Catch the W.A.V.E. - Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence
DME's Awards and Honors
 Palmetto's Finest School

Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

 Exemplary Writing School

 Red Carpet School

SC School of Character

  National School of Character

Farm to School

Promising Practice School 
"Beaming Beacons of Good Character"

Promising Practice School 
"Brain Sparks"

PBIS Ribbon Award

Palmetto Gold Award

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Today, 11/26/2014
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Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Parents,

So, you just got home from school, opened your child's Thursday folder, and are settling in to begin homework, cook dinner, and get the night's activities in gear.  Whew!  Already tired, huh?  

For me, as a parent, homework sure does seem much different than it was when I was in school.  Recently, I had a conversation with a parent about homework and its importance which prompted my writing this column.  

A recent report published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals featured the importance of effective homework help and routines.  For instance, "students with parents who are involved in their child's education are more likely to earn higher grades, adapt well to school, and pass their classes."  However, what is the difference from being involved with helping with a child's homework versus interfering with a child's homework. Now, that is a touchy subject.  

So, I researched some strategies that can help us all as parents:

1.  Create conditions conducive to learning.  Make sure that your child has a quiet, well-lit space to do work, away from the TV or other distractions.

2.  Help your child learn time management.  Set a time each day for doing homework and plan ahead to tackle big projects.

3.  Be positive.  Be encouraging if your child becomes frustrated with new or difficult material.

4. Guide, don't do.  Don't do homework for your child. In fact, when your child does homework, you should do work, too.  This shows your child that the skills he/she is learning are related to adult responsibilities.

5. Brainstorm together. Challenge your child to think of ideas which can be done to complete projects.

6. Stay informed.  Be sure to stay connected to your child's teacher and your child's friends so that you have a "lifeline" if your child is struggling with a specific topic or skill.

Yes, homework is important.  It is assigned to reinforce skills taught in school each day.  It is an extension of the classroom learning. I truly understand and empathize that some of this material is difficult.  My high school son is taking Calculus, and I can't help him at all. It's frustrating.  

However, your teachers and I are here to help your child in any way possible. Please make sure that you check and sign your child's agenda book each day!  This is a powerful home-school connection to keeping us all informed!  Let us know if we can help in any way! 

As always, I thank you for your continued support!  

Ginger Catoe


Information taken from "Report to Parents: Effective 

All campus visitors will need a state issued ID (ie. license) to scan upon arriving to campus before entering the building.  This ID will be scanned and a visitor's sticker will be printed using the information on the ID.  If anyone has questions, concerns, or feedback, please let me know.  As always, safety is our number one priority!  Please be patient as we implement this new system of signing in visitors.

Ginger Catoe, Principal

Reading Teacher of the Year
 Mary Anne Catoe

Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe, 1st grade teacher,
 for being selected as this year’s Doby’s Mill Reading Teacher of the Year! 

2013 National School of Character Award - Washington, D.C.

Dolphin Alert

Fantastic news:  Doby's Mill Elementary School received an A on our School Report Card!
Checkout this short podcast for important information concerning changes related to Common Core. 

Quote of the Month

~November Quote~

“Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
staying together is success.” 
- Henry Ford

November Faculty Birthdays:
3) Stephanie Desjarlais; 5) Bonnie Luke; 15) Amy Faulk;
17) Helen Walker; 25) Kitty Ashley; 30) Becky Thrall

District Information

Meal Benefits - Apply Online
Meal Benefits - Check Status Online

Parents - Need eChalk Parent Account Help?  Fill out the "eChalk Help for Parents" form and we'll get right back to you with assistance!

Parent's Corner

IXL Math Login  - link is also for IXL Reading (grades 2-5)

Parent Symbaloo



PBIS behavior focus: Being thankful, ready to show appreciation for kindness

Gratitude – the quality or feeling of being grateful and thankful

DME continues to take great pride in building character and will highlight a pillar of character each month. Students will develop this pillar of character through classroom discussions, assemblies, and school-wide projects, such as service learning projects and participation in our Relay for Life team.  

Please remember that students are not to be dismissed between 2:00 pm and dismissal.  If a student must be dismissed early, please pick him/her up before 2:00 pm and bring a medical note when he/she returns the next day.  Thank you!

Parent Portal Information

The attached information is an instruction sheet to assist in logging in to the updated version of the portal. Your 
user name and passwords are the same ones that were given to them when they first signed up. If you lose this information, you must come in person to receive it again. If you have never received their student's user name and password, you must also come in person with identification to receive it.  Please feel free to contact Lori Robinson at  or by phone at (803) 438-4055 ext. 8458 with questions about Parent Portal.

Please be reminded that according to the KCSD discipline code, toy guns are never allowed at school.  Thank you for your cooperation to make this a great year at DME!

Check List for Success

Dobys Mill Checklist for Success
  • Ask if nightly homework is completed (math, spelling, reading    Monday through Thursday)
  • Sign nightly homework. 
  • Quiz spelling words (or math facts).  
  • Check the agenda book for comments or extra assignments. 
  • Sign the agenda book. 
  • See all returned material in the Thursday folder. If there is no work in the folder, send a note to the teacher to find out if anything was returned.  
  • Sign and return the folder. 
  • Read the class newsletter. 
  • Sign and return the ticket stating that the newsletter was read. 
  • Read the school newsletter for important facts, when interim and report cards are being sent home, or other valuable news.  
  • Read to or with your child nightly.
 (Provided for parents and students by the Faculty/Staff of DME)

Bus Transportation

If you have any transportation issues or concerns, please contact the transportation office at 803-438-2135.                     

Visitors from Around the World

Let's see where our visitors this school year are located in the world. Check out the archives to see how many visitors visited last year.