Table of Contents
2. Saturday School & Unexcused Absences
3. Attendance Matters!
4. Club Spotlight
5. Dates to Remember
Assistant Principal's Message
Saturday School & Unexcused Absences
Students who miss class must have a parent/guardian call the school or provide a note to excuse the absence. If you leave a message, you must follow up with a note. Voice mails are not reliable. IMPORTANT, if an absence is not excused within ten days, your child must attend Saturday School to clear the absence. If your child does not attend Saturday School, they will be assigned in school suspension and placed on the non-privilege list which will prevent them from attending or participating in any event outside of regular class, such as dances, field trips and 8th grade promotion.
When students are absent, schools lose $50 a day. With 100 students absent, which is what we had the last day of the semester, we lost $5000 in one day. That money could be used for supplies or student activities. Saturday Schools can help us recoup that money, so if your student is absent have them attend on a Saturday.
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!
The Saturday School dates for this quarter are:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Our goal this semester 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.
There will be a Student vs. Staff Challenge January 19th during both advisories. The three matches will be Mr. Thygeson vs. Hayden Karkainen, Mr. Reyes vs. Anthony Tamayo, and Mr Savage vs. Zikun Wei.
This club meets in room 502 at lunch on Fridays and is to help support students in getting to know one another and spread the message of tolerance and acceptance. They host activities for all students to participate in, all are welcome!
This club is for our students with special abilities. They work together to help each other and participate in school activities. Other clubs and students are beginning to reach out to foster a community of inclusion with our students with special abilities. They participated in the Inclusion Turkey Trot in November and more events for inclusion are planned in second semester.
Dual Language Parent Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 4th, 6pm
1174 East J Street
Chula Vista, CA
Any questions please contact Ms. Timmons: firstname.lastname@example.org