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Why "Attendance Matters" in Preschool

Early education is so important to long-term school success. At SJSD preschool, your child will build skills in literacy & math. She/he will learn to solve problems and make friends. She/he will become stronger and gain control in motor tasks. But your preschooler will only gain these benefits if he attends regularly.

Preschoolers who miss just two days per month reach kindergarten at lower levels of readiness and by 2nd grade, chronic absence has an impact on reading proficiency.

Some absences are unavoidable. Young children do get sick, especially when they first start school. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school because of something besides sickness, please reach out to us. If we see that your child is frequently absent, we will reach out to you to find out if we can help.

Some absences are avoidable. Remember, every weekend in preschool is a three-day weekend, because we do not have school on Fridays. Fridays are super days for making appointments. If your child is in the morning class, please try to make appointments in the afternoon (and vice versa).

Please try to schedule appointments and vacations around these important dates, 2019-2020:

  • August 26: First day of Preschool
  • Monday, September 3: No School, extended weekend
  • November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 24-January 7: Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 21: No School, extended weekend
  • Monday, February 18: No School, extended weekend
  • March 18-22: Spring Break
  • May 7, 2019: Last Day of Preschool