Laura E. Richards School

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Elementary Grades PK-2

Principal: Karen Moody

School Hours

8:10 Doors Open
8:25 Classes Start
2:55 Walkers Dismissed
3:00 Buses Dismissed

There will be no Policy Committee Meeting tonight, September 3 2015.

There will be no Policy Committee Meeting tonight, September 3, 2015.

From the Desk of Pat Hopkins: The Importance of Good Attendance at School

August 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Welcome Back! As we begin the school year, I want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track academically and in engaging them in all aspects of school life.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates as well as success in college.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

When our students are not in school, we notice because we care!

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