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Principal's Message

PRINCIPAL’S  MESSAGE

Home of the Bulldogs

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! On behalf of the Diekman Administration and Staff, it is truly a pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to you as we begin another exciting school year! Our district theme this year is “Re-ignite Your Passion.” As the Diekman School Community, we will engage in discussion related to how each of us can engage our passion and commit to doing what it takes to have our children grow in academic achievement and citizenship. Research reveals that a strong partnership with families can make a significant difference in your child’s education. We would ask that you provide the encouragement, guidance, and support your child needs to grow academically by ensuring that they attend school daily, complete all homework assignments, read daily, talk with you about their school experiences, and let you know if they need additional support. We are here to support you in this endeavor.

The Diekman administration and staff are fully committed to ensuring that your children will have a positive school year. We want Diekman children to feel welcome and safe. We have high academic expectations for all Diekman children and we have the support systems to assure their success. We have high expectations for teacher performance. This year, we will “Re-ignite Your Passion” to fulfill our goal to build positive relationships within the Diekman school community, as well as foster teamwork which will result in improved student achievement.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides additional resources to schools that serve students who are underperforming.  In June, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) identified Diekman Elementary School to receive targeted support to accelerate our academic progress in reading and math and to sharpen our focus on the well-being of the whole child.  Based on the preliminary 2017 PARCC scores Diekman Elementary School has received a summative designation of Under Performing (in the lowest performing 5 percent of Title I eligible schools).  This means we have the highest priority for customized supports and additional resources to provide more and greater holistic support for our students.

We will continue our pathway in educating the whole child one-step at a time but with the help of the state.  We welcome this opportunity to build on the great work of our teachers and staff and look forward to including parents, families, and community partners in our efforts. We will receive resources to address areas that need improvement.  In conjunction with those resources, we will continue to work on the implementation of our district/school improvement plan goals relative to math and reading.  The building leadership team is committed to providing every teacher with the proper resources and support to implement the goals in our plan.  In order to ensure that we are providing appropriate interventions for all students, we will also take a deeper look at the NWEA student data to tailor student intervention plans.

As parents, you have an extremely important role in your child’s education.  Parental involvement makes a huge difference in your child’s success. I encourage you to establish a positive rapport and communication system with your child’s teacher and to stay involved with your child’s education by participating in our school and district events. Whenever parents visit our school, they will be required to show an official ID. Parents are also encouraged to meet with their child’s teacher by appointment so that the teacher can set aside a time to truly focus on your need.  Our district website www.sd149.org is a valuable source of information and will help to keep you abreast of school and district information and events.

Our District offers a Pre-Kindergarten Program for All is for children ages 3 to 5. In addition, we offer the Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Program for children 4 to 5.

Pre-Kindergarten Screening dates for 2018 are:
August 7th
August 8th
September 5th
October 17th
November 14th

Program Screening dates for 2019 are:
January 16th
February 6th
March 6th
April 10th
May 8th
May 15th

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please call the school office at 708-841-3838 to make an appointment for the screening.

School begins on Monday, August 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students are expected to be in their school uniform consisting of a light blue shirt, navy blue pants/skirts/jumpers and dark colored shoes.  All staff members will be outside to meet and greet our students and parents on this day and to assist students with their new teachers.  We offer an early breakfast program in the gymnasium from 8:15 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. to all students that arrive during that time.  Any student who arrives after 8:40 a.m. will be served breakfast in their classroom.

We also hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for our annual “Back to School” Carnival hosted by Caroline Sibley School located at 1550 Sibley Blvd. in Calumet City. In addition, please mark your calendars for our Annual Parent Open House Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

We are delighted to welcome you back to Diekman. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office or a building administrator.  We are looking forward to working with you this school year!  Diekman has always had a special relationship with our parents so we know that working with you as a team, we are confident that your children will be ready for junior high and on the path for college and career readiness

Together, we WILL make a difference in the lives of our children!

We Believe…Excellence, Humanization and Pride!

Sincerely,
April Davis
Principal/Early Childhood Director

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