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The Importance of Student Attendance

If you are a parent of a school aged student I am sure you have heard someone say “attendance matters” or “attendance is important.”  But what does that truly mean?  How important is it really to attend school regularly?

 So first let’s start with some basic facts.  The school calendar we work with accounts for 180 academic school days for our students.  Research shows that a student should be present 95% of the time to meet regular attendance standards.  In a 180 day school year, that means the student should be present at least 171 school days to be considered in regular attendance.   This means that if a student misses 10 or more school days in the school year they fall into the “at risk” category.  If your child misses an average of one school day per month then your child falls into the category of an “at risk” student. 

So what is the danger of being an “at risk” student?  Research clearly shows that students who miss 10 or more school days will be adversely affected in their learning.  In fact, 64% of students who have regular attendance will meet reading standard by the end of 3rd grade.  However, only 43% of students who are “at risk” in attendance during their Kindergarten or 1st grade year will meet reading standard by the end of their 3rd grade year.  Research also shows, that students who do not meet grade level in reading by their 3rd grade year or 4x less likely to graduate high school.

 

 

Dear Monument Families:

Kindergarten Registration will begin in February for the 2020-2021 school year. 

For incoming Kindergarten students who live in Monument Elementary service area, you will register at Monument Elementary.

Registration will be:

      -Tuesday, February 18th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

      -Thursday, February 27th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Location:

       Monument Gym

Parents can be prepared by beginning to gather some of the necessary paperwork required for registration:

 

1.  Proof of immunization will be required before your child can begin school.
     Your child must be immunized according to Washington State requirements for students entering 
     Kindergarten.  

2.  A birth certificate and proof of residence will be needed at registration. To enter school, a 
    student must be 5 years of age by August 31.

3.  Proof of residence is required. Examples of proof of residence are:
      - Utility Bills - City, PUD, Natural Gas
      - Rental Agreement or Mortgage Statement
      - Legal document from the state or goverment
     It is helpful to bring all information you may need for completingregistration forms.

4.  Please bring your incoming kindergarten child to registation night with you. We are excited to
     meet our future students!

   

Monument Elementary

                 1400 13th Ave. SW
                 Quincy, WA 98848

                 Phone:  509-787-9826
                 Fax:      509-787-8974

     Hours:      Mon:           9:30-3:00
                      Tues-Fri:     8:10-3:00

Principal: Lisa Navarro-Uvila

Administrative Assistant, Principal
Maxine Marshall

Administrative Assistant, Attendance
Alejandra Ramos

Parent Liaison:
Jenni Sandoval

Counselor:
Dianne Stewart

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