February 2019 Principal Message

Posted in Principal's Message

School attendance is very important. Every absence from school interferes with your child's opportunity to learn. There is a growing body of researchshowing that Chronic Absenteeism, usually defined by researchers as missing 10% or moreof the school year (including excused and unexcused absences), has a significant negative effect on student achievement and may put a student at academic risk. The goal for Edgemont Elementary is that all students miss no more than 5%of the school year, in an effort to help every student be successful now and in the future.


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School Success Goes Hand in Hand with Being in School Every Day!Did You Know?

·       Many absences, even in kindergarten, can cause children to fall behind in school. 

·       Missing just a day or two every month can make it harder to learn to read by the third grade. 

·       Students with too many absences struggle to catch up, even with take-home assignments.  

·       Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.



What Can You Do? 

·       Develop a regular bedtime and morning routine.

·       Avoid missing school unless a child is truly sick and seek help if chronic illness is a challenge. If your student has chronic health concerns please see your pediatrician to set up a health care action plan that will be shared with our school nurse, office staff and your student’s teacher. 

·       Check with our office staff or school nurse if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.

·       If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school support staff, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.