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  • Writer's pictureDillard Drive Magnet PTA

Message From the Principal

Nov. 11, 2022 Friday Message

Dear families,

We send our love and appreciation to all Veterans in our school community. Thank you for your service! Please see the updates below: -Dr. Sykes

Picture Day Huge thank you to our volunteers, families, staff, and students for making our picture day a success. Make-up and retake picture day will be 12/14. We will communicate when pictures are being sent home in backpacks so you can be on the lookout.

Water bottles Please send a water bottle with your child to school each day. Many students do not drink milk and only drink water at lunch. We provide students with small water cups at lunch if needed. Help us eliminate waste by sending your child with a water bottle.

Literacy Night Literacy Night is this Thursday, November 17th from 5:00-7:00. This night will be all about all things literacy. You will have an opportunity to hear from local guest readers, explore and purchase from the Scholastic book fair, learn strategies to help your students with literacy at home, and enjoy a little treat. Please also make sure to look through our Lost and Found located outside the cafeteria for any items that may belong to your child. The middle school next door will also be having an even event. Please plan to use parking in our front lot and on the grass areas near the playgrounds.

Positivity Project Trait for week of 11/14: Gratitude This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.” Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits. To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions. Have a wonderful week!


  • Nov. 14-18th-Book Fair

  • Nov. 17-Literacy Night (5-7pm)


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