Community Schools Coordinators Network - November 2018
•	A message from your co-chair Arturo Magana, Community School Coordinator, Parmelee Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
Greetings Coordinators! As the holidays are approaching, I'd like to take the time to say thank you to each and every one of you for the hard work you diligently put in each and every day! Your families look up to you for inspiration and hope--don't forget that! Remember your mindfulness activities to practice self-care, and if you do not have one at the moment, here is a great resource !

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thank you to all the Coordinators who took our Network Survey! In response to the 84.8% of Coordinators who said they would like to learn more about chronic absence , we will begin planning a series of webinars to focus on the different barriers and strategies to increase attendance.

To help us plan, tell us what chronic absence issues you're facing. Do your students face transportation issues, have chronic asthma, or mental health issues keeping them from coming to school? Comment here with the attendance challenges your school faces.
Kendra Berry can be the first to tell you that the most common language spoken at her school is not English, but rather the sport of soccer. Read more about how Berry launched a soccer program to ease her refugee students’ transition to the U.S. and help strengthen her school's community relationship in this month’s Coordinator Spotlight.  
Opportunities and Resources

Check out this website with tools and resources to address chronic absence including attendance awareness activities and case studies on how schools use data.

Here's a month's worth of literary activities and practices to share with your families for #NationalFamilyLiterarcyMonth

Take advantage of this free professional development opportunity from the National Education Association (open to non-members) to build your community school skills.

This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network outlines the different considerations schools should understand when working with refugee students and families.
Mark Your Calendars
Sincerely, your co-chairs, Liz Thacker and Arturo Magana