January 2018 events:
Monday, January 22nd. Distirct wide Strategic Planning Meeting at Fernwood Avenue Middle School.
Wednesday, January 24th. Parent Camp will be held a the High school.
*Details about both these events can be found on the district website.
Wednesday, January 31st. Mandala Night at Eagle Academy. Parents and students invited out for a great night of arts and relaxation. Our art teacher, Wendy Montecalvo, will lead parents, students and staff in the art of mandala creation. Everything needed will be provided, even snacks at the end. No cost, but please let us know if you are planning on attending.
As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:
- Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job.
- Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning
- Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need
We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday. We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed on Thursday, November 23rd - Friday, November 24th, and reopens Monday, November 27, 2017.
We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.
Holiday Stress Busters for Parents
Join us for Dinner and Learn Calming Strategies to Help You Get Through the Holidays
Date Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time 5:30 presentation
Location Eagle Academy
Please RSVP to Dorothy Bowker at 926-1235
*Students ages 12 and older are welcome to join us
You Miss School, You Miss Out. Attend today, achieve tomorrow.
October 23-31 is National Red Ribbon Week, which promotes awareness of the epidemic of drug abuse.
Parents: Do you know what's in your children's bedrooms? Every item in this mock teen bedroom can be a hiding
place for drugs. I got a chance to see the presentation "Hidden in Plain Sight" that showed parents how to look for
signs that their teens may be using drugs. In the Spring, we hope to bring this presentation to our school district.
Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
- Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
- By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
- By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!
Clearly going to school regularly matters!
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
- Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
- Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
- Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
- Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.