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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 27 - March 3

Week of Read Across America

Week of Parent Conferences

Week of early dismissal at 1:44 pm

March 1

Crazy Socks Day

Parent Conferences   

March 2

Crazy Hat Day

Parent Conferences

March 3

Parents in Control Class, 8:30 am

Pajama Day

Parent Conferences

March 7

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

March 9    

Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 am

March 10  

Parents in Control Class, 8:30 am

March 14      

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

March 15     

School Site Council Meeting, 2:45 pm

March 16    

ELAC Meeting, 8:15 am

Cake Sale Delivery

March 17

Parents in Control Class, 8:15 am 

March 21

Early Dismissal at 1:19 p.m.

March 23  

Family Literacy Night, 4 - 5:30 pm

March 24

Parents in Control Class, 8:15 am 

March 28

Early Dismissal at 1:19 pm

March 30

Early Dismissal at 12:59 pm

March 31

No School:  Cesar Chavez Day

 

Spring Break

Spring Break is Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14

 

During Spring Break make sure to keep your child on a schedule.  This will help them transition back when they return.  Spend time with them engaged in intellectual activities such as reading, visiting museums, or writing.  Also, make sure to have them spend time engaged in physical activity.  

 


 

 

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.

Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Please join us for our Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  During this even you wi have a chance to participate in fun and engaging workshops focused on literacy activities you can do with your child.  The schedule of events is as follows:

 

4:00 - 4:25 p.m.    Meeting in the Auditorium

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.    Workshop #1

5:05 - 5:30 p.m.    Workshop #2

 

I hope you will join us!

125th Day of School

The 125th Day of School is March 15th!

Students who have no more than 5 absences by March 15 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 February 8 and March 15 (25 school days) will enter a raffle.  Students who have 0-5 absences between August 16 and March 15 will enter a second raffle.  If a student qualifies for both s/he will be entered in both.

Coffee with the Principal

Next Coffee with the Principal:  

 

Thursday, March 9

8:30 a.m. ONLY

 

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

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
  4. Think Win-Win

This month we are focusing on Habit #5:  "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."   and satisfying for everyone.

 



 

This month we also taught students how to STEP when they encounter conflict.  STEP is a 4-step process for solving problems:

  1. S- Say the problem without blame
  2. T- Think of solutions that are safe and respectful
  3. E- Explore consequences
  4. P – Pick the solution where everyone wins

Before using the STEP process to solve a problem it is very important for children to be calm.  One way to help students calm down is to have them:

 

1) Stop,

2) Say how they feel, and

3) use a calming down strategy,

 

Some calming down strategies are breathing, counting to 10, or using positive talk.  Positive talk might sound like, “I can solve this problem” or “Everything is going to be okay.”

 

Calming down and solving problems is not something students automatically know how to do.  We have to teach them and give them opportunity to practice often. When your child has a conflict with someone outside of school, please help them practice calming down and using the STEP process to solve the problem.

Learning to solve conflict is an important life skill students can use now and forever! 

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