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Date: September 16, 2020

Topic: Attendance matters

Dear Families,

    I am writing this week to remind you about the importance of attendance.  Attendance is critical in elementary school.  Not only does it establish characteristics such as responsibility that are essential in adulthood; it also is critical to students learning the content they need for their current grade level.

    If you haven’t already, please check out the Utah core at https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/utahcorestandards.  There is a tremendous amount of material that our students are learning to be ready for the next grade level.  Whenever a student misses school, they miss out.  There are things that simply cannot be made up, even with makeup work.  

     Our district has an attendance policy.  The policy indicates that absences can be excused for illness, funerals, medical appointments, or school-sponsored activities.  Please let us know by calling the school at 435-577-2551 why your child is absent.  You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a note.  

    If you are having trouble getting your child(ren) to school every day, please let us know.  We are willing to meet with you and come up with a plan for getting your children to school every day.  Here are some facts about attendance and school:

  • Missing 10% of school a month, which amounts to about 2 days a month, is considered by experts to be a chronic attendance problem and can adversely affect school performance.
  • Poor attendance can be an indicator of whether a child is able to read on grade level by the end of third grade.
  • It is important to start habits early.  1 in 10 preschool and kindergarten students are chronically absent.  
  • The first month of school is critical for establishing good habits.  Students who miss a lot of school in the first month often go on to miss a lot of school throughout the year.
  • 8 million U.S. students are chronically absent every year.

    September is attendance awareness month, so we will be focusing on coming to school every day and rewarding this behavior.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

     Sincerely,
    Jim Martin

Last week's letter

Date: September 9, 2020

Topic: School Community Council and LAND Trust

 

Dear Families,

 

    Hopefully, you had a wonderful, long weekend and were able to make the most of the nice weather.  Teachers were at a district training yesterday learning about new resources to support your child’s educational needs, specific to technology. 
    We are in the process of recruiting for School Community Council (SCC).  The SCC is a committee mandated by state law made up of parents and staff members that meet regularly to provide input and make decisions for Circleville.  The committee is an important parent of family involvement and ensuring that our families have a voice in the educational process.  

    One of the key jobs of the SCC is developing school improvement plans, particularly the LAND Trust plan.  LAND trust money comes from federal lands that earn money annually.  This money is then apportioned to schools to support their educational plans.  

    We are looking for individuals interested in serving on the School Community Council for the 2020-21 school year.  If you are interested, please complete the interest form at: https://forms.gle/gMLK5sLgkX3WfKns9.  Elections will be held between September 21-23 to fill the vacant spots.  We have several possible parent slots available.  We need parents who want to get involved in the school decision-making process.  Your voice matters!

    Last year, the SCC decided to use our Trust Lands money in the following ways:

  • Providing our school with paraprofessional (aide) time for extra help to students.  
  • Providing teachers with additional classroom supply money. 
  • Allowing for core-related field trips and educational experiences.
  • The purchase of materials for our literacy and math programs.
  • The purchase of licenses for literacy and math programs to support the core programs.  

    Making the decision on how to spend our Trust Lands money is an important task of the SCC.  They base their decision on Circleville achievement data.  Their decisions are meant to improve student learning at our school. 

    Continued funding of the School LAND Trust program in our school depends on the support of elected officials. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions about the SCC.  If you just want to attend the first meeting, scheduled for September 24th at 5:30 pm, to check it out, you are welcome to do so.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Jim Martin

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