Principal's Message

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December 2019

Attendance Matters!
by Chad Slife, LEAD Principal
Dear LEAD Families,

First of all, I want to wish you all the happiest of times for winter break! And thank you SO MUCH to all those who attended this month’s Principal Chat. We started exchanging ideas for our shared mission and vision for Lead. We will continue sharing ideas in January at our next Chat.

Secondly, I want to thank and congratulate all of our Perfect Attendance students. We held a Perfect Attendance raffle for students with November perfect attendance (no tardies and no absences!) and will make this a monthly tradition to announce at every Student Honor Assembly.

Missing just two days a month of school – for any reason – can be a problem for children in a number of ways. Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read on grade level by the third grade. For older students, being chronically absent is strongly associated with failing at school – even more than low grades or test scores. When absences add up, these students are more likely to be suspended and drop out of high school. Chronic absenteeism is also linked with teen substance use, as well as poor health as adults. We want to work together to make sure our students attend school regularly and with support.

Please see the attached pages from our SMFCSD district handbook regarding attendance, truancy, and California Education Code expectations and contact us with any questions regarding attendance. Please make it a 2020 New Year resolution to continually improve attendance!

On another note, we hope you and your family can enjoy the Coyote Point Cruise on December 21 – see the flyer enclosed from our community partner, Coyote Point Yacht Club.

Please mark your calendars:


Upcoming Events:

·         Report Cards sent home on Dec 19 and 20

·         No School for Winter Break from Dec 21-Jan 7

·         Back to School on Wed, Jan 8

·         Spirit Day (Twin Day!) on Wed, Jan 15

·         Student Honor Assembly on Wed, Jan 15 – 11am for grades 2-5 and 11:30am for grades PreK-1 in LGI

·         Principal Chat and PTA General Membership Meeting on Wed, Jan 15 at 6pm in LGI

·         No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Mon, Jan 20

·         PIP Parent Cafe on Wed, Jan 29 at 8am in LGI


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