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  • Halloween Costume Do's and Don'ts  pumpkin image

    • Please - no masks worn (on the face or pulled up on the head), no head coverings, or full face paint; we always need to see faces.
    • Please - no depictions of blood, guts, violence, or any gruesome attire.
    • Please - no weapons of any kind.  This includes play weapons, ligh sabers, bows and arrows.
    • Please - minimize the use of face paint for cleanup purpose.
    • Influence your children to have fun with costume choices, but keep it mild knowing that we will have lots of impressionable young minds.   

                 In other words, please save the scary stuff for Trick-or-Treating!



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  • What School Could Be

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    This summer, the staff at Dalton spent time reading Ted Dintersmith's book titled What School Could Be.  This book highlights Ted's personal journey touring each of the 50 states in one year.  Dintersmith originally set out to raise awareness about the need to reimagine education in our nation, but as he toured each state, he met teachers that were creatively innovating classrooms.  The students learned deeply as they gained purpose, agency, essential skills, and real-world knowledge.  This year, our staff is breaking apart these concepts through the acronym P.E.A.K.  We seek to bring an innovative mindset to Dalton.  


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  • Kindergarten is Changing at Dalton!

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     Things will look a little different in the Dalton kindergarten classes for the 2019-2020 school year. We will introduce full-day tuition-based kindergarten, as well as one PM kindergarten class. 


    What is tuition-based full-day kindergarten?

    Full-day kindergarten expands upon the traditional half-day kindergarten program to a full day, and parents pay tuition for their child to attend. Students attend from 10:00 am-3:30 pm on Mondays and 9:00 am-3:30 pm on Tuesdays-Fridays. All children enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which the child enrolls.


    What is the cost of the tuition-based full-day kindergarten?

    Tuition Payment Plans

    Annual Tuition                                            $2,475.00

    Monthly Tuition                                          $275.00 per month

    Monthly tuition will be paid by direct withdrawal from bank account.


    How do I sign my child up for tuition-based full-day kindergarten?

    When you enroll your child in the kindergarten program, you will have an opportunity to indicate whether you prefer the full-day or half-day program for your child. If you prefer the full-day section, you will need to fill out an additional application included in the registration packet. If more families would like full day kindergarten for their children than spaces are available, a lottery system will be used, and a wait list will be established.


    Early Kindergarten Entrance



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    • Dear Dalton Families,

      John Maxwell once said, “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” It is in this spirit I begin my second year as principal of Dalton Elementary School. As a resident of Dalton Gardens and current parent of two Dalton Dragons, I have a vested, long-term interest in the success of the school; I am thrilled to be a part of the strong Dalton team!

      Prior to becoming an administrator, I spent twelve-and-a-half years in the classroom, eleven of which were at Canfield Middle School teaching eighth grade language arts. I began my teaching career in Buckeye, Arizona, teaching seventh grade language arts. For four years before taking the helm at Dalton in 2018-19, I served as a vice principal at Ramsey Magnet School of Science (2014-15) and Canfield Middle School (2015-18). At both schools, I had the opportunity to grow under effective principals and develop my administrative skills. Three core values help me balance my instructional and organizational leadership: the fostering of relationships, a focus on teaching and learning, and a commitment to continual improvement.

      Just as I did in the classroom as a teacher, I strive to lead Dalton with high expectations, warm rapport, consistent visibility, and regular communication. I hope to know all of our Dalton families. I also hope you partner with the Dalton staff and me to create fertile ground for your child to reach his/her fullest potential: a kind, hard-working, and strategic reader, thinker, and learner who has a growth mindset and shows some grit during challenging lessons. We cannot do it without you! As a staff, we will work hard to create a safe, positive learning environment. As a school leader, I will be visible as often as I can in classrooms, hallways, lunchroom, playground, and pick up lines to get to know our students and families, to ensure safety, and to assess learning and growth. I will also be a learner alongside our staff and students. I expect all of us—myself included—to continue to grow and develop. To that end for the 2019-20 school year, our staff will read What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith and examine ways we can make our lessons more innovative, putting students at the center of learning and helping them develop agency.

      Dalton is a special school. I hope you feel the sense of family and the positive vibe palpable in our halls when you visit. Enjoy the student work that adorns our hallways. Enjoy the happy buzz of learning. Our hallways are frequently filled with our amazing families, Watch Dog Dads included, who take time to help out in the classroom and during special school or grade-level events. Because of the strong partnership, the sky is the limit for our achievement. Again, we could not do it without you!

      I look forward to working with you during the 2019-20 school year. Together, let’s make it one of remarkable learning for our students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, kudos, or ideas.

      With gratitude,

      Jody Hiltenbrand


      Dalton Elementary School 




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