Reminder of Attendance Policy During Holiday Season

With the Holiday season in full swing, we want to remind all parents that the school will be closed December 20,2010 thru January 7, 2011.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 10, 2011. School should continue to be a priority for your child/children.  This means not taking them out of school days or weeks before and after the holidays.  Students are expected to be in school before and after the holiday break; therefore we ask that you schedule family vacations during this break.  Absenteeism makes learning more difficult for a student and disrupts the continuity of the classroom setting.   Parents can help their children by refusing to allow them to miss school needlessly.  Keep in mind that if your son/daughter has five or more unexcused absences you may be asked to attend a meeting with school officials regarding attendance.  Educational Code states that when returning from an absence, the student must report to the Attendance Office before school with a note from a parent or a doctor.  When a student returns without a note the absence may become a truancy on the student’s attendance record.  If you decide that your son/daughter will miss school because of a family emergency or starting a vacation early, your child’s absence will be unexcused.  If you have any questions you may contact Mrs. Hernández, Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor at (323) 644-6734.  As parents, the biggest gift that we can give our children during the holiday season is the gift of an education.

The Joy of Spelling!

The November Spelling Bee was held during period one in the King Middle School Library.  The participants were eager to demonstrate their spelling skills. A total of 91 words from the list posted on the King Website were used to determine the three winners.

Our best spellers were:

1st – Sandy Situ
2nd – Kiyoshi Nichelson
3rd – Stephanie Espinoza

Once again, congratulations to all the talented students who participated.  Their good sportsmanship was clearly evident.  We hope to see these students, and many others, in the next Spelling Bee on December 16.  Both 6th and 7th grade students are invited, and encouraged, to spell their way to the top! 

All the words to be studied are posted in the King Website and identified as “December 2010 Word List.”

Orthography Rules!

Article written by Mrs. Baranich-School Librarian and Mr. Hanson-Community Volunteer