Mustang News

October 2020

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A Letter from our Principal, Dr. Danielle Todd

Can you believe that it is October already? Time sure does fly when you are having fun! We are so excited to transition back to Level 1 and be with your kiddos five days a week. :)

Our first quarter will be coming to an end on October 20, 2020. Our parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 28, from 4:30 - 8:00 pm, and on Thursday, October 29, from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Our teachers will be in touch soon on how to set up a time to meet with you!

Thank you to the entire Duello community for modeling excellence, patience, and love during Level 2! Everyone in our community has really stepped up during these challenging and unprecedented times. I am impressed daily with the problem solving, kindness, and grit displayed by all. Our kiddos are watching us adults closely as we move forward each day! Let's keep our students focused on excellence in academics and character.

Mustang Pride,

Dr. Dani Todd

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  • October 1 - 9 Duello Read-A-Thon
  • October 2 - No School
  • October 7 - Virtual Academy Library Book Pick Up 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • October 15 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM
  • October 19 - Transition to Level 1
  • October 23 - Fall Parties
  • October 23 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 23 - Early Release Day 1:20 PM
  • October 26 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 27 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 28* - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • October 29* - No School Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 30 - No School
* More information about Parent-Teacher Conferences will be sent by your child's teacher.
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Level 1 Learning

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At the Board of Education on September 17, the Board voted to move to LEVEL 1: In-person Learning beginning Monday, October 19. This does not affect students and staff who are participating in the Virtual Academy.

The WSD is committed to working as a team to welcome our students back in the safest manner possible, and will be reviewing and updating the Roadmap to Reopening Plan to ensure we have the appropriate precautions in place based on the latest guidance from health officials. We will expand the mask requirement to include Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade students beginning October 19, so all grades Pre-K through 12 students will be required to wear a face covering when physical distancing is not feasible.

Within our buildings, we will continue to implement the following protocols to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families:
• All students and staff will continue to complete a health screening before coming to school or work.
• Students and staff will be frequently reminded about the importance of proper handwashing; hand-sanitizer units have been placed in each classroom and throughout our buildings.
• Students in grades K-12 and all staff members will be required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not feasible.
• Schools will be cleaned daily and deep cleaned when we are notified of a positive case of COVID-19.

Please refer to the dedicated page on the District website for updates related to COVID-19. It includes case and quarantine updates for students and staff as well as a link to the St. Charles County Department of Public Health dashboard that can be viewed by school district. It also includes a link to frequently asked questions, which are being updated regularly as we receive new questions.

Free Lunch for All Students

The Wentzville School District’s application to extend all Summer Food Service Program waivers through December 31, 2020 (or as funding allows) has been approved. These waivers, provided by the USDA, allow school food service programs to offer breakfast and lunch to ALL students (virtual and in-person) free of charge regardless of the student’s income status.

Beginning Thursday, October, 1, 2020, ALL students in the Wentzville School District will not be charged for breakfast or lunch through December 31, 2020 (or as funding allows).

Please Note: This is only for a full breakfast or lunch, which must include a fruit or vegetable. A`la carte and premium meals (sold in middle and high only) will still be charged accordingly.

In addition, Wentzville School District residents not enrolled in school, between the ages of 1-18, may also sign up to receive meals each week from one of three meal distribution locations. Click on the link below to find out more information regarding meal distribution locations and times for Virtual Academy students and those not enrolled in the WSD.

WSD Meal Distribution Program

“We are thrilled to extend our summer meal program and provide free meals for all children in our District,” said Child Nutrition Director Gwen Doyle. “We know that the pandemic has affected many of our families in a variety of ways and if we can help those families and provide nutritious meals for more kids, we are excited and happy to provide that.”

Any funds currently in your child’s lunch account will remain there until your child begins to purchase meals again in January, unless it is used to purchase extras (as described above) at the middle and high school levels. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Child Nutrition Department at 636-327-3858 ext. 21330.

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Fall is here, and we will be celebrating at Duello. Parties will be held Friday, October 23 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Here are a few things you need to know. The parties will be held in the classroom. Students will have fun and play games and can wear a costume. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to attend, and food items are prohibited.

Notes From the Office

  • Kindergarten Families, please be sure to carry identification with you when you are getting your child off the school bus. Substitute drivers are generally not familiar with the authorized persons and they are required to confirm the identity of those receiving our youngest passengers. The Transportation Department greatly appreciates your help!
  • We would like to pause and take a moment to say thank you to our amazing families for your incredible teamwork this year. Your partnership with us has been the key that helps us unlock any learning barriers between home and school. Our students reap the benefits, and we are grateful. You are wonderful, and we appreciate you.
  • Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @duello_elem and @duello_office. It is a great way to stay informed and see what is going on daily at Duello.

News From our Counselors

We are Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 and Oct. 26-28.

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Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free!

October is National Red Ribbon Month. Duello will be taking our stand against drugs and alcohol on October 23-28. We will “Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free.” Our spirit days are as follows:

Friday, October 23 - Pledge to Be Drug Free – students will receive bookmarks with Red Ribbon Pledge

Monday, October 26 - Happy Dreams, Be Drug Free – wear school appropriate PJs today

Tuesday, October 27 - Be Brave, Be Drug Free – dress like a Superhero

Wednesday, October 28 - Too Bright for Drugs – wear neon colors and sunglasses today ☺

Red Ribbon Week was designed to educate and create awareness by teaching about drugs and alcohol in schools. Red Ribbon Week is a perfect time to talk to your children about being drug and alcohol free and encourage your family to support a healthy, drug free, lifestyle.

Note From Nurse Corona

Dear Duello families,

I just wanted to thank you all for your communication and cooperation. You have been so great about calling to let me know if someone is getting tested, keeping your child home for monitoring, and tolerating my phone calls to check on your child while he/she is home. Please continue to screen your child each day before school. If you have any questions or concerns, please, call or email me.

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