Mustang News

September 2021

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A Letter from the Principal, Dr. Todd


Happy September Duello Family,


I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in school! The sound of the pitter-patter of little feet (and not so little in our C Hall) brings my heart so much joy!


It has already been an exciting (literally - downpours, heat advisories, bus route changes, and indoor recess only two weeks in), but mostly a calm start to the year. If you are new to Duello, let me extend a warm welcome to your family on behalf of our entire staff. Our goal is to provide a rich and engaging educational experience for all students in a community that is built on relationships among students, staff, and families. YOU matter at Duello! Your involvement, input, questions, ideas, and partnership inspire and propel us to do the absolute best that we can for our students. We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do, maintaining a focus on our student's success academically, socially, and emotionally, and we so value the support of our families in helping our students succeed in all areas.


This year our staff is focused on collaboration amongst themselves and with students. This work will help us be in collaboration with one another and students to do what is best for kids. We look for opportunities for EVERY child to shine and build upon their strengths as individual learners.


Our mission of “Learning, Leading, Growing … Together” is as relevant as ever. Thank you for entrusting us with your children as we work together to equip students to be leaders, thinkers, and problem-solvers this year!


Love,

Dr. Todd

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September 2 - Spirit wear order deadline

September 6 - No school

September 13 - Late start day. School starts at 10:20 am

September 15 - PTA Meeting 6:3 pm

September 15 - 5th Grade Camp

September 16 - 5th Grade Camp

September 16 - Board of Education Meeting

September 17 - September Duello Dash fundraiser begins

Notes From the Office

Attendance Reminders

If your child is going to be late or absent from school please call us at 636-327-6050, choose option 1, and report the absence prior to 9:00 a.m. If the absence is due to a medical appointment, please provide us a note from the doctor. All students arriving late must be signed in by a parent or guardian in the office. Finally, attendance is tracked and reported by the minute. If a student is signed out early for any reason, they will not have perfect attendance. Please direct all attendance questions to Heather Williams at heatherwilliams@wsdr4.org

Parent Volunteers

The Wentzville School District volunteer policy is changing. We will communicate it to you as soon as we receive it. In the meantime, you are welcome to come in and have lunch with your child. Please come to the office and sign in to receive a visitors pass and you will be directed to the cafeteria for lunch. Parents are not permitted to attend recess.
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Duello Covid-19 Information

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community members are always our primary concern. If your child is exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will receive a letter via email with outlined next steps and our Contact Tracing Plan. If you receive one of these letters please monitor your child for symptoms and contact your health care provider and the St. Charles County Department of Public Health if they develop any symptoms. The symptoms of coronavirus as identified by the CDC include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, sinus pressure, lethargy, loss of taste and/or smell, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child is symptom-free, they can still come to school.


COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:


● Stay home when you are sick.

● Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for at least 20 seconds.

● Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.

● As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

● Maintain at least six feet away from those who do not live with you or wear a face covering.


We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. *A close contact, as defined by the CDC, is someone who has been within six feet of the positive person while they were infectious for 15 cumulative minutes or more.

Duello Library Reading Challenge

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