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Mrs. Clark's Weekly Update 9.30.18
Posted by: Felicia Villarreal Published: 9/30/18

September 30, 2018


Dear Dana Families and Friends,


It is hard to believe that we are already through our first full month of school and are entering October. October is a fun filled and packed month for Dana students and the community. This week is our first session of 6th grade camp and we wish the Sea Stars the most wonderful camp experience. I know the students and staff alike will enjoy the great outdoors, fresh air, and fun activities.


We start the month with 6th grade camp and wrap it up with our awesome PTSA sponsored Spooktacular event. Thank you to our amazing PTSA that hosted its first Spooktacular meeting this past Thursday.  A special thanks to the parents that came out and already signed up to volunteer for the event. Please see below for more information and ways to volunteer at Spooktacular.


I wish everyone a wonderful week and can’t wait to hear all the Sea Stars’ camp stories.

Take care,

Kiana Clark


October Lunch Menu

Please reference the attached menu to see the lunch options for the month of October.


Canvas Parent Mornings

Canvas is our one-stop shop for teachers, students, and parents. Our learning management system enables families and teachers to stay connected and apprised of assignments, grades, and assessments. Dana is offering drop-in Canvas hours to help parents/guardians become observers on their child’s account. Every Monday for the month of October there will be Canvas hours and an opportunity to learn more about Canvas and how to stay connected.


Dates: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, and 10/22.
Time: 8:30-9:30am
Location: Room 201


Spooktacular—Save the Date!

It’s almost Spooktacular time again!!  We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, October 26th from 5:00pm-7:30pm. 



We would love an hour or two of your time. Please click the link below if you are interested. We truly appreciate your time and support!!!


Parent Volunteer Sign Up Link:


Wiseburn / Da Vinci Student Sign Ups will be sent directly to each High School. 

More information to come next week!!  Have a fantastic Sunday and thank you so much!


-Your Dana Middle School PTSA


Catalina Trip Update
The lottery went well last Monday, and the lists will continue to be posted by the library door. We will notify parents in the event we are able to move students from the wait list up onto the trip list. This coming Tuesday, students who are on the trip list will receive a deposit request to take home to their parent/guardian. A deposit of $100 is required to hold your child’s spot.  After the first quarter grade check in November students who are struggling with grades and/or behavior will receive a warning to improve, but will not be dropped at that time. All parent/guardians and students agreed to the Academic/Behavior Requirements before participating in the trip lottery. We encourage all students to work hard and do their very best.


Yearbook Sale opens October 1!
Yearbook Early Bird sales pricing will go home with students next week.

Student info was uploaded into the program, just search for your child’s name, and place your order. This special pricing will end on October 12, don’t miss out.  Order on-line at yearbookforever.com.


Wiseburn Education Foundation Annual Appeal Campaign
The Wiseburn Education Foundation Annual Appeal Campaign is underway. Our school is fortunate to have WEF as a community partner. Donations to WEF provided funding for visual and performing arts education, teachers’ grants, healthy lifestyles programs, and STEM education. Please consider making a contribution for the new school year. Installment plans are available. Donate online at:  www.memberplanet.com/campaign/wef/2018-19.


Free or Reduced Lunch Applications
Students that qualified for Free or Reduced lunch status last year and have not submitted a lunch application for the 2018-2019 school year will have their status changed to full pay effective Wednesday, October 10, 2018. For further details please read the attached letter from our Food Services Department.


Message From Our PTSA
We know that our Dana Dolphin parents are busy filling out forms and stocking up on supplies, but don't forget to join Dana PTSA! We need your support this year to continue to pay for student agendas, bus transportation for 6th grade camp, Dreambox, NewsELA, and all of the 8th grade festivities at the end of the year. Becoming a member is easy - you can click on the link below, or fill out the attached form  and return it to school with payment. Thank you for supporting Dana PTSA!" https://jointotem.com/ca/hawthorne/dana-middle-school-pta


Monday, October 1- Periods 1 thru 6 - 2:45pm dismissal

Welcome to Campaign week at Dana! Meet your ASB candidates by the lunch tables during morning and lunch recess this week.

8:30am- 9:30am- Canvas Parent Morning- 201

3:00pm- 4:15pm- Dana Singers- Burnett

3:15pm- 4:45pm- Flag Football practice- field

3:15pm- 5:00pm- Girls’ Volleyball Practice- Dana Gym


Tuesday, October 2 - Periods 2, 4, 6- 2:45pm dismissal

3:30pm- 5:00pm- Dana Cross Country vs. Manhattan Beach Middle School - Dana Field

3:30pm- 5:00pm- Dana Girls’ Volleyball vs. El Segundo Middle- Dana gym


Wednesday, October 3 - Periods 1, 3, 5 - 2:45pm dismissal


Thursday, October 4 - Periods 2, 4, 6- 2:45pm dismissal

Students vote for ASB officers in the library before/after school and during morning/lunch recess. Poll workers are still needed, see Mrs. Ory.

3:00pm- 4:30pm- Cross Country Practice - Dana Field

3:15pm- 4:45pm- Flag Football practice- field

3:15pm- 5:00pm- Girls’ Volleyball Practice- Dana Gym


Friday, October 5 – Periods 1, 3, 5 - 2:45pm dismissal

11:00am – Sea Stars registered for camp must report to the MPR with their packed bag. Don’t forget your sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, a refillable water bottle, and a jacket!

12:32pm- 1:17pm- Friendship Club- student services

3:00pm- 4:00pm- After School Theatre Class -student services

3:30pm- 5:00pm- Dana Cross Country @ Will Rogers Middle School


Sunday, October 7th-

3:30pm – Sea Stars return from camp.