Congratulations to the following classes that were our Perfect Attendance Challenge winners for Attendance Awareness Month:
Congratulations to all students and families who are continuing to work hard to have good attendance. The first step to success at school is being here!
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell when sick is too sick for school. You want to make sure your child is healthy and gets the healing time he or she needs and you don't want to get other people sick. At the same time, you know it is important for your child's future and success to be going to school as much as possible.
Download the poster below to help you decide when your child should go to school, when your child would benefit from staying home, and when your child needs medical treatment.
Remember, if your child is absent, they should return to school with a parent note, or even better, a doctor's note. If your child is experiencing chronic illness or significant medical difficulties, please be sure to connect with your child's teacher, the school nurse, or the school counselor. We're all on your team to help you child achieve success!
After having the opportunity to meet with all of our students, I was able to compile some of the information into some graphs. This gives us some good information about how our students feel about school and what they like to do when they aren't at school. We can use this information to try to improve our students' success!
Did you know that a student can still fall behind in school even if they only miss a day or two of school every few weeks?
Did you know that absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help students catch up?
Did you know that missing 10% of days (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read?
Find out what you can do to make attendance a habit by downloading the poster, below.
-Setting a regular bedtime and morning routine
-Not letting your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick
-Developing back-up plans with family members, neighbors, or other support systems for getting to school in case something comes up
If you are finding it difficult to develop the habit of attendance with your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or me, Mary Humphries, School Counselor at 717-786-2546 or email@example.com.
Did you know that 1 out of every 10 kids in Kindergarten and 1st grade are chronically absent?
Did you know that only 41% of kids who are chronically absent during those formative years are able to read on grade level after 3rd grade?
Attendance in the early years can have a HUGE impact on your child's future and success in school. Check out the Attendance in the Early Years poster, below, to learn more about what you can do to help your child be successful!
If you are having difficulty getting your child to school each day and need support, contact your child's teacher or me, Mary Humphries, school counselor, at 717-786-2546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, I will be visiting classrooms, again, to talk with students about a variety of topics in the areas of social/emotional development, academics, and careers. The following are the lessons/topics we will be covering in September:
Kindergarten – I will be introducing myself to students and talking to them about what the school counselor does.
Grades 1 – 5 – To kick off our lessons for our Anti-Bullying Campaign, students will discuss the definition of bullying and how to handle bullying. Please look for a flyer about bullying to come home with your child!
As in previous years, we will spend each month of the school year focusing on a positive characteristic. This program is also a part of our new Anti-Bullying Campaign to proactively teach students how to be good citizens. For September, we will be focusing on self-control. After a long summer of activities and fun, it can be hard for some students to get back into the routine and constantly demonstrate the self-control that is required of them in the classroom. This, however, is an important life skill that is required of all of us every day.
To focus on self-control, teachers will read Katie Loves Kittens (K-2) or What Were You Thinking? (3-5). Both books focus on various aspects of self-control. Teachers will follow up these stories with discussion questions and activities to ensure students fully understand the concept of self-control and how they can demonstrate it.
To extend this concept at home, try having a dinner table conversation about times at home when self-control is required and what things your child does to maintain self-control. How can these skills be transferred to the classroom, cafeteria, or playground?