Letter from Our Social Worker

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56! We are so happy you are part of our family here. 
As you know, good attendance is absolutely essential to the success of students. We are committed to making sure all of our students miss as little instructional time as possible 
If you have any questions throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Keme Henderson
Social Worker, School 56

Are you Attendance Aware?

Come To School Every Single Day

September Attendance Awareness Month may be over, but within a school building, each day is Attendance Awareness Day!  Here at School 56, our teachers, social worker, and administrators pay very close to students’ attendance every day. When students miss school, it has a great impact on their growth. Did you know that pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners who miss eighteen or more days per school year (that’s only two day a month) are less likely to be able to read by the end of third grade?

Be On Time

Arriving late and/or leaving early during a school day adds up quickly to lost instructional time. In addition, teachers have to spend extra time making plans and lessons to help a student catch up on missed learning. On a larger scale, school-wide attendance also impacts resources and ratings that a school receives each year.  

Here at Francis W. Parker School 56, we are focused on improving our school-wide attendance and tardy issues.  When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.  Everyone knows that illness, doctor appointments, and other life events happen and sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent lost instructional time.  However, by planning routine appointments, vacations, and other opportunities in advance before or after school or on breaks, parents make sure that lost instructional time is reduced.

Did you know…

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year.  Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early.  1 in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent (18+ absences per year – just 2 absences a month).  Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  • If a student is chronically absent (misses 18 or more days a school year), by the time he or she is in 12th grade, over a year of instructional time has been lost.  

For information about these facts and more visit www.attendanceworks.org.

Attendance Matters!!