The School Counseling Scoop

C.F. Holliday Edition

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Students who miss just one or two days each month can end up missing out on 10% of the school year, or 18 days. They are also more likely to be behind their peers academically or to feel left out socially. Please commit to having your students here all day, every day so they can benefit from the full range of asset-rich educational programming we offer at all of our schools

Attendance Tip #1:

Establish a morning routine that will help everyone get out the door on time. No matter how your child gets to school, have a backup plan in case your child misses the bus or your car won’t start. Family, friends, or neighbors might be willing to drive your child to school if you are unable. Ask them now so you know who to call when you need help. Make all-day attendance a priority every day.

Attendance Tip #2:

Please get into the habit of calling us you’re your child must be absent and sending in a note after each absence. If we do not hear from you, and if we are unable to reach you by phone, the absence will not be excused. After your child has missed 7 days, a note from a doctor is required for all remaining medical absences in order for them to be excused. No doctor’s note? The absence will be unexcused. Does your child often lose things and forget things? If so, it might be best to bring notes in to the office yourself or have your doctor’s office fax us a note. We are glad to accept faxed notes at 937-643-5460.

Super Attendance Spirit Week

Monday, Sep. 26th, 8:15am to Friday, Sep. 30th, 2:45pm

4100 South Dixie Drive

Dayton, OH

During the week of September 26-30, your child is invited to participate in our first ever Attendance Spirit Week, a fun and wacky way to wrap up Attendance Awareness Month.


To ensure that a fun time is had by all, please refrain from dressing your child in costumes that are bloody/gory, scary, or that involve masks or face coverings. Please do not send your child to school with any costumes that involve weapons or replicas of weapons.


Mon. 9/26: Superheroes Save the Day! “Save the school day by scheduling appointments after school.” Ideas: superhero shirts, superhero costumes, or superhero accessories like capes and tights.

Tues. 9/27: Disguise Day. “Don’t let absences ‘sneak up’ on you.” Ideas: fake glasses, wigs, mustaches, or camo print. Dress like someone else.

Wed. 9/28: Super Villian Day. “Missing school is no joke!” Ideas: pirates are the mightiest villains out there! Dress like a pirate, wear your pirate gear, or a shirt with a villain on it.

Thurs. 9/29: Cape Day. “You are ‘capable’ to come to school on time every day.” Ideas: make a cape from a sheet, a pillow case, or some scrap fabric.

Fri. 9/30: Tacky Tights & Socks Day. “Tacky is okay when you’re tight on time!” Ideas: mismatched socks, bright and wacky socks, tights, or leggings.

What else is Mrs. Opperman doing this month?

This month I am visiting all classrooms to introduce myself and talk about our attendance incentive. I am working hard to get our attendance programs up and running, as well as starting some small groups.

I am currently taking referrals for small group counseling on the topic of grief, facilitated by Hospice of Dayton right here at school. My intern and I will also be facilitating groups on the following topics:
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Divorce/Changing Families
  • GIRLS Group (Student led group about girls' relationships with peers and self)
  • Coping with Anger
  • Social Skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Friendship Skills
Please contact me if you have questions or would like your child to participate in any of our groups.

About Me

My name is Sara Opperman and this is my fifth year here in the West Carrollton school district. I am a Professional School Counselor serving Harry Russell, C.F. Holliday, and Walter Shade E.C.C.. I provide short-term individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom instruction, and consultation to parents and staff. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.