Volunteer Opportunities

There is no better way to get involved with our school community and to get to know our fabulous staff and students than volunteering at an event.  We have tons of volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.  Many of them are described below!

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Each classroom at Dobson hosts a bake sale. Parents and friends are asked to donate baked goods but are not limited to baked goods. You may donate fruit or any other healthy snack option of your choosing. Bake sales are on Friday and run 11am-2pm. 3 volunteers ensure that they run smoothly. You are not limited to only volunteering for your child’s classroom bake sale.

All funds raised at each bake sale benefit the host classroom directly!

Halloween Costume Parade and Classroom Parties

cute-halloween-clipart-Halloween-Pumpkin-Clip-art-PhotoHalloween is one of the best days to be a student at Dobson School. Falling on a Friday this year, our Halloween Festivities will kick off with the Annual Halloween Costume Parade. Come volunteer to assist our younger students get their costumes on or set up for a class party All volunteers get to attend the Parade and see the monsters, ghosts, princesses, superheroes and more that take over our auditorium!


book-clip-art-202682This truly is a special day and one that has been enjoyed by parents, students and staff for many years. Children’s Books related to food, such as Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola or The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle, are paired with a coordinating dish of the families choosing. On the day of the event, the dish is sent in and served in an enormous buffet and is displayed alongside coordinating book! The children can sample a few or all of the dishes and get excited about reading.

Holiday Shoppe & Winter Solstice

winter-penguin-clipart-b755e6101069677eaa4d2730280fdf1fThe Holiday Shoppe provides all of Dobson’s students an opportunity to do their holiday shopping for the special people in their lives! This is NOT a fundraiser! All of their purchases are at cost. The children enjoy “shopping” for presents to give. The Home and school offers it purely for them to enjoy.

A favored Dobson tradition is our annual celebration of the Winter Solstice. Each class is invited to come to the library, read a winter theme book with a special guest reader and create a craft that celebrates the season and the shortest day of the year! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served for all to enjoy.

Music Performances & Art Show

973eaba5e8ba9b7ed8ccf19a499ea4e2-1Our annual student performances and Art Show are major highlights of the year at Dobson. What a great way to help showcase the vast artistic talent at Dobson while getting involved in the process. Help Ms. Tierney, Ms. Jarrett and Ms. Purcell by helping with Title I Sign in’s, baking and selling concessions, organizing students, hanging artwork or even making props and set decorations! This is a great way to help showcase the vast artistic talent at Dobson.

Dobson Day

happy-kids-clipart-42208Dobson Day is the day that all members of the Dobson community come together to celebrate Dobson Pride as well as the end for the school year. This is a great time for parents, students and teachers to spend a day having fun and celebrating what makes Dobson a great place to be!

Mrs. Foulk’s Suppy Request

As you know, our Specialist Teachers do not have a homeroom class to help offset the cost of basic classroom supplies each fall, yet all students are lucky enough to meet with these teachers at least 2 times per week. Oftentimes these teachers must reach into their own pockets to supply the basics for their classrooms. To help your student(s) have the best possible experience in Music, Art and Physical Education, please consider donating one or more of the items on my list. Many thanks for taking an active role in your children’s education.

Mrs. Foulk’s Supply Request

  • Recess Equipment/Supplies
    • Large Sidewalk Chalk
    • Kickballs/Playground balls
    • Jump Ropes
    • Basketballs
    • Tennis balls for wall ball

Ms. Tierney’s Supply List for Music

As you know, our Specialist Teachers do not have a homeroom class to help offset the cost of basic classroom supplies each fall, yet all students are lucky enough to meet with these teachers at least 2 times per week. Oftentimes these teachers must reach into their own pockets to supply the basics for their classrooms. To help your student(s) have the best possible experience in Music, Art and Physical Education, please consider donating one or more of the items on my list. Many thanks for taking an active role in your children’s education.

Ms. Tierney’s Supply Request

  • Tissues
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Ziploc Gallon Size bags
  • Index Cards (3×5 and the larger size)
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Masking Tape (Plain and colored)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Lined Paper
  • Copy Paper (White & Colored)
  • Post-It Notes (with lines and without)
  • Expo Markers (All Colors)
  • AA Batteries

Great Honor for Dobson!

For those of you who haven’t heard the GREAT NEWS yet…. Dobson has been selected to receive the Local Educators Award, a one-time $100,000 grant, in recognition of all of the incredible work that happens at our school each and every day.

Check out this letter for more details! –> Local Educators Award Letter What an incredible way to end the year.  What an AWESOME honor for everyone at Dobson!


Closing Due to Extreme Heat!

