Dear Dayton Oaks Families,
To coin a sports phrase, “We are now at the bottom of the ninth.” During this time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the logistics and scheduling of the many events at DOES. We understand the frantic nature of this time of year. It can also be a time to sit back and reflect on the many ways our students have demonstrated their love for learning and their accomplishments. Over the past couple of weeks we have experienced the wonderful talents of our musicians, whether they are vocal, orchestral or in band. These students have demonstrated the importance of persistence and practice. We are so proud of all our students who take up an activity that will enable them to grow and learn, and that they stick with. We have also seen the creativity associated with the enrichment fair, the pride first graders felt at out Author’s Tea, the real-life learning experiences during the Biztown field trip. These are just a few ways our students engage in learning designed to help them grow academically and social-emotionally at Dayton Oaks. Thank you for your many contributions to our school.
Lastly, I would like to recognize Ms. Hammer who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Ms. Patricia Hammer has taught full-time vocal/general music at Dayton Oaks and directs our wonderful chorus. She will be completing her 31st year of teaching music and will be starting a new chapter with her family. She has loved her eight years at Dayton Oaks and will be missed. She has been nominated for four Howie Awards by the Howard County Arts Council in the categories of Outstanding Arts Educator and Outstanding Artist, and is recognized throughout the music community for her contributions. Ms. Hammer has two grown children and two granddaughters, whom she looks forward to spending time with. Please join me in wishing Ms. Hammer a happy retirement!
Have a great week!
Nigel La Roche Adrienne Williams-McKinney
Principal Assistant Principal