Coming This Week: April 27, 2015

Coming This Week: April 27th, 2015

123-free-dolphin-vector-art-l S.W.E.B.S. Focus: Rule #1

I will follow school procedures at all times.

Leader In Me Focus of the Week:  

Our Mission: To empower James Dobson School students to be respectful, cooperative and responsible.

Our Vision: We ‘make it happen’ in Manayunk by living, loving, learning and leaving a legacy.

Follow Dobson on Instagram: @Dobsonschool645 

Monday, April 26th-Tuesday April 27th:29d1fe21-9651-40dd-9fdd-4ff0f32fbce4

  • PSSA Science Assessment
    • The test will only be taken by the 4th and 8th grade students.
  • Students in 3rd-8th grade- Please do NOT wear your L.I.M. shirt or testing.
  • Leader In Me Monday!

Wednesday, April 28th- Friday, May 1st: 

  • Scholastic Book Fair!
  • Parent/Teacher conferences… Don’t forget to stop by and check out the Book Fair after your conference.
  • 12:10pm dismissals for students.

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  • May 6th- 12:10pm Dismissal for Students
  • May 19th- Staff Only Professional Development
  • May 25th- Closed for Memorial Day

Follow Dobson on Instagram: @Dobsonschool645 

-The Leader In Me Parent Corner-

fore-peopleAs we continue through our Leader In Me Journey, The Lighthouse Team will be using this section to provide some information specifically for parents about The Leader In me. Student work, book recommendations to read with your children that focus on habits, classroom displays, videos and much more will be used to help showcase the fabulous progress that our students (as well as faculty and staff) have made since our kick off in January!

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Slide5Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood…is probably the most DIFFICULT habit to master.  When we use this habit, particularly when we are engaged in an emotional discussion, it is really had to listen to the other person with the intent to UNDERSTAND what is being said and not with the intention to respond.
This type of listening, called empathic listening, challenges us to all take a step back and really make sure we understand what is being said by the other person, there intention, and how they might be feeling, before we ever chime in with our response.  This type of reflective listening is difficult.  Using phrases like:

          • “What I heard you say was…”
          • You sound…
          • I’m not sure i’m with you, but…
          • You seem…
          • You must have felt…
          • So you see it as…

help to ensure that we really understand what the person we are speaking with is saying to us.  Habit 5 is NOT listening with the intent to give advice, question the other person, judge, agreeing or to solve a problem.

“By taking the time to listen to another person, you reach a higher level of communication.  Teaching Habit 5 to young children is done first by considering their age and development.  Young children find it difficult to understand another’s paradigm (point of view).  This havit is best approached by introducing listening as a skill that should be practiced. Learning to listen without interrupting and learning to listen with your ears, eyes and your heart will help children build a foundation for Habit 5.  Simply put, we have two ears and one mouth so that we can spend more time listening with the intent to understand.” Courtesy of the Leader In Me Parent Guide

Book Recommendations:

  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  • Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd by Mame Farrell
  • Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Veronica Knows Best by Nancy K. Robinson
  • The Bully of Barkham Street by Mary Stolz




The PSSA Science test begins TOMORROW… Check out all of the helpful tips that our Buzy Bee has left for us to make sure that we are prepared to  ROCK THE TEST!

Testing Tips for At Home, At School and During The Test:

RockthePSSAPSSA Testing Tips for Parents:

To help your child prepare adequately for the PSSA tests, you can do several things to encourage your child to do his/her best.

At Home:

  • Eat a balanced and healthy breakfast!
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

At School:

  • Follow the 7 habits of Happy Kids and Teens!
    • Be Proactive
    • Begin with the End in Mind
    • Put First Things First
    • Think Win-Win
    • Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
    • Synergize
    • Sharpen the Saw
  • Arrive to school on time each day, ready to work and ready to stay all day!
  • Read carefully & take your time!
  • Stay calm, cool and collected! Don’t forget to Sharpen the Saw!

During the Test:

  • Come up with the answer in your head before  looking at the possible answers, this way, the choices given on the test won’t throw you off or trick you.
  • Read the question before you look at the answers.
  • Eliminate answers you know aren’t right!
  • Take your Time!
  • Read all the choices before choosing your answer.