Cheetah Chat

November 3, 2021

Bell Schedule

Attendance is taken in the classrooms by 8:45 a.m and students arriving to the classroom after 8:30 a.m. are tardy. Please make every effort to arrive on campus by 8:27 a.m. which will allow your child enough time to get to the classroom before the final bell.


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 show that school attendance is a major factor when it comes to school success and student behavior.

Missing just 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days, negatively affects a student's academic performance and is considered to be Chronic Absenteeism. This includes excused and unexcused absences.

Facts About School Attendance:

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Research shows that 50% of the students who miss 2-4 school days in September will go onto miss nearly a month of school.
  • One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade.
  • When attendance improves, students improve their academic prospects and chances for graduation.

Regular school attendance, which includes being punctual, helps children feel better about school and themselves. Building this habit is a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.

Excused Absences

Extended absences, such as those that are COVID-related, are unavoidable and steps are in place to provide the student with as much material as possible. However, nothing can take the place of the learning that happens while the students are on campus. Often times, our educators find teachable moments within the day that cannot be replicated with a worksheet. Students miss science lab, music, PE, library, and social opportunities. Returning to class feeling unprepared also creates anxiety for our Cheetahs.

When planning vacations and appointments, please consider scheduling outside of school hours. While not ideal, you can bring your child in late or dismiss them early if you have an appointment during the day. Remember that every minute of class time is valuable.

Should you know that your child will need to miss three or more days of school, please visit the school office to apply for an Independent Study contract. With at least 5 days notice, the teacher will be able to prepare materials for your child to complete and submit upon their return to school. Without the Independent Study contract and the return of the completed work, the missed days of school will be unexecused.

Water Bottles

Students are highly encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to school. There are 2 hydration stations available on campus; one near the MPR and the other near the restrooms. While small dixie cups are available to our students, they often require more water than the small cup will hold. This leads to frequent disruptions in class, as well as many opportunities for spilled water.


Rainy days are on the way! We know the weather, like everything else, is highly unpredictable. Consider storing a small umbrella in your child's backpack and at the very least make sure they are dressed appropriately for cold and/or wet weather. While the students will not be outside for recess in the rain, an umbrella may be needed while they wait for you at pick-up.

To create a safer drop-off situation, on rainy days valet drop offs will occur in the front parking lot. Please use the same parking lot entrance. The Crestmont and Mt. Hamilton gates will be open for our walkers/bikers. Staff members and cones will guide you in the right direction.

Students who arrive prior to the 8:27 a.m. bell will proceed directly to the MPR where they will take a seat until dismissed to the classrooms.

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A Little Competition Among Friends!

There is still time to support PTA by selling Pizza Kits to raise money so teacher's can purchase 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.)

The contest and fundraiser will end on November 7.

Croce Swag

Pre-order your Croce Wear by placing orders online using CheddarUp.

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."

Stay Informed

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