Diley MIDDLE School MARCH NEWSLETTER - 2010 A U G U S T N E W S L E T T E R Principal’s Corner Many parents, teachers, and students have asked me Principal: Heather Hedgepeth several times if I miss North Carolina weather. I would normally say no because I love seeing the beautiful snow. However, after Counselor: the month of February, I may be changing my mind. Our staff Tina Farbizo has been busy revising lesson plans due to the SNOW DAYS. I Address: 750 Preston Trails Dr. have asked Diley staff to review their expectations for students Pickerington, OH 43147 and I am asking you to review your expectations for your child. Phone Number: (614) 833-3630 Student’s benefit when they hear the same message not only at Fax Number: (614) 833-3640 school but at home. Our staff and parents make a great team!!! Office Hours: 7:20 a.m. - 4:00 pm School Hours: 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. Mrs. H. Hedgepeth District Website: www.pickerington.k12.oh.us firstname.lastname@example.org Dates to Remember • Mar 1 – DARE Culmination 7:00 pm at Central High School Gym • th Mar 3 -- Parent meeting at RJH for incoming 7 graders CANCELLED • Mar 3 – Talent Show Rehearsal 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm • Mar 3 – Diley Singers Rehearsal 2:55 pm to 3:55 pm • Mar 4 -- PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm in the Media Center • Mar 5 – Talent Show 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • Mar 10 – Parent/Grandparent Luncheon (Falther, Turner, Drummond, Banas, Mrs.Luther, Kesselring) • Mar 15 – DARE Skating Party at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • Mar 17 – Parent/Grandparent Luncheon (Shaffer, Eneix, Siders, Renner, Lust, Hoops) • Mar 19 – Diley Fun Night at Ridgeview 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm • Mar 22 – Outdoor Ed Parent Orientation 7:00 pm • Mar 23 – Spring Pictures *Note: Please refer to the PLSD Website and Diley’s Website for any updates to the calendar. Library News Book It! After school book clubs will be held every month. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass are the books for March Book Club. *APRIL BOOKCLUB – Parents & guardians are invited to join us to discuss Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson. This New York Times Bestseller is available in an adult version and a young adult version. For more information, checkout the website at http://www.threecupsoftea.com/ We hope you will consider reading this important book and discussing it with our Diley students in April!! AR BOOKFINDER KEY CODE: Don’t forget to use the key code when searching for AR books on Book Finder. Diley books are grouped there by genre. The Code is: ND592181. Mrs. Locker’s Teacher Webpage – Please check out my teacher webpage at http://fc.pickerington.k12.oh.us/~linda_locker/ I update it frequently and it is a great place to look for exciting information about books, reading, and finding helpful websites!! Diley PTSO News Fun Night at Ridgeview Mark your calendars for Friday, March 19th for the PTSO annual Fun Night at Ridgeview. The fun begins at 7:00 pm and will include: Bingo, Basketball, Dodgeball, DJ, Karaoke, Food and Friends. This event is exclusive to all 5th and 6th grade students at Diley Middle School only. We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen. Forms have been sent home, or you can download the form from the Diley website. Please contact Geri Tsardoulias at 920-0725 or email@example.com if you have any questions. Book Fair Our spring book fair will be Wednesday, March 10th - Wednesday, March 17. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 10th and 17th, and Friday 12th. The shifts are 8:15 am - 11:30 am and 12 pm - 2:30 pm. Please contact Sheri Terbovich at 256-1342 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or if you have any questions. Next PTSO meeting is Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 pm in the Media Center. TALENT SHOW –Friday, March 5th Dress rehearsal for the Talent Show will be Wednesday, March 3rd. Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels: Thank you for all of the box tops you have sent in! Please continue to send them in. Parent/Grandparent Luncheon You are invited to join us for a special program/luncheon with your child. You will begin with a program in your child’s classroom. Then you will have lunch with them in the Auxiliary Gym. Students will bring home a Parent/Grandparent Luncheon form with their homeroom, date, and time of their luncheon. Please return the bottom half of the form by the deadline. March 10, 2010 Program Time Lunch Homeroom 10:30 11:00 Falther 10:45 11:15 Turner 11:00 11:30 Drummond 11:15 11:45 Banas 11:30 12:00 Mrs. Luther 11:45 12:15 Kesselring You will be eating in the Auxiliary Gym. Iced Tea and Coffee will be provided by the PTSO. Lunch Menu: Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Hot Kernel Corn, and Sidekick Icee Cost: Adults - $2.50 Siblings - $2.00 March 17, 2010 Program Time Lunch Homeroom 10:30 11:00 Shaffer 10:45 11:15 Eneix 11:00 11:30 Siders 11:15 11:45 Renner 11:30 12:00 Lust 11:45 12:15 Hoops You will be eating in the Auxiliary Gym. Iced Tea and Coffee will be provided by the PTSO. Lunch Menu: Chicken Patty Sandwich, Seasoned