Dear LFP Families,
We are so happy to welcome our newest LFP Dolphins. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet some of our incoming Kindergarten students and their families at the LFP Kindergarten Tour. Yesterday, all schools in Shoreline opened for Kindergarten registration, which has open enrollment until Feb. 29th. If you know of a new Kindergarten student in your neighborhood, please encourage them to come to our office to register this month.
Congratulations to our 31 Global Reading Challenge readers. We had our school competition hosted by the King County Librarians and our five teams almost tied! One team won by only one question. The Reading Rhinos will advance to the district Global Reading Challenge at the Shoreline Center on March 3rd at 10:00. A big thanks to Miss Tucker, Mrs. Keeley, and Mrs. Green for leading these students and for the parents for encouraging the students to read the books. We are extremely proud of all of our Global Readers!
We were able to honor hundreds of students last Friday at our semester recognition assembly. Students received certificates on Friday if they were honored for an award. Since we are starting the second half of the year this week, it is a great time to discuss with your child a goal they would like to set for this semester.
Thank you for the shampoo and conditioner sent in for Cheer Throughout the Year. All 63 bottles of shampoo and conditioner will be donated to the Shoreline WORKs to benefit our families. Ms. Hendrick’s fabulous first graders brought in the most bottles and her class will choose the next school spirit day.
Thank you LFP PTA, Holly Fisher, and Julie Visser for organizing the free Dolphin Dance last Friday night. Great family fun was had by all!
Best of luck to our 5th/6th grade Honor Choir students who have worked hard to learn and sing new songs for this week’s Eastside Sing Fest held at Shorecrest High School Thursday, 2/4 at 7:00pm.
This Friday, there is no school so that the teachers can grade student work and fill out report cards, which will come home next Friday, Feb. 12th.
Parenting Tip: Attendance is very important and something that we really value at LFP! Every school day counts in a child’s academic life. A missed school day or arriving tardy is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Students who attend school regularly and arrive on time have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. A study looking at young children found that absenteeism in Kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in later years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge (Romero and Lee, 2007). Attendance is also linked to high school graduation rates. A study found that if a student missed two to three days per month it is an early warning indicator of academic failure and high school dropout (Baltimore, 2011).
The first step in improving attendance is awareness of the negative long-term impact missing school (excused and unexcused absences) can have on a child. As parents, you can build a habit and expectation of good attendance as early as possible in your child’s life and you can model being on time and having good attendance yourself.