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Hello Du Quoin Elementary families, 

It has been a buzz all week, knowing that our building will once again be filled with the energy and excitement of our students returning. We hope this message find you and your family well. We're so looking forward to students returning next week to finish the 2nd quarter of the school year. While our community has seen the virus continuing to affect the area, I believe our policies for social distancing and other procedures allow us to have instruction in a safe way. Our hours are the same, so symptom checks start at 7:30 and students dismiss at 1:00pm with a lunch, if desired. Again we thank you for entrusting us with your children, a responsibility we take very seriously!

As we finish this quarter, we decided to host themed holiday days to add a little joy to everyone's lives.  We got a little head start on the days today for faculty and staff, so please join us next week as we continue . . .

Monday, Dec. 7  -  On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my principal gave to me, Holiday Headwear - wear holiday hats, caps, headbands, antlers, etc. to get into the Christmas spirit! 

Tuesday, Dec. 8 - On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my principal gave to me Plaid Day - wear your favorite buffalo plaid clothes, hats and more!

Wednesday, Dec. 9 - On the 4th Day of Christmas, my principal gave to me Holiday Sock Day - put some cozy holiday cheer on those feet!

Thursday, Dec. 10 - On the 5th Day of Christmas, my principal gave to me  Holiday Spirit Day - wear holiday colors and maybe your class will get the school spirit award!

Friday, Dec. 11 - On the 6th Day of Christmas, my principal gave to me, Frozen day - wear hats, scarves, gloves and  add a blanket for warmth on this Friday Remote Learning Day!

We hope you participate and enjoy this special time of jolly fun with us! Watch the news next week for the second list of themes leading up to the holiday break!

Finally we as an elementary school always take great pride in hosting a family reading night. Unfortunately with the current situation, that is not possible  - -  in the traditional way we have held them in the past. So we are creating videos to share all year with our school community as part of our family literacy year-long event. Here's the first video, The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra created by Mr. Krone and family

With Papoose Pride,

Diana Rea, Principal