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    Giving the Gift of Attendance

    Dear SSFUSD Families,

    Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

    We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

    Click here for our statement about the Importance of Regular School Attendance
    Click here for our General Policy Statement on Student Attendance

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    Martin ES Students Advocate for Ruby Bridges Day

    In Honor of Ruby Bridges

    At the request of students from Martin Elementary School, the San Mateo County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools adopted a resolution creating Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day in San Mateo County, to be honored annually on November 14.

    Ruby Bridges became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six, when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South. On November 14, 1960, her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Ruby was escorted to school by four federal marshals and spent the entire day in the principal’s office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children.

    You can learn more about Ruby Bridges and the Walk to School Day initiative sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to School program via the following link:

    http://www.smcoe.org/about-smcoe/superintendents-office/ruby-bridges-walk-to-school-day.html

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    In South San Francisco Unified School District, we pride ourselves on providing students with relevant learning EXPERIENCES, giving them opportunities to EXPLORE and cultivate innovation and collaboration. We will foster and EMBRACE diversity of people and diversity of thought, while pushing all students to EXCEL in order for them to grow into resilient and confident people.