Beaver Beat

November 2018 Student/Parent Edition

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Principal's Corner

It is almost the month of December and we are getting close to being half way through our school year! Winter break is quickly approaching and our children are filled with excitment! As our Wells Beavers dream of Christmas break, Santa, and holiday cheer they continue to work on reading, writing, solving word problems and math facts. While this can be a difficult time to remain focused at school, it is very important that our students remain focused and put in their best efforts every day! Please, help us encourage our students to stay as focused as possible and to work hard at school and to complete their homework, including reading, every night!

Thank you for your continued support! Go Beavers!

-Mrs. Huneycutt and Mrs. Dublin

Why is daily attendance critical?

Did you know?

If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten

through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

How can you help?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
  • Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache could possibly be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.
  • Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
  • Talk to your student's teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.

District Policies on Attendance

  • A tardy is given if your student is not in his/her seat by 8:00.
  • If your child arrives after 8:00, please come to the office with him/her and sign them in.
  • If your child is checked out of school before 3:00 they will also receive a tardy.
  • After 3 unexcused absences, a letter will be sent home listing the accumulated days.
  • After 6 unexcused absences, a second letter will be sent home listing the accumulated days. After 10 unexcused absences, a meeting will be set up between the parents/guardians and the school social worker.

Tardy Taters

In order to encourage staying at school all day, every day, Wells will be implementing a new tardy initiative. Each class has received and decorated a Mr. Potato Head cut-out and every day that each class has 100% attendance (with no late arrivals or early check-outs), the classroom teacher will add a body part to the Mr. Potato Head.

When the classroom Mr. Potato Head has 10 pieces, the class will receive a certificate, a clip-art Mr. Potato Head on the bulletin board, and will receive a No Tardy Party!

We hope students will be excited about our new incentive and will want to be on time and stay all day as much as they possibly can!

Best October Attendance

Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Smith's fourth grade class for having the best attendance (including late arrivals, early check-outs, and absences) for the month of October. Students were here 93.7% of instructional time in October. Students will receive an attendance party soon!

Classroom Highlight: Mrs. Walls's 3rd Grade Class

The students in Mrs. Walls's class have been using the Q-ball they received through Donors Choose. The Q-ball is a ball with a microphone inside. Students throw the ball to each other to answer questions. The ball allows everyone to be easily heard. Participation has increased since receiving the ball!

Upcoming Dates

Dec.6 Kindergarten Field Trip

Dec.6 PTO Meeting Featuring 1st and 2nd Grade Musical Peformances

Dec.8 Chorus Performs at 7th Day Adventist Church @ 4:30

Dec.14 First Grade Field Trip

Dec.24 Holiday Break Begins