Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
We are delighted to welcome your children back in school after a long summer holiday and extend a warm welcome to all of those students and families who have joined our community this term.
Closing date for sign-ups for all ECAs (Extra Curricular Activities) is this Wednesday, 24th August at 12 noon. Visit our ECA page on the DCIS website for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, sports trials start today for new and returning students. Please refer to the Team Sport Trials blog post on the DCIS website for more information.
Our DCA (Dover Court Association) mothers in the DCIS Sensory Garden
DCA Class Representatives
DCA Parent Class Representatives are still needed for classes across the school, so teachers will be emailing parents later this week to request volunteers for this critical role in our school. If you are interested in becoming a Class Representative, please contact email@example.com.
Forms and Communication
We thank you all for taking the time to come for Orientation Day and completing the required forms from the Council for Private Education (CPE). It will take our team some time to check through all the information provided, and we may be required to ask you to complete some elements again. Thank you for your patience and please bear with us as we sort all necessary paperwork these first few weeks of school.
Our Admissions Office is busy updating our database and we hope to have a clean list of contacts in the next week. However, as a reminder, it is extremely important that we are kept informed of updated information. Should your child be taken ill at any stage, we need to be able to contact you. If, since completion of the Family Contact and Information Form, your number or address has changed, please notify the school office immediately.
We are pleased to welcome several new teachers to our school this term who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise which they will share with that of the existing team of professional, experienced and specialist staff in the interest of your children. Information on our teachers can be found on the Our Staff section of the website where you will find profiles of all our teachers.
We have also welcomed over 300 new students this terrm. We trust they will be happy, successful and will discover new friendships and activities at DCIS. Differentiated learning is essential to the programme at DCIS. During the first few weeks of the term, our teachers work with all the students to review and assess their knowledge and individual abilities so as to differentiate their learning.
We would like to remind new parents who have not returned their child's Medical Form to do so as soon as possible as it is crucial that the school has this information in order to ensure the well-being of your child. If you are returning and have had any changes to your medical status, then please complete the form and submit it to our School Reception.
Transport - Safety Rules
The well-being of our students is the starting point, the centre and the end of all school policy decisions. Ensuring the safety of your children is of paramount importance to us. Please bear with us as we embed a safe procedure for the students. To effect this we need your collaboration and cooperation. Please adhere to the saftey rules and Arrival and Dismissal Traffic Management Plan outlined from page 21 in the Parent Handbook.
In the next few weeks the following events will take place (a full calendar of events is available here and in Appendix 3 of the Parent Handbook):
- ECA signup deadline: Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 12:00 noon
- Parent Curriculum Evening: Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 5:00pm
- DCA Parent Association Meeting: Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 7:15pm
- DCA Family Picnic: Saturday, 3 September 2016, 4:00pm
Follow the link to our DCIS Week Beginning 22nd August News and Insights webpage for news and events planned at DCIS and also to view all school communications.
Reminder: Please note that further details on weekly events and student achievements are also highlighted on the DCIS school blog, homepage, and on Facebook.
As students settle in to their new arrival and dismissal routines, please be rest assured that our staff is committed to answering your questions about the new school year, from class locations to sports teams, from parent forms to bus schedules. The first line of enquiry is your child's class or form teacher. If any questions remain unanswered, please refer to the relevant Year Group Leader.
We look forward to seeing you at all the events scheduled for Term 1 and wish your children a happy and successful academic year.
Mr. Christopher Short
DCIS August Calendar Events:
|Term 1 Dates
||Detailed Calendar Events
Term 1: 2016-2017
|Tuesday, 30th August
||August/September Welcome Newsletter Published Online
|Tuesday, 30th August, 5.00pm – 7.00pm in Cooper Hall
|Parent Curriculum Evenings in 2 sessions:
Session 1: 5.00pm Senior Leadership Team Presentation
Session 2: 6.00pm Senior Leadership Team Presentation
|Tuesday, 30th August, 7.15pm – 8.15pm in Cooper Hall
||DCA Parent Association Meeting
|Wednesday, 31st August, 8.30am – 9.30am in Cooper Hall
||DCA Class Representatives Workshop
|Wednesday, 31st August
||Term 1 ECA Allocations sent to Parents
|Saturday, 3rd September, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
||DCA Family Picnic