Adams Update 9.6.18 – Welcoming Circle 9.7.18

Good Afternoon Adams Families,

Here we are at the end of our second full day of school and things are off to a great start.  If you are able, please join us at school tomorrow for a welcoming circle in the lower field on the west side of the school.  Bring your coffee, drop your child off in the classroom for attendance and then gather at the circle.  We will assemble there at 8:45.  At this time we will recognize, welcome and celebrate all new students and staff, each classroom and grade level and start our Friday off with some fun.

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Principal Kevin

Mark Your Calendars:

September 18 – Coffee with the PTA and Principal Kevin – 8:30-10:00 in library

September 20 – PTA meeting 6:00 – 7:30 in library.  Childcare provided

September 26 – Adams Jog-a-thon at ATA.  1:15

September 21 – Party on the Playground – Food Truck Frenzy 6:00 to 8:00 pm

September 26 – Adams Jog-a-thon at ATA.  1:00

September 27  – Curriculum Night at Adams Elementary – times to be determined

October 11-12 – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

November 8-9 – NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Free Lunch Application.

If you are interested in having your child eat lunch at school and need assistance with costs, please complete the free lunch application at the link below.

Lunch and breakfast menu HERE

Please Keep Pets at Home 

We’ve seen a number of pets, specifically dogs, at drop off and dismissal. While I assure you I’m a lover of pets, they are not permitted on school grounds during the school day. This includes drop off and dismissal, as we have students on campus until after 6pm each evening.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, including bringing fully trained Service Dogs to school with proper notification.

The Administrative Rules outlining our policy are below. These can also be found on the 4j website (

Please feel free to contact me should you have clarifying questions.

Your help in following these rules is appreciated. Our chief goal at Adams is student safety for all of our kids!

Peanut and Allergy Awareness

Please remember that we have many students with life threatening food allergies at Adams. While we are not a peanut and nut free school—we are an allergy aware school.

If your child brings nut products in his or her lunch, we have designated tables in the cafeteria for them.  Kids are not allowed to consume peanut or tree nut products in classrooms.

Another piece of this puzzle is field trips.  Please do not send peanuts and nut products on field trips. There are many foods that contain nut and byproducts or are processed in a facility that also processes nuts.  Even a trace amount can be dangerous for many of our students. A field trip is an extension of the classroom and we need to do everything we can to make sure all of our students safe and healthy.

Attendance Matters

What a Difference Attendance Makes.

Every Minute Counts!

According to multiple studies, missing several days of school significantly reduces the likelihood that students will graduate from high school.  With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement.

Below is some of the research below on why attendance matters.

Start Strong

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.

Chronic Absences

An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation.

Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades

Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.”

Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month

Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Every Minute Matters

If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

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