Nicole's Note: Sep 7th

It was so great to be able to see such a great turn out at last week’s Back to School Night event. It shows how invested and dedicated you are to making sure your child receives the best possible education. Now that we are into the swing of things, I must remind you once again of the importance of your child being at school all day, every day. One of the most important things you can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic – going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing academic success.

Besides just the benefit of academic success, by being at school, your child is being part of the school community. He/she is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills and developing a broader world view. 

Here’s what you can do to increase your child’s success at school….

  • Help your child get to school on time every day. Coming to school late is noted in your child’s record and will make it difficult for him/her to stay caught up with the first lessons of the morning.
  • Follow the school's guidelines and attendance policy, and report excused absences immediately. At the beginning of the school year, review the school's rules and make sure you understand whom you need to call if your child is going to be absent. 
  • Try to limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments or illness. If possible, avoid scheduling doctor's appointments during the school day. Allow your child to stay home only in the case of contagious or severe illnesses.
  • Schedule family events with your child's school schedule in mind. Plan holiday celebrations or family trips during weekends or school vacations
  • Keep updated on school events and announcements. Read the school documents that your child brings home and take note of important announcements and dates, such as back-to-school night and parent-teacher conferences. 
  • Take an active role. Stay involved with your child's daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you - both the successes and struggles.
  • Plan ahead. Encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by laying out clothes the night before and helping to fix lunches.
  • Promote good health. Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team or playtime outside.
  • Create a restful environment. Finally, make sure that your child can relax before bedtime by doing something quiet like reading rather than do something stimulating, like watching television. Ensure that your child gets enough quality sleep. Ideal amounts range from 8 to 12 hours a night. Getting enough sleep will help her get up on time, be refreshed in the morning, and feel ready for a full day of learning ahead.

Your commitment to school attendance will send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success and that it’s important to take your responsibilities seriously, including going to school. We appreciate your efforts to have your child(ren) at school every day.

Remember, every day counts.