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Principal's Message

Attendance matters

       Did you know that September is officially "Attendance Awareness Month" in Los Angeles County?  The County Board of Supervisors, the City of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Unified School District have all passed motions to support new efforts to keep students in school and engaged with learning.   That’s how important attendance is for our students!      

       Consistent school attendance is essential for your child’s success in school.  Make your child’s education your #1 priority by ensuring he/she attends school on a regular basis.  Attendance problems hinder your child’s progress and emphasize that school is not important.  At age 5, school is your choice—at age 18, it’s their choice!  

       If your child is absent, please call the school office or write a note explaining the reason for the absence.  The only excused absences are for illness of the child, medical appointment for the child, or attendance at a funeral of one’s immediate family  (1 day for in state, 3 days for out of state).

       Please note that any student who has three or more unexcused absences or tardies in excess of 30 minutes in one school year is considered truant.  (Section 48260 of the California Education Code)  With the support of LAUSD’s Pupil Services and Attendance Office, we’ll be working with our Palomino families to prevent truancy and increase student attendance throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

       Research shows that for each day a student misses school, they are more than 3 days behind their peers.  This is because they miss critical direct instruction from their teacher and must make up missed learning as well as catch up with new learning at the same time.  Each day a student is in school, they improve their skills, learn a little more about responsibility, and move one step ahead in the learning process.

       It is important to remember that every minute of the school day is important.  Thank you in advance for working with the staff of Chatsworth Park to keep your child in school regularly and on-time so together we can ensure the best education possible!  Here’s to an amazing 2017-2018 school year!

                                     All the best,

                                     Rachelle Ratner