Dear Shiloh Hills Families,
Here are some important reminders from Shiloh for this week.
Thanks for reading, and as always, please give us a call if you have questions.
Mrs. Duchow and Mr. Edwards
At Shiloh, attendance is a top priority. Research shows that kids who start excellent attendance habits in Kindergarten take these habits with them through high school, college, and even into the work place. However, it's not only full-day absences that create problems for our kids in the future.
Late arrivals and early dismissals can also negatively impact a student's chances of future educational success when they are excessive. Please note that when students arrive after 9:20 am or leave early and parents do not provide a reason, we must mark these as unexcused partial absences in our system and they do go into the student's attendance record.
Thank you for helping us help your child get on track for on-time high school graduation and success beyond! Visit www.attendanceworks.org if you'd like more information about the research that connects elementary school attendance (yes, even Kindergarten attendance!) to future success in high school and college.
Birthday Treat Reminder:
Please recall that we can no longer invite children to bring food treats for their birthdays. According to Mead school board policy designed to support healthy eating habits, classrooms may plan one food-centered party per month. When every student brings treats for his or her birthday on separate days, your child could end up eating a sugary treat that you don't know about upwards of 3, 4, even 5 days out of a month. But have no fear! There are some really creative and fun ways to celebrate your child's birthday at school that don't involve food. Check out the attached list of ideas and see if something might work for YOUR birthday boy or girl!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our kids happy and healthy, and please contact your child's teacher if you have questions about birthday celebrations and food treats.
Please consult the November/December newsletter, attached below, for important updates and reminders!
Save the date!
On January 23 and 24, parents will have two different opportunities to attend an informational meeting about our move to Northwood during our construction.
January 23: 6 - 7 pm, at Shiloh Hills.
January 24: 6 - 7 pm, at Northwood Middle School.
We regret that we are unable to provide childcare at this time for these meetings, but we are exploring options for getting these meetings recorded and posted to our website for your convenience.
Want more information, sooner? Come to our PTSO meeting on Tuesday, December 5 from 6 - 7 pm. We will share important information at that time.
Construction information (the following message has been run and will be run indefinitely throughout the year in our Eagle Updates)
Did you know our school is due to undergo a major renovation beginning in the spring? Yes! It's true! Thanks to our generous voters, we passed a bond in 2015 that allowed us to move forward on several projects including modernization of Shiloh Hills Elementary School. The GREAT news for us is that we will have an empty school in our district that we can occupy while this construction takes place. This means we don't have to listen to jackhammers all day or share a playground with heavy equipment!
This summer, a letter explaining all of this was sent by mail to families of all students who were registered at the time and was covered in our first two school newsletters. To be sure that we have covered those families who were not registered at the time, we have attached a letter to this announcement below, sent it via email, via regular mail, re-posted it on the website, linked to in on Facebook, and sent it home in Monday folders. Hopefully this will not leave anyone out of the loop. Shiloh Hills will do everything we can to communicate effectively with you about this and all other things "Shiloh", and we thank you in advance for being active consumers of this communication by regularly checking your child's folder, reading these emails, checking our website, and following our Facebook page.
Please remember there is no school from December 21 through January 1 for Winter Vacation. We return to school Tuesday, January 2.
The Christmas Bureau:
If your family could benefit from some assistance during the holidays, check out the flier below for information on Spokane's annual Christmas Bureau event coming up in early December.
Register to VOTE!
Are you a registered voter in the State of Washington? If not, please consider becoming a registered voter. Contrary to popular belief, voter registration does NOT impact your likelihood of being called to jury duty. You can register to vote here. In addition, please take a moment to read this important information and/or view this brief video about our upcoming vote in February.
At Shiloh, we spread our concerts throughout the school year. Coming up in December is our 1st and 2nd grade concert. Mark your calendar for December 6 at 6:30 here in the Shiloh gymnasium for grade 1. Children should arrive no earlier than 6:15; at this time we will open the wing doors for children to meet their teachers in their classrooms and parents to find their seat in the gymnasium.
The grade 2 concert will be at 7:30 in the gym. Second graders should arrive no earlier than 7:15; at this time we will open the wing doors for children to meet their teachers in their classrooms and parents to find their seat in the gymnasium.
Upcoming PTSO Event...
Watch your child's Monday folders for information about the next PTSO event on December 7 from 3:30 - 8 pm!