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January 22, 2024

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024

Principal’s Message

There are many special things about the middle school years, with developing social skills being toward the top of the list. Every day, our kids are navigating both positive and challenging social situations, peer and media influence, and hopefully, recognizing and accepting positive support to assist them in their social growth. A big part of working in a middle school is helping our students treat each other with respect and kindness.

January 22-26 is the designated week of the national initiative called “The Great Kindness Challenge.” This is an idea that many schools and organizations choose to participate in, to challenge students and staff to practice and acknowledge acts of kindness toward others.  The purpose of Great Kindness Challenge Week is to focus on recognizing and finding ways to show kindness toward others and ourselves, in and outside of our school. The goal is to use small, kind acts to create even more positive relationships, and an overall healthy school and community environment.

Here at Danforth, we’re participating in The Great Kindness Challenge for the second year in a row, as a compliment to our TexanROOTS program. Each Danforth student will receive a GKC checklist of suggested kind acts (link below). Students are challenged to complete at least 10 acts on the checklist and turn it in on Friday to show how they can make a positive difference at school. We will also share a small “challenge” each day during Texan Time, encouraging students to practice kindness toward themselves and others, such as creating a gratitude list or giving sincere compliments. Students’ participation in the GKC checklist and daily small challenges is optional and completely voluntary, but I’m hoping all will benefit from this week of commitment to the positive aspects of treating each other with respect, value, and kindness.

I hope you have a wonderful week, and as always, thank you for taking some time to read our weekly DJH newsletter.

Christi Moeller, Principal

https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/2023-2024-GKC-Checklist-SE-English.pdf

 

In the Next Few Days:

 

Mon., Jan. 22–Boys’ Basketball: 7th grade @ home vs. Fredericksburg; 8th grade @ Fredericksburg

Thurs., Jan. 25–Girls’ Basketball: 7th grade @ home vs. Fredericksburg; 8th grade @ Fredericksburg

Saturday, Jan. 27–District Academic UIL Meet @ Danforth (please see information below if your student is participating)

 

Looking Ahead:

 

Friday, Feb. 9–Danforth Winter Dances (please see information below)

 

More detailed info about other Danforth activities

 

School ID tags–Parents, please encourage and remind your DJH student to wear his/her student ID on a lanyard around the neck every day. This is such an important safety issue. The tags allow students access into buildings around campus throughout the day and help our staff ensure that DJH stays safe and secure. We are currently experiencing a high number of students requesting temporary ID stickers each morning. If your student loses his/her ID, a new one can be ordered for $5.00. Thank you for your support with  this!

 

January Cafeteria Menu:

 

DF-JAN 2024 Menu-Final.pdf

 

Academic UIL Contest: Saturday, January 27 at Danforth

If your student is on an Academic UIL team, please see the attached UPDATED information sheet about the upcoming competition at Danforth on Saturday, January 27.

  • Check-in is at Danforth at 8:15 AM on Saturday morning. Students may enter through the front doors.
  • The concession stand will be open from 9:00-1:30. Pizza meal deals for lunch are available for $5, or your student can bring lunch. Snacks, drinks, and breakfast items will also be available at the concession stand. Thank you, Danforth PTO, for running our concession stand!

 

UIL Parent Letter for UIL Meet January 2024 (Updated)

UIL Parent Note (Espanol)

 

 

 

Danforth PTO Announcement: Danforth Dances