June 19, 2020 | Thanks to those who started their Amazon shopping on the Smile page! This was our first AmazonSmile deposit.
March 12, 2020 | Two school beautification work days were held this week. In the Interim between the work days, the hedges were severely trimmed by the school grounds crew. Just had to say, Friends did NOT trim the hedges. Here is what was accomplished:
- Day 1: The dead tree next to the principal parking space was cut down and removed.
- Day 1: The hedges to the right of the flag pole were cleaned free of vines and debris.
- Day 1: All the leaves in front of the school were bagged and trashed.
- Day 2: The 8 poles in the hedges were expertly removed by volunteer, Roger Mann.
- Day 2: While there with his small tractor, Roger also removed an invasive plant in the hedges to the left of the flagpole. Friends will plant two new plants in the gap.
- Day 2: We again cleaned out debris under the hedges to the right of the flagpole. It was easier this time as was only freshly fallen trimmings.
- Day 2: The Little Free Library was moved to a safer location. When the traffic fatality on Old Kings Road came close to the Little Free Library, the principal said she’d like it moved away from the higher-speed traffic. Now the Little Free Library is near the walk-up dismissal area.
We hope to spread mulch on our next school beautification work day! To be notified of the date, sign up for email alerts.
February 21, 2020
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September 29, 2019 | Tutors are still needed for the 2019-2020 school year!
Please sign up using this link. You will be contacted with information on how to begin!
Anyone who can commit one hour per week can make an impact! We are seeking a volunteer tutor for each K to 2 classroom. You are welcome to come and try it out for a week or two and then decide on your commitment, if any.
As a K to 2 Tutor, you’ll assist elementary school students to strengthen their academic skills and build their self-confidence. The K to 2 curriculum is easy to follow and no prep work is required. It is important to provide tutoring in the elementary years to prevent students from falling behind where they may never catch up. These young people thrive on the extra attention from adults who can assist them with the alphabet, numbers, sounds, how to hold a pencil, how to use scissors, and the enjoyment of reading.
- Commitment to and belief in all children’s ability to succeed
- Patient, friendly, reliable, and non-judgmental attitude
- Ability to listen and determine what the student does not understand
The classroom teacher will provide flash cards, books, and other tools that are specific to the needs of their students. All supplies and materials will be provided. Just bring your smiling face!
You may be working with one student at a time or with a small group of students, based on the needs of the students and your preferences. Most likely you’ll work with the same student(s) every week. The relationship you build by supporting the same student(s) each week has a tremendous positive impact, and you and your student(s) will enjoy working together to accomplish goals throughout the year.
The same day/time each week works best. Generally speaking, classroom tutor sessions are held Monday – Thursday for a morning session (beginning 9am, 10am, or 11am) and a midday session (beginning 1pm). Tutoring happens from late September to early May and observes all school holidays.
Thank you for considering the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child!
September 7, 2019 | Friends of Dinsmore Elementary is now registered with AmazonSmile. Click here to select Friends of Dinsmore Elementary as your charity.