Student Life at Dows Lane

  • Daily Schedule:  7:45AM-2:15PM, class begins at 8:00AM. You can find more information regarding Arrival and Dismissal here:  Arrival & Dismissal 


    • Birthdays:  If your child would like to celebrate a birthday in school, please contact your child's teacher for more details. Due to many students with severe food allergies, we respectfully request that you send in a special treat only for your child. We are following a practice of not sharing food in order to keep everyone safe. Please do not send in party favors or candles. 
    • Holiday Celebrations: We encourage staff and students to celebrate all holidays with students. We read books, share music, dance, and do crafts. Due to many students with severe food allergies, we respectfully request that you do not send in any food for the class (unless parents are present to supervise their children).  We are following a practice of not sharing food in order to keep everyone safe.  
    • Halloween:  Children are allowed to wear costumes to school that do not require adult support.  No weapons or masks are allowed. Face painting is acceptable as long as your child can be identified. All classes visit our PTSA Halloween fun stations. 
    • Bulldog Day:  Bulldog Day is our annual Kindergarten-3rd grade half-day event filled with games and activities.  All students participate in field day events and a school-wide dance party. The Irvington Police Departments hosts a dance party to culminate the day! Bulldog Day takes place in early June.
    • End of Year Celebrations:  Each grade level culminates with an end of year picnic or party.  Weather permitting, we encourage these events take place outside.
    • Third Grade Moving Up Day:  This third grade event is designed to mark the end to the Dows Lane journey and celebrate the transition to Main Street School.  This ceremony is followed by a third grade family picnic.
    • Music Concerts:  First grade and third grade classes perform for their families as part of our music program.

    Daily Snack:
    At Dows Lane we believe that healthy eating directly supports brain development and the ability for children to sustain attention and learn throughout the day. A daily healthy snack is a vital part of each day at our school.

    We do not permit children to bring toys to school.  This includes any type of electronic toy, collectibles, etc. We recognize that some children may need an item on the bus for personal or soothing reasons.  This is allowed, however the item must be kept in a backpack for the day. If a class is holding a special event or celebration, the teacher will communicate what is allowed.  

    Personal Electronic Device Use:
    We value the use of technology to enrich learning and are continuing to strive to identify more opportunities for its integration. We want to support our children in making good decisions and managing impulsivity with personal devices.  This is an opportunity to coach our children about acceptable use of electronic devices and respecting privacy of others. The use of devices such as interactive watches to take pictures or record peers with or without consent can be an invasion the privacy or prove to be a distraction in our learning environment.  

    If a student is found using a device to take pictures or record a video, he/she may lose the privilege of wearing or bringing the device to school.  The device may be taken and returned only to a family member.   

    Dress Code:  
    Every day, students are encouraged to dress appropriately, free of distraction for learning and play.  Sneakers are preferred.

    • Outdoor Recess: During cold temperature months, outdoor recess is a daily decision. We believe that students should go outside for fresh air, even when it's cold.

    Our children LOVE to be outside! On cold weather days, please dress your child appropriately for outdoor play. Please provide your child with layers - hat, scarf, gloves and appropriate jacket.   

    • Physical Education Dress Code:  In order to ensure the safety of our students, sneakers must be worn on days when your child has Physical Education.  Please do not send your child in with slip-on shoes or sandals. Your child will be unable to participate in Physical Education unless sneakers are worn. Children should also be comfortably dressed for physical activities such as jumping and climbing. We suggest wearing tights or shorts under dresses or skirts.  

    Lost and Found:  
    All lost and found items can be found in the main atrium near the library.  

    Enrichment Program:
    During the school year, Dows Lane partners with afterschool enrichment programs to bring additional learning opportunities to our students. Please see up-to-date communication from the after school organizations.

    School Supplies:
    School supplies lists are sent home with summer mailing.  The service, 1st Day School Supplies Kits, are the exact school supplies your child’s teacher has requested (by grade level). 

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    Character Education, Habits of Mind, and Mindfulness:
    The Character Committee’s belief at Dows Lane is that certain core values are the basis of good character. We believe that values such as respect, responsibility, self-control, and honesty are necessary to become valuable members of the Dows Lane community and greater society. By focusing on these four character traits, we hope to shape each child’s attitude regarding good character and give them the courage to act responsibly in a variety of situations. We recognize this can only be done by engaging all members of the school staff along with parents in this endeavor. Our goal is to provide a fair and caring environment where students take ownership of their role in our community by utilizing these values and becoming active participants in ways to make the school a place where good character is recognized and valued.

    Monthly Character Education Themes:

    September:  Community
    October:  Thinking Interdependently
    November:  Actions
    December:  Managing Impulsivity
    January:  Fairness
    February:   Thinking Flexibily
    March:  Ownership
    April:  Striving For Accuracy
    May:  Persistence
    June:  Self-Awareness

    Across the year, as an overarching theme, children will learn about mindfulness. Mindfulness means focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and actions. We believe that by teaching into mindfulness, students have a deeper understanding of our Character Education themes each month and develop their own sense of self in a larger community.