Raleigh Hills Newsletter
January 17, 2019
Dear Raleigh Hills Families and Community,
Regular, on-time attendance is extremely important to the academic success of students. Successful students routinely maintain an attendance rate of 95% or more. Students whose attendance falls below 90% are often at risk. I know there have been some questions about our attendance reporting and practices. We monitor attendance at Raleigh Hills in line with the Oregon State regulations regarding regular attendance and enter the attendance into our school attendance reporting system by 9am. Then, if the absence is unexcused, batch phone calls home go out from our IT department later in the day. We have no local control over what time those calls go out and we cannot stop the calls from being made.
According to Oregon Revised Statute 339.020, the following are accepted reasons for excused absences:
● Student illness, health condition, or medical appointment including but not limited to medical, counseling, dental, or optometry. Administrators may ask for documentation from a medical provider regarding an appointment, illness, or health condition.
● Family emergency, including but not limited to a death or illness in the family
● Court proceeding
When we notice that students are falling below the 90% attendance, we have a system in place for notifying parents that their child's attendance is entering the at-risk category. It can include a letter mailed to your home. While we are very concerned that your child attend school regularly and on time, the letters do not go into a student's permanent file. The absences are listed on the report cards as information for you as well.
Often our teachers begin the day with circle time or a group activity for class cohesion and bonding. When a student misses this time, they miss out on the important social skills and community building that happens in the morning. It also causes most students anxiety when they have to enter a class while it's already in progress. That's why we encourage students getting to school on time.
I hope this information has helped familiarize you with the absence reporting and the state requirements for school attendance. Thank you so much for partnering with us in your child's education.
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We Love Our Volunteers!!!
Happy New Year Raleigh Hills community!
This month’s Lucky Volunteer is…..Betty Frank! Volunteers who log 10 or more hours a month will be put into a drawing for a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Jamba Juice. Congratulations Betty!
Brittney Clark. Probably the most valuable volunteer is one who is willing to help out in a pinch. Brittney (who is on my speed dial) is exactly that and more. Brittney has been volunteering at Raleigh Hills for 7 years as the “jack of all trades.” She has logged many hours as classroom helper, room parent, art literacy teacher, special events and field trips, library help, general production projects, auction, carnival, Bingo, Lapathon, Panther Pacers, Field day, MS harvest party, MS yearbook, and FIVE years service as Volunteer Coordinator. Brittney’s dedication to our school and community is unmatched. Let’s give Brittney Clark a Shout Out!
Classroom helper- teachers always welcome help reading to students or doing class projects.
Parties- room parents will send out notices when they need help. Friendship parties for K-5 is February 14. MS Winter Dance is February 7.
Art literacy- a parent team teaches art literacy once a month for K-5 and once a quarter for MS. Lead parent teachers always need help with the lesson.
Field trips and special events- teachers planning field trips and special events need chaperones.
If you are interested in volunteering at Raleigh Hills, please feel free to contact me for opportunities that interest you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Coordinator, Raleigh Hills K-8
Immunization Exclusion Day
State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting February 19, 2020, if their records on file show missing immunizations.