|Durant Elementary Staff|
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December 2014 Newsletter
New Mission Statement
COMMITTED TO CONTINUED EXCELLENCE IN
LIFELONG LEARNING, LEADERSHIP AND
Guidelines for Success at Durant Elementary Schools
The Six Pillars of Character Counts!!
Our Big Bucket Motto: Bucket Fillers have the Holiday Spirit all
year long, but especially in December.
Being a Responsible Citizen
At Durant Elementary, the pillar of character for the month of November is Responsibility. In this
time of family celebrations and giving thanks for all we have, there are many who still do not have the basics of what
they need. To practice being responsible citizens, I would like to thank all students who are able to being food items
for our local Food Pantry. Our local Food Pantry is in need of nonperishable food items, paper products, cleaning
products, personal hygiene items, as well as some baby items (diapers, etc.) I believe it is important to instill in our
children the importance of giving and helping others who are in need.
Dear Durant Elementary Families:
I believe! Do you? Every year at this time, I revive my belief in Santa. My revived belief in Santa has come
mostly because of my students here at DES. Each year I look into their eyes and I see a world that I once knew, a
world I've decided to reenter if only once a year on Christmas Eve, a world where reindeer fly and wishes come true;
a world of great surprise, great joy, great peace, and great love. So, Santa, don't forget our house this Christmas.
The milk and cookies will be waiting. Mr. Volker
****Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories of Christmas. Laura Ingalls Wilder ****
Our Students and staff at Durant Elementary in the last 3 months have collected nearly 1426 items.
We will continue our collecting and giving through the rest of the school year.
Again I want to thank everybody.
3-5 Christmas Program
Mrs. Reynolds and her 3-5 graders did an excellent job working hard and presenting the Christmas
Program entitled “HOME MADE MUSICAL CELEBRATION!.” The program was presented on 12-5-14.
I want to thank parents for sending their students to school during Iowa Assessment week well rested and nourished
with healthy foods. I know many of you even responded to our request of having students do some extra reading and
math work at home. Our students worked very hard throughout the week. We are anxiously awaiting the results of
our hard work.
Please help us to keep your child focused on their schoolwork during December. It is a busy month
full of fun activities. We want our students to stay on track and continue to do their jobs as students
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Cold Weather Reminder
The cold weather is coming quickly and will be here for a while. We will be taking students outside for
recess as much as possible because we know that physical activity fuels the brain. We will have indoor recess if either
the temperature or the wind-chill factor registers at zero. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.
Each child should have snow pants and boots so they can truly enjoy being outside. All students will be expected to go
outside for recess each day unless there are individually approved circumstances.
Reminders from the Elementary Office
The school doors are locked throughout the day for the safety and security of your child. We do not want to meet an
adult in the hallway that is not wearing a visitor’s badge they have picked up in the office. If you are entering the
building during the daytime, please come through the front door entry and walk into the principal’s office, register
with the school secretary, and get a visitor’s badge before going into the hallways. Our students are precious to us
and we will do whatever it takes to keep each child safe and secure.
Make sure that your child and your child’s teacher know when there is a change in how he/she will get home from
school. Being left at the door without knowing who is coming or how to get home is extremely stressful for a child.
School attendance is essential for success in school. Please schedule medical appointments outside of school time,
If your child is ill, please call the office at 563-578-3354 before 9:00 on that morning to inform us. Make
arrangements to pick up his/her homework later that day, if possible.
Please check your child’s contact information with the office and update, as necessary.
Please be advised that you may request information on the qualifications of our staff at anytime.
Just a reminder that walkers are dismissed at 3:15, car riders at 3:20, followed by bus riders at 3:25. If
your child is a car rider make sure to line up on 5th street and enter the lot in a single file line. This is for
the safety of students and adults. DROP OFF AND PICK UP SHOULD ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES IF WE
DO THE PROCEDURES IN AN ORDERLY Manner AND RESPECT EACH OTHER.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS!!
You may feel free to contact me at anytime with specific information or questions concerning your child. Just call