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Arlington Public Schools All Town Elementary Treble Chorus Registration Now Open!

This a great program, and the only opportunity we offer elementary students to sing in a children's choir.


William T. Pappazisis
Director of Performing Arts K-12

Arlington Public Schools
869 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
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August 2017 - Dallin Family Letter

Happy summer Dallin families,

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer with families, friends, and of course children!
I wanted to take a moment to offer some information on the upcoming school year, as well as tips on preparing your child for the first day. More classroom specific letters from teachers should have arrived ahead of this one.

The majority of correspondence will be sent home via Dallin News emails, so please make sure email addresses are always accurate and up to date.

Class Lists
District elementary schools released classroom assignments today (8/14). Families should receive a letter from your child’s new teacher sometime this coming week. If you haven’t received information by Friday (8/18), please contact Susan Burns in the Dallin front office for your child’s information.

Creating new classes is a cooperative and thoughtful process that involves a variety of components and perspectives. It is important to realize that placement decisions are the responsibility of the student’s current teachers, specialist, special educators, and the administration. The placement process is dependent upon factors that work to ensure classrooms work cohesively. Factors that influence the process include class size, social needs/learning styles, emotional strengths/needs, peer relationships, and academic strength/needs. A great deal of time and thought has been put into creating balanced class lists for next year, so we cannot accept requests for changes at this time. All placements are final.

Although the transition from one year to the next can be an emotional time, your reaction to this class assignment can have a significant effect on your child’s response. Should your child be disappointed not to be with a best friend or a sibling’s teacher, you can best help by listening and conveying your complete, sincere confidence that he or she will manage just fine with the new teacher and classmates. Pointing out the positive aspects of a new year, such as meeting a new teacher, getting to work with new classmates, and making new friends, builds excitement and instills confidence. Working together, we can get your child’s year off to the best possible start, so I thank you for your support with our process.

This year you will notice that we are not including class lists. Please know that sharing class lists fall under the category of protected information. We are bound by important privacy guidelines; therefore, you have only received your own child's class placement.

Start of School Dates
The first day of school for 1st grade through 5th grade is Tuesday, September 5th. Please note that this is an early release day (1:00 pm) and lunch will be served.

** Dallin Kindergarten families should have received information about their child(ren)’s modified start of school schedule. Please contact the office if you have questions.

The Dallin school day begins at 8:10 am and ends at 2:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesdays, school will end at 1:00 pm for district wide professional learning time for teachers. Lunch will be served on these days. Students who arrive after 8:15 am any day will be marked tardy. For more information on this or other Dallin Frequently Asked Questions please visit our Dallin Elementary School website ( or the Dallin PTO website (

Other Dallin News
If you haven’t yet read the Dallin July newsletter (, you can find it here. We shared information on staffing for next year, including the addition of our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Samantha Karustis.

Okay, that’s enough info for now. I wish you a wonderfully relaxing remainder of the summer and look forward to next year and our continuing partnership on behalf of your child’s education.

Be well,

Thad Dingman
Principal, Dallin Elementary

If you need this document translated, please call your child’s school principal - Si necesita este documento traducido, por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo - Se você precisa este documento traduzido, entre em contato com a escola do ses filho - Si vous avez besoin de traduire ce document, s'il vous plaît contacter l'école de votre enfant - 如果你需要这份文件翻译,请联系您的孩子的学校 - ،إذا كنت تحتاج /تحتاجين إلى ترجمة هذه الوثيقة إلى اللغة العربية يرجى الاتصال بمدرسة طفلك/طفلتك

July - Summer 2017 Newsletter

Happy summer Dallin families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the first full week of summer vacation. I’ve already seen many of you out and about, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Keep playing outside, Dallin!

Before July hits, I wanted to share some exciting information with families and also give a preview of the upcoming school year.

New Assistant Principal Announcement
Starting next week, Dallin will officially welcome a new Assistant Principal for the coming school year, Ms. Samantha Karustis. Ms. Karustis is a former public school teacher from Seattle Public Schools. She was a program manager for the Shadow Project, an education non-profit dedicated to supporting teachers with tools to close gaps for students with special needs. She completed her principal internship in Weston Public Schools as part of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) Program for Administrator Licensure. Ms. Karustis was strongly endorsed by three different principals for her work building relationships with students and staff, cultivating strong connections with families, and for her ability to organize and lead. Welcome to Ms. Karustis. We’re excited to have her join our team.

