I hope the holidays were fun filled and restful for you and your family. We are nearing the middle of the second trimester as the year moves along quickly. The weather continues to roller coaster, as usual for the Black Hills, so I encourage you to dress your children appropriately. They can always take off coats, but if it is cold and they didn’t bring a coat, that could be a problem.
We have seen an increase in absences and tardies. I understand that if a child is sick or there is a family emergency or crisis, they may not be in school. However, in all other cases, it is critical that children are in school everyday, on time. Valuable learning time is lost when students are late or absent. We have numerous standards that must be mastered in a specific amount of time and when students are missing, it takes additional time to get them caught up. Many of you will be receiving letters informing you of your child’s attendance. This is standard protocol for us to do this. We need to keep parents informed about the days each child has missed. We are accountable as a school and a district to maintain a 94% attendance rate. Please do your best to assure students are here daily and on time.
One last item, PLEASE make arrangements with your children so they know who is picking them up or what they are supposed to do after school. We still have students at times here until close to 4:00 not knowing what to do and sometimes we are unable to get in contact with anyone to pick them up. If your phone number has changed, be sure to let us know right away. I know the traffic is congested, but please try to be on time to pick up your student. Thank you for your cooperation.
We have some dates for you to mark on your calendars:
- Jan. 17th and 20th No school
- Jan. 21st 6:300 PTO meeting at Dunn Brothers by Verizon
- Jan. 30th 6:00 Math/Literacy Night
- Feb. 11th 4:00 – 7:30 Conferences (by schedule only)
- Feb. 17th No school
South Park Principal
South Park target parent goals:
Read at least 15 minutes nightly with your child.
Play up to 10 math games or more weekly.