Happy Spring!

As we enter the final few months of school, now is a great time to review attendance and tardy policies. The best predictor of student success is consistent attendance in school.Here is some basic information from Attendance Works:

1.Students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read proficiently by the time they finish third grade. Preliminary data in California found that 17 percent of those students were reading on grade level at the end of third grade, compared to 62 percent who attended regularly.

2. Lower levels of third grade reading are also found among children chronically absent in preschool and kindergarten or who did not ever attend preschool.

3. By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes an early warning sign that a student may drop out of high school, a Baltimore study found.

4. By ninth grade, it is a better indicator than eighth-grade test scores that a student will drop out.

Principal's Welcome to the 2013-14 school year!

Dear Gilbert Heights Parents, Students, and Families,

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward with enthusiasm to the new school year. We are pleased to have you as partners and want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social, and emotional growth. With your help, this will be an excellent school year!

PLT (Professional Learning Team) Wednesday

Our schools will continue to open one hour late every Wednesday during the 2013-14 school year. Doors open at 9:30 for breakfast and all busses pick up students one hour later than the regular time. Teachers and principals will use this time each week to review student performance data and decide how to best support our students and to implement school improvements. Maximizing student achievement growth for every student will be our focus.

ATTENDANCE & TARDY SUPPORT

School Supply List

There is a one-time $20 supply fee per child. This fee is for consumable supplies that will be used throughout the year. It replaces the usual supply list.

Please DO NOT purchase any supplies or send any supplies from home. Your child’s teacher will purchase supplies over the summer. This fee is NOT optional.

A community supply method will be used. There are many benefits to this method for the parent, child, and classroom teacher. It will save parents money because we are able to buy in bulk, allowing us to purchase a larger variety and better quality of supplies. Students feel more equality because all supplies are the same color, style, size, etc. Students also learn many social skills from sharing supplies. By purchasing supplies over the summer, our classrooms are set up and ready for the first day of school with the supplies that are needed.

Please send the supply fee with your child on the first day of school. It is helpful to put it in an envelope with your child’s first and last name on the front.

If there are circumstances that create a hardship in paying the fee, please see your child's counselor or principal.

Volunteers Needed!

SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today) Volunteers Needed-Just One Hour per Week!

As a SMART volunteer, you’ll read one-on-one with our kindergarten through third-grade students each week from now until mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build literacy skills and self-confidence. SMART is fun and further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month to take home and keep.

We are looking for 14 volunteers; reading times are available at Gilbert Heights, Menlo Park and Mill Park!

For more information about volunteering with SMART, call 971-634-1616 or visit www.getSMARToregon.org

Cyber bullying/Facebook/Social Media and your Kids

“I want a Facebook!” If you have not heard these words from your child yet, get ready because chances are that you will. However, no matter how ready you are the real question is, “Is my child ready for Facebook, Instagram or other social media?” Instant communication, written words and opinions that can’t be taken back, pictures that, once posted, are in cyberspace for all of eternity, “friends” who they may have never met in real life and who may or may not be who they really claim to be. All of this, on their phones or computers, happening at Internet speed that is hard for us, as parents, to monitor.

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