Fall 2014

Alvarado Middle School would like to thank
The American Licorice Company
their VERY generous donation!

Volunteers Needed!
Interested in volunteering at AMS? You can sign up using our new VolunteerSpot page: http://vols.pt/DPdgvg
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Ms. Nem atjnemecek@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 510-489-0700x62653


The best gift you can give your child is a good education and the best place to get that education is in school. Building a habit of good attendance is your child’s ticket to success in school and eventually in the world beyond school.   But every year, absences go up in the weeks leading up to and after winter break.   

We know it’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days on either side of the holiday. We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families that are far away and exposing your children to your home and language, whether you grew up in another part of the United States or a different country.  The costs of travel often influence when you are able to travel.  But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

Remember, when students come back from the two week break there are only two weeks left in the second quarter. This does not account for the last week of the quarter where teachers are reviewing materials and giving final assessments for quarter two's curriculum. This means that there is effectively only ONE week left for your student to actually do work! Therefore, we strongly encourage that your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts.  Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.  It’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.  If missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.

When this quarter ends, we will be half way through the year. So, this year, give your child the gift an education and the habit of attendance.
Aileen Pagtakhan,
Aug 13, 2014, 4:16 PM