Elementary School News
Dear CLV family,
I hope that your summer has been relaxing and filled with many adventures. It is only the beginning of August and I'm already getting excited for September 5th. When I was a kid, there were two nights that I had trouble sleeping - one was Christmas Eve, and the other was the first day of school. I am down to one, and can't tell you how excited I am for the new year. We are about to embark on a new journey together and I have a feeling that this is going to be the best one yet!
We know that a missed day of school is a lost opportunity for students to learn. This year Chronic Absenteeism is going to be a focus in the elementary school. Your child's daily, on-time attendance in school is critical to his or her success in school and in life. It's understandable that some challenges to your child's school attendance are unavoidable, such as illness or a family emergency. However, it's important to understand the impact of absences from school, especially if they become frequent. Chronic absenteeism, typically defined as missing 10 percent (18 days) or more of a school year - as few as a couple of days per month - can cause your child to fall behind in school. Absences can add up and impact your child's reading, writing, and math skills, which will have a negative effect on his or her future.
While chronic absenteeism can be especially harmful to children in preschool and kindergarten, you also should know that any student who is chronically absent at any grade level is less likely from graduating high school or going on to succeed in college.
Families are their children's first, most important, and longest lasting teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Take the following action steps so that your children can develop a more positive attitude toward school, stay in school longer, have better attendance, and overall rewarding school experience. Parents and Families Should:
- Make getting to school on time everyday a high priority in your family.
- Talk with your child about the importance of school attendance from an early age and the negative effects of too many absences.
- When necessary, create a safe space for your child to share what's keeping them from participating in school on a regular basis.
- have a back-up plan for getting your child to school when there are difficulties with transportation, family illness, or other challenges.
- Schedule doctor and other appointments for after-school hours whenever possible.
At the beginning of the September, a committee of teachers, parents, and administrators will meet to draft specific protocols for helping support students that are in danger of chronic absenteeism. We will also be implementing strategies to reward students that are here and ready to learn. Please check back in September for more information. I look forward to working together to provide opportunities for our children to succeed and grow.
Yours in education,
Greetings wolf-pup family and friends,
This year we are going to avoid the "summer slide". Please make weekly trips to the library a part of your summer vacation. Have your kids create manageable summer reading goals and make reading a family tradition! Taking two months off without text exposure will result in a loss of the reading gains made. All of our students worked extremely hard this year and the results were celebrated by all in June. Give your kids a leg up by continuing to read over the summer.
During the final weeks of June, grade level teams and special area teachers met to review student data and begin the process of creating groups of students for next year. We examined academic factors, social skills, class composition, and student services. The goal was to create the best group of students possible (for each child). There are many moving pieces and this process involved input from grade level teachers, special area teachers, service providers, and administration. Please contact me if you would like to share any additional information about your child. Class assignments will be mailed out during the second week of August.
Supply lists for the 2017-2018 school year have been posted at the link to the left of this page. The elementary website will also continue to be updated as we transition into the next year.
Thank you for your continued support and keep reading!