Everyone knows that attendance in school everyday can benefit your child with great study habits and a firmer grasp on concepts. Daily attendance is also how schools get funding. If you're unsure as to what is considered an excused/unexcused absence, please read Farmdale's Attendance Policy.
If you've been on campus, you've probably seen the chart of lost revenue due to absences posted near the office. Have you been curious to know exactly what that means? LAUSD spends only so much per pupil per day. When the student is absent, funds are not given to the school. This impacts how much that can be spent on educational resources for our school community. It's something to think about if you're a parent or guardian of a chronically absent child.
A little quiz:
The chart above shows exactly how much money Farmdale Elementary loses each month due to unexcused absences. In the 2012 - 2013 school year, the school lost $110,661. For the 2013 - 2014 school year, the school is losing even more money per month. If this trend continues, Farmdale stands to lose more than $111,000 for the 2013 - 2014 school year.
This doesn't have to happen. Parents and guardians can do their best to ensure that students get to school on time, everyday:
If your child had perfect attendance in the months of August and September, please join us on October 28th, during the morning assembly to see them recognized for their efforts. Hopefully, we'll be able to see all of the Farmdale student body receiving accolades for perfect attendance.
The LAUSD Parent & Community Engagement Unit will hold a parent workshop for English language learners. The parent workshop is for parents of students K - 5. It will cover:
There is no childcare available.
It's so exciting to be back in school. The new school year is a prime chance to make positive things happen for you and your student. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new parents and we welcome you all to get involved in your child's class and the school community as a whole.
At this morning's welcome assembly, parents had the opportunity to meet their child's teacher, learn about Breakfast in the Classroom and were introduced to support staff who will enable our students to become better in their studies. For those of you who couldn't make it or if you're new to Farmdale here are some important pieces information:
Thank you to everyone who came out to Farmdale's Community Days event. Today, between 8am and 2pm, parents and students volunteered their time to help clean the campus and classrooms. We even added new landscaping!
Many parents came to the school to participate in the uniform swap and buy the new school t-shirts and polos on sale with the Farmdale Elementary and IB World School logos. Parents were also able to learn the location of their child's classroom and meet their teachers.
We will be at it tomorrow, August 11th, 10am to 2pm. Check the flyer for details!
As some of you may know, the past few weeks there has been much discussion over potential development on the southeast corner of Lombardy Blvd. and Eastern Ave. There will be a meeting on Thursday, July 25th to discuss the development.
You can view the proposal here.
Ms. Saracho de Palma sent the announcement below:
Good Afternoon Parents
Farmdale's Literacy Parade.
Summer is coming up and the ideal time for your child to catch up on all the reading they've wanted to do during the school year. The Los Angeles Public Library is kicking off their 2013 Summer Reading Club on June 3rd.
Students can use the summer to venture into new genres of literature, build their reading skills for the new year and learn about a variety of subjects.
Sign up at any Los Angeles Public Library to get your game board
The theme for this year's Summer Reading Club is Delicious Books and the librarians at LAPL have chosen some books along that theme for every grade level. The resources at the Los Angeles Public Library are extensive. On your computer you can read along, with audio books and play games via Bookflix and TumbleBooks. You need an library card to access the pages.
If you have a smartphone, tablet or media device such as an iPod or Kindle, LAPL has partnered with a variety of companies so you can download ebooks or audiobooks to have with you at all times.
For parents and caregivers, the California Department of Education also helps you by offering a suggested reading list based on your child's reading level or grade level.
College Week at Farmdale was another great success. The week started of on Tuesday with a sunglasses theme "Future's So Bright". On Wednesday, the kids and teachers showed their California Love by wearing gear from our state's great colleges and universities. Then the students decorated doors for Thursday. All the while, students who submitted projects based on their visits to local colleges had them displayed on the bulletin boards. The week culminated in Friday's Pep Rally where the kids wore shirts, carried banners and sang cheers for their class college.
One of the highlights of the Pep Rally was from Ms. Eckert and Ms. Francia's 3rd graders. They danced to a parody of (Oppa) Gangnam Style but with the song explaining the courses the kids need to take to get into a school in the UC system.
It is well know that establishing healthy routines now can help your child over his or her lifetime. That's exactly why the California Department of Education developed FITNESSGRAM to test 5th, 7th and 9th grade students. With school coming to a close, it's easy for students to spend their days laying around involved in sedentary activities. Why not make summer 2013 the year the whole family gets active?
For parents of incoming 5th graders at Farmdale Elementary, this will prove beneficial to your child. The state opens the physical test in February 2014. That's 8 months to get your child running everyday or doing aerobics or a sport. Keep in mind that just because your child plays a particular sport, that not all muscle groups are used or even levels of exertion are reached. So, it's really important to see what areas are your child's strengths and why they can use some help. Luckily, the Dept. of Education has listed their testing areas on their site.
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On Friday, May 24th, Farmdale Elementary held our annual Dia del Niño celebration. This is the day where the students perform dances from around the world. Countries displayed this year were Italy, South Africa, Germany, Mexico, India and Ghana.
During lunch recess, the children were able to do crafts and play musical chairs, pin the tail on the hawk or potato sack races. They all had a lot of fun at the different stations.
In keeping with the theme, PTA sold food from around the world such as eggrolls, chilaquiles, samosas, chow mein, churros and hummus. Many thanks to the people who donated food and drinks to the PTA, the volunteers and TAs who staffed the food booth and game booths and the parents who bought the food. You all helped make it a big success.