Jaguar Journal

September 19, 2019

Principal Post

The DuJardin Jog-A-Thon is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, September 20th. The morning kindergarten class will participate at 10:30am and the afternoon kindergarten students along with first and second grades will participate at 1:30pm with an all school photo that will take place in the back of the school at 2:15pm followed by the third through fifth graders jogging after the photo. Come out tomorrow to cheer on the students and help raise funds for the DuJardin PTO.

Special thanks to all parents who attended Curriculum Night last Thursday evening, we value and encourage communication between home and school whenever possible. The following is the average percent of parent attendance per classroom for Curriculum Nights over the last 19 years, 2001 = 71%, 2002 = 72%, 2003 = 74%, 2004 = 68%, 2005 = 68%, 2006 = 71%, 2007 = 70%, 2008 = 76%, 2009 = 72%, 2010 = 73%, 2011 = 76%, 2012 = 73%, 2013 = 73%, 2014 = 75%, 2015 = 76%, 2016 = 72%, 2017=69%, 2018 = 72%, 2019 = 78% (a 73% parent attendance rate for the last 19 years).

Thank you to parents that provided or baked items for the PTO bake sale last week. The proceeds from the bake sale, along with other PTO fundraisers throughout the school year, pay for so many things that benefit the students. Among them are such activities as assemblies, teacher “wish list” items, technology upgrades like the video screen in the front lobby of the school, room and board for all the staff who attend the Lorado Taft outdoor education field trip in the winter, and the school's electronic outdoor sign.

During our first school improvement session yesterday afternoon (SIP/Early dismissal days are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:45, except for the month of April) the staff worked on standards based grading and reporting for English and Language Arts (ELA). All classroom teachers will complete a standards based report card for science, social studies, math and work habits, while pilot teachers at each grade level will pilot an ELA report card this year. More information to follow on standards based grading in the future. Teachers are grateful to have time during these scheduled School Improvement/early release days to work on curricular and school related goals.

A Social/Emotional (SEL) screener will be completed by the teachers in October to assess students in grades 1-5 regarding their social and emotional well-being. This screener will be used to create a baseline and identify students who may be in need of some support or assistance. The screener will then be given again in March to measure student growth in this area. Kindergarten teachers will be working on the newly adopted KIDS assessment for kindergarten students.

Parent-Teacher Conference will be here before you know it - November 25 & 26! Sign up today! The sign up window is open thru Wednesday, November 20 on the PTC Wizard. Click into the link for easy access!


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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Student Lunch Deliveries at School Sites

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

New ID Security System

All School District 13 buildings have a new ID Raptor security system.

As always, when you enter the building, stop by the office window to get a visitor's badge. You will need to bring in your driver's license to be rescanned into the new system.

Thank you

Lorado Taft Trip for 5th Grade

The CORRECT Lorado Taft trip dates are January 7th, 8th, 9th. Please mark your personal calendars with the correct dates. Thank you

DuJardin's Book Fair is right around the corner.

September 17, 18, and 19

See flyer for schedule.

Miss. Kenny's 1st Grade Class

We have been reading the fictional story, Stellaluna. The story is about a little bat who loses its way and ends up with some birds for a while. We worked on finding facts about bats, and are writing facts about birds in this picture. We are working hard at writing complete sentences!

Mrs. Pecoraro's Kindergarten Class

We are working on jolly phonics. We are learning about the letter F.

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

Pictures wanted

DuJardin will help celebrate Veterans Day with a Veterans Day Concert performed by the 4th and 5th grade chorus and we need your help! Please send pictures of any family member that is/was in the Armed Services to Miss Doran at Pictures can include your child(ren) but it is not a necessity. These pictures will be shown in a slideshow during the performances at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and only seen by those in attendance. The slideshow will not be displayed on any social media. Feel free to include names, relation, the branch of the military, and any other information about the pictures in the email. Pictures must be sent by the end of the day Monday, November 4th to be included in the slideshow. Any questions can also be directed to Miss Doran. Thank you in advance!

Blood Drive Rescheduled

The blood drive has be rescheduled from October 9th to October 8th. The blood drive will still run from 2pm to 7pm.

Is your child going home a different way?

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.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Will your child miss school?

If your child will be absent we ask that you call DuJardin at 630-894-9200 before 8am and leave a detailed message on the answering machine.

Thank you.

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.
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College of DuPage Programs

Attached are two flyers from the College of DuPage for the STEM Spotlight and Exploring Engineering programs that are coming up this fall.

Character Counts Celebration Night

The community is invited to Celebration Night in Old Town Park as we celebrate the American Character Award winners. These awards are presented to school children and youth athletes who exhibit outstanding character.

October 8th

5:45pm Activities & Refreshments

6:30pm Celebration Ceremony

See this flyer for more information.

Global Read Aloud

Each class will be reading and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book.

Please read this flyer for a list of books we will be reading.

PTO News

Hot Lunch Program

The hot lunch program offered through Buona Restaurant starts on Tuesday September 3rd.

* Lunch program is available on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Lunch must be purchased in advance through the Buona restaurant website by a parent/guardian.

* The website is Our school code is DUJAR.

* Instructions are on the Dujardin PTO website

* If ordering weekly, lunch orders are due the Wednesday before.

* NO ORDERS will be accepted after the deadline.

* It is the student's responsibility to get in line at lunch distribution.

* Would you like to volunteer to distribute lunch to Dujardin students? Please visit the PTO website to sign up to volunteer. The lunch program is not possible without help from volunteers.

Jog - A - Thon

Don't forget to gather pledges for the run to raise money for DuJardin. Forms are due by the day of the run, September 20th. If you wish to create a sign to cheer on your runner, the signs will be going home in your child's folder and should be returned by Wednesday, September 18th along with a $5.00 donation.

The signs will be posted along the route.

Spirit Wear Order Information

BLING Spirit Wear can be ordered all school year. Please see attached form. Parents can complete the form and turn into the office with payment of cash or check. Please click on this link to purchase your BLING spirit wear.

Picture Day

Picture day is Wednesday, October 2nd. Order forms will be going home next week. Please complete the order form and send it back to school by picture day.

Please do NOT wear Green.

DuJardin PTO Is Looking For Volunteers

Our DuJardin PTO is looking for parent volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year to help with hot lunch distribution.

If you are interested, please contact Melissa Johnson at

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.

The deadline to sign up for Spanish class is this friday Sept 20th. see the flyer in DuJardin Clubs