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!
June 30, 2019 | Friends of Dinsmore Elementary just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
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The Boselli Foundation has adopted Dinsmore Elementary for the 2019-2010 school year. The Title 1 school serves approximately 530 students and is located on the Northside. Our desire is to partner with this school by providing additional academic support to students in need. A wonderful way to enhance the learning that occurs in the classroom is to provide tutoring, both during the school day and through an after-school program.
Currently, we are recruiting volunteers to serve once a week for 45-60 minutes, providing tutoring in reading, for students in grades K-2. Hours for tutoring are 9-11 am, 1-2 pm, and 4-5 pm. The request is for volunteers to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks, beginning after Labor Day. Teachers will provide volunteers with guidance on what activities to complete during each session and no prep work is required.
If you would like to participate as a tutor, the first step is to complete a background check using this link.
Then register for the brief volunteer training provided by the Boselli Foundation using this link. Select “Volunteer” at the top of the webpage to get started.
Please contact Linda Brunson, Friends of Dinsmore Elementary, for further questions. Her email is BrunsonLB@icloud.com. Thank you for considering the opportunity to make a difference.
April 4, 2019 | All Dinsmore Elementary teachers will have access for the 2019-2020 school year thanks to a donation received by Friends. Additionally, donations of science supplies will make it possible for teachers to engage students in Mystery Science classroom activities.
Mystery Science uses a child’s natural curiosity to begin science lessons. Video lessons explore all science topics K-5 teachers are required to teach and starts with a genuine question that kids ask today such as “What do plants eat?” or “Why is there sand at the beach?” Once the kids are curious, teachers can guide students through both a discovery process and a hands-on activity or return directly to the textbook. By re-creating the process of scientific discovery, students are learning how people discovered these things to be true.