March 24, 2021 | The traffic/parking signs are now complete! Yay! Thanks to CSX Transportation for the funds to purchase the signs. Thanks to Roger Mann, retired Public Works Superintendent of Highways with the City of Jacksonville, for an extraordinary amount of VOLUNTEER labor to move, remove, shorten, straighten, transport, and install signs.
Signs had been installed over the school’s 70-year history ad hoc without re-evaluating the total effect. We’ve been working on the signs for two years and everyone – especially Roger! – is glad to have this phase of the School Beautification finished!
March 7, 2021 | Another Know & Grow product is ready for testing! A set of 42 letter groupings have been neatly stored for each child to have his/her own set. One classroom will test the product and, if it works, all first-graders will receive a set for use in the classroom.
“I don’t remember learning about word groups. But, my husband does. He remembers when the ‘light bulb’ went off. He learned to spell ‘ship’ and realized by changing out the letters, he could spell another word. He had no problem reading from that day forward.” ~ Linda
Hopefully these letter combinations will help children become more literate – although perhaps with different letter combinations!
February 21, 2021 | Thanks to a private donor, all first grade classrooms have Bananagrams! Each bag contains the letter tiles a child will need to spell out his/her sight words. As part of the Know & Grow literacy program, these lower-case letter tiles will be used for years to come!
February 12, 2021 | How clever that science and Valentine’s Day merged! Students listened to their hearts for Valentine’s Day using stethoscopes provided by the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.
February 3, 2021 | Friends has provided one first grade classroom with letter tiles. They come in conveniently packaged green bananas! If the letter tiles help the children learn their sight words and earn a Grade A for convenience, Friends will provide a set to all first grade classrooms.
I think everyone would agree it is time to replace the tall, ugly, old, blue sign in front of the school. It even has a wrong address! The sign states “Rd.” when the correct address is Civic Club Drive.
January 15, 2021 | We are pleased to announce we have received a $1,000 grant from the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. This grant will provide Dinsmore Elementary teachers with science tools that can be used for years to come! Stay tuned for photos!