I hope that you and your family are enjoying this weekend. We were all surprised Friday morning with a day off due to inclement weather. This snow day has moved the 100th day of school to Tuesday, January 31st. We are also rescheduling PJ Day to this next Friday, February 3rd.
We have noticed some safety concerns with morning arrival. We understand that it is cold, but it's important that we get as many students through the car rider line while remaining safe for all students and staff. Please see information below about our arrival expectations.
As we roll into the winter months, the possibility of winter weather forces us to prepare for NTI Days (non-traditional instruction). You can find information on the district's webpage: fcps.net/weather . Chromebooks for our students will not be sent home daily, but will be sent home once an NTI day is announced. Students should know how to login for their work and teachers and staff will be available for office hours to support the learning at home.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to work together to reach our full potential and to provide opportunities for our students to be a positive force in our changing world!
Cynthia Bruno, Principal
January 31 - 100th Day of School
February 1 - Wellness Wednesday
February 3 - PJ Day
February 20 - Presidents Day - No School
Weekly Rotation for Specials:
Monday (Day 3)
Tuesday (Day 4)
Wednesday (Day 5)
Thursday (Day 1)
Friday (Day 2)
We've noticed some issues with drop off in the morning. For the safety of our students and staff please remember the following:
Pull all the way down in the car rider line. This helps us get as many cars in the line as possible. We understand that it's cold outside (trust me - we are standing out there for 30 min), your child will always have a short walk inside. We've noticed some cars like to stop in front of certain doors which slows down the line and decreases the number of cars we are able to get through the line before 7:45.
For our 3rd - 5th grade students - they can enter the building through the FRC door or the back door. Whatever the case, when your car has stopped in the car lane, please have your child exit the vehicle. We've noticed that many families like to drive all the way to the end so their child doesn't have a long walk to the back door, but again, they can enter the FRC door or the backdoor. When you move all the way down to get closer to the backdoor this slows down the line.
If your child is dropped off after 7:45 they will need to enter through the front door. You can pull into the front loop at that time. Our staff enter the building at 7:45 and we close all side doors at that time.
Let our teachers and staff know that they ROCK!
We already know that our teachers and staff do amazing things to make Dixie the special place that it is, but it helps when we recognize their efforts. If you would like to send a "You Rock!" recognition to someone on staff please complete this form: You Rock! A certificate will be emailed to them (and chances are it will printed and hung proudly for all to see!).
What is Project Based Learning?
Last month I shared with families what PBL is, research that supports this framework for teaching and learning and our next steps as a community. You can find the slides here: PBL Coffee Talk or you can watch a video here: PBL Video.
As we grow our Personalized Learning program and work towards becoming a nationwide model for Personalized Learning at the elementary level, it's important that our community understand the components of Personalized Learning we are implementing. Next year we plan on adding a consistent approach for goal setting and a learner profile.
Family Resource Center
Family Resource Center is here to assist you! If you need assistance getting school supplies, clothing, or food for your Dixie student, please contact Ms. Gettis at 859-381-3128 or Kasey.firstname.lastname@example.org
While Dixie's meals will continue at no charge for the 2022-23 school year (through the National School LunchProgram’s CEP-Community Eligibility Provision), it is still important that families who would qualify(Free/Reduced) meal assistance, to fill out an application every school year. This is a great support to ourfamilies but also provides funding and resources for the school.
-Income guidelines are below that may help determine if you should complete the application.
-If your child recently received an approval of direct certification (DC) benefits letter for this 2022-23 SY, you donot need to fill out the form.
-Only one form per family needed, and it only takes a few minutes. For the 2022-23 school year, complete thisform online @ http://bit.ly/FCPSEBF
We always enjoy having visitors for lunch. If you come to eat lunch with your child please know that you will eat at one of our colorful booths with your child. We don't always have room at the tables for visitors and for security and district protocols we have to closely monitor who has access to our students while in the building.
It's also important to know that when you come for lunch, we ask that you go to the cafeteria and then when lunch is over please exit the building out the front doors. We are enhancing our security and all exterior doors have alarms set when students are in the building.
Dixie Magnet PTA Digest
The school year is well off to an amazing start, and the Dixie Magnet PTA Has been working hard with programs, events and more throughout! Did you know that families and friends can join the PTA and get in on the action as well as helping to support our mission?
Looking for ways to support Dixie? Join the PTA!
Our AMAZING PTA is a wonderful organization that will help organize parent support. In order to join PTA click on the link below.
Dixie Family Facebook Group: The PTA has created a family Facebook page to help build connection with school community and help families connect with other families from the same grade level. You can find the group by searching "Dixie Magnet Families".
Dixie Magnet Elementary seeks to accelerate student achievement through personalized learning. Unique experiences will foster academic, social, and emotional growth, as well as instill self-confidence and cross-cultural understanding. In partnership with our families and community, our goal is to empower students to be leaders and a positive force in our changing world.