Jaguar Journal

November 29, 2018

Principal Post

The first 4th and 5th grade Genius Hour Fair was a great success last evening! Thanks to the 4th and 5th grade students for presenting their projects and to all who attended this worthwhile event. A huge thanks to both Mrs. Novotny and Mrs. Eggert for creating, planning and organizing this event with the students - well done!!

Thanks to all the parents that attended the recent Parent-Teacher conferences last week, your support is greatly appreciated.

The winter session of MAP testing begins next week for first through fifth grades and will continue through Friday, December 21st.

Winter has come early this year which means more parents are dropping off and picking up their children at school. Here are a few reminders that will help make morning drop off and afternoon pick up at school more tolerable:

  • In order to keep the traffic flow moving in the morning we ask that no one leave their car unattended in the drop off lane and that any drop offs be made quickly.

  • If you need to accompany your child to line in the morning find a parking space in the lot and walk them across traffic to their line.

  • In the afternoon do not park your car in the drive thru lane and walk across the parking lot to pick up your child(ren) near the front doors or along the curb. Not only is this a dangerous practice but this backs up the traffic flow and is inconsiderate to those parents waiting patiently.

  • At the end of the day the entire student pick up process takes about 8 minutes even on the busiest afternoons so your patience with this matter is greatly appreciated. If you want to avoid all the traffic, plan on picking your child up at 3:35.

  • There are a few places you can park and wait for your child, such as Euclid Ct., Tee Ln., S. Prairie Ave. (near Marklund Center behind the school), or Freeport Dr. Make arrangements with your child to use one of these alternative pick up sites and meet there after school.

Students will begin their winter vacation Monday, December 24th through Friday, January 4th . School will resume on Monday, January 7th . Please remind your son/daughter to bring home clothing items, needed class materials, and their winter gear. Please remind your child not to leave any food items in school and to clean out their locker/desk.

5Essentials Parent Survey

2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey

Dear Parent, The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to participate in a school improvement survey for parents. Please Note: This survey is NOT a component of the 5Essentials Organizing Schools for Improvement Survey. In this survey, you will be asked to provide feedback about your child’s school. Please consider your child’s current experience at school (i.e., 2018-2019 school year). This survey is designed to help school and district leadership improve their understanding of the parent/school relationship.

All responses are completely anonymous. Responses to anonymous surveys cannot be traced back to the respondent. Additionally, your responses will be combined with other parents from your child's school and summarized in a school report to further protect your anonymity. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue participation at any point.

If you have more than one (1) child, you may elect to participate multiple times.

The 5Essentials Parent Survey is now open. Parents are encouraged to complete this survey. Please use the following link to access the parent survey:

Giving Tree at DuJardin School

Our annual Giving Tree is beginning to be decorated with new mittens, gloves and hats. How exciting! Items donated will be given to the Bloomingdale Township office to help the less fortunate this winter season. Donations can be made up until December 14th.

Festival Of Lights Opening Night

On November 30th, the Festival of Lights returns for the sixth straight year. It is a magical night with lots of lights and activities for the whole family that is held in Old Town.

See flyer for a schedule of events.

Hope to see you there!!


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Student Center

Congratulations to Remy H. from Chicago Bruins '10 Team for taking 1st Place in the Ultimate Hockey Tournament held at the Eagle Hockey Complex.

Vision and Hearing Screening

The Illinois Department of Public Health will be at DuJardin conducting vision and hearing testing for our student's on Thursday, November 29th. Re-screening will take place on Wednesday, December 12th for those students that were absent or require re-screening.

DJ Reader November News Letter

Enjoy November's DJ Reader brought to you by Karen Petelle and Sandy McGuckin

Is there a change in the way your student is going home after school??????

If your student will be going home in a different manner other than the usual, please send a note to school with your child to give to your child's teacher.

Thank you!

Spelling Club

Bloomingdale School District 13 if offering the District 13 Spelling Club.

The spelling club is offered to students in third through eighth grades from DuJardin and Westfield Schools.

See the attached permission slip for more information. Please return the bottom portion of the permission slip to either Mrs. Lents or Mrs. Nelson by Friday, December 7th.

Lake Park High School 2019 Summer Theatre Camp

The Lake Park Theatre Department is excited to announce its 2019 Summer Theatre Camp Production Shrek! We are offering this opportunity to your incoming 5th through 8th graders on July 8th - July 18th.

See the attached flyer and information sheet.

Students may also enroll online at:

NEW - One Book One School

DuJardin's first ever all school book club will be starting in January! We strongly encourage all of our DuJardin families to participate.

Please see flyer for more information or visit our DuJardin One Book, One School website

Fruit with Family

Please join us for DuJardin's Fruit with Family

Wednesday, December 12th from 7:45 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

Note: Parking will be allowed on the street and in the bus parking lot. Any cars in the bus parking lot MUST be moved by 8:20 a.m.

Please fill out and return this flyer to school by Friday, December 7th.

Due to space in the gym, one family member per student.

Sensory Time - Offered By The Bloomingdale Library

The Bloomingdale Public Library is offering a new program called Sensory Time. This program is for special needs children. Please see this flyer for more information and how to register.

PTO News

No PTO meeting in December

Skate Night was a success!!

Fun was had by all!! A big thank you to everyone who came out and skated or just watched!! Here are some fun pictures of our student's.

DuJardin Coat Drive

DuJardin Elementary and Septran Student Transportation are collecting new or gently used winter coats. This is a wonderful way to give to those families in need this winter.

The coat drive will run from November 2nd through November 30th.

You may place your donated coat(s) in the box located in the lobby.

Thank you in advance for your donation!

Birthday Sign

Want a fun way to say “Happy Birthday” to your child or a staff member?

How about having your birthday wishes on the DuJardin school digital sign!

How: Print out this form, complete the correct information below and return it to DuJardin by the 20th of the month before their birthday month. (For example, a November birthday should return the form by October 20th)

Cost: a suggested $5 minimum donation to the DuJardin PTO

Why: Your child or staff member will be surprised and excited to see her/his birthday announced for one week in lights during their birthday month!

Metra Safety Essay Contest

Metra is having their annual safety essay contest. This year's theme is "Use Your Senses".

The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 31, 2019

See Flyer for more information

Information About After School Activities

Is your child involved in one or more after school activities? Does he/she look stressed?

Here are some tips to manage your child's activity load.

Student Lunches

If you are dropping of a lunch for your student, we ask that you write the following information on their lunch bag or lunch box. Post-its and a pen are available on the cart that is located in the vestibule.

First and Last Name

Room Number

Teacher Name

Thank you for your cooperation!

Tweet! Tweet!

We encourage you all to follow us on Twitter. Check with your child's teacher to obtain their Twitter handle.


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DuJardin Clubs - New Winter Sessions Offered