“Every Student, Every Day, Every Classroom”
Dear Granite Falls School and Community Friends,
September is finally here, and school has officially started! We are looking forward to another great year. Several new staff members have joined our team. Many of our teachers have participated in professional development throughout the summer and are excited to equip their students with tools and opportunities. We invite you to partner with us so that all our students are college and career ready.
It has been an exciting summer with many great programs and opportunities throughout which have included the Summer Lunch Program, the Family Resource Center school supply drive and distribution, National Night Out, Sno-Isle Libraries summer reading program, Show N’ Shine and many other opportunities to learn and grow. It’s been great to see so many students and families throughout the community this summer.
The district has been diligently working on the completion of the bond project schematic designs. Our next step will be board approval at the September 20th meeting. We will have a booth at Railroad and Reunion Days to show you the final plans. Please stop by to view the hard work our staff and architects have accomplished.
You may have recently seen in the media that Washington State is among the top states for very poor school attendance. We would like to change that, and we need your help. It’s vital that our students be on-time and attend school every day in order to achieve great success. When students are not in class, they are missing out on critical learning. We understand that, at times, illness prevents students from attending class. This is very understandable. Please think twice about taking them on vacation during school days. Excused and unexcused absences impact their learning. If students miss 10 or more days in a school year it is considered chronic absenteeism. Studies show that as early as elementary school, students who miss just two days per month are more likely to fall behind and less likely to graduate high school. Please help Granite Falls School District improve our attendance rate.
Here’s what you can do:
- Make showing up to school every day a positive expectation.
- Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.
- Encourage involvement in meaningful school activities, like clubs and sports.
I urge you to be involved at your child’s school whenever possible by joining a parent group and/or volunteering at the school or in the classroom. Ask your child’s school about opportunities that are available.
Let’s make the 2017/18 school year the best ever!