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
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