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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Coming This Week: November 19th-November 23rd

Coming This Week: November 19th-23rd

S.W.E.B.S.    Respectful...Cooperative...Responsible


Cinderella Tickets are now on sale.  You don't want to miss out on this fabulous performance!  Contact Ms. Tierney for more information at (Performance Date: December 19th at 6:30pm)


Monday, November 19th

  • Student Council and Safety Installation
    • Our annual Installation ceremony will take place on Monday, November 19th @ 9:30. Our keynote speaker is the honorable State Representative Pamela DeLissio. Officers Streets and Bynam, from the 5th district, will commission our safety patrol.

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Book Feast!  Sponsored by our Home and School Association

Wednesday, November 21st

  • D.E.A.R.

Thursday, November 22nd & Friday, November 23rd

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    • School is closed


  •  Blood Drive will be on Wednesday, November 28.  Register online at and enter sponsor code 02214997 or call Claire to schedule your appointment.
  • Cherry Dale Fundraiser items will be delivered on Friday, November 30.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences will be on December 5th and 6th.  Teachers will be sending home schedules soon.  Please be on the look out for them in your child's agenda book or homework folder.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dobson Goes Green!

Article Courtesy of
To see some fantastic pictures from this event, please click here.

Over the last year, a whole classroom's worth of young trees have been planted along the streets around the James Dobson Elementary School in Manayunk.

The Roxborough-Manayunk-Wissahickon Tree Tenders have so far put in 25 trees on Umbria and Hermitage streets, and in the school's side yards, said group member Marlene Schleifer. On Saturday, eight members of the group were joined by members of the Dobson school community to put in the latest group of trees, a row of five trees on the Umbria side. They also added fresh mulch to the other trees.

"The trees should be all set for the winter, and the kids and teachers will pick up the watering in the spring," Schleifer said.

The species, the Columnar Sargent Cherry, was chosen because it tends to grow taller and narrower than a traditional cherry tree, making the maturing trees less likely to be sideswiped by the cars, trucks and buses that use narrow Umbria Street, Schleifer said. On the surrounding streets, cherry trees with a more typical rounded shape were put in, she said.

As the trees grow, they'll return some of the greenery the neighborhood had in decades past, when the blocks around the school had a number of trees and flowering bushes, most notably at the former Consolo Bakery property at Hermitage and Smick streets.

Schleifer credited Dobson's principal, Patty Cruice, and dean of students Kim Fullam, for supporting the tree-planting efforts over the last year, including follow-up care after the plantings. And she gave special credit to Nathan Altus, a neighborhood teenager, for his help keeping the trees healthy.
"My job would have been a lot harder without him, and it's clear that the trees have benefitted from the attention they received during the weeks when school was not in session," she said.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5th Grade History Hunters

From Mrs. Meier's 5th Grade Class of  History Hunters: We began our first journey on the 4 part adventure. First stop was the Stenton House, home of James Logan, close friend of William Penn. The students enjoyed visiting the formal rooms of the home. They even re enacted a peace pact between colonists and Native Americans wherein they made and exchanged "wampum" The students then took part in some chores from the 1600's. They are super excited for trip #2, Dec. 7 to Clivedon.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Coming This Week: November 12th

Coming This Week: November 12th-16th

S.W.E.B.S.    Respectful...Cooperative...Responsible
Rule #2. I will follow directions the first time given

 This is the final week for our Thanksgiving Food Drive!  Please send in non-perishable food items with your child.  All donations will be distributed to Dobson Families.


Cinderella Tickets are now on sale.  Ticket Order Forms will be sent home with all students on Tuesday, November 13th.  You don't want to miss out on this fabulous performance!  Contact Ms. Tierney for more information at (Performance Date: December 19th at 6:30pm)


Monday, November 12th

  • School is Closed for Staff and Students

Wednesday, November 14th

  • D.E.A.R

Thursday, November 15th

  • Class Trip:  Riverbend Environmental Center (103, K, 1st and 2nd Grades)

Friday, November 16th


Helping Those Effected By Hurricane Sandy:  
Mrs. Meier, our 5th grade teacher, has connected with teachers in the Uptown School in Atlantic City.  Many of the families in this school district have lost all of their possessions, from clothes, diapers, school supplies, and in many cases their homes.  Several classrooms have coordinated to bring in items, in conjunction with the Thanksgiving drive to be donated to these families.  Please contact your classroom teacher for more information.

Student Council Elections:  Elections for Class Representatives took place last week in each classroom.  Elected students will be announced this week on the morning announcements.   The Student Council and Safety Installation Assembly will take place on Monday, November 19th at 9:30am with special guest and key note speaker, honorable State Representative Pamela DeLissio.


  • Book Feast will be on Tuesday, November 20 (forms were sent home last week to volunteer and/or send in food. Please send them back as quickly as possible so that we can plan accordingly). 
  • School will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  •  Blood Drive will be on Wednesday, November 28.  Register online at and enter sponsor code 02214997 or call Claire to schedule your appointment.
  • Cherry Dale Fundraiser items will be delivered on Friday, November 30.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dobson Student Council

 Creative, ambitious, and passionate leaders interested in assuming positions in Student Council.

What does a member of the Student Council actually do?
Each member must attend regularly scheduled meetings at which he/she represents his/her grade. A member acts on the needs and interests of the students and the community. Student Council will run fundraising activities, community service, and special activities and event.

What positions are available in Student Council?
Class Representative: (1 student per class for K-5, 2 students per class for grades 6-8)
· Attend student council meetings,
· Bring ideas and suggestions from class members to the meetings
· Report information back to his/her class classroom
· Help with the development of projects for the student council and school
· Helps promote school pride

Who can run for student council?

· Students who embrace all members of the school community
· Students who are motivated to listen to all members of the school community and motivated to act in the best interest of all members of the community
· Students with exemplary attendance
· Students with NO PINK SLIPS since 2011

How do I run for Student Council?

· Due November 7. On an 8.5 x 11” paper, you must make a small campaign poster with your name, grade, and why you would be a good class representative.
· On November 9, Election Day, students in your class will vote for Class Representative.

If you have any questions about Student Council, please see Ms. Boyle in Room 103.

Coming This Week: November 5th

Coming This Week: November 5th-November 9th

S.W.E.B.S. Focus: Rule #1

 Monday, November 5th

  • Dobson Decides!
    • Dobson students will participate in a mini-election process to chose which candidate they feel would be the best President!

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Election Day
    • School will be closed for students.

Wednesday, November 7th

  • D.E.A.R.- Drop Everything and Read

Friday, November 9th

  • Fun Friday
  • Student Council Elections

Cinderella Tickets are now on Sale! Ticket order forms will be sent home to all students again on Monday, November 5th. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

An Exciting Week at Dobson

Lots of exciting events have happened in this past week!

Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast this past weekend causing wide spread damage, loss of electricity, toppled trees, and two days off from school.  I think we’ve all made memories during that record-breaking storm the we won’t soon forget.

The Lower School Halloween Parade, sponsored by our Home and School was held on Wednesday Afternoon! There were many creepy, spooky, and a few hilarious costumes, some beautiful butterflies and princesses and even a washer and a drier!   In other news, the Fall Dance this year was a great success! Another thank you to the Home and School and to all those who helped put together that amazing playlist including “Call Me Maybe”, “Party Rock Anthem”, and “Gangnam Style”!

Today was the first Student Of The Moth assembly of the 2012-2013! A big congratulations to all those who made student of the month for the month of October.  A list of the students recognized in the assembly will be posted soon.

Written by: Christopher Irwin-Diehl
7th Grade Student