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The next monthly meeting will be held on:

April 16th
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


WE PLAN TO HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.
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MEET SARGE

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Add the PTA Meeting date to your calendar 04-16-2015 6:30:00 PM 04-16-2015 08:00:00 PM 9 First PTA Meeting or 2015 First PTA Meeting or 2015 Library (Dennison Elementary Connie Weiss connie@dennisonpta.org false MM-DD-YYYY
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Summer Reading Program Is Coming!

Get ready to go on a Reading Safari.

CHECK OUT THE ART CONTEST WE HAVE GOING ON RIGHT NOW

The Summer Reading Program is Coming Soon
Calling All Dennison Artists
Help the PTA by designing a bookmark.
It will be given to all Summer Reading Program participants.

The theme for this year is Summer Reading Safari. Download the form and get creative The size of the bookmark is on the form. Click here for all contest rules.

DOWNLOAD THE INTEREST FORM
Summer Reading BOOKMARK Contest

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Dennison School PTA

PTA HIT ITS FALL FUNDRAISING TARGET

Thanks to the generosity of our parents and the great work from our students, the Fall PTA Fund Raiser made enough money that there will be no official PTA Fundraiser this Spring. Please consider helping Dennison by attending and participating in DCSF’s APEX Night in April. Go to the DCSF website for more information.
Go to the Dennison Elementary Site
Go to DSCF Website
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What's all the buzz
YOUNG WRITERS
Two letters certainly make a difference
The following instructions will help you and your “Young Writer” enjoy this project:
1) Have fun! Your child must write his or her own original story. The story may be handwritten by your child or typed by your child or a parent.

2) The following pages contain general information including a Young Writers Checklist, Tips for the Writing Process, a Sample Title Page, and a Sample Author's Page. Please complete all of the requirements on the "Young Writers' Checklist”.

The book must be turned in by FRIDAY, April 3, 2015

For questions, please contact Young Writers parent volunteer at: jillkroog@gmail.com

TIPS FOR THE WRITING PROCESS
PRE-WRITING
Decide on a topic to write about.
Talk with others about your ideas.
Write about something you know, understand, or can find out about.
Write the kind of story or book you would like to read.


DRAFTING
Get your ideas on paper.
Write your first draft on lined paper. Leave a space between each line so you can edit later. Write without worrying about spelling or mechanics (rough draft).
Think about creating scenes or understandings with words.
It is usually best to have one
main character that the story is about.
Give the characters interesting names: Betty or Melita? Bill or Darius?
Funny people might have funny names: Mr. Smith or Mr. Green Jeans?
Be sure your story has a
plot. The plot might be the character solving a problem.
The first sentence should "grab" the reader.
Give your story an interesting
title.


REVISING - CLARIFYING
Re-read your work. Try reading your story aloud.
Have someone else read your story aloud. Listen to it as a reader.
Did you tell the reader all you had hoped to tell?
Try to show - not tell:

Telling: Mark felt badly when he made the last out.
Showing: Mark dropped the bat and stumbled back to the dugout. Tears blurred his vision and he didn't dare look at his friends.

Use the 5 senses to help the reader "experience" your idea and make your story come alive. (Tell how things look, feel, smell, sound, or taste.)
Check for strong, colorful words:
He
ran from the house, or he fled from the house. Try to create scenes with the words: The meadow danced with daffodils. Sunlight sparkled in the dusk while the spiders spun and the birds warbled.
Vary sentence length and structure.


PROOFREADING - POLISHING
Read your story to check your spelling, mechanics, and usage. Put your work aside for a short time and then re-read it.
Have another reader help you
proofread and polish.
Make sure that the finished product is legible.


PREPARING to be PUBLISHED
Decide if you want to illustrate your manuscript.
Plan page breaks and illustrations.
Plan your
front and back covers.
Include a brief autobiography using "All About the Author" page.
Include a
dedication page to someone who helped you.
The
final copy should be typed or re-written in your best manuscript or cursive writing.