All School District Of Philadelphia Schools

To Dismiss Early Due To Excessive Heat

Due to the high temperatures forecasted for today, all School District of Philadelphia Schools will dismiss early at 12:00 noon today, Friday, June 12.

The general public and media are urged to monitor the District Web site at www.philasd.org for any updates.  Updated information will also be posted on the District’s Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636).4c9azencE

Leadership Day!

Dobson’s 1st Annual Leadership Day

Dobson is holding ourFirst Annual Dobson Leadership Day! As part of our Leader In Me Process, we are hosting our Leadership Day on June 10th from 9:00am until approximately 10:30am. This day is a chance for us to showcase the leadership skills that we have learned since our kick off in January.Leadership day is a special opportunity for our school to open ourdoors to the community to show off the great things that are happening. Through implementing The Leader in Me process we have a built a unique environment where the principles, practices, and habits of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® are embedded into our culture. The Leader in Me process defines our school operations, permeates instructional practice and curriculum, and is the basis of a vibrant leadership development approach for both students and staff. Attend this leadership day to be immersed in our leadership culture with presentations from students, teachers and open-house-like atmosphere.

Click here to RSVP!

Leadership Day Invite

Dobson Leaders Love Pancakes!!

Pancake Breakfast Flyer

Dobson School is holding a breakfast fundraiser on June 6th to raise funds to further school improvements and to enhance the Leader In Me initiative. The fundraiser is an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast served with coffee, tea, orange juice or soda. If you would like to support our exciting endeavors, please fill out the form below and return to Mrs. Turner (room 204). Kindly complete the form below and remit with payment. Please mark the envelope with Mrs. Turner’s name and “Applebee’s”. Tickets will be sent home as soon as your order is received. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Turner or Ms. Tierney. Thank you for your continued support!!

Click here to downnload your order form –> Leader In Me Pancake Breakfast Form

Coming This Week: May 18th, 2015

Coming This Week: May 18th, 2015

123-free-dolphin-vector-art-l S.W.E.B.S. Focus: Rule #4

I will solve my problems peacefully

Leader In Me Focus of the Week:  

Habit 4- Think Win-Win… Everyone Can Win!  Habit 5- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood…Listen Before You Talk  Habit 6- Synergize- Together is Better.

Follow Dobson on Instagram: @Dobsonschool645 

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Tuesday, May 19th 

  • No School- If you are able…get out and vote!
  • Parent focus group meeting at 6:00pm to discuss how to use the money we will be receiving from the Local Educators’ Award

Wednesday, May 20th 

  • Wishing the best of luck to our students competing at the State Computer Fair!
  • 8th Grade NYC Trip

Friday, May 22nd 

    • Fun Friday
    • Philly Ad Group Trip to XTU/CBS Radio Station



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  • May 25th- Closed for Memorial Day
  • June 4th- Olympics
  • June 10th- Leadership Day (Morning)
  • June 10th- Dobson Day (Afternoon)
  • June 15th- Kindergarten Move-Up Day & Student of the Year Assembly
  • June 16th- 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 18th- Last Day for Students

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 7: Sharpen the Saw

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 7.56.24 PM“Sharpen the Saw”… Balance is Best!  At one point or another, we have all experienced the awfulness of burn out.  How can we avoid that feeling and keep our drive to continue working on projects, engaging with friends, etc…? By “sharpening the saw”, you commit to taking time out for yourself each day (even if just a few minutes) to take care of your mind, body and your spirit.  This can be done by spending time with friends or family, eating right and getting enough sleep, or challenging yourself to learn something new!

“Sharpen the Saw means to have balance in your life.  There is a story of a man who was sawing down a tree and not making a lot of progress.  When a passerby asked him why he didn’t stop sawing to sharpen his saw, he remarked that he was too busy sawing .  Habit 7 reminds us that we are more productive when we are in balance–body brain, heart and soul.  Just like the four tires on a car, if one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the results.” Courtesy of the Leader In Me Parent Guide

Book Recommendations:

  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
  • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson
  • Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Wind in the Long Grass: A Collection of Haiku edited by William Higginson




Champions and Olympians… all in the same week!

We could not be more proud of our CHAMPIONSHIP SOFTBALL TEAM who won the title in a 7 to 5 win over Cook-Wis. yesterday.  Each of the players kept their head in the game to come back from being 5 runs down.  This is an incredibly exciting accomplishment and we can’t wait to celebrate their success with them.


Reading-Olympics-300x176Today, at 9am, we send off our Reading Olympics team with Ms. Heyward to Saint Joseph’s University compete.  We wish them the best of luck and will report on their successes when they return.