Welcome to Douglas Gardens Elementary

Carla Smith

Early Release - Dismissal @ 12:30                                 Friday, Feb. 17

Battle of the Books - Building Competition @ 2:10             Feb. 21-24

Final Battle - in the gym @ 2:10                                     Friday, Feb. 24

Family Literacy Night @ 6:00-7:00                          Thursday, March 2

Early Release - Dismissal @ 12:30                                Friday, March 3

Grade Day - No School                                                 Friday, March 10

Early Release - Dismissal @ 12:30                              Friday, March 17

Spring Break - No School                                                    March 27-31

    Feb. 15 is Exclusion Day for lack of immunizations.  Please contact Patti Shields if you have any questions or concerns.

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    Approximately 10 teams are currently reading and studying 16 books that were chosen by a state OBOB (Oregon Battle of Books) panel.  These 40 students will compete for Douglas Gardens prestigious “Battle of the Books”plaque in our building competition.  The building competition will take place the week of February 20th.  The winning team will represent our school in the Regional Battle of the Books at North Eugene High School on Saturday, March 18th.  Some students choose not to be on teams, but still enjoy reading and discussing the books with their friends.  Good luck to all participants!

Learn more about the new Elementary Report Cards by clicking on the link below.

District Wide TAG (Talented and Gifted) Testing ~ Springfield Public Schools


On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Springfield Public Schools will hold their district wide Spring  TAG Testing at Ridgeview Elementary School. The TAG test assesses whether or not your child is at the 97%ile or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Intellectual giftedness. The 97%ile means that if your child was in a line of 100 students, they would know more than the first 97 students in line. These children are at the top of their class, and typically above most students at their entire grade level at school.  If you feel your child may fit into this category, please talk to your child’s teacher and your school’s TAG contact  to refer your child for the spring testing. After you refer them for testing, you will receive a packet from your school with a parent questionnaire and more information about times of testing for your individual child.


If your child is already qualified as TAG, and you feel that your child may need to be accelerated a grade level, you would also speak to your child’s teacher and the TAG contact to refer your child for acceleration. The testing for acceleration will take place Saturday, February 25, 2017, for the above grade level test in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Reference & Research and/or Social Studies. After testing, we will meet as a team with your school to discuss the next steps and fill out the Iowa Acceleration Scale.


Questions?  Contact:     School Rep: Dorian Buttacavoli  at  541-744-6387  or

            District Rep: Stephanie Lovdokken at 541-520-4012                       

  This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. It’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.

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    January/February Newsletters

   Douglas Gardens Elementary leadership team and staff invested significant time during the 2015-2016 school year crafting a comprehensive achievement plan (CAP) for the school. The CAP is a plan that defines targeted work to raise achievement for all students. The CAP defines seven important objectives that the school will focus on over the next three school years. It is aimed at measurable goals, and it is monitored throughout the year. A copy of the Douglas Gardens' CAP is uploaded to the school website in PDF format for all stakeholders (staff, students, parents, family members, and district personnel) to review. Click on the link below for a copy of the CAP.

Families, we thought you'd appreciate an update on the ALICE emergency training in our schools. Last year, we conducted training for both staff and students. This year, staff will receive refresher drills, and we will also be conducting practice drills for students.
Elementary students will receive three drills in the course of the school year. We will announce the times of these drills in advance and prepare students beforehand with tips from the "I'm Not Scared...I'm Prepared" handbooks. Students and staff will practice protocol for different scenarios.
At all times during the drills, staff will be on the lookout for any individuals who have a negative reaction to the drills.

While we know that these incidents, while highly covered by the media are actually quite rare, I think we can all agree that to be prepared is to be empowered. These drills are vitally important to ensuring that students and staff understand what is expected of them, and practice scenarios will also help the schools and emergency responders to continue to refine their procedures and practices.  For more information about ALICE training in our school district, visit http://www.springfield.k12.or.us/ALICE. Please contact your principal with any questions.

Douglas Gardens Parents/Guardians and Families,

In light of recent events at Douglas Gardens we would like to share the following information regarding Pokemon Cards.

- Pokemon cards are considered a toy and as such, are not allowed at school or on the school bus.

- If teachers or staff see students with Pokemon cards, students will be instructed to put the cards/game away and reminded Pokemon Cards/games are not allowed at school.

Teachers may hold the Pokemon cards and ask parents/guardians to pick them up after school.

We want our students to be successful each and every day at school.  Your help enforcing this school policy will ensure their success.

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    This is a fun easy way to earn money for Douglas Gardens Elementary. 
Class with the most Box Tops turned in by December 7th wins a Pizza Party! Keep clipping Box Tops!

Did you know Douglas Gardens Elementary has a Facebook Page? Visit us on Facebook.