Dixie Magnet Elementary School

Lexington, Kentucky

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    • Class Dojo has helped tremendously in promoting family engagement this year. Thank you to all teachers and parents who communicated this year using Class Dojo.  Look at these statistics!

     

    Your School's Family Engagement

     ๐ŸŒŸ 2017-2018 ๐ŸŒŸ

     
     

    Look how you brought your school community together this year!

    • 60 teachers ๐Ÿค“ 523 families ๐Ÿ‘ช 736 students ๐Ÿ‘ซ
    • 1789 moments shared on Class Story ๐Ÿ“ธ
    • 8078 conversations via Messaging ๐Ÿ’ฌ
    • 292 posts translated ๐ŸŒ
    • 61217 parent views of updates ๐Ÿ‘€
    • 8131 parent likes of posts shared โค๏ธ
     

     

     

    • We would love to have donations of snacks for our KPREP testing from parents in grades k through 5. If you would like to donate snacks, please feel free to send these in with your child or drop off in our office.  We appreciate your help with this. 
    • I would like to congratulate our students who won First Place for Fayette County in the Battle of the Books! Students involved in the Battle of the Books this year include: Mika Larios, Leah Ullman and Olivia Warren – 5th grade; Tyler Terrell – 4th grade and Raya Hristov – 3rd  The students competed against three other schools, beating Cassidy, Garden Springs and Garrett Morgan.  Congratulations!

    Reminders:

    We will begin our KPREP testing for 3rd through 5th grade students on Monday, May 14 -17, 2018.  Please be sure your child gets lots of rest throughout this week.  It is important to be on time, and that all students are present.   Thank you for your help with this.   

    • We would love volunteers to help clean the booths we have purchased for the cafeteria. We need help daily between 8-10 and 12:30-2:30.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Cheri Presley at 859-381-3116 or e-mail her at: cheri.presley@fayette.kyschools.us
    • If you have not registered for kindergarten yet, but still need to do so, please contact our Registrar, Deborah Lancaster at 859-381-3116. She will help get you registered. 
    • We would like to make you aware of a change in immunizations requirements for the 2018-19 school year. Students will need proof of having at least 1 Hepatitis A shot prior to starting school in the fall. Hepatitis A is a series of 2 immunizations that can be given as early as 6 months apart. 

    Reminders:

    Don’t forget to have you children here early enough to have breakfast.  Also, be sure you are on time to school.  We are arriving at a time in the school year when tardies begin to accumulate.  It is important to get your child to school on-time, every day.   

     

    Exercising Body and Mind

    The physical benefits of exercise—improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.

    When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins. And conventional wisdom holds that a workout of low to moderate intensity makes you feel energized and healthy.

    Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

     

    Stress-Busting Activities

    Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to relieve stress and find your happy place. Even when you’re down, you may find pleasure in simple things like going for a walk, catching up with a friend, or reading a good book.

    When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good, even if only for 10 or 15 minutes. Some of these activities may work for you:

    • Make art -- draw, color, paint, or play a musical instrument.
    • Work on a scrapbook or photo album to focus on good memories.
    • Read a book, short story or magazine.
    • Meet a friend for coffee or a meal.
    • Play a favorite sport like golf, tennis, or basketball.
    • Do a hobby like sewing, knitting, or making jewelry.
    • Play with your kids or pets – outdoors if possible.
    • Listen to music or watch an inspiring performance.
    • Take a walk in nature.
    • Take a relaxing bath and feel the stress wash away.
    • Meditate or practice yoga.
    • Work in the garden or do a home improvement project.
    • Go for a run or bike ride to clear your head.

    The key is to find your groove and make it a practice. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you may start to feel better once you disrupt the cycle of stress.

     

    Senator Thomas Visits Dixie Elementary

    Senator Thomas Speaking with the 5th Grade  Mr. Thomas  Senator Thomas Talking to the Children  

    On February 12th, Senator Thomas met with the 5th grade class at Dixie Elementary.  Upon entering he was greeted by four OMAC (Operation Making a Change) members and was escorted to the library where he spoke to the classes.  During this time, he shared his personal educational journey, which included attending Bryan Station High School, Dartmouth College, and Harvard Law School.  Students researched Senator Thomas’ life and were well prepared for the Q and A session that ensued.  Senator Thomas encouraged Dixie students to take full advantage of their education and reminded them to not let obstacles stand in their way, sharing, “There’s no such thing as good luck.  Luck equals preparation, plus opportunity.”  Dixie students were also invited to the State House to be a Page in his office during this legislative session.  His visit to Dixie concluded with a student lead tour of the building and him leaving the students two books, one about Kentucky facts, and the other The Legislative Process.  

    Announcements:

    • There is an opportunity for free tutoring for your children at LTMS on Saturdays. Please see the flyer attached below for more information. 
    • There are also free dental clinics being held at UK. Please see the attached below for more information. 
    • As you know, the Design Thinking Committee has been working to revise the school’s Mission and Vision Statements. We have been getting student, staff, parent and community member input to develop a new mission and vision for the school.  We still need parent and community members’ help and feedback!  If you were not able to attend one of the information sessions, please feel free to contact Mr. Bailes if you would like to complete a survey at Mackenzie.bailes@fayette.kyschools.us.
    • We have several students who won a ride in a limo from parents who donated to the Wellness blood drive. Winners include: Evie Cox, Charlie Tracy, Maxwell McLaughlin, Brynleigh Howard, MacKenzie Davis and Dakota Christian.  Congratulations to our winners. 
    • Please return your packets from the SchoolStore.

       

       

    DIXIE MAGNET ELEM PTA 38509,


    TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
     

    • Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
    • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
    • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
    • Click on Sign In/Register
    • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
    • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
    • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
    • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
    • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
    • Update or confirm your information.
    • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
    • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
    • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
    • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
    • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

    Thank you,
    The Community Programs Staff
     

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