Jaguar Journal

December 6, 2018

Principal Post

Thanks to the 4th and 5th grade chorus members who volunteered to spread some holiday cheer by signing carols to the staff and residents of Horizons Independent Senior Living Community on Wednesday afternoon. A great time was had by all who attended and a HUGE thanks to Miss Doran and Mrs. Petelle for planning, organizing and supervising the students during this event!

Winter has quickly made its way to Bloomingdale and as a reminder to both parents and students, line up outside before school and outdoor recess will take place when the air temperature including any “wind chill” is at 10 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Please make sure your child is dressed properly for the winter weather. Students may participate in “winter rules,” which means playing in the snow piles during recess only if they are properly dressed in their winter gear, which includes a winter jacket, snow pants, hat, gloves and boots. It is school policy that if a student is healthy enough to attend school this student is healthy enough to go out for recess. A doctor’s note is needed in order for a student to stay in at recess.

As a reminder Bloomingdale School District 13 uses an emergency phone broadcast system and notification service throughout our school community. This service is called Blackboard Connect and enables us to communicate with parents about emergency situations including any significant weather event and the need to cancel school for the day. This system was put into practice on Monday, November 26th when school was cancelled due to inclement weather. Emergency school closing information can be sent to your family's home, work, or cell phones. We will be able to reach everyone in the district within minutes.

  • When a call comes from the school (or district), your caller ID will display the school (or district) phone number.
  • When listening to a message, please be aware that background noise on your answering machine could cause the system to stop and start. The system is carefully calibrated to determine whether a person or voicemail has been reached, and background noise may affect the delivery. If possible, move to a quiet area to hear the message.
  • Additionally, it is important that DuJardin has all of your current telephone numbers so that you will not miss out on any important communications. Please be aware that the Blackboard Connect service cannot dial or call an extension, so be sure we have a direct line where you can be reached to get this important information.

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.

MAP Testing

Students grades 1 - 5 will be taking the MAP test the weeks of December 3rd through December 21st.

The testing schedule is attached here.

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:

Toys for Tots

DuJardin Student Council is collecting toys for "Toys for Tots"

Marine Corps Reserve have been delivering toys since 1947

To date -548 Million Toys Delivered / 251 Million Children Supported

Please considering donating a new / unwrapped toy

We will be collecting toys through Friday, December 14th

and can be placed in the boxes we have in our lobby

Thank you so much for your donation!

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.


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Vision and Hearing Screening

Re-screening will take place on Wednesday, December 12th for those students that were absent or require re-screening.

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 - Next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm

Holiday Magic Is Coming

Thursday, December 13th is our annual “Holiday Magic” gift store! It will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. during the school day. Holiday Magic is where the children can do their own holiday shopping for family and friends. Items range from $.50 to $5.00. Each child will receive an envelope to write their gift list on as well as to put their money in. It’s tons of fun for the kids and a great tradition here at DuJardin!

Holiday Party

The Holiday Party will take place on Friday, December 21th from 2:00 to 3:00. Only 6 room parents are allowed in each classroom. This includes the room captain.

Holiday party receipts may be turned into the PTO to the attention of Mrs. Jill Shannon for reimbursement.

Spirit Day is Friday, December 7th

Show your school spirit by wearing your spirit wear or our school colors!!!

Go Jaguars!!!

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.

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!

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