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 April Message

As the winter ends and the good weather is with us again we start to think about the summer. However we still have three months until then. One of the things to remember is the importance of good attendance. I realise that the Covid pandemic has had an impact on student attendance. That being said when a child is healthy and not in quarantine they should attend school everyday. Our goal to end this year and in the following years is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.

Families play the most important role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.  As a school we realise some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, such as Covid. However, we also know that when students miss too much school it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. The following statistics show how poor attendance will impact children’s education.

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and grade 1 are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of grade 3.
  • By grade 6, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  
  • By grade 9 good attendance can be a predictor of the chance of graduation.

What is the definition of chronic absences? A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!


Clearly going to school regularly matters!


We don’t want our students to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure regular attendance. Here are a few practical tips to help with the process.

  • 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, neighbour or another parent to take your child to school.


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 me at 403.328.0611.

-Mr. Muldoon




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