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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Holidays to all of our family and friends throughout the Dolton School District 149 community! 


Great things are happening throughout our schools and we are embracing our new initiative with Balanced Literacy.  We want our children to love reading and writing. Hallbraries, parent libraries and language walls are being established in all schools.  Interactive read alouds are occurring daily in all schools and students have access to books at their leisure.  School administrators, balanced literacy coaches and teachers have been working hard to transform the culture climate throughout the district.


Over the winter break, make sure your child reads daily even if it’s for 20 minutes.  A recent  study  conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.  Here are some tips to support our balanced literacy reading initiative while your children are on winter break.


  1. Pay attention to what your child is interested in, and encourage him or her to read books on those subjects.


  1. Set aside time to read with your child every day. Spend time reading together just before bed and take turns reading out loud. This will strengthen your relationship with your child(ren) and help them see the importance of reading.


  1. Set time aside every week for family reading night.


  1. Encourage your child to do some journal writing after they have read a story.


The last day of school is Thursday December 19, 2019.  Middle School Students dismiss at 11:20 am and Elementary Students dismiss at 12:00 pm. Winter Break begins Friday December 20, 2019 through January Friday January 3, 2020.  School resumes Monday January 6, 2020.


As we move into the New Year 2020, I want to make clear my gratitude to all of you for supporting our children and working in partnership with us as we remain focused

on our goal of providing the best authentic learning experiences and to help our children improve in the area of reading.


Have wonderful and safe holiday!!!!!


Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones



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