Posted September 8, 2023
Dear McKinley-Thatcher families,
Welcome back to another year at McKinley-Thatcher! We are off to a terrific start! Please join us for Back-to-School Night (BtSN) next week on Thursday, September 14, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This event is for grown-ups only, but our staff is running free childcare for McKinley students!
All teachers will be hosting two BtSN sessions to accommodate different schedules and families with more than one child at McT. You can choose to attend from 4:00pm to 4:40pm or 4:45pm to 5:25pm. These important sessions cover the grade-level expectations, math and literacy curriculum, classroom management strategies, communication systems and more! We’ll see you there!
I posted some information earlier this week on ClassDojo about our first Attendance Incentive Contest of the year: if students have 1 or fewer absences in the month of September, they’ll be invited to a Donut Dance Party at the end of the month. This announcement raised a few questions, so I wanted to provide more information here.
Across the nation, the pandemic has changed many aspects of life and learning. We are all different as a result of how we experienced three years of COVID. One thing that remains consistent is that attendance matters! Students who miss more school than their peers perform consistently behind their peers. The impact on academic performance also links attendance to various school readiness skills, such as the development of perseverance, graduation and even the completion of college.
Last school year (2022-23) at McT, attendance was a significant area of concern.
Regular attendance is vital for student success. When students attend regularly, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, they are more likely to achieve academically and thrive socially and emotionally. Regular attendance is a priority for all McT students, and should be a priority for all McT families.
These are the marks of illness that might be contagious, and children should be kept home when:
Please refer to the How Sick Is Too Sick Guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health for more details.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate by staying home for five days. Day Zero is the day they start having symptoms or the day they test positive.
COVID isolation may end on Day Five if:
After your child’s isolation period has ended and they are feeling better, they should wear a high-quality mask (e.g., KN95, N95) through Day Ten. If their symptoms are not improving and/or they continue to have a fever, they should isolate until Day Ten.
Thank you for your dedication to your student’s success, and to instilling good habits of punctuality and attendance at school. We look forward to an incredible year together in partnership to support all students!
All the best,
Ms. Sonia Geerdes (she/her)