Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading. Please make sure your kids attend school on a regular basis. This is their foundation and we want to ensure they have a solid foundation as we send them off to middle school.
Field Day News:
Field Day is next Friday for grades first through sixth. If you have offered to volunteer, we thank you! If you have not yet signed up, WE NEED YOU!! Mr. Forbes is an amazing PE teacher and possibly Superman, but he can't run this event alone. Please, please join us on this amazing day and sign up to volunteer!
News from Third Grade:
School Supplies for Belize!
Larkspur Elementary shows HEART!
Our third grade students are making a difference in the world and becoming global citizens by impacting young learners far from our classroom walls, but close in their desire to learn!
Mrs. Barb Eckert, along with two former Larkspur teachers, Mrs. Mary Ann Caterina and Mrs. Pam Pottorff, are joining other Douglas County teachers in Belize, Central America. During our fall break they will work side by side with local teachers helping their students learn. The Larkspur community can also support these eager students by donating much needed supplies. Our traveling teachers will bring suitcases full of supplies to give to the students and teachers. We are holding a school supplies drive from Monday, September 18 through Friday, September 29. There will be suitcases located in the front lobby to collect the supplies. Larkspur students who donate supplies will be given the opportunity to sign a poster that will be hand delivered to the children in Belize who are receiving the supplies!
Here are the needed supplies:
Due to weight limitations, we will not be bringing paper or books.
Larkspur Elementary Third Graders
What is in our future:
*Field Day 9/15 First-Sixth grades
*SAC 9/18 4:30
*NO School 9/22
*PTO Meeting 9/27 6:00
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our special little school! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Jen Oldham, Principal