Welcoming New Teachers and Saying Good bye
As the school year ended, Dallin said goodbye to some very familiar teachers and friends. Ms. Sue Sherburne, Dallin’s beloved 4th grade teacher said goodbye to teaching to join her husband and family in retirement. Ms. Sherburne has educated and loved 100s of students over the course of her career. We wish her the very best in the next phase of her life.

Additionally, Dallin special educator and lead K-2 teacher in Dallin’s Supported Learning Center, Mrs. Erin Higgins, resigned her position to join her family on new adventures in New Jersey. Mrs. Higgins has been a leader in our program, creating a vision for learning that has been incredible to observe and even more incredible for the students. We wish her and her family the best.

With exits comes entrances. Dallin will welcome two new teachers this fall. Ms. Marissa McLellan will be joining Dallin as a new 3rd grade teacher. Ms. Mclellan has most recently served as a Title 1 Literacy teacher at Stratton Elementary. We feel so fortunate to have her join us in her first lead teaching assignment.

Dallin will also welcome Ms. Eileen Delory, special education teacher and now lead teacher of the K-2 Supported Learning Center at Dallin. Ms. Delory served as a Behavior Support Personnel in our program last year, working very closely with Ms. Higgins. The program is in exceptionally good hands thanks to this smooth transition.

Dallin Staffing and Programming for 2018
One of Dallin’s enrollment challenges is the class size wave that moves through the building. In response, each year, courageous teachers must move between grade levels to ensure that we keep our class sizes as close to 20-25 as possible. This year, not only did we have courageous teachers step forward willing to make a move, we also had teachers interested in piloting a model known as ‘looping’, where children stay with a teacher across multiple grades. Here is a link to some information shared with families involved with looping, earlier this year: Dallin Family Looping Letter

Ms. Gera (2nd to 3rd), Ms. K. Hughes (3rd to 4th), and Mrs. DiPasquale (4th to 5th) have all embraced the opportunity to pilot a looping classroom for the upcoming school year. Ms. C. Hughes will start a looping classroom (4th to 5th), as well. We hope to build and expand this pilot after we reflect and receive feedback on the experience from students, staff, and families.

Our complete classroom teaching teams for next year, are:
Kindergarten: Mrs. Parker, Ms. LeBlanc, Mrs. Carta
First Grade: Ms. Bedo, Mrs. Houston, Mrs. Fares, Ms. Lillis
Second Grade: Miss Fish, Mrs. Liu, Mrs. Walker
Third Grade: Ms. Crowley, Mrs. Andaloro, Ms. Gera, Ms. McLellan
Fourth Grade: Ms. K. Hughes, Ms. C. Hughes, Mr. Miller, Mr. Burke
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Bench (formerly Ms. Smith!), Ms. Connor, and Mrs. DiPasquale

Our specialist teaching team are all returning: Ms. Plansky & Mrs. Ryan (PE), Ms. Greenland (Art), Mr. Malagodi (Music), and Mrs. Aaronson (Library), as well as our special education and related service team.

Information on your child’s classroom placement for 2017-2018 will be sent home at some point in early August. Please note that because of confidentiality and student privacy laws, we will not be sending home class lists with your child’s placement information.

Dallin Summer Hours
I will be available through email throughout July, although please allow 48 hours for a response. Dallin’s front office will be closed for the next two weeks as Mrs. Burns takes some well deserved R&R with family at the Cape. My next correspondence will likely be an update at the end of the month or early August.

If your family is up to anything fun and interesting, send me a pic. We’d like to have a wall of adventures for our students to check out when they return in September.

Be well Dallin,

Thad Dingman
Principal, Dallin Elementary

Dear Parents,

Arlington EATS will again be hosting Summer Vacation lunches for any students this summer. Summer lunches will be provided Monday thru Thursday starting July 10th until August 17th from 12:00 to 1:00 at 187 Everett Street. Arlington EATS serves a hot lunch out of the Thompson cafeteria four days a week. You will also be able to find fresh food, clothes, books and toys to take home. No need to sign up! ALL ARE WELCOME! You can find more information at

In addition, please click here for additional food resources available this summer.

Volunteering over Summer vacation is a great time to volunteer with your kids! Lunches are fun and relaxed and a great chance to meet some neighbors.
Volunteer here.

Thank you for helping make this volunteer program possible.

Join us at the Table: We are a group of local parents, teachers and volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars to spare, a few hours, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table.
· To get food assistance: · To donate: · To get involved: · To follow along: · To contact:

Thank you!

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Dallin had a great KW Field Day again this year. Giant thanks to all our PTO volunteers who pull this day together. Also, special thanks to the Dallin teachers who make adjustments behind the scenes to coordinate the schedule for the day. Great time!

