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Week of January 6, 2019

Hello Davis Drive Elementary School families.  This is the weekly message for the week of January 6, 2019.  We are back from a break in school and we hope that each of you had a great holiday.  In 2019 we will continue to focus on student success at school. 

 

Due to the recent snow days in December, WCPSS traditional calendar schools will have the make-up days on Friday, January 18th and on Tuesday, February 19th.  School closings are determined by the school system based on safety of our students.  Messages are sent to parents using School Messenger, but we feel that it is important for parents to listen to the local news media if weather is questionable. 

 

Kindergarten enrollment for next school year begins on Monday, January 7. Families can begin enrolment online.  See https://www.wcpss.net/kindergarten for additional details.  Davis Drive Elementary will offer a brief Open House / Tour of our school on Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00 am and at 6:30 pm for new families to see our school.  Kindergarten Orientation is held later in the spring. 

 

We are in the planning stages of our Parent Academy to be held in the evening on January 24.  Our staff will offer informational sessions for parents about many topics that are helpful for families. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important event. 

 

Please help ensure that your children arrive at school on time each day.  It is best to arrive before 7:35 each day so that students can be ready for instruction to begin at 7:45. Buses are arriving and leaving our campus at 7:35 and the traffic on Davis Drive area becomes congested.  Arriving before 7:35 will help set the tone for a positive beginning of the school day.      

 

Our Personality in the news this week in our Media Specialist, Stephanie Fielder:  I was born in Southern California but grew up in Hampton, Virginia.  I have always loved to learn.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from VA Tech (Go Hokies!) and my Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).  I began my library career as a medical librarian in the US Air Force.  When I was stationed at Scott AFB in Illinois, I led a storytime hour at the local library, which is how I discovered my mission in life - teaching children to love reading!

 

My husband, Jack, and I have been lucky to call NC home since 1996.  We have an awesome, fun-loving son, Lee, who is a student at Panther Creek High School and is obsessed with weight training!  We expanded our family to include two exchange students - Francesco from Italy and David from Denmark.  Our family loves to travel!  We have been to four continents together and plan to visit the other three before Lee goes to college.  My husband’s business brought us to Europe, where we lived in Bratislava, Slovakia for two years.  We really enjoyed learning about other cultures, trying(!) to speak different languages, and eating lots of delicious food! 

 

I started teaching in the WCPSS in 1998.  I have always been an admirer of Maria Montessori’s teaching method - the best learning is hands-on learning with a purpose.  Because of this, I like to incorporate technology and project-based learning as much as possible in my lessons.  In 2011, I was honored to receive the Borchardt Award.  I traveled to China, along with 25 other NC educators, to learn about the Chinese educational system, specifically how they teach math, science, and technology.  The experience transformed my teaching practice and I am now passionate about teaching the “Four Cs” - critical thinking, creation, collaboration, and communication.  I am so proud to be part of the Davis Drive Elementary family!  :-)