16 Jun

Reminder from MS/US Nurse: 2017-2018 Health Forms

Dear MS/US Parents & Guardians,

Though this school year is just about to close, it is never too early to plan for the coming year!

The deadline for physical examination forms for the 2017-2018 school year is August 1, 2017. 

Any physical examination completed after January 1, 2017 will be accepted for the coming academic year.  Please print, sign and get your child’s physician’s signature(s) as noted, and then forward these required forms (find them at www.d-e.org/enroll or www.d-e.org/nursescorner) as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush and have questions resolved before the beginning of school.

If, due to insurance constraints, your child’s examination can only be done after August 1, please know that current exams will be kept on file until the updated one has been completed and returned to Health Services

If your child will be going to camp or you are planning a family vacation, please consider scheduling your child’s physical exam before leaving.   Planning in advance helps avoid the chaos of the pediatrician’s office before the start of school.

Also, please be advised that the only health form accepted for school attendance for all students is the NJ Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form.  Pediatrician’s office forms can be accepted only for the immunization record.

For student-athletes:

Please remember the deadline of August 1st, especially if your child is planning to begin practice in August.  ALL physicals and signed consents must be in before the beginning practice so there can be a thorough review of health history.  Any student who presents forms on the day of practice will not be allowed to participate that day.

The Health Services office will undergo construction this summer and I will not have access to my room or my phone.  Should you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email (schuls@d-e.org), beginning July 5th.

Have a great summer,

Sara Schulman
MS/US Nurse
schuls@d-e.org

16 Jun

GRADES ARE RELEASED

Spring semester report cards are now available on the website (see below for instructions to access these documents). These reports summarize a long year of hard work and productivity, and I hope that your child feels accomplished as the year ends. As always, I urge you to talk about this report card and do some reflection with your child while the memories are still fresh. There is a lot to be gained in this process, and it helps for students to have some ideas about next year as they put this one into the past.


 Instructions to Access Report Cards

 By following the directions below you will find your way to both the grades and comments for all classes. These steps detail how to access your child’s grades:

  • Go to the My DE area of the Dwight-Englewood School website by visiting www.d-e.org and clicking on My DE at the top-right of the page.
  • Log-in to My DE using your assigned password or the password you established for yourself. If you need help with your password, please call Computer Services at 201-227-3177.
  • Click on your child’s name near the top of the page.
  • Click on Progress (if not already selected), then click on the current grade for your child immediately below that.
  • After selecting the grade, click on the Report Cards link in the Performance area.
  • You will see two links for the Spring term: Year End Academic Report Card and Semester Two Physical Education Report Card.  When you click on either of those links, a pdf file that contains your child’s progress information will open in a new window.  This file can be saved to your computer or printed directly from the screen.  These reports will remain viewable while your child is enrolled in the School.
16 Jun

ATHLETICS FOR FALL 2017, BEGINNING MONDAY AUGUST 21

As you continue to plan your summer, we wanted to be sure you were aware of the fall athletics dates for those interested in participating on fall teams. The Fall 2017 Preseason Flyer is available by clicking here, or by going to the D-E Athletics website.  This flyer contains both the practice dates and the contact information for all fall coaches. We expect all athletes to be on campus for the entire preseason because scrimmages will begin before Labor Day and the fall season begins promptly after that so the practice time is vital during those two weeks before school starts. Please be sure to contact coaches if necessary, certainly if you have questions or want to talk about practices.

16 Jun

SUMMER READING

Our summer reading lists are now available for all children entering Grades 9-12 in September. In alternate years, the Upper School chooses one book for everyone to read over the summer, and we start the year in conversation about the book, in classes, in advisory, perhaps in assemblies. It’s a chance for the whole school to consider, at the same time, the issues raised in the book. This “community of readers” experience is valuable for us individually and as a whole. In fact, we also encourage you to read the book as well, and talk with your children about it. We may have an opportunity, if there is sufficient interest, for family conversation in the fall.

We try to choose a book that is timely in some way, and this year we have chosen the novel 1984, written in 1948 by George Orwell. An original dystopian novel, it introduced several notions that seem to be ringing true in new ways in 2017. One of the reasons we chose this book is that we will as a division be working on having more civilized discourse next year, to talk in less polarized ways after a year where it has been difficult to set emotion aside while disagreeing in healthy ways about important issues, be they politics or not.

There are also required summer readings in specific courses at specific grade levels, all of which you can see on this full list, available by clicking here or by going to the Upper School website.  

16 Jun

Message from Joe Algrant, US Principal

Dear Families,

Congratulations on reaching the end of the school year. I hope that it has ended successfully and that your child feels accomplished. As I’ve said before, the year does not wind down, it ends at a pretty quick pace, so there may be a bit of fatigue after we get to the finish line. The first few days after school can bring an interesting mix of emotion: the relief of summer break, the excitement of a change of pace, the anticipation of an upcoming trip or other summer program, perhaps a sadness to leave school friends and routine. It’s all healthy, and important to help them with the transition if needed. In fact, even if all seems right, it can be valuable to just be checking in as they change over into a different, summer mode.

Included in this newsletter is important information for all families with children who are entering the Upper School (Grades 9-12) in the fall. Please be aware and prepared for what will be coming up in August and early September. I know it seems far away but we all know what can happen over the summer, and without being prepared – as in having summer reading completed, and all new 2017-2018 medical forms returned (please see the message from Sara Schulman, our MS/US Nurse) — one can run into problems at the start of the year.

The deans and college counselors will be on campus until Wednesday, June 21, after which it will become more difficult to get hold of them. But Ms. Hazarian and I will be around if you need anything over the summer. You may not get an immediate response, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

I do wish you all a terrific time of relaxation, excitement, fulfillment, and fun, whatever you do and wherever the next months take you.

Sincerely,

Joe Algrant, US Algrant