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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We want all of our Peninsula Panthers to be successful. This requires great school attendance.  

Did you know?

  • Starting in kindergarten too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10% of school (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.


Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit in elementary so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

What can you do?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child’s teacher, our school counselor, or other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Avoid medial appointments and extended trips when school is in session (Attendance Works)


Parents are the key ingredients to improving student attendance. Thank you for all you do in supporting your child(ren)’s education.

~ Mrs. McFaul