Weekly News ~ February 7, 2020

Director's Drop In: Parents and Guardians are invited to Drop In to see Dr. Retelle on Monday, February 10 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.  If you have anything you would like to discuss with Dr. Retelle, please plan on stopping by!

IDCS Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020 kicks off on February 10, 2020 and ends February 14, 2020. We can have five heart-warming days of giving back. Each class will receive several ‘kindness coupons.’ Students can perform and recognize acts of kindness. Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Remember! Love Goes Further.

VALENTINE'S DAY and IDCS:  Because IDCS does not celebrate Valentine's Day, we are asking parents to not send any cards or candy to school.  
For Valentine’s Day IDCS children in the younger grade levels will be focusing on friendships, while students in the older grades may be investigating the origins of the holiday. Other ways to celebrate the day include: Give a genuine compliment to 5-10 other students and adults. Say thank you to your teacher and classmates for specific, genuine reasons. Share smiles-make a conscious effort to smile at 3 or more people. 

Animal Shelter: From February 10 to February 14, the IDCS Student Council is collecting donations: dry and can food, toys for cats, chew toys for dogs; for Animal Shelters. Donations can be brought to the front desk. 

LUNCH ACCOUNTS: If your child/ren are purchasing lunches at IDCS, please check your Titan accounts and add money if needed. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Pagan (ashleyp@idcs.org) Food Service Manager. 

Basketball Teams: CONGRATS!!!!! To our boys and girls basketball teams!!

Internet Safety: Connecticut State Trooper Cummings visited the middle school. She taught us all about internet safety and about the dangers of social media. We learned that you have to be 13 to use social media apps and if we lie to get an account then other people could be lying too. We learned the do’s and don'ts of social media, like not to use our names, age, address, credit card number, licence, school,etc. Officer Cummings told us to think about what we post before we post it. I thought that the presentation was very interesting and useful towards students because some students don't know what they are doing can even be a crime. Grade 7/8 Student

One World Day, February 20: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please contact Ashley Pagan at ashleyp@idcs.org.  Click HERE for more details on One World Day.

Examples of Cultural Dress are attached to this newsletter.

Miracle Field: Spirit Day was dedicated to raising money for the Miracle Field in East Lyme. The field will be accessible to all students.  IDCS raised $444.46.  Thanks to Mrs. Dearborn's and Mrs. Allard’s classes for spearheading the event.

Staff Vs Students Basketball Game: March 5, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ~ at door donations will be collected to support the IDCS Extracurricular Program.

Responding to Hate and Bias in the West: https://tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2020/responding-to-hate-and-bias-in-the-west

Social Media: Girls and Their Body Images https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/

Smithsonian: First Chimp in Space- https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/nasas-first-chimp-in-space/

Lost & Found: Bins are located near the former main entrance area. Periodically, pictures of lost and found items will be posted in the newsletter. At the end of every term, the clothes will be donated.