Parent Education: Cyber Civics Sep 13

Parent Education: Join us on Wednesday, September 13th to discuss one of the most important issues facing our children today. Diana Graber, the developer of Cyber Civics curriculum and founder of Cyber Wise will present at DMS from 6-7:30pm. Parents of children of all ages are welcome to attend. No childcare available. Children may not attend nor be unattended on campus. 

Diana Graber is a media producer who has an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change and authored a paper New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE). You can learn more about Diane online at

Our Cyber Civics curriculum help students develop the life skills they need to become wise and competent citizens of a digital world. These skills are best taught in the classroom, face-to-face, without technology (media literacy experts agree the most important skills are social and behavioral skills!). That’s how they negotiate the social norms they take into their digital spaces.

RSVP for Cyber Civics

Lunch Orders Online – Sep 2017

Lunch orders are now online! Orders for the week must be in by MONDAY MORNING BY 9AM. Please select your option–if you don’t want lunch that day, you may leave it blank. One form per student.

Please note for September: NO LUNCHES SEPT 5th – 8th as HS will be on their trip. We have numerous half days and days off throughout the school year. Make a note of what days you have ordered for!

September Lunch Orders

Solar Eclipse Precautions – Aug 21

Monday, August 21st will be a total solar eclipse in parts of the country when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun. It will only be a partial eclipse here, as the moon will only appear to block part of the sun. View this Phoenix Eclipse animation for reference.

Although it is always unsafe to look at the sun, it can be especially dangerous during an eclipse because you may not know that damage is occurring. As we do not have a supply of viewing glasses for every student, we need to make it clear that no one should try to look at the eclipse directly at the school. Children should not bring viewing glasses to school as they will not be allowed to use them.

For more information on the risks of looking directly at the sun, please see this Scientific American informational article, “Science Says Why We Can’t Look at the Sun,” by Rachael Rettner at Parents should talk to their older children about the eclipse, the dangers of looking directly at the sun and the potential damage that looking at the sun can cause to their eyes.

However, I am mindful that telling students not to look only tempts them! It may be best for younger children, early childhood and up to grades 2 or 3, not to bring it to their particular attention in advance. At the 63% maximum occultation here in Phoenix, there will not be a very deep darkening outside, certainly nothing like the spectacular impression within full shadow of the total eclipse. There will be another partial eclipse visible here in Phoenix in 2024, when they would be better able to appreciate what is happening.

The start of school and pickup will not be affected as the partial eclipse will begin here at 9:14 am and end by noon. It is likely that there will only be a particularly noticeable shadow after 10:00 am when 50% coverage is approached. It will reach the maximum blockage of 63% at 10:33 am when children would otherwise be out for morning break.

Early Childhood will be inside during this time as is their normal schedule. Grades will be kept in throughout break, except to go to the bathroom. An online viewing is being organized in middle school and high school.

I wish you a safe eclipse on Monday. And positive outcomes thereafter!

Charles D. Burkam, J.D.
Executive Director

Volunteer in the Garden

Help Bobi Catch Up with our Runaway Weeds. All the rain has helped our garden grow–only it has helped the weeds even more! If you have even an extra half-hour in the morning or, for those who really like to sweat, come early and pull weeds before pick-up. Help is also needed Wednesday evenings, since it is still too hot to schedule the classes for Wednesday garden nights! Come, enjoy and help build community.

Complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Form

Help DMS get funding & complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Form. If you did not get a chance to complete this form at your Parent Meeting please do so now.

Even though we do not have a lunch program, this information is used to determine if DMS will receive federal funding including grants for programs and campus development. All information is kept confidential. Please complete this form and return it to the school office, or email it back to Deana Douglas, no later than September 29th.

If all DMS families return this form it could actually be a first step toward making an affordable daily school lunch program a reality. This is an essential federal form that we need for our records. Government funding above and beyond what we already receive is based largely on need as measured by the “Free and Reduced Lunch Form”. The first step in determining our eligibility for funding is to have a complete and accurate profile of our entire student population. So get your form in today!


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