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Right to Read Week - May 15-19 CAMP SHARE-A-STORY
Monday, May 15 - Hike to Camp (Wear your hiking boots and camping gear.)
Tuesday, May 16 - Read Around the Rainbow (Each Grade Assigned a Color of the Rainbow)
Wednesday, May 17 - Hats off to Reading (Wear your favorite hat.)
Thursday, May 18 - Don't Feed the Bears! (Wear brown/green/camo.)
Friday, May 19 - Flashlight Friday (Wear Neon or Bright Colors - Bring a flashlight for Reading.) 
Teacher Exemptions
In order to have natural proportions in our classrooms, Defiance Elementary School does not accept teacher requests.  With that being said, we also want to ensure all students have the opportunity to an educational experience that suits their needs.  For this reason, we do allow for teacher exemptions.  If you have a particular teacher you would like to exempt your child from having for the 2017-18 school year, please print one of the forms below and return it to your building principal BEFORE June 16, 2017.
If you have specific questions/concerns, please contact Mrs. Held or Mrs. Myers.
Mentoring Opportunities at DES!
If you would like to spend some quality time with one of our KinderStart-Fifth grade students, we have several mentoring opportunities available to you throughout the school year.   Click on the link below to get started.  We will need you to complete the applicaiton and return it to our Defiance County Mentoring Supervisor.  They will process your application, do a quick background check, offer training and you're all set!  We ask that you visit with your assigned student at least once a month, but encourage once a week (avg. time is 30 minutes).  This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and build the self-esteem of a child at the same time!  Win-Win!
Kindergarten Registration & Screening is OPEN
Our Kindergarten Registration window is now open!  If you missed our April and May screenings, please contact Central Office to enroll your son/daughter.  The number for Central Office is 419-782-0070.
Please begin collecting the following documents to enroll your child:
Social Secuirty Card (or know the number)
Birth Certificate (must be the official document, not the hospital footprint record)
Immunization Record (most students still need their kindergarten boosters)
Custody Papers (if applicable)
Proof of Residency (i.e. driver's license, utility bill, rental agreement) 
Defiance Elementary offers two kindergarten-aged programs to children turning five by September 30, 2017.  We have our early-five program, KinderStart; and our regular kindergarten program.  KinderStart is geared toward students with late spring or summer birthdays. 
We look forward to meeting our new Defiance Elementary students!
Upcoming Events at DES

May 9 - Peter Rabbit Play (Menendez, Shindler, George)

May 11 & 12 - The State Bank Amazing Shake for 4th & 5th graders

May 12 - Grade 3 to Sauder’s Museum

May 15-19 - Right to Read Week

May 16 - Family Literacy Night

May 17 - Grade 4 to Grand Rapids Canal (1/2)

May 19 - Oustanding Student Overnighter - Grades 3, 4 and 5

May 23 - Scheduled Two-Hour Delay - Doors open at 10:30 a.m., 5th Grade MS Visit

May 24 - Grade 5 to Auglaize Village

May 25 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Zoo Field Trips

May 25-26 - Grade 2 to Camp Lakota

May 26 - Grade 4 to Grand Rapids Canal (other ½)

May 29 - NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 30 - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal @ 2:45 p.m.

Defiance City Schools has central registration.  If you need to enroll your child for the 2016-17 school year, please visit our central office located on Arabella St. inside the middle school.  You will need the following information to enroll your child:
Birth Certificate
Social Security Number
Immunization Record
Custody Papers (if applicable) 
Proof of Residency (driver's license, utility bill) 
We look forward to meeting our new Bulldogs!
Hours of Operation and Book Fees
The Defiance Elementary School day runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Our doors unlock at 8:30 a.m. for arrival.
Book fees for elementary students are $52.00.
Defiance City Schools will have scheduled two-hour delays this school year.  These will be on the following Tuesdays:
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 29, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 21, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017 
School will begin at 11:00 a.m. on these scheduled delay days.  Doors will unlock at 10:30 a.m.
K-3 Learning Standards
If you have questions about the detail contained under each category on your child's standards based grade card, please click on this link.  It will direct you to the Ohio Department of Education's website.  You can then select the subject and grade you are interested in viewing:
Grades K-3 do not assign letter grades to students.  All report cards are based on skills listed under each standard.  
Phone Numbers
Elementary  419-785-2260
K-2 Fax         419-785-2261
3-5 Fax          419-785-2262
629 Arabella St.  Defiance, Ohio 43512  |  Phone: 419-782-0070
Defiance High School  |  Phone: 419-784-2777
Defiance Middle School  |  Phone: 419-782-0050
Defiance Elementary  |  Phone: 419-785-2260
Defiance Athletic Department  |  419-784-0102
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Defiance City Schools
629 Arabella Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Call 419-782-0070
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