With the start of the New Year, many of us look to the calendar as impetus to make improvements in a variety of habits and practices. Let me encourage you to put school attendance at the top of your list. 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 transitional kindergarten as it is in sixth grade. So make a commitment to send and keep your child is in school every day, beginning with this first day of school. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning every day. But 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. So, help your child develop the good habit of consistent and regular school attendance in 2015 and beyond.