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August 2018 Dear Dana Families, Welcome to Dana Middle School! Our administration, teachers and staff are looking forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the global society they will lead. At Dana Middle we challenge each of our students to reach their full potential with our quality instructional program. We value the positive relationship we have established with our parents and the community. Please help us protect the safety of our students and staff by always checking in at the front office anytime you visit Dana Middle. Dana Middle will reopen on Tuesday, August 14th after the support staff reports back to duty. Please take a moment to read this letter for information about supports and resources to assist students and parents. STUDENT ORIENTATION Student Orientation for students and parents will be on Friday, August 24th: 6th grade students from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 5th grade students from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please arrive approximately thirty minutes early to obtain a copy of your child’s schedule and then report to the Dana Jackson Theater for a welcome presentation. Students will be given time for a self-guided tour to visit classrooms and meet their teachers after the orientation. Welcome packets will be distributed on this day as well. Parents will be able to order yearbooks, donate to the Parent Association, and Dana Logo Wear will be available for purchase. Help your child prepare for upcoming Dana Spirit Days by purchasing some Dana gear! SIGN UP FOR OUR FRIDAY EBLAST The Dana Administrative Team and the Dana Association President meet to create a weekly eBlast that is informative, relevant, and time-sensitive. To sign up, go to www.danamiddle.com and check on the link at the very top of the home page that says, “Enter your email to get eBlast”. This is a very quick and easy way to stay informed and be connected to upcoming events. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, we rarely send home paper flyers, so make sure to sign up for the weekly eBlast if you want to know about our current events happening around campus. VISIT THE DANA WEBSITE REGULARLY – www.danamiddle.com Our website is updated weekly. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. You will be able to find the answer to any question on our website. If not, let us know your question and we will post the information. PARENT FOUNDATION / DANA ASSOCIATION Parent involvement looks and feels different at middle school compared to a small elementary school. One important way to get connected and be a part of the many student and staff events is to attend our parent foundation meetings. The “Dana Association” meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Dana Library. We need your help and support and would love to see you at our Association meetings. At the Association meetings, you will find out many ways in which to volunteer at Dana Middle, you can also take a look at opportunities and sign up online at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080f4ca5ab29a2fc1-dana3 Together we make great things happen for all children and we have fun doing it! Parent involvement is the key to the academic and social success of children. We need you as our partner in educating your child! Please feel free to contact Cari Pavao, the 2018-19 Association President, at danaassociation.president@gmail.com for more information or visit the Association website at danaassociation.org. DANA STAFF SUPPORTS Dana has two counselors on staff to assist students and parents. Yvette Toma, the 5th grade counselor, can be reached at ytoma@sandi.net or x2112. Mary Shirley, the 6th grade counselor, can be reached at mshirley@sandi.net or x2105. Both counselors can also be reached by calling 619-225-3897. Our main office is open every day from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Due to a limited budget, we only have three full-time people in our front office, but they are here to help you. If your child must be absent from school, please call 619-225-3897 and press “option 4” before 8:00 a.m. to report the absence. Calls received after 8:00 a.m. may result in an automated absence call to your phone. If you would like to communicate with a staff member, please check our website for email addresses. Email is the most efficient method of communication. You may also call 619-225-3897. STUDENT PLANNERS All Dana students will receive a Dana Middle School Student Planner, compliments of our Dana Association! The planner is an important tool in promoting school success. Please set aside time to review the planner with your child. You will find school information such as school rules, dress code, attendance policy, and other important policies in the first few pages of the planner. Planners will be distributed during the first week of school. Please invest in the time it takes to read and discuss this information with your child. An informed parent is an involved parent! CURRICULUM NIGHT / BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Mark your calendar – Thursday, September 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is for you to learn about the curriculum directly from your child’s teachers. Parents will follow their child’s bell schedule to visit classes throughout the evening. More detailed information will be posted on our website in September and sent home through our eBlast system. VIEW YOUR CHILD’S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE VIA “POWERSCHOOL” If you can access the internet, you can look at your child’s teacher’s grade book. Dana families will be introduced to “PowerSchool” – a fabulous digital tool that keeps parents informed about their child’s progress in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. In late September, you will receive information via US Mail for logging in to PowerSchool. This tool is only useful if you use it. We are looking forward to another exciting and productive year. You are always welcome to visit and volunteer in as many ways as you can. Your child is transitioning from elementary to middle school; this does not mean they no longer need you. Remember, your involvement in your child’s education is a key factor in his/her success. Sincerely, Mr. Scott Irwin Principal