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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

Note From The Assistant Principal:

March 6, 2012

Dubois Families,

The staff at Dubois is asking YOUR help with talking to your children about bullying. If a child feels unsafe, he/she should always find a staff member and report the incident.

The Olweus Foundation defines bullying as any aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions, a pattern of behaviors that are repeated over time, and an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can be physical (hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, etc…) verbal (name calling, spreading rumors, etc…), social isolation (not including certain children in a group), or using technology (cyber bullying).

Bullying is sometimes difficult to detect unless your child tells someone about it. Parents might notice kids acting differently, including anxiety, change in appetite or sleep patterns, or failure to enjoy activities they typically like. Additionally, kids might seem moodier or more easily upset than usual, or when they start avoiding certain situations. It is important to advise kids not to respond to bullying by fighting or bullying back. It can quickly escalate into violence and someone getting injured.

Here at Dubois, we teach kids to ignore and walk away from someone if they can. Use an “I” message to let the bully know you don’t like their behavior. An example is “I don’t like when you call me names because it makes me angry. Please stop calling me names!”. If that doesn’t work the child is to notify an adult. If at any time a student is in physical danger, then they should let an adult know immediately.

Staff cannot deal with a bullying situation, if we are not made aware of it. Together, let’s teach our children how to be safe both at school and away from school.

Thank you for taking the time to keep Dubois and your neighborhood safe.

Thank You For Caring,

Mrs. M.C. Medley Assistant Principal