Principal's Welcome to Douma Elementary

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the staff at Douma Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.  We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.  We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and the school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.  We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Shares what he/she learned at school each day
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

The beginning of a new school year can be a little stressful for your child due to all the excitement of meeting new friends and being in a new environment.  Please talk to your child about what he or she can expect and help soothe their anxiety by reassuring them that school is a fun and safe place to learn.  The more they see you excited, confident and happy the quicker their anxiety will subside.

It is critical to the development of kindergarten- and first grade-age students that parents not remain in the Blue/Orange/Green neighborhood and/or classroom when dropping off in the morning.  The sooner students bond with their peers and their teacher the more successful they will be in school.  Your child’s teacher has been highly trained to support your child through the transition in the school environment. 

Our main concern during arrival and dismissal time for our students is safety.  Procedures have been developed and it is the expectation that parents will follow and model them for all our children.  Children learn more through positive modeling than from being talked to.   Remember, safety is not always convenient.  Please understand that peak arrival and dismissal times can be chaotic.  The better we as adults do at following the procedures, the safer it will be for our children.

Frequent, open lines of communication are important throughout the school year.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office with comments, questions or concerns.   The Douma staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family.  We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,
Ms. Amy Taylor
Principal