Soaring Eagle News

Stephen Decatur Elementary January 31, 2020

The Principal's Message

Greetings Eagle Families,

Teachers are completing midterms next week and will be reaching out for conferences in person or via phone. Your child(ren) has been working hard, focusing on problem solving and process standards in math and citing text evidence in reading. Critical thinking skills will help them in school now and in the future.

Now is a great time to check Skyward and ensure your phone numbers and email addresses are correct. It is very important that we can contact you quickly in an emergency. Also double check your emergency contacts and update if needed.

Finally, I am attaching a chart that helps us all identify whether problems at school are conflicts or bullying incidents. We are working hard to teach children conflict resolution skills that will benefit them throughout life. We also teach our students about bullying, how to be an upstander if you see someone being bullied, and how to report suspected bullying. You can help us help your children by asking them about their school day, reporting anything you find alarming, and helping them talk through problems and solutions for disagreements and peer conflict. Here is a link to the government's stop bullying resources.

The week of February 3rd:

Monday: 6th Grade takes the Indiana Youth Survey

Tuesday: Extended Day

Wednesday: Clubs

Thursday: DCHS Performing Arts showcase for 6th grade, Extended Day

Friday: Firefighter Friday for 1st and 4th grades, Girls Inc., Arts for Learning Program at 12:30 and 1:30 featuring Asante Tales

We work everyday to teach children that our goal is to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today. We are Decatur Proud to have this opportunity to serve your family.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Jennifer Pearson

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Attendance Matters

As you think about the upcoming holidays, please keep in mind the importance of your child attending school. Absences spike in the week before and after the holidays. It’s critically important that your student is in school. Just a few missed days, even if they are excused, means lost learning time. This is true for all students, kindergarten through high school. Homework packets do not replace missed time in the classroom. So please, make certain your child is in school each day.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of gas and plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

Outdoor Recess

As the weather is becoming colder and colder, please ensure students are dressed to go outside. See the district's guidelines below.

Weather permitting, all children will go outdoors for recess. If the temperature (including the wind chill factor) is below 20 degrees, students may not go outside for recess. If a Heat Advisory is announced, students may not go outside for recess.

Inclement Weather Information

During the winter months, there are several chances that school may be closed or on delay due to weather circumstances. The following information has been shared on our website regarding how those decisions are made for our district. Please click on the link for more information.

Transportation Changes

"For safety reasons, if your child’s dismissal routine will be changed, you must send a note in with them that morning. Your child either rides his or her assigned bus or becomes a car rider/walker. The following are two examples of an acceptable dismissal change:

• Your child normally rides the bus, but today he/she will be picked up by car.

• Your child normally walks home, but today he/she will be riding the bus.

This policy is to ensure that students are sent to the appropriate areas at the end of the day. We have had multiple calls daily with changes. These changes cannot happen unless written notice is turned in, in the morning. Thank you for your prompt attention to this and your help keeping our students safe.

Parent Resources

The Indiana Department of Education has published a parent resource that helps families help their children at home. Visit this link for grade level information.


Our next PTO meeting is on February 20th, from 5:30-6:00. We hope to see everyone there! All students who have a parent in attendance will receive Eagle Bucks to spend!

Calling All Volunteers

To increase our volunteer base, a new incentive program has been established.

When a volunteer opportunity is posted on “”, approved volunteers will receive an email with a link to sign up for the event.

Once you have signed up to help and then attend the event your child(ren) will receive $ 25.00 in Eagle Bucks.

Any parent who wants to volunteer and has not submitted a volunteer form, here is the link to complete a form:

Thanks for all you do for Stephen Decatur Elementary!

No Hassle Fundraiser

If you shop at Kroger, you can help us earn money for field trips, brag tags, and other student incentives by clicking here and signing up. Once your Kroger card is linked, you do not have to do anything else. Thanks in advance for your support.

Community Opportunities

Youth Cheer Clinic

The DCHS Cheerleaders are hosting a Youth Cheer Clinic on Saturday, February 22nd, and we are eager to invite the youth in our community to join us!

Registration Link:
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Click here to register for AYS during Spring Break.
For more information on the winter baseball clinics, click here.
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We are student invested, community connected. We prioritize student learning, safety, and customer service.


We are a model campus characterized by an environment that is: Calm, Safe, Positive, Purposeful, AND FUN! Students, families, and staff will be invested through respectful relationships and a thirst for learning.

Stephen Decatur Elementary

Principal: Jennifer Pearson

Assistant Principal: Jay Lovell

Lead Teacher: Wendy Grant

Nurse: Brea Middleton-Keen

CIS Coordinators: Matt Ernst and Laverna Tracy