November is here and there is so much to be thankful for. Our students have gotten to participate fully in the games and activities they love; families have been able to attend all events without restrictions and we have remained in the classroom interacting and teaching our students. As we continue the school year, please keep your student’s attendance in mind. Of course, when your child is sick or running a fever they need to stay home. We encourage everyone to do what they can to stay healthy as the weather turns colder and the holidays approach. The following information comes from attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org
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 every few weeks.
· Being late to school may lead to poor attendance later.
· Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help the child catch up on what was missed.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and later on in their careers.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
· Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
· Lay out clothes and pack a backpack the night before.
· If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school, or the counselor about what you can do to make your child more comfortable and excited about learning.
· Develop a backup plan for getting to school if something comes up.
· Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Let’s all work together to help your student grow and learn. As always, my door is open. Please feel free to stop in, email, or call me with questions. Let me know how I can better serve you and your students. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!