CELEBRATE!!!!!

YOUNG WRITERS CHECKLIST

YOUR BOOK SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
COVER
TITLE PAGE
STORY
AUTHOR PAGE

  • SIZE
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    The size of your book's pages should be either 8½ x 11 inches or 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches.
  • PAGE FORMAT
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    Each page needs a straight 1 inch margin around all sides for binding.
  • PAGE LAYOUT
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    Pages need to be numbered in pencil. This will allow the publisher to layout the book using book formatting between chapters and to fit the total page count.
  • DO NOT USE BOTH SIDES OF YOUR PAPER
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    Images and words can show through when scanned. Use one sheet of paper for each page to eliminate seeing “ghosting” images through the paper.
  • PAPER COLOR
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    USE WHITE PAPER. It will provide the best results. When possible use white paper for your story and illustrations.
  • COVER
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    The cover MUST have: Book Title, Author (student's name), Illustrator (if applicable). The cover needs to maintain the 1 inch border on all sides. The cover can include an illustration or photo in addition to the required text.
  • TITLE PAGE
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    The title page must contain: Book Title, Author (child's name), Illustrator, Grade, Teacher, School, and Date. (You may use the attached sample "Title Page").
  • DEDICATION PAGE
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    To whom the book is dedicated. (optional page)
  • YOUR STORY
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    The story may be hand written or typed. Please proofread before submitting your final copy. The pages should be numbered in pencil and may contain illustrations. See "Tips for the Writing Process".
  • ILLUSTRATIONS
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    Illustrations are optional and may be done by the author or by someone else.
  • AUTHOR PAGE
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    This page is an informational page about the author. (You may use the "All About the Author" page included in this packet.) A picture may be attached.
  • PUBLISHED BOOK
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    The Young Writers Committee will be producing a soft cover published book. All pages will be scanned to produce an electronic version of the book, if they are not produced digitally. If you choose to provide a digital copy with scanned illustrations please provide a jpg or pdf file. Digital books with drawn illustrations are also acceptable. The images must have a page number to ensure the right placement within the book. The images will be scanned and added to the book.

DOWNLOAD THE FORM
YOUNG WRITERS SIGN-UP FORM

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DOWNLOAD THE PACKET
YOUNG WRITERS STARTER PACKET

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BE A BUDDY NOT A BULLY
Two Letters Certainly Make a Difference
The Dennison PTA has purchased several books about bullying and what it means to be a good friend.

We are donating these books to the Dennison Library so that parents and students have a resource when they need to talk to their children about bullying.

We would like to encourage parents and teachers to check out these books and have a conversation with their students about being a good friend and what to do when you see someone being unkind to your friend.
Title
Author
Recommended Age
BULLY
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
3 - 7
The Juice Box Bully
Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy
4 +
The Bully Blockers Club
Teresa Bateman
6 - 9
My Secret Bully
Trudy Ludwig
6 - 9
Super Emma
Sally Warner
8 +
Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends
Patti Kelly Criswell
8 +
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles

8 +
The Bully, the Bullied, & the Bystander
Barbara Coloroso
Parents & Teachers

Help your child to become a buddy!

Support our Programs
Become a Volunteer
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The Second Semester Volunteer Form is now live.

Volunteers like you keep our programs alive. A big THANKS goes out to all our volunteers!
Visit the Second Trimester Volunteer Form
volunteers make PTA programs possible
These generous companies helped our Dennison Destination Imagination team meet its goal of getting to the world competition. Think about visiting them sometime in the future.
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Meet the Leadership Team
President – Connie Weiss
Mother of two Dennison 2nd Graders.
Treasurer – Jill France
Mother to a 2nd grader and Kindergartener.
Vice President – Open Officer Position
Secretary – Michelle Quigley
Mother to a 2nd grader and Kindergartner.
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