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Doctors Charter School - Florida Gold School of Excellence

December 12, 2014

 
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                December 12, 2014
School News
Holiday Toy Drive  
Help us continue our tradition of providing toys to needy children in our community. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the office no later than Tuesday, December 16th.

Toys are needed for boys and girls in these age ranges:
Under age 5
Age 5 - 9
Age 10 and up

Put a tag with your name on the toy, and earn service hours. Please join us for the wrapping party on Wednesday, December 17th, at 3:30 pm.
                          
Holiday Spirit Week!
All students are encouraged to celebrate the season!
 
Monday, Dec. 15     Holiday PJ Day
 
Tuesday, Dec. 16   How the Grinch Stole Christmas Day
 
Wednesday, Dec. 17 Ugly Holiday Sweater day
 
Thursday, Dec. 18  Snow Day (wear white)
 
Friday, Dec. 19  Holiday Spirit Day (wear holiday colors, etc.)
Important note to parents dropping off students
Next week, December 15 to 19, the parking lot across from our school will be used by students from Miami Country Day and there will be increased traffic congestion in front of DCS.

Please plan on leaving earlier than usual to allow extra time to drop off and pick up your student.
 
Enjoy the sounds of the season
Let our orchestra, band, and chorus put you in the holiday spirit at our Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:00 pm. 
 
Assistance from parents is needed and donations are requested. To help, please click on this volunteer spot link.
 
Donations needed for Basketball Concessions
There are several basketball games scheduled over the next few months, and our Booster Club needs donations for the concessions.
 
It's easy to sign up to help. Here's how you do it:
Click this link: http://vols.pt/qJWSgg. Enter your email address (you do NOT need to register), and sign up. You will get an automated confirmation and reminders.
 
Food for the homeless
Our Key Club is partnering with Project UP-START, a homeless education program through M-DCPS's Division of Student Services. Our food donations will support their free food pantry for the homeless.
 
DCS students are asked to bring canned goods to the office.  Three cans will equal a service hour; Ms. Asbury will sign off on service forms for students who bring them to her.  Ms. Tennison will sign off on donations from Key Club members.
 
Please bring the canned goods no later than Thursday, December 18th.
 
Help our Four-Legged Friends
Our senior class is collecting gently used towels and blankets, as well as dog and cat toys, to bring to the Humane Society.
 
Please bring these items and place in the designated box in the office. 
 
Sports Scoop
                                                  
Girls varsity picked up their first win last week against Hebrew Academy, defeating them 4-0.  Alex Amaya scored three goals and seventh grader Taisa Strouse added another. Sophia Villegas recorded her second shutout of the season.  The middle school girls also picked up a win last week against Sinai, defeating them 1-0.
 
The boys varsity basketball team won their last 2 games against Hollywood Christian and  Archbishop Curley.  In the game against Hollywood Christian, Hashbelli Neus scored 24 points including the game-tying shot at the buzzer to send it into overtime, where the Hawks were able to pull out the victory.  They also defeated Curley 55-48 earlier this week in what was a very physical game.  Their next game is Friday, Dec. 12, against Westminster Christian. The JV game tips off at 5:30 pm and the varsity game starts at 7:00 pm.
                             
DCS students created code!
On Thursday, December 11 during their first period of the day, DCS students participated in an Hour of Code. Students experienced a fun and novel way to learn more about the nuts and bolts of computer programming - a 21st century language skill indeed! Every classroom teemed with excitement and exploratory wonder.  Some students had come to school already several hours into the programming, while others experienced programming for the first time since our Bring Your Own Device program launched.  With six hundred kids and additional faculty participating, we also learned more about how our network infrastructure performed; while continuous updating is always recommended, we realized the ever-growing necessity for more strength and capacity in the near future.  The students not only brought their own devices to school today, they took DCS into the 21st century. Go Hawks!
*If you are interested in learning more about the Hour of Code, there is still time; visit www.code.org.
 
PTSA
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The next PTSA/Booster Club meeting is Wednesday, January 14, at 6:30 pm.
 
The PTSA would like you to SAVE THE DATE! The popular Evening in the Courtyard is scheduled for February 6th. Stay tuned for more details and information about how you can get involved.
 
Next Board Meeting: 
Thursday, December 18th, at 5:30 pm in the Media Center.
 
Important Dates
 
Monday, Dec. 15
Herff-Jones Ring Orders, 11:30 am
 
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Herff-Jones Ring Orders, 11:30 am
 
Winter Concert, 7:00 pm
 
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Finance Committee Meeting, 7:30 am in the conference room
 
Holiday Toy Drive wrapping party, 3:30 pm
 
10th grade Holiday Show, 6:00 pm
 
Thursday, Dec. 18
Scoliosis Screening, 8:00 am to 11:00 am
 
Spanish Classes Field Trip, Spanish Monestary

Board Meeting, 5:30 pm in the Media Center
 
December 22 - January 2
Winter Recess

January 5
School Resumes

January 7
EESAC Meeting, 3:45 pm in the Media Center

Homecoming Spirit Week - Decades Day

Evening in the Courtyard Planning Meeting, 6:30 pm in the Media Center

January 8
Homecoming Spirit Week - Fancy Day

January 9
Homecoming Spirit Week-Color Day

January 12
District Writing Post-test, grades 6 - 11

Homecoming Spirit Week - Sports Day

January 13
Homecoming Spirit Week - Celebrity Day

Homecoming Pep Rally

Homecoming Game, Pepper Park

January 14
Finance Committee Meeting, 7:30 am in the DCS conference room

January 15
End of 2nd grading period

Board Meeting, 5:30 pm in the Media Center

Homecoming Dance, 7 to 10 pm

January 16
Teacher planning day; no students in school

January 19
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; school is closed
Students of the Week
Science - Aaron Romanik
 
Creative Writing -Briana Province
 
Math  - Annabelle Martelly
 
PE - Erlin Ochoa
 
Social Studies - Elijha Vaudreuil
 
Art - Sheryl Voltaire
 
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