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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


December 16, 2009

Dear Dubois families:

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy as we enter the holiday season. One of the most rewarding things I have found to combat holiday stress is spending time with children. I am lucky enough to get to spend time with over 500 children every day. I do appreciate your sending your children to us so that we can learn from them while they learn from us. I do need your help as we attempt to feed our students breakfast everyday. We begin serving breakfast at 8:10 in the morning and need for our car riders and walkers to be here at that time so we can get them fed and outside prior to the children who are bussed. Please speak to your child about being respectful of this time and of the time for others.

As many of you know, we are a Title I school for the 2009-10 school year. That means that we are given federal monies to help offset the needs of our over 350 low income students. With that money we are able to purchase extra staff and materials to help with our students. One of the things we purchased was a 3 year subscription to Study Island. (www.studyisland.com)  

Study Island is an online program that is designed for each of our 2nd through 5th grade students to practice reading and science aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. Students are beginning to learn about Study Island at school and will soon be able to access it from any computer any time that has internet access. Many schools in the area already participate in the program and find it very helpful for students as they prepare for the ISAT in mid March.  Sometime in January we will also be hosting an evening event in our computer lab for you to come and find out more about this program, however students are encouraged to use the program as soon as they have access.

Lastly, as we enter the winter months it is important to make sure your children are dressed for the weather when they come to school. We usually go outside unless the "feels like" temperature is below 20 degrees. So hats, gloves and scarves are encouraged. Please label your child's belongings so that they can be easily found when they get misplaced. If you are having difficulty getting a coat for your child please call the school and either our parent educator, Cassie Miller, or myself would be glad to help you.

Thank you for everything you do for your children!

Cindy J. Baugher, principal