Royal Newsletter

January 2016

Table of Contents

1. Assistant Principal's Message

2. Saturday School & Unexcused Absences

3. Attendance Matters!

4. Club Spotlight

5. Dates to Remember

Assistant Principal's Message

As we enter into 2016, we begin to look at the New Year with fresh eyes. As we look at Rancho del Rey we are expecting an exciting year with continuing student success with tutoring and enrichment activities, supporting new student teachers in their goals of becoming educators, creating an atmosphere of acceptance with activities planned by the Tolerance Club and AVID, and ensuring the constant communication between us and our community. I hope that you continue along with us in looking towards 2016 with hope and cheer!

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:

January 16th

January 23rd

January 29th

February 5th

February 19th

February 26th

March 4th

March 11th

Attendance Matters!

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.

Club Spotlight

Dual Language Parent Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 6pm

1174 East J Street

Chula Vista, CA

VERY IMPORTANT Dual Language Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 4th at 6 PM in the CAC. This will be where the Latino Film Festival Field Trip, end of the year activities and the sash will be addressed. There will also be presentations from Olympian and Otay Ranch High School Dual Language Programs. Attendance is extremely important for parents and students.

Any questions please contact Ms. Timmons:

College Making It Happen

Thursday, March 3rd, 5:30pm

1174 East J Street

Chula Vista, CA

The annual College Making It Happen presentation will be on March 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. in the CAC. There will be a presentation for students and parents on how to get to college and what steps and resources available in order to support students. Informational and helpful!