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Remember to wear your uniform every day! The uniform consists of dark blue bottoms and a white or dark blue top.

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Upcoming Dates

 

February 7

100th Day of School   

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

February 8     

ZUMBA cancelled

February 9    

Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 pm

February 10  

Parents in Control

February 13-17    

"Give from the Heart" Clothing Drive

February 14      

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

February 15     

ZUMBA Class

February 16    

ELAC Meeting, 8:15 a.m.

February 17th

Parents in Control Workshop, 8:15 a.m. 

Early Dismissal at 12:59 p.m.

February 20th  

No School:  President's Day

February 21st 

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

February 21 - March 3  

Cake Sale Fundraiser

February 22   

School Site Council Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

ZUMBA Class

February 24

Parent Read Along, 8 am

February 27 - March 3

Week of Read Across America

Week of Parent Conferences

Week of early dismissal at 1:44 pm

WINTER BREAK

Welcome back from Winter Break and Happy New Year!


 

Welcome Back to School

Monday, January 9, 2017 marks the beginning of the 2nd semester and the 80th day of school.  I hope everyone had a restful Winter Break and is ready to tackle and enjoy the remaining 101 days of school.  The Spring semester is always a very exciting and busy time, and with clear goals, an action plan, collaboration, and a growth mindset it will also be a successful time of year.  

 

Remember to review with your child his/her 2nd semester goals.  Among them, might be:

 

  1. Having perfect attendance every month or no more than 1 absence every 25 days.  
  2. Reading everyday for at least 20 minutes
  3. Completing and turning in all homework and in class assignments.
  4. Following the 3 B's:  be responsible, be safe, and be respectful at all times

 

Happy New Year and Happy New Semester!

 

 

School Dismissal

Please be reminded that for the safety of all students Main Street Elementary School is a closed campus, so as much as possible we minimize the number of adults on campus throughout the day.  At dismissal only parents of Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and students in special education are allowed on campus.  

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are picked up from their classrooms.  Parents can enter the campus through the main gate on 53rd Street, and we ask that you wait until the dismissal bell rings to go to your child's class.
  • 1st through 5th grade students are dismissed through the gate on 52nd Street.  Parents can wait for them at the 52nd Street gate.

We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.  Thank you

Regular school dismissal is at 2:19 p.m.  Early dismissal on most Tuesday is at 1:19 p.m.  Please check the monthly parent newsletter for early dismissal and school holiday dates.

100th Day of School

The 100th Day of School is February 7th!

School Experience Survey

Your voice matters, so make sure it is heard by filling out the School Experience Survey.  The LAUSD School Experience Survey went out to parents on Monday, January 23rd.  Thank you to everyone who has already filled it out and returned it.  

 

Another option is to fill out the school experience survey online.  If you fill it out online, please print out confirmation of having completed the survey and turn it in to your child's teacher.  

 

If you have not filled it out yet, please make sure to do so as soon as possible!  Our goal is to have 100% participation and with your help we can do it.

 

 

The parent online survey can be filled out at the following links:

 

English:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3082140/School-Experience-Survey-Parents-2017-English

Spanish:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3147599/e4349b679dd6

 

 

All parents, all staff and students in grades 3-5, will fill out this survey, which is designed to measure our schools’ climate. The survey focuses on student social and emotional learning; the opportunity to learn; school cleanliness and safety; and parent involvement.

 

The data gathered through this survey will be reported in detail this fall.  This data will let us know how we are doing and will help us figure out what we need to do to be a better school for you and your children. 

 

Please fill out and return the survey as soon as possible or if you fill it out online send in completion confirmationEvery classroom with a 100% return rate will receive a prize!  Last year 90% of you filled in and returned the survey, we were one of the top schools in the district for parent participation.  This year our goal is 100%!  With your help we can do it!

 

To see the results from last year's survey, please go to http://reportcardsurvey.lausd.net/

7 Habits of Happy Kids: Habit 4 - Think Win-Win

As part of our Best Behavior Assemblies we introduce Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids.  The following three habits have already been introduced:

 

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. First things first

This month we are focusing on Habit #4:  "Think Win-Win."  Think Win-Win is an approach to human interaction and collaboration.  Think Win-Win is a frame of mind that seeks mutual benefit. Think Win-Win means finding solutions and compromises that are mutually beneficial and satisfying for everyone.


 

 

Coffee with the Principal

Next Coffee with the Principal:  

 

Thursday, February 9

8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

 

The information provided in the morning will be repeated in the afternoon.  We hope you will join us for one of the sessions!

