpage as well.)
    • Reading books for enjoyment, at grade level, above grade level together with you, or slightly below grade level for easy fun reading, are all great ways to encourage a love of reading and increase fluency, again, so that success can be higher and higher in all subject levels. Reading to each other, reading in the same room together with individual books, acting out books, or writing your ideas of the next chapter or book, too, are all good ways to increase this skill. Local libraries offer summer reading programs as well, for free!

     

    In this modern age, the skill of accurate keyboarding more and more is integrated into a child’s education and is becoming a necessary component to succeeding in school tasks. Free websites are available to help your student in becoming a faster and more accurate typist. Handwriting is also something that remains important. In this world of technology, often we can lose our spelling or handwriting skills for lack of practice in these areas. Please encourage self-written and self-typed stories, letter writing to friends or grandparents, nice notes to cheer a neighbor, or whatever creative way you can find to incorporate these skills into your child’s set of amazing abilities.

     

    Happy summer to all & keep on learning together!

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  • From the Breaker's Cafe

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/21/2017

    From the Breakers Cafe

     

    The last day to charge meals is May 8th. Please be sure that your child does not have any outstanding lunch balances.

     

    If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Yelenic at extension 8459.

     

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  • Summer LIFE Program Camp

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/21/2017

    The Summer LIFE Program is scheduled for four weeks this summer which are June 19-22, June 26-30, July 10-13, and July 17-20. Times will be from 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., Mondays -Thursdays of these weeks. There will be no school on Fridays. 

    Breakfast and lunch are provided, and bus transportation will be available to and from Doby’s Mill for the summer program. 

    For questions or more information, please email Vickie Norton at vickie.norton@kcsdschools.net.

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  • POWERSCHOOL FOR PARENTS

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/20/2017

    POWERSCHOOL FOR PARENTS

     

    Have you accessed your child’s Parent Portal Account?

     

    What is Parent Portal? Through the Parent Portal, parents and guardians have instant access to important information such as assignment grades (grades 3-5), attendance information (grades PK-5), or fees. Please note that the information you are able to see is regulated by our school district.

     

    Where do I get an Access ID and Access Password for my child? You will need to go, in person, to your child’s school so they can verify your identity and give you your Access ID and Access Password. Only legal guardians may pick up your child’s access key information.

     

    Does the school set up my Parent Portal Account? No, you set up your own account. Instructions will be given when you receive your access ID.

     

    Who do I contact with general Parent Portal questions? Lori Robinson ext. 8458

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  • State Testing

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/17/2017

    During the spring 2017, all students in grades 3-5 will take state assessments online, unless specified in the student’s IEP or 504 plan. These tests will be administered during school in a secure testing environment. While most of the tests are multiple choice, the English language arts (ELA) assessment will be administered over a two day period, with one day being a text dependent analysis question requiring students to type their response. These ELA assessments are not timed, and students will have the opportunity to create a graphic organizer and rough draft on paper prior to inputting their responses on the computer.

     The following state assessments will be administered this spring:

    •  Grade 3 – ELA (2 days), math
    •  Grade 4-5 – ELA (2 days), math, science, social studies
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  • Busy Spring Ahead

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 4/17/2017

    Dear Dolphins,

    I trust you all enjoyed a restful Spring Break.  It was nice to take some time to truly unwind and reenergize with family and friends.  I know many of you traveled, and I have enjoyed seeing your pictures as you took some time to visit family and friends.  

     We have a busy Spring ahead.  So, please be sure to mark your calendars to attend these great festivities as we celebrate our students' accomplishments.  Notably, we celebrate YOU this month.  Our annual PTA/SIC Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Library. We are blessed to have an outstanding group of parents and community members with whom to work and support our school's mission.  This year's SIC and PTA have been successful because of the participation and dedication of each of you!  Your ability to work as a member of a team, your well-organized manner, and your genuine concern for making DME a better place are obvious to all who worked with you.  Please RSVP to our PTA so that we can plan for the meal.

    With this in mind, SCPASS and SCREADY testing is just around the corner.  This is the time when we all ask our students to follow the example set by you and make DME shine with Top Ten scores.  We just ask that our students do their best work during this testing season!  We believe in them, and we want them to "show what they know" because they (and you) have worked hard this school year!

     The testing schedule is as follows:

    April 19

    Field Testing - ELA

    Grades

    3, 4, 5

    May

    9

    SC Ready: ELA- Writing

    Grades

    4, 5

    April 26

    SC Ready: ELA- Writing

    Grade

    3

    May 10

    SC Ready: ELA- Reading

    Grades

    4, 5

    April 27

    SC Ready: ELA- Reading

    Grade

    3

    May 16

    SCPASS: Social Studies

    Grades

    4, 5

    May 2

    SC Ready: Math

    Grade 3, 4, 5

    May 17

    SCPASS: Science

    Grades

    4, 5

     

    We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderfully happy and restful Spring Break.  Let's return to work and school reenergized and ready to close out another successful school year!

