I want to help you understand the truancy laws according to the State of Kansas. The state monitors attendance for each building in the state. According to the State of Kansas, if a child misses 10% of the days wer are in school, they are considered truant. For example, as of Nov. 1 we have been in school 50 days so if a child has mised 5 days, the State consideres them truant. The state does not make a distinction between unexcused and excused. Any day a child is not in school, regardless of the reason, they are absent and it goes to their truancy count for the State. I wanted to explain this because we will be sending letters to parents to keep you informed of where your child is in regards to attendance. It can sometimes sneak up on us how many days a child has missed especially in terms of percent of days in school. If a child is missing 20% of time it is likely they miss one day a week. If a student is being reported to local authorities for district truancy, you will receive a letter form Denise Foust. It is so important that our students be at school on time and on a regular basis. Thank you for heloing us with this issue. If there is any way we can assist you with this, please call us at 785-717-4470.
Mrs. Shinault, Principal
For safety, we need you and your students to use the sidewalk to get to the street and the crosswalks to get to cars in this lot. Students are late at the 8:00 bell. If your child is going to be tardy, you need to come inside to sign them in. Please call the office if you child is going to be sick or later than 8:15 coming to school. It is importnat that student be picked up by 3:20 after school.
Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Etheridge, Secretary
***Reminder, don’t forget we “fall back” on November 5th. Set your clocks back one hour.
“Courage is when you know you are licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”- Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
How to teach your child to be thankful:
You can make them aware of the wonderful things happening around us which we typically take for granted. Teach kids gratitude to make their life better. Be a good example– You will be able to teach them better if you use the right words in any situation yourself. Leading by example is the best way to encourage showing gratitude. Children are very good at imitating adults.
Guide them with serving others- There are some very simplel things like holding the door for an older person, which will show our respect for others and they will appreciate our actions.
Explain how to be grateful for small things- There are many things which are there for us always and kids jsut don’t gibe much importance to it. Some of the exzmples are the friends we have, food we eat, lots of toys, school, etc. You can give them examples of underdeveloped countries where children do not have these things. With these simple steps, hopefully you will be able to teach your child to be thankful and show gratitude towards themselves and others.
October was a busy month in the library! We featured Laura Numeroff, Eric Carle, and Mary Downing Hahn as authors of the week. We sent a tweet to Laura Numeroff on twitter and she tweeted us back. So cool! Be sure to follow @gvmediacenter on twitter to stay up to date with what is going on in the library. The last week of October all the teachers picked their favorite authors and we set up a display in the library so that all the students could see. We also had another winner for our guesstimation jar- Rachelle Fernandez. She guessed there were 129 candy corns in the jar and there were actually 128. The gators are getting very good at guessing! This month we have gold fish. We will announce the winner mid-November. Finally, we ended the month learning about Dia De Los Muertos. The students got to take a Virtual Reality field trip to Mexico to experience how they celebrated this holiday and they also got to decorate their own “Sugar Skull” masks. We read the story Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh, which happens to be a William Allen White nominee for this year. I can’t wait to see what fun November brings! Keep reading, Gators!
Miss Porter, Library Media Specialist