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February Principal Newsletter 2012

February Principal Newsletter 2012

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 Dear Friday Harbor Families,Happy February! I hope you all have been able to enjoythe lovely weather we have been experiencingon our beautiful island. Welcome to our new familieswho have moved to the island over the last couple of weeks. We are excited to have you here! With snow days,semester break, and our upcoming winter break, our studentsare experiencing many transitions. This can be difficult for them.As the staff and I help our students to settle back into theirroutines after these breaks, we look forward to and anticipatea great second half of the year ahead of us! We have a lot of fun
activities in February…they
are all listed on the right.You should have received your ballot in the mail recentlyfor our upcoming Capital and Technology Levy. Youmay have seen the information in our island newspapersabout the details of the levy. If you would like moreinformation feel free to give me a call or go to:http://www.sjisd.wednet.edu/Page/1009 This month our theme at FHES is
being a
Good Citizen.”
 This theme fits well with our current food drive as well asour upcoming assembly,
This assembly istomorrow, Wednesday, at 9:45 in the gym, and you are invited
to attend. Rachel’s
Challenge will help students learn how tostart a chain reaction of kindness and compassion at FHES aswell as throughout the community. The staff and I are veryexcited that this nationally recognized event is coming to FridayHarbor, and we look forward to seeing you at the assemblyor at the
evening dinner and presentation
which is at themiddle school at 5:15pm also on Feb. 8
.I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter, and I hope you
find the pieces on attendance and keeping your child “b
free” helpful.
Here’s to being kind and compassionate!
February 2012 Friday Harbor Elementary Interim Principal
“Soaring to Excellence”
95 Grover St. Connie MartinFriday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-5209
We have many fun and exciting
events in February…
Food Drive
Going on now!!…please send in your non
- perishable items to help those in need 
Early Dismissal
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Rachel’s Challenge
“Come and help us start a Chain Reactionof Kindness and Compassion” 
 Assembly Feb. 8
Evening Dinner and Presentation
Feb. 8
K-1 Math Night
 Feb. 9
6:00pm Feb. 14
Valentine’s Day Parties:
 K am
9:30K pm
½ Grade
- none
Team ET
2:00pmCapital and Technology Levy
 Feb. 14
 Spirit Day
Twin Day!!
Feb. 15thOlympic View MS Band Assembly
 Feb, 15
2:00pmWinter Break
 Feb. 16 - 20
6th Grade goes to IMA - Feb. 27
FHES Spelling Bee
Feb. 28th
Mrs. Minke’s class
Celebrates MartinLuther King Day
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
 ~Chinese proverb 
Dear Families,
Recently, we have had some questions about excused and unexcused absences and school attendance in general.At Friday Harbor Elementary we genuinely care about our children. We miss them when they are not in class.Their presence makes a positive difference in the teaching and learning environment. It is very difficult to see achild struggle when he or she comes back lost because of missed school or late arrival.Daily attendance at school is very important. Children have a right to an education, and parents have a legal
responsibility to see that they attend.
The importance of regular school attendance isn't about following the rules; it's about giving our children the bestchance for success. Missing school puts our children at a big disadvantage. If they miss the class where a key ideaor lesson is delivered, they quickly fall behind. And sometimes, children who are behind get discouraged and giveup, something none of us wants for our children.Of course children should stay at home if they are sick. And of course we should all be sure our children eat welland get plenty of sleep so they stay as healthy as possible. We should always try to schedule dentist, doctor, orother appointments for our children at times that don't conflict with school. Nearly all schools also have anattendance policy that requires a written note or a phone call from the parent or guardian explaining why astudent is absent, whether it's because of illness or for some other reason.Some of us have important holidays or traditional celebrations that aren't recognized by the school calendar. This
can be a problem for families from many different faiths and cultures. When it's really important to us to keep
our children home for a religious, cultural, or family event, we need to contact our children's teachers in advanceand let them know about our plans. They will want to know what day or days our children will miss. We shouldask them if there are assignments our children can do at home to make up for the class time they will miss andwhether there are any other ways to make up the missed class time.Washington state law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or district-approved home school program. Children who are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school.However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time. Youth who are 16 or oldermay be excused from attending public school if they meet certain requirements. For more information, visit thelink below. (This information was brought to you by the Washington State Public Education: A Guide for Studentsand Families)

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