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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


January 3, 2011

Happy New Year Dubois Families!!

I hope 2011 is a great year for all of us at Dubois Elementary! As we enter the coldest parts of the school year it is important that your children are dressed with heavy coats, hats and gloves. We do go outside when the "feels like" temperature is above 20 degrees so the students can get some exercise. Additionally we have three spots for lost and found - the cafeteria, and both the north and south wing of the main floor. Please check them regularly. Springfield Public Schools seldom cancels school for weather incidents, but when it does you will receive a phone call from the school, it will be on local tv and radio stations, and the district homepage.

Students should arrive at school at 8:10 a.m. if they want to eat breakfast and by 8:25 a.m. if they have eaten at home.  We have an enormous amount of students who are arriving at 8:25 and want to have breakfast which makes them late for class.  Fifteen minutes a day may not seem like much but it adds up to 40 hours of missed instruction for the year when it happens every day.  Most of our teachers begin their day with math and reading instruction as soon as the students get in the door and if your student is late they are missing that every day which puts them at a disadvantage with their peers.  Please make sure your children are at school on time and ready to learn.

We do have our mid year DIBELS assessment the middle of January.  As you may recall, we take this test three times a year to measure our fluency.  Since our initial testing in September, adjustments have been made for where students should be by the middle of the year and therefore the goal is higher than before.  We have had mixed results with this in the past with some grade levels doing markedly better and others being flat.  We have worked very hard on our fluency this past semester so we hope to see great gains in everyone.  You can help by having your child do one minute fluency checks at home with a piece of literature that they are familiar with.

Thank you for your support!

Cindy J. Baugher