January Newsletter


Notes from the Principal:

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
-Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
-Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
-Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
-By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
-Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
-Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
-When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
-Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.
Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.
To read more about each item in the list, please go to:

10 Facts About School Attendance

If you get them to school, we will take care of the rest

Notes from P.E.

Hello again parents, it’s Mr. Jones! We are closing in on being halfway done with the school year, and what a great year it has been so far. Your children have been working very hard and it has been fun to watch them improve over the last few months. I just want to remind you to please make sure your children have appropriate clothing as the weather continues to get colder. Also, the cold may have us playing inside more often, so please make sure your children have appropriate gym shoes for class. This enables us to take better care of our school and, more importantly, your children. Thank you so much, and I hope your families enjoy a happy and healthy break!
Chase Jones, P.E teacher