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Literacy Tips for the Family!

K-2 Tip:
Practice Rhyming: No matter where you might be, you can pick an object (single syllable best to start with) and ask
your child to produce words that rhyme with that object.
Example: Car- far, jar, bar.

3-5 Tips:
We all know that our lives and schedules get very busy, therefore, if you are finding it difficult to read with your
child daily, here are a few suggestions:
Your child may read to a sibling, read to a stuffed animal, or read to a pet.
Tongue twisters offer children a chance to engage in word play. Word play can stimulate students’ curiosity about language
and help improve reading and vocabulary development. Below is a website with some examples of tongue twisters that you can practice reading at home with your child in order to engage in fun word learning.
http://www.smart-words.org/tongue-twisters.html
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For Your Information

Dear Douglas Community,

On Monday night, the Douglas School District Board of Education approved a proposal to realign grades K-3. Starting in the next school year, Badger Clark and Francis Case will become a single elementary school with two wings each housing grades K-3. This is a time of great opportunity for our youngest learners, and also one of transition for our staff and students. The building principals, Mrs. Clark and Mr. Volesky, are creating a comprehensive plan for managing the transition that will include participation from all stakeholders. Priority will be given to maintaining balance in demographics (male / female, free and reduced lunch, IEPs, military, etc.) and families will be kept together in the same wing.

We will be sharing more information with all of our community members soon, but we wanted to let you know that there will be some changes coming and we thank everyone who shared their ideas and thoughts about this issue. It is one that has two clear sides, but now that the decision has been made, it is important for our students and staff that everyone look forward and move together toward doing even greater things for the students we serve.

We are committed to being transparent in the process. If you have any questions, please contact the Badger Clark and Francis Case principals or you can contact Mr. Kerr or Mrs. Caskey directly.

Thank you for your support of the students and staff of Douglas Schools.
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Important Parking Information--Francis Case, Carrousel, and Badger Clark

Important Parking Information – Please Read

Dear Badger Clark and Francis Case Families,

We have some important information to share regarding parking and traffic at Badger Clark, Carrousel, and Francis Case. Starting on Tuesday November 1, 2016 we will no longer allow pick up and drop off on the east (FC) and west (BC) ends of our buildings. These are utilized as staff parking lots. The main reason for this change is for the safety of the children. These are often areas that are not monitored in the after school hours. There are many vehicles and children moving in and out of these areas creating a dangerous environment for our students. We are asking that all parents use Don Williams Drive for all pick up and drop off procedures.

To assist with the flow and movement of traffic in the mornings, we allow parents to drop their students off in the three main crosswalks without pulling in and parking. All students should be dropped off directly in front of the building they attend. If you have students that attend both FC and BC, you may drop off students at Carrousel. There will always be crossing guards in these crosswalks to assist students in crossing safely. Please have your child(ren) ready to exit the car in a timely manner.

In the afternoons, please be prepared to park and meet your student(s) at a location that you have previously decided upon. There will be a crossing guard at the middle school bridge to assist with getting students across as well as keeping traffic moving.

We appreciate your help in following these traffic guidelines keeping all of our students safe. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of our offices at 923-0070 (FC), 923-0090 (CA) or
923-0080 (BC).

Yours in Education,

Jeannie Clark Troy Volesky Joan Dunmire
FC Principal BC Principal Director of Special Services
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Community Library--Upcoming Events

The Box Elder / Douglas High School Community Library is open Sept. 6, 2016 – May 25, 2017
Hours: when school is in session
Monday – Wednesday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursdays 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Closed on Fridays

Every Tuesday when school is in session, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm., play board games and card games.

Oct. 27 from 6:00 - 7:15 pm. is finish that project night. Bring a craft project or even a good book. The coffee will be on!
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Box Elder Community Library

January 19 from 6:00PM to 7:15PM: GET YOUR FINANCIAL SLATE CLEAN IN 2017
Two representatives from Great Western Bank will lead discussion of good financial practices including:
*How to build credit
*Things to look for when considering a credit card, auto loan, or other type of loan
*How interest works
*The best way to get out of debt
*Investments
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No School Dec. 16

Dear Douglas Families,

Forecasts predict a snowstorm to be accompanied by extremely cold temperatures. In light of the forecast for dangerous conditions, school will be cancelled tomorrow, December 16. A parent message has also been sent out via the district emergency messenger.

Have a safe and happy holiday. Stay warm, relax, and enjoy the winter holidays with people who make you smile.

See you in the New Year!
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Food boxes available

Dear Douglas Community,
If you or anyone you know could use some groceries to make the holidays more merry, there are food boxes available at the Douglas Warehouse for families in need. There will be someone available at the warehouse until 3:00 PM today (Thursday, Dec. 15), Monday, Dec. 19 and Tuesday the 20th from 6:30-3:00. The boxes will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.
No pick ups on Friday, Dec. 16 due to weather.

Have a Merry Christmas.
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