Principal's Welcome to Douma Elementary

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  Douma has a strong tradition of providing a quality education to our students.  You and your family are now part of that tradition.

Douma offers grades kindergarten and first, with eight sections of each of the grades. Two of our kindergarten classrooms will be housed at Pickwick Early Childhood Center for the 2021-2022 school year. Student learning and safety are our priorities.  

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 meaningful 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:

  • Attend school daily and arrive on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Complete all assignments given by teachers
  • Read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Share what he/she learned at school each day
  • Know 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 and maybe even more so this year due to the unique reality that a global pandemic continues to present to us all. We know that this year still holds some unknowns for all of us however, 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.

Adults will be allowed in the building at this time. We will now continue to receive agency support from Southern Iowa Mental Health and Great Prairie AEA. In addition, if there is a reason for a parent/guardian to be in the school (such as an IEP meeting), they will be asked to check in at the office. There are times that a parent or guardian may have to take their child out of the school early. In such cases, please call the office to let them know when your child will be picked up. We will then phone the classroom and have your child come to the office to wait for your arrival.   

Our main concern during arrival and dismissal time 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. We have worked with the city to develop traffic flow solutions. While these will not be perfect and will, almost certainly, cause delays, we ask for your patience and compliance to ensure everyone’s safety. Please click this link to see our pick up and drop off procedures.

Frequent, open lines of communication are important throughout the school year.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher 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!

Kristi Ridgway