Character Trait for the Month of November is CITIZENSHIP.
Regular attendance by students is vital to learning, and it impacts the amount of funding that local schools receive. Schools statewide lose millions of dollars each year due to student absenteeism. Parents whose children are absent or tardy should be sure to send a note to school including the reason for the absence. Schools are required by the state to track this information.
State education code says that a student absent from school without a valid excuse on three occasions or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period in a school day on three occasions in one school year is considered to be truant. At that point, parents receive letters from the school district notifying them of their obligation to make certain their children attend school. These letters state that parents who fail to meet this obligation may be subject to prosecution. Proper tracking of absences is dependent upon parental cooperation and can help parents to avoid receiving such notices.
One of the best ways to ensure student success is to encourage and support good attendance, but when tardiness or an absence is unavoidable, parents should remember to keep in close touch with their children’s school.
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We have already completed the first half of the 2014 - 2015 school year. The 90 days were filled with learning - for the students, parents, and staff. This year we are implementing instruction that aligns to the Common Core State Standards and reporting to parents in new ways. In December, new Achievement Reports were sent home with the levels indicating the students' current levels as they progress to the end of year standards.
Our 5th grade students are the first group to use ParentVue to apply for Middle Schools. We are no longer using paper applications for the school of choice process. Now that the families have activated their ParentVue accounts, they will have access to attendance, emergency card information, discipline, and grades. This is a critical piece to improving home-school communication. If you haven't activated your account, please contact the main office and we will be happy to help you!
I look forward to the second semester at King. I know that we will continue to provide all of our students with the high quality education they deserve. They will be challenged in new ways but will be supported by the amazing staff at King. I continue to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and parents. Together, we are making this the best elementary school in Long Beach!
Starr King Student Council - Student Leaders in Action!
The King Student Council is comprised of 12 amazing fifth graders who make outstanding contributions to the school through their service, problem-solving skills, and dedication. This semester we are working on ways to improve student attendance, make the restrooms cleaner for all students, and raise money for end of year activities. At our last meeting, we decided to have incentives for students with perfect attendance. We also decided to create a group of 3rd - 5th grade students who will serve as monitors on the playground to assist with the restrooms and will help students solve problems. We are going to create a broadcast for Starr King students reminding them of the procedures and rules. It is a great group of students who are really making a difference at King!
Supporting Students Under a New System
A number of efforts are under way to support students under a new and improved accountability system for schools. Learn more in this newsletter for parents:
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The Long Beach Unified School District is conducting a survey of all parents regarding the culture and climate of local schools.
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Read Across America Week Activities
We will celebrate Read Across America Week from March 2nd through March 6th. Here are the fun activities we have planned:
Monday - "Green Eggs and Ham Day". Students will be served green eggs and ham for breakfast in the cafeteria. They may wear something green to school. They must be in uniform, but can wear green socks, shoes, headband, necklace, etc.
Tuesday - "Fox in Socks" and "Foot Book" Day. Students can wear their favorite pair of crazy socks and mismatching shoes.
Wednesday - "Wacky Wednesday" Day. Students can wear a wacky hairdo and wear their clothing inside out.
Thursday - "Cat in the Hat" Day and Readers' Oath. Students can wear a crazy hat to school. They will sign a reader's oath, committing to be lifelong learners. Don't forget to turn in your Read-a-Thon sponsorship envelope today!
Friday - "Marvin K. Mooney" Day and Read-a-Thon! Students can wear their pajamas to school. They must be appropriate for school. The Dr. Seuss Read-a-Thon will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on the playground.
School Site Council
School Site Council is comprised of 10 members representing parents, community, and staff. The SSC meets regularly to revise and evaluate the effectiveness of our Single Plan for Student Achievement. The meetings for the 2014 - 2015 school year have been scheduled for the following Wednesdays at 2:20:
If needed, additional meetings will be scheduled. All meetings are open to the public; however, only elected members may vote.
English Learner Advisory Council
ELAC is an advisory council that makes recommendations to SSC regarding programs that support English Learners at King. Meetings will be held throughout the year on the following Thursday mornings at 9:15 (immediately following Coffee with the Principal):
If additional meetings are needed, they will be added to the schedule.
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