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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

Note From The Principal:

September 20, 2010

Welcome back to another great year at Dubois Elementary!

We have had a great year so far, which is exciting news considering we have approximately 510 students at Dubois and 35% of them were not at Dubois last year! Additionally we have several new teachers to Dubois who are also learning our routines.  We have had very few kinks to work out and
those that we have had support!
We realize that dismissal time can be somewhat hectic and we appreciate your patience and willingness to park your car a few blocks and walk to pick up your child.  If you do chose to drive your car on Lincoln Street to pick up your child please do not leave your vehicle unattended.  We try to deliver your child to you so the traffic can keep moving.  Additionally, it is very helpful if you keep your childʼs way of transportation home the same if at all possible. We receive approximately 50 calls a day changing the way students get home at night, which can be very confusing for everyone.  We would prefer that all changes of transportation be done in writing rather than on the phone.
Many times parents ask what they can do to help their child at home. Generally the best thing you can do is talk to your child and their teacher about their progress. All teachers have email access and a quick email asking about the progress about your child can pay huge benefits in opening the lines of communication with your childʼs teacher. Additionally, every Tuesday the Dubois folder should come home with your child with a weekʼs full of papers done in class.  Your responsibility is to sign the folder each week and to read the newsletter that is included. Teachers are more than willing to have conversations with parents about student progress and wspecifically needs to be practiced at home to increase achievement.
Lastly, we unfortunately did not make adequate yearly progress on the Illinois State Achievement Test that all 3rd-8th grade students take throughout the state for the second year in a row. I will be discussing this at length at our next PTO meeting and what that means for our school and our teachers. I am convinced that if we work in tandem we will get our students to succeed.
Thanks for your continued support!
Cindy J. Baugher, principal