Think Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness
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, 10/31/2014
High: 68 Low: 44
Mostly clear
1% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/1/2014
High: 48 Low: 43
Chance rain showers
58% chance of precipitation.

Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Dolphin Families,

This is always one of my favorite weeks of the school year because all week at DME we have celebrated National Grandparents Week. Did you know that in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a law making Grandparents Day a day of celebration honoring grandparents; a presidential proclamation later came on September 6, 1979, to make this day official. In fact, it designated Sunday, September 9, 1979, (being the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day”) as National Grandparents Day.

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities, such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or assembly programs. Additionally, many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents. I always tell the students on the WAVE show about how my grandmothers taught me to cook!

This day is also an opportunity for people to appreciate and express their love to their grandparents through kind actions, such as making a phone call or inviting their grandparents for dinner.  At DME, we have celebrated our grandparents and grand-relatives by having Grandparents' Lunch Days all week. 

Our students and teachers have truly enjoyed these midday visits; it's truly an honor to see the grandparents with their students.  I appreciate them taking time from their busy schedules to come and visit to share this precious time with our students!
Respectfully submitted,

Ginger Catoe

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
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

“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?”
– Dennis and Wendy Mannering

October Faculty Birthdays:
12) Shawna Goerlich; 20) Tina Summers;
26) Betsy Long  

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!

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 31
Target READ Mentoring Program
7:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Volunteers Needed
Friday, November 7
Target READ cancelled due to Second Grade Testing
Friday, November 14
Target READ Mentoring Program
7:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Volunteers Needed
Friday, November 21
Target READ Mentoring Program
7:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Volunteers Needed
Friday, December 5
Target READ Mentoring Program
7:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Volunteers Needed

Parent's Corner

Parent Symbaloo



PBIS behavior focus: Showing caring behaviors

Fairness – the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice

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.