DBFE Participates in Univision’s Club de Libros

Univision 23 hosts a campaign entitled, Club de Libros, where students of all ages, from M-DCPS schools are featured. These students partake in bilingual reading with the segment’s education reporters, Maria Fernanda Lopez and Amanda Ramirez. The mini-segments are broadcast during the station’s morning show Noticias 23 Al Amanecer.

A group of Mr. Gasteli’s Spanish students has been featured in these segments. Click the video links below to view:

Congrats to our DBFE Spanish speakers and to Mr. Gasteli — Great job! 😀


“Fall Into a Good Book” Bookmark Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following students who won our Fall Into a Good Book Bookmark Contest:










Veterans’ Day: Monday, Nov. 11th

Today, we celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


History of Veterans Day

(Excerpt from The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs)

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The first Veterans Day was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. Currently, Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

(Credit: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp)

November is Florida Parental Involvement Month

2009ParentMonthLogo_webThe Florida Department of Education has designated November as Florida Parental Involvement Month to celebrate the role parents play in their child’s education.

It’s proven that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. Research shows that there is a direct connection between parental involvement and high student achievement, regardless of family income or background. Students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates, as well as better school attendance, increased motivation and self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, and fewer instances of violent behavior.

A calendar of suggested daily activities parents can do with their children from the Office of Parental Involvement.

A calendar of suggested daily activities parents can do with their children from the Office of Parental Involvement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE.)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by both schools and families, as evidenced by the Board’s policy on parent involvement and its long history of collaboration with parents. Additionally, the partnership with Florida PTA and the Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs provides parents with a forum to advocate as one voice and collectively influence the decisions that affect their children.

As Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Dante B. Fascell Elementary School observe Florida Parental Involvement Month, we hope all parents get involved, stay informed, and continue to make their children’s education a top priority.

November 2nd: Curriculum Expo

On Saturday, November 2nd, DBFE attended the Curriculum Expo for the John A. Ferguson Senior High feeder pattern. Hundreds of students and their parents came by to learn about the many programs offered by neighborhood M-DCPS schools.

A special thanks to the teachers and PTA members who joined us in representing our school! 🙂

Below is a photo recap of the event:

Available in November: Deferred Action Clinics

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M-DCPS would like to inform staff, parents, and students of available Deferred Action Clinics via the attached flyer from the Students Working For Equal Rights (S.W.E.R.) Organization. These clinics will offer undocumented students 15 years or older with free help completing immigration paperwork to qualify for a work permit and driver’s license.
The clinics will take place in November on scheduled Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at different locations.

For more information, please visit http://fldream.swer.org/.