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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


September 24, 2012

The Dubois PTO would like to welcome you all to another great school year!! I hope you are all getting back into the swing of things. As we get started this year, we want to pass some information along to you about PTO and some upcoming events. As many of you know, our PTO serves two primary functions, first to raise funds for our school that enable us to support the students and staff, and second to give all families a chance to come together to share ideas. All families are encouraged to come to as many or as few meetings as you can. It’s a great place to meet other families, make new friends, and to learn about what’s going on at Dubois. Coming to a meeting does not mean you will be obligated to do anything. We are just happy to get to know you! We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 6:00 in the school library and child care is provided.


For the third year, Dubois will participate in the monthly Market Day Grocery Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for our school and our families. With both time and money being tight for us all, this is a great way to support our school each month just by purchasing some of your groceries through Market Day. As we all have to feed our families, Market Day is a chance to support the school while buying some of the groceries you would normally buy in the grocery store anyhow. It is our hope that all of our families will at least give it a try. Even if you only purchased one item each month, cumulatively it would have a huge impact on our school. Knowing that we are all so busy and might not have the time to help out the school as much as we would like, if you can only do one thing to help out this school year, please try to place a Market Day order each month. It’s quick, easy and economical and we know you will grow to love it as much as we do.

So here is how Market Day works, each month a flyer will come home with your child. Just browse, pick out what your family will enjoy and place your order. There are different options for ordering and payment. Market Day accepts cash, check, credit cards (if ordering online), and LINK cards. You can either send the paper order back to the school and we will place your order for you, or you can go online. Here you can pre-pay with your credit card or you can just order online and pay with cash, check or LINK when you come to pick up your order. If we all make an effort to participate in this program and get it strong and steady, then eventually we won’t have to do as many other fundraisers throughout the year.


As it is a tradition at Dubois, it’s time for our big Fall Fundraiser. Kick off will happen this week, so look for information to be coming home. There are lots of great things to order and cool prizes for the kids. This is our biggest fundraiser of the school year!


For the first time in years, we will hold a Scholastic Book Fair during parent/teacher conferences in October. Look for more information to be sent home in the coming weeks.


This year our Barnes and Noble day will be held on Saturday, December 1st. This is always a fun gathering for the kids. Teachers read their favorite books to the kids, and we raffle off some great prizes including lunch with the principle, gift cards, etc. Barnes and Noble has so much more to offer than just books and is a great place to start or wrap up your holiday shopping.

Don’t forget, our first PTO meeting of the school year is Tuesday September 11th at 6:00 in the school library. We look forward to seeing you there!!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the PTO Board. We love hearing from you!!

Dubois PTO Board:

Nickie Higgins (President), 546-1345

Rebecca Kwedar (Co-Vice Presidents), 525-3204

April Shull (Treasurer), 726-0923

Lisa Locki (Secretary), 414-9515