Dear Parent and Caregivers:
The 2014-15 school year is about to begin and Johnson Creek Elementary has exciting plans and high expectations
for your child’s learning. I know that you also have many hopes and dreams for your child’s success in school and
To make sure those hopes and dreams are realized, I want to ask for your commitment to making sure your child
attends school every day possible this year. The evidence is clear: children with good attendance are more likely
to be successful in school. High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement. This is true for every
grade – elementary, middle and high school students.
A recent review of student attendance data by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows that regular
school attendance from Kindergarten on is essential to successful learning:
• Every day counts. Missing school even 10% of the time has a significant impact on reading and math
achievement as children progress through school.
• Students with good attendance performed better in math and reading. Children who had good
attendance in Kindergarten through Grade 2 were more than twice as likely to score proficient on state
math tests by the time they reached Grade 8 as their peers who missed more school. In reading, there
were similar results.
• Good attendance starts early. Research has shown that the attendance habits established Kindergarten
through Grade 2 have lasting effects on students throughout their education: children with high
attendance in the early grades continue to have good attendance; and students with low attendance in
the early grades are more likely to have low attendance—and lower academic performance—throughout
their elementary and middle school years.
As your child’s most influential teacher, I am asking for your support in helping your child get to school on time
every day this year. Your child needs to be in school and engaged in learning to reach his or her full potential. Yet,
we realize that every family faces challenges— illness, transportation, child care, or scheduling demands. Please
let me or your child’s teacher know if your family needs help dealing with these challenges to your child’s good
school attendance. My contact information is below. We will do our best to help your family ensure that your
child’s school attendance stays on track.
More information on what families and schools can do together to support good student attendance can be found
Thank you for all you do to support your child’s school success and well-being, as well as our school. I look forward
to working with you this year and to having your child learn and grow at Johnson Creek Elementary!
Best wishes for a safe and successful school year.
Johnson Creek Elementary School