Important Updates

Hello Chambers Families,

Oh how I love this time of year in the elementary school.  I love the excitement in the eyes of the children each and every day.  I love hearing the laughter, the singing and the wonderful stories.   It truly is the most wonderful time of year.  However with this wonderful time of year comes the c-c-c-cold outside.
With the winter months and more severe weather conditions of winter I wanted to
review our inclement weather to both reassure and help parents and patrons prepare
and plan.

• We recommend that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 for supervision purposes. If arriving earlier, the building will be open for students to wait in the front foyer area until the 8:00 bell.

• Children should arrive at school dressed for the weather of the day so they can safely and comfortably enjoy recesses. In winter months, children should remember to bring shoes to change into from their snow boots. All healthy children will be expected to go out for recess except in extreme weather conditions (wind chill, rain, snow, etc.).

• If your child cannot participate in recess for health reasons, please send a note to this effect. If it is to be a prolonged indoor stay (longer than 3 days) please send a note from the doctor.

• Students will remain inside in extreme weather conditions such as: very cold temperatures (below 20 degrees) and wind chill, heavy rain and snowfall, unhealthy air/inversions (we check air quality daily).

• Please be considerate and safety conscious as you drop off and pick up students at school. The winter months see an increase in the number of cars. Remember to: not block the flow of traffic, not block cross walk area, and please use the main parking lot.

• In the event of a major weather event (severe storm, power outage…) The District’s system will be used to notify parents.   This can be in the form of an automated phone call. For this information to reach you, it is important that you keep your contact information current within the online SIS system. Please make sure that every time you change your contact numbers, you alert Chambers’ secretary. The news is also a great
source of information.

We will continue to hold our Fireside Chats regarding attendance and how it relates to learning and positive behavior in the schools. Please note the following information regarding the affects that attendance has in the lives of all students.  Attendance Matters – Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month.  According to multiple studies, missing several days of school significantly reduces the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works has substantial
information on attendance and the impact on student achievement. Below is some of the research below on why attendance matters. Start Strong Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.

Chronic Absences an estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation. Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergartners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.” Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence. Third Grade Reading Level Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time. Dropout Indicator By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school. Excused Absences Hurt Too Excused absences are just as negative as unexcused ones.

Every Minute Matters If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.  Click here to see more research on the importance of attendance.

Lastly, parents please engage in those rooted conversation with your children about making good choices in regards to positive respect and regard for others. After engaging in dialogue with a lot of the students, the main topic was bullying. Please note that Chambers has a zero percent tolerance against bullying but, we can’t do it alone. We need you –each and every parent has to take full responsibility. Be a part of the school environment, come to school events hosted by the school, talk to children and stand strong against verbal, cyber and physical harm to others. Let’s start to today and be as Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Parents it’s you who are their first role model, therefore, it’s you that has to make that change…

May you have a wonderful holiday season!
Mrs. Cash Principal

Chambers Elementary
14305 Shaw Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112

Crystal Cash

Important Numbers:
Main Office 216.268.6640

School Hours
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
School Starts: 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:20 p.m.

Special Points to Remember
• Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
• School starts are 8:30 a.m.
• Students are tardy at 8:40 a.m.
• Tardy students must report to the office to obtain a tardy pass.
• Please call the office when your child is going to be absent at 216-268-6640.
• When absent, all students should return with a note to excuse their absence.
• Please complete and return Registration, Emergency Medical and Household Information Forms.