January 17, 2019
Did you know?
• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
What you can do
Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
We have a lot of news to share this week from the PTA! First, you'll want to save the date for two upcoming events. Movie Night will be Friday, Feb. 8. More information will be coming home soon! Second, our Parents Night Out social and fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 5. This event is a great way to mix and mingle with other Hanawalt parents at the Iowa Cubs Cub Club. We'll have a silent auction and other great activities. More details to come!
Kidstriders is entering into the home stretch! After week 17, our students have run more than 815 miles. We also have 7 students who are already qualified for the Grand Blue Mile. All students who run a total of 13 miles at school and at home combined will qualify to run in The Grand Blue Mile in April with Ms. Manning and other Hanawalt students. Students will participate until April 12th. Don't forget to turn in your "at home" mileage log sheet! Students can turn in one per semester, which would get them 10 miles total. If you don't have an At-Home Sheet, your student can get one from the Kidstriders bulletin board outside of the gym, download it from the PTA website at hanawaltcommunity.com or email the PTA at hanawaltelementaryPTA@gmail.com and we can send you the attachment.
Your child should have brought home a yearbook order form this week. The district is using a different company for yearbooks and pictures, so be sure to check out the flyer. Here are the details:
- Cost $12
- Can order online or with order form (flyer) and a check/money order made out to Hanawalt PTA (note yearbook in memo line)
- Orders are due by April 12th
- Link to order online: www.inter-state.com/yearbook Enter code 36147K
Second grade, you still have two more Fridays to spoil our teachers! Check out this link if you're able to send in treats or go to the PTA website and sign up through Sign Up Genius! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090445adac2c7-january2 First Grade, you're up in February!!
A Few Reminders
January 21st: No School
February 8th: PTA Movie Night
February 13th: Conferences 2:45 - 6:45
February 21st: Conferences 2:45 - 6:30