Dear I.S. 24 Families:
As we reach this point of the school year I am shocked as to how quickly we have arrived here. Before we know it our minds will turn to Spring and warmer weather. The months of March-June are important ones in the calendar as many events are taking place. We will be distributing a calendar of events for the remainder of the year shortly on our website www.barnes24.org and backpacked home as well. We will continue our communication through Pupilpath, phone blasts, social media and our website with reminders.
Some highlights of our year thus far….
-Community fundraising efforts for multiple local, national and international charities
-Participation of students performing at local sites in Chorus and Dance to share holiday cheer in December and the plans for a Spring celebration as well.
-A great performance in Dance, Chorus and Band for a Holiday Concert during the PTA Fair in December.
-Participation of students in our After School Activities between CHAMPS, UAU, and Intrepid.
-Students following all COVID
-19 school policies with maturity and remaining good citizens now that we are “mask optional.”
For the last two months we have had a student attendance rate which continually improves and we hope to continue until June 2022 as it is one of our goals as a school to maintain 95% attendance. We understand as educators and parents, students can become ill and need to recover and get well. Please remember to remind your child(ren) to keep a phone number or two of a classmate to retrieve missing homework assignments and notes while out sick. It is also important that students with fever stay home for at least 24 hours to feel better.
When students are well they should remain in school and we graciously ask for your support in making appointments or managing personal business matters after the school day when possible. Please support our goal of 95% attendance for the next few months. The graph below shows how much instructional time is lost over a year based on days absent.
Attendance Rate Chart
Attendance Rate Chart
% Rate of Attendance Days Absent Approximation of Instruction Missed 95% 9 0.5 months 90% 18 1 month
85% 27 1.5 months 80% 37 2 months 75% 46 2.5 months 70% 55 3 months 65% 64 3.5 months 60% 73 4 months
I would also like to share that we are planning for many end of year events for students in all three grades now that some restrictions have been lifted and if all remains well we can safely enjoy increased school spirit and continue to make memories the students will hold on to. I look forward to celebrating with you over the next few months and remind you that we are always a phone call or email away if you should need us.