SeptemberPosted by Lisa Gredvig on 9/2/2016 8:00:00 AM
September Note from the Principal
10 Facts About School Attendance
- Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Read more
- An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. Read more
- Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Read more. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. Read more
- By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Read more
- Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. Read more
- The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.
- Low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. Read more
- When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Read more
- Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. Read more
- Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically. Read more
Union Gap School is committed to the education of your child. Please help us in this endeavor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Mr. Vincent, Assistant Principal.
April NotePosted by Lisa Gredvig on 3/25/2016
April Note from the Principal:
Spring is almost here! As we begin the home stretch of the 2015-2016 school year and the weather begins to improve some students tend to lose some focus from their learning. Please continue to support your students at home and assist us in making sure the last few months of the school year are productive.
Kindergarten registration began on April 11th for the 2016-2017 school year. In order for your child to be eligible for Kindergarten for next year, they must turn 5 on or before August 31st. Packets are available for pickup in the school main office. We encourage you to get your child registered as soon as possible.
For 3rd grade through 8th grade, Smarter Balanced Assessment testing will begin on April 20th. It is critical that all students are in attendance on those days and are prepared to be successful on the assessments. Things you can do at home to make sure they are ready include making sure they:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat good meals the days leading up to these dates, especially the night before and the morning of
- Drink plenty of water
- Watch limited amounts of TV, and
- Get plenty of exercise.
These items are proven techniques for improving brain function and higher level thinking skills.
Thank you for taking the time to stay involved in your student’s education. Please feel free to contact me by calling 248-3966 or by email at email@example.com
Lisa G. Gredvig
September NotePosted by Lisa Gredvig on 9/1/2015
It is the start of another school year. While students are getting back in the routine of attending school every day here are some reminders about school policy.
If a student must leave early for an excused reason (doctor or dentist appointments) and they cannot be scheduled outside of the school day, a note needs to be sent with the student in the morning before school so that the office and teacher are prepared for the student’s early departure from school. This way, the teacher has to only send the student at the designated time instead of causing an undue interruption for the entire classroom.
Classrooms are open to celebrations on the last school day of the month to coincide with “Free Dress Day”. You are still asked as parents/guardians to inform the teacher if you plan to bring snacks 24 hours in advance in order to prepare for this as well as bringing napkins, plates and eating utensils if necessary. The school cannot accommodate snacks on any other day.
The school cannot be responsible for providing messages to your students on a daily basis whether for change in transportation or lunch issues. We are finding some parents call the school daily to get messages to their students. We cannot continue to disrupt instruction for this reason. Please make sure that your student has the information they need to complete their day in school without interruption.
Union Gap School is committed to the education of your child. Please help us in this endeavor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Mr. Stuber, Assistant Principal.
January NotePosted by Lisa Gredvig on 1/5/2015
Wow, it is 2015! Where has the school year gone? I hope you enjoyed your family time in December!
Here are some quick tips in regard to homework and homework challenges your child may occasionally face:
1. Getting Started: When your student gets home from school or after-school care, he/she might want to relax for a little while, or jump right in and work. This may depend on your student or your family’s schedule but it is very important to have a routine in regards to completing homework.
2. Staying Motivated: Does your student ever feel restless when he/she is doing homework? Suggest that he/she get up and move to a new spot. For example, he/she might finish the vocabulary assignment at the kitchen table and then read his/her science chapter on the porch. A planned break (say, to have a snack or take a short walk) can also give him/her a second wind.
3. Solving Problems: Help your student make a list of strategies he or she can use when “stuck”. For a math assignment, he/she might try tools like a number line or find sample problems in a textbook or his/her notes from class. When reading, a dictionary can be used to look up words that are unfamiliar. Rereading a story is a good strategy if the story’s meaning is unclear. Your student can also call a friend or write down his/her question to ask his teacher the next day.
4. READ, READ, READ: It doesn’t matter if your student wants to read the newspaper, Sports Illustrated or a library book. It is vital that your child read every day. The time that your child reads depends on the age of the child. A good rule of thumb is to read 30 minutes every day. It is even more important for your child to read out loud. This way you or older children can catch any errors in the child’s reading.
As always, please see Mr. Stuber or myself if you have any questions or concerns.
March NotePosted by Lisa Gredvig on 3/4/2013 12:00:00 PM
Have you ever asked your student to write you a story? Try it. You will be amazed at the stories they can tell you. Younger children can write through pictures. You can help your student building their writing skills by asking your student questions about their picture story. Who is that? Where are they? Inside or Outside? The more elaboration your student can give about their story the better. Think of building your students’ writing skills through the characters, plot and setting. Was there a significant event in their story or an identifiable problem? Was there a beginning/middle/end? The older the student gets the more vocabulary they can use in their story.
Writing and talking about writing or stories will help your students build writing skills as well as vocabulary. If you have questions regarding writing or the writing instruction that is occurring in your student’s classroom, please contact his/her teacher.
Lisa G. Gredvig
February NotePosted by Lisa Gredvig on 2/19/2013
Hasn’t the year flown by? As I walk down the hallways of our school and see all the work our students and staff are doing every day, I am amazed. Teaching and learning is hard work! We have been awarded for our hard work when we were announced as a School of Distinction for the State of Washington. The staff and students appreciated those of you in the community that came to celebrate with us at the assembly. We continue to focus on continuing our high educational standards and believe this will not be the only recognition our school receives!
Students and staff count on our community of parents to work with us as we educate our kids. Communication is vital. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact your student’s teacher anytime you have any concerns about their education or their well-being. Spend a few minutes every evening looking over handouts your student brings home. Fill out/sign forms to return the next day. Tell your child’s teachers if you can help them out at school or home. Attendance in school is key. It is the most critical factor in any child’s school success. Children should attend school every day, except in cases of illness and emergency. It is impossible to replace the learning that happens on any school day with make-up work. Regular attendance and promptness are good habits that are expected and appreciated at all levels of school and in the workplace. This year, make school a priority in your household. Commit to excellence in attendance. Your child’s future depends on it.
Lastly, I am looking for two parents to serve on the Steering Committee for 2013-2014 (English or Spanish speaking). This committee is responsible for setting educational goals on a yearly basis with staff input, optimizing the learning environment, and developing school-parent-community communications. We are currently meeting twice a month from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. If you are interested in serving or would like more information, please contact me at 248-3966 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa G. Gredvig