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    Dear Families, 

    I participated in my first Whittier Fall Carnival - and I loved it!  Our kids are sure lucky to have such an amazing group of parents and educators!  You make Whittier a special place to learn and grow.   I am one lucky principal to be a part of this wonderful school.  A big thank you to all of the staff and parents who supported this event.   

    Looking forward to a week of learning: 

    Don't be alarmed...Monday:  The kindergarten classes will be having the Seattle Fire Dept. bring a fire truck to the school on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:45 AM.  K - classes will meet the truck outside around this time and the visit will be about 30 minutes.  

    Wednesday: Whittier will be practicing an evacuation drill with the Seattle Fire Department.  Please talk to your child about the importance of practicing for emergencies.  We expect our students to have a voice level of zero and to be alert as we practice these drills.   Don't forget we have early release on Wednesday as well - 1:10. 

    Don't forget to Fall Back - Day Light Savings Time - November 4th 

    Save the Date - November 15th - The Whittier PTA - Special Speaker Series - Sharon Chang - Talking about Race with your Children

    The fall carnival and Halloween are special events that sometimes can be overstimulating and emotionally exhausting for some children.  We are going to try and get back to structure and routines.  I have learned that the students at Whittier do not wear costumes to school on Halloween. Try to encourage your child to get adequate sleep, nutrition and to wash their hands regularly to fight off any bugs that are circulating the halls of Whittier this fall.

    Whittier students attend school regularly.  Attendance is one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and having your student in their seat, ready to learn for the entire school day will benefit them, their classmates, and our whole school community. Let’s work together to make sure your child has great attendance and can get the most out of their learning opportunities this school year.

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.

    • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

    • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

    • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

    OUR PROMISE TO YOU 

    We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our building prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school. 

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU 

    We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to their school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent, please contact the school in advance. If an absence was unplanned, please contact the school within two school days of your student’s return.  

    HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER 

    • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a contagious rash.

    • Avoid appointments and travel when school is in session. 

    • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine (including limiting how late your child can use any electronic devices) and finish homework and pack backpacks the night before.

    • Have a back-up plan for getting to school in case something comes up (this could be alternative bus routes, roads, or a plan with family members, neighbors, or other parents).

    • Communicate with the school about how we can work together to support your child’s

    We value education at Whittier Elementary and we want your kids to learn to be responsible students and citizens.  

    If you need any assistance with getting your child to school - let me know, so we can support your efforts. 

    PAWS UP - See you on the playground! 

    Principal Clark

    Every Child, Every Day, Every Opportunity