Friday, December 4, 2015

A Word From Mr. Stevens: Traveling During the Holidays

Dear Families,

Are you planning a family trip for the holidays?  As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible.  Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days.  It's time to break that cycle.  We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they're excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.  Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student's chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away.  The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel.  But, keep in mind the costs to your children's education if they miss too much school - and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance.  Even if you've got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn't make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.  Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back.  The school is having a 17 Days of Success Contest during the month of December to encourage our scholars to come to school every day.  The class with the hightest attendance will win a PIZZA PARTY!!  You can help us convey the important message.  This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.  Click here for the school calendar.


Adam Stevens
Principal (I.A.)

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