The close of the trimester marks the time at which the staff and I review student attendance patterns. School attendance is important for a variety of reasons. Regular student attendance affects school funding, assists students with developing habits they will carry into adulthood, and improves academic performance. As I often tell students, “A big part of doing well in life has to do with simply showing up on time and actually being present.”
Over the course of the next week, about 50 families will receive letters reminding families about the importance of regular school attendance. Any student with 3 or more unexcused absences and/or 6 or more unexcused tardies will be receiving a letter. At the other end of the spectrum, over the course of the next week, I will be recognizing over 130 students for perfect attendance. The fifth grade classes have the best attendance by far with over 37 kids being recognized for perfect attendance! To help ensure your child’s attendance is recorded correctly, below is some information about absence reporting and the ins and outs of excused absences, unexcused absences and independent studies.
As defined by district and state policies, only illness, bereavement, court appearances of the student and hospitalization of the student, are considered excused. After three days of illness, district policy requires a doctor's note for additional days to be excused as illness. Parents or guardians are expected to call or email the morning of child's absence each day the student is out, otherwise the student is automatically marked as unexcused by the end of each day. Absences not cleared by parents or guardians after three school days (72 hours) are considered unexcused. Teachers verify attendance once per week. Following teacher verification, attendance is reported to the district and state and therefore it cannot be changed as it will affect the annual audit report findings.
The exception to excused and unexcused absences is a prearranged independent study contract, wherein the student will be away from school for five or more days. For independent studies, the parent, teacher and principal sign a contract, and the student receives school work from the classroom teacher in advance of departing. It takes several days to put together student work for Independent Studies and as such, we request two weeks advance notice.
Crab Feed and Auction Planning
Planning for our March 24, 2018 Crab Feed and Auction is kicking off on December 11. There are two planning meetings on December 11th to accommodate people’s schedules. Please consider attending one meeting and bring a friend. We will need your ideas to make our 5th Anniversary a special one.
Date: Monday, December 11
Time: 8:15 AM to 9 AM
Location: Meadows Computer Lab
Date: Monday, December 11
Time: 6:30 PM - dinner with meeting to follow at 7 PM
Location: Millbrae Public Library, Rm. B
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Updated Staff Emails
Millbrae School District is in the process of an email migration and our new email addresses are set up as first initial last firstname.lastname@example.org (for example email@example.com). Please update your address books/contacts lists. We appreciate your patience while we get everyone trained on how to access their new email accounts. The staff directory is available online at http://www.millbraeschooldistrict.org.schools.bz/userfiles/239/my%20files/meadows.staffcontactsheet.2017.2018_web.pdf?id=2625.
Interested in a yearbook? All yearbook purchases must be made online at treering.com. If you do not have an account, go to www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1014713833323406.
If you haven’t joined the PTO yet, please sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSel4Jhv3XlnWa8738-0zEM5pKHf9v6V-6jSsjp79MrWZAgVbw/viewform.
Please be aware that per the Millbrae School District Board Policy, when children have a negative breakfast/lunch account balance of $15.00 or more, children may not receive hot lunch from the cafeteria. Children are provided an alternative meal inclusive of milk, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and a cheese stick, but they do not receive the warm entrée. To keep your child’s account positive, you may send your child with an envelope with money labeled with your child's name and your child's teacher's name or you may pay online at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home. To pay online, you will need your child's student ID number. If you do not have your child's student ID number, please call the school office at 650-583-7590 x 610. If you think you may qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, the application is available online at http://www.millbraeschooldistrict.org.schools.bz/userfiles/254/my%20files/2017.2018%20application%20eng..pdf?id=2597.
Clothing should be comfortable for physical activity with appropriate coverage of body parts. Shoes should be closed toe and also appropriate for running and playing. Clothing and jewelry should not be distracting. Large jewelry, particularly earrings, should not be worn due to safety concerns.
For the safety of all our children and per district policy, volunteers and field trip drivers are asked to complete a volunteer application form, submit a copy of their current driver’s license, complete a TB form and be fingerprinted. To begin the process, please stop by the school office for a volunteer form, and submit a copy of your driver’s license and completed TB form to the school office.
2017-2018 Meadows School Handbook
The 2017-2018 School Handbook is available here. The handbook provides parents with helpful information about school practices and policies, such as helpful guidelines for parents about when to keep an ill child at home and the school dress code.
The students of the school are expected to follow the three school rules:
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