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Computer Science Week

The class is eager to begin coding!

This week is Computer Science Week and to celebrate, Dorothy Grant Elementary is participating in the Hour of Code. Yesterday my class had a special lab time to explore programming and they had a blast!

Matthew G & Jaythan work together on a bit of Minecraft coding.
Matthew G & Jaythan work together on a bit of Minecraft coding.
Madelyn explains how to do some coding to Samantha.
Madelyn & Samantha work together.
Dalia and Malachi explore coding together.
Dalia and Malachi explore coding together.
Brandon is excited to have completed his Hour of Code.
Brandon is excited to have completed his Hour of Code.

I shared the website with them and there they got to choose from three tutorials: Star Wars, Minecraft, or Frozen. I had them share their selection with the class via an Edmodo poll and after the hour in the lab, they were to return to my post in Edmodo to share their experiences.

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The Hour of Code website has been added to the class website on the “After School Links” page. I also wanted to take a moment to share Tynker, one of the more widely known coding apps for tablets. I know it is available in the App Store (for Apple devices) for free and it may be in the Google Play store as well. I will be installing it on the classroom tablets this weekend for the class to continue exploring coding. I recommend it for any personal tablets for students who particularly enjoyed the coding experience.

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Global Cardboard Challenge

This year Dorothy Grant Elementary will be taking part in the Cardboard Challenge. Ms. Matheson and Ms. Belt will be heading up a group of 4th & 5th grade DGE students (selected by a random draw) to create our very own cardboard arcade to be shared at our annual Harvest Festival on October 29th.

This year a group of our students will participate in the “Global Cardboard Challenge.” This is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Students will dream up [creations] using cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations ot create a cardboard arcade, inspired by the short film “Cain’s Arcade.”

Students MUST be available to stay after school on Mondays and Thursdays in October from 2:30 – 3:30pm AND work the Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 29th.

If you are interested and your child did not bring home a permission slip, you can download it here: Cardboard Challenge. Permissions slips are due to Ms. Matheson or Ms. Belt by Friday, October 2nd for the random draw.

Any questions about this event can be directed to Ms. Matheson or Ms. Belt.

Posted in DGE Events, DGE PTA

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week 2014

Hello Families!

Next week is Red Ribbon Week at Dorothy Grant Elementary.  The image above is what we have planned for the students to do to celebrate and reinforce the importance of being drug free. It is important to note that on Tuesday for sports attire day that we ask students to avoid wearing anything related to the Raiders or the 49ers as local gangs use those teams to represent themselves.

I will be awarding students tickets and points each day for participating in the Red Ribbon Week activities. The tickets are good for a school wide raffle and the points will be special Red Ribbon Week points I award on Class Dojo that can be used toward earning reward lunch on Friday.

There is also a creative writing contest for grades 3-5. Students are encouraged to write about living a healthy and drug-free life. The writing can take the form of a poem, essay, or realistic fiction. We will be working on these in class and they are due Thursday, October 9th. You are more than welcome to begin discussing this topic with your child and helping them with ideas for what they might like to write about.

As always, feel free to message me on Class Dojo or via email.

~Mrs. Ruiz


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International Space Station

We have some exciting news at DGE today!  Our 2014 Teacher of the Year and HAM Radio Club advisor Beverly Matheson has made it so that our HAM Radio Club students are making contact with the International Space Station today! The whole campus is abuzz with excitement and you can view the contact from home via Ustream: . The broadcast will begin at 10:50 am Pacific time. If you are local to the school, please do not come to the campus to watch the broadcast live as we are unable to accommodate unexpected visitors.  Enjoy!

~ Mrs. Ruiz


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Back to School Night!

Hello Families!

Tonight is back to school night and I am looking forward to meeting you all. If you would like to see or review the information I will be sharing with you here is a link to the presentation.

Our principal will be speaking to families in the cafeteria at 5:30pm and classrooms will be open at 6pm. There will be two rounds of presentations. Back to School Night will be over by 7pm.

Also, I would really like to have as many parents as possible on email.  Please send an email to me at so we can stay in regular contact.

Hope to see you tonight!

~Mrs. Ruiz

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A Few Announcements

  • Every Friday is “Physical Fitness Friday” and we will be running/walking the mile in preparation for the 5th grade Physical Fitness exam and playing NationBall (a variation of dodge ball).  Please make sure your child is wearing sneakers.  Anyone in open toed or ill fitting footwear will not be allowed to participate. Also, if your child has health issues that would prevent them from participating, please email me.


  • The DGE Online Tech club is in full swing.  We have about 20 students in it at present and there is room for more.  Our access code has changed, but you can still complete the request form by clicking here.  Directions and a new access code will be emailed to you.  The DGE OTC will be active through the summer and you can join at any time so long as you complete the form linked above.


  • On behalf of the PTA I wanted to remind you that there will be a Family Movie Night on Friday, May 2nd.  Click here for the flyer with more details.


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Read Across America


March 3-7, 2014 is Read Across America Week @ DGE!

Read Across America was created by the National Education Association as a way to honor Dr. Seuss and reading.  If you would like to learn more you can visit both the NEA’s Read Across America website and the Seussville Read Across America website.

Here is the schedule of weekly events for the students to participate in:

Monday, March 3rd:

“The Sleep Book”

Pajama Day!  Students may wear their PJs to school.

Tuesday, March 4th:

“Book Character Dress-Up Day”

Students may dress as a book character and should bring the book that inspired their costume to school with them to share with their class. OR Students may wear a t-shirt that shows a book character or title and bring the book to school to share with classmates.

Wednesday, March 5th:

“Wacky Wednesday”

Mismatched Clothes Day! Students may wear mismatched clothes to school.

Thursday, March 6th:

“Daisy-Head Mayzie”

Wacky Hair Day! Students will wear their hair in wacky hairstyles.

Community Reading Night! 4-6pm in the library.

Friday, March 7th:

“Cat in the Hat”

Crazy Hat Day! Students will wear their craziest hat to school.  We will also be having guest readers come to the classrooms and read to the students.

Other fun tidbits:

Students will be given tickets each day for participating in the day’s theme and a raffle will be held daily for prizes

PTA will be selling Seuss related items after school every day of Read Across America to fundraise toward a DGE field day at the end of the school year.

Each class was asked to create posters for Read Across America and my students were very excited to do so!  Here are their creations.  I would like to thank PTA for donating the poster boards.  The kids had a blast!

~ Mrs. Ruiz

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself,  any direction you choose.  ~ Dr. Seuss