Corn, Fruit Cup & Italian Ice, and 100-Calorie Chips Ahoy Cost: Adults - $2.50 Siblings - $2.00 REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR RESERVATION FORM TO THE OFFICE BY THE DEADLINE Diley Technology Night DAY: Tuesday, March 23rd TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm FOR WHOM: Diley Parents Diley Middle School will be hosting a technology night for parents on Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm. Technology has become a great way to engage students and unlock their creativity in the classroom. Parents are invited to come and sample some of the technologies that are being used at Diley Middle School to make learning more engaging, such as interactive whiteboards, ActiVote and Google Earth. We will be discussing critical issues such as cyber-bullying and the responsible use of technology. In addition, there will be a raffle for an iPod and a Wii. Technology is rapidly changing our world—come see the great ways technology is being used at Diley Middle School! Counselor’s Corner Free Parent Workshop Paid for by your PTSO!! Presenter: Norman Shub Practical Parenting Strategies When: March 18 Time: 7 -9 PM Where: Sycamore Elementary School (Cafeteria) Cost: Free Topics to be covered: *Encouraging honesty and integrity *Developing personal responsibility *Responding when your child makes mistakes *Role modeling as a parent Please RSVP to Mrs. Tina Farbizo if you would like to attend. **Reminder- Ohio Achievement Assessment is scheduled as follows: April 19, 2010- Reading April 20, 2010- Math April 21, 2010- Science (5th grade only) Please try NOT to schedule any appointments between 8:00-11:00 on these days. Tina Farbizo Diley Middle School School Counselor http://fc.pickerington.k12.oh.us/~tina_farbizo School Nurse TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States today. This is not just a disease that affects men, but also women and children. While heredity may play a big part in whether you or a family member gets heart disease, we all can choose to reduce our risk by living a healthy lifestyle. Better lifestyle habits can help you reduce you and your families risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Choosing the right foods and preparing them the right way will provide health benefits. Learning about dietary fats when eating out and cooking at home is very important. Not all fats are created equal. Saturated and trans fats will clog arteries and promote the development of heart disease. Mono saturated and poly saturated fats including those rich in omega3 are a healthy choice and they will prevent the development of heart disease. Managing your weight through healthy eating plus exercise will improve your overall health. To maintain a healthy weight, there must be an equal balance of the calories you take in with the calories your body burns. This will enable you to maintain your weight. To do this you must keep track of the calories you take in and the ones that you burn. Get yourself into a habit of recording these numbers and you will be surprised of the health benefit. Choose exercise activities that you enjoy-you will increase your chances of sticking with it. Make it a family fun time; go for bike rides, swimming, walking, play ball, or any activity that gives you a workout. There are several fitness programs available on the American Heart Association (AHA) website at www.americanheart.org. Also on this website is a section specifically for kids. The AHA is working to raise public awareness about the serious effects child obesity poses for children. There are several related links and resources available. Heartfully yours, Pickerington Local School Nurses CAMP CHANGES Art Early Arts Education Offers Lifelong Benefits Participation in the arts is not just a quiet way for a child to spend an afternoon. Research shows that the benefits of early arts education extend way beyond providing a creative outlet for children. Skills developed through arts education can include creative problem solving, focus, risk taking, and self-discipline. According to research done by the Americans for the Arts organization, young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours a day three times a week for a year are: * Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement * Three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools * Four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs * Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance * Four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay Pillars of Character Caring Spencer Howe Shya Laws Tommy Kolibash Nicole Glavocich Malori Galleher Dionne Glover Sirmawn Richardson Alli Dauterman Mackenzie Puskar Kailee Coyan Jande Thomas Outdoor Education George_lust@fc.pickerington.k12.oh.us Food 4 Thought: Food 4 Thought – Mango and Carrot March 24th Juicy mangoes and crunchy carrots are this month’s featured fruit and vegetable. We are very pleased to note that each month the students are becoming more and more willing to sample the healthy fresh foods. Remember to check the school website for detailed nutritional information on each food. Please continue to encourage your children to participate.
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