Digestive System

January 9, 2022 | We received another grant from the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee!

The fifth grade students will soon benefit from a Human Digestive System Model. This should be a big hit with the kids as the model is in three parts and is quite detailed!

Hopefully this teaching tool will help spark an interest in the medical profession!

Thanks River City Walmart!

January 2, 2022 | Want some great news to start the new year? We just received a $1,000 Walmart Giving grant from Walmart at River City Marketplace to purchase paper for the kindergarten and first grade Know & Grow booklets!

We thank the Walmart at River City Marketplace for their continued support!

We now have the funds to print Weekly Wordbooks, Flashcards, and Dot-to-Dot Pads for a year.

Literacy Grant

November 18, 2021 | All First Grade classrooms now have an Etch A Sketch for every student! Thanks Dollar General for the Literacy Grant!

Yes, the FreeStyle version of Etch A Sketch has a pencil for writing. Forget the two white buttons!

First-graders can now get plenty of practice writing on these new devices.

Next time you shop at the Dinsmore Dollar General, do so knowing they have invested in our local community!

Got Hooked on Books?

November 3, 2021 | Were you at last week’s Learning is a Treasure literacy night? Did you or your children “do” the Pirate Ring Toss?

Our board member, Roger Mann, built this game from scratch. He even painted the artwork! Next time you see Roger, be sure to recognize his art talents (which I, as his sister, did not even know he has!)

Volunteer First Step

October 23, 2021 | The first step to volunteering at Dinsmore Elementary is to undergo a background check. DCPS has now resumed performing these checks. To register as a potential volunteer, go to the DCPS Volunteer Page.

We still don’t know what volunteer opportunities will be available at the school but getting your background check completed will be a first step to getting us back to normal!

Thanks Dollar General!

October 16, 2021 | Thank you to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for our grant this year! We are going to use it to purchase Etch A Sketch Freestyles for all first-graders!

Writing is one of the best ways to teach beginners how to read. Instead of those white knobs most of us grew up with, these Etch A Sketch Freestyle have pens. The children will be able to get extensive writing practice.

Logo Feedback Please

October 9, 2021 | I’ve developed a new logo to reflect our new name. This is how it would look on our letterhead and our website. I’d love to receive any feedback / comments / suggestions on how it can be improved! ~Linda

Please send feedback to FriendsofDinsmoreElementary@gmail.com

New Name

October 2, 2021 | The State of Florida Division of Corporations has registered our new name, Know & Grow Learning Depot, Inc.

Less than three years ago, Friends of Dinsmore Elementary was founded with the generic mission of helping the school. Since then, we’ve engaged in different activities such as beautifying the grounds, enriching the science program, establishing a tutoring program, and providing Know & Grow products. It is Know & Grow where we feel we can do the most good. Our new name, Know & Grow Learning Depot, will reflect this service niche.

Dots Volunteer Needed

September 23, 2021 | Would you or someone you know like to help kindergarteners and first-graders enjoy dot-to-dot puzzles?

Needed: Assembler to staple the booklets. Two staples per book will do the trick! All supplies provided.

To volunteer, email FriendsOfDinsmoreElementary@gmail.com or contact Linda at 904.738.3092.

Pictured: The Count to 10 dot-to-dots. This series is a little more difficult than the “My First Dots” even though still only counting to ten.