December update

Happy Holidays to each of your families. We are so fortunate to be in a community that blends many traditions during this time. This is also a great time for teaching our students how to be kind, show compassion, and be generous to others. Too often, we go about our daily lives forgetting about how truly fortunate we are.

Lastly, on behalf of the DCPHW staff, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Please be sure to read through the newsletter in its entirety.

Dads and Donuts Attendance Awareness Updated Pickup Procedure


Calling ALL DCPHW Dads:

Please join our Dean of Students for coffee and conversation to help increase positive influence, role model of fathers, presence at our school, and community.

WHEN: December 13, 2022

Time: 8:00-9:00 AM

Where: Media Center

Hosted by: Mr. Counts & Mr. Miller


Regular attendance at school is critical for a child’s educational growth and achievement, and our team is committed to your child’s success.

Our average attendance for the month of November was 83.40%.

Our goal is 100% every day!

As we enter the month of December, We are coming to a close on our attendance campaign. The school with the highest attendance % will win a gaming truck for the day!

Let's continue to push for 100%!!


After-School Pickup Procedure Update:

If your child participates in any after-school programs we updated our pickup procedure.

When your child's program is over, they will no longer be released outside.

Parents will need to come to door #2 and sign their child out.

We made this adjustment because the safety of our students is our #1 priority

IREADY Winter Diagnostic


Our Winter IREADY Diagnostic is here.

Beginning December 5-December 23rd, students will begin to take their winter IREADY diagnostic in both reading and math. It is imperative your student is present- our goal is to test 100% of our students.

Curious about what the IREADY Diagnostic assesses, please review this guide:

Social Media Safety


Research suggests that young people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health. The use of social media increases the likelihood that your child will be exposed to cyberbullying.

Tips to support Social Media Safety:

1. Make sure to monitor your child’s social media profiles.

2. Check his/her phones regularly for texts and posts.

3. Monitor your child’s contacts

4. Control your child’s device to ensure they don’t have access 24/7.

5. You are a role model, be sure to show your child how to use social media appropriately.

**Tech Tip: How to turn off group texts

  • Go to settings app on your Apple Device
  • Select Messages
  • Scroll to SMS/MMS section and disable group messaging

Below is an article on how to teach your child to be smart on social media.

K-5 Holiday Concert


Please mark your calendars, our K-5 students will have a holiday concert on Tuesday, December 20th at 2:15 pm. Be on the lookout for more information!

A Distinctive December to Remember


Please see our calendar for our activities/spirit days as we countdown to winter break: We would love to see 100% participation

Student Spotlight


We would like to SHOUT OUT all of our K-8 students who received an award at our Q1 Honors Assembly. Q2 is quickly coming to an end, be sure to check with your child's teacher on their progress on their grades, behavior, and attendance. We would like to see even more students celebrated at our Q2 assembly.

Lil' Shopper's Shoppe


Students will be able to do holiday shopping for their families from December 13-16. Be on the lookout for your child's shopping guide and flyer.

Upcoming Events


  • Monday, December 5-23: IREADY Diagnostic Window

  • Thursday, December 8: Picture Retake Day

  • Thursday, December 8-23: A Distinctive December to Remember

  • Tuesday, December 13th: PTO Meeting

  • Tuesday, December 13th: Dads and Donuts

  • December 13-16:Lil' Shopper's Shoppe

  • Thursday, December 15th: Q2 Progress Reports Sent Home

  • Tuesday, December 20th: K-5 Holiday Concert

  • Friday, December 23rd: 1:00pm Dismissal

  • Monday, December 26-January 6th: Christmas Break

  • January 9th: No School for students

  • January 10: Classes Resume