A Message from the Principal
In the elementary school Student-Parent Handbook which was
distributed at the beginning of the school year there is a detailed
explanation about the importance of regular school
Regular attendance is crucial for your child's success
at school. Missed days mean missed instruction. Educational
research links school attendance in the early grades to success in
intermediate and secondary school.
Attendance is a learned behavior that needs to begin in
the primary grades. Absenteeism for casual reasons connotes a
disregard, or at worst, a disrespect for school and learning. Young
children learn from their parents what is important in life. The
lesson that school attendance is crucial for school success needs
to be learned early from the home.
Our concern about attendance is not only about missing full days
of school. Late morning arrivals and early dismissals are
problematical. Tardy students are often anxious as they miss the
opportunity to begin the day with the rest of the class. Students
who leave early miss valuable instructional time as well as the
teacher's closure for the lesson. Late arrivals and early
dismissals also disrupt the learning environment because the
teacher stops instruction to help the student who is either
arriving or leaving.
No one denies the need, because of illness or family emergency, to
be absent or tardy, or leave school early. Life has all kinds of
surprises for us. I respectfully request, however, that responsible
decisions be made regarding school attendance. Let's teach our
children that school is good and important enough to attend
regularly and on time.
Please note that the Student-Parent Handbook states that parents
need to contact the principal if their children will be absent for
an extended length of time. If you plan to withdraw your children
from school for several days, please contact me by phone, e-mail,
or note. Include the dates when your children are unable to attend
school and the reason for their absences.
If there are issues related to attendance about which school
personnel can help you and your family, please feel free to contact