Attendance All Stars

February 7 is the 100th Day of School!

Students who have no more than 4 absences by February 7 are on track to have good attendance this school year!

 

Main Street Elementary School's Attendance Goal is for at least 76% of our students to have 96% or better attendance. This means that students are absent 7 or fewer absences in one school year.  Every 25 days we will check on students attendance. If a student has been absent 0-1 day every 25 days that means they had good attendance during those 25 days.  

 

This year we started a new incentive for good attendance.  Every 25 days we have 2 raffles to recognize students with good attendance. 

  • One raffle will be for all students who missed 1 or no days during the last 25 days. 
  • The second raffle will be for students who have 96% or better attendance since the beginning of the year. 

One winner will be selected from each grade level for each raffle.  Students who have 0-1 absences between December 13 and February 7 (25 school days) will enter a raffle.  Students who have 0-3 absences between August 16 and February 7 will enter a second raffle.  If a student qualifies for both s/he will be entered in both.

Benefits of Higher Education

At the November Coffee with the Principal we discussed the correlation between level of education and unemployment rates and earnings.  Below you will find one of the charts I shared with parents, and they suggested I share with everyone.

 

In the center of the chart, you see the level of education; to the right you see how much someone with that level of education makes on average in a week; and to the left you see the average unemployment rate for people with that level of education. 

 

In general, the higher the educational level someone has the more money they make and the less likely they are to be unemployed.  For example, someone without a high school diploma on average will make $444 per week and have, on average, a 15% chance of being unemployed. Yet, someone with a high school diploma will make on average $626 per week and have, on average, a 10.3% chance of not having a job. 

 

Decreasing the potential for unemployment and increasing earning potential are not the only reasons to encourage students to graduate high school and go on to college, but they are 2  very practical ones.

 

It is incredibly important to remember that the path to college starts as early as elementary school.  At the most basic level, it begins with good attendance.  Students need to be present in order to learn all the foundational skills and concepts they need in order to graduate high school and be college ready.

 

If you have not done so already, begin to speak to your child about college and teach them about different colleges.  You can research different colleges on the internet or you might even decide to visit a local college campus like USC, Loyola Marymount, or UCLA.

 


 

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Attendance Matters

One of the most important ways in which you can help us is in making sure your child has good attendance. Our goal is that every student be in school at least 96% of the year. This means no student should miss school more than 7 days throughout the year.

 

  • Perfect Attendance 0 Absences
  • Good Attendance 1-7 Absences
  • At Risk Attendance 8 – 14 Absences
  • Poor Attendance 15 or more Absences

 

Also, please remember that 3 tardies are the same as 1 absence. Students with good attendance learn more and are more likely to graduate from high school. So, please bring your child to school every day and on time.  If you have questions feel free to call 323-232-4856 or send a message via email to Elizabeth.Bernal@lausd.net.

Free Online Tutoring

Great news!  The Los Angeles Public Library is offering free tutoring for students in Kindergarten - 12th Grade.  If you want to get online tutoring from home all you need is a valid Los Angeles Public Library.  

Online tutors are available on demand every day from 3 to 10 p.m. for one-to-one help with homework, skills building and test prep.  Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help students in Kindergarten through 12th grades, and adult learners, with math, science, English and social studies. 

The student and tutor communicate in a virtual classroom with chat and two-way white boards.  Live Homework Help also offers help for Spanish speaking students in the subjects of math, science and social science.

You can use the service from Los Angeles Public Library Internet Access computers, or, with your LAPL library card, from your own computer.  If you are logging in from your home computer follow these steps to access the online tutoring:

  1. Go to www.LAPL.org
  2. On the left hand side, click on "Kids" 
  3. Click on "Live Homework Help"
  4. Click on "Connect Now"
  5. Use your library card bar code number and the last digits of your phone number to sign in and follow the given directions

Job Preparation for 14 - 24 Year Olds

Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with the L.A. City Council, the City’s Workforce Development System, the Community College District, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and community businesses and organizations, is committed to providing 15,000 summer jobs to the city’s young people ages 14 - 24.

 

L.A. Youth at Work has partnered with HIRE-LA Youth and the City of Los Angeles to prepare young adults for internships and entry-level jobs by teaching them how to write their resume, prepare for an interview, do well on the job and more.  For more information make sure to contact L.A. Youth at Work.:

 

Contact L.A. Youth Work at:

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

http://hirelayouth.com/intro.html