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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

October 21, 2013

It's been a fabulous few weeks at Westshire. The students are doing extremely well, keeping up with homework and following the school rules and expectations. This morning was chilly and it looks like the colder weather is here to stay. Please make sure your child is dressing warmly for the morning and mid-day recesses. Students must have coats, and should wear hats, gloves or mittens. As you know, we have attendance and tardiness policies. There is a powerful link between successful learning and regular school attendance. "It's only one day! Why is attendance all that important?" Learning builds day by day, and if your child is not in school, he/she can't learn. Transitioning from home to school early in the morning is difficult. Being tardy causes the child to miss morning meeting when important directions are given for the entire school day. When students return from being absent they have to work harder to catch up on the class discussions, and to make up the missing assignments.

Having good attendance matters. A research study found that poor attendance in kindergarten and first grade may erase many of the benefits of preschool, even among those who started kindergarten with strong skills. Only 13 percent of children with poor attendance in kindergarten and first grade tested at grade level in reading as third-graders, compared with 77 percent of those with good attendance in those early grades. Disregarding school attendance policies in elementary school can lead to problems later on. One research study reports that fifth graders who miss just one day of school a week have a 75 percent chance of never graduating! I will be reviewing attendance records next week and sending letters or making phone calls for those that have excessive absences and tardiness. If you are unsure about the attendance policy, please refer to the Elementary Student/Family Handbook.