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ookside Elementary School!



February 2017  Newsletter

Dear Brookside Families:

Developing a Love of Reading

During the month of February, we are continuing our school-wide focus on teaching reading, and encouraging our students to share the love of reading! Join with your child as he or she completes reading homework each night by reading independently, with you, with the dog, or with anyone. Help complete your child’s reading log. The amount your child reads at home gets counted with classmates’ reading. The class who reads the most at each grade-level wins a fabulous fieldtrip sponsored by the PTO!

Attendance Matters

According to multiple studies, absenteeism (even as early as Kindergarten) affects reading and math achievement and the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works (http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/mapping-the-gap/) has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement. Some of the research on why attendance matters is shown here:

Chronic Absences- An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation. Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades

Absenteeism starts early- One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.” Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Third Grade Reading Level- Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time.

Every Minute Matters- If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

We are honored to have your child at school with us. Please let us know how we can work with you to help your child achieve!


Most sincerely,

Kathy Crossman








Pajama Day at Brookside School!!


Daily Schedule 
M, W, Th, F
8:25 A.M. -2:40 P.M.
Tuesdays (minimum day)
8:25 A.M. -1:20 P. M.

Site Council Meeting 
Thursday, February 2nd
@ 3:30 P.M.
Room 10
Agenda and meeting minutes available
 under Latest News.



Attendance Matters!
Attendance = Success!
Excusing absences is easier than ever. 
Write Us
Send a note with you child
Call Us!
707-459-5385 ext. 1402
or 707-456-4916
Email Us!
amandamaciel@willitsunified.com
Remember to include:
Your Child's Name, 
Teacher, The Day (s) of 
the Absences (s), 
The Reason for the Absence (s), 
and Your Name.

All absences must be reported within
3 school days of returning to school. 
After that, the absence will be 
unexcused and cannot be changed. 
Thank you!!

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    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:27 PM by Amanda Maciel
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    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 2:32 PM by Amanda Maciel
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Pajama Day Fun with staff and students!!!