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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, 4/21/2014
High: 74 Low: 51
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/22/2014
High: 82 Low: 54
Chance thunderstorms
33% chance of precipitation.

**Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Parents,

Have you ever had to bring your child late to school? A lot can happen in just a few minutes in the classroom! If your child is not present, he/she can miss critical minutes of instruction. This can cause your child to become academically frustrated and not master the skills being taught. Not only can being tardy have an effect on the student academically, but also emotionally and psychologically, as it can cause the child to be embarrassed.

We must instill in our children the importance of punctuality at an early age for they will be expected to be on time for various reasons. Not only is being on time essential to the daily functions of the world, but it also demonstrates respect for others.

Time is constant. We cannot gain nor lose time so we must use it most effectively and efficiently as possible. Please make every effort to have your child on time to school and prepared to succeed.

The following tips may be beneficial to ensure your child is equipped and ready for success in school:

  • If you’re on time, then you’re late. People who are on time are people who are early. Make sure your child is early to allow him/her to get settled and be ready for instruction at the sound of the bell. Our instructional day begins at 7:45 a.m. Therefore, students should be in their classrooms and ready to begin work, not walking down the hallway to class.
  • Allow yourself more than enough time to reach your destination. Taking this precautionary measure will still allow your child to be on time even if there is a problem (ex. car accident, inclement weather).
  • Set your watch/clocks 5-10 minutes fast. This psychological trick will ensure that you’re on time if you’re disciplined enough to go by it.
  • Give yourself (and your child) an ample amount of time to get dressed in the mornings. This may mean getting up a little earlier.
  • Get enough rest (for students and parents). Everyone is guilty of hitting the snooze button so make sure you get enough rest to be energized for the next day.

Our mission at Doby’s Mill is to provide a learning environment that empowers our students with knowledge and skills to become self-disciplines, responsible, and productive citizens. Ensuring that students are in class before the start of school daily plays a great part in fulfilling our mission. If there are special circumstances that hinder you from getting your child to school on time, please contact the school office at (803) 438-4055. We must work together to make a positive difference in all children’s lives!

In Dolphin Pride,


Ginger Catoe


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.  


Congratulations to our 2013-2014
Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Amanda Cook!

Congratulations to our 2013-2014
Reading Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Mary Catoe!

Quote of the Month

“Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." ~ Mark Twain

April Faculty Birthdays

2) Debra Wescott; 19) April Dixon

Let us know what you think!
Please email us your comments, concerns, questions, and suggestions about DME through our DME Suggestion Box
We want to hear from you! 

OrganWise Guys

Nuts are an April Foods of the Month and are the perfect size for snacking! Not only are nuts portable because they are small, but they are also an excellent snack option because of their nutritional content. Nuts are full of good fats so they help us feel fuller longer. When we mix nuts with fruit, the combination is delicious AND nutritious.Here are our favorite nut and fruit combo snacks. Try one today!

Trail Mix - With dried fruit and nuts, this snack is an excellent choice for kids and families on-the-go. Simply mix your favorite nuts and fruit together in a plasic bag, shake, and eat!

Nut, Fruit and Cheese Plate - Have you ever eaten a combo of nuts, fruit and cheese before? The salty nuts, the sweet fruit, and the savory cheese is a perfect combination. Try out a nut, fruit and cheese plate of your own with walnuts, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, and pears. Yum!

Nutty Nachos - these apple “nachos” an an excellent snack or dessert. Simply slice apples thinly (they are your nacho “chips”) then top with a drizzle of peanut butter, chopped nuts, and a few dark chocolate chips. Microwave for 45 seconds and you have yourself a decadent snack. We loved the end result:

nutty nachos

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

Monday, April 21
Joint PTA/SIC Luncheon
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 25
K-2 Field Day
Hats for Heroes
Arbor Day
Tuesday, April 29
Sonic Night
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 30
Interim Reports

Parent's Corner

Book Buzz by Ginger Catoe and Betsy Long

South Carolina & the Common Core State Standards Initiative 

Common Core State Standards

Family-Friendly Guides to South Carolina Academic Standards

Parent Symbaloo

DME Peek at PASS PowerPoint

Guiding Ideas for Parents

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 Behavior Focus: Showing Self-Control

April Character Words:
Sense of Humor:a quality that makes people laugh or feel amused
Flexibility:willingness to change or compromise

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.