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Dearing Elementary School

Message from the Principal:

Dearing Elementary is a community school serving grades Pre K through five. We are proud to be identified as one of Georgia's Distinguished Title I Schools for the seventh year in a row. The expectations here are high, as we encourage all our children to jump on board and "Sail the Seas of Success" with us. This couldn't be possible without the instruction, support, and guidance from 70 talented individuals dedicated to our "Bullpups."

Our school hours have changed this year, so please make note of our new start and end times. The school day will begin at 7:30 a.m. Student supervision will begin at 7 a.m. Bus pick up times should remain approximately the same from last year. The school day will end at 2:20 p.m. The Afterschool Program will be available at this time, and will remain open until 6 p.m.

This year, we are pleased to announce several new positions at DES. Janet Poss will take the role of Math Coach to support and enhance our math curriculum. Donna Byers will be our full time teacher for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Becky Bresnahan will return "home" to our school with the Hearing Impaired Program for all elementary schools.

As we continue using the Georgia Performance Standards, teachers will focus on the individual performance and needs of each child, and how best to meet those needs. Students will be able to express their knowledge in a variety of ways, as well as reach higher levels of thinking. Parents will be asked to join in on the fun and learning for Math Night.

We expect this to be our best year yet when it comes to recognizing and celebrating academic achievement. We will have Academic Pep Rallies, naming of True Renaissance Kids, Prize Patrol, AR Star recognitions, Principal's Positive Phone Calls, and many other incentive programs for the students.

Parent and community support is the scaffolding to our success. We have wonderful business partners who generously give of their time and resources. Our School Council is another avenue for community involvement. This year, we will be taking nominations at Open House for School Council Members. Voting will take place at the first PTO Meeting. There are volunteer opportunities at Dearing, as well as an opportunity to join and support our active Parent Teacher Organization. Please consider being a part of our team. You are very important to our success.

Beginning of School Information

School Hours - 7:30 a.m-2:20 p.m.

Student Transportation - Traffic safety is our utmost concern. Please abide by the following guidelines in order to maintain this safety:

Bus Riders - Bus routes will be available at Open House. Busses will pick up and drop off students under the awning on the side of the school.

Morning Drop Off- One right lane of automobile traffic will enter the circle in the front entrance student drop off area. Students will be allowed to exit automobiles when directed by Mr. Neal, beginning at 7 a.m. Teachers will be on duty to ensure the safety of students. Once all students have exited cards which are parked on the curb, Mr. Neal will signal for cars to drive away. A new row of cars will stop at the curb and students can exit. Please do not drop your child off at the main street or at the bottom of the hill to walk up through the traffic. All car riders should arrive by 7:25 a.m.

Afternoon Pick Up - Two right lanes of automobile traffic are allowed to enter the circle in the front entrance student drop off area. Parents with regular car riders will be given a Dearing Elementary Pick-Up Card (obtain at Open House) with your child's name on it. Please remain in your car. A teacher will walk to your car to pick up the card. The teacher will then enter the building and pass out cards to students. At 2:20 p.m., students will be released in groups to walk to their cars. Mr. Neal will signal when all students are safely loaded in cars, and the drivers can drive away. Please arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

Parents wishing to come in the building - Please park your car in the far right lot. This will keep you from having to cross in front of drop off/pick up traffic.

Changes in regular transportation routine (by bus or car) must be submitted by the parent or guardian in writing to office personnel. The main office will furnish transportation forms. Please include the name of the person who will meet your child, address, and phone number of the location, as well as your signature and date. NO transportation changes will be accepted over the telephone. Afternoon changes must be made before 1:30 p.m.

School Safety

DES takes the safety of our children seriously. All outer doors to the building will be locked after students have arrived each morning. Anyone wishing to enter must use the doorbell at the front entrance, and identify him/herself. Our office staff will unlock the door for your entry. All visitors are expected to wear a visitor's badge, which can be obtained in the front office.

