East Side News

Week of January 25, 2016

School Attendance - It Really Does Count

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk, according to BoostUp.org, a national dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically

Students with regular attendance are more likely to read well by third grade and score higher on tests. They also tend to be more engaged in school and feel better about themselves.

Put your child on the path to success with these attendance strategies.

Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is. Make daily routines for homework and waking up on time for school.

Maintain communication with teachers and keep an eye on your child’s academic progress. If your child seems disconnected from school or is prone to skipping class, try signing him or her up for an after-school activity. A report by the University of Minnesota found that students in an after-school program attended 18 more days of school and missed nine fewer than their peers.

Make a plan. If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Make a carpool or transportation plan with other parents or family members, or ask your school principal for community programs or school initiatives that may help.

Report In. Know your school’s attendance policies. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoidable, contact your school. If your family’s religious observances fall on school days, let teachers know early in the year which days your child will miss.

Carefully weigh sick days. If your child is sick, talk with your health care provider to determine whether they should stay home from school. If the doctor or nurse recommends that your child stay home, find out exactly how long and on what conditions he or she can return to class (for example, after 24 hours of antibiotics). Before keeping your children home, make sure they aren’t faking symptoms. Regularly feigning sickness may be a sign that your child is anxious about facing a challenge at school, such as bullying.

Schedule wisely. Know your school’s calendar, and arrange doctor and dentist appointments after school, on weekends, or during holiday breaks, if possible. Resist the urge to schedule vacations when students will miss school. This gives students the impression that school is not a priority.

Help students complete assignments. When your child has to miss school, make arrangements with teachers to pick up a packet of make-up work. Ensure that your child follows through, and be available to explain concepts or monitor their work. If your child’s absence will be lengthy (for surgery, for instance), alert teachers as soon as you know and pick up assignments as the days go on.

(NAESP Report To Parents - Making Every Day Count)

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5th Grade Project - Collecting Information from GHS Alumni

Hi All:

Our East Side 5th graders are surveying GHS graduates with What Are You Doing Now? The link is below. Post it on your Facebook wall and help get feedback. How cool is this? Let's help our 5th graders with this project!


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East Side PTO Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6-7pm

111 Gleason Street

Gouverneur, NY

Please join us as we plan activities for our kids at East Side School!

Pre K and Kindergarten Pre Registration

We are gathering names for the 2016-2017 Pre K and Kindergarten pre-registrations. Click on the link here to access the pre-registration process! Thank you!
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The Box Top Challenge Is On! The class the has the most Box Tops in by Feb. 11th gets a pizza party!

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What's coming up!

  • Feb. 5: Report Cards Mailed Home
  • Feb 10: District Spelling Bee 10:00 a.m. HS Auditorium
  • Feb. 10: 100th Day of School
  • Feb 10: PTO Meeting 6:00p.m. East Side Facult Room
  • Feb 11: Box Top Challenge Deadline
  • Feb 15-19: Mid-Winter Break

East Side Elementary School, Gouverneur, NY

East Side Elementary School is an exemplary school where we agree to place the welfare of students at the forefront of our decisions. In becoming a school of excellence, we always identify and implement new or enhanced initiatives in the area of curriculum and instruction, provide respectful and professional learning environments, develop and implement planning and support systems and increase faculty, parent and community partnerships.

We are a Responsive Classroom school, so our belief is that the social and emotional curriculum is just as important as the academic curriculum. We pride ourselves to "Delivering The Promise of A Brighter Future!"

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