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Principally Speaking


Principally Speaking…..from Dr. Smith   


   Welcome to Willis Road Elementary School!  We are happy that you are

part of the WOLFPACK! We are off to a great start to school this year.  

I believe this is going to be the best year ever!


    I hope all of your children are off to a great start to the school year.  

Now is the time to begin routines that will be successful for your children.  

Attendance is one of the most important factors in the success of

students.  Research indicates that children who are in school most of

the time are more successful than those kids who are absent more often.


    Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too.  A student who

is 10 minutes late everyday will miss 30 hours of instruction during

the year.  That’s a total of 5 days!  Not only is your child late, but the

other children are disrupted when a child enters the classroom!  At

Willis Road, our announcements begin at 8:00.  The students also

miss important information concerning the school.


    Children can copy notes or make up assignments, but they

can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the

questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that

makes learning come alive.


    Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid

educational background – one that can only be gained through

regular school attendance.


    Here are a few tips on how you can improve your child’s attendance:

  • Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
  • Try and schedule all appointments after school.
  • Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise.
  • Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school.
  • Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.  
  • Ensure your child is completing homework assignments.
  • Support school rules and consequences for being late or absent.
  • Give specific examples of how education helps people succeed.


    We believe we are responsible for teaching your child.  But we

can’t do our job if your child is absent.  Learning builds day by day.  

A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning.  I

encourage you to get your child to school on time and for them to

attend regularly.


    As always, if you have any questions concerning your

child at WRE, please feel free to contact their teacher or an administrator.  


Remember, “It takes a pack, to raise a wolf”.




Dr. Charles Smith