Cheetah Chat

October 13, 2021

The Impact of Tardiness

Do you know about the impact of tardiness on school success?

At Croce, we stress the need for students to be at the classroom door by 8:30 a.m. with good reason. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on tardiness or lateness, show that school attendance is a major factor when it comes to school success and student behavior.

  • Attentiveness and Distractions:The most crucial learning hours of a school day are the morning hours, because they are when students are most attentive. Students who are tardy miss the beginning of their morning classes, and they also cause a distraction when they arrive late to class.
  • Academics and Achievement: Students who are frequently tardy have lower GPAs, lower scores on standardized assessments, and lower graduation rates. Chronic tardiness in elementary and middle school is also linked to failure in high school.
  • Behavior Problems: In the National Center for Education Statistics 2007 Indicators of School Crime and Safety, teachers surveyed reported that students who are frequently tardy have higher rates of suspension and other disciplinary measures. Tardiness causes students to feel disconnected with school, leading to behavior problems and dropouts.
  • Effect on Others: When students are tardy, they negatively impact their teachers and other students. Teachers are often required to allow tardy students to make up work, which often requires them to restructure their lessons or re-teach missed material. Tardiness also takes other students' attention away from a teacher's lesson, leading to more behavior problems and missed instruction.

Virtual Book Fair

Buy books for your children and support our school library! The Scholastic Book Fair is online this fall. It runs from October 18th - October 31st. Mrs. Meek will use the profits from the Fair to purchase new and exciting books for our school library! Choose from lots of fun titles, and have the books shipped right to your home. Shipping is free on all orders of $25 or more. Have fun shopping and happy reading!

Shop here:

Thank you so much for your support.

Trunk or Treat

Join the fun on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m! Cheetahs and their families are invited to walk-through the Croce parking lot to view the trunks. Costumes are not only welcomed, but encouraged. Candy will be provided by the Leo Croce PTA and will be distributed only upon exiting the Trunk or Treat.

If you are interested in decorating your trunk, please register through Sign-Up Genius. Space is limited, so don't delay!

Halloween Festivities

Our Cheetahs will be parading around campus in their Halloween costumes on Friday, October 29 beginning at 8:45 a.m. A staging area for parents will be set up on the basketball courts and the students will parade around the parents. Each teacher will be holding a class sign making it easier for you to find your child in the procession.

Please keep these District guidelines in mind when purchasing Halloween costumes:

  • Masks must be school friendly (allowed only during the parade, not in class)
  • No weapons or replica weapons
  • No blood or gore
  • Must meet dress code guidelines

It is not our intent to complicate or interfere with creativity, but we must assure safety and a positive learning environment for the day. Thank you for your cooperation!

Upcoming Meeting

The English Learner Advisory Committee meets 4 times during the year to advise the school on English Learner services and programs. Information regarding our first meeting can be found in the flyers above. Clicking on a flyer will enlarge it.
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A Little Competition Among Friends!

It’s pizza time! For the next 4 weeks, the PTA is selling Pizza Kits to raise money so we can help the teacher's buy more school supplies for the students! To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help. It’s super easy to join the fun!

Use this link to register, customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. Send your special link (generated when you register) to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit and makes an impact. The class that sells the most will win a PIZZA PARTY! Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!

Let's make it a virtual party, too by using a hashtag to see how we're doing! The student that has the most hashtags: #CroceLittleCaesarsParty21 wins ice cream for them plus a friend! (Please remember to direct message the Leo Croce PTA Instagram with your hashtags if your Instagram is private.)

Let the pizza games begin!

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We Need You!

Paraprofessionals are needed in our Special Education Preschool Program. Croce is home to 6, and soon to be 7, preschool classes. If you are interested in working with 3-4 year olds, please consider applying for an open position. Generally speaking, the hours are from 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. More information can be found on the Employment page of the District's website.


Communication between home and school is always encouraged. During the school day, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m., our teachers are busy working with your child/ren. If you have an urgent message that needs to be relayed to your child, please contact the school office. Otherwise, you can expect a response from the teacher within 48 hours of your email/phone call.

Croce Swag

Pre-order your Croce Wear and pickup during the Welcome Back to Croce Scavenger Hunt. Please place orders online using the CheddarUp link.

Universal Free Lunch

The following information has been taken from the website.

"Our Child Nutrition Department is excited to share that all students, regardless of family income, can receive a daily school lunch free of charge for all instructional days in the 2021-22 school year! While a free and reduced lunch application does not apply this year, completing the Alternate Income Form can result in students qualifying for additional benefits such as Pandemic EBT, scholarships for placement exams, and discounted internet service."

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