WELCOME BACK CRESCENT FAMILY! 
 
REMINDER:  First day of school for the 2014-2015 year is Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  Our new school hours are 8:10 - 2:30 daily.  Breakfast will be served at 7:35.
 
Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015 -  Kindgergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is 9:00 - 11:00 Daily.  The child is eligible to start Kindergarten if the child turns 5 by September 1, 2014.  Please bring the child's birth certificate, current shot records and two proofs of registration (PG&E, Water, Garbage, rental agreement, lease agreement or mortgage statement).
 
 
A big Thank You to all of our community members that have helped make Crescent great!  We'd like to extend a special thanks to :  McDonald's, Starbuck's, Subway, Panda Express, Athenian Grill, Jamba Juice, and all our wonderful parents!

Principal's Note

Please check our Star News for more information on what's happening at Crescent Elementary School!

  

Dear Crescent Stars,

 

I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2014-2015 School Year! Our summer break has come and gone and we are excited to launch into our new school year. Crescent is happy to  welcome the Transitional Academic Program (TAP), which supports students with autism. 

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Our dedicated staff has been working hard to ensure a successful start of school on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:10-2:30 for Grades 1-5, 8:10-11:30 for morning Kindergarten and 11:10-2:30 for afternoon Kindergarten.  We are excited to see our returning students again and welcome our new families.

 

ARRIVAL TIMES

Our school day begins at 8:10 AM every day for students in grades 1-5 and morning Kindergarten, afternoon Kindergarten begins at 10:55.  Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 8:25 am must sign in at the office. If your child is sick please report their absence each day by calling the school at 435-2771 by 8:30 am.  A message may be left after hours, and is checked each morning. Breakfast service begins at 7:35.

 

ATTENDANCE

Every Day Counts in a child’s education.  Every day a student misses school, he/she gets more than two days behind his/her peers, because he/she must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time.  We have a number of exciting attendance initiatives to support your child’s academic growth. 

 

Students who have perfect attendance each month will be entered into a monthly drawing to select one boy and one girl from each grade level to be recognized with a special announcement and prize.  Students who have perfect attendance for the entire year will be special guests at a pizza party with the principal at the end of the year.

 

School begins at 8:10 am; students who are late will have the opportunity to make up lost instructional time during lunch recess each day.  They will be able to complete work provided by their teacher or read an Accelerated Reader book.   Please join us in making every day count for student achievement.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS

We are proud of the wonderful growth our students have made as they reach for the stars. Crescent is a recognized 2012 California Distinguished School.  Our standards and expectations are high! As always, our number one goal is providing our students with a quality educational experience in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. All of our instructors are fully credentialed and continue to perfect their craft by attending professional development and collaborative opportunities throughout the year. Our curricular program is aligned to the California State Standards.   Please check back in September to find out our growth during the last school year.  

 

THURSDAY FOLDERS

Please ask your child for this folder every Thursday. It is one of the primary methods for us to maintain the lines of communication between school and home. Information regarding homework, celebrations, concerns, programs, events, instructional changes, etc. will be found in these folders.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

A supply wish list will be posted at the front of the school if you wish to donate any supplies. Due to California State cutbacks in education, funds for schools are significantly affected, so if you have items on the list that you would like to donate to the classroom, it would be greatly appreciated. Students are not required to donate items. Whether or not a family chooses to donate will have no effect on academic standing or participation.
 

We recommend that you label your child’s personal belongings such as jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, and backpacks. We have a lost and found located in the in the inner courtyard.

 

SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT

The partnership between home and school plays a vital role in every child’s success, supporting them in making their school year a happy and successful one. We invite you to consider volunteering in your child’s class.  Volunteer times need to be coordinated with the teacher ahead of time and will be maintained in the Volunteer Binder in the Office. Please discuss with your child’s teacher, how you will be able to volunteer to benefit your child’s education.

 

Again, I’d like to welcome you to our new school year! We look forward to a productive year helping your child to make every day count as we keep moving forward!

 

If you have any questions related to school policy and procedures, schedules, etc., please feel free to notify the main office a 435-2771.

 

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney

 

 

Stephanie Wheeler

 

District Info

 

Star News

Good Habits Start Early
Focus on elementary school attendance should pay off for years. 
 
A new focus on getting kids to school every day and on time throughout Solano County is already showing promising results, and those working on the effort are preparing to step it up a notch.
 
Rather than focus exclusively on teenage truants as past efforts have been inclined to do, this new attempt zeroes in on parents of elementary school children - particularly those in kindergarten and first-grade, since that's where the habit of skipping school seems to start.
 
"Very few of these kids just stop going to school in the 10th grade," says Nicola Parr, Vacaville Unified school District's learning support administrator, who has been wrestling with attendance issues for seven years.
 
Just as education researchers nationwide started doing a few years ago, she's looked at the cumulative records of Vacaville's middle school and high school truants and found that "they had attendance issues in elementary school."
 
It's long been known that habitually truant teenagers spell trouble for themselves and those around them.  Researchers have found that up to 75 percent of children who miss 18 days or more every school year end up dropping out of high school.  Dropouts, in turn, are eight times more likely to end up in jail or prison than high school graduates.
 
What educators didn't appreciate, until recently, however, is that truancy habits are formed so early.  Students who are chronically absent (defined as missing 18 days or more a year) in kindergarten and first-grade are the students most likely to end up being truants and dropout in high school.  The connection is understandable.  Students who miss the basics have a hard time catching up.
 
A John Hopkins University report in May showed that chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower academic performance in first-grade - especially among students from low-income families.  A report prepared in 2011 for the San Franciso-based organization Attendance Works demonstrated that students who were chronically absent in kindergarten and first-grade had significantly lower language and math scores on third-grade standardized tests than those who attended school regularly.  That study also showed that early chronic absenteeism - which includes excused absences as well as unexecused ones - can erase the benefits of preschool. 
 
Of the students who came to kindergarten with strong readiness skill (such as preschool experience) and who had good attendance through first-grade, 77 percent were performing at grade level on third-grade language arts tests, "as compared to only 13 percent of (similar) students who were chronically absent in the first two years," the report said.  The pattern was similar, "but less extreme," in math.  It is, after all, a matter of arithmetic.  Figure that students are in school 6.5 hours a day for 180 days each school year.  A kid who's absent 18 days a year will have missed 126 days by the end of sixth-grade - that's nearly two-thirds of an entire school year.  And that doesn't take into account the cumulative effect of absences.  As Solano County Schools Superintendent Jay Speck has pointed out, "for every day of school missed, it takes three days to make up what was taught."  Kids who fall behind may never catch up, and by the time they get to middle school or high school - when image becomes everything to kids - it's easy to understand why they don't want to be there. 
 
About 18 months ago, a new Solano County  District Attorney, Don du Bain, reinvigorated a cross-agency effort county wide to deal with attendance issues.  He and the Solano County Superior Court set up a truancy court, which deals only with elementary school families who can't or won't comply with school district Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) rulings.  A year later, it's dealt with some 40 families - including more than a half-dozen from Vacaville - most of whom are now getting their children t o school on time, every day.  The next step comes in January, when Superintendent Speck and other school leaders launch an "Every Minute Counts" campaign to educate principals, teachers, parents and the broader community about the importance of school attendance and how they can help to ensure that students are getting the foundational education they need.
 
For too many years, truancy crackdowns have been framed as a crime-fighting effort or a way to boost school district revenue by increasing average daily attendance.  Explaining it as an educational issue - one that starts when a 5-year old walks into a kindergarten classroom - may actually empower those who can fix the problem:  The parents.

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