Principal's Message

 

 Welcome to 2020! We are now officially half way through the school year,  as such I hope we are all coming back from our winter break fully charged and ready to embrace the work still left to do to ensure your child’s success this school year. Your child’s attendance is an imperative component to his/her success. Did you know just 2 absences per month may not seem like much, but it can add up to a child being chronically absent? Chronic absences interfere with your child receiving the consistent instruction needed to build on basic foundational skills. It means less instruction, but also missed opportunities for intervention, re-teaching and enrichment. The days of sending home extra worksheets to help your child catch up on what they missed are gone. In today’s classrooms much of what is being taught and learned stems from rich communication, participation in hands-on learning, and collaboration with peers—not from the worksheets. So simply making up the missed assignment does little if anything to help your child recapture the missed learning. 

“In fact, in a study of California students for Attendance Works, only 17 percent of the students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and 1st grade were reading proficiently by 3rd grade, compared with 64 percent of those with good attendance in the early years. Weak reading skills in the 3rd grade translate into academic trouble ahead: Students who aren't reading well by that point are four times more likely to drop out of high school, according to a 2012 study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (Newsweek,2014).”
Please help your child to finish out the second half of this school year strong. Make a commitment to attend. Social anxiety is one of the biggest reasons kids don’t come to school. Academic struggles and being bullied are also common reasons kids avoid attending. So how can you help? It is important to keep track of how many days your child is missing. There are also things you can do to help your child want to go to school. 

1. Talk with your child. Try to find out the real reason your child does not want to attend. Together, you can try to brainstorm some solutions. 
2. Call the school. Talk with us. We want to help.
3. Learn about what your child is doing in school academically. The learning required of them requires support from you. You do not have to have the answers or even know how to do the work, but you can help them work through how to problem solve their problems, take on challenges, and persevere.
4. Get to know their friends and their families. Is your child surrounded by peers who help build them up? Does he/she hang out with students who are motivated and challenge themselves to do their best? How can you help build that capacity and growth mindset for them? For others? 
  

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. Our phone number is (360) 793-9840.
Office hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday.


Sincerely,


Heather Anderson
Principal, Gold Bar Elementary
Heather.anderson@sultan.k12.wa.us


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