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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!
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!
Pajama Day at Brookside School!!
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.
Agenda and meeting minutes available
under Latest News.
Attendance = Success!
Excusing absences is easier than ever.
Send a note with you child
707-459-5385 ext. 1402
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.
Pajama Day Fun with staff and students!!!