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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


April 20, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it is April already! The unseasonably warm weather has proven a challenge to all of us to keep the students focused and ready to learn.

During this month we are going to have a number of activities to promote positive behavior and continue to educate against bullying. Some of the activities will include a school wide assembly, workshops by grade level to address what bullying is and isn’t, another “teacher auction” where students earn tickets by displaying positive behavior and can “buy” time to do a special activity with a staff member. I am also teaching bystander empowerment and positive choice making in my social skills lessons (SSL) with each class.

As we promote positive behavior we also ask that you spend time during break and the coming months to reinforce this with your own children. Remember you are your child’s number one teacher!

Parents can play a central role to preventing bullying and stopping it when it happens. Here are a few things you can do.

- Teach kids to solve problems without violence and praise them when they do.

- Give children positive feedback when they behave well to help their build self-esteem. Help give them the self confidence to stand up for what they believe in.

- Ask your children about their day. Open the lines of communication.

- If you see any bullying, stop it right away, even if your child is the one doing the bullying.

- Encourage your child to help others who need it.

- Don't bully your children or bully others in front of them.

- Support bully prevention programs in your child's school.

Thank you for your support in promoting a positive climate for your child’s education.

Mrs. VanSandt
School Social Worker/Student Support Leader