     

    In Dolphin Pride,

     

     

    Ginger Catoe

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Announcements

  • May 12 – Last day for 4K program
    May 12 – All library books due.
    May 15 – Muffins for Moms at 7:15 a.m.
    May 16 – Spring Book Fair Family Shopping Night 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    May 18 – 3-5 grade Field Day
    May 19 – LIFE Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
    May 19 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade Fun Day
    May 22 – 4th and 5th grade Fun Day
    May 23 – Kindergarten Fun Day
    May 25 & 26 – Early dismissal for students at 11:00 a.m
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    Monday, May 22

    • Kindergarten Program 8:30 a.m.

     

    Tuesday, May 23

    • Rising 4th gr Orientation 8:15
    • 3rd grade awards 8:30 – 9:30
    • Rising 5th gr Orientation 9:45
    • 4th grade awards 10:00 – 11:00
    • 5th grade awards 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 24

    • 1st grade awards 8:30 - 9:30
    • Rising 3rd gr Orientation 9:45
    • 2nd grade awards 10:00 - 11:00
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  • May 2 – Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    May 5 – Mommy/Son Burgers and Ballgames 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    May 11 – Dolphin Pups 2:00 p.m.

    May 15 – Muffins for Moms 7:15 a.m.

    May 16 – Spring Book Fair Family Shopping Night 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    May 18 – 3-5 grade Field Day

    May 19 – LIFE Awards Ceremony 1:00 p.m.     

    May 19 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade Fun Day     

    May 22 – 4th and 5th grade Fun Day

    May 23 – Kindergarten Fun Day

    May 25 & 26 – Early dismissal for Students – time TBD

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  • healthy

    Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair

    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 john.folger@kcsdschools.net, to recieve additional information.


     

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  • Grades Parent Portal

    Kershaw County School District's Parent Portal is open for use.  Parents may access existing accounts or see their school to set up and account.  There will also be a mobile option this year.  Parent's can download the Parent Portal app via iPhone/iPad and register with the district code CQQZ.  We are excited about this new feature but would like to remind parents that the district itself does not support the app.  The portal can also be accessed using your mobile browser.  Any questions please feel free to give us a call, 803-438-4055.
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  • Nurse Excuse Reminders:

    • You must send in an excuse within 5 days of returning to school.
    • Excuses can be a doctor’s excuse or a written parent note.
    • It must state reason for absence.
    • It must be signed by parent or guardian.
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  • Publix Partners

    Publix Partners School Cards 

    Help raise money for Doby's Mill Elementary by shopping and using our Publix Partners School Card!
    All purchases at Publix will help earn money for Doby’s Mill Elementary. You can support our school by using your Publix Partners Card at checkout. Family and friends are welcome to use Doby's Mill Publix Partners Cards too!
     
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  • Box Tops for Education

    Box Tops for Education

    Help raise money for Doby's Mill Elementary by clipping coupons off of the groceries marked "Box Tops for Education." You can also register online and shop through www.boxtops4education.com to earn bonus points for our school!
     
      
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  • Labels for Education Labels for Education

    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!

     Labels for Education  

     Eligible Products

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  • 21ST CENTURY GRANT LIFE PROGRAM

    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 vickie.norton@kcsdschools.net, or Virginia Catoe, Principal, at virginia.catoe@kcsdschools.net.

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  •  Be Great Academy

    Registration for the Be Great Academy’s Fall after school program is now open!  Come join us for award winning fun programs focused on achieving academic success, healthy life styles and character development!  After school care will begin the first day of school and run from school dismissal until 6:30 PM on school days. Participants will receive snack daily and have the opportunity to complete each day’s homework during our Power Hour program.  Visit BEGREATAcademy.com for more information and to complete the online registration.
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Dolphins Pride

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Our Philosophy

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.

 

School Beliefs

  1. Students, teachers, administration, parents and community share the responsibility for fulfilling the school's mission by addressing the needs of the whole child in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
  2. Students must be active participants in their learning and aim to apply their knowledge in meaningful contexts in order to become life-long learners.
  3. Discipline, integrity and respect for individual differences are essential for a healthy learning community.
  4. Instructional strategies and practices incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate varied learning styles, needs and abilities.
  5. Student learning is the priority of the school.
  6. Integrating technology is essential to prepare students for success in an ever-changing global society.
  7. Continuous improvement ensures that the school's curriculum is innovative, creative, challenging, and exciting.
  8. The community of learners value and explore cultural diversity increasing students' understanding and respect of different people and cultures.
  9. Students' involvement in the arts is crucial in developing a rich learning experience through which various cultures, learning styles and creative outlets can be explored.
  10. Students develop healthy lifestyles by participating in physical fitness and health education activities.

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The Fin-tastic Five Rules are:

  • Safety - We are safe.
  • Respect - We are respectful.
  • Orderly - We are orderly.
  • On Task - We are on task.
  • Property - We take care of property.  
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