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Taking the time to come into the school, whether working with our awesome PTO, working with students in the classroom, or helping out in the office, our parent volunteers make a difference in the lives of our students and staff and SMES!

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Attendance Matters!

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores. 

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.

Please remember, upon returning to school from an absence, a written note must be provided to your child’s teacher. This note may not be verbal or electronic, but must be in a written or typed form with a signature.


Dr. Robert Narvell

Dr. Anne Gay
Teaching and Learning Specialist

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Grades K-5 form Academic Student and Parent-Teacher Teams

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This year, instead of holding the traditional parent-teacher conferences, the teachers in each grade level at SMES began implementing Academic Student and Parent Teams, which is a more effective model for developing parent-¬≠teacher partnerships to better support your student’s learning.


The SAP meetings will occur twice a year. These team meetings will give all families of SMES students an opportunity to come together. The teams feel that it is critical for parents to attend these important meetings so they can plan how to work together to support their student’s learning. 

*Childcare will be provided for school age SMES children ( 4 and up).


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