Have you ever wondered how to get your child to really come to school every day, no matter what? Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. And if your child does have an illness, they need to stay home for the safety of students and staff, and so that they get better. The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.
But sometimes children will miss so many days of school that it impacts their learning. Did you know that sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year. Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
Have honest conversations with your child about attendance. Let them know that
This week, we will be off Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy. In 1983, in the Washington Post, his wife Coretta Scott King wrote "The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress."
Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter century.
Looking for a way to service your community this MLK Day? Click the link below to search for volunteer opportunities your families can use to reflect, serve, and commemorate.
Children are faced with many decisions to make, both at home and at school. sometimes we talk about how these emotions "get the best of us". what does it really mean for that to happen? It means that their emotions, strong or not, affect their decision making. Even when a child's emotions are very strong, they may still make good decisions,. We can help by adults modeling how to make good decisions, even when we are angry. and by talking that through with our children.
Ask your child to describe a time when he or she was angry or upset. Together, talk about the kinds of good decisions your child can make the next time his or her emotions are that strong.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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