From the Principal

Don't forget that the Wild West themed book fair starts this week. 
Monday November 6th
  • Students are scheduled throughout the day to preview the book fair and create their "Wish Lists". 
  • The Book Fair will be open for purchases from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
Tuesday November 7th
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Dress-up Day!!!
  • Special guest appearance at 7:45 am in the front of the school!
  • Shopping hours: 7:15 - 8:15 am and *3:30 pm - 7:30 pm *Extended shopping hours will coincide with our Western Family Night Event.
  • Western Family Night Event from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  
Wild West Family Night: 11/7/2017
Put on your boots, dust off your cowboy hats and mosey on over to GVA from 5:30 -7:30 pm for food, (hot dogs, chili and mac 'n cheese and all the fixings!) games, prizes and a night of story telling with award-winning author and performer, Angel Vigil.  
Angel will share stories and legends about the Mexican vaqueros / cowboys.  His show includes stories from the lives and adventures of the vaqueros, and (weather permitting) a trick roping demonstration!  A special feature of the show is the historically accurate costume Angel wears representing the Spanish Colonial Vaquero of the 1700s. This show is part of the Colorado Humanities Council Chautauqua Series.
Students and their families are encouraged to come dressed in western attire.  This includes cowboy / cowgirl, Native American or historic western characters such as sheriffs, school teachers, farmers... just no gunslingers please! 
Reminder-Friday, November 10th is an Instructional Planning Day for teachers.  Therefore, there is NO SCHOOL for students on Friday!!!
Attendance Matters!
Recently, several educational magazines have been focusing on the importance of good attendance on the academic and social-emotional success of students.  Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success-both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve-even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month-even when the absences are excused- it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading.
As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority!
Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of students arriving to school late. Arriving at school on time allows students to experience positive interactions with others and more fully participate in learning activities.  Children want time to visit with his/her friends and settle into the daily routine.  Being late doesn't make that transition easy for them and they may feel anxious or rushed.  In addition, some children are embarrassed when everyone's attention is drawn to them when they the morning assembly/classroom late.  Being on time means that they are not an unexpected center of attention. 
  • Remember, the front doors open at 7:45 am and school starts promptly at 8:00 am.  
  • Students arriving after 8:05 am are considered Tardy and must be signed in at the front office by a parent!
Stacy Bush
Global Village Academy Douglas County