• A Note from Mr. Rifenburg

    Family Bingo Nights and Family Literay Night continue to be a great success! It was wonderful to see all of the families turn out for these events. As always everyone had a great time. I wanted to thank all of the volunteers that made these nights possible. Stay tuned for upcoming events such as Forest Oak STEAM night.

    Now that we are into third markings period, it is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of attendance and getting to school on time. We thank everyone that gets their children to school daily and on time. With the start of the marking period we have seen an increase in tardies. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school or arrive late, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent or tardy. Research shows:

    * Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

    * By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.

    * By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

    Absences and tardies can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent or tardy if he or she misses or arrives late just two days every month.

    We don’t want students to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

    * Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

    * Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

    * Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.

    * Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

    * Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.

    * Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member,

    neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

    * Arrive to school between 8:30-8:45 each morning. Students are marked tardy at 8:50.


    Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school. If you have any questions or need more information please contact us.