Principal's Message, 9/04/2016

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 11:16pm

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night this past week! I shared with you my deepest appreciation for working at this uniquely special school that prides itself on community connectedness. This upcoming week, I would like to invite you to our School Site Council meeting on Thursday in the Library from 3-5pm and the Principal’s Coffee on Friday at 8:30am in the MP Room. At the School Site Council meeting, we will be exploring school goals and have the opportunity to share site concerns and possibilities with the intent to allocate our SIP funds. At this first Principal’s Coffee, I would like to keep it open for “Question and Answer” since I’ve done a lot of talking at the Back to School Coffee and Back to School Night. I would love to hear from you what is on your mind and have an open discussion on the topics that interest you.

As we are enjoying our long weekend, I also wanted to share some information about the PAUSD Attendance Policy. The District revised this policy last year and it is included in the Addison Handbook on pages 4-6. As public school officials, we are bound to Education Code 48200 that states student attendance is compulsory. Extended family vacations are considered “unexcused” and after three “unexcused” absences, a letter will be generated and mailed to you. Continued “unexcused” absences will result in further truancy letters and possible referral to our School Attendance Review Board. I encourage you to please read the Attendance Policy in our handbook and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Attendance Clerk, Joy Frick, or I.

On a personal note, this will be my last weekend to train for my second half marathon coming up on September 11th! Ms. Kageyama, Ms. Collins, and I will be running the Giants Race at AT&T park next weekend so I want to thank you for your ongoing support, inspiration, and encouragement as I know we have a lot of runners and athletes in this community. If you would like to join us, feel free to register at: and let me know if you will be at the race. Go Team Addison!

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