The MAP TEST IS COMING NEXT WEEK! Our 3rd and 4th grade students begin MAP testing Tuesday, April 22. The 3rd graders will take the Communication Arts test April 22-24 and the Math test April 29-30. The 4th graders will take the Communication Art test April 22-23 and the Math test April 29-30. Here are a few reminders to help your child prepare for test.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Arrive to school by 8:20…we begin promptly at 9:00!!!
Several families will be receiving attendance letters today and next week in their child’s backpack. If you received an attendance letter, it means your child has been absent at least five full or partial days so far this year. In addition to the information included in the letter I am providing some additional information here.
Here are some questions I have anticipated or received about attendance in general:
Why do I receive notification when my child is absent for five days? As a district, we have guidelines in place that expect each school to alert parents when they have a certain number of days out. The first notification is at five days. This includes partial or full days, even if it is just arriving late to school. In the past, this process has not been an exact science. We receive daily reports about who is out and who has not called in attendance that morning of the absence.
Is having five days out a bad thing? Not necessarily. My own children have been out for illness. In fact, I also received a five day letter in the past! This is just to alert you, the parent or guardian, about the number of days he or she has been absent. There is a lot of research correlating good attendance with strong academic performance, so it is important that all students attend consistently. At the same time, we understand as both educators and parents when illness hits the home.
What is considered excessive absences? If a child is out for ten or more days, it is considered excessive. These guidelines are based on the Missouri Compulsory Attendance Law. Possible interventions include notifying the school resource officer and school social worker. These are handled on a case by case basis based on consistent communication with parents or guardians. Interventions are less likely when parents communicate with the school and walk their children into the building in the mornings.
How can I help ensure my child is coming to school regularly?
There are lots of things we can do to keep our kids healthy and in a routine: Go to bed at a decent hour; Take care of homework and other duties before it gets late; Have a meal together as a family when it works; Wake up with enough time to get to school. Of course, getting sick is largely out of control, although washing hands regularly, staying active, and eating a balanced diet to help our immune systems can help stave off illnesses or reduce the severity of their symptoms.
I hope this information has been helpful for you. Thank you for being a partner in our efforts.