Jaguar Journal

January 9, 2020

Principal Post

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade! Here’s to a healthy, successful, and prosperous 2020 at DuJardin! A reminder to parents that students will be lining up outdoors and recess will take place outside unless the temperature drops below 10 degrees Fahrenheit including the wind chill.

Fifth grade students had a terrific time during their three-day outdoor education experience at Lorado Taft this week. If you follow DuJardin on Twitter @D13Jaguars or @djloradotaft13 you were treated to numerous photos, videos and updates. Thanks to the DuJardin PTO for its financial support of this wonderful program, which included room and board payment for the DuJardin staff members and student scholarships. Thanks to Mrs. Rizza, Mrs. Bevente, Mrs. CrossMartinez, Mrs. Harsila, Mrs.Lents, Mrs. Burritt, Mrs. Beebe and Mr. Wojcicki for their time, effort, and energy over a three day period for teaching and supervising DuJardin fifth graders. And thanks to the students for representing DuJardin School so well during their stay on the Taft campus. DuJardin staff received many wonderful compliments about the students from the Taft staff throughout the three day experience. A great time was had by all! See photos on Twitter @djloradotaft13 and @D13Jaguars!

PLEASE MARK YOUR NEW YEAR CALENDAR - Friday, January 10th is a noon dismissal for students in grades 1-5. PM Kdg will still be in attendance on Friday, January 10th. The January Early Dismissal School Improvement Day scheduled for January 15th has been canceled. There will be no early dismissal on January 15th and regular school hours will be held between 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

2019-2020 Illinois Parent Survey

Dear Parent, The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to participate in a school improvement survey for parents. In this survey, you will be asked to provide feedback about DuJardin School. Please consider your child’s current experience at school (i.e., 2019-2020 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 DuJardin 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:

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Submit student and family "Good News" here to be featured in future Journals!

Tell Me Something Good Tuesday: Read about or listen to celebrations and highlights from students and staff at DuJardin.

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Jungle Safari - 2020 Talent Show

The 2020 Talent Show will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020. We are looking for a variety of performers ranging from actors, singers, dancers, cheerleaders, musicians,comedians and more!

Click here for the Information Flyer - yours to keep to refer back to

Click here for the Permission Slip & Act Information - to be completed and returned to school by January 15, 2020

Student Lunch Deliveries at School Sites

Please read this very important letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Jon Bartlet regarding the delivery of student lunches.

School Safety Brochure

School Safety is an anonymous tip line that is another way you can report anything that threatens the safety of our school. There are brochures and refrigerator magnets available at the school office. To view the brochure, click here.

800-418-6423 ext. 359


TEXT: 66746 then type TIPS

Half-Day Inservice Noon Dismissal Friday, January 10th Grades 1-5

Pre-school Screening Bloomingdale School District 13

Pre-school Screening will be conducted in School District 13 throughout the school year for all children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years old. You must live within the District 13 boundaries. See flyer for details.

Someone else taking your child home? Are they walking with friends instead of being picked up?

Please send a written note or email your child's teacher if there is a change in the way he or she is going home. Your child will only be dismissed in the manner in which we have on record unless we have a note.

Hockey Showdown

Kids VS. Police

January 18th 1pm - 3pm

Circle Park Rink

See flyer to register through the Bloomingdale Park District

Yearbook Messages

Leave your student(s) a memorable message in the yearbook. Complete this form and return it to Miss. Kenny or Mrs. Dyer by Friday, February 14, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

Jaguars of the week

Each week the teachers recognize students from their classrooms for demonstrating outstanding character based on the attitudes or actions that fall under the Character Counts Pillars: Congratulations to the following students for being nominated this week.

Two Fun Programs offered by the Bloomingdale Park District


The Bloomingdale Park District if offering FREE programs. Click here for a list.

Save The Date

District 13 Education Foundation Beer & Wine Tasting to be held on Friday, May 1 2020 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Golf Club. Proceeds from the event help us to fund grants for the district's teachers. More information to follow.

Announcing a new Theatre Group - The Mackenzie Project

Theatre has always been a place of inclusion: a safe place that welcomes anyone who wants to perform, play, build, design, direct and hang out and make friends. What we are doing with the Mackenzie Project is inviting students in grades 3 -12, with special needs and without, who are interested in working together to put on a show at the end of the year. The performance will feature students with special needs in the starring roles and be the leaders of crews, while being supported by student peer mentors. For more details go to:

PTO News

It's B-I-N-G-O Time!!

Join us on Friday, January 24th for an exciting night of


6:30pm - 8:00pm

Come for some food, prizes and fun. Hope to see you there!

Don't miss another important message from the PTO! 😊

You can join the REMIND app for the PTO by texting @djpto to 81010

You can also follow the PTO on Twitter by following @dujardinpto

Goality Kids Fitness

The Bloomingdale Park District is offering a kids fitness class the will help them establish healthy living habits to transform their health. They will work on resistance training, cardiovascular drills and flexibility exercises. Parents are always welcome to stay for a free workout at not extra charge! See flyer for information.


Questions regarding lunch: Please email to instead of contacting Buona directly.

*The lunch needs to be canceled before the deadline (deadline is the Wednesday before lunch is being served).
*If the item is still on the calendar, then the lunch can be cancelled.
*Please click on the item on the lunch menu that was already ordered and select the red cancel/credit button.
*PLEASE NOTE: For order cancellations that cannot be canceled on the Buona website (less than a week in advance for sick child, etc), lunches ordered can be picked up at the school office at lunch. Please call the school office before lunch so the volunteers can be notified to pull your child's lunch. Lunches can be picked up during the lunch time.
*Buona Lunch instructions are on the Dujardin PTO website at

Volunteers Wanted to hang Artwork

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help hang artwork for Mrs. Maksimuk. If anyone is interested e-mail Melissa Johnson at

The next PTO Meeting is on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome

Spirit Wear t-shirt sale!

Spirit wear t-shirts for sale! We have a few items left in stock. If interested please contact Elizabeth Threadgill at While supplies last.

1 youth medium grey jaguar shirt $15

2 youth XL pink bling $20

Hot Lunch Program - Buona Restaurant

Hot Lunch Reminder:

DON'T FORGET to order JANUARY lunches!!

Beginning in JANUARY on THURSDAY's - Chicken Tenders will replace Hot dogs due to a temporary BUONA menu change.

Please remember 5th graders are at Lorado Taft on January 7-9th. Do not order lunch for your 5th grader on these days if your child is attending.

* Lunch program is available on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Lunch must be purchased in advance - due the Wednesday before if ordering weekly.

* The website is Our school code is DUJAR.

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!

Tweet! Tweet!

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

Winter clubs available now. Register today!

Drama Kids Starting now on FRIDAYS January 17. See DuJardin Clubs below for flyer. Register now!