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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


February 27, 2011

Dear parents,

It’s that time of year again. Spring is around the corner. We want to make sure that our students are still prepared for the changing weather. It is better to dress in layers for warmth and as the weather gets warmer some of the layers can be taken off and the students will still be dressed for the right type of weather. It is better to be over prepared than under prepared.

I would like to remind parents that in March we will have our ISAT test. In preparation for these tests we want our students to be roaring and ready to put forth their best efforts. The ISAT Preparation Program is specifically designed to help students master the content specified in the Illinois Learning Standards. The Learning Standards enables students to improve their performance in reading, language, and math skills. It also proves that teachers/schools are teaching essential skills so students are prepared and can be successful in work and personal life. The ISAT measures student progress from fall to spring and from grade to grade. It tells students and teachers what students have learned and what they still need to learn to be successful in middle school, high school, in the workplace, in their personal life, and as American citizens.

Since we all want our children to succeed, we need to ensure that they are doing their best and getting the best encouragement from us. You can do a few things to help ensure that your child is prepared to take the test.

A. Get plenty of sleep. Most kids need an average of 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Sleep gives growing bodies the rest they need.

B. Eat a good breakfast before school or at school before a test.  Food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus.

C. Stay relaxed and confident.

D. Parental Encouragement - Students work better when parents encourages them to relax and do the best they can on the test.

Mary Medley
Assistant Principal