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Principal's Message

Mrs. April Davis


Home of the Bulldogs



August 2021,

Dear New and Returning Parents/Guardians,

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!    I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  We have missed our students so much.  We are thrilled to be returning to in-person learning!   I would like to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Nina Martin.  She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge.

After last year of remote learning, we are excited to return 5 full days of in-person instruction in the building.  Due to the impact of COVID 19 pandemic, we will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by Board of Education.  This will include the requirement of all students to wear masks while indoors and on the busses, social distancing of at least 3 feet between students where practicable, and regular hand washing and/or access to hand sanitizes.  All visitors will be required schedule appointments and wear a mask.

Our goal is to make sure our children continue to be engaged in positive educational experiences and remain connected to their classroom teacher.  Educating our children has taken on a new meaning. We are taking the necessary safety precautions during the school year; All students 3 years and up must wear face mask during the school day. (Except during snack an lunch).

The theme of the District this year is “Moving Students Forward.” It is imperative that we focus on the three P’s; Practice, Purpose and Performance!  Achievement and Growth are goals we will continue to focus on to improve student learning.  The entire Diekman staff is ready to take on the challenge.  We pledge to do our very best and will go above and beyond to assure all our students are successful.  This year, in particular we will emphasize the need to support students with both academics and social skills.   Our goal is to provide an environment that is structured and disciplined; while at the same time, challenging, motivating, nurturing and enriching. 

We will begin our school year with in-person learning. The first day of school for students in Kindergarten thru 6th grade is Monday August 30, 2021.  Our school hours are from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. 

All returning Pre-Kindergarten students will begin on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 9:00am – 3:30 pm.  If you have a child that is between the ages of 3- 5 years of age and you are interested in in a screening appointment, please contact Diekman School at (708)841-3838.

We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for 2021-2022 school year. Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2021-2022 school year.

All students are encouraged to be school ready.   Our school uniform policy requires students to wear navy pants/skirts/jumpers with a light blue top.   We look forward to seeing all students on the first day of school.   Please take a moment to visit our district website at www.schooldistrict149.org  to review the In-person Learning Plan   

We look forward to building relationships with all stakeholders throughout this school year and encourage you to become an active member of the Bulldogs family.   It’s going to be a terrific year.

Yours in Service,

Mrs. April C. Davis                                                                                            Mrs. Nina Martin  

Principal/Director of Early Childhood Programs                                       Assistant Principal


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