In case you missed it, one new addition to Florence Field is the Katherine Wall Buddy Bench, donated by our friends at TASC. We introduced the Buddy Bench to students at an assembly - now anyone who is looking for someone to play with has a spot to sit and wait for the next game!
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A.L.I.C.E Drill at Dallin - June 12th

Hello Dallin Families,

Last year, Arlington Public Schools adopted and put into practice the A.L.I.C.E safety protocol. A.L.I.C.E is considered "best practice" for K-12 schools, and is being adopted throughout the United States. Our decision was reached after reviewing the Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security report. The Dallin Elementary students and staff successfully participated in our new safety drill for the first time last June.

On June 12th, 2017 at 1:45pm the Dallin Elementary School will run its second A.L.I.C.E drill. We will have the support of the Arlington Police Department and the Arlington Fire Department. Your students will not know this protocol as “ALICE”. The elementary schools refers to this as a “Safety Drill”.

Prior to the drill, all Kindergartners will meet with me and Cindy Sheridan-Curran to discuss what it means to be a “PAL” - which stands for Pause, look for a safe Adult, and Listen to instructions. There will be comparisons made to the fire drills they have already experienced. We will explain that during the drill they will either stay in their classrooms or leave the building, depending on what they hear on the PA. You can view a copy of the presentation to students here: APS Elementary PALs Presentation

Information on the public announcement made on the day of the drill will include the words “This is a drill” and then a scenario will be read over the PA. This announcement will NOT include the words weapon, gun or knife. It will simply say, “An unsafe situation is occurring (details about where in the building)” and a specific location will be shared for adults. Your students will be prepared and will have the opportunity to talk about the drill before and after it is complete.

We strongly encourage students to be in attendance for these first experiences with A.L.I.C.E. We plan to provide a safe and stress free experience where students can practice for an important emergency situation, as well as meet the first responders who keep our neighborhood safe.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or speak directly with your child’s teacher.


Thad Dingman
Principal, Dallin Elementary

Dallin ALICE Drill Parent Letter

If you need this document translated, please call your child’s school principal - Si necesita este documento traducido, por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo - Se você precisa este documento traduzido, entre em contato com a escola do ses filho - Si vous avez besoin de traduire ce document, s'il vous plaît contacter l'école de votre enfant - 如果你需要这份文件翻译,请联系您的孩子的学校 - ،إذا كنت تحتاج /تحتاجين إلى ترجمة هذه الوثيقة إلى اللغة العربية يرجى الاتصال بمدرسة طفلك/طفلتك

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Dallin Family Survey

The Dallin PTO and School Council are interested in learning more about your experiences at Dallin Elementary. The following survey will help to gauge Dallin’s family engagement practices, as well as its current level of parent participation.

The survey will take approx. 10 minutes. Your responses will be collected anonymously, will be reported only in the aggregate, and will be used to inform our school improvement plan.

Please complete one survey per household (i.e. you do not need to fill out multiple surveys if you have more than one child, and parents/guardians living within the same household should not fill out multiple surveys).

At the end of the survey, you will be directed to a separate form where you can enter a drawing to win a $50 gift card from

The link for the survey is:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. The survey will be close at the end of next week.


Thad Dingman
Principal, Dallin Elementary

FINAL PTO MEETING for 2016-2017 School Year

Everyone is invited to attend the final PTO meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. The meeting will take place on Thursday May 25th at 7 pm in the school library. Among the items being discussed will be an upcoming survey put out by the PTO and School Council and a curricular enrichment opportunity. We will also be honoring our retiring board members.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
~ Your PTO Board

Dallin Hiring Teams - Parent Representatives

Hello Dallin families,

This spring, Dallin will be interviewing and hiring educators to support the educational programming at Dallin Elementary for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

This includes an Assistant Principal, and classroom and special education teachers.

I will be looking to invite several parents to join these hiring committees. Ideally, teams will be made up of parents who represent the diversity of experience at Dallin - including age of children, the length of experience and time as a Dallin parent, cultural diversity, gender diversity, involvement at Dallin, and other.

If you would like to be considered, please send an email to me directly with the subject line - Dallin Hiring Team - Parent Rep. Please include your daytime availability and the name of your child (or children).

The first opportunity will be this Friday, May 26th from 7:45 am to 2:00 pm as a parent representative on the Assistant Principal Hiring Team.

There will be future opportunities moving forward. Parents must be available during the school day to be considered.


Thad Dingman
Principal, Dallin Elementary
185 Florence Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
ph: 781-316-3722
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