Well it looks like we have all survived Snowmagedon 2017. We sometimes think that we have all kinds of power and abilities as humans and then something like a foot of snow, and below freezing temperatures for a week, shows us that there are forces beyond our control. Although I made it to work for all but one of those days to check on our building, the extra snowcation did throw off the rhythm a little bit. However, we are now back into full swing and starting the drive toward and into the second half of the school year.
February is a great time to review expectations with your children. We are slightly past the halfway mark into this school year and children benefit greatly from hearing their parents share what they expect from them in area of academics, behaviors and friendships. It is also a great time to think about how many absences your child has had so far this year. The latest research shows that students being in school to learn is more important than ever and the negative impacts of high absenteeism starts as early as kindergarten. A good goal is to not miss more than 10 school days in a school year.
ATTENDANCE = LEARNING The Pleasant Valley staff would like to continue to encourage families to limit family trips and vacations that take students out of school during the 180 day school year. When a student is absent, it can have an effect on the progress of the whole class, not just on the individual student who is absent. While everyone is sick sometimes and has to be absent, combined data has indicated Pleasant Valley students have missed over 30 days of instruction this year due to parent requests and out-of-town trips alone. We want students to achieve at the highest levels at Pleasant Valley. To do this, we need the highest levels of school attendance. Thank you for partnering with us about this issue.
Please join us on May 18th for the Pleasant Valley 40th Anniversary Celebration from 5:30-7:00. A great time to connect with former parents, staff, students and community members.
I am so proud of our school. Although we still have many things to improve, and the journey toward every student being able to meet standard and beyond is slow and steady, we are making significant progress. We have such an amazing staff dedicated to meeting the needs of every student and providing a safe, positive learning environment. We will continue to do our best and to respond to new tensions and trials but I know in my heart that we are doing good work and that work is making a difference in more student’s lives every day. Thank you for being a part of this effort with us.