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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


November 27, 2011

November Newsletter

Social Work News

Hope everyone is off to a great school year! Thanks to all the parents that came for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Communication between home and school is one of the best things you can do to encourage your child to succeed in school. You are your child’s primary teacher! Remember to ask about your child’s day and check that homework is being completed. Having a special area at home for doing homework and having a homework “kit” with supplies (pencils, erasers, colored pencils, scissors, markers, etc…) can simplify that task.

Our Social Skills Lessons (SSL) time has been devoted to healthy habits, learning about our bodies (heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, and intestines), and being safe with medicines or poisons. The older students are also learning about drugs and alcohol and how they affect your body.

If you have a child in grades 1, 3, or 5 you will be receiving a letter in the next few weeks about the Child Advocacy Center speaking to classes. An educator with the agency talks to children about their bodies and that the only time another person should touch your body is to keep you clean and healthy. The language and content is very age appropriate and they do send a booklet home with the students. This is a great opportunity to have some dialogue with your child. Participation in the program is voluntary and a letter with the dates and a place to sign if you choose NOT to have your child participate will be come home.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. VanSandt Social Worker Dubois Elementary School (217) 525-3204 kathvs@springfield.k12.il.us