After School Program

The McDuffie Educational and Enrichment Programs (MEEPS) is an afterschool program which runs from 2:20 p.m. until 6 p.m. The program is partially supported by grants and state funds, and tuition is based on family income. MEEPS is managed by certified personnel who provide homework help, tutoring, technology opportunities, and recreation. A daily snack is provided. Parent workshops are offered, and prove to be timely and helpful. MEEPS is for all students who qualify in grades K-5. For information about enrollment and cost, please contact the DES Site Coordinator at 706-986-4970.

Home/School Communication

The link between school and home is vital. Please feel welcome to contact us for any reason. Report cards will be sent home each nine weeks. Progress reports will be sent home at the mid point of each nine weeks. The Dearing Digest, our school newsletter, will be sent home on the first Thursday of each month. This publication will contain general school information regarding upcoming events on the first sheet, and grade specific information on the next. It will preview what students will be studying for the coming weeks, as well as highlight student work. There are often great action photos, too.

Dearing Elementary School Supply Lists


2 boxes of Kleenex

Change of play clothes, including socks and underwear (in case of an accident)

A bath towel for nap (NO beach towels or blankets)

Please bring the items listed above to open house if possible.

These are some suggestions when shopping for school.

A large book bag (with a zipper not a drawstring). It needs to be large enough to hold clothes, jackets, towels, library books, and papers from school. No book bags on wheels please.

When shopping for clothes, please remember that your child will need to be able to fasten and unfasten their own clothes when going to the restroom. We are learning through play, which means that we often get dirty (paint, glue, dirt from outside play). Comfortable play clothes and shoes work best.

Students will need to purchase headsets for the classroom computers that will follow them up through the grades. This is for classroom noise control and head lice prevention. These can be purchased during Open House or the first few weeks of school. The cost is $6.

First Grade

1 - 180 page spiral bound notebook

1 black and white marble cover composition notebook (sewn, not spiral)

2 green pocket folders with brads

2 blue folders with pockets

2 red folders with pockets

1 pair of good school scissors

6 glue sticks

2 boxes of 16 count crayons

2 packages of pink pearl erasers

1 plastic pencil box (no bags)

2 packages of pencils

Backpack (no rolling book bags)

$5 for Weekly Reader

Second Grade

1-90 page spiral notebook (journal writing)

1 plastic 3 pronged folder with pockets

1 - 1" 3-ring binder notebook

2 packs loose leaf (wide rules) paper - put 1 pack in binder

Zipper pouch (metal zipper) inside binder

1 pack of 12 pencils in zipper pouch

1 pack of cap erasers for pencils (in zipper pouch)

1 pack of computer paper (printer paper)

1 box of tissue

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

No rolling book bags. Backpacks are great. Throughout the year, please replenish paper, pencils and erasers as needed.

Third Grade

1 box of Kleenex

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

2 packs of #2 pencils

1 pack of loose leaf notebook paper

3 - 1-subject spiral notebooks

4 folders with prongs and pockets

1 glue stick

1 zippered pencil pouch

1 pack of colored pencils

1 pack of crayons (24 count or less)

1 pack of computer paper

1 large eraser

1 set of headphones (if previous pair needs to be replaced ) $5.50

Fourth Grade

1 1-inch 3-ring binder with tabbed pocket dividers

4 pocket only folders (paper, not plastic)

Gel glue stick

Colored pencils

1 box of Kleenex

Notebook paper (wide rules)

Pencils (NO mechanical pencils)

Red ink pens

3 composition books

1 pack of printer paper

1 large bottle of hand sanitizer

$3 for the 2008 Election Edition Skill Books

No rolling book bags.

Fifth Grade

1 box of Kleenex

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

2 packs of number 2 pencils - no mechanical pencils, please

Loose leaf notebook paper

4 one-subject spiral notebooks

4 folders with prongs and pockets

No trapper keepers OR 3 ring binders

1 glue pen

1 zippered pencil pouch (optional)

1 pack of colored pencils

2 packs of computer paper

Large pink erasers

1 set of headphones (if needed to be replaced)

1 pack of blue pens

No rolling book bags

Web posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009

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