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Du Quoin Elementary School parents and guardians, 

Monday, Jan. 18,  we do not have school in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday.  Did you know, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 

Making time to volunteer for the 2021 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. COVID-19 has had impact on all of our lives, but there are many ways to still serve, it may just look a little different.  So in honor of this day of service, we invite our students and families to help with this outreach projects:

  • Make cards for nursing home residents.  Use this day to make cards. They can be holiday specific or just a lovely way to say hello . It is also just a few weeks before Valentine’s Day, so  cards provided to us will be held to distribute on Valentine’s Day to our local nursing homes.

Volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities and it is needed now more than ever. No matter what you do,  know that what you do makes a world of difference. 

Next week we return to all students in person. So Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Friday, Jan. 22 will be in person learning. We do have school in person on Friday, since there is no school on Monday. Also Friday, Jan. 22 we are "Observing the 100th Day of School." This is a big day, especially for Kindergarten, as they are encouraged to dress-up like they are 100 years old. Students in 1st - 4th are encouraged to wear uniquely designed shirts with 100 items. Watch our social media accounts, because photos from this day are priceless! 

Next Tuesday, Jan. 19 is our One School, One Book big reveal day! Did you guess that the pictures from last week all represent a fairy tale? Your student will bring home our book as we begin our reading schedule Tuesday night. We simply ask that you read each night with your student and enjoy this time together. We will read the story at school too. It's going to be an incredible time as the DES book club returns!

Diana Rea, Principal